Written by Massapequa Observer Staff, email@example.com Friday, 11 October 2013 00:00
Every year at Grace Day School in Massapequa, as part of their curriculum, third grade students dress-up and visit the one-room Nassakeag schoolhouse in Stonybrook, Long Island.
This year their trip was particularly meaningful as every child in this third grade was effected by Superstorm Sandy. The greatest lesson learned that day was not about the clothes worn in 1877, bringing lunch in a bucket, or the inkwells. It was about the harsh quality of life that the elements imposed on children before electrical lighting, basic plumbing, and circulating heat were available.
The visit opened as the tour guide played the role of class teacher in the schoolhouse. She collected their lunch-buckets and sat each child at a desk labeled with the name of an actual student from 1877. She narrated the schedule of a typical school day and told of how each student would walk to school carrying wood for the wood-burning stove located in the center of the classroom. She showed them the outhouse on the lawn and demonstrated how a firm tree branch could be used as a “switch” for discipline or to gain control over the classroom.
The children grew very still as the guide spoke about the long, dark, cold school days and infrequent bathing due to lack of hot water. On their faces, was not the traditional classroom look of innocence and absorption, but rather the sober look of “remembering.”
The days following Sandy were all too similar for them: the lack of hot water, electrical power and for some even plumbing. One could feel the reality of living in 1877 penetrate the third graders and understand how Sandy, with her harsh aftermath, had shaped them.
They pushed through the memories and eagerly embraced the opportunity to cut wood using a buck saw, write with a scratch pen using an inkwell, and read aloud while standing from the McGuffey Reader.
The class matured from their stay in the schoolhouse in a very healthy way. In the days that followed they seemed a bit more confident and showed more patience with one another.
“Hopefully, one day they will look back and understand the valuable lessons they learned in this one-room schoolhouse,” said Lorraine Kramps, third grade teacher. “They come away with a new appreciation for the luxury of modern-day living.”
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
For the first time in its history, the Massapequa High School Mock Trial Team was invited to hone its skills at Harvard University’s High School Training Seminar. The seminar offers a range of basic and advanced classes that better position teams to win state and national competitions.
Participants — seniors Rebecca Girardin, Jenna Petrungaro, Christie Flanders, Cameron Wunderlin, Justin Jakubowski and juniors Selin Solen, Jeremy Wiss, Griffin Konen, Emily O’Leary, Nicole Feeley, Nicolle Dananberg, Taylor DelValle, Jillian Prystupa and Katie McMahon — called the experience, “amazing.”
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 10:58
These days, raising kids is rougher and tougher than ever — sometimes parents just need a break. And when that break is beaconing, both new parents and old pros look to the ever-reliable babysitter to provide a few hours respite from the many duties of caring for children.
However, parents often have a difficult time locating an honest, trustworthy and reliable babysitter in a pinch. But the Massapequa Public Library’s Babysitter Job Fair aimed to remedy this problem.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
With the Nassau County title on the line, junior kicker Zach Kolodny was the most composed player on the field. With time expiring, he booted the game-winning kick to send the Farmingdale Dalers into the Long Island Championship with a 29-26 victory over the Massapequa Chiefs.
“It’s a great feeling,” said Kolodny. “I was confident from the beginning that I would make the kick,” he added. “We practice this every day.”
The game featured a bevy of twists and took on a completely different feel in the fourth quarter than it did for the first three quarters.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
It was a historic day for the Chiefs as both the boys and girls varsity soccer teams capped the season with state championship titles. The win was the first state championship for the boys, who defeated Fairport, 1-0 at SUNY Cortland and the fifth for the girls, who beat North Rockland, 2-1 in Middletown, New York.
The winning goal for the boys team was scored by sophomore Dylan Nealis, who just the day before scored the winning goal in the AA state semifinal.