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History Comes Alive

History Comes Alive photo
Students in East Meadow High School’s Civil War class, as well as members of the school’s Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society and Model Congress, received a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend a three-day American History Tour, in March, that included visits to New York City, Philadelphia and Gettysburg. During the tour, the 24 students visited Lower Manhattan’s Freedom Tower and National September 11 Memorial & Museum, as well as Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. They also went on a ghost tour and battlefield tours in Gettysburg.  
Sheena Rachel Jacobs, social studies chairperson at the high school, said the purpose of the trip was to bring history alive for students and help them better understand the nation’s founding fathers.

“[The students] came to understand the founding fathers’ trials and tribulations, their willingness to learn and persevere, and how they held steadfast to civic duty,” Jacobs explained. “They now realize how America became the successful democratic nation it is, due to our founding fathers.”

District Receives Excellence Award in Financial Reporting

District Receives Excellence Award in Financial Reporting photo
The East Meadow School District is pleased to announce that it has earned the Association of School Business Officials International Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting. It is the 14th consecutive year that the district has received this prestigious award, which recognizes excellence in the preparation and issuance of financial data. 

According to ASBO International, the district provided a high-quality Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year that met or exceeded the organization’s Certificate of Excellence standards, pertaining to the fiscal year ending June 2017.  

The Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting Program was designed by ASBO International to encourage school districts to achieve a high standard of financial reporting. The award, the highest recognition for school district financial operations offered by ASBO International, is only conferred to school systems that have met or exceeded the standards of the program.

“We are deeply honored to have received this prestigious honor, which is a testament to our business office’s hard work and our district’s commitment to providing full disclosure and transparency in the area of finances,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth Card said.

East Meadow Senior Honored for Good Deeds

East Meadow Senior Honored for Good Deeds photo
Sydney Inger, a senior at East Meadow High School, is a recipient of the 2018 Good Deed Awards for Long Island Teenagers demonstrating significant achievement, excellence, effectiveness and creativity, and serving as a positive and inspiring role model to her peers and the community. The National Committee for Furtherance of Jewish Education of Nassau County sponsors the award, and Sydney will be honored on May 10 during an awards ceremony at Congregation Beth Sholom Chabad in Mineola.  

Sydney is in the top 5 percent of her class with a weighted grade point average of 103. In addition to taking honors, Advanced Placement and college-level courses, she is a member of seven honor societies. She also contributed to the varsity softball team’s clinching of the New York State championship this past year. As president of Students Against Destructive Decisions, she has contributed to the growth of the club through a comprehensive peer-to-peer education program, focusing on helping teenagers make positive decisions. Sydney is also a Peer Mentor, offering advice and support and serving as a role model for younger students, as well as one of the school’s 35 Peer Leaders. She also serves as Yearbook Committee photographer, and as a junior, was recognized as an East Meadow Champion; a student recognition program designed to highlight students who consistently make positive contributions to the school community.

In her spare time, Sydney participates in the Plainedge Challenger Program, which assists physically disabled students in playing sports. She also volunteers with the Long Island Harvest Food Pantry, an organization close to her heart. 

“Most people don’t know that there are residents in the community who go to bed hungry every day,” she said. 

Sydney will attend James Madison University in Virginia this fall and plans on studying graphic design. 

Guidance counselor Joanna Silberman described Sydney as a student who has confidence and self-assurance, and is mature beyond her years. “Sydney is someone you can trust and rely on,” she said. “She strives for perfection in everything she does, but with humility and confidence.” 

The East Meadow School District congratulates Sydney on this outstanding accomplishment. 

5th Annual East Meadow Invitational

5th Annual East Meadow Invitational photo
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On Thursday, April 5, 2018 the East Meadow High School boys track and field team hosted the 5th Annual East Meadow Invitational. Despite the frigid weather, this edition turned out to be our most successful venture yet with an outstanding turnout of 43 track and field teams from across Nassau and Suffolk Counties, as well as NYC.  Newsday was on hand to cover the event, as our boys claimed the overall team title with 147 points to outpace Huntington HS (2nd), Roslyn HS (3rd) and the 18 other boys teams competing. On the girls side, the Lady Jets placed 6th overall out of the 22 girls teams at the meet. We would like to thank the parents of both programs for manning the Snack Shack, which also turned into a tremendous fundraiser for our teams!

Event Winners for the Jets included:
James Wagnac - Freshmen 100 *Meet Record*
Anthony Squiciarino - 110 Hurdles
Axel Torres - 400 Hurdles
Keith Hernandez - 1600
Jason Staunton - Discus
Mike Halkitis - High Jump

NYS Outstanding Teacher

NYS Outstanding Teacher photo

Kara Zahradnik, a social studies teacher at East Meadow High School, has been selected as the 2017-2018 New York State Outstanding Social Studies High School Classroom Teacher by the New York State Council for the Social Studies.

According to the NYSCSS website, the award is separated among elementary, middle school and high school levels and recognizes exceptional social studies teachers at each of these levels. Nominations are based on the instructor’s abilities to develop or use instructional materials creatively and effectively; incorporate innovative instructional strategies and techniques; foster a spirit of inquiry; and foster the development of democratic beliefs and values, and the skills needed for students to become effective citizens.

Sheena Jacob, social studies department chairperson at East Meadow High School, nominated Zahradnik based on her accomplishments in education and the discipline. 

“What sets Kara apart from other teachers is not only what she does for her students and the community, but also the passion and love that she brings to the building every day,” said Jacob. “Her colleagues and administrators appreciate her efforts and trust her judgment.”

A grateful Zahradnik added, “I am thankful for my students, colleagues and family, who made it possible for me to pursue a career that is very fulfilling. I greatly appreciate the NYSCSS for granting me this honor and recognition.” 

The district congratulates Zahradnik on earning this notable award and inspiring students and faculty to excel.  

Family and Consumer Science Winners!

Family and Consumer Science Winners photo
The excellent sewing and design skills of Woodland Middle School seventh-grade students Briana Deakoum and Mina Papadadtonakis resulted in the eco-conscious duo’s election as Grand Prize winners in the middle school “It’s Not Easy Being Green” division of the Long Island Family and Consumer Sciences Challenge 2018. 

The East Meadow family and consumer sciences students created a multiuse bag made out of a sweatshirt, and decorated with an LOL expression with lights. The students received a $100 prize to share. 

The purpose of the challenge is to engage students from Suffolk and Nassau counties in real-life situations. There were six areas of the competition: Sew to Serve, Masters of Invention, Trashy Fashion, It’s Not Easy Being Green, Snack Attack, Let Them Eat Cake and Teacher Checklist Form. In applying for the competition, Briana and Mina had to pitch their creation in writing and follow up with concise directions for making the multiuse bag.   

Teacher Sue Carlsen congratulated the students on their innovative design. “It is great to see students like Briana and Mina taking the initiative to compete in the challenge, use the skills learned in family and consumer sciences class, and be creative.”  

Starting the Day Off Right with Yoga

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As part of the PTA’s Arts in Education initiative, East Meadow students at Parkway Elementary School received the opportunity to stretch out on mats and focus on mindfulness and relaxation techniques during a yoga session with instructor Donna Coogan. During the activity, the students learned introductory poses and deep breathing techniques that will assist them in keeping calm and centered throughout their lives.

Ms. Coogan reminded the students that what mattered was their focus on the task at hand and their ability to breathe correctly. “Yoga gives the mind something to focus on and helps us stay present,” she told the students.      

The students embraced the yoga techniques, including the cobra, cat, downward facing dog and extended side angle poses. Many of the participants had never practiced yoga before, but were enthusiastic about incorporating the exercise into their current health regimes. 

Splash for cash

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W.T. Clarke Middle School students participated in the Change 4 Change club’s annual dunk tank fundraiser, to raise money for local charities of choice. The charities will be determined in the spring during a special Change 4 Change giving ceremony.  

Hosted by club advisers Katie Pienkos and Ashley Sanalitro, each grade level gathered in the school cafeteria to raise money by paying a dollar for three throws to try and dunk a teacher. One by one, teachers volunteered to sit in the dunk tank as students tried to hit the target and watch their teachers go down. Students cheered on their peers as the event unfolded and recorded how many dunks occurred.  A friendly competition was held between the grades, to see which grade could hit the target the most. 

“Our favorite part of this event each year is having the students come together to show their school spirit and give back to local charities,” said Pienkos and Sanalitro.  

2018-2019 Budget Presentation


Bowling Green students explore their heritage

Bowling Green students explore their heritage photo
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The third-graders in Stephanie Annunziata and Lauren Reiman’s class at Bowling Green Elementary School, in the East Meadow School District, explored their various cultures with a family tree project.
Over the course of a month, the students learned about their families’ countries of origin, including Brazil, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Italy, Pakistan, Poland and Ukraine. They gathered facts about the country’s flag, capital, important holidays and traditional cuisines. 

After conducting their research, the third-graders created the base for their projects by painting a tree trunk and leaves on a trifold poster, then attaching pictures of family members dating back to their great-grandparents to complete the illustration. They adorned the posters with facts about their native countries, including the capital, flag colors and customs, as well as an essay about their favorite family tradition. 

The project concluded with a celebration that invited students and their families to learn about each other’s cultures while enjoying treats representing their ethnic backgrounds.

Bond Update


Budget Hearing: Thursday May 3, 2018, 7 pm, Leon J. Campo Salisbury Center

Proposed 2018-2019 Budget


March Madness Strikes W.T. Clarke Middle School

March Madness Strikes W.T. Clarke Middle School photo

Inspired by the NCAA tournament, a spirit of competition was in the air in the East Meadow School District when W.T. Clarke Middle School students competed in the school’s March Madness basketball tournament, on March 23.

Thirty-two teams consisting of sixth- through eighth-grade students gathered in the gymnasium to participate in three-on-three tournament-style games, eliminating each other until one team earned the title of March Madness Champions.

The tournament gave students the chance to hone their basketball skills while demonstrating teamwork, collaboration and sportsmanship.

Bowling Green Students Receive Visit from Conservation Biologist

Bowling Green Students Receive Visit from Conservation Biologist photo
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Bowling Green Elementary School fourth-graders received a visit from Town of Hempstead Conservation Biologist who educated students about her work in protecting natural resources, marine wildlife and finding renewable energy. 

W.T. Clarke Middle School Celebrates Music In Our School’s Month

W.T. Clarke Middle School Celebrates Music In Our School’s Month photo

Throughout the month, W.T. Clarke Middle School student-musicians participated in the National Association for Music Education’s (NAfME) Music In Our Schools Month (MIOSM) by performing for students, teachers and administrators with weekly performances. Additionally, students participated in Practice-A-Thon where a sponsor pledges a monetary amount for each minute students practice during the entire month. All proceeds are donated to local charities.


Woodland Middle School Students Earn Top Honors at LISEF

Woodland Earns Top Honors at LISEF photo

Ten Woodland Middle School eighth-graders were recognized for their scientific research at the LISEF-SSP Broadcom MASTERS Fair on March 17. This is one of three science fairs held by the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair. Woodland had students place in the first, second, third, and honorable mention categories for their work.

According to its website, LISEF promotes three science fairs that allow students to present their work to more than 1,000 judges consisting of leading scientific professionals. The middle school fair, a partnership between the Society for Science and the Public and Broadcom, encourages sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders to perform an investigation and present their findings to a panel of judges.

During the fair, held at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, more than 200 middle school students presented their research and in-depth experiments in biology, behavioral science, physics, earth science and mathematics to representatives of local school districts, universities, scientific institutions and other professionals in their related fields.

Julia Curet and Ashlee Sjoholm captured first place with their experiment, “The Effect of Cost on Consumer Decisions.” The team of Nuha Asad, Emma Friel and Elaine Sam earned second place for their project, “The Effect of Potassium Glucinate on Plant Growth.” Securing third place were Sarah Eisenberg, Samantha Schlectman and Alexa Scotti with their research on “The Effect of Erosion on Rip Currents.” Additionally, Sachin Jojode and Rahat Rahman received honorable mention for their experiment, “The Effect of Various Materials on Durability of Bioplastics.”

The district congratulates these students on the success of their scientific research and applauds each of their accomplishments.

Woodland Middle School Drama Club Presents ‘Aladdin’

Woodland Middle School Drama Club Presents ‘Aladdin’ photo

The Woodland Middle School Drama Club explored a ‘whole new world’ with a magical performance of Disney’s Aladdin on March 15-16. The thrilling tale tells the story of a young street-smart commoner whose life changes when he meets a magical genie that grants him three wishes.

Spreading Roots of Literacy

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Local officials and community leaders joined professionals from the district to read to classes at George McVey Elementary School and encourage a love for reading in the young students.

The visit was part of Guest Reader Day, a special event hosted by McVey near the close of its two-week Pick a Reading Partner program, which ran from March 5-16. Sponsored by the PTA, McVey’s PARP program invited students to delve into the world of literature and engage in reading activities inspired by this year’s theme, “The Giving Tree.”  

Among those who read to the students in grades K-6 were Assemblyman Tom McKevitt, Hempstead Town Clerk Sylvia Cabana, East Meadow Board of Education President Scott Eckers, district administrators and other influential community members. 

After the guests had finished reading, the students asked them about their professional careers and how reading has helped them to succeed.

Exemplifying the Spirit of Community

Exemplifying the Spirit of Community photo
East Meadow High School seniors Valerie Garcia and Clara Song have been recognized at the state level in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program, a nationwide program that honors young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism. 

According to its website, the Spirit of Community Awards program was created in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals to honor middle-level and high school students who are making a positive difference, and to inspire others to think about how they might contribute to their communities.

The district congratulates both Valerie and Clara for achieving this honor by making positive contributions to our society.  

An Evening of STEAM in East Meadow

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Students and families of the East Meadow School District enjoyed an evening of 21st-century learning during the district’s inaugural STEAM Night, held at East Meadow High School.

Throughout the building, elementary and middle school students enjoyed the over 70 educational activities with their families, and explored the burgeoning disciplines of science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics. As an example, they learned how to code Dash and Dot robots to control their movements, examined constellations in the night sky in the STAR Lab, designed levers to propel a Wiffle ball as high as possible, created bracelets using binary code, turned ordinary objects into instruments, engineered mini-sailboats to travel across a body of water, constructed two- and three-dimensional shapes out of toothpicks and marshmallows, created beautiful artwork using magnets and paint, and worked with 3-D printers.

Guests also explored different STEAM-related careers, learned about the research projects high school students have been undertaking, and discovered how to become involved in the district’s science research program.

Special thanks go to Director of Mathematics and Science, Debra Harley, Nassau BOCES, the Cornell Cooperative Extension and the district’s STEAM Committee for organizing a successful night. Similarly, this event’s success hinged on the over 100 district teachers who planned and administered each of the evening’s events.

Barnum Woods Celebrates 100 Days of Learning

Barnum Woods Celebrates 100 Days of Learning photo

Barnum Woods Elementary School first-graders held a 100th Day of School Fashion Show on Feb. 16. Students and teachers sported clothing and accessories that they designed themselves to represent the number 100.

Shirts, glasses and other items signified 100 days of learning in the 2017-18 school year. Classes paraded through the hallways and into the main office. The numeric theme was emphasized for the entire day through various lessons and activities. 


East Meadow Student-Athletes Compete in NYSPHSAA Championships

Congratulations to the East Meadow Student-Athletes for Competing in the NYSPHSAA Championships
The district congratulated the following student-athletes who competed in New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships in their respective sports. The district is very proud of their athletic prowess and dedication to excellence in the classroom and on the field.  
Seven East Meadow High School students competed in the NYSPHSAA Indoor Track and Field Championship at the Ocean Breeze Track and Field Athletic Complex in Staten Island on March 3. This year’s qualifiers were Rachel Rose, Katherine Marsh, Isabel Marsh and Alexia Moustakas in the 4x800 relay; Brandon Love in pole vault; John Meah 1600 distance medley relay; and Sarah Son in the race walk.

Senior Shawn Regan from East Meadow High School, W.T. Clarke High School sophomore Karl Bouyer and W.T. Clarke Middle School eighth-grader Jordan Soriano competed in the NYSPHSAA Wrestling Championships in Albany on Feb. 23 and 24. Shawn and Jordan both placed sixth in their respective weight classes. All three student-athletes were also named Nassau County Champions in wrestling. 

For the second consecutive year, the East Meadow High School varsity cheerleading team won the Nassau County Championship, earning the chance to compete at the NYSPHSAA Cheerleading Championship at the SRC Arena and Events Center at Onondaga Community College on March 3. The squad also competed in the 2018 Universal Cheerleaders Association National High School Cheerleading Championship, held in Orlando, Florida, in February. The team earned a bid in December at the Empire Regional Championship at Nassau Community College, qualifying them for nationals.

Two members of the district combined swim team – W.T. Clarke High School sophomores Justin Lopez and Min Chun – competed at the NYSPHSAA Boys Swimming and Diving Championships at the Nassau Aquatic Center in East Meadow on March 2 and 3. Justin competed in the 200 medley and 100 breaststroke, while Min swam in the 500 freestyle.  

W.T. Clarke HS Acting Troupe Presents ‘The Little Mermaid’

W.T. Clarke High School Lights Up Production photo

Transporting the audience to a magical kingdom under the sea, W.T. Clarke High School’s student acting troupe, Lights Up Productions, gave a riveting performance about a young mermaid’s desire to explore the world above when they presented Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” on March 1-3. 

Inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen tale and classic animated film, “The Little Mermaid” is a beautiful story about love and adventure. Beneath the sea, King Triton’s youngest daughter, Ariel, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above. She bargains with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. When the deal isn’t what it seems, Ariel needs the help of her friends, Flounder, Scuttle and Sebastian, to restore order under the sea.  

On March 1, prior to the main performances, the school held a Senior Citizens’ Dinner Theatre, sponsored by the W.T. Clarke PTA in collaboration with the East Meadow Kiwanis and Clarke Theater Arts Parents Association. Community residents were invited for a delicious Italian dinner with musical performances by the W.T. Clarke High School orchestra and a special viewing of this year’s spring musical. Dinner services and ushering were provided by members of the W.T. Clarke Middle School Builder’s Club and W.T. Clarke High School Key Club.     

The Lights Up Productions cast and crew would like to express their gratitude to director and choreographer Kristen Norwark, vocal director Rachel Fogel, the design team, the stagehands, the tech squad under the guidance of technical director Elliot Oppenheim, the orchestra pit – led by W.T. Clarke High School Orchestra Director Steven Barbieri – and the district’s building and central administrators for helping to make the spring musical a success.   

100 Days Smarter At Bowling Green

100 Days Smarter At Bowling Green photo

Kindergartners at Bowling Green Elementary School celebrated their 100th day of learning by participating in a day full of activities inspired by the milestone number.

Throughout the day, the young students engaged in lessons that incorporated math, literacy and creativity. They counted by tens to create beaded necklaces, penned answers to the statement “I Wish I Had 100…” and designed “100 Day of School” crowns. Carrying the theme over to their wardrobe, they embodied the fashion of centenarians, wearing suspenders, hair rollers, mustaches and glasses.

First-grade classes at the school also got in on the fun. They sported T-shirts that they had personalized by gluing 100 items, such as Legos, birthday candles, Popsicle sticks and stickers on them. They also wrote reasons why they love first grade on small paper hearts, and then arranged them on a banner to form the number 100.       

Buzzing About History

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Four W.T. Clarke Middle School students have qualified for the New York (South) Regional Finals of the National History Bee. 

The school’s qualifiers — seventh-grader Claire Baek and eighth-graders Nicholas Espinosa, James Griesing and Tristan Patel — took an in-class written exam on U.S. and global history and were among the top 20 highest scorers in the school. Having excelled on the online exam, which was the next step of the competition, they will now advance to the regional finals, to be held in East Brunswick, New Jersey, on April 17. 

At the regional finals, the students will participate in three rounds of fast-paced and interactive buzzer-format competitions against other students in the region, to determine who will advance to nationals. 

The district wishes Claire, Nicholas, James and Tristan much success as they move forward in the competition.     

Savvy Spellers Compete At Hofstra University

Savvy Spellers Compete At Hofstra University photo
Eighth-graders Nawaal Hassan from W.T. Clarke Middle School and Stephanie Giles from Woodland Middle School competed in the Long Island Regional Spelling Bee at Hofstra University on Feb. 11. 

Leading up to the competition, Nawaal and Stephanie took first place in their schools’ annual spelling bees, qualifying to compete in the regionals along with more than 100 students in grades four through eight from across Long Island.  

The district congratulates Nawaal and Stephanie on advancing to the regional qualifier.