Students Continue Education Through Summer Learning

While the 2014-15 academic year is over, the East Meadow School District continues to provide a variety of learning opportunities through a number of summer programs for its students.

The district’s Summer Music Program, coordinated by the East Meadow Music Department, welcomes students of any musical level from grades 4–12 to strengthen their musical talents and socialize with other student-musicians. The program began in late June and runs for one month for three hours a day at East Meadow High School. There are three program sections for students, including a Beginner Instrumental program, Intermediate Band/Orchestra program and Advanced Band/Orchestra program. The Beginner Instrumental program is for students entering grades 4-6 who have never played an instrument before. The program includes three weeks of daily lessons and supervised practices, which then evolves into a beginning band or orchestra session.

The Intermediate Band/Orchestra program is for experienced performers in grades 5-8 and the Advanced Band/Orchestra program is for experienced performers at the high school level.  At the end of the program, the students will host a series of concerts for the community scheduled for July 28, 29 and 30 at 7 p.m. and July 31 at 9 a.m.

Another opportunity available for students over the summer months is the Summer Learning Program, held at Bowling Green Elementary School. The program runs Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., starting June 30 and ending July 27. Students in grades Pre-K through fifth-grade are recommended by their teachers to further develop their reading, writing and literacy skills for the upcoming year. There are also pull-out lessons for students who need to strengthen their mathematics and ESL skills. The goal of the program is to make learning fun and encourage students to interact with their fellow classmates.    

The younger students aren’t the only ones developing their skills this summer. The Summer School program offered at East Meadow High School is designed to assist students in grades 6-12 in their academic and leadership skills. The program runs six-weeks from July 6-Aug. 11 and helps students to prepare for summer Regents exams. The program also offers a leadership session called Project Adventure for students in grade 7-8 to enhance their self-esteem and develop leadership skills through group-teamwork challenges.

Other options for student learning are offered through the district’s summer recreation, titled Creative Arts Program of the East Meadow School District (C.A.P.E.). The recreation program provides children from ages 4-12 three one-hour classes over a three-week session. The children are able to play games, create art, bake, and think critically through the various courses offered. Classes offered span a variety of interests, including American Girl Party, DIY – Do It Yourself Crafts, Hobby Shop, Minecraft, Science Adventures, Cupcake Wars, CAPE Idol, Gymnastics and Tennis Time.  The program concludes on July 30 with a C.A.P.E show celebrating the students’ hard work.

According to Cindy Munter, the district’s assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, “The halls of our schools remain filled with enthusiasm for learning! We are proud to offer so many opportunities for our students to explore their interests and continue their learning.”

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Hats Off to the Class of 2015


The Class of 2015 took their final steps onto the fields at East Meadow and W.T. Clarke high schools on Sunday, June 28 at the schools’ annual commencement ceremonies. As a class of achievers at both schools, students walked in with their heads high to enormous applause and praise by parents, family and peers. The ceremonies were laced with special performances by senior chorus members and a number of poignant addresses.

Superintendent of Schools Louis DeAngelo addressed the students at each ceremony, imparting a sentiment to the Class of 2015. “If there could be only one thing in this life for me to teach you, I would teach you to love; to respect others, so that you may find respect in yourself; to learn the value of giving so that if there’s ever a time in your life that ever someone really needs you, you will give.”

The valedictorians and salutatorians of each class addressed their peers, sharing memories of their time in school and their best wishes for a bright and prosperous future.

At East Meadow High School, valedictorian Nicole Newberger posed the question of “What did high school mean to me” to several of her classmates. Forming lifelong friendships, exploring a multitude of opportunities and learning new skills were some of the memories shared. “The true importance of high school,” Nicole said, “wasn’t just the academic knowledge it provided…I’ll remember all the amazing people I’ve met along the way.”  

East Meadow Salutatorian Allyson Clark touted the accomplishments of her class in her address, from the marching band and wrestling team to the countless hours of community service the class performed. “Being a student at East Meadow has taught me to never give up, even when defeat seems inevitable,” she said.

In his speech, W.T. Clarke High School Valedictorian Pavithran Ravindran compared the high school journey to a metaphorical train ride. Looking to the future, Pavithran said, “You have no idea where this train is going. The unknown may seem scary and although we are all taking different journeys, Clarke has trained us to be leaders by giving us the opportunity to be members of clubs, athletic teams and so much more.”

Salutatorian Rohit Bachani said, “Class of 2015, I glance at you and I see a troupe of dreamers, a group with the zeal to make all of their dreams come true…hold on to your sense of courage and willpower.”

Following the speeches, the members of each graduating class received their diplomas to the cheers of family and friends in attendance. Once officially announced as graduates, the Class of 2015 celebrated by tossing their caps into the air. Following the recessional march, graduates reunited with their loved ones as official alumni of the East Meadow School District.


Growth and Guidance at MS Graduations


Eighth-graders at Woodland and W.T. Clarke middle schools culminated their time in middle school with special moving up ceremonies, held at each school on June 24. The ceremonies were laced with performances by school musical groups and poignant speeches by administrators.

In his address to the eighth-grade graduates, Superintendent of Schools Louis DeAngelo said, “Graduates, you have been taught well. You’ve proven to be academically competent and you’ve learned to be considerate and kind through programs here at the middle school…Just as you have flourished in middle school, I am sure you will continue to do well in high school.”

Woodland Middle School Principal James Lethbridge and W.T. Clarke Middle School Principal Stacy Breslin each spoke about the overwhelming growth that takes place in students during their middle school years, as well as the guidance they are given along the way. They also touted the many accomplishments of the eighth-grade graduating classes.

A highlight of each ceremony was the presentation of the Superintendent’s Award, given to a student at each middle school for his/her overall academic excellence. At Woodland, student Senya Huda was honored with the award, while at W.T. Clarke Middle School, the award was presented to both Joel Mathew and Elaine Xiao. 

The district congratulates all eighth-grade graduates on this important milestone and wishes them much success at the high school level!


East Meadow High School Honors Seniors at Awards Night

East Meadow High School highlighted the accomplishments of several students at its Senior Academic Awards Ceremony Tuesday night. Assistant Principal Robert Hardwick welcomed guests to the packed auditorium, calling it a “celebration of their [students] accomplishments.” “Collectively, this is a great group of students,” he added.

Hardwick also acknowledged parents for their “support and dedication” throughout the school year. “Thank you for loaning them to us for a few hours a day,” he quipped.

Future Interim Superintendent of Schools Leon J. Campo also addressed the crowd, noting how much hard work the honorees have put into their academic careers. “Hard work is going to be crucial for you to be successful,” he added.

A resounding applause went to senior Ayyan Zubair after he received a $20,000 scholarship from Coca-Cola. The Coca-Cola Scholar Foundation selects 150 students nationally each year for this award. When asked by the foundation to honor a teacher that made an impact on his life, Zubair chose English Chairperson Dr. Franklin Cacciutto.

“The best advice you ever gave me was to ‘be myself,’” Zubair said, after reciting a poem he wrote about his respected educator.

Clarke HS students receive academic awards

Members of the W.T. Clarke High School Class of 2015 were honored with academic, special and scholarship awards at the school’s senior academic awards ceremony on June 22.

The event was 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 and W. T. Clarke High School administration congratulates these honorees on their years of academic excellence.

Parkway supports Sunrise on Wheels

Students at Parkway Elementary School recently collected new arts and crafts items to benefit the Sunrise on Wheels program.

Sunrise on Wheels hosts crafts and interactive activities for children receiving chemotherapy at local hospitals.  The Parkway Elementary School Peer Leaders Club spearheaded the collection by researching the Sunrise Organization's mission and then visiting each classroom in the school to explain how Sunrise on Wheels works and how students could help other children by donating new craft items.

The outpour of support from students and families was tremendous, and as a result, the club was able to receive a number of donations all for a worthy cause.

A day of health, fitness and patriotism

In promoting a healthy lifestyle among students, Barnum Woods Elementary School held its first ever health walk, “Walk in the Woods,” on June 11.

The event was developed by the school’s Planning and Management Team, which consists of teachers, administrators, staff, parents and community residents.

The event commenced outside on Barnum Woods’ front lawn, where those in attendance participated in a Flag Day tribute. Students sported small flags, American flag headgear and other patriotic attire. There was the pledge of allegiance, followed by the singing of the Star Spangled Banner.

Principal Gregory Bottari offered celebratory remarks and thanked the PMT for its efforts in developing the health walk event.

Afterward, kindergarten and first-grade students participated in a half- mile walk, and second- through fifth-graders engaged in a one- mile walk.

Parents, siblings, friends and relatives lined the streets to cheer and support the participants on for a good cause.

At the top of their game

W. T. Clarke High School Class of 2015 senior athletes and their families united at the Chateau Briand in Carle Place on June 10 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 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 senior athletes recognized

East Meadow High School Class of 2015 senior athletes were honored for their successes both on and off the field at the school’s Senior Athletic Awards Night on June 9. 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. The evening also included the annual announcement of the Athletic Wall of Fame inductees. The district congratulates the students on their successes.

Red Nose Day for a good cause

Kindergarten students in Pamela Tobin’s classes at Parkway Elementary School recently donned red clown noses in recognition of National Red Nose Day.

Red Nose Day is a campaign dedicated to raising money for children and young people living in poverty by simply having fun and making people laugh.

A donation was made to the sponsoring organization on behalf of the kindergarten students to help transform and improve the lives of children living in poverty in the U.S. and overseas. Students were happy to make a difference for a good cause.

A year of top honors


The district hosted its end-of-year district awards ceremony on June 8, where students from Woodland and W.T. Clarke middle schools and East Meadow and W.T. Clarke high schools were recognized for their outstanding accomplishments in various competitions this school year.

Superintendent of Schools Louis R. DeAngelo, central administrators, Board of Education members, and faculty and staff from the middle and high schools were on hand to congratulate students on their achievements in art, athletics, business, creative writing and poetry, journalism, PTA Reflections, and math and science.

As their names were called in their respective categories, the students were officially recognized. The district congratulates these students on a successful school year.


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Woodland MS named No Place For Hate School

For the fourth consecutive year, Woodland Middle School has been named a No Place For Hate School by the Anti-Defamation League.

No Place For Hate is an ADL initiative which offers students, teachers, administrators and family members the opportunity to work together to enhance a culture of respect in the school community. Participating schools complete various activities and projects to promote unity and reduce bullying, name- calling and other expressions of bias. Woodland Middle School has continued to successfully implement anti-bullying, anti-bias and diversity education as an integral part of its curriculum.

Woodland was selected as a winner of this designation from among schools from the five boroughs, Long Island, and Westchester County. As a result, the school was awarded a Gold Star banner for its exceptional commitment to the program.

“We are extremely proud to receive this distinguished recognition,” said Woodland Middle School Principal James Lethbridge. “We work diligently to emphasize the importance of being respectful and understanding of others and embracing diversity. The goal is to ensure that our students remain productive, respectful citizens in society. I thank the ADL for this honorary recognition and thank our administration, faculty, staff and students for working together to take a stand against prejudice and discrimination and to promote unity and understanding in our school community.”

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