Farmingdale High School’s DECA club recently competed in the New York State DECA conference in Rochester. The competition lasted for three days, from March 5-7, and was attended by over two-thousand students from across the state and Long Island, including twenty-four Dalers who competed at the conference.
DECA—previously Distributive Education Clubs of America—was established in 1946 with the goal of preparing students for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management around the globe. The organization prepares future business leaders by providing students with an opportunity to learn real-world business skills and allows students to demonstrate their skills, either as a team or alone, in competition.
The Farmingdale School District’s Saltzman East Memorial Elementary School recently hosted a Book Bingo event, as students played games that incorporated some of their favorite books. The special night helped students enhance their vocabulary and reading skills with help from their families and teachers. The event was held in conjunction with the school’s Parents as Reading Partners (PARP) program, which encourages students to continue reading books outside the classroom.
— Submitted by the Farmingdale School District
Northside Elementary School students celebrated the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, with their own weeklong olympics.
Throughout the week, Northside students got to experience the games through creative modified events that emphasized teamwork and physical skills such as running, jumping, muscular endurance and hand-eye coordination.
Two Farmingdale High School art students were selected to participate in a special workshop and exhibit with the famous graphic designer, Louise Fili.
Fili is a world renowned graphic designer who has created over 2,000 book covers, numerous logos, packaging and signage for restaurants and companies around the globe. Her exhibit, “Elegantissima” was recently showcased at Farmingdale State College and featured some of her design and typography work.
Meghan Paola of Bethpage High School recently received the Go APE Award from the Art League of Long Island.
Paola’s soft pastel work, “Untitled, was honored as one of the top 14 works in the Art League’s Advanced Placement Student Exhibition. Now in its seventh year, the program celebrates exceptional artwork of AP art students in Long Island high schools, as selected by their teachers.
The Farmingdale School District’s Legislative Action Committee recently traveled to Albany to present the district’s legislative proposals for the 2014-2015 school year, which include a request for more state aid. Based on the preliminary state budget figures, the Farmingdale School District will receive $746,419 more than last year—an increase of 2.74 percent. However, school officials say it isn’t enough.
The students from Northside Elementary School celebrated family literacy at the Farmingdale Public Library on Monday, February 10, 2014. Students enjoyed listening to stories read by Children’s Librarian Elena Jannello, as well as winning prizes for answering literature trivia questions from their teachers.
To find out what other great events are happening at the library, visit our website at www.farmingdalelibrary.org.
— Submitted by the FarmingdalePublic Library
Over 400 students in the Farmingdale School District packed the high school auditorium for the All-District Chorus Concert on Feb. 6, which included the Elementary Chorus, the Middle School Chorus, High School Vocal Jazz, High School Women Chorus, and the High School Mixed Chorus. And at the end of the show, all of the students filled the stage for their final peformance of the evening. — Photos by Adil Borluca
Instead of their usual gym period, Woodward Parkway Elementary Students in grades K-5 were recently treated to a week of fun circus-themed lessons targeted at enhancing motor skills and concentration.
For the whole week, acrobatic artists Liam and Little Lou from the National Circus Project worked with students, showing them how to spin plates, balance sticks, juggle yo-yos, and walk on stilts.
According to Assistant Principal Jennifer DeHayes, the acrobatic artists also helped put on an interactive workshop on Friday evening, at which fourth-grade students were give a chance to show parents what they had learned.
Two out of 12 Farmingdale students, entered in the Region Reflections Art Contest, are moving onto compete at the New York State level. If selected, the students will then advance to the National judging round. We are very proud of all our participants and super excited for those advancing to the next round.
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