Party in the Pumpkin Patch


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.

Tying the Knot for a Healthy Life


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.

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Fire Safety at Meadowbrook


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.    

Beautifying Bowling Green


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.

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Woodland MS Student Poem Published

Yana Vilchynskaya, a seventh-grader at Woodland Middle School in the East Meadow School District, has been named a winner in the America Library of Poetry 2016 National Student Poetry Contest.
According to its website, the America Library of Poetry is dedicated to the expression of creativity through writing and provides an outlet for students to share their thoughts, feelings and experiences.
Titled “Accomplished,” this year’s contest invited students across the United States to submit an original 20-line poem on any subject and style they prefer.
Yana’s poem, “We’ve Always Been Grown Up,” earned her an Amazon gift card and publication in the 2016 Student Poetry Compilation, which publishes less than 20 percent of all contest entries.
The district congratulates Yana on this literary achievement. 

WTCHS Student Named Semifinalist in the Siemens Science Talent Search

The East Meadow School District is proud to announce that W.T. Clarke High School student Alby Joseph has been named a semifinalist in the Siemens Competition for Math, Science and Technology, the nation’s premier science research competition for high school students. Congratulations to Alby on this great success! The district will profile Alby in greater detail in the coming days about this tremendous achievement. Congratulations once again!

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EMHS Senior Chosen for Cold Spring Harbor Lab Program

East Meadow High School senior Sonali Persaud has been selected to participate in the 2016-2017 Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Partners for the Future program.
Partners for the Future provides high school seniors with an opportunity to experience biomedical exploration for seven months by conducting original research under the guidance of a scientist mentor at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. At the conclusion of the program, Sonali will present her research findings to an audience of science students, mentors, CSHL administrators, parents and teachers.    
East Meadow High School research teacher Ginna Gabalski nominated Sonali for this opportunity during her junior year. Sonali became a finalist after expressing her academic goals, scientific aspirations and experiences related to medical research through an extensive interview.
The district congratulates Sonali on this achievement and wishes her tremendous success in the program.

Students Selected for NYSSMA All-State

Seven students from the District have been recognized by the New York State School Music Association for their outstanding musical talents and chosen to perform in the All-State Festival at NYSSMA’s 81st Annual Winter Conference from Dec. 1-4. An additional six East Meadow High School students were named alternates.
More than 6,500 sophomores and juniors in New York State performed in NYSSMA solo evaluation festivals last spring in the hopes of being selected for All-State. To qualify, students had to receive a score between 98 and 100 on their solo performance, judged by a NYSSMA All-State adjucator.
From W.T. Clarke High School, Alby Joseph will perform the violoncello in the symphony orchestra, Juan Lucas Orozco, tenor II in the mixed choir and Emily Shaiman, jazz soprano in the vocal jazz ensemble.
From East Meadow High School, Kevin Martin has been selected to perform double bass in the string orchestra, Jolie Rebelo, violin for the symphony orchestra, Alissa Rojas, alto I for the mixed choir and Won Son, contrabass clarinet for the symphonic band.
The district commends these exceptionally talented students for their passion and dedication to music.

Four W.T. Clarke HS Students Named National Merit Commended Students

W.T. Clarke High School seniors Priya Aggarwal, Caitlin Eng, Naman Shakrani and Bisnemjett Singh have been named Commended Students in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Approximately 34,000 students across the country were recognized for their outstanding academic performance with this designation. These four placed among the top 5 percent of 1.6 million students who entered the competition by completing the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
The district congratulates Priya, Caitlin, Naman and Bisnemjett on their distinguished academic performances.

Seniors to Perform in All-National Honor Ensembles

Two seniors from East Meadow and W.T. Clarke High School have been invited to perform in the National Association for Music Education All-National Honor Ensembles in Grapevine, Texas, on Nov. 13.
The All-National Honor Ensembles represents the top performing high school musicians across the United States in concert band, mixed choir, symphony orchestra and jazz ensemble.
Michelle Hromin from W.T. Clarke High School will play clarinet in the concert band, while Arun Sam from East Meadow High School will sing as a tenor with the mixed choir.
To qualify for the All-National Honor Ensembles, Hromin and Sam participated in the 2015 NYSSMA All-State Winter Conference Honor Ensembles and submitted a strenuous application, including videos of their performance of the required audition repertoire.
The district congratulates these students on their outstanding talents and musical abilities.

Marching to Celebrate the Discovery of America

In preparation for the Huntington Columbus Day Parade, the marching bands of East Meadow and W.T. Clarke high schools practiced their routines with the help of marching band clinicians.

Each school’s band and color guard set aside a full day at the end of September to improve their tone, accuracy and rhythm with individual instrument and group marching sessions.

To perfect their routine, W.T. Clarke’s students received assistance from Stony Brook University Director of Athletic Bands Dr. Christopher Parkers, high school music chairperson Steve Engle, band teacher Steve Barbieri and percussion teacher Steve Blutman.

The East Meadow High School students worked with Carl Boos, marching band clinic coordinator, as well as high school music chairperson Christopher Hale and music teachers Molly Tittler, Neil Walowitz, Zachary deVries and Gregory Sisco.

The community is encouraged to come out on Sunday Oct. 9 and support both bands during the Huntington Columbus Day Parade at 12:30 p.m. beginning on Main Street.      

W.T. Clarke Pride on Full Display at Homecoming


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.

Recognition Given by Board of Education

Several recognitions were made during the Sept. 29 Board of Education communication meeting. Among them, the Board recognized resident Fred Morgana for his service in World War II, East Meadow and W.T. Clarke high schools as 2016 Reward Schools, and Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance Patrick Pizzo for leading the green cleaning initiative in the district.  

The meeting opened with the W.T. Clarke High School Brass Ensemble performing musical numbers, including “The Star-Spangled Banner,” for the Board of Education members, administrators, faculty and community members gathered at the Leon J. Campo Salisbury Center.    

The evening proceeded with the honoring of Morgana, a resident of East Meadow for more than 60 years, member of the East Meadow Fire Department and WWII U.S. Navy veteran, with the Distinguished Service Award. Established last school year, the Board honors veterans in the community with this award for their loyalty and devoted service to our country.

Following, the district’s two high schools were recognized for being named Reward Schools by the New York State Education Department for the 2016-17 school year. The SED identifies Reward Schools as those ranking among the top 20 percent in English language arts and mathematics assessment performance, having a graduation rate above 80 percent, and obtaining the most progress and/or highest achievement in the state without significant gaps in student achievement. East Meadow and W. T. Clarke high schools are among 365 schools in New York State to receive this notable designation.

“This is an outstanding award and recognition by New York State that both of our high schools received,” said Superintendent of Schools Leon J. Campo.

Closing the evening, the Board acknowledged Pizzo for leading the green cleaning initiative throughout the district and keeping all schools safe for children. Pizzo accepted the green cleaning recognition for “excellence in environmental health and adaptation of a child safe school green cleaning policy” from the Grassroots Environmental Education on behalf of the district.  

Wheels on the Bus Sing Round and Round

Kindergartners and first-graders of Meadowbrook Elementary School learned about bus safety with the help of Singing School Bus Driver Joe Guida.
Gathered in the gymnasium, young students engaged in interactive songs and dance moves about the importance of wearing seat belts, crossing the street in front of the bus, and always being respectful of the bus driver. Students clapped and boogied to hit songs such as “Buckle Up,” “Hit the Bump Joe” and “I’m Getting Ready for School.”
The children left the assembly knowledgeable about proper bus etiquette and what to do in case of a bus emergency. 

Barnum Woods lends a helping hand

Francis X. Hegarty Elementary School in the Island Park School District recognized Barnum Woods Elementary School for its donation of more than $18,000 in the wake of Superstorm Sandy with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sept. 23. The ceremony acknowledged the new playground that the generous donation had helped to build.  
The devastating 2012 storm flooded Francis X. Hegarty Elementary School with four feet of water, causing severe damage to the building and playground and forcing students and teachers to relocate to another building for the remainder of the academic year.
After witnessing the destruction, the East Meadow students held multiple fundraisers aimed at raising $5,000 to help the Island Park students and teachers return to their classrooms. With the support of the East Meadow community, family, friends and faculty, Barnum Woods exceeded its fundraising goal by $13,200.
“By helping those in need, we enrich ourselves,” said Barnum Woods Principal Gregory Bottari. “I am blown away by the generosity, kindness, collaboration, perseverance and citizenship that the Barnum Woods community exhibited in assisting teachers, students and families of Francis X. Hegarty Elementary School to return to their classrooms.”

East Meadow HS Senior Recognized by U.S. Army All-American Marching Band


For the second consecutive year, an East Meadow High School senior has been invited to perform in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl halftime show. Jaden Nogee will join the 125 high school member marching band in San Antonio, Texas from January 2 through 8, 2017.

On Friday Sept. 23, All-American Games Representatives and U.S. servicemen held a ceremony acknowledging Jaden for her talent and dedication among administrators, fellow student musicians and her family. Staff Sergeant Justin Durant commended Jaden not only for her musical talents but also for being a well-rounded student. “Jaden Nogee has been selected as a 2017 U.S. Army All-American for emboding the characteristics and values of Army soldier,” Staff Sergeant Durant said. “We are proud to have her on our team and to wear the All-American colors.”

Following his remarks, Jaden thanked the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band for honoring her and expressed her gratitude toward percussion teacher Steven Blutman, Music Chairperson Christopher Hale and the entire East Meadow Music Department. “Thank you to every one who has helped me get to this moment.  These are the people who are constantly challenging my abilities, expanding my horizons, and providing me with amazing opportunities after opportunites,” she said.

Barking with School Spirit


On Sept. 23, Bowling Green Elementary School students received a special visit from school mascot, BG the Bulldog, during their school spirit day. As students arrived dressed in blue and gold, BG the Bulldog welcomed them with high-fives and hugs, wishing them a woof-derful day.

A Page-Turning Summer

Emily Jackson, a fifth-grader at George McVey Elementary School challenged herself to exceed school librarian Ellen O’Neill’s record of reading 24 books as her summer reading project.
Ms. O’Neill was featured in a local newspaper when she was in elementary school for winning a reading contest by reading 24 books during summer vacation. Inspired by the librarian, Emily decided to break Ms. O’Neill’s record as the goal for her own summer reading project.
During the summer, Emily always had a book in hand, whether at the beach, in the mountains or on the soccer field. George McVey Principal Kerry Dunne was very proud of Emily for surpassing Ms. O’Neill’s summer reading record.
“I had no idea Emily’s summer reading project was to exceed Ms. O’Neill’s summer reading record,” said Ms. Dunne. “We are all tremendously proud of Emily’s accomplishment and hope she harvests this love for reading throughout her life.”  
When Emily returned to school on Sept. 6, she had accomplished her goal by reading 30 books from cover to cover, a total of 4,000 pages during the summer months. A few of the novels she read included book series “The Baby-Sitters Club,” by Ann M. Martin, “Queen of Likes” by Hillary Homzie and “Cake Pop Crush” by Suzanne Nelson.

East Meadow Seniors Named National Merit Semifinalists

Seniors Daniel Garcia and Alby Joseph from W.T. Clarke High School and Jordan Diamond from East Meadow High School have been recognized as being among the nation’s 16,000 semifinalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program.  
Approximately 1.6 million students entered the competition by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Semifinalists are recognized with a selection index score based on their combined scores in critical reading, mathematics and writing.
To reach finalist standing, semifinalists must submit a detailed scholarship application including their academic record, participation in extracurricular activities and community engagement, leadership ability, employment, and record of honors and awards. They must also achieve an SAT score equivalent to their PSAT score, maintain their prestigious academic performance and receive a recommendation from a high school official.
In February, 15,000 semifinalists will advance as finalists for the chance to win a a National Merit scholarship in the spring.
The district congratulates these exceptional students on achieving this tremendous honor and wishes them the best of luck as they continue in the competition.

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Get Low and Go


Students in the third and fourth grade at Parkway Elementary School received an authentic lesson on fire prevention and safety when members of the Wantagh Fire Department visited them on Sept. 16 to discuss and demonstrate how to properly evacuate a burning home.

Assembled in the all-purpose room and library, teachers, students K-5 and faculty learned fire safety tips and how to create an escape route and meeting location with family members, as well as how to assist firefighters when they arrive to the scene.

The students participated in a safe, simulated house fire evacuation through the department’s smokehouse. As the room filled with false smoke, the students got low and crawled to the door, testing the temperature with the back of their hand. Unable to exit there, they crawled to the window, calling out for help as they escaped through it.

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A Day of Remembrance


Patriotism soared through the District on Sept. 11 as students, dressed in red, white and blue, commemorating the 15th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center.

Across the district, students learned about the tragedy of the events on 9/11 and designated Patriot Day as a “day of service,” during which they pledged to help others.

Meadowbrook Elementary School’s fifth-graders planted American flags in the school’s garden and held a moment of silence to honor the fallen victims, police officers, firefighters and first responders. In addition fourth-graders of Denise Henning’s class read Carmen Agra Deedy’s book “14 Cows for America,” a story about a small African village that sent 14 cows to comfort the US ensue of the tragedy. The class was asked to write about a special intangible gift they would have given to America during this time. Gifts included peace, love and companionship.     

In social studies classes at East Meadow High School, teachers discussed the historic unfolding of events with their students, encouraging them to remember the lives that were lost. The classes contributed to a 9/11-tribute banner constructed by the school’s Model Congress and Social Studies Honor Society, which featured the names of every victim and a replica of the American flag. In a unifying gesture, each student submitted a red, white or blue index card pledging a personal act of duty or kindness that would make the community a safer place.

The high school classes also paid a visit to a 9/11 memorial, outside the Mathematics corridor, that was created six years ago through a partnership between Model Congress, the social studies department and the Social Studies Honor Society. The memorial includes two juniper trees symbolizing the Twin Towers and a piece of debris from the attacks, encircled by American flags.

Welcome Back Students


As the summer season officially came to an end, students returned to their respective schools to begin the 2016-2017 academic year.

On Sept. 6, administrators and teachers of all nine schools welcomed their students with enthusiasm for another successful school year. Toting backpacks filled with school supplies, students arrived smiling and eager to learn with their classmates.

In addition, the district’s incoming kindergartners and their families attended orientations, where it was discussed how children will transition into their new surroundings. The children also received building and classroom tours to become familiar with their new schools.  

Special message from the Superintendent of Schools - September 7, 2016

This is an important message from Leon Campo, Superintendent of Schools.
Once again, I welcome you to a new school year.  Together we will make this a
safe and exciting one!
As now required by New York State Law and as recommended by the New York
State Department of Health, the district previously initiated a thorough testing
of all school drinking water sources for possible elevated levels of lead from
specific plumbing fixtures.
The health, safety and well-being of our students and staff are always our primary
concerns.  Tests were conducted by J.C. Broderick, an environmental testing firm.
The testing results were overwhelmingly positive and, therefore, many locations
required no remediation.  In the locations which require remediation, the
district has and is taking constructive action.
The remediation initiative is ongoing, but please be assured that in every school
building a safe alternative source of drinking water has been and is provided to
our students and staff.
More detailed information will be sent to you through formal correspondence.

Thank you.

East Meadow Welcomes New Class of Teachers

The District welcomed 32 new teachers, staff and faculty to the school year during its annual new teacher orientation at the Leon J. Campo Salisbury Center on Aug. 31.
Superintendent of Schools Leon J. Campo, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Cindy Munter and Assistant Superintendent for Personnel and Administration Anthony Russo welcomed the new cohort and offered advice for a successful school year.
“Our children come by our way once and we owe them our very best,” said Mr. Campo. “You’re surrounded by wonderful and supportive staff who are always willing to help. Utilize them, and in return, we ask that you give your very best each and every day.”  
Following, the new staff met administrators, became informed about district polices and procedures, and received an official district tour of all nine buildings led by Barnum Woods Elementary School Principal Gregory Bottari.

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