What`s Inside - Township High School District 211



What`s Inside - Township High School District 211
News & Notes
A Publication For Employees and Retirees of Township High School District 211 ´ March 2008
District 211 honors its National Board Certified Teachers
Six High School D i s t r i c t 2 1 1 t e a c h e r s w e r e
High School as a Spanish teacher. She moved to Palatine
recognized at the February 14, 2008, Board of Education
High School 14 years ago to be a counselor, which, says
meeting for their recent completion of the necessary
Principal Gary Steiger, she was born to do. She has a special
requirements to achieve
empathy for kids, and
National Board Certification
one of her greatest gifts
from the National Board
is her passion for Palatine
for Professional Teaching
High School and her drive
Standards. Those honored
for excellence. She also
for this distinction were
coordinates graduation.
Craig Barnes, Palatine
Vinh Le
High School; Jennifer
Vinh began her teaching
Grapenthin, Palatine High
career at Hoffman Estates
School; Vinh Le, Palatine
High School, moving to
High School; Erin Luzadder,
Palatine after taking a year
Palatine High School; Arron
off to be with her children.
McCurley, Fremd High
She is an extremely dedicated
School; and Karla Modelski,
mathematics teacher, always
Conant High School.
willing to help any student
This certification is
who needs assistance.
the highest professional
Erin Luzadder
credential in the teaching
Pictured (left to right) are High School District 211 National Board Certified teachers
Erin began teaching at
field. Nationally, only 51 (holding plaques) Craig Barnes, Jennifer Grapenthin, Vinh Le, Erin Luzadder, Arron
percent of those going McCurley, and Karla Modelski. Behind them are Board of Education members (left to Palatine High School in
through the process achieve right) Bill Lloyd, George Brandt, Lynn Davis, Susan Kenley-Rupnow, Robert LeFevre, 1999 in the Mathematics
certification on the first Jr., Debra Strauss and Anna Klimkowicz. Far right is Marci Albrecht, National Board Department. She’s the
orchesis and dance team
a t t e m p t . I n a d d i t i o n , Mentor, Palatine High School.
sponsor; a V-show assistant;
teachers who achieve
and helps with musicals and pep assemblies, the Math Team,
National Board Certification are qualified to teach in any
and the Combined Charities drive. She was a part of forming
state, and qualify to become Illinois Master Teachers. With
the TEAM Mentoring program and the M117 Extended
the addition of these six teachers, High School District
Program, both aimed at helping students succeed.
211 now has had 73 teachers earn national certification. In
Aaron McCurley
recognition of their dedication, the schools have donated a
Aaron was named ESL department chair at Fremd
plaque with each recipient’s name on it that is permanently
High School last year after beginning her District 211
displayed in the District’s Board Meeting Room.
career teaching at Palatine High School. She’s known to
Craig Barnes
be innovative and very involved with her students helping
Craig began his District 211 career at Hoffman Estates
them in any way she can.
High School in 1994. In 2005, he moved to Palatine High
Karla Modelski
School as mathematics department chair. He’s been a very
Karla has been part of the Conant English Dept. since 1990.
successful Math Team coach, and has coached both boys
She is active in the district’s gifted curriculum committee,
and girls soccer. He is focused, driven, and not surprisingly,
the President’s Forum and SAT/ACT prep courses. She has
an Eagle Scout.
consistently been rated as excellent, and is known for helping
Jennifer Grapenthin
her students achieve to the best of their ability.
Jennifer’s District 211 career started at Schaumburg
News & Notes
page 2............25 Club welcomes new members; 2007 Combined Charities Campaign results
page 3............ Daily Herald Leadership Team, Those Who
Excel, Around & About
High School District 211 Makes a Difference
from when making charitable contributions. Included among
those agencies District 211 employees contributed to were
American Cancer Society, Independent Charities of America,
Community Health Agencies of Illinois, as well as the United
Way, to which District 211 employees have contributed more
than $1 million over the past 30-plus years.
The following individuals assisted in coordinating District
211’s fundraising efforts: Palatine High School Assistant
Principal Eugene Mitz, William Fremd High School Physical
Education Teacher Ruben Hinojosa, James B. Conant High
School Assistant Principal John Kane, Schaumburg High
School Assistant Principal Matthew Hildebrand, Hoffman
Estates High School Assistant Principal Jacquese Gilbert;
Secretary to the Director of Transportation Jackie Newman;
and Publication Assistant Becky Rolph.
As they have done in past years, High School District 211
employees showed that they care about the less fortunate by
contributing to the Combined Charities Campaign. All told
this year, employees contributed $32,678, making District
211 one of the largest school district charitable contributors
in the Chicago suburban area.
“While the level to which District 211 employees contribute
is impressive, I believe the most rewarding aspect of this
response is that it reflects the generosity and caring attitude of
our employees towards those less fortunate in our communities,”
said Community Relations Coordinator Thomas Petersen
who coordinated the District’s campaign.
The Combined Charities Campaign is a coordinated
workplace giving program organized to offer employees
hundreds of state-recognized non-profit agencies to choose
District 211 25 Club Welcomes 16 New Members
25 Club
The High School District 211 25 Club welcomed 16 new members this year. The club recognizes employees who
have given 25 or more years of service to the District. The following is a complete list of 25 Club members. New
members are marked with an asterisk (*) next to their name.
High School
Michele Agee
Michael Aimers
Marci Albrecht
Sara Jane Albrecht
Rosemary Allan
Jean Black
Laurie Barr
Noreen Brady
Kathleen Carroll
Robert Carroll
Linda Cherney
John Derkits
Lynn Fairlamb
Anita Faust
Denise Florczak
Brett Frase
David Freeman
Roderick Gibbs
Barb Gray
Nancy Grybash
Sandy Hayden
Anita Hernandez
Raeleen Horn
Robert Ingraham
Deborah Kray
Anthony Krotz
Karen Ludwigsen
William Ludwigsen
Frank Mariani
David Martin
Frederick Miller
Edward Molitor
Patricia Nowak
Jerry O’Brien
Bernie Ogurek
Deborah O’Mara
Colleen Pagnani
Stephen Pass
Joseph Petricca
Linda Pozdro
Susan Quinlan
Maureen Rehusch
Edward Richardson
March 2008
Mark Shoub
James Tefft
Mary Kay Travers
Mark Wojciechowski
Steve Wright
High School
Kenneth Ahlmann
Mark Anderson
Dwight Aukee
Michael Bachrodt
Donald Balk
Neal Benton
Frank Biskner
Janette Boehm
Kevin Brewner
Steven Buenning
Jerry Cap
Paul Cleary
Ralph Cortez
Ronald Cregier
Frank Cusenza
Michael Donatucci
Ronald Dowiarz
Jack Drollinger
Julie Frost*
Angela Gergen
Bernadette Gifford
Gregory Haney
Mickey Hartsburg
JoAnn Johansen
Georganne Klage
Kathryn LaMantia
David Lang
Andrew Larson
Russell Marsh III
Joseph Martina
Karen McConnell
Lewis Miskowicz
Michiko Murakami
Sally Nord
Patricia O’Brien
Carol Plodzien
Jane Richards
Lynn Ridge
Joseph Saccomanno
Henry Sampson
Ray Shoenherr
Michael Sneeden
Donna Testo
David Townsend
Joan Volberding
Linda Wagner
Gary Wilson
James Wyman
High School
Kimberly Petschow
JoAnn Rakoczy
Marcie Raymond
Michael Rusniak
Geoffrey Sorensen
Richard Southworth*
Arthur Stevenson
Nancy Stires
Denise Tumbarello
Gerald Valko*
Kathleen West
James Workman
William Amaruso
Barbara G. Anderson
Gail Beard*
Carlos Blanco
Keith Bundgard
Tim Cannon
Hernando Carreno
Paul Christiansen
Sue Ellen Cleary
Carol Dering
Daniel Detzner
Mary Ann Dillon
Maureen Donehey*
Marilyn Gibson
Allan Goodman
Martha Goughnour
Diana Johannesen
Elizabeth Kahn
John Kern
Cindy Kozlowski
Trudy Lane
Jennifer Lange
Luann Ligmanowski*
Joseph Malmquist
Yolanda Metcalf
William Modelski*
Teresa Nemecek
Caryn Nienhouse*
Dennis Nykiel*
Joan Osika
Michael Partin
Richard Peterson
High School
Karen Atchison*
Kenneth Biggs
James Breunlin
Pamela Brokaw
Minnie Brooks
Sharon Cross
Donna Epton
Deborah Finato
Michael Fodor
Dee Fuderer
Thomas Gallagher
John Gilbert*
Dolores Glogowski
Donna Gober
Paul Groot
Stuart Hymen
Allen Iverson
Bernice Juettner
Timothy Kasper
Carole Klein
Caryn Leaf
William Lederhouse
James Macnider
Jon Macnider
Kevin Miller
Thomas Mueller
William Murmann
Dennis Murawski
David Nierenberg
Janet Pietrini
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Richard Purgatorio
Joseph Rebeck
Howard Rubin*
Susan Rucks
John Sanfillippo
Gregory Schmetzer
Jacquelin Settipani
David Sharos
Gregory Sloan
Jane Solinsky
Dawn Steineke
Patricia Steinkellner
Suzanne Thorsness*
Heidi Tincknell
Gregory Tipps
Douglas Walter
Nancy Wentink
Robert Williams
Joan Young
Denise Mack
Margaret Nolan
Mary O’Connor
Katherine Phillips
Robert Phillips
James Rucks
Lawrence Schwartz
Gerald Scolire
Cynthia Surtz
Timothy Teegarden*
Kathleen Wandro
William Wandro
Jannette Wanner
Kenneth Wernert
Michael Wietlispach
Glen Zawacki
Hoffman Estates
High School
Joseph Becker
Helen Beers
Jeffrey Butzen
Charles Chamberlain
Steve East
William Fink
Joan Froelich
Patty Ganziano
Ray Gawron
Pat Glade
Robert Glascott
Linda Glogowski
Robert Grimm
Joel Gyurnek
Ruth Jonen
Paul Kuczek
Patricia MacDonald
Connie Masek
Ronnie McCann
Charles Peterson*
Dwan Pittenger
Otis Price
Nancy Robb
Donna Schoenbeck
Donna Smith*
Reece Thome
Patricia Tognocchi
Cynthia Beattie
Wayne Boeckelman
Virginia Boydston
Fred Bryant
Theresa Busch*
Kim Cannon
Beverly Crane
Catherine Daglas
Maria Diaz
Valrie Doppke
Robert Edwards
Thomas Fidler
David Gawron
Alice Georgian
Richard Hall
Alan Hausfeld
Roger Kalisiak
Rita Koehler
Cheryl L’Ecuyer
Mary Ann Larforet
John Lindeen
Catherine Loh
Stephen Loh
News & Notes
Board of Education honors
Daily Herald’s 2007-2008 Leadership Team
They were introduced
at the February 14, 2008
Board of Education meeting
by teacher-sponsors and
presented with a plaque
honoring their achievement.
To recognize high school
students who are among the
top in leadership through
involvement with school,
church, and community
n o n - p ro f i t g ro u p s a n d
organizations, the Daily Herald
sponsored its seventh-annual
Leadership Team for 20072008. High School District
211 had five representatives
named to the first team.
They are Kellie Kinsella from
William Fremd High School;
Ashley Darnall and Michelle
Roy from Schaumburg High School; and Christopher Keller
and Prutha Parikh from Hoffman Estates High School. These
students were featured with all applicants in a special section
of the January 9, 2008 edition of the Daily Herald.
Pictured (left to right) are (front row)
Board Secretary Anna Klimkowicz,
Daily Herald Leadership Team awardwinners Kelly Kinsella (Fremd High
School), Michelle Roy, Ashley Darnall
(Schaumburg High School), and
Christopher Keller (Hoffman Estates
High School), and Board Member
Debra Strauss. Back row, (left to right) Board Members Bill Lloyd, George
Brandt, Board President Bob LeFevre, Board Vice President Lynn Davis, and
Board Member Susan Kenley-Rupnow. Not pictured: Daily Herald Leadership
Team award-winner Prutha Parikh (Hoffman Estates High School).
Those Who Excel 2008 - 2009 Nominees Announced
The Those Who Excel Awards Program annually recognizes
and honors people who have made outstanding
contributions to public and nonpublic elementary and
secondary education. A selection committee comprised
of representatives of statewide education organizations
is convened in early summer to evaluate and score the
The District 211 nominations for Those Who Excel
for 2008-2009 are: for the category of Student Support
Personal (Certificated), Bob Ingraham, Palatine High School;
Educational Service Personnel (Noncertificated), Doug
Schippel, Hoffman Estates High School; Community
Volunteer, Sharon Cruse, Conant High School;
Classroom Teacher (Certificated), Jim Breunlin,
Schaumburg High School; School Administrator,
Dan Cates; Outstanding Early Career Educator, Gene
Olsen, District 211 Academy-North.
Congratulations to all!
Around & About
District 211 Academy-North
William Fremd High School
Jessica Thompson (special education) is proud to announce
she graduated from Dominican University with a master’s degree
in Literacy (MAED) on January 12, 2008. She also recently
received her Reading Specialist Certificate as well.
Judiann Quinn (guidance) is happy to announce a new
granddaughter, Emma Claire, born on January 6, 2008. Mom and
Dad are Kelly (Quinn) Gronlund (PHS ‘89) and Matt Gronlund
(PHS ‘89). She joins big sister Kate, who is 3 years old.
News & Notes
1750 South Roselle Road
Palatine, Illinois 60067-7379
Telephone: (847) 755-6600
News & Notes is published four times during
the school year for Township High School
District 211 employees and retirees.
Roger W. Thornton, Superintendent
Web Site: www.d211.org
Announcement Line: (847) 755-6635
Thomas Petersen, Community Relations Coordinator
Becky Rolph, Publications Assistant
Craig Hippensteel, Publications Technology Specialist
Dorothy Tarkowski, Publications Clerk
ation If you have news to share, please complete the district
News & Notes
form online at www.d211.org/newsandnotesform.shtml
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one of our schools, please contact the
principal’s office.
March 2008

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