D211 Post: Ending on a New Tradition

More than 250 Seniors from Palatine and William Fremd High School took part in the first ever District 15 / District 211 Senior Walk where seniors walked the halls of the elementary schools where their education began. 

William Fremd senior Matt Downing said it was great to walk the halls again of Hunting Ridge.

“It was amazing seeing the little kids,” he said.  “It was really something remembering being that young.  Life seemed simple then.”

For Palatine High School senior Megan Farrell, seeing elementary students was very reflective.

“It was something to see the little kids,” she said.  “It’s hard to imagine that at one time I was that kid.”

Palatine High School will hold their graduation ceremony at the school May 19th at 2 p.m.  William Fremd High School will hold their graduation  at the Sears Center May 20th at 7:30 p.m.





D211 Post: Palatine High School Holds 2nd Annual Day of Service

            While Sophomores and Juniors at Palatine High School were taking state tests last week, Freshmen and Seniors had the opportunity to participate in Palatine High School’s second annual Day of Service.  The event gave nearly 100 students the opportunity to volunteer at four elementary students.

            PHS Social Studies Teacher Andrea Guthrie said the day was arranged on this day to allow students who had out of school conflicts the opportunity to volunteer.

            “For a lot of our students, a big challenge is transportation and timing,” Guthrie said.  “This allowed us to provide transportation and a set timeframe.  We wanted to make this within the confines of a school day.”

            She added that the chosen day was based on the state test, which freshmen and seniors would have open time due to not taking state tests.

            Senior Jazmin Galvan went to Lincoln Elementary School where she read with the young students before playing at recess with them.  Galvan had attended Lincoln as a younger student.

            “It was really good to see my old school,” Galvan said.  “This was a good opportunity to go back and to work with the younger kids.”

            Guthrie said she had to limit the number of students participating this year due to the need to balance staff chaperones with test proctors at the school and number of volunteer sites.  She said the Palatine Boosters provided funds to aid in purchase of shirts for the students.

            For Galvan, the highlight was the response from the students.

            “It was great to see the looks on their faces after they asked me if I could go to recess with them,” she said.  “The trip also brought back a lot of memories from elementary school.”

            Guthrie said she is always looking for additional locations open to student volunteers.  Anyone interested can contact her at aguthrie@d211.org

D211 Post: Chinese Educators Visit District 211

Representatives from Community Consolidated District 15 and Township High School District 211 describe student transition from 8th grade to high school to a delegation of educators visiting from Zhejiang Province, China Oct. 25.

            A group of more than 20 education staff from the Zhejiang Province of China toured William Fremd High School on Nov. 1 as part of a multi-week education tour.  The group first met with representatives from Community Consolidated School District 15 and Township High School District 211 at the District’s G.A. McElroy Administration Center in Palatine Oct. 25.

            During the meeting at District 211’s Administration Center, representatives from both districts described the details of the schools ranging from demographics to course lists, and typical school day activities.  District 211 Associate Superintendent for Student Services Mark Kovack said the group was specifically interested in learning how 8th grade students are supported in transitioning to high school.

            “The visiting team reached out to an existing contact within District 15 to inquire about this work which led to District 211’s involvement,” Kovack said.  “The collaboration and partnership between our school districts is longstanding and provides a strong model to illustrate the transition from junior high to high school.”

            Following the meeting, the delegation traveled to District 15’s Plum Grove Junior High School where they had the opportunity to tour the school and observe classes.

William Fremd High School Principal Kurt Tenopir leads a group of educators visiting from Zhejiang Province, China on a tour of the school Nov. 1.

            On Nov. 1, the delegation returned to Palatine to tour Fremd High School.  After a brief introduction by Principal Kurt Tenopir, the delegation broke into small groups and were taken to a variety of different classes.  The groups observed classes ranging from computer programing and A.P. English to American Studies and Applied Technology.

            Delegation member Quing Song Wu said that while classes such as biology and mathematics were similar both at Fremd High School and in China, there were some classes that he was surprised to see.

            “I was interested in seeing the various career path classes such as automotive and wood classes,” Wu said through a translator.  “We have similar classes, but not at such a deep level.”

            Wu added that he was impressed by the diversity of curriculum offered in District 211.

            “It seems every student can find classes they will like here,” he added.

William Fremd High School Junior Andrea Jing describes her AP English assignment to an educator visiting from Zhejiang Province, China, Nov. 1.

            Kovack said having visits such as this can provide a unique learning experience for not only the delegates, but for the District as well.

            “These visits provide opportunities for both parties to learn about themselves and about each other.  From our perspective, as we prepare to host a visiting team, we take time to evaluate our school’s strengths and the ways those strengths have been developed and supported over time,” said Kovack.  “Feedback from the visiting team gives us an unbiased viewpoint to help us determine the overall value our systems add to students’ school experiences.  Additionally, the visits give us a chance to compare our practices with the other schools’ practices.  These comparisons help us recognize new ideas which may help us to provide students with even more meaningful educational activities.”

William Fremd English Teacher Laura Marsh describes the school’s American Studies curriculum, which combines American Literature and American History, to a group of educators visiting from Zhejiang Province, China, Nov. 1.