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A Lesson From Your Body

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Bowling Green Elementary School students learned about making healthy choices from life-sized body organ puppets. 

Steve Petra of Petra Puppets utilized puppets such as the brain, stomach and small intestine to educate students about how the body functions. He also informed students how cigarettes and alcohol harm their health and organs. 

District Honors Terrific Kids During Board of Education Communication Meeting

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Recognitions and accolades abounded in the East Meadow School District on Nov. 16 as the district’s Board of Education acknowledged its Terrific Kids during its communication meeting.

Throughout the celebratory meeting, the W.T. Clarke High School Saxophone Quartet and the Bowling Green Chamber String Ensemble performed for members of the Board of Education, administration, faculty and community.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth A. Card Jr., members of the Board and middle school Principals James Lethbridge and Stacy Breslin presented certificates of recognition to the September, October and November middle school “Terrific Kids.” The Terrific Kids program is sponsored by the East Meadow Kiwanis to recognize sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students who continuously improve as individuals, students and leaders of the community.

Walking The Steps To A Healthy Life

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In honor of Red Ribbon Week, George McVey Elementary School students, teachers and community members gathered to promote healthy lifestyles by walking through the community. Among the attendees were New York State Sen. Kemp Hannon, Town of Hempstead Town Clerk Nasrin Ahmad, District 17 New York Assemblyman Tom McKevitt, and District 13 Legislator and Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves, all of whom greeted community members and students during the walk.

Prior to the walk, the school’s mascot, Mighty Mind, high-fived students, while members of the band performed and classes gathered with banners and wellness signs outside the school. Classes created wellness signs to emphasize their commitment to making healthy choices. A few of the signs included such sayings as, “Say No to Drugs,” “McVey Is a Happy School” and “We Are Drug and Bully Free.” 

 

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VIDEO: Hand In Hand, East Meadow Is United

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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. 

Honoring Our Veterans

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In recognition of Veterans Day, students across the district honor and thank the brave men and women for their service.

Shape-O’-Lanterns

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Students at Meadowbrook Elementary School celebrated the Halloween season in their classrooms with creative projects that reinforced their math and writing skills.

First-graders in Eileen Cohen’s class got into the spirit by constructing jack-o’-lanterns out of paper. After drawing ribs on their paper pumpkins, they attached the eyes, nose and mouth. Inside the mouth, they glued 10 teeth and wrote “10” on the pumpkin’s stem.        

Collaboration was at the heart of another lesson between kindergartners and fifth-graders, who teamed up to make “shape-o’-lanterns.” The older students got things started by cutting out large orange circles as the base for their pumpkins, along with a variety of geometric shapes to use as features. Determing which shapes represented the eyes, nose and mouth, the kindergartners glued them onto their pumpkins. With help from their fifth-grade buddies, they counted the number of shapes they had used and wrote the sum at the bottom of their projects.         



District Recognizes Principals, Board of Education During Communication Meeting

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In honor of School Board Recognition Week, East Meadow students expressed their appreciation to the district’s board of education on behalf of all students, teachers, administrators and families of the community during the board’s communication meeting on Oct. 26.

East Meadow High School senior Jolie Rebelo, who was named a 2017-2018 Long Island Arts Alliance Scholar Artist, set the tone for the evening with a string performance on the violin. 

Before the school board recognitions began, East Meadow Board of Education President Scott Eckers and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth A. Card, Jr., celebrated Principal Recognition month by presenting certificates of appreciation to each building principal for their dedication to bringing out the best in every student and faculty member. 

“Our principals make a difference in the lives of our children every day,” said Eckers. “Whenever I walk into our schools, I see our principals interacting with students.”  

To recognize the board’s diligent service to the community, each school in the district “adopted” a board member to thank them for their tireless efforts. Student representatives shared a biography of each board member, including their community involvement, and unveiled a portrait of the individual created by students who used a variety of media from renowned artists as their inspiration.   

“It takes strong schools to build a strong community,” said Dr. Card. “These board members devote countless hours to making sure our schools are raising student achievement by creating a clear vision for the future of education, providing accountability for student achievement results, developing a budget that aligns district resources with student achievement and supporting a healthy school district culture.”   

The district also extends its gratitude to District Art Chairperson, Heather Anastasio, District Director of Music and Art, Dr. Christopher Hale, and the art teachers from all nine schools for working with students to create the portraits.        



East Meadow HS Jets Victorious At Homecoming

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The East Meadow High School football stadium resounded with cheers and applause on Oct. 28 as the Jets landed a homecoming win against the Long Beach High School Marines, 21-13. 

Prior to the annual game, students, cheerleaders, the Rockettes kickline team and the homecoming court paraded through the community from Veterans Memorial Park to East Meadow High School. Class representatives tossed candy to spectators from student-created floats, which followed a cartoon theme this year.

The festivities continued at the high school’s athletic complex, where attendees played carnival games, won prizes, had their faces painted, and enjoyed food and refreshments from local vendors including: Amici Italian Bistro, Arby’s, Bagelicious, Dunkin’ Donuts, Mille Grazie Pizzeria, Moe’s Southwest Grill and Pastrami Plus. 

Prior to kickoff, the East Meadow High School Parents Athletic Club presented a $10,000 scholarship check to the East Meadow High School athletic program in memory of East Meadow High School graduate Matthew DeLuca, who passed away unexpectedly in January.    

During the game, Jets quarterback Shawn Regan had 11 carries for 130 rushing yards and one touchdown, and running back Mike Grech had 20 carries for 85 yards and two touchdowns. As for defense, linebackers Eddie Buckhaults and Liam Laskowski each had a sack. Buckhaults also had six tackles and Laskowski had five. 

At halftime, the cheerleaders, Rockettes and marching band gave a spectacular performance that elicited a standing ovation. 

Halftime was also marked by several recognitions. Seniors Daniel Miranda and Tara Fama were announced as homecoming king and queen, joined by this year’s homecoming court comprised of Derek Angueria, Michael Dolley, Melissa Finnegan, Helen Flores, Tyler Love, Jillian Lucito, Isabelle Melito and Robert McCrindle. Also recognized were members of the 1967 East Meadow High School football team for their Division I championship 50 years ago, as well as the 2017 girls varsity softball team, who received their championship rings for winning the Long Island Class AA softball championship game over East Islip. 

 

East Meadow High School Hosts Safe Halloween

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The Halloween spirit ran high as students from the East Meadow community attended the district’s Safe Halloween event, held on Oct. 30 at East Meadow High School.

The high school’s Students Against Destructive Decisions club invited varsity sports teams, organizations and other high school clubs to volunteer their time to dress in costume, design hallways with Halloween themes and hand out candy to young trick-or-treaters. Hundreds of young children walked the hallways dressed as superheroes, book and movie characters, and scary creatures. 

Hallway themes included the tropics, mad scientists, an Italian eatery, Harry Potter and more. Children not only collected candy, but also participated in games and activities at each of the themed centers.  



Operating Ozobots

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Meadowbrook Elementary School students used Ozobots to complete a measurement challenge during their STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) class.

The Ozobot is a one-inch-tall robot that uses photosensory perception to recognize patterns, lights, colors and codes to perform a programmed task. 

STEM teacher Kimberly Wagner guided third-graders in an activity where they designed routes on a map and programmed the Ozobots to move left, right, up and down. 

Working together, students drew codes using black, red, blue and green magic markers to direct their Ozobot across the map. 



Stop, Drop And Roll To Safety

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Barnum Woods Elementary School students learned about keeping their families and homes safe during this year’s fire prevention program, “Protect Your Family from Fire.”

East Meadow firefighters educated K-5 students about the uniforms and duties of firefighters and the importance of establishing a central location for family members to meet in case a fire happens.

Following the assembly, students were able to view and ask questions about fire trucks, fire engines and ambulances. As a special treat, the firefighters streamed water from a fire hose for students to see.  

Accepting Rachel’s Challenge

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Woodland Middle School sixth-grade students learned about creating a positive and bully-free school environment by participating in Rachel’s Challenge.

After the 1999 tragedy at Columbine High School, Rachel’s Challenge was established to inspire and equip every person to create a permanent, positive change in their school through assemblies, team building exercises and the acceptance of others. 

Sixth-grade students began their day with an assembly about Rachel’s story of spreading kindness, dreaming big and starting a chain reaction of positive change. At the conclusion of the assembly, students were asked to complete five challenges during the school year: look for the best in others, dream big, choose positive influences, speak with kindness and start your own chain reaction.  

Rounding out the day, East Meadow High School students visited sixth-grade classrooms to conduct lessons about the six pillars of character – trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. The middle school students were also asked to acknowledge the positive people in their lives and consider the impact a single compliment can have on someone.  



VIDEO: Hand In Hand, East Meadow Is United

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In honor of Unity Day on Oct. 18, the staff and student body of the district joined together to take a stance against bullying.  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.   

Magic Of Fitness

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Parkway Elementary School students learned the importance of living a healthy and active lifestyle during a “bFit” assembly featuring magician Brian Richards.

Mr. Richards used magic, comedy and audience participation to excite students about eating nutritious foods and exercising at least 60 minutes every day. He explained to students how their bodies need to “bFueled” with healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables, lean protein, whole grains, as well as plenty of water.  He also told studnets that they need to “bActive” by completing 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise every day. He encouraged students to “bCreative” by incorporating five different types of fruits and vegetables into their diet and exercising while watching TV or playing video games. 

Concluding the show, Mr. Richards led the group in a choreographed dance to demonstrate how easy it is to exercise.     



W.T. Clarke Rams Shine With Spirit At Homecoming

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The W.T. Clarke High School Jack Boyle Memorial Stadium was a sea of maroon and gray as students, faculty and community members watched the Rams take on the Cold Spring Harbor Seahawks at homecoming on Oct. 14.  Attendees were treated to food and freebies from the East Meadow Teachers’ Association, the W.T. Clarke PTSA and the W.T. Clarke Parent Booster Club.

The game was marked by a festive halftime, during which the W.T. Clarke varsity cheerleaders, marching band and color guard gave a show-stopping performance for the crowd. Members of the East Meadow School District Board of Education, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth A. Card, Jr., and central administrators led the annual halftime parade procession. Representatives of the Class of 1967 served as grand marshal, and students showcased their class floats while tossing candy to the cheering crowd. The theme for this year’s floats was “decades,” which ranged from the 1950s to the 1990s.

At the rear of the parade, were members of the homecoming royal court who were all smiles as seniors Brendan Peters and Jessica Baum were recognized as homecoming king and queen. The court was rounded out by freshmen John Kern and Stephanie Frattiani as duke and duchess, sophomores Mike Heavey and Gabby Sferrazza as count and countess, and Matt Valverde and Natalie Long as prince and princess. 

As for the game, the Rams put forth a strong effort, but were ultimately defeated by the Seahawks, 26-7.   

 

Two Inducted Into W.T. Clarke Hall of Achievement

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W.T. Clarke High School, in the East Meadow School District, held its biannual Hall of Achievement ceremony on Oct. 14, prior to the school’s homecoming game. Two alumni –  Darla Martiello Canonico (Class of 1993) and Nadine Muskatel Tung (Class of 1976) were inducted this year for demonstrating outstanding ability, leadership, character and dedication, and for serving as an inspiration to the Clarke community.

Canonico, who was nominated by Clarke PTA member Denise Michaelis, is the owner of the Westbury Academy of Dance and has been a member of the Clarke community her entire life. Since the age of 2, Canonico had been enrolled in dance classes at the academy, where then-owner and director Camille Sanfilippo made an impact on her life. Over the course of her years in the dance studio, Canonico shared her love of dance, taught classes to hundreds of students in the community, and dreamed of one day owning her own studio. Seven years ago, her dream became a reality when Sanfilippo sold the Westbury Academy of Dance to her after 40 years of ownership.

To this day, Canonico teaches a large number of students, ages 3 to high school, fostering in them confidence, courage, self-esteem, commitment and teamwork. She continually encourages her dancers and supports their academic pursuits by awarding scholarships to graduating seniors of both W.T. Clarke and East Meadow high schools. 

“This is a proud day for my family, as we are all alumni or future alumni of Clarke,” said Canonico. “Thank you to this amazing community that I am so lucky to be a part of – without your love and support, I wouldn’t be able to do what I love every day. I really appreciate and cherish the friendships I’ve made on this journey.” 

Canonico resides in Westbury with her husband, Al, and children, Ava and Dominic, who attend W.T. Clarke High School and W.T. Clarke Middle School, respectively. 

Dr. Tung, who was unable to attend the ceremony, was recognized for her work to advance cancer research. While a Ram at Clarke, she was the chairperson of Model Congress and a member of the drama club, Thespian Society, National Honor Society, wind ensemble and The Vanguard, the school’s newspaper. She graduated from Clarke as valedictorian in 1976 and went on to attend Princeton University and Harvard Medical School. 

Dr. Tung is currently the director of the Cancer Genetics and Prevention Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, which she established in 1997 to evaluate patients and families with hereditary cancer syndromes. She is also a breast medical oncologist, a member of the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center and an associate professor at Harvard Medical School. 

Dr. Tung’s research focuses on hereditary causes of breast cancer and effective strategies for breast cancer prevention and treatment. Through the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, she oversees a multi-center, national trial that is evaluating whether cisplatin is superior to standard chemotherapy for women with BRCA1/2 mutations and newly diagnosed breast cancer. 

Additionally, Dr. Tung serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Clinical Oncology, as well as on the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Cancer Prevention Committee and Cancer Genetics Subcommittee. 

 

Sprucing Up Bowling Green’s Garden

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With the changing of seasons underway, students of Bowling Green Elementary School in the East Meadow School District recently gathered to beautify their school by sprucing up the landscape surrounding the school. 

Working alongside teachers, parents and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth Card Jr., students enhanced the school’s garden by planting tulip bulbs, garden mums, pansies and perennials. The project came to fruition with the help of the Bowling Green PTA.

Thinking Rewired At Barnum Woods Elementary

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The introduction of “growth mindset” activities has been changing the way fifth-graders at Barnum Woods Elementary School approach learning. 

Following her research on achievement and success, Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck coined the term “growth mindset” to refer to the underlying belief that one is able to learn and grow mentally by training and strengthening their brain. This is in contrast to a “fixed mindset,” in which one believes that they cannot learn new things and basic traits such as intelligence, character and personality are predetermined. When equipped with a growth mindset, students confront uncertainties and setbacks, see failure as an opportunity to learn, put forth a greater effort to learn and accept criticism as a way to change and grow.   

During an English Language Arts lesson, fifth-graders were asked to use their non-dominant hand to write their names and the date, draw a self-portrait, and cut and paste objects onto a separate piece of paper. Limited at first by a fixed mindset, the students reported feeling frustrated and unconfident when trying to finish the assignment. When they switched to a growth mindset, however, they embraced the challenge and persevered by understanding that effort and attitude make all the difference.     

Fifth-grade teachers Laurette Tamburello and Lissette Pellegrino explained that when students believe they can rewire their brains and boost their intelligence, they become more interested in learning and less afraid of facing failure. 



Practice Makes Perfect

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In preparation for the New York City and Long Island Columbus Day parades, the marching bands of East Meadow and W.T. Clarke High Schools practiced their routines with the help of marching band clinicians.

Each school’s band and color guard set aside a full day at the end of September to improve their tone, accuracy, rhythm and marching technique. 

To perfect their routine, W.T. Clarke’s students received assistance from marching band and color guard instructor Meaghan Neary, school band teachers Steve Barbieri and Molly Tittler, and percussion teacher Steve Blutman.

The East Meadow High School students worked with Dr. Christopher Parks, director of athletic bands at Stony Brook University, as well as high school music chairperson Stephen Engle and music teachers Zachary Robason and Gregory Sisco. 

Dr. Parks also conducted leadership workshops that motivated and inspired the students to give their best in every performance. 

 

Time Traveling In The Classroom

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Fourth-graders at Parkway Elementary School traveled back more than 2,000 years with the help of Journeys into American Indian Territory to learn about the civilization of American Indians.

The in-school field trip immersed students in American Indian culture with a museum display of tools and clothing that helped communities gather food, hunt, build shelters, and protect themselves from wild animals and extreme weather conditions. Students also walked through a wigwam, tried on tradition American Indian clothing, beat on drums and crushed corn to create grain. 

Guided by presenters Maddi Cheers and Richie Cornacchio, students established their own Iroquois government among their classmates. They were divided into groups and asked to select one leader based on the qualities of kindness, equality and open-mindedness to assist in leading their village.  

Additionally, fourth-graders re-enacted the lives of American Indian children by playing games, reading authentic stories, creating clay pots and dancing to traditional music.   



East Meadow Seniors Named National Merit Commended Students

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Five seniors from East Meadow and W.T. Clarke High Schools have been named Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. 

Approximately 34,000 students across the country were recognized for their outstanding academic performance with this designation. These five placed among the top 5 percent of 1.6 million students who entered the competition by completing the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. 

The district congratulates East Meadow High School seniors Patrick Cruz, John Lam, Adeena Moghni and Mary Zaradich and W.T. Clarke High School senior Joshua Guo on their distinguished academic performances.

East Meadow High School Seniors Named National Hispanic Scholars

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East Meadow High School seniors Ariana Adames, Patrick Cruz and Callie Quinones have been named 2017 National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars. 

The NHRP was established in 1983 through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation and honors about 5,000 or 2.5 percent of the highest-scoring students from over 250,000 Hispanic/Latino juniors who take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Qualifications for recognition are based on critical reading, mathematics and writing scores on the PSAT/NMSQT and a minimum GPA of 3.5. 

Although there is no financial reward, recipients receive a certificate and the NHRP sends a list of all recognized students to subscribing colleges and universities.

The district congratulates Ariana, Patrick and Callie on this exceptional award and wishes them a successful senior year.

W.T. Clarke Middle School Cares For Victims of Hurricane Harvey

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The student government at W.T. Clarke Middle School held a hurricane relief drive from Sept. 11-20 to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. 

W.T. Clarke Middle School faculty and students were encouraged to deposit nonperishable food items, bedding, clothing, pet supplies and toiletries in donation boxes throughout the building. Over the course of the drive, student government members made morning announcements, posted flyers, decorated donation boxes and spoke to classes about the importance of helping others in times of need. 

All donations were delivered to Eisenhower Park, which was deemed a collection site during Nassau County Executive, Edward P. Mangano, and police officials’ “Help for Houston” fundraiser.

East Meadow Juniors Attend 2017 Congress For Science/Tech

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Three juniors from East Meadow and W.T. Clarke High Schools garnered an Award of Excellence from the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists after attending the 2017 Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders, held in Boston, Massachusetts, in June.

According to its website, the academy is “dedicated to inspiring and supporting all K-12 and college students who wish to devote their lives to the sciences and technology.” 

East Meadow High School juniors Sophia Yu and Ameer Menwer and W. T. Clarke High School junior Kyaw Ya received this honor as a result of teacher nominations, leadership ability, academic achievement, and dedication to science and technology.

The three-day conference gave students an opportunity to learn from award-winning inventors, scientists and technology entrepreneurs.  Students were also allowed opportunities to network with fellow attendees in order to gain a better understanding of the various science and technology fields. 

The district congratules Sophia, Ameer and Kyaw on this remarkable experience and wishes them continued success during their junior year.    

East Meadow High School Senior To Perform In All-National Honor Ensemble

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East Meadow High School senior Kevin Martin has been invited to perform double bass in the Symphony Orchestra of the National Association for Music Education All-National Honor Ensembles in Orlando, Florida, on Nov. 26-29.
 
The All-National Honor Ensembles represents the top performing high school musicians across the United States in Concert Band, Mixed Choir, Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble. 

To qualify, Kevin participated in the All-State festival at the 2016 NYSSMA Winter Conference and underwent a rigorous application process that included video recordings of his audition repertoire.

The district congratulates Kevin on achieving this impressive accomplishment. 

East Meadow Students Selected For NYSSMA All-State

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Eight students from the district have been recognized by the New York State School Music Association for their outstanding musical talents and chosen to perform in the All-State Festival at NYSSMA’s 82nd Annual Winter Conference, to be held Nov. 30 through Dec. 3. An additional six students were named alternates. 

More than 6,500 sophomores and juniors in New York State performed in NYSSMA solo evaluation festivals last spring in the hopes of being selected for All-State. To qualify, students had to receive a score between 98 and 100 on their solo performance, judged by a NYSSMA All-State adjucator.  

From East Meadow High School, Jolie Rebelo has been selected to perform violin in the String Orchestra; Mary Zaradich will perform trombone in the Symphony Orchestra; John McGrath and Dominic Osojnak will perform Bb clarinet and snare drum, respectively, in the Symphonic Band; and Chelsea Padilla and Staci Wachsstock have been selected as alto II and soprano II, respectively, for the Mixed Choir.

From W.T. Clarke High School, Jesse Hirshon will perform tuba in the Symphonic Band and Sophia Moreira will join the Symphony Orchestra as a violist. 

This year’s alternates are East Meadow High School students Stephanie Miley, alto saxophone; Osojnak, timpani; and Kacie Price, oboe; and W.T. Clarke High School students Joshua Dawson, snare drum; Frank Festa, bass I; Antonio Ianniello, jazz bass voice; and Devon Rafanelli, mallet percussion.  

The district commends these exceptionally talented students for their passion and dedication to music.