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Mathletes Earn Gold in National Competition

The Locust Valley Middle School Mathletes Club earned Gold Level status in the National Math Club competition. The students have been competing in web-based math competitions throughout the year, playing creative and challenging math games between matches, and developing original games of their own. The original game submitted to represent the team for the competition was created by sixth-grader Nicholas DiLorenzo.  

Team members played the game and offered modifications to improve play. The National Math Club recognized the team’s efforts with Silver Level status in April and then awarded them the highest honor of Gold Level after seeing the game in play. Each student received a certificate and the school received a banner to display. 

Coached by Kevin Gabrysiak and Joseph Lee, the team includes Miklos Argyelan, Virag Argyelan, Maria Bubulinis, Robbie Burns, Theo Burns, Ryan Chen, Max Cohen, Bella Craft, Nicholas DiLorenzo, Daniel Glavin, Katherine Gu, Leonard Gu, Aria Khwaja, Thomas Lynch, Aidan Moran, Kieran Moran, Molly Murray, Griffin Postley, Tito (Edilberto) Rivas-Cruz, Olivia Roedel, Francesca Speringo, Phillip Strauss, Alisha Uduevbo, Sophia Veteri, Antonia Vitale and Samantha Wolfe.

Kimberly Farina, mathematics subject coordinator, said participation in this competition is beneficial for the students. “This competition afforded our students the opportunity to think creatively and work collaboratively to create math games that foster a deeper understanding of mathematics.”

Congratulations to the entire team and the coaches on this outstanding academic accomplishment!

Theater Programs Enhance Arts in the Schools

Middle School students on stage

Elementary and middle school students have been taking to the stage to stretch their theatrical muscles. The parent organizations at Bayville Intermediate School, Locust Valley Intermediate Schooland Locust Valley Middle School have partnered with mainstages, an educational theater company for children, to offer performing arts opportunities for students.

Young actors at Bayville Intermediate recently took their audiences on a sweet trip to a candy factory as they performed “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” Locust Valley Intermediate thespians showed us the way home as they brought “The Wizard of Oz” to the school stage. At the middle school, a truly beautiful performance of “Beauty and the Beast” impressed audiences.

Students dedicated many hours after school to rehearsals and performed in multiple shows for their peers and their families. The smiles on the faces of the performers and the audience members offered proof of their success.

Click on the slide shows to get a glimpse of the onstage action.

Bayville Intermediate School


 Locust Valley Intermediate School


Locust Valley Middle School


Bronze Medals at National Science Bowl

A Locust Valley Middle School team earned a bronze medal in the Long Island regional competition for the National Science Bowl held at Brookhaven National Laboratory on March 3. Sponsored by the Department of Energy, the event brings 20 schools from Long Island together to compete in a science competition.

Throughout the day, teams of middle school students answered questions on Earth science, physical science, life science, math and general science. The competition consists of a round robin followed by a single elimination final. Locust Valley Middle School entered two teams in this year’s competition. Coaches Christopher Hoppner and Julie Feltman prepared the teams for the questions.

Team A consisted of eighth-graders Nicky Berritto, Theo Burns, Mary Jane Erskin and Gia Villella. Following a tense three-way tie breaker, the team won its division and moved on to the final round. They finished third in the competition, with each student receiving a bronze medal, along with a large trophy for display in the middle school. 

Team B included eighth-graders Emma Barnaby, Trinity Benstock, Elizabeth Dunne and Griffen Postley, and seventh-grader Reilly Souther. They earned second place in an extremely tough division, winning three of their four matches. Although they did not move on to the finals, they have much to be proud of.

“I am extremely proud of the effort and long hours put in by both teams. They are beyond exceptional students, and it is always an honor to work with them,” Mr. Hoppner said.

Sixth-Grader Performs at Carnegie Hall

Will Wysolovski playing drums
Sixth-grader Will Wysolovski performed for the second year in a row on the stage at Carnegie Hall. On Feb. 25, Will played the drums with the ischool of Music & Art, where he is in a band. 

Performing music from the last four decades, the middle school musician was in his element as he is a drummer at heart. Will has been playing the drums since he was in first grade and is in a second band with his 14-year-old brother and two other boys as well as being a member of the middle school’s sixth-grade jazz band. He has also performed at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts and has completed through Level 4 NYSSMA for snare and Level 2 for drums. Last year he represented Locust Valley Intermediate School at the All-County Music Festival on snare drum.

In five short years of playing, Will has learned many genres of music including rock, funk, latin and jazz. Congratulations to this outstanding musician!