Junior Class Fundraiser

Help support the LVHS Class of 2016 by showing your Falcon Pride! The Junior class is selling Locust Valley apparel to raise funds for special activities. You can shop at the link below until June 3rd.

Click here to support the Class of 2016

Summer Recreation Registration Open


Registration for the Summer Recreation Program is currently open for students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

The registration by mail deadline is June 15th. In-person registration will take place at Locust Valley High School on Saturday, June 20th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on Monday, June 29th at Bayville Primary School.

Weekly registration fee of $175 includes all field trips, t-shirt, and supplies.

Click here for registration form.

Advancing Athletic Careers in College


Three more LVHS student-athletes have decided to take their athletic careers to the next level by committing to play their sports in college. Emily Barbu, Bridget Murphy and Lydia Volpe have each signed letters of commitment to join college teams.

Emily Barbu will become a member of the SUNY Cortland golf team after a successful career on the LVHS golf team for four straight years. She has also been a valuable member of the basketball team for four year. As a sophomore, Emily earned All-Division honors and as a junior, she earned All-Class honors. She has qualified the past two years to compete in the Nassau County Girls Golf Championships held at Bethpage State Park. 

Bridget will join the Pace University field hockey team this fall. 

Bridget has been a member of the field hockey, track and field and softball teams. She has emerged as a fierce competitor and solid field hockey goalie in Nassau County. As a senior, Bridget earned All-Conference honors. Her hard work and her desire to succeed helped her gain a spot on this collegiate team.

Lydia will play field hockey at SUNY Geneseo. She is a three-season varsity scholar-athlete and has been a starter and captain on both the field hockey and lacrosse teams. She was a starter on the basketball team for three years as well. Lydia earned All-County honors twice and All-Conference honors in field hockey. She was a key contributor to the success of the field hockey team as they advanced to the Nassau County Class B Semifinals in 2013. She also earned All-Conference honors as a junior in lacrosse and played a big role in the team earning the 2014 Conference III championship.



Dedicated to Gardening


Locust Valley gardeners are always hard at work keeping the high school garden thriving with flowers and vegetables. With the support of community members, the Garden Club spent a recent Saturday redesigning the garden. The new design is based on blueprints donated by Locust Valley’s M & A Organics. 

The day was made especially meaningful by the dedication of three fruit trees generously donated by The McCabe Family. Each tree is in honor of the graduating classes of the McCabe children – 2000, 2005 and 2014.

Students, staff and residents worked for many hours to relocate garlic planted in the fall and to plant blueberry bushes and perennial shrubs native to Long Island. 

The Garden Club will continue to meet during the months of July and August to harvest, plant and have fun. New members are always welcome. Contact Ms. Hament at thament@lvcsd.k12.ny.us or Ms. Anderson at aanderson@lvcsd.k12.ny.us for more information.

Alumni Softball Games, May 30th & June 14th

The Alumni Softball Game to benefit the LVHS Girls Softball team will take place on Saturday, May 30th at 2 p.m. Please see attached flyer for details.

The Alumni Softball Game to benefit the LVHS Boys Baseball team will take place on Sunday, June 14th at 10 a.m. Please see attached flyer for details.


Remembering Heroes


A sea of red, white and blue spanned the district on May 22, 2015 in honor of Memorial Day. Students at each of the district’s elementary schools participated in events for Memorial Day to honor our country’s heroes. Locust Valley Intermediate School and Ann MacArthur Primary School held their events around the flagpoles in front of each building. Bayville Intermediate School and Bayville Primary School students marched to Bayville Village Hall for their ceremonies.

The students sang songs, members of the band and orchestra played patriotic pieces and poems were read aloud. Members of the local American Legions were invited and honored for their service.  Children from kindergarten through fifth grade carried flags and laid flowers at the flagpole for soldiers who lost their lives. At each ceremony, one member of the school band played Taps to honor those fallen soldiers. 

On behalf of the entire school district, we remember and thank our veterans for all of their sacrifices.

Raising Awareness and Funds


Through bake sakes, holiday candy grams, tee shirt sales and more, the AIDS Awareness Committee has raised almost $600 for AIDS research. 

Four club members, sophomores Charlotte Brennan, Faith McQuiston, Julia Orzel and Taylor Schmeizer participated in the AIDS Walk in Central Park on May 19, 2015. The 10K event was a wonderful way to end their fundraising efforts for the year.

Congratulations to the entire AIDS Awareness Committee for making a difference!



LV Relay for Life


When Locust Valley students set their minds to helping others, there are no limits to what they can achieve. They recently proved this point by raising more than $120,000 for cancer research  – a record-breaking amount for the school – through Relay for Life.

More than 300 people and nearly 40 teams participated in the event, held May 15 on the high school football field. Students, faculty, family members and friends arrived despite the chilly weather. Organized by the school’s Cancer Awareness Club in conjunction with the American Cancer Society, the event included games, music, dancing and the option to sleep over. Participants also walked laps around the track to show support for those affected by cancer and to celebrate those who have survived. Those choosing to spend the night pitched tents, set up picnic tables and wore team shirts to show their support in honor of loved ones fighting cancer, as well as those who lost their battles and those who have survived. Relay for Life also focuses on caregivers, who often sacrifice much as well.

Cancer Awareness Club officers worked for months to ensure that the fundraiser went smoothly, and they were very pleased with the results. Senior Paige Gugerty, an event chairperson and longtime Relay for Life participant and organizer, said, “As I looked out at the huge crowd of people relaying in memory of their loved ones or for those courageous family members fighting cancer, it felt good to have been part of the leadership team that organized the event, which set a Locust Valley fundraising record. It was the perfect way to end my nine-year Relay career at Locust Valley, which has been one of the most satisfying activities I have ever participated in."

Paige worked with committee members Lindsay Bleistein, Melissa Cooney, Erin Gresalfi, Taylor Herlich, Kristy Jahchan, Taylor Lomonaco, Anastasia Megaloudis, Victoria Oxer, Liza Scuderi and Lydia Volpe. 

Cancer Awareness Club advisor Scott St. Denis said the students should be commended for taking charge, giving it their all and organizing such a successful event. He commended the community as well for uniting to support this worthy cause. “The event itself was a humbling reminder of what a community, no matter the size, is capable of creating,” he said. “Coming together to support a cause that has affected everyone in some way, shape or form is always an unforgettable experience, but being able to raise the money that this event brought in will help so many people in their fight against cancer. That is truly an unforgettable experience in and of itself.”       






HS Lip Sync May 28th

High school students are ready to entertain during the Lip Sync Contest on Thursday, May 28th at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. Contestants, dressed in costumes will act out the lyrics to songs while lip syncing. Don't miss this fun evening. Tickets are $10 at the door. 

Soaring Through the Curriculum


Sixth-graders created paper airplanes, incorporating their own designs and discovering various folding methods through Internet videos, books, or by asking their parents how to make the best airplane. They were having fun, but with a purpose: To create a plane that would fly the farthest.

Sixth-grade teacher Ann Monsees said the project focused on enhancing the IB learner profile traits of being an inquirer, thinker and reflector. Students were separated into cooperative learning groups to record the distance each of their paper planes flew. As one student threw the plane, another would mark the spot where it landed. Two others would measure the distance. Students rotated in order to complete each task.

After finding the mean, median, mode and range of the data they had collected, the students analyzed the designs of the planes that flew the farthest distances and asked the creators how they came up with those designs. 

“It was exciting to hear the conversations between students about how they decided on their design and what resources they used,” Monsees said. “The lesson motivated students and gave them a wonderful opportunity to work cooperatively.”

The Board of Education will hold a meeting on June 3, 2015 at 8 p.m. in the MS/HS Mini-Theater.

The Board of Education will hold a meeting on June 3, 2015 at 8 p.m. in the MS/HS Mini-Theater.

LVCSD Community Supports 2015-2016 Budget


Thank you to the LVCSD community for approving the 2015-2016 budget!

Proposition No. 1 (LVCSD Budget) 

Yes 1074

No 506

Proposition No. 2 (Expenditure of Capital Reserve Fund)

Yes 1115

No 395

Proposition No. 3 (Establish Capital Reserve Fund)

Yes  1057

No 390

Proposition No. 4 (Library Budget)

Yes 459

No 124

Election of Board of Education Trustees

Erika Bruno 959

Brian Nolan 1081


Winning Writers


Fourth-graders Paige Hawkins and Ryan Geertgens in Maureen Pederson’s class at Bayville Intermediate School have been named winners in the Nassau Reading Council Young Authors’ Contest for their personal narratives.

The contest required students to submit personal narratives, either as prose or poetry, that describe a personal experience, express feelings and recreate events. Paige’s essay, “My New Puppy,” described in detail the excitement she felt when she got a puppy. In his piece “Amazing Playland,” Ryan wrote about a thrilling trip to Playland Amusement Park, one of his favorite places. Both students applied skills learned through the fourth-grade curriculum to write descriptive first-person stories.

According to the Nassau Reading Council, the purpose of the contest is to encourage writing in the classroom, honor quality writing, provide audiences for student-authors, and celebrate writing and the writer.

“Paige and Ryan worked hard to express themselves as young authors and are very deserving of this award, “ said Dr. Edward Cannone, K-12 Coordinator of ELA and Reading. “Their winning was a result of their own imagination and drive, both of which are supported by the grade four curriculum and by Ms. Pederson’s care and guidance.”

The two fourth-graders have been invited to attend an awards ceremony on June 1 at Molloy College, where they will read their pieces to the audience. They will also receive an anthology containing all of the winning submissions.


Putting Imagination in the Arts


The sound of belly laughs filled the room as students participated in improvisational performances at Ann MacArthur Primary School and Locust Valley Intermediate School. Members of IMPROV 4 KIDS performed, ran workshops and brought students on stage to perform in skits. The professional theater program educates and entertains through creative comedy arts.

“Shout out the title of a book that you would write!” one of the actors yelled. The performers then acted out a skit using the ideas the students provided. At AMP, a handful of students in kindergarten through second grade were selected to participate by either offering words to include in the skits, or by posing in various positions based on words given to them. Following the performance at LVI, third- through fifth-graders were split into groups and offered more individualized workshops in which they could improvise in smaller group settings.

The Locust Valley Parents’ Council brought the program to the schools as part of its arts enrichment initiative. “The idea behind the LVEPC arts enrichment initiative is to expose students to exceptional professional artists in music, visual arts and theater,” said Lisa Mullarkey, a member of the LVEPC who coordinates the program. 

Thank you to the LVEPC for bringing this educational and interactive program to the students!








Putting their HeArt into their Work

The Board of Education recently honored 15 LVCSD students whose artwork was displayed at the Broadway Mall in Hicksville earlier this spring as part of the sixth annual Art in HeART Exhibit. In addition, high school junior Dillon McPartland received an Award of Excellence from the Long Island Art Teachers Association for his unique 3-D coil pot.

The exhibit is sponsored by the LIATA to celebrate Youth Art Month and is open to the public.

Congratulations to the following student-artists on their participation:

Locust Valley High School

Teacher: Melanie Mooney

Alyssa Arena

Dillon McPartland

Shriya Patel 

Bayville Elementary School

Teacher: Erin Keyes

Cate Allen, 5I

Alexandra Garros, 5P

Stavos Ladis, 5P

Elizabeth Madden, 1V

Gianna Werle, 2R

William Yarocki, KA

Locust Valley Elementary School

Teacher: Dana Ettinger

Noelle D'Addario, Grade 1

Grey DeNatale, Grade 3

Aidan Grohman, Grade 4

Chloe Kahner, Grade 2

Payson Marshall, Grade 2

Tanner Rave, Grade 5


Success on Stage


Standing on the mini-theater stage, spotlights pointed directly at them, courageous and talented students overcame their nerves to perform original scenes and monologues that ranged from dramatic to comedic. Their success could be measured by the audience reactions of shock, sadness, laughter and repeated applause. 

The Ninth Annual Writers/Directors’ Spring Showcase provided a unique opportunity for participants to use their creative abilities to write monologues that they performed solo or with the acting assistance of their peers. For several months, students work with advisors Lawrence Lynch and Adele Bolitho, both LVHS English teachers. They perfect their scripts to tell the best story they can, aiming to evoke emotion from the audience. They learn to write, edit and perform in the process. 

Lynch and Bolitho agree that students grow in many ways throughout this process. “We see some quieter students come out of their shells and we see others learning to work with their peers,” Bolitho said. “The best part is that they have fun and they cannot wait to do it again.”

This year’s monologues included:

“The Driving Lesson” by Michelle Angelo with Aynsley Leonardis and Mickey Shearer. 

“Saudade” by Caroline Pierno with Mickey Shearer.

“Secrets” by Tori Rufrano.

“Life is Funny” by Jamie Murcott with Megan Prosser and Shanaz Sanjana.

“The Interview” by Mary Kenny with Jack Shearer.

“Interrogation” by Charlie Compono with Kevin Spence.

“Of Men and Mice” by Brooke D’Spirito

“The Bridge” by Daniel Peterson with Charlie Compono.

Stage Managers: Aynsley Leonardis and Will Campanella

Lighting: Andrew Edwins

Technical Support: Evan Lautato and Colin White

Produced and Directed by Adele Bolitho and Lawrence Lynch



District Art Show, June 2-5

There is no need to travel to Manhattan to an art gallery when there are incredible works of right here in our schools.  The District Art Show will showcase these pieces from June 2-June 5 in the MS/HS Mini-Theater and the surrounding hallways. This show is a wonderful opportunity to view artwork in various mediums created by the very talented LVCSD art students. A reception, open to the community, will be held on Wednesday, June, 3rd from 6-7:30 p.m.

Athletes Heading to Post Season



Boys Baseball 

The Varsity Baseball Team has advanced to the Class A playoffs after defeating Mineola HS 8-3. They will be playing Clarke HS, Saturday May 16 at 1 p.m. at the BOCES Field at the Salisbury facility.

good luck to our student-athletes and coaches, Omar Mulgrave and Mike Skoller.

Boys Tennis

The Boys Varsity Tennis team captured the Conference 3A regular season title with a dramatic 4-3 victory at Glen Cove. This was the team's seventh win in a row, giving them a 10-1 record. This achievement has earned the Falcons a first-round bye in the Conference 3 playoffs as the #1 overall seed. The team will host a semi-final round match at home on Friday, May 15 at 4:30 p.m.

 Congratulations to these incredible student-athletes and to Coach Michael Guidone for a great season thus far!

Girls Lacrosse

With a 12-10 win over Island Trees on May 13th, the Girls Varsity Lacrosse team advanced to the Class C Semifinals. They will play Cold Spring Harbor on Monday, May 18th at 4 p.m. at Adelphi University.

Congratulations to the Falcons and their coaches Carolyn Sumcizk and Alison Incarnato on a successful season!

 Boys Lacrosse

 Our Boys Lacrosse Team is coming off of their most successful season and gearing up for another exciting run. Securing the second seed gave the Falcons a bye in the quarter-finals advancing them to the semi-finals at Hofstra University. Boys Lacrosse- Class C Semi-Finals at Hofstra University on Wednesday May 20, at - 3:30 p.m. against the winner of Clarke/Mineola.

 Good luck and congratulations to coaches Matt McFarland, Mike Gallagher and Randy Mills.

 Girls Softball

The Girls Softball team led by Oneonta bound Lauren Sabatino has qualified for the Class A post-season for the second year in a row. The girls will compete in the Softball- Class A First Round Wednesday May 13 against Island Trees HS at Island tress HS, 4:15PM. Good luck and congratulations to the team and coaches Nadine Pacifico and Jen Masa.

Girls Golf

Senior Varsity Golfer, Emily Barbu placed in the top 10 in all of Nassau County at the Championships held at Bethpage State Park. Her strong performances earned Emily All-County honors in addition to securing a spot on the Section VIII Team that will travel to SUNY Delhi for the New York State Championships from Friday, June 12 - Sunday, June 14. Emily has been a member of the Varsity Golf Team since seventh grade. She will be continuing her passion for Golf at SUNY Cortland this fall.


Boys Golf

Junior Will Farren, freshman Park Farren, senior Joe Ryan, eighth grader Jonathan Kasday, junior Jack Campbell and senior Stark Johnson have been the strongest members of the high school golf team in over ten years and are heading to the County Championships. Nassau County Boys Golf Championships are being held on Tuesday, May 19 and Wednesday, May 20at 7:30 a.m. at Bethpage State Park.

Julie Feltman is the coach of the boys and girls golf teams – congratulations and best of luck to her and the teams!

Girls Track & Field

The  Locust Valley Girls Track & Field Team had a great night, winning the Division 4B Team Championship at Cold Spring Harbor High School.

The Lady Falcons had impressive performances, claiming first place and Division Championship titles in their respective events:

- Alex Vassallo claimed the Division 4B Champ title in the 100m sprint finishing with a personal best 12.8 seconds, 

- Roisin O'Neill claimed the Division 4B Champ title in the 400m run finishing with a personal best 61.3 seconds.

- The 4x100m Relay Team of Alex Vassallo, Lindsay Abraham, Aija Zamurs and Callie Catacosinos also claimed Division 4B Champ title finishing with a team best 53.1 seconds.  

In addition, we had other strong performances which placed second or third in their events receiving All Division Honors:

- Alex Vassallo - 2nd place in the 200m sprint

- Stephanie Reyes - 2nd place in the 400m hurdles

- Stephanie Reyes - 2nd place in the 100m hurdles

- Callie Catacosinos - 3rd place in the 100m hurdles

- Callie Catacosinos - 2nd place in the High Jump

- Siobhan O'Neill - 2nd place in the Triple Jump

- Mackenzie Mavros - 2nd place in the Discus

Additional finishes also contributed securing the Division 4B Title for Locust Valley:

- Megan Prosser - 4th place 400m hurdles

- Maggie Reid - 4th place 1500m run

- Maddie Casalino - 4th place 800m run

- Maddie Casalino - 4th place High Jump

- Roisin O'Neill - 4th place Long Jump

- Lindsay Abraham - 4th place Triple Jump

- Kristy Jahchan - 5th place Triple Jump

- Mackenzie Mavros - 6th place Shot Put

- The 4x400m Relay Team of Stephanie Reyes, Kristy Jahchan, Megan Prosser and Roisin O'Neill - 2nd place

- The 4x800m Relay Team of Maddie Casalino, Christine Lee, Siobhan O'Neill and Maggie Reid - 3rd place.

Congratulations to all the girls!   Next is the Class "A" County Championships on Friday May 29th at Roosevelt High School which begins at 2:30. Once again congratulations to all of the amazing performances of our student-athletes and to our coaches, Sandy Jozefowski and Rebecca Salentino.

Congratulations to the team and coaches, Sandy Jozefowski and Rebecca Salentino.

Boys Track and Field

The Boys Track and Field Team competed in the Division Championships and below are our highlighted results:

The following student-athletes placed in the top three in their events earning All-Division Honors:

Adam Cohen- 2nd Place in Boys Discus

Jack Balek- 2nd Place in High Jump

William Jones- 3rd Place in Boys Shot Put

Additional finishes Scoring for the Falcons:

Patrick Halpin- 4th place in 3200m race

Michael Capobianco- 4th place in Boys Discus

Ryan Capodiferro- 4th place in Triple Jump

William Jones- 5th place in Boys Discus

Charlie Compono- 6th place in 400m Intermediate Hurdles

Congratulations these student-athletes and their Coaches Tim Lomot and Cory Haldas.




Celebrating Culture


Third graders used their knowledge of Japan and their cognitive skills during a culminating activity to their unit on Japanese culture. The students participated in hands-on activities such as creating Origami, Haiku, paper dolls wearing kimonos, Sudoku puzzles, fans, dragon puppets and a tasting station. There was a variety of Japanese food to taste as well, including green tea, sushi, rice crackers and mochi. 

Third graders study three cultures each year. Mexico, The Netherlands and Japan were covered in-depth throughout the school year. Students learned about how people around the world adapt to the land in which they live and how they change the land they live in to meet their needs. They also learn about various aspects of each of these cultures.

The Japanese culture celebration reinforces what the students learned in a fun and creative style. Mrs. Arthur, Mrs. Loher and Mrs. Medwed’s classes each created the same activities so students could experience a taste of Japanese culture. 

“This activity helps students to remember all of the details about the culture that we studied,” Mrs. Arthur said. “They are having so much fun that they don’t even realize they are still learning.”

Parent volunteers visited the celebration to assist students at each of the stations. 




Music Awards for LVHS Seniors


Three Locust Valley High School seniors were the winners of the Oyster Bay Arts Council 2015 Scholarship program. Cameron Carrella, Sarah Miller and Patrick Wilhelm each won $500 for their achievements in the field of music. 

The Town of Oyster Bay website states that the competition “provides a venue to showcase the creative minds of gifted high school seniors and provide them with funding to follow their dream.” 

Applicants were required to submit two reference letters from their music teachers and a personal letter detailing their career goals. Cameron plays the trumpet and will attend SUNY Purchase. Sarah plays the cello and will attend the Cleveland Institute of Music. Patrick is a vocalist who will attend the Curtis School of Music, which only accepts five students each year.

National YoungArts Winner

Patrick is also a National YoungArts Foundation winner. Out of 11,000 applicants, Patrick is one of only 787 winners. YoungArts is the exclusive path to the U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts Award, making Patrick a finalist for that award. Each year, the U.S. Presidential Scholars are invited to Washington, D.C. for several days of recognition activities and have the opportunity to display their artwork in an exhibition and perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. 

In addition to this honor, Patrick applied to the most selective music universities in the country and was accepted at every one. 

Congratulations to these exceptional young musicians!

Falcon Pride Summer Concert

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


Fashion Fun!


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


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 Mathews 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


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!


LVI Shares Gift of Reading


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.”

Lights, Camera, Action!


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.