RESIDENTS APPROVE BOND
On Tuesday, March 7, East Meadow residents approved the community’s first joint East Meadow Schools and Public Library capital project bond referendum by a vote of 2,031 Yes to 835 No.
Projects included in this bond will address major repairs and renovations to schools districtwide, improve energy efficiency, support science initiatives, and restore natural grass athletic fields for school and community use. The bond will also fund major repairs and upgrades to the public library that will support additional programs and services, improve energy efficiency and security systems, and increase opportunities for students and patrons.
“The Board of Education and administration would like to thank all community residents who voted on the bond and for their approval and continued support,” said Superintendent of Schools Leon J. Campo. “This is an exciting time for our community and we look forward to improving our schools for our students and for future generations to come.” East Meadow Public Library Director Carol Probeyahn said, “On behalf of the library Board of Directors, we want to thank the community for your vote of support. We are looking forward to improving our library to provide expanded services for our children and community residents.”
Tuesday, March 7 is the East Meadow Public Schools and Public Library joint bond vote. Please plan to be part of the future of our community and remember to vote. Every vote counts! Polls will be open from 7 a.m.-9 p.m. at all elementary schools.
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East Meadow Schools and Public Library Joint Bond Presentation
Thursday, March 2, 2017 • 6:30 p.m.
Leon J. Campo Salisbury Center
Prior to 2017-18 Budget Input Session and Board of Education Meeting
East Meadow Joint Bond Vote March 7 from 7 a.m.- 9p.m. at All Elementary Schools
Average annual cost to taxpayers = $57.53 or less than 16¢ per day
On Tuesday, March 7, 2017, residents will have an opportunity to vote on a joint bond referendum proposed by the East Meadow Public Schools and the East Meadow Public Library that, if approved, will renovate and improve the schools and library to better serve students and community residents into the future. For the first time in East Meadow’s history, residents will vote on a joint bond at significant savings to the taxpayer.
The East Meadow schools are more than 60 years old and in need of major repairs and renovations that are too costly to include in the annual school budget without significantly increasing taxes and/or cutting programs and services to students. The public library has not undertaken a major renovation in more than 30 years, and requires major repairs and upgrades.
The bond initiative will fund the repairs and renovations to the schools, improve energy efficiency, support science initiatives and restore the district’s natural grass athletic fields for school and community use. The proposed bond would also support major repairs and upgrades to the public library to enhance additional programs and services, improve energy efficiency and security systems and increase opportunities to serve students and patrons.
During the life span of the bond, the average annual cost to the taxpayer is $57.53, or approximately 16¢ per day. The projected average annual cost to the taxpayer is calculated using the average assessed property value as determined by the Nassau County Assessor’s Office. It is anticipated the work in the schools will begin during the summer of 2018 and the library work will also begin sometime in 2018.
This is an exciting time for the community. All residents are encouraged to vote on Tuesday, March 7, from 7 a.m.-9 p.m., at all district elementary schools. For more information, visit the school district website at www.eastmeadow.k12.ny.us or the library website at www.eastmeadow.info. You can also find information on the bond on Facebook by liking East Meadow Schools and Public Library Joint Bond.
School District and Public Library Joint Bond Referendum
In a joint decision, the first of its kind in the community’s history, the school district and public library plan to propose a single bond referendum that would support major renovations and improvements to both the district’s schools and athletic facilities, and the public library. If approved by voters, the proposed work will bring the public library into the 21st century and facilitate greater opportunities to serve the community, while the school district will be able to address much needed repairs and improve its instructional space and athletic facilities at schools that are more than 60 years old.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
In honor of Mother’s Day, Jill Hecker’s second-grade class at Bowling Green Elementary School held a tea to celebrate their magnificent moms.
Teary eyes filled the room as each student took center stage to share an acrostic poem they had written for their mother. Each letter in “mother” expressed one of the reasons why their mother means the world to them. After reciting their poems, they presented their mothers with a hug, a kiss and a rose.
Following, the students and their mothers enjoyed cookies, cupcakes and iced tea as they captured the event’s memories on their phones.
Residents of the East Meadow School District joined students, faculty and Board of Education members for the district’s ninth annual “Run with the Rams” 5K fundraiser, sponsored by the W.T. Clarke Athletic Department, on April 29.
Bright and early on a warm Saturday, participants of all ages gathered in Clarke High School’s gymnasium to check in, register and pin their timing bibs for the one-mile “fun run” or 5K street race.
Organized by Josh Friedman, the Athletic Chairperson for W.T. Clarke High School and Middle School, both races began and ended outside the athletic complex, circling through the neighborhood, with water stops managed by student volunteers.
The fundraiser accumulated $2,000 to benefit a local family in need and the W.T. Clarke Athletic program.
On April 28, W.T. Clarke REACH students shared the stage with the FREE Players as parents, faculty, administrators and community members gathered for the FREE Players Variety Show Extravaganza at W.T. Clarke High School.
“This is a first that our own children are performing with the FREE Players,” said Superintendent of Schools Leon J. Campo. “The FREE Players are an inspirational troupe who have spent time with our students in overcoming their challenges, developing their abilities and exposing their talents for all of us to enjoy.”
Alongside their FREE Players mentors, the East Meadow REACH students took center stage as they performed the “Schoolhouse Rock” segment “I’m Just a Bill,” singing about how a bill becomes a law in the United States judicial system.
The FREE Players performed an assortment of skits, songs and dance routines from Broadway musicals including “Hairspray,” “9 to 5” and “Wicked.” Members of the FREE Players Drum Corps and Color Guard dazzled the audience with cadences from “Free Your Mind,” “Ice Kingdom” and “Intergalactic.” In addition, performers from the Bay Way Arts Center danced to “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Lorde and presented a preview of their production of “Grease.”
All who took the stage received a standing ovation for their remarkable performance.
In observance of Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day, East Meadow High School students learned about hope, tolerance and courage from the Theatre Three production “From the Fires: Voices of the Holocaust.”
Organized by Assistant Principal Robert Hardwick, the high school’s Expanding Pride in Israeli Culture (EPIC) club and Social Studies department, students in grades 9-12 traveled back in time to better understand the heinous tragedy of the Holocaust.
“This program is a powerful voice that reminds us to never forget and to always treat others with respect, understanding and compassion,” said EPIC President Allison Goldstein.
The assembly, which was divided into two sessions – the earlier for the upperclassmen and the later for freshmen and sophomores – depicted the horrific treatment that a young high school Jewish girl, her friend and her father experienced from neighbors, colleagues and classmates in their town, as well as how they survived the concentration camps.
Written by Jeffrey R. Sanzel, “From the Fires: Voices of the Holocaust” traces the life of Rachel Gold, a Berlin teenager, and her experiences from 1937 to 1945. The 40-minute play follows Rachel’s life from the inception of the Nuremberg Laws to the deportation to Auschwitz and the death march to Mauthausen.
Following the performance, students took part in a Q&A session with the actors, asking about their inspiration for the play and the impact the performance had on them.
Bowling Green Elementary School fifth-graders learned about the hazards of tobacco during a “Tobacco Control” assembly led by nurses from the Center for Tobacco Control at North Shore University Hospital.
Organized by Bowling Green social worker Steven Sacks, fifth-graders gathered in the school’s all-purpose room to learn about the various forms of tobacco, chemicals added to cigarettes, the addictive drug nicotine and ways to live a healthy lifestyle.
During the assembly, North Shore nurses Andrea Spartamella and Christine Fardellone engaged students in activities that taught them about the detrimental effects that smoking tobacco has on their health. Students compared the labels of a pack of cigarettes and a bag of popcorn, learning that cigarette packs do not contain a list of ingredients. In another activity, students were given a visual of the chemicals found in a cigarette by pulling out objects representing the dangerous substances from a giant plastic cigarette. Objects included mothballs, a miniature racecar to symbolize carbon monoxide and a bottle of Clorox to represent ammonia.
Concluding the assembly, the students discussed ways to help people quit smoking, stand up to peer pressure, and keep the heart healthy by avoiding sugar, eating balanced meals and exercising for 60 minutes every day.
With outdoor temperatures beginning to rise, the atmosphere at W.T. Clarke Middle School also turned warmer as the school community spread kindness throughout the month of April.
Organized by the school’s Student Government, the monthlong Kisses for Kindness initiative encouraged students, faculty and administrators to “catch” others in a benevolent act. Members of Student Government cut hundreds of paper Hershey’s Kisses on which students could document the good deeds performed by their peers and teachers. A submission box for paper Kisses was also placed in the main office for staff and administrators to note when students and faculty demonstrated kindness.
Every day, student government members delivered a bag of Hershey’s Kisses to those who had been caught the day before. The paper Kisses were posted daily in the hallway in a growing display of schoolwide kindness, with more than 600 Kisses coming to fill the hallways in acknowledgment of the school community’s thoughtfulness and compassion.
“I am so proud of the student government for thinking of this idea and including everyone in the building,” said Student Government advisor Margaret Sweeny. “The enthusiasm and excitement we received from students, teachers and administrators is truly remarkable.”
Among a sea of community members, faculty and students, the East Meadow Board of Education recognized the March and April “Terrific Kids” of Woodland and W.T. Clarke middle schools during their communication meeting on April 20.
Kicking off the celebratory evening, the Bowling Green Elementary School Chamber Orchestra, consisting of 28 fourth- and fifth-graders, serenaded those in attendance under the direction of the school’s orchestra teacher, Kristen Bean.
Following, students from both middle schools were honored by East Meadow Kiwanis President Ross Schiller, members of the Board, and middle school Principals Stacy Breslin and James Lethbridge for being role models in their school communities. Sponsored by the East Meadow Kiwanis, the Terrific Kids program recognizes sixth- through eighth-graders who continuously improve as individuals, students and community leaders.
“We recognize these middle school students because they are role models who set an example for others and demonstrate exceptional character within the community,” said Superintendent of Schools Leon J. Campo.
The W.T. Clarke Champions are:
East Meadow High School juniors received a special visit from members of the Vietnam War Veterans Association of Long Island where students learned about the Veterans’ experiences during the war.
The veterans discussed hardships of the war, including serving overseas in extreme weather conditions, delay of information regarding life in the United States and surviving guerilla warfare. Providing a firsthand look at the war, the veterans circulated authentic materials used by soldiers such as helmets, vests, books, photo albums and enemy equipment.
Following the presentation, the students participated in a Q&A session with the veterans and expressed their gratitude to them for serving our country and devoting their lives to protecting our freedoms.
Members of East Meadow High School’s National Social Studies Honor Society and Model Congress traveled to Washington, D.C., from April 5-7 for an authentic learning experience.
Over the three days, the 38 juniors and seniors, who are enrolled in Advanced Placement social studies courses, received a guided tour of historical monuments, including the Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Martin Luther King Jr., Thomas Jefferson, Lincoln and Vietnam Veterans memorials. During their travels the group visited the White House, Arlington National Cemetery, the National Museum of American History and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Students also received a special visit from Congresswoman Kathleen Rice, who spoke to the group about her work in D.C., outside the U.S. Capitol.
In addition, the group stopped by the Newseum, an interactive museum that promotes, explains and defends free expression and the five freedoms of the First Amendment.
Through this opportunity, the students enhanced their knowledge of U.S. history while experiencing the nation’s capital.
Kindergartners at Parkway Elementary School got into the rhythm with the help of dance instructor Diane Gibaldi from Higher Minds Dance.
The visit kicked off the school’s five-week K Dance program, during which Gibaldi is teaching students basic concepts such as in front of, behind, over and under through dance routines and music. Practicing in groups, the kindergartners follow the music by applying critical thinking, collaboration and coordination skills to complete tasks.
The students will culminate the program on May 16 by performing a choreographed dance to Lonestar’s “Let Them Be Little” for parents, faculty and administrators.