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Singer Jared Campbell Inspires East Meadow School Community

Singer Jared Campbell Inspires East Meadow School Community

Students, parents, staff and administrators in the district experienced an evening of resilience, empowerment and hope when singer/songwriter Jared Campbell led an ACCESS Workshop on Jan. 17.

Sponsored by the East Meadow PTA Council in conjunction with the East Meadow Kiwanis, the concert took place at the Leon J. Campo Salisbury Center, where Campbell performed songs containing powerful stories. The singer/guitarist also visited all of the district’s elementary schools over the course of the week to share positive messages with the students.

“Music has the ability to transcend words,” said Campbell, who visits schools across the country on national tours. “I want my music to leave an impact on kids and get them to think about how they’re treating one another, what they’re going after in life and how to work together.”

Campbell kicked off the show with “Life Is Good,” an original song about focus. “As students grow up and go through life, honing in on the power of focus is huge,” he said. Among other tunes were “Change the World,” about looking out for others, and “Life I Haven’t Lived Yet,” conveying the importance of hard work and believing in oneself.

The audience was entertained by these and many other songs, often clapping along or echoing the lyrics. Campbell discussed every song that he presented and encouraged attendees to think about the ways these messages could be applied to their own lives.

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

Woodland Middle School students participated in a variety of team building activities on Jan. 13.

The Social Emotional Learning Club held a game-themed Mix It Up Day for sixth- and seventh-graders during their lunch periods to meet new people, develop their social skills and work in teams. During their homeroom period, the students received different colored bracelets that grouped them with new peers. Together, they took part in activities inspired by board games such as Apples to Apples, Uno, Scrabble and Monopoly.

Across the hall, eighth-graders practiced their team building skills with exercises and gaming applications. Working collaboratively to accomplish a common goal, they participated in exercises such as human rock, paper, scissors and land mine travel, where teams had to direct their classmates across a field of “land mines” without stepping on a mine or bumping into another competitor. The students also teamed up to play the puzzle game Candy Crush.



Clarke Competes at DECA Regionals

Clarke Competes at DECA Regionals
Following months of hard work and preparation, 70 members of the 140 W.T. Clarke High School DECA team competed against thousands of high school students in the Nassau County Regional DECA Competition held at Freeport High School on Jan. 7.
    
According to its website, DECA is a nonprofit student organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the world.
    
These talented Clarke DECA members participated in competitive events that are 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, or on a manual as well as share an interactive component before an industry professional who served as a judge.
    
The district commends this remarkable team and wishes them much success as they compete in the State-level competition in Rochester, New York, from March 8-10.

Visit Us on Facebook

The East Meadow School District and Public Library invite all community residents to visit its official Facebook page, which will provide information related to the school district’s and public library’s joint bond referendum. The bond vote is scheduled for Tuesday, March 7, 2017.
    
To visit the page, search “East Meadow Schools and Public Library Joint Bond” in the search function on Facebook. The account is non-commenting, meaning the public will not be able to post comments. Its purpose is to provide the community with an additional source of information regarding the upcoming bond vote.
    

Continuing Dr. King’s Legacy

Continuing Dr. King’s Legacy

In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, second-graders at Barnum Woods Elementary School studied Dr. King’s dream of living in a world of equality, compassion and kindness.

Teacher Denise DeMarco began the lesson by reading the picture-book biography, “Martin’s Big Words” by Doreen Rappaport. The book explained Dr. King’s life journey as a civil rights activist in pursuit of a world where everyone is treated fairly.   

Afterward, students brainstormed aspirations inspired by Dr. King’s message. Among them were “treating everyone fairly and with kindness,” “that there will be no wars” and, to quote Dr. King, “that people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”  

With these aspirations, students drew themselves in an “I have a dream” activity using one of the above wishes.




Reporting Live From Parkway Elementary School

Reporting Live From Parkway Elementary School

Fourth-graders at Parkway Elementary School got their feet wet in exploring natural disasters and the media. After conducting research and planning out their segments over the course of several weeks, students in Kelly Zawasky and Allison Cellura’s class presented a series of natural disaster news broadcasts on Jan. 13.

The project, part of the students’ literacy curriculum, posed the essential question of “How do people respond to natural disasters?” The fourth-graders responded to this inquiry by researching different types of natural disasters and watching numerous weather broadcasts to understand what information is needed for a typical weather report, which proved useful when the time came to prepare their scripts.

The class also studied the importance of eyewitness interviews and the role of the meteorologist as they learned about firsthand and secondhand accounts of events. In addition, they learned about the elements of dramatic text, which they incorporated into their scripts. Finally, they created their own backdrops and ran through several dress rehearsals to ensure they were camera-ready.

Along with on-set reporting from the news desk, each broadcast involved “on-site” scenes in front of the backdrops. Students were creative in their use of props and costumes as they portrayed the roles of reporters, meteorologists and civilians impacted by the events.  

Broadcasts included coverage of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami of 2011, the multiple-vortex tornado that struck Joplin, Missouri in 2011, the Great Blizzard of 1888 and the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens.




Special Message to the Community – Bond Initiative

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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 ale 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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W.T. Clarke Senior Named a 2017 Regeneron Science Talent Scholar

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Alby Joseph, a senior at W.T. Clarke High School has been recognized as a scholar in the 2017 Regeneron Science Talent Search. This program is considered to be the nation’s oldest and most prestigious pre-college science competition for high school students.
    
According to its website, the Regeneron STS is a program of the Society for Science and the Public that recognizes and empowers the most promising young scientists in the U.S. who are creating the ideas and solutions to solve our most urgent challenges.
    
“It’s an incredible feeling to be named a Regeneron Scholar,” said Alby. “When I found out, my heart was racing a million miles a minute because not only did they appreciate my work, but they also thought I have what it takes to be a real scientist.”
    
During the summer of 2016 Alby interned in a laboratory at Stony Brook University, where he worked under the mentorship of Professor Iwao Ojima to study a new way of treating pain by attacking a specific protein. After learning about the Regeneron competition through the internship and receiving hearty support from Ojima and Clarke research teacher Erika Rotolo, Alby submitted his project, titled “Optimized Fatty Acid Binding Protein Inhibitors Investigating the Viability of a Novel Pain Relief Mechanism.”
    
In addition to this submission, Alby was required to answer several essay questions, provide his transcript and submit instructors’ recommendations.
    
Each of the 300 scholars received a $2,000 award from Regeneron with a matching donation to his or her school. A total of $1.2 million in scholar awards are granted to inspire more young people to engage in science. Forty of the scholars will be announced as finalists on Jan. 24, an opportunity where they will be invited to Washington, D.C. in March to participate in final judging, have their work on public display, meet with notable scientists and compete for awards, including the top prize of $250,000.
    
Aside from his love of science, Alby has another passion — music. Playing the cello since he was a fourth-grader at Bowling Green Elementary School, he gained confidence by being creative and using music as an outlet to unwind from the everyday pressures of schoolwork and extracurricular activities. His outstanding musical talents have qualified him to perform in the All-State Festival at the New York State School Music Association’s 2016 Winter Conference, the upcoming National Association for Music Education’s 2017 Biennial Eastern Division Conference in April, the Nassau Music Educators Association All-County Festival and the Long Island String Festival Association’s Nassau Secondary Festival .
    
Additionally, he serves as co-president of the school’s Tri-M Music, Science and National honor societies. He is also a member of the Math Honor Society, the school newspaper, Mathletes, Science Olympiad, and has performed for the last three years in the pit orchestra for the school’s plays.
    
Along with this exceptional achievement, Alby is also the Clarke High School Class of 2017 valedictorian, a semifinalist in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program and a semifinalist in the 2016 Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology.  
    
“Alby is the only student in my years at Clarke High School to receive semifinalist standing in both the Regeneron Science Talent Search and the Siemens Competition,” said high school Principal Timothy Voels. “He is a humble young man who is a superb Clarke student.”     
    
The support Alby has received from his family, friends, teachers and peers has made him grateful for his time at the high school. “I’m really appreciative of the environment at Clarke because it has helped me and encouraged me to keep going and do what I love,” he said. “Here, it’s more about supporting one another and trying to get everyone ahead.”
    
While Alby enjoys his last semester at Clarke, he will be competing in the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair in February and participating in the NAfME All-Eastern Conference in April, while looking forward to prom and graduation in late June. His postsecondary plans include attending college to study chemical engineering.   
    
The district congratulates Alby for achieving this honorable distinction and wishes him tremendous success as he finishes his senior year and pursues his interests in college.      

East Meadow High School Sophomore Named HOBY Ambassador

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Clara Song, a sophomore at East Meadow High School, has been selected as a Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership ambassador.
    
According to its website, HOBY, founded in 1958, is an organization that inspires and develops the global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation.
    
As an ambassador, Clara will participate with other teenagers at the HOBY Leadership Conference, where she will collaborate with recognized leaders in business, government, education and other professions to discuss current world issues.
    
Clara was selected through a rigorous process that included an interview by faculty, administration and a former HOBY ambassador. She unanimously impressed the panel with her poise, confidence and genuine concern for others.

Clara is a very conscientious student who is involved in numerous extracurricular activities. She is a member of the school’s STEM, Pre-Med and Key clubs and an active member of the Science, Social Studies and English honor societies. She also volunteers at Winthrop-University Hospital and conducts her own research in the medical chemistry lab at St. John’s University.

Last summer, Clara was fortunate enough to participate in a Global Health Initiative trip to the Dominican Republic, and she is currently planning a community service trip to Peru.  

With a passion for science and a desire to help others, Clara aspires to pursue a career in the medical field, specifically in global health.

Student Artwork Displayed at District’s Annual Exhibit

Student Artwork Displayed

Students spanning first through 12th grade in the District were recognized for their talents and creativity during the district’s “A Young Artist Exhibition” on Dec. 20.

Students, families and faculty members browsed the 130 pieces of artwork on display at the Leon J. Campo Salisbury Center as W. Tresper Clarke High School’s string quartet performed winter classics. Those who had their work on display had been chosen for their adept technique in collage, painting, drawing and photography.

The district extends special thanks to Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Cindy Munter, Director of Music and Art Kathryn Behr, Art Chairperson Heather Anastasio, art show coordinator Lisa Young and the district Art Faculty for their hard work and dedication in arranging this year’s gallery.  




Buzzing with Words

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Two students in the district were recently crowned school spelling bee champions: W.T. Clarke Middle School seventh-grader Nicholas Espinosa and Woodland Middle School sixth-grader Sarah Chacko.  
    
A total of 42 middle school students participated in the school-level competition of the Scripps Spelling Bee at their respective buildings. Nicholas claimed the victory at Clarke with “voltmeter,” while Sarah secured first place at Woodland by correctly spelling “reminisce.”    
    
Both winners will compete in the regional bee at Hofstra University in February. The district wishes them much success as they continue in the competition.

Festival of Lights

Festival of Lights

First-graders in Camille Iovino-Coli’s class at Barnum Woods Elementary School held a “Festival of Lights” party to observe the different holidays celebrated in their class.

Prior to the celebration, the children studied the variety of cultures, traditions and religious holidays celebrated by their fellow classmates. They learned about the similarities and differences of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Diwali. The main message Iovino-Coli hoped her students would take away is to be respectful of one another’s cultural diversity.

For the festival, families brought in treats representing their ethnic backgrounds. The class and guests enjoyed latkes (a Jewish potato pancake), Cozonac (a Romanian pound cake), kheer (a Muslim rice pudding) and Pfeffernusse (German gingerbread cookies).

Additionally, each first-grader received a poster with candy canes and a writing activity to identify their favorite holiday tradition. Responses included spending time with family, decorating the tree and opening presents.

A Winter Wonderland of Music at East Meadow

A Winter Wonderland of Music at East Meadow

Months of preparation and practice paid off as students in the REACH program at W.T. Clarke Middle School and High School performed their winter concert .

Students, teachers, central administrators and family members gathered in Clarke High School’s Little Theatre to hear a variety of winter classics, including “Winter Wonderland,” “Let It Snow” and “Jingle Bell Rock.”

Closing out the show, the students performed “We Wish You a Happy Holiday” in American Sign Language with the help of Clarke High School students who are studying ASL.

The East Meadow school community gives these young musicians a standing ovation for their talents and dedication.

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Embracing the spirit of charitable giving, Woodland Middle School’s Yorker Club recently donated $1,800 worth of toys to children of the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island.
    
Throughout the month of October, the club sold chocolate bars to the school community to raise money for their annual toy drive. The proceeds from the fundraiser were used for a shopping trip to Toys R Us in early December, where club advisors and members purchased a large variety of toys, from board games and headphones to toy cars, teddy bears and action figures.
    
On Dec. 16, the club’s members helped load the Ronald McDonald House truck with all the toys, which will be distributed to hospitalized children and their families to help them have a joyous holiday.

Spreading Holiday Magic

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Members of the fourth- and fifth-grade student council at Barnum Woods Elementary School collected more than 100 toys for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots program.
    
Toys for Tots collects new, unwrapped toys every year from October through December to provide holiday gifts to less fortunate children in the community.
    
From Nov. 30 to Dec. 14, the student council accepted donations from students, teachers, administrators and other school community members. Council members displayed posters, sang jingles on the morning announcements and visited classrooms throughout the two-week drive, stressing the importance of giving back and helping others.
    
On Dec. 19, Staff Sergeant J.D. Quinton and Sergeants Eliezer Gomez and Carlos Hernandez collected seven boxes of new toys from the school to help local families in Nassau County. Staff Sgt. Quinton thanked the students for their generosity and for helping families this holiday season.

Because I’m Happy

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English as a New Language students at Bowling Green Elementary School hosted a digital story presentation highlighting what happiness means to them on Dec. 15.
    
Directed by ENL teachers Eleni Batanchiev, Jaclyn Goldstein and Jennifer Roman and reading teacher Katie Keenan, the students defined their personal meaning of happiness on video. Each student provided an example of when they feel happiest and displayed that emotion by dancing to Pharrell Williams’ “Happy.”

Among the responses, students identified happiness as helping someone, accepting others for who they are, being with family, learning from their teacher and playing games with friends.  

Finding Presents on the Tree

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Embodying the giving spirit, Parkway Elementary School organized its annual Holiday Giving Tree drive to help local families this holiday season.
    
Every year from Nov. 30 to Dec. 15, Parkway displays a holiday tree covered with ornaments, each designating a present to provide for children and their families. Students, teachers, administrators and members of the community are encouraged to purchase gifts for children ranging in age from young toddler to 15 years old. This year’s donated gifts included board games, toy cars, snow tubes and clothing.  
    
After all gifts were collected, members of Parkway’s PTA and student volunteers wrapped each of them in preparation for delivery to the families.
    
As a special treat, each family will receive a red stocking filled with action figures, pencils, candy canes and playing cards.

Recognition Given by Board of Education

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During their communication meeting on Dec. 15, the members of the East Meadow Board of Education recognized several individuals in the community amid musical performances by students districtwide.

The Board began the evening by presenting their Distinguished Service Award to East Meadow residents and World War II veterans John Hughes and Angelo Auletta, who served in the U.S. Navy and Army, respectively. The award honors veterans in the community for their loyalty and devoted service to the nation.  

“It is a privilege to recognize individuals who served our country,” said Superintendent of Schools Leon J. Campo. “All of us are here today because of those who sacrificed to protect our freedoms.”

The Board also presented community member Deborah Coates with a certificate of recognition for being named a recipient of the New York State School Boards Association’s Everett R. Dyer Distinguished Service Award. According to its website, NYSSBA presents this award each year to a current or former school board member for their outstanding contributions to public education and children in their own school district.

“In addition to serving as an East Meadow Board trustee and president, as well as an outstanding member of Nassau BOCES’ board, Ms. Coates has always been a valued member of our community and an outstanding PTA leader,” said East Meadow Board President Marcee Rubinstein. “We are so proud of her.”  

The evening ensued with musical performances by the W.T. Clarke brass ensemble, woodwind quintet and saxophone quartet; the East Meadow High School wind ensemble, steel drum ensemble and handbell choir; a Barnum Woods Elementary School violin and cello duo; the string ensembles from McVey and Barnum Woods elementary schools; members of the Bowling Green Elementary School band; and the Woodland Middle School vocal jazz ensemble.  





Musical Milestones in the Meadow

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Music students of the East Meadow School District have been recognized in a variety of ways for their remarkable talents and achievements.

A total of 155 students across the District have been selected to perform in the Nassau Music Educators Association All-County Festivals in January.  Each of the seven concerts will take place at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts.

These student-musicians in grades 5-12 received this honor based on their New York State School Music Association solo evaluation and teacher recommendations.

33 students district-wide have been invited to perform in the Long Island String Festival Association in March at Uniondale High School.

Established in 1956, the association’s mission it to educate young string musicians by providing them the opportunity to work with renowned conductors and musicians from all over the country.

Three seniors at the secondary level have been invited to perform in the National Association for Music Education’s 2017 Biennial Eastern Division Conference from April 5-8 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

NAfME is the world’s largest arts education organization that addresses all aspects of music education.

Michelle Hromin from W.T. Clarke High School will play clarinet in the concert band, Alby Joseph from W.T. Clarke High School will play cello in the orchestra and Arun Sam from East Meadow High School will sing as a Bass I in the mixed choir.

The district extends its congratulations to these exceptional music students and the talented faculty.





Decking the Doors

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Students and staff at Parkway Elementary School spread winter cheer on Dec. 14 by transforming their classroom doors into winter-themed wonderlands for the annual Decorate the Door contest.
    
Sporting their favorite ugly holiday sweaters and applying their creativity and collaboration skills, every class in grades K-5, as well as the school’s ancillary departments, decorated their doors to reflect a winter theme. Competition criteria required them to display a winter theme in a tangible and clever way that was visually appealing, imaginative and creative, and exuded school spirit or Parkway paraphernalia. Judging was based on originality, complexity, creativity and relevance to the theme.
    
Winners for each grade were announced, acknowledging the classes that most innovatively used materials such as lights, cotton balls, paper snowflakes and wrapping paper to transform their doors. Among the ancillary departments, the main office reigned supreme with their “Gingerbread Lane” theme.
    
Along with their first-place ribbons, the K-2 winners received a movie day with popcorn and juice, those who placed first in grades 3-5 won a game of freedom ball during gym, juice and cookies, and the main office earned bragging rights.  


Walking with a Jug on their shoulders

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Inspired by a true story they read in their English classes, seventh-grade students at Woodland and W.T. Clarke middle schools walked a mile around their school grounds on Dec. 6 to raise funds for Island Harvest and Water for South Sudan.

As part of their English curriculum, the seventh-graders read Linda Sue Park’s “A Long Walk to Water.” The book, a New York Times bestseller, is based on the true story of Salva, an 11-year-old boy who safely led 150 boys to Kenya during the civil war in South Sudan.

 With Salva’s tale as the inspiration, the English department coordinated a water walk to bring the message closer to home while enabling students to help others in need.

Each student contributed to the cause by donating $1 to carry a gallon of water during the one-mile walk. The students’ efforts resulted in the donation of more than 600 jugs of water to Island Harvest, a hunger relief organization with the mission of “ending hunger and reducing food waste on Long Island,” and more than $4,000 was raised by students, families, teachers and administrators for Water for South Sudan, a not-for-profit organization that provides clean, safe water to the region.




East Meadow High School’s ‘Larceny and Old Lace’ a hit

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The East Meadow High School Theatre Guild gave a showstopping performance that kept audience in stitches when they presented “Larceny and Old Lace” on Dec. 8-10.

Written by Van Vandagriff and directed by East Meadow High School English teacher Amanda Priole, “Larceny and Old Lace” is the story of Harold Peabody, a caring nephew who watches after his eccentric Uncle Charlie while his aunts, Gertie and Millie, are on a gambling trip in Las Vegas. Uncle Charlie, who thinks he is a pirate, is constantly burying “treasure” in the basement. When Harold hears the local bank has been robbed and discovers a bag of money in the house, he declares that Charlie is responsible and should be sent to a sanitarium. Aunts Gertie and Millie will not stand for such a thing — especially since they had stolen that money during their Vegas trip. On top of that, Harold’s cousin Mordred, an escaped convict, appears at the house with a bundle of stolen money and the FBI hot on his trail. On the brink of a breakdown, Harold attempts to keep his aunts out of jail, Mordred from killing them and his fiancée from leaving him, all while keeping himself from going insane.  

The talented East Meadow cast and crew embraced the unique characteristics of the Peabody family in this riotous production of Vandagriff’s spoof on the classic “Arsenic and Old Lace.”

The Theatre Guild would like to express their gratitude to Priole, high school students Gabriella Landri and Rayaa Anglada (assistant directors), art teacher Ingo Prangenberg (technical advisor) and Board of Education trustee Scott Eckers (lighting design) for this successful fall production.   




Concert for a Cure

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The Tri-M Music Honor Society chapter 2817 of East Meadow High School partnered with the American Cancer Society to put an end to cancer by hosting Concert for a Cure on November 22.

Since the beginning of the school year, members of Tri-M have been participating in student-led chamber ensembles before and after school to perfect their concert performance. The honor society’s members honed their musicianship skills as they organized rehearsals, communicated with their peers and cohesively arranged music compositions without the guidance of teachers.

During the concert’s luminaria ceremony, in which candles were lit in memory of those who have lost the battle to cancer, ACS Community Manager Meaghan Neary acknowledged the top three student fundraisers: freshman Leilani Blakeman ($958), senior and Tri-M President Jaden Nogee ($385) and sophomore Julia Cuttone ($255).  

“Our luminaria ceremony is an opportunity to remember those we have lost and also a chance to celebrate their lives,” said Neary. “We want to pay tribute to those we love and all those who have been touched by cancer.”

Following, Jaden read the poem “One Little Candle” by Carol Dunn and asked the audience to observe a moment of silence in memory of those lost to cancer.

The benefit concert was a great success, generating more than $3,500 in donations. The members of Tri-M were honored to unite their passion for music and community service to assist in the battle against cancer that has affected many people in their lives.  




Spreading Roots of Kindness

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In honor of Unity Day on Oct. 19, the staff and student body of the East Meadow School District joined together to take a stance against bullying by creating a unity tree in the Leon J. Campo Salisbury Center.

Throughout the day, students, teachers, faculty members and central administrators signed leaves as a pledge to be upstanders and put an end to bullying within their community.

With more than 75 leaves signed and collected, members of the W.T. Clarke High School Art Honor Society pasted the foliage on a 16-by-12-foot painting in the Salisbury Center’s conference room. The tree symbolizes kindness, togetherness and partnership across the district.        

At the building level, schools celebrated Unity Day by creating their own trees, rainbow arches and hosting Mix-It-Up Days during their lunch periods, where students sat with peers they didn’t know in order to cultivate new friendships.

Transportation Pilot Program

The East Meadow UFSD Board of Education has authorized a Pilot Program to increase ridership without increase cost to the taxpayers. The Board of Education of the East Meadow UFSD will allow for school buses with available space to be filled with ineligible riders with preference given to younger pupils. Bus stops lawfully cannot and will not be changed. Temporary passes will be issued, which may be withdrawn in the event of any increase in the number of eligible riders. If you wish to be considered for a Temporary Bus Pass, please fill out the attached form and return to the Transportation Office.

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Decorating the CASA tree

Decorating the CASA tree

Members of the Kiwanis Kids at Bowling Green Elementary School made ornaments for the annual Community Association of Stewart Avenue Holiday Lighting ceremony.
    
The club members came together in the school’s all-purpose room on Dec. 2 to fashion wooden tree ornaments out of Popsicle sticks, which they colored with crayons and adorned with rhinestones and glitter to add extra sparkle to the tree.
    
The Kiwanis Kids will hang their decorative ornaments on the tree during Dec. 9 ceremony, which will be held at Carvel on Carman Avenue.  

Tying a Knot for Survival

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Fifth-graders of Bowling Green Elementary School made paracord “survival” bracelets through Operation Gratitude for U.S. troops and first responders.
    
According to its website, Operation Gratitude annually sends more than 200,000 care packages filled with food, entertainment, hygiene and handmade items as well as personal letters of appreciation to veterans, first responders, wounded heroes, new recruits and active U.S. service members deployed overseas.
    
Each student of Jennifer Abshire’s class braided parachute cords to create a bracelet that can withstand 550 pounds of weight. When unraveled, the bracelets can provide eight feet of strong rope or string in emergency situations. The outer sheath and inner strings of the bracelets can be used as a sling or tied on a splint, as a tripwire, to make nets and traps, or as thread to stitch wounds.
    
Additionally, each fifth-grader attached a personalized message thanking the servicemen and women for their service to our country.      

Seniors receive visit from Rep. Kathleen Rice

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East Meadow High School seniors received a special visit from Rep. Kathleen Rice on Nov. 22.
    
The 12th-graders in the college-level Contemporary Business, Advanced Placement Government, and AP Comparative Government and Politics classes attended an in-school assembly featuring Rice, who discussed her experiences as a Congresswoman, District Attorney and Public Servant.
    
Following, Rice answered students’ questions about the recent election, her passion for public service and how she became involved in politics.  

Helping Others One Lap at a Time

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Parkway Elementary School held its second annual Turkey Trot fundraiser on Nov. 10 to help families have a bountiful Thanksgiving.

Since September, students in kindergarten through fifth grade trained for the event by running laps outdoors during their gym classes to improve their running times. In honor of this year’s race, students were encouraged to bring in canned goods and nonperishable items to assist Island Harvest in providing families on Long Island with a delicious Thanksgiving meal.   

On the day of the fundraiser, students in grades 3-5 ran 12 minutes around the building, while those in K-2 completed the run in the gymnasium. Before they started the run, the students dropped off their donations in marked receptacles.

To keep their energy and spirits up, members of the Parkway PTA cheered the students on and helped them stay hydrated by handing them cups of water as they ran.     




Visit from Vietnam Vets

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The W.T. Clarke Middle School student government received a special visit from members of the Vietnam War Veterans Association on Nov. 23.
    
The visit, coordinated by student government advisors Marge Sweeney and Lisa Scully, gave the students an opportunity to learn about the hardships of the Vietnam War. The servicemen discussed the extreme weather conditions, shared their memories and experiences during the war, and circulated authentic materials used by soldiers such as helmets, photo albums and vests.
    
The veterans also held a question-and-answer session to address students’ inquiries about life in Vietnam.

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Hearts of Gold

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Students at Meadowbrook Elementary School raised awareness for pediatric cancer research by participating in the schoolwide Whip Pediatric Cancer Heart of Gold program.
    
According to its website, the program was established to put an end to pediatric cancer by spreading awareness and raising funds for pediatric cancer research.  
    
Beginning Oct. 19, children received a gold paper heart and were asked to return the heart filled with a colorful design and the recommended donation of $1.
    
More than $400 was raised over the course of two weeks and donated to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, and the hearts were arranged in the lobby to demonstrate Meadowbrook’s efforts in the fight against pediatric cancer.

Lending a Helping Hand in the Parkway Garden

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Students of Parkway Elementary School lent a helping hand in a schoolwide mural painting constructed by art teacher Franceska Baer. During art class, students in kindergarten through fifth grade assisted Ms. Baer in the enormous garden mural by leaving their handprint in the foliage, and in the roots and stems of the roses.