We, the students, staff and parents of Woodland Middle School , are committed to creating and maintaining an environment, through mutual respect and understanding, which contributes to developing maximum learning potential and responsibility to ourselves, our school and our community.
adapted by W.M.S PMT 1995
The Board of Education held the annual reorganization meeting on July 2 with two new trustees being sworn in.
Through careful planning and exceptional creativity, the district has built and installed “Little Free Libraries” at each of the five elementary school buildings.
The initiative was initiated and implemented by District Director of Literacy and Funded Programs, Mr. Frank Lukasik. Additionally, each individual library was constructed by East Meadow students enrolled in the district’s carpentry classes which are led by teachers Mr. Scott Stacy, Mr. John Scerbo, Mr. William Burke and Mr. Gregory Greco.
There are more than 75,000 “Little Free Libraries” around the world in 85 countries. East Meadow joins the movement to share books, bring people together and create a community of readers.
The “Little Free Libraries” were installed for everyone in the community to promote literacy through book sharing. The district encourages readers to not only select a book to read, but to also add books to the collections at the elementary schools.
In addition to the installation of the “Little Free Libraries,” summer reading challenges have been created to spark excitement for the new resource and build a community of readers. Students are encouraged to visit the libraries, take a picture, post them to social media, tag @emeadowschools and/or the elementary school and use the #emeadowreads in the post.
“The community can help by keeping this collection stocked with good reading material,” said Mr. Lukasik. “We hope everyone enjoys this precious gift to our community!”
The district celebrated employee service and student success at the final Board of Education meeting of the school year on June 19.
Prior to the start of the Board of Education meeting, the district honored 12 staff members who are retiring at the end of the year. The retirees were joined by family members and friends, administration, staff and Board trustees for a special reception in their honor. The district thanked Judith Arabian, Jill Artus, Robin Boucher, Susan Byrne, Victor DeLiso, Thomas Feggler, Teresa Fjellstad, Gail Galluci, Janice Oldak, Cherly Safren, Jody Targove and Annemarie Viscuso for providing more than 300 years of combined service to East Meadow.
Also at the meeting, Director of Social Studies and 21st Century Learning, Jim Mendonis, and Director of Literacy and Funded Programs, Frank Lukasik, continued the meeting with a spotlight of W.T. Clarke Middle School students Faith Fuller and Shreejita Satpathy. Faith and Shreejita were presented certificates of excellence after qualifying for the New York State History Day Contest in Cooperstown that was held in April. The two earned the placement through their fourth-place finish at the Long Island History Day event held at Hofstra in March. The duo earned distinction with their Junior Group Documentary project titled, “Frances Oldham Kelsey: The Thalidomide Crisis.”
Accolades continued at the Board meeting as Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth A. Card, Jr., presented a plaque of appreciation to PTA Council President Robin Fitzpatrick. Dr. Card thanked Mrs. Fitzpatrick for her dedication, service and contributions to the students and community for the past two years.
Outgoing board members Joseph Parisi and Marcee Rubinstein were then acknowledged by Board President Matthew Melnick for their years of service to the district and community as they completed their terms.
“Congratulations to all of the honorees and retirees recognized tonight,” said Dr. Card. “Thank you for your years of dedicated service and commitment to the students and families of the East Meadow School District.”
The district celebrated the academic successes of its four secondary schools during the District Awards Ceremony at East Meadow High School on June 5.
More than 450 students from East Meadow High School, W.T. Clarke High School, W.T. Clarke Middle School and Woodland Middle School gathered to be honored by district administrators for achievements earned during the 2018-19 school year. Highlighted accomplishments included scholar athlete honors, awards for excellence in academic competitions and various other academic distinctions attained over the past 10 months.
“The evening was an outstanding celebration of the academic achievements of our wonderful students,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth A. Card, Jr.
Woodland Middle School’s Third Annual Stuff a Bus effort provided another successful set of donations to the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island.
The Stuff a Bus fundraiser is organized and spearheaded by many of Woodland’s student and service groups, including the National Junior Honor Society. The school held a drive for cleaning supplies, disposable products, pantry items and many non-perishable items to benefit the Ronald McDonald House. Throughout the year, the clubs held fundraisers to help collect the necessities or to raise funds to purchase the products. Parents, faculty and community members also contributed by dropping off goods in the collection bin or by making a monetary donation.
On the morning of May 31, students filled three buses that graciously donated by the Guardian Bus Company. A human chain from the second floor of the building through the main entrance helped to move the collected items into the buses.
Once all of the buses were filled, students and staff filled a fourth bus to transport the collected goods along with a $1,000 donation to the Ronald McDonald House in New Hyde Park for unloading.
“You should all be very proud of the effort that helped to make this year’s Stuff a Bus another success” Assistant Principal Patricia Graham said to the volunteering students. “Thank you to everyone in the community for their support.”
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