Students in grades 10-12 at W.T. Clarke High School recently explored a vast range of careers during the school’s first Career Day.
The event, coordinated in part by Beth Bucheister, executive director of Career Day Inc., provided students with a venue to meet and learn from 58 professionals representing a variety of fields, including carpentry, real estate, medicine, fashion, marketing, computer science and engineering. Among the professionals were Clarke High School alumni, who explained how their high school experiences had impacted their future.
“Career Day connects students with business leaders to give them an inside look at major industries and better understand what it takes to get to where these professionals are,” said Clarke business teacher Joe Pavia. “It’s an excellent opportunity for students to explore different career pathways.”
Kicking off the day, students attended the “Empowering 21st Century Students: Where Am I Going?” assembly led by Randy Shain, founder of One on One Mentors; Michelle Kyriakides, executive director of the Hofstra University Career Center; and Bucheister, who inspired students to identify their “VIPS” – values, interests, personality and skills – when determining which career path to take.
Following the assembly, students attended two breakout sessions with presenters based on their career interests. During these sessions, industry leaders discussed their everyday tasks and experiences, shared their educational backgrounds and answered students’ questions.
“What I would like students to gain from this experience is an understanding of how much opportunity there is to find and work toward a career that is meaningful to them,” said Bucheister.
W.T. Clarke High School would like to thank the Board of Education, central administration, the school’s Career Day Committee, the PTSA, the East Meadow Chamber of Commerce and the participating local businesses for making its first Career Day a huge success.
Students in the district gave riveting performances for the Board of Education and community members during the Board’s communication meeting, on Dec. 21, at East Meadow High School.
As a tradition, the Board’s December communication meeting is devoted to featuring holiday-inspired musical performances by the district’s exceptionally talented student-musicians. The evening included performances by members of the Bowling Green and Barnum Woods elementary schools holiday ensemble; the McVey Elementary School chamber winds; the district’s REACH musical ensemble; the Woodland Middle School vocal jazz ensemble; the East Meadow High School jazz ensemble, handbell choir and chamber choir; the W.T. Clarke High School percussion ensemble, vocal jazz ensemble and full orchestra; and both high schools’ 2017 Tuba Christmas ensemble.
The district commends these students for their outstanding performances.
Students spanning first through twelfth grade in the district were recognized for their talents and creativity during the district’s Winter Art Show at the Leon J. Campo Salisbury Center on Dec. 20.
Students, families and faculty members browsed the 130 works of art on display as East Meadow High School’s string quartet performed winter classics. Those whose pieces were on exhibit had been chosen for their adept technique in graphic design, painting, drawing and photography.
The district extends a special thank-you to Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Dr. David Casamento, Director of Music and Art Dr. Christopher Hale, district art faculty including Art Chairperson Heather Anastasio and art show coordinator Lisa Young, and the custodial staff for their hard work and dedication in arranging this year’s gallery.
The East Meadow High School Theatre Guild and music department generated plenty of steam with their performance of “The Pajama Game.” Audience members sang along and fell in love again with this timeless story on Dec. 7-9.
As conditions at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory become unbearable, union workers go on strike demanding a seven-and-a-half-cent raise. While the strike blossoms, new superintendent Sid Sorokin and Babe Williams, leader of the union grievance committee, dive into a romantic relationship that will not only have to endure this conflict between management and labor, but also endure a battle of the sexes.
Directed by East Meadow High School chorus teacher Caitlin Hale, the talented East Meadow cast and crew presented a crowd-pleasing classic musical comedy traveling back to the 1950s era with energetic songs and dance routines.
The Theatre Guild would like to express their gratitude to Mrs. Hale, East Meadow High School Music Chairperson Stephen Engle (conductor), art teacher Ingo Prangenberg (technical advisor), music teacher Bill Kinslow (sound design) and Board of Education trustee Scott Eckers (lighting design) for this successful fall musical.
The fourth-graders in Elena DiCocco’s class at Barnum Woods Elementary School invited veterans and active-duty service members and their families to a special Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 9.
Barnum Woods Principal Gregory Bottari welcomed families, staff and East Meadow Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth A. Card Jr., a U.S. Navy veteran himself, to the ceremony.
“Today we celebrate America’s veterans for keeping this nation the land of the free and home of the brave,” said Bottari. “We appreciate the sacrifices they’ve given and the honor they’ve bestowed upon our country.”
During the event, students shared what they had learned about the federal holiday, including its origins and the meaning behind the “taps” bugle call. Students also enjoyed the priveledge of introducing each of the veterans. Additionally, fourth-graders Michael Bellocco and Nicholas Guarneri folded an American flag into a tri-cornered shape that symbolizes the hats worn by soldiers during the Revolutionary War. As they did so, fellow classmates discussed the seven pillars of character that soldiers embody. Following this presentation, the class came together to perform Mariah Carey’s “Hero,” and guests viewed a slideshow of the veterans being honored.
Addressing DiCocco, her students and Mr. Bottari, Dr. Card said, “Thank you for your hard work in putting this ceremony together. It is truly an honor to be recognized by all of you.”
To conclude the ceremony, students lit green lights as the veterans walked off the stage. The gesture was inspired by the “Greenlight a Vet” campaign, in which the green light symbolizes the support, appreciation and gratitude citizens have for the brave veterans of this country.
In observance of Veterans Day, students in the district honored and thanked veterans for their service on Nov. 9.
Bowling Green Elementary School students paid homage to those who have fought for the country by planting a sea of miniature American flags, provided to every student and faculty member courtesy of the PTA, on the school’s front lawn.
Across the district at W.T. Clarke Middle School and East Meadow High School, students listened to veterans speak about patriotism and acts of service to the nation. The middle schoolers heard from Vietnam veterans, who shared their experiences and discussed hardships of the war such as the extreme weather conditions of steaming temperatures and monsoons. The speakers gave students a firsthand glimpse into the war by circulating authentic materials such as soldiers’ helmets and vests, books, photo albums and enemy equipment.
Sophomores at East Meadow High School attended Veterans Day presentations held by U.S. Army veteran Joshua Rivera, who discussed his 15-month tour in Iraq. A graduate of East Meadow High School, Rivera shared childhood experiences, explained why he enlisted in the military, and educated students about his uniform while demonstrating how to properly wear a gas mask.
In turn, the students expressed their gratitude to the veterans for serving the country and devoting their lives to protecting the freedoms of the United States.
In honor of Unity Day on Oct. 18, the staff and student body of the East Meadow School District joined together to take a stance against bullying. Envisioned by the PTA Council, a globe mural surrounded by hands was created by district staff and students.
Throughout the day, students, teachers, faculty members and central administrators wore orange and signed paper hands as a pledge to be upstanders to put an end to bullying within their community.
With more than 75 palms signed and collected, members of the East Meadow High School Art Honor Society pasted the hands on a 16-by-12-foot board. The globe symbolizes kindness, togetherness and partnership across the district.
At the building level, schools celebrated Unity Day by creating their own Unity Day banners and flower posters. They also hosted Mix-It-Up Days during their lunch periods, where students sat with peers they didn’t know in order to cultivate new friendships.
The mural will be displayed through the end of the year in the conference room at the Leon J. Campo Salisbury Center.