LVCSD Board of Education Elects New Officers

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The Locust Valley Central School District Board of Education held its annual reorganization meeting on July 6 at which new officers were elected. Erika Bruno was elected President for the 2016-2017 school year and Kerian Carlstrom and Douglas S. Johnson will serve as Co-Vice Presidents.

Carlstrom was sworn in again as her three-year term ended June 30 and she was re-elected during the annual budget vote and election in May. New trustee Lissa Harris was sworn in previously and took office immediately following the May election.

A schedule of Board of Education meetings can be found on the website.  Community members are encouraged to attend.

The Board of Education will hold a meeting on Wednesday, August 3 at 8 p.m. in the MS/HS Mini-Theater.

The Board of Education will hold a meeting on Wednesday, August at 3 at 8 p.m. in the MS/HS Mini-Theater.

 

Summer Recreation Program Registration Still Open

It's not too late! The LVCSD Summer Recreation Program is open to all District resident children Kindergarten to Grade 5. There is ongoing registration each week at the Bayville Intermediate School starting on Tuesday, July 5th and then each Monday in July at 8:30 a.m.

Come join in the fun and be with friends.  

Detailed information can be found by clicking here. 

Questions? Email Mrs. Cagney  mcagney@lvcsd.k12.ny.us.

Hall of Fame Inductee

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Former Locust Valley High School wrestling coach Douglas Axman has been selected for induction into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. He will receive the Lifetime Service Award for his dedication to the sport and his successes as an athlete and coach. The induction ceremony will be held in the spring of 2017.

Axman was the head varsity wrestling coach at Locust Valley High School from 1988-2007. Prior to that he was the assistant varsity coach for 14 years, working with Hall of Fame coach Matt Sanzone. Together, they coached eight state champions, five All-State wrestlers, 17 county champions and 30 All-County wrestlers. Their 1979 team became New York State Champions, Nassau County Tournament Champions and Nassau County Dual Meet Champions. Their 1985 team also became Nassau County Tournament Champions. His overall record as a head coach in Locust Valley was 140-125-3. He coached seven team champions, four All-State wrestlers, 17 county champions and 30 All-County Wrestlers. Axman was also a teacher and administrator at the high school during those years. He is currently the assistant varsity wrestling coach at Oyster Bay High School, where he is still helping to produce champions.

Prior to coaching, Axman wrestled for the Farmingdale State College at under coach Robert Hartman and at the College at Brockport under coach Don Murray. Outside of school, Axman served as the president of the Nassau County Wrestling Coaches Association, as the Section VIII representative to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, as a member of the Nassau County Tournament Committee, County Dinner Committee and Dinner Chairperson and Scholarship Committee among others. He served as the director of the All-American Wrestling Camp and associate director of Competitive Edge Wrestling Camp.

Axman said that receiving the Lifetime Service Award is a tremendous honor for him. “Wrestling has been my life, so to be rewarded for that means so much.” He said what pleases him the most is that he has coached so many wrestlers to a high level of performance. “At Locust Valley, most of the time we had tremendous success.”

Joseph Enea, who was coached by Axman and then worked as his assistant coach, said nobody is more deserving of this honor. He explained how Axman has had a profound impact on the young men he has coached. “He is a knowledgeable coach who always got the most out of his wrestlers,” Enea said. “While success on the mat was always important to him, he was also determined to turn his wrestlers into hard working and successful adults. I have learned a great deal from Doug Axman and continue to seek his advice, not just about wrestling but in all aspects if life as well.”

The District congratulates Doug Axman on this tremendous honor and thanks him for coaching so many of its wrestlers to such high levels of success.

Coach of the Year

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Varsity Head Lacrosse Coach Keith Cromwell was selected by the Nassau County Lacrosse Coaches Association as Conference IV Coach of the Year. This is an outstanding accomplishment by a coach in his first season with Locust Valley High School.

Coach Cromwell brought excitement, enthusiasm and drive to the game of lacrosse. He coached the team to an undefeated regular season and into the playoffs.

Congratulations to Coach Cromwell on this extraordinary achievement!

 

Yearbooks Still Available

There are a few remaining 2016 yearbooks for sale.  If you would like to purchase one, please contact Ms. Brandveen at abrandveen@lvcsd.k12.ny.us.  The cost is $100 each.  

Congratulations Class of 2016!

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One of the highest achieving classes in recent history graduated from Locust Valley High School on June 25, celebrating a milestone that marks the end of one era of their lives and the beginning of another.

The members of the Class of 2016 beamed with pride as they listened to speakers offer words of wisdom for the future while reviewing the numerous achievements the class has attained as individuals and as groups.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Anna F. Hunderfund shared that as a group, the Class of 2016 earned scholarships totaling just under $11.8 million from universities and community organizations. She shared that 100 percent of the graduates earned Regents diplomas and 84 percent earned Regents diplomas with distinction, the highest percentage in the history of the school. Board of Education President Philip Bellisari reminded everyone of how the community joined together in pride to support the undefeated football and lacrosse teams, both of which included many members of the senior class.  

Principal Dr. Kieran McGuire addressed the students with words of encouragement for the future. He told them that fortitude of courage requires endurance in the face of challenges. “Approach the future with vision, with value and with character,” he advised.

Valedictorian Quinlan Ferrante also spoke of the future, encouraging his classmates to try new things. He emphasized that they had already made an impact, but that they “will now have a huge impact on the world.” He added that they have experienced a very positive and unifying experience in Locust Valley.

In her salutatory address, Pamela Guerra explained that what made this class special is the fact that they united together and supported one another. She said that their actions “speak volumes about the character of [the] class.”

Congratulations and good luck to the incredible Class of 2016!

 

Summer Assignments

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Fifth Graders Celebrate Accomplishments

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Fifth graders donned their best clothes, their biggest smiles and tremendous amounts of pride as they celebrated the completion of elementary school and looked ahead to a new beginning at middle school.

At Bayville and Locust Valley Intermediate Schools, graduates performed musical numbers, were highlighted in slideshows and were each recognized for their attributes.

Board of Education trustee Kerian Carlstrom addressed the graduates at each school, encouraging them to be “open” to new opportunities. Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Anna F. Hunderfund told students that she was working to implement some of the improvements they suggested to her, such as better WiFi and more athletic equipment. Drawing on her own experiences and mistakes as a middle school student, she gave them sound advice for the fall. “Practice using a combination lock over the summer and write down the combination to your school lock,” she said. “And whatever you do, don’t keep that piece of paper in a book that you are going to put in your locker!”

Mrs. Carlstrom, Dr. Hunderfund and each of the other speakers assured the students that the hard work they have done in elementary school had prepared them for the rigors of middle school.

Each Principal and Assistant Principal expressed how much the students would be missed and shared memories of field trips, experiments and traditions that they all enjoyed together over the past six years.

Please click on the slideshows below to see the beautiful boys and girls that can now call themselves sixth graders.





Ready for High School!

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Wearing graduation gowns for the first time in their academic careers, Locust Valley Middle School students walked proudly across the auditorium stage to receive their middle school graduation diplomas, marking their official start as high school students.

Members of the chorus sang and the seventh grade band provided the traditional sounds of Pomp and Circumstance, while guest speakers shared memories and advice with the graduates.

Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Anna F. Hunderfund said that she was extremely proud of the achievements of the class. “You are one of the most extraordinary classes the middle school has ever seen,” she said.

Board of Education trustee Douglas S. Johnson also addressed the graduates and wished them success in high school and beyond. The class officers not only presented speeches, but also served as the masters of ceremony for the entire evening.

Students will be welcomed to the high school with an orientation session in August.


School Supply Lists 2016-17

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Senior Named to All-American Lacrosse Team

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Senior lacrosse player Mike Madsen has been selected for the Nassau County All-American team, one of the highest accolades a male lacrosse player can earn. 

He was one of nine Nassau County players to be selected for the 2016 team based on his performance during the spring lacrosse season.

Mike is a three-time All-County honoree and was a finalist for the All-American team in 2015.  A slick, dynamic lefty attackman, Mike excels in all aspects of the game.  He has the ability to dodge and isolate defenders from behind to create offensive scoring opportunities as well as the ability to see the field use what he sees to his team’s advantage.

Mike was the leader of the Falcons offense in 2016, when the team had a first-ever conference title and completed the regular season, 15-0 with an overall16-1 record. In the regular season Mike finished with 40 goals and 23 assists to combine for 63 points. Adding his playoff performance, his record is 70 points on 45 goals and 25 assists. 

Mike is the ultimate team player and as senior captain he helped lead Locust Valley to its best season in history. He will attend St. John’s University in the fall where he will be a member of men’s lacrosse team.

 

An Important Message from the Superintendent

Dear LVCSD Families,
 
As you know, in March our district initiated water testing for lead and other contaminants of more than 300 drinking fountains and sinks in our schools. 
 
I am pleased to report that water from 290 of these sources met EPA standards and that through guaranteed daily "flushing," the remainder of those accessible to students and faculty have continued to meet EPA standards as well.
 
This summer, we look forward to implementing permanent remediations (including demolition and pipe and faucet replacement) so that water from all drinking fountains and sinks is easily accessible and meets EPA standards without the need for "flushing." 
 
Thank you for your ongoing support and encouragement! 
 
Sincerely,
 
 
Anna F. Hunderfund
Superintendent of Schools
 

AMP Field Day Fun

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Ann MacArthur Primary School students enjoyed an Olympic-themed field day that was kicked off with the help of two high school track stars.  Matthew and Nicholas Rizzo joined AMP students as they circled the field carrying the Olympic torch.  Serving as role models to the younger students, the high school juniors helped set a positive tone for the day.

The students in kindergarten through second grade enjoyed various activities that centered around the Olympic theme and reinforced skills they learned in physical education throughout the year. 


Astounding Artistic Talent

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From paintings and drawings to sculptures and photography, the creativity and talent of the district’s young artists was highlighted during the annual art show. The mini-theater and the surrounding hallways were filled with original, creative and thought provoking artwork created by students in the middle and high school.

Attendees walked through admiring each piece and commenting on the incredible amount of talent displayed in the show. The middle school and high school art teachers worked hard to create the show, helping students to set up displays, hanging artwork on the walls and preparing students for the show.

“The artwork ably represented the very finest in drawing and painting, ceramics, sculpture, decorative arts, computer technology, photography and woodworking,” said the District’s Coordinator of Art, H. Thomas Hogan.

Meghan Trainor Sends Shout Out to LV Musicians!

Middle School/High School Music Teacher Annmarie Buonaspina recently met singer Meghan Trainor and shared with her that the LV Orchestra performed her song "All About That Bass" during their spring concert last year. Trainor was thrilled to hear that and recorded a message for the LV musicians.

Watch the video here.

Toshiba ExploraVision National Winners Featured on News12

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The two Locust Valley teams that earned first place and are now national winners in the prestigious Toshiba ExploraVision Competition were featured in a News12 segment. 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, traveled to Washington, D.C., from June 8-10 where they presented their inventions and each received a $10,000 U.S. bond.

Click here to see the News12 story.

Cookie Sales Equal Help for Those in Need

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A group of Locust Valley Intermediate School fifth-graders recently donated $200 to a local food pantry after raising the money through cookie sales. The girls, who are part of Locust Valley Girl Scout Troop 217, earned their “Savvy Shoppers” Badge for the success of their efforts.

Congratulations to Emily Costello, Alessandra DiMaggio, Katie Donoghue, Danielle Jauregui, Margaret Kuebler, Hope McQuiston, Lindsay Nikolai, Kate O'Neill, Catherine Saffi, Giavanna Scognamiglio, Gianna Spinelli, Olivia Del Tatto and Madelaina Venturino.

Writing Partners

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First graders at Bayville Primary School wrote personalized poems for their loved ones and in turn asked their loved ones to reciprocate. Each student invited a loved one to school for a special writing event, in which they shared the poems they wrote. The guests then wrote their own acrostic poems using the children's names and alliteration. Pictures were drawn to illustrate the poems as well.

The event served as a creative way for students to share their writing skills and to serve as the “teachers” as they helped their family members become writers too.

“Events such as this one help children become more enthusiastic about writing,” said Assistant Principal Dorothy McManus. “The feedback from the guests builds their confidence and working together makes it fun!”


Science Fair Success!

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The First Annual Locust Valley Middle School Science Fair highlighted the scientific research projects of 132 students. Experiments, hypotheses and results were presented to visitors who walked around to see each project set up in the middle school cafeteria.

Judges from the high school’s science research program interviewed the young scientists and chose winners despite the high quality of every single project.

Representatives from NYIT School of Education also had displays with technology demonstrations including Google Cardboards, and Oculus Rift, EV3 Robotics and information about 3D printing. Students had the opportunity to test out these various technologies and enjoyed experimenting with them. The high school’s Robotics Team had its award-winning robot available for students to try out as well. They used a joystick to maneuver the metal machine around the room. 

Individual and team awards were given for science and engineering categories. Special awards were given for Best Effort and Best Sustainable Solution in honor of the science fair’s theme, "What on Earth."

Certificates and gifts were given to students who entered projects in the Toshiba ExploraVision competition as well as awards to the students in eighth grade accelerated science, and all students received a participation ribbon.

The science fair was organized by Middle School Teaching Assistant, Rebecca Glavan. Special thanks go to the Middle School Parents’ Council for providing refreshments. 

 

Buddies Make Reading Fun

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Having a buddy can make many things more fun to do and reading is no different. Sometimes that buddy can be a role model too. Students in the primary schools recently enjoyed having reading buddies from the high school’s ninth-grade honors English classes. These teenage role models visited second graders at Ann MacArthury Primary and Bayville Primary Schools to create a positive reading experience for both age groups.

The ninth graders enjoyed reconnecting with their favorite books from childhood and the second-graders were inspired by reading buddies to read more. Using The Magic Treehouse series of books, the groups not only read, but also participated in an imaginative craft related to the book series.

The program also helped promote leadership skills for the high school students. English teacher Coleen Comerford said the program was a success. “The ninth-graders embraced being teachers for the afternoon.”

Ann MacArthur Primary School Principal, Dr. Sophia Gary agreed that the reading buddies had a positive impact on the second graders. “Our young readers were motivated by their older buddies to read even more and they were thrilled to know that the books they are reading still appeal to teenagers!”

BP Olympians Go for the Gold

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Students at Bayville Primary School competed in their own mini Olympics during the annual field day. The Parade of Athletes marched onto the field carrying the Olympic torch with their student leaders dressed in togas to represent the original Olympics in Greece. Once the torch was lit, the opening ceremony included the young dancers performing a Brazilian Salsa dance, using bead-filled water bottles as maracas. Athletic events included a “Trip to Brazil” in which students carried in their small arms, a large suitcase over one shoulder and an oversized airline ticket under the other arm in a relay-style race. Another event included racing with the Olympic torch in hand and yet another required participants to perform jumping jacks in each of the five Olympic rings. With ten Olympic-themed events, Bayville students certainly earned the gold!

Track and Field Success!

Day II of the New York State Qualification Track & Field Meet at North Shore High School proved to be another exciting day for the Falcons, with Locust Valley student-athletes prevailing in several events securing their ticket to compete in the State Championships next week at Cicero North Syracuse High School.

Senior Stephanie Reyes who came in first for the 400-meter hurdles on day one and also excelled in the 100-meter hurdles on day two with a time of 15.86 seconds.

Senior, first year jumper Dylan Kelly, placed first in the long jump reaching 19'-.25".

The 4x100m Relay, LV Girls Top Ranked Team of Alex Vassallo, Lindsay Abraham, Stephanie Reyes and Lily D'Addario prevailed with a first place finish in 51.38 seconds.  

Other events also had LV fans cheering as Falcons posted impressive results:

Senior Adam Cohen finished second in the Shot Put  reaching 41'-09.75".

Junior Megan Prosser finished second in the Long Jump reaching 13'-11.75".

Junior Alex Vassallo finished second in the 100-meter sprint with a time of 13.16 seconds.

Freshman Marlene Goldstein finished third in the 200-meter sprint with a time of 28.56 seconds.

Sophomore Lily D'Addario finished fourth in the 100-meter sprint with a time of 13.61 seconds.

LV's 4x400 relay team of Megan Prosser, Marlene Goldstein, Stephanie Reyes, and Roisin O'Neill finished in a close second with a time of 4:11.02.