Kara Zahradnik, a social studies teacher at East Meadow High School, has been selected as the 2017-2018 New York State Outstanding Social Studies High School Classroom Teacher by the New York State Council for the Social Studies.
According to the NYSCSS website, the award is separated among elementary, middle school and high school levels and recognizes exceptional social studies teachers at each of these levels. Nominations are based on the instructor’s abilities to develop or use instructional materials creatively and effectively; incorporate innovative instructional strategies and techniques; foster a spirit of inquiry; and foster the development of democratic beliefs and values, and the skills needed for students to become effective citizens.
Sheena Jacob, social studies department chairperson at East Meadow High School, nominated Zahradnik based on her accomplishments in education and the discipline.
“What sets Kara apart from other teachers is not only what she does for her students and the community, but also the passion and love that she brings to the building every day,” said Jacob. “Her colleagues and administrators appreciate her efforts and trust her judgment.”
A grateful Zahradnik added, “I am thankful for my students, colleagues and family, who made it possible for me to pursue a career that is very fulfilling. I greatly appreciate the NYSCSS for granting me this honor and recognition.”
The district congratulates Zahradnik on earning this notable award and inspiring students and faculty to excel.
Inspired by the NCAA tournament, a spirit of competition was in the air
in the East Meadow School District when W.T. Clarke Middle School
students competed in the school’s March Madness basketball tournament,
on March 23.
Thirty-two teams consisting of sixth- through eighth-grade students
gathered in the gymnasium to participate in three-on-three
tournament-style games, eliminating each other until one team earned the
title of March Madness Champions.
The tournament gave students the chance to hone their basketball skills
while demonstrating teamwork, collaboration and sportsmanship.
Throughout the month, W.T. Clarke Middle School student-musicians participated in the National Association for Music Education’s (NAfME) Music In Our Schools Month (MIOSM) by performing for students, teachers and administrators with weekly performances. Additionally, students participated in Practice-A-Thon where a sponsor pledges a monetary amount for each minute students practice during the entire month. All proceeds are donated to local charities.
Ten Woodland Middle School eighth-graders were recognized for their
scientific research at the LISEF-SSP Broadcom MASTERS Fair on March 17.
This is one of three science fairs held by the Long Island Science and
Engineering Fair. Woodland had students place in the first, second,
third, and honorable mention categories for their work.
According to its website, LISEF promotes three science fairs that allow
students to present their work to more than 1,000 judges consisting of
leading scientific professionals. The middle school fair, a partnership
between the Society for Science and the Public and Broadcom, encourages
sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders to perform an investigation and
present their findings to a panel of judges.
During the fair, held at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, more
than 200 middle school students presented their research and in-depth
experiments in biology, behavioral science, physics, earth science and
mathematics to representatives of local school districts, universities,
scientific institutions and other professionals in their related fields.
Julia Curet and Ashlee Sjoholm captured first place with
their experiment, “The Effect of Cost on Consumer Decisions.” The team
of Nuha Asad, Emma Friel and Elaine Sam earned second place for their
project, “The Effect of Potassium Glucinate on Plant Growth.” Securing
third place were Sarah Eisenberg, Samantha Schlectman and Alexa Scotti
with their research on “The Effect of Erosion on Rip Currents.”
Additionally, Sachin Jojode and Rahat Rahman received honorable mention
for their experiment, “The Effect of Various Materials on Durability of
The district congratulates these students on the success of
their scientific research and applauds each of their accomplishments.
The Woodland Middle School Drama Club explored a ‘whole new world’ with a
magical performance of Disney’s Aladdin on March 15-16. The thrilling
tale tells the story of a young street-smart commoner whose life changes
when he meets a magical genie that grants him three wishes.
Students and families of the East Meadow School District enjoyed an
evening of 21st-century learning during the district’s inaugural STEAM
Night, held at East Meadow High School.
Throughout the building, elementary and middle school students enjoyed
the over 70 educational activities with their families, and explored the
burgeoning disciplines of science, technology, engineering, the arts
and mathematics. As an example, they learned how to code Dash and Dot
robots to control their movements, examined constellations in the night
sky in the STAR Lab, designed levers to propel a Wiffle ball as high as
possible, created bracelets using binary code, turned ordinary objects
into instruments, engineered mini-sailboats to travel across a body of
water, constructed two- and three-dimensional shapes out of toothpicks
and marshmallows, created beautiful artwork using magnets and paint, and
worked with 3-D printers.
Guests also explored different STEAM-related careers, learned about the
research projects high school students have been undertaking, and
discovered how to become involved in the district’s science research
Special thanks go to Director of Mathematics and Science, Debra Harley,
Nassau BOCES, the Cornell Cooperative Extension and the district’s STEAM
Committee for organizing a successful night. Similarly, this event’s
success hinged on the over 100 district teachers who planned and
administered each of the evening’s events.
Barnum Woods Elementary School first-graders held a 100th Day of School Fashion Show on Feb. 16. Students and teachers sported clothing and accessories that they designed themselves to represent the number 100.
Shirts, glasses and other items signified 100 days of learning in the 2017-18 school year. Classes paraded through the hallways and into the main office. The numeric theme was emphasized for the entire day through various lessons and activities.
Transporting the audience to a magical kingdom under the sea, W.T. Clarke High School’s student acting troupe, Lights Up Productions, gave a riveting performance about a young mermaid’s desire to explore the world above when they presented Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” on March 1-3.
Inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen tale and classic animated film, “The Little Mermaid” is a beautiful story about love and adventure. Beneath the sea, King Triton’s youngest daughter, Ariel, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above. She bargains with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. When the deal isn’t what it seems, Ariel needs the help of her friends, Flounder, Scuttle and Sebastian, to restore order under the sea.
On March 1, prior to the main performances, the school held a Senior Citizens’ Dinner Theatre, sponsored by the W.T. Clarke PTA in collaboration with the East Meadow Kiwanis and Clarke Theater Arts Parents Association. Community residents were invited for a delicious Italian dinner with musical performances by the W.T. Clarke High School orchestra and a special viewing of this year’s spring musical. Dinner services and ushering were provided by members of the W.T. Clarke Middle School Builder’s Club and W.T. Clarke High School Key Club.
The Lights Up Productions cast and crew would like to express their gratitude to director and choreographer Kristen Norwark, vocal director Rachel Fogel, the design team, the stagehands, the tech squad under the guidance of technical director Elliot Oppenheim, the orchestra pit – led by W.T. Clarke High School Orchestra Director Steven Barbieri – and the district’s building and central administrators for helping to make the spring musical a success.
Kindergartners at Bowling Green Elementary School celebrated their 100th day of learning by participating in a day full of activities inspired by the milestone number.
Throughout the day, the young students engaged in lessons that incorporated math, literacy and creativity. They counted by tens to create beaded necklaces, penned answers to the statement “I Wish I Had 100…” and designed “100 Day of School” crowns. Carrying the theme over to their wardrobe, they embodied the fashion of centenarians, wearing suspenders, hair rollers, mustaches and glasses.
First-grade classes at the school also got in on the fun. They sported T-shirts that they had personalized by gluing 100 items, such as Legos, birthday candles, Popsicle sticks and stickers on them. They also wrote reasons why they love first grade on small paper hearts, and then arranged them on a banner to form the number 100.