In remembrance of Sept. 11, 2001, students in grades 9-12 at East Meadow High School discussed the historical impact of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center during their social studies classes.
Teachers unfolded the tragic events of that day as they spoke about the innocent victims, police officers, firefighters and first responders who lost their lives, and the nation’s pledge to never forget their sacrifices.
Following the lessons, the classes had an opportunity to contribute to the Twin Towers Lego display, constructed by members of the school’s Model Congress and Social Studies Honor Society. Each student added to the structure with a red, white or blue color Lego, symbolizing the FDNY firefighters, civilians and NYPD officers who were involved.
The students also paid a visit to a 9/11 memorial outside the Mathematics corridor, that was created seven years ago through a partnership between Model Congress, the Social Studies Honor Society and the social studies department. The memorial features two juniper trees representing the Twin Towers and a piece of debris from the attacks, encircled by American flags.
Despite a light rain, students throughout the district donned bright smiles and backpacks full of school supplies as they began the 2017-18 school year on Sept. 6.
Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Kenneth A. Card, Jr., administrators and faculty were on hand to greet students as they disembarked from their buses and walked to class.
At all nine schools, hallways were alive and bustling as students reunited with friends and were warmly greeted by their teachers for another exciting new school year.
The district wishes all families, students and staff a successful school year and looks forward to a wonderful year ahead!
The district held its annual Superintendent’s Conference Day on Sept. 1 and 5, during which administrators, teachers and staff participated in workshops led by academic professionals and district faculty to enhance their instructional practices for another successful school year.
In his welcoming remarks, Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Kenneth A. Card, Jr., expressed his enthusiasm for the school year and encouraged the attendees to continue giving their best to their students.
“The opening of school is always the greatest time, as it is filled with promise, possibility and new opportunities to learn, grow and inspire,” Dr. Card said. “This year, our focus will be to provide, as you have done so well in the past, quality instruction, effective communication with parents, a safe environment for both staff and students, and a continued focus on literacy and technology integration. You have my gratitude and full support as we strive to guide every one of our students on a pathway of success.”
The conference was rounded out with teachers convening in their respective buildings to discuss and learn effective strategies for helping every student reach his or her highest potential.
Although the 2017-18 academic year is not yet here, the district continues to provide students with a variety of opportunities to explore their interests through its summer recreation program.
Held at McVey Elementary School from July 5-28, the CAPE program (Creative Arts Program of East Meadow) enrolls children ages 4-12 in one-hour classes from Tuesday through Thursday. Students create their schedules by selecting three classes that interest them. Children can play games, create art, bake, build robots and improve their critical thinking skills in courses including American Girl Party, DIY (Do It Yourself) Crafts, Flag Football, Minecraft, Robotics, Cupcake Wars, Gymnastics, Tennis Time and, new this year, Ultimate Golf.
The program concluded on July 28 with a student performance showcase for families and friends made up of dances, skits and songs that demonstrate the children’s hard work over the summer.