Join Us for a Special Sept. 11 Memorial

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A September 11 Memorial tribute will be held during the varsity football game on Sept. 11 at 4:20 p.m. at the high school on Fred Smith Field.

Prior to the game, the Presentation of Colors will take place by the Locust Valley and Bayville American Legions. Students from elementary, middle and high school will display a large American flag on the 50-yard-line. The national anthem will be performed by very talented high school students.

A half-time ceremony will highlight the iPads for Soldiers fundraiser held last year throughout the school district. The iPads will be presented to a representative from iPads for Soldiers. 

The entire community is invited to this special Memorial event and to the football game against West Hempstead High School, which kicks off at 4:30 p.m.

 

Welcome Back!

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The 2015-2016 school year was off to a good start as students arrived prepared to learn. Kindergartners learned the ropes, while students in grades 1-12 reacquainted themselves with friends, teachers and schoolwork. Upperclassmen lent a hand to newcomers who needed to find a classroom or a reminder on how to get their lockers open. 

Orientations for high school freshmen and sixth graders prior to school opening made the transition to those schools easier as they took tours of the building and learned the rules. Kindergarten students were given special attention to ensure they felt comfortable and had fun.

“The first day was a wonderful start to the successful year we know we will have,” said Ann MacArthur Primary School Principal Dr. Sophia Gary. “There were lots of smiles throughout the building and lessons were already being taught.”


 

 

 

 

Faculty Prepares for 2015-2016

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Faculty members pose with Jeff Flygate of Marzano Research.
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Teachers prepared their classrooms for the 2015-2016 school year.
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Teachers prepared their classrooms for the 2015-2016 school year.

While students will begin a new year of learning one day later, faculty members became the students during Superintendent’s Conference Day on Sept. 1. 

Professional development provided to the faculty ensures that they stay abreast of the latest educational developments and have the best tools to provide their students with everything they need for a successful school year.

Jeff Flygate of Marzano Research provided a day of professional development on standards based teaching and grading for the middle and high school faculty. ‘This helps teachers transition to standards based teaching ,” Marzano said. “It prepares teachers to better identify what students know and what they need to know.” 

At the primary and intermediate schools professional development focused on aligning English Language Arts/Literacy instruction across kindergarten through fifth grade. Third grade teachers dove into the Go Math program that was introduced in the younger grades last year. Primary teachers also focused on reading instruction.

Preparation of classrooms including decorating and organizing also ensured that the faculty is ready for the arrival of students Sept. 2.

 

 

Two LVCSD Schools Earn NYS Reward School Status

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Locust Valley High School and Locust Valley Elementary School have earned 2015-16 Reward School status, 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 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years. Bayville Elementary School also had significant student achievement gains, but will not qualify for this well-deserved honor due to low student participation rates from opt-outs. The Middle School also did not meet required student participation rates.

Garnering the Reward School designation may qualify Locust Valley Elementary School for National Blue Ribbon status, much the same as Bayville Elementary School did a few years ago. There is no equivalent honor at the high school level.

“Because this recognition is based upon annual academic progress across the full spectrum of students, it is a significant achievement to be named a New York State Reward School for the fourth consecutive year,” said Locust Valley High School Principal Dr. Kieran McGuire. “It is truly a testament to our ongoing efforts on behalf of all of our students.

Locust Valley Elementary School Assistant Principal Amy Watson agreed. “This recognition is undoubtedly well-deserved and a validation of all of the hard work and dedication of our staff and students,” she said. “Our teachers always go above and beyond to create a classroom environment that fosters a love of learning and encourages students to achieve their best.”

LVCSD Welcomes Newest Faculty Members

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Standing (l-r): Robby Harris, James Benedetto, Alexander Moir, Brian Kollar. Seated (l-r): Jamie Cherkis, Devon Gallagher, Kristin Smith, Brittany Fassari

The newest faculty members, hired due to retirements and as leave replacements, were welcomed to the district during a full-day orientation on Aug. 24. 

Throughout the day, information on many topics was shared in order to make the transition to LVCSD as smooth as possible. New hires were given access to their classrooms or offices and introduced to curriculum leaders, colleagues and support staff. 

The new faculty members include James Benedetto, high school media communications; Jamie Cherkis, high school mathematics, Brittany Fassari, Bayville Primary special education; Devon Gallagher, Ann MacArthur Primary librarian; Robby Harris, elementary school psychologist; Brian Kollar, middle school science; Alexander Moir, high school foreign language; and Kristin Smith, high school foreign language. 

The Locust Valley Board of Education, administration and school community look forward to working with these newest members of the faculty and wish them success in the 2015-2016 school year.

 

 

County Easement Will Not Hinder Opening of School

We are pleased to report that the Nassau County easement work being done at the Middle School/High School will be completed prior to the first day of school on September 2nd. District officials diligently monitored the progress of the project throughout the summer to ensure that the County fulfilled its promise to be off of school property by the start of the 2015-2016 school year. 

The entrance and exit to the school will be clear, along with the parking lot. However, the County informs us that they will continue work on Horse Hollow Road through December, which will require some lane blockages throughout the day. 

National Grid has also completed its work installing gas pipelines underneath the ground near Ann MacArthur Primary School and Bayville Primary School. 

Falcons Prepare for a Touchdown Season

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Drills and skills were the focus of football practice as the Falcons reconnected this week to get ready for the 2015-2016 season. The Junior Varsity and Varsity football players joined coaches on the field at Bayville Intermediate School early in the morning each day to train. 

The team members have been working hard during the off season training and keeping in shape which has helped them to begin the season ready for what the coaches throw at them. The team includes almost 20 seniors and is seeded second, only behind Seaford High School. With a 7-1 record during the regular season last year, the Falcons are looking to take it all this year. 

Coach Matt McFarland said the team is looking good in practice and that the Falcons are working hard. “This is a great group of boys and some great football players,” he said. “They’re going to play their hardest and do the best that they can do.”

Click here to read a Newsday feature on the Falcons.

 

 

The next regular Board of Education meeting will be held on September 9, 2015 at 8 p.m. in the MS/HS Mini-Theater.

The Board of Education will hold a meeting on September 9, 2015 at 8 p.m. in the MS/HS Mini-Theater.

Save the Date for Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

The Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Saturday, Oct. 24th immediately following the 1 p.m. Varsity Football game against Cold Spring Harbor.

See the attached flyer for details.

Use the attached application to submit a journal ad.

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Board of Education Elects New Officers

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The Board of Education held its annual reorganization meeting for the 2015-2016 school year on July 8. During the meeting, Philip Bellisari was elected as President. Erika Bruno and Douglas S. Johnson were elected as Co-Vice Presidents. Newly elected trustee Brian T. Nolan, took his oath of office, as did Mrs. Bruno, who was re-elected to the Board in May. 

The Board of Education meets regularly and meetings are open to the public. Residents are welcome and encouraged to attend all meetings.