D211 Post: New principal named at Fremd High School

At its February 18, 2021 meeting, the High School District 211 Board of Education approved the appointment of Mark Langer as principal at William Fremd High School, effective July 1, 2021. 

Mark Langer has been named as the new principal for Fremd High School.

Mr. Langer, currently assistant principal at James B. Conant High School, will take over the principalship from Kurt Tenopir, who will move into his new role as assistant superintendent for administrative services on July 1st, following seven years as principal at Fremd High School.

Mr. Langer began his teaching career as a science teacher at Palatine High School in 2003.  He was named the school’s dean of students for the 2011-2012 school year.  He served as 10-month assistant principal at Conant High School for the 2013-2014 school year, and then returned to Palatine High School as 10-month assistant principal for the 2014-2015 school year.  Mr. Langer was named 12-month assistant principal for discipline at Conant High School, serving in that capacity from 2015-2017, and was promoted to his current position as 12-month assistant principal for buildings & grounds and activity director in 2017.

“Mark Langer is a dedicated and thoughtful leader who embraces new opportunities allowing for every student to excel,” said Superintendent Lisa Small.  “He partners with students, staff, and parents to gain the perspective of all stakeholders as he ensures a positive impact on a school.  His reflective nature, open-minded leadership style, and dedication to excellence is a great match for the William Fremd High School community.”

Mr. Langer graduated from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in food sciences and human nutrition.  He earned his master’s degree in secondary education from National Louis University in 2003, and earned a second master’s degree in educational administration from Northern Illinois University in 2011.  In 2019, Mr. Langer was recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education with a Those Who Excel award in the School Administrator category.

D211 Post: Fremd Gets Updated Locker Rooms

            Work was recently completed on the update of the two physical education locker rooms at William Fremd High School.  The update marks the first major upgrade to the locker rooms in nearly four decades. 

            Updates to the locker rooms included new L.E.D. lighting, new plumbing fixtures, resilient rubber flooring, and better overall ADA accessibility. 

            Take a look at the new locker room below.


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: Fremd Says Thank You to Health Care Workers

            Members of William Fremd High School’s sophomore class executive board wanted to say thank you to area health care workers battling the COVID-19 pandemic.  To do this, they collected more than 100 cards from students which were delivered to AMITA Health St. Alexius Hospital in Hoffman Estates.

            Fremd High School Science Department Chair Karl Craddock said the idea came out of a brainstorming session among the 54-member board.

            “They wanted to help raise the spirits of the students and outside community during this difficult time,” he said.  “While they came up with many great ideas, the one that they kept coming back to was Thank You notes for the frontline health care workers that are battling the COVID-19 crisis.”

            He said the student who led the planning and organization of the card drive was sophomore Manaswita Kodali.  She said her inspiration came from her own family.

            “I was inspired by the health care workers’ resilience and sacrifice during this pandemic,” she said.  “My uncle is an MD doctor on pulmonary medicine in India and he is also risking his life and my grandparent’s lives for the sole purpose of serving his community. Every day is full of fear for my entire family.”

Fremd Science Department Chair Karl Craddock (left) and sophomore Manaswita Kodali (right) deliver cards to Cate Osterholz at AMITA Health St. Alexius Hospital in Hoffman Estates.

            As part of her preparation for the drive, Kodali designed the cards and coordinated a plan for delivery to St. Alexius.  Craddock said that once the drive was started, students from a variety of groups pitched in to help.

            “We had students from clubs like the Red Cross Club and Student Council along with teachers and support staff contribute,” Craddock said.

            In only two days, the group had created more than 100 cards which were then delivered to St. Alexius where they were met with appreciation from the medical staff.

            Kodali said that she hoped this would not only uplift the front-line medical providers but teach her fellow students.

            “I want my fellow students to know that even the smallest form of appreciation towards the health care workers can make a big difference in their hearts,” she said.

            Craddock added that he hopes this sends a message of both unity and appreciation.

            “We hope that it sends the message that we are all in this together, and that during this holiday season, it is important to take the necessary precautions to keep everyone safe,” he said.  “In addition, take time to give thanks for our community front line workers who are working around the clock to keep us safe.”

D211 Post: Fremd Moves Fall Play Online


           As students and staff across William Fremd High School and the District adjust to social distancing, Fremd’s theatre department found a new method to perform their fall play, “The Theory of Relativity,” by Neil Bartram and Brian Hill.  The department  filmed their production and are currently streaming it at Showtix4u.

            The play is described as a look at interconnected lives, told through a collection of songs, scenes and monologs.  It touches on situations ranging from relationships to loss.  The production was filmed over the course of several weeks by students from Fremd’s Theatre department. 

             For senior Lara Haciosmanoglu, who filled a variety of roles including cinematographer, lead camera operator, and performed as Joanna, doing the play in a socially distant production provided a few new challenges.

Fremd senior Lara Haciosmanoglu performs her monolog Cake, as part of The Theory of Relativity.

            “In this production, we couldn’t all sing at the same time,” she said.  “We had to pre-record our songs and lip-sync during filming.  Additionally, while we are used to being in the Kolze Auditorium, for this, we were filming in a variety of locations.”

            Haciosmanoglu noted that she plans to apply the experience from this production to her planned college degree of film production.  She did say that the lack of a live audience was noticeable, a fact that was felt by fellow castmates like senior Zach Dyer.

            “We love to perform live for people,” he said.  “What’s so awesome about this is you get to see the audience reaction.  If something is funny, you get that instant feedback.”

            Senior Myra Longnecker, who plays a character named Mira echoed Dyer’s feelings on the absence of an audience.

            “I feed off of the audience,” she said.  “I feel that I can perform my best with them because it creates a type of good pressure.”

Fremd senior performs her solo, Promise Me, during the theatre department’s production of, “The Theory of Relativity.”

            She added that the thought of doing it as a production nearly caused her to decide not to participate this year.

            “I was pleasantly surprised by this,” she said.  “This really helped teach people to deal with change and that there can be beauty in change.  It really brought our theatre students together.”

            Dyer added that while the year and production posed many challenges, he also saw these important positives. 

            “This has shown me how close the theatre community is and how resilient we are,” he said.  “Overall, this has been a very cool experience that I will not forget.”

Fremd senior Zach Dyer performs the song, “Allergic to Cats,” during the school’s production of “The Theory of Relativity.”

            Haciosmanoglu said that she hopes viewers will take note of the crew’s emphasis on one very important issue addressed in the production.

            “We put a big emphasis on mental health throughout the show,” she said.  “We hope viewers will see that while we all may be struggling with different things, we are united in our humanity.”

            “The Theory of Relativity,” can be streamed at ShowTix4U through November 6 for $2.

The finale number is titled “Nothing Without You.” Members of the cast and crews decorated lanterns with the people and things they feel they are “nothing without,” making for an emotional and relevant final scene.


D211 Post: Fremd Wins Consecutive Student Section Showdown Championships

Fremd High School social studies teacher Jason Dvorak, junior Shriyaa Sanjeevkumar, and math teacher Kelly Scott hold the banner announcing Fremd as the 2020 Class 3A/4A Student Section Showdown Champions. (Photo courtesy of IHSA)

The Illinois High School Association announced the 2020 Student Section Showdown Champions. For the second consecutive year, William Fremd High School was named the Class 3A/4A champions.  Fremd’s repeat is the first in the event’s six-year history. 

The event consists of schools submitting videos of their student sections during various events.  The videos are then judged by the IHSA Student Advisory Committee.  The videos are judged on a variety of categories including sportsmanship, spirit, student participation and originality. 

The IHSA stated that the winner of the event was scheduled to be announced during the 2020 boys basketball championship game earlier this year.  However, due to COVID-19, the event was cancelled.

The Student Section Showdown Championship is sponsored by Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donation, Eversight, and LifeGoesOn.com.


You can view Fremd’s video submission here:

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.