skip to main content

R.E.A.L Harmony Club

REAL HARMONY thumbnail180910

Please enjoy this encore performance of the first-ever Black History Month Program—sponsored by the R.E.A.L. Harmony Club. A brand new introduction has been created by members for 2021. The program was an opportunity for students to recognize and celebrate the central role that black Americans have played in the history of the United States.

“Last February we were able to put on the first ever Black History Month Program. It was a truly inspiring program highlighting the accomplishments of Black Americans while also featuring the struggle for equal rights that has unfortunately been a large part of the Black experience in America,” said teacher and club advisor Esther Hernandez-Kramer. “Though we were not able to put on a performance this year due to COVID restrictions, we are proud of our work last year and would like to invite you to enjoy and reflect with us the meaning of Black History Month by watching last year’s performance.”

The program included student performances in a variety of artistic mediums, including: music, song, skits, dance, and poetry readings. The Steppin’ Dalers also performed one of their routines. The finale was performed by Raniyah Elguerouat, Makai Jones, Tania Gomez, Matthew Murrell, Deja Prewitt Hailey Batista, Isabell Bitsimis, Girannah Jean-Louis, and Joe Magazzo, who sang “I Know Where I’ve Been” from the musical Hairspray.

The goal of the R.E.A.L. Harmony club is to promote ethnic and multicultural awareness and diversity at Farmingdale High School. The R.E.A.L. stands for Respect- Education- Awareness- Love. Upcoming projects include Multicultural Storytime with students from district elementary schools. The sponsors of this club are Esther Hernandez-Kramer and Josseline Morales.

Farmingdale School District’s Transportation Specialist Posthumously Honored

Joseph Williams thumbnail180808

Although Joseph Williams Jr.—the transportation specialist for the Farmingdale School District—passed away in February of 2019, the legacy he leaves behind can still be felt today. In recognition of his incomparable role as amember of the Farmingdale School District, Mr. Williams has been posthumously inducted into the New York Association for Pupil Transportation’s (NYAPT) Hall of Fame. Each year, NYAPT selects one individual who upholds its mission of supporting, developing, and representing professionals who are responsible for the safe and efficient transportation of our school children for this honor. Joe’s exemplary track record embodies all that an honoree must possess. In May of 2000, Mr. Williams began his tenure at the District and stepped into his role of providing safe transportation for thousands of students to and from school every day. It was a role he met with a sense of great responsibility and determination.

“Joe Williams was so much more than the district's transportation supervisor. He was a highly skilled professional in the field of student transportation, he was a mentor to many of us who worked in central administration, he was a kindhearted friend to all that knew him and he was a committed and tireless member of our family,” said Superintendent, Paul Defendini. “Although his legacy is intact, we miss him and we miss the genuine kindness that he showed for everyone that was lucky enough to pass him in the halls.”

Throughout his time as Farmingdale School District’s transportation specialist, Joe was in the driver’s seat. Overseeing the routing of the District’s buses, implementing bus safety drills, and being responsible for preventative maintenance inspections on all District vehicles, Joe truly did it all. Additionally, he was responsible for spearheading the development of the District’s satellite-mapping program, which prepares bus routes for every student in the District. As an active member of the Farmingdale community, Mr. Williams engaged in a number of committees and took part in workshops and conferences in order to stay literate on all emerging school bus laws. As a strong proponent for legislation regarding bus safety, Joe attended several State Education Department advisory committee meetings and participated in NYAPT’s Lobby Day, the association honoring Joe with this honor.

“Seeing Joe inducted into the NYAPT Hall of Fame is something that I will never forget. He meant so much to me personally, professionally and to this District as a whole,” said Farmingdale Supervisor of Transportation, Marc Medina. “I'll always take a piece of what Joe taught me in the transportation industry throughout my whole career.”

NYAPT is dedicated to the support, development and representation of the professionals who are responsible for the safe and efficient transportation of our school children. NYAPT is a membership-based professional association incorporated in 1974. Members come from many levels within the school bus industry, including supervisors and managers, mechanics and technicians, trainers and safety specialists, dispatchers and drivers.

Cheer on the Dalers From Home!

DALERS thumbnail180559

Get unlimited access to watch all DALER events this year on the NFHS Network. We've invested in new technology that will bring you every game from our high school turf field and high school gym LIVE.

Full access to ALL content of the Network:

  • All of your school's live and on-demand sports broadcasts
  • All other sporting events from around the Nation



Watch DALER Athletics All Year Long



The Importance of Self-Care

Wellness Site thumbnail180712

Farmingdale School District Launches Wellness Site

Farmingdale School District understands the importance of overall wellness. A students’ physical, mental and emotional well-being impacts their academic performance and quality of life. Farmingdale’s Wellness Committee, led by Dr. Joan Ripley has created a new fully interactive and engaging website for students, faculty and parents. During this particularly challenging time of uncertainty it is extremely important that the district work together with its community to ensure wellness for all.

“The goal is to support district initiatives around the health and wellness of students and staff,” said Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning, Dr. Joan Ripley. “We have designed the website to support our students and families from pre-k to 12th grade. We hope that parents and students will take some time to explore these resources.”

The Farmingdale School Districts has hosted several events over the years to promote healthy eating, mindfulness, mental wellness and exercise. Due to COVID-19 protocols, in-person wellness events this year are not possible. The Wellness Committee saw this as an opportunity to provide the same quality resources at a heightened capacity thanks to the reach of virtual platforms. The Wellness site boasts a Virtual Calming Room. A place for students, families and staff to find tools and strategies for managing emotions and feelings while building resilience during this pandemic. The Calming Room features animal webcams, breathing and relaxing techniques and soothing nature sounds.

In addition, the Wellness site offers mental health resources for students of all ages. It provides crisis links and helplines along with tips for fostering wellness at school and at home. You can also find articles about talking to kids about COVID-19. The site also provides the contact information for all the Farmingdale School District’s social workers and psychologists.

"It will be a great resource for the many people who are struggling to cope with all of life's many challenges,” said Superintendent Paul Defendini. “This is yet another example of Dalers rising to meet the challenges that have been laid at our feet despite difficult circumstances."

The Farmingdale School District has had a Wellness committee for over 20 years. Members from a diverse set of backgrounds sit on this committee and provide a variety of perspectives and ideas on how to meet the social-emotional needs of our students. Many committee members are also active in other capacities within the district and hold positions on the Board of Education, the PTA, are teachers or principals, and parents.

Click HERE to visit the Daler's Wellness Site

Welcome Back Dalers!

Welcome Back Dalers! thumbnail179540

A Few Highlights From Our First Week Back

By The Numbers


Students Enrolled


Honor Roll Students


Student Athletes


Student Artists


AP Courses Available


Students in After-School Activities