The Senior Prom is Thursday June 24th from 5-9 at the Inn at New Hyde Park. More details will be made available in the near future.
W.T. Clarke High School junior Madison Amini and sophomore Matthew Vo, along with East Meadow High School senior Matthew Bonventre, were recently accepted into Heckscher Museum of Art's juried competition, Long Island's Best. This annual exhibition features extraordinary works of art created by Long Island high school students from across Nassau and Suffolk counties. Additionally, Matthew Vo won the Promising Young Artist Award at the show.
The district is very proud of the impressive achievement and recognition earned by each of these students. The exhibit will be on view at the museum through May 23. Please note that timed tickets are required.
In a long-awaited return to the stage, the W.T. Clarke High School Music Department and Lights Up Production presented “Little Shop of Horrors” on April 16 and 17. This production required an intense effort, but was significant for both the students and the community.
“Theatre unites the community, and everyone was able to participate safely,” music teacher Gregory Krajci said, who was the director and choreographer for the production. “Not only were we able to put on a show, but we put on a really great show.”
Students began rehearsals at the start of the school year, but it was unknown how they would be able to perform due to the ever-changing state Covid-19 regulations. This led Mr. Krajci to specifically choose a musical that was malleable in terms of production and cast size. One example of a step taken to ensure a smooth and safe production was having multiple leads and understudies for every major role.
In-person rehearsals began on Feb. 22, with students meeting multiple times per week in small groups. The students and staff worked tirelessly, even meeting during spring break, to perfect their performance. The school secured streaming and in-person rights to the musical. More than 100 audience members were invited to watch the show in person, while the wider community tuned in to view a pre-recorded dress rehearsal performance on the ShowTix4U streaming platform. Despite the challenges of safely coordinating, rehearsing and producing a musical during Covid-19, Mr. Krajci sang the praises of the performers and production staff.
“It was one of the smoothest shows I’ve ever been a part of and some of the tightest run performances of my career,” he said.
While many aspects of the spring production were different this year, the music department was thrilled that the students were able to have an experience that captured the elements of years past.
“Everyone made extra strides to do what was best for the students,” Mr. Krajci said. “The production staff was wonderful, and we all worked extremely hard.”
Photos courtesy of Wayne Hock Photography
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.
Bowling Green Elementary
Barnum Woods Elementary
Woodland Middle School
W.T. Clarke Middle School
East Meadow High School
W.T. Clarke High School
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 www.nammfoundation.org
The East Meadow School District Art Department proudly presents the 2021 Art Supervisors Association All County Art Exhibit. Although we were unable to view the exhibit in person or celebrate together, we are excited to share the work of our students virtually via the ASA website. We congratulate and celebrate the 69 East Meadow students who were selected to participate in this prestigious exhibition.
Please find the link below.
Art Supervisors Association – East Meadow School District Exhibit Link:
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Shavuot Begins at Sundown
WTCHS Spring Concert Part I, 7:30 p.m.
WTCHS Spring Concert Part II, 7:30 p.m.