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D211 Post: PHS Band Steps in to Decade Old Tradition

            The neighborhoods around Palatine High School rang with the sounds of music as the PHS Marching Band concluded band camp with their annual parade and barbeque.              Assistant Band Director Marissa Rentner said that the parade serves two distinct purposes.             “One of the reasons we do it is so the students can some practice on parade basics,” she said.  “We also do it as a way to create a community event.  Any way we can get involved in the community is ...

District 211 Redefines Discipline Interventions

When Ronald Tapia was a freshman at Palatine High School, he was the epitome of what he calls a troublemaker. He regularly ditched school and argued with teachers. He showed little interest in schoolwork, his education, or extracurricular activities. As a sophomore, Ronald was mostly concerned about building his social life. Ditching class was a way to rise up to “cool kid” status, and Ronald’s behaviors were modeled after his friends, which often landed him in the discipline office. “I thought it was cool to make people mad. I even changed the way I dressed, and my grades were pretty bad – I got Ds. It’s all different now,” Ronald ...

Palatine High School PBIS Program Serves as International Model

As Palatine High School continues to implement programs and initiatives to promote positive behavior and learning environments for its students, one program in particular has gained international attention. Three representatives from Lambton Kent District School Board in Ontario, Canada, visited PHS to explore the success of Commit to the Pirate, PHS’ Positive Behavior Intervention System (PBIS or PBS) on Nov. 4. The guests toured the school and spoke with teachers, counselors, and administrators instrumental in starting the program. “We wanted to learn more about secondary PBS, we had been told this was a school that had been quite ...