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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 ...

Assistant Principal to Become Next Principal at Hoffman Estates High School

Joshua Schumacher has been named principal at Hoffman Estates High School, effective July 1, 2016. Mr. Schumacher, an assistant principal at the school for the past five years, will take over the principalship from Jim Britton, who earlier this year was named the District’s director of human resources starting in July. Mr. Schumacher is currently a 12-month assistant principal at Hoffman Estates High School, overseeing building and grounds as well as professional development of staff members, a position he has held since 2014. He also serves as the school’s activities director. Prior to his current position, Mr. Schumacher was an assistant ...

Conant High School Senior Challenges Superintendent Cates to Friendly Three-Point Contest

Conant High School students have earned a treat thanks to a senior who made a friendly wager with District 211’s superintendent. On Twitter, Senior Michael Lampert challenged District 211 Superintendent Dan Cates to a three-point contest during the winter in hopes of earning a snow day. While Cates could not wager a snow day, he did come up with something creative. If Cates won, students were to give thanks or show acts of appreciation to their teachers for the hard work they have done all year. If Michael won, the entire student body would win a free cookie or piece of fruit. Lampert proved to be victorious, beating Cates 2-0, and his ...