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Reorganization Complete for East Meadow Board of Education

Reorganization Complete for East Meadow Board of Education

The Board of Education held the annual reorganization meeting on July 2 with two new trustees being sworn in.

Athletic Accolades Across East Meadow

Athletic Accolades Across East Meadow photo

Spring athletic teams at East Meadow High School and W.T. Clarke High School capped off a rewarding school year for the East Meadow School District’s athletic department with various team and individual honors.

The boys track and field team at East Meadow High School matched a sixth straight Conference 2 Championship title during the winter season with the same feat achieved in the spring season. Brandon Love earned All-State honors in the pole vault while Paul Choi, John Meah, Matt Owens, Nabeel Sheikh, Zach Van Houten and Bryan Villafuerta were All-County athletes throughout different events. The girls’ spring track team finished second at the conference meet with the 4x800 meter relay team qualifying for the state championship.

Jake Rosenthal led the W.T. Clarke High School boys’ spring track and field team by racing to the individual Nassau County Championship in the 200 meter dash and becoming a state qualifier. He also joined David Stewart, Sobin Ouseph and Alex Pereira on the 4x100 meter relay team that ran to a second place finish at the county championships. The W.T. Clarke girls spring track and field team also enjoy a successful season that included the 4x400 meter relay team of Juliana Vanegas, Karina Romero, Marisa Simone and Isabella Deleon qualifying for the county championship and state qualifier.

The East Meadow High School softball team captured its third straight Nassau County and Long Island Championship and went on to compete in the New York State Championship in Glen Falls. Jenna Laird, Julianna Sanzone, Amy Mallah and Amanda Thompson all earned All-County recognitions.

The W.T. Clarke High School baseball team finished the season with 24 wins including the conference and county championships. During the season, the Rams held the top ranking in the county and Long Island in addition to the third spot in the state. Chris Giardino, the Conference 2 MVP, and Brendan Turton were each named All-State selections and head coach Tom Abruscato was named the Conference 2 Coach of the Year. 

The two schools combined for 32 All-County awards and 49 All-Conference selections throughout the entire season.

Sharing Literacy in the East Meadow Community

Sharing Literacy in the East Meadow Community photo

Through careful planning and exceptional creativity, the district has built and installed “Little Free Libraries” at each of the five elementary school buildings. 

The initiative was initiated and implemented by District Director of Literacy and Funded Programs, Mr. Frank Lukasik.  Additionally, each individual library was constructed by East Meadow students enrolled in the district’s carpentry classes which are led by teachers Mr. Scott Stacy, Mr. John Scerbo, Mr. William Burke and Mr. Gregory Greco. 

There are more than 75,000 “Little Free Libraries” around the world in 85 countries. East Meadow joins the movement to share books, bring people together and create a community of readers.

The “Little Free Libraries” were installed for everyone in the community to promote literacy through book sharing. The district encourages readers to not only select a book to read, but to also add books to the collections at the elementary schools.

In addition to the installation of the “Little Free Libraries,” summer reading challenges have been created to spark excitement for the new resource and build a community of readers. Students are encouraged to visit the libraries, take a picture, post them to social media, tag @emeadowschools and/or the elementary school and use the #emeadowreads in the post. 

“The community can help by keeping this collection stocked with good reading material,” said Mr. Lukasik. “We hope everyone enjoys this precious gift to our community!” 

East Meadow and W.T. Clarke Graduates Set for New Chapter

East Meadow and W.T. Clarke Graduates Set for New Chapter

A picture-perfect day set the stage for a pair of graduation ceremonies in the district on June 23 as East Meadow High School and W.T. Clarke High School gathered on their respective football fields to salute the Class of 2019.

Both classes walked onto their fields to enthusiastic and excited crowds, followed by musical numbers to officially open the ceremonies. At each school, students, school and district leaders offered words of reflection and advice for all gathered in attendance.  Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth A. Card, Jr., delivered remarks at both ceremonies to congratulate the graduates and wish them well in the years ahead.

“Today concludes a significant and wonderful chapter of your lives,” Dr. Card said to the graduates. “And an equally significant chapter is about to begin.”

Class presidents, salutatorians and valedictorians from each school addressed their peers with words of encouragement and reflection.

“Let’s remember how much East Meadow High School has impacted us,” said East Meadow High School president Leila Sayan. “It is now up to us to turn our challenges into achievements.”

“Don’t be worried about feeling lost in life,” W.T. Clarke High School valedictorian Jonathan Melkun told his fellow graduates. “What you need to do is find a motivation, find a reason to keep moving forward. Go forth, chase your dreams, and find your place in the world.”

East Meadow High School Principal Richard Howard and W.T. Clarke High School Timothy Voels applauded the accolades achieved by each class that included academic, athletic and community service honors. Each principal noted how the classes set standards of excellence for future graduates.

After the official awarding of diplomas was completed, the students officially transitioned to alumni by moving their tassels to the left and tossing their caps into the air with excitement and elation.

The district congratulates all members of the Class of 2019 and wishes them luck and happiness as they embrace the next step in life.

Rams on the Move from W.T. Clarke

Rams on the Move from W.T. Clarke

W.T. Clarke High School held a graduation ceremony for the Class of 2019 on June 23. Congratulations to all of the graduates!

A Thankful Community

A Thankful Community photo

The district celebrated employee service and student success at the final Board of Education meeting of the school year on June 19.

Prior to the start of the Board of Education meeting, the district honored 12 staff members who are retiring at the end of the year. The retirees were joined by family members and friends, administration, staff and Board trustees for a special reception in their honor. The district thanked Judith Arabian, Jill Artus, Robin Boucher, Susan Byrne, Victor DeLiso, Thomas Feggler, Teresa Fjellstad, Gail Galluci, Janice Oldak, Cherly Safren, Jody Targove and Annemarie Viscuso for providing more than 300 years of combined service to East Meadow.

Also at the meeting, Director of Social Studies and 21st Century Learning, Jim Mendonis, and Director of Literacy and Funded Programs, Frank Lukasik, continued the meeting with a spotlight of W.T. Clarke Middle School students Faith Fuller and Shreejita Satpathy. Faith and Shreejita were presented certificates of excellence after qualifying for the New York State History Day Contest in Cooperstown that was held in April. The two earned the placement through their fourth-place finish at the Long Island History Day event held at Hofstra in March. The duo earned distinction with their Junior Group Documentary project titled, “Frances Oldham Kelsey: The Thalidomide Crisis.”

Accolades continued at the Board meeting as Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth A. Card, Jr., presented a plaque of appreciation to PTA Council President Robin Fitzpatrick. Dr. Card thanked Mrs. Fitzpatrick for her dedication, service and contributions to the students and community for the past two years.

Outgoing board members Joseph Parisi and Marcee Rubinstein were then acknowledged by Board President Matthew Melnick for their years of service to the district and community as they completed their terms. 

“Congratulations to all of the honorees and retirees recognized tonight,” said Dr. Card. “Thank you for your years of dedicated service and commitment to the students and families of the East Meadow School District.”


One Final Farewell for East Meadow Seniors

One Final Farewell for East Meadow Seniors photo

All five elementary schools throughout the district welcomed senior class members from East Meadow High School and W.T. Clarke High School for the district’s second annual “Senior Walk Through” on June 19.

The seniors returned to the elementary school they graduated from seven years ago to take one more tour of the building they grew up in before officially moving on from the district. Current elementary school students, staff and administration welcomed the Class of 2019 with cheers, signs and wishes of good luck and encouragement as they embark on their next chapter.

The district would like to thank the principals and staff from both high schools and each of the five elementary schools for continuing the tradition of honoring its graduates. 

Excellence Celebrated for Class of 2019

Excellence Emphasized for Class of 2019

The district celebrated the Class of 2019 Awards Ceremony at both East Meadow High School and W.T. Clarke High School with a ceremony at each building during the week of June 17.

Each school honored recipients of scholarships and awards for their excellence in academics, athletics, music, art, clubs and community service. Among the accolades distributed at both schools was the Superintendent’s Award presented by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth A. Card, Jr., to deserving individuals. This year’s recipients were Jonathan Melkun and Joel Matthew of W.T. Clarke High School and East Meadow High School’s Christian Cang Cuesta.

In addition to honoring the Class of 2019, East Meadow High School also inducted a new member to the Hall of Distinction.  Principal Richard Howard welcomed alum Stephen B. Corn, MD, ’78. Dr. Corn is the founding editor-in-chief of The website is a recognized leader for providing comprehensive education on the endocannabinoid system and medical cannabis, pain medicine and opioid prescribing practices. Dr. Corn and his wife, Meredith Fisher-Corn, MD, have created well over 200 continuing medical education courses in multiple areas of medicine. 

The district congratulates all of the honorees from both East Meadow High School and W.T. Clarke High School for their hard work and achievements to this point in their academic careers.

InnoAir Solves JANY

InnoAir Solves JANY

W.T. Clarke High School students and entrepreneurs Shayan Huda, Abishek Ravindan, Makaeel Sheikh and Louis Zaino claimed victory in the final round of the Junior Achievement of New York’s 12th Annual High School Business Plan Competition on June 5. They represented the East Meadow School District proudly and achieved first place for their proposed product, InnoAir.

InnoAir is a reusable alternative to inhaler actuators that would offer consumers with asthma a product that reduces the amount of waste caused by single-use plastic actuators. The method creatively addressed this year’s theme of sustainable solutions to Americans’ dependency on plastic.

“Each member of our group has asthma and struggles with the stigma associated with using an inhaler,” said Abishek. “Many of those that suffer from asthma are afraid to use inhalers in front of their peers.”

Each member of the team received a cash prize of $1,500 and a trophy for the school. This is the second time in three years that a group from W.T. Clarke was victorious in the final round, with a 2017 win going to the team Simplastic. 

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. 

“This process and project helped us gain experience in terms of networking and presenting in front of a group,” said Makaeel. Additionally, he said, “This project has helped me grow as a person and helped me pursue my interests.”

Fresh 3D Clay

Advanced craft classes at W.T. Clarke High School were fortunate to experience the pilot use of a 3D clay printer this school year under the direction of art teacher James Parisi.

Mr. Parisi introduced the equipment, as well as the Potterware design application for 3D printing of ceramics, earlier this year. 

“Potterware is an amazing program that helps to create the perimeters and use a slide bar to create over 1,000 combinations for students to manufacture.” Said Mr. Parisi.

The process of creating a piece of art using the 3D printer started with design. Students took 15-20 minutes to map out their plan using the software before attempting to print the creation with the clay-loaded printer. 

Five students were able to create pottery with the application. However, only one design, a small vase, successfully printed. It was a learning year for teachers and students for this first-year project.  Much of the trial and error included finding the right density of the clay and matching it up with the product being produced. Mr. Parisi expects the printer to produce more projects next year as he and the students continue to learn.

“I am confident that as we continue to navigate the right consistency of the clay, students will be producing extraordinary pieces of art thanks to this printer,” Mr. Parisi said. The district is proud to be the only district on Long Island experimenting with this technology and applauds the work of Mr. Parisi and his students.

Gearing for Next Step

Gearing for Next Step
Gearing for Next Step 2
Seniors in the district were excited to announce the next steps in their academic and athletics careers by signing National Letters of Intent and Celebratory Letters for their college of choice.

East Meadow High School congratulated a total of 21 students that announced their college decision and athletic choice and W.T. Clarke High School honored 10 students that intend to continue an athletic career in college.

The district congratulates the following students on making their selections:
W.T. Clarke Gabe Armijo Dominican College Lacrosse
East Meadow Omar Benthami Molloy College Track and Field
East Meadow Eric Bernstein Towson University Football
W.T. Clarke Anthony Caputo Pace University Lacrosse
W.T. Clarke Austin Carman Rhode Island College Wrestling
East Meadow James Ciampi Alvernia University Ice Hockey
East Meadow Charlie Cucchiara Molloy College Baseball
East Meadow Julia Cuttone Baruch College Softball
East Meadow Rosanna Cuttone York College Softball
W.T. Clarke Anthony Dilluvio St. Joseph’s College Baseball
East Meadow Arianna Duhs Adelphi University Cheerleading
W.T. Clarke Briella LaFata Farmingdale University Soccer
East Meadow Michael Loeffler SUNY Morrisville Football
East Meadow Taylor Keicher University of New Haven Lacrosse
East Meadow Kayla Leary Fairfield University Soccer
W.T. Clarke Steven Lee Dominican College Baseball
W.T. Clarke Chris Lydon Concordia University Baseball
East Meadow Amy Mallah Oneonta State Softball
East Meadow Christian Marinello NYIT Cross Country
East Meadow Isabel Marsh Adelphi University Track and Field
East Meadow Katherine Marsh Adelphi University Track and Field
East Meadow Tyler McManus Mitchell College Lacrosse
East Meadow Tyler Patterson Dominican College Baseball
East Meadow Meadow Perez Binghamton University Swimming
East Meadow Julian Quaresima Long Island University Soccer
W.T. Clarke Karina Romero Molloy College Track and Field
East Meadow Rachel Rose Ithaca College Soccer/Track and Field
East Meadow Dylan Solenski Western Connecticut State Football
W.T. Clarke Leanna Tallon Oneonta State Softball
W.T. Clarke Brendan Turton Dominican College Baseball
East Meadow Bryan Villafuerte NYIT Cross Country

Honoring a Year of Success

Honoring a Year of Success photo

The district celebrated the academic successes of its four secondary schools during the District Awards Ceremony at East Meadow High School on June 5.

More than 450 students from East Meadow High School, W.T. Clarke High School, W.T. Clarke Middle School and Woodland Middle School gathered to be honored by district administrators for achievements earned during the 2018-19 school year. Highlighted accomplishments included scholar athlete honors, awards for excellence in academic competitions and various other academic distinctions attained over the past 10 months.

“The evening was an outstanding celebration of the academic achievements of our wonderful students,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth A. Card, Jr.

Holding the SHIELD

Holding the SHIELD
Holding the SHIELD 2
W.T. Clarke High School junior Kaylei Fanfan was recently announced as a recipient of the Nassau County District Attorney’s SHIELD Award.

Kaylei was recommended by the faculty and administration of W.T. Clarke in recognition of her exceptional character, virtue and selfless service. The SHIELD award stands for service, honesty, integrity, excellence, leadership and duty. 

“We are very proud of Kaylei for earning this tremendous honor,” said Principal Timothy Voels.  

Thoughtful and Terrific Board Meeting

Thoughtful and Terrific Board Meeting

The Board of Education meeting on May 29 was a full showcase of excellence from staff members and students alike as selfless acts, academic success and musical talents were on display.

The W.T. Clarke High School Saxophone Quartet opened the evening’s festivities by performing the Star-Spangled Banner. Following opening remarks from President Matthew Melnick and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth A. Card, Jr., the focus shifted to the honorees.

Bowling Green Elementary School Principal Maria Ciarametaro honored third grade teacher Christine Reiman for her efforts in supporting her student Mahdi Islam as he awaited a heart transplant. Ms. Reiman helped to host a “Super Hero Day” that raised $4,000 combined between the Bowling Green and Meadowbrook Elementary Schools. Additionally, she kept Mahdi involved in classroom activities through webinars and Google Hangouts. Ms. Reiman was presented with a Certificate of Excellence for her endless dedication and devotion.

The selflessness theme continued as Meadowbrook student Emma Vulpi was recognized for supporting the Child Life Program at NYU Winthrop Hospital. Emma decided that instead of receiving birthday gifts this year, she wanted to donate new toys to the hospital program to help those in need. Principal Kelly DiScalfani-O’Brien presented Emma and her parents with a medal and certificate for generously donating $300 worth of toys.

In the area of academic achievement, Director of Social Studies and 21st Century Learning, Jim Mendonis, along with Director of Literacy and Funded Programs, Frank Lukasik, spotlighted academic excellence by honoring middle school students that excelled at the recent Long History Day. W.T. Clarke Middle School students Umme Hani Bootwaia and Mubaraka Ezzi were recognized for receiving the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory sponsored Science History Award. Woodland Middle School’s Maya Del Rosario was applauded for her Latin American History Award sponsored by the Long Island Council for the Social Studies.

Next, attendees were treated to two musical selections by the East Meadow High School String Ensemble.  The group opened with a rendition of AC/DC’s “Back in Black” followed by a medley of Queen songs, all to the delight of many in the audience.

Recognitions concluded with the presentation of Terrific Kids from W.T. Clarke Middle School and Woodland Middle School for the months of April, May and June. These awards are sponsored by the East Meadow Kiwanis Club. Kiwanis Club President Gary Fromowitz, along with Principals Stacy Breslin and James Lethbridge, highlighted sixth, seventh and eighth graders who have exhibited a positive attitude, good character, and responsible citizenship while also being exemplary role models for their peers.  

Congratulations to all the night’s honorees and presentations, once again demonstrating the great that happens in East Meadow.