First Day of School Success at D211


William Fremd High School had more than 2,500 students attend on the first day of school.

Yesterday marked another successful first day of school for more than 12,000 District 211 students entering the 2012-2013 academic year. School spirit and pride was shown by faculty and staff at each school, with upperclass student leaders setting examples for fellow students and freshmen. Each school had its own traditions to greet students and build excitement for the school year.

“Students and staff have a unique opportunity to have a fresh start each year,” said District 211 Superintendent of Schools Nancy Robb. “I visited all of our schools throughout the day, and I saw a huge amount of enthusiasm from both the staff and students.”

Each school gave a warm welcome to students. Palatine High School had all of its staff members wearing red school t-shirts, and Principal Gary Steiger stood outside during a rainy morning to personally greet students as they entered the school. The PHS


Students are greeted by Hoffman Estates High School Assistant Principal Russell Cumings as they enter the building.

senior class also participated in their annual parade into the school, starting down the street by the stadium. Schaumburg High School had its marching band perform outside before school started while students were coming to school. At Conant High School, Cougar Advisory Program (CAP) student mentors helped each other, particularly freshman, navigate and ease into the start of school.  Administrators and staff greeted students at Fremd and Hoffman Estates High Schools as school got underway for another year.

It was also an exciting time for curricular programs. Students participating in the One-to-One program received their new iPad devices to use during the duration of their courses. Additionally, the smooth execution of Infinite Campus, the district’s new student information system, helped add to the successful opening of school this year.


Students in an ESL class at Schaumburg High School.

“Although we have already used our new student information system during the summer, we are particularly thrilled that it operated as smoothly as it did on the first day of school,” Dr. Robb said. “From scheduling to transportation, all systems worked very well. Also, students received their devices for the One-to-One initiative, which sparks an innovative approach to learning for our students. Overall, it was an outstanding first day of school throughout the District.”

To view a slideshow of District 211’s first day of school, click here.