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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


Kaneland approves Goff as 2015 softball coach

KANELAND—The Kaneland School Board on Monday voted 5-2 to approve the hire of this season’s varsity softball coach: Peter Goff, who is currently the athletic director at KHS. Board trustees Pedro Rivas and Tony Valente were the two “no” votes. Goff will replace former softball coach Brian Willis, who was released from his coaching position… 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


Kaneland discusses potential nepotism policy

KANELAND—The Kaneland School Board on Monday continued its discussion regarding potential institution of a nepotism policy. 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… Keep Reading


Board rules in favor of 3 School Board candidates

KANELAND—The Kane County Election Board on Monday handed down a verdict in favor of four school board candidates running on the April 7 ballot. Objections were made last week regarding the validity of candidate forms submitted in December by Kaneland School Board member Tony Valente and candidates Jerry Elliott and Dan Nagel, as well as… Keep Reading


Third-grader initiates writing club at John Stewart

Photo: Paige Whiteside, 9, of Elburn, created a writing club at Kaneland John Stewart Elementary School. Photo submitted by Ann Whiteside to ELBURN—Once upon a time, there was a girl named Paige who loved to read and write her own stories. Because Paige liked writing so much, she wanted to share that experience with… Keep Reading


Objections made regarding School Board candidates

KANELAND—Objections have been made regarding the candidacy of one incumbent and two community residents running for Kaneland School Board on the April 7 ballot. The candidates in question are School Board member Tony Valente, Jerry Elliott and Dan Nagel. Hearings were set to begin Wednesday at the Kane County Clerk’s Office in Geneva. Objectors include… Keep Reading

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Elburn teen a social media sensation

Photo: Kaneland graduate Ryan Longson of Elburn has gained more than 130,000 followers on YouTube, Twitter and Instagram with his videos for RyansBriefs. Photo by Lynn Logan ELBURN—Ryan Longson’s “awkward years of middle school” led him to the computer, and soon after, the start of a unique career path. Longson, 19, a 2014 Kaneland graduate,… Keep Reading

Health & Wellness/Kaneland

Self-defense class at Kaneland High School

KANELAND—A self-defense class for females ages 12 and older will take place Saturdays, Jan. 10, Jan. 17 and Jan. 24, noon to 4 p.m. at Kaneland High School. The class will teach participants how to protect themselves, and also offer invaluable safety information. The cost of the class is $10 per person. For more information,… Keep Reading


Illinois Press Foundation journalism program grants

ILLINOIS—The Illinois Press Foundation will again offer its Illinois High School Mini-Grants Program for public and private high schools with existing journalism programs. High school journalism teachers may apply for grants up to $1,500 for hardware and/or software needed to produce print or online newspapers. This is the sixth year the foundation has offered the… Keep Reading


Self-defense class at Kaneland High School

KANELAND—A self-defense class for females ages 12 and older will take place Saturdays, Jan. 10, Jan. 17 and Jan. 24, noon to 4 p.m. at Kaneland High School. The class will teach participants how to protect themselves, and also offer invaluable safety information. The cost of the class is $10 per person. For more information,… Keep Reading


Elburn Scholarship Fund grants available

KANELAND—The Elburn Scholarship Fund this year will again award grants for studies at the college level. All applications must be received no later than March 1. Eligibility for Elburn Scholarships is limited to Kaneland High School alumni and members of Kaneland’s current senior class who will attend a local community college or one of the… Keep Reading

Kaneland/Local News

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

Kaneland/Sugar Grove

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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