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Sweet Retirement For Hicksville Teacher

Karen Massaro is ready to close the books on teaching. She has dedicated 32 years to the Hicksville School District, where she served as a music teacher.  

Massaro has taught at several schools during her tenure in the district. She taught at East Street Elementary School for 13 years, Woodland Elementary School for 10 years, Lee Avenue Elementary School for 12 years and Dutch Lane Elementary School for seven years. Splitting her time in between schools for many years was no easy task.

While she didn’t have a favorite year, Massaro recalls her time at Lee Avenue School, which she attended when she was a child. She had the privilege of working with teachers who taught her. Eventually, she was able to step into the shoes of the teacher who had giving her the inspiration to become a music teacher.  

“I’m going to miss giving students the joy of music,” said Massaro. “I want them to have fun while learning about it.”  

Her plans are to continue teaching private voice lessons. However, she also wants to spend more time traveling, reading and being with her family. Massaro realizes that it is important to “make sure you pursue and do what you love for your career.”  

She believes it’s, “the only way you’re going to be happy with it.”

News

Old classmates reignited friendships and shared memories of their teenage years as the Hicksville High School Class of 1964 came together recently to celebrate their 50th reunion at the Holiday Inn in Plainview.

Among the attendees was Bob Cheeseman who met his wife, Lorraine (Kirwan) in middle school. They were serious throughout high school and married soon after. Bob said, “I enlisted in high school and went into the Air Force. I did 30 years active Air Force and another 15 after that. I retired in 2010 as a Brigadier General. After I retired, my wife received a certificate from the Governor of Texas and was designated a Yellow Rose of Texas.”

The Common Core results are in and overall the district performed reasonably well according to Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction, Marianne Litzman at Sept. 17's school board meeting.

“The students in grades 3-8 performed wonderfully in some areas but there were also some challenges,” said Litzman. “Overall as a district we performed above average for the County and State levels.”


Sports

It seemed to happen in an instant.

Hicksville forward Michael Osmundsen was touching the ball past Kellenburg goalkeeper Jack Abuin to slot the ball into an empty net to score the lone goal in the non-league 1-0 victory over the Firebirds.

It’s nothing short of what Comets boys soccer head coach Scott Starkey would expect. He described his forward as “very explosive, fast and he’s not just fast — he’s tenacious.”

This November, Hicksville resident Marlo Signoracci will head to Florida for Ironman, a demanding, long-distance triathlon that includes biking, running and swimming. Here, she shares her story as she prepares for one of the most physically challenging athletic events out there.

 

If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you! 


Calendar

Bingo

September 26

Arts and Crafts

September 27

Adult Education Classes Begin

September 29



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com