2004-11-12 / Community

Frederick Douglass Academy Takes Up Residence At FRHS

By Miriam Rosenberg Contributing Editor

By Miriam Rosenberg
Contributing Editor

Principal Linda Alfred, Dr. Kathleen Cashin and Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer prepare to cut the ribbon on the academy.  Photos by Miriam Rosenberg.
Principal Linda Alfred, Dr. Kathleen Cashin and Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer prepare to cut the ribbon on the academy. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg. The Frederick Douglass Academy VI High School – which is housed in a single hallway in Far Rockaway High School (FRHS) – officially celebrated its opening on October 26 with music, speeches and a close-up look at the academy’s classrooms.

Principal Linda Alfred told The Wave that The Frederick Douglass Academy is a preparatory school that prepares each of its students to attend the college or university of their choice.

“Our goal is to take each of our children’s lives and make a change,” said Alfred to all of those at the ceremony.

Students Vernice Jackson, Jasmyne Johnson, Crystal Norwood and Sharon Self join their teacher Tamara Thomas (black dress) before the ceremony begins.  
Students Vernice Jackson, Jasmyne Johnson, Crystal Norwood and Sharon Self join their teacher Tamara Thomas (black dress) before the ceremony begins. “With the support of our community, our parents, our regent, the Department of Education and all that is in this room I know we will be successful.”

Dr. Kathleen Cashin, Superintendent of Region 5, recalled the negative reaction she received the first time she came to FRHS and proposed bringing the academy there.

Dr. Kathleen Cashin, Superintendent of Region 5, recalls that when the idea was first proposed, many did not think bringing the academy to Far Rockaway High School could be accomplished.
Dr. Kathleen Cashin, Superintendent of Region 5, recalls that when the idea was first proposed, many did not think bringing the academy to Far Rockaway High School could be accomplished. “If we were to follow nay-sayers nothing would be done,” Cashin told the students.

The celebration included students taking part in reciting the student creed and a candle lighting ceremony, performances by students – Jasmyne Johnson (piano) and Mister Chisholm (rap) – and a violin solo by teacher Tamara Thomas. Cashin and Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer cut the ribbon, which was followed by a tour of the academy’s classrooms by those who attended the opening.

Principal Alfred speaks with guests outside one of the academy’s classrooms.
Principal Alfred speaks with guests outside one of the academy’s classrooms. Currently there are 95 ninth grade students enrolled at the academy. At the end of four years, it is hoped that the school will have over 400 students in grades nine to 12.


The academy’s principal Linda Alfred calls the new school a partnership between parents, students, the community and staff. “That’s why I call this a family,” she tells those at the ceremony.
The academy’s principal Linda Alfred calls the new school a partnership between parents, students, the community and staff. “That’s why I call this a family,” she tells those at the ceremony.

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