Friday, 14 February 2014 10:30
Success adds up for 12 eighth-grade students from Alfred G. Berner Middle School. They achieved the highest marks on the 2013 American Mathematics Contest 8 exam out of 243 students tested in their grade.
Their marks ranged from 13 to 16 out of a possible 25; the national average is a score of 10. Deborah Lobaccaro received a 16, the highest score, followed by James Kiernan, Ryann Regan, Jake Bresnihan, and Kayla Collins who all scored a 14. Seven more students scored a 13, including Victoria Bal, Kevin Voigt, Talia Nieto, Connor Curley, Michael Venezia, Matthew Schector and Kaitlin McWilliams.
“We are extremely proud of the mathematical abilities of these students,” said Principal Jason Esposito. “Their scores are a testament to the quality of the math program and staff we have here at Berner.”
The exam, one of many sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America, is nationally recognized as a highly respected school-based competition. It consists of 25 multiple-choice questions on middle school mathematics. Questions are developed through the collaboration of teachers, mathematicians and professional organizations to provide challenging math problems that align with curriculum standards. According to the MMA, many colleges and universities request scores from these contests at the higher grade levels and use them for recruiting and admissions.
Each high-scoring student will receive a certificate as well as a pin of recognition from the MMA for their achievement.
Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00
With kids today obsessed with all the latest electronic gaming gadgets — the Playstation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo 3DS, and the like — you’d think that the comparatively antiquated concept of pushing a piece of plastic along a sheet of cardboard would be eschewed by your average teenager; however, judging by the crowd of kids at the Massapequa Public Library’s Board Game Café, this actually may not be the case.
Young Adult Services librarian Peter Cirona, who created the Board Game Café at the library’s Central Avenue branch (in addition to a whole host of other young adult programs), said that it’s a great way for kids to socialize and play some classic board games in a fun and friendly environment.
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 09:47
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,”