Message From the Superintendent
Dr. James Hunderfund,
Dear Residents, Parents and Friends,
If you have taken the opportunity to attend some of our schools’ fall seasonal events, you already know that the Malverne Schools are definitely On The Move! A record number of school clubs have been activated with a high degree of interest from students in all schools. The recent homecoming parade, pep rally and football game drew more than 1,500 community members, alumni, parents and students to a weekend of family festivities. The Malverne High School “Pride of Malverne” championship marching band has, once again, performed throughout Long Island and has received high marks from those who appreciate musical excellence. Within all of our schools, there is a stimulating focus upon motivation for success through Project Dream, the K-12 Scholastic Aptitude Program, the infusion of iPad technology and the expanded course offerings that include college-level challenges. With the first marking period ending on Nov. 7, we eagerly anticipate the well-deserved honor roll recognition that will be forthcoming for so many who have dedicated themselves to the rigors of high achievement.
As daylight saving time ends, the shorter days and longer nights bring us closer to the reality of those critical elements that will ultimately determine the limited resources for next year’s budget. The financial factors of a “perfect storm” were recently cited in a Newsday article about the Lindenhurst School District: declining revenue, increasing costs, reduced state aid and the restrictions of the tax levy cap. At this point in time, Malverne’s estimated budget increase for 2015-2016, to maintain our current educational services and offerings, is 4 percent. Since the district’s tax cap formula is likely to require an increase of less than 2 percent, severe reductions in programs and personnel will be required. The Board of Education and administrators will be tackling this problem during the next five months. Please join us at the budget work sessions posted on the website calendar. As always, ideas and input from everyone connected to the well-being of our children will be most appreciated.
James H. Hunderfund, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Malverne Students Improve Academically Thoughout The 2013-2014 School Year; Positive Trend Noted Over Past Six Years
Students throughout the Malverne School District have once again demonstrated academic improvement and overall success for the 2013-2014 school year. Based on a variety of measures, including national recognition for “College Readiness”, Advanced Placement (AP) results, Regents examination scores and other measures of success, the district is proud to announce that over the past six years, there has been a definitive trend of higher academic achievement.
During the 2013-2014 school year, 197 AP exams were administered. 60% of our students achieved a score of three or higher. The number of students who achieved scores of four or five also dramatically rose from 4% in 2008 to 30% in 2014. The overall increase of “high” scores for this time period rose 700%. We had 13 AP scholars; 4 AP Scholars with Honors and 5 AP Scholars with Distinction. This year, Malverne High School was recognized in the Washington Post for being in the top 6% of the nation’s outstanding high schools for “college readiness”.
In 2013-2014, we increased the number of students taking Regents exams in the middle school. We had all 8th graders, excluding our self-contained class, take the Living Environment Regents at the middle school. 97% of the Howard T. Herber students passed the Living Environment. At the high school, we increased our enrollment in the number of students taking the higher level math and science Regents’ exams. In 2008, our Physics enrollment was 25. In 2014, we had 72 students take Physics. This is a 288% increase in enrollment. In 2011, we had 51 students take the Algebra 2 and Trigonometry Regents. This year, we had 97 students take this Regents, which is a 190% increase in enrollment.
With regard to passing Regents exams, in 2009-2010 we had 76% of our students pass the ELA Regents. In 2013-2014, we had 93% pass. During this same time period, our Geometry results rose from 63% to 84%. 95% of the graduates from the class of 2014 received a Regents Diploma and 43% received an Advanced Regents Diploma. Also, 91% of our graduating class will be attending a 4 year or 2 year college in September. The grade point average of our graduating class shows a significant increase from 2010. In 2010, 65% of our graduates had a GPA of 75 or higher. In 2014, 80% of our graduates had a GPA of 75 or higher.
Our Honor Roll and High Honor Roll have increased have increased this year in both the middle and high schools, with the largest increase in High Honor Roll. In 2011, we had 14% of our high school students on the High Honor Roll. In 2014 we had 27% of our students. At the middle school, we went from 27% to 32% in the same time period.
In 2013-2014 school year, we had a change in instruction with the SAT initiative and the Technology initiative. We also implemented peer and adult mentoring the Dare to Dream program and, of course, our Character Education. With these programs and the change in instruction, the behavior of our students improved. With the improvement of behavior came a significant decrease in suspension rates at both the middle and high school. Over the past five years, Howard T. Herber decrease 65% in the number of school suspensions and Malverne High School decreased 90%. So, as you can see, our academic performance has made huge strides as well as the behavior of our students.
Superintendent of Schools, Dr. James H. Hunderfund said, “I am extremely proud of our students for their continued efforts to achieve their highest potential. It is important for us to focus on the overall positive trajectory that our district has experience in recent years. While there will always be room for improvement, I am encouraged by the positive trend our schools have established. In time, I am confident that this will lead to a greater percentage of students not only passing, but excelling on all measures of achievement. Among the other measures of student success, it is important to include college enrollments, which have averaged 90% per graduating class, including many acceptances to highly competitive colleges and universities. Honor Roll achievement trends continue to demonstrate an increased focus upon the value of good grades. Higher achievement on report cards has improved the overall Grade Point Average for each graduating class. Also, many more students have successfully completed Regents course credits while still in their middle school years at Howard T. Herber.
In addition to academic improvement, Malverne has experienced positive growth in students’ character development, as well. District statistics prove that Malverne students are becoming more involved in pro-social volunteerism and school organizations. There has been a significant trend of decreasing suspension rates at both the middle school and the high school.
“As we move forward, Malverne administrators, teachers and staff members will continue to work with students on developing their full academic potential, as well as emphasize the importance of character and behavior and the total development of each child in our care”, Dr. Hunderfund stated. “Over the past five years, we have made notable progress, and we all look forward to continuing in this direction.”