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Schools Celebrate Black History Month

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Students across the district came together for a festive celebration of Black History Month on Feb. 15. The seventh annual tradition enabled students from all eight schools to showcase their skills in the performing and visual arts before the board of education, administration, parents and community members, who filled the Performing Arts Center at the high school to capacity.

The program opened with the Presentation of Colors by the Navy Junior ROTC and a remarkable rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” by the high school’s Select Chorale, which was followed by a welcome by Director of Arts and Community Relations Ruth Breidenbach. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kishore Kuncham spoke about the importance of honoring black history and paying tribute to the generations of African-Americans, who have contributed so much to America.

“Black History Month is a celebration of achievements by African-Americans, and a time for recognizing the influences, bravery, skills, beliefs and fortitude of African-Americans in United States history,” said Dr. Kuncham. “It is a time to tell the stories of the black Americans who shaped our nation. According to Harriet Tubman, ‘Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.’ Our students are the future. It will be their turn to take their dreams, and their passion, strength and patience, to change the world and write the next part of history.”

High school student Michael Desir performed a beautiful rendition of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” prior to each school’s group gracing the stage. The kindergarten chorus at Columbus presented a spectacular performance of “We Share This World;” the Step Team from Giblyn performed with perfect precision during a “Kindness Crew” foot-stomping routine; Dodd's Vocal Tapestry group, dressed in traditional African garb, performed a moving rendition of African folk song “Nugan Mawu Wo;” the Archer Dance Team showcased their fabulous footwork during a dance routine to “Reach Out For Love”; the third- and fourth-grade New Visions Glee Club sang a soulful rendition of “Freedom;” the high school competition kickline team moved magnificently during a routine set to “All Goes Wrong;” the sixth-grade Select Chorus from Atkinson performed a rousing rendition of “Soon and Very Soon,” which also featured a solo by Brianne Belizaire; the Bayview Dance Club showcased its excellent routine to “Heart of the Caribbean;” inspired by Bob Marley’s “Buffalo Soldier,” and the high school's Select Chorale rounded out the splendid slate of individual group performances with a harmonious rendition of “My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord.” As a finale to the program, students from all eight schools joined together to form a new All-District Select Chorus and performed “I Sing Because I’m Happy.” Audience members then had the opportunity to enjoy students’ remarkable paintings, designs, drawings and renderings that were displayed in the high school’s lobby.

The district's celebration of Black History Month provided a forum for students to showcase their talents, while honoring the rich culture of African-Americans and paying homage to all that they have contributed throughout history.

Freeport High School Production of The Pajama Game

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Giblyn Learns the Lifelong Bond of Q and U

Giblyn Learns the Lifelong Bond of Q and U photo

As part of an annual Valentine’s Day tradition, kindergartners at Giblyn learned about the lifelong marriage of the letters Q and U during a spirited Q and U wedding event.

With girls dressed as queens and boys dressed as quarterbacks, students learned that the letter Q cannot exist on its own in words, and that the letter U must always be next to it. Students were paired off in a fun and decorative ceremony that also featured a choral performance following the wedding.

Bayview Celebrates Local Police Officers

Bayview Celebrates Local Police Officers photo

As part of an annual Valentine’s Day tradition, fourth-graders at Bayview honored police officers in the Village of Freeport with heartwarming cards, gifts and a spirited song and dance performance at the Adopt-a-Cop luncheon.

One by one, students and teachers in each class presented the honored guests with their decorative creations, and thanked them for their dedication to safety and commitment to their community. Following the performance, students, teachers and police officers enjoyed a hearty meal together in the cafeteria.

Students Become Defenders of Truth

Students Become Defenders of Truth photo

Students at the high school had the unique opportunity to welcome Kerry Kennedy, daughter of Robert F. Kennedy, for a special visit and discussion about raising awareness of the needs of those less fortunate and advocating for justice. Kennedy, an activist, lawyer and president of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Foundation, spoke to students, district staff and local officials about how the organization’s Speak Truth to Power Symposium: The Effect of Human Rights Defenders Curriculum has moved along her father’s crusade to change the world.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Robert F. Kennedy’s candidacy for the presidency. Freeport is the first school district in Nassau County to have embraced the Speak Truth to Power program, which ties into the district’s longstanding mission of global peace. This message has been incorporated into the district curriculum, and students have participated in helping children around the world through the Ripple of Hope Art and Advocacy Initiative.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our students and staff to interact with a longstanding, world-renowned human rights activist, who has dedicated herself to advocating for the protection of human rights,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kishore Kuncham. “Ms. Kennedy has brought national attention to the issues that are affecting the lives of millions of innocent men, women and children across the globe. Each of us here today is preparing to stand up to injustice and send out that tiny ripple of hope. We are committed to support, promote and integrate Speak Truth to Power, the spirit and the ideals of Robert F. Kennedy and global defenders of peace in all our schools across the district.”

Following the Presentation of Colors by the school’s Navy Junior ROTC and a riveting performance of “God Bless America” by the Select Chorale, Kennedy conducted an interactive forum for the students, tasking them with considering different ways they have been courageous and stood up to injustice, and instilling in them the belief that they can each be ripples of hope in a vast ocean.

“You can make a difference, and we need your help in creating a more just and peaceful world,” Kennedy said to the students. “We’re especially grateful to the superintendent and the district because this curriculum is going to be in every Freeport public school for the next three years. What each Ripple of Hope means is that each of these students has already done something for their community. When you look at human rights defenders, they all started like the rest of us; they all started in schools. I walk around these classrooms here, and I see students engaged in their work, who care deeply about these issues, learning about not only the rest of the world, but also how that impacts our society. This is such an inspiring day for me and I want to thank you.”

Following students’ presentations about what they have learned through the curriculum, including specific human rights activists’ ideals and how they personally can make a difference in their own community, Kennedy observed the work of students in three classes. Freeport High School English and special education teacher and Human Rights Club adviser Pamela Mary Schmidt, who helped spearhead the rollout of the Speak Truth to Power curriculum and coordinate Kennedy’s visit, spoke about the importance of the program.

“The Speak Truth to Power methodology transforms students with the connective nature of human compassion that builds empathy and insight, and further enhances their ability to raise awareness of social movements that actively work toward a world of justice, peace and equity,” Schmidt said.

Kennedy’s special visit was a momentous occasion that supplemented students’ ongoing learning about social injustices and proactive approaches they can take to continue leading their lives as defenders of human rights.

A Hundred Reasons to Celebrate

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Kindergartners at Columbus Avenue celebrated their 100th day of school with a variety of fun and educational activities related to the number 100.

Students sang songs, recited poems, danced with their peers and created colorful hats to wear during the celebration, which was designed to commemorate one of the first milestones of their academic careers in a festive way.

Students Meet NASA Engineer

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Students from the high school, Giblyn and New Visions met NASA mechanical engineer and Exceptional Achievement Medal awardee Kobie Boykins at the Cradle of Aviation Museum. The event was the latest precursor to the unique opportunity students in the Freeport Public School District will have later this year when they will be attempting a video and audio connection with astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

Boykins designed the solar array systems for the Mars exploration rovers Spirit and Opportunity, and designed the actuators on the Mars rover Curiosity. He is currently serving as supervisor of the mobility and remote-sensing teams for NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity program.

Boykins led the students through a variety of fun and educational activities designed to supplement their ongoing lessons about astronomy. Students engaged in martian simulation activities, including using coordinates on a giant map of Mars to maneuver a mini Mars rover as part of the museum’s Countdown to Apollo 50 celebration. They also asked Boykins questions and explored the museum.

As part of the audio and video connection that will take place, students across the district will have 10 minutes to collectively ask 10 questions of the astronauts aboard the ISS. The visit to the Cradle of Aviation helped further prepare the students for this momentous occasion in which Freeport is the only school district in the nation to have been granted this opportunity.

Zen Zone Paves Path to Mindfulness

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As part of a brand-new initiative designed to promote mindfulness and help students decrease stress and increase self-awareness, the high school hosted “The Stress-Free Student,” a three-period workshop comprised of meditation and breathing techniques. Led by art teacher Lauren Levine and YES program instructor and school psychologist Elizabeth D’Aiello, both certified yoga instructors, the workshop provided students with scientific information about the human body and nervous system to help them understand the value of developing such practices to manage their stress levels. “The Stress-Free Student” was the official kickoff of the school library’s Zen Zone, which will be maintained and coordinated by library media specialists Rose Luna and Paula Ennis.

Development of the Zen Zone, and its integration to students’ stress-management both in and out of school, is an extension of the district's emphasis on social- and emotional well-being and brain health. The space, located at the rear of the high school library, features a Himalayan salt lamp, yoga mats and bolsters, and quick response codes (bar codes used to provide access to information through mobile devices), that lead to guided meditations to ultimately help students relax, recharge and de-stress; teachers will also be invited to equip themselves with the knowledge and skills to support wellness in the classroom.

As part of the “For the Health of it Program,” school nurse Sarah Molese will also be coordinating visits by nursing students from the Molloy College School of Nursing, who will be meeting with high school students during lunch periods to discuss a wide variety of health topics. In addition to the mindfulness workshops that will be hosted throughout the year, the Zen Zone will also offer students the opportunity to participate in calming activities, including card making, Zentangles, Color Me Calm and jewelry making for charity. Luna and Ennis will coordinate activities and manage availability of the Zen Zone and students will be allowed to reserve time in that area of the library.

The space not only supports one of the district’s goals to help each student achieve a high level of mindfulness, but it also helps to ensure that each student will have the opportunity to increase their self-confidence and problem-solving skillset as they become college and career ready upon graduation.

Freeport Schools Celebrate 20-Year Veterans

Freeport Schools Celebrate 20-Year Veterans photo
At its Feb. 7 meeting, the Board of Education and central administration celebrated the incredible work and commitment of 27 staff members celebrating their 20th anniversary. The honorees, recognized for their collective 540 years serving the Freeport schools, students and community, each received a plaque and district pin as tokens of appreciation for their dedication day in and day out.

“We truly appreciate your years and the long service you have committed to our district,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kishore Kuncham. “Your dedication and loyalty will forever be cherished. Through the years, you have consistently shown and given your very best, and we are very proud to have you as a part of our team. Well done, and congratulations on your amazing career milestone. May you continue to be superhero staff members. Your continued contributions will be very vital to the success of our children and our district.”

The district congratulates these 27 outstanding individuals on their milestone, and thanks them for their continued service.

Robotics Teams Take Center Stage

Robotics Teams Take Center Stage photo

The high school welcomed school districts and teams across Nassau County for its fourth annual Robotics Competition on Feb. 3.

The well-attended event featured 31 teams including seven from Freeport — one from Atkinson, two from Dodd, and four from the high school — pitting their electro-mechanical creations against each other in task-performing challenges, such as picking up and depositing balls. This year, for the first time, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers set up a booth and showcased robots that are used to defuse bombs, while representatives of Vaughn College also had a booth to provide attendees with information about its robotics program and engineering schools.

The district’s teams demonstrated precision and poise throughout the competition: the sixth-grade team from Atkinson won the Judges Award and advanced to the playoffs; based on their Skills Score, one of the two teams from Dodd placed fourth in the state among middle school teams; and two of the four high school teams advanced to the playoffs. The high school team comprised of Misael Marquez, Bryan Davies, Randy Abreu, Melody Brendel and Angelica Amkwah advanced to the quarterfinal round, while the team comprised of Ryan Strong, Jaden McCleese and Dimitri Vaval advanced to the semifinal round. In the qualifying matches, the Freeport High School team placed 11th, Caroline G. Atkinson Intermediate School placed 11th, and J.W. Dodd Middle School placed 21st out of the 31 teams.

Adviser Kevin Harrison said he expected the Dodd team and at least one of the two high school teams that advanced to the playoffs to receive an invitation to the regional championships when they are announced later this month.

Dodd Dazzles in ‘Aladdin Jr.’

Dodd Dazzles in ‘Aladdin Jr.’ photo

Students at Dodd showcased their remarkable talents in the performing arts during their presentation of the classic play “Aladdin Jr.”

The popular musical was co-directed by Vashti N. Burke and Sarafina DeLuca-Padilla, and the performance was attended by members of the board of education, administrators, district faculty and community members. The talented cast was headlined by Antonio Cruz, Kristi Johnson, Sarah Quintanilla and Ryan Francois, who played Aladdin, Princess Jasmine, the Genie and Jafar, respectively. Musical numbers included “Arabian Nights,” “One Jump Ahead, “Prince Ali,” and “Friend Like Me.”

Dodd’s rendition of “Aladdin Jr.” highlighted the extraordinary theatrical talent and commitment of the members of the drama club, in addition to the dedication of several faculty members and students who worked behind the scenes to present a dazzling performance.

Bayview Promotes Learning Together

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Bayview Avenue hosted “Learning with Your Child,” a Parent University program for first- and second-grade students and their families.

The event was comprised of workshops designed to introduce attendees to interactive games they can play at home to supplement students’ education. The topics and focus of the workshops included fluency, reading aloud and story extension activities in English language arts, and using a hundred chart, number line games and dominoes in mathematics.

 

Bayview Students Supplement Study of Simple Machines

Bayview Students Supplement Study of Simple Machines photo

Fourth-graders at Bayview received a special visit from representatives of the Cradle of the Aviation Museum as a supplement to their classroom lessons about simple machines.

Working in groups, students participated in several interactive activities, such as formulating hypotheses about items in a concealed bag and using their hands to investigate the mechanisms used in simple machines. Students learned about pulleys, inclines, wedges, levers, screws, gears, wheels and axles as they engaged in the fun and educational activities.

Freeport Family and Community Engagement Partnership (FCEP) Winter Workshops 2018

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FHS Wrestler Makes History

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High school senior Ikce-Wicasa Quiles became the first wrestler in the district’s history to place at the Eastern States wrestling tournament, one of the toughest wrestling competitions in the northeast United States. Quiles, who currently wrestles in the 182lb division, placed sixth in the tournament, and last year placed fourth in the county. He has been wrestling since he was in the seventh-grade, and this year was named All-County wrestling, football and track.

The district extends its congratulations to Quiles and is proud of his commitment to athletic excellence.

Students Connect with Africa

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Students in Lauren Calvo’s ninth-grade Honors English class at the high school had the unique opportunity to participate in a video conference call with a class in Africa as part of the “African Storytelling Demonstrated by a Griot LIVE from Africa” program. The call was coordinated by library media specialists Rose Luna and Paula Ennis with Oiada International, a nonprofit center in Ghana, Africa, that connects African students with students in United States.

The video conference tied directly into the students’ lessons about Africa. In addition to reading Chinua Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart,” studying the Igbo culture and Europe’s colonization of Africa, the students also researched Nigerian fables/folktales and completed a creative project on them.
Collaborating with a class in Africa intertwined curriculum and technology while enhancing students’ learning.

Columbus Students Discover the Splendor of Space

Columbus Students Discover the Splendor of Space photo

Columbus Avenue was transformed into a space station of sorts as part of Discovery Day, featuring a slate of workshops and activities throughout the school designed to introduce pre-kindergartners and kindergartners to astronomy. The program was a precursor to a unique opportunity the district will have later this school year, as students will be attempting a video and audio connection with the astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

Students immersed themselves in interactive lessons about topics such as the planets, stars, astronauts and spaceships. A wide range of activities across the schools allowed them to create space-related artwork, such as hats and paper-rockets; observe what the inside of a spaceship looks like; observe a model of the sun; listen to sounds from space; “blast off” into reading in the hallway; and construct their own constellations using kits.

As part of the audio and video connection that will take place, students across the district will have 10 minutes to collectively ask 10 questions of the astronauts aboard the ISS. Discovery Day is one of several events planned throughout the district to prepare the students for this incredible opportunity.

Archer Learns and Plays

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Archer Street hosted its annual Parent University Learn and Play game night, featuring teacher-led workshops for students and their parents to play fun and educational games. The event was designed to promote the importance of family and working together to achieve a goal. Kindergarteners, first- and second-graders learned to play various vocabulary games, dominoes, card games and Lego building games, while parents learned about ways to maximize students’ critical thinking skills at home.

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Giblyn Students Travel Back in Time

Giblyn Students Travel Back in Time photo

Fourth-graders at Giblyn took a field trip without leaving their school as part of a visit by a member of “Journeys into American Indian Territory,” a curriculum-based moving museum on Jan. 19.

Students learned about authentic Native American traditions and lifestyles and participated in workshops and activities such as examining artifacts, churning corn and experiencing living in a wigwam. The daylong visit was an engaging and hands-on supplement to the students’ social studies curriculum.

Freeport Village Honors Freeport Cares at Martin Luther King Day Celebration

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The Village of Freeport and the Freeport Commission on Human Relations honored Freeport Cares at a ceremony celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Freeport Cares, an organization chaired by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kishore Kuncham, consists of Freeport Public Schools, Freeport Village, civic organizations, clergy leaders, the business community and other service organizations. Freeport Cares was presented with a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. award to recognize its exemplary leadership and peace advocacy efforts and collaboration among various organizations to support our youth and families, and address quality of life issues in Freeport and beyond.

Following an amazing and inspiring musical performance by the fifth-grade Chorus of Caroline G. Atkinson School, Chairman of the Freeport Commission on Human Relations Conor Kirwan and Freeport Village Mayor Robert Kennedy thanked Freeport Cares for all they do for the Freeport community. Dr. Kuncham thanked the Village trustees and the Freeport Commission on Human Relations for the honor, and spoke about the importance of Freeport Cares and the work they have done to promote peace in Freeport. He also thanked the members of Freeport Cares, and noted that the group’s work moves forward the timeless values of Dr. King and his message.

“As we celebrate Dr. King’s birthday, we remember his accomplishments which are nothing short of extraordinary,” Dr. Kuncham said. “Let us embrace his legacy – the values of universal love, compassion, truth, justice, service, humility, dignity, forgiveness, reconciliation and nonviolence. Let us resolve to make Dr. King’s dream a reality forever and not shortchange it. Let us continue to promote peace and a vibrant spirit of sister and brotherhood in Freeport and beyond. Let us not hold back on cashing the check that gives us upon demand the courage, strength and commitment to boldly stand up for justice, humanity and American values for all.”

The recognition of Freeport Cares as an outstanding peace advocacy group is a testament to its dedication to moving forward Dr. King’s invaluable messages of peaceful coexistence. Freeport Schools alumni Skye Hamilton-Carranza awed the gathering with a soulful instrumental solo. In attendance to commemorate the occasion were Legislator Steven Rhodes, Legislator Debra Mulé, Freeport Village Mayor Kennedy, Freeport Public School Board President Michael Pomerico, and school board and village trustees.

Freeport Cares is comprised of the following dedicated individuals: Chairperson Dr. Kishore Kuncham, Dr. Alice Kane, Joseph Mille, Gisselle Campbell-Ham, Ruth Breidenbach, Therese Casoria, Michael Pomerico, Ronald Ellerbe, Vilma Lancaster, Anthony J. Miller, Chief Miguel Bermudez, Deputy Chief Michael J. Smith, Dewey Smalls, Diane Harvey, Jean Keogh-Domingo, Patricia Fulton, Dan Yngstrom, Derick Dingle, Jason Chatelain, Barbara Jordan, Pastor Bishop, Anthone White, Rev. Dexter Hedgepeth, Rev. Carlos Vargas, Pastor, Rev. Douglas Arcoleo, Pastor, Rev. Phil Prestamo, Rev. Dr. Eric C. Mallete, Rev. Raymond Wilson, Rev. Stephen Michael Lewis,Pastor, Rev. Dr. Eugene H. Purvis, Bishop Ronald Carter, Pastor, Christopher McBride, Christine Waters, Claudia Swansey, Calvel Venzen, Eric Robinson, Robert Suarez, Roderick B. Wilson, Bill Tetreault and Chuk Fowler.

 



Atkinson’s Super Spellers

Atkinson’s Super Spellers photo
Sixth-graders at Atkinson participated in the school’s fourth-annual spelling bee, featuring the top speller from each class in the championship round. The final five winners of the bee were Domenica Gianferrara (first place), Caleb Cortes (second place), Kiara Pierre (third place), Christopher Yotagri (fourth place) and Anais Olivo (fifth place). All five winners received certificates to commemorate their outstanding performances.

Domenica Gianferrara will be representing the district in the Scripps Regional Spelling Bee competition at Hofstra University on Feb. 4.

Teamwork Tutorials

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Students at Archer Street learned about the importance of teamwork and camaraderie during the school’s annual teambuilding day.

Students in all grade levels participated in activities such as balloon races, puzzles, tower building and Lego construction. Under the guidance of their teachers, students cheered for each other and worked together to accomplish their goals.

Giblyn Students Learn About Chinese Culture

Giblyn Students Learn About Chinese Culture photo

Students at Giblyn learned about Chinese Lunar New Year festivities and Chinese culture during a special visit from a member of the Long Island Children’s Museum. The “Lucky Fortune” multicultural program was comprised of stories and traditions, such as the Lion Dance and the custom of Lucky Envelopes. Students also had the opportunity to study artifacts, ask questions and create their own colorful parade masks.

Spelling Success

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Third- and fourth-graders at Bayview participated in the school’s annual spelling bee, featuring the top spellers in each classroom competing in a final round. The winner of this year’s contest was Martin Darcelin, who was awarded a certificate, a medal and a yearlong online subscription to Encyclopedia Britannica for his remarkable performance.

Darcelin will be representing the district in the Scripps Regional Spelling Bee competition at Hofstra University on Feb. 4.

Celebration of a Dream

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In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, students and staff at New Visions participated in the annual Peace Award ceremony, which included a slate of inspirational choral performances and facts about Dr. King’s life.

The program was designed to not only educate students about the impact Dr. King had in shaping the virtues of leadership and peace, but to also recognize students who embody those characteristics on a daily basis. Following performances by students in each grade level, fourth-grader Christopher Tavarez was named the 2018 Peace Award recipient, and was presented with a trophy, certificate, medallion and the honor of having his name displayed on a plaque inside the school. Tavarez was selected from a pool of five students nominated for the award by their teachers and classmates. The four runners-up to the award — Abigail Brewster, Julia Mendoza-Piñeyro, Suleidi Oloroso and Dimas Guevara — were also presented with certificates and medallions.

The ceremony paid homage to Dr. King’s dream, which was instrumental in shaping the foundation upon which America’s freedoms are based, and gave students an opportunity to showcase their talents while recognizing them for their exceptional leadership.

Spelling Stars at New Visions

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Fourth-graders at New Visions participated in the school’s annual spelling bee, featuring the top four spellers of each class.

The final three winners of the bee were Alyssa Donnelly (first place), Alexander Duffy (second place) and Brianna Rodriguez (third place). As a result of their outstanding performances, Donnelly and Duffy received a yearlong online subscription to Encyclopedia Britannica; Donnelly also received a first-place trophy and medal, while Duffy received a plaque and medal, and Rodriguez received a medal.

Donnelly will be representing the district in the Scripps Regional Spelling Bee competition at Hofstra University on Feb. 4.

School Board President Selected as Education Partner Award Recipient

School Board President Selected as Education Partner Award Recipient photo
Board of Education President Michael Pomerico has been selected as a recipient of the Nassau BOCES 2018 Education Partner Award for his outstanding contributions to public education in Nassau County. He is one of 15 individuals who will be honored at the 12th annual Education Partner Awards Gala on April 11.

Pomerico has served on the Board of Education for the past 10 years, and as president for the past four years. During this time and under his leadership, the district has submitted resolutions to the New York State School Board Association to advocate for appropriate funding to meet the varied needs of its English language learners and to raise the limit on unrestricted fund balance. He has also consistently advocated for Freeport and public education among local representatives, as well as legislators at the state level. Pomerico has called for fair, timely and equitable funding through state aid, and discussed issues including increased costs to public education, numerous unfunded mandates pertaining to special education, unaccompanied minors and the tax cap levy. He has ensured that he is up to date with the latest information and issues impacting public education, and routinely presents advocacy information to the public regarding pending regulations, trends and concerns. Pomerico also works closely with the PTA Council and the building PTAs so that they are able to share information as well.

Under his leadership, the board has also been active members of the Reform Education Financing Inequities Today and the New York State School Boards Association legislative committee. The district has also been able to expand the number of advanced placement and dual enrollment classes it offers, in addition to increasing its graduation rate to record highs under his leadership.

The district extends its congratulations and appreciation to Michael Pomerico for his remarkable contributions to public education, especially to Freeport Public Schools and for being recognized with the Nassau BOCES Education Partner Award.

Spotlight on LI Schools Radio Interview 103.9FM

Three Freeport students recently had the amazing experience of appearing on the Spotlight on Long Island Schools radio program heard on 103.9FM. Leah Hochman, grade 11, Melissa Bell, grade 9 and Jullian Awalom, grade 7 spoke about the advanced science research taking place in Freeport schools. They also spoke about the district’s upcoming unique opportunity to make both audio and video connection with the astronauts currently aboard the International Space Station.

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Weslie’s New Wheels

During the holiday season, Atkinson's own Weslie Capellan was surprised with a brand new, top of the line wheelchair by the Nassau County Detectives' Charitable Foundation, Children of Hope Foundation and Drive Medical. The Nassau County Police Department arranged the special delivery. Wesley expressed his excitement and gratitude for such a remarkable gesture during the presentation, which was also attended by Santa, who distributed additional gifts. The Atkinson community wishes Weslie the best of luck with his new wheels.

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De‘STEM’ber at New Visions

De‘STEM’ber at New Visions 2018

Third grade students at New Visions participated in holiday-themed STEM activities during a special De‘STEM’ber event. Parents attended STEM sessions led by Ms. Kugelmass, and then volunteered at a variety of stations, including: designing a trap for the gingerbread man, creating customized holiday candles, building the tallest Christmas tree, testing the buoyancy of cookies, and manufacturing snow.