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Athletic Accomplishments

The Athletic Council recently hosted the Fall/Winter Athletic Awards Night, honoring athletes for their success on the field. In addition to team recognitions, many student-athletes earned awards for the most improved player, most valuable player and unsung hero. 

Fall team honors included:
All fall 2017 varsity teams were New York State Scholar Athlete teams.
Boys golf: Team finished first in conference and was undefeated.
Football: Big Four champions.
Volleyball: Conference BCII champions, undefeated in conference.
Cross-Country: Boys and girls qualified for Section championship.
Boys soccer: Mustang Cup third place.
Girls tennis: Third-place Conference IIA - two All-State players.
Field hockey: Second place in league finish – playoff qualifier.
Girls soccer: Conference ABIV champions. 

Winter team honors included:

All winter 2017-2018 varsity teams were New York State Scholar Athlete teams.
Boys basketball: Fourth in Conference ABC - qualified for Class “A” playoffs.
Girls basketball: First time in the history of Section VIII Nassau County Girls    Basketball Tournament that the 15th seed beat the second seed.
Boys bowling: Third in the league.
Wrestling: Nassau County Division II Tournament and Dual Meet champions. 

Locust Valley High School Athletic Trainer Tony Marra received the Most Distinguished Service Award for Nassau County Athletic Training Services from Section VIII Athletic Trainer Society. 

Mr. Marra has 32 years of experience as an athletic trainer, working with Locust Valley schools for the past six years. He is also the trainer for many Section VIII events. He is a member of various county, state and national committees and boards, constantly improving and staying informed.

Three Locust Valley coaches were also recognized for their excellence, earning Coach of the Year accolades. Bobbie Brancaccio earned the award for varsity girls volleyball, Anne Monsees as varsity girls soccer coach and Casey Neilly for JV boys basketball.

Congratulations to all of the outstanding winners!

Les Misérables is a Hit


The Locust Valley High School Jesters transformed the school’s auditorium into a scene from 19th Century France as they gave a moving performance of Les Misérables.

Nearly 70 students showed off their acting and singing talents to tell the story of convict Jean Valjean’s life after being released from prison and subsequently breaking his parole. Audiences were mesmerized by the dramatic and intense acting, which rivaled that of professional theater groups. Right down to the crew, the show was a perfect hit throughout three weekend performances.

Using STEAM Skills to Catch Leprechauns

Kindergarten students at Ann MacArthur Primary School are working hard to catch Leprechauns using scientific skills. The children were tasked with building leprechaun traps, thinking about how to lure the leprechauns to the traps and how to confine them once inside.

Some children deduced that leprechauns wouldn’t be able to resist a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, while others thought candy and a path of gold coins would best attract the mischievous creatures. The creations included boxes with tops that would fall on a leprechaun when he stepped inside and those with holes that the sneaky little creatures would fall down. 

The traps were built at home as an opportunity for these young scientists to work with their families, brainstorming and bonding.

A collaboration of skills including art, science and writing came together to turn a holiday known for fun into a lesson that required the use of higher order thinking and creativity. In addition to building the traps, the assignment required that three to five sentences be written to explain how the traps work. Each student additionally practiced their oral presentation skills by explaining to the class how their traps work.

Kindergarten teacher Candice Pellicane said the project was fun for the children while allowing them to think outside of the box. “The important part of this project is the thought process,” she said. “We want them to explain how they came up with their ideas and why they thought their traps would work.” She added that this project allowed students to learn while using their imaginations, which is an important part of the Kindergarten curriculum.

High School AP and IB Review Session

See attached schedule for AP and IB review session schedule. Check back frequently for updates.


The Board of Education will hold a meeting on Thursday, March 22 at 7:30 pm. in the MS/HS Mini-Theater.

The Board of Education will hold a meeting on Thursday, March 22 at 7:30 pm. in the MS/HS Mini-Theater.


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Letter to Junior Class Parents/Guardians

The junior class is organizing a Spring Fling Dance on May 11th from 6 - 8:30 p.m. in the high school gymnasium. Donations for the event would be appreciated. Please see the attached letter for details.


Sixth-Grader Performs at Carnegie Hall

Sixth-grader Will Wysolovski performed for the second year in a row on the stage at Carnegie Hall. On Feb. 25, Will played the drums with the ischool of Music & Art, where he is in a band. 

Performing music from the last four decades, the middle school musician was in his element as he is a drummer at heart. Will has been playing the drums since he was in first grade and is in a second band with his 14-year-old brother and two other boys as well as being a member of the middle school’s sixth-grade jazz band. He has also performed at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts and has completed through Level 4 NYSSMA for snare and Level 2 for drums. Last year he represented Locust Valley Intermediate School at the All-County Music Festival on snare drum.

In five short years of playing, Will has learned many genres of music including rock, funk, latin and jazz. Congratulations to this outstanding musician!


Monday Night at the Movies


Locust Valley High School will present a night of student films on Monday, March 26 at 7 p.m. in the MS/HS Mini-Theater. Community members are invited to this free event to view original films created by LVHS students. The film categories include comedy, commercial, documentary, drama, music video, PSA and trailer.

Please join us to support these talented filmmakers at this free movie screening.

Affects of Drug Abuse on Teenage Brain

Middle and high school students attended a presentation that focused on how drug abuse can affect the teenage brain. From caffeine and nicotine to marijuana, vapes and methamphetamines, the teenagers heard about the dangers, the long-term effects and the risks of addiction.
Dr. Stephen L. Dewey, an expert on the impact these drugs have on the developing brain shared results of his own research, explaining that drug-addicted teens are in every school district. Through images of patient PET scans, Dr. Dewey showed exactly how the brain looks different after taking various drugs, including caffeine. He also described how one drug opens the brain to allow other drugs to have a stronger impact and explained that many drugs affect the brain permanently while others can cause damage that is reversed once the drug use is stopped.

The pet scan images showed the brain changes after just one use in some cases and Dr. Dewey said that teenagers can have personality changes from the effects of these drugs on the developing brain, especially the frontal lobe.
High school principal, Dr. Kieran J. McGuire said the presentation was important and necessary. “Dr. Dewey was able to share a unique perspective based on his own scientific data to empower students to make good decisions.”
Dr. Dewey provided a more in-depth presentation for parents and community members on Thursday, March 1 at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. 

Discovering Facts Through Dissection


Bayville Intermediate School fifth-graders used hands-on activities to learn about the habits of an owl. The young scientists dissected owl pellets, pulling out all of the bones of the small animals that the owls had eaten.

From skulls and jaws to ribs and leg bones, the findings came mostly from mice and birds. Identifying each bone they found helped the students to learn the parts of a skeleton and reassembling those bones to form the correct animal reinforced how each bone connects to make the full skeleton.

Using their findings, the classes had to identify not only the bones, but what type of diet the owl eats, what habitat the owl hunted in and how many animals that owl ate. 

Bayville Elementary School Principal Scott McElhiney said the project brings science to life. “Hands-on activities such as this one help students understand how their classroom lessons relate to real life."

Focus on Mindfulness

Warming up before physical education is an important part of staying healthy, and Bayville Primary School students are finding new ways to warm up their bodies and calm their minds at the same time. 

Physical education classes are incorporating yoga into their routines and they are seeing success. The school year started with a focus on mindfulness at Superintendent’s Conference Day, and teachers have used what they learned in their classrooms. 

Bayville physical education teacher Carlyn Gordon said it was a natural progression to bring mindfulness to her classes and the children have enjoyed it. Along with physical education teacher Kristen Hordy, she has incorporated 15 yoga poses into the warm-up routine at the beginning of each class. “It helps them with focus, concentration and relaxation,” Ms. Gordon said. Additionally, she explained that the benefits of yoga extend back into the classroom, providing students with breathing techniques they can use to calm themselves when needed.

Downward dog, tree pose and warrior pose are some of the favorites, offering improved stretching, flexibility and balance. Another relaxation technique being used is tapping, or Emotional Freedom Techniques, in which the children lightly tap their own acupressure points to change negative energy into positive energy. “This is another technique they can use to respond to anger, frustration and anxiety,” Ms. Gordon explained.

Bayville Elementary School Assistant Principal Dorothy McManus said that yoga fits in nicely with the mindfulness techniques being used throughout the classrooms.


Diligence Is Common Trait for National Junior Honor Society Inductees


Nearly 90 middle school students earned acceptance into the National Junior Honor Society and were inducted into the prestigious organization during a traditional ceremony on Feb. 8.

Honored guests, including Board of Education President Brian T. Nolan, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Anna F. Hunderfund and Middle School Principal Howard H. Hogan, took the podium to praise the inductees for their hard work.

NJHS officers led the ceremony, describing the five pillars that members are required to embody and lighting candles for each one. President Michael McGlone lit the candle for scholarship; Vice President Nicole Berritto for service; Secretary Meghan Murray for leadership; Treasurer Tanner Rave for character; and Service Officer Noelle Valdinoto for citizenship.

Mr. Hogan said that the inductees are especially devoted to their success, spending their own time at extra help sessions and diligently completing assignments no matter how busy or tired they may be. He led the inductees in the pledge as each of them lit their own candle to mark their acceptance into the society.

Helping to oversee the ceremony were NJHS advisors Jennifer Tichy and Kelley Grassi, who work with the honor society members throughout the year to ensure they uphold the five pillars that serve as the organization’s foundation.




“Souper Bowl” Champions


Football season may be over, but students at Locust Valley Intermediate School are still participating in their own “Souper Bowl” by collecting cans of soup and other goods to donate to those in need. 

The Student Council organized the event around the Super Bowl, but extended the collection past the football championship game in order to collect more canned goods and in turn help feed more people. 

The collection will continue through Feb. 16 and then all items will be donated to a local organization to help feed the hungry.

Senior Named National Merit Finalist

Brooke DiSpirito

Senior Brooke DiSpirito has been named a National Merit Scholarship Finalist based on her exceptional performance on the Preliminary SAT. The College Board bestows this honor upon less than 1 percent of high school seniors nationwide each year.

Brooke was named a semifinalist in the competition earlier this school year. However, advancing to finalist standing is an even greater achievement. She is among an elite group of only 15,000 finalists out of 1.5 million seniors nationwide. As required of all finalists, Brooke went on to perform exceptionally well on the SAT. 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 composes and performs monologues for the school’s Writers and Directors Workshops.

The College Board shares the names of students who earn these distinctions with colleges and universities. As a finalist, Brooke is now eligible to receive scholarships of $10,000 toward her college education. These scholarships can come from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, corporate sponsors, or the universities the finalists attend. 

Congratulations to Brooke on this outstanding accomplishment!

Spreading Love for Valentine’s Day


Ann MacArthur Primary School students created handmade Valentine’s Day cards for veterans. Complete with personal messages and decorated with cheerful pictures, the cards are meant to bring cheer to those who have served our country.

The cards were delivered to veterans at American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts, as well as to hospitals and nursing homes in the area. 

Dr. Sophia Gary, Principal of Locust Valley Elementary School, said the project benefits both the veterans and the students.

“This is a wonderful way to let our veterans know that their service is not forgotten,” she said, adding that in turn, the students learn to show gratitude to others for their good deeds. 

The project reinforced the school’s focus on bucket filling, which is the practice of saying and doing things that make others feel good. 

Intense Competition Ends with Medal for High School Team

The high school’s Science Olympiad team competed against 50 high schools, with two students earning a medal in Materials Science. The Science Olympiad Regional Division C Competition, held Feb. 3 at Wantagh High School, included writing, building and laboratory events spanning every scientific discipline.

Students worked in groups of two to three during each event to accomplish their goals. Tasks included:

Building vehicles based on specific regulations and racing them for an unknown length in the quickest amount of time.
Building catapults based on air pressure with the goal of shooting a ping-pong ball an unknown distance at a marked target.
Building bridges according to specific guidelines to sustain weight being hung from them.
Competing in discipline-specific knowledge exams.
Performing laboratory experiments to determine unknown chemical and biological substances. 

Coaches Walter Gurzynski and Courtney McKay prepared the students for the competition. Medal winners William Fitzgerald and Ravi Prasad excelled in their event, which tested their knowledge of the properties and characteristics of metals, ceramics, polymers and composite materials, with a focus on material characterization techniques, intermolecular forces and surface chemistry.

Other members of the Science Olympiad team participating in the events were Clark Brennan, Nils Coffey, Jack Manning, Ryan Maselli and William Trampel.

Date Change for HS Lip Sync

The high school's Lip Sync, originally scheduled for Feb. 13 will now be held on Tuesday, March 27 at 7 p.m.


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