Teacher Feature: Erin Luzadder

Erin Luzadder
"I enjoy math, but I enjoy being with students more. For me, it’s more about the kids and less about the subject.” For Palatine High School math teacher Erin Luzadder, her everyday challenges don’t necessarily revolve around geometry, algebra, or calculus specifically. Her tasks are finding ways to engage students to think beyond the subject, and encourage her students to apply critical thinking when X, Y, and Z aren’t making sense. “I kick off the year with the same expectation that everyone can be successful. I try to be very positive. It’s about ...

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K-9 Units Search D211 Schools, Deter Drug Possession

Police officers getting ready to search schools
Combating and deterring illegal drug possession within a high school is a problem that school districts often face.  In an effort to discourage students from drug violations, High School District 211 has partnered with Hoffman Estates, Schaumburg, and Palatine police departments to use police dogs to search for drugs on campus. The searches began at the start of the 2011-2012 school year, with police dogs checking student lockers within the school.  Now, the District is planning to expand its searches to include student parking lots, as well. “We recognize ...

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Upcoming District 211 Honors Choir Concert

Honors Concert Choir
The best singers from Township High School District 211 will combine their voices for the 211 Honors Choir concert on Saturday, April 14 at Holy Family Church in Inverness. One hundred vocalists from Conant, Fremd, Hoffman Estates, Palatine and Schaumburg High Schools will perform under the direction of Cheryl Frazes Hill, director of Music Education and director of Choral Activities at Chicago College of Performing Arts. Dr. Frazes also holds the position of associate conductor of the Chicago Symphony Chorus. The concert begins at 7:00 p.m. on April 14 at Holy Family ...

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Hoops for Hope

hoops for hope players
Collaboration is color blind, and for two cross-town basketball games neither green nor red prevailed. William Fremd and Palatine High Schools teamed up to raise awareness of Cystic Fibrosis through an event called Hoops for Hope on Jan. 27. Students and staff from both schools purchased orange t-shirts to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. “I think this event really serves as a testament to the strength of our community,” said Melissa Poczatek, Student Council president at Palatine High School. The event was created in the memory of Brian Larsen, a ...

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