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Clarke MS 

W.T. Clarke Middle School

740 Edgewood Drive
Westbury, NY 11590


Principal: Stacy Breslin

Assistant Principal: Linda Lynch

Telephone:  516.876.7401
Fax:  516.876.7407

 

Middle School is a period filled with challenge and wonder. Middle level students experience tremendous change as they enter early adolescence; no group contains more diversity. W.T. Clarke Middle School is committed to addressing the varied intellectual, physical, social and emotional levels of our students and to facilitating smooth transitions from elementary school to high school. We promote academic growth, self-respect and respect for the dignity and diversity of others. We encourage students to take advantage of educational opportunities that will open doors to new ideas and create a desire to learn and explore.

 

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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.

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.  

 



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.”



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.
 

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.”

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