Students and staff dressed in orange on Oct. 17 to join together in a stance against bullying in honor of Unity Day. In addition to students and staff wearing orange, schools also participated in their own activities to stand up against bullying.
Among the activities throughout the district included Meadowbrook Elementary School having students sign large paper flowers outside of each of the school’s two cafeterias. With the help of PTA members, students from kindergarten through fifth-grade signed their names as a pledge to say no to bullying and yes to kindness.
W.T. Clarke Middle School held an assembly for each of the sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade classes throughout the day. The middle school is partnering with Sandy Hook Promise to take part in the “Start with Hello” initiative. “Start with Hello” teaches students the skills they need to reach out to and include those who may be dealing with social isolation and create a culture of inclusion within their school and/or community.
An extension of Unity Day will continue on Oct. 26 as students from East Meadow High School and W.T. Clarke High School will come together at the Leon J. Campo Salisbury Center to install the Unity Day art project. The mural created will be displayed through the end of the year in the conference room.
Throughout two weeks in October, third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students at Meadowbrook Elementary School, in the East Meadow School District, have been helping to tidy up the garden in front of the school building.
Led by Assistant Principal Gail Gallucci, students were tasked with digging out weeds and other materials in the garden areas at the front of the school building. The process helped to showcase the flowers and trees that have been planted in front of the building while also teaching students about the responsibility of grooming a garden. Each of the three grades came together during three different sessions to tackle different areas of cleaning up.
The cleanup lesson also was intended to help beautify the entrance of the building ahead of the school’s fall festival on October 20.
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Enthusiasm in the stands and on the field lasted from pregame festivities through an exciting finish at the W.T. Clarke High School varsity football game against Locust Valley during the school’s homecoming on October 13.
After overnight and morning rain cleared, parents and volunteers from the W.T. Clarke PTSA and the W.T. Clarke Parent Booster Club set up tents to sell food as well as maroon and gray items to support the Rams. Fans and community members began to fill the stands as the varsity football team ran through two banners held by the varsity cheerleading team to cheer the kickoff against the Locust Valley Falcons.
The Rams went into the locker room with a 6-0 lead at the half and then the halftime festivities began. The cheerleading team opened the halftime ceremony with an enthusiastic cheer that lead into a strong performance from the marching band and color guard. Superintendent Dr. Kenneth A. Card, Jr., along with the East Meadow School District Board of Education and central administrators led the annual halftime procession.
Following district officials’ greetings was the announcement of the homecoming royal court. This year’s court included this year’s king and queen, seniors Tom Talbot and Briana Iadevia. Due to wet conditions on the field, class floats were unable to be displayed in front of the crowd. However, class officers paraded onto the field while tossing candy into the stands while dressed as characters for this year’s theme of action movies. The Avengers, Star Wars, Jurassic World and The Incredibles were all portrayed from the senior, junior, sophomore and freshmen classes respectively.
The parade concluded with dozens of representatives from the Class of 1968, who were invited back to serve as grand marshals while also celebrating their 50-year reunion.
The action on the field led to overtime with a 6-6 tie after regulation. Trailing 9-6 after a Locust Valley field goal, the Rams came out victorious 12-9 as senior Anthony Caputo scored the winning touchdown.
East Meadow High School seniors helped sixth-grade students at Woodland Middle School create a positive and bully-free school environment by accepting and participating in Rachel’s Challenge on October 11.
Rachel’s Challenge was established following the 1999 tragedy at Columbine High School. The mission of the challenge is 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. The non-profit organization is led by Darrell and Sandy Scott in memory of their daughter, Rachel.
The day of the challenge began with an assembly for the sixth-graders to explain Rachel’s story of spreading kindness, dreaming big and starting a chain reaction of positive change. Following the conclusion, the students were asked to fulfill five goals during the school year: look for the best in other, dream big, choose positive influences, speak with kindness and start your own chain reaction.
During the final two class periods of the day, seniors from East Meadow High School visited sixth-grade classrooms to conduct lessons that incorporate Rachel’s Challenge. The lessons started with sixth-graders introducing themselves while also adding a fun fact about their personality. The senior leaders then asked each class if they accept Rachel’s Challenge for the upcoming school year.
The lesson proceeded with the task of having each student receive their act of kindness sheets signed by a different student. The activity helped to enforce the ways students can be kind and inspire positivity. The lesson in each classroom concluded with a video compilation of movie scenes, speeches and interviews that demonstrated various ways of how to create a positive environment and a slide on how to be a good example at school.
The district thanks the seniors from East Meadow High School for taking the time to demonstrate the importance of kindness and positivity to the sixth-graders!
After hours and hours of practice, the high school marching bands of the district enjoyed successful performances at the New York City Columbus Day Parade on Oct. 8. The success led to the East Meadow High School marching band earning first place honors while the W.T. Clarke High School marching band garnered fourth place.
“Both of our bands represented our school district with pride and excellence on display for thousands of people on Fifth Avenue,” said Director of Music and Art Christopher Hale. “Many parents lined the street to support our students and to also show their school pride.”
In addition to participation in the New York City parade, the two groups also marched at the Huntington Columbus Day on Oct. 7.
The district congratulates both bands and all administrators on these great achievements and for representing East Meadow proudly!
Throughout the week of Oct. 1, students at Parkway Elementary School participated in yoga sessions with instructor Donna Coogan. The sessions presented opportunities for students to experience lessons in breathing exercises along with introductory yoga poses.
Coogan welcomed two classes at a time during 45-minute sessions throughout three days. Students were taught yoga techniques such as the cobra, cat, downward facing dog and child’s pose as they learned how to stretch while focusing on mindfulness.
Many of the students were excited to welcome Coogan back after being introduced to the benefits of yoga last April. The groups were reminded of how yoga can help in school, sports and many other areas of their lives by keeping calm and centered.
Students at Barnum Woods Elementary School in the East Meadow School District gathered in the school’s newly paved courtyard on Oct. 5 to celebrate David Rothman’s 25 years of service to the school, district and community.
Mr. Rothman has been a volunteer at Barnum Woods for 25 years while also serving on the school’s Planning Management Team (PMT). He joined the community when his two children were students at Barnum Woods three decades ago. As a member of the PMT, Mr. Rothman and the committee have been responsible for raising money for playgrounds, helping to donate money to schools in need, rebuilding the school’s front lawn sign and many other initiatives.
During the surprise honoring ceremony, all students at Barnum Woods gathered to thank and greet Mr. Rothman while the Student Council Advisory Board presented him with thank you cards, letters and a cake.
Barnum Woods Principal Greg Bottari led the ceremony as many community members joined the students in thanking Mr. Rothman for his continued service. During the ceremony, students were led by music teacher Meegan Coleman in the singing of “Thank You for Being a Friend,” by Andrew Gold while PMT Coordinator Melody Schillen presented Mr. Rothman with a plaque of congratulations.
“Volunteering for 10 years is an amazing individual accomplishment, but 25 years is unheard of,” said Bottari.
The entire district congratulates and thanks Mr. Rothman for his 25 years of service to Barnum Woods and the whole community.
Students at Bowling Green received important skills in fire safety on Oct. 1, when members of the local East Meadow Fire Department visited as a way to kick off National Fire Prevention Month.
Kindergarten and first-grade students gathered for the first session in the school’s cafeteria, where firefighters broke down valuable lessons about how to escape a fire. They were advised to set up a meeting spot with their families when they went home later that day. Students were also introduced to what a firefighter looks like in full uniform and gear when they arrive at a house fire.
Second-grade students in the building sat for a similar second session, and were then treated to a look at one of the department’s fire engines outside of the school. Principal Maria Ciarametaro was among one of the faculty volunteers to go up in the engine’s turntable ladder to demonstrate the height that can be reached.
Bowling Green and the district thank the local firefighters of East Meadow for taking time to educate the students on valuable fire safety and prevention rules.
The East Meadow School District opened the 2018-19 school year in September with many events in addition to student awards. Miss any of it? Watch the video below to get a full review of the district’s happenings in the month of September.
Members of the East Meadow High School and W.T. Clarke High School marching bands gathered on their respective football fields on Sept. 27 for full-day marching band clinics. These clinics are held in preparation for the upcoming Columbus Day and homecoming parades.
The band at East Meadow started the day by practicing formation, line-up and marching rhythm. The colorguard took the front of the line as members of the brass and woodwind sections along with the drumline followed in formation.
At W.T. Clarke, the morning started at 7:30 with a section challenge to prepare for the rest of the day. Other section challenges occurred throughout the sessions, including a “march off” between the upperclassman and younger members of the band.
The New York City Columbus Day Parade is scheduled for Oct. 8, following the Long Island parade in Huntington on Oct. 7. Meanwhile, the marching bands can also be seen at the schools’ upcoming homecomings. W.T. Clarke’s Homecoming will be held on Oct. 13, while East Meadow’s homecoming is on Oct. 20. The community is invited to both of these events.
Students from the other side of the world were greeted as special visitors to East Meadow High School on Sept. 24. Principal Richard Howard, staff members and students welcomed guests from Balwyn High School, a school in Melbourne, Australia.
More than a dozen students and staff members from the Australian high school traveled to the United States and made East Meadow a point of visitation during their trip. Members of the East Meadow High School National Honor Society led the group on tours of the school while also inviting them to participate in classes. The Australian students had the opportunity to interact in gym, art and the various academic classes at East Meadow High School.
Educational World Travel coordinated with Custom Tours Inc. to arrange the visit to an elite Nassau County school. The goals of the visit were to allow the Australian students an opportunity to see the daily routine at East Meadow, experience the variety of class offerings, and socialize with American students. Many of the Australian students indicated that the visit was the highlight of their trip thus far.
The district wishes the members of Balwyn High School a safe remainder of their trip!
Members of the Wantagh Fire Department visited Parkway Elementary School on Sept. 21 to demonstrate lessons of fire safety and prevention for students, prior to National Fire Prevention Month in October.
Firefighters from the department exhibited proper techniques of how stop, drop and roll in the school’s gymnasium in addition to educating the kindergarten, first-grade and second-grade students about general fire safety. Fire department representative Bill Mackay dressed head-to-toe in equipment to showcase a full firefighter uniform.
In the school’s cafeteria, third- through sixth-grade classes were shown a fire safety video followed by lessons on how to escape a house fire. The lessons were put to the test as students had the opportunity to enter the Wantagh Fire Department smoke house. One by one, they used the safe escape route to ultimately gather as a group.
The district thanks the Wantagh Fire Department for educating students on these valuable fire safety and prevention rules.
Classes at Parkway Elementary School in the East Meadow School District showcased a pilot program called “responsive classrooms” on the morning of Sept. 18 by holding morning meetings between teachers and students.
Inside the kindergarten and first-grade classrooms of Krystal Mancuso and Amy DePaulo, respectively, students gathered to greet one another while also engaging in sharing discussions, group activities and morning messages. In Mrs. Mancuso’s class, students made eye contact before shaking each other’s hands. Students also had the opportunity to share stories of a recent activity and some even told jokes.
The objective of the morning meetings is to allow the students to gather as a community while merging social, emotional and intellectual learning in addition to creating a climate of trust and respectful interactions.
Classes at Bowling Green Elementary School are also engaged in this pilot this year. If successful, this program could be expanded to more classrooms and other district elementary schools next year.
East Meadow students, teachers and other staff members completed day one of the 2018-19 school year on Sept. 5. They were greeted in the morning by district and building administrators, who also showed up at afternoon dismissals to express congratulations on a successful opening.
District level administrators welcomed students back to school in each of the schools in the morning and helped to dismiss students at each of the district’s schools in the afternoon. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth A. Card, Jr. welcomed students at East Meadow High School in the morning and helped to dismiss students at Meadowbrook Elementary School in the afternoon.
The district wishes an exciting school year to all students, teachers and staff members and encourages them to show how “Great Happens Here!”
The East Meadow School District held its annual Superintendent’s Conference Day on Sept. 4 in preparation for another successful school year. The day began in the auditorium of W.T. Clarke High School, where Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth A. Card, Jr. welcomed staff and faculty members from all nine district buildings for an opening day convocation.
“As we start a new school year, I wanted to let you know how proud I am to be part of the East Meadow School District and community,” Dr. Card expressed to the audience of administrators, teachers and staff. “Last year I witnessed the hard work each of you do for our students and families and that is why ‘Great Happens Here.’”
The day also included a presentation by Mandy Habib, Psy.D., a professor from the Institute for Adolescent Trauma Treatment and Training at Adelphi University. Dr. Habib presented on “Mental Health and Schools” and discussed ways in which those in attendance can support students.
The day was rounded out with teachers convening in their respective buildings to discuss and learn effective strategies for helping every student reach his or her highest potential the upcoming school year.