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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!”
 

Woodward Parkway Wins 2nd Place in PSEG Challenge

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Woodward Parkway Elementary School has won second place in the PSEG Long Island Energy Efficiency Kit Challenge! They were awarded a check for $750 at a recent PTA meeting.

The contest kicked off with a performance by the National Theatre for Children called The Conservation Caper—a show designed to engage elementary school students and empower them with energy-saving tools. From there, PTA mom Gina Brinskelle organized the school’s participation in the contest and helped facilitate the distribution of free energy efficiency kits to teachers and families. The top three elementary and middle schools across Long Island that saved the most energy by requesting the most kits won grand prizes of $500, $750, and $1,500. "All of us at Woodward Parkway thank our students, staff, and parents for helping us win second place!” said Ms. Brinskelle.

“Congratulations to Woodward Parkway Elementary School for taking second prize in the PSEG Long Island Energy Efficiency Kit Challenge,” said Suzanne Brienza, director of customer experience and utility marketing, PSEG Long Island, who is also a Farmingdale resident. “We are glad the students and staff enjoyed the show as much as we enjoyed sponsoring it. The added incentive of the challenge offered families the opportunity to put energy conservation ideas into practice – by providing free LED light bulbs and the chance for their school to get a monetary prize for most sign ups – it’s a win-win-win.”

Parent Technology Workshop at Woodward Parkway

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On February 5, 2020, the administration, teachers, and students of Woodward Parkway Elementary School welcomed nearly 25 families to the second of a series of breakfast workshops designed to strengthen the home/school connection and to let parents know about the great things going on in the classrooms.

The workshop, "Our One-to-World Initiative: How our Teachers and Students are Using Technology," featured students and teachers sharing apps like Google Slides, FlipGrid, Book Creator, and Padlet, which have enhanced engagement and provided students with choices about how to share their learning experiences.

Music teachers shared an incredible tool called SMART Music, which students use to engage in purposeful repeated practice. Parents were also introduced to an app called Quaver, used by students to compose their own pieces of music. Library Media Specialist Lidia Horyn shared Epic—a comprehensive digital library—plus a host of other resources that students have access to through ClassLink. 

"We are so grateful to Mrs. Squicciarini, Mrs. Leff, Mr. Weber, Mrs. Haas, Mrs. Dandrilli, Mrs. Horyn, and Mrs. Cocheo for sharing their expertise with our families,” said Woodward Parkway Elementary School Principal Dr. Patrick Klocek. “We could not be prouder of the students who took on the role of teachers, as they explained to parents how the tools work and why we’re all so excited to use them.”

Farmingdale Schools Perform All District Chorus Concert

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On Thursday, February 6, 2020, Farmingdale High School hosted the All District Chorus Concert, bringing together 420 students from all six Farmingdale schools—elementary through high school. 

Each year, the All District Concert is a showcase that demonstrates the amazing level of growth that takes place from the elementary to the high school level. It alternates every three years with band, orchestra, and chorus. 

Music teachers Christina Cinnamo and Emilie D’Andrilli conducted the elementary chorus. Danielle Tucker conducted the middle school chorus. The high school women’s chorus was conducted by Edward Kozlowski, and the mixed chorus was conducted by Jessica Mischke. The combined ensemble was conducted by Catherine McLaughlin. 

The grand finale brought all the students together to sing “You Will Be Found” from the musical Dear Evan Hansen. 

You can watch the entire concert by clicking here.

101 Farmingdale Students Perform in All County

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 Farmingdale School District sent 101 of their top student musicians to the 2020 Nassau Music Educators Association (NMEA) All County Music Festival—held at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts on multiple days in January. The festival brings music students together from schools throughout Nassau County.

To qualify for participation, students must perform at the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Adjudication Festival and be nominated by their music teachers. A committee of Nassau County music educators make the final selection of which students will perform in the various groups. 

The Farmingdale students performed in 5 different divisions—broken down by grade level—in the categories of Band, Orchestra, Chorus, Vocal Jazz, and Jazz Band.

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