Massapequa High School freshmen in Denise Baldinger’s health classes had fun teaching the importance of eating right and staying healthy when students from Lockhart and Birch Lane Elementary Schools visited for an interactive lesson on May 20. After weeks researching health, nutrition, and wellness, the freshmen created original board games to teach kindergarteners and third-graders how to lead healthy lives. The high schoolers encouraged making good choices as the youngsters answered questions and advanced around game boards. Each game contained nutrition facts and promoted topics such as the new food plate for healthy eating.
After months of moving up the ranks in the National Merit Scholarship Program, Massapequa High School seniors Robyn Tse and Joseph Zappa have attained the program’s highest honor. Both students were awarded National Merit Scholarships worth $2,500. The honor places them among a group of 8,300—or less than one percent—of the highest-achieving seniors from across the country.
Receiving top scores on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), maintaining stellar academic records, participating in school and community service activities, demonstrating leadership abilities, and showing evidence of honors and awards during all four years of high school earned the students the scholarships. A recommendation by a high school official and a student essay were also required.
Thirteen students and teachers from Massapequa High School-Ames Campus cut their hair, donating 25 ponytails to Pantene Beautiful Lengths on May 14. The ponytails, totaling 17 feet of hair, will be transformed into free, high-quality wigs for women undergoing cancer treatments. Donna Lauria from A Cut Above Hair Salon in Massapequa provided free haircuts to the generous participants. Anyone interested in donating their hair can contact Lauria at the salon at 516-798-2041. Locks donors (from top left): Maria Beauchesne, Cynthia Micallef-Dente, Christiana Martinez, Kelsey Grennan, Kaitlyn Lucey, Tracy Munson, and Denise Baldinger. Seated (from left): Elizabeth O’Byrne, Jamie Pomilio, Kate Fahey, Erin McWilliams, and Carolyn Smith. (Contributor Brittany Cafarella is not pictured.)
“The Bunsen Burners,” a Science Olympiad Team from Alfred G. Berner Middle School, Massapequa, won four medals at the recent 2013 Western Long Island Regional Science Olympiad Competition. The team placed ninth among 43 teams after competing in more than 20 events that spanned the disciplines of earth science, biology, chemistry, physics, and technology.
Trevor Dawideit and Ryan Catapano placed third in a category called “Crime Busters.” Kevin Hitchings, Christopher Lam, and Michael Lam placed sixth in “Experimental Design.” Morgan Schnee and John Yevoli placed fourth in both “Mousetrap Vehicle” and “Rotor Egg Drop.”
The New York State Senate has passed legislation to require all bus drivers submit to a criminal history check, Senator Charles Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) has announced.
“Every time someone rides a bus, they are entrusting their lives and safety to the bus driver,” Fuschillo said. “ When the stakes are that high, it is unacceptable to just assume that everyone claiming to be qualified to handle that responsibility actually is.”
Aidan Urquiola, a pre-k student at Portledge School recently took third place in the Create Something Great Recycled Sculpture Contest.
Sponsored by Portledge School and the Cradle of Aviation Museum, the contest is a hands-on learning experience for budding artists across Long Island. Students were encouraged to build sculptures made out of recycled and/or reusable materials designed around the theme of transportation (by land, air or sea).
Students from pre-k through sixth grade submitted 83 sculptures. Awards were presented in three age categories based on overall aesthetic value and creative use of recycled materials. All participants received a certificate of participation and winners received a gift card for art supplies as well as tickets to the Cradle of Aviation Museum and theater.
Massapequa High School English Teacher Alice Alarcon has been named a “Distinguished Teacher of 2013” by the Harvard Club of Long Island. The award, given annually to a dozen exceptional teachers from 120 school districts across Long Island, is based on nominations from former students and recommendations from the Harvard Club of Long Island.
Alarcon was nominated by Harvard University freshman Lauren Reisig, who described Alarcon as “one of the most dynamic individuals you will ever meet. She is brilliant, but not arrogant. She is tough, but caring.”
Maria Regina’s fourth and fifth grade students recently explored Native American culture through an exciting adventure. With the guidance of the presenters, Bob Vetter and Jamie Reason, the students experienced first hand the music, government, shelters, lifestyles and community of the Eastern Woodlands People.
Through a variety of hands–on workshops, students gained a better understanding of the beliefs and way of life of these first inhabitants of North America. Students played traditional games, explored tribal government practices, and learned how “technology” was evident in the tools and weapons made and used. Traditional music, storytelling, and dance were also shared, much to the delight of all participants.
More than 60 Business Education students from Massapequa High School will compete in the first annual Nassau County Comptroller’s Entrepreneurial Challenge, April 17, at the Theodore Roosevelt Legislative and Executive Building in Mineola.
Massapequa will join more than 200 students from across the county to present business concepts that can thrive in the current economy. Students with the winning business plans will be awarded scholarships to Hofstra University and other prizes.
The Challenge was announced by Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos during a press conference held at Massapequa High School.
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