Susan Petersen Lubow

It is with great sadness that we inform you that LVCSD Board of Education Trustee, Susan Petersen Lubow, has lost her hard fought battle with cancer. Ms. Lubow passed away on October 5, 2015. She served the Locust Valley Central School District on the Board of Education since 2013. Her contributions to our school district were invaluable. Her intelligence, poise, determination, strength of character and dedication to providing an outstanding education for the children of our district were apparent in all that she did.

We are extremely grateful for the important service which she provided to our school community and will miss her greatly.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to Sarah, her daughter, and to the other members of Sue's family.

The Board of Education will hold a meeting on Oct. 14th at 8 p.m. in the MS/HS Mini-Theater.

Falcon Spirit Soars at Homecoming


Spirit was soaring at Locust Valley’s homecoming and during Spirit Week leading up to the big day. From themed dress-up days to middle school and high school pep rallies, students and staff showed their support for the Falcons. It was a combination of that support and the varsity football team’s talent that led them to a 54-6 victory over the Roslyn Bulldogs. 

The Falcons’ tremendous performance had the crowd cheering, clapping and ready for a festive halftime show. The varsity cheerleaders and kickline dazzled fans with their high kicks, acrobatics and extreme enthusiasm. 

Before kickoff, the school celebrated with a homecoming parade that featured student-made floats. The procession traveled through Bayville and Locust Valley honking horns, waving and displaying Locust Valley green on their faces, clothes and floats.

The Falcons were not the only winners of the day. For the second year in a row, the Class of 2018 won first place for Best Float and Most Spirited. From the homecoming court, Edward Garcia and Danielle Dellaquilla were crowned homecoming king and queen, Jeremyer Medina and Samantha Nugent were crowned junior prince and princess, Matthew Verni and Anne Rose were crowned sophomore prince and princess, and Brock Sandillo and Ava Famiglietti were crowned freshman prince and princess. 

Prior to the big game, students enjoyed a carnival with inflatables and cotton candy. A dunk tank raised money for the senior class and dunked several administrators. The Athletic Council, responsible for organizing homecoming and all of the events leading up to the day, provided food and refreshments at the concession stand. 

With sunny skies, a mild breeze and so many victories, homecoming was a perfect day!




Soccer Team Kicks Off the Year by Giving Back


Teamwork takes place on and off the field for the girls’ varsity soccer team. The girls spent a recent weekend volunteering for the Matthew Fetzer Foundation during the Bayville Waterside Festival. 

Selling chili, raffle tickets and helping out wherever needed, the team not only performed great community service, but their efforts also helped them to bond.

“It’s important for the team to give back to the community and it provides them with a shared experience that solidifies their friendships and their teamwork on the field,” said the team’s coach, Ann Monsees. “They are a great bunch of girls and I am extremely proud of them.”

College Athletic Recruiting Seminar

The high school athletic department is hosting a seminar on the college athletic recruitment process on Tuesday, October 13th at 7 p.m. in the mini-theater. This seminar is for athletes in grades 8-12 and their parents.

Click on the flyer for details.


HS Senior Named Scholar-Artist


Senior Hayley Herzog has been named a Long Island Arts Alliance Scholar-Artist. She is among only 20 students selected for this honor from across Long Island.

Hayley was recognized for her achievement in academics and in dance. She will now be eligible to earn scholar-artist scholarships from several Long Island colleges. She was honored along with the other scholar-artists at a reception hosted by the Long Island Arts Alliance. 

Honorees will also receive an award and a check for $250 at a reception at the end of the school year at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts. 

Congratulations to Hayley on this outstanding achievement!

Parent University

Parents are being given an opportunity to become the students during the district’s new Parent University sessions. These workshops are geared towards helping parents understand the curriculum for each grade level. Additionally, online resources that parents can use to help their children with homework will be shared.

Parents are encouraged to attend these informative sessions.

Middle School, Sept. 30, 6 p.m. 

High School, Sept. 30, 7 p.m.

AMP & BP, Nov. 18, 6 p.m., 

BI and LVI, Nov. 18, 7 p.m.

All sessions will be held in the Middle School/High School Auditorium.




College Mini-Fairs

High school students have an excellent opportunity to meet representatives from a variety of colleges during the college mini-fairs. Students interested in attending should obtain a pass from the Guidance office.

Mini-Fairs will be held as follows:

Sept. 21, 1-2:30 p.m.

Sept. 28, 9-10:30 a.m.

Oct. 5, 1-2:30 p.m.

Oct. 19, 9-10:30 a.m.

All mini-fairs are held in the mini-theater. Click here for a list of colleges that will be at each fair.

LVHS Earns School of Distinction Status Again!


Locust Valley High School is a New York State Scholar-Athlete Team School of Distinction for the second year in a row. This prestigious honor means that every single 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 Sept. 9, 2015 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. Representatives of the coaches and student-athletes also attended the meeting to accept the award.

“It is a true honor to be recognized as a School of Distinction,” said Mark J. Dantuono, Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics. “Our student-athletes not only work hard on the field, but in the classroom as well. They are dedicated to their sport and to their academics, and they excel at balancing the two.”  

Locust Valley is one of only a handful of schools in the state to earn School of Distinction status. 
Congratulations to all the student-athletes, along with the coaches and teachers who supported them!

LVHS Brothers Receive All-State Designation


Two Locust Valley seniors impressed the judges with their performances at the NYSSMA Solo Evaluation Festival this past spring. Marconi D'Auria-Gupta and Carmine D'Auria-Gupta were both selected to play in the All-State Symphony Orchestra based on the scores they received at the festival. Marconi was accepted to play the viola and Carmine to play the violin.

To be considered for the prestigious All-State orchestra, students must score an A+ 100 on a Level 6 piece and receive recommendation from the festival judge. The NYSSMA Winter Conference will be held in Rochester on Dec. 3-6, 2015.

Marconi and Carmine were recognized by the Board of Education for their accomplishments at the Sept. 30, 2015 meeting.



Paying Tribute on 9-11


On the 14th anniversary of the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, the Locust Valley school community came together for a memorial and to give back to those who sacrifice for our country.

Prior to the varsity football game, a memorial ceremony was held on Fred Smith field. Superintendent Dr. Anna F. Hunderfund welcomed attendees with supportive and thankful words that she read on behalf of Board of Education trustee Susan Petersen Lubow. Ms. Lubow was instrumental in organizing the memorial ceremony and was unable to attend at the last minute as she was admitted to the hospital earlier that day. 

The Presentation of Colors was performed by the Locust Valley and Bayville American Legions. Students from elementary to middle school displayed a large American flag on the 50-yard-line during the ceremony. The talented Gupta brothers sang the National Anthem, which signaled the end of the ceremony and the start of the first varsity football game of the season.

A special half-time ceremony highlighted a fundraiser organized by the middle school last year, in which the entire district participated. Pajama days and bake sales were held to raise money to donate iPads to soldiers in order to allow them to communicate with their families. 

Middle school student government representatives and their advisors, Penny McElwain and Kathleen Reilly, presented ten brand new iPads to Mary Jo Termini of the iPads for Soldiers organization.  Kay Weninger of Operation Democracy joined the ceremony as she has been instrumental in bringing civic-minded events to the school district.

As the Falcons took the field to end their game, they brought even more pride to the community with a 28-7 win over West Hempstead.

Boys Soccer Scores a Win!


The boys varsity soccer team played hard to win it's opening pre-season tournament, The Mineola Mustang Cup. The team played to a 2-2 regulation tie in the semi-final game against Mineola, followed by two scoreless overtimes. Ultimately the Falcons won 4-3 in a shootout as senior goalie Billy Mullen made an outstanding diving save on the final penalty kick to seal the victory. The Falcons faced Oyster Bay in the final and jumped to an early 2-0 lead at halftime. They added two more in the second half to earn the title. 

“This team is made up of talented athletes with great character which was demonstrated throughout the weekend,” said coach Joseph Lee.

Locust Valley had six All-Tournament players including the tournament MVP:

Herlyn Argueta (Tournament MVP)

Billy Mullen

Melvin Ruedes

Alex Linardos

Edgar Cruz

Misael Yanes

Senior goalie Billy Mullen was also recognized as Conference Player of the Week by Nassau County Boys Soccer. Click below to read the story.

Congratulations to the Falcons and their coaches!

High School Teacher Selected for National Conference


Locust Valley High School teacher Katharine Murawski was one of only 31 educators from across the nation selected to participate in C-SPAN’s 2015 Educators’ Conference.

The conference, held in Washington, D.C., over two days this summer, provided an opportunity for participants to discover how to integrate C-SPAN’s programs into the classroom. Murawski said she applied to participate in the conference in order to find new ways to improve student performance. As part of the application, she submitted her resume and an essay, which described how she currently uses C-SPAN materials while developing lesson plans and how she plans to share what she learns at the conference with her colleagues. 

“The conference taught me how to create small clips of videos for lesson planning using C-SPAN’s vast library of primary source footage,” Murawski said. “C-SPAN’s teacher-friendly website provides ideas for classroom discussions that I will use to address contemporary political issues.”


Save the Date for Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

The Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Saturday, Oct. 24th immediately following the 1 p.m. Varsity Football game against Cold Spring Harbor.

See the attached flyer for details.

Use the attached application to submit a journal ad.