The International Baccalaureate Program at Locust Valley High School
International Baccalaureate Coordinator:
Angela Manzo, 277-5157
Dear Parents and Students,
Locust Valley High School is entering its 15th year as an International Baccalaureate World School, offering the internationally recognized IB Diploma. Entering my fourth year as LVHS’s IB Coordinator, I also continue to serve as a math teacher at LVHS. In both of those roles, I look forward to working with the dedicated and talented staff, students, and families of the Locust Valley Central School District! With 16 years of educational experience and over ten years of International Baccalaureate teaching and leadership experience, all at LVHS, I am committed to helping our exceptional school continue on the path of academic excellence.
In addition to imparting knowledge, another major goal we share as a staff and with you is to prepare our students to become knowledgeable, inquiring, and reflective citizens and caring young adults, committed to a lifetime of personal, local, and global action in our increasingly integrated world. Through the vehicle of the IB Curriculum, LHVS staff work to provide an ideal adolescent learning environment in a framework of academic rigor that is so necessary for success later, in college. The IB curriculum allows teachers and students to grow, thrive and collaborate as lifelong learners, for whom hope, creativity, innovation, and curiosity are encouraged and celebrated.
While the IB Diploma Program (IBDP) is an excellent college preparatory program, we believe it is much more. It provides students with a unique educational experience full of student choice, independence, maturity of thought, and self-reliance, all of which are consistently identified by our alumni as personal qualities that they developed via their IB courses. Students at Locust Valley High School can chose from dozens of IB courses in six academic areas-- there is something for everyone. Our dedicated teachers attend trainings, curriculum roundtables, and collaborate with each other as well with teachers from other IB Schools to provide an IB Education to our students.
We strongly encourage all students to participate in the IB experience here at LVHS in the greatest capacity possible. If you have any questions, or would like some more information, please do not hesitate to contact me at email@example.com or at (516) 277-5159.
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.