Freedom High School
Community Brief
Monday, October 14, 2019
Thank you for your continuous support of Freedom High School where our focus is on literacy, rigor and relationships.  Our students and staff are working daily to have Patriot PRIDE on display:  Preparedness, Resilience, Integrity, Dedication, and Encouragement.
Homecoming Week 2019
I would like to give a shout out and thanks to our Student Government Association for hosting yet another phenomenal homecoming! From the spirit days to the homecoming dance, our students and staff made a lifetime of memories.
PSAT/SAT School Day
October 16th will be a long Wednesday because our students will be taking either the PSAT or the SAT:
  • 9th Grade - 8/9 PSAT: Computer-Based:  Laptops should be charged and brought to school with charging chord.
  • 10th Grade - PSAT
  • 11th Grade - PSAT/NMSQT: Potential Scholarship Opportunities based on student results
  • 12th Grade - SAT:  College entrance exam that provides students with the opportunity for post-secondary educational opportunity and scholarships based on student results.
* Please remind students to bring IDs and calculators.
Fall Play 2019
Freedom High School's Performing Art presents "She Kills Monsters."  Let's come out and support the hard work of our students and our staff.  The play runs from October 24-26 at 7:00 pm (please see below).

I look forward to doing "whatever it takes" alongside our students, faculty, staff, families, and community to enrich our founding principles of honor, excellence, and tradition throughout the 2019-2020 school year.   
Make it a great week Patriots and please remember to get a good night's sleep Tuesday and to eat breakfast Wednesday morning prior to testing! 
Ms. Cheryl Neely

Pictured very top:  FHS wins the 5 Star Award for the cleanest and healthiest high school for the second year in a row!
Upcoming Events 
Oct. 14: Application Deadline for Valencia Dual Enrollment
Oct. 14: College 101 Night for Parents, 6:00 pm (Media Center)
Oct. 16: End of First Marking Period
Oct. 16: Long Wednesday - School-Wide SAT/PSAT - NO EARLY RELEASE
Oct. 16: JV Football vs Lake Nona, 6:00 pm
Oct. 17: Varsity Football at Lake Nona, 7:00 pm
Oct. 18: Teacher Workday/Student Holiday
Oct. 24: Fall Play, She Kills Monsters in the PAC, 7:00 pm
Oct. 25: Fall Play, She Kills Monsters in the PAC, 7:00 pm
Oct. 25: Varsity Football at Cypress Creek, 7:00 pm
Oct. 26: Saturday School, 9:00 am
Oct. 26: Fall Play, She Kills Monsters in the PAC, 7:00 pm

OCPS 2019-2020 Calendar

Featured Department
FHS Performing Arts  

Bottom left to right: Mr. Nash Brown, Ms. Lyles, Ms. Vaszik
Second row: Ms. Neely (BLA), Ms. Brown, Ms. Probst, Mr. Madlangbayan
Top row: Mr. Perez, Dr. Antmann, Ms. Cannon, Ms. Philor, Mr. Hellhake (Dept. Chair), Dr. Herbert
Patriot Spotlight!
Perfect Scores on EOC Assessments
FHS would like to spotlight and congratulate these students that received a perfect score on their End of Course (EOC) Assessment exams!

Congratulations to (from left to right): Ms. Neely, John Fremstad (US History), Rylee Hellinger (US History), Erick Rocher (US History), Mateo Aristizabal (US History), Julian Rocher (US History), Maria Varas (US History), Rachel Tobbell (Biology).

* Not pictured: J ames Bramnick (US History), Barbara Chiu (Biology), Felix Vargas (Biology), Thiago Rocha Leite (US History), Nathan Robbins (US History), Hailey Lam (US History).

FHS (Future Farmers of America)
2019 Landscape Show
Agricultural Science and the FFA students participated in The Landscape Show 2019. Their first event was the career presentation where the students watched and listened to speakers share career opportunities and experiences in the landscape business. Students were questioned on their knowledge of trees, citrus, and some insects. Students also learned about the great need for workers with expertise in agriculture and technology.

Afterwards, the students participated in a scavenger hunt in the exhibit hall containing a multiplicity vendors and organizations. They were challenged to identify the services and/or products each business offers.

Special Recognition
Lieutenant Commander Harold Johnson - "Horace Mann Teacher of the Month" (Naval Science teacher)

Left to right: Ms. Smith, Commander Johnson, Mr. Yepes

FHS would like to congratulate Lieutenant Commander Harold Johnson  for being selected as the Horace Mann Teacher of the Month. Commander Johnson works diligently to foster a sense of belonging for students through our Naval Science program. Our students develop the knowledge and skills they need to achieve success, not only through this sea cadet program, but teaching students to utilize those qualities in life as well.

We are so grateful for the time and energy he spends ensuring students are successful! Thank you Commander Johnson.
Rigor Around Campus
Biome Speed Dating in AP Environmental Science
Rigor in the classroom is displayed in Ms. Chani Mills' AP Environmental Science class. Students collected background information on one of Earth's major biomes, either terrestrial or aquatic, of which they were preassigned. They then personified that biome in a dpeed dating activity where they met other biomes. They had 2-3 minutes to talk and gathered information on their "date biome" and try to guess which biome they are.

The goal is to try and find their biome soul mate (the same biome as them). After they found their match, they introduced themselves to the group and gave the most identifying characteristic of their biome. Click to see this activity in action.

Ms. Mills came up with a very creative and fun way to understand Earth's biomes (communities of plants or animals that have common characteristics within the community the exist) through "biome speed dating" in her AP Environmental Science class.
Student Services
Counselor Assignments
School Counselor alphabet assignments have been updated. To view the School Counselor Contact Information click on the link.

Tutoring at FHS
Click for tutoring opportunities available to our students.

General Information (College 101 Night is Monday!)
  • - The Guidance team has a new website where parents and students can find out information on upcoming events, college visits, scholarships, etc.
  • College Application Help Sessions will take place every Wednesday after school (1:15-2:45pm) - students can come in to work on anything college related and get their questions answered.
  • On October 14th we will have College 101 Night for Parents from 6 pm - 8 pm in the media center. Join us to learn about the College application process (presentations in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Creole).
School-Wide PSAT/SAT - October 16th (No Early Release)
On October 16th, FHS will administer school wide SAT/PSAT. Students, you must show a photo ID to enter your testing room. If you do not have a photo ID, stop by the media center to get one. Also, please be advised that for the test, you must provide your own SAT/PSAT approved calculator. All scientific, all four function and most graphing are accepted. For a list of approved calculators, go to

~ Freshman students will need their device for the test.
~ Be sure to fully charge your device the night before, bring your device, and your charger as well.
~ All students are asked to check their student email accounts for updated room locations.

Scholarship Opportunities
OCPS Scholarship Bulletin - Full Year   
* Coca Cola Scholars - application deadline is October 31st, 2019
* Dr. Pepper Giveaway - application deadline October 17th, 2019
* Dr. Juan Andrade Jr. Scholarship - application deadline November 30th, 2019
* Hispanic Heritage Foundation Scholarship - application deadline October 15th, 2019
* Southern Scholarship Foundation: Rent free living at UF, FSU, FAMU, FGCU, TCC, Flagler College and Santa Fe College. Application deadline: November 1st, 2019

* MALDEF Scholarship Resource Guide for 2019-2020. Listed are many scholarships that do not inquire about immigration status.
* Comcast Scholarship
* CG Trader Scholarship
* Tiadex Scholarship - U.S. Citizens or permanent residents planning to major in Marketing, Business or Entrepreneurship
* Florida Retired Educators Foundation: This scholarship is for students interested in becoming future educators. Apply online by early December.
* Horatio Alger Association Scholarship Program: Application deadline is October 25th, 2019
* Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program: Application deadline is November 13th, 2019

Financial Aid Applications Online (Opened Oct. 1)
* 2020-2021 FAFSA application available online

* Florida Financial Aid Application also available online (Bright Futures and other state grants and scholarships)

Over three-quarters of undergraduates attend public institutions. For these students, one important factor in higher borrowing has been years of state budget cuts, which have led to higher college costs. This is another reason why it is so important for students to complete the FAFSA and to take advantage of the college financial aid opportunities outlined in this issue and through our Student Services Office. Moreover, students should not get saddled with too much debt paying for their college experience as doing so might limit their options such as buying a home or getting married after college graduation. Read full article to accompany chart.
Performing Arts
"She Kills Monsters"
October 24-26 at 7:00 pm

A comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games, She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly's Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly's refuge.

In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and 90s pop culture, acclaimed young playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.

The show runs October 24 - 26 with a start time of 7:00 pm in the FHS Performing Arts Center. Tickets for the show are $10 at or at the door of each show.
Visit the FHS Athletics Website at for up to date information including athletic physical forms.
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Varsity Football
Meet Kaitlyn Reynolds, Class of 2020!
USA Soccer player, Carli Lloyd, recently made a splash at the Philadelphia Eagles training camp when she kicked a 55 yard field goal. Lloyd kicked in shorts, without a rush, and without a game situation. However, FHS student athlete, Kaitlyn Reynolds, makes a splash every week kicking for the varsity football team in full pads and in real game situations. In fact, Kaitlyn, a senior at FHS, recently kicked a game winning field goal against Colonial High School. When asked about the clutch kick, Kaitlyn, ever so humble, said it was a team "family" win and that she would not have been in the situation to win the game had it not been for her teammates.

* Orlando local news station WESH Channel 2 did a story on Kaitlyn. Please click this link to see her story!  

Golf Teams Heading into the District Tournament 
The Patriot golf teams had a great showing at their respective Metro Tournaments! Emily Staples and Kaden Wrisner were each stand outs!  The District Tournament is this week and the Patriot golfers hope to continue their outstanding seasons! 
Fall Sports at FHS 
Below is a list of our fall sports at FHS along with their respective head coach. Feel free to contact the head coach for information related to their sport.

* Football - Robert Mahoney
* Girls' Volleyball - Keith Hageman
* Swimming - Lynn Kelly-McClish
* Bowling - Tawn Tooks
* Golf - Collin Kennedy
* Cross Country - David Bush 
Athletic Director - Bobby Rego
Asst. Athletic Director - Maurice Allen
Asst. Athletic Director - Nathan Kallal
Athletic Trainer - Joe Gonzalez
Athletic Trainer - Terri Charlock
Athletic Trainer - Peterson Francois  
Monday's Motivational Moment!

William Danforth, who became the owner of the huge Ralston Purina Company, learned a lesson about success when he was a young man. He said, "When I was sixteen I came to St. Louis to attend high school. It was about a mile from my house to the school. A teacher, who lived nearby, and I would start out for school at the same time every morning. But he always beat me there. Even back then I didn't want to be beaten, and so I tried all the shortcuts. Day after day, however, he arrived ahead of me. Then I discovered how he did it. When he came to each street crossing, he would run to the other curb. The thing that put him ahead of me was just 'that little extra.'"
Remember Patriots . . .
"There are no shortcuts
to any place worth going."

Have a great week and don't forget: Wednesday is regular length school day and there will be school on Thursday, but no school Friday. Friday is a student holiday.

Ms. Neely, Principal
Freedom High School
Sunday, October 13, 2019

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