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.”
More than 30 Howitt Middle School students in the Farmingdale School District recently joined the school’s chess club. The program is designed to enhance the students’ critical thinking and problem solving skills by introducing them to the game of chess.
Under the guidance of club advisor Matt Szabo, the students participate in various chess matches after school and during their lunch period. Mr. Szabo is an experienced chess player, and offers the sixth graders various tips on how to improve and enhance their game.
— Submitted by the Farmingdale School District
Students from Farmingdale High School and the Farmingdale School District’s Howitt Middle School drecently created an anti-cyberbullying awareness program to teach their peers about internet safety and the vices of bullying. The students were inspired by a previous cyberbullying presentation made by Nassau County Police Officer Sharon Galvin.
The student groups created informational posters, flyers and messages to teach their classmates about internet safety. In addition, the students held a bake sale to raise funds for the Long Island Crisis Center. To date, the students have raised a total of nearly $400.
—Submitted by the Farmingdale School District
In an effort to spread awareness about the environment, Farmingdale High School’s Go Green Club celebrated Earth Day on April 27, with a day of food and fun for family and friends. Vendors, kites, and even a live band filled the Farmingdale Village Green with commotion.
Under the guidance of Mr. and Mrs. Kramer, Farmingdale’s Go Green Club advisors, the Earth Day festivities were a huge success.
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