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W.T. Clarke High School Homecoming 2017

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The Jack Boyle Memorial Stadium was a sea of maroon and grey as students, faculty and members of the community watched the W.T. Clarke High School Rams verse the Cold Spring Harbor Seahawks at homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 14

ACCESS Flyer - November 15, 2017

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Sprucing Up Bowling Green’s Garden

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As the seasons are changing, students of Bowling Green Elementary School gathered to beautify their school by sprucing up the surroundings.

With the help of the PTA, students gathered to enhance the Bowling Green garden with colorful flowers. Wearing gardening gloves and using shovels students planted tulip bulbs, garden mums, pansies and perennials. 

East Meadow High School Seniors Named National Hispanic Scholars

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East Meadow High School seniors Ariana Adames, Patrick Cruz and Callie Quinones have been named 2017 National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars. 

The NHRP was established in 1983 through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation and honors about 5,000 or 2.5 percent of the highest-scoring students from over 250,000 Hispanic/Latino juniors who take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Qualifications for recognition are based on critical reading, mathematics and writing scores on the PSAT/NMSQT and a minimum GPA of 3.5. 

Although there is no financial reward, recipients receive a certificate and the NHRP sends a list of all recognized students to subscribing colleges and universities.

The district congratulates Ariana, Patrick and Callie on this exceptional award and wishes them a successful senior year.

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East Meadow Juniors Attend 2017 Congress For Science/Tech

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Three juniors from East Meadow and W.T. Clarke High Schools garnered an Award of Excellence from the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists after attending the 2017 Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders, held in Boston, Massachusetts, in June.

According to its website, the academy is “dedicated to inspiring and supporting all K-12 and college students who wish to devote their lives to the sciences and technology.” 

East Meadow High School juniors Sophia Yu and Ameer Menwer and W. T. Clarke High School junior Kyaw Ya received this honor as a result of teacher nominations, leadership ability, academic achievement, and dedication to science and technology.

The three-day conference gave students an opportunity to learn from award-winning inventors, scientists and technology entrepreneurs.  Students were also allowed opportunities to network with fellow attendees in order to gain a better understanding of the various science and technology fields. 

The district congratules Sophia, Ameer and Kyaw on this remarkable experience and wishes them continued success during their junior year.    

Practice Makes Perfect

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In preparation for the New York City and Long Island Columbus Day parades, 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, rhythm and marching technique. 

To perfect their routine, W.T. Clarke’s students received assistance from marching band and color guard instructor Meaghan Neary, school band teachers Steve Barbieri and Molly Tittler, and percussion teacher Steve Blutman.

The East Meadow High School students worked with Dr. Christopher Parks, director of athletic bands at Stony Brook University, as well as high school music chairperson Stephen Engle and music teachers Zachary Robason and Gregory Sisco. 

Dr. Parks also conducted leadership workshops that motivated and inspired the students to give their best in every performance. 

 

East Meadow Seniors Named National Merit Commended Students

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Five seniors from East Meadow and W.T. Clarke High Schools have been named Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. 

Approximately 34,000 students across the country were recognized for their outstanding academic performance with this designation. These five placed among the top 5 percent of 1.6 million students who entered the competition by completing the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. 

The district congratulates East Meadow High School seniors Patrick Cruz, John Lam, Adeena Moghni and Mary Zaradich and W.T. Clarke High School senior Joshua Guo on their distinguished academic performances.

Time Traveling In The Classroom

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Fourth-graders at Parkway Elementary School traveled back more than 2,000 years with the help of Journeys into American Indian Territory to learn about the civilization of American Indians.

The in-school field trip immersed students in American Indian culture with a museum display of tools and clothing that helped communities gather food, hunt, build shelters, and protect themselves from wild animals and extreme weather conditions. Students also walked through a wigwam, tried on tradition American Indian clothing, beat on drums and crushed corn to create grain. 

Guided by presenters Maddi Cheers and Richie Cornacchio, students established their own Iroquois government among their classmates. They were divided into groups and asked to select one leader based on the qualities of kindness, equality and open-mindedness to assist in leading their village.  

Additionally, fourth-graders re-enacted the lives of American Indian children by playing games, reading authentic stories, creating clay pots and dancing to traditional music.   



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W.T. Clarke Middle School Cares For Victims of Hurricane Harvey

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The student government at W.T. Clarke Middle School held a hurricane relief drive from Sept. 11-20 to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. 

W.T. Clarke Middle School faculty and students were encouraged to deposit nonperishable food items, bedding, clothing, pet supplies and toiletries in donation boxes throughout the building. Over the course of the drive, student government members made morning announcements, posted flyers, decorated donation boxes and spoke to classes about the importance of helping others in times of need. 

All donations were delivered to Eisenhower Park, which was deemed a collection site during Nassau County Executive, Edward P. Mangano, and police officials’ “Help for Houston” fundraiser.

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W.T. Clarke High School Seniors Named National Merit Semifinalists

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Seniors Pantho Sayed and Aashini Shah from W.T. Clarke High School have been recognized as being among the nation’s 16,000 semifinalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program.  

Approximately 1.6 million students entered the competition by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Semifinalists are determined 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 superlative 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 National Merit Scholarship in the spring.

The district congratulates Pantho and Aashini on achieving this tremendous honor and wishes them the best of luck as they continue in the competition.    

East Meadow High School Senior To Perform In All-National Honor Ensemble

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East Meadow High School senior Kevin Martin has been invited to perform double bass in the Symphony Orchestra of the National Association for Music Education All-National Honor Ensembles in Orlando, Florida, on Nov. 26-29.
 
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. 

To qualify, Kevin participated in the All-State festival at the 2016 NYSSMA Winter Conference and underwent a rigorous application process that included video recordings of his audition repertoire.

The district congratulates Kevin on achieving this impressive accomplishment. 

East Meadow Students Selected For NYSSMA All-State

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Eight 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 82nd Annual Winter Conference, to be held Nov. 30 through Dec. 3. An additional six 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 East Meadow High School, Jolie Rebelo has been selected to perform violin in the String Orchestra; Mary Zaradich will perform trombone in the Symphony Orchestra; John McGrath and Dominic Osojnak will perform Bb clarinet and snare drum, respectively, in the Symphonic Band; and Chelsea Padilla and Staci Wachsstock have been selected as alto II and soprano II, respectively, for the Mixed Choir.

From W.T. Clarke High School, Jesse Hirshon will perform tuba in the Symphonic Band and Sophia Moreira will join the Symphony Orchestra as a violist. 

This year’s alternates are East Meadow High School students Stephanie Miley, alto saxophone; Osojnak, timpani; and Kacie Price, oboe; and W.T. Clarke High School students Joshua Dawson, snare drum; Frank Festa, bass I; Antonio Ianniello, jazz bass voice; and Devon Rafanelli, mallet percussion.  

The district commends these exceptionally talented students for their passion and dedication to music. 

East Meadow High School Students Commemorate 9/11

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In remembrance of Sept. 11, 2001, students in grades 9-12 at East Meadow High School discussed the historical impact of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center during their social studies classes.

Teachers unfolded the tragic events of that day as they spoke about the innocent victims, police officers, firefighters and first responders who lost their lives, and the nation’s pledge to never forget their sacrifices. 

Following the lessons, the classes had an opportunity to contribute to the Twin Towers Lego display, constructed by members of the school’s Model Congress and Social Studies Honor Society. Each student added to the structure with a red, white or blue color Lego, symbolizing the FDNY firefighters, civilians and NYPD officers who were involved.  

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

 

Welcome Back Students

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Despite a light rain, students throughout the district donned bright smiles and backpacks full of school supplies as they began the 2017-18 school year on Sept. 6. 

Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Kenneth A. Card, Jr., administrators and faculty were on hand to greet students as they disembarked from their buses and walked to class. 

At all nine schools, hallways were alive and bustling as students reunited with friends and were warmly greeted by their teachers for another exciting new school year. 

The district wishes all families, students and staff a successful school year and looks forward to a wonderful year ahead!



Faculty Convene for Superintendent's Conference Day

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The district held its annual Superintendent’s Conference Day on Sept. 1 and 5, during which administrators, teachers and staff participated in workshops led by academic professionals and district faculty to enhance their instructional practices for another successful school year. 

In his welcoming remarks, Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Kenneth A. Card, Jr., expressed his enthusiasm for the school year and encouraged the attendees to continue giving their best to their students. 

“The opening of school is always the greatest time, as it is filled with promise, possibility and new opportunities to learn, grow and inspire,” Dr. Card said. “This year, our focus will be to provide, as you have done so well in the past, quality instruction, effective communication with parents, a safe environment for both staff and students, and a continued focus on literacy and technology integration. You have my gratitude and full support as we strive to guide every one of our students on a pathway of success.”

The conference 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.

District Welcomes Its Newest Staff

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During the district’s annual new teacher orientation on Aug. 30, administrators and staff welcomed 37 new educators to the 2017-18 school year.

Gathered at the Leon J. Campo Salisbury Center, the new faculty had the opportunity to meet administrators, learn about district policies and procedures, and embark on a district tour of all nine buildings, led by Barnum Woods Elementary School Principal Gregory Bottari.

In his welcoming address, Anthony Russo, the district’s Assistant Superintendent for Personnel and Administration, welcomed the new staff and thanked them for sharing their talents with the students of East Meadow. 

“We are confident that each of you will be a valuable contributor to the fine tradition of student-centered education here in the East Meadow School District,” Russo said.
  
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth Card Jr. encouraged the new educators to make an impact in their students’ lives and heighten academic success.
 
“You will become a valued part of our district vision to provide a quality education for all students,” he said. “We aim to do this by fostering a learning environment that inspires all students to use their given abilities to their highest potential.” 

Administrative Council Gather Before School Year

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Administrative Council is rested and ready to maximize the performance of all East Meadow students through quality instruction for the upcoming year.

Follow the East Meadow School District on Social Media

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The district would like to invite all community members to follow its official Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages, which will highlight news and announcements related to the district.
    
The accounts are non-commenting, meaning the public will not be able to comment or post on them; rather, their purpose is to provide information related to district news, programs, and events to the community.
    
“We are excited to announce our presence on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth Card Jr. “They provide another forum to share our successes and accomplishments as a district with the community.”
    
Below are links to each social media account.

https://www.facebook.com/East-Meadow-School-District-482260688776189/

https://twitter.com/emeadowschools

https://www.instagram.com/emeadowschools/

District Welcomes Hale As Director Of Music And Art

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The district is pleased to appoint Dr. Christopher Hale as its Director of Music and Art, effective July 24, 2017.

From 2007-2017 Dr. Hale taught music at East Meadow High School, where he founded and directed the percussion ensemble, steel band and grades 10-12 concert band. During this time, he led the high school marching band, comprised of over 200 students, to four successful Walt Disney World trips and nine New York City Columbus Day Parades. He was involved in the high school musical for six seasons, as pit orchestra conductor and most recently as musical director. Dr. Hale advanced to the role of music department chairperson at East Meadow High School in 2015. In this role, he performed observations and held conferences with teachers to improve instructional and professional practices for students in grades 9-12. He also planned and supervised trips around the country, handled finances for the department, and oversaw community outreach projects. Under his direction, the East Meadow High School Wind Ensemble was invited to perform at the 2016 New York State School Music Association Winter Conference. This was the first time since 1965 that the high school wind ensemble had earned this distinction.

While working as a music educator, Dr. Hale also served as president of the Nassau Music Educators Association from 2014-2016, overseeing 900 members and 100 teacher-volunteers, and administering programs that serve more than 3,500 students nationwide. He managed a $380,000 annual budget, wrote and produced a bimonthly membership newsletter, and was responsible for contracting rehearsal and performance space at the Tilles Center, Molloy College and at several local school districts.

Dr. Hale holds a Bachelor of Music in music education from the University of North Texas and a master’s in wind conducting from Hofstra University. In May, he earned his doctorate in educational leadership and supervision from St. John’s University.