The Freedom Forum
Freedom High School's award-winning student-run newspaper.
Important May 2018 Dates
Screenshot by Gabrielle Rader above.
Friday, May 25 (7 am -12 pm)
Tuesday, May 29 (8 am - 12 pm)
Makeup Day, Wednesday, May 30 (8 am - 12 pm)
Updated Screenshot by Gabrielle Rader below.
Monday, June 4 (8:30am-10:30am)
Tuesday, June 5 (7:45am-9:45am)
Wednesday, June 6 (8:30am-11:30am)
Wednesday, June 6 (7pm-9pm)
Freshman Seminar Helps Puerto Rico
FHS Freshman Seminar students worked hard in Mr. Dunstan and Coach Stellato's classes packing and organizing donated clothing for hurricane victims in Puerto Rico. We had tons of clothing for infants to adults and had a great discussion about how we can continue to affect our community and world with compassion and grace. This is the spirit of Freedom Family and we are BASD PROUD!
Mr. Bilotti’s shares his words of wisdom
Faculty Highlight - Mr. Bilotti
The Freedom Forum
Mr. Christopher Bilotti teaches a variety of math courses from Consumer Math to Honors Algebra 2 at Freedom for 12 years. His favorite math class to teach is Precalculus because it uses all the prerequisite skills from Algebra and Geometry, and it applies the concepts to real world problems.
Mr. Bilotti does not have a preference in a particular grade to teach, but he does find it much easier to teach students who have a strong background of the concept that is being applied in the classroom and the skills obtained in their previous math classes.
“The smartest people in this world not only answer questions but also ask them,” said Mr. Bilotti.
His biggest pet peeve of his job is that the school teaches algebra 2 before geometry. Mr. Bilotti said it is very difficult to fully understand the concepts being taught to them at a freshman or sophomore level.
Being a teacher can be very tough at times because students are very different, and all learn in different ways and varied paces. Math teachers must rely on memorization from previous background math classes rather than making connections with previous knowledge. Without background knowledge, moving into deeper concepts is difficult.
Mr. Bilotti says the most challenging aspect on being a math teacher is that all students have a different background which makes it harder to connect with his students. He strongly believes to be a successful teacher and to overcome these challenges, a teacher must take interest in student lives.
“Students don’t care how much you know until they see how much you care,” said Mr. Bilotti.
The person who has inspired and influenced Mr. Bilotti is Mr. Witko, his eighth grade Earth Science teacher. Mr. Witko was always so energetic and passionate about his subject area and was never afraid to make jokes or find fun ways to motivate his students. Likewise, Mr. Bilotti has always been known for his use of puns and humor in class to help students succeed.
“Everyone leaves a mark on this world in one way or another. Some leave a lasting impression, while others just leave a stain,” said Mr. Bilotti.
Mr. Bilotti’s hero is his father. His father's goal was to always make Mr. Bilotti’s life easier than his own. His dad had moved from Italy to Staten Island, and at three years old, his parents split. As a result, Mr. Bilotti moved to Pennsylvania, where he met his fiance, Kimberly Brill. She is an elementary special education teacher at Delfranco Elementary School in Bangor, and she works with students with multiple and severe disabilities.
On a typical Saturday night, Mr. Bilotti enjoys watching college football and cheering on his favorite team, Penn State, with his fiance and their friends. His go-to meal for football games is any kind of BBQ. Whether it is ribs, chicken, or wings, he loves it all.
Mr. Bilotti may not be as into October and horror as his soon-to-be wife, but his top three favorite scary movies are “Terminator 2,” “Silence of Lambs,” and “The Candy Man.”
Congratulations to The Freedom Forum
Congratulations to Gabriella Greenhoward, editor-in-chief, and her staff of The Freedom Forum for being receiving First Place in the 2017 American Scholastic Press Association Awards. This organization judges publications from high school and colleges across the United States.