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School Board Learns Of Special Education Updates

Members are updated on

proposals made last summer

A recent Massapequa school board meeting focused on unveiling updates in the district’s special education program.

The meeting served as an opportunity for educators and staff of the Special Education department to talk about improvements that have been made since their original proposal over the summer.

The first of five provisions made to the Special Education system was the redistribution of students among all elementary schools. For the past 20 years, students in Massapequa had to attend McKenna Elementary School in order to receive special education services. But with this new redistribution, students have now been integrated into all six elementary schools.

The second provision regarded integrated co-teaching classes established to meet the specific needs of children. This new update allows children to receive special attention in the areas that need the most improvement, allowing for specialized learning development. Additionally, this update is intended to provide a good balance for students, which is consistent with the secondary level of education.

Other provisions were updates to Section 504, which established a plan for students with disabilities that limit any major life function, allowing for the greatest opportunity for success.

Another essential update to the program was the introduction of Monthly Parent Training Sessions, in order to manage agendas for children with special needs. This update also includes an extended 1.5 hours of schooling that will help students better achieve IEP goals.

Of all the new programs and updates, the most well received by both parents and board members alike was the (CCC), or Career and Community Connections. This particular program is important because it extends the boundaries of the classroom and provides students with the opportunity to develop essential life functions. The main goal of the CCC is to help special needs students become more independent, and they do so by helping them attain jobs in local stores and businesses. Once students are able to secure a job, they are given job coaching and taught how to use public transportation to get to work.

By doing so, students will be better prepared for finding and maintaining work when they become adults.  

Parents who believe it to be helpful in preparing their children for adult life applauded this program. Alison Prystupa, whose 18-year-old daughter is in the program, was extremely pleased by the new updates and programs being introduced, especially that of CCC. “They definitely heard the needs of these children,” she explained. “This is exactly the type of program they needed.”


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.


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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