Annual Show Displays Academy-South, Academy-North, and New Endeavors Artwork

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Students were able to exhibit their artwork and explain different forms they used to create their pieces.

Students in District 211’s academies showed faculty and staff just how creative they are.

District 211 students from Academy-North, Academy-South, and New Endeavors recently hosted the art show “The Art of Today, The Opportunities of Tomorrow,” at the G.A. McElroy Administration Center. Students were able to exhibit their artwork and explain different forms they used to create their pieces.

“Our third annual art show, ‘The Art of Today, Opportunities of Tomorrow’ was a great success,” said Renee Erickson, director of Special Education. “Our student artists from the Academy-North, Academy-South and New Endeavors programs enjoyed showcasing their talents with visitors to the show. The creative process and sharing their creations has been a great outlet for many of our students.”

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Painting by senior Brandon Rodriguez.

The goal of the art show was for these students to display their artwork to the District 211 community. Although the show was not open to the public, faculty and staff were invited to the event, which provided students an opportunity to show their artwork and practice explaining their pieces to others.

Art mediums included painting, glass mosaics, music, illustration, video, photography, and more. The pieces were typically worked on during art class at school. Many students expressed how art has been a form of release for them during tough times and thought art was an important part of their education.

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Art mediums included painting, glass mosaics, music, illustration, video, photography, and more.

Brandon, a District 211 senior who would like to be a tattoo artist one day, said the art show is a great way for people to visually get a sense of what other students are going through in their lives.

“When I draw, I don’t just draw random things. I draw about something I have been going through or thinking about – I draw about the way my life is going,” he said. “This show is something for people to look at to get a different view on someone’s perspective.”

One of his pieces, he described the inspiration behind it stemming from an argument with his family.

“I thought if someone were stuck in space, that is what I would picture it to be,” he said about one of his pieces. “I am colorful and fun, but sometime I can be anti-social, and this is what that looks like to me.”




District 211 First Day of School At a Glance

The District 211 school year is in full swing after a successful first day on Aug. 27. Here is a look at what students at the Higgin Education Center, Academy-North, Fremd, Conant, Hoffman Estates, Palatine, and Schaumburg High Schools, were up to on the first day of school.




District 211 Student Digital Democracy Committee Creates Action Plans for Future

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Groups of students from each high school and District 211 academies discussed ways to remind their peers of the importance of responsible use of technology. Photo courtesy Lynn Swanson

Last year, several District 211 students from each high school served on a Digital Democracy Committee, which created a Student Declaration for Acceptable Use to generate awareness and develop expectations for best practices and behavior while using technology both in and outside of the classroom.

The groups were back in action and met on Dec. 16 to discuss how the guidelines have worked in the schools since implementation at the beginning of the year, as well as create an action plan for the future.

“We had a productive morning with student representatives from each school here to discuss and then generate solutions to the digital challenges this generation faces as they seamlessly use technology throughout their day,” said Lynn Swanson, director of Educational Technology at District 211. “It is essential that we provide a platform that will empower our students to take a lead role in helping to design and develop guidelines and strategies to ingrain digital democracy into the culture at each building.”

Since guidelines were introduced to the entire District at the beginning of the school year, students and staff have noticed a difference in the way students use technology and report issues that may arise. Groups of students from each high school and District 211 academies discussed ways to remind their peers of the importance of responsible use of technology. The committee identified five areas to focus on for the rest of the year. These included:

o   Teaching students to identify what should be reported based on the guidelines;

o   Educate students about how to report issues after they have identified them, such as who to talk to;

o   Ingrain Digital Democracy into school culture;

o   Outreach to District 15 and District 54 feeder schools to teach incoming freshmen the importance of acceptable digital use;

o   And, connecting with teachers, staff, and parents.

Students at each building will come up with an action plan and goal to implement before spring break 2015. The committee hopes the school-wide, student-led initiatives will help their peers continue with positive behavior while using technology.




High School District 211 Alternative Schools to Hold Graduation Ceremony on May 29

District 211 logoTownship High School District 211 will hold its 22nd-annual commencement ceremony for the District’s alternative high school programs on Thursday, May 29, at Hoffman Estates High School (1100 W. Higgins Road in Hoffman Estates), beginning at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. Graduates from the Class of 2014 at District 211 Academy-North, Academy-South, and Alternative High School will receive their diplomas during the ceremony. Family and friends are invited to attend.

Students who attend alternative programs complete all High School District 211 graduation requirements. District 211 Academy-North and Academy-South programs are offered during the day as an alternative to the mainstream day school, while the District 211 Alternative High School offers students an opportunity to continue their high school education in the evenings.

Students who attend the Alternative High School have severed their ties from a mainstream school system due to a variety of other life choices. Some students are adults, working full-time jobs during the day; therefore, the opportunity to continue their education in the evenings is ideal.

Having alternative choices for students may make the difference between dropping out and staying in school. Pursuing their high school diploma places students on the path toward future successes in life.




District 211 Enrollment Projections Completed Through 2021 – 2022 School Year

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District 211 has completed its projected student enrollment through the 2021-2022 academic year.

These projections indicate that the District’s enrollment at the five high schools will decrease approximately 0.86 percent in 2014 – 2015. Enrollment will continue to decline through 2018-2019 and will begin to increase in 2019-2020.

Enrollment projections are based on data from Districts 15 and 54 and assume attendance boundaries as defined in October 2001 remain the same and there are no significant shifts of families within the District. Growth and reduction factors are based on recent experience. Changes in the housing market could alter these projections. In addition, enrollment from private schools has been factored in.

The enrollment projections are based on students who will attend the five high schools. Students who attend Academy-South, Academy-North, and private facilities, such as N.S.S.E.O., are based on the enrollment for the 2013-2014 school year and on averages for the remaining years. We also have not projected the number of students who may enroll in our schools based on their families specifically moving into District 211 for our educational excellence.

To learn more about enrollment projections, please read the report at the BoardDocs website.




District 211 Academy North and South Students Show Off Creativity During Art Show

Student photography displayed during the art show.

Student photography displayed during the art show.

Students in District 211’s academies kicked off their winter break by showing the faculty and staff just how creative they are.

District 211 North and South academies recently hosted “Building Perspectives: Art at the Academies” at the G.A. McElroy Administration Center. Students at the academies were able to exhibit their artwork and explain different forms they used to create their pieces.

“I have been drawing my whole life and this is the first time I am letting someone look at my art besides my art teacher,” said Academy-North junior Diana Mazanova. “I feel proud of what I have done, and the comments from others definitely boost my ego. It makes me happy that I was there and people saw my art.”

A Marylin Monroe glass mosiac peice by Diana.

A Marylin Monroe glass mosaic piece by Diana.

There were 11 students who showed their work, many of whom said their work helped them deal with difficult circumstances outside of the classroom. The goal of the art show was for these students to display their artwork to the District 211 community.  Although the show was not open to the public, faculty and staff district-wide were invited to the event, which provided students an opportunity to show their artwork and practice explaining their pieces to others. Two students also played live music during the show.

Art mediums included painting, glass mosaics, music, illustration, video, photography, and more. The pieces were typically worked on during art class at school. Many students expressed how art has been a form of release for them during tough times and thought art was an important part of their education.

Students performed live music during the show.

Students performed live music during the show.

“Some of my drawings were just for art class and others were part of my own coping strategies,” said Academy-North sophomore Callie Johnson. “I go to drawing when I feel overwhelmed with everything. Everyone has a way to get out their emotions and mine would be through physically drawing them out. The school is willing to do things for me to help me get through the day and it feels like people are acknowledging my own emotions by looking at it.”




Graduation is Here for District 211’s Class of 2013

GraduationAs the school year is coming to an end, there is one thing on every senior’s mind – graduation. For many senior students in District 211, this time of year is a busy, yet bittersweet reminder that high school is coming to an end.

Students from Palatine, Fremd, Hoffman Estates, Conant, and Schaumburg High Schools, as well as students in District 211’s Alternative High School programs, are finishing their final coursework and preparing for high school graduation.

“We know our students received an outstanding high school education that has prepared them for college and their careers, and District 211 is very proud of all our graduating seniors,” said Nancy Robb, superintendent of schools.

Out of District 211’s seven schools, roughly 3,087 students will graduate. Although the exact number of students cannot be determined until final grades are posted at the end of the year, the projected number of students to graduate from each school are as follows: Palatine High School, 650 students; Fremd High School, 671 students; Conant High School, 608 students; Schaumburg High School, 635 students; Hoffman Estates High School, 475 students; and 48 students from the Alternative High School programs.

Hoffman Estates High School will host its graduation ceremony on May 30 at the Willow Creek Auditorium in South Barrington, 67 E Algonquin Rd., beginning at 6 p.m. District 211’s Alternative High School program also will host its ceremonies on May 30 at 7 p.m. at Hoffman Estates High School.

Palatine High School’s graduation will take place on June 2, beginning at 2 p.m. at the school.  Graduation ceremonies for Conant, Fremd, and Schaumburg High Schools will be at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, 5333 Prairie Stone Pkwy., on June 2. Fremd High School’s ceremony will begin at 11 a.m., Schaumburg High School at 2:30 p.m., and Conant High School at 6 p.m.

Although high school graduation means many students will go away to college or start careers in different states, District 211 encourages alumni to keep in touch with the District and inform their alma mater about successes they have in their future endeavors.

“High school graduation is a significant milestone in a student’s life and one that celebrates their accomplishments,” Robb said. “We look forward to hearing from the members of the Class of 2013 and learning about their future successes.”

The complete graduation ceremony schedule can be found on the District 211 website.