The Patriot Post

News & Events at Freedom MS - Week of January 22nd, 2023

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Welcome / Bienvenidos

Freedom Families,

This week our Patriots will be taking the MAP assessment. The testing will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday and students will be following a special schedule. Please speak to your students about the importance of trying their best on their assessment. The scores from the MAP test help us to better understand how we can support every single student. Students should make sure to charge their iPad, get a good nights sleep and eat a healthy breakfast.

8th grade students will be taking their graduation pictures this Thursday. Students are allowed to come to school out of uniform, but clothing must be school appropriate. Student should not wear exposed shoulders nor crop tops. Students skirts should be approximately knee length or just a few inches above. Please review the student handbook if you have any questions.

Have a great week!

The Freedom Staff

Enrique Ojeda – Principal –

Matthew Rivera- Assistant Principal

Familias de Freedom,

Esta semana nuestros Patriotas estarán tomando la evaluación MAP. Las pruebas tendrán lugar el martes y el miércoles y los estudiantes seguirán un horario especial. Por favor hablen con sus estudiantes sobre la importancia de esforzarse al máximo en su evaluación. Los resultados de la prueba MAP nos ayudan a entender mejor cómo podemos apoyar a cada estudiante. Los estudiantes deben asegurarse de cargar su iPad, dormir bien y comer un desayuno saludable.

Los estudiantes de 8vo grado tomarán sus fotos de graduación este jueves. Los estudiantes pueden venir a la escuela sin uniforme, pero la ropa debe ser apropiada para la escuela. Los estudiantes no deben usar los hombros expuestos ni crop tops. Las faldas de los estudiantes deben ser aproximadamente hasta la rodilla o unos centímetros por encima. Por favor, revise el manual del estudiante si usted tiene alguna pregunta.

¡Que tengas una buena semana!

El personal de Freedom

Enrique Ojeda – Director –

Matthew Rivera- Subdirector

Upcoming Important Dates / Próximas fechas importantes

1/27- Progress Reports Sent home via email

2/7- Late Start

2/20-Presidents' Day Holiday (No School)

2/21-Teacher Institute (No School)

3/6-Pulaski Day (No School)

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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

This week, 6th graders are finishing their research papers. Some students were able to make presentations and present to their classmates.

7th grade ELA students are wrapping up their nonfiction memoirs and beginning to prep for their informational writing unit.

In 8th grade ELA, students have begun taking notes on their chosen Holocaust topic. While taking notes, they are practicing the skills of annotating and paraphrasing information from an informational text.

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

6th grade AIMES students are finishing the unit on reading and analyzing informational texts.They have worked on context clues strategies, central idea, and the author’s craft behind helping readers understand the text’s important ideas.

Students in 7th grade AIMES have finished the informational reading unit and will be using those skills for an informational research, writing, and presentation unit on changemakers. They are exploring what a changemaker is and choosing a changemaker that interests them to research.

After learning how to write the central idea of a nonfiction text, how to support the central idea with text evidence, and how to write an objective summary, 8th grade AIMES students are finishing the informational reading unit by analyzing the author’s craft of nonfiction writing and how it helps readers understand the text.

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6th grade math has just finished up the first four lessons of unit 5 - Decimal Operations. They did amazing on their first quiz! Next we will move on to multiplication and division of decimals. We’ll use lots of real-world situations, such as grocery shopping, budgeting, and tax to work on these concepts. Students can practice their basic math facts in order to help them with these skills.

7th grade math has been working with integers. They've explored the concept using a submarine and adding or subtracting floats (positive numbers) and anchors (negative numbers). We will be building on these skills and applying them to use in equations in the coming weeks.

6th Grade Aimes will be continuing their unit on Introducing and Applying Proportional Relationships. Students recognize that the relationships between radius, diameter, and circumference of a circle are proportional and use those relationships to calculate missing measurements.

7th Grade Aimes will be continuing their unit Scale Drawings, Dilations, and Similarity. Students will use dilations to make sense of similar figures and properties of similar figures.

8th Grade Aimes will be finishing their Algebra Unit on Describing Functions and will be starting Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities. Students will be solving systems of linear equations using elimination, graphing, and substitution.

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Whats Happening in Science / Lo que está pasando en ciencia

Sixth grade began investigating how something is different when it is warmer or cooler. Students completed an experiment to show how food coloring will disperse slower in cold water than hot water. We finished the week working on our SIM in Amplify to show how molecules move in different temperatures.

7th Grade science students took their Rock Transformations assessment and will begin a new unit on Thermal Energy. Students who wish to attend the MSI field trip need to turn in the form and $7 by 1/27.

8th Grade students are learning about the Earth’s magnetic field and how it affects the way compasses work. They are also learning about how to visualize magnetic fields using magnetic field line diagrams.

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

6th Grade Social Studies

Sixth grade students will take their assessment on Egyptian social structure/benefits of the Nile River. We will dive into the different Pharaohs throughout Egyptian history and the impact they made during their reign.

7th Grade Social Studies

Seventh grade will be starting up the third and final unit for the United States Constitution this week. We are focusing on how power is divided between the three branches of government. Students will learn about the responsibilities of the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Branches of government.

8th Grade Social Studies

A mini-unit on global trade and trade barriers after winter break? Yes please! Our eighth grade students have started learning about the consequences of global trade in a short unit that will be completed before the end of the second quarter. Our goal is to take our written assessment before the end of the semester.

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This week in ART:

6th Grade - Welcoming 6th graders to the art room with a tour and expectations. Working on a getting to know you questionnaire and art project.

7th Grade - Welcoming 7th graders to 3rd quarter art class. Discussing expectations and projects for the quarter. Introductions and questionnaire.

8th Grade - Welcoming 8th graders to 2nd semester art class. Discussing expectations and projects for the semester. Introductions and questionnaire.

This week in BAND:

6th Grade - Students will have morning band on Friday, 1/27. There are no lessons because of the new Quarter and MAP testing this week.

7th- Students will have morning band on Thursday, 1/26. There are no lessons because of the new Quarter and MAP testing this week.

8th Grade - Students have received new music for their upcoming March concert. We have been reading through it as well as working on the Concert Eb and Concert F scales.

This week in HEALTH:

6th Grade - Students will be introduced to their Health class, including classroom expectations and grading/assignments. Students will also be introduced to the “Health Triangle”

7th Grade - Students will be introduced to their Health class, including classroom expectations and grading/assignments. Students will also be introduced to the “Health Triangle”

8th Grade - Students will be introduced to their Health class, including classroom expectations and grading/assignments. Students will also be introduced to the “Health Triangle”

This week in SOCIAL JUSTICE:

7th Grade: In our first week as a class we will learn about the core concepts of social justice and civic engagement. We will also explore our identities and work to build a durable classroom community. We will establish intention for our time together and use community circles to cultivate compassion.

8th Grade: In our first week as a class we will learn about the core concepts of social justice and civic engagement. We will also explore our identities and work to build a durable classroom community. We will establish intention for our time together and use community circles to cultivate compassion.

This week in SPANISH (7th-8th Grades)/WORLD CULTURES (6th Grade):

6th Grade: Students will learn what Culture is. Students will write about their own culture.

7th Grade: Students will match random English vocabulary to their Spanish equivalent. The purpose is to measure their Spanish Language Proficiency Level.

8th Grade: Students will match random English vocabulary to their Spanish equivalent. The purpose is to measure their Spanish Language Proficiency Level.

This week in STEAM:

6th Grade: Welcome to the 3rd Quarter… in 6th Grade we are doing “Design & Modeling”. Students will have an introduction to all things STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Design, and Mathematics.)

7th Grade: In 3rd Quarter, 7th Grade will learn about electricity usage at home and school.

8th Grade: In our new semester, the 8th Grade STEAM Flight & Space students will learn about the basics of flight (lift, weight, drag, thrust).

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




Freed Dental Exams/ exámenes Dentales Gratis

Hello from the School Nurse,

Per Illinois Law (Child Health Examination Code, 77 ILL. Adm. Code 665) states all children in kindergarten, 2nd, 6th and 9th grades of any public, private or parochial school shall have a dental examination.

The Oak Park and River Forest Infant Welfare Society will have a FREE Dental Clinic at Freedom Middle School on Thursday February 9, 2023. If you are interested in having your student participate please contact the school for a Permission Slip. Permission slips must be returned to school by February 6, 2023. Please call the School if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Saludos de parte de la enfermera,

Por ley del estado de Illinois (Child Health Examination Code, 77 ILL. Adm. Code 665) dicta que todo niño en los grados de Kindergarten, segundo, sexto y noveno grado de cualquier escuela pública, privada o parroquial debe de tener un examen dental.

La clínica de niños de Oak Park y River Forest Infant Welfare Society va a tener una Clínica Dental GRATIS en Freedom Middle School el Jueves Febrero 9, 2023. Si le gustaría que su estudiante participe por favor de llamar a la escuela para las formas de permiso. Las formas de permiso se deben de regresar completas antes de Febrero 6, 2023 para participar. Por favor llame a la escuela si tiene cualquier otra pregunta.

Zuly Villagomez RN BSN

(708) 303-4709

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Counselor Corner

Any student attending a Catholic High School in the fall will need to take the Entrance Exam on Saturday, December 3. Click here to find a location and for more information.

Cualquier estudiante que asista a una escuela secundaria católica en el otoño tendrá que tomar el examen de ingreso el sábado 3 de diciembre. Haga clic aquí para encontrar un lugar y para obtener más información.

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!