Members of the National Honor Society at Plainedge High School created a mission to eradicate the r-word from student vocabulary. Typically held in March, the students launched a Spread the Word campaign, asking their peers to pledge, as part of their New Year’s resolutions, to no longer use the word “retarded” and its variations. Seniors Deepika Dhawan, Monica Marshall, Lynne Rader and Stephanie Slovak solicited pledges from more than 150 students and staff prior to the holiday break. The school’s Robotics Club donated pins to help spread the word, and the Art Club created posters announcing the pledge drive. This national campaign was brought to the student’s attention by a special education teacher at the school.
Silence was golden at Fairfield Elementary School when Massapequa High School’s American Sign Language (ASL) students taught fifth-graders how to communicate without uttering a word. The program, now in its 18th year, is hallmarked as a “wonderful learning experience for both the fifth-graders and the ASL students,” said ASL teacher Melanie Smith.
Massapequa High School’s music ensembles brought the spirit of the holidays to the community during its annual holiday concert, Dec. 16.
Performances by the Women’s Chorus, Symphony Orchestra, and A Capella Choir directed by Ilena Dempsey, Marjorie Spagnuolo and Nichole Greene, respectively, had audience members smiling as they delivered a festive variety of traditional songs and those enjoyed around the world. Highlights included the beautiful “Hashivenu,” as well as “A Christmas Festival,” “I Saw Three Ships,” “Sleigh Ride,” and “Chanukah Festival Overture.”
Ninth-grade health students at Massapequa High School-Ames Campus learned about the impact of organ donation firsthand when guest speakers from Long Island Transplant Recipients International Organization (LI TRIO) — Bobby Seeback, a heart recipient, and Jeffrey Fenn, a two-time kidney recipient — discussed their incredible stories of sickness and second chances thanks to the generosity of organ donors.
Fairfield Elementary School first graders in Jennifer Tand’s school-wide enrichment classes investigated how a bird’s beak is adapted to its habitat. Students created a hypothesis and then conducted their experiments and compared results. Students went on a hunt to try to catch as much “food” as they could using a variety of tools to simulate different types of beaks.
Charles E. Schwarting Elementary School in the Plainedge School District held its annual schoolwide spelling bee in November. Fourteen students from the fourth and fifth grade prepared and competed for the chance to advance to the regional spelling bee at Hofstra University in February. The months of spelling training paid off as all the students showed off their spelling skills This year’s winner is fourth-grader Jack Flaherty; fifth-grader Thomas FitzSimons is the runner-up. The district wishes the best of luck to Jack on the next round of competition.
Sixth graders at Grace Episcopal Day School in Massapequa culminated their study of ancient Egypt by setting a museum-type exhibit in the main hall of the school. The students worked at home and in school to research many different aspects of ancient Egyptian culture. They learned about hieroglyphics by creating personal cartouches with their own names, carved statues of the Sphinx out of soap or clay, constructed pyramids, sarcophaguses and pocket dolls. Each student wrote a short report on the aspect of Egyptian culture that interested them the most.
Plainedge High School senior Lynne Radar has been selected as a semifinalist in the national Coca-Cola Scholars Program. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation supports more than 1,400 college students each year, with annual scholarships totaling more than $3.4 million. Scholarship recipients typically excel academically and in service to others. Lynne is one of only 2,000 semifinalists. Finalists will be determined based upon their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities.
Members of the National Honor Society at Plainedge High School held a food drive throughout November for nonperishable food items. In total, the club collected approximately 1,100 pounds of food to benefit Island Harvest. Members of the NHS are pictured in front of the Island Harvest pickup truck.
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Massapequa High School’s C.A.R.E (Cancer Awareness Reaching Everyone) Club teamed up with Salon Fringe of Amityville to raise $750 for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Pink hair extensions were sold to high school students and teachers and all of the money earned went straight to Sloan-Kettering.
“The salon graciously donated their time and skills to help make the fundraiser a success,” said club advisor Patricia McCarthy. “It was wonderful to see so many faculty members and students participate in this cause; even a few males participated.”
Pictured: Massapequa students get pink hair extensions at Salon Fringe in Amityville to raise money for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
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