August 20, 2018
Dear Members of the Locust Valley High School Community:
Congratulations to all students, staff, and the community on a fine past academic year and a summer hopefully filled with the right balance of enjoyment and relaxation. My name is Patrick DiClemente and I am fortunate to have been recently named the Principal of Locust Valley High School. The Locust Valley School District is an outstanding place to receive an education, grow and learn as a resident, and to be an educator. The community has always maintained a pride in its people, heritage, and accomplishments. I am very excited about the opportunities that lie ahead for me as the high school principal and eager to be a part of the outstanding student achievement, activities, and culture among all of our schools.
With over twenty years of secondary school experiences as a teacher of English and school administrator, you will find me well-versed in the elements that coincide with student success at the high school level. I am passionate about the field of education and working with people. As the high school principal, I appreciate the opportunity that I have to support and celebrate our students, to work among a talented and dedicated staff, and to collaborate with families and community members.
Our efforts at Locust Valley High School and my focus is on providing a challenging, inviting, and supportive school experience for the students and all individuals associated with our school. We will continue to build upon the positive-spirit at school, work to recognize success, and expand learning for all of our students and staff. Students, staff, parents, and community members are the spirit of our school. Please know that my door is always open to you.
In the remaining summer vacation days, I wish all of our students and families fulfillment and enjoyment. As we draw closer to a new academic year, you will receive a welcome letter with coordinating information that will support a smooth, confident beginning to the 2018 - 2019 school year. I thank all members of the school community for welcoming me to Locust Valley.
Patrick J. DiClemente
Seniors Receive Outstanding Physical Education Award
Two high school seniors received the Nassau Zone Outstanding Physical Education Award. Bryan Fox and Lindsay Merenda earned this honor by exhibiting exceptional achievement in physical education and achieving a high level of fitness, both during and outside of school. In addition, recipients must demonstrate that they are leaders and serve as a positive influence on their peers and they must value living a healthy lifestyle and lifelong learning.
Their dedication to physical education is evident not only in the effort they put into their physical education classes but in their extracurricular athletics as well. Bryan is a member of the varsity basketball and soccer teams. Lyndsay is a member of the varsity winter track, field hockey and
lacrosse teams. She will join the lacrosse team at the State University of New York at Geneseo in the fall of 2019.
The students were nominated for this award by the high school physical education staff. “The physical education teachers made an excellent choice in nominating Bryan and Lindsay for this award,” said Dr. Danielle Turner, Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics. “Both of these student-athletes are dedicated to physical education and exhibit true leadership qualities.”
Varsity Teams Earn Scholar-Athlete Honors
The Board of Education at its Dec. 6 meeting recognized the academic accomplishments of the high school’s varsity athletic teams. For the fall season, every varsity team earned scholar-athlete status, which means that at least 75 percent of the team members earned a 90-grade-point-average or better.
Success on the field and in the classroom requires dedication and hard work, which the varsity players are not afraid of, many of them taking challenging Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses.
“We are all extremely proud of our scholar-athlete teams,” said Dr. Danielle Turner, Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics. “This is an accomplishment that proves they are not only dedicated to their sports, but to their academic success as well and that’s a win-win combination.”
Community of Writers
The middle school/high school hallways are often filled with student artwork, and recently those same walls highlighted a different form of art – the written word. The English Department used the National Day on Writing as an opportunity to celebrate writing by students and staff members. The high school English corridor and a hallway in the middle school are covered with creative writing samples and responses to the prompt, “Why I Write.”
The National Day of Writing is an initiative of the National Council of Teachers of English and, according to the organization’s website, is built on the premise that writing is critical to literacy, but in need of greater attention and celebration. They say that writing is thought of in terms of pencil-and-paper assignments, but that writing is present in all parts of life.
“It’s part of how you work, how you learn, how you remember and how you communicate. It gives voice to who you are and enables you to give voice to the things that matter to you,” according to the organization.
Students were given the opportunity in their English classes and in the library to share and celebrate “Why I Write” by developing a response and including it on a “Twitter” template crafted by middle school English teacher Emily Storck. If they preferred, personal writing samples could be shared rather than the response to the prompt. Students shared the digital or hard copy with their teachers, and all of the writing was posted in celebration.
English curriculum coordinator Lisa Czerniecki said the initiative was a success. “I am impressed by the responses students gave, and I am inspired by their creativity. It has been great to share and to continue to build a community of writers.”
January Regents Review Schedule
See attached document for Regents review schedule.
Green & White Spirit!
Dressed in green and white, high school students took to the
courts for some friendly competition during the Green & White Night, an
event that fosters school spirit. You can see some of the fun in the slideshow.