Thank You…

Dear Massapequa Residents,     Massapequa-Public-Schools-Logo_cxq6wy
On behalf of the Massapequa Board of Education and administration, I am pleased to extend my sincerest gratitude to our registered voters for approving the 2015-16 school budget. Because of your continued support, the budget passed with a resounding approval rate of 80.6 percent.

Your affirmation is the key to success for our students and our district as a whole. Your support enables us to maintain our high quality programs that are so vital to our students’ growth and acknowledges our efforts to minimize the burden on our taxpayers as we continue to operate under the New York State property tax cap.

Thanks to you, our students are part of a school district that is consistently recognized for its academic, athletic and artistic scholars, has been twice named to the Advanced Placement Honor Roll for its rigorous curricula opportunities, and where 98 percent of graduates continue their studies at two- or four-year colleges, technical schools or the armed forces.

Thanks to you, we can move forward with confidence in knowing that our legacy of educational excellence and high student achievement will continue to run strong.


A Love Of Languages


MHS students

Thirty-three Massapequa High School and Ames Campus students were awarded for outstanding performance on the National German Examination (NGE) administered by the American Association of Teachers of German. Their high achievement places them on the NGE Presidential Honor Roll, a distinction shared by only two other public high schools on Long Island. [Read more…]

McKenna Plants For Spring


(Photo by Robin Hepworth)

The McKenna Elementary School PTA  sponsored their annual plant sale on May 7 and May 8 that was held in the Senior Center. Students, staff, and parents took this opportunity to make plant and flower purchases from a vast assortment at discounted prices. PTA members graciously donated their time to set up the sale, and helped students select gifts for Mother’s Day. Special thanks to Lisa Mener for chairing this event.


NYSSMA Awards For PHS Orchestras

Students from Plainedge High School had outstanding participation at the annual NYSSMA Major Festival at Hofstra University on May 19. Both the PlaPHS NYSSMAinedge High School String Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra received awards for their musical talents. Congratulations to the String Orchestra for receiving a Gold with Distinction rating and the Chamber Orchestra for receiving a Gold rating.

Photo courtesy of the Plainedge Union Free School District

Island Trees Celebrates ‘Francisco Perez Day’

If there is one thing Nassau County does well, it is a display of love and support. Just like Plainedge and Massapequa turned blue for Detective Brian ITFundraiser_052715AMoore, on May 20, Island Trees and Levittown turned purple in support of student Francisco Perez. The shy sophomore with the affectionate smile has been battling pancreatic cancer, but puts on a brave face under his purple bandana. [Read more…]

Charlotte’s Web Comes To Birch Lane

The second and third grade students enjoyed a wonderful performance of Charlotte’s Web by The Broadhollow Theatre Company.CharlottesWeb_060315A

Their mission is to cultivate, promote, foster and develop the understanding and love for the theatrical arts within the Long Island community. Mrs. Mary Colarusso organized this event.

Photographed is Mrs. Colarusso’s class along with the staff from the play.
(Submitted by Lisa Zampolin)

Player Named All-Skyline Conference

SUNY Old Westbury baseball senior first baseman and designated hitter Christian Faust of Massapequa was recently named 2015 All-Skyline Conference FirsBaseball_052015At-Team.

In 20 games played, Faust, who graduated from St. Anthony’s High School, batted a career-best .355 (22-or-60) with one home run, 20 RBI, 10 doubles (T-4th in conference) and 14 runs scored. He recorded seven multi-hit games and seven multi-RBI games in addition to reaching base in 11-straight contests.  Faust was also named to the Skyline Conference Weekly Honor Roll for games played from March 30 through April 5.

Additionally, Faust is a member of the team that won the 2015 Skyline Conference Championship and made their first NCAA Championship Tournament appearance since 2001 on May 13.

Old Westbury faced rival Farmingdale State on Championship Sunday for the sixth consecutive season. With the win, Old Westbury prevented Farmingdale State from capturing its eighth consecutive title.

—Submitted by Harris Rappel, SUNY Old Westbury

Science Is Cool


Chemistry professor Richard Rosso conducts experiments for Fairfield Elementary School first graders.

Fairfield Elementary School first graders in Barbara Welsh’s class were intrigued by science when classmate Madisen Rosso’s father visited the class to conduct some experiments.

Richard Rosso, a chemistry professor at St. John’s University, brought in dry ice and liquid nitrogen, and demonstrated to the class how dry ice turns into a gas as it melts. He also “froze” a flower, a rubber ball and a banana in liquid nitrogen.

“The class was fascinated to see how quickly these items became frozen and brittle from the intense cold,” said Welsh.

Rosso further captivated his audience by changing the color of water by adding certain chemicals. He also made “elephant toothpaste,” by creating a thick stream of foam with hydrogen peroxide.

—Submitted by Massapequa Public Schools

BOE Meeting Post-Budget Passing

The Massapequa 2015-16 school budget overwhelming passed on Tuesday, May 19, with an 80.6 percent margin. That is the good news. The bad news is that only 2,500 people out of approximately 43,000 registered voters turned out to actually cast a vote. [Read more…]

Limber Ladies

Since they first opened their doors in 2001, All-Stars Gymnastics of Levittown has been training young ladies into lean, mean, tumbling machines.Gymnastics_050615A

Nestled away at the rear of the BJ’s Shopping center at 3601 Hempstead Turnpike, All-Stars Gymnastics is headed up by owner and head coach Danielle Sander, a Seaford resident and lifelong gymnast who competed extensively from early childhood throughout her high school years. [Read more…]