MHS Anti-drug Programs


The Chief’s Challenge Club’s recent “Positive Post-It Day” left uplifting messages on students’ lockers and common areas of the high school.

As headlines on heroin addiction splash across the media—heightening parents’ fears and concerns on how to protect their children—there’s one centralized place where parents can turn for information and resources on how to keep their children safe.

Massapequa Takes Action (MTA) is a group that connects school, parents and community to receive the education needed to better guide children away from risky behaviors. Made up of PTA members, YES Community Counseling Center members and school professionals, the group also educates students about the dangers of risky behaviors through age-appropriate programs and empowers students with strong anti-drug activities and clubs that promote pro-social behaviors. [Read more...]

An Unspoken Rivalry

It’s no secret that Massapequa is known for its athletic programs. The town’s two high schools, Plainedge and Massapequa, define premier varsity athletics; football in particular. A sport that unites all, football MassapequaPlainedge_111414Crallies fans of both the Red Devils and the Chiefs to defend their respective school. But can the Plainedge Red Devils of Nassau Conference III compete with the Massapequa Chiefs of Conference I? Head coaches Robert Shaver and Kevin Shippos provided a unique perspective on this unspoken rivalry. [Read more...]

Massapequa Language Teachers Awarded


Massapequa foreign language educators William Anderson (center) and Janice Kincaid were recognized for excellence at the annual NYSAFLT conference. They are pictured with NYSAFLT President-Elect Francesco Fratto.

Massapequa educators Janice Kincaid and William Anderson were recently honored before 325 of their colleagues during the 97th Annual Conference of the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers (NYSAFLT).

Kincaid, a veteran Spanish teacher at Alfred G. Berner Middle School and the first world language teacher on Long Island to receive National Board Certification, was honored with the Ruth E. Wasley Distinguished Teacher Award, in recognition of her innovative and creative teaching methods. Named after a former secretary of NYSAFLT and a professor and teacher/trainer of foreign language methodology at SUNY Albany, the award pays tribute to those who emulate her innovative and creative style and her legacy as an outstanding role model for students. [Read more...]

Meeting At Berner M.S.

There is a unique opportunity for Massapequa Public Schools working in conjunction with the Town of Oyster Bay to renovate the athletic fields at Berner Middle School.

There are many details that the school district and the Town of Oyster Bay want to share with the community regarding this exciting proposal.

Please join us for a community meeting on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 in the auditorium at Berner Middle School at 7 p.m. We will be sharing all details and answering any questions that you may have.

MHS Grad Recognized By Northeast-10

Four members of the Bentley University women’s volleyball team were recognized Tuesday when the Northeast-10 announced its All-Conference team, and acting head coach Joey Pacis was selected for the Sandy Hoffman Coach of the Year award. [Read more...]

Plainedge Pride Leads To Homecoming Shutout


The varsity Red Devils played hard to earn their homecoming victory.

What a way to win a game. The Plainedge High School Red Devils varsity football team led a stunning 29-0 shutout against Bethpage in their homecoming game on Oct. 25.

Not only did the football players shine on Saturday afternoon, but the marching band, cheerleaders and kickline team provided some of their best routines to date as part of the annual halftime show celebration. [Read more...]

Massapequa Students Learn Fire Safety

Massapequa elementary schools marked Fire Prevention Week with assemblies presented by the Massapequa Fire Department.

The assemblies focused on preventing fires, fire alarms and family action plans. Students reviewed fire safety tips, such as to never play with matches, be aware of hot surfaces and “stop, drop and roll.”
Special thanks to the Massapequa Fire Department for teaching our kids about fire safety.


East Lake Elementary School students pose with members of the Massapequa Fire Department. (Photo courtesy of Massapequa Public Schools)


Mangano Named Honorary Coach


From left: Melanie Hingher from Massapequa High School, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Heather Forster of Huntington High School.

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano was named Honorary Coach for the 5th Annual Alzheimer’s All-Star Basketball Classic.

Mangano was honored to be part of such an extraordinary fundraiser where 100 percent of all proceeds go to Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA).   [Read more...]

Enterovirus D68: The Other Virus

Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution. Entero_103114B

Dr. Charles Schleien, chairman of the department of pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, said that although the enterovirus is still active, cases are dwindling on Long Island. According to Schleien, approximately 500 cases have been reported this season of enterovirus, at Cohen’s Children Medical Center, with two to six patients being admitted per day. [Read more...]

A Captain’s Passion: Gullo The Great


Plainedge senior John Gullo (Photos by Phil Orlando)

Athleticism was something that John Gullo was born with but always worked hard for. As senior captain for the Plainedge Varsity Football team, Gullo has been waiting for this moment since he was just a child; to help lead his team to a Long Island Championship.

“A championship is always the goal,” said Gullo of the team’s annual ambition. “There is no doubt that we will compete our hardest for that title.” [Read more...]