Bowling Green gives back to community

Students at Bowling Green Elementary School collected nonperishable food items during November for its annual Thanksgiving season food drive.

Members of the Bowling Green K-Kids club spearheaded the food drive, under the direction of fifth-grade teacher and club adviser Richard Santer. Through the generosity of students, a variety of canned and boxed goods, along with other items, were collected. Bowling Green students and members of Girl Scout Troop 3182 also donated Thanksgiving food baskets for the cause. Students helped package the food items, which were donated to a number of local families.

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 September, October and November at the district’s Nov. 20 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 All-County Musicians

A total of 156 students in the district have been selected to perform in the Nassau Music Educators Association All-County Festival at LIU Post this winter.

This prestigious honor indicates that these student-musicians are among the top performers in Nassau County. Selection was based upon their New York State School Music Association solo evaluation scores and strong teacher recommendations. The district congratulates these students on this fine achievement!

EMHS homecoming showcases school spirit

Despite rainy weather, students, parents and school staff sporting raincoats and umbrellas braved the cold conditions for East Meadow High School’s annual homecoming celebration on Nov. 1.

Spectators took to the field and school cheerleaders drew excitement from the crowd as the East Meadow Jets took on Syosset High School. The school’s theme this year was “PIXAR.” During the halftime celebration in the school’s gymnasium, the community enjoyed an outstanding performance by the Rockettes.

Max Hechtman and Ashley Halkitis were named homecoming king and queen, and members of the court were announced and congratulated by administrators. The homecoming court included Selena Calabrese, Hanna Hwang, Tim Matishek, Jon Miranda, Kerri Percoco and Justin Rivera. To the delight of the crowd, the Jets seized a major victory against Syosset, 44-0.

EMHS inducts new members into National Honor Society

A total of 132 new members were inducted into the East Meadow High School Chapter of the National Honor Society on Nov. 3.

At the annual induction ceremony at Milleridge Cottage in Jericho parents, faculty, administrators, Board of Education members and current NHS members gathered to recognize new members, who were selected based on their ability to maintain high standards of scholarship, service, leadership and character. Inductees will now join their fellow members in upholding these principles by working to better their school and local community through civic involvement, volunteer activities and adherence to the highest standards of morality and ethics.

Superintendent of Schools Louis R. DeAngelo congratulated new members on their induction and encouraged them to always lead by example.

“The choices you’ve made and the actions you’ve taken have earned you a place of honor in this prestigious society,” Mr. DeAngelo said. “By your actions and your commitment to excellence, you have earned the distinction of membership in a society to which only approximately 10 percent of students nationally gain entry. Enjoy this evening among your parents, friends, teachers and administrators and revel in the sense of accomplishment which is rightfully yours.”

After being congratulated by Mr. DeAngelo and East Meadow High School Principal Richard Howard, the new members received honorary certificates and were officially inducted.

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District Recognizes Unity Day

Students, staff and PTA members in the district recently joined together to recognize Unity Day, a national effort to prevent bullying through the promotion of kindness and compassion.

Students and staff in the district’s nine schools recognized Unity Day in a number of ways. They wore orange attire signifying Unity Day awareness and pledged to work to alleviate bullying in their school communities. In classes throughout the district, teachers discussed the meaning of unity with students and the importance of being a good citizen to others. Students also wrote their names on orange strips of paper and connected them to create chain links which symbolized their commitment to Unity Day and preventing bullying.

Meadowbrook Unites For Red Ribbon Week

In celebration of Red Ribbon Week, students at Meadowbrook Elementary School participated in a number of activities to reinforce their promise of a healthy and drug-free lifestyle.

This year’s slogan was “Love yourself, be drug free.” During the week, students and staff wore school colors, as well as red attire, to show their solidarity and commitment to remaining drug-free. Students and staff also wore red holographic bracelets with this year’s slogan symbolizing their support of Red Ribbon Week.

In a strong showcase of school pride, students gathered to form giant red ribbons by lining up outside of the school in the shape of ribbons, all to support a worthy cause.  

Student receives outstanding recognition

W. T. Clarke High School senior Jerry Holloway has been named an Outstanding Participant in the 2015 National Achievement Scholarship Program.

He is among the top 3 percent of approximately 160,000 Black Americans who entered in the scholarship program when he took the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

The National Achievement Scholarship Program was initiated in 1964 specifically to honor academically promising Black American high school students.  A roster of the selected 3,100 Outstanding Participants was referred to approximately 1,500 colleges and universities throughout the nation.

W.T. Clarke HS celebrates Homecoming

Students, parents, staff and administrators were in grand spirits for W.T. Clarke High School’s annual homecoming celebration on Oct. 18.

Days before the homecoming celebration, students at the school decorated building hallways, lockers and the cafeteria corridor to showcase their school spirit, while also proudly wearing their school colors.

With a lively crowd cheering them on, the W.T. Clarke Rams faced off against Valley Stream South High School in their homecoming game.

The event’s halftime included special appearances by Superintendent of Schools Louis R. DeAngelo and members of the Board of Education, and also featured impressive performances by the W.T. Clarke High School Marching Band and cheerleading team. Spectators cheered as the dazzling class floats proceeded onto the field, each decorated with the theme of “board games.”

Recognized during the procession were Homecoming King and Queen David Langsam and Lauren Bower. Other members of the homecoming court included Duke and Duchess Javier Lopez and Abby Pineda, Count and Countess Erjin Choi and Paige Aaronson, and Prince and Princess Brandon Garcia and Alexis Stobe.

In a memorable win, W.T. Clarke defeated Valley Stream South, 36-6.

Students Earn All-State Music Honors

Eleven students have been selected as All-State musicians and will represent the district’s music department at this year’s New York State School Music Association Winter Conference in Rochester, NY, from Dec. 4-7.

The conference will feature the top high school student-musicians from across New York State who will perform at the Eastman Theatre. The district congratulates the following students who were selected based on their exceptional performances at All-State auditions in May:

East Meadow High School:

Russel Ettinger — Trumpet — Symphonic Band
Elton Ha — Piano — Symphony Orchestra
Jessica Kessler — Bb Clarinet — Symphonic Band
Matthew Koegel — Double Bass — Symphony Orchestra
Jamie MacKay — Alto I — Mixed Chorus
Timothy Matishek — Jazz Guitar — Instrumental Jazz
Jamie Morein — Flute — Symphonic Band
Lauren Osojnak — Bassoon — Wind Ensemble
Michelle Severo — Viola — Symphony Orchestra
Emily Shallbetter — Soprano I — Mixed Chorus
*Elton Ha was also selected to perform in the NYSSMA piano showcase at the
NYSSMA Conference.

W.T. Clarke High School:

Lynn-Yen Koh — Bb Clarinet, Eb Clarinet — Symphonic Band
In addition, Katya Weiss, a W.T. Clarke High School violinist was selected as an Alternate.

The district congratulates these students on their distinguished achievements.

All-National Honors for EMHS Musicians

East Meadow High School student-musicians Sabrina Brody and Thomas Brody have been selected to perform with the National Association for Music Education’s All-National  Symphonic Orchestra, under the direction of Gerard Schwarz at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee.

Sabrina (violist) and Tom (bassist) described their selection as a tremendous honor and an exciting opportunity to perform among the nation’s most distinguished high school musicians.

The NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles represent the top performing high school musicians in the United States. Students selected for this prestigious honor, will prepare for several days, before performing in concert at the world-famous Grand Ole Opry House on Oct. 29.

Commissioner King visits our East Meadow School District

New York State Education Department Commissioner John King, Jr. recently visited W.T. Clarke Middle School, where he met with Superintendent of Schools Louis R. DeAngelo, district administrators, faculty, parents, students and members of the Board of Education. He commended the district on its effective instructional practices and on its implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards.

Commissioner King, who was joined by State Education Department Board of Regents member Roger Tilles, participated in a roundtable discussion at the school’s library with faculty, students and parents. They discussed the implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards throughout the district, literacy and professional development initiatives, as well as focused and individualized instruction for students.

“To say that we are honored and thrilled to have you come to East Meadow, to our W. Tresper Clarke Middle School, to acknowledge and see first hand our work with our children, is an understatement,” said Mr. DeAngelo. “We are a district united in our commitment to providing our children with those skills necessary to ultimately render them college and career ready for the 21st century.”

Following the roundtable discussion, Commissioner King and Regent Tilles visited students in their classrooms. Students spoke with the commissioner about what they were learning in their respective classes of English Language Arts, math, social studies and other subjects.

The commissioner’s visit comes after the district recently announced its 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.

“On behalf of the Board of Education, I thank Commissioner King and Regent Tilles for visiting our district,” said Mr. DeAngelo. “We are pleased to have had them see first hand the fine work being done by our teachers and students in our East Meadow School District.”

Nov 26, 2014