Friday, October 20, 2017

The Library Update Edition

OLD is Almost Cured!

Last December, district work crews set out to eradicate OLD (Outdated Library Disease) on Fremd's campus. Good news! The new and improved library, free of OLD, will be open for student use on November 6!

We owe the Viking Booster Club a huge thank you for their financial support to add furniture and other aesthetic features to the space. Much of these funds were raised through their Dinner Dance Fund a Need. Check out this video to see what the library used to look like:



Want to see pictures of the library renovation project? Check out this blog here.

Highlights and Successes:
  • Congratulations to Colin Robinson, who qualified for Boys State Golf by shooting a 75 at the Sectional Golf Tournament.
  • Congratulations to Boys Golfer Colin Robinson (junior) on placing 12th in the state as an individual out of a field of 112 golfers after shooting 73-75 in the two day tournament.
  • Congratulations to Coach Lauren O’Donnell and the Girls TennisTeam on qualifying  for the IHSA State Tennis Tournament!  Fremd girls tennis won the Sectional 2A Championship!  Kate Bodensteiner and Julia Smiarowska- Doubles Sectional Champions; Elsie Ha and Kellie Ha- Doubles Sectional Finalists; Diya Matta- Singles Sectional Champion and Kyra Emmanouilidis- Singles Sectional Finalist.  
  • Congratulations to the  F/S Girls Swimming on  taking 2nd in conference overall. Here are the list of top award winners: 200 Medley Relay—3rd Place; Skye Taylor, Lindsey Mega, Adhya Suresh, Megan Wiehe;  150 Free—Audrey Bickler, 3rd; Ananya Singh 4th; 100 IM—Alexandra Saccone 3rd; Skye Taylor 6th; 50 Free—Emily Zukowski 2nd; Emily Barker 4th; 50 Fly—Alexandra Saccone 3rd; 100 Free—Maddy Mazza 1st place; 300 Free—Audrey Bickler 3rd;  Ananya Singh 5th place; 200 Free Relay—2nd Emily Zukowski, Emily Barker, Emily Lu, Maddy Mazza; 5th Skye Taylor, Katie Rosenwinkle, Tina Giannopoulus, Adhya Suresh; 50 Back—Skye Taylor 3rd; 50 Breast—Lindsey Mega, 3rd; Adhya Suresh 5th; 400 Free Relay—Emily Zukowski, Alexandra Saccone, Audrey Bickler, Maddy Mazza 1st place;   6th Emily Barker, Ananya Singh, Emily Lu, Kierra Menk.
  • Congratulations to Coach Kittrell and the  Varsity Girls Swimming on taking 3rd place at the Titan Relays. Here are the list of the award winners:  200 Fly Relay—1st, Lauren Savage, Lauren Streitmatter, Sophia Kuehn, Kristina Buzuloiu; 200 Back Relay—2nd, Sophia Kuehn, MJ Poss, Kristina Buzuloiu, Sarah Rothmeyer; 200 Breaststroke Relay—1st, Lauren Savage, Anna Miller, Steffi Chen, Rebecca Ballo; 100 Free Elimination Champion—Emily Bolger; 400 Medley Relay—2nd, Emily Bolger, Rebecca Ballo, Lauren Streitmatter, Anna Miller; 50 Free Elimination—5th, Lauren Savage; Sophomore 400 Free Relay—1st, Sarah Rothmeyer, Abby Dannebring, Izzie Serino, Sophia Kuehn; 200 Medley Relay—1st, Emily Bolger, Rebecca Ballo, Kristina Buzuloiu, Anna Miller; 400 Free Relay—2nd, Lauren Savage, Marie Grzybek, Rebecca Ballo, Emily Bolger
  • Congratulations to the Viking Marching Band for being awarded second place of the AA Division (seven bands) at the Downers Grove South HS “Music Bowl” this past Saturday.  The band performed a rare indoor show due to the heavy rain.  The VMB also received the third highest point total out of the eighteen participating bands.  The VMB is directed by Matt Moore and JT Teichert.  
  • Congratulations to this week’s Viking Pride winners:  Ana Cazares, Kevin Chung, Kayley Dilles, Mia Ferber, Connor Giusti, Gabriel Goodsite, Dominic Reed, Isaiah Turner and Mitzy Vega.


Upcoming Home Activities and Varsity Events


October 20
Fremd Football vs. Schaumburg - 7:30 p.m.
October 21
Musical “Sister Act” - 7:00 p.m.

D15/D211 Orchestra Festival @ PHS - 1:00 p.m.

Girls State Tennis

Boys /Girls Regional Cross Country @ Busse Woods- 10:00 a.m.

Boys Soccer Regional @ Carmel H.S.
October 23
Girls Volleyball Regionals @ FHS - 5:30 p.m.
October 24
Girls Volleyball Regionals @ FHS - 5:30 p.m.

Boys Soccer Sectional @ FHS - 7:00 p.m.
October 25
Halloween Fest - 4:30-6:00 p.m.
October 26
Girls Volleyball Regionals @ FHS - 6:00 p.m.


For a more complete list, please visit our Athletics Page or the Athletic Department Blog.


Staff Spotlight




Name: Vasilij Acic

Position: Science Teacher (Physics, Physical Science), Assistant JV Boys Volleyball Coach


Years at Fremd:2nd year at Fremd, 4th year overall in teaching.


Life Before Fremd: I am proud to say that I grew up in Palatine, and I am incredibly excited to be able to give back to the community that helped shape who I am today! I graduated from Palatine High School, and then attended Harper College before transferring out to the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign. The last two years I was a science teacher and coach at Antioch Community High School. I taught AP Physics C and Honors Physics both years, and was the Freshman Boys and JV Girls Volleyball coach at ACHS.


Hobbies/Interests: I’m a huge Chicago sports fan, love coaching volleyball, and spending time with my friends and family. Also, as a new home owner a lot of my time is now spent making sure I can properly feed myself (I’m sorry mom if I ever took your cooking for granted!!).


Insider Tip for Parents: My biggest tip for parents is to just be involved, and encourage your kids to get involved with an extracurricular activity. There are so many learning opportunity for kids to have being in a sport and club that you just can’t get from the classroom alone.


Ask the Principal

Are you curious about something at Fremd but have never asked? Email me at ktenopir@d211.org. If your question is pertinent to a wider audience, I will include it in the next blog post.

Friday, October 13, 2017

The SAT Prep Edition

SAT Prep Update

Due to technical difficulties, our scheduled practice SAT date on Wednesday was cancelled and juniors were sent back to their classes. We will look to reschedule a practice SAT exam, but there are inherent challenges with any back-up plan we develop.

The original date was a half-day of school, which is the perfect amount of time needed to administer the exam. Our next half day is in February, which is less than two months from the April SAT administration date. The other, bigger reason we use a half day is to minimize disruptions to our regular learning environment. In determining potential make-up dates, we will need to evaluate the impact on instruction.

Please stay tuned for information about a possible make-up date.

In the meantime, I want to take this opportunity to remind you that Fremd offers SAT prep after school. Weekly. For FREE!

SAT Math
Mondays 3-5 pm

SAT English, Reading and Writing
Thursdays 3-4:30

Additionally, every student has created his/her own Khan Academy login, which provides them with access to practice exams, instant feedback, and practice plans tailored to each student’s unique needs.


Highlights and Successes:
  • Congratulations to Coach Lauren O’Donnell and the Girls Tennis Team on being MSL Conference Champions!  Awards as follows:  1 singles- Diya Matta Conference Champion; 2 singles- Kyra Emmanouilidis Conference Champion; 3rd singles- April Wu- 2nd place in Conference;  1st Doubles- Kate Bodensteiner/Julia Smiarowska- Conference Champion; 2nd Doubles- Elsie Ha/Kellie Ha- Conference Champion; 3rd Doubles- Selin Parmaksiz/Jane Bodensteiner- Conference Champion; 4th Doubles- Elizabeth Lubeck/Katie Sze- 2nd place.  
  • Congratulations to the Junior Varsity Tennis Team  on taking 2nd place in MSL Conference and the Frosh/Soph Tennis Team  on taking 2nd place in MSL Conference.
  • Congratulations to Coach Martin Zacharia and the Public Forum and Lincoln-Douglas Debate Team on their performance at the Palatine “Walk the Plank” Invitational. Fremd earned the First Place awards in both Varsity Public Forum and Varsity Lincoln-Douglas. In Public Forum: Abhinav Balu and Adhith Palla, 1st Place Varsity, Matthew Grabianski and Piyush Biswas, 3rd Place Varsity,  Miguel Mercado and Andrew Kim, 3rd Place JV, Manas Gandhi and Uday Malik, 2nd Place Novice. Speaker Awards were earned by Abhi Balu, Matthew Grabianski, Adhith Palla, Miguel Mercado, and Manas Gandhi. In Lincoln Douglas, Kashif Javid, 1st Place Varsity, Maegan Jong, 2nd Place Varsity, Andrew Ruan, 3rd Place Varsity, Eileen Peng, 3rd Place JV. Speaker Awards were earned by Kashif Javid, Eileen Peng, Maegan Jong, and Kylie Zhang.
  • Congratulations to the following 40 Music Department students selected for the ILMEA District 7 Honors Band, Choir, Orchestra, or Jazz Bands:  BAND: Duncan Harro, Jacob leczycki, Hancine Mok, Jonathan Pilafas, Flora Zheng, Nick Szoblik, Ryo Terada; ORCHESTRA:  Aiko Amano, Gage Bachmann, Grace Chae, Steffi Chen, Cameron Chium Samuel Du, Andrea Jing, Gina Kang, Yena Kim, Jenny Kim, Hannah Lin; CHORUS:  Mary Kate Baughman, Denise Carlson, Pranit Cheikycharla, Paige Dirkes-Jacks, Jason Freer, Gina Gonzalez, Leah Hillesheim, Natalia Lastowiecka, Brian Lech, Noah Mayo, Allison Nakazawa, Arinze Okammor, Donald Osborn, Ria Ravi, Lincoln Skoien, Mayuri Srikanth, Vaishnavi Vembar, Annie Yamamoto, Jerry Zheng; JAZZ BAND:  kevin Li, Ken Nakajima and Joey Ranieri.
  • Congratulations to Natalie Soto for a successfully coordinated exchange program with students and teachers from Germany. Our Fremd students traveled there in the summer and the German students and teachers just left last week after being here for three weeks.    
  • Many thanks to our FHS Community for their participation in our Disaster Relief Collection Fund for the victims of the earthquakes in Mexico and the hurricane in Puerto Rico. This was coordinated by the World Language Department, Spanish Club, Foreign Exchange Club, Student Council, Culinary Club, and the Spanish for Native Speakers Spanish Class. The one minute collection during 2nd period last Friday earned $3,759.04, and the bake sale collection at the home football game that night earned $394.80, for a total collection of:  $4153.84.  All funds will be donated to the Chicago for Mexico and Puerto Rico Disaster Relief Fund.  Many thanks to everyone!
  • Congratulations to Curt Pinley and the Girls Varsity Volleyball team on securing the MSL West Division Title by defeating Conant on Thursday. They will play Hersey on Thursday, October 19 at 7pm for the MSL Conference Title.
  • Congratulations to Colin Robinson, who qualified for Boys State Golf by shooting a 75 at the Sectional Golf Tournament.
  • Congratulations to Boys Soccer Coach Steve Keller on winning his 250th career game this past Saturday against Downers Grove South.
  • Congratulations to Boys Soccer players Matt Austin, Dalton Rogers, Ben Cuthbert, Max Clark and Jake Schoffstall on earning a spot on the MSL All-Conference Team. Matt Austin was named the MVP of the MSL West Division.
  • Congratulations to Bob Hanson on being named by the IHSA as the NFHS Badminton Coach of the Year! Coach Hanson's selection as the top coach in the state of Illinois qualifies him for the National Coach of the Year.



Upcoming Home Activities and Varsity Events

October 13
Girls Tennis Sectionals

Boys Golf State @ The Den Golf Course

Girls Golf State @ Hickory Point Golf Club

Fremd Football @ HEHS - 7:30 p.m.
October 14
Freshmen Placement Test - 8:00 a.m.

Girls Tennis Sectionals

Boys Golf State @ The Den Golf Course

Girls Golf State @ Hickory Point Golf Club

Girls Volleyball Invitational @ Grayslake North - 8:30 a.m.

Girls Cross Country MSL CHampionship @ Salk Park - 10:30 a.m.

Boys Cross Country Conference @ Salk Park - 11:00 a.m.

Girls Swimming & Diving Relays @ Glenbrook South - 12:00 p.m.
October 16
Girls Volleyball vs. Libertyville - 6:00 p.m.
October 17
Late Start - 8:50 a.m. start
October 18
Boys Soccer Regional @ Carmel - 7:00 p.m.
October 19
Musical - “Sister Act” - auditorium - 7:00 p.m.

Girls Volleyball MSL Championship - 7:00 p.m.

For a more complete list, please visit our Athletics Page or the Athletic Department Blog.


Staff Spotlight

Name:  Brad Graba


Position:  AP Biology and Anatomy/Physiology Teacher; Voice of the Viking Football Team
Years at Fremd:  20

Life Before Fremd:  Since I also graduated from Fremd and was hired back to teach at Fremd right after graduating from Illinois Wesleyan University, I don’t really remember a life before Fremd!

Hobbies/Interests:  I am a die hard Cubs fan, love coaching and watching both of my boys sports activities here in Palatine, and I’m an avid fisherman.

Insider Tip for Parents:  As a teacher, I find it very helpful when I know if there is something outside of school that might be affecting a student’s performance in class. Please don’t be afraid to email us to let us know when something might be impacting your student that we wouldn’t otherwise be aware of.

Ask the Principal

Are you curious about something at Fremd but have never asked? Email me at ktenopir@d211.org. If your question is pertinent to a wider audience, I will include it in the next blog post.

Friday, October 6, 2017

October 6, 2017

Highlights and Successes:
  • Congratulations to Kurt Tenopir on being elected to the Division 2 Seat of the IHSA Board of Directors.
  • Congratulations to the Fremd High School Math Team for earning first place at the North Suburban Math League meet on Thursday, September 26 against IMSA, New Trier, Naperville Central, and the University of Chicago Lab School. The following students wrote perfect papers: Kevin Chen (oralist), Shoya Yamazaki (freshman), Angelina Zhang (freshman), Alice Chen (sophomore), Kinllen Peng (sophomore), Nipun Velupally (sophomore), Aksel Balkir (senior), Edward Li (senior), and Adhith Palla (senior).
  • Congratulations to Coach Joe Marcin and the  Girls Varsity Cross Country Team on placing 3rd out of 31 schools to earn a trophy at the the Peoria Invitational.  Individual medal winners include Marisa Ban 12th place (18:12), Rebecca Markham 16th (18:20), and Julia Finegan 21st (18:28).
  • Congratulations to Coach Darius Sanchez and the Boys Cross Country Team on placing 12th overall out of 33 teams at the Peoria Invite.  Ed Worthem 29th place
  • Congratulations to the Viking Marching Band for being awarded third place in the very competitive AA Division (15 bands) at the NIU/Phantom Regiment “Red and Black Classic” this past Saturday in DeKalb.  The band is under the direction of Matt Moore and JT Teichert.”
  • Congratulations to the Fremd Chamber Singers on their auditions for the regional/All-State choirs on Monday!  The following 19 students were selected for the regional choir, another record number for Fremd Choir and one of the largest numbers in the area: Mary Kate Baughman- Alto II, Denise Carlson- Soprano II, Pranit Cheikycharla- Bass I, Paige Dirkes-Jacks- Soprano II, Jason Freer- Bass I, Gina Gonzalez- Alto I, Leah Hillesheim- Soprano I, Natalia Lastowiecka- Soprano I, Brian Lech- Bass II, Noah Mayo- Bass II, Allison Nakazawa- Alto II, Arinze Okammor- Tenor II, Donald Osborn- Bass I, Ria Ravi- Alto I, Lincoln Skoien- Tenor I, Mayuri Srikanth- Alto II, Vaishnavi Vembar- Soprano I, Annie Yamamoto- Soprano II, and Jerry Zheng- Tenor I



Upcoming Home Activities and Varsity Events

October 6
Family Fun Night - 3:30-8:00 p.m.

Fremd Football vs. Palatine - 7;30 p.m.

Girls Tennis Conference - 4:30 p.m.
October 7
Girls Tennis Conference - 8:00 a.m.

Girls Cross Country Invitational @ Stuart Sports Complex - 8:30 a.m.

Boys Cross Country Invitational @ Heritage Park - 9:00 a.m.

Girls Swimming & Diving @ Naperville North - 1:00 p.m.
October 9
Columbud Day - No School

Girls Golf Sectional @ Makray memorial Golf Club - 8:30 a.m.

Boys Golf Sectional @ Bittersweet Golf Club - 8:30 a.m.
October 10
Teacher Institute Day- no classes

Boys Soccer @ Fremd - 4:45 p.m.

Girls Volleyball @ Palatine H.S. - 6:00 p.m.
October 11
College Night @ PHS - Early Dismissal 11:50 a.m.
October 12
Girls Swimming & Diving @ Schaumburg - 4:45 p.m.

Girls Volleyball vs. Conant - 6:00 p.m.

Boys Soccer MSL Championship @ FHS - 7:30 p.m.

For a more complete list, please visit our Athletics Page or the Athletic Department Blog.


Staff Spotlight


Name: Tony Gaudio

Position Custodian

Years at Fremd:10

Life Before Fremd: Worked as assistant to the athletic director for Hoffman Estates Park District

Hobbies/Interests: Traveling and Sports

Insider Tip for Parents: Encourage your kids to get involved in activities in and out of school



Ask the Principal

Are you curious about something at Fremd but have never asked? Email me at ktenopir@d211.org. If your question is pertinent to a wider audience, I will include it in the next blog post.

Friday, September 29, 2017

The Adulting Edition

Delaying Adulthood
There has been some recent interest about a newly-published study that followed teens over several decades that suggests teenagers are taking longer to hit the traditional markers associated with adult behavior. The study used self-reported information about traditionally adult behaviors, like drinking and sexual activity, as well as other proof of “adulting,” such as getting a job and driving. I all of these cases, teenagers’ participation in these behaviors is on the decline.

Source: http://www.wakingtimes.com/2017/08/25/truth-becoming-adult/
Another interesting finding of this study is that teenagers hang out less with their friends. While we can only speculate about the reasons, I’d venture to guess that the internet and technology are part of this trend, as well as parents taking a greater interest in their children’s lives.


So what do we do with this information?
It’s hard to say whether or not it is a good thing that teens are delaying adulthood. In this article, though, the author suggests that we need to continue to find ways to build independence in our teens, but not at the expense of weakening our bond with them. Here are some tangible things you can do to navigate this balance:
  • Encourage your teen to seek out interests and hobbies that can be done with friends. Fremd has over 60 clubs, and most clubs are actively looking for new members.
  • Give your teen age-appropriate responsibilities around the home. Fulfilling the responsibilities is one thing. Getting them to do it without constant hounding? That may be next-level parenting at its finest!
  • Consider tech-free times or spaces. Every moment of our lives doesn’t need to be SnapChatted. No phones at the dinner table or study table! Turn off app alerts. Take the steps to limit distractions caused by our devices.
  • Let your teen experience frustrations and disappointments. That’s part of the way that we build resilience.



Interested in reading more about this subject? Check out this article from CNN.


Highlights and Successes:
  • Congratulations to the Viking Marching Band for being awarded 2nd place in the AA Division at the 50th annual “Chicagoland Marching Band Festival” at Wheeling HS.  The VMB’s “Haunted Manor” show also received the second highest point total from the 13 bands performing in the A and AA Divisions.  The VMB is directed by Matt Moore and JT Teichert.
  • Congratulations to Coach Martin Zacharia and the Fremd Congressional Debate Team for earning 2nd Place Sweepstakes among large schools at the ICDA tournament at Rolling Meadows High School. The following debaters earned individual awards:  Varsha Krishnan, 1st Place Chamber Award, Arash Abbas, 1st Place Chamber Award, Abhi Balu, 2nd Place Chamber Award, Danny Lu, 3rd Place Chamber Award and Best Presiding Officer, Ben Wilson, 3rd Place Chamber Award, Shruthi Kumar, 3rd Place Chamber Award, Shreya Mukherjee, 3rd Place Chamber Award and Best Presiding Officer, Ameena Madani, 3rd Place Chamber Award, Michael Murakami, 3rd Place Chamber Award, Breity Breitenstein, Best Presiding Officer.


Upcoming Home Activities and Varsity Events


September 29
Boys Soccer vs. Prospect -5:00 p.m.

Boys Golf Invitational @ Village Links Golf Club - 7:30 a.m.

Girls Tennis Invitational @ RMHS - 8:00 a.m.

Boys/Girls Cross Country Invitational @ Detweiller Park - 9:30 a.m.
October 2
Boys Soccer vs. New Trier - 7:00 p.m.
October 3
Late Start - 8:5 a.m. start time

Fall Band Concert - Cafe, 7:00 p.m.

Boys Golf Regional @ Hilldale Golf Club -9:00 a.m.

Girls Volleyball @ Barrington - 6:00 p.m.

Boys Soccer @ RMHS - 6:30 p.m.
October 4
Girls Golf Regional @ Palatine Hills Golf Course - 8:30 a.m.
October 5
Girls Tennis Conference - 4:30 p.m.

Girls Swimming & Diving vs. Barrington - 4:45 p.m.

Girls Volleyball @ HEHS - 6:00 p.m.

Boys Soccer vs Schaumburg - 7:00 p.m.

For a more complete list, please visit our Athletics Page or the Athletic Department Blog.


Staff Spotlight




Name: Steven Balsley

Position: Building & Grounds Manager
Years at Fremd: 4 years

Life Before Fremd:  Purchasing Manager in the Housing industry (Par Development/Plote Homes) Operations Manager in the Food Service industry (Kraft Foods/Alliant Foods)       

Hobbies/Interests: Golf, Gardening, Movies and spending time with family and friends

Insider Tip for Parents: Try to know who your children friends are and know their interests.


Ask the Principal

Are you curious about something at Fremd but have never asked? Email me at ktenopir@d211.org. If your question is pertinent to a wider audience, I will include it in the next blog post.