The graduating classes from East Meadow High School and W.T. Clarke High School were celebrated during the annual Class of 2019 Awards Ceremony at each building on June 17 and June 18.
The district congratulates all of the honorees and graduates for their hard work and progress in East Meadow.
W.T. Clarke High School students and entrepreneurs Shayan Huda, Abishek Ravindan, Makaeel Sheikh and Louis Zaino claimed victory in the final round of the Junior Achievement of New York’s 12th Annual High School Business Plan Competition on June 5. They represented the East Meadow School District proudly and achieved first place for their proposed product, InnoAir.
InnoAir is a reusable alternative to inhaler actuators that would offer consumers with asthma a product that reduces the amount of waste caused by single-use plastic actuators. The method creatively addressed this year’s theme of sustainable solutions to Americans’ dependency on plastic.
“Each member of our group has asthma and struggles with the stigma associated with using an inhaler,” said Abishek. “Many of those that suffer from asthma are afraid to use inhalers in front of their peers.”
Each member of the team received a cash prize of $1,500 and a trophy for the school. This is the second time in three years that a group from W.T. Clarke was victorious in the final round, with a 2017 win going to the team Simplastic.
JANY is the local affiliate of Junior Achievement USA, the nation’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future and make smart academic and economic choices.
“This process and project helped us gain experience in terms of networking and presenting in front of a group,” said Makaeel. Additionally, he said, “This project has helped me grow as a person and helped me pursue my interests.”
The district honored Flag Day on June 14 across all four elementary schools. Special morning ceremonies at each building welcomed students, staff and community members.
Barnum Woods, Bowling Green, Meadowbrook and Parkway elementary schools took their tributes outside, where student bands performed and administrators addressed the significance of Flag Day and the country’s flag.
Barnum Woods extended the celebration with the annual wellness walk through the surrounding neighborhood with students waving American flags. At Meadowbrook, the school hosted a surprise recognition ceremony to honor retiring Assistant Principal Gail Gallucci.
“Thank you to all students, staff and community members, including those that serve, that helped us celebrate Flag Day throughout East Meadow,” said Superintendent of Schools Kenneth A. Card, Jr.
Bowling Green Elementary School held a raffle contest during the week of June 3 to benefit the Brain Injury Association of America and honor student Ilana Shedrow.
Students entered the contest by donating a $1 for a chance to win a Rubik’s Cube. All submissions went directly to the Brain Injury Association to honor their peer. A total of $400 was raised and 16 students were announced as raffle winners on June 10.
The district thanks Bowling Green for their effort in raising money for a great cause and congratulates the raffle winners.
Third through fifth grade students in the English as a New Language program at Barnum Woods Elementary School celebrated the inaugural Family Heritage and Culture Museum on June 5.
Students showcased projects based on their family’s culture and the countries from which they hail. Trifold poster boards were filled with facts and fun information from students’ research on countries such as China, Brazil, Honduras, India and Columbia. Students were also encouraged to bring in a native dish for their classmates to enjoy.
“We are so proud of these students for working so hard on their projects,” said fifth grade teacher Jessica McCann.
Katie Kirichenko’s fourth grade class at Barnum Woods Elementary School welcomed their pen pals from the Uniondale Union Free School District’s, Walnut Street School, on June 5. Together, Ms. Kirichenko’s class and Robyn Weinstein’s fourth grade class from Uniondale held a special meeting.
The two classes began writing to each other as pen pals this past October and continued the relationship with their pen pals throughout the year. Student letters included details on different happenings in their lives, class projects being worked on and certain facts about themselves.
The culmination of the project came during the face-to-face meeting. As Mrs. Kirichenko’s class entered the building’s all-purpose room, Mrs. Weinstein’s students were holding up signs with their names and the names of their pen pals to begin the interaction.
Next, students participated in a STEM activity called “Save Fred,” that required the pen pals to work together. The exercise was based on the story “Fred the Gummy Worm,” where Fred forgot to put on his life preserver — a gummy Life Saver — before taking a ride in his plastic cup boat. With the boat flipped over, the students had to use four paperclips to put the Life Saver around Fred without using their hands.
Following the project, students wished each other a great summer.
Barnum Woods Elementary School took part in an Earth Day inspired shoe drive during May, successfully collecting 2,267 pairs of shoes for Wearable Collections.
Assistant Principal Harriet Alfano added an incentive for the students by offering to host a brunch, along with special guest Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth A. Card, Jr., for the class with the most donations. The drive took place during the week of May 6 before Wearable Collections picked up the shoes on May 14. Wearable Collections is a New York City based company focused on keeping clothing, textiles and shoes out of landfills.
By collecting a remarkable 355 pairs of shoes, Toni Ann Pelo’s first grade class earned the congratulatory brunch on June 5. In addition to welcoming Mrs. Alfano and Dr. Card, the class received a visit from Hempstead Town Clerk Sylvia A. Cabana, who offered her gratitude to the students. Students explained to their guests that supportive family members and neighbors helped them collect the most shoes.
The district congratulates the Barnum Woods community for an outstanding community service project and effort.
Third grade students at Meadowbrook Elementary School immersed themselves into a mystery story experience lead by Submerge Storytelling during the week of May 27.
Submerge Storytelling is an educational program that transforms a classroom into the setting of a story, motivating students to draw conclusions about the characters, plots and themes.
Cory Levine of Submerge Storytelling transformed a Meadowbrook classroom into the bedroom of 12-year-old Trevor Cool, who breaks codes for the CIA. The room contained a twin-sized bed, desk, Legos, wall decorations, sports memorabilia, codes and ancient artifacts. Students examined evidence and applied their literacy and critical thinking skills to become detectives in search of Trevor as he is being chased by the notorious CIA double agent, Cobra.
Throughout the week, third graders learned how to make connections with evidence without jumping to conclusions. They also discussed the importance of evidence and order of events. Students then created a timeline to help figure out the accurate plot line.
Meadowbrook thanks Mr. Levine for putting on the week-long activity as well as the PTA for providing students with this detective opportunity.
The district celebrated the academic successes of its four secondary schools during the District Awards Ceremony at East Meadow High School on June 5.
More than 450 students from East Meadow High School, W.T. Clarke High School, W.T. Clarke Middle School and Woodland Middle School gathered to be honored by district administrators for achievements earned during the 2018-19 school year. Highlighted accomplishments included scholar athlete honors, awards for excellence in academic competitions and various other academic distinctions attained over the past 10 months.
“The evening was an outstanding celebration of the academic achievements of our wonderful students,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth A. Card, Jr.
Local charitable organizations gathered in the auditorium of W.T. Clarke Middle School as the service learning club hosted the annual Change for Change Giving Ceremony on May 31.
For the 14th straight year, students started collaborating on this project in the fall. Together, students researched and selected 11 nonprofit organizations that held significance for the club’s members. Approximately $2,500 was collected throughout the school year during various fundraising events and initiatives such as the school’s Dunk Tank and the Long Beach Polar Plunge.
The giving ceremony served as a culmination of this project and was attended by representatives of local charities including the Book Fairies, Long Island Cares: Music to Meals, the school’s own Giving Tree, March of Dimes, Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa Research Association, Last Hope Animal Rescue, America’s VetDogs, John Thiesen’s Children’s Center, Sunrise Day Camp, Make A Wish and the Epilepsy Foundation.
The ceremony opened with the presentation of the Be the Change Award to Elliot Oppenheim, W.T. Clarke technology teacher, for his efforts, contributions and support of the service learning club and all W.T. Clarke events. Each organization was then introduced and welcomed by students in the serving learning club, who provided a brief explanation of the charity and awarded a plaque of recognition along with the donation check.
“Thank you to advisors Katie Peretzman and Ashley Sanalitro for their efforts in leading this initiative for a fifth straight year,” said Principal Stacy Breslin.
The district congratulates the service club for another successful year of supporting local organizations.
Woodland Middle School’s Third Annual Stuff a Bus effort provided another successful set of donations to the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island.
The Stuff a Bus fundraiser is organized and spearheaded by many of Woodland’s student and service groups, including the National Junior Honor Society. The school held a drive for cleaning supplies, disposable products, pantry items and many non-perishable items to benefit the Ronald McDonald House. Throughout the year, the clubs held fundraisers to help collect the necessities or to raise funds to purchase the products. Parents, faculty and community members also contributed by dropping off goods in the collection bin or by making a monetary donation.
On the morning of May 31, students filled three buses that graciously donated by the Guardian Bus Company. A human chain from the second floor of the building through the main entrance helped to move the collected items into the buses.
Once all of the buses were filled, students and staff filled a fourth bus to transport the collected goods along with a $1,000 donation to the Ronald McDonald House in New Hyde Park for unloading.
“You should all be very proud of the effort that helped to make this year’s Stuff a Bus another success” Assistant Principal Patricia Graham said to the volunteering students. “Thank you to everyone in the community for their support.”
The Board of Education meeting on May 29 was a full showcase of excellence from staff members and students alike as selfless acts, academic success and musical talents were on display.
The W.T. Clarke High School Saxophone Quartet opened the evening’s festivities by performing the Star-Spangled Banner. Following opening remarks from President Matthew Melnick and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth A. Card, Jr., the focus shifted to the honorees.
Bowling Green Elementary School Principal Maria Ciarametaro honored third grade teacher Christine Reiman for her efforts in supporting her student Mahdi Islam as he awaited a heart transplant. Ms. Reiman helped to host a “Super Hero Day” that raised $4,000 combined between the Bowling Green and Meadowbrook Elementary Schools. Additionally, she kept Mahdi involved in classroom activities through webinars and Google Hangouts. Ms. Reiman was presented with a Certificate of Excellence for her endless dedication and devotion.
The selflessness theme continued as Meadowbrook student Emma Vulpi was recognized for supporting the Child Life Program at NYU Winthrop Hospital. Emma decided that instead of receiving birthday gifts this year, she wanted to donate new toys to the hospital program to help those in need. Principal Kelly DiScalfani-O’Brien presented Emma and her parents with a medal and certificate for generously donating $300 worth of toys.
In the area of academic achievement, Director of Social Studies and 21st Century Learning, Jim Mendonis, along with Director of Literacy and Funded Programs, Frank Lukasik, spotlighted academic excellence by honoring middle school students that excelled at the recent Long History Day. W.T. Clarke Middle School students Umme Hani Bootwaia and Mubaraka Ezzi were recognized for receiving the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory sponsored Science History Award. Woodland Middle School’s Maya Del Rosario was applauded for her Latin American History Award sponsored by the Long Island Council for the Social Studies.
Next, attendees were treated to two musical selections by the East Meadow High School String Ensemble. The group opened with a rendition of AC/DC’s “Back in Black” followed by a medley of Queen songs, all to the delight of many in the audience.
Recognitions concluded with the presentation of Terrific Kids from W.T. Clarke Middle School and Woodland Middle School for the months of April, May and June. These awards are sponsored by the East Meadow Kiwanis Club. Kiwanis Club President Gary Fromowitz, along with Principals Stacy Breslin and James Lethbridge, highlighted sixth, seventh and eighth graders who have exhibited a positive attitude, good character, and responsible citizenship while also being exemplary role models for their peers.
Congratulations to all the night’s honorees and presentations, once again demonstrating the great that happens in East Meadow.
East Meadow High School seniors put their year-long senior projects on display during the annual Senior Project Fair on May 23.
Throughout the past academic year, students participated in internships or community service efforts that were designed to actively engage them in real-world experiences. They selected opportunities at locations such as radio stations, physical therapy offices, martial art studios, law offices and museums, among others.
The project required students to complete at least 25 hours participating in their chosen activity. However, many students enjoyed their work so much that they chose to continue working beyond this basic requirement.
Selection of the activity began with the resume process in September and was followed by students identifying areas of interest and reaching out to sponsors for potential internships and community service projects. During the second semester, the students’ experiences commenced and they recorded their progress and accomplishments through activity logs.
The culmination came during the Senior Project Fair where students exhibited their experiences with project boards and other visual aids to showcase the skills and knowledge they gained. Classmates, staff members and parents toured the event, held in the school’s gymnasium, and viewed the completed projects.
“The Senior Project Fair was another successful event for students as they displayed their hard work for all to see,” said Principal Richard Howard.
The district’s five elementary schools opened their doors to family and friends on May 21 to showcase the great projects, lessons and work happening every day.
Each school put a unique twist on the event, with festivities including art shows, VIP days, Carousel of Character demonstrations, wax museums, bake sales, book fairs and much more. Some guests were able to participate in classroom activities for certain grades while others served as audience members for debuted projects.
The district extends a thank you to each building’s staff members that helped to welcome community members to the schools for a day of pride and excitement.
Bowling Green Elementary School held its annual Spring Beautification Day on May 10 to enhance the grounds and gardens around the building.
Students, staff members and parents came together to attend to the area in front of the building, specifically around the new Bowling Green sign. New flowers and plants were added to embrace the beauty of the spring season.
Bowling Green extends a special thank you to the district grounds crew for prepping the areas for easier planting and for continuously improving the school’s environment.
Students and staff at Parkway Elementary School got up close and personal with wild animals when Erik’s Reptile Edventures visited on May 20.
Erik Callender, the owner and director of the reptile education program, came to Parkway with many animal friends including an albino boa constrictor named Twinkie. He also showcased frogs, turtles and insects with which students and staff had the opportunity to interact.
Parkway Elementary School thanks Mr. Callender for bringing this interesting program to the students.
As part of a school-wide initiative at McVey Elementary School, special area teachers came together for a combined second grade mindfulness and yoga unit that resulted in published books.
Music, gym, computer and library teachers each created specific curricular interpretations of mindfulness and yoga in their classrooms. Library teacher Ellen O’Neill introduced yoga poses to students through characters and animals in books. Students continued to personify animals that could be represented by yoga and vinyasa poses.
Music teacher Samantha Schick played calming sounds through the piano, guitar and other instruments as part of a seated guided meditation to further the unit. Physical education teachers Michael Simone and Deirdre O’Regan also held yoga lessons and mindfulness activities during their classes.
Following a lesson on the basics of story structure with Mrs. O’Neill, students began developing their story before going through the writing processes of illustrating and editing before publishing. Computer teacher Randy Frances helped to improve the overall structure of each student’s story. Ms. Frances presented a lesson on adjectives that were used to describe characters and their personalities.
Each student’s story and adjoining illustration were put together to create a published book for each class. The books have been made available in the school’s library.
Third grade students at Bowling Green Elementary School were treated to a visit from Steve Fratello, “The Butterfly Man,” on May 14.
Mr. Fratello shared his rare and varied collection of butterflies and moths along with amazing stories from his time researching insects, including adventures in the Amazon Rainforest. He created a show-and-tell atmosphere with several shadowboxes filled with a number of unique butterflies and moths.
Mr. Fratello presented several surprising facts and explained that there are more than 25,000 different species of butterflies and over 500,000 species of moths throughout the world. He also educated the group on how these creatures adapt to their environments through mimicry and camouflage while also using their colors to communicate and as warnings to predators.
Bowling Green thanks “The Butterfly Man” for bringing a unique and educational presentation to third grade.
The District honored the talents and excellence of students representing each school at the annual District Music and Art Awards at East Meadow High School on May 7.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth A. Card, Jr., welcomed all the guests of the evening including the honorees. He also thanked the teachers, administrators and community members who support the district’s programs.
“A special thank you to our faculty, parents and Board of Education that help to support the arts programs and creativity of our students,” said Dr. Card. “We are extremely proud of the accomplishments of our students that help to show the ‘great’ happening here.”
Following Dr. Card’s remarks, the district’s nine school principals presented humanitarian awards to four students from each building. This recognition honors those that lead by example, promote sensitivity and respect for diversity in school and foster tolerance through service to the school community.
Another highlight of the evening was the announcement that the district has been named a nine-time National Association of Music Merchants Best Community for Music Education.
“Congratulations to all of our students for their success throughout the year with excellence in music and art,” said Director of Music and Art Dr. Christopher Hale. “I want to also thank the staff for their dedication and hard work.”
The district would like to congratulate all of the honorees for sharing their talents and accomplishments with all of us.
The District opened the doors of the Leon J. Campo Center on May 2 and 3 for the District Art Show. Nearly 1,300 pieces showcased the artistic talents of students at the district’s elementary and secondary schools.
The first day featured an opening reception for students, parents and community members, while the second day featured an open exhibit, whereby passersby were provided an additional opportunity to view the many projects. Artwork was presented in a range of mediums including photography, sculpture, drawing, painting, architecture and graphic design.
“Our student artwork is awe-inspiring,” said Director of Music and Art Dr. Christopher Hale. “Thank you to all who came out to support student creativity in our district.”
East Meadow High School acknowledged Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, by welcoming guest speakers Felica Katz and Ruth Mermelstein to share stories about the devastating event.
Ms. Katz spoke on behalf of her mother, Ethel Bauer Katz, a Holocaust survivor from Buczacz, Poland. Ethel narrowly escaped the German Army and was the sole survivor of her family, enduring the last few months of the war on her own. After the Soviet Army liberated her town in 1944, Ethel immigrated to the United States. She has summarized her experiences in a memoir titled “Our Tomorrows Never Came.”
Ms. Mermelstein was born in Romania and was one of six siblings. She and her sister Elisabeth were the only surviving family members of Auschwitz. The two worked as slave laborers and were then transported to work in an ammunition factory. Ruth was sent on a five-week death march before being liberated by British troops. She was diagnosed with tuberculosis and sent by the Red Cross to Sweden, where she met her husband. The couple moved to America to begin the next chapter of their lives together.
“Thank you to our administration, Assistant Principal Christina Egan, Social Studies Chairperson Drew Genoino, and Expanding Pride in Israeli Culture (EPIC) club advisors Joanna Silberman and Margherita Diglio for inviting these two speakers,” said Lindsay Uffer, President of EPIC. “We are lucky to hear these experiences because one day soon we will have no one to share these atrocities first-hand.”
Students at McVey Elementary School celebrated the final days before spring recess with a round of mini-golf during physical education classes. They teed off on a 20-hole course that was built out of various items.
Fourth and fifth grade classes put their collaborative skills and creativity to work as they used cones, balance beams, blocks and other sporting equipment to create challenging putting greens.
Upon completion of the setup, every student had the opportunity to play on the course throughout the week of April 15. To keep active while waiting their turn at each hole, students were asked to show off their best dance moves.
The fourth and fifth graders’ efforts in constructing the original course excited the students as their peers enjoyed participating in the mini-golf games.
The district hosted its Fourth Annual Zumba for Autism event on April 8 at W.T. Clarke High School. The effort was a great success, raising $2,584 to support students at the Developmental Disabilities Institute.
Organized by the East Meadow SEPTA and the Clarke Connections Club, community members filled the W.T. Clarke gymnasium for a night of Zumba dancing and raffle donations.
“Thanks to everyone who came out to support our Fourth Annual Zumba for Autism fundraiser,” said Bowling Green Elementary School psychologist Dr. Robert Mueller. “East Meadow SEPTA and students from the Clarke Connections Club did a great job organizing donations, setting up and dancing! Thanks for a great evening and for raising autism awareness.”
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