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East Meadow High School Presents The Pajama Game

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Hurricane Helpers

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Fifth-graders at Bowling Green Elementary School raised more than $1,500 for MedShare through their “Hurricane Helpers” fundraiser to help those affected by the recent hurricanes.

According to its website, MedShare is a nonprofit humanitarian aid organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of people, communities and the planet by sourcing and directly delivering surplus medical supplies and equipment to communities in need around the world.  

Throughout the month of October, the fifth-graders asked students, staff and administrators to make a monetary donation and to color in paper cutouts of Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. The school’s Kiwanis Kids club collected the donations and cutouts from each classroom and pasted the images on large paper hearts that were displayed in the hallway outside the main office.  

The grand total of $1,514.90 will assist MedShare in distributing medical supplies and basic care items to those affected by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. 

Bowling Green’s fifth-grade class would like to thank all families, students and faculty members who helped make this fundraiser a huge success.  

Woodland Middle School Hosts Ryan’s Story

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Sixth-graders at Woodland Middle School learned a valuable lesson about the effects bullying can have on students and their families when they attended a “Ryan’s Story” assembly.  

Ryan’s Story is an anti-bullying program based on the life and death of 13-year-old Ryan Halligan, who committed suicide in 2003 due to depression and constant bullying. 

In an emotional presentation that included a slideshow of Ryan throughout the years, Ryan’s father, John Halligan, recounted the story of his son’s life and the ridicule he endured. He described the devastating impact his son’s suicide has had on his family and discussed the power of forgiveness.  He also encouraged the sixth-graders to stand up to friends who may be unkind to others.

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Meadowbrook students adopt a new mindset

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Fifth-graders at Meadowbrook Elementary School in the East Meadow School District discovered how “growth mindset” thinking can enhance their learning. 

While reading “What Do I Do with a Problem?” and “What Do I Do with an Idea?” by Kobi Yamada, Tara Bouza’s class discussed ways they have worked through situations of failure and reflected on what they excel in, such as soccer, math, playing an instrument and dancing. 

Realizing they can train their brain to overcome obstacles, the fifth-graders created a chart identifying negative experiences they have encountered and generated different ways to think should a similar problems arise.

As challenges surface, the students will be able to use their growth mindset skills to remain persistent and focused on the process of learning.   

East Meadow Students Named LISFA Performers

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A total of 27 students in grades 5-12 from the district have performed, or will perform, in Long Island String Festival Association concerts this school year.

Established in 1956, LISFA’s mission is to educate young string musicians by providing them the opportunity to work with renowned conductors and musicians from accross the country. 

In November, 16 East Meadow and W.T. Clarke high school students performed in the Nassau Secondary Festival at Wisdom Lane Middle School in Levittown. Similarly, eleven students in grades 5-8 have been invited to perform in the Nassau Intermediate Festival in March at Uniondale High School.

The district is tremendously proud of these students for their dedication and musical accomplishments. 

East Meadow HS Students Host Fundraisers For Hurricane Harvey Victims

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In a collective effort, the East Meadow High School community collected monetary donations and school supplies to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Over the course of a month, students, staff and administrators purchased $1 “Hurricane Relief” wristbands or made monetary donations to the school’s American Red Cross Hurricane Relief fundraiser. A total of $1,250 was raised to help provide medical assistance to those affected by the hurricane. 

Additionally, students in Lisa Guerriero’s Advanced Fitness class hosted a school supplies collection drive for Burnett Elementary School in Houston, Texas. Through the generous efforts of students and faculty, five boxes of binders, folders, notebooks, backpacks, pens, pencils, crayons and markers were collected.     

East Meadow Students Named All-County Musicians

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A total of 148 students from the district have been selected to perform in the Nassau Music Educators Association All-County Festivals in January.  Each of the seven concerts will take place at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts.

These student-musicians in grades 5-12 received this honor based on their New York State School Music Association solo evaluation and teacher recommendations. 

The district congratulates these students on their musical achievements!   

Kindness From Bowling Green’s Kiwanis Kids Club

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The Kiwanis Kids club at Bowling Green Elementary School held a Thanksgiving food drive from Nov. 1-16 that yielded roughly 1,100 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 Kids members collected the donated goods from each classroom. 

On Nov. 17, the Kiwanis Kids board members gathered to sort through the donations and prepared boxes for local families to celebrate the holiday. 

VIDEO: Barnum Woods Fourth-Graders Honor Veterans

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The fourth-graders in Elena DiCocco’s class at Barnum Woods Elementary School invited veterans and active-duty service members and their families to a special Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 9.

Barnum Woods Principal Gregory Bottari welcomed families, staff and East Meadow Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth A. Card Jr., a U.S. Navy veteran himself, to the ceremony. 

“Today we celebrate America’s veterans for keeping this nation the land of the free and home of the brave,” said Bottari. “We appreciate the sacrifices they’ve given and the honor they’ve bestowed upon our country.” 

During the event, students shared what they had learned about the federal holiday, including its origins and the meaning behind the “taps” bugle call.  Students also enjoyed the priveledge of introducing each of the veterans. Additionally, fourth-graders Michael Bellocco and Nicholas Guarneri folded an American flag into a tri-cornered shape that symbolizes the hats worn by soldiers during the Revolutionary War. As they did so, fellow classmates discussed the seven pillars of character that soldiers embody. Following this presentation, the class came together to perform Mariah Carey’s “Hero,” and guests viewed a slideshow of the veterans being honored. 

Addressing DiCocco, her students and Mr. Bottari, Dr. Card said, “Thank you for your hard work in putting this ceremony together. It is truly an honor to be recognized by all of you.” 

To conclude the ceremony, students lit green lights as the veterans walked off the stage. The gesture was inspired by the “Greenlight a Vet” campaign, in which the green light symbolizes the support, appreciation and gratitude citizens have for the brave veterans of this country.      


East Meadow Honors Veterans

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In observance of Veterans Day, students in the district honored and thanked veterans for their service on Nov. 9.

Bowling Green Elementary School students paid homage to those who have fought for the country by planting a sea of miniature American flags, provided to every student and faculty member courtesy of the PTA, on the school’s front lawn. 

Across the district at W.T. Clarke Middle School and East Meadow High School, students listened to veterans speak about patriotism and acts of service to the nation. The middle schoolers heard from Vietnam veterans, who shared their experiences and discussed hardships of the war such as the extreme weather conditions of steaming temperatures and monsoons. The speakers gave students a firsthand glimpse into the war by circulating authentic materials such as soldiers’ helmets and vests, books, photo albums and enemy equipment. 

Sophomores at East Meadow High School attended Veterans Day presentations held by U.S. Army veteran Joshua Rivera, who discussed his 15-month tour in Iraq. A graduate of East Meadow High School, Rivera shared childhood experiences, explained why he enlisted in the military, and educated students about his uniform while demonstrating how to properly wear a gas mask.    

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. 

Helping Others One Lap At A Time

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Parkway Elementary School students took part in their school’s annual Turkey Trot fundraiser on November 1st  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. For this year’s fundraiser, 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 event, students ran the perimeter of the building, or inside the gymnasium, for a specified amount of time, based on grade level. Before they started the run, they 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.     

Arcade Of Compassion

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By building their own arcade games, Barnum Woods Elementary School fifth-graders raised more than $1,700 for those affected by the recent hurricanes   This activity was inspired by the film “Caine’s Arcade.”

According to the “Caine’s Arcade” website, 9-year-old Caine Monroy built his own cardboard arcade, filled with games and prizes, for customers of his father’s auto parts store. When filmmaker Nirvan Mullick walked in, he became Caine’s first and only customer. Through this experience, Mullick created a documentary about Caine’s arcade while also establishing a scholarship fund for him to attend college. 

The fifth-graders at Barnum Woods carried out the idea over the course of a month by creating their own arcade games, including foosball, Plinko, pinball and claw machines. Students, parents, faculty and administrators visited over 100 games and paid 25 cents per game for the chance to win a prize, raising a grand total of $1,767.08 for the people affected by the four major hurricanes experienced in Texas, Florida, the US Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

A Lesson From Your Body

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Bowling Green Elementary School students learned about making healthy choices from life-sized body organ puppets. 

Steve Petra of Petra Puppets utilized puppets such as the brain, stomach and small intestine to educate students about how the body functions. He also informed students how cigarettes and alcohol harm their health and organs. 

East Meadow Board recognizes ‘Terrific Kids’ at November meeting

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Recognitions and accolades abounded in the East Meadow School District on Nov. 16 as the district’s Board of Education acknowledged three months of “Terrific Kids” during their communication meeting.

Throughout the celebratory meeting, the W.T. Clarke High School Saxophone Quartet and Bowling Green Chamber Strings Ensemble performed for members of the Board, administration, faculty and community.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth A. Card Jr., East Meadow Kiwanis President Marcee Rubinstein, members of the Board, and middle school Principals James Lethbridge and Stacy Breslin presented certificates of recognition to the September, October and November middle school Terrific Kids. The Terrific Kids program is sponsored by the East Meadow Kiwanis to recognize sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students who exhibit a positive attitude, good character and responsible citizenship and who are exemplary role models.

Walking The Steps To A Healthy Life

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In honor of Red Ribbon Week, George McVey Elementary School students, teachers and community members gathered to promote healthy lifestyles by walking through the community. Among the attendees were New York State Sen. Kemp Hannon, Town of Hempstead Town Clerk Nasrin Ahmad, District 17 New York Assemblyman Tom McKevitt, and District 13 Legislator and Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves, all of whom greeted community members and students during the walk.

Prior to the walk, the school’s mascot, Mighty Mind, high-fived students, while members of the band performed and classes gathered with banners and wellness signs outside the school. Classes created wellness signs to emphasize their commitment to making healthy choices. A few of the signs included such sayings as, “Say No to Drugs,” “McVey Is a Happy School” and “We Are Drug and Bully Free.” 


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VIDEO: Hand In Hand, East Meadow Is United

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In honor of Unity Day on Oct. 18, the staff and student body of the East Meadow School District joined together to take a stance against bullying. Envisioned by the PTA Council, a globe mural surrounded by hands was created by district staff and students.

Throughout the day, students, teachers, faculty members and central administrators wore orange and signed paper hands as a pledge to be upstanders to put an end to bullying within their community. 

With more than 75 palms signed and collected, members of the East Meadow High School Art Honor Society pasted the hands on a 16-by-12-foot board. The globe symbolizes kindness, togetherness and partnership across the district.        

At the building level, schools celebrated Unity Day by creating their own Unity Day banners and flower posters. They also hosted  Mix-It-Up Days during their lunch periods, where students sat with peers they didn’t know in order to cultivate new friendships. 

The mural will be displayed through the end of the year in the conference room at the Leon J. Campo Salisbury Center. 

Honoring Our Veterans

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In recognition of Veterans Day, students across the district honor and thank the brave men and women for their service.


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Students at Meadowbrook Elementary School celebrated the Halloween season in their classrooms with creative projects that reinforced their math and writing skills.

First-graders in Eileen Cohen’s class got into the spirit by constructing jack-o’-lanterns out of paper. After drawing ribs on their paper pumpkins, they attached the eyes, nose and mouth. Inside the mouth, they glued 10 teeth and wrote “10” on the pumpkin’s stem.        

Collaboration was at the heart of another lesson between kindergartners and fifth-graders, who teamed up to make “shape-o’-lanterns.” The older students got things started by cutting out large orange circles as the base for their pumpkins, along with a variety of geometric shapes to use as features. Determing which shapes represented the eyes, nose and mouth, the kindergartners glued them onto their pumpkins. With help from their fifth-grade buddies, they counted the number of shapes they had used and wrote the sum at the bottom of their projects.         

District Recognizes Principals, Board of Education During Communication Meeting

District Recognizes Principals, Board of Education During Communication Meeting photo

In honor of School Board Recognition Week, East Meadow students expressed their appreciation to the district’s board of education on behalf of all students, teachers, administrators and families of the community during the board’s communication meeting on Oct. 26.

East Meadow High School senior Jolie Rebelo, who was named a 2017-2018 Long Island Arts Alliance Scholar Artist, set the tone for the evening with a string performance on the violin. 

Before the school board recognitions began, East Meadow Board of Education President Scott Eckers and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth A. Card, Jr., celebrated Principal Recognition month by presenting certificates of appreciation to each building principal for their dedication to bringing out the best in every student and faculty member. 

“Our principals make a difference in the lives of our children every day,” said Eckers. “Whenever I walk into our schools, I see our principals interacting with students.”  

To recognize the board’s diligent service to the community, each school in the district “adopted” a board member to thank them for their tireless efforts. Student representatives shared a biography of each board member, including their community involvement, and unveiled a portrait of the individual created by students who used a variety of media from renowned artists as their inspiration.   

“It takes strong schools to build a strong community,” said Dr. Card. “These board members devote countless hours to making sure our schools are raising student achievement by creating a clear vision for the future of education, providing accountability for student achievement results, developing a budget that aligns district resources with student achievement and supporting a healthy school district culture.”   

The district also extends its gratitude to District Art Chairperson, Heather Anastasio, District Director of Music and Art, Dr. Christopher Hale, and the art teachers from all nine schools for working with students to create the portraits.        

East Meadow HS Jets Victorious At Homecoming

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The East Meadow High School football stadium resounded with cheers and applause on Oct. 28 as the Jets landed a homecoming win against the Long Beach High School Marines, 21-13. 

Prior to the annual game, students, cheerleaders, the Rockettes kickline team and the homecoming court paraded through the community from Veterans Memorial Park to East Meadow High School. Class representatives tossed candy to spectators from student-created floats, which followed a cartoon theme this year.

The festivities continued at the high school’s athletic complex, where attendees played carnival games, won prizes, had their faces painted, and enjoyed food and refreshments from local vendors including: Amici Italian Bistro, Arby’s, Bagelicious, Dunkin’ Donuts, Mille Grazie Pizzeria, Moe’s Southwest Grill and Pastrami Plus. 

Prior to kickoff, the East Meadow High School Parents Athletic Club presented a $10,000 scholarship check to the East Meadow High School athletic program in memory of East Meadow High School graduate Matthew DeLuca, who passed away unexpectedly in January.    

During the game, Jets quarterback Shawn Regan had 11 carries for 130 rushing yards and one touchdown, and running back Mike Grech had 20 carries for 85 yards and two touchdowns. As for defense, linebackers Eddie Buckhaults and Liam Laskowski each had a sack. Buckhaults also had six tackles and Laskowski had five. 

At halftime, the cheerleaders, Rockettes and marching band gave a spectacular performance that elicited a standing ovation. 

Halftime was also marked by several recognitions. Seniors Daniel Miranda and Tara Fama were announced as homecoming king and queen, joined by this year’s homecoming court comprised of Derek Angueria, Michael Dolley, Melissa Finnegan, Helen Flores, Tyler Love, Jillian Lucito, Isabelle Melito and Robert McCrindle. Also recognized were members of the 1967 East Meadow High School football team for their Division I championship 50 years ago, as well as the 2017 girls varsity softball team, who received their championship rings for winning the Long Island Class AA softball championship game over East Islip. 


East Meadow High School Hosts Safe Halloween

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The Halloween spirit ran high as students from the East Meadow community attended the district’s Safe Halloween event, held on Oct. 30 at East Meadow High School.

The high school’s Students Against Destructive Decisions club invited varsity sports teams, organizations and other high school clubs to volunteer their time to dress in costume, design hallways with Halloween themes and hand out candy to young trick-or-treaters. Hundreds of young children walked the hallways dressed as superheroes, book and movie characters, and scary creatures. 

Hallway themes included the tropics, mad scientists, an Italian eatery, Harry Potter and more. Children not only collected candy, but also participated in games and activities at each of the themed centers.  

Operating Ozobots

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Meadowbrook Elementary School students used Ozobots to complete a measurement challenge during their STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) class.

The Ozobot is a one-inch-tall robot that uses photosensory perception to recognize patterns, lights, colors and codes to perform a programmed task. 

STEM teacher Kimberly Wagner guided third-graders in an activity where they designed routes on a map and programmed the Ozobots to move left, right, up and down. 

Working together, students drew codes using black, red, blue and green magic markers to direct their Ozobot across the map. 

Stop, Drop And Roll To Safety

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Barnum Woods Elementary School students learned about keeping their families and homes safe during this year’s fire prevention program, “Protect Your Family from Fire.”

East Meadow firefighters educated K-5 students about the uniforms and duties of firefighters and the importance of establishing a central location for family members to meet in case a fire happens.

Following the assembly, students were able to view and ask questions about fire trucks, fire engines and ambulances. As a special treat, the firefighters streamed water from a fire hose for students to see.  

Accepting Rachel’s Challenge

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Woodland Middle School sixth-grade students 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-grade students began their day with an assembly about Rachel’s story of spreading kindness, dreaming big and starting a chain reaction of positive change. At the conclusion of the assembly, students were asked to complete five challenges during the school year: look for the best in others, dream big, choose positive influences, speak with kindness and start your own chain reaction.  

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.  

Magic Of Fitness

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Parkway Elementary School students learned the importance of living a healthy and active lifestyle during a “bFit” assembly featuring magician Brian Richards.

Mr. Richards used magic, comedy and audience participation to excite students about eating nutritious foods and exercising at least 60 minutes every day. He explained to students how their bodies need to “bFueled” with healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables, lean protein, whole grains, as well as plenty of water.  He also told studnets that they need to “bActive” by completing 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise every day. He encouraged students to “bCreative” by incorporating five different types of fruits and vegetables into their diet and exercising while watching TV or playing video games. 

Concluding the show, Mr. Richards led the group in a choreographed dance to demonstrate how easy it is to exercise.     

Two Inducted Into W.T. Clarke Hall of Achievement

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W.T. Clarke High School, in the East Meadow School District, held its biannual Hall of Achievement ceremony on Oct. 14, prior to the school’s homecoming game. Two alumni –  Darla Martiello Canonico (Class of 1993) and Nadine Muskatel Tung (Class of 1976) were inducted this year for demonstrating outstanding ability, leadership, character and dedication, and for serving as an inspiration to the Clarke community.

Canonico, who was nominated by Clarke PTA member Denise Michaelis, is the owner of the Westbury Academy of Dance and has been a member of the Clarke community her entire life. Since the age of 2, Canonico had been enrolled in dance classes at the academy, where then-owner and director Camille Sanfilippo made an impact on her life. Over the course of her years in the dance studio, Canonico shared her love of dance, taught classes to hundreds of students in the community, and dreamed of one day owning her own studio. Seven years ago, her dream became a reality when Sanfilippo sold the Westbury Academy of Dance to her after 40 years of ownership.

To this day, Canonico teaches a large number of students, ages 3 to high school, fostering in them confidence, courage, self-esteem, commitment and teamwork. She continually encourages her dancers and supports their academic pursuits by awarding scholarships to graduating seniors of both W.T. Clarke and East Meadow high schools. 

“This is a proud day for my family, as we are all alumni or future alumni of Clarke,” said Canonico. “Thank you to this amazing community that I am so lucky to be a part of – without your love and support, I wouldn’t be able to do what I love every day. I really appreciate and cherish the friendships I’ve made on this journey.” 

Canonico resides in Westbury with her husband, Al, and children, Ava and Dominic, who attend W.T. Clarke High School and W.T. Clarke Middle School, respectively. 

Dr. Tung, who was unable to attend the ceremony, was recognized for her work to advance cancer research. While a Ram at Clarke, she was the chairperson of Model Congress and a member of the drama club, Thespian Society, National Honor Society, wind ensemble and The Vanguard, the school’s newspaper. She graduated from Clarke as valedictorian in 1976 and went on to attend Princeton University and Harvard Medical School. 

Dr. Tung is currently the director of the Cancer Genetics and Prevention Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, which she established in 1997 to evaluate patients and families with hereditary cancer syndromes. She is also a breast medical oncologist, a member of the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center and an associate professor at Harvard Medical School. 

Dr. Tung’s research focuses on hereditary causes of breast cancer and effective strategies for breast cancer prevention and treatment. Through the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, she oversees a multi-center, national trial that is evaluating whether cisplatin is superior to standard chemotherapy for women with BRCA1/2 mutations and newly diagnosed breast cancer. 

Additionally, Dr. Tung serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Clinical Oncology, as well as on the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Cancer Prevention Committee and Cancer Genetics Subcommittee. 


Sprucing Up Bowling Green’s Garden

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With the changing of seasons underway, students of Bowling Green Elementary School in the East Meadow School District recently gathered to beautify their school by sprucing up the landscape surrounding the school. 

Working alongside teachers, parents and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth Card Jr., students enhanced the school’s garden by planting tulip bulbs, garden mums, pansies and perennials. The project came to fruition with the help of the Bowling Green PTA.

Thinking Rewired At Barnum Woods Elementary

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The introduction of “growth mindset” activities has been changing the way fifth-graders at Barnum Woods Elementary School approach learning. 

Following her research on achievement and success, Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck coined the term “growth mindset” to refer to the underlying belief that one is able to learn and grow mentally by training and strengthening their brain. This is in contrast to a “fixed mindset,” in which one believes that they cannot learn new things and basic traits such as intelligence, character and personality are predetermined. When equipped with a growth mindset, students confront uncertainties and setbacks, see failure as an opportunity to learn, put forth a greater effort to learn and accept criticism as a way to change and grow.   

During an English Language Arts lesson, fifth-graders were asked to use their non-dominant hand to write their names and the date, draw a self-portrait, and cut and paste objects onto a separate piece of paper. Limited at first by a fixed mindset, the students reported feeling frustrated and unconfident when trying to finish the assignment. When they switched to a growth mindset, however, they embraced the challenge and persevered by understanding that effort and attitude make all the difference.     

Fifth-grade teachers Laurette Tamburello and Lissette Pellegrino explained that when students believe they can rewire their brains and boost their intelligence, they become more interested in learning and less afraid of facing failure.