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News & Events at Freedom MS - Week of October 17th, 2021

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Welcome / Bienvenidos

Freedom Families,

As we come to the end of a short week, we would like to take the time to thank the Freedom staff for working on our School Improvement Plan this past institute day. The staff looked over the school goals and began to develop a plan on how to accomplish those goals. Our Freedom Family Rocks!

A reminder that the last day of Quarter 1 is this Friday, October 22nd. We will be sending home progress reports the week of October 25. Please remind you students to speak with their teachers and make sure to turn in any missing assignments.

This Tuesday, October 19th, we will be following the Extended Excel schedule. We will utilize this schedule every Tuesday that we do not have late start, so that teachers can have meaningful social emotional lessons with our students. The lessons will be from the Second Step curriculum. If you have any questions please reach out to the Freedom office.

We hope you have a GREAT week!

Enrique, Jessica & The Freedom Staff

Enrique Ojeda – Principal –

Jessica King- Assistant Principal-

Familias de Freedom,

Al llegar al final de una semana corta, nos gustaría tomar el tiempo para agradecer al personal de Freedom por trabajar en nuestro Plan de Mejoramiento Escolar este pasado día de instituto. El personal revisó las metas de la escuela y comenzó a desarrollar un plan sobre cómo lograr esas metas. ¡Nuestra familia de Freedom se destaca!

Un recordatorio de que el último día del trimestre 1 es este viernes, 22 de octubre. Estaremos enviando a casa los reportes de progreso la semana del 25 de octubre. Por favor recuérdeles a sus estudiantes que hablen con sus maestros y que se aseguren de entregar cualquier tarea que les falte.

Este martes, 19 de octubre, estaremos siguiendo el horario de Excel extendido. Utilizaremos este horario todos los martes que no tengamos inicio tardío, para que los maestros puedan tener lecciones emocionales sociales significativas con nuestros estudiantes. Las lecciones serán del currículo de Second Step. Si tiene alguna pregunta, por favor comuníquese con la oficina de Freedom.

Enrique Jessica y The Freedom Staff

Enrique Ojeda - Director -

Jessica King - Subdirector-

Upcoming Important Dates / Próximas fechas importantes

October 22nd- End of 1st Quarter

October 27th- Picture retake

November 1st- Teacher Institute/Parent teacher Conference

22 de octubre - Fin del primer trimestre

27 de octubre: retoma de fotografías

1 de noviembre: Instituto de maestros / Conferencia de padres y maestros

Celebrating LatinX Heritage Month/Celebrando el Mes de la Herencia LatinX

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Stars of the Week/Estrellas de la Semana

6th Grade

Nicholas Martinez

Nicholas is a leader in his mathematics class as he regularly participates in group discussions. He completes his work promptly and accurately, but he is always willing to help other students that need assistance. Nicholas is also a member of the Freedom Cross Country Team and he continues to be a role model for all students at Freedom Middle School. Congratulations Nicholas!

7Th Grade

Gabriella Martinez

A bright smile and caring heart is consistently found with Gabby. She always lends a helping hand to other classmates, and always asks questions when she thinks other students can benefit from the answers in math class. This conscientious student tries to include everyone in activities. She never wants anyone to feel left out. What is super special about Gabby, is that she is alright with not being right all the time. She enjoys learning from her mistakes and just pushes through with a positive attitude. Thank you Gabby for being an awesome role model Every. Single. Day. for other Patriots.

8Th Grade

Xavier Fajardo

Xavier is an outstanding student in class, he is academically excelling in class and is always looking to improve his learning each and every day. He also takes initiative in class and helps in class with task such as passing out papers and helping to clean the white boards after class while making sure the classroom is clean. Keep up the amazing work Xavier, looking forward to the rest of the year.

Whats Happening/ Qué esta pasando

8th Grade ELA

Students finished writing their narrative endings to the short story, “The Elevator.” This particular story ends with a cliffhanger which gives the students a chance to use their imagination about what happens next. The goal of this unit was to review elements of plot, mood, summarizing, theme, and inferencing, and learn revision strategies to make their writing even better.

We have started reading The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton. We have been working on the skills of vocabulary, inferencing, analyzing, finding themes, and identifying important text evidence. We will continue to read The Outsiders into November and eventually write a literary analysis essay that focuses on the important themes from the book.

6th Grade Music

Every day in sixth-grade music, we start with something called the “class playlist.” As a class, we listen to three songs of different genres picked out of a box the students put suggestions in. The students will then vote on their favorite song, and once they do, it is placed on a playlist for them to listen to while doing work in class and for the end of the quarter. Starting with the class playlist allows us to create a welcoming environment of different cultures through music. Sixth-grade music has been focusing on how to read music notes as well as count rhythms. These skills go hand and hand with math and reading; in music, we use math based on the division of time into fractions, and we use reading because music requires a subset of skills; these same skills help maintain literacy. Students are also learning new ways to sing different notes with a system called Solfege which allows the students to learn music at a faster pace. We are finishing off this quarter with learning about instrument families and which instruments fall in which families.

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Freedom is looking for parent volunteers to help with the upcoming Scholastic Book Fair. Three volunteers are needed per shift on Friday Oct. 29 from 8:15am - 3:30pm, on Monday November 1 from 12:30pm - 7:30pm, and each day Tuesday November 2 - Friday November 5 from 8:15am - 3:30pm. This is a great opportunity to become involved in your child's school, so grab a few friends and sign-up today!

Freedom está buscando padres voluntarios para ayudar con la próxima Feria del Libro Scholastic. Se necesitan tres voluntarios por turno el viernes 29 de octubre de 8:15am - 3:30pm, el lunes 1 de noviembre de 12:30pm - 7:30pm, y cada día del martes 2 al viernes 5 de noviembre de 8:15am - 3:30pm. Esta es una gran oportunidad para involucrarse en la escuela de su hijo/a, así que reúna a algunos amigos y apúntese hoy mismo!

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District 100 launches tutoring program/El Distrito 100 lanza programa de tutoría

District 100 is proud to announce our partnership with PAPER, a tutoring program available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for all 3rd through 8th grade students. PAPER is a chat-based, on-line tutoring program that provides opportunities for students to receive feedback and support in multiple languages from highly-trained tutors in a variety of content areas. Beginning today, all students in grades 3-8 will have access to PAPER on their iPads and throughout the week, teachers will introduce students to the program and teach them how to access a live tutor. The attachments below provide some information for families about PAPER and you can also visit our website for additional information on the program.

District 100’s partnership with PAPER provides a valuable tool to support continuous learning and growth, and we encourage our 3rd through 8th grade students and families to take advantage of all the program has to offer.

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Online Learning Guide

El Distrito 100 se enorgullece en anunciar nuestra asociación con PAPER, un programa de tutoría disponible las 24 horas del día, los 7 días de la semana para todos los estudiantes de 3ro a 8vo grado. PAPER es un programa de tutoría en línea basado en “chat” que provee oportunidades para que los estudiantes reciban comentarios y apoyo en varios idiomas de parte de tutores altamente entrenados en una variedad de áreas de contenido. A partir de hoy, todos los estudiantes de 3-8 grado tendrán acceso a PAPER en sus iPads y a lo largo de la semana, los maestros presentarán el programa a los estudiantes y les enseñarán cómo acceder a un tutor en vivo. Los adjuntos debajo proveen información para las familias acerca de PAPER y usted también puede visitar nuestro sitio web por información adicional acerca del programa.

La asociación del Distrito 100 con PAPER provee una herramienta valiosa para apoyar el aprendizaje y el crecimiento continuo, y animamos a nuestros estudiantes de 3ro a 8vo grado a aprovechar todo lo que este programa tiene para ofrecer.

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Guía de aprendizaje en línea

Family Liaison/Representante para las Familias

Hello Freedom Families, my name is Emily Reyes and along with my job as the 6th grade school social worker, I am also serving in the role of Family Liaison for all grade levels. As the family liaison my goal is to increase the level of family participation at Freedom Middle School this year. Throughout the year I will be sending information to families regarding various programs and activities that are being held at Freedom, both through the school as well as through community partnerships. I have created several different “Remind” groups for you to sign up to receive information, based upon the grade level of your student(s) and your preferred language, English or Spanish. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns, or if you would be interested in learning how you can become more involved in your child’s time at Freedom this school year.

For families of 6th grade students with communication in English:

For families of 7th grade students with communication in English:

For families of 8th grade students with communication in English:

Hola familias de Freedom, mi nombre es Emily Reyes y junto con mi trabajo como trabajadora social de la escuela de 6º grado, también estoy sirviendo en el papel de representante para las familias para todos los niveles de grado. Como representante para las familias mi objetivo es aumentar el nivel de participación de la familia en la Escuela de Freedom este año. A través del año estaré enviando información a las familias con respecto a varios programas y actividades que se llevan a cabo en Freedom, tanto a través de la escuela, así como a través de asociaciones de la comunidad. He creado varios grupos diferentes de "Remind" para que usted se inscriba para recibir información, basado en el nivel de grado de su estudiante (s) y su idioma preferido, Inglés o Español. Por favor, no dude en ponerse en contacto conmigo si tiene alguna pregunta o inquietud, o si está interesado en saber cómo puede participar más en el tiempo de su hijo en Freedom este año escolar.

Para las familias de estudiantes de 6º grado con comunicación en español:

Para las familias de estudiantes de 7º grado con comunicación en español:

Para las familias de estudiantes de 8º grado con comunicación en español:


Hello Parents and Students,

CCLC (Center for College Access and Success) through Northeastern Illinois University is inviting you to participate in our Family STEAM Lab orientation on Friday October 8th! In STEAM Labs parents and students will work together to create, problem solve and learn. Participants will be learning and utilizing skills in the areas of science, technology, engineering, art, and math each meeting. All supplies used in the activities will be provided by the program and students will pick up the materials at school. Zoom links will be sent to participants the day before the event.

We will meet twice a month; once in person and once virtually, allowing families who are not able to attend in-person gatherings the opportunity to participate in activities.

Days: Fridays

Time: 5:00pm- 6:00pm

Who: ONLY Heritage and Freedom Middle School 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students and their families.

Cost of activity: FREE

Don't think about it too much! Space is LIMITED!! Join us and enjoy this fun and stress free activity!


¡¡¡Hola Padres y Estudiantes !!!

¡¡¡Los invitamos a participar en nuestra orientación STEAM Lab Viernes 8 de octubre!!! adonde trabajará con sus estudiantes para hacer, resolver problemas y aprender. utilizando actividades de ciencia, tecnología, ingeniería, arte y matemáticas en cada reunión. Todos los útiles que se utilizarán en las actividades serán proporcionados por el programa y los estudiantes recogerán los materiales en la escuela. Enviaremos el enlace de zoom el día antes del evento.

Días: Viernes

Hora: 5:00 pm a 6:00 pm

¿Quién puede participar? ÚNICAMENTE los estudiantes de 6o, 7o y 8o grado de la escuela secundaria Heritage and Freedom y sus familias

¿Costo de actividad? ¡GRATIS!

Nos reuniremos dos veces al mes, una en persona y la otra virtualmente para permitir que las familias que aún no se sientan cómodas asistan a las reuniones o simplemente no tengan tiempo para participar en las actividades.

¡No lo pienses demasiado! ¡¡El espacio es limitado!! ¡Únete a nosotros y disfruta de esta actividad divertida y sin estrés! :)

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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Student Uniforms / Uniformes de estudiantes

New to the uniform this year is that students are allowed to wear either khaki or black pants. Both the khaki and black pants need to be a khaki material; joggers, jeans and leggings are not allowed.

Lo nuevo en el uniforme de este año es que los estudiantes pueden usar pantalones color caqui o negros. Tanto los pantalones caqui como los negros deben ser de un material estilo caqui; No se permite usar joggers, jeans ni leggings.

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P.E. Uniforms/ Uniforme de educación física

Students will wear P.E. uniforms beginning September 7th. P.E. uniforms are for sale in the Freedom Office.

Los estudiantes comenzarán a usar P.E. uniformes el 7 de septiembre. .Los uniformes de educación física están a la venta en la Oficina de Freedom.

  • PE Shirt/Camisa de educación física - $6
  • PE Shorts/Pantalones cortos de educación física- $9
  • Sweatshirt with no hood/Sudadera sin capucha - $15
  • Sweatshirt with hood/Sudadera con capucha - $20
  • Sweatpants/Pantalones deportivos- $5

Freedom Sports/ Deportes de Freedom

Below is the calendar for fall sports at Freedom. For the most up to date information please reach out to your child's coach and register to receive Remind alerts.

A continuación se muestra el calendario de deportes de otoño en Freedom. Para obtener la información más actualizada, comuníquese con el entrenador de su hijo y regístrese para recibir alertas de Remind.

Fall Coach Information/Información del entrenador de otoño

Girls Basketball Intramural/ Intramuros de baloncesto para niñas

Coach Deligiannis


Girls All Star Basketball/Baloncesto All Star para ninas

Coach Esser- Varsity-

Coach Wilms-

Cross Country/ Correr a campo traviesa

Coach Clark(Cross Country remind code = 73kk47)-

Boys Soccer/ Fútbol Para Niños



Self-Certification & Health Check/Autocertificación y chequeo de salud

In order to enter Freedom, all students’ families will need to have completed the self-certification email through Raptor. This email will be sent to all families each evening before school. Students must be in good standing via the self-certification app.

Families of any student whose self-certification is not complete will be notified and the certification will need to be done . In addition, a phone call home will be made for any student who does not pass the temperature screening/health check and the student will need to be picked up immediately.

Para ingresar a Freedom, todas las familias de los estudiantes deberán haber completado el correo electrónico de autocertificación a través de Raptor. Este correo electrónico se enviará a todas las familias cada noche antes de clases. Los estudiantes deben estar en forma saludable a través de la aplicación de autocertificación.

Se notificará a las familias de cualquier estudiante cuya autocertificación no esté completa y se deberá completar el formulario de preguntas en el correo electrónico. Además, se hará una llamada telefónica a casa para cualquier estudiante que no pase la prueba de temperatura / control de salud y el estudiante deberá ser recogido de inmediato.

Rapid Covid Testing /Pruebas para el COVID

Freedom Families,

Just a reminder we do have Rapid Covid Testing available for FREE to all our students at Freedom. Testing is done as a drive through service, no need to leave your car and results are available in 15 minutes. If a student is experiencing symptoms and you would like them to get tested, please reach out to the School Nurse to get scheduled.

Thank you!

Familias de Freedom,

Recordatorio, tenemos pruebas para el COVID disponible GRATIS para todos los estudiantes en Freedom. El servicio es por carro no tienen que entrar a la escuela y los resultados son en 15 minutos. Si su estudiante tiene sintomas y quiere que se le haga la prueba, por favor llame a la enfermera de la escuela para hacer una cita.


Letter from the Nurse/Carta de la Enfermera

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Student Schedule / Horario estudiantil

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A & B Days and Bell Schedule / Días A & B y horario de campana

Here is a Calendar with A and B days along with the Daily Bell Schedule. We will make updates to this document when we move to Hybrid Learning.

Aquí hay un calendario con los días A y B junto con el horario de timbre diario. Actualizaremos este documento cuando pasemos al aprendizaje híbrido.

Headphones added to supply list / Auriculares agregados a la lista de suministros

We have updated the student supply list to include headphones with a microphone. These will allow students to more clearly communicate with their teachers and peers. The supply list is linked below.

Hemos actualizado la lista de útiles para estudiantes para incluir auriculares con micrófono. Esto permitirá a los estudiantes comunicarse más claramente con sus profesores y compañeros. La lista de suministros está vinculada a continuación.

Supply List

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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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