National Winners in Toshiba ExploraVision


Two Locust Valley teams have earned first place and are now national winners in the prestigious Toshiba ExploraVision Competition. 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, have earned a trip to Washington, D.C., in June, and each team member will receive a $10,000 U.S. bond.

After the teams were named regional winners in March, they were required to create a website and video depicting their projects for consideration of the national prize. The Bayville Intermediate team’s project was a tick detection device that discovers a tick on the body before it can transmit disease. The project of Locust Valley Intermediate’s team posed a solution to cleaning up garbage that clutters outer space.

“The ExploraVision program gives young minds the opportunity to practice creativity, collaboration, and most importantly, innovative thinking”, said Fumio Otani, Chairman & CEO, Toshiba America, Inc. “As a company that prides itself on creating a better tomorrow through technology, we’re proud to partner with the National Science Teachers Association to celebrate the next generation of scientists, engineers and innovators.”

The winners include:

Bayville Intermediate School

  • Project: Tick Detective
    • Team: Olivia Childs Friedman, John Hartnett, Jonah Santoro and Angelica Sheehan
    • Coach: Paige Coppola
    • Mentor: Donna DeJesu


      Locust Valley Intermediate School

  • Project: Hubble NEST (Next Elimination of Space Trash) 
    • Team: Oliver Blaise and Leonard Gu
    • Coach: Anne Joyce
    • Mentor: Caroline McBride


Color Run – April 30

The high school’s junior class is sponsoring a Color Run to raise funds for their class. This untimed run includes a 5K Walk/Race and a 1K Fun Run in which colored powder is thrown at participants at different intervals throughout each race.

Participants are encouraged to wear white for the best results, as clothing will be covered in colors at the end of the event. Join us to support the junior class on April 30th at 9 a.m. at the high school.

Detailed information, including a registration form and insurance waiver, is attached.


The Dark Side of Blue Light


A team of young scientists from Locust Valley Middle School has been named finalists in the National Science Teachers Association Bright Schools Competition. The students made it to the top 50 from among 170 teams made up of nearly 550 students from 63 schools.

The competition encouraged entrants in grades 6-8 to explore the correlation between light and sleep and how it influences student health and performance. The Locust Valley team of seventh-graders studied the effects of blue light on sleep patterns. They discovered through research that blue light (emitted from the electronic devices) has a "dark side" and that it reduces the body's ability to produce serotonin for several hours before bedtime.

The team included Caitlin Bianco, Maddie Driscoll, Hailey Lizza and Alexandra McMahon and was coached by teaching assistant Rebecca Glavan. The girls went the extra mile to succeed in this competition by using their own time to write an original script and direct a video depicting their research. The video showcases their solution, a specially-made screen protector which uses fused layers of light-filtering materials to create a thin, pliable cover to prevent the blue light from entering the user’s eyes, making it possible to use an electronic device before bed without the negative impact on sleep.

From the 50 national finalist teams, the first-, second- and third-place national winning teams will be chosen and announced on May 2, 2016.  Congratulations and good luck to these ambitious middle school researchers!




The Board of Education will hold the Annual Public Budget Hearing on May 4 at 7:45 p.m. in the mini theater

The Board of Education will hold the Annual Public Budget Hearing on May 4, 2016 at 7:45 p.m. in the mini theater, followed by a regular meeting at 8 p.m.


LVHS Ranked One of America’s Top High Schools – Again!


No. 1 on Long Island, in New York State and in the Northeast Region

Congratulations to our Locust Valley High School faculty and students, and to all who continue to support them in providing all of our students with a great education!

Yesterday, The Washington Post published its 2016 High School Challenge Index. The Index ranks high schools across the nation on their ability to expose adolescents, regardless of wealth, ethnicity or classification, to exceptionally rigorous college-level courses.

We are very proud that The Washington Post ranked Locust Valley High School:

•    No. 1 overall on Long Island;
•    No. 1 among open enrollment public schools and No. 3 overall in New York State;
•    No. 1 among open enrollment public schools and No. 4 overall in the Northeast;
•    No. 87 among all high schools (including those that are selective and by-application schools) in the United States; and
•    the only Long Island high school in the Top 100 in the nation.

These rankings recognize the accomplishments of our students and our highly skilled and caring faculty members, who not only have high expectations for those whom they teach, but also have the ability to provide the skills, knowledge, support and encouragement necessary for children to challenge themselves and succeed by national and international measures of excellence.

Dr. Anna Hunderfund, Superintendent of Schools, said, "Given that ours is truly a ‘public’ high school [without entrance requirements], that more than 20 percent of our students are considered economically disadvantaged or do not speak English as their first language, that approximately 15 percent of our students are classified, that we provide access for all students to our extremely challenging Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate college-level courses, that our faculty members prepare them so well and that our students succeed in these courses, these rankings are an exceptional accomplishment."

Dr. Kieran McGuire, Principal of LVHS, added that our students, faculty and school community members should "enjoy this recognition of what we do and, in what we do, who we are."

Congratulations once again to our high school faculty and students and to all who continue to support their efforts so well!

Putting the Spotlight on Talent


Locust Valley High School students took to the stage to perform a variety of talents during the high school’s annual Spotlight Night. Singers, dancers, actors and musicians showed off their creativity and talent for an audience that filled the mini-theater.

Sponsored by the student organization that publishes Perspective, the event served not only as a creative outlet, but as a fundraiser as well. Members of the high school’s student government and Relay for Life committee collected admission fees and sold snacks to raise funds for the high school and for cancer research.

Perspective advisor David Coonan said that Spotlight Night is a celebration of all arts, especially the performing arts, and that it has helped many students over the years overcome their fears of performing and public speaking. "Being able to get up in front of a group of peers and family members to perform a piece of music, a monologue or dance routine with passion is a memorable moment in a student's life," he said. "They learn that sharing art is another way to enjoy it, and they get to show off a talent that others may not know they have."

In its fifth year, the event has grown and this year included 19 acts. Mr. Coonan said that this growth can be attributed to the overall positive vibe of the event. "The performers know that they are in a supportive environment that is completely free of all judgment, and encourages them to experiment with their craft. Knowing that the audience and other performers are on their side takes away a lot of the fear. It's my hope that the show continues to grow even more in the years to come."








Alumni Lacrosse Game

The Fifth Annual Mike Trama Alumni Lacrosse Game will be held on June 25, 2016.

Sponsored by the Oak Neck Athletic Council, the event will support Locust Valley Lacrosse. See the attached flyer for details.


LVI Students Visit Land of Candy


The cast of Locust Valley Intermediate School’s production of “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” impressed audiences with their talent during four performances of the classic tale.

The show had two separate sets of actors in order to provide more children with an opportunity to participate. Each cast performed two shows for students, staff and parents. Each performance was incredible, filled with talent and enthusiasm. The young actors delivered their lines with accuracy and comedic timing when appropriate.

The show was brought to life with the help of mainstages, an educational theater program for children. The district wishes to thank the Locust Valley Elementary Parents’ Council for sponsoring this creative arts program.


BI Students Take a Magic Carpet Ride


A flying carpet was not the only magic that appeared on the stage at Bayville Intermediate School during the performance of “Aladdin.” The performance itself was magical and the young actors were thoroughly dedicated to convincing the audience that they were the characters from the Disney story.

From Aladdin himself and his princess, to the comical and theatrical genie and the chorus of other characters, each young thespian brought laughter and smiles to a filled auditorium. The cast practiced for weeks to perform several shows for students and parents.

The show was brought to life with the help of mainstages, an educational theater program for children. The district wishes to thank the Bayville Elementary School PTA for sponsoring this creative arts program.



Alumni Softball Game

The Third Annual Alumni Softball Game will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2016.

Sponsored by Falcon Pride, proceeds will benefit the LVHS softball program. See the attached flyer for details.


Spring Writer's Workshop Postponed

The High School Spring Writer's Workshop has been postponed. Originally scheduled for Monday, April 18th, the performance will now take place on Wednesday, June 1st.

Taking on Washington, D.C.


Thirty-one students from Locust Valley High School attended the Washington Area Model United Nations Conference in Washington, D.C. from March 31- April 3, 2016. During this educational trip, the students took on different roles of delegates from various countries, debating, arguing and passing laws based upon the international or national topic being discussed. They were required to stay in character through the duration of committee meetings and argue from the perspective of their assigned country or person.

Faculty advisors Ashley Cannone and Stephanie Scavelli, along with Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator David Ethé chaperoned the trip. Ms. Cannone and Ms. Scavelli said the group took advantage of the historical environment, visiting the National Mall, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and World War II Memorial. They also visited historic and beautiful "Old Town" Alexandria.

The students worked hard to prepare for the conference by writing position papers, debating ideas and creating resolution papers to pass laws. Mr. Ethé said the experience is very valuable to the students. “The students vastly improved their skills in conducting research, writing position/working papers, working effectively and collaboratively on a committee and mastering the United Nations rules of procedure,” he explained.


LVHS Junior is First at Finish Line


Locust Valley High School junior Patrick Halpin took first place in a 5K run sponsored by The Littlest Angel Foundation. Patrick was number one in a race that included 100 runners.

The third annual event was held at Syosset-Woodbury Park and was organized by LVHS Coach Michael Guidone and his wife who started the foundation in honor of the baby they lost seven years ago. The nonprofit uses proceeds from the run to educate families on Trisomy 18, the syndrome that took the Guidone’s baby at birth.

Congratulations to Patrick on this outstanding achievement and way to go Coach Guidone for using your experience to help others and setting a great example for the LVHS students.







Senior Class Beach Towel Fundraiser

Summer is almost here - wouldn't it be nice to sit on the beach with your very own LV Falcons beach towel? The senior class is selling these towels for $25 to subsidize the cost of the prom. There are also LV sunglasses for sale for $5. 

Click on the appropriate order form below and send in with your child to school. Towels will be delivered to your child at school in the middle of May. Please send in cash or check. Checks can be made payable to Locust Valley Central School District.


Locust Valley Loves Lacrosse!


Although the day began wet, that didn't stop the community from coming together for a fantastic celebration of lacrosse.  Lacrosse Day 2016 included games played by the varsity teams, as well as the Oak Neck Lacrosse teams. Bringing all of the age groups together on the high school fields helped the lacrosse community bond and everyone had fun!

The New York Lizards raffled off the jersey of the high school’s new Head Boys Lacrosse Coach's, Keith Cromwell. Coach Cromwell wore that jersey when he played for The Lizards. Senior Patrick Fraschilla was the lucky winner.

Special thank you to Oak Neck Lacrosse, Falcon Pride Athletic Booster Club, Athletic Council, the custodial staff, New York Lizards and Maverick/Cascade who all supported the day by selling raffles and food, scheduling games and preparing the fields.  The day could not have been a success without the support of the parents!

The Oak Neck Youth boys and girls lacrosse teams got their games in despite the weather and the young Falcons did great.  The sky gave way to sun and clouds at about 1 p.m. for the high school games. The boys and girls varsity lacrosse teams both ended the day with victories. 

Great job by all of the student-athletes and coaches!


Wrestling All-Stars!

Eighth-grade wrestler, Gage DeNatale earned All-American status by placing sixth at the prestigious Virginia Beach Nationals. Gage competed in the 112-lb. weight class, in the middle school division, competing against more than 50 wrestlers from all over the country. 

Juniors Hunter Dusold and Jon Gomez earned Newsday's Second Team All-Long Island Wrestling Team, which is also a tremendous honor.

“These accomplishments are a true testament to the overall success of our wrestling program beginning from the youth program all the way up to our varsity team,” said Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics, Mark J. Dantuono.  



LVHS Filmmakers Win Multiple Awards


Locust Valley filmmakers won nine awards during the 11th annual Locust Valley High School Film Festival, held on March 31, including two first-place awards and the Audience Choice Award. High school filmmakers from 12 Long Island schools participated in the festival, which was judged by ABC Film critic Sandy Kenyon.

All submissions were prejudged at New York Institute of Technology and the finalists chosen during that process became the film entries for the festival.  After the audience viewed the films, Mr. Kenyon shared valuable advice with the participants, offering constructive criticism on their techniques and suggestions on how to improve. He also praised many of the filmmakers for their skills.

While talking to a small group of Locust Valley filmmakers, Mr. Kenyon stressed that they should never give up. “There will be a moment when you’re doing something and it will feel scary,” he said. ‘That’s when you keep going.”

Junior Megan Prosser said the advice was priceless. “He is very knowledgeable and has fantastic insight.”

Her fellow filmmaker, junior Melissa Cooney, agreed that she learned a great deal from her conversation with someone so embedded in the film industry.  “He taught me to keep going and to try a bunch of things,” she said.

The films are judged blindly. Mr. Kenyon did not know from which school each film was produced. Locust Valley students won awards in five categories in addition to being the audience favorite.

The festival is produced each year with the cooperation of many individuals including film teacher James Benedetto and the High School Parents’ Council.

Congratulations to all of the participants and to the following award winners from Locust Valley High School:



First place – “Hurts Like Hell” - Genevieve Iglesias

Third place – “Control” - Genevieve Iglesias



First place – “The Escape” -  Mike Madsen, Chris Madsen, Joe Madsen, and Marc Ambrosino

Second place – “Asking For Help” -  Melissa Cooney, Megan Prosser, and Kristy Jahchan

Third place – “Taboo” - Megan Prosser, Melissa Cooney, Genevieve Iglesias



First place – “Revnant” - Charles Compono and Kevin Spence 


Third place – “The Intruder” -  Charles Compono and Kevin Spence


Music Video

Second place – “Sad Story of My Life” -  Charles Compono and Kevin Spence 


Audience Choice Award  

“Sad Story of My Life” -  Charles Compono and Kevin Spence


Regional Winners in Toshiba ExploraVision

Toshiba ExploraVision Honorable Mention winners from Bayville Intermediate School
Toshiba ExploraVision Honorable Mention winners from Locust Valley Intermediate School

Two teams from LVCSD were Regional winners in the prestigious Toshiba ExploraVision Competition. These students competed against thousands of other young scientists and are among only 24 teams selected as Regional winners. A team from Bayville Intermediate School earned this recognition based on their tick detection invention, a device that discovers a tick on the body before it can make anyone sick. A team from Locust Valley Intermediate School was recognized for their invention which is a solution to cleaning up garbage that clutters outer space.

TOSHIBA describes the ExploraVision competition as an opportunity for students to expand their imaginations and have fun while developing an interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Participating students developed and researched solutions to different problems in the world. They wrote detailed research papers that discussed their ideas. 

The Regional winners are now required to create a working website and video based on their projects. This media component will be judged against the other regional winners in their grade level at the next level of the TOSHIBA competition. As regional winners, the individual members of each team won a TOSHIBA tablet and are now eligible to win a $10,000 or $5,000 U.S. savings bond if they win the national portion of the contest. Prizes were distributed by a representative of Toshiba at recognition ceremonies held at each school on April 4, 2016. A team from Locust Valley Intermediate School became the national winners in the same competition in 2015.

Nine teams within the district earned Honorable Mention in the competition, which is also a tremendous accomplishment. Congratulations to all of the teams!

Regional Winners:

Bayville Intermediate School

  • Project: Tick Detective
    • o Team: Olivia Childs Friedman John Hartnett, Jonah Santoro and Angelica Sheehan
    • o Coach: Paige Coppola 
    • o Mentor: Donna DeJesu


Locust Valley Intermediate School

  • Project: Hubble NEST (Next Elimination of Space Trash) 
  • o Team: Oliver Blaise and Leonard Gu 
  • o Coach: Anne Joyce
  • o Mentor: Caroline McBride


Honorable Mention:

Bayville Intermediate School

  • Project: The Illusion Confusion
  • o Team: Dougie DeNatale, Justin Dvorak, William, deLauzon and Michael DiLorenzo.
  • o Coach: Paige Coppola 
  • o Mentor: Donna DeJesu


  • Project: Bi-Flex Technology 
  • o Team: Miklos Argyelan, Ryan Geertgens, James Lorenzo and Louis Singe. 
  • o Coach: Paige Coppola 
  • o Mentor: Donna DeJesu


Locust Valley Intermediate School:

  • Project: OPD301, Ocean Pollution Patrol
  • o Team: Catie Blackman, Isabella Croke, Nicholas DiLorenzo, and Kelsey Neves (4th Grade)
  • o Coach: Anne Joyce
  • o Mentor: Eva Carter-Moran


  • Project: Hurridrone: Harnessing Hurricane Power, 
  • o Team: Mary Fitzgerald, Gianna Palleschi, Claire Sellars, and Orlando Watson 
  • o Coach: Anne Joyce
  • o Mentor: Caroline McBride


  • Project: RBS (Reduce Bycatch Solution)
  • o Team: Susie Dixon and Katherine Gu (5th Grade) and Stella Green (4th Grade)
  • o Coach: Anne Joyce


Middle Shool:

  • Project: Reducing Styrofoam in Landfills Using an Active Solution Application System with Mealworms
  • o Team: Coby Bennett, Ezra Pietrafesa, Ryan Silver and Alexander Wysolovski
  • o Coach: Rebecca Glavan


  • Project: SEM EFSH 3D Home Printer with Recyclable Material Filament
  • o Team: Emily Barosin, Margaret McLoughlin and Sabrina Raichoudhury
  • o Coach: Rebecca Glavan


  • Project: AquaFit: Motorized Aquatic Movement Therapy
  • o Team: Jessica Bianco, Beatrix Postley and Ferah Shaik
  • o Coach: Julie Feltman and Rebecca Glavan


  • Project: Sleep Well Serotonin Protection Device
  • o Team: Kaitlin Bianco, Maddy Driscoll, Hayley Lizza and Alexandra McMahon
  • o Coach: Rebecca Glavan




Senior Named as Finalist in National Merit Competition


Locust Valley High School is proud to announce that senior Jack Ferrante has been named a National Merit Scholarship Finalist based on his exceptional performance on the Preliminary SAT. The College Board bestows this honor upon less than one percent of high school seniors nationwide each year. Locust Valley High School has had at least one finalist almost every year for the past several years.

The district announced that Jack had been named a semifinalist in the competition earlier this school year. However, advancing to finalist standing is an even greater achievement. He is among an elite group of only 15,000 finalists nationwide. Finalists are required to earn scores on the SAT that confirm their success on the Preliminary SAT, which Jack did.

The College Board shares the names of students who earn these distinctions with colleges and universities. As a finalist, Jack is now eligible to receive scholarships of $10,000 towards his college education. These scholarships can come from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, corporate sponsors, or the universities the finalists attend. 

The district congratulates Jack on this elite accomplishment.


Healing Souls with Headbands


LVI fifth-graders used their creativity and artistic talent to create headbands to honor children battling cancer. The children painted their unique, colorful designs on strips of paper that were later transferred to the headbands. Not only did each child receive their design on their own headband, but each design was also placed on a headband to be given to a child in the hospital.

The activity was run through Healing Headbands, a non-profit company in Sea Cliff. The organization strives to provide laughter and hope to children with cancer and to those in the community supporting those children. Joanie Accolade and Barbara Grapstein, co-founders of Healing Headbands, start their program with a laughter exercise. This creates a positive atmosphere prior to the start of the art project.

“Our mission is to help those with illnesses feel better,” said Grapstein.  She added that empowering community members to provide support, in turn, makes them feel better as well.

The event began with simple exercises that forced the children to laugh from deep within their bellies and releasing their stress and inhibitions. This was followed by the artwork, where the LVI students used vivid colors and powerful designs to create the soft headbands that are comfortable to wear even for those who have lost their hair.


Fifth-grade teacher Katherine Smith said the activity corresponds well with the curriculum, which includes learning about human values and caring for others. It was also an important lesson as one the fifth graders was recently diagnosed with cancer and this activity helped to support her and allowed her classmates to express their feelings.




School in Session on May 31, 2016

Please note that due to the need to close school unexpectedly for weather-related issues on three occasions since September, we will need to make up a school day on May 31, 2016. As noted on page 20 of our school district calendar, in the event that we need to close school unexpectedly for one or more additional days before the end of the school year, we will need to make up missed school days in the following order:April 26, April 25, April 21, and April 22.

Are You Registered to Vote?

Are you registered to vote?  Where do you vote?


Click here to see if you are registered to vote in the May 17th LVCSD Budget Vote & Election.


Click here to look up your polling site location.


If you have any questions, please contact the District Clerk at 277-5007.

Yearbooks on Sale

High School yearbooks are on sale until May 15, 2016. The cost is $100 and the yearbooks can be ordered here:

AP and IB Exam Review Schedule

AP and IB exam review sessions are taking place from now through May. Please see the attached schedule.

Check this website often as the schedule will be updated on a regular basis.