HEHS Principal's Newsletter
From the Principal's Desk
Scheduling Information for 2024-2025
Even though we are only three months into our 2023-2024 school year, we have already begun to plan for next year. All students will meet with their counselors during the months of November and December to discuss course selections for the 2024-2025 school year. This is a very important process, and we want you to understand and be prepared to support your student(s) as they make decisions about their future.
One of the most important considerations that we account for is that course selections fulfill our District 211 graduation requirements. We also believe that students planning to pursue collegiate or immediate career plans ensure that the courses that they select prepare them for their preferred option. Finally, we highly recommend that students enroll in at least one Advanced Placement (AP) or Dual Credit (DC) course during their junior and senior year.
Parents play a key role in this process. We recommend that you discuss the course selection process with your son or daughter and encourage him or her to give careful thought to their course selection. HEHS will be hosting a meeting on Thursday, November 16, 2023 at 6PM in the Media Center where the course selection process will be discussed. In addition, information will be provided on college planning.
Below are two resources (for both students and parents) to help guide your conversations:
Please encourage your student(s) to consult with their teachers and counselor if they have questions. Your son or daughter will be meeting individually with his or her counselor to choose their courses. Current Freshmen and Sophomores will meet with their counselors in December, while Juniors will meet with their counselors in late November. During this time, the counselor will review the graduation requirements, share any teacher recommendations, and collaborate with your student to finalize their course selection.
Initial student course selections will be viewable in Infinite Campus on January 25, 2024. This is an opportunity for you to review the courses that your son or daughter has selected and to make any final changes to their selections for the 2024-2025 school year.
If you wish to request a change in your student’s course selection, please submit your request in writing to your student’s counselor. The deadline to make changes to your student’s course selection is Friday, February 2, 2024; after this date, no other schedule changes may be made until the summer 2024 via counselor appointment and space will be limited.
If at any time you have questions regarding the course selection process, please contact your son or daughter’s counselor at (847)-755-5630.
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HEHS Open House 2023
Thank you to all of the parents who participated in our August 31 Open House Event. Nearly 1800 parents and/or guardians met with teachers, school counselors and administrators throughout the evening. It was great to connect with you all.
Special thanks to all of our students who helped support Open House in a variety of ways.
We had 40 students who volunteered their time to translate for parents, and our band played for all.
Thank you to all staff, students, parents, boosters and alumni who participated in our homecoming activities the week of September 18th. Without question, HEHS HAWK PRIDE was on full display throughout the week as evidenced by the number of students who participated in the various activities like: dodgeball, hallway decorating, the dance, the color run, our parade, the bonfire, Class Clash, CBS 2 flyover and fireworks. Not to mention the attendance at our soccer and football games, which exceeded 4,000 people. More than 800 of those in attendance were HEHS alumni.
HEHS Hawk Boosters
Let’s Get Involved!
The purpose of the Hawk Boosters is to support school curricular and extracurricular activities, bringing home and school into a closer relationship.
Thank you to our many Booster volunteers for their time running the concession stand, spirit wear tent & membership table at our first three home football games!
Learn more about Boosters and how you can be involved here.
Here is a link to the most recent Booster Newsletter for September.
HEHS Classroom Focus
Wellness Puts Their Strength Training to the Test!
This year was the first “Homecoming Wellness Tug-of-War Battle.” This activity featured Mr. Stricker’s 1A freshman wellness class and Mrs. Helfrich’s 1A freshman wellness class. This was to highlight and to get some bragging rights of the strength gains made in their wellness classes. Mr. Stricker’s class ended up winning the fierce matchup 3-2 with all participants getting a freeze pop. It was a blast for the students, teachers, and drove home the concept of teamwork by reiterating the remarkable power WE can generate when everyone is focused on the same goal!
Student Activity Spotlight
Say Yes to the Dress
The HEHS Say Yes to the Dress Homecoming Campaign had a great start to the program and we thank everyone who donated dresses or time. We had a few last minute donations which helped out tremendously.
A few student customers as well as their parents were so excited to be able to get the dresses they wanted /needed with minimal cost. The fashion students even were able to accomplish minor alterations for some of the customers. Funds raised during homecoming will go to dry cleaning for some of the donated dresses.
The senior fashion students running the program are looking forward to Winter formal and Prom and will be continuing to collect semi formal and prom dress until then. Please consider donating to the cause.
In each newsletter edition, a student extracurricular group will be put in the spotlight for the HEHS Community to meet and learn about.
HEHS Project Pink
In early October, Students Helping Others (SHO) raised funds for The Pink Project by selling pieces of pink duct tape to duct tape math teacher Pat Moran to the cafeteria wall. The Pink Project fundraiser is in its third year and supports The Magnolia Tree Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides breast cancer awareness and offers genetic testing for the BRCA genetic mutation, as well as awards an annual scholarship at the end of each school year.
By the end of all lunches, Mr. Moran was left dangling from the wall -- held up by more than 700 pieces of pink tape.
Student Athletics Spotlight
Even on the hottest of days of the year, the boys golf team found a way to make the most of being stuck indoors. On August 23rd, all of the Varsity and JV players played a 9 hole round of miniature golf in the science hallways. The two toughest holes turned out to be stopping the ball on top of a Post-it Note and also a “croquet” hole going through four different sets of books.
All seniors should have met or will be meeting with their school counselor. This meeting may include the parent when arranged. In this meeting, a student’s work toward graduation is reviewed through a transcript evaluation which includes courses taken, FAFSA completion, SAT compliance, Driver’s Education compliance and passing the Constitution Exam to name a few. In addition, an assessment of a student’s post-secondary plan occurs which includes resource identification in support of the post-secondary plan. This focus, attention and review drives the student’s path to graduation in their senior year.
Parking Lot Safety
Parking Lot Safety is Everyone's Responsibility
Parking Update: Since our last communication, the designation of staff and student spaces has changed due to curricular need. Automotive student’s (who were originally designated for parking in the front of the building) have been shifted to the north west lot to be near the Automotive Lab. In turn, staff parking spaces have been shifted from the northwest lot to the lot near the pool. Read the full letter and see a map here…
School Bus Stop Arm
Let’s keep everyone in our parking lot safe. Illinois Vehicle Code under 625 ILCS 5/11-1414 requires a driver to stop before meeting or overtaking (from either direction) a school bus stopped for the purpose of loading or unloading students. Please do not pass a school bus with its stop arm extended. The bus is indicating it is in the process of loading or unloading students.
Student Drop-Off Reminder
Morning student drop-off prior to 7:15am - I’d like to encourage parents to drop off in the designated parent drop-off lanes near the media center (the drive north of Higgins). Parents should not drop off along the curb near the marquee as it provides a safety hazard both for pedestrians and other vehicles entering the parking lot off Higgins.
At 7:15am student drop-off by bus concludes and you may use the bus lanes to drop your student on the sidewalk nearest the building.
On late start days the bus lane will be open at 8:40am and I strongly encourage drop-off using the bus lane to avoid creating traffic congestion at the entrance to the main lot.
Student Pick-Up Reminder
After school pick-up I’d like to encourage parents to pick up in the designated parent pick-up lanes near the media center (the drive north of Higgins). Parents should not pick up along the curb near the marquee as it provides a safety hazard both for pedestrians and other vehicles entering the parking lot off Higgins. After buses depart (typically at 2:57pm), the bus lane may be used for pick up.
Evening student pick-up can occur in the bus lanes except for the following times:
3:50 – 4:10 p.m.
5:05 – 5:25 p.m.
*Athlete pick-up is preferred at Door 9 (Athletic Entrance)
October 20: Happy Birthday Hoffman Estates High School!
Student Cafeteria - All Lunch Blocks
October 21 Cupcakes with Friends
11 AM-2 PM
October 21 Official HEHS 50th Anniversary
October 24 Student Late Start (8:50AM)
October 25 Sounds of Stadium Concert
HEHS Main Gym - 7 PM
October 26 HEHS Community Halloween Event
Various Locations in the Building - 4:30 PM - 6 PM
November 2 Latino Parent Meeting
HEHS Media Center - 6 PM
November 2 IHSA Boys State Soccer Tournament Host
November 3 Early Dismissal (11:50 AM) - IHSA Boys State Soccer Tournament Host
November 4 IHSA Boys State Soccer Tournament Host
November 7 Student Late Start (8:50AM)
November 9 Fall Play - The Play That Goes Wrong
Auditorium - 3 PM
Latino Parent Meeting - Reunion de Padres Latinos
Media Center - 6 PM
November 10 Fall Play - The Play That Goes Wrong
Auditorium - 7 PM
November 11 D54/D211 Honors Choir Concert
Main Gym - 4:00 PM
Fall Play - The Play That Goes Wrong
Auditorium - 7 PM
November 15 National Honor Society Induction Ceremony
Auditorium - 7 PM
November 16 Parent Principal Meeting
Media Center - 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
November 22 Non-Attendance Day
November 23-24 Thanksgiving Holiday
December 5 Student Late Start (8:50 AM)
December 7 Incoming Freshman Night
HEHS - Various Locations 6 PM
December 11 Winter Concert Series
Auditorium - 7:30 PM
December 12 Winter Concert Series
Auditorium - 7:30 PM
December 15 Madrigal Dinner
Student Cafeteria - 8 PM
December 16 Madrigal Dinner
Student Cafeteria - 6 PM
Join the D211 Communications Advisory
The District 211 Communications Advisory is a group of parents, staff, alumni, business partners and community members who help advise the Communications Department on topics relating to District- and school-level communications: what information you get and how you get it.
The group will meet in the evenings three times this school year: November 7, February 6 and April 23. This will be an in-person session. Those interested should fill out this application by October 27.