Written by Cynthia Paulis, email@example.com Saturday, 21 December 2013 00:00
The gymnasium at Massapequa High School played center court as students and professionals volleyed questions back and forth about career choices at the school’s 5th annual Career Day Futures Fair.
Forty booths representing such diverse careers as aviation, medicine, automotive, electrical engineering, culinary arts, banking law enforcement and more were set up for professionals to interact with students in grades 10 through 12. The goal of the event, created by Denise DeLury, career to education counselor and Susan Thompson, chairperson for career technology education, was to introduce students to the many different careers available to them and give them the opportunity to learn about the careers by speaking with those in the fields.
“This exposes students to different careers and they can talk to people who are actually doing the job and that is the best way to find out information about a career,” said DeLury. “They can give them advice on what classes to take in high school, what is the next step, are there any clubs they should be joining in high school, what skills do they need, what majors they need, what kind of colleges they should be going to. The students know what their parents do but there are so many career opportunities out there that they don’t know about and this will help them.”
One former Massapequan who graduated from Berner High School in 1975 and traveled down from upstate was Steven Herschbein, an electrical engineer with IBM microelectronics.
“My mission is to try to convince young people to look at STEM careers — science, technology, engineering and math,” he said. “There is still a tremendous opportunity in this country and truly a shortage of kids interested in this field. I think the reason being that between entertainment, sports and the other areas of the world that perhaps seem more interesting, it just discourages kids to take the hard road. Getting young women in this field is very difficult. As parents and educators I think we need to encourage young people, especially women, to take that tough road.”
One of the stars of the show was a robot built by Massapequa students. The robot zipped around the gym, lifted a dollar bill off of a table and then returned it to its rightful owner.
Brian Zaneck, a teacher in technology education, electricity, digital electronics, digital production and video photography, displayed two robots, one built by the robotics club and another by the principals of engineering class. The students built it and programmed it.
“Many of the students that built these robots are going into the different engineering and technology fields,” said Zaneck. “These are elective courses and can be used for college courses. Even though it tends to be a male dominated field, about a third of the class are girls. In fact this robot was built by a girl, Christina DeLucca and Kyle Sean were the pair that built it. There are a lot of scholarship opportunities available for the courses we offer. There is a lot of great job potential in these fields.”
The event, which lasted four hours, scored high marks with the students.
Students came away from the event with a new perspective on the careers out there in the real world. One of those students, 11th grader Jesse Nakashian, left with a newfound interest in electronics.
“I learned the controls of the robot, I learned how to bring things over, grab things, pick things up, bring things to other people,” said Nakashian. “I actually knew nothing about the robot originally and just by playing with it I learned all there is to know about it. I am interested in going into physical therapy, but now I am also interested in electronics.”
Ninth grader John Probst explained how each student interacted with the companies on had at the fair..
“We went to each table, wrote down the name of the company and what the responsibilities of the job were if I were to get that job. I would like to go into engineering,” said Probst. “I spoke with an environmental engineer and they go into water pipes underground and make sure that everything is working functionally and if something is wrong with it they would replace it.”
Probst’s friend David Levine said he learned a valuable lesson at the career fair — good grades really do matter.
“There are different colleges for different work forces and you need to get really good grades to get into most schools now,” said Levine.
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,”