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Updated: March 4, 2013 6:23AM

Dist. U46: Schools on state honor roll

Four Elgin School District U46 schools received Academic Excellence Awards as part of the Illinois State Board of Education and Northern Illinois University 2012 Illinois Honor Roll. The schools are Bartlett Elementary, Centennial Elementary, Prairieview Elementary, and Wayne Elementary.

“I applaud the teachers, staff, students and parents at these award-winning elementary schools for their commitment to hard work and academic success that led to this prestigious recognition,” said Superintendent José Torres. “Our school staff in U46 will continue to develop a culture for learning and high expectations so that each and every student can reach high academic standards.”

The Academic Excellence Awards recognized 454 schools that sustained very high academic performance over the last three years. In elementary schools, at least 90 percent of the students met or exceeded state standards in both reading and math for at least three consecutive years.

While Wayne Elementary School is a first-year winner of the Academic Excellence Award, Bartlett Elementary School has received it every year since 2009, and Centennial and Prairieview have received it every year since 2008.

ECC: Spartan Terrace restaurant reopens

Spartan Terrace Restaurant, the upscale venue operated by students of Elgin Community College’s Culinary Arts and Hospitality Program, reopens for the spring semester on Tuesday. The restaurant is located inside the ECC Culinary Arts Center, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin.

The restaurant will be open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on most Tuesdays and Thursdays. Spartan Terrace guests become part of the education process as students, under the supervision of instructors, perfect their culinary and service skills in preparation for careers in the hospitality industry. Artistry in both the taste and presentation of the meal is essential to the experience.

The lunch service has a variety of gluten-free and vegetarian selections, freshly prepared soups, salads, and desserts. Diners can choose from a wide range of $10 entrées.

Visit to view the full menu. Call 847-214-7382 for reservations.

Elgin: Girls United

Registration has been extended to Feb. 8 for Girls United, a day of fun activities just for girls to build self-esteem, which will be held at Zion Lutheran Church, 330 Griswold St. Open to girls in grades six to eight, the free event will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 16. Participants can register by calling Kelly Kosakowski at 630-600-7822 or emailing Include the participant’s name, grade and T-shirt size.

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