FHS Annual Science Fair: Research Categories and Judges

The Freeport High School 11th annual Science Fair will be held on April 24 from 8:30 a.m.-1p.m. in the small gymnasium.

Research Categories
100    Behavioral & Social Sciences
200    Biochemistry
300    Botany
400    Chemistry
500    Computer Science
600     Earth Science
700    Engineering
800    Environmental Science
900    Mathematics
1000    Medicine & Health
1100    Microbiology
1200    Physics
1300    Space Science
1400    Zoology
1500    Team Projects

George Anagnostopoulos, Freeport High School
Bonnie Ashley, Freeport High School
Lawrence Bamberger, Freeport High School
Diane Bernstein, Telephonics
Jonathan Bloom, Freeport Public Schools
Catherine Byrne, Columbus Avenue School
Pat Cacace, Freeport High School
Michael Campiglia, Freeport Public Schools
Dr. Robert Capalbo, Freeport High School
Karen Cole-Onaifo, Freeport High School
Prof. Phillip M. Coniglio, Hofstra University
Kris Derrig, Action Machined Products
Gina DiPalo, Freeport High School
Thomas Doyle, Dodd Middle School
Amir Elzawawy, Vaughn College
Barry Fahrer, Barry M. Fahrer, LS PC
Sue Greca, Freeport Public Schools
Peter Hamblen, Thuro Metal Products, Inc.
Peter Hoey, Freeport High School
Edward Irwin, Freeport High School
Kareen Jarrett-Lewis, Freeport High School
Dr. Roberto Joseph, Hofstra University
Dr. Alice Kane, Freeport Public Schools
Patti Kapla, FragranceNet.com
Todd Kleinhans, Freeport High School
Blendi Koroveshi, Queens College CUNY
Sandra Kubica, Freeport High School
Barbara LaPlaca, Freeport High School
Dr. Frank Lee, NYIT
Daniel Moran, Freeport High School
Lori Napear, Freeport High School
George W. Loechner, Freeport Memorial Library
Barbara Magid, Ph.D., Suffolk Community College
Khalid Mouaouya, Vaughn College
Peggy Parigoris, Freeport High School
Troy Penna, Freeport High School
Anthony Pirera, Spectrum Thin Films
Sixto E. Portilla, C.E.R.C.O.M @ Molloy College
Siria Rabbany, Hofstra University
Hossein Rahemi, Vaughn College
Francesco Romano, Freeport High School
Bhupinder Sandhu, Freeport High School
Ivan Sayles, Rachel’s Waterside Grill
Gary Schechter, Adelphi University
Hope Schnee, Freeport Memorial Library
Eileen Schultis, Freeport High School
Michael Servello, Freeport High School
Benjamin Terzulli, Village of Freeport
Manjula Wijesundera, Little Minds Montessori

4/21/2015 - Act. Mtg./Budget Adoption/BOCES 7:30pm

Location: Atkinson School

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Board of Education Meeting Notice - April 21, 2015


All-Eastern Standout Singers Perform in Rhode Island

High school Select Chorale standouts Kristopher Saint-Louis and Jasmine Euell performed in Rhode Island at the Biennial Eastern Division Conference on April 9-12 after being selected All-Eastern by the National Association for Music Education. Both students also represented Freeport in the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) All-State Winter Conference in Rochester in December.

Senior Saint-Louis, who earlier this year became the first music student in the district’s history to earn All-National Chorus acclaim, is president of the Select Chorale group, and was selected All-State last year. He achieved perfect scores for two consecutive years at his NYSSMA All-State auditions. He was also named an AP Scholar this year, and will be attending New York University on a full scholarship in the fall.

Junior Euell, who became a member of the Select Chorale last year, is a varsity athlete on the bowling and tennis teams. She is involved with several extracurricular activities, and is a member of the National Honor Society. She said she wants to continue to learn more about music, and to use her voice in the future to make a difference in her community.  

“Kris and Jasmine have worked diligently to achieve such impressive musical success,” Select Chorale director Monique Retzlaff said. “I am so proud of their accomplishments.”

March Points of Pride


Bayview Kicks off Math-A-Thon

Students at Bayview Avenue kicked off the annual Math-A-Thon program with a performance of the musical, “Stone Soup.” The play highlighted math and English language arts Common Core principles, and also served to showcase students’ talents in the arts and music.

BOE Honors Excellence


Standout students and clubs the high school were recognized at the Board of Education’s March meeting.

The meeting began with performances from the high school theater department’s musical, “The Beauty and the Beast,” by select cast members. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kishore Kuncham and the Board of Education then recognized the DECA team, Future Problem Solvers, NJROTC, Robotics Club, Class of 2015 Top 10 and winter sport awardees. Students received ceremonial district pins and were encouraged to continue their hard work and dedication.  

Beauty and the Beast Slideshow

DECA Slideshow

Future Problem Solvers Slideshow

NJROTC Slideshow

Robotics Slideshow

Top 10 Slideshow

Winter Sports Slideshow


Students Flex Their Mind Muscles

Three teams within the district placed at the regional level of the annual New York State Odyssey of the Mind competition. Atkinson sixth-graders and fifth-graders earned first place and second place, respectively, and the Dodd team placed third.

The program, for which students work together to develop team-building skills, also tasks them with integrating classroom curricula to solve problems through writing, literature, history, sciences and music.

“What I loved about Odyssey of the Mind is that we got to be as creative as we wanted, and the team had a lot of control over what happened,” said sixth-grade student Nicole Bailey. “Also, we got to express our many talents, such as acting and painting.  We also got to fulfill our competitive spirit and move up as we succeeded.”

“I loved being a part of the Odyssey of the Mind experience because I got to show off my creativity and put it to work,” said sixth-grade student Lesley Fernandez.  I got to be as spontaneous as I wanted to be.  I also created things with my team and my teacher, and at the end of the day, it’s all just about all of our hard work.”

The sixth-graders will compete at the state level on April 11 in Binghamton. In the event they earn first- or second-place, they will continue to the World Finals, which will be held at Michigan State University on May 20-23.

‘Beauty and the Beast’ Hits FHS Stage


The high school’s theatrical production of “Beauty and the Beast” was presented to school and community members on March 27 and 28.

The musical, directed by Michele Yeates and produced by Robert Yarmola, was based on the Disney classic. High school students Jasmine Ferrer, Kevin Jackson, Kristopher Saint-Louis and Christopher Fludd played Belle, Beast, Gaston and Maurice, respectively, and led a cast of talented characters.

On March 24, snippets of the play were presented to students of Bayview Avenue School.

Important News: Upcoming Common Core ELA and Math exams

The purpose of this letter is to share important information about the upcoming New York State (NYS) tests in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics that will begin in April.  The Common Core assessments and standards represent a rigorous and high benchmark that we want our students to be able to achieve. The assessments are used for several valuable purposes such as measuring our District performance from year to year, monitoring student learning, and evaluating the effectiveness of our curriculum and instruction. The tests are a measure of growth for individual students and entire grade levels. We utilize the results along with other performance measures to create services that meet the individual needs of students, develop classroom academic supports, design curriculum, and to develop professional development for our teachers. The exam results are the foundation for rich, meaningful discussions on how we can better prepare our students.  In each building, teachers and administrators look closely and collaboratively at student responses. They celebrate growth and look for where we can improve.

Please note no placement decisions will be made for students based on the results of these exams.
Our teachers and administrators recognize that testing is challenging, and work with all students to prepare them and make them comfortable during testing.  Prior to the exams teachers allow students time to settle in, stretch, talk and get comfortable.  On testing days, students are given time after testing to relax, and socialize before other academic work resumes.  

If you have any questions, please direct them to your child’s teacher, the building principal, or Mr. Gerard W.  Poole, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction at 867-5201.   If I can be of assistance, please contact me.  


Kishore Kuncham, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools


6th Annual Peace March


A collaboration of the Freeport Schools, the Village of Freeport, and community based organizations 6th 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 2, 2015
9:00 AM
Freeport High School
Rain or shine


At Freeport, YES Beats Stress


Author With a Special Message Visits Dodd

A Long Island author visited Dodd discuss her book and the importance of persistence. Jennifer Wolf Kam, author of “Devin Rhodes is Dead,” made a presentation to students about the challenges she faced before her book was published, and encouraged them to never give up on their goals. Kam answered questions and signed autographs inside students’ copies of her book.

Robotics Team Gears Up For Nationals

Students Showcase Artistic Aptitude

Students throughout the district displayed their artwork at the Youth Art Month exhibit at the high school.

Youth Art Month takes place nationally and annually each March. It serves to celebrate visual arts for grades kindergarten through 12th-grade, and emphasizes the value of art education for all children while encouraging support for quality school art programs. The exhibit featured a wide variety of sculptures, paintings and drawings from the district’s eight schools.

BOE Trustee Ron Ellerbe Receives Statewide Award

Board of Education trustee Ronald Ellerbe has been named the New York State School Boards Association Advocate of the Year for his longstanding dedication to public education and his tireless efforts on behalf of students. This statewide award is presented to an individual school board member from New York State for outstanding contributions to public education, children and community through advocacy efforts at the state and/or national levels. The advocacy award was presented to Mr. Ellerbe on March 16 during the Capital Conference in Albany.

"Ron is recognized as an effective advocate for children, and it has been his tireless mission to maintain relationships with legislators and to cultivate a keen awareness of the needs of the children of New York,” said Tim Kremer, executive director of NYSSBA.

Mr. Ellerbe’s name has become synonymous with both advocacy and Freeport. He has served the children and families of Freeport as a member of the Board of Education for 18 years, as vice president from 2006 to 2008, and as president from 2000 to 2001. Mr. Ellerbe chairs the Board’s Legislative, Budget and Safety committees.  Recently, he was appointed to the Commissioner’s Roundtable representing NYSSBA.   

Mr. Ellerbe is widely known and highly regarded on Long Island. Local school districts elected him to the Nassau BOCES Board, on which he has served since 2007. He is a member of the Nassau-Suffolk School Boards Association Executive Board and is currently vice chairman of the NYSSBA’s Finance Committee. He is also a member and past president of the Reform Education Finance Inequities Today (REFIT) Executive Committee. In recognition of his contributions to education on Long Island, he was a recipient of the 60 Over Sixty Award, presented by School Business Partnerships of Long Island. Mr. Ellerbe’s contributions to the broader community were recognized by the Freeport Council of PTAs, which awarded him an honorary lifetime membership for his service to parents and children. His service to his community extends to the entire Village of Freeport, where he has been elected to the Village Board of Trustees.

“I know Mr. Ellerbe truly exemplifies the personal and professional qualities that are honored through this award,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kishore Kuncham. "Our elected officials understand that he is a fierce advocate, and they have a great respect for his knowledge and insight.”

Mr. Ellerbe is retired from a highly respected career in law enforcement. He is a graduate of Fordham University and holds a master's degree in public administration from LIU Post. He also holds a Master of Boardsmanship from NYSSBA.

Congratulations to the Caroline G. Atkinson Intermediate School PTA Reflection Art Contest Participants and Winners!

In this picture from L To R Front Row: Jaiden Plummer, Jillian Igneri, Brenna Igneri, Nicholas Quintanilla, Elise Smith, Natalia Vega. Back Row L to R : Ms. Emily Hertzberg (Art Teacher) and Linton Brown.

Fifth Graders:
Nicholas Quintanilla * Nassau Region Entry
Natalia Vega *District Winner
Breanna Igneri * Nassau Region Entry
Jillian Igneri *District Winner

Sixth Graders:
Linton Brown.   *District Winner
Tasheena Evans *Nassau Region Entry
Jaiden Plummer.     * District Winner
Natalia Warren.    * Nassau Region Entry