Friday, January 20, 2017

The Media Center Update Edition

Big Changes to Media Center Underway
On December 23, our Media Center began its transformation and facelift. Periodically, I will offer some pictures to document the progress toward a new and improved learning space for our students. The project will be completed this summer, ready for use by August 14.

Before demolition (December 23)



Removing the paneling (January 10)





Some of the interior walls have been removed (January 20)
View is from the Tutoring Center, looking into Media Center Room 1 (blue carpet). No wall!
And here is a video of what the finished product will look like, more or less:
Conceptual Video of New Media Center


Highlights and Successes:
  • Congratulations to Coach Jerry Moon and the Fremd Chess Team on winning a 3rd place trophy at the Naperville Central Tournament.


Upcoming Home Activities and Varsity Events

January 20
Boys Swimming & Diving vs. Barrington H.S. - 4:30 p.m.

Boys Basketball vs. Conant H.S. - 6:00 p.m.

Girls Basketball vs. Conant H.S. - 7:30 p.m.

Staff Winter Family Fun Night - Student Cafeteria - 5:15 p.m.
January 21
Scholastic Bowl Tournament - all school, all day

Boys Wrestling @ Libertyville H.S. - 9:00 a.m.

Girls Gymnastics Invitational @ Fremd H.S. - 11:00 a.m.

Girls Bowling Invitational @ Brunswick Zone Mount Prospect - 9:00 a.m.

Boys Basketball vs. Bartlett H.S. - 6:00 p.m.
January 24
LATE Start - 8:50 a.m. start

Girls Basketball vs. Palatine H.S. - 7:30 p.m.
January 25
Girls Gymastics Conference Meet @ Buffalo Grove H.S. - 6:00 p.m.


For a more complete list, please visit our Athletics Page.

Staff Spotlight

Name:
Dan Ruettiger
Position:
PE/Health
Head Wrestling Coach
Years at Fremd:
5
Life Before Fremd:
West Leyden High School- Student Advocate
Yorkville High School- PE/ Drivers Ed.  
Hobbies/Interests:
Water Skiing/ Wakeboarding
Hunting
Training
Music
Reading

Insider Tip for Parents:
Let them fail. It’s an inevitable part of life that we all must learn to deal with. So, with that, let them struggle in dealing with that failure as well. Stepping in too soon while they deal with that failure is just as bad as stepping in when you see them start to fail.


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, January 13, 2017

The Internship Edition

D211 looking for Internship Hosts
District 211 would like to partner with businesses in the community to help prepare our students for their future careers.   Do you own, manage, or work at a local business that could benefit from a high school intern for the summer?

One way to collaborate is to offer summer internships to our students.  A high school internship is a unique opportunity for a student to gain invaluable knowledge, experience and confidence in future college and career decisions. Each internship is flexible based on the mutually agreed upon conditions between the company and the student.  It can range anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 months in length.   
High School Internships can be paid or unpaid — though, if they are unpaid, they’re usually subject to stringent labor guidelines. In the U.S., federal law mandates that unpaid interns must not benefit the company economically or be used to displace the work done by paid employees. The primary purpose of a high school internship is to get experience in a job field.  Internships focus on giving the intern the best training possible to help them in the future, by rotating the responsibilities they have, by shadowing a professional, by integrating them into the work force of the company.  
District 211 appreciates the time and effort it takes to host an intern.  The district has made the process as streamlined as possible.  The host needs to have work for the intern to do as well as skills to teach the intern aside from the basic employability skills.  The host needs to designate a supervisor or mentor, set aside a physical space, and give an orientation of the business to the student.  It can provide leadership opportunities for your employees, while also giving the company a chance to evaluate prospective employees for the future.
Our high school students are mature and computer savvy and can provide valuable insights and a fresh perspective.  The high school internship and career exploration program is such a valuable hands-on learning experience which cannot be replicated in the classroom.   We hope to be able to collaborate with businesses to positively impact our communities by developing creative solutions that will shape the future.
To be an internship host, contact Jan Brottman (jbrottman@d211.org), the Career Advisor at Fremd, or complete the google form:  https://goo.gl/forms/UasgE2ysMv7W9lbu2.

Upcoming Home Activities and Varsity Events

January 13
Orchesis Show - Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.

Boys Swimming & Diving @ HEHS 4:30 p.m.

Boys Basketball vs. HEHS - 6:00 p.m.

Girls Basketball vs. HEHS - 7:30 p.m.

Boys Wrestling Varsity Dual @ HEHS - 6:00 p.m.
January 14
Boys Swimming & Diving @ Hinsdale Central H.S. - 8:30 a.m.

Boys Swimming Relays @ Glenbrook South H.S. - 12:00 p.m.

Girls Basketball Tournament @ Dekalb H.S.
January 16
Martin Luther King Day - No School

Girls Basketball Tournament @ Dekalb H.S.

Girls Varsity Triangular @ Fremd H.S. - 1:00 p.m.
January 18
Girls Bowling vs. Conant H.S. @ Arlington Lanes - 4:45 p.m.


For a more complete list, please visit our Athletics Page.

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, December 16, 2016

Study for Finals Edition

Comprehensive School Climate Survey
Parents, please provide us your feedback regarding our strengths and areas where we can serve you and your student better at William Fremd High School by taking the Comprehensive School Climate Survey (CSCI).




Studying Option for Final Exams
In addition to our regular Media Center hours next week, we will be holding evening study hours during the following times:
  • Monday and Tuesday
  • 5:00-9:00

There will be free pizza, cookies and hot chocolate for all students.

Highlights and Successes:
  • Congratulations to Coach Ruben Hinojosa and the Girls Bowling Team on winning second place in the 32 team Streamwood Invite.  Individual awards went to Stephanie Judkins 3rd place high average and first place award for high game of  254.   First place awards high series 690 Isaly Schaffner First place award for high game 256
  • Congratulations to Coach Martin Zacharia and the Fremd Debate Team on their performance at the Illinois Congressional Debate Association Tournament at Elk Grove HS and Nabeela Syed for receiving the 1st Place Overall Tournament Speaker Award. Award winners are as follows: Varsity Division: Nabeela Syed, 1st Place Chamber Award; Breity Breitenstein, 3rd Place Chamber Award; Arash Abbas, Best Presiding Officer; Sid Karnam, Best Presiding Officer; Shruthi Kumar, Best Presiding Officer; Sarah Yoon, Best Presiding Officer. Novice Division: Ameena Madani, 1st Place & Best Presiding Officer; Sanjana Gorre, 2nd Place; Shreyah Prasad, 3rd Place; Satej Sukthankar, 3rd Place & Best Presiding Officer.
  • Congratulations to Coach Kevin Palmer and the Fremd Scholastic Bowl Varsity A Team on taking fourth in the Upper Division at the Loyola Ultima and Varun Cidambi for being the 5th highest scorer in the division.  The Fremd B team took 2nd in the Standard Division and Vikram Marmer was the 3rd highest scorer in the division.
  • Congratulations to this week’s Viking Pride recipients:  Adrian Caldera, Kourtney Creaney, Lucas Da Rocha, Tyler Estacion, Annie Gao, Alejandro Gonzalez-Jimenez, Julie Kim, Emily Klaczek, Zach Kramp, Grace Milke, Clare Oehler-O’sullivan, Raymond Oh, Sabrina Reyes, Juan Salazar, Liam Schroeder, and Kaya Walilko.



Upcoming Home Activities and Varsity Events

December 16
Boys Swimming & Diving vs. Conant H.S. - 4:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball vs. Schaumburg H.S. - 6:00 p.m.

Boys Basketball vs. Schaumburg H.S. - 7:30 p.m.
December 17
Boys Wrestling Dual  @ Lockport Township H.S. - 9:00 a.m.

Girls Gymnastics @ New Trier - 12:00 p.m.

Boys Basketball @ Notre Dame H.S. - 7:00 p.m.
December 19
Winter Band Concert - Auditorium 6/7:30 p.m.
December
21 - 23
Finals
December 27
Boys Basketball Tournament @ Wheeling H.S.

Girls Basketball Tournament @ MonatiniCatholic H.S.
December 28
Boys Basketball Tournament @ Wheeling H.S.

Girls Basketball Tournament @ MonatiniCatholic H.S.

Boys Wrestling Invitational @ wheaton-Warrenville South H.S. - 9:00 a.m.
December 30
Boys Basketball Tournament @ Wheeling H.S.

Girls Basketball Tournament @ Montini Catholic H.S.
For a more complete list, please visit our Athletics Page.

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, December 9, 2016

The Power of Activities Edition

The True Purpose of Sports/Activities
As principal of Fremd High School, nothing pleases me more than to see our students find success AND to achieve it by doing things the RIGHT way. This morning, I received an email from the Swimming official who presided over Thursday’s Palatine vs. Fremd dual, Mike Hutton. I am sharing part of his email, with his permission, to illustrate one of the more important lessons that our students can learn: It’s important to approach everything in life with humility and respect, and to treat everyone you encounter with dignity:

"I had the absolute pleasure of being one of the officials assigned to the Palatine vs. Fremd swim meet earlier this evening, Thursday, December 8.  The sportsmanship exhibited by both teams all evening, but in one event in particular, is something I feel needs to be brought to your attention. During the junior varsity 500-yard Freestyle event, a swimmer from the Palatine team was challenged to maintain a pace equivalent to the other swimmers. He was lagging far behind. To illustrate this, there were 6 competitors in the race, and as the 5th-place swimmer finished the event, the swimmer still had 175 yards remaining.  He was clearly exhausted.  He needed to stop and hold the wall each lap before proceeding some more (this is legal.) Lap by lap, as the swimmer got closer to completing the 500-yard distance requirement, the entire Fremd team and coaching staff was at the edge of the pool cheering, in fact screaming, for him to gut it out and finish.  His Palatine teammates were doing the same.  The announcer got the crowd from both schools to do so also. Everyone was on their feet encouraging this young man to complete the race.  It was one of the most authentic, genuine and remarkable moments I have witnessed in my 27-year IHSA officiating career."

I tip my cap to Coach Kristen Newby, her assistant coaches, and the entire Boys Swimming Team for emphasizing good sportsmanship, win or lose. This is one of MANY examples of doing the right thing that can be found in any number of our programs.


A Christmas Carol
For two more nights only! Come see FHS students in the theater program perform A Christmas Carol. Performances on Friday and Saturday night begin at 7:00 in the Kolze Auditorium. Tickets are $7 at the door.



Heart Screenings
A big thank you to all of the parent and community volunteers who helped with the EKGs sponsored by Young Hearts for Life. Eighty-five volunteers donated their time to help us screen almost 1687 students. To quote PE teacher Jason Hogrefe, “Fremd has been changing lives for over 50 years; today Fremd was saving lives as well.”

Highlights and Successes:
  • Congratulations to Coach Martin Zacharia and the Fremd Debate Team on their performance at the Belvidere North PF/LD Invitational and also to Kashif Javid, Piyush Biswas, and Matt Grabianski on being the Varsity Champions in their divisions. Award Winners include: Varsity: Adhith Palla & Abhi Balu, 4th; Piyush Biswas, 5th Speaker. 
  • Congratulations to this week’s Viking Pride recipients:  Nick Argyropoulos, Maria Barto, Emme Beaupre, Jason Godawski, Reagan Goluch, LaMyra Hall, Scott Hanssler, Alyssa Honickel, Emily Hopkins, Zayla Jyawook, Thomas Knuth, Sarah Madden, Jack McVicker, Kyle Morin, Sarah Roach, William Spencer, Uma Trott, Emilee Velazquez, Vaishnavi Vembar and Kayla Wakuta-Scott.
  • Congratulations to FHS Sophomore Sydney Niewiedzial, who placed 2nd out of 116 competitors at the Regional Championships and will represent Trinity and the United States for the 6th time at the World Championships of Irish dance (often referred to as the Olympics of Irish dance), held April 9-16, 2017, in Dublin, Ireland. Sydney is currently ranked 6th in the World. http://www.trinityirishdancers.com/


Upcoming Home Activities and Varsity Events

December 9
Girls Basketball @ Conant H.S. - 6:00 p.m.

Boys Basketball @ Conant H.S. - 7:30 p.m.

Winter Play “A Christmas Carol” - Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.
December 10
Booster Craft Fair - 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Winter Play “A Christmas Carol” - Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.

Girls Bowling Tournament @ Streamwood Bowl, 9:00 a.m.

Boys Swimming & Diving Relays @ Barrington H.S. - 1:30 p.m.
December 11
Competitive Cheer Invitational @ Stevenson H.S. - 8:00 a.m.
December 12
Girls Bowling Match vs. Elk Grove H.S. @ Arlington Lanes - 4:45 p.m.

Incoming Freshman/Parent Night - 7:00 p.m.
December 13
Girls Basketball Shootout @ Lake Zurich H.S. - 5:00 p.m.

Winter Choir Concert - Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.
December 14
Girls Bowling Match vs. Schaumburg @ Arlington Lanes - 4:30 p.m.

Girls Gymnastics Triangular @ Conant H.S. - 6:00 p.m.
December 15
Winter Orchestra Concert - Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.

Girls Bowling vs. Glenbrook North @ Deerfield Brunswick Lanes - 4:30 p.m.
For a more complete list, please visit our Athletics Page.

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, December 2, 2016

December 2, 2016

Highlights and Successes:
  • The Scholastic Bowl team competed at the Illinois High School Scholastic Bowl Coaches Association (IHSSBCA) Kick-off at Stevenson High School. The A Team placed 4th overall in the Competitive Division and the B Team won the Standard Division.  Individual top scorers were Sophomore Vikas Reddy placed 7th and Junior Kevin Chen placed 1010h in the individual scoring in the Competitive Division out of 40 players. In the Standard Division Sophomore Kristina Chen  placed 3rd , Freshmen Justin Chiang placed 7th, and Junior Alex Guan placed 12th  out of over 120 players in the Standard Division.
  • Congratulations to Coach Kevin Palmer and the Fremd Scholastic Bowl Team on placing 3rd in the Northern Illinois History Bowl at Fenwick H.S.
  • Congratulations to the following 38 Fremd Music Students selected to be ILMEA District 7 musicians:  BAND:  Sylvia Eltherington, Andy Hong, Jacob Leczycki, Kevin Li, Hancine Mok, Bethany Sorman, Nick Szoblik, and Ryo Terada; ORCHESTRA:  Sarah Akutsu, Lauren Cardoza, Andres Carrero, Steffi Chen, Daniel Choi, Gina Kang, Hannah Lin and Ben Mathew; CHORUS: Mary Kate Baughman, Lauren Berryhill, Angie Cornwell, Paige Dirkes-Jacks, Jason Freer, Allison Gile, Katie Haggett,Leah Hillesheim, Natalia Lastowiecka, Noah Mayo, Caleb Muller, Arinze Okammor, Kay Petrie, Ria Ravi, Collin Schroeder, Vaishnavi Vembar, Annie Yamamoto and Jerry Zheng; JAZZ ENSEMBLE:  Jacob Cushman, Janet Kim, Kevin Li and Joseph Ranieri.
  • Congratulations to Coach Bob Widlowski and the Fremd Basketball Team on winning the Mundelein Thanksgiving tournament.  Congratulations to All Tournament winners Brian Dompke and Luke Schoffstall and Kyle Sliwa, Tournament MVP.
  • Congratulations to Coach Martin Zacharia and the Fremd Debate Team on their performance at the Libertyville PF/LD Invitational. Award winners include: Junior Varsity Division: Kashif Javid, 2nd Place & 2nd Place Speaker; Josh Park & Michael Murakami, 4th Place; Michael Murakami, 3rd Place Speaker; Riley Corrigan, 10th Place Speaker; Josh Park, 10th Place Speaker. Novice Division: Eileen Peng, 2nd Place & 2nd Place Speaker; Kylie Zhang, 6th Place Speaker; Nipun Vellupally, 10th Place Speaker.
  • Congratulations to senior Nabeela Syed on placing as a semifinalist at The Glenbrooks National Debate Tournament. 


Upcoming Home Activities and Varsity Events

December 2
Boys Swimming & Diving vs. Rolling Meadows H.S. - 4:30 p.m.

Boys Wrestling Varsity Dual vs. Palatine H. S. - 6:00 p.m.

Girls Basketball vs. Palatine, H.S. - 6:00 p.m.

Boys Baskeball vs. Palatine H.S. - 7:30 p.m.
December 3
Bowling Invitational @ Arlington Lanes - 9:00 a.m.

Boys Wrestling Quad @ Carl Sandburg H.S. - 10:00 a.m.

Boys Swimming & Diving Meet @ Lake Forest H.S. - 10:00 a.m.

Girls Basketball Shootout @ Fremd H.S. - 11:30 a.m.

Girls Symnastics Invitational @ Downers Grove North H.S. - 2:00 p.m.
December 5
Bowling Match vs. Hoffman Estates @ Arlington Lanes - 4:30 p.m.
December 6
Girls Gymnastics Dual @ Barrington H.S. - 6:00 p.m.

Boys Basketball vs. Rolling Meadows, H.S. - 7:30 p.m.
December 7
Bowling Match vs. Buffalo Grove H.S. @ Arlington Lanes - 4:30 p.m.
December 8
Bowling Match vs. Wheeling H.S. @ Arlington Lanes - 4:30 p.m.

Boys Swimming & Diving vs. Palatine - 4:45 p.m.


For a more complete list, please visit our Athletics Page.

Staff Spotlight
Name: Antonio Avila
Position: Spanish Teacher
Years at Fremd: First Year Teaching at Fremd High School
Life Before Fremd: I lived in Guerrero, Mexico for eleven years before moving to Highwood, IL where I attended and graduated from Highland Park High School. I then went on to attend Lake Forest College where I earned a Bachelor’s degree with a major in Spanish and double minor in education and music, and I also earned a Master’s degree in teaching. I graduated in May of 2016 and I was very lucky to obtain a job offer from Fremd in the same month.
Hobbies/Interests: I love to teach Spanish, travel and learn about different cultures. Also, I enjoy playing the guitar and dancing to Latin music. As well as being artistic, I try to be active by playing sports such as basketball and soccer.
Insider Tip for Parents:
Encourage your children to be responsible and optimistic.
Set aside some time to ask your children to share what they are learning in Spanish class or other classes.

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.