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Excellence Emphasized for Class of 2019

Excellence Emphasized for Class of 2019

The graduating classes from East Meadow High School and W.T. Clarke High School were celebrated during the annual Class of 2019 Awards Ceremony at each building on June 17 and June 18.

The district congratulates all of the honorees and graduates for their hard work and progress in East Meadow.

InnoAir Solves JANY

InnoAir Solves JANY

W.T. Clarke High School students and entrepreneurs Shayan Huda, Abishek Ravindan, Makaeel Sheikh and Louis Zaino claimed victory in the final round of the Junior Achievement of New York’s 12th Annual High School Business Plan Competition on June 5. They represented the East Meadow School District proudly and achieved first place for their proposed product, InnoAir.

InnoAir is a reusable alternative to inhaler actuators that would offer consumers with asthma a product that reduces the amount of waste caused by single-use plastic actuators. The method creatively addressed this year’s theme of sustainable solutions to Americans’ dependency on plastic.

“Each member of our group has asthma and struggles with the stigma associated with using an inhaler,” said Abishek. “Many of those that suffer from asthma are afraid to use inhalers in front of their peers.”

Each member of the team received a cash prize of $1,500 and a trophy for the school. This is the second time in three years that a group from W.T. Clarke was victorious in the final round, with a 2017 win going to the team Simplastic. 

JANY is the local affiliate of Junior Achievement USA, the nation’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future and make smart academic and economic choices. 

“This process and project helped us gain experience in terms of networking and presenting in front of a group,” said Makaeel. Additionally, he said, “This project has helped me grow as a person and helped me pursue my interests.”

Fresh 3D Clay

Advanced craft classes at W.T. Clarke High School were fortunate to experience the pilot use of a 3D clay printer this school year under the direction of art teacher James Parisi.

Mr. Parisi introduced the equipment, as well as the Potterware design application for 3D printing of ceramics, earlier this year. 

“Potterware is an amazing program that helps to create the perimeters and use a slide bar to create over 1,000 combinations for students to manufacture.” Said Mr. Parisi.

The process of creating a piece of art using the 3D printer started with design. Students took 15-20 minutes to map out their plan using the software before attempting to print the creation with the clay-loaded printer. 

Five students were able to create pottery with the application. However, only one design, a small vase, successfully printed. It was a learning year for teachers and students for this first-year project.  Much of the trial and error included finding the right density of the clay and matching it up with the product being produced. Mr. Parisi expects the printer to produce more projects next year as he and the students continue to learn.

“I am confident that as we continue to navigate the right consistency of the clay, students will be producing extraordinary pieces of art thanks to this printer,” Mr. Parisi said. The district is proud to be the only district on Long Island experimenting with this technology and applauds the work of Mr. Parisi and his students.

Honoring the Stars and Stripes

Honoring the Stars and Stripes

The district honored Flag Day on June 14 across all four elementary schools. Special morning ceremonies at each building welcomed students, staff and community members. 

Barnum Woods, Bowling Green, Meadowbrook and Parkway elementary schools took their tributes outside, where student bands performed and administrators addressed the significance of Flag Day and the country’s flag. 

Barnum Woods extended the celebration with the annual wellness walk through the surrounding neighborhood with students waving American flags. At Meadowbrook, the school hosted a surprise recognition ceremony to honor retiring Assistant Principal Gail Gallucci.

“Thank you to all students, staff and community members, including those that serve, that helped us celebrate Flag Day throughout East Meadow,” said Superintendent of Schools Kenneth A. Card, Jr.


A Raffle of Honor

A Raffle of Honor photo

Bowling Green Elementary School held a raffle contest during the week of June 3 to benefit the Brain Injury Association of America and honor student Ilana Shedrow.

Students entered the contest by donating a $1 for a chance to win a Rubik’s Cube. All submissions went directly to the Brain Injury Association to honor their peer. A total of $400 was raised and 16 students were announced as raffle winners on June 10.

The district thanks Bowling Green for their effort in raising money for a great cause and congratulates the raffle winners.

Gearing for Next Step

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Seniors in the district were excited to announce the next steps in their academic and athletics careers by signing National Letters of Intent and Celebratory Letters for their college of choice.

East Meadow High School congratulated a total of 21 students that announced their college decision and athletic choice and W.T. Clarke High School honored 10 students that intend to continue an athletic career in college.

The district congratulates the following students on making their selections:
W.T. Clarke Gabe Armijo Dominican College Lacrosse
East Meadow Omar Benthami Molloy College Track and Field
East Meadow Eric Bernstein Towson University Football
W.T. Clarke Anthony Caputo Pace University Lacrosse
W.T. Clarke Austin Carman Rhode Island College Wrestling
East Meadow James Ciampi Alvernia University Ice Hockey
East Meadow Charlie Cucchiara Molloy College Baseball
East Meadow Julia Cuttone Baruch College Softball
East Meadow Rosanna Cuttone York College Softball
W.T. Clarke Anthony Dilluvio St. Joseph’s College Baseball
East Meadow Arianna Duhs Adelphi University Cheerleading
W.T. Clarke Briella LaFata Farmingdale University Soccer
East Meadow Michael Loeffler SUNY Morrisville Football
East Meadow Taylor Keicher University of New Haven Lacrosse
East Meadow Kayla Leary Fairfield University Soccer
W.T. Clarke Steven Lee Dominican College Baseball
W.T. Clarke Chris Lydon Concordia University Baseball
East Meadow Amy Mallah Oneonta State Softball
East Meadow Christian Marinello NYIT Cross Country
East Meadow Isabel Marsh Adelphi University Track and Field
East Meadow Katherine Marsh Adelphi University Track and Field
East Meadow Tyler McManus Mitchell College Lacrosse
East Meadow Tyler Patterson Dominican College Baseball
East Meadow Meadow Perez Binghamton University Swimming
East Meadow Julian Quaresima Long Island University Soccer
W.T. Clarke Karina Romero Molloy College Track and Field
East Meadow Rachel Rose Ithaca College Soccer/Track and Field
East Meadow Dylan Solenski Western Connecticut State Football
W.T. Clarke Leanna Tallon Oneonta State Softball
W.T. Clarke Brendan Turton Dominican College Baseball
East Meadow Bryan Villafuerte NYIT Cross Country

Celebrating Pride in Heritage

Celebrating Pride in Heritage

Third through fifth grade students in the English as a New Language program at Barnum Woods Elementary School celebrated the inaugural Family Heritage and Culture Museum on June 5.

Students showcased projects based on their family’s culture and the countries from which they hail. Trifold poster boards were filled with facts and fun information from students’ research on countries such as China, Brazil, Honduras, India and Columbia. Students were also encouraged to bring in a native dish for their classmates to enjoy.

“We are so proud of these students for working so hard on their projects,” said fifth grade teacher Jessica McCann.


Pen to Face

Pen to Face photo

Katie Kirichenko’s fourth grade class at Barnum Woods Elementary School welcomed their pen pals from the Uniondale Union Free School District’s, Walnut Street School, on June 5.  Together, Ms. Kirichenko’s class and Robyn Weinstein’s fourth grade class from Uniondale held a special meeting.

The two classes began writing to each other as pen pals this past October and continued the relationship with their pen pals throughout the year. Student letters included details on different happenings in their lives, class projects being worked on and certain facts about themselves. 

The culmination of the project came during the face-to-face meeting. As Mrs. Kirichenko’s class entered the building’s all-purpose room, Mrs. Weinstein’s students were holding up signs with their names and the names of their pen pals to begin the interaction. 

Next, students participated in a STEM activity called “Save Fred,” that required the pen pals to work together. The exercise was based on the story “Fred the Gummy Worm,” where Fred forgot to put on his life preserver — a gummy Life Saver — before taking a ride in his plastic cup boat. With the boat flipped over, the students had to use four paperclips to put the Life Saver around Fred without using their hands. 

Following the project, students wished each other a great summer.  

Comforting Donations

Comforting Donations

Barnum Woods Elementary School took part in an Earth Day inspired shoe drive during May, successfully collecting 2,267 pairs of shoes for Wearable Collections.

Assistant Principal Harriet Alfano added an incentive for the students by offering to host a brunch, along with special guest Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth A. Card, Jr., for the class with the most donations. The drive took place during the week of May 6 before Wearable Collections picked up the shoes on May 14. Wearable Collections is a New York City based company focused on keeping clothing, textiles and shoes out of landfills.

By collecting a remarkable 355 pairs of shoes, Toni Ann Pelo’s first grade class earned the congratulatory brunch on June 5. In addition to welcoming Mrs. Alfano and Dr. Card, the class received a visit from Hempstead Town Clerk Sylvia A. Cabana, who offered her gratitude to the students. Students explained to their guests that supportive family members and neighbors helped them collect the most shoes.

The district congratulates the Barnum Woods community for an outstanding community service project and effort. 

Submerge into Coding

Submerge into Coding

Third grade students at Meadowbrook Elementary School immersed themselves into a mystery story experience lead by Submerge Storytelling during the week of May 27.

Submerge Storytelling is an educational program that transforms a classroom into the setting of a story, motivating students to draw conclusions about the characters, plots and themes. 

Cory Levine of Submerge Storytelling transformed a Meadowbrook classroom into the bedroom of 12-year-old Trevor Cool, who breaks codes for the CIA. The room contained a twin-sized bed, desk, Legos, wall decorations, sports memorabilia, codes and ancient artifacts. Students examined evidence and applied their literacy and critical thinking skills to become detectives in search of Trevor as he is being chased by the notorious CIA double agent, Cobra.

Throughout the week, third graders learned how to make connections with evidence without jumping to conclusions. They also discussed the importance of evidence and order of events. Students then created a timeline to help figure out the accurate plot line.

Meadowbrook thanks Mr. Levine for putting on the week-long activity as well as the PTA for providing students with this detective opportunity. 

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Honoring a Year of Success

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The district celebrated the academic successes of its four secondary schools during the District Awards Ceremony at East Meadow High School on June 5.

More than 450 students from East Meadow High School, W.T. Clarke High School, W.T. Clarke Middle School and Woodland Middle School gathered to be honored by district administrators for achievements earned during the 2018-19 school year. Highlighted accomplishments included scholar athlete honors, awards for excellence in academic competitions and various other academic distinctions attained over the past 10 months.

“The evening was an outstanding celebration of the academic achievements of our wonderful students,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth A. Card, Jr.

PowerPoint from Athletic Field Forum June 3rd


Holding the SHIELD

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W.T. Clarke High School junior Kaylei Fanfan was recently announced as a recipient of the Nassau County District Attorney’s SHIELD Award.

Kaylei was recommended by the faculty and administration of W.T. Clarke in recognition of her exceptional character, virtue and selfless service. The SHIELD award stands for service, honesty, integrity, excellence, leadership and duty. 

“We are very proud of Kaylei for earning this tremendous honor,” said Principal Timothy Voels.  

Community Change

Community Change photo

Local charitable organizations gathered in the auditorium of W.T. Clarke Middle School as the service learning club hosted the annual Change for Change Giving Ceremony on May 31. 

For the 14th straight year, students started collaborating on this project in the fall. Together, students researched and selected 11 nonprofit organizations that held significance for the club’s members. Approximately $2,500 was collected throughout the school year during various fundraising events and initiatives such as the school’s Dunk Tank and the Long Beach Polar Plunge.

The giving ceremony served as a culmination of this project and was attended by representatives of local charities including the Book Fairies, Long Island Cares: Music to Meals, the school’s own Giving Tree, March of Dimes, Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa Research Association, Last Hope Animal Rescue, America’s VetDogs, John Thiesen’s Children’s Center, Sunrise Day Camp, Make A Wish and the Epilepsy Foundation.

The ceremony opened with the presentation of the Be the Change Award to Elliot Oppenheim, W.T. Clarke technology teacher, for his efforts, contributions and support of the service learning club and all W.T. Clarke events. Each organization was then introduced and welcomed by students in the serving learning club, who provided a brief explanation of the charity and awarded a plaque of recognition along with the donation check.

“Thank you to advisors Katie Peretzman and Ashley Sanalitro for their efforts in leading this initiative for a fifth straight year,” said Principal Stacy Breslin.

The district congratulates the service club for another successful year of supporting local organizations. 

Students Stuff Buses

Students Stuff Buses

Woodland Middle School’s Third Annual Stuff a Bus effort provided another successful set of donations to the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island.

The Stuff a Bus fundraiser is organized and spearheaded by many of Woodland’s student and service groups, including the National Junior Honor Society. The school held a drive for cleaning supplies, disposable products, pantry items and many non-perishable items to benefit the Ronald McDonald House. Throughout the year, the clubs held fundraisers to help collect the necessities or to raise funds to purchase the products. Parents, faculty and community members also contributed by dropping off goods in the collection bin or by making a monetary donation. 

On the morning of May 31, students filled three buses that graciously donated by the Guardian Bus Company. A human chain from the second floor of the building through the main entrance helped to move the collected items into the buses.

Once all of the buses were filled, students and staff filled a fourth bus to transport the collected goods along with a $1,000 donation to the Ronald McDonald House in New Hyde Park for unloading.

“You should all be very proud of the effort that helped to make this year’s Stuff a Bus another success” Assistant Principal Patricia Graham said to the volunteering students. “Thank you to everyone in the community for their support.”


Thoughtful and Terrific Board Meeting

Thoughtful and Terrific Board Meeting

The Board of Education meeting on May 29 was a full showcase of excellence from staff members and students alike as selfless acts, academic success and musical talents were on display.

The W.T. Clarke High School Saxophone Quartet opened the evening’s festivities by performing the Star-Spangled Banner. Following opening remarks from President Matthew Melnick and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth A. Card, Jr., the focus shifted to the honorees.

Bowling Green Elementary School Principal Maria Ciarametaro honored third grade teacher Christine Reiman for her efforts in supporting her student Mahdi Islam as he awaited a heart transplant. Ms. Reiman helped to host a “Super Hero Day” that raised $4,000 combined between the Bowling Green and Meadowbrook Elementary Schools. Additionally, she kept Mahdi involved in classroom activities through webinars and Google Hangouts. Ms. Reiman was presented with a Certificate of Excellence for her endless dedication and devotion.

The selflessness theme continued as Meadowbrook student Emma Vulpi was recognized for supporting the Child Life Program at NYU Winthrop Hospital. Emma decided that instead of receiving birthday gifts this year, she wanted to donate new toys to the hospital program to help those in need. Principal Kelly DiScalfani-O’Brien presented Emma and her parents with a medal and certificate for generously donating $300 worth of toys.

In the area of academic achievement, Director of Social Studies and 21st Century Learning, Jim Mendonis, along with Director of Literacy and Funded Programs, Frank Lukasik, spotlighted academic excellence by honoring middle school students that excelled at the recent Long History Day. W.T. Clarke Middle School students Umme Hani Bootwaia and Mubaraka Ezzi were recognized for receiving the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory sponsored Science History Award. Woodland Middle School’s Maya Del Rosario was applauded for her Latin American History Award sponsored by the Long Island Council for the Social Studies.

Next, attendees were treated to two musical selections by the East Meadow High School String Ensemble.  The group opened with a rendition of AC/DC’s “Back in Black” followed by a medley of Queen songs, all to the delight of many in the audience.

Recognitions concluded with the presentation of Terrific Kids from W.T. Clarke Middle School and Woodland Middle School for the months of April, May and June. These awards are sponsored by the East Meadow Kiwanis Club. Kiwanis Club President Gary Fromowitz, along with Principals Stacy Breslin and James Lethbridge, highlighted sixth, seventh and eighth graders who have exhibited a positive attitude, good character, and responsible citizenship while also being exemplary role models for their peers.  

Congratulations to all the night’s honorees and presentations, once again demonstrating the great that happens in East Meadow.


Melkun Named National Merit Scholarship Winner

Melkun Named National Merit Scholarship Winner photo
W.T. Clarke High School senior Jonathan Melkun was named a National Merit Scholarship Winner on May 8 by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Jonathan was among 2,500 Merit Scholar designees chosen from a pool of more than 15,000 outstanding finalists. His selection was due to a combination of accomplishments, skills and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

Since being named a finalist in March, Jonathan has decided on attending Princeton University this fall with the intention of majoring in mechanical and aerospace engineering. He was also announced the Class of 2019 Valedictorian. 
Additionally, Jonathan earned All-Conference honors as a member of the winter track and field team. He also performed as a member of the pit during the school’s theatre show “Chicago” in March.

The district congratulates Jonathan for this prestigious honor.

Bringing the Circus to Bowling Green

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Bowling Green Elementary School welcomed the National Circus Project for an enthusiastic assembly On May 9.

The National Circus Project is an educational outreach program that focuses on art education, physical education and cultural arts. Through challenging workshops, students have the opportunity to learn patience, self-discipline and good habits. Each performance packed a panoramic presentation of circus skills into comedy-variety routines through audience interaction and participation. The performers involved Bowling Green students and staff in their acts such as juggling and plate-spinning to demonstrate the fun of learning new tricks.

Bowling Green thanks the performers of the National Circus Project for a fun and educational assembly.

Tea and Cookies for Mom

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Jill Hecker’s second grade class at Bowling Green Elementary School hosted a special Mother’s Day Tea on May 10.

Each student read an acrostic poem to their mother and also presented their guests with roses. Following the poem readings, students served their mothers tea and cookies.

Mrs. Hecker congratulates the students for their hard work in preparing the special Mother’s Day Tea.

Final Projects Showcased

Final Projects Showcased photo

East Meadow High School seniors put their year-long senior projects on display during the annual Senior Project Fair on May 23.

Throughout the past academic year, students participated in internships or community service efforts that were designed to actively engage them in real-world experiences. They selected opportunities at locations such as radio stations, physical therapy offices, martial art studios, law offices and museums, among others. 

The project required students to complete at least 25 hours participating in their chosen activity. However, many students enjoyed their work so much that they chose to continue working beyond this basic requirement. 

Selection of the activity began with the resume process in September and was followed by students identifying areas of interest and reaching out to sponsors for potential internships and community service projects. During the second semester, the students’ experiences commenced and they recorded their progress and accomplishments through activity logs.

The culmination came during the Senior Project Fair where students exhibited their experiences with project boards and other visual aids to showcase the skills and knowledge they gained. Classmates, staff members and parents toured the event, held in the school’s gymnasium, and viewed the completed projects.

“The Senior Project Fair was another successful event for students as they displayed their hard work for all to see,” said Principal Richard Howard.

Work on Display for Welcomed Guests

Work on Display for Welcomed Guests photo

The district’s five elementary schools opened their doors to family and friends on May 21 to showcase the great projects, lessons and work happening every day.

Each school put a unique twist on the event, with festivities including art shows, VIP days, Carousel of Character demonstrations, wax museums, bake sales, book fairs and much more. Some guests were able to participate in classroom activities for certain grades while others served as audience members for debuted projects.

The district extends a thank you to each building’s staff members that helped to welcome community members to the schools for a day of pride and excitement. 

A Green Thumb Turns Beautiful

A Green Thumb Turns Beautiful

Bowling Green Elementary School held its annual Spring Beautification Day on May 10 to enhance the grounds and gardens around the building.

Students, staff members and parents came together to attend to the area in front of the building, specifically around the new Bowling Green sign. New flowers and plants were added to embrace the beauty of the spring season.

Bowling Green extends a special thank you to the district grounds crew for prepping the areas for easier planting and for continuously improving the school’s environment. 

Edventures in Reptiles

Edventures in Reptiles photo

Students and staff at Parkway Elementary School got up close and personal with wild animals when Erik’s Reptile Edventures visited on May 20.

Erik Callender, the owner and director of the reptile education program, came to Parkway with many animal friends including an albino boa constrictor named Twinkie. He also showcased frogs, turtles and insects with which students and staff had the opportunity to interact. 

Parkway Elementary School thanks Mr. Callender for bringing this interesting program to the students. 

Budget Approved

The Budget Has Passed. Thank You.

El presupuesto ha sido aprobado. Gracias.

Proposition #2 Has Passed.

La Proposición # 2 ha sido aprobada.

Congratulations to Matthew Melnick on winning the Board election.
Felicitaciones a Matthew Melnick por ganar la elección de la Junta.

Congratulations to Jodi Luce on winning the Board election.
Felicitaciones a Jodi Luce por ganar la elección de la Junta.

Congratulations to Allyson Benowitz on winning the Board election.
Felicitaciones a Allyson Benowitz por ganar la elección de la Junta.

Special Yoga Publication

Special Yoga Publication photo

As part of a school-wide initiative at McVey Elementary School, special area teachers came together for a combined second grade mindfulness and yoga unit that resulted in published books.

Music, gym, computer and library teachers each created specific curricular interpretations of mindfulness and yoga in their classrooms. Library teacher Ellen O’Neill introduced yoga poses to students through characters and animals in books. Students continued to personify animals that could be represented by yoga and vinyasa poses. 

Music teacher Samantha Schick played calming sounds through the piano, guitar and other instruments as part of a seated guided meditation to further the unit. Physical education teachers Michael Simone and Deirdre O’Regan also held yoga lessons and mindfulness activities during their classes.

Following a lesson on the basics of story structure with Mrs. O’Neill, students began developing their story before going through the writing processes of illustrating and editing before publishing. Computer teacher Randy Frances helped to improve the overall structure of each student’s story. Ms. Frances presented a lesson on adjectives that were used to describe characters and their personalities.

Each student’s story and adjoining illustration were put together to create a published book for each class. The books have been made available in the school’s library.

Reward for Care

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East Meadow High School seniors Sabera Hossain and Rosanna Cuttone were each recently announced as honorees of the Nassau County Bar Association’s Owen B. Walsh WE CARE Scholarship. 

Sabera and Rosanna were selected based on the emphasis of their individual character and personal involvement in school activities and the community, specifically ones that benefit the less fortunate. Both students were also recently recognized with the 2019 Good Deed Award for Long Island Teenagers by the National Committee for Furtherance of Jewish Education of Nassau County. Additionally, they were honored at the school’s Breakfast of Champions for exemplifying academic success, respect and positivity among their peers, school and community.

WE CARE, the charitable arm of the Nassau County Bar Association, acts as a vehicle for the organized bar to use its resources to improve the quality of life for those in need. The organization annually awards scholarships to high school seniors in Nassau County who exemplify its values by providing charitable service to their school and their community. 

The district congratulates Sabera and Rosanna for being awarded these scholarships and for being great examples for future students.

A Flying Lesson

A Flying Lesson

Third grade students at Bowling Green Elementary School were treated to a visit from Steve Fratello, “The Butterfly Man,” on May 14.

Mr. Fratello shared his rare and varied collection of butterflies and moths along with amazing stories from his time researching insects, including adventures in the Amazon Rainforest. He created a show-and-tell atmosphere with several shadowboxes filled with a number of unique butterflies and moths.

Mr. Fratello presented several surprising facts and explained that there are more than 25,000 different species of butterflies and over 500,000 species of moths throughout the world. He also educated the group on how these creatures adapt to their environments through mimicry and camouflage while also using their colors to communicate and as warnings to predators. 

Bowling Green thanks “The Butterfly Man” for bringing a unique and educational presentation to third grade.

Among Top Long Island Historians

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Students from W.T. Clarke Middle School and Woodland Middle School won several awards at the Long Island History Day event, held at Hofstra University in March. One pair of students advanced to the New York State History Day contest, which took place in Cooperstown on April 29.

W.T. Clarke Middle School students, Faith Fuller and Shreejita Satpathy earned fourth place in the Junior Group Documentary category for their project “Frances Oldham Kelsey: The Thalidomide Crisis.” This placement made them eligible for the state contest.

Umme Hani Bootwaia and Muaraka Ezzi of W.T Clarke Middle School received the Science History Award, sponsored by the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, for their junior group exhibit, “A Heavy Water Sabbotage: Operation Gunnerside.” Meanwhile Maya Del Rosario of Woodland Middle School was awarded the Latin American History Award, sponsored by the Long Island Council for the Social Studies, for her junior individual exhibit, “Diego’s Art Triumphs Over the Tragedy of the Great Depression.”

This was the first year that the East Meadow School District participated in this competition.  Congratulations to these young historians and their teachers for their hard work and excellence.

A Mentor Raising the Bar

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Woodland Middle School guidance counselor Laura Papaleo was presented with a floral arrangement from the Nassau County Bar Association Mentors for 19 years of service as the coordinator of the Woodland-NCBA Mentoring Program on May 10. 

W.T. Clarke Student Among Best from LISEF

W.T. Clarke High School student Yuktha Chiguripati was among 23 students at the Long Island Science & Engineering Fair that qualified for the upcoming Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

Yuktha earned first place in the second round of the Long Island fair’s earth and environmental sciences category with her project “Pretreatment of Brassica rapa with Pyrabactin increases Tolerance to Drought.” First place winners from each category are now eligible to advance to the international level competition, to be held in Phoenix from May 12-17. 

 The first round was held in February, when 81 schools were represented with more than 400 individual and team projects. At least 25 percent of projects in each category moved on to the second round. The international competition is administered by the Society for Science & the Public with about 1,800 students from more than 75 countries competing for cash prizes.

The district congratulates Yuktha for her hard work and wishes her well in the next level.

District Talents Celebrated

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The District honored the talents and excellence of students representing each school at the annual District Music and Art Awards at East Meadow High School on May 7.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth A. Card, Jr., welcomed all the guests of the evening including the honorees. He also thanked the teachers, administrators and community members who support the district’s programs.

“A special thank you to our faculty, parents and Board of Education that help to support the arts programs and creativity of our students,” said Dr. Card. “We are extremely proud of the accomplishments of our students that help to show the ‘great’ happening here.”

Following Dr. Card’s remarks, the district’s nine school principals presented humanitarian awards to four students from each building. This recognition honors those that lead by example, promote sensitivity and respect for diversity in school and foster tolerance through service to the school community.

Another highlight of the evening was the announcement that the district has been named a nine-time National Association of Music Merchants Best Community for Music Education. 

“Congratulations to all of our students for their success throughout the year with excellence in music and art,” said Director of Music and Art Dr. Christopher Hale. “I want to also thank the staff for their dedication and hard work.”

The district would like to congratulate all of the honorees for sharing their talents and accomplishments with all of us.  


Students Recognized as Future Leaders

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Five students from East Meadow High School have been honored with the 2019 New York State Comptroller’s Student Achievement Award from the office of Thomas DiNapoli.

Nominated by their guidance counselors, seniors Alexandria Dolan, Analisa Giannone, Anthony Leeb, Tyler Patterson and Hailey Schiller received congratulatory certificates in acknowledgment of their achievements. The award promotes the ideal of public service among the leaders of tomorrow and recognizes students that have shown academic excellence and the potential for leadership through involvement in activities that improve the school or community.

The district congratulates these students on their awards and for being role models of future East Meadow students.

Turning History into Excellence

A team of East Meadow High School seniors has been named winner of the Presidential History Award, sponsored by the Sagamore Hill National Historic Site. The students achieved this distinction as a result of their participation in the National History Day Competition, held on March 31 at Hofstra University.

Suha Chaudhury, Celeste Costa, Ava Giorgio and Ayesha Rehman submitted a website project that analyzed the triumph and tragedy of the Jonestown Massacre. The group members were presented with certificates to acknowledge their accomplishment. All four students are involved in the school’s Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society and have an interest in the subject.

“Congratulations to these young historians for their hard work and honors,” said Chairperson of Social Studies Drew Genoino.

A Gallery Full of Talent

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The District opened the doors of the Leon J. Campo Center on May 2 and 3 for the District Art Show. Nearly 1,300 pieces showcased the artistic talents of students at the district’s elementary and secondary schools.

The first day featured an opening reception for students, parents and community members, while the second day featured an open exhibit, whereby passersby were provided an additional opportunity to view the many projects. Artwork was presented in a range of mediums including photography, sculpture, drawing, painting, architecture and graphic design.

“Our student artwork is awe-inspiring,” said Director of Music and Art Dr. Christopher Hale. “Thank you to all who came out to support student creativity in our district.”

East Meadow Fills Lanes at Historic Penn Relays

East Meadow Fills Lanes at Historic Penn Relays photo
The track and field teams from East Meadow High School and W.T. Clarke High School ventured to Philadelphia from April 25-27, to compete at the legendary Penn Relays at the University of Pennsylvania’s Franklin Field.

The W.T. Clarke High School boys’ 4x100 meter relay team, comprised of Alex Pereira, David Stewart, Sobin Ouseph and Jake Rosenthal, ran a season best time of 45.54 during their race heat.

East Meadow High School students Chris Martinez, David Romaldo, Alan Gonzalez and John Meah ran the fifth fastest 4x400 meter relay time in the school’s history and earned third place in the event with a time of 3:35.21. The 4x100 meter relay team from East Meadow High School set a season best finish of 45.20 as James Wagnac, David Romaldo, Sam Nkrumah and Brandon Love earned second place in their heat and 26th place overall.

Seniors Isabel Marsh, Rachel Rose, Katherine Marsh and Madison Sohl raced to a season-best time of 9:45.71 during the 4x800 meter relay and earned 10th place in the event for the East Meadow High School girls’ track and field team. Two other East Meadow High School girls’ relay teams competed in the 4x100 and 4x400 meter runs and showcased the future of the program, as six of the eight legs were run by underclassmen.

The district congratulates these student-athletes on their success and wishes them good luck on the rest of the season.

Honoring Yom HaShoah

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East Meadow High School acknowledged Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, by welcoming guest speakers Felica Katz and Ruth Mermelstein to share stories about the devastating event.

Ms. Katz spoke on behalf of her mother, Ethel Bauer Katz, a Holocaust survivor from Buczacz, Poland. Ethel narrowly escaped the German Army and was the sole survivor of her family, enduring the last few months of the war on her own. After the Soviet Army liberated her town in 1944, Ethel immigrated to the United States. She has summarized her experiences in a memoir titled “Our Tomorrows Never Came.” 

Ms. Mermelstein was born in Romania and was one of six siblings. She and her sister Elisabeth were the only surviving family members of Auschwitz. The two worked as slave laborers and were then transported to work in an ammunition factory. Ruth was sent on a five-week death march before being liberated by British troops. She was diagnosed with tuberculosis and sent by the Red Cross to Sweden, where she met her husband. The couple moved to America to begin the next chapter of their lives together.

“Thank you to our administration, Assistant Principal Christina Egan, Social Studies Chairperson Drew Genoino, and Expanding Pride in Israeli Culture (EPIC) club advisors Joanna Silberman and Margherita Diglio for inviting these two speakers,” said Lindsay Uffer, President of EPIC. “We are lucky to hear these experiences because one day soon we will have no one to share these atrocities first-hand.”

Young Scientists Qualify for State Competition

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Students from W.T. Clarke Middle School competed at the Long Island Science Congress, held at Saint Anthony’s High School on April 9. They represented the district with excellence, and one team earned eligibility to the state competition.

Ryan Giannitelli, Kelly Shand and Rina Visvanathan presented their project “What is the effect of temperature on the efficiency of a hydrogen fuel cell?” to the judges and event attendees. Their tri-fold poster presentation included the problem, hypothesis, procedure and conclusion along with researched data and evidence.

Teacher Carol Simowitz received notification the following day the group was selected to represent Long Island at the state level at the Milton Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology in Syracuse on June 8.

“This selection is a tremendous honor representing students who worked all year to achieve their potential,” said Ms. Simowitz.

Putting into Break

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Students at McVey Elementary School celebrated the final days before spring recess with a round of mini-golf during physical education classes. They teed off on a 20-hole course that was built out of various items. 

Fourth and fifth grade classes put their collaborative skills and creativity to work as they used cones, balance beams, blocks and other sporting equipment to create challenging putting greens. 

Upon completion of the setup, every student had the opportunity to play on the course throughout the week of April 15. To keep active while waiting their turn at each hole, students were asked to show off their best dance moves.

The fourth and fifth graders’ efforts in constructing the original course excited the students as their peers enjoyed participating in the mini-golf games. 


Best of the Best

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W.T. Clarke Middle School recognized 13 students during its annual Breakfast of Champions event on April 17. Honorees were nominated by teachers and administrators for possessing strong character, integrity, a good work ethic, compassion and empathy. They were also chosen based on their positive attitudes, open mindsets and willingness to take responsibility for their actions.

This year’s award recipients were Emily Brown, John Buffolino, Sophia Buzzeo, Gabrielle Cappelli, Jack Forte, Giuliana Gedarovich, Shay Genna, Daniel Greff, Jiayi Huang, Akrishy Kaul, Devin Mah Lee, Gina McCardell and Natalie Waters, all of whom were acknowledged for demonstrating the aforementioned qualities. 

“Congratulations to all of the W.T Clarke Middle School Breakfast of Champions honorees and their supportive parents and staff,” said Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Dr. David Casamento. “Great job and keep on being who you are and what you do each and every day.”

A Role Model Among Peers

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East Meadow High School senior Reece Wade will be honored at Nassau County’s Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day program on May 16, with the Students Building Bridges Award.

Reece will be recognized with a citation and a certificate from the Jewish Community Relations Council of Long Island during the program for being a role model to his classmates.

Nominated by Chairperson for Social Studies Drew Genoino, Reece has maintained an outstanding academic record and has shown a devotion to social studies, including Holocaust studies. He is also a member of the Key Club and the Social Studies Honor Society, as well as being the golf team captain. In addition to these accomplishments, Reece performs a variety of community service including participation in Safe Halloween, the Make-a-Wish drive and Adopt-a-Family, along with facilitating the Art Show. 

“Reece’s contributions to the community help connect people from all ethnic and religious backgrounds as well as varying socio-economic backgrounds,” said Mr. Genoino. “He is an excellent student to be honored at the Yom HaShoah program.”

Spreading Good Deeds

Spreading Good Deeds
East Meadow High School students Julia Cuttone, Rosanna Cuttone, Sabera Hossain and Emily Lam have been named recipients of the 2019 Good Deed Award for Long Island Teenagers. Presented by the National Committee for Furtherance of Jewish Education of Nassau County, these distinctions recognize teenagers who are thoughtful, helpful, charitable, kindhearted, supportive, community minded and positive.

With one voice each year, business, government and community leaders come together to honor and thank extraordinary teens for their significant achievement, excellence, effectiveness and creativity as positive role models. 

Students were nominated by their educators, clergy, peers and/or community leaders. To qualify, candidates must demonstrate thoughtfulness, equality/social justice, integrity, honesty and responsibility.

“These teens represent East Meadow and Long Island’s youth with their positive impact, activism and leadership,” said guidance counselor Joanna Silberman.  

Zumba for Autism

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The district hosted its Fourth Annual Zumba for Autism event on April 8 at W.T. Clarke High School. The effort was a great success, raising $2,584 to support students at the Developmental Disabilities Institute.

Organized by the East Meadow SEPTA and the Clarke Connections Club, community members filled the W.T. Clarke gymnasium for a night of Zumba dancing and raffle donations.

“Thanks to everyone who came out to support our Fourth Annual Zumba for Autism fundraiser,” said Bowling Green Elementary School psychologist Dr. Robert Mueller. “East Meadow SEPTA and students from the Clarke Connections Club did a great job organizing donations, setting up and dancing! Thanks for a great evening and for raising autism awareness.” 

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