District 211’s One-to-One Program Video Updates

The One-to-One Program began in August 2012 when Township High School District 211 issued iPads to 1,600 students across five high schools. At the February 2013 school board meeting, the board approved the purchase of 7,000 iPad 4s for use with the student population in a true one-to-one environment. These videos are a collection of clips from teachers and students related to their experience in the One-to-One Program. Videos are by Keith Sorensen, director of Educational Technology at District 211. For more information about the One-to-One Program expansion, please read ...

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District 211 Board of Education Approves One-to-One Program Expansion

After a successful implementation of the One-to-One pilot program during the first half of the 2012-2013 academic year, District 211 will expand the opportunity for an individual iPad device to more students in the coming year. At its meeting on February 14, 2013, the Board of Education approved the expansion to provide up to 7,000 students with an iPad device for the upcoming school year. The use of iPads enhances student interaction and collaboration both inside and outside of the classroom.  Current teachers and students using the iPad devices have highlighted ...

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Tops District 211 Music Students Perform in Honors Orchestra Concert

Some of the most advanced District 211 band and orchestra students recently showcased their talents during an hour-long concert in front of the community. This year’s District 211 Honors Orchestra concert was held in the auditorium at Conant High School on Feb. 9.  Band and orchestra students District-wide were part of the performance. “This is an involved rehearsal process that culminates in a highly polished performance and it’s an experience that leaves a lifelong impression on the students,” said Susan Carlson, director of orchestras at Schaumburg ...

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District 211 Transportation: The Benefits, High Safety Standards of an In-house Bus Fleet

For High School District 211, providing transportation to all students isn’t a simple task. With a student population of more than 12,500, having an in-house transportation program helps the District oversee operations and ensure safe travel. These measures start from day one during a driver’s training, and continue on through daily routines. Safety, the ability to hire qualified drivers, and overseeing training of each driver are some of the few benefits to having a transportation fleet that is entirely run by the District. Many school districts contract their ...

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District 211 Hosts Engineering, Math, Science Conference for Area Fifth and Sixth Grade Girls

To get fifth and sixth grade girls interested in the fields of mathematics, science, and engineering before they enter high school, High School District 211 hosted its annual program that teaches them about careers in those fields. The third-annual GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Math, and Science) conference was held on Feb. 9 at James B. Conant High School. Approximately 160 fifth and sixth grade students participated in the hands-on learning sessions and activities that focused on engineering, science, and math. “I really believe that if students have a teacher ...

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Hoffman Estates High School Graduate Completes Four Performances on David Letterman Show

For many high school graduates, an average day is spent going to college classes, hanging out with friends, playing sports, and staying up late doing homework. Then for some high school graduates, they spend four nights in New York staying up late to perform on the David Letterman Show with their band. Hoffman Estates High School 2011 graduate Zach Lentino performed with his band, Lance Lapinsky and the Lovers, on the David Letterman show from Feb. 4-6. He played upright bass for Elvis tribute groups on the show. “It was absolutely insane,” Lentino said. ...

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Second Day of PSAE Testing Earns Students a National Career Readiness Certificate

When students are making post-graduation plans, it seems a lot of emphasis is put on the ACT exam. This test has influence on whether or not a college or university will grant a student admittance, which can be quite intimidating when one’s collegiate plans depend on it. However, the ACT, which is part of the two-day Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE), isn’t the only test that influences success after graduation. The WorkKeys Assessment, which takes place on day two of PSAE testing, is composed of three different tests — Reading for Information, Applied ...

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