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VIDEO: How Great Happens Here Ep. 5

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The fifth installment of How Great Happens Here highlights the district's physical education and athletics department, featuring Director of Physical Education, Health and Athletics Kristi Detor! 

 

Raising Awareness for Mental Health at WTCMS

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W.T. Clarke Middle School recently observed P.S. I Love You Day to promote mental health awareness.

After engaging in discussion with advisers about mental health, students wrote positive words and encouraging phrases on purple hearts, which members of the service-learning club Change for Change used to create a mural in the school’s hallway. Additionally, students and staff purchased P.S. I Love You shirts, profits from which went towards the Long Island Crisis Center and other affiliated charities.

A Legendary Lesson in Black history

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In honor of Black History Month, W.T. Clarke Middle School held a Living Legends Competition throughout February to highlight Black individuals who have made impactful contributions to the country and the world. This interactive digital activity, organized by business teacher Katie Caccamo and Principal Stacy Breslin, aimed to educate students about notable Black individuals living today.

Flyers were hung throughout the school containing unique QR codes for students to scan. Each code led to a website with information about a significant member of the Black community. Students earned badges by answering questions after conducting the research.

Among the Living Legends were former President Barack Obama, media mogul Oprah Winfrey, WNBA star Maya Moore and East Meadow’s own Superintendent Dr. Kenneth Card Jr. The digital competition runs through the end of February, and the group of students who win the most badges will collect a prize.

“I thought this would be a motivating activity to get students involved in Black History Month,” Mrs. Caccamo said of the monthlong project. “It has helped kids learn more about the contributions of living Black individuals to our community and the world.”

A Snapshot of Black history

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In recognition of Black History Month, students at W.T. Clarke Middle School researched an African American of their choosing and created a fictional Instagram page for them. They looked up pictures of their selections and researched facts to use as captions.

“The students really got into it,” teacher John Geekie said. “They were able to pick whomever they wanted and were very motivated and interested in doing this project.”