Category Archive: Announcements

Aug 12

Senior Cap & Gown Information

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Jul 10

Freeman Family Forum

for information on the “Freeman Family Forum” please click here

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Jun 11

Freeman HS and our mascot

Freeman Family,

I am writing today to ask for your help as we assess whether our school’s symbolism and language match our core values as a Freeman Family.

As I’ve written to families the past few weeks, we at DSF believe deeply in building an equitable and inclusive school. This is one of our core values. I shared that we oppose racism and are continually examining our policies and practices for bias to make sure we are an inclusive learning community.  Then I signed off as I normally do, using our school’s mascot as mascots are intended, as a means to unify and evoke pride: “Go Rebels.”

While Douglas S. Freeman, our school’s namesake, won Pulitzer Prizes for his biographies of both Robert E. Lee and George Washington, it is his books on Confederate subjects that inspired our school’s nickname when it first opened in 1954.

We have rightly moved away from much of the imagery and traditions surrounding the name. When our school opened during the Civil Rights era, it was as an all-white school in the former capital of the Confederacy. Displaying the Confederate flag at football games, singing “Dixie,” and the Rebel Man Confederate soldier mascot are relics of the past and do not represent our core values today.

We have attempted over the years to reframe the meaning of “rebel.” We tell our students — and I write in principal’s messages — that we aspire to be “rebels,” who use our talents to challenge the status quo and change the world. That trail-blazing spirit is a core value of our school and an important skill to impart to our children. This is how I have viewed the word “rebel” and why I’ve felt comfortable saying “Go Rebels!” to close announcements and weekly messages home. Many of you share that perspective of what the rebel nickname means to you.

While our traditions contribute to our strong school culture, this moment in our nation’s history demands that we ask if our symbols and language reflect our core values. In this spirit, hundreds of our students, alumni, families and community members have written over the past few weeks expressing their view that now is the time to change Freeman’s mascot. They make the point that many view our nickname differently: as indicative of a shameful era for our school and community, and as a dividing and unwelcoming force for many students — the opposite of what a school’s symbol should be.

There have been petitions and student-led calls for a mascot change, and just as many petitions and calls for keeping it. However, there has not been a public, school-led, formal examination of the topic until today.

As a steward of the position I hold, and as an individual with just one perspective, I believe my role is to listen to the community, make sure all sides are heard, and then build consensus on the right path forward for the students of DSF. That is what I intend to do starting right now. I want to hear from you, the Freeman Family. How do you feel about our school’s mascot, the Rebels? I want to hear about your lived experiences, your opinion and your reasoning.

I pledge to listen, reflect what I hear and, with a committee formed of community members, students and staff, use that input to make a determination about the future of our school’s “Rebels” mascot. This decision will not be made behind closed doors or without community input, nor will it be a mechanism to avoid the hard conversations we need to have as a community. We will lean in to those conversations. It will also not be determined by a popular vote. We will listen to the community — as many voices as we possibly can — and choose the best course for our students.

Douglas Freeman High School is a model in many ways, and this moment gives us another opportunity to lead. I am optimistic about our ability to have this conversation as a Freeman Family, and model how a community should have such a dialogue. To accomplish this, we will need to listen to one another, acknowledge that our perspective is not the only one, and assume that others have positive intentions.  Approaching this dialogue with this stance is critical for several reasons. First, we want to be a model for our current and future students, and second, when the mascot conversation is over, we must remain unified. A unified Freeman Family is a core value that we can all agree on.

How this will work:

We want you to weigh in on this topic, which you can do by visiting www.freemanmascot.info. The form on that page will prompt you to provide some information, if you feel comfortable doing so, and then ask for your thoughts. You can submit in written, audio or video form. This is not a survey or a vote; instead it is a place to share your personal feelings and experiences in as raw or polished form as you like. I encourage our students and alumni, particularly, to share their own experiences as Rebels. Our committee will review each submission and use them as a basis for our dialogue. That information will be analyzed for themes and we will report back to the community what we hear, incorporating your words.

If you have questions, you can send them to freemanmascot@henrico.k12.va.us, which my team will monitor and respond to when appropriate.

We will reflect what we’ve learned and look for opportunities to have this conversation as a community in whatever form the current pandemic will allow.

There will be some in our community who question the need to examine our school’s mascot at all.  There will be some who question why we need to listen and don’t change it today. There are many who are conflicted, viewing the term one way for a lifetime but now learning about others’ viewpoints and wrestling with that disconnect.  Well-intentioned members of the Freeman Family exist all along this spectrum; I know this because I’ve spoken with them. In the end I hope that we will listen to each other and engage in a dialogue that allows us to see others’ perspectives — a process which may have far-reaching positive effects beyond the name of a mascot. I honestly look forward to listening and engaging in this work as a community for the betterment of our kids.

I love Freeman. I love our deeply engaged school culture and our proud tradition of excellence and pride. I also love our students and want to make sure that the school community we are building is welcoming for every one of them, and that our symbols and language match our core beliefs as a school.

Sincerely and Respectfully,

John Marshall

Principal

Douglas S. Freeman High School

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Mar 25

Covid -19 information

Here are some resources that may be useful

Arabic Covid 19 infograph

Arabic quarantine

Hindi COVID-19

Spanish COVID-19

Dari COVID-19

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Mar 12

COVID-19: An important announcement

Concern about COVID-19 (coronavirus) has created a rapidly evolving environment where changes are being made quickly in the interest of public health.

Starting Monday, March 16, Henrico County Public Schools will be closed for students for two full weeks of school (through Friday, March 27). We will continue to assess the situation, and decide later if we need to extend this period of closure.

We realize this creates many questions about how students will continue their learning. We have a thorough plan in place, and detailed information about student learning will be communicated in a separate message.

Our teachers and staff will use Monday, March 16, to continue their preparations. “Virtual learning” experiences (digital and non-digital) will be available to students of all grade levels starting on Tuesday, March 17.

During this unprecedented experience, we will continue to do everything possible to ensure the health and safety of our community. The HCPS Facilities and Pupil Transportation departments will conduct additional cleaning of school buildings and buses, and continue to assess the best cleaning practices.

Additionally, for many of our students, the meals provided at our schools are a crucial part of their daily nutrition. Additional plans are being made to address this vital need across the Henrico Community.

Please know that this is not a decision that we make lightly. We realize that any change to educational schedules is disruptive and inconvenient. However, our priority must always be the health and safety of our students, staff members and community.

Again, more details about student learning will be forthcoming in separate communications. Visit the “COVID-19” page on our website for full information from HCPS.

Permanent link to this article: https://freeman.henricoschools.us/2020/03/12/covid-19-an-important-announcement/

Mar 12

3/12/20

  • Freeman Family Culture Day
    Freeman Family Culture Day is Thursday, March 12th from 4:15-6:30 p.m. Hosted by the Equity Ambassadors, there will be performances by LatinX Motion, Step Team, Tri-M, food by the World Language Students, portraits and crafts by the National Art Honor Society, student speakers, a fashion show, and it will end with the HOLI festival of colors. Please come out and enjoy an afternoon of celebrating all the diverse cultures represented at Freeman. Don’t forget to bring a white t-shirt for the color celebration.
  • World Languages Week Phrase That Pays
    Celebrate World Languages Week with the Phrase That Pays!The Today’s Phrase that Pays is in (Monday-French) (Tuesday-Latin) (Wednesday-Dari) (Thursday-Spanish) (Friday- Hebrew). This phrase means “Languages are the home of the heart.” Say the phrase to every teacher or staff member you see today. Three teachers have a prize waiting for you! Good luck!!
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
    The Fellowship of Christian Athletes invites everyone to join us for our next meeting on Friday at 8 in room 156.
  • SAFE HARBOR Supply Drive
    Donate to the SAFE HARBOR boxes posted around school. Supplies needed include: ladies socks, unisex t-shirts, color paper, composition notebooks, small black rubber bands, and gloves.

Permanent link to this article: https://freeman.henricoschools.us/2020/03/12/3-12-20/

Mar 11

3/11/20

  • Freeman Family Culture Day
    Freeman Family Culture Day is Thursday, March 12th from 4:15-6:30 p.m. Hosted by the Equity Ambassadors, there will be performances by LatinX Motion, Step Team, Tri-M, food by the World Language Students, portraits and crafts by the National Art Honor Society, student speakers, a fashion show, and it will end with the HOLI festival of colors. Please come out and enjoy an afternoon of celebrating all the diverse cultures represented at Freeman. Don’t forget to bring a white t-shirt for the color celebration.
  • World Languages Week Phrase That Pays
    Celebrate World Languages Week with the Phrase That Pays!The Today’s Phrase that Pays is in (Monday-French) (Tuesday-Latin) (Wednesday-Dari) (Thursday-Spanish) (Friday- Hebrew). This phrase means “Languages are the home of the heart.” Say the phrase to every teacher or staff member you see today. Three teachers have a prize waiting for you! Good luck!!
  • Color Guard Spin Sessions
    Do you want to learn how to spin flags and rifle and learn how to dance? Come to Spin Sessions and learn what Color Guard and the Marching Rebel Brigade is all about! The next Spin Session is this Wednesday, March 11th, right after school in the band room. No experience is necessary!
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
    The Fellowship of Christian Athletes invites everyone to join us for our next meeting on Friday at 8 in room 156.

Permanent link to this article: https://freeman.henricoschools.us/2020/03/11/3-11-20/

Mar 10

3/10/20

  • Evening event
    Are you interested in attending the University of Georgia or the University of South Carolina? Admissions representatives from these two colleges will be on site for a question and answer panel on Tuesday, March 10th at 6:00 PM in the Freeman Library.
  • Freeman Family Culture Day
    Freeman Family Culture Day is Thursday, March 12th from 4:15-6:30 p.m. Hosted by the Equity Ambassadors, there will be performances by LatinX Motion, Step Team, Tri-M, food by the World Language Students, portraits and crafts by the National Art Honor Society, student speakers, a fashion show, and it will end with the HOLI festival of colors. Please come out and enjoy an afternoon of celebrating all the diverse cultures represented at Freeman. Don’t forget to bring a white t-shirt for the color celebration.
  • World Languages Week Phrase That Pays
    Celebrate World Languages Week with the Phrase That Pays!The Today’s Phrase that Pays is in (Monday-French) (Tuesday-Latin) (Wednesday-Dari) (Thursday-Spanish) (Friday- Hebrew). This phrase means “Languages are the home of the heart.” Say the phrase to every teacher or staff member you see today. Three teachers have a prize waiting for you! Good luck!!
  • Color Guard Spin Sessions
    Do you want to learn how to spin flags and rifle and learn how to dance? Come to Spin Sessions and learn what Color Guard and the Marching Rebel Brigade is all about! The next Spin Session is this Wednesday, March 11th, right after school in the band room. No experience is necessary!

Permanent link to this article: https://freeman.henricoschools.us/2020/03/10/3-10-20/

Mar 09

3/9/20

  • Evening event
    Are you interested in attending the University of Georgia or the University of South Carolina? Admissions representatives from these two colleges will be on site for a question and answer panel on Tuesday, March 10th at 6:00 PM in the Freeman Library.
  • Freeman Family Culture Day
    Freeman Family Culture Day is Thursday, March 12th from 4:15-6:30 p.m. Hosted by the Equity Ambassadors, there will be performances by LatinX Motion, Step Team, Tri-M, food by the World Language Students, portraits and crafts by the National Art Honor Society, student speakers, a fashion show, and it will end with the HOLI festival of colors. Please come out and enjoy an afternoon of celebrating all the diverse cultures represented at Freeman. Don’t forget to bring a white t-shirt for the color celebration.
  • World Languages Week Phrase That Pays
    Celebrate World Languages Week with the Phrase That Pays!The Today’s Phrase that Pays is in (Monday-French) (Tuesday-Latin) (Wednesday-Dari) (Thursday-Spanish) (Friday- Hebrew). This phrase means “Languages are the home of the heart.” Say the phrase to every teacher or staff member you see today. Three teachers have a prize waiting for you! Good luck!!
  • FBLA Regional Competition
    Congratulations to Miranda L and Natasha R for taking 1st and 2nd in the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Regional competition for Business Law. Not to be outdone, Brannen M and Garrett A also earned 1st and 2nd place honors for Economics!
    That made DSF a perfect 4 for 4 with all participants advancing to the FBLA State competition in mid-April. Fantastic job Miranda, Natasha, Brannen, and Garrett and best of luck at States!
  • Orchestra
    Congratulations to ALL of our Orchestra students on their performances at District Orchestra Assessments last Thursday. Both the Concert Orchestra and the Advanced Orchestra earned a rating of Superior on their stage performances from the judges. Additionally, both orchestras earned Superior ratings on their Sight Reading assessments. Congratulations!
  • Color Guard Spin Sessions
    Do you want to learn how to spin flags and rifle and learn how to dance? Come to Spin Sessions and learn what Color Guard and the Marching Rebel Brigade is all about! The next Spin Session is this Wednesday, March 11th, right after school in the band room. No experience is necessary!

Permanent link to this article: https://freeman.henricoschools.us/2020/03/09/3-9-20/

Mar 06

3/6/20

  • Signed books about guest speakers
    This week is the last week to turn in Elizabeth Johnson-Rice’s book Sit-in and Stand Out if you would like it autographed. You can purchase one on Amazon and give it to the library staff.
  • Little Feet Meet
    The Little Feet Meet is being held at Freeman on the morning of April 15th. This event is organized through Special Olympics for Henrico County children ages 2 through 5th grade. Freeman students run the events and serve as guides for participating schools. If you are a senior and have not had an opportunity to work this event in the past, you may sign up on the Rebel Hub under Little Feet Meet, using “Senior Class” as your class when registering.
  • Evening event
    Are you interested in attending the University of Georgia or the University of South Carolina? Admissions representatives from these two colleges will be on site for a question and answer panel on Tuesday, March 10th at 6:00 PM in the Freeman Library.
  • Freeman Family Culture Day
    Freeman Family Culture Day is Thursday, March 12th from 4:15-6:30 p.m. Hosted by the Equity Ambassadors, there will be performances by LatinX Motion, Step Team, Tri-M, food by the World Language Students, portraits and crafts by the National Art Honor Society, student speakers, a fashion show, and it will end with the HOLI festival of colors. Please come out and enjoy an afternoon of celebrating all the diverse cultures represented at Freeman. Don’t forget to bring a white t-shirt for the color celebration.

Permanent link to this article: https://freeman.henricoschools.us/2020/03/06/2-6-20-2/

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