Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Situation was for a single student, no cause for alarm.
For anyone who saw police cars and emergency vehicles in the Plank Junior High parking lot around 3 p.m., Oswego Police say there is no cause for alarm. A call went out on the scanner for a student that was threatening to harm themself in the school office. As standard procedure, police respond to the scene to make sure the student safely boarded an ambulance and was brought to a local hospital for evaluation, said police spokesman Rob Sherwood.
Friday, November 30, 2012
Free admission to all those who donate toys to the upcoming wrestling match.
Oswego's wrestling teams are taking donations for the Toys for Tots program during their Dec. 6 match at Oswego High School. Calling it “Grappler’s For a Cause Toy Drive”, wrestling teams are accepting new, unwrapped toys, which will go to an area family in need for the holiday season. This is the third time the teams have participated in the toy drive. Anyone who donates a toy will get free admission to the wrestling matches, which include: For more information, contact Josh Edwards, head wrestling coach at Plank.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
No new updates regarding 13-year-old Reyna Martinez's whereabouts, said the Kendall County Sheriff's office.
Reyna Martinez, a 13-year-old Boulder Hill girl, is still missing after four days, the Kendall County Sheriff's office confirmed Wednesday afternoon. Detective Sergeant Joe Jasnosz of the Kendall County Sheriff's office said Reyna was last seen Sunday morning at her home in the 0-100 block of Long Beach Road. According to a family member, the Plank Junior High student has deleted all of her family from her Facebook account. She has friends in Oswego, Montgomery and Plainfield, the family member said. Reyna was last seen wearing a black tank top, white Abercrombie hooded jacket, blue jeans, and black Converse shoes with a pink near the laces. Jasnosz confirmed that she is still missing and that foul play is not suspected. Reyna's …
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Board working to replace spring/summer resignations.
Oswego School District 308 has made a dent in replacing several administrators who have left the district in the past few months. The School Board unanimously approved the hiring of six administrators at a special meeting Monday night, including a new director of business services and a principal for Plank Junior High. Sharon Hassberger takes over the business services position left vacant by Angie Smith, who left the district for Plainfield Consolidated Unit School District 202. Hassberger comes to District 308 from Big Hollow School District in Ingleside, where she served as business manager. Jamie Max will take over the principal position at Plank Junior High in the new school year. Max worked from 2005-08 at The Rose Academies in …
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
A new study has shown the district's current special education teachers in five schools have too many students.
District 308 School Board members got a rather expensive surprise Monday night. A recent comprehensive audit of the district’s special education program has led officials to request the hiring of new teachers to handle an increasing caseload to the tune of $207,000 for the second half of the year. They hope to have those teachers in place by January. The audit was spearheaded by Christine Nelson, the district’s new director of student services. Nelson presented her findings to the board, along with a recommendation to hire the total equivalent of 7.5 full-time teachers for five of the district’s schools, including both high schools. The reason, according to Nelson, is that the number of students with individualized education programs—a …
Monday, October 24, 2011
Extra police presence at schools during drop-off and pick-up costs District 308 $20 per hour, per officer.
An accident at Plank Junior High Friday in which a 12-year-old boy ran into a vehicle in the school’s drive-up lane has called to attention the need for everyone to take extra care when driving in and around area schools. According to Oswego Police, the accident occurred at about 7 p.m. when the boy ran between two parked cars in the spots next to the school and struck the driver’s side door of a vehicle parked in the drive-up lane. An ambulance was not called to scene; however, the boy was taken to Rush-Copley Medical Center, according to police. The driver of the vehicle was not ticketed. The accident followed many comments from parents last week to Oswego Patch regarding safety at pick-up and drop-off locations at several of the …
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Parent survey in the works.
When it comes to electives in District 308 four junior high schools, not all offerings are created equal. For instance, industrial art classes such as Industrial Education I and II, Industrial Technology, and Drafting/CAD are offered at Bednarcik, Plank and Thompson junior highs, while students at Traughber are offered classes such as Introduction to Interactive Technologies, Hardware and Networking. All four junior high schools offer technology classes such as Introduction to Technology Applications, Multi-Media Applications, Digital Imagery and Web Design. District officials said the differences in electives offerings are due to facility or staffing issues. But this is unacceptable to board member Laurie Pasteris, who would like to see …