D211 Post: A Perfect Day for Sledding

            Students in Schaumburg High School’s Multiple Challenge (MC) program had an opportunity to enjoy the snow when staff members took them sledding.  Special Education teacher Julie Mojica-Castro said this was done as part of the adaptive physical education program.

            “The program is an adaptive partner program which pairs our students with other students,” she said.  “Because of the pandemic we have had to be creative with ways to work with our students and their partners in a way that can include those in remote learning.”

            Because of having to adjust to hybrid learning, Mojica-Castro said they have been limited in what they have been able to do.

            “A lot of the activities have been limited which have resulted in most of it being in the classroom,” she said.  “We felt we had to find something that could get the students out of the classroom and outside for a little while.”

            She and adaptive physical education teacher Justin Teschner discussed various options before deciding on taking the students sledding through the snow on the school’s property. The staff then got to work collecting the necessary supplies to safely give the students the snow sledding experience. 

            “The teachers brought in material and sleds that we would need,” she said.  “We made sure the students were as comfortable as possible with padding and extra blankets.”

            Mojica-Castro said the students enjoyed the whole experience.

            “The giggles and the smiles on their faces said it all,” she said.  “It takes a lot to get them into the sleds, but their smiles made it all worthwhile.”

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: Schaumburg Students Hold Stuff the Bus Food Drive

Students from Schaumburg High School’s Students Helping Others partnered with the Schaumburg High School Student Council to hold their first ever “Stuff the Bus” food drive November 11.

D211 Post: Schaumburg Senior Crowned National American Miss Illinois Teen

            Schaumburg High School senior Courtney Larsen has been competing in pageants for nearly a decade.  On September 26, she achieved a milestone when she was named the 2020 National American Miss Illinois Teen.

            Larsen said she was shocked when announcement had been made.

            “There were definitely tears shed,” she said.  “I have never won a title before.  I was so thrilled that I had finally accomplished my goal. I didn’t know how else to filter my emotions but to just cry.”

            Due to COVID-19, this year’s pageant was handled remotely.  Competitors submitted a resume, a video introduction, and an essay about a charity of their choice.  Competitors then conducted an interview with a judge over Zoom.  Larsen said the charity she chose to focus on was Life Goes On.

            Each year, National American Miss Illinois Teen chooses a cause they will champion over the course of their reign.  Larsen chose organ donation as her cause.  She said it is a cause which has a personal connection.

            “I’m very passionate about organ donation because my grandfather has been on the wait list for a kidney for the past six years,” she said.  “Plus, since getting my driver’s license, I have heard a lot of strange misconceptions from my friends as they got theirs.  Since then, I have become very passionate about teaching people what it means to save a life or eight through organ donation.”

            She added that one of the biggest misconceptions she has heard was that signing up meant the donor had to give up an organ immediately. 

            “I think it’s important to understand that you will not give up anything until you pass away,” she said. 

            Larsen’s reign will run through July 2021, during which she will attend the national competition, perform hours of community service, and attend charity events and parades.

            While the title does include a scholarship, Larsen said there are many benefits to the title.

            “This will also look great on my college admissions essay,” she said.  “But the biggest thing is that I will be able to meet other girls from around the country who are motivated to make a huge impact in their communities and the world.  Being around them, I feel, will inspire me to do more as well.”

            Larsen said that she would encourage girls and women of any age to participate in pageants.

            “No matter your age, pageants will benefit you,” she said.  “I believe they develop skills every woman needs to know growing up.  I didn’t know I enjoyed public speaking before I did pageants.  They also help build confidence that you will always use in future careers.”

            Larsen will attend the National American Miss competition in November.  Following graduation, she plans to attend Iowa State University where she will major in fashion design. 

            To learn more about organ donation visit lifegoeson.com.

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. 


D211 Post: 30 District 211 Students Named National Merit Semifinalists

            Last month, the National Merit Scholarship program released its list of the 2021 semifinalists in their 66th annual list. 

            These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the 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 Nathan A. Arango, Ysabelle F. Buenavista, Cara A. Chang, Stella J. Chung, Gabriel K. Classon, Joshua P. Corrigan, Manas P. Gandhi, Natalia M. Gorecki, Allison Y. Kao, Anshul Kaushik, Sravy Konasani, Ethan Lin, Michelle Liu, Angela Ma, Mahima Malhotra, Gavin K. McCarthy, Gwendolyn R. Nicketta, David D. Phillips, Jessica W. Rao, Sufiya M. Shazia, Rachel Ye, Angelina J. Zheng, and William Zhong have been named semifinalists.

James B. Conant High School students Nicholas K. Chen, Martin G. Ferris, Rei Komura, Sanjana Rajesh, and Matthew Schmitt were selected as semifinalists.

MaryEtta M. Brigham from Palatine High School and Mia L. Vollkommer from Schaumburg High School have been named semifinalists.

D211 Post: District 211 Begins Afternoon Academic Support Session

            On August 24, Township High School District 211 began its Afternoon Academic Support Sessions.  The sessions will allow students to sign up for limited, in-person education and study assistance. 

            Through the sessions, students can sign up for support in general areas such as math tutoring labs, reading and writing support or quite studies; or they can sign up for sessions which focus on specialized content such as needing lab equipment or unique manufacturing equipment. 

            While a majority of the Afternoon Academic Support Sessions will be hosted virtually, there will be limited opportunities to schedule in-person sessions.  The sessions will have a very limited number of seats available, so students are encouraged to sign up through SignUpGenius early. 

            In-person sessions will observe very strict health and safety guidelines.  Every student who attends a session will be required to complete an online wellness survey prior to arriving at the school.  Once at school, students will have their temperature checked to verify they are fever-free.  Only students who have a scheduled session, have completed the wellness survey, and are fever-free will be allowed to enter the building.  While in the building, all students will be required to maintain appropriate social distancing and wear a face mask at all times. 

            District 211 transportation will have mid-day bus routes available for each session.  Bus information can be found in the Infinite Campus parent and student portals.  It is recommended that students report to their assigned stop 15 minutes after 4th period on the day of their scheduled sessions. 

            Any questions should be addressed to the student’s team administrator or guidance counselor.