Friday, September 8, 2017

The Parent Principal Network Edition

Join the Parent Principal Network!

Throughout the year, I will be holding a series of informational meetings to educate parents about a variety of topics occurring at Fremd. Join me on September 12 from 6-7 pm in the Principal’s Conference Room (main entrance) to learn about some of the initiatives we have recently implemented.

In this first meeting, we will discuss the Power of 15, which is our goal to have every student graduate from Fremd with 15 college credits. We will also talk about some of our grading changes and improvements, including the new semester grading format and our grading scale. After the presentation portion of the meeting, you will have an opportunity to ask general questions about Fremd.

Highlights and Successes:
  • Congratulations to Coach Lauren O’Donnell and the Girls Tennis Team on winning the BG Quad and the Fremd Invite this past weekend.  Individual accomplishments include:  Diya Matta - 1st place for 1st Singles; Kyra Emmanouilidis - 1st place for 2nd Singles; Kate Bodensteiner/Julia Smiarowska - 1st place for 1st Doubles; Elsie Ha/Kellie Ha - 1st place for 2nd Doubles and Selin Parmaksiz/Jane Bodensteiner - 1st place for 3rd Doubles.
  • Congratulations to Coach Joe Marcin and the Girls Cross Country Team on taking 4th place at the Fenton Invitational.  Marisa Ban (9th), Rebecca Markham (18th) and Nupur Pokharkar (24th) all earned individual plaques for finishing in the top 25.
  • Congratulations to the following Semifinalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Competition: Abhinav Balu, Kevin Chen, Varun Cidambi,Bissmun Gill, Matthew Grabianski, Kailey Henson, Stephanie Hu, Jesse Huang, Kashif Javid, Edward Li, Anna Miller, Allison Nakazawa, Adhith Palla, Nicholas Parekh, Elizabeth Perez, Andrew Ruan, Lauren Steitmatter, and Jerry Zheng.

Upcoming Home Activities and Varsity Events

September 8
Girls Diving @ Lyons Township H.S. - 5:30 p.m.

Boys Soccer @ Hinsdale Central H.S. - 7:00 p.m.

Varsity Football @ Maine South H.S. - 7:00 p.m.
September 9
Boys Golf vs. Zion-Benton @ Shepherd’s Crook Golf Course - 7:30 a.m.

Girls Tennis Invitational @ FHS - 8:30 a.m.

Girls Swimming & Diving Invitational @ Lyons Township - 9:00 a.m.

Girls/Boys Cross Country @ Detweiller Park - 10:20/11:00 a.m.

Boys Soccer @ Hinsdale Central - 7:00 p.m.
September 11
Boys Golf @ Ivanhoe Country Club - 2:00 p.m.

Girls Golf vs. Stevenson @ Palatine Hills Golf Course - 4:00 p.m.

Girls Tennis @ RMHS - 4:45 p.m.

Girls Volleyball vs. Lake Zurich @ FHS - 6:00 p.m.
September 12
Girls/Boys Cross Country @ Harper College - 5:45/6:15 p.m.

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

Powder Puff Game - 7:00 p.m. Stadium

Parent Principal Network - 6:00 p.m. Principal’s Conference Room
September 13
Girls Golf vs. St. Charles North @ Palatine Hills - 4:00 p.m.
September 14
Girls Swimming & Diving vs. Conant - 4:45 p.m.

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

Boys Soccer @ Elk Grove - 6:30 p.m.


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

Staff Spotlight

Name:
Dana Musinski
Position:
Special Education Teacher, Head Cheerleading Coach
Years at Fremd:
First Year
Life Before Fremd:
I graduated from Conant High School in 2003.  I went on to Illinois State University where I majored in Special Education and was a member of the co-ed cheerleading team.  After graduating in 2007 from ISU with my Bachelor’s Degree, I went on to teach in the Special Education Department at Barrington High School and was the JV Cheerleading Coach at Conant High School.  I spent the following 9 years teaching in the Special Education Department at Conant High School with 5 of those years serving as the Head Cheerleading Coach.  During my 5 year coaching tenure at Conant, the Varsity Cheerleaders placed in the top 5 at the IHSA state finals all 5 years including a State Championship finish in 2010, a runner up finish in 2011, and a 3rd place podium finish in 2013.  I earned my first Master’s Degree in Reading from St. Xavier University in 2011 and a second Master’s Degree in School Counseling from Concordia University in 2014.
Hobbies/Interests:
I enjoy hanging out with my husband Luke, my son Kaden (age 3), and my daughter Adalynn (age 1.5), going out to dinner, traveling, reading books, and volunteering in the kid church ministry at Holy Family Catholic Church.
Insider Tip for Parents:
The days are long, but the years are short.  Cherish every moment you have with your children, both good and bad, because life moves

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, August 25, 2017

The Invite to Open House Edition

Come to Open House!
Open House will be held on August 31 from 7:00-9:00. You will have an opportunity to meet your student’s teachers and learn more about their course objectives, major assignments and other information.

In preparation for Open House, you may want to set up your Schoology account. Recently, you should have received an email from Keith Sorensen with your login information for Infinite Campus. If you cannot locate that email, you can access your account by using your personal email that you provided at registration and resetting your password by clicking on the Forgot My Password link on the login screen. Our Technology Services staff will have an informational booth in the Cafeteria on Open House night.

Check out our new Athletic Department Blog!
In an effort to keep parents and families better informed about athletics at Fremd, Athletic Director David Dick and his staff have developed a blog. Check it out at http://fremdvikingathletics.blogspot.com/.

Upcoming Home Activities and Varsity Events

August 25
Fremd Football vs. Lake Zurich - 7:30 p.m.

Girls Tennis @ Winnetka Park District - 3:00 p.m.

Girls Golf @ Arlington Lakes Golf Club - 3:30 p.m.
August 26
Girls Tennis @ Winnetka Park District - 8:30 a.m.
August 28
Boys Golf @ Inverness Golf Club - 2:00 p.m.

Girls Golf vs. St. Viator @ Highland Woods Golf Course - 3:30 p.m.

Girls Tennis vs. Lake Zurich - 4:30 p.m.
August 29
Boys Golf vs. Prospect H.S. @ Hilldale Golf Club - 3:30 p.m.

Girls DIving & Swimming vs. Buffalo Grove High School - 4:45 p.m.

Girls Tennis vs. Buffalo Grove H.S. - 4:45 p.m.

Girls/Boys Cross Country MSL Crossover @ Prospect H.S. - 5:45/6:15 p.m.

Boys Soccer vs. Prospect H.S. @ Naperville N. H.S. - 7:00 p.n.
August 30
Girls Golf @ Palatine Hills Golf Course - 3:30 p.m.

Girls Volleyball vs. Naperville Central H.S. - 6:00 p.m.


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

Staff Spotlight




Name: Tiffany Reagan
Position:10 month Assistant Principal
Years at Fremd: This is my first.
Life Before Fremd: I earned my Bachelors from Millikin University where I majored in Political Science with a minor in Biology. After graduating, I worked for a Bio Patent Law Firm before I started my Masters in Education from National-Louis University. While earning my Masters, I worked at Lake Forest High School as an Admin Assistant while also coaching Debate and Track and Field. The following spring, I student taught in the Science Department at Lake Zurich High School and coached Track. For the next seven years, I taught Science and Government at Lake Zurich. While teaching, I also coached Girls Cross Country, Boys Track and Field and sponsored the Science Team and Freshmen Class Board. After I completed my Masters in Educational Administration from the American College of Education, I was hired as the Dean of Students at Lake Zurich. During my three years as a Dean, I also and worked as the Summer School Principal and served as the Secretary of the Lake County APs/Deans Association and the Illinois State Deans Association.

Hobbies/Interests: I enjoy helping people by volunteering at Habitat for Humanity and Feed My Starving Children. I also enjoy spending time at the beach, going to movies, attending concerts and reading.

Insider Tip for Parents: Best advice from a trusted friend “Say Yes as often as you can and No when you have to.” [tip to people becoming parents] “Communicate the positive always.” [tip for teachers with parents is the community]


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, August 18, 2017

Welcome Back 2017-2018!

The 2017-2018 School Year is in Full Gear

Welcome to all Fremd students and families! This is the inaugural blog post for the upcoming school year. For those new to Fremd, this blog is my way of providing information and details about our school that you may not get from other forms of formal district communication, such as the website, newsletters, or official D211 emails. I encourage you to use the “Follow by Email” to receive a notification every time a new blog post is added. You can also use the “Contact Form” to send me your questions and comments.


For this week’s post, I wanted to provide a few of the week’s highlights:
  • There are currently 2639 student enrolled at Fremd High School.
  • Freshmen, sophomores and juniors attended a Expectations Assembly today in the Auditorium, facilitated by the assistant principals and dean. Senior attended an Expectations Assembly in the main gym with the principal, where we discussed school rules and the legacy they want to leave behind.
  • Students in several science classes were able to learn about Monday’s solar eclipse by going to our brand new inflatable Star Lab. Science teacher Matt Winter made a pinhole solar eclipse projector with the Science Department’s new 3D printer.

Mr. Schroeder teaches his students about the eclipse
3D printed pinhole projector

















New Football Admission Prices
The MSL has changed ticket prices for football games this year. Admission fees are now $5 for adults. Students can attend games against MSL teams for free, and must pay $3 for non-conference games.

Upcoming Home Activities and Varsity Events


August 21
Girls Golf vs. CHS/HEHS @ Palatine Hills Golf Course - 3:30 p.m.

Boys Soccer @ Glenbrook South - 7:00 p.m.
August 22
Boys Golf vs. CHS/HEHS @ Bridges of Poplar Creedk - 3:30 p.m.
August 24
Boys Golf  vs. Buffalo Grove/RMHS @ Hilldale Golf Club - 3:30 p.m.

Girls Tennis @ Hersey H.S. - 4:45 p.m.

Girls Swimming & Diving @ Libertyville H.S. - 5:00 p.m.
August 25
Girls Tennis @ Winnetka Park District - 3:00 p.m.

Girls Golf @ Arlington Lakes - 3:30 p.m.

Football vs. Lake Zurich - 7:30 p.m.

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


Staff Spotlight


Name:
Hamid Mehreioskouei
Position:
Assistant Principal
Years at Fremd:
First Year


Life Before Fremd:
I am a Schaumburg High School graduate and went to Bradley University for my undergrad. After graduating from Bradley University, I became the head soccer coach at Schaumburg HS. I’ve been a social studies teacher and head soccer coach for the last 13 years. For the last two years I served as the dean of students.
Hobbies/Interests:
I enjoy spending time with my family, enjoy working out, and love making a nice dinner.


Insider Tip for Parents:


As parents, our kids are watching us closely, so lets set the best example we can.

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, May 5, 2017

The Looking Like a Library Edition

Media Center Remodel Update

The D211 construction crew has made tremendous progress on our Media Center. Most of the walls have been framed, door and window frames have been installed, and 60% of the electrical work is completed. Here are some pictures of the progress:

This first picture is a general view of the Media Center. Notice the metal studs running down the wooden posts in the center of the Great Room. These posts will be “wrapped” with stone work at the bottom, and they will become work/charging stations for students.


The second picture shows the style of windows that will be found throughout the Media Center. These windows will have a shaded tint on them that enhances the colors of the walls. Although we were merely going for a Prairie-style look, we found that this style resembles the multi-window style found in the library circa 1963.


The last picture shows a conference room that is located where the circulation desk used to be near the old entrance to the Media Center. Students and staff will be able to check out this conference room for group projects and study sessions.




Highlights and Successes:
  • Congratulations to the following IHSA Journalism State Medalists:  Matt Grabianski – 1st place, sports writing. 1st place, copy editing;  Jiyoon Hwang – 5th place, news writing and Tim Moran – 5th place, headline writing.
  • Congratulations to Coach Tim Hamman and the Boys Gymnastics Team on taking 2nd place at the MSL Championships.  Award winners are:Eric Barnd: MSL Champion on Vault, 2nd Pommel Horse, 2nd High Bar and Ryan Roth: MSL Champion on Parallel Bars, 2nd Floor Exercise, 2nd Vault.
  • Congratulations to this week’s Viking Pride recipients:  Ishika Awachat, Alice Chen, Valeria Delgado, Corey Gillespie-Lopez, Emily Glazbrook. Haisam Hachem, Josh Hill, Jaden Jackson, Celon Johnson, Alec Lowe, Kennedy Moran, Megan Mullen, Jose Navarrete Islas, Sydney Niewiedzial, Daniel Salerno, Jonas Sales, Matthew Schonta, Mackenzie Stein, Anthony Tambellini, Lucas Torcato, Melanie Vu and Victoria Williams.
  • Congratulations to Coach Bob Hanson and the Girls Badminton Team on winning Sectional and Qualifying for the State Meet.


Upcoming Home Activities and Varsity Events

May 5
Girls Softball @ Schaumburg - 4:30 p.m.

Boys Baseball @ Hersey - 4:30 p.m.

Girls Track & Field Conference @ Conant - 4:45 p.m.

Boys Track & Field Invitational @ Lockport Township - 5:00 p.m.

Girls Soccer vs. Wheeling - 5:30 p.m.

Boys Gymnastics Sectional @ FHS - 6:30 p.m.
May 6
Boys Tennis @ Crystal Lake Central - 8:00 a.m.

Girls/Boys Water Polo Triangular @ FHS - 8:30 a.m.

Boys Baseball Double Header @ Warren Township - 10:00 a.m.

Girls Softball vs. Prairie Ridge - 11:00 a.m.

Boys Lacrosse @ Glenbrook South - 1:00 p.m.
May 8
Girls Softball vs. HEHS - 4;30 p.m.

Boys Baseball vs. Palatine - 4:45 p.m.
May 9
Girls Soccer MSL Crossover

Boys Volleyball vs. HEHS - 6:00 p.m.
Boys Lacrosse vs. Schaumburg - 7;30 p.m.
May 10
Honors Convocation - Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.

Girls Water Polo Sectionals - HEHS

Boys Baseball @ Palatine - 4:30 p.m.

Girls Softball @ Conant - 4:30 p.m.

Girls Lacrosse vs. St. Viator - 6:30 p.m.

Girls Soccer MSL Championship
May 11
Yearbook Distribution - 4-6 FHS Cafeteria

Boys Water Polo Sectionals - HEHS

Girls Track & Field Sectional @ Grayslake North - 4:15 p.m.

Boys Baseball @ Stevenson - 4:30 p.m.


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

Staff Spotlight
This feature will return next week!

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.