SEPTA Holiday Boutique

SEPTA is holding a holiday boutique with a variety of vendors on Dec. 8. Please see attached flyer for details.

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Blending Together

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Locust Valley Elementary School families shared a culturally diverse meal at the annual International Food Festival sponsored by the Locust Valley Elementary Parents’ Council.

Families brought dishes representing their own cultures to share in a potluck-style meal. Students, parents and siblings enjoyed authentic dishes such as Greek pastitsio, Indian chickpea masala curry, Mexican enchiladas, Romanian noodle kugel, Korean japchae (noodles) and many others.

The Locust Valley Intermediate School cafeteria was filled with multicultural decorations, including placemats made by students during their art classes. Throughout the evening, children enjoyed creating aboriginal dot paintings, getting their faces painted with Egyptian, Mexican and Indian designs, and watching a special Latin dance performance.

The event gives students an opportunity to learn about the cultures of their peers, try new foods and discover new activities.

Special thanks go to the LVEPC for continuing to provide this very special opportunity for students and their families. The help of high school student volunteers is also greatly appreciated.


 

 

Putting the Giving in Thanksgiving

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Across the district, students and staff collected food to distribute to those in need to help make Thanksgiving happier for some local families. Turkeys, cranberry sauce and all the other fixings were gathered and put in baskets to create complete meals. 

This collection is one of many community service projects that students and staff take on to help a community that is always supporting the school district in so many ways. Baskets of food were donated to the Grenville Baker Boys and Girls Club and St. Gertrudes for distribution to families who need help making their holiday table complete. 

Showing thanks by giving back is a simple way to bring the school community together. Wishing a happy Thanksgiving to our entire extended school community!

Giving Thanks in Creative Ways

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While families prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving with food and fun, students are learning about the history of the holiday and what it means to be thankful. By collaborating, teachers have brought all of the areas of the curriculum together to create and fun and nurturing environment while the children learn. Art, music, writing and reading all played a role in the celebrations at the elementary schools.

Kindergarteners at Ann MacArthur Primary School performed Thanksgiving songs for their families before enjoying a feast of vegetable soup that they prepared from scratch with a little help from their teachers. Students at Bayville Primary School had a school-wide feast wearing Pilgrim Caps and Native American headdresses that they created. During the feast, they furthered their art skills while coloring holiday themed pictures before dining on traditional Thanksgiving foods.

Bayville Primary students also helped each other discover things to be thankful for. The students in Carolyn Morales’ second-grade class helped kindergarten students write down the things they were thankful for. The students sat in pairs and as Tracy Dennis’ kindergarteners said what they were thankful for, the second graders told them how to spell the words. The students each wrote their messages of thanks on a feather-shaped piece of paper that was then attached to a giant paper turkey for display in the school lobby. 

With the aromas of the holiday foods, the sounds of songs about giving thanks and the colorful artwork of turkeys, this holiday season was filled with joy. 

We wish each of our families a very happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

Water Testing Update

As promised, we continue to monitor water testing results carefully for our district, to provide appropriate remediation and to comply with recent State requirements.

Of the water sources which had elevated levels as of my email to you on November 1st, all faucets have been replaced, resampling has taken place and we await laboratory results. Until we receive confirmation that standards have been met, water from those sources will continue to be inaccessible.

Although none were used for drinking purposes and some were not in use, of the 120 water sources which we were required to sample most recently, 90 had elevated levels of lead. Of these, 3 faucets are located in Bayville Intermediate: 1 in each Boys and Girls' Bathroom on the third floor and 1 in the Kiln Room where water is only used for instructional purposes in the Spring. Two  water sources in  two Central Office Bathrooms also had lead levels that exceeded requirements. These water sources in BI and Central Office will be turned off today.

 

The remaining 85 water sources are located in Middle School and High School classrooms and science preparation offices that are not used for drinking purposes. These include faucets in room 108, 110,111,112,113,114,127,173,176,177,178, 180, 181, 182, 3B and the Darkroom. Because most of these 85 water sources are essential to instructional activities, the faucets in question will remain operational with mandated signs to remind those who use them that the water they produce is not to be used for drinking purposes. Those faucets in the Ms and HS with elevated levels that are not essential to instruction will be shut down today. As we have done in the past, remediation analysis and implementation will begin immediately and resampling be scheduled as soon as possible.

As soon as I receive additional information, I will let you know.

In the event that you have any questions before then, please let me know.

 

Anna F. Hunderfund

Superintendent of Schools

Angry Jurors Bring Joy to Audience

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The Locust Valley Jesters presented  “Twelve Angry Jurors” during two stellar performances on Nov. 19 and Nov. 20. The actors created suspense as audience members did not know if they would find the accused guilty or innocent. The Jesters showed raw emotion as they exhibited frustration with each other during jury deliberations. The performances were convincing and entertaining.

While the Jesters proved their talent during the performance, the stage crew spent weeks putting their talent to work on creating the sets. Their hard work paid off as the auditorium stage was transformed into a realistic jury room.

The cast and crew created a wonderful show for family friends and community members. Director Laurie Ann Davis guided the students to perform at their best. Please see the attached program for a full list of the cast and crew. 

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LV Coach is Jets Coach of the Week

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Varsity football coach Chris Wagner has been named New York Jets High School Coach of the Week. The award is given to a coach in the tri-state area who serves the best interests of the game through the teaching of sound football fundamentals, the motivation of young players to achieve and the promotion of youth football by way of dedication to their community, their school and their student-athletes.

Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics, Mark J. Dantuono said Coach Wagner guided the Falcons to an incredible win in the first game of the playoffs. The team had lost the last regular game of the season to Clarke High School, 27-14 and then had to face them again in their next game. Coach Wagner led them to a stunning 21-0 victory and to the title of Big IV Champions.

Coach Wagner played football at Holy Cross High School in Flushing and at the University for Bridgeport. He has 40 seasons of coaching under his belt and 23 years as a physical education, special education and health teacher in Port Chester, NY.

Coach Wagner will be invited to watch the Jets play the Buffalo Bills on Jan. 1 from the Chase suite at Met Life Stadium and will be presented with a certificate and an award ball. In partnership with Chase, the Jets will award the LVHS football program $2,000 in honor of Coach Wagner’s award.

“Coach Wagner has been an excellent addition to the Falcons family,” said Mr. Dantuono. “He is very deserving of this honor as he embodies each of the qualities that the award represents.”

National College Signing Day

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In recognition of National College Signing Day, the high school held a ceremony for seniors who have signed Letters of Intent committing to play on collegiate athletic teams.

Congratulations to the following seniors:   

Francesco Anile - Colby College, Lacrosse  

Cole Barnard- Fairfield University, Lacrosse

Angelo Caiazzo, Manhattan College, Lacrosse

Roisin O’Neill, SUNY Geneseo, Cross Country, Track  

We expect there will be additional student-athletes committing to collegiate athletics as the year progresses and we will keep you posted.

The Board of Education will hold a meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. in the MS/HS Mini-Theater.

The Board of Education will hold a meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. on the MS/HS Mini-Theater

Saluting Our Veterans

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Red, white and blue served as the backdrop for touching ceremonies in commemoration of Veterans Day. At Locust Valley Middle School and Ann MacArthur Primary School, veterans were invited to be the special guests and thanked for their service to our country.

The Veterans Day Remembrance Program at the middle school was hosted by the student government and Operation Democracy, an organization which works to spread the concepts of peace, democracy and freedom. Operation Democracy President Kaye Weninger has been instrumental in bringing the school district and community together to honor veterans and share information. The event began with the Locust Valley American Legion Post 962 Color Guard presenting the flags.

Middle school students were treated to hearing inspiring speakers including Staff Sergeants Frank Knox and Nicholas C. Basile. These men spoke about resilience and working hard in the face of adversity. “Get up every day and do your best,” SSG Basile said.

Social Studies Curriculum Leader David Ethé shared the history and importance of Veterans Day. “It is important to remember these men and women who made sacrifices for all of us to have the freedoms we have.”

The meaning of the day is not lost on younger students. Second graders from Ann MacArthur Primary School held their own emotional ceremony at Locust Valley Intermediate School. Several students introduced their special Veterans and shared the branches of military in which they served. Dressed in red, white and blue, the students performed patriotic songs and made their friends and family feel appreciated for their service and sacrifice.

The stage was decorated with artwork the students created to honor the Veterans and the children shared the meaning of Veterans Day with the audience. Following the performance, guests were invited back to the second-grade classrooms for receptions in their honor.

 

 

 

 

 

Getting to Know Each Other

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The annual sixth-grade potluck dinner provided much more than a meal to students and their families. The event, held in the cafeteria, provided an opportunity for students, parents and siblings to meet each other and for students to come together for the first time outside of the classroom.

“The pot-luck dinner is a relaxed event that allows students and their families to join together without the pressures of academics,” said Principal H. Thomas Hogan. “Everyone always enjoys the camaraderie, as well as the chance to meet the teachers in a social setting.”


Parents donated casseroles, baked goods, drinks, and side dishes to be enjoyed by attendees. Fall decorations created a festive environment.

Attacking Cyber Bullying

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Bullying is a problem schools have been dealing with through the ages. However, cyber bullying is a newer and potentially more prominent problem. Middle school students, susceptible to attacks due to their heavy use of social media, have been receiving lessons on staying safe on the internet.

Laura Campbell, a crisis counselor and lead community educator at Long Island Crisis Center, spoke to middle and high school health classes regarding the complexities of cyber bullying and the role it plays on mental health.  Topics included describing the victim’s perspective, the role of those who collude, and how to create a more cohesive school community in order to reduce cyber bullying.  She also addressed how to witnesses of bullying should react – by being upstanders, rather than bystanders.

Long Island Crisis Center provides an anonymous outlet available to everyone during any difficult time. They can be reached through their 24/7 hotline number (516) 679-1111, online, or via messaging through a phone or tablet.  

FBI Agent, Danielle Messineo also visited the middles school to share information regarding online safety with eighth-grade health classes. She taught the students how to create a safe on-line environment free from online predators and cyber bullying.

Health teacher Heather De Gregorio said both of the speakers shared valuable information with her classes. ‘Online safety is a concern in this digital age and it is important that we not only teach children how to stay safe, but also what to do when they do not feel safe.”