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Emergency Planning – A Guide for Parents

The safety of our students and staff is always in the forefront. In light of the horrific tragedy yesterday in Parkland, Florida, we felt it important to share our emergency planning procedures with parents.  

The Freeport Schools have always been serious about being prepared for emergencies. Each year, the District's entire Emergency Plan is reviewed and updated to meet New York State regulations. The plan addresses an enormous range of issues, from dealing with the onset of a crisis situation, to addressing the psychological and emotional needs of students and adults in its aftermath.

When an emergency occurs, the first concern of every staff member is the safety of the children in our care. This guide provides a brief description of how the school district will manage an emergency and how Freeport parents can support those vital efforts.

The Freeport School District has established a District-Wide School Safety Plan (which is posted on our website) and a Building-Level Emergency Response Plan for each School Building in the District. The Building-Level Emergency Response Plan is a confidential document which cannot be shared with the public. Each of these plans is coordinated with police, fire and other officials in the county and state-wide agencies.

All doors that lead to the outside are locked when school is in session. In order to enter the building, the parent/visitor may only enter through the main entrance and must obtain a visitor's pass. Any unauthorized person on school property will be reported to the school Principal or designee. Unauthorized persons will be asked to leave. School personnel are required to wear photo ID badges for identification purposes. Children are instructed to look for these ID badges. Visitors are required to wear a temporary badge which indicates an individual is an authorized visitor.
Yes, New York State regulations require school districts to test their emergency plans in each school building through exercises and drills. 

Not unless directed to do so. While every parent's natural instinct in an emergency is to go to the school to protect his/her own child, it is important to realize that doing so may significantly affect the District's ability to respond to the situation. For example, cars driving up to the building will restrict access by emergency vehicles that are responding to the emergency, or school buses that are loading children to evacuate them or take them home. The building's staff will be actively working to ensure the safety of all students. It may seem logical that every student taken home by a parent reduces the responsibility of the staff, but in a fast moving situation that requires a great deal of careful coordination and communication, it actually makes the critical task of keeping track of students more difficult.

An area will be designated for parents to pick up students. Photo identification must be shown in order for a student to be brought to the reunification area.

Every school building has a plan of action to evacuate any student with special needs.

Chances are that you will have difficulty reaching the school by phone when you try. The school will be making every effort to contact you through automated calling systems and our website. The schools have every child's emergency contact information that they have readily available for emergencies. School officials may utilize the parent organizations to activate their phone chains. TV News 12 and local media will also be utilized.

The two most important things you can do are:

1. Make sure your child's school has the most up-to-date emergency contact information.

2. Review with your child any alternative arrangements you have made in case an emergency prevents you from being home.

The Principal or Assistant Principal is responsible for coordinating emergencies at the building level.  All school building information can be found in the School Safety Plan on our website at 

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

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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

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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


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

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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.


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Atkinson’s Super Spellers

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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

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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

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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.

Schools Host Winter Festivals

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Each school in the district hosted its annual Winter Festival of the Arts, giving its students the opportunity to not only showcase their artistic and musical talents, but to also spread holiday cheer.

With their families, members of the board of education and district administrators in attendance, groups of students at each school graced the stage to perform classic jingles. Holiday-themed artwork they created was also on display, creating a colorful winter wonderland at all the schools.

District Celebrates Superb Students and Staff

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Outstanding students and staff of the district were honored for their accomplishments at the board of education’s December meeting. Following festive holiday performances by the Freeport High School Select Chorale, the top 10 students of the Class of 2018 and several student-athletes were recognized for their commitment to success. In addition, high school teacher Eileen Shultis was honored for having been selected by the New York State Athletic Administrators Association as a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award, and varsity football coach Russ Cellan was recognized for his induction to the Nassau County High School Athletics Hall of Fame.

The Distinguished Service Award, bestowed upon an individual who is not an athletic administrator but has made a significant contribution to athletics, is a testament to Shultis’ work as Nassau County girls bowling coordinator for the past 15 years, during which the league has expanded to 42 teams. Cellan, who has coached football for 34 years and the last 31 at Freeport High School, has won more than 200 games, five Long Island Championships and five Rutgers Cups during his illustrious career.

The top 10 students of the Freeport High School Class of 2018 are Joseph LaRocca (valedictorian), Zoe Stetson (salutatorian), Kira Brizill (3), Kenny Martinez (4), Franco Ramirez (5), James Hastings (6), Hannah Cotter (7), Roseanne Hylton (8), Zoie Gold (9) and Jordyn Smith (10).

Giblyn Continues Support for Ride for Life

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For the fifth consecutive year, students and staff at Giblyn displayed their continued support for the fight against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis by welcoming Chris Pendergast of the Ride for Life organization, who visited the school to discuss the neurological disorder.

The assembly, which was held for fourth-graders, featured messages of hope and perseverance for the students. Pendergast spoke to them about the group’s goal to continue raising funds for ALS research by traveling throughout the country, and about his life with the disease. The program was comprised of a video of the Ride for Life’s various journeys, a historical overview of the degenerative illness. Students were also able to Pendergast questions.

Giblyn annually hosts visits from the Ride for Life organization as a way to show its unwavering support for the cause, and for its students to learn the importance of charitable donations and never giving up.

News12 Video of Freeport High School Select Chorale

News12 Video of Freeport High School Select Chorale

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District Continues Excellence in Nanotechnology

As a testament to its commitment to offering rigorous courses and preparing students to be college and career ready, the district has for the second consecutive year had its proposal to introduce nanotechnology into the high school curriculum accepted by the prestigious Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Center for Functional Nanomaterials. Freeport is the only district on Long Island to have an approved user project at the CFN.

As a result of the proposal’s acceptance, which followed a competitive peer review process by scientists, Freeport High School science research instructor Edward Irwin has for the second consecutive year earned the honor of visiting BNL to characterize the nanoparticles he and his students will have synthesized in the high school classroom setting.

The district was awarded the Be the Change for Kids Education Innovation Award by the New York State School Boards Association last year. In addition to continuing to augment its lessons in nanotechnology at the high school level, and following its introduction of nontechnology to students at Dodd through research projects, the district next year also plans to introduce it to students at Atkinson and all its elementary schools.

Discovery Day at Atkinson

Richard Cetron, President of Long Island Amateur Radio Club of Long Island (LIMARC) and Gerard Abrams addressed the students on December 15 for Discovery Day. Richard Cetron is an expert on antenna design and spoke about radio telescope and communications, especially how they helped the RED Cross during Hurricane Sandy.  Mr. Cetron demonstrated how radio contact can be made with the astronauts, how an antenna can light a bulb, as well as how the system of radio operators worked together to spread information.  Both presentors  will be instrumental in setting up the equipment for the contact with the astronauts.


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.

Students Discover an Amazing Opportunity in Astronomy

Students Discover an Amazing Opportunity in Astronomy photo

Later this school year, students in the the district will have the unique opportunity to attempt a video and audio connection with the astronauts aboard the International Space Station. In preparation for this event, Discovery Day programs, held at Archer, Bayview, Giblyn, New Visions and Atkinson featured a slate of various activities related to astronomy and the mission of the International Space Station and incorporating the STEAM lessons taught in the classroom.

Students had many opportunities to immerse themselves in interactive lessons about topics such as the planets, stars, astronauts and spaceships. A wide-range of activities across the schools included: students listening to radio noise from planets and the sun, and writing song lyrics based on those sounds; using items such as soda bottles and rubber gloves to complete activities that present constraints similar to the ones astronauts face in space; creating stamp models that commemorate different aspects of space exploration; working together during a hazmat drill, such as moving an object using only a rope; using a telescope to study a series of pictures from the surface of the earth and attempt to match them up with the correct places on the earth; using ratios and proportions to calculate the weight in different locations of the solar system; participating in physical activities such as jump-rope and push-ups to train like an astronaut; creating and designing rocket ships; viewing the stars and planets in a “Sky Lab” planetarium setting; viewing educational videos featuring firsthand accounts of astronauts’ experiences; and participating in an augmented reality scavenger hunt, among many more.

As part of the audio and video connection that will take place between January and May, 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 remarkable opportunity.