Congratulations Class of 2016

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Congratulations Eighth-Graders

Members of the eighth-grade class at Howard T. Herber Middle School participated in their Moving Up Ceremony on June 22. Congratulations to all of the students who will now be moving across the street to join Malverne High School.

Dictionary Donations

Third-grade students at Davison Avenue Intermediate received a special gift from the Malverne Rotary. In an effort to enhance students’ summer reading skills, the Rotary donated dictionaries to each of the students. President Kathi Monroe visited the school to distribute the gift, as well as a sheet with a fun “word scavenger hunt” to all of the classrooms.

Madeleine O’Gara is a second-grade student at Maurice W. Downing Primary School.

She is active in kickline and softball and is an honor roll student.

Writing to Marines

Fourth-graders in Mrs. Piccola and Mrs. Hickey’s fourth-grade class at Davison Avenue wrote letters to U.S. service personnel. Earlier in the year, the class adopted a U.S. Marine Battalion from Camp Pendelton in California and this was their final letter as their fourth-grade school year comes to an end.

Updated Information – Water Test Results for the Malverne Public Schools

As an update to our previous letter posted last week, the district received results from the second round of testing. This round of testing indicated an elevated level in one of our drinking fountains that had not initially been classified as having elevated levels. The district immediately took the drinking fountain offline and is awaiting results from a third test.

Once again, while we know that this information may cause some concern, we are taking the necessary steps to address the situation and confirm the safety of water throughout the district. Please check our website for any additional updates on this matter.

For more information about lead levels and drinking water, visit the EPA’s website at

Showcasing Talent


Third- through fifth-grade students from Davison Avenue recently showcased their individual talents. Thirty students participated in the school’s annual Talent Show and highlighted vocal, dancing and performance art skills.


Honorees at BOE Mtg.


Superintendent Dr. James Hunderfund and the Board of Education honored many students and staff members at the June 14 meeting. Recognition included: Relay for Life volunteers and biggest fund raisers; a Flag Day Contest winner from MWD; the eighth-grade valedictorian and salutatorian; students who placed at the Nassau County Science Competition and Long Island Science and Engineering Fair; New York State Reward School recognition for MHS; Al Kalfus Math Fair winners from MHS; Spring Season Scholar-Athlete Teams – Girls Varsity Lacrosse, Girls Varsity Softball and Boys Varsity Tennis; tenure recognition of staff; and the presentation of mini-grants from the Malverne Educational and Fitness Foundation. Congratulations to all!

Social Media Safety

Fifth- through eighth-graders attended an informational session with Police Officer Galvin from the Nassau County Police Department, who spoke on the importance of Internet safety. She covered topics such as the law with online bullying and sexting, as well as tips for how to manage and remain safe while using social media as a teenager. Her presentation included first-hand accounts of legal incidents on Long Island, as well as a video presentation.

Gas Safety

Fifth-graders at Davison Avenue received a safety presentation on natural gas from National Grid. Company representatives together with a firefighter for the Mastic Fire Department explained what natural gas is and the reasons for being safe when natural gas is in their neighborhood. Students also received a brief outdoor demonstration and an information booklet to bring home and share with their families.

Photographic Winners

Malverne High School has two winners in the 36th Annual Juried Photography Competition, High Five category. Sophomore Brianna Williams took First Place and $75 for her touching photo: “A Baby and a Bubble” and junior Stephanie Ridley won Honorable Mention and a $25 Gift Certificate for her mysterious photo “ Man In The Woods.” All LIAC winning photos will be exhibited at the Freeport Memorial Library from June 2-28th

Malverne also had two winners in the Photography Federation of Long Island/PSA Youth Photo Contest this year. Roma Persaud took Third Place in the People/Animals category for a photo of her snowy pal, entitled “Ice” and Jaire Guzman entered his photo “ Before the Game” and was selected by the National PSA to be included in their Journal.

Mathematical Perfection

Continental Math is a national competition in which third- through fifth-graders from Davison Avenue participated. With three meets per year, the students have to use intensive problem solving skills to answer six total questions per 30-minute meet. Pictured are the third-grade winners (L-R) Tyler Barbot (2nd place), Owen Brennan (1st place) and Lorenzo Maione (2nd place). They compete under the direction of math teacher, Barbara Allaire. The fifth-grade team also did well in the national competitions, with a national winner who scored a perfect 6 out of 6 in five of the meets.

Field Day Fun

Students were all smiles at Davison Avenue Intermediate School’s annual field day featuring a variety of fun-filled stations. Receiving loud rounds of applause and cheers from the event’s onlookers, the students enjoyed competing in outdoor game activities, including potato sack races, bucket races and a tug-of-war.

Red Nose Fundraising

Davison Avenue Intermediate School’s Student Council celebrated Red Nose Day on Thursday, May 26. An event to raise awareness to help impoverished children, students were encouraged to wear red, wear a red nose and send in a small donation to the cause. All proceeds were donated to the Red Nose Day Fund.

Malverne High School 2015-16 3rd Quarter Honor Roll Students


Leadership Workshop

On Tuesday May 24, eight HTH students along with Ms. Henderson, Mr. Rosen, and Mr. Gilhuley attended a Middle School Student Leadership Institute at Molloy College Suffolk Center. The program entitled “It’s Your Life: Dare To Dream Big Dreams” included a presentation by actress April Hernandez Castillo and nationally known motivational speaker and CEO/Founder of Coolspeak, Carlos Ojeda Jr.

In addition to the presentations, the students each attended two of the following workshops; ”Power of Youth: The Power of Who You Know”-“Define Your Passion”- “Give Respect, Get Respect”- “Getting Into Character: Having Fun With the Persona Poem”- “Demand More From The Man Within” and “Three Steps to Success.” The main focus of the institute was to inspire and help motivate students to achieve their fullest potential, to achieve the goals they never believed were possible, and to show them that every dream can be realized. It also stressed that their reality is not their destiny and that their voice gives them the power to make positive individual and societal changes.

Upon returning to school, the students discussed what they had found most important, what they would like to do with the information they learned, and whether the program had changed them in any way! As a group, they all felt truly inspired and better able to make their dreams a reality.

Summer Basketball Clinic


Cultural Dance

MWD and Davison Avenue were both visited by the all-ability African dance troupe Sidiki Conde. The interactive performance featured a dynamic program that celebrates the traditional culture of Guinea and expresses the importance of overcoming any obstacles. It served to reinforce cultural awareness, as well as introduce vocabulary and traditional percussion instruments of the area.

DA Third Quarter Honor Roll


Award-Winning Musical Talent

Seventy-eight students from Howard T. Herber Middle School participated in the Music in the Parks festival. Under the instruction of teachers Deanna Vitola, Rachel Trevor and Alyssa Rizzuto Malverne students placed first in several competitions. The Class Six Rhythmix placed first in the Middle School Treble Choir category, received an Excellent rating, and were named the Best Overall Middle School/Junior High Choir in the festival that day. Select Choir won first-place in the Junior High Mixed Chorus category, also garnering a rating of Excellent from the judges. The HTH Jazz Ensemble won first place in the Middle School Jazz Ensemble, also with an Excellent rating and won Best Overall Middle School/Junior High Jazz Ensemble of the day. Student Halle Akaeze also won for Best Middle School/Junior High Jazz Soloist. Congratulations to all of the students who participated and represented the Malverne schools and community so well.

HTH Third Quarter Honor Roll


MWD Third Quarter Honor Roll


Career Day

Davison Avenue Intermediate School recently held its annual Career Day. Hosted by social worker Eileen Duffy Traslaviña and the fifth-grade Special Forces, this year’s event featured a panel of five Malverne graduates. The graduates answered questions from members of the Special Forces, such as what training and education was required for each job and what it was like when they went to Malverne. The panel included (pictured, L-R): Dr. Michele Reed – Physician; Dr. Lachonne Anderson – Physician; Casey Simo – Elementary School Teacher; Mehmet Aygoren – Music Licensing/Data Management at YouTube/Google; and Jose Mejia – Social Worker.

Malverne Assistant Principal Promoted to Principal of HTH Middle School

At the May 17 meeting, the Malverne Board of Education appointed Howard T. Herber Assistant Principal Daniel F. Nehlsen to the position of principal at the school, effective Aug. 26, 2016. Mr. Nehlsen will replace Steven Gilhuley, who has been appointed to the position of Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Education Services.

Mr. Nehlsen has rendered exceptional professional service to the Malverne School District since February 2003, first as a mathematics teacher at Malverne High School, and then as dean of students at the middle school for five years. He has continued to provide leadership as the assistant principal at the middle school for the past three years. In addition to his role as building leader, Mr. Nehlsen served as the district’s director of technology in 2014. Under this title, he helped move the district toward creating 21st-century classrooms through the deployment of a 1:1 iPad initiative, updated wireless networks, advancements in online instructional interventions, and by creating technological alignment across the district’s four schools.

With his strong background and experience in school management, instructional leadership and technology, Mr. Nehlsen will continue to improve the growth and development of Howard T. Herber’s quest for excellence in all aspects of student success.

Mr. Nehlsen received his Bachelor’s degree in computer science from Stony Brook University, his Master’s degree in mathematics education from LIU Post and his Administrative Certificate from the College of Saint Rose. He resides in Commack with his wife and three children.

When speaking of this newest leadership opportunity, Mr. Nehlsen said, “I am excited to take on this new role at Howard T. Herber. I look forward to working with the parents, faculty and staff in order to execute continued growth in the areas of curriculum, character, and college and career readiness.”

College Visit

Members of the College and Career Club at HTH Middle School recently visited Molloy College. Students had the opportunity to meet and work with a professor and his undergraduate students. As part of this experience, students collaborated with the college students on interactive presentations called Tellagami, which were later posted on Twitter. In addition, the club toured the campus and participated in a question and answer session with a Molloy Admissions expert. This trip gave Malverne students a glimpse into college life and reminded them that success is always attainable!

Top of 2016

The High School’s Top 20 Academic Leaders were honored with plaques and a video at the district’s May 10 Board of Education meeting. Congratulations to these students who have worked so diligently to earn this honor! View our Top 20 board and video in the Announcements section above.

Top 20 Video

Malverne High School’s Class of 2016 - Top 20


Decision Day

Malverne High School’s Class of 2016 Valedictorian Jesse Pace and Salutatorian Ashley Akaeze had many top colleges and universities to choose from for their continued education in the fall. The pair recently made their selections and Jesse will be attending Stonybrook University Honors College and Ashley will be attending Harvard University. Congratulations to both students and their families!

First Place Photo

Congratulations to LI Arts Council 36th Annual Juried Photography Show first-place winner Brianna Williams (Baby and Bubble) and Honorable Mention Stephanie Ridley (Man in the Woods). These and approximately 2000 pieces of our students’ artwork (K-12) will be on display at our annual District Art Exhibit on 5/17 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Dolapo Olaniyan is a second-grade student at Maurice W. Downing Primary School.

She loves to dance and she earns good grades in school.

Top Fundraiser

Molly Matthaei, a fifth-grade student at Davison Avenue, was a top fundraiser in the district’s 2015 Relay for Life fundraiser. This year, Molly is well on her way to achieving the same goal, having raised more than $2,100 to date. She secures donations by standing outside grocery stores on the weekends with her dad and speaking at church masses. Her efforts also include a $1,000 donation from the Michelle O’Neil Foundation for her cause this year.

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