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GARDEN PARTY

Abigail Malanga created a succulent garden as a learning tool to showcase a variety of species as well as to beautify the Howitt courtyard thumbnail241381
Abigail Malanga created a succulent garden as a learning tool to showcase a variety of species as well as to beautify the Howitt courtyard thumbnail241382
Abigail Malanga created a succulent garden as a learning tool to showcase a variety of species as well as to beautify the Howitt courtyard thumbnail241383
Abigail Malanga created a succulent garden as a learning tool to showcase a variety of species as well as to beautify the Howitt courtyard thumbnail241384

For her Girl Scout Silver Award project, Howitt Middle School eighth grader Abigail Malanga created a succulent garden as a learning tool to showcase a variety of species as well as to beautify the Howitt courtyard. Abigail researched succulents and was advised by staff at Starkie Bros. Home & Garden Showplace on proper planting of thirteen types of succulent plants. Abigail applied her 3D printer knowledge to create the plant marker name posts. She then calculated and stacked the bricks from Lowe’s needed for an outdoor pedestal for the summertime and used her skills learned at the Farmingdale Youth Council’s sewing class to create a table cover for when the garden moves indoors during the winter. A binder with plant identification information and care instructions was presented to Howitt Garden Club Advisors Mrs. Marzillier and Ms. Kaur so that club members could continue to care for the garden and sustain the project.

During the cold winter months, a statue of Dale will hold the succulent planter’s place and watch over the garden. Fantastic job, Abby! And also, a huge thank you to Mr. John Sweeney for assisting with this project. That’s #Howittsdone!

HOWITT HEIMLICH HERO

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A student at Howitt Middle School in Farmingdale saved the life of a classmate by performing the Heimlich Maneuver.

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Anthony Agrillo and Daniel Kelly sat down to eat lunch during fifth period on Tuesday, January 24th. It was midterms week at school, and both boys looked forward to a relaxing lunch/recess break. Daniel had attended Saltzman East Memorial, and Anthony went to Northside before entering Howitt Middle School this year. They became friends over the summer, having met through the Farmingdale Hawks Football program. As Daniel ate his lunch, he locked eyes with Anthony, who had started banging on the table and pointing to his throat.

“It all happened so fast,” said Daniel Kelly. “I got up, threw my arms around him, and started performing the Heimlich. Within seconds a piece of food shot out of his mouth.”

A large piece of cheese from a mozzarella stick was the culprit. With his airway cleared, Anthony’s breathing returned to normal.

“He didn’t hesitate,” said Anthony Agrillo. “Daniel is a loyal friend, he saw I was in trouble, and he acted.”

The Heimlich Hero program was taught to all Howitt Middle School students during health class earlier this school year. Students watched a fifteen-minute video that taught them how to recognize the signs of choking and respond with the Heimlich Maneuver.

Howitt Middle School Assistant Principal Cheryl DePierro was motivated to bring the Heimlich Heroes program to our buildings after a choking incident in the teacher’s lounge last year.

“The Heimlich Maneuver is very easy to learn and a great first step for students of all ages to begin learning life-saving techniques,” said Cheryl DePierro. “Regardless of a student's age, size or strength, they can successfully dislodge an item from someone's throat when choking and save a life. I am so proud of all our students who took the training seriously, and I am especially proud of Anthony and Daniel for remembering exactly what to do in an emergency. It is one of those skills you never want to use but are happy to have when the time calls for it!”

Farmingdale School District plans to recognize our Howitt Heimlich Heroes at the next Board of Education meeting in February.

ALL COUNTY MUSICANS

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103 Daler musicians selected for All County thumbnail240343

Each year, the Nassau Music Educators Association (NMEA) selects the best student musicians from schools throughout the county to participate in its annual All-County Festival. Held in January at Long Island University’s Tilles Center in Brookville, this year’s festival featured 103 representatives from Farmingdale Schools! These talented musicians in grades 5-12 were chosen based on teachers’ nominations and their outstanding scores in the New York State School Music Association’s (NYSSMA) 2022 Adjudication Festival. Farmingdale students participated in ensembles across five divisions: band, orchestra, chorus, jazz band, and jazz chorus.

These tremendous accomplishments would not be possible without the hard work and support of our music educators, who worked with our students for months to prepare for the festival.

WHAT'S COOKING?

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Howitt librarians and FACS teachers are collaborating on a cookbook project for the entire 7th grade. The project starts with a “book pass” in which students rotate through Howitt Library cookbooks, passing them among one another on a timer. It is an immersive and engaging reading experience that exposes students to a wide range of books in a short amount of time. Cookbook themes include teen cuisine, cultural, historical, vegetarian, baking, and more. Students take notes on recipes that catch their interest. The project culminates with creating a digital, 7th Grade Daler Family Cookbook. Students have the choice to contribute a recipe from their own family or from one of the cookbooks they enjoyed from the Howitt Library collection, blending the culture and traditions of the Daler community with Howitt Library books and resources. The project has students applying and reinforcing vocabulary and concepts from their current FACS curriculum while being fun and engaging.

WINTER CONCERT SEASON

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All concerts will be held in person this holiday season! No ticket necessary to attend. Concerts will also be live-streamed, so family members and friends can view them from home. The links will be posted here shortly before the start of each performance.

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