Healthy Changes to 2012-2013 School Lunch Regulations

The National School Lunch program has changed its regulations for the upcoming year, and students will see new menu items with numerous health benefits outlined by federal nutrition standards. The improved meals will provide healthy, well-balanced, trans-fat free options that have all the nutrients students need to succeed at school. One new change is fruit and vegetable servings have increased. Previously, fruit servings were 1/3 cup and now they are a ½ cup. Vegetables will range from a ½ to a full cup serving. In addition to portion sizes increasing, students ...

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Enrollment for Fall 2012 Continuing Education Now Open

With an opportunity to learn something new every day, District 211 offers Continuing Education courses to community members and individuals who are 18 years or older. The Continuing Education course catalog, which is available online for fall 2012, offers a wide-range of courses that cater to individual’s interests and skill-building needs. Course topics range from foreign language, home improvement, fitness, personal enrichment, cooking, and more. “Continuing education provides learning opportunities for community members to learn something new,” said Charles ...

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Support for Parents, Students in Special Education’s Summer Transition Program

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Starting high school can be a stressful time for students and parents alike. For many students that are developing social skills, such as students with communication disabilities, specifically those on the Autism Spectrum, entering high school might be more stressful for reasons other than just coursework. These students and their parents might seek additional support when preparing to enter school freshman year. This is why High School District 211 offers a summer transitional program in conjunction with the Life and Learning Strategies program entitled “The Hidden ...

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District 211 Academic Goals (Part 2)

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As District 211 looks to strengthen its District-wide curriculum, there has been a slight shift in the focus of academic goals for the next two years. The Board of Education approved those goals for the 2012-2014 academic years at its July 12 meeting. The first goal is that students will demonstrate academic growth in high school. Instead of the District focusing solely on higher enrollment in more rigorous classes, teachers are looking at overall growth based on the individual student. “What we want as far as growth is to have students try to progress to the next ...

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Summer Curriculum Projects: What Teachers Do During Summer

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When people think about schools being out for the summer months, some assume that teachers’ time is spent vacationing, leisurely pursuing hobbies, or lounging poolside awaiting the fall semester to begin. However, District 211 teachers tackle many projects that cannot be completed during the school year and prepare for teaching in the fall. There are several curricular items that need work during the summer months. This year, teachers have focused on District-wide instruction to better support Critical Learning Standards and Academic Goals. Summer curriculum projects ...

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District 211 Academic Goals (Part 1)

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With an emphasis on college readiness and success after high school graduation, students in District 211 have been challenged to meet learning goals outlined for the 2011-2012 academic year. There are four different academic goals in the District’s plan, including that students will meet critical learning standards outlined by the District, students will demonstrate academic growth, student enrollment in more rigorous courses will increase, and students will demonstrate college-readiness. The goals monitor two areas in academic progress, which were the attainment of ...

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Student’s Progress in Building Construction Program

For more than 30 years, District 211 students have participated in a program where they have the opportunity to construct homes in surrounding communities. The Building Construction Program provides a unique experience where District 211 students learn about various aspects of building a single-family house, including how to read blueprints, what the architecture and construction fields are like, and other marketable skills for after-graduation career opportunities. Hoffman Estates and Schaumburg High Schools’ junior and senior students, and a few students from ...

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