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Farmingdale High School


FHS Virtual Backpack

Click on the Virtual Backpack link above to access information regarding the Farmingdale High School 2020-2021 school year. Seniors please refer to the Class of 2021's Senior Events folder to access important information including how to purchase your graduation caps and gowns. The folder also contains the order form to purchase a brick on the Dalers Walk of Champions, an order form to purchase Lawn Signs for graduating seniors, and the April 7th In-Person Instruction Transition Letter from Dr. Thompson. 


Announcements - April, 2021


Please refer to the April 7th letter from Dr. Thompson regarding the In-Person Instruction Transition schedule. The letter can be accessed on the Virtual Backpack (see link above) in the FHS 2020-2021 School Year folder. 


Monday, April 12th - B1 Day 

Tuesday, April 13th - B2 Day 

Wednesday, April 14th - A1 Day

Thursday, April 15th - A2 Day

Friday, April 16th - B Day

Monday, April 19th - A Day

Tuesday, April 20th - B Day

Wednesday, April 21st - A Day

Thursday, April 22nd - B Day

Friday, April 23rd - A Day

Students in Grades 9 and 12 will begin daily in-person instruction on Monday, April 12th.

Students in Grade 10 will begin daily in-person instruction on Wednesday, April 14th.

Students in Grade 11 will begin daily in-person instruction on Friday, April 16th.


Attention Class of 2023 - Order your class ring! Jostens will be here the week of April 19th during lunch period in the outdoor tent outside Cafeteria A. A $50 deposit is required. Look for ring catalogs and order forms to be distributed in your Social Studies classes. Catalogs can also be found in the Main Office and in the Guidance Office. 

Registration is now open for the Summer 2021 Drivers' Education Program. You must be 16 years of age and have  a Learner's Permit by July 1st to register. The cost for the program is $238. Classes begin on Thursday, July 1st and classes will end on Thursday, July 29th. No classes will be held on Monday, July 5th, and classes will NOT be held on Fridays. Applications are located in the Main Office,  the Guidance Office and can be downloaded on this website - see Drivers' Education Summer Program 2021 to the left of this page. 

Congratulations to the following winners of our Homecoming Court:

Class of 2024 - Brendan O'Keefe and Victoria Babino

Class of 2023 - Jovanni Gully and Lily Divuolo

Class of 2022 - John Pulos and Riley Leahy

Class of 2021 - Tyler Hothersall and Haley Keener

Attention Class of 2022: Look for postcards that were mailed to your home addresses from Lifetouch/Prestige Studio regarding your senior portraits. Please contact Lifetouch/Prestige directly to schedule your senior portrait on April 12th, 13th or 14th. All portraits will be taken at the Lifetouch/Prestige Studio, located at 515 Smith Street, Farmingdale. If you did not receive a postcard, please email them directly at: to schedule an appointment.

VLC and the Italian Honor Society/Club is sponsoring the fundraiser, Building a Birthday-in-a-Box. This program provides birthday party supplies to children in need who are unable to celebrate their birthdays. Flyers listing the items to donate are posted in the building and donations can be dropped off in Room 160 and Room 274.

The Red Cross Club is collecting COVID safety items and other amenities for veterans and people in the military for an event called Totes for Care! Please drop off any items you have in boxes found in the Commons or the Main Lobby. Items needed are: 

Covid Safety Items
- Masks (reusable or disposable)
- Nitrile gloves (preferably XL or L)
- Wet hand towelettes
- Travel size hand sanitizers 

Also Accepted
- Comfort items (cards, games,etc)
- Amenities such as shampoo, conditioner, etc


Attention Seniors: 

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 (above) in the 2020-2021 School Year, Class of 2021's Senior Events folders and on the Class of 2021's Classroom page.  PURCHASES MADE AFTER MARCH 22nd WILL INCLUDE A $10 LATE FEE SO PLEASE ORDER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO AVOID THE LATE FEE!!! 




February 23rd's Virtual College Essay Workshop for Juniors and Families



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


March Student of the Month - Congratulations to the following students.


View the National Honor Society Induction Ceremony and the Junior Class Ring Ceremony at this link: 

Live Stream Link 



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. Beginning February 1st, POWER Time will meet from 2:20 to 3:20. Log onto their google meets or come to the Library to check in!

Google Meet Codes:

powertime, powertimescience, powersocialstudies, powermath, powermath1, powerenglish, powersperduto, mchughfalcones


Parents:  Click here to buy a Yearbook

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.






Current News

Today's Live Event

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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 and like our Facebook page: @FarmingdaleSchoolDistrict.

Farmingdale High School Pep Rally

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HIGHLIGHTS from the 2021 Farmingdale High School PEP RALLY

FULL Livestream of 2021 Pep Rally

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 and like our Facebook page: @FarmingdaleSchoolDistrict.

A New Season, A Renewed Sense of Hope

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Heroes work here. Signage attesting to that fact adorns the grounds around the Farmingdale School Districts’ six school buildings as it marked the one-year anniversary of the schools shutting their doors to in-person instruction due to the Coronavirus pandemic. With Spring, though, comes the promise of better times ahead. Signs of this are evident throughout the district. Students are back in school, sports are up and running, and a long-awaited vaccine is finally here.

"I am so thankful for the volunteer effort of our administrators, nurses, Walgreens, Village, and South Farmingdale EMS, The Marketplace at 317,” said Superintendent Paul Defendini. “Dozens of people donated their time and services to support this critical event, and together we vaccinate more than 300 staff members. Farmingdale is an exceptional community, and I am prouder than ever to call myself a Daler.”

The Walgreens Pharmacy staff was on-site at Farmingdale High School on Monday, March 22, from 2 PM to 8 PM to distribute the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine to interested staff members. Over 300 people signed up! Having teachers and staff vaccinated is essential to the full safe reopening of all school buildings. Navigating through the New York state’s websites to find an available appointment at a local vaccine center has been a struggle for many Long Islanders. The Farmingdale School District is extremely thankful to Walgreens for making their School District a priority and making the vaccination process seamless for the community.

The long hours distributing these vaccines was also made easier by a generous donation of catered, grab-and-go food provided by local merchant, the Marketplace at 317. Joe Fortuna, named the Farmingdale Outstanding Businessperson of the Year by the village's chamber of commerce, graciously offered the Walgreens staff and volunteers food to help get them through the long hours. Fortuna owns The Nutty Irishman and 317 Main Street, a duo of eateries in Farmingdale Village. The Marketplace at 317 opened earlier this year and is located behind 317 Main Street.

“The Farmingdale community has been so supportive of the restaurants throughout these challenging times,” said Joe Fortuna. “When Paul Defendini reached out about having food catered, I was eager to pay it forward and show my appreciation.”

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

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