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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 amanzo@lvcsd.k12.ny.us or at (516) 277-5159.

Sincerely,

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Angela Manzo

Three Seniors Earn Award for Dedication

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Three Locust Valley High School seniors earned the Students Building Bridges Award from the Jewish Community Relations Council of Long Island at a ceremony held in May. Isabella Bernato, Sophie Matthaei and Adriana Trama were recognized for volunteering in the Locust Valley Middle School Life Skills classroom. 

Special education teacher Jessica Garrison, who runs the Life Skills program, said the girls have gone above and beyond to help the students in her program. “They selflessly give up their free periods and have shown great initiative,” she said. “They are wonderful role models for the students and leaders for the rest of the volunteers. It has been an absolute pleasure working with these wonderful individuals and seeing the joy that they bring to the class each and every day.”

The award was presented to the Locust Valley seniors during a program that served as a tribute to a Holocaust survivor. Individuals were recognized for their contributions to creating a better society.

Seniors Recognized for Excellence

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The Locust Valley High School senior awards ceremony recognized many seniors for earning academic awards and community scholarships for their excellence.

The district congratulates the award recipients and wishes them well in their post high school endeavors! The district also thanks the many community organizations for their generosity in donating these scholarships. 

See the attached list of award winners.

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Falcons Commit to Collegiate Athletics

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Locust Valley High School recognized 18 seniors who signed letters of intent on May 29, committing to continue their athletic careers in college. These student-athletes have proved on and off the field that they are ready to take their academic and athletic abilities to the next level. 

“Sports are in the blood of each of these talented young men and women,” said Locust Valley’s Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics, Dr. Danielle Turner. She noted the actual number of high school athletes that move on to play at the collegiate level is very small, approximately 7% of all high school athletes, and Locust Valley has 18 athletes advancing their athletic careers.

“Obviously we know that each of these young men and women have a skill in their sport; however, without the necessary grades, many colleges would not even consider a potential recruit,” Dr. Turner said. 

Congratulations to the following student-athletes on their academic and athletic success, and good luck at your respective schools!

Sophia Alesi, SUNY Fredonia, Soccer
Gabby Angelone, University of New Haven, Soccer
Katherine Berritto, University of Chicago, Lacrosse
Gianna Ferrara, Marist College, Track
Anna Frashilla, Holy Cross University, Lacrosse
JP Grace, High Point University, Track/Cross-Country
Benjamin Lizza, Hartwick College, Football
Lindsay Miranda, SUNY Geneseo, Lacrosse
Stephen Proko, Adelphi University, Baseball
Matthew Resiger, Utica College, Football
Dana Salinas, SUNY New Paltz, Soccer
Erica Scheblein, SUNY Oswego, Field Hockey
Constatinos Siafakas, Concordia College, baseball
Frank Smith, Bryant College, Lacrosse
Colton Teitelbaum, Loyola University, Lacrosse
Chad Trainor, SUNY Morrisville, Football
Cooper Trepeda, Hofstra University, Lacrosse
Bethany Zekraus, Marist, Track
 

Musicians Hitting All the Right Notes

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The middle school/high school music department has played their way into the hearts of the judges at several competitions.
 
Three of the high school’s musical groups earned First Place, Superior ratings at the Six Flags Music in the Parks Festival on May 18. The Locust Valley Concert Band, the Locust Valley String Orchestra and the Locust Valley Concert Chorale each took home the first-place honor. Additionally, the band and concert chorale each earned an overall award, and sophomore Lydia Paulus received a choral soloist recognition.
 
Seven musical groups participated in the NYSSMA Majors Music Festival at Hofstra University, with two of them earning the highest award possible. The Sixth Grade Orchestra and the Middle School Select Chorus were each awarded the Gold with Distinction award.
 
The Middle School Band, Middle School Chamber Orchestra and Middle School Orchestra earned gold awards, and the High School Orchestra and High School Chamber Singers each earned the silver award.
 
Each ensemble performed three pieces and were adjudicated by two judges who rated their performances.
 
The district congratulates the student musicians and the music staff on these outstanding achievements!
 
Thank you to the following musical directors for preparing students so diligently for the competitions:
 
High School Chamber Singers under the direction of Allison Hungate Wood.
High School Concert Band, under the direction of Vincent Guerra and Lisa Conti.
High School Concert Chorale, under the direction of Allison Hungate Wood and Joanna Milanese.
High School Orchestra under the direction of Marc Yavoski and AnnMarie Buonaspina.
High School String Orchestra, under the direction of Marc Yavoski and AnnMarie Buonaspina.
Middle School Band under the direction of Vinny Guerra and Lisa Conti.
Middle School Chamber Orchestra under the direction of AnnMarie Buonaspina.
Middle School Orchestra under the direction of Marc Yavoski and AnnMarie Buonaspina.
Middle School Select Chorus under the direction of Allison Hungate Wood.
Sixth Grade Orchestra under the direction of AnnMarie Buonaspina.

Golfers Play Strong

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Falcon golfers are seeing much success on the greens this season. 

Senior Meg Meehan earned fourth place overall in Nassau County and is a state qualifier. 
Sophomore Katie Meehan finished 12th in Nassau County and is a state tournament alternate. 
Sophomore Colin McCullagh finished 11th in Nassau County. 
Senior Erik Reid Carlstrom was a Nassau County qualifier.
The boys’ golf team finished fourth in Nassau County.

Congratulations to these incredible golfers and to coach Julie Feltman!