Barking with School Spirit

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On Sept. 23, Bowling Green Elementary School students received a special visit from school mascot, BG the Bulldog, during their school spirit day. As students arrived dressed in blue and gold, BG the Bulldog welcomed them with high-fives and hugs, wishing them a woof-derful day.

A Page-Turning Summer

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Emily Jackson, a fifth-grader at George McVey Elementary School challenged herself to exceed school librarian Ellen O’Neill’s record of reading 24 books as her summer reading project.
    
Ms. O’Neill was featured in a local newspaper when she was in elementary school for winning a reading contest by reading 24 books during summer vacation. Inspired by the librarian, Emily decided to break Ms. O’Neill’s record as the goal for her own summer reading project.
    
During the summer, Emily always had a book in hand, whether at the beach, in the mountains or on the soccer field. George McVey Principal Kerry Dunne was very proud of Emily for surpassing Ms. O’Neill’s summer reading record.
    
“I had no idea Emily’s summer reading project was to exceed Ms. O’Neill’s summer reading record,” said Ms. Dunne. “We are all tremendously proud of Emily’s accomplishment and hope she harvests this love for reading throughout her life.”  
    
When Emily returned to school on Sept. 6, she had accomplished her goal by reading 30 books from cover to cover, a total of 4,000 pages during the summer months. A few of the novels she read included book series “The Baby-Sitters Club,” by Ann M. Martin, “Queen of Likes” by Hillary Homzie and “Cake Pop Crush” by Suzanne Nelson.

East Meadow Seniors Named National Merit Semifinalists

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Seniors Daniel Garcia and Alby Joseph from W.T. Clarke High School and Jordan Diamond from East Meadow High School have been recognized as being among the nation’s 16,000 semifinalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program.  
    
Approximately 1.6 million students entered the competition by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Semifinalists are recognized with a selection index score based on their combined scores in critical reading, mathematics and writing.
    
To reach finalist standing, semifinalists must submit a detailed scholarship application including their academic record, participation in extracurricular activities and community engagement, leadership ability, employment, and record of honors and awards. They must also achieve an SAT score equivalent to their PSAT score, maintain their prestigious academic performance and receive a recommendation from a high school official.
    
In February, 15,000 semifinalists will advance as finalists for the chance to win a a National Merit scholarship in the spring.
    
The district congratulates these exceptional students on achieving this tremendous honor and wishes them the best of luck as they continue in the competition.

Superintendent Search – Important Reminder

The East Meadow Board of Education cordially invites all school community members to attend a focus group meeting on October 6, 2016, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the Leon J. Campo Salisbury Center to discuss the search process for our new Superintendent of Schools.

During the meeting, attendees will have an opportunity to:
•    meet search consultants from School Leadership LLC to learn about the Superintendent search process and timeline;
•    share the qualities and experiences they want in a new Superintendent; and,
•    identify major leadership challenges he/she may face over the next few years.

All input will be compiled into a set of search specifications that the Board will approve at its meeting on November 10, 2016, at the Leon J. Campo Salisbury Center at 7 p.m. These specifications will be used as a guide for the Board as it embarks on a search for a new chief school officer.

Every voice counts! If you cannot attend the meeting, the Board asks residents to complete a brief survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/EastMeadowUFSD by October 10, 2016. Hard copies of the survey are available at the East Meadow Public Library and the main office of your local school.  Please note that the date for submitting the survey to School Leadership LLC has been extended to allow even more time for completion.

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Transportation Forum

The safety of our children is always our primary concern. The East Meadow UFSD Transportation Department will be gathering information regarding the safety of the roadways in the East Meadow community.

Please join us for a forum at the Leon J. Campo Salisbury Center on Thursday, September 29, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. in the Auditorium.

If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Frisenda at (516) 478-5748 or jfrisenda@emufsd.us

We look forward to seeing you there!

Get Low and Go

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Students in the third and fourth grade at Parkway Elementary School received an authentic lesson on fire prevention and safety when members of the Wantagh Fire Department visited them on Sept. 16 to discuss and demonstrate how to properly evacuate a burning home.

Assembled in the all-purpose room and library, teachers, students K-5 and faculty learned fire safety tips and how to create an escape route and meeting location with family members, as well as how to assist firefighters when they arrive to the scene.

The students participated in a safe, simulated house fire evacuation through the department’s smokehouse. As the room filled with false smoke, the students got low and crawled to the door, testing the temperature with the back of their hand. Unable to exit there, they crawled to the window, calling out for help as they escaped through it.

Water Testing Results

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A Day of Remembrance

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Patriotism soared through the District on Sept. 11 as students, dressed in red, white and blue, commemorating the 15th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center.

Across the district, students learned about the tragedy of the events on 9/11 and designated Patriot Day as a “day of service,” during which they pledged to help others.

Meadowbrook Elementary School’s fifth-graders planted American flags in the school’s garden and held a moment of silence to honor the fallen victims, police officers, firefighters and first responders. In addition fourth-graders of Denise Henning’s class read Carmen Agra Deedy’s book “14 Cows for America,” a story about a small African village that sent 14 cows to comfort the US ensue of the tragedy. The class was asked to write about a special intangible gift they would have given to America during this time. Gifts included peace, love and companionship.     

In social studies classes at East Meadow High School, teachers discussed the historic unfolding of events with their students, encouraging them to remember the lives that were lost. The classes contributed to a 9/11-tribute banner constructed by the school’s Model Congress and Social Studies Honor Society, which featured the names of every victim and a replica of the American flag. In a unifying gesture, each student submitted a red, white or blue index card pledging a personal act of duty or kindness that would make the community a safer place.

The high school classes also paid a visit to a 9/11 memorial, outside the Mathematics corridor, that was created six years ago through a partnership between Model Congress, the social studies department and the Social Studies Honor Society. The memorial includes two juniper trees symbolizing the Twin Towers and a piece of debris from the attacks, encircled by American flags.

Welcome Back Students

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As the summer season officially came to an end, students returned to their respective schools to begin the 2016-2017 academic year.

On Sept. 6, administrators and teachers of all nine schools welcomed their students with enthusiasm for another successful school year. Toting backpacks filled with school supplies, students arrived smiling and eager to learn with their classmates.

In addition, the district’s incoming kindergartners and their families attended orientations, where it was discussed how children will transition into their new surroundings. The children also received building and classroom tours to become familiar with their new schools.  




Special message from the Superintendent of Schools - September 7, 2016

This is an important message from Leon Campo, Superintendent of Schools.
Once again, I welcome you to a new school year.  Together we will make this a
safe and exciting one!
As now required by New York State Law and as recommended by the New York
State Department of Health, the district previously initiated a thorough testing
of all school drinking water sources for possible elevated levels of lead from
specific plumbing fixtures.
The health, safety and well-being of our students and staff are always our primary
concerns.  Tests were conducted by J.C. Broderick, an environmental testing firm.
The testing results were overwhelmingly positive and, therefore, many locations
required no remediation.  In the locations which require remediation, the
district has and is taking constructive action.
The remediation initiative is ongoing, but please be assured that in every school
building a safe alternative source of drinking water has been and is provided to
our students and staff.
More detailed information will be sent to you through formal correspondence.

Thank you.

East Meadow Welcomes New Class of Teachers

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The District welcomed 32 new teachers, staff and faculty to the school year during its annual new teacher orientation at the Leon J. Campo Salisbury Center on Aug. 31.
    
Superintendent of Schools Leon J. Campo, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Cindy Munter and Assistant Superintendent for Personnel and Administration Anthony Russo welcomed the new cohort and offered advice for a successful school year.
    
“Our children come by our way once and we owe them our very best,” said Mr. Campo. “You’re surrounded by wonderful and supportive staff who are always willing to help. Utilize them, and in return, we ask that you give your very best each and every day.”  
    
Following, the new staff met administrators, became informed about district polices and procedures, and received an official district tour of all nine buildings led by Barnum Woods Elementary School Principal Gregory Bottari.

Letter from Board of Education President re: Superintendent's Search

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Special Edition of Steps to Learning re: Important Community Updates

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Board of Education Seeks Community Input on Superintendent’s Search

The East Meadow Board of Education invites residents and members of the school community to attend a focus group meeting on Thursday, Oct. 6, from 6-7:30 p.m., at the Leon J. Campo Salisbury Center to assist in the selection process for a new superintendent of schools.
    
Attendees will identify the personal and professional qualities and experiences they believe an East Meadow superintendent should possess. Search consultants from School Leadership, LLC, will begin the meeting by explaining the process and estimated duration of the search. The remainder of the meeting will be devoted to hearing participants’ responses to three prompts: to consider why a highly qualified educator would seek the position of East Meadow Superintendent of Schools; to identify some of the major challenges a new superintendent will face over the next few years; and to discuss prior experiences and characteristics they believe the new superintendent should have.    
The community input will be compiled into a set of search specifications that the Board will approve at its Nov. 10 meeting. Those specifications will be a guide for the Board in their search.
    
Residents and members of the school community who cannot attend the meeting are asked to share their input by completing a brief survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/EastMeadowUFSD. A hard copy of the survey will be provided in a special district newsletter, available at the East Meadow Public Library and the main office of the resident’s local schools.
    
The Board of Education encourages all members of the East Meadow community to attend this meeting and have their voice heard.

Board of Education Appoints New Administration

With the 2016-2017 school year around the corner, the District extends its gratitude to Mary Ann O’Brien for her years of service as Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance and welcomes Patrick Pizzo and Jennifer Frisenda to their newly appointed administrative roles.

Ms. O’Brien entered the District as the Assistant Business Administrator in September 2009 and held this position until January 2014, at which time she was promoted to Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance. As she heads into retirement, Superintendent of Schools Leon J. Campo and members of the Board of Education and Administrative staff thank Ms. O’Brien for her time and dedication to the district.

“As Mary Ann heads into retirement, we wish her tremendous success in all of life’s future endeavors and thank her for her devotion, passion, and years of service to our community, staff and, more importantly, our children,” Mr. Campo said.

Effective Sept. 1, Mr. Pizzo will accept the role of Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance after serving as the District’s Assistant to the Superintendent for Administration and Special Projects for the past eight years. In the latter position, Mr. Pizzo led a team that developed the District’s annual expense budget and prepared budgetary presentations for the Board of Education, parent teacher associations, residents and community members under the guidance of the Superintendent. He also built, defended and implemented annual facilities, operations and capital budgets totaling over $9.9 million dollars, as well as repaired and maintained the plant budget totaling over $2.1 million dollars, for review and approval by the Superintendent and Board of Education. In addition, Mr. Pizzo served on the District Cabinet, where he was responsible for the efficient physical plant operation, environmental safety and preventative maintenance of 10 buildings covering 1.34 million square feet of occupied space and 130 acres of grounds.

Prior to his time in East Meadow, Mr. Pizzo was the Director of Facilities and Operations for the Hicksville School District. He also held the position of Deputy Regional Manager for the New York City Department of Education, a role in which he oversaw the physical plant operation and management of 39 schools.

Mr. Pizzo received his Bachelor of Science from SUNY Oneonta and both his Master of Business Administration and Advanced Certificate as a School District Business Leader from LIU Post.

Also on Sept. 1, Jennifer Frisenda will accept her newly appointed position as the District’s Assistant Business Administrator.  

Ms. Frisenda joined the East Meadow school community in 2014 as District Treasurer, where she maintained district records and files, reconciled monthly bank statements and submitted monthly financial statements to the Board of Education, Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance, as well as performed yearly school lunch audits to ensure compliance with state regulations. Prior to entering the district, Ms. Frisenda was an administrative intern in the Jericho and Oyster Bay-East Norwich school districts. In this role, she established procedure manuals to specify job descriptions of business office personnel, ensuring all aspects of each job were detailed, and created flow charts to show job responsibilities and progression. She also reviewed, revised and recreated budget brochures for the 2013-2014 budget and worked directly with the Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations to ensure all data was provided to the community.

Ms. Frisenda holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Marist College, as well as a Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Education from LIU Post.

“We welcome Patrick and Jennifer to their new administrative positions and know they will be very successful,” Mr. Campo said.       


District Receives ASBO Certificate of Excellence Award

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As one of the very few school districts in New York State, the district received the Association of School Business Officials International Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting.

East Meadow earned this distinction for meeting or exceeding the program’s high standards of financial reporting and accountability. The district was recognized for its comprehensive annual financial report for the fiscal year ending 2015.

Sponsored by Variable Annuity Life Insurance Company, the certificate confirms the school business office’s commitment to financial accountability and transparency. This recognition helps strengthen a district’s presentation for bond issuance statements and promotes a high level of financial reporting.

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