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A+ educators show and tell what it takes to succeed

Late last month, Dorothy Rouse sat around the small table with three second-grade students, workbooks open in front of them. Rouse held up a fourth book, her fingers following the letters in the words on the page. “We’re going to sound it out and then …

D300 OKs $2.1 million in construction bids

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ALGONQUIN — Plans have taken a step closer to fruition by Community Unit School District 300 to build a new administration building in Algonquin and revamp the former central office space in Carpentersville for use by the district’s alternative school. The school board Monday night …

D300 ramps up to push state for promised funds

ALGONQUIN — As with many school districts across the state, it has been 10 years and Community Unit School District 300 is still waiting to find out if it will get any of the grant money it applied for to offset the cost of adding …

7 area students named Golden Apple Scholars

Seven area high school students are among 175 future teachers selected as members of the 2014 class of the Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois Program.

Recipients include Elgin residents Mireya Castillo, Lizzbeth Granda-Ocampo and Alberto Vargas, who all attend Larkin High School; Bartlett resident Rebecca …

In Our Schools: U46 seeking top volunteer nominees

School District U46 is accepting nominations for its annual Volunteer of the Year Award presented to those who have performed outstanding volunteer service in schools or in the district.

All nominees are invited to a reception where the Volunteer of the Year will be presented …

District 300 office shift won’t compromise safety

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HAMPSHIRE — Hampshire High School students likely will be seeing their superintendent around the halls of their school a lot more these days. Over spring break last week, the School District 300’s administrative offices moved into temporary space at Hampshire High School while the staff …

In Our Schools: District U46 student display health care prowess

Dozens of School District U46 high school students and aspiring health care professionals competed in the Illinois Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) State Leadership Conference in Decatur recently.

Approximately 790 students from around the state attended this conference and competed in more than 30 …

Mooseheart holds celebration to honor first team championship in school history

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The Mooseheart Red Ramblers wrote a page in history when they took home their first team state championship trophy of any kind in 101 years, and Friday the school went all out to celebrate. “We know it is the first team title in history, but …

Grants to help schools beef up security

Community Unit School District 300 and Elgin District U46 are just a couple of the more than 600 public educational institutions competing for a share of $25 million being awarded by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency to upgrade school security. In response to crisis situations …

Elgin school secretary’s co-workers pay $1,000 to see new hairdo

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ELGIN — The secretary at Ellis Middle School is sporting a new hair style, courtesy of her co-workers. Cyndi Downey’s hairdresser shaved Downey’s head Thursday at a morning staff meeting in the school library to help out another Elgin U46 school’s efforts to raise money …

In Our Schools: U46 students head to Science Olympiad

Nearly 70 students from six U46 middle schools competed in the district’s inaugural Science Olympiad regional event recently at Abbott Middle School. Armed with protective lab goggles and glass test tubes, students competed in 12 events focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Students …

Dundee Boys & Girls Club helped teacher achieve goals

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CARPENTERSVILLE — As a child, a college education wasn’t something that seemed attainable for Sonalia Ramirez. It wasn’t until she joined the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dundee Township in high school that the idea of higher education seemed like more than just a lofty …

Hampshire Park District’s preschool expanding to day care

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HAMPSHIRE — The Hampshire Township Park District’s Little People Playtime Preschool is about to begin offering a day care program. Beginning March 31, full day care will be available from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday for infants and toddlers and from 11 …

U46 targets nonfiction reading and writing as it works to close ‘achievement gaps’

ELGIN — Improving students’ nonfiction reading and writing would be the main focus of teaching and learning under a School District U46 Improvement Plan for the 2014-15 school year that was proposed to the board of education by the school district administration this week. Superintendent …

Students recording Kane County veterans for Library of Congress archive

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ST. CHARLES — The freshman class leadership council at St. Charles East High School is seeking military veterans from throughout Kane County who have served in war zones to share their stories, which they will digitally record for posterity and give copies to state and …

Elgin student places third in national peace essay contest

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ELGIN — What do a sophomore at Larkin High School, a master’s of divinity student at an Indiana seminary, and a doctoral candidate at Cambridge University in England all have in common? The three wrote the top essays in the 2014 Bethany Peace Essay Contest …