An evening of music

In front of an adoring crowd of friends, family, faculty and administrators, hundreds of student-musicians in the district gave mesmerizing performances during the district’s annual music festival at LIU Post’s Tilles Center for the Performing Arts.

The program began with an All-District Elementary Band performance, which included students from Barnum Woods and McVey elementary schools, and then followed with another All-District Elementary Band performance, which included students from Bowling Green, Meadowbrook and Parkway elementary schools. Both performances were directed by guest conductor Peggy Rakas.  

The East Meadow High School Chamber Orchestra, directed by conductor Michael Cascardi, and the All-District Middle School Band and All-District High School Band, both directed by guest conductor Vincent Oppido, also delighted the audience with spectacular performances. 

The district commends the student-musicians for a riveting evening of music, which was made possible in part by the Tilles Center Arts In Education program.

Summer Music Brochure 2015


Honors in geography

Woodland Middle School seventh-grade student Michael Pincus, who recently won the school competition of the National Geographic Bee, has now qualified to compete in the state level competition of the National Geographic Bee on March 27.

The National Geographic Society provides an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., for state winners to participate in the national championship rounds from May 11-13. The first-place national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society including a subscription of National Geographic Magazine, and a trip to the Galapagos Islands.

The district wishes Michael great success in the upcoming event.

Access Presentation on Caffeine Consumption


Clarke HS musical dazzles

W.T. Clarke High School recently presented several performances of its delightful musical production “The Boy Friend.”

Set in the carefree world of the French Riviera in the Roaring Twenties, “The Boy Friend” is a comic pastiche of 1920s shows. The story focuses on a group of British girls studying at a finishing school in the south of France who carry on romances with mistaken identities and other crises.

The colorful student cast dazzled audience members and brought the affectionate parody of silly 1920s musicals to life, making for a wonderful showcase of student talent.

Middle school students recognized as ‘Terrific Kids’

W.T. Clarke and Woodland middle school students received Terrific Kids awards in recognition of their positive attitude, good character and responsible citizenship during December, January and February at the district’s February Board of Education meeting.

The Terrific Kids program is sponsored by the East Meadow Kiwanis Club, which recognizes students in sixth, seventh and eighth grade and presents them with certificates of achievement. W.T. Clarke Middle School Principal Stacy Breslin and Woodland Middle School Principal James Lethbridge were on hand to present the student awards, along with East Meadow Kiwanis President Kevin Kamper.

Students Named NMSP Finalists

East Meadow High School student Ayyan Zubair and W.T. Clarke High School student Pavithran Ravindran have been recognized as finalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Finalists in the competition are eligible for the prestigious National Merit Scholarship, as well as college, corporate and state scholarships. Finalists were selected from a previous group of semifinalists in the competition. 

Semifinalists represented the top one-third of 50,000 high scorers who took 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.

The district congratulates Ayyan and Pavithran as they move forward in the competition.

Clarke MS readies for science competition

Fourteen teams from W.T. Clarke Middle School will be submitting their projects to this year’s Christopher Columbus Science Competition.

The competition invites middle school students to identify a community issue, conduct research and propose a solution. Team Traffic Sign Police - which includes students Julian Taveras, Daniel Hong, Anthony Gianni and Faraj Siddique – are proposing an electronic method for motorists to report blocked street signs.

“We want to be among the first to address this problem,” one team member said during the team’s recent presentation for Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray, who visited the school.

Their research included taking photos of blocked signs, surveying local adults to see if they thought this was an issue and researching municipalities which offer this service on their websites.

Additionally, the team proposed to incorporate a form they created for its website.  They even suggested placement on the current Highway Department page.

“I was very impressed by the research they did and their thought-provoking proposal,” Supervisor Murray said. “I think you have an excellent chance with the Christopher Columbus Science Competition.”

Supervisor Murray said the township is always looking for ways to improve its website and the services offered on it.

“You’ve convinced me,” she said, noting she would work towards implementing this on the town website. “We depend on residents to call in and report issues.”

Principal Stacy Breslin said she was “proud of the work that they have done throughout the course of the year to get this far,” as well as “their investment in the community.”

Approved 2015-2016 Calendar


Learning about famous Americans

Barnum Woods Elementary School second-graders recently engaged in a unit of study on famous Americans.

As part of the unit, students researched and read biographies on famous individuals, including George Washington, Amelia Earhart and Thomas Edison. To celebrate who they studied, second-graders dressed up in costumes as iconic Americans and participated in a parade around their school.

They visited other classes and explained to fellow students who they were dressed as. Students learned valuable historical knowledge about an array of famous Americans as well as their contributions to American society.

Jump rope for a good cause

Students in grades three through five at Bowling Green Elementary School recently participated in the school’s Jump Rope for Heart fundraising event.

During their physical education classes, students put their athleticism to the test and jumped rope to raise money for the American Heart Association. The day emphasized the importance of working together for a worthwhile cause.

Kindergarten Registration Invitation


Mar 30, 2015