Kaneland School District 302

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

Members of the Kaneland Krier Attend State Conference

Thirteen Kaneland Krier editors joined more than 500 other high school
journalists from around the state on Friday, Sept. 12 at the IJEA Fall
Conference held on the campus of the University of Illinois.  Students came together to collaborate with each other, learn from professional journalists and U of I faculty members, and to practice the craft of journalism.

All Krier editors attended workshops of varying topics. Dean Divizio and
Samantha Schrepferman spent the day on production teams that created and produced news broadcasts that will be posted the web.  Gabby Cano completed with student representatives from each attending school in a Timed Feature Writing Contest and received an Honorable Mention for her article covering the keynote speaker.

The Kaneland Krier is a student-produced news site containing original writing from the talented young journalists at KHS.

Kaneland 302 Recognizes Patriots Day with a Ceremony and Emotional Surprise Reunion

Staff and students at Kaneland High School came together on September 11th, in recognition of Patriots Day. Fox Valley Career Center hosted the memorial service that took place in front of Kaneland High School. Allyson Fillion, a senior at St. Charles East, led the ceremony with a powerful speech that took the audience back to the tragic morning of 9/11.  The KHS choir sang the National Anthem as the flag was raised.image

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KHS Courtyard Pond Featured on National Geographic Television Show

Kaneland High School was recently featured on Pond Stars, a new show on Nat Geo Wild, for its courtyard pond. The pond, constructed by several students with the help of Aquascape, Inc. of St. Charles, came to life last year. KHS Principal, Jill Maras and Social Science Teacher, Javier Martinez enlisted the support of KHS clubs and organizations as well as District 302 Administrators to bring their idea for the previously unused courtyard space to fruition.

Nominated members of Student Council, FFA and Science Club, in cooperation with Aquascape, Inc. worked 3 long days to construct the outdoor space. The company donated time and materials, as well as their expertise, to KHS student volunteers.

As the students toiled during the non-attendance days last November, they learned valuable life skills. Martinez, who helped coordinate the construction of the pond, commented on its impact on student participants. “The opportunity to work on a real-life project that directly impacted their community gave them life experiences that required teamwork, responsibility, focus, and the willingness to reach outside their comfort zone. AND they had fun doing it! What better educational experience could you ask for?”

The project exhibits not only student and staff commitment to their school, but also demonstrates how school-community partnerships can provide worthwhile learning experiences.

The episode of Pond Stars featuring KHS premiered on September 9th. It will air again on Nat Geo Wild on October 3rd. Check your local listings.


ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Makes its Way Through Kaneland Schools

It all began in August, as principal Martne McCoy challenged teachers at Blackberry Creek Elementary School to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. From there, every building in the District, including the District Office, accepted the challenge and participated in the fundraiser to help those suffering from ALS. Not only did schools raise a considerable amount of money for the cause, but they also demonstrated for students a commitment to community service. As they watched their teachers, principals and fellow classmates get publicly soaked, students were reminded of their responsibility to help others. To date, the District has raised more than $2,400 for the ALS Association, and that number is still rising.

Graduating community-ready students is part of the Kaneland mission.  Creating teachable moments while helping others is one way Kaneland teachers and administrators are preparing students to be active in the community today, and in the future.

Watch school Ice Bucket Challenge videos here.

Kaneland Blackberry Creek Elementary School

Kaneland McDole Elementary School

Kaneland John Shields Elementary School

Kaneland John Stewart Elementary School

Kaneland Harter Middle School

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Kaneland District Office Administrators

Kaneland District Office Staff

Dr. Renee Goier Named Kaneland CUSD 302 Interim Superintendent

At a special meeting on Tuesday of the Board of Education, Kaneland School District announced that Dr. Renee Goier will serve as interim Superintendent for the District. Goier will fill the position while the board undergoes a comprehensive search for a permanent replacement.

In its search for an interim candidate, the Kaneland School District 302 Board of Education reached out to several organizations and individuals, meeting with five potential superintendents. The Board selected Dr. Goier based on her extensive experience, professional leadership and student-centered decision making.

“Of all of our candidates, Dr. Goier’s perspective and experience, throughout every level of her K-12 career, is by far the deepest.  Dr. Goier has exceptional administrative skills.  She is well-versed and skillfully applies her knowledge in the areas of curriculum, student assessment, finance, human resources, law, policy, and collective bargaining,” said Kaneland Board President, Cheryl Krauspe.

Goier’s perspective is a result of her work in various levels of public education: teacher, gifted coordinator, middle and elementary school principal, and assistant superintendent. Most recently, she served as Superintendent of Schools for Deerfield Public Schools District 109. In that role, she improved district collaboration and efficiency, increased professional learning opportunities for teachers, and reorganized administrative structure and human resource practices. Among other professional achievements as Superintendent, Goier improved teacher evaluation methods and raised expectations to positively impact student learning, strategically integrated technology across the curriculum, and improved aging facilities while maintaining a balanced budget.

Additionally, she held multiple leadership roles, serving as President of several professional organizations, including Lake County Superintendents, Illinois Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) and Northern Illinois Superintendents Roundtable and Study Group, as well as Membership Chair of Suburban School Superintendents. A renowned mentor, Dr. Goier has been praised for her personable and professional approach to leadership.

“She is known for her interpersonal and communication skills and her principal mentorship. She consistently contributes to national, state, and local professional organizations. Her decision-making is logical and based upon what is best for students. This combination of knowledge and application resulted in her school districts being recognized for their innovative programs, excellent student achievement and financial soundness,” noted Krauspe.

Dr. Goier will begin in the District this week, spending several days visiting schools and meeting members of the Kaneland learning community.  A resident of Sugar Grove with a vested interest in the success of Kaneland schools, Goier will join district administrators and staff in ensuring that all Kaneland students receive an exceptional education and graduate 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.