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
Class of 2020 Graduates During Unique and Memorable Ceremonies
During a school year that was met with challenges and uncertainty, the Locust Valley High School graduation was a beacon of light and hope for the Class of 2020.
Four graduation ceremonies were held on June 29 to maintain social distancing guidelines set forth by New York State. Each ceremony celebrated the graduates with motivating speeches, praise for their achievements and advice to help them meet their future goals.
The tradition of gifting each senior a flag during the school’s annual Flags for Freedom ceremony was continued, despite the ceremony itself being canceled by the pandemic. Incorporated into the graduation, the meaning was explained by Student Government President Hans Kiessling Jr.
“The Flags for Freedom program in Locust Valley is dedicated to our seniors and in honor of our veterans,” he said. “Through the efforts of Operation Democracy, to remember our heroes, to say thank-you to our patriots and service members, support has been gathered from the community to present to each student today, when students come to the stage, a United States Flag and a copy of the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence.”
Salutatorian Julia Forte addressed her classmates at each ceremony. “We are made up of a class unlike any other, a class of all-around amazing people: brilliant, athletic, artistic, kind.” She also spoke of the class being split into four ceremonies. “Know that even though we are graduating separately, that the sacrifice we are making graduating separately is for a greater purpose and I think that's beautiful,” she said.
Valedictorian Michelle Hsu shared memories of school as well as advice for her peers. “High school was a special time that cannot be replicated. But the emotions, the relationships, the community, they don’t end here, and neither does the learning. If you immerse and invest yourself, you will feel joy and pride in whatever you do and build close friendships wherever you go,” she said.
Locust Valley High School Principal Patrick DiClemente led the ceremonies and offered his thoughts to the seniors. “Graduates, as a parent shared with me this week, the wind is not always at our back and the tide sometimes pulls us away from the safety of the shoreline,” he said. “As Walt Whitman writes, ‘If the wind will not serve, take to the oars.’ Keep trying, adapt, fail, try again, get a little better with every experience, be a lifelong learner. Have a plan B, realize that success in school, in careers, in life will often need to come when the winds aren’t favorable and will be determined by how you respond.”
Board of Education President Jennifer Maselli also talked about facing challenges. “Sometimes, the greatest growth we can experience as individuals comes from the struggles we face,” she said. “While quarantine may have felt consuming, there were many other trials you faced on your way to becoming a high school graduate. You overcame those challenges, too.”
Interim Superintendent of Schools Dr. Thomas P. Dolan reached out to the kindergarten teachers who taught the Class of 2020 in the year 2007. He shared advice from those teachers, which included reminding them of some of the same lessons they were taught as 5 year olds. Through Dr. Dolan, Ms. Eno reiterated her kindergarten lesson that “one act of kindness changes everything for a person.” He said that Ms. Shanahan shared a message from Eric Carle’s book, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” which she often read with her kindergarten class: “You, like the caterpillar, will grow up, unfold your wings and fly off into the future.” Each of the teachers that Dr. Dolan spoke with sent their best wishes to their former students for a successful future.
While the Class of 2020 had a senior year that they will always remember for its unique circumstances, graduation focused on hope and the opportunities waiting for each of them in the future. As if on cue, as the final graduation ceremony concluded, a rainbow, sometimes seen as a sign of hope, graced the sky above the high school fields.
Congratulations to the Class of 2020!
Please see the attached flyer regarding 2020-21 Robotics registration for students in grades 2-12. This registration is being held in the hope that extracurricular activities will take place, however, like with everything else, there is uncertainty at this time.
Senior Art Show
Our student artists are incredibly talented and hard working. We hope you enjoy this senior art show.
Click here to view the slide show.
LVHS Senior Athletic Awards and Recognition Ceremony
Senior Receives Tim Bassett Leadership Award
Locust Valley High School senior Frank Marrone received the Tim Bassett Leadership Award from the Athletes Helping Athletes Workshop Coordinators of Nassau County.
Frank was selected for his leadership within the Locust Valley community, as well as his dedication and commitment to the Athletes Helping Athletes Program. His ability to connect and provide guidance for the younger students in the community has been recognized over his four years as a member of the program.
Tim Bassett, for whom the award is named, impacted the Student-Athlete Leadership Program profoundly during his time as a lead mentor. His ability to connect and inspire enriched the lives of thousands of fellow leaders. Basset’s AHA legacy is multi-dimensional. His overarching themes of leadership were inclusion, respect for others, commitment, overcoming adversity, loyalty, and most of all, giving back to the community. His most powerful gift to his students, however, was inspiring them to believe they are all capable of having a positive influence on our communities. Those given the award in his honor must exemplify those same qualities and prove to live their life in a similar fashion.
The first recipient from Locust Valley to win the award, Frank is among six other recipients from across New York State. Coach Lomot, co-adviser to the AHA program, states, “Frank is a class act and has dedicated so much time to helping others improve throughout his time in the Locust Valley School District. Every day of his life, he is doing something for someone without ever wanting any recognition in return. I am glad that the Athletes Helping Athletes program recognized him with this award because he truly deserves it.”