2014-’15 Chiefs Dig Another LI Championship

With great determination the Massapequa Girls Volleyball team headed to their second consecutive Long Island Championship. Head coach Carol Ann Habeeb-Kiel had prepared her players with great confidence to win yet another coveted title.

“Foot on the gas and don’t let up because everyone has the drive to win and the momentum can switch at any course of the game,” said Coach Habeeb-Kiel.

Throughout the championship game against the Connetquot T-Birds, the Chiefs stuck to their game plan. It was a real thriller with momentum changing from Massapequa, who lead early on to Connetquot, which fought back. But with Massapequa’s great patience and focus to stay in the game, they came out successful with their second consecutive Long Island Championship.

Coach Habeeb-Kiel spoke upon a major component to Massapequa’s game plan.

“Composure and patience is key and at the high school level, this is a huge aspect for the girls,” she said.


The 2014-2015 Girls Varsity volleyball team with head coach Carol Ann Habeeb-Kiel (Photo courtesy of the Massapequa Athletic Department)

Volleyball is a sport that incorporates patience, stamina and composure. Fortunately the girls’ volleyball team hold those three qualities in a tremendous fashion. As one of the best volleyball programs on Long Island, every year the Chiefs make their school proud. They have been undefeated for the past eleven consecutive seasons, winning fifteen consecutive Nassau County Championships, along with two consecutive Long Island Championships and a state championship in 2007. It is hard to not be taken back by this team’s incredible accomplishments. But combining the immense amount of talented players being coached under the outstanding Habeeb-Kiel, there is no question as to why Massapequa is elite.

Coach Habeeb-Kiel is also the eighth grade coach—the legacy of the Massapequa girls’ volleyball team begins in eighth grade. Habeeb-Kiel has 27 years of coaching experience and shares her wealth of knowledge with the youth of Massapequa.

“It’s not about winning, but appreciating and getting a feel for the sport; as well as making the transition to the high school level smoother for the girls,” said Habeeb-Kiel of the younger girls.

Once these young girls get to the high school level, volleyball is full throttle. Each practice is two hours and it’s not your standard volleyball practice. Habeeb-Kiel incorporates conditioning, whether running a mile or on the bleachers, jumping rope, squat jumps and abdominal work. These workouts are in addition to the girls’ in depth volleyball practice.

The Chiefs also get added practice when they play in different tournaments on Long Island. They’re facing stronger competition, including the top Catholic school St. Anthony’s, whom they defeated.

“I start subbing early, working in each girl and creating different chemistry,” said Habeeb-Kiel as she prepares her girls for game time. “We play every game like we are the underdog because come playoffs, it is anyone’s game.”

Habeeb-Kiel coaches her team as if they are the 10 seed, which reflects the girls’ tremendous degree of respect and passion each game.

“Defense wins championships,” she said.

Volleyball is the epitome of a team sport. In order to be successful, the team must have trust and chemistry with one another, as well as a leader, who leads by example. For Massapequa, they have two of these stand out players; seniors Mikayla Porr and Jamie Schlesinger. Porr, who is the Chiefs libero, was an All State volleyball player as a junior. She is also one of Massapequa’s stronger defensive players as she is dominant and always alert. Schlesinger on the other hand, runs the offense. She has transformed into a setter this year and executes her job with excellence. Schlesinger is a hard worker and distributes the ball well. As early as November, the Chiefs already have a volleyball college commit, senior Allie Dillon, who will be taking her talents to Skidmore College next fall.

Although the Chiefs won a Long Island Championship last year, it did not make this year’s victory any less special. Last year Massapequa had a team with just two seniors, and the nerves of younger players were at an all time high. This year, the returning players showed up with a vengeance as they wanted to prove to everyone that they deserved to be at the top. They succeeded.
This elite bunch holds themselves with great integrity towards their sport. With renowned coach Habeeb-Kiel, Long Island can always expect potency from Massapequa’s volleyball team. It is a legacy at Massapequa High School that shall surely and enduringly, live on.

‘One School-One Book’ Initiative


Parents, community members and students discuss the social-emotional messages in the book Wonder, by R.J. Palacio at Berner Middle School.

Alfred G. Berner Middle School has launched a “One School-One Book” initiative for the 2014-15 school year in an effort to integrate social-emotional learning into the school’s culture in alignment with the Dignity for All Students Act.

Through the initiative, students are learning beyond the classroom content by reading a common text, R.J. Palacio’s Wonder, with all staff members and the greater school community. The book is about a 10-year-old boy with facial differences and his experience attending public school for the first time. As a part of this initiative, staff and students are not only analyzing the text, but are looking deeper at the social implications and how students and the community can impact change together. [Read more...]

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...]