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Kaneland Foundation annual 5K June 19

KANELAND—The Kaneland Foundation will host its fourth annual 5K Cross Country Race on Friday, June 19, at 8 p.m. at the Kaneland High School campus and football stadium, 47W326 Keslinger Road, Maple Park. There will also be a one-quarter-mile Kids Track Run at 7 p.m. and 1-mile Cross Country Fun Run/Walk at 7:30 pm. The… Keep Reading

Kaneland/Middle School

Photos: Pass it on

Kaneland Harter Middle School hosted a IESA Sectional Meet at Kaneland High School on Saturday. The Knights qualified 11 individuals and nine relays to the State meet this weekend. One of the Knights’ qualifiers was the seventh-grade girls 4x200m. Grace Vranicar (above, center) hands off the baton to Cassidy Motkya during the relay. Photo by… Keep Reading

Kaneland/Maple Park

Kaneland student starts his own ag business

MAPLE PARK—Cody Pitstick is going places … on a tractor. The Kaneland High School senior, president of the school’s FFA chapter, was born and raised on a Maple Park farm. He has plans to continue in the family business, and he’s already putting those plans into action. Pitstick recently purchased a piece of farm equipment… Keep Reading

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Kaneland approves bus purchases

KANELAND—The Kaneland School Board on Monday voted 4-3 to approve the purchase of 10 buses from Midwest Transit for the next school year. According to Kaneland’s Associate Superintendent Dr. Julie-Ann Fuchs, the total bid for 10 buses, including the district’s trade-ins, is $829,580. Board members in favor of the purchase included Board President Teresa Witt,… Keep Reading


Kaneland provides extra security regarding ‘potential threat’

KANELAND—Kaneland High School this week ratcheted up its safety measures against what district administration called a “potential threat to school security.” According to Kaneland High School Principal Jill Maras, the potential threat was most likely a bomb threat made by a KHS student. Maras did not give specifics when asked if the student had been… Keep Reading


KHS writing club wins big at Big 12 Literary Festival

KANELAND—Kaneland High School student writers took home plenty of awards recently at the Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference Literary Festival in DeKalb. Many of the students who submitted writing pieces are part of the high school’s writing club, Writer’s Block. Awards received covered writing genres like poetry, short story, drama, fiction and literary critical essay.… Keep Reading

Laura Gampfer Sugar Grove Library Meet the Candidates 3-12-15-8

School Board reorganizes, swears in Kerry

KANELAND—The Kaneland School Board on Tuesday met to mark reorganization of its members following last month’s election. In addition, new board member Ryan Kerry was sworn into office. All re-elected and current trustees said their oath as members of the School Board in unison during the meeting. Incumbents re-elected during the April 7 Consolidated Election… Keep Reading


Kaneland Hall of Fame class recognized

KANELAND—Kaneland High School on May 4 honored past Kaneland graduates and current students during its Academic Achievement Awards and Hall of Fame Program. Kaneland High School (KHS) graduates included in the Hall of Fame induction ceremony included Cali Bergold, Class of 1986; Ken Olson, Class of 1983; and Nic Borg, Class of 2004. The inductees… Keep Reading


Kaneland Krier has impressive showing at NISPA awards

GLEN ELLYN, ILL.—Kaneland Krier staff members on April 17 traveled to the College of DuPage for the annual Northern Illinois Scholastic Press Association (NISPA) awards event. The articles submitted for judgment had appeared in Kriers published during the 2014-15 school year. The Krier’s website received the gold certificate for excellence, which is the second-highest award… Keep Reading


John Stewart students present ‘The Golden Door’

KANELAND—Kaneland John Stewart (KJS) Elementary School students this month demonstrated their love of writing by participating in a progressive story-writing activity. According to Kelli Scardamaglia, KJS fourth-grade teacher and writing coach, the story writing began in kindergarten and each day worked its way to a new classroom and grade level. Six days later, KJS had… Keep Reading


FVCC takes first in auto tech competition

SUGAR GROVE—High school students from four area schools recently put their automotive repair skills to the test in Waubonsee Community College’s annual Automotive Technology Competition. Participating schools included Oswego High School, Oswego East, Fox Valley Career Center and Indian Valley Vocational Center in Sandwich. Fox Valley Career Center (FVCC) captured the trophy this year, marking… Keep Reading

Laura Gampfer KHS FFA tractor to school day 4-14-15-2

Photos: Nice rides

Jenna Harvell (back row, from left), Vanessa Gould, Davis Espe, Will Kuipers, Alex Turk (front row, from left), Ben Long, Cody Pitstick, Jackson Kettelkamp, Kyle Phillips and Alex Olson participated in a Drive Your Tractor to School Day at Kaneland High School April 14. Photo by Laura Gampfer Keep Reading


Mail-in votes could affect Kaneland race

KANELAND—The four winners in last week’s race for Kaneland School Board trustee are not yet set in stone. According to Kane County Chief Deputy Clerk of Elections Suzanne Fahnestock, mail-in ballots from Kane County can be received until Tuesday, April 21, and added to overall vote totals. School Board trustee candidates Teresa Witt, Gale Pavlak,… Keep Reading


Public supports reassigned Kaneland art teacher

KANELAND—Community members at Monday’s Kaneland School Board meeting spoke passionately on behalf of art teacher Carleen Gregg. Gregg, an art specialist at Kaneland High School, has taught there the past six years. However, due to a reduction in fine arts staff for the 2015-16 school year, her job has been changed so that she will… Keep Reading


Fine Arts Festival organizers find ‘magic combination’

MAPLE PARK—Kaneland Arts Initiative (KAI) Artistic Director Diane McFarlin couldn’t be happier with Sunday’s 16th annual Fine Arts Festival. “In our informal conversations, we felt this was one of our best,” said McFarlin, who also serves as assistant principal at Kaneland High School. ”We hit this magic combination of really cool people.” McFarlin felt the… Keep Reading


JSS teacher an Educator of the Year nominee

KANELAND—Jessica Dixon, a second-grade teacher at John Shields Elementary School (JSS), recently was overcome with emotion upon learning that she was nominated for a Kane County Educator of the Year award. “I cried—happy tears, of course. I was so overwhelmed that I had to sit down. I was shaking so bad,” Dixon said. Dixon is… Keep Reading


Kaneland prepares for 16th annual Fine Arts Festival

MAPLE PARK—The Kaneland Fine Arts Festival this weekend will once again bring visual and musical artists to Kaneland High School to benefit its students and the community alike. The 16th annual Fine Arts Festival will take place Sunday, April 12, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and is free of charge to attend. In addition, more… Keep Reading

Consolidated Election 2015 results

The public has spoken. The 2015 Consolidated Election featured contested races for Kaneland School Board, Elburn and Kaneville village boards, Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District and Waubonsee Community College Board. Election Day Tuesday produced some surprises, a few landslides and, ultimately, new trustee faces for Kaneland, Elburn and Kaneville. Blackberry Township Road District Limiting… Keep Reading


‘Marching Knights’ perform at Walt Disney World resort

Kaneland students take part in the Disney Performing Arts Program in Orlando ORLANDO—Members of Kaneland High School “Marching Knights” became stars of their own Disney show on March 26, when they entertained resort guests at the Magic Kingdom Park. The group traveled from Maple Park to the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida to take… Keep Reading

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