Katie Baraglia, Huntley Middle School 7th-grade teacher, receives Wirtz Award

Seventh-grade teacher Katie Baraglia recognized for excellence in education DeKALB – Katie Baraglia, a seventh-grade teacher at Huntley Middle School, has been named the 2019 recipient of the Wirtz Award for Excellence in Education. According to a release from the Wirtz Foundation, the award is meant to recognize educators with high standards of achievement who bring quality to the public …

DREAM Action NIU hosts sixth annual Coming out of the Shadows

DeKALB — Undocumented students came out of the shadows to tell personal stories to students and faculty while reflecting on the hardships they face in America. DREAM Action NIU hosted its 6th annual Coming Out of the Shadows event in the Carl Sandburg Auditorium. Due to the rain and cold weather, the event didn’t hold a unity march as it …

NIU Department of Communication to host Reality Bytes Film Festival

DeKalb, IL. –The​ ​NIU Department of Communication​ is bringing three nights of student films to Cole Hall’s Jameson Auditorium with the 18th installment ofthe Reality Bytes Independent Student Film Festival, beginning at 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 9. The events are free and open to the public. Films screenings are also scheduled for Wednesday, April 10, beginning at 9 p.m. Producer …

DeKalb choir students perform in ADCA conference

The DeKalb School District  was fortunate to have 12 students selected for the national honors choir at the recent American Choral Directors Association conference in Kansas City, Missouri. Between the four National Honor Choirs, approximately 1,600 students from all 50 states performed at the National Conference. These students auditioned against tens of thousands of other students across the United States …

U.S. News: NIU’s MPA program among best in nation

DeKalb, Ill. — Already ranked among the top five in the nation for its specialty field of local government management, NIU’s Master of Public Administration program now has even more bragging rights. “NIU is the program to be a part of,” said Lynnea Erickson Laskowski, who graduated with a nonprofit management specialization in her M.P.A. from NIU in 2013. She now works as …

‘Alternative Spring BAE’ to transport kinesiology students to Belize in March

Five Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education students will spend their Spring Break in Belize this March as part of a new Engage Global initiative called Alternative Spring BAE. Two master’s students and three undergraduates will train about 50 Belizean coaches, teachers and sport administrators in topics including teaching new sports in schools, first aid, facilities and equipment management, and even fundraising. More important, says Jenn …

DeKalb School District Art Show!

According to Art Education Coordinator Tricia Schumacher, the District 428 Art Show has been going on since at least 1999 when she started teaching in DeKalb. While it was previously held at the DeKalb High School Library (in the old building) it was clear that space was outgrown when there would be a line of people waiting to get into …

The Joys of Little Free Library

I’ve always been a bookworm. One day in elementary school, I tripped on my morning walk to school. I skinned up my knee, and there was even a little blood. When the school nurse asked what happened, I said, “I tripped while reading my book.” She didn’t think it was such a good idea to walk and read. However, that …