What’s New for the 2012-2013 School Year

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The start of school is an exciting time each year in High School District 211. Back to school means teachers have worked on their curriculum during the summer and are ready to share new lessons or techniques. Many students have taken a summer school class, but most are eager to get back to school. In addition to that excitement, there are many things happening in District 211 that help make the start of this year unique to any other. Technology has rapidly increased in education throughout the years, and District 211 is incorporating more of it in the classroom. ...

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Success for First D211 Online Summer Course

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For the first time in District 211 history, students seized an opportunity to take a summer school course online. The course Online Keyboarding allowed students to enhance their typing skills in order to succeed in their academic and professional careers. The class is primarily online, however, students meet with the teacher a total of three times during the course to exhibit their typing technique and to receive feedback from their teacher. “As educators, we believe in proper keyboarding techniques for the workplace and academic success,” said Patti Ertl, a ...

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CHS Student’s Self-Published Success

When Conant High School senior Reina McKenzie was a small child, she used her imagination to create stories that her mother would write down for her. Fast-forward to 2012, and McKenzie is a now a self-published author who is in the process of finishing two children’s books, all before she decides where she’s going to college. McKenzie said publishing her first novel “Stepping Out of Line,” was a natural process, and something she completed because she simply enjoys writing. The book is described as a story about 16-year-old girl faced with life-changing ...

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Students Study Spanish, Culture Abroad

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For many District 211 students who are studying Spanish, the summer provided an exciting opportunity to see the world. These students traveled to Spanish-speaking countries to immerse themselves in the language and culture. A total of 38 students from Schaumburg, Palatine, Conant, and Hoffman Estates High Schools, went on the trip. For 11 days, they explored Guatemala and Belize, studied language, and participated in various community service projects. Each student stayed with a family where they were engaged in conversational Spanish at all times, went to a ...

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Large Summer School Program Enhances Learning Opportunities

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When school is out for summer, there are many students who are focused on continuing their education, or brushing up on academic or athletic skills they might not have time for during the regular academic year. District 211’s expansive summer school program, which started June 13, is unique not only in the amount of courses offered, but also in the amount of students who take advantage of this opportunities. “There is a mindset that summer school is for students repeating a course, and although we have students who do for various reasons, most students are ...

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D211 Students Report Earned Scholarship Opportunities

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As another school year comes to an end, most District 211 graduates are gearing up for the next step in their academic careers. Of those students, many have worked hard at earning scholarship opportunities. “The scholarships that students receive are important,” said Samantha Dolen, assistant superintendent for student services. “That financial relief from tuition, along with the college credits students can earn in high school through advanced placement and dual-credit coursework, represents a real benefit to students and parents.” Students at District 211 ...

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Paws For a Cause, Cougar Night Raises Money for CHS Students

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Whether it was a three-legged race or running around the track backwards, students participated in an event to raise money for their school charity and to pump up school spirit. The Paws for a Cause event at James B. Conant High School helped 50 CHS students show their pride by raising more than $600. Following the event was a movie night where a lip dub video — a music video created by audio editing and lip synching — created by CHS students was shown. The May 19 event was organized by National Honor Society President and senior Kelsey Ehrhardt. There were 10 ...

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