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Class of 2020 Perseveres to Graduation

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The district’s 127th Commencement ceremony of the Freeport High School’s graduating Class of 2020 was held in the parking lot of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum as a unique drive-in movie experience. The traditional ceremony had been changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Graduates and their families filled the parking lot and remained in their cars that were creatively decorated with Freeport pride. In attendance were members of the Freeport Board of Education, district administration and staff, along with Nassau County Executive Laura Curran and other state and local dignitaries.

The momentous occasion featured live remarks from Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kishore Kuncham, Class of 2020 president Lesly-Hannah Gutierrez, salutatorian Rosa Medina, valedictorian Sheilly Duque, Freeport High School Principal Joseph Mille and Freeport High School Assistant Principal Gisselle Campbell-Ham.

Dr. Kuncham sympathized with students on the disappointing ending to their high school careers. “Freeport Class of 2020, the changemakers – congratulations to you on your exceptional success. I am enormously proud of you and your accomplishments; most notably – who you have become today. At times, life puts adversity in our path. Think of the skills and strengths you have gained as you navigate through an enormously challenging time in our history. It is important you continue to move forward while learning and growing from that experience,” Dr. Kuncham said. “Your potential as you move forward is unlimited. You are primed to become the leaders of your generation and to Be the Change our World needs and you have already started to lead. Globalization continues to provide new opportunities allowing you to become creative, innovative problem solvers as the world evolves around us. You will prevail.”

Principal Mille shared how proud he is of the Class of 2020 for demonstrating strength of character during the pandemic. “This year is and will always be remembered in history. You have made an indelible mark and you’ll always be remembered in our minds and our hearts for your resiliency, fortitude and resolve and for that I applaud you,” Mille said. “As you leave here and every day forward, it is important that you know that your lives matter. You will be the voice of the voiceless. It is your responsibility to speak up and stand as one.”

Messages of hope and inspiration were also shared from the valedictorian Sheilly Duque, salutatorian Rosa Medina and class president Lesly-Hannah Gutierrez.

As each speech was met with the bellowing sound of horns being honked throughout the parking lot, they were also accompanied with pre-recorded videos of students receiving their diplomas, NJROTC presentation of colors and performances by the Select Chorale.

After the video, senior class Assistant Principal Gisselle Campbell-Ham spoke to the graduates prior to their official certification and the turning of their tassels.







Freeport Public Schools Honor Retirees

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In a year unlike any other, the district continued their tradition of celebrating those staff members who are retiring at the end of the 2019-2020 school year. The Board of Education hosted a virtual ceremony recognizing the extraordinary dedication and services of 39 retirees.

In total, the 39 retirees represent 928 years of combined service to the Freeport School District, many ending their careers in the same district where they started. “My heartfelt congratulations to all our retirees,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kishore Kuncham said. “You have embraced our ‘Be the Change’ theme for this year and have made a positive and lasting impact on the lives of all of our children in Freeport. You are all truly Changemakers. We thank you for your years of extraordinary service and wish you all the best as you begin the next chapter of your lives.”

During the ceremony, the building principals read personal bios of each of the retirees and shared fond memories while the retirees joined in the virtual program from their homes. To commemorate this milestone event, each retiree received a commemorative plaque acknowledging their years of service.

Summer School Programs

E-Learning Highlights

Friday, June 12, 2020

Visit the K-4 Online Resource Center today to:

·        Listen to Mrs. Engel, District Director of ELA  read , A Squiggly Story.  We hope it will inspire you to write stories all Summer long!

 

·       Check out the Summer Learning Website where you can find digital bookrooms and everything you need to keep you learning through the Summer.  The link is on the homepage of the resource site. The Rising K-7 Summer Program starts July 6th .  Join us for video and live lessons from July 6th -30th. We have so many fun things planned.

·       Don’t forget to keep a lookout for your Summer Learning bundle which will be mailed home this week.  There are so many exciting learning resources in the bundle and a new book for Rising K-6th graders to help kick off summer reading.

Have a great Summer Everyone !

Summer School Programs

 

Click on this link to access the  K-7 program.

https://sites.google.com/freeportschools.com/freeportsummerlearningk-6/home

 

Registration form for Middle School to High School Summer Algebra transition program.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Szn5nyUlAvUoNTvwgdLV-lqX9AJIVkB7oLCq5SvdjUY/edit?usp=sharing

 

Please see the attached flyers for our Summer K-7 program, Virtual Summer Arts Academy program, and the Dodd and FHS Summer Book Clubs.

 

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Columbus E-Learning Art Gallery

Columbus Avenue kindergarten teacher Amanda Rodriguez gathered the beautiful artwork created by her students and compiled a slideshow. See below.

Click here to view slideshow

COVID-19 and Mental Health for Children Presentations

Please join Cohen Children’s Medical Center on Zoom to hear from a panel of experts about the physical and mental health impact of COVID19. You can join on one of the following dates below:

Thursday, June 11, 2020 from 7:00-8:30 pm Zoom Link: https://www.zoom.us/join Meeting ID: 999 2357 6204 Password: 752657

Thursday, June 18, 2020 from 7:00-8:30 pm Zoom Link: https://www.zoom.us/join Meeting ID: 937 7015 5784 Password: 841303

Thursday, June 25, 2020 from 7:00-8:30 pm Zoom Link: https://www.zoom.us/join Meeting ID: 978 0640 4378 Password: 899285

Thursday, July 2, 2020 from 7:00-8:30 pm Zoom Link: https://www.zoom.us/join Meeting ID: 980 9494 0207 Password: 190581

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