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Adults vs. kids

The annual fifth grade v. staff basketball game was held Dec. 19 at Kaneland Blackberry Creek Elementary School. School staff came out victorious with a final score of 35-32. Fifth-grader Sam Gagne (above) and P.E. teacher Molly Minalga get ready to take the tip from P.E. teacher Jamie Holubecki. Third-grade teacher Bob Barth (below) steals… Keep Reading


… And a happy new year!

KANELAND—”What’s your New Year’s resolution for 2015?” We recently posed the above question to Kaneland elementary school students, and the results were nothing short of outstanding. From making nice with siblings to funding the fight against ebola with a lemonade stand, local elementary school students have big plans for 2015. Think you can do better?… Keep Reading


Kaneland receives energy conservation update

KANELAND—The Kaneland School Board recently heard an update concerning energy saving initiatives for the district, presented by Dan Clark, the School District’s new energy specialist. The Kaneland School Board on April 28 approved a five-year contract with energy conservation company Cenergistic. All board members voted yes on the agreement, with the exception of Pedro Rivas.… Keep Reading


School Board enjoys day of recognition

KANELAND—Kaneland School Board members enjoyed a special day of recognition last month. School Board Members Day was celebrated Nov. 15 in Illinois. Kaneland School Board members were recognized at the Nov. 24 meeting. Trustees Tony Valente and Pedro Rivas were absent from the meeting. According to the Illinois Association of School Boards website, there are… Keep Reading

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Letters from home

Paluch continues tradition of sending cards to the troops SUGAR GROVE—Dave Paluch six years ago partnered with students at Kaneland John Shields Elementary School to send nearly 100 Christmas cards to troops deployed overseas. The tradition continued this year, and he figures he’s sent about a thousand cards. “It started when my cousin was deployed,”… Keep Reading


A Jazzy Christmas

The eighth-grade band sextet, featuring Nina Piazza (from left), Joe Farrell, Alex Buchanan, Leo Espinosa, Justin Lin and Jack Overstreet (not pictured) plays “Jingle Bells in Dixie”at the Dec. 11 Eighth Grade Holiday Concert. The eighth-grade treble choir, directed by Rachel Shershen, sings “Candy Cane Lane” at the concert. Photos by Laura Gampfer Keep Reading


Must be the holiday sing-along

The annual whole-school holiday sing-along was held on Dec. 19 at Kaneland Blackberry Creek Elementary School, and was directed by music teacher Brandon Fox. Students participate in the “Must Be Santa” song, led by Fox. Fifth-grade students play “Jolly Old St. Nicholas” on their recorders. Fox directs the KBK staff for “Carol of the Bells.”… Keep Reading

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‘Mr. Montgomery’ reflects on Kaneland teaching legacy

Photo: Earl Montgomery of Sugar Grove tends to his in-home garden. Photo by Lynn Logan KANELAND—Earl Montgomery, a Sugar Grove resident, began his teaching career in 1958 at what was then known as Kaneland Junior Senior High School. During his 35 years of teaching, Earl was known as “Mr. Montgomery.” Montgomery, 80, taught eighth-grade Science.… Keep Reading


Performing Arts Boosters, Old Second partnership

KANELAND—The Kaneland Performing Arts Boosters recently announced a partnership with Old Second Bank in an effort to raise funds for the band, choir and theatre programs at Kaneland Harter Middle School and Kaneland High School. The Boosters and Old Second Bank invite business and community members to help make a difference by contributing to the… Keep Reading

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Kaneland welcomes new superintendent

KANELAND—The search for a new Kaneland superintendent of schools is over. School Board President Cheryl Krauspe announced on Monday that Dr. Todd Leden will be Kaneland’s next superintendent. Leden, 47, of Geneva, is currently the associate superintendent and high school principal at Fenton Community School District 100 in Bensenville, Ill. He is slated to take… Keep Reading


Kaneland students attend Writing Night event

Photo: Alex Fry, 11, of Sugar Grove, meets author Cynthea Liu. Photos by Lynn Logan GENEVA—More than 100 Kaneland elementary school students attended the School District’s annual K-5 Writing Night on Monday at the Barnes & Nobel bookstore located in the Geneva Commons. Although this was the sixth annual Writing Night event, it was the… Keep Reading


Photos: A sterling performance

The Kaneland Harter Middle School Holiday Concert took place Tuesday at the Kaneland High School auditorium. Soloists Jacqueline Rose (right) and Connor McGinnis lead the Kaneland Harter Middle School seventh grade combined choruses in “Silver Bells.” Photos by Mary Paulson Keep Reading


Kaneland prepares to announce next district superintendent

KANELAND—The Kaneland School Board has recently held several special meetings as it nears its announcement of the next Kaneland superintendent of schools. Former Kaneland Superintendent Dr. Jeff Schuler resigned from the position last summer after accepting an offer to become superintendent of schools for the Wheaton-Warrenville School District. The School Board on Saturday met with… Keep Reading


Community gets opportunity to meet superintendent candidates

KANELAND—The Kaneland community this week had a final chance to speak with the two candidates vying to became the district’s next superintendent of schools. According to a news release from Interim Superintendent Dr. Renee Goier, the first candidate toured the district and met with students, staff and community members on Wednesday. The candidate later met… Keep Reading


Kaneland cleans schools in response to flu outbreak

KANELAND—Kaneland School District on Tuesday evening performed a deep cleaning of all its school buildings in response to a recent flu outbreak. According to Kaneland Interim Superintendent Renee Goier, the School District’s administrative team worked with Mark Payton, director of Buildings and Grounds, to coordinate a deep cleaning of all buildings. Each cleaning took place… Keep Reading


Group seeks to teach gratitude by example

ELBURN—All children are born with a sense of charity and compassion. Like any other desirable trait, it’s up to parents to see that it grows. A recently formed group at John Stewart Elementary, Attitude of Gratitude, is currently encouraging charity and compassion with projects children can understand. An early project, before the group was formally… Keep Reading

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Christmas traditions … or lack thereof

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,… Keep Reading


Kaneland talks Senate Bill 16

KANELAND—Education funding could be distributed in a new way if an Illinois bill passes this spring The bill in question is Illinois Senate Bill 16 (SB16), also known as School Funding Reform Act of 2014. If passed, money could go toward schools in Chicago, downstate Illinois and other area schools so that their funding would… Keep Reading


KHS students honor war history during service trip

Photo: The group poses in front of an American M-4 Sherman tank in Bastonge, Belgium. Photo submitted by Javier Martinez to KANELAND—A group of Kaneland High School (KHS) students in June experienced a historical adventure overseas. The group of 17 students, ranging from freshmen to seniors, plus 10 adult chaperones, embarked on a service… Keep Reading

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