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APRIL 12, 2021--Boys Varsity Soccer vs. Port Washington @ 4:45 PM

Heroes Honored

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**UPDATE** On Friday night, the Farmingdale School District proudly welcomed Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor Joseph Saladino and his colleagues on the Oyster Bay Town Board to Farmingdale High School’s Don Snyder Stadium for a special presentation. The Town was there to recognize the combined efforts which helped save the life of a Nassau County high school football official who collapsed on the field in the second quarter of a game on Saturday, March 20, between Farmingdale High School and East Meadow High School. Supervisor Saladino presented citations to those whose lifesaving actions were instrumental in rescuing a beloved referee, Phil LoNigro, a 59-year-old retired corrections officer who graduated Farmingdale High School in 1980 and also serves as a volunteer medic with the Farmingdale Fire Department. Receiving the Town of Oyster Bay’s highest honor was: Farmingdale High School Trainer Phil Fandale, East Meadow High School Trainer Dan DeSimone, Farmingdale High School Team Doctor Matthew Heller, and Parent/Nurse Lisa Schwartz. These four incredible individuals responded quickly, joined in assessing the patient, began chest compressions, and successfully used the AED/Defibrillator to shock the patient back to life! The official, who was quickly transported to the hospital by the South Farmingdale Fire Department, was soon praising those who saved his life! It is a fantastic story! Congratulations to all of the incredible recipients, and thank you to Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino and his colleagues in Town government for recognizing these extraordinary lifesaving actions.

Farmingdale Alumnae Fortuitous Encounter: Quick-Thinking Athletic Trainers Save Official at Football Game

There are times when our abilities are tested, and the education we were afforded throughout our academic careers is put to good use. This past Saturday, during the Farmingdale versus East Meadow varsity football game, Nassau County high school football official Phil LoNigro collapsed during the second quarter of the game. Thanks to the training and quick-thinking of the athletic trainers also on the field that day, what could have been an unbelievably tragic event emerged as one of inspiration and hope.

“It was a team effort, said Farmingdale athletic trainer Phil Fandale. Dan was doing chest compressions, and I got the AED. From the time he went down until we got him back with the AED was less than a minute and a half. It was a whirlwind.”

On that seemingly ordinary Saturday morning, Mr. LoNigro’s heart stopped beating. Farmingdale athletic trainer and alumni Phil Fandale, and East Meadow athletic trainer, Dan DeSimone, did not allow the situation to get the better of them. Instead, they used the training and resources at their fingertips and saved Mr. LoNigro’s life. Mr. DeSimone was first on the scene and began chest compressions right away. Mr. Fandale was quick to join Mr. DeSimone on the field, employing the use of a defibrillator to provide the lifesaving shock to Mr. LoNigro, who laid unconscious and unresponsive on the field. The duo’s collaborative efforts were integral in this heroic moment. What makes this story even more incredible is the fact that Mr. LoNigro is also one of Farmingdale’s own, as a graduate of the Class of 1980.

“It is moments such as these that I am reminded by the community we continuously build upon in the halls and classrooms of our schools, said Superintendent Paul Defendini. “The odds of two Farmingdale graduates crossing paths is not so far-fetched, but the chances of one saving the other’s life? Some may call it a coincidence. I am inclined to call it a miracle.”

At this time, Phil LoNigro is still in the hospital having tests run but is doing well.

NEWSDAY: Football official saved with defibrillator after collapse at Farmingdale game

ABC NEWS 7: Long Island athletic trainers bring referee back to life after game collapse

CBS: Quick-Thinking Athletic Trainers Save Official Who Suffered Cardiac Arrest During High School Football Game

For more information about the Farmingdale Union Free School District, please visit the district’s website at https://www.farmingdaleschools.org and like our Facebook page: @FarmingdaleSchoolDistrict.

2021 Summer Driver's Education Program

2021 Summer Driver's Education Program: You must be 16 years of age and have a Learner's Permit to register. The cost for the program is $238. Classes begin in person on Thursday, July 1st and classes end Thursday, July 29th for 16 days total. *No school Monday, July, 5th 2021. No classes will be held on Fridays.

Due to COVID 19 regulations, only the lecture as well as videos for the 18 observation hours provided by East Meadow Driving School will be offered. This program is in compliance with all DMV regulations. The DTSE (Driver Traffic and Safety Education course) has notified us that the 6 hours of in vehicle instruction may be completed under the supervision of a parent/guardian holding a valid New York State Driver’s License. This translates to 6 hours behind the wheel. You may also contract on your own with a driving school.

Click here for Registration form for the Summer 2021 Drivers' Education Program.

Registration is first come, first serve.

BOE Public Meeting Notice - Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 8:00 PM

PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE

Live Link - Will be available prior to event

THE FARMINGDALE BOARD OF EDUCATION WILL HOLD ITS REGULAR MEETING AND PUBLIC INPUT FOR THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL BUDGET AT 6:00 P.M. ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14, 2021. IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT UPON A MAJORITY VOTE OF THE TOTAL MEMBERSHIP OF THE BOARD, A MOTION TO MEET IN EXECUTIVE SESSION FOR THE PURPOSE OF DISCUSSING SPECIFIC PERSONNEL ITEMS, IN ACCORDANCE WITH OPEN MEETINGS LAW, WILL BE CONSIDERED. AT 8:00 P.M. THE MEETING WILL RECONVENE IN PUBLIC SESSION.

PURSUANT TO EXECUTIVE ORDER 202.1 DATED MARCH 12, 2020 AND SUBSEQUENT ORDER 202.55 DATED AUGUST 6, 2020 ISSUED BY THE HON. ANDREW M. CUOMO, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, AND DUE TO THE CONCERNS OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION FOR THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF THE COMMUNITY EMANATING FROM THE CURRENT COVID 19 PANDEMIC, IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT THERE WILL BE NO IN-PERSON PUBLIC ACCESS TO THE AFOREMENTIONED BOARD MEETING AND INSTEAD THE MEETING WILL BE LIVE STREAMED AND RECORDED. ACCESS TO THE LIVE STREAM AND THE YOUTUBE RECORDING CAN BE ACCESSED HERE.

IN ADDITION, THE PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PORTION OF THE MEETING SHALL BE SUSPENDED BY BOARD RESOLUTION. QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS MAY BE SUBMITTED TO BOE@FARMINGDALESCHOOLS.ORG AND WILL BE ADDRESSED IN A TIMELY MANNER BY THE CENTRAL ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM AND/OR THE BOARD OF EDUCATION.

Mary E. Rogers, District Clerk
April 8, 2021

History Club Participates in Model United Nations Conference

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Ehsan Elminabawy and Ramita Chowdhury

The Model United Nations conference’s goal is simple: to garner a greater appreciation for diplomacy and its role in solving many of the world’s most pressing issues. Participating in Model UN can help students develop valuable skills such as teamwork, debating, building consensus, and the art of compromise, all of which are vital life skills that most people do not get a chance to practice very often. Twenty-four students from Farmingdale High School’s history club participated in the annual Hofstra University Model United Nations conference this year. Two of these students: Ramita Chowdhury and Ehsan Elminabawy, received honorable mention.

The Model United Nations Conference, held virtually this year, kicked off a two-day round of negotiating, drafting, discussions, and research with opening ceremonies on February 27, 2021. This year’s ceremony was a pre-recorded video watched before the start of committee session I. The closing ceremonies after the conference was completed summarized the debates and announced awards.

Ramita Chowdhury was recognized with an honorable mention for her work on the Special Political and Decolonization Committee (SPECPOL). SPECPOL is tasked with a wide range of political issues focused on decolonization, peacekeeping efforts, and peaceful outer space uses. This year SPECPOL members will address the following topics: Space Debris and its Danger to International Satellites and Improving and Ensuring the Safety of Atomic Energy Production.

“I represented the Republic of India on SPECPOL, where we discussed nuclear energy and space debris,” said Farmingdale High School student Ramita Chowdhury. This year, I was impressed with how well the discussion flowed and the lack of interruptions. The moderators were understanding and maintained a calm and fun mood throughout the conference.”

Ehsan Elminabawy was also recognized with an honorable mention for her work on the Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC). DISEC addresses and deals with disarmament issues, challenges to global security, and threats to international peace. This year DISEC members will be addressed the following topic: The Proliferation and Possible Regulations of Private Military Contractors.

“This year, I represented Iraq in the DISEC committee; I was faced with the task of solving the conflict between Russia and Ukraine,” said Farmingdale High School student Ehsan Elminabawy. I managed to work with other countries to combat this issue, and we successfully passed three resolutions. I am excited to see what is in store for next year.”

The Farmingdale High School history club is advised by teachers James Hughes and Jennifer Theo Kupstas. Its participants include Amanda Treulich, Ramita Chowdhury, Jacquelyne Jeavons, Emily Cohen, Gina Seo, Melissa Treulich, Annabella Barbuto, Waseem Ahmad, Ehsan Elminabawy, Nadiye Pinarli, Ryan Roth, Kevin Piraino, Isabella Mountrichas, Marcin Wasiuta, Lianna Kellndorfer, Anthony Domingo, Sophia Pieri, Janese Williams, Kayla Starke, Alex Alameda, Vanessa Espinosa, Elyssa Kenney, Elvina Tso, and Sara Manandhar.

The Hofstra University Model, United Nations Conference, is a simulation that allows students to come together and discuss international affairs. High school participants hone their debate skills and network among like-minded students.

For more information about the Farmingdale Union Free School District, please visit the district’s website at https://www.farmingdaleschools.org and like our Facebook page: @FarmingdaleSchoolDistrict.

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