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Interact Pet Food Drive

The high school's Interact club is collecting food and supplies for an animal shelter. See the attached flyer for details.

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Taking the Stage

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Students throughout the district have been taking to the stage thanks to the support of the parent organizations that have provided opportunities for them to perfect their acting skills.

Through the educational theater company, mainstages, children at Bayville Intermediate School, Locust Valley Intermediate School and Locust Valley Middle School have taken part in productions that transform these young actors into fictional characters. With vibrant sets and costumes, audiences are swept away into the stories and sometimes singing along to the tunes.  

This spring, Locust Valley Middle School thespians performed their first mainstages production, “Into the Woods.”  Locust Valley Intermediate School continued their theater tradition with an adorable performance of “Annie.” At Bayville Intermediate School, the stories of Dr. Seuss were brought to life through “Seussical.”  

You can see the photos from each performance in the slide show below.

 

 

The Board of Education will hold a Public Budget Hearing on Wed., May 3, 2017 at 7:45 p.m. in the MS/HS Mini-Theater; Regular mtg. at 8 p.m.

The Board of Education will hold a Public Budget Hearing on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at 7:45 p.m. in the MS/HS Mini-Theater; Followed by a regular meeting at 8 p.m.

Spotlight on Students

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High school students placed themselves in the spotlight as they highlighted their talents during the school’s annual Spotlight Night.  The event is an opportunity for writers, musicians and artists to take the stage and perform for their friends and family in a casual environment.

Original stories and poems were performed along with covers of musical pieces with various instruments and vocals. The evening is an outlet for creativity and artistry.

HS Spring Monologue Show Rescheduled

The high school's Spring Monologue Show originally scheduled for April 26 has been rescheduled for Thursday, May 25, 2017, at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

2017-2018 Proposed Budget

The Board of Education adopted the proposed 2017-2018 budget on April 20, 2017. The budget document can be viewed on the website by clicking here.

Fashionable Fundraiser

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The Class of 2017 showed off the latest fashions during the annual senior fashion show as they strutted down the red carpet in style. From casual styles to formal wear, the senior models made all the fashions look great.

Students not only walked the red carpet but also shared the responsibilities of serving as masters of ceremonies, as well as working the lighting and music.  

The success of this event is due to the collaborative efforts of parents, faculty, students and the stores that donate the clothing that is worn in the show. Funds raised help to offset the cost of the senior prom.  

Check out the slideshow to see a sampling of some of the models and fashions.

Sixth-Grader Earns Science Research Award

Middle School students at science fair.

Twelve LVCSD students competed in the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair on March 23 and sixth-grader Daniel Glavan won third place for his project, "The Effects of Golf Ball Dimple Pattern on Golf Ball Trajectories." Daniel and his fellow middle school scientists participated in the LISEF Broadcom-MASTERS competition.

Five high school students and seven middle school students attended from Locust Valley, each of whom presented projects that they spent incredible amounts of time and effort completing.  

Science research teacher Christopher Hoppner commended all of the students for their excellent projects. Kudos to high school students Jessica Bianco, Lisa Cheung, Nick Chisari, Nils Coffey and Beatrix Postley and middle school students Nikki Berritto, Alexis Cassano, Daniel Glavan, Zophie Lemaitre, Sabrina Raichoudhury, Gia Villella and Zachary Watson.

LISEF aims to identify and recognize secondary school students with the potential to become outstanding natural, physical and behavioral scientists, engineers or mathematicians. They also strive to promote a forum for these students to exhibit their projects.  Congratulations to Daniel and all of the LVCSD young scientists!

Juniors Get a Peek at Career Options

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High School juniors had the opportunity to learn about 50 careers during the annual Junior Career Fair. Students rotated through the high school gymnasium where rows of tables were set up for each professional to display information about their occupation.

Some of the guests were self-employed, while others worked for either small companies or large organizations. Students were given a list of suggested questions and encouraged to ask each professional about their jobs, how they chose their fields, what skills are needed and other inquiries that would give them insight to these careers. Participants learned about a variety of jobs, including architect, doctor, author, artist, attorney, engineer, police officer, firefighter and more. 

Special thanks to the professionals who took time out of their schedules to be part of this event and to Tina Hament and Kelly Reno for their hard work ensuring that the career fair would be organized and useful for those attending.

Alumni to Compete in Paralympics

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Freddy Derenthal, LVHS Class of 2011 will compete at the Paralympics in Phoenix, Arizona in May. Freddy was a member of the LVHS track team and now volunteers as a guide runner for a blind individual. The pair will compete in the Paralympics with the potential to compete in Tokyo in 2020.

Freddy graduated from Virginia Military Institute in 2015 and is now pursuing his PhD at Virginia Commonwealth University.   

Congratulations and good luck to Freddy and his teammate!

Sophomore Named Semifinalist in National Science Competition

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High School sophomore Nicole Dressler combined her scientific skills, artisticability and imagination to become one of only 20 semifinalists nationwide in the Generation Nano Competition.

Sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the National Nanotechnology Initiative, the competition requires high school students to design nanotechnology-enabled gear for an original superhero. They must choose a societal area to focus on and propose gear that is grounded in current research but not yet possible, allowing them to learn about the potentials and limitations of real-world nanotechnology.

Participants were required to draft a short story about their superhero, and provide the scientific application of nanotechnology used, create a two- or three-page comic strip and a 90-second video.

Nicole created a superhero called Blu Light, which combined Bluetooth technology with miniaturized lasers and metal cutting technology. The societal mission of Blu Light is Nanotechnology for Justice. Blu Light is the public superhero, but in everyday life, she is known as Cassidy Green, a surgeon who saves lives with miniature lasers originally designed for microsurgeries. She shrunk the surgical technology into a laser weapon that she can wear on her wrist.

Nicole participates in Robotics and Odyssey of the Mind competitions and excels in the high school’s science research program. Her excellent research skills played a role in her success, as the competition is graded 50 percent on the science of the nanotechnology chosen.

Top scientists and comic book creators will determine which semifinalists move to the final round. Finalists will be chosen by a "People’s Choice" vote through the Generation Nano website.

Are You Registered to Vote?

Are you registered to vote?  Where do you vote?

 

Click here to see if you are registered to vote in the May 16th LVCSD Budget Vote & Election.

 

Click here to look up your polling site location.

 

If you have any questions, please contact the District Clerk at 277-5007.

Problem Solving with Creativity

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Locust Valley High School and Middle School Odyssey of the Mind teams each earned first place in the regional tournament and advanced to the state competition, where the middle school team earned fourth place from a field of 21 teams. This is the highest place any LVCSD team has achieved.

The Odyssey of the Mind club encourages students to develop creative problem-solving methods while having fun in the process. The projects allow students to innovate as they aim to solve problems that do not have simple resolutions. Thinking out of the box is a priority for success. By tapping into creativity, and applying imaginative paths to problem-solving, students learn skills that will last a lifetime. 

Both teams won The Ranatra Fusca Creativity Award, which represents the essence of Odyssey of the Mind and is presented to teams or individuals who exhibit exceptional creativity, through some aspect of their problem solution or an extraordinary idea beyond the problem solution. This award acknowledges and encourages creative thinking and risk-taking. 

The middle school team chose a classic problem called “It’s Time, OMER.” The future and the past collide in this problem about important works of art – both existing and yet-to-be-created. The team created and presented an original performance about time travelers looking to discover the inspiration for great works of art. Little did they know, it was OMER every time! The performance included how the three works of art positively impact the world, two re-creations of the classic works of art selected, and a team-created work of art. 

The high school team chose a problem called “To Be Continued: A Superhero Cliffhanger.” Their task was to save creativity from being taken away from the world. They presented a humorous performance that included a superhero, clumsy sidekick, a nemesis character, several choreographed battles, and a cliffhanger ending. 

Coach Alan Stella said, “The students are talented, hard-working and very independent. I am very proud to have both these teams represent our community at the state tournament.”

Good luck to all of these creative students at the state competition on Saturday, April 8th at Binghamton University.

Senior Wrestling Honor

Congratulations to senior Jon Gomez for being selected to Newsday's First Team All-Long Island.

Click here for the story.

Senior Named National Merit Finalist

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Senior Kristy Jahchan has been named a National Merit Scholarship Finalist based on her exceptional performance on the Preliminary SAT. The College Board bestows this honor upon less than one percent of high school seniors nationwide each year.

Kristy was named a semifinalist in the competition earlier this school year. However, advancing to finalist standing is an even greater achievement. She is among an elite group of only 15,000 finalists nationwide. As required of all finalists, Kristy earned scores on the SAT that are consistent with her success on the Preliminary SAT.

The College Board shares the names of students who earn these distinctions with colleges and universities. As a finalist, Kristy is now eligible to receive scholarships of $10,000 toward her college education. These scholarships can come from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, corporate sponsors, or the universities the finalists attend. 

Congratulations to Kristy on this elite accomplishment!

Bronze Medal in Taekwondo

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Sixth-grader Daniel Glavan earned a bronze medal at the USAT New York State Taekwondo Championships at Queens College on March 11, 2017. He was presented with his third-place medal for his performance in Poomsae, a form of Taekwondo. Daniel competed in the black belt, 12-14-year-old division. He is now qualified to compete in the organization’s national tournament in Detroit, MI this July.

Congratulations, Daniel!

Filmmakers Take Home Multiple Awards

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A team of film students swept the 12th Annual Locust Valley Film Festival, winning three awards for their film, “The Last Letter.” The emotional film took first prize in the drama category, won the audience choice award and took the win for best overall film. Locust Valley students earned nine awards overall. Fourteen schools participated from across Long Island. Submissions were prejudged by film professors at Five Towns College, who created a list of finalists for inclusion in the film festival.

Those films were shown during the festival and judged by ABC film critic Sandy Kenyon. Mr. Kenyon, who has been the festival judge for eight years, not only selects the winning films, but also critiques them and provides the young filmmakers valuable feedback. This year, he said the films showed remarkable improvement and promise. He also noted that the use of sound enhanced the viewing experience of the first-place winning film. “The sounds used, fit the drama perfectly,” he said, referring to the swishing sound of a football being passed and subtle creaking sounds of walking in “The Last Letter.” It is sometimes these details that push a film to the top, he explained and said that all of the winning films had high-quality production value in both video and audio.

Locust Valley students also won first place for Comedy. Mr. Kenyon said that he uses audience reaction as part of his criteria for this category. “The best comedies play to the whole room,” he said and “the loudest laughter was heard” during “Beat the Cheat.” Mr. Kenyon’s advice included constructive criticism aimed at helping filmmakers understand why their films did not win. He suggested making sure that vocal tracks did not fight with the dialogue making the music distracting for the audience. He also suggested reshooting early scenes after the actors had a few days of filming under their belts and were feeling more comfortable in their roles.

Theresa Donohue, Director of Admissions at Five Towns College attended the film festival and generously offered the winners free tuition for a three-week summer film workshop. Debra Markowitz, Nassau County Film Commissioner presented the best overall film award to the creators of “The Last Letter.” This film has now earned a spot in the Long Island International Film Expo.

Film teacher Roger Boucher said the students worked hard for months writing scripts, editing footage, sometimes over and over again until it was the best it could be. “These student filmmakers poured their hearts and souls into their work and I am extremely proud of their success.” The film festival is possible through the help of the High School Parents’ Council, specifically Laura Dessner and Emily Johnson.

Congratulations to all of the participants!

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CATEGORY

AWARD

STUDENTS

America's Magician

COMEDY

3rd Place

Chris Madsen, Anthony Madsen

Beat the Cheat

COMEDY

1st Place

Kristy Jahchan, Michael Crisci, Melissa Cooney, Megan Prosser, Roisin O'Neill

The Spelling Bee

COMEDY

Daniel Dessner

The Story of Samuel

COMEDY

Devin Slattery, Max Keller, Chris Muller

Howard Beach Cleaning Service

COMMERCIAL

2nd Place

Alec Miranda, Christopher Madsen, Justin Manzi, Marc Ambrosino, and Maxwell Keller

Lay's Chips: Chase

COMMERCIAL

Anthony Madsen, Daniel Dessner, Madeline Daly, Myrna Lagos, Griffin Pugach

Action!

DOCUMENTARY

3rd Place

Melissa Cooney

Kiki Vandeweghe: The Interview

DOCUMENTARY

JP Grace Hunter Weidenkeller Chris Volpe Chris Muller

The Last Letter

DRAMA

1st Place, Audience Choice, Best Overall

Chris Madsen, Alec Miranda, Marc Ambrosino, Justin Manzi

2400

DRAMA

Melissa Cooney, Kristy Jahchan, Megan Prosser

Piano Man

DRAMA

3rd Place

Taylor LoMonaco, Megan Prosser, Arianna Harris

Say Something

MUSIC VIDEO

Chris Madsen, Anthony Madsen

Oh Cecilia

MUSIC VIDEO

3rd Place

Kristy Jahchan and Roisin O'Neill

Stay Sober

PSA

Madeline Daly

The Great Gatsby

TRAILER

Chris Madsen, Alec Miranda, Anthony Madsen

 

 

 

 

 

 

Color Run

The Class of 2018 is hosting a Color Run on April 29, 2017. Please see attached for details.

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Success in the Courtroom

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Some Locust Valley High School students have been spending time in the courtroom learning about the justice system. Members of the Mock Trial team have had success playing the roles of prosecution and the defense.

Members of the Mock Trial team compete at least twice throughout the school year in the Nassau County Bar Association Competition. They alternate the positions they take, once portraying the plaintiff/prosecution and once portraying the defense.   In each instance, the team consists of three attorneys and three witnesses. The attorneys must prepare and deliver an opening statement, conduct direct and cross-examinations of witnesses and deliver closing arguments. The witnesses have to take the stand for questioning and know all the details of the case and of the person they are portraying.  

Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator David J. Ethe said the experience of preparing for the mock trials reinforces important skills, including research and presentation skills. “Members of the team also gain a deep understanding of the justice system and how it works.” The team was well prepared in their competitions and advanced to the Nassau County Bar Association Competition at the Mineola Courthouse.   

Congratulations to the Mock Trial team made of Aidan Bergin, Bobby Carroll, John Cote, Graham Holowchak, Will Holowchak, Hans Kiessling, Riggs Johnson, Caroline Martocci, Faith McQuiston, Ferah Shaikh and Spencer Weingord.  

The team is coached by Ashley Cannone and Rachel McShane.

Modeling the United Nations

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Forty-five students from the Model United Nations Club attended the 2017 Washington Area Model United Nations Conference in Washington, D.C. from March 2-5.

In advance of the conference, students were required to prepare position papers and learn about their given roles in order to participate in committee meetings. Participants portrayed delegates from different countries and figures throughout history, argued their viewpoints and made alliances in order to pass resolutions and change the course of events. 

The group took advantage of the educational opportunities that Washington D.C. has to offer by visiting the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum and the National Zoo. Some students took the opportunity to visit Georgetown University. They also attended a George Washington University college basketball game.   

Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator David Ethé said the experience is very valuable to the students. “The students vastly improved their skills in conducting research, writing position/working papers, working effectively and collaboratively on a committee and mastering the United Nations rules of procedure,” he explained.  

Faculty advisors Ashley Cannone and Stephanie Scavelli, along with Ali Cannone and Mr. Ethé chaperoned the trip. Ms. Cannone and Mrs. Scavelli said they are proud of their students who spent months preparing for their specific roles and showed the diversity of their strengths.

AP/IB Review Schedule

See the attached schedule for AP/IB Review sessions.

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