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Farmingdale Observer - Schools

Albany Avenue Students ‘Walk To Wow’

Thursday, 18 July 2013 00:00

Albany Avenue Elementary School recently launched a before-school fitness program called Walking to Wow, encouraging students to walk for 20 minutes before the school day begins. The program is based on a recent fitness study conducted by The University of Illinois-Urbana. 


The study concluded that walking for fifteen minutes a day could increase student performance in a series of key academic areas. The areas of student performance improved by walking increased the volume of the brain, increased efficiency and other cognitive processes such as memory, attention and decision-making.


Farmingdale Wrestling

Thursday, 11 July 2013 00:00
On Saturday, April 27, a group of wrestlers from Farmingdale participated in the Pop and Flo Mini Men National Wrestling Tournament in Schenectady. The following wrestlers entered the circle: Joseph Simons, Chris “Rock” Charleston, Kevin DePalma, Tyler Sullivan, Darrin Simons, Dadrian Richardson, Travis Cullan, and Jack Rosen. All-American titles were earned by Joseph Simons (3rd place), Charleston (3rd place), DePalma (2nd place) and Darrin Simons (4th place).

Congratulations Farmingdale High School Class Of 2013

Wednesday, 03 July 2013 00:00

The Farmingdale School District held its commencement ceremony for the Farmingdale High School Class of 2013 at Hofstra University on Tuesday, June 18. Friends, family and alumni were in attendance to watch the 542 newest graduates walk across the stage, receive their diplomas and traditionally toss their caps into the air.

The ceremony featured musical performances from members of the graduating class’ music program as well as inspirational speeches from Valedictorian Nakul Gupta, Salutatorian Sara Golshahr and Class President Raymond Webb.


Musicians Achieve Outstanding Ratings

Thursday, 27 June 2013 00:00

Fifteen performing ensembles from the Farmingdale schools performed for an objective evaluation of their skills at the New York State School Music Association Festival (NYSSMA) Large Organization Festival held at Hofstra University. Many school districts participated but Farmingdale sent the largest number of groups and students to be adjudicated by certified judges.  

After months of diligent work, each group performed three NYSSMA approved musical selections at a specific level of difficulty. The NYSSMA judges scored the groups on rhythm, intonation, phrasing, dynamics, interpretation, tone and musicianship.  


Art Students Inducted Into Honor Society

Thursday, 20 June 2013 00:00

The National Art Honor Society held its annual induction ceremony.  New members must qualify academically as well as volunteer their artistic services to the school and community. Ms. McEnery, the chapter’s sponsor, was pleased this year with the events which the Farmingdale group has supported: including making centerpieces for the AHRC holiday party and community career breakfast, decorating for the PTA fashion show, completing a mural for the senior center and for the science department.


BOCES Launches Special Needs Program

Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00

Nassau BOCES has created a program that will enable special education students to receive college credit as juniors and seniors in high school.

BOCES will team up with Farmingdale State College’s “University in the High School” program to offer dual-enrollment opportunities for those enrolled in any of Nassau BOCES’ Special Education schools.


Hiram Cowhey Skates Perfect Ten

Thursday, 06 June 2013 00:00

Northside Elementary School second grade student Hiram Cowhey recently won first place in the dance choreography category at the New York State (NYS) Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Reflections contest. Reflections is the PTA’s cornerstone arts program developed to encourage students to explore their talents and express themselves.

Cowhey’s entry exemplified the competition’s theme ‘The Magic of a Moment.’ His original ice skating composition outshined 563 statewide performers to earn him the NYS Parent Teacher Association Award of Excellence and qualify him for the national finals. Cowhey will showcase his entry at the 117th NYS PTA Convention in Saratoga Springs in November.


Woodward Parkway’s Little Ludwigs

Thursday, 06 June 2013 00:00

Second grade students at the Farmingdale School District’s Woodward Parkway Elementary School recently learned a different form of note taking.  As part of a musical education lesson, the students wrote their own musical compositions and concluded the unit with a “Young Composers Festival.”  At the festival, students performed their compositions on the xylophone outdoors at the Woodward Parkway Courtyard for their peers to enjoy.


Troop 3348 Gives Back

Thursday, 23 May 2013 07:26

In the spirit of giving, Brownie Troop 3348 of the Hardscrabble Association collected and donated gifts to Lexxi Loves, a charity benefiting children in the foster care system founded by Lexxi Saal, singer and songwriter from Long Island. Pictured: Kayla, Nicolina, Valentina, Lexxi Saal, Gabby, Ariana, Shannon and Emma. 


Nakul Gupta Named Science Talent Semi-Finalist

Thursday, 23 May 2013 07:25

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. recently congratulated Farmingdale High School Senior Nakul Gupta on being chosen as a national semi-finalist in the 2013 Intel Science Talent Search.


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