NEWS FROM ADMINISTRATION

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    August 8, 2018 

                            

    Dear Massapequa High School Students (and Parents):

     

    Welcome to the 2018-2019 academic year at Massapequa High School! Opening day of school is Thursday, September 6, 2018.  With the school year upon us, we ready ourselves for the opportunities that come with the start of every year--a higher grade, the passing and making of friendships, and a renewed commitment towards a successful endeavor.  As always in education and life the demand for earnest effort will be critical in achieving a valuable academic and social experience.  Welcome to a new year of high school -- an experience that will be challenging and memorable!

     

    Our students are part of a nine period school day that begins at 7:30AM and concludes at 2:25PM.  The instructional program includes: English, Social Studies, Math and Science courses, opportunities in second and third languages, the Arts, Health, Physical Education, Technology, Business and Computer Applications, Family and Consumer Sciences, Law, Engineering, and many other elective options.  Individual special educational programs are in place for students, as well as pupil support from counselors, social workers, psychologists, therapists, and the nursing staff. Our Library/Information Center is a key element to our building.  Students in need of extra-help will find teachers in all disciplines available for support. Daily bus arrival for students is 7:20AM and daily bus dismissal is 2:32PM. Transportation for students involved in extracurricular activities, clubs, and athletics is available at 3:20PM.

     

    Our extra-curricular clubs and academic teams are very extensive and offer students opportunities to grow both socially and academically.  Artists, musicians, and theater performers will meet new opportunities to elevate their level of involvement, develop skills, and seek enjoyment.  The athletic program is highly successful and offers a multitude of teams.  Fall athletic start dates include:  August 20th for football and August 27th all other fall sports. All students are encouraged to join a team or be part of a club.

     

    As we prepare students to be life ready, our focus on students acquiring 21st century skills is embedded in our 1:1 Anytime, Anywhere Chromebook initiative. With ongoing access to technology, students are equipped with digital tools to support their individualized pursuit of passions and the ability to gain the skills needed to excel in a rapidly evolving global society.  All students are to be prepared with Chromebooks for classes each school day. The staff in the Chrome Depot is available to assist students needing repairs or support before and after school.  With regard to Chromebook possession and responsible use and care, students and parents are expected to review the guidelines identified in the Massapequa Technology Handbook for Parents and Students on our website.

     

    Proper nutrition is essential to strong health and positive peak performance. Our school contains two beautiful cafeterias and maintains a full service lunch program. Additionally, students, unless determined otherwise due to academic, opt-out (an option for parents), attendance, or discipline matters, are able to enjoy open campus privileges during lunch periods (open campus privileges for eligible seniors are extended during any unscheduled periods).  Details regarding food service, including an application for free or reduced-priced meals, are forthcoming and available in a mailing and always available in district.

     

    Tentative class schedules will be available onthe portal beginning approximately 4PM on August 28th for students and families.  The schedules will reflect courses both required and elective that have been selected with students’ input.  Schedules do not reflect any summer course credit earnings.  The scheduling process hinges on: graduation requirements, class availability, and a required minimum of six and one-half classes for all students.  In the event of an error or omission on the issued schedules or if satisfaction of summer coursework has adjusted class needs, students should complete and return the designated form that will be enclosed in the mailing and submit the form to the Guidance Office. Counselors will review submitted forms and respond accordingly.  Please note, consideration for schedule changes are based on: approved level changes, summer school grades, required coursework/lunch missing, and medical circumstances designated by a doctor’s note. Staffing changes and the balancing of classes often occur during the summer, therefore a finalized schedule will be issued to all students in period one of the first day of school.

     

    Locker assignments for students are designated with the scheduling assignment in late August. Students moving from Ames must be prepared with the lock previously issued by the district or may purchase a new lock for five dollars in our main office. Students new to the Massapequa District will be issued a lock.  Locks must be combination Master Locks.  Students that may find it necessary to utilize a key lock must gain approval from an administrative staff member and also supply a key to the administrator.  Students are encouraged not to share combinations or lockers with anyone.

     

    Throughout the school year, we request that students exercise extreme caution when driving and parents exercise extreme caution dropping-off/picking-up students. Although our campus is unable to provide parking spaces for all student drivers, a limited number of spaces will become available to students on a semester basis through a lottery system beginning in late-September.  Senior BOCES and GC Tech enrolled students may apply for driving privileges by submitting an application to the Deans’ Office staff prior to September 7th.

     

    The Massapequa Parent-Teacher-Student Association and Special Education Parent-Teacher Association work closely with us to provide the best possible educational experience.  We encourage students and parents to join our PTSA and SEPTA and attend meetings.  Thank you for the service of our PTSA parent liaison, Mrs. Diane Portogallo. Parents may contact Mrs. Portogallo through the academic year by email at porto1059@aol.com.  We encourage our school community to remain interactive with the PTA website:  http://www.massapequaptsa.com/.

     

    Back to School Night at Massapequa High School is Tuesday, September 25th at 7PM.  Additional details regarding the evening will be sent electronically.

     

    Please visit our school website at http://www.msd.k12.ny.us and sign-up to receive correspondence via email by clicking on the “Email Subscription” link (bottom of homepage) and follow the prompts.  Communication from our school staff is primarily electronic through email, Powerschool, Twitter, and Remind.  Additionally, when it becomes available, please access the PowerSchool Portal to update your Student Information.

     

    A brief orientation for 10th graders and new students is scheduled for August 30th at 11:00PM (auditorium).  Students in any grade level are welcome to tour the school and identify classroom locations weekdays between August 30th and August 31st between the hours of 9AM and 2:00PM (the building is closed to students September 3rd - 5th).  Students choosing to tour the building should bring along their class schedules, sign-in and sign-out in the main office, and respectfully avoid areas that are blocked-off.  Maps are available in the Main Office.

     

    On behalf of the entire staff, we look forward to working with you and are confident that you will have a positive experience at MHS.  You are encouraged to become active in the life of our school community.  Remember, our doors are always open to you.

     

     

    Best regards for the remaining summer and the school year ahead,

     

    Patrick DiClemente, Michael Quigley, Deja Berry, Tricia LiVecchi, Ken Wing 

    MHS Administration

     

     

     

     

     

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    AM Announcement

    June 11, 2018

     

    Good morning…

     

    This is Mr. DiClemente and on behalf of our staff, we’d like to congratulate all of the students on a fine year. Many of you have worked tremendously hard this year and all of you have grown in different ways.

     

    I’d like to remind you of the following:

    • Tomorrow begins the final exam session; students only report for exams.

     

    • There will be no locker use after today and all materials must be removed from PE and hall lockers today. Backpacks and electronics should not be brought to the final exams. Chromebooks must be turned in today to room 140B or after today to the Chrome Depot.  All textbooks and school issued items must be returned otherwise the school district will send a bill to your home shortly.

     

    • Congratulations to all students and this morning a special congratulations to our valedictorian Deborah Lobacarro, salutatorian Nicole Leonick, student Liz Schaefer for being recognized as an Outstanding Senior in Newsday and our baseball team for winning a New York State Championship this past weekend.

     

    • All students, please remember that the final exams provide an opportunity to either improve grade status or lower final averages; it is important that over the next ten days students prepare as best as possible.

     

    • All seniors are reminded that Thursday at 10am in the auditorium is a mandatory rehearsal for graduation. Graduation is Monday evening at 6PM.

     

    • Please treat today as a day to prepare and finish courses positively. Students must realize that any behavioral issues today for underclassmen can influence whether or not you are able to enter the high school in September.  Any issues by seniors can influence whether or not you are able to participate in the prom and graduation.

     

    Thank you for all of your efforts.  Congratulations on a fine year and best wishes to you for your experiences this summer and in the days ahead! 

     

    Sincerely,                

    Patrick DiClemente                                  

    Principal                                      

     

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    June 9, 2018

     

    Dear Massapequa High School Students, Staff, & Parents:

     

    Information regarding year-end final exams and Regents Exams is available on our website  (http://bit.ly/mhsfinals2018).  Please keep in mind the following:

    • Monday, June 11th is the last instructional day of classes.  Routine transportation and food service offerings are scheduled for Monday, June 11th.  Food service concludes on June 11th.  

     

    • After June 11th, students will only be required to attend school if they are scheduled for an exam.
      • Massapequa High School policy requires students to report for their scheduled examinations. New York State Regents Examinations may not be administered as make-up exams.
      • Any student who is truant or illegally absent from an examination will receive a zero for the examination.  All illness-related absences must be verified with a note from a physician.
      • No backpacks in school or use of lockers during exam weeks; lockers will be sealed at the end of the day of Monday, June 11.
      • Unless approved prior, each student is prohibited from having possession of electronic devices including but not limited to: a cell phone, smart watch, earbuds, while in a testing room.

     

    • Students must remove all items from PE and hallway lockers.  Items that remain in lockers after June 11th will either be donated to charity or discarded immediately following the end of instructional classes. Hall lockers will not be accessible after June 11th. Students should discontinue the use of lockers by returning books/issued items to teachers and bringing all personal belongings home.

     

    • All 11th grade students will keep their existing Chromebooks.  10th & 12th grade students are to submit their Chromebooks between June 11 and June 20 to the Chrome Depot.  Seniors will not receive a diploma until Chromebooks are submitted. Chromebooks must be free of any stickers and the turn-in expectation includes carry bags, straps, and chargers.

     

    • The commencement exercise will be held at 6:00 pm on Monday, June 18, 2018  at Hofstra University – David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex. Doors open at 4:30 pm, with all seating (including handicapped) on a first come-first served basis. Tickets are required for all guests over the age of 5.  Graduates do not need a ticket and must arrive no later than 5:15 pm for assembly in the Physical Education Center located next to the sports complex. All graduates must wear a cap and gown as well as proper attire under their gowns.  All graduation caps are to remain as issued; no decorations are permitted. (Girls: dress, skirt or slacks with a pair of dress shoes or dress sandals. Boys: dress slacks, dress shirt, dark socks and shoes.) The following will not be permitted: sneakers, jeans, flip-flops/sports sandals, pocketbooks, cell phones, or any other electronic devices.  We plan to provide a live video stream of the graduation ceremony on our district website that will benefit interested guests unable to attend.

     

    • Graduation rehearsal is Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 10:00 am in the high school auditorium. Rehearsal is mandatory and all graduating seniors must attend. Each graduating senior will receive his/her cap and gown and five tickets to the ceremony at the conclusion of the mandatory rehearsal. Students who requested additional tickets when they were available will receive those as well.  Graduating seniors who have outstanding balances and/or unreturned books or school issued locks will not be given their caps and gowns until all balances have been reconciled and/or books have been returned. Physical Education locks are to be given to the PE staff; other school-issued locks to the General Office staff.

     

    • Graduate members of honor societies who have met service hours and all criteria may consult advisors and Ms. Silveri regarding a cord to be worn at the ceremony. Eagle Scout and Gold Award honorees may bring a copy of a certificate/validation to an administrator no later than June 14th in to be awarded a cord.

     

    We anticipate a positive finish to the academic year and are eager for graduation for our seniors and the years ahead with all returning students.  We appreciate your support and wish everyone an enjoyable summer.

     

    Patrick DiClemente, Deja Berry, Michael Quigley, Lisa Silveri, Patricia LiVecchi, Ken Wing

    Massapequa High School Administration




     

    Year-End Letters

    http://bit.ly/mhsjune2018letter2

    http://bit.ly/mhsyearend2018

     

    Final Exams

    (http://bit.ly/mhsfinals2018)

     

    Graduation

    http://bit.ly/mhsgrads2018

     

    Senior Prom  

    http://bit.ly/mhs2018prom

     

     

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    Finsih Strong, Rock Lochener  

     Rich Lochener

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    Dear Massapequa High School Students, Staff, & Parents:

     

    We are getting ready for many of the activities and programs that relate to the final weeks of the academic year. Information regarding year-end final exams and Regents Exams are available on our website  (http://bit.ly/mhsfinals2018).  Please keep in mind the following:

     

    • Reminder, on Tuesday, June 5th Massapequa High School will implement the Regents Examination in Global History and Geography.  In order to effectively administer the Global History and Geography Regents to our students, regular classes will not be held on Tuesday, June 5th.  Only students that are testing will report to school on Tuesday, June 5th.  There will be no interruption to BOCES schedules on Tuesday, June 5th. All students enrolled in BOCES programs are expected to attend their sessions.

     

    • Monday, June 4th is a day 2; Wednesday, June 6th is also a day 2.

     

    • Monday, June 11th is the last instructional day of classes.  All students are expected to be in school and in attendance for a full day of classes on Monday, June 11th.  Routine transportation and food service offerings are scheduled for Monday, June 11th.  Food service concludes on June 11th.  

     

    • As final examinations approach students, please understand the following:
    • After June 11th, students will only be required to attend school if they are scheduled for an exam.
    • Massapequa School Policy requires students to report for their scheduled examinations. New York State Regents Examinations may not be administered as make-up exams.
    • Students are responsible for making certain they are prompt and in the proper location for their exams. Any student who is truant or illegally absent from an examination will receive a zero for the examination.  All illness-related absences during our exam session (June 12- June 20) must be verified with a note from a physician.
    • No backpacks in school or use of lockers during exam weekS; lockers will be sealed at the end of the day of Monday, June 11. Students are to bring their testing pens, pencils, and calculators.
    • Unless approved prior, each student is prohibited from having possession of electronic devices including but not limited to: a cell phone, I-Pod, MP3 Player, I-Pad, tablet, laptop, camera, headphones, a smart watch, earbuds, while in a testing room.
    • Students are encouraged to eat a healthy meal before arriving for their exams.

     

    • During the last physical education classes (June 4 - 11) for the year students must remove all items from the physical education lockers and hallway lockers.  Items that remain in lockers will either be donated to charity or discarded immediately following the end of instructional classes.  Specific locker cleanout days have been set as follows: floor 3 (Thursday, June 7), floor 2 (Friday, June 8), floor 1 (Monday, June 11); however, students should begin to discontinue the use of lockers by returning books/issued items to teachers and bringing all personal belongings home.

     

    • All students must be aware of Chromebook procedures:  grade 10 students must bring their Chromebooks to Physical Education class on June 7th and June 8th.  10th graders will be traveling to room 140B in order to turn in their current Chromebooks and to pick up an updated Chromebook on the same day.  All 11th grade students will their keep existing Chromebooks; a similar swap of devices will take place in the fall for grade 11.  12th grade students may begin to submit their Chromebooks as follows:  June 4, 5, 6 to the Chrome Depot; June 7 or 8 to room 140B; and between June 11 and June 20 to the Chrome Depot.  Seniors must turn in their Chromebooks prior to receiving a diploma. Chromebooks must be free of any stickers and the turn in expectation includes carry bags, straps, and chargers.

     

    • Congratulations to our students and staff recently involved in Honor Society Inductions, vocal, instrumental, and artistic performances at school/local venues, and conference, county, Long Island, state, and national championship competition for academic clubs/teams and individual athletes and teams. Additionally, special recognition to the students and staff involved with service and charity efforts (Empire Games for the Challenged, food drive, benefit concerts and fundraisers, story and coloring book creation) on behalf of others, and all of our students that entered the PTA Reflections process this year.

     

    This year has been marked with tremendous success.  The students have improved educationally and grown as people. We anticipate a positive finish to the academic year and are eager for graduation at 6PM on June 18th for our seniors and the years ahead with our students.  We appreciate your support.

     

    Patrick DiClemente, Deja Berry, Michael Quigley, Lisa Silveri, Patricia LiVecchi, Ken Wing

    Massapequa High School Administration



    Massapequa High School

    End-of-Year Website Links



    Year-End Letter: http://bit.ly/mhs2018june

    Final Exams: (http://bit.ly/mhsfinals2018)

    Graduation: http://bit.ly/mhsgrads2018

    Advanced Placement Capstone Symposium: http://bit.ly/2JmiLwr

    Prom: http://bit.ly/mhs2018prom

     

     

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    May 16, 2018

    Dear Massapequa High School Students, Staff, & Parents:

     

     

    Thank you to all community members that participated in the Voting Process for the School Budget & Board Election as well as the Pool Proposal and Library Budget and Representation.

     

    Sincerely,       

    Patrick J. DiClemente                                                 

    Principal                        

     

    Budget Result 2018

     

     

     

    May 7, 2018

    Dear Massapequa High School Students, Staff, & Parents:

    On Tuesday, June 5th Massapequa High School, in accord with the New York State Examination Schedule, will implement the Regents Examination in Global History and Geography to all students currently enrolled in the course.  The Tuesday, June 5th date determined by the New York State Education Department is prior to our originally developed and scheduled testing session; as such, we have revised our calendar for students and staff at Massapequa High School.  Please note the following details:

    • In order to effectively administer the Global History and Geography Regents to our students, regular classes will not be held on Tuesday, June 5th. Only students that are testing will report to school on Tuesday, June 5th
    • The testing day approach will allow our staff to implement appropriate accommodations to all students and utilize all building spaces for examinations.
    • Due to the insertion of June 5th as a testing date, there has been a revision to the last instructional day of classes from Friday, June 8th to Monday, June 11th. All students are expected to be in school and in attendance for a full day of classes on Monday, June 11th.  Routine transportation and food service offerings are scheduled for Monday, June 11th.
    • There will be no interruption to BOCES schedules on Tuesday, June 5th. All students enrolled in BOCES programs are expected to attend their sessions. A letter detailing transportation arrangements to support the revised day and all end-of-year dates and information will be posted on May 18th.

    Should you have any questions regarding coursework, testing, or the end-of-year calendar, please do not hesitate to contact our staff for support.  Thank you for your collaboration with our efforts at school. 

     

    Sincerely,       

    Patrick J. DiClemente                                                 

    Principal                                                                      

     

    * School Budget Vote: May 15th 6 am – 9 pm *

     

     

    May 7, 2018

    Dear Massapequa High School Students & Parents:

    We are amidst quarter IV and a spring season in the academic year that includes a number of programs, trips, and presentations.  The students have been successful in different ways and certainly have been working diligently towards individual and group achievement in addition to service-orientated efforts.

    Many students involved in Advanced Placement coursework have been preparing for examinations and between today Monday, May 7th and Friday May, 18th students will encounter one or more formal assessment(s). Students in such circumstances will be marked “Excused” for classes and have the option to attend classes before or after exams.  The start time for morning examinations is 7:30 am and afternoon examinations 12:00 pm. 

    While we progress through the year, it is important for all students and families to note:

    • School is Open:  May 25th; School is Closed:  Memorial Day, May 28th
    • Monday, June 11th:  Last Day of Classes (this is a revised date for MHS students; does not apply to Ames or BMS)
    • June 4, 6, 7, 8, 11:  In-Class Finals
    • June 5 and June 12 through June 20:  Final Exams (students only attend school if they have an exam)
    • June 21st Rating Day; No Student Attendance
    • June 22nd Last Day of School

    Information regarding final examinations and transportation will be forwarded to all students and families on May 18th.  

    Congratulations to our Robotics team in achieving a national championship with their success in the US competition in Iowa this spring!  Congratulations also to the Mock Trial team on the Nassau County Championship; the team now proceeds to Albany for the New York State Tournament. Special recognition to our students and staff recently involved in the AP Art Exhibit, the Business students’ and staff success with the DECA and the Regional Stock Market competitions, the upcoming singing of the National Anthem at Citifield, the Tri-M Recital, and National and World Language Honor Society Inductees.  Additionally, special recognition to the athletic teams involved with service and charity efforts on behalf of others, the Art of Baking students on winning the LIFAC Cake Challenge, the group of student-leaders that presented a Social Media Awareness Program to both Berner Middle students and community parents, and all of our students that entered the PTA Reflections process this year.

    We look forward to the College Essay Nights on May 21, 22, and 23.  We’re proud of this past weekend’s 5-Alive Pop-Rock Benefit Concert at Massapequa High School that served to benefit children and the efforts of Winthrop Pediatric Center.  We are eager for the Friday, May 18th Hoops for Hope basketball tournament lead by Chief’s Challenge in support of former Massapequa student and friend Jacob Brice. 

    The building administration and staff would like to thank you for your support.  Our students, parents, and PTSA have been very supportive!  This spring, we remain busy planning and implementing a successful semester II, getting set for final exams and year-end transitions, managing exciting progress connected to the construction of an updated library, and preparing student placement and programs for the 2018-2019 academic year.  This is a great time of year as there are many celebrations recognizing the success of students, the weather improves, and all students and staff confront the opportunity to make a great effort to effectively finish-off an excellent year.  Best wishes for the warm days ahead. 

    Sincerely,          

    Patrick J. DiClemente                                                 

    Principal                                   

                                   

    * School Budget Vote: May 15th 6 am – 9 pm *

     

     

     

    Dear MHS Students,

    Advanced Placement exams begin tomorrow and it is important that students arrive promptly to all exams.

     

    Morning sessions will begin at 7:30 AM sharp. 

    Afternoon sessions will begin at 12:00 PM sharp. 

     

    On the day of an exam, students are excused from all class periods; students may choose, however, to attend classes.

     

    Attached is a link to the Advanced Placement Schedule for 2018. 

    Best wishes to all students on the exams!

     

    Sincerely,
    MHS Administration

     

     

     

    April 25, 2018 

    Dear MHS Students and Parents:

    The Massapequa High School Senior Prom is on Friday, June 15th. All parents of students interested in attending, unless having attended a mandatory prom meeting in 2016 or 2017, are required to attend a meeting in 2018 in order for student participation in the event.

    An additional Prom meeting date has been added and will be Wednesday, May 16th at 9AM in the Little Theater of Massapequa High School.  Parking is available for the meeting in the main lot of Massapequa High School and entry for parents will be the main entrance in front of the school.

    The meeting is designed for parents. An in-school program is planned in the future prior to the prom to present the information to students.

    With any questions, parents may contact the main office staff at Massapequa High School.

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Patrick DiClemente

    Principal

     

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    April 16, 2018

    Dear Parent / Guardian:

    The safety and security of our students and staff is our primary concern. In recent months, we have collaborated with all stakeholders regarding our District’s safety and security protocols and we continue to reflect, evaluate, and strengthen procedures to provide a safe and secure learning environment for all.

    In recent weeks there has been discussion regarding a nationwide school “walk out” on Friday, April 20th. Please note that the District cannot and will not support a student walkout. Friday, April 20th will therefore be a regular instructional day, with the Code of Conduct and Attendance policy being enforced.  

    While no activities will be planned during the school day, we understand that some students may wish to discuss concerns related to recent school shootings and/or explore constructive ways in which they may engage in political activism. At both campuses of Massapequa High School, any student interested in participating in this discussion, may join us after school on April 20th in the cafeteria at Ames or the Auditorium at MHS.

    Finally, we encourage you to discuss this matter with your child with the understanding that parents are responsible to notify the attendance office of any full or partial-day absence, including if their child needs to leave school at a time other than his/her lunch or other designated “open period” in his/her schedule.  

    We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in this regard as we work together on behalf of our students. Should you have any questions or further concerns, we encourage you to contact your child’s building principal.      

    Sincerely,

    Lucille F. Iconis

    Superintendent of Schools

     

     

    Massapequa High School

     

    Once A Chief, Always A Chief!

     

    April 13, 2018

     

    Dear Students, Staff, Families, and Community Members:  

     

    As we approach a time in the academic year often marked with planning for celebrations including the prom and graduation and students and families start to set sights on summer vacation, it is as important as ever for students, parents, and families to carefully consider the dynamics of planning and hosting social gatherings at their homes.  While celebrations recognizing the success of students and other special events serve well to bring people together, we must as a community ensure that our students do not participate in underage drinking but rather make positive healthy decisions.  We must also be aware of the Social Host Law in Nassau County.

    Our instruction at school details healthy living styles and the negative effects of unhealthy approaches to daily life.  Students at the high school level must continue to be educated regarding alcohol and substance abuse. The efforts of our staff with students in this regard are through classroom instruction, small and large group assemblies, and during counseling and other individual sessions. Students also are leading the way in promoting awareness and influencing one another. The SADD Club has organized a partnership with Stony Brook University that supports a Red Watch Band program that provides students with the knowledge, awareness, and skills to prevent toxic drinking.  At school we remain focused and continue our work to emphasize to students the negative, dangerous effects of alcohol and substance use as well as highlighting the benefits of healthy living.

    As a community, we join in celebrating students’ accomplishments and fostering safety. Parents possess the greatest influence on the decisions made by their children. We must join together in the prevention and disapproval of underage drinking. Parents are reminded that careful planning in the organization of a party for high school students is critical and involves great responsibility. Parents need to know that Nassau County’s Social Host Law designates it unlawful for any person over the age of 18 who owns, rents, or otherwise controls a private residence to knowingly allow the consumption of alcohol or alcoholic beverages by any minor on such premises.  By law, parents are prompted to take corrective action in the circumstances and if warranted report such underage consumption of alcohol either to the local law enforcement agency or to any other person having a greater degree of authority over the conduct of such minor.  In Suffolk County, anyone in control of a property responsible for any underage drinking is subject to penalties that may include fines and imprisonment (please note the information on the following page).

    We appreciate the work we do together in educating all students regarding health and safety. Additionally, our efforts at school and at home are enhanced by many dynamic local community-based organizations that work with our students and families.  For further discussion on the topic or to gain assistance, please do not hesitate to contact your son’s/daughter’s guidance counselor, the school social worker, or any building administrator. Thank you for your support.

     

     

    Sincerely,

    Patrick DiClemente

     

     

    * School Budget Vote: May 15th 6am – 9pm *

    Chiefs…

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Reminder:

     

    The Massapequa High School Senior Prom is on Friday, June 15th. All parents of students interested in attending, unless having attended a mandatory prom meeting in 2016 or 2017, will be required to attend a meeting in 2018 in order for student participation in the event. Prom meeting dates this year are this week – Monday, March 26th and Wednesday, March 28th in the evening at 7PM in the Baldwin Auditorium.  There is no meeting Monday, March 21st; the 21st date was in conflict with other programs.  An alternate date, Friday, April 13th at 9AM in the Little Theater, has been set for any parents that may not be available for either morning program.

    Parking is available for the meetings in the main lot of Massapequa High School and also in the staff parking lot in the Lakeside area of the high school. Parents may enter the doors in front of the school, on the west side of the school, or from the interior parking lot where the teachers generally park during the day.

    Parents are reminded of the following:

    • Doors open at 6:15. Registration is from 6:30 to 7:00PM. Parking may take a few minutes as the meeting will involve many parents. Please plan some time for parking and registration.

    • The meeting begins and 7PM and will be concluded by 8PM.

    • Following a ten minute period, there will be no late entry permitted to the meetings.

    • Parents will submit a Prom Meeting Attendance Form upon exiting at the conclusion of the meeting.

     

    With any questions, parents may contact the main office staff at Massapequa High School.

     

    Patrick DiClemente

    Principal

     

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    March, 2018

     

    Dear MHS Students and Families:

     

    Effective Monday, March 12th all students are required to wear and make visible their school-issued gold lanyards and ID cards during the school day. ID cards help identify students and support a safe school environment.

    Please note that student identification cards are used at Massapequa High School for various purposes including but not limited to:  bathroom and library access, meal purchases, and attendance reporting.

    A student in need of a replacement ID card, may visit the General Office at MHS to purchase a new ID card.  The replacement fee for an ID card is $5. A student who has forgotten his/her ID card is to report to the Deans’ Office for temporary identification.

    Failure to properly wear and display an ID card will represent a violation of the Code of Conduct.

    Effective Monday, March 19, 2018 students not in compliance with the expectation will be subject to administrative responses included but not limited to: warning, lunch detention, after school detention, and supervised lunch.

    We thank you for your cooperation.  Please do not hesitate to contact our office with any questions or concerns.

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Patrick DiClemente, Deja Berry, Michael Quigley, Tricia LiVecchi, Ken Wing

     

    High School Administration




     

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    March 9, 2018

     

    Dear Students, Staff, and Families:  

     

    As you know, in recent weeks there has been increased conversation on the local, state and national levels regarding school safety. As a school district, we are continuing to work with all stakeholders to review, revisit and optimize our security protocols across all of our nine schools. As we approach the one month anniversary of the tragic shooting that took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, we have been working with our student-leaders to develop activities for March 14th that recognize and honor the seventeen victims of the senseless violence, and that give voice to our students. Specifically, our student-leaders among the three secondary buildings, working with faculty members, our PPS teams, and building administrators have planned the theme of March 14th as, “Moments of Remembrance...A Day of Peace.”

     

    On Wednesday, March 14th at approximately 9:53AM, comments will be made over the PA system by a student-leader remembering all victims of violence, promoting a peaceful society, and inviting students and staff to participate in a symbolic walk to the track area honoring the theme. Following the announcement, all students and staff members are expected to proceed from their locations to the gymnasium.  Students and staff choosing to participate in the walk will exit through the rear gym doors and proceed outside to the track area. Students and staff choosing not to participate will remain in the gymnasium. Both the gymnasium and the outdoor areas will be appropriately supervised. All students with an assigned 4th period class are expected to be either at the track area or in the gymnasium. The time expected for the entire activity will be 9:53AM - 10:30AM, at which time our regular class schedule will resume.  

     

    We want you to be aware of our plans for March 14th. We also thank you for your support in the roles that we play together to address complex yet vital concerns of raising awareness, respectfully memorializing victims, and continually working to keep our schools safe. As always, should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact my office at 516-308-5901.

     

     

    Sincerely,

    Patrick DiClemente






    Once A Chief, Always A Chief!

     

     

     

    Senior Prom  

     

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    Office of the Principal

    February, 2018

     

    Dear Parent/Guardian:

     

    The Class of 2018 will sponsor the Senior Prom on Friday, June 15, 2018 at Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook and many of our students are planning to attend this wonderful celebration.  Massapequa Public Schools requires at least one parent or legal guardian of any Massapequa senior wishing to attend the prom to participate in a mandatory parent meeting before the student will be eligible to purchase a ticket.  

     

    As you are aware, the school district does not condone the consumption of alcohol or any other controlled substance or otherwise engagement in potentially unsafe behavior by any student. The parent meeting will provide critical information in an effort to ensure the safe planning of all prom-related activities.  

     

    The Massapequa Board of Education, Massapequa Parent-Teacher-Student Association (Jr/Sr PTSA), Massapequa Takes Action (MTA), and our administrative staff sponsor a program developed especially for our parents. At this meeting, information will be made available regarding social host laws, responsibilities/liabilities regarding pre-prom and post-prom celebrations, and the difficult challenges and decisions parents and students may face.  

     

    Meetings have been scheduled in the Baldwin Auditorium to accommodate parents of students who plan to attend the prom.  Parents are invited to bring their seniors with them to the meeting; however, a separate in-school meeting for students has been planned.  Parents of students with last names beginning with the letters A through L have been scheduled for Monday, March 26, 2018 and parents of students with last names beginning with the letters M through Z have been scheduled for Wednesday, March 28, 2018.  With any scheduling conflicts, parents are welcome to join us on the alternate evening meeting date or to attend the morning session on April 13, 2018. Parents will be required to register on the date of attendance just prior to the meeting and will receive documents that must be completed and submitted at the conclusion of the program. Registration, for the evening dates, will begin at 6:30 pm in the auditorium lobby of Massapequa High School and our program will promptly commence at 7:00 pm. Please note: we are committed to ensuring that all parents hear the information that we share; therefore, no late entry will be permitted after 7:10 pm. We anticipate that the program will conclude by 8:00 pm.  Parking will be available in the lot outside of the main entrance and along the gym and center lobby area. For improved parking opportunities, parents may choose to utilize the interior staff parking lot and enter the center lobby doors.  Please allow time for parking and entering the building.

    Parents of June 2016 or June 2017 graduates are not required to attend this year’s meeting, provided that they attended a mandatory prom meeting in 2016 or 2017. We ask that every parent complete and return the enclosed form on or before Friday, March 9, so that we can verify parent exemptions and determine how many parents will attend each meeting.

     

    In April 2018, tickets (approximately $100) will go on sale for the Senior Prom.  In order for a senior to purchase a ticket, Massapequa High School must have a completed registration form from one of the prom meetings or an approved exemption on file.  In addition, we will make available copies of the Rules of Participation for Prom 2018. Please read and discuss this information with your student. The Rules of Participation will include specific information regarding attendance at the prom.  Each prom attendee and parent will be required to sign this form and submit it when prom tickets are purchased. No tickets will be sold without a student’s review of the guidelines and a submitted parent’s signed meeting attendance form.     

     

    We are confident that with your help this year’s prom will be memorable and safe for all our students.

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Patrick DiClemente & Nicole Zappulla

    Principal & 2018 Class Advisor

     

    Parent Prom Meeting Opportunities

    Monday, March 26, 2018, at 7:00 PM in Baldwin Auditorium

     

    Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 7:00 PM in Baldwin Auditorium

     

    Friday, April 13, 2018 at 9:00 AM in the Little Theater at MHS

     


     

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    Midterm Exam Letter & Schedule

    January 2, 2018

    Dear Students and Parents/Guardians:

    We hope that the first half of the school year has been both successful and enjoyable. We are nearing the midpoint in the 2017-2018 academic year and midterm, final, and Regents examinations are approaching.

    Our midterm exams will be given during regular class sessions and within a dedicated testing week January 22nd – 26th, 2018. The second quarter will end on January 26th and the second semester/third quarter will begin on Monday, January 29th. The midterm schedule and transportation information is linked on our website. Please make special note of the bus schedule; midterm week presents changes to the times students are generally in school. Students should only report to school for their designated exams.

    If inclement weather results in the cancellation of school, the exam schedule will remain as posted. Scheduled exams, other than the exam(s) cancelled due to school closing, will stay in original designated time and day slots. Most likely, exams that are cancelled will be implemented the following week beginning Monday, January 29th so that all midterm exams are offered; however, all testing and planning is subject to discretionary considerations including but not limited to class time, testing, weather, and resources. In the event of any adjustments to our testing schedule, we will be sure to communicate promptly via email and website posting to students and parents.

    Students are reminded to bring their testing tools – pens, pencils, and calculators for their exams and to eat a healthy meal before arriving to school. Students are not permitted access to a cell phone during any testing session. Students are encouraged to leave phones at home if they are not necessary; otherwise, phones should be stored in student lockers or submitted prior to exams to proctors with a name labels affixed to the devices.

    Massapequa School District policy requires students to report for their scheduled examinations. Any student who is truant or illegally absent from an examination during the midterm week will receive a zero for the examination. All illness-related absences during the exam week of January   22nd - 26th must be verified with a doctor’s note.

    For specific information related to BOCES/Levittown programs, students should refer to a separate letter posted regarding Monday, January 22, 2017 through Friday, January 26, 2018 also on the website.

    Guidance counselors are available to answer any questions you may have at this time and can be best reached at 516-308-5930. If we may assist you in any way during the exam period, please contact us at 516-308-5901.

    We wish you and your family the very best in 2018!

    Sincerely,

    Patrick DiClemente, Deja Berry, Michael Quigley, Tricia LiVecchi, Ken Wing


    Fall Sports Playoffs

    November 9, 2017

    Dear Massapequa High School Students, Parents, and Guardians:

    Congratulation to all Fall teams on another fabulous season! The season is coming to an end with three teams still competing in playoff action.

    Best of Luck to our L.I. Champion girls soccer team as they travel tomorrow to Cortland to compete in the final four of the State championship this weekend.
    Congratulations to Kiani Morisi who will compete in the NY State swim championship beginning on November 17th.

    The County Champion boys volleyball team looks to stay hot as they will compete in the L.I. Championship this Saturday, November 11th at 8:30pm at LIU/Post. Admission is $7.
    The Big Four Champion varsity football team will play a semi-final playoff game at Hofstra University on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 8:30pm vs Freeport High School. Admission is $6 dollars.  Please note a few reminders for students and all fans traveling to Hofstra:
    Massapequa fans will enter through the main gate and sit on the Home team side of the stadium (press box side). Spectators choosing to leave the premises prior to the completion of the game may not re-enter the stadium.

    Ticket Sales

    Section 8 now has electronic ticketing available to fans, along with our traditional ticketing at the gate for all county semis and finals.

    Go to App store on your phone and download the App Go Fan
    Once downloaded, on the screen “Get Tickets Now”,  put in NYSPHSAA – Section VIII
    Scroll down and you will find 3 pages of fun filled dates for games!
    Spectator Conduct

    Smoking and alcoholic beverages are never permitted at school events as per the NYSPHSAA and Section 8. All forms of tailgating in parking lots before and after games are prohibited. (Hofstra University security will assist with code enforcement.)

    We follow the philosophy of the NYSPHSAA & Section 8: “Be Loud, Be Proud, Be Positive!” Negative comments towards officials, opponents and other fans are unacceptable. Spectators that incite/provoke or contribute in any way to a negative atmosphere or to dangerous situations before, during or after the game will be directed to leave the stadium.

    The students and our staff are appreciative of the tremendous pride and support our community demonstrates at school functions. We look forward to an outstanding competition and appreciate your cooperation with our efforts to ensure the safety and security of all spectators and participants.

    GO CHIEFS!

    Sincerely,

    Patrick DiClemente & John Piropato

    Principal & Athletic Director

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