Farmingdale Schools: Awards, Celebrations and More

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Farmingdale High School Students Win People’s Choice Award  

The Protein Modeling Team recently won the People’s Choice Award at the Stony Brook  University Protein Modeling Challenge.

The students won the award after competing against 30 other protein teams from Long Island. The participating teams were judged by local scientists and Stony Brook University faculty.

The competition entailed students using computer modeling software, online resources and foam covered wire to build protein models to show the link between protein structure and function.  

Team members included Devika Gupta, James Keenan, Emily Grote, Elijah Mas, Minhal Ahmed, Ayesha Ali and Ellie Laloudakis.

Northside Elementary School Holds ‘The Kermit Awards’

Third grade students in Mrs. Vahling’s class at  recently presented their own awards show to celebrate their favorite books. 

Students nominated books in different categories, voted for their favorite books using private ballots and took part in an awards ceremony. The “audience” and all students who nominated a book walked the “red carpet” with their book before the ceremony began and student presenters opened envelopes to reveal each winning book. Students who nominated the winning books made “acceptance” speeches to thank his or her classmates for voting.

All winning books are displayed with a ribbon and official class book award, The Kermit Award, and are forever branded with a special seal to show current and future students  that the book was selected by the class as a favorite read.

Howitt Middle School Students Fight Bullying

Students at Howitt Middle School have formed Friends of Rachel Club to take on “Rachel’s Challenge.” The Howitt Chapter, which was organized this school year, is inspired by the kindness and compassion of Rachel Scott, the first student killed at the Columbine High School tragedy in 1999.

The goals of the club are to spread a positive attitude and to increase awareness about the damaging effects of bullying. Students encourage one another to bestow random acts of kindness and compassion. They plan to create a school-wide “Chain of Kindness” where the kind acts witnessed throughout the day, and ideas for a better school environment will be written down on slips of paper and connected together for display throughout the school.   

The Friends of Rachel Club hope to spread the messages of kindness, compassion, acceptance, inclusion and respect so that the Howitt Middle School community can feel  accepted and comfortable in a safe school environment.

Woodward Parkway Math Night

Students at  recently participated in Family Math Night, a unique, fun and family-friendly environment designed to enhance students’ mathematics skills.

The Woodward Parkway community participated in various math-related activities including Tangrams, Menu Math and Dice and Cards.  Teachers and parents volunteered their time to run additional workshops to help make the night a success.


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