RESIDENTS APPROVE BOND
On Tuesday, March 7, East Meadow residents approved the community’s first joint East Meadow Schools and Public Library capital project bond referendum by a vote of 2,031 Yes to 835 No.
Projects included in this bond will address major repairs and renovations to schools districtwide, improve energy efficiency, support science initiatives, and restore natural grass athletic fields for school and community use. The bond will also fund major repairs and upgrades to the public library that will support additional programs and services, improve energy efficiency and security systems, and increase opportunities for students and patrons.
“The Board of Education and administration would like to thank all community residents who voted on the bond and for their approval and continued support,” said Superintendent of Schools Leon J. Campo. “This is an exciting time for our community and we look forward to improving our schools for our students and for future generations to come.” East Meadow Public Library Director Carol Probeyahn said, “On behalf of the library Board of Directors, we want to thank the community for your vote of support. We are looking forward to improving our library to provide expanded services for our children and community residents.”
Tuesday, March 7 is the East Meadow Public Schools and Public Library joint bond vote. Please plan to be part of the future of our community and remember to vote. Every vote counts! Polls will be open from 7 a.m.-9 p.m. at all elementary schools.
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East Meadow Schools and Public Library Joint Bond Presentation
Thursday, March 2, 2017 • 6:30 p.m.
Leon J. Campo Salisbury Center
Prior to 2017-18 Budget Input Session and Board of Education Meeting
East Meadow Joint Bond Vote March 7 from 7 a.m.- 9p.m. at All Elementary Schools
Average annual cost to taxpayers = $57.53 or less than 16¢ per day
On Tuesday, March 7, 2017, residents will have an opportunity to vote on a joint bond referendum proposed by the East Meadow Public Schools and the East Meadow Public Library that, if approved, will renovate and improve the schools and library to better serve students and community residents into the future. For the first time in East Meadow’s history, residents will vote on a joint bond at significant savings to the taxpayer.
The East Meadow schools are more than 60 years old and in need of major repairs and renovations that are too costly to include in the annual school budget without significantly increasing taxes and/or cutting programs and services to students. The public library has not undertaken a major renovation in more than 30 years, and requires major repairs and upgrades.
The bond initiative will fund the repairs and renovations to the schools, improve energy efficiency, support science initiatives and restore the district’s natural grass athletic fields for school and community use. The proposed bond would also support major repairs and upgrades to the public library to enhance additional programs and services, improve energy efficiency and security systems and increase opportunities to serve students and patrons.
During the life span of the bond, the average annual cost to the taxpayer is $57.53, or approximately 16¢ per day. The projected average annual cost to the taxpayer is calculated using the average assessed property value as determined by the Nassau County Assessor’s Office. It is anticipated the work in the schools will begin during the summer of 2018 and the library work will also begin sometime in 2018.
This is an exciting time for the community. All residents are encouraged to vote on Tuesday, March 7, from 7 a.m.-9 p.m., at all district elementary schools. For more information, visit the school district website at www.eastmeadow.k12.ny.us or the library website at www.eastmeadow.info. You can also find information on the bond on Facebook by liking East Meadow Schools and Public Library Joint Bond.
School District and Public Library Joint Bond Referendum
In a joint decision, the first of its kind in the community’s history, the school district and public library plan to propose a single bond referendum that would support major renovations and improvements to both the district’s schools and athletic facilities, and the public library. If approved by voters, the proposed work will bring the public library into the 21st century and facilitate greater opportunities to serve the community, while the school district will be able to address much needed repairs and improve its instructional space and athletic facilities at schools that are more than 60 years old.
In honor of Mother’s Day, Jill Hecker’s second-grade class at Bowling Green Elementary School held a tea to celebrate their magnificent moms.
Teary eyes filled the room as each student took center stage to share an acrostic poem they had written for their mother. Each letter in “mother” expressed one of the reasons why their mother means the world to them. After reciting their poems, they presented their mothers with a hug, a kiss and a rose.
Following, the students and their mothers enjoyed cookies, cupcakes and iced tea as they captured the event’s memories on their phones.
Residents of the East Meadow School District joined students, faculty and Board of Education members for the district’s ninth annual “Run with the Rams” 5K fundraiser, sponsored by the W.T. Clarke Athletic Department, on April 29.
Bright and early on a warm Saturday, participants of all ages gathered in Clarke High School’s gymnasium to check in, register and pin their timing bibs for the one-mile “fun run” or 5K street race.
Organized by Josh Friedman, the Athletic Chairperson for W.T. Clarke High School and Middle School, both races began and ended outside the athletic complex, circling through the neighborhood, with water stops managed by student volunteers.
The fundraiser accumulated $2,000 to benefit a local family in need and the W.T. Clarke Athletic program.
On April 28, W.T. Clarke REACH students shared the stage with the FREE Players as parents, faculty, administrators and community members gathered for the FREE Players Variety Show Extravaganza at W.T. Clarke High School.
“This is a first that our own children are performing with the FREE Players,” said Superintendent of Schools Leon J. Campo. “The FREE Players are an inspirational troupe who have spent time with our students in overcoming their challenges, developing their abilities and exposing their talents for all of us to enjoy.”
Alongside their FREE Players mentors, the East Meadow REACH students took center stage as they performed the “Schoolhouse Rock” segment “I’m Just a Bill,” singing about how a bill becomes a law in the United States judicial system.
The FREE Players performed an assortment of skits, songs and dance routines from Broadway musicals including “Hairspray,” “9 to 5” and “Wicked.” Members of the FREE Players Drum Corps and Color Guard dazzled the audience with cadences from “Free Your Mind,” “Ice Kingdom” and “Intergalactic.” In addition, performers from the Bay Way Arts Center danced to “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Lorde and presented a preview of their production of “Grease.”
All who took the stage received a standing ovation for their remarkable performance.
In observance of Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day, East Meadow High School students learned about hope, tolerance and courage from the Theatre Three production “From the Fires: Voices of the Holocaust.”
Organized by Assistant Principal Robert Hardwick, the high school’s Expanding Pride in Israeli Culture (EPIC) club and Social Studies department, students in grades 9-12 traveled back in time to better understand the heinous tragedy of the Holocaust.
“This program is a powerful voice that reminds us to never forget and to always treat others with respect, understanding and compassion,” said EPIC President Allison Goldstein.
The assembly, which was divided into two sessions – the earlier for the upperclassmen and the later for freshmen and sophomores – depicted the horrific treatment that a young high school Jewish girl, her friend and her father experienced from neighbors, colleagues and classmates in their town, as well as how they survived the concentration camps.
Written by Jeffrey R. Sanzel, “From the Fires: Voices of the Holocaust” traces the life of Rachel Gold, a Berlin teenager, and her experiences from 1937 to 1945. The 40-minute play follows Rachel’s life from the inception of the Nuremberg Laws to the deportation to Auschwitz and the death march to Mauthausen.
Following the performance, students took part in a Q&A session with the actors, asking about their inspiration for the play and the impact the performance had on them.
Bowling Green Elementary School fifth-graders learned about the hazards of tobacco during a “Tobacco Control” assembly led by nurses from the Center for Tobacco Control at North Shore University Hospital.
Organized by Bowling Green social worker Steven Sacks, fifth-graders gathered in the school’s all-purpose room to learn about the various forms of tobacco, chemicals added to cigarettes, the addictive drug nicotine and ways to live a healthy lifestyle.
During the assembly, North Shore nurses Andrea Spartamella and Christine Fardellone engaged students in activities that taught them about the detrimental effects that smoking tobacco has on their health. Students compared the labels of a pack of cigarettes and a bag of popcorn, learning that cigarette packs do not contain a list of ingredients. In another activity, students were given a visual of the chemicals found in a cigarette by pulling out objects representing the dangerous substances from a giant plastic cigarette. Objects included mothballs, a miniature racecar to symbolize carbon monoxide and a bottle of Clorox to represent ammonia.
Concluding the assembly, the students discussed ways to help people quit smoking, stand up to peer pressure, and keep the heart healthy by avoiding sugar, eating balanced meals and exercising for 60 minutes every day.
With outdoor temperatures beginning to rise, the atmosphere at W.T. Clarke Middle School also turned warmer as the school community spread kindness throughout the month of April.
Organized by the school’s Student Government, the monthlong Kisses for Kindness initiative encouraged students, faculty and administrators to “catch” others in a benevolent act. Members of Student Government cut hundreds of paper Hershey’s Kisses on which students could document the good deeds performed by their peers and teachers. A submission box for paper Kisses was also placed in the main office for staff and administrators to note when students and faculty demonstrated kindness.
Every day, student government members delivered a bag of Hershey’s Kisses to those who had been caught the day before. The paper Kisses were posted daily in the hallway in a growing display of schoolwide kindness, with more than 600 Kisses coming to fill the hallways in acknowledgment of the school community’s thoughtfulness and compassion.
“I am so proud of the student government for thinking of this idea and including everyone in the building,” said Student Government advisor Margaret Sweeny. “The enthusiasm and excitement we received from students, teachers and administrators is truly remarkable.”
Among a sea of community members, faculty and students, the East Meadow Board of Education recognized the March and April “Terrific Kids” of Woodland and W.T. Clarke middle schools during their communication meeting on April 20.
Kicking off the celebratory evening, the Bowling Green Elementary School Chamber Orchestra, consisting of 28 fourth- and fifth-graders, serenaded those in attendance under the direction of the school’s orchestra teacher, Kristen Bean.
Following, students from both middle schools were honored by East Meadow Kiwanis President Ross Schiller, members of the Board, and middle school Principals Stacy Breslin and James Lethbridge for being role models in their school communities. Sponsored by the East Meadow Kiwanis, the Terrific Kids program recognizes sixth- through eighth-graders who continuously improve as individuals, students and community leaders.
“We recognize these middle school students because they are role models who set an example for others and demonstrate exceptional character within the community,” said Superintendent of Schools Leon J. Campo.
The W.T. Clarke Champions are:
East Meadow High School juniors received a special visit from members of the Vietnam War Veterans Association of Long Island where students learned about the Veterans’ experiences during the war.
The veterans discussed hardships of the war, including serving overseas in extreme weather conditions, delay of information regarding life in the United States and surviving guerilla warfare. Providing a firsthand look at the war, the veterans circulated authentic materials used by soldiers such as helmets, vests, books, photo albums and enemy equipment.
Following the presentation, the students participated in a Q&A session with the veterans and expressed their gratitude to them for serving our country and devoting their lives to protecting our freedoms.
Members of East Meadow High School’s National Social Studies Honor Society and Model Congress traveled to Washington, D.C., from April 5-7 for an authentic learning experience.
Over the three days, the 38 juniors and seniors, who are enrolled in Advanced Placement social studies courses, received a guided tour of historical monuments, including the Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Martin Luther King Jr., Thomas Jefferson, Lincoln and Vietnam Veterans memorials. During their travels the group visited the White House, Arlington National Cemetery, the National Museum of American History and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Students also received a special visit from Congresswoman Kathleen Rice, who spoke to the group about her work in D.C., outside the U.S. Capitol.
In addition, the group stopped by the Newseum, an interactive museum that promotes, explains and defends free expression and the five freedoms of the First Amendment.
Through this opportunity, the students enhanced their knowledge of U.S. history while experiencing the nation’s capital.
Kindergartners at Parkway Elementary School got into the rhythm with the help of dance instructor Diane Gibaldi from Higher Minds Dance.
The visit kicked off the school’s five-week K Dance program, during which Gibaldi is teaching students basic concepts such as in front of, behind, over and under through dance routines and music. Practicing in groups, the kindergartners follow the music by applying critical thinking, collaboration and coordination skills to complete tasks.
The students will culminate the program on May 16 by performing a choreographed dance to Lonestar’s “Let Them Be Little” for parents, faculty and administrators.
Amid a sea of doting parents, kindergartners at Bowling Green Elementary School hopped around the school’s front lawn wearing handmade bunny ears and carrying baskets as they collected colorful plastic eggs during a PTA-organized egg hunt. Each egg contained a prize, including a pencil eraser, sticker, adhesive tattoo or penny. If a student found a penny in their egg, they won a grand prize of a soccer ball, stuffed animal or coloring book.
Hundreds of musically talented students from the district took center stage at LIU Post’s Tilles Center for the Performing Arts on March 15 for the district’s annual music festival, captivating an audience of friends, family, faculty and administrators.
The event featured performances by students districtwide, from the combined chamber choir and wind ensemble — each consisting of students from W.T. Clarke and East Meadow high schools — to the All-District Elementary School Advanced Bands, made up of young musicians from the district’s five elementary schools.
Accompanied by the East Meadow High School Chamber Orchestra, the high school chamber choir opened with a stirring vocal performance featuring solos from seniors Erin Carlin, Juan Lucas Orozco, Alissa Rojas and Arun Sam, under the direction of Dr. David Fryling. Dr. Fryling is the director of choral activities at Hofstra University, where he conducts the university’s chorale and chamber choir and teaches choral conducting and choral literature courses.
The All-District High School Wind Ensemble followed with ballads by renowned band composers Robert Sheldon, John Barnes Chance and Henry Fillmore. The All-District Middle School Wind Ensemble, comprised of Woodland and W.T. Clarke middle school students, sustained the tone with a dynamic performance of their own. Both groups were led by Robert Dalpiaz, a 33-year veteran of the Brentwood School District whose expertise has led to several outstanding musical accomplishments by the Brentwood High School Jazz and Wind ensembles.
The All-District Elementary School Advanced Bands closed the program with two riveting performances, one from Barnum Woods and George McVey, the other from Bowling Green, Meadowbrook and Parkway, that brought the crowd to its feet. They performed under the baton of Erica Hartmann, an educator with the Farmingdale School District since 1999. Hartmann also conducted the Hamptons Music Educators Association Middle School Band in 2013 and the Suffolk County Music Educators Association West Division I Band in 2014.
The district commends these musically talented students for their hard work, diligence and collaboration.
Honors and recognitions abounded for outstanding students at the March 16 communication meeting of the East Meadow School District Board of Education.
Setting the tone throughout the celebratory evening were the Woodland Middle School sixth-grade chorus and W.T. Clarke Middle School string ensemble, who performed for the Board, administration, faculty and community members in attendance.
The recognitions began with East Meadow High School Class of 2016 graduate Henry Zaradich, who was granted the Superintendent’s Award for Excellence for having obtained the rank of Eagle Scout with Boy Scout Troop 157. According to the Boy Scouts of America website, very few amount of Boy Scouts are granted this rank after completing an extensive list of requirements in the Eagle Scout rank application.
“With good citizenship, dedication and achievement, you have made a difference in the lives of others, which I believe is the finest expression of leadership,” said East Meadow High School Principal Richard Howard. “Thank you for making our community and school a better place.”
Honors were also bestowed upon students in grades 6-8 from W.T. Clarke and Woodland middle schools. East Meadow Kiwanis President Ross Schiller, members of the Board, and middle school Principals Stacy Breslin and James Lethbridge presented certificates of recognition to the December, January and February “Terrific Kids.” This East Meadow Kiwanis-sponsored program recognizes sixth- through eighth-graders who continuously improve as individuals, students and community leaders.
“We are very proud of our ‘Terrific Kids’ recipients,” said Superintendent of Schools Leon J. Campo. “They are role models who set an example for others, and they will be the leaders of tomorrow.”
Students in first through fifth grade at Bowling Green Elementary School took a step forward in promoting heart health by participating in the schoolwide Jump Rope for Heart program, raising more than $9,000 for the American Heart Association.
Prior to the event, the students created posters that brought awareness to heart disease prevention. Covering the gym walls, the posters featured drawings about living a healthy lifestyle, not smoking, eating nutritious meals and engaging in 60 minutes of physical activity every day.
On the day of the fundraiser, the students divided into groups and exercised their heart muscles by jumping rope to popular pop music, generating a total of $9,408.
Classic Dr. Seuss favorites sprang to life among vibrant scenery as the Woodland Middle School Drama Club presented their spring musical, “Seussical,” on March 30 and 31. The spectacular performances were staged before large audiences of district faculty, families, peers and community members.
A cast of talented actors and musicians captivated the crowd as they portrayed scenes and characters from some of the most popular stories written by Dr. Seuss. Among those represented were “The Cat in the Hat,” “The Lorax,” “Green Eggs and Ham,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “Horton Hears a Who.”
The drama club’s cast and crew would like to express their gratitude to director Douglas Castillo, technical director Gregory Greco, musical director Jonathan Ross, choreographer Miriam Lerner, the design team, the stagehands, the tech squad and the district’s central administrators for helping to make the musical a sensational hit.
The artwork of 66 students in the district was on display at the Art Supervisors Association’s 13th Annual Nassau All-County Art Exhibition at Farmingdale State College on March 12.
The exhibition honored more than 1,200 K-12 students for demonstrating excellence in a wide variety of 2-D visual art forms, including drawing, painting, printmaking, graphic design and photography. For their demonstration of creativity and artistic talent, ASA also awarded scholarships to more than 40 graduating seniors at the Scholarship Awards Ceremony prior to the opening of the exhibit. Among them were East Meadow High
School’s Caitlyn Herlihy and W.T. Clarke High School’s Paige Anderson.
The district congratulates Caitlyn and Paige for this achievement and all of the students whose work was selected for the annual exhibit.
On March 30, parents of first and second-grade students were invited to attend the district’s first STEAM night, geared at providing parents with a first-hand look at the innovative lessons that their children are engaging in during the school day. Organized by Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Cindy Munter and Director of Math and Science Debra Harley, the evening gave parents the opportunity to rotate between four different hands-on stations where they created a zip line, constructed miniature boats to float and experimented with Ozobots and Dot and Dash robots.
“It was wonderful to see children working alongside their parents to teach them about the valuable lessons they are learning,” said Ms. Munter. “As a district, we remain committed to providing ongoing education and training for our parents so that they understand what is going on in the classroom and can better relate to what their children are learning. We look forward to providing more evenings such as this in the future!”
Thirty-five East Meadow High School students were honored for demonstrating exemplary character and conduct during the school’s annual Breakfast of Champions ceremony on March 24. They were recognized among their parents, teachers and administrators for displaying admirable character traits and positive qualities both in and outside of the school community.
“It is a pleasure and an honor to recognize these students for being who they are and making a positive impact on the East Meadow High School community,” said Assistant Principal Robert Hardwick.
An East Meadow Champion is one who thinks of others and makes consistent positive contributions to his or her surroundings. The honorees were nominated by their teachers for exemplifying academic success, respect and positivity among their peers, school and community.
This year’s East Meadow Champions are:
Joseph De Nicola
Ridannelyn Gibs Gallo
Leah Von Ohlen