D211 Post: District Students Compete in Architecture and Design Competition

            Students from across the District competed against each other in the District 211 Architecture Competition in which they designed an ideal and functional house.  Each entry had to include four bedrooms and two and half bathrooms while being up to 3,500 square feet.  The winning entry, submitted by Palatine High School senior Nelson Bartolo, will be the Building Construction Program house to be built on Berner Road in Elgin next year.

            Work began on each student’s design at the start of the school year.  More than 350 students in participated in designing homes and submitted entries to the competition.  From those, ten entries, 2 from each school, were selected to present to a panel of judges at the G.A. McElroy Administration Center November 9.

            “Students house designs were amazing.  It was obvious that all of the D211 students took their time and did the proper research to create house designs that were appropriate tor the location,” said Palatine High School Applied Science Department Chair Mark Hibner.  “Students followed the guidelines of the project and designed homes that included appropriate construction methods while infusing current interior design trends.”

Palatine High School senior Audrey Birk describes the the plans for a house she designed during a District wide drafting and architecture competition Nov. 9.

            During the finals, each of the ten students stood before a panel of judges which included architects, interior designers, teachers, and contractors.  The student discussed the layout of each room as well as inspirations for various aspects of their unique designs.  For Bartolo, part of the preparation was practicing his presentation repeatedly at home.

            After each student presented their designs to the panel, the judges moved into deliberation to discuss all the designs.  One judge, Mike Rafferty of Rafferty Architecture, has been involved with previous 3 competitions and has seen improvement in the students’ plans.

            “Every year the presentations get better.  The technology and support from their teachers really help prepare them and make them better,” he said.  “I was very impressed by the underclassman representation.  Their involvement in things like this will give them a great opportunity to witness fields like architecture and construction.”

            Following the panel’s deliberation, each student called up to discuss what was liked as well as potential improvements for future designs.  They were then presented with framed copies of their designs. 

Palatine High School senior Nelson Bartolo (center left) holds his design concept.

            The judges stated following their deliberation that selecting an individual winner was difficult given the exceptional effort and design each student presented.  They stated the decision was made to select a first and second place for the first time.  They announced Palatine High School senior Audrey Birk as second place before announcing Batolo as the winner.

            Bartolo, who has been involved in Computer Drafting courses since his freshman year said he was surprised and appreciative after the announcement.

            “It just shows that hard work really does pay off,” Bartolo said.  “I am thankful to my school for the opportunity to compete in something like this and to my teachers for their amazing support.”




D211 Post: District Schools to Hold Halloween Activities for Children

            Three District 211 school’s will be hosting community Halloween events in the coming days.  William Fremd, Palatine and Hoffman Estates High Schools will open their doors to children and parents with events ranging from trick-or-treating to games and more.

 

           William Fremd High School will be holding their annual Halloween Fest on October 24 from 4:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.  The event is open to students 12 years and under with accompanying adults.  During the fest participants can trick-or-treat through the halls as well as play a variety of games.  FHS is a proud supporter of the Teal Pumpkin and will have allergy-friendly prizes for all children.  Those attending are asked to enter through the school’s main entrance.  Fremd’s student council will be trick-or-treating for non-perishable items for the Palatine Township Food Pantry.  For a list of needed items click here.

            On October 25, Palatine High School will hold its 24th annual Trick-or-Treat with Pirate Pete from 5:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.  The festivities are open to children 10 and under with an adult.  The event was started at Palatine by retiring principal Gary Steiger and has grown to include an inflatable corn maze, a pirate ship moon jump, petting zoo, and both “scary” and “not scary” decorated rooms for the children to tour.  More than 32 student groups, as well as community organizations will participate to, or have made donations to the event.  For more information on Trick or Treat with Pirate Pete click here.

            Finally, October 30, Hoffman Estates High School will hold its 21st annual Halloween Event from 4:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.  The night will include games, not-so-scary haunted rooms, crafts, trick-or-treating and treats created by the school’s Family and Consumer Science Department.  The event is open to students from 10 years old to pre-school with accompanying adults.  With more than 22 clubs and activities participating, the event offers something for everyone and has expanded beyond the first floor of the school to include the gym shelf.  For more information on HEHS’s Halloween Event contact FCS Department Chair Jessica Ecker at 847-755-5301.




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: 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: Crosstown Volleyball Rivals to Battle for Cancer Charity

            On October 4th crosstown rivals Palatine High School and William Fremd High School Volleyball teams will meet at PHS to compete in the Match for Maeve.  The match will raise money for the Maeve McNicholas Memorial Foundation which is named for Maeve McNicholas who died at 2 years old only 36 hours after being diagnosed with a brain tumor.

Maeve McNicholas died 36 hours after her cancer diagnosis.

            During the match the Palatine Pirates will be wearing gray jerseys in support of pediatric brain tumor research while the Fremd Vikings will wear green which is one of the foundation’s colors. 

            Palatine High School Sophomore Girls Volleyball Coach and Fremd Alumna Kelly Doherty said the proceeds from the event will be donated to help assist programs which help increase awareness about the severity and prevalence of childhood brain tumors, aid in early detection, aid in research, and support families of childhood cancer patients.

            During the tournament Palatine and Fremd will team up to host a bake sale.  They will also hold a “chuck a duck” contest where participants can purchase rubber ducks for $1 which they can attempt to hit a bullseye placed on the floor.  Attendees can also purchase 50/50 raffle tickets.

            Gameplay begins with Freshman A, B, and JV games at 5:00 p.m. and Sophomore and Varsity games at 6:00 p.m.  Admission for the evening is $2 for adults while students are free.  For more information visit the foundation’s website at www.maevesfoundation.org.




D211 Post: Old PHS Band Uniforms Get New Life

            This year sees the Palatine High School Pirate Marching Band taking the field in brand new uniforms.  The uniforms replaced uniforms which began use nearly 30 years ago.  Band director Carlos Esquivel wanted to immortalize the long standing and outgoing uniforms.

            After discussion with members of the Band Boosters the group decided on creating pillows from the uniforms.  The pillows were ultimately designed by Booster member Ellen Theis.  Theis realized the varying size of uniforms would make patters difficult.  With her background as an engineer, she developed the formula which would allow the ultimate use the use for identical pillows.

            “The uniforms themselves were really stunning,” Theis said.  “I wanted to capture a lot of the look and feel of them as we could.  We wanted keep this as a memento for alumni and students.”

            Each pillow has the embroidered P from the back of the jacket on one side and the ornate scroll on the reverse.  The pillow edges are trimmed using material from the uniform trousers.  The boosters have been able to create approximately 200 pillows from retired uniforms.

            The boosters worked closely with Palatine High School Culinary Arts Teacher Erika Varela to use the Family & Consumer Science rooms during band camp.  While students worked on perfecting their performance crafts, the parents worked to craft the collectable pillows.

            Esquivel said the pillows are expected to go on sale during Homecoming.  For more information or to place orders visit the PHS Marching Bands website here or contact Esquivel at 847-755-1802 or cesquivel@d211.org. 




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.