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.
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.”
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