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The Board of Education will hold a meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the MS/HS Mini-Theater

The Board of Education will hold a meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the MS/HS Mini-Theater 

The Board of Education will hold a meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Bayville Primary School Multi-Purpose Room

The Board of Education will hold a meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Bayville Primary School Multi-Purpose Room

Alumnus To Appear on TV Show

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Tommy Sheehan, LVHS Class of 2010 is competing on the latest season of the CBS show, “Survivor.”  The son of our own Bayville Primary School nurse, Sandy Sheehan, Tommy is a fourth grade math and science teacher on Long Island who had a dream of becoming a contestant on the popular reality show. 

“Survivor: Island of the Idols” was shot in Fiji and although Tommy is home now, we will have to watch the show to find out if he outwitted, outplayed and outlasted his fellow castaways. Let’s cheer this former Falcon on when the season premiere airs on CBS on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 8 p.m.

Two National Merit Commended Students

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Locust Valley High School seniors Nils Coffey and Beatrix Postley have been named National Merit Commended Students in the National Merit Scholarship Program, sponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. They are recognized for achieving exceptional scores on the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) as juniors. From among the 1.6 million students across the nation taking the exam, approximately 34,000 were named commended students.

Nils, an IB Diploma candidate, has been inducted into the Foreign Language Honor Society, National Honor Society and Tri-M Music Honor Society. He is on the varsity soccer team and captain of Science Bowl. He also participates in the Ethics Bowl, History Bowl, Model United Nations, Quiz Bowl, Robotics and Science Olympiads. As a double bassist, Nils performs with the high school chamber orchestra, has been named an All-State Musician and was chosen for the Long Island String Festival Association performance. Outside of school, he plays with the Long Island Youth Orchestra and enjoys playing guitar. Nils participated in a research program at Hofstra University, completed an internship in politics and was chosen to learn leadership skills through the American Legion’s Boys State program. He has also taken the time to help deliver food to those in need through his church and tutored elementary school students in math.

Beatrix is also an IB Diploma candidate and a member of the National Honor Society. She serves as vice president of the Foreign Language Honor Society and is Mock Trial president and captain of Quiz Bowl. She participates in the Writers and Directors’ Workshop where she writes her own monologues and performs them in front of a live audience. She performs with the Jesters, sings in the school’s chamber chorus and in the choir at her church and attended a summer classical voice program in North Carolina. As an intern at a Broadway production company, she had the opportunity to review scripts, and at the high school, she organized Spotlight Night, a talent night where high school students perform music, poetry and more. Beatrix helps middle school students by tutoring them in history and French and also works after school at a local bakery. 

Congratulations to Nils and Beatrix on this exceptional recognition!

Recognizing Dedication to our Community

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The Board of Education at its Sept. 17 meeting honored Locust Valley Intermediate School Teaching Assistant Cynthia Ergen for her dedication to the community. Ms. Ergen recently worked with various community organizations to collect nearly 100 backpacks filled with school supplies for Locust Valley Central School District students. The backpacks were delivered to children who may otherwise not have had the necessary supplies to be as successful as possible this school year. 

The Locust Valley Library and Bayville Library posted paper apples on trees for residents to pick. Each apple contained the grade and gender of a specific child, along with the appropriate school supply list. No names were included; however, participants in this community service project knew what type of backpack to buy based on the age and gender, so the student would be comfortable carrying it.

Ms. Ergen worked tirelessly with her partners to gather information on which students were in need of assistance, prepare the paper apples for community members to pick up and keep track of all the details. Once backpacks were delivered to each library, Ms. Ergen and her team ensured that they were delivered to the correct families. She said the families were grateful for the gifts that would help their children be better prepared for school. Many children sent notes expressing their thanks and excitement for the brand-new supplies.

Acting Superintendent of Schools Thomas P. Dolan, Ed.D., said the efforts Ms. Ergen put forth for this project make her an asset to the community. “We strive to create a community where partnerships are at the heart of our success, and Ms. Ergen has stepped up to help us achieve that goal,” he said. 

Dr. Dolan and Board of Education President Jennifer Maselli presented Ms. Ergen with a certificate of appreciation and words of thanks.

The district wishes to thank all of the community organizations and individuals who worked hard on this endeavor, along with those that donated backpacks to our students.