Homecoming Happenings, Sat. Nov. 1

The Locust Valley Parents' Council and the Bayville PTA invite all children in the elementary schools to attend Homecoming and the Homecoming Parade.

 There will be a Homecoming Carnival from 10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on the MS/HS Upper Soccer Field.

Click here for BPTA Homecoming contest information.

Click here to learn how children can receive free pom poms at Homecoming.

Homecoming Saturday, Nov. 1 Revised Schedule

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Revised Homecoming Schedule

Due to the weather forecast, the schedule for Homecoming activities has been revised as outlined below. Please note that this schedule includes the judging of floats on FRIDAY.

FRIDAY, OCT. 31, 2014

12:30-1:30: 

Floats arrive at high school and are placed north of the first fence and south of the practice soccer field.

1:20 p.m.

High School Pep Rally

2:35 p.m.

Students view floats and judging of floats takes place.

3:10 p.m.

Floats may begin to leave the school and must leave by 5 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014

8:00-8:30 a.m.

A decision will be made regarding holding or cancelling the parade. In the event of cancellation, a School Messenger email will be sent out by 

8:45 a.m. If there is no notification, then the parade will take place and the following schedule will be followed:

9:30 a.m.

Floats arrive at Centre Island

10:00 a.m.

Parade begins from Centre Island

10:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Homecoming Carnival, MS/HS Upper Soccer Field

11:00 a.m.

Floats arrive at high school

11:00-11:15 a.m.

Viewing of floats

11:15 a.m.

Parents of the senior football players, kickline and cheerleaders report to the high school gymnasium.

11:30 a.m.

Senior Celebration Day in the high school gymnasium with parents of senior football players, kickline and cheerleaders.

12:00 p.m.

Half-time ceremony and performances in the high school gymnasium, including Homecoming Court, spirit contest winners and float contest winners.

1:00 p.m.

Kick-Off

Cheerleaders and kickline will perform at halftime if weather conditions allow.

If the parade is cancelled, floats will arrive at the high school at 10:30 a.m. and events will begin as outlined above beginning 

at 11:00 a.m.

 

 

Alumni Association Homecoming Invitation

 

 

The Alumni Association encourages all alumni to attend Homecoming on Nov. 1 and a celebration following Homecoming.

 Click here for details.

 

Pumping Up School Spirit

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The energy was electric, the school spirit was high and the gymnasium was a sea of green ... it must have been the pep rally!

The middle school and high school students got ready for Homecoming with performances from the cheerleaders and kickline and are now more than ready to cheer the Falcons on at Homecoming on Saturday, Nov. 1.

Check out all the photos -the spirit is contagious!

Middle School Pep Rally

 

High School Pep Rally

Primary Pumpkin Patch

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Kindergartners at Bayville Primary School know that pumpkins grow from seeds, but that didn’t stop them from making their own pumpkins right in their classroom. The kindergartners in Tracy Dennis’s class couldn’t wait for seeds to grow, so they made their pumpkins with papier-mache. The project was the culmination of their studies on the life cycle of the pumpkin during library research. 

Parents and children worked together, dipping strips of newspaper in a mixture of glue, flour and water. They carefully placed the strips over balloons to create the pumpkins. Several days later, after the masterpieces had dried, the students painted them orange, with green stems. 

Having applied their fine-motor and artistic skills, the students’ pumpkins also demonstrated their knowledge of the seasonal gourd.

“The students worked so hard doing their research, and they really enjoyed showing off what they learned while having fun,” Dennis said. She added that the project was a wonderful way for parents and children to share an interactive school experience.

Musicians Perform at Grand Ole Opry

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Cameron Carrella, Kimberly Sabio and Andrew Wee performed at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tenn. in October with the NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles, which represent the top performing high school musicians in the United States. They are the first LVHS students ever to receive this national recognition.

Cameron, Kimberly and Andrew were first selected into the 2013-2014 All-State Festival and endorsed by the ensemble director in order to be considered for the All-National ensembles. They are all active members of the high school music department.

Cameron has played in the Gemini Youth Orchestra and Adelphi Preparatory Band, as well as performed with the All-County Jazz Band and All-State Jazz Ensemble. He is currently in a private jazz band and plans to study jazz theory and performance in college.

Kimberly attends the Juilliard Pre-College Division, where she studies with David Krauss of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and serves as principal trumpet in both the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra and the Long Island Youth Orchestra. She was also selected as principal trumpet for the 2013 All-State Orchestra. Kimberly attended the New York State Summer School of the Arts School of Orchestral Studies in the summer of 2013, and has attended the Eastern U.S. Music Camp at Colgate University for the past five years.

Andrew began violin lessons at the age of 4, won second prize in the 10th YWCA New York Music Competition, and performed at Carnegie Weill Hall at the age of 9. He entered the Juilliard Pre-College Division when he was only 12. He won first place in the TOBAC Talent Competition, third place in the 7th Annual LISMA International Competition, and has performed at Flushing Town Hall in the Rising Star Concert. Additionally, he was a featured soloist at Carnegie Hall in the Young Musicians’ Benefit Concert for Young Artists. He was chosen to perform at Alice Tully Hall for the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Festival. 

Parents Provide Happy Halloween

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The decorations may have been spooky, but the mood was all about fun as students from Locust Valley and Bayville Intermediate Schools got into the spirit. The Bayville Halloween Howl and the Locust Valley Halloween Hullabaloo included games, prizes, and lots of treats. Both events were sponsored by the parent organizations from each school.

Costumes ranged from princesses to monsters, and even the parents wore costumes. Pizza, drinks and snacks helped keep goblins and ghouls energized for dancing. Bayville Intermediate School children had their photos taken in a Halloween scene as mementoes of the evening.

At LVI, former Board member Carl Friedrich and SEPTA Co-President Rebecca Glavin made sure that children with allergies were able to partake in the treats. They handed out snacks that accommodated a variety of allergies.  If you would like to provide allergy safe treats on Halloween, you can place a teal pumpkin by your door to alert trick-or-treaters that you have non-food treats such as stickers. Teal is the color that represents allergy awareness.

Bayville Intermediate School Slideshow:

 

Locust Valley Intermediate Slideshow



Common Core Curriculum

Administrators presented an update to the Board of Education on the ways in which the Common Core is being implemented at the elementary and middle school levels. The presentation focused on creative learning techniques that will best help students achieve at the highest levels possible.

Click here to view the presentation.

High School Parking Update

After months of extensive research and community input, the Safety Committee presented the final findings to the Board of Education regarding parking at the high school. While the number of parking spaces was considered, the focus remained on safety for students, staff and visitors.

Click here to view the presentation.

Friendship, Food and Fun

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Images of a potluck dinner conjure up thoughts of community and friendship, making it the perfect way for sixth graders and their families to come together. The annual middle school event allows students to introduce their families to the new friends they've met in school and allows the families to get acquainted as well. 

At the middle school, students join together from both Locust Valley Intermediate School and Bayville Intermediate School, creating the opportunities for many new friendships. 

Families, faculty and Board members brought salads, entrees, breads, and desserts for attendees to share in the school cafeteria, which was decorated for autumn by art students. Unique pumpkins hand painted by middle school and high school artists were on display and available for sale. 

Firefighters Share Important Lessons

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Learning fire safety can be fun and can help young students remember what to do if they find themselves in an emergency situation. The Bayville Fire Department proved that point during their visit to Bayville Primary School last week.

With some of the firefighters donning their jackets, helmets and boots, several members of the department shared important tips with students in kindergarten through second grade. They stressed the importance of having a family meeting place, calling 9-1-1 and using the “stop, drop and roll” method if they find themselves in a smoke-filled room.

The highlight of the visit for the children was having the opportunity to see, and sit inside, the fire trucks. These children clearly focus on safety as many of them immediately fastened their seat belts when they sat in the fire truck seats. 

"This is an important program for these young students,” said Bayville Elementary School Assistant Principal Dorothy McManus. “The information the firefighters share could save one of their lives one day.” She emphasized that the teachers reiterate these lessons in the classroom. 

The Locust Valley Central School District is grateful for the time that the Bayville Fire Department takes to make a difference to the children and the community.


 

 

Showcasing Opportunities for Success

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Participation in extracurricular activities is important for many reasons. These activities give students a chance to explore new interests, make friends and experience the joys of giving back. College admissions officers also look for students with well-rounded resumes.

An extensive array of clubs and activities provide Locust Valley Middle and High School students with choices that will help them succeed in many ways. In order to showcase these options and allow students to learn about each activity, the schools held activity fairs. Club members and their advisors set up booths in the cafeteria. Students were able to view sample projects, ask questions and sign up to join on the spot.

From book clubs to community service organizations, there is something for everyone. A complete list of each school’s clubs and activities can be found at the following links:

Middle School Activities

High School Activities

The Board of Education will hold a meeting on Nov. 19, 2014 at 8 p.m. in the MS/HS Mini-Theater.

The Board of Education will hold a meeting on Nov. 19, 2014 at 8 p.m. in the MS/HS Mini-Theater.

Judge Brings Lessons Alive

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With gavel in hand and legal facts to share, fourth-graders at Locust Valley Intermediate School learned about the court system from Supreme Court Justice Timothy S. Driscoll.

Judge Driscoll visited LVI to reinforce the lessons the fourth-graders are learning. Hearing about his experiences in the courtroom helped bring their studies of the government’s judicial branch alive. 

“It can be hard for these students to visualize exactly what the judicial branch represents,” said fourth-grade teacher Christine Worsdale. “Hearing about the judge’s responsibilities helped them more clearly understand how our government works.”

Worsdale reached out to Judge Driscoll, the father of her student Timmy Driscoll, inviting him to make the presentation. She said the information he shared will help her students throughout the year. “As we begin our study of Native Americans, we will be able to connect our own government to their ideas and values,” she explained.

Judge Driscoll created an interactive courtroom to demonstrate how he can tell when witnesses are telling the truth or lying. With selected students playing the roles of witness, attorney and court stenographer, the group saw how body language and facial expressions can indicate whether or not a witness is being honest.

The judge also showed them the law books he studies each night to help him with cases and encouraged them to work hard to achieve success in life. While he was not able to share the details of actual cases, he was able to give students general information about past cases, which helped them understand how he makes his decisions.

The district extends special thanks to Judge Driscoll for taking time out of his busy schedule for this presentation.

Blood Drive Nov. 7

The high school's Interact Club will host a blood drive on Friday, Nov. 7 from 7:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. in the MS/HS Mini-Theater. All community members are invited to donate. 

Lacing into Breast Cancer

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The pink may be on their feet, but for the high school’s athletes, the sentiment is in their hearts. For the second year in a row, every junior varsity and varsity athlete purchased pink shoelaces to wear throughout the month of October in honor of breast cancer awareness. The money raised from the sale of the laces will be donated to cancer research.

“Our student-athletes not only excel on the field and in the classroom, but they also care about helping others,” said Athletic Director Mark J. Dantuono. “They recognize that they are not only part of an athletic team, but also part of a larger community.” 

The high school teams hold various fundraisers throughout the year; however, this is the only one that involves every team. 

“The entire athletic department comes together for this important cause,” Dantuono said. He added that it is personal for some students and coaches who have loved ones affected by cancer. The hope is that every dollar collected can make a difference toward finding a cure.

The shoelace fundraiser was made possible with the help of the Carlstrom, Famiglietti and Scott families. 

 

 

National Honor Society Tutoring Service

The National Honor Society tutoring program begins on Monday, Oct. 20. High School students needing tutoring in a subject area or for a specific exam may request a tutor through the link below. There is no charge for tutoring.

National Honor Society members who excel in various subject areas will serve as the tutors and receive community service credit for their time. Prospective tutors should use the links below to sign up and to track the time spent tutoring.

NHS Tutor Request Form

NHS Tutor Availability Survey

NHS Tutor Time Log 

Digging for Dollars

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From the tips of their toes to the tops of their heads, high school volleyball players were decked out in pink to raise awareness for breast cancer research during their fourth annual “Dig Pink” event.  Their efforts raised just over $1,000 through the sale of T-shirts, baked goods and other small items.

The fundraiser was not only a financial success, but also helped the team members bond with each other. Varsity Captain Taylor Herlich said preparing for the event created bonds that will last beyond the volleyball season. “We spent hours together tie-dying socks and baking, and we really got to know each other as friends,” the high school senior said.

Varsity Coach Bobbee Brancaccio and Junior Varsity Coach Janet Ratner supported both teams as they worked together to prepare for the event. “The girls really did it themselves,” Brancaccio said. “They are very dedicated to the cause, and we are so proud of them.”

In addition to a bake sale, which included scrumptious goodies decorated in pink, the teams each played a non-league game against Glen Cove. They have been playing each other in the Dig Pink event since Locust Valley started it five years ago.

MSG Varsity and Fios1 covered the event. 

Click here to view the MSG Varsity video.

Click here to view the FIOS1 video

 

 

 

 

 

Tenure Ceremony Celebrates Excellence

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After proving that they are among the best in their fields and are making a notable difference for the district’s students, eight faculty members have earned tenure.

Before being tenured, staff and faculty members must secure an interview in the district to prove themselves as being the best candidates for the position. Once on the staff, these individuals still need to prove that they were the right choice. Because of their hard work and dedication, this year’s tenure recipients are truly worthy of the honor.

A reception was held in the high school auditorium to recognize the achievements of these fine professionals. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Anna F. Hunderfund and the Board of Education hosted the ceremony, while administrators shared with guests the accomplishments of the honorees. Those granted tenure include: LVHS reading teacher Adrienne Cahill, LVI teacher Wendy Carswell, LVMS science teacher Julie Feltman, LVMS English teacher Carole Hellyer, LVHS social studies teacher Jennifer Masa, LVE psychologist Alexis Provetto, LVI teacher Stacey Singer and districtwide school media specialist Jane Sutton.

Dr. Hunderfund said the dedication and hard work of these exceptional faculty members help to make Locust Valley the excellent school district that it is. “We are fortunate to have an outstanding staff,” she said, “and it is a pleasure to honor those who have proven they will be an asset to the schools.”

Congratulations to all of the tenure recipients!

Artwork Embraces Diversity

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High school sophomore Alyssa Arena has embraced diversity through her artwork, which has been chosen for a selective art exhibit this month. 

The Suffolk Center on the Holocaust, Diversity and Human Understanding selected Alyssa’s piece as one of only 27 works to be displayed in the exhibit “Embracing Our Differences.”

The organization’s executive director, Steven Schrier, said the exhibit is “a meaningful effort to build a community that values peaceful coexistence and cultural understanding.”

The exhibit will be open from Oct. 16-29 at Suffolk Community College in Brentwood. A reception for the artists will take place Oct. 20 at 4 p.m.

College Fairs Come to LVHS

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Meeting college admissions representatives in person can give high school seniors an advantage over their peers applying to the same schools. That is one of the goals of the mini college fairs organized by the high school’s guidance department. 

Having a contact in any school’s admissions office can be very helpful throughout the application process, explained LVHS Assistant Principal Rebecca Gottesman. “When students have the opportunity to make an impression and then follow up with the representatives they met, they increase their chances of admission,” she said.

Additionally, the mini college fairs allow juniors and seniors to gather information about many schools in a short period of time. They may want to know what types of sports teams a school has, or how many freshmen are admitted each year. Students attend the fairs with prepared questions in order to make the most of their time.

Although many of these fairs took place during the beginning of the school year, several colleges are still scheduled to visit the high school. Details can be found at www.lvcsd.k12.ny.us/our_schools/lvhs_college_visits.

 

 

 

 

Sue Peterson Lubow Inducted Into Hall of Fame

LVCSD Board of Education Trustee Sue Petersen Lubow was recently inducted into the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Athletic Hall of Fame. Ms. Lubow was the academy's Athletic Director for 25 years after being the first female appointed as the Director of Athletics at any U.S. Federal Academy in 1989. She began at the Academy in 1979 as the Women's Physical Education Instructor and became the head of the men's swimming & diving program one month later.

Ms. Petersen Lubow helped to develop their athletic program to include more than 20 teams and helped develop the Blue & Gray Club, Athletic Hall of Fame, Blue & Gray Golf Classics and other numerous traditions and awards at the academy.

She was elected to the Locust Valley Board of Education in 2013 and has been a valuable member of the Board for the past year.

Music Honors Abound!

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It was music to our ears to hear that Locust Valley musicians are receiving honors at the state and national levels for their exceptional skills.

All-National Honor Ensemble Honorees

Cameron Carrella, Kimberly Sabio and Andrew Wee have been accepted into the NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles, which represent the top performing high school musicians in the United States. These students will perform with the ensembles at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tenn., Oct. 26-29, 2014.

Cameron, Kimberly and Andrew were first selected into the 2013-2014 All-State Festival and endorsed by the ensemble director in order to be considered for the All-National ensembles. They are all active members of the high school music department.

Cameron has played in the Gemini Youth Orchestra and Adelphi Preparatory Band, as well as performed with the All-County Jazz Band and All-State Jazz Ensemble. He is currently in a private jazz band and plans to study jazz theory and performance in college.

Kimberly attends the Juilliard Pre-College Division, where she studies with David Krauss of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and serves as principal trumpet in both the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra and the Long Island Youth Orchestra. She was also selected as principal trumpet for the 2013 All-State Orchestra. Kimberly attended the New York State Summer School of the Arts School of Orchestral Studies in the summer of 2013, and has attended the Eastern U.S. Music Camp at Colgate University for the past five years.

Andrew began violin lessons at the age of 4, won second prize in the 10th YWCA New York Music Competition, and performed at Carnegie Weill Hall at the age of 9. He entered the Juilliard Pre-College Division when he was only 12. He won first place in the TOBAC Talent Competition, third place in the 7th Annual LISMA International Competition, and has performed at Flushing Town Hall in the Rising Star Concert. Additionally, he was a featured soloist at Carnegie Hall in the Young Musicians’ Benefit Concert for Young Artists. He was chosen to perform at Alice Tully Hall for the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Festival.

All-State Festival Honorees

Three students have been accepted to the All-State Festival. Joseph Tancredi, Patrick Wilhelm (alternate) and Sarah Miller (alternate) will attend the NYSSMA 2014 Winter Conference in Rochester, Dec. 4-7, 2014.

Joseph has attended the Westminster Choir College Summer Arts program and is participating with the Metropolitan Youth Chorus this year. He has been a participant in the All-County Festival and received a perfect NYSSMA score of Level 6 A+ on his audition at the NYSSMA Solo Evaluation Festival held last spring.

Patrick was accepted into the Juilliard Pre-College Division, has attended Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and performed in the Citywide Youth Opera. He will be participating in this year’s All-County Festival and also received a perfect NYSSMA score of Level 6 A+ at the auditions last spring.

Sarah is a Level 6 cellist and began cello lessons at the age of 4. She attends the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Division and was assistant principal cellist at the NYSSSA School of Orchestral Studies. Sarah is a member of the All-County Orchestra and Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, and has participated in the LISFA Chamber Music Festival. She was accepted to perform at Alice Tully Hall for the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Festival and placed second in the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra solo competition. Sarah is one of 70 students from around the world to receive a scholarship to the Heifetz International Music Festival.

Class Rings on Sale Nov. 6 & 7

 

Attention Class of 2016: Junior class rings will be on sale in the cafeteria Thursday, Nov. 6 and Friday Nov.  7, 2014 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Interested students should purchase their rings during their lunch periods.  More detailed information will be mailed home.  Please contact Ms. Caiati or Ms. Grasso with any questions. 

Highest Honors for LVHS Scholar-Athletes

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Locust Valley High School was recently honored for being named a New York State Scholar-Athlete Team School of Distinction. This prestigious honor means that every one of the high school’s varsity athletic teams earned scholar-athlete status, achieving a grade point average of 90 or higher during the 2013-2014 school year. Nina Van Erk, executive director of interscholastic athletics for Nassau BOCES, attended the Board of Education meeting to present the award to Superintendent of Schools Dr. Anna F. Hunderfund, High School Principal Dr. Kieran McGuire and Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics Mark J. Dantuono. A ceremony was also held at Nassau BOCES. 

“It is a true honor to be recognized as a School of Distinction,” said Dr. McGuire. “Our student-athletes excel both on and off the field. They make the effort to prioritize both being a member of a team and being a member of an academic program. We couldn't be prouder.”  

Locust Valley is one of only seven high schools in Nassau County to earn School of Distinction status for the 2013-2014 school year.  

Congratulations to all the athletes, along with the coaches and teachers who supported them!

Three National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists Named

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Three high school seniors have been named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for their outstanding achievement on the Preliminary SAT taken during their junior year. Mary Kate Guma, Tazim Merchant and Andrew Wee are in an elite class of students, as less than 1 percent of the 1.4 million juniors who took the exam in 2013 achieved the highest scores that merit this designation. 

Mary Kate, Tazim and Andrew will now compete to become finalists in the competition, which offers $33 million in scholarships. To be considered for finalist standing, the students must have a record of continued high academic performance, achieve an SAT score consistent with their PSAT results, and be endorsed by the high school principal. 

“These students consistently achieve at high levels,” said high school Principal Dr. Kieran McGuire. “They are academic role models for our school and community. This recognition is well-deserved.”