Thursday, May 23, 2013
None of the students were seriously injured, according to the Northwest Herald.
A fifth grade picnic held inside the gymnasium at Algonquin Lakes Elementary School Thursday morning ended with six children being sent to area hospitals with minor injuries after an inflatable slide tipped over, said Gary Chester, a District 300 safety officer. Emergency officials were called to Algonquin Lakes,1401 Compton Drive in Algonquin, at 12 p.m. Thursday, according to an Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District press release. The accident occurred when several children climbed up the slide at one time, the slide started to sway and then tipped over, Chester said. In total, 17 children were evaluated for injuries at the school, according to the fire department news release. Of those children, six were taken Good …
Highcrest Middle School has broken the Guinness World Record for most twins in a single grade.
Highcrest Middle School is seeing double. The Wilmette school announced this week that it had broken the Guiness World Record for Most Twins in a Single Grade, with 23 sets of twins. Approximately 10 percent of the 5th grade class can claim the record as a twin. The previous record was 16 sets of twins. Luke and Ryan Novosel, dedicated readers of the Guinness Book, discovered that they could break the record when reading the book one night. "The boys were reading one Sunday night and started discussing the many sets of twins right in our neighborhood," Mike Novosel, Luke and Ryan's Dad, said. "My wife and I figured by the time they arrived at New Trier in a few years they could break the record. There were shrieks of excitement when Luke …
Friday, May 10, 2013
"These guidelines are based on the most recent scientific evidence, as well as the expertise of the coaches who will help implement them," said Dr. Preston M. Wolin, a member of the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee.
The Illinois High School Association approved new safety rules Wednesday to limit tackling in youth football practice in an effort to reduce head injuries, reported the Daily Herald. In March, a controversial bill sponsored by State Rep. Carol Sente (D-Vernon Hills) proposing to limit the number of days players could have full contact hitting practice (once a week) failed in the House committee. The new IHSA policy calls for coaches to gradually increase the time players can participate in preseason practice, along with the number of protective pads they can wear. On the seventh day of practice, players can participate in five hours of full contact drills wearing full pads, according to the IHSA. However, no single practice can exceed …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Martin Elementary School students went to Springfield to talk to politicians about how technology is helping them learn, according to the Northwest Herald.
Thursday, May 9
Carol Johnson, a Martin Elementary School fourth-grade teacher, and three of her students traveled to Springfield this past week to demonstrate to state lawmakers the different educational programs and applications they use on tablets to learn, according to the Northwest Herald. Martin used tablets instead of textbooks this year in its classroom and District 158 plans to expand its program next year to early elementary and middle school classrooms, according to the article. The Northwest Herald has more on this story.
A 2011 survey by Babson Survey Research Group found that nearly 23 percent of students in Illinois took blended learning classes, according to the Northwest Herald.
"Blended learning," a combination of online learning with traditional classroom instruction, is taking hold at Huntley High School with 500 of the high school's 2,393 students enrolled in the program this year and 1,300 students expected to enroll next year, according to the Northwest Herald. The blended learning classes were offered for the first time this year and allow students to complete online assignments while attending 47-minute classes at least two times per week, according to the Northwest Herald. Read more on this story on the Northwest Herald.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Are more students choosing to attend community colleges over a four-year college? Tell us what you think in the comments section.
While statewide enrollment at community college decreased by 2.5 percent in 2013, McHenry County College saw a 2.2 percent increase in this year's enrollment, according to a McHenry County College press release. The enrollment numbers were recently released as part of a Spring 2013 enrollment report from the Illinois Community College Board. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, between 2000 and 2010, nationwide enrollment at two-year institutions increased from 5.9 to 7.7 million students and is expected to reach 8.8 million students by 2021. Here is a look at how other area community college fared for spring enrollment: “I believe our continuing increases at MCC are because we are offering new programs that meet …
The magazine's 2013 rankings came out Monday.
On mobile? You can see interactive map here. While Huntley High School was not included in rankings recently released by Newsweek of the best high schools in the country, two area high schools did make the list. For its rankings, Newsweek sent out a survey to more than 5,000 high schools in the United States and about 2,500 schools responded in 2013. Cary-Grove High School was ranked as the 733rd best high school in the country while Prairie Ridge High School was ranked as the 767th best high school in the United States. You can see the details about local high school rankings, and every other ranked high school by clicking on the markers in the interactive map above. The survey scores were then weighted and calculated using several …
Laura Arboleda will earn an associate degree from McHenry County College two weeks before she graduates from Crystal Lake South High School.
Crystal Lake South High School student Laura Arboleda will graduate this May with her high school diploma and an associate degree from McHenry County College. In fact, she will receive her MCC degree two weeks before her high school graduation. She plans to transfer in the fall to University of Florida, Gainesville, to pursue a bachelor’s degree in architecture. Arboleda wanted to get a jump-start on college and save money on tuition, so she enrolled in the Running Start program at MCC in summer 2010, where she started earning credit for college while still attending high school. “I realized that taking classes ahead of time would save me a considerable amount of money and I would accomplish my educational and career goals faster,” …
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Sen. Kirk and Sen. Durbin make first joint appearance in state at Great Lakes school along with Rep. Schneider.
Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Highland Park) and Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Springfield) made their first joint public appearance in Illinois since Kirk returned to full time duty in the Senate in January at a Great Lakes charter school they helped create which is now being hurt by the Sequester. Durbin, Kirk and Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Deerfield) met with students at the Learn Public Charter School, a North Chicago public school on the Great Lakes Naval Base, to see the new institution and listen to the students. “This is our first public appearance in Illinois since Sen. Kirk returned to the Senate (in January after suffering a stroke a year before),” Durbin said. “We wanted it to be here because it is something we worked on together.” Sequester Reduces …
Friday, May 3, 2013
Senior Michael Geheren was named to the all state journalism team for the second year in a row.
For the second consecutive year, the Huntley High School journalism team brought home the second place finish in the Illinois High School Association State Journalism finals, according to a District 158 press release. Also for the second consecutive year, senior Michael Geheren was named to the Illinois Journalism Education Association’s All State Team at the state finals. Individual place winners included: Holly Baldacci, first place, news writing; Randi Peterson, second place, copy editing; Alyssa Walter, second place, yearbook design; Joe Cristo, third place, review writing; Kayla Garcia, fourth place, broadcast news writing; and Tom Heagney, fifth place, feature writing, according to the news release. Minooka High School placed first …