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District Receives More than $30K from FEF

 District Receives More than $30K from FEF photo
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The district extends its appreciation to the Freeport Educational Foundation, which presented the district with a check for $27,855 at the board of education’s February meeting — an amount which has since increased by $3,000 due to the increase in scholarships to students.

The funds, made possible through the ongoing tireless fundraising efforts of FEF President Butch Yamali and the board of directors, will be used to continue providing students with innovative educational opportunities. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kishore Kuncham and Board of Education President Michael Pomerico expressed their gratitude to the FEF, whose mission is to help transform the lives of Freeport students. These students include seniors at the high school, who this year will benefit from 10 FEF $500 scholarships following the award of a variety of innovative grants that were applied for by teachers in all of the district’s schools.

These grants include: READERSIZE Bikes — portable bike exercisers to help students focus while reading — at Archer Street; Discover — providing students with a discovery-based learning environment to ultimately enhance their library experience and strengthen their skills in science — at Bayview Avenue; LEGO Education WeDo 2.0 — using LEGOs to explore creative solutions to science or engineering problems — at Atkinson; Coding Club — using coding to develop technology skills and using the E-Doc program to integrate 21st century skills — at Atkinson; Sonic Highways Freeport From Roots to Rock — conducting research to create a documentary about the musical history of Freeport — at Atkinson; The Tapestry of Diversity of Columbus Avenue — using technology to study students’ many cultures and countries of origin ­— at Columbus; Surface Temperature Field Campaign with GLOBE Program (sponsored by NASA) — studying sites to discover how ground cover and snow affect surface temperature — at the high school; STEM — after-school enrichment program to supplement STEM classroom lessons — at Dodd; Assessment-Based Instruction — data used to determine student understanding of lessons through formative assessment — at Dodd; Technology and Graphic Arts — creating and editing photos for the school yearbook — at Giblyn; STEM — after-school enrichment program to supplement STEM classroom lessons — at New Visions; and Google Cardboard for Virtual Reality — providing students with access to historical events, civilizations and locations through Google Cardboard viewer — districtwide.

Anyone who wishes to learn more about the FEF’s mission or would like to volunteer their time may contact Butch Yamali at 516-933-4444, ext. 202, or visit

FHS Heroes Teach Basics of Economics

FHS Heroes Teach Basics of Economics photo

Under the direction of FHS teacher and adviser Eileen Shultis, students in the 21st Century High School Heroes Club visited New Visions to conduct age-appropriate financial and economics lessons to second-grade students. The high school students planned for the day by preparing materials designed to lead the second-graders through a variety of fun and educational interactive activities. The day, which the 21st Century High School Heroes Club coordinates annually, gave students from both schools the opportunity to learn from each other and form a bond.


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Our group, led by Ms. Gomez, has been researching a different confident empowering Latina that has overcome struggle and has become successful. We have worked on making connections with them and aspiring to make a difference in our school and our community by being positive strong role models to other peers. We have also set goals and have worked on self- affirmation traits to create the butterfly bulletin board outside of Mr. Fee's office.  Mariposas (butterflies) is a metaphor symbolizing transformation and migration, this club gives them the opportunity to really safeguard their culture and provide them with acceptance among their peers. 

FHS Musicians Showcase Talents at Empire Plaza

FHS Musicians Showcase Talents at Empire Plaza photo
As part of the district's commemoration of Music in Our Schools Month throughout March, 21 musicians from the high school traveled to Albany and performed on the concourse of the Empire Plaza.

The three high-achieving student-conducted ensembles who attended — The Caprice Chamber Ensemble directed by Marcus Brodsky, Brass Bois Brass Ensemble directed by Myles Carter and Saxophone Quartet directed by Heaven Jenkins — earned the invitation to perform from the New York State School Music Association committee following nominations by their music teachers Jill Boardman and Michael LaSorsa. Each group received an official NYSSMA Plaque to commemorate their performance. Students also expanded their visit to Albany with a guided tour of the State Capitol building, where they visited the Senate and Assembly Chambers and learned about the history of New York State.

Dodd Hosts Author for Writing Workshop

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Author Jennifer Wolf Kam visited Dodd to conduct a writer’s workshop. She also discussed her first novel and winner of the National Association of Elementary School Principals National Children’s Book of the Year Award, “Devin Rhodes is Dead,” with eighth-grade students. Wolf Kam presented tips for effective writing, led the students through a series of writing exercises, and answered questions about her novel and experiences as an author.

The visit was designed to supplement students’ classroom lessons in creative writing and give them the opportunity to personally interact with the author of one of the works they read during the school year.

Bayview Hosts K-2 Sports Night

Bayview Hosts K-2 Sports Night photo
Students in grades K-2 at Bayview were joined by their families in a variety of physical education activities as part of K-2 Sports Night. The PTA provided headbands and snacks for the annual event, which was led by the school’s physical education teachers and was designed to continue teaching students about the importance of teamwork and maintaining an active lifestyle.

Atkinson’s ‘Odyssey’ Prowess

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Students at Atkinson participated in the Odyssey of the Mind regional competition, and placed second and third in their division. Working in three teams, the competition tasked the students with completing a variety of activities using their creativity, including writing an original script, creating scenery and fabricating their own costumes. They also demonstrated their understanding of classic literature such as “Alice in Wonderland” and “Charlotte’s Web.”

The district congratulates the students on their teamwork and impressive display in the competition.

Dodd Inducts 111 to NJHS

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Dodd inducted 111 eighth-grade students into the prestigious National junior Honor Society during a special ceremony attended by members of the Freeport Board of Education, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kishore Kuncham and members of the central administration, students’ families and teachers.

These students were inducted following their remarkable demonstration of the five tenets of scholarship, citizenship, leadership, character and service. They were also required to have held a grade-point-average of 85 or better for all four quarters of seventh grade and the first quarter of eighth grade, completed an application, obtained a letter of recommendation from a teacher and performed 10 hours of community service.

The district extends its congratulations to these students for their outstanding accomplishments, and wishes them continued success as they prepare to transition to the high school.

Celebrating Local Art

To celebrate Youth Art Month, students from grades K-6 will have their artwork on display at the Freeport Memorial Library for the entire month of March. Students from Atkinson smiled in front of their beautiful works of art created using various elements and principles of art and design! The reception was a huge success, and students posed for pictures as well as received certificates of congratulations.

Student-Artists Showcase Amazing Work

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As part of an annual tradition that commemorates March’s designation as National Youth Art Month, the district hosted its Elementary Art Exhibit Opening Ceremony and Reception at the Freeport Memorial Library.

Students from six schools — Atkinson, Archer, Bayview , Giblyn, New Visions and Columbus — and their families, art teachers, principals and district Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction Dr. Mary Anne DeVivio attended the ceremony. The exhibit, running from March 2-30, features a wide variety of beautiful artwork that the Freeport community is encouraged to observe.

The district extends its gratitude to Freeport Memorial Library Director Kenneth Bellafiore and staff for their continued support of the art department.

Dodd’s Science Olympiad Team Showcases its Skills

Dodd’s Science Olympiad Team Showcases its Skills photo
Under the guidance of advisers Vanessa Vidalon and William Behrens, the Dodd Science Olympiad Team recently attended the Science Olympiad Regional Competition for the fifth consecutive year. The team won six medals and two honorable mentions against 40 teams in Nassau County.

The district congratulates the team on its remarkable success and the following accolades earned:

Herpetology - Second Place Medal
Microbe Mission – First Place Medal Team A
Microbe Mission - Second Place Medal Team B
Roller Coaster – Sixth Place Medal Team A
Roller Coaster - Seventh Place Medal Team B
Parasitology – Ninth Place Medal
Honorable Mention - Hovercraft - 11th Place
Honorable Mention - Duct Tape Challenge - 11th Place

Remembering Dr. Seuss

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Students throughout the district participated in a variety of fun and educational activities as part of their celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, also known as Read Across America Day.

At Giblyn, the day’s festivities included a special visit from Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kishore Kuncham, who read students “There’s No Place Like Space,” by Tish Rabe and Dr. Seuss. New Visions hosted Pajama Day with a Dr. Seuss-themed cake while Archer administrators and faculty visited classrooms and read aloud books to students. The activities reinforced the importance of reading while celebrating the life of one of the most influential children’s authors in history.

Desserts for Dodd’s Mentors and Mentees

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Students and staff in the mentoring program at Dodd participated in a “Make Your Own Sundae” ice cream social event with a representative of the Mentor New York group. The event was funded by a $250 prize following school social worker and program coordinator Felice Niland’s participation in a contest hosted by Mentor New York.

Dodd’s mentoring program is in its 10th year and serves to connect faculty members with students in a mentor-mentee relationship. The mentors annually offer their time and leadership to students, and assist them in transitioning into middle school and making the most of their Dodd experience. There are 53 mentors and 92 mentees participating in the program this year.

Giblyn’s Virtual Museum Honors Black History

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Students at Giblyn had the opportunity to participate in a virtual museum as part of the school’s celebration of February as Black History Month. Students worked in pairs in the computer lab to watch video clips and listen to soundbytes and narratives about iconic African Americans. The activity taught students not only about the remarkable contributions and sacrifices they have made, but also how to use modern day digital technology to access a world of educational information.

Black History Laser Tribute

On February 26, Atkinson students were rejuvenated after Presidents’ Week. They were welcomed back with the Black History Laser Tribute assembly.  The program magically highlighted years of breaking barriers and celebrated the advancement of music, sports, academia, political figures, and powerful influences of African Americans.  It inspired all who watched and began our week with empowering entertainment and pride in our American culture.


Superintendent’s Message re: March 14


Superintendent’s Letter re: Internet and Social Media Safety


Superintendent's Message on Safety


Emergency Planning – A Guide for Parents

The safety of our students and staff is always in the forefront. In light of the horrific tragedy yesterday in Parkland, Florida, we felt it important to share our emergency planning procedures with parents.  

The Freeport Schools have always been serious about being prepared for emergencies. Each year, the District's entire Emergency Plan is reviewed and updated to meet New York State regulations. The plan addresses an enormous range of issues, from dealing with the onset of a crisis situation, to addressing the psychological and emotional needs of students and adults in its aftermath.

When an emergency occurs, the first concern of every staff member is the safety of the children in our care. This guide provides a brief description of how the school district will manage an emergency and how Freeport parents can support those vital efforts.

The Freeport School District has established a District-Wide School Safety Plan (which is posted on our website) and a Building-Level Emergency Response Plan for each School Building in the District. The Building-Level Emergency Response Plan is a confidential document which cannot be shared with the public. Each of these plans is coordinated with police, fire and other officials in the county and state-wide agencies.

All doors that lead to the outside are locked when school is in session. In order to enter the building, the parent/visitor may only enter through the main entrance and must obtain a visitor's pass. Any unauthorized person on school property will be reported to the school Principal or designee. Unauthorized persons will be asked to leave. School personnel are required to wear photo ID badges for identification purposes. Children are instructed to look for these ID badges. Visitors are required to wear a temporary badge which indicates an individual is an authorized visitor.
Yes, New York State regulations require school districts to test their emergency plans in each school building through exercises and drills. 

Not unless directed to do so. While every parent's natural instinct in an emergency is to go to the school to protect his/her own child, it is important to realize that doing so may significantly affect the District's ability to respond to the situation. For example, cars driving up to the building will restrict access by emergency vehicles that are responding to the emergency, or school buses that are loading children to evacuate them or take them home. The building's staff will be actively working to ensure the safety of all students. It may seem logical that every student taken home by a parent reduces the responsibility of the staff, but in a fast moving situation that requires a great deal of careful coordination and communication, it actually makes the critical task of keeping track of students more difficult.

An area will be designated for parents to pick up students. Photo identification must be shown in order for a student to be brought to the reunification area.

Every school building has a plan of action to evacuate any student with special needs.

Chances are that you will have difficulty reaching the school by phone when you try. The school will be making every effort to contact you through automated calling systems and our website. The schools have every child's emergency contact information that they have readily available for emergencies. School officials may utilize the parent organizations to activate their phone chains. TV News 12 and local media will also be utilized.

The two most important things you can do are:

1. Make sure your child's school has the most up-to-date emergency contact information.

2. Review with your child any alternative arrangements you have made in case an emergency prevents you from being home.

The Principal or Assistant Principal is responsible for coordinating emergencies at the building level.  All school building information can be found in the School Safety Plan on our website at 

Cheerleaders Earn Trip to States

Cheerleaders Earn Trip to States photo
For the first time in the program’s history, the high school varsity cheerleading team has earned the opportunity to compete for the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Cheerleading Championship following its remarkable Small Division I victory at the Nassau championships at Wantagh High School on Feb. 25.

The district extends its congratulations to the team and wishes it continued success at the state level, which will be held on March 3 in Syracuse.

Link to Newsday's story:

Robotics Rocks!

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Congratulations to our Robotics Team who placed 14 out of 28.  The students did great, and were the only 6th grade team.
We won the judges’ award as well!

Judges Award 

The Judges Award is presented to a team that the Judges determine is deserving of special recognition. 
Judges consider a number of possible criteria for this award, such as team displays of special attributes, exemplary effort and perseverance at the event, or team accomplishments or endeavors throughout the season that may not fit under existing awards, but are nonetheless deserving of special recognition.  Congratulations again to Mr. Yatsyla and his team: 
Ivan  Quiroz Pagoada, Alisson Caceres Rios, Nia  Gerdes, Axel Arellano Ventura, Tatiana Arieta, Marvin  Williams, Ayomide Ewumi,  Isabelle  Edmond

Schools Celebrate Black History Month

Schools Celebrate Black History Month photo

Students across the district came together for a festive celebration of Black History Month on Feb. 15. The seventh annual tradition enabled students from all eight schools to showcase their skills in the performing and visual arts before the board of education, administration, parents and community members, who filled the Performing Arts Center at the high school to capacity.

The program opened with the Presentation of Colors by the Navy Junior ROTC and a remarkable rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” by the high school’s Select Chorale, which was followed by a welcome by Director of Arts and Community Relations Ruth Breidenbach. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kishore Kuncham spoke about the importance of honoring black history and paying tribute to the generations of African-Americans, who have contributed so much to America.

“Black History Month is a celebration of achievements by African-Americans, and a time for recognizing the influences, bravery, skills, beliefs and fortitude of African-Americans in United States history,” said Dr. Kuncham. “It is a time to tell the stories of the black Americans who shaped our nation. According to Harriet Tubman, ‘Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.’ Our students are the future. It will be their turn to take their dreams, and their passion, strength and patience, to change the world and write the next part of history.”

High school student Michael Desir performed a beautiful rendition of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” prior to each school’s group gracing the stage. The kindergarten chorus at Columbus presented a spectacular performance of “We Share This World;” the Step Team from Giblyn performed with perfect precision during a “Kindness Crew” foot-stomping routine; Dodd's Vocal Tapestry group, dressed in traditional African garb, performed a moving rendition of African folk song “Nugan Mawu Wo;” the Archer Dance Team showcased their fabulous footwork during a dance routine to “Reach Out For Love”; the third- and fourth-grade New Visions Glee Club sang a soulful rendition of “Freedom;” the high school competition kickline team moved magnificently during a routine set to “All Goes Wrong;” the sixth-grade Select Chorus from Atkinson performed a rousing rendition of “Soon and Very Soon,” which also featured a solo by Brianne Belizaire; the Bayview Dance Club showcased its excellent routine to “Heart of the Caribbean;” inspired by Bob Marley’s “Buffalo Soldier,” and the high school's Select Chorale rounded out the splendid slate of individual group performances with a harmonious rendition of “My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord.” As a finale to the program, students from all eight schools joined together to form a new All-District Select Chorus and performed “I Sing Because I’m Happy.” Audience members then had the opportunity to enjoy students’ remarkable paintings, designs, drawings and renderings that were displayed in the high school’s lobby.

The district's celebration of Black History Month provided a forum for students to showcase their talents, while honoring the rich culture of African-Americans and paying homage to all that they have contributed throughout history.

Freeport High School Production of The Pajama Game

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Promotional Video


Giblyn Learns the Lifelong Bond of Q and U

Giblyn Learns the Lifelong Bond of Q and U photo

As part of an annual Valentine’s Day tradition, kindergartners at Giblyn learned about the lifelong marriage of the letters Q and U during a spirited Q and U wedding event.

With girls dressed as queens and boys dressed as quarterbacks, students learned that the letter Q cannot exist on its own in words, and that the letter U must always be next to it. Students were paired off in a fun and decorative ceremony that also featured a choral performance following the wedding.

Bayview Celebrates Local Police Officers

Bayview Celebrates Local Police Officers photo

As part of an annual Valentine’s Day tradition, fourth-graders at Bayview honored police officers in the Village of Freeport with heartwarming cards, gifts and a spirited song and dance performance at the Adopt-a-Cop luncheon.

One by one, students and teachers in each class presented the honored guests with their decorative creations, and thanked them for their dedication to safety and commitment to their community. Following the performance, students, teachers and police officers enjoyed a hearty meal together in the cafeteria.

Students Become Defenders of Truth

Students Become Defenders of Truth photo

Students at the high school had the unique opportunity to welcome Kerry Kennedy, daughter of Robert F. Kennedy, for a special visit and discussion about raising awareness of the needs of those less fortunate and advocating for justice. Kennedy, an activist, lawyer and president of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Foundation, spoke to students, district staff and local officials about how the organization’s Speak Truth to Power Symposium: The Effect of Human Rights Defenders Curriculum has moved along her father’s crusade to change the world.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Robert F. Kennedy’s candidacy for the presidency. Freeport is the first school district in Nassau County to have embraced the Speak Truth to Power program, which ties into the district’s longstanding mission of global peace. This message has been incorporated into the district curriculum, and students have participated in helping children around the world through the Ripple of Hope Art and Advocacy Initiative.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our students and staff to interact with a longstanding, world-renowned human rights activist, who has dedicated herself to advocating for the protection of human rights,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kishore Kuncham. “Ms. Kennedy has brought national attention to the issues that are affecting the lives of millions of innocent men, women and children across the globe. Each of us here today is preparing to stand up to injustice and send out that tiny ripple of hope. We are committed to support, promote and integrate Speak Truth to Power, the spirit and the ideals of Robert F. Kennedy and global defenders of peace in all our schools across the district.”

Following the Presentation of Colors by the school’s Navy Junior ROTC and a riveting performance of “God Bless America” by the Select Chorale, Kennedy conducted an interactive forum for the students, tasking them with considering different ways they have been courageous and stood up to injustice, and instilling in them the belief that they can each be ripples of hope in a vast ocean.

“You can make a difference, and we need your help in creating a more just and peaceful world,” Kennedy said to the students. “We’re especially grateful to the superintendent and the district because this curriculum is going to be in every Freeport public school for the next three years. What each Ripple of Hope means is that each of these students has already done something for their community. When you look at human rights defenders, they all started like the rest of us; they all started in schools. I walk around these classrooms here, and I see students engaged in their work, who care deeply about these issues, learning about not only the rest of the world, but also how that impacts our society. This is such an inspiring day for me and I want to thank you.”

Following students’ presentations about what they have learned through the curriculum, including specific human rights activists’ ideals and how they personally can make a difference in their own community, Kennedy observed the work of students in three classes. Freeport High School English and special education teacher and Human Rights Club adviser Pamela Mary Schmidt, who helped spearhead the rollout of the Speak Truth to Power curriculum and coordinate Kennedy’s visit, spoke about the importance of the program.

“The Speak Truth to Power methodology transforms students with the connective nature of human compassion that builds empathy and insight, and further enhances their ability to raise awareness of social movements that actively work toward a world of justice, peace and equity,” Schmidt said.

Kennedy’s special visit was a momentous occasion that supplemented students’ ongoing learning about social injustices and proactive approaches they can take to continue leading their lives as defenders of human rights.

A Hundred Reasons to Celebrate

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Kindergartners at Columbus Avenue celebrated their 100th day of school with a variety of fun and educational activities related to the number 100.

Students sang songs, recited poems, danced with their peers and created colorful hats to wear during the celebration, which was designed to commemorate one of the first milestones of their academic careers in a festive way.

Students Meet NASA Engineer

Students Meet NASA Engineer photo
Students from the high school, Giblyn and New Visions met NASA mechanical engineer and Exceptional Achievement Medal awardee Kobie Boykins at the Cradle of Aviation Museum. The event was the latest precursor to the unique opportunity students in the Freeport Public School District will have later this year when they will be attempting a video and audio connection with astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

Boykins designed the solar array systems for the Mars exploration rovers Spirit and Opportunity, and designed the actuators on the Mars rover Curiosity. He is currently serving as supervisor of the mobility and remote-sensing teams for NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity program.

Boykins led the students through a variety of fun and educational activities designed to supplement their ongoing lessons about astronomy. Students engaged in martian simulation activities, including using coordinates on a giant map of Mars to maneuver a mini Mars rover as part of the museum’s Countdown to Apollo 50 celebration. They also asked Boykins questions and explored the museum.

As part of the audio and video connection that will take place, students across the district will have 10 minutes to collectively ask 10 questions of the astronauts aboard the ISS. The visit to the Cradle of Aviation helped further prepare the students for this momentous occasion in which Freeport is the only school district in the nation to have been granted this opportunity.

Zen Zone Paves Path to Mindfulness

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As part of a brand-new initiative designed to promote mindfulness and help students decrease stress and increase self-awareness, the high school hosted “The Stress-Free Student,” a three-period workshop comprised of meditation and breathing techniques. Led by art teacher Lauren Levine and YES program instructor and school psychologist Elizabeth D’Aiello, both certified yoga instructors, the workshop provided students with scientific information about the human body and nervous system to help them understand the value of developing such practices to manage their stress levels. “The Stress-Free Student” was the official kickoff of the school library’s Zen Zone, which will be maintained and coordinated by library media specialists Rose Luna and Paula Ennis.

Development of the Zen Zone, and its integration to students’ stress-management both in and out of school, is an extension of the district's emphasis on social- and emotional well-being and brain health. The space, located at the rear of the high school library, features a Himalayan salt lamp, yoga mats and bolsters, and quick response codes (bar codes used to provide access to information through mobile devices), that lead to guided meditations to ultimately help students relax, recharge and de-stress; teachers will also be invited to equip themselves with the knowledge and skills to support wellness in the classroom.

As part of the “For the Health of it Program,” school nurse Sarah Molese will also be coordinating visits by nursing students from the Molloy College School of Nursing, who will be meeting with high school students during lunch periods to discuss a wide variety of health topics. In addition to the mindfulness workshops that will be hosted throughout the year, the Zen Zone will also offer students the opportunity to participate in calming activities, including card making, Zentangles, Color Me Calm and jewelry making for charity. Luna and Ennis will coordinate activities and manage availability of the Zen Zone and students will be allowed to reserve time in that area of the library.

The space not only supports one of the district’s goals to help each student achieve a high level of mindfulness, but it also helps to ensure that each student will have the opportunity to increase their self-confidence and problem-solving skillset as they become college and career ready upon graduation.

Freeport Schools Celebrate 20-Year Veterans

Freeport Schools Celebrate 20-Year Veterans photo
At its Feb. 7 meeting, the Board of Education and central administration celebrated the incredible work and commitment of 27 staff members celebrating their 20th anniversary. The honorees, recognized for their collective 540 years serving the Freeport schools, students and community, each received a plaque and district pin as tokens of appreciation for their dedication day in and day out.

“We truly appreciate your years and the long service you have committed to our district,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kishore Kuncham. “Your dedication and loyalty will forever be cherished. Through the years, you have consistently shown and given your very best, and we are very proud to have you as a part of our team. Well done, and congratulations on your amazing career milestone. May you continue to be superhero staff members. Your continued contributions will be very vital to the success of our children and our district.”

The district congratulates these 27 outstanding individuals on their milestone, and thanks them for their continued service.

Robotics Teams Take Center Stage

Robotics Teams Take Center Stage photo

The high school welcomed school districts and teams across Nassau County for its fourth annual Robotics Competition on Feb. 3.

The well-attended event featured 31 teams including seven from Freeport — one from Atkinson, two from Dodd, and four from the high school — pitting their electro-mechanical creations against each other in task-performing challenges, such as picking up and depositing balls. This year, for the first time, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers set up a booth and showcased robots that are used to defuse bombs, while representatives of Vaughn College also had a booth to provide attendees with information about its robotics program and engineering schools.

The district’s teams demonstrated precision and poise throughout the competition: the sixth-grade team from Atkinson won the Judges Award and advanced to the playoffs; based on their Skills Score, one of the two teams from Dodd placed fourth in the state among middle school teams; and two of the four high school teams advanced to the playoffs. The high school team comprised of Misael Marquez, Bryan Davies, Randy Abreu, Melody Brendel and Angelica Amkwah advanced to the quarterfinal round, while the team comprised of Ryan Strong, Jaden McCleese and Dimitri Vaval advanced to the semifinal round. In the qualifying matches, the Freeport High School team placed 11th, Caroline G. Atkinson Intermediate School placed 11th, and J.W. Dodd Middle School placed 21st out of the 31 teams.

Adviser Kevin Harrison said he expected the Dodd team and at least one of the two high school teams that advanced to the playoffs to receive an invitation to the regional championships when they are announced later this month.

Dodd Dazzles in ‘Aladdin Jr.’

Dodd Dazzles in ‘Aladdin Jr.’ photo

Students at Dodd showcased their remarkable talents in the performing arts during their presentation of the classic play “Aladdin Jr.”

The popular musical was co-directed by Vashti N. Burke and Sarafina DeLuca-Padilla, and the performance was attended by members of the board of education, administrators, district faculty and community members. The talented cast was headlined by Antonio Cruz, Kristi Johnson, Sarah Quintanilla and Ryan Francois, who played Aladdin, Princess Jasmine, the Genie and Jafar, respectively. Musical numbers included “Arabian Nights,” “One Jump Ahead, “Prince Ali,” and “Friend Like Me.”

Dodd’s rendition of “Aladdin Jr.” highlighted the extraordinary theatrical talent and commitment of the members of the drama club, in addition to the dedication of several faculty members and students who worked behind the scenes to present a dazzling performance.

Bayview Promotes Learning Together

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Bayview Avenue hosted “Learning with Your Child,” a Parent University program for first- and second-grade students and their families.

The event was comprised of workshops designed to introduce attendees to interactive games they can play at home to supplement students’ education. The topics and focus of the workshops included fluency, reading aloud and story extension activities in English language arts, and using a hundred chart, number line games and dominoes in mathematics.


Bayview Students Supplement Study of Simple Machines

Bayview Students Supplement Study of Simple Machines photo

Fourth-graders at Bayview received a special visit from representatives of the Cradle of the Aviation Museum as a supplement to their classroom lessons about simple machines.

Working in groups, students participated in several interactive activities, such as formulating hypotheses about items in a concealed bag and using their hands to investigate the mechanisms used in simple machines. Students learned about pulleys, inclines, wedges, levers, screws, gears, wheels and axles as they engaged in the fun and educational activities.

FHS Wrestler Makes History

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High school senior Ikce-Wicasa Quiles became the first wrestler in the district’s history to place at the Eastern States wrestling tournament, one of the toughest wrestling competitions in the northeast United States. Quiles, who currently wrestles in the 182lb division, placed sixth in the tournament, and last year placed fourth in the county. He has been wrestling since he was in the seventh-grade, and this year was named All-County wrestling, football and track.

The district extends its congratulations to Quiles and is proud of his commitment to athletic excellence.

Students Connect with Africa

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Students in Lauren Calvo’s ninth-grade Honors English class at the high school had the unique opportunity to participate in a video conference call with a class in Africa as part of the “African Storytelling Demonstrated by a Griot LIVE from Africa” program. The call was coordinated by library media specialists Rose Luna and Paula Ennis with Oiada International, a nonprofit center in Ghana, Africa, that connects African students with students in United States.

The video conference tied directly into the students’ lessons about Africa. In addition to reading Chinua Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart,” studying the Igbo culture and Europe’s colonization of Africa, the students also researched Nigerian fables/folktales and completed a creative project on them.
Collaborating with a class in Africa intertwined curriculum and technology while enhancing students’ learning.

Columbus Students Discover the Splendor of Space

Columbus Students Discover the Splendor of Space photo

Columbus Avenue was transformed into a space station of sorts as part of Discovery Day, featuring a slate of workshops and activities throughout the school designed to introduce pre-kindergartners and kindergartners to astronomy. The program was a precursor to a unique opportunity the district will have later this school year, as students will be attempting a video and audio connection with the astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

Students immersed themselves in interactive lessons about topics such as the planets, stars, astronauts and spaceships. A wide range of activities across the schools allowed them to create space-related artwork, such as hats and paper-rockets; observe what the inside of a spaceship looks like; observe a model of the sun; listen to sounds from space; “blast off” into reading in the hallway; and construct their own constellations using kits.

As part of the audio and video connection that will take place, students across the district will have 10 minutes to collectively ask 10 questions of the astronauts aboard the ISS. Discovery Day is one of several events planned throughout the district to prepare the students for this incredible opportunity.

Archer Learns and Plays

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Archer Street hosted its annual Parent University Learn and Play game night, featuring teacher-led workshops for students and their parents to play fun and educational games. The event was designed to promote the importance of family and working together to achieve a goal. Kindergarteners, first- and second-graders learned to play various vocabulary games, dominoes, card games and Lego building games, while parents learned about ways to maximize students’ critical thinking skills at home.

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Giblyn Students Travel Back in Time

Giblyn Students Travel Back in Time photo

Fourth-graders at Giblyn took a field trip without leaving their school as part of a visit by a member of “Journeys into American Indian Territory,” a curriculum-based moving museum on Jan. 19.

Students learned about authentic Native American traditions and lifestyles and participated in workshops and activities such as examining artifacts, churning corn and experiencing living in a wigwam. The daylong visit was an engaging and hands-on supplement to the students’ social studies curriculum.

Freeport Village Honors Freeport Cares at Martin Luther King Day Celebration

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The Village of Freeport and the Freeport Commission on Human Relations honored Freeport Cares at a ceremony celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Freeport Cares, an organization chaired by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kishore Kuncham, consists of Freeport Public Schools, Freeport Village, civic organizations, clergy leaders, the business community and other service organizations. Freeport Cares was presented with a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. award to recognize its exemplary leadership and peace advocacy efforts and collaboration among various organizations to support our youth and families, and address quality of life issues in Freeport and beyond.

Following an amazing and inspiring musical performance by the fifth-grade Chorus of Caroline G. Atkinson School, Chairman of the Freeport Commission on Human Relations Conor Kirwan and Freeport Village Mayor Robert Kennedy thanked Freeport Cares for all they do for the Freeport community. Dr. Kuncham thanked the Village trustees and the Freeport Commission on Human Relations for the honor, and spoke about the importance of Freeport Cares and the work they have done to promote peace in Freeport. He also thanked the members of Freeport Cares, and noted that the group’s work moves forward the timeless values of Dr. King and his message.

“As we celebrate Dr. King’s birthday, we remember his accomplishments which are nothing short of extraordinary,” Dr. Kuncham said. “Let us embrace his legacy – the values of universal love, compassion, truth, justice, service, humility, dignity, forgiveness, reconciliation and nonviolence. Let us resolve to make Dr. King’s dream a reality forever and not shortchange it. Let us continue to promote peace and a vibrant spirit of sister and brotherhood in Freeport and beyond. Let us not hold back on cashing the check that gives us upon demand the courage, strength and commitment to boldly stand up for justice, humanity and American values for all.”

The recognition of Freeport Cares as an outstanding peace advocacy group is a testament to its dedication to moving forward Dr. King’s invaluable messages of peaceful coexistence. Freeport Schools alumni Skye Hamilton-Carranza awed the gathering with a soulful instrumental solo. In attendance to commemorate the occasion were Legislator Steven Rhodes, Legislator Debra Mulé, Freeport Village Mayor Kennedy, Freeport Public School Board President Michael Pomerico, and school board and village trustees.

Freeport Cares is comprised of the following dedicated individuals: Chairperson Dr. Kishore Kuncham, Dr. Alice Kane, Joseph Mille, Gisselle Campbell-Ham, Ruth Breidenbach, Therese Casoria, Michael Pomerico, Ronald Ellerbe, Vilma Lancaster, Anthony J. Miller, Chief Miguel Bermudez, Deputy Chief Michael J. Smith, Dewey Smalls, Diane Harvey, Jean Keogh-Domingo, Patricia Fulton, Dan Yngstrom, Derick Dingle, Jason Chatelain, Barbara Jordan, Pastor Bishop, Anthone White, Rev. Dexter Hedgepeth, Rev. Carlos Vargas, Pastor, Rev. Douglas Arcoleo, Pastor, Rev. Phil Prestamo, Rev. Dr. Eric C. Mallete, Rev. Raymond Wilson, Rev. Stephen Michael Lewis,Pastor, Rev. Dr. Eugene H. Purvis, Bishop Ronald Carter, Pastor, Christopher McBride, Christine Waters, Claudia Swansey, Calvel Venzen, Eric Robinson, Robert Suarez, Roderick B. Wilson, Bill Tetreault and Chuk Fowler.