Written by Tara Brennan, firstname.lastname@example.org 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.”
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
On Feb. 27, parents in the Levittown, East Meadow, Massapequa and Farmingdale school districts came together for an informal pannel discussion on the New York State Education Department and the implementation of the state Common Core Learning Standards. Panelists included New York State Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt, Jeanette Deutermann of the Long Island Opt Out Facebook page, and former public school teacher David Greene, who came to the Farmingdale Public Library to talk with local parents about key concerns and questions with the curriculum.
Outspoken parent and founder of the Long Island Opt Out movement, Deutermann, delved into some of the factors behind what led to the state’s adoption of the Common Core, and how the state education department cites High School graduation rates as its reasoning behind the curriculum.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 09:33
The iPad, the laptop, the smartphone; everyday instruments to many people all throughout the world, but to someone just being indoctrinated into the world of cutting-edge technology these tools might seem rather daunting. Unless there is a patient hand guiding the way.
Those guides were at the Massapequa Public Library’s Bar Harbour branch recently, where they offered a session of their ongoing Electronic Device Demonstration and Tutoring series, where community teenagers donate their time to turn tech-deficient adults into masters of the digital domain; free of charge and all within the span of one hour or less.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 09:47
One of Major League Soccer’s top front office executives has many fond memories of growing up in the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL). Bill Manning, the President of Western Conference champion Real Salt Lake and the club’s field, Rio Tinto Stadium, played for the LIJSL Select Team from 1979 to ‘83 as well as the Massapequa Soccer Club from 1972 to ‘83.
Manning’s Massapequa teams had virtually the same players from Under-10 to Under-19, but kept changing their name depending on who their coach was. He played for the Massapequa Flying Dutchmen (coached by Kurt Knoblauch), the Massapequa Bugs (Dick Roche), the Massapequa Cosmos (Jerry Lyons) and the Massapequa Bulls (coached by his father, also named Bill Manning). The Bulls might have lost in the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) State Open Cup finals to B/W Gottschee in overtime in 1983, but his teams won the LIJSL division championship in 1974, ‘76 and ‘79 plus the Long Island Cup in 1980 and ‘83.
Thursday, 27 February 2014 10:58
If the games were played on paper, Massapequa would’ve had no shot. The Chiefs faced a tall order last week playing Elmont, which boasted a 12-3 record and four premier scorers. They gave a tremendous effort, but ultimately had their season cut short, 69-62, despite Alex Cosenza leading the scoring with 29 points.
“I can’t ask for anything else from these guys,” said Head Coach Matt Voigt. “I am so proud of them. I applaud their efforts,”