D211 Post: Schaumburg Band Travels 4400 Miles …to Play in Schaumburg

Ernestinum Bigband (from Facebook)

            The Ernestinum Bigband, a student band from Schaumburg, Germany, will perform with the Schaumburg High School Jazz Ensemble October 6, as part of the German bands area visit.  The two bands will perform in the high school’s auditorium beginning at 7:00 p.m.

            Schaumburg High School Music Department Chair Vinnie Inendino said he and his students are eager for the joint concert.

            “We’re looking forward to the opportunity to get to know and perform with these outstanding student musicians,” he said.  “Even though we speak different languages, our students share a connection through their passion for music.”

            The Ernestinum Bigband is in the area participating in a total of eight concerts which will conclude with a concert at William Fremd High School in the school’s cafeteria on October 12, at 7:00 p.m.  Fremd’s Music Department Chair Matthew Moore said the experience should provide a unique opportunity for the students.

            “We hope the students will get an appreciation for high school students from another country, enjoying jazz music from Germany, and a few new friendships,” he said.

            For the full list of the Ernestinum Bigband’s concerts in the area, check out the Daily Herald’s article here.




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: Two District 211 Students Named Schaumburg Township District Library Student Advisory Trustees

           For the past 10 years, the Board of Trustees at the Schaumburg Township District Library has selected two individuals between the ages of 15 and 19 to serve in the role of Student Advisory Trustees whose role it is to serve as representatives to their peers.  This year’s Student Advisory Trustees are District 211 students Alisa Gandhi from James B. Conant High School and Matthew Williams from Schaumburg High School.  On September 17, the two students were sworn in to begin their one-year term.

            Teen Outreach Librarian Anna Pederson said selected students must reside within the boundaries who apply and undergo an interview by three members of the board.  Perspective SAT’s are asked to describe their extracurricular and volunteer activities as well as their favorite programs at the library.

Williams and Gandhi with members of the Schaumburg Township Library Board.

            “I typically look for someone who regularly uses the library’s services, attends library programs, demonstrates responsibility, presents themselves well, and shows initiative,” she said.  “It’s a lot to ask for someone that age, but I have always been impressed at the caliber of teens that apply.”

            Students selected for the position can serve a total 2 years.  Each term runs from September through the following July.  In their position, they will provide a unique student perspective that the board would not have.  They will also work to help make teens aware of the variety of activities being hosted by the library.  Pederson said each group of SAT’s contribute to the library in their own ways.

           “There are numerous small ways each SAT has contributed that, bundled as a collective effort, has greatly benefitted the library,” she said.




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: SHS Fishing Club and Friendship Village Hold Fishing Derby

            Students with the Schaumburg High School Fishing Club and residents of Friendship Village paired up for a fishing derby at the village’s on-site pond late last  month.

            Club sponsor Chris Evert said the event was about service and education, on top of the fun.

            “I wanted to give the Fishing Club members the opportunity to serve their community and learn from people who have been fishing a lot longer than I have,” he said.

            During the day’s event, participants had the opportunity to win prizes donated by Schaumburg High School and Fox River Valley Muskie, Inc.  Evert said both residents and club members enjoyed the opportunity to learn from each other.  He said both the Fishing Club and Friendship Village felt that the event was a success.

            “They were thrilled. [The residents] enjoyed being around the kids and the kids enjoyed their company as well,” said Evert.  “The kids loved how funny and social all of the residents were.”

            Evert said with the success of this year’s fishing derby, the club plans to make this an annual event.




D211 Post: Schaumburg High School Hosts 2nd Annual MC Art Show

             Schaumburg High School’s Special Education and Art departments paired up for their second annual MC Art Show at the school March 22.  The art show is entirely comprised of works created by the school’s MC students.

            Art Department Chair Gerry James said the MC art program allows the students to express themselves using adaptive means.

            “The MC students come up to the art room for an hour per day where they get the opportunity to express themselves in ways different from ways they can any other way throughout the day,” he said. 

            “A lot of our students, because of their physical disabilities, have to express themselves through tactile or sensory means,” added Julie Mojica-Castro, a Special Education teacher at Schaumburg.  “We try to build in stuff they can feel, stuff they can smell, or things they can push with their hands.”

            The theme for this year’s event was collaboration.  Each student created works on larger canvases which were then cut into sections.  The students then selected pieces from all works and pieced together into a final collaborated worked.

Two of the collaborative works completed by students in Schaumburg High School’s MC Art program.

            James said that one of the goals of the art show was to get the MC students out of the classroom to interact with other SHS students.

            “One of our goals this year was to increase their awareness in the building and increase their interaction,” he said.

            Donna Chimis, mother of senior Matt Chimis, said that the intermingling between her son and the general education students has been a goal for her son since his first day of high school.

            “The mingling between kids that have needs and the general population has been just the most beautiful thing to watch as they get to know each other because of a show like this,” she said.  “When I first came to this high school, this was my dream for Matthew, that he fits into the rest of this community.  Just by what the art show has done, this is what every parent dreams.”

Matt Chimis, a senior in Schaumburg High School’s MC program, selects a painting he completed to give to Township High School District 211 Superintendent Dr. Daniel Cates.