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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

Laura Gampfer Kaneland 5th grade choral concert 4-7-15-4-2

Photos: Colorful choral

The Music Department of Kaneland presented the eleventh annual Fifth Grade Choral Festival in the Kaneland High School east gym on Tuesday. The students practiced together during the school day to prepare for the event. The concert was conducted by Rachel Shershen of Harter Middle School. Students wore T-shirts representing their school: Blackberry Creek in… Keep Reading


Craft show also provides awareness

SUGAR GROVE—The Kaneland Special Needs PTA will host a craft show and awareness event from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, at Harter Middle School, 1601 Esker Drive. The event is free, and child care is available. While it is a fundraiser for the organization, fundraising chair Pam Sorenson said the event… Keep Reading


Fundraiser aids Kaneland employee

ELBURN—When one suffers a tragedy, they learn who their true friends are. And Arnulfo Garcia is learning he has a lot more friends than he ever imagined. Garcia, a Kaneland custodian for 15 years—at Blackberry Creek Elementary School for 10 years—lost his Aurora home to a fire on March 9. The only people home at… Keep Reading

April 7, 2015/Kaneland

Election: April 7 Kaneland School Board ballot change

KANELAND—There has been a slight change to the order the candidates for the Kaneland School Board will appear from Voter Infotmation Guide that was included in the Elburn Herald’s March 12 edition. The ballot printed in the Voter Information Guide was a sample ballot, and a new ballot will sort the candidates by township rather… Keep Reading

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Kaneland hosts a Knight of Performance

Photo: During the Kaneland Performing Arts Boosters third annual Knight of Performance at Kaneland Harter Middle School on March 14, Kaneland High School student Noble Hwang plays the cello. Photo by Lynn Logan KANELAND—From soloists to the Kaneland String Ensemble, a number of student-performers had the opportunity to showcase their talents in front of a… Keep Reading


Photos: Science smarties

Area students, including many from the Kaneland School District, participated at the NIU Science Fair March 21. The Kaneland students represented about 19 percent of students from the northern region of Illinois who earned the opportunity to attend the Illinois Junior Academy of Science State Science Fair at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill. Lauren… Keep Reading


Photos: STEM turns to STEAM at Kaneland Harter Middle school

Fermilab’s Jerry Zimmerman (aka “Mr. Freeze”) and NIU’s STEM visited Kaneland Harter Middle School March 16. The Kaneland Arts Initiative added art to science for the evening, going from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math). Brandon Murr (above), 4, of Sugar Grove, smiles through a magnified shield.… Keep Reading

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