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Scientific Summer

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As part of its ongoing slate of 21st Century programs, the district hosted a summer science research program for its students at Atkinson. As part of the program, students participated in a variety of scientific experiments and research projects, using their summer breaks as another opportunity to expand their knowledge. The students were led through both indoor and outdoor-based experiments by teacher Matt Yatsyla, and learned firsthand about scientific data, analysis, concepts and theories.

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District’s Summer Academy of the Arts

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Students across the district continue to enhance their artistic knowledge and skills during the summer break through the annual Academy of the Arts program, themed “Summer Academy Goes to the Movies” for 2016.

The program, which runs from July 5-28 and is held at New Visions, includes approximately 260 students in grades 4-8 and 40 interns in grades 9-12. District faculty are facilitating a variety of classes and workshops in areas including orchestra, band, dance, theater, drawing, chorus, digital music and, for the first time, mariachi. Students are rehearsing and honing their skills each day, and will showcase their weeks of work in culminating performances and displays at the high school Performing Arts Center on July 28. On July 29, students will watch “Ice Age: Collision Course” as a fitting celebration of this summer’s theme.

The multifaceted Summer Academy of the Arts tutorials are a continuation of the outstanding level of arts instruction offered in the district during the school year.

FHS Students SMART Up During Summer

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As part of the district’s commitment to providing students with a variety of opportunities to enhance their learning during the summer break, the high school is hosting two classes for students to earn a total of six college credits through SUNY Farmingdale.

The courses — Genocide and Renaissance — are open to Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation Scholar students and dual-enrollment students. The classes each meet for three hours, Mondays through Thursdays, throughout the month of July.

This SMART Scholar and dual-enrollment program has increased the number of college credit-bearing courses at the high school to 51 total credits, which include courses and electives in social studies, in addition to electives in technology and business.

Freeport’s partnership with SUNY Farmingdale and the incentive of earning college credits provide students with the unique opportunities to further build the foundation of their futures during their summer breaks.

Summer Academy of the Arts Showcase and Exhibit - 7/28/16

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Board of Education Annual Reorganization Meeting

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On July 5, the Board of Education held its annual reorganization meeting. During the meeting, re-elected board trustees Michael C. Pomerico and Anthony J. Miller were sworn in. Both Pomerico and Miller were also unanimously re-elected by the members of the board of education to serve as president and vice president, respectively.

 


Family Fun Night

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Third-graders throughout the district’s four elementary schools — Archer, Bayview, Giblyn and New Visions — attended a Family Fun Night at the Freeport Recreation Center prior to the end of the school year.

The event, made possible through a collaboration with the Long Island Children’s Museum, served as a fun and educational way for students to demonstrate STEM concepts with their families. Students and their loved ones participated in a variety of activities, including designing and creating “arcade-style” games from everyday materials.      Throughout the year, the district’s third-graders received visits from LICM educational staff, and also took trips to the museum to expand their knowledge.

BOE Action Meeting - August 24, 2016

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June 2016 Points of Pride

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Dodd Awarded Positive Climate Award

Dodd Middle School has earned the Inviting School Award from the International Alliance for Invitational Education – Promoting a Positive Climate Through Caring and Welcoming Schools.

The IAIE presents this award to schools that demonstrate exceptional implementation of Invitational Education philosophies. Particularly, Dodd has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to best serve its students, staff and community; has created an electronic portfolio describing what care, trust, respect, optimism and intentionality are at the school; and what is seen, heard, smelled, tasted and felt at the school is displayed in the context of the Five P’s — People, Places, Policies, Programs and Processes.

In addition, criteria for the award include: staff member(s) having IAIE membership; staff representatives completing the Intent to Apply form in a time-diligent manner; stakeholders completing the Inviting School Survey and the examination of its results to target areas for improvement; and a site visit and evaluation conducted by IAIE representative(s).

Following the announcement that Dodd had received the award, Principal Johane Ligondé shared several opinions of general consensus from parents and students, including: it feels like family; students feel welcome and want to come to school; staff members help students resolve conflicts; students feel listened to; adults encourage students to express ideas; school building feels warm; and tremendous support system.

In a staff memo, Ligondé expressed her appreciation for everyone who adheres to Dodd principles, and helps to make it a positive climate for life and learning.

“We embrace everyone’s contributions, from the 40-year passionate veteran to the first-year enthusiastic novice,” she said. “That’s what continues to make us Dodd. We are committed to growing and changing with the times, while honoring Dodd’s rich history of excellence. I appreciate the way you show up each day for each other and our students; your character and commitment to creating a positive climate in which students not only learn but also excel; and your passion for teaching students, which shines brightly and is felt by everyone who visits our school.”

District Elementary Schools Move On Up

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The district’s four elementary schools — Archer, Bayview, Giblyn and New Visions — hosted moving up ceremonies for its fourth-graders, celebrating students’ hard work and encouraging them to continue reaching for the stars in fifth grade and beyond.

At Giblyn, fourth-graders serenaded their proud families with a variety of choral performances on the school’s front lawn. Students were then awarded for their outstanding achievements in several areas, including academics, music, physical education and perfect attendance. Following the recognitions, fourth-grade teachers announced the names of each student in their classes, who then took the ceremonial walk to receive a special congratulatory handshake.

“What’s worth learning is worth working hard for,” said Giblyn Principal Amanda Muldowney, who also expressed to the fourth-graders how proud she was of their achievements. “Don’t let frustrations get the best of you. Persevere and ask for help; the payoff will be great. Be humble, smile, maintain a positive attitude, be respectful toward adults, peers and yourselves, and follow the golden rule: do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

Freeport’s moving up ceremonies for its fourth-graders served not only as celebrations of students’ accomplishments thus far, but also beautiful precursors to the continuation of their academic careers at Atkinson in the fall.



Seeing 2020: Dodd Students Set to Move On

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Following their graduation from Dodd, eighth-graders have set their sights on the year 2020, when they will next have their names announced at a commencement ceremony.

Dodd’s graduation, hosted at the high school, featured families, administrators, members of the board of education and staff members celebrating the past two years of hard work and commitment to success displayed by the students. Following a welcome by Principal Johane Ligondé and Assistant Principal Danielle Ballard, select chorus Director Sherill Spruill led her group through a remarkable rendition of the national anthem.

“I am so proud of you! You made it,” said Ballard. “It is another challenge to put a check next to, but you are far from done. You must remember you are not owed anything in life. You must work very hard to achieve any and every goal, dream and aspiration. Expect nothing and appreciate everything. You do not have to be famous; just continue to make your parents, families and loved ones proud, but most of all, do what will make you proud of yourself.”

Mistress of Ceremonies Sheilly Duque emceed the program, offering words of encouragement to her fellow graduates by quoting A.A. Milne: “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think,” she said.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kishore Kuncham and Board of Education President Michael Pomerico also delivered motivational speeches to the graduates, applauding them for their accomplishments thus far, and also urging them to continue striving to succeed and staying involved in their high school years.

“Think about your graduation as seniors in 2020,” said Pomerico. “What kind of person do you want to be when your four years are over? What kind of experiences do you want to have had? How do you want to be remembered? Successful, creative, kind, thoughtful, fair? As Walt Disney said, ‘all of our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.’”

Following the select chorale’s performance of “Hall of Fame” by The Script, farewell addresses by graduates Joseph Bisono and Zakiya Curry, and a principal’s address by Ligondé, homeroom teachers announced the names of their groups of graduating students. Each student rose to the occasion, standing up from their seats as applause rained down from their loved ones in the bleachers.
    
Dodd’s graduation ceremony served as a dazzling celebration of Dodd’s graduates as they prepare to shine just as bright as Freeport High School’s Class of 2020.

Dr. Kuncham Named Outstanding Superintendent of the Year

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District Superintendent Dr. Kishore Kuncham has been named 2016 Outstanding Superintendent of the Year by the New York State Association of School Business Officials. The prestigious statewide distinction serves as a testament not only to Dr. Kuncham’s outstanding expertise in school finance and his contributions to the school business profession, but also to the district’s financially sound standing.

Dr. Kuncham has served as the superintendent of Freeport schools for the past seven years, prior to which he was assistant superintendent for business and deputy superintendent for 15 years. Under his leadership, the district has had a solid financial foundation, and has earned a Standard and Poor’s bond rating of AA — a rating earned by just six districts rated by S&P in the state. Freeport is a model district for best business practices, has a completely clean audit from the Comptroller’s Office and in three of Dr. Kuncham’s seven years as superintendent, the tax levy has been reduced. The district has thrived not only financially, but also educationally, achieving the highest graduation rate in Freeport’s history under Dr. Kuncham’s leadership.

He is a proactive leader, constantly searching for solutions to improve what is already in place. The culture Dr. Kuncham has created is conducive to the development of best business practices and effective management. As a business official, he reached the pinnacle of the profession himself, and as superintendent he commits himself to helping others maximize their potential.

Dr. Kuncham was recognized by the NYSASBO at its Education Summit in Saratoga Springs on June 14. This award is accompanied by a $1,000 scholarship which Dr. Kuncham has awarded to a graduating senior in the class of 2016.  

He has previously been a recipient of the prestigious International Eagle Award from the International Association of School Business Officials, and is also a past president of the Nassau County Chapter of NYSASBO.

Congratulations to the Class of 2016!

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Amid a brilliant sea of red and white caps and gowns, the high school Class of 2016 graduated before their proud families, friends, board of education, administrators and faculty members in attendance to applaud their remarkable milestone.

The beautiful graduation ceremony, held at Hofstra University, opened with a rendition of the national anthem by the high school’s select chorale, directed by Monique Retzlaff. Prior to the announcement of each graduate’s name, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kishore Kuncham and high school Principal Linda Carter offered words of advice and encouragement to all of the students.

“There are two pieces of advice I would like to give you,” Dr. Kuncham said. “One is to seize the opportunity; the other is to energize your commitment. There’s an old saying: ‘when opportunity knocks, you still have to get up off your seat to open the door.’ So take advantage of what this wonderful world has to offer you. Take advantage of your future, whether you’re going to a four-year school, a two-year school, a trade school or the military. Always continue sharpening your skills, work hard up to your peak performance, and I promise opportunity will be waiting at the door.”

Carter, who quoted late boxer Muhammad Ali in saying, “he who is not courageous enough to take risks, will accomplish nothing in life,” spoke about seven life lessons to the graduates.

“I would like to leave you with seven basic principles in life, that I have given to former graduates, that may serve you well someday,” she said. “Be passionate, be present, be positive, be polite, be punctual, be patient, and pay it forward. Have confidence, always believe in yourself, and have the courage to take a chance on yourself.”

Senior class President Avery Taylor said, “I can only imagine the mixed feelings we all have here today; the excitement of being out of high school, and the realization that we are in the adult world. I am scared, but I realize while walking across the stage today that I have a clear vision of what is ahead of me. I hope you do too.”

Class salutatorian Claire Goremusandu then addressed her peers, and spoke about the joy and beauty of all they will learn and experience in their futures.

“Today is the first day of the rest of our lives,” Goremusandu said. “For the past four years, Freeport High School has been our home. We have struggled together, but we have also achieved greatness together. To quote F. Scott Fitzgerald, ‘I hope you make the best of [your future]. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.’”

Valedictorian Christopher Meszaros Rodriguez’s speech was delivered by Joanna Caravantes, who was third in the Class of 2016. In his address, Rodriguez discussed the advantages of maintaining an analytical eye, and the importance of listening to others. His speech contained life lessons he learned from his grandma, and he expressed gratitude for all that his peers, teachers and family have offered.

“I thank you for your patience, your humor and for making some long days a little easier,” Rodriguez wrote in his speech. “To all the teachers who have guided me along the way, I will never forget you, and I will always be grateful. Let’s try, and let’s [all] be the best that we can be.” Rodriguez received a standing ovation for his stellar achievements and uplifting words to the graduating class.

One by one, students’ names were then announced, and each walked upon the stage in a moment they had waited for throughout high school. They were handed their diplomas by Board of Education President Michael Pomerico, and their successful completion of the past four years was celebrated with cheers and applause.

High school 12th-grade Assistant Principal Gisselle Campbell-Ham then closed the ceremony with a motivational speech to all of her beloved students.

“You are the author of your own life story,” she said. “You have free will to decide which road to take, and the choices you make today will affect your future. As you leave Freeport High School, I challenge you to take action. Every thing you have accomplished was a result of taking action. You can either be a passive victim of your circumstances, or you can be an active hero of your own life. Class of 2016, I charge you to take action. I hope your dreams take you to the point of the most special places your heart has ever known.”

Following the synchronized turning of their tassels from right to left, the members of the Class of 2016 then tossed their caps high into the air prior to joining their loved ones in a celebration of their success.



District Student Wins Poster Contest

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Darwing Mendez, a Barry Tech Digital Design student in the district, earned first place in the 2016 New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health YouthSafe Poster Contest.

The contest tasked young artists to create and convey a message of workplace safety to fledgling workers and employees. Darwing, who will be a senior in the fall, will have his design distributed on posters to schools throughout the state next year. Mendez has been honing his skills as a student in Doris Aresta’s Digital Design class.

The district congratulates Darwing Mendez on the recognition of his fantastic design.

Bayview’s Firefighter Program

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This past school year, Bayview third-graders celebrated the 10th year of the Hooked on Firefighters program.

Beginning the year with a kickoff celebration, students met firefighters and began their studies on fire prevention safety. Since the firefighter program started, representatives have presented at the Bayview October PTA meeting on Home Escape Plans. The firefighters follow up in the classrooms with students reviewing their own home escape plans. During two more classroom visits, firefighters continue with fire prevention activities, and at the end, students take a junior fire marshall quiz.

The school year’s cumulative celebration took place at the Nassau County Firefighters Museum and Education Center. Students presented their fire safety knowledge with performances of songs and skits to Freeport volunteer firefighters, who had taught them throughout the year.

Fifty-one third-grade students scored 100 percent on the final junior fire marshall quiz, and were recognized by Executive Director Ray Maguire, Ex-Chief Ed Friedman and Hooked on Firefighters Coordinator Cindy Misrock.

FHS Student’s Free Ride to Music Camp

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High school student Aaron Anderson received the Nassau Music Educators Association Laurette Schaumloffel Scholarship to the USDAN Summer Camp for the Arts. The full scholarship allows him to to attend the seven-week session from the end of June to the middle of August.  

Aaron is a member of the high school’s wind ensemble, jazz ensemble, sax quartet and student leader of the percussion ensemble. He is also the head drum major for the school’s Red Devils Marching Band.

USDAN Summer Camp for the Arts is the nation’s preeminent nonprofit day camp. USDAN has been declared a “Best Of” camp by Time Out New York Kids and by NY Metro Parents in addition to being profiled in feature articles in The New York Times and Time magazine. USDAN's mission is to provide children with the arts as a lifetime companion. This mission is realized through the inspiration of a world-class faculty and the camaraderie of fellow students whose bond is their love of the arts.

Atkinson’s Ducklings

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Atkinson has added eight new members to its family — a beautiful duck and her seven ducklings, who have made the school’s courtyard their new dwellings. Assistant Principal Michael Fee and his team accommodated the family by installing a pond as a welcoming gift, and Principal Connie Velez was also excited to offer assistance. Teacher Matthew Yatsyla contributed by installing a solar pump to guarantee contaminate-free water. Students and staff are delighted to provide a safe place for the ducklings to grow and flourish.

Atkinson Finishes Strong

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Students at Atkinson were honored for their stellar achievements during an awards ceremony prior to the close of the school year. They were recognized for their excellence in academics, athletics, art, music and character education. Families, who were in attendance for the ceremony, applauded students’ efforts, just as their peers and teachers did.

Free Online Summer Learning Opportunity!

The Freeport School District is pleased to announce that Education City, an online resource for math and ELA skills, is available for your child to use at home over the summer. Freeport students who are currently in grades K through grade 6 can use this site to improve their Math and ELA skills. Students' results will be saved and made available to their teachers next year. We urge you to take advantage of this great resource which can be accessed from any computer with an Internet connection. It can also be accessed on any Apple (iPad, iPhone, iPod) or Android device when a free app is downloaded. All students will receive a letter and login credentials at the end of school this year.

Please click here for instructions to access the program.

For additional support please email: Anthony Murray, Director of Math and Instructional Technology: amurray@freeportschools.org

New Visions Talent Show a Hit

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Prior to the end of the school year, New Visions held its annual talent show, where many talented students performed before their parents, teachers, and peers. The show served as a celebration of skills, and offered students moments to shine. Classroom teacher Tiffany Grimes and music teacher Crystal Leotaud organized the event, and several volunteers contributed their time to ensure a successful event.

Archer’s Mobile Mini-MakerSpace Movement

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Students at Archer Street used skills such as coding to create a group of academically rigorous projects and tasks as part of MakerSpace.

MakerSpace, which is a community where students create, problem-solve, and develop skills, talents and the ability to think “outside the box,” was set up with a variety of stations in the school’s gymnasium. The remarkable program, led by library media specialist Deborah Bergen, featured students explaining particular projects to their peers and staff members. Many of the tasks required students to work in groups to solve a problem or create an action plan. Each station outlined a specific goal that students worked together to achieve using their knowledge of STEAM — science, technology, engineering, art and math.

MakerSpace was part of an innovative grant program made possible through the fundraising efforts of the Freeport Educational Foundation. The program at Archer was a stellar example of the several grant-funded projects that are being held throughout the district.

 

Dodd Commemorates International Yoga Day

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Students and staff at Dodd commemorated the International Day of Yoga with an informative and interactive assembly featuring several dignitaries.

The special program, which was designed to promote a healthy lifestyle and introduce students to the variety of benefits derived from practicing yoga, featured guest speakers Ambassador Riva Ganguly Das of the Consul General of India and Nassau County Legislator Laura Curran. Students and staff also viewed a video about the origin and advantages of yoga, and were led through a variety of stretching and breathing exercises by Dodd teacher Juan Mosquera.

“Who wants to be happy everyday?” asked Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kishore Kuncham while speaking to students. “Isn’t that the purpose of life? Who wants to be healthy? Anything you want from life — a happy and healthy life — yoga can accomplish for you. I wish I had yoga in my life when I was in middle school. I’m so grateful for what yoga has done for my life. The distractions of life go away when you practice yoga, and the body, mind and spirit are at their most peaceful states.”

Last year, Dodd implemented a new social and emotional learning curriculum known as YES — Youth Empowerment Seminar —comprised of daily schoolwide breathing exercises designed to calm students’ minds, help them manage their emotions and ultimately lead healthier lives. The program, which is premised upon the same foundation as yoga and provides similar benefits, is now being emulated by other school districts as well.

Dodd’s commemoration of International Yoga Day served as a supplement to the YES curriculum, as well as a way for students to learn about the life-changing advantages the overall practice of yoga provides.

 



New Visions Performs for its Angels

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Students at New Visions exhibited their remarkable musical talents in a Spring Festival dedicated to Robert McAllister and Greta Villanueva, two beloved staff members who recently passed away.

The annual festival, attended by members of the board of education, district administrators, staff members, parents and guardians, featured a full slate of both solo and group performances. The program began with the Flag Patrol performing the Pledge of Allegiance led by director Crystal Leotaud and was followed by band director Glenn Koski’s students performing “Twinkling Stars,” “London Bridge,” “March Steps” and “Duet of the Crusaders.”

Vocal soloist Aryelle Cadet then performed “My Favorite Things,” which was followed by Ms. Leotaud’s third-grade recorder ensemble’s renditions of “Two Part Canon” and “La Bamba.” Orchestra director Catherine Beck then led her students in performances of “Favorite Songs,” “Ode to Joy,” and “Reuben and Rachel.” Vocal soloists Tatiana Arieta, Sarah Boco and Anigh Shell then shared the microphone for a rendition of “Edelweiss.” Piano soloist Paige McCullough performed “Saturday Sonatina, Mvt. 1” shortly thereafter.

To round out the riveting festival, Ms. Leotaud’s fourth-grade chorus sang “Isn’t She Lovely,” “You’ve Got a Friend,” “Love Train,” “Minuet in G,” and “Walk a Rainbow.” Her Glee Club sang “America the Beautiful,” “Here Comes the Sun,” and “September.”

Each of the district’s elementary schools presented spring festivals prior to the close of the school year. New Visions’ concert served as a tribute to two of its angels who will be remembered forever.



Community Honors Freeport High School Outstanding Seniors

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It was an evening of generosity and gratitude at the 48th annual Scholarship and Honors Program, as members of the Freeport community recognized Freeport High School’s outstanding seniors with scholarships that will enable them to continue to pursue their dreams. This year, a record-breaking $80,000 in community scholarship donations was presented to 145 students.

Freeport High School Principal Linda Carter welcomed those in attendance and thanked the scholarship donors. “You have been generous and kind to our students and we appreciate all that you do.”

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kishore Kuncham also thanked the scholarship donors and congratulated the students who were the beneficiaries of their generosity. “We are very grateful for all you do for our students and your continued support and generosity are very much appreciated.” To the students he added, “You have excelled and are here this evening to be recognized by tonight’s scholarship donors who give you an added spark of hope with their generous donations. Cherish this recognition and let it lift you up to do even greater things.”

This year’s Class of 2016 valedictorian Christopher Meszaros-Rodriguez, with a GPA of 101.5, and salutatorian Claire Goremusandu, with a GPA of 100.2, were introduced and acknowledged for their outstanding achievements.  

Before the distribution of the scholarships commenced, Board of Education President Michael C. Pomerico spoke on behalf of the board of education. “We are so proud of you,” said Pomerico. “Strive to be the best, reach for the stars and continue to move forward to make the most of your life. Thank you to our donors, teachers, staff and families. Together, we have built a foundation for our students to succeed.”
    The strong school-community partnership was clearly evident as the evening continued and one by one the students were surprised to hear their names called and their scholarships announced.

PeaceJam a Huge Hit

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The PeaceJam Juniors Club at Bayview hosted a special presentation about Nobel Peace Prize Laureates they have learned about over the course of 10 weeks, and also showcased a book they authored and illustrated about Desmond Tutu.

Student members of the club, in its first year, took turns reading aloud the book they had created to families, adviser Cindy Misrock and school Principal Odette Wills. They then individually introduced themselves, spoke about what they learned from being a part of the PeaceJam Junior Club, and presented paper Nobel Peace Prizes to peers, parents and/or faculty members.

The event served not only as an educational forum for PeaceJam students to present their hard work, but also as the culminating activity of a club designed to teach members about the importance of peace, harmony and proper etiquette.

Archer Salutes Flag

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In honor of Flag Day, Archer Street students gathered with staff members at the flag pole to display their artwork and sing patriotic tunes. Dressed in red, white and blue, the students held high their patriotic art as they learned the meaning of the American flag’s colors and symbols.

Celebrating 936 Years of Dedicated Service

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It was an evening filled with mixed emotions, as members of the district Board of Education, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kishore Kuncham and administrators officially recognized the district’s retirees for the 2015-2016 school year.

“Tonight we honor our colleagues for 936 years of combined service to our Freeport students and their families,” said Dr. Kuncham. “We celebrate your extraordinary leadership, service, commitment and dedication. You have inspired so many students and we salute you.”

Thirty-six retirees were individually recognized, personal accomplishments and fond memories were shared and each retiree was presented with a plague as their families and friends joined together to celebrate this momentous event.

Hugs and tears were in abundance, as Dr. Kuncham addressed the retirees one last time. “Thank you for all we have accomplished together,” he said. “Your legacy is part of the foundation that has made Freeport schools so successful. We congratulate you and hope you remember the best part of your life is yet to be.”

Peace Walk 2016

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The Journey Ends, But the Message Continues

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While district Superintendent Dr. Kishore Kuncham’s personal pilgrimage to promote peace came to an end following a monthlong walk through the Village of Freeport, the message resonated loudly and clearly.

The final leg of the Peace Walk, which spanned a total of 131 miles, began on May 7 following the seventh-annual districtwide Peace March, and was completed on June 6 at Giblyn. Members of the central administration, village officials, district staff members, students and parents accompanied Dr. Kuncham during the culminating walk, just as hundreds have throughout the journey.

“This is one the most cherished moments for me, and I want to thank all of the students, parents, faculty members and Principal Ms. Amanda Muldowney for such an awesome welcome,” Dr. Kuncham said at the culminating ceremony.

“This has not even been a Peace Walk, it has been a Peace Journey, which began as a Peace March. Although we are concluding the 131-mile walk today, I am very confident this will lead to a new beginning and something very special to happen in Freeport. Thank you to everyone who was with me on this journey — in spirit, a few steps, a few blocks, or all the way.”

Various individuals who participated in the walk presented poems and speeches about their experiences during the ceremony, and Dr. Kuncham was presented with a yellow flower to symbolize the peace journey. Giblyn students, who held smiley faces and colorful peace-themed posters they created throughout the ceremony, performed “Lend a Helping Hand” in front of the school.

The walk’s culminating event served to not only mark the end of a peace journey, but also as a continuation of the promotion of harmony across the world, beginning in Freeport.

 



High School Assistant Principal Named Outstanding Citizen

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High school Assistant Principal Joseph Mille was named Outstanding Citizen of the 2015-16 year by the district’s athletic department.

Mille, who was honored for his “dedication and concern for Freeport athletes,” was presented with a commemorative plaque by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kishore Kuncham, Freeport High School Principal Linda Carter and Athletic Director Jonathan Bloom. The district extends its warmest congratulations to Mille on this high honor.

FHS Track Standout Gets Full Ride to College

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High school girls’ track star DeAsia Greer has been accepted to the University of the District of Columbia on a full scholarship.
The outstanding student-athlete signed her national letter of intent to continue running track at the institution with her high school cross-country coach Charles Gilreath and winter and spring track coach Eric Blount by her side. Greer will begin her promising undergraduate career in the fall.
    
The district congratulates Greer on this remarkable accomplishment, and wishes her continued success in college and beyond.

Culture Cultivation at Alley Park

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Atkinson fifth-graders fostered an understanding and appreciation of various cultures with their trip to Alley Park in Queens. They participated in several cultural celebrations including dancing with Native Americans, Spanish Americans, and Africans. They also observed Asian acrobats and viewed birds of prey soar through the sky. The students actively enjoyed their outdoor classroom with all of its fun activities. Staff members and students extend their warmest gratitude to Ms. Karen Wecksler for organizing this memorable experience, and also to all teachers and chaperones who assisted.

Roaring Ovations for ‘Lion King’

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Atkinson presented its remarkable rendition of “The Lion King” to parents, administrators, teachers and students who enjoyed the showcase of talents and hard work of cast and crew. Ms. Karen Wecksler and Ms. Kerri Albarano worked diligently with the Drama Club to put on a compelling show.
The cast included Antonio Cruz and Dillon DeBourge, who played Simba; Ryan Francois and Amber Marquez as Scar; Reymon Gonzalez and Sameerah Lawal as Mufasa; and DeJuan Rhodes as Rafiki. From the scenery to the costumes, Atkinson students proved that they are shining stars and true professionals.

Bayview Receives Special Visit

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Prior to their graduation, top students of the high school Class of 2016 visited Bayview Avenue School to speak to the elementary school students about the importance of hard work.

Speaking from their own personal experiences, the seniors discussed the keys to success, including extracurricular activities, studying and how to become leaders. Bayview students asked questions of the high schoolers, and the special visit served as a motivational precursor to their moving up ceremony.

Dodd Dabbles With DNA

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Seventh-graders in science classes at Dodd visited the Cold Spring Harbor DNA Learning Center for hands-on opportunities to supplement their classroom lessons.

The students first spent two hours conducting lab work: they performed gel electrophoresis, created a gel agar mold, loaded the wells with DNA and then ran the electricity to allow the DNA segments to separate. The students later explored the learning center, and learned about evolution and “Otzi: The Iceman” mummy.

The visit to Cold Spring Harbor DNA Learning Center served as a fun and educational way for students to observe scientific aspects they are learning about in class.




Dodd Students Revel in Birdhouse Construction

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Students in Dave Gordon’s technology classes at Dodd assisted the Environmental Club by designing and creating birdhouses.
    
The collaborative project, spearheaded by club advisor James Hauser and Mr. Gordon, featured the technology teacher’s students applying lessons they have learned in the “we solve problems” unit in class. The students first designed and then created 10 medium-sized birdhouses for the club, and expressed their gratification in not only seeing the projects through from start to finish, but also in learning about the cottage industry and mass production.
    
The joint venture highlighted Dodd’s continued support of multifaceted classroom projects.

Columbus Analyzes Musical Emotion

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Students at Columbus presented projects about the emotions created by music at the district Board of Education’s May meeting.

The project, a grant titled “How Does Music Make Us Feel” and funded by the Freeport Educational Foundation, combined music software, art software and Chromebooks for students to gauge the manner in which particular notes and melodies evoke different emotions. Students demonstrated their work for administrators, board members, staff members and community residents by first relating the emotion created by a music clip to particular instances in their lives when they felt that way, and then speaking about how aspects of their artwork indicated similar emotions. Principal Cleopatra Panagiosoulis led the students through the presentations of their projects by facilitating conversations and asking questions.

The “How Does Music Make Us Feel” projects served as incredible examples of the types of grants made possible through the Freeport Educational Foundation. It also allowed students to showcase the multifaceted lessons they are learning at Columbus.

District Science Standouts Recognized by BNL

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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.

Nursery Rhyme Time

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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.