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Farmingdale Observer - Schools

Around Our Schools

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


“High in the Sky:” Students Build Tower of Marshmallows Using Home & Career Oriented Skills 

On Sept. 20, seventh grade students in the Farmingdale School District’s Howitt Middle School will compete with each other in “The Ultimate Marshmallow Challenge.” The students enrolled in the school’s “home and career skills class” will work together in a team-building challenge to construct the tallest free-standing tower, using the concepts they recently learned in their classes. Students will only be allowed to use the following items to construct their towers: spaghetti, marshmallows, yarn and tape. 


—Submitted by Pete Guaraldi

Howitt Student Honored 

“Embracing Our Differences” is a program that invites artists to submit work in the theme of appreciating each other and celebrating our uniqueness as human beings.  The Suffolk Center on the Holocaust, Diversity, and Human Understanding hosts the exhibit to foster stronger connections among each other and raise awareness to the inequities in the world.  The artwork uses visual language as a metaphor to “speak” to the world. Elizabeth Pearl Corey, Mrs. Steffen’s student,  was honored to have her work selected,  enlarged into a huge banner, and exhibited at Suffolk Community College in Brentwood.  The work is outdoors for all to see in a billboard size of 16 feet by 12 feet!!  Mrs. Steffen had students work on this project to tap into students’ humanity and inspire students to communicate it through their art.  Congratulations to Lizi Pearl Corey! 


—Submitted by Rita Padden