Exciting First Day of School for District 211 Students

Schaumburg High School students enter the building on the first day of school, and are greeted by the school band.

Schaumburg High School students enter the building on the first day of school, and are greeted by the school band.

As the first bells rang to kick-off classes in District 211 schools, students excitedly introduced themselves, cracked open the textbooks, and prepared for what is anticipated to be another successful year.

Preparation over the summer helped faculty and staff get ready for the new school year and provide students with little disruption on the first day of classes, which took place on Aug. 21.

“We had an outstanding start to the 2013-2014 school year,” commented Nancy Robb, superintendent of schools in District 211.  “Enthusiastic teachers and energetic students in each District 211 school created a positive atmosphere that we will strive to maintain throughout the upcoming year.”

Tylic Grace (left), a senior football player at Hoffman Estates High School, gets ready for practice after the first day of school with Head Athletic Trainer Rick Bacon.

Tylic Grace (left), a senior football player at Hoffman Estates High School, gets ready for practice after the first day of school with Head Athletic Trainer Rick Bacon.

Each school welcomed students in different ways while they arrived at school and throughout the day.

Schaumburg High School had its band lined up at the main entrance of the school while students entered the building. The band played energetic songs, such as Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody and the Schaumburg High School Fight Song, while teachers and administrators greeted students.

Many senior students at Palatine High School participated in their annual Senior March-In. They were led by drum majors and collectively arrived to the main entrance while wearing spirited senior t-shirts. Other students in the Palatine community decorated sidewalks and the building with chalk drawings that showcased school spirit.

Freshman students meet with members of Conant High School’s Cougar Advisory Program (CAP) during the first day of school. The course allows freshman students to work with upperclassmen mentors during their transition into high school.

Freshmen students meet with members of Conant High School’s Cougar Advisory Program (CAP) during the first day of school.

Palatine High School seniors show school spirit during an annual march-in on the first day of school.

Palatine High School seniors show school spirit during an annual march-in on the first day of school.

Conant High School started their freshman on the right track with sessions of their Cougar Advisory Program (CAP), where junior and senior students serve as mentors during classes. This program helps introduce freshmen to a high school environment, as well as gives them a contact person to ask questions if they need help.

Faculty and staff greeted Hoffman Estates High School students as they entered the building. Giant blue and orange balloon figurines were inflated and welcomed students as they prepared to start classes for the day.

Fremd High School also welcomed students and got down to business as usual on the first day of classes.  Similar to other District 211 schools, FHS teachers and staff made sure students had all the necessary materials needed to complete their coursework, including distribution of iPads for students in the One-to-One Program.

From left to right: Nick Deeke (sophomore), Jesse Hammond (sophomore), and Jack Huffman (sophomore) work on setting up their iPads in a One-to-One Program Health Science class at Fremd High School during the first day of school.

From left to right: Nick Deeke (sophomore), Jesse Hammond (sophomore), and Jack Huffman (sophomore) work on setting up their iPads in a One-to-One Program Health Science class at Fremd High School during the first day of school.

Additionally, each school helped freshmen transition by holding freshman orientation sessions in the days leading up to the first day of school. During these individual school events, freshmen students were given the opportunity to acclimate to their new school, meet teachers, find their classes, and mingle at lunch picnics. These extra measures all helped contribute to a smooth first day in District 211, and a positive environment to welcome students to school for the start of the new year.