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DeKalb High School Dean Maurice McDavid joins effort to increase teacher diversity  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – When Maurice McDavid was in eighth grade, his older brother, Henry, gave him some words of warning for surviving freshman year at DeKalb High ...



DeKalb High School to stage 'She Loves Me'  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

The DeKalb High School theater department's spring production is the classic musical comedy, “She Loves Me.”



DeKalb School District 428 administrators set to receive pay raises  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – DeKalb High School's dean of students, Maurice McDavid, could be the new assistant principal at Cortland Elementary School beginning July 1.



Tickets going fast to see Bears coach Matt Nagy at DeKalb High School  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – You better grab your seat sooner rather than later, because tickets are going fast to see Bears head coach Matt Nagy in person, when he speaks at ...



DeKalb School District 428 Board hopefuls to take part in forum  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – The candidates vying for a seat on the DeKalb School District 428 Board will square off in a candidates forum Monday at DeKalb High School.



Additional police, counselors to be at DeKalb High on Monday after weapons referenced in video  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – A DeKalb High School senior who alluded to weapons and violence while engaging with people on social media won't be in school Monday – but ...



Illinois Report Card: Majority of DeKalb schools underperforming  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Five of the 11 schools in District 428 are commendable, according to the Illinois Report Card data released Wednesday by the Illinois State Board of ...



DeKalb High commits to preparing more students for college  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Erica Teagus, a senior at DeKalb High School, wants to work in the medical field, so she has got plenty of options along her career track. She could ...



DeKalb School District 428 unveils diversity plan  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

Parents weigh in on impending equity-focused institutional changes.



DeKalb School District 428 Board approves minibuses, summer building projects  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – The DeKalb School District 428 Board spent a lot of money Tuesday, as it approved a contract with Midwest Transit Equipment to lease three 2018 ...



DeKalb, Sycamore school officials address latest teacher shortage reports, substitute shortage  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

When Cristy Meyer was in elementary school, she spent a lot of time with deaf and hard-of-hearing students as part of a special program her school offered.



Classes resume at DeKalb High School after soft lockdown  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – DeKalb High School was placed on soft lockdown on Friday.



DeKalb High presents annual Madrigal Dinners  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

The DeKalb High School Music Department's annual Madrigal Dinners will be held Dec. 8 at DeKalb High School and Dec. 14 and 15 at Northern Illinois ...



Final DeKalb School District 428 Board forum addresses race head-on  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – When DeKalb District 428 School Board candidate December Richardson responded to a question about the district hiring more diverse teachers, ...



DeKalb students with special needs help the homeless  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Glenn Armatead, 19, carried an armful of paper towels to the entrance of Hope Haven on Friday, talking about his excitement delivering donations to ...



DeKalb County school districts close as cold expected to persist through midday Thursday  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

Thursday morning's temperatures will not bring a reprieve for DeKalb County, and could in fact be colder than Wednesday morning's, according to the National ...



DeKalb School District 428 Board approves lease of Chromebooks  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – The DeKalb School District 428 Board voted, 4-1, to lease 2250 Chromebook to students at their regular meeting Tuesday night. To put it in financial ...



Kish College, DeKalb County public schools closed Tuesday, Wednesday  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – DeKalb and Sycamore schools will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday, administrators announced Monday night.



DeKalb School District 428 Board to review improvement plans for underperforming schools  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – The DeKalb School District 428 Board will continue the process of addressing underperforming or lowest-performing schools in the district during ...



DeKalb School District 428 to vote on buying three minibuses  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – The DeKalb School District 428 Board will vote Tuesday whether to approve a request for three minibuses. The first board meeting of the year will ...



Dimensions Youth Ballet presents 'Swan Lake'  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

Dimensions Youth Ballet Company of DeKalb will present “Swan Lake,” a timeless love story that mixes magic, tragedy and romance into four acts, on Feb.



Local students honored as 2019-20 Illinois State Scholars  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission has announced the 2019-20 Illinois State Scholars.



Our view: Good luck to successful DeKalb football coach  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

Thumbs-up: To the most successful football coach DeKalb has had in recent memory. On Thursday, school officials announced that Matt Weckler was stepping ...



DeKalb: 4 newcomers win District 428 seats, 3 new faces on City Council  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

Voters elect four new faces to D-428 board; three newcomers to council.



DeKalb homecoming parade set to step off Thursday  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Less than 24 hours after the parade debris is cleaned up in downtown Sycamore, the DeKalb homecoming parade will step off at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.



DeKalb accepts invitation to join DuPage Valley Conference  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – The facilities, the students, the community – DeKalb athletic director Peter Goff said the member schools of the DuPage Valley were impressed with ...



DeKalb School District 428 to vote on Dupage Valley Conference invitation  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Tuesday's DeKalb School District 428 Board meeting is expected to include a vote on whether the district should accept an invitation to join the ...



DeKalb High School Marching Barbs to host Irish band  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – The DeKalb High School Band will welcome the Finglas Concert and Marching Band from Ireland this weekend. There will be a free concert featuring ...



Security upgrades, maintenance vehicles part of Sycamore School District 427 budget talks  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

SYCAMORE – New maintenance vehicles. A new districtwide security camera system. More staff members. Those were some of the budget items that were ...



Letter: Vote Seymour, McDavid, Moses for District 428 school board  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

To the Editor: One of the most important things you can do for your community is to vote for candidates for District 428 school board who demonstrate ...



DeKalb School District Unveils Diversity Plan | WNIJ and WNIU  WNIJ and WNIU

A public forum was held last week at DeKalb High School to officially unveil District 428's Diversity Plan. The seven part plan has been in the works for.



2019 Community Expo chance for residents, business community to merge  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

SYCAMORE – Visitors partaking in the Community Expo on Thursday in Sycamore should wear comfortable shoes, and come hungry and prepared to walk, said ...



2019 Election Central: A preview of candidates in contested races  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

Election Central offers preview of contested races in DeKalb County.



First National Challenge raises $55000 for DeKalb, Sycamore athletics  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – For Nancy Korth, Sycamore native and die-hard Spartans fan, a Friday night well spent means getting the whole family together for the annual First ...



DeKalb School District 428 budget will reflect an additional $2.8M in funding  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

A brighter fiscal 2019 for DeKalb School District 428 solidified Tuesday as board members learned the district is confirmed to receive an additional $2.8 million ...



Sycamore School District 427 Board considering next steps in school tech  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

SYCAMORE – Sycamore schools are not quite at a 1:1 student-to-electronic device ratio throughout the district, but they are starting to consider options on how ...



Prep football: Weckler resigns as DeKalb football coach  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Stepping down as the DeKalb football coach was one of the easiest decisions Matt Weckler said he ever made. He also said it was one of the hardest ...



DeKalb, Kish College candidates to take part in forum at Egyptian Theatre  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – The spring election is a couple of weeks away, and residents can learn more about the candidates during a forum Tuesday night at the Egyptian ...



Election 2019: Tracy Smith, DeKalb Ward 3 Alderman  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

Office sought: 3rd Ward Alderman City of DeKalb. Occupation: Operations Manager at Voluntary Action Center. (Trans-Vac/Med-Vac). Education: Graduated ...



Longtime DeKalb softball coach Jeff Davis to coach baseball  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – When spring rolls around, Jeff Davis will be in the same place he has been a head coach since 2005 – on the DeKalb High School diamonds.



DeKalb School District 428 Board to review tentative budget surplus  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – A tentative budget with a surplus of about $2.4 million will be presented at the Tuesday night DeKalb School District 428 Board meeting.



DeKalb police to ramp up patrol for Distracted Drivers Awareness Week  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Drivers tempted to use their cellphone or text while driving next week will have a greater chance of being pulled over.



DeKalb native Richard Powers wins Pulitzer Prize for fiction  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

Richard Powers, a 1975 graduate of DeKalb High School, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for his book “The Overstory.”



DeKalb choir students perform in ADCA conference  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKalb School District 428 was fortunate to have 12 students selected for the national honors choir at the recent American Choral Directors Association ...



Northern Illinois University powers up with regional high school students  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

Participants build, race solar cars to learn about renewable energy.



DeKalb names Kerkman new golf coach; McIntosh announces resignation  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – It was a busy day for DeKalb coaches, as on Thursday changes were announced affecting three different head coaching positions.



DeKalb Park District pursuing nature trail extension on Shodeen property  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – The DeKalb Park District is again pursuing extending the Nature Trail through the development known as Irongate, owned by the Shodeen Group, ...



DeKalb Music Boosters announce Hall of Fame inductees: Ann Montzka Smelser, Judy O'Connor  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – The DeKalb Music Boosters have named Ann Montzka Smelser and Judy O'Connor, both music educators in DeKalb School District 428, to the ...



Keicher's Youth Advisory Council gives students a voice  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

State Rep. Jeff Keicher, R-Sycamore, discussed issues that are important to local high school students when he met with his 2019 Youth Advisory Council this ...



Bears coach Matt Nagy: 'It's about the players, not the plays'  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Surely, Bears Head Coach Matt Nagy saw shades of the oldest of his four sons when 9-year-old Gavin Pickert stepped up to the microphone.



DeKalb Class of 2018 celebrates commencement at NIU Convocation Center  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Families flocked to the Northern Illinois University Convocation Center on Saturday to watch 442 DeKalb High School students receive their diplomas ...



Oscar-nominated actor, DeKalb native Jenkins' tour concludes with honors  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Emmy Award-winning and Oscar-nominated actor Richard Jenkins' public tour of his hometown wrapped up Tuesday night with a reception and a ...



DeKalb tire business closes after 42 years  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – A notable DeKalb business is shutting its doors after 42 years of *service*. For Jim and Norma Anderson, running Illini Tire Co., 1031 W. Lincoln ...



Bears Coach Matt Nagy Is Coming to DeKalb Next Weekend  q985online.com

Chicago Bears Head Coach Matt Nagy will be speaking at DeKalb High School about 'building successful teams' next Sunday.



DeKalb County students explore career paths during 6th Heavy Metal Tour  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

SYCAMORE – Sycamore High School junior Frances Helton said she always has been a music lover – so much so that her family and friends have encouraged ...



Two St. Olaf Band members return to DeKalb County during tour  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Two DeKalb County natives are coming back to their old stomping grounds to perform as members of the St. Olaf Band from the Northfield, Minnesota ...



Will DeKalb land in the DVC?  Chicago Daily Herald

Football: This week's Eyes on Five looks at even more conference changes making an impact in DuPage County.



Three new DeKalb School District 428 principals awaiting board's approval  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – The largest school district in DeKalb County is about to undergo an elementary school principal reshuffle.



$50K in raised funds expected from this year's Sycamore vs. DeKalb First National Challenge  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – After surpassing $1 million in donated funds last year to Sycamore and DeKalb athletics since the First National Challenge fundraiser's inception in ...



DeKalb: Top local stories of 2018  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

It was another eventful year in DeKalb County. Here's a somewhat chronological rundown of some of the most important stories that unfolded and continued ...



Report of gun seen on bus leads to lockdown at DeKalb High School  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Administrators at DeKalb High School placed the building on a “soft lockdown” as students took final semester exams Friday, in response to reports ...



More safety measures coming to Sycamore High School  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

SYCAMORE – Returning Sycamore High School students may notice a few more changes made this year in the name of increased school safety.



Partnership creates internships at Kish Hospital for people with special needs  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

Donna Larson, assistant principal at DeKalb High School, has seen first-hand what people with special needs can do – when given the opportunity.



2019 Community Expo hit for families, businesses alike  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

SYCAMORE – Angel Grasty could hardly contain her excitement surrounded by four boys holding glow sticks from First National Bank. She came out to the 2019 ...



Making history: Hiawatha students compete in regional fair at NIU  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

Regional fair, Huskie Hack, math meet draw area high-schoolers to NIU.



DeKalb police: Teen sent threatening message; D-428 goes into soft lockdown  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DEKALB – A 13-year-old boy has been charged with disorderly conduct and released after police said he posted a threat on social media involving DeKalb ...



Bench trial: DeKalb County judge reflects on heart transplant  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

Waller 1 of 50 recipients of new heart this year at Chicago hospital.



DeKalb teen returns home after heart transplant  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – It's been a long time coming (seven months to be exact), but DeKalb teen Christopher Canaday returned home Wednesday night after a grueling ...



DeKalb County school nurses remind community of illness prevention tactics  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

SYCAMORE – A sore throat here. A runny nose there. Maybe a case or two of strep or lice. Kris Tilton, school nurse at Sycamore Middle School and Sycamore ...



Sycamore School District 427 officials to look at student enrollment increase  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

SYCAMORE – Sycamore School District 427 officials are looking at a larger student increase this year than in recent years ahead of its district board meeting ...



DeKalb Music Boosters looking for nominations for Hall of Fame  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – The DeKalb Music Boosters are looking for nominations for their Hall of Fame which are due by the first week of January.



Girls cross country: Olsen, Barbs looking to make leap  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKalb senior Katherine Olsen, the reigning Daily Chronicle girls cross country athlete of the year, isn't letting last year's success affect the upcoming season.



District 427 officials to talk calendar, flex scheduling for next year  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

SYCAMORE – The District 427 school day might start to take a different shape than usual for the next school year. The district calendar for the 2019-20 school ...



Keicher, Syverson to host DeKalb Senior Fair  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – State Rep. Jeff Keicher, R-Sycamore, and State Sen. Dave Syverson, R-Rockford, will host a free Health Fair for local seniors and their caregivers in ...



DeKalb native, actor Richard Jenkins talks acting, coming back home  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Most of the people in the audience raised their hands when actor and DeKalb native Richard Jenkins asked if they're all actors. When Jenkins ...



Prep golf: DeKalb wins at Belvidere North  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

The DeKalb golf team won at Belvidere North's two-man tournament Monday.



DeKalb council approves TIF audit agreement, HUD money amendment  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

City's block grant program gets HUD money amendment.



Upward Bound launches at DeKalb High School  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – High-schoolers eager to blaze a trail might be eligible for a powerful assist along that path with the launch of the TRiO Upward Bound program at ...



DeKalb deputy fire chief to retire, seeks Janesville chief job  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Jim Zarek plans to retire after 29 years with the DeKalb Fire Department, and you probably can guess where he applied for his ideal retirement job: ...



Trial upcoming for St. Charles man accused of DUI, causing Dekalb teen's death  Kane County Chronicle

SYCAMORE – The St. Charles man accused of driving drunk and killing a DeKalb High School senior is headed to trial, but first the judge who will preside must ...



Sycamore names IMEA All-District Musicians  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

SYCAMORE – Fifty-four high school and 38 middle school students from the Sycamore School District were recently selected to participate in the 2018 Illinois ...



NIC-10 rejects Barbs' bid for membership, DeKalb now looks to be independent  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

The Northern Illinois Conference 10 rejected DeKalb High School's bid to join the league, athletic director Nic Kearfott said Friday.



Honors Recital to feature CSA Talent Scholarship winners  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

Six talented young musicians will perform in the annual CSA Honors Recital at Northern Illinois University at 1:30 p.m. March 2. All are recipients of this year's ...



Science rules at Clinton Rosette Middle School's inaugural STEAM night  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Fifth-graders Ryan Mason, 10, and Lukas Stubblefield, 10, could hardly wait to show off their LittleBits robotic hand buzzer. Lukas and Ryan were at ...



Jamrah Middle Eastern Cuisine owners plan new downtown DeKalb location  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Owners of a local Middle Eastern restaurant said they saw the good things happening in downtown DeKalb and wanted to be part of it. The owners of ...



Registration now open for NIU summer arts camps  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Northern Illinois University has theater, jazz, visual arts, percussion and brass on the summer camp agenda for June and July.



New DeKalb High School assistant principal selected  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Donna Larson, former DeKalb High School dean of students, was appointed one of the school's new assistant principals Tuesday during the DeKalb ...



DeKalb High School speech team readies for first state competition in 3 years  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – DeKalb High School Forensics Club member Joy Kewih just wants an opportunity to prove she is one of the best in the state at what she does.



Sycamore High School senior selected to play in FFA National Band  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

SYCAMORE – Sycamore High School senior Kaid Huwe has been exposed to music for as long as he can remember. He said he remembers his mom singing ...



Clinton Rosette Middle School to host second annual Taste fundraiser Thursday  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

School to host 2nd annual Taste of CRMS fundraiser.



Sycamore School District 427 Board aims to lessen tax burden with levy reduction  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

SYCAMORE – Property owners within the Sycamore School District 427 boundaries who have not had their homes reassessed may see a decrease in their tax ...



Inspirational: DeKalb High junior overcomes tremors to create art  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Wisky Eibs' hands shake, but his eyes and his indomitable spirit don't so much as twitch as he fuses two pieces of clay.



Armstrong: State tourism director praises DeKalb County CVB  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

The DeKalb County Convention and Visitors Bureau was honored to host another visit from Cory Jobe, state director of tourism, on Sept. 8. We celebrated the ...



Sycamore School District 427 Board passes balanced budget for fiscal 2019  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

SYCAMORE – Not a single public comment was made during the Sycamore School District 427 Board meeting before officials passed its fiscal 2019 budget.



Advocates hoping LGBTQ history will be incorporated into classroom  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Louis Peckys, 17, a junior at DeKalb High School, recently did a class presentation on J. Edgar Hoover, the first director of the FBI. Although Peckys, a ...



Cold snap of '94 kept county frozen even longer  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

The bitter cold enveloping DeKalb County looks to be worse than the 2014 cold snap that taught us the phrase “polar vortex.”



7 honored at First National Bank New Leaders Reception  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

Seven people were honored at First National Bank's New Leaders Reception on Thursday at the Barsema Alumni and Vistor's Center at Northern Illinois ...



Cortland woman, DeKalb High School grad joins MTV's new 'Teen Mom' cast  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

CORTLAND – Cortland resident Kayla Sessler, 19, was about halfway through her senior year at DeKalb High School when she and her boyfriend of the past ...



DeKalb sports: Goff settles in as Barbs' athletic director  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – As he was standing near the football field on his first day as DeKalb athletic director, one song kept playing in Peter Goff's mind as he surveyed his ...



New DeKalb High School principal to focus on building trust, improving learning  DeKalb Daily Chronicle

DeKALB – Becoming principal of DeKalb High School is a professional goal achieved for James Horne.



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