Venti lends a helping paw to Farmingville students

There’s a new face wandering the halls of Farmingville Elementary School, out to lend kids a helping hand. Er, make that helping paw. Her name is Venti, a three-year-old black labrador from Guiding Eyes for the Blind — a nonprofit that breeds and trains seeing eye dogs for the blind. When she’s not palling-around with her foster mom — Principal … read more

Farmingville inventors shine at Connecticut Invention Convention

Three student inventors from Farmingville Elementary school represented Ridgefield and FES at the State level of the Connecticut Invention Convention (CIC), held at the University of Connecticut, Storrs campus over the April 28 weekend. Sophie Zezula, Addison Avery-Payne, and Lino Marrero are among the less than 1% of Invention Convention students to reach this level. According to opening ceremony speeches … read more

‘The Blue Orb’ lights up Farmingville Elementary

  A few weeks ago, Farmingville Elementary School gave two performances of The Blue Orb, an original play written by Rich Cohen, father of a Farmingville student and a writer.   It’s the story of a young boy, Ziggy, and young girl, Hilde, who go out into the mountains and find a powerful and magical Blue Orb that does something … read more

Farmingville class sizes draw parent frustration

Parents of Farmingville students shared their concerns about the school’s class sizes at the Board of Education meeting Monday night, Dec. 11. Five parents spoke out in opposition to the school’s second grade class size, which they said unfairly put their children at a disadvantage. “For two years in a row, our children have been enrolled in classes with the … read more

Farmingville first graders collect books for Bridgeport literacy program

First graders at Farmingville Elementary School led a book drive to share their love of reading last week. Students collected books and filled boxes upon boxes for the Horizons literacy program in Bridgeport (Sacred Heart University) run by local resident Tom Pesce. Residents who have kindergarten through fifth grade books to donate are asked to contact Tom Pesce at tpesce@sbcglobal.net. … read more

Solar power at Branchville? School board weighs contract

With summer starting to fade and the winter months of darkness on the horizon, powering another one of the district’s schools by solar energy may seem like an odd topic to bring up. Lack of sun aside, multiple people familiar with the project have confirmed the town will install a solar array on the roof of Branchville Elementary School once … read more

Farmingville student becomes Scrabble champion

Even by 10-year-old standards, Ian Whitehurst is a modest kid. The Ridgefield resident has plenty of reason to brag though — on July 26, Ian and his partner Kevin Zeng of Scarsdale, N.Y. were named the top-scoring, elementary-level Scrabble players in North America. “The boys were first of over 200 competitors across the U.S. and Canada,” said Cornelia Guest, Ian’s … read more

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