Musician Jared Campbell captivated the freshmen class at Massapequa High School-Ames Campus with his humor and relevance as he delivered some sobering topics through a combination of comedy and song.
In a voice and speech pattern similar to actor Jack Black, Campbell drew in his young audience as he showed videos and sang his folksy-rock songs about people in his life that overcame difficult obstacles, such as “Dan” a high school athlete that lost his leg due to cancer and, with a prosthesis, was able to walk, run and eventually play sports and become a member of the U.S. Paralympic Ski Team. He sang about “focusing on your dreams” and the importance of keeping people around you that can give you support, especially in times of tragedy. He also touched on topics such as anti-bullying, respect and leadership.
Massapequa High School physical education teachers drew new inspiration from the military to help students to do their personal best in a biannual physical fitness assessment consisting of a timed mile run around the track.
They partnered with Army Staff Sergeant Eli Henderson from the local army recruitment office to run the mile alongside students in each of nine classes throughout the day over two days. Henderson accepted the challenge, finishing each mile in about six minutes, 30 seconds and motivating the majority of the students to complete the mile under the required 13 minutes.
The Plainedge High School Varsity Football Red Devils scored a decisive 35-7 victory against Hewlett, bringing a perfect end to the school’s homecoming celebration on Sept. 28. The highlights of the halftime show included a performance by the high school marching band and kickline, as well as a routine by the varsity cheerleaders. Homecoming King Tommy Marigliano and Queen Erica Carney were crowned during halftime, and the student banners, set to a “Wizard of Oz” theme, were presented.
A total of close to 1,000 iPads were distributed this fall to all fifth- and sixth-grade students in the Plainedge Middle School, as well as to fourth-graders who utilize Response to Intervention services. Prior to the distribution, all students and their parents signed user agreements specifying the scope with which these district-issued iPads can be used. The one-to-one initiative allows students to utilize their iPads for both school and home use, thereby creating a continuous cycle of education.
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.
Show your support for the Massapequa Chiefs as they face off against the Syosset Braves at Massapequa High School’s Homecoming Game at 2 p.m. Spirits will be running high early in the day as family and friends come out for the Homecoming parade, with step off time is 12:30 p.m. at Massapequa Park Village Hall. The parade continues south along Park Boulevard and ends at Massapequa High School-Main Campus.
“Homecoming is one of the grandest displays of school and community pride as marching bands, district clubs, Varsity, Junior Varsity and middle school teams; local dignitaries and community organizations come together to support the Chiefs,” said John Piropato, director of Health Education, Athletics and Physical Education at Massapequa High School. “We are honored to have as this year’s Grand Marshal Massapequa Hall of Fame President Mr. Michael Hanna.”
Massapequa High School invites all parents, K-12, to a “must-see” anti-drug assembly, “Drop Your Pride,” with presenter Aaron Cooksey on Thursday, Oct. 24, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Massapequa High School auditorium.
Cooksey will share his story of self-destruction and recovery, which will provide parents with the opportunity to open the door on a discussion with their children about alcohol, drugs and making good choices. Massapequa High School students will see the assembly during the day. The event is sponsored by OASAS and Massapequa Takes Action (MTA). For more information, please call 516-308-5957 or visit www.dropyourpride.org.
Massapequa High School senior Sara Albert was named by the College Board as one of 5,300 academically outstanding Hispanic/Latino students in the country to be selected for the 2013-14 National Hispanic Scholar Recognition Program. To qualify for the program students must achieve the program’s minimum required score on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which varies by region each year, be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, maintain a high school average of 3.0 or higher and be of at least one-quarter Hispanic/Latino descent.
Longtime Massapequa resident Barbara Lowell has been named Dean of Students at Alfred G. Berner Middle School. She taught social studies there since 1998 and in recent years has taken on the added responsibility of part-time attendance officer.
“Although many would agree that the job of Dean is about discipline, the role handles many services for students, including lockers, buses and character education programs,” said Lowell. “I hope students will feel comfortable enough to come into my office to ask for help or to find answers to their questions as we strive to provide a safe and comfortable educational environment for all.”
There was a lot of shaking, wiggling, giggling and smiling as the kindergarten classes at Raymond J. Lockhart Elementary School came together for an after-school party. The PTA-sponsored event is an annual tradition at Lockhart and is designed to help youngsters bond with students in the other kindergarten classes. New this year was the entertainment, provided by “Crazy Dani,” who kept energy levels high with a host of activities set to music. Special thanks go to Christine Santospirito, chair of the PTA’s kindergarten welcoming committee, for coordinating the event.
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