The Patriot Post

News & Events at Freedom MS - Week of May 21st, 2023

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Welcome / Bienvenidos

Freedom Families,

As we start to wrap up the end of the year, we have many exciting this planned for this week.

Monday, our 6th grade student will be visiting Brookfield Zoo. Thank you to all of the parents who have volunteered to assist with this trip. Students who attending the trip are allowed to dress out of uniform.

Thursday, May 25th, the 8th grade will be attending their Galaxi Fun Zone. This is the 2nd trip for our 8th grade students. 8th grade students have also received their 8th grade shirts and are welcome to wear them any day from now until the end of the year. This upcoming our 8th graders will be cleaning out their locker and turning in the ipad on Friday. More information will be given to students during excel.

8th grade parents, all 8th grade students were given 4 tickets for the promotion ceremony. If you feel that you will not be using all 4 tickets, please have your student the extras to the Freedom office. As we get closer to promotion, the office will reach out to families who have requested tickets and provide any that we may have.

Finally this week we conducting State Mandated Vision Screenings for 8th grade. This will occue on Tuesday from 9am-12pm.

Have a great week!

The Freedom Staff

Enrique Ojeda – Principal –

Matthew Rivera- Assistant Principal

Familias de Freedom,

A medida que comenzamos a envolver el final del año, tenemos muchas emocionantes esto planeado para esta semana.

El lunes, nuestros estudiantes de 6º grado visitarán el zoológico de Brookfield. Gracias a todos los padres que se han ofrecido para ayudar con este viaje. Los estudiantes que asistan al viaje pueden vestirse sin uniforme.

Jueves, 25 de mayo, el 8 º grado asistirá a su Galaxi Fun Zone. Este es el segundo viaje para nuestros estudiantes de 8vo grado. Los estudiantes de 8vo grado también han recibido sus camisas de 8vo grado y son bienvenidos a usarlas cualquier día desde ahora hasta el final del año. Los estudiantes de 8vo grado limpiaran su casillero y entregaran su ipad el viernes. Más información se les dará a los estudiantes durante excel.

Padres de 8vo grado, todos los estudiantes de 8vo grado recibieron 4 boletos para la ceremonia de promoción. Si usted siente que no va a utilizar los 4 boletos, por favor haga que su estudiante los extras a la oficina de la Libertad. A medida que nos acercamos a la promoción, la oficina se pondrá en contacto con las familias que han solicitado entradas y proporcionar cualquier que podamos tener.

Por último, esta semana estamos llevando a cabo exámenes de la vista obligatoria del Estado para el 8 º grado. Esto occue el martes de 9am-12pm.

Por favor, echa un vistazo a Patriot Post de esta semana para las actualizaciones, fotos y folletos.

¡Que tengan una buena semana!

El personal de Freedom

Enrique Ojeda – Director –

Matthew Rivera- Subdirector

Upcoming Important Dates / Próximas fechas importantes

5/25- 8th Grade Galaxi Trip

5/29- No School

5/31-8th Grade Promotion Ceremony

5/25- 8 Grado Viaje Galaxi

5/29- No hay clases

5/31- 8 Grado Ceremonia de Promoción

8th Grade Choir

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Best Of Berwyn

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Best Of Berwyn Winner- Fernanda

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Our Students Can!

We want to give you an inside look at the learning happening in our classrooms. We strive to foster a passion for learning in each of our students. This short video is designed to open our classroom doors and share the innovative teaching and learning practices that students are engaging in with their classmates.

El Berwyn South District 100 quiere brindarle una mirada al interior del aprendizaje sucediendo en cada una de nuestras escuelas. Nos esforzamos por fomentar una pasión por aprender en cada uno de nuestros estudiantes. Este vídeo corto está diseñado para abrir las puertas de nuestras aulas y compartir las prácticas de enseñanza y aprendizaje innovadoras en las que los estudiantes se involucran con sus compañeros de clase.

Freedom Middle School Students can collaborate!
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Morton Summer Bridge

Morton West Summer Bridge Registration has opened!

Freedom Middle School families, students who enroll in the program really get a great jumpstart to high school, earn high school credit, and get their laptop at the start of the summer.

The Summer Bridge program is available to all incoming freshmen students. This year we will continue to have a Career and Technical Education (CTE) teacher, Art teacher, and Modern Language teacher as part of the Summer Bridge staff. During their math and English classes, students will have an opportunity to explore art, culinary arts, engineering, modern language, and much more.

Attached is a flyer for the program. Parents can register using the QR code or website on the attached poster.

¡La inscripción para el Puente de Verano de Morton West ha abierto!

Freedom Middle School familias, los estudiantes que se inscriban en el programa realmente obtener un gran salto de inicio a la escuela secundaria, ganar créditos de escuela secundaria, y obtener su computadora portátil al comienzo del verano.

El programa Summer Bridge está disponible para todos los estudiantes de primer año. Este año seguiremos contando con un profesor de Educación Profesional y Técnica (CTE), un profesor de Arte y un profesor de Lenguas Modernas como parte del personal de Summer Bridge. Durante sus clases de matemáticas e inglés, los estudiantes tendrán la oportunidad de explorar el arte, artes culinarias, ingeniería, lengua moderna, y mucho más.

Se adjunta un folleto para el programa. Los padres pueden inscribirse utilizando el código QR o el sitio web en el cartel adjunto.

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What's Happening in ELA/Lo que está pasando en ELA

6th graders finished their book clubs this week. Next week, they’ll be working with their groups to create movie trailers based on their books!

7th graders are continuing their poetry book clubs, strengthening their discussion skills and applying what they know about poetic structure, imagery, and figurative language to their books.

Eighth grade is finishing Bronx Masquerade this week! They will finish this unit by continuing to study allusion, symbolism, and point of view.

Whats Happening in AIMES ELA/ Lo que está pasando en ELA de AIMES

6th grade AIMES is continuing their empathy book clubs and improving their small group discussion skills. They have also worked on context clues strategies (including a dominoes game and an escape room!) to help them determine meanings for unknown words.

7th grade AIMES is analyzing poetry for tone and structure during their novel in verse book clubs as well as improving their small group discussion skills.

8th grade AIMES is analyzing poetry for allusion, symbolism, and tone while reading the novel Bronx Masquerade, and examining how the author uses characterization in both prose and poetry.

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Whats Happening in Social Studies / Lo que está pasando en Estudios sociales

6th Grade

This week we begin our Latin America unit. We will work on geography first and then discuss the European conquests. Students will decide whether the European Explorers were heroes or villains.

7th Grade

Seventh graders have begun the final unit of the school year! We have started to study the causes of the Mexican American War. We will continue to look at the contributions of Mexicans in the Southwest. Students are studying the contributions of Mexicans in the areas of mining, the cowboy, sheep raising, cattle farming, food, architecture, laws, and entertainment. We will explore how many of these influences are still making an impact today!

8th Grade

We are using the film Iron Jawed Angels to further our study of the Women’s Suffrage movement. There were a lot of vocabulary words that go along with this unit. We will be testing next week to ensure that our students understand the sacrifices and protests that occurred to earn the right to vote.

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This week in ART:

6th Grade - Continuing work on the “Elements of Art” project. Students are creating an artwork using Shape, Form, Space, Line, Value, Texture, Color and Text.

7th Grade - Working on a symmetrical design project creating a playing card painting. Students will create a symmetrical design which requires measurement, 2D spacial awareness, drawing and painting.

8th Grade - Creating a collage that will then be recreated using paint. Focus on the following elements Space, Color, Shape, Text, Value


This week, the 8th and 7th grade will be starting a lacrosse unit. We will be introducing the proper way to throw and catch the lacrosse ball, and then will introduce rules for gameplay. The 6th grade will be concentrating on base running games.

If the weather is cooperative, we will hopefully get all 3 grade levels out for an introduction to a new game called “Omegaball” Here is what the game looks like:

This week in STEAM:

6th Grade: Beginning our puzzle cube projects. Students will design and prototype their own puzzles this week.

7th Grade: Researching and choosing topics for our upcoming Energy Expo

8th Grade: Designing, Creating, and testing a Mars lander that protects their astronauts during a freefall landing.

Nurse's Corner/Rincón de la enfermera

Good afternoon, Freedom Families,

Students have been getting sick earlier than usual this fall—and in higher numbers. It’s not just from COVID-19, either. Common colds and other viruses that nearly vanished during the pandemic are back, and children are crowding emergency rooms in some parts of the country with illnesses such as flu, RSV, rhinoviruses, and other ailments.

As people of all ages remain at risk of COVID-19, flu, RSV, and other common infections, it is important to take the following precautions:

  • Get vaccinated against COVID-19 and flu.
  • Wash hands frequently and thoroughly.
  • Cover cough and don't touch your face.

Sign up your student for FREE Weekly SHIELD (COVID -19) Testing at School-

What to look for ~ a combination of the following symptoms:

  • Fevers
  • Chills
  • Headaches
  • Cough
  • Muscle soreness
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Shortness of breath
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat

Keep your student home from school if these symptoms occur and call your pediatrician for a medical appointment if the symptoms continue.

Call the school nurse with questions or concerns.

Nurse Villagomez




Buenas tardes, Familias de Freedom,

Los estudiantes se enfermaron antes de lo habitual este otoño, y en mayor número. Tampoco se trata sólo de COVID-19. Los resfriados comunes y otros virus que casi desaparecieron durante la pandemia han regresado, y los niños están abarrotando las salas de emergencia en algunas partes del país con enfermedades como la gripe, el RSV, los rinovirus y otras dolencias.

Dado que las personas de todas las edades siguen estando en riesgo de contraer COVID-19, gripe, RSV y otras infecciones comunes, es importante tomar las siguientes precauciones:

  • Vacúnate contra el COVID-19 y la gripe.
  • Lávese las manos con frecuencia y minuciosamente.
  • Cubra la tos y no se toque la cara.

Inscríbase a Pruebas GRATIS de SHIELD (COVID-19) para su estudiante en la escuela cada semana-

Qué buscar ~ una combinación de los siguientes síntomas:

  • fiebres
  • escalofríos
  • dolores de cabeza
  • tos
  • Dolor muscular
  • fatiga
  • vómitos
  • diarrea
  • dificultad para respirar
  • nariz que moquea
  • dolor de garganta

Mantenga a su estudiante en casa y no vaya a la escuela si se presentan estos síntomas y llame a su pediatra para programar una cita médica si los síntomas continúan.

Llame a la enfermera de la escuela si tiene preguntas o inquietudes.

Enfermera Villagomez




Counselor Corner

The Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholars Program is a selective five-year, pre-college scholarship open to high-performing 7th grade students with some financial need. It provides comprehensive academic and college advising, as well as financial support for high school. There are Cooke-sponsored summer programs, internships, music/art lessons, support for the purchase of hardware and software needs, and other learning enrichment opportunities that are specific to the student. The application opens February 9 and will close May 11, 2023.

El Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholars Program es una beca preuniversitaria selectiva de cinco años abierta a estudiantes de 7º curso de alto rendimiento con alguna necesidad económica. Proporciona asesoramiento académico y universitario completo, así como apoyo financiero para la escuela secundaria. Hay programas de verano patrocinados por Cooke, prácticas, clases de música/arte, apoyo para la compra de hardware y software necesario, y otras oportunidades de enriquecimiento del aprendizaje que son específicas para el estudiante. La solicitud se abre el 9 de febrero y se cerrará el 11 de mayo de 2023.

Student IDs/ID del estudiante

A reminder that students are expected to wear their IDs every day. If a student loses an ID, they would need to purchase a new one. If a student forgets their ID, and they have it at home they will need to purchase a temporary ID from the office. The cost for a new ID is $5 and temp ID is $1. Please reach out to the office if you have any questions.

Un recordatorio de que se espera que los estudiantes usen sus identificaciones todos los días. Si un estudiante pierde su identificación, tendrá que comprar una nueva. Si un estudiante se olvida de su identificación, y lo tienen en casa tendrán que comprar una identificación temporal de la oficina. El costo de una nueva identificación es de $5 y la identificación temporal es de $1. Por favor, póngase en contacto con la oficina si tiene alguna pregunta.

Athletic program/ programa atlético

Dear Parent/Guardian:
If you child has decided to participate in the Freedom Middle School Athletic program, they will need a signed permission slip, sports physical and a paid $25.00 Athletic fee.

Estimado padre/tutor:

Si su hijo(a) ha decidido participar en el programa atlético de la Escuela Intermedia Freedom, necesitará una hoja de permiso firmada, un examen físico deportivo y el pago de una cuota atlética de $25.00.

Athletic Eligibility/Elegibilidad Atlética


Student athletes will be responsible for completing an eligibility form for sports.This will then continue for the rest of the year for the remaining seasons. The procedure for this is below.

  1. Students will get a paper copy of the blank form, no later than Wednesday of each week. The folder containing the blank form and the folder to turn them in will be located on the bulletin board by Ms. Esser's office.
  2. Students will take a blank form, write down their name and take it to all of their teachers and the office. They will have Wed-Fri to complete the form, allowing time for A and B days. If a teacher or student is absent, Friday during excel they need to ask for permission to get anything they missed.
  3. Teachers should complete the form using information from the prior week to complete this form. ( example the form turned in on the 10/7, will be based on 10/3-10/7)
  4. Students turn in completed form to the folder attached to the bulletin board by Ms. Esser's office by the end of the day on Friday.
  5. If this is not completed, the student does not participate the following week. If they have under 70 points they will not participate the following week.
  6. If a student is INELIGIBLE, parent/guardian will be notified and the sheet will be sent home and returned with a parent/guardian signature.


Los estudiantes atletas serán responsables de completar un formulario de elegibilidad para los deportes. Esto continuará por el resto del año para las temporadas restantes. El procedimiento para esto es abajo.

  1. Los estudiantes recibirán una copia en papel del formulario en blanco, a más tardar el miércoles de cada semana. La carpeta que contiene el formulario en blanco y la carpeta para entregarlos estará ubicada en el tablón de anuncios junto a la oficina de la Sra. Esser.
  2. Los estudiantes tomarán un formulario en blanco, escribirán su nombre y lo llevarán a todos sus profesores y a la oficina. Tendrán de miércoles a viernes para completar el formulario, dejando tiempo para los días A y B. Si un profesor o un alumno está ausente, el viernes durante el excel tienen que pedir permiso para conseguir todo lo que han perdido.
  3. Los profesores deben completar el formulario utilizando la información de la semana anterior para completar este formulario. ( ejemplo el formulario entregado el 10/7, se basara en el 10/3-10/7)
  4. Los estudiantes entregan el formulario completado en la carpeta adjunta al tablón de anuncios por la oficina de la Sra. Esser al final del día el viernes.
  5. Si no se completa, el estudiante no participa la semana siguiente. Si tienen menos de 70 puntos no participarán la semana siguiente.
  6. Si un estudiante es INELIGIBLE, el padre/tutor será notificado y la hoja será enviada a casa y devuelta con la firma del padre/tutor.

Para la temporada deportiva de otoño la última hoja se entregará el 21 de octubre.


Student Ambassadors - Anthony & Lentz

Student Council - Rubich

NJHS - Bomba & Aeschleman

Band- J. Clark

Choir - Cervantes

Guitar Club - Cervantes

Spring Musical - Cervantes

Robotics - Auld

Anime - Zaragoza

GSA - Humphris

Yearbook-Lavin and Michalica

Freedom Drop Off and Pick Up/ Entrega y recogida de Freedom

Freedom Families,

For parents dropping off and picking up students; the bus lane and parking lot will be closed to vehicles during drop-off and pick-up. These areas will be blocked off and only busses will be allowed access to the bus lane.

If you are coming from south of the Burlington-Northern Railroad Tracks, we ask that you cross the tracks at East Avenue and proceed to 31st Street. Travel east on 31st Street to drop off students on 31st Street at Ridgeland, south of the viaduct. If you are coming from the north, please turn right/west onto 31st street and again, drop off the students on 31st street south of the viaduct.

We also ask that you do not park on the east side of Ridgeland, across from the school. It is unsafe for students to cross across Ridgeland in the middle of the block and they should only cross at the corner.

Thank you for your help in keeping our students as safe as possible during pick-up and drop-off times.

Para los padres que dejan y recogen a los estudiantes, el carril de autobús y el estacionamiento estarán cerrados a los vehículos durante la entrega y la recogida. Estas áreas estarán bloqueadas y solo los autobuses tendrán acceso al carril de autobuses.

Si viene desde el sur de Burlington-Northern Railroad Tracks (las vías del tren), le pedimos que cruce las vías en East Avenue y continúe hasta 31st Street. Diríjase hacia el Este por 31st Street para dejar a los estudiantes en 31st Street en Ridgeland, al sur del puente. Si viene del norte, gire a la derecha / oeste en la calle 31 y, nuevamente, deje a los estudiantes en la calle 31 al sur del puente.

También le pedimos que no se estacione en el lado este de Ridgeland, frente a la escuela. No es seguro para los estudiantes cruzar Ridgeland en el medio de la cuadra y solo deben cruzar en la esquina.

Gracias por su ayuda para mantener a nuestros estudiantes lo más seguros posible durante las horas de recogida y devolución.

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P.E. Uniforms/ Uniforme de educación física

Students will wear P.E. uniforms beginning August 29th. P.E. uniforms are for sale in the Freedom Office.

Los estudiantes comenzarán a usar P.E. uniformes el 29 de agosto .Los uniformes de educación física están a la venta en la Oficina de Freedom.

  • PE Shirt/Camisa de educación física - $10
  • PE Shorts/Pantalones cortos de educación física- $15
  • Sweatshirt with no hood/Sudadera sin capucha - $20
  • Sweatpants/Pantalones deportivos- $20

Covid Testing and SHIELD Testing /Pruebas para el COVID y prueba de saliva SHIELD

District 100 will again be offering SHIELD saliva testing for weekly screening for COVID-19. The SHIELD program is voluntary and students will only participate once a signed consent is received. Please be aware that if your child participated in the SHIELD weekly screening program last year, the consent was only good for one year and a new one needs to be submitted. We ask that all interested families submit a consent prior to the start of the school year. SHIELD screening is tentatively scheduled to begin the week of August 29.


District 100 will also continue to provide BINAX-Now antigen testing to any student experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. BINAX-Now is a nasal swab that provides a result in approximately fifteen minutes and will only be administered at school at the request of a parent. If you would like to submit a consent for BINAX-Now to have on file for the upcoming school year, please complete the consent below. Again, the consent will simply be on file and a student will only be given a BINAX-Now test at school following a parent/guardian conversation with the nurse and with written consent from a parent/guardian.


Thank you for your continued support in keeping our students and staff safe and healthy.

El Distrito 100 estará ofreciendo nuevamente la prueba de saliva SHIELD saliva como un control semanal para COVID-19. El programa SHIELD es voluntario y los estudiantes participarán solamente cuando se haya recibido un consentimiento firmado. Por favor sepa que si su hijo/a participó en el programa de control semanal el año pasado, el consentimiento fue válido por un año solamente y se necesita entregar uno nuevo. Pedimos que todas las familias interesadas entreguen su consentimiento antes del comienzo del año escolar. El control SHIELD está programado para comenzar la semana del 29 de agosto tentativamente.


El Distrito 100 también continuará proveyendo la prueba antígeno BINAX-Now para cualquier estudiante que esté experimentando síntomas de COVID-19. BINAX-Now es un hisopado nasal que brinda un resultado en quince minutos aproximadamente y será administrada solamente en la escuela por pedido de un padre/madre. Si a usted le gustaría entregar un consentimiento para BINAX-Now para tenerlo en archivo para el año escolar venidero, por favor complete el consentimiento debajo. Otra vez, el consentimiento estará en el archivo simplemente y un estudiante será dado una prueba BINAX-Now en la escuela después de una conversación con la enfermera y con el consentimiento escrito de un padre/madre/tutor.


Gracias por su apoyo continuo en mantener a nuestros estudiantes y personal seguros y saludables.

Student Schedule / Horario estudiantil

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Report Bullying / Informar el acoso

Please use the Stop!t App to report bulling anonymously. Students can use it to report behaviors they see in person or online.

Utilice la aplicación Stop!t para denunciar el acoso de forma anónima. Los estudiantes pueden usarlo para informar los comportamientos que ven en persona o en línea.

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Treats for Troops

FMS will be collecting Treats for Troops on November 1st. Bring any leftover Halloween candy to support our Military Troops!

FMS estará recolectando "Treats for Troops" el 1 de noviembre. ¡Traiga cualquier caramelo sobrante de Halloween para apoyar a nuestras Tropas Militares!