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Clarke High School holds Second Annual Children’s Concert

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W.T. Clarke High School hosted the second annual East Meadow Children’s Concert on Feb. 9, welcoming more than 350 members of the community for the arts-focused event. The theme this year was “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.” Kindergarten students throughout the district are reading this book in their Enrichment Through the Arts classes.

The audience read along as “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” was projected on a large screen above the stage. Frank Lukasik, director of literacy for the district, narrated the story while students from W.T. Clarke High School’s Drama Club dramatized the story and portrayed the characters live. Performances by the select chorale, wind ensemble and chamber orchestra were intertwined throughout the story. Children in the audience were invited to come up and sing folk songs along with the select chorale during a portion of the concert.

After the concert, the W.T. Clarke Middle School Junior Tri-M Music Honor Society held an instrument “petting zoo.” Children were able to visit brass, woodwind, percussion and string stations to familiarize themselves with the instruments. Additionally, select artwork from kindergarten students was also on display in the lobby.

Jessica Shenker, chairperson of music at W.T. Clarke Middle and High School organized the event. “Music has always been one of the pillars of our community, and through this concert, music is viewed as another form of literacy,” said Mrs. Shenker. “The goal of this concert is to inspire our entire community to be patrons of the arts, appreciators of music, and to encourage children to be involved in our music program as they continue through elementary, middle and high school.”

The district is proud of and congratulates all of the teachers and student musicians who made this event a tremendous success.

New Administrator, Student Scholar Recognized by BOE

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The East Meadow Board of Education recognized a new administrator and a student scholar at their meeting on Feb. 5.

Elizabeth Dowling was officially introduced to the board of education as a new assistant principal at East Meadow High School. Ms. Dowling has been an educator in the East Meadow School District for 18 years, teaching Spanish at both the middle and high school level. She previously served as chairperson of the English department at East Meadow High School.

Abishek Ravindran, a senior at W.T. Clarke High School, was recognized for being named one of the top 300 scholars in the Regeneron Science Talent Search 2020. The board of education presented him with a certificate of achievement for this prestigious accomplishment. W.T. Clarke High School Principal Timothy Voels and Abishek’s science research teacher, Erika Rotolo, were also in attendance to congratulate Abishek.

East Meadow Senior Candidates for U.S. Presidential Scholar Program

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East Meadow High School seniors Ikshu S. Pandey and Brendan Wilkowski, and W.T. Clarke High School senior Emma G. Passariello, have been nominated as candidates for the U.S. Presidential Scholar Program. The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. Each year, up to 161 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation's highest honors for high school students. The final Scholars will be announced in early May. Congratulations to Iskhu, Brendan and Emma on being nominated for the prestigious honor!

East Meadow Scholar-Athletes

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Nineteen teams from East Meadow High School and W.T. Clarke High School were honored by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association as Scholar-Athlete teams. To receive Scholar-Athlete recognition, the team’s average GPA for 75% of the roster must be greater than or equal to 90%.

Nine varsity teams from East Meadow High School were recognized as Scholar-Athlete teams. They were: boys cross-country, boys golf, boys volleyball, field hockey, girls cross-country, girls soccer, girls tennis, girls volleyball and girls swim.

Ten varsity teams from W.T. Clarke High School were recognized. They were: cheerleading, boys cross-country, girls cross-country, field hockey, football, boys golf, girls soccer, girls tennis, boys volleyball and girls volleyball.

“We are very proud of our teams for being honored as Scholar-Athletes,” said Kristi Detor, director of physical education, health and athletics for the district. “This recognition exhibits their commitment to hard work on and off the field.”


The Brain Show

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The Brain Show visited Bowling Green on Jan. 27. Students in grades two through five enjoyed the fun and educational show which was complete with music, lockout buzzers, chase lighting, LED scoring systems and countdown clocks. The age appropriate questions encouraged audience participation.