Newsweek ranks High Schools among best in nation

Both East Meadow High School and W. T. Clarke High School have been named two of the best high schools in the nation, ranking No. 233 and 317, respectively, on Newsweek’s 2014 list of America’s Top High Schools. More than 14,000 schools nationwide were considered in the annual ranking.

The prestigous ranking places both high schools in the top 2 percent nationally. In addition, the district’s high schools are also two of only eight Nassau County schools to make the top 500 list.

According to Newsweek, the methodology for the list is based on the following factors:

• College Enrollment Rate
• High School Graduation Rate
• Weighted AP/IB scores
• Weighted SAT/ACT scores
• Change in student enrollment between ninth and 12th grades
• Counselor-to-Student Ratio


“The East Meadow School District is proud to have both of its high schools recognized on Newsweek’s list of America’s Top High Schools,” said Superintendent of Schools Louis R. DeAngelo. “This recognition is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our teaching staff, which I believe is second to none. As our students continue to challenge themselves by engaging in a rigorous and rewarding curriculum, and as our faculty continues its mission to ensure college and career readiness for all students, I look forward to the continued success of our East Meadow schools.”

Students named National Merit Semifinalists

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East Meadow High School student Ayyan Zubair and W.T. Clarke High School student Pavithran Ravindran have been named two of 16,000 semifinalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Competition.

Approximately 1.4 million students entered the competition by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Students are ranked with a selection index score based on their combined scores in math, critical reading and writing. Zubair and Ravindran will continue to compete to receive the prestigious National Merit Scholarship, as well as college and corporate-sponsored scholarships.

In order to become finalists, they must fulfill a number of requirements: maintain their stellar academic records, receive recommendations from a high school official, and achieve SAT scores commensurate with their PSAT performances.

The district commends these students on their fine achievement.

A Message from the Superintendent

Dear Parents and Students,

On behalf of the Board of Education and central administration, I would like to welcome you back for the 2014-2015 school year! I hope your summer was a relaxing and productive one.

As we begin the 2014-2015 academic year, our staff will be working to ensure the smooth transition for students into their new routines. We remain steadfast in our top priority, that is, to provide our students with a comprehensive, well-rounded education, and to ensure that all students are challenged academically and develop socially. Throughout the summer, our staff busily prepared for the new year and throughout the upcoming year our teachers and administrators will be receiving ongoing  professional development toward attainment of this goal.

With a new year comes new beginnings and new opportunities for our students. As always, I encourage the involvement of parents in their children’s learning and in our school community. We look forward to another successful year in our East Meadow schools!

Sincerely,

Louis R. DeAngelo
Superintendent of Schools

Superintendent’s Conference Day

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During Superintendent’s Conference Day, on Sept. 2, 2014, Superintendent of Schools, Louis R. DeAngelo, visited the faculties at all of the district’s nine schools to welcome them back for the new school year.

Mr. DeAngelo commended staff on their fine work with students during the last school year, and noted the district’s impressive New York State math and English Language Arts assessment scores, for students in grades 3-8. The recently released results have East Meadow students performing in the top 20 percent of all school districts in Nassau County.

Mr. DeAngelo wished all staff continued success in the new school year as the district continues its transition to the Common Core curriculum. He expressed confidence that staff will continue to work diligently to ensure that all students receive a comprehensive, well-rounded education while attending East Meadow schools.

Students return for new school year

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On a bright, sunny morning, students throughout the district returned to school on Sept. 3 for the start of the 2014-2015 academic year.

Administrators and teachers were on hand at the district’s nine schools to welcome students back for a new year. Students arrived to their respective schools excited and eager to begin learning. The day also allowed students to become reacquainted with friends, meet their new teachers and prepare for another year of academic success.

The New Class of Teachers

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Prior to the start of the 2014-2015 school year, the district held its annual new teacher orientation, during which administrators and staff welcomed 32 new teachers.

Held at the Leon J. Campo Salisbury Center on Aug. 27, the orientation made for a positive and insightful forum where new staff could become acquainted with one another and meet administrators. New teachers were made familiar with district policies, procedures and expectations, and were also given an official tour of the district aboard a school bus.

Superintendent of Schools Louis R. DeAngelo wished the teachers great success during the upcoming school year.

“A teacher needs to have the uncanny ability to balance somewhat dichotomous purposes; it’s a position requiring toughness and tenderness, firmness and fairness, fortitude and gratitude, and passion and compassion,” he said. “We believe that the ability to achieve this balance is what makes a good teacher.”
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Sep 30, 2014