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Farmingdale Observer - Schools

School Taxes: Why Bills Are Up

Written by Chris Boyle Thursday, 14 November 2013 00:00

At November’s public meeting of the Farmingdale Board of Education, discussion centered on misconceptions regarding the tax levy and the impact of residents filing property assessment grievances with Nassau County.


Assistant Superintendent Paul Defendini gave an in-depth presentation regarding the differences between the tax levy the Farmingdale school district assigns and the bills local residents eventually receive in the mail; often, he said, the end result is well out of the district’s hands.


“The difference between what we, as a district, say that your levy increase is versus what happens when you open up your tax bill... are not tied together exactly as we’d like them to be,” Defendini said. “The percent increase in the tax levy does not represent the taxes paid by individual residents.”


Fire Safety At Northside

Thursday, 14 November 2013 00:00

Northside Elementary students recently learned about fire hazards, hot spots, electrical fires, family fire drills and more at an informative and entertaining presentation by performer/educator Steve Luker. Kindergarten, first and second grade students were thoroughly entertained by the combination magic show/educational program.  Combining magic, comedy and active audience participation, the 35-minute show was fast-paced and funny. Each magical effect taught an important lesson in fire safety.  It was a great and powerful way for children to learn about the nation’s no.1 hazard.


— Submitted by Marcia Avila


Girl Scouts Take Action Project at Howitt Middle School

Thursday, 07 November 2013 00:00


Did you ever wonder what a “Daler” was? The girls from Troop 3729 did and decided to make sure their school knew what it represents. As part of their Take Action Project, girl scouts created a mural at Howitt Middle School on what it means to them. With the permission of the principal, they picked the location and started to outline the concept. They concluded that a “Daler” is someone who represents strong positive traits. Some of the words they came up with included “unique, thoughtful, athletic, honest, loyal and hard working.” 


Disaster Planning And Preparedness

Thursday, 31 October 2013 00:00

Town of Oyster Bay officials recently joined parents and faculty in the Farmingdale School district to discuss disaster planning and preparedness in the event of another storm. Attending the meeting, (pictured l-r) school teacher Anna McCarthy, PTA Treasurer Marcia Avila, PTA Second Vice President Bonnie Jonak, PTA Third Vice-President William Moseley, Town of Oyster Bay Councilwoman Michele Johnson, PTA President Kim Donohue, Town of Oyster Bay Public Safety Deputy Commissioner Leonard Symons, Weldon E. Howitt Middle School Principal Luis Pena, District Court Judge Rhonda Fischer and Town Clerk James Altadonna Jr.


High School Marching Band Jams

Thursday, 24 October 2013 00:00

Members of the Farmingdale High School Marching Band, on Oct. 17, delivered a routine filled with spirit and excitement during a three-day festival at Hofstra University, hosted by Newsday. During the annual event, the FHS marching band performed popular songs like The Beetles-hit, “The Magical Mystery Tour/Lady Madonna” A-Ha’s “Take on Me,” and Sly & the Family Stone’s hit, “Dance to the Music.” 


Around Our Schools

Written by Donna Duffy Thursday, 24 October 2013 00:00
Woodward Parkway Celebrates Friendship Week

Activities Focused on ‘Friendship’ and ‘Responsibility’  

The Farmingdale School District’s Woodward Parkway Elementary School recently launched the 2013-2014 school year by celebrating Friendship Week.  The week-long event taught students the meaning of friendship and responsibility as the school organized activities that emphasized the importance of the character traits.  


Throughout the week, students were encouraged make a new friend during lunch period and spend time getting to know each other during recess.  A copy of the book Yo! Yes?, a story how two students became best friends, was also distributed and read to students in each classroom.  The book was named as the school’s first “Book of the Month” of the 2013-2014 school year. 


—Submitted by Pete Guaraldi


Farmingdale Elementary Students Receive String Bass Instruments in Music Education Class

Friday, 18 October 2013 08:16


The Farmingdale School District’s Saltzman East Memorial Elementary School students enrolled in the music education program were recently introduced to string bass instruments as part of the music education program. Students in the program were each given their first musical instrument to better understand how they function. The program is intended to teach students how to play their instruments and the basics of reading sheet music.


Farmingdale Rallies Against Bullies

Friday, 18 October 2013 08:14

Farmingdale High School art teacher Cara Palermo, health teacher Pete Cerrone, National Art Honor Society advisor Terry McEnery, Students Against Destructive Decisions advisor Susan Byrns and early childhood advisor Jody Haniquet, recruited many students to volunteer at Marjorie Post Park on Sunday Sept. 22, with “Massapequa Stands Up to Bullying” for a day filled with fun activities.  


Dalers Defeat Chiefs

Written by Phil LoNigro, Thursday, 10 October 2013 00:00

The Farmingdale Dalers defeated the Massapequa Chiefs 33- 8 in Massapequa last Saturday. The Dalers lost their starting QB in the first drive of the game. The Chiefs scored first to lead 8-0 until Dalers' Curtis Jenkins ran 29 yards to score.

Dalers missed the PAT for the Chiefs to hold on to a 8-6 lead at halftime. With 4:13 left of the third quarter, Jenkins scored again with a 43 yard pass from back up QB Mike Scheuerer, to make it Dalers 12-8, but again the Dalers missed the PAT.


Nomination Process Begins For FHS 2014 Wall Of Fame

Thursday, 10 October 2013 00:00

The Farmingdale School District recently announced nominations for the Farmingdale High School’s 2014 Wall of Fame Induction Class are now being accepted. The Wall of Fame is located in the main lobby of Farmingdale High School as it features plaques of all honorees.  

“Every year we are fortunate to receive hundreds of entrees on behalf of deserving alumni who have had a significant impact in our community,” said Farmingdale High School Assistant Principal Cheryl DePierro.  “It is rewarding to see the community’s active participation in the Wall of Fame program and the committee looks forward to reviewing this year’s applications.”


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