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Winter Wonderland Kicks Off Holiday Celebrations


Dressed in their pajamas and holding their favorite stuffed animals, Bayville Primary School students celebrated the holiday season at the school’s annual Winter Wonderland on the evening of Dec. 7.

The children in kindergarten, first and second grade sat quietly in the school’s lobby as Assistant Principal Dorothy McManus, dressed as a reindeer, read “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” Following story time, the students colored, wrote letters to Santa and ate snacks, including hot cocoa with marshmallows.

Families were asked to bring yarn to the event to donate to We Care Blankets, a non-profit organization that provides blankets for children undergoing chemotherapy. Each year, the Winter Wonderland collects for a different cause, always making sure the event serves as a community service project. 

Parents and teachers volunteered at the event to serve the snacks, help the children with their projects and clean up.

“This event is a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season with our school family,” said Ms. McManus. “The Winter Wonderland is not only fun, but the children feel an incredibly warm sense of community as everyone comes together outside of school hours to celebrate.”


Second Place for Track Stars

High School junior JP Grace and sophomore Michael DiSpirito each earned second-place medals at the Walt Brem Invitational at Farmingdale High School on Dec. 2. Michael came in second in the 1000-m with a time of 3:23 and JP took second place in the 3200-m with a time of 10:55.

Congratulations to these outstanding student-athletes!

Musicians Bring Cheer to Tree Lighting

Locust Valley and Bayville tree lighting ceremonies were made more festive by the performances of the high school’s band and chorus. Performing holiday favorites for attendees of all ages, the high school musicians helped ring in the holidays.

Band director Vincent Guerra said the band and chorus enjoy performing each year at these events. “It’s a great way to start the holiday season.” Mr. Guerra was joined by chorus director Allison Hungate Wood who led her singers in holiday favorites.

Huge Success for Dress for Success Collection

Members of the high school’s Interact Club recognized that people who are unemployed may have trouble purchasing the right clothing to wear on an interview, or every day when they reenter the workforce. To help combat this problem, the club members joined forces with Dress for Success, an international not-for-profit organization.

For two weeks this fall, the club held a clothing drive, which garnered 12 large bags of clothing that they donated to Dress for Success. The students delivered the clothing to the Brookhaven, New York, location with club adviser Erica Reilly. They received a tour of the clothing boutique and had the opportunity to help style two women for their upcoming job interviews.

Ms. Reilly said this project was very rewarding for the club. “The Interact Club performs a variety of community service activities that are fulfilling, however, this one afforded students the experience of seeing firsthand how their efforts helped specific individuals.”

Dress for Success empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

Please Vote for LVCSD!

LVCSD has an opportunity to win a scholarship or grant in recognition of the high school’s community service efforts. Team Up 4 Community is a website that highlights community service acts performed by athletes. The website chose the varsity volleyball team’s Dig Pink fundraiser to be part if it's LI Holiday Sports Heroes Competition. The first place winner will earn a $3,000 scholarship or grant; second place will win $1,500; and third place will win $500.  

In order to win, LVCSD must get the most votes! Please go to the website listed below and vote for “Locust Valley High School Volleyball Players Pink for a Purpose.” 

Let’s show our Falcon spirit and win the contest! Voting is open through Sunday, Dec. 17 at 8 p.m. You may vote once per day.


The Board of Education will hold a meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. in the MS/HS Mini-Theater

The Board of Education will hold a meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. in the MS/HS Mini-Theater.

January Regents Review Schedule

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Sparking Interest in Energy Conservation

The Energized Guys
The Energized Guys
The Energized Guys
The Energized Guys
The Energized Guys
The Energized Guys

An energizing performance starring superhero characters taught fourth graders at Bayville Intermediate School and Locust Valley Intermediate School about the importance of conserving energy and offered important tips for doing so as part of an assembly sponsored by PSEG Long Island.

The program featuring the Energized Guyz was performed by actors from the National Theater for Children and focused on defining energy, the uses of energy, how energy is wasted and ways to conserve it. The show was centered around an energy crisis that the superheroes needed to stop. Important lessons on energy conservation methods and tactics to cut down energy waste at home were incorporated into the story. Children learned that turning off lights and computers are vital to energy conservation, as well as using energy efficient light bulbs and conserving water. They also learned about renewable and non-renewable resources.  

“It’s really important that we educate and help children and their families understand the importance of our natural resources and using energy wisely,” said George Coburn, customer experience manager for PSEG Long Island. “Even young students can understand that they have energy choices. The younger they begin learning, the more likely they will retain these concepts throughout their life.”

The fourth-grade curriculum includes a unit on energy, making this presentation timely for the students.

Saving Lives One Pint of Blood at a Time

Interact Club
The high school Interact Club is working hard to save lives by holding blood drives. The first one of the year, held on Nov. 17, brought in 45 pints of blood which can help approximately 135 people in need. Members of the Interact Club worked with the New York Blood Center to coordinate and run the blood drive. Students, staff and community members attended to give the gift of life. 

Interact Club adviser Erica Reilly said the blood drive was a success. “We had a lot of students and staff come and donate. Interact appreciates all the support, and we can’t wait until the next blood drive in March.”

Fall Athletic Awards

Congratulations to the following student-athletes for earning awards for their performance during the fall athletic season:


Nassau County 2017 Fall Section VIII Athletic Awards

First Name Last Name Grade  Sport Award 
Matt Dellaquila 12 Football All-County
J.T. Lagalante 12 Football All-County
Ramell Phillips 12 Football All-County
Thomas O'Brien 12 Football Honorable Mention - All-County
Jose  Maldonado 12 Football Honorable Mention - All-County
Rebecca Finke 12 Volleyball All-County
Bridget Bianco 12 Volleyball All-Conference
Emily Moran 12 Volleyball All-Class
Shannon MacArthur 9 Cross Country All-Conference
JP Grace 11 Cross Country All-County
Matt Guerra 11 Cross Country All-Conference
Misael Yanes 12 Boys Soccer All-County
Griffin Pugach 12 Boys Soccer Honorable Mention - All-County
Edgar Cruz 12 Boys Soccer All-Conference
Will Moran 12 Boys Soccer All-Conference
Caroline Mangan 12 Girls Tennis All-State
Sarah Lubow 11 Girls Tennis All-State
Anastasia  Koniaev 12 Girls Tennis All-Conference
Lindsay Merenda 11 Field Hockey All-County
Erica Scheblein 11 Field Hockey All-County
Ryann Bressingham 12 Field Hockey Honorable Mention - All-County
Lauren Briody 10 Field Hockey Honorable Mention - All-County
Kaitlyn McGarry 10 Field Hockey Honorable Mention - All-County
Julia Orski 12 Field Hockey Exceptional Senior
Isabella Byrne 12 Field Hockey Unsung County
Charlotte Creedon 12 Field Hockey Scholar Athlete
Gabriella Angelone 11 Girls Soccer All-Conference
Lily D'Addario 12 Girls Soccer All-Division
Anna Fraschilla 11 Girls Soccer All-Division
Olivia  Miluso 12 Girls Soccer All Division
Dana Salinas 11 Girls Soccer All Division
Jessica Caracciola 12 Girls Soccer Senior Scholar
All Fall 2017 Varsity Teams were NYS Scholar Athlete Teams
Boys Golf - Team finished 1st in Conference and was undefeated
Football - Big Four Champions
Volleyball - Conference BCII Champions & Coach Brancaccio named Conference Coach of the Year
Cross Country - Boys & Girls Qualified for States
Boys Soccer - Mustang Cup 3rd Place
Girls Tennis - 3rd Place Conference IIA - 2 All State players
Field Hockey - 2nd place in league finish
Girls Soccer - Conference ABIV Champions & Coach Monsees named Conference Coach of the Year

Making Math Fun

Students Measuring

Students at Bayville Primary School are voluntarily staying after school to participate in a math club that is so much fun, they don’t realize they are learning. Crazy 8s, a program designed by the nonprofit Bedtime Math Foundation, provides children with an opportunity to participate in creative activities that require using math skills to complete. Bayville parent Anikó Nagy introduced the program to the school.

Run by two volunteer parents and Assistant Principal Dorothy McManus, the club allows students to see math in a different way than they see it in the classroom. Ms. McManus said they don’t even realize they are doing math. On one afternoon, students acted as human hands on a clock, learning to tell time. Another day, the club members joined in the gymnasium for the Toilet Paper Olympics, an activity in which they rotated to various stations that each used squares of toilet paper as measuring tools. For example, they measured their heads, their height and how far they could jump. On yet another afternoon, these young mathematicians built their own sling shots and measured how far they could sling a marshmallow. They used the floor tiles to measure the distance.

“The club members are having so much fun, learning new math skills and making new friends,” she explained. “The fifth-graders are learning leadership skills and the value of community service.”

The club has been a tremendous success, with almost 70 students participating over two days each week. Ms. McManus said a new session will begin soon so that more children can enjoy the experience. 


HSPC Holiday Apparel Sale

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Stitching Lessons Together

Students Pose with Backpacks
Students Pose with Backpacks
Sixth-graders in the Home and Careers class are gaining valuable skills while reinforcing lessons learned in other courses. Recently, the students made their own backpacks using sewing machines. Their success in this project required them to use their math skills, improved their hand-eye coordination and allowed them to express their creativity.

The backpacks were the next step after the children learned to sew eyeglass cases by hand earlier in the course. They each made one for themselves and one to donate to patients at the Glen Cove Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation and the Marquis Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, which also incorporates community service into the course.

Home and Careers teacher Doreen Kobus said one of the best benefits of the course is the sense of accomplishment that the students feel from making something they can actually use.

Celebrating Cultural Diversity

Student Painting

Locust Valley Elementary School students and their families celebrated diverse cultures during the International Food Festival on Nov. 6, sponsored by the Locust Valley Parents’ Council. Gathering in the Locust Valley Intermediate School cafeteria, the potluck-style dinner included dishes that represented the cultural origins of the families in attendance.

The cafeteria was decorated with flags of various countries and artwork made by students representing those countries. Culturally diverse activities were available for the children, who enjoyed getting their faces painted with Egyptian, Indian and Mexican designs and creating aboriginal dot paintings. 

World-class Russian violinist Anton Polezhayev performed “Gypsy Airs” by Pablo de Sarasate and the Hungarian dance song “Csárdás” by Vittorio Monti. Parents’ Council members Sara Maragos and Heather Siegel organized the event and said they were thrilled to have Polezhayev perform, as he has played in some of the world’s top orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic. “We were treated that night,” said Siegel.

“We truly appreciate the efforts of the Parents’ Council in organizing this event that brings the entire school population together as one,” said Locust Valley Elementary School Assistant Principal Amy Watson. “It was a beautiful night celebrating that which makes each of us unique.”


Seniors Commit to College Athletic Teams

Students Pose with Administrators
Students Pose Together
Three Locust Valley student-athletes have committed to college athletic teams. Seniors Thomas Elleto, Nicholas Evangelista and Caroline Managan signed letters of intent to continue their athletic careers after high school graduation.

Thomas Eletto will play baseball at University of New Haven New Haven University. He has earned All-Conference honors for baseball and basketball and is a three-year varsity starter on the baseball team. Thomas also earned the Nassau Zone Physical Education Outstanding Student Award.

Nicholas Evangelista will play lacrosse at Rollins College. He has been an integral part of the varsity lacrosse team and also honed his skills on the travel lacrosse team, Long Island Bluefish.

Caroline Managan will join the Fairfield University lacrosse team. She is a four-year varsity starter for the Falcons and earned the team’s Unsung Hero Award, All-Conference Honors and All-County Honors. She was also an integral part of the varsity basketball and tennis teams.

STEM Aids Ghostbusters

Creating Ghostbusters
Creating Ghostbusters
Creating Ghostbusters
Creating Ghostbusters
Creating Ghostbusters
Creating Ghostbusters
Second-graders at Ann MacArthur Primary School used their science, technology, engineering and math skills to transport a group of ghosts from a graveyard to the sky so they could fly away.

Students were required to design and build a pulley system that would lift the ghosts (cotton balls) from the graveyard (floor) using only yarn, binder clips, binder rings, tape, paper plates, magnet clips and pipe cleaners. They were not allowed to lift or pull the system with their own hands.

This STEM project was part of the collaborative math station where students, in heterogeneous groups, work collaboratively on activities. Working in teams, the students needed to use their STEM skills to solve the problem over the course of one week. 

Kimberley Ferina, District Coordinator of Math, K-12, said the activity was an excellent way to teach the children to use their math skills to solve a problem. “This helps them to apply mathematics and the use of simple machines to real-world applications.” 

Thankful and Showing It

Students Dressed as Native Americans
Elementary school children across the district celebrated Thanksgiving with feasts, singing and messages of thanks.

At Locust Valley Intermediate School, third graders gave thanks for acts of kindness performed in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving. The students were asked to write down these good deeds that were done by them or for them on a heart-shaped piece of paper. All of the hearts were then hung on a giant heart in the cafeteria for all to see during their annual Thanksgiving Feast. The students read a poem about kindness before staring their feast. Third-grade teacher Shari Zindman said, “We are thankful for all of the things we have done for each other.”

Ann MacArthur Primary School kindergarteners dressed as Pilgrims and Native Americans and performed songs for their families to kick off the Thanksgiving holiday. Following their performance, they joined together to enjoy soup that the students made in their classrooms earlier in the week. 

Bayville Primary School students enjoyed a school-wide Thanksgiving Feast which included traditional holiday foods such as turkey and cranberry sauce. These children also dressed in traditional costumes and had fun with Thanksgiving-themed coloring activities. High school student volunteers helped run the feast. The entire school also had a Thanksgiving sing later in the day, which included a special turkey dance. 

Giving at Thanksgiving

Students Pose with Food Collections
Students Pose with Food Collections
Students Pose with Food Collections
Throughout the Locust Valley Central School District, giving has been the focus of the weeks before Thanksgiving. At each of the district’s schools, students and staff came together to collect for those in need. Baskets filled with food for a traditional Thanksgiving meal were donated to the Grenville Baker Boys and Girls Club. Baskets were stuffed to the brim with stuffing mix, soup, cranberries, pie crusts, vegetables, yams, coffee, gravy and so much more.

Collections of cereal for veterans, warm hats and gloves for children and other items needed at this time of year have also been successful due to the generosity of our children, faculty and community. Bayville Intermediate School donated food from their collection to the St. Gertrude’s Food Pantry. 

According to Superintendent of Schools Dr. Anna F. Hunderfund, “One of the most important lessons that anyone could learn is that the greatest gift that anyone can give to themselves is the gift of helping others.” She concluded by saying that because this lesson has been taught so well at home and in school, “our children have begun to learn the importance of helping others, of giving thanks for being able to do so and of knowing that those they helped will have a happier Thanksgiving because of them – the true essence of Thanksgiving.”

Fall Drama Was a Hit

Cast and Crew

High school thespians took to the stage to share pieces of wisdom with the audience as they performed the drama All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. The performance was impressive, leaving the audience laughing and nodding in agreement.

Based on a book of essays by Robert Fulghum, the show highlights lessons learned in kindergarten that are important to remember throughout life. The cast and crew created a professional-quality show, led by directors Allison Hungate Wood and Whitney Stone-Gillard.

Congratulations to the entire cast and crew on a fabulous performance. The spring musical March16-18 is sure to be a hit! 



Top of the Class of 2018

Valedictorian and Salutatorian
Locust Valley High School is proud to announce that Nicholas Chisari and Rebecca Finke have been named Class of 2018 valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively. 

Nicholas is an AP Scholar with Honor and an IB Diploma candidate, taking a total of 22 IB and AP courses. He has earned a grade point average of 107.87 while taking these rigorous courses. 

An overall high achiever, Nicholas’ strength is in science and math. He completed all the Regents requirements in those subjects before starting high school, while earning a perfect score on the Algebra II Regents. Wanting to challenge himself further, he paved the way for new courses that were not previously offered at the high school. He is one of only three students to take Multivariable Calculus.

Nicholas is a member of the National Honor Society and has participated in the Science Research program. He has a great mind for inquiry-based research and has participated in several science research competitions. He is also a scholar-athlete on the bowling and tennis teams and an accomplished sailor as a member of Team USA, sailing all over the United States and abroad.

Rebecca Finke is also an AP Scholar with Honor and an IB Diploma candidate and has completed 14 AP and IB courses, with a grade point average of 107.75. She has achieved mastery in mathematics and science and will earn an Advanced Regents Diploma with honors.

Rebecca is a true leader in the school community. She has been a member of Student Government since freshman year, and every year of high school she has held a position as an officer. She is president of the Book Club and was elected the most valuable delegate in Model UN Club.

A well-rounded young woman, Rebecca is also a leader on the fields as a three-sport athlete, serving as captain of the varsity volleyball and basketball teams. Rebecca was one of only a few student-athletes to join the varsity lacrosse team as a sophomore and played on the varsity volleyball team all four years of high school.

Congratulations to Nicholas and Rebecca on these outstanding achievements.

Learning the Native American Way of Life

Students Pose in Native American Clothes
Students listen to a lecure
Two boys
A boy and a girl with clay

Fourth-graders at Bayville Intermediate School were recently treated to a fun-filled day that focused on the New York Native American way of life. There were many hands-on activities for the students that included game playing, pottery making and Native American dancing and singing. The fourth-grade curriculum includes a unit on the Eastern Woodland (New York) Native Americans.

Students had the opportunity to walk through a longhouse, touch beaver and deer skins, dress like the Native Eastern Woodland Indians and hold weapons that this tribe used to hunt and fish.  

To start the experience, two members of the Comanche tribe showed the fourth-graders an abundance of Native American artifacts and discussed the Iroquois culture and its history. “It was also a great lesson on how our own United States government was established since the United States Constitution is based on the Iroquois Great Law of Peace,” explained fourth-grade teacher Maureen Pedersen. “It was a wonderful day for the children, experiencing the Eastern Woodlands culture firsthand and having fun while learning.”

Mindfulness Matters

While students were enjoying the day off on Election Day, the LVCSD faculty came together for specialized training to help them improve professionally and personally, which in turn helps the students. Administrators, teachers, teaching assistants and clerical staff attended a seminar at the high school led by mindfulness teacher Cory Muscara.

The program focused on reducing stress, gaining focus, dealing with difficult people and learning to perceive things in a positive light, rather than a negative one. Mindfulness is a practice that calms the body and mind through breathing and movement. It can help teachers react better to difficult classroom situations, and practicing it with students can possibly create positive classroom atmospheres where previously there was more tension.

Attendees were led through several short meditations, taught how to clear their minds and how to eliminate stressors. Many employees took the opportunity to ask Muscara questions at the end of the session, learning how to use mindfulness in more specific education situations.

Dr. Anna F. Hunderfund, Superintendent of Schools, said she hopes the staff will practice the techniques they learned. “The goal was to give them tools to manage their daily stress and improve their overall classroom atmosphere, and the overall response from the staff was very positive.”

Yearbook Ads and Photo Make-Ups

Ads for the high school yearbook are due on Feb. 15, 2018. Ads can be completed at Please direct all questions to Ms. Brandveen at

Underclassman Portrait Make-Ups will be on Dec. 1, 2017 in the Mini-Theater. 

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