Maine Township High School District 207

Maine Township High School District 207 District 207 website: https://maine207.org. The District 207 Terms of Service for social media is lo Earle. Residents approved construction of a $650,000 school.

Maine Township High School District 207’s rich history dates back to April of 1901, when residents voted to establish a local high school and issue $15,000 in bonds to construct a building. In October of that same year, the first Board of Education was established and presided over by Dr. C.A. Students and teachers moved into the new building on Thacker/Dempster Street in Des Plaines in November o

f 1902. The school produced its first graduating class of 3 students in the spring of 1904. By 1908, the school met the accreditation requirements of the North Central Association of Secondary Schools and Colleges. By 1915, enrollment had grown to 181 and a $55,000 addition provided an auditorium, swimming tank and locker rooms. By the mid-1920s, a growing student population prompted plans for a new building. Land was purchased at Dempster and Potter Road in Park Ridge, a site chosen for its central location and accessibility for residents of both Des Plaines and Park Ridge. However, the stock market crash of 1929 threatened the planned opening of the new school until Principal Charles Himel convinced the Board of Education and community that the new school should be opened on time (March 1930) because the youth of the township deserved the benefit of education in the contemporary building that was nearing completion. Open on time it did, a state-of-the-art facility known until 1959 as Maine Township High School. In 1957, facing a projected enrollment of 9,000 by 1965, voters approved the purchase of two additional high school sites. The Board of Education bought farm land at Oakton and Wolf in Des Plaines and additional land at Dee Road and Talcott in Park Ridge. Maine West High School opened at the Des Plaines site on Sept. 8, 1959, to 2,300 students and 131 teachers. Five years later, on Sept. 8, 1964, Maine South opened at the Park Ridge site and became home to 2,570 students. The Board of Education built Maine North High School which opened in November 1970. The school was home to 1,200 students from Glenview, Des Plaines and Niles. However, the demographic projections that prompted the construction of Maine North did not come to fruition. An enrollment once projected to reach 3,500 students peaked, instead, at 1,800 in 1976-77. The Board reluctantly chose to close the school after the 1980-81 school year. Maine Township High Schools have always been n the cutting edge of education. It was true when Maine was probably the only school in Illinois offering telegraphy and automotive repair in 1915. It remains the case today, as District 207 is perhaps the only district in the state where every teacher is following a coaching plan to improve student learning. All along the way there have been many landmarks. A first yearbook in 1913. The High School Cadet Corp., formed in 1918 to provide basic military training for Maine students. A chapter of the National Honor Society in 1922. A commitment to fine arts emerged early and flourishes to this day. During the 1920s, bands, orchestras and choirs were formed. Today’s students routinely earn state honors and, on occasion, even national recognition. In 1952, Modern Music Masters, a national honorary society, organized at Maine Township High School in 1952. WMTH-FM took its place among the first high school radio stations the U.S. when it was licensed and went on the air during 1959. In 2008, District 207 became Google’s first elementary and secondary school district Google Apps for Education partner. This led to District 207’s introduction of a 1-to-1 computer program in which each student and staff member has their own Chromebook. Based on the use of these tools in innovative ways along with other critical innovations, such as instructional coaching for all staff members, in 2016, Google included Maine 207 as one of 10 high-performing districts around the world.

Students researched fallen soldiers from the Vietnam War who attended and/or graduated from Maine Township High School (...
05/31/2024

Students researched fallen soldiers from the Vietnam War who attended and/or graduated from Maine Township High School (now Maine East) as part of a class project. Local Vietnam War veterans were invited to watch the student presentations. Learn more at: https://bit.ly/452b8CF

03/22/2024

Support the Maine Township High School Foundation's featured recipient, the Maine Township High School District 207 School Based Health Center at the foundation's upcoming benefit.

Weds, April 17th - 5:00pm
Fountain Blue
2300 Mannheim Rd.
Des Plaines, IL

Learn more: https://mthsfoundation.org/mths2024benefit.html #/

For the first time in 25 years, the choir programs at Maine East, Maine South and Maine West collaborated to present a D...
03/19/2024

For the first time in 25 years, the choir programs at Maine East, Maine South and Maine West collaborated to present a District 207 Choral Festival. Singers from all three choir programs joined together to make music under the direction of guest conductor Ms. Sarah Jaewon Catt from Elmhurst University. Additionally, the students performed with guest artists from the Korean Performing Arts Institute of Chicago (Suwan Choir) and Deokhwan Kim.

The goal was to create a platform for students across the district to share their passion for singing, learn from each other, give all students the opportunity to work with guest clinicians, conductors and artists in order to build a sense of community across the schools.

The members of the Principal Leadership Teams from Maine East, Maine South and Maine West gathered at Maine South recent...
03/18/2024

The members of the Principal Leadership Teams from Maine East, Maine South and Maine West gathered at Maine South recently to get to know each other, learn from each other and share information.

Three Maine Township High School students were named “207’s Best” in the area of career exploration at the March Board o...
03/14/2024

Three Maine Township High School students were named “207’s Best” in the area of career exploration at the March Board of Education meeting. Katelyn Dahl (left) from Maine West, Zunain Sami (center) from Maine East and Evan Saurer (right) from Maine South were given this honor by the Board of Education.

Read More: https://maine207.org/news/students-honored-for-career-exploration/

02/28/2024
Más de 60 estudiantes del Distrito 207 asistieron recientemente en Chicago a la Conferencia Nacional del Instituto de Li...
02/23/2024

Más de 60 estudiantes del Distrito 207 asistieron recientemente en Chicago a la Conferencia Nacional del Instituto de Liderazgo Hispano de Estados Unidos, un programa que rinde homenaje a las contribuciones latinas a la sociedad estadounidense.

More than 60 District 207 students attended the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute National Conference in Chicago recently, a program honoring Latino contributions to American society.

Read More: https://maine207.org/news/students-attend-united-states-hispanic-leadership-institute-conference/

Written by Communications Intern Thomas Hurley

25 Maine South Key Club members and club sponsor Mr. McGowan, packed 315 meals for Uncle Pete's charity. The meals will ...
02/16/2024

25 Maine South Key Club members and club sponsor Mr. McGowan, packed 315 meals for Uncle Pete's charity. The meals will be distributed to Chicago area homeless shelters and women's shelters.

Key Club's total student service hours has now surpassed the 2000 hour mark.

Two Maine East seniors have earned special scholarships through the National Merit Scholarship program. Students Angelo ...
02/16/2024

Two Maine East seniors have earned special scholarships through the National Merit Scholarship program. Students Angelo Canunayon and Isabela Iacob were both honored with special scholarships.

Canunayon earned a Siemens Foundation scholarship. Iacob earned an Illinois Tool Works scholarship.

Each year more than 1.6 million juniors in nearly 22,000 U.S. high schools enter the Merit Program.

A total of nine individuals and two teams from District 207 were honored as part of the Illinois State Board of Educatio...
02/16/2024

A total of nine individuals and two teams from District 207 were honored as part of the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Those Who Excel program and Teacher of the Year program this year. The program aims to recognize the best in the education profession in Illinois.

There are three categories of recognition with each of the programs including awards of excellence, awards of meritorious service and special recognition.

Read More:https://maine207.org/news/several-from-district-207-honored-by-state-board-of-education/

Maine West High School student Addison Stutheit was recently nominated as a candidate for the U.S. Presidential Scholars...
02/16/2024

Maine West High School student Addison Stutheit was recently nominated as a candidate for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, one of the highest honors in the country available to high school students.

The program was established in 1964 by an executive order of the President, and has been extended over the years to recognize exceptionality in the arts and in career and technical education.

02/13/2024

Students across Maine Township High School District 207 interested in medicine took a career trek to Advocate Health Care Lutheran General Hospital.

The evening started with a career panel discussion at Maine East High School and moved to Lutheran General where students heard from dozens more medical professionals.

Several Maine Township High School District 207 seniors have earned the status of National Merit Scholarship finalist an...
02/13/2024

Several Maine Township High School District 207 seniors have earned the status of National Merit Scholarship finalist and several other students have been honored in other categories.

The finalists include Matthew Foley (left) from Maine South, Addison Stutheit (center) from Maine West and Eric Zheng (right) from Maine West. Each of the three students were named semifinalists in the fall.

Read More: https://maine207.org/news/district-207-students-honored-as-national-merit-finalists/

Dr. Antwan Babakhani was approved by the Maine Township High School District 207 Board of Education as the next principa...
02/06/2024

Dr. Antwan Babakhani was approved by the Maine Township High School District 207 Board of Education as the next principal of Maine South High School following an extensive search process.

“Antwan impressed the interview teams with his comprehensive understanding of educational leadership, collaborative mindset, and deep commitment to supporting and empowering students,” says incoming superintendent Dr. Tatiana Bonuma. “We are excited to welcome Antwan and look forward to the future as he embarks on this journey to promote student success at Maine South.”

Dr. Babakhani participated in four rounds of interviews that included students, parents, teachers, support staff, school administrators and district administrators, including Dr. Bonuma.

Read More: https://south.maine207.org/news/board-of-education-hires-dr-antwan-babakhani-as-next-maine-south-principal/

Two Maine West High School students won honors in The Illinois High School Translation Competition, hosted by the Europe...
02/05/2024

Two Maine West High School students won honors in The Illinois High School Translation Competition, hosted by the European Union Center. A ceremony was held for the students on December 8 at the Italian Cultural Institute in Chicago.

Fifty students across 30 Illinois schools participated in the competition.

Maine West honorees included Ornina Odicho (left) who earned first place in the Swedish-English Division and Orshina Odicho (right) who earned honorable mention in the Swedish-English Division.

Read More: https://maine207.org/news/two-maine-west-students-honored-in-illinois-high-school-translation-competition/

02/02/2024

Attendance is extremely important. Maine Township High School District 207 wants to provide the very best experience it can for all our students and that can only happen when they are at school, on time, each day.

The Maine Township High School District 207 Board of Education honored three students at its recent meeting naming each ...
01/26/2024

The Maine Township High School District 207 Board of Education honored three students at its recent meeting naming each student “207’s Best” in the area of Academic Achievement. The students recognized were Anthony Benbenek from Maine South (center), Karena Gau from Maine East (right) and Sofia Vincent from Maine West (left).

To learn more visit the district homepage: https://maine207.org/news/students-honored-for-academic-achievement-by-board-of-education/ .

State Superintendent Dr. Tony Sanders visited the Maine South High School Exploring the Teaching Profession class today....
01/26/2024

State Superintendent Dr. Tony Sanders visited the Maine South High School Exploring the Teaching Profession class today.

Sanders spoke about the students’ educational journey and his path to the Illinois State Board of Education. Students shared why they are interested in the teaching profession.

01/23/2024

The Maine Township High School District 207 LatinX College Panel will be:

Weds. January 31 from 6:00 - 8:00pm
Maine West High School Auditorium

Hear from representatives from 6 colleges and universities.

100% en Español

01/23/2024

Un Panel para la Comunidad Latina de Maine Township High School District 207

31 Enero - 6:00 - 8:00pm
Auditorio de Maine West High School

Representantes de seis Universidades y Colegios

Todo en Español

01/18/2024

The Illinois Theatre Association recently selected two students from Maine Township High School District 207 to participate at the Illinois High School Theatre Festival and its 2024 All-State production of She Kills Monsters.

The 48th annual Illinois High School Theatre Festival was held on January 11-13, 2024 at Illinois State University. The theme for the conference was “We Shine Brighter Together.”

Maine South honorees: Emmy Buckley (left), scenery crew and Wilson Hacke (right), electrics crew.

Maine West High School had a student team participating in the Tech Olympics which assesses each team on their capacity to demonstrate a variety of technical theater skills.

Approximately 75 students across District 207 attended the conference.

The Illinois High School Theatre Festival brings together about one fourth of all high schools in the state to participate in the convention each year. For more information about the festival, visit https://illinoistheatre.org/ihstf.

01/17/2024

Maine South High School had three student projects receive national nominations by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) at this year’s National Student Production Awards (NSPA) competition.

The nominated projects are:

- 12th grader Nicole Scimeca (right) for Fiction-Short Form, “Wordle: The Musical”
- 12th graders Angie Guercio (left) and Nicole Scimeca for Director, “Behind Closed Doors”
- 12th grader Nicole Scimeca for Writer, “Wordle: The Musical”

“Congratulations to Nicole and Angie, whose videos received NSPA nominations,” says Mason Strom, Maine South Radio/TV Broadcasting Teacher. “This is a huge deal and they should be proud of their work! I know I am. It is surely speaking for itself.”

Founded in 1955, NATAS is, “dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry,” according to the organization. NATAS is best known for presenting recognition for excellence in television as a part of the EMMY Awards in the categories of News, Sports, Daytime, Public Service and Technology.

This year’s submissions were screened from approximately 2000 entries from the regional chapters of NATAS. Entries were judged by selected industry professionals and media academics.

Recipients will be announced February 1, 2024 at Noon via a web stream produced by NATAS. This and all NATAS ceremonies are available on NATAS’ dedicated viewing platform powered by Vimeo, available on the web at Watch.TheEmmys.TV and via The Emmys® apps (full list at apps.theemmys.tv).

Due to Warning-Level Wind Chill, District 207 schools will implement remote learning on Tuesday, January 16, 2024. Learn...
01/15/2024

Due to Warning-Level Wind Chill, District 207 schools will implement remote learning on Tuesday, January 16, 2024. Learn more about the expectations and plan for remote learning days: https://maine207.org/remotelearningforweather/ .

Remote learning days mean that students should not come to before school activities and practices. A decision on afterschool events will be made during the day on Tuesday, January 16.

As we continue to look each day at the winter weather, the safety of students and staff is the number one priority when making weather-related decisions about opening or closing school. District 207 consults with its five elementary District partners, and we work together to come to a consensus decision about opening or closing schools.

The current weather system has produced wind chill temperatures equal to and beyond the Warning-level of -30 degree Fahrenheit, which is the threshold that most suburban Chicago-area Districts follow.

All athletic competitions, practices, extra curricular activities and events for Maine East, Maine South and Maine West ...
01/12/2024

All athletic competitions, practices, extra curricular activities and events for Maine East, Maine South and Maine West scheduled for Friday, Jan. 12 through Saturday, Jan. 13 have been canceled or postponed due to the weather. This includes home and away events and athletic competitions.

Due to the power outages our schools are experiencing, there will be no activities at any District 207 facilities from Friday, Jan. 12 through Sunday, Jan. 14. The status of any away events scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 14 will be communicated to families and students by the individual school leaders and coaches.

Emergency Day Called for Friday, Jan. 12Due to the power outages in the area, District 207 is calling an emergency day. ...
01/12/2024

Emergency Day Called for Friday, Jan. 12

Due to the power outages in the area, District 207 is calling an emergency day. That means remote learning classes will not be held today, Friday, Jan. 12.

Thank you for your understanding and enjoy your day off.

There will be a remote learning day on Friday, Jan. 12. Students should NOT come to school. All classes will be conducte...
01/12/2024

There will be a remote learning day on Friday, Jan. 12. Students should NOT come to school. All classes will be conducted via remote learning. The status of after-school activities/athletic events will be announced later.

01/11/2024

A reception hosted by Maine Township High School District 207 for incoming superintendent Dr. Tatiana Bonuma was held earlier this week. Dr. Bonuma met with staff, parents and community members. She will begin her role as superintendent on July 1, 2024.

“I look forward to working with this tremendously talented group of administrators and teachers and staff to continue the work that has been done and to elevate our students, our schools and our district,” Dr. Bonuma said in her opening remarks.

Welcome Dr. Bonuma!

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Maine Township High School District 207’s rich history dates back to April of 1901, when residents voted to establish a local high school and issue $15,000 in bonds to construct a building. In October of that same year, the first Board of Education was established and presided over by Dr. C.A. Earle.

Students and teachers moved into the new building on Thacker/Dempster Street in Des Plaines in November of 1902. The school produced its first graduating class of 3 students in the spring of 1904. By 1908, the school met the accreditation requirements of the North Central Association of Secondary Schools and Colleges. By 1915, enrollment had grown to 181 and a $55,000 addition provided an auditorium, swimming tank and locker rooms.

By the mid-1920s, a growing student population prompted plans for a new building. Land was purchased at Dempster and Potter Road in Park Ridge, a site chosen for its central location and accessibility for residents of both Des Plaines and Park Ridge. Residents approved construction of a $650,000 school. However, the stock market crash of 1929 threatened the planned opening of the new school until Principal Charles Himel convinced the Board of Education and community that the new school should be opened on time (March 1930) because the youth of the township deserved the benefit of education in the contemporary building that was nearing completion. Open on time it did, a state-of-the-art facility known until 1959 as Maine Township High School.

In 1957, facing a projected enrollment of 9,000 by 1965, voters approved the purchase of two additional high school sites. The Board of Education bought farm land at Oakton and Wolf in Des Plaines and additional land at Dee Road and Talcott in Park Ridge.

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