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.
Ten Massapequa High School student musicians were recognized for their talent at the state level and will perform in the New York State School Music Association Winter Conference All-State in Rochester, New York, Dec. 5-8. Massapequa is one of only three Nassau County districts selected to send 10 or more students to the All-State concerts.
Freshman students from Massapequa High School-Ames Campus painted their pinky fingers blue to show their support for the nationwide bullying awareness campaign “Gang Up for Good” led by Secret Deodorant.
The pinky project, spearheaded by members of the Ames Chiefs Challenge Club to mark National Bullying Prevention Month, represents students’ commitment to standing up for others and reducing bullying behaviors,” said Katherine Knoepffler, who co-advises the Chief’s Challenge Club with Kim Hession.
Art teacher Dorothy Veltre and librarian Sandy Dorfman teamed up to deliver an interdisciplinary lesson to Fairfield Elementary School students centered on the life lesson in the children’s book, “Ish,” by Peter H. Reynolds.
College student Lucia Rothe trotted her way into the hearts of the abused and neglected animals at H.O.R.S.E of Connecticut this past month. These innocent animals were once tortured and Rothe hopes to raise awareness of that adding to the success of this organization and to put these horses on the road to health.
This past month, Rothe, a North Massapequa resident and graduate of Farmingdale High School, visited H.O.R.S.E. of Connecticut with her public relations class to get a better understanding of the horses. Each student in the class was assigned to a couple of horses at the farm that are up for adoption in which they were able to meet them, take pictures with them and learn a little about their past.
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.
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