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Albany Avenue Elementary School would like to congratulate the Class of 2020.

Albany Avenue Ceremony on 8/19 at 7 P.M. at Howitt Field - Livestream Link



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Heroes Honored

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**UPDATE** On Friday night, the Farmingdale School District proudly welcomed Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor Joseph Saladino and his colleagues on the Oyster Bay Town Board to Farmingdale High School’s Don Snyder Stadium for a special presentation. The Town was there to recognize the combined efforts which helped save the life of a Nassau County high school football official who collapsed on the field in the second quarter of a game on Saturday, March 20, between Farmingdale High School and East Meadow High School. Supervisor Saladino presented citations to those whose lifesaving actions were instrumental in rescuing a beloved referee, Phil LoNigro, a 59-year-old retired corrections officer who graduated Farmingdale High School in 1980 and also serves as a volunteer medic with the Farmingdale Fire Department. Receiving the Town of Oyster Bay’s highest honor was: Farmingdale High School Trainer Phil Fandale, East Meadow High School Trainer Dan DeSimone, Farmingdale High School Team Doctor Matthew Heller, and Parent/Nurse Lisa Schwartz. These four incredible individuals responded quickly, joined in assessing the patient, began chest compressions, and successfully used the AED/Defibrillator to shock the patient back to life! The official, who was quickly transported to the hospital by the South Farmingdale Fire Department, was soon praising those who saved his life! It is a fantastic story! Congratulations to all of the incredible recipients, and thank you to Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino and his colleagues in Town government for recognizing these extraordinary lifesaving actions.

Farmingdale Alumnae Fortuitous Encounter: Quick-Thinking Athletic Trainers Save Official at Football Game

There are times when our abilities are tested, and the education we were afforded throughout our academic careers is put to good use. This past Saturday, during the Farmingdale versus East Meadow varsity football game, Nassau County high school football official Phil LoNigro collapsed during the second quarter of the game. Thanks to the training and quick-thinking of the athletic trainers also on the field that day, what could have been an unbelievably tragic event emerged as one of inspiration and hope.

“It was a team effort, said Farmingdale athletic trainer Phil Fandale. Dan was doing chest compressions, and I got the AED. From the time he went down until we got him back with the AED was less than a minute and a half. It was a whirlwind.”

On that seemingly ordinary Saturday morning, Mr. LoNigro’s heart stopped beating. Farmingdale athletic trainer and alumni Phil Fandale, and East Meadow athletic trainer, Dan DeSimone, did not allow the situation to get the better of them. Instead, they used the training and resources at their fingertips and saved Mr. LoNigro’s life. Mr. DeSimone was first on the scene and began chest compressions right away. Mr. Fandale was quick to join Mr. DeSimone on the field, employing the use of a defibrillator to provide the lifesaving shock to Mr. LoNigro, who laid unconscious and unresponsive on the field. The duo’s collaborative efforts were integral in this heroic moment. What makes this story even more incredible is the fact that Mr. LoNigro is also one of Farmingdale’s own, as a graduate of the Class of 1980.

“It is moments such as these that I am reminded by the community we continuously build upon in the halls and classrooms of our schools, said Superintendent Paul Defendini. “The odds of two Farmingdale graduates crossing paths is not so far-fetched, but the chances of one saving the other’s life? Some may call it a coincidence. I am inclined to call it a miracle.”

At this time, Phil LoNigro is still in the hospital having tests run but is doing well.

NEWSDAY: Football official saved with defibrillator after collapse at Farmingdale game

ABC NEWS 7: Long Island athletic trainers bring referee back to life after game collapse

CBS: Quick-Thinking Athletic Trainers Save Official Who Suffered Cardiac Arrest During High School Football Game

For more information about the Farmingdale Union Free School District, please visit the district’s website at https://www.farmingdaleschools.org and like our Facebook page: @FarmingdaleSchoolDistrict.

A New Season, A Renewed Sense of Hope

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Heroes work here. Signage attesting to that fact adorns the grounds around the Farmingdale School Districts’ six school buildings as it marked the one-year anniversary of the schools shutting their doors to in-person instruction due to the Coronavirus pandemic. With Spring, though, comes the promise of better times ahead. Signs of this are evident throughout the district. Students are back in school, sports are up and running, and a long-awaited vaccine is finally here.

"I am so thankful for the volunteer effort of our administrators, nurses, Walgreens, Village, and South Farmingdale EMS, The Marketplace at 317,” said Superintendent Paul Defendini. “Dozens of people donated their time and services to support this critical event, and together we vaccinate more than 300 staff members. Farmingdale is an exceptional community, and I am prouder than ever to call myself a Daler.”

The Walgreens Pharmacy staff was on-site at Farmingdale High School on Monday, March 22, from 2 PM to 8 PM to distribute the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine to interested staff members. Over 300 people signed up! Having teachers and staff vaccinated is essential to the full safe reopening of all school buildings. Navigating through the New York state’s websites to find an available appointment at a local vaccine center has been a struggle for many Long Islanders. The Farmingdale School District is extremely thankful to Walgreens for making their School District a priority and making the vaccination process seamless for the community.

The long hours distributing these vaccines was also made easier by a generous donation of catered, grab-and-go food provided by local merchant, the Marketplace at 317. Joe Fortuna, named the Farmingdale Outstanding Businessperson of the Year by the village's chamber of commerce, graciously offered the Walgreens staff and volunteers food to help get them through the long hours. Fortuna owns The Nutty Irishman and 317 Main Street, a duo of eateries in Farmingdale Village. The Marketplace at 317 opened earlier this year and is located behind 317 Main Street.

“The Farmingdale community has been so supportive of the restaurants throughout these challenging times,” said Joe Fortuna. “When Paul Defendini reached out about having food catered, I was eager to pay it forward and show my appreciation.”

For more information about the Farmingdale Union Free School District, please visit the district’s website at https://www.farmingdaleschools.org and like our Facebook page: @FarmingdaleSchoolDistrict.

Farmingdale’s Legislative Action Committee Advocates for Community

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Members of Farmingdale’s Legislative Action Committee (LAC) met with local legislators in a Town Hall style meeting in early March to present their 2020-21 legislative proposals and to discuss the impact of pending and future legislation on public schools. Farmingdale is fortunate to have several local representatives who listen and work together to benefit our school district and community.

“The LAC is committed to meeting with local elected representatives to bring forth the concerns our district and community have in regards to legislation,” said BOE Trustee Kathy Lively. “Our students who participate learn about the legislative process; their participation also enables the committee and elected representatives to understand the views, concerns that our future voters may have.”

The Farmingdale LAC committee—made up of students, teachers, administrators, staff, parents, and Farmingdale Board of Education Trustees Suzanne D’Amico and Kathy Lively—meet with local legislators throughout the year then typically travel to Albany to visit legislators and tour the Capitol. COVID-19 canceled the annual trip to Albany, but the LAC pivoted and organized a Google Meet Town Hall with local legislators and invited fifteen high school students to lead the conversation.

“In this new, virtual format, our students successfully articulated how they are currently feeling during these unsettled times,” said BOE Vice President Suzanne D’Amico. “Mental Health awareness, support and destigmatizing being at the top of their priorities, they had a productive dialog with our local legislators who were so willing to listen and support their feelings.”

The meeting started with a brief welcome and then quickly moved into legislative priorities. Farmingdale High School students came prepared to share their concerns and ideas for what our legislators should focus on for the Farmingdale community. During the Town Hall meeting, the topics covered spanned various issues that impact the school district: predictable funding, support for mental health, digital equity, and school safety.

“Having our students lead the conversation was particularly special and delivered a greater impact during this unprecedented time,” said LAC Committee Chair and Assistant Superintendent for Innovation & Organizational Development, William Brennan. “Our students passionately expressed the challenges they face today and raised their concerns about the future.”

“I am grateful for the opportunity to speak with some of our legislators and have our voices heard,” said Farmingdale High School Junior Amanda Treulich. “Many important issues were discussed, regarding topics that hold a lot of weight, especially in today's society. We have to keep working towards improvement, and I hope I get the chance to participate at one of these meetings again in the future.”

For more information about the Farmingdale Union Free School District and a complete list of the LAC’s Legislative Proposals and members, please visit the district’s website at https://www.farmingdaleschools.org and like our Facebook page: @FarmingdaleSchoolDistrict.

 

R.E.A.L Harmony Club

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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.

The Importance of Self-Care

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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

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