100 Mile Freeport Peace Walk

As an extension of our efforts to promote peace, this year I am embarking on a 100 mile Freeport Peace Walk  -  Smile for Peace – Mile for Peace that will take place throughout all of Freeport over the next several weeks.  The purpose is to foster peace, harmony, unity and a sense of community – locally and globally.  I will be walking every street in Freeport Village commencing the morning of May 7th.  Please join me for 100 miles, or for one mile, or even just for a smile on any day or days that are convenient for you.  

As the trek through the Village progresses, information relating to the walk will be available on the Freeport Schools web site (www.freeportschools.org) so that everyone will know where I have walked and where and when I will be walking in the next few days.  Look for me when I am walking in your neighborhood. Click below for the current itinerary, maps, dates and times.

Get on those comfortable sneakers and let’s get up close and personal with our Village.

Dr. Kishore Kuncham
Superintendent of Schools


District Science Standouts Recognized by BNL

Brookhaven National Laboratory presented five district students with certificates to commemorate their completion of a scientific computing class taught by Dr. David Biersach.

The students are 10th-grader Jaidiver Morales; 10th-grader Nickolas Conttreras; eighth-grader Valeria Ventura; eighth-grader Jerome Horning; and eighth-grader Mason Bazemore. All five students are eligible to take more advanced classes in scientific computing at Brookhaven National Laboratory this summer.

The district extends its congratulations to its students who participated in and successfully completed the course.

Administrators Honored at District Art Exhibit


District Superintendent Dr. Kishore Kuncham and Executive Director for Operations Michael Singleton were honored during the Secondary Art Exhibit at Freeport Memorial Library.

An assembly of students, faculty members and administrators at the exhibit, comprised of compelling artwork by student-artists at J.W. Dodd Middle School and Freeport High School, offered a momentous opportunity to recognize Dr. Kuncham and Mr. Singleton for their ongoing support for the arts. Dr. Kuncham was presented with a framed compilation of all routes from his 100-mile Peace Walk through the Village of Freeport. Mr. Singleton was bestowed a piece of art by Freeport High School student Nyeem Maloney.

The Secondary Art Exhibit at the Freeport Memorial Library was a beautiful forum to showcase the artistic talents of district students, and the awards presented to Dr. Kuncham and Mr. Singleton served as tokens of appreciation for their advocacy efforts.

Nursery Rhyme Time

Columbus hosted a Nursery Rhyme Night for its pre-kindergarten students and their parents or guardians. The event, held in the school’s gymnasium, featured hands-on activities designed to teach the concepts of rhyme, letter recognition and math. Students and their guests had the opportunity to work together on a number of fun and educational tasks.

‘Girls on the Run’ Take a Walk

The “Girls on the Run” track team at New Visions joined district Superintendent Dr. Kishore Kuncham on a portion of his 100-mile Peace Walk through the Village of Freeport.

The team joined administrators, teachers and community members for the two-hour, nearly five-mile trek through the village. The girls and their coaches, who have been meeting since January and are preparing for the 5k on June 11 at Hofstra University, decided to participate in the walk to not only promote the importance of peace, but also as part of their community service project.

High School Students Recognized for Scientific Prowess


High school science standouts were recognized and awarded for their work and accomplishments during the 12th annual Science Awards Ceremony. The ceremony also featured students’ induction into the New York State Science Honor Society, and recognition for their participation in the Science Olympiad.

The program began with a lecture by guest speaker Dr. Dave Biersach, a technology architect at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Students were then honored for their success in particular competitions including the Molloy College Science Fair, Intel Science Talent Search, Long Island STEM Hub Annual Celebration and Student Showcase. Eleven students were inducted into the Science Honor Society.

The ceremony honored students for their remarkable work in the field of science, and also encouraged them to continue their hard work.

6/8/2016 - Planning/Action Mtg. Atkinson 7:30pm

Blast From the Past: HS Revisits 1991

Twenty-five years ago, the science department at the high school collected a variety of materials that embodied school spirit and offered a glimpse of then-current events, and buried them in a time capsule in the school’s courtyard. The capsule, which was to be dug up and reopened in 2016, was unveiled at a special ceremony attended by administrators, faculty members and students prior to Memorial Day.
The time capsule featured various nostalgic items, including well-preserved newspapers from 1991; a blueprint of a 1991 floor plan for Freeport High School; letters from students to their “future selves” 25 years later; poems and literature; school clothing; banners and a letter from science teacher Joyce Thornton, who coordinated the time capsule.
In her typewritten letter to Freeport students, faculty and staff of 2016, dated June 19, 1991, Thornton wrote about the state of the district, state and world. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kishore Kuncham read aloud the letter at the ceremony.
“This time capsule was created with the hope for the future of education in Freeport, New York,” Thornton wrote. “In 1991, Freeport schools celebrated 100 years as a district. Our intent was to collect items that would show how life is today, but 1990-91 has been a very eventful school year. This is my second year in Freeport, my first at the high school. The brightest memory I have of Freeport today is the racial harmony. 1991 has once again seen racial tension all about the New York area, but this has not entered Freeport. We walk peacefully through very diverse hallways; this is something I hope continues for the future. We have great expectations for the future, and we hope you have made us proud!”
Thornton also discussed the ongoing Persian Gulf war, the recession across the United States and the education system of New York being hit with budget cuts.
The unveiling of the time capsule buried in 1991 served as a reminder of how life was 25 years ago at the high school, and how the district has annually made remarkable strides to build upon its strong foundation.

Smart Schools Investment Plan

The Freeport Board of Education adopted the first draft of the Smart School Investment Plan(SSIP) at the May 25, 2016 Board of Education meeting. Click on the links below to view the public presentation on the planned use of the funds and the Smart Schools Investment Plan First Draft. Please leave any feedback or suggestions by clicking on the feedback form link below. You may also email Mr. Gerard W. Poole, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, at gpoole@freeportpublicschools to leave feedback. All feedback will be reviewed and considered prior to the adoption of the final version of the SSIP. The Board of Education anticipates adopting the final SSIP at the July 8th Board of Education meeting.

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Dodd Science Teacher Recognized

Thomas Doyle, a science teacher at Dodd, has been named a 2016 Outstanding Intermediate Level Science Educator by the Nassau section of the Science Teachers Association of New York State.

Doyle was presented with a plaque for the distinction at a ceremony also attended by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kishore Kuncham, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Gerard Poole and district Science Director Dr. Vincent Pereira at the Coral House in Baldwin. The district congratulates Doyle for the remarkable honor.

Atkinson Explores World of Opportunities


Students at Atkinson were exposed to an array of occupations they can pursue in the future during Career Day.

Professionals across a variety of fields, including law enforcement, culinary arts, engineering, pet therapy and music, visited the school to discuss their jobs with students. The school’s gymnasium, which was set up to resemble a typical job fair, featured several stations that facilitated the conversations. With Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kishore Kuncham in attendance, students were tasked with asking questions of the professionals, taking notes, analyzing their findings and ultimately choosing the career choices that interested them the most.

Atkinson’s Career Day was designed to serve as an informative and interactive forum of two-way conversations between students and professionals.

Giblyn Serenades and Fundraises for the Ride


Continuing an annual tradition that began three years ago, students and staff at Giblyn warmly welcomed the amyotrophic lateral sclerosis Ride for Life group during its trek from Riverhead to Manhattan.

The students created a mosaic of motivational signs and banners on the front lawn of the school, where Ride for Life members expressed their appreciation for the school’s ongoing efforts to help bring awareness of the disease and raise funds to help find a cure. Ride for Life received a check from Giblyn for $2,000, which students and staff collectively raised through several means, such as fourth-graders creating and selling origami flowers. The riders, who are all at different stages of the disease, were treated to two heartwarming choral performances by students under the direction of music teacher Shannon Abramovitz.

Giblyn’s continued support for the Ride for Life is shown through its annual fundraising efforts and heartwarming displays of compassion through song and art.

Raising the Voice of Potential

Students at the high school raised more than $850 for the annual global advocacy initiative “The Voice of Potential.” The initiative, which was founded by Freeport High School teacher Pamela Mary Schmidt, benefitted the 63 children at the Zanmi Beni orphanage in Port au Prince, Haiti. The children created bracelets that the students sold at the high school and at Dodd under the leadership of Ms. Schmidt and Katelyn Salisbury, respectively. The initiative served to teach students that they can make a difference in the lives of others through collaborative efforts. Students who wish to contribute to the cause are encouraged to see Ms. Schmidt or Ms. Salisbury.

High School Heroes’ Finance Tutorials

Students in the high school’s 21st century High School Heroes club conducted age-appropriate financial and economics lessons to dual language fourth-graders at New Visions.
The high schoolers planned their lessons by preparing and translating material provided by Junior Achievement. Throughout the tutorials, New Visions students examined regional resources and supply chains, and also solved economic problems by weighing the risks involved and any potential rewards. The High School Heroes also showed the fourth-graders how resources are combined to create goods and services. The lessons were multifaceted with the fourth-graders learning about social studies, math, English and 21st century skills.
The financial lesson allowed high school students to take on the teaching and mentoring role for a day while the fourth-graders learned new and useful concepts.

Mentorship Success at Dodd

Students at Dodd recognized and thanked their mentors during an end-of-year celebration of the school’s mentorship program, now in its seventh year. This year, the program featured 49 teachers mentoring 99 students by offering their assistance, time and leadership. The celebration was comprised of food cooked and ordered by the teachers, and it served as another opportunity for the students to socialize with their mentors. Dodd social worker Felice Niland, who started the mentoring program in 2008, said the goal is to enable more teachers and students to participate next year.

Fun and Fundraising ‘For a Day’

Under the leadership of adviser Robin Newberg, the Atkinson Student Government raised $700 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation through its “For a Day” raffle sale. “For a Day” offered students the opportunity to spend an entire day as their favorite administrator, secretary, custodian, security guard or faculty member in exchange for raffle tickets they bought.
Andy Rodriguez won the honor of being Principal Connie Velez and walked the halls with a walkie-talkie while fulfilling the important tasks on the agenda. Nia Thornton was Assistant Principal Michael Fee and spent the day keeping up with him as he answered calls and completed day-to-day tasks. Jackie Tetta was teacher on special assignment Jackie Winter and she joined Andy and Nia to form a well-rounded team who completed various assignments regarding curriculum. Daniel Bayer was Ernie Camps, head custodian, and worked on maintenance projects in the building. Angela Matos was security guard Yesenia Villaraga and worked with security staff to keep students and faculty safe. Carlos Escobar was the principal’s secretary, Patricia Mullen, and typed documents, filed papers and answered phone calls. Cedenia Henry was Irene Muniz in the Student Assistance Center and helped students reflect on their decisions and actions.
The staff members praised the students for their enthusiasm, respect and their willingness to learn about specific daily responsibilities of different jobs.

Dodd Learns Economics on Field Trip

The family and consumer sciences department at Dodd organized a two-day field trip to the Junior Achievement Finance Park in Roslyn Heights for its students.
Nearly 100 students attended the trip, which featured in-depth lessons about economic concepts and related work in the family and consumer sciences classrooms. Students learned about the foundation needed to make intelligent financial decisions later in life as well as the importance of understanding saving, income and credit. The program culminated with a hands-on budgeting simulation at a facility, mobile unit or virtual site.
The field trip served as an educational supplement to the economic lessons students are learning at Dodd.

District’s ‘Got STEAM’ and So Much More


As part of an innovative grant program made possible through the fundraising efforts of the Freeport Educational Foundation, students are participating in a variety of new multifaceted programs and projects throughout the district. One particular program, a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics Night at New Visions, was one of several ongoing STEAM projects within the district.

The event, termed “Got STEAM? Night” and attended by administrators, students and family members, was comprised of several workshops representing the different disciplines of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and the arts. In the YogART workshop, students and their families designed yoga-inspired artwork and participated in breathing and stretching exercises. In the Egg Drop workshop, students and their families were tasked with creating small parachutes for eggs that would be able to sustain a drop from the second floor of the school. Using a variety of materials and their knowledge of STEAM, students and families used their creativity and tested their final products. Other workshops included computer coding, creating bookmarks with LED lights, underwater creations and edible structures.

Through the grant program, several other projects will be held throughout the district, including: “STEM + C Studio” at Dodd; a nanotechnology initiative at the high school; Little Bits Electronics at Giblyn; Catapults at Atkinson; High Altitude Balloon Launch at the high school; and Mobile Mini Makes Spaces at Archer.

New Visions’ “Got STEAM? Night” served as a fun and educational event for families to work together on a wide assortment of innovative STEAM projects and programs made possible by the Freeport Educational Foundation’s fundraising efforts.

Spreading Smiles for 100 Miles

Superintendent Dr. Kishore Kuncham started a Peace Walk — a 100-mile pilgrimage promoting peace — on May 7, the day the district’s seventh annual Peace March was held at the high school.
Dr. Kuncham will continue the journey over the course of the next several weeks, and will walk several miles everyday, before or after school hours, throughout the Village of Freeport until he has walked on every block — a total of approximately 100 miles. He welcomes and encourages district and community members to join him for all or a part of the pilgrimage. Along the way, Dr. Kuncham will be speaking with people and inviting them to spread peace throughout the world, starting in the Village of Freeport. Each week, his walking agenda will be posted to the school district’s website.
“The purpose of this journey is to promote peace and inspire peace and harmony, within ourselves and in the Freeport community,” said Dr. Kuncham. “Peace is beautiful, eternal and contagious, and I would like to spread it with every step of my 100-mile walk in our Village.”

Bayview Commemorates ‘Star Wars Day’


Students and staff at Bayview Avenue commemorated “Star Wars Day” — the unofficial holiday based on the pun “May the Fourth Be with You” — on May 4 by dressing in Star Wars themed-clothing or as their favorite character from the popular films. School librarian and Star Wars fan Carlo Mastrandrea said the day served as a great way for students and staff to display their appreciation for the books and films that comprise the Star Wars universe.

Peace March Brings Community Together


A forecast for intermittent drizzle did not deter hundreds of school district and community members from coming together to promote peace, wellness and nonviolence locally, nationally and globally during the seventh annual Peace March and Health and Wellness Fair.

“We are here to promote peace, unity and harmony — locally and globally,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kishore Kuncham. “Can we have world peace? Absolutely, yes. But it has to begin with individual peace, and peace within ourselves, our families and our communities. Peace is beautiful, eternal and contagious. Let’s spread it from Freeport.”

With members of the board of education and several elected officials in attendance, students and district staff members created a human smiley face in the gymnasium prior to joining together for a march through the Village of Freeport. The walk, which commenced and culminated at Freeport High School, created a sea of yellow outside, as nearly everybody in attendance was dressed in the color for hope, and especially, hope for peace.

“Don’t take lightly what we’re doing here this morning,” said Board of Education Vice President Anthony Miller. “It’s been said that peace is a journey of a thousand miles; take it one step at a time. Today, we should all be proud of what we’re doing here in Freeport. Today, our community, as diverse as it is, is a shining example to every other community of what can be done if we all work together.”
Musical performances, including numbers by the J.W. Dodd Middle School jazz ensemble, served as harmonious backdrops to the beginning of the program. Following the march, students, parents and community residents were invited to participate in several health and wellness related activities.

As a new extension to the district’s ongoing efforts to promote peace, Dr. Kuncham also started a 100-mile Freeport Peace Walk — Smile for Peace, Mile for Peace. District and community members are invited to join Dr. Kuncham — whether it’s for all 100 miles, one mile or a smile — as he seeks to foster unity throughout the entire Village of Freeport.

The Peace March and new 100-mile Peace Walk highlight the district’s commitment to developing harmony within each person, and spreading it throughout Freeport and the world.

Atkinson’s Reflections Winners


Atkinson extends its warmest congratulations to the winners of this year’s Reflections contest: fifth-graders Bren Brown, Isis Garcia Munoz, Sarah Quintanilla and Vijay Sharma, and sixth-graders Jaylis Amarante, Karina Rios, Ricardo Sierra Talavera and Anthony Trenchfield. These students were honored for their outstanding art and literature on April 18 by the PTA.

David Little - New Chief Operating Officer of R.E.F.I.T.

Reform Educational Financing Inequities Today (R.E.F.I.T.) is delighted to announce that longtime education advocate David Little has been named as the new Chief Operating Officer of R.E.F.I.T.  R.E.F.I.T. is a consortium of school districts that have joined together to secure for their students and communities an equitable share of New York State Aid to Education.

Little also heads the Rural Schools Association of New York State, which has a similar advocacy focus.  Prior to these positions, Little served as Director of Governmental Relations of the New York State School Boards Association for 15 years.  He began his career in public service by serving as legal counsel first in the State Assembly and then in the Senate, where he was Home Rule Counsel and Counsel to the Majority Leader for Local Government.  Little has been a county legislator and Regional Planning Commissioner, as well as serving as a School Board President for a decade.  He also served as National Chair of the Conference of State Association Legislative Staff.  Dave received his undergraduate degree from Wittenberg University and his Juris Doctor from the Capital University Law School.

According to Little, “R.E.F.I.T. has a long and proud tradition of bringing equitable change to our State’s approach to education funding.  Despite spending, the most of all the states, New York continues to distribute that money in what many experts agree is the most inequitable fashion possible.  Your zip code should not determine the quality of your education.  Particularly now that the GEA is a sad part of our past, our job is to create an approach to education funding that will preserve the homes of local taxpayers and meet the educational needs of our children.  New York State needs a funding formula that accurately assesses what a community can contribute to the education of its students and then supplies the difference between that amount and what it takes for the State to uphold its Constitutional responsibility to provide those children a sound education.”  

Little goes on to state that New York’s current approach to public education funding is “our generation’s great disgrace.  Rather than doing an end run around educational quality by throwing money at charter schools, private school tax credits and other schemes, New York State must uphold the constitutional rights of its young residents.”  Noting that “revolution would ensue if the State ever chose to suspend its residents’ constitutional rights of freedom of the press or freedom of religion and yet it somehow feels free to violate our State’s constitutional provisions on educational funding.  You don’t ignore constitutional rights because you’re a little short this month.”  

R.E.F.I.T. President Susan Lipman said, “With David Little’s hiring, R.E.F.I.T. intends to expand its role in advocating for equitable education funding, both in educating the public on the impact of the State’s underfunding of our schools and in bringing the need for reform to State leaders.”  Since its inception, R.E.F.I.T. has vigorously lobbied the Legislature to reform the State Aid formula and continues to advocate using all available means, including legal action, to obtain the equal protection that is guaranteed by the New York State’s Constitution for the students who reside in high tax/low wealth districts.

Kooning-Inspired Creations at the HS

Students at the high school created original works of art following a discussion and analysis of renowned artist Willem de Kooning’s work.
The after-school workshop was led by members of Long Island Children’s Museum, which offers the opportunity for students to create artwork inspired by the abstract expressionist. Students dipped ribbons attached to small sticks, first in black paint and then in colored paint, to incorporate Kooning’s techniques in creating emotional artwork.
The students, whose art will be featured at LICM in June, will also be invited to a reception at the museum with their families on June 16 to celebrate their work. The workshop, which was made possible through a grant the LICM received from the Willem de Kooning Foundation, was held at no cost to the district and served as a supplement to the stellar arts instruction at the high school.
Students learned not only about the specific elements used by a prominent artist, but also how to create their own beautiful artwork using similar means.  

High School Students Showcase Science Skills


Students at the high school presented their remarkable research-driven science projects and experiments in the school’s 12th annual Science and Engineering Fair.

The exhibit featured students presenting their extensive research and conclusions under science research teacher Edward Irwin to a team of judges comprised of district faculty members, college professors, Village of Freeport officials and science-related industries. Research projects were presented in the areas of biochemistry, botany, medicine and health, microbiology, physics, space science and zoology. The projects were evaluated on a point system based on students’ research displayed, methods used, validity of conclusions and presentation of results.

The annual science exhibit served not only as a way for the students to showcase their impressive research skills to experts in the fields of science and instruction, but also as a sample of the stellar instruction and support offered at Freeport High School.

“The Science and Engineering Fair is very important for our students,” said Irwin. “Not only are they required to carry on original research, but presenting their results requires another skill they will need in the future.”


Character Education Through a Tree Trunk

Students throughout the district’s four elementary schools learned about character and environment etiquette through “Didgeridoo Down Under,” an interactive and high-energy assembly led by two performers.
The leaders of the assembly, Rob Thomas and Tanya Gerard, captivated students using an Aboriginal Australian instrument known as the didgeridoo. Following a lecture about the importance of preserving the environment and also developing into model citizens, students had the opportunity to join Thomas and Gerard on stage to create sounds and songs using the didgeridoo and a variety of other instruments. Students also learned about other facets of the Australian culture by observing artifacts and photos.
The “Didgeridoo Down Under” assemblies were a fun and educational supplement to the district’s ongoing character education programs.

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.

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.

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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.

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