Superintendent’s Conference Day

In preparing for the new school year, faculty and staff throughout the District recently gathered for a series of interactive workshops during Superintendent’s Conference Day.

Among the various workshops, Languages Other Than English teachers at East Meadow High School discussed the advantages of utilizing the iPad in American Sign Language classes, while social studies teachers worked in groups to develop methods which will prepare students for the new Common Core Learning Standards-based social studies framework. In addition, kindergarten through second-grade teachers worked with staff developers on a new reading program, and high school English teachers analyzed the new Common Core English Regents and curriculum.

The workshops allowed teachers to plan and prioritize in order to ensure all students are challenged and can succeed academically during the new school year.

Class of 2014 Academic Awards

Members of the East Meadow and W.T. Clarke high schools’ Classes of 2014 were recently honored with academic, special and scholarship awards at the schools’ respective senior academic awards ceremonies.

The events were attended by parents, teachers, school administrators, community leaders and scholarship sponsors. Students were acknowledged for their accomplishments and academic achievements over the past four years. The district congratulates these honorees on their years of academic excellence.

Preparing for the New School Year

The District Board of Education’s trustees and administrators reorganized for the 2014-2015 school year at their July 1 meeting.

Superintendent of Schools Louis R. DeAngelo was sworn in for the new school year, while trustee Joseph Parisi was reelected to the seat of president, and Marcee Rubinstein was reelected as vice president. District Clerk Joan Franciotti, who was also reappointed for the 2014-2015 school year, swore both Mr. Parisi and Ms. Rubinstein into office. In addition, Ms. Franciotti swore trustee Joseph Danenza and newcomer Scott Eckers into office for three-year terms.

EMHS Senior Athletes Recognized

East Meadow High School Class of 2014 senior athletes were recently honored for their successes both on and off the field at the school’s Senior Athletic Awards Night. The evening, hosted by the school’s athletic department staff, celebrated individual and team achievements. Families of senior athletes, district officials and members of the East Meadow High School Parent Athletics Club attended the event, moderated by Athletic Director Kevin Regan.

Mr. Regan, along with members of his coaching staff, presented students with scholarships and awards as well as participation certificates, and applauded students for their hard work throughout their high school careers. He also noted that 23 of East Meadow High School’s 26 sports teams were named New York State Scholar-Athlete Teams. The evening concluded with the annual announcement of the Athletic Wall of Fame inductees. The district congratulates the students on their successes.

At the Top of their Game

W. T. Clarke High School Class of 2014 senior athletes and their families recently united at the Chateau Briand in Carle Place to celebrate individual and group accomplishments during the Parents and Booster Club’s annual Senior Athletic Scholarships and Awards Dinner.
During the event, students were lauded for their contributions to the community both scholastically and on the playing field. W.T. Clarke High School Athletic Director Josh Friedman and Principal Timothy Voels commended students for their commitment to their athletic program and their school, and encouraged them to continue to strive for excellence in all they do after their time at Clarke High School.

The district congratulates all athletes on their accomplishments and wishes them success in the years to come.

EMHS Students Earn Apple Certification

Several students from East Meadow High School’s music production class recently passed the rigorous Apple certification exam and achieved Apple Certified Pro status. This certification places these students in a distinguished class of professionals who demonstrate a commitment to excellence, and a thorough knowledge of the recording art. The certification also stands as an impressive resume item for students applying to college and seeking employment.

Congratulations, Class of 2014!

Members of the East Meadow and W.T. Clarke high schools’ Classes of 2014 proudly walked across their athletic fields to celebrate an educational milestone during their commencement ceremonies on June 29. Friends, family, community members, faculty and central administrators applauded students as they took their seats during Edward Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance.”

East Meadow High School’s commencement exercises began with a salute to the flag and the senior chorale’s performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Board of Education President Joseph Parisi congratulated the students on their fine achievement. “I wish for you to be healthy, to be kind and to be yourself,” he said.

In addressing his peers, salutatorian Hassan Alam said that graduates will “carry with us not only the lessons learned in textbooks, but also the life lessons taught by such key figures in our lives.” Valedictorian Nathan Siegelaub, inspired by Dr. Seuss’s “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” recited a poem he had written, describing his high school experience as “four years of perfection.” He encouraged students to take risks, work hard and remain humble. Principal Richard Howard lauded the graduating class, citing their community service, scholarship and athletic abilities.

At W.T. Clarke High School, the commencement ceremony began with the singing of the national anthem and “America the Beautiful,” as well as the school alma mater by the senior chorus.

Salutatorian Gabrielle Cord-Cruz told her fellow graduates to “always remember to aim high and never settle for less,” while valedictorian Siddesh Ramesh encouraged students to cherish the memories and feelings they had experienced at the school.

Principal Timothy Voels reflected on the class’s accomplishments and contributions, as well as their character. “Trust in yourself and move forward with confidence,” he said. He concluded his speech by saying, “Don’t cry because it’s over; smile because it happened.”

The special guest speaker, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, offered congratulatory remarks and encouraged students to continue to work hard and strive to fulfill their dreams.

Superintendent of Schools Louis R. DeAngelo addressed the graduates at both high schools, encouraging them to live happy and fulfilling lives. “Love what you love, and be yourself,” he said. “Don’t be afraid to make mistakes — it is with making mistakes that we’re trying new things, learning, living, pushing ourselves and changing the world. Mistakes aren’t failures; they are how we learn.”

After the diplomas were distributed and the graduates tossed their caps in the air, the students reunited with their friends and family. The district congratulates the Class of 2014 and wishes them great success and happiness in their future endeavors.



Meadowbrook Poster Contest Winner

Meadowbrook Elementary School third-grader Eva Saragossi has been named one of the top 12 winners in the Child Abuse Prevention Services 2014-15 Steer Clear of Bullies poster contest. Child Abuse Prevention Services received roughly 1,200 submissions from Long Island schools. Eva’s artwork will be featured in a CAPS calendar circulated throughout Long Island. The district congratulates Eva on her accomplishment.

Parkway Makes a Difference

Parkway Elementary School recently participated in the Sunrise on Wheels program. The mission of the in-hospital program is to provide fun and excitement for children undergoing chemotherapy treatments.

The school collected a variety of arts and crafts items for children to use during treatment sessions, including crayons, markers, glitter, stickers and coloring books, as well as educational games and toys. The school’s effort made for many smiles and aided in brightening the spirits of children.

“We really enjoyed bringing some sunshine to their lives, and we look forward to doing it again next year,” said school social worker Margherita Diglio.


Breakfast of Champions

Several East Meadow High School students were recently recognized for their exemplary character and conduct at the school’s Breakfast of Champions ceremony.

Breakfast of Champions is a student recognition program designed to highlight students who consistently make positive contributions to the school’s community. Faculty and staff nominated students based on a variety of positive qualities, including generosity toward others, respect for peers and faculty, personal integrity, maturity and hard work. Students received recognition awards from faculty and staff at the ceremony.

The school congratulates the following students who were honored at the ceremony: Darryl Angel, Nicole Castro, Liam Fowler, Erica Furman, Roy Garzon, Ruth Hernandez, David Mc Gee, Omar Mohamed, Anna Morales, Deanna Parisi, Sweta Patel, Isaiah Pena, Jed Puk-Silverstein, Dylan Rivera, James Saladino, Briyenna Souter, Lexus Turrisi, Matthew Zakrzewski, Rose Zaman and Katie Zammit.
Jul 26, 2014