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David Murk, a 5th grade teacher at Hampshire Elementary School, is sailing aboard the research ship Okeanos Explorer on a 16-day mission this month to assist scientists in their mission to explore and map undersea canyons in the Atlantic Ocean. Murk will participate as part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Teacher at Sea program, which bridges science and education through real-world research experiences.

Four items from one School Board meeting in one minute!

1.    The Board honored special needs students who were successful at the recent D300 Adapted P.E. Track & Field Meet.  Presented by Education Services Specialist Kelly Olsen, these students were Lilly Small from Algonquin Lakes Elementary; Nathan Jung, Isaac Oriol, and Christopher Pineda from Eastview Elementary; Jacob Mathias and Christian Pineda from Neubert Elementary; and Katie Randall, Ian Stevenson, and Sabrina Veverka from Dundee Middle School.

District 300 is sending a record-setting nine nominees to the Kane County Educator of the Year awards ceremony. An enthusiastic coalition of teachers, support staff, administrators and Board members will join the nine outstanding nominees (listed below) and their families at the Q Center in St. Charles beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, May 2.  Typically D300 staff members nominate three to five of their peers for this high honor each year, and the most nominees ever made in D300 was six back in 2007. 

The District 300 School Board is proud to have approved the selection of principals for three D300 schools, effective July 1, 2014.

Four items from one School Board meeting in one minute!

1. Perry Elementary School students invited Board members and Dr. Bregy into a festive drum circle to showcase their “Beating The Odds” social-emotional learning program. Afterward they proudly led the Pledge of Allegiance. As introduced by Perry Principal Kristin Sainsbury, Assistant Principal Brittany Porsche, and Music Teacher Cindy Blachowski, the students included Yvonne Castro, Andres Montoya, Pedro Garcia, Julian Suarez, Luis Castro, Lukasz Plewa, Andrea Zavala, David Lopez, and Natalia Plewa.

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey is now open through April 25 for District 300 parents, teachers, and certified staff across all grade levels, as well as middle and high school students.  Research has shown that schools with strong survey scores on most of the 5Essentials were much more likely to improve student learning.  The “five essentials” that the survey looks at are:

The last day to register for D300 Middle School Summer Band Camp is this Friday, April 11.  This is a unique opportunity for band students currently in 5th through 7th grades to receive additional instruction on their band instruments and continue building their skills, while also having fun with other D300 student musicians.

The camp will be held at Westfield Community School in Algonquin from Monday, June 2, through Thursday, June 12 (excluding Friday, June 6). Students are placed based on their grade levels for the 2014-2015 school year, as follows: 

Now through April 17, the public is invited to enjoy the amazing artwork of D300 high school students at the 2014 Fox Valley Conference Art Exhibition.

The exhibition is held at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake.  The public is welcome to stop by MCC during regular hours to enjoy the student artwork, which will be displayed in the hallways of the lower wing of A buildings in the Epping Gallery, art space 144, and the student gallery cases near the Art Department.

All students and staff are encouraged to raise autism awareness by dressing in BLUE SHIRTS each Wednesday throughout the month of April, in honor of Autism Awareness Month. 

Did you know? 

Spring Break is Monday, March 24, through Friday, March 28.  Offices will be open with limited staff from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on these dates. Many Central Office staff will be transitioning to their new location at Hampshire High School (1600 Big Timber Road, Hampshire) over Spring Break, and your patience is appreciated during the transition.  (There will not be any changes to Central Office phone numbers and email addresses.)

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Phone: 847-551-8300
Fax: 847-551-8413
Community Unit School District 300

NEW! Central Office Location:
2550 Harnish Drive
Algonquin, IL 60102
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