Fremont Focus

January 18, 2023

Much to Celebrate in 2023

Dear Fremont Staff, Parents, and Community,

Happy New Year! We hope you enjoyed a restful winter break. We enjoyed welcoming back our students and staff as they returned with positive energy for the new year. January is a natural time to reflect back upon the school year to celebrate progress. Enjoy the following highlights:

District Honors & Recognition

  • On January 13, we learned that the Illinois Principals Association named two Fremont leaders as the Lake Region Principals of the year. Our very own Fremont Middle School principal Krista Winkelman (middle school category) and Elementary/Intermediate School principal Stefan Ladenburger (elementary school category) were selected as recipients of this honor.

  • On October 27, the Illinois State Board of Education announced the 2022 designation status for schools. Not only were all of our schools at the level of "Commendable" once again this year (a consistent designation since 2018), but Fremont Elementary School/Lincoln and Fremont Intermediate School have earned “Exemplary” status (in the top 10% of schools statewide with no underperforming student groups).

  • The Fremont Board of Education was named one of just 33 in the state to earn the 2022 School Board Governance Recognition designation.

Student Achievements, Activities & Service

  • Middle School 8th-grade Green, 8th-grade White, and 7th-grade White boys basketball teams all claimed conference championships.

  • For the 30th year, the grade 1-2 and 3-4 multi-age classes raised funds and then shopped at Target in Mundelein in order to benefit those in need during the holiday season via the Fremont Township Pantry.

  • Elementary School hosted computer scientist Janet Knowles from Argonne National Laboratory for a presentation during Computer Science Week.

  • Intermediate School fifth-grade classes attended Feed My Starving Children in Libertyville for a service project. Together, the classes packed over 300 boxes of food, which was enough food to feed more than 150 kids for a year.

  • 45 seventh- and eighth-graders explored potential career fields by participating in a fall STEAM event at Lake County Tech Campus.

Safe & Secure Schools

  • FSD79 staff members participated in an enhanced annual safety summit with officials from Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Mundelein Police Department, and Countryside Fire Protection District.

  • The District participated in a safety and security audit with a national consultant in order to review and improve practices, facilities, and operations. Improvements to our entrance vestibules, visitor procedures, and internal communications are valuable outcomes that will result from this work.

  • A new “Text-a-Tip” program for our middle school students launched this year, providing access to a live mental health counselor within minutes of an initial text.

Prior to the start of the school year, we chose to incorporate the theme of “Better Together” to emphasize the importance of belonging and connection. It has been inspiring to see our theme not only incorporated but lived out throughout the District. Our teachers and staff remain dedicated and committed to the whole child educational approach in which our students feel supported in a safe and welcoming learning environment. I cannot wait to see what we will accomplish together by the end of this school year!


Dr. Trisha Kocanda

Superintendent of Schools

Congrats to Our Award-Winning Principals!

On Friday, January 13, the Illinois Principals Association (IPA) announced that Middle School principal Krista Winkleman has been named the IPA Lake Region Middle School Principal of the Year, while Elementary and Intermediate School principal Stefan Ladenburger has been honored as the IPA Lake Region Principal of the Year in the Elementary category. By virtue of the recognition, both individuals are now eligible for the honor at the State level.
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📅 Important Dates

  • January 18 - PTO Meeting, 6 p.m. (Middle School DEN)
  • January 23 - Board of Education Meeting (live stream); 7 p.m. (Middle School DEN)
  • January 27 - School Improvement Planning Day (Half-Day Schedule; no PM Kindergarten; no school for Pre-K/Early Childhood)
  • February 2 - ELL/Bilingual and Parent Outreach Night (event flyer), 6:30 p.m. (Fremont Elementary School)
  • February 9 - Parent Focus Group, 7 p.m. (Middle School DEN)
  • February 21 - Parent Focus Group, 7 p.m. (Middle School DEN)

Strategic Planning Survey

Thank you to all those who have already completed our strategic planning survey. To date, we have received 600+ responses from parents and community members.

If you have not yet participated, the survey will remain open through this Saturday, January 21. This is your opportunity to verify and prioritize the goal areas as we develop the 2023-2027 Fremont School District 79 Strategic Plan. This survey is anonymous, is available in both English and Spanish, and should take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

Note: We recognize that parents may have varying opinions on certain questions based upon experiences with multiple children or schools. Please do your best to encapsulate your opinions into one response as individuals should only complete one survey.

January Board of Education Meeting Preview

The next meeting of the FSD79 Board of Education will be held Monday, January 23 at 7:00 p.m. at the Fremont Middle School DEN. This meeting will include a discussion and vote on the 2023-24 school year calendar and the following presentations:

• Tuition-Free Full-Day Kindergarten Recommendation

• Mid-Year Superintendent Entry Plan Report

A live video stream of Monday's meeting will be available via the District's YouTube page. The stream will go live shortly before the start of the meeting. Recaps of previous Board meetings can be found here. The Board meeting agenda and materials can be accessed here. Board materials are available by noon on January 23.

We're No. 1!

Congratulations to the Fremont Middle School 8th-grade Green, 8th-grade White, and 7th-grade White boys basketball teams on recently capturing conference championships!
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Graduation Photo Day

Fremont Middle School 8th-grades recently participated in their graduation photo day. This year's graduation ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, May 31 at College of Lake County in Grayslake.

Unpacking Your Family

Fremont Elementary School second-graders recently did an amazing job with their Unpacking Your Family project. Each student completed a research project in order to learn more about one country in their family background. The students then put together a suitcase filled with information about their family, a family tree, pictures from their country, and a family recipe, all of which they presented upon to guests who visited their classrooms.
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For all the most up-to-date news and notes regarding the Fremont PTO, please be sure to visit the organization's webpage.


  • The Fremont PTO would love to see you at our meetings this year! Meetings are on the third Wednesday of the month in the Middle School DEN at 6:00 pm. Our next meeting is on January 18. Here is the list of all meeting dates for the 2022-2023 school year.
  • Casino Night is back on January 21 from 6-10 p.m. See details below.


It's not too late to be an Art Awareness volunteer! If you enjoy putting together projects for kids, we could use your help in the K-5 classrooms. As an art awareness volunteer, you simply put a project together that can be tied to an artist, schedule a time with the teacher to go in and present the lesson to the kids. The students absolutely love it and it only requires about 2 hours a month of your time. We have plenty of resources and supplies available for you to use. The classroom teacher is always there to assure you have a positive experience. You don't need to have a background in teaching or art. Contact Lauren Rollinger at


Looking for a fun night away? Join us Saturday, January 21 for Casino Night at Hawthorn Woods Country Club from 6-10pm for games, food, music, silent auction, and raffles. Tickets are selling FAST!! The event is almost completely sold out! Register now! Registration QR code (click the QR code to register) and additional details here.

February Lunch Menus

School lunch menus for the month of February are now available and can be found here.

Virtual Backpack

FSD79 offers local groups and organizations the opportunity to advertise their upcoming events in the Virtual Backpack. To submit your group's event for consideration, please submit a PDF flyer to Check back regularly for upcoming offerings. Events that are upcoming include:

Mundelein Stand Up Domestic Violence Presentation

Carmel Catholic HS Street Scenes Student Show

Stevenson HS Incoming Freshman Dance Placements

Stevenson HS Patriot Recreation Education Program

Mundelein HS Incoming Ninth-Grade Information (English)

Mundelein HS Incoming Ninth-Grade Information (Spanish)

Metra Safety Poster & Essay Contest

The next edition of the Fremont Focus will be distributed on Wednesday, February 1. This will be in addition to the weekly e-newsletters sent on Fridays from principals at the school level.
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Fremont School District 79

Address: 28855 North Fremont Center Road, Mundelein, IL

Phone: (847) 566-0169



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