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.

D211 Post: District 211 Schools Claim Two of Top Three Girls Bowling Titles

Members of the Hoffman Estates High School Girls Bowling team, head coach Dan Pfligler, and principal Josh Schumacher pose with the state runner-up trophy during an assembly honoring the girls’ achievement.

            Hoffman Estates and Schaumburg High Schools’ girls bowling teams captured second and third place following the Illinois High School Association’s state bowling finals in Rockford Feb. 16-17.

            Hoffman Estates took second place with a team average of 194.9 and finished just 419 pins behind state champion Harlem High School.  Senior Alexis Orwat finished 4th overall with a series average of 212.3

Hoffman Estates High School senior Allura Magsino sprays blue hair dye on bowling coach Dan Pfligler during an assembly honoring the team’s second place finish in the state bowling championship.

            The Hawks bowlers were honored with an assembly at the school Feb. 20, where the girls painted head coach Dan Pfligler’s hair blue and presented the trophy to principal Josh Schumacher.

            The Schaumburg girls captured the third-place trophy with a team average of 194.1 finishing only 45 pins behind their fellow District 211 team.  Junior Kylie Frick led the Saxons with an average of 209.7.  Frick’s average gave her a 7th place overall finish.

Members of the Schaumburg High School Girls Bowling team pose with the IHSA third place trophy.

D211 Post: Schaumburg HS Fishing Club Takes to the Ice

Nathan Fitzpatrick, a freshman at Schaumburg High School, pulls a bass from the water during an ice fishing trip with the Schaumburg Fishing Club.

          Members of Schaumburg High School’s fishing club had the opportunity to experience ice fishing for the first time Jan. 18.  14 members of the club, which was formed earlier this year, caught a total of 10 bass on the ice at Sunrise Outdoor Education Center in Bartlett.

            Chris Evert, the faculty advisor to the fishing club, said when he formed the club, the response from the students surprised him.

            “This is much bigger than I thought,” Evert said.  “We had both boys and girls sign up.”

Connor Hazen, a freshman at Schaumburg High School, waits for a bite while ice fishing with the school’s fishing club.

            Evert said the decision to try ice fishing was based on the students’ requests.

            “The kids all asked to go ice fishing,” he said.  “That was good for me because I love ice fishing.”

            The event was conducted in a safe and controlled environment according to Evert.  He said that while ice would need to be four inches thick, ice on the lake was closer to 11 inches.  Students attending were also dressed for the colder weather, though Evert said the temperature was ideal.

Chris Evert, advisor to the Schaumburg Fishing Club, uses an ice auger to drill a hole in the ice in preparation for the club’s first ice fishing experience.

            Evert said the fishing club, which currently has more than 50 registered members, will continue to plan events through the winter and spring.  He said ideally, he would like to work to form a competitive bass fishing team.

D211 Post: Schaumburg High School Raises Funds for Damaged Texas School


Mrs. Michele Napier, the chair of the student services department at Schaumburg High School, displays a check for $2,000 which the students raised during their homecoming week to donate to Cimarron Elementary School in Katy, Texas.

            Students at Schaumburg High School celebrated homecoming week by creating a variety fund raisers which raised $2,000 which was sent to Cimarron Elementary School in Katy, Texas. 

            Cimarron Elementary was chosen due to its unique tie to a member of the Schaumburg faculty.  Mr. Scott Byrne, a math teacher at Schaumburg, has a daughter who teaches 3rd grade teacher in Katy. Byrne said Hurricane Harvey did extensive damage to the homes of a lot of his daughter’s students.

            “I’m so proud of what Schaumburg students and staff have been able to do for these victims,” said Byrne.

            One of the biggest highlights of the fundraising was an obstacle course which was set up on the football field.  The course, run by Elk Grove Village based Battle Tested, allowed students to compete against each other.  Blake Williams, owner of Battle Tested donated his equipment and time to help the students raise money for Texas.

Students and teachers from Schaumburg High School participate in an obstacle course as part of the school’s homecoming fundraising activities. Over the course of the week, the students raised $2,000 which was donated to an elementary school in Katy, Texas.

             Williams said he felt a need to help in some way.

            “I have a heart for what people are going through down south,” Williams said.  “I thought, well if I can play some small part here, even though I am thousands of miles away, I want to do that.”

            Students throughout Schaumburg High School were grateful for the opportunity to help those devastated by the storms.

            “We care a lot about what’s going on around the world,” said one student.  “We’re trying to do our best to help out.”

            The total amount raised was announced to the students during the homecoming pep-rally Friday afternoon.


High School District 211 announces that 31 students have been named semifinalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Competition.

Semifinalists are selected based on scores on the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (P.S.A.T./N.M.S.Q.T.).

William Fremd High School students Abhinav R. Balu, Kevin Chen, Varun Cidambi, Bissmun Gill, Matthew C. Grabianski, Kailey G. Henson, Stephanie X. Hu, Jesse Huang, Kashif Javid, Edward W. Li, Anna J. Miller, Allison M. Nakazawa, Adhith Palla, Nicholas L. Parekh, Elizabeth D. Perez, Andrew L. Ruan, Lauren P. Streitmatter, and Jerry Zheng have been named semifinalists.

Anubhav Agarwal, Adithya S. Chari, Annika K. Lafyatis, Bianca Saputra, Nitinshankar Subramanian, Sarah R. Yamaguchi, and Allison L. Zhang from James B. Conant High School have been named semifinalists.

The semifinalists from Hoffman Estates High School are Ryohei Namiki, Megha Ramanathan, and Shashank Sandu.

Schaumburg High School’s semifinalists are Lisa N. Bonatz and Edwin J. Suresh.

Bhargav Yadavalli is the semifinalist from Palatine High School.

For more information, see the release from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

D211 Post: District 211 Joins Sprint’s 1Million Project


Joanna Avalos, a senior at Palatine High School, completes a survey before receiving a wireless hotspot from Sprint as part of the 1 Million Project. Township High School District 211 paired with Sprint in the project which provides free wireless internet to high school students.


            Students within Township High School District 211 will have easier access to the internet to complete web-based homework after the District partnered with Sprint in its 1Million Project. The project provides qualifying students a free wireless hotspot from the Sprint Foundation, with an unlimited data package from Sprint, enabling them access they might not otherwise have.

            “This generous program will be a game-changer for our students,” said Dr. Daniel Cates, District 211 superintendent. “Since we began the one-to-one program, we have been mindful of students who did not have regular, reliable internet access.”

            For some students, it will reduce the number of hours they have to remain after school to work on assignments.

            “I will usually stay here until 6:00 p.m.,” said Priyanshu Bahadur, a sophomore at Palatine High School. “If I cannot stay, then I have to come in early the next day to finish.”

            With this device, Priyanshu said he would be able to spend more non-school hours at home with family.


Rusty Cumings, the assistant principal at Shaumburg High School, discusses the wireless hotspot from Sprint to a student.

            For a student at Schaumburg High School it was time away from school that caused trouble in his ability to do homework. He said when his family is on the road, he cannot access the internet to complete larger assignments. With this device, he will be able to stay on top of his assignments.

            For Palatine High school senior Honoer Okhave this will improve more than just his academic performance.

            “I didn’t have internet at home, so I just wouldn’t do my homework,” said Honoer. “I used to get in trouble a lot.”

            Honoer said he was excited when he saw the letter announcing the new program.

            “I used to wish the school could find a way to get us Internet outside of here,” he said. “This is like a dream come true.”

            Sprint plans to distribute 1million devices to qualifying students during the five-year project. District 211 is one of the first school districts in Chicagoland to participate.

Joanna Avalos, Priyanshu Bahadur, and Honoer Okhavhe, students at Palatine High School, learn how to use their new wireless hotspot.

            “We are both grateful and excited for our students who will benefit because they now have convenient and reliable access to the same universe of information that others have,” said Dr. Cates.           

            The District has distributed 225 devices to students. Each device has built-in content filters, similar to filters that are in-place in school networks. Part of the agreement between Sprint and participating schools is that Sprint will handle all technical issues and trouble shooting with the devices.

            Students who receive a Sprint device will have access to the service for the duration of their high school career.

            Dr. Cates believes this will have a positive impact on students well beyond this school year.

            “Once we can draw upon the impact for our first group of students, we hope that no student in the future has to be limited by a lack of internet access,” he said.


Mr. Mike Alther, an assistant principal at Palatine High School, explains how to use one of the Sprint wireless hotspots.