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Farmingdale High School

Important Flyers and Information

Friday, February 28, 2020,  A Day

 

Attention all parents and visitors we will practice our drills on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 and Wednesday, March 25, 2020. While we practice our drills, visitors will not be permitted to enter the building. We thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation.

 

Daily Announcements:

Junior Prom tickets will be on sale from February 24th through February 28th in the Commons before school (7:00 am - 7:20 am) and during all lunch periods. Tickets will only be sold if you and your parent/guardian attended one of the mandatory Prom meetings.

Attention Seniors: The Senior Package is ready and available for purchase on the senior store website.  You may access that through this link:  Farmingdale Seniors 2020.  The deadline to order is February 28.

The next opportunity to purchase your graduation caps and gowns from Jostens will be in the Commons on Thursday and Friday, April 2nd and 3rd, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. This will be the last opportunity to purchase caps and gowns without incurring a late fee. Flyers are available in the Main Office and can also be accessed from the Class of 2020 folder through the Virtual Backpack link.

March 1st is the absolute last day for students to register for the Spring courses through LIU Post High School Scholars Program. Stop in the Guidance Office if you have questions. 

Auditions for the Pops Concert will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, March 4th and March 5th.

Please return all of your overdue library books to the Library ASAP. Also, the Library is offering free books for all. Come by and take a look!

 

Academic and other Opportunities/Pathways
(January 16, 2020 Presentation)


FHS Virtual Backpack

To All Students and Families: Please reference the important notices in the Virtual Backpack link above that are crucial for you to read and understand for the 2019/2020 school year.

 

Look for information regarding:

  • Sign ups for the Parent/Teacher Conferences on March 9, 2020

  • Class of 2020's Graduation Ceremony on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 and related events. 
  

Procedures for Visiting Farmingdale High School

All visitors are welcome to enter our building through the main front doors. Visitors should be prepared to present their driver's license upon entering the building. Thank you for your cooperation. 
 
To our Continuing Community Education Staff and Students:
Due to district wide security updates, the rear entrance by the large parking lot at the high school is no longer open in the evening. Please park in the front and pool parking lots and use those entrances. Also, it may be necessary to show ID before entering the building. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

To our students:  Please be considerate and respectful of our neighbors when parking your cars by obeying the parking signs. Please keep our community clean by disposing of litter in the many trash receptacles located inside and outside our building.
 
To our Parents and Visitors:  Farmingdale High School will continue to be locked during school hours.  No door will be left open for visitors after 7:30 a.m.  All visitors to Farmingdale High School must now enter in the front of the building through the main entrance. Visitors will need to ring the doorbell and visually present an ID before a monitor will open the door. All visitors will be processed using the LobbyGuard System, sign in AND surrender a government / photo ID.  Upon signing out, your ID will be returned. Thank you for your cooperation and assistance. 

Please be considerate of our neighbors when parking your cars while attending the many day and evening events that occur at our school. We also ask that you be mindful of the parking signs and to please refrain from blocking any section of a driveway.
 
Thank you for your cooperation and for respecting the properties of our neighbors.

Current News

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.


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 Alumni Joins Cast of Hamilton

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Yet ANOTHER Farmingdale Schools alumni has been cast in the touring company of Hamilton!

Nik Alexander (aka Nick Richards - FHS Class of 2008) is playing Aaron Burr with the Angelica Tour in Miami.

HMS teachers Susanne Ferguson and Danielle Tucker were thrilled to learn the news. Nik was a member of both the Howitt Players and the Playcrafters at FHS. In the past few years, he has performed on Broadway in both Motown and Bat out of Hell.

Just last year, Farmingdale alumni, Tyler Belo (Class of 2015) joined the Hamilton tour.

Congratulations Nik!

FHS Winter Varsity Teams Achieve Scholar-Athlete Status!

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For the 32nd consecutive season—over ten years—all nine Farmingdale High School varsity teams have achieved scholar-athlete status!
 
The winter teams include 265 students, participating in the sports of boys basketball, girls basketball, wrestling, boys swimming, boys winter track, girls winter track, boys bowling, girls bowling, and competitive cheerleading.

Go Dalers!

7th Annual P.S. I Love You Day

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Farmingdale High School and Weldon E. Howitt Middle School students organized the district’s 7th annual P.S. I Love you Day on Friday, February 14, 2020. Held annually on the second Friday in February, P.S. I Love you Day is a day where everyone is encouraged to wear purple to decrease bullying and bring awareness to the importance of mental health—with the hope that it will prevent suicide. 

The day was created by Brooke DiPalma of West Islip, NY. Her father committed suicide in 2010. His last words to her were, “I love you,” and they inspired Brooke to create a day that would put a spotlight on suicide prevention. 

 

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