The Board of Education will hold a special meeting on Feb. 4, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in the Administration Building.

The Board of Education will hold a special meeting on Feb. 4, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in the Administration Building. Click here for details.

Spotlight on Talent

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Singers, poets, actors and musicians took the stage before a standing-room-only crowd for the high school’s annual Spotlight Night, sponsored by the high school’s literary magazine, Perspective.

The coffeehouse-style event provided an opportunity for high school students to show off their creativity and talent and overcome their stage fright in an intimate setting. With the lights dimmed in the mini-theater, filled with parents, friends and faculty, students gave heartfelt performances, one senior even moving the audience to tears. Katie LaMere sang about leaving the nest and dedicated the song to her mother. Megan Prosser shared a poem about a personal struggle, and Jamison Murcott acted out a monologue that she wrote about abuse. Spotlight Night included 19 acts in total, the majority being singers and musicians performing popular songs.

In addition to the student performances, the Interact Club sold snacks and drinks to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project. Spotlight Night was once again a complete success, with attendees raving about the show on their way out. 

Check out the slide show here:


Chosen for Selective Society

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For their dedication to academics and altruism, more than 100 Locust Valley High School students were inducted into the National Honor Society during a traditional ceremony.

Acceptance into this elite society does not come easily. Students must meet rigorous academic standards and exhibit the characteristics exemplified by the National Honor Society’s four pillars, which are scholarship, service, leadership and character.

National Honor Society President Tazim Merchant served as master of ceremonies with the assistance of NHS Vice President Mary Kate Guma. They were joined by Secretary Arthur Babcock and Treasurer Pamela Guerra in performing the candle-lighting ceremony, each lighting a candle representing one of the four pillars. Several of the speakers addressed the theme’s evening of “One,” discussing how one person can make a difference. Speakers included Board of Education Co-Vice President Erika Bruno, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Anna F. Hunderfund and High School Principal Dr. Kieran McGuire. 

A musical interlude was provided by seniors Sarah Miller on cello and Andrew Wee on violin. Following the ceremony, students and their families celebrated with refreshments in the cafeteria.

The district congratulates all of the inductees.

View the slide show here:

 

 

 

Writers, Directors and Performers

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High school students performed their own original monologues during the ninth annual Writers/Directors’ Winter Monologue Showcase on Jan. 15. The showcase gave students a unique opportunity to perform a staged reading of their original work. Each script was united by a common theme, which could be interpreted individually. This year’s theme was survival.

The monologues induced laughter, sympathy and sometimes even tears as the acting in the monologues was often intense. Produced and directed by English teachers Adele Bolitho and Lawrence Lynch, students are guided and encouraged to be both creative and courageous.

“The monologue workshop affords students a chance to become better writers and speakers through a unique creative outlet different from other clubs or courses,” said Lynch.  “No two shows are alike, and students truly enjoy the often cathartic and fun process of exploring their own voices and feelings.” Bolitho agreed, adding that participants readily transfer the skills learned through the monologues into their academic classes.

Scripts, united by the core topic of survival, included subjects such as dealing with a break-up, coping during a blackout, finding redemption through adoption and surviving a persistent teacher, among others. Students draw upon their own experiences or use their imaginations to convey various situations.

Performers included Charlie Compono, Jessica Hancock, Jamie Murcott, Dan Peterson, Josephine Porco, Tori Rufrano, Jack Shearer, Mickey Shearer and Annette Witek.

Aynsley Leonardis and Will Campanella served as stage managers, Andrew Edwins was in charge of lighting, and videography was done by Nichole Miller.

The Writers/Directors’ Workshop is open to all high school students and new members are always welcome.  The Spring Play Scene performance will take place on Wednesday, April 22 at 7 p.m. in the mini-theater.

First Place for Perspective

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The high school’s literary magazine, Perspective, has been awarded first place by the American Scholastic Press Association for the second year in a row. The magazine was judged on many criteria, including breadth of content, quality of work, layout and originality. The magazine earned perfect scores in several categories for a total score of 905 out of a possible 1,000 points.

“The editors and staff members of Perspective work hard all year promoting the arts within our school and community,” said David Coonan, Perspective’s advisor. “It’s wonderful that the writers and artists who contributed to this award-winning magazine have the opportunity to be recognized for their passions, and it speaks volumes about the level of talent that is here in Locust Valley.”

Coonan explained that the club gives high school students the opportunity to share their talents with the community, and the club’s officers are the ones who make that happen. “They should be very proud of this achievement,” he said.

In addition to the literary magazine, the club hosts Spotlight Night, a coffee house-style talent night where students can sing, play instruments, recite poetry and express their creativity in a supportive atmosphere.

Congratulations to the entire Perspective staff on their first-place award!


Alumni Offer Unique Perspective

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Members of the Class of 2014 were greeted with smiles and hugs as they returned to the high school to share tips on succeeding in college with seniors. Their advice was practical and included topics ranging from meeting deadlines to dealing with roommates. 

Assistant Principal Rebecca Gottesman organized the annual Alumni Day to help seniors navigate the difficult path they are currently traveling. “Receiving advice from their peers means so much more to them than hearing it from their parents or guidance counselors,” she said. “The alumni were in their classes and on their athletic teams just seven months ago, so there is a relationship there based on trust and admiration.” 

Many alumni said that taking classes in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program prepared them well for the college curriculum. One attendee said that IB English is helping him succeed in many classes since so many college courses require writing papers. The majority of the panel recommended that students learn to manage time well and not leave everything to the last minute. Additionally, it was suggested that as college freshman, they take advantage of all the school has to offer – get out of the dorm room! One student said she has her own radio show and loves this new activity and the people she meets. 

The seniors were encouraged not to become disappointed should they be denied from their first choice university, as it probably wasn’t the right place for them. Some shared that they are at their second or third choice schools and couldn't imagine being anywhere else.

Other important pieces of advice revolved around managing money and social activities.  The alumni explained that there are always students who go out every night of the week regardless of the school they attend, so it is important to learn how to have a healthy balance. The alumni made it clear that college professors do not give reminders, extra time or hold your hand. They do, however, offer extra help during office hours. 

Gottesman said that holding Alumni Day is an excellent opportunity for high school students to hear the real facts about choosing a college, and what to expect when they get there. “It also reminds them of what they need to continue to do in high school to be the most prepared once they take this next step in their lives.”    

In addition to the general panel session, break-out sessions were held and organized by majors. This allowed seniors to target their questions to the alumni who were best able to answer them.

 

 

 

Check Out MS Pajama Day on News12 and Fox!

 

The middle school's Wounded Warrior Wednesday fundraiser will be featured on News12 some time after 5 p.m on Wednesday, Jan. 21 and on the NY Minute segment of FOX 5 News at 5:30 p.m.

You can also see the live stream at myfox5ny.com at 5:30 p.m. or on News12.com.

The Board of Education will hold a meeting on Feb. 25, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. in the Middle School/High School Mini-Theater.

The Board of Education will hold a meeting on Feb. 25, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. in the Middle School/High School Mini-Theater.

Hands-on Learning

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Dressed in their best and armed with facts, high school seniors were persuasive and passionate as they presented bills during the school’s 26th annual Congress in Action. The simulation of the nation’s Congressional system was a hands-on lesson in how the U.S. government works. 

Students chose a bill topic to present that is current and relevant in Congress. Immigration, gun control and fracking were among this year’s bills. Each student presented a bill, while the opposition presented a case against passing such a bill. An audience of the students’ peers had the opportunity to debate in support of or against the bill before the voting took place. This year, eight bills passed and two failed.

Regents and Advanced Placement social studies classes participated with the support of their teachers and social studies department leader David Ethé. In addition to learning about the inner workings of the U.S. government, participants also honed their research and public speaking skills. 

“There is a tremendous amount of work required to prepare for this event,” Ethé said. “Students must be knowledgeable about current events, use advanced research skills and practice their oral skills in order for their presentations to be convincing.” He added that these skills will benefit students in many areas of their lives, including in college and careers. 

The Rules Committee consisted of students Annie Degnan, William Jensen, Cameron Moreano and Connor Torossian, who moderated the event. The committee ensured that speakers stayed within their time limits and followed the rules. They also collected and tallied the votes.

 

 

Varsity Football Featured in Athletics Magazine

The Varsity Football team has been featured in an edition of Ultimate Athlete Magazine.

Click the link below to read the article. Click on the middle of the page on "click to read" and use the right arrow to click through to page 8-9.

http://www.ultimateathletemagazine.com/magazine/CURRENT 

 

Pajamas for a Cause

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Flannel pants and bathrobes were the fashion trend at the middle school on Jan. 7 as students and staff raised money for Wounded Warriors. The student body is holding several fundraisers throughout the year to help provide iPads to soldiers. Pajama Day has raised more than $2,000 so far as students or staff members paid $1 for the privilege of dressing down.

Middle School Principal H. Thomas Hogan said the fundraiser not only contributes to an important cause, but also creates school spirit. “Students and staff had fun dressing in their silliest pajamas and knowing that they were doing something as a community to help others,” he said.

Hogan donned flannel pajama pants and a thick bathrobe, while some students wore pajamas with feet and hoods. In support of the fundraiser, the Board of Education wore their bathrobes prior to their Jan. 6 meeting, and the administrators and entire staff of central office donated money to wear pajamas to work as well. 

Superintendent Dr. Anna F. Hunderfund said when one school is participating in a worthy cause, the entire district is supportive. “Each of the schools has decided to hold a pajama day to support the middle school’s Wounded Warrior fundraisers,” she said.

With an incredible student body and staff, the middle school will be able to provide a number of iPads to soldiers in need. Planning is underway for additional fundraisers for this project. In the meantime, with the success of Pajama Day, this fundraiser will continue at the middle school each Wednesday in January.

Cross-Country Team Runs to Success

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The girls varsity cross-country team was recognized by the Board of Education on Jan. 6 for its outstanding achievement during the fall season. The team earned the titles of Division IVB Tri-Champions and Conference IV Co-Champions. The team also compiled a division record of 5-1 and a conference record of 12-1.  This was the most successful season in history for the girls cross-country team. 

The team was led to victory by its outstanding senior members Maddie Casalino, Paige Gugerty, Siobhan O’Neill and Maggie Reid. Team members also included Gianna Ferrara, Kristy Jahchan, Christine Lee, Roisin O’Neill, Kami Palagonia, Megan Prosser and Amanda Weiss. 

Congratulations to the entire team on this tremendous success and to coaches James Rogin and William Willson.

 

 

Annual Wrestling Invitational a Success

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Locust Valley High School hosted its annual wrestling invitational on Jan. 3, which included 12 teams from across Long Island. It was an exciting day for the Falcon grapplers as seven champions were crowned, accumulating more than 300 team points and earning a team title for the Falcons. There were several standout individual champions as well. They included Jack DeNatale (115 lbs.), Hunter Dusold (120 lbs.), Nick Casella (132 lbs.), Kevin Jackson (145 lbs.), Mike Dusold (152 lbs.), Bryce Dusold (182 lbs.) and Spencer Matthaei (220 lbs.).  In their weight class, Bryan Coll (115 lbs.) took second place, Andrew Cantatore (126 lbs.) earned second place, John Romano (106 lbs.) took third place, Jack Ward (126 lbs.) won third place, Alex Cassisi (195 lbs.) won third place and Patrick Briody (126 lbs.) earned fourth place. In addition, Kevin Jackson earned “Most Pins, Least Amount of Time,” with four pins totaling 5:21. 

The annual event was a success due to support of the high school’s Athletic Council, which prepared hot food throughout the day, and with additional support from the parents of the wrestlers who provided cold refreshments. The high school custodial staff was instrumental as they assisted with the setup and breakdown of the mats. The wrestling team’s coaching staff, led by Joe Enea and assistants Tim Bellisari and Cory Haldas, worked hard before and during the event to ensure that the day was a success. 

Congratulations to all of the student-athletes for a great team performance!