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Fifth-grade students at Parkway Elementary School celebrated their personal narratives on January 10.
Each fifth-grade class spent the past two months brainstorming, creating and executing a personal narrative. With the stories completed and published, the students had the opportunity to share while also reading their peers’ tales. The students swapped classrooms to read several narratives, then left notes on the authors’ compliment sheets.
Narratives included memories ranging from trips to Six Flags to birthday parties and family vacations. When the exercise concluded, students came back to their own desks to view the compliments left by their peers and celebrated with their classmates.
The narratives were an excellent opportunity for students to share personal stories while seeing the chronicles and creativity of their classmates!
Kara Riley’s third grade class in the East Meadow School District’s Meadowbrook Elementary School transformed their classroom into a Personal Narrative Café on January 8.
The café was opened to celebrate the students’ first published personal narrative writing. The third-graders had been working on the short stories for the past two months by going through the phases of brainstorming, revising, editing, publishing and celebrating.
During the celebration, the students completed a full “book tasting menu” by reading a different peer’s book for each of the four courses (appetizer, salad, main course and dessert). After completing the book “meal,” students turned to their “reflection napkin” where they shared notes on how each of the authors “glowed,” by providing highlights of their books and how they can “grow” by sharing constructive feedback.
The café was a great way for students to celebrate, share and reflect their two months of hard work!
East Meadow School District’s Barnum Woods Elementary School Student Council continued its traditional Toys for Tots Drive this year by collecting an overwhelming amount of donations.
The Student Council was able to fill 50 boxes of toys, books, dolls, puzzles and board games for those in need. On December 17, the collections were picked up by the United States Marine Corps and sent out for distribution.
The district thanks advisors Anna Cangelosi, Jackie Chionchio and Pam Lucas for their leadership. A big thanks also goes out to the entire Student Council at Barnum Woods and congratulations on a job well done!
The final East Meadow School District Board of Education meeting for the 2018 calendar year was one of celebration in the W.T. Clarke High School auditorium on December 19.
The evening opened with W.T. Clarke High School Principal Timothy Voels and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth A. Card, Jr. accepting citations of congratulations from local legislators for the school being named a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School this past October. In attendance was District 13 Legislator Thomas McKevitt, District 15 Legislator John Ferretti and Assemblyman John Mikulin. County Executive Laura Curran also send along a citation of congratulations.
The night continued with the presentation of “Sounds of the Season” by the East Meadow Music Department. Ten musical groups from throughout the district including the Woodland Middle School Vocal Jazz Ensemble, the Barnum Woods and McVey Fifth-Grade Select Orchestra, the W.T. Clarke High School Select Chorale, the East Meadow High School Handbell Choir, the W.T. Clarke Flute Ensemble, the Woodland Seventh-Grade String Quartet, the East Meadow REACH Music Students, the Combined Rockefeller Center Tube Ensemble, the W.T. Clarke High School Full Chamber Orchestra and the East Meadow All District A Cappella performed holiday classics such as “Joy to the World,” “O Hanukkah,” “Frosty the Snowman” and many more.
The Board of Education and Central Administration thanks all the performers and staff for putting together a wonderful holiday celebration. Special thanks as well to Director of Music and Art Dr. Christopher Hale and the entire East Meadow music and art programs.
Fifth-grade students in Jane Hodge’s science classes at Barnum Woods Elementary School recently took part in lessons about the ecosystem. They created their own eco-columns while taking on the responsibility of preserving the environments.
Two of Ms. Hodge’s classes had the opportunity to create the eco-columns by constructing three two-liter bottles into a terrarium, an aquarium and a connecting column. With the terrarium on top, the water used to feed the living and non-living organisms soaked through the column and into the aquarium to provide fresh water.
The living residents of the ecosystem included snails, guppies, crickets and pill bugs in addition to non-living elements.
“I learned how the ecosystem helps insects like the cricket live and how the cycle of water from the terrarium to the aquarium helps the living and non-living organisms,” said fifth-grader Lexi Elfassy.
East Meadow School District community members gathered on December 3 at Barnes and Noble, in Carle Place, for Bowling Green Elementary School’s Book Fair and Family Night.
Family members came together as Bowling Green teachers read stories to children, students interacted at a STEAM table and the Bowling Green Orchestra performed. Highlighting the evening for those in attendance was a meet and greet with the authors of “The Adventures Guild,” Zack Loran Clark and Nicki Eliopulos.
The district thanks the staff at Bowling Green for putting together a fun evening for the community!
Students in East Meadow School District’s Barnum Woods Elementary School celebrated their efforts in the Kids Heart Challenge with a day of games on December 7.
Formerly known as Hoops for Heart, the program is held in association with the American Heart Association and was spearheaded at Barnum Woods by physical education teacher Deborah Barbato. Students and staff members entered the challenge with a fundraising goal of $5,000, and collected donations through online and in-school programs.
On December 7, each grade came together during different periods to participate in games organized by Ms. Barbato and the physical education staff. The activities served as thank you to the students for their efforts, as well as an opportunity to bring in last minute donations.
For the second consecutive year, fourth-grader Molly Nadler was the top student fundraiser in the school with $1,200 collected as of December 10. The district congratulates Molly and all the students for helping support a great cause. The district would also like to thank Ms. Barbato for her leadership in organizing this event!
The W.T. Clarke High School Chorale helped enhance the holiday mood during the Community Association of Stewart Avenue and East Meadow Chamber of Commerce Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 7. They presented a variety of holiday songs that brought the season’s joy to their audience.
Prior to the lighting of the tree, the ensemble took the stage to sing many holiday tunes for the community members in attendance. Some of the numbers included “Deck the Halls,” “Jingle Bells” and “Joy to the World.”
The tree lighting served as the first of many public performances for the W.T. Clarke music department during the month of December. The Chorale is also scheduled to perform on December 19 at the RXR Plaza in Uniondale along with the W.T. Clarke Middle School Chamber Singers at noon.
Each year Bowling Green Elementary School, the Hope for the Holidays Team sponsors Cozy Day to help pay it forward. On November 30, students and staff members at Bowling Green were invited to dress “cozy” to raise money.
Everyone that participated in Cozy Day was asked to contribute $1 to buy gifts for those less fortunate in the community. Proceeds were combined with donations from the Jeans for Joy Fridays held throughout the first few months of school. Mrs. Abshire’s fifth-grade students budgeted and estimated how much could be spent on each recipient. The students also shopped, sorted and wrapped the gifts and created gift tags and cards.
Bowling Green hopes these gifts help make an impact for those that receive them during the holiday season!
Student-athletes from East Meadow High School gathered at the December 5 Board of Education meeting to be honored for their accomplishments this past fall.
Members of the boys’ varsity cross country team and the girls’ varsity soccer team were recognized with certificates of excellence and commended by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth A. Card, Jr. and Board President Matthew Melnick. The cross country team earned a conference championship, second place at the Nassau County Championship and placed ninth in the New York State Class ‘A’ race. The girls’ soccer team went 12-3-3 during the season and were crowned co-county champions.
District Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics Kristi Detor, along with East Meadow High School Director of Athletics Kevin Reegan, also acknowledged senior Meadow Perez for her qualification in the New York State Swimming Championship, as well as Katherine Marsh for representing the Jets in the girls’ cross country state championship.
“These students not only represent East Meadow with pride and class in competition, but also in the community and the classroom,” said Mr. Reegan.
The fall athletic season was full of highlights for the District as various teams and students-athletes at East Meadow High School and W.T. Clarke High School put forth admirable performances.
East Meadow High School Senior Meadow Perez was among the high achievers as a qualifier for the New York State Swimming Championships in the butterfly stroke. She was also one of 17 student-athletes to earn the All-County recognition. Similarly, two East Meadow High School football players were named All-County Honorable Mention and 18 student-athletes earned All-Conference and All-Division accolades.
At the team level, the East Meadow High School boys’ varsity cross country team was crowned conference champion and advanced to runner up in the Nassau County Championships. The team also placed ninth in the New York State Championship Class ‘A’ race. The season ended with the program earning the top ranking in Nassau County and second on Long Island. The East Meadow High School girls’ varsity cross country team finished third at the county championship and Katherine Marsh represented the Jets at the State cross country championship.
The East Meadow High School varsity girls’ soccer team tied as co-county champions behind a 12-3-3 record before winning two games in the county playoffs. Meanwhile, the varsity field hockey team qualified for the semifinal round of the county playoffs and the varsity football, girls’ volleyball and boys’ volleyball teams all competed in their respective quarterfinal rounds.
A total of seven student-athletes at W.T. Clarke High School earned All-County awards with an additional three honorable mention selections. All-Conference selections included 15 individuals from football, boys’ soccer, girls’ soccer, girls’ volleyball, cross country and field hockey while two more student-athletes were named All-League.
The W.T. Clarke High School varsity football team posted a 7-1 record for the season to help head coach Timothy O’Malley earn Coach of the Year honors from the league. The team’s season extended into the county playoffs.
The W.T. Clarke varsity boys’ volleyball team compiled an 11-8 overall record and earned a spot in the county playoffs after defeating Valley Stream South in a play-in match. Additionally, the cross country program competed at the county championships.'
“The 2018 fall season was a big success for the East Meadow High School and W.T. Clarke High School athletic departments,” said district Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics Kristi Detor. “Congratulations to all of our teams and student-athletes for demonstrating the great of East Meadow!”
A YouTube audition video helped East Meadow School District’s W.T. Clarke High School junior Matthew Michaelis earn a spot in the Macy’s Great American Marching Band, which was featured in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 20.
The famous marching band has been spotlighted in the parade since 2006. The finest high school musicians from across the United States attempt acceptance to this ensemble, which is directed by Auburn University’s Dr. Richard Good.
W.T. Clarke music teacher Molly Ingoglia encouraged Matthew to submit an application and audition video with hopes of placement in the brass percussion section for the Euphonium. He is among 30 brass percussion members that were ultimately chosen for the 225-person band that included musicians, flag holders and dancers.
“Being one of only a few students from New York selected was a great honor,” said Matthew. He also said, “it was a great experience that I look forward to returning to next year.”
In addition to performing at the parade, the band also made an appearance on NBC’s Today Show on November 19.
The district was proud and excited to see Matthew represent W.T. Clarke High School, and looks forward to seeing him again next year!
Bowling Green Elementary School welcomed special guests on November 28 when the Viscardi Ambassadors discussed disability awareness. As members of the Henry Viscardi School, a state-supported special education school in Searingtown that serves disabled students from pre-K through high school, the speakers gave their East Meadow peers a glimpse at their daily lives.
While visiting classrooms, the Viscardi Ambassadors shared information such as their interests, dreams, families and experiences as well as details about their disabilities. The interactive sessions encouraged students and teachers to ask questions about the presenters, the challenges they face and the programs and settings at Viscardi School.
The Viscardi Ambassadors is a club that presents to elementary, middle and high schools, as well as colleges and businesses. The club is comprised of boys and girls of different ages, grade levels, hometowns and disabilities. The aim of the presentations is to aid in breaking down the barriers that exist between the able-bodied world and those that are physically challenged.
Bowling Green thanks the Viscardi Ambassadors for visiting our school and showcasing the great happening at Viscardi.
Turkey trots at Meadowbrook and McVey elementary schools helped to promote family fitness while boosting excitement for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Due to inclement weather on November 20, the Meadowbrook Elementary School physical education department moved its second annual turkey trot indoors to the building’s gymnasium. Students accumulated a great number of laps around the basketball court to the sound of holiday music. The event demonstrated the community pride and generosity of students and parents as non-perishable food items were collected and donated to Island Harvest for the holiday season.
McVey Elementary School was fortunate to have the cooperation of the weather on November 21, when students were able to welcome special guests to join them for laps on the school’s back lawn. The physical education department set up a quarter-mile lap that participants enthusiastically walked or ran around. Each grade participated at designated times during the day with the goal of completing at least two individual laps.
The district congratulates and thanks the students and special guests for their involvement in the turkey trots and for giving back to the community!