Saturday, 17 August 2013 00:00
Most working parents enroll their young children in some sort of after school program in order to keep them occupied and out of trouble.
But most programs only provide a supervised place for children and do not offer any homework help, leaving parents to wrestle with homework help after they get home from a long day.
Many stay-at-home parents find themselves in the similar position of struggling to help their kids with homework because they are not familiar with the latest teaching method or are trying to revisit a subject they learned 20 years ago.
A new solution is open to all Massapequa students and students of the neighboring towns. Massapequa’s Grace Day School, 23 Cedar Shore Dr., is introducing Above & Beyond, a program that offers, three different after-school options for families: basic homework help, specialized enrichment (math, Latin, science, art) to advance educational opportunities for all children, and a safe play environment both indoors and outdoors on a jungle gym and swings or green sports field.
Available to children preschool through eighth grade, convenient hourly, weekly, trimester fees and later pick-up time (6:30 p.m.), allow parents much more flexibility than traditional after-school programs.
Many parents need a pay-by-the-hour drop-off programs while they run errands, shuttle a sibling to a sports practice, or a teacher to help on an unfamiliar homework subject. Programs like these often come at a high price, or with a long-term commitment and don’t necessarily even offer a playground, sports field, or an actual teacher.
“We offer a safe environment where children are able to further develop their individual skills and gifts in a structured learning environment balanced with fun.” said Fr. Walter Hillebrand, the program director. “Many parents that commute to work need coverage until 6:30. Some parents just need us for one or two hours.”
The Above & Beyond program opens this September at the Massapequa campus from 3 p.m. until 6:30 pm each day of the Grace School calendar. It is open to all students in the community. Call the Grace School office at 516-798-1122 for more information.
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
A recent lawsuit against Northrop Grumman Corp. for groundwater contamination has the Massapequa Water District ensuring residents that its drinking water is safe for public consumption.
Bethpage Water District officials recently filed a federal lawsuit against Northrop Grumman Corp., claiming the company’s facilities caused “irreparable harm” by creating a toxic plume that has contaminated the groundwater, costing the district millions of dollars and threatening more than 33,000 customers in Bethpage, Old Bethpage, Farmingdale, Levittown and Plainview — while coming close to Massapequa.
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.”
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.