Welcome To Our Website!   

We hope you will join the DSF PTSA for the 2017-2018 school year! 

Your PTSA Account Allows You:

  • Join the PTSA
  • Make a donation to the Freeman Fund
  • Sign-up to receive important communications and the Signal Newsletter
  • Complete your directory information
  • Sign-up to Volunteer
  • Access the Freeman family online directory and app (for paid PTSA members only)
  • Access PTA member benefit savings (for paid PTSA members only)
  • Students (especially Seniors) that join are eligible for additional scholarships

    

 


DSF Announcements and News

 

APRIL PRINCIPAL'S COFFEE 

On Wednesday, April 11th, we will host our next Principal's Coffee. The meeting will be held in the school cafeteria and will start at 9:00 a.m. The agenda will include an update on the school year and the latest information from our School Counseling Department.


ALL NIGHT GRADUATION PARTY - ANGP 

The All-Night Graduation Party will be held the night of graduation, June 14th from 10:30 pm – 3:30 am at the Tuckahoe YMCA.  This is a chance for all Seniors to win Big Prizes, enjoy yummy food, music and lots of high energy entertainment that’s sure to make you laugh and be part of your best memories as a Rebel.

This great memory for would not be possible without the help of you, your families and community businesses.  We rely heavily on generous donations and volunteer time. It costs roughly $100/student to make this party a success. In the past, tickets for this even have been $20.  The All-Night Graduation Party Committee is working hard to make it so the tickets are either free or $10 (depending on donations received).  If you have not done so, please click on this link to donate and pass this link on to your families.

https://freemanptsa.membershiptoolkit.com/packet/5848807

 We want ALL of our Seniors to come and have one last hoorah with their Freeman Family.


DSF SPRING MUSICAL 

Meredith Wilson’s The Music Man will be Freeman’s spring musical!

A delightful American classic set in small town River City, Iowa of 1912. It centers around a fasttalking traveling salesman, selling the idea of a boys’ band, complete with shiny brass instruments and uniforms.  The only problem is, he claims to be a professor of music, but doesn’t play a note. The town librarian, who also happens to be the music teacher sees right through him but gets caught off guard by his charismatic personality, and eventually sees what he has given to the town…hopes and dreams.    

The show plays April 26-28 at 7:30 P.M. in the Douglas Freeman Auditorium. Advance tickets may be purchased for $10 before school and during all lunches in front of the auditorium beginning April 16 or at the door before each performance for $12.

Come out and support the Freeman theatre and music students for a great evening of entertainment!


BOOSTER VOLUNTEERS NEEDED 

The mission of the DSF Athletic Booster Club is to raise funds to support athletics and promote school spirit. We rely on families, friends and our community.  Without them, we would not be able to meet our goal of raising over $100,000 annually to go towards team uniforms, equipment, field maintenance, staff training and more. Two of our largest fundraisers are Football Concessions and the Rebel Run.  Without these, we may not have the funds needed for our Freeman Athletes. We are looking for several volunteers to take over the duties of the Rebel Run next year.  If you are interested in helping with this vital part of the Booster Fundraising, please contact: dlneely@me.com , susan.proffitt@comcast.net , leahdanforth@msn.com

We are also in need of several volunteers to help spearhead the Football Concession Stand assisting in inventory, ordering food and stocking the stand before the games. This commitment is only during football season.  If you are interested in helping with this vital part of the Booster Fundraising, please contact: ardisfishburne@gmail.com

If you are not active in Booster Club yet, we strongly encourage you to join us by becoming a member and/or attending meetings.  Please visit www.dsfathleticboosters.org for additional information.  It’s a wonderful way to get involved. 

Thank you for your support.


FIGHTING DRUG ADDICTION -  5K FUNDRAISER 

Register for the 2nd Annual Blaize'n Trails 5k.  The event will raise money to help families in Henrico County place children fighting drug addiction into rehabilitation facilities. While doing so, "Blaize" hopes to bring awareness to the opioid problem facing our students and community. Come out and run, walk, cheer or donate to the movement to help address this epidemic that is plaguing our children.  

B.A.A.D. is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about drug abuse and drug addiction in the community. B.A.A.D. works with individuals, partners, and sponsors to raise money to send young adults suffering from addiction to rehab programs and to get professional assistance for their families.

When: Saturday, May 5, 2018

Time: 9:00 A.M. -  12:00 P.M.

Location: L. Douglas Wilder Middle School

Register for Blaize'N Trails 5k"


VAPE AND ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES 
Freeman High School administration would like to alert parents to the growing instances of vape and electronic cigarette possession, use, and distribution. 

  • The Henrico County Public Schools Code of Student Conduct and the HCPS Student Activities Contract prohibits the possession of, use of, and distribution of all electronic cigarettes. In accordance with HCPS policies, possession, use, and distribution may result in serious disciplinary consequences and suspension from athletic teams. 
  • There are various types and brands of electronic cigarettes and vapes, but the most common ones that we are seeing students in possession of is the Juul brand. Juul use among high school students is on the increase nationwide. Usage not only includes smoking the device but also sucking the chemicals from the Juul pods. The amount of nicotine in one Juul pod is equivalent to the amount of nicotine in one pack of regular cigarettes. 
  • The U.S. Surgeon General warns that besides nicotine, e-cigarettes can contain harmful and potentially harmful ingredients, including ultrafine particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs. Additionally, the flavorants used in e-cigarettes, such as diacetyl, are linked to serious lung disease. 

We care about our students' safety and feel it is necessary to share this information with our parents. Please speak with your students about the health concerns attached to the use of vape, electronic cigarette use and other substance abuse concerns.  


THE COLLEGE EDGE: A PROGRAM ON NAVIGATING THE JOURNEY TO COLLEGE 

 As part of our PTSA program offerings, Julie Bruner presented a session on February 13 on the College Edge. If you are interested in learning more about her summer sessions for rising seniors or just need college advice, see the attached flyer or contact her at juliebruner4college@gmail.com.

Summer 2018 Information


SCHOOL LUNCH INFORMATION 

MYSCHOOLBUCKS LINK (CLICK HERE)

Student meals may be pre-paid by using our online vendor payment program. This program allows parents to pay and replenish their students’ lunch accounts by using a personal credit or debit card. Please note that balances from last year are carried over to the following year. If you have questions, please contact the MYSCHOOLBUCKS directly.  Please note that the vendor charges a handling fee for each payment.

 


School Counseling News

DRIVING SKILLS FOR LIFE 

The Ford Foundation has developed the “Driving Skills for Life” program to teach teens good driving habits and skills that will help keep them safe behind the wheel. 

This program will give teens specific training and assistance to help prevent the leading causes of distracted driving.  Program participants will learn how to improve their skills in hazard recognition, vehicle handling, speed and space management, braking and stopping distances, reaction time and how to avoid the dangers of distracted and impaired driving.

 This course is intended for teens to learn these skills in a safe environment with world-class instructors sitting next to them. We will offer four training sessions, each 4.5 hours long, and each student will sign up for one session.  

On Saturday, April 28th:

  • Session 1 will be from 7:30 A.M – 12:00 P.M.
  • Session 2 will be from 1:00 P.M. – 5:30 P.M.  

On Sunday, April 29th:

Session 1 will be from 7:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.,

Session 2 will be from 1:00 P.M. – 5:30 P.M.  

Space is limited, so please register today at: https://www.drivingskillsforlife.com/events-cat/events/state/VA


AP COMMITMENT FORMS 

All students who signed up to take an AP class next year (2018-2019), must complete an AP Commitment Form.  These forms can be found in the School Counseling Office.

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SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION & UPDATES 

Parents of Seniors: Just a reminder that students can visit the DSF School Counseling website under Scholarships & Financial Aid to view the latest Scholarship Newsletter. There are several scholarships for students to view and determine their eligibility. We want students to take advantage of all possible opportunities to earn money for college. Please encourage your senior to check out these great resources ASAP!


2018 AP EXAM PRE-ADMINISTRATION 

We will hold our AP pre-administration sessions with students taking AP exam(s) in May on Thursday, April 19th during regular school hours. A pre-administration session allows students to complete important identification information on their AP answer sheet ahead of time, saving them valuable time on exam day. It takes about 30 minutes for students to complete this information. Stay tuned for more information to come.

Parents/students can view additional information concerning the 2018 AP Exams via the School Counseling website at: https://sites.google.com/henrico.k12.va.us/dsf-counseling/ap-exam-info?authuser=0

NOTE: The 2018 AP Exam Information document posted on our School Counseling website (via the above link) lists the times and dates for all AP Exams that will be given at Freeman HS during the AP Exam window (May 7th - May 18th). Thank you!


2018 SUMMER LEGAL COURSES AT THE COLLEGE OF WILLIAM & MARY 

The Center for Legal and Court Technology (CLCT), at the College of William & Mary Law School, in conjunction with the Center for Gifted Education at the William & Mary School of Education, provides interactive and thought-provoking classes for high school students.  High school students will be exposed to basic topics in law such as what is the law, how it is made, how judges can change the law, and how to resolve disputes.

To register, go to www.legaltechcenter.net or contact Mary Beth Dalton at medalt@wm.edu or 757-221-2494 for more information.  A limited number of need-based scholarships are available.  Please contact clct@wm.edu or call 757-221-2494 to learn more.  Class sizes are limited so register soon!


BLACK COLLEGE INSTITUTE AT VIRGINIA TECH 

Virginia Tech invites talented, high achieving and intellectually curious rising high school juniors and seniors to participate in a 5-day academic summer enrichment program at Virginia Tech’s main campus in Blacksburg.  The Black College Institute at Virginia Tech will take place June 23-28. 

For more information please visit InclusiveVT.edu.

Application Link: https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6KFKnY9nyyYHLjD  

Application deadline is April 6, 2018



2018 SUMMER ACADEMY 

The 2018 Summer Academy Newspapers are here! Students/parents can stop by the School Counseling office to pick one up. You can also access this information online at:

http://henricoschools.us/pdf/Schools/SummerAcademyNewspaper.pdf

 


SOCIETY OF WOMEN ENGINEERS AT UVA 

Every fall and spring, high school girls from all over Virginia visit to experience what it's like to be an engineering student at UVA. They spend the day at various planned activities such as a majors fair, design activity, and a professional panel. These events help the girls decide on if they wish to pursue STEM.

The Fall session of the program is geared towards high school seniors, but juniors are invited to apply as well. The Spring is geared towards high school juniors.

Interested students may also be given the opportunity to stay overnight in a UVA dorm with a SWE member. Students who have previously applied to HSV, are in the targeted grade level, and demonstrate a strong interest in engineering during the essay will receive priority acceptance due to space limitations.

Interested Junior girls can click HERE for more information.


DONATIONS TO THE DSF CLINIC 

The Freeman High School clinic is asking for food donations. Peanut Free healthy snacks, such as  granola bars and juice boxes would be greatly appreciated. Please bring your donations to the front office. Contact Ms. Laurel West, DSF RN in the clinic if you have questions.  


Freeman Essentials for New Families (click here) - Everything you need to know!


POWERSCHOOL PARENT PORTAL  

PowerSchool Parent Portal is now open and available for parents to begin creating accounts and adding the app to phones. The parent portal will give parents online access to grades and attendance. Parents who wish to use the Portal phone App will need the 4-digit Henrico code. The code is MXZM. If you created a username and password last year, you may use the same credentials to login. The creation of a new account is not necessary.     

PowerSchool Parent Portal: (Click Here)


FREEMAN HIGH SCHOOL THEATER GUILD 

The Freeman Theatre Guild is comprised of parents, guardians, friends, and relatives of DSF students involved with the theatre department. If you would like to join the Freeman Theatre Guild or become informed of the many exciting events scheduled for this year, please send your email information to dsftheater@gmail.com.


DSF ATHLETIC BOOSTERS 

Don't forget to join the team...the Booster Club team!   

Become a Booster Club member and gain access to all home sporting events this year.  Support student athletes at Douglas S. Freeman by joining the Athletic Booster Club. To learn more about the different membership levels or to pay online go to http://www.dsfathleticboosters.org/joinnow.html

 


Upcoming Events

Apr. 13 - End of the 3rd Marking Period

Apr. 16 Student Holiday (Half Day)

April 19 - AP Pre-administration sessions 

Apr. 26 to 28 - Spring Musical “The Music Man”

May 7 to 18 - AP Exam Window

May 19 - Prom - Richmond Hilton Downtown - 8:00 - 11:00 P.M.

May 23 - Spring Choral Concert

May 28 - Memorial Day

May 31 - Senior Awards - 6:30 P.M.

Jun. 1 - Last Day Regular of High School for Seniors

Jun. 5 - Senior Exam Week

Jun. 11 - Graduation Practices & Activities - 9:15 to 11:00 A.M.- mandatory

Jun. 12 - Underclass Exam Week

Jun. 12 - Graduation Practices & Activities - 9:15 to 11:00 A.M. - mandatory

Jun. 13 - Graduation Practices & Activities - 9:15 to 11:00 A.M. - mandatory

Jun. 13 - Class of 2018 Baccalaureate at Hope Church - 7:00 P.M.

Jun. 14 - Graduation - 11:00 A.M. - Siegel Center

Jun. 14 - All Night Graduation Party 10:30 PM - June 15 - 3:30 AM

 


 Code of Conduct 2017-2018


 PTA Mission: 

To make every child's potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.


 Parent Information: Drug Use warning Signs

 Soon our students will be out of school with idle time on their hands.  If parents are working, children - young and old - spend more time unsupervised, looking for something to do, right or wrong.  Now is the time to get unneeded and unused medications out of your house and out of your medicine cabinet.  Anyone who reads the paper, follows the news online or watches news on TV knows what a problem prescription drug abuse is and how it can be a gateway to heroin and other drugs.  We are losing far too many young people to this horrible epidemic.

 
Given this situation, Bremo Pharmacy is doing its part to get unneeded or unused medications out of people's homes and medicine cabinets.  As a service to the community, we have installed a permanent Drug Take back box in our pharmacy at 2024 Staples Mill Road. 
 
You need not wait for the once a year Drug Take back day.  Our Drug Take back box is available for the public's use anytime our pharmacy is open:  Monday - Friday 9:00am - 6:00pm and Saturday 9:00am - 1:00pm.  There is no charge, there is no catch - it is truly a community service to get unneeded and unused medications out of our home and out of the hands of our children - young and old.
For Details click here.