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 National Recognition

W.T. Clarke High School student Kevin Wang and East Meadow High School students Nicole Newberger, Gillian Pitzer and Natalie Weiss, have been named National Merit Scholarship Commended Students.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation have been recognized for their exceptional academic promise demonstrated by their outstanding performance on the qualifying test used for program entry.

The East Meadow Commended Students placed among the top 5 percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2015 competition by taking the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.  

Summer reading a success at Parkway Elementary

Students in grades K-5 at Parkway Elementary School received certificates for participating in the school’s summer reading program.

At a recent special bagel breakfast, students were recognized for their commitment to remaining active readers during the summer season. Students read a number of books from the suggested reading list and completed a Bookworm Log which they brought back to school at the start of the new year.

Students who decided to go above and beyond also completed projects for several of their books. The projects, which included posters, dioramas, drawings, story mobiles and more, are on display in the school’s hallway.

Bowling Green students beautify school to promote unity

Students at Bowling Green Elementary School recently beautified their school while also taking a stand against bullying.

With shovels in hand, students, including girl scouts and boy scouts, accompanied by teachers, administrators, PTA members and local politicians,  planted a vibrant variety of plants, including orange mums and pansies, as well as hydrangeas. Orange flowers were planted in preparation of National Unity Day.

Members of the school’s Planning Management Team (PMT) developed the idea for the event in September, and PTA members helped to gather all necessary items, including flowers, orange bows, butterfly bushes and more. In addition, flowers were also donated by Cipriano Nursery & Florist in East Meadow.

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.”

Oct 31, 2014