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George McVey Elementary School

District Reopening Plan

2201 Devon Street
East Meadow, NY 11554


Principal: Mrs. Kerry Dunne

Assistant Principal: Mr. Len Minerva


School Schedule:
GRADE K thru 5 - 9:14 -3:29PM

Important Phone Numbers

Main Office:
516-228-5300
Absence/Nurse:
516-228-5306
District Hotline:
516-228-5232
Transportation:
516-478-5771

 

Important Information

More Special Treats for our Heroes

The first PTA Bake-off was an amazing success! As always, the families of the McVey community came together (figuratively) and showed why they are second to none. The doctors and nurses who received the treats were moved by your support during these difficult times.

To continue to show our love for those on the front lines, we are going to hold a second Bake-off. The baked goods and signs of support will go to the heroes at LIJ and NY Presbyterian Hospital. Let's continue to show our love for those out there working hard to keep us safe. 

 

McVey Leads the Way!

Thank you for visiting McVey Elementary School's website! We hope this will provide you with necessary information about our school, our staff, our PTA, and upcoming events. For more information, please see the calendar tabs on this site. McVey School relies on our PTA for its support of many school traditions, such as Wellness Walk, Halloween Howl & Spooky Walk, Barnes & Noble Literacy Festival, and School-Wide Field Day and BBQ. Without parent volunteers these functions would not be possible. If you are available to donate your time or would like to become a member of the PTA, please contact the McVey PTA.

Our Points of Pride

• Get Smart!- McVey Mighty Minds
• Annual Community Wellness Walk for Red Ribbon Week
• Award Winning Kiwanis Kids (K-Kids) Servicing The Community
• Annual McVey 5k and Fun Run
• Jazz Ensemble & Orchestra Chamber
• William Coddington Nature Discovery Center-Harmony Pond
• SMART Boards, Videoconferencing, Computer Labs & Classroom Document Cams to Meet & Exceed Student Learning Standards
• Environmental Committee Sponsors School–wide Recycling Program & School-wide Environmental Awareness Week
• Theatre Arts After-School Program
• Human Dignity Committee

Current News

Library on Wheels

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Elementary schools throughout the East Meadow School District have been safely distributing books to students with a “library on wheels.” Frank Lukasik, the district’s director of literacy and funded programs, along with Jim Mendonis, director of social studies and 21st century learning, and district librarians, devised this plan to ensure students could continue to have access to reading.

Ellen O’Neill, the librarian at George McVey Elementary School, considers this mobile asset to be vitally important. “It was priority number one to get books in the hands of as many of our students as we could,” she said. “It was a sense of normalcy for children returning to school.”

Every morning, Ms. O’Neill curates a collection of books for students in grades K-5. Since students are not currently permitted to visit the library, her mode of delivery is a 70-pound cart, which she pushes around the school to visit each class.

The thoughtful selection of titles for the cart is based on such factors as grade level and interest. There are also favorite authors, series and characters. The cart returns the power of choice to students in their reading, something that is very important to the district.

“Before school closures, students had multiple opportunities to shop for books in our classrooms and school libraries, but the pandemic changed all of that,” Mr. Lukasik said. “Our focus on student choice and helping kids get quality texts remains a priority.”

In the COVID-19 era, an attention to cleanliness and safety was also taken into consideration when planning the distribution of books. Ms. O’Neill “quarantines” books before and after they are checked out by students. Additionally, students are required to wash and sanitize their hands before making their selection, and then must do so again before they return to their desks.

Although curating a specific and safe library cart for multiple classes is a tedious task, Ms. O’Neill recalls how one student’s reaction made it all worth it. “The first child that went up to the cart and took a book off, the smile was absolutely beautiful,” she said. “This little child was hugging the book.”

Another focus of this initiative was equity of materials for students learning from home. Utilizing the Sora K-12 reading app from OverDrive, Ms. O’Neill has her remote students digitally check out the same titles she offers to her in-person students. The students who tune into class virtually are able to read along, forging a vital connection to the classroom and to reading.

“The ‘library on wheels’ is an exciting part of the school day for our kids,” Mr. Lukasik said. “We continue to stress the importance of reading at home, and this provides additional access to books for our families.”

VIDEO: How Great Happens Here

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The East Meadow School District has created an informational series entitled "How Great Happens Here," which examines the various initiatives in the district. Hosted by Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Dave Casamento, each episode will feature an expert in different areas, from technology to music and arts. For this first episode in the series, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth A. Card Jr. gives an update on how reopening went and some other pertinent information relating to the district and COVID-19. 

Stay tuned for more episodes and remember, #GreatHappensHere!

VIDEO: Welcome Back, East Meadow!

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On behalf of the entire East Meadow School District, our principals would like to welcome students and the community to the 2020-2021 school year. While things may looks different this year, we are ready and excited for the first day on September 8. Always remember, whether in person or virtual, #GreatHappensHere thanks to each and every one of you! 

 

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