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Dear Locust Valley High School Students (and Parents):


Welcome to the 2019-2020 academic year at Locust Valley High School! Opening day of school is Wednesday, September 4, 2019.  With the school year upon us, we ready ourselves for the opportunities that come with the start of every year--a higher grade, the passing and making of friendships, and a renewed commitment towards a successful endeavor. As always in education and life the demand for personal goals accompanied by earnest effort will be critical in achieving a valuable academic and social experience.  Welcome to the new school year!


Our students are part of a nine period school day that begins promptly at 7:45AM and concludes at 2:39PM. Our staff and the instructional program fosters a student-centered school that stresses excellence in an environment of high expectations and high support. Individual educational programs are in place for students, as well as pupil support from counselors, psychologists, a social worker, and all staff. Students in need of extra-help will find teachers in all disciplines available for support. Daily bus arrival for students is 7:30AM and daily bus dismissal is 2:50PM. Transportation for students involved in extracurricular activities, clubs, and athletics is available starting at 3:30PM.  Throughout the school year, we request that students exercise extreme caution when driving and parents exercise extreme caution dropping-off/picking-up students. For safety reasons and due to student movement and bus traffic, we do not have the ability to accommodate parent cars on campus during bus dismissal from 2:40PM to 2:59PM each afternoon. At 3:00PM parents are welcome to pick-up students on the sidewalk side of the loop. In the event of any unique needs or circumstances, parents of course may speak with a building administrator. 


Artists, musicians, and theater performers will meet new opportunities to elevate their level of involvement, develop skills, and seek enjoyment. Our extra-curricular clubs and academic teams are extensive and offer students the opportunity to grow both socially and academically. The athletic program is highly successful and offers a multitude of teams. Fall athletic start dates include: August 19th for football and August 26th for all other fall sports. A lunchtime Club Fair is scheduled for Thursday, October 3rd.  All students are encouraged to join a team or be part of a club.  


Your anticipated class schedule (arriving in a few days) reflects courses that have been selected with your input.  Important notations include:  

Y: Year-Long Class F: Fall Class S: Spring Class All: Class Meets Every Day

1:  Class meets on day 1 (A) 2:  Class meets on day 2 (B)


The scheduling process hinges on: graduation requirements, class availability, and the required minimum classes for all students.  A counselor appointment schedule is available and designated below for students/families to support circumstances that may be present due to: an error or omission on the schedule, the satisfaction of summer coursework/adjustment of class needs, or the desire to enroll in a more challenging course (AP, Honors, or IB).

 

Tuesday, August 27th 9:00 - 11:00 Grade 1
Tuesday, August 27th 12:00 - 2:00  Grade 9
Wednesday, August 28th 8:00 - 10:00 Grade 11
Wednesday, August 28th 12:00 - 2:00  Grade 10
Thursday, August 29th 8:00 - 10:00  New Entrants

Please note, consideration for schedule changes are based on: level changes, summer school grades, required coursework missing, and medical circumstances designated by a doctor’s note. To maintain balanced class sizes and work in the best interest of all students, course changes for reasons other than the aforementioned circumstances are not accepted until students have matriculated through class sessions, afforded due deliberation, and maintain a substantive reason for the request.  

As we prepare students for college, careers, and the acquisition of 21st century skills, we will continue to enhance the access to digital tools and diverse learning platforms for students and staff.  With ongoing access to technology, students are equipped with tools to support their individualized pursuit of passions and the ability to gain the skills needed to excel in a rapidly evolving global society. School-issued email addresses are anticipated for students this fall.


Our school cafeteria maintains a full service meal program. Additionally, senior students, unless determined otherwise due to academic, opt-out (an option for parents), attendance, or discipline matters, are able to enjoy open-campus privileges during lunch/open periods. Details regarding food service, including an application for free or reduced priced meals, and senior privileges are enclosed and/or have been made available respectively.


On the first day of school you should report to homeroom by 7:45 AM, where you will receive a finalized copy of your schedule, a student handbook, and a locker assignment.  Questions about your program will be answered and school expectations and procedures will be discussed. It is essential that families complete an Emergency Information Card (will arrive in the mail) and students submit the card to the health staff or homeroom teacher on the first day of school. Following homeroom, you will attend all classes on a modified schedule. The school day will end at 2:39PM.  


New York State mandates that new entrants to a district, along with students in grades K-1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11, have a School Health Examination Form on file. A form will arrive to you in the mail and is also available on the district website (http://www.lvcsd.k12.ny.us/health_office/health_forms) directly at http://bit.ly/LVHShealthform. Please return a completed form to the Health Office.  Physical examinations will be provided by the school doctor for students that do not submit a completed form. Note:  A student playing a fall sport must complete his or her physical before the first practice. Questions? Please call the Athletic Office at 516-277-5175.  Requirements:  http://bit.ly/healthrequirements


The Locust Valley High School Parents’ Council and Special Education Parent Teacher Association work closely with us to provide the best possible educational experience.  We encourage parents to join our HSPC and SEPTA and attend meetings. Meeting and membership information is available on the district website. Open House at Locust Valley High School is Wednesday, September 18th at 6:30PM. Also on September 18th (beginning at 5:30), the Guidance Department will be hosting a program for 9th grade students and parents.


I remind all students to attend to/complete the Summer Assignments posted on our website (English for all students and Social Studies for students entering AP US History). Additionally, all eligible juniors and seniors (at least 16 years of age by September 9th and holding a New York State driving permit), please note that spots remain in the Fall Drivers’ Education Program. Interested students may find information on the school website at:   http://bit.ly/LVHSdriversed.

A mandatory  informational meeting for the fall program is scheduled for Wednesday, August 28th at 6PM in the school library. Any student not signed-up but interested should contact the coordinator.  


Please consider your interest/share feedback regarding two exciting potential offerings for 2019 - 2020 academic year:

 

 

Members of the Class of 2020 satisfying all requirements as stipulated by the State of New York and the Locust Valley School District for a high school diploma or a Career Development and Occupational Studies Commencement Credential (CDOS) or a Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential (SACC) will be invited to participate in graduation on June 27th. 


On behalf of the entire staff, we look forward to working with you and are confident that you will have a positive experience. You are encouraged to become active in the life of the Locust Valley High School community.  


Best wishes for the remaining summer days.



Patrick J. DiClemente

Principal

                       


Two Falcons Named National Merit Semifinalists

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Two Locust Valley High School seniors have been named National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalists. Emily Barosin and Jenna Halpin earned this elite recognition for their exceptional scores on the PSAT as juniors. They are among 16,000 students recognized in a pool of 1.6 million high school juniors that took the exam.

Emily is an International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate with varied interests and skills in math and science as well as reading and politics. When she thinks about her future, she envisions earning an engineering degree that would allow her to focus on policy from a scientific perspective. She is President of the Model United Nations Club and a member of approximately seven high school organizations ranging from Stage Crew and Cheerleading to the Ethics Bowl, Quiz Bowl and History Bowl. She is also on the track and field team. Emily loves to sing and uses that passion as a member of the high school’s concert chorale.

Emily’s community service activities include teaching Hebrew language skills and values to second graders at her synagogue, where she has also served as Co-President of the youth group and assistant to the youth coordinator. She volunteers with her grandfather at a soup kitchen and works part-time as a math and Hebrew tutor for regular education and special needs students. 

Jenna takes International Baccalaureate classes and is active in many school organizations with impressive leadership experience. She is Back the Blue Club Vice President, Athletic Council Concession Manager, Varsity Field Hockey Captain and founder of the Student Leadership Activities Club. Jenna is also a member of the Tri-M Honor Society and the high school band. She is on the varsity lacrosse and indoor track teams. 

Jenna was selected as a member of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. She was chosen as one of only two representatives from Section VIII and joined a team of 22 high school students from the state’s 11 athletic sections.

Jenna serves as a volunteer coach for a youth field hockey team and as a volunteer with e-Buddies, a program in which she and others serve as pen pals for developmentally disabled students. Her future goals currently include playing field hockey at the collegiate level and studying biomedical engineering.

Emily and Jenna are both members of the National Honor Society and the Foreign Language Honor Society. It is easy to see how the drive and determination that Emily and Jenna have would lead them to being elite National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalists. To compete for spots as finalists, Emily and Jenna must meet several requirements including submitting essays, submitting proof of high academic achievement, being endorsed by a high school official and earning a score on the SAT that is consistent with their performance on the PSAT.

Congratulations to Emily and Jenna on this extraordinary achievement! The district wishes them luck in the next steps of the competition. 
 

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

 

 

Attachments:

Locust Valley Will Never Forget

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Fall Athletics Update

The decision by Section VIII Athletics to postpone fall sports until January has been controversial to say the least. Based on feedback that Section VIII is receiving, they are meeting to reopen the discussion on this topic and determine if in fact low-risk sports can begin Sept. 21. The state has authorized these low-risk sports to begin.

In addition, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHAA) announced on Sept. 9 that football, volleyball and competition cheer, which are not in the low-risk category, would be delayed until March 1.

We will keep you updated on any announcements we receive from Section VIII regarding their decision on low-risk sports.

Two National Merit Semifinalists

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Locust Valley High School is proud to announce that seniors Emily Barosin and Jenna Halpin have been named National Merit Semifinalists. More information about Emily and Jenna will be shared soon.