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Hats Off to the Class of 2017!

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The Class of 2017 sat beneath sunshine and a bright blue sky for the very last time as Locust Valley High School students. Donned in the traditional green and white graduation caps and gowns, they were all smiles as they were celebrated for their numerous accomplishments.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Anna F. Hunderfund addressed the graduates and guests, reminding them of all this class has achieved. The accolades include students becoming AP scholars, earning IB diplomas, becoming National Merit Finalists and Semifinalists and more than one in four of the graduates earning Advanced Regents Diplomas with Honors. The seniors helped the high school become a New York State Reward School for the sixth consecutive year and a School of Distinction with every athletic team earning a GPA of 90 or better. As a group, the seniors earned more than $9.5 million in scholarships from colleges, universities and the generosity of more than 40 community organizations.

Dr. Hunderfund added that the class deserved credit for “developing into 161 individuals with unique talents, abilities, interests and beliefs and the ability to express them with respect, dignity and tremendous poise and confidence.”
LVHS Principal Dr. Kieran McGuire said the members of the Class of 2017 are special. “Each class leaves a legacy – the Class of 2017 has left a noteworthy legacy of civility in discourse, of kind, respectful and mature behavior toward each other, toward staff members and toward young students.”

Board of Education President Erika Bruno used art as a metaphor for the future that lies ahead for the graduates. “You have a blank canvas on which you can paint in any colors and styles that you choose.”

Twins Nicholas and Matthew Rizzo earned the distinction of Valedictorian and Salutatorian, respectively, of the Class of 2017. In separate speeches, they each acknowledged their appreciation for their classmates, teachers and all of the support staff.

“I would just like to say it has been my pleasure learning alongside all of you,” said  Valedictorian Nicholas Rizzo. “Let us not forget about all the wonderful and inspirational teachers we have had in Locust Valley High School who were always there when we needed extra help or struggled with a particular topic.”

In his salutatory address, Matthew said, “My achievements would not have been possible without the support, mutual respect, and admiration of you, my fellow students.  It was to elevate the prestige of Locust Valley that I pushed myself in all tasks I set myself to, and it was the dedication I felt to this community which kept me focused throughout all of high school.”

Congratulations and good luck to the incredible Class of 2017!

 

Next Stop … Middle School

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Fifth graders bid farewell to elementary school during moving-up ceremonies that celebrated their unique abilities and talents. Each of the graduates was given an award for a trait that makes them special. The awards at Bayville Intermediate School included Confidence to Take Action,Leadership and Responsibility, Making a Difference, Sense of Accomplishment, Curiosity and Creativity and Sense of Adventure. At Locust Valley Intermediate School, the award categories were 

Speakers included Board of Education trustees, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Anna F. Hunderfund, Principals and parent leaders. Each one shared memories, advice for middle school and their genuine pride and admiration for the students. Dr. Hunderfund had requested that the students send her information prior to the event and she shared their responses, which included their hopes for the future and their favorite memories of elementary school. She was pleased to report that the students stated they will miss their teachers the most and that they wished for a drug free society. 

The students performed songs, introduced all of the speakers and served as bell ringers. In each of the intermediate schools, ringing the bell at the moving up ceremony is a tradition that dates back many years and the six strikes of the bell represent the six years that the students were in the elementary school.

Congratulations to the fifth graders and good luck in middle school!

 

 

 

Student Artists Highlighted

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The MS/HS Art Show held this spring, highlighted the talents of our student artists in a variety of mediums. Paintings, drawings,sculptures and photographs were included in the show which was held in the mini-theater and surrounding hallways for the community to enjoy. 

The pieces speak for themselves. Take a look at the slideshow to see a sampling of the outstanding work from students in middle school and high school including the IB art projects.

 

District Honors Retirees and Service Honorees

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The LVCSD Board of Education honored members of the staff retiring this year along with those celebrating 25-,30-, 35- and 40-year anniversaries.

Board of Education trustees introduced the honorees at the annual Retirement Dinner on June 12th. Board of Education President Erika Bruno also introduced outgoing Board of Education trustees Philip Bellisari, Douglas Johnson and Maria Segura. 

Speeches highlighting professional accomplishments and sharing personal touches about each honoree were read aloud to an audience of colleagues, friends and family members. Each honoree was thanked for their hard work and dedication and a few tears were shed.

Congratulations to the following honorees:

Retirees:
 
Nancy Allotta, Francine Alonge, Vincent Crici, Barbara Fahlbusch, John Fuery, Joan Genova, Barbara LaBella, Pamela Lasko, William Margiotta, Patricia Murray, Catherine Petrocelli, Valerie Portente, Mary Ann Rossetti, Deborah Smith, Ricki Sokol and Denise Tuozzolo.
 
25-Year Anniversary
 
Carlyn Gordon, Lynda Hickey, Karen Kriesberg, Evelyn Mason and Mary Jo Roth
 
30-Year Anniversary
 
Theresa Wectawski
 
35-Year Anniversary
 
Mary Greco and Mary Ann Rossetti
 
40-Year Anniversary
 
JoAnn Morley
 

First-Place Poets

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Third graders in Shari Zindman’s class at Locust Valley Intermediate School were named Grand Champions in the 31st Annual Walt Whitman Birth Place Student Poetry Contest. Mrs. Zindman has guided her classes to first place in this contest for 26 years.

The young poets were tasked with writing free form poetry based on the theme “Dreams.” The poems could not rhyme, but rather needed to use poetic prose, similes, metaphors and figurative language. The students produced a book with all of their poems, which described their dreams of becoming basketball players, baseball players, astronauts, artists and teachers. 

Mrs. Zindman said she is extremely proud of her students for the effort they put forth in this project. “Through hard work and countless hours, their success was told in winning Grand Champion, which is first place in the third- and fourth-grade category.” 

The class was presented with an award during the Walt Whitman Birthday Celebration at the Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site in Huntington Station. The Board of Education recognized the students at its meeting on June 14.
 

High School, Here They Come!

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Hard work and dedication were celebrated during the middle school moving-up ceremony as eighth graders officially graduated and became the high school class of 2021.

Anna Cote and Genevieve Ireland shared their memories of middle school from getting lost in sixth grade to traveling to Washington D.C. in eighth grade. The student government officers served as masters of ceremony. Eighth-grade President Vincenzo Panzarino and Vice President Shannon Sullivan, along with Student Government President Isabella McGlone and Vice President Quinn Torossian kept the ceremony running smoothly.

Board of Education President Erika Bruno advised the graduates to continue exploring their options in high school. “You may choose to fine-tune your skills in something you already love or to learn about something new. Either way, I encourage you to get out there once again, just as you have done in middle school,” Mrs. Bruno said. “You have already proven to your teachers and your parents that you have the determination to succeed. I know that we will see great things from you in high school – from academic and athletic achievements to artistic and altruistic pursuits.”

Guest speakers also included Principal Howard Hogan and Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Anna Hunderfund. 

The seventh-grade band, directed by Mr. Vincent Guerra performed the traditional processional and recessional music. The eighth-grade select chorus sang “I Was Here” and donned bow ties in honor of their director, Mr. William Margiotta who is retiring this year.

Congratulations to the eighth graders on this academic milestone!

 

Supply Lists 2017-18

Bayville Primary School and Bayville Intermediate School

LV Intermediate School - Grade 3

LV Intermediate School - Grade 4

LV Intermediate School - Grade 5

Middle School - Grade 6

Middle School - Grade 7

Middle School - Grade 8

AMP - Kindergarten

AMP - Grade 1

AMP - Grade 2

Seniors Earn $9.5 Million in Scholarships

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As the 2016-17 school year comes to an end, there is still plenty to celebrate and acknowledge. Many members of the Class of 2017 were recently recognized for their academic, artistic, athletic and altruistic achievements, earning $9.5 million in scholarships thanks to universities and community organizations.

Seniors were recognized for their achievements at the annual senior awards ceremony held on May 31, 2017. A separate athletic awards ceremony highlighted individual and team accomplishments and awarded the athletic scholarships to those recipients.

Many family members came out to applaud the seniors on their continued success as teachers, administrators, coaches and community leaders described the achievements and attributes that earned students the various awards. Awards were presented from 10 high school academic departments, and scholarships from nearly 40 community groups at the senior awards ceremony.

Many students were awarded scholarships from the colleges and universities to which they applied and were notified personally by those schools.

Congratulations to the Class of 2017!  

Softball Coach of the Year

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LVHS Varsity Softball Coach, Nadine Pacifico was named Conference ABC III Coach of the Year by the Nassau County Softball Coaches Association. This is the second time she has been named a Conference Coach of the Year. 

Coach Pacifico has been a physical education teacher at the middle school and high school for ten years and the head softball coach for nine of those years. She has an even longer history with the team as she has been part of the coaching staff for approximately 20 years. 

Coach Pacifico has taken the game of softball to a highly competitive level, winning multiple conference championships. “Coach Pacifico led a young team to a championship level. That is quite an accomplishment and we are so proud of her,” said LVCSD Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics, Mark J. Dantuono.

Congratulations Coach Pacifico on this well-deserved honor!


Award-Winning Writers

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Three Bayville Intermediate School students have earned recognition for their outstanding writing abilities. Karina Hernandez, Abigail Maselli and Jonah Santoro, all in Maureen Pederson’s fourth-grade class were each first-place winners in writing contests that highlighted their creativity and their skill in the use of different writing techniques.  

Karina and Jonah each won the Nassau Young Author’s Writing Contest for their personal narratives. They were the only two winners for their age group from among hundreds of submissions. They both used writing techniques such as figurative language, show don’t tell, dialogue, internal thoughts and feelings and onomatopoeia. Their narratives focused on small moments in their lives and zoomed in on that time to help the reader visualize and “feel” what was happening.  

Karina described a time when her father brought her zeppoles from a fair and the powdered treat covered her face as she ate it. Jonah described the unrestful feeling of going through an adventure park, including the tightening of the harness belt and his knees feeling like clouds. Both students were recognized during a ceremony at Molloy College.

Abigail won the Long Island Language Arts Council writing contest for her age group. She submitted two pieces of writing. The first was her personal narrative about receiving a typewriter for Christmas. She described her love of writing and that the typewriter was the best present she could receive. She also wrote in detail the feelings she had when the typewriter did not immediately work, and then the euphoria as she finally heard the click, click, click of its keys.  Her second piece was in response to the writing prompt, “We Are More Alike Than Different.” She wrote a poem explaining that we all really do have similar interests even though we may be different, and how that bonds us all together. Abigail was recognized at a ceremony in Bay Shore.

Congratulations to Karina, Abigail and Jonah for their outstanding efforts!
 

The Board of Education will hold a meeting on Monday, July 10, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in the Administration Building

The Board of Education will hold a meeting on Monday, July 10, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in the Administration Building

Collaboration Across the Grades

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Third graders became teachers when their classes at Bayville Intermediate School collaborated with kindergarten classes from Bayville Primary School. The younger students visited third-grade classes to prepare for their field trip to the Queens Zoo.

Third grade teachers Pamela Loher and Christine Arthur welcomed students from the kindergarten classes of Eleanor Madsen and Jenifer LeMieux to work with their students on reports about animals.

Ben Cote, a student in Mrs. Loher’s class enjoyed teaching his kindergarten partner how to research facts about the bald eagle and create a PowerPoint presentation on their findings. “It was kind of fun working with a little kid. You never get a chance to do that, to show them stuff,” he explained.

Mrs. Loher said the collaboration included working on Chromebooks, creating slides, editing, researching and alliteration.

Mrs. Madsen said that her students were enthusiastic about learning from older children whom they look up to as role models. She added that this was a wonderful introduction to more advanced research and writing. 

“The third graders were instrumental in helping the kindergartners document interesting facts about each animal's special physical features, their eating preferences and the habitat they live in,” explained Mrs. LeMieux. 

The kindergartners learned valuable skills, enjoyed the lessons and were well prepared for the trip to the zoo, ready to identify facts about the animals they saw.

Financial Future Bright for Second Graders

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Charlotte and Ava were recognized by the Board of Education for their achievements. They were introduced by David Ethe, Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator.
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Two Ann MacArthur Primary School students were recognized for their posters illustrating personal finance and economics concepts. Second-graders Charlotte Wachter and Ava Fauvell submitted original posters to the Council for Economic Education’s contest in the NYC-Metro area. Their entries were recognized in the K-2 category.

Charlotte earned first place for her poster depicting a young girl running a lemonade stand to earn money to purchase a skateboard. She won a $250 American Express gift card, a certificate and was recognized at a viewing party in New York City. Ava earned Honorable Mention for her poster which reinforced the concept that how much money one saves is more important than how much one earns. 

Both girls are in Ricki Sokol’s second-grade class and were familiar with economic concepts after completing a unit on financial literacy that focuses on teaching students the concepts of saving, spending, opportunity cost and savings goal.
Students are also expected to understand and explain why it can be hard to save money.

“Based on the concept of savings, both posters displayed a high level of creativity, thoughtfulness and comprehension of the topic,” said Ann MacArthur Primary School Principal Dr. Sophia Gary.

Recognition for Musical Talents

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The Board of Education recognized student musicians for their acceptance into the 2017 All-County Music Festival All-County honors and for their participation in LISFA (Long Island String Festival Association). William Margiotta, Music Curriculum Coordinator introduced the honorees.

The All-County Festival is a major performance festival hosted by the Nassau Music Educator's Association (NMEA) for band, jazz band, chorus and orchestra. Student nominations are based on NYSSMA scores and teacher recommendations. 

The success of LISFA lies in the strength of the string teachers on Long Island, their talented students, the parents who support their musical development and the quality of the conductors who together celebrate the power of music.

Bravo to the following students and to the music staff for their hard work in making sure their students were well prepared. 

ALL-COUNTY MUSIC FESTIVAL PARTICIPANTS

Bayville Elementary School

 

Jason Acevedo

Band

Flute

5

 

 

Bela Castellanos

Chorus

Soprano

5

 

 

Christina Contoudis

Chorus

Soprano

5

 

 

Nicole Contoudis

Chorus

Soprano

5

 

 

Ashley Grella

Chorus

Soprano

5

 

 

Ava Titus

Chorus

Soprano

5

 

 

Stella Viscovich

Chorus

Soprano

5

 

 

Antonia Vitale

Chorus

Soprano

5

 

 

Johnson Ainsley

Orchestra

Violin

5

 

 

Bubbico Colter

Orchestra

Violin

5

 

 

Locust Valley Elementary School

 

Olivia Campanella

Band

Baritone/Euph

5

 

 

Kelsey Neves

Band

Baritone/Euph

5

 

 

William Wysolovski

Band

Snare Drum

5

 

 

David Dostalek

Chorus

Soprano

5

 

 

Jenna Linden

Chorus

Soprano

5

 

 

Michaela Madden

Chorus

Soprano

5

 

 

Ava Ricigliano

Chorus

Soprano

5

 

 

Claire Sellars

Chorus

Soprano

5

 

 

Catherine Blackman

Orchestra

Viola

5

 

 

Yallico Diego

Orchestra

Violin

5

 

 

Sylwester Dylan

Orchestra

Violin

5

 

 

Pallesci Gianna

Orchestra

Violin

5

 

 

Moran Kieran

Orchestra

Double Bass

5

 


Locust Valley High School

 

Elisabeth Baumann

Band

Alto Sax

11

 

 

Matthew Guerra

Band

Alto Sax

10

 

 

Ashleigh Capozzi

Chorus

Soprano

9

 

 

Hannah FitzGerald

Orchestra

Double Bass

11

 

 

Marie Belesi

Women's Chorus

Soprano

11

 

Locust Valley Middle School

 

Aidan Moran

Band

Trumpet/Cornet

6

 

 

Daniel Palleschi

Band

Trombone

8

 

 

Brett Dalis

Chorus

Baritone

7

 

 

Olivia Del Tatto

Chorus

Soprano

6

 

 

Susan Dixon

Chorus

Soprano

6

 

 

Sabrina Raichoudhury

Chorus

Soprano

8

 

 

John D'Addario

Orchestra

Double Bass

7

 

 

Tessa Hutton

Orchestra

Violin

7

 

 

Jolie Pye

Orchestra

Cello

6

 

LONG ISLAND STRING FESTIVAL ASSOCIATION (LIFSA) PARTICIPANTS

    Locust Valley High School

 

First Name

Last Name

Instrument

Festival

Grade

 

Hannah

FitzGerald

Bass

Nassau LISFA Grade 11 & 12

11

 

Nils

Coffey

Bass

Nassau LISFA Grade 9 & 10

9

 

    Locust Valley Intermediate School

 

First Name

Last Name

Instrument

Festival

Grade

 

Claire

Sellars

Violin

Nassau LISFA Grade 5

5

 

    Locust Valley Middle School

 

First Name

Last Name

Instrument

Festival

Grade

 

Christian

Marcia

Bass

Nassau LISFA Grade 6

6

 

Jolie

Pye

Cello

Nassau LISFA Grade 6

6

 

John

D'Addario

Bass

Nassau LISFA Grade 7 & 8

7

 

Tessa

Hutton

Violin

Nassau LISFA Grade 7 & 8

7

 

 

Excellence in Financial Literacy

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Three high school students have earned the W!SE Financial Literacy Certification based on their exceptional performance on the certification exam. Seniors Sean Burnett, Stephen Falgoust and Fizzah Munawar earned scores above 95 to qualify for the certificate.

The program, which is embedded in the grade 12 Economics Regents level courses, provides quality personal finance education and empowers students to become certified in financial literacy. Through the high school’s participation in the program, students take a certification test, which is aligned to New York state and national standards. The school has a resources directory, access to an online database of practice quizzes and monthly webinars featuring guest presenters. 

All participating schools teach a course or unit on personal finance and then administer the nationally-standardized test, which assesses students’ knowledge of personal finance topics, including money, credit, banking, insurance and investing. 

Congratulations to Sean, Stephen and Fizzah on this remarkable accomplishment!
 

 

Gold Medal Orchestra

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The sixth-grade orchestra earned a gold rating, the highest possible award at the NYSSMA Major Organizational Festival held at Hofstra University on May 23.

The orchestra, conducted by AnnMarie Buonaspina and Marc Yavoski, was required to perform three pieces from the NYSSMA manual and was judged by two adjudicators. 

Congratulations to the members of the orchestra and to Ms. Buonaspina and Mr. Yavoski on this accomplishment!

Track Stars Head to State Competition

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Ten members of the track and field team were crowned Nassau County D-II Champions after outstanding performances at North Shore High School on Friday, June 2.

Freshman Nina Cialone was crowned the Division II Long Jump Champion with a jump of 15'11-3/4", while Junior David Fernandez was top of his game in shot put with a throw of 42'3.25".

The boys and girls 4x100m relay teams qualified in a thrilling fashion. The boys' team of senior Cole Madden, junior Adam Magana and sophomores Vincent Alesi and John Kasday edged out the competition with a time of 46.54 seconds beating West Hempstead by .08 seconds. The girls' team was victorious with senior Alex Vassallo, juniors Lily D'Addario and Arianna Lombardi, and sophomore Bethany Zekraus in 51.48 seconds.

Senior Megan Prosser was crowned the Division II Triple Jump Champion with a jump over 33 feet while her teammate Roisin O'Neill was top of her game in the 800 meter with a time of 2:20.72. This time broke the Locust Valley school record which was held since 1982.

These ten athletes along with relay alternates senior Idrees Khwaja and sophmore Gianna Ferrara will compete in the New York State Track and Field Championships that will be held June 9-10 at Union Endicott High School.

These ten athletes along with relay alternates senior Idrees Khwaja and sophmore Gianna Ferrara will join Seniors  Roisin O'Neil (800m) and Megan Prosser (Triple jump) in the New York State Track and Field Championships that will be held June9-10 at Union Endicott High School.

Way to go Falcons and good luck at the state competition!

Robotics Team Throws Out First Pitch

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Check out the LVHS Robotics team throwing out the first pitch at the Mets game on June 2, 2017. The team was featured on News12 and Fox 5. They successfully built a robot to throw out the first pitch and it was the first time a high school has done this. More than 500 community members attended the game to support the team and watch them make history.

Team members spent months creating the robot and troubleshooting with the guidance of their advisor Alan Stella. Watch the clips below to learn all about how they did it.

 

Watch the actual pitch here

Click here to view the News12 Clip

Click here to view the Fox 5 clip

 

June Testing and Bus Schedules

June Testing Schedule

Bus Schedules During Testing
-Regents Bus Schedule
-Bayville Area Stops
-Brookville Area Stops
-Locust Valley Area Stops

Thumbprint in History

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Locust Valley Middle and High School students took turns carefully pressing their thumbs into various colors of paint and then precisely pressing that paint onto a canvas. The canvas contained a painting of a tree and the thumbprints represented the leaves. At the base of the tree, each of the students signed their own name.

The project was done in collaboration with Kay Weninger, President of Operation Democracy and included signatures of local veterans. The Peace Tree will be displayed in the International Student Art Exhibition in Sainte Mère Église, France. Students in France will add their thumbprints and signatures to the tree and send one they’ve been working on back to Locust Valley.  

Art teachers Donna Chaplin, Tom Camilleri, Melanie Mooney and Nirel Rieff had their middle school and high school art students participate. Weninger said that the project is intended to engage students in the topic of history and reinforce the importance of friendships. “We rekindle the friendships between the two communities through this tree of life.”

Regents Bus Schedule

Click on the attached document for the Regents bus schedule.

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Locust Valley Ranked One of America’s Top High Schools – Again! No. 1 on Long Island and No. 4 in New York State

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The Washington Post has once again ranked Locust Valley High School as one of the top high schools in the country. The publication’s 2017 High School Challenge Index ranks the high school as:
 
 
·      No. 1 overall on Long Island;
·      No. 1 among open enrollment public schools in New York State;
·      No. 4 overall in NY State;
·      No. 120 overall in the nation.
 
The Index ranks high schools across the nation on their ability to expose adolescents, regardless of wealth, ethnicity or classification, to exceptionally rigorous college-level courses.
 
These rankings recognize the accomplishments of our students and our highly skilled and caring faculty members, who not only have high expectations for those whom they teach, but also have the ability to provide the skills, knowledge, support and encouragement necessary for children to challenge themselves and succeed by national and international measures of excellence.
 
Dr. Anna Hunderfund, Superintendent of Schools, said, "Given that we do not limit student access to these courses on any basis including family wealth, classification, grade point average or prior academic achievement and that as a result of this open access, more than 85 percent of our students routinely complete these rigorous courses, our students, faculty, Board of Education and residents have a great deal of which to be very proud again."
 
Dr. Kieran McGuire, Principal of Locust Valley High School, added that our students, faculty and school community members should "enjoy this recognition of what we do and, in what we do, who we are. This index is well-named; it measures how well schools challenge their students. We are annually ranked high on it because we do not place limits on any student – we challenge all to reach beyond what they think they can do."
 
Congratulations to Locust Valley High School faculty and students, and to all who continue to support the high quality educational experience of our school community.

National Winners in Toshiba ExploraVision Competition

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Bayville Intermediate School students have been named national winners in the Toshiba ExploraVision competition for the second consecutive year. Two teams of students were named regional winners in March and both teams have now earned the top prize for their innovative projects. After being named regional winners, each team was required to create a website and video depicting their invention, which were used to choose the national winners. 

The students competed against thousands of young scientists from across the country and are among only four teams to earn the national prize this year. They won an all-expenses paid trip to Washington D.C. this June and will also each receive a $10,000 U.S. savings bond. 

One of the participants, fourth-grader John Hartnett was a member of the winning team in 2016 as well, making this his second national prize in two years.

In the K-3 category, a team of third graders won the national prize for their idea to create 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 won the national prize in 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.

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.