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Jewell Stewart is a student at Malverne High School

He recently received an Honorable Mention for Best Delegate at the Model UN Conference. He was one of 40 students who competed at the conference and one of only three who received that designation.

Transportation Office Notice

The Malverne UFSD Transportation Office will be open 03/30/15-04/01/15 from 9:00am-2:00pm to receive applications for the 2015-2016 school year. All private school transportation applications for the 2015-2016 school year must be postmarked or received by 04/01/15.

Second Place at NYSSEF

As a student in the science research program, Nick St. John participated in the New York State Science and Engineering in March. The competition brought more than 200 students from Long Island and beyond to present their projects. Nick’s research has been focused on sonoluminescence, a phenomenon whereby sound is used to generate light. The judges were impressed by his passion and superior knowledge of advanced physics and awarded him second place at the fair.

Board Recognition

At the March 24 Board of Education meeting, several exceptional groups were honored for their successes. This included the district’s scholar-athlete teams, as well as the Boys Varsity Basketball team who earned the title of Nassau County Class B Champions. In addition, members of the engineering class demonstrated their award-winning robots and spoke about their upcoming national competitions.

Robbie Rosen Fundraiser - March 27, 2015


Friday, March 27, 2015
6:30 PM
H.T. Herber Auditorium
$5 Students, $8 Adults

Honorable Musicians

Two high school students were selected for participation in the Tilles Festival Band at the 2015 LIU Post Band Festival. Congratulations to Christopher Meacham and Olivia St. John, who will perform with the LIU Post Wind Symphony along with selected musicians from 26 high schools across Long Island. Only 150 Long Island students were selected for this honor.

Hopping Into Nature

Nature Nick showed off many interesting creatures during his visit to Maurice W. Downing. Students had fun as they got to see a kangaroo hop around the gym and witnessed other animals such as frogs and snakes.

Leaders Recognized

Superintendent Dr. James H. Hunderfund and community leader Charles Nanton were both honored at SCOPE Education Services’ 14th Annual School District Awards Dinner on March 23. Dr. Hunderfund was being recognized for his administrative leadership and Coach Nanton for his longstanding community service. Both were nominated by members of the Malverne Board of Education.

All-County Artists

Fourteen students in grades 4-12 represented Malverne at the Art Supervisors Association’s 2015 All-County Art Exhibition at Adelphi University in March. Congratulations to the following students whose artwork was featured in the exhibit: Jade Crawford (grade 4), Jared Lugo (grade 5), Carson Cosenza (grade 6), Stuart Oates (grade 7), Stephanie Vasquez (grade 7), Isis Ifill (grade 9), Leslie Simons (grade 9), Caris Ciccarello (grade 11), Ryan Jones (grade 11), Brianna Stanford (grade 11), Bastian Vallejos (grade 11), Theodore Agriogianis (grade 12, scholarship winner), Antonio Algarra (grade 12) and Anessa Plein (grade 12).

All-County Artists

Fourteen students in grades 4-12 represented Malverne at the Art Supervisors Association’s 2015 All-County Art Exhibition at Adelphi University in March. Congratulations to the following students whose artwork was featured in the exhibit: Jade Crawford (grade 4), Jared Lugo (grade 5), Carson Cosenza (grade 6), Stuart Oates (grade 7), Stephanie Vasquez (grade 7), Isis Ifill (grade 9), Leslie Simons (grade 9), Caris Ciccarello (grade 11), Ryan Jones (grade 11), Brianna Stanford (grade 11), Bastian Vallejos (grade 11), Theodore Agriogianis (grade 12, scholarship winner), Antonio Algarra (grade 12) and Anessa Plein (grade 12).

Best Communities for Music

Malverne School District has been designated as one of the 2015 Best Communities for Music Education! The district is one of 388 throughout the nation and 110 across New York state to earn the distinction. The Best Communities designation recognizes districts that demonstrate exceptional commitment and efforts toward maintaining music education as part of the schools’ core curriculum. Malverne also received this designation last year.

Board President Message


Honor Band Festival

Nine middle school students have been accepted into the 2015 Queens Honor Band Festival and will be performing in concert at the Colden Auditorium at Queens College on May 7. The students, who were selected for their exceptional skill level, will perform alongside approximately 100 all-star students from New York City and Nassau County, as well as 100 Queens College musicians. Congratulations to the following students, who have worked with teacher Ms. Rizzuto: Ashley Boone, Jack Cecere, Kirstie Chinchilla, Subhadra Debnath, Tatyana Desvarieux, Jonathan Hernandez, Millinia Johnson, Elizabeth Lawless and Alex Mendez.

Derrick Adkins Spring Classic


Battle of the Classes

Malverne High School held its annual Sport’s Night: Battle of the Grades. During this event students competed in various races included human bowling, Jello eating contest, a pizza box race, a three-point shootout, scooter relay and a tug of war. The school battles for the highly coveted Mule Cup and winners have their names etched on the side of the trophy. This year, the majority of students participated across all grade levels, along with more than 40 members of the faculty. The senior class won the competition by a margin of just ten points.

Maurice W. Downing 2014-15 2nd Quarter Honor Roll Students


Davison Avenue 2014-15 2nd Quarter Honor Roll Students


Science Research

High school science research students Tosin Yeku and Ashley Akaeze won an honorable mention at the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair. The two juniors have been developing a way to increase the efficiency of microbial fuel cells using biofilms. The project has hopes of providing the world with a cleaner source of electricity. They plan on continuing their work on the project and will compete next at the the New York State Science and Engineering Fair in April.

Relay Kickoff


MWD hosted a Relay for Life kickoff event. The Malverne community is hosting its 5th annual Relay for Life on May 1. Click on the “Relay for Life” tab under “Announcements” for more information.


Valedictorian & Salutatorian

Malverne High School is proud to announce the valedictorian and salutatorian for the graduating class of 2015. Constantly striving to succeed, these two individuals have personified perfection in everything that they do. Congratulations to valedictorian Adwoa Boakye-Yiadom and salutatorian Nicholas St. John. See the next issue of The PRIDE for a full bio on each of their achievements.

State Champions!

The Engineering Applications class competed at the Southern New York State Championship for VEX Robotics on Sat., March 7. Three teams competed against 39 other teams which qualified for competition in the statewide event. Team 9785, which consists of Robert Bach, Brian Roman and Chris Bowerbank ranked 2nd and won the Design Award for best robot design. Team 9785C, which consists of Gianna Casini-Lendino, Jake Dunlevy and Jose Sandoval ranked 6th and made it all the way to the semifinals. Team 9785B, which consists of Jonathan Ebron, Youssef Elgabri, Yami Uter and Leo Ginsberg ranked 7th and ultimately won the state tournament. This qualifies them to compete in the world championship event on April 15th-18th in Louisville, Kentucky.

Scholar-Athlete Teams


Winter Scholar-Athletes


Calendar Update Notice

As a result of two snow days being used, school will now be OPEN and in session for regular class instruction on Friday, March 13 and Friday, May 22.

MHS Thespian Society Presents its 2015 Production of Shrek the Musical

Howard T. Herber Middle School 2014-15 2nd Quarter Honor Roll Students


Malverne High School 2014-15 2nd Quarter Honor Roll Students


Repeal the GEA – We Need Your Help


During the past four years, Malverne has seen a major decline in state aid due to the Gap Elimination Adjustment, or GEA, imposed by the state on districts like ours. Money is being collected from our taxpayers and not being used to directly benefit our students, and it is out of the district’s control. Intended to be a short-term solution to the state's financial crisis, it has now become an additional source of revenue used to subsidize what many then characterized as overspending, and now describe as a surplus. Because of the GEA, since 2009-10 an average of more than $1,000,000 has been withheld from our district annually, and despite the state “surplus,” an additional $876,123 has been withheld for the 2014-15 school year.

By accessing the link below, you can sign a petition showing your support for the repeal of the GEA. The deadline for signing the petition is March 19th. Signing the petition will only take a few moments of your time, but it could make a financial difference to our community and students!


BEE-ing a Winner

The Davison Avenue Social Studies Club is once again participating in the National Geographic Bee. Congratulations to school bee winner, fifth grader Liam Flynn, who recently completed a written examination to determine his eligibility for the state competition. Up to 100 of the top scorers on that test in each state will be chosen to compete in the next level on March 27th.

Relay for Life Fundraiser 2015

The Malverne Community will be hosting its 5th annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life this May!

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a life-changing, intergenerational event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the challenges a cancer diagnosis brings.

Please join with your families, friends, and neighbors as Malverne helps the American Cancer Society FINISH THE FIGHT against cancer!

Join us on Friday May 1, 2015 from 5pm-11pm at the Malverne High School Track!

Relay For Life is a community event that celebrates the lives of cancer survivors, remembers those we have lost & fights back against this disease!

If you have any questions, or would like to Join the Planning Committee, you can contact Sarah Sobel at 631-300-3154 or at

You can sign up for Relay For Life today: (registration is COMPLETELY FREE!)

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015