Fremd HS Newsletter

February 2023

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From the Principal

We are all in on second semester. Although some recent temperatures may not feel like it (and others definitely do!), winter is winding down and spring will be here before we know it. We’ve emphasized getting off to a fresh start this semester, setting goals and looking towards having a strong end to their year and preparing for next August and beyond. Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors already have selected courses for next year and senior events are not far off.

Throughout the month of February we are celebrating the wonderful diversity of our school and taking time to recognize the historical roots and many contributions of prominent Black Americans. Black History Month activities are being organized by students and staff.

Winter sports and activities are coming to a close. Our students have worked extremely hard and in turn have had some very successful seasons. Please read through some of these accomplishments in the "Kudos to Students and Staff" section in this newsletter.

Thank you -- and as always, Go Vikings!

Sincerely, Mark Langer

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Young Hearts for Life

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Event is 2/14! Sign Up to Be Screened!

Student Registration Link - an adult must register their student

What is the Young Hearts for Life screening?

YH4L is a FREE electrocardiogram (ECG) heart screening to identify high school students at risk for Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD). Detailed information is found on this Parent Packet link.

More than 60 young adults die each week in the United States from SCD. Since 2006, YH4L has screened over 280,000 students and identified more than 3,000 with previously undiagnosed heart conditions. Please be aware repeat ECG testing is recommended every two (2) years.

A simple, painless, and non-invasive ECG can detect approximately 70% of heart conditions associated with SCD, while a pre-participation physical can only detect 4% of these conditions. The false positive rate for the YH4L program is less than 2%. Additional evaluation and testing by your physician may be recommended based on the results of the screening.

We encourage every family to register their child for this life-saving screening.

We need family and community volunteers!

Volunteer Registration Link

We are looking for many volunteers to assist with our screening event. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age (current high school students are not eligible to be a volunteer). Shifts are available in the morning, afternoon, or full day. Continental breakfast items and lunch is provided to volunteers.

Volunteers assist with checking in students for their appointment, helping get them to each of the stations, assisting with the ECG process, etc. Please consider donating some of your time to this important health and wellness event.

Writers Week

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Chicago native Toya Wolfe speaks to Fremd students and staff about her debut book, "Last Summer on State Street," during our 29th annual Writers Week. The week features readings and lectures from students, staff and authors and has become a Viking legacy.

Viking Booster Club Scholarships

Attention Seniors: The Booster Club Scholarship Application is Now Available!

The Fremd Viking Booster Club is proud to announce that they will be awarding a maximum of ten $1,000 scholarships to deserving students of the Fremd High School 2023 graduating class. To be eligible, the applicant must plan on furthering their education and the applicant’s family must be a member of the Fremd Viking Booster Club. Visit the Viking Booster website,, for more details! All scholarship applications must be submitted to the Student Service Office by Friday, March 3rd, 2023 by 3pm. Scholarship recipients will be notified by email in mid-April. Recipients will also receive a formal invitation to attend the Honors Convocation on Tuesday, April 25, 2022, at 7 p.m. to be honored for their award. Congratulations on your upcoming graduation and best wishes in the future!

If you have any questions, contact

Recycling Reminders

The Environmental Club/Green Team encourages you to recycle the following materials in the following locations:

  1. Classroom Blue Bins: Paper, plastic, cans, glass - make sure all bottles or cans are empty before placing in the blue bin

  2. Cafeteria: Bottles or cans may be recycled in the white bins with a small hole in the center of the lid - make sure all bottles or cans are empty before placing in the white bin

  3. Technology Help Desk: Students and staff may recycle batteries at the help desk. Staff may also recycle batteries in Faculty Services or the Maintenance Dock.

Distinguished Alumni Nominations

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

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.

SAT Prep: After School

Registration for SAT Prep for second semester is still open. New students are welcome. To sign up, please fill out the following form:

Teacher: Mrs. Koller, English Department
Subjects: English, Reading, & Writing

Day & Time: Wednesdays, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Location: Room 125

Schoology Code: 96TV-58VG-2S7X6

Questions: Email Mrs. Koller at

Course Features:

  • Test Familiarity

  • Test-Taking Strategies

  • Practice Timing on Test

  • Understanding format of test

Content Review:

  • Strategies for the Reading Test

  • Grammar rules needed to know for Writing and Language and tips for this section

  • Understanding essay prompt & practice

Teacher: Mr. Grattoni, Math Department

Subject: Mathematics

Day & Time: Tuesdays, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Location: Room 125

Schoology Code: 96TV-58VG-2S7X6

Questions: Email Mr. Grattoni at

Course Features:

  • Test-taking strategies

  • Goal-setting

  • Practice tests & solutions

Content Review:

  • Linear & Exponential Modeling

  • Data & Statistics

  • Functions & Equations

  • Modeling With Systems of Equations

  • Quadratics

  • Geometry & Trigonometry

Class of 2024: Immunization Requirement

As of the 2015-2016 school year, any child entering 12th grade will be required to show proof of receiving two doses of the meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV). The first dose shall be received on or after the child’s 11th birthday. The second dose should be administered on or after your child’s 16th birthday, or an interval of at least eight weeks after the first dose. Only one dose is required if the first dose was received at 16 years of age or older. Your child will NOT be able to begin school until this immunization requirement is met.

Please note the meningococcal B vaccine does not meet the school requirement. If your child does not receive their immunizations for religious reasons, a state-approved exemption form must be submitted to the nurse’s office prior to completing your child’s registration process as this is a new immunization requirement. If your child does not receive immunizations for medical reasons, a note from your physician is required and must be submitted to the nurse’s office prior to completing your child’s registration process.

Please contact the health services office at 847-755-3662 with any questions. Please do not wait until the last minute to get this vaccine. Medical offices do run out of the vaccine and receiving the vaccine at a local pharmacy can be very costly.

Class of 2027: Health Forms

All incoming ninth-grade students are required by the state of Illinois to have a physical examination and their current immunizations on file in the health office. Physical examinations must be completed on the Certificate of Child Health Examination form version dated 11/2015 or later. Forms are available on the school’s website under the "Parents - Health Services" tab. Examinations not completed on this form or completed on IHSA forms will NOT be accepted to meet the requirement of your child’s ninth-grade physical. Your child may not begin school until this requirement has been met.

As of the 2019-2020 school year, all incoming freshmen are required to turn in a dental examination. The exam must be dated within 18 months of the May 15 deadline. Dental examination forms will need to be turned into the nurse’s office by May 15, 2024. The form is available on the Conant website under the "Parents - Health Services" tab.

If your child is planning to register for a summer sports camp, a physical must be on file in the high school health office prior to the first day of camp. Your child’s physical must have been completed within the last 13 months. Health records will not be received from the junior highs prior to the start of summer sports camps. It is the responsibility of the parents to make sure there is a physical on file prior to the first day of sports camp.

Seal of Biliteracy

District 211 students earn the Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy by demonstrating high levels of proficiency in English and an additional language as determined by the Illinois State Board of Education. Students can demonstrate proficiency in a target language by earning a 4 or 5 on an AP exam, I-5 or higher on the AAPPL or Intermediate High on the STAMP exam. Illinois public universities will accept the State Seal of Biliteracy as equivalent to 2 years of foreign language coursework taken during high school if a student's high school transcript indicates receipt. Current languages available are Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

Students have the option of taking the exam in-person between March 6-10 or remotely March 13-31. Limited seats are available for the in-person test, with priority going to seniors.

Students interested in taking the STAMP or AAPPL assessments for the Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy should complete this REGISTRATION FORM by the end of the school day February 17, 2023. There is a fee of $25, and an invoice for payment will be sent through MySchoolBucks. The exam comprises four modules and lasts approximately 2 to 4 hours.

Students who earn the Seal of Biliteracy will be notified in the summer depending on availability of results. Visit

Please contact the Student Services Department with questions.

Girls STEAM Event

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District 211 once again is hosting “Girls STEAM Ahead," a program for 5th and 6th grade girls. Students will engage in hands-on activities while exploring the integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics.

The event is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 4 at Conant High School.

If you have a 5th or 6th grader who would like to participate, please register via D211 at Space for this program is limited.

Student Shout-Outs

  • Athletes of the Week - Congrats to Cameron Kuhl and Sarah Labonar on being selected athletes of the week for the week of 1/9/23. Cam led the Vikings in scoring in 3 of last 4 games. He averaged 14/6 during a 4 game win streak! Sarah showed excellent leadership skills this week with two really tough competitions. She led the team in reaching the two highest team scores of the season.

  • Athletes of the Week - Congrats to Coco Urlacher and Jake Crandall for being selected as our athletes of the week for the week of1/16/23. Coco scored 13 points and played great defense in a huge win over Barrington. Jake is the 145lb MSL Conference Champ! He recorded a pin and 2 tech falls at the MSL meet.

  • Athletes of the Week - Congrats to Ella Todd and Ben Mears for being selected as our athletes of the week for the week of 1/23/23. Ella scored 20 against both Palatine and Maine South. Ben broke the pool and varsity 6-dive record!

  • Yoga Club collected over 800 pounds of clothes and household goods! Special thank you to the teachers, students and families who donated. Also, a huge thank you to the super strong Math department members who came out to help load the donations into the van, and an extra special thank you to Pat Nolan for not only helping to load the van but for helping to unload it at the donation center.

  • The Unwind Club raised $150 for charity selling handmade crafts at the FHS Booster Craft Fair.

  • The Scholastic Bowl A team of Thomas Lu, Omkar Marathe, Anvith Vanukuri and Pranav Aiyar finished 4th in the advanced competition at the Reinstein Classic Tournament Saturday, December 17th. Thomas Lu placed 10th individually overall.

  • Chess Team took 1st place in the MSL Conference Tournament.

  • Competitive Dance took 4th place at the MSL Conference Meet.

  • Fremd Co-Ed Cheer

    • First place at the Oak Forest HS Invite Championship

    • Third place at Sectionals

    • Fourth place at State

  • Student Congress competed at the Illinois Congressional Debate Association (ICDA) and Tournament of Champions (TOC) at Highland Park High School. Students who won individual awards included:

      • Pranav Aiyar- 2nd Mitali Athwale- 2nd Adrian Berkmans- 3rd Raghav Chandrasekar- 2nd and Best Presiding Officer in his Chamber, Srihan Gullapalli- Best Presiding Officer in his Chamber, Sanvi Garlapati- 2nd Aadi Shah- 2nd Vedanth Srihari- 3rd Meera Srivasthsa- 2nd Sid Rao- Best Presiding Officer in his Chamber, and Ronak Roy- 2nd

      • Aadi Shah also placed 3rd for Best Quality Speaker, which is awarded to the 3 best speakers in the entire division.

      • The team placed 1st in the school sweepstakes with 145.9 points.

      • Students who qualified for TOC Preliminary Rounds included: Amulya Addepalli, Mithun Arun, Prithika Devarajan, Sruthi Karnam, Ashish Kashyap, Marian Krupp, Jason Li, Omkar Marathe, Rhea Mukherjee, Joey Nuccio, Sanvi Pakala, Pranav Prasad, Adarsh Prathap, atherine Shidle, and Ishaan Srivastava.

      • Students who advanced to TOC Finals with 13 other debaters were: Mithun Arun, Sruthi Karnam, Rhea Mukherjee, Katherine Shidle and Ishaan Srivastava.

      • Rhea Mukherjee placed in the Top 6 of the TOC Finals and won 3rd place.

  • Winners of the 5th annual Writers Workshop Writing Contest:

    • 1st place - Emily Radziszewski for her piece titled "The Night Whisperer"

    • 2nd place - M.H. Noman for her piece titled "My Grandpa's Battlefield"

    • 3rd place - Marlena Vandercar for her poem titled "The Stag of Winter"

    • 4th place - Jayne Kim for her piece titled "What Haunts You"

    • 5th place - Katherine Wei for her poem titled "Li Anne"

    • Honorable Mentions: Eddie Zhou's "Together," Amna Khan's "Drowning" and Pranaya Shankar's "Take a Step."

  • The All-Sophomore Scholastic Bowl team took 1st place at the KNIGHTS' CHALLENGE: Anvith Vanukuri, Vedanth Srihari, Ashish Kashyap, Adrian Berkmans, and Ziyan Khan. The All-Freshman team (Eli Musicar, Steven Long, Mantra Mittal, Matthew Qian) finished 7th after being undefeated in the morning rounds. Placing individually in the Top 10 were Vedanth (4th), Eli (6th), and Anvith (8th).

Co-Ed Cheer: 4th at State

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Dates to remember

February 14: Late Start/Morning Work Session – 8:50 a.m.

February 14: YH4L (Young Hears for Life) event - Gym, 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

February 15: Concerto Aria – Kolze Auditorium, 7:00 pm

February 17: Early Dismissal – 11:50 a.m.

February 20: Presidents Day - No School

February 21: Jazz & Java Concert - Cafeteria, 6:30 p.m.

February 25: Winterfest Dance - Gym, 6:00 p.m.

February 28: Late Start/Morning Work Session – 8:50 a.m.