Friday, 14 September 2012 00:00
Amid sunny skies and pleasant temperatures 7,679 Massapequa students met the start of a new school year equipped with backpacks, school supplies and a readiness to learn.
New in Massapequa classrooms this year is the full implementation of the New York State Core Curriculum Standards for English language arts & literacy and mathematics. The new standards aim to promote college and career readiness by improving students’ problem-solving and critical thinking skills through modified instruction.
At Alfred G. Berner Middle School, new exploratory classes such as “Mathematics in Art and Architecture” and “Kids as Filmmakers” are providing students with opportunities to connect academics to real-world professions, and a new online learning management system called Haiku is enabling students throughout the district to manage their academics through one aggregated platform anywhere there is a wireless connection.
Students were also welcomed by improvements to the district’s facilities, including a new kindergarten playground at Birch Lane Elementary School, as well as several lighting, boiler and temperature control upgrades that were completed through a New York State Energy Performance Contract at no additional cost to taxpayers.