Seventh Annual Freeport Cares Community Peace March



NY Cosmos Talk Character at New Visions

Students at New Visions received a special visit from two players on the New York Cosmos soccer team, and learned about the benefits of exercise and the importance of hard work.
In collaboration with school physical education teacher German Banegas, athletes Ayoze García Pérez and Sebastián Ignacia Guenzatti spoke to the students about how playing sports is a fun and effective way to be healthy. The Cosmos and Banegas conveyed the message, “anything that is good for your heart is good for your brain,” and they encouraged the students to be responsible, disciplined and to work as a team with their peers to achieve goals.
The Cosmos’ visit served as another way that New Visions is teaching its students the values of character and physical education.

Board of Education Special Meeting Notice - May 4, 2016


2016-2017 Proposed Budget Newsletter


5/4/16 - Budget Hearing/Planning Mtg. Atkinson 7:30pm

High School Students Break Borders

Seven student leaders from Freeport and Syosset high schools have been meeting to talk about the things that make them both different and the same, while also sharing opinions on issues of topical interest through a pilot program called Breaking Borders.
Last month, a group of students from Syosset High School visited Freeport High School to kick off the program. This month, the Freeport students went to Syosset for a 60-minute intimate exchange in the school courtyard that covered topics including immigration, school security, gun control and the presidential race.
According to social studies teacher Joshua Levitt, who oversees the Breaking Borders program with Jose Ortiz at Freeport High School, “The purpose is to enlighten the students on the similarities in the struggles they face as teenagers on Long Island. For example, the purpose of speaking about the presidential primary during the most recent meeting was for the students to gauge what they have in common.” Levitt also said that the goal is to have a program in place between Freeport and Syosset high schools over the next few years.
“We are associating with students of other races and backgrounds with different opinions, all things that you sometimes are not exposed to because of the community you live in,” said Freeport junior Ismary Jiminez. “I have learned so much more about different people, and as a group, we get to break stereotypes. You start to see that we all are the same human race and we can all communicate with each other. It really helps us to bond. ”
According to Syosset High School’s Breaking Borders program adviser David Steinberg, the students are driving the program; he hopes that the early exchanges give them direction in shaping Breaking Borders going into next year.
“We have our political views and goals in life, and Freeport students have their views and goals,” said Syosset sophomore Jake Gould. “Both are valid, so why not take the opportunity to take advantage of how close we are and break down any walls that may exist between the two schools.”
Moving forward, the goal will be to allow the program to grow to enable more students from both schools to participate.

Giblyn’s Reflection Perfection

Giblyn School second-grader Danna Galeas was honored for her outstanding artwork and selection as a Nassau region winner in the annual PTA Reflections program at the Nassau Region Reflections Reception at Wisdom Lane Middle School in Levittown.
Galeas, who won in the Visual Arts category, celebrated with her family, art teacher and Reflections program chairperson Susan Warren, and Giblyn PTA co-president and teacher Therese Casoria who were in attendance at the reception.

She was Freeport’s lone winner in the program, and her work, in addition to the work of all district participants, is on display at the high school. An additional reception will be held at the high school to honor all of the district’s participants.  

Giblyn Science Club


The Giblyn Science club, instructed by Ms. Casoria, ran for ten weeks comprised of third and fourth grade students that met prior to school on Thursday mornings from 8:00a.m. – 9:00 a.m.  The focus was how energy transfers from one form to another.  First the students explored mechanical kinetic and potential energy using a rubber band, stick and propeller.  They then proceeded to construct circuits to explore electrical transfer of energy creating series and parallel circuits to light bulbs, sound buzzers and run motors to spin propellers.  Students also engaged in the demonstration of an Energy ball while discovering how humans can create a circuit as long as metal was the conductor of electricity.

Students were challenged weekly to problem solve as a team and many times “go back to the drawing board” to determine which variable affected the final outcome, as well as what needed to be done to enhance the performance of the challenge.  Their final problem was to design and construct a car using simple machines while transferring electrical energy from the battery, to mechanical energy through the motor that would turn a propeller creating enough energy to move the car.  Student teams made multiple discoveries throughout this process.  For example, the propeller kept hitting the ground hence it needed to be elevated by building some sort of platform to hold the motor and propeller in place.  Other discoveries included adding a switch so that the students did not have to chase after their cars.

Finally even with all designs and mechanisms in place, some cars did not move.  Why?  Students concluded the base was touching the ground or the glue was insulating the metal blocking the flow of energy.  As a result it was, “back to the drawing board.”  This experience was one the students will treasure as they continue to explore the wonders that make science a natural part of everyday life.

Summer 2016 STEM Opportunities

STEM Institute at The City College of The City University of New York


Dripping with Artistic and Scientific Talent

Students in Marie Codispoti’s and Lambrini Kavadias’ third-grade collaborative classroom at New Visions learned about the effect of height on paint droplets during Drip Art, a science-based art project that was in conjunction with students’ study of the Grade 3 ELA Water Module.
Students hypothesized how splatters of paint may vary if they moved their paintbrush, first from waist height to chest height, and then from chest height to shoulder height. They tested their hypotheses, and also discovered how puddles form.
The Drip Art activity combined elements of art and science to produce a fun and educational lesson for New Visions third-graders.

Standout Student Selected for Summer Science Program

Valeria Ventura, an eighth-grader at Dodd, has been selected to participate in the Physicists Inspiring the Next Generation 2016: Exploring the Cosmos with the National Radio Telescope Observatory summer program. She is one of just 20 students nationwide — and the only one from New York — to be accepted to the program.
At NRAO, Ventura will join a select team of undergraduates and scientists to conduct research to observe the “invisible” universe using a 40-foot radio telescope that has a dish that is larger than an entire football field; it is the largest telescope in the world. Under the supervision of NRAO staff, she will also participate in supplementary educational activities, including building electronic circuits and writing computer code.
Ventura is currently a student of Brookhaven National Laboratory scientist Dr. David Biersach’s Scientific Computing class, which meets every Wednesday at Freeport High School, and of Tom Doyle’s Science Research class.
Funding for PING comes directly from the White House, and all costs, including transportation, meals and lodging are provided by the program. The program will be held from July 24-Aug. 6, at NRAO in Green Bank, West Virginia.

High School Enchants with “King and I” Performance


Students at the high school performed their incredible rendition of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “The King and I” to members of the school district and Freeport community on April 8 and 9. The rousing musical, which also featured students from Freeport’s elementary schools, served as an entertaining reminder of the talented musicians, actors and artists throughout the district.

The play, which was directed by Bayview Avenue fourth-grade teacher Geraldine LaPenne, depicted the clash of Eastern and Western cultures through a portrayal of conflict between a modern American governess and a king bound to ancient customs. The main cast included standouts Michael Desir as King of Siam, Jasmine Euell and Stefanie Workman as Anna Leonowens, Jasmine Elaine Ferrer as Tuptim, Kevin Jackson as Lun Tha and Makayla Willcocks as Lady Thiang.

Students performed two well-attended shows at the high school’s Performing Arts Center, and audience members expressed their appreciation with several rounds of ovation throughout. Congratulations to all students and staff who contributed to the amazing and memorable performance of “The King and I.”

Giblyn’s Standout Teachers

With a roster of splendid teachers at Giblyn, it is difficult to decide who is most deserving of the annual PTA Founder’s Day Awards, which recognize faculty members’ outstanding contributions to students and the school. Among all teachers who go above and beyond in their crafts, Patricia Vollkommer and Susan Wandzilak were selected as 2016’s recipients.
Both Ms. Vollkommer and Ms. Wandzilak are known throughout the school as faculty members who are always going the extra mile for their students and their families. They arrive to work early, and often close out the building along with the cleaning crews. Both standouts continuously display a commitment to excellence and a dedication to their students, as evidenced by their involvement with afterschool clubs as well as school and community events. They use their words and actions to assure students that they are in their corners supporting them in all that they strive to achieve.
Congratulations to two most deserving educators for their incredible contributions to Giblyn.

Culture Education at Giblyn


Fourth-graders at Giblyn learned about the virtues of different countries and cultures around the world while participating in activities designed to develop an appreciation for them on International Day.

The day featured an interactive “Ellis Island Experience” set up by faculty members that served to teach the students about what it was like for immigrants coming to Ellis Island looking for entry to America. Teachers patrolled the hallways as members of law enforcement who maintained order as the students waited for each exhibit to determine their eligibility to the country. Students, who had created “passports,” participated in activities encompassing the immigrant experience, including medical tests, interrogation, reading evaluation and a simulated boat ride.

Following the “Ellis Island Experience,” students were treated to a luncheon featuring foods from all over the world. They enjoyed tasting traditional staples of a variety of countries while observing song and dance performances by their peers. The gymnasium, which had been beautifully decorated with students’ culture-related artwork, was transformed to a forum of celebration and appreciation of diversity.

International Day at Giblyn was a fun and educational way for students to understand the types of experiences immigrants had coming to the country and how different cultures contribute to the mosaic of diversity that is America.


Archer to Cleveland Via Video

In celebration of “Music in Our Schools Month,” students in Jennifer Skelly’s classes at Archer Street visited the Cleveland Institute of Music directly from their classroom to learn about a variety of concepts.
Fourth-graders participated in an enriching videoconference call with CIM to learn about “Dalcroze Eurhythmics.” The interactive virtual journey was comprised of teaching musical concepts with an emphasis on movement, and where and how to use musical symbols to create notation.
In addition, kindergartners enjoyed participating in a videoconference titled “Let’s Go to the Show.” The students became conductors and experienced the thrill of singing and dancing in a show, along with learning the basic elements of music, musical theatre and opera.
Archer’s celebration of “Music in Our Schools Month” highlighted its ongoing emphasis on maintaining its stellar music instruction.

March Points of Pride


Freeport Astounds at Odyssey

The district was well-represented and performed remarkably at the state level of the Odyssey of the Mind competition with the sixth- and eighth-grade teams both placing fifth. Although the seventh-grade team did not place, they put forth a valiant effort and had a commitment to succeed. The coaches, parents and entire Freeport school community congratulates all of the students for their outstanding showings at the competition.

Kindergarten Perfection

Giblyn kindergartners have been indulging in a variety of fun and educational activities this year. They celebrated the first 100 days of school with related activities, such as a 100-day museum. They observed Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2 by creating “Cat in the Hat” hats, and having a wacky spirit week. During writing time each day, the kindergartners have been creating how-to books. In addition, they have also been learning about seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting and touching as part of a major unit on the five senses. The kindergarten classes at Giblyn look forward to continue to work hard and have fun in their studies.

Students Learn the Power of Social Media

Susan Cunnane’s students at Atkinson participated in a social media experiment involving a teacher in Baltimore, Maryland, who reached out on Facebook about her fifth-grade students receiving letters from other fifth-graders across the 50 states. Ms. Cunnane wholeheartedly agreed to participate in the activity, as it would serve to develop 21st-century skills to empower students.
She contacted the teacher, Ms. Ruskey, and told her that the fifth-grade ENL class would be eager to represent New York by writing  and sending letters as part of her 50-state quest. The students were thrilled to receive a thank you card from Ms. Ruskey's class for helping them get closer to reaching their goal.
Students learned the power of social media en route to putting Freeport on the map of a Maryland class’ project. Ms. Cunnane and her students are commended for their efforts to not only expand their own horizons, but those of others as well.

Giblyn’s Buddy Bench

In an effort to make sure that all students are included in free play and making friends, a Buddy Bench was installed at Giblyn.
A Buddy Bench is used when a student feels lonely or has no one to play with. The student is encouraged to sit on the Buddy Bench, after which another student will join him/her to talk or play. Literature has been provided to teachers to help introduce and explain the bench to students, and to talk about friendship.
“After months in the making, we are so happy to have a safe place for children to go that will help them make friends and feel happy while at recess,” said Principal Amanda Muldowney. “We are helping to teach children a way to be a friend, to help others, be a better person and resolve conflicts all though the use of the Buddy Bench. All these combined will help deter playground bullying proactively.”
The Giblyn Buddy Bench was made possible through the dedication of Susan Warren, Lisa Malone and the school custodians, who all contributed to the logistics of the idea and construction of the bench.

Standout Musicians to Perform at Prestigious Festival

High school band students Chris Fludd, Elijah Zelaya and Joseph LaRocca have been selected to perform at the 12th annual LIU Post Band Festival at the Tilles Center for Performing Arts under the direction of 2016 guest conductor and composer-in-residence Johan de Meij.
The festival band will be a large ensemble — 180 members — comprised of the LIU Post Wind Symphony and select musicians from 27 different Long Island high schools. Fludd (alto saxophone), Zelaya (French horn) and LaRocca (tuba) will exhibit their remarkable talents on April 17 at 7 p.m.

Freeport High School Summer School Dates and Regents Review Sessions Announced

Freeport High School Summer School Dates and Regents Review Sessions Announced

Please Make Your Summer Plans Around These Dates

Freeport High School Summer School will begin on July 5th , 2016 and continue until August 19th, 2016. Eligible students will be contacted during the fourth quarter and scheduled for classes with their guidance counselors.

Regents Review sessions for the August 17 and 18 Regents tests will be held on Aug 1 - Aug 16 from 1:15-2:15 PM and Aug 1 - Aug 16 from 6-8 PM. All students that need to retake a regents exams are eligible to attend these classes. Please contact your guidance counselor to enroll in them early.

August Regents Exam Schedule: Please click on the link below

Board of Education Celebrates Freeport High School Academic Achievements


It was a night of many academic celebrations during the March 23 Board of Education meeting. Freeport High School Principal Linda Carter proudly introduced several outstanding high school students and shared their amazing academic success.

The meeting began with members of the high school’s NJROTC, whose precision and patriotic pride were evident as they led those in attendance in the Pledge of Allegiance. Representatives of FHS Student Government presented their monthly report on a wide variety of school and community service activities taking place at the high school. The impressive list of events clearly demonstrated the students’ commitment to making life at Freeport High School a memorable and meaningful experience for all.

The celebration of excellence continued as cast members of the high school production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “The King and I” presented a preview performance and invited everyone to attend the production on Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9.  

Members of the Board of Education each proudly introduced the Freeport High School Class of 2016 top 10 sharing their impressive resumes filled with academic excellence, outstanding participation in the arts and athletics, as well as leadership roles in student activities and community service.

The high school’s sophomore and senior Future Problem Solvers team members were acknowledged for their most recent award-winning achievements at the New York State Bowl at Molloy College. The high school’s senior team will represent New York State at the national championship in Michigan later this year.

Next, it was the Freeport High School DECA team members who were acknowledged for their many awards at the regional competition hosted by Freeport High School and the state competition held in Rochester.

Members of the Freeport High School Robotics team were also introduced and recognized for their outstanding competitive success during this school year.

Lastly, junior Abby Ebescu was recognized as the best Freeport High School AP Physics student.

“Thank you to Freeport High School Principal Linda Carter and her team of outstanding administrators, teachers and staff for the great work you all do,” said Freeport Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kishore Kuncham. “The achievements we are celebrating this evening are just a sampling of the great things that are happening every day at Freeport High School.”

FHS Students Astound at FPS

The FHS Future Problem Solving teams, coached by Lauren Calvo and Angela Wheat, competed at the New York State Bowl at Molloy College and exhibited their remarkable skills and camaraderie. One senior team — comprised of Sarah Heins, Amanda Roque, Selena Muzac, Joanna Caravantes and Melissa Alvarez — earned first place for the Written Fuzzy Packet, and will represent New York State at the national championship in Michigan.  
One sophomore team — comprised of Myles Carter, Michelle Luongo, Jason Peralta, Jocelyn Jovel, Rose-Star Pierre-Paul and Robert Lewis — earned first place for the Action Plan skit. Another sophomore team — comprised of Peter Muzac, Maggie Robinson, Zoe Stetson, Susan Perez, Clara Petta-Gonzalez and Alexandra Dixon — placed third for the Written Fuzzy Packet, as well as the skit competition.  
The mission of Future Problem Solving is to teach students essential problem solving skills through a competitive instructional program so that they learn to collaborate with others in designing positive futures. The program is designed to help students learn how to think, not what to think, as well as enhance written and verbal communication skills and develop research techniques while learning about complex social and scientific issues.  Students learn how to think on their feet creatively, critically and analytically.
The club teaches students how to examine the world in constructive ways and provide strategies for facing the unknowable future.  It enables them to creatively forecast and explore potential alternative futures.  Teaching children how to think innovatively about the future increases the likelihood that successful adaption to the unknowable future will occur.  

Atkinson Celebrates St. Patty’s

On St. Patrick’s Day, Ronald Federici led his traveling band through Atkinson while playing Irish tunes that brightened the morning.
“Our students in the Flute Ensemble were thrilled to perform for their friends, and happy that the teachers, students and staff came out to listen,” said Mr. Federici. “Our leprechauns were a spontaneous addition.”
Several teachers, including Carrie Fredrick, commented about what a wonderful treat it was to indulge in the harmony of the Flute Ensemble.
“We loved it,” she said. “They are so very talented. “The leprechauns were absolutely adorable.”
The Atkinson community extends its warmest gratitude to Mr. Federici and the students for spreading the cheer on St. Patrick’s Day.

Dodd Continues Career Conversations


Students at Dodd received a visit from professionals across a variety of occupations as part of Career Day.

The various fields, which included law enforcement, firefighting, mixed martial arts, military and the restaurant industry, served to provide students with an inside look at numerous career choices. Students had the opportunity to ask questions and ultimately continued engaging in conversations about their future pursuits. 

FHS Select Chorale Makes Rounds and Astounds

The high school’s Select Chorale, under the leadership of director Monique Retzlaff, continued to amaze audiences with precise performances at the Westminster Choir College Invitational and Carnegie Hall.
At Westminster Choir College, the group performed renditions of “Precious Lord” and “John the Revelator” to standing ovations. Senior Christopher Fludd, president of the Select Chorale and a student conductor, then led the group through a performance of his award-winning piece, “Alius est Caelum,” which last month won the choral category for the Azusa Pacific University/J.W. Pepper High School Composition contest.
Fludd’s prize included $1,000 cash, a recorded live performance by an Azusa Pacific University ensemble or performer and consideration for publication by J.W. Pepper. In addition to his stellar work with the Select Chorale, he is also head drum major of the marching band and founder of the student-run vocal group, Serene Harmonics. He is also a member of the Nassau Chamber Chorale of the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York, and has been selected to several All-State and All-County bands and choirs.
For the seventh consecutive year, the Select Chorale was invited to perform at the world-renowned Carnegie Hall in New York City on Palm Sunday. They performed “Sunrise Mass” — a nearly 40-minute piece — by Ola Gjeilo, who also visited the group during their rehearsal to work with the students and offer his input.
“I am so proud of my students for all of the work they put into helping perfect our sounds and captivate audiences’ hearts at Westminster Choir College and Carnegie Hall,” said Retzlaff. “It’s such an amazing honor to have been invited to such prestigious venues, and it’s a testament to the dedication of our students.”

Dodd Students Place First as Future Problem Solvers

Seventh- and eighth-grade students at Dodd displayed their incredible knowledge and skills at the Regional Future Problem Solving competition at Molloy College.
The seventh-grade team, comprised of Edward Awe, Brianna Singh, Raenna Lawrence, Alicia Collins, Nicole Bailey and Shyanne Gardner, earned first place in the skit and second place in the Future Scene competition.
The eighth-grade team, comprised of Kelcey Woodward, Sheilly Duque, Kerry Stuparich, Christian Puentas and Stephanie Williams, earned first place in the Future Problem Scene, and will participate in the International Future Problem Solving Conference at Michigan State University on June 2-5.
The coaches of the teams are Maureen Bonanno and Shelley Scully.
Congratulations to both Dodd teams for their outstanding performances at the competition!

Atkinson Amazes at Odyssey

Three teams from Atkinson participated in the annual Odyssey of the Mind competition, and all placed second. The sixth-grade team qualified to compete at the state tournament on April 2 at State University of New York Binghamton. Congratulations to all students who participated, and best of luck to the team headed to the state tournament.

Advocating for Financial Equity

On March 11, members of Reform Educational Financial Inequities Today (R.E.F.I.T.) including Board of Education members, Nassau-Suffolk School Boards Association members and PTA representatives, hosted a Legislative Forum at Western Suffolk BOCES facilitated by R.E.F.I.T. First Vice President and Freeport School District Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kishore Kuncham to discuss issues of importance and concern to their member school districts.
Several critical issues were discussed including the complete elimination of the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA), increases in Foundation Aid, impact of the Tax Levy Cap Reform, special education costs, unaccompanied minors, English language learners (ELL), mandate relief/funding mandates, BOCES aid, APPR repeal of 3012-d, education tax credits, charter schools and more.

“This forum provides an opportunity to engage in meaningful discussion with our local and state legislators on a multitude of issues that impact our schools and communities and the quality education we must provide our children,” said Dr. Kuncham. “We appreciate the commitment of those legislators who attended and look forward to continuing to work together.”
The legislators who attended include Senator Phil Boyle, Assemblyman Edward Ra, Assemblyman Andrew Raia and representatives for Congressman Steve Israel, Congresswoman Kathleen Rice, Senator John Venditto, Senator John Flanagan, Assemblyman Michael Montesano, Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci and Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre.   

FHS Salutes Women

In honor of Women’s History Month, 30 girls from the high school attended the “Salute to Women” program at the Cradle of Aviation museum in March.

The event, which honors women in the world of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), featured a panel of extraordinary individuals, including Patricia Harron, assistant director of Imaging Services at Good Samaritan Hospital; Jade Kukula, a satellite systems specialist from Lockheed Martin who supports the Hubble Space Telescope; and Kirby Periera, a scientist at Northwell Health Medical Laboratory. News12 anchor Carol Silva served as the Master of Ceremonies. Following their insightful speeches and presentations, the women fielded questions from the students about their respective fields and achievements.
The event served to honor successful and hardworking women as role models for the students during Women’s History Month.