Friday, November 10, 2017

The Library is Open! Edition

The Library Grand Opening in Pictures
On Monday, we held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Library. (Yes, I called it the "Library!" After a naming contest, students overwhelmingly voted for this name over "Media Center," "Learning Commons" or similar names.) Here are some pictures of the new Library and the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Mrs. DiModica, our Librarian, cuts the ribbon, which was made of the pages of old copies of Of Mice and Men and Gone With the Wind.

Mr. Moore leads members of his band in the playing of our school song.

Mr. Weaver, English teacher, warms his hands by our new fireplace, which was purchased through the generous financial support of our Viking Booster Club.


View of main room with study carrels, conference room.

Circulation desk, cafe and fireplace.

Tech Center Help Desk

Back area of Library.


















































Cookie Sign-Up for Fall Sports Awards
There's still time to sign up to bring in cookies for Fall Sports Awards! Here's how:
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on Volunteer Spot: http://signup.com/go/KCgfxrc      
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots - VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone.

Proud Principal Moment
Today, we held a Veterans Day assembly for our students, along with some honored guests that included veterans connected to our Fremd community. The ceremony was run by senior Amy Ma and junior Chris Oakley, who did a wonderful job explaining the significance of the occasion.

I must share a huge thanks to Matt Moore and Marla Caballero and our Music Department for providing moving music, including the Star-Spangled Banner, the Armed Forces Medley, and America, the Beautiful. Christie O'Donnell (English) played a significant role in organizing the assembly. And Courtney Billittier (Social Studies) was the mastermind behind the week's festivities, including dress-up days, a dodgeball tournament, and fundraising efforts for CreatiVets, a non-profit that helps veterans cope with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder through art, and Folds of Honor, an organization that provides scholarships to families of fallen and disabled veterans.

I am also proud of our entire student body. It is not often that you can put 2600 students in one location and hear a pin drop. Our students were respectful and reverential. Their attitude and behavior reflected the power of the ceremony, but it also revealed the character and class that they possess. Kudos to you, Fremd parents, for raising great kids! And kudos to our students for showing respect and gratitude for the sacrifices others have made to protect our way of life.

Highlights and Successes:
  • Congratulations to the Public Forum and Lincoln Douglas Debate Team on their performance at the Fremd Viking Invitational.  In Lincoln-Douglas: Andy Ruan, 2nd place Varsity, Kashif Javid, 5th place Varsity, Kylie Zhang, 2rd place JV, Eileen Peng, 3rd place JV. Speaker awards were won by Ji Eun Kim on the novice level, Kylie Zhang and Eileen Peng on the JV level, and Andy Ruan and Kashif Javid on the Varsity Level. In Public Forum: Mayank Bhatia and Matt Kim, 2nd place JV, Miguel Mercado and Andrew Kim, 5th place, Rida Ahmed and Zaid Iqbal, 1st place novice, and David Phillips and William Zhong, 3rd place novice. Speaker awards in PF were earned by William Zhong, David Phillips, Mayank Bhatia, Adhith Palla, Matt Grabianski, and Piyush Biswas.
  • Congratulations to Rose Dinh, Mayur Popuri and Vikas Reddy on achieving a perfect score on the ACT exam.
  • Congratulations to this week’s Viking Pride winners:  Ishan Anand, Eric Bryniarski, Lina Chiang, Megan Forrest, Anna Gontar, Gillian Jackson, Rachel Kang, Aparna Nidamanuri, Devyn Oak, Karolina Ryczek, Mako Sumida, and Brooke Toriani.



Upcoming Home Activities and Varsity Events

November 11
Speech Invite - all day

Daddy/Daughter Dance - Gym 7-9 pm
November 14
Fall Sports Awards - 7:00 pm
November 15
Choir Solo & Ensemble - Music Dept. 6-9 pm

Girls Basketball Tournament @ FHS - 7:30 pm


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

Staff Spotlight



Name: Toni DiModica

Position: Library Department Chair

Years at Fremd: 20 years! I taught Biology my first seven years and have been the Library Department Chair for the past thirteen. While at Fremd, I have sponsored the Multicultural Club, Science Fiction Reading Club, Health Careers Club, and Junior Class.

Life Before Fremd:  I started my teaching career as a Biology teacher and taught at Von Steuben Metropolitan High School in Chicago for two years before coming to Fremd.

Hobbies/Interests: Besides my obvious reading interest, I enjoy healthy cooking, spending time with my family, and doing agility training with my dog Barrett. My husband and I also love traveling across our great country looking for that perfect retirement spot. So far, it’s a tie between Maui and Sonoma.

Insider Tip for Parents: Fremd has so much to offer students. Encourage your child to be involved and stay involved.


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, November 3, 2017

November 3, 2017

Parent Help Needed

The Fremd Viking Booster Club is proud of all our student-athletes and want to remind you of the upcoming Fall Sports Awards Night on Tuesday, November 14th at 7pm in the main gym. As with every Sports Awards, the Booster Club is organizing the cookie / snack drive.  Please consider signing up to bring in cookies for a post event snack.  You can drop them off at the tables in the main hallway on your way into the ceremony.

We have many student-athletes this fall and we will need well over 100 dozen cookies to have enough for the kids and their families.  

Please sign up for Spring Sports Awards Cookie Signup!

Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on Volunteer Spot: http://signup.com/go/KCgfxrc      
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots - VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone.


Highlights and Successes:
  • Congratulations to Coach Andrew Kittrell and the Girl’s Swimming and Diving Team on taking 2nd place in the MSL Varsity Conference:
The following are the top 6 finishers:
  • Diving—Carly Goodsite, Champion
  • 200 Medley Relay—2nd, Sophia Kuehn, Rebecca Ballo, Kristina Buzuloiu, Emily Bolger
  • 200 Freestyle –Marie Grzybek, 4th; Sarah Rothmeyer 5th
  • 200 IM—Sophia Kuehn 5th, Rebecca Ballo 6th
  • 50 Freestyle—Emily Bolger 2nd
  • 100 Freestyle—Emily Bolger 3rd
  • 500 Freestyle—Marie Grzybek 5th, Lauren Streitmatter 6th
  • 200 Freestyle Relay—2nd, Sophia Kuehn, Sarah Rothmeyer, Anna Miller, Emily Bolger
  • 100 Backstroke—Sarah Rothmeyer 5th, Sophia Kuehn Champion
  • 100 Breaststroke—Rebecca Ballo, 4th
  • 400 Freestyle Relay—3rd, Sarah Rothmeyer, Marie Grzybek, Anna Miller, Lauren Streitmatter
  • Congratulations to the Public Forum and Lincoln Douglas Debate Team on their performance at the Schaumburg Saxon Invitational. Fremd earned the First Place awards in all levels of Public Forum. In Public Forum: Abhinav Balu and Adhith Palla, 1st Place Varsity, Michael Murakami and Ben Wilson, 3rd Place Varsity, Nikhil Sriram and Sharon Wu, 1st Place JV, Mayank Bhatia and Matthew Kim, 2nd Place JV, Zaid Iqbal and Rida Ahmed, 1st Place Novice, Will Zhong and David Phillips, 2nd Place Novice, Souvik Ghosh and Ed Zhang, 3rd Place Novice. Speaker awards in PF were earned by Michael Murakami , Ben Wilson, Nikhil Sriram, Mayank Bhatia and Souvik Ghosh. In Lincoln Douglas, Kylie Zhang earned 3rd Place in JV. A speaker award in LD was earned by novice Vasuda Cidambi


Staff Spotlight


Name:
Robin Quinn

Position:
English Teacher, Production Assistant for Musical & Winter Play, Speech Team Coach

Years at Fremd:
2
Life Before Fremd:
I attended Rolling Meadows High School, then went to Augustana College, where I studied English Education and Theatre Arts. One particularly bad winter, I came down with frostbite on my hands, and decided that I would move somewhere warm as soon as I graduated from Augie! I ended up relocating to Phoenix, AZ. I taught English and Drama classes in a small, rural, cowboy town about an hour west of Phoenix. While at that school, I served as the head of the Theatre department, directing all the plays and musicals, and I also sponsored the fashion club. Last year, I returned to IL to face the cold again...so far, so good!
Hobbies/Interests:
As my theatre background suggests, I love the arts; watching a play, musical, or concert is when I'm at my happiest. I'm also a singer and guitar player, and love to write music. In addition to arts, I run marathons, love to hike, and am a big movie buff; my husband and I go to the movies nearly every weekend!
Insider Tip for Parents:
Oscar Wilde said, "It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it." Encourage your student to read about the things that they are passionate about outside 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, 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.