Hoops for Hope

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Collaboration is color blind, and for two cross-town basketball games neither green nor red prevailed. William Fremd and Palatine High Schools teamed up to raise awareness of Cystic Fibrosis through an event called Hoops for Hope on Jan. 27. Students and staff from both schools purchased orange t-shirts to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. “I think this event really serves as a testament to the strength of our community,” said Melissa Poczatek, Student Council president at Palatine High School. The event was created in the memory of Brian Larsen, a ...

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Students Participate in Leadership Conference

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Leadership skills are the focus of a new program and event called the “Leadership Challenge Experience.” Students from District 211 schools participated in the event on March 8, which partnered with William Rainey Harper College. Its ideology was based off of five practices outlined in the book The Leadership Challenge by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner. Eric Dolen, assistant principal at William Fremd High School, said after the Mid-Suburban League Conferences were disbanded after 12 years, something needed to replace them. That’s when he met Chris George, ...

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SHS Debate Team Takes State

The SHS Debate Team
When arguing points about pressing issues, such as politics or foreign policy, it’s not often students imagine creating history at their school. But that’s exactly what students at Schaumburg High School did as they debated their way to victory. The SHS Debate Team captured the Illinois High School Association State Debate Title during competition at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Ill., on March 16 and 17. Senior Kali Froh, a varsity four-year debater, led the charge into the final round to help claim the championship in Lincoln-Douglas Debate. ...

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D211 Receives 2nd Award for Transparency

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Township High School District 211 was recognized with a "Sunny Award" from the Sunshine Review on March 8, 2012.  The award honors the most transparent government web sites in the country, and District 211 was one of 19 honorees in Illinois, which included 7 school districts.  This is the second consecutive year that District 211 has been honored with the award. “The Sunny Awards recognizes governments that are doing an exemplary job at proactively disclosing information to taxpayers,” said Michael Barnhart, president of Sunshine Review in an online posting. ...

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Teachers Earn National Board Certification

National Board Certified Teachers
Nineteen District 211 teachers have earned national certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. This is the highest professional credential in the field of teaching. With the addition of these 19 teachers, High School District 211 now has had 121 teachers earn national certification, fourth most among school districts in Illinois. This year’s recipients are listed alphabetically below. These teachers were recognized by the Board of Education at its January 19, 2012 meeting. Dana Batterton, Palatine High School Marilyn Berdick, ...

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Innovation Grants 2011-2012

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The mission of the High School District 211 Foundation is to obtain and provide resources to enhance and enrich learning opportunities for the students, staff, and school community of Township High School District 211. The Foundation recently awarded nearly $25,000 in Innovation Grants to District 211 teachers and staff for the development of ideas, programs, and practices benefiting students in District 211 that are not funded from the district budget. Details on the Innovation Grants awarded for the 2011-2012 school year are available here. For information about ...

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District 211 to Discontinue Class Rank

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At its Dec. 8, 2011 meeting, the Board of Education approved the recommendation of a District committee to discontinue the practice of ranking students based upon grade point average.  The committee's recommendation is based upon a growing national trend among high schools to eliminate this practice because few, if any, colleges or universities continue to use class rank as a determining factor in the admissions process. A two-phase process to eliminate Class Rank will be implemented, beginning with the 2012-2013 school year, class rank will be removed from report ...

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