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September 11th at Atkinson

September 11th at Atkinson photo
Our September 11th tribute began with patriotic songs played by Atkinson band musicians: Anigh Shell, Dylan Woodward and Marlon Teruel Flores, and led by Mr. Federici.  As students and teachers entered the building, they were uplifted and moved by the performance.  At 9:31, students and staff had a moment of silence that was followed by Ashley Retzlaff singing, “America the Beautiful” over the loud speaker.  She did an outstanding job! Throughout the day, the teachers taught a lesson created by our Social Studies Lead Teachers, Karen Heins and Jennifer Ferrarelli, that focused on acts of heroism and specifically, "The Man in the Red Bandana."  We couldn’t be more impressed with the teamwork and showcase of talent among the adults and the students. 

Back to School Night

On September 12th, Atkinson hosted a packed house for Back to School Night.  It began with an impressive turnout for the PTA meeting and Grupo de Padres that took place prior to meeting with the classroom teachers.  We are looking forward to working together with our parents to ensure that Atkinson students receive the finest education while enjoying the 5th and 6th grade experience as a whole.

You Don’t Need a Cape to be a Superhero

Atkinson’s teachers are embracing the beginning of the school year and building their powers to inspire, motivate and teach our anxious 5th and 6th grade students!  It’s going to be a fantastic year!


Our Inspired Additions

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We are enthused to welcome the newest additions to our faculty: MARIA BALL, CYNTHIA BRUDECKI LAUREN CHIMERI, KIMBERLY COSTANZO, RACHEL EILAM, GABRIELLA FARRUGGIO, RAQUEL GOMEZ, ENZA PASCARELLA, MARICEL PEON-FARRELL, GINA SPARACO, YERALDIN TINEO. You have the influence to positively impact each student’s life and we are confident that you will succeed.  Let’s make this year the best yet!

Welcoming Atkinson’s New Arrivals

On August 25th, we were happy to welcome the incoming 5th graders – it was a full house!  Atkinson’s superstar social workers, Ms. Ryan and Ms. Sasso, organized the event and led the introductory activities.  Student ambassadors were heading the building tours and they did a fantastic job modeling positive behavior.  They set a fine example for the new fifth grade students. We are looking forward to providing you with the tools you need in order to be academically and socially successful here at Atkinson.  We challenge you to be role models and to give 100% to all you do!

Teachers Rock!

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Stephanie Arnell was one of 15 teachers nationwide to attend the Rock and Roll Forever Summer Institute at NYU on July 17-20.
The Rock and Roll Forever Foundation was established by Steven Van Zandt. TeachRock is the Foundation’s national middle and high school curriculum initiative, created to address the challenges of an environment in which schools face cuts to arts funding. The initiative includes interdisciplinary, arts-driven materials designed to keep students engaged.
Arnell worked with the foundation to share her experiences with the TeachRock curriculum and the students of Freeport Schools. She wrote new curriculum for the TeachRock website, and will pilot a new project entitled, “Sonic Highways: Freeport” with her students in the fall.