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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 ...

PHOTOS: ISBE, PARCC Representatives Visit District 211 for PARCC Testing

District 211 participated in the PARCC Test on March 3. The PARCC website states: "The PARCC member states share this fundamental goal: ensuring that every student graduates from high school prepared for success in college and the workplace. The PARCC states’ high quality assessments will allow parents and educators to see how children are progressing in school and whether they are on track for postsecondary success. The PARCC assessment also provides teachers with the ability to identify students who may be falling behind and need extra help." Wes Bruce, off-site consultant for the Illinois State Board of Education, and Margaret Horn, vice ...

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 ...

District 211 to Adopt Collegiate-Style Calendar for 2016 – 2017 Academic Year

District 211 has adopted a new school calendar to better utilize instruction time for both students and teachers. At its Jan. 15 board meeting, the Board of Education approved the school calendar for the 2016-2017 academic year, which will change the traditional calendar District 211 has used for many years to a collegiate-style calendar. With the new calendar, first semester, including final exams, will end in December before students leave for winter break. “The proposed calendar will inherently sustain a rigorous focus on learning and academics all the way up to the winter break,” said Dan Cates, superintendent of schools. “In the ...

District 211 Students Back to School, Ready for Innovative Learning

District 211 students are back to school and already preparing for another successful year. The first day of classes was Aug. 21. Despite the rainy weather, students and staff were in great spirits as they arrived at school, eager to find out what is new for the 2014-2015 school year. “Like many people, I woke up extra early with the excitement of the first day of school,” said Dan Cates, superintendent at District 211.  “Many different groups of employees have worked throughout the summer to help make the first day of school as positive as possible.  Our teachers participated in a variety of professional development activities, ...

New Principals Named at Conant and Fremd High Schools

At its January 16, 2014 meeting, the Board of Education approved the appointment of Julie Nowak as principal at James B. Conant High School, and the appointment of Kurtis Tenopir at William Fremd High School.  Both appointments will be effective July 1, 2014.  Mrs. Nowak, currently High School District 211’s director of special education, will take over the principalship from Tim Cannon, who will retire after serving District 211 for 32 years, including the past nine as principal at Conant High School.  Mr. Tenopir, currently an assistant principal at Fremd High School, assumes the principalship from Lisa Small, who was recently named ...