East Meadow Board November Meeting Full of Excellence

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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!