Highlights from MLK Celebration

Highlights from MLK Celebration1

Teaching to Lead

A team of teachers and administrators from the district attended the Teach to Lead conference at the Tilles Center on Jan. 12. Teach to Lead is an initiative jointly convened by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and the U.S. Department of Education. The program’s mission is to advance student outcomes by expanding opportunities for teacher leadership, which is achieved by providing resources, facilitating stakeholder consultation, and encouraging professional collaborations to develop and amplify the work of teacher leaders. Fifth-grade teacher Marguerite Izzo was one of the presenters and "critical friends" of the event. Others who attended from Malverne included Rachel Gross, Marie Dalton, Katie Smythe, Marguerite Robles and Assistant Superintendent Steven Gilhuley.

Chase Sattali is a fourth-grade student and Daniella Sattali is a fifth-grade student at Davison Avenue Intermediate School.

These siblings collected more than 1,000 pieces of candy and toiletries to ship as gift ackages for U.S.A. service members overseas.

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

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.

All-Eastern Honors Musicians

All-Eastern Honors Musicians
Congratulations to Malverne High School’s Kayla Mascall and Christina Sangeniti, who have been accepted into the 2017 National Association for Music Education’s All-Eastern Honor Choir. Their acceptance was based on their perfect score of 100 at the NYSSMA All-State Festival last Spring, in addition to their state ranking which is done by the NYSSMA judges.The pair will represent Malverne’s music department and perform in Atlantic City as part of this prestigious ensemble in April.

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Outstanding Phys Ed Students

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.

Board Recognition


At the Dec. 13 Board of Education meeting, district administrators and Board members honored many worthy students and staff members for their recent achievements. Included in the evening’s honorees were: Tenured Staff – Chris Brescia; NAfME All-Eastern Honor Choir students; Fall Scholar Athlete Teams – Volleyball, Soccer and Tennis; Outstanding Physical Education Students of the Year; and athletes who were named All-County, All-Division, All-Conference, and All-Classification honorees for their work during the fall season.


Wild About Nature

To supplement their unit on wildlife, third-grade students at Davison Avenue attended a special presentation from the Wildlife Hospital and Education Center. A volunteer from the organization brought about a dozen creatures, including snakes, turtles and even an opossum, for students to view up close while learning important facts about each one. All of the animals were native to New York state and were not typical creatures for students to encounter so closely. The program was brought to the school thanks to a grant from the Malverne Education and Fitness Foundation.

Malverne District, Administrators Awarded a Third Favorable Verdict

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The Malverne Union Free School District, Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Hunderfund and retired Malverne High School Principal Mr. James Brown received a unanimous verdict in their favor by a federal jury in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York in Central Islip on Dec. 8. The jury rendered a complete verdict for defendants in the case brought against them by plaintiff Betsy Benedith.

Ms. Benedith sued the district, the superintendent and the retired high school principal claiming discrimination against her on the basis of her race and the creation of a racially hostile work environment.

The jury was asked to determine whether the School District and its administrators’ actions violated plaintiff’s constitutional rights. The jury unanimously found the defendants did not terminate her employment on the basis of her race. The jury also unanimously found Ms. Benedith was not subjected to a racially hostile work environment.

Ms. Benedith’s case is the last of three cases originally brought in one action by Betsy Benedith, Kenneth Smith and Sherwyn Besson. Benedith and Besson are former employees of Malverne, while Smith is currently a math teacher at the middle school.

On Aug. 15, 2014, the Honorable Arthur D. Spatt severed the three cases and dismissed several of the claims.

On Dec. 9, 2015, following a trial, a jury unanimously found in favor of the School District, Superintendent Hunderfund and Assistant Superintendent Rose Linda Ricca on Mr. Smith’s claims of discrimination.
On March 16, 2016, following a trial, a jury unanimously found in favor of the School District, Superintendent Hunderfund and Principal Vincent Romano on Mr. Besson’s claims of discrimination and retaliation.  

The Benedith case was tried in three days before United States District Judge Joan M. Azrack. Joshua S. Moskovitz, Esq. and Lance A. Clarke, Esq. of New York City represented Ms. Benedith. Malverne and its administrators were represented by Melissa L. Holtzer and Susan H. Odessky of Sokoloff Stern, LLP of Carle Place, New York.

Dr. Hunderfund stated, “On behalf of the Malverne Board of Education and the entire school-community, we are gratified that we can now continue to move forward, together, for the benefit of all children in our care. These unanimous court decisions provide a testament to the integrity and fairness of the Malverne School District”

HTH First Quarter Honor Roll Students


HS First Quarter Honor Roll Students


Volleyball Honors

Congratulations to Alexis Lake and Olivia Quaranto on their volleyball awards from the Nassau County Coaches Association. Alexis was named All-Classification and Olivia was named All-Conference.

Education On Ice

Mrs. Piccola and Ms. Hickey's fourth-grade class from Davison Avenue viewed a practice session with the New York Islanders hockey team. As part of a program titled Future Goals - Hockey Scholar, it provided a once in a lifetime educational experience. Students watched the Islanders practice, heard from experts as they expanded upon science and math concepts covered in Hockey Scholar, and learned more about off-the-ice career opportunities they could pursue. The outing provided students with a fun-filled day of STEM-related education.

Professional Broadcasting

Every morning, students at HTH broadcast the traditional morning announcements live. New this year, members of the school’s Morning Announcement Club feature five daily news anchors who are live on camera and three members of the behind-the-scenes tech crew. Under the guidance of advisor Christine Comer and Director of Technology Craig Vella, the students meet each day to review that morning’s announcements, weather, stories and interviews and set up for the live broadcast. Students are using professional equipment and gaining valuable skills for the future. To view the HTH morning announcements, visit www.malverneschoolslive.com at 8:45 a.m. every school day.

Thank You!

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


Wednesday, January 18, 2017