Students Flex Their Mind Muscles

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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

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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.  

Sincerely,

Kishore Kuncham, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

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6th Annual Peace March

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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


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At Freeport, YES Beats Stress

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Author With a Special Message Visits Dodd

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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

4/15/2015 - Budget/Planning/Action Mtg Atkinson 7:30pm

Students Showcase Artistic Aptitude

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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

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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!

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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


A Glimpse of Future Careers

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Students at Archer were exposed to the wide array of future occupational choices available to them as part of Career Day.

The school welcomed a variety of guest speakers, including a judge, electrician, orthopedic surgeon, police officer, yoga teacher, animal shelter worker and Zumba instructor, to speak to students about their careers. The students learned first-hand about the different fields they can begin thinking about pursuing in the future.

A Superheroic Lesson for Giblyn

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Students at Giblyn were introduced to Enviroman, a conceptual superhero who taught them about the importance of keeping their school and community environmentally sound.

Enviroman was designed to provide a school-wide lesson in cleanliness, and was spearheaded by a project in Mrs. Patricia Vollkommer’s second-grade class. Students in the class created paper ‘Enviromen’ and each design was hung up around the school without an explanation.

Students were told that this superhero had unexpectedly visited the school, and they were asked to predict what his reason was. The following day, broken pencils, erasers, crumpled papers and markers were taped to each Enviroman’s hand, and students were again tasked with making a prediction as to the reason for the clutter. On the third and final day, speech bubbles containing advice about tidiness were hung over each Enviroman’s head. School security guard Ms. Jocelyn also participated in the project by leading the investigation and examining the clues.

Mrs. Vollkommer’s students kept the clues to the mystery a secret, and wrote a song about Enviroman to the tune of Spiderman. During a live visit from an Enviroman and an Envirogirl, the students sang the song and honored them with a Giblyn Clap Out ritual.

FHS Select Chorale Serenades Barclays

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The FHS Select Chorale once again took its talents on the road, this time to Barclays Center to sing the national anthem at a Brooklyn Nets basketball game. Following their harmonious rendition under director Monique Retzlaff, the group interacted with players and watched the Nets’ game against the Utah Jazz. The FHS Select Chorale, which also performed at the Empire State Building in December, is comprised of many members who were selected as All-State musicians earlier this year.

Jet Returns Bearing Books

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The district welcomed its hometown hero, D’Brickashaw Ferguson, back for Read Across America Day.

Ferguson, an offensive tackle for the New York Jets drafted in 2006, visited the district’s four elementary schools for special readings of his book, “Brick’s Way Go Green.” The football superstar began by reading to students at Bayview, then made his way to Archer and New Visions before culminating at Giblyn, the school he attended. Ferguson answered students’ questions following the readings and donated hundreds of copies of the book to each school.

Seuss Celebrations

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Students throughout the district celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday, also known as Read Across America Day, with a variety of reading-oriented activities.

At New Visions, teachers swapped classrooms to serve as guest readers of Dr. Seuss books to their colleagues’ students. Archer celebrated the author by hosting children’s musicians Scott and Beth Bierko at its Dr. Seuss Pajama Party. Bayview hosted its annual Family Book Club, which brought together students and their families for an evening of entertainment by teachers dressed as book characters who celebrated the joy of reading. A book fair was held at the school following the program. Giblyn welcomed several guests for special readings of Dr. Seuss books, including Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kishore Kuncham and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Gerard Poole.

The activities reinforced the importance of reading while celebrating the life of one of the most influential children’s authors in history.

Marchers at Archer

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Students at Archer celebrated the Chinese New Year with a Lunar Day Parade. The march featured students displaying various Chinese culture-related artworks, such as masks and lanterns. Each grade level had an opportunity to showcase its artistic creations for their peers.

Impact of the GEA on Freeport and the Albany issues that we need to know about that can affect state aid

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Students Showcase Musical and Artistic Talents at District’s Annual Black History Month Celebration

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The story of black history is truly the story of American history. It is the history of a brave people, a people brought to this nation against their will who, quiet as it’s been kept, built this country. The districtwide Black History program celebrates the contributions of enslaved and freed people through spoken word, dance and vocal music. The story cannot be told in one hour, one month or even one year.

The art instructors presented stellar works from their students depicting the messages of peace, the art forms of expression that highlighted African Americans (not clear what the second half of this sentence means). The work was displayed in the atrium of the high school.

Students from Bayview (Brianna Bras, Jadon Easy, Malcolm Jean-Pierre, Katie Marcia  and Tristan Meli), Archer (Rosanna Secchi) and Atkinson (Tatiana Andre, Dillon DeBourg and Reginai (sp?) Tucker) presented narrations of “Who Am I?” to the program. The segment included mentions of African-American icons, such as Harriet Tubman, Maya Angelou, Judge Thurgood Marshall, Alvin Ailey, Langston Hughes, Dr. Charles Drew, Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, Elijah McCoy, Lewis Howard Latimer, Henry Ossawa Tanner, John Stanford, George Washington Carver, Madame C. J. Walker, Rosa Parks, James Weldon Johnson, Hank Aaron, Crispus Attucks, Benjamin Banneker, Romare Bearden, Mary McLeod Bethune, Shirley Chisholm, Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis, Frederick Douglass, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Oprah Winfrey, President Barack Obama, and many more.

Students from Archer explained the history of stepping before they performed the same ritual.

District Director of the Arts Anne-Marie Hudley Simmons prepared student speakers Rajiv Chanda, Kira Brizill and Michael Desir from the high school to narrate the entire program, and their contribution was stellar.

The program included performances by the A.T.K. Dancers from Atkinson, steppers from Archer, and Retrograde, a dance troupe from Freeport High School. In addition, there were exciting choreographed choral selections by New Visions, Atkinson, Dodd and the high school. New Visions first-grader Isabella Diaz sang “We Shall Overcome,” commemorating the music heard at the march in Washington in the 1960s. The melodious tones of the saxophone were rendered by Skye Carranza, who mesmerized the audience with his improvisation of “Amazing Grace.” It was truly a night to remember.

The select chorale opened with “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and with the mass choir singing Roland Carter’s “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” accompanied by Brandon Belizaire on the Steinway, it was an electrifying and glorious night.

Christopher Fludd led the closing number in song, “I Need You to Survive,” and then continued to conduct the mass choir from Giblyn, New Visions, Atkinson, Dodd and the high school.

Freeport Educational Foundation Invitation

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