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Kaneland educators, staff honored by ASQ

KANELAND—Two teams from Kaneland schools were recently honored at the American Society for Quality Education Conference in Milwaukee, Wis. As a part of their annual conference, ASQ recognizes teams of educators who have worked together to advance an idea that improves the quality of education for students. Each of the teams was recognized for their superior team work, innovative ideas and for the impact on student learning.

The team of middle school educators, including Bryan Zwemke, Britt Mattern and Marci Lapinskas, were honored with a Finalist Level Award for their project titled “Preparing Students for the Middle School Transition.” The presentation focused on celebrating the success of the middle school transition, and presented the process used to develop a comprehensive transition program, including fifth-graders visiting the middle school, “Step-Up Night” and the Jump Start Program.

The middle school transition centered on receiving feedback from students, parents, fifth-and-sixth-grade teachers and K-8 Administration to develop a path for students and parents to enter the middle school prepared academically and socially.

Our elementary team of Sarah Mumm, Kelly DeGaetano, Shelley Hueber, Laura Garland and Martne McCoy were honored with the Merit Level for their project titled “Hiring the Right Teachers” that presented a session on unique hiring processes using the panel interview techniques at the Quality Education Conference. The team shared their knowledge of the panel interview process, as well as the impact on student achievement. The team was also awarded the National Merit Level Team Excellence Award.

Conferences get parents, teachers on same page

by David Maas
KANELAND—The Kaneland School District held parent-teacher conferences Thursday, Nov. 4.

“At Kaneland, we have parent-teacher conferences once a year, for all students,” said Martne McCoy, principal of McDole Elementary School, “However, teachers and parents are able to conference at any point throughout the year, if needed.”

While it isn’t mandatory that all parents attend these conferences, it is recommended that they do.

“We do highly encourage all parents to attend,” said principal of John Stewart Elementary, Laura Garland, “Our goal is to have 100 percent attendance. Our conference schedule includes both day and evening time slots to meet scheduling needs.”

The conferences serve as a means for parents to communicate with teachers about aspects of their child’s academic and social progress. Parents may also inquire about the district’s curricular and behavioral expectations, as well as provide information to the teachers that may have an impact on their child’s school performance.

“Parent-teacher conferences is a time when parents can ask specific questions about their child’s learning, as well as an opportunity for teachers to share the individual learning to their parent,” McCoy said.

Parent-teacher conferences can also help establish a positive working relationship between teachers and their student’s parents.

“Research shows that when parents and teachers partner in the education of a child,” said Shelley Hueber, Principal of Kaneland John Shields Elementary, “That child shows greater gains socially and academically.”

3 Kaneland administrators will take on new roles

by Lynn Meredith

            The Kaneland School Board approved changes to administrative staffing for the 2009-10 school to adjust for the the planned retirement of Assistant Superintendent of Business Tom Runty and Director of Special Education Marilee Green.

            Dr. Julie-Ann Fuchs will replace Runty as the Assistant Superintendent of Business. She has worked with the Business Office for several years and has been involved in many of the key operations of the district. Fuchs holds a doctorate in Curriculum Leadership and masters degrees in Education Administration and Secondary Education.

            Fran Eggleston will replace Marilee Greene as Director of Special Education. She has served as principal of McDole Elementary since the school opened. She has a background in Special Education and has taught at all three levels.

            Martne McCoy will replace Eggleston as principal of McDole, where she currently is serving as Assistant Principal. She has been an assistant principal at three of the district’s elementary schools and has taught early childhood and elementary levels.