FHS Weekly Update

Announcements for the Week of January 30-February 3, 2023

This Week at Fremd

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5Essentials Survey Information

Parent Survey

Fremd High School is reaching out to our families and asking you to participate in the annual Illinois 5Essentials Survey. Your perspectives can help guide our school’s improvement efforts. The survey assesses perceptions of five components of school success:

  • Effective leaders
  • Collaborative teachers
  • Involved families
  • Supportive environment
  • Ambitious instruction

The parent survey will be available online in English and Spanish from January 24, 2023 through March 31, 2023, at survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois. It takes about 10 minutes to complete. Note that the survey will time out and you will need to start over if you don’t finish in one sitting.

The survey is administered by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago on behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education. If at least 20 percent of parents at our school complete the survey, a supplemental parent report will be generated and shared with us.

We are hoping to meet the target this year.

If you have questions or concerns, please call our school’s survey coordinator, Assistant Principal Linda Serafini 847-755-2616

Student Survey

Tomorrow January 31st, at the start of 2nd hour, FHS students will be taking the 5Essentials Survey. The Illinois State Board of Education requires this survey to be completed by every school. The survey results help our school evaluate the current climate at FHS as we work together to create optimal conditions for learning for every student. Students will receive an email from Mrs. Serafini tomorrow morning that will include their State ID and a link to the survey. Students should make sure to save that email when it arrives. Using student IPads, FHS will be taking the survey at the start of 2nd hour tomorrow.

See the schedule at the top for the timing of the day.


Musical Auditions This Week!

Auditions for this year's musical, Footloose, take place this week! Plan to attend workshops to learn vocal music and dance for the auditions. Please see this information sheet for more details.

  • Monday - Dance Workshop in the Dance Room
  • Tuesday - Vocal Workshop in the Choir Room
  • Wednesday - Vocal Auditions in the Choir Room
  • Thursday - Dance Auditions in the Auditorium
  • Friday - Callback Auditions

Black History Month Begins This Week!

The first day of each week during Black History Month (BHM): Show up and Show out! Wear Black History Month gear or clothing that represents Black American Culture! Watch for activities throughout the month that will celebrate Black History in a variety of ways.

Activity: Wednesday, February 1st: “Black Stars”

There are Black American Stars everywhere and today we will recognize them for always shining bright! Come ready to share the name of an influential Black American. You will write it on a star and then it will be displayed on the wall outside of the cafeteria.

All of the stars will be organized in a way to look like the Big Dipper. Do you know why? If you do not, stop by the event to learn more about Black American culture.

Yearbook Orders

If you haven't bought your yearbook yet, the time is NOW! Pre-order your book so that you get a discount and ensure a copy at distribution! Please email arganas@d211.org with questions. All orders are through Jostens at: www.jostensyearbooks.com

Snowball Registration Opens Today!

Snowball Registration opened today at 7:30 AM! Please see the Snowball page on the FHS website for more information about this wonderful event

Young Hearts for Life Information

Young Hearts for Life - Sign up to be screened today!

Student Registration Link - an adult must register their student

So far, 221 students are registered -there is still time to sign up!!

What is the Young Hearts for Life screening?

YH4L is a FREE heart screening called an electrocardiogram (ECG) to identify high school students at risk for Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD). Detailed information on the program 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 has identified more than 3,000 with previously undiagnosed heart conditions. Please be aware that repeat ECG testing is recommended every two (2) years.

A simple, painless, and non-invasive ECG can detect approximately 70% of the heart conditions that are 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.

All students will hear information in their Wellness classes on January 20 about our upcoming Young Hearts for Life screening event to be held on February 14. We encourage every family to register their child for this life-saving screening.

Young Hearts for Life - We need family and community volunteers!

Volunteer Registration Link

We are looking for many volunteers to assist with our YH4L screening event on February 14. 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.

So far, we have about 87 volunteers signed up, but we are looking to have nearly 200! Please consider donating some of your time to this important health and wellness event!

Upcoming Events

Save the Date: Winter Gala February 25

Student Council will be hosting a Winter Gala dance on Saturday, February 25. Watch for more information about the dance and ticket sales in the coming weeks.

Seniors: Viking Booster Club Scholarship Available

Our Viking Booster Club has made its scholarship available on the Booster Club website. Note that the application deadline is March 3, 2023.

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Students - If you are looking for even more up-to-the-minute information about Fremd, be sure to turn on notifications for Fremd Events on Schoology (course code: 5838-N2R4-67XSX).

Families - although you are not able to enroll in the course as a family member, you can follow Fremd Events notifications if your child is enrolled and if your notifications are set to alert you of course updates.

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Thursday, January 19: Winter Jazz Concert

Please join us for our Winter Jazz Concert featuring the Fremd Jazz Lab Band and Jazz Ensemble on Thursday January 19th. The concert will be held in the Cafeteria at 6:30 pm, free admission. This concert is guaranteed to please and will feature a variety of jazz, Latin, and rock/funk music. Hope to see you there!

Friday and Saturday, January 20 and 21: One-Act Play Performances

Four short plays directed, designed by, and starring Fremd Students! Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7pm. Tickets are on sale for $5.00 and can be purchased ahead of time online.