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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

April 7, 2015/Kaneland

Election: Kaneland School Board

Eight candidates will vie for four open Kaneland School Board trustee seats on the April 7 Consolidated Election ballot. Jerry Elliott Jerry Elliott is one of four non-incumbent candidates seeking a seat on the Kaneland School Board on the April 7 Consolidated Election ballot. Elliott believes his business experience provides insight into school business transactions… Keep Reading


School Board approves 2015-16 staffing plan

Elementary Library Resources Director position eliminated KANELAND—In front of a meeting room packed with residents and Kaneland School District staff, the Kaneland School Board on Monday voted 5-2 to approve next school year’s staffing plan. Board members Teresa Witt and Tony Valente voted no, while members Gale Pavlak and Pedro Rivas vocalized their yes vote,… Keep Reading


John Stewart clothing, toy sale

KANELAND—The Kaneland John Stewart Parent Teacher Network will host its Spring/Summer Clothing and Toy Sale on Friday, April 17, 6 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, April 18, 8 a.m. to noon (yellow and green tags half-price from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday) at John Stewart Elementary School, 817 Prairie Valley St., Elburn. The sale… Keep Reading

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Meet your candidates, Sugar Grove

Event introduces candidates to local residents SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove’s Meet the Candidates event was held March 12 at the Sugar Grove Public Library, and provided voters with an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the candidates who will appear on the April 7 Consolidated Election ballot. Meet the Candidates was co-sponsored by the Sugar Grove Chamber… Keep Reading

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Family Knight a hit for Blackberry Creek PTO

The second annual KBC PTO Family Bingo and Auction Knight Fundraiser was held on March 7 at Kaneland Blackberry Creek Elementary School. Hundreds of families attended the family-oriented fundraiser. Highlights included Bingo, karaoke, a magician, electronic basketball, classroom basket raffles, bids on over 150 silent auction items, bids on over 25 Teacher Time and Blackberry… Keep Reading


‘Shrek the Musical’ tickets now on sale

KANELAND—Tickets are now on sale for Kaneland High School’s spring production, “Shrek the Musical,” which will take place Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m., April 24-26, in the auditorium at Kaneland High School. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and free of charge for preschoolers. Note… Keep Reading


School Board approves capital improvement projects

KANELAND—The Kaneland School Board on March unanimously approved $410,000 in capital improvement projects that will take place this summer. Capital improvements include estimated costs such as replacing the playground safety surface at Kaneland McDole Elementary School for $10,000. According to Kaneland Associate Superintendent Julie-Ann Fuchs, Kaneland High School improvements include estimated costs of $10,000 for… Keep Reading


An ode to St. Patrick

St. Patrick’s Day has long been a popular day of business for restaurants and pubs, but when it comes to the reason (or reasons) for celebrating on the 17th of March each year, answers vary, and by a wide margin. This got us thinking about how the perception of St. Patrick’s Day changes with age,… Keep Reading

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Crosby comeback

2007 Kaneland grad signs minor league deal with Red Sox FORT MYERS, FLA.—The ache in his left shoulder is gone. The bone chips in his left elbow have been surgically removed. For the first time in two seasons, left-handed pitcher Casey Crosby is feeling great—and he has a new contract to play for a Boston… Keep Reading


Kaneland begins PARCC testing

KANELAND—Kaneland students in grades three through high school have begun to take the state-mandated Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). However, some Kaneland parents have opted out their children from taking the computerized test. PARCC represents states including Illinois, Ohio, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts and Louisiana. According to a PARCC… Keep Reading


School Board approves new HMS principal

KANELAND—The Kaneland School Board on Monday unanimously approved the hire of Brian Faulkner as new Kaneland Harter Middle School (HMS) principal. According to Faulkner’s contract, he will receive a salary of $103,900 plus benefits. A Kaneland School District news release noted that Faulkner is currently the principal at F.E. Peacock Middle School in the Itasca… Keep Reading


Performing Arts Boosters to present Knight of Performances

KANELAND—The Kaneland Performing Arts Boosters will present the third annual Knight of Performances barbecue dinner on Saturday, March 14, 5 to 8 p.m. at Kaneland Harter Middle School,1601 Esker Drive, Sugar Grove. A variety of student musicians and performers from both Harter Middle School and Kaneland High School will be on hand to provide entertainment… Keep Reading

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

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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

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