Friday, August 26, 2016

The Open House Edition

Top 5 Open House Tips

In preparation for Open House on September 1 at 7:00pm, I thought I would supplement the information you’ve already received through email with insider tips to help you navigate through your Open House experience like a pro.

Arrive early. As any parent of a junior or senior knows, parking is extremely limited at Fremd. Arriving early will (nearly) guarantee a parking spot in our student lot along Quentin Road. Additional parking is available east of the school at Birchwood Park and the Palatine Township Office, and west of the school at Hunting Ridge Elementary. Limited street parking is also available. If you live nearby, I’d urge you to consider walking.

Wear comfortable clothes. Our building is air conditioned, but it will likely be warm in the building that night. There will also be some walking involved, so wear comfortable shoes.

Use your “free period” wisely. Buy Fremd gear from the Spirit Shop. Visit your student’s counselor in Media Center. Stop by the Book Fair. Sign up to join the Booster Club.

Bring a writing utensil. There will likely be details beyond teacher contact information that you will want to record. Since you will only have 10 minutes with each teacher, it is a good idea to jot down your questions and ask them through email in the following days. This will also serve as a nice way to extend the conversation and build relationships with the teachers.

Stop by and say hello. I will be standing in the main hallway for most of the evening. I’m looking forward to meeting you!

Highlights and Successes:

Congratulations to Coach Christine Vlaming and the Girls Golf Team on placing 3rd at the Conant Early Bird Tournament.  Ann Marie O’Sullivan took 5th place with a score of 77 and Annie Gao took 10th place with a score of 81.

Upcoming Home Activities and Varsity Events

August 26
Girls Tennis @ Winnetka Park District - 3:00 p.m.

Fremd Football @ Lake Zurich - 7:30 p.m.

Boys Soccer vs. RMHS @ Celtic Park - 8:30 p.m.
August 27
Girls Tennis @ Winnetka Park District - 8:30 a.m.
August 29
Boys Golf @ Inverness Golf Club - 2:00 p.m.

Girls Golf vs. St. Viator @ Palatine Hills Golf Course - 3:30 p.m.

Girls Tennis @ Lake Zurich H.S. - 4:30 p.m.
August 30
Boys Golf @ Chevy Chase Country Club - 3;30 p.m.

Girls Golf @ Schaumburg Golf Club - 3:30 p.m.

Boys Cross Country Crossover vs. Hersey H.S. @ Harper College - 4:30 p.m.

Girls Cross Country Crossover vs. Hersey H.S. - 6:00 p.m.

Girls Tennis vs. Elk Grove H.S. - 4;45 p.m.

Boys Soccer vs. Benet Academy @ Naperville N. H.S. - 7:00 p.m.
August 31
Girls Swimming & Diving vs. Elk Grove H.S. - 4:45 p.m.

Boys Soccer @ Naperville North H.S. - 5:00 p.m.

Girls Volleyball vs. Naperville Central - 6:00 p.m.
September 1
Open House - 7:00 p.m.

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

Staff Spotlight

Hali Yoshimura
World Language Department Chairperson and Spanish Teacher
Years at Fremd:
Life Before Fremd:
After graduating from Fremd (Go Vikings!) in 1995, I earned my bachelor’s degree in both Spanish and English at the University of Virginia (Thomas Jefferson’s University!), while simultaneously completing a Master’s degree in Foreign Language Education (also from UVA).  During this time I enjoyed two different culturally-rich travel abroad experiences in San Jose, Costa Rica and Valencia, Spain. Additionally, I was fortunate to participate in a rigorous English major’s summer program at the University of California-Berkeley.
In the fall of my last year at UVA,  I ran into a one of my former Fremd teachers who told me there was going to be a Spanish teaching position available at Fremd the following year. I was super excited to apply since I knew there would be no other greater place to begin my teaching career than at my prestigious alma mater. Seventeen year later I still feel that same excitement and passion to be leading and teaching here at Fremd!
In my free time I love spending time with my husband James, our three young children, my parents, and our community of family and friends.  Additionally, I enjoy running, reading, and traveling throughout the U.S. and abroad (especially to Spanish speaking countries).        
Insider Tip for Parents:
There are endless benefits to learning a world language!  These benefits, coupled with cultural knowledge, help to prepare our students to be better citizens of the world. Encouraging your son or daughter to also participate in our Language Clubs (Chinese, French, German and Spanish), our Foreign Exchange Club and/or our Foreign Exchange/Travel Abroad Programs will provide them with additional enriching opportunities to “go deeper” with their language study.   

Ask the Principal

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

Friday, August 19, 2016

The Getting Involved Edition

The Other Half of Education

It is a firm belief of mine that clubs, activities and sports are the other half of education. The life lessons and leadership skills that young people learn through athletics and activities may be just as important as what they learn during the school day.

Photo courtesy of the Fremd Debate Team twitter account
Here at Fremd, we believe that EVERY STUDENT should be involved in at least one activity that extends beyond the school day. These extracurricular experiences facilitate connections. Connections with other students. Connections with staff members. And connections with meaningful learning opportunities.

The other half of education helps your student develop many of the skills that are hard to teach in a class but are of utmost importance beyond high school. Teamwork. Time management. Self-discipline. Persistence. Dealing with success and failure. Overcoming adversity.

Although fall sports have already kicked off, it is not too late to sign up for Girls and Boys Cross Country, Football, or Girls Swimming. If your student is interested in signing up, please visit our Athletics website for more information.

Fremd offers over 60 clubs and activities, many of which will be meeting soon. I encourage you to check out the Activities website for a listing of clubs and activities, as well as sponsor and meeting information for each activity.

Upcoming Home Activities and Varsity Events

August 22
Boys Soccer vs. Highland Park - 7:00 p.m.
August 23
LATE Start - 8:50 a.m. start
August 25
Boys Golf @ Hilldale Golf Club - 3:30 p.m.

Girls Golf @ Rob Roy golf course - 3:30 p.m.

Girls Tennis @ Maine South H.S. - 4:30 p.m.

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

Boys Soccer @ New Trier - 7:00 p.m.

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

Staff Spotlight

J.T. Teichert
Assistant Director of Bands/Music Teacher
Jazz Lab Director
Jazz Combo Director
VMB Assistant Director
Years at Fremd:
Life Before Fremd:
I’ve spent the past three years working at Wheeling High School, working with all Marching, Concert, and Jazz Bands. Prior to that, I attended DePaul University for Music Education with an emphasis in Jazz Studies.
My hobbies include practicing instruments (mostly saxophone), reading, and watching Chicago sports.
Insider Tip for Parents:
Encourage your students to be involved in a club or activity!

Ask the Principal

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

Friday, August 5, 2016

Workshop for Parents of Athletes

Welcome to Mr. Tenopir's Blog! During the school year, I will try to keep you updated with information that goes beyond what we would normally post in a newsletter or on our school website. To get a feel for the format, feel free to review some of the previous posts. For now, I just have one important topic to tell you about. See you in 10 days!

FHS to Host Parent Workshop

On August 16, from 6:00-7:30 pm in the Student Cafeteria, we will be partnering with the Positive Coaching Alliance to host a parent workshop titled, "The High School Sports Parent: Developing Triple-Impact Competitors." This interactive workshop explores the role of Second-Goal Parents, supporting their athlete so they have a fun, positive experience in sports. Parents who attend a parent workshop should be able to:

(1) know what is expected of them as a high school sports parent
(2) understand parent’s and athlete’s goals related to the HS sports experience
(3) match their behavior as a parent to their goals for their HS sports experience
(4) support their athlete to bounce back from mistakes and setbacks
(5) teach their child about the importance of a growth-mindset
(6) understand and manage the relationship between the parent and coach

While our primary emphasis at Fremd is on preparing students to be academically ready for life beyond high school, we understand the important role that athletics play in the high school experience. This parent workshop is one piece of the puzzle for us in providing a positive experience for our athletes. The Positive Coaching Alliance will also be working with our coaches and our athletes to help our teens get the most from high school sports.
As an attendee at this workshop, you will receive a free copy of the book, The High School Parent: Developing Triple-Impact Competitors, which will show parents how to:

  • Help their teen become a Triple-Impact Competitor who makes herself, her teammates, and the game better
  • Navigate the complicated high school sports landscape
  • Use high school sports' endless procession of teachable moments to teach and reinforce positive character traits
  • Deal effectively with common dilemmas faced by high school sports parents
This is not a mandatory workshop, and there is no need to RSVP. I think you will find that the content and presentation style will be engaging and informative.

Please contact Athletic Director David Dick at (847) 755-2770 with any questions.