Honoring Black History Month

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As part of its Black History Month Celebration, students at MWD and Davison were treated to an African rhythm tap performance by Feraba. Feraba is an award-winning multicultural and multiethnic performance group that fuses the traditional sounds and movements of West Africa with the only true American dance form, tap. Their mission is to inform, educate and entertain through the universal language of rhythm, promoting the ideal of friendship, tolerance and cultural understanding among people of all nations. The artists also brought connections to curricular studies, such as music, history, geography and cultural awareness, into the presentation.

Davison Avenue students Bryanna Williams, Jennifer Rojas and Gabriel Largress did outstanding work on their Native American research projects.

Davison Avenue students Bryanna Williams, Jennifer Rojas and Gabriel Largress
Each student spent time with their families creating accurate longhouses using as many natural materials they could find including sticks, tree bark and leaves.

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Superintendent Named 2017 Education Partner

Superintendent Named 2017 Education Partner
Superintendent of Schools Dr. James H. Hunderfund is among 14 honorees to be named a 2017 Nassau BOCES Education Partner award recipient. The honor is bestowed annually to individuals and organizations who have made a substantial impact on public education in Nassau County.

With nearly 50 years of experience as an educator, Dr. Hunderfund has spent more than 40 of those years in a leadership role. Before taking the helm in Malverne, he held successful tenure as superintendent of the Babylon and Commack school districts.

During his superintendency in Malverne, the high school was named a New York State Rewards School for the first time in history, made the National Achievement Honor Roll for Advanced Placement, was the only school in Nassau County to earn the National Policy Center’s Gold Award as a School of Opportunity, and has been ranked among The Washington Post’s Best High Schools in the U.S. for the past five years. The district’s Howard T. Herber Middle School was named a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and Davison Avenue Intermediate School was recognized by the State of New York for Best Instructional Practices.

Dr. Hunderfund’s leadership model is a collaborative one, making the entire Malverne community partners in the educational system. As superintendent, he expanded services to the region through an extensive volunteer program involving students, parents and residents and developed a number of committees bringing community groups and the schools together.

In recent years, Dr. Hunderfund has earned the Suffolk County Superintendents President Award and the SCOPE Award for Outstanding Educational Leadership. He has served as president of the Suffolk County School Superintendents Association, is a member of the SCOPE Board of Directors, and serves the Middle States Association as assistant chairperson of the school evaluation committee and as a progress report evaluator.

“Dr. James Hunderfund’s commitment to education on Long Island has made a positive impact on thousands of students throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties,” wrote his award nominator. “He has shown unwavering support of high-quality and challenging educational experiences for all. Dr. Hunderfund has demonstrated that he is truly an education partner in every sense of the word.”

Nassau BOCES created the Education Partner Awards to pay tribute to those who share its commitment to enable students of all ages and abilities to achieve their maximum potential.

Dr. Hunderfund will be honored at the 11th Annual Education Partner Awards Gala on Wednesday, March 29, 2017. The gala is sponsored by the Nassau BOCES Educational Foundation, an independent, community-based organization devoted to enhancing educational opportunities for students who take part in Nassau BOCES schools, services or programs.

State Qualifier

State Qualifier
Congratulations to Maurice Teachey Jr. who qualified for the NYSPHSAA Championship scheduled for March 4 at the Ocean Breeze facility on Staten Island. Great job by him and the winter track coaching staff.

Power of One

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Third- through fifth-graders at Davison Avenue attended a special performance of The Power of One. The presentation featured a duo of performers who discussed cyberbullying, verbal bullying and physical bullying and the seriousness and repercussions for these actions in a fun and interactive workshop. “It’s not about getting the bully in trouble, but about helping your friend,” the pair stressed to students. They also reinforced that every action one takes can have a good or bad reaction, and to be mindful of the consequences.

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Hands and Hearts

Hands and Hearts
In effort to enhance the drug awareness education program at HTH members of the SADD Club attended the Hands and Hearts against Heroin Addiction event. Held at the Nassau County Executive Offices on Monday, Feb. 13 the evening included resource tables, a short program, lighting of candles placed in the shape of a heart and a rendition of Amazing Grace. Students wore red, not only to the event itself, but throughout the day on Monday at school to show their support in the fight against opiate addition. Earth Science teacher and SADD club advisor Karina Blackstone planned the informative trip for students.

Sports Highlights

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Congratulations to the Boys JV Basketball Team on their Undefeated Season. The Team went 19-0 and it’s the first time in school history that a JV Boys Basketball team went Undefeated. Great job by Coach Hammond and the entire team. Congratulations also to Bryan Castro on being an All-County Bowler and competing this weekend in the county championships. Bryan broke multiple school records this season and had one of the best seasons in school history.

Many seniors played played in their final games of the season recently and were honored at the conclusion of those games:

Girls Varsity Basketball said goodbye to its two seniors Keyeria Dawson and Quiara Cyrus; Varsity Cheerleaders said goodbye to Corine Gauthier, Tyra Lavell, Hadassa Thevenot and Brittnee Johnson; and Varsity Basketball said goodbye to seniors Chidozie Alozie, Brandon Bannister, Dante Hilton, Kian Kimanyen and Joshua Rivers.

Reporting on Books

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Students in Stella Crawford’s fourth-grade class at Davison Avenue wrote book reports on a chapter book of their choice. Each student read a chapter book and then completed a graphic organizer report with a cover sheet for submission. A graphic organizer is a visual display that allows a student to demonstrate relationships between facts, concepts or ideas in a visual map.

Mapping a Winner

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Members of Davison Avenue Intermediate School's Social Studies Club recently participated in the National Geographic Bee. Under the direction of advisor Barbara Kimball, students competed in the bee which is a nationwide geography competition of U.S. schools designed to encourage the teaching and studying of geography. Students received ribbons and certificates for their participation. John Karam, who won the club bee, went online to complete the qualifying exam for the state bee. The school has not yet been notified of his status.

Lunar New Year

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To introduce the Lunar New Year, Kathleen Smyth’s class at Maurice W. Downing Primary School read several stories related to the unit of study. The students created crafts such as paper lanterns and dragons and practiced picking up objects with chop sticks. To end the lesson, students marched the hallways chanting Gung Hay fat choy (Happy New Year) while being led by a gigantic dragon.

PTA Family Bingo Night

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Cheering Success

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Congratulations to the Varsity Cheerleading team on placing first in the Lynbrook Competition on Saturday. Great job by all.

Inauguration Assembly

Inauguration Assembly

Davison Avenue honored Inauguration Day on Friday, Jan. 20. The entire school gathered in the gymnasium to watch the swearing in of the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump. As part of the program, which supported their learning of the constitution and democracy, students recited the pledge, sang the National Anthem, watched video highlights from past swearing ins, and even to an oath themselves, promising to be positive, help others and be the best person they could be.

Highlights from MLK Celebration

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Hearing from Harvard

Hearing from Harvard
Approximately thirty students from Malverne High School attended a special meeting with current Harvard College student and Elmont Memorial High School’s Class of 2016 valedictorian Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna. The visit served to inform and inspire the group of tenth- and eleventh-grade students who may be considering an application to the prestigious university. Augusta handed out pamphlets and spoke about many aspects of college life and search, including how and why she chose Harvard, freshman life, extracurricular opportunities, housing, and academics. In addition to explaining all of the opportunities at Harvard, she answered specific and general college-life questions from the Malverne students.

Standards Spotlight

Standards Spotlight

Saturday Pre-K Program

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The district is announcing a Saturday morning program for preschool children with a focus on language improvement, cognitive growth and social development. Instructed by certified elementary teachers, children who were 3 or 4 years of age by Dec. 1, 2016 and who are toilet trained are eligible to participate in the program. The program is free for interested Malverne School District residents and will be held at the Maurice W. Downing Primary School (55 Lindner Place, Malverne) from 9-11 a.m. on the following seven Saturdays: Feb. 4, 11; March 4, 11, 18, 25; and April 1..

Registration for the program will take place in the main lobby of the Maurice W. Downing Primary School on Saturday, Jan. 21 and Saturday, Jan. 28 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.; and on Monday, Jan. 30 and Tuesday, Jan. 31 from 3:15-5:15 p.m. In order to register, you must bring the following documents: driver’s license, mortgage papers/deed (lease agreement with notarized affidavit, if you rent), current utility bill, school tax receipt, updated immunization papers and the child’s original birth certificate.

Outstanding Phys Ed Students

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Congratulations to Christina Sangeniti and Kian Kimanyen for being named the Outstanding Physical Education Students of the year at the Nassau Zone Dinner held at the Crest Hallow County Club. Sponsored by the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, this award recognizes one male and one female Nassau County high school senior from each school district who exemplify outstanding scholastic ability, physical education performance and leadership qualities.

Thank You!

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Administrators, board members, and students would like to thank the community for voting and supporting the bond.



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Monday, February 27, 2017