D211 Post: HEHS To Hold 9th Annual Cupcakes with Friends

            Hoffman Estates High School’s Special Education Department will hold their 9th annual Cupcakes with Friends October 27 from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  Entry for the event is free and open to the public.

            During the day, cupcakes will be available for sale at a cost of $2 each or $20 per dozen.  The proceeds from the event will be used for HEHS Special Education programs including Best Buddies, Special Olympics, and Hawkettes Cheer Team among others.  For kids, the event offers face and nail painting, crafts, and cupcake decorating.

            Area bakers who want to donate cupcakes or wish to enter the cupcake contest can do so through the event’s website www.hehscupcakes.weebly.com.  Registry is open through October 15.

D211 Post: College Night is October 10

            As part of District 211’s effort to help prepare students for post-high school education, the District will host its annual college night October 10.  The informational event will be held at Palatine High School from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

            The representatives from more than 210 two- and four-year colleges and universities will be on hand to answer a variety of questions.  Representatives will discuss financial aid, curriculum and campus information.            

            In some cases, parents and students do not have the ability to visit a large number of colleges and universities in order to make a choice which best fits the student.  The District’s College Night brings the colleges and universities to them.  In preparation for College Night, students are encouraged to register with Strivscan and create a label sheet which includes information such as home address, high school, GPA, ACT scores, and activity involvement.  Students can register with StriveScan by going to here.

            District 211 Transportation will provide free shuttle services from other District schools to Palatine.  Parents are encouraged to sign up for this service as parking at Palatine High School is limited.  Parents and students can sign up for the shuttle service here.

D211 Post: HEHS Band Marks Superhero Theme with Real Heroes

Representatives from the Hoffman Estates Fire Department, Hoffman Estates Police Department, U.S. Army, and U.S. Marine Corps attended the Hoffman Estates High School Marching Band’s pre-game dinner during Homecoming.

            Hoffman Estates High School celebrated their homecoming game with the theme of Superheroes.  The halls of the school were decorated with likenesses of Superman, Wonder Woman, Iron Man and many others.  The marching band chose to make use of the theme to honor other heroes during their traditional pre-game dinner.

            H.E.L.P. (Hoffman Estates Loyal Partners) member Jeri Means came up with the idea of inviting firefighters, police, and servicemembers to the band’s dinner.

            “I thought the kids should meet some real superheroes,” she said.  “It really brought out the theme of the week.”

            During the dinner, students had the opportunity to eat with representatives of the Hoffman Estates Fire Department, Hoffman Estates Police Department, U.S. Army, and U.S. Marine Corps.  Near the end of the dinner, junior drum major Andrew Luzwick jumped onto a table and led the band in a cheer and applause for the band’s guests.  Fellow drum major Kaitlyn Jedrzejowski said the band enjoyed having the heroes visit the dinner.

Hoffman Estates High School Marching Band Drum Major Andrew Luzwick leads the band in a cheer thanking visiting Police Officers, Firefighters, and Servicemembers for their service.

            “This was very unique,” she said.  “It’s not every day you get to eat with people who serve.”

            Jedrzejowski added that the evening brought the homecoming theme to a whole new level.

            Hoffman Estates ended the evening defeating Palatine 47-44.  

            To see more photos from the band’s game-day dinner check out our flicker album here.

D211 Post: A Score of Perfect Scores

Fifteen students from William Fremd High School are among the students throughout District 211 to score perfect scores on either the ACT or SAT.

          Township High School District 211 began tracking students who received the highest possible composite score on the American College Test (ACT) in April 1998.  Since then, nearly 120 District 211 students have completed the same amazing feat.  During the same time, 12 students have achieved a perfect score on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).  Here are some facts by the numbers of these amazing feats:

A Case of Multiples 

            Eight students have received a score of 36 on their ACT exam twice.  Half of the students who scored a 1600 (maximum possible score) on the SAT have also scored a 36 on the ACT.  Only one student, Fremd High School’s Parag Gupta, earned a perfect SAT score and two perfect ACT scores, accomplishing these scores in 2003.

They Come from Everywhere

            Every school from across District 211 has had students who reached the vaunted 36.  At least one student from each school has also achieved the perfect 1600 SAT score.  The most represented school in both of these is Fremd High School.  Fifteen current FHS students are among the list of perfect scores on either the ACT or SAT, including Duncan Harro, whose brother, Cameron, also scored a 36 on the ACT in 2014.

            At the national level, less than one-tenth of one percent of all students who take the ACT exam score a 36.  To see the full list of District students to score a 36 on the ACT click here, for those who have scored a 1600 on the SAT click here.

D211 Post: High School District 211 to be represented among I.S.B.E. 2018 Those Who Excel award recipients

Township High School District 211 is poised to be well-represented among recipients in the Illinois State Board of Education’s 2018 Those Who Excel education awards program.  Additionally, Fremd High School Social Studies Teacher Dr. LoriAnne Frieri has been named among the 10 finalists for Illinois Teacher of the Year.  The State Board annually sponsors the Those Who Excel awards to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the state’s public and non-public schools.

High School District 211 Those Who Excel award candidates include (listed alphabetically):

• Board of Education President Mucia Burke (school board member category)

• Schaumburg High School Student Services Director Yassila Delgado (administrator category)

• William Fremd High School Social Studies Teacher LoriAnne Frieri (classroom teacher category)

• Palatine High School Homeroom Team (team category): Jessica Aulisio, Brittany Berleman, Jeanne Hedgepeth, Erin Lu-zadder, Erin Mahoney, Thomas Mocon, James Nowak, Fred Rasmussen, Joyce Richardson, Leslie Schock, and Claudia Sierra-Sokop

• Palatine High School Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher Emily Pilguy (early career educator category)

• James B. Conant High School Nurse Dawna Smeltzer (student support personnel category)

• Hoffman Estates High School Counselor Andrew Wulbecker (educational service personnel category)

The Illinois Teacher of the Year will be named and Those Who Excel award recipients will be honored by the Illinois State Board of Education at the 44th-annual Those Who Excel awards banquet on Saturday, October 20, in Normal, Ill.

D211 Post: Four Students Listed in Latest Round of National Merit Scholarships

            On June 6, four students from Township High School District 211 were included in the third round of National Merit Scholarships.  In the latest round, the scholarships are financed U.S. colleges and universities.  Each recipient was selected by officials from the various educational institutions.  The recipients will receive between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship.

            The students from across District 211 listed in the announcement are:


Megha Ramanathan

            Megha Ramanathan is a 2018 graduate of Hoffman Estates High School who will attend Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where she intends to study computer science.


Nicholas L. Parekh

            Nicholas L. Parekh is a 2018 graduate of William Fremd High School.  He will be attending Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where he will study medicine.

Kailey G. Henson

                       Kailey G. Henson is a 2018 graduate of William Fremd High School.  She will attend the University of Alabama where she will study mechanical engineering.


         Edward W. Li           

            Edward W. Li is a 2018 graduate of William Fremd High School who will be attending the University of Chicago.  Edward will study economics at U-Chicago.

D211 Post: New head boys soccer coach for the Hawks

            Sean Armstrong has been named head boys soccer coach at Hoffman Estates High School.  Armstrong takes over the program from Matt Sriver, who stepped down earlier this year after 14 years as the Hawks head coach and a 70-146-23 record.

          “We couldn’t be happier with the selection of Coach Armstrong to lead our boys soccer program,” said Hoffman Estates High School Principal Josh Schumacher“Sean’s student-centered and a quality person.  He’s the kind of person you’d want working with not only your student-athletes on the field, but your students in the classroom as well.”

           Armstrong has 18 years of coaching experience on the soccer field, including the past 16 years as the Hawks’ assistant coach.  He came to Hoffman Estates High School in 2002, spending seven years as the freshman A boys soccer coach before moving into the boys junior varsity position for the past nine years.  Armstrong has also served as the assistant tennis coach at HEHS for nine seasons, as well as coaching boys basketball for a year at the school.  Prior to his tenure at HEHS, he spent two years at West Chicago Community High School (1997-1999), two years at Gifford Street Alternative High School in Elgin (1999-2001), and a year at Elgin Larkin High School (2001-2002).

           “We are very excited to have Coach Armstrong take over the boys soccer program at HEHS” said Hoffman Estates High School Athletic Director Steve Lacni.  “Having spent many years as an assistant coach here, he’s familiar with our student-athletes and our parents.  It’s exciting to see him get the opportunity now to see where he can take our program.”

            Armstrong earned a bachelor of science degree in finance from the University of Illinois (1994), and then earned a second bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, in history from Northern Illinois University (1997).  He received his master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Olivet Nazarene University (2005).  Armstrong was a 1990 graduate of Schaumburg High School, where he was a four-year soccer player.