Students from all over Nassau County were selected to perform at this year’s All-County Music Festival, which took place throughout the month of January, at the Tilles Center in Brookville. This year a record number of Farmingdale students were chosen in different categories, including band, orchestra, chorus, and jazz band. In total 103 Dalers were honored.
In addition, several of the students were honored individually. In division II, Devika Arora and Kelly Bergersen performed as vocal soloists; and in the jazz band category, Miles Malanowski played lead trumpet, Cooper Malanowski played lead trombone, and Connor Fawcett played guitar. All three also performed solo.
Seventh and eighth grade students enrolled in the Farmingdale School District’s Howitt Middle School recently participated in an interactive ‘College Week’ program. Students participated in a variety of college-themed activities, including a college fair, where representatives from different schools came to talk about the opportunities they offer. Students participated in question and answer sessions, homeroom challenges, spirit-related activities and more.
The students were also encouraged to ask their teachers about their alma maters, college experiences and the courses they enrolled in when they attended school.
— Submitted by the FarmingdaleSchool District
On Jan. 10, the Northside PTA sponsored a cultural arts event for all the fourth grade students, entitled “A Day in Clay” with artist Cliff Mendelson. As an accomplished artist and teacher, he provided an appreciation for the art of clay through demonstration, hands-on projects and discussion on aspects of culture and art history.
Farmingdale School District’s Woodward Parkway Elementary School fourth grade students recently participated in an activity that combined English-language arts and social studies skills. The students learned about the Iroquois Tribe and facts pertaining to their culture, beliefs, family life, symbols, traditions and appreciation for the natural world. Students read the non-fiction text book, The Iroquois by Mary Englar, to compare the content of and facts pertaining to the story, Eagle Song by Joseph Bruchac.
— Submitted by the Farmingdale Union-Free School District
Farmingdale High School students, under the direction of chorus teacher, Jonathan Bley, recently sang holiday songs for the people at the Long Island Jewish Schneider Children’s Hospital and the Daleview Nursing Home to raise the spirits of all. The trip was a success for residents and students alike.
— Submitted by Rita Padden
President W. Hubert Keen recently announced the appointment of Dr. Richard Vogel to the position of Dean of the School of Business at Farmingdale State College. Previously, Dr. Vogel was the acting Dean of the School of Business. “With this appointment, we formalize the excellent job that Dr. Vogel was already doing,” said Dr. Keen. “Dr. Vogel’s research and teaching qualities will continue to be an asset to Farmingdale.”
Before his position in the School of Business, Dr. Vogel was chair of the Department of History, Economics and Politics. His specialties within the field of Economics are: the economics of natural disasters; regional economic growth; and economics education. He is the current Treasurer of the Academy of Economics and finance, an academic association of approximately 350 faculty members, and the Past President of the New York State Economics Association. This past year, Dr. Vogel was the recipient of the AEF Service
Fellow award, and he is slated to receive the AEF Teaching Fellow award in February 2014.
To celebrate the holiday, Big Friends in Mrs. Vahling’s third grade class and Little Friends in Mrs. Knudsen’s kindergarten class decorated gingerbread houses with frosting and candy. The Big Friends helped their Little Friends with the task. The culmination of the
cooperative activities was a Gingerbread Scavenger Hunt that took the children into the principal’s office.
This is just one of the many planned experiences that Big Friends/Little Friends do throughout the school year. These experiences enable the older students to feel empowered by helping others and also provide Little Friends with great role models. No one ever said that learning can’t be fun.
— Submitted By Mrs. Vahling and Mrs. Knudsen
To better get into the spirit of the holiday season, students in the Farmingdale School District celebrated with a week-long series of winter performances from the various bands, orchestras, and choral groups throughout the six schools in the district.
Kicking things off, the students in the Northside Elementary School’s junior chorus and orchestra wowed the crowd of students and parents with their performance on Monday, Dec. 16.
The Farmingdale School District’s Saltzman East Memorial Elementary School student chorus recently celebrated the holiday season, with a performance at the Village of Farmingdale Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony.
The chorus, under the direction of Mrs. Drewes, sang several renditions of holiday-themed songs. Prior to their performance, the students learned the cultural significance of the songs they performed.
— Submitted by the Farmingdale Union Free School District
Farmingdale School District’s Howitt Middle School recently inducted more than 100 eighth grade students into the prestigious ‘National Junior Honor Society,’ recognizing their outstanding academic achievement. Eligible students are required to have at least a 92 percent grade point average by the fourth marking period of their seventh grade year. The middle school’s faculty council nominates and selects the students who display excellent academic and leadership skills to be inducted into the Howitt chapter.
— Submitted By Peter Guaraldi
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