Written by Tara Brennan, email@example.com Friday, 25 January 2013 00:00
A recent Massapequa school board meeting focused on unveiling updates in the district’s special education program.
The meeting served as an opportunity for educators and staff of the Special Education department to talk about improvements that have been made since their original proposal over the summer.
The first of five provisions made to the Special Education system was the redistribution of students among all elementary schools. For the past 20 years, students in Massapequa had to attend McKenna Elementary School in order to receive special education services. But with this new redistribution, students have now been integrated into all six elementary schools.
The second provision regarded integrated co-teaching classes established to meet the specific needs of children. This new update allows children to receive special attention in the areas that need the most improvement, allowing for specialized learning development. Additionally, this update is intended to provide a good balance for students, which is consistent with the secondary level of education.
Other provisions were updates to Section 504, which established a plan for students with disabilities that limit any major life function, allowing for the greatest opportunity for success.
Another essential update to the program was the introduction of Monthly Parent Training Sessions, in order to manage agendas for children with special needs. This update also includes an extended 1.5 hours of schooling that will help students better achieve IEP goals.
Of all the new programs and updates, the most well received by both parents and board members alike was the (CCC), or Career and Community Connections. This particular program is important because it extends the boundaries of the classroom and provides students with the opportunity to develop essential life functions. The main goal of the CCC is to help special needs students become more independent, and they do so by helping them attain jobs in local stores and businesses. Once students are able to secure a job, they are given job coaching and taught how to use public transportation to get to work.
By doing so, students will be better prepared for finding and maintaining work when they become adults.
Parents who believe it to be helpful in preparing their children for adult life applauded this program. Alison Prystupa, whose 18-year-old daughter is in the program, was extremely pleased by the new updates and programs being introduced, especially that of CCC. “They definitely heard the needs of these children,” she explained. “This is exactly the type of program they needed.”
Saturday, 07 December 2013 00:00
Ask anyone on Long Island where to go to get a quality cup of coffee, and you’ll probably hear a variety of answers; however, ask the same question in the Massapequas, and one response you’ll hear more often than not is “Massapequa Perk.”
Located at 117 Front Street in Massapequa Park, across from the Long Island Rail Road station, Massapequa Perk first opened its doors five years ago in August of 2008. They deal with tea, smoothies, and various food and dessert items, but their bread and butter, so to speak, is coffee — selling it, roasting it and educating people about it, said co-owner Lisa DiBenedetto
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
A recent lawsuit against Northrop Grumman Corp. for groundwater contamination has the Massapequa Water District ensuring residents that its drinking water is safe for public consumption.
Bethpage Water District officials recently filed a federal lawsuit against Northrop Grumman Corp., claiming the company’s facilities caused “irreparable harm” by creating a toxic plume that has contaminated the groundwater, costing the district millions of dollars and threatening more than 33,000 customers in Bethpage, Old Bethpage, Farmingdale, Levittown and Plainview — while coming close to Massapequa.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
With the Nassau County title on the line, junior kicker Zach Kolodny was the most composed player on the field. With time expiring, he booted the game-winning kick to send the Farmingdale Dalers into the Long Island Championship with a 29-26 victory over the Massapequa Chiefs.
“It’s a great feeling,” said Kolodny. “I was confident from the beginning that I would make the kick,” he added. “We practice this every day.”
The game featured a bevy of twists and took on a completely different feel in the fourth quarter than it did for the first three quarters.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
It was a historic day for the Chiefs as both the boys and girls varsity soccer teams capped the season with state championship titles. The win was the first state championship for the boys, who defeated Fairport, 1-0 at SUNY Cortland and the fifth for the girls, who beat North Rockland, 2-1 in Middletown, New York.
The winning goal for the boys team was scored by sophomore Dylan Nealis, who just the day before scored the winning goal in the AA state semifinal.