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Entire second grade classroom at Ames in quarantine

An entire second grade class at Ames School in Riverside has been placed on a two-week quarantine after four students in the 23-student class tested positive for COVID-19. The first of the four positive COVID-19 cases in the class was identified prior to Sept. 16. Another case was discovered last week and two more were identified this week. The fourth case in the class was confirmed on Sept. 22, when decision was made to quarantine the entire class.
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CLC students show off robotics skills in national competition

Not every skill can be learned in the classroom. College of Lake County (CLC) student Eduardo Zarinana considered himself a novice in robotics, but competing in SkillsUSA, a national career and technical student organization that hosts competitions, helped him gain hands-on experience and learn valuable skills for his future career. Not only did he compete, but he was half of a CLC team that placed second nationally in the SkillsUSA Robotics: Urban Search and Rescue Challenge - Explosive Ordnance Disposal competition in June.
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City's top doctor downplays virus transmissions in schools: 'These are not major outbreaks'

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Chicago’s top health official is reviewing what Chicago Public School officials have been doing —and saying— about the presence of COVID-19 schools. Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said Thursday it’s partly a matter of perspective. When CPS officials announce that some 500 cases of COVID-19 have been logged, she said, it doesn’t mean all those people caught the virus in school.

OP-ED: Oops, he did it again!

The little big man, the Marxist school board president of District 41, Bob Bruno, and wannabe king of Brunoville, has pulled off one of the biggest bonehead political moves of all time. Now, I am a retired Libertarian teacher and actually have a lot of positive feelings for what the unions did for education in the past, but everybody knows that the Democratic Party gets their campaigns subsidized in part by a portion of the dues from every single member. The unions get very little in return but that doesn’t bother them. The National unions have become a wing of the DNC. Bob Bruno is well connected with the Illinois and likely the national Democratic Party. He is to the left of the left in this country.

CPS parent Ryan Griffin: ‘For most families, the return to school has been relatively normal’

Former mayoral candidate and CPS CEO Paul Vallas joins Anna to talk about a number of unaccompanied minors from Afghanistan arriving in Chicago today and some of the things CPS can do to support them. Also joining Anna is CPS parent and frequent WGN quest Ryan Griffin of the Chicago Parents Collective, who discusses how CPS has been handling the return to in-person school amid COVID-19.

After outcry, Catholic school renews lacrosse coaching offer

LISLE, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago Catholic school has reversed course and offered a job to a girls lacrosse coach. Benet Academy in suburban Lisle acknowledged Tuesday that it had withdrawn a head coaching offer to Amanda Kammes after learning she was in a same-sex marriage. In a statement,...

UNPACKING THE BACKPACK – Bigger isn’t better for school districts

In Illinois where I grew up, single high school districts are the norm rather than the exception. While Chicago Public Schools is a massive organization with thousands of schools, areas outside the nation’s third largest city are organized into smaller, more manageable units. Generally several elementary schools feed into a few middle schools which transition to one high school. That model is common practice throughout the Midwest, and it’s standard for much of rural Colorado. In urban and suburban areas, however, school districts often contain numerous high schools with dozens of feeders, and that can negatively impact student achievement.

Northwestern University Receives Gift Of $480M From Ryan Family

Northwestern University is receiving its largest gift ever thanks to Patrick and Shirley Ryan. The Chicago billionaires donated 480-million-dollars as part of the school’s “We Will” campaign, which has raised more than six-billion-dollars from more than 170-thousand donors. The gift will go toward research in biomedicine, economics, and business, and the redevelopment of Ryan Field. The Ryan family also funded a major renovation project for the football stadium in 1997.
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Ryan family makes largest donation in Northwestern history

Patrick Ryan (Kellogg ’59) and Shirley Ryan (Weinberg ’61) made the largest donation in Northwestern history, gifting $480 million to redevelop Ryan Field and contribute to biomedical, economic and business research, the University announced Wednesday. The contribution pushed the “We Will. The Campaign for Northwestern” fundraising initiative over the $6...

Second grade classroom in Riverside under quarantine

RIVERSIDE — An entire second grade class in suburban Riverside has been quarantined after four students tested positive for COVID-19. The students at Ames Elementary School were placed on a two-week quarantine. The first of the positive cases in the class was identified before Sept. 16. Another case was discovered last week and two more […]

Prince of Peace School Earns Second Blue Ribbon Award

Prince of Peace Catholic School is proud to announce that it has earned a 2021 Blue Ribbon Award. Not only is this the second time winning the award, but Prince of Peace also is the only Catholic elementary school in the entire state of Illinois to have earned the award this year, and one out of only four schools throughout the state (including private and public).
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International students overcome travel obstacles, adjust to campus life

As in-person classes make their return, the Northwestern community is adjusting to some semblance of normalcy. But for international students, the transition back to campus is a little more complicated. International students have had a particularly hard time over the past year and a half, with extreme time zone differences...

TF South hosts college and career fair for district students

LANSING, Ill. (September 23, 2021) – TF South hosted a college and career fair for all District 215 students on Wednesday, with over 100 organizations represented to offer themselves to local students. The fair took place in the Red and Gray gyms at TF South from 5-7 p.m. and was...

Niche gives Woodlands Academy another A+ for educating girls

Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart has earned another round of top marks for its faith-based education of young women. According to the just-released 2022 rankings by Niche, an independent research company, the Lake Forest school repeats as the #1 Best All-girls High School in Illinois. In addition, Woodlands Academy is again ranked the #1 Best Catholic High School in Illinois. This is the fifth year in a row that Niche has ranked Woodlands Academy the #1 Best All-girls High School in Illinois and the third consecutive year it's given Woodlands an overall grade of A+.