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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

East Meadow Arts Celebrates Black Artists

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In honor of Black History Month, students from the East Meadow School District studied the work of African American artists including Clementine Hunter, Reggie Laurent and Faith Ringgold. Students created original artwork inspired by these artists in February and March. Please enjoy a selection of pieces created in Ms. Kyvelos’ classes at Barnum Woods, Mrs. Nerdalen’s classes at Woodland and Mrs. Pawlowski’s classes at W.T. Clarke High School.

BW Holds Third Annual Bookmark Design Contest

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The Barnum Woods Elementary School library recently held its third annual bookmark design contest in honor of Pick A Reading Partner month. This year, the theme was “What a Wonderful World.” Two winners from each grade were chosen by a committee consisting of administration, library and literacy staff. The winning bookmarks were published and made available for students to keep and use.



2021 Music Department Showcase

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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.

Please enjoy these videos from our elementary schools and stay tuned for showcases from the secondary level! 

McVey Elementary

Bowling Green Elementary

Barnum Woods Elementary

Meadowbrook Elementary

Parkway Elementary

Sharing Similarities, Celebrating Differences

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Fourth grade students in Brittany Katz’s and Sara Finkelstein’s classes at Barnum Woods Elementary School recently participated in a multicultural project through the One Voice Multicultural Committee. The students interviewed relatives about their cultures and traditions, then used this information to create a slideshow presentation that included photographs, informational text and captions. The classes also put together a bulletin board outside of their classrooms to display their findings. 

Chaired by first grade teacher and administrative intern Taylor Napolitano, the One Voice Multicultural Committee was formed to create a supportive multicultural environment to celebrate each child's uniqueness and culture. The committee also meets to create lesson plans that promote different cultures.

VIDEO: How Great Happens Here Ep. 5

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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! 


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