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.
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.”
East Meadow High School acknowledged Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, by welcoming guest speakers Felica Katz and Ruth Mermelstein to share stories about the devastating event.
Ms. Katz spoke on behalf of her mother, Ethel Bauer Katz, a Holocaust survivor from Buczacz, Poland. Ethel narrowly escaped the German Army and was the sole survivor of her family, enduring the last few months of the war on her own. After the Soviet Army liberated her town in 1944, Ethel immigrated to the United States. She has summarized her experiences in a memoir titled “Our Tomorrows Never Came.”
Ms. Mermelstein was born in Romania and was one of six siblings. She and her sister Elisabeth were the only surviving family members of Auschwitz. The two worked as slave laborers and were then transported to work in an ammunition factory. Ruth was sent on a five-week death march before being liberated by British troops. She was diagnosed with tuberculosis and sent by the Red Cross to Sweden, where she met her husband. The couple moved to America to begin the next chapter of their lives together.
“Thank you to our administration, Assistant Principal Christina Egan, Social Studies Chairperson Drew Genoino, and Expanding Pride in Israeli Culture (EPIC) club advisors Joanna Silberman and Margherita Diglio for inviting these two speakers,” said Lindsay Uffer, President of EPIC. “We are lucky to hear these experiences because one day soon we will have no one to share these atrocities first-hand.”
East Meadow High School’s Multicultural Club hosted a Multicultural Celebration on April 11 with various songs and performances to honor diversity in the community.
The assembly featured talent and cultural pride from students as they highlighted songs and dances from such countries as Jamaica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Nigeria, Pakistan, India and Italy to name a few. The high school’s step team also thrilled the audience with a variety number.
“The Multicultural Celebration at East Meadow High School shows the school community’s appreciation for diversity in our district,” said Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Dr. David Casamento. “Congratulations to all the student performers and advisors for a truly entertaining celebration.”
Students at East Meadow High School received a lesson on the impact of distracted driving from the International Save a Life Tour on March 22.
The Save a Life Tour is a comprehensive, high-impact safe driving awareness program that informs, educates and demonstrates the potentially deadly consequences that can result from poor choices and decisions made by the operator of a motor vehicle.
The presentation was followed by hands-on driving simulations. One simulator was constructed to realistically portray the way impaired driving would feel and the other focused on texting while driving. Students had the opportunity to experience the difficulty of both situations and further understand the importance of always driving sober and without distraction.
The district thanks the Save a Life Tour for visiting East Meadow High School to create awareness on the dangers of unsafe driving.