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High School Celebrates Language Week

Farmingdale High School recently celebrated National Foreign Language Week, with food, fun, and festivities that made the week all the more special for everyone involved. 

 

Foreign Language Week is a time for schools across the country to not only acknowledge the various dialects in our nation, but to embrace the culture they accompany. In Farmingdale, students celebrate by specifically recognizing languages that are taught in the district, including: Spanish, French, Italian and American Sign Language.

 

Each day of the week—Monday through Thursday—a different language is celebrated. The week prior, students order food that will be delivered to their classrooms throughout the week. Inside the language halls are filled with the aromas of hot pizza, tasty enchiladas, and fresh garlic knots.

 

Farmingdale High School also participates in yearly Foreign Language Week poster competition, sponsored by Long Island Language Teachers Inc. Once a year, students in language levels two and three must design a poster based off a theme. The best posters are then submitted to a Long Island-wide competition. 

 

This year’s theme is: Unmask Cultures, Be a Polyglot—meaning one who speaks more than three languages.

 

However foreign language week is not just about the food or competition. 

 

“It’s not just about the food for the students, it’s something special going on throughout the week,” said Spanish teacher Mr. Saturnino Rodriguez, “It’s an opportunity for the students to recognize the different languages and cultures we have.” 

 

Rodriguez has been an incredibly influential person in organizing foreign language week throughout the years. He enjoys what the event offers students, and said it is a “good opportunity for kids in the Language Honor societies to help out with school events.”

 

Initially, Foreign Language Week was a bigger event, but it has been downsized in recent years. However, through the efforts of High Schol Principal Glen Zakian,  foreign language week has not been completely eliminated. 

 

“We would love it to be bigger,” said Rodriguez, “but we hope to keep up the pattern we’ve had for the last couple of years thanks to Mr. Zakian. He’s the one that has allowed us to continue it without interfering too much with the rest of the school day.” 

 

Farmingdale High School faculty, teachers, student and staff partaking in the tradition of Foreign Language Week, hope to continue this tradition for many years to come. 

News

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.  

Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution. 

 

In Farmingdale, school district officials have been vigilant in their efforts to combat the virus. 


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.


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