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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.”

John Shields teacher best in Kane

by Susan O’Neill
SUGAR GROVE—Anna Richards’ fellow teachers at Kaneland John Shields describe her as a quiet, soft-spoken person with an inner strength.

“Her demeanor reaches students and parents alike,” third-grade teacher and co-worker Sarah Linden said.

Fourth-grade teacher and 30-year Sugar Grove resident Richards was chosen this year as the Kane County Elementary Teacher of the Year.

Linden, whose son had been in Richards’ class several years ago, nominated her for the honor. Linden said it was Richards’ ability to always keep the needs of the students above everything else that she appreciated.

She said Richards would bring extra projects to the classroom to challenge her son, who is good in math. At the same time, she said Richards worked hard to bring the other students along whose ability in math was not up to par.

“She does the best for each student,” Linden said.

Richards, in her 18th year of teaching, has been teaching fourth grade at John Shields for eight years.

“I can’t think of a better job,” she said. “Every day is a new day, and it is just a joy to be with the students. They’re delightful little people.”

There were a number of teachers in her family who inspired Richards, starting with her greataunt, who taught in a one-room school house in Blackberry Township.

She has taught all of the elementary grades, but said fourth grade has turned out to be the best.

“For me, it is a fabulous year in their development,” she said. “They are on the cusp of going from very concrete thinking to more abstract, critical thinking.”

Richards said that winning the award was a “huge, huge honor,” but that many of her colleagues could easily have been in her place.

“I learn from everyone,” she said. “It takes everybody to make a district successful.”
However, her colleagues see her as someone special.

“We’re very proud of her here,” John Shields principal Shelley Hueber said. “I’m just glad the rest of the county knows how fabulous she is.”

Photo: Kaneland Educator of the Year nominees (left to right) Leanndra Bowen, paraprofessional, Kaneland Blackberry Creek Elementary School; Fran Eggleston, Kane County Administrator of the Year, principal, Kaneland McDole Elementary School; Anna Richards, Kane County Elementary Teacher of the Year, fourth-grade teacher, Kaneland John Shields Elementary School and Karen Devereaux, reading specialist, Kaneland Blackberry Creek Elementary School gathered during the awards banquet May 8 at Pheasant Run Mega Center in St. Charles. Courtesy Photo

Alef once again State swim qualifer

by Mike Slodki
This is getting to be familiar territory for Kaneland’s Grant Alef.

That territory is the water.

Alef, the lone KHS representative for the second year in a row, qualified once again for the IHSA State Swim Meet at New Trier this weekend. Alef’s performance came at the St. Charles East Sectional.

The sophomore finished third in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:43.14.

Alef, with John Shields principal Shelley Hueber as a district sponsor, also swam the 100-yard backstroke in 53.39 seconds, good for third place. Last year saw Alef hit 4:52.04 in the freestyle and 54.94 in the backstroke.

“I’m tapering right now, so that’ll hopefully allow me to have my peak performance,” Alef said. “I feel like I’m going pretty good in both events, and I’ve been in this situation before. My goal was to get here.”

Alef also swims with the Kishwaukee YMCA/DeKalb County swim team.