Freedom High School
Community Brief
Monday, December 3, 2018
Thank you for your commitment to making Freedom High School a place where "Demography does not Equal Destiny" and where "Learning Is Our Top Priority."

I would like to begin by announcing the FHS Class of 2019 graduation date of May 24, 2019, at 7:30 pm at the Amway Center. I know that is music to our seniors' ears. Please encourage your senior to continue working hard and finish strong. Our senior class sponsor, Mr. Youtz, will be providing important dates and events in the coming weeks.

This past week, I was able to watch our phenomenal chorus display their talents at the Epcot Candlelight Processional. This is always a huge honor that is bestowed upon our hard working choral students, led by Choir Director, Ms. Shannon Lyles, and Assistant Choir Director, Mr. Terence Madlangbayan.

Our entire performing arts department is incredible. In fact, the entire department will be on display this Saturday for their annual holiday extravaganza know as PRISM. Do not miss out on seeing this incredible show!

Thank you all for your unwavering commitment to your child's success.  This year is about teaching children to do 'Whatever It Takes' for them to be successful.


Ms. Cheryl Neely Mir

Pictured very top:  FHS State Champion Swimmer, Leah Gentry!

Upcoming Events 
Dec. 3: Boys Soccer vs Colonial, 6:00 pm
Dec. 3: Boys Basketball vs Winter Park, 6:00 pm
Dec. 4: Girls Basketball vs Olympia, 5:00 pm
Dec. 4: Girls Soccer vs Boone, 6:00 pm
Dec. 5: Boys Basketball vs Olympia, 4:30 pm
Dec. 5: FAFSA Help Night (Room 527), 5:00 pm - Register
Dec. 7: Girls Basketball vs Evans, 6:00 pm
Dec. 8: Saturday School, 9:00 am
Dec. 8: Prism, 1:30, 4, 7 pm
Dec. 10: Boys Soccer vs East River, 6:00 pm
Dec. 11: Girls Soccer vs Cypress Creek, 6:00 pm
Dec. 11: Band Winter Concert (in the PAC), 7:00 pm
Dec. 12: FHS Chorus at Epcot Candlelight Processional, 5:00 pm
Dec. 13: Girls Basketball vs Rocky Grove, 5:00 pm
Dec. 13: Boys Soccer vs Winter Park, 6:00 pm
Dec. 13: Band Winter Concert (in the PAC), 7:00 pm
Dec. 15: Let Freedom Ring Wrestling Tournament, 8:00 am
Dec. 15: Saturday School, 9:00 am
Orange County Public Schools

Vital Signs

* Attendance percentages include excused and unexcused absences as both represent lost instructional time.
* Regular monitoring through ProgressBook is essential as student report cards and progress reports are issued only 8X per year.
Credit: Mr. Charles Youtz, Dean/Senior Class Sponsor
Featured Department
Performing Arts 

Bottom row from left: Ms. Cannon, Mr. Nash Brown, Ms. Lyles, Ms. Vascik, Ms. Suarez (BLA),
Mr. Hellhake (Dept. Chair).
Top row from left: Dr. Antmann, Ms. Brown, Mr. Madlangbayan, Ms Probst, Mr. Perez, Dr. Herbert.
In the Spotlight!

Family "Freedom" Feud Game Show 
Teacher Team wins! 

The fifth annual Family Feud Game Show event took place this past Thursday night. This highly anticipated and entertaining event is always fun and exciting. This year was no exception. Congratulations to our teacher team for their lopsided victory over the administrative team and the senior team.  
AVID Showcase
Recently, FHS had the honor of hosting the 1st AVID Showcase as an official AVID Demonstration School. FHS exhibited why we were chosen to be a demonstration school as we successfully showed our forty plus guests from all over the state of Florida the College & Career Readiness Culture of Freedom High School.    
Special Recognition
Barbara Chiu
STEM Alliance Award recipient

(left to right: Ms. Hernandez, Barbara Chiu, Ms. Mir)

Congratulations to FHS freshman, Barbara Chiu, who has received the 2017-2018 STEM Alliance Most Outstanding Science Student Award. STEM, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, is used in schools to improve competitiveness in science and technology developments. Barbara will be recognized by the Orange County School Board at the December 11 board meeting. Congratulations Barbara!

Mrs. Kelly Javar
November Teacher of the Month
Congratulations to our American Sign Language teacher, Ms. Kelly Javar, for being chosen the November Horace Mann Teacher of the Month. Ms. Javar goes above and beyond the classroom. Not only will her students sign at this year's PRISM concert, but they will also participate in a "learn to sign your favorite Christmas song" tutorial. This tutorial is open to anyone that wants to learn.
Rigor Around the Campus
Principles of Engineering with Mr. Houck - Solar Powered Car Races

Mr. Kevin Houck facilitates the solar powered car race

Rigor in the classroom is on display in Mr. Kevin Houck's Principles of Engineering classes. Recently, his students demonstrated the use of solar energy to power their own, hand built race cars. His classes were split into teams. Each team was able to use two solar panels to power their car. Everything else was up to their engineering including gear ratio, or no gears at all, wheel size, number of wheels, bearings, front or rear drive, etc.

* Click to see a video of a solar powered car race.

** Rigor in the Classroom prepared by Mr. Charles Youtz, Dean/Senior Class Sponsor

The 16th Annual Prism Concert - a Holiday-themed entertainment spectacular that is the premier concert event at Freedom High School! Prism is one continuous show held in complete darkness, with no applause, that celebrates the spirit of the season! Prism asks you to consider the effect a prism makes as it reflects light to unexpected places in unexpected ways. It is an annual experiment in visual and sonic effect that tests the tonal, timbral, textural, and technical capabilities of the venue and the performers.

PRISM is a "Benefit Concert" for the FHS Food Pantry. The FHS Food Pantry sends these students away on the Winter Break with a box of food and provisions for the student and his/her family to cover the entire two-week Winter Break. Please consider making a donation to the health and safety of these students! Guests needing wheelchair access should email Mr. Hellhake at

Show Times:
December 8 - 1:30PM, 4:00PM, & 7:00PM

Tickets are $6.00 and go on sale Monday, December 3rd, 2018 at 7:00 PM.  Tickets may be purchased at
Student Services

Counselor Assignments 
The Freedom High School Guidance Department would like to welcome: Mrs. Canar (A-BRO), Mrs. Williams Henderson (LOT-NO), and Mrs. Carballo-Flores (College & Career Specialist). To view the counselor contact information click on the link. For other important information, look in the Student Services Google Drive (NEW!): This link works best with the student OCPS account. However, if you use your personal email you will need to request permission to view.

Seniors should complete or be working on the following:
* FAFSA Application
* FAFSA Help Session (FAFSA Night Flyer)
~ 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
~ Register at:

* Bright Futures -
* College Applications
* Scholarship Folder
~ Scholarship Links
~ Specific Scholarships 
* Sign up for Remind messages and Money Mondays

12th Grade
Class of 201 Go to on a computer to sign up. Text @free2019fh to 81010

** If you or your student need assistance with any of the above, please contact your school counselor for an appointment.

As a reminder...
* Transcripts
~ Students must complete a green paper form in the front of guidance to have a transcript sent to colleges.
~ Please allow five (5) school days for processing.

Bridges to Success 
* Are you planning on going to Valencia?
* Do you want two years of college paid for?
* Complete your college application to Valencia
* See your counselor for more information

Valencia Dual Enrollment 
Students that are attending Valencia Dual Enrollment in the spring of 2019 need to bring two copies of their detailed schedule to their school counselor by December 1, 2018. Please reach out to your school counselor for an appointment.

Juniors (11th Grade) 
School counselors will be meeting with juniors through their English classes to review graduation requirements and course selection for the next school year during the first two weeks of December.

Sophomores (10th Grade) 
School counselors will be meeting with sophomores through their English classes to review graduation requirements and course selection for the next school year before the winter holiday break.

Freshmen (9th Grade) 
School counselors will be meeting with freshmen through their English classes to review graduation requirements and course selection for the next school year in the beginning of January. 
Visit the FHS Athletics Website at for up to date information including athletic physical forms.
Girls Golf 
Congratulations to our Girl Golf Team for their magical season! A special congratulations goes out to Emily Staples and Lauren Clark for their selections to the East All-Metro Golf Team and to Coach Jeff Beavers for being selected the 2018 East Metro Conference Coach of the Year. 
Congratulations to senior, Keith Tsang, for his selection to the 2018-19 All Metro Bowling Team. 
The FHS Swim Team continued their excellence by qualifying numerous swimmers to compete in the state regionals. Congratulations to the following swimmers: Carlos Luzardo, Logan LaRochelle, Pedro Kleim, Thiago Rego, Alex balenger, Leah Gentry, Erin Karaktin, Michelle Polo, Valerie Decena, and Valentina Decena.

Finally, a hearty congratulations to Leah Gentry, state champion in the 100 meter breaststroke!

Girls Basketball
The Freedom Girls Basketball program has gotten off to a solid start this season going 1-1 in the preseason Patriot Tip-Off Classic - picking up a 45-41 win over Ocoee High School. The Patriots then opened up their season with a 49-33 on the road against Harmony High School.

Girls Basketball is looking forward to a solid season after a lengthy rebuilding process over the past year; and for the first time in school history have been able to field a Freshmen Girls Basketball team. The Patriots take on Olympia HS (12/4) in their home opener, travel to rival Cypress Creek (12/6), and then host 2018 3A State Runner-Up Orlando Christian Prep (12/7).

Winter Sports at FHS 
Below is a list of our winter sports at FHS along with their respective head coach. Feel free to contact the head coach for tryout dates and other pertinent information.

* Wrestling - David Bush
* Boys Basketball - Dustin Leonardo
* Girls Basketball - Robert Caraballo 
* Boys Soccer - Juan Baquero
* Girls Soccer - Amee Watford
* Competitive Cheer - Chani Mills
* Girls Weightlifting - Dimitrius Brunson

Athletic Director - Roy Peters
Asst. Athletic Director - Bobby Rego
Asst. Athletic Director  - Jamie Schroeder
Athletic Trainer - Joe Gonzalez
Athletic Trainer - Terri Charlock  

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