The Bowling Green Elementary School honored third grader Mahdi Islam on April 17 with a schoolwide Super Hero Day. Mahdi is currently in the hospital awaiting surgery for a heart transplant.
Students and staff showed their support of Mahdi by donating a $1 to wear a “Super Hero” shirt during the school day. The day began with a mini pep rally in the hallway by Mahdi’s classroom. Teacher Christine Reiman surprised the students and Mahdi with a FaceTime call to show him the support from his peers and district community.
“We are here to support Mahdi and wish him and his family the best of luck,” said Principal Maria Ciarametaro. “Everyone in the district and at Bowling Green look forward to Mahdi’s return to school.”
East Meadow High School’s Multicultural Club hosted a Multicultural Celebration on April 11 with various songs and performances to honor diversity in the community.
The assembly featured talent and cultural pride from students as they highlighted songs and dances from such countries as Jamaica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Nigeria, Pakistan, India and Italy to name a few. The high school’s step team also thrilled the audience with a variety number.
“The Multicultural Celebration at East Meadow High School shows the school community’s appreciation for diversity in our district,” said Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Dr. David Casamento. “Congratulations to all the student performers and advisors for a truly entertaining celebration.”
Student-athletes from East Meadow High School and W.T. Clarke High School provided an exciting winter season for the East Meadow School District and concluded with many awards and achievements.
The East Meadow High School boys’ winter track team captured a sixth straight Conference Champion title, in addition to a runner-up finish at the Nassau County Championships. The team finished with a total of 170 points at the conference meet by scoring in 15 of the 16 events and having at least one All-Conference honoree in 10 of the 13 individual events. Brandon Love was crowned county champion in the pole vault while John Meah, Bryan Villafuerte, James Wagnac, Jason Staunton, Matt Owens and Glenn Newberger all put forth All-County performances. Meah also earned All-State recognition in the 1,000-meter run.
The girls’ winter track team from East Meadow High School finished third at the Conference 2 meet. Additionally, Katherine Marsh, Isabel Marsh, Madison Sohl and Rachel Rose qualified for the New York State Championship by winning the 4x800-meter relay.
Led by Coach Stephanie Callan and seniors Hannah Cornfield, Lexi Dolan, Corina Diaz, Arianna Duhs, Myleen Santiago and Kaitlyn Surless, the East Meadow High School cheerleading team captured the Nassau County Championship for the third straight year. The 27-member team also placed 14th at the Universal Cheerleaders Association National in Orlando, Florida.
The East Meadow High School boys’ bowling team placed second in the conference and third at the Nassau County Tournament, where junior Chris Lee was named All-County. Seniors Justin Bracker and James Gangi garnered All-League and All-Conference honors.
A 12-8 record helped the East Meadow girls’ basketball team earn a Class A playoff berth for a fifth straight year. Junior Danielle Hippner was named the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year in addition to All-County accolades. Senior Alyssa Yablansky and sophomore Julie Tanenblatt received All-Conference nods.
All-County wrestlers Joseph Aguas, Maximillian De Leon, Austin Carman and Karl Bouyer led the W.T. Clarke High School wrestling team to a third place finish in the county. Austin and Karl qualified for the state tournament by earning county championship wins. Karl’s third-place finish in New York is the highest ever achieved by an individual in the school’s history.
The boys’ and girls’ bowling teams at W.T. Clarke High School both bowled to conference championships and runner-up finishes in the county. Willie Bedoya led the boys as the Nassau County individual champion and Arianna Fracchioni qualified for the girls’ state tournament.
Alex Pereira, David Stewart, Sobin Ouseph and Jake Rosenthal earned the 4x400-meter relay county championship for the W.T. Clarke High School boys’ winter track team. Jake was also the conference champion in the 55-meter event. The girls’ team was led by Marisa Simone, Isabella De Leon and Rachel Layvey.
Both the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams at W.T. Clarke High School qualified for the conference playoffs. Meanwhile, the cheerleading squad once again qualified for the national competition in Orlando with Paris Haddo and Anjolina Testa leading the team to three first-place finishes during in-season competition and second place at the county championship.
The East Meadow School District boys’ swimming team was led by three state qualifiers. W.T. Clarke High School’s Justen Lopez and Min Chun, along with Woodland Middle School’s Ethan Miao, earned trips to the state championships. Justin claimed third place in New York for the 100-yard breaststroke.
In total, the district achieved 41 All-Conference/division honors and 26 All-County awards.
“This was an outstanding winter season for East Meadow athletics as our programs and students reached new heights in achievement,” said Director of Physical Education, Health and Athletics, Kristi Detor.
East Meadow High School honored 20 students for demonstrating exemplary character and conduct during the annual Breakfast of Champions ceremony on March 29.
Parents, teachers and administration were in attendance to recognize students that have displayed admirable character traits and positive qualities in school and the community. An East Meadow Champion is an individual who thinks of others and strives to make a positive contribution every day. Teachers nominated students that they felt best exemplified academic success, respect and positivity among their peers, school and community.
This district congratulates the students that were honored: Joshue Aguilar, Jessica Canales, Christian Cang cuesta, Alexis Caruso, Matthew Columbia, Victoria Cuttone, Ashley Dacanay, Jesus Felix, Jacob Halley, Jonah Horwitz, Sabera Hossain, Ariana Kopoulos, Eric Marcal, Alani Miranda, Angela Moresky, Jaiden Natale, Matt Oberhaus, Sabeen Siddiqui, Bianca Turchiano and Alexa Sophia Wiencek.
“We are fortunate to have these students as part of our community,” said Assistant Principal Christina Egan.
Students in the English as a New Language program at Bowling Green Elementary School celebrated the unveiling of their collaborative published book, “Our Stories,” on April 1.
The students wrote about influential people in their lives, special memories and themselves in the form of autobiographies during a project dating back to November. The assignment was a way to highlight the importance of diversity and individuality. Teachers, parents and grandparents were among the featured influential people.
Following a brief April Fool’s Day joke from teacher Jackie Goldstein about the books not being delivered, the students were presented with a box filled with copies of the compiled book. Each student viewed their own work, as well as that of classmates, while also taking a few moments to read excerpts to one other. Some students had the special opportunity to read their projects to the Bowling Green teachers they wrote about.
“As a teacher, there is nothing better than seeing your students proud of their own writing,” said Ms. Goldstein. “Our celebration was not just about a book, it was also about embracing our differences and uniqueness in each of our stories.”
Students from East Meadow High School’s business department who participated in creating the CollegePro application earned a well-deserved first place honor and overall highest score of the day at the Nassau County Comptrollers’ Entrepreneurial Challenge. Held on March 29 at SUNY Old Westbury, this year’s competition was themed “Civic Association” and included the categories of social entrepreneurship and technology.
The CollegePro app compiles all the important information needed and/or utilized during the college application process in one place. It allows for ease of functionality, organization and specific customization as required by the end user. The organization is led by Chief Executive Officer Anusha Arora, Chief Financial Officer Matthew Owens, Chief Marketing Officer Chris Forrier, Natalie Schmidlin and Daniel Kaufman shared Vice President of Operations duties and Ryan DeRosa and Jarret Piccione acted as general counsel.
Additionally, another group of students created a machine called “Drop Cycle” that would recycle “rigid” products of all types for rewards – an option that is currently limited to only plastic bottles. The students created a prototype using CAD and then utilized a conversion program to produce a 3D prototype of the product. This team earned second place in its category by impressing the judges with the product delivery. The company includes Chief Executive Officer Victoria Cuttone, Chief Financial Officer Alexis Caruso, Vice President of Operations Sammy Hauser, Chief Marketing Officer Leila Sayan, general counsel Nathan Brown and Anthony Valentin and Jolie Pavia on the administrative team.
At the end of the day, a “Shark Tank” playoff between the two first place teams in each category took place. These teams went head-to-head for an overall first place trophy. The CollegePro team members achieved the top award of the day for their pitch and product.
“The district is thankful for the opportunity to showcase our student’s business and entrepreneurship abilities by allowing them to transition the skills they learn in our business classrooms to real world activities,” said Business Chairperson Toni McIntosh.
The East Meadow High School’s Business Department and Fashion Club hosted their Annual Fashion Show and Fundraiser on March 29 inside the school’s auditorium.
Students secured fashions from a local Century 21 department store and created a video as a visual representation of traveling through Europe. The fashion worn by students reflected and highlighted the trends from European countries to correspond with the theme of “Passport Through Europe.”
The funds raised during the evening went directly to the Susan Satriano Memorial Scholarship Foundation. Joe Satriano, a proud supporter of the students, acted as the evening’s guest speaker.
Club supervisor Laura Mohring, along with presidents Rebecca Homan and Amanda D’Amico, the fashion board, and the models and staff made for a thoroughly enjoyable evening of style.
Approximately 80 students from the W.T. Clarke Middle School traveled to Albany on March 25 to perform at the Legislative Office Buildings.
The middle school’s Chamber Singers, Chamber Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble shared their love of music with legislators from around the state in celebration of “Music in Our School Month.” This initiative was organized by the New York State School Music Association to recognize the importance of musical enrichment in education. Following the performances, students were treated with a tour of the historical State Capitol Building.
“Thank you to our state legislators and leaders of NYSSMA for allowing our students to share their talents and love of music,” said Director of Music and Art Dr. Christopher Hale.
Third-grade students at Meadowbrook Elementary School brought biography projects to life by hosting a Wax Museum presentation on March 28.
The museum was created in the school’s all-purpose room following nearly two months of work. Starting on February 4, students studied and explored biographies before writing a specific U.S. president’s biography. After becoming accustomed to the biography writing process, the next phase was to research and investigate a famous and/or historical figure for their research project.
Upon selecting the subjects of their biographies, students were able to begin writing and creating poster boards during the two weeks leading up to the museum. The writing included well-crafted TDEC paragraphs. An acronym representing four different steps, TDEC is a guide for writing a structured paragraph. It stands for “topic” to restate the question, “detail” to answer the question, “example” of pulling specific evidence from the text and “conclusion” to tie the response together. Poster boards including images of the figure as well as an introduction, life story, interesting facts and how the person impacted the world.
The presentations came to life at the Wax Museum, during which students dressed as their famous person and shared information with families, friends and district officials who toured the displays. Subjects included Emma Watson, Tom Brady, Steve Jobs, John Cena, Lou Gehrig, Neil Armstrong and many others.
“The biography project and Wax Museum was a great way to show how we celebrate writing in East Meadow,” said Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Dr. David Casamento.
Students, families and other district community members gathered together for an evening of 21st Century learning during the second annual STEAM Night, hosted at W.T. Clarke High School and Middle School on March 26.
The STEAM Committee organized more than 60 educational activities throughout W.T. Clarke’s classrooms, cafeterias, gymnasium and auditorium. District administrators and teachers were joined by student volunteers from East Meadow High School and W.T. Clarke High School. Together, these people organized and facilitated the various activities for the children and their parents.
Activities were designed based on suggested topics for specific grade levels. During the workshops, students had opportunities to build snow forts using marshmallows, test objects to see if they would sink or float, code with blocks to make a “Dash and Dot” perform, conduct a mock crime scene, create slime with glue and detergent and so much more.
A special thanks to Director of Mathematics and Science, Debra Harley and the entire STEAM Committee for their hard work and organization. Additional gratitude is due to Nassau BOCES for their assistance as well as the more than 100 district teachers and students that helped to administer the activities.
Meadowbrook Elementary School celebrated its recent fundraising success with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Pennies for Patients campaign by holding a pair of “Ninja Rally” assemblies on March 22.
Principal Kelly Di Scalfani-O’Brien and Assistant Principal Gail Gallucci opened the first rally by presenting a check for $5,353.51 to LLS representative Kerianne Stein. The amount reflected the total collected by students during the school’s Pennies for Patients series, held over the last two months.
To express school spirit following the fundraiser’s positive outcome, teachers took part in relay race activities. Each grade competed against the others while students proudly cheered on the contenders. The afternoon races featured a team that included Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Kenneth A. Card, Jr. and Assistant Superintendent for Personnel and Administration, Anthony Russo.
“Congratulations to all of our students for nearly doubling our fundraising total from last year,” said Ms. Gallucci.
Students at East Meadow High School received a lesson on the impact of distracted driving from the International Save a Life Tour on March 22.
The Save a Life Tour is a comprehensive, high-impact safe driving awareness program that informs, educates and demonstrates the potentially deadly consequences that can result from poor choices and decisions made by the operator of a motor vehicle.
The presentation was followed by hands-on driving simulations. One simulator was constructed to realistically portray the way impaired driving would feel and the other focused on texting while driving. Students had the opportunity to experience the difficulty of both situations and further understand the importance of always driving sober and without distraction.
The district thanks the Save a Life Tour for visiting East Meadow High School to create awareness on the dangers of unsafe driving.
The Board of Education meeting on March 20 showcased the many talents and recent accomplishments of students.
The meeting opened with three student-created skits that are part of the upcoming National History Day Competition at Hofstra University on March 31. Students from Woodland Middle School and W.T. Clarke Middle School presented their history projects with performances on the topics of the Salem Witch Trials, the Boston Tea Party and Women’s Suffrage. Other projects for the competition lined the hallways at the Leon J. Campo Center for community members to view that same night.
High school students received accolades for their recent achievements. East Meadow High School senior John Meah and W.T. Clarke High School senior Jonathan Melkun were recognized for being named National Merit Finalists, while artists Kayla Cartier and Vanesa Soto were acknowledged as recipients of the Art Supervisors Association Senior Scholarship. Athletically, East Meadow High School’s varsity cheerleading team and indoor track program, W.T. Clarke High School’s varsity boy’s wrestling and bowling teams and the district boys’ varsity swimming team were spotlighted for their successes during the winter season.
The night of awards concluded with the naming of Terrific Kids from W.T. Clarke Middle School and Woodland Middle School. Principals Stacy Breslin and James Lethbridge announced the honorees for the months of December, January, February and March from the sixth-, seventh- and eight-grades.
“This evening is a great example of how our students and staff continue to showcase our motto of how great happens here in the East Meadow School District,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth A. Card, Jr.
Throughout the past few weeks, the district’s elementary schools have been welcoming visitors as part of their Guest Reader Days.
The Kids Heart Challenge proved to be a highly successful program as Parkway Elementary School and Bowling Green Elementary School have raised a combined $15,000 for the American Heart Association.
The program teaches school-aged children how to keep fit and healthy while having fun and raising vital funds for heart disease research and education. The third-, fourth- and fifth-grades in both schools participated in jump rope activities during their physical education classes while also raising money through online donations for three weeks. The top individual fundraiser at Parkway was fourth-grader Eric Palmeri, who raised $529. Meanwhile, third-grader Zin Naqvi raised $580 to be the top earner at Bowling Green.
The district congratulates both schools for a great fundraising effort!
Meadowbrook Elementary School recognized Guest Reader Day on March 15 with a western-themed celebration throughout the building.
Students, teachers and staff wore their best cowboy and cowgirl outfits to school, where hallways and classrooms were decorated with “wanted” posters and old western decorations surrounding literacy.
Guest readers including Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth A. Card, Jr., Assistant Superintendent for Personnel and Administration Anthony Russo, Assistant Principal Gail Galucci, Board trustees Alisa Baroukh and Marcee Rubinstein and Board Vice President Dr. Scott Eckers.
The district thanks all of the visitors for demonstrating to our students the importance of reading!
Members of the District gathered on March 14 at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, located on the campus of LIU Post, for the All-District Music Festival. This year, the festival featured the district’s choral students.
Syracuse University’s Dr. John F. Warren, professor of music and Director of Choral Activities at the university, served as conductor for the evening. The All-District A Capella Choir, the All-District Sixth-Grade Choir, All-District High School Chorus and the East Meadow High School Chamber Orchestra all performed under the direction of Dr. Warren and joined together for a combined finale.
“Thank you to Dr. Warren for working with our students,” said Director of Music and Art Dr. Christopher Hale. “I also want to thank our administration for their support, and the students for their dedication and success.”
The district congratulates all of these students for their musical achievements.
Fifth-grade students at Parkway Elementary School utilized Google Chromebooks to create biography profiles in celebration of Black History Month.
As part of a cross-curricular lesson on history and writing, students created one-page profiles on historical figures and events to celebrate Black History Month. Each individual researched their selected topic on the internet and in the school’s library. With the collected information, students used Google Docs to lay out a newspaper cover-style format.
Projects featured such figures as Jesse Owens, Chris Gardner, Muhammad Ali, Ela Baker, Eartha Kit, Maya Angelou and others. The assignment concluded on March 6 with students viewing their peers’ projects that were shared on Google Docs.
Students at Parkway Elementary School gathered on March 11 for a special pep rally to celebrate PARP, reading achievements and the Tournament of Books.
Principal Jamie Mack opened the ceremony in the school’s all-purpose room by introducing the Parkway Bear, the school’s mascot, to the students to build excitement.
Mrs. Mack then unveiled the final four of the school’s Tournament of Books. The tournament encouraged the students to read selected books to promote the fun of literacy. The books advancing to the semifinal round are “A Bad Case of Stripes” by David Shannon, “The Book with No Pictures” by B.J. Novak, “The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes” by Gary Rubinstein and Mark Pett and “The Day the Crayons Quit” by Drew Daywalt. The four books will be read and voted on with two moving on to the final round on March 15.
In addition to celebrating the winning books, Mrs. Mack also announced that the school as a whole read nearly 43,000 hours during the week of March 4-8 alone. A class from each grade was revealed as the current leader in total hours read during the tournament. The overall winners will be announced at the conclusion of the contest with prizes provided by the PTA.
“This was a great celebration of the reading accomplishments and dedication from our students,” said Mrs. Mack.
Guest readers visited Bowling Green Elementary School on March 8 to conclude the celebration of PARP week throughout the district.
Readers included East Meadow Fire Department Third Assistant Chief Paul J. Kosiba, Board of Education Vice President Dr. Scott Eckers, former Superintendent of Schools Leon Campo, Board of Education trustees, police officers, district administrators and officials as well as parent volunteers.
The guests spent time in assigned classrooms reading books to students as a way to promote the importance of reading and the fun it can be. To help the students feel more comfortable, they were invited to come to school in “comfy pajamas.”
“I feel it is important for the kids to listen to stories, some new, some old, and to use their imaginations and be creative,” said parent-volunteer Tricia Barsuaskas.
Bowling Green thanks all of the guest readers for taking the time to share and read to the students.
Kindergarten and first-grade students at Parkway Elementary School gathered in the hallway on March 1 to celebrate Read Across America Day with a book and a blanket.
The activity started with students and teachers taking the Read Across America Pledge – an oath that inspires lifelong reading. Students then got cozy with a blanket and book brought from home. Some books were shared in groups while other students took the time to individually read as many books as possible while teachers placed baskets full of books in the hallway for additional options.
In addition to taking part in the literacy event, students also wore hats to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Some of the hats were individually decorated as birthday caps while others were colored with red and white stripes to honor the Cat in the Hat.
W.T. Clarke High School’s student acting troupe, Lights Up Productions, performed “Chicago” for the Senior Citizens’ Dinner Theatre. Guests at the February 28 event were the first viewers of the show, which was presented to the public on March 1 and 2.
Senior Citizen’s Dinner Theatre is sponsored by the W.T. Clarke PTA in collaboration with the East Meadow Kiwanis and Clarke Theater Arts Parents Association. The social program invites community residents to come together for a delicious Italian dinner outside of the school’s theatre, followed by a special presentation of the spring musical. The W.T. Clarke Middle School Builder’s Club and W.T. Clarke High School Key Club provide usher and dinning services.
Those in attendance had the opportunity to take part in a photo booth with props in addition to a unique version of bingo called “Tony,” to honor the Tony Awards.
The district thanks the efforts of the PTA and the students who helped to create a great event.
Students involved in East Meadow High School’s Social-Emotional Learning Committee combined passion, diversity and history during the month of February with two initiatives.
To honor Black History Month, students, faculty and staff members read quotes from historical figures over the building’s PA system each morning. They included excerpts from Martin Luther King, Jr., Michael Jordan, Nelson Mandela, Michelle Obama, Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey and others.
Martin Luther King, Jr. also motivated the creation of a project whereby students cut-out hearts with positive and motivational messages. The project was used to decorate the building’s main lobby and show their love for the school, district and community. The inspiration was Dr. King’s statement that “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
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