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School District Reflects On Summer Activities

Summer was bustling with activity in the Massapequa School District as nearly 2,500 students took advantage of a rich array of athletic, artistic and academic programs.

“We offer something for everyone,” said Superintendent Lucille Iconis. “These programs are a convenient and economical way for students in our community to explore their interests and develop skills in a fun and enriching environment.”

Through its partnership with Nassau BOCES, the district offers a number of summer programs for its residents at substantial savings. The partnership qualifies the district for BOCES aid and has helped reduce costs associated with planning and implementing the programs, according to district officials.

The popular summer fine arts program experienced an uptick in enrollment from 216 to 258 this year, due in part by the addition of acoustic guitar lessons to its repertoire of musical theatre, band, orchestra and jazz band programs. The visual arts program, now in its second year, offered students the opportunity to explore drawing and painting, three-dimensional art, and printmaking.

According to Jessica Wyman, band director and summer fine arts coordinator, the band and orchestra classes provide opportunities that students may not normally get during the school year, such as performing solos or duets and receiving instruction in a more intimate setting. The art classes also offer more individualized attention in a concentrated form.

The BOCES partnership also effectively delivered academic programs at the high school level. Competency and Regents review classes in subjects across the curricula were given at Berner Middle School.

In addition to these programs, the district offered its six-week Summer Recreation programs at each elementary school where more than 1,350 students were immersed in arts and crafts, games, sports and trips from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Numerous sports camps ranging from baseball to cheerleading helped develop the skills of young athletes in grades 1-12.

Students also had the opportunity to work out their brains by participating in Camp Invention, where creative solutions were developed for real-world problems using science, technology, engineering and math (STEM); and the LEGO Robotics Camp where students designed, built and tested their own robots, then competed in mock FIRST Lego League Competition.

News

Two hundred business students from high schools across Nassau County, including Massapequa High School, competed for scholarships and cash awards—more than $33,000 in all—from various sponsors at Nassau County’s annual Comptroller’s Entrepreneurial Challenge.

The events on Sept. 11, 2001 had a profound effect on nearly all in the tri-state area, but for first responders, the effects were overwhelming. Long-time Massapequa resident Michael Smith, a member of the New York Fire Department, experienced those effects firsthand.

“While I’ve always been a person that could appreciate life, after 9/11 I became so distraught,” he said. “I realized I need to do something I want to do — something I love to do.”

A 30-year veteran of the fire department, Smith retired in 2002. He and his wife of 33 years, Teresa, began to look for a place they could enjoy life. This mindset brought them to the East End of Long Island, where they often went for day trips. They settled down in a home in Orient Point in 2004; in a home that needed quite a bit of work. And when it was time to landscape the property, a new idea took root — a vineyard.


Sports

Massapequa athletes recently received honors from their coaches at Kellenberg Memorial High School.

Each season, the coaches of all of the Kellenberg teams choose one member of their team who stands out as an athlete that has worked hard to improve themselves in their chosen sport.

The Farmingdale State women’s lacrosse team won the first game of their Spring Break trip to North Carolina with a victory over Greensboro College. In wet and muddy conditions, the Rams (8-1) held an 8-5 lead at the half and took the eventual 13-10 win.

In the first half and tied 2-2, the Pride (7-5) pulled ahead 4-2 with two unassisted goals by junior attack Nadya Fedun. Farmingdale State answered with four straight scores for a 6-4 advantage, on goals by juniors Alyssa Handel, Nicole Marzocca and Massapequan Jackie Kennedy.

Sophomore attack Ashlynn Parks put Greensboro within a goal at the 7:03 mark, but the Rams scored two more to lead 8-5 at the halftime break.

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Free Wine Tasting

Friday, April 18

Boating Course

Saturday, April 26

Massapequa Memories

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