GEMS Participants Now Looking to STEM Careers

When Mikayla Rau was in fifth grade, her mother approached her about a program at Conant High School. The program, GEMS (Girls in Mathematics and Science), had the purpose of showing young girls what careers were available in various science and mathematics fields.  “My mom had heard about it and said, ‘Hey let’s check this out,” said Rau. “My friend and I both liked science so we decided to go.  We loved it.”  For more than 10 years, District 211 has hosted a GEMS weekend during which girls&nbs...

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From Fremd Student to Award Winning Engineering Teacher

When Michael Karasch looks back on the start of his freshman year at William Fremd High School, he admits he was not in the best position academically.    “My family moved to the area just before my freshman year,” said Karasch, who graduated in 1999.  “I was not on the best path coming into that year.  I was not getting particularly good grades, but it was a fresh start at a new school and Fremd embraced me.”  Following his college graduation,&...

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D211 Post: Students Return for Summer School

            Students across District 211 returned for the first of two three-week summer school sessions June 8.  More than 6,200 students registered for courses which is only a slight decline from pre-COVID numbers.             For students, the summer courses provide a closer sense of student-life before the pandemic.             “It’s good to see everyone again,” said Hoffman Estates ...

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D211 Post: Hawks announce new head basketball coach

Peter McBride has been named head boys basketball coach at Hoffman Estates High School.  McBride, who has been the school’s head sophomore boys basketball coach, takes over the program from Luke Yanule, who is stepping down after 10 years as the Hawks’ head coach. “We are thrilled that Coach McBride will be leading our basketball program,” said Hoffman Estates High School Principal Michael Alther.  “Coach McBride has an enormous amount of energy and enthusiasm to share with our student-athletes.  He is well-respected by our students and parents, ...

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D211 Post: Hoffman Estates High School to Kick Off Summer Reading Program

Hoffman Estates High School will be hosting the #HawksRead Summer Reading Kick-Off to celebrate and help foster the love of reading.  The event has two parts.  During the school day on May 24th and 25th teachers have the opportunity to take their students to the HEHS Media Center to hear book talks, see recommendations from staff and students, hear about Schaumburg Public Library’s programs and opportunities, take part in a raffle for spirit wear and potentially take home a book. The second part of the event is on May 25th from 4:30-6:30 PM at the tents ...

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D211 Post: U.S. News and World Report Ranks 211 Schools Among Top 100 in Illinois

            U.S. News and World Report has released its annual Best High Schools list.  In the list, the publication ranked nearly 18,000 public high schools from across the country.  In the most recent rankings, all District schools were ranked in the top 100 in Illinois, with four schools ranking among the top 10% nationally.              Fremd High School ranked the highest this year coming in at 13th in the state and 315th nationally.&nb...

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D211 Post: Conant Cougars have new head basketball coach

Matt Walsh has been named head boys basketball coach at James B. Conant High School.  Walsh, a 1993 Conant High School graduate, takes over the program from Jim Maley, who is stepping down after four years as the Cougars head coach and a 41-58 record. “We couldn’t be more excited with the selection of Matt Walsh to lead our boys basketball program,” said Conant High School Principal Julie Nowak.  “He is a respected coach and leader within our school community, and relates with both student-athletes and parents alike.  His enthusiasm for ...

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