Magnificent Musicians

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Dressed in their best, sixth grade musicians showed off their talents with musical numbers from the orchestra, band and chorus. Selections included well-known pieces such as Irving Berlin’s “Puttin’ on the Ritz” by the Jazz Band and Megan Trainor’s pop hit “All About that Bass” beautifully played by the orchestra. 

Please join us for the remaining Spring Concerts:

High School, Tuesday, May 5 at 7 p.m., HS/MS Auditorium

Middle School Grade 7&8, Thursday, May 7, HS/MS Auditorium

Bayville Intermediate School, Tuesday, May 12, 7 p.m., HS/MS Auditorium

Locust Valley Intermediate School, Thursday, May 14, HS/MS Auditorium 

 

 

Relay for Life – May 15th

 

LVHS is hosting Relay for Life, the American Cancer Society’s signature overnight fundraising event, at which teams of people will camp on the LVHS field and take turns walking around the track for 12 hours to symbolize the journey of someone going through treatment.  The event will take place from Friday, May 15th at 6 p.m. through Saturday, May 16th at 6 a.m.

Let’s come together as a community and celebrate the lives of our survivors and honor our loved ones lost to this disease.  You can start your own team or join a team at www.RelayForLife.org/LocustValleyNY

All LVHS students participating in the event must complete the Adult Chaperone & Youth Permission forms (see below) and hand them in to Mr. St. Denis. Chaperones must accompany their teams throughout the entire event.

Adult Chaperone Agreement Form

Youth Permission Form

 

Falcon Pride Summer Concert

Falcon Pride is hosting a summer kick off concert on May 30th. Click on the flyer for details.

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Fashion Fun!

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LVHS seniors rocked the catwalk during the annual fashion show. In casual wear and formal attire, these young men and women strutted down the runway to raise money for their prom – and they had fun doing it! The sale of raffles and baked goods, in addition to the admission fee helped the cause. Parent volunteers, led by Ali Charon, made the entire event possible with the help of Class of 2015 advisors Gabrielle Harrington and Mariantonia Angelo. 

The pictures tell the story best … check out the slideshow from the event here:


 

Locust Valley Ranked One of America’s Top High Schools – Again! No. 1 on Long Island and No. 2 in New York

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Locust Valley High School is continually recognized for its academic excellence and has once again gained national distinction by being ranked as one of the top high schools in the nation. Locust Valley High School has earned the recognition of being No. 1 on Long Island, No. 2 in New York State, and the only Long Island high school to be ranked in the “Top 100” in the nation among all public and private schools, according to The Washington Post. 

The Washington Post rankings are based on academic achievement from 27,000 high schools across the nation. The Washington Post’s Jay Matthews uses a formula he calls the “Challenge Index” to calculate the rankings, which determines how well a high school prepares its students for college. 

“I am very proud that Locust Valley High School has been recognized once again for outstanding academic achievement,” said Locust Valley Superintendent of Schools Dr. Anna F. Hunderfund. “Locust Valley High School offers a rigorous academic program that prepares students to succeed in college and beyond. This recognition is a result of the hard work of our students and faculty and incredible parent and community support, as well as the dedication and wisdom of our Board of Education members, who continue to support important programs for the sake of our children.”

The 2015 rankings were based on numbers collected in 2014.

 

Opening Doors Through Language

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Many students are becoming masters of French, Italian and Spanish and for their success in these subjects, they have earned membership into the exclusive Foreign Language Honor Society. 

Students earn membership into Foreign Language Honor Society through academic success, community service and leadership. The greatest honor is in having the ability to speak a second language. During the ceremony, Amy Watson, who oversees the foreign language department, said studies have proven that speaking multiple languages can offset certain illnesses, boost memory and even improve our own understanding of English. 

“Being able to speak another language allows you to access many different cultures across the world. Different cultures have their own music, style, history, literature and many more interesting things which you will be able to enjoy and understand,” Watson added. “You will be able to connect through books, TV and the internet, ultimately broadening your horizons, interests and views. A whole new world will be open to you.”

Several speakers shared the same sentiments including Board of Education Co-Vice President Erika Bruno, who speaks five languages herself. She praised the students for taking on the challenge of a foreign language and congratulated them on their accomplishments on behalf of the Board of Education.

High School Principal Dr. Kieran McGuire expressed his admiration for the inductees dedication and promised them that new worlds would be open to them through literature and culture.

Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Anna Hunderfund, a former Spanish teacher, knows exactly what the students had to do to achieve such an honor. She told them she could not be prouder of them.

The ceremony was led by current officers of the high school’s Foreign Language Honor Society. Musical performances by students created an international feel for the evening. Patrick Wilhem sang a cabaret style French piece, accompanied by David DePerez; Carmine, Francesco, Leonardo and Marconi D’Auria-Gupta sang the Italian Anthem as a quartet; Christine Carrol sang Billy Joel’s Piano Man in Spanish; and Joseph Tancredi performed an Italian operatic piece. Each performance was beautiful and unique. 

The inductees recited the oath of their honor society in the respective foreign language and received certificates and medals. Congratulations to all of the inductees on their hard work!

 

The Board of Education will hold the Annual Public Budget Hearing on May 6, 2015 at 7:45 p.m. in the MS/HS Mini-Theater; Regular meeting at 8 p.m.

The Board of Education will hold the Annual Public Budget Hearing on May 6, 2015 at 7:45 p.m. in the MS/HS Mini-Theater; Regular meeting at 8 p.m.

Students Model Success

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Thirty of the district’s eighth-graders learned that understanding the mindset of a delegate from another nation takes focus, commitment and hard work as they participated in the UNA-USA International Middle School Model UN Conference in New York City, the largest middle school Model UN conference in the world, on March 26-28.

Locust Valley had several winners at the conference:

  • Katherine Berritto and Claire Carney, Security Council – Best Position Paper 
  • Ava Ireland and Meena Khwaja, UN Women Committee – Best Position Paper  
  • Alim Merchant and Anazina Tezaris – Honorable mention (third place) for their performance in deciding the solution for their committee 

 

At the conference, the students argued various issues in their committees, passed laws and worked diplomatically with mock delegates from other countries. They were required to stay in character for the duration of committee meetings and argue from the perspective of their assigned countries. In addition to learning about the history of the U.N. and its organizational origins, they also researched a country given to them by the conference. The majority of Locust Valley eighth-graders represented Rwanda, and a few were delegates representing Spain. Students were paired together and required to write a position paper that attempted to solve an international issue from the perspective of the delegate.

Congratulations to all of the participants on the hard work and dedication they demonstrated by writing and submitting papers before the conference and taking on the roles of delegates during the event. They made new friends with students from Locust Valley and other schools, and even with students from other nations! The district extends special thanks to their faculty advisor, Barbara LaBella.

 

 

 

 

Nation’s Capital Becomes Real-Life Classroom

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Twenty-two high school students were immersed in politics and received firsthand experiences of how politics work when they traveled to the nation’s capital on March 19-22 for the International Washington Area Model United Nations Conference, sponsored by George Washington University.

Conference participants argued various issues in their committees to pass laws, “secured” President Kennedy’s election, held mock trials and worked diplomatically with delegates from other countries. They were required to stay in character for the duration of committee meetings and argue from the perspective of their assigned countries or people.

 Students also took excursions to notable sites in Washington, including Capitol Hill, the Spanish Embassy, the Australian Embassy and the Indian Embassy. Some students participating in the crisis committees were thrown into “crisis situations” in which their committees convened to handle and solve actual U.N. crisis situations. 

Senior Niko Martinovic portrayed Viktor Mironov as part of the Russian Mafia Crisis Committee. His outstanding dedication and preparation for his role earned him a Verbal Commendation award.

Congratulations to all of the participants on their hard work and dedication before and during the event. The experience exposed them to new friends, new concepts and new places. The district extends special thanks to their faculty advisors, Ashley Cannone and Stephanie Kalish. 

 

LVI Shares Gift of Reading

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Giving the gift of literacy was the goal of third- through fifth-grade students at Locust Valley Intermediate School after learning that their peers in Uganda go to schools that have very few books. The Locust Valley students were determined to help following a presentation by Long Island University professors who are leading the effort to bring literacy to these poverty-stricken schools.

Drs. Valenda G. Dent and Geoff Goodman, along with their young child, travel yearly to Uganda on missions to help improve life there. The couple shared a slideshow with LVI students that revealed schools with no floors, cramped homes without solid roofs and children dressed in torn clothing with little to eat. 

The professors explained that these children are eager to learn to read and need books to accomplish that goal. Teachers need materials to better teach their students. It’s no surprise that the LVI students and staff jumped into action, collecting numerous boxes of books to donate to the cause.

“How many of you have books at home that you never read?” asked Dr. Dent. “These children would really benefit from having that book.”

Assistant Principal Amy Watson said she had to keep putting more boxes out for the collection, as each one overflowed with donations. “The generosity of the community is overwhelming,” she said. “I am so proud that our school can help make a difference for those in need.”

IB and AP Test Review Sessions

Please see the attached schedule of review sessions for IB and AP exams.

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Lights, Camera, Action!

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Locust Valley filmmakers’ productions were a hit on the big screen as they grabbed the top awards in the 10th annual Locust Valley High School Film Festival. There was laughter, surprise and awe as 54 student films were shown to an audience of aspiring filmmakers. Students from 11 Long Island high schools entered the festival, having their films prejudged by a panel from New York Institute of Technology. The finalists chosen by those judges were presented during the festival and judged by acclaimed film critic Sandy Kenyon of ABC-TV. Locust Valley High School students earned seven trophies for their outstanding films, more than any other participating school. 

After viewing the films, Kenyon shared his professional opinions with the group to help them improve. He recommended that lighting and sound be perfected and suggested that actors be auditioned, rather than chosen from among one’s group of friends. “An actor should hold your attention,” Kenyon said. He said some of the festival’s films covered topics that would not be of interest to someone of his age; however, because of the acting, the films held his attention. “They took an issue that does not translate across ages and made it real for me,” he said. 

Bruce Campbell, Locust Valley High School’s film/TV production teacher, said receiving feedback from a professional film critic is priceless. “When Sandy Kenyon comments on student films, it is always to teach,” he said. “He tells them what professionals look for in films and gives them concrete ways to achieve success in their own filmmaking. Since his experience gives him tremendous credibility, his comments are enormously helpful to students.”

Campbell added that the film festival as a whole is a tremendous learning experience. “Students not only experience having their work shown on a big screen to an audience of their peers, but can also see the work of others and use that to judge their own progress,” he said.

Congratulations to the following filmmakers on earning top awards:

First Place, Documentary: Shanaz Sanjana, “Relay for Life” 

First Place, Public Service Announcement: Kristy Jahchan, “Think Before You Jump” 

Third Place, Commercial: Erin Greselfi and Kristy Jahchan, “The Super Magic Water Pourer”

Second Place, Animation: Genevieve Iglesias, “Doll House” 

Third Place, Animation: Genevieve Iglesias,  “Now You’re Just a Jo Jo That I Used to Know” 

Third Place, Music Video: Charlie Compono and Joe Ovile, “Beautiful Pain” 

Audience Choice Award: Charlie Compono, “BMW: No More Bull”

 

 

 

 

Letter From LVCSD Board of Education to Governor Cuomo

The following letter was sent by the LVCSD Board of Education to Governor Cuomo regarding opposition to State over-reliance on standardized testing and the current teacher/principal accountability system:

Click here for the letter.

College Planning Made Easier

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Getting through the college application process can seem like a daunting task. However, the high school’s guidance department is making the process easier, both for students and their parents. The past few years have seen improvements in the timeline and the tools used to prepare students for applying to college. Starting in middle school, students are now introduced to Naviance, the in-depth college planning software.

“We introduce students to this software in middle school to assist with their transition to high school,” said LVHS Assistant Principal Rebecca Gottesman. “We have seen the benefits that come with exposure to viewing the college requirements. There is also great value in recording activities and awards throughout the years and most importantly, students see the value of participating in extracurricular activities and emerging as student leaders. By the time they are juniors, they have a record of all of their activities, community service, jobs and more.” Gottesman said beginning the process in middle school alleviates a portion of the stress that comes from trying to create a comprehensive resume in their senior year.  

Recently, the guidance department provided training sessions for parents on how to use the Naviance software. Bringing the whole family into the process makes it easier for everyone, Gottesman said. Parents were taught how to search for colleges based on their child’s grade point average, desired location, desired school size and more. “It is important for parents to be part of the process for many reasons, including the possibility that their children often don’t know the details on the finances or how far away a parent wants them to travel,” she said.

Additionally, the workshops highlighted Method Test Prep, the free online SAT and ACT preparation program that the school utilizes through Castle Learning. The weekly lessons take users through practice questions and provide tips and tricks. Parents were given temporary accounts for Naviance and Method Test Prep to create a hands-on experience. Going through the motions exposed them to many features of these programs that they can use with their children throughout middle school and high school.

Snow Make-Up Days: May 26th and April 7th

As you are aware, this winter, the District has been forced to close on four school days.
 
The District’s 2014-15 School Calendar includes two days for unanticipated school cancellations.  It states that if due to inclement weather more than two additional instructional days were needed, then the vacation days of May 26th and April 7th will be designated, in that order, as instructional days.
 
As a result of our third school closure this year, which took place on February 9, 2015, May 26, 2015, will not be a vacation day. Instead, May 26, 2015  will be a day when school will be in session. Please plan accordingly.
 
Due to the school closure on March 5, 2015 April 7th will now become another day when school will be in session.
 
Hopefully, an additional school closure will not be necessary!