By Kelley Fullagar and Haley Boyden
Freeport High School underwent quite the transition this school year: a new administration. With both the principal and assistant principal positions filled, a great change to Freeport High School was expected.
Jennifer Gulko, new principal, and Charlie Mellon, new assistant principal, seem to make a great administrative team. According to Mr. Mellon, they work well together. If you ask any student, they already know who Mr. Mellon and Ms. Gulko are. Most students were excited upon hearing that Mr. Mellon was to be our new assistant principal. According to Ryan Rosado, “I think that Mr. Mellon is more relatable and a good choice for our assistant principal because he used to be a teacher. And so, I feel as though he can more closely relate with the student body and represent us more. And especially as an American Studies teacher, he learned a lot about our ideals. We constantly talked about our ideals, so he kind of understands how the student body thinks and what they want.”
Henry Jaques also has similar opinions on Mr. Mellon and his suitability for the position: “I think Mr. Mellon is a great fit for the job.”
Mr. Mellon is reportedly enjoying his new responsibility and the many faces he otherwise would have never known. He is excited about the changes he is here to witness and encourage: from the renovated school (sorry to the seniors for losing your senior parking lot) to the new Proficiency Based Learning that begins with next year’s freshman class.
According to Mr. Mellon, Proficiency Based Learning will be a difficult transition for everyone involved but will help every student have a more individualized learning experience.
As for assemblies and keeping school spirits high, Mr. Mellon has said that they will do their best to add more into our schedule since ”there’s a lot of energy on those days, and students really like them. They’re good for the school”.
Ms. Gulko is very excited, and like Mr. Mellon, is enjoying her position.
“I love it. I love being here. I think that the size of our school is such that I still get to interact with students,” she said.
One change Ms. Gulko anticipates involves study halls.
“I am not a fan of study halls. I think that there is a balance we need to find. I was a student who worked after school, and played sports, and was in clubs. And I couldn’t have survived without my study halls. [But] I come from a school that didn’t have study halls for anyone.”
She continued to state the difference between FHS and the school she was at prior. She declared how students were “crazy to find time” at her old school, due to the lack of study halls. However, at FHS, “there is a huge percentage of students not doing well in classes and are not using their study hall time wisely”. Therefore, she said, we must find a balance.
Likewise with spirit days, in Ms. Gulko’s opinion, they should be more about the community of the school, instead of the individual classes.
“It is supposed to be celebrating and boosting school spirit…. I think they’re great. But I’d like to see more unity between the four classes,” she said.
Concerning Proficiency Based Education, Ms. Gulko feels strongly that the new system will be beneficial for all. “I feel like there are things about it that are complicated, but I think the essence of it is meant to help students have a really clear understanding of what they know and are able to do in each and every class, which I think is important.”