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       Weldon E. Howitt Middle School

 

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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

 

Principal's Welcome Letter

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TODAY IS WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2021, AND IT IS A “B” DAY

 

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Students entering the building prior to the 7:55 bell must proceed to the auditorium, one of the cafeterias or the Morning Rec Program in the East Gym. Students are not permitted to go to their lockers or homerooms before the 7:55 bell rings.

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Mrs Tucker's full chorus rehearsals will continue through next week. Please check the rehearsal schedules to see when each rehearsal takes place.

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Mr. Szabo's 6th grade Orchestra students should please report to the auditorium today during period 3.

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Mr. Hulse’s 6th grade Lunch Chorus altos will have their rehearsal today during period 2 in the auditorium. Students are asked to please be on time.

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The following will be held after school today:

  • Extra Help for SPED, Math, and Organization & Study Skills in the Library
  • Extra Help for Social Studies, ELA, Science, & LOTE in the Innovation Lab
  • Afternoon Rec Program w/Mr. Lizana on the blacktop until 3:25
  • Daler Buddies w/Ms. Ferguson in the West Cafeteria
  • Howitt GSA Social Group w/Ms. Devine & Ms. Muuss in room 310
  • Keep Calm and Carry Yarn Club w/Mrs. Papo & Mrs. Sullivan in room 602
  • Peer Tutoring w/Mrs. Donnan in room 302
  • 6th grade Fitness Club w/Mrs. Campbell & Mr. Neu in the East Gym
  • 3D Modeling Club w/Mrs. Ehrenpreis in the Library. Choose to attend either today or tomorrow. Chromebooks are required.

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SPORTS GAMES

7th Girls’ Volleyball is away against Salk @ 4:45 pm

8th Girls’ Volleyball is home against Salk @ 4:45 pm

Boys’ Swimming is away at Uniondale HS @ 5:00 pm

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WINTER I SPORTS PICTURES

After school on Friday, December 3, in the West Gym. Athletes should be in full uniform for their pictures.

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FUTURE CORP CLUB

Beginning on Monday, December the club will be selling holiday grams during each lunch period. Two cards cost $1.00, and the money will be donated to Canine Companions for Independence.

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HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE

Student Council’s Holiday Toy Drive: 12/1 to 12/13

This is the time of the year that is better to give than to receive. All toys need to be new, unwrapped, and appropriate for any age group.  Please be generous and give others a reason to smile this holiday season. Drop off box is outside the Main Office.

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SCENERY CLUB

Students interested in helping design and paint the set for the play, Newsies, should attend an interest meeting for the Scenery Club on Friday in room 219 until 3:30. Go find out what the plan is for this year and to p/u a permission slip. If you have any questions, please see Ms. Byers in room 219.

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HOWITT PLAYERS MUSICAL PRODUCTION

On March 11 & 12, 2022, the Howitt Players will present “NEWSIES.”

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LOST & FOUND

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.

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MORNING REC PROGRAM

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

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AFTERNOON REC PROGRAM (12/1, 12/2, 12/8, 12/9, 12/15, 12/16)

Students who enjoy having fun at recess or during the Morning Rec Program should join the Afternoon Rec Program w/Mr. Lizana after school on the blacktop, weather permitting.

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FREE BREAKFAST

Available to all students in the morning in the East & West Cafeterias. Students may obtain a pass from any of the offices.

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YEARBOOKS

Cost is $60.00 and may be ordered using the link below.

2022 Yearbooks are now available..Click here to purchase

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Current News

Keep Calm & Carry Yarn

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The Stitch Gang! Students at Howitt Middle school love the new club, Keep Calm and Carry Yarn. Moderators Jen Papo and Maureen Sullivan provide students with stitch guides, patterns, and videos to help with instruction. Members choose to learn the basics of either knitting or crocheting. Students feel this hobby allows them to focus, relax, work in small groups, and feel a sense of accomplishment. Students have already completed pumpkins, and some are working on scarves, hats, scrunchies, and amigurumi (stuffed toys). The goal at the end is to have members complete a small project that showcases their skills.

CLUB PICTURES!!!

National Junior Honor Society

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Howitt Middle School's chapter of the National Junior Honor Society inducted 119 new members into the prestigious organization on Monday, November 22. The inductees exemplify the virtues of scholarship, service, leadership, citizenship, and character. These students are enrolled in rigorous classes but still manage to make time for clubs, sports, and other extracurricular activities. These are remarkable students, and we would like to take this opportunity to congratulate them and their families for a job well done.

PHOTOS (Part 1) National Junior Honor Society

PHOTOS (Part 2) National Junior Honor Society

Snack Pack

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The Howitt Middle School Snack Pack is a student-run coffee shop with a traveling cart. Every Tuesday, the Students set up their classroom to resemble a coffee shop. Students take orders and make deliveries to staff members throughout the building. Students work on social skills, communication, and money skills while learning how a business works.

THE SNACK PACK BUSY AT WORK

Howitt Middle School Female Soccer Player Assists Football Team

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Howitt Middle School’s Football team struggled with an inconsistent kicking game. The solution, eighth-grade soccer player Gianna Recine. Coaches took notice of Gianna’s strong boot while she was practicing with the middle school girls soccer team down at the other end of the field.

“I asked Gianna to come over and practice a few field goal kicks,” said middle school Football coach Colin Leary. “It was obvious she was more than capable.”

After squaring away all the protocols with the Athletic Department and getting her parents’ blessing, Gianna threw on football pads and practiced with the team. The rest is history.

“I’ve heard stories and seen shows about a girl being on the boy’s football team, and it was something that I always wanted to do,” said Gianna Recine. “When I got asked to join the team, I was going crazy with emotions. I was excited, scared, and nervous.”

Gianna went 3 for 3 in extra points in her debut against Oceanside, kicking the football dead center through the uprights. Farmingdale was victorious with a 36-0 win.

“Everyone has been so supportive and helpful during this experience,” said Gianna Recine. “When people pass me in the hallway at school, they don’t call me by my name anymore. They say, “Hey, kicker!”.

Farmingdale’s Vision For Its Graduates

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Farmingdale School District to Lead Community Visioning Process; Sets New Standard for Student Success

Every day, the Farmingdale Union Free School District strives to create a learning environment and curriculum that is both engaging and innovative in the ever-changing education landscape. The district’s latest efforts come in the form of Portrait of a Graduate, a nationally recognized and proven pathway to elevating school district offerings to best position its students for success inside and outside the classroom.

“The last 18 months have been a monumental challenge for us all. As COVID cases recede and our schools fully open up for our students, we now have a window of opportunity to refocus our attention by redefining our collective expectations for our graduates, ” said Paul Defendini, superintendent of schools. “This is quite possibly the most important work we may ever undertake here in Farmingdale Schools and we need all of our stakeholders to take an active role as we form our Portrait of a Graduate.”

While still in the development phase, the Farmingdale School District has commenced outreach efforts to key sectors of the community and stakeholders. In doing so, the district is able to obtain a diverse set of perspectives and feedback on how it can expand upon its academic and extracurricular offerings to better prepare students for life after graduation. Throughout the beginning of fall, community members will be prompted to provide feedback on several topics related to the academic processes, programs and outcomes within the district via the platform ThoughtExchange, which promotes an open exchange of thoughts on a shared platform. Once all data has been collected and synthesized, the district will provide the results of this effort with the community and adopt practices that will continue to lead Farmingdale students down a path of success.

“We must come together as a community united in our vision for the future success of our students,” said Dr. William Brennan, assistant superintendent for innovation and organizational development. “Implementing a mechanism by which parents, staff, and the Farmingdale community can provide feedback on how to better prepare our students for life after high school will serve as an invaluable component in this process. Together, we can create and adopt our own set of student outcomes to serve as a North Star for all Farmingdale graduates.”

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.

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