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Farmingdale Observer - Schools

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.”


Band Camp

Written by Rita Padden Thursday, 03 October 2013 00:00

Farmingdale High School band camp was once again very large with 225 students including band members and Dalerettes. Students left recently for Greeley, PA and spent long days on the field learning to march in formations called “the drill”.  


At night they rehearsed the music and memorized it in preparation for the first home football game. Parent chaperones were a tremendous help in supporting students and teachers.  


The adult team was delighted with student cooperation, focus, enthusiasm and work ethic.  The 2013 half time show entitled “Dance to the Music” is on its way with students spelling “F’Dale at the end of the first song.  


audience will be entertained with popular hits like  “Magical Mystery Tour/ Lady Madonna”, “Take On Me”, and “Dance to the Music”.  


PTA Seeks Vendors

Thursday, 26 September 2013 00:00

The Farmingdale High School PTA will hold its annual vendor craft fair on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m in the Commons of the high school. Vendors are needed for LiaSophia, Tupperware, Tastefully Simple, handcrafted items, and more. For information and an application, contact Joanne at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 516-413-1352.  All proceeds from this event benefit the PTA Scholarship Fund.


Saltzman Students Go Back To School

Written by Submitted by Pete Guaraldi Thursday, 19 September 2013 00:00

Saltzman East Memorial Elementary School recently welcomed students back to school for the 2013-14 year. The first-day-of-school excitement was present as students were welcomed off the buses by their teachers.  


To kick off the year on a positive note, teachers and staff distributed copies of Kathryn Otoshi’s One, a book illustrating the message of inclusion and how to stand up against bullying, to students.  The distribution of One is part of the school’s Character Education program.  September’s theme is designated as respect and will be followed throughout the month.




How Sweet It Is For The HS Symphony Orchestra

Thursday, 19 September 2013 00:00

The Farmingdale High School Symphony Orchestra went to the Music in the Parks competition held in Hershey Park, PA. This was their first out of state competition and the orchestra was able to take first place in the High School Orchestra Category and best overall orchestra.


Backpacks For Back To School

Written by Donna Duffy Thursday, 12 September 2013 00:00

More than 1,800 children arrived to their first day of school with backpacks filled with school supplies thanks to the annual Family Service League “Backpacks for Back to School” program and a generous grant of $20,000 from Bethpage Federal Credit Union. Each year, Family Service League enlists the help of the community to collect school supplies for families who cannot afford $50 to $75 for backpacks and school supplies for each child. Hundreds of donors dropped off supplies or donated funds online and dozens of corporations collected supplies at their offices. Capital One Bank sold “stars” at 160 branches to raise funds. 


Village Honors Gem Of A Trustee

Written by Chris Boyle Thursday, 12 September 2013 00:00

Tina Diamond’s energetic advocacy for schools will be missed  

Recognizing her accomplishments and selfless work for the benefit of Farmingdale youth, Mayor Ralph Ekstrand and the Village Board of Trustees honored longtime resident and education activist Tina Diamond at Tuesday’s meeting.


Diamond, who announced her retirement this past June, served on the village Board of Education for 13 years. She was presented with a certificate of merit by Ekstrand, who praised the educator for her dedication.


Farmingdale Student Tops At Games Of America Competition

Thursday, 29 August 2013 00:00

Northside Elementary School student Hiram Cowhey recently earned first place at the 2013 State Games of America competition held in Harrisburg, PA.  Cowhey, a third grade student, won the gold medal in the Limited Beginner, CTT Boys FS Division for his figure skating routine. He was among hundreds to compete in the games, including figure skaters that competed for medals in 60 different events.


The Farmingdale student skated against other young student-athletes from various states, including Pennsylvania, Maryland, Massachusetts and North Carolina.


Northside Elementary School third grade student Hiram Cowhey proudly displays his Gold Medal that he won at the 2013 State Games of America in Harrisburg, PA.


Students Soar In ‘Solar Power’ Competition

Thursday, 29 August 2013 00:00

Three Farmingdale School District students were recently awarded as third place winners of the EmPower Solar Student Competition. The team – comprised of Annie Chen, Ann Lin and Amelia Makhanlall – was honored by EmPower Solar at the competition’s award ceremony held at the Town of Hempstead Energy Park.  


The students created an interactive video, which received more than 2,300 likes on YouTube, and wrote a research-based essay that explained the environmental and economic benefits of solar power. 


As a reward, the trio will spend a day at the Long Island-based company to learn more about solar energy while participating in a hands-on experience in a real-world business environment and have lunch with Empower Solar CEO David Schieren and COO Greg Sachs.


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