Fremd HS Newsletter


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From the Principal

It’s hard to believe, but the end of the semester is upon us. Students have been Mighty, Brave, and Bold preparing for these last few weeks by discussing the End of Semester 1 Organizer in their classes. For additional information, there is the Semester 1 Finals Info Page that contains a summary of all important times and dates. While the organizer can be used for personal planning, this info sheet can be a quick reference guide about finals. If students feel like they need some extra support, we encourage them to connect with their teacher, counselor, or another trusted adult in the building when needed.

We look forward to a strong end to the semester, and I wish everyone a safe and relaxing winter break.


Mark Langer


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Distinguished Alumni Nominations

Each year at the April Honors Convocation, an award is given to a distinguished Fremd High School graduate. The award recognizes a Fremd alumna/us for achievement in their profession and philanthropic contribution to their communities, and provides current students with role models for exceptional accomplishments.

Nominees must have graduated from Fremd at least 10 years ago; demonstrate a high level of achievement with significant accomplishments in their field; and exhibit leadership, character and service to their community.

Parents, staff, retired staff and all interested individuals are encouraged to make nominations. No do so, complete the form available on this link:

The deadline for this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award nominations is February 28, 2023.

Young Hearts for Life

Mark your calendars for our upcoming Young Hearts for Life (YH4L) event on February 14. More will be shared in the coming weeks as we prepare for this important health screening.

For more information, visit

Parents and guardians: We are looking for 100+ volunteers to assist us the day of the event. If you’d like to volunteer, check out the sign up page at
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Superintendent's Newsletter Visits Fremd

Superintendent Lisa Small chatted with culinary arts students, teachers and Principal Mark Langer as students prepared 1,200 complex cookies for a Friday (December 16) sale. Dr. Small visits different schools for each edition of the Superintendent's Newsletter, learning more from students in different courses about what they're working on and how they're preparing for their future. Watch for Fremd's cameo in the next edition of the Superintendent's Newsletter.

Career Corner

It has been a great fall for career exploration!

In November, we brought a large group of students to the Merchandise Mart and Restoration Hardware in Chicago. They toured design studios, met with designers to ask questions and learned more about furniture design, fabric styles and technological advances in appliances and careers in Interior Design. At Restoration Hardware, students toured the building and spoke with the Gallery Curator about visual merchandising and careers in home furnishings.

Later that month, students visited the American Airlines Maintenance Hangar at O’Hare Airport. They learned about careers in the field of aircraft maintenance, toured two aircraft hangars and were able to go inside two different planes. This particular trek was so informative and interesting, the students and staff haven't stopped talking about this amazing experience! Our students also had an opportunity to trek to IBEW NECA Technical Institute to learn more about becoming an electrician. Students toured the training facility, learned about careers in the field, and spoke with professionals about education and apprenticeships.

We also hosted three career speakers in November. Our students had the opportunity to learn about FBI and forensic accounting careers from two FBI agents, Mr. Brian Lanners and Ms. Sheila McDonnell (a 2010 Fremd graduate). Students in the Law and the Individual class as well as many other interested students also enjoyed a presentation by Ms. Tracy Callahan, a local Family Law Attorney. She spoke with the students on her journey to becoming an attorney, the various types of attorneys and what it takes to run a successful law firm.

District 211 hosted a Career Expo webinar on November 16th. The videos are online now, allowing you to learn from industry professionals in a variety of career pathways including Business, IT, Human Services, Health Sciences, Arts & Communication and Manufacturing/Engineering. Visit the D211 Career Expo page for more info and video links.

There are many exciting events and career treks planned for the spring semester. These include visiting the Rolling Meadows courthouse to sit in on trials and speak with judges and attorneys, learning from mental health professionals at Alexian Behavioral Health while they discuss careers in the mental health field and a trip to Zurich Insurance to hear more about careers in business and insurance. Students are encouraged to check weekly updates on the Fremd Career Advisor page of Schoology to learn more about upcoming events. Students can also find information about career speakers, job openings, internships and independent opportunities. They will also find interview tips, articles about resume building and career interest inventories. The Career Advisor Schoology code is G96WM-5GMK9.

Thank you to all who have welcomed Fremd students into their businesses and shared their time and knowledge. Please contact Emily Nelson (847-755-2650 or with questions or if you are interested in sharing your own career with our students.

Gingerbread Village Built in Cafeteria

Student Shout-Outs

  • Athletes of the Week (11/21) - Congrats to Ella Todd and Evan Gosz on their strong starts to the winter season.

  • Athletes of the Week (11/28) - Congrats to Seniors Maddy Fay and Casey Bending! Maddy was integral in wins over Rolling Meadows, Schaumburg, and Stevenson. Casey went 6-0 with 6 falls at Sandburg HS

  • Athletes of the Week (12/5) - Congrats to Matt Meehan (Sr - Wrestling) and Michelle Lui (Sr - Bowling).

  • The Math Team earned first place at its North Suburban Math League Meet at Wheeling High School on December 8.

    • The Freshman Team (Sairam Bitra, Ryan Kim, Samuel Malcolm, Murari Thota, Daniel Xiao) earned first place in the Algebra I competition. Daniel Xiao (freshman) wrote a perfect paper for the Algebra I competition.

    • The Sophomore Team (Dylan Bago, Tyler Franke, Joshua Lin, Andrew Qian, Eddie Zhou) earned first place in the Geometry competition.

    • The Junior Team (Evan Carl, Joey Jiang, Alex Kim, Pranaav Senthilkumar, Jack Xu) earned second place in the Algebra II competition.

    • The Senior Team (Andrew Di, Albert Ji, Thomas Lu, Megan Wang, Sophia Zhao) earned first place in the Precalculus competition. Fremd Oralists, Souro Mazumder (senior) and Aditya Gupta (junior) tied for first place with their presentation on Fibonacci Numbers and Recurrence Relations.

  • Congratulations to our Lincoln-Douglas and Public Forum Debate Team!

    • JV LD Speaker’s Points: 2nd - Shreya Rajesh,

    • JV LD Teams: 2nd - Shreya Rajesh,

    • Varsity LD Speaker’s Points: 3rd - Kevin Zhou, 4th- Sanjana Kashyap,

    • Varsity LD Teams: 1st - Kevin Zhou, 4th- Sanjana Kashyap,

    • PF Novice Speaker’s Points: 5th - Ivory Jiang,

    • PF Novice Teams: 3rd - Ivory Jiang and Sophie Zhou, 4th - Sahana Ramanathan and Anushka Siram,

    • PF JF Speaker’s Points: 1st - Sena Kim, 2nd- Sarah Blume, 4th - Riki Balu

    • PF JF Teams: 2nd - Emily Kim and Sena Kim,

    • Varsity PF Speakers Points: 2nd- Selina Jiang, 4th - Arushi Bhatia,

    • Varsity PF Teams: 2nd - Selina Jiang and Sophia Zhao, Theofanis Yianas and Arushi Bhatia

    • Coaches: Anna Ignatowicz, Dorothy Robak, Ryan Mulye and Sonny Patel

  • The Student Congress Team competed at the fourth tournament of the Illinois Congressional Debate Association. The team scored the most individual awards at a tournament all year, and won the 2nd Place Large Team Sweepstakes Award. What's more, Pranav Prasad took home the 3rd Place Quality Speaker Award, meaning he had the third-highest speaking average of the hundreds of students participating. The following students took home Individual Chamber Awards at the varsity level:

      • 1st Place: Pranav Prasad, Srihan Gullapalli,

      • 2nd Place: Joey Nuccio, Rhea Mukherjee, Omkar Marathe, Prithika Devarajan, Kay Shidle

      • 3rd Place: Ranav Chandrasekar, Meera Srivathsa, Ishaan Srivastava, Sruthi Karnam, Adarsh Prathap,

      • Best PO: Ronak Roy, Pranav Aiyar, Sidhanth Rao, Sruthi Karnam

      • Additionally, the following students contributed to the team's 2nd place sweepstakes award: Pranav Prasad, Sruthi Karnam, Ronak Roy, Omkar Marathe, Joey Nuccio, Mithun Arun, Pranav Aiyar, Amulya Addepalli, Vedanth Srihari and Shreya Nonavinakere.

      • The team is captained by Marian Krupp and Rhea Mukherjee.

  • Viking Pride Recipients:

    • Brianna Aguilera, Ali Ahunbaev, Arushi Bhatia, Thomas Border, Matthew Cabrales, Alex Cacho, Jonathan Chiang, Sungjun Cho, Emily Danowski, Hailey Deeke, Emony Dickinson, Sophia Di Giacinto, Asia Dorcy, Ally Drucker, Nicole Escobar Tinajero, Gabriella Evans, Meghan Ewanio, Joshua Feltz, Avery Frer, Kaeli Fumarolo, Alina Gasanova, Javier Gongora, Jovan Gongora, Skye Gongoia, Naishu Gopu, Jordin Guyton, Jarell Hale, Max Harmatiuk, Zaniyah Harvey, Avary Helfrich, Aliyha Hernandez, Reese Higdon, Saniyah Hoskins, Joey Jester, Estefany Jimenez, Kara Karlin, Kaylee Kaspar, Michael Kaiser, Taso Keller, Justine Kennedy, Anvi Khanna, Eden Kim, Jacqueline Klempert, William Klimas, Katie Koufis, Mirabella Kravetz, Varun Kumar, Madison Lammers, Emily Landers, Samantha Lash, Lizzy Liautaud, Jens Lundsgaard, Kai Lundsgaard, Kaelee Martin, Kaito Maruyama, Caroline McDonald, Sophia McMillian, Shaan Mehta, Mia Messinger, Max Mikula, Jacob Myers, Sanjay Nonavinakere, Anastasiia Okipna, Alec Osato, Bobby Panzino, Darshika Patel, Vadim Pavshok, Gianna Pietrini, Katrena Poland, Maya Poniecki, Emily Radziszewski, Nadia Raza, Mia Reffell, Grace Reichert, Ovidio Reina Espinoza, Cece Reynolds, Sammy Reynolds, Noah Riskind, Owen Riskind, Makenna Robak, Lorena Rodriques Alhaug Thomas, Abigail Rutz, Sasha Sallade, Andrea Sanchez, Tess Schmidt, Arjun Shah, Kay Shidle, Madilynn Sielig, Lina Sokolski, Joseph Soland, Lillian Syme, Aaliyah Tally-Sierra, Carlee Stechmuller, Aaron Suderman, Audi Taweephonprasert, Zachary Timonen, Kacelyn Urlacher, Mary Usubalieva,Marlena Vandercar, Tapasvi Veeramachaneni, Sara Ward, Jared Werner, Kayla White, Rowan Witzel, Rintaro Yamaguchi, Eva Youngblood and Gwen Zimmerman.

Dates to remember

December 20, 21, 22 - Final Exams

December 22 - Winter Break begins at the end of the school day

January 9 - Teacher Institute Day

January 10 - Start of second semester

January 16 - Martin Luther King Day (No School)

January 17 - Late Start/Morning Work Session

January 19 - Winter Jazz Concert (Kolze Auditorium, 6:30 pm)

January 20-21 - One Acts Performance (Kolze Auditorium, 7 - 9 p.m.)

January 21 - District 211 Honor Choir Concert (SHS, 4 p.m.)

January 23 - Wind Symphony All-State Preview Concert (Kolze Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.)

January 26-27 - Orchesis Show (Kolze Auditorium, 7 p.m.)

January 31 - Late Start/Morning Work Session