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Davison Principal

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At its April 20 meeting, the Board of Education appointed current Common Core Chairperson K-6 Rachel Gross to the position of principal of Davison Avenue Intermediate School. Effective July 1, 2017, Ms. Gross will replace Principal Edward Tallon, who is moving to the position of principal of the Maurice W. Downing Primary School.

Ms. Gross has been with the district since September 2007, when she was hired as a special education teacher at Howard T. Herber Middle School. The last two years, she has served in her currently role as Common Core Chairperson K-6, where she worked with teachers and students to develop curriculum and programs aligned with New York State standards.

With her strong background in elementary education, experience in instructional leadership and proven commitment to the students of Malverne, Ms. Gross will continue to improve upon and cultivate new initiatives at Davison Avenue Intermediate School.

Ms. Gross received her Bachelor’s Degree in psychology and art studio from Queens College, two Master’s Degrees from Hofstra University in creative arts therapy and inclusive elementary special education, and her Administrative Certificate from Stony Brook University.

“I am honored by the opportunity and am excited to collaborate with the faculty, staff, students and families of Davison Avenue in this new role,” Ms. Gross said of the promotion.

Family Fun Night

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MWD’s Kindness Counts Committee recently sponsored a Family Fun Night to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House of New Hyde Park. More than 100 students and families came to share in the evening which included dinner, pictures with Ronald McDonald, entertainment by Jim the Jester, popcorn, and a dance party for students. While the kids were having their fun, parents relaxed down hall at the “International Café” where they were served coffee and dessert. Families contributed household items to fulfill the Ronald McDonald House Wish List. To date, the MWD community has raised nearly $4,000 for the cause.

Recognizing Excellence

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At the district’s April 18 Board of Education meeting, the Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Hunderfund and the Board recognized each of the schools for their recent achievements. Included in the recognition was both Howard T. Herber Middle School and Davison Avenue receiving the Expanding Opportunities award and Malverne High School for its recent feature in the book “Schools that Succeed.”

Academic Aces

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Malverne High School’s valedictorian and salutatorian of the class of 2017 are two remarkable students who have consistently gone above and beyond in their commitment to academic success and becoming well-rounded leaders. Graduating at the top of the class are Alexis Murry and Alyssa McDaniel, who earned the highest and second-highest grade point averages, respectively, of all their peers through their four years of high school. The district congratulates both students on this honor.

Jamila Smith is a sixth-grade student at Howard T. Herber Middle School.

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She is an amazing young lady who is truly dedicated to helping others in and out of school. Jamila has taken a leadership role in numerous programs including our district Homecoming, Breast Cancer Walk, Pennies for Patients, Have A Heart for the Homeless, Red Ribbon Week and Athletes Assisting Athletes.

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Engineering Activities with FAA

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Four engineers from the FAA visited Howard T. Herber Middle School and engaged students with nine different STEM activities. Following a short presentation  on engineering as a profession, students participated in a number of engineering design challenges including: building a boat out of aluminum foil to hold a maximum load measure in pennies; building a structure out of straws and paperclips  or marshmallows and spaghetti strong enough to hold a golf ball; building an earthquake proof tower out of Mega Blocks; and designing structures for a variety of purposes using Tinker Toys.

College Day

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Malverne High School hosted its annual College Day with more than 35 colleges and universities and several Malverne graduates who came back to participate in an Alumni Panel. During the panel, former students and teachers shared their stories about college life and rigor, as well as advice for the incoming college freshmen. Representatives from several colleges also gave classroom presentations to students, and Adelphi University’s Athletics Department gave a special presentation regarding the recruiting process, NCAA and time management. A representative from Molloy College Financial Aid Department also hosted a presentation to seniors to discuss understanding their Financial Aid Packages from various colleges and the responsibility in taking out student loans. College Day provided students with a wealth of information, and the opportunity to ask questions of on-site college representatives.

Voter Registration Dates

Saturday April 8, 2017
Administration Building
9:00am -12noon

Thursday, April 20, 2017
MHS –Lobby
8:30 am – 11:30 am
11:30 am – 3:30 pm
Administration Building

Saturday, May 6, 2017
Administration Building
9:00 am – 12noon

Photography Winners

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Congratulations to four Malverne High School photography students who were selected as winners of the Photography Federation of Long Island Youth Showcase Competition. These great photos were judged against several hundred of the best student photographers on Long Island. All entries will now go on to be judged at the PSA national level. Congratulations to (L-R): Angel Infante - 3rd Place scapes category, "Winter Woods”; Tiffany Hernandez- 1st Place photojournalism category, "Shoe Shiner”; Chloe Ruiz – 1st Place monochromatic choice category, "Fungus Dolly”; and Endy Beltran – 3rd Place architecture category, "West 34th Street”


The Board of Education of the Malverne Union Free School District has received a petition to name the Malverne School District Athletic Complex in memory of Mr. Colbert Britt, Jr.  Pursuant to Board of Education Policy #1660 (“Naming/Renaming District Facilities”), the Board of Education of the Malverne Union Free School District will hold a special meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Malverne High School Library on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 for public discussion of the proposal to name the Athletic Complex in Mr. Britt’s memory.  All interested persons are invited to attend.
Pursuant to Board Policy #1660, the Board of Education will vote on the proposal to name the District Athletic Complex at a regularly scheduled Board meeting in accordance with the Board policy, following notice to the public.

Inside Albany

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Malverne High School senior Stephanie Ridley was selected by the League of Women Voters to attend the Students Inside Albany event in May. Recommended by Jason Mach, District 6-12 Chairperson of English, Social Studies and Library Science, Stephanie will now have the opportunity to shadow a legislator, experience how government works, and learn how to get involved in government at any age. The four-day conference in Albany will culminate with a banquet where all selected students will get to talk about their experiences.

Women’s History Writing

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First-graders at Maurice W. Downing incorporated Spotlight On Writing Standards to correlate with the Women in History theme this month. The standard asked students to collaborate and use digital tools to produce a writing piece, so they paired up and researched famous women of yesterday or today on a database. Students then presented their work using Microsoft Word.

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Board Recognition

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Many groups of students were honored at the March 21 Board of Education meeting. Those honored included the All-County Musicians, the Boys Junior Varsity Basketball Team and all of the New York State Scholar-Athlete Teams for the winter season. Congratulations to all of those who were recognized for their efforts.

Proceeds for Pulsera

In honor of National Foreign Language Week, seventh- and eighth-grade students in Mrs. Pastore’s and Mrs. Guarini’s Spanish classes at HTH held a special fundraiser to benefit The Pulsera Project.The Pulsera Project is a nonprofit organization that helps students across the U.S. empower the artists of the “pulseras” or bracelets from Nicaragua, Guatemala and Uganda. The proceeds create sustainable fair-trade jobs in these countries where few opportunities exist and fund scholarships, community programs, interest-free micro loans, support youth shelters, sustainable energy initiatives, social enterprise programs, and many other projects that create bright futures for these artists and their communities. During lunch hour, students sold these bracelets to staff and peers. In total, the school raised $1,275 for the cause.

Community Heroes

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The Student Council at Maurice W. Downing hosted a Community Heroes (and SHEroes) Breakfast on March 10. Local members of the police department, fire department and church, as well as crossing guards and honored guests, were treated to a special breakfast celebration and musical demonstration by the students. Malverne Mayor Patricia McDonald and MWD Principal Margaret McDaid were honored for their community contributions during the celebration.

Superhero Fundraiser

Maurice W. Downing held its annual fundraiser kickoff celebration on Friday, March 10. With members of the student council dressed as superheroes, the event served to kick-start the school’s initiative to raise funds, awareness and spirit. The kickoff included guest speakers Malverne Mayor Patricia McDonald and Ronald McDonald House volunteer Barry Howard. This is the first year Downing has partnered with the Ronald McDonald House and is planning many creativie festivities for the cause.

Interactive With Engineers

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Science students at Malverne High School visited with five engineers from the Federal Aviation Administration to participate in hands-on engineering activities, as well as to discuss the field of engineering with professionals. Activities included making boats out of tinfoil that would hold the maximum number of pennies, and creating something out of a straw and paper that could fly the farthest through air.

Preparing for Competition

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Eighth-graders in the science research class at Howard T. Herber Middle School are participating in the Long Island Science & Engineering Fair, Inc.’s Middle School Fair, as well as the more local Nassau County Science Fair. Open to students in grades 6-8, LISEF promotes excellence in science inquiry and discovery in Long Island schools. Under the guidance of teacher Shannon Kelly, this is the second year that students will be competing in the competition.

Students recently held a practice session, where they explained their projects to various visitors including teachers, administrators and peers. Project topics included: which wax melts fastest; generating electricity through electromagnetism; efficacy of green cleaning products; and the absorption of sponges.

Living Museum

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In honor of Black History Month, students in Ms. Stella Crawford’s fourth-grade class did individual research projects on famous African-Americans.  The project culminated in a Living Museum presentation, which allowed students to dress-up and use props to recreate the individual they researched. They invoked an image of the famous people they represented and offered students and visitors a glimpse into the life and history of famous African-American individuals.  As visitors went from student to student, the students offered facts about the individual they researched and visitors were encouraged to “guess” who the famous person was.

2nd Quarter High Achievers at MWD


Thank You!

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


Wednesday, April 26, 2017