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Welcome to J.W. Dodd Middle School

25 Pine Street
Freeport, NY 11520
Tel: (516) 867-5280
Grades 7 and 8)

Ms. Johane Ligondé

Dr. Danielle Ballard
Assistant Principal
7th Grade

Mr. Christopher Porciello
Assistant Principal
8th Grade

 Statement from Superintendent of Schools

As you may know, we have been conducting an investigation regarding an assignment given to students by a J.W. Dodd Middle School teacher last Thursday.

The teacher’s directions to the students concerned the writing of captions for Reconstruction Era photos. The Reconstruction Era is the roughly fourteen years following the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 and end of the Civil War in 1865.

The District’s investigation began last Friday after several parents contacted the school principal to share their concerns. The teacher was removed from the classroom while the investigation proceeded.

Let me be perfectly clear: Our investigation has determined that this lesson was poorly conceived and executed. The teacher instructed three separate classes of students to develop captions for photos of post-war sharecroppers. We understand from our investigation that she told students to ‘make it funny’ and ‘don’t bore me.’ Aside from the fact that this is a poor lesson, it is an insensitive trivialization of a deeply painful era for African Americans in this country, and it is unacceptable.

The teacher has delivered an apology which I will share with you this evening:

“It is with the deepest sense of respect that I apologize to the students, families and larger Freeport community for my insensitive words and actions last week. As a teacher and fellow member of this school community, it is my responsibility to exercise the highest degree of care and thought in all of my student and staff interactions. I failed to do so last week, and I fully accept that I must work hard to rebuild trust from my students, colleagues and the community.”

We are currently finalizing an agreement with the teacher and her union representatives.

On behalf of the Board of Education, I want to thank the Freeport community for its patience through this investigation, and reaffirm our schools as places of tolerance and understanding.

Dr. Kishore Kuncham

Superintendent of Schools


 Seventh Grade Orientation – Friday, August 30th – 8:30 am – 12:00 pm


First Day of School for Students – Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019

School supplies needed
Two 3” binders – one for AM, one for PM, 10 dividers, 10 sturdy pocket folders, four packages of loose-leaf paper, and enough pens and pencils to last through the year.
Útiles escolares necesarios
Dos carpetas de 3” – una para la mañana, otra para la tarde, 10 divisores, 10 carpetas de bolsillo plásticas, cuatro paquetes de hojas papel suelto, y suficientes bolígrafos y lápices para todo el año.


Spring 2019 Newsletter

December 2018 Newsletter


Freeport Public Schools has launched its mobile app!  


The mission of John W. Dodd Middle School is to provide a challenging academic curriculum for our diverse student population in a caring and moral atmosphere.  We are committed to building the skills necessary for high academic achievement with all of our students in order to foster a community of lifelong learners.  This will be accomplished in a safe environment that addresses the intellectual, social, emotional and physical needs of our students.  Parents and community members are encouraged to partner in the educational process and assist in the development of productive and responsible citizens who will contribute to our changing global society.

Principal's Message:

Welcome to J. W. Dodd Middle School, which houses all of the 7th and 8th grade students from the Freeport community.   Our diverse school family celebrates a variety of cultures, nationalities, and languages from throughout the world.  Our students’ talents are exhibited through artistic, literary, musical, and sports performances that demonstrate students’ educational prowess and aspirations.   

Our comprehensive curriculum is aligned to the Common Core Learning Standards.  Our students have the ability to challenge themselves with an advanced course of study that will enable them to enter the high school with high school credits after passing at least two Regents examinations.  Instructional areas are supplemented by an extensive list of clubs and service organizations, including the Art Club, the A.M. Announcement Club, the Jazz Ensemble, the Dodd Respect Club, the Environmental Club, Mathletes, Select Chorale, Select Orchestra, and the Science Club.  Additional clubs and service organizations offered include Odyssey of the Mind, Future Problem Solvers, Service Corps/Future Corps, the Dodd Yearbook, Peer Mediation, Student Council, the Ladies of Dodd, and the National Junior High School Honor Society.

Learning is a shared responsibility amongst teachers, parents, students of the J. W. Dodd Middle School community.   Communication between school and home is of utmost importance to the monitoring of student progress towards planned objectives.  Both scheduled and “as needed” Parent/Teacher conferences allow for up-to-date discussions of student progress.  The home and school partnership along with our comprehensive curriculum ensure that all scholars reach their summit of excellence.


Presence in school and in class is the first step to achieving academic success. At J. W. Dodd Middle School, we create a welcoming, safe, and academically-driven school environment in which students’ intellectual, social, emotional, and physical needs are met. We require all of our students to attend classes daily and on time. All students are expected to be in their seats at the sound of the bell. Our school day begins at 7:45 a.m. and ends at 2:45 p.m. Students participating in the Breakfast Program may enter the building at 7:05 a.m. Enrichment and intervention takes place between 2:27 p.m. and 2:45 p.m.

Early Dismissal Policy/Procedure
We would like to gently remind parents that all health-related appointments for students should be scheduled before or after school hours.  We understand that, at times, there is a need for appointments to be made during instruction time; during these emergencies, the following procedures are important for both the safety of our students and staff and for minimal disruption of instruction time:

• Please write a note requesting your child to be dismissed at a particular time. The note should include the date, time, and reason for early dismissal.

• Have your child bring the note to the Main Office prior to the beginning of school.  Your child must be picked up by you or a person designated by you on the white emergency card that was completed at the start of school.  Students may only be released to a parent or designated individual with proper ID. We will call your student down at the end of the period for minimal disruption of instructional time.

• If your child is not feeling well during school hours, they must see the school nurse who will make the determination as to whether they need to be sent home.  A call will be made to the parent/guardian on file from the nurse’s office, at which point the student may be dismissed only to an individual listed on the white emergency card with proper identification.

Thank you for your assistance in this matter. These easy steps will help to make early dismissal run smoothly for both you and the school. Any questions, please contact the Main Office