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Weldon E. Howitt Middle School

 


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Important Information

Parents: please take some time to review the district Attendance Policy, Code of Conduct, and Emergency Planning Guide as well as other notices in this folder: Important Policies and Notices

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”updates”

Scenery Club w/Ms. Shields is CANCELLED for this afternoon.

   

announcements

TODAY IS FRIDAY, JANUARY 27, 2023, AND IT IS AN “A” DAY

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TODAY'S SPORTS

NO SPORTS GAMES TODAY

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Students who need a replacement ID badge and/or lanyard because they lost or broke it should fill out the ID/Lanyard Replacement Form, which can be found under "Important Links" on the Howitt website, in the FDale Bookmarks folder on their Chromebooks or HERE.  

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NYSSMA festival registration is currently taking place. Piano and guitar students may get a registration form from any chorus teacher in the building. All registration forms must be submitted to the music teachers by February 3. 
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The price of Howitt’s 2023 yearbook is $65, and one can be preordered by using the link below.

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Daler Buddies will be having a Movie Night next Friday, February 3.  Club members who need a permission slip can pick one up outside Ms. Ferguson's room 518. Completed permission slips are due back next Wednesday, February 1.
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The following will be held after school TODAY:
* The Bulletin Board Club w/Mrs. Iele & Ms. Gould in room 506
* Kickline Club w/Ms. Kanfer and Ms. Bonilla in the East Cafeteria
* The 7th/8th grade Work it Out with Baffo Club in the Easy Gym Fitness Room
* CANCELLED Scenery Club w/Ms. Shields in the auditorium

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WINTER II SPORTS

Family ID registration 

ID BADGES & LANYARDS

Lost or broken IDs or lanyards can be replaced by submitting the form that can be found on the student's chromebook under FD BOOKMARKS. Students will be asked to bring their payment to the Library before the replacement card is completed. (Lanyard Only: $3.00, ID card Only: $3.00, Both: $6.00)

LOST & FOUND

Water bottles, books, clothing, sweatshirts, shoes/sneakers are placed in the back of both cafeterias. Eye glasses, jewelry, pocketbooks, cell phones are in the Main Office.

YEARBOOKS 2023

To pre-order the yearbook, click here. The price increased to $65 on January 1, 2023.

To upload personal pictures, use the same link above, click on “YEARBOOK SNAP” and use the code “HOWITT”

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PROGRAMS & CLUBS

  • AFTER SCHOOL EXTRA HELP: Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays
  • MORNING MOVIES & GAMES PROGRAM: Students who arrive at 7:20 am on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays may sign up w/Mr. Scelzo in room 421. Knock hockey, board games & moves will be available.
  • MORNING REC PROGRAM: Students who arrive early at Howitt may go to the East Gym with Mr. Leary & Mr. Ianne from 7:20 am to 7:50 am.
  • SPIRIT CLUB: With Mrs. Pietronigro in room 606. The Howitt School Spirit Club offers students many opportunities such as making morning announcements, MCing events, fundraising, creating school activities, Step, Kickline, Cheerleading and helping out with fun Daler events.
  • STUDENT COUNCIL: Students can fundraise, help families in the Farmingdale community, collect donations for people in need, and to other fun things.

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Graphic with text: 'Students of the Quarter'

STUDENTS OF THE QUARTER

Please click here to view our Students of the Quarter for Q1 2022.

 

Current News

Howitt Heimlich Hero

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A student at Howitt Middle School in Farmingdale saved the life of a classmate by performing the Heimlich Maneuver.

Anthony Agrillo and Daniel Kelly sat down to eat lunch during fifth period on Tuesday, January 24th. It was midterms week at school, and both boys looked forward to a relaxing lunch/recess break. Daniel had attended Saltzman East Memorial, and Anthony went to Northside before entering Howitt Middle School this year. They became friends over the summer, having met through the Farmingdale Hawks Football program. As Daniel ate his lunch, he locked eyes with Anthony, who had started banging on the table and pointing to his throat.

“It all happened so fast,” said Daniel Kelly. “I got up, threw my arms around him, and started performing the Heimlich. Within seconds a piece of food shot out of his mouth.”

A large piece of cheese from a mozzarella stick was the culprit. With his airway cleared, Anthony’s breathing returned to normal.

“He didn’t hesitate,” said Anthony Agrillo. “Daniel is a loyal friend, he saw I was in trouble, and he acted.”

The Heimlich Hero program was taught to all Howitt Middle School students during health class earlier this school year. Students watched a fifteen-minute video that taught them how to recognize the signs of choking and respond with the Heimlich Maneuver.

Howitt Middle School Assistant Principal Cheryl DePierro was motivated to bring the Heimlich Heroes program to our buildings after a choking incident in the teacher’s lounge last year.

“The Heimlich Maneuver is very easy to learn and a great first step for students of all ages to begin learning life-saving techniques,” said Cheryl DePierro. “Regardless of a student's age, size or strength, they can successfully dislodge an item from someone's throat when choking and save a life. I am so proud of all our students who took the training seriously, and I am especially proud of Anthony and Daniel for remembering exactly what to do in an emergency. It is one of those skills you never want to use but are happy to have when the time calls for it!”

Farmingdale School District plans to recognize our Howitt Heimlich Heroes at the next Board of Education meeting in February.

ALL COUNTY MUSICANS

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Each year, the Nassau Music Educators Association (NMEA) selects the best student musicians from schools throughout the county to participate in its annual All-County Festival. Held in January at Long Island University’s Tilles Center in Brookville, this year’s festival featured 103 representatives from Farmingdale Schools! These talented musicians in grades 5-12 were chosen based on teachers’ nominations and their outstanding scores in the New York State School Music Association’s (NYSSMA) 2022 Adjudication Festival. Farmingdale students participated in ensembles across five divisions: band, orchestra, chorus, jazz band, and jazz chorus.

These tremendous accomplishments would not be possible without the hard work and support of our music educators, who worked with our students for months to prepare for the festival.

WHAT'S COOKING?

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Howitt librarians and FACS teachers are collaborating on a cookbook project for the entire 7th grade. The project starts with a “book pass” in which students rotate through Howitt Library cookbooks, passing them among one another on a timer. It is an immersive and engaging reading experience that exposes students to a wide range of books in a short amount of time. Cookbook themes include teen cuisine, cultural, historical, vegetarian, baking, and more. Students take notes on recipes that catch their interest. The project culminates with creating a digital, 7th Grade Daler Family Cookbook. Students have the choice to contribute a recipe from their own family or from one of the cookbooks they enjoyed from the Howitt Library collection, blending the culture and traditions of the Daler community with Howitt Library books and resources. The project has students applying and reinforcing vocabulary and concepts from their current FACS curriculum while being fun and engaging.

WINTER CONCERT SEASON

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All concerts will be held in person this holiday season! No ticket necessary to attend. Concerts will also be live-streamed, so family members and friends can view them from home. The links will be posted here shortly before the start of each performance.

TUBA CHRISTMAS

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Director of Fine and Performing Arts Greg Warnokowski traveled with three of his music teachers and eleven Farmingdale student musicians from Weldon E. Howitt Middle School and Farmingdale High School to perform in the 49th annual Tuba Christmas concert on The Rink at Rockefeller Center on Sunday, December 11, 2022. Even Farmingdale Superintendent of Schools Paul Defendini grabbed his baritone horn and joined the festivities.

Farmingdale School District received special recognition before the final performance. Farmingdale had the second-largest group participation in Tuba Christmas, and Dalers Nicholas Kopack and Carter Black were recognized as the two youngest performers out of over 200 players.

Tuba Christmas participants: Superintendent Paul Defendini, Fine and Performing Arts Director Greg Warnokowski, Howitt Middle School music teacher Erica Hartmann, Farmingdale High School music teachers David Abrams and Gina Pelletierre.

Howitt Middle School students: Carter Black, Zaria Canizares, Jackson Defendini, Earl Jones III, and Nicholas Kopack.

Farmingdale High School students: Andrew Adamo, Will Bany, Alessandro Chavarria-Fuentes, Christian Mall, Rene Ruiz, and Charlotte Rutkowski.

Tuba virtuoso Harvey Phillips conceived Tuba Christmas to honor his late mentor and teacher, William J. Bell —born on Christmas Day, 1902. The first Tuba Christmas at Rockefeller Center was performed in 1974, and the tradition is held annually in over two hundred cities worldwide.

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