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Farmingdale Observer - Schools

Farmingdalers Honored At SCOPE Ceremony

Thursday, 01 May 2014 00:00

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. 


‘Farmingdale, the Landscape’

Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:00

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


College Donates Sports Gear

Written by The Farmingdale Observer Staff Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:00

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.


Bikes, Trikes, Toddlers, Oh My

Written by Rebekah Sherry Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:00

Farmingdale High School’s student commons was swarming with tykes on trikes, wheeling around for the Farmingdale Community Summit’s annual trike-a-thon. 


Each year, the community summit organizes the trike-a-thon as a fundraiser for Farmingdale families in need. Students participate from the high school’s child development program and Universal Pre-Kindergarten program, by getting friends, families, and neighbors to sponsor them. 


Volunteers from the Farmingdale High School’s Child Development Lab and internship classes helped out with this year’s event by encouraging the kids, while preventing any disastrous traffic jams on the track. 


Howitt National Junior Honor Society Gives Back To Animals In Need

Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:00

The Farmingdale School District’s Howitt Middle School National Junior Honor Society recently collected boxes of food and toys to benefit two local animal shelters in the community.  The honor society students created a school-wide drive to collect various supplies for abandoned dogs and cats.  During the process, the students learned about basic animal care, how to create a campaign and the 

importance of teamwork. 


— Submitted by the Farmingdale School District


Students Build Bridges To Success

Thursday, 10 April 2014 00:00

Four Farmingdale High School students recently competed in the Northrop Grumman’s Build A Bridge Competition.  The students had to create a model bridge in the physics-based competition by using one pound of balsa wood and glue. 


Farmingdale High School student Scott Hilbrandt created a model bridge that weighed eight ounces, and held more than 50 times its weight.  The team of Richard Kevan, Peter Callahan and Mitchell Grossman also created a bridge that weighed one pound and held 60 pounds of weight. The students competed against their peers throughout the region as well as professional engineers. The competition also provided an opportunity for students to look into possible engineering career paths.  


— Submitted by the Farmingdale School District 


Local Sixth Grade Students Learn the Message, “Yes You Can”

Thursday, 10 April 2014 00:00

Hundreds of Howitt Middle School sixth graders recently learned the inspirational story of Lloyd Bachrach, a paralympian, entrepreneur and author, as part of the motivational student ‘Yes You Can’ program.

Bachrach, who was born with a congenital bone deficiency, explained to the students about the importance of overcoming adversity, establishing goals and helping others to succeed. 


— Submitted by the Farmingdale School District 


All County Art Exhibit

Thursday, 03 April 2014 00:00

Thousands gathered at Adelphi University on March 16 to view the 8th Annual Nassau All County Art Exhibition. The exhibition-sponsored by the Nassau County Art Supervisors Association honored students in grades K-12 who have demonstrated excellence in a variety of art forms including drawing, painting, printmaking, computer graphics, and photography. 


All the outstanding pieces were produced in alignment with the New York State standards for visual arts. The Farmingdale School District had 44 student entries in this exhibition which featured the work of Nassau County’s most talented student artists. 


— Submitted by Rita Padden, Fine Arts Director of the Farmingdale School District  


Day In Clay Program

Thursday, 03 April 2014 00:00

Earlier this March, fifth grade students of Northside Elementary had the opportunity to observe the work of professional artist Cliff Mendelson. Artist-in-Residence Mendelson shared his expertise and talent as he demonstrated the art of creating clay masks by hand, showing students that an artist creating original works in an atmosphere that encouraged their inquiry and involvement.  Conversation and dialogue were an integral part of the creative process.


Students then created their own individual ceramic masks using the style and techniques of African artists.  They enjoyed learning about the process involved in creating ceramic pieces and gained an appreciation for cultures that are unfamiliar to them. The various symbols, patterns and imagery were utilized in their own works to explore this tradition. The program was sponsored by the Northside PTA Cultural Arts Committee.


— Submitted by Marcia Avila


Students Design Martian Lander

Written by Rebekah Sherry Thursday, 27 March 2014 00:00

For the third consecutive year, students at Farmingdale High School willcompete in the Northrop Grumman High School Innovation Challenge, this April, in the hopes of taking the first place prize a third time. 


“I definitely think we have a chance” said Peter Callahan, a sophomore. 


Each year, Northrop Grumman organizes the annual competition to increase awareness of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers, and encourage students to seek careers within STEM fields. Teams of up to ten high school students are then asked to come up with an engineering solution to a problem provided by Northrop Grumman. Grumman’s vision for the competition is to “foster the next generation of engineers and scientists by giving them exposure to the world of science, technology, engineering and math and the tools for them to learn and grow.”


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