Special Thanks to the Village of Lattingtown!!!

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Special thanks were delivered in person by students, principals and the Superintendent of Schools of the Locust Valley Central School District to the Board of Trustees and the Mayor of the Village of Lattingtown for their part in making the Village safer. The Lattingtown Board voted to approve the creation of school safety zones in front of the Locust Valley MiddleSchool, the Locust Valley High School, the Locust Valley Intermediate School and the Ann Mac Arthur Primary School.

In appreciation of the Board of Trustee’s dedication to the school community, special gifts were presented. Breads baked by culinary students, paintings of the local landscape made by high school student artists and a giant hand-made thank you card from the elementary students were among the gifts.

Lattingtown Mayor Clarence F. Michalis said he was touched by the visit from students, staff and parents for a decision which was simple. “Changing the speed limits in front of the 4 schools and declaring each area, a school safety zone, was easy for us. We will pursue the County to ensure that the correct signs are posted as soon as possible."

Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Anna F. Hunderfund said that she, Board of Education members, parents and faculty were extremely grateful for the responsiveness and ongoing concern that the Lattingtown Village Trustees and Lattingtown Mayor Michalis always demonstrate regarding the safety of Lattingtown residents.

Class of 2015 Begins New Chapter

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An impressive Class of 2015 bid farewell to high school during a commencement ceremony filled with praise for their exceptional accomplishments. For a small high school, these 180 graduates earned a record amount of scholarships — $12.7 million in total from colleges and community organizations. The class includes All-American athletes, a National Merit Scholarship finalist, winners of international, national and state competitions, and the highest achievements in music, science and the arts.

Members of the Class of 2015 have been invited to perform at the Grand Ole Opry and Carnegie Hall, have presented research at international conferences, and have gained acceptance to some of the most prestigious and selective universities in the country. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Anna F. Hunderfund expressed her pride in the graduates and said that they contributed to Locust Valley High School being ranked No. 1 on Long Island and being named the No. 1 open enrollment school in the state by the Washington Post. 

Speakers at the ceremony included Board of Education President Suzanne Sgueglia, LVHS Principal Dr. Kieran McGuire, valedictorian Mary Kate Guma, salutatorian Tazim Merchant and Class President Samuel Ward. Serving as special guest and keynote speaker was Rev. Jeffrey von Arx, S.J., Ph.D., the president of Fairfield University and a member of the Locust Valley Class of 1965. Rev. Von Arx encouraged the graduates to reflect on who they had become during high school and what direction they wanted to head in as the future unfolds. He told them to take chances. “Is there something you would like to do that you haven’t been able to do so far?” he asked. “Now is the time to plan for it. What are your talents, what are the world’s needs, what are the deepest desires of your heart?”

In addition to all of the speakers’ reflections and words of wisdom, Dr. McGuire presented outgoing Board of Education President Suzanne Sgueglia with flowers and thanked her for her nine years of service to the district.

Members of the Locust Valley High School Class of 2015 certainly have many opportunities to look forward to, and this won’t be the last we hear of them. Congratulations and good luck!

 


 

 

 

Locust Valley Supply Lists 2015

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Success Readies Students for New Challenges

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Students moving up to the Middle School and High School in September were honored during ceremonies at their respective schools. 

At Bayville Intermediate School and Locust Valley Intermediate School, Board of Education members, administrators and faculty celebrated students’ successes from kindergarten through fifth grade and encouraged the soon to be sixth graders to try new things in the middle school.

Board of Education Co-Vice President Erika Bruno told the fifth grade graduates at BI that they should be proud of themselves for their accomplishments. She added some advice for them as they begin middle school. “Take advantage of every opportunity that you can. Try a club or a sport that you’ve never tried before — you may discover a passion that you didn’t know you had,” she said.

Locust Valley Fifth graders received praise from Board of Education Trustee Kerian Carlstrom. She encouraged them to join clubs and to try new things. Mrs. Carlstrom told them that middle school should be like being at a pool party when you are not sure if the water is too cold. “Just jump in, the water is fine,” she said.

At Locust Valley Middle School, the eighth graders donned green graduation robes as they marched through the auditorium and were proud to become high school students. The seventh grade band provided the musical background for the evening.

Board of Education Co-Vice President Philip Bellisari spoke at the Middle School ceremony and talked about becoming a young adult and having increasing responsibilities. “It is that hard work and determination that helped you succeed academically, and also helped you mature into the young men and women that sit before us tonight,” he said. “We want you to push yourselves when you enter high school; however, we don’t want you to forget how to have fun.”

Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Anna F. Hunderfund addressed the graduates at each school, sharing the personal accomplishments and goals of many of the graduates. She shared goals such as achieving honor roll, attending competitive colleges and making teachers proud. “I know you will accomplish all of these things,” Dr. Hunderfund said.

Students and guests at each school were also addressed by administrators. Lori Souther and Tina Ryan spoke at their respective schools on behalf of the parent organizations.

Congratulations to all of the graduates!

 

Musicians Earn Selective Scholarships

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Locust Valley High School seniors Sarah Miller and Patrick Wilhelm are two of only four high school students from Long Island, Brooklyn and Queens to receive $500 scholarships from the Long Island Music Hall of Fame. This is the first time in the scholarship’s history that two of the four students have been from the same high school.

The scholarship application is open every year to all high school seniors who are interested in pursuing a career in music and are accepted full-time to an accredited college or university. Sarah and Patrick each submitted an essay, a letter of recommendation and their high school transcripts.

The two were honored with two other scholarship recipients at a reception hosted by the Long Island Music Hall of Fame. The organization’s mission is to educate the public about the wealth of musical heritage that is part of Long Island’s history and future.

Congratulations to Sarah and Patrick on being chosen for this extremely selective honor!

 

LVHS Wrestler #5 in the Country

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LVHS wrestler Jonathan Gomez has been ranked fifth in the country in his weight class by the Associated Wrestling Press.    

The sophomore earned the 2015 National Championship in Virginia Beach, is a 2015 New York Public HS Division II State Champion in Freestyle and Greco Roman and is a two time New York State Finalist (2014, 2015). Jonathan is also a 2014 Fargo All American (8th). He was team captain for the 2015-2016 wrestling season. 

Wrestling coach Joseph Enea said Jonathan is deserving of the honors he has earned. "Jon is a tremendous competitor who consistently sets the bar high. His desire to achieve at the highest levels is what separates him from the pack. Jon did not accomplish all that he has by accident as he is a tireless worker who refuses to settle for mediocrity in all aspects of life." 

Jonathan has made a verbal commitment to join the wrestling team at Cornell University. We can’t wait to watch his successes during the 2015-2016 wrestling season.

An Important Message Regarding Smartphone Apps

Dear Families,

It truly is unbelievable that the school year is about to end and that our students have grown so much and have excelled in so many ways!

The summer provides many important opportunities for unstructured time for our children. During the past decade, all of us have become aware of the dramatic increases in and reliance on the use of social media by adults, teenagers and young children. As you know, in addition to the many positive aspects of this use of communication, there are also many significant perils which exist --- especially for our youngsters.

Like many parents, our District strives to inform our children of the dangers that communication via social media can pose. In an attempt to inform parents about some of the most popular social media apps, Michael Lo Gerfo, our Middle School Assistant Principal, and Romy Bennett, our Middle School Librarian and Media Specialist, compiled current information which we hope will be useful to you. Specifically, they researched some of the most popular apps, the age requirements for each app, the alleged uses for each app and the potential dangers associated with each. Necessarily, this is only a small sample of the broad and ever-growing selection of websites and apps which exist and to which our children have access on a regular basis.

It is important to note that frequently children in grades 4 through 8 access apps, like those that are cited, without meeting age requirements. Even when our children meet age requirements for access to specific apps, much less when they do not, they can be exposed to written content and to photographs which can be extremely inappropriate, hurtful and illegal. Moreover, our youngsters can also unwittingly communicate with adults who pose as youngsters.

We hope that the attached summary of apps will provide you with important information which can serve as the basis for discussion and oversight, and will help to make our children's unstructured time as safe as possible.

In the event that you have any concerns or questions regarding this issue, please don't hesitate to contact your child's Principal or Assistant Principal.

Here's hoping that the summer is fun-filled, relaxing and safe for everyone!

All the best,

Anna F. Hunderfund

Superintendent of Schools

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Students as Teachers

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High school students brought their math and computer skills to the intermediate schools to expose younger children to coding or computer programming.  

The high school students used the demonstration as part of their final project in their AP Programming course and visited fourth-graders at Bayville Intermediate School and Locust Valley Intermediate School. The student-teachers broke the lesson down to a fourth-grade level, building a foundation on which the students could grow. For the high school students, teaching the lesson was a unique way for them to show their teacher they had achieved mastery level of the topic.

K-12 Math Coordinator Robert Teseo said the lesson was a benefit for all of those involved. “This was an excellent way for the high school students to demonstrate what they know, pass down their knowledge and create interest in a topic more students should be participating in,” he said.  “Coding helps students organize their thoughts and requires students to use problem-solving skills to reach a desired goal.”

 

 

Bayville Elementary Supply Lists 2015

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2015 Summer Assignments

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Excellence in Foreign Language

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Numerous middle school and high school students were recognized for earning high scores on the National Foreign Language Exams. High School junior Arthur Babcock earned second place nationally for his exceptional performance on the National Italian Contest and received a $200 prize. Arthur is the first Locust Valley High School student to achieve at such a high level on this exam.

These exams, administered nationwide, recognize achievement in the study of French, Italian and Spanish and promote proficiency. Students voluntarily participate every year to further their learning of these languages.

Congratulations to their teachers as well: Ms. Adames, Ms. Aiello, Ms. Angelo, Ms. Bressel, Ms. Portente, Ms. Rose and Mr. St. Denis.

The following students earned recognition:

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Locust Valley High School:

Arthur Babcock, Second Place 

Sarah Bernal, Honorable Mention 

Charlotte Creedon, Honorable Mention 

Quinlan Ferrante, Honorable Mention 

Matthew Rizzo, Honorable Mention 

Nicholas Rizzo, Honorable Mention 

 

National Spanish Exam

Locust Valley Middle School:

Dania Alvarado-Ruedas, Bronze 

Catherine Glynn, Honorable Mention 

Alim Merchant, Silver 

Joanna Yu, Honorable Mention  

Locust Valley High School:

Elisabeth Baumann, Honorable Mention  

Bridget Bianco, Honorable Mention  

Nicholas Chisari, Bronze                   

Lily D'Addario, Honorable Mention  

Lucas Ferrante, Honorable Mention  

Karen Juarez, Silver                      

Caroline Martocci, Bronze                   

Olivia Proko, Honorable Mention  

Shannon Simak, Honorable Mention  

Caroline Tarmeno, Honorable Mention  

Celia Vasquez, Honorable Mention  

Le Grand Concours (French)

Locust Valley Middle School:

Kyra Schmeizer, Honorable Mention 

 

 

Poetry Anthology Earns First Place

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Third-graders at Locust Valley Intermediate School earned the grand prize in the Walt Whitman 29th annual Poetry Contest, competing against 4,000 entries.  The poetry anthology submitted to the contest from Shari Zindman’s class earned the award for creating poems in the voice of the elements, earth, wind, water and fire. Students’ poems were put together as an anthology for the contest, and Zindman’s class won for the 24th year. 

Based on Walt Whitman’s poem “The Voice of Rain,” students were instructed to write from the perspective of any form of the elements. Some students chose to write as the voice of a mountain, lake or wind. They used poetic elements including similes, metaphors and alliterations. The project showcased the skills that have been acquired through the third-grade curriculum and offered participants the opportunity to show off their creativity.

Mrs. Zindman said she is very proud of her students for their success!

 

 

Toshiba ExploraVision Honors

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Seven teams of Locust Valley science students earned honorable mention in the prestigious Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision competition among more than 5,000 participating teams from the U.S. and Canada. This was the highest number of awards given to any school district in New York in the grades 3-8 category. Locust Valley was the only school in New York to have a winner in third grade and had the most winners in fifth grade, with a winning team at both Locust Valley Intermediate School and Bayville Intermediate School.

According to Toshiba, the ExploraVision competition is an opportunity for students to expand their imaginations and have fun while developing an interest in science, technology, engineering and math. Participating students develop and research solutions to various problems in the world and discuss their ideas in detailed research papers. 

One team from Locust Valley Intermediate School designed a large robotic swarm of ion-fueled thrusters called NEAPS (Near Earth Asteroid Protection System) that would hover at the surface of an asteroid to steer it away from the earth’s orbit. The team was comprised of fourth-graders Susan Dixon and Leonard Gu and fifth-grader Mackenzie Gelbard, and was mentored by Anne Joyce.

The other winning LVI team, consisting of third-graders Daniella Beno and Isabella Croke and mentored by Rebecca Glavan, invented Wearable Obstacle Detection Garments, a device for the visually impaired or those in limited view environments that uses LGMD technology. This product would help the visually impaired navigate their environment by mimicking the way a locust sees. This way of “seeing” would be manifested through garments worn by the user. 

A Bayville Intermediate School team, made up of fourth-graders Ryan Geertgens, Emma Mandato, Louis Singe and Sophia Tavormina, earned honorable mention for their project, “Bio-Safe Keys,” a product with the tagline, “If you sneeze, don’t spread the disease…get this coating for your keys.” The invention was inspired by the antibacterial nature of dragonfly wings. The group created a coating for the keys on keyboards and keypads that can destroy bacterial cell walls on contact. 

Another Bayville Intermediate School team was awarded for a project they called “TIP – Thermal Identity Protection.” This group found a material that would greatly reduce the amount of heat absorbed by keys on the keypads found in banks and retail stores, thus preventing thermal identity theft. The team consisted of fifth-graders Maria Bubulinis, Ally Garros, Katherine Matozzo and Meghan Murray. Both BI teams were mentored by Donna Dejesu and coached by BI librarian Paige Coppola. 

Middle school students took three honorable mentions in the competition. Sixth-graders Anthony Bonadonna, Roarke Creedon, Shawn Kapoor and Matthew Klein, assisted by faculty advisor Christopher Hoppner, created a SMART scanner to The Smart scanner is designed to scan people coming into airports for highly contagious diseases, such as Ebola, limiting the spread of the diseases across borders.

Also advised by Hoppner was the eighth-grade team of Joe McNamara and Jonathan Kasday, who received honorable mention for their invention of the CTBG, a battery system for cars that eliminates the need to charge or stop for gas; this would be accomplished by having one battery charged by turbine energy as one is being used in the car. 

A second eighth-grade team, comprised of Diana Bianco, Emily Gresalfi and Olivia Sinkoff and assisted by faculty advisor Courtney McKay, created the Pressurized Wetsuit, which prevents the bends during deep-water dives. They believe this invention would save lives.  

The Board of Education recognized each of the teams at public meetings, offering congratulations and praise for their accomplishments.

 

 

Falcons Selected for Lacrosse Showcase

Three Falcons Lacrosse players were selected to participate in the Long Island Lacrosse Showcase against the Suffolk County All-Stars. The Long Island Showcase is an All-Star/Recruiting event where players from each county and grade tryout to be selected as one of the top 20 players in their respective grades and counties. 

Joe Madsen and Reed Tansill will be representing the Rising Senior Team for Nassau County and Thomas O'Brien will be representing the Rising Sophomore Team for Nassau County.

The games against Suffolk County will be played on Friday, June 19th at Farmingdale State College at 4:00 p.m. 

This is a great accomplishment we wish them the best of luck! 

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

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

A Homerun for the Softball Program

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Locust Valley student-athletes and alumni hit another one out of the park as they raised funds for the high school softball program this month. An alumni softball game brought together former and current softball players and coaches for a day of fun and fundraising.

An opportunity to show off the new dugouts, the event was held on the high school’s upper fields for community members. The new dugouts were the result of several fundraisers held by the varsity softball team, alumni and other community members.

Attended by more than 50 people, the June game raised another $700 for the softball program. Following the game, members of the varsity softball team joined their coaches, Nadine Pacifico and Jen Massa, and the Alumni Committee at the Falcon Pride beach party where they were thanked & honored on stage for all of their hard work. 

“The best thing about the alumni game is seeing everybody reconnect,” said Alumni Committee member Cindy Tobin. “This year we were able to "show off" the dugouts that so many alumni donated to, so that made the game very special.” 

LVCSD extends thanks to Falcon Pride, the varsity softball team, coaches Pacifico and Massa and the Alumni Committee members Kim Plaufmer, Laura Tini, Katie Schlicht and Cindy Tobin for their time and generosity! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

District Honors Retirees and Service Honorees

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The LVCSD Board of Education honored members of the staff retiring this year along with those celebrating 25- and 30-year anniversaries.

Board of Education Co-Vice Presidents Phil Bellisari and Erika Bruno, along with Superintendent of Schools Dr. Anna F. Hunderfund introduced the honorees at the annual Retirement Dinner on June 11th. Board of Education President Suzanne Sgueglia sent her regards as she regretfully could not attend. Speeches highlighting professional accomplishments and sharing personal touches about their lives were read aloud to great applause. Each honoree was thanked for their hard work and dedication.

Congratulations to the following honorees:

Retirees

Elizabeth Bates, Bruce Campbell, Jacqueline Galano , Virginia Gervase, Shelly Mahoski, Kathleen Price and Beatrice Rupp

25 Year Anniversary

Timothy Colleary, Gabrielle Harrington, Kathleen Kane, Arlene Longo, Daniel McAndrew, Marjorie Medwed and Andrew Nardone

30 Year Anniversary

Sandra Bathie, Vincent Crici and William Margiotta

Valedictorian and Salutatorian Honored

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Locust Valley High School valedictorian Mary Kate Guma and salutatorian Tazim Merchant were honored at Crest Hollow Country Club during the Nassau County Council of School Superintendents’ annual Celebration of Excellence Breakfast. Mary Kate and Tazim were among nearly 500 people in attendance as Nassau County’s most accomplished and brightest students as Superintendents, Principals and parents gathered to pay tribute to the Class of 2015’s valedictorians and salutatorians from 44 Nassau County school districts.

Mary Kate’s father, Martin Guma, and Tazim’s parents Yasmin and Sameer Merchant joined their children at the breakfast, along with Superintendent of Schools Dr. Anna F. Hunderfund and High School Principal Dr. Kieran McGuire. “It was really very emotional to see that Tazim was being recognized like that within that group,” said Tazim’s mother, Yasmin Merchant. “It meant a lot to us.”

The keynote speaker, New York University President Dr. John Sexton, told the students that they had “won the lottery” by being smart and gifted and possessing extraordinary talents. “You have a great obligation to use your talents and to expand your great gift of intelligence,” he said.

Each valedictorian and salutatorian was presented with a plaque to commemorate his or her achievements. As they were acknowledged, the universities the students plan to attend were announced, along with their intended majors. Mary Kate will attend Williams College and Tazim will attend Northwestern University.

The District congratulates Mary Kate and Tazim on their success!

Middle School Excellence

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The middle school’s top students were invited to celebrate their success at an awards ceremony that honored almost 300 students. Excellence in all of the academic areas and physical education were recognized. From the very difficult language of French to advanced mathematics courses, middle school students received certificates for exceptional performance.

“It was a pleasure to present so many middle school students with awards recognizing their achievement,” said Principal, H. Thomas Hogan. “I am incredibly proud of the hard work and success of these young adults.”

Please see the program from the ceremony for a list of award winners.

 

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Falcons Compete at State Championships

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Members of Locust Valley's Track & Field Team participated in the 2015 New York State Championships at SUNY Albany on June 12-13.  Competition was fierce but our Falcons made LV proud. 

  • Senior Callie Catacosinos competed in the High Jump and finished 7th clearing 5'2".

 

  • Junior Stephanie Reyes competed in the 100m High Hurdles and finished 11th with a personal best time of 17.04 seconds.   Reyes also competed in the 400m Intermediate Hurdles and finished 15th with a time of 71.5 seconds.

 

  • Senior Maggie Reid competed in the  2000m Steeplechase and finished 15th with a personal best time of 8:00.05

 

  • Sophomore Alex Vassallo competed in the 100m Dash and finished 17th with a time of 13.3 seconds.  

 

  • LV's 4x100m Relay Team of Alex Vassallo, Lindsay Abraham, Aija Zamurs and Callie Catacosinos finished in 16th place in 52.7 seconds.

 

Congratulations to all of our student-athletes on a successful season!

Falcon Golfer Competes in State Championships

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Senior Emily Barbu competed with the best of the best from the state in the NYS High School Golf Championships held at SUNY Delhi. She attended as a member of the Nassau County Team, which performed an all-time best by placing for the first time in the tournament. The Section VIII Team (Nassau County) came in second place as a team out of all the sections in New York. Emily competed strongly both days scoring a 90 and an 89. 

Congratulations to Emily and her teammates!

Athletes Helping Athletes

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The high school’s Athletes Helping Athletes Club is focused on mentoring the district’s younger students and serving as role models for those aspiring student-athletes. However, the club members recently took their devotion to a new level as they spent a Saturday volunteering at the Special Olympics held at Mitchel Field Athletic Complex in Uniondale.

Juniors and seniors joined together, with 18 Locust Valley High School students helped with the set up of the track and field events throughout the day. Club Co-Advisor Tim Lomot accompanied the students and worked alongside them throughout the day. “I am so proud of these student-athletes who gave up their own time to do something for others,” Lomot said. “These young men and women exhibit the character that we hope to see in our athletes.” Nadine Pacifico is also Co-Advisor of the club and was attending another district event that day.

Way to go LVHS student-athletes – you give LVCSD many reasons to be proud!

 

Learning Through Collaboration

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A tiny marble dropped from the top of a ramp, its motion setting off a chain reaction of events. First it lifted a lever, which released a rope to raise a flag, signifying the end of the process. This was one of many impressive machines, especially because they were built by Locust Valley Middle School students in Jeffrey Maier’s and Steve Wolf’s Science Research course, in which they are studying simple machines. Called Rube Goldberg Machines, they are devices that use more engineering than necessary to perform a simple task in a complicated manner, often by setting off a chain reaction of events.

The young inventors worked in teams to create a unique device that met the criteria of starting by the release of a marble, including at least 5 simple machines, including at least one lever and ending by raising up a flag.

Students created videos of their machines in action, using their Google Chromebooks. Working collaboratively with their teammates students created and edited the videos that included music and special effects. 

The Locust Valley Google cloud platform allows students to work collaboratively in real-time. LVCSD K-12 Science Coordinator, Ken Packert said while the Google platform is saving the District money, the educational value it provides is priceless. “Students’ capabilities to work together in new and creative ways are unlimited,” he said.

 

 

Clothing Drive Creates Smiles for Givers and Receivers

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Determined to help others in their community, two high school students worked for more than a month to collect clothing for those in need.

Gabby Berrito and Natalie Bianco spearheaded a clothing drive that provided much-needed items for at least 26 families – about 130 people. The girls spent their free time gathering the items, sorting and keeping inventory organized. In all, they collected more than 50 bags of clothes. 

Locust Valley High School teacher Erica Caiati reached out to district families to see what was needed. She kept the names confidential, but gave Gabby and Natalie lists of what each family could use, so they could put the bags together. 

Both girls said it meant a lot to them to give back to their community, and their efforts made them feel accomplished. “It was a lot of work in the end, but I would do it again in a heartbeat after seeing the smiles we could put on people's faces,” said Natalie. “From this clothing drive, I’ve learned how important it is to come together to help others throughout your community, and how a little goes a long way.” 

Gabby said she felt a sense of responsibility to help those in need. “Giving back to our community is very important to us,” she said. “The effort we made to assist these families resulted in an immense impact.

Caiati and Assistant Principal Rebecca Gottesman helped the girls organize and distribute the items they collected. “The students that received clothing were incredibly grateful,” Caiati said. “I have never seen their eyes widen so much or seen such big smiles on their faces.” 

Gottesman said she was incredibly proud of Gabby and Natalie. “These are two special girls who care about others and put their feelings into action,” she said.

Athletes Excel in Post Season Competition

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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.

Track & Field

Congratulations to the following student-athletes who earned the chance to compete in the New York State Qualification Track & Field Meet that will be held onThursday June 4 and Friday June 5 at 4:45 p.m. at Cold Spring Harbor HS.   

GIRLS:

Callie Catacosinos - High Jump

Roisin O'Neill - 400m a Dash

Siobhan O'Neill - Triple Jump

Megan Prosser - 400m Intermediate Hurdles and 100 High Hurdles

Maggie Reid - 1500m Run and 2000m Steeplechase

Stephanie Reyes - 400m Intermediate Hurdles and 100 High Hurdles

Alex Vassallo - 100m Dash  and 200m Dash 

4x100m Relay - Alex Vassallo, Lindsay Abraham, Aija Zamurs, Callie Catacosinos, Stephanie Reyes, Megan Prosser

4x400m Relay - Stephanie Reyes, Megan Prosser, Alex Vassallo, Roisin O'Neill, Kristy Jahchan, Siobhan O'Neill

4x800 Relay - Maddie Casalino, Siobhan O'Neill, Maggie Reid, Kristy Jahchan, Melissa Cooney, Christine Lee

BOYS:

Austin Balek - High Jump

Adam Cohen - Discus

Charlie Compono - 400m Intermediate Hurdles

Patrick Halpin - 3200m Run

 

 

Flags for Freedom for LVHS Seniors

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Locust Valley High School seniors each received an early graduation present that may hold more meaning than anything else they will receive. Local veterans presented each senior with an American flag in honor of Memorial Day. 

The Memorial Day Remembrance Assembly, sponsored by Operation Democracy, 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.

Kaye Weninger of Operation Democracy organized the assembly in conjunction with high school social studies coordinator David Ethé. Invited guests included members of the Locust Valley and Bayville American Legions, members of the Veterans Corps: 9th Field Artillery Regiment and guest speaker Ensign Max Caballero, U.S. Coast Guard.

Ensign Caballero spoke to the high school seniors about his experiences in the Coast Guard, and said that the flags the students were receiving were a symbol of America and of many great things. He said he hoped it would remind them “of the patriotic values that are inherent to being a citizen.” Ensign Caballero and Commander Cory Barker demonstrated the proper way to fold a flag. 

Weninger said that she started this program to present students with a beautiful symbol of our country.  “This program will teach Americanism, patriotism and to never forget,” she said. Bayville resident Gerry Dolezar was instrumental in helping Operation Democracy bring this program to the high school. He and Weninger said they hope to see it continue in Locust Valley and grow to other schools. 

The Howard Van Wagner Post 62 opened the ceremony with the presentation of colors. Members of the post folded each of the flags presented to the seniors. Commander Bob Harrington said, “This is a beautiful symbol of your country – respect and honor it.”

The high school concert chorale performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “I Hear America Sing.” Senior Joseph Tancredi sang a beautiful rendition of “America the Beautiful.” Tancredi and fellow senior Kimmie Sabio read poems and passages about the history of the flag’s colors, stripes and meaning. 

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

 

Seniors Recognized for Excellence

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Outstanding seniors were recently recognized for awards and scholarships from high school groups and community organizations. Nearly 100 awards were presented to 87 seniors in areas from specific academic subjects to community service. The Class of 2015 excels in every area possible.

The awards included those from 34 community groups and totaled more than $75,000 in scholarship funds for which the students, their families and the District are extremely grateful.  

Congratulations to all of the award recipients and their families!

Click the attachment for a list of award winners.

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Important Information Regarding Fall Athletics

Please see the attached information regarding fall athletics.

The attached letter outlines the schedule for sports clearances over the summer and start dates for each sport.

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