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Christmas traditions … or lack thereof

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by Kaitlyn Becker, Kaneland Krier
KANELAND—Temperatures dropping means it is time to begin preparing for the holidays. With Christmas just a moment away, people are left to reminisce about childhood traditions, as well as plans to make new ones.

One tradition popular among all generations is opening presents on Christmas morning. Judy Fabrizius, a grandmother, mother and Family and Consumer Science teacher at Kaneland High School (KHS), has her own special memories with this tradition.

“We got livestock as presents, and one time we were given a white reindeer named Rudolph,” Fabrizius said.

As an adult, she enjoys doing things for others. She said it makes her happier than receiving gifts.

“Seeing my children smile at a present I got them that they didn’t expect to get makes me happy,” Fabrizius said.

Cynthia Violett, a mother and KHS Teaching and Learning Coach, has her own tradition on opening gifts.

“The kids can’t open their presents until I have my coffee,” Violett said.

While presents have been a part of Christmas time for a while, it’s clear that some feel a shift in the old tradition.

“They’re advertising sooner now; I don’t want to see that until it’s closer to Christmas time,” Violett said.

Fabrizius feels that people have become more selfish, preferring to receive gifts more than give them.

“The spirit of giving has been lost,” Fabrizius said.

KHS freshman Grace Ringel’s Christmas consists of staying home and opening presents. She agreed that a lot of other traditions have been replaced with even more presents.

“People are spoiled. As generations have gone by, it’s lost meaning,” Ringel said.

Some disagree with such a statement. Violett believes that her kids are excited for more things than just presents.

“My kids still enjoy the whole Christmas experience,” Violett said.

Ringel said that she doesn’t have any cherished Christmas traditions, and doesn’t think she will share any traditions with her kids in the future.

“There’s none. Just buying them presents,” Ringel said.

Ultimately, Fabrizius thinks that during Christmas time it’s best to appreciate what you have. After all, she remembers experiences more than what presents she got.

“In a year, a Gameboy won’t matter,” Fabrizius said.

Photos: Sharks and Jets at KHS

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Kaneland High School’s production of ‘West Side Story’ took place this past weekend. Cast members (left) perform a routine during dress rehearsal on March 14. <em>Kaneland Krier Photos by Amelia Likeum</em>


The majority of the cast hits the stage for a dance routine.


Rachel Miller (left, middle), cast in the role of Anita, is flanked by fellow cast members during a performance of the tune “America.”


KHS junior Kayla Hedgren (above, left) and senior Tucker DeBolt act out a scene as Maria and Tony during dress rehearsal for “West Side Story” on March 14.

Erratic driver’s odd punishment

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by Caitlyn Strasser, Kaneland Krier reporter
CLEVELAND—Almost every day, 32-year-old Shena Hardin drives on the sidewalk to avoid a Cleveland school bus for disabled children, claiming she is in a hurry.

Fed up with this erratic behavior, the bus driver recorded Hardin in the act. Hardin was then tried and sentenced to community service. However, it wasn’t the average community service sentence.

Hardin was forced to hold a sign that read, “Only an idiot drives on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus.” The judge also fined her $250 and suspended her license for 30 days.

Hardin stood on the side of the road holding the sign, which earned her many honks and the attention of cameras and laughing onlookers.

Some people think this punishment was too much for the woman, as it was humiliating and shaming her in front of everyone.

“I would never do something like that, but I don’t think it was right to humiliate her in front of people like that,” KHS sophomore Paulina Yep said.

“I look at it like this, does the punishment fit the crime? Did she hit anyone on the sidewalk? No. Was she an idiot for driving on the sidewalk? Yes. If this stops her from making reckless decisions in the future, then yep, it was a good punishment,” KHS history teacher Brian Aversa said.

Aversa is one of many who think this woman’s punishment was fair. If more people were punished in the same way Hardin was, would they be less likely to repeat the offense?

“She was being so reckless, she’s lucky she got off so easy. I think she should have to redo Driver’s Ed,” KHS sophomore Breanna Geller said.

The sidewalk she drove on was right next to an elementary school. Not only that, but the path she took was the fire exit for the children inside. This act could have caused a catastrophe for any children who tried to escape from a fire at the moment she drove by.

Opinions on this issue will vary, but there’s no questioning that Hardin’s punishment will serve as an example for other drivers.

Passion for singing travels from generation to generation

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by Amy Croft, Kaneland Krier reporter
KANELAND—Mitch Bateman has been involved in singing his whole life.

“My whole family sings. We are all very musical, and it’s just fun,” he said.

Bateman took his singing all the way to high school and is now a respected Madrigal at Kaneland. Bateman’s father actually graduated from KHS as well, and was a Madrigal, just like his son.

“On the Sunday show of the Madrigal dinner, I had received a note from my dad not knowing what would be inside it,” Mitch said. “I opened it up and it plainly said, ‘Did you know you are wearing the same costume that I wore my senior year of high school in 1988?’ It was awesome that that coincidence just kind of happened.”

Even though Mitch’s dad did not further pursue singing, the two still sing together and enjoy every moment of it.

Being a part of the Madrigal class is a big honor when it comes to choir.

“It’s an audition group, and through our early years of high school, all the choir kids would look up to the Madrigals and dream of being one,” said Kaitlyn Wendling, a KHS senior.

Having to sight sing and learn pieces of music all by themselves can be a big challenge for students, so the students who are in the class are very advanced and have worked for it.

Mitch’s whole family supports him through all his singing choices. He said he very much enjoys singing with the Madrigals.

“The people are a lot of fun. Everything about it is just fun,” he said.

Mitch said he wants to keep singing and hopefully pursue it in college.

Tips on staying warm this winter

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by Nicole Partipilo, Kaneland Krier reporter
KANELAND—Staying warm during winter isn’t always the easiest thing to do. Fortunately, there are ways around the cold.

A common way to stay warm is to bundle up in thick layers, which isn’t always the most comfortable option. Here are some other ways to stay warm, without bundling up:
• Take the wind chill factor into account when checking the temperature. Some people don’t and end up cold while outside. The wind chill can affect the temperature up to 40 degrees. With an outside temperature of 30 degrees Fahrenheit, and winds blowing 15 miles per hour, the overall temperature could feel like it dropped by nearly 10 degrees.
• Many times, illness is associated with the cold. Therefore, preventing a chill could help prevent illness. Drink warm fluids and eat warm and spicy foods, as this will help keep your core body temperature up. On the body, the head, hands and feet give off the most heat.
• New ways to keep warm are found with heated clothing. Technology uses different types of heated clothing ranging from socks to gloves and even coats. Whether it’s battery operated or chemically activated, the warmth from heated clothing helps ease those cold winter days.

Remember to wear layers. Although bundling up in thick clothes may look like it’s the best way to stay warm, wearing many thin layers has been proven to work better. The layers catch air between your clothing, creating heat pockets that keep your body warmer than with thick layers.

Another important factor to keep in mind with maintaining a core body temperature is to stay active. Physical exercise helps to work the muscles, raising the overall body temperature.

Things to do over winter break

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by Amy Burgholzer, Kaneland Krier reporter
KANELAND—Winter break is here, and most teenagers will be stuck inside their rooms on their laptops, phones or other electronic devices. Many of these teens don’t realize that there are plenty of outdoor activities worth a try. The surrounding areas also have many activities that can help fight winter boredom.

For something that’s free and fun to do with friends, have a snowman building party and turn it into a competition. Have friends get really creative with their snowmen; at the end, everyone decides which snowman is the best.

If you’re willing to travel a bit, the Brookfield Zoo Magical Lights show is just $15. It’s general admission to get in, but within the zoo there are over 1 million lights, a computer-generated light show, carolers, storytellers and much more. The Lights Festival runs from now until Dec. 31, 4 to 9 p.m.

There’s also Hardy’s Reindeer Ranch in Rantoul, Ill. The ranch is open daily, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and will remain open until Saturday, Dec. 29. Reindeer tours are $4 per person.

You can check out historic Route 66 in Pontiac, Ill., at the the Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven days a week

For a fun and sporty day, head to Andalusia, Ill. and hit up Ski Snowstar Winter Sports Park. There are many activities to do, including skiing. The admission has family and group packages, making the day at the sports park both enjoyable and inexpensive.

Fun winter activities aren’t relegated to Illinois, either. Visit the Richard Bong Recreational Area in Wisconsin. Open year-round, 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., this recreational area is just 71 miles away from Chicago, and would make a great day trip with friends or family.

Another free activity to do is visit the lakefront in Wisconsin and build an igloo. Be creative with the igloo. Make it the classic dome shape with snow bricks or make it more modern day by simply piling the snow up.

The surrounding areas have many activities to do for bored teenagers over winter break, so turn off your computers and get outside already.

Sheriff’s Office demonstrates drug dog searches for KHS students

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Photo: Tryont, the K-9 that visited Kaneland High School, has undergone extensive training and can sometimes detect the smell of drugs even a few days after they have been removed from a locker or other location. Photo by Samantha Schrepferman

by Courtney Diddell
Kaneland Krier Reporter

KANELAND—A K-9 unit from the Kane County Sheriff’s Office demonstrated how drug searches are conducted for contemporary health classes at Kaneland High School on March 7.

Health teacher Cindy Miller has been bringing in Kane County police officers to present to her class for eight years.

“I’m trying to teach the kids about the training with the dog, how they work and what they are supposed to do,” Miller said. “It’s an interesting demo.”

Deputy Nicholas Wolf has been a K-9 officer for 10 years and has trained and worked with three dogs throughout his working experience. He describes them as “scent-discriminating animals.”

“They are just another tool for us, but I cried like a baby when my first two dogs passed away,” Wolf said.

Senior Carolina Tovar, who attended the presentation, said she thought it was interesting but wouldn’t change how some Kaneland students feel about bringing drugs to school.

“People who bring drugs to school think they’re invincible,” Tovar said.

Wolf’s current K-9, Tryont, is certified in narcotics detection, tracking, building searches, evidence recovery, suspect apprehension and handler protection. They are also assigned to the Kane County SWAT team.

The most common thing the dogs search for in a school are illegal drugs and people who have either been doing, selling or buying drugs. Although drugs are not frequently found at Kaneland High School, Sheriff’s Resource Officer Keith Gardner said when he does find prescription medication and marijuana, they are most commonly found in bathrooms and lockers.

“It was interesting to see how easily dogs were able to find drugs anywhere, no matter how hidden they were,” Tovar said.

Police officials can perform searches anytime even at the slightest suspicion, Gardner said.

“School property is subject to search. Usually we have reasonable suspicion or anonymous tips,” he said.

Miller thinks that students should know more about these searches and the consequence of getting caught.

“I think kids need to understand that we can have the dogs do searches whenever we want,” she said.

When Wolf and Tryont reach their suspect, they must allow the suspect to surrender according to law, but as soon as they don’t, the dog is released to attack.

“We give people the chance to surrender legally, but once they don’t, they’ve chosen their own path,” Wolf said.

Tovar said she couldn’t see herself working with a K-9 dog due to their aggression.

“They’re too scary and aggressive,” he said.

It would take four hours to search a building with just the men, but with dogs it only takes half that time at the most, Wolf said.

“Dogs have one million more sense cells then humans, and that’s why we use them,” he said.

“The scent lasts longer to dogs then it does to us, and they can smell it from farther away,” Gardner said.

Tovar thinks Miller should continue this presentation in Contemporary Health.

“It was really informative and cool to see how excited the police officer was,” Tovar said.

Unsure which college to choose? Try visiting

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Photo: Students stroll across the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s main quad on the way to class. Photo by Jessica Corbett

by Alex Vickery, Kaneland Krier Editor
Contributions by John Pruett

Kaneland—Senior Veronica Seawall was in search of a very specific major: animal behavior. She visited Eastern Kentucky University, the only school in the entire Midwest that offers that major.

“I did research for one and a half years. There were two other possible schools, but one was in California, and one was in Florida,” Seawall said.

Like Seawall, many Kaneland students have gone on a college visit or are going to visit soon. Counselor Andrew Franklin recommends going on one or two college visits every year, if possible, starting freshmen year and continuing up until senior year.

A tour is a smart way to assure a student will see a variety of places on the college campus. Most universities have information on their website about upcoming tours or how to set one up.

“It’s good to visit a large school, a medium school and a small school, just to see how it feels to attend different size schools,” Franklin said. “It’s also good to see a local college because it’s close and easy to visit, your dream school and a junior college.”

On most tours, a student can see places such as the dorms, cafeteria, classrooms, library, bookstore, athletic facilities and more. Some colleges also offer opportunities to stay overnight or to shadow a student.

“If you’re torn between two colleges, stay overnight, shadow a student and sit in on one or two classes,” Franklin said.

Other things to do on a college visit, as recommended by the College Board, are to participate in a group information session at the admissions office, read the student newspaper or other student publication and to talk to a coach in a chosen sport.

Senior Tyler Heinle recently went on a college visit to Elmhurst College to talk to the baseball coach there.

“It was nice, big and very spacious,” Heinle said.

The College Board also advises walking or driving around the community surrounding the campus and get a feel of what it would be like to live there for four years.

“You’re going to get a good feel of whether or not you like it,” Franklin said.

Seawall says she is nervous, but still very excited for next year.

The number one thing Franklin recommends is to research. Students can go to college fairs and college research websites such as, which has YouTube videos, photos and website links.

10 things high school students should ask while on a college visit
Ask about and understand the admissions criteria when going on a visit, Stephanie Schiller, a Northern Illinois University Admissions Office representative, said.

Talk to a professor of a class that interests you while on a campus tour, according to Counselor Andrew Franklin.

Ask what the options are if you choose to major or double major in a certain field. For example, Schiller said students could ask questions like, “Would the course load be substantial for what I’m interested in?”

The most important question to ask while on a college visit is whether or not outside scholarships affect the amount of financial aid a school can provide, Franklin said.

Be sure to know the college resources, Schiller said.

Ask to sit in on a class of a subject that interests you in order to become more familiar with the university’s teaching style, Franklin said.

Go over transportation options, especially for incoming freshmen who cannot bring cars, according to Schiller.

Ask what the advantages and disadvantages of going to college far away are, said Schiller.

Spend the night in the dorm to help familiarize yourself with the college, according to Franklin.

Participate in a group information session at the admissions office, according to Franklin.

For more information on college visits, visit and click on the College Planning link.

Less than 10 percent of referrals lead to suspensions

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by Lourinda Triplett and Maria Lassandro, Kaneland Krier Reporters
Kaneland—District data shows that 1,404 referrals were written at Kaneland High School last year—but those referrals led to only 104 suspensions.

That’s because most of the referrals were written for relatively minor issues, such as being tardy, skipping class or being disruptive. Suspended students typically had committed a variety of more serious offenses, from having unexcused absences to theft, fighting, or drug and alcohol violations, data from District 302’s SWIS program shows.

District data also revealed that Harter Middle School issues more referrals to students than KHS. A total of 1,786 referrals were written for students at HMS last year, more than were issued at the high school, even though the high school has a slightly larger student body.

“Middle school is stricter while high school is more laid back, but the punishments on students are normally for a good reason,” freshman Sarah Wolfe said.

While the high school typically uses out-of-school suspensions, middle school students are more likely to receive an in-school suspension, the SWIS data showed. During an in-school suspension, the student sits silently in an office for the entire day and does school work.

Some students thought that out-of-school suspensions were not always a deterrent because those students were glad to miss a day of school.

“Suspensions don’t help many students at all. Some students are happy to be suspended and don’t really care; it’s just like a day off for them,” sophomore Trevor Malatek said.

The district is working to reduce the number of out-of-school suspensions and keep students in school, Superintendent Dr. Jeff Schuler said.

“Next year, we will no longer suspend students for having unexcused absences. This will cut down on the overall number of out-of-school suspensions, keeping more students in class,” Schuler said. “Next year, our special education department is expanding their in-school suspension pilot program for students with IEPs. This will allow more students to receive academic interventions while experiencing a consequence for their behavior. This will also reduce the number of overall out-of-school suspensions.”

Parking violations will also no longer be cause for a referral.

“There is a new parking policy that will limit the number of students parking illegally through the imposition of a fine, instead of referrals,” Schuler said.

The district hopes that the fine will be more of a deterrent than a detention.

Schuler said that the district is moving to take fighting more seriously next year.

“We are moving fighting from a level III to a level IV offense,” Schuler said. “In addition to expanding all of our disciplinary options, this will mean that fighting will result in loss of participation for a period of time for students involved in sports and/or student activities. We anticipate that increasing the consequences for fighting will reduce the number of fights.”

Erin Arndt: Photography at its finest

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Photo: This self portrait, titled “Cosmic Love,” is No. 42 out of 365. It was ranked No. 17 as Flickr’s most interesting photo of the day and is Arndt’s most popular online photo. Photo by Erin Arndt

by Matt Wahlgren, Brianne Strobel, and Sara Laurie, Kaneland Krier Editors
KANELAND—Senior Erin Arndt already had her photography equipment unloaded from the car and ready to go for a day of photos. By the time her friends and models had all arrived, it was closing on three in the afternoon at Leroy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles.

In no time at all, they were already searching for a suitable fall background against which to pose the model, Kaneland graduate Chloe Bluml. Luckily, an old rustic barn fit the bill perfectly.

As Arndt’s camera clicked, Bluml tried different poses as directed. Like most photographers, Arndt takes huge numbers of pictures from new perspectives and keeps only the ones she likes most.

She gave Bluml directions to alter the pose to find one that worked the best, including tilting her head different ways, facing different directions, looking off into the distance and standing different ways.

Arndt is currently working on the 365 project for Flickr, a challenge where she posts a new photo every day for a year.

On the day at Leroy Oakes, while looking around for a new place to photograph after finishing with the barn, Arndt’s friends enthusiastically led her into the forest. She went out in search of an interesting place to photograph. There were a few photo opportunities that Arndt took advantage off.

“Does anyone want to take their shoes off?” Arndt asked, trying to find a model willing to lay barefoot under a fallen tree. Senior Taylor Buri, one of the models and a self-proclaimed best friend of Arndt since they were 3 years old, volunteered to ditch her shoes for the photograph. Arndt took plenty of shots from various angles to try to find the one that worked best.

Later, Arndt wanted to try having Buri balance on a tree branch. A lot of work had to go into capturing this. Buri had to try very hard not to fall and maintain the facial expression she was seeking at the same time.

Although this day was a group photo shoot with many models, group photo shoots are no longer the norm for Arndt anymore, as she has moved more towards artistic photographs.

Arndt said that most of her shoots for the 365 project are spontaneous—some being planned only 10 or 20 minutes in advance. When she suddenly gets an idea that she wants to try, she’ll sometimes try it right away.

Flickr’s 365 project encourages people to use their creativity and meet deadlines, which are not actually enforced. A lot of the pictures Arndt posts are of herself, but she also uses several different friends as models, including Bluml, Buri, junior Jack Grimes and seniors Shannon Wallace and Jake Rosko.

Arndt wants the photos to have a certain story or a message behind them, as opposed to being merely shots of people sitting there, posing and smiling.

Although she started out photographing pictures that were or resembled senior photos, Arndt said that is not what she wants to do. Her new photos carry out a purpose other than capturing a moment in time. They are creatively designed to have a specific meaning or to represent an idea.

She spends an hour or two every day editing the photos so she can post them. Her editing process involves using Adobe Photoshop to modify the color of the raw photographs.

“I use different Photoshop actions to give it a vintage or summery look,” Arndt said.

By using Photoshop, Arndt said she can make as many changes as she pleases to make the masterpiece she envisions. She can also change the brightness of the photo to make it more or less visible as she likes.

Arndt intends on keeping her business running as a hobby in the future after high school, even if she gets another job.

Buri said it’s amazing that a 17-year-old has her own business. She said that Arndt has always been creative and comes up with cool ideas that turn into amazing pictures.

Grimes, who models for Arndt only every once in a while, said that her photos are different and unique.

Arndt said that a lot more people know of her photography business, Erin Regina Photography, since the 365 project started. Founded in 2009 under the name Bits & Stirrups, her business has grown in the last two years. She changed the name after moving on from equine photography.

Bathrooms: the most germ-infested place at Kaneland? Think again

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Photo: Amber Winquist-Bailey demonstrates what biology students do when they swab for bacteria. Photo by Delaney Stryczek

by Bryanna Stoiber
MAPLE PARK—Brin Wilk doesn’t consider herself a germophobe; however, small gestures some people make during lunch can really set her off.

“I don’t like the idea of someone else’s saliva touching my food,” Wilk said.

But the areas with the highest levels of bacteria at Kaneland are not the bathrooms, as many would expect.

According to science teacher Jennifer O’Hara, some of the most germ-infested places at Kaneland include wrestling mats and cell phones.

Biology students conduct tests every year to determine which areas have the most bacteria. O’Hara said that some of the places students swab are bathrooms, doorknobs, lockers, drinking fountains, railings and keyboards.

“The surprisingly clean areas at the school are the bathrooms and drinking fountains, because they are cleaned daily,” O’Hara said.

Yet O’Hara cautioned that the bacteria aren’t necessarily dangerous.

“Just because there’s a lot of bacteria on something doesn’t mean that it can be harmful bacteria,” O’Hara said.

Nationwide, the places with the most germs are also often unexpected places, a new study by the Kimberly Clark Healthy Workplace Project showed.

A team of hygienists swabbed hundreds of surfaces around six U.S. cities to see what everyday objects are breeding grounds for bacteria.

The most germ-infested places nationwide included gas pumps, mailbox handles, escalator rails and ATM buttons.

“It comes down to the fact that nobody cleans the things that you’re going to touch on a daily basis,” said Dr. Kelly Arehart, program leader of Kimberly-Clark’s Healthy Workplace Project.

Other highly contaminated areas around the U.S. include parking meters, kiosks, cross-walk buttons and vending machine buttons. Bathrooms didn’t even make the list.

The testers evaluated the swabs of the surfaces for levels or adenosine triphosphate, which indicates what kind of bacteria it is.

The results released by a Kimberly-Clark study show that more than 60 percent of gas pumps and mailbox handles and more than 40 percent of escalator rails and ATM machine buttons can be highly contaminated, potentially exposing people to illness-causing bacteria.

“People do not realize the amount of contamination they are exposed when going to work each day and doing everyday things like filling their gas tank or riding on an escalator,” Dr. Charles Gerba, Professor of Microbiology at the University of Arizona, said.

Between five percent and 20 percent of the U.S. population catches influenza each year.

Experts recommend frequent handwashing with soap and warm water as one of the best ways to avoid becoming ill.

Booster Barn parents watch game thanks to KEA

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by Kaneland Krier staff
MAPLE PARK—The Knights were on the field. The lights in Peterson Field were burning brightly. And for once, the parents who volunteer in the Kaneland Booster Barn concession stand were out watching their sons compete in the 5A playoffs.

Members of the Kaneland Education Association volunteered to take the parents’ place in the Booster Barn so they could watch the game.

“KEA recognizes that the Boosters are volunteers and mostly the parents of players on the field,” said Kaneland English teacher Nikki Madison, one of the volunteers. “They give up their time to volunteer, and in doing that, they give up their opportunity to see their kids perform. KEA wanted to recognize that, so we asked the Boosters if we could man the booth for them.”

Kindra Schumacher, a fourth-grade teach-er at Kaneland McDole Elementary School who volunteered, said that the KEA first worked in the Booster Barn on Senior Night, and then the Boosters contacted the association again to get volunteers to work during a playoff game.

The volunteers included teachers and paraprofessionals from all across District 302: Theresa Biddle, Leanndra Bowed, Tom Huels, Lorrie Hamblen, Pamela Gianakakos, Erica Lolling, Jim McKnight, Madison, Sharlene Momich, Emily Owen, Schumacher, Lori Williams, and Linda Zulkowski and her husband.

Some volunteers worked at the window taking orders and collecting money, while others helped prepare the food and others were runners between the two groups.

Schumacher said she most enjoyed the opportunity to reconnect with former students and parents, years after they had left her elementary school classroom.

Foreign language students to take a tour of Europe

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by Taylor Spooner
Kaneland Krier Reporter

On March 22, 45 Kaneland High School students will fly to Milan for a nine-day trip to experience other countries and cultures.

With help from Educational Tours, students will be on a trip not offered at many schools. Joining the students are six faculty members: Renee Grisch, Nicole Madison, Heather Spaetzel, Mark Meyer and Kenneth Dentino. Even the teachers are getting ready for the fun.

“I am looking forward to seeing the coastline. I love the water and hope to see how the coast varies from country to country. I am also most looking forward to seeing Barcelona so I can share my experiences with my Spanish students. It is a city steeped in history,” Spanish teacher Heather Spaetzel said.

This is a great opportunity for students because it allows them to expand on culture and knowledge.

“It’s going to be great; I’m really excited to go,” sophomore Meredith McCaffrey said.

“This will be the first time I’ve crossed an ocean, so I’m very excited,” math teacher Kenneth Dentino said.

The price of the trip is about $2,000, which includes meals, flight, all transportation, rooming, sightseeing tours and a 24/7 tour guide. The students will see the Monaco Cathedral, the Prince’s Palace, Old Town Nice and many other historical sights.

This year’s trip has been filled to capacity, but there will be another chance in 2014 when the next trip departs.

“There are a number of things that make me excited. Mainly the students’ reactions when they experience the culture, the people and the geography. I’ll get to know the students outside of a classroom setting,” English teacher Nicole Madison said.

Pumpkin funnel cakes a delightful fall treat

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by Kristin Staub
Kaneland Krier Reporter

Pumpkin funnel cakes are a seasonal version of a favorite carnival treat. The wait for the Corn Boil or Elburn Days to roll around again is no longer necessary, because now they can be made at home. Funnel cakes are very simple to make and almost everyone can enjoy them. Adding the pumpkin flavor and spices really put a fall flavor twist on this carnival delicacy. They are as fun to make as they are to eat.

What you need
• 3 eggs
• 1/4 c. sugar
• 2 c. milk
• 1 tbsp. vanilla
• 1/2 c. canned pumpkin
• 3 1/4 c. all purpose flour
• 1/2 tsp. salt
• 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
• 2 tsp. salt
• 2 tsp. baking powder
• vegetable oil, for frying
• 1/2 c. powdered sugar
• 1 tbsp. cinnamon

1. In a large bowl, combine eggs, sugar and vanilla and beat until blended.
2. Slowly, pour in the milk and beat.
3. Add the canned pumpkin, and keep mixing until blended, smooth and creamy.
4. Add all dry ingredients, except for the powdered sugar and cinnamon.
5. Beat until batter is similar to pancake batter.
6. Pour the batter into a funnel or a squeeze bottle. Another option is to use a Ziploc bag with a tip cut off.
7. Pour the oil into a frying pan and heat oil.
8. When the oil becomes hot, carefully squeeze the batter into the shape you desire. Make sure hands are not wet, because if water drips into the oil, it will splash and burn.
9. Let funnel cakes sit in oil until golden brown on each side. It will take between 30 seconds and one minute for each side. Be careful when flipping the funnel cakes so the oil does not splash.
10. Remove funnel cakes from oil and place on a plate with a paper towel to soak up access oil.
11. Combine the powdered sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and sprinkle over funnel cakes using a sifter or strainer.

This treat was made just for the fall season. Enjoy.

Rash of thefts at Kaneland upsets students

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Photo: The most common items stolen out of lockers at Kaneland are electronics, like iPods and cell phones, according to Officer Keith Gardner. Photo by Tyler Keenum

by Gina Jarvis
Kaneland Krier Editor

Sophomore Haley Contorno was upset when she had discovered $27 missing from her gym locker last month.

“I was going to use it to buy homecoming tickets,” she said.

Contorno isn’t the only student who’s been a victim of theft; there have been a spate of locker thefts at Kaneland.

Theft at school is something students often worry about. Bringing unnecessary objects, such as iPods, cameras, cell phones, and larger amounts of money, puts students at the risk of being a victim of theft, School Resource Officer Keith Gardner said.

“It’s mostly occurring in gym locker rooms because students are not locking their lockers,” he said.

However, gym locker rooms are not the only place that theft occurs.

Kane County Sherriff’s Office Paul Warren, who was Kaneland’s student resource officer for the previous four years, said that thefts that have occurred in the past have taken place in places where backpacks and purses have been left unattended. Where any item is accessible, a theft can occur, he said.

It’s sometimes difficult to discipline the thief. Without proper evidence and reasonable suspicion that a student is involved in a crime, proper disciplinary actions can’t take place, according to Gardner.

“A student must come in and file a report, which doesn’t happen often,” he said.

The consequences, depending upon the scenario, can include discipline on both school and legal aspects. A student can face suspension and possible expulsion when caught in a student theft crime. Legal discipline can include reimbursement of the objects stolen, community service and criminal and felony charges, said officer Gardner.

“If we could get kids to lock their lockers, there would be less theft cases,” Warren said.

So, how much is the majority of student theft at Kaneland preventable? The answer is simple: by locking lockers and leaving the valuable items at home.

Architecture, engineering opportunities may expand at Kaneland High School

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by Eddie Rodriguez
Kaneland Krier Reporter

Interested in architecture? Kaneland might soon add a third option for students who want to study architecture or engineering.

Under the eight-period day next year, an independent study in drafting may be offered, Computer Aided Drafting teacher Norm Welker said.

“CAD is necessary for students going to universities,” he said. “Because schools don’t teach CAD, we want our students to know it. By expanding the program, we will be preparing our students for (college classes).”

AutoCad, the computer program used in class, is used in design, architecture and engineering jobs. Whether designing buildings, structures, engineering-related pieces or even three-dimensional structures, CAD makes the task both quick and easy.

Kaneland already offers two CAD courses: CAD I and CAD II, which are taught by Norm Welker. Both classes are a term long, which makes it difficult for students hoping to major in this field to study it in depth during high school. That’s why there’s been talk about possibly expanding the program and opening a free study class, which will allow students to work on design skills and learn more about the program itself.

“It’s easy to catch on to, and it can accomplish more than people know by simple commands like a line,” said junior Ryan Lawrence, a CAD I student.

Lawrence wants to become an engineer, and he said that being able to use shortcuts on the keyboard and the mouse make the program that much easier.

“It’s very versatile. It takes a lot of small steps to learn, but once you know the basics, it becomes easy,” said junior Graham Jefferson, who is also enrolled in CAD I. “It will be cool to see what they can make.”

Graham wants to go into graphic design and finds this class beneficial because not all colleges offer it.

Welker said the thrill of watching the overall growth of the students is his favorite part of teaching this class.

“The prospects from the students themselves, knowing they could get a job and that there are so many opportunities, is exciting,” he said. “You have to work with it all the time to excel with it.”

Since Autodesk, the company that created CAD, releases a new version of AutoCAD each year, the program is always changing and adding new features.

“I would like to see an architectural program and an electrical program in the near future,” Welker said.

Senior ‘goofy ID pictures banned

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Photo: Senior Kelly Evers is one of the few seniors who got away with a goofy ID photo this year. Evers crossed her eyes just before the photographer snapped the picture. Photo by Marshall Farthing.

by Bryanna Stoiber
Kaneland Krier Reporter

Senior Kelly Evers got away with the impossible this year: a funny ID picture.

Evers was one of many seniors planning on taking a funny picture for her ID. Even with tight lookout in the hallway outside of the cameras, Evers managed to mess up her hair once she got in the picture area.

“At first I was smiling normal. But just at the last minute, I smiled funny. The photographer looked at the picture for a couple of seconds and moved on,” she said.

After the pictures were taken, KHS staff checked the IDs, and some seniors had to retake their pictures, but not Evers.

The administration has stepped up this year in safety of the students seriously, as IDs were taken in more serious focus this year. As seniors wait in line to take their ID photos, KHS staff members take precaution of the “goofy” ID’s by making each student look presentable before taking a picture, as well as photographers keeping an eye out.

Although no disciplinary action was taken, keeping the IDs simple and appropriate was a way to make sure the students are safe, Assistant Principal Diane McFarlin said.

McFarlin said that the funny senior ID photos were making it challenging for KHS teachers and other staff to identify students at times.

In previous years, issues had arisen that caused difficulties for administration, McFarlin said. About three or four years ago, four boys dressed alike, with their hair slicked back and wearing 3-D glasses. There had been new security in the school that year, making it difficult to tell them apart. The four boys were wearing glasses were hard to identify, “especially because the eyes identify,” McFarlin said.

“It doesn’t have to be the part of a senior checklist of what to do senior year,” she said.

The administration’s possible plan for this year is to communicate with the current juniors at KHS to let them know the senior picture expectations for next year, McFarlin said.

In the past years the standard wasn’t officially set for the seniors’ expectations on picture day.

“We would like to communicate in a pretty good fashion,” McFarlin said.

Even though a majority of the seniors knew that the “funny” pictures were discouraged, “everybody’s obviously gonna try anyways,” senior Katy Dudzinski said.

According to Dudzinski, most of the seniors were planning on taking a funny picture.

“I don’t think it’s that big of a deal,” she said.

Evers said that she felt strongly that students should be allowed to take a funny picture for their ID.

“We should be able to take a goofy picture, as long as they can see their faces,” she said.

The best Android apps for school

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by Claudia Tovar
Kaneland Krier Reporter

“Angry Birds” the popular game where round birds batter and destroy the pigs who ate their eggs, is now being used to teach Newton’s laws of motion in sixth-grade science teacher Kevin Boltz’s science class.

“What he does is that he figures out the trajectory the birds are in, then he sees the reaction to see if the hypothesis he and his class put together worked,” said Kris Weiss, assistant principal at Harter Middle School. “If it didn’t, he would adjust the hypothesis and test the new one and see if it worked.”

Apps and technology are slowly becoming an integral part of Kaneland classrooms, Weiss said. Teachers of almost every grade are using movie apps to show videos for the subject they teach, and some English teachers use reading apps in their classes.

The district is encouraging it, Weiss said, by starting a 21st century skills pilot program.

“(The pilot is) beginning the process of getting K-12 staff acquainted with and begin integration of technology within the classroom, as a tool to assist in the learning process for the students,” Weiss said.

All the teachers in the pilot received a Motorola Xoom from the district to use in their classrooms.

While rumors that all students in the district will receive an Android Xoom to use in class are simply inaccurate, Weiss said, eventually the district wants to have more tablets and app technology available throughout the district.

“The district is beginning to look into the best manner to get students to access at school to the technologies necessary to address the 21st century skills students need, as stated by,” she said.

Several apps would benefit high school students right now, Weiss said.

Among the best school apps are:
1. The Periodic Table, by Socratica
Price: Free
This app will help students in either Physical Science or Chemistry. The app shows a list of various options to explore chemical elements. For example, the “learn” option teaches the periodic table and all its details.

2. Google Docs
Price: Free
“I think the Google Docs can have a positive impact on the drafting process. Google docs can save work that can be opened from any computer connected to the Internet. This will allow students to continue working on their papers from home,” said James Horne, English department chair.
Jim Wolf, McDole’s technology teacher, said that Google Docs can be used from any computer.
“Google Docs does not have to be paired up with a Xoom to be of use to students,” Wolf said. “Anyone can use Google Docs as long as they have access to a computer and a Gmail account. Google Docs allows groups to work on documents simultaneously from anywhere as long as they have Internet access.”

3. Khan Academy
Price: Free
This helpful and educational app provides access to videos from It also produces educational video lessons on topics such as math, science, economics and history.

4. All-in-1 Calc.
Price: Free
This app provides powerful and easy-to-use scientific calculator. The user interface is easy to use, with large buttons and hepatic feedback, and the calculator includes all the usual scientific functions, plus unit and currency converters, constants and functions that allow users to switch to different base systems, such as hex.

5. Homework
Price: Free
This app is a school timetable and homework organizer under one roof. It makes the excuse “Sorry, Miss, I forgot” impossible to use … at least not without a bit of guilt.

6. Assignment Planner
Price: Free
Assignment Planner is yet another app that organizes and keeps track of all important school projects, such as assignments, courses, homework, grades and classes. Reminders can be set to alert the user when assignment deadlines are creeping closer, so at least it won’t be a nasty shock when the day to hand it in comes around.

7. MyMajors
Price: Free
Whether just beginning your college search or narrowing the field, MyMajors provides the answers. The app has three main functions. Users can click “take the quiz,” which narrows college and major options based on what users enjoy and how well they’ve done in class. The “find a major” option provides useful advice on finding a college major based on users’ interests. Take the short college major quiz and find the majors that will be the best fit. The “find a school” option connects users to hundreds of schools in an instant. Users can also connect with colleges interested in recruiting them and opt-in to receive promotions and updates so schools can offer specials such as merchandise discounts or waived application fees.

Explorer program teaches fire fighting skills

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by Sabrina Sivert
Kaneland Krier Reporter

Ever wanted to be a hero or give back to your community? Check out the Explorer Post program at the Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District, which allows students ages 14-21 to explore potential careers as fire fighters and emergency medical technicians.

“The post gives Explorers real life work experience and training,” said Lead Advisor Rob Stevens, who is also a Elburn firefighter and paramedic.

The Explorer Post was developed through the Boy Scouts of America and is designed to train young adults to become fire fighters and EMTs. Some of the program’s accomplishments include fundraisers that produce money for training, gear and other training materials, as well as participation in “HOT Week,” which provides hands-on training involving real fire at the University of Illinois. The Post runs community service projects, such as roadside clean-up, free blood pressure screening and a yearly donation of time to help the upkeep of a local 9/11 memorial garden.

The program started in the 1980s at the Elburn and Countryside Ambulance Division, when former Assistant Chief Wayne Stevens and current Fire Marshall Allen Isberg developed a mission to train and develop young adults interested in pursuing careers in the field.

Stevens said he wanted to inspire young adults the way his father had inspired him.

“I joined the fire service because my dad was the director of Elburn Ambulance Department when the Ambulance and Fire Departments merged in 2001. I grew up idolizing my dad’s the willingness and want to strive everyday and make a difference in people’s property and lives,” he said.

Freshman Elise Fichtel is a participant in the Explorer Post program.

“I like the fact that we get to do real things that a fire fighter or EMT does,” she said.

The mission statement for the Elburn Explorer Post 1357 is “knowledge replaces fear,” and the program strives to achieve that with every training activity they do.

“I feel the fire service to me is not a job or career but a calling,” Stevens said.

The department offers students who complete the program the opportunity to possibly become a paid, on-call member of the Elburn Department.

Those interested in joining Explorer Post 1357 at the Elburn and Countryside Fire Department can contact Stevens at (630) 365-6855 for a list of orientation nights, which include an initial orientation interview and physical adjuring.

Kaneland Krier wins Golden Eagle

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Photo: The Krier staff shows off its awards outside the College of DuPage, where the NISPA conference was held. Front row: Editors Elaine Cannell, Julia Angelotti, Jessica Corbett, Kylie Siebert, Amanda Schiff, and Rachael Clinton. Second row: Krier adviser Cheryl Borrowdale, reporters Emily Gulanczyk, Emily Ferrell, Alex Vickery, Sara Laurie, Kaprice Sanchez, Taylor Phillips, Casey Jacobson, Heather Shelton, Kaley Martens, and Kelsy Goodwin. Back row: Reporters Lexi Roach, Lanie Callaghan, Jake Razo, Tyler Keenum, Matt Wahlgren, Shane Fergus, Brittany Larsen, Kate Anderson, Ryan Noel, Morgan Buerke, Nick Phillips, and Nick Stollard. Courtesy Photo

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Kaneland—The Kaneland Krier took home the Golden Eagle, a trophy for best student newspaper in its class, for the second year in a row at the Northern Illinois Scholastic Press Association conference.

The NISPA conference represents high school journalism programs located north of I-80 in Illinois, including all Chicago-area schools, and is the most competitive region in the state.

“We’re very proud to have won the Golden Eagle again this year,” said Cheryl Borrowdale, journalism teacher at Kaneland High School. “We had some stiff competition, and the judges looked at seven consecutive issues from this year, which was virtually everything the staff had written thus far this year when we entered in February. To win two years in a row is an indication that the Krier staff is doing consistently excellent work.”

The staff scored 370 out of 400 possible points, the highest of any newspaper in its division, and received a perfect score in the advertising category.

The judges praised the publication for having “lots of good reporting and research in your cover stories, where the quotes went beyond just a one-sentence response to a question, which is great reporting,” for its use of documentary photography, and for the appearance of the paper. “You obviously spend a lot of time and put a lot of effort into making every page look good,” one judge wrote. “Really great use of graphics and alternative story forms. The design of your publication has personality.”

Krier staff members also took home individual awards in several categories.

Individual winners were sophomore Maggie Brundige in news writing; freshman Morgan Buerke in news writing; senior Maria Kernychny in editorial writing; sophomore Heather Shelton in editorial cartooning; senior Jessica Corbett in column writing; sophomore Julia Angelotti in feature writing; junior Kylie Siebert in feature photography; freshman Casey Jacobson in individual in-depth; senior Jessica Corbett and freshmen Kelsy Goodwin, Kaley Martens, Morgan Buerke and Sara Laurie in team in-depth; freshman Alexis Roach in sports writing; senior Amanda Schiff in graphics; and senior Megan Nauert in advertising.

“The Krier did well in many different categories, from the writing ones to the photography, graphics, and cartooning ones. It shows that the Krier is a well-rounded publication and that the students on staff have a wide variety of talents,” Borrowdale said.

When the Golden Eagle was announced, the Krier staff let out a huge cheer at NISPA, which was held at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Ill.

“We’re number one,” junior Ryan Noel, a reporter, shouted as he high-fived those around him.

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