The Kiwanis club at Bowling Green Elementary School held a Thanksgiving food drive from Nov. 1-17 that yielded roughly 800 pounds of donations for families in the community.
Bowling Green staff and students were encouraged to donate canned goods and nonperishable items such as canned corn, beans, rice, pasta and soup. Each week during the drive, the Kiwanis members collected the donated goods from each classroom.
On Nov. 18, the members of the Kiwanis board gathered to sort through the donations and prepare boxes for local families to celebrate the holiday.
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.
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.
In observance of Veterans Day, Barnum Woods Elementary School kindergartners received a special visit from veteran Master Sergeant Peter Gong while sophomores at East Meadow High School participated in an assembly with members of the Vietnam War Veterans Association on Long Island.
Wearing patriotic colors and carrying miniature American flags, kindergartners gathered in the school’s small gymnasium, where they learned about the different branches of government, the embellishments on Master Sgt. Gong’s uniform and what the colors on the American flag represent.
As a thank-you for his service and dedication to the country, the entire Barnum Woods kindergarten class presented Master Sgt. Gong with an American flag they had created. The flag’s red and white stripes consisted of construction paper hand cutouts that bore the name of each student.
Across the district, sophomores heard Vietnam Veterans speak about patriotism and acts of service to the nation. Veterans also shared their experiences from Vietnam and discussed hardships of the war, including serving duty overseas in extreme weather conditions of steaming hot temperatures and monsoons. Providing a firsthand look at the war, they circulated authentic materials used by soldiers such as helmets, vests, books, photo albums and enemy equipment.
In turn, the students expressed their gratitude to the veterans for serving the country and devoting their lives to protecting the freedoms of the United States.
Across the district, East Meadow students participated in the election fun by casting their vote for the next President of the United States.
On Nov. 4, East Meadow High School students took to the “polls” to vote for the next president of the United States during the school’s mock election, sponsored by the school’s Social Studies Honor Society and Model Congress.
Through the collaboration of the two school organizations and support from the social studies department, all social studies classes engaged in discussions about the presidential election and the four running mates prior to voting. During these discussions, the students received brochures created by Denise Lutz’s AP U.S. Government and Politics class that highlighted the candidates’ positions on key issues such as health care, climate change and immigration.
On the day of the election, students in grades 9-12 received a ballot and were asked to vote for the leader they wished to see in office. A total of 1,346 high school students took part in the mock election.
Meadowbrook Elementary School students participated in the school’s mock presidential election by casting their vote for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump on Nov. 7.
Prior to the event, classes learned about the election process, including the difference between electoral and popular votes, candidates’ qualifications for running and the importance of having the right to vote.
During lunch periods, students in grades K-3 assembled in the main lobby to turn in their paper ballots, while fourth- and fifth-graders selected their preferred candidate in privacy booths.
All who took part received an “I Voted” sticker to commemorate their civic duty of being an informed and enlightened citizen.
Students, administrators and community members of the district filled the East Meadow High School stadium with cheers and applause on Oct. 29 as the Jets defeated Syosset High School, 51-26.
Although the annual homecoming parade was canceled the week prior due to severe weather conditions, homecoming attendees were able to participate in festivities before kickoff at the school’s PTSA fundraiser on Saturday Oct. 29 held at Burger King on Hempstead Turnpike. Guests were welcomed to play games, win prizes and have their faces painted, with all proceeds benefiting future college scholarships and the PTSA.
During the game, Jets quarterback Anthony LaRosa had 14 carries for 181 yards and five touchdowns, and running back Joe Matchekosky had 13 carries for 68 yards and scored two touchdowns. As for defense, linebackers Paul Imperiale and Kyle Barker each had a sack. Imperiale also had eight tackles and Barker blocked a punt for a safety.
At halftime, the cheerleaders, Rockettes kickline team and marching band gave a spectacular performance and received a standing ovation from the crowd. Carlos Villafuerte and Isabella Oliverio were announced as homecoming king and queen, joining this year’s homecoming court of David Hellman, Joe Franzese, Nicole Leary, Olivia Megale, Sonali Persaud and Lauren Schiffer. Halftime also featured the display of custom floats created by each high school class, which included “The Cat in the Hat” by the seniors, “Winnie the Pooh” by the juniors, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by the sophomores and “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by the freshmen.
East Meadow High School students got into the spirit for the district’s Safe Halloween event by decorating the school hallways for younger children in the district and their families to safely trick-or-treat.
The school’s Students Against Destructive Decisions club invited varsity sports teams, organizations and other clubs from the high school to volunteer their time to dress in costume, design hallways with Halloween-themed games and activities, and hand out candy to young trick-or-treaters. Hundreds of young children walked the hallways dressed as princesses, superheroes, police officers and Pokemon characters.
Hallway themes included the tropics, which young children did the limbo through; princesses and pirates, where students posed for photos in princess face cutouts and pirate ships; and sports arenas, where children could dunk a basketball and receive a prize for every basket they scored.
Woodland Middle School sixth-graders learned about creating a positive and bully-free school environment by participating in Rachel’s Challenge.
After the 1999 tragedy at Columbine High School, Rachel’s Challenge was established to inspire and equip every person to create a permanent, positive change in their school through assemblies, team building exercises and the acceptance of others.
Sixth-graders began their day with an assembly led by Rachel Scott’s uncle Larry Scott, who educated the students about Rachel’s story of spreading kindness, dreaming big and starting a chain reaction of positive change. At the conclusion of the assembly, Scott gave the students five challenges to complete during the school year: look for the best in others, dream big, choose positive influences, speak with kindness and start your own chain reaction.
Members of the school’s organization Friends for Rachel participated in student leader training, also led by Scott, to assist students in making the club more productive. Scott inspired club members to help spread Rachel’s message by creating positive banners around the school and activities to engage students in compassionate acts.
Rounding out the day, East Meadow High School students visited sixth-grade classrooms to conduct lessons about the six pillars of character – trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. The middle school students were also asked to acknowledge the positive people in their lives and consider the impact a single compliment can have on someone.
Fourth-graders at Bowling Green Elementary School traveled back more than 2,000 years with the help of Journeys into American Indian Territory to learn about the civilization of American Indians.
The in-school field trip immersed students in American Indian culture with a museum display of tools and clothing that helped communities gather food, hunt, build wigwams, and protect themselves from wild animals and extreme weather conditions.
Guided by presenters Maddi Cheers and Marianna Franzese Chasen, students established their own Iroquois government among their classmates. They were divided into groups and asked to select one leader based on the qualities of kindness, equality and open-mindedness to assist in leading their village.
The fourth-graders also re-enacted the lives of American Indian children by playing games, reading authentic stories, creating clay pots and dancing to traditional music.
Amidst the fall season, the Bowling Elementary School PTA held a pumpkin patch festival for kindergartners to pick and decorate their own pumpkins.
Gathered eagerly on the front lawn, the young students ran toward scattered pumpkins, picking their favorites from a wide selection. Afterward, they took part in photo opportunities with bales of hay and scarecrow face cutouts.
The festivities wound down in the all-purpose room, where the students and their parents enjoyed refreshments and decorated their pumpkins with Halloween themed-stickers and pipe cleaners.
In observance of Red Ribbon Week, which kicked off Oct. 17, Parkway and Meadowbrook elementary schools hosted a week of festivities to reinforce lessons on the importance of living a healthy and drug-free lifestyle.
Meadowbrook’s students were encouraged to dress up in fancy clothing, interesting hats and hairstyles, mismatched outfits and patriotic colors in accordance with their Red Ribbon spirit week.
At both schools, PTA members and social workers displayed drug-free messages along the fences, on which students and staff could tie red ribbons. By tying the knot, students pledged to make healthy choices and avoid drugs. Parkway’s slogan was “Hands Off Drugs,” while Meadowbrook’s declared “Vote No for Drugs.”
In addition, fourth- and fifth-graders from both schools planted red tulip bulbs around the buildings’ grounds to symbolize their ongoing commitment to remaining drug-free and living a healthy lifestyle.
Meadowbrook Elementary School students learned valuable fire safety tips from local firefighters during the school’s annual fire prevention program.
Gathered in the cafeteria, the firefighters discussed the importance of having working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their homes, establishing an escape route and creating a designated meeting location with family, as well as assisting firefighters when they arrive to the scene.
Following the presentation, students were able to examine the equipment on fire trucks and learn about the tools firefighters use to extinguish fires.
As the seasons change, students of Bowling Green Elementary School are beautifying their school by sprucing up their surroundings.
With the help of the PTA, the students enhanced their school’s sidewalks and curbs with colorful flowers. Wearing gardening gloves and using shovels, they planted mums, pansies and perennials.
The W.T. Clarke High School football stadium was a sea of maroon and school spirit as the Rams defeated Valley Stream South, 42-20, during Clarke’s homecoming on Oct. 1.
After the first half of the game, the W.T. Clarke varsity cheerleaders, marching band and color guard gave a show-stopping performance for the crowd.
Following, members of the East Meadow School District Board of Education, Superintendent of Schools Leon J. Campo and central administration led the annual halftime show of class floats onto the field. This year’s theme of adventure parks included “Lego Land,” “Six Flags,” “Hershey Park” and “Disney World.” Students threw candy into the stands as visitors cheered them on.
At the rear of the parade, seniors Jesse Goodman and Jarielys Quijano waved to the audience as they were recognized as homecoming king and queen.
As for the game, Besnik Dalipi scored the Rams’ first points with a 45-yard interception return and later added a 23-yard touchdown reception. Corey Rosenbloom had 17 carries for 176 yards with a touchdown, as well as Austin Lyons-Carman, who had 12 carries for 98 yards and a touchdown. This victory was head varsity coach John Boyle’s 150th win at the school.