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The Board of Education will hold a Special Meeting on Monday, June 17 at 7 p.m. in the Administration Building

The Board of Education will hold a Special Meeting on Monday, June 17 at 7 p.m. in the Administration Building


Guest Reader Shares Story with Second Graders

Ann MacArthur Primary School second graders enjoyed a visit from New York State Senator James F. Gaughran, who read them a story reminding them of all the things they learned in second grade.
The students in Amanda McCarthy’s class sat together in the library listening to the Senator read aloud “Things I Learned in Second Grade” by Amy Schwartz.  The story captures the highlights of second grade including learning to spell bigger words, calculate more difficult math problems and read chapter books.
Senator Gaughran also taught the children what a Senator does and shared that like them, he is looking forward to summer recess.

Three Seniors Earn Award for Dedication

Three Locust Valley High School seniors earned the Students Building Bridges Award from the Jewish Community Relations Council of Long Island at a ceremony held in May. Isabella Bernato, Sophie Matthaei and Adriana Trama were recognized for volunteering in the Locust Valley Middle School Life Skills classroom. 

Special education teacher Jessica Garrison, who runs the Life Skills program, said the girls have gone above and beyond to help the students in her program. “They selflessly give up their free periods and have shown great initiative,” she said. “They are wonderful role models for the students and leaders for the rest of the volunteers. It has been an absolute pleasure working with these wonderful individuals and seeing the joy that they bring to the class each and every day.”

The award was presented to the Locust Valley seniors during a program that served as a tribute to a Holocaust survivor. Individuals were recognized for their contributions to creating a better society.

Seniors Recognized for Excellence

Four seniors stand on the stage
The Locust Valley High School senior awards ceremony recognized many seniors for earning academic awards and community scholarships for their excellence.

The district congratulates the award recipients and wishes them well in their post high school endeavors! The district also thanks the many community organizations for their generosity in donating these scholarships. 

See the attached list of award winners.


Recognizing Staff Milestones

Honorees at the LVCSD Retirement and Service Honoree Dinner
Retirees at the LVCSD Retirement and Service Honoree Dinner
The Board of Education recognized district employees on June 4 for their dedication to the Locust Valley Central School District. The individuals being honored were either retiring or celebrating milestones with the district as they have been employed for 25-, 30-, or 35-years of service.

Board of Education trustees read speeches describing the individual attributes of each honoree in attendance, from their professional accomplishments to plans for the future. Friends, family and colleagues sat in the audience proudly applauding the honorees and shedding a few tears for those leaving us.

Board of Education Vice President Kerian Carlstrom was recognized for her service to Locust Valley Central School District. Board of Education President Brian T. Nolan thanked her for volunteering six years to the betterment of the school district.

Following the speeches, staff members, administrators and Board of Education trustees joined together on the dance floor. The district thanks the Locust Valley School Employees Association for providing a DJ to enhance the event.

Congratulations to all of the honorees!

Henry Alilionis, Brenda Bell , Denise Bender, Chao-Sheng Cheng, John DeMario, Meris First, Susan Fodera, Marla Fuchs , Erin Keys, Kathleen Kulbaba, Christine Kurkowski, Mary Jo Roth, Lynn Youngs and Leslie Zaleski.

25-Year Anniversary:
Elizabeth Boudreau, Joe Harrison, Larry Lynch, Jo Ann Meli, Katy Sege, Ingrid Stewart, Clayton Stewart and Dawn Vissicchio.

30-Year Anniversary:
Shari Zindman

35-Year Anniversary:

Denise Bender, Winston Conn and Edwin McCoy. 


Board of Education Meeting, Wednesday, June 19, 7 p.m., Mini-Theater

Board of Education Meeting, Wednesday, June 19, 7 p.m., Mini-Theater

MS Student Qualified for State Geography Bee

John Hartnett
Locust Valley Middle School sixth grader John Hartnett was the first Locust Valley student in the school’s history to advance to the National Geographic GeoBee New York State Competition. John first won the middle school competition, which earned him the opportunity to take an online qualifying test. John’s score on that test sent him to the state level of competition. He was among only 100 students competing from across the state, with only 23 of those students coming from Long Island.

John traveled to Albany earlier this year for the state competition, which required him to answer questions about geographical locations in the United States and across the world. Although John did not advance past the state level of competition, this sixth grader held his own against his competitors who were mostly eighth graders.

Congratulations, John and thank you for representing Locust Valley so well!

Falcons Commit to Collegiate Athletics

Group of seniors committing to collegiate athletics
Locust Valley High School recognized 18 seniors who signed letters of intent on May 29, committing to continue their athletic careers in college. These student-athletes have proved on and off the field that they are ready to take their academic and athletic abilities to the next level. 

“Sports are in the blood of each of these talented young men and women,” said Locust Valley’s Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics, Dr. Danielle Turner. She noted the actual number of high school athletes that move on to play at the collegiate level is very small, approximately 7% of all high school athletes, and Locust Valley has 18 athletes advancing their athletic careers.

“Obviously we know that each of these young men and women have a skill in their sport; however, without the necessary grades, many colleges would not even consider a potential recruit,” Dr. Turner said. 

Congratulations to the following student-athletes on their academic and athletic success, and good luck at your respective schools!

Sophia Alesi, SUNY Fredonia, Soccer
Gabby Angelone, University of New Haven, Soccer
Katherine Berritto, University of Chicago, Lacrosse
Gianna Ferrara, Marist College, Track
Anna Frashilla, Holy Cross University, Lacrosse
JP Grace, High Point University, Track/Cross-Country
Benjamin Lizza, Hartwick College, Football
Lindsay Miranda, SUNY Geneseo, Lacrosse
Stephen Proko, Adelphi University, Baseball
Matthew Resiger, Utica College, Football
Dana Salinas, SUNY New Paltz, Soccer
Erica Scheblein, SUNY Oswego, Field Hockey
Constatinos Siafakas, Concordia College, baseball
Frank Smith, Bryant College, Lacrosse
Colton Teitelbaum, Loyola University, Lacrosse
Chad Trainor, SUNY Morrisville, Football
Cooper Trepeda, Hofstra University, Lacrosse
Bethany Zekraus, Marist, Track

Musicians Hitting All the Right Notes

The middle school/high school music department has played their way into the hearts of the judges at several competitions.
Three of the high school’s musical groups earned First Place, Superior ratings at the Six Flags Music in the Parks Festival on May 18. The Locust Valley Concert Band, the Locust Valley String Orchestra and the Locust Valley Concert Chorale each took home the first-place honor. Additionally, the band and concert chorale each earned an overall award, and sophomore Lydia Paulus received a choral soloist recognition.
Seven musical groups participated in the NYSSMA Majors Music Festival at Hofstra University, with two of them earning the highest award possible. The Sixth Grade Orchestra and the Middle School Select Chorus were each awarded the Gold with Distinction award.
The Middle School Band, Middle School Chamber Orchestra and Middle School Orchestra earned gold awards, and the High School Orchestra and High School Chamber Singers each earned the silver award.
Each ensemble performed three pieces and were adjudicated by two judges who rated their performances.
The district congratulates the student musicians and the music staff on these outstanding achievements!
Thank you to the following musical directors for preparing students so diligently for the competitions:
High School Chamber Singers under the direction of Allison Hungate Wood.
High School Concert Band, under the direction of Vincent Guerra and Lisa Conti.
High School Concert Chorale, under the direction of Allison Hungate Wood and Joanna Milanese.
High School Orchestra under the direction of Marc Yavoski and AnnMarie Buonaspina.
High School String Orchestra, under the direction of Marc Yavoski and AnnMarie Buonaspina.
Middle School Band under the direction of Vinny Guerra and Lisa Conti.
Middle School Chamber Orchestra under the direction of AnnMarie Buonaspina.
Middle School Orchestra under the direction of Marc Yavoski and AnnMarie Buonaspina.
Middle School Select Chorus under the direction of Allison Hungate Wood.
Sixth Grade Orchestra under the direction of AnnMarie Buonaspina.

Golfers Play Strong

Golf teams
Falcon golfers are seeing much success on the greens this season. 

Senior Meg Meehan earned fourth place overall in Nassau County and is a state qualifier. 
Sophomore Katie Meehan finished 12th in Nassau County and is a state tournament alternate. 
Sophomore Colin McCullagh finished 11th in Nassau County. 
Senior Erik Reid Carlstrom was a Nassau County qualifier.
The boys’ golf team finished fourth in Nassau County.

Congratulations to these incredible golfers and to coach Julie Feltman!


Former Falcon on NCAA Championship Team

Tyler Liantonio

Former Falcon Tyler Liantonio, Class of 2016, played in the NCAA Lacrosse Championships with his Merrimack College team, earning the championship title after beating Limestone College 16-8 at Financial Field in Philadelphia on Sunday, May 26.

Liantonio was a four-year starter and a major contributor on the Locust Valley lacrosse team, earning him the offensive MVP award on the first-ever County Championship lacrosse team in 2014. He also earned All-Conference and All-County Honorable Mention as a lacrosse player.     

This year, for Merrimack College he played in 19 games, started in 16 and has 20 goals and 6 assists.

Congratulations to Liantonio and his team!

Elementary Schools Honor Veterans

Collage of photos from Memorial Day events

Locust Valley Central School District elementary students read poems, sang patriotic songs and laid flowers at the base of their schools’ flagpoles to honor service members who lost their lives serving our country.  The meaningful tributes proved that the students understood the meaning of Memorial Day and the importance of remembering those who sacrificed everything for our freedom.

Locust Valley Elementary School students gathered at Ann MacArthur Primary School for their ceremony, at which Veteran and Locust Valley resident Joe Rydzewski shared meaningful words with the group. Bayville Elementary School gathered at the Bayville Village Hall with members of the Bayville American Legion in attendance. 

Additionally, second-grade teacher Dani Schatz and fifth-grade teacher Kelly Price brought their classes together earlier in the day for a special tribute to members of the Bayville American Legion. The two classes, who have been working together throughout the year on character development, read original poems thanking the veterans for their service. They also created and shared handmade cards and beautiful poppies, which are traditionally worn in honor of members of the military who lost their lives in service.

Acting Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Carl Bonuso, a veteran himself, attended each of the events and said he was proud of the patriotism shown throughout the school district.

The Locust Valley Central School District thanks all of our veterans as well as those service members currently serving in the military. 



Select Chorus Has Golden Voices

Select Chorus poses with certificate
The Locust Valley Middle School Select Chorus earned a Gold with Distinction rating, the highest rating possible, at the NYSSMA Major Festival held at Hofstra University on May 21.

This is the first year the middle school has had the select chorus, a club approved by the Board of Education to enhance and enrich student opportunities in the arts.

The club’s adviser, Allison Hungate Wood, said that earning the gold distinction during their first time participating in the event is an outstanding accomplishment. 

“I am incredibly proud of these dedicated and talented young singers,” Ms. Hungate Wood said.

Congratulations to the following members of the select chorus: Oliver Blaise, Stephanie Chi, Christopher Cooney, Emily Costello, Olivia Del Tatto, Alexander Diaz Gomez, Hope McQuiston, Elizabeth Neumeyer, Lindsay Nikolai, Reilly Souther, Francesca Speringo, Gianna Spinelli, Antonia Vitale and Brandon Warren.

LVCSD Community Supports 2019-2020 Budget

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The community voted to approve the 2019-2020 budget:

Yes: 994

No: 804

Margaret Marchand and Joseph A. Zito were elected to the Board of Education for three year terms beginning July 1, 2019.

Margaret Marchand: 979

Carl A. Friedrich: 892

Joseph A. Zito: 1,032

Thank you Locust Valley community for supporting the school district.


Fifth Annual Flags for Freedom Honors Sgt. Robert Hendriks

Collage of photos from event

Locust Valley High School’s fifth annual Flags for Freedom ceremony was marked by the traditional gifting of American flags to each high school senior by members of the Locust Valley and Bayville American Legions. However, the gathering held on May 20 in the school’s auditorium had even more meaning than those held in previous years, as the event honored fallen Marine Sgt. Robert Hendriks, a member of the Locust Valley High School Class of 2012.

Marked by speeches from school officials, veterans and students, the ceremony paid tribute to Sgt. Hendriks’ strong character, good nature and sensitive, kind soul. Senior Caitlin O’Hare joined honored guest U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Cherise S. Herrara in remembering Sgt. Hendriks, based on descriptions from his friends and fellow Marines.

Caitlin said that he was an upstander, always looking to protect his friends and family. “When he put his mind to something, he would do it and do it well, making it no surprise that directly after graduation he enlisted in the United State Marines, sacrificing everything,” she said.

Staff Sgt. Herrara said that even though she did not know Sgt. Hendriks personally, he was her brother. She described his military career, explaining that his occupation was as an infantry machine gunner. While his life may have been taken, she said his legacy cannot be taken away. “People who knew him described as a young, tough man who was both kind and compassionate,” she said.

Flags for Freedom began at Locust Valley High School in 2015 as the brainchild of Operation Democracy President Kay Weninger, who had a vision to enrich the lives of high school students with knowledge of what the American flag means to our country. “I wanted to teach our students who our veterans were, who our active duty soldiers are, and I wanted to educate them about what Veterans Day was and what Memorial Day means,” she said.

Ms. Weninger told the audience of high school seniors and other guests that everything can’t be learned from books. “Today you will feel, and then you will remember this day,” she said. She also thanked the veterans who folded nearly 200 flags for the occasion.

Locust Valley’s Acting Superintendent Dr. Carl Bonuso shared personal memories from his time in the Army, recalling bringing the American flag to a mother after escorting her fallen son home to her. He shared what the flag means to him, describing the white stripes as a reminder of the beautiful and pure ideals of our nation, bordered by red to salute those whose blood was shed protecting that flag and the stars which lie in a sea of blue like the heavens in which our heroes, like Sgt. Hendriks, reside.

“They made their sacrifice so as to protect our rights to a life filled with liberty, and enabling us to pursue happiness. They have given you today, they have given you tomorrow and the day after that and the day after that, so that the generations that follow could enjoy these liberties,” Dr. Bonuso said.

Remarks from U.S. Marine Major Patrick Kelly and High School Principal Patrick DiClemente also brought meaning and emotion to the ceremony, which concluded with the presentation of the flags.

Members of the Bayville and Locust Valley American Legions lined up on the auditorium stage and handed the folded flags to each of the seniors, shaking their hands as the students thanked them not only for the gift, but for their service to our country.

The Locust Valley Central School District thanks Ms. Weninger, the veterans, the Locust Valley Parents’ Council and all of the guests that helped make the Flags for Freedom ceremony a memorable and unique experience, including the Locust Valley High School Band, which provided a beautiful patriotic musical interlude.

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College Fair Helps Underclassmen Learn About Options

Student stands at college table to receive information

The high school gymnasium was packed on April 15 with college representatives manning tables covered in their school colors and displaying brochures, information cards and fun facts about their schools. More than 60 tables filled the room, offering something for everyone that visited.

The college fair allowed sophomores and juniors to learn about a variety of colleges and universities as well as facts about athletic recruitment, standardized test prep and military enrollment. The school counselors prepared a list of questions that students could ask to help them make the most of the fair.

High school guidance counselor Faith Keenan said that the college fair allows underclassmen to start getting an idea of what they are looking for before they have to submit applications in the fall of their senior year. “With so many schools in attendance, there is no risk in taking a brochure or asking a question, and often the answers to those questions help students narrow down what they are looking for in a college,” she said.

Ms. Keenan further explained that students may start to form relationships with the college representatives they meet, allowing them to email questions or make a good impression over the next year or two. “We invite a wide range of schools, from big to small and from geographically near to far,” she said.

Representatives from the United States Marine Corps and United States Army were also on hand to provide information about military options. Locust Valley’s Director of Physical Education, Health and Athletics Dr. Danielle Turner manned a table to help student-athletes learn about their options for playing collegiate-level athletics.

High school principal Patrick DiClemente said the guidance department did an excellent job of coordinating the college fair. “Our guidance counselors worked hard to ensure that students and their families were able to gather information about many different college experiences,” he said, adding that the guidance counselors will continue to work closely with students and answer questions about the college application process. 

Winning Cases in the Courtroom

Mock Trial Team at Awards Dinner
Nine high school students spent months preparing for roles that required them to argue real court cases in an actual courtroom in the Nassau County Supreme Court. The mock trial team began researching their case and learning their roles for the New York State High School Mock Trial Tournament in November and then entered the courtroom for the first time in February. Their efforts landed them in second place out of the original 52 teams competing.
Team members played the roles of three lawyers and six witnesses as they competed against other high school teams in front of a Nassau County judge. After arguing their case successfully, the Locust Valley team won the first six rounds and advanced to the semifinals. 

The team’s adviser, high school teacher Patrick Barry, said preparing for the competition required a tremendous amount of work that taught the students about how a courtroom is run, legal terminology and strategy. The case they argued involved the succession rights to a rent-controlled apartment.
The mock lawyers needed to learn all the procedures of a real trial, as well as develop direct and indirect questions to ask witnesses on the stand. The mock witnesses learned every detail of the case so when they were cross-examined by other teams, they knew how to answer the questions with the facts. Rules of the tournament meant they could not make up any details relating to the case and could not lie on the stand.
The Nassau County Bar Association provided each team with an attorney coach to offer legal advice along the way. Richard Apat was the coach for the Locust Valley team and his endless hours of guidance were invaluable.
“Mr. Apat was an instrumental piece of our success,” Barry said. “He taught them to get right to the meat of the case, explaining that judges do not like listening to fluff. He also helped them with their strategy and taught them what would happen in the courtroom.”
Despite the assistance of an attorney, it was the hard work and dedication of the team that led to their overall success. Team captains, juniors Lisa Cheung, Julia Forte and Beatrix Postley, led the team, which also included Owen Byron, Sydney Collings, Hope Montell, Tighe Mullarkey, Griffin Postley and Ethan Vitale. The team was recognized and received a plaque at an awards ceremony on May 13. 
Congratulations to the entire team on this outstanding accomplishment, which could only be achieved through the dedication of endless hours put in after school and on weekends. 

The World Becomes the Classroom

Participants in the Berlin trip pose with painting they created.
The high school curriculum was brought to life for 15 students who traveled to Berlin, Germany, to experience life abroad for one week. Living central to all that Berlin has to offer, these young travelers took in its history, lifestyle and more as they toured on foot, by tram and in trains. There was no tour bus for this immersive experience, which helped students gain a new perspective of life in a modern European city.
Accompanied by high school principal Patrick DiClemente, high school teacher Rachel McShane and district parent Edward Neves, the group experienced more than the typical tourist. They participated in a scavenger hunt in which they had to photograph historical sites, they exercised at the local gym and communicated with the local residents about their viewpoints on current events. Reflections, presentations and group work were a key part of the students’ learning experiences.
One adventure included a visit to Tempelhofer Feld, one of Europe’s iconic pre-World War II airports. This airport was used for the Berlin airlift during the Cold War. It has since closed (2008) and now serves as a park for Berlin’s residents. There, students asked German residents using the park for leisure activities how they would change or update the local park. Ms. McShane said this particular activity helped the students gain a local perspective of the capital city. 
On a daily basis, getting from point A to point B meant passing by the iconic Brandenburg Gate, considered the symbol of Berlin. The 18th-century monument, with a statue of a chariot pulled by four horses that sits atop the six-columned gate, began serving as a point of reference for the group. It was a surreal experience to see such a prominent monument on a daily basis.
Urban kayaking and other group activities helped the students form bonds with each other since they were not all friends before the trip. Going to an escape room meant learning to work together to figure out how to free the prisoner and help everyone escape! The most unique part of this escape room was that it was once a Soviet bunker. Other memorable sites included the Berliner Fernsehturm (TV tower) and the German parliament building, the Reichstag.
Ms. McShane said since the high school social studies curriculum includes studying World War I, World War II and the Cold War, the entire trip complemented the lessons the students learn in the classroom. “This trip brought those lessons to life,” she said. She added that they were able to see and do so much because the students were so well behaved. “This was a memorable trip with an impressive group of students,” she said.
Mr. DiClemente agreed, adding that the students were enthusiastic and curious, learning more than they could ever learn within the walls of any school. “Traveling to Berlin with these 15 students was a positive experience I will never forget,” he said. “There was an incredible intellectual curiosity that made each day a learning experience while also being fun.

Student Musicians Selected for Prestigious Performances

Three Locust Valley student-musicians participated in prestigious performances for which they went through rigorous auditions. 

High school students Matthew Guerra and Hans Kiessling were chosen to perform in the 15th annual LIU Post Band Festival at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts in April. Matthew, a tenor saxophonist, and Hans, a percussionist, are members of the high school symphonic band. With 220 high school musicians auditioning for the honor to perform, they were among only 115 chosen. Their talent earned them the privilege to perform with the Tilles Festival Band. They worked with the university’s director of bands, James McRoy, and world-renowned Composer-in-Residence Dr. Jack Stamp to prepare for the performance, which was a musical treat.

Locust Valley Middle School band student William Wysolovski participated in the NMEA All-County Percussion Ensemble at Seaford High School in April. William was one of only seven middle school percussionists selected for this honor from all of Nassau County. For the audition, William performed a NYSSMA Level 6 snare drum solo. 

Congratulations to Matthew, Hans and Will on their outstanding achievements!

Middle School Students Earn Physical Education Award

Eighth graders Christian Corey and Jolie Pye were named Outstanding Physical Education Student of the Year by the Nassau Zone of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. 

Nominated unanimously by the Locust Valley Middle School physical education teachers, Christian and Jolie met all of the criteria for this award. According to the New York State APHERD, students worthy of this recognition must exemplify and demonstrate an understanding of the NYS Learning Standards for Health and Physical Education by exhibiting a physically active lifestyle, both during and outside of school; demonstrate responsible personal and social behavior, including good sportsmanship, character, civility and citizenship; demonstrate leadership and positively influencing his/her peers; contribute to their school physical education and health education programs; and demonstrate and value a healthy lifestyle, wellness and lifelong learning. 

Additionally, award winners should exhibit exceptional achievement in health education and/or physical education classes and achieve a high level of physical fitness on an approved fitness test.

Dr. Danielle Turner, Locust Valley’s Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics, said that Christian and Jolie meet and exceed all of the criteria. “These two students are most deserving of this award,” she said. 

Congratulations to Christian and Jolie on this outstanding achievement!

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New EMT Course Offering Lifeline to the Future


High school students are learning to save lives in the school’s new emergency medical technician course that ends with each student becoming a certified EMT after passing the state certification exam.

Nine students are earning high school credit for the course that is offered after school twice per week and taught by Nassau County EMT trainer Jason Vitulli.

Earning EMT certification while still in high school has many advantages, Vitulli explained. He said that those who plan to pursue careers in the medical field will be ahead of their peers who often start medical school with no actual medical experience. Students can work on an ambulance while attending college, and often colleges will offer tuition breaks for trained EMTs. The certification also provides an opportunity for community service by serving in a volunteer fire department.

The high school’s course is no different from the EMT courses offered elsewhere. Students are required to complete the same training, which includes working at least one shift in a hospital emergency room.

The class roster includes a few future doctors, a current volunteer firefighter and several students who realize holding this certification may help them in the future. Class time includes learning how to properly apply bandages, stop bleeding and provide basic life support.

“This is a course that will make a difference in the lives of the students and others they care for in the future,” said high school principal Patrick DiClemente. “We are thrilled that the class has been a success and will look to continue offering it as part of our academic program.”

The district administrators are looking into offering the class during the school day, allowing more students to participate. For those active in extracurricular activities, taking the course after school was not an option.

“We’d like to open it up to more students,” DiClemente said.

Community Partnership Unites LV Athletes of All Ages

In a community partnership that benefited youth athletes, Falcon Pride Athletic Booster Club and Locust Valley High School joined together to hold Future Falcon Day on April 27 and 28 at the high school.
Varsity athletes and their coaches volunteered their time to host clinics for approximately 60 youth athletes in the district’s feeder programs for lacrosse, baseball and track. The aspiring Falcons received individualized coaching from the high school players who taught them skills, held drills and offered words of encouragement.
Following the events of each day, the athletes from all age groups joined together to share pizza and snacks and discuss the fun they had.  
“Future Falcon Day fostered a sense of pride and school spirit within our athletic community,” said Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics Dr. Danielle Turner. “The partnership we have with Falcon Pride and the youth athletic organizations provides incredible opportunities for our student-athletes of all ages.” Dr. Turner expressed sincere gratitude to Falcon Pride for sponsoring Future Falcon Day and for the continued support the booster club offers to the district.

Sensory Day Targets Fine Motor Skills


Special activities set up at Bayville Primary School seemed like fun to the students participating, but little did they know that each station they went to had a distinct purpose. They were all part of the school’s second annual Sensory Day, created to honor National Autism Awareness Month and Occupational Therapy Awareness Month, both recognized in April.

Packed with sensory and motor stimuli, the tasks required students to use their hands, to move their bodies and to motor plan, which means to conceive, plan, and carry out a skilled, nonhabitual motor act in the correct sequence from beginning to end.

At one station, students planted plastic flowers in a bed of various types of beans, while another task required them to blow a ball across a goal using a straw. Drawing their names in sand and building geometric shapes with toothpicks and miniature marshmallows were other ways in which fine motor skills were enhanced.

Occupational therapist Dr. Doreit S. Bialer said the first sensory day held last year was a success, with children enjoying the activities and learning new ways in which to build their skills. She organized the event along with the other therapists who work together at Bayville Primary School, including occupational therapist Ms. Alison Milligan and physical therapist Diana Krauper. They all ensured that the children were benefiting from the movements required throughout the stations.

“Multisensory environments improve the development of thought, intelligence and
social skills while offering people with cognitive impairments and other challenging conditions the opportunity to enjoy and control a variety of sensory experiences,” Dr. Bialer said. “Occupational and physical therapists have specialized training to help balance children’s sensory systems to promote calmer and more organized states.”

Bayville Elementary School Assistant Principal Dorothy McManus said the benefits provided by these special activities are truly a gift to the students. “Having fun while improving motor skills is a win-win, and our dedicated therapists did a wonderful job making that happen,” she said.

Silence Makes a Statement

The halls of Locust Valley High School were quiet on April 12 as the National Day of Silence was observed. Recognition of this day is intended to promote safe and inclusive schools for all students by highlighting the silencing of LGBTQ students. Members of the GSA and other students took a vow of silence, starting at 7:40 a.m. and continuing through the end of the school day.

Organized by members of the high school’s Gay Straight Alliance Club, many students and staff participated in a variety of ways. The day before the event, the school was decorated with bright colors and rainbow stickers, rainbow flags hung throughout the building, and students and staff wore brightly colored clothing. On April 12, participants and supporters wore black and adorned their clothing with rainbow stickers. 


Stepping Up To Help Others

The Locust Valley Intermediate School Student Council hit the ground running with their efforts to help those in need. With the help of the school community, the group collected 325 pairs of used shoes for the nonprofit organization Soles4Souls. The organization distributes shoes to those in need around the world and uses resources from shoe collections to create sustainable jobs in poverty-stricken areas around the world.

Interact Club Enriches Lives of Seniors Citizens

The Locust Valley High School Interact Club recently visited the Glen Cove Senior Center, where they spent time with the residents in the Adult Day Program.

The club members visit with the seniors a few times a year, talking with them, getting to know them and doing a craft project together. During this visit, the group created spring hats. 

Interact Club adviser Erica Reilly said the students learn many interesting things about the residents, and the seniors, most of whom have forms of dementia including Alzheimer’s disease, enjoy the conversation and activity.

Fashion Show Fun!


Dressed to impress, LVHS seniors modeled the latest in formal wear, sportswear and casual wear to raise funds for their prom. Check out the slideshow to see how they ruled the runway.