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HOFFMAN ESTATES HIGH SCHOOL
        20 19-2020 P a rent Gu i de B oo k
                       A Resource for Parents
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A message from Josh Schumacher
Principal of Hoffman Estates High School
Welcome to Hoffman Estates High School! The 2019-2020 school year presents an
opportunity to provide students with extraordinary opportunities, innovative teaching, and
exceptional learning experiences. Our Hoffman Estates High School staff is comprised
of amazing educators who dedicate their time and energy to ensuring that your child will
achieve their highest potential. Every adult in our building truly cares about your child
and are dedicated to helping you and your child make the most out of the academic,
athletic, and extracurricular opportunities available at HEHS.
Our student body is defined by our acceptance, tolerance, and respect for each other’s
differences. We strive to foster a school culture in which everyone feels safe, welcomed,
and valued. We believe in a growth mindset and know that every student has the potential
to learn and grow. We also believe in, teach, and demonstrate grit on a daily basis. I am
confident that your child will share these values and demonstrate them from their first day
at HEHS to their graduation day four years later.
We are excited to share this Guidebook with you. This resource is designed to provide increased information for you so
that we can more effectively collaborate together to increase your child’s success. I highly encourage you to review the
information in this resource, have discussions with your child regarding the information, and join us on pertinent dates this
school year.
We are grateful for your support and collaboration and look forward to working together with you to ensure that we providing
our students with an amazing educational experience.

Thank you,

Josh Schumacher
Principal

                                                   Table of Contents
    4-Year Planning...............................................2      One-to-One Program....................................10
    Activities/Athletics Information.......................4             Power of 15.....................................................4
    Booster Club Information............... Back cover                   School Safety and Security.............................8
    College Majors and Career Clusters...............3                   Software Systems and User Accounts........11
    Communications/Notifications.......................9                 Standardized Testing.......................................7
    Contact Information....................... Back cover                Student Health Information.............................5
    Course Selection.............................................3       Student Readiness Plan..................................8
    Digital Democracy.........................................10         Student Services.............................................1
    Frequently Asked                                                     Student Supports............................................5
    Questions.......................................................12   Student Workload............................................5
    Graduation Requirements...............................2              Summer School...............................................8
    Health Services................................................6     Wellness Program............................................6
    Key Dates........................................................1
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Student Services
The Student Services Department is available to support students with their complete high school experience. Each
student is assigned a school counselor and the counselor serves as the main point of contact for all school-related
questions and concerns. Students can see their school counselor during a non-academic period of the school day.
It is recommended that students schedule an appointment for these meetings which can be done using the Student
Readiness Plan.
Registrar
The Registrar’s Office is a part of the Student Services Department and maintains all permanent school records, including
grade reports.
Transcripts
Hoffman Estates High School uses Parchment, an online tool, to respond to requests for school transcripts by current
         high school students. Details about the Parchment system are available on the school website at
         https://adc.d211.org/page/3693.
            The Student Services Office can be reached at 847-755-4630.

                                                  Key Dates
                                       August 12, 2019         First day of classes
                                   September 26, 2019          First Generation College Night
                                       August 29, 2019         Parent Open House
                              September 23 - 28, 2019          Homecoming week
                                      October 23, 2019         District 211 College Night
                                  November 25, 2019 -          Course selection for 2020-2021 school year
                                     January 16, 2020

                               December 18 - 20, 2019          Final exams
                                     February 27, 2020         District 211 Career Expo
                                          April 14, 2020       SAT - Class of 2020
                                                               PSAT 10 - Class of 2021
                                          April 15, 2020       PSAT 9 - Class of 2022
                                       May 4 - 15, 2020        Advanced Placement Exams
                                            May 2, 2020        Prom
                                          May 14, 2020         Graduation (Class of 2020)
                                      May 20 - 22, 2020        Final exams

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4-Year Planning & Xello (Formerly called Career CruIsing)
    The four-year plan is created during 9th grade and accounts for graduation requirements as well as tentative post-
    high school plans. The Hoffman Estates High School guidance program builds in opportunities for students to work
    with school counselors to develop a comprehensive four-year plan of academic coursework. Each year, students
    refine and revise their four-year plan to reflect changing areas of interest and clearer visions for life after high school.
    Counselors and students use an online tool called Xello, to create a four-year course plan that will be reflected in the
    Student Readiness Plan (see page 8). Children can share access to their Xello profiles providing parents with the
    ability to view all of their work within the portal including the four-year plan, interest survey results, career fields of
    note, and post-high school education research information. Please contact your child’s school counselor if you need
    assistance getting into the portal.

                        District 211 Graduation Requirements
                Class of 2020 and 2021                                           Class of 2022 and 2023
Students in the Classes of 2020 and 2021 must complete             Students in the Classes of 2022 and 2023 must complete
a minimum of eighteen (18) units of academic credit                a minimum of twenty (20) units of academic credit including
including the following requirements:                              the following requirements:
1. Four units of English                                           1. Four units of English
2. Two years of writing intensive courses, one of which            2. Two years of writing intensive courses, one of which
    must be English and the other of which may be English              must be English and the other of which may be
    or any other subject                                               English or any other subject
3. Three units of mathematics with at least one course at          3. Three units of mathematics with at least one course
    the 300-level or higher. One of the three required units           at the 300-level or higher. One of the three required
    must be Algebra 1 and one unit must include geometry               units must be Algebra I and one unit must include
    content                                                            geometry content
4. Two units of science                                            4. Two units of science
5. One unit of American history                                    5. One unit of American history
6. One unit of social science survey; or one-half unit of          6. One unit of social science survey; or one-half unit of
    economics and one-half unit of government                          economics and one-half unit of government
7. One unit of world language, art, music, or vocational           7. One unit of world language, art, music, or vocational
    education                                                          education
8. One-half unit of consumer education (or equivalent)             8. One-half unit of consumer education (or equivalent)
9. One-half unit of health education                               9. One unit each of Freshmen Wellness and Sophomore
10. Physical education credit for each semester of                     Wellness
    attendance (or equivalent)                                     10. One-half unit of physical education for each semester
11. Complete thirty (30) hours of instruction in safety                of attendance (or equivalent) after sophomore year
    education (driver education classroom instruction)             11. Complete thirty (30) hours of instruction in safety
12. Pass a qualifying examination on the state and federal             education (driver education classroom instruction)
    constitution, Declaration of Independence, use of the          12. Pass a qualifying examination on the state and
    American flag, and the Australian (secret ballot) method           federal constitution, Declaration of Independence,
    of voting                                                          use of the American flag, and the Australian (secret
13. Participate in the assessment testing system as                    ballot) method of voting
    established by the State of Illinois                           13. Participate in the assessment testing system as
                                                                       established by the State of Illinois
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Course Selection
  Each year during December and January, freshmen, sophomores, and juniors meet with
  their school counselors to request courses for the next school year. Recommendations from
  current classroom teachers will guide many course choices, particularly in the core area. Other
  course options, in the elective areas, are based entirely on student preference.

  Hoffman Estates High School encourages each student to select elective courses that align
           with career fields and college majors the student has identified as an area of interest.
           The District 211 Curriculum Guide contains descriptions of each available course
           and is available at https://adc.d211.org/curriculum-guide.

  You and your child may find the Curriculum Guide a helpful resource as you consider different
  options.

  In late January, you will receive notice of the core and elective courses your child has been
  assigned for the 2020-2021 school year.

College Majors and
Career Clusters
Students are encouraged to select elective courses
related to career clusters that match identified areas
of student interest. Students gain awareness of career
fields by completing the Career Matchmaker survey in
Xello. The survey can be repeated multiple times to
reflect changing interests.

Additionally, Hoffman Estates High School offers
students opportunities to learn about career fields and
occupationa through Career Treks and Internships.
Career Treks are day trips to a local business during
which students can interact with current employees to find out more details about particular occupations. Internships place
students on-the-job to gain first-hand experience in the workplace. To learn more about Career Treks and Internships, contact
our school’s career advisor at 847-755-4657 or visit the the College and Career center located in the Media Center.

          More details about District 211’s curricular alignment with the nationally recognized career cluster framework is
          available online at http://www.d211careercluster.org.

  Power of 15
  Hoffman Estates High School’s goal is to have all students graduate with the equivalent of at least 15 college credits. This
  goal is called the “Power of 15” because students who earn at least 15 college credits while still in high school are more
  likely to experience success after high school. Students can earn college credit by:
  ● Participating in an Advanced Placement (AP) course and earning a passing score on the AP exam (score of 3, 4 or 5)
  ● Taking a Dual Credit course (a course that provides both high school and college credit simultaneously)
  ● Completing selected Project Lead the Way (PLTW) pre-engineering courses and passing associated end-of-course exams
  The District 211 Curriculum Guide identifies both AP and Dual Credit courses. It also provides more background information
  about the impact student grades in Dual Credit coursework may have on the student’s eligibility for post-high school
  financial aid.
  Contact your student’s high school counselor or refer to the Student Readiness Plan for more information about the Power
  of 15 and early college credit.

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Activities                                                                      Hoffman Estates High
                                                                                School values student
Art Club                    Interact Club            Spring Play
                                                                                involvement and
Auto Club                   Intramurals              Student Congress 		        participation in extra-
Best Buddies                Junior Class Club           (Debate)                curricular activities,
Blue Crew                   Literary Magazine        Student Council            including athletics,
                                                                                clubs, and the fine arts.
Business Professionals of   Madrigals                Talent Show
                                                                                These activities provide
   America (BPA)            Math Team                Theater Guides             students opportunities for enrichment
Chess Team                  Movie Critics Club       Theater Tech Club          while also helping them to connect to
Cultural Awareness Club     Musical                  Thespians                  their school community. All students
                                                                                are encouraged to join at least one of
Dance Club/Orchesis         National Honor Society   Video Game Club            these groups during freshmen year.
Dance Show                  Newspaper                Wood Workers Club
                                                                                Hoffman Estates High School
Drama Club                  Operation Snowball       Worldwide Youth in 		      offers over 75 unique student clubs
Electronics Club            Outdoor Adventure Club      Science & Engineering   and activities. A full list of these
ELS Poms                    Peers and Leaders in        (WYSE)                  organizations is available on the
                                                                                school website at
Fall Play                      Service (PALS)        Writing Club               http://www.
Fashion Club                Photography Club         Yearbook                   hoffmanestates.portal.
Flags                       Picasso Club                                        rschooltoday.com.
Foreign Exchange Club       Poms                                                Athletic teams are
Forensics Team              Robotics Club                                       organized according to the fall, winter,
French Club                 S.A.D.D.
                                                                                and spring sports seasons.
Freshmen Class Club         Scholastic Bowl                                     Athletic and activity camps are
Film Making Club            Science Bowl                                        part of the Hoffman Estates High
                                                                                School summer school program.
GSA Club                    Science Club                                        Specific summer camp details,
Hawk Club                   Senior Class Club                                   including instructions for accessing
Hawkettes                   Social Studies Club                                 the rSchoolToday online registration
                                                                                platform, will be sent to you in the
HOSA (Health Occupations Sophomore Class Club                                   spring as part of the summer school
   Students of America)     Spanish Club                                        information packet. Students must
I-Compete                   Special Olympics                                    have a valid physical on file with the
                                                                                nurse’s office to participate in these
                                                                                camps.

Activity Director: Brian Harlan, 847-755-5612

Athletics
Fall                        Winter                   Spring
Cheerleading - fall         Bowling                  Baseball
Boys Cross Country          Boys Basketball          Badminton
Girls Cross Country         Girls Basketball         Boys Gymnastics
Football                    Cheerleading - winter    Boys Lacrosse
Boys Golf                   Girls Gymnastics         Girls Lacrosse
Girls Golf                  Boys Swimming & Diving   Softball
Boys Soccer                 Wrestling                Girls Soccer
Girls Swimming & Diving                              Boys Track & Field
Girls Tennis                                         Girls Track & Field
Girls Volleyball                                     Boys Volleyball
                                                     Boys Water Polo
                                                     Girls Water Polo
                                                     Boys Tennis

Athletic Director: Steve Lacni, 847-755-5770
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STUDENT WORKLOAD CONSIDERATIONS
Each student’s 24-hour day is filled with a variety of activities and obligations. Students should consider these four
factors as they manage their time and energy:

           ACADEMIC WORKLOAD                                     EXTRA-CURRICULAR INVOLVEMENT
• Students are encouraged to participate in rigorous              • Club and team membership provides opportunites to
  coursework aligned with individualized post-secondary             make meaningful social connections and develop non-
  goals                                                             academic skills
• District 211 strives for all students to earn at least 15       • Each student is encouraged to join at least one school
  college credit equivalencies while in high school                 activity or school athletic team each year
• Achieving a 2.8 or higher Grade Point Average is a              • Extra-curricular activities allow students to explore
  strong indicator of academic success                              career clusters and potential career interests

      COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT                                                         LIFE BALANCE
• Student volunteerism is valued as a learning 		                 • The combined impact of academic coursework,
  opportunity and as a service to others                            extra-curricular involvement, community employment,
                                                                    community service, and other obligations can create
• Every student is encouraged to fulfill a minimum
                                                                    unhealthy stressors for some students
  number of community service hours each year:
        • 9th grade: 5 hours (second semester)                    • All students are encouraged to consider the collective
        • 10th grade: 10 hours                                      workload associated with their day-to-day routines
        • 11th grade: 15 hours                                    • A balanced approach will help students maintain
        • 12th grade: 20 hours                                      physical, social, and emotional wellness

Student Supports
Students needing assistance in balancing their academic workload, extra-curricular involvement, community involvement, and
other obligations are encouraged to contact their school counselor to explore solutions. Direct supports for academic needs
and social-emotional challenges are available to all students.

Academic Supports
A complete description of Hoffman Estates High School’s academic supports, including before school, during
school, and after school tutoring is available at https://adc.d211.org/domain/207.

Social-emotional Supports
Hoffman Estates High School has a complete team of school social workers and school psychologists to help students develop
coping strategies and to connect them with outside-of-school resources that may be valuable in forming long-term solutions to
present-day difficulties. Your school counselor can link you to these resources if needed.

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Wellness Program
    Wellness is more than the absence of illness. It includes physical, social, and emotional well-being which all contribute
    to overall health. Wellness also includes developing self-awareness about the ways personal choices can influence
    present and future life experiences.

    Township High School District 211 values student wellness and promotes healthy lifestyle choices beginning freshman
    year. During ninth and 10th grades, all students participate in a year long wellness course which combines the
    traditional activity-based physical education experience with the essential components of health education. This
    comprehensive approach provides students the opportunity to learn wellness concepts in a classroom environment
    and apply those concepts during physical activity and in settings outside of the physical education arena.

    The wellness model extends across each year of high school to match the maturity and needs of the developing
    young adults in District 211 schools. Helping students understand how physical fitness, healthy decision making,
    stress management, and healthy relationships contribute to overall wellness will result in lifelong benefits.

    For more information about the District 211 Wellness Program, contact the Physical Education Department Chair at
    847-755-4778.

    Health Services Information
    Medications
    Students must have a signed authorization form on file in the Nurse’s Office in order to use prescription and non-
    prescription medications while in school. The forms are available at the links below,

             Prescription Medications
             https://adc.d211.org/cms/lib/IL49000007/Centricity/Domain/159/Prescription%20Medication.pdf

             Non-Prescription Medications
             https://adc.d211.org/cms/lib/IL49000007/Centricity/Domain/159/OTC%20Medication%20Form.pdf

    Leaving School Due to Illness
    Students may not leave school due to illness without first securing permission from the nurse. The nurse will contact
    the student’s parent as needed to discuss the student’s status and to determine the need to leave school.
    Special Notice Regarding Senior Year Vaccinations
    Meningococcal disease, best known as the cause of meningitis, carries a high mortality rate if untreated, but is
    vaccine preventable. Illinois School Code requires that all students entering 12th grade provide proof of receiving
    two Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccines (MCV4) before the start of senior year.

                         High School District 211 has a first day exclusion policy.
               Seniors whose vaccinations are not compliant will be unable to attend school.
             You can check your child’s vaccination status by contacting your physician or by accessing your child’s
             school immunization record in the Infinite Campus Portal available at
             https://campus.d211.org/campus/portal/township.jsp.
    Contact the school nurse, Melanie Hopkins, at 847-755-4662 if you have questions about Hoffman Estates High
    School’s health services.

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Standardized Testing
The Illinois State Board of Education uses a variety of standardized tests to assess student achievement during high school.
Information about major testing initiatives is provided.

SAT SUITE OF ASSESSMENTS                                        ILLINOIS Science ASSESSMENT
The Illinois State Board of Education uses the SAT Suite        In compliance with Illinois State of Education regulations, all
of Assessments to gather data about student achievement         juniors are required to take the Illinois Science Assessment
and growth over time. The series of grade-specific exams        (ISA).
provide details about proficiency in the areas of evidence-
                                                                The ISA is an online test and will be completed between
based Reading and Mathematics. The 2019-2020 schedule
                                                                March 2 – April 15.
for these assessments is provided.
                                                                Parents will receive notice about specific test schedule
      Exam            Students              Date                details later this year.
     PSAT 9           Freshmen         April 15, 2020
     PSAT 10         Sophomores        April 15, 2020
      SAT*             Juniors         April 14, 2020

      More information about the SAT Suite of Assessments
      is available at
      https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/about.
*This SAT is required for high school graduation and also
provides a valid score for college entrance purposes.

ACCESS                                                          ADVANCED PLACEMENT EXAMS
Per State of Illinois requirements, all students with limited   Students enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) courses are
English language proficiency annually participate in the        encouraged to take the associated AP exam at the end of
ACCESS test to measure four skill areas:                        the school year. Satisfactory performance on the AP exam
1.      Listening                                               can translate directly to college credits.*
2.      Speaking                                                This year’s AP exams will be held between May 4 – May 15.
3.      Reading                                                 Exam registration occurs in October.
4.      Writing
                                                                          More information about AP exams is available on
ACCESS tests will be administered during the school                       the College Board website at
day between January 7 – February 14. Parents of eligible                  https://apstudent.collegeboard.org.
students will be notified of testing-related details in early
January.                                                        *Per Illinois law, all Illinois public colleges and universities must
                                                                award credit for AP test scores of 3 or higher. Parents and students
                                                                are advised to check with specific colleges and universities about
                                                                their policies for recognizing AP test scores and any college
                                                                credits they may award.

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Summer School
                                                 The District 211 Summer School program includes academic courses
                                                 and summer activity/athletic camps. Each experience is designed to help
                                                 students in their journey toward high school graduation and explore areas
                                                 of interest.
                                                 Academics
                                                 Summer School courses provide an opportunity for students to recover
                                                 course credits, replace low grades with higher grades, move ahead within a
                                                 curriculum sequence, and explore areas of career interest.
                                                 Activities/Athletics
                                                 School activity and athletic teams sponsor summer camps to help students
                                                 explore areas of interest and to enhance skills in preparation for upcoming
                                                 athletic seasons and events.

                                                             Summer School Registration Details Will Be
                                                                     Sent to You in the Spring
                                                 The first session of Summer School 2020 will begin on June 2 - June 23.
                                                 The second session runs from June 24 - July 15. Each 3-week session
                                                 holds classes on Monday-Thursday.

  Student Readiness Plan
                             The District 211 Student Readiness Plan is designed to help students prepare for high school
                             graduation and their lives as independent young adults. The Readiness Plan focuses on
                             five essential readiness components: Academic Readiness, College & Career Exploration,
                             Involvement, Global Competitive Skills, and Wellness.
                             All Hoffman Estates High School students are assigned an account within the District 211 Student
                             Readiness Plan online portal providing them with a centralized hub to create individualized
                             goals, measure progress, and track activity throughout their high school experience.
                             During each year of high school, your child’s school counselor will lead your child through
                             targeted activities that directly connect to various elements of the Student Readiness Plan.
                             Parents have access to view their child’s Readiness Plan and are encouraged to have
                             discussions with their child about goals and overall status. More information, including
                             log on instructions, is available at https://adc.d211.org/domain/73.

School Safety and Security
School safety is a top priority at Hoffman Estates High School. The school employs active video surveillance cameras to promote
and deter inappropriate activity on school grounds and conducts regular safety drills with students and staff members. The following
safety protocols have been implemented:
School Visitors: 		       All visitors, including parents, to Hoffman Estates High School must provide a valid photo ID upon
			                       entering the school. A visitor tag will be provided and must be worn for the duration of the visitor’s time
			                       at school.
Student ID Cards:         Students must have their school ID card in their possession at all times while at school. The ID card
			                       must be provided to school staff members upon request.
Safety Concerns: Students, parents, and community members are encouraged to report safety concerns using the online
			              form available on the Hoffman Estates High School website. Reports may be anonymous,
			              if desired. The form is available at
			https://adc.d211.info/forms/hoffman-estates-high-school-safety-concern/.
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District 211 Communications/Notifications
District 211 and Hoffman Estates High School frequently use email to share information with parents and have adopted a
coded message system to help parents identify the relative importance of various email messages. The code is displayed
directly in the email subject line. The specific codes are:

Level Green     General information from the school or District about scheduled school events or news that does not require
		              immediate attention.

Level Yellow    Public safety/awareness information regarding an incident in or near the school that warrants attention but
		              does not pose any threat to the school. For example, local law enforcement might respond to a location near
		              the school, but the incident is not threatening school safety.

Level Orange    Weather/school safety alerts regarding an event that will affect school operations. All weather-related school
		              closures will be level orange messages.

Code Red        Emergency communications and information about an incident that is likely to occur or has already occurred.
		              An active threat against the school that resulted in injury, or a confirmed fire that resulted in injury and school
		              evacuation are examples of incidents that would be shared under this code.

In addition to email, the District will send text messages to mobile devices and place phone calls to communicate Level
          Orange and Code Red messages. It is important that parents maintain accurate contact information within the
          Infinite Campus portal so they can receive all types of communications from the school and District. You can access
          the portal at https://campus.d211.org/campus/portal/township.jsp.

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ONE-TO-ONE PROGRAM
All students at Hoffman Estates High School are assigned an iPad as part of District 211’s one-to-one technology program. The
iPad is an integral part of the school’s approach to teaching and learning, and students are expected to have their fully-charged
iPad in school each day.

Student iPads are optimized for learning. Access to selected device settings are controlled by school personnel and established
to minimize distractions. Additionally, the App Store is blocked to help keep students focused on learning tasks while they
use their iPad. Students are responsible for keeping their iPad in good operating condition. Devices that are damaged or lost
must be reported to the school’s Technology Department. Students are responsible for the costs associated with the repair or
          replacement of a damaged or lost iPad. Parents are encouraged to take advantage of the District’s iPad Protection
          Plan that offers discounted repair/replacement costs. Full details about the iPad Protection Plan are available on the
          District 211 website at https://adc.d211.org/Page/5181.

Any student requiring assistance with a school-assigned iPad should visit the school’s Technology HelpDesk located
in the Media Center, or visit the Technology Department’s webpage at https://adc.d211.org/domain/208.

Digital Democracy
Hoffman Estates High School actively promotes positive and respectful use of technology
by students. District 211 Digital Democracy program is devoted to this purpose and
is designed to help students develop essential skills needed to effectively function in
an increasingly digital world. The program was designed to help students participate
appropriately when using social media, to respect others’ privacy rights, to exercise
personal safety while online, and to understand the impact their online behaviors may                         outside
have on others.

During 9th, 10th, and 11th grades, all students are introduced to these topics using a set
of online modules. Each year, students independently complete 4-5 modules at their
own pace, and each module takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. All modules
are hosted in Hoffman Estates High School’s Schoology system, which provides parents
access to the modules and their children’s progress. Grade-specific details about the
online modules are sent to parents in the early part of the school year.

Please contact Enrico Matarazzo, Assistant Principal, at 847-755-4614 if you have
questions about the Digital Democracy program.

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SOFTWARE SYSTEMS & USER ACCOUNTS
A variety of software systems are used to maintain student information, manage instructional tasks, and support student
development. Parents and students alike have access to these systems, and parents are encouraged to establish
user accounts for each system and reference the library of tutorial videos to learn how to maximize the use of these
systems. The tutorial videos are available on the District 211 website at adc.d211.org/page/7133.

           Infinite Campus
           Infinite Campus (IC) is used to manage student data such as contact information, attendance, grades, and
           assessment scores. The IC portal is located at https://campus.d211.org/campus/portal/township.jsp and
requires parents to create a unique individualized user account. Account creation requires an activation key and all parents
are sent that key during the fall of their child’s 8th grade year in anticipation of entrance to high school. Parents of
transfer students will receive an activation key upon school enrollment. Parents are discouraged from sharing their
IC password with their child since the parent account includes privileges unique to the parent’s role. Students have
their own IC accounts.

         Schoology
         The Schoology portal is located at https://d211.schoology.com/login?&school=13690631. This platform helps
         teachers track, report, deliver, and collect instructional materials. Parents can access every course their
         child is a part of within Schoology after creating an account using a unique access code provided by the
classroom teacher. Teachers distribute these access codes in the fall of each school year.

           Xello
           Xello, formerly called Career Cruising, is an online tool students use to develop awareness of future career paths
           and to create plans to achieve personal goals for life after high school. Students have the ability to share their Xello
           profile with their parents and this step is built into students’ use of the system. Once sharing is activated,
your child will send you a link to their profile. You do not need to establish an account to access this shared profile.
More information about Xello is available at https://xello.world/en/.

           rSchoolToday
           Hoffman Estates High School uses the rSchoolToday system to manage registration for summer athletic and
           activity camps. Completing the registration process requires the parent to log onto the Infinite Campus portal
           first. A menu of options is displayed on the left-hand side of the screen after logging in. Select Extracurricular
Registration and the rSchoolToday portal will open. Follow the on-screen prompts to complete registration for the desired
summer camp.

           My School Bucks
           My School Bucks is an online system parents can use to pre-pay for their child’s school meals using a credit card
           or debit card. The system provides access to account balances and transaction histories, supports low balance
           email alerts, and can be set up to automatically replenish. Parents can create an account by visiting
www.myschoolbucks.com or downloading the My School Bucks app to their mobile device. Please contact the
District 211 Food and Nutrition Services department at 847-755-6681 if you have any questions about this free
service.

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Frequently Asked Questions
1. Where is my child’s bus stop and what time                  6. How does my child arrange to see college and
   does the bus pick up my child?			                              university representatives who visit Hoffman
   Transportation details, including bus route information        Estates High School?
   and pickup/drop off times, are sent to parents in the          Our college counselor maintains a list colleges and
   summer. Other questions about transportation can be            universities that will be visiting Hoffman Estates
   directed to the District 211 Transportation Department         High School during the school year. Students can
   at 847-755-6798.                                               access the list online and sign up by completing the
                                                                  form located at https://docs.google.com/
2. Is Summer School required?
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   improve academic proficiency in reading, math or both.
   Eligible students, and their parents, will be notified in   7. Where can I find information about scholarships
   late January. See page 8 for more information about            my child might qualify for?
   summer school.                                                 A list of scholarships is maintained on the school website
                                                                  at https://adc.d211.org/Page/5088. Students are
3. My child is interested in athletics. How does my
                                                                  encouraged to check the site regularly for updates.
   child sign up, and when do sports begin practicing?
                                                                  Be aware that the Harper Promise Scholarship is
   Athletic teams are organized by season – fall, winter,
                                                                  only available to students who began ninth grade at
   and spring. Parents register their child for teams using
                                                                  a District 211, District 214, or District 220
   the Infinite Campus portal. See page 11 for details
                                                                  high school and applied to participate in the
   about the registration process. This can be done
                                                                  Promise program before December 15 of
   anytime after July 1.
                                                                  their freshman year.
4. How do I register my child for an athletic team or
                                                               8. Does the school offer opportunities for my child to
   extracurricular activity?
                                                                  prepare for the SAT exam?
   Parents use Infinite Campus to register for
                                                                  SAT preparation is embedded within the instructional
   extracurricular athletic teams, clubs, and activities.
                                                                  strategies teachers use within their classrooms. In
   Completing the registration process requires the parent
                                                                  addition, a practice SAT exam for juniors is offered in
   to log onto the Infinite Campus portal. A menu of
                                                                  February and students are able to use the results of
   options is displayed on the left-hand side of the screen
                                                                  that practice exam to identify specific skill areas for
   after logging in. Select Extracurricular Registration and
                                                                  improvement prior to taking the State-sponsored SAT
   the registration portal will open. Follow the on-screen
                                                                  in April. The Khan Academy includes free resources
   prompts to complete registration for the desired team
                                                                  for students to prepare for the SAT, and once linked
   and/or activity.
                                                                  to a student’s College Board account, provides a
5. Are there special eligibility requirements if my               customized course of study focused on the student’s
   child wants to play sports?			                                 unique areas for growth in both mathematics and
   All student-athletes must meet eligibly requirements as        evidence-based reading and writing.
   set forth by the Illinois High School Association (IHSA)
                                                               9. How will I be notified if a school emergency exists?
   which include maintaining passing grades in at least
                                                                  Emergency situations will be communicated to parents
   25 credit hours per week. District 211 has additional
                                                                  via email, text message, and phone calls. Emergency
   requirements for athletic eligibility that can be found
                                                                  emails will be designated using the District’s
   online at https://adc.d211.org/cms/lib/IL49000007/
                                                                  communications/notifications color-coded system.
   Centricity/Domain/2473/Eligibility-IHSA-D211.pdf.
                                                                  See page 9 for more information about school
   Students transferring to Hoffman Estates                       communications.
   High School from another high school will
   want to consult with the Athletic Director to               10. Whom should I call if my child is struggling with
   discuss eligibility requirements.                               classwork?
                                                                   Your child’s teachers are the first line of support
                                                                   regarding questions about class assignments.
                                                                   Your child’s school counselor also can assist with
                                                                   connecting your child to specific academic supports
                                                                   within the school.

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NOTES
Hoffman Estates High School Boosters
The Hoffman Estates Loyal Partners (HELP) Booster Club is made up of parents, staff, alumni, and community members
who support the educational experience for all Hoffman Estates High School students. Each year, funds raised by HELP
are awarded to a wide variety of academic departments and extracurricular programs that directly impact the entire
student body.

The Boosters also support students by volunteering to plan and chaperone events including student social activities,
sports awards nights, and post-prom festivities. Events and fundraising plans are already underway for the school year,
but they cannot be successful without your help.

Annual membership dues to belong to the HELP Booster Club range from $20-$100. Please consider joining. If you have
questions, please email helppresident@gmail.com. Additional information also is available on the Boosters website at:
https://adc.d211.org/hehs-parents-help.

                                      Contact Information
    Hoffman Estates High School v 1100 West Higgins Road v Hoffman Estates, IL 60169 v 847-755-5600
   Administration                        Department Chairs
   Principal                             Applied Technology                    Music
   Joshua Schumacher                     Dave Ligman                           Jerry Lowrey
   jschumacher@d211.org                  dligman@d211.org                      jlowrey@d211.org

   Assistant Principal                   Art                                   Science
   Brian Harlan                          Juan Medina                           Todd Meador
   bharlan@d211.org                      jmedina@d211.org                      tmeador@d211.org

   Assistant Principal                   Business Education                    Social Studies
   Justin Onayemi                        Kerri Largo                           Kevin Mallon
   jonayemi@d211.org                     klargo@d211.org                       kmallon@d211.org

   Assistant Principal                   English                               Special Education
   Daniel Andersen                       Robert Coakley                        Colleen Little
   dandersen@d211.org                    rcoakley@d211.org                     clittle@d211.org

   Assistant Principal                   English as a Second Language          Technology
   Gerry James                           Alex Bernstein                        Christina Ordonez
   gjames@d211.org                       abernstein@d211.org                   cordonez@d211.org

   Dean of Students                      Family and Consumer Sciences          Wellness
   Jason Stevens                         Jessica Ecker                         Beth Roesner
   jstevens@d211.org                     jecker@d211.org                       broesner@d211.org

   Dean of Students                      Guidance                              World Language
   Linda Serafini                        Scott Hoeft                           Cherea Sparkman
   lserafini@d211.org                    shoeft@d211.org                       csparkman@d211.org

   Student Services                      Math
   Director                              Mary Thomas
   Jennifer Beers                        mthomas@d211.org
   jbeers@d211.org
                                         Media
   Athletic Director                     Terri Berkowitz
   Steven Lacni                          tberkowitz@d211.org
   slacni@d211.org
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