All posts by Stefanie Frazier

  • School Board approves cost limitation waiver submission

    KANELAND—The Kaneland School Board on Monday voted to submit a waiver for administrative cost limitation to the Illinois State Board of Education. The vote requests a “one-time, one-year waiver.” The matter is expected to go to the...

    • Posted February 28, 2014
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    Community bowls against bullying

    Photo: Leigh Ann Reusche (left to right), director of Kindness Campaign of Elburn, Renee Dee, founder/CEO of Peak for Kids, and Maria Dripps-Paulson goof around at the “Bowling Against Bullying” event on Saturday night. Photo by Lynn...

    • Posted February 14, 2014
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  • Kaneland considers middle school Spanish course

    KANELAND—The Kaneland School Board on Monday listened to the possibility of incorporating Spanish in Harter Middle School next year. School Board member Peter Lopatin expressed his enthusiasm for the idea of having foreign language at the middle...

    • Posted February 14, 2014
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    Bateman crowned Mr. Kaneland 2014

    Photo: Mr. Kaneland 2014 was won by senior Mitch Bateman (middle). First runner-up won by senior Dalvell Triplett (right) and second runner-up was given to senior James Lim (left). Photo by Lynn Logan KANELAND—There’s a new Mr....

    • Posted February 13, 2014
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    Fundraiser a success for Kaneland Blackberry Creek

    Photo: Elburn resident Rocky Wruck dazzles the crowd in his Elvis costume as he volunteers to sell the 50/50 raffle tickets at Family Bingo on Saturday night. Photo by Lynn Logan KANELAND—Maryann Lisberg, a Blackberry Creek Elementary...

    • Posted February 13, 2014
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  • Bowl against bullying

    Event seeks to teach participants to “be happy” AURORA—Local adults will soon have a chance to go out, bowl and have fun while learning, too. “Bowling Against Bullying” is a collaborative endeavor hosted by Kindness Campaign, Nick...

    • Posted February 3, 2014
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  • The cast of “The Laramie Project” includes Justin Schaller (back row, from left), Ben Mitchinson and Patrick Murphy; Rebecca Hof (middle row), Pamela Gianakakos, Sabrina Massa, Laszlo Reed, Peter Lopatin and Trisha Mills; Douglas Orlyk (front row) and Caitrin Mills. Photo courtesy of Sally Jane Photography
    ‘The Laramie Project’ debuts on Kaneland stage

    ‘It’s a powerful, powerful production.’ KANELAND—The play “The Laramie Project,” presented by Kaneland Arts Initiative (KAI) and partnered with the Kindness Campaign, did not open on its expected opening day last Friday, due to frigid weather. However,...

    • Posted February 2, 2014
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  • Kaneland Blackberry Creek to host Bingo, auction

    ELBURN—Are you ready for some Bingo? The Kaneland Blackberry Creek PTO will host Family Bingo and Auction Night on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 5:30 p.m. at Kaneland Blackberry Creek Elementary, 1122 Anderson Road, Elburn. Blackberry Creek Elementary...

    • Posted January 31, 2014
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  • Kaneland will not continue with intergovernmental consortium

    KANELAND—The Kaneland School Board on Monday voted against continuing onto the next phase of an online and blended learning intergovernmental consortium with neighboring school districts. The only board members who voted to continue with the consortium were...

    • Posted January 17, 2014
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  • Friday Knightlife to return to Kaneland community

    KANELAND—Friday Knightlife is back. The program, which ran from fall 2009 to spring 2011, has been resurrected thanks to the community collaboration of Peak for Kids, Inc., Elburn and Countryside Community Center and Sugar Grove Public Library....

    • Posted January 10, 2014
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    Remembering Tom

    Photo: Myrna and Bill Smar (top row) with Raulene and Tom Kuebelbeck. Courtesy Photo ELBURN—Bill Smar is an Elburn Lions Club member who works on publicity. Recently, Smar thought about his late friend Tom Kuebelbeck. “Well, I...

    • Posted December 14, 2013
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  • D302 tax levy increases

    KANELAND—The Kaneland School Board agreed to increase the tax levy at the Monday meeting. This means that the tentative tax levy that had been approved at the October meeting will go into effect. The requested amount is...

    • Posted December 13, 2013
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  • School board approves hiring of two interim athletic directors

    KANELAND—The Kaneland School Board agreed to hire two interim athletic directors for the the school year on Monday. The two directors are Rudy Keller and Ralph Drendel. Board member Tony Valente was the only member to vote...

    • Posted December 13, 2013
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  • Kaneland tabs retiree trio as interim athletic director

    by Stefanie Frazier KANELAND—Kaneland High School’s search for an interim athletic director has concluded. Kaneland Superintendent Dr. Jeff Schuler recently announced a “finalized plan” to fill the interim athletics and activities director position for this school year...

    • Posted December 2, 2013
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  • Elburn Lions Club seeks donations for tornado victims

    by Stefanie Frazier ELBURN—The Nov. 17 tornado outbreak ripped through the Midwest, flattening homes and resulting in at least six deaths. Many people still need help in the wake of the damage and devastation left by the...

    • Posted November 28, 2013
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    Production takes KHS to ‘Almost, Maine’

    Photo: KHS students Emily Laudont, as Marvalynn, and Creston Saylors, as Steve, practice at a rehearsal for “Almost, Maine.” The production took place Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Kaneland High School. Courtesy photos Weekend play draws hundreds...

    • Posted November 22, 2013
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  • School Board discusses tentative Tax Levy

    KANELAND—The Kaneland community on Monday had the chance to weigh in on the tentative Tax Levy recently proposed by the Kaneland School Board. The requested amount is $52,210,825, and includes operating levy amounts and bond and interest...

    • Posted November 18, 2013
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    Knights Armory gives back

    KANELAND—Samantha Garcia, a Kaneland High School senior, recently shared some advice to a first-grader. However, the first-grader wasn’t enrolled in the Kaneland School District. Rather, Garcia’s words traveled to a low-income neighborhood in St. Louis, Mo. “I...

    • Posted November 3, 2013
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  • Dripps-Paulson receives Women of Distinction Award

    KANELAND—Maria Dripps-Paulson is a Sugar Grove resident, executive director of the Kaneland Arts Initiative, and a recent recipient of the Women of Distinction Award, given out by Kane County Magazine She said she’s not too sure what...

    • Posted November 2, 2013
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  • Marching Knights represent family, unity

    KANELAND—John Briggs, clarinet section leader of the Kaneland High School Marching Knights, gave a pep talk to his bandmates on a recent chilly evening during band rehearsal on the track of Kaneland’s Peterson Field. The speech followed...

    • Posted November 1, 2013
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  • School Board approves tentative tax levy

    KANELAND—The Kaneland School Board on Monday approved a tentative property tax levy. Not all board members were on board with the decision to approve the levy amount of $52,210,825, however, as Pedro Rivas and Tony Valente voted...

    • Posted November 1, 2013
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  • Kaneland athletic director resigns

    KANELAND—Kaneland Athletic Director Leigh Jaffke has stepped down from her position. Jaffke turned in her letter of resignation prior to the Kaneland School Board’s meeting on Oct. 16. She had served as the district’s athletic director for...

    • Posted October 25, 2013
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  • SB mulls hot lunch program

    KANELAND—Hot meals will be whipped up and delivered via vans to Kaneland elementary schools if the Kaneland School Board gives the green light. The possibility of having a hot lunch program at the elementary school level was...

    • Posted October 25, 2013
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  • Rachel’s Challenge sets example outside of the classroom

    KANELAND—Dylan Calabrese is an 11-year-old sixth-grader at Harter Middle School, and a plays on the 11U Kaneland Black Knights team of the Kaneland Youth Football League. Two weeks ago, Calabrese and some of his teammates strolled into...

    • Posted October 18, 2013
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  • Kaneland plans to ‘unleash the awesome’

    KANELAND—Moments before the second annual Kaneland State of the District presentation on Monday evening, students virtually took center stage on a big screen in front of the red curtain in the Kaneland High School Auditorium. The High...

    • Posted October 12, 2013
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  • School Board approves ‘blended learning’ IGA

    KANELAND—The plan for Kaneland School District to collaborate with other local school districts got a literal thumbs-up vote at a Kaneland School Board meeting in early September. On Monday, the board officially approved the intergovernmental agreement for...

    • Posted October 5, 2013
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  • Kindness Campaign makes its mark on Kaneland students, community

    KANELAND—Annie Dybas is an eighth grader at Kaneland Harter Middle School who recently learned a lesson that kindness can make a difference to fellow students. “If (students are) in the hall walking in the hall alone or...

    • Posted October 4, 2013
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    KBC students learn about ‘Japan Connections’

    Photo: Kaneland Blackberry Creek Elementary third-grade teacher Bob Barth and ELL teacher/director Katie Henigan are co-teaching about communities and cultures in a Social Studies unit. This is a display to go along with their current teachings on...

    • Posted September 21, 2013
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  • School Board welcomes new member

    KANELAND—The Kaneland School Board has had a vacant seat since last month. It’s now filled. All board members present on Monday agreed to appoint Peter Lopatin to the position. Board Vice President Teresa Witt was absent from...

    • Posted September 13, 2013
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  • Gimme a ‘B’ … plus

    MP Fun Fest representative grades festival’s latest outing MAPLE PARK—Maple Park Fun Fest 2013 had the parade, live bands and entertainment to qualify as a success. But how did the Fun Fest Committee feel about this year’s...

    • Posted September 13, 2013
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    Elburn couple enjoy fruits (and vegetables) of labor

    ELBURN—Carol Clulow has a spot she aims to frequent once a week to get fresh produce to take home. Clulow, an Elburn resident, goes to the Strom Family Farm veggie stand in Elburn. “It’s organic, for one,”...

    • Posted September 1, 2013
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  • School Board discusses ACT scores

    KANELAND—The Kaneland School Board on Monday received news regarding the Kaneland High School class of 2013’s ACT scores. This is the first year that the results showed comprehensive student data that incorporated students that received extra time...

    • Posted August 31, 2013
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