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Musicians Achieve Outstanding Ratings

Fifteen performing ensembles from the Farmingdale schools performed for an objective evaluation of their skills at the New York State School Music Association Festival (NYSSMA) Large Organization Festival held at Hofstra University. Many school districts participated but Farmingdale sent the largest number of groups and students to be adjudicated by certified judges.  

After months of diligent work, each group performed three NYSSMA approved musical selections at a specific level of difficulty. The NYSSMA judges scored the groups on rhythm, intonation, phrasing, dynamics, interpretation, tone and musicianship.  

“In preparing for NYSSMA Majors each teacher works very carefully preparing students to improve their sound quality, to become very focused, and to be aware of musical nuances. In the preparation process students improve their abilities and learn to make the written notes transform into beautiful music,” said Rita Zirpolo Padden, fine arts director. “This year I saw teachers incorporate what they learned from last year’s NYSSMA experience and what they learned in this year’s professional development seminars and clinics.“

Awards:

Katie Duke, Northside Band Level 1 Silver

Matt DeMasi, Albany Avenue Band Level 1 Gold

Becky Korn, Woodward Parkway Chorus Level 2 Gold

Therese Mannino, Woodward Parkway Orchestra Level 1 Gold

Erica Hartmann, Woodward Parkway Band Level 1 Gold with Distinction

Howitt Middle School:

Joe Deangelis 6th Grade White Band Level 2 Silver

Joe DeAngelis 6th Grade Green Band Level 2 Gold

Samuel Gelfer Howitt Chamber Orchestra Level 3 Silver

Danielle Tucker Women’s Chorus Level 3 Gold

Jessica Mischke Lunch Chorus Level 3 Gold with Distinction

Andy Segale Howitt Wind Ensemble Level 4 Gold

High School:

Sam Gelfer High School String Orchestra Level 4 Silver

Claire Zatorski High School Women’s Chorus Level 4 Gold

Barbara Lieberman High School Symphonic Band Level 5 Silver

Gina Pellettiere High School Wind Ensemble Level 6 Gold

News

Driving rain and cold temperatures could not keep Long Islanders from coming out to support the first annual DogFest Walk ‘n Roll, a fundraiser for Canine Companions for Independence. Held for the first time at Marjorie Post Park in nearby Massapequa, dogs of all breeds and sizes came with their humans with one goal in mind; to raise funds for CCI.

 

Event organizer Yvonne Dagger, past president and now board member, discussed the importance of the event. 

It’s been more than 50 years since the Farmingdale High School class of 1964 roamed the halls of their beloved high school, but that doesn’t mean that the memories have faded. The class—the first to graduate from Farmingdale High—came together on Saturday, October 18 at the Marriott in Islandia to celebrate all of the good times past and make new memories as a class.  


Sports

3rd Grade Division

The Giants and Jets met for the 2nd time this season, with the Giants again getting the victory over the Jets.  Jalen Gordon scored late into the 1st half for the Giants, which turned out to be the only points in the half.  The Giants shut the Jets down for both halves, keeping the offense off the board.  The Jets strong point this weekend was the defense, with Kyle June and Jake Kuller picking up the weekly William June Foundation awards.  In what is turning into a rough offensive season for the Jets, these awards continue to remind the boys of the perseverance and determination of the award’s namesake and his “never say quit” attitude.

 

—Submitted by Paul Caputo


William Merola, a member of the Farmingdale School District’s wrestling program, was recently selected to attend the third annual U.S. Marine Corps Summer Leadership and

Character Development program, which is limited to 150 sophomores and juniors throughout the nation.

 

Over the summer, from July 20-26, Merola attended the third annual Marine Corps recruiting command summer leadership and character academy at the USMC base in Quantico. 

 

The SLCDA (Summer Leadership and Character Development Program) educates high school leaders about Marine Corps Officer Programs by participating in classroom academics, ethics training, accelerated college prep, physical fitness training, a field exercise, a community service component and a field trip to Washington, D.C.


Calendar

Networking Event - October 29

Halloween Parade - October 31

Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair - November 2


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