The district’s five elementary schools opened their doors to family and friends on May 21 to showcase the great projects, lessons and work happening every day.
Each school put a unique twist on the event, with festivities including art shows, VIP days, Carousel of Character demonstrations, wax museums, bake sales, book fairs and much more. Some guests were able to participate in classroom activities for certain grades while others served as audience members for debuted projects.
The district extends a thank you to each building’s staff members that helped to welcome community members to the schools for a day of pride and excitement.
Bowling Green Elementary School held its annual Spring Beautification Day on May 10 to enhance the grounds and gardens around the building.
Students, staff members and parents came together to attend to the area in front of the building, specifically around the new Bowling Green sign. New flowers and plants were added to embrace the beauty of the spring season.
Bowling Green extends a special thank you to the district grounds crew for prepping the areas for easier planting and for continuously improving the school’s environment.
Students and staff at Parkway Elementary School got up close and personal with wild animals when Erik’s Reptile Edventures visited on May 20.
Erik Callender, the owner and director of the reptile education program, came to Parkway with many animal friends including an albino boa constrictor named Twinkie. He also showcased frogs, turtles and insects with which students and staff had the opportunity to interact.
Parkway Elementary School thanks Mr. Callender for bringing this interesting program to the students.
As part of a school-wide initiative at McVey Elementary School, special area teachers came together for a combined second grade mindfulness and yoga unit that resulted in published books.
Music, gym, computer and library teachers each created specific curricular interpretations of mindfulness and yoga in their classrooms. Library teacher Ellen O’Neill introduced yoga poses to students through characters and animals in books. Students continued to personify animals that could be represented by yoga and vinyasa poses.
Music teacher Samantha Schick played calming sounds through the piano, guitar and other instruments as part of a seated guided meditation to further the unit. Physical education teachers Michael Simone and Deirdre O’Regan also held yoga lessons and mindfulness activities during their classes.
Following a lesson on the basics of story structure with Mrs. O’Neill, students began developing their story before going through the writing processes of illustrating and editing before publishing. Computer teacher Randy Frances helped to improve the overall structure of each student’s story. Ms. Frances presented a lesson on adjectives that were used to describe characters and their personalities.
Each student’s story and adjoining illustration were put together to create a published book for each class. The books have been made available in the school’s library.
Third grade students at Bowling Green Elementary School were treated to a visit from Steve Fratello, “The Butterfly Man,” on May 14.
Mr. Fratello shared his rare and varied collection of butterflies and moths along with amazing stories from his time researching insects, including adventures in the Amazon Rainforest. He created a show-and-tell atmosphere with several shadowboxes filled with a number of unique butterflies and moths.
Mr. Fratello presented several surprising facts and explained that there are more than 25,000 different species of butterflies and over 500,000 species of moths throughout the world. He also educated the group on how these creatures adapt to their environments through mimicry and camouflage while also using their colors to communicate and as warnings to predators.
Bowling Green thanks “The Butterfly Man” for bringing a unique and educational presentation to third grade.
The District honored the talents and excellence of students representing each school at the annual District Music and Art Awards at East Meadow High School on May 7.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth A. Card, Jr., welcomed all the guests of the evening including the honorees. He also thanked the teachers, administrators and community members who support the district’s programs.
“A special thank you to our faculty, parents and Board of Education that help to support the arts programs and creativity of our students,” said Dr. Card. “We are extremely proud of the accomplishments of our students that help to show the ‘great’ happening here.”
Following Dr. Card’s remarks, the district’s nine school principals presented humanitarian awards to four students from each building. This recognition honors those that lead by example, promote sensitivity and respect for diversity in school and foster tolerance through service to the school community.
Another highlight of the evening was the announcement that the district has been named a nine-time National Association of Music Merchants Best Community for Music Education.
“Congratulations to all of our students for their success throughout the year with excellence in music and art,” said Director of Music and Art Dr. Christopher Hale. “I want to also thank the staff for their dedication and hard work.”
The district would like to congratulate all of the honorees for sharing their talents and accomplishments with all of us.
The District opened the doors of the Leon J. Campo Center on May 2 and 3 for the District Art Show. Nearly 1,300 pieces showcased the artistic talents of students at the district’s elementary and secondary schools.
The first day featured an opening reception for students, parents and community members, while the second day featured an open exhibit, whereby passersby were provided an additional opportunity to view the many projects. Artwork was presented in a range of mediums including photography, sculpture, drawing, painting, architecture and graphic design.
“Our student artwork is awe-inspiring,” said Director of Music and Art Dr. Christopher Hale. “Thank you to all who came out to support student creativity in our district.”
East Meadow High School acknowledged Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, by welcoming guest speakers Felica Katz and Ruth Mermelstein to share stories about the devastating event.
Ms. Katz spoke on behalf of her mother, Ethel Bauer Katz, a Holocaust survivor from Buczacz, Poland. Ethel narrowly escaped the German Army and was the sole survivor of her family, enduring the last few months of the war on her own. After the Soviet Army liberated her town in 1944, Ethel immigrated to the United States. She has summarized her experiences in a memoir titled “Our Tomorrows Never Came.”
Ms. Mermelstein was born in Romania and was one of six siblings. She and her sister Elisabeth were the only surviving family members of Auschwitz. The two worked as slave laborers and were then transported to work in an ammunition factory. Ruth was sent on a five-week death march before being liberated by British troops. She was diagnosed with tuberculosis and sent by the Red Cross to Sweden, where she met her husband. The couple moved to America to begin the next chapter of their lives together.
“Thank you to our administration, Assistant Principal Christina Egan, Social Studies Chairperson Drew Genoino, and Expanding Pride in Israeli Culture (EPIC) club advisors Joanna Silberman and Margherita Diglio for inviting these two speakers,” said Lindsay Uffer, President of EPIC. “We are lucky to hear these experiences because one day soon we will have no one to share these atrocities first-hand.”
Students at McVey Elementary School celebrated the final days before spring recess with a round of mini-golf during physical education classes. They teed off on a 20-hole course that was built out of various items.
Fourth and fifth grade classes put their collaborative skills and creativity to work as they used cones, balance beams, blocks and other sporting equipment to create challenging putting greens.
Upon completion of the setup, every student had the opportunity to play on the course throughout the week of April 15. To keep active while waiting their turn at each hole, students were asked to show off their best dance moves.
The fourth and fifth graders’ efforts in constructing the original course excited the students as their peers enjoyed participating in the mini-golf games.
The W.T. Clarke Middle School hosted a dunk tank fundraiser on April 12 as part of an ongoing effort to support the end-of-year “Change for Change” assembly.
Students purchased tickets for a chance to hit the target and sink a volunteer teacher. The dunking took place over three class periods as each grade competed for the most dunks. Teachers sat on the ledge of the tank waiting to be dropped into the water below as students lined up to throw balls at the target.
All proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards the total amount collected for the Change for Change program. Donations will be distributed among local charitable organizations at the “Change for Change” ceremony, scheduled for May 31. To date, more than $2,000 has been garnered through various events. The annual giving event, now in its 14th year, is hosted by the service learning club under the guidance of advisors Katie Pienkos and Ashley Sanalitro.
The district hosted its Fourth Annual Zumba for Autism event on April 8 at W.T. Clarke High School. The effort was a great success, raising $2,584 to support students at the Developmental Disabilities Institute.
Organized by the East Meadow SEPTA and the Clarke Connections Club, community members filled the W.T. Clarke gymnasium for a night of Zumba dancing and raffle donations.
“Thanks to everyone who came out to support our Fourth Annual Zumba for Autism fundraiser,” said Bowling Green Elementary School psychologist Dr. Robert Mueller. “East Meadow SEPTA and students from the Clarke Connections Club did a great job organizing donations, setting up and dancing! Thanks for a great evening and for raising autism awareness.”
The Bowling Green Elementary School honored third grader Mahdi Islam on April 17 with a Super Hero Day. Mahdi is currently in the hospital awaiting surgery for a heart transplant.
The day began with a mini pep rally in the hallway by Mahdi’s classroom. Students and staff members showed their support of Mahdi by donating a $1 to wear a “Super Hero” shirt, and some even wore full costumes to honor their courageous peer.
As a special surprise, teacher Christine Reiman used FaceTime to call Mahdi and his father, Saidul, at the hospital. Mahdi was nearly speechless as Mrs. Reiman walked through the hallway to show him all the forms of support, which included student-created signs of well wishes.
With the video projected onto the classroom smartboard, Mahdi said hello to his classmates and thanked them for their thoughtful efforts. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth A. Card Jr., Director of Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services Patrice Dobies, Principal Maria Ciarametaro and many others also participated in the FaceTime conference, and Madhi was thrilled to see that even the Bowling Green bulldog mascot was in attendance.
Meadowbrook Elementary School also held a Super Hero Day, as Mahdi is a former student in the building. A total of $4,000 was raised at the end of the day between two schools, and donations are still being accepted.
“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.
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.
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!
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