The Farmingdale School District’s Board of Education has promoted three staff members to fill vacancies created by Mr. Paul Defendini’s advancement from Assistant Superintendent for Business to Superintendent of Schools. All three positions were established within existing budgetary guidelines, with no additional positions created.
Farmingdale High School is among only thirty New York State schools to win the prestigious 2017-2018 Scholar-Athlete School of Distinction Award. The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) announced that this year’s figures represent the highest number of NYSPHSAA member schools to be recognized for their academic achievements.
Farmingdale School District has two more doctors in the house. Jennifer DeHayes—Assistant Principal at Woodward Parkway Elementary School— and Christopher Peterson—Assistant Principal of Northside Elementary School—have both received their Doctorate Degrees of Education in Administrative and Instructional Leadership from St. John’s University. After two-and-a-half years of coursework, and many months spent writing their dissertations, they received their diplomas during the graduation ceremony, held May 15, 2018.
The Farmingdale High School Girls’ Lacrosse Team played against Island Trees High School in the Shootout for Soldiers Long Island Tournament, held July 12-13, 2018 at the Field of Dreams in Massapequa.
On the last day of school, the graduating fifth-grade class of Albany Avenue Elementary School took their final walk through the familiar hallways, slapping high-fives with the younger students who lined up to say goodbye.
Britney H. Pham is the valedictorian of the Farmingdale High School Class of 2018 with an established GPA of 105.904. She is the Treasurer of the National Honor Society and the Student Council and has been inducted into both the National Honor and Italian Honor societies. She has earned the position of Captain of the Science Bowl. She pursued her diverse interests in a number of extracurricular activities, notably studying particle physics at Columbia’s Science Honors Program and competing at Long Island Science Congress with her work on Physarum polycephalum where she was awarded Honors. Britney tutors fellow students, plays soccer, and has volunteered for political campaigns. She will be attending Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the fall.
Becky Petrou O’Rourke is the salutatorian of the Farmingdale High School Class of 2018 with an established GPA of 105.542. She is an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction and a Merit Award Winner for the research she conducted in soil microbiology. Becky is on the Executive Board of the Smile Club and is the Treasurer of the Art Honor Society. She’s also a member of both the American Sign Language and the National Honor Societies and actively participates in the Environmental Club by maintaining the outdoor classroom and promoting in-school environmental practices. After school, she competed in the Science Olympiad, Envirothon, and Mathletes competitions as well as dancing ballet. She has been a volunteer Teacher’s Assistant at her religious school for five years. This fall Becky will be attending Boston University.
Nine students from Farmingdale School District placed in the top three in three divisions of the Nassau County Chapter of the New York Association for Pupil Transportation’s (NYAPT) School Bus Safety Poster Contest.
Farmingdale’s four elementary schools—Albany Avenue, Northside, Saltzman East Memorial, and Woodward Parkway—all held moving up ceremonies for their fifth-grade class during the last week of the 2017-2018 school year.
The Commencement Ceremony for Farmingdale High School’s Class of 2018 was held on Tuesday, June 19th at 6 p.m. at Hofstra University.