Members of the Farmingdale High School Marching Band recently competed in a three-day exhibition, from Oct. 14 to 16, at Mitchel Field Athletic Complex in Garden City, which was filled with spirit and excitement.
At the annual competition, the marching band entertained audience members with their rendition of Elton John’s “Saturday Night’s All Right for Fighting,” and pop hits like Fall Out Boy’s “Thanks for the Memories,” Bruno Mars’ “Runaway Baby,” and “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.
Farmingdale High School is pleased to have 11 students including seven ensemble students and four alternates selected for All State and All National performing groups.
The New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) sponsors an annual festival where students play a prepared piece and receive a rating. NYSSMA levels range from 1 to 6, with level six being the most difficult. Many students start this evaluation process in fifth or sixth grade. For each NYSSMA level the music is more demanding and students are judged on every aspect of performance including tone quality, technique, musicianship, interpretation, musicality, dynamics and sight-reading ability. When students reach tenth grade, they become eligible to compete for the All-State and All-National audition if they have achieved outstanding proficiency on Level Six music literature. The competition is very rigorous because students from across every county of New York State compete against each other.
In high school, senior and junior students face many decisions. Among them are: “What college will I attend?” and “What will I major in?”
To help students begin to think about their futures, Ms. Regina Nicholas and the Farmingdale High School Art Department host admissions counselors from various art schools and universities.
Native Long Islander and current Lynbrook resident Peter V. Dugan will read from his poetry collections as part of Farmingdale State College’s Visiting Writers Program on Thursday, Oct. 16. The program is scheduled for 11 a.m. in the Great Room in Ward Hall. The public is invited and admission is free.
World War I, the first global war among industrialized nations, will be the subject of two lectures at Farmingdale State College on Tuesday, Oct.21. The public is invited and admission is free.
The lecture program begins in Gleeson Hall, Room 104, at 3:05 p.m, with a focus on original WWI posters and other war-time art. The talk, presented by Farmingdale professors George Fernandez and Thomas Germano of the Department of Visual Communications, runs through 4:20 p.m, and will be followed by a reception at 5 p.m. in the Memorial Gallery.
Last month, students in the inaugural class of Long Island’s Pathways in Technology Early College High School (LI P-TECH) embarked on a diverse educational journey. On August 6, 7 and 8, P-TECH students got a fully immersive crash course in the revolutionary technology of additive manufacturing, more commonly known as 3D printing. For three days, these students came together for an interactive 3D printing project at the Institute for Research and Technology Transfer at SUNY Farmingdale State College.
All summer long, a collective of Farmingdale High School students have been getting down and dirty to construct a sustainable garden behind the school, which they are hope will serve as an outdoor classroom for students in the district.
Lorie Sheinwald, a Farmingdale High School biology teacher and supervisor of the FHS Environmental Club, said that the club provides students with a new learning experience—one which they would not get in a traditional classroom setting—while also making the school yard pretty before the buses roll in this September.
“People need nature… some of us spend way too much time inside,” Sheinwald said. “We are learning while we’re doing.”
The Farmingdale School District’s Woodward Parkway Elementary School recently honored the achievements of its 5th grade graduating class at a recent Moving Up Ceremony event. The program highlighted the students’ personal growth and academic achievements as they will advance to middle school next year. Attendees were treated to a musical performance from the school’s chorus under the direction of Mr. Eric Hulse, and listened to inspirational speeches from the school’s administration.
— Submitted by the Farmingdale School District
The Farmingdale School District’s Woodward Parkway Elementary School recently hosted its annual 5th grade awards ceremony. The event recognizes graduating students who excelled both in and out of the classroom.
Olivia Grace Callahan was awarded with the Dr. Gary E. Karp Community Service Award, for a student who is committed to making the school a better place while honoring the memory of former Board of Education President Dr. Gary E. Karp. Olivia served as a mentor to kindergarten students, was a valuable member of the school’s Ambassador’s Club and was an active participant in the school’s band and chorus.
The Farmingdale School District recently honored the outstanding contributions made by Northside Elementary School Principal Elizabeth Garavuso, who will be retiring at the end of the 2013-2014 school year.
During her 20 year tenure as the school’s principal, Garavuso helped ensure more than 3,000 students have received the highest quality education possible during that time.
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