2/2/15 - Special Meeting Board Room of the Administration Building 8:00am

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‘A Chorus Line’ Is Coming

Dodd’s Drama Club will be performing “A Chorus Line” at the high school on Jan. 30.
    
The club, comprised of seventh- and eighth-grade students and directed by Robyn Workman and Vashti Burke, is part of the school’s 21st Century Learning Program. “A Chorus Line” is about an audition for a Broadway show and what happens behind the scenes when hiring a cast.
    
The show will begin at 7 p.m. There is no fee and all are welcome to attend.

January Points of Pride

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Columbus Students Study Spot

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Kindergartners at Columbus are completing comprehensive lessons related to the book, “Spot Goes to the Farm,” by Eric Hill.

Nina Moran, of the Long Island University Arts in Education program, led the lessons over a four-day period. Moran read the book to the students, who worked on related vocabulary, coordinated singing-and dancing of “Old MacDonald had a Farm,” and incorporated coloring and cutting skills to make puppets of farm animals.

The students will culminate their study of the book with a trip to the Tilles Center at LIU Post to watch a rendition of the “Spot Goes to the Farm” play.

About Space: Dodd Students Meet Astronaut

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Technology students Dodd visited the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City and met NASA astronaut Stephanie Wilson. Wilson, who spoke about her trips to outer space, her time on the space station and how she became an astronaut, answered students’ questions following her presentation.  

2/4/15 - Planning/Action Meeting Atkinson 7:30pm

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Robotics Team Headed to Nationals

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The robotics team was crowned champion at a tournament held at Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology in Flushing, and is heading to the National tournament in April in Iowa.

The Red Devil Robotics team entered two robots in the competition. Despite an impressive effort, the B team was unable to move past the quarterfinals. The A team defeated Jericho and Port Washington by a score of 26-23 to secure the national invitation. Since the A team reached the final round, it also qualified for the Southern New York State Championship in March at East Rockaway High School.

The team is led by driver Joshua Jean-Jacques, assistants Jonathan Ramos, Jaren Mills and Abigail Aguilar, and programmer Justin Merritt.

“I am very proud of our entire group for working together,” advisor Kevin Harrison said. “The A team earned this accomplishment through its hard work designing and building the robot.”

The Red Devils Robotics team will be hosting its first robotics competition at the high school on Saturday, Feb. 7 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All community residents are invited to attend.

New Visions super speller headed to regional round

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A fourth-grader at New Visions will be competing in the Scripps Regional Spelling Bee at Hofstra University.

Travis Manning, who won the school’s spelling bee by correctly spelling the word “portrait,” was awarded a year subscription to Britannica for Kids Encyclopedia online edition. He will represent the school on Feb. 8 against other schools throughout Long Island. In the event that Manning is unable attend, runner-up Ana James will take his place.

Archer Visits Zoo Virtually

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Students in Kristen Boshko’s first-grade class at Archer culminated their penguin unit with a virtual trip to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

The videoconference gave students the opportunity to learn new information and demonstrate what they had learned about penguins. They saw live penguins, asked and answered questions, and compared themselves to the tuxedo-clad birds. The students prepared for the interactive lesson by using several databases to conduct research, including PebbleGo, World Book Online Encyclopedia and Discovery Streaming.

Bayview Is Beacon for Musician Recognition

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Musicians at Bayview are being recognized for their positive attitude, work ethic and good behavior through the new program “Musician of the Month.”
    
Implemented by music teacher Michael Young, the program rewards the school’s most outstanding musicians each month. The students receive certificates and have their names displayed on Young’s bulletin board.
    
Generally, seven students representing each of the major instruments — flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, French horn and percussion — will be recognized each month. A set of three main criteria is used to determine those who are recognized: leadership (does the student help fellow students during lessons and rehearsals, and do they take charge and lead by example); responsibility (is the student prepared, does the student remember their instrument, does the student arrive at lessons, concerts and rehearsals on time); and work ethic (does the student practice their instrument every night, do they keep trying when they are having difficulty, are they making progress on their instrument).
    
 The school’s first group of exemplary musicians was honored for the month of December.

FHS Welcomes LI Schools for Academic Competition

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The high school opened its doors and welcomed more than 900 students from 17 schools on Long Island for the annual Distributive Education Clubs of America Regional Competition.

Freeport students, as well as their competitors, prepared for various contests and showcased their proficiencies in several specialized areas of business study. DECA is an international association of high school and college students and teachers of marketing, management and entrepreneurship in business, finance, hospitality, and marketing sales and service. It develops leaders for careers in several business areas.

Regional competition winners will go on to compete at the state level in early March in Rochester.

Giblyn Pays It Forward

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In the true spirit of the holiday season, students at Giblyn “paid it forward” to benefit the Freeport community.

After local restaurant Imperial Diner donated an entire feast to the fourth grade, students were inspired to give back in their own way. The grade’s presidents and vice presidents decided to collect funds to donate to Friends of Freeport to help community members still recovering from Superstorm Sandy. Giblyn students and staff then invited representatives from both Imperial Diner and Friends of Freeport to thank them personally and present them with gifts.

“The circle of paying it forward is complete today,” Principal Amanda Muldowney said. “Imperial Diner donated the feast, and now the students of Giblyn have donated money to Friends of Freeport. We hope the circle of paying it forward will keep turning.”

Teddy Teamwork: Freeport Students Build Bears

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As part of an annual tradition, students from the high school and Columbus Avenue took a holiday excursion to Roosevelt Field Mall’s Build-A-Bear workshop and constructed teddy bears together.
    
As part of their final assignment on early childhood development, students in the high school’s elective psychology classes accompanied the Columbus kindergartners through the process of bear-building. Two high school students were assigned to each kindergartner, and each pair was tasked with taking notes and categorizing stages of development. There was no cost to the kindergartners for the bears, and all expenses were covered through fundraising efforts by high school students.
    
The experience served as an educational and fun way for students to foster teamwork during the holiday season.

Archer crowns ‘incredible’ speller

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Fourth-grader Kiana Azcona spelled her way to the top at Archer.
    
Azcona’s winning word was ‘incredible.’ Jayden Bonilla was the runner-up in the spelling bee, which featured the top three spellers from each of the school’s four fourth-grade classes.