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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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  Concession Stand is CANCELLED for this afternoon.







7th/8th Cross Country is at Seaman’s Neck Park @ 4:45 pm
7th/8th Badminton is away against Rosyln @ 5:00 pm
7th Boys’ Soccer is home against Grand Avenue @ 4:45 pm


Students and staff, grab your walking shoes and bring your Daler pride to the annual Autism Speaks Walk. It will take place on Sunday, October 8, at Jones Beach Field 5. Registration begins at 9:00am. Bring friends & family to represent Farmingdale at this event. If you have any questions, please see Ms. Kanfer or Mr. Waters.


Today begins Howitt’s Spirit Week and it is Jersey Day. Tomorrow is “Freaky Tuesday” where students dress like teachers and teachers dress like students. On Wednesday, everyone should wear GREEN. Thursday is Green Ribbon Day and Friday is Daler Strong Day so make sure your Daler Gear is washed and clean and ready to wear.


Students who lost or broke their ID badge and/or lanyard should request a replacement by completing the ""ID/Lanyard Replacement Form" found in ClassLink. The first replacement is free and will be delivered to the homeroom teacher's mailbox 2-3 days after the form is submitted. In the meantime, students should ask for a green name sticker from their homeroom teacher or the front desk every day until they receive their new ID.

Every morning from 7:20 to 7:50 am students are able to attend the Morning Rec Program in both the East and West Gyms.


6th and 7th grade students who are not attending Morning Rec should go to either the East Cafeteria to eat breakfast or the auditorium to wait for the 7:55 am bell.  All 8th graders should go to the West Cafeteria to eat or wait until homeroom begins.


Extra Help is held after school on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 2:50 -3:30 pm. Flyers are posted around the school showing the locations. Students may also ask their teachers or stop by the West Office 102 for more information about Extra Help.

Yearbooks may be pre-ordered for $60 by using the following link:

Students interested in joining Mr. Gavalas’ Principal’s Cabinet may pick up an application from the Main Office and return the completed form by October 6. 


The Farmingdale Japanese Culture Club w/Mr. Frisa will be holding its first meeting on Thursday in room 209. This is a great opportunity for students to learn about the rich culture of Japan, history, language, pop-culture and more.


The I “AM” Ready Club w/Ms. Kurathowski & Ms. Robinson will meet tomorrow morning in rm. 708.
Ms. B’s Swim classes should bring their chromebooks and meet in the West Gym today.


The following will be held after school TODAY (10/2):
Extra HelpChess & Checkers Club w/Mr. Kirby in room 316
Garden Club w/Ms. Kaur in the 6th grade courtyard
Kickline Club w/Ms. Kanfer & Ms. Bonilla in the East Cafeteria
Phenomenal Puzzle Club w/Ms. Rapinat in room 320



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.


Incoming 6th Grade Parent Orientation Slide Presentation

Click here to view the slide presentation



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 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)



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.



  • 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.

 Graphic with text: 'Students of the Quarter'


Please check back at the end of the first quarter!


Current News


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AA, NS, SEM & WP's Spirit Week Schedule

It is heartwarming to see the Farmingdale School District come together during such a difficult time.

In light of recent events, the decision to change Spirit Days to celebrate the community and show appreciation for their support and compassion is a beautiful gesture. These small acts of kindness can go a long way in helping those affected by tragedy feel a sense of unity and comfort. #DALERSTRONG #DALERPRIDE


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K-8 Math & Literacy Focused Parent University


Knowing how to best support your children's education, particularly in math and literacy, can be challenging. Fortunately, the teachers in Farmingdale are here to help! With their wealth of knowledge and experience, they are eager to show you some strategies they use in class that may be helpful when homework time comes around. Whether it's advice on making math more engaging for your child or suggestions on improving their reading comprehension skills, you can be sure that the teachers in Farmingdale have got you covered. So mark your calendars and get ready to enhance your parenting toolbox with some invaluable insights from the experts!

Stars and Stripes Forever

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Farmingdale Siblings Honor 9/11 Victims with Touching Flag Display

The tragedy of September 11th, 2001, is a day that will forever be etched in the memories of those who lived through it. Even though it has been two decades since that horrific day, the memories of the victims and the heroism of the first responders continue to inspire people worldwide.

For young Daler's Mary, Conor, Jason, and Faith Carroll, the events of September 11th deeply impacted them, even though they were not yet born. They learned about that day's devastation and heroism through school, news, and family stories. Wanting to do something to honor the fallen and ensure that their memory lives on, they came up with a plan.

The siblings created an Amazon wishlist and asked the Farmingdale community to donate flags. The response was overwhelming, with thousands of flags delivered to the Carroll house. The siblings then placed the flags outside their school buildings, Howitt Middle School and Saltzman East Memorial.

This wasn't the first time the Carroll siblings had honored the victims. They had previously started a tradition in their old school district, and after moving to Farmingdale, they wanted to continue it. Their dedication to remembering the victims and honoring the first responders has touched the hearts of many in their community, and their act of kindness and remembrance is a beautiful reminder of the resilience and compassion of the human spirit.

As we reflect on the events of September 11th, let us remember the victims and their families, as well as the first responders who risked their lives to save others. Let us also take inspiration from the Carroll siblings' actions, find ways to honor the fallen, and promote kindness and compassion in our communities.

Ready, Set, Succeed!

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It is always an exciting time when a new school year begins, and for the Farmingdale School District, the 2023-2024 academic year is no exception. On September 6, students were welcomed back by Superintendent Paul Defendini, administrators, and staff, all of whom were eager to see the smiling faces of the new and returning Dalers. As the students hopped off the school buses and walked toward their classrooms, the sense of anticipation and excitement was palpable.


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Dalers Take Charge with Smiles and Enthusiasm

The Howitt Middle School Fun Bunch is a remarkable group of student leaders recommended by their teachers. During the summer, the Fun Bunch members engage in team-building activities such as relay races, pizza tag, group projects, and tie-dying. They also undergo leadership training while completing about 30 hours of community service. These activities help to sharpen their leadership skills, foster teamwork and prepare them for their responsibilities in the upcoming academic year.

One of the critical responsibilities of the Fun Bunch is to create a welcoming environment for incoming 6th-grade students. The group achieves this by painting hundreds of welcome signs around the school, placing personalized notes in each 6th-grade student's locker, distributing QR Code magnets with after-school club schedules, and teaching students how to open combination locks. These small but impactful gestures significantly help students transition from elementary to middle school.

However, the Howitt Fun Bunch volunteers provide the most impactful community service is the one-on-one tours of HMS. During these personalized tours of student schedules, incoming sixth graders can ask any questions they want about HMS. Our student leaders can demonstrate that HMS is a fun, creative, and friendly school. The tours provide an excellent opportunity for the students to get a feel for the school environment, ask questions and learn about the school's culture from their peers. Ultimately, the Fun Bunch is a fantastic initiative that helps students transition to middle school and fosters a welcoming and inclusive school community.

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