Written by Massapequa Observer staff, email@example.com Thursday, 29 August 2013 00:00
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.
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
On Feb. 27, parents in the Levittown, East Meadow, Massapequa and Farmingdale school districts came together for an informal pannel discussion on the New York State Education Department and the implementation of the state Common Core Learning Standards. Panelists included New York State Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt, Jeanette Deutermann of the Long Island Opt Out Facebook page, and former public school teacher David Greene, who came to the Farmingdale Public Library to talk with local parents about key concerns and questions with the curriculum.
Outspoken parent and founder of the Long Island Opt Out movement, Deutermann, delved into some of the factors behind what led to the state’s adoption of the Common Core, and how the state education department cites High School graduation rates as its reasoning behind the curriculum.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 09:33
The iPad, the laptop, the smartphone; everyday instruments to many people all throughout the world, but to someone just being indoctrinated into the world of cutting-edge technology these tools might seem rather daunting. Unless there is a patient hand guiding the way.
Those guides were at the Massapequa Public Library’s Bar Harbour branch recently, where they offered a session of their ongoing Electronic Device Demonstration and Tutoring series, where community teenagers donate their time to turn tech-deficient adults into masters of the digital domain; free of charge and all within the span of one hour or less.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 09:47
One of Major League Soccer’s top front office executives has many fond memories of growing up in the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL). Bill Manning, the President of Western Conference champion Real Salt Lake and the club’s field, Rio Tinto Stadium, played for the LIJSL Select Team from 1979 to ‘83 as well as the Massapequa Soccer Club from 1972 to ‘83.
Manning’s Massapequa teams had virtually the same players from Under-10 to Under-19, but kept changing their name depending on who their coach was. He played for the Massapequa Flying Dutchmen (coached by Kurt Knoblauch), the Massapequa Bugs (Dick Roche), the Massapequa Cosmos (Jerry Lyons) and the Massapequa Bulls (coached by his father, also named Bill Manning). The Bulls might have lost in the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) State Open Cup finals to B/W Gottschee in overtime in 1983, but his teams won the LIJSL division championship in 1974, ‘76 and ‘79 plus the Long Island Cup in 1980 and ‘83.
Thursday, 27 February 2014 10:58
If the games were played on paper, Massapequa would’ve had no shot. The Chiefs faced a tall order last week playing Elmont, which boasted a 12-3 record and four premier scorers. They gave a tremendous effort, but ultimately had their season cut short, 69-62, despite Alex Cosenza leading the scoring with 29 points.
“I can’t ask for anything else from these guys,” said Head Coach Matt Voigt. “I am so proud of them. I applaud their efforts,”