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Interact Club Directly Helps Others

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Members of the high school’s Interact Club gained insight into how their charitable efforts actually helped individuals in need. After holding a schoolwide clothing drive, club members Avery DeNatale, Lindsay Hawkins, Michaela Maura, Shirley Medina, Lily Tiglias and Avery Ward delivered their collection to Dress for Success in Brookhaven. While there, the students helped two women put together outfits, one for a job interview and the other for the start of a new job. 

Club adviser Erica Reilly said the students really enjoyed helping the women find clothing that gave them confidence. “This opportunity helped the club members understand that their clothing drive actually made a difference to the recipients,” she said.


Falcon Wrestler Is No. 1 in State Heading Into State Championships!

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Senior Gage DeNatale (132 lb.) is heading into the state wrestling championships ranked No. 1 in the state in Nassau County Division II for his weight class. He will compete for the state title Feb. 27-29 at the Times Union Center in Albany.

Gage earned this spot after winning the division championship at Cold Spring Harbor High School on Feb. 15. 

During that same tournament, Falcon wrestlers grappled their way to many honors. Congratulations to the entire team for a successful season!

First Place (All-County)
Gage DeNatale (132 lb.)

Second Place (All-County)
Roarke Creedon (170 lb.)

Third Place (All-County)
Vito Rodriguez (138 lb.)
Matt Jones (182 lb.)
Colby Zino (220 lb.)

Fourth Place (All-Conference)
Evan Shriberg (99 lb.)
Lucas Johnson (138 lb.)
Thomas Coll (160 lb.)

Fifth Place
Charles Dickman (99 lb.)
Michael Forte (106 lb.)
Sean Roberts (182 lb.)
William Ryan (220 lb.)

Sixth Place
Andrew Romano (132 lb.)

Girls Basketball Keeps Scoring!

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The girls varsity basketball team remains undefeated as they head into the Nassau County Class A quarterfinals on Tuesday, Feb. 25. The Falcons take on Lynbrook at 5 p.m. at Locust Valley High School.

Come cheer the team on to victory as they continue in their record-breaking season!

Students Become Editors

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Fourth and fifth graders at Bayville Intermediate School became real editors when author Jen Calonita led a workshop in which she gave them her own rough draft to review. 

The students looked for typos, grammatical errors and run-on sentences in the first draft of her book, “Outlaws.” Ms. Calonita provided what she described as the unedited version of the beginning of the book. The students found errors in capitalization, grammar and spelling.

They were reminded that spell check often does not catch spelling errors if a word can be spelled more than one way. The author also emphasized that even professional writers must reread their writing to correct errors, improve sentence structure and finetune the story.

After their editing work was done, Ms. Calonita provided students with the final version of the same pages so they could understand how reviewing their own work is a worthwhile investment in time.

Bayville Intermediate School librarian Paige Coppola said the workshop was unique and reinforced the lessons the students learn in class. “Author visits are always educational,” she said. “Having the opportunity to edit the author’s own work shows our young writers why we tell them to reread and revise their own writing.” 

The district thanks the Bayville Parents Council for bringing this author event to the school.

Bird Feeders, Not Just for Birds

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Both birds and people are benefiting from bird feeders that the students in the middle school Life Skills program are installing throughout the district. While the decorative feeders are helping birds find food during the cold, winter months, they are also helping people enjoy nature right from their offices.

Recently, three students installed a bird feeder outside of the office of Interim Superintendent Thomas P. Dolan, Ed.D. He had seen the bird feeder in a window at the high school and loved the idea. “This is a wonderful way for the students to feel good about something they are doing and a chance to observe nature from my office,” he said.

The students have installed bird feeders outside of offices at the middle school and high school in addition to the one at the administration building. 

Life Skills teacher Jessica Garrison said it is important for the students to successfully integrate into the Locust Valley school community. “Through various activities, such as sharing and stocking the bird feeders and preparing for and hosting different holiday events, the students have had valuable community experiences,” she said. “Communication with others, navigation of the campus and socialization with peers and adults have all improved greatly since the program’s inception. We are so grateful to be a part of such a supportive and welcoming community.”