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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Support for Realtors Against Homelessness’ July Food Drive

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When a group of realtors began to notice the hardships that families face in their everyday lives, they knew they needed to do something to help. That’s when Realtors Against Homelessness (RAH) started last year. The group held a fundraiser last fall to benefit students facing homelessness in the District 211 area.  The most recent initiative that RAH is spearheading is a summer food drive that partners with businesses in the community. “We identified several real estate offices that might want to participate in this food drive campaign,” said Cindy Eich, ...

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Schoology Innovates Classroom Communication, Organization, and Online Access

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Teachers are constantly trying to find innovative ways to effectively communicate assignments and grades to their students, while at the same time connecting with parents at home. As students become more focused on social networking and relying on internet communications throughout day-to-day tasks, it only makes sense that teachers adapt to this mode of thinking. That is why more teachers will be using an online classroom portal this fall called Schoology. The website is much like Facebook meets Blackboard, where students can communicate with teachers and classma...

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Taking a Look at the D211 Flag Policy

On a typical day at any District 211 building, one will find the American flag and an Illinois state flag flying high with an additional mascot flag for each school right next to them. But, what does it mean when those flags are displayed at half-staff, and who decides when that happens? The position of the flag is mandated by the United States Flag Code and the State of Illinois Flag Display Act. Only the President of the United States and the Governor of the State of Illinois have the authority to direct the lowering of the United States flag and the Illinois ...

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