The Board of Education held the annual reorganization meeting on July 2 with two new trustees being sworn in.
Spring athletic teams at East Meadow High School and W.T. Clarke High School capped off a rewarding school year for the East Meadow School District’s athletic department with various team and individual honors.
The boys track and field team at East Meadow High School matched a sixth straight Conference 2 Championship title during the winter season with the same feat achieved in the spring season. Brandon Love earned All-State honors in the pole vault while Paul Choi, John Meah, Matt Owens, Nabeel Sheikh, Zach Van Houten and Bryan Villafuerta were All-County athletes throughout different events. The girls’ spring track team finished second at the conference meet with the 4x800 meter relay team qualifying for the state championship.
Jake Rosenthal led the W.T. Clarke High School boys’ spring track and field team by racing to the individual Nassau County Championship in the 200 meter dash and becoming a state qualifier. He also joined David Stewart, Sobin Ouseph and Alex Pereira on the 4x100 meter relay team that ran to a second place finish at the county championships. The W.T. Clarke girls spring track and field team also enjoy a successful season that included the 4x400 meter relay team of Juliana Vanegas, Karina Romero, Marisa Simone and Isabella Deleon qualifying for the county championship and state qualifier.
The East Meadow High School softball team captured its third straight Nassau County and Long Island Championship and went on to compete in the New York State Championship in Glen Falls. Jenna Laird, Julianna Sanzone, Amy Mallah and Amanda Thompson all earned All-County recognitions.
The W.T. Clarke High School baseball team finished the season with 24 wins including the conference and county championships. During the season, the Rams held the top ranking in the county and Long Island in addition to the third spot in the state. Chris Giardino, the Conference 2 MVP, and Brendan Turton were each named All-State selections and head coach Tom Abruscato was named the Conference 2 Coach of the Year.
The two schools combined for 32 All-County awards and 49 All-Conference selections throughout the entire season.
Through careful planning and exceptional creativity, the district has built and installed “Little Free Libraries” at each of the five elementary school buildings.
The initiative was initiated and implemented by District Director of Literacy and Funded Programs, Mr. Frank Lukasik. Additionally, each individual library was constructed by East Meadow students enrolled in the district’s carpentry classes which are led by teachers Mr. Scott Stacy, Mr. John Scerbo, Mr. William Burke and Mr. Gregory Greco.
There are more than 75,000 “Little Free Libraries” around the world in 85 countries. East Meadow joins the movement to share books, bring people together and create a community of readers.
The “Little Free Libraries” were installed for everyone in the community to promote literacy through book sharing. The district encourages readers to not only select a book to read, but to also add books to the collections at the elementary schools.
In addition to the installation of the “Little Free Libraries,” summer reading challenges have been created to spark excitement for the new resource and build a community of readers. Students are encouraged to visit the libraries, take a picture, post them to social media, tag @emeadowschools and/or the elementary school and use the #emeadowreads in the post.
“The community can help by keeping this collection stocked with good reading material,” said Mr. Lukasik. “We hope everyone enjoys this precious gift to our community!”
A picture-perfect day set the stage for a pair of graduation ceremonies in the district on June 23 as East Meadow High School and W.T. Clarke High School gathered on their respective football fields to salute the Class of 2019.
Both classes walked onto their fields to enthusiastic and excited crowds, followed by musical numbers to officially open the ceremonies. At each school, students, school and district leaders offered words of reflection and advice for all gathered in attendance. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth A. Card, Jr., delivered remarks at both ceremonies to congratulate the graduates and wish them well in the years ahead.
“Today concludes a significant and wonderful chapter of your lives,” Dr. Card said to the graduates. “And an equally significant chapter is about to begin.”
Class presidents, salutatorians and valedictorians from each school addressed their peers with words of encouragement and reflection.
“Let’s remember how much East Meadow High School has impacted us,” said East Meadow High School president Leila Sayan. “It is now up to us to turn our challenges into achievements.”
“Don’t be worried about feeling lost in life,” W.T. Clarke High School valedictorian Jonathan Melkun told his fellow graduates. “What you need to do is find a motivation, find a reason to keep moving forward. Go forth, chase your dreams, and find your place in the world.”
East Meadow High School Principal Richard Howard and W.T. Clarke High School Timothy Voels applauded the accolades achieved by each class that included academic, athletic and community service honors. Each principal noted how the classes set standards of excellence for future graduates.
After the official awarding of diplomas was completed, the students officially transitioned to alumni by moving their tassels to the left and tossing their caps into the air with excitement and elation.
The district congratulates all members of the Class of 2019 and wishes them luck and happiness as they embrace the next step in life.
All Other HS Fall Sports Begin
WTCHS Gr. 9 Orientation, 9 a.m.
WTCHS Sports Information Night, 6:30 p.m.
WTC Parents & Boosters Club Meeting, 7:30 p.m.
WTCHS Football vs. East Rockaway, 2 p.m. (Home)