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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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Moving up to Middle School - HMS incoming 6th Grade Parent Orientation slideshow.










A reminder that when students are called down for Early Dismissal they must stop at the lobby desk first and not exit the building on their own.


Yearbooks may still be preordered for $65 by using the link below. Deadline to order is May 15.


Faculty, staff, and students are reminded to check their inbox today to see the second edition of The Paw Print.


The Lion’s Den School Store is open during all lunch periods, and spring Daler Gear such as sweatshirts, T-shirts and pajama pants, school supplies and small toys are available to purchase.


Today is the deadline to hand in the United Skates of America permission slips and monies to the drop box in the Main Office. Any questions, please see Mrs. Merlo, Mrs. Mulligan, or Ms. Whorlow.


8th grade students are reminded to hand in their Adventureland permission slips and payments to the Main Office drop box by Friday, May 10. Please note that no late payments will be accepted. If payment is made online, a signed paper copy of the permission slip still needs to be handed in; otherwise you will not be permitted to go on the trip. If you have questions please see Mrs. Mulligan in room 209 during homeroom only.

Adventureland Permission Slip - Must be returned with payment by May 10

The Harry Potter Reading Challenge is underway and will continue for another month.

The “Houses” are assigned as follows:
6th grade: Hufflepuff 
7th grade: Ravenclaw 
8th grade: Gryffindor
Faculty & Staff: Slytherin

Every page read is one point towards the grade-level Harry Potter House. Pages can be submitted through the Google form posted on Schoology, and the winning house will be rewarded with a celebration when the challenge ends. Any questions, please reach out to the Spirit Club advisors.

Concession Stand members are asked to go to their Schoology page to sign-up for dates to work the concession stand for the Spring season.  Members should be sure to periodically refer back to the schedule for any changes and/or cancellations.


All of Mr. Szabo's Orchestra rotations are cancelled for today.


  • The following will be held after school TODAY:
  • Chess & Checkers Club with Mr. Kirby in Room 316
  • The Creative Writing Story Club with Ms. Muscatello & Dylan Delatorre in the Library after school. All students are welcome to join us to create, collaborate and share stories.
  • The Trading Card and Tabletop Enthusiasts will be meeting in room 607.
  • ENL Extra Help with Ms. Rapinat is CANCELLED for this afternoon.
  • The Future Corp Club with Mrs. Cammarata in room 510
  • Work Out with Beatrice Club in the East Gym Fitness Room

United Skates of America Event

Wednesday, April 17, 2024 (6:30-8:30 pm)

United Skates Permission Slip  Must be returned with payment by April 12

8th Grade Adventureland Trip

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Adventureland Permission Slip - Must be returned with payment by May 10

Incoming 6th Grade Parent Orientation Slide Presentation

Click here to view the slide presentation



All teams will have their first practice after school on Monday, March 25, and athletes must be registered, medically cleared and dressed to try out.

Family ID registration



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 are also able to access the form from their ClassLink launchpad.



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 may be pre-ordered for $65 by using the following link:
Deadline to order is May 15, 2024.



Graphic with text: 'Students of the Quarter'


The Student of the Quarter award is given to students chosen by their teachers.

Students selected demonstrate excellence in leadership, participation, attendance, work ethic, and citizenship. Click here to see the full list of recipients.

Current News


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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 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


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The Farmingdale School District’s Wellness Committee held its annual Wellness Fair on April 8, 2024, at Farmingdale High School. The Wellness Fair was a vibrant and engaging event that aimed to promote overall well-being and healthy living in the Farmingdale community. Students eagerly participated in various activities and workshops, gaining valuable knowledge and practical skills to enhance their physical and mental health.

The atmosphere was filled with positivity and enthusiasm as families explored different booths and interactive displays. From learning about the importance of mindfulness and preparing for college to trying out delicious and nutritious snack options, there was something for everyone to enjoy and benefit from.

Fun fitness challenges like the Trike-A-Thon and agility games like Basketball and GaGa Ball emphasized the importance of staying active and fit. The highlight of the Wellness Fair was the East Farmingdale Volunteer Fire Company’s CPR demonstration, where students had the opportunity to learn life-saving techniques from trained professionals.

By collaborating with the school and local organizations, attendees were able to gather resources and information to build their wellness toolbox for leading a healthy and balanced lifestyle. The Wellness Fair served as a valuable platform for fostering a culture of well-being and empowerment within the Farmingdale community, leaving a lasting impact on all who participated.


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Are you interested in learning more about Parent University and hearing from fellow Dalers?

Watch this video to uncover details and witness firsthand on Tuesday, April 16.

Register NOW!


April 16, 2024

Howitt Middle School

6-8 PM

  • Walk-Ins Welcome.
  • Parents can attend sessions in Math, Literacy, or both!
  • Children in attendance will play educational games while parents attend sessions.

Presented by Farmingdale Public Schools & the Farmingdale Teacher Center


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Farmingdale School District is delighted to reveal this year's distinguished individuals who were recognized for their exemplary work and service by SCOPE Education Services. They were honored at the 23rd annual School District Awards Dinner on March 18, 2024.

  • Kelvin Vargas, Howitt Middle School, Security, Support Staff Service Award
  • Beth Ann Garvey, Farmingdale High School, Athletics, Support Staff Service Award
  • Cordelia Anthony, Farmingdale High School, Teacher, Teacher Service Award

Farmingdale Superintendent Paul Defendini praised the SCOPE winners from Farmingdale for their dedicated service to the community. The individuals being honored have shown exceptional commitment and excellence.


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On Monday, March 18, 2024, a group of eighth-grade volunteers from Howitt Middle School traveled to Woodward Parkway for a lesson about friendship.

The middle school students began by reading aloud from Strictly No Elephants, a heartwarming story emphasizing the importance of inclusivity and acceptance. The colorful illustrations by Taeeun Yoo captured the imaginations of the second graders, transporting them into a world where differences were celebrated and friendships knew no bounds.

After the story, the volunteers engaged the students in lively discussions about being a good friend. The second graders eagerly shared their experiences and perspectives, while the eighth graders listened attentively, offering encouragement and wisdom.

As the lesson progressed, the students worked together on a fun coloring activity inspired by the book. By the end of the visit, laughter and smiles filled the air at Woodward Parkway. The eighth-grade volunteers had taught a lesson on friendship and exemplified it through their kindness, patience, and willingness to connect with the younger students.

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