The East Meadow School District and W.T. Clarke High School community gathered on Sept. 14 for the John Boyle Memorial Ceremony and Memorial Game as the varsity football team played East Rockaway.
Members of Coach Boyle’s Family, the Board of Education, the Coach John Boyle Memorial Fund, Inc. Committee and both teams gathered on the field for a full presentation ceremony. Committee chairman Tony Caiazza, a 1976 graduate of W.T. Clarke, opened the proceedings by thanking all of those that assisted in bringing this ceremony together before handing off to Bob Gorman, former teacher and coach.
“Thousands of Clarke students benefitted from this wonderful man,” said Mr. Gorman.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, Coach Boyle’s daughter, Fallon, and sisters Nancy, Eileen and Jane rang the Boyle victory bell. Coach Boyle’s wife, Gina, and current varsity football coach, Tim O’Malley, unveiled a Ram statue dedicated to the memory of Coach Boyle. The statue was created through an alumnus driven fundraising campaign.
The district thanks the committee and everyone that helped to create a special ceremony to honor Coach Boyle.
Students returned to the District for the first day of school on Sept. 4 with administrators and staff members looking forward to a “Great” year.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth A. Card, Jr., and fellow district officials visited the district’s nine school buildings to welcome students back for the 2019-20 school year. Principals and teachers greeted students as they entered each building to help with the transition into a new year and new classroom.
“We look forward to a school year filled with possibilities for all of our students,” said Dr. Card. “If we focus on improving outcomes for our students, I am confident that we will have a great year!”
The start of a new school year in the District was signaled by the annual Superintendent’s Conference Day on Sept. 3.
The Superintendent’s Day Opening Convocation welcomed staff members from all nine district buildings into the W.T. Clarke High School auditorium. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth A. Card, Jr. greeted all returning and new staff members as everyone prepared for the first day of school.
Among the speakers during the convocation was Barnum Woods Elementary School psychologist Leeanne Bonnet, Ph. D. Dr. Bonnet delivered a presentation on mindfulness and described various techniques that teachers can use inside and outside the classroom. She closed by emphasizing the importance of knowing when to slow down. Other notable speakers during the day included, Mr. Matt Melnick, East Meadow Board of Education President, Ms. Veronica Nicastro, East Meadow PTA Council President, Mr. John Gallagher, EMTA President, and Mr. Timothy Voels, EMSSA President. The event concluded with a speech by Dr. Card where he focused on the responsible use of social media and the district’s motto: “continuous improvement for student success ensures that great happens here in East Meadow.”
Administrators and teachers returned to their respective building following the convocation to review the year’s upcoming strategies, goals and mission. The main objective continues to be finding the best methods to help each student maximize their potential during the 2019-20 school year.
The District was excited to welcome 39 new staff and faculty members to the Leon J. Campo Salisbury Center on Aug. 28 for the annual new teacher orientation.
Assistant Superintendent for Personnel and Administration Anthony Russo greeted the group to open the day of meetings and welcomes. Mr. Russo explained the policies and procedures before handing off to Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth A. Card, Jr. for a welcome address and further district information.
The day continued with the annual “exploration” of the district’s nine buildings as Barnum Woods Elementary School Principal Gregory Bottari once again led the bus tour. Mr. Bottari was joined this year by Director of Literacy and Funded Programs Frank Lukasik. The duo educated the group about each building while also testing their knowledge of East Meadow history.
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Dr. David Casamento concluded the day with closing remarks. He encouraged the teachers to focus on continuous improvement for student success to ensure great happens here.
The district wishes the best of luck to the 39 new members of the district!
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WTCHS Football vs. Valley Stream South, 2 p.m. (Away)
WTCHS Improv Night, 7 p.m.
WTCHS Football vs. Oyster Bay, 3 p.m. (Away)
EMHS/WTCHS Parent Teacher Conferences, 5:30-8 p.m.