Digging Deep to Make A Difference


Wearing pink to help increase breast cancer research awareness is one way to show you care about the cause. At the high school, athletic teams don’t think that’s enough and they take it a step further by holding fundraisers to help support that research.

The biggest of the fundraisers is the annual Dig Pink event, sponsored by the JV and varsity volleyball teams. The volleyball players spend hours baking homemade cupcakes, cookies, chocolate covered pretzels and other goodies topped with pink icing and pink breast cancer ribbons. Pink hair ties were also for sale. The teams raised nearly $600 at the event this year.

Dig Pink is a national breast cancer rally organized by the Side-Out Foundation, which encourages middle school and high school volleyball teams to hold events supporting the cause each October. Each volleyball team has been playing a non-league game against other high schools during the Dig Pink event. For the past seven years, the opponent has been Glen Cove High School.

Varsity coach Bobbee Brancaccio and junior varsity coach Janet Ratner supported both teams as they prepared for the event. “It’s a friendly rivalry between the two teams,” Ratner said. “The games are fun, but the fundraiser is what the event is all about.”

Dig Pink was the anchor event of a month-long schedule of “pink” athletic games. Athletes in each sport wore pink accessories and held their own bake sales.


Board of Education to Vote on Bond Funding


After holding 16 public meetings to discuss many aspects of pursuing a bond, the Locust Valley Board of Education held a public Bond Forum on October 19th at 7 p.m. in the MS/HS Mini-Theatre. At that Forum, the Board was presented with final lists of capital improvement projects that community groups recommended for bond funding. 

At the October 26th Board of Education meeting at 8 p.m. in the MS/HS Mini-Theatre, the Board will make final decisions regarding bond funding for facility improvements which are needed for district schools including, Bayville Primary. Bayville Intermediate, Ann Mac Arthur Primary, Locust Valley Intermediate, Locust Valley Middle School and Locust Valley High School. 

The proposals address health, safety and security concerns and requirements as well as important program enhancements. 

Low interest rates, tax cap benefits, minimal school tax impact as well as limited capital project funding alternatives and facility improvement and program enhancement needs in schools constructed from almost 60 to almost 90 years ago, make this a critical time for the school district to consider bond funding.

All members of the Locust Valley Central School District are strongly encouraged to attend the Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, October 26th at 8 p.m. in the MS/HS Mini-Theater where the Board intends to make final determinations regarding bond funding.




Hands-On Learning


Bayville Elementary School learning went full steam ahead with a creative, on-site field trip that brought science and technology alive for students. A mobile STEAM museum was set up in the BI gymnasium for K-5 students to visit. The hands-on exhibits allowed them to learn firsthand how various technologies work.

Museum visitors pedaled a bicycle to activate colored lights using their own energy, drew colorful patterns to direct the motion of a tiny line-tracking robot, and placed soft blocks together in the correct order to build an arch and discover why this incredibly strong structure is used for building. Rolling objects down a friction raceway taught participants about the levels of friction created by combining various textures.

STEAM education incorporates science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics. Bayville Elementary School Principal Scott McElhiney said that these are important topics for young children to explore. “Exposure to STEAM in a playful environment helps to foster a love for these subjects,” he explained. “Developing these interests now will hopefully help them to explore these subjects at the middle and high school levels.”

It was clear that the museum was a big hit as children enthusiastically traveled to each exhibit and returned to their favorites for a second time. Eyes opened wide as they watched balls and scarves float in the air or the line-tracking robots trace the pictures they had just drawn. Some of the stations exposed students to fields of study they did not even know existed.

Mobile Ed’s STEAM Museum was brought to the school by the Bayville PTA, and several PTA members volunteered to help at each station.


The Board of Education will hold a meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 8 p.m. in the MS/HS Mini-Theater.

The Board of Education will hold a meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 8 p.m. in the MS/HS Mini-Theater.


Girls Soccer Champions


The Girls Varsity Soccer team has clinched first place, earning the lady Falcons the title of Conference AB-5 Champions. The team defeated Great Neck South 3-2 in the final regular season game.

Congratulations to all of our student-athletes for their hard work and dedication and to our coaches, Head Coach Ann Monsees and Assistants Nadine Pacifico and Carolyn Morales.

The Falcons will play Friends Academy on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 2:30 p.m. at Friends Academy.


Varsity Field Hockey Undefeated Conference Champs


Congratulations to our Varsity Field Hockey Team for achieving for an undefeated season of 12-0 and capturing the Conference II Title. This is the first time the LVHS field hockey team has ever had an undefeated season and the first conference title. The lady Falcons earned this title after an exciting 2-1 victory over North Shore in double overtime.

All of the student-athletes should be commended along with the dedicated coaching staff led by Sandy Jozefowski and Assistants Allison Trevaskis, Tammy Caramico and Carolyn Collins.

The Falcons advance to the Nassau County Class B Quarterfinals on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 5:30 p.m. at Manhasset High School.

Way to go Falcons!



LV Safe Halloween

The LVHS Student Government is hosting Safe Halloween on Saturday, Oct. 29. Please see attached flyer for details.


Rainbow of Fun


The senior class had a colorful start to the school year with a successful “Color Run” fundraiser. The spirited event raised $1,750 to subsidize the Class of 2017 prom.

With the help of the class president Patrick Halpin and vice president Belle Charon, the event ran smoothly and was fun for children and adults. Class advisors Lara Cummo and Jamie Cherkis assisted the students with preparations and on the day of the event.

A color run consists of participants running a set distance and having various colored powders thrown on them at specific points in the course. Runners wear white shirts so the rainbow of colors show prominently by the end of the race.

Ms. Cummo said it was wonderful to see the community participate.  “The seniors are greatly appreciative of the community support.”

The junior class will hold a Color Run in the spring to raise funds for their prom in 2018.

Winter Clothing Drive

Please see attached flyer for details about the winter clothing drive.


Varsity Tennis Advances to Playoffs


Congratulations to the Girls Varsity Tennis team for advancing to the Nassau County playoffs. The Falcons will host North Shore High School on Monday, Oct. 17 at 4:15 p.m. in the first round of the Nassau County post-season competition.

Good luck to all of the student-athletes and Coach Michael Guidone.

Go Falcons!

Celebrating Professional Excellence

From left to right: Margaret Costello, Christine Worsdale, Maureen Pederson and Amanda Noren. Missing from photo is Carolyn Keys.
From left to right: LVE Principal Dr. Sophia Gary, Christine Worsdale, Superintendent Dr. Anna F. Hunderfund and Board of Education President Erika Bruno
From left to right: MS Principal H. Thomas Hogan, Amanda Noren, Superintendent Dr. Anna F. Hunderfund and Board of Education President Erika Bruno
From left to right: BE Principal Scott McElhiney, Maureen Pederson, Superintendent Dr. Anna F. Hunderfund and Board of Education President Erika Bruno
From left to right: LVE Principal Dr. Sophia Gary, Margaret Costello, Superintendent Dr. Anna F. Hunderfund and Board of Education President Erika Bruno

A faculty member who receives tenure must first prove that he or she has made a difference in the classroom and exemplifies best practices in the position held. Teachers and administrators in the district are held accountable to high standards before being awarded tenure. This year, five faculty members earned this prestigious honor and were celebrated at a reception hosted by the Board of Education.

The Principals shared with the honorees and their guests the attributes that make each of them stand out as excellent educators. Problem solving-skills, differentiated teaching and collaboration were among the many traits these teachers shared.

Congratulations to the following faculty members on receiving tenure: Margaret Costello, Carolyn Keys, Amanda Noren, Maureen Pederson and Christine Worsdale.



LVHS Student to Perform in All-State Music Performance

From left to right: William Margiotta, Subject Matter Coordinator for Music, Leonardo D'Auria-Gupta and Hanna FitzGerald

High School junior Hanna FitzGerald has been accepted into the All-State Symphonic Orchestra for her exceptional talent playing Bass She earned this opportunity based on her New York State School Music Association audition solo last spring, and will perform in the NYSSMA Winter Conference this December. 

Junior Leonardo D'Auria-Gupta was selected as an alternate for the Mixed Chorus. Being chosen as an alternate is also based on an audition is a remarkable accomplishment.

Hanna will perform at the NYSSMA conference in Rochester Dec. 1-4.


Homecoming Victory!


Spirit soared at Locust Valley High School Homecoming as the fans cheered the Falcons on to a 31-19 win over the North Shore Vikings. In the bleachers was a sea of green and all that could be heard were cheers and chants from the Falcon faithfuls.

The varsity football team played hard from the start and never gave up, keeping the lead for the entire game. It was easy for the cheerleaders and kickline to show their enthusiasm for the Falcons as they performed during halftime. The cheerleaders also kept spirits high throughout the game, with special guest performances by the middle school cheerleaders and the Oyster Bay Generals cheerleaders.

Seniors Samantha Nugent and Keenan Herlich were crowned Homecoming Queen and King. Juniors Julia Sparacino and Jay Johnson were crowned Homecoming Princess and Prince. The juniors took home the awards for best float and most spirited, earning them $200 towards their prom for each award.

The homecoming floats, which depicted the Luau theme, were displayed throughout the community during the homecoming parade. Special thanks goes to the local fire departments for serving as escorts. Appreciation also goes out to the Locust Valley High School Parents’ Council for providing a festive carnival following the parade. Of course, Athletic Council deserves credit for planning, organizing and pulling off one of the best Homecomings in Locust Valley history.

Way to go Falcons!