Freedom High School
Community Brief
Monday, October 28, 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.
Report Cards
Parents, please take the time to discuss your child's academic progress. Please contact your child's teacher as well if a conversation needs to take place as to how we can assist, perhaps via tutoring opportunities or amnesty days. A parent-teacher conference can also happen. Just call our student services department and they will be happy to assist.

She Kills Monsters
I would like to congratulate our performing arts department for once again putting on a very successful and entertaining fall play, She Kills Monsters. I am proud of their efforts and look forward to seeing the spring musical, Freaky Friday.

I continually 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.
Ms. Cheryl Neely

Pictured very top:  FHS Senior Class of 2020 Panoramic Photo.
Upcoming Events 
Oct. 28 Financial Aid Night, 6:00 pm
Oct. 30 NHS Induction Ceremony, 6:00 pm
Nov. 1 Varsity Football at Ocoee, 7:00 pm
Nov. 2 Saturday School, 9:00 am
Nov. 5 Taste of Freedom, 6:00 pm
Nov. 8 Varsity Football at Windermere, 7:00 pm
Nov. 9 Saturday School, 9:00 am

OCPS 2019-2020 Calendar

Featured Department

Bottom left to right: Ms. Alban, Ms. Smith (BLA), Ms. Schwandes, Ms. Kelly-McClish.
Second row: Ms. McQueen, Ms. De Jesus, Mr. Meruvia, Ms. Fierle, Ms. Turner, Ms. Prochazka.
Third row: Ms. Jarmusch, Ms. Banks, Mr. Oates, Mr. Pratt, Mr. Hance, Mr. Lang, Ms. Figueroa.
Top row: Ms. Naphier, Mr. Francois, Mr. Rodriguez Cruz, Ms. Verty, Ms. Mills, Mr. Hellmund, Ms. Henselmeier, Ms. Escoto.

Patriot Spotlight!
Foundation for OCPS Grant Winners and Project Lead the Way

Ms. Neely with Ms. Angilyn Watson

Ms. Neely with Mr. Christopher Perez

Congratulations to FHS teachers, Ms. Angilyn Watson and Mr. Christopher Perez for winning the Foundation for OCPS Arts Teacher Impact Grants. Backed by some of the community's major corporate education supporters, the Foundation supports creative learning initiatives in the classroom and has awarded over $3 million to over 5,000 Orange County Public School teachers. Ms. Watson, who teachers art at FHS, will use the grant money to purchase art supplies while Mr. Perez, who teaches guitar, will use his funds to purchase new guitar strings.

Project Lead the Way

In observation of National Manufacturing (MFG) Month, High School High Tech (HSHT) and Project Lead the Way (PLTW) students visited the Dusobox packaging company in Orlando, Florida, yesterday. Dusobox is a privately held family business since 1951. Today, it continues to operate under the leadership of the Kelley Family. With roots in manufacturing of corrugated boxes first in Boston, Dusobox is now located in Central Florida. Students toured their administrative and operational areas as well as constructed a costumed castle that was manufactured at Dusobox. This was a great opportunity for students to gain insight in corrugated packaging displays and how it relates to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in the field of manufacturing.
Special Recognition
Deputy Phil Engstrom and FHS graduate, Stephanie Collazo

Deputy Phil Engstrom with Stephanie Collazo

Freedom High School would like to recognize Stephanie Collazo and School Resource Officer, Deputy Phil Engstrom. Stephanie, a graduate of the FHS Class of 2019, is a Sergeant in the Orange County Sheriff's Office Explorer Program. The Orange County Sheriff's Office Explorer Program is designed for young people (ages 12-21) interested in law enforcement. The primary functions of the Explorer Program is assisting the Sheriff's Office through community service projects while learning about the many aspects of the criminal justice system. Recently, for their service, Stephanie and Deputy Engstrom received awards from the Sheriff's Department. Stephanie for her Explorer service and Deputy Engstrom for 20 years in law enforcement (15 years with Orange County).
Rigor in the Classroom
AP Human Geography with Mr. Panzano

Rigor in the classroom is displayed in Mr. Matthew Panzano's AP Human Geography classes as his students participated in an interactive, real world activity. The students were given an interactive story of an actual refugee. As a team, they had to make the same choices that these refugees have had to make in terms of where to go and how to get there. Students had to activate prior knowledge of economics and global population sizes in order to determine their path for each scenario.

Click the following short links to see Mr. Panzano's AP students engaged in this real world topic . . .

Credit: Mr. Charles Youtz, Dean
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
  • - The Guidance team has a new website where parents and students can find out information on upcoming events, college visits, scholarships, etc.
  • REMINDER: College application deadline is Friday, November 1st.
  • 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.
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 Patriot golf season is winding down. Both the boys' and girls' teams had great showings at their respective District Tournaments. Gaby Shortridge and Emily Staples (above) advanced to regionals on Monday, Oct. 21st at West Orange Country Club. Emily will be continuing her strong season on Oct. 29th and 30th at Mission Inn during the FHSAA State Series Golf Tournament! Good Luck Emily!!!
Cross Country  
Yenilitza Roman and Daniel Rocha will lead the girls and boys cross country in to the District Championships at Viera High School. The top teams and top individuals will advance to the regional tournament in Boca Raton, Florida.

The boys and girls swim team both placed 5th in the METRO East swim meet on Wednesday night. Many swimmers reached a personal best time and the final race of the night, the boys 400 free relay, was especially exciting. The boys 400 relay consisting of Thiago Rego, Juan Ortega, Pedro Kleim, and Logan LaRochelle went into the last leg of the race at a tie for 3rd place and finished the race in 2nd with a strong finish from Logan LaRochelle. The boys and girls now prepare for the district meet on November 2nd. Congratulations and good luck to our Freedom swim team! 
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  
Vital Signs
The economic value of an education

U.S. Dept. of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics - Median Weekly Earnings 2019:Quarter 3 report
U.S. Dept. of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics -  Unemployment 2019: September report

Community footnote: The Northwestern University Wildcats (Evanston, IL) 34-game losing streak is the longest in Division I college football history. During the team's winless 1981 season, the Wildcats were outscored 505-82 - an average of 40 points per game. What many do not know is that Northwestern University is consistently ranked among the Top 10 U.S. colleges by any ranking service year after year. During this losing streak at home football games their students would hold up signs in the stands with this simple message:
"That's okay, y'all be working for us one day."

The Northwestern University art library on their Evanston campus near Chicago

The point? Getting a quality education was #1 and the Northwestern students understood that. Freedom offers this opportunity to all of our students and they are encouraged to take advantage of each and every school day.

Credit: Mr. Charles Youtz, Dean
Monday's Motivational Moment!

Most people approach success from the outside in. But to achieve real success, you have to do it from the inside out. Focus on your character, and you whole life improves. Changes in character bring substance and power, while external improvements are merely cosmetic and quickly fade away.

"Faced with crisis
the individual of character falls
back on themself."
~ Charles De Gaulle

Have a great week Patriots!
Ms. Neely, Principal
Freedom High School
Sunday, October 27, 2019

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