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Weldon E. Howitt Middle School

Important Flyers and Information

 

TODAY IS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2020, AND IT IS AN “A” DAY

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ANNOUNCEMENT UPDATES 

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SPORTS GAMES

7th grade Girls’ Basketball is home against Wantagh Middle School @ 4:30
8th grade Girls’ Basketball is away against Wantagh Middle School @ 4:30

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Our school is open for students starting at 7:20 AM every day.  You may go to the West Cafeteria for breakfast, the East Cafeteria for supervised social time, our library for tutoring and completing homework or the Morning Recreation Program in the East Gym.  You will be dismissed in time to go to your lockers and then homeroom.

Yearbooks may be ordered for $60 by going to the link on the Howitt website.

Student Council is selling their T-shirts for only $12. Order forms may be picked up in room 314 or T-shirts may be ordered online at myschoolbucks.com.  Deadline to order is next Friday, March 6.  Support Student Council by ordering a T-shirt today!  

Scenery Club group leaders should plan to stay after today until 4:45 to finish touch-ups on the set. Please see Ms. Doherty in room 316 for further information.

A reminder to Scenery Club members to pick up a field trip permission slip from Ms. Doherty in room 316.

The following will be held after school today:
After School Tutoring Center in the school library 
6th Quiet Homework Center in room 603
7th/8th Quiet Homework Center in the Maker Space
Scenery Club group leaders until 4:45

 

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Current News

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!”
 

New Mural at HMS Cafeteria

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A group of 8th graders in Ms. Caracappa's class came in over the winter break to paint a wall of the Howitt Middle School West Cafeteria with some colorful Daler art!

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. 

 

Wildlife Warriors Club at HMS

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 Middle school students in the Wildlife Warriors club were treated to a “Meet the Animals” program by the Quogue Wildlife Refuge. Children were excited to get up close to some amazing creatures, including a turtle, a chinchilla and a beautiful owl. 

The Wildlife Warriors club is dedicated to the pursuit of environmental and wildlife conservation. 

 

4th Annual CTE Showcase held at FHS

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The 4th annual Career and Technical Education (CTE) Showcase was held in the Commons of Farmingdale High School on Thursday, February 6, 2020. Each year, the evening showcase is an opportunity for Howitt Middle School 8th graders and their parents to meet and interact with teachers and learn which classes align with their interests. Projects created by the carpentry and woodworking students were put on display, and tasty appetizers—prepared by culinary students, were passed among all the attendees.

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