5th Annual Community Peace March
A collaboration of the Freeport Schools, the Village of Freeport, and community based organizations
5th Annual Community Peace March
The mission of Freeport Cares is to coordinate the programs and activities of the Freeport Public Schools with the Village of Freeport, the business community, local houses of worship, and Nassau County in supporting the needs of young people and families. Our goal is the well being and educational and social success of the entire Freeport Community.
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Freeport High School
Rain or shine
Students Reach Out to Share Hope
Giblyn students were immediately connected to the people in the Philippines when they experienced Typhoon Yolanda on November 8, 2013. The typhoon was the most devastating the country had ever had.
“When students learned of the devastation, they were so moved to let the people of the Philippines know that they were in their constant thoughts,” said Mrs. Muldowney, principal. “Our kids wanted to create and send something that came from their heart. They related to the children because they understood what it felt like to lose their belongings, homes and schools, since Sandy only happened a year before.”
Students in kindergarten through fourth grade created “Stars of Hope,” wooden stars that were colorfully decorated with words of inspiration to be nailed to remaining tree limbs and building structures to remind the people that there is still hope. In addition, students in third and fourth grade also wrote inspiring postcards and class books. These items were sent to the Tabango Central School and Tabango North District. Everyone was extremely appreciative of the package and they have since responded to the letters and gestures of hope and inspiration sent to them.
The “Stars of Hope” are now displayed a world away from Giblyn.
FHS Stages ‘In The Heights’
The Freeport High School music department staged the musical “In The Heights” with three weekend performances that spotlighted the many acting, singing, dancing and musical talents being developed in the district arts program.
The show, featuring music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda and book by Quiara Alegría Hudes, is set over the course of three days, involving an ensemble cast of characters in the largely Dominican-American neighborhood of Washington Heights in Manhattan. The cast features Sebastian Gonzalez Ruiz as Usnavi, Stefanie Workman as “Abuela” Claudia, and Victoria Baez as Nina.
“In The Heights” was produced at Freeport High School by Robert Yarmola and directed by Bruce Grossman. The cast and crew worked under the guidance of musical director Monique Retzlaff, choreographer Mahendra Morales, set designer Arthur Retzlaff, and costume designer Cathy Rode-Flores.
The full pit orchestra was prepared by Michael LaSorsa and conducted by John Riss. Stage manager Lee Stetson and prop master Brooke Baker are both students at the school.
Engineering Day at New Visions
4/24/14 - Board of Education Meeting Archer 7:30pm
Career Day Shows Dodd Students Pathways to Success
Students at John W. Dodd Middle School were given the chance to consider future career prospects when local professionals visited the school during the annual Career Day.
The visiting volunteers presented their firsthand knowledge in a range of career paths including publishing, law enforcement, fire safety, politics, information technology, banking, sales, film and television production, humanitarian services, medicine, crafts and mechanical repair. The volunteers explained the finer points of their jobs to students, answered questions about educational background and their career choices.
Job-specific equipment of all shapes and sizes helped the visitors descriptively share the interesting things they do. Many spoke anecdotally about their professional experiences and how their strengths in the common core subjects were the foundations of their career choices and advancements.
FHS Students Steered to Safer Driving
Freeport High School seniors were paired with a driving simulator designed to demonstrate the dangers of being impaired while behind the wheel as a way to encourage safer driver habits and dissuade distracted driving.
Before visiting the simulator mounted in a Jeep in the school’s auto repair shop, students were required to watch a video of real people describing their horrific experiences with drunk and distracted driving.
To reinforce the gravity of the message, students had to participate in all of the program steps or risk forfeiting privileges. “In order to attend the prom, all seniors were mandated to participate in the assembly program and sign a pledge,” said Freeport High School Principal Linda Carter.
Once inside the simulation vehicle, students put on virtual reality goggles that gave them a view of a video game-like roadway complete with other cars and pedestrians mixed into a typical street scene. They were asked to either drive with distorted vision as though they were intoxicated or drive while being prompted to reply to text messages. Many could not exceed 30 mph without leaving the road and crashing. For added realism, students were then issued traffic summons detailing their violations and penalties. An external video monitor allowed those who were waiting their turn the chance to observe the mistakes the drivers were making.
The two-day visit by the Arrive Alive program was coordinated through school social worker Yasmin Chambers.
FHS Athletes Recognized by Board of Education
During a recent Board of Education meeting, several student-athletes were recognized for their outstanding accomplishments. Congratulations to the following athletes:
• Brianna Taylor finished second in the 55- and 300-meter events at the conference championships. She competed on the intersectional relay team at the New York State Winter Track Championships at Cornell University. The team finished sixth, and Brianna earned All-Conference honors this year.
• Alyssa Wiscovitch, Darlin Oliva and Anthony Brennan competed at the New York State Rifle Championships at West Point. The Section VIII rifle team placed second in the cartridge division. The Freeport team also earned most improved rifle team in the county. Alyssa and Darlin earned All-County honors this year. Alyssa is a scholar-athlete, carrying a 90 percent or above GPA during her season.
• Julius Diaz won 43 wrestling matches this season, a new school record. He competed in the 160 lb. weight class at the New York State Wrestling Championships in Albany, where he finished in sixth place. Julius earned All-State honors this year and is a scholar-athlete.
• Yalitza Rodriguez competed on the Section VIII All Star team at the New York State Bowling Championships in Babylon. The team came in sixth place. Yalitza earned the Sportsmanship Award, All-County honors and is a scholar-athlete. She was named top bowler at the holiday tournament and won the Long Island High School Doubles tournament with partner Kaylinn Ellis.
• Jonathan Ruiz finished in the top 10 at the Nassau County swimming finals in the 100 fly event, held at the Nassau County Aquatic Center. He set a new school record in the 200 individual medley and earned All-County honors. He was also voted as the Conference III swimmer of the year by the coaches association.
FHS Future Problem Solvers Place Second in NYS Championship
Freeport High School students successfully competed in the New York State Future Problem Solving Championships held at Molloy College. Ms. Angela Wheat and Ms. Lauren Calvo coached the teams. One of the teams placed second in the overall Team Problem Solving competition, while another team placed second overall in the Presentation of Action Plan.
The students performed skits based on their action plan for this year's problem - future land transportation. In order to compete, the students were required to complete four problems over the course of the year. The students were given a future scene or "fuzzy" that they used to brainstormed sixteen problems. After completing that task, they developed an underlying problem that can be a fleshing out of one idea or bringing together multiple problems. The teams then created sixteen solutions. The students rated their solutions based on criteria that they decided in advance. Some examples include: economic viability, ease of implementation and time etc.
Upon completing that process, the students created an action plan to solve the problem. It was this action plan that they presented at the New York State conference.
New Visions Students Experience First Engineering Day
First-grade students at New Visions School participated in their school’s first Engineering Day and experienced some of the real challenges engineers face when they design roller coasters.
The students were primed for this day with in-class lessons on potential and kinetic energy and learned some of the key steps to success in the team engineering design process, such as “ask, brainstorm, design, build, test and improve.” The program built on the district’s Common Core Learning Standards that emphasize bringing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum to students at an early age to encourage an interest in careers that require strong math and science skills.
The event was organized by school parent Christine Flaherty, a certified construction manager, and Preye Backer, program director for Engineering For Kids, a company that brings engaging engineering projects into classrooms. “Engineers are a main part of our everyday lives; they do things to improve our lives,” said Backer.
The students were divided into teams and given scale model roller coaster assembly kits with which to work. They used their knowledge of gravity and their hands-on dexterity to build roller coaster track layouts that were then tested with rolling marbles to learn more about the design considerations used by real engineers to ensure usability and safety.
Nicolle Salazar Wins First Place Journalism Award
On March 21, Long Island University Post hosted the Best of High School Journalism Awards ceremony for Long Island high school students. Throughout the event, students participated in workshops focusing on the many fields of journalism.
Nicolle Salazar won first place in the Best Opinion/Editorial category. Her article was entitled "FHS Students Need to Aim Higher," from the Summer 2013 issue of Freeport High School’s newspaper, Flashings.
Adelphi Press Day
Adelphi University hosted Press Day featuring the Quill Awards for high school students across Long Island. Students participated in a panel discussion, workshops and award presentation where Emily Bernal and Jeanette Tavares received Honorable Mention for Best News Article. Their article was entitled "Teacher & Nurse Save a Life," from the Fall 2013 issue of Freeport High School’s newspaper, Flashings.
FHS Student Named U.S. Physics Olympiad Semifinalist
Freeport High School senior Cory Nezin has been named a semifinalist in the 2014 U.S. Physics Olympiad. Cory is one of seven students from Long Island to join approximately 400 students from the across the country who have also reached this level. Cory’s ranking is based on his performance on the U.S. Physics Olympiad examination.
“Dr. Capalbo (science teacher) trains students for the U.S. Physics Olympiad examination,” said District Coordinator of Science Dr. Vincent Pereira. “Cory’s success, in some way, is a tribute to his teaching. I am very pleased that this has borne fruit.”
The next step for Nezin is another competitive physics examination. If he advances to the next level, he will have the opportunity to go to Washington, D.C., to be trained by scientists and meet President Obama.
Freeport High School Hosts College Night
Hundreds of college-bound Freeport students and their families had the opportunity to speak with representatives from 100 visiting colleges during the annual College and Career Night. A variety of workshops and seminars covering financial aid options and college search strategies were held throughout the building in support of the students’ efforts to find the right school to continue their education.
“College and Career Night has been a huge success thanks to the time and dedication of our guidance department, teachers, assistant principals and community,” said Principal Linda Carter. “It’s always a pleasure to ensure that we are preparing our students for the future.”
To better help the students who attended select their next academic home, the guidance department made sure that the gym was densely packed with information booths spanning a wide variety of colleges from all over the country. Posters, brochures, magazines and giveaway items helped encourage students to ask questions and speak about themselves and their future plans with the recruiters. Nassau County was well represented by the presence of Adelphi University, Hofstra University, LIU Post and Molloy College, among others. Thirteen SUNY schools hosted booths, and Harvard University, Penn State University and Ohio State University were three of the more notable out-of state schools.
An informative college application presentation led by Freeport High School guidance counselor Rosemary Garcia was held in the auditorium. She discussed college admissions strategies including the best ways to manage the wide scope of timelines and deadlines.
Volunteers from The United Way of Long Island and the Freeport High School National Honor Society were on hand to help students and their families identify potential sources of financial aid and assistance including FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
AIDS Awareness Day Messages Resonate with Students
Freeport High School marked the 20th anniversary of Aids Awareness Day at the school with special assemblies and classroom visits by guest speakers who delivered informative messages pertaining to challenges teens can face including risks of HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, homophobia and dating violence.
The auditorium seated 70 classes for two performances by “Stories of Substance,” a group that uses drama, humor and music to raise awareness and educate students on how to cope with mixed messages and troubling situations. Each skit was punctuated with the words “think about it.”
Speakers from various agencies, such as Long Island Association for AIDS Care, Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth, The Long Island Minority AIDS Coalition, Freeport Pride, Long Island Teen Freedom, Pride for Youth, Planned Parenthood, Five-Towns Community Center, Leadership Training Institute and Nassau University Medical Center, rotated through classrooms reinforcing important, supportive messages and providing methods of coping with problems.
An information table was set up in the school lobby to distribute brochures. “Our goal as educators is to ensure that the decisions you make will be good ones and will lead to lifelong safety and happiness,” said John W. Dodd Middle School lead social worker Felice Niland. Niland started the AIDS Awareness group in Freeport Schools 20 years ago.
Dodd Student Takes First Place in Regional Science and Engineering Fair
John W. Dodd Middle School seventh-grade student Leah Hochman was awarded first place in the Long Island Science and Engineering Middle School 2014 Fair.
Her project, “Investigating the Ages of Globular Clusters in the Milky Way,” earned her one of the nine top prizes awarded from the pool of more than 100 students who competed on Long Island.
PTA Reflections Program Spotlights Talented Students
Students from all grade levels whose work was judged to be exceptional in the National PTA Arts in Education Reflections program were recognized at a ceremony held at Freeport High School.
Each school building PTA partnered with the school district to encourage every student to participate by submitting their original work relating to the theme “Dream, Believe, Inspire.” Written words, photos, and musical compositions and performances were just some of the acceptable entry methods. All submissions were evaluated at the local level in Freeport. “It was wonderful to have judges from the community, including the Long Island Arts Council of Freeport and local artist in residence Lyle Cogen,” said Freeport PTA Reflections coordinator Robyn Workman.
“I was thrilled to learn that 150 of your students participated in the program,” said New York State PTA Reflections specialist Sarah Henris. “We strive to make a difference for all students.”
The ceremony also featured the premiere of a video compiled by visual arts facilitator Catherine Rode-Flores from student artwork, including many entries that had been sent to the state level of competition for judging. These results won’t be known for some time.
A Colorado PTA president named Mary Lou Anderson founded the Reflections program in 1969. The ongoing hope is that participation in the arts will inspire creativity and imagination in students and reinforce critical thinking and problem-solving skills in line with the new core curriculum.
First Fun Day Brings Out the Best in Everyone
Freeport High School held its first Fun Day Athletic Challenge that encouraged all students to freely participate in an afternoon of gymnasium games but was designed to particularly involve and engage those students with special needs. A group of Freeport student volunteers called “Peer Buddies” were on hand to coach and play with the participants and ensure they had a good time.
Smiles were everywhere as students were divided into teams and rotated into supervised activities, such as soccer and net games. Special education teacher Madeline Silverman and physical education teacher Toby Elmore coordinated the afterschool program. “This has been in the planning stage for a long time and I am happy that our district has been so supportive,” said Silverman. “Hopefully, this is just the starting point for many more great events to come.” One of the future ideas is to have other high schools from the area also participate.
Parents and friends turned out to populate the bleachers and cheer on the special student-athletes as they proudly wore their Freeport jerseys and shared good times with classmates.
A Lesson in Democracy and Advocacy
On March 12th thirty-five students from the Freeport High School Student Government had a unique opportunity to visit the state capital. The purpose of the visit was to meet with legislative representatives to discuss funding for education in the Freeport School District and New York State. The students arrived in Albany early in the morning and first attended a rally led by Alliance for Quality Education in the convention center.
The students met with Senator John Flanagan and Assemblyman Brian Curran. Both the senator and assemblyman listened attentively as the students shared their concerns about state funding for Freeport schools and then invited the students to visit both the Senate and Assembly Chambers. The students had an opportunity to see open debate on the floor of the Assembly on education funding. This trip was a wonderful learning experience on the many intricate details of government. It also provided the students with the opportunity to express their opinions on issues of importance to them.
Students Win Quill Awards
Adelphi University hosted Press Day featuring the Quill Awards for high school students throughout Long Island. Students participated in a panel discussion, workshops and award presentation where Emily Bernal and Jeanette Tavares received Honorable Mention for Best News Article.
Their article was entitled "Teacher & Nurse Save a Life," from the Fall 2013 issue of Freeport High School’s newspaper, Flashings.
Archer Career Day Focuses on the Future
Students at Archer Street School learned about different career opportunities from the professionals who do them during the school’s annual Career Day. Visitors spent time in classrooms answering questions as they explained what they do and how their education helped them achieve their career goals. “We are proud to have you here to enrich the career goals of our students,” said Principal Paula Lein.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kishore Kuncham, Board of Education President Debra Mulé, Nassau County Legislator David Denenberg, Hempstead Town Councilwoman Dorothy L. Goosby, and Nassau County official Raymond Thomas, representing Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, were on hand to offer support for the program.
Job-specific equipment of all shapes and sizes helped the guest speakers share their careers. Vocations included animal shelter humanitarian, ballroom dancer, clothing designer, coffee manufacturer, courtroom judge, court stenographer, dentist, financial news reporter, pediatrician, personal trainer, police officer and detective, and power plant assistant superintendent.
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