D211 Post: District 211 Staff Makes Final Preparations For the Start of School

            Administrators, teachers, and staff spent the past week making final preparations for the start of the 2018-2019 school year which begins August 13.

            On Monday, administrators from throughout the district gathered at William Fremd High School to discuss the future year.  The theme for the day was “One More Degree.”  During the seminar, District 211 Superintendent Dr. Daniel Cates discussed teachers going above and beyond to inspire students to succeed. 

District 211 Superintendant Dr. Daniel Cates addresses administrators from throughout the District during an administrators workshop at William Fremd High School.

            “A highlight of any week is when I get a chance to have lunch with students, or engage in a conversation at [school] events,” Dr. Cates said. “What I say is, ‘Who was the teacher who made the difference for you?’”

            Later in the day, the administrators discussed the District’s new Student Readiness Plan as well as the new health and wellness programs.

            On Wednesday teachers gathered at the various schools to discuss the evolving structure of each of their departments and schools.  Thursday started with the principals welcoming their teachers back to their respective schools, then laying out their intended directions.

Teachers from Schaumburg High School’s math department discuss curriculum for the 2018-2019 school year.

            After breaking into department meetings, teachers made final updates to ensure the rooms are ready for the projected 11,800 students who will arrive Monday morning.

Teachers from James B. Conant High School test out new VR goggles which will begin use in the 2018-2019 school year.




District 211 2016 – 2017 First Day of School at a Glance

The District 211 school year is in full swing after a successful first day on Aug. 15. This is the first school year to utilize a collegiate style calendar to maximize the value of each instructional day. Here is a look at what students at Fremd, Conant, Hoffman Estates, Palatine, and Schaumburg High Schools, were up to on the first day of school.




District 211 First Day of School At a Glance

The District 211 school year is in full swing after a successful first day on Aug. 27. Here is a look at what students at the Higgin Education Center, Academy-North, Fremd, Conant, Hoffman Estates, Palatine, and Schaumburg High Schools, were up to on the first day of school.




District 211 Students Back to School, Ready for Innovative Learning

Students in an intermediate ELS class at Schaumburg High School begin learning about their iPad devices and how they will use them in class.

Students in an intermediate ELS class at Schaumburg High School begin learning about their iPad devices and how they will use them in class.

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, particularly related to technology.  In addition to running a positive summer school, our administrators coordinated various construction projects, hired new staff members and planned upcoming initiatives.  Our transportation department coordinated extensively to ensure that students were able to get to school and our food services staff worked hard all summer to employ new meal standards on the first day.”

Senior students march in to Palatine High School on the first day of school.

Senior students march in to Palatine High School on the first day of school.

Students at Conant High School noticed a lot of changes by the time the first bell rang. The band and their new principal, Julie Nowak, greeted them as they walked through the doors. Not only has leadership changed at CHS, but also the school is celebrating its 50th anniversary with renovated main office areas, which have not been updated since the school originally opened in 1964.

Schaumburg High School had an energized morning entrance for its students. The band played outside as students arrived, and administrators greeted students at the main entrance, welcoming them back and wishing them a great start to the school year.

Many senior students at Palatine High School participated in the annual Senior March-In, even in the rain. They were led by drum majors and collectively arrived at the main entrance to showcase their school spirit. Palatine High School Principal Gary Steiger also welcomed them on their first day.

Students utilize the new student services area at Conant High School. The main office areas were renovated this summer.

Students utilize the new student services area at Conant High School. The main office areas were renovated this summer.

Fremd High School also noticed administrative changes. Kurt Tenopir, the school’s new principal, made sure he greeted students and introduced himself during the first day back to school.

Hoffman Estates High School had a Freshman Kickoff on Aug. 15, welcoming the newest Hawk students to the school. Then, the first day of school, administrators greeted students as they headed to their first class of the new school year. Students explored their iPad devices for One-to-One classes, and familiarized themselves with their new schedules.

“Our technology staff and our maintenance crews worked diligently all summer to double our bandwidth, double our internet access points and install new HD projectors throughout the District in order to make the first day smooth for every student and teacher. The professional development for our staff members and the improvements to our technology infrastructure helped to contribute to an excellent first day.”

Kurt Tenopir, the new principal at Fremd High School, welcomes sophomore student Karla Carmona Navarrete on the first day of school.

Kurt Tenopir, the new principal at Fremd High School, welcomes sophomore student Karla Carmona Navarrete on the first day of school.

Students at all schools noticed a change in school breakfasts and lunches. The District implemented a revised menu program that meets new USDA standards. The updated menu allows students an opportunity to choose from more than 10 nutritious entrée items. Palatine and Hoffman Estates High Schools participated in a pilot program last year, which has familiarized the schools with the revised menu.

In addition to Hoffman Estates High School, 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.

HEHS Freshman orientation helps new students familiarize themselves with the school prior to the first day.

HEHS Freshman orientation helps new students familiarize themselves with the school prior to the first day.

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.

“Each day of instruction and learning is important and the first day helped to set a very positive tone for the start of the year,” Cates said. “Many people throughout the District contributed to a very positive first day and we continue to work hard to ensure that this momentum carries well into the year.”




District 211 Teachers Back to School

Hoffman Estates High School teachers Natalie Tindle (left) Jasmin Chung (center) and Tyrone Jones (right) collaborate during an Institute Day session on Aug. 19. During the teachers’ first day back at school, they worked together to learn new technology tools they can use during the school year.

Hoffman Estates High School teachers Natalie Tindle (left) Jasmin Chung (center) and Tyrone Jones (right) collaborate during an Institute Day session on Aug. 19.

Township High School District 211 teachers were back to school on Tuesday, Aug. 19 to participate in the first Institute Day of the 2014-2015 school year.

Institute Days are designed to help teachers collaborate with colleagues about various topics in order to improve classroom experience for students, such as curriculum discussions, sharing teaching methods, and viewing guest speakers.

Institute Days are designed to help teachers collaborate with colleagues about various topics in order to improve classroom experience for students.

Institute Days are designed to help teachers collaborate with colleagues about various topics in order to improve classroom experience for students.

At Hoffman Estates High School, teachers were greeted by administration and were presented with an overview of this year’s academic goals. Staff was divided into different teams where they participated in various sessions, including discussions about Schoology and ways to innovate their teaching using technology. Focus on technology continues after District 211 approved the full implementation of the One-to-One program this past school year, which provides an Apple iPad device for each student and will help all students to develop essential skills needed to be successful in a digital world.

Hoffman Estates High School Principal Jim Britton greets staff on their first day back at school.

Hoffman Estates High School Principal Jim Britton greets staff on their first day back at school.

During Institute Day on Aug. 19, Hoffman Estates High School teachers Jessica Schildt (left) and Jen Winfield (right) watch as their colleague demonstrates a task on her iPad.

During Institute Day on Aug. 19, Hoffman Estates High School teachers Jessica Schildt (left) and Jen Winfield (right) watch as their colleague demonstrates a task on her iPad.

District 211 teachers will continue with a second Institute Day on Wednesday, Aug. 20, before students return for the first day of school on Thursday, Aug. 21.




The First Day of School in District 211 at a Glance

The District 211 school year is in full swing after a successful first day on Aug. 21. Here is a look at what students at Fremd, Conant, Hoffman Estates, Palatine, and Schaumburg High Schools did on the first day of school.

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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.