While the 2014-15 academic year is over, the East Meadow School District continues to provide a variety of learning opportunities through a number of summer programs for its students.
The district’s Summer Music Program, coordinated by the East Meadow Music Department, welcomes students of any musical level from grades 4–12 to strengthen their musical talents and socialize with other student-musicians. The program began in late June and runs for one month for three hours a day at East Meadow High School. There are three program sections for students, including a Beginner Instrumental program, Intermediate Band/Orchestra program and Advanced Band/Orchestra program. The Beginner Instrumental program is for students entering grades 4-6 who have never played an instrument before. The program includes three weeks of daily lessons and supervised practices, which then evolves into a beginning band or orchestra session.
The Intermediate Band/Orchestra program is for experienced performers in grades 5-8 and the Advanced Band/Orchestra program is for experienced performers at the high school level. At the end of the program, the students will host a series of concerts for the community scheduled for July 28, 29 and 30 at 7 p.m. and July 31 at 9 a.m.
Another opportunity available for students over the summer months is the Summer Learning Program, held at Bowling Green Elementary School. The program runs Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., starting June 30 and ending July 27. Students in grades Pre-K through fifth-grade are recommended by their teachers to further develop their reading, writing and literacy skills for the upcoming year. There are also pull-out lessons for students who need to strengthen their mathematics and ESL skills. The goal of the program is to make learning fun and encourage students to interact with their fellow classmates.
The younger students aren’t the only ones developing their skills this summer. The Summer School program offered at East Meadow High School is designed to assist students in grades 6-12 in their academic and leadership skills. The program runs six-weeks from July 6-Aug. 11 and helps students to prepare for summer Regents exams. The program also offers a leadership session called Project Adventure for students in grade 7-8 to enhance their self-esteem and develop leadership skills through group-teamwork challenges.
Other options for student learning are offered through the district’s summer recreation, titled Creative Arts Program of the East Meadow School District (C.A.P.E.). The recreation program provides children from ages 4-12 three one-hour classes over a three-week session. The children are able to play games, create art, bake, and think critically through the various courses offered. Classes offered span a variety of interests, including American Girl Party, DIY – Do It Yourself Crafts, Hobby Shop, Minecraft, Science Adventures, Cupcake Wars, CAPE Idol, Gymnastics and Tennis Time. The program concludes on July 30 with a C.A.P.E show celebrating the students’ hard work.
According to Cindy Munter, the district’s assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, “The halls of our schools remain filled with enthusiasm for learning! We are proud to offer so many opportunities for our students to explore their interests and continue their learning.”