As her impressive 36-year career serving special-needs students in Massapequa gradually winds to a close, Linda Patrissi considers the lessons taught to her as a child by her grandfather as the driving force behind her impassioned life’s work.
“My grandfather was a glassblower from Sweden, and I loved his storytelling...we had no television back then, so we would rely on him, and he was a very creative person,” she said. “And the man that lived behind him worked for book publisher Doubleday...we’d visit him for tea, and he always had the newest books, and we got to take them home. I soon realized that I wanted to do something with stories and learning in my life.”
The second annual Science Research Symposium was held at Massapequa High School this week to highlight the progress students have made on their research projects.
“This culminating event showcases the hard work and achievements our students have made this year and sets the stage for even greater success in the future,” said Dr. Thomas Fasano, assistant to the superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction.
Students in Amelie Czekaj’s Spanish classes at Massapequa High School-Ames Campus put their language and creative skills to the test when they produced a video and entered it into the Spanish radio station X96.3FM’s contest ¡Queremos conocer a Enrique Iglesias!
New York American Water congratulates Nicole Mehr and Timothy Duerr, both of Massapequa Park, for being selected as recipients of the National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) New York Chapter Scholarship. As a member of the NAWC, New York American Water presented each student with a $2,500 scholarship.
“Nicole and Timothy both showed great passion for the water industry and the environment in their applications and essays,” said William Varley, president of New York American Water and Chairman of the New York Chapter of the NAWC. “We would like to congratulate them on winning these prestigious awards and for their commitment to their studies. Our hope is that this scholarship helps them to achieve success during their collegiate years and in the future.”
Two of Massapequa’s best and brightest neatly closed out their high school careers with whip-smart precision, nabbing top honors in the class of 2013.
Melanie Sheehan and Nicole Heneveld, members of Massapequa High School’s graduating class, received the admiration of faculty and fellow students this month, bringing home valedictorian and salutatorian honors, respectively.
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.”
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