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Farmingdale School District Security Protocols

Click here to read the letter from Superintendent Paul Defendini regarding the district's new security procedures. 

(English & Spanish versions available)

 

Honorary Superintendents for a Day!

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Last December, at the Dalers Deck the Halls Holiday Breakfast at Farmingdale High School, a fourth-grade Albany Avenue student named Anthony dropped every single one of his raffle tickets into the bucket for a chance to win the prize of being Honorary Superintendent of Farmingdale Schools for a day. He didn’t win, but his twin brother Jake—who ironically dropped in only one raffle ticket—did, and graciously agreed to share his win with his brother.

Dressed to kill, with Daler pawprints on their ties and freshly minted ID badges, Jake and Anthony began their day as many local people do—at the Farmingdale Starbucks. After meeting up with Superintendent Paul Defendini, they accompanied him for a day of typical duties, beginning at Farmingdale High School and continuing to Albany Avenue and Woodward Parkway Elementary Schools.

The highlight of their day? “When we got to pull the alarm for a fire drill!” said Anthony. 
“Yeah,” agreed Jake. “That was the most fun thing we did today.”

The pair lunched at Palmers Restaurant, where they attended a Farmingdale Rotary Meeting aside Superintendent Defendini. The boys were warmly received by the gathering and were inducted as “members for a day” by Rotary President Len Constantinopoli.

Following lunch, the boys accompanied Mr. Defendini back to his office at Weldon E. Howitt Middle School, where they got to see some fun artifacts from the district, including a ledger dating back to 1892 that was used to record teacher salaries, and an antique bowl and spoons that were unearthed during recent construction. Both boys were drawn to a protectively encased baseball, placed prominently on a table. “That ball was used to throw out the first pitch at the new Howitt Athletic Field,” explained Superintendent Defendini.

“The day was a great success and gave the young Dalers firsthand knowledge of what really goes into running a school district,” said Superintendent Defendini. “I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with Jake and Anthony. They were so attentive and interested and I wouldn’t be surprised if some day one of them earned their way into my position!”
 

FHS Celebrates Black History Month

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The first-ever Black History Month Program— sponsored by the R.E.A.L. Harmony Club was held on the evening of Wednesday, February 26, 2020 in the auditorium of Farmingdale High School. The program was an opportunity for students to recognize and celebrate the central role that black Americans have played in the history of the United States.

The program included student performances in a variety of artistic mediums, including: music, song, skits, dance, and poetry readings. The Steppin’ Dalers also performed one of their routines. The finale was performed by Raniyah Elguerouat, Makai Jones, Tania Gomez, Matthew Murrell, Deja Prewitt Hailey Batista, Isabell Bitsimis, Girannah Jean-Louis, and Joe Magazzo, who sang “I Know Where I’ve Been” from the musical Hairspray. The evening was a wonderful celebration of the achievements of black Americans.

“The members of R.E.A.L. Harmony brought voice and recognition to facets of our history that tell the stories of struggle and success,” said Director of Social Studies Samantha Black.

"The R.E.A.L. Harmony Club was so excited to bring this program to Farmingdale High School as part of our overall vision to promote multicultural awareness within the school and the community," said teacher and club advisor Esther Hernandez-Kramer. She and teacher Josseline Morales have served as advisors since the club began last year.

The goal of the R.E.A.L. Harmony club is to promote ethnic and multicultural awareness and diversity at Farmingdale High School. The R.E.A.L. stands for Respect—Education—Awareness—Love.

Click here to screen the program.


Coronavirus Information

Click here to read the letter from Superintendent Paul Defendini regarding district updates on the Coronavirus.

New Mural at HMS Cafeteria

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A group of 8th graders in Ms. Caracappa's class came in over the winter break to paint a wall of the Howitt Middle School West Cafeteria with some colorful Daler art!

By The Numbers

5,523

Students Enrolled

1,775

Honor Roll Students

1,200

Student Athletes

4,278

Student Artists

19

AP Courses Available

1475

Students in After-School Activities