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Farmingdale School District-Settle The Ball 2020

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Dear Farmingdale School Community,

It’s safe to say that none of us, including myself, knew what to expect this school year. Those first few days of school were a whirlwind. Four days felt like four weeks. But amidst the noise and haste, something interesting happened in the days that followed, our staff started to “settle the ball.” Our level of comfort grew in this new world that we created and so did the experiences that we provided for our students. Walking the halls, I heard the sounds of joyful learning, heartfelt laughing, and a connection that I could have never imagined possible.

In soccer, settling the ball provides momentary control, allowing the player to make a good next decision. Failing to settle the ball causes players to rush their decision-making process and ultimately results in careless mistakes. It is a reference back to Superintendent's Conference Day in September and my attempt to slow down the pace of what was going on all around us. “Settle the Ball” is the theme of this year’s Daler pin, something that we here in the district wear with pride to remember the essence of what it is to be a family and to remember the importance of our collective efforts. This year's Daler pin is featured in the attached video.

As we enter the Thanksgiving break, I’d like to take a moment to thank the incredible staff we have here in the Farmingdale School District. We are truly blessed. I have found that sometimes words are not enough to express a person’s worth. Sometimes, people need to see themselves and see their impact to truly realize how selfless and powerful they truly are. This video is a testament to our staff putting their needs on the back burner and focusing instead on the needs of their students. Although we are all a bit beaten and battered, there has never been more reason to feel an overwhelming sense of pride than today. May every one of you have a most blessed and safe Thanksgiving break and enjoy the attached “Settle the Ball” video!

All my best,

Paul Defendini

https://youtu.be/mW3HRokVSbw

 

Holiday COVID Check-In

In an effort to document positive COVID-19 cases that emerge within our school community during the Thanksgiving break, we have created a confidential Google Form that will allow faculty, staff, students / families to provide us with information that will assist us in contact tracing protocols beginning Monday, November 30th. All parents/guardians will receive a text message from the district on Wednesday, November 25th thru Sunday, November 29th, which will include a link to our Google Form. Any student or staff member must complete this form upon confirmation of a positive case of COVID-19. 

 

Give Thanks & Give Back

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Every year Farmingdale High School culinary students work tirelessly to prepare an authentic Thanksgiving dinner. Upon completion of cooking and baking, students sit down to enjoy their meals together. This year's Thanksgiving Feast was scheduled for Thursday, November 19th and Friday November 20th. However; due to a last minute switch to a remote learning schedule for these days, teachers were left with enough food to feed more than 130 people and no students in attendance to eat them.

Culinary teachers, Kate Kreuter and Jen Akeson didn't want these Thanksgiving dinners to spoil and go to waste. They had the idea to reach out to Farmingdale High School social worker Josseline Morales. Together Kreuater, Akeson and Morales worked to distribute the food and donate the meals to families in need within the Farmingdale community.

“I want to express how grateful I am to work with colleagues as caring and thoughtful as you all,” said Farmingdale High School Principal, Samuel Thompson, Ed.D. “You’ve shown our students the importance of giving and supporting our community.”

 

Letter to Community Re: COVID-19 Cases and Quarantines

 

**NEW** - November 22, 2020

FHS and HMS on Remote Learning Monday, 11/23/20

Superintendent's Audio Update - Important: School Closing and An Effort To Maintain Live Instruction

 


November 19, 2020 - COVID notification letter and announcement. FHS will be on Remote Learning and all other schools open for in person instruction on Friday, November 20, 2020. 

 

Click HERE to read an IMPORTANT COVID Letter and announcement of remote learning for all schools on 11/19/20

 

November 15, 2020 COVID Notification Letters

AAE Letter | FHS Letter | HMS Transcript Letter

 

Click HERE to read a letter from the Superintendent regarding a positive case of COVID-19 at HMS, NSE, and FHS  - 11/13/20

 

Click HERE to read a letter from the Superintendent regarding a positive case of COVID-19 at HMS - 11/12/20

 

Click HERE to read a letter from the Superintendent regarding a positive case of COVID-19 at WWP and FHS - 11/11/20

 

Click HERE to read a letter from the Superintendent regarding a positive case of COVID-19 at SEM - 11/10/20

 

Click HERE  to read a letter from the Superintendent regarding a positive case of COVID-19 at Howitt Middle School - 11/8/20 

 

Click HERE to read a letter from the Superintendent regarding a positive case of COVID-19 at SEM - 11/6/20 

 

Click HERE to read a letter from the Superintendent regarding a positive case of COVID-19 at Howitt Middle School and Farmingdale High School - 11/5/20 

 

Click HERE to read a letter from the Superintendent regarding last night's positive case of COVID-19 - 10/28/20

 

Click HERE to read the transcript from the October 27, 2020 Robocall from the Superintendent regarding a positive case of COVID-19 - 10/27/20

 

Click HERE to read a letter from the Superintendent regarding a positive case of COVID-19 at NSE -10/26/20

 

Click HERE to read a letter from the Superintendent regarding a positive case of COVID-19 at FHS -10/13/20

 

Click HERE to read a letter from the Superintendent regarding a positive case of COVID-19 at SEM -10/8/20

 

Click HERE to read a letter from the Superintendent regarding a positive case of COVID-19 at FHS -10/7/20

 

Click HERE to read a letter from the Superintendent regarding a positive case of COVID-19 at WWP -10/5/20

 

Click HERE to read a letter from the Superintendent regarding a positive case of COVID-19 at AA - 9/25/20

 

Click HERE to read a letter from the Superintendent regarding a positive case of COVID-19 at SEM - 9/17/20

 

Click HERE to read a letter from the Superintendent regarding the quarantine of two staff members - 9/16/20

 

Click HERE to read a letter from the Superintendent regarding the quarantine of one staff member - 9/14/20

 

Click HERE to read a letter from the Superintendent regarding a positive case of Covid-19 - 9/10/20

Tiny Candidates, Huge Ideas

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Votes have already been cast for the presidential election but for eight young politicians, the race has just begun.  All students, grades 3, 4, and 5 both in school and remote will have the opportunity to vote for Albany Avenue’s Student Council this Tuesday, November 24th.

“Student Council is a representative body in the school where students' voices can be heard,” said Albany Avenue Assistant Principal, Victoria LoRusso. “Positive ideas are exchanged and forward thinking changes can occur, having a true impact on the life of the school.”

The students who run for these offices — this year, for President: Jasen Georgilakis and Emma Kropp; Vice-President: Madison Douglas and Cameron Sanders; Treasurer: Chiara Langkay and Lilyana Gannon; and Secretary: Emma Hughes and Faith Dalto — are strong role models for all of our student body. By demonstrating the courage one must possess to take a risk by running for office and standing by their beliefs, they are showing true leadership qualities. They represent one of our fundamental rights and responsibilities as Americans, the democratic process of an election and the voting process.

Administrators and staff are extremely proud of all eight very deserving candidates. The efforts they demonstrate through their courage it takes to run, their creativity in their campaign posters, and the presentation of their ideas through the writing and presenting of their speeches is commendable. The possession of such qualities speaks to the caliber of academic excellence upheld in the Farmingdale School District.

 

By The Numbers

5,523

Students Enrolled

1,775

Honor Roll Students

1,200

Student Athletes

4,278

Student Artists

19

AP Courses Available

1475

Students in After-School Activities