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Photos: Your wish is granted

The sixth annual Kaneland Arts Initiative community summer theatre production, “Big the Musical,” opened last weekend at the Kaneland High School auditorium. The musical is based on the major motion picture starring Tom Hanks. Produced by Diane McFarlin and Maria Dripps-Paulson, and directed by Doug Orlyk, with musical direction by Brandon Staker, the production is… Keep Reading

Kaneland Superintendent Dec 2014-5

Meet the new boss

Dr. Todd Leden takes over as Kaneland superintendent by Tony Scott KANELAND—Kaneland as of July 1 has a new district superintendent: Dr. Todd Leden. Leden, a Geneva resident, was hired last December at the conclusion of a months-long search. His base salary is $175,000, according to his contract with the district. Leden said he’s used… Keep Reading


Photos: Giving back before the game

The Kaneland High School baseball team helped unload the monthly food drop from the Northern Illinois Food Bank to the Elburn Food Pantry on July 9. The team showed up at 8 a.m. and was able to finish the job before heading out to a game in St Charles later that morning. Photo submitted by… Keep Reading


Kaneland 2015-16 registration information

KANELAND—The Kaneland School District will begin the new school year on Wednesday, Aug. 19, with a full day of classes. Full bus service to all schools and full hot lunch service at Harter Middle School and Kaneland High School will be provided the first day of school. Kaneland elementary schools The starting time for all… Keep Reading


School Board approves social media contract extension

KANELAND—The Kaneland School Board on Monday voted 4-3 to extend a social media contract with Positive Reflections Public Relations. Communication Consultant Megan Jacobs will continue to receive a summer rate of $35 per hour from the district. Her services will be used as needed through Aug. 31. At that point, her services will be renewed… Keep Reading

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Sugar Grove native writes from experience

LAKE GENEVA, WIS.—Tammy Schmidt believes in writing what she knows. And her sixth book, “Post-Traumatic Brazilian Wax Syndrome,” is based on a very real experience. “I’ve been writing since I was 14, and my work has changed drastically over the years,” said Schmidt, who publishes under her maiden name, Tamara Lyon. “My early work was… Keep Reading

Teresa Witt
Kaneland School Board President

School Board trustees attend mandatory training

KANELAND—The Kaneland School Board on June 9 met to participate in mandatory training. Trustee Pedro Rivas was absent from the training. He is scheduled to make up the training at a later date. Regarding the training, School Board President Teresa Witt said Kaneland School District attorneys presented trustees with information that is required by the… Keep Reading

Boys Basketball/Kaneland

Heading ‘West’

Kaneland’s Johnson new boys basketball coach at West Aurora MAPLE PARK—The West Aurora High School School Board approved the appointment of Brian Johnson as its new head boys basketball coach on Monday. Johnson had been the head boys coach at Kaneland High School for the past six years, where he won two conference championships and… Keep Reading


Kaneland upgrades student management system

Kaneland—As part of Kaneland’s ongoing commitment to effective communication, School District 302 will offer an upgraded student management system to district families. With increased access to relevant student information, parents can stay up to date on important aspects of their student’s performance, such as attendance and grades. Not only will the new system increase the… Keep Reading

Boys Basketball/Kaneland

Johnson the ‘recommended candidate’ for West Aurora varsity basketball coach position

AURORA—Kaneland’s Brian Johnson on Tuesday was named the recommended candidate for the physical education teacher and head boys basketball coach vacancies at West Aurora High School, pending School Board approval on Monday, June 15. Johnson has been the head varsity boys basketball coach at Kaneland High School since 2009, with an overall record of 99-68.… Keep Reading


Class of 1980 to celebrate 35-year reunion

KANELAND—Nearly 300 seniors graduated from Kaneland High School on June 6, 1980. Thirty-five years later, on the anniversary of its graduation, Kaneland’s Class of 1980 will gather on the anniversary of its graduation to reconnected and revisit its high school memories “I like having people come to a class reunion that I haven’t seen at… Keep Reading


Goier nears completion of tour as interim Kaneland superintendent

KANELAND—In a sense, Dr. Renee Goier will graduate alongside Kaneland High School’s Class of 2015 this weekend. Goier’s last official day with Kaneland is Monday, June 1. That date will mark her 99th day as the district’s interim superintendent. Due to Illinois retirement law, she can only work a maximum of 100 days. “I’ve only… Keep Reading


Kaneland says goodbye to longtime teacher Welker

Kaneland—Kaneland High School this year will not only say goodbye to the Class of 2015, but also to English teacher Patty Welker. For 35 years, Welker has helped her students grow as writers, navigate the difficult language, and develop a love and appreciation for different works of literature. Students and staff can all agree that… Keep Reading


‘Oh the places you’ll go’

The 2015 senior mural at Kaneland High school is titled “Oh the Places you’ll go.” “It’s about travel and life experiences. (It) seems very fitting for all who have worked on it,” Kaneland art teacher Carleen Gregg said. Artists included Gregg (left to right), Stephanie Luebke, Jonaya Henaker, Mckayla Helm, Nicholas Winthers, Clinton Kral and… Keep Reading


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

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