Freedom High School
Community Brief
Monday, January 20, 2020

Welcome to Freedom High School where learning is our top priority and our focus is on literacy, rigor and relationships. Our school's pillars of honor, excellence and tradition continue to be on display on a daily basis by our students, staff, and community.

Happy New Year and welcome to the second semester of the 2019-20 school year! For our seniors, this is a bittersweet time for them as they begin to close a chapter in their lives. I cannot wait to shake their hands and give them their diplomas as they walk across the graduation stage at Amway Arena on May 20. Please encourage your senior to stay focused, finish strong, and participate in the end of year senior activities. (See the senior calendar section below for important dates and events.)

First semester report cards will be distributed Tuesday, January 21 during your child's fourth period class. Please have meaningful and productive conversations regarding your child's academic progress.
Also, feel free to email or contact any teacher should you have any questions or concerns. If you would like to schedule a parent-teacher conference, you may do so by contacting our student services department.

I hope you are enjoying the three-day weekend as we celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I look forward to seeing everyone back on Tuesday, January 21.
In Patriot Pride, 
Ms. Cheryl Neely
Pictured very top: FHS students attend Close Up Rally to Tally in the state capitol.  
Upcoming Events 
Jan. 20 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday - No School
Jan. 21 Quarter 2 Report Cards
Jan. 21 Boys Soccer (vs Dr. Phillips), 6:00 pm
Jan. 23  Girls Basketball (vs Winter Park), 6:00 pm
Jan. 24  Boys Soccer (vs University), 6:00 pm
Jan. 24 Boys Basketball (vs University), 6:00 pm
Jan. 25  Saturday School, 9:00 am
Jan. 25  OCPS Parent Academy at Edgewater High School
Jan. 27  Boys Basketball (vs Liberty), 6:00 pm
Jan. 29  Wrestling (vs Timber Creek, Senior Night), 5:30 pm
Jan. 30  Girls Basketball (vs University)
Jan. 30 Girls Soccer District Tournament (teams TBA), 6:00 pm
Jan. 31 Girls Basketball (vs Winter Springs), 6:00 pm
Jan. 31 Boys Soccer District Tournament (teams TBA), 6:00 pm
Feb. 1 Saturday School, 9:00 am
OCPS 2019-2020 Calendar

Featured Department

Bottom left to right: Mr. Hazel, Ms. Thompson (Dept. Chair), Ms. Caminos, Ms. Miceli (BLA), Ms. Ciliberti, Ms. Heetai, Ms. McTurk, Ms. Reitsma, Ms. Paugh.
Second row: Mr. Ahmida, Ms. Burgos, Ms. Martinez, Mr. Cedeno, Ms. Munoz, Ms. Rivera, Ms. True, Ms. Reagan, Ms. Williamson, Ms. Wynter.
Third row: Ms. Choroco, Ms. Hererra, Ms. Williams, Ms. Read, Ms. Christian, Mr. Porterfield, Ms. Mercilus, Ms. Moody, Dr. Miller, Ms. Kelly.
Top row: Ms. Martinez, Ms. Deoto, Ms. Nguyen, Ms. Jean, Ms. Rodriguez, Ms. Terry, Mr. Sharma, Ms. Osorio, Ms. Martinez, Mr. Wall, Mr. Anderson, Ms. Hernandez.
Patriot Spotlight
Teacher IMPACT grant for Agriculture Science students
Check out this beautiful green learning area at Freedom. Mr. Zane Fessler's agriculture science students constructed raised planter beds, chose and cared for their plants, and now the vegetables are perfectly grown and ready for harvest. The funding for the wood, tools, maintenance equipment, seeds and picnic table was made possible form a Teacher IMPACT grant from Duke Energy.  
Special Recognition
FHS School Resource Officers
FHS would like to recognize and thank our School Resource Officers (SR0), Master Deputy Philip Engstrom and Deputy Shawn Randall. Master Deputy Engstrom is in his third year at FHS. He started his law enforcement career 21 years ago in Baltimore. He moved to central Florida 16 years ago and has been with the OCSD since. This is Deputy Randall's fourth year in law enforcement and first at FHS. She attended Evans High School and graduated from Central Florida Prep.

Ms. Theresa Alexis
AXA Advisors Staff Member of the Month

Mr. Farley, Ms. Alexis, Mr. Swift

Freedom would like to recognize our AXA Advisors Staff Member of the Month, Ms. Theresa Alexis. Ms. Alexis displays excellence day in and day out working hard to keep our campus looking incredible. Her efforts are appreciated by students and staff alike.
Rigor Around Campus
3D Learning Experience at Universal Orlando
Rigor is displayed on a field trip to Universal Orlando. Recognized as an Outstanding Educator, Mr. Michael Hellmund shared the award from Universal with his aerospace and physics students. The behind the scenes field trip provided a unique look at the science used in developing a theme park ride. Then he and the students got to experience it. See what the students thought of the hands-on learning.

Mr. Hellmund
Student Services
Tutoring at FHS
Click for tutoring opportunities available to our students.

Visit the FHS Athletics Website at for up to date information including athletic physical forms.
Stay Connected! is your window into the PATRIOT NATION. From schedules, to scores, news updates, and photo galleries of our phenomenal Student-Athletes in action - offers you everything you need to keep up with your favorite athletes, teams, and coaches at Freedom High School. As an added bonus for our fans, we are getting ready to launch Rapid Replay - featuring highlights of some of our favorite moments for you to enjoy and to share.

VNN Sports, our web provider, offers area businesses the opportunity to support Freedom Athletics by purchasing advertising on the site. averages nearly 12,000+ views a month, and will soon be one of the Top Ten High School Athletics websites in Florida. To learn more about our sponsorship opportunities, contact Athletic Director Robert Rego at

Stay in the know on all things Freedom Athletics, and visit today!


The Freedom boys' and girls' wrestling teams continued their dominance last week! The boys' team won the District Dual Championships giving them the right to host the first two rounds of the state series. The girls' team placed 2nd at the Lady Panther Invitational with three individual champions and six overall place finishers.  
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.

* Boys Basketball - Dustin Leonardo         
* Girls Basketball - Robert Caraballo
* Comp Cheerleading - Chani Mills
* Boys Soccer - Juan Baquero
* Girls Soccer - Keith Hageman
* Girls Weightlifting - Robert Mahoney
* Boys Wrestling - David Bush
* Girls Wrestling - Lynzie Doll

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  
Senior Class of 2020 Dates and Events
Jan 21 & 22 - Jostens on campus during both lunch shifts for Cap/Gown & Announcement orders

Feb 1 - Jostens on campus in front of school for Cap/Gown & Announcement orders
Jostens on campus from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Feb 24 - 28 - Grad Bash Ticket Sales (online only)
Online ticket sales on SchoolPay for Grad Bash. Tickets are $100 each, FHS seniors only, no guests allowed, must not have any obligations.

Mar 2-6 - Grad Bash Ticket Sales (cash only)
Cash only ticket sales for Grad Bash after school in the media center. Tickets are $100 each, FHS seniors only, no guests allowed, must not have any obligations.

April 18 - Prom
Rosen Plaza Hotel. Prom questions should be directed to Ms. Fierle -

April 24 - Grad Bash 2020 at Universal Orlando Studios and Islands of Adventure
Attendees (FHS seniors only) will meet in the cafeteria at 4:30 pm to board buses (you must ride bus; no student driving) then return to FHS by 2:30 am. Attendees must ride the bus to and from Universal. No exceptions.

April 27 - Senior Common Formative Exams Periods 3 & 7
April 28 - Senior Common Formative Exams Periods 1 & 6
April 29 - Senior Common Formative Exams Period 5
April 30 - Senior Common Formative Exams Periods 2 & 4

May 1 - Senior Decision Day
9:00 am in the FHS gymnasium

May 11 - Senior Device/Textbook Check-in/Cap & Gown/Tickets Pick-up (last names A - M)
2:30 pm to 5:30 pm in the media center. Each senior will receive 15 tickets at no cost. (must be clear of all obligations)

May 12 - Senior Device/Textbook check-in/Cap & Gown/Tickets Pick-up (last names N - Z)
2:30 pm to 5:30 pm in the media center. Each senior will receive 15 tickets at no cost. (must be clear of all obligations)

Senior Walk-Out during 6th period
Traditional event when senior class of 2020 will walk out of Freedom together, as a class, for the final time.
Senior Assembly in the gym during 7th period
A senior assembly in the gym will immediately follow the walk-out.

May 15 - Senior Awards Night
7:00 pm in the PAC

May 18 - Final Device & Textbook return/Obligations clear/Ticket pick-up last names A - M
2:30 pm to 5:30 pm in the media center. Last chance to turn in devices, textbooks, clear obligations, and pick up tickets.

May 19 - Final Device & Textbook return/Obligations clear/Ticket pick-up last names N - Z
2:30 pm to 5:30 pm in the media center. Last chance to turn in devices, textbooks, clear obligations, and pick up tickets.


For updates and info, visit the school information tab on the FHS website at then click on "Seniors."

Our cap/gown and announcement company is Jostens. Any questions regarding orders can be answered at or call them at 407-894-3131.

Mandatory graduation rehearsal date has not been released by Amway. Stay tuned for the mandatory rehearsal date and time.
OCPS Parent Academy
January 25th at Edgewater High School
 "Together Toward Tomorrow" is the first OCPS Parent Academy focused solely on middle and high school families. Workshops center on college-readiness, tips for struggling learners, transition tools, wellness, financial literacy and more. Representatives from colleges and universities, OCPS magnet schools, OCPS teams and community organizations will distribute information during the event's exhibit hall - Workshop and Exhibit Hall Line-Up. The event is free. A light breakfast and a boxed lunch will be provided.  Date: Saturday, January 25, 2020, from 9am-1pm.
Monday's Motivational Moment!

She was old and tired. Having lived in her home on the outskirts of Paris for many decades, it was time to sell her home and its possessions in order to pay her bills and find a smaller place to live out her final years.  Not knowing where to start she contacted a Paris auctioneer company to evaluate the home and its contents before putting the home up for sale, which is customary in France. However, one item stood out. On the wall was a painting on wood that she thought might be worth a few hundred dollars, so she took it to a local auction house. What happened next is from a fairy tale!

It was a piece called "Christ Mocked," a work by Cimabue, a 13th-century Italian painter and one of around 10 pieces that can be attributed to Cimabue, considered the father of modern painting. The painting depicts a Christ-like figure cloaked in dark robes. He's surrounded by a group of men who look like they're pestering him. A few have swords.

"In the world of art history, this is seriously important," said Xavier Salomon, Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator at the Frick Collection in New York. "He is described in all the sources as the teacher of Giotto and with Giotto is sort of the beginning of European art ... of Western painting, as we think of it," he added. "So, if you think of a 13th-century artist whose name is a sort of mythical name, to be able to find a new, previously undiscovered work by that artist is an unbelievable piece of news."

The work of art went to auction where an "undisclosed buyer" purchased the piece for $26.2 million dollars! The elderly women's financial problems were over, and a masterpiece can be added to the world of art.

The lesson for our Patriots? Each of us has that special "masterpiece" within us. Maybe it's a hidden talent like Grandma Moses, a simple farm wife who decided to begin something she had always dreamed about, painting. Her works of art now sell for millions of dollars. Each of us has a talent or skill that has been "underutilized." It's not hanging on a kitchen wall, but too often it is hidden in the closet of our minds.

This hidden talent is in the form of a dream in most cases that has never been fulfilled because day-to-day life has gotten in the way and the weeks seem to fly by. So, why not take some time this week to look around your life for hidden treasures (talents) that you've been ignoring? Maybe, just maybe, there is a masterpiece of hidden talent that is ready to be sold to the highest bidder!

Patriots, we just started 2020 and are still early in the second semester. Don't wait any longer!

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