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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

Laura Gampfer Kaneland School Board Forum 2-19-15-10

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


Crowning achievement

Students vie for Mr. Kaneland 2015 title KANELAND—Kaneland High School senior James Tockstein was crowned Mr. Kaneland 2015 onstage Friday. Tockstein was awarded the crown and sash after competing in formal wear portion, casual wear portion and talent portions against seven of his peers. In the end, it was Tockstein’s faux British accent and singing… Keep Reading


A feast (and silent auction) fit for a king

Kaneland Arts Initiative to host sixth annual arts dinner SUGAR GROVE—Kaneland Arts Initiative for the sixth consecutive year will host its Fine Arts Feast and Silent Auction fundraiser on Friday, Feb. 20Saturday, Feb. 21, at Open Range Southwest Grill Restaurant at Bliss Creek Golf Course, 1 Golfview Road, Sugar Grove. The cash bar will open… Keep Reading


Kaneland School Board Candidate Forum Feb. 19

KANELAND—A Kaneland School Board Candidate Forum will take place Thursday, Feb. 19, 6 p.m. at Harter Middle School, 1601 Esker Drive, Sugar Grove. The current seven-member Board of Education has four open positions. The Candidate Forum event will feature an introduction of candidates and their statements. Audience members will have an opportunity to submit questions… Keep Reading


Kaneland begins search for next HMS principal

KANELAND—Newly appointed Kaneland Superintendent Dr. Todd Leden on Monday provided an update regarding the district’s search for a new Harter Middle School (HMS) principal. Current HMS Principal Bryan Zwemke will resign from his position on June 30. The Kaneland School Board approved Zwemke’s resignation on Jan. 12. Zwemke this week said he will become the… Keep Reading


Performing Arts Boosters seek donations for annual event

KANELAND—The Kaneland Performing Arts Boosters third annual Knight of Performances Barbecue Dinner will take place Saturday, March 14, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Kaneland Harter Middle School, 1601 Esker Drive, Sugar Grove. A variety of talented student musicians and performers from both HMS and Kaneland High School will provide entertainment for the evening. In… Keep Reading


Holding court

Participants prepare for Mr. Kaneland 2015 event KANELAND—Mr. Kaneland 2015 will take place on Friday, Feb. 13, in the Kaneland High School auditorium. Community members and family members alike are invited to attend the fundraiser-minded male pageant. From a formal wear presentation to a question-and-answer segment, Mr. Kaneland boasts all of the festivities associated with… 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

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