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Mathletes
Written by fifth-graders Jack, Quin, and Sydney

In May of 2009 five 5th grade students from Locust Valley Intermediate School went to SUNY Old Westbury for a mathletes competition. There were about 50 schools that went, and there were five students from each school.

The five students from LVI were Zachary, Peyton, Sydney, Jack and Quin. Upon arrival they participated in an individual event that had 10 problems to be completed in 30 minutes.  In mathletes they had half an hour to finish only five  questions. They were also competing against 6th graders. 

After the 30 minutes were up, they went into an auditorium. There, they checked the answers with the person who created the problems. He showed them many different ways to solve them.

Then it was time to start the team event. They had another 10 questions to answer in only 20 minutes but this time they worked as a team.

After lunch they held the tiebreaker for the three people that got 10 out of 10 problems right on the individual competition (they were all 6th graders). Then they held the team tiebreaker. The first 5 tiebreaker questions everyone got wrong. Finally they got the 6th question right. The team that won had the same person who won the induvidual tiebreaker. 

Going on this trip was very fun for those students who participated. For people who love doing math it was a great day. Everyone from LVI would love to do it again. If you get a chance to go you should because it is a lot of fun to do math and working on a team with friends for a day is great too.
 
 

Locust Valley and Bayville Students Win Anti-Bullying Poster Contest

Students in Locust Valley and Bayville Elementary Schools know how to stop bullying, and the posters they created to spread the word won them recognition from Child Abuse Prevention Services (CAPS).

Three students were winners in the CAPS 2009-2010 Bully Prevention Poster/Poem Contest. Additionally, a fourth student received honorable mention. The posters were selected from among 1500 entries that were submitted by students from 57 schools throughout Long Island. The fourth graders entered the contest in conjunction with their bully prevention program.

Congratulations to all the participants!

Learning to Love Lepidopterology

A butterfly sits on leaves
Locust Valley Intermediate School science lab coordinator, Caroline McBride recently stood outside the school with a monarch butterfly resting on her finger. She walked around to each student in the class and showed them the colorful insect up close, reinforcing lessons they had learned during classroom instruction, including how to tell if the specimens were male or female. Asking if they knew whether she was holding a male or female, they did know, based on the markings on its wings.
 
The butterfly Mrs. McBride held had been a resident of a screened habitat that was constructed by the husband of third-grade teacher, Diane Yanez. Through the screens, third-graders witnessed the actual life-cycle of painted lady butterflies, monarch butterflies and luna moths. They visited daily to see which insects had emerged, noting how long it took, what they looked like and their habits. In conjunction with this observation, students learned how to use a microscope to view slides of insect body parts and enhanced their research skills by further researching other butterfly and moth species in the library.
 
“The butterfly habitat literally brought our lesson to life, helping students to see first-hand what they were learning and appreciate the beauty of nature,” Mrs. McBride said.
 
After the insects emerged from their pupas, students said farewell by releasing them outside of the school. Some flew off immediately, while others lingered on tree branches, the school building, or even on Mrs. McBride’s fingers.

With their scientific study of the butterflies and moths, these students would make any lepidopterologist proud.
 
 

Memorial Day Salute

Flags line a field
Elementary students gave patriotic tributes that showed that they truly understand the meaning of Memorial Day and the importance of honoring our country’s veterans.

Students and staff from Ann MacArthur Primary School and Locust Valley Intermediate School gathered together at AMP to show their respect and to listen to words of wisdom from a local veteran.  Joe Rydzewski shared stories of his time in the military and encouraged students to appreciate the freedoms they have because of soldiers that work to protect the United States of America.

Bayville Primary School and Bayville Intermediate School students and staff walked to Bayville Village Hall for their Memorial Day ceremony. Veterans in attendance were honored for their service.

Decked out in red, white and blue, carrying American flags and performing patriotic songs, children at both events proved that they care about our veterans and that they appreciate the sacrifices these men and women have made. The bands and orchestra from both intermediate schools made the events more festive, while still respecting that this holiday commemorates those that were lost while serving the country in the armed forces. Students placed flowers at the base of the flagpoles and played taps as is customary at military memorial services.

Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Anna F. Hunderfund and Board of Education trustee Margaret Marchand attended both ceremonies. Nassau County Legislator Josh Lafazan attended the Bayville event and told the children that because of our veterans, they have the freedom to live the American dream.

We wish everyone a safe Memorial Day weekend and send our thanks to all of our country’s veterans.

Theater Programs Enhance Arts in the Schools

Actors 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 School and 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




Bilingual Night Provides Support

Graphic stating Bilingual Night
Spanish-speaking parents in the Locust Valley Central School District were offered support at Bilingual Night, held in Locust Valley and Bayville. The event was open to elementary, middle and high school parents.

The school/community partnership was emphasized for more than 80 people to facilitate and improve parental involvement in education.

Information was shared by building principals, ENL teachers, SEPTA and representatives of outside organizations, such as the library and medical facilities.

Topics included ways in which parents can obtain support for their children in academics and where they can find information and homework assignments. The district website at www.lvcsd.k12.ny.us has an option to translate pages into a variety of languages, one way the non-English-speaking parents can stay informed.

The information sessions were facilitated and organized by Cindy Ergen, teaching assistant at Locust Valley Intermediate School, who assists in translating for and communication with Spanish-speaking parents. Parent organizations assisted by providing snacks.

Ms. Ergen said the feedback from attendees was overwhelmingly positive. “They appreciated the presentations and said they feel more comfortable now reaching out and being part of the school community.”

Bilingual nights will be scheduled for the 2018-19 school year as well. “We will continue to make sure our Spanish population feels included and informed,” Ms. Ergen said.


Six Teams Honored in National STEM Competition

Six winning teams pose with certificates
Six elementary school teams in the Locust Valley Central School District earned Honorable Mentions in the Toshiba ExloraVision competition, which encourages students to find solutions to modern-day problems using STEM research.

From Locust Valley Intermediate School, fifth-grade team Brain Saver proposed using the protein RBM3 to help end Alzheimer’s disease. The protein is found in hibernating animals and allows them to wake from a “torpor” state by rebuilding brain synapses. The team, mentored by Mrs. Moran, included Hailey Leonard, Grace O’Mahoney, Julia Siegel and Brady Toher.

The MicroG PT Center team invented an idea to create a microgravity physical therapy center, which would revolve around the Earth in low orbit, providing microgravity rehabilitation services to those in need. Researchers on this team included fifth-graders John Gambino and Jackson Hoban and fourth-grader Anna Cavallo. Caroline McBride served as the team’s mentor.

The team Geckobot proposed using a gecko-like robot to patrol behind walls and in air ducts to detect toxic black-mold spores. The Geckobot would be covered with a smart fabric “skin” to detect mold spores and alert property owners. This team of fourth-graders, Liam Baker, Gregor Blaise, and Will Bohner, along with third-grader Tyler Leonard, was mentored by Anne Joyce.

Mrs. Joyce also mentored a team that had a different solution to help Alzheimer’s patients. They presented the Memory Restore Chip, a graphene-based chip implanted in the brain’s hippocampus and entorhinal areas to replace dead neurons. The chip would allow Alzheimer’s patients to make lasting memories again. The team included third-graders Lillian DeNatale, Natalia Figoni, Jacob Sabow and Taylor Zarou.

The Bayville Intermediate School team of Mushroom Miracles looked to help the environment. They proved that these miracles of nature could help disposable diapers decompose at a quicker rate. The team included third-graders Maxwell Bamba, Madeline Hattier, Meghan Johnson and Alexa Riccardo. This team was coached by Paige Coppola and mentored by Debbie McKillen.

Bayville’s Pur Energy Survivor Box team created a survival box powered by natural energy, which purifies water, has a beacon for light, GPS capabilities and more. It is meant to be used during natural disasters such as hurricanes. The team included fifth-graders John Hartnett and Owen Pye, with fourth-graders Lucia Connolly and Mirabelle DelGuidice. The team was coached by Paige Coppola and mentored by Amy Hartnett.

Congratulations to all of these young science research students!