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Ayden Doucette, 4, of Sugar Grove, plays with a communication touch tap program on an iPad. 						              Photo by Lynn Logan

Kaneland hosts technology ‘playdate’

KANELAND—The Kaneland School District on Feb. 23 held an Interactive Technology Playdate at Kaneland Harter Middle School. During the event, the school’s cafeteria was a tech playground, with plenty of computers on display and Kaneland teachers and staff serving as presenters. They spoke about how the technological tools are used in the School District’s classrooms.… Keep Reading

Laura Gampfer Kaneland School Board Forum 2-19-15-10

Kaneland meets its candidates

KANELAND—Kaneland School Board candidates set to appear on the April 7 General Election ballot were on hand to answer questions during the Kaneland School Board Candidate Forum at Kaneland Harter Middle School Feb. 19. The event was organized by the Kaneland Education Association and Kaneland Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC). Candidates in attendance included incumbents Tony… Keep Reading


Annual Kaneland Fine Arts Feast a success

SUGAR GROVE—Even with a snafu regarding the date of the event, the Kaneland Arts Initiative’s sixth annual Fine Arts Feast and Silent Auction was a success. The event date was originally listed as Friday, Feb. 20, when it was, in fact, Saturday, Feb. 21. “The date change was entirely my fault,” said KAI Executive Director… Keep Reading


Tracking their legacy

KHS inducts 16 track and field athletes into Hall of Fame MAPLE PARK—Kaneland High School on Feb. 7 and 14 inducted 16 track and field alumni into its Hall of Fame in recognition of their personal athletic achievements. All were individual State champions or members of State championship relay teams. The class of nine tracksters… Keep Reading


School Board receives energy conservation update

KANELAND—The Kaneland School Board last month received an update on the district’s mission to conserve energy and funds. The Kaneland School District partnered with Cenergistic, an energy conservation company, on April 28, 2014. The Cenergistic contract is for five years, from May 1, 2014, until April 30, 2019. The cost to the district is $9,000… Keep Reading


Crowning achievement

Students vie for Mr. Kaneland 2015 title KANELAND—Kaneland High School senior James Tockstein was crowned Mr. Kaneland 2015 onstage Friday. Tockstein was awarded the crown and sash after competing in formal wear portion, casual wear portion and talent portions against seven of his peers. In the end, it was Tockstein’s faux British accent and singing… Keep Reading


A feast (and silent auction) fit for a king

Kaneland Arts Initiative to host sixth annual arts dinner SUGAR GROVE—Kaneland Arts Initiative for the sixth consecutive year will host its Fine Arts Feast and Silent Auction fundraiser on Friday, Feb. 20Saturday, Feb. 21, at Open Range Southwest Grill Restaurant at Bliss Creek Golf Course, 1 Golfview Road, Sugar Grove. The cash bar will open… Keep Reading


Kaneland School Board Candidate Forum Feb. 19

KANELAND—A Kaneland School Board Candidate Forum will take place Thursday, Feb. 19, 6 p.m. at Harter Middle School, 1601 Esker Drive, Sugar Grove. The current seven-member Board of Education has four open positions. The Candidate Forum event will feature an introduction of candidates and their statements. Audience members will have an opportunity to submit questions… Keep Reading


Kaneland begins search for next HMS principal

KANELAND—Newly appointed Kaneland Superintendent Dr. Todd Leden on Monday provided an update regarding the district’s search for a new Harter Middle School (HMS) principal. Current HMS Principal Bryan Zwemke will resign from his position on June 30. The Kaneland School Board approved Zwemke’s resignation on Jan. 12. Zwemke this week said he will become the… Keep Reading


Performing Arts Boosters seek donations for annual event

KANELAND—The Kaneland Performing Arts Boosters third annual Knight of Performances Barbecue Dinner will take place Saturday, March 14, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Kaneland Harter Middle School, 1601 Esker Drive, Sugar Grove. A variety of talented student musicians and performers from both HMS and Kaneland High School will provide entertainment for the evening. In… Keep Reading


Holding court

Participants prepare for Mr. Kaneland 2015 event KANELAND—Mr. Kaneland 2015 will take place on Friday, Feb. 13, in the Kaneland High School auditorium. Community members and family members alike are invited to attend the fundraiser-minded male pageant. From a formal wear presentation to a question-and-answer segment, Mr. Kaneland boasts all of the festivities associated with… Keep Reading


Kaneland pom clinic Feb. 27

KANELAND—The Kaneland Pom Squad will host its annual elementary school clinic Friday, Feb. 27, starting at 4 p.m. The clinic will run from 4 to 7 p.m. The evening will conclude with a performance at approximately 7:15 p.m. during halftime of the boys varsity basketball game vs. Sterling. The cost is $35 and includes dinner… Keep Reading

Seven Kaneland High School students took part in the ILMEA All-State Conference Festival in Peoria, Ill., this past weekend. The group included senior Anna Hayman (from left), senior James Tockstein, junior Katelyn Blaszynski, junior Ben Mitchinson,  senior Rachel Miller, senior Ryan Koeppen, senior Amy Croft and director Bryan Kunstman. 
Photo submitted by Lorie Gale to info@elburnherald.com

KHS students selected for Illinois music conference

KANELAND—Seven Kaneland High School students had a chance to participate in the Illinois Music Education Association (ILMEA) Conference Jan. 28-31 in Peoria, Ill. Students selected performed in either an All-State Choir or Honors Choir. Kaneland students selected to perform in the Honors Choir were juniors Katelyn Blaszynski and Ben Mitchinson. Students who performed in the… Keep Reading


School Board reviews nepotism policy draft

KANELAND—The Kaneland School Board on Jan. 26 reviewed a nepotism policy rough draft. School Board trustee Tony Valente noted at a School Board meeting last fall that there are “a lot of family members who work for the Kaneland School District,“ and specifically mentioned Kaneland Education Association chief negotiator and KHS Social Studies teacher Lynn… Keep Reading


Youth instructor arrested, charged with sexual assault

MAPLE PARK—A contracted service provider with Fox Valley Career Center on Wednesday was arrested by Kane County Sheriff’s deputies and Oswego Police Department officers and charged with multiple counts of criminal sexual assault. Glen C. Baum, 42, of the 500 block of Heritage Drive, Oswego, was arrested and charged with nine counts of criminal sexual… Keep Reading


Building a Bronco legacy

Sugar Grove native Fleck earns MAC Coach of the Year honors, contract extension in 2nd year with Western Michigan University KALAMAZOO, MICH.—After leading the biggest turnaround in Mid-American Conference (MAC) history, it’s no surprise that P.J. Fleck was recently signed to a six-year contract extension as Western Michigan’s head football coach, and named 2014 MAC… Keep Reading


Kaneland Performing Arts Boosters seek donations for annual event

KANELAND—The Kaneland Performing Arts Boosters third annual Knight of Performances Barbecue Dinner will take place Saturday, March 14, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Kaneland Harter Middle School, 1601 Esker Drive, Sugar Grove. A variety of talented student musicians and performers from both HMS and Kaneland High School will provide entertainment for the evening. In… Keep Reading

Laura Gampfer Project Kindness Campaign Jan 26, 2015-6

Project KC the latest addition to Kindness Campaign

Photo: Eighteen fourth- and fifth-grade students registered for Project Kindness Campaign at Kaneland John Shields Elementary School, taught by teacher Daniel Rutter. Trevor Pruett (above, left), 9, and Braeden Farmer, 9, both of Sugar Grove, pack up their Kindness Campaign folders and games. ELBURN—While many programs for students start at the upper grade levels and… Keep Reading

Kaneland/Maple Park

Class teaches women to defend themselves

MAPLE PARK—About 15 local women recently completed a series of three RAD, “Rape Aggressive Defense,” classes at Kaneland High School. The class, led by Northern Illinois University police officer Junelle Smith, was offered to all area females ages 12 and older. “The most important aspect of the class is to teach women to be empowered… Keep Reading


Family Bingo Knight, Silent Auction

KANELAND—The Blackberry Creek Elementary PTO will host a Family Bingo Knight and Silent Auction fundraiser on Saturday, March 7. The PTO is in the process of accepting donations for its silent auction. Items such as tickets to sporting events, restaurant gift certificates, vacation packages, music/dance lessons, electronics (big or small), and any donation of goods… Keep Reading

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