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  • Competitive spelling career over for Palatine 8th-grader Mar 3, 2014 1:25 PM
    Eighth-grader Sarah Griswold of Palatine came very close to punching her ticket to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, coming in second at the Regional Suburban Cook County Bee. She survived 17 rounds and eventually went head to head with last year’s winner, Alia Abiad of Western Springs.

     
  • ‘Early release’ is at expense of D15 kids Feb 24, 2014 5:00 AM
    Letter to the editor: Sandy Wiles of Palatine says that as District 15 administrators and teachers congratulate themselves on how well the Friday "early release" program is going, it's the students who are really losing out.

     
  • New track in D15 is a foolish expense Feb 24, 2014 5:00 AM
    Letter to the editor: Kenneth Milowski is surprised and disappointed by the District 15 board's decision to install a new track at a junior high school.

     
  • Dist. 211 hosts math, science conference for 5th-, 6th-grade girls Feb 19, 2014 3:45 PM
    Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 strives to introduce all of its students to various fields of study, and with an annual event, fifth and sixth grade girls get to explore mathematics, science, and engineering before they enter high school.The fourth annual GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Math, and Science) conference was held at Conant High School on Feb. 8, and area students participated in hands-on activities that focused on engineering, science, and math presented entirely by women.

     
  • 3 schools briefly locked down in Palatine Feb 14, 2014 10:20 PM
    Palatine High School was placed under a hard lockdown — and two nearby elementary schools were also locked down — after a threat at the high school shortly before noon Friday, Palatine Township Elementary District 15 announced Friday night.

     
  • Palatine District 15 picks deputy superintendent Feb 13, 2014 4:56 PM
    The Palatine Township Elementary District 15 board this week hired Matthew Barbini as its new deputy superintendent of schools. Since 2007, Barbini has served as the assistant superintendent of student services in Highland Park-based North Shore School District 112.

     
  • Palatine OKs new track for Sundling Junior High Feb 12, 2014 4:37 PM
    The Palatine village council signed off this week on Palatine Township Elementary School District 15’s plan to replace the track at Walter Sundling Junior High School with a new, smaller version. Superintendent Scott Thompson said the district plans a new 200-meter track that will cost of about $340,000.

     
  • Longtime Walter Sundling Junior High band director dies Feb 7, 2014 7:59 AM
    Sam Malambri, known to his Walter Sundling Junior High students as the "Pied Pieper of Palatine," has died. The Inverness man spent more than 30 years at the school as a band director and played gigs with some of the biggest names in jazz. “He always wanted to make people happy,” his daughter Julie Malambri said.

     
  • Palatine District 15 begins disputed scheduling changes Feb 1, 2014 8:00 AM
    After a bitter debate that pitted parents against teachers, disputed scheduling changes began Friday in Palatine Township Elementary District 15. Most students got out of classes 45 minutes earlier to give teachers time for professional training. The move forced some schools to cancel extracurricular activities held on Fridays. "Right now, there's some constraints," the president of the teachers union said, "and we have to live within those constraints."

     
  • Candlelight Bowl to benefit Dist. 15 Special Olympics Jan 13, 2014 1:39 PM
    The Blue Jays, District 15’s Special Olympics team, will host “A Night for the Blue Jays” Candlelight Bowl on Saturday, Feb. 8, at AMF Hoffman Lanes, 80 E. Higgins Road in Hoffman Estates.

     
  • Schools seeing more diversity than communities they serve Dec 22, 2013 5:30 AM
    Diversity is a reality for more suburban school districts each year, as percentages of students from Hispanic, Asian, black and other minority backgrounds continue to grow. Educators such as Mary Zarr in Palatine District 15 see the face of these changes every day but wonder if the broader community is taking notice. “I don't think people have fully grasped the fast-changing demographics of the school district,” she said.

     
  • Editorial: Remain vigilant on school safety Dec 13, 2013 5:00 AM
    One year after the Sandy Hook shootings, A Daily Herald editorial says schools should re-examine their safety procedures.

     
  • Resident miss millions in quirky Dist. 220 tax rebates Nov 28, 2013 5:25 AM
    A quirky setup stemming from a long-running legal battle has Cook County property taxpayers in Barrington Unit District 220 paying rebates to their Lake County counterparts — but only if the Lake County homeowners sign up every year and pay one-third to a lawyer. “It's something that government, or whoever put this in, could take care of by writing rules correctly,” said Carl Koenemann, a North Barrington homeowner.

     
  • Quite a memorable Veterans Day event Nov 19, 2013 5:30 AM
    Letter to the editor: Mike Patkunas of Palatine says he was fortunate to attend a wonderful Veterans Day program in Palatine last week.

     
  • Winston Campus Elementary students making a difference Nov 11, 2013 1:13 PM
    Palatine’s Winston Campus Elementary has done a “spooktacular” job of embracing the Halloween spirit while serving others. The school’s Make a Difference Club members want to make a difference in their school and community as well as nationally, and they've done so by collecting costumes for those in need and by gathering leftover Halloween candy for soliders.

     
  • D15 arbitrator right to rule for early release Oct 28, 2013 5:00 AM
    Letter to the editor: Lisa Szczupaj says it is gratifying that the arbitrator for the late start/early release grievance in District 15 sided with parents. "It is now up to Superintendent Thompson and the district to make and execute a plan," she writes.

     
  • District 15 officials working to solve bus driver shortage Oct 26, 2013 6:04 PM
    School District 15 informed parents through email Friday about a bus driver shortage that has persisted since the beginning of the school year. Superintendent Scott Thompson informed parents that drivers are currently in training to fill the vacancies that have occured through attrition and as a result of drivers being released for violating safety procedures

     
  • Arbiter rules District 15 can dismiss students early on Fridays Oct 15, 2013 5:32 PM
    An arbiter has sided with the throngs of Palatine Township Elementary District 15 parents who pushed to have students dismissed early, instead of starting classes later, to accommodate weekly teacher professional development time.

     
  • Step forward/step back activity illustrates marginalization Oct 15, 2013 5:27 AM
    In one U-46 diversity training exercise, participants were asked to line up and answer a series of questions, such as whether they had ever been denied a bank loan or had been stopped by police, or if someone clutches a purse tighter upon seeing them on the sidewalk. Based on their individual responses, each employee either moved a step back or a step forward.

     
  • Suburban schools aim to increase staff diversity to mirror students Oct 15, 2013 5:11 AM
    Elgin Area School District U-46 has a 45.7 percentage point gap between the portion of minority students and that of minority teachers. It's a similar story in Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54, Naperville Unit District 203, East Aurora Unit District 131, and others. “Moving forward, we must make a concerted effort to reach out to underrepresented group members," a Round Lake Area Unit District 116 official said.

     
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