School Social Workers are part of the student support team at each school in the Farmingdale School District. They work to help students with personal, family and school problems. The social workers provide a wide-range of services to support student growth and achievement. The goal of the school social worker is to help students:
- cope in times of crisis
- become resilient, successful learners
- gain personal and social competencies
All social workers work with teachers, administrators and other support staff to identify students' needs. This may include classroom lessons, short-term counseling (individual and small group), crisis intervention and academic support for students. They help connect families to appropriate local agencies. School Social Workers coordinate food and clothing drives and work closely with St. Killian in distributing school supplies. If you, or your child, have any questions please feel free to call the School Social Worker. Many times when you call a social worker is in a class. So, if you are unable to speak directly with the social worker please leave a message in the Main Office of the school.
Farmingdale High School
Phone# 516 434-5321
Phone# 516 434-5210
Howitt Middle School
Phone# 516 434-5436
Phone# 516 434-5438
Wed. & Fri.
Phone# 516 434-5839
Phone# 516 434-5538
Tues. Wed. & Thurs.
Phone# 516 434-5637
Saltzman East Memorial:
Mon. Wed. Thurs. & Fri.
Phone# 516 434-5738
Information & Resources
During the teenage years, students go through immense physical, emotional, social and cognitive changes. This can lead to more intense emotions and increased risk-taking. Parents are vital to students’ success. We hope that the links provided below help you guide your child so that he/she makes positive choices. Please feel free to contact the school social worker if you have questions or concerns.
Talk frequently: Make it a habit to talk with your child daily about everyday “stuff”. Once you have made it a routine to talk about normal, everyday activities, it is easier to steer conversations to more intense discussions about drug use. Talking to your kids about drugs is not a one-time conversation, it should be a regular part of your weekly routine. For more tips go to http://starttalking.ohio.gov/Schools/Know.
New York State has a wealth of resources to help you stay connected with your child. The focus is on communication to facilitate prevention. Go to https://talk2prevent.ny.gov/parent-toolkit or Facebook.com/Talk-2-Prevent.
Digital Safety: Growing up in the digital age provides unlimited opportunities for students to connect, learn and share information. While this has many benefits, families can feel overwhelmed as they navigate the new challenges associated with raising technologically savvy kids. The previous quote and other useful information can be found at https://www.pta.org/home/family-resources/safety/Digital-Safety.
Vaping: If you don’t know the difference between an e-hookah and a vape pen, you’re not alone. But it might concern you that most teenagers do. If you’re discussing e-cigarettes and other vaping devices with your child, it’s definitely helpful to have a good understanding of the available products as a foundation. You can find what you need to know at https://www.centeronaddiction.org/e-cigarettes/recreational-vaping/what-parents-should-know-about-different-vaping-devices.
Drugs that people abuse are constantly changing. The National Institue on Drug Abuse has comprehensive information. It can be found at: Drug Abuse Publications
From the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids a drug guide for parents to identify drugs and learn street names. For this and other parent resources go to: https://drugfree.org/landing-page/get-help-support/.