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Parent University on NYS Exams

Thank you to Harry Dean and Glori Engel for leading an informative session about NYS exams.

FHS Hosts German Exchange Students

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As part of a 10-year annual tradition, students at the high school hosted foreign exchange students and led them through a variety of fun and educational activities during their stay. The 18 exchange students, visiting from Germany for the seven-day program, had the opportunity to accompany the Freeport students to their classes during the day and to different landmarks during evenings and on the weekend. As members of the host families, the Freeport students learned about the German culture and how to guide their new acquaintances through daily routines in a country new to them.

Family & Community Engagement Survey

Calling all Parents & Guardians! 

Freeport Public Schools has been awarded an exciting grant through the NYS My Brother’s Keeper Initiative, and we need your help!

We are planning workshops and trainings for the community and need your input to determine what the topics will be – these sessions will be for YOU!

Please visit the link below to take a brief survey to share your voice about parent engagement in the schools – the survey will be active through December 22.

Freeport Family and Community Engagement Program - Parents and Guardians Survey (Fall 2017)

Escuelas publicas de Freeport: otono 2017 Encuesta para padres y tutores

STEM Success at Atkinson School

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Atkinson STEM night was sponsored by National PTA and Mathnasium on Tuesday, November 28.    Students participated with their families in engaging, interactive STEM experiences.  Teachers and administrators attended, including Dr. Murray, Director of Mathematics and Technology. The night also included:  activity stations, raffles, a T-shirt and membership table, and a delicious International Dessert Bar.  STEM night was a success.  

FHS Select Chorale Dazzles in Radio City Debut

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For the first time in its illustrious history, the Select Chorale earned the honor of ushering in the holiday season with a dazzling array of festive performances at the world-famous Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

Under the leadership of Director Monique Retzlaff, the group opened its slate of performances on Thanksgiving Eve with “O Thou that Tellest Good Tidings to Zion” from the “Messiah,” followed by a spectacular jazz rendition of “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” and closed with “Angels We Have Heard on High,” which featured its own staccato version of the second verse. Chorale can add this scintillating Christmas Spectacular debut to an all-impressive list of prestigious events and venues where it has showcased its talents, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Westminster Choir College and most recently the Empire State Building.

“To say it is a privilege to be able to lead these amazing vocalists on such grand stages is an understatement,” said Retzlaff, who this year was also selected as Nassau County Choral Director for the Parents Educators and Kids Festival Concert. “The honor of performing at Radio City Music Hall is a testament to their unwavering commitment to musical excellence.”

Archer’s Giving Tree

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As part of a longstanding tradition and its ongoing commitment to altruism and community service, Archer Street hosted its annual “Giving Tree” food drive.

Over the course of two weeks, students and staff members donated nonperishable food items, paper goods and utensils, and filled approximately 25 boxes that were delivered to the Holy Redeemer Church in Freeport. Each student and staff member who donated an item had a leaf with their name hung on a Giving Tree in the school’s Literacy Hallway.

Planting the Seeds of STEM

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As part of an ongoing partnership with Adelphi University, district students continued complementing their STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) classroom lessons at Bayview/Giblyn STEM Night.

The event, held at Bayview, was designed for students and their parents to have the opportunity to participate in interactive lessons conducted by Adelphi students. In classrooms throughout the school, students participated in several hands-on workshops based on a variety of topics, such as atoms and energy. Each workshop included an informative introduction using a Smart Board presentation.

Bayview/Giblyn STEM Night was an academically stimulating event that reinforced the district’s commitment to providing a sound STEM education.


Splendid Soccer Stars

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Various members of the high school girls varsity soccer team were honored for their remarkable accomplishments during the season at the Nassau County Girls Soccer Coaches Association All-Star Banquet at Crest Hollow Country Club.

The team placed second in the Conference AAIII Championship and won the Conference AAIII Sportsmanship Award, while coach Vanessa Vidalon won the Conference AAIII Coach of the Year Award. Camryn Taylor was named a Scholar-Athlete and earned All-Class AAIII distinction and Mia Almonte earned All-Conference AAIII distinction.

The district extends its congratulations to the team on its tremendous achievements.

Bayview Accepts ‘Astronaut Challenge’

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As part of the district’s astronomy curriculum, which this year has been expanded following its selection by NASA as the nation’s only district with the opportunity to have its students make audio and video contact with astronauts aboard the International Space Station, fourth-graders at Bayview participated in a simulation workshop presented by the Cradle of Aviation Museum.

A member of the Long Island-based museum led students through an ‘Astronaut Challenge,’ which tasked them with completing activities presenting constraints similar to the ones astronauts face in outer space. Using everyday household items such as soda bottles, rubber gloves, bolts and screws, students worked in groups to complete intricate tasks while being timed.

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Science Educators Present at STANY Meeting

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Atkinson sixth-grade science teachers Matthew Yatsyla and Laura Zegers had the honor of presenting at the Science Teachers Association of New York meeting at Hofstra University. The topic of the presentation was a lesson unit on density that both teachers developed based on Science Learning Standards that the state Board of Regents adopted in December 2016.

The standards are based on students posing questions, conducting independent investigations and developing mathematical models to explain the results of their investigations. In addition, students design engineering solutions based on what they learn in their science classrooms. Yatsyla and Zegers’ presentation was a small sample of the type of standard-aligned lessons that Freeport Public Schools have already been recognized and praised for by numerous experts.

This particular presentation was based on students being given cubes of various sizes, tasked with determining if the cubes are made up of the same material. Because density is a ratio, this activity can also be integrated with the math ratio unit. Students draw graphs and from them determine if an object will sink/float in a liquid. In another hands-on activity, students observe liquids of varying densities that contain objects that float or sink. Finally, students work on questions that they can ask astronauts aboard the International Space Station on the behavior of systems under zero gravity.

These questions will then be considered for inclusion in a districtwide set of 10 questions that students across all grade levels will have the opportunity to ask of the astronauts later in the school year. Freeport is the only district in the country that will have the opportunity to make both audio and video contact with the astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

November 2017 Points of Pride

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New Visions Experiences Augmented Reality

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Students at New Visions recently experienced augmented reality by participating in the Google Expeditions Pioneer Program.

They familiarized themselves with elements of augmented reality — the integration of digital information with the user’s environment in “real time” — by using smartphones provided by a representative of Google for the lesson. Working in groups, students were able to view and study images that appeared all over the library through the smartphones. The lessons were led by librarian Mimi Bino and classroom teachers.

Archer Street Walks for Water

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As part of its annual Turkey Trot fundraiser, students and staff members at Archer Street raised $2,500 for the WE Charity. The $2,500 raised during the Trot was then matched by a donor, and added to the $2,075 the school raised during its “Every Drop of Water Counts-Archer Cares” bracelet-selling campaign earlier this year, which was also matched. The grand total of $9,150 will be used to help build a well in Kenya, Africa.

The Turkey Trot was a festive precursor to Thanksgiving that also highlighted the remarkable fundraising efforts at Archer.

Atkinson Students Receive Visit from Cycling Peace Advocate

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The physical education classes at Atkinson received a special visit from Nitin Sonawane, of India, who has been cycling on a journey around the world in an effort to promote world peace. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kishore Kuncham welcomed Sonawane, praising his commitment to the advocacy of peace and the power of his message.

Accompanied by members of the Shanti Fund, which has sponsored him while he is in New York, Sonawane spoke to students about Mahatma Gandhi’s messages of peace and nonviolence, and the role the kindness of others plays in continuing to inspire him on his journey.

Sonawane has been on his journey for more than one year, having traveled more than 16,000 kilometers on bicycle and foot in countries including Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Japan. He aims to complete his journey on Oct. 2, 2019, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Gandhi’s birth.

FHS Inducts 108 to National Honor Society

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One-hundred and eight academically outstanding students at the high school were inducted to the prestigious National Honor Society in a special candlelighting ceremony on Nov. 14.

The new inductees, sitting among current members of the NHS, were sworn into the esteemed organization that recognizes the four tenets of scholarship, service, leadership and character. Adviser Eileen Shultis, who led the program, announced the six NHS officers: President Jaidiver Morales, Vice President Kevin Brown, Secretary Maya Brown, Treasurer Ashley Hernandez, Student Liaison Heaven Jenkins and Director of Community Service Kayla Sewer.

“Tonight, you join the ranks of our Freeport superheroes,” said Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Dr. MaryAnne DeVivio to the inductees. “Superheroes are scholars: they solve complicated problems and make the world a safer, better place through their wisdom, quick wit and decisiveness. Superheroes are leaders who inspire others by their own actions to work and live together in harmony. All superheroes work to serve others. It is the job of every superhero to save the day. Superheroes are not just characters – they have character. They have virtues that make them stand apart including honesty, loyalty, grit, kindness and empathy. Finally, superheroes do not rest on their laurels. As a Freeport National Honor Society student, your work is not done. I urge you to challenge yourselves to do more, be more and give more than you already have. Your initiative will lead you to excel in school, work and life.”

Individually, the officers spoke about what each pillar represents and student class representatives lit candles to symbolize how the new inductees demonstrated these characteristics. The names of the students who earned induction to the NHS were announced, and each received a medal from Principal Joe Mille prior to taking the Honor Society Oath.

As part of a longstanding FHS tradition, the 108 new inductees were encouraged to proudly wear their medals to school the following day.

FHS Science Chairperson Accepted to Prestigious Program

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High school science department chairperson Peggy Parigoris has been accepted to the Science Coaches program, an educational outreach initiative jointly sponsored by the American Association of Chemistry Teachers and the American Chemical Society.

As part of the program, Parigoris will be working with Hofstra University professor Ling Huang to incorporate the New York State Science Learning Standards into chemistry lessons and presentations, enhancing the academic rigor of the chemistry curriculum. She also received a $550 Flinn Scientific Gift Certificate, which will be used to further aid the school’s science program.

The district extends its congratulations to Parigoris and commends her for helping to maintain a rigorous and enriching science curriculum.

Bayview Adopts Cops

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As part of its commitment to helping students build relationships with local law enforcement, Bayview Avenue hosted its 22nd annual Adopt-A-Cop event.

The program, designed for the school’s fourth-graders, was comprised of Village of Freeport police officers first meeting the students in the auditorium before accompanying them to their classrooms. The special guests spoke to students about the importance of being model citizens and assured them that their priority is to protect them. The event was aligned with Bayview’s ongoing lessons in character education.

STEMming for Success at Giblyn

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Students at Giblyn participated in a variety of fall-related science, technology, engineering and mathematics activities.

While some classes worked independently, others collaborated with classes on different grade levels to complete a challenge. First-graders used recycled materials to design and build a safe escape for a pumpkin before it was cooked into pie or soup, in addition to building a structure to support five little pumpkins. Another class constructed a pumpkin tower using pumpkins, craft sticks and toothpicks. In other classes, students worked together to discover how bat wings were similar to human hands, and what the result of leaving candy in liquid for differing periods of time would be.

As follow-up activities, classes toured the building to read about and observe the various experiments. Teachers also spent time discussing the exhibits and what methods worked, did not work or could have been completed differently.

Toys for Freeport Tots Donates Instruments to Atkinson

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As a result of its ongoing commitment and support of the district and the Freeport community, nonprofit organization Toys for Freeport Tots donated more than $3,000 in musical instruments to Atkinson.

Toys for Freeport Tots, comprised of volunteering members of the Freeport Benevolent Association and their families, visited Atkinson to personally deliver violins, violas, trumpets and a cello. During the visit, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kishore Kuncham expressed his appreciation to the organization and its president Patrick Franzone for going above and beyond in their endeavors to support the students of Freeport. As a token of appreciation on behalf of the district, Dr. Kuncham presented Franzone with a framed rendering of this year’s “We Are Peace” themed artwork.

Winter Coat Donations

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As part of an ongoing partnership between the district and the Rotary Club of Hicksville, the district received new winter coats as a donation from Rotary Club President Dr. Urmilesh Arya.

The coats, which will benefit community children in need, were delivered to the district in October as a kickoff to the holiday season. The club’s generous effort was a follow-up to its donation of 100 backpacks to the district in September. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kishore Kuncham and Dr. Arya were recognized by Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor Joseph Saladino for their collaboration and outstanding commitment to students and service.

New Visions Honors Everyday Heroes

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Students, staff and administrators at New Visions gathered to celebrate everyday heroes in the school community in the Heroes Among Us assembly.

The event, designed to teach students that there are true heroes among them every day and that they can be heroes themselves, was organized by school reading specialist Lori Golbert. The program celebrated the hard work and selflessness of four heroes: school nurse Toni Pincus and her guide dog in training, Captain; Al Villanueva, the husband of a former teacher at New Visions School who provides tutoring and support for students; U.S. Army Sergeant and student teacher in the district Peppy Cabrera; and U.S. Marine Private Jose Medina, who is the brother of New Visions fourth-grader Joceiry Duran. Each honoree was introduced by a member of the New Visions community and presented with a certificate of appreciation for their heroism.

“Heroes aren’t just famous people,” Golbert said. “They are everyday people, just like us. Who is a hero? A hero is someone who is admired for qualities or achievements and regarded as a role model. A hero is a person who is distinguished by exceptional courage and strength. You should recognize that you can be a hero, too!”

Students Perform at Senator’s Health Fair

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Student-musicians from the high school were invited to perform at the annual Nassau County Golden Gathering Health Fair hosted by Sen. John Brooks at the Freeport Recreation Center.

The ceremonial opening of the event was performed by the high school’s Select Chorale, who showcased their remarkable talents in renditions of the national anthem and “America the Beautiful” under the direction of Monique Retzlaff. Under the guidance of teacher Jill Boardman, student Marcus Brodsky then led the Caprice Chamber String Ensemble through a variety of beautiful selections.

Being invited to perform at the event was a testament to the students’ and teachers’ commitment to musical excellence. It was also a wonderful opportunity for the students to give back to the community.

Archer Hosts ‘Coffee with the Principal’

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Archer Street welcomed the parents and families of its students for “Coffee with the Principal,” a fun and educational evening of activities led by Principal Paula Lein and faculty members.

Students and their families worked together in centers designed to support the STEAM curriculum taught in the classrooms and to promote critical and creative thinking skills through high-tech activities such as Bee Bots and Ozobots, and artistic activities such as creating a butterfly with cardboard and coloring a bookmark. They also worked with Legos and Keva Planks as part of an enriching journey through the world of engineering.

Dodd Raises Funds and Breast Cancer Awareness

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As part of its observance of October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, students and staff at Dodd raised more than $1,600 to support breast cancer awareness.

In addition, they participated in a five-mile Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at Jones Beach. The efforts were inspiring ways to raise needed funds for research, honor survivors of breast cancer and raise awareness about steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of getting the disease.

Dodd’s Splendid Mentorship

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Students at Dodd reconnected with their mentors and expressed their appreciation to them during the annual Fall Kickoff/Get-Together on Oct. 25.

The school’s mentoring program, now in its ninth year, serves to connect faculty members with students in a mentor-mentee relationship. The mentors assist students in transitioning into middle school and annually offer their time and leadership to them in making the most of their middle school experience. Fifty-two Dodd mentors and 90 mentees participated at this year’s kickoff, with food provided by Jersey Mike’s Subs. The kickoff was organized by school social worker Felice Niland, who started the program in 2008 and has overseen its increasing participation since then.

As a follow-up effort, seven members of the program attended the Mentor New York Mentoring Benefit at the Garden City Country Club on Oct. 26. The annual benefit is designed to honor mentors and supporters of mentoring.

Giblyn is Making Magnificent Mathematicians

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As part of its commitment to ensuring that all students are developing the skills necessary in solving mathematical problems and equations as swiftly as possible, Giblyn has designed a variety of creative activities for students.

As the result of an effort spearheaded by school math specialist Pat Vollkommer, the school’s hallways have been decorated with math problems. With dry-erase markers in hand, these grade-appropriate exercises allow students to work together in solving the equations. In addition, on one Friday per month, the math period in all classes is devoted to learning a new specific skill that is needed to problem-solve, such as Draw a Picture. During this time, students learn strategy and have the opportunity to implement it themselves. The teachers then provide daily problems for students to practice and perfect the skill.

Bayview Teaches Good Behavior

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As part of its ongoing character education and observance of National Red Ribbon Week and Bully Prevention Month, Bayview hosted a variety of activities designed to teach students about the importance of compassionate and upstanding behavior toward others.

In addition to participating in a No Smoking poster contest, students learned about the dangers of tobacco products and smoking through facts that were communicated in the daily morning announcements. Second- and third-grade students also participated in the Safety Rules and Steer Clear of Bullies classroom programs, respectively. The professional performing group, Theatre Three, from Port Jefferson visited the school to present Stand Up! Stand Out! The Bullying Project.

Celebrating Hispanic heritage

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The district celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month across all of its schools with a variety of spirited activities and assemblies.
At Atkinson, students took the stage to perform various acts such as skits, a Gozadera Dance, and a rendition of “Hablando Claro” by the sixth-grade select mariachi band. At Columbus, staff members explained the significance of celebrating Hispanic heritage to the students, who then performed a rousing range of traditional dances popular in the Hispanic culture.

In celebrating the richness of Hispanic heritage, students throughout the district showcased their talents in the performing and visual arts.

Board of Education Honored as Superheroes

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In honor of their leadership, dedication and commitment to the students and Freeport community, the Board of Education was celebrated at its October meeting at Atkinson.

“Our board has been making great decisions in securing the future of our students,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kishore Kuncham said. “President Michael Pomerico, Vice President Anthony Miller and trustees Ronald Ellerbe, Vilma Lancaster and Ernest Kight, on behalf of Freeport Schools, the community, students, the cabinet and myself, you are superheroes and champions of our students and our community. We salute you for your hard work, sacrifices that you make and your tireless advocacy for our students and education. Your commitment to service and public education affects the present and the future of our students and our community. We are very proud of our district, we are very proud of you and we celebrate your work.”

Students from Atkinson gave a spectacular presentation that served to commemorate Board Recognition Month and Hispanic Heritage Month. Students role-played famous Hispanic-Americans and explained why they would make exceptional members of the Freeport board before coming together to serenade them with their peers who were dressed as superheroes.

Representatives from several organizations, including Freeport Teachers Association, Freeport School Administrators Association, Freeport Teacher Aide and Assistant Association, Freeport Educational Office Staff Association, Freeport Custodial Unit and the Food Service/Security Unit also expressed their appreciation to the board by informing them that donations had been made in their honor to worthy organizations, including the Freeport Educational Foundation.

“We are the ones who should be thanking you,” Pomerico said. “Serving as your board gives each one of us tremendous satisfaction and seeing your children grow from Columbus all the way to the high school fills our hearts with joy. We owe it to you for allowing us to do everything in our power to create a future as bright as can be for them and for this amazing district.”

Idols Astound

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Students at the high school put their vocals to the test during the fifth annual Freeport Idol competition.

The popular event, based on the national singing competition television series “American Idol,” featured 10 students individually performing songs and being critiqued by three special judges: Mahendra Morales, Talonda Thomas and Justin Friedman, all music teachers at Atkinson. The first-, second- and third-place winners in the 2017 Freeport Idol contest were Michael Desir, Mayralee Martinez and Jasmine Tejada, respectively.

Archer Students Sing at Toy Drive Kickoff

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Under the direction of music teacher Jennifer Skelly, fourth-grade dual language students at Archer Street performed at the Coral House at the annual Long Island Toys for Tots kickoff. The students had the opportunity to showcase their talents in a spirited performance of “Celebrate the World.”

“It was an honor to participate in this worthwhile cause, and it was a wonderful experience for the children,” Skelly said.

Top of Their Class

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The district applauds the outstanding achievements of the top 10 students of the Class of 2018. On Oct. 24, the names of the seniors with the highest cumulative grade point averages were announced, including the valedictorian and salutatorian.

The district congratulates Joseph LaRocca (valedictorian), Zoe Stetson (salutatorian), Kira Brizill (3), Kenny Martinez (4), Franco Ramirez (5), James Hastings (6), Hannah Cotter (7), Roseanne Hylton (8), Zoie Gold (9) and Jordyn Smith (10).

Atkinson Students Learn More About Antibullying

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As part of its ongoing character education and its commitment to teaching students about the importance of compassion, Atkinson hosted “The Power of One,” an interactive antibullying program for fifth-grade students presented by Soren Bennick Productions.

The performance featured two actors, one wearing a green mask and the other wearing a purple mask to identify the bully and the person being bullied, in several different real-life scenarios. Students learned what bullying looks like, the actions they can take to prevent it and how to help those who may be experiencing it.

Homecoming Brings Community Together

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A forecast for early rain did not deter the district community from coming together for an afternoon filled with school spirit, community pride and exciting football as everyone celebrated homecoming 2017 on Oct. 14. 

District administrators, staff, students, alumni and parents filled the bleachers to watch the Red Devils take the field against the Hempstead Tigers. Adjacent to the field, the district’s traditional family fair, complete with fun games and a delicious variety of foods served by members of the high school’s clubs, class representatives, and PTA, provided an abundance of entertainment. 

This year’s special guests were members of the Class of 1967, who were recognized throughout the program and arrived an hour prior to game time for a tour of the high school led by Assistant Principal Nelson Holland. The alumni were also involved in the game: members of the 1967 football team were invited onto the field for the coin toss prior to kickoff, and members of the 1967 cheerleading team were presented with gifts by the current cheerleaders.   
As a festive precursor to the varsity football team’s entrance, a parade featuring the Freeport High School marching band, cheerleaders, members of the Navy Junior ROTC and the homecoming court —  freshmen Jaiden Ramos and Giovana Robinson, sophomores Darron Roberts and Chrisoula Drakopoulos, juniors Jeffrey Estevez and Valentina Vinasio, and seniors Rashiem Briggs and Camryn Taylor — made its way onto the track surrounding the field.      

During halftime, the marching band and cheerleaders performed their synchronized routines to precision. The Red Devils returned to the field where they continued to dominate and secured their victory over the Tigers with a final score of 28-6.

Freeport’s homecoming festivities and victorious football team contributed to the celebration of community pride.

FHS Names 48 AP Scholars

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Forty-eight students in the high school’s Classes of 2017 and 2018 have earned the prestigious designation of Advanced Placement Scholar from the College Board due to their outstanding achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement exams.

The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on a student’s performance on AP exams. Two students were named National AP Scholars. Sixteen students were named AP Scholars with Distinction. Nine students were named AP Scholars with Honor and 21 were designated as AP Scholars.

At FHS, Advanced Placement courses are open to students who are recommended by their teachers; students must then maintain an average of 85 percent or better to remain at the AP level. Students can earn college credits while still in high school, advanced placement or both for successful performance on the AP exams. As college admissions become more competitive and tuitions more costly, participation in AP courses has become an increasingly important component for acceptance to the top colleges and universities. Successful completion of AP courses is also considered a good indicator of future success by most colleges.

National AP Scholars
Two students qualified for the National AP Scholar award by receiving an average of at least 4 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams. These students are Melissa Alvarez and Abbey Ebesu.

AP Scholars with Distinction
Sixteen students received AP Scholar with Distinction awards by earning an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. These students are Melissa Alvarez, Nan Adom Appiah-Agyemang, Dylan Dominguez-Sulca, Abbey Ebesu, Joseph Frye,* Ismary Jiminez, Joseph LaRocca,* Javier Lechuga,* Gabriel Lemmie, Braydon Luna, Kenny Martinez,* Kaitlin McLaughlin, Johnny Palma, Franco Ramirez,* Zoe Stetson* and Victoria Wright.

AP Scholars with Honor
Nine students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. Nina Banks,* Kira Brizill,* Hannah Cotter,* Michael Desir,* Sabrina Guerrero, Jennifer Herrera, Jocelyn Jovel,* Nyeem Maloney and Samuel Stetson all achieved this distinction.

AP Scholars
Twenty-one students qualified for the AP Scholar Award by receiving scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams. These students are Kaitlyn Almonte Hernand, Myles Carter,* Joel Castro, Rajiv Chanda, Karissa Collins, Tania Cuevas Moreno, Alexander Dasque,* Melanie Escobar, Michael Guerrero-Calderon, Jasmine Harrigan, James Hastings,* Daniella Herrera, Erik Jiminez Villeda, Isaiah Louder, Erica Matos De Los Santos, Eboni Porter, Erick Rivera,* Magnolia Robinson,* Kimberly Serna, Jordyn Smith* and Katiana Thompson.

*current senior

Dodd Students Experience Augmented Reality

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As a supplement to their lessons about DNA, students at Dodd participated in the Google Expeditions Pioneer Program during their science classes.

The program provided students with the opportunity to experience elements of augmented reality — the integration of digital information with the user’s environment in “real time” — using smartphones provided by a representative of Google for the lesson. Working in pairs, students were able to view and study images such as molecules that appeared all over the classroom through the smartphones.