High School District 214
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High School District 214 Unveils
New Logo and Tagline 

District 214 unveiled a new, more contemporary logo at last night's Board meeting. This will replace the existing logo, which has been in place several decades.




As educators in District 214, we are always working to ensure our curriculum is relevant beyond high school and making authentic, purposeful decisions that challenge students' intellectual curiosity. To do this, everyone must continue to move forward. That forward-thinking culture is conveyed in the swoop of the "D" inside the bold red box.


At the same time, the District is rooted in excellence and is recognized as an educational leader, which results in stability. That is conveyed through the weight and strength of the font size used in the "214." The color red was selected to represent energy and youth; additionally, it reflects the rich tradition of District 214, which started with Arlington High School's Cardinals in the 1920s, and is the only color not used now at a District school.  


Public education represents a culture of learning that empowers all involved to discover their future. It is educators' responsibility to encourage every student  

to explore academic and co-curricular opportunities  

that inspire them to find their passion and reach their  

full potential. Teachers are challenged to use technology  

to transform learning, take risks, share what they learn and become innovative instructional leaders. Community members are offered a wide range of enrichment courses and adult education classes that allow them to enhance their knowledge and skills. With that in mind, "Discover Your Future" emerged as the best representation of  

the District.


The tagline and logo are part of a rebranding initiative led by the District's Department of Community Engagement and Outreach, which is charged with raising the profile of the District nationally and locally and engaging the community in the District's mission.


The Academy at Forest View



In addition to the District-level branding proposal, the Board last night discussed renaming Forest View Alternative School, a District-wide program serving students with a variety of special education needs, The Academy at Forest View - a name reflecting the continued forward progress demonstrated by students in the program.    


The school, a public therapeutic day school, has seen increased attendance, rigor and student academic and social/emotional success in the last year under the leadership of Director Kara Kendrick. Students receive a relevant curriculum that meets them where they are intellectually, socially and emotionally and includes vocational opportunities to learn real-world skills.


Given these results, the staff suggested renaming the facility to focus on rigor and learning while retaining the Forest View name in recognition of Forest View Educational Center, where the program is housed. The chosen colors, a deep navy and kelly green, represent dignity, trust and growth. The school's mascot, the Falcon, will remain.


The school supports students with a variety of social, emotional and behavioral needs. While every effort is made to educate District 214 students in their home schools, Forest View is the least-restrictive environment available to those who aren't thriving in a large high school and require more intensive support. Students work closely with staff toward a goal of becoming productive, independent adults. Based on individual needs, some return to their home school while others complete high school at Forest View.


The Board will vote on the renaming at its July 17 meeting.

District 214 Recognitions

The extraordinary talent of High School District 214 students is amazing. At Thursday's Board of Education meeting students from across the District were recognized for their achievements in academics, athletics and fine and performing arts.

Click here to see photos of these outstanding students being recognized by the Board of Education.

Highlights include:

The Howard Lester Award
The Howard Lester Award is presented annually to District 214's most outstanding male and female senior athletes.
  • Jackie Kemph, Rolling Meadows High School
  • Jackson Wrede, Prospect High School
Perfect ACT Award
Every year, less then one percent of all students nationwide who take the ACT earn a perfect score. This year, three Buffalo Grove juniors did just that.
  • Cameron Davidson
  • Selena Groh
  • Grace Hong

Illinois Super State Band Festival
Elk Grove High School Symphonic Band is comprised of freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors. This year, 72 bands applied for the University of Illinois Super State Concert Band Festival. Ten bands were selected in the Class "AAA" category, which includes schools with a student population of 1600-2500 students. This is the first time in more than a decade that Elk Grove High School has been selected to perform. Band members include:

  • Sean Patrick Angara
  • Inga Augustaitis
  • Lukas Augustaitis
  • Ryan Baird
  • Angelo Bastas
  • Dustin Beelow
  • John Bialorucki
  • Jailene Bonilla-Sanchez
  • Christopher Brand
  • Andrew Briggs
  • Brian Cardenas
  • Sydney Chan
  • Marc Christopher
  • Trent Cwiok
  • Jeremy Dembowski
  • Alex Diez
  • Cailin Dwyer
  • Lauren Eilers
  • Basilios Frentzas
  • Angela Frigo
  • Anthony Frigo
  • Sean Frintner
  • Crystle Grinen
  • John Hartman
  • Christina Hendren
  • Maria Hernandez
  • Julie Hofmann
  • Rachel Hynes
  • Nicasio Intile
  • Matthew Jarosch
  • Joseph Kraemer
  • Salvatore Marra
  • Elizabeth McDaniel
  • Michael Miceli
  • Ian Michalec
  • Joshua Miller
  • Laila Mitchel
  • Yasmin Mitchel
  • Marcus Mueller
  • Matthew Nowak
  • Megan Oglesby
  • Timothy Oswald
  • Pascal Pahl
  • Melina Papadakis
  • Douglas Petrik
  • Kathryn Riopel
  • Kelly Rogers
  • Cassandra Sanchez
  • Gretchen Schneider
  • Katie Skoufes
  • Jesse Sneath
  • Lisa Vivacqua
  • Alexandra Williams
  • Andrew Witmer
  • Band Director: Ron Fiorito

IHSA Track and Field State Finals

Prospect High School students competed and placed at the IHSA Track and Field State Finals. Prospect's Track and Field program is led by Coach Wurster.

  • Maya Mason finished 6th in the high hurdles - a new school record. Prospect's hurdles coach is Cheris Beaty.
  • Erin Reese placed 1st in shot put, earning the title of state champion. Her coach is Nick Lussow.
  • Catherine Sherwood placed 6th in triple jump and 9th in long jump and now holds both jump school records and broke a 31 year-old conference record in the long jump. Her triple jump coach is Andy Weis and her long jump coach is Suzette Sanecki.

Winter Color Guard: TeamDance Illinois State Grand Championship

At the TeamDance Illinois State Grand Championships, the Rolling Meadows Winter Color Guard came in 4th in the Lyrical Flag category and 3rd in the Open Flag Category. Members of the team include:

  • Amanda Abraham
  • Ida Ajroja
  • Desdemona Alvarez
  • Erin Crain
  • Daniela DeBartolo
  • Melisa Featherstone
  • Jade Fitzgerald
  • Lesley Garcia
  • Maria Garcia
  • Faviola Gonzalez
  • Sohyun Kim
  • Marieanne Klatt
  • Alex Kotowski
  • Meredith Lenihan
  • Sarah McMahon
  • Karina Medina
  • Anette Navarro
  • Cindy Osorio
  • Estevan Rodriquez
  • Danielle Sioui
  • Jennifer Texis
  • Emma Werle
  • Kaitlyn Werle
  • Emily Zimmermann           
  • Head Coach: Chris Buti
  • Assistant Coach: Caitlyn Walsh
About High School District 214
We are the second largest high school district in Illinois, serving
more than 12,000 students from eight communities. Our nationally recognized district includes six comprehensive high schools and four alternative programs, offering more than 600 academic courses and 140 co-curricular opportunities.

Friday, June 6, 2014

After the Gavel

The Board and the District 214 Educational Support Personnel Association agreed to a new three-year contract, effective July 1. The Association represents about 400 employees including instructional assistants, campus security and clerical staff.


The Board appointed journalist Jennifer Delgado as the new Media Manager, effective


July 1. She'll coordinate traditional and social media
to share the District's story locally and nationally.





Jessica Thunberg
Director, Community Engagement & Outreach
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