Monday, May 20, 2013
Patch will be posting profiles of retiring District 308 teachers, administration and staff up until the end of the school year. Was Cathy Hunt your teacher? Share your memories below!
The following retirement profile was provided by Oswego 308. Leading up to the end of the school year, Patch will be posting these profiles for all retiring teachers, administration and staff in the district. Congratulations to all on your retirement! 33 Years in District 308, 35 Years in Education “Factoring in the many roles and responsibilities Cathy Hunt has so ably filled during her career, we are brought into a sphere of influence that encompasses a wide range of career enhancing and life changing activity. One gift, among many Cathy brings to her students, is that of helping them to realize the creative power that lies within them, and, to bring this level of curiosity and experimentation into their daily lives." -Principal Dr. …
Friday, February 8, 2013
Traughber Junior High students collected so many items that Kendall County Food Pantry sent a truck to collect it all.
When Traughber Junior High students decided to host a food drive to benefit the Kendall County Food Pantry, even they couldn't imagine how much they would end up collecting. "Stuff the Panther" was a food drive organized by the Traughber student council that was held over a "spirit week" on Jan. 28 - Feb. 1 and had been in planning since January. Council members reached out to all students, classrooms and even to parents and community members through the Traughber Facebook and voicemails. The students collected the following themed items each day of the week: They ended up with so many items that the Kendall County Food Pantry sent a truck on Tuesday, Feb. 5 to pick it all up. Student council members helped load the truck as snowflakes …
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, September 26, 2011
Approval of 2012 budget also on the agenda.
The Oswego Community Unit School District 308 School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at Oswego East High School with a full agenda. Here’s a quick look at some of the highlights. To see the complete agenda for Monday's meeting, click here. Editor's note: The preliminary cost for the proposed operation and maintenance facility is $2.3 million.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Other capital projects get the go-ahead as bonding authority deadline looms.
With time running out to capitalize on available bonding authority, the District 308 School Board on Monday night approved a host of capital projects across the district. Perhaps the most controversial vote of the night came over spending $200,000 to purchase equipment and outfit classroom space for industrial arts classes at Traughber Junior High. Board President Bill Walsh and board members Laurie Pasteris, Alison Swanson and Brent Lightfoot all voted for the expenditure, while Mike Scaramuzzi, Dave Behrens and Lynn Cullick voted no. Before the vote, Cullick said it’s imperative that the district look at deficiencies in core curriculum before tackling parity in electives classes like industrial arts. She said eighth-graders are not …
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 …
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
New teachers share thoughts on upcoming school year
Jennifer Friel’s kindergarten classroom is going to be decked out in monkeys. The first-year teacher and Aurora University graduate will teach at Eastview School, which has been converted to an all-day kindergarten class this year. “It’s amazing how much this district is growing,” said Friel. “The change is great. I’m so glad to be here.” Friel was one of 105 new teachers and administrators at the Oswego Community Unit School District 308 new teacher orientation breakfast held at Traughber Junior High. The breakfast was sponsored by the Oswego Chamber of Commerce to introduce local businesses to the new teachers. "We work closely with the school district," said Allied First Bank President Ken Bertrand, there as a representative for the …