IPSD 204 provides resources to families during e-learning days

IPSD 204 provides resources to families during e-learning days

Cache Merriweather and Myra Bajwa

March 17, 2020

All IPSD schools will be implementing e-learning  from March 18 to March 30 to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus following an announcement by IPSD Superintendent Karen Sullivan on Friday. Spring break is scheduled for the week of March 30, and April 6 will be the tentative date of return for st...

Student sets fire to mens’ restroom

Student sets fire to mens' restroom

Alexandra Guckel and Ayden Reed

March 15, 2020

A student set off a smoke bomb in the boy’s bathroom located in the Spirit House during the school day on March 10. Students and staff discovered the smoke bomb and followed safety precautions that would be for a fire, by calling the fire department and having students evacuate the building.  “...

Online learning to start March 18

Dr.Karen Sullivan decided that all schools in IPSD 204 would move to online learning.

Jessica Velazquez and Alexandra Guckel

March 13, 2020

Superintendent Karen Sullivan announced that District 204 is closing all schools and implementing online learning starting March 18.  While there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the district, Sullivan said she was acting “out of an abundance of caution.”

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi challenges the ideas of racism and encourages people to become anti-racist.

Dr. Kendi spoke to 204 students about his new book with Jason Reynolds.

Jada Jones

March 13, 2020

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds collaborated on a book titled “Stamped,” which helps teenagers grasp the concept of racism. It was inspiration from Dr. Kendi’s original book, How to be an “Antiracist.” Both novels compare segregationalists as haters, as the likers or the fake friends,...

Women’s Month celebrates the accomplishments of women for decades

Women demonstrate empowerment throughout history, and celebrate that during Women's Month.

News Department

March 12, 2020

Women have made significant strides in the past century, yet it was not until 1981 when March became a national celebration for women. It began as Women’s History Week and it was not until 1995 that it became an official month long celebration. This month is meant to be a reflection of the accomplishments and achievements women have ...

District 204 administrators begin precautions as COVID-19 becomes a pandemic

Signs have been put up around the school to prevent the spread of sickness.

Jessica Velazquez

March 12, 2020

The University of Illinois, Northwestern University, Illinois State University, and Wheaton College have all canceled in-person classes in reaction to the spreading COVID-19 virus. Four Chicago area schools have closed temporarily due to staff members and students contracting the disease. District 204 a...

Me to We shines the light on impoverished villages with their Watts of Love initiative

Members of Me to We discuss their Watts of Love campaign.

Ayden Reed

March 11, 2020

Me to We created the Watts of Love campaign to turn off the lights and give someone in a less developed country access to renewable energy. Watts of Love is an organization that raises money to give solar panels to less developed communities without access to electricity. This goal is being adopted at M...

Breaking News: School evacuated following fire in Spirit House restroom

Dr.Karen Sullivan decided that all schools in IPSD 204 would move to online learning.

Myra Bajwa and Elena Buscher

March 10, 2020

Metea Valley students and staff went into a hold-in-place at 9:46 a.m., while juniors completed the ISBE Illinois Science Assessment in the gymnasium. The boys’ bathroom in the Spirit House contained a fire started by a student, and the Aurora Fire Department was called to control the situation. Af...

Metea to host job fair for students with STEM interests

Posters advertising the job fair hope to attract interested students.

Jada Jones

March 6, 2020

Metea students will be given the opportunity to find jobs during school. The first job fair will occur during lunch periods on March 12th will have multiple employers at Metea recruiting students as their staff. These jobs are perfect for students that want to work in the STEM field.  The jobs will...

Special Olympics and Best Buddies hosts spirit week to spread awareness

Students participate in the daily themes in order to show respect for students with disabilities.

Jessica Velazquez

March 2, 2020

Special Olympics and Best Buddies are hosting their annual respect week to, “spread the word to end the word.” Throughout the week there will be a spirit week consisting of different themes each day to represent a unique message celebrating disabilities.  It all goes back to creating awareness and a...

Aurora community members discuss racial bias and discrimination in their city

Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) discusses pending legislation about maternal healthcare for Black women.

Alexandra Guckel

March 2, 2020

Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11) and Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14) hosted a panel discussion on racial bias and discrimination in the community on Feb. 29. Foster and Underwood organized the discussion following several high-profile racist incidents in the Naperville area. “This is a really incre...

Best Buddies showcases skills at first-ever talent show

DJ Malone and MJ Palmquist dance during the show finale.

Ellie Cast and Pritika Bhattacharya

February 25, 2020

Best Buddies held their first ever talent show at Metea on Friday. Best Buddies is a worldwide organization aiming to create lifelong relationships between students with intellectual or developmental disabilities and their peers. At Metea, this was one of the first events where the Best Buddies program ...

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