LVCSD Gives Back to the Community

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When LVCSD students and staff hear about community members in need, they jump into action to help. Community partnerships so often help the schools and, in this case, the district was able to return the favor by providing more than $7,000 worth of Thanksgiving dinners for those in need. 

Each year, the Grenville Baker Boys and Girls Club collects baskets filled with all the fixings for Thanksgiving dinners for families in need. To supplement the club’s collections, students and staff from every building in the school district donated a total of 100 baskets, plus more than $500 to help provide delicious dinners to local families. Additional donations came from the Board of Education, superintendent and administrators.

At some schools, each class created a basket and at others, various clubs organized the collection. Stuffing mix, potatoes, cranberry sauce, cake mix, coffee and much more filled each basket. Gift cards provided money for turkeys and cash donations allowed the club to purchase any items they felt were still needed.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Anna F. Hunderfund said that the Locust Valley school community is one of the most altruistic she has ever come across. “The students and staff heard there was a need and the donations immediately poured in,” she said. “Being part of such a wonderful community can only make you feel good, and I hope the actions of our district will make the recipients of the baskets feel just as good.”

Thankful for Students

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It’s a typical Thanksgiving activity in elementary schools across the country –teachers have their students write essays about what they are thankful for. At Locust Valley Intermediate School, third-grade teachers decided it was time for a twist on tradition. This year, they told their students why they were thankful to have them. 

At the annual Thanksgiving feast, students wore name tags that stated what made them special in the eyes of their teachers – for example, the student is kind and caring, or a diligent worker. Some were appreciated for always cooperating, others for making their teacher laugh.

Josephine Rothstein said she and her colleagues are thankful for each and every student. “They are the reason we come to work each day,” she said. “Each child offers something unique that makes us smile.” Rothstein explained that they wanted the children to feel good about themselves, and added that Thanksgiving is an opportune time to reinforce the importance of self-esteem.

Of course, the feast was traditional in other ways, with delicious food and friends to share it with. Volunteers from the Locust Valley Parents’ Council sponsored the event and shared in the festivities.

 

 

Mastering Math

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Who says learning isn’t fun and games? Board games, card games, and song writing are helping fourth graders at Bayville Intermediate School become proficient in math. The students recently held a math fair to present the games they invented based on the math skills they are learning.

Students had gathered, analyzed, and organized data as they developed creative games that required the use of multiplication concepts and skills. Finding ways to incorporate mathematics into games required that these young inventors really master the math concepts in order how to apply them.

Fourth grade teacher Margaret McDermott said the activity helped to create enthusiasm for math. “The students saw that the math skills they were learning could actually be applied to things that they enjoy doing and to things that have real life value.” 

Students created mathematical versions of their favorite games such as Candy Land, performed their favorite songs with new lyrics relating to math and invented brand new games. During the math fair, each of the fourth grade classes viewed and played the games that their peers had created. ‘Playing their classmates games reinforced the math skills even further,” McDermott said. “The end result of the project left them feeling confident and capable.”

 

 

The Board of Education will hold a meeting on Dec. 10, 2014 at 8 p.m. in the MS/HS Mini-Theater.

The Board of Education will hold a meeting on Dec. 10, 2014 at 8 p.m. in the MS/HS Mini-Theater.

Locust Valley Jesters Receive Rave Reviews

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The Locust Valley High School Jesters presented an impressive performance of Noel Coward’s wacky comedy “Hay Fever” on Nov. 15 and 16.

The cast brought the characters to life on the high school stage and the crew created scenery that placed the audience right in the home of the Bliss family in the 1920s.

The story highlights stage star Judith Bliss, her novelist husband and their two grown children, each of whom invited houseguests for the weekend. But as the Bliss family indulges their artistic eccentricities in a hilarious whirlwind of madcap zaniness, the guests begin to wonder if they’ve landed in a madhouse – and if they can survive the weekend with their own wits intact!

The Jesters’ on stage presence often had the audience forgetting that they were high school students. Impeccable costumes, including flapper style dresses, helped recreate the roaring 20s. The performance was a wonderful escape that provided laughter and fun for everyone.

The cast included Kevin Byrnes, Magnus Carlstrom, Christine Caroll, David DePerez, Kristin Hutchins, Sara Kaiser, Julia Rivadeneira, Shanaz Sanjana and Connor Sivacek.

Coat Drive

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Members of High School Interact Club and Middle School Student Government are collecting coats for those in need this winter. Donations of clean, gently used garments and outerwear are greatly appreciated and will be collected through Nov. 25 at drop-off boxes outside the high school and middle school offices.

Salute to Veterans

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Dressed in red, white and blue, second-graders at Ann MacArthur Primary School held an emotional tribute to the nation’s veterans through songs and poetry. A patriotic performance for friends and family included the presentation of a carnation to those veterans invited by the second-graders.

Grandparents, uncles, fathers, friends and neighbors were among the honorees who were called up one by one and presented with carnations in recognition of their service to the country. The group represented the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force. 

The students performed “I Love My Country” by Teresa Jennings, “Thank You Soldiers” by Michael Souders and Angela Souders, “Veterans Day” by Cheryl Dyson, “This Land Is Your Land” by Woody Guthrie and “God Bless America” by Irving Berlin. Students also shared the meaning of Veterans Day and a brief description of each branch of the military.

Following the performance, attendees viewed student artwork honoring America’s veterans. The event was held in the Locust Valley Intermediate School auditorium.Second-grade teachers Tanya Becker, Kim Herlich, Patricia Murray, Tara Rice and Ricki Sokol worked with music teacher Jane Benstock to produce the celebration and art teacher Dana Ettinger to create the coordinating artwork. 

The Locust Valley Central School District extends special thanks to the veterans who truly made this celebration special and to all of the veterans in our nation.



Senior Implements Tutoring Program

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Tazim Merchant is singlehandedly transforming the landscape of tutoring for both tutors and those in need of tutoring. Merchant, a senior at the high school, created the National Honor Society Tutoring Program, which matches high school tutors with middle school and high school students in need of tutoring, for free.

Using a simple online form, National Honor Society members can register to tutor subjects in which they excel, and any student can submit a request to be tutored in just about any subject area. Merchant saw the need for an alternative to the practice of hiring costly tutors and knew that members of the NHS needed to earn community service credits, so she developed the program to help fill both voids. She created the forms and organized the participants on her own.

“It is very successful so far,” Merchant said. “In just the first week, we had requests almost every day through our NHS Tutor Request Form, and both the tutors and their students have been happy with the results.” She said she is using the project to achieve her Girl Scouts Gold Award and hopes to present her idea to the NHS at the national level. “I would like to place this model in schools all over the country,” she said. She aspires to run the national model as a volunteer.

In visiting middle school and high school classrooms to present the program, Merchant has found the students and teachers very receptive. She said teachers are encouraging their students to use the program and students are grateful for the help, whether it is for one test or an entire unit of study.

The society’s advisors said the program is doing more than just providing academic support. “Students feel comfortable to come and ask for help from others, knowing it won't cost them anything,” explained co-advisor Valerie Russo. “It also helps students form great bonds while making new friendships, and it helps build their confidence.” Co-advisor Rachel McShane said Merchant is an incredible leader who took this project from an idea to reality without skipping a beat.

Locust Valley High School Assistant Principal Rebecca Gottesman calls the model for this program outstanding. “It would be a wonderful program to extend into the elementary schools,” she said. “It benefits all students involved on so many levels.” She looks forward to assisting Merchant and the advisors in transitioning the program to future NHS officers, ensuring that it expands next year when Merchant is no longer available to facilitate the day-to-day operations.  

Although Merchant will graduate in June, she will hand over the reins to the club’s officers so her work can continue to benefit generations of students to follow. “When I visit the middle school classes,” she said, “I tell them that they may be in need of a tutor now, but one day they may be running this program.”

 

Freshman Team-Building

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It may have seemed like fun and games, but the high school guidance department’s ice breaker program had a definite purpose. The activity was intended to help the ninth-grade students become familiar with their high school counselors, understand the importance of becoming involved in extracurricular activities, and begin to familiarize themselves with the college planning process.

The guidance counselors introduced each ninth-grade English class with an ice breaker activity. Students tossed a beach ball to each other and the counselors, stopping only to answer the question printed on the spot that the student touched when catching the ball. Before long, students knew about each other’s favorite cell phone apps, biggest pet peeves, where they hope to travel and more.   

Following the introductory exercise, students were reacquainted with Naviance, the computer program that guidance counselors utilize as a comprehensive goal-setting and college planning program and which students were introduced to in middle school. With Naviance, the counselors emphasize the importance of keeping the resume section current and completing the various surveys honestly and with sincerity. This information becomes critical for students when they begin to work individually with their counselors to develop a list of college choices that will ultimately be a good match for them.

“The college planning process must begin in ninth grade,” said Assistant Principal Rebecca Gottesman. “The information required to produce a thorough, well-rounded application requires years of cumulative information, which includes rigorous academics, extracurricular involvement and leadership, and most importantly, career interests and long-term goals." She added that it is just as important to develop new friendships and to never be afraid to try something new, saying the best high school memories often include friendships formed through shared interests.   

Counselors remain with students throughout their four years of high school, guiding and supporting them every step of the way. They encourage students to not be shy about reaching out, as they genuinely look forward to cultivating these relationships over the four years.

Keeping Young Students Safe on the Internet

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Students at Bayville Intermediate School are learning early how to use technology safely. A cyber safety presentation on Nov. 5, highlighted the positive ways in which social media can be used and the negative behaviors that need to be avoided.

Katie Schumacher, founder of the Don’t Press Send Campaign, shared age-appropriate examples of how social media can hurt feelings and change lives. She pointed out that using social media to make plans with friends or to perform research would be positive ways to use these tools. She presented third- through fifth-graders with scenarios that should be avoided at all times, and when she said them, she had the entire room shout, “Don’t press send!”

“The students who interact with this technology get younger and younger all the time,” said Principal Scott McElhiney. “We want to make sure we are proactive and teach them about the dangers of social media before they encounter situations that could be harmful to them.”

Schumacher reminded students to use empathy and think about how they would feel being on the receiving end of a comment before they choose to hit send. She added important rules about not taking photos without clothing, not sharing their passwords and keeping their social media circles small. “There are not 500 people whom you can trust,” she said. “So you should not have 500 friends on Facebook.”

Other tips included not having cell phones on during homework time, choosing an early evening time to turn the phone off for the night, and not posting photos of outings with friends. “You might be having fun with your ‘bestie,’ but your other ‘bestie’ might see that photo and feel left out,” she said. She suggested that children and adults take photos to remember their special moments, but that they only share them with those who are in those photos. She also advised them to never post photos of anyone without their permission.

News12 covered this important presentation and will air a story on the topic today after 6 p.m.

 

Artist Enhances Curriculum

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Young artists brought a still life to life when they received an art lesson from a professional artist. Visual artist Rob Zeller brought his special skills to the students at AMP and LVI and shared his best tips for producing beautiful artwork.

Zeller brought several of his paintings and drawings to show the students and he set up a still life for the children to draw. After watching Zeller draw the same still life from scratch, the children set out to outline the picture in pencil and then fill in the colors. He encouraged them to follow the lines of the actual scene, while adding their own personal touches.

The guest visit was part of an arts program that the Locust Valley Parents’ Council brings to the schools throughout the year. “These special programs enhance the curriculum and add a memorable experience for the children,” said Principal, Dr. Sophia Gary.

LVHS Homecoming Victory!

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The Locust Valley Falcons celebrated victory at homecoming on Nov. 1, defeating Malverne 35-8, and will now host the first round of the Nassau County playoffs at home on Friday, Nov. 7 at 1:30 p.m.

Energy was high for the homecoming game as Friday’s pep rally and Saturday’s pre-game festivities raised spirits and put everyone in the mood for a win. Cheerleaders and kickline team members performed in the gymnasium following a celebration for senior athletes and their parents. 

In their first-ever homecoming competition, the freshman class won the spirit award and took first place in the float competition. The varsity volleyball team won the banner award. Students throughout the high school and middle school dressed for various theme days leading up to homecoming, which celebrated the nation with the theme “Falcons Honoring America.” Floats depicted American flags, soldiers and the LV Falcon, and incorporated the required symbol of the homecoming opponent. 

Seniors Joe Tancredi and Annie Degnan were crowned homecoming king and queen, to loud applause and cheering from the crowd. Rounding out the homecoming court as princes and princesses were juniors Kevin Spence and Kyla Butler, sophomores Jeremyer Medina and Noelle Pflaumer, and freshmen Neil Noviello and Caroline Mangan.

Homecoming was the culmination of two weeks of activities, including Red Ribbon Week, organized by the high school’s SADD Club; and Spirit Week, organized by the high school’s Athletic Council. SADD Club members welcomed students to school during the week by decorating the inside and outside of the building with bright red bows. Red ribbons were handed out to students and staff, instilling a sense of community. A guest speaker shared advice on making good decisions, a bake sale raised funds for SADD, and the entire school population wore red one day in support of Red Ribbon Week.

Athletic Council co-advisors Doreen Kobus and Carolyn Collins worked tirelessly to make sure homecoming and all of the surrounding events were a success. Assisted by the Athletic Council’s student members, they organized Spirit Week to build up spirit leading to homecoming. Each day of the celebratory week, including Disney Day, Honoring America Day, Go Green Day, Neon Day and Armed Forces Day, helped bring students together as they dressed according to the daily theme. The pep rally was the final event that pumped up spirit.

Community members were invited to homecoming to cheer the Falcons on to victory – and clearly, the big win is proof that Locust Valley’s spirit and community pride provide support to the Falcons!

Congratulations to the Falcons and their coaches on an incredible season. The spirit and support will continue through the playoffs.   

Check out all the photos -the spirit is contagious!

Homecoming



Middle School Pep Rally

 

High School Pep Rally

Junior Serves Up Record Setting Tennis Season

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Junior Alex Koniaev placed fourth in the New York State Public High School Tennis Championships. Alex completed a record setting year and is seeded fourth overall. Alex had a strong tournament, before eventually dropping a tight three set match in the quarter finals.

In the medal round, Alex provided a dominant performance in defeating her Section XI's opponent by a score of 6-3, 6-2 to take home the fourth place medal.

During the regular season, Alex was undefeated in conference play with a 13-0 record. She achieved All-County and All-State honors. A Nassau County tournament finalist as well, she finishes her year with a record of 19-2. 

Congratulations to Alex on a record-setting season!

 

Exhibit Features LVMS Artist

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A middle school artist’s work has been accepted into a student exhibition by the Huntington Arts Council for the second time. Sixth grader Joseph Kuebler’s original piece, “The Black Goblin” is on display in the exhibit “Nightmare on Main Street.”

 

The exhibit called for submissions inspired by Halloween. Joseph’s artwork was chosen for the same exhibit in 2012 as well. 

 

Joseph’s work and the entire exhibit can be viewed at 215 Main Street, Huntington Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 12 to 4 p.m. through Nov. 10, 2014. 

Primary Pumpkin Patch

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Kindergartners at Bayville Primary School know that pumpkins grow from seeds, but that didn’t stop them from making their own pumpkins right in their classroom. The kindergartners in Tracy Dennis’s class couldn’t wait for seeds to grow, so they made their pumpkins with papier-mache. The project was the culmination of their studies on the life cycle of the pumpkin during library research. 

Parents and children worked together, dipping strips of newspaper in a mixture of glue, flour and water. They carefully placed the strips over balloons to create the pumpkins. Several days later, after the masterpieces had dried, the students painted them orange, with green stems. 

Having applied their fine-motor and artistic skills, the students’ pumpkins also demonstrated their knowledge of the seasonal gourd.

“The students worked so hard doing their research, and they really enjoyed showing off what they learned while having fun,” Dennis said. She added that the project was a wonderful way for parents and children to share an interactive school experience.

Musicians Perform at Grand Ole Opry

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Cameron Carrella, Kimberly Sabio and Andrew Wee performed at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tenn. in October with the NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles, which represent the top performing high school musicians in the United States. They are the first LVHS students ever to receive this national recognition.

Cameron, Kimberly and Andrew were first selected into the 2013-2014 All-State Festival and endorsed by the ensemble director in order to be considered for the All-National ensembles. They are all active members of the high school music department.

Cameron has played in the Gemini Youth Orchestra and Adelphi Preparatory Band, as well as performed with the All-County Jazz Band and All-State Jazz Ensemble. He is currently in a private jazz band and plans to study jazz theory and performance in college.

Kimberly attends the Juilliard Pre-College Division, where she studies with David Krauss of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and serves as principal trumpet in both the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra and the Long Island Youth Orchestra. She was also selected as principal trumpet for the 2013 All-State Orchestra. Kimberly attended the New York State Summer School of the Arts School of Orchestral Studies in the summer of 2013, and has attended the Eastern U.S. Music Camp at Colgate University for the past five years.

Andrew began violin lessons at the age of 4, won second prize in the 10th YWCA New York Music Competition, and performed at Carnegie Weill Hall at the age of 9. He entered the Juilliard Pre-College Division when he was only 12. He won first place in the TOBAC Talent Competition, third place in the 7th Annual LISMA International Competition, and has performed at Flushing Town Hall in the Rising Star Concert. Additionally, he was a featured soloist at Carnegie Hall in the Young Musicians’ Benefit Concert for Young Artists. He was chosen to perform at Alice Tully Hall for the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Festival. 

Parents Provide Happy Halloween

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The decorations may have been spooky, but the mood was all about fun as students from Locust Valley and Bayville Intermediate Schools got into the spirit. The Bayville Halloween Howl and the Locust Valley Halloween Hullabaloo included games, prizes, and lots of treats. Both events were sponsored by the parent organizations from each school.

Costumes ranged from princesses to monsters, and even the parents wore costumes. Pizza, drinks and snacks helped keep goblins and ghouls energized for dancing. Bayville Intermediate School children had their photos taken in a Halloween scene as mementoes of the evening.

At LVI, former Board member Carl Friedrich and SEPTA Co-President Rebecca Glavin made sure that children with allergies were able to partake in the treats. They handed out snacks that accommodated a variety of allergies.  If you would like to provide allergy safe treats on Halloween, you can place a teal pumpkin by your door to alert trick-or-treaters that you have non-food treats such as stickers. Teal is the color that represents allergy awareness.

Bayville Intermediate School Slideshow:

 

Locust Valley Intermediate Slideshow



Common Core Curriculum

Administrators presented an update to the Board of Education on the ways in which the Common Core is being implemented at the elementary and middle school levels. The presentation focused on creative learning techniques that will best help students achieve at the highest levels possible.

Click here to view the presentation.

High School Parking Update

After months of extensive research and community input, the Safety Committee presented the final findings to the Board of Education regarding parking at the high school. While the number of parking spaces was considered, the focus remained on safety for students, staff and visitors.

Click here to view the presentation.

Friendship, Food and Fun

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Images of a potluck dinner conjure up thoughts of community and friendship, making it the perfect way for sixth graders and their families to come together. The annual middle school event allows students to introduce their families to the new friends they've met in school and allows the families to get acquainted as well. 

At the middle school, students join together from both Locust Valley Intermediate School and Bayville Intermediate School, creating the opportunities for many new friendships. 

Families, faculty and Board members brought salads, entrees, breads, and desserts for attendees to share in the school cafeteria, which was decorated for autumn by art students. Unique pumpkins hand painted by middle school and high school artists were on display and available for sale. 

Firefighters Share Important Lessons

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Learning fire safety can be fun and can help young students remember what to do if they find themselves in an emergency situation. The Bayville Fire Department proved that point during their visit to Bayville Primary School last week.

With some of the firefighters donning their jackets, helmets and boots, several members of the department shared important tips with students in kindergarten through second grade. They stressed the importance of having a family meeting place, calling 9-1-1 and using the “stop, drop and roll” method if they find themselves in a smoke-filled room.

The highlight of the visit for the children was having the opportunity to see, and sit inside, the fire trucks. These children clearly focus on safety as many of them immediately fastened their seat belts when they sat in the fire truck seats. 

"This is an important program for these young students,” said Bayville Elementary School Assistant Principal Dorothy McManus. “The information the firefighters share could save one of their lives one day.” She emphasized that the teachers reiterate these lessons in the classroom. 

The Locust Valley Central School District is grateful for the time that the Bayville Fire Department takes to make a difference to the children and the community.


 

 

Showcasing Opportunities for Success

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Participation in extracurricular activities is important for many reasons. These activities give students a chance to explore new interests, make friends and experience the joys of giving back. College admissions officers also look for students with well-rounded resumes.

An extensive array of clubs and activities provide Locust Valley Middle and High School students with choices that will help them succeed in many ways. In order to showcase these options and allow students to learn about each activity, the schools held activity fairs. Club members and their advisors set up booths in the cafeteria. Students were able to view sample projects, ask questions and sign up to join on the spot.

From book clubs to community service organizations, there is something for everyone. A complete list of each school’s clubs and activities can be found at the following links:

Middle School Activities

High School Activities

Judge Brings Lessons Alive

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With gavel in hand and legal facts to share, fourth-graders at Locust Valley Intermediate School learned about the court system from Supreme Court Justice Timothy S. Driscoll.

Judge Driscoll visited LVI to reinforce the lessons the fourth-graders are learning. Hearing about his experiences in the courtroom helped bring their studies of the government’s judicial branch alive. 

“It can be hard for these students to visualize exactly what the judicial branch represents,” said fourth-grade teacher Christine Worsdale. “Hearing about the judge’s responsibilities helped them more clearly understand how our government works.”

Worsdale reached out to Judge Driscoll, the father of her student Timmy Driscoll, inviting him to make the presentation. She said the information he shared will help her students throughout the year. “As we begin our study of Native Americans, we will be able to connect our own government to their ideas and values,” she explained.

Judge Driscoll created an interactive courtroom to demonstrate how he can tell when witnesses are telling the truth or lying. With selected students playing the roles of witness, attorney and court stenographer, the group saw how body language and facial expressions can indicate whether or not a witness is being honest.

The judge also showed them the law books he studies each night to help him with cases and encouraged them to work hard to achieve success in life. While he was not able to share the details of actual cases, he was able to give students general information about past cases, which helped them understand how he makes his decisions.

The district extends special thanks to Judge Driscoll for taking time out of his busy schedule for this presentation.

Lacing into Breast Cancer

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The pink may be on their feet, but for the high school’s athletes, the sentiment is in their hearts. For the second year in a row, every junior varsity and varsity athlete purchased pink shoelaces to wear throughout the month of October in honor of breast cancer awareness. The money raised from the sale of the laces will be donated to cancer research.

“Our student-athletes not only excel on the field and in the classroom, but they also care about helping others,” said Athletic Director Mark J. Dantuono. “They recognize that they are not only part of an athletic team, but also part of a larger community.” 

The high school teams hold various fundraisers throughout the year; however, this is the only one that involves every team. 

“The entire athletic department comes together for this important cause,” Dantuono said. He added that it is personal for some students and coaches who have loved ones affected by cancer. The hope is that every dollar collected can make a difference toward finding a cure.

The shoelace fundraiser was made possible with the help of the Carlstrom, Famiglietti and Scott families. 

 

 

National Honor Society Tutoring Service

The National Honor Society tutoring program begins on Monday, Oct. 20. High School students needing tutoring in a subject area or for a specific exam may request a tutor through the link below. There is no charge for tutoring.

National Honor Society members who excel in various subject areas will serve as the tutors and receive community service credit for their time. Prospective tutors should use the links below to sign up and to track the time spent tutoring.

NHS Tutor Request Form

NHS Tutor Availability Survey

NHS Tutor Time Log 

Digging for Dollars

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From the tips of their toes to the tops of their heads, high school volleyball players were decked out in pink to raise awareness for breast cancer research during their fourth annual “Dig Pink” event.  Their efforts raised just over $1,000 through the sale of T-shirts, baked goods and other small items.

The fundraiser was not only a financial success, but also helped the team members bond with each other. Varsity Captain Taylor Herlich said preparing for the event created bonds that will last beyond the volleyball season. “We spent hours together tie-dying socks and baking, and we really got to know each other as friends,” the high school senior said.

Varsity Coach Bobbee Brancaccio and Junior Varsity Coach Janet Ratner supported both teams as they worked together to prepare for the event. “The girls really did it themselves,” Brancaccio said. “They are very dedicated to the cause, and we are so proud of them.”

In addition to a bake sale, which included scrumptious goodies decorated in pink, the teams each played a non-league game against Glen Cove. They have been playing each other in the Dig Pink event since Locust Valley started it five years ago.

MSG Varsity and Fios1 covered the event. 

Click here to view the MSG Varsity video.

Click here to view the FIOS1 video

 

 

 

 

 

Artwork Embraces Diversity

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High school sophomore Alyssa Arena has embraced diversity through her artwork, which has been chosen for a selective art exhibit this month. 

The Suffolk Center on the Holocaust, Diversity and Human Understanding selected Alyssa’s piece as one of only 27 works to be displayed in the exhibit “Embracing Our Differences.”

The organization’s executive director, Steven Schrier, said the exhibit is “a meaningful effort to build a community that values peaceful coexistence and cultural understanding.”

The exhibit will be open from Oct. 16-29 at Suffolk Community College in Brentwood. A reception for the artists will take place Oct. 20 at 4 p.m.

Highest Honors for LVHS Scholar-Athletes

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Locust Valley High School was recently honored for being named a New York State Scholar-Athlete Team School of Distinction. This prestigious honor means that every one of the high school’s varsity athletic teams earned scholar-athlete status, achieving a grade point average of 90 or higher during the 2013-2014 school year. Nina Van Erk, executive director of interscholastic athletics for Nassau BOCES, attended the Board of Education meeting to present the award to Superintendent of Schools Dr. Anna F. Hunderfund, High School Principal Dr. Kieran McGuire and Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics Mark J. Dantuono. A ceremony was also held at Nassau BOCES. 

“It is a true honor to be recognized as a School of Distinction,” said Dr. McGuire. “Our student-athletes excel both on and off the field. They make the effort to prioritize both being a member of a team and being a member of an academic program. We couldn't be prouder.”  

Locust Valley is one of only seven high schools in Nassau County to earn School of Distinction status for the 2013-2014 school year.  

Congratulations to all the athletes, along with the coaches and teachers who supported them!