Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The fourth-year math course will be introduced during the 2013-2014 school year, according to the Daily Herald.
Wednesday, May 15
District 300 will be the first out of the four Elgin Community College feeder high school districts to offer a new fourth-year math class designed for seniors looking to take something other than Calculus in their final year before college, according to a Daily Herald article. Representatives from ECC, a professor from Northern Illinois University and representatives from districts 300, 303, 301 and U-46 worked together for two years to create a new textbook for the class, according to the article. That textbook was approved by the District 300 Board of Education this past week and the new class will be offered at all District 300 high schools in the 2013-14 school year, according to the Daily Herald. Read more on the Daily Herald …
Monday, May 13, 2013
During this year's Relay for Life, the district raised $112,000 for the American Cancer Society.
District 300 banded together in recent weeks to raise $112,000 during this year's Relay for Life, according to the District 300 website. The Community School District 300 Relay for Life was held from 6 p.m. Friday, April 19 to early Saturday, April 20 at Hampshire High School, 1600 Big Timber Road. Last year, District 300 raised $135,000 and the year before, the district raised $74,500 for the American Cancer Society.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Relay for Life scheduled Friday, April 19 at Hampshire High School.
Joan Steenhausen was the “Queen Bee” of the speech-language pathologist department at the deLacey Family Education Center in Carpentersville. Steenhausen died last October from a rare cancer. Her memory will be with her “worker bees” as a Relay for Life team from deLacey Center, called the Queen’s Bees, raises money for cancer research in the Relay for Life School District 300. “She was awesome,” Queen’s Bees leader Megan Tracy said of Steenhausen. “I don’t feel like my words can explain. She was a really great person. As a supervisor, she was always there for any of us who needed help. She really impacted a lot of people.” The Community School District 300 Relay for Life will be held from 6 p.m. Friday, April 19 to early Saturday, April…
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Several other area school districts have also denied the proposal
On Monday, District 300 school board members voted down Virtual Learning Solutions' proposal to form an online charter school, according to the Northwest Herald. Virtual Learning Solutions is a nonprofit group that had formed to create the charter school, but which intend to contract with K12 to educate the students. K12 is the nation’s largest virtual school company, operating 48 full-time virtual schools as of July 2012. The district stood to lose between about $535,000 and $907,000 annually in tax dollars if it moved forward with the online charter school while other board members said K12 Inc.'s "spotty track record" when it came to student performance was their reason for voting down the proposal. K12 has drawn criticism for its for…
Friday, April 5, 2013
The District 300 Board of Education will meet on Monday at 7:30 p.m.
The District 300 Board of Education will vote to deny a proposal from an online charter school during Monday's meeting, according to the school board agenda. Illinois Virtual Learning Solutions, an offshoot of K12 Inc., which is based in Virginia and manages online learning schools in 27 states, proposed the charter school, which was meant to service under served students in 18 area school districts, including District 300, according to the Northwest Herald. The company has drawn criticism for its for-profit status while seeing low student achievement and high turnover rates of its teachers, according to the New York Times. During a public hearing in Elgin's U-46 last month, Elgin Teachers Association, Northern Illinois Jobs with Justice…
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Virtual Learning Service will present its proposal tonight at the District 300 Board of Education meeting.
The District 300 School Board will hear tonight from a company that specializes in virtual learning schools on a proposal to offer online charter school services to underserved students in 18 area school districts, including District 300, according to the Northwest Herald. Illinois Virtual Learning Solutions is proposing the charter school and is an offshoot of K12 Inc., which is based in Virginia and manages online learning schools in 27 states, according to the Northwest Herald. The company has drawn criticism for its for-profit status while seeing low student achievement and high turnover rates of its teachers, according to the New York Times. During a public hearing in Elgin's U-46 Monday, Elgin Teachers Association, Northern Illinois …
Monday, March 18, 2013
Arbitrary "cut" scores are changing to align ISAT scores with ACT and PARCC assessments. That means students' and schools' performance grades are likely to drop in the categories of English and math.
Don't be surprised if your son or daughter drops from "exceeds standards" to "meets standards" or from "meets" to "below" standards in the upcoming Illinois Standard Achievement Tests. The Illinois State Board of Education in January approved new cut scores that will help align the ISAT results with those of the Prairie State Achievement Exam — colloquially called the ACT test — given to 11th graders, and establish a foundation for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers exam set to debut in the 2014-15 school year. In recent weeks, elementary school children throughout the area took the ISATs. The higher expectations of the new ISAT cut scores will mean fewer students are expected to meet or exceed standards…
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
The Daily Herald reports there is a higher percentage of six-figure pension payments being doled out to retired educators in six suburban counties, including McHenry County.
Wednesday, March 6
Compared to the rest of the state, a higher percentage of retired McHenry County educators are receiving six-figure pension payments, according to a Daily Herald article. Of the educators retired from districts that serve Algonquin and Lake in the Hills children, 83 received a pension over $100,000 last year, according to information provided in an interactive map on the Daily Herald. In District 155, 21.9 percent of retired educators received a pension over $100,000 and on average, received an average pension payment of $72,058.77. Average pension payments for retirees from District 300, 158 and 47 range from about $40,000 to $57,000, according to an interactive map posted on the Daily Herald. While six-figure pensions make up seven …
Algonquin's Jacobs High School has its own version of the Harlem Shake done during half time at a game on Feb. 15. Check it out.
The Harlem Shake is everywhere. What is the Harlem Shake? It's an Internet meme that has gone viral. The first video was done in Australia in the beginning of February and now everyone has a version, according to Wikipedia. YouTube has endless versions to check out, but Jacobs High's is pretty good.
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
District 155, 158, 300 and 47 have all cancelled school today.
Area children will have a snow day today. Area school districts decided Tuesday morning to cancel school as a winter storm is expected to slam northern Illinois today. The following districts or schools have cancelled school for Tuesday, March 5: The Emergency Closing Center website has more information on area closings. Check back to Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Patch for more weather-related news and closings throughout the day. Like Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Patch on Facebook - Sign up for Breaking News Alerts and our Newsletter