Freedom High School
Community Brief
Monday, March 18, 2019
Hello Patriots. 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.
We have come to the end of the third quarter which means spring break is among us. Please take the time to rest, relax, and re-charge as we gear up for the final quarter of the school year which will include important assessments as well as the final days for our senior class of 2019. Seniors, I encourage you to enjoy the remaining days of your high school career, finishing strong as we approach graduation on May 24.

Our spring sports are also in full swing. I hope to see you at our events, cheering on our student-athletes as they proudly represent FHS competing to their best ability. Also, I recommend you attend one of the dates for our upcoming spring musical, Merrily We Roll Along. Our performing arts students have been working hard to prepare a wonderful show. I am certain you will be thoroughly entertained.

Thank you to all that completed our 2019 AdvancEd Survey. Your input is much appreciated and is extremely important as we use this feedback to enhance our learning.

Thank you FHS parents & guardians 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.

Have a great spring break!! 
Ms. Cheryl Neely Mir

Pictured very top: FHS spring musical, Merrily We Roll Along poster. Merrily We Roll Along begins in the present and moves backwards, tracing the lives of wealthy, jaded composer, Franklin Shepard, and his two estranged friends through each milestone of their personal and professional lives (good and bad). The show ends with a touch of rueful irony, as the three best friends at the start of their careers face a bright future: young, talented and enthusiastic about the worlds waiting to be conquered. The show runs April 4 - 6 at 7:00 pm in the FHS Performing Arts Center.      
Remember Patriots, should you ever see or hear of something suspicious or unusual, please say something to any teacher, staff member, coach, or school resource officer as soon as possible.  
Thank you. 
Upcoming Events 
Mar. 18 - 22: Spring Break
Mar. 20 First Day of the Spring Season, 5:58 PM EDT
Mar. 25 Classes Resume
Mar. 25 Valencia Dual Enrollment Closes
Mar. 25 Tennis vs Oak Ridge (at Osprey Park), 3:30 pm
Mar. 25 Boys Lacrosse vs Holy Trinity, 6:00 pm
Mar. 26 Softball vs Cypress Creek, 4:00 pm
Mar. 26 Girls Lacrosse vs TFA, 6:00 pm
Mar. 27 Softball vs East River, 4:00 pm
Mar. 27 Boys Lacrosse vs Boone, 6:00 pm
Mar. 27 Boys Volleyball vs Spruce Creek, 6:00 pm
Mar. 27 SGA Movie Night (at Band Practice Field), 6:00 pm
Mar. 28 Boys Volleyball vs Lake Highland, 6:00 pm
Mar. 29 Boys Volleyball Tournament, TBA
Mar. 29  Boys Lacrosse vs Lyman, 6:00 pm
Mar. 30 Saturday School, 9:00 am
Mar. 20 Boys Volleyball Tournament, TBA
Apr. 1 Guidance Counselors Begin to Meet with Seniors
Apr. 3 No Early Release Wednesday
Apr. 4 Boys Volleyball vs Oak Ridge, 6:00 pm
Apr. 4 Merrily We Roll Along, 7:00 pm
Apr. 5 Merrily We Roll Along, 7:00 pm
Apr. 6 Saturday School, 9:00 am
Apr. 6 Merrily We Roll Along, 7:00 pm
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
Physical Education 

Bottom left to right: Ms. Los, Ms. McFerren (Dept. Chair), Mr. Walker (BLA), Mr. Hageman, Mr. Joseph
Top row: Mr. Steele, Ms. Clarke, Mr. Bush, Mr. Mahoney, Ms. Lansing, Mr. Hutchinson
In the Spotlight!

Congratulations to the FHS Class of 2019 Top Ten
Students from the left to the right: 10. Rebecca Tafete, 8. (tie) Garrett Jackson, 8. (tie) Ryan Gonzalez, 7. Ramon Pereira, 6. Luke Hatton, 4. (tie) Brandon Paguada, 4. (tie) XinYi Jian, 3. Jake Joseph, 2. Zachary Utt, 1. Triet Doan.   
Class of 2019 Salutatorian and Valedictorian  

Salutatorian: Zachary Utt
Valedictorian: Triet Doan 
Special Recognition
Project Lead the Way at University of Florida

The Project Lead the Way (PLTW) students spent a day at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. The students participated in many rigorous and quality hands on activities. During one activity, FHS students built a pet alarm that would alert humans that their pet was in the car. In another learning lab, the reverse engineering technique was used and applied to a common household product.

Project Lead the Way students at UF and in a learning lab while on the Gainesville campus

Ms. Sain Heetai
Spirit of Excellence winner

Congratulations to FHS ELA instructor, Ms. Sian Heetai, for receiving the OCPS Spirit of Excellence Award for her dedication to improving student understanding and academics of the English language through hard work and dedication. OCPS will recognize and honor Ms. Heetai at the Spirit of Excellence Awards Ceremony on April 24th at 6:00 pm at Evans High School.
Rigor Around the Campus
AP Statistics

Mrs. Amanda Kraemer and her sixth period AP Statistics class

In Mrs. Amanda Kraemer's AP Statistics classes, her students were discussing their responses to sample AP Multiple Choice questions from their Inferential Statistics cumulative exam. In a cooperative learning activity, group members worked together to agree on solutions and later compete against other groups. Click to see this in action.  

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

College and Career Graduation Honor Cord 
Parents and students: During graduation this year, seniors will have the opportunity for the first time in school history to wear an honor cord during graduation. The cord will be for any student who has completed at least one of the following: 
a. Passed an AP exam with a 3 or higher
b. Passed a college dual enrollment class with a C or better
c. Passed an approved industry certification (most of these are in CTE courses)

All of these prove that the student has gone above and beyond the normal high school requirements and is officially college and career ready, so we want to recognize them.

If your student has not done one of the above, we will be offering weekend sessions to prepare for industry certifications after Spring Break, so please stay tuned as more information will be forthcoming.

Many programs are available at Freedom High School to offer unique academic opportunities for our students. These programs require an application or audition. It is the student's responsibility to contact the sponsor to complete the application or inquire about auditions. To find out more about the programs available: 
Program description link for parents & students:

Senior Exit Interviews 
Counselors will be meeting with all seniors beginning on April 1, 2019 to review credits, post-secondary plans, scholarships, procedures for ordering a final transcript, and seniors will complete the online exit survey. Current Valencia Dual Enrollment students should make an appointment with their counselor.

Valencia Dual Enrollment - Fall 2019 Registration 
Application Closes: March 25, 2019 
Test Scores Due: April 15, 2019
For more information visit the website: or the student can meet with their counselor during the student's lunch.

Undecided Day: Tuesday, April 23rd during 2nd and 3rd periods 
Any seniors that do not have post-secondary plans should see their counselor for an invitation to Undecided Day. Many local programs will be available with information to assist with career planning and training.

FAFSA - Financial Aid for College 
Colleges require that all graduating seniors complete the FAFSA application. If you need assistance with the application, please contact the College and Career Specialist, Mrs. Flores:

College Acceptance Letters 
Seniors should bring a copy of their college acceptance letter to their school counselor during their lunch. The counselor must have a copy of the acceptance letter to be invited to the Decision Day celebration.  
The Economic Benefits of an Education (U.S. Dept. of Labor - 2018) 
Note: The United States Department of Labor - Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released their annual educational attainment findings for 2018. What they found was that the usual pattern held once again last year: the chances of being out of work fall with more education while weekly earnings rise with more education. The situation is worse for those with less education when the economy slows or enters a recessionary period - supporting data table.  
Visit the FHS Athletics Website at for up to date information including athletic physical forms.
Boys Wrestling 
From left to right: David Pagan, Erick Rocher, Christian Fields, and Lens Mathurin 
The varsity wrestling team continued their dynasty-like dominance winning their 6th consecutive district championship and their 5th consecutive Metro Conference Championship. The team also qualified four wrestlers, David Pagan, Erick Rocher, Christian Fields, and Lens Mathurin, for the State Wrestling Championships. Congratulations to senior, Christian Fields, who placed 6th in the State. The wrestlers also displayed their dominance in the classroom as they posted the #2 GPA in the state.
Girls Wrestling

Our girls wrestling team had an incredible, break-out season finishing runners up in the state with six individual state placers and three state champions. Congratulations to our three state champions, Marthine Laguerre, Issa Delgado, and Elizabeth Dillard.
Athletic Director - Roy Peters 
Asst. Athletic Director - Bobby Rego
Asst. Athletic Director  - Jamie Schroeder
Athletic Trainer - Joe Gonzalez
Athletic Trainer - Terri Charlock  

April 15-19: Senior Day Ticket Sales
Tickets for Senior Day will be on sale. Tickets will be sold for $30 each cash only after school inside the cafeteria.

April 25: Senior Common Formative Exams Periods 2 & 4

April 26: Senior Common Formative Exams Periods 1 & 6

Grad Bash 2019 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 29: Senior Common Formative Exams Periods 3 & 7

April 30: Senior Common Formative Exams Period 5

May 4: Prom at the Rosen Plaza Hotel.
Prom questions should be directed to Ms. Fierle at

May 13: Senior Walk-Out during 6th period
Traditional event when senior class of 2019 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 14: Senior Device/Textbook Check-in/Cap & Gown Pick-up (last names A - M)
from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm in the media center

Senior Device/Textbook check-in/Cap & Gown Pick-up (last names N - Z)
from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm in the media center

May 20: Senior Day at Rosen Plaza Hotel
8:00 am to 1:00 pm. Activities include senior breakfast (buffet), senior awards ceremony, yearbook distribution and signing party, SGA presidential address, & senior video presentation.

May 21: Final Device & Textbook return/Obligations clear/Ticket pick-up last names A - M
8 am to 11 am line begins outside the back entrance doors of the media center.
Obligations must be cleared in order to pick up tickets and participate in the commencement ceremony. Each senior will get 15 tickets. No extras.

May 22: Final Device & Textbook return/Obligations clear/Ticket pick-up last names N - Z
8 am to 11 am line begins outside the back entrance doors of the media center.
Obligations must be cleared in order to pick up tickets and participate in the commencement ceremony. Each senior will get 15 tickets. No extras.


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.

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