Friday, June 1, 2012
As the school year winds to a close, revisit these stories about students who are working to make Darien—and the world beyond—a better place.
8-Year-Old Boy's Letter Sparks Bike Safety Day at Concord Hunter Long knows that he and Hunter Himes, injured in a late February accident, share more than a name: They also share strength. EJH Student's Film on Diversity Moves on to State PTA Contest Eighth-grader Mike Roberge wrote, edited and produced the minute-and-a-half long animated clip. The Bold, Bald Students of Cass Junior High (PHOTOS) Students, teachers, firefighters and police officers shaved their heads Friday, raising more than $17,000 for pediatric cancer research. Downers Grove South Raises $65,000 for St. Baldrick's Sixty-five shavees and student group fundraisers contributed to the total. Students Raise More than $22K for Cancer Research The Cancer Smashers event raised …
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
A plan to shift the cost of teacher pensions from the state to local school districts became the most hotly debated topic in Springfield on Tuesday.
Update: Madigan Drops Plan to Shift Pension Costs to School Districts *** With the clock ticking on the current legislative session in Springfield, Illinois lawmakers are scrambling to find a solution to the state's massive shortfall in the Teachers' Retirement System (TRS). The most hotly debated topic in the Illinois General Assembly on Tuesday was a plan to gradually shift pension liabilities from the state to local school districts, universities and colleges. The proposal is part of Senate Bill 1673, a pension bill backed by House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago). An Illinois House committee voted 6-3 to send the proposal to the House before Thursday's adjournment deadline, NBC Chicago reports. House Republican Leader Tom Cross of …
Thursday, May 17, 2012
The district toasted Cass Junior High math teacher Louise Tepavchevich, Cass teacher assistant Donna Holland and Concord Elementary School teacher assistant Sally McCarthy during Tuesday's school board meeting.
It's hard to say goodbye, but three longtime educators got a particularly fond farewell Tuesday night at the District 63 School Board meeting. The district toasted Cass Junior High math teacher Louise Tepavchevich, Cass teacher assistant Donna Holland and Concord Elementary School teacher assistant Sally McCarthy. Although the district usually holds a banquet to recognize retiring staff, Superintendent Kerry Foderaro said the three women are so humble it was hard to convince them to even come to the reception at the school board meeting. “They’re really embarrassed right now and they don’t want a lot of attention,” he said. Karen Hyder, president of the Cass Teacher Association, said that the women’s contributions to the district will be …
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
The screening for 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds who live in District 63 is scheduled for May 21.
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
The following was submitted by District 63: Preschool screening for 3, 4 and 5 year olds who reside in Cass School District 63 will be conducted at Concord School on Monday, May 21. The screening program, led by a team of school professionals, will include vision and hearing, speech, language development, social interaction, fine and large motor coordination, and written feedback from the parents. The screening is a free service. It will take approximately 1 hour. If you have a preschool child in District 63 and wish to take advantage of this opportunity please call the Concord School office at 630/968-3026 to arrange an appointment no later than Friday, May 18.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
The district plans to begin looking into other financing options for construction projects since it won't find out until late spring or early summer if it got a state grant.
Cass School District 63 has yet to hear whether the state will award it as much as $2.4 million in grant money this year. But with the summer construction season arriving soon, the district has begun thinking of alternative revenue sources so it could still begin planned improvements to the early childhood wing at Concord Elementary School. “We’re trying to line things up because we don’t want to be surprised by the state,” Superintendent Kerry Foderaro said at Tuesday’s school board meeting. “(Whether) they don’t give us anything, they give us $2 million or anywhere in between.” He suggested the board look into refinancing existing debt to generate up to $2 million in liquid cash for the district to spend on the early childhood wing and…
Monday, February 27, 2012
After two parents addressed the school board in January, the district has instituted measures to help ensure student safety.
Concord parent Gerry Viau went to the January Cass School District 63 School Board meeting to share her frustrations with safety issues in the elementary school’s drop-off line. What a difference a month makes. After the district instituted new policies over the past few weeks, Viau said the car line functions much more safely. “Big improvement on the car line," she said. "Big improvement.” Viau and fellow Concord mom Jane Gneiser described a chaotic scene when they spoke at the January meeting, with parents cutting in line, talking on their cell phones and otherwise exhibiting dangerous behavior while driving. “A kid’s going to get hit and killed,” Viau said in January. Since then, the district has added several signs, including ones …
Friday, August 19, 2011
All the back to school clothing, apples for lunches and teacher salaries add up. With students heading back to school, we've compiled some interesting facts.
Wednesday is the first day of school for students in District 61 and District 86. Their counterparts in District 63 start Aug. 29. With students heading back for another year of reading, writing and arithmetic, we thought it would be interesting to look at some back to school facts. Shopping for back to school clothes, buying apples for lunch and enrolling students in school are things people do, but also numbers the government tallies. While the U.S. Census Bureau is known for gathering information every 10 years from households across the United States, they are also fact finders, gathering data and numbers about a variety of topics, including back to school. $7.4 billion: The amount of money spent at family clothing stores in August …
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
More information coming this fall on the school district's enhanced or revised vision, goals and operational plan.
Parents and teachers will have to wait a little bit longer before learning more about the updated Cass School District #63 strategic plan. “I had high hopes we’d be able to get a little further with goal development over the summer, but we just didn’t get it done to the level we were hoping for,” said Superintendent Dr. Kerry Foderaro at Tuesday's school board meeting. Last November, the district partnered with School Exec Connect, an educational consulting firm, to develop or enhance the school district’s vision and operational plan. As part of the project, 10 focus groups were held last winter and spring comprising community members, staff, parents, guardians, community leaders and alumni. “The feedback was all really great from the …
Monday, August 15, 2011
Local vet takes Honor Flight; city reviews draft audit of fiscal year 2011; and more.
1. Darien Resident, World War II Vet Takes Honor Flight to D.C. World War II veteran and Darien resident Bob Delaney joined more than 90 area veterans on a one-day trip to visit the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. 2. Administrative-Finance Committee Reviews Audit Report Draft The city’s long-term debt plan came up for discussion as the Administrative and Finance Committee reviewed a draft of the fiscal year 2011 audit report. 3. Judge Requests Written Briefs From Both Sides In Barrett Case Judge Thomas Dudgeon says he won’t make a decision in the records dispute between District 86 School Board Member Dianne Barrett and the district until he reviews written briefs from both sides. The next court date is scheduled for Oct. 20. 4. …
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
The buses were vandalized while parked at Concord Elementary School.
Darien police said two Cass School District 63 school buses were vandalized at unknown time Aug. 1 while parked at Concord Elementary School, 1019 Concord Place. Reports state someone removed and reorganized the vinyl lettering on the side of one bus and took the rear license plate off another bus. No cost estimate was given for the damage.