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Important Information

 

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ANNOUNCEMENT UPDATES

The "Walk & Talk Club" is CANCELLED for both this afternoon and Wednesday, 4/14. 

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DAILY ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

TODAY IS MONDAY, APRIL 12, 2021, AND IT IS A

"B" DAY (Group 1 & Hybrid Group 5)

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SPORTS

Girls' Swimming is away against Syosset @ 5:00 pm

7th/8th Cross Country is away at Seaman's Neck Park @ 4:30 pm

7th/8th combined Girls’ Soccer is home against Mattlin @ 4:45 pm

7th Boys' Soccer is away against Woodland at Barnum Woods School, East Meadow @ 4:30

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  Have some free time?  Check out this cool padlet!

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Congratulations to the Girls' Badminton team who played and won their first match of the season and defeated Freeport with a score of 6-2. An awesome effort was given by all the girls.

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ID badges should be worn at all times. Students who left their ID badge at home should ask their homeroom teacher for a Temporary ID Sticker and fill out the Google form on their chromebook. Students who lost their ID badge should go to the Library to purchase a replacement.      

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A reminder that sweatshirt hoods should not be worn in the buildings, and cell phones should be turned off and put away.

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Yearbooks

$65 (Deadline April 15)

 https://yearbookforever.com/schools/weldon_e_howitt_school_buy_yearbook_8760/eBRQgbqAmJK0ZEZrwQp6wb86

 

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Howitt's Shared Decision Making Committee is sponsoring a Food Drive to benefit St. Kilian's Food Pantry. 

 Click here to see which are the "most needed" items.

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Math Extra Help will now be offered in person AND virtually. Students are reminded to check the Math Virtual Extra Help group on Schoology for the most up-to-date scheduled for math help. Students with questions about joining should speak with their math teacher.

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The following will be held after school today:

* VIRTUAL Extra Help for all students from 4:00-5:00 pm

* 8th grade Tech Club/Honor Society w/Mrs. Palmese & Mr. Ianne in room 419

* Jazz Band w/Mrs. Hartmann in the auditorium until 3:30 pm

* CANCELLED Walk & Talk Club

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Virtual Extra Help is available on Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays from 4:00-5:00 pm (ELA, Italian, Spanish, French (Mon & Thurs), Math, Science, Social Studies, Special Ed)

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1FWKubIUlkNwLDSB6Cjxyg7OfA6fdntSk/view?usp=sharing

 


 

Current News

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 https://www.farmingdaleschools.org 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 https://www.farmingdaleschools.org and like our Facebook page: @FarmingdaleSchoolDistrict.

Farmingdale’s Legislative Action Committee Advocates for Community

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Members of Farmingdale’s Legislative Action Committee (LAC) met with local legislators in a Town Hall style meeting in early March to present their 2020-21 legislative proposals and to discuss the impact of pending and future legislation on public schools. Farmingdale is fortunate to have several local representatives who listen and work together to benefit our school district and community.

“The LAC is committed to meeting with local elected representatives to bring forth the concerns our district and community have in regards to legislation,” said BOE Trustee Kathy Lively. “Our students who participate learn about the legislative process; their participation also enables the committee and elected representatives to understand the views, concerns that our future voters may have.”

The Farmingdale LAC committee—made up of students, teachers, administrators, staff, parents, and Farmingdale Board of Education Trustees Suzanne D’Amico and Kathy Lively—meet with local legislators throughout the year then typically travel to Albany to visit legislators and tour the Capitol. COVID-19 canceled the annual trip to Albany, but the LAC pivoted and organized a Google Meet Town Hall with local legislators and invited fifteen high school students to lead the conversation.

“In this new, virtual format, our students successfully articulated how they are currently feeling during these unsettled times,” said BOE Vice President Suzanne D’Amico. “Mental Health awareness, support and destigmatizing being at the top of their priorities, they had a productive dialog with our local legislators who were so willing to listen and support their feelings.”

The meeting started with a brief welcome and then quickly moved into legislative priorities. Farmingdale High School students came prepared to share their concerns and ideas for what our legislators should focus on for the Farmingdale community. During the Town Hall meeting, the topics covered spanned various issues that impact the school district: predictable funding, support for mental health, digital equity, and school safety.

“Having our students lead the conversation was particularly special and delivered a greater impact during this unprecedented time,” said LAC Committee Chair and Assistant Superintendent for Innovation & Organizational Development, William Brennan. “Our students passionately expressed the challenges they face today and raised their concerns about the future.”

“I am grateful for the opportunity to speak with some of our legislators and have our voices heard,” said Farmingdale High School Junior Amanda Treulich. “Many important issues were discussed, regarding topics that hold a lot of weight, especially in today's society. We have to keep working towards improvement, and I hope I get the chance to participate at one of these meetings again in the future.”

For more information about the Farmingdale Union Free School District and a complete list of the LAC’s Legislative Proposals and members, please visit the district’s website at https://www.farmingdaleschools.org and like our Facebook page: @FarmingdaleSchoolDistrict.

 

Howitt Middle School Players Perform You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

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The Howitt Middle School Players proudly presented their rendition of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown last week. The young actors performed unhindered by masks throughout all their practices and live performances. Due to social distancing guidelines, the district offered those unable to attend in person the chance to purchase a video recording of the play. The opportunity to perform once again brought a welcomed sense of normalcy back to the community.

“This year was filled with an extraordinary amount of challenges, but through it all, we made the seemingly impossible, well, possible,” said director Jen Klock. “We successfully and safely put on a musical in a pandemic.”

Bobby Silverstein starred as Charlie Brown, the loyal, determined, and just a bit wishy-washy leader of the Peanuts gang. Alex Marcis played Snoopy, the beagle with an unstoppable imagination. Woodstock, the happy little yellow bird always up for an adventure, was performed by Kathiannah Jean-Louis. Strong, confident, bossy Lucy was played by Gabriella Pace. Thoughtful and respectful, Linus, the voice of reason among his peers, was portrayed by Michael Woythaler. Inquisitive, pragmatist Sally was played by Sofia Lambright, and moody musical genius Schroeder was performed by William Herbert. Rounding out the cast was Olivia Twomley (Peppermint Patty), Mikaela Bany (Marcie), Nicholas Suwalski (Pig Pen), Manav Deshmukh (Franklin), Christopher Cruciata (Rerun), Madeline Rotbart (Peggy Jean), Ash Pinna (Eudora), Sofia Grago (Violet), Shea Hiotidis (Shermy), Ella Smith (Frieda), Valery Stabenau (The Little-Red-Haired-Girl), Addison Moller (Janice), Thomas DiPaolo (Joe Agate), Megan Caputo (Emily), and Sarah Aliendro (Loretta).

“Congratulations to the entire cast and crew of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” said director Dominick Raffaele. “Thank you for sharing your talents. I am beyond proud of each and every one of you. Keep singing, dancing, and dreaming.”

Orchestrating a middle school musical during a pandemic is no easy task. A large number of people behind the scenes are responsible for a show’s production. Howitt’s You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown was a success due to its direction by Jen Klock and Dominick Raffaele. Eric Hulse and Joseph Franzino led vocal direction. Michele Palmese oversaw the musical’s choreography, and Raniyah Elguerouat acted as production stage manager.

This entire school year has been a roller coaster, but if it has taught us one thing, it is to slow down and find joy in the little things in life. Coincidentally, that is also the message of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown’s final song “Happiness.”

R.E.A.L Harmony Club

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Please enjoy this encore performance of the first-ever Black History Month Program—sponsored by the R.E.A.L. Harmony Club. A brand new introduction has been created by members for 2021. 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.

“Last February we were able to put on the first ever Black History Month Program. It was a truly inspiring program highlighting the accomplishments of Black Americans while also featuring the struggle for equal rights that has unfortunately been a large part of the Black experience in America,” said teacher and club advisor Esther Hernandez-Kramer. “Though we were not able to put on a performance this year due to COVID restrictions, we are proud of our work last year and would like to invite you to enjoy and reflect with us the meaning of Black History Month by watching last year’s performance.”

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 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. Upcoming projects include Multicultural Storytime with students from district elementary schools. The sponsors of this club are Esther Hernandez-Kramer and Josseline Morales.

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