Da’Shaun Douglas was a second-grade student at Maurice W. Downing Primary School.

He is an excellent swimmer and who has recently moved on to the next level in his swim classes.

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.

Comptroller’s Fund Balance Report – Now Available

As you may be aware, the Office of the Comptroller for the State of New York is required to periodically conduct an examination and report for each school district throughout New York State. Malverne School District’s Office of the Comptroller (OSC) audit  examined the District’s  fund balance for the time period of July 1, 2014-March 1, 2016. The results were just made available on July 8. We are pleased to share their full report with you here.

A testament to our strong financial position, auditors determined that administrators “effectively managed the district’s fund balance.” Combined with the district’s exemplary OSC Fiscal Stress Test score, bond ratings and other stellar audit results, these extensive examinations have resulted in no findings of any operational improprieties, fraud, waste or abuse. In an effort to further enhance the District’s use of fund balance, the report did offer three recommendations for Board of Education and administration consideration. Each of the recommendations are being taken under advisement for implementation during the 2016-17 school year.

Click here to view the report

Alanna Jacelon was an eighth-grade student at Howard T. Herber Middle School.

She is dedicated to her school work and always gives 110%. Alanna is a member of the volleyball team, band, and the college and career readiness club.

BOE Extends Superintendent’s Contract

At the July 5th meeting of the Board of Education, the Board unanimously voted to extend the contract of Superintendent of Schools James Hunderfund, Ed.D. through June 30, 2020.

Beginning his tenth year as Malverne’s School Superintendent, Dr. Hunderfund’s vision and leadership have been a driving force for educational improvement. Recent notable academic achievements include: Malverne High School honored as the sole Schools of Opportunity Gold Award recipient on Long Island; MHS being cited as a “Reward School” for the first time and also being named by The College Board to the National Advanced Placement Honor Roll; being ranked – for four years in a row – as one of the top high schools in the nation on the Washington Post’s “Most Challenging High Schools” list; a computer/STEM initiative in all four schools; 96% Regents Diploma graduation rate; and a record-breaking number of AP Scholars, All-State and All-County musicians, performing groups and artists.

“We are very happy that Dr. Hunderfund will be here to lead us into the future,” Board President John Tulley said. “His commitment to excellence in all phases of educational endeavor has proven to be a great benefit to our staff, students and community. His experience and expertise have taken our district to record heights. He has given us stability in the district and the administration that we had not had in some time. He has kept everything on an even keel, while moving us in a steady upward direction in the education of our children.”

During Dr. Hunderfund’s tenure, the community experienced its first successful passage of a major bond in decades, as well as the reorganization of the educational structure so that all students would be integrated into a common learning experience, K-12.

“It is a personal honor to continue our journey together for the next four years,” Dr. Hunderfund said. “Our district has a winning combination of dedicated staff, a supportive community and so many students who strive for educational excellence.”

Congratulations Class of 2016


Congratulations Class of 2016!



Top 20 Graduation Jump

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.

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


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.

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