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  • Batavia High School presents “Our Town” Feb. 5-7 Jan 27, 2015 3:54 PM
    Batavia High School presents Thornton Wilder’s "Our Town," one of the most classic plays in the history of theater, with a contemporary spin that emphasizes the timelessness of both the characters in the play and the human experience those characters represent. Directed by Joshua Casburn, performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5 to Saturday, Feb. 7, with a matinee at 2 p.m. Feb. 7.

     
  • Problem prevention at the Dist. 59 Invention Convention in Des Plaines Jan 27, 2015 4:11 PM
    Kristin Hahn, advanced language arts and social studies teacher, and her eighth grade students hosted the second annual Invention Convention at Friendship Junior High School in Des Plaines. “I loved to see the pride and confidence on student faces as they presented their products to visitors,” Hahn said.

     
  • St. Charles schools debating value of forced AP exams Jan 27, 2015 5:30 AM
    St. Charles school officials are debating the value of keeping a mandate in place that all students taking Advanced Placement courses must also pay for and take the final exam. That's an additional forced financial burden in the eyes of Superintendent Don Schlomann. But some board members say the success of the program is too great to mess with.

     
  • Kaneland board says ‘no’ to STEM school Jan 27, 2015 5:52 PM
    Kaneland schools will not participate in the Dunham STEM Academy at Aurora University, the school board decided Monday.

     
  • U-46 board candidate apologizes for offensive Facebook post Jan 27, 2015 5:45 PM
    “It was a youthful indiscretion,” said Cody Holt, a candidate for Elgin Area School District U-46 school board facing a slew of criticism for a Facebook post in which he used a derivative of the “N” word casually addressing his best friend, who is black. Screenshots of Holt’s original post from June 12, 2012, have been shared on various Facebook pages — “Elgin Township Democrats” and “School District U-46 Uncensored” — in the last couple of days. Holt took down his original post Monday.

     
  • Woodland Middle School bee champion: Jan 29, 2015 1:48 PM
    Woodland Middle School officials have announced the winner of the local National Geographic Bee.

     
  • Record Number of District 214 Students Chosen For All-State Production Jan 27, 2015 7:23 AM
    Record Number of District 214 Students Chosen For All-State Production

     
  • Area School Districts Collaborate To Host Second Chinese Student Cultural Performance Jan 27, 2015 7:10 AM
    Area School Districts Collaborate To Host Second Chinese Student Cultural Performance

     
  • Glen Ellyn District 41 discusses full-day kindergarten facility solutions Jan 27, 2015 12:08 AM
    Three facility solutions to support full-day kindergarten in Glen Ellyn Elementary District 41 were presented at Monday’s board meeting, with the cheapest option costing at least about $15 million.

     
  • Kaneland athletic director to coach girls softball Jan 27, 2015 12:13 AM
    Kaneland 302 school board appointed a new head coach for girls softball Monday, over the objection of one board member. Tony Valente said he did not think it was "best practice" for the school's athletic director to also coach a sport, and questioned whether the man would be able to provide enough attention to his main job.

     
  • School looking for instruments to jump-start a jazz band Jan 26, 2015 4:55 PM
    A jazz band would give student musicians a chance to be more visible in the community and perform outside of class, says Kyle Baltzer, music teacher at John T. Magee Middle School in Round Lake. He has started an instrument drive to spark the effort, with trumpets, trombones and saxophones on the wish list.

     
  • Meet Naperville North High School’s next principal Jan 26, 2015 8:54 AM
    The next principal of Naperville North High School says she aims to bring a “breath of fresh air” into a school that’s already well-regarded for educational excellence. Stephanie Posey, who is principal at Belleville East High School in southwest Illinois near St. Louis, has been named as Naperville North’s next principal to follow the retiring Kevin Pobst. "This is going to be an opportunity and a challenge for me that I’m looking forward to,” Posey said.

     
  • Bartlett teen collects funds for prosthetic leg Jan 27, 2015 5:30 AM
    “My dream is to be able to run with a prosthetic made to keep up with me,” says 18-year-old Tiffany Wallace of Bartlett. The Bartlett High School senior was born with a right leg that never fully formed below the knee. She has started an online campaign to collect $20,000 for a new prosthetic leg so she can continue participating in athletics at Illinois State University in the fall.

     
  • Trio of veteran school board members running again Jan 26, 2015 9:07 AM
    Plenty of incumbents will be on the ballot in April's local elections -- but few have served as long as school board veterans Merv Roberts, Terry Moons and Marge Loizzo. The trio has more than a century of combined experience, with tenures date back to the 1970s and 1980s.

     
  • U-46 band director gives American Grands its rhythm Jan 26, 2015 5:30 AM
    Since picking up his first set of drumsticks in fourth grade, Jon Mortensen hasn’t been able to put them down. “I just knew that percussion was my calling,” said the now 55-year-old band director at Kenyon Woods Middle School in South Elgin. Mortensen has been a fixture with the American Grands Piano Festival since its inception 20 years ago. The festival brings together more than 400 pianists of all ages and skill levels to perform at the Elgin Community College Arts Center.

     
  • Wheeling Jazz Bands Pick Up Top Honors At Festival Jan 27, 2015 7:29 AM
    Wheeling Jazz Bands Pick Up Top Honors At Festival

     
  • District 15 to discuss life safety study results Jan 27, 2015 10:39 AM
    The District 15 Board of Education’s third Community Communication Forum addressing its new life safety study will be held 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, at Winston Campus Junior High, 120 N. Babcock Drive, Palatine.

     
  • Assistant AD at Mundelein High honored Jan 26, 2015 9:14 AM
    The National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) is pleased to announce that Jessica Upchurch, assistant athletic director at Mundelein High School, has been recognized by this association as a certified athletic administrator.

     
  • Schaumburg High School alumnus honored for military service Jan 26, 2015 9:15 AM
    Schaumburg High School alumnus and Private First Class Leon Dixon was honored at a recent Palatine Schaumburg High School District 211 school board meeting and thanked for his service in the National Guard.

     
  • Buffalo Grove author finds springboard to success in District 214 contest Jan 25, 2015 3:53 PM
    Success in the District 214/Daily Herald Community Art & Writing Contest spurred Buffalo Grove resident Dennis Depcik to write his first book. Now fellow aspiring writers or artists living in the district have a chance to follow his lead.

     
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