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.

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.