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The first Locust Valley High School alumni football game was held at Centre Island on Aug. 11 to raise funds in support of the varsity football program.

Former Falcons from 1982 through 2016 played in the game while current Falcons cheered them on from the stands. The night was a success with a great game, lots of fun for the players and fans and funds raised for a great cause.

Varsity football Coach Michael LoGerfo said he is proud to be part of a community that offers such tremendous support for the football program. “The entire coaching staff is extremely grateful for the support, not only from this game, but always.”

No Summer Break for Board of Education

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As students enjoy summer vacation, the Board of Education has been meeting to ensure that all required actions are approved for a smooth start to the 2017-2018 school year.

Board members elected Brian T. Nolan as President. Kerian Carlstrom and Lissa Harris were elected Co-Vice Presidents. Among the work being done by the Board is approval of new staff, creation of board committees and plans for board members to attend important trainings that will enhance their abilities to serve the school community. 

The next regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting is on Sept. 13, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in the MS/HS Mini-Theater. Community members are encouraged to attend.
 

The Board of Education will hold a meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in the MS/HS Mini-Theater

The Board of Education will hold a meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in the MS/HS Mini-Theater

2017 Hall of Fame Induction

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The 2017 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 10:30 a.m. in the LVHS gymnasium.

Sponsored by Falcon Pride Athletic Booster Club, the following honorees will be inducted:

Bill Daniello, Class of 1961

Alexandra Bliss, Class of 1999

Kim Brennan, Class of 2007

1977 Locust Valley Baseball Team

Coach Doug Axman

Coach Nickie Demos  

 

Please see the attached flyer and brochure for more information and to purchase an ad in the journal. 

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Learning Until the Very End

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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!

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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

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

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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

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
Valedictorian and Salutatorian
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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!