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.
Kindergarten students in Mrs. Garcia-Romano’s class at Northside Elementary School studied the lifecycle of butterflies and their metamorphosis from caterpillars. The young students put their classroom iPads to use, accessing a variety of apps to showcase their learning. They used digital technology tools like Flipgrid, Chatterpix, and a green screen technology called Do Ink to create butterfly scenes and short video presentations. It was an innovative collaboration of research, writing, communication, and 21st century digital literacy skills. The children especially enjoyed the culmination of the lesson, which was the release of butterflies on the school playground.
It was a big week for the fifth-grade students at Farmingdale’s four elementary schools. Albany Avenue, Northside, Saltzman East Memorial, and Woodward Parkway all hosted their annual 5th grade award ceremonies to acknowledge students who excelled in academics, sports, music, art, and community service during the 2017-2018 school year.
The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) have chosen Farmingdale High School (Section VIII) as the 2018 winner of the Community Service Challenge. Established in 2010, the program encourages students to get involved in their local community and beyond.
Over 400 Farmingdale High School seniors—dressed in their green and white graduation gowns—returned to their elementary schools for the Districts’ second annual Senior Walk. The nostalgic procession took place at all four Farmingdale elementary schools— Albany Avenue, Northside, Saltzman East Memorial, and Woodward Parkway.