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Message From The Superintendent – December 3

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We had our first winter concert at HTH this week, and I want to applaud the students and music staff for so ably showcasing the multiple talents of our students. For many of these students, this was their first performance as a band or chorus, but you would not know it as they played and sang as if they had been together for years. Our newly formed strings program is getting stronger, and you can really see how much this program has grown through the spectacular performance of “Christmas Canon” where they joined in with the select choir for a rousing rendition. These students have rehearsed with their masks on throughout this new normal. Even the instruments were masked for safety!! I could not believe that someone had actually come up with a way to mask wind instruments and found a way to make their fortune in this pandemic. They do say necessity is the mother of invention!! We could only have two attendees per family for the in-person concert, but please be sure to tune in to the Malverne live link on the website to see all of our concerts for the season.

The Pride of Malverne will be giving back to their community at the Christmas Tree Lighting for the Malverne Village on Saturday, December 4th at 5:30 pm, as well as the Lakeview Community, tonight at 7pm at the Lakeview Library. Do come out and help them spread holiday cheer. You know our band rocks!!

The fall athletic season has ended, and our students are still being recognized for their athletic prowess at the various Nassau County coaches’ associations. Of prestigious note, three of our student athletes were selected to participate in exceptional senior games representing Nassau County. The first player was David Atiencia, an All County soccer player who lead the Boys Soccer team in scoring for the last two years. Also recognized were two athletes from the Malverne Football team: DeAndre Blagrove, an All County player who impacted both sides of the ball as a running back and a linebacker throughout the season, and Justin Murphy, an All County player who dominated the offensive and defensive line throughout the season. Congratulations to all of our athletes for representing Malverne so well.

We are all distressed to hear about yet another variant of the dreaded Coronavirus. While we do not yet know its impact, we are noticing a rise in the infection rates in Nassau County and in our Malverne Schools. If we follow the COVID procedures of staying home and testing when you are experiencing the symptoms of fever, muscle fatigue, headache, chills, cough, shortness of breath, runny nose, sore throat, or loss of taste or smell, we will all make our schools safer. After a COVID-19 related illness, regardless of vaccinated status, you can only return to school following a negative antigen (rapid) test result or with a doctor’s note. If you have had COVID-19 within the last 90 days, and are no longer experiencing the symptoms, you will be exempt from testing. Keeping our schools safely open is our collective responsibility, and I thank you for doing your share. COVID testing is available at the high school on Monday, December 6th and weekly, on Mondays, thereafter. Please register on our website.

As always, my email is llewis@malverneschools.org, please do not hesitate to connect with me. #Unlockingpossibilites #GoMules

High School Student Honored at ERASE Racism Benefit

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The district is proud to announce that high school student Annika Duhaney was recognized for her winning essay during ERASE Racism’s 20th Anniversary Celebration and Benefit. She was one of four students across Long Island to receive this honor, which earned her a $500 prize.

The district applauds Annika’s inspirational essay and congratulates her on this wonderful achievement.

Rihanna Rosario is a ninth grade student at Malverne Senior High School.

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She is a very hard worker, always completes her assignments and is an active class participant.

STEM Lab Pumpkin Composting

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Davison School STEM lab students put their leftover jack-o-lanterns to good use by learning about composting. Inspired by the book, “Pumpkin Jack,” the activity challenged students to investigate and observe how pumpkins change as they decompose.

Soccer Stars Honored by County

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Two student-athletes were honored during the Nassau County Girls Soccer Coaches Association’s annual awards dinner at the Crest Hallow Country Club. Jazmyne Ackies received her All-Conference award and Kendra Chinchilla received her All-County award. The district congratulates both student-athletes on their wonderful accomplishments.
Saturday, December 04, 2021