1/7/15 - Planning/Action Mtg. Atkinson 7:30pm

FHS students showcase dignity and discipline

Members of the Navy Junior ROTC at the high school showcased poise and pride at the annual inspection and battalion parade.

The 244 students enlisted in the program, established in 2002, performed several drills with precision and passed inspection with flying colors. The event, which was attended by the board of education, Freeport war veterans and proud parents, was designed to honor the outstanding work of cadets and their leaders.

“I am so proud of you for what you do every single day, both in the school and within the community,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kishore Kuncham said to the cadets. “You are our leaders and a great inspiration to all us, and you are what makes Freeport a powerhouse school district.”

Archer’s Astro Night Draws Parents

Fourth-graders at Archer Street and New Visions attended the district’s first Astro Night at Archer Street alongside their parents.

During the event, students from both schools participated in interactive science activities with Dr. Emily Kang and 24 undergraduate students of Adelphi University’s Scholar Teacher Education Program. In addition, Freeport High School students Leah Hochmann and Rajiv Chanda spoke about their science projects to students and parents. The program gave students a head start on exposure to advanced scientific learning and methods.

Dodd students apply themselves with iPad app

Seventh-graders at Dodd Middle School showcased the benefits of new technology in their English classes.

Students in Lauren Artuso’s class worked with the district-issued iPads to assess their understanding of chapters from the book, “A Long Walk to Water” by answering questions created by the teacher on the Socrative.com application. The app further allowed Artuso to track student progress and provide immediate feedback to the students on their scores.  

Dodd students learn to code

Students at Dodd Middle School celebrated Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 8-12, by participating in an “hour of code.”

Through presentations led by science teachers Kristen Santamaria and Georgia Plakas, 83 students learned about computer coding during their lunch hours. They were introduced to the basics of computer science, and learned that it is never too early to get a head-start on coding. Students worked on computers to gain exposure to the science behind coding, and to the many ways students’ imaginations can influence it.

STEM Program at the Elementary Level

Freeport supports STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) initiatives at the elementary level through partnerships with local organizations and Universities as a foundation for success. With the support of the STLE (Strengthening Teacher and Leader Effectiveness) grant, our teachers and principals are taking advantage of collegial circles, professional development, and co-teaching opportunities in which they plan hands-on learning experiences and student-centered lessons in partnership with Adelphi University professors. Take a look below for a video of our children learning environmental science lessons in a hands-on, participatory experience.


New Visions welcomes animals for PARP kickoff

Students at New Visions received a visit from animal educator and author Erik Callender for their Parents As Reading Partners (PARP) program kickoff event.

Callender, who has authored a book about the children and wildlife of Madagascar titled Madagascar Live, brought in a variety of reptiles and amphibians to show to students. Students were able to touch many of the animals, which included an iguana, turtle, frog, alligator and snakes. They were also introduced to a group of children in Madagascar through a live Skype video call.

Callender spoke about the importance of reading and encouraged students to follow their dreams.

Atkinson’s winter festival showcases artistic prowess

Atkinson students showcased their musical and artistic talents to their families and community members at its annual Winter Festival of the Arts.

The performances, which were held in the high school’s auditorium, featured the school’s chorus, orchestra and band groups performing holiday-themed selections. Artistic abilities were prominently featured with a festive backdrop for the performances, as well as a showcase of students’ best works to date on display in the main lobby.

Columbus kindergartners benefit from service project

Kindergartners at Columbus Avenue received hundreds of books as part of Read it Again, a special service project started by a Rockville Centre high school student.

Emily Byrne, a senior at South Side High School, collected gently used children’s books from friends, family and neighbors as part of the project. Byrne, who loved books growing up, worked with fellow schoolmates Kaitlyn Schmeling and Kayla Trutt to collect as many books as they could for distribution. Columbus kindergartners then personally received a visit from the three girls, who read to the students and gave them the books with bookmarks. The ultimate goal of the project was to foster a love and appreciation for reading among the Columbus students.

Bayview gives a glimpse of the North Pole

Bayview Avenue kicked off the district’s winter festivals with a performance of “North Pole Musical” on Dec. 2.

The festival, which showcased the talents of the school’s chorus, band and orchestra groups, featured holiday-themed tracks and décor. The play was comprised of students dressed as reindeer, snowmen, elves and toys, and served as a festive precursor to the winter recess.

Throughout the month of December, each of the district’s buildings is hosting its own winter festival of the arts for the community to enjoy.

HS Select Chorale performs at Empire State Building

The high school’s Select Chorale had the prestigious honor of performing at the Empire State Building.

Select Chorale, of which many members were selected All-State earlier this year, performed for tourists on the 80th floor of the New York City landmark. Outfitted in their Freeport red jackets, the students performed renditions of several musical selections prior to receiving a panoramic-style tour of the city from the building’s 86th floor observatory.

“What a wonderful experience for Select Chorale to not only share their amazing talents with tourists, but to then be given a tour of the city from atop this beautiful building,” said Select Chorale Director Monique Retzlaff.

Archer trots for cats and dogs

As part of its Thanksgiving celebration, students and faculty at Archer Street gave back to the community with a fundraiser for its four-legged friends.

During the school’s Turkey Trot, local nonprofit animal rescue organization Bobbi & the Strays was presented with a check for $2,000. Students then held colorful signs and wore festive hats during the Turkey Trot around the school.

The fundraiser was held throughout November, and donating students’ names were posted onto feathers which adorned a bulletin board in the school.

“This fundraiser was done so that we can give back to you,” Principal Paula Lein said to Bobbi & the Strays. “We are so grateful that you help the cats and dogs of our community by giving them loving homes.”

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kishore Kuncham, who was also in attendance, recognized Bobbi & the Strays for the “outstanding work they do on a volunteer basis,” and said that the fundraiser is a testament to the pride Freeport schools take in giving back to the community.

HS science seminar a huge hit

Students and faculty eagerly attended the high school’s first science seminar of the year after school on Nov. 24.

Dr. Lisa Miller, associate division director for spectroscopy and imaging in the Photon Sciences Directorate at Brookhaven National Laboratory, conducted the seminar in the high school’s Distance Learning Center, which was filled to capacity. Dr. Miller provided information on her academic and professional background, and delivered a lecture on Alzheimer’s Disease. Attendees were given the opportunity to ask questions at the conclusion of the seminar.