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  • 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.

  • St. Charles parents learn new math is needed for grade-level centers Feb 7, 2014 5:44 AM
    St. Charles School District 303 officials ended their series of feedback sessions with parents of Davis and Richmond students Thursday night with a pledge to improve math achievement. Students at the grade level centers score far below their peers at other district schools.

  • Non-English classes ‘foreign’ rather than ‘worldly’ in Dist. 303 Jan 20, 2014 11:11 PM
    Some St. Charles school board members aren’t interested in being politically correct when it comes to non-English languages taught in their schools. In a divided vote, and calling it “political correctness run amok” the board recently voted to stop calling them “world languages” and revert to the term “foreign languages.”

  • District 303 starts work on Davis Richmond school improvement plan Jan 14, 2014 11:22 PM
    Parents and others started working on a court-mandated school improvement plan Tuesday for Davis Richmond School, the subject of a controversial merger.

  • St. Charles North High drill team off to perform at Liberty Bowl Dec 20, 2013 6:42 PM
    The St. Charles North High School drill team will be heading to Memphis to perform during half-time at the Dec. 31 Liberty Bowl game between the Rice University Owls and Mississippi State Bulldogs. The 23 varsity and junior varsity dancers are one of nine selected teams from around the country who will be performing at the Liberty Bowl.

  • Dist. 303 residents will pay more taxes in 2014 Dec 14, 2013 8:00 AM
    The largest portion of the tax bill in St. Charles will increase in 2014 as District 303 school board members approved a levy increase of about $3 million. The average increase to the owner of a $300,000 home will be about $295. Board member Jim Gaffney was the only "no" vote. He voted against it because he doesn't think now is the time to raise property taxes.

  • 2013-2014 Fox Valley Leadership Team Dec 13, 2013 8:34 AM
    The students named to the Daily Herald Leadership Team sometimes amaze even those who know them best. "I have never seen a student do what Sally did last year ... (she) organized an entire school and literally an entire community to hold a Relay For Life," writes Jonathan Young, a counselor at Central High School on behalf of his nominee, Sally Heyob. The 39 members of the 2013-14 Fox Valley Leadership team, both winners and honorable mentions, have that kind of drive in common.

  • A look at the Fox Valley’s biggest news stories in 2013 Dec 26, 2013 10:31 AM
    The year 2013 saw at least a half dozen court cases across the Fox Valley came to an end, turnover in key political positions, progress on several construction projects and important property acquisitions. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair also made a trip across the pond to speak to a select group at Judson University and Batavia rejoiced when after more than 100 years its football team won the Class 6A state football championship. Those stories and the others that follow, had all of us talking.

  • St. Charles schools surveying parent satisfaction Dec 4, 2013 5:39 AM
    St. Charles Unit District 303 will unveil its new community satisfaction survey next week. The school board uses the survey to help develop policy and goals for the next school year.

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