Senior Fashion Show

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Join us for the Class of 2017 Fashion Show on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 7:15 p.m. in the high school auditorium.  

Members of the senior class will strut down the runway in sportswear, casual wear and formal wear. Student emcees will announce each student and describe the attire they are modeling. The annual event is always a hit!  

Parents, faculty, community members and students of all ages are encouraged to attend and support the Class of 2017 as they raise funds for their prom.  

Admission is $10. Raffle prizes and snacks will also be available.

Bronze Medal in Taekwondo

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Sixth-grader Daniel Glavan earned a bronze medal at the USAT New York State Taekwondo Championships at Queens College on March 11, 2017. He was presented with his third-place medal for his performance in Poomsae, a form of Taekwondo. Daniel competed in the black belt, 12-14-year-old division. He is now qualified to compete in the organization’s national tournament in Detroit, MI this July.

Congratulations, Daniel!

Filmmakers Take Home Multiple Awards

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A team of film students swept the 12th Annual Locust Valley Film Festival, winning three awards for their film, “The Last Letter.” The emotional film took first prize in the drama category, won the audience choice award and took the win for best overall film. Locust Valley students earned nine awards overall. Fourteen schools participated from across Long Island. Submissions were prejudged by film professors at Five Towns College, who created a list of finalists for inclusion in the film festival.

Those films were shown during the festival and judged by ABC film critic Sandy Kenyon. Mr. Kenyon, who has been the festival judge for eight years, not only selects the winning films, but also critiques them and provides the young filmmakers valuable feedback. This year, he said the films showed remarkable improvement and promise. He also noted that the use of sound enhanced the viewing experience of the first-place winning film. “The sounds used, fit the drama perfectly,” he said, referring to the swishing sound of a football being passed and subtle creaking sounds of walking in “The Last Letter.” It is sometimes these details that push a film to the top, he explained and said that all of the winning films had high-quality production value in both video and audio.

Locust Valley students also won first place for Comedy. Mr. Kenyon said that he uses audience reaction as part of his criteria for this category. “The best comedies play to the whole room,” he said and “the loudest laughter was heard” during “Beat the Cheat.” Mr. Kenyon’s advice included constructive criticism aimed at helping filmmakers understand why their films did not win. He suggested making sure that vocal tracks did not fight with the dialogue making the music distracting for the audience. He also suggested reshooting early scenes after the actors had a few days of filming under their belts and were feeling more comfortable in their roles.

Theresa Donohue, Director of Admissions at Five Towns College attended the film festival and generously offered the winners free tuition for a three-week summer film workshop. Debra Markowitz, Nassau County Film Commissioner presented the best overall film award to the creators of “The Last Letter.” This film has now earned a spot in the Long Island International Film Expo.

Film teacher Roger Boucher said the students worked hard for months writing scripts, editing footage, sometimes over and over again until it was the best it could be. “These student filmmakers poured their hearts and souls into their work and I am extremely proud of their success.” The film festival is possible through the help of the High School Parents’ Council, specifically Laura Dessner and Emily Johnson.

Congratulations to all of the participants!

TITLE

CATEGORY

AWARD

STUDENTS

America's Magician

COMEDY

3rd Place

Chris Madsen, Anthony Madsen

Beat the Cheat

COMEDY

1st Place

Kristy Jahchan, Michael Crisci, Melissa Cooney, Megan Prosser, Roisin O'Neill

The Spelling Bee

COMEDY

Daniel Dessner

The Story of Samuel

COMEDY

Devin Slattery, Max Keller, Chris Muller

Howard Beach Cleaning Service

COMMERCIAL

2nd Place

Alec Miranda, Christopher Madsen, Justin Manzi, Marc Ambrosino, and Maxwell Keller

Lay's Chips: Chase

COMMERCIAL

Anthony Madsen, Daniel Dessner, Madeline Daly, Myrna Lagos, Griffin Pugach

Action!

DOCUMENTARY

3rd Place

Melissa Cooney

Kiki Vandeweghe: The Interview

DOCUMENTARY

JP Grace Hunter Weidenkeller Chris Volpe Chris Muller

The Last Letter

DRAMA

1st Place, Audience Choice, Best Overall

Chris Madsen, Alec Miranda, Marc Ambrosino, Justin Manzi

2400

DRAMA

Melissa Cooney, Kristy Jahchan, Megan Prosser

Piano Man

DRAMA

3rd Place

Taylor LoMonaco, Megan Prosser, Arianna Harris

Say Something

MUSIC VIDEO

Chris Madsen, Anthony Madsen

Oh Cecilia

MUSIC VIDEO

3rd Place

Kristy Jahchan and Roisin O'Neill

Stay Sober

PSA

Madeline Daly

The Great Gatsby

TRAILER

Chris Madsen, Alec Miranda, Anthony Madsen

 

 

 

 

 

 

First-Hand History Lessons

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Washington D.C. became a giant classroom for approximately 150 eighth-grade students as they experienced first-hand the very things they have been learning about in their Social Studies classes. Coordinated by the Middle School Parents’ Council, the three-day trip brought the students, along with faculty and parent chaperones to many of our nation’s historical sites including Fort McHenry, the White House, Washington Monument, Capitol Building, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, United States Holocaust Museum, and all of the major museums in Washington D.C., among other important sites. At Arlington National Cemetery, eighth-graders Ava Barosin, Alexander Gianoukakis, David Hower and Alexandra Weilert placed a wreath at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Social Studies curriculum leader David J. Ethe said that taking this trip enabled students to receive a better understanding of the lessons they are being taught. “When they can visualize something that they have been studying, it provides them with a different and meaningful perspective about United States history that they will never forget,” he said.

Special thanks to Mr. Hogan, Mrs. Reilly, Mrs. Ring, Mr. Rogin and all of the parent chaperones for working so hard to make this trip a reality for the students. 

Color Run

The Class of 2018 is hosting a Color Run on April 29, 2017. Please see attached for details.

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Jesters Create Magic

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There was magic in the air during the Locust Valley High School Jesters’ performances of Pippin on March 17, 18 and 19. The cast and crew brought the magic of Pippin to life and had the audience singing along.

The story focuses on Prince Pippin’s search for fulfillment and follows him as he discovers that happiness lies not in the extraordinary, but in the ordinary moments of every day. This musical production was anything but ordinary, from the singing and dancing to the sets and the acting. The costumes were colorful and detailed, helping to bring the audience into the world of Pippin.  

The show featured Nico Van Patten, Matthew Verni, Leonardo D’Auria-Gupta, Lucas Ferrante, Emma Wallach, Larissa Izaguirre, Rebecca Lewis and Charles Dickman as well as 75 talented highs students in the cast and on the crew!  

Pippin was produced and musically directed by William Margiotta and directed by Abbe Gail Gross.

Success in the Courtroom

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Some Locust Valley High School students have been spending time in the courtroom learning about the justice system. Members of the Mock Trial team have had success playing the roles of prosecution and the defense.

Members of the Mock Trial team compete at least twice throughout the school year in the Nassau County Bar Association Competition. They alternate the positions they take, once portraying the plaintiff/prosecution and once portraying the defense.   In each instance, the team consists of three attorneys and three witnesses. The attorneys must prepare and deliver an opening statement, conduct direct and cross-examinations of witnesses and deliver closing arguments. The witnesses have to take the stand for questioning and know all the details of the case and of the person they are portraying.  

Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator David J. Ethe said the experience of preparing for the mock trials reinforces important skills, including research and presentation skills. “Members of the team also gain a deep understanding of the justice system and how it works.” The team was well prepared in their competitions and advanced to the Nassau County Bar Association Competition at the Mineola Courthouse.   

Congratulations to the Mock Trial team made of Aidan Bergin, Bobby Carroll, John Cote, Graham Holowchak, Will Holowchak, Hans Kiessling, Riggs Johnson, Caroline Martocci, Faith McQuiston, Ferah Shaikh and Spencer Weingord.  

The team is coached by Ashley Cannone and Rachel McShane.

Modeling the United Nations

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Forty-five students from the Model United Nations Club attended the 2017 Washington Area Model United Nations Conference in Washington, D.C. from March 2-5.

In advance of the conference, students were required to prepare position papers and learn about their given roles in order to participate in committee meetings. Participants portrayed delegates from different countries and figures throughout history, argued their viewpoints and made alliances in order to pass resolutions and change the course of events. 

The group took advantage of the educational opportunities that Washington D.C. has to offer by visiting the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum and the National Zoo. Some students took the opportunity to visit Georgetown University. They also attended a George Washington University college basketball game.   

Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator David Ethé said the experience is very valuable to the students. “The students vastly improved their skills in conducting research, writing position/working papers, working effectively and collaboratively on a committee and mastering the United Nations rules of procedure,” he explained.  

Faculty advisors Ashley Cannone and Stephanie Scavelli, along with Ali Cannone and Mr. Ethé chaperoned the trip. Ms. Cannone and Mrs. Scavelli said they are proud of their students who spent months preparing for their specific roles and showed the diversity of their strengths.

Junior Baseball Player Among Top in Nassau County

Thomas Eletto has been chosen by Newsday as one of the top high school baseball players in Nassau County. Players were chosen based on the recommendations of the Nassau County high school baseball coaches.

"Thomas had a very solid season as a sophomore on the Varsity Baseball team last year. His hard work in the off-season has paid off.  I believe he has prepared himself for a break out year," said Varsity Baseball Coach John Lonardo.

Congratulations, Thomas!

AP/IB Review Schedule

See the attached schedule for AP/IB Review sessions.

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Student Artists Accepted to Heckscher Museum Exhibit

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The artwork of two Locust Valley student artists was chosen to be featured in the "Long Island's Best Young Artists" exhibition at The Heckscher Museum of Art.

Nicole Wolert and Jan Kipper were juried by The Heckscher's Curator of Collections Lisa Chalif and new this year, they had a guest juror and artist: Cindy Grimm, Assistant Director of the Whaling Museum and Education Center of Cold Spring Harbor. 

Jan was awarded the Donald and Gloria Horn Scholarship for his painting.   Joy Weiner, Director of Education and Public Programs at the Heckscher Museum of Art said, this was the most competitive year ever, with 387 submissions sent in from 56 High Schools. Only 84 pieces of artwork were selected for the exhibit.

Their artwork is on view from March 11th- April 9th, with an opening reception on March 18th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. followed by an awards ceremony at 6:00 p.m.

Congratulations to Nicole and Jan, and to their art teachers Tom Camilleri and Melanie Mooney!

Snow Make-Up Day

The District has lost a total of three snow days this school year due to inclement weather (Feb. 9, Feb. 10 and March 14). As per the adopted 2016-2017 School Calendar, the first day identified to be designated as an instructional day if more than two snow days are needed, is Tuesday, May 30, 2017. Therefore, May 30, 2017 will now be an instructional day.

 

 

 

The Board of Education will hold Public Budget Forum III on Wednesday, April 5 at 8 p.m. in the MS/HS Mini-Theater.

The Board of Education will hold Public Budget Forum III on Wednesday, April 5 at 8 p.m. in the MS/HS Mini-Theater.

All-County Artists

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The Art Supervisors Association has named 18 Locust Valley students as All-County Artists and will exhibit their work in an exhibit on Sunday, March 12 from 12-4 p.m. in Roosevelt Hall at Farmingdale State College.

Senior Nicole Wolert has been awarded the association’s scholarship and will be honored during a ceremony at 11 a.m. preceding the art exhibition. Her artwork will be designated with a gold seal.

Students chosen to participate have demonstrated excellence in a wide variety of two-dimensional visual art forms including drawing, painting, printmaking, computer graphics and photography. The association received submissions from more than 200 schools in Nassau County.

Congratulations to the following students:

 

First Grade:

Charlotte Bohner

Leonardo DelGiudice

Christian Douglin

Claudia Weiss

 

Fourth Grade:

Josephine Rioux

 

Fifth Grade:

Benjamin Sze

 

Sixth Grade:

Julianna Nabet

 

Ninth Grade:

Angelica Cartselos

Victoria Chisari

Nitha Paulus

 

Tenth Grade:

Oscar Cruz

Marlene Goldstein

Megan Meehan

Olivia Sinkoff

 

Twelfth Grade:

Kristina Lollo

Alexis Poulos

Allison Torff

Nicole Wolert

Two Regional Winners in Toshiba ExploraVision Competition

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Two teams of young scientists at Bayville Intermediate School have been named regional winners in the prestigious Toshiba ExploraVision competition. 

In the K-3 category, a team of third graders thought up the idea of Float Tee’s, shirts made from woven fabric that has buoyant properties. The concept is intended to prevent drownings in children under five-years-old since drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in that age group. The students felt that life vests and other personal flotation devices are bulky, making them uncomfortable for children to wear and difficult to pack for a family vacation. The team is researching the properties that keep plankton afloat and applying those properties to their invention. Coached by librarian Paige Coppola and mentored by teaching assistant Donna DeJesu, the team is made up of Emilia Bayerlander, Evie Bergman, Lucia Connolly and Adhvaith Sreenivas.

 

A team of fourth graders took the regional title for the grade 4-6 category for their idea to create robotic bivalves to filter PCBs from contaminated rivers. These cancer-causing chemicals are found in the sediments of riverbeds and ocean floors. Normal dredging to remove the contamination brings 10 percent of the PCBs back into the water. The team, inspired by advances in biomimicry, proposes that the robotic bivalves would function like living clams, mussels or oysters, sinking to the bottom of the riverbed, removing the harmful PCBs and floating back to the top without harming wildlife. Cyclodextrin sponges would collect the PCBs, which are known to break down faster when bonded to cyclodextrins. This ethical invention targets the Hudson River but can be used in other rivers that have PCB contamination. Coached by Paige Coppola and mentored by teaching assistant Debbie McKillen, the team consists of John Hartnett and Matthew Santibanez.

 

Regional winners receive a Toshiba PC for their school, a technology related gift for each student and a congratulatory ceremony hosted by Toshiba at the school. Each team is now required to create a video and a website detailing their project as their entry into the national level of the competition. Submissions are due April 7. 

The students competed against thousands of others and are among only 24 regional winners. Teams selected as national winners earn a trip to Washington D.C. and each team member receives a $10,000 bond. Two LVCSD teams were national winners in the 2016 competition – one from Bayville Intermediate School and one from Locust Valley Intermediate School. 

 

Three LVCSD teams earned Honorable Mention, which is also an outstanding accomplishment. They are:

 

Locust Valley High School:

Project:  Lumie Flower

Coach: Christopher Hoppner

Team: Ninth graders Jessica Bianco, Lisa Cheung and Beatrix Postley

 

Bayville Intermediate School:

Project: Glo'n Gro 

Coach: Paige Coppola

Mentor: Donna DeJesu

Team: Fourth-graders Connor Geertgens, Isabella Iodice, Abigail Maselli and Jonah Santoro

 

Project: The Water Collector 

Coach: Paige Coppola

Mentor: Donna DeJesu

Team: Fifth-graders William deLauzon, Justin Dvorak, Ainsley Johnson and Stella Viscovich

 

Toshiba describes the ExploraVision competition as an opportunity for students to expand their imaginations and have fun while developing an interest in science, technology, engineering and math. Participating students developed and researched solutions to different problems in the world and wrote detailed research papers that highlighted their ideas. 

 


Regional Science Bowl Champions

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Four middle school students took home first prize at the Regional National Science Bowl at Brookhaven National Laboratory on March 4. The middle school team won every match and was crowned the undefeated champions earning a large trophy,banner and medal.  

Emily Barosin, Caitlin Bianco, Zophie Lemaitre and Zachary Watson not only proved their knowledge of science, but also displayed exceptional sportsmanship throughout the full-day competition. During the finals, team members realized that they were being asked a set of questions that they had already answered in a previous round. They asked judges to stop the competition and explained that it would not be fair to the other team to continue without a new set of questions. Judges and parents of opposing teams were impressed with the integrity of these young competitors.

The team, coached by teacher Christopher Hoppner, earned an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete in the national level of competition. They will spend five days in the capital in April, competing and taking tours of historical attractions.

A second middle school team competed in the regional event but did not advance to the second round. Team members Ezra Pietrafesa, Sabrina Raichoudhury, Shannon Sullivan and Tim Sze were coached by teacher Julie Feltman,and played excellent games during the morning sessions especially as a new team without any member ever having played before.

LVHS Alumnus Named Freshman of the Week

LVHS alumnus Joe Madsen was named Big East Freshman of the Week. Click here for the story.

 

 

Spreading Kindness

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Students at Locust Valley Intermediate School celebrated Random Acts of Kindness Week from Feb. 13-17. Students attended presentations about being kind, learned about kindness in their classes and of course, performed their own random acts of kindness throughout the week.

Student Council members held a stuffed animal drive to donate the toys to a local nursing home. The group placed loving messages on tags for Valentine’s Day and attached the tags to the stuffed animals, which were then placed by nursing home employees on residents’ meal trays.

Spreading cheer to the nursing home residents was a wonderful way for students to see how easy it is to practice kindness, said Student Council Co-Advisor Shari Zindman. “It was a very worthwhile activity and the students learned that a kind act goes a long way,” Mrs. Zindman said. She and Co-Advisor Jane Benstock assisted the students throughout this project. 

Assistant Principal Amy Watson said activities throughout the week reinforced the concept that kindness is easy and worthwhile. “Students saw that spreading kindness makes others feel good while making those practicing kindness feel just as good.”

Fun with Robotics

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Robotics is in full swing with not only the high school team, but for the first time, the district also has a middle school team.

With three teams in total, the students have competed across Long Island and seen much success. The teams participate in the First Tech Challenge (FTC) program for grades 7-12 which challenges students to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in head-to-head challenges in an alliance format.

Team Kuiper, Team FalconBots and Team LVAI (Locust Valley Artificial Intelligence) have competed in three competitions and learned a lot from both the preparation and the competition itself.

Team FalconBots won three awards at the First Tech Challenge on Jan. 28 earning them the opportunity to advance to the Long Island Regional Finals on Feb.11 in Smithtown. They took the Captain award for Winning Alliance; first place for the Control Award and third lace for the Inspire Award.

Congratulations to all members of our Robotics teams!

Boys Basketball Conference Champs

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The Boys Varsity Basketball team clinched the Conference ABC title after an outstanding 13-1 regular season, and 16-3 overall.  Senior captains Billy Finke, Brian Wright and Danny Wilson led a talented team through the season, along with fellow seniors Patrick Halpin, Keenan Herlich, and Kyle Elrod.

Juniors Parker Appel, Thomas Eletto, Ramell Phillips, Jay Johnson, Liam Keeney, Owen Letter and Chris Madsen contributed in ways that helped the Falcons to become one of the deepest teams in Class A basketball. Eighth-grade starting point guard Jahmir Primer played above and beyond his age for the Falcons this season making the offense run seamlessly. 

Not only has the basketball team shown their leadership and maturity on the court but, they did the same off the court as well. The team hosted a free basketball clinic with the girls' program for students in grades 2 through 7 as a way to give back to the community. Additionally, they played in the Hoop for Hope game against East Rockaway High School raising money for SIBSPlace to assist children who have brothers and sisters with cancer and other devastating illnesses.

Congratulations to all of our student-athletes and to Head Coach Tim Lomot and assistant coach John Barth. Go Falcons!

Writers' Monologues

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Original comedic and dramatic monologues were written and performed by LVHS students during the 11th Annual Writers/Directors’ Monologue Workshop. This year’s theme was “LOVE” and each student wrote a monologue with their own interpretation of this theme. Check out the highlight video below.

2017-2018 School Calendar

The Board of Education adopted the calendar for the 2017-2018 school year. Click here to see the school day calendar.