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The Board of Education will hold a meeting on Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in the Administration Building

The Board of Education will hold a meeting on Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. in the Administration Building.

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When IB exams ended in May, learning did not stop. Students throughout the high school continued delving into topics that could make a difference in their lives, or in one case, in the environment. 

Veronica Campi’s second year IB Biology students took on a post-exam project that concentrated on plastic pollution. The class, which included many seniors, worked in groups to create public service announcements and took a field trip to Stehli Beach to clean up the litter. Data was collected using the Ocean Conservatory’s data cards, used by the environmental organization to educate people and create solutions to solid waste and litter. 

Ms. Campi said that at first, she wasn’t sure her students would be receptive to taking on such a project at the end of senior year, however, she soon discovered that they shared her enthusiasm for the project. “After viewing some of their work, I came to the conclusion that they enjoyed themselves and have become involved.”
 

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Hats Off to the Class of 2017!

Graduates toss their caps in the air

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

Fifth grader shakes hands with principal

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

Student artwork

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

Retirees and Service Honorees with Board of Education
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

Poetry winners
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!

Eighth grader accepts diploma from principal

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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Award recipients
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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!  

Award-Winning Writers

Award winning writers
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!
 

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.

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