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Senior Portraits

Senior portraits will be taken on Sept. 25, 26, 27, 28 in the auditorium. Appointment dates and times were mailed to each family by Prestige Photography Studio. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Brandveen at abrandveen@lvcsd.k12.ny.us

Districtwide Fundraiser for Hurricane Victims

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Throughout the district, students and staff have come together to help the victims of recent hurricanes. At the middle school and high school, the student government officers organized a drive for the month of September. Cash donations collected will be given to Island Harvest for distribution to victims. Staff members at both schools have the option of making a donation for the right to wear jeans on Fridays throughout the month.

Each of the elementary schools held a drive for supplies during the week of Sept. 11. Through the generosity of many families and staff members, batteries, canned goods, cleaning supplies, flashlights and personal hygiene items were among the items collected.Anyone wishing to donate may send cash or check (made payable to LVCSD) to the high school main office by Sept. 29. For more information, please email high school Assistant Principal Lisa Czerniecki at lczerniecki@lvcsd.k12.ny.us.

HSPC Falcons Gear Fundraiser

The High School Parents' Council is selling Falcons gear to raise funds to support the student body. You can support this great cause and show your school spirit by shopping here. 

Get your gear in time for Homecoming on Oct. 28.

Three Students Recognized by National Merit Corporation

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Locust Valley High School is proud to announce that senior Brooke DiSpirito has been named a National Merit Scholarship Corporation semifinalist for her outstanding performance on the Preliminary SAT/NMSQT. The corporation names the top scorers on the exam each year.

Brooke is one of 16,000 students to perform at exceptional levels on the PSAT out of the 1.5 million students who took the exam. She is an IB Diploma candidate and captain of the kickline, and has held the lead dance position in many of the high school’s musicals. Outside of school, she is a passionate ballerina. Brooke also loves writing and participates in the school’s Writers and Directors Workshops.

Seniors Charlotte Creedon and Caroline Martocci were named Commended students in the competition. Charlotte is an IB student, a member of Model United Nations, Book Club and Interact, as well as the varsity field hockey team. Caroline is an IB Diploma candidate, President of Model United Nations, Co-President of Globe Talk, Vice President of National Honor Society and Past President of the National Spanish Honor Society.

Brooke is now eligible to become a finalist in the competition by meeting high academic standards. If selected as a finalist, she will become eligible for a National Merit Scholarship. Additionally, the College Board shares the names of finalists with colleges and universities, which often offer their own scholarships to the winners. Finalists will be announced in February.



Falcons Swim Team

Middle school and high school students interested in signing up for the intramural swim team, or learning more about the team, should attend one of the following meetings:

Sept. 19, 2:45 p.m., HS cafeteria

Sept. 20, 2:45 p.m., HS cafeteria

More information can also be obtained by emailing Coach Rachel McShane at rmcshane@lvcsd.k12.ny.us

 

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Board of Education Seeking to Fill Vacancy

The Board of Education of the Locust Valley Central School District is currently seeking to fill a vacancy on the Board from the time of appointment through May 15, 2018.  If you are interested in serving as a board member, please submit your letter of interest, describing your reasons for wanting to serve,  to the LVCSD District Clerk, Susan Hammerschmidt at the Administration Building, 22 Horse Hollow Road, Locust Valley, NY 11560by 5:00 p.m. on September 28, 2017.

Varsity Soccer Gives Back

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The varsity boys soccer team has joined with seniors Emily Moran and Will Moran to collect used soccer gear for children in Africa. Items were collected at a home game against Friends Academy on Sept. 12 and in the high school throughout that week. The Falcons won that game, 1-0, and received many donations. 

Emily and Will have been spearheading this effort for the past four years for the charity Kick It to Cameroon. The boys soccer team started participating last year. 

Varsity coach Joseph Lee said his team enjoys helping others and knowing that they can share their love of soccer with children who are less fortunate. “The gear that is donated will provide hours of joy for the children that benefit from this amazing event,” he said.

Donations have come in from students, athletes, faculty and community members. Items include cleats, soccer balls, soccer socks, jerseys, shin guards, shorts and cones. 

Anyone interested in donating can contact Coach Lee at jlee@lvcsd.k12.ny.us or coach Brian Kollar at bkollar@lvcsd.k12.ny.us.

The Board of Education will hold a meeting on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in the MS/HS Mini-Theater

The Board of Education will hold a meeting on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in the MS/HS Mini-Theater.

Two Juniors Among Best Field Hockey Players on Long Island

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High school juniors Lindsay Merenda and Erica Scheblein were named among the top 25 field hockey players on Long Island. Newsday named the girls in its 2017 list of top athletes.

Midfielder Merenda is a fierce competitor and strong dominating force, according to varsity field hockey coach Sandy Jozefowski. “Lindsay is strong, quick and smart, with great stick work,” Jozefowski said. “She has also developed an amazing air dribble and tremendous lift, launching the ball 20 to 30 yards downfield on free hits.” She added that Merenda is an incredible playmaker and not selfish. She is always setting up the plays and her teammates to score goals. 

As the team’s goalkeeper, Scheblein is an extremely gifted athlete who has worked incredibly hard on her goalkeeping skills. “She is strong, quick, and has incredible splits and dives as well as an innate ability to read the body language of her opponents, always seeming to react before they make a move,” Jozefowski said. She described Scheblein as the best goalkeeper she has ever had on a team in her 19 years of coaching.

Congratulations to these talented Falcons!
 

Safety Plans

The proposed 2017-2018 District Safety Plan is available here for review and comment for 30 days from Sept. 12, until Oct. 19, 2017. The Plan will be discussed at the Board of Education meeting on Oct. 19, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in the MS/HS  Mini- Theater.

 
Any questions regarding the Plan can be directed to Mr. Tom Hogan at 516-277-5200 or hhogan@lvcsd.k12.ny.us or can be raised at the Board meeting. 

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Locust Valley Will Never Forget

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Students and staff honored the memory of those lost on Sept. 11, 2001, as they do each and every year. On this 16th anniversary of the tragic events, a moment of silence was included with a tribute that took place during the Middle School/High School morning announcements. 

David J. Ethé, Social Studies Curriculum Leader, read a touching message to the entire building during the morning announcements. Student musicians sang The Star Spangled Banner and played taps in memory of those who perished on that day.

Mr. Ethé shared these touching words. “It has been 16 years since the peace of an American morning was broken. 16 years since nearly 3,000 beautiful lives were taken from us. 16 years of moments they would have shared with us.  16 years of memories they would have made. As Americans, we draw strength from them. Those who attacked us that bright, blue morning, sought to do more than bring down buildings or murder our people. They sought to break our spirit and to prove to the world that their power to destroy was greater than our power to persevere and to build.  But America proved them wrong.”

At the elementary schools, a moment of silence was observed to commemorate the day. 
 

Hurricane Relief Drive

Schools throughout the district are holding hurricane relief drives to help support those affected by recent hurricanes.

Please see the attached flyers for details on how you can help.

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Class of 1987 Reunion

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The LVHS Class of 1987 30th reunion will be held on Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. at The View Grill in Glen Cove.

For more information or to RSVP, send an email to traceydoull@yahoo.com or liantonio6@optonline.net

New School Year, New Opportunities

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Armed with school supplies and a healthy dose of caution, kindergarteners joined their LVCSD peers for the first day of school on Sept. 5. At Ann MacArthur Primary School and Bayville Primary School, members of the Class of 2030 learned the rules and their way around the buildings while making new friends. Teachers combined tender loving care with their lessons to ensure each student felt comfortable in their new home away from home. Based on the smiles on the faces of the students, the first day of their school careers was a success.

Sixth graders at the middle school felt successful after navigating through the switching of classes and opening of lockers. They also made new friends as both of the district’s intermediate schools joined together as one.

At the high school, classes jumped right into the curriculum, beginning engaging and thoughtful lessons. 

Parents and guardians are encouraged to attend open houses at each school to meet the teachers and learn what is ahead for the school year.

High School Open House, Sept. 12, 6:30 p.m.
Middle School Open House, Sept. 14, 6:30 p.m.
AMP/BP Back to School Night, Sept. 19, times for each grade to be sent home
BI/LVI Back to School Night, Sept. 28, times for each grade to be sent home

Golf Team on Fire!

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The varsity golf team began the season with the lowest score that Coach Julie Feltman has seen in her time with the team. In an unprecedented swing, Erik Reid Carlstrom sunk a hole-in-one on the ninth hole at Engineers Country Club using a six iron. This is no small feat on the 180-yard, Par 3 hole.
 
Competing against Hicksville High School, in the first match of the season, the entire team saw success with the following scores:
 
Junior Jon Kasday: shot 35 (even par)
Junior Erik Reid Carlstrom: shot 37 (2 over par)
Eighth-grader Thomas Finn: 42
Freshman Colin McCullagh: 37
Freshman Joey Halpin: 39
Junior Zach Levin: 45
 
Congratulations to the entire team!
 

Faculty Never Stops Learning

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Before students arrived for the first day of the new school year, Locust Valley faculty members were preparing lessons, organizing classrooms and benefiting from professional development geared towards making them the best they can be.

Superintendent’s Conference Day, held on Aug. 31, included several guest speakers who offered motivation, inspiration, training and brainstorming. At the high school, for example, staff members listened to motivational speaker Gian Paul Gonzalez, who explained the concept and benefits of being “all in.” This catchphrase caught on when Gonzalez provided a chapel message for the then-struggling New York Giants. The day after his motivational speech, the Giants beat the New York Jets and went on win the Super Bowl. Players credited Gonzalez’s speech about being “all in” for providing the motivation they needed to give it their all.

Gonzalez, a public school teacher himself, shared his background with the high school staff, explaining that he has gone all in to help children. He walked away from a professional basketball career to be a role model of a different kind for inner city children in New Jersey. Locust Valley High School teachers found themselves nodding in agreement with much of his advice, which focused on how to be there for all of their students.

Throughout the district, faculty left Superintendent’s Conference Day empowered with information and motivation for the new school year. 
 

LVCSD Adults Invited To Very Interesting Opportunities

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As has been the case for many years, all LVCSD adults are welcome to participate regularly in the many opportunities that the school district offers through its Continuing Education offerings. The current courses include creative crafts such as ceramics, photography and painting, foreign languages, computer courses, and so much more.                                   
 
Participants meet with qualified instructors once per week for most classes for one to eight sessions depending on the course. Some classes are held at our own schools, while others take place at off site locations such as art studios or restaurants. The classes are filled with people of all ages taking advantage of what the school district has to offer. Residents rave about their experiences with the program.
 
 
Participants in the elegant dining course not only enjoy a gourmet meal, but they also learn how to cook the meal and they get to try local restaurants for well below the menu prices. One participant last fall said she looks forward to signing up for more classes. “I learned so much, I met a delightful group of people, the food was delicious, and it only cost me $12. Where else would I get a night out with a delicious meal, a cooking lesson and lots of laughs for that price?” she said.
 
Registration for the fall semester will take place from Sept. 12-20 with classes beginning on Sept. 25. Course descriptions and registration forms have been mailed to all district residents and are available on the website (see attachment).
 
Please join us. You never know what new things you may learn or who you will meet - in our very own community!

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Welcoming Newest Faculty Members

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The district welcomed with open arms its newest faculty members during a new teacher orientation on Aug. 28, which began at the administration building and ended with teachers spending time in the buildings in which they will be working. The need for these positions was the result of retirements and leave replacements.
 
Nineteen new teachers were introduced to Board of Education members, administrators and other staff while learning about important procedures, policies and how to use district technology. This group of enthusiastic new teachers is now ready to hit the ground running when students arrive for the first day of school on Sept. 5.
 
Welcome to the following new members of the LVCSD community: Kelsey Burns (BP kindergarten teacher), Alexandra Cannone (HS foreign language teacher), Michele De Maria (BI/LVI speech teacher), Brooke DeSanto (AMP kindergarten teacher), Catlin Fischer (BI/LVI psychologist), Kelly Flood (BI fifth-grade teacher), Samantha Hanna (MS math teacher), Jeannine Hengeveld (HS science teacher), Krista Lynn Hoffman (HS special education teacher), Katelyn Neesham (LVI reading teacher), Jessica Pezdan (MS music teacher), Cinzia Reeves (AMP special education teacher), Tiffani Ruffo (BI/LVI music teacher), Dani Schatz (BP second-grade teacher), Brianna Spitaliere (AMP first-grade teacher), Emily Storck (sixth-grade english/social Studies teacher), Kristen Sylvan (HS psychologist), Kristi Van Vleet (LVI ENL teacher), and Allison Hungate Wood (HS music teacher). 

 

Falcons Supporting Falcons

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The first Locust Valley High School alumni football game was held at Centre Island on Aug. 11 to raise funds in support of the varsity football program.

Former Falcons from 1982 through 2016 played in the game while current Falcons cheered them on from the stands. The night was a success with a great game, lots of fun for the players and fans and funds raised for a great cause.

Varsity football Coach Michael LoGerfo said he is proud to be part of a community that offers such tremendous support for the football program. “The entire coaching staff is extremely grateful for the support, not only from this game, but always.”