June Testing Schedule and Information
The Board of Education will hold a meeting on June 5th, 2013 at 8 p.m. in the MS/HS Mini-Theater.
The Board of Education will hold a meeting on June 5th, 2013 at 8 p.m. in the MS/HS Mini-Theater.
Community Approves Budget
Thank you to the LVCSD community for approving the 2013-2014 school budget!
The results are as follows:
Proposition 1: 2013-14 Budget: Passed
Proposition 4: LV Library – Passed
Two candidates, Susan Petersen Lubow and Kerian Carlstrom, have been elected to the Board of Education for a three-year term beginning July 1, 2013.
Susan Petersen Lubow: 1330
John E. Hellyer Jr.:1027
Poetry Winners at LVI
Fifth graders at Locust Valley Intermediate School won second place in the Anthologies category of the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association’s 26th Annual Poetry Contest.
The students, from Shari Zindman’s class, wrote poems following the theme, “Songs of the Open Road.” Mrs. Zindman has winners in this contest every year and said she is proud of the students for working so hard and being recognized for their efforts.
Congratulations to Mrs. Zindman and all of her student poets!
BI Students Win Poetry Contest
Bayville Intermediate School had three winners in the Sagamore Hill National Historic Site National Park Week 2013 Poetry Contest. The BI students swept the fifth-grade category!
Congratulations to first-place winner Nina Cialone, second-place winner Matthew Scicutella and third-place winner Daniella Bittner. BI Librarian mentored the young poets for the competition.
In its first year, the poetry contest had 200 entries with only 16 winners, making the three awards for BI students very impressive!
Class of 2013 Graduation Information
Class of 2013 Graduation
Saturday, June 22nd
Dear Seniors and Parents:
At this time, I would ask you to review carefully the following points related to graduation:
1. The required graduation rehearsal for graduates will begin promptly at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, June 17th in the High School Auditorium. Caps and gowns as well as graduation tickets will be distributed at that time. Tickets will not be necessary if the event is outside. If weather is sufficiently inclement, graduation will occur in the auditorium and entry tickets will be required. Due to occupancy limits on that space, we are able to give only three guest tickets per graduate for the auditorium. However, guests without tickets will be able to view the ceremony in real time on CCTV in the air-conditioned Mini-Theatre or in the cafeteria.
2. Attendance at rehearsal is mandatory. If you have any question about the rehearsal or caps and gowns, please contact Ms. Wescott or Mr. DiGennaro.
3. Only students who have fulfilled all academic and behavioral requirements will be permitted to participate in the graduation ceremony.
4. Appropriate attire for young men includes a shirt and tie, dress slacks and dress shoes. Appropriate attire for young women includes a dress, skirt or dress pants, and dress shoes. It is recommended that young women wear low heels for comfort and safety as high heels can sink into the turf on the field. Jeans, shorts, sneakers or flip-flops are not appropriate dress. A graduate dressed inappropriately will not be allowed to participate in the ceremony.
5. Financial obligations for lost books and/or equipment must be satisfied before the end of the business day on Friday, June 14th. Students who have not met these financial obligations will not be able to pick up their cap & gown at rehearsal. All financial obligations must be met prior to graduation day.
6. If graduation is held outdoors, we will provide transportation service from our parking lot to the football field for those unable to walk. Furthermore, chairs for the elderly will be provided along the track in front of the stands. After the program ends, everyone is invited to share refreshments available near the main entrance of our school.
7. In case of rain, the graduation will be held in the Locust Valley High School Auditorium. The commencement exercises will be televised in the air-conditioned mini-theater and in the student cafeteria to accommodate those who do not have auditorium tickets.
8. Bestowing of Diplomas
At the graduation ceremony, students receive only a diploma cover. The actual diploma will be available at the High School immediately following the ceremony.
9. There will be a photographer on site to take pictures during the ceremony. Each student will be photographed with Dr. McGuire as he or she receives the diploma. Lifetouch Photography will post the pictures at http://www.lifetouchevents.com. There is no obligation to purchase any pictures. Information on how to order pictures on-line will be included in each student’s graduation folder.
Graduation is a special event for the graduates, their families and the school community. Let us all work together to maintain the dignity appropriate to the ceremony.
Thank you for your cooperation and support.
Kieran McGuire, Ed.D., Principal
Alyssa Wescott and John DiGennaro, Graduation Advisors
Track Teams Dominate at Division Championships
Girls Varsity Track Division 4B Championships
Success at the Division Championships
The Locust Valley Girls Track & Field team had a great showing at the Division 4B championships at Cold Spring Harbor.
Four athletes earned All Division Honors. Senior Grace Murphy kicked off the afternoon in the opening race finishing 3nd place in the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:09.1. Senior Grainne O’Neill followed by earning All Division Honors in the 400m race with a 2nd place finish time of 1:01.2. Then Grace Murphy again made her mark in the 800m race finishing 3rd with a time of 2:24.7.
In field events, sophomore Callie Catacosinos earned All Division honors in the High Jump by clearing the 4’6” bar, which gave her a 3rd place finish. In addition, sophomore Siobhan O'Neill earned All Division Honors in the Triple Jump by placing 3rd with a fantastic 30’6” jump marking a new personal best.
The final portion of the meet featured the relays, where two of the LV girl’s teams finished with medals. First, the 4x800m relay team, consisting of Samantha Altimari, Siobhan O’Neill, Maddy Casalino and Grace Murphy, ran a combined 10:30.75, receiving 2nd place honors. Then, the 4x400m relay team, consisting of Haley Breen, Katie Ello, Roisin O’Neill and Grainne O’Neill, ran a combined 4:26.94, also receiving 2nd place honors.
All Division Honors:
¥ Grace Murphy – All Division 400IH and 800m
¥ Grainne O’Neill – All Division 400m
¥ Callie Catacosinos – All Division High Jump (4’6”)
¥ Siobhan O’Neill – All Division Triple Jump (30’6”)
¥ 4x800, 2nd place, 10:30.75
o Sam Altimari
o Siobhan O'Neill
o Maddy Casalino
o Grace Murphy
¥ 4x400, 2nd place, 4:26.94
o Haley Breen
o Katie Ello
o Roisin O'Neill
o Grainne O'Neill
Boys Track and Field Division Championships
The Locust Valley Boys Track & Field team had an outstanding day at the Division 4B championships at Cold Spring Harbor. Eight athletes earned All Division Honors, six athletes earned the title of Division Champion, and one athlete broke a school record.
Junior Alexander Van Patten set the tone in the opening event finishing the 400m hurdles in 3rd place with a time of 1:00.1. Van Patten not only earned All Division but also broke the school record of 1:00.2 help by Wally Gurzynski (Class of 2011).
Thrower Marlon Maldonado earned All Division Honors in both the Shot Put and the Discus. Maldonado threw 106'8" in the discus and a person best 39'11.5" in the shot put.
Jumper Ilya Nesterov also earned All Division Honors in the Long Jump. Nesterov jumped 18'3" and finished in 2nd place.
Sophomores Jack Balek and Mark Hammerschmidt can now be called Division Champions. Balek continued his recent success winning the High Jump with a jump of 5'8". Hammerschmidt edged out his teammate to win the Long Jump with a jump of 18'8".
The final event of the night featured the boy’s 4x400m relay. The Locust Valley team was an underdog but the team had a memorable night winning the race with a complete team effort and a time of 3:44.2. The first three legs of Matt Lautato, Konrad Matteai, and Hayden Walsh kept the race close and Alexander Van Patten put on an unforgettable move to take the lead in the first straightaway. Once he had the lead, Van Patten never looked back earning top honors in the Division.
· Jack Balek – Division Champion High Jump (5’8”)
· Mark Hammerschmidt – Division Champion Long Jump (18’8”)
· Matt Lautato, Hayden Walsh, Alexander Van Patten, Konrad Mattaei – Division Champions 4x400m Relay (3:44.2)
· Marlon Maldonado – All Division Shot Put & Discus (39’11.5” & 106’8”)
· Ilya Nesterov – All Division Long Jump (18’3”)
· Alexander Van Patten – All Division 400m Hurdles (1”00.1 – SCHOOL RECORD)
Individual Athletes Compete in Championships
Congratulations to LVCSD student athletes going on to compete in the championships in golf and track and field. The following female student-athletes will be representing Locust Valley on Monday May 20 at the Nassau County Golf Championships held at Bethpage State Park:
On Tuesday May 21, Senior Dalyan Cemaletin will be representing Locust Valley HS at the Boys Nassau County Golf Championships held at Bethpage State Park.
The following athletes qualified for the Nassau County Championships at the Mitchel Field Sport Complex next Tuesday May 21 and Wednesday May 22:
Alexander Van Patten - 400m Hurdles
Hayden Walsh - 800m
Marlon Maldonado - Shot Put and Discus
Mark Hammerschmidt - Long Jump
Ilya Nesterov - Triple Jump
Jack Balek - High Jump
4x400m Relay Team - Alexander Van Patten, Hayden Walsh, Konrad Mattaei, Matt Lautato, Dylan Miluso, Mark Hammerschmidt
4x800 Relay Team - Scott Udisky, Matt Nelson, Mike Meze, Alexander Van Patten, Hayden Walsh, Konrad Mattaei
Spring Team Playoff News
Our Boys Baseball Team took the series in two games against East Rockaway HS. The 7-3 victory advanced the team into the Nassau County Class B Championship. They will face Wheatley HS for a three game finale beginning Tuesday, May 21 at Hofstra University. The start time is tentatively for 4:30pm. $6.00 admission fee.
In Boys Lacrosse, the Falcons upset the #3 seed Seaford HS 11-7. This victory will advance us to the Nassau County Class C semi-finals. They will face Friends Academy, Wednesday May 22, Hofstra University at 5:30pm. $6.00 admission fee.
In Girls Lacrosse, the Falcons outplayed Clarke HS 18-10. They advance to the Nassau County Class C semi-finals. They will face North Shore HS, Thursday May 23, Adelphi University at 6:00pm. $6.00 admission fee.
Our Boys Tennis team defeated Mepham HS 6-1 advancing to the Conference III Championship. They will face Wantagh HS. Date will be determined shortly.
The Softball Team is entering game 3 on the Nassau County Class B semi-finals against Carle Place HS. Game 3 will be held this Friday May 17 at Locust Valley HS, 4:30PM.
Congratulations and good luck to all the athletes and the coaches!
Lacrosse Players Selected for National Team
Varsity Girls Lacrosse Team members Lindsay Bleistein and Cassandra Vnook have been selected to the School Girls National Lacrosse Team, which is sponsored by US Woman’s Lacrosse. The LVHS sophomores competed against almost 300 high school lacrosse players for spots on the team.
The girls will compete among 1,500 of the most talented high school lacrosse players in the nation on May 25-26 at Lehigh University. “This is the most prestigious recruiting lacrosse tournament in the country,” said LVCSD Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics Mark J. Dantuono. “This is great opportunity for these girls to be exposed to college recruiters across all levels of college play.”
Congratulations to Lindsay and Cassandra and good luck in the competition!
All Spring Athletic Teams Qualify for Post-Athletic Competition
Every single LVHS team has advanced to the play-off level of competition, an incredible accomplishment for the players and coaches.
BASEBALL: Congratulations for earning the League BC 1 Championship
LVHS vs. East Rockaway HS
• NEW DATE-Tuesday, May 14 Varsity Baseball Playoff game 1 – best of 3 @ Locust Valley 4:30 p.m.
• Wednesday, May 15 Varsity Baseball Playoff game 2 – best of 3 @ Malverne HS @ 4:30 p.m.
• Friday, May 17 Varsity Baseball Playoff game 3 if needed @ Locust Valley 4:30 p.m.
• Tuesday, May 21 Dalyan Cemaletin @ Bethpage 8 a.m., individual tee time to be determined at a later date
• Monday, May 20 and Tuesday, May 21 Championships at Bethpage Yellow time TBA
BOYS LACROSSE (NEW ADDITION)
• Wednesday, May 15-Nassau County Quarter-finals, @ Hofstra University vs. Seaford, 3:30 p.m.
• Wednesday, May 15- Nassau County Quarter-finals, @ Locust Valley vs. Clarke, 4:45 p.m.
• Tuesday, May 14 Varsity Softball Playoff game 1 – best of 3 @ Locust Valley vs. Carle Place 4:30 p.m.
• Wednesday, May 15 Varsity Softball Playoff game 2 – best of 3 @ Carle Place 4:30 p.m.
• Friday, May 17 Varsity Softball Playoff game 3 if needed @ Locust Valley 4:30 p.m.
TENNIS: Congratulations for earning the Division 3A Regular season title
• Nassau County Individual Championships are being held at Oceanside HS Saturday May 11 and Sunday May 12 -9:30 a.m.– Congratulations to the following that will be representing Locust Valley this weekend – Dylan Appel, Hunter Locks and James Blatchly. Dylan advanced to the quarter-finals, way to go Dylan! Congratulations
• Wednesday May 15-Conference III Semi-Finals 4:15 p.m. at Locust Valley vs. Mepham
TRACK BOYS & GIRLS:
• Tuesday May 14 Varsity Boys & Girls Divisional Track Meet @ Cold Spring Harbor 4:30 p.m.
Earth Day Lesson
First graders at Ann MacArthur Primary School learned about recycling and taking care of the earth during a special presentation in honor of Earth Day. The students took home potted roots that they could plant at home after learning about how trees help the environment.
Audrey Bell, the mother of first graders Julia, Sophia, and Cecilia presented Earth Day lesson and provided the soil and roots for the children to plant with the help of the company she works for.
“We do this every year to make the kids aware of recycling and taking care of our earth,” Mrs. Bell said. “ They learn how our actions affect the earth.”
AMP Principal Sophia Gary said that Mrs. Bell’s visit is a wonderful way to reinforce the lessons learned in the classroom. “Classroom teachers cover recycling and the environment, and having a presentation on the topic makes those lessons even more impactful,” she said.
HS Newspaper Earns First Place
The Locust Valley High School newspaper, The Spectrum, has received the American Scholastic Press Association’s first place rating for the third year in a row.
The Spectrum advisor, Coleen Comerford said the writers and editors are diligent and talented, working very long hours to create a newspaper they can be proud of. “I am so proud of the hard work our reporters, photographers, artists and layout designers have put into creating a top-rated publication,” she said. “The Spectrum reflects the ambition and talent of our students, which never ceases to amaze me.”
Congratulations to the entire staff of The Spectrum.
Scientists Earn Second Place in Chemagination
Two teams of Locust Valley High School students earned second place in Chemagination, a science competition in which more than 40 teams participated. In the environmental chemistry category, Caoimhe Stafford, Emily Schlicht and Niko Martinovic presented their idea of a Black Allen Box to prevent radiation from escaping in the event of an accident at a nuclear plant. Competing in the medicine and drugs category, Tazim Merchant, Joe Kim and Chris Lee presented their idea of Sleep+, a drug to improve the quality of sleep.
Chemagination, a competition sponsored by the American Chemical Society requires students to pick an area of chemistry and predict how it may improve the lives of high school students 25 years in the future. The students researched their topics and then each team wrote an article for Chem Matters Magazine as though we were in the year 2038. Students presented their work to a panel of judges at St. John’s University. These chemistry professors questioned the teams about their presentations and asked them what other advances in chemistry would be needed in order for their idea to be realized.
Congratulations to these high school scientists!
Annual Science Symposium - May 29th
The annual Locust Valley Science Research Symposium will be held on Wednesday, May 29 at 7 p.m. in the MS/HS Mini-Theater. The symposium will feature the science research projects conducted by students during the 2012-2013 school year.
Refreshments will be served.
Lacrosse Day Fun!
Under beautiful sunny skies, Lacrosse Day 2013 provided a full day of exciting lacrosse games and fun for all ages. The Locust Valley Varsity and JV teams played at Centre Island, where Oak Neck Athletic League sponsored vendors and refreshments. The Oak Neck lacrosse teams also played throughout the day and the Falcon Pride Booster Club was on site.
The community came together to cheer on the athletes, enjoyed a barbecue, and spend the day outdoors. It was a fun time for everyone!
Check out the slide show below of Lacrosse games throughout the spring season:
Community Shares Career Advice
Locust Valley High School juniors were introduced to dozens of career options during the fourth annual Junior Career Fair, a collaboration of the LVHS W.I.S.E. Senior Internship Program, and the Locust Valley Rotary Club.
A panel of top professionals spoke about their career histories, offering advice about getting back up after a set back. Other professionals from a wide variety of industries offered insights to various careers through small group meetings. Students were able to ask questions and hear first=hand stories from lawyers, architects, medical professionals, firefighters, an airline pilot, and many more interesting career representatives.
Business teachers Doreen Kobus and Bea Rupp organized the event in order to give students a wide variety of options to consider when thinking about their futures. “We don’t expect them to make any career decisions now, but it is important to expose them to as many careers as possible,” Ms. Kobus said. “The career fair is also a wonderful way to bring the community together for a good cause.”
Joseph Ryan, liaison for the Locust Valley Rotary Club worked with Ms. Kobus and Ms. Rupp in coordinating the fair, which brought in the professionals, many of whom are residents of the school district or work in the community. The Rotary Club has been instrumental in making the career fair happen each year.
Regional Winners in Toshiba Competition
Three fifth grade Locust Valley Intermediate School students have been recognized as Regional winners in the Toshiba ExloraVision Competition. The team of Hana Glavin, Michelle Hsu, and James O'Connell were honored for their innovation, “Triple C: Carbon Capture for Cars.” These students came up with an innovation that would reduce carbon emissions from cars. This team was coached by librarian Anne Joyce and mentored by high school physics teacher Alan Stella.
From nearly 15,000 entries, Hana, Michelle, and James were among only 24 regional winners. Toshiba ExploraVision is a science competition for students in Kindergarten through twelfth grade, in which participants are encouraged to imagine and research what technology could look like in the future.
Locust Valley Intermediate School had eight teams participate in the competition. Bayville Intermediate School had six teams participate, one of which received Honorable Mention. \Coached by Bayville Intermediate School Librarian Paige Coppola, the team of Christopher Bartell, Anthony Scicutella, and Bradon Chabrier proposed BCDC (Breast Cancer Detection Cream) a cream that would detect breast cancer at a very early stage and therefore save lives.
In addition, there were 11 teams at the high school and six teams at the middle school participating in this year’s Toshiba ExploraVision competition. Congratulations to all of the district’s students that participated in this year’s Toshiba ExploraVision Competition.
IB and AP Testing Schedule
Below you will find the IB and AP testing schedule along with the schedule of review sessions for these exams. Students are encouraged to attend all review sessions for the subject area in which they will be tested. Students who cannot attend these scheduled sessions are encouraged to speak with their teachers individually.
Scientific Minds Converge at LVI
Research, creativity, and teamwork helped young scientists at Locust Valley Intermediate School produce a wide array of inspiring experiments at the school’s annual science fair. Hosted by the Locust Valley Parents’ Council, the fair provided an opportunity for students to exhibit their science experiments for parents, friends and the community.
The scientific questions posed by the third through fifth graders produced fascinating answers and proved that these students knew how to form a hypothesis and prove their theories. From a “Germination Station” to an experiment on different ways to light a light bulb, scientists produced results and used stimulating visuals to present their projects.
“These students proved that they have learned the skills to conduct a proper experiment and prove a hypothesis,” explained Ken Packert, Locust Valley’s K-12 Science Coordinator. “They presented their material in a way that the audience could understand and they learned something themselves throughout the process.”
Members of the high school’s research program, along with their teacher, Chris Hoppner, served as judges for the science fair for the third year in a row. “My students were thrilled to interact with the intermediate school students and share this experience with them,” Mr. Hoppner said. “Through this partnership, the younger students see that they can continue their scientific research throughout school, and they look forward to it.”
Locust Valley Intermediate School science lab instructor, Caroline McBride said the students worked independently or in groups on their projects and had fun while doing it. “Participation in the science fair is voluntary, which makes it that much more impressive that so many students chose to be a part of the fair,” she said. “It proves that they already are forming a love for science at a young age.”
Helping From One Shore to Another
Locust Valley High School students held a shore-to-shore fundraiser to benefit victims of Superstorm Sandy, in the Locust Valley and Long Beach school districts.
A carnival, complete with cotton candy, hot dogs, face painting and relay races provided a fun-filled fundraiser that brought in more than $4,000 to help those hit hard by the storm get back on their feet. An entrance fee and raffles were the primary source of fundraising. However, prior to the event students at Locust Valley High School paid for the opportunity to tape their principal and Dean to the wall. Dr. Kieran McGuire, and Mr. Joe Enea were suspended in the air, covered in duct tape, to help raise funds for such a great cause.
Locust Valley High School students Samantha Fornaro and Monica Graziose, along with their families, organized the shore-to-shore fundraiser. They hoped to raise money for Bayville and Long Beach communities, which were both greatly affected by hurricane Sandy. Staff members Jillian Celli, Angela Manzo and Rebecca Gottesman were instrumental in helping Samantha and Monica with the event.
Ms. Gottesman said the students were tireless in their efforts to help those in need. “They had been wanting to help those who were hurt the most by Superstorm Sandy. They worked day and night for weeks to ensure that this event would be a success,” she explained. Donations from parents, community members, students, and faculty added to the great success of this fundraiser.
Parents and children of all ages came out for the cause, played video games, threw whipped cream pies at their teachers, and had their faces painted.
Great job by all who participated! Check out the pictures in the slide show below.
Sixth Graders Make a Huge Difference!
Sixth graders at Locust Valley Middle School raised more than $10,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. This was the largest amount of money raised by a single grade on all of Long Island!
With only 180 students in the sixth grade, these ambitious students competed against each other to raise the most money per class for this important cause. Some classes held bake sales, and others participated in creative events such as Moustache Monday, when the students wore fake moustaches, and sold fake moustaches, some made of chocolate.
The event culminated with students paying for pieces of duct tape and taping Principal H. Thomas Hogan and Music Chairperson William Margiotta to the wall. The event was a fun way to raise those few last dollars and bring the entire grade together for some spirit.
Organized by Barbara LaBella and Meris First, the sixth grade advisors, the fundraiser was the largest ever for a group this size at Locust Valley.
Allison Levine, the campaign coordinator for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society said the Locust Valley sixth graders raised more money per child than any other group on Long Island. She explained that large donations such as this one usually come from an entire school, rather than one grade.
Mr. Hogan said the students and faculty should be commended for the tremendous effort put forth for the sake of those in need. “These kids and their teachers are superstars – they spent countless hours creatively raising funds and they should feel good about what they’ve done. I have never been prouder of our 6th grade community. They are a special group.”
LVHS Ranked #3 on Long Island and #4 in New York!
Locust Valley High School Ranked One Of America’s Top High Schools – Again!
#3 on Long Island and #4 in NY
Locust Valley High School continues to excel 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 recognition as being 3rd on Long Island, 4th in New York State, 9th in the Northeast, and 116th in the nation among all public and private schools, according to The Washington Post. Locust Valley High School was ranked higher than any other open enrollment International Baccalaureate school on Long Island or in New York State.
There are 27,000 high schools in the nation. Only the top nine percent of those schools qualify for The Washington Post rankings. The Washington Post’s Jay Matthews uses a formula which he calls the Challenge Index to calculate the rankings. The formula uses the number of AP and IB exams given at the high school divided by the number of graduating seniors. Mr. Matthews states on his website that this formula determines how well a school prepares their students for college.
“I am very proud that Locust Valley High School has been recognized yet again for outstanding academic achievement,” stated Locust Valley Superintendent of Schools Dr. Anna F. Hunderfund. “Locust Valley High School offers a rigorous academic program which prepares students to succeed in college and the workforce.” Dr. Hunderfund added that this recognition is a result of the hard work of the district’s students and faculty as well as the commitment of the Board of Education and the support of parents and our community. “It is this exceptional combination which makes this outstanding achievement possible!"
The 2013 rankings were based on numbers collected from 2012.
LVHS Students Win Top Film Prizes
Locust Valley High School hosted its eighth annual film festival, featuring original films by high school students from across Long Island. Locust Valley students took home first and second-place awards from 151 entries. Nicole Yonkers won first place for outstanding public service announcement; John Rozzo and Michael Paniagua won second place for outstanding public service announcement; and
James Schieferstein won second place for outstanding animation.
Fourteen high schools submitted films for the festival, and judges from New York Institute of Technology pre-judged and chose the 59 films that were finalists in the festival. Professional film critic, Sandy Kenyon attended the festival and chose the winners, based on technical skills, creativity, and enjoyment. Mr. Kenyon offered invaluable advice to the young filmmakers, explaining what aspects he liked in certain films, and why others did not work. “Choose your actors carefully,” Mr. Kenyon told the students. “Don’t cast your friends in your films. Actually hold auditions and cast the person who is the most believable.” He also spoke to them about lighting, and other technical aspects. “If you’re making music videos, you need to watch a lot of music videos,” he pointed out.
“The Locust Valley Film Festival has become the premier high school competition for Long Island's students and is recognized as such by the scholarships annually awarded to our winners by NYIT for film and media studies," said Locust Valley High School Principal Dr. Kieran McGuire.
Films were submitted in the categories of animation, public service announcements, TV commercials, music videos, documentaries, film trailers, comedies, and dramas. Along with members of the high school Parents’ Council, Locust Valley film teacher Bruce Campbell organized the event and said the lessons learned by viewing other student films are very useful to his students. “Our film festival is a competition, and while we're proud of our students and the awards they win, we're equally proud of the event itself. It's a wonderful learning experience for students to share their work with other students from so many schools. It helps inspire them to achieve their best."
A special movie night prior to the festival was held at LVHS to highlight all of the Locust Valley films submitted this year.
The Locust Valley High School Parents Council is instrumental each year in making the festival a success. Special thanks goes to this year’s film festival committee chaired by Susan Hammerschmidt and Sarah Henris.
Congratulations to all of the participants on a job well done!
LV Artist Chosen as One of Long Island’s Best
LVHS senior Chris Minafo was selected as one of Long Island’s Best Young Artists by the Heckscher Museum of Art. Chris’ artwork was one of only 80 pieces chosen for the exhibit from all Long Island high schools.
Chris was honored at an opening reception at the Heckscher Museum in Huntington and will have his artwork on exhibit through April 21, 2013.
Chris is a student in Mrs. DeFeo’s IB HL Visual Arts class and has had his pieces displayed at school and in various exhibits in the community. Mrs. Defeo said, “It has been a privilege to teach Chris. He is deserving of such an honor, as he is one of the most talented artists I know and it is fitting that his work be displayed in such a prestigious exhibit.”
“I have had the distinct privilege of seeing Chris develop his vision and technique over the course of seven years. He has always been an excellent technician,” said H. Thomas Hogan, LVCSD director of art. “What impresses me most is his unwavering dedication to his vision and purpose. His art speaks and shares so that you rarely walk away without gaining insight into the artist – a true achievement. ”
Congratulations to Chris!
Class of 2013 College Acceptances
Members of the Class of 2013 have been accepted to a wide variety of colleges and universities, including some of the most highly selective schools in the country! Please see the list below of many of the prestigious institutions that have invited Locust Valley students to join their ranks!
Albany College of Pharmacy
Arizona State University
Arizona State University East
Baruch College of the CUNY
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
University of Bridgeport
Brooklyn College of the CUNY
Buffalo State College of SUNY
University of California at Los Angeles
University of California at Santa Barbara
Castleton State College
College of Charleston
Coastal Carolina University
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Connecticut
University of Delaware
East Carolina University
Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Franklin and Marshall College
Franklin Pierce University
George Mason University
University of Hartford
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Hunter College of the CUNY
Indiana University at Bloomington
James Madison University
University of Kentucky
La Salle University
Lebanon Valley College
Loyola University Maryland
University of Maryland, College Park
Marymount Manhattan College
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
University of Miami
University of Michigan
University of Mississippi
Mount Saint Mary College
University of New Hampshire
University of New Haven
The College of New Jersey
New York Institute of Technology - Old Westbury
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Northwood University, Florida
Pace University, New York City
Pennsylvania State University, Schreyer Honors College
Pennsylvania State University, University Park
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
Purchase College State University of New York
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rhode Island College
University of Rhode Island
Rochester Institute of Technology
University of Rochester
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey at New Brunswick
Sacred Heart University
Salve Regina University
Santa Fe University of Art and Design
University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
The University of Scranton
Seton Hall University
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
University of South Carolina
University of South Florida, Tampa
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
St. John's University - Queens Campus
St. Thomas Aquinas College
State University of New York - Plattsburgh
State University of New York at Albany
State University of New York at New Paltz
Stony Brook University
SUNY College at Cortland
SUNY College at Old Westbury
SUNY College at Oneonta
SUNY College at Potsdam
SUNY College of Technology at Canton
SUNY Maritime College
The University of Tampa
Texas Christian University
The University of Texas, Austin
Tyler School of Art
University at Buffalo The State University of New York
University of Vermont
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
University of Virginia
Wake Forest University
Washington University in St. Louis
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
West Virginia University
Western Carolina University
York College of Pennsylvania
Robotics Teams Rule at Competition!
Seven robotics teams have advanced to the finals in the FIRST Lego League robotics competition. The teams, from the middle school and Bayville and Locust Valley Intermediate Schools, were coached by parent volunteers and supervised by high school science teacher and robotics coach Alan Stella. The theme of the event, ‘Senior Solutions,’ charged teams with the task of
exploring the topic of aging and how age may affect a person's ability to maintain his or her lifestyle. After identifying challenges to aging, such as the inability to get around, the teams were responsible for solving these issues with an invention. Teams also built, tested, and programed an autonomous robot using Lego Mindstorms® to solve a set of missions on an
Congratulations to the following participants:
Bayville Intermediate School
The Crazy Racing Robots - 2nd Place - Inspiration Award
Elizabeth Flory, Ryan Maselli, Ezra Pietrafesa, Noah Pietrafesa, Julia
Sabitino, Alexandra Weilert, Raymond Weilert, Chase Williams
Locust Valley Intermediate School
Robotic Falcons - 1st Place Project Presentation
Chris Chiu, Tim Chiu, Salvatore Caizzo, Alex Giankakis, Joseph Keebler,
Isabella McGlone, Joseph Valli, Zach Watson, Alex Wyslowski
LEGO-letes - 2nd Place Research Project
Anthony Bonadonna, Daniel Glavan, Hana Glavan, Lucas Johnson, Matthew
The Medicine Bottles -1st Place Mechanical Design
Nils Coffey, Danny Dessner (6th Grade), Ethan Dessner, Jeremy
Mastrodomenico, Jordan Mastrodomenico
Locust Valley Middle School
Team #624 LV Lego Technix - 2nd Place - Innovative Solution Award
Diana Bianco, Brian Chasanoff, Giulia Maida, Daniel Schraeter,
Danielle Sisson, Michael Sisson,
Baybots - 1st Place Robot Performance Award & 2nd Place Strategy and
Innovation Award (The Baybots earned the highest score of the day with 345
Bridget Bianco, Grace Carreccia, Charlotte Creedon, Rebecca Finke,
Mackenzie Henris, Jaye Liantonio, Ella Paz
Vectors - 2nd Place Programming Award
Matthew Boutros, Joe Cantore, Keenan Herlich, Alex Lawton, Mike Keshle,