Berner Students Ace National Math Exam

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Ariana Fang, an eighth grader at Alfred G. Berner Middle School, scored the highest in the school on the American Mathematics Contest 8 exam. With her are Executive Assistant to the Principal Déjà Berry and Principal Jason Esposito.

Success adds up for 15 eighth-grade students from Alfred G. Berner Middle School. They achieved the highest marks in the school on the 2014 American Mathematics Contest 8 exam out of 237 students tested in their grade. [Read more…]

Students Dance At All American Hoedown

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McKenna Elementary School students are all smiles in their hoedown attire.

Dressing the part with cowboy hats, plaid shirts and bandanas, McKenna Elementary School students put on a square dancing show in front of hundreds of parents and friends at the Third Annual All American Hoedown.

Students learned how to square dance in their physical education classes as a way to develop teamwork skills, rhythm, auditory processing and large motor skills, according to physical education teachers Kieran O’Brien and Karen Flynn.

The dancers were prompted or cued by a caller, to follow a sequence of steps that went along to the beat of the music. The hoedown was judged by staff members and 24 winners who performed and dressed the best were treated to a lunch at All American Hamburger.


Are Your Kids Safe On Turf?

When it comes to youth athletics, some middle and high schools take it more seriously than others do. So when the opportunity came to replace grass fields with synthetic turf fields, many schools jumped at it. Others, have chosen not to switch, due in part to the belief that synthetic turf is hazardous to the health and well-being of the kids that use it. So what should you believe? [Read more…]

Artists Among Us: Student Artwork Amazes

Massapequa’s Bar Harbor Library is featuring artwork from Grace Episcopal Day School students K-8 this month.Artwork_022015A [Read more…]

Questions With The Corners


Anthony Misciagna swings for the fences.

Although there may still be snow on the ground, the Plainedge Varsity baseball team has started to get to work and chase their goal of a championship.

Plainedge’s ball club is built on various, hardworking athletes as well as four players who will go on to play collegiate baseball. After catching up with Plainedge’s corner infielders; third basemen Anthony Misciagna and first basemen Vin Aschentino, it was a clear preview of the high energy that Plainedge has entering this season. [Read more…]

Massapequa Native Wins Disney Comp

When John McDonald saw his first Disney movie, he immediately became immersed in the company’s philosophy of “If you can dream it, you can do it.”


From left: Ringling College of Art & Design team members John McDonald, Diana Han, Mickey Mouse, Elizabeth Fox and Josh Newton (Photo by Gary Krueger)

Ever since that moment, McDonald became passionate about two things: Disney and computer animation. [Read more…]

Plainedge Senior Named National Merit Finalist

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William Loughlin is pictured with Principal Robert Amster and guidance counselor Holly Stonelli. (Photo courtesy of the Plainedge School District)

Plainedge High School senior William Loughlin has been named a finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program for 2015.

Finalists represent the top .01 percent of high school seniors nationwide who took the PSAT/NMSQT, which has a total of 1.5 million entrants. Loughlin had a perfect 1600 score on his SAT–scoring 800 in the critical reading and math portions of his SAT. In addition to this latest recognition, Loughlin has also been named an AP Scholar with Distinction and is president of the school’s Quiz Bowl team.

Loughlin will be notified in the spring as to whether he will be one of the .001 percent of students who will receive a Merit Scholarship.

The Plainedge School District congratulates William on this impressive achievement and wishes his continued academic success in the future.


A Visit With NYS Regent Roger Tilles


New York State Regent Roger Tilles, center, read poetry to fourth-grade students and is pictured with Principal Carol Muscarella (left) and teacher Brooke Myers.
(Photos courtesy of the Plainedge School District)

John H. West Elementary School students in the Plainedge School District made New York State Regent Roger Tilles feel welcome with short, informational grade-level presentations during a Feb. 4 “We Believe” assembly. [Read more…]

Lending An All Important Ear

At first glance, Grace Mariette Agolia is your normal, hardworking sophomore at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN. But the more you get to know the Massapequa native, the more you will find out just how truly unique she is. DeafTeen_021315A

Agolia was born with profound bilateral sensorineural hearing loss in October 1995. She wasn’t officially diagnosed until January 1997, as hospitals at the time did not do hearing tests for newborns. [Read more…]

MHS Athletes Headed For Collegiate Soccer


Thirteen Massapequa High School senior athletes will play college soccer next year.

Amid beaming coaches, parents and staff, 13 senior athletes from Massapequa High School’s boys’ and girls’ varsity soccer teams gathered on National Signing Day, Feb. 4, to officially commit to playing soccer at the collegiate level. [Read more…]