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Public Budget Forum, Jan. 25

The Board of Education is holding Public Budget Forum I on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. in the MS/HS Mini-Theater. Please attend this important budget forum and be part of the 2018-2019 budget process. Community input is valuable and appreciated.

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The Board of Education will hold a District Facilities Forum on Thursday, Feb. 1 at 6:30 p.m. in the MS/HS Mini-Theater.

The Board of Education will hold a District Facilities Forum on Thursday, Feb. 1 at 6:30 p.m. in the MS/HS Mini-Theater.

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District Facilities Forum, Feb. 1

The Board of Education is seeking feedback from community members regarding possible facilities projects for the 2018-2019 school year and beyond. Please attend this important forum and bring our friends and neighbors. A list of possible projects for each LVCSD school will be discussed and attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and share their opinions.

The forum will be held on Thursday, Feb. 1 at 6:30 p.m. in the MS/HS Mini-Theater.

Alumni Provide Insight for College Applicants

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Familiar faces walked the halls of Locust Valley High School as alumni returned to their alma mater for the school’s annual Alumni Day on Jan. 3. Approximately three dozen alumni represented a diverse group of colleges and universities from across the country. 

The college students, from freshmen to upperclassmen, answered questions from seniors who were split into four groups to better accommodate discussions. A school counselor facilitated each group discussion, encouraging seniors to ask anything and everything that was on their minds. Topics included the difficulty of academics, pros and cons of campus locations, commuting compared with living on campus and more.
 
Having alumni return to the high school to share their college experiences offers a lesson that cannot be taught in the classroom. Students and counselors benefit from the firsthand information that these graduates provide.
 
Following the breakout session, the guests were part of an alumni fair for high school juniors. Manning tables with the name of their colleges displayed, the alumni were visited by juniors with an interest in that school. The alumni fair was a new addition to the annual Alumni Day schedule. High School Assistant Principal Michelle Villa said she wanted to extend this opportunity to juniors who have college weighing heavily on their minds.
 
Ms. Villa said hearing about college life from their peers is far more valuable to high school students than hearing about it from a teacher or another adult. “They can relate to the alumni and trust their opinions about dorm life, academics and everything college-related,” she said.
 
For counselors, it’s also helpful to hear from their former students about their experiences and how those experiences compared to their expectations. Ms. Villa explained that counselors visit colleges and universities to learn as much as they can about each one; however, that information doesn’t compare to firsthand details from a student they know. “Information from alumni helps our counseling staff better direct current and future students based on the experiences of their past students,” she said.

 

Debating Cultural Issues

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Third-graders at Bayville Intermediate School are learning about cultural issues across the world, starting with topics right here in the United States.
 
Students in Marie Fonzo’s class strengthened their research and debate skills while learning about various cultures and the individual problems with which they are afflicted. The drought in California was used as the basis for a class project that incorporated many skills that are honed in the third-grade curriculum.
 
Working in teams, the class was tasked with generating ideas to fix the drought and save water. Students wrote research articles explaining their ideas and presented their papers to the class in a debate format. Classmates voted for the proposal they thought was the best.
 
One team suggested building an underground pipeline to reach each of the 50 states. They determined that the water to the pipeline would come from rainwater, hurricanes and melted snow. 
 
Another team proposed that people rip out the grass and plants in front of their homes and replace them with plants that require less water to thrive.
 
Two teams brainstormed the same idea, to filter out salt and debris from Pacific Ocean water to make it safe for household use. One team proposed using a shipping service to bring that water to the homes, while the other team wanted that water to filter into each of the city's water towers.
 
Ms. Fonzo said that the students gained valuable experience from this project, including public speaking, research and writing. “The children had to ensure that hard evidence was found prior to writing their presentations, in order to persuade the other teams to vote for them,” she said.
 
The idea to build a pipeline received the most votes from the class, for the team’s persuasiveness and because the solution benefits the entire country.
 

The Board of Education will hold Public Budget Forum I on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. in the MS/HS Mini-Theater

The Board of Education will hold Public Budget Forum I on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. in the MS/HS Mini-Theater

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High School Ring Orders

Locust Valley High School class rings will be available to order on Jan. 30-31 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. outside the cafeteria. A $50 deposit is required. Students may design their rings at www.jostens.com and bring a print out for the Jostens representative. 

Senior Yearbook Pose Deadline

The deadline for seniors to choose their individual senior portrait pose for the yearbook has been extended to January 19.  Please call Lifetouch at 800-736-4775 or visit their website at www.shop.prestigeportraits.com to choose your pose.

LV Gets Frozen, Jan. 21

The High School Student Government is hosting LV Gets Frozen on Sunday, Jan. 21 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. for elementary school students. The event will include a variety of fun activities from a sing-a-long to Olaf's Beach Party. See the attached flyer for details.

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Winter Concert Wonderland

Matthew Fetzer Toy Drive

The high school's Interact Club is collecting new toys and gift cards for children battling cancer from Jan. 10 - Feb. 2, 2018.

Please see the flyer below for specifics on the types of items they can accept and where to deliver them.

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A Delicious Lesson

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Jennifer Weprin’s sixth-grade social studies class ended its study on ancient Mesopotamia with a very special, sweet treat. Teaching assistant Carol Rudowsky baked cookies with messages written in cuneiform, the writing used by the ancient Sumerians. The cookies were shaped like the tablets that this language was written on in ancient times. Each student received a cookie and used their cuneiform alphabet charts to translate their “Happy Holidays” message. The cookies were also personalized with the students’ individual initials in cuneiform. This delicious way to welcome the holidays was a wonderful culmination of the lesson.

Social studies curriculum coordinator David Ethé said that the cookies reinforced what the students learned. “The children had fun using the knowledge they learned during this unit,” he said.

Holiday Care Packages

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Nassau Zone Outstanding Physical Education Student Award

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Two high school seniors received the Nassau Zone Outstanding Physical Education Award. Thomas Eletto and Julia Orski earned this honor by exhibiting exceptional achievement in physical education and achieving a high level of fitness. In addition, recipients must exemplify and demonstrate an understanding of the New York State learning standards for Health and Physical Education and are required to have leadership skills, responsible personal and social behavior and exhibit sportsmanship, character, civility and citizenship. 

Thomas is a member of the varsity basketball and baseball teams, while Julia is a valued member of the varsity field hockey team. They are both leaders on and off the field and are positive role models for their peers.

The students were nominated for this award by the high school physical education staff.

Bayville Holiday Tradition

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Kindergarteners at Bayville Primary School became architects for a day as they designed and built gingerbread houses that were as individual as each of the students.

Hand-eye coordination, artistic ability, creativity and even math skills helped the children to make sure the houses were strong enough to stand and were beautiful to look at it. Despite eating a few of the decorations during the process, there were plenty of colorful candies adorning each creation. Milk cartons served as the foundation of the gingerbread houses. The young architects covered the cartons with frosting and graham crackers and then let their creativity soar. Using candies such as gumdrops, candy canes, licorice twists, marshmallows, pretzels and chocolate treats, they created doors, windows, fences, trees and anything else you can imagine a house should have. 

Each kindergarten class did this project individually, inviting parents to join them for the fun. 

“It is a tradition at Bayville Primary for our kindergartners to build gingerbread houses,” said Assistant Principal Dorothy McManus. “It is a creative way to celebrate the holidays and a wonderful opportunity to invite parents to participate in their child’s day.”

 

Nassau Zone Outstanding Physical Education Student Award

Two high school seniors received the Nassau Zone Outstanding Physical Education Award. Thomas Eletto and Julia Orski earned this honor by exhibiting exceptional achievement in physical education and achieving a high level of fitness. In addition, recipients must exemplify and demonstrate an understanding of the New York State learning standards for Health and Physical Education and are required to have leadership skills, responsible personal and social behavior and exhibit sportsmanship, character, civility and citizenship. 

Thomas is a member of the varsity basketball and baseball teams, while Julia is a valued member of the varsity field hockey team. They are both leaders on and off the field and are positive role models for their peers.

The students were nominated for this award by the high school physical education staff.

Varsity Soccer Captain Wins Prestigious Award

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High school senior William Moran received the Richard Daoust Scholar-Athlete Memorial Award from the Nassau County Soccer Coaches Association for his outstanding citizenship as a student-athlete. The award comes with a $1,000 scholarship.
 
The award is given to a high school senior who has played at least two years of varsity soccer, has earned a grade point average of 90 or better and has exhibited exemplary citizenship. Candidates must participate in community service and submit a 250-word essay defining their leadership role as a student-athlete and in the community.
 
For several years, Will has spearheaded local efforts with his sister Emily to collect used soccer equipment for the charity Kick It to Cameroon, which distributes the items to children in Africa. He is captain of the varsity soccer team and has led his team in successful collections to help the organization. Will is also a member of Foreign Language Honor Society, National Honor Society and Tri-M Honor Society, and will earn an Advanced Regents diploma.
 
Varsity soccer coach Joseph Lee said Will is very deserving of this honor. “Will exemplifies the intelligence, work ethic, discipline and love of the game we hope for in all our student-athletes,” he said.








EMT Certification Course Approved for High School

The Board of Education approved a new high school course to begin in January 2019 at its Dec. 11 meeting. Students at Locust Valley High School will have the opportunity to become certified emergency medical technicians, while earning high school credit for the course.

The course will be taught after school for three hours twice per week for 22 weeks. High School Principal Dr. Kieran J. McGuire said the course would be open to seniors first and then juniors if space permits. Participants must turn 18 by the end of the course to take the certification exam. The course will be taught by someone certified by Nassau County to teach the Emergency Medical Technician class, and a certified high school teacher will be present. 

Dr. McGuire said there are many advantages to offering this course. “One of the positives is that there are many colleges that offer free tuition for students who are emergency medical technicians,” he said. 

Board of Education President Brian Nolan said that as a 20-year member of the fire department, he knows what a valuable course this will be. “This is an excellent opportunity for our students who are interested in the medical field,” he said. He added that it will also help the community, which often has trouble finding certified EMTs.  




January Regents Review Schedule

Click the attachment for the full Regents review schedule.

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Yearbook Ads and Photo Make-Ups

Ads for the high school yearbook are due on Feb. 15, 2018. Ads can be completed at www.jostensadservice.com. Please direct all questions to Ms. Brandveen at abrandveen@lvcsd.k12.ny.us.

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