Cougars Announce New Head Boys Basketball Coach

Jim Maley has been named head boys basketball coach at James B. Conant High School, effective with the 2017-2018 season.  Maley takes over the program from long-time head coach Tom McCormack, who is retiring after 33 years as head coach, 32 years at Conant High School.  McCormack has a 576-342 (.627 winning pct.) all-time record, including 13 seasons with 20-plus wins, and his teams have made two “Elite 8” appearances, and have five Mid-Suburban League titles.

“In looking for a new coach, we knew we had very big shoes to fill,” said Conant High School Principal Julie Nowak.  “Coach Maley brings a combination of expertise, a proven record of success and most importantly a tremendous sense of passion and dedication to his players and the game.  He is a modern, thinking man’s coach who is as cerebral as he is athletic.  He is exactly what we were looking for to lead our boys basketball program.”

Maley, who also will teach physical education at Conant High School, has been the head varsity coach at St. Laurence High School (Burbank, Ill.) for the past three years, posting a 41-49 mark.  During that time, his Vikings delivered the school’s first winning season in 10 years, and won more games than the team had in the previous six seasons and more Chicago Catholic League games than the previous 10 years combined.  Prior to that, Maley spent three years (2011-2014) as head varsity coach at Kenwood Academy, taking the team to contenders in the Chicago Public League Red (top) Division and posting a 46-34 record.  More importantly, he put an academic program in place, helping his players increase GPAs while decreasing school absences.  Maley also spent two years as a sophomore coach at the school (2009-2011).  He began his coaching career at Glenbard West High School (Glen Ellyn, Ill.), serving as freshman coach (2008-2009) and varsity assistant coach (2007-2008).

“Conant High School is very excited to welcome Jim Maley as the new head boys basketball coach,” commented CHS Athletic Director John Kane.  “Coach Maley is aware of the great basketball tradition that has been built by retiring Hall of Fame Coach Tom McCormack.  The Conant High School family will certainly miss Coach McCormack, but we also look forward to a new era of basketball under the guidance of Coach Maley.  Jim is known for both his coaching prowess and his ability to use basketball as a tool to make his athletes better students and community members.  He has shown the ability to impact very diverse groups of students, and we’re excited about the mark he’ll make at Conant High School.”

Maley played basketball for one season at Northwestern University, starting 11 games as a freshman.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from the College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, Mass.), and his master’s degree in teaching from Concordia University (River Forest, Ill.).  In high school, Maley was a three-time all-conference and two-time conference player-of-the-year in the West Suburban Silver, helping his Lyons Township High School (La Grange, Ill.) squad to a state final four finish in 2001 and being named to the all-tournament team.

Tickets Still Available for 3rd Annual Conant Community Social

Tickets are now on sale for the 3rd Annual Conant Community Social. The event is open t0 individuals 21 years of age and older, and will take place on April 29 at Chandler’s Banquets at the Schaumburg Golf Course from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The Social is an annual Conant Community gathering celebrating Cougar Pride. The evening features appetizers, drinks, a sweet table, silent auction items, raffle baskets and prizes during a casual night with the Conant community. Silent Auction items include Chicago Cubs tickets, Conant HS parking passes, Disney hopper passes, Hotel Baker dinner and stay, and Medieval Times tickets. 

During the event, the 2017 Super Cougar Award will be presented to Conant teacher David Moravek as well as the Outstanding Community Partner Award will be presented to Hoofin’ 4 Hardy organization’s Ruth Jensen. 

Tickets are $40 per person and are on sale through April 25. A credit card payment can be made at Payment by check should be made out to Conant HS Boosters and dropped off or mailed to the Conant main office – Attention: Conant Social.

Recent Career Internship Fair Connects District 211 Students to Local Companies

Township High School District 211 recently hosted an internship fair for students to meet with representatives from local companies searching for high school interns.

The Career Trek Internship Fair took place at Schaumburg High School on April 12. Approximately 37 companies interested in hiring high school interns attended and many hoped to hire students that day. Students were encouraged to bring resumes and dress professionally to impress company representatives.

“This event was an awesome learning opportunity for our students, both personally and professionally,” said Jan Brottman, career advisor at Fremd High School. “Some of the students walked away with positions for the summer, and the experience of talking to potential hiring professionals was beneficial as they move forward in figuring out their future paths.”

The majority of companies were in the manufacturing field. However, companies in health care, technology, social work, computer programming, asset protection, clothing production, information technology, and more were also in attendance.

Rosa Botello, a representative from Motorola, said she was impressed with not only students’ academic performances, but also how professionally each student presented themselves. She said some students started out shy but quickly lit up as they started to discuss their career aspirations.

“The students were great, extremely prepared to talk to me and their resumes were awesome,” Botello said. “I walked away with 40 resumes from awesome, diverse students.”

Brottman said the internship fair was a great opportunity for students to practice interview skills. She said students that attend events like the internship fair are a step ahead of their peers because of the experience they gain.

Many students in attendance said they were grateful for the opportunity even if they were not interested in a manufacturing internship. Sean Kim, a junior at Fremd High School, said he was able to talk to a couple of large companies that specialize in computer science and hopes to see the program expand.

“When I was looking for internships online within computer science, most of the internships I found were for college students,” Sean said. “This fair really helped me find potential places to intern. I even talked to people from manufacturing companies that offered me a lot of advice about college and the field. It was really cool.”

Emme Gerstenkorn, a senior exchange student at Fremd High School, said while she cannot apply to internships because she is moving back to Germany at the end of the year, the experience was beneficial to students. It provided her with the opportunity to network and possibly get an internship overseas.

“I met with Motorola and they told me about an internship that I cannot take part in because I am moving back to Germany,” Emma said. “She told me they could expand it to Germany so I could apply for the internship when I go back there.”

Brottman said as the event grows in the future, the District plans to expand the number of career pathways represented at the fair. For more information or questions, please contact Jan Brottman at

Community Invited to Attend SHS’ Spring Musical ‘Big Fish’

Schaumburg High School is proud to present this year’s spring musical, “Big Fish.”  
The community is invited to attend the musical featuring great acting, amazing costumes, beautiful singing, and a lot of incredible dancing.  Performances are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, April 20, 21 and 22, at  7 p.m., in the Schaumburg High School auditorium. Prices are $10 for adults and $8 for students or senior citizens.
The story follows Will Bloom who feels that he never knew his father Edward, because all Edward’s stories sounded like tall tales. Since he was young, Will’s been hearing fantastic yarns about a witch, a giant, a mermaid, and how Edward met the love of his life. But when Will marries and is expecting a son of his own, he learns that Edward is terminally ill. In spite of their strained relationship, Will attempts to sort through fact and fiction, and begins to wonder if his father’s stories were more than they seemed after all.
For more information or for ticket reservations, contact Chad Elwell at (224) 653-4404. You can also make reservations via email at or  

Community Invited to Palatine High School Variety Show April 20, 21, 22

The annual Palatine High School Variety Show will take place on April 20, 21, and 22 at Palatine High School, 1111 N. Rohlwing Rd. The family event is open to the community. Tickets are $5 for students and $8 for adults. Palatine High School students have worked to create a show that will make the audience sing, dance, and laugh in their seats. Attendees will see performances from vocalists, dancers, comedians, instrumentalists and more.

For more information, please contact Palatine High School.

Upcoming ‘The Future Begins Today’ Event, Harper College Informational Meeting to Help Special Education Families Transition

Township High School District 211’s Transition Services Department has upcoming events that will help families transition between high school and post-secondary life.

Harper College will host an informational meeting for parents and students about services and accommodations for students with disabilities on a 504 Plan or IEP. The event will take place on April 19 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Harper College, Building J, Room 143.

Additionally, the District will host “The Future Begins Today – Transition Resource Fair” for parents and guardians of individuals with disabilities. The event will take place on April 25 from 6 to 8:30 p.m., at Palatine High School, 1111 N. Rohlwing Rd.

Attendees will have access to more than 40 adult service agencies that can provide information to families on the services they offer. They will also hear the keynote address titled “Transition: Putting the Pieces Together,” presented by Barb Tobias, Sandy Ricketts, and Linda Hall from Connect to Community. The Transition Resource Fair will include resources for job skill training, post-secondary education options, financial planning, self-advocacy, and more.

For more information, please contact Diane Pfister at (847) 755-1851/ or Patrick Abraham at (847) 755-1848/  

Palatine Pirates have new head boys swim coach

Kathryn (Katie) Mroz has been named head boys swim coach at Palatine High School.  Mroz will replace John Schauble who is stepping down after two years at the helm of the Pirates boys swim program.

“We are really excited that Katie will be leading our swimming program,” said Palatine High School Principal Gary Steiger.  “Her experiences as both an athlete and a coach make her the perfect fit for the job.”

Mroz has been assistant coach of the girls swim team at Palatine High School for the past three years.  She has worked as a speech-language pathologist for three years at Conant and Palatine High Schools, as well as at the Higgins Education Center.  Prior to coming to High School District 211, Mroz worked in both medical and educational institutions as a graduate clinician from 2012 to 2014.

Mroz earned her bachelors’s degree in linguistics from Emory University in 2011, and her master’s degree in speech, language, and hearing sciences from the University of Arizona in 2014.  In college, Mroz competed for Emory University (Atlanta, Ga.), swimming the breaststroke and mid-distance.  Among many athletic accomplishments, she was a 10-time, Division 3 All-American and was the 2009 NCAA Champion and record holder as part of the school’s 800-freestyle relay.