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Junior Named National Merit Semifinalist

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Locust Valley High School congratulates senior Adit Dutta for being named a semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program sponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Adit is recognized for achieving an exceptional score on the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) as a junior when he took the exam along with 1.6 million students across the nation. Of those high school students, only approximately 16,000 were named semifinalists. 

Adit will now compete for a spot as a finalist by providing proof of his high academic achievements throughout high school and by earning a score on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) that is consistent with his performance on the PSAT. In February 2019, the National Merit Corporation will name the finalists who will go on to compete for the actual scholarships.

An IB Diploma candidate, Adit is also a member of the wrestling team and the AIDS Awareness Club. He plays the piano and has a talent for drawing, which he practices in his IB Art course.  Adit is considering majoring in Biology and preparing for a possible career in dentistry. 

Congratulations to Adit on this elite accomplishment!

Senior Photo on the Hill

The senior photo on the hill will be taken on Friday, Sept. 21 immediately following afternoon dismissal. 

Falcon Pride Golf Outing

The Falcon Pride Golf Outing to benefit high school senior scholarships will be held on Monday, Sept. 24.

Although golf foursomes are sold out, Falcon Pride still has dinner tickets and sponsorships available. Bring your friends and support this event which in turn supports our students.

See attached for details and to register.

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Be Our Guest at Homecoming!

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Locust Valley High School Homecoming – Saturday, Sept. 29
LV Falcons vs. Malverne Mules

Current, former and future Falcons are all invited to cheer for their favorite team at Homecoming on Saturday, Sept. 29. School spirit will soar as the day begins with the parade of floats. Falcon fans, young and old are encouraged to cheer for our students along the parade route as they drive by with their Disney themed floats. Following the parade, meet everyone on Fred Smith Field for the festivities!

Here’s the Homecoming line up:

10 a.m. – Parade begins at West Harbor Beach. You can watch the parade go by as it travels the route from West Harbor Drive, Bayville Avenue, Bayville Road, Buckram Road, Weir Lane, Horse Hollow Rd. and ends at the high school.

11-11:45 a.m. – Judging of floats at high school

11:45 a.m.  – Disney costume parade for pre-k through grade 5

12:45 p.m. – Coin Toss

1 p.m. – Kickoff


Go Falcons!

 

Welcoming New Teachers

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The district welcomed new teachers at an orientation held prior to the start of school. The newest members of our Locust Valley school community were given a tour of the schools and plenty of information to help them succeed during the 2018-2019 school year and beyond.

Representatives from the human resources department, business office and technology department met with the teachers in the administration building. Superintendent Dr. Anna F. Hunderfund welcomed the group as well. The new employees then went to their individual schools to meet with their principals.  

The teachers were well prepared for the first day of school and started off successfully. Please welcome the following faculty members when you see them:

Melaina Badalian, high school mathematics; Patrick Barry, high school social studies leave replacement; Allison Basdavanos, elementary speech; Charles Bull, middle school music leave replacement; Abigail Casale, high school English; Louis DeRose, high school science leave replacement; Dr. Melissa Furino, Ann MacArthur Primary School psychologist; Roberto Gutierrez, high school physical education; Deniz Gumusdere, Locust Valley Intermediate School ESL; Thomas Russo, Bayville Primary School special education; Valerie Russo, middle school special education leave replacement; Victoria Shishkoff, Bayville Primary School; and Allison Sidor, Locust Valley Elementary School. 

Welcoming Students to a Brand New School Year!

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Dressed in their best and ready for new challenges, students began a new school year in the Locust Valley Central School District on Sept. 5. Teachers were ready with schedules and lesson plans that will help their students reach goals that go beyond their imaginations.
 
At Ann MacArthur Primary School and Bayville Primary School, kindergarten students were welcomed with open arms by teachers and teaching assistants who helped them find their way to their classrooms and adjust to their new surroundings. Returning students were greeted with smiles and comments on how much many of them had grown in just a few months. The district’s new Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Anthony Davidson, helped to welcome everyone.
 
At the high school, students began the year with their new Principal, Patrick DiClemente, who spent some time getting to know them. Dr. Danielle Turner, the new Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics, also took time to meet some of the students and welcome them back to school, along with Superintendent of Schools Dr. Anna F. Hunderfund, who greeted middle school and high school students as they arrived in the morning.
 
The 2018-19 school year promises to be successful, fun and challenging. Parents and community members are encouraged to be part of the school community by attending various events, which can be found on the district calendar.

Preparing for a Successful School Year

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Students and staff were gracing the hallways of LVCSD schools as preparations were made to open the doors on a new year on Sept. 5.

During the last week of August, orientations were held for incoming sixth- and ninth-graders at their respective schools. Middle school orientation included eighth-graders giving tours to the newest students, teaching them how to use their lockers and offering advice on a variety of topics important to middle school survival. The students were also welcomed by the administrators and shown where all of their classrooms are, based on their individual schedules.

At the high school, freshmen were introduced to Naviance, an important program they will use throughout high school to keep track of items they will need for college applications as seniors. They also received a welcome from administrators and met the new high school principal, Patrick DiClemente. Upperclassmen guided tours of the high school and shared a pizza lunch with their newest classmates before saying goodbye.

On Sept. 4, the entire staff was welcomed back for Superintendent’s Conference Day. Teachers, teaching assistants and nurses from across the district gathered at the middle school/high school for faculty meetings, department meetings, professional development and Challenge Day. Challenge Day is an interactive program that helps to break down walls of separation and isolation and replace them with compassion. The program’s intention is to inspire people to live, study and work in an environment of acceptance, love and respect.

District administrators, counselors and psychologists brought the Challenge Day workshop to the staff to help them bond and to have tools to use to share the benefits of the program with their students. 

The district is off to a good start for the 2018-19 school year!




Homecoming Dance, Sept. 28

The Class of 2019 is hosting a Homecoming Dance on Friday, Sept. 28 from 7-10 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. Join your fellow Falcons and get into the spirit of Homecoming, which is the next day, Sept. 29 (details to follow).

See attached flyer and the waiver which is required to attend.

**Please note that the time of the dance has been changed to 7-10 p.m.**

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2018-2019 Calendar & Directory

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Click on the attachment for the full 2018-2019 Calendar & Directory.

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VIDEO: Summer Recreation may be over, but the memories will last forever. Take a look at the fun we had this summer!

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LVCSD to Welcome New Administrators

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The Locust Valley Central School District Board of Education, at a special meeting on July 19, appointed new staff members to three key positions. Each administrator will join the district prior to the start of the new school year.

Anthony J. Davidson will take on the role of Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction. Mr. Davidson brings experience as the principal of Commack Middle School, where he is also the IB Head of School for their Middle Years Program. His experience with the IB program will be a great asset to the faculty and students in Locust Valley. Mr. Davidson proved himself in the Commack district, starting as a teacher and working his way up to Middle School Principal over a 20-year period. During that time, he held the positions of teacher of English Language Arts, Chairperson of English Language Arts, High School Assistant Principal and currently, Middle School Principal. 

Mr. Davidson said, “I am honored to have been selected as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction for the distinguished Locust Valley district. I look forward to working with the staff, students and parents who have already shown me that they have an unparalleled dedication to their community, a reputation for developing the whole child and a renowned commitment to academic excellence.”

Patrick DiClemente will serve as the new Locust Valley High School Principal, replacing Kieran J. McGuire who is retiring. Mr. DiClemente is currently the principal at Massapequa High School, a position he has held for two years. For six years prior, he was the Principal at Massapequa Ames High School, the district’s school for ninth-graders. After beginning his career as an English teacher, Mr. DiClemente moved on to serve as Assistant Principal at Oregon Middle School in Medford for two years and then at Robert Cushman Murphy Junior High School in Stony Brook for five years. Mr. DiClemente helped lead Massapequa High School to be named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 2017, and that dedication and expertise will serve the Locust Valley community well. 

Mr. DiClemente said that he is excited about the opportunity to support and celebrate Locust Valley students. “My focus is on providing a challenging, inviting and supportive school experience for the students and all individuals associated with our school. I thank the community, Board of Education, and district staff for welcoming me to Locust Valley.”

Katherine Russo was appointed Supervisor of Transportation. She brings more than 20 years of experience to the position. Ms. Russo is currently the Assistant Transportation Supervisor for Westbury Union Free School District, where she oversees the transportation for 3,500 students. Among other things, she is responsible for routing and scheduling drivers, following all regulations, laws and guidelines regarding student transportation and communicating with parents. Prior to joining Westbury, Ms. Russo worked in the Elmont and Manhasset school districts. Her career began as a bus driver for Locust Valley children. 

“I began my journey in transportation 25 years ago in Locust Valley and I am truly excited to have come full circle and bring back the knowledge I’ve gained to best serve the district’s students,” Ms. Russo said.

The district welcomes the newest members of the staff to our community!

 
 

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