Record Number of AP Scholars for MHS
It is another record-breaking year for Malverne High School’s Advanced Placement students who excelled on the 2016 AP Exams taken in May. In total, 83 percent of those who took the exam scored a 3 or higher on at least one of their exams – this number is up from 66 percent last year and is 18 percent higher than the NYS average.
As a result of these stellar results, 44 past and present seniors will be recognized this fall as AP Scholars. This number includes one National AP Scholar, five AP Scholars with Distinction and eight AP Scholars with Honor. The students will be recognized at the Sept. 13 Board of Education meeting.
Board Appoints New Assistant Principal of HTH and Athletic Director
At the July 26 meeting of the Malverne Union Free School District’s Board of Education, the Board appointed James H. Miller as Assistant Principal of Howard T. Herber Middle School, effective August 26, 2016. At that same meeting, Mr. Micheal Pelan, who previously held the position of teacher at HTH and coach, as Chairperson of Physical Education and Health and Athletic Director, effective July 27, 2016.
James H. Miller comes to Malverne after 10 years in the classroom at Uniondale High School, where he taught living environment and physics. Besides his classroom duties, he took on a number of administrative roles, which included assisting in school building data analysis and the administration of Regents exams. Mr. Miller also served as the assistant principal of the Summer High School program. He will replace Daniel Nehlsen, who has been promoted to the position of Principal of HTH.
“With his successful classroom experience and strong leadership background, Mr. Miller is an excellent addition to the administrative team and the Howard T. Herber family,” said Mr. Nehlsen.
Mr. Miller received his Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology from Pennsylvania State University, his Master’s Degree in Secondary Science Education from Adelphi University, and his Administrative Certificate from The College of Saint Rose. He currently resides in Lynbrook with his wife and three children.
A member of the Malverne School District faculty since August 2007, Micheal Pelan has been a physical education teacher at Howard T. Herber Middle School and a three-sport coach at Malverne High School. With his strong background and experience in Athletics and Physical Education, he plans to expand upon the current successes and achievements of these departments as he oversees them.
Excited about his transition from teacher to leader, Mr. Pelan said, “It is through athletics and physical education that our students learn the value of teamwork, perseverance and commitment. It is with great honor and enthusiasm that I accept this new leadership role in Malverne.”
Mr. Pelan received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Molloy College, his Master’s in Physical Education from Adelphi University, and his Administrative Certificate from The College of Saint Rose. He currently resides in Nesconset with his wife and daughter.
Educators of Excellence
Steven Gilhuley, current principal of the Howard T. Herber Middle School
and soon-to-be assistant superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction
in the district, has been selected by the New York State English Council
as a 2016 Educator of Excellence for Administration. The award
recognizes supportive administrators who champion the English Language
Arts programs, serve as collaborators with colleagues, are leaders in
the classroom and mentors for new teachers to the profession.
In his letter from NYSEC, award coordinators Sarah Taveniere and
Chereith Vincent praised Mr. Gilhuley’s work. “You have implemented best
practices that you know to be true, and challenged your students to
become skillful readers and writers. Your work has shown a dedication to
your own learning and to your profession that inspires your students
and your colleagues,” they wrote.
Mr. Gilhuley has also been named the 2006 Phi Delta Kappa, Hofstra
University Chapter, Educator of the Year and received the 2011 School
Administrator Leadership Award by the Academy for Character Education at
The Sage Colleges.
In addition to Mr. Gilhuley, high school teacher Anastasia Caputo will
also be receiving the New York State English Council’s Educator of
Excellence Award for teaching. With an infectious enthusiasm for
English, Ms. Caputo continually engages and inspires her students to
learn, understand and demonstrate their knowledge.
Mr. Gilhuley and Ms. Caputo will be honored with the award at the NYSEC
Awards Luncheon on Oct. 21 at the Albany Marriott Conference Hotel.