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Farmingdale Observer - Schools

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.”


Northsiders Learn With Legos

Written by Donna Duffy Thursday, 27 March 2014 00:00

The fourth graders at Northside went on a Lego field trip to Bricks for Kids in Syosset to complement and reinforce their study on simple machines.  The students learned about the types of simple machines, how they impact our daily lives.  Then they created models of simple machines using Legos.  Some machines they created were merry-go-rounds, cranes, and see-saws.  The kids were so excited to play with Legos and still learn about an important topic in science.


Farmingdale Art Students Selected For Exhibits

Thursday, 20 March 2014 00:00

All across Long Island, talented Advanced Placement Art students are invited to exhibit their work. One venue takes place at Long Island University CW Post called “Advanced Visions: High School Artists of Excellence” the exhibition highlights the superior talent and creativity found among high school Advanced Placement artists. Two Farmingdale High School art students were chosen to represent Farmingdale’s art program taught by Ms. R Nicholas.  Kaitlyn Russo and Brooke Yakkey had their work displayed at the Hillwood SAL Gallery from Dec. 20, 2013 through till the end of January 2014.  


‘Silver Key’ Award For Artwork

Thursday, 20 March 2014 00:00

Farmingdale High School senior Alecia Fuschetto was recently awarded with the Silver Key Award from the Scholastics Art and Writing Awards program for her artwork.  Alecia’s portfolio, which consisted of eight original works, was selected from more than 255,000 applicants.  Only 40 percent of the student-artist portfolios that were submitted were awarded with the Gold Key, Silver Key or Honorable Mention distinction.  


 Alecia is currently enrolled in her school’s advance placement art and drawing and painting courses. 


— Submitted by the  Farmingdale School District


National Merit Scholarship Finalist

Thursday, 13 March 2014 00:00

Farmingdale High School student Minhal Ahmed has been named as a finalist in the National Merit Scholarship competition. Minhal is one of 15,000 students across the country to receive this honor. This accomplishment recognizes Minhal for his academic achievement as well as his success beyond the classroom. 


The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships based on high school student’s scores on the Preliminary SATs and the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Tests. Students are also assessed on their volunteer participation, teacher recommendations, their grades in high school courses and rigor of courses taken.


— Submitted by the Farmingdale School District


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