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Barnum Woods

500 May Lane
East Meadow, NY 11554

Principal: Gregory J.R. Bottari

Assistant Principal: Harriet Alfano

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The Barnum Woods Elementary School is a school dedicated to creating a learning environment, which enables our students to meet the demands of a challenging, dynamic society. Our children know that parents, teachers, administrators and the Barnum Woods community, as a whole, are focused on ensuring their development as life-long learners. "
~Gregory J.R. Bottari, Principal

Current News

BW Shows Gratitude for Law Enforcement

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Students at Barnum Woods Elementary School celebrated National Police Week by participating in the Town of Hempstead’s “Thank a Law Enforcement Officer” program. This program asked students to create cards with messages of gratitude for men and women who serve as law enforcement officers. Hempstead Town Clerk Kate Murray and Councilman Dennis Dunne visited Barnum Woods to collect the cards and personally thank the students for their meaningful messages.

Barnum Woods Living Museum

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Second grade students at Barnum Woods Elementary School participated in a living museum project on April 29. Each student selected a person, from historical figures to celebrities, and used books, the internet and other reference sources to gather information. This activity tied in with their reading and ELA curriculum, in which they were introduced to biographies and conducting research. On April 29, all of the second grade students dressed up as who they researched in culmination of the comprehensive and interactive project.

Advocating for a Healthy Planet Through Art

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Reyansh Kulkarni, a fourth grade student at Barnum Woods Elementary School, was recently named the winner in the Hempstead Town Covanta Energy Recycling Poster Contest. The contest encourages students to convey ways people can take better care of the environment through their artwork.

“We really need to take care of the earth,” Reyansh said. “My poster shows the ways we can lift our planet up, like recycling, reusing and reducing waste.”

Reyansh was awarded with a Barnes and Noble Nook for his first-place finish, and his poster will be displayed on Town of Hempstead recycling trucks. Additionally, the school was awarded a $500 gift certificate in recognition of Reyansh’s winning artwork.

NEW: 2021 Music Department Showcase

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In honor of Music in our school Months, schools in the East Meadow School District created videos for the 2021 East Meadow Music Department Showcase. According to the National Association for Music Education, MIOSM is an annual month-long celebration when schools and communities celebrate music in their local schools and the educators who dedicate themselves to bringing music into the lives of students every day. 

McVey Elementary

Bowling Green Elementary

Barnum Woods Elementary

Meadowbrook Elementary

Parkway Elementary

Woodland Middle School

W.T. Clarke Middle School

East Meadow High School

W.T. Clarke High School


East Meadow, Best Community for Music Education

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The East Meadow Union Free School District has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. The designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.

“The East Meadow school community provides tremendous support and enthusiasm to ensure that our students have access to an exceptional and well-rounded and comprehensive music program,” Director of Music and Art Kelly Gelfer said. “This honor affirms that the East Meadow music department, staff and programs are at the forefront of music education nationwide.”

The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its approximately 10,400 members around the world. The foundation advances active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs. For more information about The NAMM Foundation, please visit

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