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Kieran McGuire, Principal
Phone: 277-5100
Fax: 277-5108
Kieran McGuire, Principal
Phone: 277-5100
Fax: 277-5108
Kieran McGuire, Principal
Phone: 277-5100
Fax: 277-5108

 

Welcome to Locust Valley High School - Home of the Falcons!

 

Patrick DiClemente, principal
Phone: 516-277-5100
Fax: 516-277-5108
pdiclemente@lvcsd.k12.ny.us

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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!

Senior Sings His way to State Recognition

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Timothy Peguillan’s singing abilities impressed New York State School Music Association judges last spring, earning him the honor of being named an All-State musician and invited to perform with the All-State Mixed Chorus at the NYSSMA 84th Annual Winter Conference in Rochester from Dec. 5-8.

Timothy performed at NYSSMA Level 6 in voice, flute and piano. A tenor, he sings in the high school chorus and chamber chorus, and plays in the band and jazz band. He is a member of the Locust Valley High School Jesters and performs in the school’s dramas and musicals. 

Music subject matter coordinator Marc Yavoski said that this student-musician has worked hard for this honor. “Timothy is a true triple-threat performer who excels on the stage as a singer, dancer and actor,” he said. “He will represent Locust Valley well in this prestigious conference.”

Congratulations, Timothy, and best of luck at the NYSSMA conference!

 



Four Seniors Named National Merit Semifinalists

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Four Locust Valley High School seniors have been named National Merit semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program, sponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. 

Nina Cialone, Michael DiSpirito, Michelle Hsu and Nitha Paulus were recognized for achieving exceptional scores on the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) as juniors when they took the exam along with 1.6 million students across the nation. Of those high school students, only approximately 16,000 were named semifinalists.

Nina has been inducted into the National Honor Society and Foreign Language Honor Society, and is a member of Book Club, Model UN, Peer Leaders and the Jesters, where she performs and works as part of the crew. She is the captain of the cross-country team and has set multiple school records in track. Nina uses her athletic ability to assist the coach for a local CYO track team. Outside of school, Nina enjoys taking voice lessons.

Michael is an IB Diploma candidate, a member of National Honor Society, Tri-M Honor Society and an ambassador in the Italian Honor Society. He is a three-sport athlete as a member of the varsity track and baseball teams, and captain of the varsity soccer team. Michael is the commissioner of a local recreational soccer league he created. Michael plays the viola in the chamber orchestra and has performed at Carnegie Hall, as well as in the Long Island String Festival. He also gives music lessons to younger students. Michael earned the opportunity to learn leadership skills through the American Legion’s Boys State program. 

Michelle is an IB Diploma candidate, secretary of the French Honor Society, a member of the National Honor Society and Tri-M Honor Society, and editor-in-chief of the high school newspaper, The Spectrum. She plays cello in the chamber orchestra and piano in the stage band. Michelle has performed on the piano at Carnegie Hall as well as at international competitions in places such as Vienna and Amsterdam. She recently published a manuscript in a scientific journal and completed an internship at the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research. 

Nitha is an IB Diploma candidate and a member of the National Honor Society and French Honor Society. She is a member of the cross-country team and co-jumping captain of the track team. Nitha is a member of the Jesters, performing in the high school dramas and musicals, as well as a singer with the Chamber Chorus. She has joined the Fashion Club and Quiz Bowl and plays guitar outside of school. Nitha is a talented artist, taking the IB Visual Arts course and focusing on painting and drawing. Community service for Nitha includes taking mission trips with her church to improve life in the communities they visit.

The four semifinalists will now compete for spots as finalists by proving that they have achieved high academic standing throughout high school and by earning a score on the SAT that is consistent with the high scores they earned on the PSAT. In February, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation will announce the finalists who will go on to compete for the actual scholarships.

Congratulations to Locust Valley’s four semifinalists and good luck in the next stage of the competition!

Locust Valley Will Never Forget

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Throughout the Locust Valley Central School District, students and staff remembered the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, including a moment of silence at each of the schools.

Locust Valley Middle School/High School held a ceremony to pay tribute to those lost on Sept. 11 and honor the heroes that emerged to help. Organized by Bryan Sarandrea, coordinator for social studies and business, K-12, the ceremony began in the high school office, where senior Hans Kiessling, student government president, read an announcement prior to a moment of silence. 

“As this day brings us sorrow over the loss of our loved ones, it also provides a true testament to the power of the American spirit,” he said. “No other day in modern American history has brought us together as much as 9-11 has. We must never forget this infamous day, as it proves that we, as one American people, are unbreakable.”

Following the schoolwide moment of silence, a wreath ceremony was held in front of the school at the flagpole. Mr. Sarandrea spoke of the thousands lives that were lost during the terrorist attacks on that infamous day. “We think of the selflessness, the successes, the families and the potential for greatness that was lost among many individuals,” he said.

Senior Lauren Spampinato, president of the Back the Blue Club, addressed the crowd on behalf of the club to honor those that served as first responders on 9-11. “We would like to express our gratitude to those that gave up their lives for us on that tragic day,” she said. “Their courageous actions have touched our lives and will live on in our hearts.”

Hans and eighth grader Kieran Moran placed a wreath in front of the flagpole and shared words of remembrance. “We remember survivors whose experiences we cannot being to comprehend,” Kieran said. “We remember all the lives lost in the most devastating attack on American soil.”

The ceremony closed with senior Jeremy Mastrodomenico playing taps, bringing appropriate military tradition and emotion to the event.

A video of the entire ceremony can be viewed on the district's Facebook page and Instagram account. 


Successful Start to New School Year

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Students in Locust Valley Central School District from kindergarten to 12th grade began school on Sept. 4, and their teachers had meaningful lessons prepared for the first day. From team building activities to STEM projects, students were engaged, focused on learning and had bright smiles on their faces.

Middle School/High School students returned to a brand new gymnasium floor and newly painted middle school lockers. Repairs and improvements to various elementary classrooms were also done during the summer, along with the completion of solar paneling at Bayville Primary School.

There is much to look forward to this month, as sports officially begin, open houses will take place at each school and the high school will hold its first college fair of the school year. Please visit the district website and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to ensure that you don’t miss any school events, meetings or activities. 

“Walking around our schools today, I was thoroughly impressed by the professionalism of our staff and the exceptional behavior of our students,” Acting Superintendent Thomas P. Dolan, Ed.D., said. “The positivity that this community exudes is contagious, and I am confident that the first day of the 2019-2020 school year is an accurate predictor of what is to come.”