• D211 Board Appoints New Member

    Published on: Thursday, August 3rd, 2017 Author: Thomas Petersen

    The High School District 211 Board of Education has selected Schaumburg resident Steven Rosenblum to fill the vacant seat on the seven-member Board.  Mr. Rosenblum’s appointment became effective immediately at the August 3 special Board of Education meeting, and runs through the completion of former elected High School District 211 Board Member Lauanna Recker’s term in April, 2019.  Ms. Recker resigned her position on the Board on June 28, 2017.

    Mr. Rosenblum has been a District 211 resident since 1998 and is the parent of two Schaumburg High School graduates.  He has been active in the community through his involvement serving on the leadership board and planning committee of the American Diabetes Association Northern Illinois Affiliate since 1985, as assistant scoutmaster in the Boy Scouts of America (2005-2006), and serving as company chair for the Toys for Tots Drive (2016-2017).  He also has been a member of the Schaumburg High School VIPs (booster club), Schaumburg Elementary School District 54’s Advisory Council for District Initiatives (ACDI), Beth Tikvah Congregation (Hoffman Estates) Board of Directors and choir member, and St. Hubert’s Jobs Ministry.  In 2012, Mr. Rosenblum was nominated for the Schaumburg Community Volunteer of the Year award.  Mr. Rosenblum is employed in human resources management, and has been a member of the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago.

    The District 211 Board of Education received 16 applications for the vacant seat, considering all 16 applicants and interviewing finalists through a series of interviews on July 31 and August 1, before making its decision.  In order to serve on the High School District 211 Board of Education, one must be a registered voter, 18 years of age or older, and a resident of District 211 for at least one year.  Major responsibilities of the Board of Education are to express and represent the view of the community in matters affecting education, determine education standards and goals, adopt policies for the administration of the school system, employ a Superintendent of Schools, authorize the appointment of teachers and other staff members, approve curriculum, secure money for school operational needs and building programs, and authorize expenditures.

    Mr. Rosenblum took the oath of office as a High School District 211 Board of Education member at the beginning of the August 3, 2017 special Board of Education meeting.


     Illinois State Board of Education Secretary Cesilie Price administers the Oath of Office to new High School District 211 Board Member Steven Rosenbaum at the August 3, 2017 special meeting.

    Illinois State Board of Education Secretary Cesilie Price administers the Oath of Office to new High School District 211 Board Member Steven Rosenbaum at the August 3, 2017 special meeting.

  • D211 Grading Improvements: Comparison Chart

    Published on: Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017 Author: Thomas Petersen
  • Introduction to Grading Improvements

    Published on: Tuesday, July 25th, 2017 Author: Thomas Petersen

    A Message from the Superintendent …
    (reprinted from the July/August 2017 Superintendent’s Newsletter)

    Just for a moment, consider what you believe a report card grade should represent. Most of us can likely agree that a grade serves to communicate a student’s performance within a given course.  Though grading might initially seem uncomplicated and straightforward, opinions differ widely about characteristics that should or should not factor into a final grade.  Complexities associated with grading continue to merit extensive interest and study in countless articles, books, and professional seminars.

    Input gathered during the community engagement sessions led us to thoroughly review our grading practices.  Throughout the last school year, many people worked extensively to identify how we could improve and ensure the meaningfulness, consistency, accuracy, and timeliness of our grades.  Each semester, we issue approximately 360,000 final grades, totaling about 720,000 official grades per year.  Individual grades for daily homework, quizzes, and tests all factor into these final semester grades, bringing the total number of grades assigned each year easily into the many millions.

    We must ensure that students and parents can understand a student’s performance through the grades we assign.  Earlier this summer, I sent a message encouraging you to watch for upcoming communications about our grading improvements and in this column, I will briefly introduce some of the improvements we will implement in the upcoming school year.

    Consistent Grade Reporting System
    Recognizing that each student’s teachers might use a different reporting system in the electronic gradebook – for example, some use points or percentages while other use letter grades – all teachers in the same school will use the same grade reporting system.  This consistency will make it easier for parents and students to read and understand the grade information found in Infinite Campus.

    Timing of Grades
    Rather than assigning grades every nine weeks, we will now issue an in-progress grade report stating the student’s current letter grade status in each course at the 6-week and 12-week points of each semester.  We will no longer have the 9-week quarter grades or the 4½-week mid-term progress reports.  Eighty percent of the final semester course grade will be based on performance throughout the 18-week semester. As in the past, 20% of the final grade will be based on the semester exam.  This semester grading system is similar to the typical collegiate grading system.

    Improved Progress Comments
    Teachers recently created improved performance comments for the 6- and 12-week in-progress grade reports and semester report cards so the statements are more meaningful to students and parents.  The improved progress comments describe academic behaviors as well as communication skills, attitude, work ethic, timeliness, problem solving skills, teamwork, and flexibility demonstrated in the classroom.  These “soft skills” are frequently required in employment settings and are helpful habits and skills to practice during high school.

    Course Syllabus
    Each teacher will provide every student with an informative course syllabus that conveys the expectations and requirements of the course.

    We all get better when we work together.  To help ensure that every student and parent fully understands the improvements in our grading practices, you will continue to receive information through additional communications leading up to the start of the school year.

    Daniel E. Cates

  • Board of Education Meeting Recap for July 20, 2017

    Published on: Monday, July 24th, 2017 Author: Thomas Petersen
  • July 2017 D211 Community Connections Newsletter

    Published on: Wednesday, July 12th, 2017 Author: Thomas Petersen
  • Board of Education Vacancy

    Published on: Friday, June 30th, 2017 Author: Thomas Petersen
  • A Short Video Message from the Superintendent on Grading

    Published on: Thursday, June 29th, 2017 Author: Thomas Petersen
  • Board of Education Recap for June 15, 2017

    Published on: Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 Author: Thomas Petersen
  • PHS, CHS Students Win Big at District 211 Business Incubator Pitch Night

    Published on: Thursday, June 15th, 2017 Author: Benita Zepeda
  • Board of Education Meeting Recap for May 25, 2017

    Published on: Friday, May 26th, 2017 Author: Thomas Petersen

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