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Homecoming Video

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School spirit on display for homecoming victory

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A chilly afternoon and a forecast for rain did not deter hundreds of children, students, faculty, family members and community residents from attending homecoming on Oct. 11 at the high school.

The day was filled with festivities for everyone, including the high school’s traditional family fair, held on the backfield before the Red Devils’ game against the Uniondale Knights. At the fair, which featured a variety of foods, games, booths for school clubs and many other attractions, the district’s elementary PTAs greeted community members, while faculty reconnected with students past and present. There were also countless displays of school pride, with nearly everyone wearing combinations of Freeport’s red and white.

A half-hour before the big game, the Freeport cheerleaders, the marching band, and representatives from the Classes of 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 showed their school spirit during a parade that started on the perimeter of the fair and culminated on the track adjacent to the football field. The homecoming court, comprised of freshmen Isaiah Stone and Mckaylah Kissling, sophomores Jonathan Deleon and Kimberly Adames, juniors Jean Carlos De Leon and Alexis Rivera, and seniors Erick Serrano and Deborah Castaneda, who were named king and queen, gathered for photos.

Prior to kickoff, the Red Devils were introduced to an enthusiastic home crowd that filled the bleachers to capacity. At halftime, the cheerleaders and marching band took the field and showcased their talents. The enthusiastic spectators showed their appreciation with a resounding round of cheers and applause.

The energized home team played a great game and did not disappoint their fans, beating the Knights, 31-21. Their determination and athleticism, along with the precision performances of the marching band and cheerleaders and the many displays of school pride, gave community members reason to smile.

“I enjoy homecoming because the abundance of school spirit is on display everywhere – from the parking lot to the stands and fields,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kishore Kuncham, who was in attendance along with the Board of Education. “It’s a great day for Freeport.”

 





Freeport Schools first in Nassau to use new vision screening system

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Freeport became the first school district in Nassau County to provide SpotVision, a new state-of-the-art vision screening system, to its students.

Kindergartners at Archer Street School were the first group of students to benefit from the groundbreaking eye exam. Archer Street School nurse Sarah Molese administered the eye exams, which take just a few seconds to complete. Unlike traditional eye chart tests, SpotVision instantly screens for possible nearsightedness or farsightedness, astigmatisms, eye turns, lazy eye or depth perception issues.

Each student stood approximately six feet away, while the handheld scanner examined both eyes and listed any possible conditions the child may have. Individual printouts of the examination results were available immediately following each screening.

The district sent letters home to parents advising them of their child’s vision results and recommended a follow-up visit with an ophthalmologist, if necessary.

SpotVision’s implementation in Freeport was made possible through a joint partnership with Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano.

“These screenings will contribute to the well-being and to the future academic success of our children,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kishore Kuncham said. “We look forward to continuing this partnership enabling us to provide screening on a larger scale.”

Bayview promotes the value of anti-bullying

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As part of the district’s ongoing character education program, elementary schools have been hosting anti-bullying lessons for their third- and fourth-graders during the month of October.

At Bayview Avenue School, Child Abuse Prevention Services speakers visited third-grade classes as part of a Steer Clear of Bullies Program. Each class participated in two sessions that featured role-playing opportunities for students, anti-bullying advice and multimedia lessons for children.

Students in Jenna Tucciarone’s class learned about different forms of bullying, warning signs of a bully, the importance of being empathetic and how to seek help.

“It’s important to teach children early in the school year about ways to avoid bullying,” Social Worker Cindy Misrock said. “This program is the first of many we will hold throughout the year that are designed to help students.”      


Concert promotes peace

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On the International Day of Nonviolence and the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, one of the most notable advocates of passive resistance in history, the district held its annual peace concert and art exhibit at the high school.

With student musicians and artists from all eight of the district’s buildings at the forefront, the evening featured song-and-dance performances promoting peace. Board of Education members, parents, administrators, faculty, community residents, and elected officials attended the event, where performers from each school took turns showcasing their talents.

The evening began with welcome speeches by District Music Director Anne-Marie Hudley Simmons, High School Principal Linda Carter and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kishore Kuncham, who spoke on behalf of the board of education and the school district.

“We welcome you to our celebration of International Nonviolence Day and Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday,” Dr. Kuncham said. “Our students are involved everyday in promoting peace and nonviolence, and I thank the teachers, administrators and everyone who has helped to make this event possible.” Dr. Kuncham then referenced a famous quote by Gandhi. “’Nonviolence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind,” he said. “It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man.’”

The speeches were followed by a slideshow highlighting peaceful coexistence among all life forms and Columbus Avenue kindergartners speaking about what peace means to them. Performances by New Visions, Archer Street, Bayview Avenue, Giblyn, Atkinson and Dodd students followed. The high school Sinfonietta’s performance of “What a Wonderful World,” concluded the program.

“An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind,” said high school student Rajiv Chanda, who emceed the program. “We must pursue peace to make this a wonderful world.”

 

Annual Peace Concert and Art Exhibit

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Bayview honors grandparents with ceremony

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Children and their grandparents filled the auditorium at Bayview Avenue School of Arts & Sciences for a special morning ceremony on Oct. 1.

As part of Grandparents Day — an annual Bayview tradition — children hosted a program featuring a lineup of student sing-and-dance performances and also paid tribute to two special honorees from the Meadowbrook Care Center. Grandparents then visited their grandchildren’s classrooms.

The program began with a flag ceremony led by students Trinity Bowers, Nina Wright and Christopher Yotagri, and class performances  followed. Students sang several pieces, including “Happy Grandparents Day” and “Rockin’ Robin.”

Grandparents Day honorees Kate Schneider and Jean Gibney were then recognized by students who had previously interviewed them, and presented with flowers and certificates by Principal Odette Wills.

“This is one of my favorite days of the entire year,” Wills said. “Today, we honor these truly special members of the Bayview community, and we thank them for all they do for our children.”


Off to a Good Start

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The United Way of Long Island donated backpacks filled with school supplies to Caroline G. Atkinson School.  Ms. Sandra Mahoney, Vice President of Educational Initiatives for United Way, arranged for the donation which included student supplies needed to start the school year ready to learn and succeed. A lottery was held and more than 40 students were randomly selected to receive the backpacks. Atkinson staff members Ms. Ryan and Ms. Sasso organized the contents of the backpacks and distributed them to the students for the opening of the new school year.

Senior becomes district’s first-ever All-National chorus selection

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Eight students earn All-State distinction  

For the first time in the district’s history, a music student has earned All-National Chorus acclaim.

Freeport High School Senior Kristopher Saint-Louis received perfect scores for two consecutive years at his NYSSMA All-State auditions and made history as the first student selected to the All-National Chorus. Saint-Louis, who is president of Select Chorale, will perform at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN, next month. He was also selected All-State last year.

“Kris is one of the finest, most humble musicians to grace Freeport High School in my 18 years of teaching,” Freeport Select Chorale Director Monique Retzlaff said. “I am truly proud of him and ecstatic to see what the future holds for this amazingly talented young man.”

In addition, several members of the high school’s Select Chorale have been selected as All-State musicians and will represent the district’s music department at this year’s New York State School Music Association Winter Conference.
    
The conference, which will be held in Rochester, NY, from Dec. 4-7, will feature high school student-musicians from across New York State.  The district congratulates the following students who were selected based on their exceptional performances at All-State auditions: Adora Carr, Jasmine Euell, Skye Hamilton-Carranza, Stefanie Workman, Modupe Coker, Aziah Reid, Victoria Baez and Tyler-Lena Williams.
    
“These eight Select Chorale members performed flawlessly at their NYSSMA All State auditions last May after months of intense preparation and it paid off,” Retzlaff added. “I am very proud of them and look forward to their performances in the All State Mixed Chorus and Women’s Chorus this winter.”
    
The New York State School Music Association is one of the largest and most successful musical organizations in the country. The Freeport School District and Freeport High School administration congratulate these students on their recognitions.