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FHS Wrestlers Recognized

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Students on the high school wrestling team were honored at the Nassau County Awards dinner at Crest Hollow Country Club for having achieved All-County distinction.

The honored students were senior Dashaun Thomas, juniors Frankie Paulino, Chad Elder and Ikce Quiles, and freshman Lee Mauras. In addition, Mauras placed first in the 2017 War at the Shore Folkstyle Nationals Tournament held at the Wildwoods Convention Center in Wildwood, New Jersey, which earned him a national title and All-American status in the 128-pound weight class.

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Cheerleaders Celebrated

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Two varsity cheerleaders at the high school were honored for their remarkable accolades and commitment to excellence at the Board of Education’s April meeting. Deanna Carroll, two-year captain and five-year team member, was recognized for being named 2016-2017 All-Long Island First Team, the Nassau County Cheerleader of the Year, and the overall Long Island Cheerleader of the Year, while three-year team member Saadiya Toliver was recognized for being named 2016-2017 All-Long Island First Team.

The administration and Board of Education extend their congratulations to Carroll and Toliver for their accomplishments and dedication.

Chorale Enthralls at Westminster

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The high school Select Chorale, under the leadership of director Monique Retzlaff, continued to captivate audiences’ hearts with remarkable performances at the Westminster Choir College Invitational. The group performed renditions of “Lacrimosa,” and “Elijah Rock” to standing ovations, and received an invitation to perform with the Westminster Chapel Choir, featuring last year’s Select Chorale president, Christopher Fludd. The two groups came together and performed “Even When He is Silent.”

The group will also perform at the 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center on May 18, and has for the eighth consecutive year been invited to perform at the world-renowned Carnegie Hall in New York City on Memorial Day Weekend. There, they will perform “Sunrise Mass,” a nearly 40-minute piece by Ola Gjeilo.

“I cannot say enough about the talents and dedication of my students,” said Retzlaff. “It is their commitment to success that has earned them the honor of performing at such prestigious venues, and it is my privilege to lead such a humble and hardworking group.”

Books Come Alive at Bayview

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Students and their families at Bayview were treated to a book fair and an entertaining lesson in character education at the annual Bayview Family Book Club event.

As part of program, the school’s faculty members pantomimed two books on stage that were read aloud in both English and Spanish. The books were about the growth mindset and were designed to develop high self-esteem.

The event encouraged students to continue reading outside the classroom and was a fun way to promote self worth as part of Bayview’s ongoing character education.

Tax Tutorials and Financial Fun

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Students in the high school's 21st Century High School Heroes club, under the direction of adviser Eileen Shultis, 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 material provided by nonprofit youth organization Junior Achievement. The second-graders participated in interactive activities, such as career tic-tac-toe and a money match-up game, that were designed to teach them about a variety of topics, including work readiness, voting on spending, careers in a community and specific skills required for each job. They also learned about the basic role of taxes, and how taxes support government services. The day culminated with an activity that demonstrated how money flows in an economy.

Lessons presented correlated to standards in social studies, English, math and 21st Century Skills, and gave students from both schools the opportunity to form a bond and learn from each other.

 

FHS Expands Innovative Learning Opportunities

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The high school unveiled its new Mac Lab during a grand re-opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by students, faculty members and administrators. The lab, which features 30 new Apple iMac computers and a high-tech oversized Hewlett Packard DesignJet printer, was funded by the Title 2 Grant and will be used for digital art, digital music and technology classes. Located next to the school’s library, the lab will provide students with additional ways to supplement their academics with the latest technologically-advanced resources.

“This new state of the art lab is providing our students with cutting-edge experiences in career fields such as the digital arts and multimedia production,” said Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Gerard Poole.

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Hooray for ‘Hairspray’

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Students and staff at the high school presented a remarkable rendition of the Broadway musical ‘Hairspray’ to members of the school district and Freeport community.

The play, based on the book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan, and on the New Lince Cinema film written and directed by John Waters, starred several outstanding students who showcased their talents while cast in leading roles: senior Makayla Willocks as Velma von Tussle; junior Michael Desir as Link Larkin; junior Myles Carter as Seaweed J. Stubbs; junior Jessica Moreo as Tracy Turnblad; senior Isaiah Cole Louder as Edna Turnblad; junior Joseph LaRocca as Wilbur Turnblad/Mr. Spritzer; and sophomore Gabriel Alvarado as Corny Collins. The production staff included director Geraldine LaPenne, producer Mike LaSorsa, musical director Monique Retzlaff and choreographer Mahendra Guerrier.

‘Hairpray’ captivated the audiences with inspiring themes, including racial integration, human rights and the beauty in realizing that everyone is created equal. Students performed two well-attended shows, and demonstrated their talents as testaments to their dedication and the level of arts instruction at FHS.

8th Annual Community Peace March

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Art Excellence Exhibited

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Giblyn was selected to showcase the artwork of its students at the Long Island Children’s Museum throughout the month of March. The beautiful work was exhibited in the Community Gallery, and represented the creativity of students in grades K-4 in Susan Warren’s art room from September through March.
 

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Cheerleaders Amaze

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Two members of the high school varsity cheerleading team have been honored with remarkable distinctions by Newsday. Two-year captain and five-year team member Deanna Carroll was named 2016-2017 All-Long Island First Team, the Nassau County Cheerleader of the Year, and the overall Long Island Cheerleader of the Year. In addition, three-year team member Saadiya Toliver was named 2016-2017 All-Long Island First Team.

The district extends its congratulations to Carroll and Toliver for their tremendous accomplishments and commends them both for their commitment to success.

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Schools Celebrate Youth Art Month

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The district celebrated art and art education across its schools as part of Youth Art Month, observed nationally throughout the month of March.
At the high school, a culminating ceremony featuring a slideshow of all students’ works created during the month was held in the library, and was attended by administrators, faculty members and students. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kishore Kuncham spoke about the importance of art education, commended the students for their remarkable creations, and encouraged the school’s art educators to continue inspiring through art.

Learning the Write Way

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As part of a two-day writer’s workshop, students at Dodd received a visit from Long Island author Jennifer Wolf Kam. Thirty students who have an interest in writing creative fiction had the opportunity to learn about characterization and dialogue, and shared their own creative pieces with Kam. Kam also discussed her first novel, “Devin Rhodes is Dead,” a mystery that received the Children’s Book of the Year Award from the National Association of Elementary School Principals.

Hardcover copies of the novel were purchased by the district and provided to students. The workshop, along with Kam’s visit, helped to support students’ passion for creative writing and promoted the importance of literacy.

Amazing Artists at Freeport

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Students across the the district had the honor of having their artwork featured in an Elementary Art Exhibit at Freeport Memorial Library through the month of March.

The exhibit, which ran from March 2-30, included the beautiful work of students from Archer, Atkinson, Bayview, Columbus, Giblyn and New Visions. The gallery was a testament to not only the remarkable artistic talents of the students, but also to the district’s commitment to art education and the level of art instruction provided throughout the the district.

Dodd Science Olympiad Amazes

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The Dodd Science Olympiad team performed remarkably and secured 15 medals in its competition on March 18. Dodd placed 13th out of 39 teams across Long Island in the competition.

Future Problem Solvers

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The district earned the distinction of hosting the statewide Future Problem Solving competition at Freeport High School. With schools across New York competing, the high school earned first- and second-place in the middle and senior divisions, and Dodd placed third overall in its first competition.
The two top teams will be attending the national conference in Wisconsin in June.

Delving into ‘Dancing’ at Dodd

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As part of its slate of after-school activities, the Bilingual Club at Dodd recently discussed the novel, “Dancing Home” by Alma Flor Ada.

Students were provided with free copies of the novel — in their choice of English or Spanish — and participated in spirited and analytical discussions about it following their completion of the book. They discussed family, immigration and a variety of other prominent themes in the novel. As a follow-up activity, they will be reading, “Becoming Naomi León” by Pam Muńoz Ryan.

Good Sportsmanship

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Ms. Cunnane’s ENL students at Atkinson have been researching significant athletes to complement their study of Jackie Robinson, who is the central focus in the beginning of Module 3A. As part of the project, students study the importance of sports in American culture over time and analyze other respected sports figures to develop their understanding of the cultural context in which these athletes competed and the barriers these athletes broke during the times in which they lived.

The students in Ms. Cunnane’s class researched, memorized and transformed into their favorite sports figure. They presented and taught their classmates the athletes’ challenges and achievements, displayed pride and respect for each other, and modeled scholarly ethics and attentiveness.

Dodd Inducts 102 into NJHS

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Dodd inducted 102 eighth-grade students into the National Junior Honor Society during a special ceremony.

These exceptional students demonstrated the five tenets of scholarship, citizenship, leadership, character and service in order to be considered for the prestigious distinction. In addition, they were 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 National Junior Honor Society ceremony recognized high-achieving and well-rounded students who epitomize the values they cultivate daily at Dodd.

Remarkable Wrestlers

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Several students on the high school’s varsity wrestling team performed outstandingly and placed at the Nassau County Wrestling Championships held at Hofstra University.

Chad Elder, Ikce Quiles and Dashaun Thomas all earned fourth place while teammates Frankie Paulino placed fifth and Lee Mauras came in at sixth place. The district extends its congratulations to these student-athletes for their continued commitment to success both in the classroom and on the mat.

Archer Career Day

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Students at Archer Street met a variety of guest speakers representing several different fields on Career Day. Individuals and groups working in careers such as law enforcement, medicine and animal care spoke about their experiences and respective career choices. They also encouraged students to continue working hard toward achieving their dreams.

Exposure to the Arts at Art Expo

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Students at the high school recently met individuals from a variety of art-related fields at Art Expo. The event, which is part of the national celebration of visual arts known as Youth Art Month, featured several professionals who spoke about their crafts and careers. College representatives were also on hand to discuss the possibilities for students to continue their art education. The Art Expo was an informative, interactive and educational forum that allowed students to gain exposure to the vast world of the arts and arts-related careers.

True Colors

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Jennifer Ferrarelli and William Wall’s fifth-grade class at Atkinson performed at the Freeport Recreation Center in celebration of Black History Month. The students were invited to perform following their remarkable renditions at the school’s annual Multicultural Assembly. They were led by Stephanie Arnell, who accompanied on the guitar.

Students Capitol-ize

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Thirty students from the the high school’s Student Government and Smart Scholars Program visited the State Capitol in Albany and met with Sen. John Brooks and Assemblyman Brian Curran to discuss funding for education in their community and state. Both representatives also provided students with the opportunity to visit the Assembly and Senate Chambers. The trip was an invaluable learning experience for students, who supplemented their classroom lessons about the government.

Cooking for a Cause

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Thirty students from the the high school Student Government and the Cooking Club prepared more than 150 meals comprised of meatballs, whole grain pasta and vegetables for Coloki Inc., the Freeport Trailer. Students from both clubs volunteered their time during the weekend in order to help those in need. Student government has been cooking for Coloki for five years, and this year welcomed the addition of the Cooking Club.

The effort was the latest display of altruism that is commonplace throughout the district.

Promoting Politeness Through Pages

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As a precursor to the districtwide celebration of National Read Across America Day and iconic children’s author Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2, Superintendent Dr. Kishore Kuncham visited New Visions to read to students.

Dr. Kuncham read “Each Kindness” by Jacqueline Woodson, engaging students with thought-provoking questions and urging them to embrace each other’s differences and perform random acts of kindness whenever they can. The special visit not only promoted the importance of reading regularly, but also supported the district’s ongoing character education initiatives.

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A Hundred Reasons to Celebrate

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Kindergartners at Columbus Avenue School celebrated their 100th day of learning by using the number 100 to create and display classroom posters and danced during a variety of singalongs with teachers. The students also wore colorful paper hats to commemorate this academic milestone.

Celebrating Black History

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Students across the district joined together in a spirited celebration of Black History Month on Feb. 16. The sixth annual celebration brought students from all eight schools together to perform songs, skits and dances at the Performing Arts Center of Freeport High School, which was filled with parents and community residents.

The evening opened with the Presentation of Colors by the FHS Navy JROTC, which was then followed by a welcome by Director of the Department of Arts and Community Relations Ruth Breidenbach. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kishore Kuncham spoke about the importance of celebrating Black History.

“As we mark the 41st year of National African American History Month, let us reflect on the sacrifices and contributions made by generations of African Americans, and let us resolve to continue our journey toward a day when every person, regardless of race or religion knows the unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Our children are the future inventors, scientists, doctors, diplomats, educators, writers, artists, athletes, entertainers and entrepreneurs that will bring new and better living to the next generations. They will continue to be our ambassadors of peace and equality.”

Dr. Kuncham also welcomed the Board of Education, staff members, Village of Freeport Mayor Robert Kennedy, Town of Hempstead Senior Councilwoman Dorothy L. Goosby and Lucia Martinez, a representative from New York State Senator John E. Brooks’ Office.

High school student Michael Desir began the slate of performances with a moving rendition of “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Follow-up performances included a theatrical presentation of “Thumbprint Thank You” by the Odyssey of the Mind Team from Dodd; an uplifting performance of “This Little Light of Mine” by the kindergarten Chorus from Columbus; a foot stomping routine called “Kindness Crew” by the Step Team from Giblyn; a rousing rendition of “Gonna Ride that Freedom Train” by the third- and fourth-grade Glee Club from New Visions; a colorful dance routine called “A Rhythmic Beat of Unity” by the Archer Dance Team; a graceful performance of “Glory” by the high school’s Competition Kickline; a spirited rendition of “I Sing Because I’m Happy” by the sixth-grade Select Chorus from Atkinson; a precise Dance Mix by second-graders at Bayview; a remarkable performance of “Elijah Rock” by the high school’s Select Chorale; and a program finale featuring all of the evening’s performers singing “Freedom Train” with accompanists Asher Cook (Drums), Tim Warner (Piano) and Sam Weatherspoon (Bass). The lobby featured a Gallery of Visual Arts that showcased paintings, dress designs, drawings and renderings by students across the district.

The program served not only as a beautiful and memorable way to celebrate Black History Month, but also as a forum for students to showcase their artistic talents.