Ninth-grade health students at Massapequa High School-Ames Campus learned about the impact of organ donation firsthand when guest speakers from Long Island Transplant Recipients International Organization (LI TRIO) — Bobby Seeback, a heart recipient, and Jeffrey Fenn, a two-time kidney recipient — discussed their incredible stories of sickness and second chances thanks to the generosity of organ donors.
Fairfield Elementary School first graders in Jennifer Tand’s school-wide enrichment classes investigated how a bird’s beak is adapted to its habitat. Students created a hypothesis and then conducted their experiments and compared results. Students went on a hunt to try to catch as much “food” as they could using a variety of tools to simulate different types of beaks.
Charles E. Schwarting Elementary School in the Plainedge School District held its annual schoolwide spelling bee in November. Fourteen students from the fourth and fifth grade prepared and competed for the chance to advance to the regional spelling bee at Hofstra University in February. The months of spelling training paid off as all the students showed off their spelling skills This year’s winner is fourth-grader Jack Flaherty; fifth-grader Thomas FitzSimons is the runner-up. The district wishes the best of luck to Jack on the next round of competition.
Sixth graders at Grace Episcopal Day School in Massapequa culminated their study of ancient Egypt by setting a museum-type exhibit in the main hall of the school. The students worked at home and in school to research many different aspects of ancient Egyptian culture. They learned about hieroglyphics by creating personal cartouches with their own names, carved statues of the Sphinx out of soap or clay, constructed pyramids, sarcophaguses and pocket dolls. Each student wrote a short report on the aspect of Egyptian culture that interested them the most.
Plainedge High School senior Lynne Radar has been selected as a semifinalist in the national Coca-Cola Scholars Program. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation supports more than 1,400 college students each year, with annual scholarships totaling more than $3.4 million. Scholarship recipients typically excel academically and in service to others. Lynne is one of only 2,000 semifinalists. Finalists will be determined based upon their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities.
Members of the National Honor Society at Plainedge High School held a food drive throughout November for nonperishable food items. In total, the club collected approximately 1,100 pounds of food to benefit Island Harvest. Members of the NHS are pictured in front of the Island Harvest pickup truck.
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Massapequa High School’s C.A.R.E (Cancer Awareness Reaching Everyone) Club teamed up with Salon Fringe of Amityville to raise $750 for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Pink hair extensions were sold to high school students and teachers and all of the money earned went straight to Sloan-Kettering.
“The salon graciously donated their time and skills to help make the fundraiser a success,” said club advisor Patricia McCarthy. “It was wonderful to see so many faculty members and students participate in this cause; even a few males participated.”
Pictured: Massapequa students get pink hair extensions at Salon Fringe in Amityville to raise money for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
Massapequa students marked national Red Ribbon Week, Oct. 21-25, by celebrating the importance of making good choices and leading healthy, drug-free lives. The annual campaign, sponsored by National Family Partnership, aims to educate students on drug awareness and prevention, as well as support and nurture the full potential of healthy, drug-free youngsters.
At R.J. Lockhart Elementary School, students were given a red ribbon by the PTA and participated in a different anti-drug-themed activity each day for a week, including wearing their clothing backwards for “Turn Your Back on Drugs” Day, wearing crazy socks for “Sock it to Drugs” Day and students wearing hats for “Put a Lid on Drugs” Day. Students also wore the color red and were asked to donate a can of non-perishable food for “I Can Be Drug Free” Day.
Massapequa School District honored veterans and active-duty soldiers with special assemblies and events that brought the meaning of Veterans Day to life.
Tributes studded with America’s heroes, elected officials and school administrators reflected on the sacrifices made by those who served and provided the opportunity to thank them personally.
“When you stop to pay tribute we tend to see veterans as square-jawed, tall, husky, Norman Rockwell people,” said guest speaker Richard Begandy, commander of VFW 7763. “But if you want to see what they look like, look around you. They are your neighbors, they are our folks. We deeply appreciate what they do to maintain America’s freedom.”
The school’s Family and Consumer Science Department, in conjunction with its Child Study course, will once again sponsor a preschool program for district residents.
High school students enrolled in the course have successfully completed the Parenting and Child Development course and are now ready for a hands-on approach to learning, according to Anna Gregg, child study director for the district. The students will plan, prepare and implement interdisciplinary activities within a thematic unit for the preschool students.
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