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Work on Display for Welcomed Guests

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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. 



A Green Thumb Turns Beautiful

A Green Thumb Turns Beautiful

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. 



2019-2020 Budget Vote Thank You Letter

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Edventures in Reptiles

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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. 



Budget Approved

The Budget Has Passed. Thank You.
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El presupuesto ha sido aprobado. Gracias.
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Proposition #2 Has Passed.
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La Proposición # 2 ha sido aprobada.
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Congratulations to Matthew Melnick on winning the Board election.
Felicitaciones a Matthew Melnick por ganar la elección de la Junta.

Congratulations to Jodi Luce on winning the Board election.
Felicitaciones a Jodi Luce por ganar la elección de la Junta.

Congratulations to Allyson Benowitz on winning the Board election.
Felicitaciones a Allyson Benowitz por ganar la elección de la Junta.


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Special Yoga Publication

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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.



A Flying Lesson

A Flying Lesson

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.



Reward for Care

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East Meadow High School seniors Sabera Hossain and Rosanna Cuttone were each recently announced as honorees of the Nassau County Bar Association’s Owen B. Walsh WE CARE Scholarship. 

Sabera and Rosanna were selected based on the emphasis of their individual character and personal involvement in school activities and the community, specifically ones that benefit the less fortunate. Both students were also recently recognized with the 2019 Good Deed Award for Long Island Teenagers by the National Committee for Furtherance of Jewish Education of Nassau County. Additionally, they were honored at the school’s Breakfast of Champions for exemplifying academic success, respect and positivity among their peers, school and community.

WE CARE, the charitable arm of the Nassau County Bar Association, acts as a vehicle for the organized bar to use its resources to improve the quality of life for those in need. The organization annually awards scholarships to high school seniors in Nassau County who exemplify its values by providing charitable service to their school and their community. 

The district congratulates Sabera and Rosanna for being awarded these scholarships and for being great examples for future students.

Among Top Long Island Historians

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Students from W.T. Clarke Middle School and Woodland Middle School won several awards at the Long Island History Day event, held at Hofstra University in March. One pair of students advanced to the New York State History Day contest, which took place in Cooperstown on April 29.

W.T. Clarke Middle School students, Faith Fuller and Shreejita Satpathy earned fourth place in the Junior Group Documentary category for their project “Frances Oldham Kelsey: The Thalidomide Crisis.” This placement made them eligible for the state contest.

Umme Hani Bootwaia and Muaraka Ezzi of W.T Clarke Middle School received the Science History Award, sponsored by the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, for their junior group exhibit, “A Heavy Water Sabbotage: Operation Gunnerside.” Meanwhile Maya Del Rosario of Woodland Middle School was awarded the Latin American History Award, sponsored by the Long Island Council for the Social Studies, for her junior individual exhibit, “Diego’s Art Triumphs Over the Tragedy of the Great Depression.”

This was the first year that the East Meadow School District participated in this competition.  Congratulations to these young historians and their teachers for their hard work and excellence.

A Mentor Raising the Bar

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Woodland Middle School guidance counselor Laura Papaleo was presented with a floral arrangement from the Nassau County Bar Association Mentors for 19 years of service as the coordinator of the Woodland-NCBA Mentoring Program on May 10. 

W.T. Clarke Student Among Best from LISEF

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W.T. Clarke High School student Yuktha Chiguripati was among 23 students at the Long Island Science & Engineering Fair that qualified for the upcoming Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

Yuktha earned first place in the second round of the Long Island fair’s earth and environmental sciences category with her project “Pretreatment of Brassica rapa with Pyrabactin increases Tolerance to Drought.” First place winners from each category are now eligible to advance to the international level competition, to be held in Phoenix from May 12-17. 

 The first round was held in February, when 81 schools were represented with more than 400 individual and team projects. At least 25 percent of projects in each category moved on to the second round. The international competition is administered by the Society for Science & the Public with about 1,800 students from more than 75 countries competing for cash prizes.

The district congratulates Yuktha for her hard work and wishes her well in the next level.

Melkun Named National Merit Scholarship Winner

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W.T. Clarke High School senior Jonathan Melkun has been named a National Merit Scholarship Winner, as announced on May 8 by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Jonathan is among 2,500 Merit Scholar designees chose from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding finalists. He was selected as one of the strongest finalists with a combination of accomplishments, skills and potential for success in rigorous college studies. 

The district congratulates Jonathan for this prestigious honor! 

District Talents Celebrated

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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.  

 



Students Recognized as Future Leaders

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Five students from East Meadow High School have been honored with the 2019 New York State Comptroller’s Student Achievement Award from the office of Thomas DiNapoli.

Nominated by their guidance counselors, seniors Alexandria Dolan, Analisa Giannone, Anthony Leeb, Tyler Patterson and Hailey Schiller received congratulatory certificates in acknowledgment of their achievements. The award promotes the ideal of public service among the leaders of tomorrow and recognizes students that have shown academic excellence and the potential for leadership through involvement in activities that improve the school or community.

The district congratulates these students on their awards and for being role models of future East Meadow students.

Turning History into Excellence

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A team of East Meadow High School seniors has been named winner of the Presidential History Award, sponsored by the Sagamore Hill National Historic Site. The students achieved this distinction as a result of their participation in the National History Day Competition, held on March 31 at Hofstra University.

Suha Chaudhury, Celeste Costa, Ava Giorgio and Ayesha Rehman submitted a website project that analyzed the triumph and tragedy of the Jonestown Massacre. The group members were presented with certificates to acknowledge their accomplishment. All four students are involved in the school’s Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society and have an interest in the subject.

“Congratulations to these young historians for their hard work and honors,” said Chairperson of Social Studies Drew Genoino.

A Gallery Full of Talent

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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 Fills Lanes at Historic Penn Relays

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The track and field teams from East Meadow High School and W.T. Clarke High School ventured to Philadelphia from April 25-27, to compete at the legendary Penn Relays at the University of Pennsylvania’s Franklin Field.

The W.T. Clarke High School boys’ 4x100 meter relay team, comprised of Alex Pereira, David Stewart, Sobin Ouseph and Jake Rosenthal, ran a season best time of 45.54 during their race heat.

East Meadow High School students Chris Martinez, David Romaldo, Alan Gonzalez and John Meah ran the fifth fastest 4x400 meter relay time in the school’s history and earned third place in the event with a time of 3:35.21. The 4x100 meter relay team from East Meadow High School set a season best finish of 45.20 as James Wagnac, David Romaldo, Sam Nkrumah and Brandon Love earned second place in their heat and 26th place overall.

Seniors Isabel Marsh, Rachel Rose, Katherine Marsh and Madison Sohl raced to a season-best time of 9:45.71 during the 4x800 meter relay and earned 10th place in the event for the East Meadow High School girls’ track and field team. Two other East Meadow High School girls’ relay teams competed in the 4x100 and 4x400 meter runs and showcased the future of the program, as six of the eight legs were run by underclassmen.

The district congratulates these student-athletes on their success and wishes them good luck on the rest of the season.

Honoring Yom HaShoah

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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.”



Young Scientists Qualify for State Competition

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Students from W.T. Clarke Middle School competed at the Long Island Science Congress, held at Saint Anthony’s High School on April 9. They represented the district with excellence, and one team earned eligibility to the state competition.

Ryan Giannitelli, Kelly Shand and Rina Visvanathan presented their project “What is the effect of temperature on the efficiency of a hydrogen fuel cell?” to the judges and event attendees. Their tri-fold poster presentation included the problem, hypothesis, procedure and conclusion along with researched data and evidence.

Teacher Carol Simowitz received notification the following day the group was selected to represent Long Island at the state level at the Milton Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology in Syracuse on June 8.

“This selection is a tremendous honor representing students who worked all year to achieve their potential,” said Ms. Simowitz.
 

Putting into Break

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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. 

 

Best of the Best

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W.T. Clarke Middle School recognized 13 students during its annual Breakfast of Champions event on April 17. Honorees were nominated by teachers and administrators for possessing strong character, integrity, a good work ethic, compassion and empathy. They were also chosen based on their positive attitudes, open mindsets and willingness to take responsibility for their actions.

This year’s award recipients were Emily Brown, John Buffolino, Sophia Buzzeo, Gabrielle Cappelli, Jack Forte, Giuliana Gedarovich, Shay Genna, Daniel Greff, Jiayi Huang, Akrishy Kaul, Devin Mah Lee, Gina McCardell and Natalie Waters, all of whom were acknowledged for demonstrating the aforementioned qualities. 

“Congratulations to all of the W.T Clarke Middle School Breakfast of Champions honorees and their supportive parents and staff,” said Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Dr. David Casamento. “Great job and keep on being who you are and what you do each and every day.”

A Role Model Among Peers

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East Meadow High School senior Reece Wade will be honored at Nassau County’s Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day program on May 16, with the Students Building Bridges Award.

Reece will be recognized with a citation and a certificate from the Jewish Community Relations Council of Long Island during the program for being a role model to his classmates.

Nominated by Chairperson for Social Studies Drew Genoino, Reece has maintained an outstanding academic record and has shown a devotion to social studies, including Holocaust studies. He is also a member of the Key Club and the Social Studies Honor Society, as well as being the golf team captain. In addition to these accomplishments, Reece performs a variety of community service including participation in Safe Halloween, the Make-a-Wish drive and Adopt-a-Family, along with facilitating the Art Show. 

“Reece’s contributions to the community help connect people from all ethnic and religious backgrounds as well as varying socio-economic backgrounds,” said Mr. Genoino. “He is an excellent student to be honored at the Yom HaShoah program.”

Spreading Good Deeds

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East Meadow High School students Julia Cuttone, Rosanna Cuttone, Sabera Hossain and Emily Lam have been named recipients of the 2019 Good Deed Award for Long Island Teenagers. Presented by the National Committee for Furtherance of Jewish Education of Nassau County, these distinctions recognize teenagers who are thoughtful, helpful, charitable, kindhearted, supportive, community minded and positive.

With one voice each year, business, government and community leaders come together to honor and thank extraordinary teens for their significant achievement, excellence, effectiveness and creativity as positive role models. 

Students were nominated by their educators, clergy, peers and/or community leaders. To qualify, candidates must demonstrate thoughtfulness, equality/social justice, integrity, honesty and responsibility.

“These teens represent East Meadow and Long Island’s youth with their positive impact, activism and leadership,” said guidance counselor Joanna Silberman.  

Dunking in Donations

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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. 

 

Zumba for Autism

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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.” 



Supporting a Super Hero

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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.”

 



Decked in Purple for Awareness

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The Bowling Green Elementary School raised $522 for the Epilepsy Foundation through efforts made by students and staff members. Many got involved in a World Epilepsy Awareness Day initiative and donated $1 each to wear purple on March 26.

Celebrating Cultures

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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.”



Sparking Music Interest at a Young Age

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The W.T. Clarke High School and Middle School music department welcomed guests for the first East Meadow Children’s Concert on April 7. 

The concert was geared towards kindergarten through second grade students and featured the story “The Little Engine That Could.” Members of the high school chorale, wind ensemble, and chamber orchestra portrayed characters while showcasing some of W.T. Clarke’s premier musical groups while also teaching about certain instruments.

The W.T. Clarke Middle School Junior Tri-M Music Honor Society members led an “instrument petting zoo” where concert goers were able to visit the brass, woodwind, percussion and string stations. Students demonstrated and explained how to play the instruments as younger attendees had opportunities to push down the keys and valves in addition to playing some of the string and percussion instruments.

“We hope that the community continues to be patrons of the arts, appreciators of music and that our children will be involved in our music program as they continue through elementary, middle and high school,” said Director of Music and Art, Dr. Christopher Hale.

Athletics Stay Warm During Winter

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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.



A First for East Meadow DECA

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Two students from East Meadow High School’s DECA club qualified to participate in the national competition at the International Career Development Conference in Orlando, Florida on April 27 after excelling at the state competition in March.

Freshman Kush Upadiyay became the first DECA student from East Meadow High School to qualify for the ICDC national round.  Kush did so by earning a third-place finish in the topic of principles of finance with an instructional area of customer service. Matt Owens also earned a trip to ICDC by qualifying in the area of accounting. 

The district congratulates Kush and Matt while also wishing them the best of luck at the national competition!  

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Inspired Work Showcased Among the Best

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Artwork from W.T. Clarke High School seniors Frank Festa and Julianna Goyzueta will be showcased at the Long Island’s Best Exhibition, to be held at the Heckscher Museum of Art from April 6 though May 19.

The W.T. Clarke Art Honor Society found opportunities to fuel creativity during a recent field trip to the Heckscher Museum, where students were inspired by specific pieces from the gallery. They completed various projects that were voted on by members of the Art Honor Society, faculty and administration. Several hundred total submissions representing 50 high schools on Long Island were narrowed down to 80 that were selected for the exhibit. 

Frank and Julianna were among the talented artists chosen. Frank was inspired by Robert Richenburg’s “Flicker,” while Julianna based her project on the “Times of Unease” by Humbeto Calzada.

“We are thrilled to have two students have their work selected among Long Island’s best and look forward to the showcase,” said teacher Jane Pawlowski.

Rambots Compete at Hofstra

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The W.T. Clarke High School robotics team, “Rambots,” competed in the, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics Competition at Hofstra University from March 25-27. 

Under the supervision of technology teacher Mike Conners, the team’s robot was extremely competitive. The Rambots finished 15th overall during the opening round and were then invited by fifth-place Hauppauge High School to play in the final contest round as an alliance because of the team’s skill, strategy and their robot’s capabilities. Given strict rules, limited resources and an intense six-week time limit, students are challenged to design, build and program an industrial-size robot to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors. 

The competition provides an engineering opportunity that is as close to real-world as a high school student can experience.

“Our students were competitive against both local and international teams and this is an educational experience we are proud to offer our students,” said Business Chairperson Toni McIntosh.

Bringing History to Life

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The district was represented with 21 projects from W.T. Clarke Middle School and Woodland Middle School at the Long Island History Day regional competition, held on March 31 at Hofstra University. 

Faith Fuller and Shreejita Satpathy of W.T. Clarke earned fourth place out of 33 entries in the Junior Group Documentary category with their presentation of “Frances Oldham Kelsey: The Thalidomide Crisis, the Woman Who Saved America and Reformed the FDA.” Their placement qualifies the pair to participate in the New York History Day state level competition on April 29 at the Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown.

Three students and two projects were also recognized in the special award categories. Umme Bootwala and Mubaraka Ezzi of W.T. Clarke earned the Science History Award sponsored by the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory for their exhibit project “A Heavy Water Sabotage: Operation Gunnderside, A Daring Norwegian Mission that Transformed World War II.” Maya Delrosario of Woodland Middle School was presented the Latin American History Award sponsored by the Long Island Council for the Social Studies with a project titled “Diego’s Art Triumphs Over the Tragedy of the Great Depression.”

“Congratulations to all our students for their hard work and for bringing these historical events to life,” said Director of Social Studies and 21st Century Learning, Jim Mendonis.

Bringing our stories to paper

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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.”



Future Business Leaders Receive Top Honors

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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.

Fashion Club Brings European Taste

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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.

 

FREE Players Transform Stage into Mary Poppins

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The Family Residences and Essential Enterprises (FREE) Players took the stage at W.T. Clarke High School on March 30 for two riveting performances of “Mary Poppins Jr.”

The FREE Players, who have visited in the past, returned to the district to deliver back-to-back performances, with proceeds benefitting FREE as well as the East Meadow SEPTA. “Mary Poppins Jr.” is based on one of the most popular Disney movies of all time and the hit Broadway musical. 

“Thank you to the hard work of the FREE Players and the members of SEPTA that helped to produce another great theatre experience for the community,” said Director of Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services Patrice Dobies. 

Musical Talents Travel to Capital

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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. 



Literacy Champions

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Parkway Elementary School blended the fun of reading with the excitement of March Madness during Pick a Reading Partner Month, when the building hosted a five-week bracket-style literacy tournament. On March 22, the winning book was announced as, “The Book with No Pictures,” by B.J. Novak.

A bracket was created that covered the building’s main office entrance with the initial 16 books in the tournament. Each week, students voted on the book matchups to see which novels would advance to the next round while also taking the time to read the options. In the final round, “The Book with No Pictures” took the victory, followed closely by Drew Daywalt’s, “The Day the Crayons Quit.” 

For the total duration of the contest, students at Parkway collectively read 161,221 minutes. This includes four classes that read 10,000 minutes each. The fifth-grade Presidential Service Club was responsible for calculating the minutes read as well as the adjoining write ups.

To also celebrate PARP, students were invited to create book recommendations to be read in school. These one-slip recommendations eventually filled a large portion of the main hallway wall. Those who created recommendations were entered into a book drawing with the book prizes being donated by the PTA.

“I am extremely proud of the dedication and excitement our students, staff and PTA showed towards PARP this year and the reading results are incredible,” said Principal Jamie Mack.

DECA Continues Rise at W.T. Clarke

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The W.T. Clarke High School DECA club returned from the state competition in March holding another chapter record, as 22 students qualified to compete at the national competition. This next event will take place at the International Career Development Conference in Orlando, Florida on April 27.

The top 4/5 finishes are the most in the chapter’s history as the students earned top 10 and ICDC honors in categories including buying and merchandising operations, integrated marketing campaigns, financial consulting and more. Additionally, junior Abishek Ravindran was voted by his peers to become the 2019-20 New York State DECA Vice President of Finance. 

“I could not be prouder of these passionate and amazing young men and women,” said DECA advisor Joseph Pavia. “Their academic prowess and professionalism make me grateful to be part of this club.”

Projects Come to Life

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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.



Music and Language Staff Help to Enhance Learning

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District administration and staff attended the Association of Suffolk Supervisors for Educational Technologies (ASSET) 21st Annual Conference on March 18, at the Long Island Hilton in Melville, to speak on how new technologies have enhanced learning.

East Meadow High School American Sign Language teachers Robin Portnoy and Lauren Beygelman presented a workshop titled “Using Flipgrid to Engage, Assess and Inspire Students in the World Language Classroom.” They shared their knowledge of how Flipgrid has transformed their classroom into a student-centered language learning experience. They explained how students are creating videos to assess their language skills, collaborate, peer edit, comment and reflect upon their progress.

“Educators across Long Island walked away from the workshop with usable applications for their classes of all ages and abilities,” said World Languages Chairperson Jenice Morgani.

Director of Music and Art Dr. Christopher Hale, East Meadow High School teachers Michael Cascardi and Brittany Dagro, and Woodland Middle School teacher Adrianna Schaefer created a poster presentation entitled “Collaborative Technology in Performing Music: Developing Best Practices Using New Applications.” The quartet shared the various digital innovations in performing music that can advance performance music progress for individuals and groups.

The district thanks these educators for sharing the great that is occurring throughout East Meadow! 

Jumping at Donations

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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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