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A Flying Lesson

A Flying Lesson

Third grade students at Bowling Green Elementary School were treated to a visit from Steve Fratello, “The Butterfly Man,” on May 14.

Mr. Fratello shared his rare and varied collection of butterflies and moths along with amazing stories from his time researching insects, including adventures in the Amazon Rainforest. He created a show-and-tell atmosphere with several shadowboxes filled with a number of unique butterflies and moths.

Mr. Fratello presented several surprising facts and explained that there are more than 25,000 different species of butterflies and over 500,000 species of moths throughout the world. He also educated the group on how these creatures adapt to their environments through mimicry and camouflage while also using their colors to communicate and as warnings to predators. 

Bowling Green thanks “The Butterfly Man” for bringing a unique and educational presentation to third grade.



District Talents Celebrated

District Talents Celebrated photo

The District honored the talents and excellence of students representing each school at the annual District Music and Art Awards at East Meadow High School on May 7.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth A. Card, Jr., welcomed all the guests of the evening including the honorees. He also thanked the teachers, administrators and community members who support the district’s programs.

“A special thank you to our faculty, parents and Board of Education that help to support the arts programs and creativity of our students,” said Dr. Card. “We are extremely proud of the accomplishments of our students that help to show the ‘great’ happening here.”

Following Dr. Card’s remarks, the district’s nine school principals presented humanitarian awards to four students from each building. This recognition honors those that lead by example, promote sensitivity and respect for diversity in school and foster tolerance through service to the school community.

Another highlight of the evening was the announcement that the district has been named a nine-time National Association of Music Merchants Best Community for Music Education. 

“Congratulations to all of our students for their success throughout the year with excellence in music and art,” said Director of Music and Art Dr. Christopher Hale. “I want to also thank the staff for their dedication and hard work.”

The district would like to congratulate all of the honorees for sharing their talents and accomplishments with all of us.  

 



A Gallery Full of Talent

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The District opened the doors of the Leon J. Campo Center on May 2 and 3 for the District Art Show. Nearly 1,300 pieces showcased the artistic talents of students at the district’s elementary and secondary schools.

The first day featured an opening reception for students, parents and community members, while the second day featured an open exhibit, whereby passersby were provided an additional opportunity to view the many projects. Artwork was presented in a range of mediums including photography, sculpture, drawing, painting, architecture and graphic design.

“Our student artwork is awe-inspiring,” said Director of Music and Art Dr. Christopher Hale. “Thank you to all who came out to support student creativity in our district.”



Zumba for Autism

Zumba for Autism photo

The district hosted its Fourth Annual Zumba for Autism event on April 8 at W.T. Clarke High School. The effort was a great success, raising $2,584 to support students at the Developmental Disabilities Institute.

Organized by the East Meadow SEPTA and the Clarke Connections Club, community members filled the W.T. Clarke gymnasium for a night of Zumba dancing and raffle donations.

“Thanks to everyone who came out to support our Fourth Annual Zumba for Autism fundraiser,” said Bowling Green Elementary School psychologist Dr. Robert Mueller. “East Meadow SEPTA and students from the Clarke Connections Club did a great job organizing donations, setting up and dancing! Thanks for a great evening and for raising autism awareness.” 



Supporting a Super Hero

Supporting a Super Hero photo

The Bowling Green Elementary School honored third grader Mahdi Islam on April 17 with a Super Hero Day. Mahdi is currently in the hospital awaiting surgery for a heart transplant.

The day began with a mini pep rally in the hallway by Mahdi’s classroom. Students and staff members showed their support of Mahdi by donating a $1 to wear a “Super Hero” shirt, and some even wore full costumes to honor their courageous peer. 

As a special surprise, teacher Christine Reiman used FaceTime to call Mahdi and his father, Saidul, at the hospital. Mahdi was nearly speechless as Mrs. Reiman walked through the hallway to show him all the forms of support, which included student-created signs of well wishes.

With the video projected onto the classroom smartboard, Mahdi said hello to his classmates and thanked them for their thoughtful efforts. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth A. Card Jr., Director of Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services Patrice Dobies, Principal Maria Ciarametaro and many others also participated in the FaceTime conference, and Madhi was thrilled to see that even the Bowling Green bulldog mascot was in attendance.

Meadowbrook Elementary School also held a Super Hero Day, as Mahdi is a former student in the building. A total of $4,000 was raised at the end of the day between two schools, and donations are still being accepted. 

“We are here to support Mahdi and wish him and his family the best of luck,” said Principal Maria Ciarametaro. “Everyone in the district and at Bowling Green look forward to Mahdi’s return to school.”

 



Decked in Purple for Awareness

Decked in Purple for Awareness photo
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The Bowling Green Elementary School raised $522 for the Epilepsy Foundation through efforts made by students and staff members. Many got involved in a World Epilepsy Awareness Day initiative and donated $1 each to wear purple on March 26.

Bringing our stories to paper

Bringing our stories to paper photo

Students in the English as a New Language program at Bowling Green Elementary School celebrated the unveiling of their collaborative published book, “Our Stories,” on April 1.

The students wrote about influential people in their lives, special memories and themselves in the form of autobiographies during a project dating back to November. The assignment was a way to highlight the importance of diversity and individuality. Teachers, parents and grandparents were among the featured influential people.

Following a brief April Fool’s Day joke from teacher Jackie Goldstein about the books not being delivered, the students were presented with a box filled with copies of the compiled book. Each student viewed their own work, as well as that of classmates, while also taking a few moments to read excerpts to one other. Some students had the special opportunity to read their projects to the Bowling Green teachers they wrote about.

“As a teacher, there is nothing better than seeing your students proud of their own writing,” said Ms. Goldstein. “Our celebration was not just about a book, it was also about embracing our differences and uniqueness in each of our stories.”