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Locust Valley Intermediate News

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!

Coffee with the Administrators


Coffee with the Administrators is an opportunity to meet the district's newest administrators, including Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kenneth E. Graham, Director of Pupil Personnel Services Mr. Michael Saidens and Locust Valley Elementary School Principal Mr. Kurt Simon.

Wednesday, September 23, 9:15 a.m., Ann MacArthur Primary School, Outdoors




Elementary Back to School Nights


The elementary schools will hold virtual Back to School Nights. Click the link below to access the individual links.

Welcome Back to School Falcons!

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Behind the masks, it was clear there were plenty of smiles as students returned to school for the first time since March. Eyes wide with excitement, Falcons settled in quickly to the new routine, which included wearing those masks and having their temperatures taken prior to entering the buildings.

Upon arrival, heading straight to their classrooms, students sat at desks outfitted with three-sided barriers and spaced farther apart than usual. Teachers sometimes stood behind similar barriers and in grades 7-12, welcomed members of their classes joining virtually as the hybrid model of attendance brought the green cohort to school today and will see the white cohort in person on Thursday, Sept. 10.

Those participating in full-time virtual learning also started their school year today, following their own schedule and joining their teachers from home. 

Outdoor areas were utilized for fresh air during lessons and recess. While inside, mask breaks were provided by allowing students seated in certain rows to remove their masks at the same time. This checkerboard pattern allows students to take a few minutes without their masks while keeping all students in the classroom safe.

We’re off to a great start with positivity in all of our buildings and we can’t wait for day two. We especially look forward to welcoming the white cohort back!

Special thanks to our incredible staff for helping to create a successful first day of school!

Superintendent Welcomes Staff to a New Year and a New Normal

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After six-months, the hallways in the Locust Valley Central School District buildings were finally buzzing with excitement as staff returned for the first of three Superintendent Conference Days. The first day of school was moved to Sept. 9 in order to provide additional days of training for teachers as they enter a school year filled with new and challenging tasks. 

Superintendent of Schools Kenneth E. Graham, Ed.D. visited each school building to welcome the staff to the 2020-21 school year and to introduce himself since he joined the district on July 1 and had not met many of them yet. His words were encouraging and hopeful, reminding faculty and staff that they are part of a team and have support whenever they need it. Dr. Graham emphasized that everyone returning to school had a different experience during the pandemic and we all need to remain open minded towards each other’s needs, especially those of students.

“Build connections,” Dr. Graham said. “Start to build positive relationships right away.” He explained that these positive relationships would be the foundation for the year.

David Hymowitz, MSW was the guest speaker, sharing similar advice for easily transitioning into the school year. He encouraged teachers to spread hope and ensured them that by doing so, they would create more hopeful students. 

Various breakout sessions throughout the three-day conference were scheduled to provide support and training with a heavy emphasis on technology, yet also including mindfulness, music education and more. Time was also allotted for department meetings and classroom set up.

As will be the case when students arrive on Sept. 9, the Superintendent’s Conference Days required safety guidelines to be followed, including mandatory mask wearing, social distancing and sanitizing. Many of the workshops were held virtually, allowing more staff members to participate. In-person sessions required that participants sit every few seats.

“We feel that increasing from one day to three days allows us to provide staff with the support they need to begin the new year,” said Dr. Graham. “We will continue to support our staff at every level and provide the tools they need to succeed in this everchanging learning environment.”

LVCSD Welcomes New Faculty Members

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Starting a new job can be overwhelming, however, a three-day orientation helped one dozen new staff members feel more comfortable as they take on their new roles. 

New faculty members met with their supervisors, representatives from technology, human resources, the business office and department coordinators. Superintendent of Schools Kenneth E. Graham, Ed.D., and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Anthony Davidson welcomed the group, along with other administrators who shared information about their schools and departments. The Locust Valley School Employees Association also provided support during the orientation sessions. 

Join us in welcoming our newest Falcons to the LVCSD Family:

Julianna Caputo, Bayville Intermediate School Special Education Teacher; Jessica Colombini, Bayville Elementary School Counselor; Vanessa Cornacchio, High School Family and Career Sciences Teacher; Bidania Criscuolo, High School Social Worker; Caitlin Crowley, Ann MacArthur Primary School Teacher; Ariana Franz, Locust Valley Middle School/High School Music Teacher; Megan Goldhammer, Locust Valley Intermediate School ENL teacher; Magda Larounis, Ann MacArthur Primary School Teacher; Erica Pietzak, High School Mathematics Teacher; George Roland, High School World Languages Teacher; Jennifer Unger, Middle School Science Teacher; and Allison Warfield, Locust Valley Elementary School Counselor.