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, as well as the basketball community, and he knows what it takes to lead a successful program.”

McBride has been the Hawks’ sophomore boys basketball coach since 2020.  Prior to this, he served as the sophomore boys basketball coach at Schaumburg High School from 2018-2020, with an overall record of 27-25, while also serving as an assistant varsity coach at the school.  The 2018-2019 Saxon varsity team posted an overall record of 23-7 and was regional champions, and the 2019-2020 team finished 25-7 as Mid-Suburban League champs.  During the 2017-2018 season, McBride was an assistant varsity boys basketball coach for St. Charles East High School, also coaching the junior varsity squad to an 8-0 record.  McBride served as a graduate assistant mens basketball coach at North Park University for the 2016-2017 season, helping the team to an 18-8 record, its best mark in 30 years, along with a share of the conference title and the team’s first appearance in the conference tournament in school history.  McBride began his coaching career at Maine East High School in 2012, coaching freshman boys basketball (2012-2013), and then serving as an assistant varsity boys basketball coach (2013-2016).

“We feel Coach McBride is a great fit for us,” said Hoffman Estates High School Athletic Director Steve Lacni.  “Having served as an assistant coach this past year helped him gain familiarity with our program and our student-athletes. We’re not only excited about the expertise he brings to our program, but also the enthusiasm he has for the kids and the sport.”

McBride earned both his bachelor’s degree (elementary education with middle school endorsements/minors in mathematics and Spanish) in 2012, and his master’s degree (education) in 2017 from North Park University.  McBride has been an ESL teacher at Hoffman Estates High School since 2018.  He began his teaching career at Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Waukegan as a mathematics teacher (2012-2014) before moving to Haven Middle School in Evanston as a mathematics teacher (2014-2016).

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 next to the baseball fields and will be much the same experience, just outside for those students who are still attending school remotely.

Kristy Loughin-Vance, English teacher, and organizer of the event said, “We want to help students get excited about reading by safely coming together to share good literature, a good time and get books in hands.” 

Loughin-Vance received a book grant through Open Books Chicago and secured a book donation from Half Priced Books in Schaumburg and these books will be available to students who are interested.  Liz Hernandez and the HEHS library staff have been creating opportunities for students to look at books in a contactless manner and have planned several stations to allow for social distancing and safety.

All Hawks are welcome to attend, enjoy and help us strengthen our community of readers.


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

Students in a Freshman English class listen to discussions about Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet at Hoffman Estates High School.

            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.  Conant joined Fremd in the state’s top 50, ranking 42nd while being listed 882nd nationally.  Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates and Palatine followed close on the list, ranking 60th, 75th, and 93rd respectively. 

            For information about U.S. News and World Report’s ranking and to see where area schools ranked, visit https://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/illinois/rankings.

D211 Post: Speech Teams Complete Safe Season

From late October to late February, being a part of speech team is an extensive commitment for both students and staff. 

“In a typical year, our tournaments are designed to mix the students as much as possible and you can easily be hosting 400 students plus coaches and judges,” said William Fremd High School speech coach Katie Giegler. “Obviously, given the CDC guidelines, we knew very early on that an in-person tournament was not going to be feasible.”

District 211 speech coaches, Naz Ahmed (Hoffman Estates High School), Vera Bass (James B. Conant High School), Brittany Tillander (Palatine High School), and Becky Carnes (Schaumburg High School), along with Giegler, worked together with the Illinois High School Association to create online tournament experiences that would work for students and safety guidelines.

Speech team events range from eight-minute individual events like Informative Speaking to fifteen-minute group events like Performance in the Round.  Students work to become skilled public speakers and performers. 

Hoffman Estates High School senior Abby Frank stated, “While my speaking skills are definitely far improved from where I started, I think the most important thing I’ve learned from speech is having the ability to overcome my fears and believe in myself, and this year only made that mindset stronger for me.”

Hoffman Estates speech team members Sarah Hazenfield and Abby Frank hold the IHSA Regional Title plaque.

Amidst all the changes, the teams of District 211 found great success. At Regionals, Hoffman Estates High School took first place, narrowly edging out Fremd High School for the top spot.  The state series continued at Sectionals where the top three competitors in each event qualified for State.

On Friday, February 19th and Saturday, February 20th, three students represented District 211 at the IHSA Speech State Finals. From Hoffman Estates High School, Sarah Hazenfield took 8th place in Prose Reading, while Fremd High School’s Gabe Classon took 12th place in Original Oratory, and Manu Ravela took 7th place in Special Occasion Speaking.

D211 Post: Hoffman Estates HS Seniors Enjoy Skating Event

            With the COVID-19 pandemic causing a lot of activities commonly enjoyed by seniors to be cancelled, schools are working to provide safe, enjoyable experiences for the class of 2021.  Hoffman Estates High School provided one such activity when they offered a Senior Skate Night at the Scott R. Triphahn Community Center in Hoffman Estates February 21.

            During the night, seniors could sign up to take part in a one-hour block where they could skate with several of their classmates.  For many, it provided an opportunity to interact with friends again.

“I’m already seeing people safely in person that I haven’t seen in months,” said senior Sarah Hazenfield. “I think it’s nice that the school is putting an effort to put things together for us.  I am hoping to see more things like this.”

Fellow senior Nick Aleksiev shared Hazenfield’s opinion.

“I love going to Hoffman,” he said.  “I am grateful that they have given us the opportunity to do something safe and fun during this unfortunate senior year.”

Abby Frank said having events like this can be helpful in dealing with stressful times.

“I was very excited when I got the email for this event,” she said.  “A lot of us have been sad about the events we have missed out on.  It may not be the same, but sometimes different can be better.”

Hazenfield said that after the pandemic is over, she would like to see this event become a tradition.

“I think this could still be really fun,” she said.  “It could almost be better than prom.”

D211 Post: Yearbook Sales Open in D211 Schools

As students pass through high school and beyond, a great way to preserve memories is the timeless school yearbook.  With the 2020-2021 school year being one of new educational experiences never before seen, this year’s yearbook will serve as a little more.  For many schools, the 2021 yearbooks will preserve a unique moment in history.

District 211 schools have announced that students can purchase their yearbooks through myschoolbucks.com or in-person in the school office.  While sales are on-going, each school has their own deadline for pre-orders. 


Palatine High School has stated that they will wrap up pre-orders of the 2021 Spotlight on February 24.  Assistant Principal Kim Glaser said that the school is only purchasing a very limited supply of additional copies so students are encouraged to pre-order to guarantee a copy. 


Pre-orders of the 50th anniversary edition of the Shimmer from Schaumburg High School and William Fremd High School’s Valhallan are available through May 1st.  James B. Conant High School’s Conavite and Hoffman Estates High School’s Halcyon pre-orders will be taken through the final day of the 2020-2021 school year. 


Students who have questions regarding the 2021 yearbook orders and cost are encouraged to speak with their guidance counselors.    For help setting up a MySchoolBucks account visit https://www.myschoolbucks.com/ver2/help/gethelpvideos.

D211 Post: National School Lunch Week (Slideshow)

October 12-16, is National School Lunch Week.  Throughout District 211 members of our food service department have continued to work to ensure that, even during remote learning, out students have access to stable meals.   To date, District 211 has provided more than 1 million meals since the initial move to remote learning, and our food service staff continue to pack more meal bags every day while still providing normal meal service for teachers and staff members working in the schools.