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Varsity Girls Soccer Conference Champs

The Varsity Girls Soccer team clinched the division championship and will compete against Valley Stream South High School in the playoffs on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 10:30 a.m. at LVHS.

Come cheer the Falcons on to a victory!

How to Receive LVCSD Text Messages

Some parents have indicated that they have not received text messages from the district, despite the fact that they receive voice calls from the district on their cell phones.

If you provided the school district with your mobile phone number and receive district voice messages, but have not received text (SMS) messages, then it is likely that you have not provided  "consent " that is required by the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. 

To provide the required consent, please follow these directions:

1.On your cell phone, in the space you would typically enter the phone number to which you want to send a text message, please enter the numbers 67587.

2.In the space where you would typically write the message that you want to text, please enter the word YES.

In the event that you would like to add your cell phone number to our district list so that you can receive phone calls and texts, or you need to edit your contact information, please call the main office of your child’s school.

For questions other than contact information changes, please email Pam Kaplan at

Thank you! 


LVCSD Welcomes Interim Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics

Joseph Pennacchio has been appointed as the Interim Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics for the Locust Valley Central School District. He replaces Mark Dantuono who held the position for the past nine years.

Mr. Pennacchio worked in the Half Hollow Hills Central School District from 1979-2016, when he retired from his position as District Director of Athletics. He previously served that district as an Assistant Principal, Administrative Assistant, and Physical Education and Health Teacher. In addition, he has coached Varsity Wrestling, Junior Varsity Wrestling and Junior Varsity Baseball.

In his role in the Locust Valley Schools, Mr. Pennacchio will use his vast experience to help the student-athletes and the staff to succeed, both on and off the field. “I look forward to serving the Locust Valley community and getting to know the students, staff and parents,” he said. “I am excited to be part of the community.”

The Board of Education will hold a meeting on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in the MS/HS Mini-Theater

The Board of Education will hold a meeting on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in the MS/HS Mini-Theater.

Learning Through Teamwork


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Student Artwork Earns First Place Prize

Margot Ryan poses with her painting.

An oil painting created by high school senior Margot Ryan earned first place in the exhibition “Palate to Palette: The Art of Food and Dining” at the Art Guild in Manhasset. Her piece, “Inside Out,” beautifully depicted the inside of a tomato in intricate detail.

As the only high school student to submit artwork to this competition, Margot competed against only adult artists. 

The artwork is on display through Oct. 29 at the Art Guild, 200 Port Washington Blvd., Manhasset, New York. Margot was awarded first place and a $300 prize at a reception held on Oct. 15.

LVHS art teacher Melanie Mooney said that Margot's talent and dedication is extraordinary. "Margot's attention to detail is exquisite. She pushes herself conceptually to paint the inside of objects. This can be the details, the pattern or the state of mind. Each painting is a new challenge of self-expression. Margot has mature ideas with a sophisticated vision, which allows the viewer to appreciate the interior of objects that might be otherwise overlooked."


Perfect Score Leads to NYSSMA Selection

Senior bassist Hannah FitzGerald has been selected for the second time to the NYSSMA All-State Festival. This is one of the highest honors a student-musician can achieve, as acceptance is highly competitive. Hannah’s selection was based upon her perfect score in a Level 6 NYSSMA solo. 

“Hannah is passionate about music and the bass. She always conducts herself like a professional musician and knows the importance that music has played in her education. The music department is very proud of Hannah,” said music subject matter coordinator Marc Yavoski.

The Flu: A Guide for Parents

Please see the attached information on the flu to help protect children this season.


Pink for a Purpose

High school volleyball players know how to dig deep on and off the court. Varsity and junior varsity players worked together to raise funds for breast cancer research prior to their annual Dig Pink game against Glen Cove High School. A pre-game bake sale included pink frosted cupcakes, chocolate candies shaped as cancer awareness ribbons and other deliciously pink-themed treats.  

Nearly $600 was raised in just a few hours as the girls set up their goods on a table in the main lobby immediately after school on Thursday, Oct. 5. The teams wore a uniform of a different kind during the bake sale. Their black T-shirts showed off an image of a pink volleyball with the words Dig Pink, which was also in the iconic breast cancer awareness color.

Dig Pink is a national breast cancer rally organized by the Side-Out Foundation, which encourages middle school and high school volleyball teams to hold events supporting the cause each October. For the past eight years, the Falcons have been playing their Dig Pink nonleague games against Glen Cove High School.

The pink games began following the bake sale and featured pink volleyballs. Junior varsity volleyball coach Janet Ratner said the girls had a great time while helping a great cause. “I'm thrilled that the varsity and junior varsity volleyball teams rallied together to raise so much money. The icing on the cake came when the varsity team defeated Glen Cove, and now will retain the coveted "Dig Pink" trophy.”

Celebrate LVHS at Homecoming

Show your Falcon spirit on Saturday, Oct. 28 at the high school’s homecoming celebration! This year’s theme is "I Love NY." The festivities begin at 11 a.m. with the parade of floats at Centre Island. The procession will travel through Locust Valley and Bayville, arriving at Locust Valley High School between 12:30 -1 p.m.

The floats will be judged after their arrival and prior to the start of the game at 2:30 p.m. Halftime ceremonies will include the crowning of the homecoming court, winners of the spirit and float contests and performances by the kickline and cheerleaders.

Put on your green and come cheer on the Falcons as they take on the Clarke Rams on Fred Smith Field. 

Local Firefighters Teach Valuable Lessons

Students at Ann MacArthur Primary School learned important fire safety tips straight from the experts – the Locust Valley firefighters.  Kindergarten students visited the local firehouse and were treated to tours of the fire trucks and other emergency vehicles. 

The children are now better prepared to handle an emergency situation with the tips the firefighters shared with them. Fire safety is part of the school’s curriculum and the trip to the firehouse reinforces the safety lessons they’ve already learned.

Ann MacArthur Primary School Principal Dr. Sophia Gary said the field trip helps the students remember what to do if they find themselves in a dangerous situation. “They remember the tips they received from their local heroes and because the visit is fun, the memories last a long time.”

Gr. 6 Pot Luck Dinner, Oct. 25

The annual sixth-grade potluck dinner will take place on Wednesday, October 25 from 6-8 p.m. See the attached flyers for details.


Safe Halloween Presented by HS Student Government


Elementary school children throughout the LVCSD community are invited to trick-or-treat inside the high school on Sunday, Oct. 22 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Sponsored by the high school’s Student Government, the event will provide a safe and entertaining environment for children to enjoy typical Halloween activities. From face painting and mummy wrapping to pumpkin decorating and dancing, there will be something for everyone. The cost to attend is $5 per child.

For more information, please contact Mr. Enea at 

See attached flyer.


Dress for Success Clothing Drive

The high school's Interact Club is holding a Dress for Succes Clothing drive from Oct. 18-Nov. 6.

See attached flyer for details.


Teamwork Gets the Job Done for LVMS Scientists



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Hall of Fame Honors Newest Inductees

group photo of Hall of Fame participants
Hall of Fame inductees, presenters and selection committee
Doug Axman with his plaque
Doug Axman accepts his Hall of Fame award.
Baseball team group photo
1977 Baseball Team accepts Hall of Fame award
Alexandra Bliss video screen shot
Alexandra Bliss send word of appreciation via video from Rome.
Alexandra Bliss award accepted by her parents
Parents of Alexandra Bliss accepted award on her behalf.
Kim Brennan video screen shot
Kim Brennan expressed her thanks in a video.
Kim Brennan award accepted by her father
Kim Brennan's award was accepted by her father.
Bill Daniello with his grandson
Bill Daniello accepted his award with his grandson.
The Locust Valley High School Hall of Fame Class of 2017 includes a group of former Falcons that still value the effect Locust Valley athletics has had on their lives. During the induction ceremony in the high school gymnasium on Sept. 23, the inductees thanked the committee for selecting them and acknowledged the bonds they had with their teammates, coaches and the entire community because of their participation in athletics. 

Bill Daniello, Class of 1961; Alexandra Bliss, Class of 1999; Kim Brennan, Class of 2007; the 1977 baseball team; Coach Doug Axman and Coach Nickie Demos make up the Hall of Fame Class of 2017. 

Daniello was a three-sport high school athlete as a member of the Falcon’s first football, basketball and golf teams. He helped lead his football team to an amazing 7-1 season, and it was then that he earned his nickname “The Bull.” After high school, Daniello enlisted in the United States Army and as a walk-on made the Fort Benning, Georgia, football team. He started as an offensive lineman, and as the youngest member of the historic 1962 Fort Benning Doughboys U.S. Army National Championship football team, Billy became part of history. It was during that 1962 season that a record was put on the board that had never existed before nor has been challenged since: an undefeated season and “All-Service Champions.” 

Bliss, who could not attend the ceremony and sent a video, was one of Locust Valley High School’s most gifted track and field athletes. She competed in many events for the Falcons, including the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 4x400m, 1,600m and 3,200m relays. Her breakout year was the spring of her sophomore season when she took first place in both the 200m and 400m run, earned All-County in both, placed third in the 400m and earned All-State recognition in the New York State Track and Field Championships. Bliss continues her track and field career at the University of Pennsylvania. Bliss holds the school record in the 200m and 400m events while sharing the record in the100m run. 

Brennan also sent a video expressing her appreciation for this honor. She is one of 21 female basketball players to achieve the milestone of scoring over 2,000 career points. She was an impressive force starting on the Locust Valley basketball team as a seventh-grader. As a varsity player, Brennan earned every honor possible, averaging 23 points, six rebounds and five assists while leading Locust Valley to the Nassau County Class B championship. She took her drive and talent to Bentley University, where her success continued. As a freshman, she earned the honor of being selected NE-10 Freshman Player of the Year. As a senior, she was team captain and was named Most Outstanding Player in the NCAA DII East Regional Championships, Bentley’s Female Student-Athlete of the Year and Team MVP. She earned Honorable Mention All-America recognition from the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.
Nickie Demos taught physical education at Locust Valley Junior-Senior High School from 1969-2001. She coached track for 36 years and for the past five years has coached as a volunteer. In addition to track, Nickie coached junior high and varsity gymnastics for 15 years, cheerleading for 15 years and varsity volleyball for 28 years. Nickie had a career record of 270 wins and 133 losses for a 67 percent winning record. Her athletes attained 260 All-Conference winners, 127 All-County winners (52 first-place recipients), 52 state competitors, 12 All-State, six undefeated seasons and two All-County teams. Her coaching honors include 2002-2003 New York State Track and Field Coach of the Year, 1999-2000 Nassau County Coach of the Year by Nassau County officials, 1995 Crown Trophy Award – Women in Sports on Long Island, and 2000-2001 Locust Valley “Falcon Pride” Community Award.

Doug Axman has had a long and distinguished wrestling career. He wrestled at Whitman High School, at Farmingdale Junior College and at SUNY Brockport. He joined Locust Valley in 1973 after serving as the assistant wrestling coach at Plainview High School. With his assistance, the LV wrestling program achieved great success: two Section 8 championships, two Section 8 runner-up finishes, one New York State championship, two New York State runner-up finishes, one Section 8 Dual Meet championship, one NSAL championship and 12 League/Conference championships. Under his guidance, the wrestling program produced championship teams and over 100 individual champions. Some of his achievements as head coach for Locust Valley (1988 -2006) were Nassau County team runner-ups, League/Conference team championships, and Dual Meet team conference championships. Axman coached five individual New York State place winners, 17 individual Nassau County champions and 30 individual Nassau County place winners.

The 1977 varsity baseball team is considered one of the best baseball teams in the program’s history. The team’s coach, Clarke Grey, said it was the “best team I ever coached.” He was assisted by Coach Russ Tietjen. The Falcons began the season with 15-0 and ranked No. 1 on Long Island, finishing the regular season with a record of 18-3 and first place in Conference IV. To secure the conference title, the Falcons had an extremely challenging schedule, playing against schools that were much larger in enrollment than Locust Valley: Bethpage, Clarke High School, Farmingdale, Plainedge, and Plainview. The Falcons secured and captured the North Shore championship, which was the first ever for LVHS, allowing them to advance to the overall Nassau County championship against the South Shore champions, Berner High School. In the Nassau County championship, Locust Valley lost two games to none. The final record of that memorable year was 25-6. Members of the 1977 baseball team were: Glenn Burroughs, Pete Coviello, Kevin Dawson, Augie Garrett, Doug Goerke, Tom Kahn, Ray Maldonado, Rob McGrorty, Dan Oill, Dan Oliva, Bob Plumb, John Serio, John Stanisci, Rich Sumcizk, Gary Valeo, Greg Valeo, Jim Walsh and Jordan Winter.

Seventh-Grader’s Artwork on Permanent Display in Nation’s Capitol

Seventh-grader Ryan Geertgens was named a finalist in the Crayola “Empowering Students Through Creative Leadership” art contest for 2016-2017. Ryan submitted a painting of scientist Stephen Hawking in response to the requirement that entrants depict a leader who illustrates wisdom and whose decisions have affected others. 

Ryan said he finds Hawking an inspiration because he overcame adversity and continued his work as a leader in the field of science. Ryan’s art teacher, Donna Chaplin, said that according to Crayola, his painting showed a true connection to the theme, had stunning visual appeal, presented age-appropriate critical thinking and responded to the theme with originality.  

Ryan’s original artwork has been donated to the U.S. Department of Education to be on permanent display in Washington, D.C.

Congratulations, Ryan!

Senior Class Clothing Sale

The Class of 2018 is holding a Falcon gear sale to raise funds for the prom. You can show your Falcon spirit while supporting the senior class. Get your gear before Homecoming, which is on Oct. 28. Please see the attached flyer or click here to order.


Districtwide Fundraiser for Hurricane Victims

Students display items collected.

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

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

HSPC Falcons Gear Fundraiser

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

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

Three Students Recognized by National Merit Corporation


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

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

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

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

Varsity Soccer Gives Back

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

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

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

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

Anyone interested in donating can contact Coach Lee at or coach Brian Kollar at