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Expo will feature local businesses

By Northern Star Staff | March 27, 2014

The DeKalb and Sycamore Chambers of Commerce will host the 2014 Community Expo from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the DeKalb High School Field House, 501 W. Dresser Road.There will be more than 100 local businesses, food from local restaurants, inflatable bounce...

Banquet to fund bookshelf project

By Northern Star Staff | February 4, 2014

DeKalb and Sycamore high schools will host the Bookcase Project’s fundraising dinner at 6 p.m. Feb. 20 in the DeKalb High School cafeteria.This banquet dinner aims to help local children from low-income families break the cycle of poverty with books.The...

Rivalry takes over Convo

By Alissa Jacob | January 30, 2014

DeKalb and Sycamore High School students are gearing up for one of the schools’ biggest rivalry games.The Annual Castle Challenge will give the young players of two high school basketball teams a chance to show their skills at 6 p.m. Friday at the Convocation...

Chandler Harnish interacts with fans prior to the start of Sunday nights game.

Chandler Harnish signing autographs at Castle Challenge at Convo

By Northern Star Staff | January 22, 2014

Former quarterback Chandler Harnish, who is now a quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts, will watch DeKalb and Sycamore high schools face off in a basketball match Jan. 31 at the Convocation Center.The match, called the Annual Castle Challenge, pits...

Local school wins $25,000 in contest

By Northern Star Staff | December 9, 2013

DeKalb High School will divide a $25,000 grant between schools in the DeKalb School District 428.The school participated in State Farm’s Celebrate My Drive campaign, where teens pledged to drive safely.The school with the most signatures was eligible...

Sycamore football advances in playoffs

By Lark Lewis | November 6, 2013

One high school’s playoff run is over while another’s is just beginning.Sycamore High School has gone 10-0 and will play Nazareth Academy Saturday in a round two playoff game. DeKalb High School had a 5-5 season and went into the first round of playoffs...

Mark Sykes, DeKalb High School drivers education teacher, brainstorms with his free study hall class Monday on ways to raise votes for Celebrate My Drive, a contest to raise awareness of safe-driving habits like not texting while driving. The winning school will receive a concert by Kelly Clarkson. Voting starts on October 18. More information can be found on twitter @dekalbcmd.

High schoolers choose safe driving

By Katie Charland | October 2, 2013

Students at DeKalb High School are spreading awareness about safe driving.Celebrate My Drive, sponsored by State Farm, is a contest created to inspire awareness about the dangers of texting and driving. Running Oct. 18 to 26, anyone older than 14 can...

No Child Left Behind cannot guarantee academic success

By AJ Edwards | September 25, 2013

All schools are to have 100 percent of their students meet the state standards set by the No Child Left Behind Act in 2014.State guidelines were put in place in 2002 to improve students’ efficiency in mathematics and reading, but 11 years later it’s...

Football feud: High school rivalry lives on

By Jessi Haish | September 15, 2013

Chants of “Go home, Sycamore” could be heard from Huskie Stadium Friday, but that didn’t stop Sycamore High School from taking home a trophy for winning a football game for the sixth year in a row.The Castle Challenge, organized by Castle Bank,...

DHS Band raies money for trip to Sugar Bowl

By Maria Ahmad | November 4, 2012

The DeKalb High School Marching Band is preparing to taste the sweetness of the Sugar Bowl. Members of the band hosted a Cajun dinner to help cover the costs of their upcoming New Orleans trip, which centers around the band’s halftime performance at...

DeKalb to get a little more Chaotic with new minor league team

By Jessi Haish | October 15, 2012

Are you ready for some football? The Illinois Chaos minor league football team is moving to DeKalb, offering players a chance to live out their dreams or relive their glory days. Formerly known as the Kane County Chaos, the team is part of the Great Midwest...

Most widely read education writer speaks at DeKalb High School

By Maria Ahmad | September 26, 2012

DeKalb High School’s auditorium was filled to capacity last night as crowds of students, faulty, teachers and community members listened to Jonathan Kozol. Jonathan Kozol is most famously known for his books on public education and the discrepancies...