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Farmingdale High School




January 2021


GSA will have their first meeting of 2021 as a Google Meet on Wednesday, January 13th at 3:15 pm.


National Honor Society Induction Ceremony - December 1, 2020, 6:00 PM - Live stream Link  


November's Student of the Month - Congratulations to the following students.


Attention Juniors:

The date for the Ring Ceremony has been changed to January 27th. Please check Schoology for details.


Attention Seniors: 

Preparations for graduation have begun, and if have not yet ordered your cap and gowns, you may send your payments directly to Jostens by completing their flyer and mailing it along with a check or money order. The flyer is available on the Virtual Backpack link (below) in the 2020-2021 School Year, Class of 2021's Senior Events folders and on the Class of 2021's Classroom page.  


Virtual POWER Time meets on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Look for QR codes on the flyers posted in the building to request a meet for extra help. 


Parents:  Click here to buy a Yearbook / Yearbook Ad

PLEASE NOTE:  The price of the yearbook will increase on December 1st.


Attention Juniors: You can still order your class rings online at:

A $50 deposit is required. Catalogs are available in the Main Office.



FHS Virtual Backpack

Click on the Virtual Backpack link above to access information regarding the Farmingdale High School 2020-2021 school year. 

Current News

History As Told By Farmingdale High School

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This past December, Farmingdale High School social studies teacher, Paul Phelan, applied for the Harvard Business School’s Case Method Project through the Gilder Lehrman Institute. After an intensive interview process, Mr. Phelan was selected to attend this prestigious project taking place on January 30, 2021. Phelan is responsible for about 5 ½ hours of preparative work that includes reading through case studies, watching videos and answering questions, all which will lead up to a live session with Paul Whiton Cherington Professor at Harvard Business School, Dr. David Moss. Dr. Moss applied his business analysis approach to undergraduate history classes and now is expanding the learning model to high schools.

"Ensuring that teachers have access to enriching and meaningful professional learning that can have a direct impact on students' experiences in the classroom is prioritized and actively supported in Farmingdale,” said Farmingdale School District’s Director of Social Studies, Samantha Black. “It is an honor for Paul Phelan to have been selected to participate in a program that aims to spark student interest in their study of US History and support new approaches for student engagement that can transition fluidly to the classroom."

The goal of the Case Method Project is to promote student engagement and interest in American Democracy. Whether it be early moments in American history such as the debates that took place between Madison and other delegates at the Constitutional Convention or more defining modern moments such as Martin Luther King’s decision to cross the Pettus Bridge in Selma and defy the president's orders; the case method puts major democratic decisions in the hands of students. Each case is told like a story and utilizes sources from the time period, engrossing students in a major situation and pausing the story right before a decision is made. From there, students build their own decision and viewpoint using historical evidence on the matter leading to class discussions. From this highly-sought-after program, and with the assistance of other teachers, Mr. Phelan will implement the newly acquired information into everyday teachings. The major events in US history will align with our curriculum and challenge students to become active participants in American history and democracy.

“As a social studies teacher I am constantly in search of new ways to engage students and help them understand the importance of their role in American society”, said Farmingdale High School social studies teacher, Paul Phelan. “Having new tools that can address both of those needs simultaneously is not only invaluable but essential for the true understanding of United States history.”

Launched as a pilot program in 2015, the Case Method Project (CMP) offers high school teachers a fully case-based curriculum on the History of American Democracy. CMP is now partnering with more than 300 teachers at over 200 high schools in 43 states and the District of Columbia, and have reached nearly 30,000 high school students so far. With a growing library of cases, a new online training program to complement on-campus workshops, and an expanding network of community partnerships nationwide, the Case Method Project plans to reach thousands of teachers and many hundreds of thousands of students and community-members over the coming years.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History was founded in 1994 by Richard Gilder and Lewis E. Lehrman. The Institute is the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to K–12 history education while also serving the general public. Its mission is to promote the knowledge and understanding of American history through educational programs and resources.

We are the ASL Honor Society

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We Are The ASL Honor Society

Welcome Back Dalers!

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A Few Highlights From Our First Week Back

Holiday Cheer for All to Hear

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Holiday Cheer for All to Hear

Farmingdale, NY (December 15, 2020)-- Twenty-Three Farmingdale student musicians from Weldon E. Howitt Middle School and Farmingdale High School, along with four alumni and eight members of staff and administration, performed in the 47th annual Tuba Christmas concert, held at the Howitt Middle School courtyard.

“We were thrilled to be able to continue the Tuba Christmas tradition in Farmingdale during a year that so many special events have been canceled”, said band director Erica Hartman. “It is always an honor to be able to play with your students and colleagues. Next year we hope to be back on the ice at Rockefeller Center but if not we will be right back here at Howitt!”

In years past, as is tradition, the performance would take place under the famous tree in Rockefeller Center and would include a collaboration with approximately 400 other musicians from across the country. The need to remain responsible and socially distant didn’t stop Dalers from spreading holiday cheer for all to hear! The Tuba Christmas concert consisted of three songs, performed live in the courtyard. Band members played “Deck the Halls'', “Jingle Bells''and finished strong with “We Wish You A Merry Christmas”. Many band members dressed inofficial Farmingdale Tuba Christmas hats with their instruments adorned with tinsel and lights. Even Superintendent Paul Defendini joined the band for this festive performance.

“It was such an honor to perform with such a dedicated group of teachers and students”, said Superintendent, Paul Defendini. “Tuba Christmas was another example of our amazing staffmaking the best of a difficult situation.”

Tuba Christmas was conceived by tuba virtuoso Harvey Phillips to honor his late mentor and teacher, William J. Bell —born Christmas Day, 1902. The first Tuba Christmas at Rockefeller Center was performed in 1974, and the tradition is held annually in over two hundred cities around the world. Past musical performances done by Farmingdale’s student-musicians have received high praise. Most notably, Farmingdale’s Symphony Orchestra was recently recognized by Rolf Anderson, son of renowned “Sleigh Ride” composer Leroy Anderson, for their remarkable 2018 performance of “A Christmas Festival”.




Howitt Middle School

Alessandro Chavarria-Fuentes 

Andrew Adamo 

Zachary Commike 

Luke Ferraiolo 

Nicholas Agrillo 

Angel Aguilar 

Ava Vaden 

Gavin Frank 

Mason Schwimmer 

Christian D'Amico 

Jackson Defendini 

Farmingdale High School

Hayden Bailey 

Nicholas Maltese 

Jabari Wellington 

Ariana Diaz 

Kevin Piranio 

Aidan Kelly 

Ashton Jonak 

Will Bany 

Olivia Espinosa 

Sean Ramirez 

Charlotte Rutkowski 

Joe Sancetta 


Gio Maraboli: Julliard 

Jason Lensky: Crane School of Music

Alex Felker: Ithaca University

Aiden Timko: Crane School of Music 

Staff & Administration

Jennifer Tower 

Erica Hartmann 

Gina Pellettiere 

Barbara Liberman 

Matthew DeMasi 

Phil Scanze 

Greg Warnokowski 


Holiday Cheer for All to Hear

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Below you’ll find several links to all of the festive performances our Daler community has orchestrated this Holiday season. Enjoy!

Albany Avenue Elementary School's Senior Band & Orchestra Holiday Greeting 2020

Farmingdale High School Hallelujah Chorus

Tuba Christmas

Farmingdale High School Mixed Chorus: Deck the Halls

Farmingdale High School Marching Band & Dalerettes Wish You A Happy Holiday Season

Saltzman East Memorial Elementary School: Holiday Entrance Music 2020

Daler A Cappella - Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays

Farmingdale High School's Jazz Chorus performs Silent Night

Northside Senior Band Winter Concert 2020

Symphony Orchestra

String and Symphony Orchestras December Collaboration



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