The Best Communities for Music Education award acknowledges school districts all throughout the U.S. for their commitment to music education. Each fall, districts can choose to answer an extensive survey which is then analyzed. Based on the results, the awards are announced in the spring.
“Parents and community members often comment about the outstanding music program Farmingdale offers,” said Farmingdale’s Fine Arts Director Rita Zirpolo Padden. “It is wonderful to get this validation from nationally recognized music educators and researchers.”
During these final months of the school year, death is the furthest thing from a high school student’s mind. We are too busy being excited for summer and the end of another school year to worry about something so far away and foreign as death.
“Death is for the old and sickly; not for us, we can’t die, there’s too much for us to do, to experience, to see.”
If we read the front page of a newspaper we might see a story about a teen or two tragically dead before their time, but they’re so far away, “that’s not us, that could never be us.”
More than 30 Howitt Middle School students in the Farmingdale School District recently joined the school’s chess club. The program is designed to enhance the students’ critical thinking and problem solving skills by introducing them to the game of chess.
Under the guidance of club advisor Matt Szabo, the students participate in various chess matches after school and during their lunch period. Mr. Szabo is an experienced chess player, and offers the sixth graders various tips on how to improve and enhance their game.
— Submitted by the Farmingdale School District
Students from Farmingdale High School and the Farmingdale School District’s Howitt Middle School drecently created an anti-cyberbullying awareness program to teach their peers about internet safety and the vices of bullying. The students were inspired by a previous cyberbullying presentation made by Nassau County Police Officer Sharon Galvin.
The student groups created informational posters, flyers and messages to teach their classmates about internet safety. In addition, the students held a bake sale to raise funds for the Long Island Crisis Center. To date, the students have raised a total of nearly $400.
—Submitted by the Farmingdale School District
In an effort to spread awareness about the environment, Farmingdale High School’s Go Green Club celebrated Earth Day on April 27, with a day of food and fun for family and friends. Vendors, kites, and even a live band filled the Farmingdale Village Green with commotion.
Under the guidance of Mr. and Mrs. Kramer, Farmingdale’s Go Green Club advisors, the Earth Day festivities were a huge success.
The Farmingdale School District and Farmingdale High School Wall of Fame Committee honored distinguished and talented Farmingdale High School alumni during its 2014 Wall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Monday, April 28 at the high school’s Thomas W. Guilford Lecture Hall.
The 2014 Wall of Fame inductees are:
Northside Elementary School’s dancers, singers, comedians and musicians rocked the stage at Howitt Middle School on April 25 for their twenty-first annual “Party Rock” Talent Show.
The Talent Show is one of the many events provided by the Northside PTA. Chairperson Dina Viskoc, along with her co-chair Melissa Knudzen coordinated an amazing show. 33 talented acts consisting of over 100 students performed and charmed the audience with their remarkable talents.
Parent volunteers including Mary Mascioli assisted the children on stage smoothly and safely, while backstage Northside’s former students Stephanie Viskoc, Melissa Viskoc, Leanna Costello and Nicolette Mascioli came to lend their help as stagehands for the show and during rehearsals.
Farmingdale School District Transportation Supervisor Joe Williams and Director of Information Services Kathy Hart were honored at the 13th Annual SCOPE School District Awards Ceremony in Holbrook—where they were presented with awards for their service with the district’s SCOPE program.
The winning recipients have collectively served the district for more than 45 years.
“We are incredibly proud of, both, Joe and Kathy for their outstanding accomplishments and the distinct leadership they have brought to our district,” said Farmingdale School District Superintendent John Lorentz, who also serves as president on the SCOPE Board of Directors.
Currently on view at Village Hall in Farmingdale is the art work by our very own Farmingdale High School artists. Students in Ms. Nicholas’ Advanced Placement Studio Art Class photographed then painted in watercolor, scenes from around the Village of Farmingdale.
Students were challenged to look at their own familiar surroundings through the artist’s lens. The goal was to create engaging and colorful compositions from the often overlooked landscape of one’s own “backyard”.
The paintings will be on view from April 4 through June 1.
— Submitted by Rita Padden
This past week, Farmingdale State College’s Sport Management Club and Sigma Beta Delta finished off their sports equipment drive and fundraiser for Children’s Sport Connection. The weeklong event finished on April 19, when members from the community and other organizations on Long Island stopped by to donate equipment and monetary donations.
Victoria “Tori” Green, president of SBD, and Paul “PJ” Waszkiewicz, president of the Sport Management Club, teamed up when they learned of the need for gently used or new sporting equipment for underprivileged children as they believe that through sports, many of these children can learn valuable life lessons.
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