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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!”
 

Farmingdale Schools Perform All District Chorus Concert

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On Thursday, February 6, 2020, Farmingdale High School hosted the All District Chorus Concert, bringing together 420 students from all six Farmingdale schools—elementary through high school. 

Each year, the All District Concert is a showcase that demonstrates the amazing level of growth that takes place from the elementary to the high school level. It alternates every three years with band, orchestra, and chorus. 

Music teachers Christina Cinnamo and Emilie D’Andrilli conducted the elementary chorus. Danielle Tucker conducted the middle school chorus. The high school women’s chorus was conducted by Edward Kozlowski, and the mixed chorus was conducted by Jessica Mischke. The combined ensemble was conducted by Catherine McLaughlin. 

The grand finale brought all the students together to sing “You Will Be Found” from the musical Dear Evan Hansen. 

You can watch the entire concert by clicking here.

The Circus Comes to SEM!

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To coincide with their Pick A Reading Partner (PARP) theme—Read to go to the Greatest Show—Saltzman East Memorial Elementary School held a week-long circus skills program during physical education classes. Students had a lot of fun learning a variety of clever new tricks, including: plate-spinning, feather balancing, juggling, and hoola-hooping. Each grade-level workshop focused on teaching coordination, timing, and team building. At the end of the week, third-graders put on a lively performance inside the gym for the kindergarten classes.

Living History at SEM

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Saltzman East Memorial Elementary School was turned into a living history museum last week, with students K-5 lining the hallways, dressed in historical costumes. The event, now in its fourth year, has students select a deceased historical figure, research them, and create a costume. 

On the night of the event, students line the hallways and pose in a statuesque manner. Visitors “push” a red button to make each historical figure come to life. Once activated, students recite who they are, share some interesting details of their lives, and explain their claim to fame. The statues and the visitors all earned a Pick A Reading Partner (PARP) badge for participating. 

“This is an annual event that the families at Saltzman East Memorial really look forward to and are excited to participate in,” said teacher and student council advisor Dina Ferrari Lopresto.

This year, the historical figures included Betsy Ross, Joan of Arc, and Fred Rogers!
 

101 Farmingdale Students Perform in All County

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 Farmingdale School District sent 101 of their top student musicians to the 2020 Nassau Music Educators Association (NMEA) All County Music Festival—held at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts on multiple days in January. The festival brings music students together from schools throughout Nassau County.

To qualify for participation, students must perform at the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Adjudication Festival and be nominated by their music teachers. A committee of Nassau County music educators make the final selection of which students will perform in the various groups. 

The Farmingdale students performed in 5 different divisions—broken down by grade level—in the categories of Band, Orchestra, Chorus, Vocal Jazz, and Jazz Band.

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