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EM Musicians Participate in Virtual Workshop

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Approximately 150 student-musicians from the East Meadow School District participated in the inaugural Performance Readiness Workshop series sponsored by the Nassau Music Educators Association from Feb. 5-7. The workshops provided students with the unique opportunity to listen to peers from neighboring districts and receive feedback from professional musicians, including members of the New York Philharmonic, the Houston Symphony, the Imani Winds and many notable college professors.

Many East Meadow music faculty members were clinicians and presiders for the workshops, including Alexandria DeVries, Zachary DeVries, Rachel Fogel, Caitlin Hale, Gregory Krajci, Colleen Mander and Kaitlin Melker. The district congratulates its own Jessica Shenker, who serves as the president of the Nassau Music Educators Association.

Spreading Joy Around the World Through Art

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Last year, students in Emily Giglio’s art classes at East Meadow High School participated in the Memory Project, a program run by a youth arts organization that asks art students throughout the United States to create portraits for children living in refugee camps, orphanages and similar situations around the world. Students were given photos of the children and created portraits of them in their art classes.

Recently, the Memory Project released a video highlighting the delivery of these portraits. The work of several East Meadow High School students was shown being delivered to children in Russia, who were thrilled to receive the personalized works of art.

“Seeing something as simple as a portrait making so many people around the world happy is a great feeling,” said student Jordan Saglado, whose work is shown in the video.

Ms. Giglio plans to continue a partnership with the Memory Project in the future, hoping to continue to garner joy through her students’ art.

“It was an absolute joy to see the excitement my class was able to bring these kids,” Ms. Giglio said. “I never expected to see my classes’ portraits in the video, but when I did, it was emotional and heartwarming.”

The video of the delivery can be viewed here:

EM Track Teams Kick Off The 2021 Athletic Season

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The East Meadow High School and W.T. Clarke High School winter track teams opened their season with virtual track meets on Jan. 14, with teams competing without an in-person opponent. Students competed in such events as the 300-, 600-, 1,000- and 1,600-meter races, as well as the high jump, long jump and shot put. Times and distances were recorded by meet officials and shared with Section VIII and the Nassau County Track Coaches Association.  

“Our athletes proudly represented our schools, and there was no shortage of enthusiasm as teammates cheered for one another,” said East Meadow High School athletic director, Kevin Regan. “It was a positive start to the 2021 athletic season.”

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!