Mitten Tree

Students and staff at Davison Avenue have been making the season warmer for others by hosting a mitten tree drive throughout December. More than 50 hats, gloves and scarves have been donated and are being displayed on a “tree” until being delivered to the organization prior to the holiday recess. The drive was hosted by the school’s Special Forces.

Reigning Robotics

Three Malverne High School teams competed at the Schreiber ViKings VRC Invitational, a VEX Robotics Competition, in December. Each of the three teams placed — one in the quarter finals, one in the semifinals, and the third (Team 9785) making it to the final round and qualifying for the state championship. Team 9785 received the Tournament Finalists (VRC/VEXU) Award at the Schreiber ViKings VRC Invitational. This designation qualifies them to register for the Southern NY State Championship, as well as the Northern NY State Championship competitions.

Gingerbread Houses

To celebrate the holiday season, Marlene Mark’s fourth and fifth graders at Davison Avenue made gingerbread houses. Students used traditional supplies such as graham crackers, icing and candy canes to bring their creations to life.

Adrian Ortega is an eleventh-grade student at Malverne High School

Adrian Ortega is an eleventh-grade student at Malverne High School. He has been the driving force in creating a Coding Club at the school and has assisted in the planning of activities for the Student Response Club, which is helping to promote responsible Digital Citenzenship.

2014-15 Fall Season Scholar-Athletes


2014-15 Fall Season Scholar-Athletes


Toy Drive Donations

Student council members at MWD are spreading holiday cheer this season by donating to a toy drive hosted by Sen. Dean Skelos. During the toy drive, which ran for several weeks at the school, students collected three large sacks of new, unused toys to benefit those in the surrounding communities. Sen. Skelos visited the students on Dec. 17 to pick up the donations and speak about the importance of their generous acts.

Humanitarian Award Recipients

Following a tradition spanning more than a quarter of a century, students from all four of the district’s schools will participate in a celebration on Friday, Jan. 16 to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The 29th annual celebration will feature two honorees, on whom will be bestowed the district’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award. This year’s honorees are community advocate Phyllis Tinsley and Assistant Superintendent Rose Linda Ricca.

Tinsley has been a member of the Queens Alumni Chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority for more than 30 years, the NAACP of Lakeview and the Order of the Eastern Stars. She is also a Girl Scout leader for all Lakeview troops and president of the board of the Malverne After-School Center. Within the district itself, Tinsley serves as a member of the Supervisory Council, Booster Club, marching band and Parent Teacher Association. Her motto is: “If I can make a difference in someone’s life, I’m going to do just that.” She resides in Lakeview with her husband, W.P. Lawrence, and their three daughters.

A 27-year educator and advocate for children in the Malverne School District, Ricca began as a math teacher, became a chairperson, and currently serves as the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. She truly embodies what it means to be an educator and is always looking to make a difference in the lives of the students. During her tenure in the district, there have been profound improvements in all indicators of success, including SAT and Advanced Placement performance, as well as the advancement of the district’s technology initiative. Ricca is the recipient of the 2006 Town of Hempstead Pathfinder Award in Education and the 2001 Lakeview NAACP Educational Recognition Award.

Both will be honored at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration on Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. in the Howard T. Herber Middle School auditorium.

Hour of Code

Gingerbread All the Way

Second-grade students in Bridget Jelovcic’s class at MWD concluded a unit on design and tied together the spirit of the season by decorating gingerbread men. With a keen eye on design, the students used various treats to create their finished products.

Upcoming Parent University


The Malverne UFSD invites you to a parent academy on January 8th 2015 at 7pm in the HTH auditorium. Join us for some coffee and cake as we discuss technology and explore the applications and devices that our students are using in the classrooms every day. Hear about our technology based programs and experience what it’s like to be a Malverne student in the 21st century. Education is evolving fast and it’s crucial that we all keep up to speed. Let’s talk tech.

Fall Scholar-AthleteTeams


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!

Serving the Community

The Community Service Club at Howard T. Herber hosted its annual food drive. Students and staff came together to raise more than 1000 cans of food, which were donated to the Interfaith Nutrition Network in Hempstead. The I.N.N. was founded in 1983 and serves more than 5,000 people each week.

Malverne High School 2014-2015 1st Quarter Honor Roll


Howard T. Herber Middle School 2014-2015 1st Quarter Honor Roll


Art Club Excels

The Art Club at MWD is in full swing. During the month of November, students learned about Claude Monet, a French artist who enjoyed painting scenes from nature. The students observed and examined his most famous works and emulated Claude Monet's beautiful pieces by creating their own using water color paints.

Holiday Food Drive

During this Thanksgiving season, members of the MWD Student Council sponsored a “Yes I CAN” 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 in need to truly celebrate a happy Thanksgiving.

Makaela Brennan is a kindergarten student at Maurice W. Downing Primary School

Makaela Brennan is a kindergarten student at Maurice W. Downing Primary School. She plays soccer on the Pink Hearts team outside of school. Makaela is an excellent athlete and team player.

National Certification

Two teachers, one from MWD and one from DA, have received National Board Certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. This highly prestigious accomplishment has been bestowed upon reading specialist Donna Classie from MWD and special education teacher Marie Dalton from DA. National certification requires completion of a rigorous application process and is given only to highly distinguished professionals.

Thanksgiving Show

Ms.Tumminello's and Ms. Matthew's first-grade classes at Maurice W. Downing put on a special Thanksgiving performance for peers and parents under the guidance of music teacher Mrs. Wowk.

Turkey Raffle Winner

During the month of November, Davison Avenue’s Student Council held its annual Turkey Raffle. For a donation to the INN in Hempstead, students were given a raffle ticket for a chance to win a turkey with all the trimmings. Congratulations to this year’s lucky winner, fourth-grader Nalin Goonetilleke.

Parent Academy - January 8th @ 7:00 pm


Monday, December 22, 2014