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  • Elk Grove District 59 appoints key finance official Dec 16, 2014 1:59 PM
    Vickie Nissen, a school official in DuPage County, has been named the new assistant superintendent of business services/chief school business official for Elk Grove Township Elementary District 59.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Improving DuPage scores show ‘teaching math finally makes sense’ Oct 31, 2014 6:21 AM
    Students at many West suburban elementary schools are showing more growth in math than in reading despite new math standards educators say are more rigorous and a more difficult test. “We showed growth in math in spite of the introduction of all Common Core items,” said Patrick Nolten, executive director of research and assessment for Indian Prairie Unit District 204. "People were predicting all doom and gloom, but we didn't see that."

     
  • West Chicago kindergarten teacher explains ‘in-depth’ focus on math Oct 31, 2014 5:30 AM
    Teachers have updated their lessons to better prepare students for the math elements of the Common Core, a set of state standards that are more rigorous than previous requirements to help prepare students for college and careers. The Daily Herald talked with Karen Brogan, a kindergarten teacher at Wegner Elementary in West Chicago, to learn how teachers have adjusted curriculum — even at the earliest grades — to provide a more “in-depth” understanding of math concepts.

     
  • 27.0 average leads ACT performance in DuPage Oct 31, 2014 5:30 AM
    With average ACT scores as high as 27.0, 25.2 and 25.0, several DuPage County high schools shined on standardized tests taken this spring. Hinsdale Central led the way with an average ACT score of 27.0 among students who took the test this spring, while students at Naperville Central averaged a 25.2, and those at both Naperville North and Neuqua Valley high schools compiled an average score of 25.0. ACT scores were listed as part of school report card data released Friday by the Illinois State Board of Education.

     
  • West Chicago students to create Pinwheels for Peace Sep 12, 2014 1:45 PM
    Students and staff at West Chicago’s Indian Knoll Elementary School plan to take part in an international art and literacy project, Pinwheels for Peace, by planting pinwheels with messages of peace on the school grounds.

     
  • Public art project part of West Chicago’s Community Block Party Aug 17, 2014 5:40 PM
    An interactive public art project is planned as part of the Community Block Party from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Aug. 19 at Leman Middle School in West Chicago. The block party celebrates the enhanced collaboration between WeGo Together for Kids, Metropolitan Family Services and United Way of Metropolitan Chicago.

     
  • District 33 spreading word on all-day kindergarten Feb 22, 2014 8:00 AM
    Residents in West Chicago Elementary District 33 can learn more about plans to implement full-day kindergarten this fall at all six elementary schools during a town-hall meeting scheduled for early March. The school board voted earlier this month to offer all-day kindergarten for all youngsters after a pilot program for dual-language students at Gary School won praise from parents, teachers and administrators, officials said.

     
  • West Chicago District 33 names next superintendent Dec 20, 2013 1:52 PM
    An educator who began his career in the Northwest Suburbs has been selected to become the next superintendent of West Chicago Elementary District 33. Charles Johns, who currently serves as the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction for Elmhurst Community Unit District 205, was named on Thursday night by the District 33 school board. He will begin leading District 33 in summer 2014.

     
  • Students, staff share why they like life at West Chicago high school Nov 15, 2013 12:38 PM
    Douglas Domeracki, superintendent of Community High School District 94 in West Chicago, recently asked staff what parents should be proud of in their teens' education.

     
  • District 33 looking for community input in superintendent search Oct 4, 2013 9:10 AM
    Community members will play a key role in selecting a new superintendent in West Chicago Elementary District 33, school officials say. The hunt for a leader to replace the retiring Kathy Wolfe is heating up and residents will have several opportunities in coming days and weeks to help school board members develop a profile for the ideal candidate. If all goes well, the district hopes to select a superintendent in January and have him or her in place on July 1.

     
  • West Chicago Dist. 33 partnerships help low-income students succeed Sep 16, 2013 5:30 AM
    Despite a signifigant jump in the number of low-income students attending West Chicago Elementary District 33 schools, officials say the district has been able to respond with more resources. And that was possible because of a collaboration with various local groups that began years ago.

     
  • Suburban school districts see jump in low-income student populations Sep 3, 2013 5:48 AM
    Suburban school districts are experiencing steady and perhaps staggering growth in low-income student populations. Illinois State Report Card data for 83 school districts shows West Chicago District 33 and Bensenville District 2 are two districts with the biggest poverty growth. “Poverty makes it more a challenge to get students prepared, and it takes additional resources to assist those students,” the state board of education spokesman said.

     
  • Editorial: Teaching languages is serious business May 1, 2013 5:00 AM
    The importance of dual language programs, already offered by many suburban school districts, will only grow in the coming years, a Daily Herald editorial says.

     
  • Newcomer Villa to serve on West Chicago school board Apr 9, 2013 11:22 PM
    A former social worker for West Chicago Elementary District 33 will join her brother on the school board after being elected Tuesday along with three incumbents. Newcomer Karina Villa finished third among five candidates for four seats and will join incumbents Susan Stibal, Brenda Vishanoff and Juliann Pearson on the board.

     
  • Endorsements: Pearson. Scheck, Stibal, Vishanoff for West Chicago Dist. 33 schools Mar 19, 2013 5:00 AM
    The Daily Herald endorses Christine Scheck, Brenda Vishanoff, Juliann Pearson and Susan Stibal for the West Chicago District 33 school board.

     
  • Strikes don’t add much heat to school board races Mar 10, 2013 12:56 AM
    Suburban school districts have seen an unusual number of teacher's strikes in recent months. Yet, those strikes — and the disagreements that led to them — have not been a major force in campaigns leading up to the April 9 school board election.

     
  • Request for student information stirs FOIA controversy in West Chicago Mar 3, 2013 7:39 AM
    A Freedom of Information Act request for student contact information filed during the final month of contract negotiations between West Chicago District 33 and its teachers union is pointing out some inconsistencies between FOIA regulations and federal laws meant to protect student privacy.

     
  • Contract, compromises approved in West Chicago Dist. 33 Feb 21, 2013 9:53 PM
    West Chicago District 33 teachers and school board members ended a 16-month contract battle Thursday night when the agreement gained final approval. The contract addresses several sticking points with compromises and forms committees to address two other issues the sides struggled to agree on. While the board says the contract is fiscally responsible, the union says it could have been reached much earlier and without a strike.

     
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