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Congratulations Barnum Graduates!

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

Board Recognizes Terrific Kids, Unity Day Mural

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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.” 


Celebrating Veterans at Barnum Woods

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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. 

NYSED Parent Dashboard

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Dear Parents,

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has developed a Parent Dashboard to increase transparency and make information about school performance and other school-level data easier for parents and the public to access. The Parent Dashboard is part of New York’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan, which emphasizes equity in education for all students and expands measures of school accountability and student success.  This new dashboard will provide parents with information about their child’s school. The Parent Dashboard is now available in addition to the New York State School Report Card on NYSED’s public data site. The Parent Dashboard offers information on all public schools including charter schools.

Links for the district as a whole, as well as each school, are below: 

United in Kindness

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The East Meadow School District and its PTA Council celebrated Unity Day during the week of Oct. 19. Part of Bullying Prevention Month, the day aims to promote kindness, acceptance and taking a stance against bullying.

Students were encouraged to wear orange as a symbol of unity. Classes read encouraging books, took part in meaningful conversations and came together to discuss how to promote antibullying. In addition, each school in the district participated in a food drive to benefit Island Harvest.

Every year, the East Meadow art department and the district’s PTA Council collaborate on a districtwide Unity Day mural. This year, students signed their names on different colored pieces of paper, which will be assembled into a symbolic rainbow at the Leon J. Campo Salisbury Center.

VIDEO: How Great Happens Here

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The East Meadow School District has created an informational series entitled "How Great Happens Here," which examines the various initiatives in the district. Hosted by Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Dave Casamento, each episode will feature an expert in different areas, from technology to music and arts. For this first episode in the series, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth A. Card Jr. gives an update on how reopening went and some other pertinent information relating to the district and COVID-19. 

Stay tuned for more episodes and remember, #GreatHappensHere!

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