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

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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.

Devon Lundgren is a seventh-grade student at Howard T. Herber Middle School.

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He is always kind and respectful to all of his teachers and peers.

Superhero Fundraiser

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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

Interactive With Engineers
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

Preparing for Competition

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

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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.

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

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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.

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.

Highlights from MLK Celebration

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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.

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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Friday, March 24, 2017