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Locust Valley Intermediate News


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!

The LVCSD Team Strengthens With New Members

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Locust Valley Central School District is happy to announce the appointment of five individuals to administrative roles, serving students at all grade levels. These appointments will reinforce an already strong administrative team.

AnnMarie Buonaspina takes on the position of Coordinator of Instructional Technology and Fine and Applied Arts, K-12; Jennifer Masa becomes a Locust Valley High School Assistant Principal; Erin Goldthwaite is the Coordinator of Pupil Personnel Services, K-12; Dr. Fotini Effie Kyvelos is the Director of Pupil Personnel Services and Michelle Villa is the Director of Guidance and Counseling, K-12.

Ms. Bounaspina most recently held the position of Subject-Matter Coordinator of Music for the Locust Valley Central School District and has served as middle school/high school music and orchestra teacher since 2012. She holds a Bachelor of Science in education and a Master of Arts in music education, and will earn the New York State School Building Leader and New York State School District Leader certificates this fall. Ms. Buonaspina has demonstrated exceptional skills in the area of educational technology, providing outstanding opportunities to students in and out of the classroom. She takes on this newly created position with an enthusiasm for fine arts and educational technology. Prior to students arriving for the first day of school, Ms. Buonaspina had already jumped into her new role and planned educational technology workshops for staff during Superintendent’s Conference Days.

Ms. Masa has been a member of the Locust Valley High School faculty since being hired as a teacher in 2009. She then took on the role of Dean of Students and will easily transition to the position of Assistant Principal. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in history, a Master of Science in education and certificates in school building leadership, school district leadership and administration. In her time on the Locust Valley administrative team, Ms. Masa has played an important role in the expansion of mental health support for students as well, has created SEL- and IB-themed months and has lead school spirit by introducing the concept of the “Falcon Family.” She plans to continue her efforts to support high school students and staff in her new role.

Ms. Goldthwaite brings 17 years of experience from the Cold Spring Harbor Central School District, where she most recently served as District Chairperson of Special Education. She has held roles as a collaborative teacher, self-contained teacher, guided study teacher and resource room teacher as well as serving as department chairperson. Ms. Goldthwaite holds a Bachelor of Science in education; Master of Science in curriculum and instruction, special education; Master of Science in educational leadership; School District Administrator certification and Special Education certification. She plans to work collaboratively with faculty, staff and parents to implement programs to support students with disabilities.

Dr. Kyvelos joins Locust Valley Central School District as the Director of Pupil Personnel. She has served as the Coordinator of Secondary Special Education in the East Meadow Union Free School District since 2015. She was previously a school psychologist in the same district for 13 years. Dr. Kyvelos has earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and sociology, a Master of Science, Doctor of Psychology, School Building Leadership diploma and School Building Leadership Specialist diploma. She is guided by the principle of putting students first and has experience across all grade levels. In her most recent position, Dr. Kyvelos implemented the expansion of a special class program, implemented a co-teaching program and served as district liaison with Northwell Health in its provision of mental health services to students, a service in which Locust Valley schools will now participate.

Ms. Villa has been a Locust Valley High School Assistant Principal since 2015, a role in which she also oversaw the counseling department, making her an excellent choice for Director of Guidance and Counseling, K-12. She holds a Bachelor of Science in childhood education, Master of Science degrees in school counseling and certificates in school district leadership and school building leadership. During her tenure in Locust Valley, among other accomplishments, Ms. Villa has implemented a K-12 Comprehensive School Counseling Plan, increased the number of students participating in counseling groups, implemented a mentoring program, expanded college partnerships, added exploration of careers and vocations and created a system to award the New York State Seal of Biliteracy to graduating seniors. Ms. Villa will be an asset to students across the district, focusing on appropriate skills and actions at each level from kindergarten through grade 12.

We look forward to working with each of these individuals in their new roles and wish them much success!

Rewarding Summer Experiences

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Running up and down the field with all their might, kindergarteners at the Locust Valley Central School District Summer Recreation Program used skills they learned during a soccer clinic to drive the ball into the goal and when they did, they erupted into cheers.

All of the campers in the summer program participated in the soccer clinic run by high school varsity soccer players John Madsen and Teegan Rowe. The members of the Class of 2021 may have graduated from high school, but they were happy to visit Ann MacArthur Primary School to share their soccer skills with the campers over two days.

John and Teegan emphasized dribbling and shooting before having each group play an actual game in which they used these skills. The clinic was one of several visiting programs that have been providing enrichment and excitement to the summer recreation program. Legos, Native American adventures, cupcake decorating and a program by the Long Island Children’s Museum are just some of the other activities that have kept campers coming back for more fun each week. Yoga sessions have also been a favorite and a visit from members of the middle school/high school robotics club was educational and inspiring. Some of the campers expressed interest in eventually joining the club themselves.

The program’s director Marie Fonzo said the campers truly enjoyed all of the activities, coming into camp excited each day. “I’m thrilled to be part of this program and see the excitement on the campers’ faces when they participate in the activities,” she said. “Having everyone together, making new friends and learning new skills has been enriching and fun for all.”


Celebrating 50 Years of Commitment to LVCSD Children

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Cindy Tobin may have retired from her position as a physical education teacher in 2009, but she never really said goodbye. This summer, she celebrates 50 years working in the Summer Recreation Program, a job she said still feels like fun after all these years.

“Helping the kids is so gratifying to me,” she explained.

Ms. Tobin taught physical education in several of our schools, but spent the last 15 years of her teaching career at Bayville Primary School. She is also a Locust Valley High School alumna (Class of ’70) and joined the LVCSD faculty right after college. She was ingrained in the district as not only a teacher, but as a coach as well, and to this day she still works for the athletic department as a supervisor and scorekeeper.

Her summers spent with the young children in the District’s camp program give her a warm feeling that she hasn’t been able to walk away from since her first summer in 1971 when she helped run the program. “I enjoy working with the little kids,” she said. “They’re eager to learn and they’re fun. They have so many fun stories to share.”

This summer, as Ms. Tobin helps register new campers each Monday, she often finds herself welcoming parents who were her own students when they attended LVCSD schools. “I’m a friendly face that can help make parents feel secure about leaving their children,” she said.

She said while she loves seeing the children running around and having fun, watching them learn new things and make new friends, she also has a sense of satisfaction from helping the camp directors – she’s worked for seven of them over the past 50 years. “I like knowing I’m making their lives a little easier and I love working with the staff,” she said, and describes her coworkers as great team players who get along and help each other out in addition to helping the children.

Monica Cagney served as the Director of Summer Recreation for 10 years and valued Ms. Tobin’s contributions greatly. “She was a tremendous support, holding me up in challenging moments,” she said. She described Ms. Tobin as an asset to the program, someone who helped everyone, cared about the children and was a pleasure to work with.

Caroline McBride followed in Ms. Cagney’s footsteps, taking over as director and echoing her sentiments about Ms. Tobin. “Cindy is the person you want to have on your team,” she said. “She plays fair, remains loyal to the core and can laugh with you. So many of us, both young and old, have benefited from her advice and enjoyed being in her circle.”

Marie Fonzo, the current director, quickly grew to appreciate Ms. Tobin’s experience and knowledge of the program. “Having a mentor like Cindy Tobin this summer was incredible,” she said. “Her selflessness, dedication and commitment to the program has made a positive impact on so many people.”

Ms. Tobin has clearly been an integral part of the Summer Recreation Program during her 50 years as an employee. The District congratulates her and thanks her for her dedication to making the program a success and working to create fun and engaging summers for thousands of children over those years.