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2006-2007 CALENDAR AND 2018-2019 CALENDAR AND HANDBOOK HANDBOOKDIRECTORY DIRECTORY Page Page Board of Education ii Absence Notification 8 Public Meeting Dates ii Emergency Management 8 ESSA Notification 8 Central Office Directory Sex Offender Information 8 Central Administration 1 Religious Observances 8 Business Office 1 K-12 Program Administrators 1 Student Services and Programs District Office Hours 1 Student Activities 9 Student Registration 1 Homebound Instruction 9 Central Switchboard 1 Kindergarten 9 Student Employment 9 Directory of Schools 2 School Lunch Service 9 Extra Help and Tutorial Programs 9 Parent-Teacher Associations 3 Special Education/Student Support Svcs 9 Guidance 10 School Information Psychological Services 10 Emergency Closing of Schools 4 Social Workers 10 Make-Up Days Schedule 4 Literacy Program 10 Delayed School Opening 4 Summer School 10 Messages for Children and Teachers 4 Transportation 10 Parent Conferences and Visits 4 The Testing Program 11 School Playgrounds 4 Important High School Test Dates 11 Public Information 4 Pesticide Notification 4 Community Services and Programs MTA 12 District Policies Citizens Advisory Committees 12 Dignity Act/Code of Conduct 5 Voter Registration 12 Attendance Information 6 M-Tract 12 Student Dress Code 6 Adult Continuing Education 12 Release of Directory Information 7 Recreation 12 Student Records 7 Young People’s Cultural Arts Workshop 13 Health Services 7 Massapequa Philharmonic Orchestra 13 Homework 7 Summer Fine Arts 13 Massapequa Public Library 13 Our mission is to educate all students to their highest level of academic potential and to teach them the skills and knowledge to become capable, creative and responsible members of our society. Responsibility for learning must be shared by all - children, parents, teachers and community. ABBREVIATIONS BL = Birch Lane Unq = Unqua EL = East Lake BMS = Berner Middle School FF = Fairfield MHS = Massapequa High School RJL = Lockhart Wksp = Workshop McK = McKenna i
MASSAPEQUA UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT Town of Oyster Bay, Nassau County, New York Massapequa Board of Education 2018 - 2019 BOARD OF EDUCATION BOARD OF EDUCATION PUBLIC MEETINGS The Massapequa Board of Education consists of The Board of Education generally holds two busi- five members, each elected by the registered vot- ness meetings per month, normally scheduled on ers of the Massapequa Union Free School District, the first and third Thursdays in the Board Room, Town of Oyster Bay for three-year terms who serve Administrative Wing of Massapequa High School. without pay. The Board, representing the residents Except as noted on the calendar, meetings are of the District, is the legislative and policy-making called to order at 7 p.m., at which time the Board body responsible for all regulations governing pub- enters into Executive Session for the purpose of lic education within District schools. The Board of Timothy Taylor Gary Baldinger discussing specific personnel, negotiations and/or Education delegates the overall management of President Vice President contractual items. The public session begins at these policies to the Superintendent of Schools as approximately 8 p.m. Changes in the date, time, its Chief Executive Officer. The Superintendent and/or location of Board meetings, as well as may, in turn, further delegate authority to the advance copies of Board meeting agendas, are administrative staff, to faculty members, and to available on the District website students. www.msd.k12.ny.us, or by contacting the District Clerk (308-5001) the Monday preceding a meeting. Timothy Taylor, President The public is welcome and encouraged to attend and participate in all regular meetings of the Board Anne Marie Bellizzi, School District Clerk of Education. Residents’ input and questions will Lisa Beratis, School District Treasurer Guercio and Guercio, School District Attorneys Jeanine Caramore Kerry Wachter be addressed within reasonable time frames and Secretary Trustee procedures as set by the Board of Education. ii
SEPTEMBER AUGUST 2018 OCTOBER 2018 S M T W T F S S M T W T F S 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 5 6 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 12 19 26 13 20 27 14 21 28 15 22 29 16 23 30 17 24 31 18 25 2018 14 21 28 15 22 29 16 23 30 17 24 31 18 25 19 26 20 27 SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY August 20 - Varsity/JV Football Starts August 27 - Varsity/JV Fall Sports Begin *MHS is NOT a test center for the ACT on Sept. 8 1 **NOTE: Observance begins at sundown the previous day. All activities must end early enough on the previous day to allow students to be home before sundown. 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 MHS V/JV Fall ACT* Parent/Athlete Mtg, 7PM Superintendent’s Labor Day Conference Day Teacher Orientation Day Schools Closed Schools Closed Schools Closed First Day of School Kindergarten Begins
9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Unq PTA Gen Mtg BL PTA Gen Mtg Young People’s Cultural 9:45 AM 9:45 AM Arts Wksp In-Person Registration MHS College Mini Fair 10 AM-1 PM @ BMS BMS Fall Sports begin #1 8:15 AM - 9:45 AM Ames Back to School Night 7PM Library Bd Mtg 7:45PM Senior Center @ McK Rosh Hashanah** Begins BOE Public Session Schools Closed 8 PM Board Room1 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 BMS Back to School McK PTA Exec/Gen Mtg RJL PTA Gen Mtg MHS College Mini Fair Night Gr 6 only, Time 9 AM 9 AM #2 10:30 AM - 12 PM TBA BMS Back to School Jr/Sr PTSA Gen Mtg EL PTA Exec Mtg Night Gr 7 & 8 only, BMS 7:30 PM 7PM Time TBA BL, FF, Unq Back to PTA Council Exec Mtg School Night 7PM MHS 7:45 PM Young People’s Cultural MHS Gr 12 “College Arts Wksp In-Person Application Process” Registration Wksp 7PM 7- 9 PM @ AMES Yom Kippur** 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 BMS Fall Parent/Athlete MHS Back to School EL, RJL, McK Back to MHS Gr 12 “Financial MHS College Mini Fair Mtg 7PM Night 7PM School Night 7PM Aid for College” #3 8:15 AM - 9:45 AM Wksp 7PM FF PTA Gen Mtg SEPTA Gen Mtg 7PM McK Sr. Ctr 7PM 30 BOE Public Session 8 PM Board Room1 1Please refer to page ii for more information about the Board of Education meetings.
SEPTEMBER 2018 NOVEMBER 2018 S 2 M 3 T 4 W 5 T 6 F 7 S 1 8 OCTOBER S 4 M 5 T 6 W 7 T 1 8 F 2 9 S 3 10 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 16 23 30 17 24 18 25 19 26 20 27 21 28 22 29 2018 18 25 19 26 20 27 21 28 22 29 23 30 24 SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY 1 3 2 3 4 5 6 Adult Education Begins Open Recreation SAT/SAT Subject Gr 7-12 & Alumni @ MHS 7 - 10 PM First Mid-Quarter Appraisals, Gr 6-12 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Ames Guidance Wksp BL PTA Gen Mtg PSAT/NMSQT “Successful Start to HS” 9:45 AM 7 PM Young People’s Cultural Arts Wksp @ Ames Unq PTA Exec/Gen Mtg 6:30 PM / 7:00PM Library Bd Mtg 7:45 PM Columbus Day BOE Public Session Schools Closed 8 PM Board Room1
14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Mass Phil Orch Concert PTA Council Exec Mtg EL PTA Gen Mtg 9 AM Homecoming Parade BMS 3 PM MHS 7:45 PM 12:30 PM Varsity FF PTA Gen Mtg Football vs Baldwin 9:45 AM 2 PM McK PTA Exec/Gen Mtg Young People’s Cultural 7 PM Arts Wksp @ Ames 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 RJL PTA Gen Mtg 7 PM Jr/Sr PTSA Gen Mtg ACT BMS 7:30 PM Young People’s Cultural Arts Wksp @ Ames BOE Public Session 8 PM Board Room1 28 29 30 31 MHS SADD Tri-M Induction Adult Ed Classes NOT “Safe Halloween” MHS 7 PM in Session 1-4 PM 1Please refer to page ii for more information about the Board of Education meetings.
NOVEMBER OCTOBER 2018 DECEMBER 2018 S M T W T F S S M T W T F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 1 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 14 21 28 15 22 29 16 23 30 17 24 31 18 25 19 26 20 27 2018 9 16 23 10 17 24 11 18 25 12 19 26 13 20 27 14 21 28 15 22 29 30 31 SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY 1 2 3 McK PTA Exec/Gen Mtg SAT/SAT Subject 9 AM MHS Drama Presentation, Aud 7 PM Young People’s Cultural Arts Wksp @ Ames 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 BMS Winter I Sports Adult Ed Classes NOT Varsity/JV Wrestling Young People’s Cultural Begin in Session Begins Arts Wksp @ Ames PTA Council Exec Mtg MHS 7:45 PM Superintendent’s Conference Day Election Day First Marking Period Schools Closed Ends, Gr 6-12
11 12 13 14 15 16 17 RJL PTA Exec Mtg 7PM Unq PTA Gen Mtg FF PTA Exec/Gen Mtg BMS Musical BMS Musical 9:45 AM 7 PM BL PTA Exec/Gen Mtg Young People’s Cultural 6:45 PM SEPTA Exec/Gen Mtg Arts Wksp @ Ames McK Sr. Ctr 7 PM EL PTA Exec Mtg 7 PM Library Bd Mtg 7:45 PM Winter Varsity/JV Sports Begin Veterans Day BOE Public Session LISFA Secondary LISFA Secondary Schools Closed 8 PM Board Room1 Rehearsals, Gr 9 - 12 Rehearsals, Gr 9 - 12 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 LISFA Secondary BMS Winter I MHS Winter Adult Ed Classes NOT Concert Parent/Athlete Mtg 7PM Parent/Athlete Mtg 7 PM in Session Adult Ed Classes NOT Rapid Dismissal Drills in Session Gr K-12 Thanksgiving Day Schools Closed 25 26 27 28 29 30 MHS Gr 11 College Jr/Sr PTSA Exec/Gen NYSSMA All-State NYSSMA All-State Admissions Wksp Mtg MHS 7:00 PM Conference Conference Part 1, 7 PM AIDS Awareness Week 1Please refer to page ii for more information about the Board of Education meetings.
DECEMBER NOVEMBER 2018 JANUARY 2019 S M T W T F S S M T W T F S 1 2 3 1 2 3 4 5 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 11 18 25 12 19 26 13 20 27 14 21 28 29 15 22 16 23 30 17 24 2018 13 20 27 14 21 28 15 22 29 16 23 30 17 24 31 18 25 19 26 SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY 2 1 SAT/SAT Subject Open Recreation Gr 9-12 & Alumni @ MHS 1-4 PM Young People’s Cultural Arts Wksp @ Ames NYSSMA All-State Conference 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Open Recreation BMS Gr 6 MHS Gr 11 College Elementary ACT Gr 7-12 & Alumni Parent/Teacher Admissions Wksp Parent/Teacher @ MHS 1-4 PM Conferences, 7-9PM Part 2, 7 PM Conferences, Gr K-5 Young People’s Cultural Report Cards distributed Arts Wksp @ Ames NYSSMA All-State BMS Gr 6 @ conference Conference Parent/Teacher Early Dismissal on Conferences, 7-9PM 12/5-12/7 Schedule to follow Afternoon & Evening Afternoon Conferences Afternoon Conferences Conferences BOE Public Session K-5 Report Cards on 8 PM Board Room1 Parent Portal
9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Mass Phil Orch Concert Library Bd Mtg BMS Concert #1, 7 PM BMS Concert #2, 7 PM BMS Concert #3, 7 PM Young People’s Cultural BMS 3 PM 7:45PM Arts Wksp @ Ames First Night of Second Mid-Quarter Hanukkah Appraisals, Gr. 6-12 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 BMS Concert #4, 7 PM MHS Holiday Concert MHS Holiday Alumni Aud 8 PM Concert Aud 8 PM 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 Holiday Recess Schools Closed Christmas Eve 30 31 Massapequa Holiday New Year’s Eve Christmas Day Wrestling Tournament 1Please refer to page ii for more information about the Board of Education meetings.
JANUARY DECEMBER 2018 FEBRUARY 2019 S M T W T F S S M T W T F S 1 1 2 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 9 16 23 10 17 24 11 18 25 12 19 26 13 20 27 14 21 28 15 22 29 2019 10 11 17 18 24 25 12 19 26 13 20 27 14 21 28 15 22 16 23 30 31 SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY 1 2 3 4 5 Incoming Gr 9 Parent Young People’s Cultural Orientation 7PM Ames Arts Wksp @ Ames Cafeteria New Year’s Day Holiday Recess BOE Public Session Schools Closed 8 PM Board Room1 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Current Gr 6 & 7 BL PTA Gen Mtg FF PTA Gen Mtg RJL Gr 5 Companion NMEA Division 1 NMEA Division 1 Electives Mtg 7pm BMS 6:45 PM 9:45 AM Night 7 PM Reharsal All County Reharsal All County Gr. 5 Gr. 5 PTA Council Exec Mtg Ames Winter Concert NMEA Division 1 MHS 7:45 PM @ MHS 8 PM Reharsal All County Young People’s Cultural Gr. 5 Arts Wksp @ Ames Incoming Gr 6 Parent Orientation BMS 7pm
13 14 15 16 17 18 19 NMEA Division 1 McK PTA Exec/Gen Mtg EL PTA Exec Mtg 7 PM Unq PTA Gen Mtg Young People’s Cultural Reharsal All County 7 PM 9:45 AM Arts Wksp @ Ames Gr. 5 McK Gr 5 Companion Library Bd Mtg 7:45PM Night 7 PM SEPTA Gen Mtg McK Sr. Ctr 7 PM NMEA All County Rehearsals & Concerts FF Gr 5 Companion Divisions 2-5, Gr 6-12 Night 7 PM (1/15 - 1/20) BOE Public Session 8 PM Board Room1 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 NMEA All County EL Gr 5 Companion Unq Gr 5 Companion RJL PTA Exec Mtg 7 PM Young People’s Cultural Rehearsals & Concerts Night 7 PM Night 7 PM Arts Wksp Inclement Divisions 2-5, Gr 6-12 Weather Make Up Day (1/15 - 1/20) BMS Winter II Sports Jr/Sr PTSA Gen Mtg @ Ames Begins MHS 7:30 PM Martin Luther Midterm & Regents King Jr. Day Testing Days Gr 9-12 Second Marking Period Schools Closed Ends, Gr 6-12 27 28 29 30 31 Summer Recreation CA, BL Gr 5 Companion BMS Winter II Leader & Volunteer Night 7 PM Parent/Athlete Mtg 7 PM Online Application Process Begins 1Please refer to page ii for more information about the Board of Education meetings.
FEBRUARY JANUARY 2019 MARCH 2019 S M T W T F S S M T W T F S 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 13 20 27 14 21 28 15 22 29 16 23 30 17 24 31 18 25 19 26 2019 10 17 24 11 18 25 12 19 26 13 20 27 14 21 28 15 22 29 16 23 30 31 SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY *Kindergarten Registration - Incoming Kindergartners for Sept. 2019. Announcement mailed home and information made available on district website. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 PTA Council Exec Mtg RJL PTA Gen Mtg 9 AM BL PTA Gen Mtg MHS 7:45 PM 9:45 AM BOE Public Session & Budget Presentation #1 8 PM Board Room1
10 11 12 13 14 15 16 MHS Band Concert FF PTA Gen Mtg 7 PM Unq PTA Gen Mtg 7 PM 8 PM EL PTA Gen Mtg 7 PM Library Bd Mtg 7:45PM 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 Winter Recess Schools Closed Presidents’ Day 24 25 26 27 28 Jr/Sr PTSA Gen Mtg MHS 7:30 PM Kingergarten Registration* EL, RJL, McK 1Please refer to page ii for more information about the Board of Education meetings.
MARCH FEBRUARY 2019 APRIL 2019 S M T W T F S S M T W T F S 1 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 10 17 24 11 18 25 12 19 26 13 20 27 14 21 28 15 22 16 23 2019 14 21 28 15 22 29 16 23 30 17 24 18 25 19 26 20 27 SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY *Kindergarten Registration - Incoming Kindergartners for Sept. 2019. Announcement mailed home and information made available on district website. 1 2 LIFSFA Intermediate Rehearsals & Concerts Gr 5-8 Kingergarten Registration* BL, FF, Unq Third Mid-Quarter Appraisals, Gr 6-12 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 LISFA Intermediate MHS Varsity/JV Spring Senior Citizen Preview MHS Musical MHS Musical Concert Sports Begin of MHS Musical MHS Aud, 12:30 PM SAT PTA Council Exec Mtg MHS 7:45 PM BOE Public Session & Budget Presentation #2 K-5 Report Cards on 8 PM Board Room1 Parent Portal
10 11 12 13 14 15 16 MHS Varsity/JV Spring EL PTA Exec Mtg 7 PM FF PTA Exec/Gen Mtg McK PTA Exec/Gen Mtg Parent/Athlete Mtg, 9:45 AM 9 AM 7 PM BL PTA Exec/Gen Mtg 6:45 PM Unq PTA Gen Mtg Library Bd Mtg 7:45PM 9:45 AM SEPTA Exec/Gen Mtg McK Sr. Ctr 7 PM 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 Mass Phil Orch Concert MHS Orchestra/Jazz MHS Chorus Summer Recreation CA, BMS 3 PM Concert 8 PM Concert 8 PM Leader & Volunteer Online Application Deadline BOE Public Session & Budget Presentation #3 8 PM Board Room1 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Faculty Recital RJL PTA Gen Mtg 7 PM World Language MHS 7 PM Festival MHS 7 PM Jr/Sr PTSA Exec/Gen Mtg BMS 7 PM 31 1Please refer to page ii for more information about the Board of Education meetings.
APRIL MARCH 2019 MAY 2019 S M T W T F S S M T W T F S 1 2 1 2 3 4 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 10 17 24 11 18 25 12 19 26 13 20 27 14 21 28 15 22 29 16 23 30 2019 12 19 26 13 20 27 14 21 28 15 22 29 16 23 30 17 24 31 18 25 31 SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY 1 2 3 4 5 6 BMS Spring Sports MHS Mandatory Prom RJL PTA Exec Mtg 7PM Science Discovery Fair Begin Meeting 7 PM PTA Council Exec Mtg MHS 7:45 PM Gr 3-8 NYS ELA Assessments (4/1-4/8) BOE Public Session & Budget Adoption Third Marking Period 8 PM Board Room1 Ends, Gr 6-12 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 10th Annual 1K/3K Library Bd Mtg 7:45PM MHS Mandatory Prom FF PTA Gen Mtg 7 PM BMS Spring BL PTA Gen Mtg ACT* Wellness Run & Fair Meeting 7PM Parent/Athlete Mtg 9:45 AM 9 AM Gr 3-8 NYS Unq PTA Exec/Gen Mtg ELA Assessments SEPTA Exec/Gen Mtg 6:30 PM / 7:00 PM (4/1-4/8) McK Sr. Ctr 7PM NYSSMA Solo Festival NYSSMA Solo Festival @ Plainedge HS @ Plainedge HS
14 15 16 17 18 19 20 McK PTA Exec/Gen Mtg EL PTA Gen Mtg 9AM Elementary Advanced 7PM Concerts: Elementary Advanced RJL @ McK 7PM Concerts: BL @ MHS 7PM EL @ BMS 7PM Unq @ BMS 7PM FF @ MHS 7PM McK @ McK 7PM BOCES Budget Vote Good Friday BOE Public Session First Night of Passover 8 PM Board Room1 Schools Closed 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 April Recess Schools Closed Emergency Make-Up Emergency Make-Up Easter Sunday Day #4 Day #3 Last Night of Passover 28 29 30 MHS is NOT a test center for the ACT on April 13. Tri-M Recital MHS 7pm Jr/Sr PTSA Gen Mtg MHS 7:30 PM Greek Orthodox Easter 1Please refer to page ii for more information about the Board of Education meetings.
MAY APRIL 2019 JUNE 2019 S M T W T F S S M T W T F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 1 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 14 21 28 15 22 29 16 23 30 17 24 18 25 19 26 20 27 2019 9 16 23 10 17 24 11 18 25 12 19 26 13 20 27 14 21 28 29 15 22 30 SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY 1 2 3 4 AP Studio in Drawing MHS NHS Induction NYSSMA Ensembles & SAT/SAT Subject Exhibit MHS Upper Gym 7PM All-State Auditions @ 7:30pm JFK HS Bellmore/Merrick Meet the Candidates MHS Aud 7:30PM Gr 3-8 NYS Math Assessments (4/30-5/7) 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Mass Phil Orch Concert BMS Spring Concert #1 BMS Spring Concert #2 BMS Spring Concert #3 All Elementary BL PTA Gen Mtg BMS 3 PM Rehearsal #1 @ BMS 9:45 AM PTA Council Exec Mtg 6:30 - 8:30 PM MHS 7:45 PM Gr 3-8 NYS Math Assessments (4/30-5/7) BOE Public Session & Budget Hearing Advanced Placement 8 PM Board Room1 Exams
12 13 14 15 16 17 18 McK PTA Exec/Gen Mtg All Elementary BMS Spring Concert #4 RJL PTA Gen Mtg 9AM 9 AM Rehearsal #2 @ BMS Unq PTA Gen Mtg 6:30 - 8:30 PM FF PTA Gen Mtg 9:45 AM 9:45AM EL PTA Gen Mtg 7 PM Elementary Beginner BMS NJHS Induction Concerts: Voter Registration Day 7 PM FF @ MHS 7 PM @ each Voting Location EL @ BMS 7 PM 4 - 8 PM Last Day for Voter McK @ McK 7 PM Registration Fourth Mid-Quarter Library Bd Mtg 7:45PM Advanced Placement Appraisals, Gr 6-12 Exams 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 All Elementary BL Beginner Concert Elementary Beginner Tenure & Retiree Concert @ BMS MHS 7 PM Concerts: Reception 7:30 PM RJL @ McK 7 PM Unq @ BMS 7 PM Budget Vote Gr 4 & 8 NYS Science 6 AM - 9 PM Performance Assessment (5/22-5/31) NAHS Induction Ceremony MHS 7pm Registration Begins for BOE Public Session Emergency Make-Up Summer Programs 8 PM Board Room1 Day #1 26 27 28 29 30 31 MHS Guidance Wksp Ames Spring Concert Jr/Sr PTSA Gen Mtg “Transition to College MHS 8 PM Ames 7:30 PM for Senior Parents” in conjunction with YES Science Research Community Counseling Symposium MHS 7PM Center, 7 PM Kindergarten Screening for incoming K Students 5/28-5/31 Gr 4 & 8 NYS Science Performance Memorial Day Assessment (5/22-5-31) Schools Closed 1Please refer to page ii for more information about the Board of Education meetings.
JUNE MAY 2019 JULY 2019 S M T W T F S S M T W T F S 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 5 6 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 12 19 26 13 20 27 14 21 28 15 22 29 16 23 30 17 24 31 18 25 2019 14 21 28 15 22 29 16 23 30 17 24 31 18 25 19 26 20 27 SUNDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY 1 SAT/SAT Subject 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 BMS Gr 6 & 7 Award MHS Concert #1 MHS Concert #2 BMS Gr 8 Award ACT Ceremony 7PM Ceremony 7PM BL PTA Gen Mtg SEPTA Awards Night Gr 4 & 8 NYS Science 6:45 PM McK Sr. Ctr 7PM Ames HS Art Exhibit Written Assessment 7PM BMS NJAHS Induction Ceremony 6PM BMS Art Exhibit 7PM Global History and Geography Regents BOE Public Session Testing - Grade 10 8 PM Board Room1
9 10 11 12 13 14 15 PTA Council Installation FF PTA Reorg Mtg 3rd Grade Intrumental MHS Senior Awards Ames 7PM 9:45 AM Parent Mtg @ McK 7PM 6 PM MHS Aud Library Bd Mtg 7:45PM McK PTA Gen Mtg 6PM BMS Whole New World Gr 5 Parent Meeting RJL PTA Gen Mtg 7PM 6PM Unq PTA Gen Mtg 7PM Senior Athletic Awards Banquet 7 PM Gr 9-12 Final Exams Begin 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 PTA Council Reorg Mtg Jr/Sr PTSA Gen Mtg FF Moving Up BL Moving Up McK Sr. Ctr 7:45 PM MHS 7:30 PM Ceremony Ceremony McK Moving Up RJL Moving Up Ceremony Ceremony BOE Public Session 8 PM Board Room1 Regents Testing Days 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 EL Moving Up Unq Moving Up Last Day of School Ceremony Ceremony Early Dismissal All Elementary Schools 30 K-5 Report Cards on Parent Portal Regents Testing Days Fourth Marking Period MHS Graduation Ends, Gr 6-12 1Please refer to page ii for more information about the Board of Education meetings.
JULY 2019 Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday 1 2 3 4 5 6 BOE Public Session 8 PM Board Room1 Independence Day 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Summer Rec Begins 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 1Please refer to page ii for more information about the Board of Education meetings.
AUGUST 2019 Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday 1 2 3 BOE Public Session 8 PM Board Room1 kk 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Last Day of Summer Rec, 1/2 Day 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Regents Testing Days 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 SAT/SAT Subject MHS is NOT a test center 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 1Please refer to page ii for more information about the Board of Education meetings.
CENTRAL ADMINISTRATION OFFICE District Administration Building The Board of Education, Administrative and Business Offices are open daily through- Massapequa High School out the year from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, except for legal and certain school holidays. 4925 Merrick Road, Massapequa, NY 11758 Hours may be slightly different during the summer. 516-308-5000 SCHOOL TELEPHONES Lucille F. Iconis, Superintendent of Schools Alan C. Adcock, Deputy Superintendent STUDENT REGISTRATION 308-5094 Dr. Thomas J. Fasano, Asst. Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Diana Haanraadts, Asst. to the Superintendent for Instructional Support & CENTRAL SWITCHBOARD 308-5000 General Administration The switchboard is open from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Hours may be slightly different dur- Robert Schilling, Asst. to the Superintendent for HR and General Administration ing the summer. Bryan R. Piotrowski, Executive Director Technology and General Administration Jordan McCaw, Executive Director for Pupil Personnel Services Lisa Silveri, Administrative Associate General Administration It is the policy of this District to provide equal educational and employment opportu- nities without regard to gender, race, color, national origin, age, religion or disability. The Massapequa Board of Education has appointed the Asst. Superintendent for BUSINESS OFFICE Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Thomas Fasano and Asst. to the Superintendent for HR and General Administration, Robert Schilling, Massapequa Public Schools, 4925 Christine Petrullo, Assistant Business Director/Purchasing Agent Merrick Road, Massapequa, New York, 11758, telephone 308-5000, and the admin- Timothy O’Donnell, Director of Facilities and Operations istrative staff as the district officials responsible for the coordination of activities relat- Keyana Wright, Supervisor of Transportation ing to compliance with Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972. The District Paul Heckelman, Director of School Lunch CSE Chairperson, Dr. Jennifer Mazzotta-Perretti, Massapequa Public Schools, 4925 Merrick Road, Massapequa, New York, 11758, telephone 308-5000 is the appointed K - 12 PROGRAM ADMINISTRATORS individual responsible for coordination of activities related to compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. John Piropato, Director of Health, Athletics and Physical Education Kelly Anne Gelfer, Director of Fine and Performing Arts Tina Farrell, Curriculum Associate for ELA & Library Media Services The Board of Education condemns all harassment of a sexual nature between staff, William Anderson, Curriculum Associate for World Languages students and staff, and students. The Board acknowledges that such conduct is illegal, ToniAnne Summers, Curriculum Associate for Math in that it violates an individual’s civil rights, and under certain circumstances may con- Lisa Caputo, Curriculum Associate for Science stitute criminal conduct or may be in violation of the laws against child abuse or mal- Dr. Brian Trapani, Curriculum Associate for Social Studies treatment. District policy and regulations regarding sexual harassment are available to TBA, Supervisor of Literacy K-12 the public in each school building and at the District Office. In accordance with 40 CFR 763.84.c, regard this statement as the district’s annual notification to all workers, students and or their legal guardians that the district con- tinues to maintain its Asbestos Management Plan (AMP) which documents all per- formed or planned asbestos related inspections, response actions, and post- response action acitvities, including periodic reinspection and surveillance activities within the school district. A copy of this AMP is available for your review and or inspection at the district’s facilities office and within the main office of each school building. 1
DIRECTORY OF SCHOOLS BIRCH LANE SCHOOL ALFRED G. BERNER MIDDLE SCHOOL 41 Birch Lane, Massapequa Park Stephen Aspetti, Principal 50 Carman Mill Road, Massapequa Jason Esposito, Principal Grades K-5 Telephone: 308-5100 Grades 6-8 Telephone............308-5700 School Hours: 9:15 am - 3:30 pm Attendance Office.........308-5720 Guidance.....................308-5730 Social Worker...............308-5750 EAST LAKE SCHOOL School Hours: 8:02 am - 2:55 pm 154 East Lake Ave., Massapequa Park Thomas McKillop III, Principal Grades K-5 Telephone: 308-5200 School Hours: 8:30 am - 2:45 pm MASSAPEQUA HIGH SCHOOL - AMES CAMPUS 198 Baltimore Ave., Massapequa Tania Willman, Principal Grade 9 Telephone............308-5800 FAIRFIELD SCHOOL Attendance Office.......308-5820 330 Massapequa Ave., Massapequa Lori Dano, Principal Guidance...................308-5830 Grades K-5 Telephone: 308-5300 Social Worker.............308-5850 School Hours: 9:15 am - 3:30 pm School Hours: 7:25 am - 2:18 pm RAYMOND J. LOCKHART SCHOOL MASSAPEQUA HIGH SCHOOL - MAIN CAMPUS 199 Pittsburgh Ave., Massapequa Stephen Scarallo, Principal 4925 Merrick Road, Massapequa Brian Conboy, Interim Principal Grades K-5 Telephone: 308-5400 Grades 10-12 Telephone............308-5900 School Hours: 8:40 am - 2:55 pm Attendance Office.......308-5920 Guidance...................308-5930 Social Worker.............308-5950 JOHN P. McKENNA SCHOOL School Hours: 7:30 am - 2:25 pm 210 Spruce St., Massapequa Park Dr. Amanda Lowry, Principal Grades K-5 Telephone: 308-5500 School Hours: 8:25 am - 2:40 pm UNQUA SCHOOL 350 Unqua Road, Massapequa Deanna Catapano, Principal Grades K-5 Telephone: 308-5600 School Hours: 9:15 am - 3:30 pm Specific information about the dismissal of walkers and changes in bus schedules will be provided by building principals. 2
PARENT-TEACHER PARENT-TEACHER ASSOCIATIONS ASSOCIATIONS Web Web Page: Page: www.massapequapta.org www.massapequapta.com PTA COORDINATING COUNCIL OFFICERS JOHN P. McKENNA SCHOOL PTA President Ann Hedgis 458-8956 President Kerry Wachter 797-4641 First Vice President Allison Prystupa 680-5316 First Vice President Lori Verdone 804-8312 Second Vice President Cher Lepre 319-5931 Second Vice President Michelle Eslinger 809-5653 Treasurer Theresa Capone 795-0044 Treasurer Regina Rodriguez 457-9386 Recording Secretary Marion Murphy 643-3993 Recording Secretary Dina Guido 804-8498 Corresponding Secy Lori Verdone 804-8312 Corresponding Secretary Carina Hale 732-0669 BIRCH LANE SCHOOL PTA UNQUA SCHOOL PTA President Kristine Magnifico 428-9286 President Cindi St. George 382-2522 First Vice President Crissy Mullooly 220-6104 Vice President Christina Dell’Anno 965-7121 Second Vice President Linda Venuto 646-294-1089 Treasurer Denise Pacchiano 212-203-3788 Treasurer Amy MacLeod 647-7728 Recording Secretary Kate Martin 917-941-3201 Recording Secretary Tara Fay 510-7334 Corresponding Secretary Kaitlyn Beleckas 406-1519 JUNIOR/SENIOR PTSA EAST LAKE SCHOOL PTA President Michelle Silverman 631-983-9418 VP Membership Debbie Fick 840-0458 Co-Presidents Jennifer Azzariti 917-907-2595 VP MHS Main Campus Diane Portogallo 359-9438 Judy Snyder 557-3690 VP MHS Ames Campus Michelle Santabarbara 652-1363 First Vice President Jamie Farrell 308-3345 VP Berner MS Allison Prystupa 680-5316 Second Vice President Janine Hunter 718-578-8300 Treasurer Theresa Capone 924-6830 Treasurer Michele Wienczorkowski 541-3013 Recording Secretary Gina Cutter 343-7586 Recording Secretary Hope Wygand 765-3018 Corresponding Secretary Leah Rezza 809-6326 SEPTA (Special Education) FAIRFIELD SCHOOL PTA Co-Presidents Susan Altamura 880-4145 Co-Presidents Kelly Rowland 996-5411 Angela Grisanzio 359-5100 Donna McGoey Scheuer 680-2366 First VP Fundraising Chris Masciovecchio 318-6714 First Vice President Sheila Grauling 804-2192 Second VP Programming Anne Hedgis 458-8956 Second Vice President Tatum Salembier 809-6907 Third VP Membership Dan Batik 209-1734 Treasurer Kathleen Romano 695-1688 Treasurer Jennifer Brown 380-3125 Recording Secretary Alisha Grimm 506-8854 Recording Secretary Stacey LoBello 375-4284 Corresponding Secretary Ilisa Polansky 528-8461 Corresponding Secretary Amanda Varelakis 605-4455 RAYMOND J. LOCKHART SCHOOL PTA Co-Presidents Colleen Clagnaz 996-9990 Maggie Maran 917-968-0284 First Vice President Debbie Gadbois 660-1917 Second Vice President Kristy Munro 917-965-1593 Third Vice President Susan Giarratano 575-6457 Treasurer Lisa Cali 319-7584 Recording Secretary Peggy Lang 582-4872 Corresponding Secretary Theresa Colosono 224-5640 3
SCHOOL INFORMATION EMERGENCY CLOSING OF SCHOOLS PARENT CONFERENCES AND VISITS Occasionally, hazardous weather conditions or other issues may necessitate the alter- It is essential that those who most directly influence the student's academic and social ing of arrival and dismissal times, or the closing of schools for the day. In these life and development - parents and teachers - develop a harmonious partnership on circumstances, families will be notified via our automated telephone Parent Notification behalf of the youngster. To help establish and nurture this partnership, the system. Additionally, all information will be posted on the district’s website Massapequa School District strongly supports the practice of individual parent-teacher www.msd.k12.ny.us and sent to subscribers of the district’s e-mail center. The conferences. In addition, parents are encouraged to request a conference with the following radio and TV stations will also be notified of any closing event: child’s teacher, instructional team and/or guidance counselor to discuss any concerns. WALK (97.5 FM), WBAB (102.3 FM), WBLI (106.1 FM), and LI News Channel 12. Each fall, parent-teacher conferences are held in the elementary schools. Detailed information regarding these conferences will be provided from the home school. Parents of students in the 7th and 8th grades and high schools may arrange for con- EMERGENCY CLOSING MAKE-UP DAYS SCHEDULE ferences before and after school. While parents are welcomed and encouraged to visit If school is closed for emergency reasons, then make-up days will be scheduled in their child’s school, arrangements must be made in advance through the principal's the following order: office. SCHOOL PLAYGROUNDS 1 Make-Up Day - School will be open on May 24 Residents are welcome to use school playgrounds and fields when not in use by the 2 Make-Up Days - School will not be rescheduled District or community groups that have arranged for their use, or closed by the District. 3 Make-Up Days - School will be open on April 26 Please help us keep our fields in top condition by using trash receptacles and adhering 4 Make-Up Days - School will be open on April 25 to information posted at each field. Contact the Athletics & Recreation Office at 308- 5080 for information on reserving fields for Massapequa community groups. The Board of Education reserves the right to revise the calendar if emergency school closings during the year require additional teaching days. PUBLIC INFORMATION In an ongoing effort to inform residents of programs, policies, and special events, the DELAYED SCHOOL OPENING District issues news releases to local newspapers and publishes the official newsletter Sometimes weather conditions are such that a delayed opening is preferable to clos- ‘Insight’ several times during the school year. Insight is produced in electronic format ing schools for the whole day. On these days, schools will open on a one or two hour and made available on the district’s website. With the exception of the Budget edition delay. Students will be picked up at their regular bus stops one or two hours later than of Insight, print copies are not produced or mailed. The District website, the normal schedule. All out of district school openings will be delayed by one or two www.msd.k12.ny.us, is in operation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Residents are hours, including private, parochial and occupational education programs. encouraged to sign up for the District’s E-News service, whereby subscribers receive brief e-mail subscriptions, announcements, and reminders. Visit the website and click on “E-mail Center” for more information. Parents are also provided telephone notifica- The following programs will be cancelled entirely when a delayed opening is announced. Students should NOT report to these programs: tion for emergencies and other important school news via our Parent Notification System. YMCA Child Care (before school) All scheduled field trips PESTICIDE NOTIFICATION All before school programs New York State Education Law Section 409-H, effective July 1, 2001, requires all pub- lic and nonpublic elementary and secondary schools to provide written notification to all Dismissal from school will be at the regular time. Parents are reminded to check the persons in parental relation, faculty, and staff regarding the potential use of pesticides District website www.msd.k12.ny.us for additional information about delayed openings. periodically throughout the school year. In accordance with this law, the Massapequa School District is required to maintain a list of persons in parental relation, faculty, and staff who wish to receive 48 hour prior written notification of certain pesticide applica- MESSAGES FOR CHILDREN AND TEACHERS tions. Children may not be called to the telephone nor messages taken for them except in cases of emergency. Teachers may not be called to the telephone, however messages If you wish to register to receive 48 hour prior notification of any pesticide application may be left with the General Office. that is scheduled for your school, please phone (308-5040) or write to Facilities Department, Massapequa UFSD, 4925 Merrick Road, Massapequa, NY 11758. 4
DISTRICT POLICIES THE DIGNITY ACT Dignity Act Coordinators are expected to: The Dignity Act was signed into law on September 13, 2010 and took effect on July 1, 1. Promote a safe, orderly and stimulating school environment supporting active teach- 2012. This legislation amended State Education Law by creating a new Article 2 - ing and learning for all students regardless of actual or perceived race, color, weight, Dignity for All Students. The Dignity Act also amended Section 801-a of New York national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, State Education Law regarding instruction in civility, citizenship, and character educa- gender or sex. tion by expanding the concepts of tolerance, respect for others and dignity to include: 2. Identify curricular resources that support infusing civility in classroom instruction and an awareness and sensitivity in the relations of people, including but not limited to, dif- classroom management; and provide guidance to staff as to how to access and imple- ferent races, weights, national origins, ethnic groups, religions, religious practices, ment those resources. mental or physical abilities, sexual orientations, gender identity, and sexes. The 3. Be responsible to monitoring and reporting on the effectiveness of the District’s bul- Dignity Act further amended Section 2801 of the Education Law by requiring Boards of lying prevention efforts. Education to include language addressing the Dignity Act in their codes of conduct, 4. Address issues of harassment or any situation that threatens the emotional or phys- which the Massapequa School District has done. The complete Code of Conduct is ical health or safety of any student, school employee, or any person who is unlawfully available on the District website www.msd.k12.ny.us/codeofconduct and at each on school property or at a school function. school upon request. 5. The Dignity Act Coordinators for each school are identified as the following: No student shall be subjected to harassment by employees or students on school a. Birch Lane, Building Principal Stephen Aspetti, 308-5100 property or at a school function; nor shall any student be subjected to discrimination b. East Lake, Building Principal T. McKillop III, 308-5200 based on a person’s actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic c. Fairfield, Building Principal L. Dano, 308-5300 group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender (including gen- d. Lockhart, Building Principal S. Scarallo, 308-5400 der identity or expression), or sex by school employees or students on school proper- e. McKenna, Building Principal A. Lowry, Ed.D., 308-5500 ty or at a school function. f. Unqua, Building Principal D. Catapano, 308-5600 *Please refer to the Dignity Act section on the district website for further information g. Berner MS, Building Principal J. Esposito, 308-5700 and resources. h. h. MHS Ames MHS Ames Campus, Campus, Building Building Principal Principal Tania Tania Willman, Willman, 308-5800 308-5800 i. MHS Main Campus, Building InterimInterim Principal Principal Brian Brian Conboy, Conboy, 308-5900 308-5900 CODE OF CONDUCT The Board of Education is committed to providing a safe and orderly school environment in which students are able to receive and District personnel are able to deliver qual- ity educational services without disruption or interference. Responsible behavior by students, school and District personnel, parents, and other visitors is essential to achiev- ing this goal. The District has a long-standing set of expectations based on the principles of civility, mutual respect, citizenship, character, tolerance, honesty, and integrity for conduct on school property and at school functions. The information presented here represents a brief overview of the Massapequa School District Code of Conduct. It is not intended to serve as a substitute for the complete Code of Conduct, which is available on the District website www.msd.k12.ny.us/codeofconduct and at each school building upon request. Parents and students are urged to read the complete Code of Conduct and to bring all questions to the attention of our professional staff. All students will be held responsible for the rules, policies, and procedures as described in the complete version of the Code of Conduct. The Board of Education expects all students to conduct themselves in an appropriate and respectful manner with regard to the rights and welfare of other students, District personnel, and other members of the school community, and in the use of school facilities and equipment. Students may be subject to disciplinary action when they engage in conduct that is disorderly, insubordinate, disruptive, or violent, conduct that endangers the safety, morals, health, or welfare of others, misconduct on a school bus or at a school bus stop, bullying or any form of academic miscon- duct. Specific details about prohibited student conduct and possible disciplinary actions may be found in the Code of Conduct which has been revised and updated to include all aspects of the Dignity Act. 5
ATTENDANCE policy, such unexcused absences will result in the loss of points from the student's class The Board of Education recognizes that regular school attendance is an important com- participation grade and the student will not be provided the opportunity to make up work ponent of academic success. Accordingly, the Board has adopted a comprehensive missed for academic credit. attendance policy, which is available upon request at each school building, the District Office, and on the District website. Below is a brief summary of this policy, which Appeals emphasizes specific aspects of the role parents play in student attendance. For more An appeal regarding the determination of an absence as excused or unexcused may information, please review the policy in its entirety or contact your home school. be made in writing by the parent/guardian to the building principal or his/her designee within thirty (30) days of the absence in question. Excused absences/tardiness/early departures include the following: • personal illness Any student who misses a class for any reason is expected upon his/her return to con- • illness or death in the family sult with his/her teachers regarding missed work. While unexcused absences will not • impassable roads or weather afford a student the opportunity to make up missed work for grading purposes, students • religious observance must be mindful that missed work will have a direct effect on their overall success in the • quarantine class and their understanding of the curriculum. • required court appearances • scheduled medical treatments/appointments STUDENT DRESS CODE • college visits pre-approved by the principal or his/her designee All students All students are are expected expected to to give give proper proper attention attention to to personal personal cleanliness cleanliness andand to to dress dress • cooperative work programs pre-approved by the principal or his/her designee appropriately for school and school functions. Students and their parents have the pri- appropriately for school and school functions. Students and their parents have the pri- • military obligations mary responsibility for acceptable student dress and appearance. Teachers and all mary responsibility for acceptable student dress and appearance. Teachers and all • such other reasons as may be approved by the principal or his/her designee other district personnel should exemplify and reinforce acceptable student dress and other district personnel help students develop anshould exemplify of understanding and reinforce appearance appropriate acceptable student dress set- in the school and help ting. students develop an understanding of appropriate appearance in the school setting. All other absences/tardiness/early departures (e.g., class cuts, unverified absences A student’s dress, grooming and appearance, including hair style/color, jewelry, make- and tardiness, unapproved early leaves) are considered unexcused. up, and nails, shall: 1. Be safe, appropriate and not disrupt or interfere with the educational All absences/tardiness/early departures must be accounted for. It is the process. parent/guardian's responsibility to communicate with the school, either verbally or in 2. Recognize that extremely brief garments, plunging necklines (front and/or writing, to verify a student absence. back) and see-through garments are not appropriate. 3. Ensure that underwear and midriffs are completely covered with outer Students are expected to attend all scheduled classes. Consistent with the importance clothing. of classroom participation, any absence from class that is not made up may result in 4. Include footwear at all times. Footwear that is a safety hazard including the loss of points from the student's class participation grade for the marking period. footwear with wheels, will not be allowed. 5. Not include the wearing of hats in the classroom except for medical or Only those students with excused absences will be given the opportunity to make up a religious purposes for students grades K-8. test and/or turn in a late assignment for inclusion in the calculation of the academic per- 6. Not include items that are vulgar, obscene, suggestive, libelous, or formance portion of their grade. Make-up opportunities must be completed by a date denigrate others on account of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability. specified by the student's teacher for the class in question. 7. Not promote and/or endorse the use of alcohol, tobacco or illegal drugs and/or encourage other illegal or violent activities. This includes, but is not Family-Oriented Unexcused Absences limited to, clothing, jewelry, hats, emblems, and badges that, by virtue of color, arrangement, trademark, or attribute, are associated with or denotes The District stresses academic rigor and expects full-day attendance by all students. membership in or affiliation with any group or organization that promotes The school calendar provides ample opportunity for family vacations and/or family-ori- illegal behavior or behavior that is a violation of the District’s Code of Conduct. ented activities, both during the summer and at specific dates during the school year. Absences due to family-oriented activities undermine the ethos of academic commit- Students who violate the student dress code shall be required to modify their ment and will disadvantage the student, as work will be interrupted. appearance by covering or removing the offending item, and if necessary or practical, replacing it with an acceptable item. Any student who refuses to do so shall be subject Therefore, absences/tardiness/early departures due to vacations and/or other activities to discipline, up to and including in-school suspension for the day. Any student who arranged by the parent/guardian that do not meet the criteria for excused as specified repeatedly fails to comply with the dress code shall be subject to further discipline, up to and including out of school suspension. in Board policy 5100 are considered unexcused. Consistent with Board of Education 6
RELEASE OF DIRECTORY INFORMATION student may participate without the approval of the school medical officer. Every stu- In accordance with the Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, unless dent in the Massapequa Schools receives a visual acuity test and an auditory sweep objection to any of the specific items in the following "directory information" is submit- test in grades K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11. Any newly enrolled student requires a physical ted in writing by parents, legal guardians, or those students over the age of 18 years, and vision and hearing screening. Scoliosis screening of the spine is done for girls in the Massapequa School District herewith gives notice of intention to provide, release or grades 5 and 7, and for boys in grade 9. In cases where a school health examination publish in the District Newsletter ‘Insight’, on the District’s website and in other District reveals a potential problem, parents are notified of the need for further study by the publications; social media; school or student newspapers; athletic programs; musical, family physician or dentist and forms are sent to parents to be filled out by the doctor theatrical or award programs; news releases and school-related organizations; any or so that the necessary adjustments may be made in the school program. Please refer all of the following directory information pertaining to students as may be appropriate to our website under Health Services & Wellness for additional information. under the circumstances: student's name, parent's name, address, telephone listing, photograph, digital image, video broadcast, sports, weight and height of members of Medication in School athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received and the most recent, previous educational agency or institution attended by the student. Under the regula- Before any medication may be administered to or by any student during school hours, tions of this act, parents, guardians, or students over the age of 18 who do not desire the Board requires a written request by the parent and a written order by the prescrib- the release of any of the above directory information must make a specific request in ing physician. Specific forms are available through the nurse's office at each school writing to the building principal. Failure to make such request shall be deemed consent regarding the administration of medication in school, as well as student self-direction to release, provide or publish directory information during the current school year. and administration of medication. Immunization STUDENT RECORDS The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law designed to Each student must present a record of immunization upon registration signed by a doc- protect the privacy of student records. The law and corresponding Board of Education tor or certified by a clinic. Students will not be permitted to attend classes without prop- Policy affords parents and students over 18 years of age (referred to in the law as "eli- er immunization as determined by New York State Public Health Law, Education Law, gible students") the following rights: and New York Codes, Rules and Regulations. • The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 30 days of the day the district receives a request for access. Concussions/Head Injuries • The right to request the amendment of the student's education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate or misleading. As per the New York State Education Department, any student who exhibits signs, • The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information symptoms or behaviors consistent with a concussion (such as loss of consciousness, contained in the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA headaches, dizziness, confusion or balance problems) shall not return to Physical authorizes disclosure without consent. Education or Athletics until cleared by the school medical officer (School District • The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning Physician). alleged failures by the district to comply with the requirements of FERPA. Questions or inquiries regarding student records should be addressed with the admin- HOMEWORK istrative team at your child's school. In an effort to provide an instructional program that meets the varying needs of all stu- dents, it is the policy of the Massapequa Public Schools to assign homework beyond the regular school day. Properly designed homework, carefully planned and geared to HEALTH SERVICES the development of the individual student, plays an important role in helping students Physicals/Screenings to work independently, practice the skills that have been taught, expose students to content before it is formally taught, and complete projects and research that extend the Physical examinations are required by New York State Education Law for all students classroom learning experience. Parents can be invaluable partners in the process by in kindergarten, first, third, fifth, seventh, ninth and eleventh grades, and when neces- assisting in locating appropriate materials, sharing knowledge and monitoring school- sary for special education evaluations. The examination may be conducted by either work progress. Parents should also provide an atmosphere conducive to work at the family physician or the school physician. A sports physical is required before a stu- home, setting aside a specific place for homework that is well lit and ventilated and free dent may participate in any interscholastic sport or sports practice. The official school from distractions and noise. While self-direction is one of the major goals of homework, form must be used. Physical examinations for fall sports are offered to athletes in it is important for parents to be available to provide guidance and oversight. school during the month of May and prior to each sports season. The physical is per- formed by the school physician unless the parent requests a private examination. No 7
ABSENCE NOTIFICATION RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCES The District’s automated telephone notification system will contact parents when their The Massapequa School District strives to maintain an inclusive environment for stu- child is noted as having an unverified absence. Attendance is recorded once daily in dents that is sensitive to, and respectful of, all religious obligations and observances. elementary and each class period in secondary. When a call is received, parents Cultivating such an environment requires balance between the accommodation of reli- should follow the directions given in order to verify their child’s absence. gious observances and maintaining a rigorous instructional program. EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT In this regard, please note that it is the expectation of the District that regular instruc- The Massapequa School District has developed an Emergency Management Plan in tion and assessment shall occur on all days school is in session. On those days where compliance with New York State Education Department Commissioner's Regulations. a student may experience conflict between school attendance/school work and reli- The plan is designed to help staff and emergency response officials manage emer- gious observance/obligation, the classroom teacher(s) should be notified by the stu- gency situations involving the District. Building-level emergency response plans have dent/parent in writing in advance so that appropriate accommodations can be made. been developed for each school through the collaborative efforts of staff, parents, police Accommodations may include, but are not limited to: excused absence, revised due- and fire department officials with student and staff safety as the primary concern. dates for assignments, ability to make up missed work, ability to make up missed Parents can obtain information about emergency situations within the District from the assessments, etc. Every effort will be made to demonstrate sensitivity toward the reli- District website www.msd.k12.ny.us and PTA representatives. gious obligations and observances of our students and their families. Athletic Practice During Religious Observances ESSA NOTIFICATION The Massapequa Schools take great pride in the quality of our staff and work closely Athletic practices may be held during religious observances. The decision to hold with our licensed faculty to ensure they all meet certification requirements and contin- athletic practices on religious observances will be reviewed on a year-by-year basis, ue to grow in their field. Although the district remains diligent in this area, parents may considering the following factors: also, as per the Every Student Succeeds Act, request information concerning the pro- 1. Proximity of the religious observance to the next scheduled game. fessional qualifications of their child's classroom teachers. 2. The aggressiveness of the sport. 3. The health and safety risks to the student players in not having the Parental requests to view professional certification status and degrees held by their practice before the scheduled game. child's classroom teachers will be fulfilled in accordance with the Freedom of 4. Practices may be conducted on an optional basis as part of the Information Law, and may be directed to: Public Information Officer, Massapequa preparation process. Public Schools, 4925 Merrick Road, Massapequa, NY 11758 Athletes will be informed that the practice is optional, with no implication of penalty SEX OFFENDER INFORMATION for missing the practice. When teams practice on the eve or day of a religious obser- As a result of Megan's Law legislation, the district will occasionally receive information vance, coaches and team members are expected to respect the religious commit- from the Nassau County Police Department about registered sex offenders who reside ments and personal obligations of student athletes. within school district boundaries. This information is maintained in a manual of all sex offender notifications received, which is available to community residents at the district central offices during regular business hours. The district also provides easy access to the Parents for Megan's Law (PFML) e-mail notification system through our website. Subscribers to this system are automatically notified via e-mail of new registrants to the NY State Sex Offender's Registry and direct- ed to the PFML website where they can access the on-line Registry for New York, as well as other states. Residents without home Internet access may utilize this system by means of the Massapequa Public Libraries. Please visit www.msd.k12.ny.us/sexoffender for more information about sex offender notifications and the PFML e-mail notification system. 8
STUDENT SERVICES AND PROGRAMS STUDENT ACTIVITIES daily. Food preparation and management are under the direct supervision of a profes- A wide range of planned activities taking place outside of regular school hours is avail- sional staff. There are also a number of ‘a la carte’ foods available at an additional cost. able to students according to individual interests and abilities, including sports, Menus and other pertinent information are available at www.msd.k12.ny.us. A comput- debates, plays, clubs, musical events, social events, and a student government. erized debit card system that can be used for lunch meals and ‘a la carte’ items has Notices and announcements in each school provide information about the many spe- been implemented throughout the District. The price of lunch is $2.75 in the elemen- cific activities available. Participation in two clubs, interscholastic athletic teams or com- tary schools and $3.00 in the secondary schools (Yearly Lunch Card no longer avail- munity-based service activities is one of the criteria for eligibility for induction into the able). An online prepayment system, https://www.myschoolbucks.com , is available for National Junior Honor Society at Berner and the National Honor Society at MHS. convenience. Cash/checks (made payable to “Massapequa School Lunch”) are accept- Students are encouraged to participate in the many activities offered in each school. ed, however, prepayment is preferred. Account balances carry over year to year as long as student remains in the district. Free or reduced price lunches are available for children in families that qualify for assistance. Applications for this program will be dis- It is also important that students who participate in activities maintain an acceptable tributed to all students the first day of school. For further information, please contact level of academic performance and behavior. The Board of Education has adopted the School Lunch Office at 308-5745. policy establishing academic, attendance, and disciplinary standards for participation in extracurricula activities which applies to all students in grades 9-12. Further informa- tion is available in each school. EXTRA HELP AND TUTORIAL PROGRAMS Elementary After School Tutorial (EAST) is a supplementary program for elementary pupils who need short term extra help in core academic areas. Sessions are sched- HOMEBOUND INSTRUCTION uled either before or after the school day. Pupils are admitted to EAST with the Homebound instruction is available to resident public and private school children in approval of the building principal through recommendation of one of the advisory teams grades one through twelve who are likely to be absent for an extended period of time set up in each building (Instructional Support Team, Educational Planning Committee, due to illness. In order to apply for homebound instruction, parents must obtain the etc.) In the secondary schools, various extra-help programs are provided. Information appropriate forms, available in their child's school, and have them completed by a is available through the guidance department. physician. This service is not available to children absent from school because of com- municable diseases. At the elementary level, parents should contact the building prin- cipal or assistant principal for information regarding homebound instruction. At the sec- SPECIAL EDUCATION/STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES ondary level, parents should speak to their child's guidance counselor. The school district is required to inform all parents of children entering our schools of their child’s rights with respect to special education under the law governing special education known as The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). In accor- KINDERGARTEN dance with federal and state regulations, the District provides appropriate special edu- Massapequa is pleased to offer a full-day Kindergarten program. To be eligible to enter cation services to students with disabilities. Any parent who suspects that his/her child kindergarten, a child must be five years old on or before December 1st of that school may have a disability may refer the child for an evaluation by the Committee on Special year. No exceptions will be made to this policy. Registration is held in late winter Education (CSE) for eligibility for special education services. This written referral can for the upcoming school year. Parents with children of kindergarten age who move into be made to the school’s principal or to the Executive Director for Pupil Personnel the community should contact the District immediately for information about registra- Services, Massapequa Public Schools, 4925 Merrick Road, Massapequa, NY 11758. tion. Copies of the District's information booklet, distributed to all parents of new kinder- More detailed information on this process is available in A Parent’s Guide to Special gartners, are available in the home school’s administration offices. Education, which is published on the New York Education Department’s website and can be found at the following links: STUDENT EMPLOYMENT English Handbook: Working papers are required for anyone under 18 to be employed. Application forms http://www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/publications/policy/parentsguide.pdf are available in the General Office of each school and must be completed by the stu- SpanishHandbook: dent's parent and by the school doctor after a physical examination. The school issues http://www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/publications/policy/SpanishParentGuide.pdf. the working papers when the application is completed. Before referring a student who is not currently enrolled in the Massapequa Public SCHOOL LUNCH SERVICE Schools, the parent/guardian should contact the Central Registrar’s Office at 516- 308-5094 to arrange an appointment to register the child. Forms and other details are The cafeteria in each of the Massapequa's nine schools serves a nutritionally balanced available on the district website at www.msd.k12.ny.us. lunch that meets all federal guidelines, offering a choice of hot meal or cold sandwich 9
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