Where We Stand and Why – An Important Message from the Board of Education

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Sharing Love for A Cure

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Meadowbrook Elementary School partnered with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Student Series to help patients and families fight these medical issues through their “Pennies for Patients” fundraiser.   
   
Students collected money and donated their loose change to help children battling childhood cancers. To promote the fundraiser, Meadowbrook held two spirit days, “Team Up Against Leukemia” and “Spread Love for a Cure.” On these days, students, faculty and administration wore their favorite team jerseys and the colors red or pink. Over the three-week fundraiser, Meadowbrook collected over $1,500 in donations.   

Parkway Upstanders

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Parkway Elementary School students participated in a character education workshop to create a better social environment in their school.
   
During the “Becoming an Ally” workshop, independent arts and education professional Lyle Cogen, collaborated with students to cease bullying. Students participated in various activities to better understand their classmates, learn how bullying affects others and how students can become upstanders. An upstander is someone who will stand-up against bullying and help others when they are being bullied.    

On Top of the World

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Woodland Middle School eighth-grader Michael Pincus and W. T. Clarke Middle School seventh-grader Nick Spano were crowned school National Geographic Bee champions.  
   
The 28th annual National Geographic Bee consists of students, fourth through eighth-grade testing their knowledge of geography. In order for Michael and Nick to advance in the competition, they must complete the online qualifying test and score among the top 100 participants. If they qualify, Michael and Nick will be eligible to compete in the New York State Bee on April 1, 2016. State winners then compete in the National Championship from May 22-25.
   
The National Champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, lifetime subscription to National Geographic magazine, trip to Galápagos Islands and $500 cash prize for winning the competition.
   
The district wishes Michael and Nick the very best as they continue the Bee.  

The Gift of a Good Book

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Bowling Green Elementary School collected 38 boxes of book donations for the not-for-profit organization Book Fairies.
   
Book Fairies collects gently used books for preschool programs, school districts and organizations in need throughout the New York area. Bowling Green students, faculty and administration were pleased with the amount and variety of books they gathered to help schools, students and teachers.  

Multiplying the Steps

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While walking the stairs of Parkway Elementary School, students are able to practice their multiplication skills in a most unusual and fun way. On the bottom of each step, in red, white and blue there are multiplication tables for students as they walk up to class. The facts catch the eye of each student and they can be heard talking about them with one another. Classroom teachers have challenged their students to remember one fact each time they go up the stairs. The boys and girls are very excited to complete the challenge.

Hearing from teachers that students could use more reinforcement with their multiplication facts, Principal Jamie Mack thought of a way to help students advance those skills. “Students need to be fluent in [multiplication] in order to be successful with other math concepts. When given a multistep word problem, it’s helpful when the students know their facts and are fluent in them,” said Mrs. Mack.

She also adds that since the multiplication tables were installed on the stairs, younger students have “wanted to skip addition and subtraction and go straight to multiplication!”

A Zoo of Love

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Bowling Green Elementary School third-graders are sending a zoo of love to children at Stony Brook University Hospital this Valentine’s Day.
    
They were inspired by the story of Stony Brook University Hospital doctors who reconstructed the face of Dunia Sibomana, a young African boy who was mauled by chimpanzees near Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Hearing of Dunia’s story, students wanted to send warm regards to young patients. They decided to create a zoo of animal Valentine’s Day cards with poems hoping children make a quick and safe recovery. The zoo consists of bunnies, tigers, bears, penguins and pigs.

World-Changing Warriors

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Meadowbrook Elementary School students learned to become world-changers through the music and stories of musician Jared Campbell.
    
Through Campbell’s presentation The Blue Project, he inspired students to end bullying by identifying themselves as “world-changers” who treat their classmates, friends and school as family. To become world-changers, Campbell identifies three qualities: first, believe in yourself and see your value as a person; second, work hard; and finally, look out for others. Following his definition, Campbell recognized historical world-changers such as Rosa Parks, Michael Jordan and Rachel Scott through his song “Change the World.”  
    
In addition, Campbell’s song “Beyond the Gray,” encourages students to thank their “white lines.” Similar to road lines, white lines are the friends, family, teachers and coaches who keep us on track, pull us out of the fog and help us arrive to our final destination.

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Mathe“Magical” Tricks

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Bowling Green Elementary School students learned about the history of math with the help of magician and educator Bradley Fields.

Magician Fields captivated the audience with magical illustrations educating students about the history of math. During his performance, Magician Fields traveled back to Egypt introducing the history of numbers, counting and multiplication. Throughout his performance, Magician Fields incorporated mathematical skills such as adding, subtracting and multiplying with each trick.

EMHS Alum Soars Among the Community

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During the District’s Jan.14 Board of Education communication meeting, members of the board, central administration and faculty honored East Meadow High School alumni Clay Benjamin Fried for his Eagle Scout ranking in Troop 157.
    
Clay received the Superintendent’s Award for excellence upon achieving the highest advancement rank in Boy Scouting and completing his community service project of refurbishing a memorial to John F. Kennedy in Eisenhower Park. To earn this ranking, Clay had to progress through each Boy Scout ranking, earn 21 merit badges, serve six months as a troop leader, participate in a Scoutmaster conference, complete an Eagle Scout board review and plan, develop, and provide leadership to a service project for a religious organization, school or community.
    
The district congratulates Clay for this tremendous honor and wishes him the best in his future endeavors.   

Teaming Up for Success

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Woodland Middle School students participated in a variety of interactive team building activities.
    
During students’ lunch periods, the Social Emotional Learning club held a Disney themed “Mix It Up Day” for sixth and seventh-graders to meet new people, further develop their social skills and work in teams. Students received different colored bracelets in their homeroom placing them with new individuals at designated lunch tables to participate in Disney-inspired activities such as making superhero masks and identifying Disney quotes.
       
 Across the hall, eighth-graders practiced their team building skills where they worked together to accomplish a common goal. Students participated in exercises such as human rock, paper, scissors and land mine travel where teams had to direct their classmates across a field of land mines without stepping on a mine or bumping into another competitor.  

Meadowbrook Helps Others

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Meadowbrook Elementary School held a towel drive to help the Interfaith Nutrition Network in Hempstead. The school-wide drive encouraged students, faculty, teachers and administration to donate new towels with a total donation of 50 new towels to the INN.

The INN serves the homeless community on Long Island providing them with food, shelter, long-term housing and supportive services.

Inspired by “Big Words”

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In honor of Martin Luther King Junior’s fight for African-American civil rights, fifth-graders of Barnum Woods Elementary School created found poems inspired by his speech, “I Have a Dream.”
    
To introduce the lesson, Lissette Pellegrino’s class read Doreen Rappaport’s book, “Martin’s Big Words” where she discusses Dr. King’s childhood determination to use “big words” throughout his life work. After reading Ms. Rappaport’s book, students deliberated over the literal and figurative meanings of “big words” and how these words are not always large in length but large in significance.
    
Examining Dr. King’s speech students selected “big words” that inspired them to create found poems. Found poetry takes words, phrases or whole passages and reframes them to create a new meaning with selected words, spacing and line work. Students shared their poems, explaining why they selected words such a freedom, peace, love and justice.    

Honoring a Man of Character

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Bowling Green Elementary School fourth-graders of Vera Zinnel’s class honored Martin Luther King Jr. by defining the content of their character.
   
From Dr. King’s famous speech, Mrs. Zinnel’s class examined the well-known line of hoping that children will be judged on the content of their character instead of the color of their skin.

Students wrote essays interpreting Dr. King’s words, explained the reason they want to be judged by the content of their character and provided examples of their character. Among the essays, students wanted to be judged by being responsible, caring, funny, helpful, brave and creative instead of their outside appearance.    

EMHS HOBY Ambassador

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East Meadow High School sophomore Kristen Kavanagh has been selected as a Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) ambassador.

HOBY, founded in 1958, is an organization that inspires and develops global community youth and volunteers to live a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation.

As an ambassador, Kristen will participate with other teenagers at the HOBY Leadership Conference where she will collaborate with recognized leaders in business, government, education and other professions to discuss current worldly issues.

Kristen was selected through a rigorous process that included an interview by faculty, administration and a former HOBY ambassador. She unanimously impressed the panel with her poise, confidence, insight and genuine concern for others.

Kristen is a very conscientious student who is involved in various extracurricular activities.  She is a member of the school’s Kickline team, a Jet Gazzette News Editor and an active member of National English Honor Society and Students Against Destructive Decisions organization.

During her time as a Girl Scout, Kristen earned Bronze and Silver Awards and is currently working toward her Gold Award, called Irreplaceable Interaction. To obtain this award, she must teach an interaction skill to young people. Seeing a dwindling in people’s social skills, Kristen created an acronym, “SMILE” for people to easily remember the key aspects of interaction with others. “SMILE” stands for Smile, Manners, Interpersonal Skills, Listen and Eye Contact.

In addition, Kristen aspires to earn a doctorate in education and become an elementary school teacher.

Audience Applauds EMHS Production

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The East Meadow High School Theatre Guild presented three show-stopping performances of its production, “Snow White and The Seven Mummies,” directed by Amanda Priole.
     
This year’s production, the combination of “Snow White” and “The Mummy,” is about a disastrous high school play, where nothing goes as planned. Throughout the play, members of the cast have different agendas and find it difficult to follow the script due to the inclusion of extra cast members, costumes disappearing and different interpretations of the script.

The student cast impressed audiences with their exceptional performances and received outstanding ovations from members of the community and school district.
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Feb 07, 2016