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Farmingdale Observer - Schools

Band Camp

Written by Rita Padden Thursday, 03 October 2013 00:00

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”.  


PTA Seeks Vendors

Thursday, 26 September 2013 00:00

The Farmingdale High School PTA will hold its annual vendor craft fair on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m in the Commons of the high school. Vendors are needed for LiaSophia, Tupperware, Tastefully Simple, handcrafted items, and more. For information and an application, contact Joanne at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 516-413-1352.  All proceeds from this event benefit the PTA Scholarship Fund.


Saltzman Students Go Back To School

Written by Submitted by Pete Guaraldi Thursday, 19 September 2013 00:00

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.




How Sweet It Is For The HS Symphony Orchestra

Thursday, 19 September 2013 00:00

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.


Backpacks For Back To School

Written by Donna Duffy Thursday, 12 September 2013 00:00

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. 


Village Honors Gem Of A Trustee

Written by Chris Boyle Thursday, 12 September 2013 00:00

Tina Diamond’s energetic advocacy for schools will be missed  

Recognizing her accomplishments and selfless work for the benefit of Farmingdale youth, Mayor Ralph Ekstrand and the Village Board of Trustees honored longtime resident and education activist Tina Diamond at Tuesday’s meeting.


Diamond, who announced her retirement this past June, served on the village Board of Education for 13 years. She was presented with a certificate of merit by Ekstrand, who praised the educator for her dedication.


Farmingdale Student Tops At Games Of America Competition

Thursday, 29 August 2013 00:00

Northside Elementary School student Hiram Cowhey recently earned first place at the 2013 State Games of America competition held in Harrisburg, PA.  Cowhey, a third grade student, won the gold medal in the Limited Beginner, CTT Boys FS Division for his figure skating routine. He was among hundreds to compete in the games, including figure skaters that competed for medals in 60 different events.


The Farmingdale student skated against other young student-athletes from various states, including Pennsylvania, Maryland, Massachusetts and North Carolina.


Northside Elementary School third grade student Hiram Cowhey proudly displays his Gold Medal that he won at the 2013 State Games of America in Harrisburg, PA.


Students Soar In ‘Solar Power’ Competition

Thursday, 29 August 2013 00:00

Three Farmingdale School District students were recently awarded as third place winners of the EmPower Solar Student Competition. The team – comprised of Annie Chen, Ann Lin and Amelia Makhanlall – was honored by EmPower Solar at the competition’s award ceremony held at the Town of Hempstead Energy Park.  


The students created an interactive video, which received more than 2,300 likes on YouTube, and wrote a research-based essay that explained the environmental and economic benefits of solar power. 


As a reward, the trio will spend a day at the Long Island-based company to learn more about solar energy while participating in a hands-on experience in a real-world business environment and have lunch with Empower Solar CEO David Schieren and COO Greg Sachs.


Building To Build Lives

Written by David J. Davila, Thursday, 22 August 2013 00:00

Farmingdale State College anticipates the grand opening of their new $7.5 million Children’s Center in late September. It moves from its old location to a bluff overlooking Route 110 at the college’s parking field one. The building includes gross motor room playing areas, two extra-large play rooms for the center’s summer camp program, and individual playgrounds for specific age groups for the children of students, staff, and community members.

Linda Crispi, Children’s Center director, says they look forward to providing more summer programs and half-day summer events in 2014. The center will include school vacation care, winter and spring breaks. With the additional space, air conditioning and heat in the building and an added infant room, the center is ideal for returning students, faculty, and community members with young children.


Back-To-School Drive Helps Families In Need

Thursday, 15 August 2013 08:26

Family & Children’s Association seeks donations of new back-to-school supplies and clothing for area families in need.

One such family is the Reades, who recently lost their mother to childbirth. The eldest Reade daughter, 24, stepped in to be the caretaker to her 11 siblings, ages two to 20, to ensure that the family could stay together and not risk being sent to foster homes. This brave young woman is juggling all the responsibilities of meeting the varied needs of her brothers and sisters and managing the household duties, all while holding down a full-time job, where she earns minimum wage.


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