Marching in Full Bloom

The W.T. Clarke High School marching band performed in the Washington, D.C. National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade on April 16.
Spectators gathered in the streets to see giant colorful helium balloons, intricate floats, celebrity entertainers and performers, and marching bands from across the country parade down Constitution Avenue in honor of the nation’s greatest springtime celebration.
The district commends the marching band for their musical talents and performance during the parade.

East Meadow HS Students Attend Olympics of the Visual Arts

Fourteen art students from East Meadow High School attended the New York State Art Teachers Association’s 2016 Olympics of the Visual Arts program, held in Saratoga Springs, New York, on April 21, placing third in the Photography category.
OVA offers students an opportunity to solve artistic problems using historical references, brainstorming, problem-solving and creative solutions in eight different categories: architecture, photography, fashion design, sculpture, painting, drawing, illustration and graphic design.
The district congratulates these students for their hard work and creativity during the competition.

Parkway Student Recipient of the Nassau Reading Council Young Author Contest

Parkway Elementary School third-grader Ava Hurtes was announced as a recipient of the Nassau Reading Council Young Author’s Contest.
The thirty-third annual Nassau Reading Council Young Author’s Contest invites Nassau County students in kindergarten through twelfth-grade to submit a personal narrative derived from the author’s own experience. Entries are evaluated on content, authenticity, voice, focus, organization and mechanics.
Winning entries will be honored at the Nassau Reading Council award ceremony in June at Molloy College.

Melody of Recycled Materials

In honor of Earth Day, Meadowbrook Elementary School students learned about the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling with musical performances from Bash the Trash.
Members of Bash the Trash introduced the basic sounds, vibrations and designs of their recycled instruments emphasizing how found objects can be used in different ways such as water jugs, pipes and styrofoam.  
In addition, fourth and fifth-graders dived deeper into the musical, scientific and environmental concepts of instruments through the organization’s Found Sound Science Program. The group educated students about instrument families, environmental concerns and the science of vibrations and increasing musical volume.

Leaving their Mark

In honor of National Kindergarten Day, Parkway Elementary School kindergartners created a class of 2028 mural out of their handprints to display around the school.

Zumba for Autism

East Meadow SEPTA and W. T. Clarke High School held the first Zumba for Autism fundraiser raising over $2,500 for Nassau-Suffolk Autism Society of America (NSASA) and W. T. Clarke REACH program students.
Wearing their blue Autism Awareness shirts and sneakers, community members, faculty, administration and students gathered in the Clarke High School gymnasium to show their support for autism with the help of FitMIXX Zumba instructor Shannon Palagiano.   
While dancing to the beat, guests could purchase Autism Awareness bracelets and enter raffles with all proceeds helping Autism research.
The district would like to thank all of those who helped coordinate, organize and implement a successful Zumba for Autism fundraiser.

Eighth Annual W. T. Clarke Run With The Rams Fundraiser


On Apr. 16, W. T. Clarke High School and Middle School athletic department held its eighth annual Run With The Rams fundraiser to benefit a local family in need and the W. T. Clarke athletic program.

Bright and early, participants of all ages pinned their timing bibs on as they gathered in the gymnasium to check-in and register for the 5K street race or 1-mile “fun run.”

Organized by W. T. Clarke High School and Middle School athletic chairperson Josh Friedman, both races began and ended in the athletic complex, circling through the neighborhood with water stops managed by student volunteers. Training for the 5K race was offered to W. T. Clarke High School and Middle School faculty and students.

W. T. Clarke HS Tri-M Honor Society Induction

W. T. Clarke High School inducted 22 new members to the Tri-M Music Honor Society chapter 1768.
During the ceremony, Tri-M officers and members performed musical numbers, shared the significance of the three M’s and welcomed keynote speaker, East Meadow High School Music Department Chairperson Christopher Hale.
Mr. Hale commended the newly inducted and continuing Tri-M members emphasizing their unique character as artists and musicians.
“We’re masters at communicating, collaborating and empathizing with people around us. Each of you has the opportunity to interpret the world in a way that no one has thought of yet. You are different, and that, my friends is what really matters,” said Mr. Hale.    
The district congratulates these newly inducted and continuing Tri-M members as they continue to excel in their musical endeavors.

Through their Lens

Across the district, East Meadow and W. T. Clarke High School students placed in two prestigious photography competitions.
Congratulations to East Meadow High School senior Megan Floody, junior Michael Hartcorn, junior Jackson Himonidis and W. T. Clarke High School sophomore Natalia Reyes, who placed in the Photographic Federation of Long Island Youth Showcase. The Photographic Federation of Long Island is a non-for-profit organization of camera clubs across Nassau and Suffolk counties and the five boroughs of New York City dedicated to the enjoyment and innovation of photography.  
In addition, the district extends its congratulations to those students who earned honors in Senator Kemp Hannon’s “Best in Town” Photography Contest.

Sen. Hannon invited all high school students within the sixth Senate District to celebrate their town and its unique qualities to capture “The Best in Town” among four categories including people, places, pets and nature.

The winners of this contest were East Meadow High School seniors Megan Baltusis, Isabella Calle, Shannon Finneran and Gabriella Hernandez; East Meadow juniors Ilyssa Brass and Michael Hartcorn; W. T. Clarke High School seniors Alexa Balatbat, Rachel Hess and Devon Pinto; and W. T. Clarke High School junior Victoria Cast.
The district congratulates these students are their artistic abilities and wishes them much success as they continue to pursue their passion of photography.

Inspired by the Sea

Woodland Middle School’s art club created a mural for the Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County in honor of their Life Options Adult Day Program.
Cerebral Palsy of Nassau County is a nonprofit health agency serving children and adults with cerebral palsy, developmental and other disabilities. Among the programs and services offered, the Life Options Adult Day Program provides adults with developmental disabilities the opportunity to develop life skills and participate in activities of their interest. It is inspired by the “The Starfish Story” about a man who throws a starfish back into the ocean saying he made a difference for that starfish.
Inspired by their mission, the art club painted a mural with portraits of program members surrounded by the ocean highlighting their interests in art, music and community outreach.
During the unveiling, Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County Community Outreach Manager Patricia Quinn, Life Options Adult Day Program teacher Maura Wachsberger and Life Options Adult Day student Nancy Pedersen presented the art club and Woodland Middle School with a plaque for their creativity, generosity and support of the organization.     

Clarke MS Wins Big at LISEF


W. T. Clarke Middle School eighth-graders of Megan Denecke’s Research class participated in the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair (LISEF) in Woodbury, NY.

LISEF is a not-for-profit organization that recognizes students in Nassau and Suffolk Counties who want to become outstanding natural physical and behavioral scientists, engineers or mathematicians.

During the fair, over 200 middle school students who had conducted research and in-depth experiments presented their work in biology, behavioral science, physics, earth science and mathematics to local universities, scientific institutions and professionals in their related field.

Within the competition, two groups from Clarke Middle School placed first. Group one consisted of Sanjana Ahmed, Aryanna Adalin, and Shivani Shastri who conducted an experiment about the “Effect of Wind Speed on the Amount of Piezoelectric Energy Created by Rain.” The second group, comprised of students Abishek Ravindran, Min Chun and Arjun Panickssery, conducted an experiment about the “Effect of Different Man-made Barriers on the Amount of Coastal Erosion Caused by a Tsunami.”

Among the students who attended, 18 of them placed in the competition.

The district congratulates all the students for their diligence, research and hard work in the LISEF competition.

There’s a Doctor in the House

Barnum Woods Elementary School first-graders received a visit from veterinarian Dr. Katie Iovino after the class completed a unit on animals.
Connecting their English language arts, social studies and science curriculums, students learned about animal anatomy, survival, habitats and individuals who help them.
Following their studies, veterinarian Dr. Iovino spoke to students about becoming a veterinarian, places that veterinarians work, instruments they use to take care of animals and different ways animals protect and help humans such as serving as guide dogs, therapy animals, police and military dogs.
After Dr. Iovino’s presentation, students were able to ask her questions about the animals she worked with, the challenges of working with them, and why she decided to become a veterinarian.     

Woodland MS Drama Club Presents “Oklahoma”


Woodland Middle recently performed Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II’s musical “Oklahoma.”

Set in a western Indian territory after the turn of the 20th Century, “Oklahoma” tells the story of a rowdy rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys. This sets the scene for Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, to play out their love. Although the road to true love never runs smoothly, especially with these two headstrong romantics, they will succeed in making a new life together and begin their life together in a brand-new state, Oklahoma.

Under the direction of Woodland Middle School faculty Douglas Castillo and Jonathan Ross, the cast and crew received a standing ovation from the audience for their authentic performance.

Shining a Blue Light for Autism

Across the district, schools are showing their support for autism in recognition of Autism Awareness Month.
Earlier this week, Bowling Green Elementary School teachers educated students about autism through SmartBoard activities, lessons and literature about having a friend or sibling with autism. All lessons concluded with students coloring and writing facts about autism on a puzzle piece.
On Autism Awareness Day, SEPTA and PTA parents and members of the school’s social skills program “Bridges to Friendship,” volunteered to assemble over one hundred puzzle pieces into a tree in both main lobbies.
Woodland Middle School also showed their support with various blue-themed initiatives. On Friday Apr. 1, Woodland Middle School technology teachers Rich Lalier and Sam Levant unveiled their blue handcrafted wooden puzzle piece displayed in front of the school. The piece will be displayed throughout the month of April.  
In addition, administration installed blue gel pieces into a number of hallway lights to recognize the occasion.

East Meadow HS Theatre Guild Presents “Mary Poppins”


East Meadow High School’s Theatre Guild and Music Department recently performed “Mary Poppins The Broadway Musical.”  

Mary Poppins tells the story of the Banks family and their misbehaved children, Jane and Michael, whose latest nanny quit “with a fit.” The children have their own idea about what type of caretaker they should have, while their parents insist on a strict one. When a mysterious young woman named Mary Poppins arrives, the family finds that she’s the answer to their prayers, but in a peculiar way. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but they aren’t the only ones she has a profound effect upon.

With the help of the production staff, Director Christopher Hale, Choreographer Karen Goldman, Vocal Director Caitlin Hale, Orchestra Director Molly Tittler and Technical Advisor Ingo Prangenberg, the cast and crew received a standing ovation from the audience, reminding them that “anything can happen if you let it.”

Clarke MS REACH Presents

The district partnered with Family Residences and Essential Enterprise’s Artists-In-Residence program to provide an opportunity for W. T. Clarke Middle School REACH students to develop their musical theater skills.
During the month of March, FREE artists integrated into Mrs. Mueller’s classroom working with students on their social skills, body language and emotions through warm-up exercises and performing skits.     
Following their weekly sessions, REACH students shared their talents reenacting the “Fish Tank in a Dentist’s Office” scene from “Finding Nemo” for administration, relatives and other REACH students.  
W. T. Clarke Middle School REACH student Ava Macaluso starred in the production as starfish Peach and enjoyed working with the FREE mentors. “It was nervous performing in front of everyone but I got through it and really enjoyed it.”

Clarke HS Conquers DECA

W. T. Clarke High School DECA team competed in the DECA High School Competitive Events conference with eight members advancing to the DECA International Career Development Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, the organization’s national competition.
DECA is a not-for-profit student organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the world.
The 170-member Clarke DECA team competed individually or in groups within five career clusters including Business Management and Administration, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Finance and Hospitality and Tourism. Among the 40 different business categories, participants compete by presenting a business plan in a written component such as a manual, exam or report or interactive component such as role-playing for industry professionals.   
The DECA High School competition consists of three levels ¬– regionals, states and nationals. In January, the top 10 contenders in their respective categories advanced to the state-level competition, and the top five teams at states advanced to the national competition. At nationals, the top 5 participants will be recognized as the best in the world within their career category.   
During the state competition, 48 Clarke DECA members received Top 10 medals and 31 achieved Top 10 Overall winner status in various categories. Eight members of the victorious group have advanced to the national-level DECA International Career Development Conference.
The district congratulates the Clarke High School DECA team for their dedication, critical thinking and thought-provoking work in the competition and wishes them much success as they continue their journey.  

The eight Clarke High School DECA members heading to Nationals are:
• Pantho Sayed and Pavit Suri for Business Operations Research
• Joey Zirkel for Start Up Business/Entrepreneurship
• Logan Mark for Professional Selling
• Holly Romeo and Dana Stokum for Business Operations Research
• Regina Hickey participating in Emerging Leaders Conferences for her leadership on the DECA board and serving as Clarke high school DECA team treasurer
• Riya Shah for serving as New York State DECA Secretary       

Recognized as Best Community for Music Education

The district was recognized by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation as one of 2016 Best Communities for Music Education (BCME).
The district received this honor for their outstanding efforts by teachers, parents, administrators and community members for ensuring all students are offered exceptional musical learning in their curriculum.
The NAMM foundation with the help of The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas, evaluates schools and districts based on their funding, highly qualified music teachers, commitment to high music standards, community support and participation and access to music instruction.
“We are extremely proud of our music department, faculty and staff for receiving this incredible honor and for always providing the absolute best music education to our students,” Superintendent of Schools Leon J. Campo said.

Musical Madness

W. T. Clarke Middle School student musicians celebrated their musical talents throughout March.

The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) identifies March as Music In Our Schools Month (MIOSM), where schools across the nation focus on music education.  

During the month, music students participate in the school’s Practice-A-Thon raising money for Long Island Cares. Long Island Cares is a hunger assistance organization helping individuals and families across Long Island.

Practice-A-Thon strengthens student’s practice habits while encouraging empathy by sponsors pledging a donation for every minute students document their daily music practice.

In addition, Clarke Middle School Troubadour String Ensemble and Jazz Band shared their musical talents throughout the hallways with weekly performances.

Welcome Clarke School Store

W. T. Clarke High School REACH students, East Meadow central administration and Clarke faculty celebrated the opening of the Clarke School Store with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, March 29.

The Clarke School Store, located across from the cafeteria, sells school supplies including pens, pencils, binders and notebooks along with Ram gear and locker birthday kits for students throughout the school day. Store hours are before school, first period and during fifth, sixth and seventh period.

Welcomed guests were the first to shop around the store and make purchases. Director of Special Education Patrice Dobies and Superintendent of Schools Leon J. Campo were the first store customers, purchasing Autism Awareness bracelets.  

Through the REACH program’s vocational training component, REACH students will operate the store interacting with potential customers, gaining retail experience, handling money interactions and developing their inventory skills to gain work experience and increase their independence.

Carnevale Festa

Parkway Elementary School's Italian Club celebrated Carnevale Festa.

Bowling Green Kindergartners Have Their Eyes on the Prize

Amidst the many smiling parents equipped with smartphones, cameras and camcorders at the ready, kindergartners at Bowling Green Elementary School celebrated the start of the spring season in style with a traditional egg hunt on the school lawn.

Sponsored by the Bowling Green PTA, the hunt gave children the opportunity to seek out colored plastic eggs filled with small prizes for a few minutes prior to the instructional day. According to egg hunt chair Tricia Barsuakas, 10 of the eggs were filled with a single penny that would later be exchanged for a very special gift: a bubble wand! All five of the school’s kindergarten classes participated, encompassing approximately 100 students. Following the hunt, a special party was held in the school cafeteria, also sponsored by the PTA.

Bibbity Bobbity Books

In the East Meadow School District, Bowling Green Elementary School students are finding the magic in reading by participating in their Pick a Reading Partner (PARP) program.
“Bibbity Bobbity Books,” the school’s PARP week celebration, was created to promote a love of reading in children through school events and reading with a partner every night.
During the weeklong celebration, students crafted magical potions casting spells for no homework and unlimited recess time. They also dressed for the week wearing their wackiest clothing, brightest greens for St. Patrick’s Day and school spirit gear.   
In addition, students participated in two assemblies, “The Brain Show” and “Darlene Graham and the Shades of Green Band,” encouraging them to read everyday. The musical trio, “Darlene Graham and the Shades of Green Band,” incorporated music and dance for kindergarten and first-graders as they read “Caps for Sale” by Esphys Slobodkina and “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle.

Super-‘Readers’ of Meadowbrook


Meadowbrook Elementary School students discovered their superpowers by participating in their Pick a Reading Partner (PARP) celebration.

“Discover Your Super Powers, READ,” a two-week-long PARP celebration, encouraged students to become lifelong readers through action-packed activities. Students read with their superhero partner, created superhero names and shared whom their superhero was.

Dressed as Superman, Wonder Woman and police officers, students welcomed local community heroes including Superintendent of Schools Leon J. Campo, District 13 Legislator Norma Gonsalves and previous Meadowbrook Principal Susan Hyde to read their favorite stories. A few of the stories they read were “Wilma Rudolph: Olympic Runner” by Jo Harper, “Marsupial Sue Presents the Runaway Pancake” by John Lithgow and “Piggie Pie” by Margie Palatini.  

Visit from Vietnam Vets

In accordance with their curriculum, W. T. Clarke Middle School eighth-graders received a special visit from members of the Vietnam War Veterans Association.
Coinciding with their social studies and English Language Arts classes, eighth-graders are learning about the Vietnam War. In their social studies classes, students learned about the history of the war while reading an examination of life in Vietnam through the novel “Inside Out and Back Again,” by Thanhha Lai.  
During the Veterans’ visit, the servicemen participated in small group discussions emphasizing the hardship of the war with Charlie Polley’s class. In addition, they spoke to the entire eighth-grade sharing their memories and experiences and circulated authentic materials used by the soldiers such as helmets, photo albums and vests.
The Veterans also held a question and answer session informing students about life in Vietnam.

Eating their Wheaties

East Meadow High School honored 23 East Meadow Champions on Friday March 18 during their Breakfast of Champions Ceremony.
During the ceremony, parents, teachers and administration gathered to honor these students who display admirable character and conduct. Teachers nominate an honoree that exemplifies academic success, respect and positivity among their peers, community and school.
An East Meadow Champion is an individual who thinks of others and makes consistent positive contributions to their surroundings.

East Meadow Champions:
Kyle Barker
Max DeGeorge
 Yesha Desai
Corina Diaz
Salvatore D’Onofrio
Alicia Gonzalez
Emily Katz
Samantha Klein
Valerie Kokkonis
Huiting (Claire) Liu
Amanda Maldonado
Marissa Mann
Matthew McGee
Sophia Miranda
Jaden Nogee
Isabella Oliverio
Noel Pere
Carl Princi
Ajish Sam
David Sanzone
Alyssa Smith
Mohammad Wahab
Tasneem Zahran

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