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Unveiling the W.T. Clarke REACH Apartment

Unveiling the W.T. Clarke REACH Apartment Photo
The district has brought a world of new opportunities to students in the W.T. Clarke REACH Program with the grand unveiling of the school’s first REACH apartment. 

Across from the REACH classroom, members of central administration, former Superintendent of Schools Leon J. Campo, SEPTA representatives, and REACH faculty, staff and students attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony to see the finished project on June 19. 
The REACH apartment is a 21st Century Learning center equipped with a full kitchen, laundry area, bed, living room and dining room designed to provide students with day-to-day living experiences and vocational skills. It is furnished with marble countertops, a sink and cutting-edge appliances, including a washing machine, dryer, oven, refrigerator, dishwasher and microwave. Cabinets and drawers are labeled with images and vocabulary words to help students make the connection with where items such as dishes, utensils and supplies are stored.

Welcomed guests were invited to tour the apartment and view the amenities while enjoying light refreshments.  
The apartment is a result of the dedication, collaboration and efforts of the Board of Education, administration, and W.T. Clarke faculty and facilities staff. The district extends a special thank-you to P.C. Richard & Son, Mr. Jay Appliances, Mattress Firm and other local vendors for donating the supplies, appliances and furniture for this modern apartment.  

Patrice Dobies, the district’s Director of Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services, acknowledged those who helped make this dream a reality. 

“Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your support of our students in helping them grow to be independent and productive adults,” said Dobies. “This room, which has been a dream of mine for 10 years, will help our students improve the quality of their lives and learn daily skills such as cooking, making a bed and doing laundry.”   

East Meadow Classes of 2017 Honored For Academic Excellence

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Members of East Meadow and W.T. Clarke high schools’ Classes of 2017 were recognized for academic excellence with special scholarships, as well as district and community awards, during two separate senior academic awards ceremonies.

W.T. Clarke High School Principal Timothy Voels welcomed parents, administrators, Board of Education members, community leaders and scholarship sponsors to acknowledge the outstanding achievements and accomplishments the seniors had made over the past four years, noting, “Tonight is a celebration of the dedication, commitment, character and integrity exhibited by the Class of 2017.” 

Prior to awarding the seniors, East Meadow High School Principal Richard Howard presented the Class of 2017 Hall of Distinction inductees. Organized by the school’s Planning and Management Team, the Hall of Distinction acknowledges exceptional East Meadow High School graduates for their accomplishments in their respective vocational fields or contributions to the community. The inaugural inductees include Randi Shubin Dresner, Class of 1978, and graduates of 1965, Jack Costello and Robert Freeman.

“Through their leadership, dedication and outstanding ability, we are pleased to celebrate these inductees’ successes and have them serve as role models for our current students,” said Howard.  

Closing the East Meadow High School ceremony, Assistant Principal Robert Hardwick congratulated the senior class for their hard work, dedication and determination during their time in the district. 

“We are extremely proud of you not only for your academic achievements, but also for your exemplary character,” Hardwick told the class. “I thank you for making our school and community a better place.” 

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VIDEO: Celebrating Bowling Green’s 65th Birthday

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Community members, local officials, students, faculty and administrators gathered to celebrate the 65th anniversary of Bowling Green Elementary School in the district on May 19.

The school was built in the 1950s with the purpose of educating both elementary and junior high school students. The east campus was built in 1951, and two years later, the west building was constructed. At one point in time, student enrollment was more than 1,500.

Opening the ceremony, Bowling Green Principal Maria Ciarametaro welcomed attendees to the celebration of this historic birthday of a terrific school in an exceptional community.

 “We celebrate because the Bowling Green school community is and has always been a wonderful and outstanding community that has seen so many families and children pass through our doors,” said Mrs. Ciarametaro. “We are proud of the innumerable accomplishments and successes of Bowling Green students, past and present.”

The festivities continued with students in grades K-5 performing a “Through the Decades” dance, choreographed by teachers Emily Buckley and Ilyssa Baine. Each grade gave their own performance that displayed music and dance moves from the 1950s to the 2000s, reflecting upon the many years Bowling Green has been educating students of East Meadow. Boosting school spirit was Spike, the school mascot, whose name had been voted on by Bowling Green’s student body prior to the event and revealed during the celebration. The newly designated mascot joined students, administrators and guests in singing “Happy Birthday” to the school as Mrs. Ciarametaro and Assistant Principal Amelia Garcia unveiled the PTA’s gift to Bowling Green: two “buddy benches” at each entrance of the campus, a total of four benches, for students to make new friends at the beginning of the 2017-18 school year.

The anniversary bash concluded with a performance of the new school song, composed by students and children’s singer/songwriter Rick Charette. Departing students received an Italian ice and Bowling Green drawstring bag as a party favor.

The district extends it gratitude to Bowling Green’s students, parents, staff, faculty and administrators, as well as the community, for aiding in the success of this exemplary school. A special thank-you also goes to all of the committees that helped coordinate this celebration and to the PTA for their contributions.  

Special Message to the Community – Bond Initiative

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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 or the library website at 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.


East Meadow Board of Education Holds Reorganization Meeting

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The East Meadow Board of Education held its annual reorganization meeting on July 6 where Scott Eckers and Matthew Melnick were elected President and Vice President, respectively.

Eckers and the Board’s newest trustee, Alisa Baroukh, were officially sworn into three-year terms. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth Card Jr. also took the oath of office for the 2017-18 school year and Jeanne Puma was sworn in as district clerk.

Congratulations To The East Meadow Class of 2017

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Signifying their bright futures, seniors from East Meadow and W.T. Clarke high schools accepted their diplomas under sunny skies on June 25. Both ceremonies included musical interludes from the senior chorale, poignant speeches from administrators and a farewell address from Superintendent of Schools Leon J. Campo.
Filing in to the traditional strains of Sir Edward Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance,” the graduates assembled on their respective schools’ football fields sporting blue and maroon caps and gowns to the applause and cheers of proud parents, faculty, administrators and Board of Education members.

In his final speech before retiring as East Meadow’s Superintendent, Mr. Campo addressed the graduates with words of wisdom while commending their personal and academic growth, as well as their selfless service to the community.

“All of your hard work has brought you to this place of distinction, recognition and accomplishment,” he said. “Together we have traveled a great distance and my wish for you all is to be lifelong learners and use your library of knowledge and experience to help you as you navigate life.”
The valedictorians and salutatorians of both classes addressed their peers one final time reflecting on the fond high school memories and urging their fellow graduates to embrace the uncertainty that the world has to offer.

To commemorate the East Meadow High School 60th graduation exercises, Principal Richard Howard, commended the Class of 2017 for their years of outstanding accomplishments and reminded them they’ll always have a place to call home. He also presented Joseph MacDonell, a graduate of the Class of 1957 with an honorary diploma and bestowed celebratory diplomas to Mr. Campo and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Cindy Munter.

Across the district, W.T. Clarke High School Principal Timothy Voels commended the seniors for their academic successes, community service efforts and passions, while also wishing them a lifetime of happiness in whatever they choose to do.
After receiving their diplomas and moving their tassels to the left, the Class of 2017 tossed their caps in the air, rejoicing with friends and family. The district congratulates both classes and wishes them happiness, prosperity and great success as they embark on their next journey.   

Soaring Onto High School

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Continuing their academic journey in the district, eighth-graders of Woodland and W.T. Clarke middle schools commemorated the culmination of their past three years with commencement ceremonies on June 21.

Entering to Sir Edwward Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance,” a sea of red gowns assembled to the cheers and praise of families, friends, teachers and administrators.

Throughout both commencements, the Woodland trumpet and flute trio and the W.T. Clarke Middle School jazz ensemble serenaded graduates, administrators and welcomed guests.  

In his farewell address to the impending Class of 2021, Superintendent of Schools Leon J. Campo reminded the middle school graduates to thank those who helped them reach this distinction and to make the right decisions over the next four years.  

“I wish everyone of you success in this next step of life and I know you all will continue to do great things,” said Mr. Campo. “As you head off to high school, I’d like to leave you with some advice: thank your teachers, friends, family and administrators for their unconditional support and guidance over the years. Secondly you have your entire lives in front of you, please don’t make bad decisions. As the leaders of tomorrow, the memories you forged in high school will last a lifetime and shape you into outstanding citizens this world needs.”  

Following his speech, Mr. Campo awarded Nishanth Chinnadurai and Hafsa Rehman from Woodland Middle School and Anjali Aggarwal and Ryan Faude from W.T. Clarke Middle School with the Superintendent’s Award. This honor is bestowed upon students at the middle school level for their overall academic excellence, good citizenship, leadership qualities and dignified character.

Continuing with the reminiscent spirit, middle school class representatives reflected upon their milestones and memories with the Class of 2017. They also encouraged their fellow graduates to broaden their horizons and expand upon their experiences in school as well as in life.

Woodland Middle School, Principal James Lethbridge and W.T. Clarke Middle School Principal Stacy Breslin spoke fondly of the physical, emotional, intellectual and social growth of the graduates during their time in middle school They expressed their hopes that the eighth-graders will utilize their experiences, challenges and support from faculty, friends and family in the next phase of life.     

The district commends the eighth-grade graduates on arriving at this prestigious milestone and wishes them tremendous success as they advance to high school.  

Elementary Students Move Up

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Fifth-graders from Barnum Woods, Bowling Green, McVey, Meadowbrook and Parkway elementary schools reflected upon their elementary memories and looked forward to their middle school experiences with moving up ceremonies on June 22.
The principals at each school commended the students on their hard work, devotion and accomplishments over the past six years. They encouraged the graduates to take advantage of what the middle school has to offer, and to be thirsty for knowledge and curious about all of life’s possibilities.

The district congratulates its fifth-grade graduating class and wishes them happiness and many new opportunities as they move on to W.T. Clarke and Woodland middle schools.         

East Meadow Social Studies Honor Society Raises Funds For Worthy Causes

East Meadow Social Studies Honor Society Raises Funds For Worthy Causes Photo
East Meadow High School’s Rho Kappa chapter of the National Social Studies Honor Society recently held two fundraisers that garnered more than $1,400 for Camp ANCHOR and the GI Go Fund.

The honor society held the school’s first Lip Sync Battle on May 19, where faculty members went head to head lip-syncing famous songs. The event raised  $1,000 for Camp ANCHOR (Answering the Needs of Citizens with Handicaps through Organized Recreation). This organization, according to its website, is dedicated to helping children and adults with special needs who reside in the Town of Hempstead.

Not long after on May 24, the Rho Kappa chapter hosted Jeans for Troops Day in honor of Memorial Day. Every student or staff member who wore jeans that day donated $1 or $5, respectively, to benefit the GI Go Fund, which helps veterans with employment, housing and health care. A total of $431 was raised through this drive.

The district commends the Rho Kappa members for helping their community and inspiring their peers to give back.

Patriotic ‘Walk in the Woods’ Celebrates Freedom, Wellness

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To honor the adoption of the American flag, students and faculty of Barnum Woods Elementary School joined local officials and community members for a Flag Day ceremony on June 14.

Dressed in red, white and blue, the students gathered on the school’s front field under sunny skies for the Wednesday ceremony. The U.S. Navy Color Guard raised the flag as members of the fifth-grade band and chorus performed patriotic songs. The ceremony was held prior to the school’s wellness walk, which was dedicated to Barnum Woods physical education teacher Donald Whearty and first-grade teacher Kristine Waters, both of whom are retiring.

Whearty and Waters took the podium to share what the American flag means to them and offer poignant remarks about their time at the school.

“Boys and girls, as I retire from Barnum Woods, I only ask that you strive to do your best, be kind, smile, live by the Golden Rule and know that I am the luckiest person to have been able to teach all of you,” said Whearty. “I will miss you all.” Acknowledging the special day, he noted that the flag is a symbol of freedom to live and become whomever one wants to be.

Waters, a 26-year veteran of the school, reminisced about her earliest memories of the American flag on a shelf in her home and how her grandparents had immigrated to the United States.

“I hope my children remember what I tried to teach them about respecting each other’s differences, treating each other well and being a good citizen at school as well as in the community,” she said.

Following their remarks, Nassau County Legislator Kevan Abrahams thanked the Barnum Woods community and lauded its wellness initiative.

“I am happy to be here with you today — one, to celebrate Flag Day and show patriotism to our country, and two, to be a part of this walk, because walking and exercising strengthens our heart and enables us to live much longer lives,” he said.

Continuing the festivities, recently retired Town of Hempstead Councilman Gary Hudes received a certificate of recognition from Nassau County Legislator Dennis Dunne on behalf of Town Supervisor Anthony Santino. Hudes also accepted the “Building a Better Barnum” plaque from school Principal Gregory Bottari for his tireless dedication to the Barnum Woods community.

“It has been my pleasure to represent this community and to help thousands of families for 17 years,” said Hudes. “Remember, because of what that flag represents, you can be anything you want to be and you can do anything you want to do.”

The ceremony ended with the wellness walk, dubbed “Whearty-Water’s Walk in the Woods.” Waving miniature American flags, the school community embarked on a journey through the neighborhood while sporting hats, signs and banners to promote an active lifestyle and healthy eating habits.

Meet The East Meadow Class of 2017 Valedictorians And Salutatorians

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Culminating their years of educational accomplishments, extracurricular activities and community involvement, East Meadow High School valedictorian Mahalia Mathelier and salutatorian Sonali Persaud, and W.T. Clarke High School valedictorian Alby Joseph and salutatorian Priya Aggarwal, reflected upon their time in the district.  

Finishing her academic career with a 107.856 GPA, Mahalia excelled in her Advanced Placement, honors and college-level classes while participating in school organizations and volunteering within her community. Her diverse interests and talents were evident as a member of Model Congress, French Club, and Business and Social Studies honor societies. A leader among her peers, she served on the National Honor Society Executive Board and was treasurer of the English Honor Society and secretary of Key Club. Her activities were rounded out as a member of the school’s kickline team, the Rockettes, and news editor of the school newspaper, the Jet Gazette.

Outside of the classroom, Mahalia volunteers at the Nassau County Youth Court in Hempstead, where she has been learning the ins and outs of the legal process. The program provides an opportunity for children and adolescents who commit low-level offenses to be adjudicated by their peers.

Among her fondest memories, Mahalia cites the moment that the entire student body cheered for her when she was announced as this year’s valedictorian.

“The outpouring of kindness I received from my peers and teachers was so heartwarming,” she recalled. “Being stopped and congratulated by so many people made me realize how much I am going to miss this school.”

She will pursue a major in economics with a minor in political science at Harvard University in the fall.

Graduating with a 107.4 GPA, Sonali was a leader within the student body as well. She served on the executive board of the National Honor Society, was co-president of the Social Studies Honor Society, chaired the Key Club, and was a member of Model Congress, Mathletes, Peer Leaders, and the Tri-M Music and Science honor societies. In addition, she played on the varsity tennis team for all four years. Her intrinsic motivation to help others prompted her founding of Glamour Girls, an organization that promotes female leadership and provides free cosmetic services to residents of senior citizen homes. She is also a Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership alumna and school representative.

In her scientific studies, Sonali measured and manipulated oscillatory gene expression in caenorhabditis elegans at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory under the guidance of Dr. Christopher Hammell.

Within her community, Sonali completed her Girl Scout Silver Award and, for her leadership award, aims to start an organization similar to Glamour Girls at hospitals for patients and their families. She has shadowed doctors at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, where she also volunteers in the maternity ward, garnering her interest in pediatric health.

The Class of 2017 salutatorian looks forward to the next phase of her education at Georgetown University, where she plans to study health policy on a pre-med track with the goal of becoming a pediatric oncologist or cardiologist.     

“I will always remember my caring teachers and friends at East Meadow for being my greatest support system over the years,” Sonali said. “The help they gave me when my research project unexpectedly took a wrong turn resulted in me winning the NYSSEF [New York State Science and Engineering Fair] Andromeda award.”  

 As valedictorian, Alby ends his tenure at W.T. Clarke High School with a 110.39 GPA. Along with achieving success in the classroom, his community service, involvement in school clubs and musical accomplishments have left an impression on the Class of 2017.

The top-ranked senior is president of the National, Tri-M Music and Science honor societies, as well as a member of Mathletes, Science Olympiads, the English, Math and Foreign Language honor societies, and the Mock Trial team, which recently won the New York State championship. In addition, he is features editor of the school newspaper, the Vanguard. Playing the cello since the fourth grade, Alby has performed in All-Eastern, All-County, All-State and Long Island String Festival Association concerts, in addition to performing in the pit orchestra for the school’s musicals. Outside of Clarke, he has volunteered at the information desk of Nassau University Medical Center.

Through the school’s Science Research program, Alby interned at Stony Brook University, where, under the mentorship of Professor Iwao Ojima, he studied a new way to treat pain by attacking a specific protein. His project earned him third place in the national Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, designation as a  Siemens Competition semifinalist and Regeneron Scholar, and publication of his work in the Columbia University Junior Science Journal.     

Along with his scientific achievements, Alby was named a National Merit Scholarship Program winner.

The Clarke valedictorian will attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the fall, where he will major in chemical engineering.

“One of the reasons I chose MIT was because it seemed the most like Clarke,” he explained. “Clarke’s diverse, close-knit community is what I’m going to miss most but also what I’m most looking forward to when I arrive at MIT.”

Finishing her high school career with a 108.42 GPA, Priya graduates as W.T. Clarke salutatorian following years of challenging course loads and heavy involvement in school and community activities.

During her tenure at Clarke, Priya studied computer science on her own time, which led her to create a computer science initiative on campus. Due to her efforts, a course in the subject will be offered to students in the fall. Applying her strong work ethic to science research, she conducted an experiment at Molloy College that focused on applying the principles of evolution to evaluate how cancer recurs after a variety of treatments. Additionally, she was named a 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Student for her outstanding academic performance and SAT scores.

Aside from her studies, Priya was involved in Science Olympiads and Mathletes, served as layout editor of the Vanguard, and belonged to every honor society at her school. Her greatest passions were serving as DECA president for two consecutive years and actively participating in the school’s Multicultural Club. The DECA team made school history this year by sending 70 members to the state competition and 16 to the International Career Development Conference in California. In April, during the Multicultural Club’s annual show that highlights the different cultures of Clarke High School, Priya performed two Indian dances and two American Sign Language routines.

“The best experiences of my life came about as a member of the Multicultural Club for the past four years,” said Priya. “I’ve always loved being involved in a tight-knit group and making connections that I know will last the rest of my life.”

Outside of Clarke, Priya volunteered at St. Francis Hospital in Port Washington, where she shadowed doctors and assisted visitors.

Capping off her academic achievements, Priya received the Stony Brook University Presidential Scholarship, covering the cost of tuition at SBU, where she will enroll in the Women in Science and Engineering program and major in human evolutionary biology in the fall.

“Clarke has done so much for us by providing all these wonderful opportunities,” she said. “Being a part of this community, having these teachers and interacting with all the grade levels has shaped me into the person I am today. I could not be more grateful for my time at Clarke.”

Celebrating Their Kindness

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Members of Bowling Green Elementary School’s Goodwill Ambassadors, Bridges to Friendship club and Bully Prevention Squad received an end-of-year celebration for their kindness, devotion and success over the school year. All three organizations spend their time volunteering to break isolation among students and prevent bullying within the school, lunchroom and at recess.
Goodwill Ambassadors in grades two and three volunteer twice a week to interact with students who are alone during recess and notify the staff if there is any bullying going on. Members in grades four and five spend one day a week interacting with isolated students as well as assisting lunch aides with kindergartners and first-graders during their lunch periods.

Student volunteers of Bridges to Friendship assist special needs students, as well as report any issues of bullying in the school, on the buses, in the lunchroom and during recess to members of the Bully Prevention Squad.

The Planning Management Team, school social worker Steven Sacks, administrators, faculty and parents organized the end-of-year bash, providing pizza and ice cream to the volunteers and bestowing certificates of recognition upon all members who have helped to make Bowling Green a better place.

Clarke HS Mock Trial Team Wins Championship

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The W.T. Clarke High School Mock Trial club won the New York State High School Mock Trial Championship, held in Albany, New York, May 21-23.

After being named Nassau County champions, the Clarke students presented the same mock case of Robin Berkman v. County of Dover against the top eight regional winners at the James T. Foley Courthouse on May 22. In the semifinal round, Clarke presented both sides of the case — the plantiff and defendant against Iroquois High School and Postdam High School, respectively — before a panel of judges.

Emerging victorious over both schools, Clarke advanced to the finals, where the team served as the plantiff’s lawyers and witnesses to win the Mock Trial Championship against Regis High School.
"I am extremely proud and humbled by the team’s accomplishments,” said Paul Henning, the Clarke Mock Trial advisor. “Their focus and commitment is inspiring and has created a positive environment for future teams to emulate and aspire to achieve. I am also very thankful for the commitment and dedication to this program by [attorneys] Allan Hyman and George Michel."

Meadowbrook Students Receive Visit From Assemblyman McKevitt

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Fifth-graders at Meadowbrook Elementary School about local government when they received a special visit from District 17 Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt on June 9.

During his visit, McKevitt described the duties of an assemblyman and gave an explanation about how laws are passed in the state of New York. He also explained the legislation process and discussed the importance of being civically engaged.  

In turn, students asked McKevitt about his work, including how he became an assemblyman, what laws he has helped to enact, and his favorite and least favorite aspects of his position.

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A Year Of Accomplishments

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The district held its annual awards ceremony on June 6 to recognize middle and high school students for their outstanding achievements throughout the year.

Central administrators, Board of Education members and faculty from all four schools congratulated the students on their accomplishments in art, athletics, business, journalism, humanitarianism, writing, math and science.

As the students accepted their awards, certificates and medals in their respective categories, families and friends applauded their hard work, dedication and perseverance.

The district congratulates these students on a successful school year.

East Meadow Board of Education appoints new assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction

The East Meadow Union Free School District’s Board of Education unanimously appointed David Casamento as the district’s assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. Mr. Casamento returns to East Meadow after a 27-year educational career that began in the district as an AP chemistry/biology and chemistry teacher at W.T. Clarke High School in 1990, a position he held until 2005.

Mr. Casamento most recently held the position of director of science and technology for the East Williston Union Free School District, a post he held for seven years.  In this position, he was responsible for the supervision and evaluation of the science, technology and instructional technology teaching staff, as well as curriculum alignment and development, professional development and establishing a technology vision for the district. Prior to that, he served as director of science and instructional technology in the Huntington School District, and was the director of science for the North Babylon Union Free School District.

“On behalf of the entire Board of Education, I welcome Mr. Casamento back to the East Meadow School District,” said Board of Education President Marcee Rubinstein. “His knowledge and extensive background compliments our district’s  offerings in the fields of science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics. I am confident that his contributions will help us further advance in these areas, as well.”

"It is with great excitement that I am being afforded the opportunity to return to the East Meadow School District as the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction,” said Mr. Casamento. “It was a sad day when I left my science teaching position at W.T. Clarke High School, so coming back makes me feel as though I've truly come full circle professionally. I look forward to working with all of the students, staff, and community members who made me feel welcome 27 years ago and who I look forward to partnering with once again. East Meadow is a place of great opportunity, and I know that together, we will continue to build upon the district's successes and programs for the education of all students."

Mr. Casamento will officially assume his new role in the district on July 17.

Mastering The Art Of The Interview

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East Meadow High School business students honed their interview skills with members of the East Meadow Chamber of Commerce on June 1.

Dressed in business attire, juniors and seniors practiced nonverbal communication techniques such as maintaining appropriate eye contact, holding a good posture and a giving a firm handshake. They also highlighted their successes and greatest assets and asked thoughtful questions pertaining to the job offer.

Along with rating the students’ nonverbal techniques, speech delivery and qualifications, the interviewers also gave them advice on preparing for future interviews.

The district thanks the East Meadow Chamber of Commerce for dedicating their time to help prepare students for future careers.  

Clarke’s Simplastic Takes First Place at JANY Business Plan Competition

Clarke’s Simplastic Takes First Place at JANY Business Plan Competition Photo

The district congratulates team Simplastic from W.T. Clarke High School on winning $10,000 in the final round of the Junior Achievement of New York’s 10th Annual High School Business Plan Competition on June 1.

According to its website, JANY is the local affiliate of Junior Achievement USA, the nation’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future and make smart academic and economic choices.

Simplastic, designed by seniors James Curran, Stephan Gavrielidis, Naman Shakrani and Joseph Zirkel, is an interlocking roadway system that will replace deteriorating roads with more durable high-density polyethylene material.

To reach the final round of competition, five Clarke business teams submitted their business plans, including a PowerPoint presentation and 90-second video pitch, to JANY representatives, who then selected Simplastic to compete against the top 12 schools at the regional finals at Baruch College in New York City on May 26. Advancing to the finals, Simplastic presented among the top six schools at the Kohlberg, Kravis and Roberts office in Manhattan, where each member of the team received a cash prize of $2,500 and a trophy.

W.T. Clarke High School Principal Timothy Voels commended the team for their innovative business concept, explaining that in the past nine years, this is the school’s sixth victory.

“Congratulations to these four young men who created an innovative idea that I believe will one day come to fruition and change the pavement of our roads,” said Voels. “I would also like to extend my congratulations to business teacher Joseph Pavia for his unconditional support and guidance to these students throughout the competition.”

East Meadow District Spring Art Show

East Meadow District Spring Art Show Photo

Widespread talent was on display as students in the district were recognized for their artistic abilities at the District Spring Art Show, held May 30 to June 1 at the Leon J. Campo Salisbury Center.

Under the direction of music teachers David Fletcher and Alexandria deVries, members of the W.T. Clarke Middle School and High School chamber ensembles performed while students, faculty and family members viewed more than 1,200 works of art.

Students in grades 1-12 were selected for their creativity in sculpture, papier-mâché, painting, drawing and photography.  

Clarke HS DECA Team Earns Top Honors at ICDC

Clarke HS DECA Team Earns Top Honors at ICDC Photo
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Sixteen students from W.T. Clarke High School recently traveled to Anaheim, California, to participate in the DECA International Career Development Conference. Members of the Clarke DECA team qualified for the competition by earning top ranking in the state regional conference in Rochester.

Two students placed in the top 15 overall within their category – senior Joseph Zirkel in Start-Up Business Plan and junior Megan Rodriguez in Human Resources Series. Additionally, freshman Abishek Ravindran made Clarke history by earning a top 10 medal in testing for his work in the Principles of Finance category.

The district congratulates these talented business students and commends advisors Joseph Pavia and Carol Duckfield for their dedication to them throughout the year.

W.T. Clarke High School Senior Named National Merit Scholarship Winner

W.T. Clarke High School Senior Named National Merit Scholarship Winner Photo
W.T. Clarke High School senior Alby Joseph has been named one of 7,500 National Merit Scholarship (NMS) Program winners. 

Recipients of a National Merit Scholarship are selected from among the competition’s 15,000 finalists based on their abilities, skills and accomplishments. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation evaluates participants on their academic record, school’s curricula and grading system, two SAT scores, school official’s written recommendation, extracurricular activities, leadership and personal essay. 

Alby felt honored and excited upon hearing that he had received a $2,500 scholarship award from the NMS. “I am so grateful to have received this scholarship, because only a few people are granted this recognition and it shows me that my hard work has paid off,” he said.

The district congratulates Alby on this tremendous achievement and wishes him much success in his future endeavors.     

East Meadow Places Second in Nassau County Comptroller’s High School Business Challenge

East Meadow Places Second in Nassau County Comptroller’s High School Business Challenge Photo

PediaCore, a nine-member team of business students from East Meadow High School, earned second place in the fifth annual Nassau County Comptroller’s High School Business Challenge.

The East Meadow group competed against 20 other teams from nine Nassau County high schools at the Theodore Roosevelt Legislative and Executive Building in Mineola. This year’s entrepreneurial challenge asked teams to conceptualize, develop and bring to market a mobile application with broad appeal in the area of public safety, health care or homeland security.

PediaCore is a mobile app that alerts the user to whether their doctor is on time or not, allows them to make or change appointments, and identifies illnesses within the school district and community. It also refers the user to participating providers in their insurance plans and provides them with access to their medical bills, payment history and immunization forms.    

During the competition, each team presented their business plan and a prototype of their mobile app to a panel of judges, consisting of business professionals and community leaders as well as Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos. 

The East Meadow team won $600 for their second-place finish, provided by the Long Island Conservatory.

Toni McIntosh, the district’s Business and Technology Education Chairperson, congratulated the students on their achievement. 

“This was a remarkable experience and I am beyond impressed with the hard work, dedication and perseverance that these students demonstrated over the course of the year and at the competition,” she said.    

A special thank-you to advisor Marybeth Kane for her support and guidance to the team throughout the year.


Making The Change By Giving

Making The Change By Giving Photo

Culminating their collective fundraising efforts, the W.T. Clarke Middle School Change 4 Change club presented donations to 10 worthy charitable organizations during a special ceremony on May 31.

Change 4 Change is a student-driven service club in which members develop creative fundraising projects and hold competitions throughout the year to benefit charities of their choosing. Over the course of the academic year, members have organized and participated in fundraising events, provided services to the community and advocated for organizations close to their hearts to receive donations at the end-of-year assembly. This year’s fundraisers included Dunk-A-Teacher, Teacher Polar Plunge, Ugly Sweater Day, Guess the Candy Corn, Principal for a Day, Coin Collection: Competition of the Grades, Denim for Dollars, and raffles and book collections.  

Opening the Change 4 Change Giving Assembly, W.T. Clarke Middle School Principal Stacy Breslin welcomed students, faculty and honored guests to this heartwarming celebration. 

“I am very proud of each and every one of you for bringing our motto, ‘Clarke Cares,’ to life today,” Breslin said. “It is through your generosity, strong moral character and fundraising efforts that you have made a positive impact on the school and community.” 

 The festivities continued as W.T. Clarke Middle School Homes and Career teacher Anne LaGreca received the “Be the Change” award for going above and beyond in making a positive difference at W.T. Clarke Middle School and in the community.     

Prior to presenting the charity representatives with their checks, club members explained why the organization is important to them and how it has made an impact in their lives. This year’s charities included the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa Research Association of America, Last Hope Animal Rescue, the League of Yes, the Hagedorn Little Village, the Henry Viscardi School, Building Homes for Heroes, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Bethany House and the Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County. 

Change 4 Change advisors Katie Pienkos and Ashley Sanalitro express their gratitude to the W.T. Clarke Middle School administration, faculty, students and custodial staff for their support, guidance and help throughout the year. They also thank the club members for their dedication and hard work each week and throughout the year. 

Sweet Taste Of Generosity

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The fifth-graders of Gene Vassel’s class at Barnum Woods Elementary School were declared the winners of a recent schoolwide shoe drive. The class won a brunch celebration with Superintendent of Schools Leon J. Campo and Barnum Woods Assistant Principal Harriet Alfano for donating the most shoes during the drive. 

Vassel’s class collected 177 pairs of shoes, aiding in the school’s total contribution of 2,351 pairs to the clothing recycling company Wearable Collections. According to its website, the New York City-based company keeps clothing, textiles and shoes out of landfills while generating funds for local charities.

“It’s truly remarkable to see our young children garner this enormous donation to help those in need,” said Campo.  

The district thanks the Barnum Woods Planning Management Team for organizing the drive and hosting the brunch to recognize the students’ generosity and hard work. 

Celebrating The Earth

Celebrating The Earth Photo

Members of the East Meadow High School environmental and horticulture clubs invited Meadowbrook Elementary School to the high school on May 26 to teach second-graders about environmental sustainability.

The club members were accompanied by the high school’s step team, who performed a routine to welcome the Meadowbrook students and explained the importance of protecting the earth. 

Divided into groups, the high school students guided the second-graders through a series of interactive stations, where they learned about various ways to help save the Earth and signed an Earth Day pledge, wrapped seeds in strips of newspaper to plant organic gardens, ate non-GMO food, decorated recycled canvas bags, and received organic modeling compound after learning how to make it from household materials. They also launched bottle rockets by pumping air into used plastic bottles and posed for pictures in tree and sunflower cutout boards.  

The day concluded with a lesson on the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling to live in a healthy and sustainable environment.  

Meadowbrook Unveils Buddy Bench

Meadowbrook Unveils Buddy Bench Photo
Meadowbrook Elementary School held a special dedication ceremony to reveal the school’s new buddy bench in honor of Tanner Eichele, who passed away from a brain tumor.  

Initiated by Christian Bucks, a first-grader from Roundtown Elementary School in Pennsylvania, the buddy bench is designed to eliminate loneliness and foster friendship on the playground by spreading the message of inclusion and kindness.
Opening the ceremony, Meadowbrook Principal Kelly O’Brien welcomed students, faculty, central administrators, PTA members and Tanner’s parents, Melissa and Andrew Eichele, to honor Tanner’s legacy of being a “buddy to everyone he met” with the new bench.

Mrs. Eichele expressed her gratitude to the entire school community for honoring her son.

“Knowing that children at Meadowbrook will be extending a friendly hand and supporting each other when they need it most is exactly what Tanner would want,” she said. “He would be so proud to see all of you helping each other, making friends and being kind.”

The Meadowbrook student body followed these poignant remarks by performing a song, written for the occasion by school choral and general music teacher Linda Braun, and taking the school’s “Buddy Bench Pledge” to be kind, respectful, understanding and a good friend to all.

The bench will be located near the playground so that students can make new friends and invite others to play during recess.

The district is proud to honor Tanner’s memory and extends a special thank–you to Meadowbrook’s administrators, faculty and PTA for coordinating this special event.     

Bowling Green Celebrates Red Nose Day

Bowling Green Celebrates Red Nose Day Photo
In honor of Red Nose Day, a worldwide effort dedicated to ending child poverty in communities across the globe, students at Bowling Green Elementary School collected monetary funds and nonperishable food donations for the Parish of St. Raphael in East Meadow.
The drive was organized by the Bowling Green Kiwanis Kids, who encouraged their fellow students to wear red and donate $1 or a nonperishable food item to the cause.

Sister Judy from St. Raphael visited the school on May 26, collecting $341.55 and a box filled with rice, pasta and canned vegetables for those less fortunate in the community. 

10 EMHS Student-Athletes Sign Letters of Intent

10 EMHS Student-Athletes Sign Letters of Intent Photo

Ten seniors from East Meadow High School pledged to continue their athletic pursuits in college by signing National Letters of Intent at a recent ceremony for the occasion. Parents, siblings, coaches and school administrators joined the seniors in celebrating the athletic accomplishments that earned them selection to college teams.

East Meadow High School Athletic Chairperson Kevin Regan congratulated the athletes, saying, “You’ve represented us well and we’re very proud of you.”

The students are:
•    William Ayers, football, University of New Haven
•    Gianna Azzato, softball, Stonehill College
•    Daniel Blanco, cross-country and track, William Penn University
•    Timothy Euler, track, Monmouth University
•    Stephen Falco, lacrosse, Dominican College
•    James Howell, lacrosse, Chestnut Hill College
•    Gabriella Piccolo, lacrosse, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
•    Connor Ring, track, Molloy College
•    David Roldan, football, East Stroudburg University of Pennsylvania
•    John Whitenack, lacrosse, LIU Post

Students, Veteran, Board Members Honored in East Meadow

 Students, Veteran, Board Members Honored in East Meadow Photo

Recognitions and accolades abounded on May 25 as the district’s Board of Education acknowledged outstanding students, administrators, fellow Board members and community members during its communication meeting.

Throughout the evening, the Woodland Middle School vocal jazz ensemble, Meadowbrook Elementary School choir and advanced band, and George McVey Elementary School chamber orchestra performed for the Board members, administrators, faculty and community residents in attendance. 

Kicking off the recognitions, Board President Marcee Rubinstein presented Superintendent of Schools Leon J. Campo and Board Vice President Joseph Danenza with certificates of appreciation for their tireless efforts and ongoing commitment to advancing the success of the district. 

The evening proceeded with Cindy Munter, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, and Kathryn Behr, Director of Music and Art, receiving the School District Partner of the Year Award from the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts. Since 2013, the district has set records for attendance at the center by bringing nearly 5,000 students to to see world-class performances in dance, theater and art. The district has also established Enrichment Through the Arts, a powerful early childhood art literacy program, through the close collaboration of Munter, Behr and the Tilles Center. This program gives all district kindergartners an opportunity to explore the arts through teacher-artist visits, theater performances and field trips. 

Acknowledging three years of partnership, Stephanie Turner, Director of Education and Outreach at the Tilles Center, said, “East Meadow is a district that understands that incorporating the arts into teaching and learning is a valuable practice. The arts have the power to make us sympathetic, aware and sensitive to the world around us.”

The attention then turned to veteran Angelo Auletta, who was presented with the Distinguished Service Award by Campo and the Board for his bravery and devoted service to the U.S. during World War II. 

“It is a privilege to recognize individuals who served our country,” said Campo. “All of us are here today because of those who sacrificed to protect our freedoms.”

Following, Robert Schoen, Area 11 Director of the New York State School Boards Association, presented Danenza with the Board Lifetime Achievement Award, NYSSBA’s highest recognition for a Board member. Schoen also bestowed Rubinstein and trustee Brian O’Flaherty with the Board Mastery Award. All three members received these honors for continually striving to expand their knowledge and skills for better board governance by earning credit through NYSSBA training opportunities.

Concluding the evening, students in grades 6-8 were honored as the May and June “Terrific Kids,” in accordance with the East Meadow Kiwanis-sponsored program that recognizes sixth- through eighth-graders who continuously improve as individuals, students and community leaders. Certificates of recognition were presented by the Board, W.T. Clarke Middle School Assistant Principal Linda Lynch and Woodland Middle School Principal James Lethbridge. 

“We are very proud of our Terrific Kids recipients,” said Campo. “They are role models who set an example for others, and who will be the leaders of tomorrow.” 

Preparing Students For The Future

Preparing Students For The Future Photo

As a culmination of their work this year, 12th-graders at East Meadow High School presented their senior projects to fellow classmates, administrators and faculty at the school’s senior project fair.

Members of the Class of 2017 engaged in a real-life experience through an internship or community service placement over the course of the academic year. As part of the initiative, they completed a minimum of 25 hours in their placement, recorded hourly logs and wrote a research paper about their experience. They volunteered their time in a variety of vocational fields, including animal care, business, cosmetology, carpentry, education, health and law.

When presenting at the fair, the seniors discussed what they had learned and how the experience might impact their future as they begin their postsecondary plans. 

The district congratulates the students for their dedication and diligence and thanks the East Meadow High School faculty, staff and administration for coordinating this exceptional program.     

W.T. Clarke MS Student To Compete At World Youth Chess Championship

W.T. Clarke MS Student To Compete At  World Youth Chess Championship Photo
Seventh-grader Katherine Qi of W.T. Clarke Middle School has been selected as a United States Delegation representative for the 2017 World Youth Chess Championship in the girls under 14 section. She will compete in Montevideo, Uruguay from Sept. 16-26.

According to its website, the nonprofit U.S. Chess Federation is the official governing body for chess players and chess supporters in America. Their mission is to empower people through chess and enrich the lives of all persons and communities through increasing the play, study and appreciation of the game.

The district congratulates Katherine on being selected to represent the U.S. and wishes her much success at this prestigious competition.

Video: Woodland Middle School Stuffs The Bus

Woodland Middle School Stuffs The Bus Photo

Staff members, faculty and the entire student body of Woodland Middle School joined together on May 16 to fill a full-sized school bus with basic household necessities for the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island.

The fundraiser, known as Stuff-the-Bus, was spearheaded by the school’s National Junior Honor Society, which decided at the beginning of the school year to focus the school’s collective efforts on benefiting one charity. Woodland’s service clubs and organizations responded by donating within a specific category of need, such as cleaning supplies, disposable products or pantry items. The clubs held individual fundraisers to collect the necessities or to raise funds to purchase the products themselves. Parents, faculty and community members also contributed by dropping off donations in the school lobby’s collection bin throughout the year.

On a bright and sunny Tuesday morning, the middle school’s students, faculty and administrators gathered in front of the building to load the bus, working in assembly line fashion to fill the seats and aisle with paper goods, cleaning supplies, bedding and nonperishable food items, among other sundry products. Once it had been filled, 30 students from the service clubs followed the packed-out bus to the Ronald McDonald House in New Hyde Park, where they unloaded the massive donation.

The district extends a special thank-you to all donors and to the Guardian Bus Company for graciously providing their services.  

Success At The Symposium

Success At The Symposium Photo

Students, family members and the school community gathered at the Leon J. Campo Salisbury Center on May 18 for the district’s Science Symposium, where the science research projects of students from both district high schools were on display.

“The Science Symposium showcases the hard work, dedication and creativity of our high school Science Research students,” said Debra Harley, the district’s Director of Math and Science. “These students have dedicated years to experimenting and discovering new advances in science.”

W.T. Clarke High School senior Harsh Patel welcomed attendees to the event, thanking all of the parents, teachers and students for their support of and dedication to the Science Research program at both schools. Following his remarks, nine seniors discussed the areas of study and findings of their three-year-long research projects, as well as the competitions they had entered and the awards they had earned with them. The presentation ensued with guests browsing more than 100 projects that demonstrated the high schoolers’ dedication and hard work.

The district extends special thanks to Harley, Science department chairpersons Debbie Langone and Nicole Hiken from East Meadow High School and W.T. Clarke High School, respectively, and the science research teachers from both campuses for their support and guidance in assisting the students’ research projects and arranging this year’s symposium.  

W.T. Clarke MS Duo Advances to State Science Congress

W.T. Clarke MS Duo Advances to State Science Congress Photo
W.T. Clarke Middle School eighth-graders Emma Jones and Elianna Rivera, have qualified to compete in the junior division of the New York State Science Congress, to be held in Buffalo, New York, on June 3.

The state science competition, sponsored by the Science Teachers Association of New York State, exhibits the science projects of middle, junior high and senior high school students. Projects encompass the fields of behavioral science, biology, chemistry, earth, energy, space, ecology and physics.
To qualify for states, Emma and Elianna conducted an independent research study and three-month experiment titled “What is the Effect of Various Filtration Methods and Materials on the Quality of Water?” They presented their research at the junior division of the Long Island Science Congress, at Saint Anthony’s High School on April 4. The regional competition required them to deliver an eight-minute presentation on their experiments, followed by a Q&A session.   

The district wishes Emma and Elianna the best of luck as they advance to the state competition.

East Meadow Honors Artistic Accomplishments, Musical Milestones and Exemplary Character of Students

East Meadow Honors Artistic Accomplishments, Musical Milestones and Exemplary Character of Students Photo

Hundreds of elementary and secondary school students were honored for their excellence in music, art and humanitarianism during the district’s annual Music and Art Awards ceremony on May 9.

Superintendent of Schools Leon J. Campo opened the ceremony by highlighting the exceptional students for their many accomplishments over the course of the year and thanking the talented teachers, administrators and community members for their continued support of the district’s fine arts program.

“Tonight is about recognizing our students who diligently worked to develop their talents in music, art and humanitarianism,” Mr. Campo said. “As long as we work together in partnership for the benefit of our children and our children continue to share their talents, this is going to be a much better world.”

Following his welcoming remarks, students from each of the district’s nine schools were recognized with humanitarian awards for their strong character, tolerance and leadership skills. The honorees had also demonstrated outstanding citizenship by promoting kindness, sensitivity and acceptance of each other.

In addition, more than 300 students were honored for their outstanding achievements in music and art.

As each student accepted their award, families, central administrators, faculty and members of the Board of Education applauded their creativity, diligence and compassion.

Music highlights included:
•    Seven students were selected as All-State musicians and six were named alternates for the New York State School Music Association Winter Conference in Rochester, New York.
•    Thirty-three students were selected to perform in the Long Island String Festival Association festivals.
•    A total of 147 students performed in the Nassau Music Educators Association All-County Festival at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts.
•    Two high school seniors were selected to perform in the National Association for Music Education All-National Ensembles in Grapevine, Texas.
•    Three high school seniors were selected to perform in the National Association for Music Education’s Biennial Eastern Division Conference in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
•    One high school senior was invited to perform in the United States Army All-American Marching Band in San Antonio, Texas.
•    Seven elementary school students performed in the Nassau Music Educators Association’s PEAK (Parents, Educators and Kids) Festival.

Art highlights included:
•    Sixty-six students participated in the Art Supervisors Association All-County Art Exhibition.
•    Twelve students were selected to participate in the Long Island Art Teachers Association Art in HeART Exhibition and two students participated in the New York State Art Teacher Association Legislative Student Art Exhibition.
•    Eight elementary school students created illustrations for the district’s 2017-18 budget book.
•    Ten high school students participated in the Olympics of the Visual Arts state competition in Saratoga, New York.

Two elementary school students were New York State merit winners in this year’s PTA Reflections Program, which had the theme “What’s Your Story.”

VIDEO: Incoming Middle School Students Were Delighted To Be Invited

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Fifth-grade students from Barnum Woods, Bowling Green, George McVey, Meadowbrook and Parkway elementary schools in the district were treated to a special concert by Woodland Middle School’s eighth-grade band, chorus and orchestra as part of the Woodland Invitational “Unite and Delight” event on May 18.

“The Unite and Delight Music Invitational was designed as a showcase for our performing music ensembles while also serving as a warm welcome for the incoming sixth-graders who will be attending middle school this fall,” said the district’s Director of Music and Art Kathyrn Behr. “The eighth-grade student musicians have worked diligently to prepare their musical pieces and are excited to demonstrate their talents for our young audience.”

Whether it was the recently revived theme from “Beauty and the Beast” performed by the Woodland orchestra or a Disney medley that included the signature song “Be Our Guest” from the same movie delivered by the chorus, the fifth-graders were thoroughly entertained and greeted with many smiles by the Woodland staff and student leaders upon arrival. As an added treat, each fifth-grader received a Woodland string bag filled with a water bottle, lanyard and a few school supplies.

“Unite and Delight will ease the students’ transition to middle school and help them understand more about who we are as a school,” said Woodland eighth-grader Jacob Craven, a member of the chorus and volunteer greeter for the event. “The advice I would give them is to not be scared, let everything happen and do the best you can in your classes.”

The fifth-graders also attended a sixth-grade orientation earlier in the year, during which they toured the building where they will attend middle school in the fall.

Advancing To The Finals

Advancing To The Finals Photo
Two W.T. Clarke Middle School students have advanced to the National History Bee Finals, which will be held June 1-4 in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Seventh-grader James Griesing and eighth-grader Nick Spano are moving on to nationals after competing in the New York Regional Finals of the National History Bee. They will participate in the competitions for their respective age divisions, answering 25 questions in each of four preliminary buzzer rounds and taking a written exam consisting of 40 multiple choice questions about U.S. and global history. 

The 64 highest ranked students in each division will advance to the championship buzzer round on the last day of the competition, where one student in each division will earn the title of National History Bee Grand Champion. 

The district wishes James and Nick much success as they compete at finals.