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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 ...

Hoffman Estates Students ‘SOAR’ Through a Lesson About Accepting Differences

The entire student body at Hoffman Estates High School received a lesson in what it means to accept the differences of others. As part of the schools SOAR Initiative (Show respect, Own your actions, Accept differences, and Realize your potential), students were shown a video about HEHS graduate Ashley Jones, a student who was in the school’s Special Education program and is currently in Special Olympics. Jones visited former teachers and peers during the lesson on Feb. 26. “The fact that we were able to use SOAR as a means to get our message out about finding our similarities rather than our differences is a win-win,” said Amy Longmo...

HEHS Launches SOAR to Encourage Positivity

When it comes to maintaining a positive environment at school, Hoffman Estates High School adopted a new program to encourage students and staff to “SOAR” in a positive direction, much like the school’s hawk mascot. HEHS kicked off its SOAR program on Aug. 28 when staff members dressed in SOAR t-shirts to greet students as they came to school. Once school was in session, students attended a series of assemblies by grade level. This is where students were introduced to SOAR, which stands for “Show respect, Own your actions, Accept differences, and Realize your potential,” through a video made by HEHS faculty and staff, and a performa...