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  • Suburban districts get funding boost for preschool programs Dec 16, 2014 3:20 PM
    Elgin Area School District U-46 and Hampshire-based Community Unit District 300 are among 26 statewide recipients of $80 million in federal funding for early childhood education programs. More than $226 million in Preschool Development Grants was awarded to schools in 18 states. The grants will serve more than 33,000 children nationwide.

     
  • Batavia school board hot among Tri-Cities races Dec 15, 2014 7:59 PM
    The Batavia school board race in April will be a highly contested one, as eight people filed this morning for theree seats. And one of those candidates is also seeking a seat on the Batavia City Council.

     
  • State awards grants for after-school programs Dec 3, 2014 6:59 PM
    The Illinois State Board of Education has authorized grants supporting before- and after-school enrichment programs serving nearly 70,000 students annually. Among the 87 grant recipients for 2015 are: Elgin Area School District U-46, East Aurora School District 131, West Aurora School District 129, West Chicago Elementary School District 33 and Community Unit District 300, who collectively will receive $3.24 million of the $33 million in federal 21st Century Community Learning Center grants.

     
  • Geneva High atop local lists for science, reading Oct 31, 2014 5:30 AM
    Geneva High School continued to have the highest composite average ACT score among schools in and near the Tri-Cities, despite a slight dip in that score. And Kaneland High School's score climbed 5.2 percent.

     
  • Kiwanis Club of Aurora readying for “Coats for Kids” Oct 27, 2014 3:39 PM
    This winter, the Kiwanis Club of Aurora is part of a citywide effort of getting coats to needy children. The effort is called “Coats for Kids.” This year, they hope to raise some $22,000 from the community and to distribute some 2,000 coats to needy students at the elementary through high school level at West Aurora Unit District 129; East Aurora Unit District 131; Indian Prairie District 204, and Oswego District 308. Coats are going to be distributed Oct. 29-30 to some 29 schools based on a need assessment by the school’s social worker.

     
  • W. Aurora Dist. 129 seeks at-large board members Sep 19, 2014 2:24 PM
    The Superintendent's Community Advisory Council for West Aurora Unit District 129 is seeking five to seven active community members to serve as at-large members.

     
  • Fox Valley Park District troupe to stage ‘Hairspray’ Jul 16, 2014 3:13 PM
    Everything about “Hairspray” is big. The powerful, soul-stirring music. The spectacular sets. The dazzlingly colorful costumes. The bouffant hairdos. The production will have a huge presence this weekend, as the Fox Valley Park District’s Summer Stage presents “Hairspray” for four shows — Friday, July 18 through Sunday, July 20 — at West Aurora High School.

     
  • Man gets probation for role in Aurora teen’s murder Jul 2, 2014 12:11 PM
    The second of three people charged in the 2013 murder of an Aurora teen pleaded guilty to reduced charges and was sentenced to 18 months probation. Jose M. Becerra, 22, of Oswego, pleaded guilty to attempted obstruction of justice in the death of Abigial Villalpando, 18. Juan Garnica, 20, was sentenced to 30 years last month for her murder.

     
  • 2,000 bilingual books find good home in West Aurora 129 May 22, 2014 8:31 PM
    Todd Early Learning Center Principal Laurie Klomhaus was interested when she was told the Elburn Lions Club had some Spanish-English children's books it could give to her. "You say 'free,' and I'm there," she said, for anything that will help her students, at-risk preschoolers. "Some" turned out to be 2,000 new board books.

     
  • West Aurora to add JROTC May 20, 2014 5:30 AM
    West Aurora School District 129 will offer Air Force Junior Officre Reserve Training Corps to students starting this fall.

     
  • Kaneland High, Nicholson schools receive state honors May 15, 2014 6:06 PM
    Kaneland High School in Maple Park and Nicholson Elementary School in Montgomery were praised by state school superintendent Christopher Koch, as he bestowed Academic Improvement awards at a ceremony at Kaneland.

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

     
  • 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.

     
  • Aurora man to fill vacancy on Dist. 129 board Apr 8, 2014 5:19 PM
    An Aurora man has been appointed to fill a vacancy on the West Aurora District 129 school board. Ira Lathan, a former mathematics teacher, takes over for Angela Smith, who resigned in March.

     
  • District 129 parents can learn about STEM school Mar 21, 2014 1:26 PM
    West Aurora Unit District 129 parents who are interested in enrolling their children in the John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School are invited to attend a parent information meeting from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, in the West Aurora High School cafeteria in Aurora.

     
  • West Aurora school trustee resigns Mar 4, 2014 4:20 PM
    The West Aurora school board needs a new member, after Angela Smith resigned Monday. Smith said responsibilities at her job were taking up more of ther time.

     
  • Attorney: Victim in West Aurora sex abuse lawsuit showed courage Feb 9, 2014 5:18 PM
    A former West Aurora High School student who sued West Aurora District 129 for not protecting her from sexual abuse at the hands of a band teacher and failing to report suspicions to state officials has shown a tremendous amount of courage, her attorney said. “I just feel great that my client had enough courage to stand up and participate in civil proceedings and the criminal case.”

     
  • West Aurora Dist. 129 settles sex abuse lawsuit Feb 4, 2014 6:51 PM
    A confidential settlement has been reached in a lawsuit filed by a former West Aurora High School student who was sexually abused by a former band director. The girl, identified only as Jane Doe, sued District 129, Superintendent Jim Rydland and former principal Dan Bridges for failing to protect her and report suspected abuse to DCFS. The matter prompted the Kane County state's attorney's office to enter into a five-year deferred prosecution program requiring all current and new district staff to be trained in their mandated reporting duties.

     
  • West Aurora district names ex-Oswego principal superintendent Feb 4, 2014 6:54 PM
    The West Aurora school board chose a replacement Monday for Superintendent Jim Rydland, who is retiring at the end of the school year. Jeffrey Craig, who used to be the principal at Oswego East High School, will start a transition to the district this week.

     
  • Aurora parents can get FAFSA help tonight Feb 3, 2014 5:45 PM
    Aurora area high school seniors and their parents can receive assistance in filling out the standard college financial aid application known as FAFSA from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 5. It stands for “Free Application for Federal Student Aid” because it is filed with the U.S. Department of Education, but most state-sponsored and college-sponsored aid requires the same application.

     
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