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Mindfulness: Shifting from Surviving to Thriving

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VIDEO: W.T. Clarke High School Hosts Career Day

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Students in grades 10-12 at W.T. Clarke High School recently explored a vast range of careers during the school’s first Career Day.

The event, coordinated in part by Beth Bucheister, executive director of Career Day Inc., provided students with a venue to meet and learn from 58 professionals representing a variety of fields, including carpentry, real estate, medicine, fashion, marketing, computer science and engineering. Among the professionals were Clarke High School alumni, who explained how their high school experiences had impacted their future.

“Career Day connects students with business leaders to give them an inside look at major industries and better understand what it takes to get to where these professionals are,” said Clarke business teacher Joe Pavia. “It’s an excellent opportunity for students to explore different career pathways.”

Kicking off the day, students attended the “Empowering 21st Century Students: Where Am I Going?” assembly led by Randy Shain, founder of One on One Mentors; Michelle Kyriakides, executive director of the Hofstra University Career Center; and Bucheister, who inspired students to identify their “VIPS” – values, interests, personality and skills – when determining which career path to take. 

Following the assembly, students attended two breakout sessions with presenters based on their career interests. During these sessions, industry leaders discussed their everyday tasks and experiences, shared their educational backgrounds and answered students’ questions. 

“What I would like students to gain from this experience is an understanding of how much opportunity there is to find and work toward a career that is meaningful to them,” said Bucheister.

W.T. Clarke High School would like to thank the Board of Education, central administration, the school’s Career Day Committee, the PTSA, the East Meadow Chamber of Commerce and the participating local businesses for making its first Career Day a huge success. 

 

 

East Meadow HS Sophomore Named HOBY Ambassador

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East Meadow High School sophomore Leilani Blakeman has been recognized as a Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership ambassador for the 2017-2018 academic year.
 
According to its website, HOBY, founded in 1958, is an organization that inspires and develops youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation. 

As an ambassador, Leilani will participate with other teenagers in the HOBY Leadership Conference in June, where she will collaborate with recognized leaders in business, government, education and other professions to discuss current world issues. 

Leilani was selected through a rigorous process that included an interview by faculty, administration and a former HOBY ambassador. She unanimously impressed the panel with her poise, confidence and genuine concern for others.

Leilani is a very conscientious student who is enrolled in Advanced Placement and honors classes, and is involved in numerous extracurricular activities. She is a member of the school’s Model Congress, World Hunger Action and Key clubs, and is also an active member of the English, Social Studies and Tri-M Music honor societies.
 
With a passion for the arts, Leilani participates in the school’s Theatre Guild and serves as treasurer of the school’s choir. Outside of school, she takes private dance lessons and is active in the regional and local theater community. Her proudest moment in theater was making it to the final callback for the part of Young Cosette in “Les Miserables,” on Broadway.
  
“We are very proud to be represented by Leilani,” said guidance counselor Mona Allen. “She is mature, intelligent, sincere, and a natural leader.”

Joining Hands For World Kindness Day

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In honor of World Kindness Day, students and staff at Meadowbrook Elementary School raised more than $900 to help those affected by the recent hurricanes.

According to the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation’s website, World Kindness Day is a global, 24-hour celebration dedicated to paying it forward, focusing on positivity and spreading kindness. 

Meadowbrook acknowledged this special day by collecting monetary donations to help victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Students, teachers and administrators who donated to the cause wrote their names on paper hands, which are currently being displayed on a World Kindness Day poster in the school lobby, to show how people can make a difference when they work together. 

All donations will be sent to All Hands Volunteer, a nonprofit disaster relief organization dedicated to rebuilding hope for people impacted by natural disasters.   
 

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Sounds Of The Season

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Students in the district gave riveting performances for the Board of Education and community members during the Board’s communication meeting, on Dec. 21, at East Meadow High School.

As a tradition, the Board’s December communication meeting is devoted to featuring holiday-inspired musical performances by the district’s exceptionally talented student-musicians. The evening included performances by members of the Bowling Green and Barnum Woods elementary schools holiday ensemble; the McVey Elementary School chamber winds; the district’s REACH musical ensemble; the Woodland Middle School vocal jazz ensemble; the East Meadow High School jazz ensemble, handbell choir and chamber choir; the W.T. Clarke High School percussion ensemble, vocal jazz ensemble and full orchestra; and both high schools’ 2017 Tuba Christmas ensemble. 

The district commends these students for their outstanding performances.

Hope For The Holidays

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The fifth-graders in Jennifer Abshire’s class at Bowling Green Elementary School in the district came together in the spirit of the season when they wrapped toys for 26 families as part of the school’s “Hope for the Holidays” toy drive.
   
Over the course of three weeks, students, staff and adminstrators raised more than $1,800 for the toy drive through two schoolwide fundraisers. On “Cozy Day,” students and faculty were encouraged to wear pajamas and donate $1 to decorate a heart for display in the school’s lobby. Continuing the comfortable dress theme, the second fundraiser, “Jeans for Joy,” asked faculty to wear jeans on a designated Friday to make their contribution. In addition, teachers and staff could sponsor a student to donate to the holiday drive. 

After all donations were collected, Ms. Abshire’s class visited Toys R Us in Carle Place to purchase gifts for local families.

Listening to holiday music and wearing festive clothes, the fifth-graders gathered in groups to wrap the presents, which included Play Doh sets, Legos, coloring books, racecars and a princess dress chest. 

East Meadow Students’ Artwork Featured At Winter Art Show

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Students spanning first through twelfth grade in the district were recognized for their talents and creativity during the district’s Winter Art Show at the Leon J. Campo Salisbury Center on Dec. 20. 

Students, families and faculty members browsed the 130 works of art on display as East Meadow High School’s string quartet performed winter classics. Those whose pieces were on exhibit had been chosen for their adept technique in graphic design, painting, drawing and photography. 

The district extends a special thank-you to Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Dr. David Casamento, Director of Music and Art Dr. Christopher Hale, district art faculty including Art Chairperson Heather Anastasio and art show coordinator Lisa Young, and the custodial staff for their hard work and dedication in arranging this year’s gallery.  

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Board of Education Adopts Use of BoardDocs

Please be advised that the Board of Education has adopted the use of BoardDocs for its public meetings to ensure public access to Board Meeting agendas and minutes, as well as committee reports provided at the Communications Meetings. By using BoardDocs, attendees at Board meetings will be able to use their handheld devices to access the board agenda in real time to follow along as the Board conducts its business in public. Over the next several months, the district will phase out the distribution of paper copies of committee reports since they will be available via BoardDocs.

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East Meadow HS Theatre Guild Presents ‘The Pajama Game’

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The East Meadow High School Theatre Guild and music department generated plenty of steam with their performance of “The Pajama Game.” Audience members sang along and fell in love again with this timeless story on Dec. 7-9. 

As conditions at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory become unbearable, union workers go on strike demanding a seven-and-a-half-cent raise. While the strike blossoms, new superintendent Sid Sorokin and Babe Williams, leader of the union grievance committee, dive into a romantic relationship that will not only have to endure this conflict between management and labor, but also endure a battle of the sexes.   

Directed by East Meadow High School chorus teacher Caitlin Hale, the talented East Meadow cast and crew presented a crowd-pleasing classic musical comedy traveling back to the 1950s era with energetic songs and dance routines.

The Theatre Guild would like to express their gratitude to Mrs. Hale, East Meadow High School Music Chairperson Stephen Engle (conductor), art teacher Ingo Prangenberg (technical advisor), music teacher Bill Kinslow (sound design) and Board of Education trustee Scott Eckers (lighting design) for this successful fall musical.   

Hurricane Helpers

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Fifth-graders at Bowling Green Elementary School raised more than $1,500 for MedShare through their “Hurricane Helpers” fundraiser to help those affected by the recent hurricanes.

According to its website, MedShare is a nonprofit humanitarian aid organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of people, communities and the planet by sourcing and directly delivering surplus medical supplies and equipment to communities in need around the world.  

Throughout the month of October, the fifth-graders asked students, staff and administrators to make a monetary donation and to color in paper cutouts of Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. The school’s Kiwanis Kids club collected the donations and cutouts from each classroom and pasted the images on large paper hearts that were displayed in the hallway outside the main office.  

The grand total of $1,514.90 will assist MedShare in distributing medical supplies and basic care items to those affected by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. 

Bowling Green’s fifth-grade class would like to thank all families, students and faculty members who helped make this fundraiser a huge success.  

Woodland Middle School Hosts Ryan’s Story

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Sixth-graders at Woodland Middle School learned a valuable lesson about the effects bullying can have on students and their families when they attended a “Ryan’s Story” assembly.  

Ryan’s Story is an anti-bullying program based on the life and death of 13-year-old Ryan Halligan, who committed suicide in 2003 due to depression and constant bullying. 

In an emotional presentation that included a slideshow of Ryan throughout the years, Ryan’s father, John Halligan, recounted the story of his son’s life and the ridicule he endured. He described the devastating impact his son’s suicide has had on his family and discussed the power of forgiveness.  He also encouraged the sixth-graders to stand up to friends who may be unkind to others.

Meadowbrook students adopt a new mindset

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Fifth-graders at Meadowbrook Elementary School in the East Meadow School District discovered how “growth mindset” thinking can enhance their learning. 

While reading “What Do I Do with a Problem?” and “What Do I Do with an Idea?” by Kobi Yamada, Tara Bouza’s class discussed ways they have worked through situations of failure and reflected on what they excel in, such as soccer, math, playing an instrument and dancing. 

Realizing they can train their brain to overcome obstacles, the fifth-graders created a chart identifying negative experiences they have encountered and generated different ways to think should a similar problems arise.

As challenges surface, the students will be able to use their growth mindset skills to remain persistent and focused on the process of learning.   

East Meadow Students Named LISFA Performers

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A total of 27 students in grades 5-12 from the district have performed, or will perform, in Long Island String Festival Association concerts this school year.

Established in 1956, LISFA’s mission is to educate young string musicians by providing them the opportunity to work with renowned conductors and musicians from accross the country. 

In November, 16 East Meadow and W.T. Clarke high school students performed in the Nassau Secondary Festival at Wisdom Lane Middle School in Levittown. Similarly, eleven students in grades 5-8 have been invited to perform in the Nassau Intermediate Festival in March at Uniondale High School.

The district is tremendously proud of these students for their dedication and musical accomplishments. 

East Meadow HS Students Host Fundraisers For Hurricane Harvey Victims

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In a collective effort, the East Meadow High School community collected monetary donations and school supplies to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
 
Over the course of a month, students, staff and administrators purchased $1 “Hurricane Relief” wristbands or made monetary donations to the school’s American Red Cross Hurricane Relief fundraiser. A total of $1,250 was raised to help provide medical assistance to those affected by the hurricane. 

Additionally, students in Lisa Guerriero’s Advanced Fitness class hosted a school supplies collection drive for Burnett Elementary School in Houston, Texas. Through the generous efforts of students and faculty, five boxes of binders, folders, notebooks, backpacks, pens, pencils, crayons and markers were collected.     

East Meadow Students Named All-County Musicians

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A total of 148 students from the district have been selected to perform in the Nassau Music Educators Association All-County Festivals in January.  Each of the seven concerts will take place at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts.

These student-musicians in grades 5-12 received this honor based on their New York State School Music Association solo evaluation and teacher recommendations. 

The district congratulates these students on their musical achievements!   

Kindness From Bowling Green’s Kiwanis Kids Club

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The Kiwanis Kids club at Bowling Green Elementary School held a Thanksgiving food drive from Nov. 1-16 that yielded roughly 1,100 pounds of donations for families in the community.

Bowling Green staff and students were encouraged to donate canned goods and nonperishable items such as canned corn, beans, rice, pasta and soup. Each week during the drive, the Kiwanis Kids members collected the donated goods from each classroom. 

On Nov. 17, the Kiwanis Kids board members gathered to sort through the donations and prepared boxes for local families to celebrate the holiday. 

VIDEO: Barnum Woods Fourth-Graders Honor Veterans

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The fourth-graders in Elena DiCocco’s class at Barnum Woods Elementary School invited veterans and active-duty service members and their families to a special Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 9.

Barnum Woods Principal Gregory Bottari welcomed families, staff and East Meadow Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth A. Card Jr., a U.S. Navy veteran himself, to the ceremony. 

“Today we celebrate America’s veterans for keeping this nation the land of the free and home of the brave,” said Bottari. “We appreciate the sacrifices they’ve given and the honor they’ve bestowed upon our country.” 

During the event, students shared what they had learned about the federal holiday, including its origins and the meaning behind the “taps” bugle call.  Students also enjoyed the priveledge of introducing each of the veterans. Additionally, fourth-graders Michael Bellocco and Nicholas Guarneri folded an American flag into a tri-cornered shape that symbolizes the hats worn by soldiers during the Revolutionary War. As they did so, fellow classmates discussed the seven pillars of character that soldiers embody. Following this presentation, the class came together to perform Mariah Carey’s “Hero,” and guests viewed a slideshow of the veterans being honored. 

Addressing DiCocco, her students and Mr. Bottari, Dr. Card said, “Thank you for your hard work in putting this ceremony together. It is truly an honor to be recognized by all of you.” 

To conclude the ceremony, students lit green lights as the veterans walked off the stage. The gesture was inspired by the “Greenlight a Vet” campaign, in which the green light symbolizes the support, appreciation and gratitude citizens have for the brave veterans of this country.      

 

East Meadow Honors Veterans

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In observance of Veterans Day, students in the district honored and thanked veterans for their service on Nov. 9.

Bowling Green Elementary School students paid homage to those who have fought for the country by planting a sea of miniature American flags, provided to every student and faculty member courtesy of the PTA, on the school’s front lawn. 

Across the district at W.T. Clarke Middle School and East Meadow High School, students listened to veterans speak about patriotism and acts of service to the nation. The middle schoolers heard from Vietnam veterans, who shared their experiences and discussed hardships of the war such as the extreme weather conditions of steaming temperatures and monsoons. The speakers gave students a firsthand glimpse into the war by circulating authentic materials such as soldiers’ helmets and vests, books, photo albums and enemy equipment. 

Sophomores at East Meadow High School attended Veterans Day presentations held by U.S. Army veteran Joshua Rivera, who discussed his 15-month tour in Iraq. A graduate of East Meadow High School, Rivera shared childhood experiences, explained why he enlisted in the military, and educated students about his uniform while demonstrating how to properly wear a gas mask.    

In turn, the students expressed their gratitude to the veterans for serving the country and devoting their lives to protecting the freedoms of the United States. 



Helping Others One Lap At A Time

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Parkway Elementary School students took part in their school’s annual Turkey Trot fundraiser on November 1st  to help families have a bountiful Thanksgiving. 

Since September, students in kindergarten through fifth grade trained for the event by running laps outdoors during their gym classes to improve their running times. For this year’s fundraiser, students were encouraged to bring in canned goods and nonperishable items to assist Island Harvest in providing families on Long Island with a delicious Thanksgiving meal. 
  
On the day of the event, students ran the perimeter of the building, or inside the gymnasium, for a specified amount of time, based on grade level. Before they started the run, they dropped off their donations in marked receptacles. 

To keep their energy and spirits up, members of the Parkway PTA cheered the students on and helped them stay hydrated by handing them cups of water as they ran.     

Arcade Of Compassion

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By building their own arcade games, Barnum Woods Elementary School fifth-graders raised more than $1,700 for those affected by the recent hurricanes   This activity was inspired by the film “Caine’s Arcade.”

According to the “Caine’s Arcade” website, 9-year-old Caine Monroy built his own cardboard arcade, filled with games and prizes, for customers of his father’s auto parts store. When filmmaker Nirvan Mullick walked in, he became Caine’s first and only customer. Through this experience, Mullick created a documentary about Caine’s arcade while also establishing a scholarship fund for him to attend college. 

The fifth-graders at Barnum Woods carried out the idea over the course of a month by creating their own arcade games, including foosball, Plinko, pinball and claw machines. Students, parents, faculty and administrators visited over 100 games and paid 25 cents per game for the chance to win a prize, raising a grand total of $1,767.08 for the people affected by the four major hurricanes experienced in Texas, Florida, the US Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.



A Lesson From Your Body

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Bowling Green Elementary School students learned about making healthy choices from life-sized body organ puppets. 

Steve Petra of Petra Puppets utilized puppets such as the brain, stomach and small intestine to educate students about how the body functions. He also informed students how cigarettes and alcohol harm their health and organs. 

East Meadow Board recognizes ‘Terrific Kids’ at November meeting

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Recognitions and accolades abounded in the East Meadow School District on Nov. 16 as the district’s Board of Education acknowledged three months of “Terrific Kids” during their communication meeting.

Throughout the celebratory meeting, the W.T. Clarke High School Saxophone Quartet and Bowling Green Chamber Strings Ensemble performed for members of the Board, administration, faculty and community.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth A. Card Jr., East Meadow Kiwanis President Marcee Rubinstein, members of the Board, and middle school Principals James Lethbridge and Stacy Breslin presented certificates of recognition to the September, October and November middle school Terrific Kids. The Terrific Kids program is sponsored by the East Meadow Kiwanis to recognize sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students who exhibit a positive attitude, good character and responsible citizenship and who are exemplary role models.
 

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VIDEO: Hand In Hand, East Meadow Is United

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In honor of Unity Day on Oct. 18, the staff and student body of the East Meadow School District joined together to take a stance against bullying. Envisioned by the PTA Council, a globe mural surrounded by hands was created by district staff and students.

Throughout the day, students, teachers, faculty members and central administrators wore orange and signed paper hands as a pledge to be upstanders to put an end to bullying within their community. 

With more than 75 palms signed and collected, members of the East Meadow High School Art Honor Society pasted the hands on a 16-by-12-foot board. The globe symbolizes kindness, togetherness and partnership across the district.        

At the building level, schools celebrated Unity Day by creating their own Unity Day banners and flower posters. They also hosted  Mix-It-Up Days during their lunch periods, where students sat with peers they didn’t know in order to cultivate new friendships. 

The mural will be displayed through the end of the year in the conference room at the Leon J. Campo Salisbury Center.