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.

Letter from the Superintendent of Schools on Water Testing

Dear Parents and Community Residents,

As you may be aware from recent news reports, there has been broad regional and national concern regarding institutional water quality, which has prompted us to test the water in all of our school district buildings. As a precaution and out of abundance of care for our students and staff, our district took the proactive step of testing the water sources in each of our school buildings for lead concentrations. This is not a public water supply issue, as all public water supplies are subject to regular water quality testing.

The district contracted with JC Broderick and Associates, who collected multiple samples from various locations in each building (for example, drinking fountains, kitchen sinks, etc.). The samples were then tested through a certified lab that follows protocols set by the Environmental Protection Agency.

The initial round of testing revealed elevated levels of lead in a few water samples districtwide; however, none of the elevated samples were found in our drinking fountains. Upon our receipt of these results, the affected sources were shut down until repairs could be made to the plumbing. We consulted with our architects, who informed us that we needed to make necessary repairs to the plumbing. The district completed the plumbing upgrades and is now awaiting the results from the second round of testing.

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. There is nothing that we take more seriously than the well-being of our students and staff. We will continue to update the community as additional testing is conducted and work is completed.

For more information about lead levels and drinking water, visit the EPA’s website at https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-09/documents/toolkit_leadschools_guide_3ts_leadschools.pdf


Dr. James Hunderfund
Superintendent of Schools

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.

Christian Cowan is a seventh-grade student at Howard T. Herber Middle School.

He has made a lot of gains academically, is on the soccer team and in the jazz ensemble, and is participating in Stars on Broadway. Christian strives to do his best every day.

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.”

Malverne High School Named Reward School


Malverne High School has been recognized by the New York State Department of Education as a Reward School for High Progress.  Malverne was 1 of 14 schools across New York State to be recognized for this important distinction.  There were a total of 220 schools recognized by the State for either High Performance or High Progress.  The following criteria had to be met in order to be identified as a Reward School:

  1. Be among the top ten percent of schools in terms of gains in ELA and math performance in the 2014-15 school year.
  2. Have made Adequate Yearly Progress for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years for all groups of students on all measures for which the school is accountable, including the requirement that 95 percent of all groups participate in the English language arts and mathematics assessments.
  3. Not have unacceptably large gaps in student performance on an accountability measure between students who are members of an accountability group (e.g., low-income students) and students who are not members of that group.
  4. High schools must have graduation rates above 60 percent to be a high progress school, also the percentage of students in the school who graduate with a Regents diploma with advanced designation must exceed the State average.

    “This is an award that we can are all be very proud of.  Malverne has made significant gains in achievement over the past few years and that progress has been recognized across all groups of students.  We are on the front lines of closing the achievement gap and that would not be possible without the collective effort of the entire school community.  We are fortunate to have supportive parents, caring, dedicated teachers and staff, a committed administration and Board of Education, and of course the most amazing students.” - Dr. Vincent Romano, Malverne High School Principal

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

Summer Driver Education Application and Important Information

Summer Driver Education Application and Information

Click Here for the Application Form

Registration is on Wednesday June 15, 2016 at 3:00PM in room 105
The cost of the course is $474.00
Applicants must have a permit by Friday June 24, 2016

Lectures and driving will start at 7:00AM on Monday June 27, 2016

Choice of driving times will be determined by the order in which the application is received, together with a deposit of $237.00 by check payable to:  Malverne Public Schools
The remaining $237.00 must be paid by check by Wednesday June 15, 2016.
No one will be allowed to register unless the entire $474.00 is paid.
Student MUST pass both the lecture and the driving parts of the course.
No absences are allowed.  All absences must be made up.
Lectures will be 7:00-8:00AM Monday through Thursday.
Driving will be five days a week and classes will start immediately after the lectures at 8:00AM.
Students will drive every other day either two or three times a week (Monday through Friday)
The course will end on August 10, 2016

If you cannot be at Registration, please contact me at:
coralr@aol.com - Subject = Driver Ed
If the entire fee is paid, will put you in the earliest possible driving class.
Coach Reiffe - (516) 410-9997

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!

Family Sports Night - June 10, 2016


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.

Malverne Principal Promoted to Assistant Superintendent

At the April 19 Board Meeting, the Malverne Board of Education appointed Mr. Steven Gilhuley, Howard T. Herber Middle School Principal, to the position of Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Educational Services, effective Aug. 26, 2016. Mr. Gilhuley will replace Ms. Rose Linda Ricca, who will be retiring after 29 years of exemplary service to the Malverne School District.

Mr. Gilhuley has been the principal of Howard T. Herber Middle School for the past nine years, prior to which he was assistant principal for three years. Under his leadership, the middle school has seen many positive changes including academic improvement and motivational initiatives. Utilizing a collaborative approach, Mr. Gilhuley’s leadership was focused upon a cooperative effort by teachers, parents and school-community to create a culture of high expectations and achievements for all students and staff members.

With more than 20 years of education experience, Mr. Gilhuley has developed several initiatives, such as Project Dream and the SAT program, which have been instrumental in the improvement of student achievement as well as students’ personal goals and aspirations. Today, Howard T. Herber Middle School students achieve honor roll in record numbers and enthusiastically volunteer for an unprecedented number of community service activities. In addition, the majority attain several high school Regents credits while in Middle School.

Over the years, Mr. Gilhuley has been honored with many prestigious awards, including being named the 2006 Phi Delta Kappa, Hofstra University Chapter, Educator of the Year. He was named Educator of the Week by WLNY-TV in 2007, which was the same year that Howard T. Herber Middle School received Blue Ribbon recognition. Most recently, Mr. Gilhuley was awarded the 2011 School Administrator Leadership Award by the Academy for Character Education at The Sage Colleges.

Mr. Gilhuley received his Bachelor’s Degree in industrial relations from the University of North Carolina, his Master’s Degree in special education from LIU Post, and his Administrative Degree at the College of New Rochelle. He currently resides in Hicksville with his wife and three children.

“I’m honored to be promoted to this critical leadership position,” Mr. Gilhuley said. “My long-term dedication to the students in this district and school-community is unwavering. I’m excited to join the Central Office Leadership Team and contribute to the future success of our school district.”

Eschool Parent Portal - How To

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Ranked by The Washington Post

Malverne High School has once again been ranked as one of America's Most Challenging High Schools! Each year, The Washington Post conducts the America's Most Challenging High Schools competition. The challenge ranks schools through an index formula utilizing the number of Advanced Placement, and International Baccalaureate tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year. In order to be ranked, schools must have a ratio of 1.0. This year our index is 2.11 a notable increase from our 1.26 index in 2013.

Board Recognition

As part of the April 12 Board of Education meeting, several students and one guidance counselor were recognized for recent awards. Included in the recognition was Krystal Ebron with a winning pin design, first- and third-place winners at a recent film festival and guidance counselor Donna Bailey recognized by the NAACP as a Key Woman of America.

Ivy League Acceptances

Congratulations to Class of 2016 Salutatorian Ashley Akaeze for being accepted to the following colleges: Princeton, New York University’s Honors Program, Harvard, Brown, University of Pennsylvania, Columbia, Stanford, Amherst College, Macaulay Honors College, CUNY Brooklyn, Baruch and the City College of New York. Although undecided on where she will ultimately be going in the fall, Ashley is honored to have so many from which to choose.

First Place Film

Congratulations to junior James Phillips whose two films placed first in the Locust Valley High School’s 12th annual Film Festival. He placed for his PSA video, as well as a music video he directed and filmed. Junior Tejon Wright, who acted in one of James’ winning films, also placed first in the acting category.

Best Community for Music Education

The Malverne School District has been selected as one of the Best Communities for Music Education in America for 2016 for the third consecutive year.

This designation was given to 476 districts nationwide by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation, which helped to put together a survey that was completed by thousands of districts across the country. The districts were measured across curricular and programmatic criteria, as well as through public support of their music programs, and only the top-rated districts were chosen.

Participants in the survey answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, course offerings, extra and co-curricular opportunities, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and other relevant factors in their communities’ music education programs.

Congratulations to the entire district music staff on this incredible honor.
Saturday, May 28, 2016