An Evening of Excellence in East Meadow

Community members, staff and students were recognized during the District Board of Education communication meeting on Nov. 17. Among them, the Board honored Gerald Caldera for his service in World War II, Woodland Middle School for receiving the “Inviting School” award from the International Alliance for Invitational Education (IAIE), and sixth- through eighth-graders from both Woodland and W.T. Clarke middle schools for being named “Terrific Kids.”  
During this celebratory meeting, the violin, flute and brass ensembles from Woodland Middle School performed for members of the Board of Education, administration, faculty and community.
The evening proceeded with the honoring of East Meadow resident Caldera, who served during WWII in the European Theater of Operations as part of the third army under General George Patton, receiving the Distinguished Service Award, a recognition bestowed by the district’s Board of Education to honor veterans in the community for their loyalty and devoted service to our country. In addition Caldera served the East Meadow Schools as an educator for 26 years.  
The Board also acknowledged Woodland Middle School for receiving the “Inviting School” distinction by the IAIE for its extraordinary teachers, administrators and faculty who create a sense of family and respect within the school community. According to its website, the IAIE recognizes schools, districts and universities that have demonstrated exceptional implementation of invitational education philosophies.  
“This is one of the most prestigious, one-of-a-kind awards that can be given to a school,” said Superintendent of Schools Leon J. Campo. “The work that the [Woodland] staff have done over the years to evolve the welcome wagon for children to grow, learn and want to be in school every day is truly remarkable of the Woodland family.”
During the meeting, members of the Woodland staff gave a presentation about how the school continues to create an environment that encourages both staff and students to realize their valued potential.
Closing the evening, the Board and middle school Principals James Lethbridge and Stacy Breslin presented certificates of recognition to the September, October and November middle school “Terrific Kids.” The Terrific Kids program is sponsored by the East Meadow Kiwanis to recognize sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students who continuously improve as individuals, students and leaders of the community.