The East Meadow Board of Education recognized the district’s Terrific Kids and the completion of a symbolic Unity Day mural at their meeting on Nov. 18.
“Terrific Kids is a student recognition program that promotes character development, self-esteem and perseverance,” explained Kevin Kamper, a distinguished past president of the East Meadow Kiwanis Club. “The Kiwanis Club, in partnership with the district, is a proud sponsor of the Terrific Kids award.”
W.T. Clarke Middle School Principal Stacy Breslin and Woodland Middle School Principal James Lethbridge then announced the Terrific Kids from their respective schools for the months of September, October and November. Normally, the chosen students would be presented with special certificates by the board, but due to safety restrictions, they were not able to be present.
Following the presentation of the Terrific Kids, Veronica Nicastro, PTA Council president, and Kelly Gelfer, director of music and art, presented the completed Unity Day mural and its significance. More than 8,000 signed paper hearts make up the rainbow mural, representing the entire East Meadow community. Bordering the mural are individually designed paper butterflies, which were created by members of the East Meadow and W.T. Clarke high school art honor societies.
“Amid the coronavirus pandemic, rainbows began appearing in windows across the country and became a symbol of hope,” Ms. Gelfer said. “The East Meadow rainbow mural we present this evening reminds us that we are united in hope, love and kindness, and we are all in this together.”
Students at McVey Elementary School in the East Meadow School District recently participated in the McVey Kindness Project. This schoolwide initiative, spearheaded by librarian Ms. O'Neill and school social workers Mrs. Arnone and Ms. Napolitano, focused on social-emotional learning through the attributes of self-love, forgiveness and pride. Students in kindergarten through third grade discussed and illustrated books with these themes, while students in grades four and five discussed and wrote about the best parts of themselves.
Fifth grade students in Elena DiCocco's class at Barnum Woods Elementary School were unable to hold their annual Veteran's Day ceremony this year, but still honored them by constructing symbolic red poppies and studying "In Flanders Fields," a poem written by John McCrae during World War I. Students were also given poppy seeds to plant on their own at home.
Additionally, Mary Macaluso's fifth grade class collaborated on a patriotic piece of art depicting a saluting American soldier. Each student drew and colored a portion of the photo, which was then combined to create the image.
The East Meadow and W.T. Clarke High School marching bands have compiled videos from their marching band clinics to celebrate the conclusion of the 2020 marching band season. Congratulations to all of East Meadow's student-musicians for a job well done during this unique season!
Students in Mrs. Baez’s class conducted a Pumpkin Investigation in which they estimated how many seeds they thought might be inside. Students took out a handful of seeds and estimated how many there were and added up individual seed amounts to find the sum. Students worked with their classmates to round their estimates to the nearest ten and 100, then finding the difference between the estimates and sum. Additionally, students came up with descriptive words about how the seeds looked, smelled and felt, which became their base of their descriptive writing.