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KEA well-represented at School Board meeting

by Molly Benstein KANELAND—Kaneland Education Association (KEA) members were present in force at Monday’s School Board meeting to identify themselves to the board and show their pride as educators. Lori Shroka, KEA president and a member of the negotiating team, revealed that a 297-to-13 vote took place in favor of an intent to strike. A… Keep Reading


School Board adopts tentative levy

by Molly Benstein KANELAND—Kaneland Board of Education president Teresa Witt on Monday presented the $44,150,000 tax levy for 2015, as proposed at the previous board meeting on Oct. 26. Witt said that the tentative levy would add 1.6 percent to next year’s operating budget. The board voted 5-2 to adopt the tentative levy. Additional discussion… Keep Reading

Laura Gampfer KJST Vets Day 11-11-15-7

Saluting our vets

Kaneland schools celebrate Veterans Day KANELAND—Although Veterans Day is only one day in length, the students of John Stewart Elementary School in Elburn have spent the last couple months preparing ways to show their appreciation. According to Art Specialist Heidi Gilkey, starting in September, students began crafting different art projects to be used as decoration… Keep Reading


A wintertime wonder

Craft, vendor show to benefit Kaneland Special Needs PTA SUGAR GROVE—Everyone is invited to the Kaneland Winter Wonderland Craft and Vendor Show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14, at Harter Middle School, 1601 Esker Drive, Sugar Grove. The second annual show and sale is sponsored by and benefits the Kaneland Special… Keep Reading


John Stewart Elementary Veterans Day celebration

KANELAND—Kaneland John Stewart Elementary School will host a Veterans Day celebration on Wednesday, Nov. 11, with a morning tribute near the flagpole at 8:50 a.m. and an afternoon assembly at 2:40 p.m. During these events, area Boy Scouts will raise United States colors, Girl Scouts will lead the pledge, and fourth-graders will perform their annual… Keep Reading


Kaneland teachers union approve intent to strike

The Kaneland Education Association (KEA) on Thursday voted overwhelmingly in favor of moving forward with an intent to strike, a KEA press release stated. “Both sides continue to bargain, and we are still confident a fair agreement can be reached,” said Susan Asksel, Chief Negotiator for the KEA. A public community forum is scheduled for… Keep Reading


Future finances

School Board talks tax levy KANELAND—The Kaneland School Board on Oct. 26 listened to tax levy information presented by Kaneland Associate Superintendent Dr. Julie-Ann Fuchs. Fuchs said the district could expect a levy estimate of $42,724,016.33. The balloon amount initially requested could be 3 percent more, or $44,150,000. She called the tax levy a stable… Keep Reading

Kaneland/Sugar Grove

Waubonsee Foundation announces scholarships available

SUGAR GROVE—Waubonsee Community College Foundation scholarship applications are now available online for the 2016-17 academic year. Scholarships will be awarded in early April 2016 to be used beginning in the fall semester 2016. To apply for a Waubonsee Community College Foundation scholarship, visit All applications must be completed and submitted online; paper copies will… Keep Reading

Video: Marching Knights compete at U of I

Video: Marching Knights compete at U of I

The KHS Marching Knights competed in the 45th Annual Illinois Marching Band Championships at the University of Illinois on October 31, 2015. The Marching Knights placed fourth in Class 4A with 67.55 points, behind champion Washington (83.15), runner-up Grayslake North (71.10) and third place LaSalle-Peru (67.85). This season, the Marching Knights competed at two other… Keep Reading


Elburn youth on ice

Photos: Matthew Sitar (No. 52), 12, and Geo’Marco Grano (No. 21), 12, both of Elburn, were chosen to play in a prestigious hockey league. Photo submitted by Tony Grano to KHMS seventh-graders excel at hockey ELBURN—A couple of Elburn seventhgraders were recently chosen to play in the prestigious Central States Developmental Hockey League (CSDHL).… Keep Reading

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Tricks & treats

Kaneland elementary school students reveal their costume plans for Halloween 2015 KANELAND—Many things are important in the life of an elementary school student—toys, animals, books, Star Wars and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, maybe even an iPad—but perhaps none more so than their Halloween costume plans. This is the time of year when kids can take… Keep Reading

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Saving, Preparing for College Financials program at Sugar Grove Library Nov . 3

by Shannon Halikias Library Director, Sugar Grove Public Library Preparing for college is a journey for most teens, but are the parents ready for the associated costs? A Pew research study (2014) indicated that 56 percent of students attending private colleges and 47 percent attending public colleges borrow money for their education. Students graduate with… Keep Reading

Laura Gampfer KBK NED assembly 10-26015-5

Photos: Kindness at Blackberry Creek

Kaneland Blackberry Creek Elementary School (KBK) students (above), along with students throughout the district, have been participating in Kindness in Kaneland activities throughout the month of October. On Monday, they participated in the NED assembly in the KBK gym. NED stands for “Never give up, Encourage others and Do your best.” The NED assembly is… Keep Reading


Running on empty

Local residents compete in Chicago Marathon SUGAR GROVE—There were runners from all 50 states and from more than 100 countries that ran in the Chicago Marathon. Among them were 23 from the Elburn, Maple Park and Sugar Grove area. The area’s top male finisher was Elburn’s Raul Gonzalez, who finished in 3:27:52, while the best… Keep Reading


A work of art

Kaneland School Board purchases student artwork KANELAND—A dozen Kaneland students who will have their artwork displayed in the district’s offices and schools were honored during the School Board meeting on Oct. 14. According to Kaneland Superintendent Dr. Todd Leden, each year the board purchases the artwork of two students at each school, based on recommendations… Keep Reading

Laura Gampfer HMS Kolor Run 10-18-15-3

Photos: Kolor wonder

The Kaneland Harter Middle School PTO held its Kolor Fun Run & Walk fundraiser on Sunday at the middle school in Sugar Grove. More than 120 families participated in the two-mile course, and they were doused in different colors at numerous spots along the way. The event also included music, games, extra color throws and… Keep Reading


Photos: KHS October Concert

The Kaneland High School band held its October Concert Oct. 15, which featured four ensembles: Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble and Jazz Band. It also featured band director Aaron Puckett and student teacher David Hellyer. Keep Reading

Laura Gampfer JST clothing and toy sale 10-16-15-1

Photos: Successful sale

The Kaneland John Stewart (KJS) Elementary School Parent Teacher Network (PTN) held its annual Fall and Winter Clothing and Toy Sale Friday and Saturday. Resale items included bikes, strollers, clothing, toys, books, winter coats and gear, maternity clothing, sports equipment and much more. A bake sale benefiting TAILS Humane Society offered delicious homemade treats to… Keep Reading


Winter Wonderland Craft, Vendor Show Nov. 14

KANELAND—Kaneland Special Needs PTA will host its Winter Wonderland Craft and Vendor Show Saturday, Nov. 14, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Kaneland Harter Middle School, 1601 Esker Drive, Sugar Grove. The event will feature over 50 crafters and vendors, as well as sensory and awareness tables, a raffle, bake sale, concessions and on-site child… Keep Reading

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