Parkway Elementary School is an integral part of our community. Students are invited to discover, experiment, invent, and dream in our child-centered classrooms. The staff strives to advance the achievement of all students by creating and maintaining an academically rigorous environment where students are supported and nurtured so that all of them have the opportunity to meet their maximum potential.
Educating the students of Parkway is truly a team effort. We are proud of our highly involved and active PTA. Members work closely with our administration, teachers and staff to provide a wide array of programs and activities that are integrated with our curriculum. As a team, we emphasize and promote a spirit of collaboration and cooperation in all of our efforts to enrich and educate our students.
It is our goal to meet the academic, social and emotional needs of each individual student and help each one of them strengthen their character. We pride ourselves in our ability to foster a spirit of collaboration and cooperation in all of its efforts to enrich and educate our students. With the efforts of our dedicated staff and the home/school connection, we strive to ensure excellence in education for all our children.
Community members, staff and students gathered at the Leon J. Campo Center, for the East Meadow Board of Education meeting on November 14, where various accomplishments were celebrated and educational topics were presented.
Among the evening’s honors was the acknowledgement of Board Recognition Week, which is nationally recognized each October. The newest Board Trustee, Eileen Napolitano, was presented with a self-portrait that will be hung with those of her fellow Board members in the Campo Center. The portrait was created and presented by East Meadow High School senior Daniel Tellerman. Additionally, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth A. Card, Jr. invited all members of the Board to open gifts from the community as a thank you for their hard work and dedication.
The evening continued with presentations on school and community safety from Nassau County Police Department Commissioner Patrick Ryder and Sheriff Vera Fludd. Both speakers addressed the security measures that are being taken throughout the county, district and community.
The audience was treated to musical performances from the Woodland Middle School seventh-grade string quartet as well as the East Meadow High School chamber choir. The meeting then segued into the Terrific Kids recognition. The Terrific Kids program is sponsored by the East Meadow Kiwanis and recognizes sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students who exhibit a positive attitude, good character and responsible citizenship and who are exemplary role models.
W.T. Clarke Middle School Principal Stacy Breslin and Woodland Middle School Principal Jim Lethbridge presented the honorees for September, October and November. W.T. Clarke Middle School commended sixth-graders Giuliana Gedarovich, Demi Mah Lee, Andrew Cardona, Rosanna DeStefano and Frederick Urias; seventh-graders Ryan Tao, Alicia Velasquez, Ravleen Kaur, Andreas Von Maier, Rita Gjonbalaj and Isabella Pertaw; and eighth-graders Kaitlyn Vo, George Neofitidis, Monica Dell’Olio, JD Azcona, Adam Kayaci, Joseph Palumbo and Savannah Eduque. Honorees from Wooldand Middle School were Jasmin Elizabeth Mendoza, Nayib Yunis, Samantha Mogilski, Javier Sebastian Aquino, Marian Ahmed and Joseph Chicas Reyes for September; Katherine Chien, Maximus Kelly, Jessica Salvador, Sean Lorentzen, Angelina Sisson and Frank DeStefano for October; and Allison Twible, Jason Chen, Lina Masaoka-Guevara, Nicholas Longardino, Eva Saragossi and Christian Smith for November.
Presentations concluded with reports on academic initiatives. Director of Literacy and Funded Programs, Frank Lukasik, led a discussion about Google Chromebooks and how sixth-graders throughout the district have benefitted from the devices’ integration into the curriculum. Mr. Lukasik was joined in his presentation by middle school English Chairperson Rebecca Regan in addition to teachers W.T. Clarke Middle School teachers Elaine Kevlin and Patricia Hartman as well as Woodland Middle School teachers Tonianne Smith and Caterina Largarna.
Also part of further additions to curriculum, Director of Music and Art, Dr. Christopher Hale, presented to the Board a proposal whereby high school art students can earn college credit in association with Farmingdale State College.
The district congratulates all of the honorees and thanks the presenters for educating the community and board on all of the great that is happening in the East Meadow School District!
The East Meadow School District’s Parkway Elementary School held its fourth annual Turkey Trot on November 8 and 9 for the purpose of providing families in need with food for Thanksgiving.
Since September, kindergarten through fifth-grade students in the building trained for the event by running laps during physical education classes in an effort to improve their times. They were encouraged to bring in canned goods and nonperishable items on their race days to help support the Kiwanis Thanksgiving Food Drive.
Throughout the Turkey Trot, each grade came together for a set amount of time to complete as many laps as possible. Students sported race bibs that they designed themselves, while being cheered on by PTA members who gathered around the school circle handing out water and encouragement.
The district congratulates all Parkway students on their wholehearted efforts and thanks them for their contributions.
Throughout the week of October 22, fourth-grade students at Parkway Elementary School in the East Meadow School District had the unique opportunity to be part of a program called Submerge Storytelling. This opportunity helps to inspire creativity in children by facilitating a physical and metaphysical environment where they can lose themselves in their imaginations.
Following the along with the fictional storyline of “Surfing on Saturn,” the school’s literacy center was transformed into the room of Emmy Sagan by Cory Levine of Submerge Storytelling. Emmy is a 12-year-old scientist and engineer who has invented the award-winning Emmy Engine to help her best friend Broman improve his surfing skills.
As the story and week evolved, Emmy asked the students to take part in an Operation Battery simulation along with NASA. With the supply of batteries nearly gone in the world as part of the plot, NASA asked the assistance of Emmy and the students at Parkway to assist with a mission to Saturn to recover minerals that can help restore the supply of batteries.
Throughout the lesson, students used critical thinking and problem-solving strategies. Submerge Storytelling provides a pragmatic educational curriculum in addition to teaching important life skills and values through text-to-self literary connections. The interactive learning strategy is used to foster a sense of individuality, camaraderie and community.
Parkway thanks Mr. Levine for coming to the school for this adventure as well as the PTA for providing students with the opportunity to enter the realm.
PKY Winter Concert, 7:30 p.m.
PKY Gingerbread Night
PKY Decorate the Door Gallery
BG, MBK, PKY School Spirit Day
PKY Holiday Sing-a-Long