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The Board of Education will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m. in the Administration Building Conference Room.

The Board of Education will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m. in the Administration Building Conference Room.

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Reading Aloud Benefits All

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On World Read Aloud Day, celebrated on Feb. 1, some classes from Bayville Primary School and Bayville Intermediate School joined together to celebrate. Victoria Shishkoff brought her first-graders down the hill to the intermediate school and joined Marie Fonzo’s class. Lori Pace’s third-grade class partnered with Dani Schatz’s second-grade class and the four classes celebrated reading.

The students sat in pairs as the older children read books to the younger children, both groups learning and gaining from the experience. 

“The activity made my students feel very important and special,” Ms. Shishkoff said. “The older students were excited, kind and nurturing. It was a wonderful sight to see! My class couldn’t stop talking about the third-graders the rest of the day.” 

She also explained the benefits in developing a crossover and collaboration between teachers at both schools so the younger children become comfortable and familiar with the faces when it’s time to move down to the big school. 

Ms. Fonzo said the event was just as rewarding for her class. “This activity allowed third-grade students to become mentors to their younger peers. They felt a feeling of pride and accomplishment as the roots of our school community deepened.”
 

Kids of Distinction

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Three Locust Valley Central School District students won the Kid of Distinction Award from Nassau County Legislator Joshua A. Lafazan. They were among only 25 student winners recognized as outstanding in athletics, academics, the arts and community service. The Locust Valley winners were William Edmonds, Seamus Fallon and Grace O’Mahony.

Locust Valley High School senior Seamus Fallon has represented Locust Valley at the highest levels as a student, athlete and community member. Seamus has a 108.29 grade point average, taking a full course load of AP and IB classes. He was captain of the football team and has earned innumerable honors for his athletic and academic prowess in the football community. Seamus also serves as a student representative to the Board of Education. 

“Seamus is truly a kid of distinction in many areas,” said Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics Dr. Danielle Turner, who nominated him for the award.

Locust Valley Middle School sixth-grader Grace O’Mahony was nominated by middle school teacher Emily Storck. She described Grace as one of those students that comes around rarely. Grace is a leader in and out of the classroom and participates in acting classes, performs in school shows and is a member of the field hockey team.

“She is one of the hardest-working students,” Ms. Storck said. “Grace goes above and beyond without ever having to be asked.”

Locust Valley Intermediate School fourth-grader William Edmonds was nominated for his dedication to BMX racing. In just a short time, William has had a tremendous amount of success. He ranks second in the nation in his age group and 32nd overall. 

“Racing requires a great deal of practice and mental focus, and William is a dedicated racer who practices and competes most weekends,” said Locust Valley Elementary School Assistant Principal Amy Watson.

All-County Musicians

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Student-musicians across the district are excelling in band, orchestra and chorus. Many students performed in the Nassau Music Educators Association All-County Music Festival. Acceptance into this prestigious program is largely based on NYSSMA scores from the previous year. Students are nominated by their music teachers and are chosen by a selection committee from the festival. Students participate in several long rehearsals led by a guest conductor and have a culminating concert at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts.

Congratulations to the following students:


Bayville Elementary School

Evie Bergman, Grade 5, Chorus
Leah Bolitho, Grade 5, Chorus
Delila Cody, Grade 5, Chorus
Lucia Connelly, Grade 5 Chorus
Juliana Darrah, Grade 5, Chorus
Christopher Emmerich, Grade 5, Chorus
Elizabeth Madden, Grade 5, Chorus
Samiyah Michalski, Grade 5, Chorus
Julia Pisciotta, Grade 5, Orchestra
Morgan Smith, Grade 5, Chorus
Adbvaith Sreenivas, Grade 5, Chorus
Elizabeth Watson, Grade 5, Band


Locust Valley Elementary School

Grant Creedon, Grade 5, Orchestra
Emily Gallo, Grade 5, Band
Julia Rappa, Grade 5, Chorus
Rowan Shenoy, Grade 5, Orchestra


Locust Valley Middle School

Ciaran Bowden, Grade 6, Orchestra
Kathryn Constantin, Grade 6, Chorus
John D’Addario, Grade 9, Orchestra
Katherine Gu, Grade 8, Orchestra
Jenna Linden, Grade 7, Chorus
Sofia Maragos, Grade 6, Chorus
Aidan Moran, Grade 8, Band
Kieran Moran, Grade 7, Jazz Band
Owen Pye, Grade 6, Band
William Wysolovski, Grade 7, Orchestra

Locust Valley High School

Ashleigh Capozzi, Grade 11, Treble Choir
Olivia Cody, Grade 9, Chorus
Nils Coffey, Grade 11, Orchestra
Brett Dalis, Grade 9, Chorus
Timothy Peguillan, Grade 11, Mixed Chorus
Ezra Pietrafesa, Grade 10, Band (Division 4)
Sabrina Raichoudhury, Grade 9, Chorus

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District Family Night - Feb. 28

District Family Night is Feb. 28, 2019. Spend quality time with the family - no homework will be given.

See attached flyer for information.

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Wrestlers are County Champs!

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Locust Valley High School wrestlers are on top again! At the Section VIII Division II Wrestling Tournament, juniors Gage DeNatale and Vinnie Marchand each won the county championship at 132 pounds and 126 pounds, respectively.  

Additionally, Locust Valley had a total of 14 wrestlers place on the podium across all weight classes, including juniors Pat Fallon, Vito Rodriguez, Anthony Scicutella and Kyle Shriberg, who were all named county finalists.

“Throughout the season, they remained focused and dedicated to their coaches and to their teammates, and to see so many of them succeed on Saturday was outstanding,” said Dr. Danielle Turner, Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics. “I could not be more proud of our student-athletes and coaches, and I look forward to watching Gage and Vinnie compete at the state level.” 

Congratulations to all of the wrestlers on these outstanding accomplishments!

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The Board of Education will hold Public Budget Forum II on Wednesday, March 6, 7:30 p.m. in the MS/HS Mini-Theater

The Board of Education will hold Public Budget Forum II on Wednesday, March 6, 7:30 p.m. in the MS/HS Mini-Theater

Boys Basketball Advances

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The Conference Champion Boys' Basketball team secured the 11th seed in the Section VIII Class A basketball tournament. The Falcons will face 22-seeded Herricks in a play-in game on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 5:00 in the High School Gymnasium. Come out and show your Falcon Pride!

Girls Basketball Advances!

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The Girls' Basketball team secured the 9th seed in the Section VIII Class A Basketball tournament, and will face 8th seeded-Floral Park on the road this Friday, Feb. 15 at 5 p.m. Come out and show your support for our Falcons!
 

Junior Track Champion

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Locust Valley High School junior Nina Cialone took home the girl’s long jump championship with an outstanding jump of 17 feet, 1 inch during the Nassau County Class B track and field conference championships on Feb. 5. This jump was 1 inch shy of an automatic bid to the state championships; however, her win gives her another chance to add that inch at the state-qualifying meet on Feb. 14. 

In addition to winning the Class B championship in the long jump, she also placed second in the girls triple jump, improving her personal best and toppling a school record over a decade long by about 6 inches, with an outstanding jump of 36 feet, 8 ½ inches. This jump will automatically advance her to the girls triple jump state championships in March. 

“Nina really showed up to jump,” coach Erin Holmes said. “She blocked out all of the stress that comes with a championship event like this and focused on making little adjustments, implementing what we have been working on in practice, listening to the coach and just going full throttle to the board. It was an absolute pleasure to see the joy on her face when she won the long jump, but it was definitely the best to watch her face light up when she realized she had broken the school record. I am so very proud of all of her hard work this season and can’t wait to be there to see her break her record again at states.” 
 

Class of 2020 Shirts for Sale

See attached flyer to order shirts.

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Lip Sync - Interested in Performing?

Forms and money due March 18.

Tryouts are March 22.

Open practice - March 26 after school.

Performance  - March 26, 7 p.m.

See attached flyer for details.

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Teaching Empathy Through Teamwork

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Showing empathy is an important part of being a kind person, and learning what empathy is can be the first step in exhibiting empathetic behaviors. Bayville Intermediate School fifth-grade teacher Kelly Price implemented a creative approach to teaching her students the importance of empathy and sharing the lesson with younger students. The lesson, which included reading books about character, carries the motto, “I Have Character.”

To enhance the project, Ms. Price’s students are mentoring second-graders in Dani Schatz’s class at Bayville Primary School to help them learn about empathy. The two classes join together monthly, pairing fifth-graders with second-graders to work collaboratively. In a recent lesson, the older students presented the younger ones with questions about how they would handle certain situations, including seeing a student sitting alone at lunch or witnessing bullying. The questions sparked important conversations, enabling mentors to guide the second-grade students towards the best way to be an empathetic classmate.

Students created paper versions of themselves, and as they learn new, positive personality traits each month, they add symbols to their characters to represent those traits. Ms. Price said this demonstrates to them that what we have on the inside is more important than what we see on the outside. She hopes the lesson will help them become more empathetic, kind, grateful, resilient and hardworking. 

“I hope that 20 years from now when my students think back to fifth grade, they remember their experience and journey of becoming better human beings. I hope when they are 30 years old, they can say, ‘I have character,’” Ms. Price said.




Students Rocking Kindness

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Spreading kindness is commonplace at Bayville Primary School, as the students and staff are dedicated to bucket filling, a philosophy that uses a bucket as a metaphor for a person’s feelings. The students learn that kind acts fill the bucket of the recipient and the giver. Unkind acts deplete buckets.
 
Maggie Holz, an Individual Needs teacher, worked with one of the school’s occupational therapists, Alison Milligan, on a special project that would fill the buckets of strangers around the community. First- and second-graders in Ms. Holz’s class created kindness rocks to leave in the community for residents to find.
 
The students used colorful permanent markers to decorate the rocks and write uplifting messages. They brought the rocks home and were encouraged to hide them in the community for random people to discover. They learned that even though they may never know who found their rocks, they could feel good knowing they made someone smile.
 
Besides teaching them to be kind, the activity helped to build many skills, including eye-hand coordination, graphomotor skills, strategic planning, visual perceptual skills, problem-solving, following multistep directions and spatial organization.
 
“While our students are constantly reminded of how we can choose to fill each other’s buckets on a daily basis, we are teaching about how significant of an impact a random act of kindness can make on the recipient, and even people who hear about it,” Ms. Holz said.

Congress in Action Puts Students in Government

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Proposals were made, rebuttals presented and opinions offered as high school seniors participated in Congress in Action, a realistic replica of the United States Congress. 

Participants used research and writing skills to prepare bills that they presented to their peers, lobbying for votes to help those bills pass, while rebutters worked against the bills. Topics ranged from having armed security guards in schools to prison reform and from paying college athletes to changing school starting times. Each presenter had well researched facts to back their proposals and their adversaries were just as well prepared to take the bills down.

Once all audience members had time to make comments for or against each bill, a vote was taken to determine if the bill would pass. By the end of the activity, students had a true feel for how Congress works. Keeping with the workings of the actual government, a Rules Committee kept order throughout the proceedings. Members of that committee included Speaker of the House Antonia LoCascio, Clark Brennan, Thomas DeLancey, Ava Famiglietti, Thomas Placilla, Stephen Porko and Timber Zino.

Social studies teacher Robert Buonaspina coordinated the program and said that the students were dedicated to making the event as realistic as possible. “Congress in Action offers students an opportunity to learn the inner working of our government and to enhance many important skills such as research, writing and public speaking,” he said.

Bayville Kidsday Reporters

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Getting a byline in a newspaper is a big deal for a writer – getting that byline in elementary school is quite an accomplishment. Students in Christine Arthur’s fifth-grade class at Bayville Intermediate School accomplished just that when they became Kidsday reporters for Newsday.
 
Mentored by Newsday reporter Pat Mullooley, the students learned how to conduct interviews, write articles and edit their work. Mullooley visited Mrs. Arthur’s classroom several times to work with the students, and four writers were chosen to participate in a professional interview.
 
Gavin Boyd, Keith Dempster, Liz Madden and Kaitlyn O’Brien traveled with Mrs. Arthur to interview New York Islander Matt Martin at the Northwell Ice Arena in Eisenhower Park, where the team practices. They worked on their interview questions first in class with their teacher and then with Mullooley, who helped them understand what questions would produce better answers for a quality news story.
 
The team that interviewed Martin had their story published in Newsday on Dec. 8. Mrs. Arthur’s entire class wrote articles and submitted them to Newsday. Many of them will be featured over a six-day run in April editions of Kidsday. Other articles include local restaurant reviews, local news stories, DIY projects and surveys. The children wrote jokes and riddles, too. The class answered other children’s submissions to “Dear Kidsday” and provided illustrations to be included in their editions.
 
Mrs. Arthur said that the experience of working with a professional reporter enhanced the writing portion of the fifth-grade curriculum. “The students were excited to write for Newsday’s Kidsday and getting advice from a professional inspired them. They worked very hard and although not every article submitted will be printed, I am very proud of all of their efforts.”

Community-School Partnership

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Math games, spelling challengesand puzzles made Family Math/ELA Night feel like fun, but the participants were learning how to work together at home on schoolwork. Parents and students joined together at Ann MacArthur Primary School and Bayville Primary School where they traveled through stations set up with various mathematical and English language arts activities. Advice on how to help their children with the skills needed to complete the tasks was shared and each family left with some new activities to engage in with their children.

“Enhancing the school community partnership is always a priority,” Bayville Elementary School Assistant Principal Dorothy McManus said. “Our goal is to support parents so they can help children succeed at home, and therefore be more successful in school.”

Senior Earns NIAAA Scholarship

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Locust Valley High School Senior Jordan Dyer has earned the Section VIII 2018-2019 National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association Scholarship.  

The NIAAA scholarship program recognizes distinguished scholastic leadership and sportsmanship attributes of high school student-athletes and the importance of high school athletics in each student’s life. Recipients must be seniors in high school, have achieved high academic accolades, have participated in two sports for at least two years each and have earned at least one varsity letter in each of two sports.
Finally, applicants must complete an essay on how high school athletics have impacted their lives.

Jordan was among 50 applicants for the scholarship and was chosen by a committee of Nassau County athletic administrators. She will now move on to the state level of the scholarship competition.

Jordan has a grade point average of 97.84, was a two-year member of the varsity field hockey team and five-year member of the varsity golf team. She was named the Most Improved Player on the varsity golf team for two consecutive seasons and earned All-Conference accolades in the county tournament.

Jordan is a member of the high school robotics team, book club, chamber singers and the athletic council, and also finds time for outside activities, including coaching and volunteering for the Oak Neck Youth Field Hockey program. In addition, she volunteers her time with the New York Firefighters Burn Center Foundation, assisting with golf outings, the Tunnel to Towers 5K Race, the American Burn Congress and the Firefighters Ski Races. 

For all of these attributes, Jordan is extremely deserving of this recognition. Congratulations, Jordan!

LVMS Musical is a Hit!

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The Locust Valley Middle School auditorium was transformed into a Caribbean Island as students acted, sang and danced in “Once on This Island, Jr.” The young performers were convincing as they told the story of a peasant girl who falls in love with a wealthy boy from the other side of the island.

Colorful sets, traditional costumes and performances that came from their souls made this musical one to remember during two performances on Jan. 25 and 26. 

 

Frozen Fun

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Spending the day frozen doesn’t soundfun, unless it’s at Locust Valley’s annual Frozen event, which offers winter-themed activities for younger students in the community. The high school student government, along with other high school clubs and organizations organized the day, which brought in students from all of the elementary schools. 

Ice fishing, snowman building, face painting, decorating mittens and cookies, dancing and pinning the nose on the snowman were just some of the fun events of the day. 

This year, a pancake breakfast was offered for an additional fee prior to the start of Locust Valley Frozen. 

The event not only serves as a fundraiser for the student government, but also provides an opportunity for the community to come together at all levels and for high school students to earn leadership experience. It’s a win-win for everyone!

Junior Earns Perfect Score on ACT

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Locust Valley High School Junior Michelle Hsu earned a perfect score of 36 on the ACT exam. The exam is one of the components colleges and universities use when deciding which students to accept. The ACT has four parts, each one worth 36 points. Michelle earned a score of 36 on each of the sections: English, mathematics, reading and science.

Perfect scores on the ACT are extremely rare. For example, nationally, the Class of 2018 had only 2,760 students earn a perfect score out of the more than 2 million students that took the exam, or two-tenths of one percent. The curriculum-based achievement test measures what students have learned. Michelle’s perfect score demonstrates that she has mastered all of the skills and knowledge she will need to succeed in her first year of college.

Michelle is well-rounded, participating in clubs, writing for the high school newspaper, The Spectrum, and she is an accomplished pianist.

Congratulations, Michelle!

National Honor Society Honors Inductees

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For their dedication to the pillars of scholarship, service, leadershipand character, Locust Valley High School students were inducted into the National Honor Society on Jan. 16. Nearly 100 students joined the ranks of this elite society, participating in a traditional ceremony, which included lighting candles to represent those four pillars.

Board of Education President Brian T. Nolan addressed the inductees and their families, congratulating them on their outstanding accomplishments. “We congratulate each and every one of you – students, parents and faculty – for the successes you have earned,” he said. “And we thank you for making Locust Valley the exceptional place that it is. To our inductees, this is the beginning of a life that can be whatever you want. You set your goals on being admitted to the National Honor Society and you succeeded, so now you know you can do anything you set your mind to. We will be here to cheer you on, to celebrate your successes and to follow your journey.”

High School Principal Patrick Clemente also shared inspiring words for the inductees to take forward. “Thomas Friedman recently wrote in the New York Times about owning your own future,” Mr. DiClemente said. “He stated that if you want to be a lifelong employee anywhere today, you have to be a lifelong learner. That means that more is now on you – self-motivation to learn and to keep learning becomes the most important life skill.”

Junior Michelle Hsu, one of the inductees, performed “Reflets dansl’eau,” by Claude Debussy on the piano, creating a relaxing and enjoyable interlude during the ceremony.

National Honor Society officers President Caroline Faraday, Vice President Joe McNamara, Secretary Brooke Cody and Treasurer Lindsay Merenda presented descriptions of each pillar and lit the appropriate candle, before all of the inductees recited the pledge and lit individual candles, lighting up the stage.

National Honor Society advisers Rachel McShane and Stephanie Scavelli organized the ceremony along with the officers, creating an evening fit for the level of achievement these students have reached. 

Congratulations to all of the inductees on this remarkable accomplishment!




Wrestlers Shine at Eastern States Classic

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Five varsity wrestlers participated in the Eastern States Classic, one of the toughest and most prestigious wrestling tournaments in the country, from Jan. 11-12 in Loch Sheldrake, New York. Anthony Scicutella (99), Kyle Shriberg (106), Jack Croke (106), Vincent Marchand (120) and Gage DeNatale (132), competed with wrestlers from 174 teams and nine different states.

 

Gage started day one of the tournament with two decisive wins. He dominated his first opponent and recorded a technical-fall (16-0) in the first period. Gage continued his dominant performance with an 18-7 major decision over his second opponent. He began the second day of the tournament by upsetting the No. 1 seeded wrestler in his bracket, with a 3-2 decision, in an intense quarterfinal match-up. During the semifinal match, Gage recorded his first loss of the season to one of the top-ranked Division II wrestlers in New York State. However, Gage was able to conquer one of the most difficult challenges in the sport of wrestling and grind his way through the wrestle-backs to end his tournament with a victory. In dramatic fashion, he defensively pinned the No. 3 seeded wrestler in his bracket to place fifth in the 132-pound weight class. Gage’s success is not a surprise and his tireless work ethic ensures that he will be a force to be reckoned with during the New York State championship tournament in February in Albany, New York. 

 

Despite not making it onto the podium, Locust Valley’s other four participants wrestled at a high level against the best competition available. The experience these wrestlers gained from entering and competing in this kind of tournament will prepare them to reach their individual goals in the postseason, as well as help Locust Valley defend its title as Division II county champions.

 

Congratulations to all of the wrestlers!

 

 

 

High School Career Fair - March 19

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The high school will host a career fair on March 19. Details to follow.

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On Your Mark, Get Set ... Calculate!

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It was a race to the finish, with four teams of competitors vying for points. But this competition wasn’t taking place on a field or a court and there were no balls, bats or racquets. Instead, the playing field was a whiteboard and players were armed with markers and calculators. It was a race to solve three-by-three systems of equations.

High school math teacher Angela Manzo set up the math races for the first few days back to school after the winter recess, to help get students energized to learn after the break. Ms. Manzo’s Algebra 2 classes solved a problem with three mathematical equations as teams, working collaboratively to determine each step of the solution. Standing at the whiteboard, team members took turns calculating portions of the problem and handing off the next step to their teammates. Each team had a different problem to solve and points were awarded based on finishing times. The team with the most points after the period was over was the winner.

“Sometimes students feel isolated at their desks solving mathematical equations,” Ms. Manzo said. “This gave them the opportunity to bounce ideas off of each other and understand that math does not need to be a solitary experience.”

The three-by-three equations are important for those thinking about careers in coding or video design, among others. According to Ms. Manzo, these problems help to calculate width, length, height and depth for three-dimensional designs, including the programming of 3D printers and the latest video games.

Geography Bee Champion Has Worldly Knowledge

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Sixth-grader John Hartnett earned the title of Middle School Geography Bee champion on Jan. 4 by answering more geography questions correctly than his opponents in the schoolwide bee. He had close competition from his peers, including eighth-grader Alisha Uduevbo, who was named runner-up.
 
Among many questions, contestants were asked to name the most populous country in Scandinavia (Sweden), which lake Saginaw Bay in Michigan is an inlet of (Lake Huron) and in which country Darien National Park is located (Panama).
 
Answering questions based on topics covered in the middle school social studies curriculum, the students earned their spots in the schoolwide competition by first winning at the classroom level.
 
As part of the National Geographic GeoBee, John will now take an online qualifying test for the state level of the competition.
 

Alumni Offer Tips For College Success

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For most high school seniors, excitement and nerves clash as they think about not only where to attend college, but what that college experience will feel like. To alleviate those anxious feelings, the Locust Valley High School Guidance Department organized the school’s annual Alumni Day on Jan. 3, which allowed students to hear firsthand from their peers what college life is really like and the best ways to prepare for success.

A group of 34 recent LVHS graduates served as panel members and shared personal stories about their biggest challenges and the strategies that best helped them overcome these difficulties. Those that challenged themselves in high school with International Baccalaureate courses said they were well prepared for the enormous amount of writing required at the collegiate level.   

The seniors asked excellent questions. “How do you make friends with so many students on campus?” some asked. The most popular answer was to join clubs. Alumni, representing 28 colleges, recommended joining as many clubs as possible and then sticking with the ones that felt most comfortable for them. They explained this would help them make friends and provide many social opportunities.

The seniors also wanted to know how to maintain top grades in a more challenging environment. They were told to take full advantage of professors’ office hours, to share with their professors their personal goals and to obtain feedback on the best way to succeed in each class.

Other topics included choosing roommates, how often to visit home and how to manage homesickness. Some of the alumni stressed the importance of establishing strong time management skills, while others recommended sitting in the first few rows of a large lecture to help the class feel smaller.

Following the informal discussions, which took place in small groups, the alumni participated in a college fair for sophomores and juniors. The underclassmen had the opportunity to visit individual alumni and ask questions about their specific schools, which helps them as they decide to which schools they should apply.

Locust Valley High School Assistant Principal Michelle Villa said both portions of Alumni Day served an important purpose. “It is extremely beneficial for seniors to have an opportunity to ask questions and learn about college life from those they can relate to,” she said. “The information they receive can help them make final decisions about which colleges to attend and can ensure that they will be more prepared for college life.” 

Ms. Villa added that the underclassmen are well served by hearing about colleges from younger people, as they may find it more difficult to relate to college admissions representatives.

MS Cheerleaders Spread Cheer

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Middle school cheerleaders like to cheer on and off the field, and their holiday spirit brightened the season for residents of local rehabilitation centers on Dec. 20. The team, along with its coach Doreen Kobus, traveled to the Glen Cove Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation and the Marquis Rehabilitation & Nursing Center to sing holiday songs and perform uplifting cheers. They also brought gifts handmade by the sixth-grade Home and Careers students.

Ms. Kobus said the cheerleaders were thrilled to share the holiday spirit with the patients at the rehabilitation centers. “They wanted to bring joy to those who may not be home for the holidays,” she said.

Giving Back for the Holidays

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Thinking of others comes naturally to the sixth-grade class, and this holiday season they thought of a local charity that would benefit from their help. The class donated toys and gift cards to the Matthew Fetzer Toy Drive, which distributes the items to children who have to spend the holidays in the hospital. The Matthew Fetzer Foundation was established in memory of Matthew Fetzer, who lost his life to cancer when he was a student at Bayville Intermediate School. When Matthew was sick, he dreamed of bringing toys to sick children when he got better. His family made sure his dream would come true in his honor, and the school community supports their efforts each year.

Sixth-grade teachers Evelyn Mason and Ann Monsees took their students caroling around Bayville to spread holiday cheer through the neighborhood and collected $200 for the Matthew Fetzer Toy Drive. They presented the donation and several bags of toys to Anne Fetzer on Dec. 18. 

The donations were distributed to children in local hospitals for them to enjoy.

The entire district hopes all those children who couldn’t spend the holidays at home with their families had a happy holiday season.

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