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D211 Post: Three Former Superintendents Visit District 211

Township High School District 211 prides itself on providing students with the highest quality education and opportunities. Building a strong reputation did not happen overnight. It is the product and impact of each staff member under the leadership of the superintendent that led to the District’s success and reputation. To celebrate the District 211 legacy, Superintendent of Schools Dan Cates recently invited three local former superintendents to visit the school district and discuss their time in District 211. Collectively, the four superintendents have more than 100 years of experience served in District 211, with more than 40 combined ...

D211 Post: Introduction to Grading Improvements

A message from Superintendent Dan Cates … (reprinted from the July/August 2017 Superintendent’s Newsletter)     Just for a moment, consider what you believe a report card grade should represent. Most of us can likely agree that a grade serves to communicate a student’s performance within a given course. Though grading might initially seem uncomplicated and straightforward, opinions differ widely about characteristics that should or should not factor into a final grade. Complexities associated with grading continue to merit extensive interest and study in countless articles, books, and professional seminars. Input ...

Message from the Superintendent – Safety first and always

(reprinted from the March/April 2017 Superintendent's Newsletter)   Every day, 12,000 teenagers enter our care and their safety is our first responsibility and priority. We can best accomplish this duty by working together and sharing information.  I want to highlight key factors to assist our shared partnership and priority surrounding the safety of our students and staff members.   Contact School Personnel: The best way to prevent potential danger is to contact a school staff member as soon as a concern may arise.  We have administrators, counselors, teachers and police officers in our schools who will respond to ...

I Want a Cold Day

Students from Schaumburg High School have teamed up with the High School District 211 superintendent of schools to create a music video that can warm up anyone’s day. Set to the music of Backstreet Boys, a student-made music video aims to provide information about the District’s severe cold weather guidelines. It describes conditions in which school would be canceled due to severe cold weather. SHS senior Emma Robie and junior David Kessler performed vocals with District 211 Superintendent Dan Cates. Additional student actors included juniors Olivia Donofrio, Cameron Kidd, and senior Colin McGonagle. Senior Austin Anzelmo edited the final ...

Message from the Superintendent – A Look At Grading

(A reprint of the Superintendent's Message from the January/February Superintendent's Newsletter)   As we begin the second semester, I wish each of you a Happy New Year in 2017.  We continue to develop numerous important initiatives in District 211 and I want to focus awareness on our work in the area of grading.  Along with this newsletter, parents and students received a report card conveying the final grades earned for every course completed during the first semester.  Grades are central to much of what we do as educators and it is essential that we continually review, improve and communicate our practices in partnership ...

District 211 Superintendent Dan Cates Discusses Schaumburg Property

Article Published in the Daily Herald By Daniel Cates, Township High School District 211 Superintendent   Earlier this year, the Township High School District 211 community engaged in multiple forums to exchange information about the District’s strengths, challenges and future direction. Drawing upon thousands of responses, the Board of Education drafted a Strategic Plan articulating District 211’s priorities and course for the coming years. As public school personnel, we recognize the responsibility and privilege of caring for our communities’ greatest assets – our students. We also have a duty to optimize all resources ...

Journalist, PHS Alumna Carol Marin Inspires D211 Administrators at Leadership Workshop

Carol Marin, an esteemed print and television journalist and 1966 alumna of Palatine High School, visited District 211 to kickoff the 2016 administrators Leadership Workshop by sharing inspirational stories from both her time as a student as well as a teacher.  Marin discussed the impact teachers had on her life by recognizing her potential to be an honors student. Her experience moved her to become a high school teacher at Dundee High School for two years where she could also try to encourage students to maximize their full potential. During the leadership workshop, Marin led District 211 administrators in an exercise that encouraged them ...