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Community Heroes

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MWD’s Student Council hosted a Community Heroes (and SHEroes) Breakfast on Feb. 14. Local members of the police department, fire department and church, as well as honored guests, were treated to a special breakfast celebration and musical demonstration by the students. Malverne Mayor Patricia McDonald was honored for her contributions to the community during the celebration. Student Council advisor Marguerite Robles coordinated the event, which also served to teach the students “they could be heroes.”

Leader in Education

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Malverne High School Principal Vincent A. Romano, Ed.D., has been selected as a Leader in Education by St. John’s University. Nominated by the School of Education Alumni Committee, he was chosen for his accomplishments in and dedication to the field of education.

With fifteen years in Malverne and 20 total years in education, Dr. Romano has served as principal of the high school since 2013. During his tenure, Malverne High School has been named to the National AP Honor Roll three times, ranked among the top high school’s in the national on The Washington Post’s Most Challenging High School’s list, and was featured for exemplary teaching, leadership and teamwork leading to improved student success in the book “Schools That Succeed” by Karin Chenoweth.

Dr. Romano earned both his Bachelor of Arts in history and his Master of Science in secondary education from SUNY Stony Brook and his doctorate in administration and instructional leadership from St. John’s University. He has served as a presenter at national, state and local conferences and was named a Phi Delta Kappa “Friend of Education” award winner by Molloy College in 2008. He was also the recipient of the SCOPE Education Award for Exemplary Leadership in 2015.

“This award is a tremendous honor as I have always held the faculty and staff of St. John’s University in the highest esteem,” Dr. Romano said. “I share this recognition with my family, friends, and colleagues as I always feel so fortunate to be surrounded by such amazing and supportive people.”

He will be honored at the Eleventh Annual Leaders in Education Dinner on April 3, 2019.

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Davison’s Day of Play

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Davison Avenue participated in the national Global School Play Day on Wednesday, Feb. 6. Students and teachers traded in their digital devices and toys that required wi-fi for “low-tech,” classic games like Monopoly, Connect Four, Uno, Jenga Scrabble, Checkers and more. The campaign was started in support of unstructured play during school, which is something Davison Avenue has embraced with its Mission Explore initiative.

Noemi Carvajal is a third-grade student at Davison Avenue Intermediate School.

She is an excellent student, who is conscientious and self-motivated. Noemi is caring and friendly and had been named Explorer of the Month for her class in September.

Princess-Inspired Surprise

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Sydney Clarke, a fourth-grade student at Davison Avenue, was surprised at school yesterday with a visit from Cinderella. She received a variety of special gifts, as well as two princess-inspired wigs – Cinderella and Ariel. The Magic Yarn Project, which typically donates wigs to children with cancer in order to add magic to their lives, selected Sydney after learning about her great spirit and personality through Amy, the school’s security guard.

Sentence Scoops

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Students from MWD’s Math and Science Club have been learning in fun and unique ways. Pictured here, first-graders are learning how to “scoop-up” addition sentences.

HTH Presents The Wizard of Oz

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Click for highlights from the performance.

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Video Update Jan. 2019


AP & All-State Honors

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At its Jan. 8 meeting, the Board of Education and members of administration honored two students for being named All-State Musicians. In addition, staff from Malverne High School, as well as the principals from each of the buildings, were honored for the district being named to the 9th Annual AP Honor Roll. Congratulations to all!

Upcoming MLK Celebration

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The entire community is invited to join us in a special celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Friday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m., in the Howard T. Herber Middle School auditorium. The event will also recognize Davison Avenue Assistant Principal Stephen Benfante and community leader Patrick Coonan who will both be bestowed with the district’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award. Performances from students from each of the district’s four schools will also be a part of the celebration.

As an educator for 27 years, Stephen J. Benfante has impacted students' lives of every age, from pre-kindergarten through the graduate level. He graduated Binghamton University with a degree in psychology and a concentration in biology and began his career as a researcher for Adelphi University's School of Education. As he worked on his master’s degree in education, he studied the cultural integration of elementary students in the classroom and subsequently became the science teacher for the School of the Transfiguration in Corona, Queens. In the following years, he worked in Elmont and in 2004, Mr. Benfante became an assistant principal in the Malverne Union Free School District.

While at Malverne, he has had the opportunity to work with students on every grade level, K - 12. Continuing in his belief that an educator must cultivate the full value of a student's experience, Mr. Benfante has successfully made innovative contributions to the multitude of district initiatives designed to enhance student achievement, develop strong character traits and promote family involvement. His work with the district’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee is among the endeavors of which he’s most proud. Throughout his life, Mr. Benfante has been so moved by Dr. King’s vision that his dream has been an interwoven core of his own purpose and vision in life. Stephen Benfante acts on an inherent belief that the “treasures of our children brilliantly shine through the lenses of our hearts.” Mr. Benfante feels that being recognized as a Dr. Martin Luther King Honoree is the most humbling distinction he has ever achieved and one he will always cherish and hold in the highest of esteem.

Dr. Patrick Coonan graduated from Malverne High School in 1972 and earned his degree from Adelphi’s School of Nursing in 1978. Following graduation, Dr. Coonan spent the next 10 years moving around the Bronx and Manhattan as he held nursing positions in various capacities — as staff nurse, nurse manager, assistant director and director. In 2004, Dr. Coonan returned to his alma mater when he was named dean of Adelphi’s School of Nursing and was responsible for overseeing the administration and operations of the nursing program, as well as policy, program development, quality and student outcomes. Under his leadership, the School of Nursing became the College of Nursing and Public Health, and moved into a brand new building that includes state of the art nursing labs he designed from the ground up. He is a member of numerous organizations, including the American Organization of Nurse Executives and the American College of Healthcare Executives, and has received many accolades for his achievements.

Dr. Coonan was first elected to the Malverne Board of Education in 1997 and served one term. After taking a short hiatus, he ran again in 2007 and was elected to his second term, where he remained and served as board president through 2012. Among his many accomplishments, he helped oversee the passage of the $14 million bond that provided upgraded athletic facilities and expansions to the elementary schools. Dr. Connan has been a strong supporter of the music and marching band program for more than 20 years, and was pivotal in organizing other band parents to get involved. He and his wife, also a Malverne graduate, have been happily married for 41 years and have four children and one grandchild.

We hope to see you at the event.

Blanket Donation

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On behalf of the National Honor Society and the entire Malverne community, High School student Amber Wilkins donated eight large bags filled with blankets to the Freeport Salvation Army. She is pictured making to the donation to Captain Giovanny Guerrero, Freeport Corps Officer and Captain Ester Rosamilia-Guerrero, Freeport Corps Officer who thanked the community for their thoughtfulness this winter season.

Mules Win Memorial Tournament

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Boys Varsity Basketball team defeated Port Washington High School in the Championship Game of Hank Williams Memorial Tournament on December 29th. Donovan Ishmael, DJayani Gaston and Michael Warren Jr. were all named to the All-Tournament Team of Hank Williams Memorial Tournament. Michael Warren Jr. was named MVP of the Hank Williams Memorial Tournament. Congratulations to all!

Forces for the Holidays

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Members of the Davison Avenue School’s Special Forces teamed up with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island for a holiday drive. They collected gently used toys and new toys for their various programs across Long Island. Special Forces also collected hats, scarves, mittens, & gloves.

All-State Musicians

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Two students performed in the 2018 NYSSMA All-State Chorus held in Rochester, NY Nov. 29-Dec. 2. Congratulations to Seun Ajirotutu and Malachi Thomas who were selected from the thousands who auditioned. In order to be considered for All-State, they had to receive a score of 98 or higher on a Level 6 NYSSMA solo last Spring, and also had to be ranked number one at that particular NYSSMA site. They performed at the Kodak Theatre at the Eastmen College of Music. Malachi has also been selected for the All-Eastern Honors Choir.

Holiday Artwork

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The art club at Davison Avenue has been creating mixed media art projects. Under adviser Ms. Ebbets, the students have been using paint, cut-outs and color to bring their artwork to life. Throughout the month of December, the students have been creating holiday-inspired works.

Scholar-Athletes & MLK Honorees

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Congratulations to the four New York State Scholar-Athlete Teams honored at the district’s Dec. 11 Board of Education meeting. Also recognized that evening were this year’s MLK honorees, Assistant Principal Stephen Benfante and community member and student activist Dr. Patrick Coonan.
Saturday, February 16, 2019