Students Earn All-State Music Honors

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Eleven students have been selected as All-State musicians and will represent the district’s music department at this year’s New York State School Music Association Winter Conference in Rochester, NY, from Dec. 4-7.

The conference will feature the top high school student-musicians from across New York State who will perform at the Eastman Theatre. The district congratulates the following students who were selected based on their exceptional performances at All-State auditions in May:

East Meadow High School:

Russel Ettinger — Trumpet — Symphonic Band
Elton Ha — Piano — Symphony Orchestra
Jessica Kessler — Bb Clarinet — Symphonic Band
Matthew Koegel — Double Bass — Symphony Orchestra
Jamie MacKay — Alto I — Mixed Chorus
Timothy Matishek — Jazz Guitar — Instrumental Jazz
Jamie Morein — Flute — Symphonic Band
Lauren Osojnak — Bassoon — Wind Ensemble
Michelle Severo — Viola — Symphony Orchestra
Emily Shallbetter — Soprano I — Mixed Chorus
    
*Elton Ha was also selected to perform in the NYSSMA piano showcase at the
NYSSMA Conference.

W.T. Clarke High School:

Lynn-Yen Koh — Bb Clarinet, Eb Clarinet — Symphonic Band
    
In addition, Katya Weiss, a W.T. Clarke High School violinist was selected as an Alternate.

The district congratulates these students on their distinguished achievements.

Commissioner King visits our East Meadow School District

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New York State Education Department Commissioner John King, Jr. recently visited W.T. Clarke Middle School, where he met with Superintendent of Schools Louis R. DeAngelo, district administrators, faculty, parents, students and members of the Board of Education. He commended the district on its effective instructional practices and on its implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards.

Commissioner King, who was joined by State Education Department Board of Regents member Roger Tilles, participated in a roundtable discussion at the school’s library with faculty, students and parents. They discussed the implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards throughout the district, literacy and professional development initiatives, as well as focused and individualized instruction for students.

“To say that we are honored and thrilled to have you come to East Meadow, to our W. Tresper Clarke Middle School, to acknowledge and see first hand our work with our children, is an understatement,” said Mr. DeAngelo. “We are a district united in our commitment to providing our children with those skills necessary to ultimately render them college and career ready for the 21st century.”

Following the roundtable discussion, Commissioner King and Regent Tilles visited students in their classrooms. Students spoke with the commissioner about what they were learning in their respective classes of English Language Arts, math, social studies and other subjects.

The commissioner’s visit comes after the district recently announced its impressive New York State math and English Language Arts assessment scores, for students in grades 3-8. The recently released results have East Meadow students performing in the top 20 percent of all school districts in Nassau County.

“On behalf of the Board of Education, I thank Commissioner King and Regent Tilles for visiting our district,” said Mr. DeAngelo. “We are pleased to have had them see first hand the fine work being done by our teachers and students in our East Meadow School District.”

All-National Honors for EMHS Musicians

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East Meadow High School student-musicians Sabrina Brody and Thomas Brody have been selected to perform with the National Association for Music Education’s All-National  Symphonic Orchestra, under the direction of Gerard Schwarz at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee.

Sabrina (violist) and Tom (bassist) described their selection as a tremendous honor and an exciting opportunity to perform among the nation’s most distinguished high school musicians.

The NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles represent the top performing high school musicians in the United States. Students selected for this prestigious honor, will prepare for several days, before performing in concert at the world-famous Grand Ole Opry House on Oct. 29.

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