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Donations to Ride

Donations to Ride
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The East Meadow School District was fortunate enough to have 15 children’s bicycles and helmets donated by the United States Army on March 6 that were then delivered to families in the community.

Board of Ed Spotlights Students

Student Success Spotlighted in Front of Board and Community photo

The Board of Education meeting on March 20 showcased the many talents and recent accomplishments of students.

The meeting opened with three student-created skits that are part of the upcoming National History Day Competition at Hofstra University on March 31. Students from Woodland Middle School and W.T. Clarke Middle School presented their history projects with performances on the topics of the Salem Witch Trials, the Boston Tea Party and Women’s Suffrage. Other projects for the competition lined the hallways at the Leon J. Campo Center for community members to view that same night.

High school students received accolades for their recent achievements. East Meadow High School senior John Meah and W.T. Clarke High School senior Jonathan Melkun were recognized for being named National Merit Finalists, while artists Kayla Cartier and Vanesa Soto were acknowledged as recipients of the Art Supervisors Association Senior Scholarship. Athletically, East Meadow High School’s varsity cheerleading team and indoor track program, W.T. Clarke High School’s varsity boy’s wrestling and bowling teams and the district boys’ varsity swimming team were spotlighted for their successes during the winter season.

The night of awards concluded with the naming of Terrific Kids from W.T. Clarke Middle School and Woodland Middle School. Principals Stacy Breslin and James Lethbridge announced the honorees for the months of December, January, February and March from the sixth-, seventh- and eight-grades.

“This evening is a great example of how our students and staff continue to showcase our motto of how great happens here in the East Meadow School District,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth A. Card, Jr.

Free Children’s Concert

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The district is excited to announce the inaugural East Meadow Children’s Concert that will be held on April 7, at W.T. Clarke High School. Showtimes are scheduled for 1 and 3 pm.

This free concert is open to all kindergarten through second-grade students in the community and their families. It will be geared towards primary grade students and feature performances from the W.T. Clarke High School ensembles as well as an “instrument petting zoo” following the show.
Concert goers are being asked to register online prior to ensure space for all community members.

Ticket link for 1 p.m. performance:

Ticket link for 3 p.m. performance:

“We hope this will be a wonderful opportunity to inspire our young students and showcase the talents of our young musicians,” said Director of Music and Art Dr. Christopher Hale. 

Certified Specialists and Experts

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The Business Department is proud to share the growing success of the Microsoft Office Suite certification program. 

Two East Meadow High School students made history in the 20-plus years of the program by scoring perfect scores on the Microsoft Office Suite certification. Nathalie Polanco scored perfectly in both Word Specialist and PowerPoint Specialist while Jesse Wu achieved flawless results in Word.
Meanwhile, Anusha Arora, also of East Meadow High School, became certified in PowerPoint Specialist, Word Specialist, Excel Specialist, Word Expert and Excel Expert. She is also expected to take the Access Specialist exam later this year. Students with this certification are recognized globally to validate their knowledge, skills, and abilities in the Microsoft Office Suite. 

The program has been offered for more than 20 years through the Business Department’s LIU High School Scholars Program in Computer Literacy and Multimedia IV classes in East Meadow High School. In recent years, it has expanded to W.T. Clarke High School. 

VIDEO: PARP Guest Readers


Throughout the past few weeks, the district’s elementary schools have been welcoming visitors as part of their Guest Reader Days.

Jumping at Donations

Jumping at Donations photo

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!

Distinguished Harvard Visit

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East Meadow High School English teacher Evelyn Sideri recently visited Harvard University in honor of having been named the Distinguished Educator of 2018 last April, by the Harvard Club of Long Island.

In addition to the award, Ms. Sideri also received a grant to travel to Cambridge, Mass. for the “Harvard Experience.” She had the opportunity to support her research in the area of teachers as lifelong learners during her visit from March 4-7. She also met with East Meadow alumni in the area, viewed the Emily Dickinson Archive, attended a class in Classical Mythology, took a tour of the campus and interviewed professors from the Graduate School of Education.

Ms. Sideri was nominated for the award by class of 2017 graduate Mahalia Mathelier, who guided the campus tour during her visit.

“The experience provided personal growth and increased awareness for my growth as an educator,” said Ms. Sideri. The district congratulates Ms. Sideri for her continued commitment to her profession, her students, and to her own professional learning.

Lasso in a Good Book and Reader

Lasso a Good Book and Reader photo

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!

Award-Worthy Journalism

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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. 

All-District Takes Stage at Tilles Center

All-District Takes Stage at Tilles Center photo

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.


Buzzing to Albany

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Eighth-grader Matthew Vo of W.T. Clarke Middle School will be heading to Albany for the second straight year to compete at the state level of the National Geographic Geography Bee.

Matthew won the middle school’s annual bee on December 13 and went on to place in the state’s top 100 on January’s online qualifying test. He will travel to Albany for the state competition at the New York State Museum on March 29. Students will gather in the state capitol for the chance to earn a spot in the national round, to be held at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., from May 19-22.

The district congratulates Matthew and wishes him luck in the next round.

We Are East Meadow photo contest

We Are East Meadow photo contest photo
East Meadow High School students have the opportunity to enter the “We Are East Meadow High School” photo contest.

Photography teacher Ryan Rochford is inviting students to submit a photograph that highlights the diversity, community and/or unique qualities of East Meadow. The contest is calling for active photos of students, faculty and staff. Winners are to be showcased in a photo gallery in a school hallway.

Deadline for the contest is March 29 and students are encouraged to have fun with their entries!

Reporting on Black History Month

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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. 

FREE to Present Mary Poppins

The East Meadow School District invites the community to a presentation of “Mary Poppins” by the Family Residences and Essential Enterprises (FREE) Players on March 30 at W.T. Clarke High School.

The FREE Players are scheduled to perform a pair of shows at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. with proceeds to benefit the FREE Players and the East Meadow SEPTA. Tickets are on sale now. 

“We are looking forward to another great performance from the FREE Players,” said Director of Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services Patrice Dobies. 

Parkway PARP Rally

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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.

Promoting the Importance of Reading

Promoting the Importance of Reading photo

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.

Lining the Hallway with Readers

Lining the Hallway with Readers photo

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.

VIDEO: February in Review


Opening the Door for the Community

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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.


Showing Love During February

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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.”

National Merit finalists

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Two seniors from District have been recognized as finalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. Congratulations to John Meah from East Meadow High School and Jonathan Melkun from W.T. Clarke High School for achieving this honor.

To be counted among the nation’s 15,000 finalists, John and Jonathan each had to submit a detailed scholarship application that included their academic records and examples of extracurricular activities, community engagement, leadership ability, employment and past distinctions. They also had to achieve SAT scores equivalent to or better than their PSAT scores, maintain their prestigious academic performance and receive a recommendation from a high school official.

John is involved in numerous clubs, teams and other organizations at East Meadow High School. He is a National Honor Society student and has also been inducted into the Social Studies, Science, English, Business and Tri-M Music honor societies. A captain and four-year member of the cross country team and winter and spring track and field teams, he is also president of the Track Finance Board.  

John is also a talented musician and performs in the wind ensemble, chamber orchestra, jazz ensemble and marching band. Additionally, he is the vice president of DECA and captain of the math team. Outside of school he gives back to the community by volunteering. He tutors, contributes his time at the Special Olympics and serves as a counselor at vacation bible school.

Jonathan shares similar passions as he is a captain of the track and field team at W.T. Clarke High School. This connection has allowed him the opportunity to volunteer at the Long Island Marathon by handing out water to the runners. He is also the president of the English Honor Society and the secretary of the Math Honor Society. 

Playing the clarinet since the fourth-grade, Jonathan has taken the first chair in the band and orchestra. His musical talent has spurred his involvement in the school’s theatre shows, for which he is a member of the pit. With high school coming to an end, he intends on taking his passion for aircraft and spacecraft towards studying aerospace engineering.

The district congratulates both students on becoming finalists in this prestigious program and wishes them the best of luck!

Rhyming and Singing February Holidays

Rhyming and Singing February Holidays photo
Students in Rhonda Cohen’s first-grade class at Bowling Green Elementary School celebrated holidays in February with a poetry recital. They read poems and sang songs on February 14.

Literary Excellence on Another Level

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Woodland Middle School’s literary magazine was recently distinguished by the 2018 National Council of Teachers of English, Recognizing Excellence in Art and Literary Magazine Program. The publication, “The Meadow,” achieved a rank of “excellent.”

Woodland was one of just four middle schools in a pool of mostly high schools that were recognized by the program. Additionally, it was among 21 schools in the state to earn a rank of “excellent,” and one of only 358 entries that were honored throughout the country.

“The Meadow” is led by teacher advisors Ellen Ruoff, Caterina Largana and Chris Krauss and includes contributions from a variety of student authors.

“I want to thank the NCTE for bestowing this award on our school and magazine,” said Ms. Ruoff. “Congratulations goes to the students for their hard work and dedication!”

Historical excellence

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Nearly 40 students from Woodland Middle School and W.T. Clarke Middle School have been selected to showcase their work at the 2019 Long Island History competition, which will be held on March 31 at Hofstra University. This event, which serves as an initial round of the National History Day contest, will feature the winners of school-level history day exhibitions.  

Seventh- and eighth-graders from both middle schools presented their projects to building and district administrators on February 8. They covered a variety of historical topics including the Boston Tea Party, Transcontinental Railroad, Salem Witch Trails, the Great Bengal Famine, Women’s Suffrage, The Battle of the Alamo and the Great Purge, to name a few. 

National History Day is a highly regarded annual academic program for elementary and secondary school students. Projects focusing on historical topics are developed through extensive research utilizing outlets such as libraries and museums. Students can present their work in the form of papers, exhibits, websites or documentaries.

Winners from the upcoming competition may go on to the next round – the New York State competition. The district wishes the best of luck to these students!

VIDEO: Riding The Wave at Barnum Woods


Free to Mix it Up

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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.

Salute to the Presidents

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Third-grade students at Meadowbrook Elementary School helped to spotlight the celebration of President’s Day with individual projects on the history of United States presidents.

Prior to the month of February, students in third-grades classes were designated a specific president from the nation’s history and tasked with researching that person’s biography and accomplishments. Each student’s discoveries were then constructed into a short informational page along with the picture of the president. 

The creations have been on display in the school’s main lobby to help educate other students and guests on the collective and individual history of U.S. presidents, while also honoring President’s Day on February 18.

100 Days of Fun and Education

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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.

Creating Oobleck

Creating Oobleck photo

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-led science lesson

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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. 

Kid reporters


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!

Parading in the New Year

Parading in the New Year photo

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!

Showcasing Community Passion

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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!

Collecting the Bling

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Meadowbrook Elementary School promoted its Pennies for Patients Drive, in association with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society by hosting a Nickel, Dime, Quarter Day on February 8.

The school encouraged students and staff members to wear “bling” or “shiny” outfits to promote the goal of raising $3,000 for the society through donated change. Individuals also had the option to wear superhero shirts to illustrate being a hero for those in need.

Pennies for Patients is a science-based, service learning program created by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The drive helps to connect schools with local blood cancer patients, while also providing tangible life skills to the students and allowing them to see the impact they are making in the lives of others. 

The district thanks all the Meadowbrook participants for their efforts in supporting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. 

Souper Food Drive

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W.T. Clarke Middle School honored this year’s Super Bowl on February 1 by hosting the annual Team up for Kindness Day Souper Bowl Food Drive.

Students and staff members were each encouraged to wear their favorite team jersey to school and bring a non-perishable food item to show their spirit and to help those less fortunate.

All food contributions were donated to Island Harvest.

Registration Open for Summer Music Program

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Registration for the District Music Department’s summer music program is now open!

The program runs from July 1 through August 2 at East Meadow High School and is open to all Nassau County residents. Additionally, there are in-district rates for East Meadow residents. To register, please visit Please visit the attached PDF for more information. 


Reporting on Natural Disasters

Reporting on Natural Disasters photo

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. 

Looking to Knock Out Heart Disease

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Students at the East Meadow School District’s W.T. Clarke Middle School participated in a two-day Hoops for Heart event to help raise money for the American Heart Association. 

On January 23 and 24, all students participated in a knock-out basketball contest during their physical education classes. Class winners advanced to the final, held after school on January 25. The overall winner was eighth-grader Tyseer Rahman, who was presented with a Hoops for Heart basketball.
The school congratulates all the class winners along with Tyseer. Eighth-graders Sophie Aprea, Emily Brown, Isabella Canzoneri, James DeSimone and James Papacostas; seventh-graders Jadon Chang, Aanya Mehta, Maddie Millman and Dominic Murawski and sixth-graders Caleb DaRocha, Jack Giudice, Cole Kaufer and Jack Morovich, each earned spots in the final as class champions.

Donations are being collected until February 14 as the W.T. Clarke community looks to further their support of the American Heart Association.                                                                

Students go red

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Students and teachers at Bowling Green Elementary School took part in National Wear Red Day on February 1 to help spread awareness about heart disease.

National Wear Red Day is part of the initiative from the American Heart Association to open February as American Heart Month. This annual event was created to bring awareness to heart disease and stroke. 

Parkway Students Read Aloud

Parkway Students Read Aloud photo

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.

VIDEO: January in Review


Braille Challenge Returns to W.T. Clarke


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. 

Riding the Wave of Information

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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!

All About Authors

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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.”

Brain Power on Display

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Students at the East Meadow School District’s Bowling Green Elementary School demonstrated their wide range of knowledge by participating in “The Brain Show” on January 23.

“The Brain Show,” according to its website, is an educational trivia contest with the authentic look and feel of a live television game show equipped with music, lockout buzzer systems, chase lighting and LED scoring systems.

The show was broken into three sessions as second through fifth-graders answered age appropriate questions while also encouraging audience participation. Questions covered topics related to math, biology, geography and more.

Following each session, teachers went on stage to answer general knowledge questions chosen by the host, Glen.

Bowling Green extends a special thank you to the PTA for organizing this fun and interactive program.

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Buncee buddies

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Kindergarten students in Stephanie Lavin’s class at Parkway Elementary School became buddies with Lisa William’s third-grade class in order to collaborate on a variety of interactive lessons.

The buddies first gathered in December when the third-graders educated the kindergarten students how to use FlipGrid on their Google Chromebooks. The students worked so well together that another activity was scheduled for January 17.

By utilizing Chromebooks and the technology software Buncee, the students came together to create “All About Me” boards. Third-grade students conducted interviews of their kindergarten buddies before assisting them in the design of their boards. The activity helped to grow the relationships and built friendships between the buddies. 

“All of the students are looking forward to their next technology adventure,” said Ms. Lavin.

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