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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


PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES

Freeman High School will be holding parent-teacher conferences on Thursday, February 8, from 4:30 PM -7:00 PM.  An online sign-up is available to schedule appointments with the teachers you wish to meet with.  If you are unable to access the online sign-up, please email the teacher(s) or call the school at 804-673-3700.

The online signup can be found at https://tinyurl.com/DSFptc1718. Directions for using the online signup are available at http://tinyurl.com/PTC-help-parents

Please remember that you may schedule appointments with your student teachers at any time throughout the school year.  


FEBRUARY PRINCIPAL'S COFFEE 

The next Principal Coffee will be held on Wednesday, February 7th. 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 an update from our School Counseling Department.


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.  


FREEMAN CHORAL BOOSTERS MEETING  

Freeman Choral Boosters will hold their monthly meeting this Tuesday, February 6th at 7:00 p.m. in the chorus room.  


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

RESCHEDULED for Tuesday, February 13 at 6:30 pm in the DSF Library

Reserve the evening of Tuesday, February 13 at 6:30 pm to learn more about the "secrets" of how students can navigate successfully their journey to college. Gather with other parents and listen as Julie Bruner shares her proven formula that promises to demystify and simplify the whole college experience. Julie is the co-founder of the college program for Maggie L. Walker Governor's School where she worked as the College Counselor for 14 years and most recently served Trinity Episcopal School as the Director of College Guidance for the past 10 years. She now is enjoying working with students as an independent college counselor. With over 28 years working in the community as a counselor, this has been her favorite role. Julie has written college planners for juniors and seniors as well as college articles for Richmond Parents Magazine. For the last 10 years, she has spoken to numerous school communities including Freeman, and offered the College Edge, a program in which she provides college application and essay instruction to rising seniors.

The Freeman PTSA and the DSF School Counseling Dept. is happy to present this program and it is our sincere hope that we will see you and your student at this presentation

Speaker: Julie Bruner, College Counselor

Questions? Contact Mary Neary at nearys4@verizon.net


 

 

 


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
 

SCHOOL COUNSELOR EVENING HOURS

During the month of February, School Counselors will be available for evening appointments on Tuesday nights from 4:00-7:00pm (each School Counselor will be here two Tuesdays).  This is a great time to meet with your student’s counselor about scheduling and class selection for the 18-19 school year.  Please contact the School Counseling office at 673-3709 to schedule an appointment.


SUMMER ONLINE HEALTH & PE 

As many of you know, Online Summer Health and Physical Education has become a popular program for students in Henrico County Public Schools.  Online Summer School Health & Physical Education is capped at 500 students. Priority will be given to rising 11th and 12th-grade students to ensure that they have the credits necessary for graduation.   

All interested students enter a lottery in order to be selected for the summer course.

See details on the registration information page from the link below:
https://sites.google.com/a/henrico.k12.va.us/online-health-and-pe/registration-information

Open Houses - Location - Time
February 6, 2018 - Glen Allen HS Auditorium - 7 PM
February 7, 2018 - Varina HS Auditorium - 7 PM


2018-2019 COURSE SELECTIONS 

IMPORTANT REMINDER: Henrico County Public Schools will once again utilize the PowerSchool Parent Portal for students and their parents/guardians to make student course selections for the 18-19 school year. The PowerSchool Parent Portal is open Monday, February 5 through Friday, February 16. You will have access to the “Class Registration” icon on your Parent Portal account. Visit http://henricoschools.us/powerschool/ to access the PowerSchool Parent Portal.

Please also visit our School Counseling website to view the Rising 10th-12th Grade Course Selections for 18-19 along with other pertinent forms and information. Contact your student’s school counselor with any questions. Thank you!


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.


HCPS TEACHERS SCHOLARS PROGRAMS

The purpose of the HCPS Teacher Scholars’ program is to address the staffing needs and increasing demand for highly qualified teachers in critical shortage teaching areas, thereby improving the delivery of service to HCPS students.  Content areas are: Spanish, Mathematics, Exceptional Education, Science, Technology Education and Family and Consumer Sciences.

It is our intent to encourage, identify and accept high school seniors who are genuinely interested in teaching to pursue the career, and then return to HCPS with a guaranteed role as a teacher in one of these critical shortage areas!

Applications will be reviewed by a committee and 15 Teacher Scholars graduating in 2018 will be selected.  More information can be found online at http://henricoschools.us/teacherscholars/.

The deadline to apply is March 12th!


VOLGENAU SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING OPEN HOUSE

The Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University offers phenomenal opportunities for students who are interested in engineering, computer science, or information technology. The Volgenau School of Engineering is hosting two Volgenau Visit Days this spring for high school juniors, and feature a complimentary luncheon, admissions and academic information session, a tour of campus, and an opportunity to meet with faculty members from our academic programs.  

Click on one of the links below to registers:

Monday, March 5, 2018

9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Monday, March 19, 2018

9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


2018 HBCU FESTIVAL 

Alfred Street Baptist Church is hosting the 16th Annual Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Festival on Saturday, February 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The festival will be held at: The Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center 201 Waterfront Street Oxon Hill, Maryland 20745

This festival is geared towards juniors and seniors, but 10th grade students are welcome to attend to begin higher education research. Parents and/or guardians are encouraged to attend the festival with their student. The festival is free to attend, however, everyone must register at http://www.alfredstreet.org/ministries/outreach-and-missions/hbcu-festival/


VCU FUTURE STUDIO 

VCU Future Studio, a free saSaturdayculpture program for Richmond teens, is now taking applications for the Spring session. The Future Studio is open to high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors.  The Future Studio is a partnership between the VCU Department of Sculpture + Extended Media, ART 180 and the VCU Institute for Contemporary Art. The program is designed to give local teens the chance to expand their creative potential within VCU’s world renowned sculpture facilities.  

The program will run on Saturdays from 10am-3pm, from February 3rd to April 7th. The application deadline is 1/18/18. Detailed information on the program, and a link to the online application form, can be found here: http://arts.vcu.edu/sculpture/future-studio/.


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

Feb. 8 - Parent/Teacher Conf. (4:30 - 7:00)

Feb. 19 - Full School Day for students and staff - Make-up snow day

Mar. 1 - Student Holiday (Half Day)

Apr. 2 to 6 - Spring Break

Apr. 16 Student Holiday (Half Day)

Apr. 13 - End of the 3rd Marking Period

May 19 - Junior/Senior Prom (8 - 11:00pm)

May 28 - Memorial Day  

Jun. 14 - Graduation - Class of 2018 - Siegel Center - 11:00 A.M.

Jun. 14 All Night Graduation Party (Times TBA)


 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.