District 211 Announces Pool, Office Renovations as part of Capital Outlay Improvements

Township High School District 211 announced its plans for long-range capital outlay and improvement projects throughout the next several years. Five prioritized projects are outlined for the next five school years and were presented to the Board of Education at its meeting on April 11. The projects, which correlate with educational goals, building utilization, and site improvement and maintenance schedules, are projected to total $34.6 million through the 2017-2018 school years. “As a District, we are very strategic in setting direction for these projects,” ...

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District 211 One-to-One Teachers Conference with Creators of Schoology, Offer Feedback

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Technology can transform a classroom. As new ideas come to light, teachers have the ability to adapt different practices and engage their students’ learning using tools such as iPads and online communication portals. Several District 211 One-to-One Program teachers had an opportunity to conference with officials from Schoology, a popular online communication and classroom portal used in the classroom. District 211 was the only school district invited to speak with Schoology on April 8 with suggestions on how to improve workflow in the classroom. “Schoology is ...

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District 211 Staff, Local Police Practice ‘Active Shooter’ Drills on Institute Day

While Township High School District 211 has educated and trained staff about what to do in emergency situations, staff worked with local police to practice a hard lockdown scenario as if an armed intruder entered the building, complete with sounds of gunshots. The Hoffman Estates, Palatine, and Schaumburg Police Departments coordinated efforts with District 211 to practice active shooter drills within school buildings. Schaumburg and Palatine High Schools were used as training sites while no students were present at the buildings on April 8 because of Institute ...

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Fremd High School Students Rock the Runway for its Annual Prom Fashion Show

In preparation for prom season, students at Fremd High School used their creativity, skills, and imaginations to bring upcoming trends and original pieces to life for a fashion show. This year's Annual Prom Fashion Show took place in the Kolze Auditorium at Fremd High School on April 5 during the second half of all lunch periods. The show featured original dresses from FHS fashion students and larger dress shops in the area. “This is my fourth year constructing a dress for the fashion show, and I have learned so much through my experience in class,” said ...

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Palatine High School’s Project Excel Program Presentation at National Conference

Palatine High School’s Project Excel program is gaining success with its students, and a national presentation in Chicago will showcase the challenges faced and successes reached while growing the program and propelling its students to achieve their goals. The Association for Supervision and Curricular Development (ASCD) is hosting its 68th Annual Conference and Exhibit Show in Chicago at McCormick Place West, on March 16-18. Palatine High School Teachers Anita Lee and Asa Gordon, and Counselor Susan Quinlan will lead a presentation entitled “Helping Students of ...

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Hoffman Estates High School Teacher Ryan Brown Earns Golden Apple Award Nomination

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A District 211 teacher is a finalist for a prestigious Golden Apple Award, which recognizes teachers’ contributions to building a better-educated and strong society through the art of excellent teaching. Ryan Brown, English teacher and boys’ gymnastics coach at Hoffman Estates High School, was nominated for a Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is one of 32 finalists for the award out of 510 initial nominees and 215 applications. “This has been an amazing year for me professionally,” Brown said. “I’ve spent the last 13 years honing my ...

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District 211 Website Earns Third Consecutive Award for Transparency

For the third consecutive year, Township High School District 211’s website was awarded for its transparency of information to the public. A 2013 Sunny Award was given to the District from editors of the Sunshine Review on March 5. District 211 received a perfect score for its website efforts out of 7,000 reviewed government websites. This is the highest rating, an A+, that the District website has received. “The Sunny Awards recognize governments that make transparency a priority,” said Michael Barnhart, president of Sunshine Review in a written statement. ...

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