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Massapequa Observer - Schools

School District Reflects On Summer Activities

Summer was bustling with activity in the Massapequa School District as nearly 2,500 students took advantage of a rich array of athletic, artistic and academic programs.

“We offer something for everyone,” said Superintendent Lucille Iconis. “These programs are a convenient and economical way for students in our community to explore their interests and develop skills in a fun and enriching environment.”

Through its partnership with Nassau BOCES, the district offers a number of summer programs for its residents at substantial savings. The partnership qualifies the district for BOCES aid and has helped reduce costs associated with planning and implementing the programs, according to district officials.

The popular summer fine arts program experienced an uptick in enrollment from 216 to 258 this year, due in part by the addition of acoustic guitar lessons to its repertoire of musical theatre, band, orchestra and jazz band programs. The visual arts program, now in its second year, offered students the opportunity to explore drawing and painting, three-dimensional art, and printmaking.

According to Jessica Wyman, band director and summer fine arts coordinator, the band and orchestra classes provide opportunities that students may not normally get during the school year, such as performing solos or duets and receiving instruction in a more intimate setting. The art classes also offer more individualized attention in a concentrated form.

The BOCES partnership also effectively delivered academic programs at the high school level. Competency and Regents review classes in subjects across the curricula were given at Berner Middle School.

In addition to these programs, the district offered its six-week Summer Recreation programs at each elementary school where more than 1,350 students were immersed in arts and crafts, games, sports and trips from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Numerous sports camps ranging from baseball to cheerleading helped develop the skills of young athletes in grades 1-12.

Students also had the opportunity to work out their brains by participating in Camp Invention, where creative solutions were developed for real-world problems using science, technology, engineering and math (STEM); and the LEGO Robotics Camp where students designed, built and tested their own robots, then competed in mock FIRST Lego League Competition.