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                     HAVE A GREAT SUMMER!


Congratulations once again to our 8th Grade students who are moving on to high school in September. We wish you all the best!


Here are some photos from the 6/17/21 Moving Up Ceremony:


The first day of the 2021-2022 school year is on Wednesday, September 2, 2021, and it will be an "A" Day.




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* 8th GRADE STUDENTS: Reminder to please find the school-issued combination lock and drop it off to the Main Office.  

* 7th grade students should begin looking for their school-issued combination lock that was provided at the start of 6th grade and have it ready for September if lockers are given out.

* Current 6th grade students will receive a combination lock in September if lockers are used. Students not already familiar with how to open a combination lock should take some time this summer to learn and practice how to open one. 







Current News

End of the 2020-2021 School Year Ceremonies

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Photos from Moving Up Ceremonies and Celebrations:

AAE Moving Up

NSE Moving Up

SEM Moving Up

WWP Moving Up

HMS Moving Up

FHS Academic Awards

FHS Athletic Awards

FHS Senior Banquet 


Livestream links for all Farmingdale End of the Year Ceremonies

June 22, 2021--Farmingdale Senior High School Graduation 2021 - 7:00 PM

June 21, 2021--Albany Avenue Elementary School Moving Up Ceremony 2021 - 7:00 PM

June 21, 2021--Albany Avenue Elementary School 5th Grade Awards Ceremony 2021 - 10:00 AM

June 17, 2021--Weldon E. Howitt Middle School Moving Up Ceremony 2021 - 6:00 PM

June 16, 2021--Weldon E. Howitt Middle School 8th Grade Awards Ceremony 2021 - 3:00 PM 

June 16, 2021--Saltzman East Memorial Elementary School Moving Up Ceremony 2021 - 7:00 PM

June 16, 2021--Saltzman East Memorial Elementary School 5th Grade Awards Ceremony - 9:30 AM

JUNE 15, 2021--Woodward Parkway Elementary School Moving Up Ceremony

JUNE 15, 2021--Woodward Parkway Elementary School 5th Grade Awards Ceremony

JUNE 14, 2021--Northside Elementary School Moving Up Ceremony

JUNE 14, 2021--Northside Elementary School 5th Grade Awards Ceremony

JUNE 10, 2021--Farmingdale High School Athletic Awards

JUNE 8, 2021--Farmingdale High School Senior Awards

JUNE 8, 2021--Farmingdale High School ASL Senior Send Off

JUNE 7, 2021--Farmingdale Thespian Honor Society Induction Ceremony

JUNE 7, 2021--Farmingdale High School Band Senior Send Offs

JUNE 7, 2021--Farmingdale High School Orchestra Senior Send Offs

JUNE 4, 2021--The Beckies Theater Showcase at Farmingdale High School

JUNE 3, 2021--Farmingdale Tri M Honor Society Induction Ceremony

MAY 24, 2021--Farmingdale High School Business Honor Society Induction Ceremony

Farmingdale Middle School Students Shine in National PTA Art Program

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(from L-R) Willandie Loannes Presnard, Howitt Middle School Principal Mike Gavalas, Earl Jones III, Chloe Corrigan, and Madeline Ortiz,  thumbnail184765
(from L-R) Willandie Loannes Presnard, Howitt Middle School Principal Mike Gavalas, Earl Jones III, Chloe Corrigan, and Madeline Ortiz,

They say that art is a window into the soul. At Howitt Middle School, several young artists took the opportunity to show why they matter through various artistic mediums during the annual national PTA competition, Reflections. This year’s theme, “I matter because..,” allowed students to create works representing who they are and why they matter. Whether through film, literature, photography, or other visual methods, the students’ works afforded those who viewed them access to some of the most talented young artists in the country! Among those artists include Howitt’s Madeline Ortiz, Chloe Corrigan, Earl Jones III, Alexandra Goench, Willandie Loannes Presnard, and Sydney Luckman. Our Howitt artists continue to remind us all why art matters and why we all matter through their incredible works of self-expression!

Each year, over 300,000 students in Pre-K through Grade twelve create original works of art in response to a student-selected theme. This 50 plus year-old program helps students explore their thoughts, feelings, and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence and find a love for learning to help them become more successful in school and life.

Entries are judged at the school level, and winning entries advance to Nassau Region. Winning entries at Nassau Region advance to New York State PTA. New York State PTA selects winners to advance to National PTA.

The 2020-2021 theme was “I Matter Because….” The Weldon E. Howitt Middle School PTA had six entries chosen to advance to Nassau Region PTA and of those six entries, four were selected to move onto New York State PTA. Those four entries were created by: Chloe Corrigan, Madeline Ortiz, Willandie Loannes Presnard, and Earl Jones III. At the New York State PTA level, Earl Jones III received an Award of Merit.

PTA is the oldest and largest child advocacy association in America. Today’s PTA is comprised of more than four million parents, teachers, grandparents, caregivers, foster parents, and other caring adults who share a commitment to improving the education, health, and safety of all children.

For more information about the Farmingdale Union Free School District, please visit the district’s website at and like our Facebook page: @FarmingdaleSchoolDistrict.

2021 Farmingdale District Art Show

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The artwork you are about to enjoy highlights the perseverance and dedication of our teachers and students, some of who spent a year and a half learning from home. Through technology and inventive media we’ve become more resilient, more prolific Daler artists. And now, I invite you to enjoy our 2021 Farmingdale District Art Show!!

Enter the Art Gallery HERE!


Farmingdale High School Roars with Pride

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Farmingdale High School has been on a roll all year, receiving commendations and awards in a variety of areas both locally and nationally. Now, Farmingdale High School can add one more award to the impressive list! On Tuesday, April 27, U.S. News & World Report published the highly anticipated 2021 Best High Schools rankings. Among the impressive list of high schools was the District’s very own Farmingdale High School!

“Farmingdale High School is honored to be named as part of the U.S. News & World Reports’ 2021 Best High Schools,” said Farmingdale High School Principal, Dr. Samuel Thompson. “I can’t think of a better way for the work of our students and staff to be recognized. May this achievement serve as a reminder of what can be accomplished as a united community with a shared goal of academic excellence.”

The Farmingdale School District prides itself on its ability to prepare students for life post-graduation through the employment of a curriculum that provides students with the tools and experience they need to succeed. The data, collected during the 2018-2019 academic year, assessed students' display of college preparedness, reading and math proficiency, reading and math performance, and performance on Advanced Placement exams, as well as the District’s high graduation rates, all of which are core metrics for evaluating a high school’s national ranking. Our Dalers’ performance in all of these areas, as well as their impressive scores on several statewide assessments, did not go unnoticed, affording the school a spot on this highly regarded list.

“Farmingdale School District’s students’ and educators’ ability to continue to perform at a high caliber is truly remarkable but in no way surprising,” said Superintendent Paul Defendini. “Recognition of our student’s academic capabilities in U.S. News & World Reports’ is a tremendous achievement, and we should strive to be included every year. Congratulations, Dalers!”

Schools that ranked in the top 40 percent nationally achieved status as U.S. News Best High Schools. Those recognized gained eligibility to display U.S. News-trademarked 2021 Best High Schools award “badges,” which are emblematic of the institution’s hard work. This achievement is shared by the students, staff, and teachers of Farmingdale High School, whose dedication to providing top-tier education, especially during these times, is truly commendable.

For more information about the Farmingdale Union Free School District, please visit the district’s website at 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 and like our Facebook page: @FarmingdaleSchoolDistrict.

By The Numbers


Students Enrolled


Honor Roll Students


Student Athletes


Student Artists


AP Courses Available


Students in After-School Activities