Activities Focused on ‘Friendship’ and ‘Responsibility’
The Farmingdale School District’s Woodward Parkway Elementary School recently launched the 2013-2014 school year by celebrating Friendship Week. The week-long event taught students the meaning of friendship and responsibility as the school organized activities that emphasized the importance of the character traits.
Throughout the week, students were encouraged make a new friend during lunch period and spend time getting to know each other during recess. A copy of the book Yo! Yes?, a story how two students became best friends, was also distributed and read to students in each classroom. The book was named as the school’s first “Book of the Month” of the 2013-2014 school year.
—Submitted by Pete Guaraldi
The Farmingdale School District’s Saltzman East Memorial Elementary School students enrolled in the music education program were recently introduced to string bass instruments as part of the music education program. Students in the program were each given their first musical instrument to better understand how they function. The program is intended to teach students how to play their instruments and the basics of reading sheet music.
Farmingdale High School art teacher Cara Palermo, health teacher Pete Cerrone, National Art Honor Society advisor Terry McEnery, Students Against Destructive Decisions advisor Susan Byrns and early childhood advisor Jody Haniquet, recruited many students to volunteer at Marjorie Post Park on Sunday Sept. 22, with “Massapequa Stands Up to Bullying” for a day filled with fun activities.
The Farmingdale Dalers defeated the Massapequa Chiefs 33- 8 in Massapequa last Saturday. The Dalers lost their starting QB in the first drive of the game. The Chiefs scored first to lead 8-0 until Dalers' Curtis Jenkins ran 29 yards to score.
Dalers missed the PAT for the Chiefs to hold on to a 8-6 lead at halftime. With 4:13 left of the third quarter, Jenkins scored again with a 43 yard pass from back up QB Mike Scheuerer, to make it Dalers 12-8, but again the Dalers missed the PAT.
The Farmingdale School District recently announced nominations for the Farmingdale High School’s 2014 Wall of Fame Induction Class are now being accepted. The Wall of Fame is located in the main lobby of Farmingdale High School as it features plaques of all honorees.
“Every year we are fortunate to receive hundreds of entrees on behalf of deserving alumni who have had a significant impact in our community,” said Farmingdale High School Assistant Principal Cheryl DePierro. “It is rewarding to see the community’s active participation in the Wall of Fame program and the committee looks forward to reviewing this year’s applications.”
Farmingdale High School band camp was once again very large with 225 students including band members and Dalerettes. Students left recently for Greeley, PA and spent long days on the field learning to march in formations called “the drill”.
At night they rehearsed the music and memorized it in preparation for the first home football game. Parent chaperones were a tremendous help in supporting students and teachers.
The adult team was delighted with student cooperation, focus, enthusiasm and work ethic. The 2013 half time show entitled “Dance to the Music” is on its way with students spelling “F’Dale at the end of the first song.
audience will be entertained with popular hits like “Magical Mystery Tour/ Lady Madonna”, “Take On Me”, and “Dance to the Music”.
Saltzman East Memorial Elementary School recently welcomed students back to school for the 2013-14 year. The first-day-of-school excitement was present as students were welcomed off the buses by their teachers.
To kick off the year on a positive note, teachers and staff distributed copies of Kathryn Otoshi’s One, a book illustrating the message of inclusion and how to stand up against bullying, to students. The distribution of One is part of the school’s Character Education program. September’s theme is designated as respect and will be followed throughout the month.
The Farmingdale High School Symphony Orchestra went to the Music in the Parks competition held in Hershey Park, PA. This was their first out of state competition and the orchestra was able to take first place in the High School Orchestra Category and best overall orchestra.
More than 1,800 children arrived to their first day of school with backpacks filled with school supplies thanks to the annual Family Service League “Backpacks for Back to School” program and a generous grant of $20,000 from Bethpage Federal Credit Union. Each year, Family Service League enlists the help of the community to collect school supplies for families who cannot afford $50 to $75 for backpacks and school supplies for each child. Hundreds of donors dropped off supplies or donated funds online and dozens of corporations collected supplies at their offices. Capital One Bank sold “stars” at 160 branches to raise funds.
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