D211 Post: District 211 Career Expo Shows Growth in Second Year

            For the second year, Township High School District 211 held a career expo, which highlighted career path information as well as job and internship opportunities.  This year’s expo, held at Schaumburg High School, saw 600 students meet with representatives from 155 area businesses.

            District 211 Internship Coordinator Jan Brottman said following last year’s successful expo, the team of career counselors wanted to expand.

            “After seeing how successful the event was last year, we were motivated to make it even bigger this year to be able to help even more students,” she said.

            This year’s expo saw an increase of 60 businesses as well as participation by more than 200 additional students.  The expo included career fields from pipefitters and trade jobs to medical and counseling services and more.  Adam Sutter, Admissions Director for Pipefitters Local Union 597 attended to discuss the not only the option of working in the trades but to inform students of the availability of paid apprenticeship programs.  He said the Expo was a good way to reach students and discuss their options.

            “It’s good to discuss this when they are young,” he said.  “This field is another viable option where you could make a good living while providing for your family.”

            Tamara Hubbard MA, LCPC from Gonski Counseling Services had the opportunity to see the Expo from two sides.  Last year Hubbard worked as the career advisor at Schaumburg High School and was part of the team which worked to create the first Career Expo. 

            “It’s great to be on the other side this year and talk with students who have an interest in psychology and counseling and see how they may fit into that place,” she said. “It was bittersweet seeing all my old coworkers again.  The fact that the District provides this for the students and getting to be a part of it now is great.”

            Hubbard added that having the Career Expo allows students in high school to see newer career specialties such as food allergy counseling and consultation early enough to expand their understanding of the field.

            Brottman said while the overall goal of the Expo is to expose students to different careers, there are additional benefits.

            “Secondary to our primary goal, some companies were interviewing students for internships, apprenticeships or full-time jobs.” Brottman said.  “We are very fortunate as a District to have community leaders who are willing to give of their time to students who are exploring many possibilities.”

            She added that with college costs, the best time to think about career exploration is high school.  For students like Samantha McKlennon, a Freshman at William Fremd High School, and her mother Alexa having an exposure to career paths early is a great way to explore her options.

            “It’s important to see your choices early on so you can find your path and program classes you may need for your choice,” Samantha said.

            “Having this [expo] and knowing the different classes she can chose, she will be able to adjust her classes early in order to pursue her goals,” Alexa added.

            Brottman said planning for the 2020 District 211 Career Expo has already begun.  Next year’s event with be at Fremd High School on February 27.

D211 Post: Hoffman Estates High School Unveils New Media Center

Head Librarian Terri Berkowitz and Technology Department Chair Christina Ordonez cut the ribbon officially opening the renovated Hoffman Estates High School Media Center.

            After nearly 10 months of construction and renovation, Hoffman Estates High School opened its redesigned and expanded media center March 5.  Principal Josh Schumacher called the new facility a student-centered space where students can feel comfortable.

            Schumacher said the expanded Media Center moved resources such as the college and career center, SAT preparation center, test make-up, as well as others from areas throughout the building to one location.

            “This new media center is very open and welcoming,” said Junior Tori Spitz.  “It will provide a lot more space for friends to complete a lot of group work.”

Hoffman Estates High School Principal Josh Schumacher talks with students about the new media center.

            Senior Shane Cloherty said the new entrance caught his attention immediately.

            “The opening used to be a small door.  This huge opening door allows you to walk in and get anywhere right away,” he said. 

            Cloherty added that the relocated resource centers were things he was going to make use of in his remaining months as a student.

            For Spitz, the comfortable environment will provide her a location to complete homework prior to school or following athletic activities.

Cast from Hoffman Estates High School’s production of Suesical perform during the opening of the remodled Media Center.

           “I like the simple yet very modern calm design style of the new media center,” Spitz said.

            Cloherty acknowledged the long redesign process but appreciated the outcome.

            “It took a long time to get this, but it was definitely time very well spent. They put a lot of effort into this,” he said.  “This is just a really wonderful place.”

D211 Post: Cisco Systems Adds Student Interns Following Career Expo

Photo courtesy of Cisco Systems.

            On April 4, 2018, Township High School District held its first Career Expo.  The expo was attended by nearly 100 area businesses representing all 16 career clusters, as well as more than 400 students looking to explore post-education career possibilities.

            One business in attendance was Cisco Systems.  Service Delivery Lead Ramya Vijay said she heard about the expo from District 211 Internship Coordinator Jan Brottman.  Ramya said she was acquainted with the District due to the networking courses focusing on Cisco was offered at the Palatine High School.

            “We saw this, in part, as a way to encourage more students to take networking courses,” she said.  “We felt that  District 211 was the best to start expanding our STEM (Science Technology, Engineering, and Math) initiatives.” During the Career Expo, We had an overwhelming number of students interested in internships with Cisco.

            “We received more than 50 resumes,” Ramya said.  “After rigorous interviews, we selected 10 students to intern with us.  Cisco also wants to encourage girls in STEM , so had a good number of girls join our internship as well”

            During the internship, students were exposed to the many aspects of Cisco including hands-on lab work, tech classes, applications in real-world scenarios, and meetings with various executives from Cisco.  They were asked to create ideas and present business case for entrepreneurship during their innovation challenge. Students were awarded gift certificates for the best idea for the innovation challenge.   Ramya and her Cisco team were very impressed with the District students.

Photo courtesy of Cisco Systems.

            “The students were highly motivated and disciplined,” Ramya said.  “No one missed any classes.  There was a lot of engagement from students and parents.  While they learned from us, we also learned a lot of things from them as well.  It was a great experience.”

            Ramya added that she was impressed with the Career Expo.

            “It’s a wonderful thing to have the expo,” she said.  “It is never dry.  We had a constant stream of students and parents.  This expo is time well spent for any business.”

            This year’s Career Expo will be March 13, at Schaumburg High Schools.  Businesses wishing to participate can sign up at www.tinyurl.com/2019D211Expo The deadline for businesses to register is February 22.



Seldom do mainstream and Special Education students work together in a sporting event.

The Amy Rudolph Basketball Tournament provides a unique opportunity for District 211 students to cheer one another on while raising funds for a worthy cause.

The tournament, in its 37th year, recognizes Amy Rudolph, a special education student, who passed away in November, 1982, of kidney failure. She was only 15 years old. Amy’s love of sports and her outgoing personality inspired those around her. Three months after this popular student passed, the school hosted a sporting event that continues every year in her honor. All profits directly benefit the National Kidney Foundation.

The 37th Annual Amy Rudolph Basketball Tournament will take place 6 p.m., Friday, Feb. 22nd at Hoffman Estates High School, 1100 W. Higgins Rd. Special Education students from Hoffman Estates High, Hersey High, Schaumburg High, Palatine High and Kirk Schools will participate. Mainstream students from Hoffman will also participate as referees, coaches, scorekeepers, and in other capacities.

A successful community event for 30 plus years, this tournament has already raised thousands of dollars for the National Kidney Foundation.

Tickets are $3.00 and are available in advance from HEHS, or at the door.

D211 Post: Hoffman Estates Students Get Inside Look at City Government

Hoffman Estates Village Manager James Norris discusses the village’s structure of government to students from Hoffman Estates High School.

            Students in Hoffman Estates High School’s Advanced Placement U.S. Government and Politics and Introduction to Government classes received an inside look at the various operations within Hoffman Estates’ village government during a trip to the village hall Nov. 29.

            Hoffman Estates High School Government teacher Kim Ryon said the visit was the second of a three sessions designed to expose students to the breadth of local government functions.  The first session involved Village Manager Jim Norris speaking with the students at the school.  During the second session, students heard from heads of various village board and agency heads including the department of public works, the assistant police and fire chiefs. 

Hoffman Estates Police Department Assistant Chief Gregory Poulos discusses the various responsibilities within his department to a group of HEHS students.

            “We want students to know that government is more than a police officer pulling you over, or passing a Constitution test to graduate,” Ryon said.  “We believe it is important for students to feel connected to their community, and learning about the services the Village provides as well as the day to day efforts of all employed by the village is a way to foster that connection.”

            Senior Annabella Passeri said she was surprised by the complexity and diverse overall involvement of each of the emergency agencies. 

            “Before today, I didn’t realize how involved all the emergency services were,” she said.  “I really enjoyed learning about all the aspects of police work within the village.”

Hoffman Estates High School senior Anabella Passeri takes notes about the village government operations during a visit to the Hoffman Estates Village Hall Nov. 29.

            Ryon said the village was eager with working with her to create the “Village Government Experience,” lessons.

            “Our students were appreciative, engaged and curious,” Ryon said.  “It was also great for the kids to see how many different jobs a village requires to function, and how you don’t necessarily have to have a political science degree to play a role in local government.”

            The final session is tentatively scheduled for the spring and will focus on taxation and finance.   

D211 Post: Anzalone New Head of Hawks Boys Track

HEHS Math Teacher Vito Anzalone has been named the boys track head coach.

Vito Anzalone has been named head boys track and field coach at Hoffman Estates High School.  Anzalone takes over the program from Tyrone Jones, who stepped down earlier this year after 11 seasons as the Hawks head coach.

“While we are sad to see Coach Jones step down, we are proud to see Coach Anzalone move into a more prominent roll with the team,” said Hoffman Estates High School Principal Josh Schumacher.  “Vito’s connection with our student-athletes will be beneficial in their continued growth and development, and we’re excited to hand him the reins of the program.”

Anzalone spent last year as the assistant varsity coach for boys track, as well as the assistant coach for boys cross country team.  Prior to joining HEHS, Anzalone volunteered for various coaching duties at Wheeling High School.  In his past two seasons with the Hawks, he assisted in leading the team to MSL indoor and outdoor championships, two sectional appearances, and two state championship appearances.  As a student-athlete at Prospect High School, Anzalone made three state appearances and set two school records in the 4×100 and 4×200 relays.

“Vito was very involved in the success our Hawks runners have had the past couple of years,” said Hoffman Estates High School Athletic Director Steve Lacni.  “We are looking forward to continued success with him taking over the head coaching job.”

Anzalone graduated from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in 2016 with a bachelors of science degree in Mathematics with a teaching option. He joined the mathematics department at Hoffman Estates High School in August 2016.

D211 Post: Hawks have new head baseball coach

Andrew Wulbecker has been named as the HEHS head baseball coach.

Andrew Wulbecker has been named head baseball coach at Hoffman Estates High School.  Wulbecker takes over the program from Chuck Abbot, who stepped down earlier this year after two years as the Hawks head coach.

“We are excited to see Andrew take the reins of the very team he played for as a student-athlete,” said Hoffman Estates High School Principal Josh Schumacher.  “Andrew already has a well established rapport with our Hawks athletes and is a great fit to lead our program.”

Wulbecker has worked at Hoffman Estates High School since 2016, serving as a Title 1 Attendance Interventionist.  He spent the past season as the baseball team’s assistant coach and also worked as an assistant football coach with the varsity program.  As a student at Hoffman Estates High School, he earned the baseball program’s MVP for the 2002 season.

“Having Coach Wulbecker lead the program he excelled at as a player adds new dimension to the team” said Hoffman Estates High School Athletic Director Steve Lacni.  “His perspective from both sides of our baseball program will help him build strong connections with our student-athletes.”

Wulbecker earned a bachelor’s degree in Sports Management from North Central College in 2013.  In addition to playing four years of baseball at Hoffman Estates High School Wulbecker also played baseball for both Harper College and North Central College.