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.
Extra, 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.
The fifth installment of How Great Happens Here highlights the district's physical education and athletics department, featuring Director of Physical Education, Health and Athletics Kristi Detor!
W.T. Clarke Middle School recently observed P.S. I Love You Day to promote mental health awareness.
After engaging in discussion with advisers about mental health, students wrote positive words and encouraging phrases on purple hearts, which members of the service-learning club Change for Change used to create a mural in the school’s hallway. Additionally, students and staff purchased P.S. I Love You shirts, profits from which went towards the Long Island Crisis Center and other affiliated charities.
In honor of Black History Month, W.T. Clarke Middle School held a Living Legends Competition throughout February to highlight Black individuals who have made impactful contributions to the country and the world. This interactive digital activity, organized by business teacher Katie Caccamo and Principal Stacy Breslin, aimed to educate students about notable Black individuals living today.
Flyers were hung throughout the school containing unique QR codes for students to scan. Each code led to a website with information about a significant member of the Black community. Students earned badges by answering questions after conducting the research.
Among the Living Legends were former President Barack Obama, media mogul Oprah Winfrey, WNBA star Maya Moore and East Meadow’s own Superintendent Dr. Kenneth Card Jr. The digital competition runs through the end of February, and the group of students who win the most badges will collect a prize.
“I thought this would be a motivating activity to get students involved in Black History Month,” Mrs. Caccamo said of the monthlong project. “It has helped kids learn more about the contributions of living Black individuals to our community and the world.”
In recognition of Black History Month, students at W.T. Clarke Middle School researched an African American of their choosing and created a fictional Instagram page for them. They looked up pictures of their selections and researched facts to use as captions.
“The students really got into it,” teacher John Geekie said. “They were able to pick whomever they wanted and were very motivated and interested in doing this project.”
Ramadan Begins at Sundown
WTCHS/MS PTSA Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
WTCHS/MS Theatre Arts Parents Association Meeting, 7:00 p.m.
Report Cards Available on Home Access Center after 4:30 p.m.
WTCMS National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony, 6:30 p.m.