Kaneland School District 302

Our mission is to graduate all students college, career and community ready.

KHS Surpasses State Averages on ACT for the Second Year in a Row

For the second year in a row, Kaneland schools again celebrate outstanding student performance on the ACT. Students who graduated from Kaneland High School in 2014 posted an ACT Composite Score of 22.2, which is the highest ever composite score for a district 302 graduating class and 1.5 points higher than the state average. Analyses of individual subject area scores also reveal that Kaneland students surpass state averages in every category: Math (21.9), Science (22.0), Reading (22.5) and English (21.7).   

“I could not be more proud of the ACT scores posted by the Kaneland High School Class of 2014.  ACT is one of many measures we use to celebrate our mission to graduate all students college, career, and community ready,” said District 302 Superintendent, Jeff Schuler. ”This achievement shows the commitment of our students, teachers, parents, and staff to academic success.”

Success on the ACT joins several other academic accolades earned by the District in recent years. Kaneland Schools have been applauded for their innovative blended learning program, systematic RTI intervention plan, and notable improvements in overall academic performance. As recently as May, 2014, Kaneland High School was recognized for outstanding academic achievement by Illinois State Superintendent, Dr. Chris Koch.

Teachers and staff throughout Kaneland schools have accepted the challenge of readying all students for their future paths. As the District continues its mission to graduate all students college, career and community ready, student performance on the ACT is one of many measures indicating the realization of this mission.

Starting Again: The 2014-15 School Year Kicks Off Today!

Sharpened pencils, clean white paper, that new crayon smell. They’re all part of back to school. Every August in Kaneland, students file into schools to start again. With their crisp new backpacks in tow, they make their way to classrooms throughout the district to begin a new year.

The energy and excitement of that first day is second to none. Nerves and anticipation only add to the thrill of walking through those doors. School is unique in this way. It’s one of the few places where each year is a fresh start, a new chance to achieve great things. The achievements evolve as our students progress through twelve grades of learning, but the prospect of personal growth remains. Welcome back, Kaneland students. Make this year great!

Teachers Return for Another Awesome School Year

Energy and enthusiasm were high today as the KHS auditorium filled with teachers eager to begin another school year.

The message delivered by District 302 Superintendent, Dr. Schuler and principals from each building in the district was clear: the success of Kaneland students is due in large part to the diligence of teachers.

As they shared school and student accolades from the past year, district administration congratulated staff and challenged them to build upon last year’s success. KHS senior and guest speaker, Rachel Miller thanked teachers for their dedication to students saying, “You guys are the MVPs. Teachers make student success possible.”

Celebrating the work of Kaneland teachers ensures an awesome start to the 2014-15 school year, which kicks off for students on Wednesday.

Kaneland Harter Middle School was recently named among the top schools in the country.

Kaneland Harter Middle School Qualifies 36 Athletes for State Track Meet

At Saturday’s IESA Sectional AA meet in Plano, Kaneland Harter Middle School Track and Field teams qualified an unprecedented number of athletes for the IESA State Track Meet. Thirty-six 7th and 8th graders will compete in Peoria this Friday and Saturday. In addition to the individual state qualifiers, both the 8th grade girls and boys track teams earned a plaque for their third-place finish at the highly competitive sectional meet. image

“In my experience, this is the toughest sectional we’ve been in,” said Harter Middle School Athletic Director, Tom Huels. “Our athletes’ success has been truly astonishing.” Among the individual success stories is that of Lauren DiSandro, who increased her personal best by more than 2 feet to qualify in the long jump and Connor Park who qualified in both the discus and shot put.

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In an email to all Kaneland Harter Middle School staff on Sunday, Huels wrote: “Coach Self, Huettemann, Bellino, and Larson have worked long hours in preparation for yesterday, and are extremely proud of all the members of the track team who pushed these individuals to excel.”  

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The state middle school track meet will be held in Peoria, Illinois on Friday, May 23 and Saturday, May 24. Kaneland athletes will participate in the Grand March on Friday, prior to the onset of competition. Those who finish among the top 8 in their respective events will be named to the All-State team.

Congratulations to the following state-qualifiers: Sydney Fedderly, Brynn Angeletti, Peyton Griffney, Sarah Hiltunen, Maddy Wheatley, Miranda Hansen, Lindsey Turner, Taylor Moss, Sarah O’Shea, Megan Andrews, Jamie Martens, Shayna Hurston, Crystal Durham, Sandra Gale, Lauren DiSandro, Emma Ball, Erin Ball, Lizzie Laudont, Grace Purcell, Drooke Delahanty, Cierra Kuipers, Clayton Hannula, Bobby Nowacki, Connor Park, Ben Saloga, David DeLarme, Keegan Urbanik, Justin Lin, Drake Nemec, Zane Pozen, Tyler Nance, Matthew Richtman, Matt Cushman, Nolan Regelbrugge, Dmitri Matarangas, and Dmitri Camaro. 

Indoor/Outdoor Education Day Brings D302 5th Graders Together

On Thursday, May 15 all fifth graders from all four Kaneland elementary schools spent the day getting to know each other in anticipation of being sixth graders next year.  Fifth graders were put in to groups that were led by Kaneland High School Peer Leadership students led by Lori Grant.

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"Even though the weather did not allow the activities to be held outside, everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day," wrote teacher, Karen North. There were various ice-breakers and team building activities, and groups made up their own team name and cheer. The day ended with all students gathering together for a group picture.

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The fun-filled, productive day, brought students from all buildings together as they prepare to become one class of Kaneland Knights!

Illinois State Superintendent Recognizes the Achievements of KHS

Illinois State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch  visited Kaneland High School on Thursday to name KHS to the 2013 Illinois Honor Roll.

“I am pleased to recognize these schools and the efforts they have made toward improving achievement,” said Superintendent Koch. “I hope that the families and community members of Kane County will also take time to celebrate their achievements as we all work to ensure that every student is prepared to succeed in college and careers.”

A video of the ceremony can be viewed at http://www.highschoolcube.com/event/state-superintendent-recognition-event-351867

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Kaneland Blackberry Creek Elementary Kindergartners Excel on Reading Assessment

At Blackberry Creek Elementary School, 98% of kindergarteners are meeting or exceeding reading expectations for the end of the school year. According to student scores on the district-wide RIGBY assessment, nearly all of the school’s kindergarteners are performing at a high level for reading. On this assessment, students are given leveled texts to read one on one and demonstrate comprehension by responding to questions after reading the text. A running record is completed by a district staff member as the student reads aloud.

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A Week of Music in Kaneland Schools

This week, several choral concerts featuring the talents of Kaneland students will be held throughout our schools. Plan an evening of musical entertainment!

Monday, May 12: Harter Middle School Concerts -  6th grade at 6:30pm , 7th & 8th grade at 7:30pm in the HMS auditorium

Tuesday, May 13: All 5th Grade Choral Concert - 7:00pm in the KHS gymnasium

Wednesday, May 14: KHS Spring Choral Concert - 7:00pm - 9:00pm in the KHS auditorium

 

15th Annual Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival

Three thousand guests attended the 15th Annual Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival on Sunday, April 13th from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm.   Patrons and participants alike enjoyed their time celebrating the Arts by viewing over 500 Kaneland student art pieces, participating in theatre workshops, watching James and the Giant Peach along with other wonderful performances in the Kaneland Auditorium, and learning about visual art mediums from over 15 professional artists.  In Festival exit surveys, patrons were complimentary of the “interactive artists – willing to let kids participate,” “the science club and art club participation,” and the “variety of artists!”

Mixed media visual artist, Valerie Lorimer, gave the Festival a review after attending the Festival for the first time as a participant.  “Oh wow!  I cannot tell you how impressed I am with this event.  Great atmosphere and terrific interactive experiences for the kids.  Awesome performing arts as well.  I am very impressed by the community’s support of the Arts.  I hope to be asked back again.  Thank you!”

The Kaneland Arts Initiative (KAI) was also pleased to partner with Changing Children’s World Foundation, which held an art contest in conjunction with the Festival. 

2014 Winners of the Changing Children’s Worlds Art Contest 

Best of Show

"The World of the Family"

Emma & Karly Mannia

Kaneland John Stewart Elementary School

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