Ready for High School!


Wearing graduation gowns for the first time in their academic careers, Locust Valley Middle School students walked proudly across the auditorium stage to receive their middle school graduation diplomas, marking their official start as high school students.

Members of the chorus sang and the seventh grade band provided the traditional sounds of Pomp and Circumstance, while guest speakers shared memories and advice with the graduates.

Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Anna F. Hunderfund said that she was extremely proud of the achievements of the class. “You are one of the most extraordinary classes the middle school has ever seen,” she said.

Board of Education trustee Douglas S. Johnson also addressed the graduates and wished them success in high school and beyond. The class officers not only presented speeches, but also served as the masters of ceremony for the entire evening.

Students will be welcomed to the high school with an orientation session in August.

Fifth Graders Celebrate Accomplishments


Fifth graders donned their best clothes, their biggest smiles and tremendous amounts of pride as they celebrated the completion of elementary school and looked ahead to a new beginning at middle school.

At Bayville and Locust Valley Intermediate Schools, graduates performed musical numbers, were highlighted in slideshows and were each recognized for their attributes.

Board of Education trustee Kerian Carlstrom addressed the graduates at each school, encouraging them to be “open” to new opportunities. Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Anna F. Hunderfund told students that she was working to implement some of the improvements they suggested to her, such as better WiFi and more athletic equipment. Drawing on her own experiences and mistakes as a middle school student, she gave them sound advice for the fall. “Practice using a combination lock over the summer and write down the combination to your school lock,” she said. “And whatever you do, don’t keep that piece of paper in a book that you are going to put in your locker!”

Mrs. Carlstrom, Dr. Hunderfund and each of the other speakers assured the students that the hard work they have done in elementary school had prepared them for the rigors of middle school.

Each Principal and Assistant Principal expressed how much the students would be missed and shared memories of field trips, experiments and traditions that they all enjoyed together over the past six years.

Please click on the slideshows below to see the beautiful boys and girls that can now call themselves sixth graders.

School Supply Lists 2016-17


Senior Named to All-American Lacrosse Team


Senior lacrosse player Mike Madsen has been selected for the Nassau County All-American team, one of the highest accolades a male lacrosse player can earn. 

He was one of nine Nassau County players to be selected for the 2016 team based on his performance during the spring lacrosse season.

Mike is a three-time All-County honoree and was a finalist for the All-American team in 2015.  A slick, dynamic lefty attackman, Mike excels in all aspects of the game.  He has the ability to dodge and isolate defenders from behind to create offensive scoring opportunities as well as the ability to see the field use what he sees to his team’s advantage.

Mike was the leader of the Falcons offense in 2016, when the team had a first-ever conference title and completed the regular season, 15-0 with an overall16-1 record. In the regular season Mike finished with 40 goals and 23 assists to combine for 63 points. Adding his playoff performance, his record is 70 points on 45 goals and 25 assists. 

Mike is the ultimate team player and as senior captain he helped lead Locust Valley to its best season in history. He will attend St. John’s University in the fall where he will be a member of men’s lacrosse team.


An Important Message from the Superintendent

Dear LVCSD Families,
As you know, in March our district initiated water testing for lead and other contaminants of more than 300 drinking fountains and sinks in our schools. 
I am pleased to report that water from 290 of these sources met EPA standards and that through guaranteed daily "flushing," the remainder of those accessible to students and faculty have continued to meet EPA standards as well.
This summer, we look forward to implementing permanent remediations (including demolition and pipe and faucet replacement) so that water from all drinking fountains and sinks is easily accessible and meets EPA standards without the need for "flushing." 
Thank you for your ongoing support and encouragement! 
Anna F. Hunderfund
Superintendent of Schools

AMP Field Day Fun


Ann MacArthur Primary School students enjoyed an Olympic-themed field day that was kicked off with the help of two high school track stars.  Matthew and Nicholas Rizzo joined AMP students as they circled the field carrying the Olympic torch.  Serving as role models to the younger students, the high school juniors helped set a positive tone for the day.

The students in kindergarten through second grade enjoyed various activities that centered around the Olympic theme and reinforced skills they learned in physical education throughout the year. 

The Board of Education will hold a meeting on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at 8 p.m. in the MS/HS Mini-Theater

The Board of Education will hold a meeting on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at 8 p.m. in the MS/HS Mini-Theater.

Astounding Artistic Talent


From paintings and drawings to sculptures and photography, the creativity and talent of the district’s young artists was highlighted during the annual art show. The mini-theater and the surrounding hallways were filled with original, creative and thought provoking artwork created by students in the middle and high school.

Attendees walked through admiring each piece and commenting on the incredible amount of talent displayed in the show. The middle school and high school art teachers worked hard to create the show, helping students to set up displays, hanging artwork on the walls and preparing students for the show.

“The artwork ably represented the very finest in drawing and painting, ceramics, sculpture, decorative arts, computer technology, photography and woodworking,” said the District’s Coordinator of Art, H. Thomas Hogan.

Meghan Trainor Sends Shout Out to LV Musicians!

Middle School/High School Music Teacher Annmarie Buonaspina recently met singer Meghan Trainor and shared with her that the LV Orchestra performed her song "All About That Bass" during their spring concert last year. Trainor was thrilled to hear that and recorded a message for the LV musicians.

Watch the video here.

Toshiba ExploraVision National Winners Featured on News12


The two Locust Valley teams that earned first place and are now national winners in the prestigious Toshiba ExploraVision Competition were featured in a News12 segment. These students competed against thousands of other young scientists and are among only four teams selected as first-place national winners. The teams, one from Bayville Intermediate School and the other from Locust Valley Intermediate School, traveled to Washington, D.C., from June 8-10 where they presented their inventions and each received a $10,000 U.S. bond.

Click here to see the News12 story.

Cookie Sales Equal Help for Those in Need


A group of Locust Valley Intermediate School fifth-graders recently donated $200 to a local food pantry after raising the money through cookie sales. The girls, who are part of Locust Valley Girl Scout Troop 217, earned their “Savvy Shoppers” Badge for the success of their efforts.

Congratulations to Emily Costello, Alessandra DiMaggio, Katie Donoghue, Danielle Jauregui, Margaret Kuebler, Hope McQuiston, Lindsay Nikolai, Kate O'Neill, Catherine Saffi, Giavanna Scognamiglio, Gianna Spinelli, Olivia Del Tatto and Madelaina Venturino.

Writing Partners


First graders at Bayville Primary School wrote personalized poems for their loved ones and in turn asked their loved ones to reciprocate. Each student invited a loved one to school for a special writing event, in which they shared the poems they wrote. The guests then wrote their own acrostic poems using the children's names and alliteration. Pictures were drawn to illustrate the poems as well.

The event served as a creative way for students to share their writing skills and to serve as the “teachers” as they helped their family members become writers too.

“Events such as this one help children become more enthusiastic about writing,” said Assistant Principal Dorothy McManus. “The feedback from the guests builds their confidence and working together makes it fun!”

Science Fair Success!


The First Annual Locust Valley Middle School Science Fair highlighted the scientific research projects of 132 students. Experiments, hypotheses and results were presented to visitors who walked around to see each project set up in the middle school cafeteria.

Judges from the high school’s science research program interviewed the young scientists and chose winners despite the high quality of every single project.

Representatives from NYIT School of Education also had displays with technology demonstrations including Google Cardboards, and Oculus Rift, EV3 Robotics and information about 3D printing. Students had the opportunity to test out these various technologies and enjoyed experimenting with them. The high school’s Robotics Team had its award-winning robot available for students to try out as well. They used a joystick to maneuver the metal machine around the room. 

Individual and team awards were given for science and engineering categories. Special awards were given for Best Effort and Best Sustainable Solution in honor of the science fair’s theme, "What on Earth."

Certificates and gifts were given to students who entered projects in the Toshiba ExploraVision competition as well as awards to the students in eighth grade accelerated science, and all students received a participation ribbon.

The science fair was organized by Middle School Teaching Assistant, Rebecca Glavan. Special thanks go to the Middle School Parents’ Council for providing refreshments. 


Buddies Make Reading Fun


Having a buddy can make many things more fun to do and reading is no different. Sometimes that buddy can be a role model too. Students in the primary schools recently enjoyed having reading buddies from the high school’s ninth-grade honors English classes. These teenage role models visited second graders at Ann MacArthury Primary and Bayville Primary Schools to create a positive reading experience for both age groups.

The ninth graders enjoyed reconnecting with their favorite books from childhood and the second-graders were inspired by reading buddies to read more. Using The Magic Treehouse series of books, the groups not only read, but also participated in an imaginative craft related to the book series.

The program also helped promote leadership skills for the high school students. English teacher Coleen Comerford said the program was a success. “The ninth-graders embraced being teachers for the afternoon.”

Ann MacArthur Primary School Principal, Dr. Sophia Gary agreed that the reading buddies had a positive impact on the second graders. “Our young readers were motivated by their older buddies to read even more and they were thrilled to know that the books they are reading still appeal to teenagers!”

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BP Olympians Go for the Gold


Students at Bayville Primary School competed in their own mini Olympics during the annual field day. The Parade of Athletes marched onto the field carrying the Olympic torch with their student leaders dressed in togas to represent the original Olympics in Greece. Once the torch was lit, the opening ceremony included the young dancers performing a Brazilian Salsa dance, using bead-filled water bottles as maracas. Athletic events included a “Trip to Brazil” in which students carried in their small arms, a large suitcase over one shoulder and an oversized airline ticket under the other arm in a relay-style race. Another event included racing with the Olympic torch in hand and yet another required participants to perform jumping jacks in each of the five Olympic rings. With ten Olympic-themed events, Bayville students certainly earned the gold!

Class of 1976 Reunion

Locust Valley High School 1976 is holding a 40th reunion on Saturday, July 2nd. For information, visit or email

Track and Field Success!

Day II of the New York State Qualification Track & Field Meet at North Shore High School proved to be another exciting day for the Falcons, with Locust Valley student-athletes prevailing in several events securing their ticket to compete in the State Championships next week at Cicero North Syracuse High School.

Senior Stephanie Reyes who came in first for the 400-meter hurdles on day one and also excelled in the 100-meter hurdles on day two with a time of 15.86 seconds.

Senior, first year jumper Dylan Kelly, placed first in the long jump reaching 19'-.25".

The 4x100m Relay, LV Girls Top Ranked Team of Alex Vassallo, Lindsay Abraham, Stephanie Reyes and Lily D'Addario prevailed with a first place finish in 51.38 seconds.  

Other events also had LV fans cheering as Falcons posted impressive results:

Senior Adam Cohen finished second in the Shot Put  reaching 41'-09.75".

Junior Megan Prosser finished second in the Long Jump reaching 13'-11.75".

Junior Alex Vassallo finished second in the 100-meter sprint with a time of 13.16 seconds.

Freshman Marlene Goldstein finished third in the 200-meter sprint with a time of 28.56 seconds.

Sophomore Lily D'Addario finished fourth in the 100-meter sprint with a time of 13.61 seconds.

LV's 4x400 relay team of Megan Prosser, Marlene Goldstein, Stephanie Reyes, and Roisin O'Neill finished in a close second with a time of 4:11.02.

Lissa Harris Joins LVCSD Board of Education


After being elected as a Board of Education trustee on May 17, 2016, Lissa Harris was sworn into office and has taken her seat on the Board.

Ms. Harris is a Bayville resident with two children in Bayville Primary School. She is a member of the Bayville PTA as well as the District Health and Wellness Council. She is a Ruling Elder at the First Presbyterian Church of Glen Cove, a member of the Long Island Youth Safety Council and a Daisy Troop Leader. She is married and has lived in the district for the past 32 years.

Flags for Freedom


With the colors of the American flag as a backdrop, Locust Valley High School seniors each received their own flag during the second annual Memorial Day Remembrance Assembly. The gifts, offered by Operation Democracy, have special meaning as they were folded and handed to each senior by local veterans.

Kaye Weninger of Operation Democracy organized the assembly in conjunction with high school social studies coordinator David Ethé. The event was designed to educate the seniors about flag etiquette, the history of the flag and, most importantly, to remind students that the freedoms they have are because of the sacrifices made by members of the military.

Guest speaker, retired United States Marine Corps Lt. Col. David Gurfein, reiterated this sentiment saying that the reason soldiers have fought is so that we can enjoy the freedoms that we have now. He pointed out that having barbecues and celebrating with family are privileges we have because of the fallen soldiers we honor on Memorial Day. “We celebrate in their honor,” he said. He also told the seniors that those who are capable of serving their country, must do so and that it doesn’t have to mean enlisting in the military. “Think about how you can serve your country,” he said. “Those who are capable have an obligation to serve those who are less capable. The military is just one way of doing so.”

Ms. Weninger said that she started this program so students will never forget those who sacrificed their lives in order to give us a better life. Her words were echoed by High School Principal, Dr. Kieran McGuire, who read a statement written by Mr. Ethé who could not be present as he was serving his country as a juror. “We owe them first a promise: That just as they did not forget their missing comrades, neither, ever, will we.”

The Locust Valley American Legion Post 962 opened the ceremony with the presentation of colors and then took seats on stage as the honored guests, along with other retired members of the military.

The high school concert chorale performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “America, of Thee I Sing.”  Carmine, Francesco, Leonardo and Marconi D’Auria-Gupta performed “God Bless America.” Seniors Jessica Cameron and Brian Wright shared readings about the American flag.

The district thanks all the guests and organizers who made the ceremony special for the graduating seniors.



Alumni News!


Locust Valley High School alumni Bairre Reilly and Taylor Bleistein (Class of 2013) are both advancing to the Women's Lacrosse Final Four with their respective college teams. Bairre plays for University of Maryland and Taylor plays for Penn State.

The girls posed for a photo together at the NCAA final four banquet. The district wishes them both the best of luck in the competition. They continue to make Locust Valley proud!

Falcons Head to County Championship!


The first face-off won by senior John Pedranghelu set the tone for the entire semifinal game for the Falcons Lacrosse team at Hofstra University on May 25th. This win advances the Falcons to the Nassau County Class C Championship. This is the Falcons second trip to the County finals in three years.

Locust Valley's explosive firepower took an early commanding lead over rival, Oyster Bay High School. Senior Tyler Liantonio led all scorers with four goals and one assist which propelled the Falcons to continue their undefeated season of 16-0. Other strong contributors on the offensive side were underclassmen Craig Conn, Cooper Trepeta and senior Ted Mavros. Once again, the stingy Falcon defense led by senior goalies Christian Casazza and Chris Schultz along with long pole players, Francesco Anile, Reed Tansill, Tom O'Brien and Keenan Herlich helped secure the final score of Falcons 19 and the Baymen 2. The game will air on FIOS channels 1 & 501 on June 1st at 7:30 p.m.

Locust Valley will play Cold Spring Harbor in the Class C County Championship on Tuesday, May 31 at 6 p.m. at Hofstra. There will be an admission fee of $6. 

Read about the game in Newsday by clicking here.


LVHS Earns State’s Top Honor for Fifth Consecutive Year


Locust Valley High School has earned Reward School status for the fifth consecutive year. The designation is the highest recognition given to schools by the New York State Education Department. Reward Schools are determined on the basis of significant student achievement gains between the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years.

“This is another outstanding achievement for our high school, and one for which we are extremely proud,” stated Board of Education President Philip Bellisari.

To be identified as a Reward School, a school must:

  • - Be among the top twenty percent of schools in the state for English language arts (ELA) and math performance for both the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years or be among the top ten percent of schools in terms of gains in ELA and math performance in the 2014-15 school year.
  • - Have made Adequate Yearly Progress for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years for all groups of students on all measures for which the school is accountable, including the requirement that 95 percent of all groups participate in the English language arts and mathematics assessments.
  • - Not have unacceptably large gaps in student performance on an accountability measure between students who are members of an accountability group (e.g., low-income students) and students who are not members of that group.


District Launches App for Mobile Phones

In a continued effort to increase communication with staff, parents and the community, the Locust Valley Central School District has launched an app for mobile phones.

The app is free to download via iPhone and Android devices and allows users to quickly access district contacts, school calendars, the parent portal and the district website from one convenient place. Users can also receive push notifications and call the district by touching one button.

To download, visit the App Store or Google Play and search Locust Valley CSD.