East Meadow HS holds Holocaust Awareness Week


Members of East Meadow High School’s Expressing Pride in Israeli Culture (EPIC) club and Social Studies Honor Society held an awareness week for students to understand the atrocities of the Holocaust.

East Meadow resident and Holocaust survivor Alex Konstantyn spoke to students about how his mother saved his life by escaping Varenz, Poland, during World War II. He discussed how his family disguised as Polish refugees, using his father’s gold coins to buy food, water and shelter, to hide from the Nazis. After much suffering, including the murder of his father, Mr. Konstantyn and his mother were liberated by Russian soldiers in 1944 and immigrated to Israel.

Following his deployment by the Israel Defense Forces, Mr. Konstantyn moved to the United States, where he graduated from Pace University and the Jewish Theological Seminary. He has devoted his life to Jewish education, serving as principal of the East Meadow Jewish Center Religious School for 26 years.

To continue the week of awareness, members of EPIC and the Social Studies Honor Society organized a Holocaust Museum, through which they educated fellow classmates about the Holocaust, genocide and other massacres.   

As part of the museum, EMHS senior Jake Weiner shared his experiences in Israel and Poland through his participation with the March of the Living, an international educational program that brings individuals to Poland and Israel in order to study the history of the Holocaust.

In addition, East Meadow students signed peace cards and placed them in a suitcase, symbolizing the commitment and stance they have taken to promote tolerance in memory of all the innocent lives who were victims of war crimes, violence and hate.      

Design for donations

W.T. Clarke Middle School eighth-grader Lauren Galarraga won the Design-a-Card contest, run by the Long Island chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, in the middle school category.
According to its website, the AATSP promotes the study and teaching of the Spanish and Portuguese languages and their corresponding Hispanic, Luso-Brazilian, and other related literatures and cultures at all educational levels.
The Design-a-Card contest gives students an opportunity to create an original Hispanic design for the front of a blank notecard. The winning entries will be printed and sold as a fundraiser to support the Long Island chapter’s Judy Abrams/Margaret Fernández National Spanish Examination Scholarship Fund.
The district congratulates Lauren for demonstrating her support of the community through her artistic talents.  

Carousel of Achievement


Students at Parkway Elementary School welcomed parents, families and community members to participate in the “Carousel of Achievement” on May 17.

Each grade prepared a special activity reflecting their work over the course of the year. Students in grades K-2 welcomed guests to watch dance performances, compete in quiz games such as “Jeopardy” and create mathematical graphs using candy. Parkway students in grades 3-5 had guests listen to debates about the Civil War, explore science fair exhibitions and travel around the world tasting exotic food.   

In addition, students were encouraged to visit other classrooms and experience each other’s projects.

Two schools named Reward Schools by NYSED

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has recognized East Meadow High School and W.T. Clarke High School as 2016-2017 Reward Schools.
The NYSED identifies Reward Schools as schools with the most progress and/or highest achievement in the state without significant gaps in student achievement. East Meadow and W.T. Clarke high schools are among 220 schools to receive this honorable designation.
“It is a tremendous honor that two of our schools have received this prestigious recognition,” East Meadow Superintendent of Schools Leon J. Campo said. “We are extremely proud of our administration and staff for giving their very best to our students.”

Battle of the ’bots

Three teams comprised of 13 seventh- and eighth-graders from W.T. Clarke Middle School competed in the Lego School Robotics Competition at Adelphi University on May 7.
During the competition, more than 30 teams from Long Island and New York City delivered PowerPoint presentations to a panel of judges that outlined the challenges they had faced, lessons they had learned and obstacles they had overcome in building and programming their robots. Guided by their technology coaches, the students had applied their skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics to build Lego robots that could solve real-life problems.
Teams then battled in four rounds of competition, where their robots were required to complete a challenge – collecting balls and staying within the contest area – to acquire the most points during an allotted time period.  
Elliott Oppenheim’s and William Burke’s seventh- and eighth-grade technology classes fielded three teams: Team Robo RIK, consisting of Isabella Petz, Kristina Romano and Raheem Sheikh; BOT Squad, comprised of Nyla Jane Batista, Hadi Javed, Alexandra Karavias, Victoria Lorusso, Isabella Michaelis and Ryan Walsh; and Team LAJE, made up of Anjali Aggarwal, Emma Brown, Lilli Greene and Jeena Trinh.
W.T. Clarke Middle School placed first in the presentation segment of the competition.
The district is tremendously proud of these students for the diligence, collaboration and engineering skills they demonstrated during the competition.  

East Meadow High School Student Named National Merit Scholarship Winner

East Meadow High School student Zainab Nathani was named one of 7,400 National Merit Scholarship Competition Winners.
Merit Scholarship winners are selected among the 15,000 finalists based on their abilities, skills and accomplishments. The National Merit Scholarship Competition evaluates participants on their academic record, school’s curricula and grading system, two SAT scores, school official’s written recommendation, the finalist’s extracurricular activities, leadership and personal essay.
When Zainab was notified that she received the National Merit $2,500 Scholarship award, she was ecstatic and honored. “I was extremely excited when I found out that I was granted this award because only a few people receive this recognition,” she said.
The district congratulates Zainab on this tremendous achievement and wishes her much success in her future endeavors.       

East Meadow HS student a winner in Congressional Art Competition

The district congratulates East Meadow High School junior Caitlyn Herlihy on being named the overall winner in the 2016 Congressional Art Competition. The Congressional Institute sponsors this nationwide high school visual arts competition every spring to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Caitlyn won for her photography submission.

Congresswoman Kathleen M. Rice will recognize Caitlyn and other congressional district winners for their artistic creativity and talents at Adelphi University on June 3. During the ceremony, the university will also announce scholarships for all winners.   

As the competition’s national winner, Caitlyn will be invited to a special reception at the Capitol Visitor Center Atrium and Auditorium in Washington, D.C., on June 23. Furthermore, beginning in June, her piece will be exhibited for one year by the Architect of the Capitol in the pedestrian tunnel, the most traveled corridor between the Capitol and the Cannon House Office Building.

Caitlyn’s art teacher, Ryan Rochford, is extremely proud of her artistic abilities and success in the competition. “Having the artwork of one of our very own students displayed in the Capitol Building for an entire year is a wonderful accomplishment,” he said.

The district is exceptionally proud of Caitlyn and wishes her the best in her future endeavors.

"District Administrator Offers Insight into Green Cleaning Programs"

Congratulations to Patrick Pizzo, assistant superintendent for administration and special projects, who was published in a recent issue of Facility Cleaning Decisions magazine. Mr. Pizzo's article offers tips for managers on how to launch green cleaning programs and stresses the importance of collaboration. Congratulations to Mr. Pizzo on this accomplishment!


FREE Players present ‘Legally Blonde, Jr.’ at W.T. Clarke HS

The district welcomes the FREE Players to the W.T. Clarke High School stage for their spring production of “Legally Blonde, Jr.” on June 4-5.
 “Legally Blonde, Jr.” is a family-friendly musical that follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. Elle finds that books and looks aren’t mutually exclusive. As she begins outsmarting her peers, she realizes that law may be her natural calling after all.
Tickets are on sale for $20 and can be purchased online through the FREE Players website, www.thefreeplayers.com, or by phone: 516-495-3201. Audiences can see an evening production on Saturday, June 4 at 7 p.m., or a matinee on Sunday, June 5 at 2 p.m., at W.T. Clarke High School, 740 Edgewood Drive, Westbury.
The FREE Players are a one-of-a-kind theater troupe embracing the talents of performers of all abilities. They dedicate their energies to the arts through instruction in dance, drama, music, technical theater and fine arts. Through the arts, individuals have made great strides in improving their interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to multitask, focus and take direction, all of which helps them move toward their goal of being independent contributing members of society.  


Clarke’s Smart Buddies Show Their Business Acumen


Congratulations to team Smart Buddy from W. T. Clarke High School, which won the school-level round of the Junior Achievement Business Plan Competition. Following their triumph over three other Clarke finalists, Smart Buddy will now advance to the regional finals at Baruch College in New York City on May 20.

Three business executives from FedEx Express, Chase Bank and National Grid adjudicated the school competition, in which student teams were assigned the task of writing a business plan, then pitching their idea to the three judges. Smart Buddy won for their idea of a child-friendly iPad case. The team is comprised of students Jamie Gaeta, Matthew Gutierrez, Caterina Lamberti and Marissa LoVerde.

In qualifying for the Baruch competition, Smart Buddy will have the opportunity to advance to the Junior Achievement Business Plan Finals, to be hosted by the major private equity group Kohlberg, Kravis and Roberts in Manhattan on May 26. The winning team receives prizes, including a cash award of $12,000. In the last eight years, Clarke High School teams have won the overall competition five times and have placed in the top three seven times during that span.   

“I really feel that wherever these students place, this experience will stay with them for the rest of their lives,” said Clarke business teacher and competition adviser Joe Pavia. “I have had former students from nine years ago come back to tell me how much this has helped to shape their careers. Win, lose or draw, this is one of those projects that will have a long-lasting effect on them as individuals.”

Honors, Accolades and Praise

The East Meadow Board of Education acknowledges many during the April Communication Meeting
The Board of Education recognized the accomplishments of students, community and board members, as well as other achievements during their April 21 communication meeting.
Woodland Middle School Principal James Lethbridge and W. T. Clarke Middle School Principal Stacy Breslin acknowledged the March and April “Terrific Kids.” The Terrific Kids program is sponsored by the East Meadow Kiwanis Club to recognize sixth, seventh and eighth-grade students who constantly improve as individuals, students and members of the community.  
Initiated by Board trustee Jeffrey Rosenking, the Board established a new tradition to recognize the contributions of community veterans who served our country. During the meeting, the Board and central administration honored Michael C. Ambrosio with the Distinguished Service Award for his service in World War II. Mr. Ambrosio, an East Meadow resident of over 60 years, served as an Army Air Corps Regimen on B-17 Flight Fortress in the 447th bomb group and was a member of the Mighty Eighth Airforce.
Following this prestigious award, Board Vice President Marcee Rubinstein and trustee Brian O’Flaherty were recognized for their additional training as Board members. The Board presented Ms. Rubinstein and Mr. O’Flaherty with the Board of Excellence Award for participation in the New York State School Board Association’s Recognition Program.

The East Meadow Supervisory and Administrative Association applauded the Board for their continued efforts in service to the East Meadow School District throughout the school year. They noted that under the Board’s leadership, initiatives have been launched to reform, renew, cultivate and promote positive communications and increase the level of collaboration within the district. The Association presented a plaque to the Board that displayed a triangle to represent students, staff and community in appreciation of the Board’s ongoing efforts in leadership to restore and strengthen the partnership with the entire staff to benefit the community.
In addition, the East Meadow Custodial and Maintenance Unit thanked the Board of Education for praising the work of the custodial and maintenance staff. The unit commended the Board and acknowledged their dedication and sincere appreciation for the work the custodial and maintenance staff provide.

Artistic Accomplishments and Musical Milestones


Hundreds of elementary and secondary students were honored for their excellence in music, art and humanitarianism during the district’s annual Music and Art Awards ceremony.

Superintendent of Schools Leon J. Campo opened the ceremony by highlighting the exceptional students for their many accomplishments over the course of the year and thanking the talented teachers, administrators and community members for their continued support of the district’s fine arts program.
“We have a great opportunity to make this world a better place, and those of you gathered here tonight are a major example of that,” Mr. Campo said. “As long as we work together in partnership for the benefit of our children and our children continue to work hard, this is going to be a much better world.”
Following his welcoming remarks, students from each of the district’s nine schools were recognized with humanitarian awards for their strong character, tolerance and leadership skills. The honorees had also demonstrated outstanding citizenship by promoting kindness, sensitivity and acceptance of one another.
In addition, more than 300 students were honored for their outstanding achievements in music and art. As they were announced, they were applauded by family, friends, administrators, teachers and community members for their creativity, talent and diligence.

Music highlights included:

•    Eleven students were selected as All-State musicians for the New York State School Music Association Winter Conference in Rochester, New York. Twelve students were named alternates.

•    Twenty-five students were selected to perform in the Long Island String Festival Association festivals.

•    A total of 178 students performed in the Nassau Music Educators Association All-County Festival at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts.

•    One student was selected to perform in the National Association for Music Education All-National Orchestra in Nashville, Tennessee, and perform in the United States Army All-American Marching Band in San Antonio, Texas.

•    One student was selected to perform in the American Choral Directors Association Honors Choir at the Eastern Division Conference in Boston, Massachusetts.

Art highlights included:
•    Sixty-six students participated in the Art Supervisors Association All-County Art Exhibition.

•    Fourteen students were selected to participate in the Long Island Art Teachers Association Art in Heart Exhibition.

•    Eleven students created illustrations for the district’s 2016-17 budget book.

•    Fifteen students participated in the Olympics of the Visual Arts state competition in Saratoga, New York.

Marching in Full Bloom

The W.T. Clarke High School marching band performed in the Washington, D.C. National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade on April 16.
Spectators gathered in the streets to see giant colorful helium balloons, intricate floats, celebrity entertainers and performers, and marching bands from across the country parade down Constitution Avenue in honor of the nation’s greatest springtime celebration.
The district commends the marching band for their musical talents and performance during the parade.

East Meadow HS Students Attend Olympics of the Visual Arts

Fourteen art students from East Meadow High School attended the New York State Art Teachers Association’s 2016 Olympics of the Visual Arts program, held in Saratoga Springs, New York, on April 21, placing third in the Photography category.
OVA offers students an opportunity to solve artistic problems using historical references, brainstorming, problem-solving and creative solutions in eight different categories: architecture, photography, fashion design, sculpture, painting, drawing, illustration and graphic design.
The district congratulates these students for their hard work and creativity during the competition.

Parkway Student Recipient of the Nassau Reading Council Young Author Contest

Parkway Elementary School third-grader Ava Hurtes was announced as a recipient of the Nassau Reading Council Young Author’s Contest.
The thirty-third annual Nassau Reading Council Young Author’s Contest invites Nassau County students in kindergarten through twelfth-grade to submit a personal narrative derived from the author’s own experience. Entries are evaluated on content, authenticity, voice, focus, organization and mechanics.
Winning entries will be honored at the Nassau Reading Council award ceremony in June at Molloy College.

Melody of Recycled Materials

In honor of Earth Day, Meadowbrook Elementary School students learned about the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling with musical performances from Bash the Trash.
Members of Bash the Trash introduced the basic sounds, vibrations and designs of their recycled instruments emphasizing how found objects can be used in different ways such as water jugs, pipes and styrofoam.  
In addition, fourth and fifth-graders dived deeper into the musical, scientific and environmental concepts of instruments through the organization’s Found Sound Science Program. The group educated students about instrument families, environmental concerns and the science of vibrations and increasing musical volume.

Leaving their Mark

In honor of National Kindergarten Day, Parkway Elementary School kindergartners created a class of 2028 mural out of their handprints to display around the school.

Zumba for Autism

East Meadow SEPTA and W. T. Clarke High School held the first Zumba for Autism fundraiser raising over $2,500 for Nassau-Suffolk Autism Society of America (NSASA) and W. T. Clarke REACH program students.
Wearing their blue Autism Awareness shirts and sneakers, community members, faculty, administration and students gathered in the Clarke High School gymnasium to show their support for autism with the help of FitMIXX Zumba instructor Shannon Palagiano.   
While dancing to the beat, guests could purchase Autism Awareness bracelets and enter raffles with all proceeds helping Autism research.
The district would like to thank all of those who helped coordinate, organize and implement a successful Zumba for Autism fundraiser.

Eighth Annual W. T. Clarke Run With The Rams Fundraiser


On Apr. 16, W. T. Clarke High School and Middle School athletic department held its eighth annual Run With The Rams fundraiser to benefit a local family in need and the W. T. Clarke athletic program.

Bright and early, participants of all ages pinned their timing bibs on as they gathered in the gymnasium to check-in and register for the 5K street race or 1-mile “fun run.”

Organized by W. T. Clarke High School and Middle School athletic chairperson Josh Friedman, both races began and ended in the athletic complex, circling through the neighborhood with water stops managed by student volunteers. Training for the 5K race was offered to W. T. Clarke High School and Middle School faculty and students.

W. T. Clarke HS Tri-M Honor Society Induction

W. T. Clarke High School inducted 22 new members to the Tri-M Music Honor Society chapter 1768.
During the ceremony, Tri-M officers and members performed musical numbers, shared the significance of the three M’s and welcomed keynote speaker, East Meadow High School Music Department Chairperson Christopher Hale.
Mr. Hale commended the newly inducted and continuing Tri-M members emphasizing their unique character as artists and musicians.
“We’re masters at communicating, collaborating and empathizing with people around us. Each of you has the opportunity to interpret the world in a way that no one has thought of yet. You are different, and that, my friends is what really matters,” said Mr. Hale.    
The district congratulates these newly inducted and continuing Tri-M members as they continue to excel in their musical endeavors.

Through their Lens

Across the district, East Meadow and W. T. Clarke High School students placed in two prestigious photography competitions.
Congratulations to East Meadow High School senior Megan Floody, junior Michael Hartcorn, junior Jackson Himonidis and W. T. Clarke High School sophomore Natalia Reyes, who placed in the Photographic Federation of Long Island Youth Showcase. The Photographic Federation of Long Island is a non-for-profit organization of camera clubs across Nassau and Suffolk counties and the five boroughs of New York City dedicated to the enjoyment and innovation of photography.  
In addition, the district extends its congratulations to those students who earned honors in Senator Kemp Hannon’s “Best in Town” Photography Contest.

Sen. Hannon invited all high school students within the sixth Senate District to celebrate their town and its unique qualities to capture “The Best in Town” among four categories including people, places, pets and nature.

The winners of this contest were East Meadow High School seniors Megan Baltusis, Isabella Calle, Shannon Finneran and Gabriella Hernandez; East Meadow juniors Ilyssa Brass and Michael Hartcorn; W. T. Clarke High School seniors Alexa Balatbat, Rachel Hess and Devon Pinto; and W. T. Clarke High School junior Victoria Cast.
The district congratulates these students are their artistic abilities and wishes them much success as they continue to pursue their passion of photography.

Inspired by the Sea

Woodland Middle School’s art club created a mural for the Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County in honor of their Life Options Adult Day Program.
Cerebral Palsy of Nassau County is a nonprofit health agency serving children and adults with cerebral palsy, developmental and other disabilities. Among the programs and services offered, the Life Options Adult Day Program provides adults with developmental disabilities the opportunity to develop life skills and participate in activities of their interest. It is inspired by the “The Starfish Story” about a man who throws a starfish back into the ocean saying he made a difference for that starfish.
Inspired by their mission, the art club painted a mural with portraits of program members surrounded by the ocean highlighting their interests in art, music and community outreach.
During the unveiling, Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County Community Outreach Manager Patricia Quinn, Life Options Adult Day Program teacher Maura Wachsberger and Life Options Adult Day student Nancy Pedersen presented the art club and Woodland Middle School with a plaque for their creativity, generosity and support of the organization.     

Clarke MS Wins Big at LISEF


W. T. Clarke Middle School eighth-graders of Megan Denecke’s Research class participated in the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair (LISEF) in Woodbury, NY.

LISEF is a not-for-profit organization that recognizes students in Nassau and Suffolk Counties who want to become outstanding natural physical and behavioral scientists, engineers or mathematicians.

During the fair, over 200 middle school students who had conducted research and in-depth experiments presented their work in biology, behavioral science, physics, earth science and mathematics to local universities, scientific institutions and professionals in their related field.

Within the competition, two groups from Clarke Middle School placed first. Group one consisted of Sanjana Ahmed, Aryanna Adalin, and Shivani Shastri who conducted an experiment about the “Effect of Wind Speed on the Amount of Piezoelectric Energy Created by Rain.” The second group, comprised of students Abishek Ravindran, Min Chun and Arjun Panickssery, conducted an experiment about the “Effect of Different Man-made Barriers on the Amount of Coastal Erosion Caused by a Tsunami.”

Among the students who attended, 18 of them placed in the competition.

The district congratulates all the students for their diligence, research and hard work in the LISEF competition.

There’s a Doctor in the House

Barnum Woods Elementary School first-graders received a visit from veterinarian Dr. Katie Iovino after the class completed a unit on animals.
Connecting their English language arts, social studies and science curriculums, students learned about animal anatomy, survival, habitats and individuals who help them.
Following their studies, veterinarian Dr. Iovino spoke to students about becoming a veterinarian, places that veterinarians work, instruments they use to take care of animals and different ways animals protect and help humans such as serving as guide dogs, therapy animals, police and military dogs.
After Dr. Iovino’s presentation, students were able to ask her questions about the animals she worked with, the challenges of working with them, and why she decided to become a veterinarian.     

Woodland MS Drama Club Presents “Oklahoma”


Woodland Middle recently performed Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II’s musical “Oklahoma.”

Set in a western Indian territory after the turn of the 20th Century, “Oklahoma” tells the story of a rowdy rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys. This sets the scene for Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, to play out their love. Although the road to true love never runs smoothly, especially with these two headstrong romantics, they will succeed in making a new life together and begin their life together in a brand-new state, Oklahoma.

Under the direction of Woodland Middle School faculty Douglas Castillo and Jonathan Ross, the cast and crew received a standing ovation from the audience for their authentic performance.

Shining a Blue Light for Autism

Across the district, schools are showing their support for autism in recognition of Autism Awareness Month.
Earlier this week, Bowling Green Elementary School teachers educated students about autism through SmartBoard activities, lessons and literature about having a friend or sibling with autism. All lessons concluded with students coloring and writing facts about autism on a puzzle piece.
On Autism Awareness Day, SEPTA and PTA parents and members of the school’s social skills program “Bridges to Friendship,” volunteered to assemble over one hundred puzzle pieces into a tree in both main lobbies.
Woodland Middle School also showed their support with various blue-themed initiatives. On Friday Apr. 1, Woodland Middle School technology teachers Rich Lalier and Sam Levant unveiled their blue handcrafted wooden puzzle piece displayed in front of the school. The piece will be displayed throughout the month of April.  
In addition, administration installed blue gel pieces into a number of hallway lights to recognize the occasion.

East Meadow HS Theatre Guild Presents “Mary Poppins”


East Meadow High School’s Theatre Guild and Music Department recently performed “Mary Poppins The Broadway Musical.”  

Mary Poppins tells the story of the Banks family and their misbehaved children, Jane and Michael, whose latest nanny quit “with a fit.” The children have their own idea about what type of caretaker they should have, while their parents insist on a strict one. When a mysterious young woman named Mary Poppins arrives, the family finds that she’s the answer to their prayers, but in a peculiar way. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but they aren’t the only ones she has a profound effect upon.

With the help of the production staff, Director Christopher Hale, Choreographer Karen Goldman, Vocal Director Caitlin Hale, Orchestra Director Molly Tittler and Technical Advisor Ingo Prangenberg, the cast and crew received a standing ovation from the audience, reminding them that “anything can happen if you let it.”

Clarke MS REACH Presents

The district partnered with Family Residences and Essential Enterprise’s Artists-In-Residence program to provide an opportunity for W. T. Clarke Middle School REACH students to develop their musical theater skills.
During the month of March, FREE artists integrated into Mrs. Mueller’s classroom working with students on their social skills, body language and emotions through warm-up exercises and performing skits.     
Following their weekly sessions, REACH students shared their talents reenacting the “Fish Tank in a Dentist’s Office” scene from “Finding Nemo” for administration, relatives and other REACH students.  
W. T. Clarke Middle School REACH student Ava Macaluso starred in the production as starfish Peach and enjoyed working with the FREE mentors. “It was nervous performing in front of everyone but I got through it and really enjoyed it.”

Clarke HS Conquers DECA

W. T. Clarke High School DECA team competed in the DECA High School Competitive Events conference with eight members advancing to the DECA International Career Development Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, the organization’s national competition.
DECA is a not-for-profit student organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the world.
The 170-member Clarke DECA team competed individually or in groups within five career clusters including Business Management and Administration, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Finance and Hospitality and Tourism. Among the 40 different business categories, participants compete by presenting a business plan in a written component such as a manual, exam or report or interactive component such as role-playing for industry professionals.   
The DECA High School competition consists of three levels ¬– regionals, states and nationals. In January, the top 10 contenders in their respective categories advanced to the state-level competition, and the top five teams at states advanced to the national competition. At nationals, the top 5 participants will be recognized as the best in the world within their career category.   
During the state competition, 48 Clarke DECA members received Top 10 medals and 31 achieved Top 10 Overall winner status in various categories. Eight members of the victorious group have advanced to the national-level DECA International Career Development Conference.
The district congratulates the Clarke High School DECA team for their dedication, critical thinking and thought-provoking work in the competition and wishes them much success as they continue their journey.  

The eight Clarke High School DECA members heading to Nationals are:
• Pantho Sayed and Pavit Suri for Business Operations Research
• Joey Zirkel for Start Up Business/Entrepreneurship
• Logan Mark for Professional Selling
• Holly Romeo and Dana Stokum for Business Operations Research
• Regina Hickey participating in Emerging Leaders Conferences for her leadership on the DECA board and serving as Clarke high school DECA team treasurer
• Riya Shah for serving as New York State DECA Secretary       

Recognized as Best Community for Music Education

The district was recognized by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation as one of 2016 Best Communities for Music Education (BCME).
The district received this honor for their outstanding efforts by teachers, parents, administrators and community members for ensuring all students are offered exceptional musical learning in their curriculum.
The NAMM foundation with the help of 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 music department, faculty and staff for receiving this incredible honor and for always providing the absolute best music education to our students,” Superintendent of Schools Leon J. Campo said.

Musical Madness

W. T. Clarke Middle School student musicians celebrated their musical talents throughout March.

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) identifies March as Music In Our Schools Month (MIOSM), where schools across the nation focus on music education.  

During the month, music students participate in the school’s Practice-A-Thon raising money for Long Island Cares. Long Island Cares is a hunger assistance organization helping individuals and families across Long Island.

Practice-A-Thon strengthens student’s practice habits while encouraging empathy by sponsors pledging a donation for every minute students document their daily music practice.

In addition, Clarke Middle School Troubadour String Ensemble and Jazz Band shared their musical talents throughout the hallways with weekly performances.

Welcome Clarke School Store

W. T. Clarke High School REACH students, East Meadow central administration and Clarke faculty celebrated the opening of the Clarke School Store with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, March 29.

The Clarke School Store, located across from the cafeteria, sells school supplies including pens, pencils, binders and notebooks along with Ram gear and locker birthday kits for students throughout the school day. Store hours are before school, first period and during fifth, sixth and seventh period.

Welcomed guests were the first to shop around the store and make purchases. Director of Special Education Patrice Dobies and Superintendent of Schools Leon J. Campo were the first store customers, purchasing Autism Awareness bracelets.  

Through the REACH program’s vocational training component, REACH students will operate the store interacting with potential customers, gaining retail experience, handling money interactions and developing their inventory skills to gain work experience and increase their independence.

Carnevale Festa

Parkway Elementary School's Italian Club celebrated Carnevale Festa.

Where We Stand and Why – An Important Message from the Board of Education


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