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World Languages Program Celebrates Culture

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Celebrating heritages other than our own is an important aspect of the Locust Valley Central School District world languages program. Recently, students at the middle school and high school learned about other cultures in unique ways.

Starting with Hispanic Heritage month in October, students celebrated with foods, crafts and games common in a variety of Hispanic cultures. The MS/HS Mini Theater was set up with stations that middle school students rotated through for the full experience. At one table, visitors made taino rocks, a form of rock art with roots in Puerto Rico. Examples were provided and student artists could paint meaningful designs on their own rocks. 

Other stations helped children learn about Peruvian quipu knots, or talking knots, which are recording devices fashioned from string, and Guatemalan worry dolls, which legend says helps children lessen their worries by telling them to the dolls. Children also played word games, including the toma todo game, using a traditional Mexican six-sided top with instructions on each side. Players improve their Spanish language skills by following the directions after spinning the top.

A highlight of the event was the tasting table, which offered small bites of tres leches cake, pupusas, tamales, tostones with guacamole, coffee candy, buñuelo, almojábanas and mini-empanadas.

The latter half of October included Italian Heritage Month, during which middle and high school Italian students were treated to a performance by opera singers visiting from Italy. Following the performance, students used their Italian language skills to ask the performers questions.

The culmination of the cultural celebrations was learning about the Mexican celebration Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. Middle school Spanish classes watched a video explaining the tradition, which includes creating an altar to honor family and friends who have died. The students decorated their own sugar skulls, which in the Mexican culture are placed on the altars after being adorned with bright, colorful designs.  

Amy Watson, coordinator of world languages and ENL, organized these celebrations. “It is important that students not only learn the languages they are studying, but that they also learn about, understand and respect different cultures,” she said. “Eating traditional foods, playing games that their peers in other countries would play and learning about holidays is a wonderful way to immerse them in other cultures.”


Team Attacks First Boys Volleyball Season

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A group of male athletes at Locust Valley High School had the honor of being the first ever Locust Valley High School boys volleyball team, and they worked hard to make sure that boys volleyball earned a reputable name under their leadership. They may not have been the No. 1 team in their league, but they were No. 1 in many other ways.
Coach Kristen Murray led the team from scratch. Only a few of the members had ever played organized volleyball before, having had some experience at the middle school level, yet all of them had determination and grit. Coach Murray said the team is made up of hard workers determined to grow athletically. 

“Through their hard work, the team improved greatly throughout the season,” she said. While they could not be expected to beat schools that had volleyball teams for years before, she said they show much promise for the future.
Danielle Turner, Ed.D., director of health, physical education and athletics, said that building a team from the ground up takes time. “We are setting the foundation for the program at the middle school level, introducing a higher level of play and teaching advanced skills at the junior varsity level, and preparing them to be a force at the varsity level one day in the future.”
The Locust Valley community looks forward to watching the team grow and seeing what they do next season.

MS Trip to Washington D.C.

The Locust Valley Middle School trip to Washington D.C. will take place from March 18-20, 2020.

Parents and guardians should click the link below to register their children for the trip and review the attached flyer which provides details of the trip.

Register here:




LVHS Fall Drama

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The Locust Valley Jesters will present "Peter and the Starcatcher" on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, NOv. 24 at 2 p.m. in the Locust Valley High School auditorium.

Ticket can be purchased at



Interact Toy Drive

The high school's Interact Club is holding a toy drive to support the Matthew Fetzer Foundation.

Toys can be placed in the bins located by the high school office from Nov. 19-Dec. 6. See attached flyer for details.