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Parents: please take some time to review the district Attendance Policy, Code of Conduct, Emergency Planning Guide as well as other notices in this folder:

 Important Policies and Notices


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Students attending tonight's HS Varsity game should please note the follow:
Student IDs MUST be presented
NO Backpacks
NO Bikes
NO Playing on the fields


Principal's Welcome Back Letter


Pick-up and Drop-off Plan for 2022



Please read this letter highlighting changes to student phone use at HMS



 Today is Friday, September 23, 2022, and it is a "B" Day


September 15 - October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month. This month is celebrated in recognition of the diverse cultures of Hispanic Americans and their contributions to American society. Be on the lookout for a Hispanic Heritage Month contest coming soon from the Farmingdale Federation of Teachers Civil & Human Rights Committee.
Students who arrive at Howitt by 7:20 am now have a choice of going to the Morning Rec Program with Mr. Leary and Mr. Ianne in the East Gym or to room 421 with Mr. Scelzo for the Morning Movies & Games Program.
Lost or broken IDs or lanyards can be replaced by submitting the form that can be found on the student's chromebook under FD BOOKMARKS. When it is completed, homeroom teachers will advise the students to go to the Library to pay for it.
Daler Buddies are reminded that the Autism Speaks Walk at Jones Beach will take place on Sunday, October 9. Ms. Ferguson will buy the Farmingdale Team Walk shirts for the first 10 Daler Buddies who sign-up for the walk. Daler Buddies should check with their parents and then sign-up with Ms. Ferguson by tomorrow so the shirts can be ordered. Please see Ms. Ferguson in Room 518 if you have any questions.
Howitt’s 2023 yearbook can be pre-ordered for $60 by using the link found on the website ANNOUNCMENT page. Students and staff can now upload their own pictures that may be used in the yearbook. More information and instructions for uploading pictures can be found on the Howitt ANNOUNCEMENT page.


7th Boys’ Soccer is away against Merrick Avenue @ 4:45 pm
7th/8th Cross Country is away against Grand Avenue at Cedar Creek Park @ 4:45 pm *
(* This meet was rescheduled from yesterday)


To pre-order the yearbook ($60.00), use this link:

To upload personal pictures, use the same link above, click on “YEARBOOK SNAP” and use the code “HOWITT”



Water bottles, books, clothing, sweatshirts, shoes/sneakers are placed in the back of both cafeterias. Eye glasses, jewelry, pocketbooks, cell phones are in the Main Office.



Students who arrive early at Howitt may go to the East Gym with Mr. Leary & Mr. Ianne from 7:20 am to 7:50 am. 



First day will be WEDNESDAY, September 21.

Students who arrive at 7:20 am on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays may sign up w/Mr. Scelzo in room 421. Knock hockey, board games & movies will be available. 


HMS Moving Up Ceremony- June 17, 2022

Current News



Farmingdale School District Unveils New Aquatic Center

Farmingdale School District held an intimate ribbon-cutting ceremony at its new state-of-the-art Aquatic Center on September 8, 2002, before the varsity girls’ first meet of the season. Athletes, swim team alums, current and former Daler swim coaches, administration, the Board of Education, Village Trustees, and the architecture and construction firms who brought the district’s vision to life were in attendance. Farmingdale Schools Superintendent Paul Defendini addressed the crowd and thanked everyone involved with the project before giving varsity swim captains the honor of cutting the ceremonial ribbon.

The Aquatic Center was part of a multi-million dollar project undertaken by the Farmingdale School District in 2016, just as the high school pool approached the fifty-year mark.

"Pools aren't supposed to live for fifty years," said Superintendent Paul Defendini. "If you get thirty, you're lucky. Forty is a miracle, and fifty is unheard of. The fact that we were nearing our fiftieth anniversary made us realize we had to do something.”

Residents approved a $36 million bond for the sports complex and aquatic center during the budget vote that year. The bond allowed for the rebuilding of Farmingdale High School’s stadium, construction of new baseball, softball, and multi-purpose stadiums at Howitt Middle School, and upgrades to every field in the school district.

"This facility is truly unique," said Superintendent Paul Defendini. "This is something that doesn't exist anywhere in New York state, let alone a school district like Farmingdale."

The Aquatic Center will significantly impact the district's swim program and the community.

"I would imagine our the record books will be rewritten within the next few years," said Head Swim Coach Ken Ilchuk. "It allows us to compete at the highest level because we have more kids, more depth, and probably the best facilities in New York state."

Unlike the existing pool at Farmingdale High School, the Aquatic Center is detached from Howitt Middle School, allowing community members to access the pool during school hours.

Farmingdale School District’s Continuing Community Education program will offer water aerobics, snorkeling, water volleyball, scuba diving, adult learn-to-swim, Mommy-Daddy-and-Me classes, and more. A motorized lift will be available to help those who need it get into the pool. Program information, including dates, times, costs, and registration information, can be found on the district’s website. Open swim will be free for anyone living within the Farmingdale School District's boundaries. Proper student or staff ID, or proof of residency, will be required.

Aquatic Center Additional Information


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The Farmingdale school district opened for the start of the 2022-2023 school year on September 6, 2022. Administrators, teachers, and staff welcomed more than 5,000 students at Farmingdale High School, Weldon E. Howitt Middle School, Albany Avenue, Northside, Saltzman East Memorial, and Woodward Parkway Elementary Schools.

“Welcome back, Dalers!,” said Superintendent Paul Defendini. “I am confident that the traditions and the experiences we will share in the 2022-23 school year will be reminiscent of the past and will bring us that sense of fulfillment that we so richly deserve.”



Farmingdale Schools welcomed forty newly-appointed teachers to the district! A three-day New Teacher Orientation—hosted at Weldon E. Howitt Middle School and led by Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Jennifer Olsen provided our new educators with the opportunity to meet key staff, and learn about a range of topics, from school culture and curriculum standards to safety and digital technology in the classroom. Dr. Sam Thompson led the group on a school bus tour that began with a ride down Farmingdale’s Main Street. From there they traveled to every school in the district and were given a brief orientation from building principals. Welcome to Farmingdale!


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Orientation for incoming sixth-grade students was on Monday, August 22, at Howitt Middle School. Students and guardians gathered in the auditorium, where Principal Mike Gavalas greeted them. They discussed life around Howitt, teaming, and school programs. They were also introduced to their new assistant principal Mr. McCloud. Afterward, students walked their schedules, getting familiar with their new building. Welcome to Howitt!


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After an extensive interview process involving a variety of stakeholders, Farmingdale School District has selected Kenneth McCloud as the new Assistant Principal at Howitt Middle School.

“I am so excited to join the Farmingdale community,” said Kenneth McCloud. “ Right away, I could see that Farmingdale was a tight-knit, hard-working, diverse community, and it felt like home. I knew from the first interview that this was the place for me. I can't wait for the school year to begin, attend sporting events, concerts, and plays. Go Dalers!”

Mr. McCloud comes to Farmingdale having previously served as a History Teacher and Athletic Director at Wyandanch Schools, followed by a successful eight-year tenure as an Assistant Principal at Eastern Suffolk BOCES. He was highly recommended by the committee, who cited that Ken's skills in behavioral management, peer mediation, restorative justice, building small learning communities, and student wellness set him apart from other candidates.

“My goal for this school year is to work closely with students and staff to build small learning communities for each student,” said Kenneth McCloud. “Students are successful and perform best when they have a strong support system. I plan to support teachers in educating the whole child, focusing on academic and social-emotional learning.”

Mr. McCloud and his wife Natasha have been married for twenty years. They have two beautiful daughters, Hannah, 12, and Sarah, 8.

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