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Farmingdale Observer - Schools

Robotics Challenge Win

Friday, 26 April 2013 00:00

The Farmingdale High School team recently won the Northrop Grumman High School Innovation Challenge for the second year in a row. This year’s challenge, dubbed AVATAR, for Autonomous Vehicle Tracking And Rendezvous, was a robotics competition. Facing off against Massapequa, Baldwin, and Copiague, some with well-equipped robotics clubs, Farmingdale, which had no robotics club, was considered an underdog. 


The competition simulated real world engineering challenges, by requiring students to design a robot and program it to successfully navigate a complex obstacle course. Just like real world engineering projects, each team had to submit their plans prior to execution at the competition. Through this process students were exposed to the entire engineering process while developing teamwork and presentation skills. 


Math Fun

Friday, 12 April 2013 00:00

Students in Mrs. Ryan and Mrs. Fruman’s ICT (integrated co-teaching) class are working with Mrs. Wedner, Northside Elemntary School’s math coach, to learn new approaches to mathematics. Students and teachers together engage in interactive lessons that include model drawing and mental math to help students ‘make sense’ of math. 


Family Reading Night

Friday, 12 April 2013 00:00

Northside students gather together with their families, engaged in a Family Reading Night held in partnership with the Farmingdale Public Library.  It was a collaborative effort between the school’s Shared Decision Making Team and the Farmingdale community. 


Taking Care Of Business

Friday, 05 April 2013 00:00

Farmingdale High School’s DECA team recently competed and excelled in a New York State Competition held in Rochester. Multiple Farmingdale High School team members placed in the top ten of their respective categories, including three students who will advance to the International DECA Competition in Anaheim, California in April.

 Sarah Golshahra and Alexander Melton placed fourth in the Business Law and Ethics category and Nitasha Sharma earned third place in Professional Selling. The following Farmingdale High School DECA team members additionally placed in the top ten of their respective categories: Abraham Makkawi (second place honors, Job Interview) Alexis Napoli (Marketing), Andie Floresta (Public Speaking), Andrea Lee (Business Services Marketing), Jasmine Rashid (Hospitality Services), Kaitlin Sutherland (Human Resources), Kenneth Connolly (Accounting Applications), Marykate Thomson (Hospitality Services), Michelle Fredericks (Professional Sales Hospitality and Tourism), Patrick Lively (Sports and Entertainment Marketing), Rebekka Sherry (Business Law and Ethics), Sal Sherman (Marketing) and Zhe Chen (Business Law and Ethics).


Lit Mag Wins Award

Friday, 05 April 2013 00:00

Farmingdale High School’s art and literary magazine, Labyrinth Art and Literary Magazine 2012, recently received recognition from the National Scholastic Press Association.  The student publication was awarded with a “Best of the Literary Magazine Content” distinction in the National Scholastic Press Association’s 18th edition of the Best of the High School Press. The senior editors of the award-winning magazine are Kelly Chodkowski, Emily Glascott, Daniella Magnani, Isabel Mormile, Casey Seely and Alex Wisz.


Outstanding Academic Achievements

Friday, 29 March 2013 00:00
Students at Howitt Middle School celebrated academic success through a pizza party provided by the school’s Shared Decision Making Committee. Students who had increased their grade point average by three or more points, or had an average of 92 or higher were rewarded for their achievements. 

Hip Pickles At Northside

Friday, 29 March 2013 00:00
Hip Pickles, a critically-acclaimed drum ensemble that has been performing in schools and libraries for over 15 years, delivered an awe-inspiring, interactive set at Northside Elementary School that captivated the imagination of students and teachers alike. With the interactive performance concept in mind, Hip Pickles invited students on stage to tap on the drums and shake to the beat of their percussions. The Hip Pickles Band came to show the children through music how important reading is to them. The children sang and talked about their favorite books while enjoying songs. The Northside PTA sponsored the assembly.

Appointed To West Point

Friday, 22 March 2013 00:00

Patrick Lively and John Ragno, both students at Farmingdale High School, each received a Congressional nomination to the United States Military Academy. U.S. Representative Peter King congratulated them both.


Happy Chinese New Year

Friday, 15 March 2013 00:00
Saltzman East Memorial Elementary School rang in the Chinese New Year with a special cultural celebration. Students learned about the Chinese New Year celebration by reading about the Year of the Snake, the Red Dragon, and Chinese lucky red envelopes. There was a feast of authentic Chinese cuisine as well as arts and crafts.


Virginia Awards Farmingdale Grad

Friday, 15 March 2013 00:00

The William and Mary Alumni Association Botetourt Chapter recently presented Samantha Rozakis, a 2003 graduate of Farmingdale High School, with the Teacher of the Year Award from Mathews County in Virginia. Rozakis is a grades five through eight self-contained special education teacher at Thomas Hunter Middle School in Mathews, VA, who works with students with multiple disabilities. As part of her curriculum, her students cook weekly and run the school’s coffee shop. They also take care of the school’s greenhouse and have started a successful spice business selling their herbs at the farmer’s market and Mathews Welcome Center. 


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