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SPRING CONCERT SEASON

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All concerts this season will take place in-person, with no need for tickets to attend. Additionally, all concerts will be recorded. Links from each performance will be made available here a few days after the performance.

 

FARMINGDALE HIGH SCHOOL

 

HOWITT MIDDLE SCHOOL

 

ALBANY AVENUE

  • MAY 28 2024—JR. SPRING CONCERT
  • MAY 30, 2024—SR./JR. CHORUS, SR. BAND, SR. ORCHESTRA & JAZZ BAND

 

NORTHSIDE

  • MAY 23, 2024—SR. SPRING CONCERT
  • MAY 30, 2024—JR. SPRING CONCERT

 

SALTZMAN EAST MEMORIAL

 

WOODWARD PARKWAY

  • MAY 23 2024—JR. SPRING CONCERT
  • MAY 23 2024—SR. SPRING CONCERT

DISTRICT ART SHOW

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Art teachers across all six Farmingdale School District buildings dedicated months to curating pieces for the annual DistrictWide Art Show. Held in the Farmingdale High School Commons, this art exhibition is a vibrant celebration of creativity and self-expression, highlighting the exceptional talents of students district-wide.

Families can admire various artworks, from paintings and sculptures to digital designs and mixed media creations. This event highlights young minds’ artistic achievements and provides a platform for families to bond over their shared appreciation for the arts.

A round of applause goes out to all the Daler artists featured in the exhibition! A special thank you goes out to Farmingdale’s Fine Arts department for their outstanding efforts in nurturing these budding talents and providing them with a platform to showcase their skills.

Watch a video from the District Art Show

I AM HOPEFUL BECAUSE...

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The National PTA Reflections program offers a platform for students of various grade levels to exhibit their creativity and skills. The 2023-2024 theme “I am Hopeful Because…” inspired young artists from the Farmingdale School District to submit an impressive total of 97 entries.

A District-Wide Reflections Ceremony was held at Farmingdale High School to honor this excellent program and the participating students. The event, celebrating artistic expression, showcased diverse entries in literature, photography, painting, drawing, and music. It highlighted the students' dedication and talent poured into their creations.

The National PTA Reflections Program recognized Howitt Middle School students Elizabeth Hilton, Emily Kelly, and Kieran Ruppert as Nassau Finalists. Sixth grader Addison Suwalski stood out with her self-choreographed dance piece “I am Unstoppable,” propelling her to the National Finals, where she earned a Merit Award. Addison's accomplishment reflects her creativity and commitment, and she will be honored at Nassau County's Spring Conference dinner.

District Administration, PTA members, and families celebrated all participants for their hard work and dedication. The PTA's support and guidance were vital in nurturing these young artists and encouraging them to explore their creative potential. Special thanks to our PTA Reflections chairs: Karyn Tanacan, Lisa Pigott, Kelly Verdi, Christine Hopper, Toni Alberghine, and Kristin Dorso.

The National PTA Reflections program recognizes students' artistic achievements, boosts their confidence, and nurtures their passion for the arts. With a history of over 50 years, this program inspires students to express their thoughts and emotions creatively, fostering a love for learning that extends beyond the artistic realm. Over 300,000 students participate each year, making it a platform where students can shine and grow.

BRINGING SUNSHINE TO THE STAGE

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The young stars of Northside Elementary School's Theater Club delivered an outstanding performance of Annie! The students worked hard to memorize their lines, practice their dances, and bring their characters to life on stage. Their dedication paid off as they received thunderous applause from their families and friends. Director Mrs. Deanna Cupolo beamed with pride as she watched her students take their well-deserved bows.

DALERS HIT A HIGH NOTE IN MUSIC EDUCATION

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Farmingdale School District has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. Now in its 25th year, the Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to school districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement to provide music access and education to all students.

To qualify for the Best Communities designation, Farmingdale School District answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, and support for the music program and community music-making programs. Responses were verified by school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

“The Farmingdale music program is a source of immense pride for our community,” said Greg Warnokowski, Farmingdale School District’s Director of Fine and Performing Arts. “Winning this award for the eleventh consecutive year underscores the strong bond between the district and the community, emphasizing their shared appreciation for music education. The program’s success and growth can be credited to our educators’ dedication, expertise, and commitment. We are truly thankful to our community, parents, school leaders, and Board of Education for their steadfast support of music education.”

Research into music education continues to demonstrate educational/cognitive and social skill benefits for children who make music. After two years of music education, researchers found that participants showed more substantial improvements in how the brain processes speech and reading scores than their less-involved peers and that students involved in music are more likely to graduate high school and attend college. In addition, everyday listening skills are stronger in musically trained children than those without music training. Listening skills are closely tied to perceiving speech in a noisy background, paying attention, and keeping sounds in memory. Later in life, individuals who took music lessons as children show stronger neural processing of sound; young adults and even older adults who have not played an instrument for up to 50 years show enhanced neural processing compared to their peers. Social benefits include conflict resolution, teamwork skills, and giving and receiving constructive criticism.

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.

The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit organization supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) and its 15,000 global member companies and individual professionals worldwide. Our mission is to advance active participation in music-making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving, and public service programs. For more information about The NAMM Foundation, please visit nammfoundation.org.

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