Falcons Head to County Championships!

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The first face-off won by senior John Pedranghelu set the tone for the entire semifinal game for the Falcons Lacrosse team at Hofstra University on May 25th. Locust Valley's explosive fire power took an early commanding lead over rival, Oyster Bay High School. Senior Tyler Liantonio led all scorers with four goals and one assist which propelled the Falcons to continue their undefeated season of 16-0. Other strong contributors on the offensive side were underclassmen Craig Conn, Cooper Trepeta and senior Ted Mavros. Once again, the stingy Falcon defense led by senior goalies Christian Casazza and Chris Schultz along with long pole players, Francesco Anile, Reed Tansill, Tom O'Brien and Keenan Herlich helped secure the final score of Falcons 19 and the Baymen 2.

Locust Valley will play the winner of Thursday's Cold Spring Harbor-Seaford game in the Class C County Championship on Tuesday, May 31 at 5:30 p.m. at Hofstra. This is the Falcons second trip to the County Finals in three years.

Golfer Advances to States

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Congratulations to Senior Sydney Hochberg who advanced to Day II of the Nassau County Girls Golf Championships and placed 7th overall in Nassau County. This unbelievable feat qualified Sydney to be part of the Nassau County Team that will compete in the New York State Golf Championships from June 3-5 at Bethpage State Park, the yellow course.

Track & Field Success

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The LVHS Girls and Boys Track & Field teams competed in the Class "A" County Championship yesterday at Cold Spring Harbor HS. The Falcons had a number of standout performances, but the highlight of the night was the girls’ 4x100m Relay team of Alex Vassallo, Lindsay Abraham, Stephanie Reyes and Lily D'Addario. They dominated the competition coming in first place with a time of 52.09 sec. earning the title of 2016 Nassau County Class A Champions. The girls entered the race ranked fifth and beat out higher ranked teams from Valley Stream North, Valley Stream South, North Shore, and Cold Spring Harbor for the win. This group of girls is now ranked third best in LV's record book for the 4x100m relay.

Other LV athletes that earned All-County recognition are:

·  Adam Cohen - All-County honors in Boys Discus with a personal best throw of 153’ 9”– 2nd place finish.   

·  Mackenzie Mavros - All-County honors in Girls Discus with a personal best throw of 83' 11" - 2nd place finish.

·  Stephanie Reyes - All-County honors in 100m Hurdles with a personal best time of 15.79 sec. – 2nd place finish and All-County honors in 400m Hurdles with a time of 1:07.6 – 3rd place finish.

·  Roisin O’Neill - All-County honors in 800m run with a personal-best time of 2:23.55 – 3rd place finish.

The following student-athletes also put in impressive performances in this highly competitive County meet:

Girls Track & Field:

·  Alex Vassallo - 4th place in the 100m with a time of 13.25 sec.

·  The 4x800m Relay Team of Christine Lee, Joanna Yu, Melissa Cooney and Kristy Jahchan finished in 8th place with a time of 11:28.7

Boys Track & Field:

· Charlie Compono - 7th place in the 400m Hurdles with a time of 1:02.04 sec.

· David Fernandez – 10th place in Discus with a throw of 102’4”

· The 4x100m Boys Relay Team of Dylan Kelly, Charlie Compono, Tom Talenti and Eddie Garcia finished in 6th place with a time of 47.35 sec.

Congratulations to all competitors!  Next up for select members of the Girls' and Boys' Teams is the State Qualifier Meet on Thursday, June 2 and Friday, June 3 at North Shore High School.

Junior Earns Prestigious Award

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Locust Valley High School Junior Matthew Rizzo was awarded the Rensselaer Polytechnic University Medal Award. 

This honor is presented to promising secondary school students who have distinguished themselves in mathematics and science. Should Matthew apply to RPI during his senior year, and attend the university, he will receive a medal and a minimum of $25,000 in annual scholarship funds.

Matthew fits the profile for the RPI Medal Award perfectly with a GPA of 107.61 and scores above 700 in both the math and reading sections of the SAT.  His abilities and interest in math and science are strong and he has been a stellar Physics student and an integral member of the Robotics team.

Congratulations, Matthew on this outstanding accomplishment! 

Raising Awareness

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Members of the High School AIDS Awareness Committee hit the pavement to bring awareness to the AIDS epidemic and raise funds for research.

The high school students participated in the annual 10K AIDS Walk NYC on May 15th and raised $400 for the Gay Men's Health Crisis through bake sales and other fundraisers throughout the year.

Kudos to Charlotte Brennan, Bobby Brooks, Parker Chafetz, April Hahn, Rebecca Lewis, Faith McQuiston, Julia Orzel, Kyra Schmeizer and Taylor Schmeizer. Thanks to the committee’s advisor Courtney McKay for supporting the group in this endeavor and joining them in the walk.

 

All Schools in Session on May 31st

Reminder: All LVCSD schools will be in session on Tuesday, May 31 as a snow make-up day. 
 

Falcon Pride Summer Kick-Off Concert, June 11, 2016

The Falcon Pride Summer kick-off concert will take place on Saturday, June 11, 2016. Click the links for more information and the sponsorship form.

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The Board of Education will hold a meeting on June 2, 2016 at 8 p.m. in the MS/HS Mini-Theater.

The Board of Education will hold a meeting on June 2, 2016 at 8 p.m. in the MS/HS Mini-Theater.

LVCSD Community Supports 2016-17 Budget

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Thank you to the Locust Valley Central School District community for your support!

The 2016-17 budget was approved by voters.

 

Proposition #1 (School budget)

Yes:     1156

No:     497

 

Proposition #2 (Withdrawals from Capital Reserve)

Yes:    1252

No:     383

 

Two Candidates, Kerian Carlstrom and Lissa Harris were elected to the Board of Education for three-year terms.

Kerian Carlstrom:  867

Lissa Harris:  962

Alice Matthaei: 772

Middle School Students Explore History

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Three sixth graders utilized their research and writing skills to participate in the Optimum Community Black History Month Essay Contest. Francesca Hancock, Odin Hernandez, and Ashlee Joly from Jennifer Weprin's Social Studies class all received recognition awards for their essays on Martin Luther King, Jr., Zendaya and Harriet Tubman.

The contest invites middle school students to submit essays in honor of Black History Month. The Locust Valley students each chose an African-American they admired to research. They were also able to connect these three famous African-American historical figures to their study of Black History Month in their own social studies class.

“Participation in this essay contest provided excellent skills practice for the students in research and writing,” said Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator David Ethé.

 

 

 

 

 

Team Effort Raises Funds for Cancer Research

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Working in conjunction with the community, the high school’s Cancer Awareness Club raised more than $60,000 during Relay for Life. This number is especially impressive since rain required that the event be moved indoors and shortened.

High school junior Victoria Oxer served as the “Survivor Speaker” sharing a touching story of her personal battle with cancer as a little girl. As the audience listened to her explain that the inside of a hospital was her entire world, Victoria choked up on her words, but thanked participants for making a difference and helping to find a cure.

Officers of the Cancer Awareness Club and their advisor, Cory Haldas worked hard before and during the event to ensure things ran smoothly. The club members organized activities that served as fundraisers such as a haircutting ceremony, luminaria ceremony and musical performances.

"The organizers and participants refused to let the wet weather dampen their spirits and brought great energy throughout the event,” said Mr. Haldas.  “Through a great partnership with our community, we raised a tremendous amount of money that will directly fund both services for those currently diagnosed with cancer and research looking for the cure."

Teams of students, parents and faculty members participated, raising funds and awareness for a disease that has affected many of their loved ones. Mr. Haldas said many people deserve thanks and recognition for their dedication to this event. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Anna F. Hunderfund, Board of Education President Philip Bellisari, Vice President Douglas S. Johnson and trustees Kerian Carlstrom and Alice Matthaei volunteered their time to register and welcome participants at the event. High School Principal Dr. Kieran McGuire, Assistant Principal Lisa Czerniecki, Locust Valley Elementary School Principal Dr. Sophia Gary, Locust Valley Middle School Assistant Principal Michael LoGerfo, American Cancer Society representative Megan Stewart and Al Wheeler and the custodial staff all made this event possible.


 

Grant Allows Students to Create Rain Garden

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Locust Valley High School received a $1,000 grant from the Nassau County Soil and Water Conservation District to create a rain garden, which serves as an educational tool while helping the environment.

Member of the high school’s Garden Club volunteered to spend a Saturday afternoon creating the rain garden in a designated space in the garden that already existed at the high school. The existence of this garden helped Locust Valley secure the grant over the competitors because it had all of the features necessary to support a rain garden.

Forty-three people took time to make the rain garden a reality. High school and middle school garden club members were the primary workers and had help from IB science students, parents, elementary school students, staff and even one supportive spouse. Volunteers began the arduous process of moving dirt for four hours. Native perennials will be planted and the garden will be ready for the spring and summer rains. Rain gardens are self-sustaining, requiring minimal maintenance after the initial construction. The Garden Club will take responsibility for what maintenance is necessary.

Tina J. Hament and Alyssa R. Anderson, Garden Club Advisors submitted the grant proposal to the county and accepted the challenge of helping students create the rain garden alongside the existing fruit and vegetable garden.

Ms. Hament explained that a rain garden improves water quality in nearby bodies of water, as it cuts down the amount of pollution reaching creeks and streams. It reduces rain runoff by allowing storm water to soak into the ground as opposed to flowing into storm drains. “Rain gardens allow students to become aware of the complications of living in the suburbs as opposed to living in the country,” she said. “Students can learn so much from this rain garden.”

Special thanks go out to High School Principal Dr. Kieran McGuire for providing lunch for the hungry crew and also to Mrs. Kerian Carlstrom, Board of Education trustee who attended to offer her support.  Many more people were instrumental in making this happen including Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Anna F. Hunderfund, Director of Facilities and Operations, Henry Alilionis, Business Administrator Charles Delargy, Architect Renee Marcus, Custodian Al Wheeler and Corey Humphrey from the Nassau County Soil & Water Conservation District.


 

 

 

 

 

LVHS Earns State’s Top Honor for Fifth Consecutive Year

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Locust Valley High School has earned Reward School status for the fifth consecutive year. The designation is the highest recognition given to schools by the New York State Education Department. Reward Schools are determined on the basis of significant student achievement gains between the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years.

“This is another outstanding achievement for our high school, and one for which we are extremely proud,” stated Board of Education President Philip Bellisari.

To be identified as a Reward School, a school must:

  • - Be among the top twenty percent of schools in the state for English language arts (ELA) and math performance for both the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years or be among the top ten percent of schools in terms of gains in ELA and math performance in the 2014-15 school year.
  • - Have made Adequate Yearly Progress for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years for all groups of students on all measures for which the school is accountable, including the requirement that 95 percent of all groups participate in the English language arts and mathematics assessments.
  • - Not have unacceptably large gaps in student performance on an accountability measure between students who are members of an accountability group (e.g., low-income students) and students who are not members of that group.

 

Varsity Baseball Heads to Playoffs

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The Varsity Baseball team has clinched a spot in the Class A playoffs for the third consecutive year. 

The Falcons have strong veteran leaders comprised of Robert Dressler, William Mullen, Brian Wright, Sean Carroll, and Thomas Eletto. Additionally, the team’s success throughout the season is aided by strong pitchers on the mound led by Jack Paolicelli and Jack Barstow.There was a consistent display of  solid offensive power by William Mullen and Thomas Eletto. They each lead the team with runs scored and stolen bases. Sean Carroll and Robert Dressler provided defensive stability at shortstop and catcher.

Congratulations to the entire team and the coaches on this success! Come out to cheer the Falcons on Saturday!

Go Falcons!!


First Ever Undefeated Mens Lacrosse Season - Conference Champs!

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The Varsity Falcons Boys Lacrosse team earned the title of Conference Champions after beating Mineola High School and finishing the regular season as the first undefeated boys lacrosse team in LVHS history. 

To get to this point, the Falcons secured a win over Seaford High School 13-8 at a home game honoring the team’s seniors. Under the leadership of Coach Keith Cromwell, the Falcons faced a tough and physical Seaford team and the Vikings took the game’s first goal. After that point, the dynamic group of Falcons led by Joe and Mike Madsen took command of the game.

Joe Madsen had five goals and one assist to lead Locust Valley in Nassau IV. Mike Madsen added four goals, for a total of nine combined goals for the senior brothers. Senior Tyler Liantonio added a goal and four impressive assists.  Junior Angelo Caiazzo contributed with two goals and two assists while the defense kept the momentum going for Locust Valley, led by Reed Tansill, Christian Casazza and Tom O'Brien.

The Falcons headed into this game off of an incredible 10-9 victory over the defending state champions, Cold Spring Harbor. Two undefeated Class C lacrosse programs collided in an epic battle. Locust Valley’s strong defense was led by goalie Christian Casazza, Tom O’Brien and Reed Tansill who provided the needed transition for the offensive fire power to explode.  Strong performances by the Madsen brothers along with Tyler Liantonio and spark plug Owen Trepeta added the needed fire to keep the Falcons flying high. Juniors Cole Barnard and Angelo Caiazzo added to the scoring in crucial times of the game, with Angelo giving the Falcons a 10-8 lead, which eventually helped secure the victory.

The team advances to the semifinals at Hofstra University Wednesday, May 25 at 5:30 p.m.

Congratulations to the Falcons and their coaches on this tremendous victory and an outstanding season!

Go Falcons!!!!

Colorful "Run" Produces "Green" for Juniors

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The Class of 2017 raised $4,400 during the first ever Color Run, bringing students, faculty and families together for fun and fundraising. The funds will be used to support the junior class and offset the cost of the prom.

The color run, in which runners are showered with various colors of powder at different points during their race, included the sale of the color packets, an auction and snack concession. The event brought 150 participants to the high school field on a beautiful Saturday morning.

Juniors Isabella Charon and Victoria Oxer were instrumental in getting the donations for the auction. Junior Patrick Halpin was the lead runner for both races, which included a fun run for younger participants and a 5K for more seasoned runners. 

Junior John Cote spearheaded the fundraising efforts in conjunction with Class Advisors Lara Cummo and Jamie Cherkis.

Honors for Student Artists Blossom!

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Sophomore Ava Schieferstein earned first place in the Bailey Arboretum Arbor Day photography contest, which included 60 entrants. Ava and five of her fellow student-artists submitted pieces for the exhibit and were the only students competing against adults throughout Nassau County. Freshman Sophia Alesi’s submission earned Honorable Mention.

Sophomore Sabrina Alarcon, freshman Gabriella Angelone, freshman Megan Melillo and sophomore Olivia Miluso also submitted their artwork and were included in the exhibit.

The contest required that photo submissions depict trees or something related to arboriculture. Students submitted work to high school art teacher Donna Chaplin. “I selected a few pieces that I felt evoked an emotional response and had strong composition.”

Contest judges included a member of the Nassau County Museum of Art and a Board member from the Bailey Arboretum.

Ava was awarded a gift certificate to the Brass Rail in recognition of her first-place award.  

Congratulations to all of the participants and award recipients!

 

District Launches App for Mobile Phones

In a continued effort to increase communication with staff, parents and the community, the Locust Valley Central School District has launched an app for mobile phones.

The app is free to download via iPhone and Android devices and allows users to quickly access district contacts, school calendars, the parent portal and the district website from one convenient place. Users can also receive push notifications and call the district by touching one button.

To download, visit the App Store or Google Play and search Locust Valley CSD.

LVCSD Appoints Math Coordinator

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The Locust Valley Central School District is pleased to welcome Kimberly Ferina as the District Coordinator of Math, K-12. Ms. Ferina comes to Locust Valley with nearly two decades of experience as a mathematics teacher and administrator.

Ms. Ferina held her most recent position at West Hempstead UFSD as Director of Mathematics and Computer Education, K-12. In this position, she supervised and evaluated mathematics and computer education teachers. She provided professional development, established APPR guidelines and worked collaboratively with fellow administrators to implement Board and District goals.

Ms. Ferina also served as District Chairperson of Mathematics, K-12 for the Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District and was a math and computer science teacher on Long Island prior to that. She holds a Bachelor of Science in pure mathematics and a Bachelor of Science in applied mathematics and statistics from Stony Brook University and a Master of Science in educational leadership from CUNY Brooklyn College.

“I am excited about being part of the Locust Valley Schools and working collaboratively with the teachers and administrators to provide the best possible mathematics foundation for children from kindergarten to senior year,” Ms. Ferina said. 

 

Regents Review Schedule

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Filmmakers Earn First Place in County Competition

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Locust Valley High School filmmakers earned first place in Nassau County's third annual Drug Alternatives PSA Contest hosted by Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano. Marc Ambrosino, Chris Madsen, Joe Madsen and Mike Madsen won this award in the category of Bullying, for their video "It’s Up to You." 

Each of the winning filmmakers was awarded a citation from the county for their outstanding work and achievement. A citation was also awarded to the high school as well.

Congratulations to these outstanding young filmmakers!

 

You can watch the film by clicking here. 

 


 

 

 

National Winners in Toshiba ExploraVision

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Two Locust Valley teams have earned first place and are now national winners in the prestigious Toshiba ExploraVision Competition. These students competed against thousands of other young scientists and are among only four teams selected as first-place national winners. The teams, one from Bayville Intermediate School and the other from Locust Valley Intermediate School, have earned a trip to Washington, D.C., in June, and each team member will receive a $10,000 U.S. bond.

After the teams were named regional winners in March, they were required to create a website and video depicting their projects for consideration of the national prize. The Bayville Intermediate team’s project was a tick detection device that discovers a tick on the body before it can transmit disease. The project of Locust Valley Intermediate’s team posed a solution to cleaning up garbage that clutters outer space.

“The ExploraVision program gives young minds the opportunity to practice creativity, collaboration, and most importantly, innovative thinking”, said Fumio Otani, Chairman & CEO, Toshiba America, Inc. “As a company that prides itself on creating a better tomorrow through technology, we’re proud to partner with the National Science Teachers Association to celebrate the next generation of scientists, engineers and innovators.”

The winners include:

Bayville Intermediate School

  • Project: Tick Detective
    • Team: Olivia Childs Friedman, John Hartnett, Jonah Santoro and Angelica Sheehan
    • Coach: Paige Coppola
    • Mentor: Donna DeJesu

       

      Locust Valley Intermediate School

  • Project: Hubble NEST (Next Elimination of Space Trash) 
    • Team: Oliver Blaise and Leonard Gu
    • Coach: Anne Joyce
    • Mentor: Caroline McBride

 

The Dark Side of Blue Light

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A team of young scientists from Locust Valley Middle School has been named finalists in the National Science Teachers Association Bright Schools Competition. The students made it to the top 50 from among 170 teams made up of nearly 550 students from 63 schools.

The competition encouraged entrants in grades 6-8 to explore the correlation between light and sleep and how it influences student health and performance. The Locust Valley team of seventh-graders studied the effects of blue light on sleep patterns. They discovered through research that blue light (emitted from the electronic devices) has a "dark side" and that it reduces the body's ability to produce serotonin for several hours before bedtime.

The team included Caitlin Bianco, Maddie Driscoll, Hailey Lizza and Alexandra McMahon and was coached by teaching assistant Rebecca Glavan. The girls went the extra mile to succeed in this competition by using their own time to write an original script and direct a video depicting their research. The video showcases their solution, a specially-made screen protector which uses fused layers of light-filtering materials to create a thin, pliable cover to prevent the blue light from entering the user’s eyes, making it possible to use an electronic device before bed without the negative impact on sleep.

From the 50 national finalist teams, the first-, second- and third-place national winning teams will be chosen and announced on May 2, 2016.  Congratulations and good luck to these ambitious middle school researchers!

 

 

 

LVHS Ranked One of America’s Top High Schools – Again!

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No. 1 on Long Island, in New York State and in the Northeast Region

Congratulations to our Locust Valley High School faculty and students, and to all who continue to support them in providing all of our students with a great education!

Yesterday, The Washington Post published its 2016 High School Challenge Index. The Index ranks high schools across the nation on their ability to expose adolescents, regardless of wealth, ethnicity or classification, to exceptionally rigorous college-level courses.

We are very proud that The Washington Post ranked Locust Valley High School:

•    No. 1 overall on Long Island;
•    No. 1 among open enrollment public schools and No. 3 overall in New York State;
•    No. 1 among open enrollment public schools and No. 4 overall in the Northeast;
•    No. 87 among all high schools (including those that are selective and by-application schools) in the United States; and
•    the only Long Island high school in the Top 100 in the nation.

These rankings recognize the accomplishments of our students and our highly skilled and caring faculty members, who not only have high expectations for those whom they teach, but also have the ability to provide the skills, knowledge, support and encouragement necessary for children to challenge themselves and succeed by national and international measures of excellence.

Dr. Anna Hunderfund, Superintendent of Schools, said, "Given that ours is truly a ‘public’ high school [without entrance requirements], that more than 20 percent of our students are considered economically disadvantaged or do not speak English as their first language, that approximately 15 percent of our students are classified, that we provide access for all students to our extremely challenging Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate college-level courses, that our faculty members prepare them so well and that our students succeed in these courses, these rankings are an exceptional accomplishment."

Dr. Kieran McGuire, Principal of LVHS, added that our students, faculty and school community members should "enjoy this recognition of what we do and, in what we do, who we are."

Congratulations once again to our high school faculty and students and to all who continue to support their efforts so well!


Alumni Lacrosse Game

The Fifth Annual Mike Trama Alumni Lacrosse Game will be held on June 25, 2016.

Sponsored by the Oak Neck Athletic Council, the event will support Locust Valley Lacrosse. See the attached flyer for details.

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Spring Writer's Workshop Postponed

The High School Spring Writer's Workshop has been postponed. Originally scheduled for Monday, April 18th, the performance will now take place on Wednesday, June 1st.

Healing Souls with Headbands

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LVI fifth-graders used their creativity and artistic talent to create headbands to honor children battling cancer. The children painted their unique, colorful designs on strips of paper that were later transferred to the headbands. Not only did each child receive their design on their own headband, but each design was also placed on a headband to be given to a child in the hospital.

The activity was run through Healing Headbands, a non-profit company in Sea Cliff. The organization strives to provide laughter and hope to children with cancer and to those in the community supporting those children. Joanie Accolade and Barbara Grapstein, co-founders of Healing Headbands, start their program with a laughter exercise. This creates a positive atmosphere prior to the start of the art project.

“Our mission is to help those with illnesses feel better,” said Grapstein.  She added that empowering community members to provide support, in turn, makes them feel better as well.

The event began with simple exercises that forced the children to laugh from deep within their bellies and releasing their stress and inhibitions. This was followed by the artwork, where the LVI students used vivid colors and powerful designs to create the soft headbands that are comfortable to wear even for those who have lost their hair.



 

Fifth-grade teacher Katherine Smith said the activity corresponds well with the curriculum, which includes learning about human values and caring for others. It was also an important lesson as one the fifth graders was recently diagnosed with cancer and this activity helped to support her and allowed her classmates to express their feelings.

 

 

 

School in Session on May 31, 2016

Please note that due to the need to close school unexpectedly for weather-related issues on three occasions since September, we will need to make up a school day on May 31, 2016. As noted on page 20 of our school district calendar, in the event that we need to close school unexpectedly for one or more additional days before the end of the school year, we will need to make up missed school days in the following order:April 26, April 25, April 21, and April 22.