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Articles filed under Batavia Unit District 101

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  • Dist. 101 school lunch prices again going up Jun 24, 2014 6:55 PM
    Batavia students will pay more for school lunches next year. Not because it costs more to make the lunches, but to reduce the difference between what the district charges and the higher reimbursement the federal government pays for lunches served to low-income students.

     
  • Students and sex images Jun 9, 2014 5:30 AM
    Within a month, four schools --- in Barrington, Batavia, Glen Ellyn and Wheaton --- reported instances of students sexting, looking at porn or creating obscene images. In two of the cases, students involved have been charged.

     
  • School districts take action after sexting, porn incidents Jun 9, 2014 9:30 PM
    Within months, four elementary and middle schools --- in Barrington, Batavia, Glen Ellyn and Wheaton --- reported instances of students sexting, looking at porn or creating obscene images. In two of the cases, students involved have been criminally charged. The districts have responded by trying to educate students about the appropriate use of the Internet and social meda.

     
  • Fix old, rent, or build new Batavia school maintenance building? May 28, 2014 5:30 AM
    Should the Batavia school district fix up its current maintenance building? Should it buy a building and renovate it to meet the district's needs? Or should it buy land and construct a new building? The school board wants more information on the three options.

     
  • 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

     
  • Prosecutor: Use Batavia sexting case as teachable moment May 7, 2014 5:07 AM
    Kane County State's Attorney Joe McMahon said Tuesday he hopes parents can use the investigation into sexting at a Batavia middle school as an opportunity to teach their children about responsible social media usage. “The message is the same,” he said. “It's about responsibility. It's about thinking about long-term consequences.”

     
  • Editorial: Kids and the battle with technology gone bad May 7, 2014 1:01 AM
    Recent cases of children misusing their smartphones and other technology - and some getting arrested for it - should be a wake-up call for all parents, a Daily Herald editorial says.

     
  • No charges in Batavia school sexting case May 6, 2014 12:11 PM
    No criminal charges will be filed in the case of the Rotolo Middle School students caught sending photo of their nude selves to classmates, Batavia police announced Monday. According to a news release, police and school authorities intend to educate students about the ramifications of the use and misuse of social media.

     
  • Top Kane County educators named May 3, 2014 8:00 AM
    The top Kane County educators were honored Friday night by the Regional Office of Education at the 39th annual Educator of the Year Awards Banquet in St. Charles. Carol Mertes, first grade teacher at Johnson Elementary School in East Aurora Unit District 131, won the Educator of the Year Award, while Stephanie Ramstad, principal of Carpentersville Middle School in Community Unit District 300, was named School Administrator of the Year.

     
  • Batavia middle school sexting investigated May 1, 2014 12:17 PM
    Batavia police are investigating sexting involving Rotolo Middle School students. Police said at least a dozen students took or received nude photographs via cellphone. Detective Kevin Bretz said it's important parents check their kids' phones and computers, because youngsters this age don't realize the long-term consequences. "Kids tend to see not much farther than their noses," he said.

     
  • Batavia schools to rebate taxes to spur Aurora outlet mall expansion Apr 23, 2014 5:21 PM
    The Batavia school district has agreed to rebate $3.2 million in future property taxes to the owner of the Chicago Premium Outlet Mall in Aurora, to be used to help pay to expand the mall.

     
  • All Batavia students to get laptops or tablets Apr 23, 2014 5:30 AM
    All Batavia students will likely get computing devices within the next two years, under a technology plan approved Tuesday. It will cost each student $75 a year.

     
  • Batavia charity has prom dresses for girls in need Apr 23, 2014 6:12 PM
    A Batavia charity has 60 beautiful dresses, donated by customers of a beauty salon,and is ready to play fairy godmother to girls who can't afford prom gowns. Now the group is just looking for the Cinderellas.

     
  • New Roselle Dist. 12 superintendent eager to start Apr 23, 2014 6:00 PM
    An administrator with Batavia Unit District 101 says she's looking forward to becoming the next superintendent of Roselle Elementary District 12. Melissa Kaczkowski, District 101's assistant director of student services, was picked earlier this month to succeed District 12 Superintendent Lori Bein, who is slated to start July 1 as superintendent of Arlington Heights Elementary District 25. “Throughout the interview process, it became clear to me that District 12 is a very people-centered district that is passionate about their commitment to students,” Kaczkowski said.

     
  • Batavia student fees could rise $75 to help pay for Chromebooks Apr 21, 2014 2:32 PM
    Students in Batavia schools would pay $75 a year more in registration fees, to help pay for outfitting them with Chromebook computers and other devices, under a plan the school board will consider Tuesday.

     
  • Batavia schools to seek short-term loan Mar 27, 2014 6:00 PM
    For the second year in a row, Batavia School District 101 will take out a short-term loan to cover a potential cash-flow dip in the last months of the fiscal year.

     
  • Not only did she move to Kodiak, Alaska, she became mayor Mar 26, 2014 1:44 PM
    Kodiak, Alaska, is a long way from Batavia, Illinois. But Pat Branson, who is in her second term as Kodiak's mayor, says growing up in Batavia gave her the foundation she needed to become a community leader.

     
  • Alice Gustafson PTO holds annual clothing, toy resale March 21, 22 Mar 11, 2014 4:30 PM
    The Alice Gustafson School PTO will host its annual Children’s Clothing and Toy Resale from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 21, for adults only, and 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 22. The clothing and toy resale is a major fundraising event for the Alice Gustafson School PTO. Income from the sale will be used for educational programs, materials and equipment for the school’s students and staff.

     
  • Interest in Fox Valley robot competition skyrocketing Mar 8, 2014 7:24 PM
    By the end of the morning events at the Illinois VEX Robotics state championships, several members of four different teams had gathered around a monitor with a scrolling list of the standings. There was still a half-day worth of matches, but all the teams shared the same opinion of the team at the top of the heap at that point in the day. “Cobalt is awesome,” said one middle-school robot designer. Five other participants nodded their heads in agreement.

     
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