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Alumni in Prestigious Competition

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Three LVHS alumni will compete in the pinnacle of college lacrosse competition, the National Championships held at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

Tyler Liantonio, Class of 2016, a freshman on the Men's Merrimack lacrosse team will play in the Division II National Championship Finals on Sunday, May 29 at 2 p.m. against Limestone College. 

In the Women's Tournament, former Falcon teammates from the Class of 2013, Taylor Bleistein (senior, Penn State) and Bairre Reilly (senior, Maryland) will square off in the Women's National Semifinals on Friday, May 26 at 5 p.m.  It is impressive to have three students from a school the size of Locust Valley to compete at this major national venue.  

Congratulations and good luck to Tyler, Taylor and Bairre and thanks to all the teachers and coaches who played an integral part in this journey.

Hitting All the Right Notes

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Student musicians proved that practice makes perfect during their performances at the annual spring concerts. From talented bands and orchestras to beautiful vocals, the performers brought joy to their parents and other audience members as they shared the sounds of classics and modern pieces.

Meeting before and after school and practicing on their own at home helped the students master their musical numbers. Dedicated music teachers also devoted time to making sure everyone was performance ready.

At the high school concert, a special tribute to Curriculum Coordinator William Margiotta left teary eyes throughout the auditorium. Mr. Margiotta is retiring after 33 years in the high school music department and will be missed. 

Emotions ran high at the elementary school concerts as well when music teacher Vincent Crici was recognized for his 32 years of service to the district. He is also retiring this year and will be difficult to replace.

Fall Athletics Meeting, June 1

A meeting for all students in grades 6-11 who will be participating in fall sports is being held Thursday, June 1 immediately after school.

Please see attached letter for more information.

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Track & Field Excels

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The Girls and Boys Track & Field teams soared under the lights at Cold Spring Harbor High School in the Division 4B Championships on May 18, 2017. They advance to the Nassau County Class A Tournament on Wednesday, May 24.
 
There were some stellar performances which resulted in first place finishes and Division Champion Titles:

Senior captain, Roisin O’Neill continued her dominance placing 1st in the Girls 800m Run with a time of 2:25.23 
  
Fellow senior captain Megan Prosser also placed 1st in Girls Triple jump reaching a distance of 32’10.5” 
   
LV’s 4x100m Girls Relay Team of Alex Vassallo, Arianna Lombardi, Bethany Zekraus and Lily D’Addario finished 1st in 52.28 sec. ranking them #4 on LV’s ‘Best Of All Time’ List

And LV’s 4x100m Boys Relay Team of Cole Madden, Vincent Alesi, John Kasday and Adam Magana finished 1st in 47.02 sec.

In addition to the above, the following Girls earned All Division Honors:
Megan Prosser - 2nd place - Girls 400m Hurdles (72.51) and 3rd place - Girls 100m High Hurdles (18.22)  

Alex Vassallo - 2nd place - Girls 200m Dash (28.27) and 3rd place - Girls 100m Dash (13.47 sec.) 

Marlene Goldstein - 2nd place - Girls 400m Dash (64.22 sec personal best ).  
Nina Cialone - 2nd place - Girls Long Jump (14’8.5”) 

Ryann Bressingham - 2nd place -  Girls Shot Put (30’8” personal best which also ranks her #5 on ‘Best Of All Time’ List)

All Division Honors for the Boys:

Patrick Halpin - 2nd place - Boys 1600m Run (4:54.21)

David Fernandez - 2nd place - Boys Shot Put (41’05”) 
      
Cole Madden - 3rd place Boys 100m Dash (11.89)  

David Fernandez - 3rd place Boys Discus (111’2”) 
 
Congratulations to all the athletes on outstanding performances!

Carlstrom Advances in Golf Championships

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LVHS sophomore Eric Reid Carlstrom advanced to the second day of competition in the Nassau County Golf Championships after earning a score of 81 on the first day of competition. Eric tees off at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, May 24. 

Congratulations to the following student-athletes who competed during day one of  the Nassau County Golf Championships:

Monday, May 22- Girls Tournament

Megan Meehan- Yellow Course Front 9- 8 a.m. tee time

Tuesday, May 23- Boys Tournament


Thomas Finn: Blue Course Back 9

Colin McCullagh: Blue Course Back 9

Jon Kasday: Blue Course Front 9

Joey Halpin: Blue Course Front

Eric Reid Carlstrom: Blue Course Front 9

Will Farren: Blue Course Front 9

Good luck!

 

Sports Physicals, June 7

School sports physicals will be held on Wednesday, June 7 starting at 2:45 p.m. for all students in grades 6-11. All students should report to the MS/HS Health Office hallway.

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.”

LVCSD Comes Together for a Cure

Cancer Awareness Club

Locust Valley Community members joined together to bring awareness to cancer care and raise money to help find a cure in the high school gymnasium on the evening of May 12. The annual Locust Valley High School Relay for Life was the result of the hard work of the Cancer Awareness Club and raised nearly $18,000.

Following the opening ceremonies, cancer survivors and caregivers walked laps to be recognized for their strength. Students performed piano pieces, sang and played the guitar as part of the evening’s entertainment.  Several participants took part in the haircutting ceremony, by having a friend or family member cut off eight inches of their hair to donate to the creation of wigs for cancer patients. 

A luminaria ceremony typically includes lighting candles, which are marked with the names of cancer victims. These luminarias are lit after dark to bring light to a dark subject.  Since this year’s Relay for Life was held indoors, candles were not lit, and instead bags with honorees’ names and a light were placed around the indoor track.

Cancer Awareness Club Advisor Cory Haldas, said that that Relay for Life is an important event that garners support throughout the district each year. "Our community came together around the common cause of creating a world with less cancer and more birthdays."  

Board of Education President Erika Bruno and Vice President Keri Carlstrom joined students to help register attendees for the event. High school administrators attended to show their support for the Cancer Awareness Club, the survivors and the cause.

Donations can be made on the district’s Relay for Life website at www.relayforlife.org/locustvalleyny until August.

Boys Lacrosse Heads to Quarter Finals

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Congratulations to the Varsity Boys Lacrosse Team on defeating Friends Academy 16-5 in the Class C quarterfinals. The Falcons now advance to the Nassau County Class C semifinals on Wednesday, May 24 at Hofstra University at 8 p.m. against Lynbrook High School.

Admission to the game is $6.  

 

Congratulations to our Varsity Girls Lacrosse Team for a 15-5 victory over Bethpage High School in the first round of the Class C Tournament. The Falcons advance to the quarter-finals and will travel to play North Shore High School on Thursday, May 18 at 4:30 p.m. at Glenwood Landing Elementary School.

Good luck to our student-athletes and coaches!

Falcon Pride Summer Kick Off Concert

The Falcon Pride Summer Kick Off Concert is Saturday, May 27, 2017. See attached flyer and letters for information on the event and details on how to become a sponsor.

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Alumnus Makes All-NECC First Team

LVHS alumnus Francis Prettitore will represent the Mitchell College Mariners in the All-NECC First Team.

Read more here.

The Board of Education will Hold a Meeting on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 8 p.m. in the MS/HS Mini-Theater

The Board of Education will Hold a Meeting on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 8 p.m. in the MS/HS Mini-Theater

LVCSD Community Supports Budget

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The LVCSD community approved the 2017-2018 budget as follows:

Proposition 1 - LVCSD 2017-2018 Budget

Yes:1,096

No:668

Proposition 2: Expenditure from Capital Reserves

Yes:1,222

No:534

Proposition 3: Creation of Capital Reserve Fund

Yes:1,172

No:572

Proposition 4: Locust Valley Library Budget

Yes:516

No:176

Proposition 5: Election of Board of Education Trustees:

Three people, John Del Tatto Jr., Sarah Henris and Shawn C. Steele were elected to the Board of Education for three-year terms.


Anthony Alfieri:743

John DelTatto Jr.:980

Sarah Henris:936

Amy Hochberg:822

Shawn C. Steele:914


 

Yearbooks on Sale

High School yearbooks are on sale through June 8, 2017, at which time they will be distributed to students.

The cost is $100 and they can be purchased at www.jostens.com.

 

Planting the Seeds of Knowledge

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Ann MacArthur Primary School second graders aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty in order to understand terms such as embryo and cotyledon. The students in Tara Rice’s class dissected various seeds and planted others in order to understand these words and the entire life cycle of a plant.

Scooping spoonfuls of dirt into small plastic cups and digging their small fingers into the dirt to create pockets for their seeds, the children learned that they needed to leave space for the plant to grow and for air to circulate. The young gardeners then covered their seeds with more dirt and placed the cups on the windowsill where they could get sunshine.  

When it was time to plant the seeds, they already knew that they would grow if they had water, warmth and air. They understood that roots would grow first, downward, followed by a stem pushing up toward the sunlight, finally showing the first leaves and making its own food.  

“What is the food storage called?” asked Ms. Rice. Throughout the room hands went up as students tried to remember the word cotyledon. Hands also shot up to share the name of the tiny plant inside the seed. Not only did they all know this was the embryo, they also knew how to find it in the seeds they dissected.  

“By handling the seeds, opening them up and planting their own seeds, the students develop an interest in the topic and naturally retain more of the information,” Ms. Rice explained. “In a few weeks, they will have a lovely plant to bring home.”

Regents Bus Schedule

Click on the attached document for the Regents bus schedule.

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Color Run Fun

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On April 29th, the Class of 2018 hosted the third Color Run fundraiser at the high school. Members of the community, students, parents, and faculty came together to run, have fun and support the junior class.

Runners participated in a 1K Fun Run or a 5K Run/Walk. Students tossed colored powder at the runners creating rainbows of color. 

Funds raised will offset the Class of 2018 prom. The junior class is grateful for the assistance of parents and staff, which helped make this a successful event.

Regents Review Schedule

Click the attached document for the Regents review schedule. 

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Varsity Tennis Clinches Conference Title

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Congratulations to the Boys Varsity Tennis Team for defeating  Clarke High School by a score of 4-3 and clinching the Conference 3A Championship.Currently, the Falcons are 12-1 with one match left against Bethpage on Thursday, May 11 at Locust Valley.

The team will enter the Nassau County Championships as the #13 seed and will take on #4 Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK on Monday, May 15 at Plainview at 4:30 p.m.

Congratulations to our student-athletes and to Coach Mike Guidone.

Honoring the Memory of Sgt. Paul Tuozzolo

Please join us for a ceremony to honor fallen police officer, Sergeant Paul Tuozzolo (Class of 1994) to be held at Locust Valley High School on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 7 p.m.

The ceremony will include:

  • NYPD Ceremonial Unit with the Color Guard and bagpiper
  • Represeantitves from the Class of 1994 and NYP will share remarks
  • A memorial plaque will be unveiled
  • Sgt. Tuozzolo's family will be in attendance

 

 

See attached flyer.

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Class of 2018 Clothing on Sale

Support the Class of 2018 and show off your Falcon pride by purchasing shirts and hats with the Falcon logo.

Items are on sale until June 1, 2017.

See attached flyer for details and click here to order.

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AP/IB Review Schedule

See the attached schedule for AP/IB Review sessions.

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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.

Sensory Room Feels Right

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Occupational therapists Doreit Bialer and Allison Milligan and physical therapist Diana Kraupner combined their creative minds to create a "Sensory Room" for students with varying abilities at Bayville Primary School.

The room contained a pop-up tent that students could sit in, a writing station where they practiced their writing skills in shaving cream and rice, tunnels to crawl through, balance boards, new foods to taste and a variety of textures to explore. The range of stimuli enabled them to investigate and interact in a safe environment.

Assistant Principal Dorothy McManus said that experiences such as this enhance the educational curriculum for students with differing capabilities. “For those who have sensory issues, making new sensory experiences enjoyable can help them,” she said. 

Participating students enjoyed the experience and wanted to know when they could do it again.

Special thanks to Shannon Milligan for helping with this unique event.

Wonderful Wildlife

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Fourth graders at Locust Valley Intermediate School had some special visitors when Volunteers for Wildlife presented its "Web of Life” program.  With snakes, birds and other animals, students met the actual creatures that are rescued and rehabilitated locally.

Naturalist Jim Jones shared his knowledge about wildlife and explained that injured animals are rescued, and after being rehabilitated, are released back into the wild. If the animals cannot be released, they become education animals. The Volunteers for Wildlife organization is located at Bailey’s Arboretum in Lattingtown.

LVI teaching assistant Caroline McBride said that instead of looking at pictures in books, students actually got to meet animals that live in their neighborhood. She said that they learned about their diets, hunting skills and special adaptations; all of which help them survive in the wild.

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.

Lacrosse Day Fun

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Locust Valley High School Lacrosse Day was filled with competitive lacrosse from the Oak Neck Youth program through the varsity teams.  Games started early on April 22 and continued throughout the day. In addition to cheering on their favorite local athletes, attendees had the opportunity to purchase lacrosse apparel from a tent sponsored by the NY Lizards and there were also some fun giveaways. Refreshments were available from Athletic Council.

With support from parents and the community, the day was a success and provided fun for everyone.

Rowing for a Cause

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Three middle school students were part of a team that earned first place in the Sixth Annual Row for Autism at North Hempstead Beach Park on April 23, 2017.

Eighth graders Andrew Crocco, Alex Wysolovski and Hans Bressel rowed in the Middle School Boys Quad Race with a fourth teammate from Sagamore Rowing Association, where they all row together.

Congratulations to all the rowers on this accomplishment for a great cause!

Have You Filled Someone’s Bucket Today?

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Students at Bayville Primary School are learning how to be bucket fillers by giving each other compliments, being helpful, and generally being kind to one another. The bucket is a metaphor for the place inside each of them where they keep their feelings. Doing something kind for another person fills the recipient’s bucket by making them feel good and fills their own bucket because acting kind increases their own happiness.

The bucket-filling concept is easy for students in the primary grades to understand. They can use an actual bucket and write down the nice things they do as they watch it fill up. This helps them understand the concept. The program promotes kindness and discourages bucket dipping, which includes acts that take away the good feelings from someone’s internal bucket. Acts of kindness help to fill the bucket back up.

The Bucket Filler program, based on the book, “Have You Filled a Bucket Today?” by Carol McCloud, was presented to students during an assembly led by a representative of the organization. She explained the concept, read the book to the entire school and selected student volunteers to act out bucket filling and bucket dipping actions. Students also learned about putting a lid on their bucket, a metaphor for not allowing other’s people’s words to hurt them. 

A workshop was held for teachers prior to the student assembly to help them understand the program and to explain how it enhances the character education program that is part of the elementary curriculum. 

Students were encouraged to be bucket fillers at school, at home, on the playground and everywhere they go. Teachers will be asking them to share how they filled someone’s bucket and how their own buckets were filled by these acts. 

Assistant Principal Dorothy McManus said becoming a Bucket Filling School fit in perfectly with the character education curriculum. “We are already teaching students to be good citizens and teaching them to be bucket fillers puts those lessons into practice.” 

The Bucket Filler program will be in place for the remainder of the school year and will continue during the 2017-18 school year.

Be Part of the First Pitch

The high school robotics team is designing a robot to throw out the honorary first pitch at a Mets game, something that has never been done before. The team will invite two community members to join the team on the field and participate as either a robot operator or a “pitcher” and catcher.

There is one catch … 500 community members are needed to attend the game in order to qualify for the FIRST pitch. The two community members will be chosen at random from among the ticket holders.

Please join the team at Citi Field on June 2nd as the high school makes FTC history.

Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased through the team’s website by clicking here.

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Spotlight on Students

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High school students placed themselves in the spotlight as they highlighted their talents during the school’s annual Spotlight Night.  The event is an opportunity for writers, musicians and artists to take the stage and perform for their friends and family in a casual environment.

Original stories and poems were performed along with covers of musical pieces with various instruments and vocals. The evening is an outlet for creativity and artistry.

2017-2018 Proposed Budget

The Board of Education adopted the proposed 2017-2018 budget on April 20, 2017. The budget document can be viewed on the website by clicking here.

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.