Farvens Ulysse is a third-grade student at Davison Avenue Intermediate School.
Farvens Ulysse is a third-grade student at Davison Avenue Intermediate School. He is a strong academic student and a pleasure to have in class. Farvens always practices RICE (respect, impulse control, compassion, and equity) and is a fine role model for his fellow students.
Celebration of Success
On the evening of Nov. 26, Malverne High School held an honor roll celebration and dedication of its Valedictorian Wall of Honor at the auditorium of Howard T. Herber Middle School. More than 200 students were recognized for their academic achievements thus far in the school year.
In his opening statements, Malverne High School Principal Dr. Vincent Romano recognized the large population of students being honored at the evening's ceremony. “I am pleased to be the principal of the school in which 50 percent of its student body is on the honor roll,” he said.
Dr. Romano also discussed the unveiling of the Valedictorian Wall of Honor, which will not only recognize students who have received the highest honor of valedictorian, but also help encourage current and future students. “The plaques will serve to inspire all of our students for generations to come to achieve their full potential.”
Following the ceremony, students, parents and other guests continued the celebration in the cafeteria, where refreshments were served.
During this Thanksgiving season, members of the Maurice W. Downing Primary School Student Council sponsored a food drive to benefit local families for the holiday. Students and teachers were asked to donate seasonal food items in order to create baskets that would enable families to truly celebrate a happy Thanksgiving. In addition to the donated food, each family received a gift certificate to a local food store in order to purchase a turkey. Pictured are members of the student council with school social worker Jamie Carter-Jorif, who helped coordinate the drive. Student council adviser Marguerite Robles also assisted with the drive. In total, 20 baskets were delivered to families prior to Thanksgiving.
Andrew Washington is an eighth-grade student at Howard T. Herber Middle School
He is an active member of the Strength & Conditioning Club, Community Service Club and Athletes Assisting Athletes. He has taken on a leadership role in each club and goes above and beyond when tutoring a peer, participating in a community service project, or leading an exercise in the weight room. Andrew's commitment to these clubs is truly exemplary. In addition, he is seen as highly respectful to everyone, including his peers, coaches, teachers and administrators.
Educator of Distinction
Tim Young, a business teacher at Malverne High School, was recently selected as a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction by the National Society of High School Scholars. He was nominated for the award by his former student, Elizabeth Rojas, for serving as a role model to students and for his outstanding dedication and commitment to excellence in the classroom. Mr. Young received notification of the honor in November with a letter and certificate from the society.
New Teacher Award at STANYS
Shannon Kelly, a science teacher at Malverne High School and new member of the Science Teachers Association of New York State, was awarded the organization’s Fellows New Teacher Conference Award. The award is given to a nominated second- through fifth-year teacher who has never attended the conference before and who would benefit from participation. Shannon was nominated by Howard T. Herber Middle School science teacher Donna Banek and is the only one in the State chosen for this honor.
SAT Initiative Presentation
Davison Avenue Honors Vets
Third-grade students at Davison Avenue honored local veterans with a special choral presentation and ceremony on Nov. 8. Under the direction of music teacher Deanna Vitola, students sang a medley of patriotic favorites, including “Sing a Song of Peace,” “This Is My Country” and “God Bless the USA.”
“We started our annual Veterans Day celebration 19 years ago,” Davison Avenue Principal Edward Tallon said in his introduction. “It has always been a highlight on the calendar each year, and today, through their singing, our students help us to reflect on our veterans’ service to the nation.”
Students Selected for Scholarship Performance
High school juniors Nick St. John, Conrad Stewart and Jordan Tyson have been selected to perform in Molloy College’s annual holiday show. This year’s presentation, titled “A Bing Crosby Christmas,” is a medley of Bing Crosby hits sung by his wife, Broadway professionals, and children and adults of all ages. The show will be performed at the Madison Theatre on Molloy’s campus on Saturday, Dec. 21 and will act as a fundraiser to benefit scholarships for Molloy students. Toy donations will also be accepted for local children in need.
Jordan was selected for the musical following her participation in the Theatre Intensive program held at Molloy over the summer, where she heard about the performance and auditioned for inclusion. After her selection, the group was in need of more male teenagers. Based upon Jordan’s recommendation, Nick and Conrad joined the cast. The students are volunteering their time to participate in the performance, which will require more than 30 volunteer hours from October to December. Only about 20 elementary, middle and high school students from across Long Island are participating.
Student Featured on NBC
Fourth-grader Isaiah Forte has become a local celebrity at Davison Avenue Intermediate School, where he amazed his fellow students with a standout performance at the school’s annual talent show. But it was his love of horses and skill in the saddle that have made him a celebrity outside of school. In the spring of 2013, Isaiah began competing in the Long Island Horse Show Series for Riders with Disabilities, where he proved to be a skilled rider. He went on to qualify for the Hampton Classic Horse Show on Aug. 26, where he took home third-, fourth- and sixth-place ribbons in the Leader/Sidewalker Division.
Now Isaiah is about to become a national celebrity when “The Today Show” chronicles the story of his success on their “Hope to It” series on Nov. 12. Keep an eye out for his segment that day!
Tobin Hillel is a fifth-grade student at Davison Avenue Intermediate School
Due to his intelligence and kindness, he was elected class president and student council representative. Never a day goes by when Tobin isn’t opening a door, picking up something that fell or helping a teacher or fellow student. He has a love for science and math and enjoys Origami.