Courier News Latest news from Courier News Online en-us (Editor) Courier News 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ A+ educators show and tell what it takes to succeed ]]> Lead story image

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 say it fast,” she said. “Sound it out: Mmm. Aaa. Ddd. Say it fast: Mad.” And then, “Camila, what is it?” Camila Guardado, 8, brightened and answered: “Mad!” Rouse has thought a lot lately about how she works as a special education resource teacher at Highland Elementary School in Elgin. That was part of the … ]]> Tue, 20 Mar 2012 08:22:13 -0500 <![CDATA[ D300 OKs $2.1 million in construction bids ]]> Lead story image

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 awarded the first of two sets of bids totaling $1.64 million for the construction of the new central office building, just south of Jacobs High School. The cost, which accounts for 31 percent of the overall projected $5 million to $5.5 million, will pay for excavation, site utilities, improvements, asphalt paving, landscaping, building concrete, masonry, … ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:36:03 -0500 <![CDATA[ District 300 ramping up to push state to fund grants ]]>

ALGONQUIN — Like many school districts across the state, it’s 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 more classrooms because of the housing boom a decade ago. Now District 300 is looking to rally other school districts to join the bandwagon in an effort to urge the state to release the money that was promised. In 2004, the district submitted an application and was awarded an entitlement from the School Construction Grant Program. At … ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:56:47 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 Hernandez and South Elgin resident Johanna Rundio, who both attend South Elgin High School; Hampshire resident Victoria Mayer, who attends Hampshire High School; and South Elgin resident Amanda Oie, who attends St. Charles North High School. Elgin District U46 Superintendent José M. Torres expressed pride in the five recipients from Larkin and South Elgin high … ]]> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 02:27:03 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 with the award. The reception is planned from 4:30 to 6 p.m. May 20 in room 240 at the district Educational Services Center, 355 E. Chicago St., Elgin. The deadline to submit nominations is April 11. An online Google Form is available at Entries also can be submitted via e-mail to, faxed to … ]]> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 02:35:50 -0500 <![CDATA[ District 300 office shift won’t compromise safety ]]> Lead story image

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 waits for new office space to be built. Cognizant of the added traffic from people visiting school administrators, the district staff instituted procedures to minimize the effects on the high school. “The safety of the Hampshire High School students and staff is vitally important,” said Allison Strupeck, director of communication services for the district. “Everyone … ]]> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 02:31:48 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 events. U46 students placed in every category. Elgin High School students Shruti Africawala and Vidhi Patel received the only two HOSA state scholarships given this year, and Elgin High School won the award for submitting next year’s winning state conference theme, “HOSA Hearts and HOSA Minds: The Future Starts From All Different Kinds.” The following … ]]> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 02:43:55 -0500 <![CDATA[ Mooseheart holds celebration to honor first team championship in school history ]]> Lead story image

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 what is really great about this is that 25 years from now these guys are going to be able to walk through the fieldhouse and see the trophy case with their families,” head basketball coach Ron Ahrens said. On Friday, Mooseheart held an all-school assembly to celebrate the boys basketball team’s 63-47 victory in the … ]]> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 11:26:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 at schools of all age levels across the country, IMEA gave public elementary and secondary school districts, community colleges and state universities across the state the opportunity to enhance security for their students and staff under the Illinois School Security Grant program. The deadline to submit a grant application was March 14. Patti Thompson, IMEA … ]]> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 02:29:48 -0500 <![CDATA[ Elgin school secretary’s co-workers pay $1,000 to see new hairdo ]]> Lead story image

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 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. The foundation is a charity that funds research into finding cures for childhood cancer. Money is raised through head-shaving events to show solidarity with children who typically lose their hair during cancer treatment. The idea for getting her head shaved started when Downey, who has been with the school for … ]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 06:14:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 from Eastview Middle School earned first place and students from Tefft Middle School won second place; both teams will head to the State Science Olympiad at University of Illinois in Champaign in April. Eastview students who will compete at the State Science Olympiad include Quinn Bendris, Kevin Toczydlowski, Savan Patadia, Yaseen Grant, Kyle Martin, Christopher … ]]> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 06:19:38 -0500 <![CDATA[ Dundee Boys & Girls Club helped teacher achieve goals ]]> Lead story image

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 goal. “Education in my family was something we could choose if we wanted to do. There was nothing pushing us on toward it,” Ramirez said. “The Boys & Girls Clubs definitely helped me to understand what it was to go to college and get that education.” Today, Ramirez is a first-grade teacher at Golfview Elementary … ]]> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 06:10:42 -0500 <![CDATA[ Hampshire Park District’s preschool expanding to day care ]]> Lead story image

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 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday for children ages 2 and up, according to Rosemary Kesse, the district’s director of youth education. The day care program will be expanded on June 2, so the hours of 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday through Friday will be available for all children from 6 weeks … ]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 06:24:39 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 Jose Torres noted that last year the district set a two-year list of goals in a similar improvement plan. But this year, he recommended that district leaders look ahead only one year because it is coming close to 2015, when the district’s specific Destination 2015 goals were supposed to have become reality. The overall aim … ]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 06:14:17 -0500 <![CDATA[ Students recording Kane County veterans for Library of Congress archive ]]> Lead story image

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 nationwide projects. In turn, the students’ works are set to serve as example for other, similar projects across Kane County. And they’ve had help from some Elgin contacts getting things going. “They are doing all the work, from setting up the interviews to recording them, then making sure they get to the state and national … ]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 06:11:20 -0500 <![CDATA[ Elgin student places third in national peace essay contest ]]> Lead story image

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 underwritten by the Jennie Calhoun Baker Endowment at Bethany Seminary in Richmond, Ind. Out of 32 entries submitted, 16-year-old Gabriella Stocksdale came in third behind two people who are pursuing advanced college degrees. She received $500 as a prize for placing third. Her essay beat out submissions from students who attend Harvard and Duke Divinity … ]]> Sat, 05 Apr 2014 06:14:54 -0500