East Meadow Board Honors High School, Students At February Meeting

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Recognitions and accolades abounded in the district on Feb. 15 as the Board of Education acknowledged W.T. Clarke High School for being named a Reward School by the New York State Education Department (NYSED), and students from both district middle schools as Terrific Kids. 

Board of Education President Scott Eckers and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth A. Card Jr. commenced the honors by presenting W.T Clarke High School Principal Timothy Voels, and Assistant Principal Richard Lagattolla, with a certificate of distinction for being named a Reward School by NYSED.  

“I feel very honored to present this award on behalf of the commissioner of education and the Board of Regents,” said Eckers. “This certificate celebrates Clarke’s success in supporting educational excellence. We applaud your efforts.”  

Each year, NYSED grants Reward School designation to those schools in the state that rank among the top 20 percent in English language arts and mathematics assessment performance, have a graduation rate above 80 percent, and obtain the most progress and/or highest achievement in the state without significant gaps in student achievement. This year’s honor was given based on each school’s performance during the 2016-17 school year. 

The evening continued with Board trustee and East Meadow Kiwanis President Marcee Rubinstein acknowledging the sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders from W.T. Clarke and Woodland middle schools who were named Terrific Kids for the months of December, January and February. 

The Terrific Kids program is sponsored by the East Meadow Kiwanis to recognize middle school students who exhibit a positive attitude, good character and responsible citizenship, and who are exemplary role models. The program promotes character development, self-esteem and perseverance.

The celebratory meeting included a performance by the district’s first a cappella group – consisting of East Meadow and W.T. Clarke high school students – who serenaded attendees with John Lennon’s “Imagine” and Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” In addition, the East Meadow High School Brass Ensemble paid tribute to the nation’s armed services with tunes representing each branch of the armed services.