The Farmingdale School District held its commencement ceremony for the Farmingdale High School Class of 2013 at Hofstra University on Tuesday, June 18. Friends, family and alumni were in attendance to watch the 542 newest graduates walk across the stage, receive their diplomas and traditionally toss their caps into the air.
The ceremony featured musical performances from members of the graduating class’ music program as well as inspirational speeches from Valedictorian Nakul Gupta, Salutatorian Sara Golshahr and Class President Raymond Webb.
Fifteen performing ensembles from the Farmingdale schools performed for an objective evaluation of their skills at the New York State School Music Association Festival (NYSSMA) Large Organization Festival held at Hofstra University. Many school districts participated but Farmingdale sent the largest number of groups and students to be adjudicated by certified judges.
After months of diligent work, each group performed three NYSSMA approved musical selections at a specific level of difficulty. The NYSSMA judges scored the groups on rhythm, intonation, phrasing, dynamics, interpretation, tone and musicianship.
The National Art Honor Society held its annual induction ceremony. New members must qualify academically as well as volunteer their artistic services to the school and community. Ms. McEnery, the chapter’s sponsor, was pleased this year with the events which the Farmingdale group has supported: including making centerpieces for the AHRC holiday party and community career breakfast, decorating for the PTA fashion show, completing a mural for the senior center and for the science department.
Nassau BOCES has created a program that will enable special education students to receive college credit as juniors and seniors in high school.
BOCES will team up with Farmingdale State College’s “University in the High School” program to offer dual-enrollment opportunities for those enrolled in any of Nassau BOCES’ Special Education schools.
Northside Elementary School second grade student Hiram Cowhey recently won first place in the dance choreography category at the New York State (NYS) Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Reflections contest. Reflections is the PTA’s cornerstone arts program developed to encourage students to explore their talents and express themselves.
Cowhey’s entry exemplified the competition’s theme ‘The Magic of a Moment.’ His original ice skating composition outshined 563 statewide performers to earn him the NYS Parent Teacher Association Award of Excellence and qualify him for the national finals. Cowhey will showcase his entry at the 117th NYS PTA Convention in Saratoga Springs in November.
Second grade students at the Farmingdale School District’s Woodward Parkway Elementary School recently learned a different form of note taking. As part of a musical education lesson, the students wrote their own musical compositions and concluded the unit with a “Young Composers Festival.” At the festival, students performed their compositions on the xylophone outdoors at the Woodward Parkway Courtyard for their peers to enjoy.
In the spirit of giving, Brownie Troop 3348 of the Hardscrabble Association collected and donated gifts to Lexxi Loves, a charity benefiting children in the foster care system founded by Lexxi Saal, singer and songwriter from Long Island. Pictured: Kayla, Nicolina, Valentina, Lexxi Saal, Gabby, Ariana, Shannon and Emma.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. recently congratulated Farmingdale High School Senior Nakul Gupta on being chosen as a national semi-finalist in the 2013 Intel Science Talent Search.
The Farmingdale High School Chorus was chosen to participate in the National Youth Choir Program at Carnegie Hall. High School Chorus Directors Michelle Lindsley and Lauren LiCausi, worked with students for several months to prepare the music. After students fully learned the six pieces of music, students went to lower Manhattan from Friday afternoon until Sunday late afternoon for rehearsal. Energy and enthusiasm mounted as the students were brought to Carnegie Hall for their pre-concert sound check. Performing in this famous venue was an event that students and parents will remember for a long time.
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