Boys Basketball Conference Champs

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The Boys Varsity Basketball team clinched the Conference ABC title after an outstanding 13-1 regular season, and 16-3 overall.  Senior captains Billy Finke, Brian Wright and Danny Wilson led a talented team through the season, along with fellow seniors Patrick Halpin, Keenan Herlich, and Kyle Elrod.

Juniors Parker Appel, Thomas Eletto, Ramell Phillips, Jay Johnson, Liam Keeney, Owen Letter and Chris Madsen contributed in ways that helped the Falcons to become one of the deepest teams in Class A basketball. Eighth-grade starting point guard Jahmir Primer played above and beyond his age for the Falcons this season making the offense run seamlessly. 

Not only has the basketball team shown their leadership and maturity on the court but, they did the same off the court as well. The team hosted a free basketball clinic with the girls' program for students in grades 2 through 7 as a way to give back to the community. Additionally, they played in the Hoop for Hope game against East Rockaway High School raising money for SIBSPlace to assist children who have brothers and sisters with cancer and other devastating illnesses.

Congratulations to all of our student-athletes and to Head Coach Tim Lomot and assistant coach John Barth. Go Falcons!

Lip Sync Rescheduled for March 23

The High School Lip Sync, which was canceled due to snow, is rescheduled for Thursday, March 23 at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

The Board of Education will hold Public Budget Forum II on March 8 at 8 p.m. in the MS/HS Mini-Theater.

The Board of Education will hold Public Budget Forum II on March 8 at 8 p.m. in the MS/HS Mini-Theater.

Clowning Around

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 Locust Valley Elementary School students balanced fun and education with a circus workshop. 

Division II Wrestling Champions

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The LVHS wrestling team captured its sixth consecutive Division II Nassau County Championship. The Falcons crowned six Division II Champions who will represent LVHS at the NY State Tournament in Albany, NY, Feb. 24-25.

Congratulations to the following Division II Champions:

Vito Rodriguez (Gr. 9), 99-lb.

Gage DeNatale (Gr. 9), 120-lb.

Jon Gomez (Gr. 12), 126-lb.

Hunter Dusold (Gr. 12), 132-lb.

Jack Ward (Gr. 11), 138-lb.

Bailey O'Brien (Gr. 11), 160-lb.

Other strong performances by County finalists:

Jack DeNatale (Gr. 11), 132-lb.

Patrick Briody (Gr. 12), 152-lb.

Alex Cassisi (Gr. 12), 195-lb.

Third place:

Jon Romano (Gr. 12), 138-lb.

Preston Watts (Gr. 11), 145-lb.

Fourth Place:

Matthew Dellaquila (Gr. 11), 285-lb.

William Holowchak, (Gr. 11) 152-lb.

Jack Croke, (Gr. 8) 99-lb.


 

Freshman Gage DeNatale was selected Most Outstanding Wrestler.

 

Congratulations to the Falcons and their coaches, Joe Enea and assistants Tim Bellisari and Cory Haldas.


LVHS Junior Joins College Orchestra

High School Junior Abby Flicker with Principal Dr. Kieran McGuire and Orchestra teacher Marc Yavoski.
High School Junior Abby Flicker with Principal Dr. Kieran McGuire and Orchestra teacher Marc Yavoski.

High School junior Abby Flicker has been invited to join the LIU Post Orchestra for the Spring semester. Abby plays the violin and was invited by the orchestra’s director Dr. Maureen Hynes after she played with the orchestra during the Gold Cost Film Festival.

Abby will practice with the orchestra weekly in preparation for a concert on April 17th at the LIU Post, themed “A Night at the Opera.” She also plays the violin at the Long Island High School for the Arts.

Congratulations to Abby on this wonderful achievement!

Writers' Monologues

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Original comedic and dramatic monologues were written and performed by LVHS students during the 11th Annual Writers/Directors’ Monologue Workshop. This year’s theme was “LOVE” and each student wrote a monologue with their own interpretation of this theme. Check out the highlight video below.

Celebrating Cultures

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Using their fine motor skills and lots of determination, second graders at Bayville Primary School learned to use chopsticks as they ate a traditional Chinese snack to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

The students also used their creative skills to make Chinese lanterns and other crafts for the celebration. As they ate their oranges, rice and fortune cookies, they donned handmade Chinese hats, which were replicas of the typical hats worn by Chinese farmers.  

Second graders celebrate a variety of holidays as a way to learn about cultures from around the world. “Incorporating tradition into the celebrations of the holidays from various cultures allows children to have fun while learning,” said Assistant Principal Dorothy McManus. “They think they’re having a party, but they can now tell you all about various aspects of Chinese culture.”


Bayville Intermediate Scores Touchdown!

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Bayville Intermediate School students and staff held a Souper Bowl of their own to collect canned goods for a local food pantry. Boxes in the school’s lobby were labeled Patriots or Falcons and donors placed their cans in the box of their choosing.

In this Souper Bowl, the Falcons won with 105 cans collected compared to 56 cans collected for the Patriots. “The real winners are the recipients of a warm meal,” said Bayville Elementary School Principal Scott McElhiney. “With donations of soup, vegetables, beans and more, our community will make a difference for quite a few people this season.”

Alumni Share Insider Tips

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The best advice about college comes from college students themselves, which is why Locust Valley High School alumni were invited to return to the high school and share their college experiences with current students. Twenty former Falcons came back to the familiar hallways to impart their wisdom on roommates, professors, course selections, managing the workload, clubs and everything else collegiate.

The alumni and current students met in small groups, creating environments in which it was easy to ask questions and have informal conversations. The three groups joined together for a question and answer session at the end of the program, before recessing to lunch. Ranging from freshmen to seniors, the college students encouraged the high schoolers to take advantage of all that the colleges have to offer, to manage their time well and to reach out to their professors for help when needed. Not leaving assignments to the last minute and making sure to attend classes were at the top of the list of recommendations.  

Many of the visitors said that taking Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses in high school helped prepare them for the rigor of their college courses and helped them learn to balance a heavy workload.

High School Assistant Principal Michelle Villa said that hearing about college from their peers is the most effective way for seniors to understand how to make the choices that they are facing. “Not only must these students decide where to continue their education, they must also navigate many choices once in college,” she said. “They will need to manage a budget and their time while making new friends and learning the lay of the land.” Since this can all be overwhelming, she said hearing the successful stories from recent graduates can help to ease the transition.

Warming up with Locust Valley Frozen

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Children from throughout the community came together at the high school for fun and games themed around the movie “Frozen.” Locust Valley Frozen included face painting, indoor sledding, a sing-along, cookie decorating and Olaf’s Beach Party.

Many children dressed in Disney costumes and went through each of the activities smiling and laughing. The event was sponsored by the high school student government and raised $500, which will be donated to the various grades and clubs. Each event was run by student government members and took place in separate classrooms along one corridor in the high school. 

Student government advisor Joseph Enea said the fundraiser brings the community together and provides entertainment during the winter months. “It’s an opportunity for families to get together and have some fun with others in the community,” he said, adding that it also teaches the high school students about planning, organizing and leading special events.

Congress in Action

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For the 28th year, Locust Valley High School students took to the podium to lobby for their favorite causes. From anti-fracking to gun control and abortion rights to national health care, the social studies students tackled relevant topics that are at the forefront of national politics. 

Preparing for weeks in their classrooms, they created a realistic replica of the congressional system during the annual Congress in Action. With the support and guidance of their teachers, members of the Participation in Government and AP United States Government and Politics classes chose the bills that they would present for passage and lobbied their congress members to vote in their favor. Participants were given the opportunity to support or oppose each bill presented using facts and opinions. 

Social studies department leader David Ethé said the annual event provides students with insight into the inner workings of the government. He added that preparing for Congress in Action reinforces research and public speaking skills as well as keeping students aware of current events. “In order to be successful in passing a bill, students must know their facts and present them in a professional manner,” Mr. Ethé explained. “They will need these same skills to convince college admissions officers and prospective employers that they are the top candidates.” 

The Rules Committee kept order and collected and tallied votes. The committee was comprised of Christian Ceglia, Isabella Charon, Loretta Grassi, Anastasia Megaloudis, Fizzah Munawar, Abigail Picoli, Alexis Poulos and Julia Villella.

Track and Field Success

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The 2016-17 Winter Track and Field has had an amazing season and will head to the Nassau County Championship Meet on Feb. 7. A stacked roster of 64 athletes was led by a group of outstanding seniors: Girls - Roisin O’Neill, Megan Prosser, Kristy Jahchan, Alex Vassallo, Melissa Cooney and Christine Lee. Boys - Matt Rizzo, Nick Rizzo, Cole Madden, Idrees Khwaja and Mike Crisci. 

On Jan. 11, members of the team traveled to St. Anthony’s High School for the Nassau County Conference 6 Championship meet, which resulted in some outstanding performances.

In the 600-meter Run, Roisin O’Neill crushed the competition with a 1:45.79 finish, earning the first place Conference 6 Champion Title, a first-place medal and All-Conference honors. 

While in the jumping pits, teammate Megan Prosser excelled in triple jump reaching a personal best of 32’ 7.75”, earning herself a second-place medal and All-Conference honors. In addition, this jump moves Megan into fourth place on the “LV Best of Track” record list. Megan also soared in the long jump with a jump of 15’ 3.5”, earning a third-place medal and additional All-Conference honors.

Other top performers for Locust Valley included:

In the shot put ring, Ryann Bressingham threw 24’ 3.5” placing 5th, Toni LoCascio threw 22’ 9.5” placing 9th and Hanna Guglielmo threw 21’9” placing 14th overall.

In girls’ long jump, Nina Cialone placed 5th with a personal best jump of 15’ .25” and Cole Madden placed seventh for the boys with a personal best jump of 18’ 1.75”. In Triple Jump Kristy Jahchan placed fifth with a jump of 29’ 6.5” followed by  Roisin O’Neill who placed sixth with a jump o 29’ 2.75”.

In the distance races, Joanna Yu placed sixth in the 3000-meter with a personal best time of 12:09.07 and Carly Knopf placed 11thwith a time of 13:06.89. Then, in the 1500-meter run, Joanna Yu placed ninth with a time of 5:51.25, Melissa Cooney placed 11th with a time of 6:05.49 and Katherine Simon placed 14th with a time of 6:12.81. In the boys 1600-meter run, Matt Rizzo placed sixth with a time of 5:20.73 and Eriks Zamurs placed 12th with a personal best time of 5:55.72.

In the competitive 55-meter sprint, for the boys, Cole Madden placed fifth with a personal best time of 7.1, Joe Mahoney placed 16th with a personal best time of 7.57 and Idrees Kwhaja placed 20th with a personal best time of 7.84. For the girls, Alex Vassallo placed sixth with a time of 8.09, and eighth-grader Zophie Lemaitre placed 16th with a time of 8.83.

In the 55-meter hurdles, Megan Prosser placed sixth with a time of 10.41 seconds, Nicole Dressler placed seventh with a personal-best time of 10.62 seconds, eighth grader Margaret McLoughlin placed 11th with a time of 11.2 seconds, and Jimmy Mejia place 8th with a time of 12.88, finishing the race despite misstepping over a hurdle.  

In the 300-meter sprint, Marlene Goldstein placed seventh with a personal-best time of 46.63 seconds, Nina Cialone finished 12th with a personal best time of 49.66 seconds, and Jimmy Mejia placed 15th with a time of 45.01 for the boys. Then in the 600-meter sprint, Nicole McCarthy placed 14th with a personal best 2:08.68 seconds. 

In the 1000-meter run, Kristy Jahchan placed 11th with a time of 3:40.86, Margaret McLoughlin placed 12th with a personal-best time of 3:42.75, and Christine Lee placed 14th with a time of 3:46.64. For the boys, Nick Rizzo placed 11th with a time of 3:07.67, Michael DiSpirito placed 15th with a personal best time of 3:25.38 and Michael Crisci placed 16th with a time of 3:34.01.

The Nassau County Class 'B' Championships that will be held at St. Anthony's High School, Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. The following students have advanced to this competition: 

600 Meter Run - Roisin O'Neill

300 Meter Sprint- Marlene Goldstein

55 Meter Hurdles - Nicole Dressler 

Triple Jump- Megan Prosser

Long Jump – Megan Prosser & Nina Cialone

Congratulations to our student-athletes to our coaches, Head Coach Sandy Jozefowski, Assistants Rachel McShane and Peter Scala. 

Go Falcons!

 

2017-2018 School Calendar

The Board of Education adopted the calendar for the 2017-2018 school year. Click here to see the school day calendar.

Wrestlers Capture Conference IV B Title

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Congratulations to the Varsity Wrestling team for capturing the fifth consecutive Conference IV B title by defeating Seaford High School. This victory secured the team's spot in the Nassau County Dual Meet playoffs on Thursday, January 26 at Locust Valley High School.

Congratulations to all of our student-athletes and to Head Coach Joe Enea and coaching assistants Tim Bellisari and Cory Haldas.

Go Falcons!

Worldly Knowledge Wins

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Seventh-grader Ethan Vitale is the Locust Valley Middle School National Geography Bee champion and has earned that title by answering extremely challenging questions. During the annual Geography Bee, Ethan correctly answered questions that increased in difficulty with each round, but that did not ruffle him.

Knowing that the Nile River was the river on which the Aswan High Dam was built in the 1960s clinched the win for Ethan after 25 of his classmates were eliminated for answering their individual questions incorrectly. Ethan will now move on to the state level of the bee, which requires him to take a written exam. 

Participants qualified for the schoolwide Geography Bee by winning smaller geography bees in their individual classrooms. Social Studies Coordinator David Ethé said the success of the Geography Bee is a testament to the hard work of the students and teachers. “The middle school Social Studies curriculum is challenging, yet our students are achieving at high levels and retaining the lessons they are taught.” He added that this friendly competition reinforces those lessons while also providing some informative fun.

Congratulations to all of the student participants:

8th Grade: Colby Bennett, Megan Earley, Shannon MacArthur, Ryan Maselli, Quinn Torossian, Zachary Watson

7th Grade: Tess Barnaby, Theodore Burns, Jesse Chalif, John D’Addario, Brady Kahner, Carley Poczatek, Griffin Postley, Kieara Potter, Ethan Vitale

6th Grade: Oliver Blaise, Kyle Byrne, Olivia DelTatto, Leonard Gu, Jack Kadison,  Abdiel Mandujano-Rosales, Ryan Mejia, Aidan Moran Mollie Murray, Reilly Souther, Timmy Picoli

A Wrestling First

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Senior Jon Gomez is the first wrestler in Locust Valley history to become an Eastern States Wrestling Classic Champion after taking first place in the 126-lb. weight class at the prestigious competition on Jan. 14, 2017. He is also the first Nassau County Division II wrestler to be crowned the champion. Jon will be wrestling at Princeton University in the fall.  

Jack Ward took seventh place in the 138-lb. weight class and the team finished in 13th place out of 158 teams. The Eastern States Wrestling Classic is an invitation-only event and considered one of the most challenging on the East Coast.  

Wrestling Coach Joseph Enea said all of the wrestlers are champions to him. “I am very proud of the way that the boys competed and how they handled themselves before, during and after their matches.” Five wrestlers competed and each of them won at least two matches.  

Congratulations to: Gage DeNatale, grade 9; Bailey O'Brien, grade 11; Jack Ward, grade 11; Pat Briody, grade 12; and Jon Gomez, grade 12.

Locust Valley Disney Days

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Disney Days at AMP was fun for everyone. Check out the video to see for yourself.

 

Get Well Olivia

The LVMS sixth graders created a get-well video for their classmate Olivia LoRusso who is battling cancer and can't be at school with them.