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Clarke MS
 

W.T. Clarke Middle School

District Reopening Plan

740 Edgewood Drive
Westbury, NY 11590


Principal: Stacy Breslin

Assistant Principal: Linda Lynch

Telephone:  516.876.7401
Fax:  516.876.7407

 

Middle School is a period filled with challenge and wonder. Middle level students experience tremendous change as they enter early adolescence; no group contains more diversity. W.T. Clarke Middle School is committed to addressing the varied intellectual, physical, social and emotional levels of our students and to facilitating smooth transitions from elementary school to high school. We promote academic growth, self-respect and respect for the dignity and diversity of others. We encourage students to take advantage of educational opportunities that will open doors to new ideas and create a desire to learn and explore.

 

The Clarke Courier


clarkeExtra, extra! Hot off the press, the first digital edition of the Clarke Courier is here! Our fall 2020 edition features a Q&A with Mrs. Breslin, profiles of two Clarke alumni now subbing in the building, and even a crossword puzzle. You will find creative writing pieces inspired by Inside Out & Back Again, coverage of Halloween at Clarke, and news about the latest books available on SORA. From tips on keeping busy during the pandemic to stories about the many ways Clarke Cares, The Clarke Courier has it all. The Clarke Courier staff and advisors Mrs. Dale and Mrs. Peretzman used Canva to create this edition. This free, multi-faceted program lets you design anything from posters to Instagram posts to greeting cards. Check it out at canva.com.

 

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VIDEO: 20-21 Virtual Young Artist Exhibition

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The East Meadow School District Art Department proudly presents the 2020 -2021 Young Artist Exhibition. Although we were unable to view the exhibit in person or celebrate together, we are excited to share the work of our students virtually. The exhibition, which will remain on display through May at the Leon J. Campo Salisbury Center, features works of art from students in grades K-12, representing every school in the district.

We would like to thank our students for sharing their talents and for allowing us to experience their work. Our students are leaders in our mission to create and to explore the arts and we hope the exhibit is a representation to our community that we are continuing to celebrate our students and the work they have shared.

We hope you enjoy!

Creating Conscious Consumers

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Science teachers throughout the East Meadow School District recently collaborated with Dr. Emily Kang, associate professor at Adelphi University, to implement the New York State Science Learning Standards (NYSSLS) on Global Climate Change and Human Impact. Specifically, students were introduced to the phenomenon of environmental impacts of clothes production.

Eighth grade students calculated the percentage of clothes they wear on a weekly basis and determined their carbon footprint, creating a real-world connection to the lesson. The students brainstormed realistic solutions to lessen the impact of their “fashion footprint” and explored how they could make a direct effect on the environment with their choices.

Teachers across the district have been working with Dr. Kang for the last three years as they prepare to implement the new New York State Science Learning Standards, (NYSSLS). The new science standards were supposed to be implemented this year. However, due to the pandemic, implementation has been delayed by two years.

 “Implementing these standards is radically different from how science has been taught for the last 60 years. By utilizing the talents of Dr. Kang, the district wants to ensure that all teachers are prepared to teach science across the district,” said Dr. David Casamento, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction.   

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.” 

 

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