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VIDEO: Graduation 2019

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No Summer Break for Locust Valley Board of Education

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The Locust Valley Central School District Board of Education held it’s Annual Reorganizational Meeting on July 9. The Board elected Jennifer Maselli as President and Shawn Steele as Vice President. Margaret Marchand was sworn in to her second term as a trustee and Joseph A. Zito, MD was sworn in to his first term later in the week by District Clerk Susan Hammerschmidt.

The Board appointed Erik Nakutavicius as the Director of Facilities, Bryan Sarandrea as the Coordinator for Social Studies and Business, K-12 and Amy Watson as the Coordinator for ENL and World Languages, K-12. The District has already begun a search for an Assistant Principal for Locust Valley Elementary School to replace Ms. Watson.

The Board of Education will hold it’s next regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 20 at 6 p.m. in the Administration Building. 

District Safety Plan

Please click the link to the review the 2019-2020 District Safety Plan.

Residents may attend the Board of Education meeting on August 20 at 6 p.m. in the Administration Building should they have any questions or comments. 

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The Board of Education will hold a meeting on Tuesday, August 20 at 6 p.m. in the Administration Building.

The Board of Education will hold a meeting on Tuesday, August 20 at 6 p.m. in the Administration Building.

Middle Summer Assignments

 

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High School Summer Assignments

 

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Hats Off to the Class of 2019!

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Members of the Class of 2019 officially became alumni on June 29 as they were celebrated for their accomplishments on the stage of the high school auditorium. As 157 seniors sat in their graduation gowns, the tassels on their caps hanging on the right side, they listened as distinguished speakers marked the milestone.

Many of the messages shared at the podium focused on happiness, reminding the Class of 2019 of what really matters in life. 

High School Principal Patrick DiClemente said, “I encourage you to consider your interests, set personal goals and to chart a pathway towards the areas in life that will make you happy.”

Board of Education President Brian T. Nolan continued on that theme, sharing some of the seniors’ yearbook quotes and adding his own tips for a fulfilling future. “I know you are getting a lot of advice as you transition out of high school, and I think that one suggestion can make a difference in your life. Appreciate the little things. Make time for your family, your community and your friends,” he said.

Valedictorian Alim Merchant encouraged his classmates to remember what matters to them most and to focus on those things, including both the activities and the people that they love.

Salutatorian Joanna Yu advised the graduates to understand the necessity of the tasks they must do to reach their dreams, and Class President Katherine Berritto urged the students to do something useful with the education they have received and the vast opportunities afforded to them because of this education.

The final speaker, Acting Superintendent of Schools Dr. Carl Bonuso, praised the Class of 2019. “We are here this afternoon to celebrate the greatest human achievement of all, a new generation of educated men and women,” he said.

Mr. DiClemente recognized four seniors who have chosen to serve the country through the attendance of a military academy or by entering a branch of the armed forces. Clark Brennan, Richard Charon, Howard T. Hogan IV and Matthew Passero received a standing ovation from the audience.

Finally, the moment the graduates were waiting for came as their names were called and they walked across the high school stage to receive their diplomas. As a group, they moved the tassels on their caps from right to left, threw those caps in the air in celebration and declared themselves Locust Valley High School alumni.

Congratulations to the Class of 2019 and best of luck in your future endeavors. 

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Moving Up to the Next Level

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Students in fifth and eighth grades celebrated milestones as they were promoted to the next stage of their education.

At Bayville Intermediate School and Locust Valley Intermediate School, students sang songs and listened to speakers commend them on their accomplishments and offer advice for a successful transition to middle school. 

Locust Valley Middle School eighth graders took to the stage in green graduation robes, reminisced about the three years they spent at the school and accepted their moving-up certificates with pride. Members of the chorus performed “This Is Me” from “The Greatest Showman.”

Board of Education members and administrators celebrated with students and families at each of the moving-up ceremonies.

The slideshows below includes highlights of each ceremony.

 

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Tenure Recipients Honored for Excellence

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The Board of Education granted tenure to eight faculty members on June 6. These individuals were recognized at a reception during which administrators described how each of them had proven that they were making a difference in the Locust Valley Central District. 

Each tenure recipient spent years proving that they are worthy of becoming a permanent part of the LVCSD family. Their supervisors observed their professional practices over the years, ensuring that they performed their jobs in a manner that was considered superior. Their skills, relationships with others and willingness to learn were all factors that were considered when reviewing each candidate for their tenure appointment.

Acting Superintendent Dr. Carl Bonuso congratulated the honorees on this important milestone in their careers.

Congratulations to Jamie Cherkis, Locust Valley Middle School/High School Mathematics Teacher; Kimberly Derenthal, Ann MacArthur Primary School Teacher; Jaime DiRossi, Locust Valley Middle School/High School Science Teacher; Kristin Hordy, Locust Valley Elementary Schools Physical Education Teacher; Brian Kollar, Locust Valley Middle School Science Teacher; Toni Meliambro, Locust Valley Central School District Assistant Superintendent for Business Affairs and Human Resources; Alexander Moir, Locust Valley High School Foreign Language Teacher; and Michelle Villa, Locust Valley High School Assistant Principal.


IB Dancers Show Off Their Skills

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The IB Dance Class held a showcase highlighting their final dances.

Guest Reader Shares Story with Second Graders

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Ann MacArthur Primary School second graders enjoyed a visit from New York State Senator James F. Gaughran, who read them a story reminding them of all the things they learned in second grade.
 
The students in Amanda McCarthy’s class sat together in the library listening to the Senator read aloud “Things I Learned in Second Grade” by Amy Schwartz.  The story captures the highlights of second grade including learning to spell bigger words, calculate more difficult math problems and read chapter books.
 
Senator Gaughran also taught the children what a Senator does and shared that like them, he is looking forward to summer recess.

Three Seniors Earn Award for Dedication

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Three Locust Valley High School seniors earned the Students Building Bridges Award from the Jewish Community Relations Council of Long Island at a ceremony held in May. Isabella Bernato, Sophie Matthaei and Adriana Trama were recognized for volunteering in the Locust Valley Middle School Life Skills classroom. 

Special education teacher Jessica Garrison, who runs the Life Skills program, said the girls have gone above and beyond to help the students in her program. “They selflessly give up their free periods and have shown great initiative,” she said. “They are wonderful role models for the students and leaders for the rest of the volunteers. It has been an absolute pleasure working with these wonderful individuals and seeing the joy that they bring to the class each and every day.”

The award was presented to the Locust Valley seniors during a program that served as a tribute to a Holocaust survivor. Individuals were recognized for their contributions to creating a better society.

Seniors Recognized for Excellence

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The Locust Valley High School senior awards ceremony recognized many seniors for earning academic awards and community scholarships for their excellence.

The district congratulates the award recipients and wishes them well in their post high school endeavors! The district also thanks the many community organizations for their generosity in donating these scholarships. 

See the attached list of award winners.

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Recognizing Staff Milestones

Honorees at the LVCSD Retirement and Service Honoree Dinner
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The Board of Education recognized district employees on June 4 for their dedication to the Locust Valley Central School District. The individuals being honored were either retiring or celebrating milestones with the district as they have been employed for 25-, 30-, or 35-years of service.

Board of Education trustees read speeches describing the individual attributes of each honoree in attendance, from their professional accomplishments to plans for the future. Friends, family and colleagues sat in the audience proudly applauding the honorees and shedding a few tears for those leaving us.

Board of Education Vice President Kerian Carlstrom was recognized for her service to Locust Valley Central School District. Board of Education President Brian T. Nolan thanked her for volunteering six years to the betterment of the school district.

Following the speeches, staff members, administrators and Board of Education trustees joined together on the dance floor. The district thanks the Locust Valley School Employees Association for providing a DJ to enhance the event.

Congratulations to all of the honorees!

Retirees:
Henry Alilionis, Brenda Bell , Denise Bender, Chao-Sheng Cheng, John DeMario, Meris First, Susan Fodera, Marla Fuchs , Erin Keys, Kathleen Kulbaba, Christine Kurkowski, Mary Jo Roth, Lynn Youngs and Leslie Zaleski.


25-Year Anniversary:
Elizabeth Boudreau, Joe Harrison, Larry Lynch, Jo Ann Meli, Katy Sege, Ingrid Stewart, Clayton Stewart and Dawn Vissicchio.


30-Year Anniversary:
Shari Zindman


35-Year Anniversary:

Denise Bender, Winston Conn and Edwin McCoy. 

 

MS Student Qualified for State Geography Bee

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Locust Valley Middle School sixth grader John Hartnett was the first Locust Valley student in the school’s history to advance to the National Geographic GeoBee New York State Competition. John first won the middle school competition, which earned him the opportunity to take an online qualifying test. John’s score on that test sent him to the state level of competition. He was among only 100 students competing from across the state, with only 23 of those students coming from Long Island.

John traveled to Albany earlier this year for the state competition, which required him to answer questions about geographical locations in the United States and across the world. Although John did not advance past the state level of competition, this sixth grader held his own against his competitors who were mostly eighth graders.

Congratulations, John and thank you for representing Locust Valley so well!

Falcons Commit to Collegiate Athletics

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Locust Valley High School recognized 18 seniors who signed letters of intent on May 29, committing to continue their athletic careers in college. These student-athletes have proved on and off the field that they are ready to take their academic and athletic abilities to the next level. 

“Sports are in the blood of each of these talented young men and women,” said Locust Valley’s Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics, Dr. Danielle Turner. She noted the actual number of high school athletes that move on to play at the collegiate level is very small, approximately 7% of all high school athletes, and Locust Valley has 18 athletes advancing their athletic careers.

“Obviously we know that each of these young men and women have a skill in their sport; however, without the necessary grades, many colleges would not even consider a potential recruit,” Dr. Turner said. 

Congratulations to the following student-athletes on their academic and athletic success, and good luck at your respective schools!

Sophia Alesi, SUNY Fredonia, Soccer
Gabby Angelone, University of New Haven, Soccer
Katherine Berritto, University of Chicago, Lacrosse
Gianna Ferrara, Marist College, Track
Anna Frashilla, Holy Cross University, Lacrosse
JP Grace, High Point University, Track/Cross-Country
Benjamin Lizza, Hartwick College, Football
Lindsay Miranda, SUNY Geneseo, Lacrosse
Stephen Proko, Adelphi University, Baseball
Matthew Resiger, Utica College, Football
Dana Salinas, SUNY New Paltz, Soccer
Erica Scheblein, SUNY Oswego, Field Hockey
Constatinos Siafakas, Concordia College, baseball
Frank Smith, Bryant College, Lacrosse
Colton Teitelbaum, Loyola University, Lacrosse
Chad Trainor, SUNY Morrisville, Football
Cooper Trepeda, Hofstra University, Lacrosse
Bethany Zekraus, Marist, Track
 

Musicians Hitting All the Right Notes

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The middle school/high school music department has played their way into the hearts of the judges at several competitions.
 
Three of the high school’s musical groups earned First Place, Superior ratings at the Six Flags Music in the Parks Festival on May 18. The Locust Valley Concert Band, the Locust Valley String Orchestra and the Locust Valley Concert Chorale each took home the first-place honor. Additionally, the band and concert chorale each earned an overall award, and sophomore Lydia Paulus received a choral soloist recognition.
 
Seven musical groups participated in the NYSSMA Majors Music Festival at Hofstra University, with two of them earning the highest award possible. The Sixth Grade Orchestra and the Middle School Select Chorus were each awarded the Gold with Distinction award.
 
The Middle School Band, Middle School Chamber Orchestra and Middle School Orchestra earned gold awards, and the High School Orchestra and High School Chamber Singers each earned the silver award.
 
Each ensemble performed three pieces and were adjudicated by two judges who rated their performances.
 
The district congratulates the student musicians and the music staff on these outstanding achievements!
 
Thank you to the following musical directors for preparing students so diligently for the competitions:
 
High School Chamber Singers under the direction of Allison Hungate Wood.
High School Concert Band, under the direction of Vincent Guerra and Lisa Conti.
High School Concert Chorale, under the direction of Allison Hungate Wood and Joanna Milanese.
High School Orchestra under the direction of Marc Yavoski and AnnMarie Buonaspina.
High School String Orchestra, under the direction of Marc Yavoski and AnnMarie Buonaspina.
Middle School Band under the direction of Vinny Guerra and Lisa Conti.
Middle School Chamber Orchestra under the direction of AnnMarie Buonaspina.
Middle School Orchestra under the direction of Marc Yavoski and AnnMarie Buonaspina.
Middle School Select Chorus under the direction of Allison Hungate Wood.
Sixth Grade Orchestra under the direction of AnnMarie Buonaspina.

Golfers Play Strong

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Falcon golfers are seeing much success on the greens this season. 

Senior Meg Meehan earned fourth place overall in Nassau County and is a state qualifier. 
Sophomore Katie Meehan finished 12th in Nassau County and is a state tournament alternate. 
Sophomore Colin McCullagh finished 11th in Nassau County. 
Senior Erik Reid Carlstrom was a Nassau County qualifier.
The boys’ golf team finished fourth in Nassau County.

Congratulations to these incredible golfers and to coach Julie Feltman!

 
 

Elementary Schools Honor Veterans

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Locust Valley Central School District elementary students read poems, sang patriotic songs and laid flowers at the base of their schools’ flagpoles to honor service members who lost their lives serving our country.  The meaningful tributes proved that the students understood the meaning of Memorial Day and the importance of remembering those who sacrificed everything for our freedom.

Locust Valley Elementary School students gathered at Ann MacArthur Primary School for their ceremony, at which Veteran and Locust Valley resident Joe Rydzewski shared meaningful words with the group. Bayville Elementary School gathered at the Bayville Village Hall with members of the Bayville American Legion in attendance. 

Additionally, second-grade teacher Dani Schatz and fifth-grade teacher Kelly Price brought their classes together earlier in the day for a special tribute to members of the Bayville American Legion. The two classes, who have been working together throughout the year on character development, read original poems thanking the veterans for their service. They also created and shared handmade cards and beautiful poppies, which are traditionally worn in honor of members of the military who lost their lives in service.

Acting Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Carl Bonuso, a veteran himself, attended each of the events and said he was proud of the patriotism shown throughout the school district.

The Locust Valley Central School District thanks all of our veterans as well as those service members currently serving in the military. 

 



 

Select Chorus Has Golden Voices

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The Locust Valley Middle School Select Chorus earned a Gold with Distinction rating, the highest rating possible, at the NYSSMA Major Festival held at Hofstra University on May 21.

This is the first year the middle school has had the select chorus, a club approved by the Board of Education to enhance and enrich student opportunities in the arts.

The club’s adviser, Allison Hungate Wood, said that earning the gold distinction during their first time participating in the event is an outstanding accomplishment. 

“I am incredibly proud of these dedicated and talented young singers,” Ms. Hungate Wood said.

Congratulations to the following members of the select chorus: Oliver Blaise, Stephanie Chi, Christopher Cooney, Emily Costello, Olivia Del Tatto, Alexander Diaz Gomez, Hope McQuiston, Elizabeth Neumeyer, Lindsay Nikolai, Reilly Souther, Francesca Speringo, Gianna Spinelli, Antonia Vitale and Brandon Warren.

LVCSD Community Supports 2019-2020 Budget

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The community voted to approve the 2019-2020 budget:

Yes: 994

No: 804

Margaret Marchand and Joseph A. Zito were elected to the Board of Education for three year terms beginning July 1, 2019.

Margaret Marchand: 979

Carl A. Friedrich: 892

Joseph A. Zito: 1,032

Thank you Locust Valley community for supporting the school district.

 

Fifth Annual Flags for Freedom Honors Sgt. Robert Hendriks

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Locust Valley High School’s fifth annual Flags for Freedom ceremony was marked by the traditional gifting of American flags to each high school senior by members of the Locust Valley and Bayville American Legions. However, the gathering held on May 20 in the school’s auditorium had even more meaning than those held in previous years, as the event honored fallen Marine Sgt. Robert Hendriks, a member of the Locust Valley High School Class of 2012.

Marked by speeches from school officials, veterans and students, the ceremony paid tribute to Sgt. Hendriks’ strong character, good nature and sensitive, kind soul. Senior Caitlin O’Hare joined honored guest U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Cherise S. Herrara in remembering Sgt. Hendriks, based on descriptions from his friends and fellow Marines.

Caitlin said that he was an upstander, always looking to protect his friends and family. “When he put his mind to something, he would do it and do it well, making it no surprise that directly after graduation he enlisted in the United State Marines, sacrificing everything,” she said.

Staff Sgt. Herrara said that even though she did not know Sgt. Hendriks personally, he was her brother. She described his military career, explaining that his occupation was as an infantry machine gunner. While his life may have been taken, she said his legacy cannot be taken away. “People who knew him described as a young, tough man who was both kind and compassionate,” she said.

Flags for Freedom began at Locust Valley High School in 2015 as the brainchild of Operation Democracy President Kay Weninger, who had a vision to enrich the lives of high school students with knowledge of what the American flag means to our country. “I wanted to teach our students who our veterans were, who our active duty soldiers are, and I wanted to educate them about what Veterans Day was and what Memorial Day means,” she said.

Ms. Weninger told the audience of high school seniors and other guests that everything can’t be learned from books. “Today you will feel, and then you will remember this day,” she said. She also thanked the veterans who folded nearly 200 flags for the occasion.

Locust Valley’s Acting Superintendent Dr. Carl Bonuso shared personal memories from his time in the Army, recalling bringing the American flag to a mother after escorting her fallen son home to her. He shared what the flag means to him, describing the white stripes as a reminder of the beautiful and pure ideals of our nation, bordered by red to salute those whose blood was shed protecting that flag and the stars which lie in a sea of blue like the heavens in which our heroes, like Sgt. Hendriks, reside.

“They made their sacrifice so as to protect our rights to a life filled with liberty, and enabling us to pursue happiness. They have given you today, they have given you tomorrow and the day after that and the day after that, so that the generations that follow could enjoy these liberties,” Dr. Bonuso said.

Remarks from U.S. Marine Major Patrick Kelly and High School Principal Patrick DiClemente also brought meaning and emotion to the ceremony, which concluded with the presentation of the flags.

Members of the Bayville and Locust Valley American Legions lined up on the auditorium stage and handed the folded flags to each of the seniors, shaking their hands as the students thanked them not only for the gift, but for their service to our country.

The Locust Valley Central School District thanks Ms. Weninger, the veterans, the Locust Valley Parents’ Council and all of the guests that helped make the Flags for Freedom ceremony a memorable and unique experience, including the Locust Valley High School Band, which provided a beautiful patriotic musical interlude.

College Fair Helps Underclassmen Learn About Options

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The high school gymnasium was packed on April 15 with college representatives manning tables covered in their school colors and displaying brochures, information cards and fun facts about their schools. More than 60 tables filled the room, offering something for everyone that visited.

The college fair allowed sophomores and juniors to learn about a variety of colleges and universities as well as facts about athletic recruitment, standardized test prep and military enrollment. The school counselors prepared a list of questions that students could ask to help them make the most of the fair.

High school guidance counselor Faith Keenan said that the college fair allows underclassmen to start getting an idea of what they are looking for before they have to submit applications in the fall of their senior year. “With so many schools in attendance, there is no risk in taking a brochure or asking a question, and often the answers to those questions help students narrow down what they are looking for in a college,” she said.

Ms. Keenan further explained that students may start to form relationships with the college representatives they meet, allowing them to email questions or make a good impression over the next year or two. “We invite a wide range of schools, from big to small and from geographically near to far,” she said.

Representatives from the United States Marine Corps and United States Army were also on hand to provide information about military options. Locust Valley’s Director of Physical Education, Health and Athletics Dr. Danielle Turner manned a table to help student-athletes learn about their options for playing collegiate-level athletics.

High school principal Patrick DiClemente said the guidance department did an excellent job of coordinating the college fair. “Our guidance counselors worked hard to ensure that students and their families were able to gather information about many different college experiences,” he said, adding that the guidance counselors will continue to work closely with students and answer questions about the college application process. 

The World Becomes the Classroom

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The high school curriculum was brought to life for 15 students who traveled to Berlin, Germany, to experience life abroad for one week. Living central to all that Berlin has to offer, these young travelers took in its history, lifestyle and more as they toured on foot, by tram and in trains. There was no tour bus for this immersive experience, which helped students gain a new perspective of life in a modern European city.
 
Accompanied by high school principal Patrick DiClemente, high school teacher Rachel McShane and district parent Edward Neves, the group experienced more than the typical tourist. They participated in a scavenger hunt in which they had to photograph historical sites, they exercised at the local gym and communicated with the local residents about their viewpoints on current events. Reflections, presentations and group work were a key part of the students’ learning experiences.
 
One adventure included a visit to Tempelhofer Feld, one of Europe’s iconic pre-World War II airports. This airport was used for the Berlin airlift during the Cold War. It has since closed (2008) and now serves as a park for Berlin’s residents. There, students asked German residents using the park for leisure activities how they would change or update the local park. Ms. McShane said this particular activity helped the students gain a local perspective of the capital city. 
 
On a daily basis, getting from point A to point B meant passing by the iconic Brandenburg Gate, considered the symbol of Berlin. The 18th-century monument, with a statue of a chariot pulled by four horses that sits atop the six-columned gate, began serving as a point of reference for the group. It was a surreal experience to see such a prominent monument on a daily basis.
 
Urban kayaking and other group activities helped the students form bonds with each other since they were not all friends before the trip. Going to an escape room meant learning to work together to figure out how to free the prisoner and help everyone escape! The most unique part of this escape room was that it was once a Soviet bunker. Other memorable sites included the Berliner Fernsehturm (TV tower) and the German parliament building, the Reichstag.
 
Ms. McShane said since the high school social studies curriculum includes studying World War I, World War II and the Cold War, the entire trip complemented the lessons the students learn in the classroom. “This trip brought those lessons to life,” she said. She added that they were able to see and do so much because the students were so well behaved. “This was a memorable trip with an impressive group of students,” she said.
 
Mr. DiClemente agreed, adding that the students were enthusiastic and curious, learning more than they could ever learn within the walls of any school. “Traveling to Berlin with these 15 students was a positive experience I will never forget,” he said. “There was an incredible intellectual curiosity that made each day a learning experience while also being fun.
 

Summer Recreation Registration

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The Summer Recreation registration information is now available.

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