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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

Board of Education expresses gratitude for administrators

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The East Meadow Board of Education recognized district administrators, their staff and retiring staff members at their meeting on June 16.

First, each building principal, along with Director of Physical Education, Health and Athletics Kristi Detor, was introduced by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth Card. Then, Board of Education President Mr. Matthew Melnick and Assistant Superintendent for Personnel and Administration Mr. Anthony Russo commended the administrators on their steadfast devotion to their students and staff during this past year.  

“Truthfully, the world threw a pandemic at you and you didn’t flinch,” Mr. Melnick said. “In fact, you took every regulation, rule and guidance with grace and did incredible things to offer the best possible education to our students this year.”

Additionally, administrators Parkway Elementary School Principal Jamie Mack and Director of Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services Patrice Dobies were honored for their years of committed and excellent work for the district. Both outstanding administrators will be retiring at the end of the year. 

“Thank you both, for the times when the most difficult of situations were solved because of your expertise and depth of understanding,” Dr. Card said. “Thank you for caring, for always being there and most of all, thank you both for just being you.”

EM Students Accepted into Esteemed Math Program

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Barnum Woods Elementary School fourth grader Amelie Cao and Bowling Green Elementary School fifth graders Ishveen Kaur and Harrison Baek were recently accepted into the prestigious Institute of Creative Problem Solving for Gifted and Talented students at SUNY College at Old Westbury.

After a rigorous entrance exam, they performed in the top one-tenth of 1% of mathematics students on their grade level. These students will develop their mathematical prowess during their 60 hours in class and involvement in related projects.  

EM Fifth Graders Move On Up to Middle School

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Fifth grade students from Barnum Woods Elementary School, Bowling Green Elementary School, McVey Elementary School, Meadowbrook Elementary School and Parkway Elementary Schools celebrated their past six years of education while also looking forward to middle school during moving up ceremonies throughout the week of June 21. 

The principals at each school commended the students on their hard work, devotion and accomplishments during their elementary school years before encouraging them to take full advantage of a new chapter in middle school and beyond. Awards were also presented to students from the PTA, superintendent and principals.

The district congratulates the graduating fifth graders and wishes them bright and successful future as they look forward to new opportunities at W.T. Clarke and Woodland middle schools.

In-Person District Art Show Returns

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The East Meadow School District was once again able to commend their student artists in person at their districtwide art show at the Leon J. Campo Salisbury Center on June 1 and 2. Students, families and community members were invited to visit the show during specified times, allowing for a safe and enjoyable viewing.

“While viewing artwork in a virtual capacity is certainly wonderful, nothing compares to experiencing original works of art in person,” Art Department Chairperson Heather Anastasio said. “We are thrilled to be able to bring this experience to our student artists and their families.”

Art teachers from throughout the district were also in attendance to celebrate the work of their students. Each teacher chose 13 works of art from their classes, including those who were included in this year’s virtual All-County Art Exhibit but were unable to have their work displayed in person. The evening was also a welcome return for the community, which has always greatly supported the district’s art program.

“I would like to thank the East Meadow community for the continued celebration and support of our program,” Director of Music and Art Kelly Gelfer said. “The district’s commitment to the arts continues to be our biggest strength.”