East Meadow High School senior Matt Pienkowski was recognized this summer as a recipient of the Nassau County District Attorney’s SHIELD Award.
Matt joined his peers from across Nassau County to meet District Attorney Madeline Singas in July as she commended students who made positive contributions to their respective communities. The SHIELD award stands for service, honesty, integrity, excellence, leadership and duty and is presented to individuals who show outstanding strength of character, commitment to self-growth and the spirit and initiative to bring about a positive change in their community.
“Our youth are our future and it is my pleasure to honor them,” said District Attorney Singas.
The district congratulates Matt for earning this prestigious honor.
The musical talents of Nassau County students continue to progress outside of the school year thanks to the district’s Summer Music Program at East Meadow High School.
Organized and coordinated by the district’s music department, the program invites students from grades 4-12 from the throughout the county to continue their musical education, increase their passion for the arts and socialize with fellow student-musicians.
Several courses were available at the start of the program based on each students’ grade level and experience. Courses included beginner instrumental, intermediate band and orchestra, advanced band and orchestra and advanced choral. The summer program began on July 1 and runs through August 2.
For the second straight year, the department encouraged student creativity by hosting Spirit Week during the week of July 15. Themes were celebrated each day including sports, crazy hat, super hero, school swag and music.
A series of concerts will be held on July 30, 31 and August 1 at 7 p.m., as well as on August 2 at 9 a.m. as a celebration of the program for the community. The concerts will be held at East Meadow High School.
The district Summer Learning Program welcomed pre-k students through fifth graders for the inaugural LitCamp at Bowling Green Elementary School during the month of July.
Developed by Director of Literacy and Funded Programs Frank Lukasik and staff throughout the elementary schools. The camp serves as a forum for reading, discussion, writing and learning while also enjoying songs and games together. At LitCamp, students participate in projects and activities to strengthen their literacy and mathematics skills.
One of the themes discussed at the camp is the seven strengths – belonging, friendship, kindness, curiosity, courage, confidence and hope. By acknowledging their own strengths, students can begin to see themselves as readers who are facing struggles with joy and purpose.
“We work toward developing fluency, comprehension and stamina, as well as strengthening students’ self-concept while building resilience,” said Mr. Lukasik.
Activities include partner reading, book reviews, class discussions and one of the most enjoyed stations, “Bunk Tent Time” where students created “camp-like” tents in the classrooms for silent reading. During “Bunk Tent Time,” students select their own books to match the day’s theme.
Mr. Lukasik encourages families to continue developing the lessons and skills their children learned at LitCamp while at home.
“When you sing together, read together, share family stories and talk together, you are helping your student become a strong reader,” he said.
The Board of Education held the annual reorganization meeting on July 2 with two new trustees being sworn in.