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  • U-46 needs parents to join leadership institutes May 27, 2014 7:33 AM
    Elgin Area School District U-46 is looking for qualified parent volunteers to join the 2013-14 African-American Parent Leadership Institute or the Hispanic Parent Leadership Institute.

  • Should suburban school districts hire lobbyists? May 27, 2014 5:11 AM
    Can hiring lobbyists help suburban school districts influence education policy and bring home more tax dollars? It’s a question Elgin Area School District U-46 and Community Unit District 300 have been pondering in the wake of proposed legislation that would overhaul state funding of schools. “In Springfield, one of the things that we find when we’ve gone down there, school District U-46 is one of 868 districts outside of Chicago,” U-46 Chief of Staff Tony Sanders said.

  • Elgin school teaches whale of a lesson May 23, 2014 12:53 PM
    Creekside Elementary School third-graders became so engrossed in their lesson about the ecosystem that they decided to build a life-size whale to understand the true size and feel of the mammal. Students built the 50-foot whale with painter's tarp and packaging tape. The exhibit housed in the school's gym allows visitors to walk inside the whale.

  • U-46 considers digital devices for all students May 21, 2014 4:36 PM
    Elgin Area School District U-46 may join a growing number of districts switching from textbooks to tablets and other such digital devices in classrooms. The cost of outfitting the district’s 40,000 students with such devices could be huge. But first the district needs to better communicate with parents why students need the devices, said Melissa Lane, CAC curriculum committee chairwoman and a parent representative for Larkin High School. “We are not talking about pricing,” Lane said. “Textbooks have a cost. So does a device. It’s not so much how you deliver the content, but how are students learning to analyze what’s out there.”

  • U-46, community partners to address education issues May 20, 2014 5:30 AM
    Elgin Area School District U-46 is moving forward with an initiative that will bring together businesses, community organizations, and schools to solve educational issues. School officials and community leaders have been working on the Alignment Education Initiative for nearly two years. It’s a partnership between the city of Elgin, the Grand Victoria Foundation, United Way of Elgin, Elgin Community College, Judson University, and school districts U-46 and 301.

  • 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.

  • Fox Valley area schools get state funding to improve security May 19, 2014 10:56 AM
    Several Fox Valley area school districts and colleges will be beefing up campus security with federal funding released in the wake of the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. School districts will be using the funds to reinforce doors, install shatter resistant glass or film, and other security measures to improve safety for students, employees and visitors.

  • Elgin teacher named Environmental Educator of the Year May 19, 2014 7:37 PM
    Deb Perryman’s love for the environment started at an early age and has become her life’s passion. The Elgin High School teacher was recently named the 2014 Environmental Educator of the Year by the Environmental Education Association of Illinois. “It’s an honor to receive this award, and my real reward is showing students how they can make a real impact for environmental causes,” said Perryman, 48.

  • Pension penalties drop, but some schools still owe over $100,000 May 18, 2014 8:33 AM
    Two of the largest suburban school districts paid six-figure penalties for giving pension-boosting pay hikes for retiring educators in the 2012-2013 school year, eight years after a state law was adopted to discourage schools from doing so. But another suburban school district, Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54, paid about $25,000 in penalties for the 2012-2013 school year — far less than the year before, when it paid nearly half a million dollars, according to records from the state's Teachers' Retirement System.

  • Hanover Park fifth-graders play college counselors May 16, 2014 7:40 PM
    Ontarioville Elementary School students played the role of college counselor for their parents and peers during a two-hour college fair Friday intended to inspire interest in higher education. “Some of our struggling learners have just come out of their shell for this project and just blossomed,” teacher Nicole Tucker said. “This is like their life-changing moment in fifth grade.”

  • Sycamore Trails student wins national chess competition May 15, 2014 5:45 PM
    Sycamore Trails Elementary student Marissa Li beat out some of the country's best chess players in a competition held in Northbrook. Marissa could have gone onto the world championships, but has decided to keep practicing and try again next year.

  • Six Streamwood High School students charged in fight May 14, 2014 5:28 PM
    A 17-year-old male Streamwood High School student accused of pushing a teacher during a brawl inside the school Tuesday is facing felony aggravated battery and misdemeanor mob action charges, police said Wednesday. Five other male students, ages 14 to 16, are charged with mob action under village ordinances.

  • Streamwood High students arrested after fight at school May 13, 2014 10:06 PM
    Six Streamwood High School students were arrested in connection with a fight that broke out on campus Tuesday morning, police said. No weapons were used in the fight and no significant injuries to students or staff were reported as a result of the 11:15 a.m. altercation, Streamwood police said.

  • Elgin Children’s Chorus to share ‘Harmonies and Melodies’ May 13, 2014 4:07 PM
    Members of the Elgin Children’s Chorus will take the stage this weekend for their final concert of the organization’s 28th season. The “Harmonies and Melodies” concert will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 18, at Elgin Community College’s Blizzard Theatre, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin. Tickets are $15, $12 for students and seniors.

  • South Elgin High seeks funding for stadium lights May 13, 2014 6:23 PM
    Piece by piece, the South Elgin High School community hopes to equip the school’s stadium to bring it up to the standard of modern athletic fields. Officials hope a fundraiser next month will help toward the $180,000 cost of purchasing and installing stadium lights. The South Elgin High School Booster Club is sponsoring “Run for the Lights” — includes 10K, 5K, and 2-by-5K relay races and a family fun walk — June 14 in South Elgin.

  • U-46 to consider school closings, boundary changes May 12, 2014 5:09 AM
    Elgin Area School District U-46 officials once again will be considering boundary changes, and perhaps even school closings, as student enrollment declines in some elementary schools, while others are increasingly overcrowded.

  • Elgin charter school group files application May 9, 2014 7:04 PM
    After nearly two years of research, the Elgin Charter School Initiative filed its charter application Friday with Elgin Area School District U-46. “This has been a long road,” said charter group President Karen Schock. “We truly believe it’s going to be an exciting, creative school ... an elementary school that has a math and science focus.” U-46 has 45 days to grant a public hearing, and then 30 days to render a decision on the proposed school. The application also needs state approval.

  • S. Elgin High team takes 6th at state journalism contest May 9, 2014 2:07 PM
    Page 2 South Elgin High School students earned sixth in state as a team at the Illinois High School Association’s State Journalism Contest on May 2 at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Ill.

  • 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

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