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.
“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.
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.”
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.
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.
"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.
The fun-filled, productive day, brought students from all buildings together as they prepare to become one class of Kaneland Knights!
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
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.
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
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
Kaneland High School in Maple Park and Kaneland McDole School in Montgomery, are among approximately 60 schools statewide that will participate in the annual TECH 2014 Students for the Information Age event on Thursday, May 8 at the Illinois State Capitol Building in Springfield.
From 1:00 - 3:00 p.m., students will show the public and elected members of the Illinois State Senate and the House of Representatives how technology is being used in the classroom to improve student achievement. Computer workstations will be set up in the Capitol Building Rotunda so students may show how technology has helped them with their schoolwork.
Taking part in the demonstrations locally are Andrea Petrarca, Senior; Jackson Thomas, Senior and Alexander Ochoa, Junior and Ms. Beth Trafton, teacher. Representing McDole Elementary School will be Anne Olsen, Teacher; Cathy Lannert, Teacher; Mackenzie Egert, 5th grader and Elijah Pflipsen, 4th grader. Students will be sharing how their knowledge of Google documents has enhanced their learning to better prepare them for college and beyond as well as innovative blogging ideas for writing.
The purpose of TECH 2014 is to raise awareness of the critical role technology plays in preparing students to succeed in today’s world, and to show the need for increased funding for classroom technology. Students will demonstrate for lawmakers and the public the creative ways technology is being used to enhance and accelerate student achievement in Illinois schools today. The importance of this event lies in making the public aware of the central role technology has come to play in our schools and generating support for its adequate funding.
Entering the job force without a strong foundation in information-age technology is not an option for today’s high school and college graduates. Understanding computers and related tools is a requirement, even for entry-level jobs, and computer literacy is essential for further education and advancement in almost every academic sphere. From the elementary to high school level, technology expands the walls of the traditional classroom, bringing in people and events from all over the globe. Technology captures and holds the attention of this generation of learners far better than textbooks alone. Classroom technology allows for more individualized instruction as teachers move from the traditional “sage on the stage” role to becoming “guides on the side,” providing students the tools they need to become more active in managing their own learning.
TECH 2014 is a not-for-profit initiative presented by Illinois Computing Educators (ICE), and is supported by a broad range of education and business organizations. Corporate Platinum Plus partners are Comcast and CDW-G.
Without the understanding and support of the public and the legislature, adequate public funding for education technology is hard to come by and, without it, Illinois cannot remain competitive in the global economy. Kaneland High School is pleased to support and be a part of Tech 2014: Students for the Information Age.
Kaneland School District recently announced several administrative changes for the 2014-2015 school year. At their meeting on April 28, 2014 the Board approved the appointment of Julia Cloat to be Assistant Principal at Kaneland John Stewart and Kaneland John Shields for the 2014-15 School Year. Mrs. Cloat is currently Assistant Principal at Kaneland John Stewart and Response to Intervention Coordinator. We are excited to expand Mrs. Cloat’s administrative service for Kaneland Schools.
The Kaneland Board of Education also approved the appointment of Mr. Patrick Raleigh as an Assistant Principal/Teacher for Kaneland McDole Elementary School beginning July 1, 2014. Mr. Raleigh was selected from a pool of thirty-one applicants. He has served as a teacher in Forest Ridge School District #142 for the past six years. Mr. Raleigh completed his Master’s Degree at Concordia University in Chicago along with an Administration Certificate. He received his Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education at Northern Illinois University.
Mr. Raleigh was selected from a group of five talented finalists. The five candidates participated in several interview groups on multiple days including staff members, administrators, and the Superintendent of Schools. Candidates were also asked to complete a writing task based on the parent satisfaction survey data that was evaluated by a panel of administrators. Mr. Raleigh emerged as the top candidate at the end of this thorough interview process. He was selected for a number of excellent reasons including his successful teaching career, vision for a quality education in Kaneland, passion for teaching and learning, and communication skills. Mr. Raleigh will begin his contract at a salary of $56,000 plus benefits, and will assume his position as Kaneland McDole Elementary School Assistant Principal on July 1, 2014.
On April 28th, the Kaneland Board of Education also approved the resignation of Erika Schlichter, Director of Education Services for 6-12. Erika is leaving to assume the post of Chief Academic Officer in School District #158. It is an opportunity for her to lead a teaching and learning team in a large and growing school district. Dr. Jeff Schuler shared, “We will miss Erika and the leadership she brought to our district. We are confident her experiences in Kaneland clearly made her an attractive candidate to lead a teaching and learning team. We are committed to a thorough process to find an equally qualified candidate to serve our students after she leaves on June 30, 2014.”
Finally, Kaneland School District #302 is continuing the search for an Assistant Principal/Early Childhood Coordinator for Blackberry Creek Elementary School. Interviews continue and we anticipate making an announcement at an upcoming Board of Education Meeting.
Kaneland High School has been named among the most-improved schools in Illinois. The Illinois State Board of Education recently released its 2013 Honor Roll and named KHS among those who demonstrated significant academic improvement, based on test scores. According to a press release from the ISBE, KHS is among 125 schools state-wide who were awarded an Academic Improvement Award, as the number of students meeting or exceeding standards increased by at least 7.5 points over one year or 15 points over two years. “These Honor Roll schools once again show us that rigorous standards, great teachers and persistence are key to improved student performance,” said State Board of Education Chairman Gery J. Chico. “We raised our expectations in 2013 but these 177 schools accepted the challenge. Many more will meet these new more rigorous expectations and better prepare students for college and careers.” The State Board establishes criteria, identifies winners of the awards and administers the Illinois Honor Roll, which is divided into three categories – Spotlight Schools, Academic Excellence and Academic Improvement. A complete listing of the 2013 Illinois Honor Roll Schools can be found online at http://www.ilhonorroll.niu.edu. Congratulations, KHS students and staff on this significant achievement.