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Today is Census Day! A key reference date for the 2020 Census (not a deadline) to remind everyone to fill out their Census questionnaire.

The 2020 Census is our one chance to ensure that Long Island gets its fair share of funding, resources, and elected representation for years to come. Census data affects much more than we often realize - everything from school funding to class size to resources for road repair, from where businesses choose to locate to even the number of representatives we have in Congress. Even though the Census influences so many aspects of our day to day lives and things we may take for granted, many people do not know just how important filling out the Census questionnaire truly is. The stakes for our region couldn't be higher, especially now. 

It is up to us to stand together to ensure that Long Island is fairly and fully represented in the 2020 Census. Make sure to fill out the 2020 Census and do everything you can to share the word about this important civic duty!

 

¡Hoy es el día del censo! Una fecha de referencia clave para el Censo 2020 (no una fecha límite) para recordar a todos que deben completar su cuestionario del Censo.

El Censo 2020 es nuestra única oportunidad para garantizar que Long Island obtenga su parte justa de fondos, recursos y representación elegida en los próximos años. Los datos del censo afectan mucho más de lo que a menudo nos damos cuenta: desde la financiación de la escuela hasta el tamaño de la clase y los recursos para la reparación de carreteras, desde donde las empresas deciden ubicarse hasta el número de representantes que tenemos en el Congreso. Aunque el Censo influye en muchos aspectos de nuestra vida cotidiana y en cosas que podemos dar por sentado, muchas personas no saben cuán importante es realmente completar el cuestionario del Censo.
Lo que está en juego para nuestra región no podría ser mayor, especialmente ahora.

Depende de nosotros unirnos para garantizar que Long Island esté justa y plenamente representada en el Censo 2020. ¡Asegúrese de completar el Censo 2020 y haga todo lo posible para compartir la palabra sobre este importante deber cívico!

Thank you Cafeteria & Transportation Staff!

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Cafeteria Staff
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A big shout out to our cafeteria and transportation staff!
 
Every morning at 6am, with assembly-line precision in the west cafeteria of HMS, the Farmingdale School District’s cafeteria staff are preparing and bagging approximately 300 free/reduced-price meals for students in need. These meals are being picked up and delivered by staffers Larry Mattei and Brian Sammut, with extra help from Marc Medina and Troy Hill from our District Transportation Office. 
 
Thank you to them for making this possible!

Thank you to our Custodial Staff!

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Much gratitude for our custodial staff!
 
Every day since the closure, the Farmingdale School District custodial staff has reported to work to deep clean all six of our school buildings—scouring desks, walls, and floors across the district. They are disinfecting thousands of surfaces to ensure our students and staff come back to a safe and clean environment. At a time when most people are avoiding public areas of congregation, our custodial team has thrust themselves into that very environment without reservation.
 
“I want to express my deep appreciation for our crews! They cleaned every inch of 500,000 square feet of space,” said Martin Dar Conte, Operation and Maintenance for Farmingdale Schools. “It was a monumental task and I am so proud to be a part of this group. Thank you!”
 
“Heroes come in all shapes and sizes,” said Superintendent Paul Defendini. “Today, our heroes are these brave and giving custodians. Thank you, team, for putting yourself out there for our safety. Your efforts do not go unnoticed!”
 
 

Farmingdale Schools Attend Nassau PTA LEGCON

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Representatives from Farmingdale School District at LEGCON 2020
A large contingency of Farmingdale School District administrators, teachers, and members of the PTA and the Farmingdale Board of Education attended LEGCON 2020—the Nassau Region PTA Legislative Action Breakfast. It was held at The Inn at New Hyde Park on Saturday, February 29, 2020.

The event featured a panel discussion and fireside chat with a diverse group of local and state leaders and politicians. Panelists fielded questions regarding legislative priorities such as public funding for public schools, vaping and marijuana, the vaccine bill, the maximum room temperature bill, interventions for dyslexia, the tax cap, bail reform, special education funding, initiatives to support a diverse teaching workforce, and school calendars.

In attendance at the breakfast, were members of the NYS Senate and NYS Assembly, the Nassau-Suffolk School Board Association (NSSBA), the Long Island Education Coalition (LIEC), the Nassau County Council of School Superintendents (NCCSS), the Reform Educational Financing Inequities Today (REFIT), BOCES, and the NYS PTA.  

“The Farmingdale Council of PTAs is very appreciative that Assistant Superintendent Dr. William Brennan, FFT Rep. Esther Hernandez-Kramer, and Farmingdale Board of Education Trustee Kathy Lively were able to attend with us,” said PTA Council President Colleen Giordano. “It was an important day of advocacy and we appreciate the support of our administration and teachers.”

 

Honorary Superintendents for a Day!

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Last December, at the Dalers Deck the Halls Holiday Breakfast at Farmingdale High School, a fourth-grade Albany Avenue student named Anthony dropped every single one of his raffle tickets into the bucket for a chance to win the prize of being Honorary Superintendent of Farmingdale Schools for a day. He didn’t win, but his twin brother Jake—who ironically dropped in only one raffle ticket—did, and graciously agreed to share his win with his brother.

Dressed to kill, with Daler pawprints on their ties and freshly minted ID badges, Jake and Anthony began their day as many local people do—at the Farmingdale Starbucks. After meeting up with Superintendent Paul Defendini, they accompanied him for a day of typical duties, beginning at Farmingdale High School and continuing to Albany Avenue and Woodward Parkway Elementary Schools.

The highlight of their day? “When we got to pull the alarm for a fire drill!” said Anthony. 
“Yeah,” agreed Jake. “That was the most fun thing we did today.”

The pair lunched at Palmers Restaurant, where they attended a Farmingdale Rotary Meeting aside Superintendent Defendini. The boys were warmly received by the gathering and were inducted as “members for a day” by Rotary President Len Constantinopoli.

Following lunch, the boys accompanied Mr. Defendini back to his office at Weldon E. Howitt Middle School, where they got to see some fun artifacts from the district, including a ledger dating back to 1892 that was used to record teacher salaries, and an antique bowl and spoons that were unearthed during recent construction. Both boys were drawn to a protectively encased baseball, placed prominently on a table. “That ball was used to throw out the first pitch at the new Howitt Athletic Field,” explained Superintendent Defendini.

“The day was a great success and gave the young Dalers firsthand knowledge of what really goes into running a school district,” said Superintendent Defendini. “I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with Jake and Anthony. They were so attentive and interested and I wouldn’t be surprised if some day one of them earned their way into my position!”
 

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