The Fremd High School Wind Symphony recently earned top honors and first place of the 6A Division at the "State of Illinois Concert Band Contest" hosted by Illinois State University on Saturday April 28. The band received straight "Superior/Division 1" ratings from all three collegiate judges representing the University of Illinois, University of Kentucky, and Bowling Green State University.
The band also was awarded the fourth-highest point total out of 24 bands participating in the two-day festival. The festival took place in the ISU Center for the Performing Arts ...
“In life, we are constantly challenged. I try to break down those challenges into small parts. As the student starts to have success, they become motivated to continue to accomplish more.”
Since he was 10 years old, Fremd High School teacher Jim Guest said he knew he wanted to work in athletics, and when he was in high school he knew he wanted to teach at the high school level. That’s exactly what he did. In fact, when he was offered a position to teach at the collegiate level, he respectfully declined and stayed true to himself by continuing to teach high ...
Fremd junior Edward Samson hasn’t had your typical high school experience. His enthusiastic and contagious school spirit thrives as he serves the FHS faithful as Victor E. Viking, the school mascot, and emcee at school functions. He’s a driven writer and photographer, enthusiastic about doing celebrity impersonations, and what teachers call a pleasure to have in the classroom.
“He is a great addition to a classroom. Teachers love him, and there are a lot of smiles from Ed Samson,” said his teacher TJ Valacak.
Although Samson is admired for his school ...
After 3,000 of the nation’s most distinguished high school seniors were selected by the United States Presidential Scholars Program, semifinalists were narrowed down to 500 students across the country, and three District 211 students made the cut.
Seniors Andrew Song and William Shih from William Fremd High School, and Mengran Liu from Hoffman Estates High School, are awaiting the May announcement to see if they will be named a Presidential Scholar to represent Illinois.
“I’m not coming into this with any sorts of expectations, so I am not too nervous,” ...
Combating and deterring illegal drug possession within a high school is a problem that school districts often face. In an effort to discourage students from drug violations, High School District 211 has partnered with Hoffman Estates, Schaumburg, and Palatine police departments to use police dogs to search for drugs on campus.
The searches began at the start of the 2011-2012 school year, with police dogs checking student lockers within the school. Now, the District is planning to expand its searches to include student parking lots, as well.
“We recognize ...
The best singers from Township High School District 211 will combine their voices for the 211 Honors Choir concert on Saturday, April 14 at Holy Family Church in Inverness. One hundred vocalists from Conant, Fremd, Hoffman Estates, Palatine and Schaumburg High Schools will perform under the direction of Cheryl Frazes Hill, director of Music Education and director of Choral Activities at Chicago College of Performing Arts. Dr. Frazes also holds the position of associate conductor of the Chicago Symphony Chorus.
The concert begins at 7:00 p.m. on April 14 at Holy Family ...
Modifying old habits takes time to get used to and might not be immediately noticeable, but thanks to the efforts from District 211 faculty, staff, and students, tiny changes have amounted to something huge. Since 2004, there has been close to $8 million in savings for electricity, heating, and cooling costs district-wide.
That savings has helped the District earn the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Energy Star Certification for William Fremd and Conant High Schools for a second consecutive year. Buildings that are the most energy-efficient and are nationally ...