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Farmingdale Schools Perform All District Chorus Concert

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On Thursday, February 6, 2020, Farmingdale High School hosted the All District Chorus Concert, bringing together 420 students from all six Farmingdale schools—elementary through high school. 

Each year, the All District Concert is a showcase that demonstrates the amazing level of growth that takes place from the elementary to the high school level. It alternates every three years with band, orchestra, and chorus. 

Music teachers Christina Cinnamo and Emilie D’Andrilli conducted the elementary chorus. Danielle Tucker conducted the middle school chorus. The high school women’s chorus was conducted by Edward Kozlowski, and the mixed chorus was conducted by Jessica Mischke. The combined ensemble was conducted by Catherine McLaughlin. 

The grand finale brought all the students together to sing “You Will Be Found” from the musical Dear Evan Hansen. 

You can watch the entire concert by clicking here.

The Circus Comes to SEM!

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To coincide with their Pick A Reading Partner (PARP) theme—Read to go to the Greatest Show—Saltzman East Memorial Elementary School held a week-long circus skills program during physical education classes. Students had a lot of fun learning a variety of clever new tricks, including: plate-spinning, feather balancing, juggling, and hoola-hooping. Each grade-level workshop focused on teaching coordination, timing, and team building. At the end of the week, third-graders put on a lively performance inside the gym for the kindergarten classes.

Living History at SEM

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Saltzman East Memorial Elementary School was turned into a living history museum last week, with students K-5 lining the hallways, dressed in historical costumes. The event, now in its fourth year, has students select a deceased historical figure, research them, and create a costume. 

On the night of the event, students line the hallways and pose in a statuesque manner. Visitors “push” a red button to make each historical figure come to life. Once activated, students recite who they are, share some interesting details of their lives, and explain their claim to fame. The statues and the visitors all earned a Pick A Reading Partner (PARP) badge for participating. 

“This is an annual event that the families at Saltzman East Memorial really look forward to and are excited to participate in,” said teacher and student council advisor Dina Ferrari Lopresto.

This year, the historical figures included Betsy Ross, Joan of Arc, and Fred Rogers!

101 Farmingdale Students Perform in All County

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 Farmingdale School District sent 101 of their top student musicians to the 2020 Nassau Music Educators Association (NMEA) All County Music Festival—held at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts on multiple days in January. The festival brings music students together from schools throughout Nassau County.

To qualify for participation, students must perform at the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Adjudication Festival and be nominated by their music teachers. A committee of Nassau County music educators make the final selection of which students will perform in the various groups. 

The Farmingdale students performed in 5 different divisions—broken down by grade level—in the categories of Band, Orchestra, Chorus, Vocal Jazz, and Jazz Band.

Farmingdale School District to Host Wellness Event

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The Farmingdale School District is planning an evening of healthy mind and body workshops on Wednesday, January, 22, 2020 at Weldon E. Howitt Middle School. The program—Healthy Habits for Well-Being—will include activities like yoga, meditation, drum circles, rock painting, and more. This is the district’s 5th annual event—sponsored by the Wellness Council. 

“We’re encouraging our students and parents to unplug for a few hours and join us for a really fun evening,” said Dr. Joan Ripley, Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning. “All the activities we have planned are geared toward helping people create healthy habits that will last them a lifetime. It’s a great way for everyone to start the new year!”

The program will run from 6pm-8:15pm, with registration at 6pm and activities beginning at 6:30pm sharp. Free, healthy snacks will be provided. All students must be accompanied by an adult. 


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