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.
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.
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.
The Farmingdale High School Chorus was chosen to participate in the National Youth Choir Program at Carnegie Hall. High School Chorus Directors Michelle Lindsley and Lauren LiCausi, worked with students for several months to prepare the music. After students fully learned the six pieces of music, students went to lower Manhattan from Friday afternoon until Sunday late afternoon for rehearsal. Energy and enthusiasm mounted as the students were brought to Carnegie Hall for their pre-concert sound check. Performing in this famous venue was an event that students and parents will remember for a long time.
Farmingdale High School (FHS) students in Cara Palermo’s creative crafts classes recently learned how to knit. For this project, Palermo collaborated with math teacher Madeline Grillo, adviser to the FHS knitting club.
In a continuing effort to provide the Farmingdale community with in-depth information regarding the proposed 2013-14 budget, the Farmingdale School District hosted a fourth budget workshop on April 17. During this meeting, the district provided the community with an analysis of its budgeted revenue and expenditure projections. In addition, the community was provided with a review of proposed capital improvement projects and energy-related projects associated with the district’s energy performance contract. The proposed tax levy increase of 2.35 percent stays within the tax levy limit.
Erin Ferris and her team finished third in the National High School Ethics Bowl in Chapel Hill, NC recently. Ferris, of Massapequa, and her teammates are students at Farmingdale High School. Pictured: Advisor Jennifer Theo, Advisor Jim Hughes, Erin Ferris, Alexa Torrens, Daniel Laine, Jennifer Blazy, and Ali Ryan.
Second grade students at Saltzman East Memorial Elementary School recently learned how to use VENN Diagrams by turning to their slightly older peers. The students paired up with their fourth grade friends to discuss some of their differences and commonalities, such as their favorite foods and sports teams.
Their findings were later put to use to create VENN Diagrams, which served as a visual representation of the likes and interests students compared and contrasted. The exercise not only proved to be a wonderful illustration of the benefits of using a VENN Diagram, it also showed the students they have much common in spite of their age differences.
Once again, Labyrinth Art and Literary Magazine 2012 has been recognized by the National Scholastic Press Association. In their 18th edition of Best of the High School Press a double-page spread was awarded to Farmingdale High School for Best of Literary Magazine Content.
The page features a free verse titled “Lifter or Leaner” written by Alex Wisz, and paired with a photograph by Lindsay Cavallo. The selected winning pages in this edition were chosen from over 7,000 images uploaded for this contest.
The winning designs and pages publicize the exceptional art, design and journalism found in high school magazines, like Labyrinth, across the nation.
Ms. Paladino and Ms. Nicholas, Farmingdale High School Labyrinth advisors, submitted the magazine to National Scholastic Press for review. Not only did one of Labyrinth’s pages win Best Magazine Content, but also the magazine as a whole won First Class Rating and three Marks of Distinction for Writing and Editing, Photography, Art, Graphics, Typography and Layout/Design.
The Farmingdale High School team recently won the Northrop Grumman High School Innovation Challenge for the second year in a row. This year’s challenge, dubbed AVATAR, for Autonomous Vehicle Tracking And Rendezvous, was a robotics competition. Facing off against Massapequa, Baldwin, and Copiague, some with well-equipped robotics clubs, Farmingdale, which had no robotics club, was considered an underdog.
The competition simulated real world engineering challenges, by requiring students to design a robot and program it to successfully navigate a complex obstacle course. Just like real world engineering projects, each team had to submit their plans prior to execution at the competition. Through this process students were exposed to the entire engineering process while developing teamwork and presentation skills.
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