Approved 2015-2016 Calendar


2015-2016 High School Course Guide


Learning about famous Americans

Barnum Woods Elementary School second-graders recently engaged in a unit of study on famous Americans.

As part of the unit, students researched and read biographies on famous individuals, including George Washington, Amelia Earhart and Thomas Edison. To celebrate who they studied, second-graders dressed up in costumes as iconic Americans and participated in a parade around their school.

They visited other classes and explained to fellow students who they were dressed as. Students learned valuable historical knowledge about an array of famous Americans as well as their contributions to American society.

Jump rope for a good cause

Students in grades three through five at Bowling Green Elementary School recently participated in the school’s Jump Rope for Heart fundraising event.

During their physical education classes, students put their athleticism to the test and jumped rope to raise money for the American Heart Association. The day emphasized the importance of working together for a worthwhile cause.

District hosts Braille Challenge

A total of 17 students from across the region recently gathered at W.T. Clarke High School for the eighth annual Braille Challenge.

The Braille Challenge, a program developed by the Braille Institute of America, was designed to motivate school-aged visually impaired or blind children to continue their study of Braille. Students completed a number of grade-level exercises to demonstrate their proficiency in Braille reading, writing, reading speed and comprehension, spelling, proofreading and use of tactile graphics.

This year, students had the opportunity to meet members of the Long Island Bombers Beep Baseball team, a group which demonstrated their version of baseball using a ball and bases which beep. Third Eye Insight, an organization that offers martial arts, meditation and yoga classes for the visually impaired and blind community, was also on hand and introduced students to martial arts.

Of the participants in the Braille Challenge, W.T. Clarke High School students Michael Taylor and Jessica Banschbach both participated in the event.

The regional event is the first step on the road to the national competition, which will be held in June at the Braille Institute’s headquarters in Los Angeles. Students from across the nation are in the process on completing preliminary testing in the hopes of qualifying for the 60 spots available in the national competition. The top scorers in the preliminary round will advance to the nationals to represent their state as they compete against the top blind students from across the United States and Canada.
Assistant Director of Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services Danielle Betz addressed the participants before the Braille Challenge commenced, noting the district remains honored to host the annual event each year.

“I am so proud of all these students, and also in awe of all the talents that these students will be demonstrating today in the Braille Challenge,” she said, also commending Braille Challenge Coordinator Petra Tarrant. “This day could not have happened without all the hard work and tireless effort she has put in.”

The district also extends its appreciation to the Special Education Institute of New York, Pizza Supreme, the Rockville Centre Lions Club, Seedlings Braille Books for Children, National Braille Press, Humanware and East Meadow’s Special Education PTA for their donations and support, and all the event volunteers for making the day such a success.

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MatheMagic at Parkway Elementary

Students in grades K-5 at Parkway Elementary School recently enjoyed MatheMagic assemblies. The events promoted math skills and problem solving through visuals, history, language and entertainment.

Acclaimed magician and educator Bradley Fields captivated students during both assemblies, which educated students on a variety of mathematical concepts through vocabulary, geography and history. The K-2 assembly focused on counting, fractions and shapes, and the three-five show emphasized place-value and the development of the abacus.

As a result of the educational assemblies, students were enthusiastic about putting their math and problem solving skills to practice in their respective classes.

Barnum Woods studies Martin Luther King, Jr.

Students in Barnum Woods Elementary School first-grade teacher Camille Iovino-Coli’s class completed a unit of study on American civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Students read various books and short stories on Dr. King’s life, and learned about his legacy through poetry readings as well as video selections through Discovery Education. In the process, they learned the importance of leadership, equality and non-violence.

After learning about Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, students completed a writing activity. Based on what they learned about Dr. King, they wrote how they could make the world a better place.

Woodland MS eighth-grade winter concert delights community

Parents, faculty and administrators were recently mesmerized by Woodland Middle School’s eighth-grade winter concert. 

The program featured a variety of musical selections performed by the jazz ensemble, orchestra, chorus and concert band. The performances drew rousing applause and made for a special night of music.

Clarke HS inducts new members into NHS

The W.T. Clarke High School Chapter of the National Honor Society recently inducted 66 new members.

At the ceremony at Chateau Briand in Carle Place, parents, faculty, administrators and current NHS members gathered to recognize new members, who were selected based on their ability to maintain high standards of scholarship, service, leadership and character.

Inductees will now join their fellow members in upholding these principles by working to better their school and local community through volunteer activities, civic involvement and adherence to the highest standards of morality and ethics. After new members recited the NHS pledge, they were officially inducted.

Superintendent of Schools Louis R. DeAngelo congratulated new members on their induction into the prestigious society, and encouraged them to continue to strive for excellence in all their endeavors.

“I, along with the Board of Education, congratulate you on this distinguished honor,” he said. “You are all here because of your commitment to service and leadership in and outside of your school community. Enjoy this evening among your parents, friends, teachers and administrators and revel in the sense of accomplishment which is rightfully yours.”

Clarke HS senior named Intel Semifinalist

W. T. Clarke High School senior Pavithran Ravindran has been named a semifinalist in the Intel Science Talent Search competition, the nation’s most prestigious pre-college science competition. Pavithran was recognized for his research project, “Formation of Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) Inclusion Compounds with Urea and Thiourea.”

Only 300 high school seniors were named semifinalists in the competition. Semifinalists were selected from more than 1,800 entrants from 460 high schools in 41 states, Puerto Rico, and five American and international high schools overseas.

Pavithran will receive a $1,000 award from the Intel Foundation with an additional $1,000 going to W. T. Clarke High School.

Pavithran explained that Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate), or PHB, is a plastic with many medical applications, including as a possible drug-delivery system. The only issue with PHB, he explained, is that it is very brittle in its natural state, and natural plastics are randomly organized so it is difficult to study single chains by themselves. To try and understand single-chain PHB better, Pavithran encapsulated the plastic within two host molecules, urea and thiourea. After washing the host molecule away, the PHB was more organized since only single chains fit in the hosts. He then studied the crystallization behavior and found that the PHB from urea is less brittle and thus more feasible for medical applications.

His research was conducted at the Brooklyn campus of Long Island University in Professor Nadarajah Vasanthan’s research lab this summer. W.T. Clarke High School research and biology teacher Erika Rotolo was also instrumental in Pavithran’s success.  

“This is one of the most amazing things that has ever happened for me,” said Pavithran. “Ever since watching a documentary on the Intel Science Talent Search, my high school goal has been to reach this point where I am able to conduct research that, I feel, really makes an impact.”

Pavithran was recently accepted into Princeton University, and is currently waiting to hear responses from other colleges. He intends to study bioengineering.

Adult Education Guide - Spring 2015


Feb 28, 2015