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.
The Farmingdale School District is pleased to announce that 14 performing ensembles went to the NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association Festival) Large Organization Festival for an objective evaluation of their skills. After months of diligent work, each group performed three musical selections at a specific level of difficulty. The NYSSMA judges from all parts of New York state scored the groups on rhythm, intonation, phrasing, dynamics, interpretation, tone and musicianship. Farmingdale’s administrators are very proud of the teachers’ and students’ achievements.
Third-grade students enrolled in the Farmingdale School District’s Saltzman East Memorial Elementary School recently researched various animals and drafted literature-based reports.
Nicknamed the ‘Northside Navigators,’ fifth-grade students recently attended a field trip to the Brookville BOCES outdoor education facility, where they were involved in a series of hands-on group exercises designed to develop communication, cooperation, trust, problem-solving skills, and support each other as a team.
The Farmingdale School District is proud to announce that Leah Ragno and Elijah Mas have been named Farmingdale High School’s Class of 2014 Valedictorians. Leah and Elijah earned a grade point average higher than 105 during their four-year academic careers at Farmingdale High School.
“Leah is an excellent student, extremely self-motivated and is a tremendous role model for our entire student body,” said Glen Zakian, Farmingdale High School Principal. “Not only has she devoted her time to academics, but has been an outstanding presence in our school community and in the greater Farmingdale community.”
The Farmingdale School District is proud to announce that Minhal Ahmed has been named Farmingdale High School’s Class of 2014 Salutatorian. Minhal earned a 104.858 grade point average during his four-year academic career at Farmingdale High School.
“We are extremely proud of Minhal as he strives to learn both in and out of the classroom,” said Jill Greeney, Farmingdale High School Guidance Counselor. “Minhal is extremely humble and is respected and admired by his peers. He is very deserving of this honor and we expect to hear great things of him in his future.”
The Best Communities for Music Education award acknowledges school districts all throughout the U.S. for their commitment to music education. Each fall, districts can choose to answer an extensive survey which is then analyzed. Based on the results, the awards are announced in the spring.
“Parents and community members often comment about the outstanding music program Farmingdale offers,” said Farmingdale’s Fine Arts Director Rita Zirpolo Padden. “It is wonderful to get this validation from nationally recognized music educators and researchers.”
During these final months of the school year, death is the furthest thing from a high school student’s mind. We are too busy being excited for summer and the end of another school year to worry about something so far away and foreign as death.
“Death is for the old and sickly; not for us, we can’t die, there’s too much for us to do, to experience, to see.”
If we read the front page of a newspaper we might see a story about a teen or two tragically dead before their time, but they’re so far away, “that’s not us, that could never be us.”
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