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       Weldon E. Howitt Middle School

 

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

 

Principal's Welcome Letter

 

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Online Scheduler

Online Scheduler - Parent Teacher Conferences

 

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TODAY IS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2021, AND IT IS AN “A” DAY

 

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  Have some free time?  Check out this cool Padlet!

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Students entering the building prior to the 7:55 bell must proceed to the auditorium, one of the cafeterias or the Morning Rec Program in the East Gym. Students are not permitted to go to their lockers or homerooms before the 7:55 bell rings.

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Congratulations to the 7th grade Girls’ Soccer Team on their 4-2 win over Woodland yesterday. The girls played an incredible game.

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Mrs. Tucker's Mixed and Girl's chorus will have their first combined full rehearsal tomorrow during period 3 in the auditorium.

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The following will be held after school TODAY:

* Extra Help for SPED, Math, and Organization & Study Skills in the Library

* Extra Help for Social Studies, ELA, Science in the Innovation Lab

* Extra Help for ENL w/Mrs. Legato in room 701

* Afternoon Rec Program w/Mr. Lizana on the blacktop until 3:25

* Daler Buddies w/Ms. Ferguson in the West Cafeteria 

* Keep Calm and Carry Yarn Club w/Mrs. Papo & Mrs. Sullivan in room 602

* GSA w/Ms. Devine & Ms. Muuss in room 308

* CANCELLED Extra Help in LOTE

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SPORTS

8th Girls’ Soccer is home against Island Trees @ 4:45 pm

7th/8th Cross Country is against Wisdom Lane at Marjorie Post Park @ 4:30 pm

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HMS WINTER I SPORTS

Season begins November 8, 2021 & Registration ends November 9, 2021

7th/8th Grade Girls’ Volleyball

7th/8th Grade Boys’ Basketball

7th/8th Boys’ Swimming

(A shuttle is provided for Boys’ Swimming from HMS to the HS beginning on November 9, 2021. Students must arrange for their own transportation home after practice.)

To participate, students must be signed up on FAMILY ID by November 9, 2021.

Family ID Student Registration

All teams will have their first practice after school at HMS on November 8, 2021.

Students must be medically cleared & dressed to try-out.

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SEPTA PJ DAY

Today is SEPTA Pajama Day, a day to be kind and accepting of others. Wear your favorite pajamas to school and donate $1 to SEPTA. A collection box is located in the Main Office. You do not have to wear pajamas to donate and you do not have to donate to wear your pajamas.

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NATIONAL JUNIOR HONOR SOCIETY

Applications are due by November 9, and should be submitted BEFORE paying the membership fee on myschoolbucks. Any questions, please email Mrs. J. Merlo.

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FITNESS CLUB

First Meeting tomorrow, October 28, in the East Gym until 3:30

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HOWITT PLAYERS MUSICAL PRODUCTION

Students, remember to look for the clues that give hints about this year's Howitt Players production. Clues are posted in the cafeterias, outside the auditorium, and by Room 201. The show will be officially revealed on Friday, October 29, so until then…. Keep Looking & Keep Guessing!

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MORNING REC PROGRAM

Students who arrive early at Howitt may go to the East Gym with Mr. Leary from 7:20 am to 7:50 am. 

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AFTERNOON REC PROGRAM (10/27, 10/28 weather permitting)

Students who enjoy having fun at recess or during the Morning Rec Program should join the Afternoon Rec Program w/Mr. Lizana after school on the blacktop, weather permitting. (See above dates.)

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FREE BREAKFAST

Available to all students in the morning in the East & West Cafeterias. Students may obtain a pass from any of the offices.

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YEARBOOKS

Cost is $60.00 and may be ordered using the link below. For a limited time, use the code “dalers5off” to receive $5 off the price. 

The discount will expire on October 31, 2021.

2022 Yearbooks are now available..Click here to purchase

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Pink Out Day 2021 SlideShow

 


 


 

Current News

Farmingdale’s Vision For Its Graduates

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Farmingdale School District to Lead Community Visioning Process; Sets New Standard for Student Success

Every day, the Farmingdale Union Free School District strives to create a learning environment and curriculum that is both engaging and innovative in the ever-changing education landscape. The district’s latest efforts come in the form of Portrait of a Graduate, a nationally recognized and proven pathway to elevating school district offerings to best position its students for success inside and outside the classroom.

“The last 18 months have been a monumental challenge for us all. As COVID cases recede and our schools fully open up for our students, we now have a window of opportunity to refocus our attention by redefining our collective expectations for our graduates, ” said Paul Defendini, superintendent of schools. “This is quite possibly the most important work we may ever undertake here in Farmingdale Schools and we need all of our stakeholders to take an active role as we form our Portrait of a Graduate.”

While still in the development phase, the Farmingdale School District has commenced outreach efforts to key sectors of the community and stakeholders. In doing so, the district is able to obtain a diverse set of perspectives and feedback on how it can expand upon its academic and extracurricular offerings to better prepare students for life after graduation. Throughout the beginning of fall, community members will be prompted to provide feedback on several topics related to the academic processes, programs and outcomes within the district via the platform ThoughtExchange, which promotes an open exchange of thoughts on a shared platform. Once all data has been collected and synthesized, the district will provide the results of this effort with the community and adopt practices that will continue to lead Farmingdale students down a path of success.

“We must come together as a community united in our vision for the future success of our students,” said Dr. William Brennan, assistant superintendent for innovation and organizational development. “Implementing a mechanism by which parents, staff, and the Farmingdale community can provide feedback on how to better prepare our students for life after high school will serve as an invaluable component in this process. Together, we can create and adopt our own set of student outcomes to serve as a North Star for all Farmingdale graduates.”

For more information about the Farmingdale Union Free School District, please visit the district’s website at https://www.farmingdaleschools.org and like our Facebook page: @FarmingdaleSchoolDistrict.

Daler Pride

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Farmingdale's district-wide Spirit Week is October 12-15. Dalers are encouraged to show off their school spirit and participate in themed apparel days. Spirit Week is capped off with the Farmingdale High School pep rally, which will be live-streamed for all students, faculty, and families to view. 

Picture Collage of students from AA, NS, SEM, and WWP enjoying Spirit Week

Watch the Pep Rally HERE!

Photo Credit James Suckle. Farmingdale High School junior James Suckle has been busy capturing the Dalers in action this season. James is inspired by the sports environment and wishes to pursue a career in sports photography. You can view more of his work on his INSTAGRAM PAGE.

Daler Digest

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It's back! The Daler Digest, your monthly digital newsletter. Read September's Issue Now

Biscuit

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Hi, my name is Ellie Hilton, I have type one diabetes, and I am entering sixth grade at Howitt Middle School this September. Last summer, I got a diabetic alert dog named Biscuit. He is trained to alert me when my blood sugar is high or low. Biscuit was only six months old when I got him, and because of the Covid-19 shutdown, he never trained in a school. Biscuit was too young to stay with me full-time this past school year, so my mom, a teacher at Howitt, brought Biscuit to school with her most days for training. Even when he wasn't with me, he could detect my blood sugar changes. He could sense the highs and lows from across town when I was at Northside, and he was with my mom at Howitt. This September, though, Biscuit will be with me all day.

I am so happy that Biscuit was able to train with my mom at Howitt. I know everyone loved having him around and can’t wait to have him back in the halls again this year.

For more information about the Farmingdale Union Free School District, please visit the district’s website at https://www.farmingdaleschools.org and like our Facebook page: @FarmingdaleSchoolDistrict.

Farmingdale Middle School Students Shine in National PTA Art Program

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(from L-R) Willandie Loannes Presnard, Howitt Middle School Principal Mike Gavalas, Earl Jones III, Chloe Corrigan, and Madeline Ortiz,  thumbnail184765
(from L-R) Willandie Loannes Presnard, Howitt Middle School Principal Mike Gavalas, Earl Jones III, Chloe Corrigan, and Madeline Ortiz,

They say that art is a window into the soul. At Howitt Middle School, several young artists took the opportunity to show why they matter through various artistic mediums during the annual national PTA competition, Reflections. This year’s theme, “I matter because..,” allowed students to create works representing who they are and why they matter. Whether through film, literature, photography, or other visual methods, the students’ works afforded those who viewed them access to some of the most talented young artists in the country! Among those artists include Howitt’s Madeline Ortiz, Chloe Corrigan, Earl Jones III, Alexandra Goench, Willandie Loannes Presnard, and Sydney Luckman. Our Howitt artists continue to remind us all why art matters and why we all matter through their incredible works of self-expression!

Each year, over 300,000 students in Pre-K through Grade twelve create original works of art in response to a student-selected theme. This 50 plus year-old program helps students explore their thoughts, feelings, and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence and find a love for learning to help them become more successful in school and life.

Entries are judged at the school level, and winning entries advance to Nassau Region. Winning entries at Nassau Region advance to New York State PTA. New York State PTA selects winners to advance to National PTA.

The 2020-2021 theme was “I Matter Because….” The Weldon E. Howitt Middle School PTA had six entries chosen to advance to Nassau Region PTA and of those six entries, four were selected to move onto New York State PTA. Those four entries were created by: Chloe Corrigan, Madeline Ortiz, Willandie Loannes Presnard, and Earl Jones III. At the New York State PTA level, Earl Jones III received an Award of Merit.

PTA is the oldest and largest child advocacy association in America. Today’s PTA is comprised of more than four million parents, teachers, grandparents, caregivers, foster parents, and other caring adults who share a commitment to improving the education, health, and safety of all children.

For more information about the Farmingdale Union Free School District, please visit the district’s website at https://www.farmingdaleschools.org and like our Facebook page: @FarmingdaleSchoolDistrict.

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