Schools: Mourning for Farmingdale; Perfect AP Exam

State education officials said Thursday that they were continuing to monitor the situation involving the fatal crash of a bus carrying faculty and members of the Farmingdale High School marching band.

“Our hearts and thoughts go out to the Farmingdale school community and all of those suffering due to the tragic accident in Orange County on Thursday afternoon, especially the families of those who died and those who are still fighting for their lives as a result of injuries sustained in the accident. The New York State Education Department and Board of Regents mourn the loss of those whose lives were cut short.”

Two adults were killed in the crash.  Patch reported that the bus company, Regency Transportation of Nesconset, had failed five of its last 15 semi-annual  inspections.

The district said tht it would establish “a crisis center and Howitt Middle School this weekend for any staff, student, or community member who might need support. The crisis center will have volunteer counselors from our own Farmingdale team and from neighboring districts and facilities to meet with any community member who would like to receive support.”

Schools Closed for Yom Kippur

Public schools will be closed Monday for observation of the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur.

Northport Orchestra to Head for the Kennedy Center

The Northport High School orchestra has been selected to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. in February 2024. Fifteen orchestras were invited to apply; the group was narrowed to four orchestras nationwide, including Northport High School.The event will provide students with a masterclass with a retired conductor/military colonel, a tour of the Kennedy Center itself and a performance on the Kennedy Center stage.

Perfect 5 on AP Exam

Walt Whitman High School senior

achieved a rare perfect score on an Advanced Placement exam.  This means she earned every point possible on the May 2023 AP Research Exam. She was one of only 357 students in the world to do so on that college-level exam last spring.

AP exams are scored on a scale of 1 to 5.  Colleges and universities  use AP scores for college credit, advanced placement, and/or consideration in the admission process.

“I am extremely proud of the dedication and effort Angelina has displayed throughout her four years at Whitman.  To achieve at such a high level is a testament to her focus and resilience towards her studies,” said interim Principal John Murphy.

After taking the AP Seminar course, students who take the AP Research course choose a topic that must be approved, collect data, hit certain research deadlines throughout the school year, and finally put together their presentation and conclusion.

Angelina chose to analyze and compare how Disney has presented gender roles in their movies throughout the decades.  That meant watching the animated versions of Snow White, Cinderella, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, and Moana over and over again.  After presenting her research conclusion for the exam portion, Angelina received the maximum score on every section of the exam.

Huntington Homecoming

Huntington High School’s Homecoming Day is Oct. 7, with a parade followed by a football game against Northport at 2 p.m.

The  parade will proceed down Main Street through the heart of Huntington village and down New York Avenue to the Big H Shopping Center and along Holdsworth Drive into the school parking lot.

Parade Route

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