New friendships were celebrated at Bowling Green Elementary School in the East Meadow School District on the afternoon of June 15, as students and teachers in the English as a New Language Buddy Reading Program gathered to mark the progress made during the first-year initiative.
English language learners in different grades were chosen to participate in the pilot program and buddy up with a designated mentor who is also a student at the school. Throughout the year, the buddies developed a bond as they met to read to each other, play games, and discuss life at home and school. Most importantly, the program enabled students to practice speaking, listening, reading and writing in English in a risk-free environment.
As a highlight of the year-end celebration, students and teachers read books that different buddy pairs had written and illustrated together. There were also a variety of game stations, as well as prizes and certificates given to both mentors and mentees.
Bowling Green congratulates all of the students that participated and made new friends!
Students at Parkway Elementary School in the East Meadow School District gathered on the morning of June 14 to honor Flag Day with a community-wide ceremony.
The fifth-grade band welcomed guests with a lineup of patriotic songs, including “America the Beautiful” and “This Land Is Your Land.” Fourth-graders acted as the color guard, carrying an American flag that was raised on the flagpole.
In her opening remarks, Principal Jamie Mack discussed the importance of the American flag and the meaning behind its design, and selected fifth-graders displayed their illustrations of what the flag means to them. The class then joined in chorus to sing Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the U.S.A.” while those in attendance sang along.
Among the attendees were parents, veterans and community residents, many of whom dressed in red, white and blue to show their support.
A sea of eighth-graders at W.T. Clarke Middle School in the East Meadow School District assembled in the school’s auditorium on June 11 for the school’s annual awards ceremony to recognize their academic, civic, philanthropic and athletic achievements. In attendance to congratulate these accomplished students were proud district officials, faculty, parents and peers.
Principal Stacy Breslin and Assistant Principal Linda Lynch delivered welcoming remarks and shared words of encouragement about the honorees before various teachers and school and disitrct administrators presented them with their awards. They also offered best wishes to the students before they enter high school this fall and congratulated all on a job well done at the middle school.
“[You] are the leaders of our school,” Breslin said. “And remember, the true reward lies in knowing you did your best.”
Fourth-grade students at Parkway Elementary School in the East Meadow School District put together their own Kid EdCamp on June 12 as part of an interactive experience designed to recognize the strengths and successes of all students. The practice is intended to foster community, collaboration and a growth mindset while also empowering them to become leaders.
Topics from the fourth-grade presentations included karate, creating squishies, slime and origami, as well as Kahoot quizzes on Harry Potter, dinosaurs and science.
Fifth-grade students led a Kid EdCamp on June 7. In both grades, students who were not leading sessions were able to participate and interact with their peer instructors. The sessions were broken down into three 20-minute segments where students could choose which topics they would like to attend.
Woodland Middle School students assembled in the auditorium on June 6
for a celebration of their academic achievements by district
administrators, faculty, parents and peers during the annual Academic
Awards. Principal James Lethbridge and Assistant Principal Patricia
Graham personally congratulated the 235 students receiving awards for
their hard work and determination and extended them best wishes and much
success as they enter high school this fall.
Graham told the students that she hopes they will approach high school
with the same passion and determination as middle school. “Remembering
to reflect on your past will give direction to your future,” she said.
It was an evening of celebration as more than 400 East Meadow students were recognized for their scholastic and athletic accomplishments during the annual District Awards Ceremony, held at East Meadow High School on June 5. Board of Education trustees, central administrators and faculty from W.T. Clarke Middle School, Woodland Middle School, W.T. Clarke High School and East Meadow High School joined parents and peers in congratulating students who excelled in the areas of athletics, journalism, science, technology, mathematics, social studies, writing and extracurricular clubs.
To the parents, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth A. Card Jr. said, “As a district, we share your pride in these students’ accomplishments.”
The district congratulates the students on a successful school year.
As part of a continuing tradition, the East Meadow School District and Board of Education celebrated two months of “Terrific Kids” at the board’s May 24 communication meeting.
The program, sponsored by the East Meadow Kiwanis, recognizes middle school students who exhibit a positive attitude, good character and responsible citizenship, and who serve as exemplary role models for their peers.
Setting the tone for the evening were the Woodland sixth-grade chamber strings ensemble and the W.T. Clarke High School jazz ensemble, who performed for those in attendance.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth A. Card, Jr., Board trustee and Kiwanis President Marcee Rubinstein and fellow board members, along with Woodland Middle School Principal James Lethbridge and W.T. Clarke Middle School Principal Stacy Breslin, presented certificates of recognition to the “Terrific Kids” honorees for May and June. The awards were distributed to a pair of sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students from each school for each of the two months.
Along with these accolades, outgoing board member Brian O’Flaherty was presented with a certificate of recognition to acknowledge his service and commitment to the East Meadow school community.
Change for Change, the service learning club at W.T. Clarke Middle School, held its annual Giving Ceremony on May 25 to honor and benefit a number of charitable organizations.
Students of the club started the school year by holding meetings to research and select 13 nonprofits that held significance for one or more of the club’s members. Over the course of the year, the club worked tirelessly to raise funds through various events and initiatives, culminating with a ceremony in the school’s auditorium to present those funds.
Eleven of the 13 foundations were represented at the ceremony, with the other two sending along thank-you letters. This year’s selected charities were the Lustgarten Foundation, the school’s own Giving Tree, March of Dimes, Food Allergy Research and Education, the Lupus Foundation of America, the Long Island Crisis Center, Sunrise Day Camp, the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island, the Book Fairies, DEBRA (Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa Research Association) of America, Save the Children – Hurricane Maria Relief, Education Through Music and America’s VetDogs.
The event opened with the Be the Change Award being presented to Erick Greenberg, a social studies teacher at the school, for his efforts and contributions. Each organization was then introduced and welcomed by selected students and, following a brief speech, awarded with a plaque of recognition and a donation check.
Among the donations was a special contribution to the Lustgarten Foundation, a pancreatic research organization, in memory of former dean of students and head football coach At W.T. Clarke High School, John Boyle. Mr. Boyle passed away a few weeks prior to this event following his battle with pancreatic cancer.
Change for Change has been in existence for 13 years, with advisors Katie Pienkos and Ashley Sanalitro leading the initiative for the last four.
As commencement approaches for senior at East Meadow High School, a group of individuals from the class signed their National Letter of Intent to continue athletic careers at the collegiate level.
Six seniors recently came together to officially announce their decisions to join athletic programs at their respective colleges in the fall. The signings included Patrick Hoffman and William McQuillan from the varsity baseball team who will respectively join the programs at nearby Molloy College and New York Institute of Technology. Ashley Pereira also decided to stay close to home by signing with the swimming program at LIU Post. Christina Loeffler is set to continue her softball career at Post University while Celina Lo will play lacrosse at Slippery Rock and Victoria Fuduli joins the soccer team at Le Moyne.
Starting in September, the senior class at East Meadow High School embarked on a yearlong journey designed to further prepare them for life after graduation.
The objective of this journey – the senior project – is to actively engage students in “real-world” experiences by having them either participate in an internship or undertake a community service effort. This project also serves to foster compassion, creativity, citizenship and confidence in students as they enter the workforce, college and society, all while gaining positive, hands-on experience with community professionals.
The first semester consisted of resume and interview workshops to ready the seniors for the next step, which was to complete at least 25 hours of experience in a chosen activity. Beginning with the resume process, students identified areas of interest, applied and reached out to sponsors for their internships or community service work. They fleshed out this experience during the second semester, and they recorded their progress by logging their daily hours and activities.
The journey culminated on May 25th with a Senior Project Fair, where the students visually demonstrated their experiences, lessons learned and contributions through project boards. With only a few months before starting their own senior projects, the junior class was tasked with reporting on the event by conducting interviews with the presenters.
Coordination of the project was led by teachers Danielle Casamassina, Sheena Jacob and Kimberly LoFaso of the business, English and social studies departments respectively.
It was an evening of accolades and celebration as 289 East Meadow School District students were honored at East Meadow High School, on May 8, for their talents and accomplishments in the areas of music, art and humanitarianism.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth A. Card, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Dr. David Casamento and Director of Music and Art Dr. Christopher Hale opened the ceremony by highlighting the exceptional students for their accomplishments over the course of the school year and thanking the teachers, administrators and parents for their continued support of the district’s fine arts program.
“We are extremely proud of the significant accomplishments of our students who are being honored tonight, and we are grateful to you, their families, their building leaders and their teachers, for the role you have played in their success,” Dr. Card said.
Following his welcoming remarks, four students from each of the district’s nine schools were recognized with humanitarian awards for leading by example, promoting sensitivity and respect for diversity in school, and fostering tolerance through service to the school community.
Music highlights included the district’s eight-time recognition by the NAMM Foundation as one of the Best Communities for Music Education, as well being the only New York State school to receive the prestigious New York State School Music Association Presidential recognition twice. One student was selected for a National Association for Music Education All-National Honor Ensemble, eight for NYSSMA All-State Honor Ensembles, six as All-State alternates, 144 for All-County music ensembles and 23 as Long Island String Festival participants.
In the area of art, 66 students were recognized as All-County artists. Twelve participated in the Long Island Art Teachers Association Art in HeART Exhibit, while 12 students’ artwork was selected for the 2018-2019 budget book. Additionally, 32 students exhibited their work at the Tilles Center/LIU Post Patrons’ Lounge.
As each student accepted their award, family members, central administrators, faculty and members of the Board of Education applauded their creativity, diligence and compassion.
It was an evening of accolades as the East Meadow Board of Education honored PTA members and exemplary students during the April 19 public meeting. Under the batons of Molly Tittler and John Marshall, respectively, the talented W.T. Clarke Middle School Brass Ensemble and Woodland Middle School Grade 6 Jazz Band each performed for the trustees, central administration and parents.
PTA members who were given special recognition for their volunteerism and advocacy for the district’s students included Cleo Gakshteyn, Richard Gakshteyn, Laurie May, Tracy Pulice, Marcee Rubinstein, Maria Smith, Mary Ward and Marian Wawryk.
Students from both middle schools also received tribute, as they were honored as Terrific Kids for March and April. Sponsored by the East Meadow Kiwanis Club, the award recognizes students in grades 6-8 who consistently improve as individuals and demonstrate a positive attitude, good character and responsible citizenship. The district congratulated Shanza Ahmed, Juan Sebastian Ballesteros, Ameil Cherisme, Juan Sebastian Fajardo, Angelina Ferrara, Isabella Mendez, Dominic Murawski, Aidan Piotrowski, Brian Rosen, Kamal Shah, Dennis Vestrand and Ryan Vetter from W.T. Clarke; and Josue Avila, Katelyn Entenmann, Keira Geoghegan, Hannah Jacob, Ilyana Kleiner, Kyle Kozlowski, Katherine Nunez, Andy Rivera, Corey Schwartz, John Tucker, Charlotte Viola and Justin Walwyn from Woodland.
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