Board of Education Special Meeting Notice - May 27, 2015

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5/27/2015 - Action Meeting Columbus 7:30pm

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Thank you message from the from the Board of Education President and the Superintendent

The wonderful community of Freeport once again has expressed their support for their schools with an overwhelming approval of the school budget. We will honor that support by continuing our commitment to ensuring that the children of Freeport are offered all possible educational opportunities and advantages they deserve. On behalf of the children, the Board of Education, and the entire staff of the Freeport Schools, we extend our sincere appreciation for all who made this possible.

Michael Pomerico, President, Board of Education
Dr. Kishore Kuncham, Superintendent of Schools

Freeport School District Budget Passes

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Freeport School District 2015-2016 Voting Results

Thank you to all community residents who participated in the 2015-2016 vote. The school budget passed by a vote of 1,324 YES to 424 NO.

Proposition 2: FREEPORT MEMORIAL PUBLIC LIBRARY - APPROVED

Proposition 3: Authorization of Capital Reserve Fund Projects - APPROVED

Board of Education Trustee Election:
Eric Robinson: 553
Frank Grossman: 110
Ernest J. Kight, Jr.: 1,459 (won)

The Circus Comes to Columbus

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With their families in attendance, pre-kindergartners at Columbus performed a medley of musical selections as part of the school’s “The Circus is Coming to Town” program.

Pre-kindergarten teachers led their students during the performances of circus-related songs, which included “Cotton Candy,” “A Circus Parade,” and “A Clown.” Students wore paper ties that they created as their peers also watched the show, and the school’s gymnasium was filled with popular circus-related decorations, such as bowling pins, balls and a circus tent.

The festive program served to give the students an opportunity to sing and wear their artistic creations for their families, and encouraged them to continue showcasing their talents when they reach kindergarten and beyond.

Archer Learns the Language of Music

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Fourth-graders at Archer visited the Manhattan School of Music virtually for a lesson about music throughout the world.

The students in Jennifer Skelly’s music class participated in the videoconferencing activity, which included Eastern and Western performances as part of a conversation about rhythm and melody. The students compared and contrasted instruments used around the world, and also had the opportunity to ask and answer questions.

The virtual field trip was designed to teach students that music is a universal language spoken by all no matter what country they are from.  

Spotlighting Students’ Scientific Successes

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During the district’s 11th annual Science Awards Ceremony, FHS students were awarded for their accomplishments in various competitions, inducted into the New York state Science Honor Society and recognized for their participation in the Science Olympiad.

The program, which began with a lecture by guest speaker Dr. John Tanacredi, a professor of Earth and Environmental Studies at Molloy College, featured the announcements of students’ names for their success in competitions including the annual Nassau College Science Fair, the Neurological Seminar at Rockefeller Center and the annual STEM Conference at the Cradle of Aviation. Sixteen new members were inducted to the state Science Honor Society during the ceremony. Students and groups recognized received certificates to celebrate their achievements.

The ceremony served to commend the students for their stellar work in the field of science, and encouraged them to continue their hard work in high school, college and beyond.

Life Skills Lessons From Hay to Neigh

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Life Skills students in the district are participating in HorseAbility, a therapeutic horse-riding program designed to support academics and life skills-related activities outside the classroom.

The program promotes the physical, psychological, emotional, social and spiritual well-being of students through activities such as riding, caring for horses, driving in a sulky and preparing horse treats. The students, who are part of the high school’s Career Employment Institute (CEI) program, visit the Old Westbury horse farm each week, where they learn to follow checklists and directions, calculate elapsed time, measure, read charts and reinforce social skills. Upon returning to the school, the students create graphic organizers and write essays to reflect on their experiences.

The HorseAbility program is funded by the Carol White PEP grant.

Earth Education at Bayview

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As part of their observation of Earth Day, third-graders at Bayview completed projects using natural resources.

The dual language classes spelled the word “Earth” or it’s Spanish translation “Tierra” on construction paper using objects such as pebbles, blades of grass and small sticks. The students learned about how these objects are helpful and can be reused. They were collected near the playground, and the activity served to reinforce the importance of keeping the environment tidy.

The project marked the commencement of the classes’ Common Core lessons about the role of fresh water around the world.

Appreciating Mentors and Mothers

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Students at Dodd recognized their mentors during an end-of-year celebration and culmination of the school’s mentorship program.

The program, in its sixth year, gives teachers the opportunity to support select students throughout the entire school year. Forty-three teachers participated in the program, mentoring 80 students throughout the year. Mentor coordinator Felice Niland and assistant mentor coordinator Michele Haimes named Anthony Green as Mentor of the Year for mentoring 20 students during the school year.

The celebration also featured students making cards for Mother’s Day, which further served to emphasize the importance of students showing appreciation to those who play supportive and important roles in their lives.

Jazzy Perfection

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The district’s sixth annual Jazz Concert featured performances spotlighting the talented ensembles of Dodd and the high school. Students played their instruments and sang their notes to a room filled to capacity, and the program also featured a special choral performance by Serene Harmonics, comprised of high school students.

“These students continue to amaze me every day,” said Anne-Marie Hudley Simmons, director of music and the arts. Freeport’s music program is second-to-none, and the talent of our musicians is a testament to that.”

Bayview Promotes Reading With Crayon Creativity

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Students and staff members at Bayview participated in activities related to the book “The Day the Crayons Quit” by Drew Daywalt.
    
During the school’s annual Family Book Club event, costumed staff members performed a comedic rendition based on the children’s story for students and their families. As a follow-up to their viewing of the play, students were then tasked with drawing pictures about a particular scene in the story, and writing a paragraph based on their illustrations. The activities were designed to promote family literacy and the importance of reading.

Peace March Video

Dodd Select Chorale Serenades Carnegie

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The Select Chorale at Dodd had the honor of performing at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York City. The group, under the leadership of Director of Choirs Sherill Spruill, performed the first dance routine of its kind at the hall. Students were recognized by audience members for their performance of originally choreographed moves.

Cooking Up a Lesson for Cinco de Mayo

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As part of Atkinson’s Cinco de Mayo celebration, parents and families of district students were treated to a special visit and cooking demonstration by chef Dr. Robert Dell-Amore.

Dr. Dell-Amore, CEO of The Power of Food Productions, led a seminar designed to teach attendees how to make healthy dietary choices. Parents and families saw firsthand how the combination of wholesome ingredients contributes to healthier meals and, as a result, improved lifestyles. The seminar was presented to a room filled to capacity, and concurrently as students attended a Cinco de Mayo fiesta at the school. 

Annual Peace March Brings Community Together

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More than 1,000 members of the Freeport school district and community joined together to promote peace and wellness across the community and throughout the world during the sixth annual Peace March and Health and Wellness Fair.
    
“Peace is beautiful, peace is divinity, and peace is harmony,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kishore Kuncham. “Let’s all feel it, and spread it in Freeport, and the rest of the world.”
    
Dignitaries in attendance included Freeport Public School District Board of Education President Michael Pomerico, Vice President Anthony Miller and trustees Ronald Ellerbe, Vilma Lancaster and Debra Mulé, who is also a Trustee of the Village of Freeport, Sen. Michael Venditto, Assemblyman Brian Curran, Nassau County Legislator Steven Rhoades, Town Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Hempstead Town Clerk Nasrin Ahmad, Village of Freeport Mayor Robert Kennedy, Deputy Mayor Jorge Martinez, Village of Freeport Trustees Carmen Piñeyro and Debra Mulé, Judge Helen Voutsinas, Father Douglas Arcoleo of Our Holy Redeemer Church, Pastor Eddie Jusino of First Presbyterian Church, Freeport Educational Foundation Director Robert Suarez, and Freeport Memorial Library Director Ken Bellafiore.
    
The march began at the high school, with students, staff members, families and community residents, all wearing yellow as the universal color of peace, gathering on the field to form a human peace sign. Marchers then walked through the Village of Freeport as a symbol of unity and pride. Musical performances, including spirited selections by the Freeport High School’s jazz ensemble, were also presented to attendees.
    
Inside the high school, students, parents and community residents had an opportunity to participate in several health and wellness related activities, such as jump-roping, dancing, yoga, and spin-cycling in the brand new spin cycle room. Local healthcare providers were also in attendance to perform basic health screenings including blood pressure monitoring.

First FEF Fundraiser Raises More Than $35K

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It was an evening to remember on April 29 as the Freeport School District and community came together to support the Freeport Educational Foundation’s kickoff event.
    
With more than 350 attendees, the banquet room at the Coral House was filled to capacity for the special occasion. Guests included the members of the FEF Board of Directors and Freeport School District Board of Education, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kishore Kuncham, administrators, staff, parents, community members, County Legislators Kevan Abrahams, Laura Curran and Steven Rhoades, Nassau County Acting District Attorney Madeline Singas, District Judge Helen Voutsinas, Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray and Mayor Robert Kennedy and Village Trustees.
    
The evening began with a presentation of the colors by the Freeport High School NJROTC, followed by welcoming remarks from Dr. Kuncham, Board of Education President Mike Pomerico and FEF Board of Directors President Butch Yamali. Dr. Kuncham expressed his sincere appreciation and thanked the FEF for embarking on a mission to change the lives of the children in the Freeport Public Schools.

“Freeport is an amazing community that cares about its children,” said Dr. Kuncham. “The support and enthusiasm displayed here this evening is heart warming and overwhelming. Thank you to the FEF Board of Directors and to everyone for making this evening a huge success and to Butch Yamali for his leadership to the Foundation.”
    
Those in attendance were entertained by the Atkinson School Vocal Tapestry, Freeport High School jazz ensemble and Freeport alumni. For their generous contributions, special recognition was given to the event’s platinum sponsors: Ingerman Smith LLP, Dr. Ortiz of Ortiz Dental Care and Butch Yamali, who donated the use of the Coral House and the entire catered affair to the FEF.
    
Thanks to the generosity of everyone, more than $35,000 was raised by the FEF. These funds, and funds collected in the future, will be utilized to provide innovative educational opportunities to students attending the Freeport Public Schools. All community members are encouraged to support the mission of the FEF by volunteering their time and supporting future fundraising endeavors. Anyone who wishes to learn more about the mission of the FEF or would like to volunteer their time should contact Butch Yamali at 933-4444, ext. 202, or visit www.feffreeport.org.

2015-2016 Budget Flyer

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2015-2016 Budget Six Day Notice

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Banking on Musical Practice

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As part of its celebration of Music in Our Schools Month, third-grade music students at Archer were tasked with practicing their instruments while raising funds for a Long Island food bank.

Music teacher Jennifer Skelly’s recorder students participated in Practice-A-Thon, a program held by the Long Island Cares Inc. Harry Chapin Food Bank. The program encouraged them to document their daily practice on a calendar, and in turn, sponsors pledged a donation amount for each minute students played their recorders at home during the month. In addition to honing their musical skills, students learned about the importance of charity, and raised hundreds of dollars as a result of their efforts.

Spotlighting the Scientifically-Inclined

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Students at the high school showcased their scientific aptitude in an exhibit of research-driven projects and experiments.

The school’s 11th annual Science and Engineering Fair featured 51 student presenters, and judges comprised of district faculty, college professors, Village of Freeport officials and science-related industries. Projects were evaluated using a point system on the bases of research displayed, methods used, validity of conclusions and students’ presentation of results. Research categories included behavioral and social sciences, biochemistry, medicine and health, microbiology, and space science.

Junior Rebecca Robles, whose project was titled “Proving the Variability of BL Cam by using the Stetson Index,” became interested in scientific research when she was in eighth-grade at Dodd. That year, she presented a project to scientists at a conference in California, and said that the experience opened her eyes to a world she wanted to explore further. Robles is also in the school’s Navy Junior ROTC program, and said that presenting is a facet of the high school’s science research program that she truly enjoys.

“I love presenting to college professors and to people who have such a vast knowledge of the sciences,” said Robles. “I particularly like my work being compared with that of my peers, and the entire experience is just great for networking and growth.”

“I see a great deal of growth this year,” said Dr. Blendi Koroveshi, a professor at CUNY Queens College who has been judging the school’s Spring staple for three years. “There is so much potential, and it’s great to see such diversity of projects. Even the projects I’m not judging are great to see because it’s fascinating to see how the torch is passed on.”

 

FHS Students are ‘Leaders for America’s Future’

Two standout seniors at the high school have been selected as Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS), a distinction earned by 1,000 students nationwide annually.

Lois Evans and Malikia Hamilton earned the prestigious scholarship award based on their strong leadership, community service and academic achievements. They were selected for the GMS Class of 2015 from a pool of 57,000 applicants, one of the most competitive candidate groups in the program’s history. The honor distinguishes Evans and Hamilton each as a “Leader for America’s Future.”

As Gates Millennium Scholars, Evans and Hamilton will receive full scholarships to the undergraduate institutions of their choice. In addition, the renewable scholarship may provide fellowship funding for Evans’ and Hamilton’s graduate and doctorate studies, should they choose to pursue a concentration in the fields of computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science.

Evans is the salutatorian of the Class of 2015. She will graduate in June with a GPA of 102.12, and earned the Advanced Designation Diploma with Honors and Mastery in Science. She completed 13 Honors courses and four Advanced Placement courses. She’s been on the High Honor Roll each year since ninth-grade, and earned perfect scores of 100 on the U.S. History Regents and English Regents. She is also a member of the school’s Key Club, Peer Leaders, Sinfonietta, Pit Orchestra, Lacrosse, Tennis and Teen Band. She has also held leadership positions in Student Government, Mock Trial, and the Class of 2015, of which she has been the president for the past three years. She will be majoring in English and Comparative Literature at New York University in the Fall.

Hamilton will graduate in June having earned the Advanced Designation Diploma with Mastery in Math and Science, and completed 13 Honors courses and six Advanced Placement courses. She has participated in the Peace March, Breast Cancer Walk and Autism Walk, and has been a member of the Book Club, 21st Century Club, Student Government, Class of 2015, Peer Tutoring, Vintage, Yearbook Club, French Club and National Honor Society, of which she has served as the director of community service since her sophomore year. Hamilton has also been a member of the tennis, badminton and basketball teams, and won the Coach’s Award, the Heart and Hustle Award, the Most Improved Player Award and the Iron Man Award. Hamilton is considering attending George Mason University and majoring in business in the Fall.