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East Meadow HS Junior Spends Day as Local Official

East Meadow HS Junior Spends Day as Local Official Photo
Elise Shallbetter, a junior at East Meadow High School, had the privilege of learning about local government firsthand when she participated in the Town of Hempstead’s 18th annual Students in Government Day on May 15. She was one of 13 students throughout the township to take part in this educational opportunity.

To achieve this, Elise submitted a 250-word essay about local government, describing how it works and discussing issues she felt should be addressed. She also indicated which department she was most interested in exploring.

Along with lessons on local government, Elise’s day at Town Hall included exploring the parks and recreation department, attending meetings and participating in a mock emergency weather drill. The day concluded with all students engaging in a Q&A session with Town of Hempstead Supervisor Anthony J. Santino and Council Members.     


Special Message to the Community – Bond Initiative

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RESIDENTS APPROVE BOND
On Tuesday, March 7, East Meadow residents approved the community’s first joint East Meadow Schools and Public Library capital project bond referendum by a vote of 2,031 Yes to 835 No.

Projects included in this bond will address major repairs and renovations to schools districtwide, improve energy efficiency, support science initiatives, and restore natural grass athletic fields for school and community use. The bond will also fund major repairs and upgrades to the public library that will support additional programs and services, improve energy efficiency and security systems, and increase opportunities for students and patrons.

“The Board of Education and administration would like to thank all community residents who voted on the bond and for their approval and continued support,” said Superintendent of Schools Leon J. Campo. “This is an exciting time for our community and we look forward to improving our schools for our students and for future generations to come.” East Meadow Public Library Director Carol Probeyahn said, “On behalf of the library Board of Directors, we want to thank the community for your vote of support. We are looking forward to improving our library to provide expanded services for our children and community residents.”

Tuesday, March 7 is the East Meadow Public Schools and Public Library joint bond vote. Please plan to be part of the future of our community and remember to vote. Every vote counts! Polls will be open from 7 a.m.-9 p.m. at all elementary schools.

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East Meadow Schools and Public Library Joint Bond Presentation
Thursday, March 2, 2017 • 6:30 p.m.
Leon J. Campo Salisbury Center

Prior to 2017-18 Budget Input Session and Board of Education Meeting

East Meadow Joint Bond Vote March 7 from 7 a.m.- 9p.m. at All Elementary Schools
Average annual cost to taxpayers = $57.53 or less than 16¢ per day

On Tuesday, March 7, 2017, residents will have an opportunity to vote on a joint bond referendum proposed by the East Meadow Public Schools and the East Meadow Public Library that, if approved, will renovate and improve the schools and library to better serve students and community residents into the future. For the first time in East Meadow’s history, residents will vote on a joint bond at significant savings to the taxpayer.

The East Meadow schools are more than 60 years old and in need of major repairs and renovations that are too costly to include in the annual school budget without significantly increasing taxes and/or cutting programs and services to students. The public library has not undertaken a major renovation in more than 30 years, and requires major repairs and upgrades.

The bond initiative will fund the repairs and renovations to the schools, improve energy efficiency, support science initiatives and restore the district’s natural grass athletic fields for school and community use. The proposed bond would also support major repairs and upgrades to the public library to enhance additional programs and services, improve energy efficiency and security systems and increase opportunities to serve students and patrons.

During the life span of the bond, the average annual cost to the taxpayer is $57.53, or approximately 16¢ per day. The projected average annual cost to the taxpayer is calculated using the average assessed property value as determined by the Nassau County Assessor’s Office. It is anticipated the work in the schools will begin during the summer of 2018 and the library work will also begin sometime in 2018.

This is an exciting time for the community. All residents are encouraged to vote on Tuesday, March 7, from 7 a.m.-9 p.m., at all district elementary schools. For more information, visit the school district website at www.eastmeadow.k12.ny.us or the library website at www.eastmeadow.info. You can also find information on the bond on Facebook by liking East Meadow Schools and Public Library Joint Bond.



School District and Public Library Joint Bond Referendum
In a joint decision, the first of its kind in the community’s history, the school district and public library plan to propose a single bond referendum that would support major renovations and improvements to both the district’s schools and athletic facilities, and the public library. If approved by voters, the proposed work will bring the public library into the 21st century and facilitate greater opportunities to serve the community, while the school district will be able to address much needed repairs and improve its instructional space and athletic facilities at schools that are more than 60 years old.

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Celebrating Moms

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In honor of Mother’s Day, Jill Hecker’s second-grade class at Bowling Green Elementary School held a tea to celebrate their magnificent moms.

Teary eyes filled the room as each student took center stage to share an acrostic poem they had written for their mother. Each letter in “mother” expressed one of the reasons why their mother means the world to them. After reciting their poems, they presented their mothers with a hug, a kiss and a rose.

Following, the students and their mothers enjoyed cookies, cupcakes and iced tea as they captured the event’s memories on their phones.



East Meadow Budget Passes

Residents in the East Meadow School District voted to support the 2017-18 budget on May 16, by a vote of 2,123 to 532.

Additionally, Alisa Baroukh and Scott Eckers were elected to the Board of Education. The vote totals were:

Scott Eckers (running unopposed): 2,268 Votes
Joseph Danenza: 780 Votes
Alisa Baroukh: 1,761 Votes

Thank you to all residents who participated in this important vote and for your continued support of the East Meadow School District.

East Meadow Holds Ninth Annual ‘Run with the Rams’

East Meadow Holds Ninth Annual ‘Run with the Rams’ Photo

Residents of the East Meadow School District joined students, faculty and Board of Education members for the district’s ninth annual “Run with the Rams” 5K fundraiser, sponsored by the W.T. Clarke Athletic Department, on April 29.

Bright and early on a warm Saturday, participants of all ages gathered in Clarke High School’s gymnasium to check in, register and pin their timing bibs for the one-mile “fun run” or 5K street race. 

Organized by Josh Friedman, the Athletic Chairperson for W.T. Clarke High School and Middle School, both races began and ended outside the athletic complex, circling through the neighborhood, with water stops managed by student volunteers.

The fundraiser accumulated $2,000 to benefit a local family in need and the W.T. Clarke Athletic program.

Clarke MS Students Stand Mock Trial

Clarke MS Students Stand Mock Trial Photo
The seventh- and eighth-grade members of W.T. Clarke Middle School’s Mock Trial club took on the roles of lawyers, witnesses and jurors as they participated in the 34th annual Western Suffolk BOCES Mock Trial Tournament on April 21.

After months of preparation and practice, the team read, analyzed and strategized the mock civil case of Jenna Hightower v. Mike Tosser, which was the case to be heard at the tournament. They met with club advisor and Social Studies Department Chairperson Lisa Scully to study and plan for the big day. 

Held at Suffolk County Community College, the one-day competition brought together 13 teams from Nassau and Suffolk counties. Clarke’s team participated in two rounds: the first as prosecutor against West Babylon Junior High School and the second as defendant against North Shore Middle School.

At the end of the day, Clarke’s students were victorious in the presentation/poised category.  

“I am very proud of the team for diligently studying the case,” said Scully. “They exhibited a high level of professionalism by transforming into the lawyers and witnesses of the trial.”  

W.T. Clarke REACH Students Perform With FREE Players

W.T. Clarke REACH Students Perform With FREE Players Photo

On April 28, W.T. Clarke REACH students shared the stage with the FREE Players as parents, faculty, administrators and community members gathered for the FREE Players Variety Show Extravaganza at W.T. Clarke High School.

“This is a first that our own children are performing with the FREE Players,” said Superintendent of Schools Leon J. Campo. “The FREE Players are an inspirational troupe who have spent time with our students in overcoming their challenges, developing their abilities and exposing their talents for all of us to enjoy.”

Alongside their FREE Players mentors, the East Meadow REACH students took center stage as they performed the “Schoolhouse Rock” segment “I’m Just a Bill,” singing about how a bill becomes a law in the United States judicial system.     

The FREE Players performed an assortment of skits, songs and dance routines from Broadway musicals including “Hairspray,” “9 to 5” and “Wicked.” Members of the FREE Players Drum Corps and Color Guard dazzled the audience with cadences from “Free Your Mind,” “Ice Kingdom” and “Intergalactic.” In addition, performers from the Bay Way Arts Center danced to “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Lorde and presented a preview of their production of “Grease.”

All who took the stage received a standing ovation for their remarkable performance.





Reuse A Shoe

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Students and staff at Barnum Woods Elementary School donated 2,351 pairs of shoes to the clothing recycling company Wearable Collections on April 28. According to its website, this New York-City based company keeps clothing, textiles and shoes out of landfills while generating funds for local charities.

Initiated by the school’s Planning Management Team, students, faculty and administrators were asked to bring in footwear of any condition during the week of April 24. Classes collected large donations of unwanted, outgrown and worn out sneakers, shoes and boots.

Among the generous contributions, Gene Vassel’s fifth-grade class collected 177 pairs of the shoes, winning a brunch celebration with Harriet Alfano, the school’s Assistant Principal. In addition, fourth-grader Natalie Kwok individually collected 97 pairs of shoes, helping her classmates earn second place with a total of 149 pairs.   


East Meadow High School Remembers The Holocaust

East Meadow High School Remembers The Holocaust Photo

In observance of Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day, East Meadow High School students learned about hope, tolerance and courage from the Theatre Three production “From the Fires: Voices of the Holocaust.”

Organized by Assistant Principal Robert Hardwick, the high school’s Expanding Pride in Israeli Culture (EPIC) club and Social Studies department, students in grades 9-12 traveled back in time to better understand the heinous tragedy of the Holocaust. 

“This program is a powerful voice that reminds us to never forget and to always treat others with respect, understanding and compassion,” said EPIC President Allison Goldstein. 

The assembly, which was divided into two sessions – the earlier for the upperclassmen and the later for freshmen and sophomores – depicted the horrific treatment that a young high school Jewish girl, her friend and her father experienced from neighbors, colleagues and classmates in their town, as well as how they survived the concentration camps. 

Written by Jeffrey R. Sanzel, “From the Fires: Voices of the Holocaust” traces the life of Rachel Gold, a Berlin teenager, and her experiences from 1937 to 1945. The 40-minute play follows Rachel’s life from the inception of the Nuremberg Laws to the deportation to Auschwitz and the death march to Mauthausen.   

Following the performance, students took part in a Q&A session with the actors, asking about their inspiration for the play and the impact the performance had on them. 

Bowling Green Students Learn About The Hazards Of Tobacco

Bowling Green Students Learn About The Hazards Of Tobacco Photo

Bowling Green Elementary School fifth-graders learned about the hazards of tobacco during a “Tobacco Control” assembly led by nurses from the Center for Tobacco Control at North Shore University Hospital.

Organized by Bowling Green social worker Steven Sacks, fifth-graders gathered in the school’s all-purpose room to learn about the various forms of tobacco, chemicals added to cigarettes, the addictive drug nicotine and ways to live a healthy lifestyle.

During the assembly, North Shore nurses Andrea Spartamella and Christine Fardellone engaged students in activities that taught them about the detrimental effects that smoking tobacco has on their health. Students compared the labels of a pack of cigarettes and a bag of popcorn, learning that cigarette packs do not contain a list of ingredients. In another activity, students were given a visual of the chemicals found in a cigarette by pulling out objects representing the dangerous substances from a giant plastic cigarette. Objects included mothballs, a miniature racecar to symbolize carbon monoxide and a bottle of Clorox to represent ammonia.

Concluding the assembly, the students discussed ways to help people quit smoking, stand up to peer pressure, and keep the heart healthy by avoiding sugar, eating balanced meals and exercising for 60 minutes every day.    





Caught Being Kind at Clarke

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With outdoor temperatures beginning to rise, the atmosphere at W.T. Clarke Middle School also turned warmer as the school community spread kindness throughout the month of April.

Organized by the school’s Student Government, the monthlong Kisses for Kindness initiative encouraged students, faculty and administrators to “catch” others in a benevolent act. Members of Student Government cut hundreds of paper Hershey’s Kisses on which students could document the good deeds performed by their peers and teachers. A submission box for paper Kisses was also placed in the main office for staff and administrators to note when students and faculty demonstrated kindness.

Every day, student government members delivered a bag of Hershey’s Kisses to those who had been caught the day before. The paper Kisses were posted daily in the hallway in a growing display of schoolwide kindness, with more than 600 Kisses coming to fill the hallways in acknowledgment of the school community’s thoughtfulness and compassion.

“I am so proud of the student government for thinking of this idea and including everyone in the building,” said Student Government advisor Margaret Sweeny. “The enthusiasm and excitement we received from students, teachers and administrators is truly remarkable.”

Clarke HS Mock Trial Team Places First in County Tournament

Clarke HS Mock Trial Team Places First in County Tournament Photo
The W.T. Clarke High School Mock Trial club won first place in the New York State Bar Association’s Nassau County tournament, advancing to the 2017 NYS Mock Trial Finals in Albany, New York, on May 21-23.

The competitions are part of the New York State Mock Trial program, which, according to NYSBA’s website, gives high school students an opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge of civil/criminal law and courtroom procedures by defending a case.

In preparation for the county tournament, the East Meadow students received the mock case of Robin Berkman v. County of Dover in December, which they read, analyzed and strategized with their coach, high school Social Studies teacher Paul Henning. During the competition, held at the Nassau County Courthouse in Hempstead, teams took on the role of either prosecutor or defendant against other local schools and argued their case before a panel of judges. The judges consisted of lawyers, judges and law enforcement officials.

Clarke High School’s team competed against several high schools in the preliminary rounds, including Kellenberg Memorial, Saint Mary’s, Massapequa, Great Neck North and Davis Renov Stahler Yeshiva high schools, as well as Hempstead’s Crescent School. They emerged victorious after facing the Wheatley School from the East Williston School District in the championship round, earning first place and advancing to the finals.

The team will head to Albany on May 21 to defend the same case at the James T. Foley Courthouse in the Northern District against schools from around the state.

From 2003 to 2011, the Clarke High School Mock Trial team has won six county championship titles and were named state champions in 2003.

The district commends the Clarke High School team and wishes them much success at finals.  


East Meadow High School Juniors Earn NCFJE Good Deed Award

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Recognized for their upstanding citizenship and community service, East Meadow High School juniors Kristen Kavanagh and Shermeen Khan have earned the 2017 Good Deed Award for Long Island Teenagers from the National Committee for the Furtherance of Jewish Education.
 
According to the NCFJE website, the Good Deed Award Program recognizes outstanding caring and courageous students whose independent good deeds contribute to the community’s quality of life. These students embody the characteristics of compassion, equality and social justice, integrity, honesty and responsibility.

Both students were nominated by their guidance counselor, Joanna Silberman, for sharing their time, talents and resources with the community.

With a genuine, caring and humble personality, Kristen expresses her school spirit in numerous ways. She volunteers to decorate the halls for various activities, has helped build a homecoming float, performs at sporting events, pep rallies and parades as a member of the high school’s kickline team, the Rockettes, and serves as co-president of the Student Alliance for Equality. She is also a member of several honor societies.

Last year, following a rigorous interview process, Kristen was the only East Meadow High School sophomore to represent the school as a Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership ambassador. She joined teenagers from throughout the region at a HOBY leadership conference, where she collaborated with recognized leaders in business, government, education and other professions to discuss current world issues.

Beyond her school involvement, Kristen has been a Girl Scout for more than 12 years and earned her Gold Award with her community service project, SMILE – Smile, Manners, Interpersonal skills, Listen, Eye contact – to emphasize the importance of social interaction among middle school students. For her project, she designed interactive workshops that used games, role playing and technology to instill “old school values” and help children adopt better decision-making and social skills.

With a passion for service since middle school, Shermeen is active in numerous clubs and organizations, and is an activist for the Muslim and Hindu communities.

 Enrolled in challenging Advanced Placement and college-level courses, Shermeen is a member of the National, Science, Spanish and Social Studies honor societies, for which she assists in fundraising, tutors younger children and upholds the honor and duties of each chapter. She is also president of Key Club, public relations director and secretary of the Ethnic Awareness Club and secretary of Future Business Leaders of America.

As Key Club president, Shermeen has exercised leadership and performed countless hours of volunteer work throughout Long Island and New York State. As part of her service, she has been the chairperson of the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Center Foundation, a position in which she has campaigned and raised money, conducted safety presentations, and publicized information about hazardous situations children may encounter for students, parents and caregivers. Additionally, she was elected New York District Lieutenant Governor for District 6, where she leads and motivates students from 12 local high school Key Clubs. She creates newsletters, develops training workshops, and motivates and inspires others to give back to their community in a variety of ways.

Within her community, Shermeen conducted extensive research and created a petition that received over 700 signatures requesting the East Meadow School District to consider recognizing Muslim and Hindu holidays in the school calendar. Her proposal was accepted, and the district will be recognizing these religious holidays in the upcoming school year calendar.

The district commends both Kristen and Shermeen for making the East Meadow school community exceptional through their positive contributions and dedicated involvement.     


Board of Education Appoints New Superintendent of Schools

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At its communications meeting on April 20, 2017, the East Meadow Board of Education appointed Dr. Kenneth Card, Jr. as the district’s new superintendent of schools, effective July 1, 2017. Dr. Card joins the district with more than 14 years of experience as a district and school-based leader, most recently serving as the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction in the Huntington School District for the past seven years. His past experience also includes serving as principal at Woodhull Intermediate School in Huntington, and an assistant principal and social studies teacher in the Harborfields Central School District.

Dr. Card also currently serves as an adjunct assistant professor at the School of Education at LIU Post and as an adjunct instructor at the School of Education at SUNY Old Westbury. He is a visionary leader in a K-12 setting and has extensive experience in strategic planning and resource development, a deep dedication to academic excellence and a passion for preparing students for productive and successful lives.

“Dr. Card is highly regarded and respected in the educational community and described by his peers as a creative thinker, a problem solver, a strong long-range planner and an effective leader,” said Board of Education President Marcee Rubinstein. “The Board believes that Dr. Card will be effective at connecting and communicating with faculty, staff, students, parents and the community at large. We welcome him to our district and look forward to his leadership and vision.”

Dr. Card’s primary goal for East Meadow is to enable the district to fully achieve its mission and aspirations for all students. He plans on building on East Meadow’s many strengths and promote a rich academic life that fosters student success, advances the intellectual, artistic and athletic abilities of students to ensure that they are well prepared for student success well into the future.

“Dr. Card has our district’s entire support in his efforts to lead and to uplift our children to greater heights in knowledge, kindness and respect of others,” said current Superintendent of Schools Leon J. Campo. “On behalf of our dedicated staff, I welcome him to the East Meadow School District family!”


Board of Education Honors ‘Terrific Kids’

Board of Education Honors ‘Terrific Kids’ Photo

Among a sea of community members, faculty and students, the East Meadow Board of Education recognized the March and April “Terrific Kids” of Woodland and W.T. Clarke middle schools during their communication meeting on April 20.

Kicking off the celebratory evening, the Bowling Green Elementary School Chamber Orchestra, consisting of 28 fourth- and fifth-graders, serenaded those in attendance under the direction of the school’s orchestra teacher, Kristen Bean.  

Following, students from both middle schools were honored by East Meadow Kiwanis President Ross Schiller, members of the Board, and middle school Principals Stacy Breslin and James Lethbridge for being role models in their school communities. Sponsored by the East Meadow Kiwanis, the Terrific Kids program recognizes sixth- through eighth-graders who continuously improve as individuals, students and community leaders.

“We recognize these middle school students because they are role models who set an example for others and demonstrate exceptional character within the community,” said Superintendent of Schools Leon J. Campo.

Force of Fashion

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Members of the East Meadow High School Fashion Club held a “Force of Nature” fashion show on March 31, raising $1,500 for “The Cure Starts Now,” a pediatric cancer research foundation for diffuse intrinsic pontine gliomas, a type of brain tumor.

Throughout the year, Fashion Club members developed a theme for the show, decided on a charity to which they would donate the proceeds, coordinated with local stores to donate clothing, and arranged fittings for the models as well as taught them the choreography for the runway.

After months of planning and preparation, students in grades 10-12 volunteered to model fashion inspired by the four elements – wind, fire, water and earth. Each model posed in two outfits graciously donated by Century 21 in Westbury.

“The amount of support we received from friends, family, teachers and other students was truly amazing,” said East Meadow High School senior and Fashion Club member Olivia Megale. “I am beyond proud of all the club members and models for putting on a fabulous show.”  

The district commends the Fashion Club for using their passion for fashion to help the community.  


Welcome the W.T. Clarke Middle School Champions

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Fifteen students at W.T. Clarke Middle School were honored for their exemplary character and conduct during the school’s inaugural Breakfast of Champions ceremony on April 27.

“Thank you for raising such fine children,” said Principal Stacy Breslin to the parents gathered. “We honor these students for being Clarke Middle School Champions and applaud them for their contributions and achievements.”
 
The program recognizes students who possess strong character and integrity, a good work ethic, compassion and empathy. The honorees were nominated by their teachers for exemplifying a positive attitude, demonstrating an open mindset and taking personal responsibility for their actions.

The school’s administrators expressed their gratitude to the nominating teachers, as well as staff members Randi Bernstein, Carol Glueckert and Laura Henry, PTA President Denise Michaelis, student representatives Isabel Martinez and Anjali Aggarwal, and the Planning Management Team for their organization, support and creativity in instituting this program.

The W.T. Clarke Champions are:

Henry Asencio
Monica Dell’Olio
Nicholas Espinosa
Mubaraka Ezzi
Sebastian Fajardo
Michael Forte
Kevin Henning
Jack Hollywood
Gurleen Kaur
Brooke Noonan
Isabella Petz
Catherine Posillico
Kimberly Ruiz
Gianna Taveras
Jenna Trinh




Visit from Vietnam Veterans

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East Meadow High School juniors received a special visit from members of the Vietnam War Veterans Association of Long Island where students learned about the Veterans’ experiences during the war.

The veterans discussed hardships of the war, including serving overseas in extreme weather conditions, delay of information regarding life in the United States and surviving guerilla warfare. Providing a firsthand look at the war, the veterans circulated authentic materials used by soldiers such as helmets, vests, books, photo albums and enemy equipment.

Following the presentation, the students participated in a Q&A session with the veterans and expressed their gratitude to them for serving our country and devoting their lives to protecting our freedoms.

Chief of Clarke

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Andraya Givargis, a sixth-grader at W.T. Clarke Middle School accepted the title of school principal on April 21 as part of the school’s “Principal for a Day” fundraiser.

Organized by the school’s Change 4 Change club, sixth- through eighth-grade students entered the contest for the chance to serve as school principal by purchasing $1 raffle tickets. The Principal for a Day program raised more than $200.  

With Principal Stacy Breslin at her side, Andraya spent the day on Friday conducting the morning announcements, attending meetings with faculty, visiting classrooms to observe student learning and promoting educational excellence throughout the building.

Change 4 Change is a student-driven service club in which members develop creative fundraising projects and competitions throughout the year. During a culminating assembly at the end of May, the members distribute funds raised from the year to causes of their choosing. So far this year, the club has raised more than $4,000 through various drives and fundraisers. 

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Nation’s Capital Welcomes East Meadow High School

Nation’s Capital Welcomes East Meadow High School Photo

Members of East Meadow High School’s National Social Studies Honor Society and Model Congress traveled to Washington, D.C., from April 5-7 for an authentic learning experience.

Over the three days, the 38 juniors and seniors, who are enrolled in Advanced Placement social studies courses, received a guided tour of historical monuments, including the Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Martin Luther King Jr., Thomas Jefferson, Lincoln and Vietnam Veterans memorials. During their travels the group visited the White House, Arlington National Cemetery, the National Museum of American History and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Students also received a special visit from Congresswoman Kathleen Rice, who spoke to the group about her work in D.C., outside the U.S. Capitol.   

In addition, the group stopped by the Newseum, an interactive museum that promotes, explains and defends free expression and the five freedoms of the First Amendment.

Through this opportunity, the students enhanced their knowledge of U.S. history while experiencing the nation’s capital.



Parkway’s Got Rhythm

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Kindergartners at Parkway Elementary School got into the rhythm with the help of dance instructor Diane Gibaldi from Higher Minds Dance.

The visit kicked off the school’s five-week K Dance program, during which Gibaldi is teaching students basic concepts such as in front of, behind, over and under through dance routines and music. Practicing in groups, the kindergartners follow the music by applying critical thinking, collaboration and coordination skills to complete tasks.

The students will culminate the program on May 16 by performing a choreographed dance to Lonestar’s “Let Them Be Little” for parents, faculty and administrators.   





East Meadow Students Take Center Stage With FREE Players

East Meadow Students Take Center Stage With FREE Players Photo
The district invites the community to attend the FREE Players Variety Show Extravaganza featuring East Meadow REACH students on Friday, April 28 at 7 p.m. at W.T. Clarke High School.

Over the past few months, mentors from FREE – Family Residences and Essential Enterprises – integrated into REACH classrooms at W.T. Clarke middle and high school to teach students verbal and nonverbal communication techniques through theater exercises. The FREE Mentors also exposed students to a variety of music and assisted them with reading and memorizing three-minute skits from popular movies and theatrical productions.

The months of practice and dedication put in by the East Meadow REACH students will meet the talents of this one-of-a-kind theater troupe in a performance that is sure to captivate audiences. The extravaganza will also feature a performance by the FREE Players Drum Corps and students from the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased the night of the show. A percentage of the proceeds will benefit the East Meadow Special Education Parent Teacher Association. SEPTA will also host a bake sale and a 50/50 raffle the evening of the performance.

“The collaboration between the FREE Players and our students is truly remarkable,” said Superintendent of Schools Leon J. Campo. “The enthusiasm, creativity and passion that the FREE Players have sparked in our children are sure to be seen on stage at this performance.”  


Clarke HS DECA team advances to international conference

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Sixteen members of the W.T. Clarke High School DECA team have qualified for the International Career Development Conference, to be held in Anaheim, California, from April 26-29. They met this qualification after excelling in the New York DECA State Competition.

According to is website, DECA is a nonprofit student organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs from high schools and colleges around the world in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.

Seventy Clarke DECA members attended the New York State regional conference in Rochester on March 8-10, where they participated in competitive events aligned with the National Curriculum Standards in marketing, business management and administration, finance, and hospitality and tourism. Students were evaluated on written components such as an exam, as well as on creative work such as their business manual. The contest also contained an interactive component in which they presented their work before an industry professional who served as a judge.

At the state competition, 29 Clarke students received top 10 overall winner status, 10 placed in the top 10 for testing, and 12 were recognized in the top 10 role play category. Sixteen of these high-placing DECA members were tapped to advance to the national-level competition.     

In addition to this prestigious accomplishment, Clarke seniors Priya Aggarwal and James Curran were inducted into the New York DECA Honor Society for demonstrating outstanding leadership and service, holding more than three years of membership in the club, maintaining a business average of 90 or above and an overall average of 85 or above, and having competed at the state level.

The district congratulates the Clarke High School DECA team on their dedication, critical thinking abilities and thought-provoking work and wishes them much success as they advance to nationals.  

The Clarke High School DECA members heading to nationals are:
•    Bhavya Arora for Hospitality and Tourism Professional Selling
•    Joe Collica, Bailey McNamara and Avani Singh for Buying and Merchandising Operations in Research
•    Caitlyn Eng and Cynthia Johnson for Financial Services Series
•    Kerri Goldfuss for Sports and Entertainment Marketing Series
•    Logan Mark for Professional Selling
•    Abishek Ravindran for Principles of Finance
•    Megan Rodrigues for Human Resources Series
•    Ankit Sayed and Pantho Sayed for Business Services Operations in Research
•    Joseph Zirkel for Start-up Business Plan


Building A Better You

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Pursuing her Girl Scout Gold Award, Leila Osman, an East Meadow High School junior and former Woodland Middle School student, presented “Brand New, Brand You: Personal Brand Awareness for Teens” to Woodland Middle School sixth- and seventh-graders on April 3.

According to the official Girl Scouts website, the Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest and most prestigious award in Girl Scouting. To achieve this recognition, high school students must complete a seven-step project that focuses on a community issue they care about.

During her presentation to the Woodland students, Leila explained how a personal brand is created through verbal cues, including use of tone and pitch when speaking; the written word, such as texting and posting on social media; and outer appearance, including clothing, style and body language. She explained the influence that brands have on social and school life, college, employment, marriage and other areas of life. She concluded by encouraging the students to be proud of who they are and make right decisions regarding friends, classmates and the internet.

“When I went to Woodland, I was growing and changing,” said Leila. “I want these students to be aware of the persona they’re sending out in the world and how powerful the internet can be in damaging their personal brand.”

Following, the Woodland classes completed a personal brand activity, designing an image surrounded by words that represent who they are as individuals.   


East Meadow students Take Top Honors in West Islip ASL Idol

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Students in the district earned top honors in West Islip High School’s seventh annual American Sign Language Idol.

Months of preparation and practice paid off for W.T. Clarke High School senior Alyssa Pancho, who won first place and a $100 cash prize for signing the comedic song “I’m So Humble” by Lonely Island. Taking home third were Woodland Middle School eighth-graders Isabella Conti, Saliha Deir, Valerie German and Daniel Scheir, who signed Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Satisfied.”

Woodland Middle School ASL teacher Barbara Woo was very impressed by her students’ performance.

“I am very proud of them, especially since they competed against high school students and earned third place,” she said.
 More than 450 people were in attendance to watch 20 performances from students representing 10 different school districts on Long Island.

East Meadow Named a Best Community for Music Education

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The East Meadow School District has been recognized by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation as one of the 2017 Best Communities for Music Education.

The district was one of 528 across the country to receive this honor, which recognizes the outstanding efforts of teachers, parents, administrators and community members to ensure all students are offered exceptional music education in their curriculum.

The NAMM Foundation, assisted by the Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas, evaluates schools and districts based on their funding, highly qualified music teachers, commitment to high music standards, community support, and participation and access to music instruction.

“We are extremely proud of our talented music department for receiving this incredible honor and for providing the absolute best music education to our students,” said Superintendent of Schools Leon Campo.


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Amid a sea of doting parents, kindergartners at Bowling Green Elementary School hopped around the school’s front lawn wearing handmade bunny ears and carrying baskets as they collected colorful plastic eggs during a PTA-organized egg hunt. Each egg contained a prize, including a pencil eraser, sticker, adhesive tattoo or penny. If a student found a penny in their egg, they won a grand prize of a soccer ball, stuffed animal or coloring book.

 

Woodland Middle School Students Present at LISEF

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Six Woodland Middle School eighth-graders were recognized for their scientific research and experiments at the LISEF-SSP Broadcom MASTERS Fair on March 23, one of three science fairs held by the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair. Of Woodland’s three student teams, two received honorable mention and one was awarded third place for their work.

According to its website, LISEF promotes three science fairs that allow students to present their work to more than 1,000 judges consisting of leading scientific professionals. The middle school fair, a partnership between the Society for Science and the Public and Broadcom, encourages sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders to perform an investigation and present their findings to a panel of judges.

During the fair, held at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, more than 200 middle school students presented their research and in-depth experiments in biology, behavioral science, physics, earth science and mathematics to representatives of local universities, scientific institutions and other professionals in their related fields.  

The results for Woodland’s students were favorable. Kate Laico and Carly Herman captured second place with their experiment, “Rethink How You Drink.” The team of Caleb Philips and Mitchell Goldberg received honorable mention for their project, “Dive into Aquaponics,” an honor also bestowed upon Tyler Sugrim and Julian Shin for their work, “Hurricane Proof Homes.”

The district congratulates these students on the success of their scientific research and applauds each of their accomplishments.


Woodland MS Students Place Third at NCC Science Fair

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Two Woodland Middle School students in the East Meadow School District earned third place at Nassau Community College’s 19th annual Science Fair, held March 17-18.  

Eighth-graders Brian Lin and Noel Manalio applied the scientific method to conduct experiments inspired by this year’s theme, “Identity.” Participants were urged to create their own definition of “identity” and examine it in light of their chosen discipline. Brian and Noel’s experiment, “Crazy Colored Logos,” examined the effect that color has on companies’ logos.

The district commends Brian and Noel for this recognition of their scientific research.

East Meadow Students Give Dynamic Performance at Tilles Center

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Hundreds of musically talented students from the district took center stage at LIU Post’s Tilles Center for the Performing Arts on March 15 for the district’s annual music festival, captivating an audience of friends, family, faculty and administrators.

The event featured performances by students districtwide, from the combined chamber choir and wind ensemble — each consisting of students from W.T. Clarke and East Meadow high schools — to the All-District Elementary School Advanced Bands, made up of young musicians from the district’s five elementary schools.

Accompanied by the East Meadow High School Chamber Orchestra, the high school chamber choir opened with a stirring vocal performance featuring solos from seniors Erin Carlin, Juan Lucas Orozco, Alissa Rojas and Arun Sam, under the direction of Dr. David Fryling. Dr. Fryling is the director of choral activities at Hofstra University, where he conducts the university’s chorale and chamber choir and teaches choral conducting and choral literature courses.  

The All-District High School Wind Ensemble followed with ballads by renowned band composers Robert Sheldon, John Barnes Chance and Henry Fillmore. The All-District Middle School Wind Ensemble, comprised of Woodland and W.T. Clarke middle school students, sustained the tone with a dynamic performance of their own. Both groups were led by Robert Dalpiaz, a 33-year veteran of the Brentwood School District whose expertise has led to several outstanding musical accomplishments by the Brentwood High School Jazz and Wind ensembles.    

The All-District Elementary School Advanced Bands closed the program with two riveting performances, one from Barnum Woods and George McVey, the other from Bowling Green, Meadowbrook and Parkway, that brought the crowd to its feet. They performed under the baton of Erica Hartmann, an educator with the Farmingdale School District since 1999. Hartmann also conducted the Hamptons Music Educators Association Middle School Band in 2013 and the Suffolk County Music Educators Association West Division I Band in 2014.   

The district commends these musically talented students for their hard work, diligence and collaboration.   





East Meadow Board Honors Terrific Students

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Honors and recognitions abounded for outstanding students at the March 16 communication meeting of the East Meadow School District Board of Education.

Setting the tone throughout the celebratory evening were the Woodland Middle School sixth-grade chorus and W.T. Clarke Middle School string ensemble, who performed for the Board, administration, faculty and community members in attendance.   

The recognitions began with East Meadow High School Class of 2016 graduate Henry Zaradich, who was granted the Superintendent’s Award for Excellence for having obtained the rank of Eagle Scout with Boy Scout Troop 157. According to the Boy Scouts of America website, very few amount of Boy Scouts are granted this rank after completing an extensive list of requirements in the Eagle Scout rank application.  

“With good citizenship, dedication and achievement, you have made a difference in the lives of others, which I believe is the finest expression of leadership,” said East Meadow High School Principal Richard Howard. “Thank you for making our community and school a better place.”  

Honors were also bestowed upon students in grades 6-8 from W.T. Clarke and Woodland middle schools. East Meadow Kiwanis President Ross Schiller, members of the Board, and middle school Principals Stacy Breslin and James Lethbridge presented certificates of recognition to the December, January and February “Terrific Kids.” This East Meadow Kiwanis-sponsored program recognizes sixth- through eighth-graders who continuously improve as individuals, students and community leaders.

“We are very proud of our ‘Terrific Kids’ recipients,” said Superintendent of Schools Leon J. Campo. “They are role models who set an example for others, and they will be the leaders of tomorrow.” 



“Happiest Place on Earth” Welcomes EMHS Marching Band

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Nearly 200 members of the East Meadow High School marching band traveled to Orlando, Florida to participate in musical events sponsored by Walt Disney World from February 10-13. Throughout the weekend, students performed in workshops with Disney musicians and gained the experience of participating in a backstage studio recording session at Epcot. The weekend culminated with a parade through Disney’s Magic Kingdom.

Skipping To The Beat

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Students in first through fifth grade at Bowling Green Elementary School took a step forward in promoting heart health by participating in the schoolwide Jump Rope for Heart program, raising  more than $9,000 for the American Heart Association.

Prior to the event, the students created posters that brought awareness to heart disease prevention. Covering the gym walls, the posters featured drawings about living a healthy lifestyle, not smoking, eating nutritious meals and engaging in 60 minutes of physical activity every day.    

On the day of the fundraiser, the students divided into groups and exercised their heart muscles by jumping rope to popular pop music, generating a total of $9,408.



Woodland Middle School Presents ‘Seussical’

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Classic Dr. Seuss favorites sprang to life among vibrant scenery as the Woodland Middle School Drama Club presented their spring musical, “Seussical,” on March 30 and 31. The spectacular performances were staged before large audiences of district faculty, families, peers and community members.

A cast of talented actors and musicians captivated the crowd as they portrayed scenes and characters from some of the most popular stories written by Dr. Seuss. Among those represented were “The Cat in the Hat,” “The Lorax,” “Green Eggs and Ham,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “Horton Hears a Who.”

The drama club’s cast and crew would like to express their gratitude to director Douglas Castillo, technical director Gregory Greco, musical director Jonathan Ross, choreographer Miriam Lerner, the design team, the stagehands, the tech squad and the district’s central administrators for helping to make the musical a sensational hit.

Students’ Work Featured in All-County Art Exhibition

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The artwork of 66 students in the district was on display at the Art Supervisors Association’s 13th Annual Nassau All-County Art Exhibition at Farmingdale State College on March 12.

The exhibition honored more than 1,200 K-12 students for demonstrating excellence in a wide variety of 2-D visual art forms, including drawing, painting, printmaking, graphic design and photography. For their demonstration of creativity and artistic talent, ASA also awarded scholarships to more than 40 graduating seniors at the Scholarship Awards Ceremony prior to the opening of the exhibit. Among them were East Meadow High

School’s Caitlyn Herlihy and W.T. Clarke High School’s Paige Anderson.
The district congratulates Caitlyn and Paige for this achievement and all of the students whose work was selected for the annual exhibit.


Parents Gain First-Hand Look at STEAM Education

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On March 30, parents of first and second-grade students were invited to attend the district’s first STEAM night, geared at providing parents with a first-hand look at the innovative lessons that their children are engaging in during the school day. Organized by Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Cindy Munter and Director of Math and Science Debra Harley, the evening gave parents the opportunity to rotate between four different hands-on stations where they created a zip line, constructed miniature boats to float and experimented with Ozobots and Dot and Dash robots.

“It was wonderful to see children working alongside their parents to teach them about the valuable lessons they are learning,” said Ms. Munter. “As a district, we remain committed to providing ongoing education and training for our parents so that they understand what is going on in the classroom and can better relate to what their children are learning. We look forward to providing more evenings such as this in the future!”

East Meadow High School Honors ‘Champions’

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Thirty-five East Meadow High School students were honored for demonstrating exemplary character and conduct during the school’s annual Breakfast of Champions ceremony on March 24. They were recognized among their parents, teachers and administrators for displaying admirable character traits and positive qualities both in and outside of the school community.

“It is a pleasure and an honor to recognize these students for being who they are and making a positive impact on the East Meadow High School community,” said Assistant Principal Robert Hardwick. 

An East Meadow Champion is one who thinks of others and makes consistent positive contributions to his or her surroundings. The honorees were nominated by their teachers for exemplifying academic success, respect and positivity among their peers, school and community. 

This year’s East Meadow Champions are:

Alyssa Brouillet
Skylar Caruso
Jae Citarella
Jennifer Conk
Julia Cuttone
Joseph De Nicola
Ridannelyn Gibs Gallo
Aliandro Goncalves
Haley Hatzelman
Jillian Hendler
Jackson Himonidid
Sydney Inger
Alessandro Ippolito
Gina Italiano
Tiffany James
Nicole Kane
Kristen Kavanagh
Shermeen Khan
Kyle Lao
Mahek Laul
Isabel Londono
Ana Maldonado
Ana Martines
Wilmer Mejia
Samantha Miller
Rhyan Mogilski
Anoosha Mumnoon
Matthew Mustakis
Ashley Pereira
Nathalie Polanco
Kacie Price
Nayha Salman
Sabrina Varga
Leah Von Ohlen
John Whitenack 

Fitness With Dr. Recess

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Second-graders at Parkway Elementary School learned about the importance of being active and maintaining a healthy lifestyle when PlayFit Education founder Dr. Curt Hinson — aka “Dr. Recess” — led an interactive assembly at the school on March 23. 

According to its website, PlayFit Education specializes in fitness, health, physical education and playground programs that focus on play, fitness and social-emotional health. The company’s Dr. Recess Assembly and Playground Games Program was created to serve elementary schools throughout the nation. 

Dr. Hinson educated the young students about new and exciting ways to learn, grow and develop healthy lifestyles through play. This play includes grade level-appropriate games that enhance students’ social-emotional, critical thinking and motor skills.

 Following the indoor assembly, the students met Dr. Hinson outside during their recess time to participate in the activities he had taught them. Using dodge balls, hula hoops and cones, they engaged in games such as “Keep Away” and “One Bounce” with their classmates.    

Harvesting Learning in the Classroom

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In observance of New York Agricultural Literacy Week, held March 20-24, second-graders at Parkway and Meadowbrook elementary schools received a visit from Laurie Murdoch, a volunteer with Cornell Cooperative Extension, for a lesson on agriculture. 

Murdoch read “The Grapes Grow Sweet” by Lynne Tuft, a story about a young boy named Julian who is old enough to take part in the grape harvest on his family’s farm. The story provides a glimpse of what it’s like to grow up in a vineyard and explains the process of growing grapes. 

Following, students asked questions about harvesting grapes, working in a vineyard and how they can grow fruits and vegetables in their own backyards. In addition, Cornell Cooperative Extension donated a copy of the book to each school’s library for student use.

March Madness Strikes W.T. Clarke Middle School

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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 24. 

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. 

ACCESS Workshop Instill Knowledge, Empowerment and Hope

Members of the community joined East Meadow School District staff and administrators at the Leon J. Campo Salisbury Center on March 21 for the final ACCESS workshop held this year. Project ACCESS (A Community Committed to Educating Students for Success) is a subcommittee of the district’s PTA Curriculum Council that sponsors educational workshops for parents throughout the school year. The most recent workshop, titled “Never Alone,” examined the effects of addiction and the treatment and self-help programs available within the community. 

Sponsored by the East Meadow PTA Council in conjunction with the East Meadow Kiwanis, attendees experienced an evening of knowledge, empowerment and hope as guest speakers from Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous shared their testimonies about addiction and how it affected their relationships and lives. Members of Al-Anon and Nar-Anon spoke about coping with a friend’s or family member’s addiction. In addition, a representative from the YES Community Counseling Center provided a wealth of information about programs to prevent and treat addiction.

The audience was enlightened by these personal stories and appreciative of the amount of support the East Meadow community provides to help individuals and families in the fight against addiction.   

Special Guests Spread the Love of Reading

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Culminating Meadowbrook Elementary School’s two-week Pick a Reading Partner program, local officials and community leaders joined East Meadow School District professionals on March 24 to read to kindergarten through fifth-grade classes. 

Following the school’s PARP theme of “Step Right Up, Read a Book,” student representatives from each class posed with the guest readers for a picture alongside giant circus curtains and decorative props such as balloons, popcorn and top hats before escorting them to their classroom. 

Among those who read grade level-appropriate books to the students were Hempstead Town Clerk Nasrin Ahmad, Assemblyman Tom McKevitt, Nassau County Legislator Norma Gonzalves, PTA Council President Donna LaScala, district administrators and other influential community members. 

After the guests had finished reading, the students asked them about their professional careers and how reading has helped them to succeed.

RESIDENTS APPROVE BOND

On Tuesday, March 7, East Meadow residents approved the community’s first joint East Meadow Schools and Public Library capital project bond referendum by a vote of 2,031 Yes to 835 No.

Projects included in this bond will address major repairs and renovations to schools districtwide, improve energy efficiency, support science initiatives, and restore natural grass athletic fields for school and community use. The bond will also fund major repairs and upgrades to the public library that will support additional programs and services, improve energy efficiency and security systems, and increase opportunities for students and patrons.

“The Board of Education and administration would like to thank all community residents who voted on the bond and for their approval and continued support,” said Superintendent of Schools Leon J. Campo. “This is an exciting time for our community and we look forward to improving our schools for our students and for future generations to come.” East Meadow Public Library Director Carol Probeyahn said, “On behalf of the library Board of Directors, we want to thank the community for your vote of support. We are looking forward to improving our library to provide expanded services for our children and community residents.”