Art exhibition showcases student talent

Students, parents, faculty and administrators recently gathered at the Leon J. Campo Salisbury Center for the district’s annual art show, which showcased the creative talents of students throughout the district.

Guests viewed a variety of artwork including drawings, paintings, graphic art, photography and paper art. Students received honorary certificates in recognition of their fine artwork and talent. In addition to enjoying the artwork on display, attendees reveled in the music of a string ensemble, which played throughout the exhibition.

Students named to NAfME All-Eastern Conference

Four East Meadow High School student-musicians have been selected to attend the prestigious National Association for Music Education All-Eastern Division Conference.

The conference will take place in Providence, R.I., from April 9-12. The district congratulates the following All-Eastern students who were selected to attend the renowned event:

Sabrina Brody — Viola
Thomas Brody — String Bass
Elton Ha — Piano
Lauren Osojnak — Basson  

Student-musicians selected for the conference were chosen from the states of Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and the European Music Educators Association. Sabrina, Thomas, Elton and Lauren are considered to be among the top high school musicians in New York.

EMHS dazzles with theater production

The East Meadow High School Theatre Guild presented three mesmerizing performances of its production, “Bard in a Box: The Taming of the Shrew,” from Dec. 11-13. The comedy was directed by Amanda Priole.

While stranded in an abandoned hunting cabin during a raging thunderstorm, a class of intrepid students search for ways to amuse themselves while they wait for bus repairs. Stranded with no cell service and nothing to do but complain, the students stumble upon “The Bard in a Box: The Taming of the Shrew in 60 minutes or less!” The students ransack the house for props before attempting to stage their own rollicking version of one of Shakespeare’s classic comedies.

The student cast impressed audiences with their exceptional performances, and the productions were well attended and drew rave reviews from members of the community and school district.

EMHS winter concert delights audience

East Meadow High School students provided a series of memorable musical performances during the first part of their winter concert on Dec. 9.

The program drew praise from parents, faculty and administrators and featured a variety of musical tunes performed by the symphonic orchestra, ninth-grade concert band, chamber orchestra and mixed chorus.

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Barnum Woods Spreads Holiday Cheer


The student council at Barnum Woods Elementary School recently collected a variety of toys during December as part of its Toys for Tots drive.

Student council advisers Pamela Lucas and Jacqueline Chionchio noted that they had a strong response this year. The student council collected a variety of items, including books, board games, dolls and puzzles.

All toys will be donated to the Toys for Tots Foundation, which distributes donations as holiday gifts to less fortunate children during the holiday season.

A night of music at W.T. Clarke MS

W.T. Clarke Middle School students delighted family, faculty and community residents with a wide range of seasonal music during the first part of their winter concert on Dec. 3.

Student-musicians from the jazz ensemble, chamber orchestra, sixth-grade chorus, seventh-grade chorus, seventh-grade band and eighth-grade orchestra performed a number of festive, passionate tunes during the event.

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Winter concert captivates community

Parents, faculty and administrators came together for the first part of W.T. Clarke High School’s winter concert on Dec. 2, an event which showcased the wide scope of musical talent among student-musicians.

The impressive program featured a variety of tunes performed by the jazz ensemble I, chamber orchestra, mixed chorus, wind ensemble and symphonic band.

A Thanksgiving celebration to remember

Kindergarten students at Meadowbrook Elementary School recently participated in a Thanksgiving celebration in recognition of the holiday season.   

Students recited lines describing the events, which led up to the first Thanksgiving. In addition, dressed in costumes reflective of the Native Americans and Pilgrims, students sang songs and performed the "turkey wobble" dance.

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!

Dec 17, 2014