National School Bus Safety Week

Educational Bus Transportation, a leader in student transportation throughout Nassau County and western Suffolk County, is advocating for safety awareness during National School Bus Safety WeSchool Bus Safety Week photoek, Oct. 20– 24. The theme of this year’s industry-wide public education campaign, “At My Stop, You Stop,” highlights the need for motorists to exercise caution near school bus stops.

Timothy Flood, Executive Vice President of The Trans Group, the parent company of Educational Bus Transportation, emphasized the importance of school bus safety education. [Read more...]

New Staff Changes At Massapequa

The Massapequa School District started the school year with several changes in administration, including 18 new teachers and the return of all excessed staff members.

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New educators participate in a teacher orientation meeting.

Longtime educator Laura Lai — who joined the district in 1984 as a special education teacher and recently served four years as Asst. Principal of East Lake Elementary — has been named Elementary Special Education Supervisor.

Lai oversees the Special Education program at East Lake and Unqua elementary schools. She is responsible for conducting classroom observations and providing ongoing guidance to both teachers and parents. Lai is also the District Wilson Literacy Advisor, which includes training and supporting teachers with various reading programs. [Read more...]

Plainedge Golf Captain Sets Sights High

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Senior Captain Mike Frizalone (second from right) with the starters of the Plainedge golf team. (Photos by Anthony Pugliese)

In 2011, professional golfer Rory McIlroy won the U.S. Open; securing a spot in history as he became the youngest winner since Bobby Jones in 1923. This day may have changed McIlroy’s life but his accomplishment also influenced another youth; Michael Frizalone.

Frizalone is a senior at Plainedge High School and captain of the golf team. He stands out as one of the most talented golf players on Long Island. In reference to McIlroy idol, Frizalone said the day of the 2011 U.S. Open was the day he knew that golf was for him.

“I want to master this sport just as McIlory is doing,” he said, adding that throughout the school year he trains with personal trainer John Andres, with a workout that incorporates weight training and high intensity interval training.

With just three short years of experience swinging a club, Frizalone has become an All County golfer and Nassau County’s player to watch of 2014. He maintains a very strict routine of going to the golf range every day to work on his swing. [Read more...]

Japanese Educators Visit Massapequa H.S.

Japanese educators in search of teaching techniques that spark interest, engage students and promote a more interactive learning environment found innovative solutions during a recent visit to Massapequa High School.
Visitors Dr. Tomohito Harada of Hyogo University of Teacher Education and Madahiro Nii of the Japanese National Institute for Education Policy Research, who are part of a multi-nation project that examines world history and social studies education in the United States and other countries, maintain that while students in Japan typically do well on standardized tests, teaching methods there consist of lectures and little student interaction.

The educators, who were hosted by Hofstra University Social studies educator Alan Singer, came to Massapequa upon their request to see a typical middle-class district. Singer, who has a long-standing relationship with the district, “immediately thought of Massapequa,” said Brian Dowd, Massapequa School District’s curriculum associate for social studies, K-12. [Read more...]

Taking The Pledge In Plainedge

At Eastplain Elementary School, each grade level made a banner with one of the anti-bullying rules and marched around the school field displaying the banner. During their kick-off assembly, students took a pledge to abide by the rules and received an anti-bullying “I took the pledge” sticker.

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Students pose with their banner against bullying. (Photo courtesy of Plainedge Public Schools)

School Bond Vote On Oct. 21

Qualified voters residing in the Massapequa School District are being called to the polls, Tuesday Oct. 21 from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. to cast their vote on the establishment of a capital reserve fund and a $35.7 million facilities bond issue.

The proposed bond issue will fund renovations to building infrastructures and upgrades to targeted learning environments at no additional cost to taxpayers. The funds will largely be used to building infrastructure renovations science classroom and library media center improvements, technology upgrades and a new multi-use synthetic turf athletic field.

Each school in the Massapequa district will undergo improvements as well. For more information, please contact Massapequa Public Schools at 516-308-5000

Massapequa Student Has Some Sole

Jake Rosenblum may only be in 11th grade, but he already has a lot of leadership experience under his belt. The 16-year-old is the Student Body President at Massapequa High School, a member of the National Junior Honor Society, Peer AIDS Club, Model UN Club, and sits on the Shared Decisions committee. With such a busy schedule, it seems impossible that Rosenblum would have time to do anything else, let alone establish a non-profit organization; until Sole Survivors hit the ground running.

“Sole Survivors is a non-profit organization that started in March of last year,” said Rosenblum. “I saw a lot of shoes in my closet and I didn’t have any place to give them to,” said Rosenblum, who realized that a lot of his friends had the same problem. That’s when he came up with the idea to use his shoes for a good cause.

“I wanted to find a way to give back to the community, so I came up with the idea for ‘Sole Survivors’ along with my parents,” he said. “We created a box that I put in the high school for gently used sneakers.”

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Rosenblum proudly stands next to Sole Survivors’ first donation box that he designed himself. (Photo courtesy of Massapequa High School)

Rosenblum hand delivers the shoe collection to the director of the National Coalition for the Homeless in Amityville.

“Her reaction to just being able to have all of the shoes for people who need them is priceless,” he said. “I am also fortunate enough to have things like food, shelter and clothing, and they don’t, so knowing that I’m giving back to community this way makes me feel really good.” [Read more...]

First Aid Badge

Brownie Troop #2524 from Birch Lane Elementary earned their First Aid Badge by having EMT’s from the Massapequa Fire Department (Roseann, John & Om) come to their meeting to teach the girls about first aid.

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L to R: Olivia, Julianna, Ashlee, Emily, Cameryn, Ava, Ava, Kelly, and Samantha

Massapequa Teen A Hit On “The Voice”

Long Island went Hollywood for the second time in two weeks when Justin Johnes from Massapequa joined Team Blake on NBC’s popular singing competition “The Voice.”

The 15-year-old chose to sing Passenger’s “Let Her Go” for his blind audition; as his family cheered him on backstage.

After receiving praise from all four coaches, Johnes shocked them even further by revealing that this was his first public performance, and that he was honored to be selected to a team.

If you recognized Johnes, you may have seen him on YouTube, recording covers and originals from his bedroom. His performance of “Let Her Go,” landed him a spot on the iTunes Top Singles chart, with searches for his YouTube videos sure to soar.

Congratulations to Justin Johnes on joining Team Blake! All of Massapequa and Long Island will be rooting for you!

Bully Prevention In Plainedge

All three elementary schools in the Plainedge School District will be utilizing the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program this year with students.

The program provides four simple-to-remember, easy-to-follow rules that are displayed on large banners in each of the buildings. It is designed to create positive changes in students’ behavior and in the school environment so students feel safe, are ready to learn and can achieve academic success.

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Teachers and students gather for the kick-off celebration held at John H. West Elementary School to promote anti-bullying. Photo courtesy of Plainedge School District