Principal's Message

Jennifer Gulko
Principal - Freeport High School

January 2018

Dear FHS Families,

Happy New Year to all of our Freeport Falcon families!  I hope that 2018 brings health and happiness to our students and families.  At FHS, we are about to head into the second half of the year, as Semester 2 begins after midterms week on January 22nd.  Second semester is always an incredibly busy time, with seniors preparing for graduation and next steps, and 9-11th graders thinking about courses for next year.  It’s never to early for students to begin thinking about future courses and our teachers and guidance counselors will be engaging in conversations with individual students throughout the winter and spring to support their course selection process.  Our students are also incredibly busy outside of the classroom, with winter sports in full swing, clubs participating in a variety of events and students preparing for the One Act competition.  Our students are regularly making our school and our communities proud for what they are accomplishing.

A few reminders as we head into the second half of the year:

  • Attendance at school is an absolutely critical part of a student’s success.  Research has shown that students who miss excessive days of school a year (3-4 days per quarter or more), either excused or unexcused (and considered ‘chronically absent’) have significant impacts on their academic achievement including standardized test.  Please support your child’s learning by helping them get to school every day.
  • Midterms week is fast approaching and we will have an altered schedule for that week.  Information about midterms will be sent separately and will also be in the daily announcements.
  • Students have a variety of methods for extra academic support available to them.  Our math lab and writing center are staffed with an FHS teacher almost every period on both color days and students can drop in for extra help or support when they have a study hall period.  We now have advisory 5 days a week where we utilize our “callback” system and students can ask a teacher to call them back for extra help during the school day.  All teachers have at least one hour of office hours either before or after school and the list of office hours by teacher is posted on our school website (left hand column under “office hours”).  It is helpful if parents speak to students about how to advocate for themselves when they need support.
  • Guidance counselors are available by appointment or on a drop in basis for any student in need of college support.  In addition to these appointment times, guidance is also offering periodic workshops to support students with the college and/or career search process.  Please encourage your students to speak to their own guidance counselor or sign up for an upcoming workshop.  Workshop dates and times will be emailed to both students and parents.
  • Check the daily announcements for upcoming dates and events, as there are many!  To sign up for the FHS daily announcements, go to the website, click “email notices” on the left column and sign up with your email address.

Thank you to all of the families who have supported various programs and events so far this year.  I hope to see many of you at upcoming events and activities this fall and upcoming spring, as our students are involved in so many great things in the coming months.  We are looking forward to a successful second half of the school year.

All the best,

Jen Gulko


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