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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 DBehrends@elburnherald.com 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

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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

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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

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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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‘Mr. Montgomery’ reflects on Kaneland teaching legacy

Photo: Earl Montgomery of Sugar Grove tends to his in-home garden. Photo by Lynn Logan KANELAND—Earl Montgomery, a Sugar Grove resident, began his teaching career in 1958 at what was then known as Kaneland Junior Senior High School. During his 35 years of teaching, Earl was known as “Mr. Montgomery.” Montgomery, 80, taught eighth-grade Science.… Keep Reading


Performing Arts Boosters, Old Second partnership

KANELAND—The Kaneland Performing Arts Boosters recently announced a partnership with Old Second Bank in an effort to raise funds for the band, choir and theatre programs at Kaneland Harter Middle School and Kaneland High School. The Boosters and Old Second Bank invite business and community members to help make a difference by contributing to the… Keep Reading

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Kaneland welcomes new superintendent

KANELAND—The search for a new Kaneland superintendent of schools is over. School Board President Cheryl Krauspe announced on Monday that Dr. Todd Leden will be Kaneland’s next superintendent. Leden, 47, of Geneva, is currently the associate superintendent and high school principal at Fenton Community School District 100 in Bensenville, Ill. He is slated to take… Keep Reading


Kaneland students attend Writing Night event

Photo: Alex Fry, 11, of Sugar Grove, meets author Cynthea Liu. Photos by Lynn Logan GENEVA—More than 100 Kaneland elementary school students attended the School District’s annual K-5 Writing Night on Monday at the Barnes & Nobel bookstore located in the Geneva Commons. Although this was the sixth annual Writing Night event, it was the… Keep Reading


Photos: A sterling performance

The Kaneland Harter Middle School Holiday Concert took place Tuesday at the Kaneland High School auditorium. Soloists Jacqueline Rose (right) and Connor McGinnis lead the Kaneland Harter Middle School seventh grade combined choruses in “Silver Bells.” Photos by Mary Paulson Keep Reading

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