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Important Information

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

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Moving up to Middle School - HMS incoming 6th Grade Parent Orientation slideshow.

 


updates

8th Boys Lacrosse practice is CANCELLED for this afternoon, but those athletes are invited to practice with Coach Rysanek and the Boys 7th grade team.

   

 

announcements

 

TODAY IS FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2024, AND IT IS A “B” DAY

  

SPORTS

7th/8th Boys & Girls Track is home against Island Trees & Wisdom Lane (Levittown) @ 4:45 pm
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A reminder that when students are called down for Early Dismissal they must stop at the lobby desk first and not exit the building on their own.

 

Yearbooks may still be preordered for $65 by using the link below. Deadline to order is May 15.

 

The Lion’s Den School Store is open during all lunch periods, and spring Daler Gear such as sweatshirts, T-shirts and pajama pants, school supplies and small toys are available to purchase.

 

8th grade Adventureland permission slips and payments are due to the Main Office drop box by Friday, May 10. Please note that no late payments will be accepted. If payment is made online, a signed paper copy of the permission slip still needs to be handed in; otherwise you will not be permitted to go on the trip. If you have questions please see Mrs. Mulligan in room 209 during homeroom only.

Adventureland Permission Slip - Must be returned with payment by May 10

 
Students and staff are reminded to submit the number of pages read for The Harry Potter Reading Challenge using the following link: Harry Potter Reading Challenge Google Form

Student Council’s yearly T-shirt sale is now going on and the cost is $12 each. Order forms have already been handed out and are due back by May 10. Additional order forms may be picked up in room 209, and T-shirts may also be ordered online at myschoolbucks.com. The T-shirt design and quote were created by the Howitt Student Council members. Help support Student Council by ordering a T-shirt today.

 

Mr. Szabo's 7th Orchestra students should report to the Auditorium period 6 today.

 

Mr. Gelfer's 8th Orchestra students should report to the Orchestra Room  immediately after period 7 today.

 

Reminder that Mrs. Tucker's 7/8 full Chorus rehearsals will be held today & Monday.

 

The following will be held after school TODAY:
The Creative Writing Story Club w/Ms. Muscatello & Dylan Delatorre in the Library  
Work Out with Beatrice Club in the East Gym Fitness Room 
CANCELLED ENL Extra Help w/Ms. Rapinat in room 320
CANCELLED Chess & Checkers Club w/Mr. Kirby in room 316
CANCELLED The Future Corp Club w/Mrs. Cammarata in room 510

 

HARRY POTTER READING CHALLENGE

Grade-Level Harry Potter Houses:
6th grade: Hufflepuff 
7th grade: Ravenclaw 
8th grade: Gryffindor
Faculty & Staff: Slytherin

 

One page read = one point for assigned grade-level Potter House. Harry Potter Reading Challenge Google Form Ends on May 10

 

United Skates of America Event

Wednesday, April 17, 2024 (6:30-8:30 pm)
Tickets will be handed out at the door at time of check-in.

United Skates Permission Slip  Late permission slips/monies: Please contact Mrs. Merlo


8th Grade Adventureland Trip

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Adventureland Permission Slip - Must be returned with payment by May 10


Incoming 6th Grade Parent Orientation Slide Presentation

Click here to view the slide presentation

 

SPORTS

All teams will have their first practice after school on Monday, March 25, and athletes must be registered, medically cleared and dressed to try out.

Family ID registration

 

ID BADGES & LANYARDS

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. Students are also able to access the form from their ClassLink launchpad.

 

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.

   

YEARBOOKS

Yearbooks may be pre-ordered for $65 by using the following link: https://yearbookforever.com/
Deadline to order is May 15, 2024.

 

 

Graphic with text: 'Students of the Quarter'

STUDENTS OF THE QUARTER

The Student of the Quarter award is given to students chosen by their teachers.

Students selected demonstrate excellence in leadership, participation, attendance, work ethic, and citizenship. Click here to see the full list of recipients.

Current News

BRINGING JOY ONE PAW AT A TIME

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The collaboration between The WildLife Warriors Club, The Swiftie Society, and the Howitt Middle School Building Safety and Wellness Committee has been a heartwarming success. Every week during teacher and staff lunch breaks, a new pet rescue or therapy dog program is introduced at Howitt. The main goal is to offer the adults at Howitt Middle School a chance to de-stress and find comfort in the presence of these furry visitors. The initiative has brought joy and laughter to the school, with staff thoroughly enjoying interacting with the pets.

Adults benefit from this program, and animals reap the rewards. By socializing the puppies and kittens in these settings, the animal rescue groups are helping prepare them for adoption, increasing their chances of finding forever homes. The rescue groups greatly appreciate the opportunity to engage with potential adopters and foster families, who see the value in these interactions.

In a beautiful display of compassion and creativity, the students from the Swiftie Society went above and beyond by crafting cat toys to donate to Tender Loving Cats Rescue (TLC). This thoughtful gesture showcases the spirit of generosity and kindness that thrives within the Howitt community. Each group that brings therapy dogs or adoptable pets to our school shares their love for animals and receives a donation to support their noble cause.

The impact of this pet rescue and therapy dog program extends far beyond the school grounds, touching the lives of both humans and animals alike. It serves as a reminder of the power of collaboration, compassion, and community in creating a brighter and more caring world.

SPRING CONCERT SEASON

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All concerts this season will take place in-person, with no need for tickets to attend. Additionally, all concerts will be recorded. Links from each performance will be made available here a few days after the performance.

 

FARMINGDALE HIGH SCHOOL

  • MAY 9, 2024—STRING, CHAMBER & SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
  • MAY 20, 2024—MIXED CHORUS, TREBLE CHORUS, VOCAL JAZZ & DALER A CAPELLA

 

HOWITT MIDDLE SCHOOL

  • MAY 6, 2024—7,8 GR. CHORUS
  • MAY 7, 2024—6,7,8 GR. ORCHESTRA
  • MAY 15, 2024—7,8 GR. WIND ENSEMBLE & SYMPHONIC BAND
  • MAY 22, 2024—6 GR. BAND & CHORUS

 

ALBANY AVENUE

  • MAY 28 2024—JR. SPRING CONCERT
  • MAY 30, 2024—SR./JR. CHORUS, SR. BAND, SR. ORCHESTRA & JAZZ BAND

 

NORTHSIDE

  • MAY 23, 2024—SR. SPRING CONCERT
  • MAY 30, 2024—JR. SPRING CONCERT

 

SALTZMAN EAST MEMORIAL

  • MAY 17, 2024—SR. SPRING CONCERT
  • MAY 31, 2024—JR. SPRING CONCERT

 

WOODWARD PARKWAY

  • MAY 23 2024—JR. SPRING CONCERT
  • MAY 23 2024—SR. SPRING CONCERT

DALERS HIT A HIGH NOTE IN MUSIC EDUCATION

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Farmingdale School District has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. Now in its 25th year, the Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to school districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement to provide music access and education to all students.

To qualify for the Best Communities designation, Farmingdale School District answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, and support for the music program and community music-making programs. Responses were verified by school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

“The Farmingdale music program is a source of immense pride for our community,” said Greg Warnokowski, Farmingdale School District’s Director of Fine and Performing Arts. “Winning this award for the eleventh consecutive year underscores the strong bond between the district and the community, emphasizing their shared appreciation for music education. The program’s success and growth can be credited to our educators’ dedication, expertise, and commitment. We are truly thankful to our community, parents, school leaders, and Board of Education for their steadfast support of music education.”

Research into music education continues to demonstrate educational/cognitive and social skill benefits for children who make music. After two years of music education, researchers found that participants showed more substantial improvements in how the brain processes speech and reading scores than their less-involved peers and that students involved in music are more likely to graduate high school and attend college. In addition, everyday listening skills are stronger in musically trained children than those without music training. Listening skills are closely tied to perceiving speech in a noisy background, paying attention, and keeping sounds in memory. Later in life, individuals who took music lessons as children show stronger neural processing of sound; young adults and even older adults who have not played an instrument for up to 50 years show enhanced neural processing compared to their peers. Social benefits include conflict resolution, teamwork skills, and giving and receiving constructive criticism.

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.

The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit organization supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) and its 15,000 global member companies and individual professionals worldwide. Our mission is to advance active participation in music-making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving, and public service programs. For more information about The NAMM Foundation, please visit nammfoundation.org.

PASSPORT TO WELLNESS

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The Farmingdale School District’s Wellness Committee held its annual Wellness Fair on April 8, 2024, at Farmingdale High School. The Wellness Fair was a vibrant and engaging event that aimed to promote overall well-being and healthy living in the Farmingdale community. Students eagerly participated in various activities and workshops, gaining valuable knowledge and practical skills to enhance their physical and mental health.

The atmosphere was filled with positivity and enthusiasm as families explored different booths and interactive displays. From learning about the importance of mindfulness and preparing for college to trying out delicious and nutritious snack options, there was something for everyone to enjoy and benefit from.

Fun fitness challenges like the Trike-A-Thon and agility games like Basketball and GaGa Ball emphasized the importance of staying active and fit. The highlight of the Wellness Fair was the East Farmingdale Volunteer Fire Company’s CPR demonstration, where students had the opportunity to learn life-saving techniques from trained professionals.

By collaborating with the school and local organizations, attendees were able to gather resources and information to build their wellness toolbox for leading a healthy and balanced lifestyle. The Wellness Fair served as a valuable platform for fostering a culture of well-being and empowerment within the Farmingdale community, leaving a lasting impact on all who participated.

DALERS SHINE BRIGHT

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Farmingdale School District is delighted to reveal this year's distinguished individuals who were recognized for their exemplary work and service by SCOPE Education Services. They were honored at the 23rd annual School District Awards Dinner on March 18, 2024.

  • Kelvin Vargas, Howitt Middle School, Security, Support Staff Service Award
  • Beth Ann Garvey, Farmingdale High School, Athletics, Support Staff Service Award
  • Cordelia Anthony, Farmingdale High School, Teacher, Teacher Service Award

Farmingdale Superintendent Paul Defendini praised the SCOPE winners from Farmingdale for their dedicated service to the community. The individuals being honored have shown exceptional commitment and excellence.

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