Twenty-five East Meadow High School students were honored for demonstrating exemplary character and conduct during the school’s annual Breakfast of Champions ceremony on March 16. They were recognized among their parents, teachers and administrators for displaying admirable character traits and positive qualities both in and outside of the school community.
Thank you to all students, families and teachers for participating in the district’s inaugural STEAM Night at East Meadow High School. We hope you all enjoyed an evening of 21st century learning. Special thank you to Director of Mathematics and Science Debra Harley and the entire STEAM Committee for organizing a successful night.
Transporting the audience to a magical kingdom under the sea, W.T. Clarke High School’s student acting troupe, Lights Up Productions, gave a riveting performance about a young mermaid’s desire to explore the world above when they presented Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” on March 1-3.
Inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen tale and classic animated film, “The Little Mermaid” is a beautiful story about love and adventure. Beneath the sea, King Triton’s youngest daughter, Ariel, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above. She bargains with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. When the deal isn’t what it seems, Ariel needs the help of her friends, Flounder, Scuttle and Sebastian, to restore order under the sea.
On March 1, prior to the main performances, the school held a Senior Citizens’ Dinner Theatre, sponsored by the W.T. Clarke PTA in collaboration with the East Meadow Kiwanis and Clarke Theater Arts Parents Association. Community residents were invited for a delicious Italian dinner with musical performances by the W.T. Clarke High School orchestra and a special viewing of this year’s spring musical. Dinner services and ushering were provided by members of the W.T. Clarke Middle School Builder’s Club and W.T. Clarke High School Key Club.
The Lights Up Productions cast and crew would like to express their gratitude to director and choreographer Kristen Norwark, vocal director Rachel Fogel, the design team, the stagehands, the tech squad under the guidance of technical director Elliot Oppenheim, the orchestra pit – led by W.T. Clarke High School Orchestra Director Steven Barbieri – and the district’s building and central administrators for helping to make the spring musical a success.
Barnum Woods Elementary School first-graders held a 100th Day of School Fashion Show on Feb. 16. Students and teachers sported clothing and accessories that they designed themselves to represent the number 100.
Shirts, glasses and other items signified 100 days of learning in the 2017-18 school year. Classes paraded through the hallways and into the main office. The numeric theme was emphasized for the entire day through various lessons and activities.
Kindergartners at Bowling Green Elementary School celebrated their 100th day of learning by participating in a day full of activities inspired by the milestone number.
Throughout the day, the young students engaged in lessons that incorporated math, literacy and creativity. They counted by tens to create beaded necklaces, penned answers to the statement “I Wish I Had 100…” and designed “100 Day of School” crowns. Carrying the theme over to their wardrobe, they embodied the fashion of centenarians, wearing suspenders, hair rollers, mustaches and glasses.
First-grade classes at the school also got in on the fun. They sported T-shirts that they had personalized by gluing 100 items, such as Legos, birthday candles, Popsicle sticks and stickers on them. They also wrote reasons why they love first grade on small paper hearts, and then arranged them on a banner to form the number 100.
Members of Woodland Middle School’s Peer Helpers club inspired sixth-graders to make a positive impact on others during a “Pay It Forward” assembly.
At the opening of the presentation, every sixth-grade student was given one blue and one orange index card. As members of the Peer Helpers shared a story about a day in the life of a student, they instructed the sixth-graders to hold up their blue cards when they heard a positive statement and their orange cards for a negative statement. When the students held up their cards, the presenters placed a Post-it note of the same color on a large paper heart at the front of the auditorium. This served as a visual representation of how negative words and feelings can affect an individual in one day.
Following this activity, the students watched a video clip from the movie “Pay It Forward.” The clip explained the theory that if you do something kind for someone, they in turn will pay it forward to create a chain reaction of positive change. The Peer Helpers encouraged sixth-graders to spread kindness throughout the school by extending themselves to other students, whether by saying hello, helping to carry their books to class, or sitting with a new student at lunch.
English Language Learners (ELL) and third-grade students at Meadowbrook Elementary School celebrated the Chinese New Year on February 12, by immersing themselves in traditions associated with the holiday and leading a schoolwide Lunar New Year parade through the hallways.
To put context to the celebration, students learned some of the history behind the Chinese New Year by reading stories, taking part in musical and dance ensembles, and learning phrases like “gung hay fat choy” (“may you become prosperous”).
ELL students prepared for the festivities by creating Chinese noisemakers in the traditional colors of red and gold, fashioning dragon puppets to ward off evil spirits, and constructing an origami dog, in honor of this year’s animal on the Chinese zodiac. They also embellished their classrooms with customary decorations and listened to traditional Chinese music to create an authentic atmosphere.
The festive props were used to lead the entire third-grade class in a parade through the building. The procession was made complete with a dragon that the third-graders had designed using cardboard boxes, streamers, pipe cleaners and paint.
The East Meadow School District hosted the 11th annual Long Island Regional Braille Challenge for students of Braille on Feb. 3 at W.T. Clarke High School.
The Braille Challenge is an academic competition developed by the Braille Institute to motivate school-aged visually impaired or blind children to continue their study of Braille.
During the event’s opening ceremony, members of the W.T. Clarke High School band performed as the participants gathered in the cafeteria to the cheers and applause of Board of Education members, central administrators, parents and community members.
Several key administrators at East Meadow welcomed the students, their families and the event’s volunteers, offering words of encouragement and gratitude.
“I want to congratulate the students who are participating in the challenge this morning and encourage them to give it their all,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth A. Card Jr.
Clarke High School Principal Timothy Voels acknowledged the commitment and generosity of parents and volunteers, noting, “Clarke High School has been a host of the Braille Challenge for 11 years, and it’s a thrill every year to see students come in eager to participate.” He also thanked the parents and volunteers for their ongoing and selfless support.
Patrice Dobies, the district’s director of special education and pupil personnel services, expressed her gratitude to all who helped coordinate the annual event, including Braille Challenge Coordinator Petra Tarrant, and commended the participants for their determination. “It takes very special people to get up on a Saturday morning to challenge themselves,” she said. “I hope that you always continue to challenge yourselves and are never afraid to do so.”
The ceremony led into three interactive workshops for participants. In the first, they demonstrated their proficiency in reading, writing and comprehending Braille. Participants also played dominoes and created valentines using cookie cutters, metallic paper and stickers. In the second workshop, they played Goalball with representatives from Camp Abilities Long Island, who taught them techniques for diving to block the ball and how to roll the ball properly to score. Participants also received a hockey demonstration from New York Metro Blind Hockey. During the third activity, students met and played with members of the Long Island Bombers beep baseball team. These players demonstrated their version of the sport that uses beeping baseballs and bases. The young students ran the bases and located the baseball from the sound of its buzzing.
Along with these workshops, parents and students were able to visit tables with representatives from Camp Abilities, New York Metro Blind Hockey, the New York State Commission for the Blind, and Helen Keller Services for the Blind to learn more about services and opportunities for the visually impaired.
At the closing ceremony, the participants received Braille Institute medallions, certificates of recognition and goody bags. They also attended a lunch with their families, provided courtesy of the East Meadow Special Education PTA.
Among the challenge participants were Bowling Green Elementary School third-grader Kayla Ochtera and fourth-grader Matthew Palmeri, and Woodland Middle School eighth-grader Robbie Stahl.
The regional event is the first step toward the national competition, which will be held in June at the Braille Institute’s headquarters in Los Angeles, California. Students from across the nation are in the process of completing preliminary testing in the hopes of qualifying among the top-scoring 60 contestants. Those top scorers will advance to nationals to represent their state as they compete against the best Braille students from across the United States and Canada.
Members of the W.T. Clarke High School National Art Honor Society (NAHS) illustrated coloring books for patients in the Nassau University Medical Center (NUMC) Pediatric Unit.
NAHS members collaborated after school to draw, organize and assemble images for 200 coloring books. This year’s theme for the project, which is undertaken annually by the NAHS, was seasons and nature, inspiring contour-lined drawings of landscapes, marine life and other animals.
Each coloring book will be accompanied by a new box of crayons, donated through the NAHS’s crayon drive that is running in February. After the drive is complete, NAHS members will visit NUMC in March to distribute the coloring books and crayons to pediatric patients and their young family members.
“Our members were very excited to create the drawings for this year’s coloring book,” explained art teacher and NAHS advisor Jane Pawlowski. “We hope our coloring books will ease the hospital experience for the children in the hospital.”
Students at Bowling Green Elementary School had a chance to show off their brainpower by answering questions during “The Brain Show.”
According to its website, the Brain Show is an educational trivia contest with the authentic look and feel of a live television game show equipped with podiums, buzzers and microphones.
Divided into three teams, students in grades 2-5 went head-to-head answering questions related to classroom curriculum such as math, biology, geography and more. After three questions, new teams were created to allow as many students as possible to participate in the fun.
Encouraged by a cheering audience, teams also racked up points between rounds by successfully completing dance challenges they had learned prior to the start of each new game.
Bowling Green extends a special thank-you to its PTA for organizing this interactive program.
Members of the girls volleyball and boys basketball teams at Woodland Middle School put their love for sports into practice as they raised $325 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
The seventh- and eighth-grade student-athletes participated in a round-robin volleyball tournament on Jan. 11, where teams played each other for five minutes in elimination rounds until two final teams were set to play.
A special thank-you to girls volleyball coaches Patty Burnside and Alexa Borresen and boys basketball coach Michael Magee for organizing this charitable effort.
Fourth-graders at Parkway Elementary School became immersed in a mystery story experience lead by Submerge Storytelling.
According to its website, Submerge Storytelling is an educational program that transforms a classroom into the setting of a story, motivating students to draw conclusions about the characters, plot and themes.
Using a twin-sized bed, desks, Legos, wall decorations and sports memorabilia, Parkway’s Literacy Center was transformed into the bedroom of 12-year-old named Trevor Cool, who breaks codes for the CIA. The students examined evidence and applied their literacy and critical thinking skills to become detectives in search of Trevor, who is being chased by the notorious CIA double agent, Cobra.
Over the course of a week, the fourth-graders learned how to make connections and avoid jumping to conclusions. They also discussed the importance of detailed evidence, took part in an activity that focused on the sequence of events, created a timeline out of the story’s illustrations, and worked together to figure out the correct plot line.
Parkway extends a special thank you to its PTA for providing its students with this amazing opportunity in which students developed their problem-solving, critical thinking and teamwork abilities.