Schaumburg HS Newsletter

February 2023

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From the Principal

With this issue, 8th grade parents will begin receiving our monthly parent newsletter for the remainder of the year. We would like to officially welcome you to our Schaumburg High School family. Incredibly, your sons and daughters are only one semester away from entering high school! As you can see from the contents of the newsletter, we try to provide pertinent information for parents and take time to recognize student accomplishments.

It was wonderful to see so many of you at Incoming Freshman Night in December! As you are aware, the registration process for incoming freshmen has already begun. To date, the following items should have been submitted to our Student Services Department: proof of residency, original birth certificate, and master enrollment form. Your student should have also taken the PSAT 8/9 Placement Test and also identified elective courses. Families are able to now see course listings in the Infinite Campus Parent Portal.

If you have questions about any aspects of your student’s transition to SHS, feel free to contact the Student Services Department at (847) 755-4630. We welcome your questions. Providing a quality education is best achieved with a unified effort of parents, teachers, students and staff. I encourage you to join us in this partnership. Together we will continue the tradition of excellence that makes great things happen at Schaumburg High School!

Brian Harlan

All-State Musicians

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Congratulations to our Saxons who were selected to participate in the Illinois Music Education Association conference all-state performances! These students achieved the highest level of musicianship in the state and performed with their groups in Peoria.

Students: Chris Mininni (Tenor in Choir), Owen Adamitis (Bass in Choir), Josephine Mascarenhas (Baritone Saxophone in Band), Mia Hardison (Viola in Orchestra), Genna Viloria (Bass Clarinet in Band), and Andrew Fitch (Future Music Educators Seminar)

Off-Campus Lunch

Juniors and seniors with parental permission may have off-campus privileges that allow them to leave campus during their lunch period. Forms were due earlier this month.

Off-campus privileges are revocable if students are not meeting behavioral and/or academic expectations. Below are examples that may lead to a student’s off-campus privileges being revoked.

  • Failure to abide by all school rules

  • Excessive absences to class

  • Inadequate academic performance

  • Any misconduct related to leaving or while off-campus

  • Any reason which leads the student’s parent or administrator to feel that it is not in the student’s best interest to retain the off-campus privilege. Parents or guardians may revoke their permission for Off-Campus privileges at any time by contacting their student’s administrator in the Intervention Office.

Students that did not meet behavioral or academic expectations for the first semester may have their off-campus privileges revoked for the second semester and must meet with their Administrator to seek off-campus privileges again.

Congratulations Saxon Cheer!

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The Varsity Saxon Cheer Team took second place at the IHSA Sectional and then went to State. The team also placed first at the MSL Conference competition. Congratulations Saxons!

VIP Booster Club Online Store

Looking to update your wardrobe with some new SHS gear? Check out the online Saxon Store run by the SHS VIP Booster Club. Please click here to browse the selection!

Seniors of the Month

Congratulations to these Saxon seniors who were named “Senior of the Month” for January.

Get Involved: Hope Spaces

Blessings in a Backpack, part of SHS’s Hope Spaces, is a nonprofit program that partners with schools across America to ensure students in need are fed on weekends throughout the school year. Better test scores, improved reading skills, positive behavior, improved health and increased attendance all have been attributed to the success of this program.

Schaumburg High School and the Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates partnered in 2013 to start the program at Schaumburg High School. Students are selected one of three ways: McKinney-Vento homeless status, free and reduced lunch program eligibility and staff referrals.

How you can help:

Food donations can be brought to the Student Services Office.

  • Granola and fruit breakfast bars

  • Cereal

  • Oatmeal

  • Chef Boyardee Ravioli, Beefaroni, Spaghetti and Meatballs

  • Mashed potatoes

  • Mac & Cheese

  • Canned fruit

  • Bottled drinks like Gatorade and Vitamin Water

  • Fruit Snacks

  • Cheese and crackers, Goldfish crackers

  • Snack pack pudding

  • Pasta

  • Instant Rice

  • Variety pack potato chips

**Food items must be new and unopened. Expired food cannot be accepted.**

Hope Spaces also houses clothing items -- including coats, gloves and scarves -- for any student in need of these items.

Contact your student’s counselor (847-755-4630) for questions. You can find the counselor's individual email listed on the Schaumburg High School website.

News to Know - Incoming Freshmen

All incoming ninth-grade students are required by the state to have a physical examination and their current immunizations on file in the health office. Physical examinations must be completed on the Certificate of Child Health Examination form version dated 11/2015 or later. These forms are available on the school’s website under "Parents - Health Services."

Examinations that are not completed on this form or completed on IHSA forms will NOT meet the requirement of your child’s ninth grade physical. Your child may not begin school until this requirement has been met.

All incoming ninth-graders are required to turn in a dental examination. The dental exam must be dated within 18 months of the May 15 deadline. Dental examination forms will need to be turned into the nurse’s office by May 15, 2024. The form is available on the Palatine website under the "Parents - Health Services" tab.

If your child is registering for a summer sports camp, a physical must be on file in the health office prior to the first day of camp. Your child’s physical must have been completed within the last 13 months for your child to participate. Health records will not be received from the junior highs prior to the start of summer sports camps. It is the responsibility of the parents to make sure there is a physical on file prior to the first day of sports camp and the first day of school.

News to Know - Juniors

Practice SAT

All juniors are invited to take a full-length Practice SAT and learn more about the Illinois Science Assessment after school on Wednesday, March 8th and Thursday, March 9th. The test will take place over two days to allow the opportunity for bus transportation for all students. No sign-up is necessary! We encourage juniors to take advantage of this opportunity in preparation for the SAT and the Illinois Science Assessment on April 12 and 13.

For more information, contact SHS Student Services Director Yassi Delgado at 847-755-4626 or

Vaccination Information

Any child entering 12th grade is required to show proof of receiving two doses of the meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV). The first dose shall be received on or after the child’s 11th birthday. The second dose should be administered on or after your child’s 16th birthday, or an interval of at least eight weeks after the first dose. Only one dose is required if the first dose was received at 16 years of age or older. Your child can NOT begin school until this immunization requirement is met.

Please note the meningococcal B vaccine does not meet the school requirement. If your child does not receive their immunizations for religious reasons, a state approved exemption form must be submitted to the nurse’s office prior to completing your child’s registration process as this is a new immunization requirement. If your child does not receive immunizations for medical reasons, a note from your physician is required and must be submitted to the nurse’s office prior to completing registration.

Please contact the health services office at 847-755-1662 with questions. Please do not wait until the last minute to get this vaccine. Doctors' offices do run out of the vaccine and receiving the vaccine at a local pharmacy can be very costly.

News to Know - Seniors

VIP Scholarships Available

Seniors, whether you are planning to attend a 2- or 4-year university or a technical/vocational school, the V.I.P. Parent Booster Club is offering scholarships that can be used for the pursuit of higher education. You could pay tuition, purchase books, or whatever else you need, and the check is made payable to YOU, not your parents or the school.

Check out this year’s scholarships:

  • Academic Scholarships: Ten $1,000.00 Academic Scholarships will be awarded to students who have demonstrated success at Schaumburg High School and in the community.

  • Jean Bajko Volunteerism Scholarship: One $1,000.00 Volunteerism Scholarship will be awarded to a student who has demonstrated volunteerism at Schaumburg High School and in the community.

  • Special Education Scholarship: One $1,000.00 Special Education Scholarship will be awarded to an outstanding special education student who has demonstrated success at Schaumburg High School and in the community.

Students may apply for more than one scholarship; however, they can only be awarded one scholarship. Applications are currently available at the links below.

All completed applications must be submitted online no later than Friday, February 17, 2023. Please contact Michelle Tunquist,, if you have any questions.

Senior Second Semester Exam Exemption

With final exams back this school year, District 211 will again allow graduating seniors to exempt from their second semester final exams if they meet the following criteria:

  • have at least a “C” average in the course

  • have less than six absences from the class

  • have no truancies from the class

  • have not been suspended from the class

  • are not incomplete on required assignments

Seniors not qualifying for the exemption will be allowed to participate in graduation ceremonies but will not receive a diploma on that day. Senior finals will be administered concurrently with all other scheduled final exams on May 24, 25 and 26. Diplomas will be given to students required to take final exams following the processing of final grades.

Seal of Biliteracy

District 211 students earn the Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy by demonstrating high levels of proficiency in English and an additional language as determined by the Illinois State Board of Education. Students can demonstrate proficiency in a target language by earning a 4 or 5 on an AP exam, I-5 or higher on the AAPPL or Intermediate High on the STAMP exam. Illinois public universities will accept the State Seal of Biliteracy as equivalent to 2 years of foreign language coursework taken during high school if a student's high school transcript indicates receipt. Current languages available are Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

Students have the option of taking the exam in-person between March 6-10 or remotely March 13-31. Limited seats are available for the in-person test, with priority going to seniors.

Students interested in taking the STAMP or AAPPL assessments for the Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy should complete this REGISTRATION FORM by the end of the school day February 17, 2023. There is a fee of $25, and an invoice for payment will be sent through MySchoolBucks. The exam comprises four modules and lasts approximately 2 to 4 hours.

Students who earn the Seal of Biliteracy will be notified in the summer depending on availability of results. Visit

Please contact the Student Services Department with questions.


February 14: Student Late Start - 8:50 a.m.

February 22: Parent Academy - 7:00 p.m. Auditorium (College Planning for Juniors)

February 28: Student Late Start - 8:50 a.m.

March 7: Jazz’n Joe Coffeehouse - 7:00 p.m. Cafeteria

March 9: Orchestra Concerto Concert - 7:00 p.m.

March 14: Student Late Start - 8:50 a.m.

March 14: Parent Academy - 7:00 p.m.