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Bridget Ellis is a first grade student at Maurice W. Downing Primary School.

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She is a great student and is also involved in the Girl Scouts.

Kindergartners Go Polar

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Kindergartners in Mrs. Susi’s class at Maurice W. Downing have been learning about polar bears. Throughout the unit, students are researching polar bear facts, reading polar bear books and completing activities that incorporate this threatened species.

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

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Students throughout the district participated in a special celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Thursday, Jan.. The event also recognized social worker Joseph Aquino and community leader and former Malverne High School principal James Brown with the district’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award, as well as with citations from local politicians.

As a social worker for more than 25 years, Joseph Aquino impacts our students’ lives every day. He graduated with his master’s degree in social work from Adelphi University and began working in the Diocese of Brooklyn. By 1999, Mr. Aquino had joined the district as a part-time social worker at HTH and by 2000 was working fulltime at the high school. He is responsible for individual and group counseling for more than 120 students each year, crisis intervention, drug and alcohol education, and organizing guest speakers and presentations on substance abuse and mental health awareness.

James (Jim) Brown was born in Georgia and served in the Army prior to entering college. Graduating with a degree in business administration from Hofstra University and his educational administration degree from NYU, his first position in 37 years of education was as a substitute teacher at Roosevelt High School. He then moved on to Freeport Public Schools, where he served as both assistant principal of the high school and then principal of Dodd Middle School before retiring in 2000. Mr. Brown was asked to serve as an interim principal at MHS and stayed for five and a half years, spreading his positive influence to our students each day before retiring again.

Congratulations to both on this tremendous honor!

Upcoming Pre-K Saturday Registration

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Superintendent Search - Letter from BOE President

Dear Staff, Parents and Community Members,

Last month, I shared that the Board would be continuing its deliberations on the superintendent search into January, and I want you to know that we have already resumed that process. Please understand that this is a confidential search and details are not able to be shared about who has been interviewed or what the Board has been discussing since conducting those interviews.

What I can share is that out of 56 candidates for the position, 23 were interviewed. They were narrowed down to six and three are now being considered in this final phase. The process has been thorough and rigorous, and we are grateful to have had so many qualified candidates to consider. We would like to thank the many administrators, staff members and community members for their time and input throughout this process.

As we all gear up for the second half of the 2019-2020 school year, know that the Board intends to announce its final decision before the end of this month. We are committed to considering all feedback and factors we received from the surveys into our decision and will choose the individual we believe will best continue to drive our district forward.

Sincerely,

 

Danielle Hopkins

President, Board of Education

Friday, January 24, 2020