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Avoid Frostbite & Hypothermia

Please click on the link below to find important tips for avoiding, recognizing signs and treating to avoid hypothermia and frostbite.

 

https://www.cdc.gov/phpr/documents/hypothermia-frostbite_508.pdf

 

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.

December 2017 Points of Pride

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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

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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

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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.

FHS NJROTC Showcases Precision and Poise

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The high school's Navy Junior ROTC had its dignity and discipline on full display at the annual Inspection and Battalion Parade before the Board of Education, administrators, Village of Freeport trustees, local war veterans and families.

The program’s 236 students performed their drills to perfection and passed their inspection, which was conducted by retired United States Navy Commander and NJROTC Area Four Manager Jimmie Miller. Commander Miller praised the students for representing themselves, their school and their families with excellence and pride. He then joined retired United States Marine Corps. Major Donald R. Moore, Jr. and retired United States Navy Chief Louis Lopez, both current members of the high school’s Department of Naval Science, in presenting outstanding cadets with various awards.

“We just got a glimpse of what you go through every single day, but I am very proud of you for your extraordinary and amazing demonstration,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kishore Kuncham. “You are learning so much from this program, including critical thinking, problem-solving, and how to be better artists, musicians and leaders. You are our superheroes in the making.”

Board of Education President Michael Pomerico and Freeport High School Principal Joe Mille each also told the students and their leaders how proud they should be for showcasing such unwavering composure and encouraged them to continue developing their leadership skills.

The parade and inspection was a fascinating display of the dedication of the cadets and staff members of the FHS NJROTC program.

FHS Students Experience Augmented Reality

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Students at the high school had the opportunity to experience augmented reality by participating in the Google Expeditions Pioneer Program. Using smartphones provided by a representative of Google, students learned about the integration of digital information with the user’s environment in “real time” by viewing and studying images that appeared all over the Distance Learning Center through their smartphones. Students worked in groups under the direction of their teachers to familiarize themselves with these elements of augmented reality.

Dodd Students Learn the Value of Videoconferencing

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Under the direction of their classroom teachers and librarian Christine Meloni, students at Dodd have been videoconferencing with several experts from various institutions and organizations.

Representatives from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, the Dolphin Research Center and the Brooklyn Academy of Music led lectures on nutrition and health, the artistry of game design, macronutrients, sports and the Harlem Renaissance. By being able to speak to specialists in different fields, the videoconferencing opportunities are providing Dodd students with another forum to complement their learning.

Parent University on NYS Exams

Thank you to Harry Dean and Glori Engel for leading an informative session about NYS exams.

FHS Hosts German Exchange Students

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As part of a 10-year annual tradition, students at the high school hosted foreign exchange students and led them through a variety of fun and educational activities during their stay. The 18 exchange students, visiting from Germany for the seven-day program, had the opportunity to accompany the Freeport students to their classes during the day and to different landmarks during evenings and on the weekend. As members of the host families, the Freeport students learned about the German culture and how to guide their new acquaintances through daily routines in a country new to them.
 

STEM Success at Atkinson School

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Atkinson STEM night was sponsored by National PTA and Mathnasium on Tuesday, November 28.    Students participated with their families in engaging, interactive STEM experiences.  Teachers and administrators attended, including Dr. Murray, Director of Mathematics and Technology. The night also included:  activity stations, raffles, a T-shirt and membership table, and a delicious International Dessert Bar.  STEM night was a success.  
 

FHS Select Chorale Dazzles in Radio City Debut

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For the first time in its illustrious history, the Select Chorale earned the honor of ushering in the holiday season with a dazzling array of festive performances at the world-famous Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

Under the leadership of Director Monique Retzlaff, the group opened its slate of performances on Thanksgiving Eve with “O Thou that Tellest Good Tidings to Zion” from the “Messiah,” followed by a spectacular jazz rendition of “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” and closed with “Angels We Have Heard on High,” which featured its own staccato version of the second verse. Chorale can add this scintillating Christmas Spectacular debut to an all-impressive list of prestigious events and venues where it has showcased its talents, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Westminster Choir College and most recently the Empire State Building.

“To say it is a privilege to be able to lead these amazing vocalists on such grand stages is an understatement,” said Retzlaff, who this year was also selected as Nassau County Choral Director for the Parents Educators and Kids Festival Concert. “The honor of performing at Radio City Music Hall is a testament to their unwavering commitment to musical excellence.”

 

Archer’s Giving Tree

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As part of a longstanding tradition and its ongoing commitment to altruism and community service, Archer Street hosted its annual “Giving Tree” food drive.

Over the course of two weeks, students and staff members donated nonperishable food items, paper goods and utensils, and filled approximately 25 boxes that were delivered to the Holy Redeemer Church in Freeport. Each student and staff member who donated an item had a leaf with their name hung on a Giving Tree in the school’s Literacy Hallway.

Planting the Seeds of STEM

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As part of an ongoing partnership with Adelphi University, district students continued complementing their STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) classroom lessons at Bayview/Giblyn STEM Night.

The event, held at Bayview, was designed for students and their parents to have the opportunity to participate in interactive lessons conducted by Adelphi students. In classrooms throughout the school, students participated in several hands-on workshops based on a variety of topics, such as atoms and energy. Each workshop included an informative introduction using a Smart Board presentation.

Bayview/Giblyn STEM Night was an academically stimulating event that reinforced the district’s commitment to providing a sound STEM education.

 

Splendid Soccer Stars

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Various members of the high school girls varsity soccer team were honored for their remarkable accomplishments during the season at the Nassau County Girls Soccer Coaches Association All-Star Banquet at Crest Hollow Country Club.

The team placed second in the Conference AAIII Championship and won the Conference AAIII Sportsmanship Award, while coach Vanessa Vidalon won the Conference AAIII Coach of the Year Award. Camryn Taylor was named a Scholar-Athlete and earned All-Class AAIII distinction and Mia Almonte earned All-Conference AAIII distinction.

The district extends its congratulations to the team on its tremendous achievements.

Bayview Accepts ‘Astronaut Challenge’

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As part of the district’s astronomy curriculum, which this year has been expanded following its selection by NASA as the nation’s only district with the opportunity to have its students make audio and video contact with astronauts aboard the International Space Station, fourth-graders at Bayview participated in a simulation workshop presented by the Cradle of Aviation Museum.

A member of the Long Island-based museum led students through an ‘Astronaut Challenge,’ which tasked them with completing activities presenting constraints similar to the ones astronauts face in outer space. Using everyday household items such as soda bottles, rubber gloves, bolts and screws, students worked in groups to complete intricate tasks while being timed.

Science Educators Present at STANY Meeting

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Atkinson sixth-grade science teachers Matthew Yatsyla and Laura Zegers had the honor of presenting at the Science Teachers Association of New York meeting at Hofstra University. The topic of the presentation was a lesson unit on density that both teachers developed based on Science Learning Standards that the state Board of Regents adopted in December 2016.

The standards are based on students posing questions, conducting independent investigations and developing mathematical models to explain the results of their investigations. In addition, students design engineering solutions based on what they learn in their science classrooms. Yatsyla and Zegers’ presentation was a small sample of the type of standard-aligned lessons that Freeport Public Schools have already been recognized and praised for by numerous experts.

This particular presentation was based on students being given cubes of various sizes, tasked with determining if the cubes are made up of the same material. Because density is a ratio, this activity can also be integrated with the math ratio unit. Students draw graphs and from them determine if an object will sink/float in a liquid. In another hands-on activity, students observe liquids of varying densities that contain objects that float or sink. Finally, students work on questions that they can ask astronauts aboard the International Space Station on the behavior of systems under zero gravity.

These questions will then be considered for inclusion in a districtwide set of 10 questions that students across all grade levels will have the opportunity to ask of the astronauts later in the school year. Freeport is the only district in the country that will have the opportunity to make both audio and video contact with the astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

New Visions Experiences Augmented Reality

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Students at New Visions recently experienced augmented reality by participating in the Google Expeditions Pioneer Program.

They familiarized themselves with elements of augmented reality — the integration of digital information with the user’s environment in “real time” — by using smartphones provided by a representative of Google for the lesson. Working in groups, students were able to view and study images that appeared all over the library through the smartphones. The lessons were led by librarian Mimi Bino and classroom teachers.

Archer Street Walks for Water

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As part of its annual Turkey Trot fundraiser, students and staff members at Archer Street raised $2,500 for the WE Charity. The $2,500 raised during the Trot was then matched by a donor, and added to the $2,075 the school raised during its “Every Drop of Water Counts-Archer Cares” bracelet-selling campaign earlier this year, which was also matched. The grand total of $9,150 will be used to help build a well in Kenya, Africa.

The Turkey Trot was a festive precursor to Thanksgiving that also highlighted the remarkable fundraising efforts at Archer.

Atkinson Students Receive Visit from Cycling Peace Advocate

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The physical education classes at Atkinson received a special visit from Nitin Sonawane, of India, who has been cycling on a journey around the world in an effort to promote world peace. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kishore Kuncham welcomed Sonawane, praising his commitment to the advocacy of peace and the power of his message.

Accompanied by members of the Shanti Fund, which has sponsored him while he is in New York, Sonawane spoke to students about Mahatma Gandhi’s messages of peace and nonviolence, and the role the kindness of others plays in continuing to inspire him on his journey.

Sonawane has been on his journey for more than one year, having traveled more than 16,000 kilometers on bicycle and foot in countries including Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Japan. He aims to complete his journey on Oct. 2, 2019, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Gandhi’s birth.

FHS Inducts 108 to National Honor Society

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One-hundred and eight academically outstanding students at the high school were inducted to the prestigious National Honor Society in a special candlelighting ceremony on Nov. 14.

The new inductees, sitting among current members of the NHS, were sworn into the esteemed organization that recognizes the four tenets of scholarship, service, leadership and character. Adviser Eileen Shultis, who led the program, announced the six NHS officers: President Jaidiver Morales, Vice President Kevin Brown, Secretary Maya Brown, Treasurer Ashley Hernandez, Student Liaison Heaven Jenkins and Director of Community Service Kayla Sewer.

“Tonight, you join the ranks of our Freeport superheroes,” said Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Dr. MaryAnne DeVivio to the inductees. “Superheroes are scholars: they solve complicated problems and make the world a safer, better place through their wisdom, quick wit and decisiveness. Superheroes are leaders who inspire others by their own actions to work and live together in harmony. All superheroes work to serve others. It is the job of every superhero to save the day. Superheroes are not just characters – they have character. They have virtues that make them stand apart including honesty, loyalty, grit, kindness and empathy. Finally, superheroes do not rest on their laurels. As a Freeport National Honor Society student, your work is not done. I urge you to challenge yourselves to do more, be more and give more than you already have. Your initiative will lead you to excel in school, work and life.”

Individually, the officers spoke about what each pillar represents and student class representatives lit candles to symbolize how the new inductees demonstrated these characteristics. The names of the students who earned induction to the NHS were announced, and each received a medal from Principal Joe Mille prior to taking the Honor Society Oath.

As part of a longstanding FHS tradition, the 108 new inductees were encouraged to proudly wear their medals to school the following day.