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  • St. Charles high schools adding lacrosse for boys, girls Aug 15, 2014 5:22 AM
    St. Charles high schools will debut boys and girls lacrosse as a school sport for the first time in the 2014-15 school year. The sport will increase the district's expenses, but supporters say the athletes will benefit from reduced expenses for their parents and an emphasis on classroom achievement as a prerequisite for participation.

     
  • St. Charles school board narrowly OKs property tax increase Aug 12, 2014 10:49 AM
    St. Charles Unit School District 303 school board members came close to rejecting a property tax increase Monday night. But they backed down when learning it would result in increased class sizes.

     
  • 10K run added to Bob Leonard Run/Walk in St. Charles Aug 8, 2014 5:01 AM
    Returning for its eighth year, the Bob Leonard River Run/Walk will feature past favorites along with new components, such as a 10K River Run and a 5K Canine Companion Run. All events take place Saturday, Aug. 9, starting at Pottawatomie Park, 8 North Ave., St. Charles.

     
  • ECC to give backpacks full of help to needy students Saturday Aug 7, 2014 5:30 AM
    Elgin Community College and its partners will give away thousands of backpacks with school supplies and food to students in need Saturday during the college’s fifth annual Project Backpack. "There is still a great need (within) the school districts in our area, between homeless students and the students in need," Katie Storey of ECC said.

     
  • German choir to perform in St. Charles Jul 3, 2014 1:17 PM
    The Tookula Student Choir of Minden, Germany is visiting St. Charles from July 7 to 10 as part of the Blue Lake International Exchange Program. While in St. Charles, Tookula will perform two free concerts.

     
  • St. Charles library to display student artwork Jun 30, 2014 8:55 AM
    The St. Charles Public Library, 1 S. Sixth Ave., will once again host "Art of the Imagination," the St. Charles Unit District 303 student art show, from July 1-31.

     
  • State education board recognizes best suburban teachers Jun 11, 2014 9:56 PM
    A dozen suburban teachers are among 29 educators statewide recognized for being the best in their respective fields for the 2013-14 school year. The Illinois State Board of Education and the two largest teachers unions presented the educators with awards for their exemplary work in the classroom during a luncheon Wednesday at the governor’s mansion in Springfield.

     
  • D303 budget continues tax abatement, but expenses hit $210 million Jun 6, 2014 10:28 AM
    St. Charles Unit District 303's proposed new budget includes a $508,000 deficit, but in this case, that's good news for taxpayers. Instead of levying to the max, the budget proposes a second year of spending down reserves to make up the difference. The district will take in nearly $210 million and use most of that to pay teacher and administrator salaries and benefits. The district's second largest funding source, the state of Illinois, is still uncertain. And state money to the district has been on the decline for at least the last four years.

     
  • Suburban schools can no longer require birth certificates May 20, 2014 9:57 AM
    Federal officials say school districts' policy requiring an original birth certificate to register students for school discriminates against undocumented immigrants. Many suburban districts are now scrambling to figure out how to verify the age of potential students. “We don't deny anybody an education or access to school. But it does present some difficulties and challenges as to verifying a child's real age,” a Palatine school official said.

     
  • Meet the 2013-2014 Fox Valley Academic Team May 8, 2014 3:34 PM
    "Throughout my life, I have never been satisfied with simply meeting the minimum requirements," Kevin Wilde of Cary-Grove High School writes in an essay. "While some people may ask, 'What is the least amount of work I need to do to get by?' I ask, 'What could I do to get the most out of this situation?'" Wilde, who was named to the Daily Herald's Fox Valley Academic Team for 2013-14, is not alone in his mindset. The students on the team look for opportunities to not only further their own achievements, but to lead, and to make a difference.

     
  • 2013-14 Fox Valley Academic Team honorable mentions May 8, 2014 3:00 PM
    2013-14 Fox Valley Academic Team honorable mentions

     
  • Ex-St. Charles teacher gets 6 years for child porn possession Apr 28, 2014 2:25 PM
    A former St. Charles middle school teacher was sentenced to six years in prison after pleading guilty to child pornography possession in DeKalb County. Jerome McCauley, 46, of Sycamore, resigned from his job at a seventh-grade Wredling Middle School teacher after his arrest in October 2013.

     
  • Former St. Charles East student sues over bullying, hazing Apr 23, 2014 2:12 PM
    A former St. Charles East student argues in a lawsuit that she was bullied, assaulted and hazed by her drill team teammates after being diagnosed with ADHD in summer 2010 and that school officials and coaches did nothing to stop it. Daniela Kapusta, now 18, a part-time model and college student, also argues her coaches discriminated against her and she's seeking damages for emotional distress.

     
  • Original ‘Robin Hood’ musical debuts in Elgin Apr 23, 2014 5:01 AM
    A medieval tale gets a modern makeover this weekend, when Children's Theatre of Elgin debuts its original "Robin Hood" musical. Written by Allison Cherry, the show will include songs by Bruno Mars and Queen. "I think audiences will really enjoy the surprises we’ve added," Cherry said.

     
  • Fox Valley area robotics team heads to world championship Apr 21, 2014 7:23 PM
    A team of 25 Fox Valley area high school students will compete in the FIRST Robotics World Finals this week in St. Louis. More than 2,700 teams made up of 68,000 high school students worldwide vied for a spot in the finals at regional, state and international competitions. The Fox Valley area team is among roughly 400 teams that qualified.

     
  • Pottawatomie Garden Club offers $3,000 scholarship Mar 14, 2014 6:29 PM
    The Pottawatomie Garden Club is accepting applications for its annual scholarship award. High school seniors and college students who are interested in college degrees in botany, conservation, land management, ecology, forestry, agriculture, horticulture, environmental concerns or related studies may apply for a $3,000 scholarship.

     
  • Wredling gets grand marshal job for St. Charles’ St. Patrick’s Parade Mar 14, 2014 6:48 PM
    John H. Wredling, former superintendent of St. Charles Unit District 303 from 1958-1972, and the man Wredling Middle School is named for, will serve as grand marshal for the 15th annual St. Patrick’s Parade. The parade will step off at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 15, on Main Street, between Sixth Street and Fourth Avenue. Wredling will ride in a Model T near the front of the parade, followed by the Wredling Middle School Cheerleaders.

     
  • Jean Grotberg: A life of music, teaching and politics Feb 27, 2014 6:31 PM
    Elizabeth Jean Grotberg's life was built around music and teaching in St. Charles. She shared her music with four first ladies, and was a favorite pianist of designer Oscar de la Renta at this charitable fundraisers.

     
  • Part of Dist. 303 grade-level centers lawsuit dismissed Feb 27, 2014 4:47 PM
    A judge dismissed a portion of the ongoing litigation involving St. Charles Unit District 303's creation of two grade level centers Wednesday. This aspect of the case involved determining which of the parties is responsible for expenses incurred by the families who sued the district.

     
  • Kane Co. to choose educator of the year at banquet Apr 30, 2014 1:59 PM
    The 39th annual Kane County Educator of the Year Awards Banquet will be held Friday, May 2. It will begin with a social hour at 5:30 p.m., followed by the dinner at 6:30 p.m. This awards dinner provides an opportunity to honor outstanding members of the education profession in Kane County and to promote awareness of the quality education being provided in our schools. Special recognition is also given to those retiring from education this school year.

     
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