Throughout the past few weeks, the district’s elementary schools have been welcoming visitors as part of their Guest Reader Days.
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!
Meadowbrook Elementary School recognized Guest Reader Day on March 15 with a western-themed celebration throughout the building.
Students, teachers and staff wore their best cowboy and cowgirl outfits to school, where hallways and classrooms were decorated with “wanted” posters and old western decorations surrounding literacy.
Guest readers including Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth A. Card, Jr., Assistant Superintendent for Personnel and Administration Anthony Russo, Assistant Principal Gail Galucci, Board trustees Alisa Baroukh and Marcee Rubinstein and Board Vice President Dr. Scott Eckers.
The district thanks all of the visitors for demonstrating to our students the importance of reading!
Members of the District gathered on March 14 at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, located on the campus of LIU Post, for the All-District Music Festival. This year, the festival featured the district’s choral students.
Syracuse University’s Dr. John F. Warren, professor of music and Director of Choral Activities at the university, served as conductor for the evening. The All-District A Capella Choir, the All-District Sixth-Grade Choir, All-District High School Chorus and the East Meadow High School Chamber Orchestra all performed under the direction of Dr. Warren and joined together for a combined finale.
“Thank you to Dr. Warren for working with our students,” said Director of Music and Art Dr. Christopher Hale. “I also want to thank our administration for their support, and the students for their dedication and success.”
The district congratulates all of these students for their musical achievements.
Fifth-grade students at Parkway Elementary School utilized Google Chromebooks to create biography profiles in celebration of Black History Month.
As part of a cross-curricular lesson on history and writing, students created one-page profiles on historical figures and events to celebrate Black History Month. Each individual researched their selected topic on the internet and in the school’s library. With the collected information, students used Google Docs to lay out a newspaper cover-style format.
Projects featured such figures as Jesse Owens, Chris Gardner, Muhammad Ali, Ela Baker, Eartha Kit, Maya Angelou and others. The assignment concluded on March 6 with students viewing their peers’ projects that were shared on Google Docs.
Students at Parkway Elementary School gathered on March 11 for a special pep rally to celebrate PARP, reading achievements and the Tournament of Books.
Principal Jamie Mack opened the ceremony in the school’s all-purpose room by introducing the Parkway Bear, the school’s mascot, to the students to build excitement.
Mrs. Mack then unveiled the final four of the school’s Tournament of Books. The tournament encouraged the students to read selected books to promote the fun of literacy. The books advancing to the semifinal round are “A Bad Case of Stripes” by David Shannon, “The Book with No Pictures” by B.J. Novak, “The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes” by Gary Rubinstein and Mark Pett and “The Day the Crayons Quit” by Drew Daywalt. The four books will be read and voted on with two moving on to the final round on March 15.
In addition to celebrating the winning books, Mrs. Mack also announced that the school as a whole read nearly 43,000 hours during the week of March 4-8 alone. A class from each grade was revealed as the current leader in total hours read during the tournament. The overall winners will be announced at the conclusion of the contest with prizes provided by the PTA.
“This was a great celebration of the reading accomplishments and dedication from our students,” said Mrs. Mack.
Guest readers visited Bowling Green Elementary School on March 8 to conclude the celebration of PARP week throughout the district.
Readers included East Meadow Fire Department Third Assistant Chief Paul J. Kosiba, Board of Education Vice President Dr. Scott Eckers, former Superintendent of Schools Leon Campo, Board of Education trustees, police officers, district administrators and officials as well as parent volunteers.
The guests spent time in assigned classrooms reading books to students as a way to promote the importance of reading and the fun it can be. To help the students feel more comfortable, they were invited to come to school in “comfy pajamas.”
“I feel it is important for the kids to listen to stories, some new, some old, and to use their imaginations and be creative,” said parent-volunteer Tricia Barsuaskas.
Bowling Green thanks all of the guest readers for taking the time to share and read to the students.
Kindergarten and first-grade students at Parkway Elementary School gathered in the hallway on March 1 to celebrate Read Across America Day with a book and a blanket.
The activity started with students and teachers taking the Read Across America Pledge – an oath that inspires lifelong reading. Students then got cozy with a blanket and book brought from home. Some books were shared in groups while other students took the time to individually read as many books as possible while teachers placed baskets full of books in the hallway for additional options.
In addition to taking part in the literacy event, students also wore hats to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Some of the hats were individually decorated as birthday caps while others were colored with red and white stripes to honor the Cat in the Hat.
W.T. Clarke High School’s student acting troupe, Lights Up Productions, performed “Chicago” for the Senior Citizens’ Dinner Theatre. Guests at the February 28 event were the first viewers of the show, which was presented to the public on March 1 and 2.
Senior Citizen’s Dinner Theatre is sponsored by the W.T. Clarke PTA in collaboration with the East Meadow Kiwanis and Clarke Theater Arts Parents Association. The social program invites community residents to come together for a delicious Italian dinner outside of the school’s theatre, followed by a special presentation of the spring musical. The W.T. Clarke Middle School Builder’s Club and W.T. Clarke High School Key Club provide usher and dinning services.
Those in attendance had the opportunity to take part in a photo booth with props in addition to a unique version of bingo called “Tony,” to honor the Tony Awards.
The district thanks the efforts of the PTA and the students who helped to create a great event.
Students involved in East Meadow High School’s Social-Emotional Learning Committee combined passion, diversity and history during the month of February with two initiatives.
To honor Black History Month, students, faculty and staff members read quotes from historical figures over the building’s PA system each morning. They included excerpts from Martin Luther King, Jr., Michael Jordan, Nelson Mandela, Michelle Obama, Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey and others.
Martin Luther King, Jr. also motivated the creation of a project whereby students cut-out hearts with positive and motivational messages. The project was used to decorate the building’s main lobby and show their love for the school, district and community. The inspiration was Dr. King’s statement that “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
Woodland Middle School celebrated the last day of school before winter break on Feb. 15 by hosting “Mix It Up Day,” which included team building activities for the students.
The Social Emotional Learning Committee organized a Disney-themed “Mix It Up Day” for sixth-and seventh-graders during their lunch periods. The intention was to have students meet new people while developing their social and teamwork skills. Activities, included a scavenger hunt and a word search, which encouraged students to assist each other. Prizes were randomly distributed to those that fully completed the scavenger hunt.
Eighth-graders continued their year-long focus on team building. The first portion of team-building skill development took place in November, and the eighth-grade class gathered again for a recent round of collaborative activities including a human rock, papers, scissors tournament as a continuation of the lesson.
Woodland thanks the SEL Committee for organizing a great day and looks forward to more team building activities this year.
Students at the East Meadow School District’s Meadowbrook Elementary School were excited to celebrate 100 days of school on February 14 by dressing for the occasion and participating in various activities and lessons.
Kindergarten students gathered in the school’s All Purpose Room to participate in various 100 days of school activities. They built objects out of 100 cups, finger-painted 100 boxes, took pictures with a frame decorated for 100 days and did 10 sets of 10 different activities that summed 100 repetitions.
The kindergarten classrooms also showcased projects created by the students to celebrate 100 days of learning. They exhibited being 100 days smarter with creations such as 100 goldfish crackers on poster board, 100 stars and many other unique concepts.
In the second-grade, students each wrote what they believe to be the details of their life when they are 100 years old. They predicted where they will reside, their favorite food, their career path and other interesting storylines. The stories were hung outside each classroom along with faces made out of paper, pencil and cotton balls to illustrate what students will look like at 100.
Additionally, students from kindergarten through fifth-grade dressed up as 100-year-olds and incorporated the number 100 into their outfits in various ways. Ideas included 100 symbols of mathematics, 100 Super Mario coins, as well as many others.
During two consecutive Fridays in February, students from Half Hallow Hills East High School part of the group Think Act Share Create visited Bowling Green Elementary School for lessons in making Oobleck.
Oobleck is a substance that can mimic the qualities of a solid or a liquid, a non-Newtonian fluid, made from a mix of cornstarch and water. The name comes from the book “Bartholomew and the Oobleck” by Dr. Seuss.
The TASC students visited fifth-grade classrooms at Bowling Green on February 1 and February 8 to help create Oobleck. They first demonstrated how the activity would proceed, then distributed a mixture to each elementary school participant and guided them in the process of stirring and creating the solution. As the substance began to form, students added food coloring to give their Oobleck its own unique look.
At the end, the group demonstrated how the forms of both liquids and solids are found in the Oobleck. The elementary school students played with their creations by manufacturing different shapes and sizes while also noticing the unique texture.
Bowling Green thanks the TASC students for bringing a fun and creative lesson to the fifth-graders.
Parent volunteer Paxton Provitera visited three classrooms on February 11 at Barnum Woods Elementary School to give physical demonstrations on various science topics.
Mr. Provitera came prepared with models, supplies and props to showcase the many different ways in which science is everywhere as well as the fun it presents. He also supplied each student with their own lab coat and gloves to make the lesson hands-on.
One of the demonstrations illustrated the way mountains form by using cool whip, graham crackers and water. Other exhibits, included lessons on how lungs work in a human body, how the esophagus moves food in the body and how a hydro lift moves up and down. Visual models were created through the use of household items.
The lesson concluded with the grand finale, which showed how a volcano works. Students were excited to watch vinegar go through a water bottle and mix with baking soda to create a mini-explosion that simulated a volcanic eruption.
“We thank Mr. Provitera for providing a visual and exciting science lesson for our students,” said second-grade teacher Barbara Vicino.
Students in Patricia King’s fourth-grade class at Bowling Green Elementary School have been selected as Kidsday Reporters for the Newsday’s Kidsday Class of the Week.
Along with Kidsday editor Pat Mullooly, students wrote and edited articles to be featured in Newsday’s Class of the Week on June 15 and June 17-22. Mr. Mullooly visited Ms. King’s classroom to help the young reporters brainstorm ideas for their articles as well as to advise them on problems sent in by other Kidsday classrooms. Students were asked to come up with five solutions for each problem presented by Mr. Mullooly.
As part of the project, four students also had the opportunity to attend the New York Tennis Open at Nassau Coliseum on February 9. Students Platonas Demosthenous, Phoebe Falk, Daniel Guevara and Ella Jacobs had the opportunity to interview tennis pros Andy Roddick and Jim Courier.
The district looks forward to seeing these talented reporters appear in Newsday in June!
On February 8, students lined the hallways at Meadowbrook Elementary School for a parade that celebrated the Chinese Lunar New Year. Festivities for this new year, which represents the Year of the Pig, officially began for the Chinese culture on February 5.
In preparation for the parade, students created decorations including a four-piece dragon crafted out of confetti, cardboard and paper. Hats were made out of paper and many students focused on the Year of the Pig as the highlight of their creations.
On the day of the parade, Chinese Festival music was played over the school’s PA system as the third-grade and ENL students marched through building. Some dressed in traditional festival outfits while others waved ribbons and carried the constructed dragon. They were met with cheers from peers in the other grades who showed excitement for the New Year.
Those at Meadowbrook enjoyed coming together to celebrate the Year of the Pig!
Students and staff members at East Meadow High School are being encouraged to wear pink and/or red every Friday throughout the month of February to demonstrate their love and passion for their school and community.
Thank you to everyone for participating and showing their pride for East Meadow!
East Meadow High School seniors in Daniel Vogelsberg’s journalism class, along with members of The Jet Gazette, attended the Adelphi University Press Day and Quill Awards on February 6. Four of the paper’s contributors were honored with awards.
Julia Cuttone was presented with a first-place plaque in the category of “Best Freelance Work.” Meanwhile, third place awards were earned by Sabeen Siddiqui for “Best Arts Review,” Erik Davis for “Best Photograph” and Ridannelyn Gallo for “Best Illustration or Cartoon.”
In addition to the award ceremony, students participated in panel discussion, question and answer segments and breakout sessions to dive into various areas of the media industry. Press Day is part of Adelphi’s Annual High School Special Event Series.
“We are all proud of the hard work from our paper’s contributors and the Gazette’s staff is looking forward to next year’s Press Day,” said Mr. Vogelsberg.
Fourth-grade students at the East Meadow School District’s Parkway Elementary School turned toward potential careers in news reporting during a project on natural disasters.
Throughout the end of January and into February, students chose a natural disaster to research. The investigating was done through the building’s Google Chromebooks as well as books from the school’s library. After looking into natural disasters and the cause and effects of these instances, students selected historic events to report on. Topics included such natural disasters as Superstorm Sandy and the eruption of Mount St. Helens.
Students formed groups and began to build questions and facts. These questions and facts were incorporated into interview-style questions in which individuals reported as first- and second-hand accounts. Once scripts were developed, each class used the application Do Ink to record a news broadcast with a green screen background.
Each group chose images to replace the green screen, making for backdrops that included the News 12 studio and pictures from various disasters. A personal photo of damage caused by Superstorm Sandy was among the selections. The “in-studio” interviews, recorded on iPads and iPhones, each featured one student that acted as an expert on their topic and then transitioned to the field, where a student reporter spoke to a classmate who shared first-hand experience.
As a next step, students are scheduled to edit and create news reels by using iMovie, and will eventually transfer each video into a Google Slides presentation utilizing Google Chromebooks. The final product and debut of the newscasts will be showcased to parents and peers in the future.
The East Meadow School District’s Parkway Elementary School celebrated World Read Aloud Day on February 1 with several classroom activities throughout the building.
A highlight was an initiative in which fifth-grade students visited kindergarten, first- and second-grade classes with their favorite books. Each fifth-grader read to their younger peers while also asking questions to create an engaging literacy lesson.
The fifth-graders researched some of their favorite books prior to choosing one to showcase. Upon making their selections, the students created questions on post-it notes that they adhered into certain areas of the books in order to bring an interactive component into the activity by having the younger students answer the presented questions.
“This is a great way to help promote literacy in our district as our fifth-graders engaged the younger students in their favorite books and how reading can be fun,” said Principal Jamie Mack.
The 12th Annual Long Island Regional Braille Challenge returned to W.T. Clarke High School on February 2 as the District hosted students, families and volunteers.
The Braille Challenge is an academic competition developed by the Braille Institute to motivate school-aged visually impaired or blind children to continue their study of Braille.
Visitors were welcomed by members of the W.T. Clarke High School band, and participants marched into the school’s cafeteria for the opening ceremony while district officials, families and community members cheered.
Braille Challenge Coordinator and teacher of the visually impaired Petra Tarrant welcomed the day’s guests and students before introducing 15-year-old Kaleigh Brendle. Kaleigh, a New Jersey native, delivered a remarkable rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” to kick off the event. It was announced that Kaleigh has already qualified for the national competition in June at the Braille Institute’s headquarters in Los Angeles.
Among those on hand to greet the attendees were Superintendent of School Dr. Kenneth A. Card, Jr., W.T. Clarke High School Principal Timothy Voels, W.T. Clarke Middle School Principal Stacy Breslin, Director of Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services Patrice Dobies and Board of Education member Marcee Rubinstein.
“It is always an honor to host this Challenge as a district and I want to wish all the best to today’s participants,” said Dr. Card.
Principal Voels added a thank you to all of the parents, volunteers and building workers for their added dedication and commitment to this event each year. He added, “year after year it is a thrill to welcome back the students for a great day at Clarke High School.”
“This is one of my favorite days of the year,” said Ms. Dobies. “I look forward every year to see the growth of the challenge and of the students involved. Congratulations to all the participants.”
Following the introductions, students transitioned to classrooms based on their expertise level and began the day of challenges. Testing included areas of speed and accuracy, proofreading and spelling, as well as charts and graphs. Participants also took part in creating crafts and playing goalball with representatives from Camp Abilities Long Island. The students learned techniques on how to dive and block the ball, and properly roll the ball to earn points.
Other exhibit and informational tables were available to parents and students with groups from the New York Association of Blind Athletes, New York Metro Blind Hockey, New York State Commission for the Blind and the Long Island Bombers Beep Baseball Team. There was also a table where individuals could participate in a Braille book swap.
The day concluded as all participants received certificates of recognition, Braille Institute medallions and goody bags. The regional event is a qualifier for students to move on to the national competition in June. The top-60 contestants will be selected to represent their state at nationals and compete against those from across the United States and Canada.
A special thank you to the East Meadow SEPTA, Humanware, National Braille Press, New York Institute for Special Education, and Seedlings Braille Books for Children for all of their generous donations.
The entire fourth-grade at Barnum Woods Elementary School took part in a collaborative three-day physical science lesson surrounding waves and binary code.
Starting on January 28, the six teachers alternated classrooms to give a full scope of the various types of waves that are found in water, objects and sound. Students measured amplitudes and wavelengths, the effects of energy on a wave, the changing properties in a wave and how communication can change.
The lesson concluded on January 30 when students were educated on binary code and its place in communication before taking part in a grade-wide activity in the hallway. The group split into two lines outside of the classrooms to demonstrate the transfer of energy by hand squeezing while incorporating the use of communication with binary code. A student at the beginning of the line was given a code to squeeze or not to squeeze their partner’s hand with the effect going down the line, resulting in picking up an object or not based off the initial code.
The theme concluded inside the classroom where students used their knowledge to answer questions with the goal of receiving a key to unlock a mystery box that held a prize for each participant. Once all of the locks had been removed, the mystery box opened and the students were rewarded for three days of science fun!
Students in Christina O’Neill’s fifth-grade class at Bowling Green Elementary School saw the reward of hard work when they received their published, “All About Me” books on January 30.
The class started the process of writing at the end of September and then created illustrations for their writing. Each book was compiled of autobiographies written by each student. The books featured stories and events from their lives with corresponding drawings.
Following the completion of each story, Mrs. O’Neill combined the documents to be sent for publication. The students’ excitement mounted before the books arrived and they officially became published authors.
The district congratulates Mrs. O’Neill’s class on their writing ventures and everyone looks forward to reading “All About Me.”
Art students from W.T. Clarke High School and East Meadow High School were afforded the opportunity to tour historic mansions and art collections in Rhode Island on January 17 and 18. The students were from upper-level studio art, architectural design and drawing, photography and creative crafts classes.
The tour included visits to the Breakers, Marble House and Rosecliff in Newport as well as explorations of the diverse and rich art collection housed at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Museum in Providence. The art collection included pieces dating as far back as 4,000 years ago. While visiting the museum, the students were treated to a performance from the RISD music recital series.
“Our recent visit to Rhode Island provided students with a special glimpse into what Gilded Age life was like for families of extraordinary means,” said District Art Chairperson Heather Anastasio. “Our students were very inspired by the art, architecture and landscape. The inspiration will undoubtedly serve to fuel their artistic creativity for months to come.”
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