Students and faculty at Woodland Middle School opened the holiday weekend by helping to “Stuff a Bus” – three in fact – with donations collected for the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island. A monetary donation of $1,000 was also submitted along with the donation of goods.
After filling one bus, students created a human chain from the second floor of the school to the main entrance to produce an assembly line to fill a second bus. The two buses along with a third bus of 30 students, staff and remaining donations were transported to the Ronald McDonald House in New Hyde Park for unloading.
The district extends a special thank you to all donors and to the Guardian Bus Company for graciously providing their services.
Starting in September, the senior class of East Meadow High School embarked upon a journey that came to a close on May 24 with the “Senior Project Fair.” The objective of the senior project was to actively engage the students in “real life” experiences with participation in either an internship or community service effort.
The first semester consisted of resume and interview workshops before students were required to complete at least 25 hours of experience with a chosen activity.
It was an evening of accolades and celebration as 289 East Meadow School District students were honored at East Meadow High School, on May 8, for their talents and accomplishments in the areas of music, art and humanitarianism.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth A. Card, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Dr. David Casamento and Director of Music and Art Dr. Christopher Hale opened the ceremony by highlighting the exceptional students for their accomplishments over the course of the school year and thanking the teachers, administrators and parents for their continued support of the district’s fine arts program.
“We are extremely proud of the significant accomplishments of our students who are being honored tonight, and we are grateful to you, their families, their building leaders and their teachers, for the role you have played in their success,” Dr. Card said.
Following his welcoming remarks, four students from each of the district’s nine schools were recognized with humanitarian awards for leading by example, promoting sensitivity and respect for diversity in school, and fostering tolerance through service to the school community.
Music highlights included the district’s eight-time recognition by the NAMM Foundation as one of the Best Communities for Music Education, as well being the only New York State school to receive the prestigious New York State School Music Association Presidential recognition twice. One student was selected for a National Association for Music Education All-National Honor Ensemble, eight for NYSSMA All-State Honor Ensembles, six as All-State alternates, 144 for All-County music ensembles and 23 as Long Island String Festival participants.
In the area of art, 66 students were recognized as All-County artists. Twelve participated in the Long Island Art Teachers Association Art in HeART Exhibit, while 12 students’ artwork was selected for the 2018-2019 budget book. Additionally, 32 students exhibited their work at the Tilles Center/LIU Post Patrons’ Lounge.
As each student accepted their award, family members, central administrators, faculty and members of the Board of Education applauded their creativity, diligence and compassion.
It was an evening of accolades as the East Meadow Board of Education honored PTA members and exemplary students during the April 19 public meeting. Under the batons of Molly Tittler and John Marshall, respectively, the talented W.T. Clarke Middle School Brass Ensemble and Woodland Middle School Grade 6 Jazz Band each performed for the trustees, central administration and parents.
PTA members who were given special recognition for their volunteerism and advocacy for the district’s students included Cleo Gakshteyn, Richard Gakshteyn, Laurie May, Tracy Pulice, Marcee Rubinstein, Maria Smith, Mary Ward and Marian Wawryk.
Students from both middle schools also received tribute, as they were honored as Terrific Kids for March and April. Sponsored by the East Meadow Kiwanis Club, the award recognizes students in grades 6-8 who consistently improve as individuals and demonstrate a positive attitude, good character and responsible citizenship. The district congratulated Shanza Ahmed, Juan Sebastian Ballesteros, Ameil Cherisme, Juan Sebastian Fajardo, Angelina Ferrara, Isabella Mendez, Dominic Murawski, Aidan Piotrowski, Brian Rosen, Kamal Shah, Dennis Vestrand and Ryan Vetter from W.T. Clarke; and Josue Avila, Katelyn Entenmann, Keira Geoghegan, Hannah Jacob, Ilyana Kleiner, Kyle Kozlowski, Katherine Nunez, Andy Rivera, Corey Schwartz, John Tucker, Charlotte Viola and Justin Walwyn from Woodland.
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Kara Zahradnik, a social studies teacher at East Meadow High School, has been selected as the 2017-2018 New York State Outstanding Social Studies High School Classroom Teacher by the New York State Council for the Social Studies.
According to the NYSCSS website, the award is separated among elementary, middle school and high school levels and recognizes exceptional social studies teachers at each of these levels. Nominations are based on the instructor’s abilities to develop or use instructional materials creatively and effectively; incorporate innovative instructional strategies and techniques; foster a spirit of inquiry; and foster the development of democratic beliefs and values, and the skills needed for students to become effective citizens.
Sheena Jacob, social studies department chairperson at East Meadow High School, nominated Zahradnik based on her accomplishments in education and the discipline.
“What sets Kara apart from other teachers is not only what she does for her students and the community, but also the passion and love that she brings to the building every day,” said Jacob. “Her colleagues and administrators appreciate her efforts and trust her judgment.”
A grateful Zahradnik added, “I am thankful for my students, colleagues and family, who made it possible for me to pursue a career that is very fulfilling. I greatly appreciate the NYSCSS for granting me this honor and recognition.”
The district congratulates Zahradnik on earning this notable award and inspiring students and faculty to excel.
Inspired by the NCAA tournament, a spirit of competition was in the air
in the East Meadow School District when W.T. Clarke Middle School
students competed in the school’s March Madness basketball tournament,
on March 23.
Thirty-two teams consisting of sixth- through eighth-grade students
gathered in the gymnasium to participate in three-on-three
tournament-style games, eliminating each other until one team earned the
title of March Madness Champions.
The tournament gave students the chance to hone their basketball skills
while demonstrating teamwork, collaboration and sportsmanship.