Staff Gather for Superintendent’s Conference Day

On September 1, the district held their Superintendent’s Conference Day, during which Superintendent of Schools Leon J. Campo visited all staff at their respected schools to welcome them back to the new school year.

During the conference day, Mr. Campo visited all nine schools, expressing his enthusiasm for the school year and asked all staff to continue giving their best to their students.

As the day continued, each school held its own faculty meeting to reflect on last year’s successes and to establish goals for this school year. The principals of each school also shared their excitement for a successful school year.   

East Meadow Welcomes New Class of Teachers

In preparation of the 2015-2016 school year, the administrators and staff of the district welcomed 38 new teachers at its annual new teacher orientation.

The new teacher orientation, held at the Leon J. Campo Salisbury Center on August 26, gave the new staff an opportunity to meet administrators, one another and become informed about district policies. During the orientation, the new staff received an official district tour led by Barnum Woods Elementary School Principal Gregory Bottari.

In his opening remarks, Superintendent of Schools Leon J. Campo, wished the teachers great success for the upcoming year.

“Our children come by our way once and we owe them our very, very best. Give your very best and that will be sufficient. You’re surrounded by wonderful and supportive staff. We are going to work together and have great success this year.”

Students Continue Education Through Summer Learning

While the 2014-15 academic year is over, the East Meadow School District continues to provide a variety of learning opportunities through a number of summer programs for its students.

The district’s Summer Music Program, coordinated by the East Meadow Music Department, welcomes students of any musical level from grades 4–12 to strengthen their musical talents and socialize with other student-musicians. The program began in late June and runs for one month for three hours a day at East Meadow High School. There are three program sections for students, including a Beginner Instrumental program, Intermediate Band/Orchestra program and Advanced Band/Orchestra program. The Beginner Instrumental program is for students entering grades 4-6 who have never played an instrument before. The program includes three weeks of daily lessons and supervised practices, which then evolves into a beginning band or orchestra session.

The Intermediate Band/Orchestra program is for experienced performers in grades 5-8 and the Advanced Band/Orchestra program is for experienced performers at the high school level.  At the end of the program, the students will host a series of concerts for the community scheduled for July 28, 29 and 30 at 7 p.m. and July 31 at 9 a.m.

Another opportunity available for students over the summer months is the Summer Learning Program, held at Bowling Green Elementary School. The program runs Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., starting June 30 and ending July 27. Students in grades Pre-K through fifth-grade are recommended by their teachers to further develop their reading, writing and literacy skills for the upcoming year. There are also pull-out lessons for students who need to strengthen their mathematics and ESL skills. The goal of the program is to make learning fun and encourage students to interact with their fellow classmates.    

The younger students aren’t the only ones developing their skills this summer. The Summer School program offered at East Meadow High School is designed to assist students in grades 6-12 in their academic and leadership skills. The program runs six-weeks from July 6-Aug. 11 and helps students to prepare for summer Regents exams. The program also offers a leadership session called Project Adventure for students in grade 7-8 to enhance their self-esteem and develop leadership skills through group-teamwork challenges.

Other options for student learning are offered through the district’s summer recreation, titled Creative Arts Program of the East Meadow School District (C.A.P.E.). The recreation program provides children from ages 4-12 three one-hour classes over a three-week session. The children are able to play games, create art, bake, and think critically through the various courses offered. Classes offered span a variety of interests, including American Girl Party, DIY – Do It Yourself Crafts, Hobby Shop, Minecraft, Science Adventures, Cupcake Wars, CAPE Idol, Gymnastics and Tennis Time.  The program concludes on July 30 with a C.A.P.E show celebrating the students’ hard work.

According to Cindy Munter, the district’s assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, “The halls of our schools remain filled with enthusiasm for learning! We are proud to offer so many opportunities for our students to explore their interests and continue their learning.”

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Hats Off to the Class of 2015


The Class of 2015 took their final steps onto the fields at East Meadow and W.T. Clarke high schools on Sunday, June 28 at the schools’ annual commencement ceremonies. As a class of achievers at both schools, students walked in with their heads high to enormous applause and praise by parents, family and peers. The ceremonies were laced with special performances by senior chorus members and a number of poignant addresses.

Superintendent of Schools Louis DeAngelo addressed the students at each ceremony, imparting a sentiment to the Class of 2015. “If there could be only one thing in this life for me to teach you, I would teach you to love; to respect others, so that you may find respect in yourself; to learn the value of giving so that if there’s ever a time in your life that ever someone really needs you, you will give.”

The valedictorians and salutatorians of each class addressed their peers, sharing memories of their time in school and their best wishes for a bright and prosperous future.

At East Meadow High School, valedictorian Nicole Newberger posed the question of “What did high school mean to me” to several of her classmates. Forming lifelong friendships, exploring a multitude of opportunities and learning new skills were some of the memories shared. “The true importance of high school,” Nicole said, “wasn’t just the academic knowledge it provided…I’ll remember all the amazing people I’ve met along the way.”  

East Meadow Salutatorian Allyson Clark touted the accomplishments of her class in her address, from the marching band and wrestling team to the countless hours of community service the class performed. “Being a student at East Meadow has taught me to never give up, even when defeat seems inevitable,” she said.

In his speech, W.T. Clarke High School Valedictorian Pavithran Ravindran compared the high school journey to a metaphorical train ride. Looking to the future, Pavithran said, “You have no idea where this train is going. The unknown may seem scary and although we are all taking different journeys, Clarke has trained us to be leaders by giving us the opportunity to be members of clubs, athletic teams and so much more.”

Salutatorian Rohit Bachani said, “Class of 2015, I glance at you and I see a troupe of dreamers, a group with the zeal to make all of their dreams come true…hold on to your sense of courage and willpower.”

Following the speeches, the members of each graduating class received their diplomas to the cheers of family and friends in attendance. Once officially announced as graduates, the Class of 2015 celebrated by tossing their caps into the air. Following the recessional march, graduates reunited with their loved ones as official alumni of the East Meadow School District.


At the top of their game

W. T. Clarke High School Class of 2015 senior athletes and their families united at the Chateau Briand in Carle Place on June 10 to celebrate individual and group accomplishments during the Parents and Booster Club’s annual Senior Athletic Scholarships and Awards Dinner.

During the event, students were lauded for their contributions to the community both scholastically and on the playing field. W.T. Clarke High School Athletic Director Josh Friedman commended students for their commitment to their athletic program and their school, and encouraged them to continue to strive for excellence in all they do after their time at Clarke High School.

The district congratulates all athletes on their accomplishments and wishes them success in the years to come.

Sep 03, 2015