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

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

Field Hockey Clinches League Championship

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The LV Falcons Field Hockey Team clinched the title of League 3 Champions with a big 3-1 win over Friends Academy on Sept. 17. 

The Falcons started strong with senior captain Erin Gresalfi and sophomore Lindsay Merenda dominating the center of the field and helping the Falcons to control play. After numerous attempts on the goal by the attacking unit, senior forward Danielle Randazzo scored; however Friends answered, netting a goal with four minutes left in the half, resulting in a 1-1 tie going into the break.

In the second half, the Falcons came out with new determination and strength and shut down any of Friends attempts near the goal. Six minutes into the half, senior captain Lindsay Abraham scored off a feed from junior Izzy Byrne. One minute later Randazzo scored again off a pass from Gresalfi.

The Falcons remained solid with senior captain Sam Nugent, junior Ryann Bressingham, junior Julia Orski, and freshman Kaitlyn McGarry creating strong defensive blocks. Sophomore goalkeeper Erica Scheblein made eight critical saves to secure the win for the team.  

The Falcons won their League undefeated 4-0.  The team outscored East Meadow 4-0, North Shore 1-0, Seaford 4-1, and Friends 3-1.

The Falcons start Conference play on Sept. 22 with hopes of continuing winning within another grouping of Nassau schools! 

Go Falcons!

2016 Varsity Field Hockey Stats:

East Meadow 4-0 WIN:

Goals - Gresalfi (2), Lindsay Abraham, Randazzo

Assists - Gresalfi, Merenda, Sarah Scott

Saves - Scheblein (2)

North Shore 1-0 WIN:

Goals - Lindsay Abraham

Assists - Gresalfi

Saves - Scheblein (2)

Seaford 4-1 WIN:

Goals - Gresalfi (2), Randazzo, Byrne

Assists - Merenda (2), Kyleigh Campbell

Saves - Scheblein (2)

Friends 3-1 WIN:

Goals - Randazzo (2), Lindsay Abraham

Assists - Gresalfi, Byrne

Saves - Scheblein (8)

 

Five Seniors Earn National Merit Recognition

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Locust Valley High School is proud to announce that five seniors have been recognized for their outstanding performance on the Preliminary SAT/NMSQT. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation names the top scorers on the exam each year.

Kristy Jahchan has been named a semifinalist in the prestigious competition. She is one of 16,000 students to perform at exceptional levels on the PSAT out of 1.5 million students that took the exam. Kristy’s sister Natasha was recognized as a commended student in the same competition in 2011.

Michael Catalano, Faith McQuiston, Matthew Rizzo and Colin White have been named commended students. They are among only 34,000 students nationwide to score at exceptional levels on the exam. 

Kristy is now eligible to become a finalist in the competition by meeting high academic standards. If selected as a finalist, she will become eligible for National Merit Scholarships. Additionally, College Board shares the name of finalists with colleges and universities. Finalists will be announced in February.

 

Congratulations to all five students on this elite accomplishment!

Oak Neck Athletic Council Fall Homecoming Festival

Oak Neck Athletic Council is celebrating its 20th Anniversary. Please see the attached flyers for information about the Fall Homecoming Festival that will take place Friday, Oct. 7 from 7-9 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 8 and Sunday, Oct. 9 from 2-8 p.m. Show your support and have fun at Centre Island with rides, games, music and food.

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Paying Tribute

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Honoring the memory of those lost on Sept. 11, 2001, Locust Valley Middle School/High School students and staff reflected on the events of that day 15 years ago. David J. Ethe, Social Studies Curriculum Leader, read a touching message to the entire school during the morning announcements. Student musicians sang God Bless America and played taps in memory of those who perished on that day.

Mr. Ethe spoke of the tragic events and reminded the audience that it is important to remember, to grow and to unite. “America endures in the strength of these 9/11 families who, through their anguish, kept living. They have kept alive a love that no act of terror can ever extinguish. They and their sons and daughters, are growing into extraordinary young men and women they knew they could be. By these families shining examples, they have turned this day into something that those who attacked us could never abide by, and that is a tribute of hope over fear, and love over hate.”

Throughout the day, teachers focused many of their social studies lessons on 9-11, discussing the historical impact, reading poetry about the day and watching educational videos on the topic.

Off to a Great Start!

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As the doors opened on Sept. 6 for the first day of the school year, students from the primary schools through the high school smiled as they reunited with their friends, met their teachers and began to challenge themselves.  Kindergarten students spent their first day getting to know each other and learning the routine. They were wide-eyed with curiosity about what the school day would bring. Many carried lunch boxes and book bags, wore name tags and asked questions. Teachers had all the answers to make them feel comfortable.

At the middle and high school level, innovative lessons in math, history, science and technology were already providing students with the opportunity to expand their horizons.

Intermediate school students jumped right into the curriculum as well, preparing for a year of growth and development. Incoming third-graders explored their new surroundings and began to acclimate to a new routine.

Please check the district calendar for a list of events taking place throughout the year and join us for as many as you can!

Funding Future Capital Improvements

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At recent Board of Education meetings, the Board has been presented with suggested capital improvement projects throughout the district and various options for funding such projects. The administration has been considering how to perform necessary capital improvements, many of which have health and safety implications associated with them.
 
Superintendent Dr. Anna F. Hunderfund has presented the options for funding such projects, which also included an explanation of how the list of projects was created. An evaluation of the district’s facilities by architects identified many needs. Requests from faculty, students, parents, community groups and other residents were also considered. The list is a work in progress. Items may be removed or added. Suggested projects were broken down into the categories of Health/Safety, Energy Savings, Program Enhancement and Other.
 
Dr. Hunderfund explained that as the Board of Education has done in the past, in the event that the Board of Education approved some or all of the projects, the Board would also need to decide which funding sources they would utilize. Funding options include the capital budget, capital reserves, performance contracts, a bond or gifts/donations or a combination of these. Renee Marcus of the architectural firm H2M has presented the scope of possible capital improvement projects and the needs and benefits associated with each.
 
The presentations, which are attached, are from the Board of Education meetings and include a tentative list of possible projects and cost estimates. The estimates include professional fees, labor, construction and materials costs, prevailing wages, insurance and a contingency for unforeseen circumstances. 
 
The Board has held several public meetings to discuss the projects and the funding options. They will consider the needs/benefit analysis, desired completion calendar, funding availability and fiscal implications.
 
Community members are encouraged to attend the next public meeting on Sept. 21 to learn more and share their opinions:
 
All meetings will be held at 8 p.m. in the Middle School/High School Mini-Theater.
 
Sept. 7
•      Funding
o   Alternate Sources
o   Advantages/Disadvantages
o   Fiscal Implications
 
Sept. 14
•      Board Discussion
o   Desired Scope of Projects
o   Desired Construction Calendar
o   Desired Funding Source(s)
 
Sept. 21
•      Board Decision
o   Desired Scope of Projects
o   Desired Construction Calendar
o   Desired Funding Source(s)
 

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Orientation Makes First Day Easier

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Students entering the sixth and ninth grades attended orientations at the middle school and high school, respectively, to become familiar with the facilities, the rules and their fellow classmates.

At both schools, new students were given small group tours led by upperclassmen, who answered questions about student life. They located their classrooms, the cafeteria, gymnasium, main offices and other important rooms that they may need. Sixth-graders spent time learning how to open their lockers. Ninth-graders, familiar with many parts of the building from their time in the middle school, spent more time learning the rules and how to use Naviance, the technology platform that tracks their college and career readiness.

Administrators from both buildings welcomed the students, encouraged them to participate in clubs and athletics, and assured them that their doors were open should they need help of any kind.

“Providing an opportunity for students to become familiar with the facilities and practices within our buildings allows for a more successful first day of school,” said Middle School Principal H. Thomas Hogan. “The support will continue throughout the school year.”

Welcoming the Newest Members of the Faculty

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The district's newest faculty members with Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Anna F. Hunderfund.

The district’s newest faculty members are ready to take on the 2016-17 school year after attending new teacher orientation on Aug. 29. Learning about district policies, traditions and more, the group received well-rounded instruction on our community. These new hires were the result of retirements and leave replacement needs.

The group of enthusiastic educators met the district’s administrators and Board of Education members during a morning session at the Administration Building. They spent the later part of the day in their respective buildings with access to their classrooms and/or offices.  

Students will see the following new faces on the first day of school on Sept. 6, and we know they will welcome them with open arms: Kyle Benaburger, Middle School Music leave replacement; Amanda Bischoff, Educational Technology; Ashley Brandveen, High School English leave replacement; Kelsey Burns, Bayville Primary School leave replacement; Nathalie Coulon, Middle School/High School Foreign Language leave replacement; Evan Goldaper, part-time High School English; Eleanor Madsen, Bayville Primary School Kindergarten; Mikele Reitmayr, Bayville Primary School Special Education; Nirel Rieff, MS/HS Art leave replacement; and Jennifer Wiener, Ann MacArthur Primary School Reading.

The Board of Education, administration and faculty welcomes each of these staff members and wishes them the best in their new positions.

Smart Schools Bond Act

New York State has implemented a Smart Schools Bond Act, which will fund capital projects related to the enhancement of technology. Locust Valley is entitled to $200,000 from the fund. The district has created a plan that meets the state’s requirements and once finished will entitle the district to be reimbursed for the costs. The district plan is attached here for your review as well as a notice of the public hearing which be held on Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. in the MS/HS mini-theater.

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Eagle Scout Among Our Ranks

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Charles Justin Corso III, a member of the LVHS Class of 2016, earned the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout and was recognized during a formal ceremony held by the Bayville Boy Scouts this summer. Justin is also a member of the Sea Scouts, the maritime division of the Boy Scouts, and is the first to receive the Eagle Scout ranking under the auspices of a Sea Scout Ship in more than 50 years.

Justin's service project, which was required to earn the Eagle Scout ranking, consisted of repairs and upgrades to the touch-and-go dock at West Harbor Beach in Bayville, reflecting his affinity for boating and his involvement in Sea Scouts. During the formal Eagle Scout ceremony held at the Sagamore Yacht Club on Sunday, Aug. 7, many officials spoke, including Superintendent of Schools Dr. Anna F. Hunderfund, who presented Justin with a certificate of accomplishment.

Justin is a freshman at SUNY Maritime College at Fort Schuyler, where he plans to pursue a degree and license in deck operations. His scouting experience will serve him well as he seeks a career in the maritime industry.

Congratulations, Justin!

Home of the Falcons ... Inside and Out!

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Step into the middle school and high school this fall and you will certainly notice that the buildings are brighter, fresher and clearly the Home of the Falcons!

Fresh coats of paint in school colors will demonstrate school spirit and Falcon pride.

The consensus among middle and high school student officers was that the hallways in both schools were dreary and not in keeping with school tradition. The lockers were blue and the walls were yellow and had not been painted for as long as anyone could remember. 

In a couple of weeks, lockers and walls will be a combination of beautiful deep Falcon green and white.

Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Anna F. Hunderfund, administrators and advisors met with the members of the middle and high school student governments to discuss the possible color options for both schools. She shared renderings with them that showed multiple color combinations and based on their input, lockers and walls were spruced up over the summer. Murals will also be painted by students during the school year.

The photos show you the before and during and a bit of the after, but stay tuned for more as the work will be fully completed just before school opens on Sept. 6th!

2016-17 District Calendar and Directory

For your convenience, the district calendar is posted here. It includes events happening throughout the year, from celebrations and ceremonies to informative meetings and seminars. It also contains important phone numbers to call at each school.

You can also view the events in the calendar section of the website - which is updated regularly with new events that are sometimes added during the school year.

We hope you will be able to attend many of these events as we look forward to seeing you!

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