D211 Post: Two District 211 Students Named Schaumburg Township District Library Student Advisory Trustees

           For the past 10 years, the Board of Trustees at the Schaumburg Township District Library has selected two individuals between the ages of 15 and 19 to serve in the role of Student Advisory Trustees whose role it is to serve as representatives to their peers.  This year’s Student Advisory Trustees are District 211 students Alisa Gandhi from James B. Conant High School and Matthew Williams from Schaumburg High School.  On September 17, the two students were sworn in to begin their one-year term.

            Teen Outreach Librarian Anna Pederson said selected students must reside within the boundaries who apply and undergo an interview by three members of the board.  Perspective SAT’s are asked to describe their extracurricular and volunteer activities as well as their favorite programs at the library.

Williams and Gandhi with members of the Schaumburg Township Library Board.

            “I typically look for someone who regularly uses the library’s services, attends library programs, demonstrates responsibility, presents themselves well, and shows initiative,” she said.  “It’s a lot to ask for someone that age, but I have always been impressed at the caliber of teens that apply.”

            Students selected for the position can serve a total 2 years.  Each term runs from September through the following July.  In their position, they will provide a unique student perspective that the board would not have.  They will also work to help make teens aware of the variety of activities being hosted by the library.  Pederson said each group of SAT’s contribute to the library in their own ways.

           “There are numerous small ways each SAT has contributed that, bundled as a collective effort, has greatly benefitted the library,” she said.




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 video and Science teacher Chad Elwell was the director. Senior Shannon Rees, sophomore Danny Monzon, senior Elliott Ross and the SHS Songwriting Club helped write the lyrics. Jeremy Slayton and the Schaumburg Township District Library assisted with the video production.

“I definitely think this video will be helpful because I know people who don’t know what the policy is,” David said. Emma added, “I know people thought it was just the temperature that determined whether we have a cold day or not, but it can also be a is a wind chill warning.”

The Severe Cold Response Plan at District 211 states that schools will be closed under the condition of a wind chill warning. A wind chill warning is typically issued when the wind chill will be -30 degrees Fahrenheit or colder or the actual air temperature is -15 degrees Fahrenheit.

In the event of a wind chill advisory, which is issued when conditions do not meet the wind chill warning criteria but still cause significant inconvenience, is not grounds for school cancellation. District 211 does implement Severe Cold Action during a wind chill advisory, which is typically issued when the wind chill is -20 degrees Fahrenheit or colder.

To create the Severe Cold Weather Guidelines, District 211 consulted Paul Sirvatka, professor of meteorology, forecasting, weather analysis, climatology, atmospheric sciences, and severe and unusual weather at the College of DuPage. Additionally, Dr. Alexander Means, the chief resident from the University of Chicago’s Department of Dermatology, was consulted.

Students said the best part about making the video, which took roughly four hours to record and film, was spending time with their friends and meeting the superintendent.

“The filming was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed meeting Dr. Cates,” Emma said. “He is a pretty cool guy.”