All LVCSD Schools Closed Thursday, March 5th

All LVCSD schools will be closed today, Thursday, March 5th due to another winter storm. Stay home and stay safe. 

Don't Miss The Music Man!

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Don't miss the Locust Valley Jesters' musical production, The Music Man on Friday, March 13th and Saturday, March 14th at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, March 15th at 2 p.m. From the incredible cast of Locust Valley students to the sets designed by the Jesters' crew, this is a musical comedy that should not be missed.

There's trouble in River City when a fast-talking salesman gets his heart stolen by the town librarian. By turns wicked, funny, warm, romantic and touching, “The Music Man” is family entertainment at its best! Meredith Wilson’s six-time, TONY Award winning musical comedy has been entertaining audiences since 1957 and is a family-friendly story to be shared with every generation. 

The show features Magnus Carlstrom, Kristin Hutchins, Joseph Tancredi, Michelle Angelo, Jacob Herzog, and Carmine, Francesco, Leonardo and Marconi D’Auria-Gupta as the quartet, as well as 75 talented high school and middle school students in the cast and on the crew!

Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Call 277-5145 for information.

 

Fishing for Knowledge

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Colorful fish masks were created by first graders at Bayville Primary School as part of their studies on ocean life. Students combined their research skills and artistic skills to create their own papier mache masks to represent all they have learned about oceanography.

“This project helped reinforce the information learned during our unit on ocean life and allowed the students to have fun at the same time,” said first grade teacher Carolyn Sumcizk.

School Spirit Soars

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High school students have been showing their school spirit through friendly competitions that bring ninth through twelfth graders together. 

Recently, green and white day split the entire student body into two teams (green and white) to compete in fun events such as volleyball and basketball.  Leading up to the event, theme days were held including pajama day to help school spirit build. Soon after, the annual Battle of the Grades brought each grade out to compete against each other. These events promote school spirit and camaraderie and are an important part of creating a feeling of community within the school.


One Hundred Ways to Celebrate

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Primary school students recently celebrated being 100 days smarter! They sang songs, counted to 100, read stories about numbers and proudly wore the number 100 on handmade hats and neckties.

Perhaps the 100th day of school is not an official holiday, but it offers an enriching opportunity to reinforce math skills such as estimating, counting by tens and deciphering between even and odd numbers. At Ann MacArthur Primary School and Bayville Primary School, collaborative projects between art, math, music and classroom teachers provided hands-on activities that brought the 100th day to life.  

Students were recognized for being the 100th child to enter school on the 100th day, for guessing how many items were in a jar and for having 100 days of perfect attendance. 

Everyone is looking forward to learning at least 100 more things before the school year ends!

Wrestlers Take Top Honors at States

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The Falcon wrestlers had a great performance at the NY State Championships this weekend. The team place second overall in Division II with two wrestlers crowned state champions. Senior Captain Nick Casella and Jon Gomez took the championship titles.

Senior Captain Sam Ward earned second place, with senior Kevin Jackson placing fourth and sophomore Hunter Dusold placing fifth.

Congratulations to all of the wrestlers and their coaches on this success!


Health and Wellness Presentation

The Health and Wellness Council will present a panel of experts to address issues facing adolescents today. Doctors, law enforcement officials and mental health experts will present important information for parents and guardians and will answer questions.

Please join us on Tuesday, March 24th from 7-9 p.m. in the MS/HS Auditorium.

Click here for details.

New After School Snack Program

We are happy to inform you that beginning on March 2, 2015, a new afterschool snack program will be available for all Locust Valley Middle School and High School students. The After School Snack Program will be available in our High School Cafeteria from 2:40 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. every school day. 

Students, who qualify for “free” meals or meals at a reduced cost, and also participate in an after school educational program, will also qualify to receive “free” snacks and snacks at a reduced cost after school. The same procedures which are followed during lunch periods, will be followed after school.

After school, students who qualify for free meals can avail themselves to the snack of the day and will enter the appropriate pin numbers before they “check out” at the register. Nothing else will be required. 

Students who qualify for meals at a reduced cost will be charged $.15. The amount can be paid in cash or the $.15 can be debited from the student’s account, funds permitting.

Each day a different snack with milk or juice will be offered as follows:

Mondays: assortment of cold cereal, cereal bar or Pop-Tart. 

Tuesdays: assortment of muffins or cinnamon bun. 

Wednesdays: choice of carrot sticks with hummus or ranch dressing, or an oatmeal bar. 

Thursdays:  graham crackers, string cheese 

Fridays: Chobani yogurt with granola topping or a Pop-Tart. 

There are no substitutions to the menu. In addition to the snack of the day there will be other snacks and beverages that students can buy at an additional cost. Please see the After School Snack Menu for the additional a la carte snacks and beverages offered.

For students who pay full price, the cost of their snacks can be paid with cash or it can be debited from their accounts, funds permitting.

For additional information, please call the Middle School/High School Lunch Office at 277-5530.

The Board of Education will hold Pubic Budget Forum II on March 11, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. in the Middle School/High School Mini-Theater.

The Board of Education will hold Pubic Budget Forum II on March 11, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. in the Middle School/High School Mini-Theater.

Repeal the GEA – We Need Your Help!

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Please visit the link below to show your support for the elimination of the GEA (Gap Elimination Adjustment), which has cut state aid to LVCSD in the amount of more than $3 million dollars during the last five years. This is taxpayer money that is being taken away from our LVCSD schools and from other Long Island school districts which have been among the hardest hit by the imposition of the GEA.  By clicking on the link below, you can sign a petition showing your support for the repeal of the GEA. The deadline for signing the petition is March 19th. Signing the petition will only take a few moments of your time, but it could make a financial difference for our taxpayers!

Click here to sign the petition.

Snow Make-Up Day: May 26th

As you are aware, this winter, the District has been forced to close on three school days.
 
The District’s 2014-15 School Calendar includes two days for unanticipated school cancellations.  It states that if due to inclement weather more than two additional instructional days were needed, then the vacation days of May 26th and April 7th will be designated, in that order, as instructional days.
 
As a result of our third school closure this year, which took place on February 9, 2015, May 26, 2015, will not be a vacation day. Instead, May 26, 2015  will be a day when school will be in session. Please plan accordingly.
 
Please note that in the event that the District is required to close for a fourth day, April 7th will become another day when school will be in session.
 
Hopefully, an additional school closure will not be necessary!

Students Advance as Finalists in Prestigious Competition

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Locust Valley High School is proud to announce that students  have been named National Merit Scholarship Finalists based on their exceptional performance on the Preliminary SAT. The College Board bestows this honor upon less than 1 percent of high school seniors nationwide each year, yet Locust Valley High School has had at least one finalist almost every year for the past several years.

The district announced that Mary Kate, Tazim and Andrew had been named semifinalists in the competition earlier this school year. However, advancing to finalist standing is an even bigger achievement. They are among an elite group of only 15,000 finalists nationwide.

The College Board shares the names of students who earn these distinctions with colleges and universities. As finalists, all three students are now eligible to receive scholarships of $10,000 toward their college educations. These scholarships can come from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, corporate sponsors, or the universities the finalists attend. 

The district congratulates Mary Kate, Tazim and Andrew on this elite accomplishment.

Socks for Love and Warmth

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Fifth-graders at Locust Valley Intermediate School embraced the sentiment of Valentine’s Day and got together to make the day special for people who need a little extra love.

The students and their teachers created Socks for Love for the homeless and underprivileged population in neighboring communities. Each student brought in a pair of socks and personal items such as toothpaste, deodorant and shower gel, and filled the socks with the items. Handmade valentines with personalized sentiments were attached to the socks with ribbons and donated to the North Shore Inn in Glen Cove.

The entire fifth grade gathered at tables decorated in red and pink and filled their socks. Tom Jarvis, a Locust Valley resident and volunteer for the North Shore Inn, joined the party and shared with the group how much their donation means. “Some families have a home but don’t have enough money to buy the things they need,” he said. “These items will really make them happy.”

Students shared with Jarvis that giving these items away made them feel grateful for what they have and that they felt good doing something kind for others.

Assistant Principal Amy Watson said she is extremely proud of the students and teachers for their acts of kindness. “The students are learning about being principled and caring, and this activity shows them just how to exhibit those characteristics.”

Jarvis left the event with boxes of colorful socks filled with a variety of items. “This will mean so much to the people who receive them,” he said. He added that a pair of warm socks may seem simple to some, but to others it can be the difference between staying warm or being cold. “It is really beautiful that these students did this for people they don't even know,” he said.

 

 

Valentines for Veterans

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Valentine’s Day is not just for those you love, but also the perfect time to show appreciation for those who have gone above and beyond. Locust Valley students recently took this opportunity to thank local veterans for their service to our country by making them Valentine’s Day cards. 

The handmade cards were not only colorful and festive, but also contained personal thank-you letters from each student. The project was part of the Nassau County Valentines for Veterans program.

Skylar Goodman said she thinks it is very important to thank the veterans who protect our country. “I hope it makes them happy,” said the LVI student, a fifth-grader in Katherine Smith’s class. Other classes at LVI and those at Ann MacArthur Primary School, including Barbara Fahlbusch’s kindergartners, created cards for veterans. At Bayville Intermediate School, the student council took on the task and made individual cards for donation to the Valentines for Veterans program.

Smith said the project fits in perfectly with the curriculum. The fifth-graders spent time this year discussing the characteristics of a lifelong learner, such as being principled, caring, balanced, reflective, open-minded, a risk-taker, knowledgeable, a thinker and a communicator. 

“This lent itself well to the themes in our reading program, which focused on what kinds of challenges people face and how they meet those challenges,” Smith explained. She described another unit that focused on what makes people want to do the right thing and explained that the stories within both units became the vehicles used to discuss broader topics. Those topics included the community and its members, such as police officers, firemen, teachers and veterans, as well as social issues such as discrimination, immigration, bullying and homelessness. 

“The Valentines for Veterans project was the perfect way to put what we learned into action,” said Smith, who worked with fellow fifth-grade teacher Margaret Costello to guide the students in preparing the cards. 


 

Induction into Honor Society a Source of Pride

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For almost 100 middle school students, being inducted into the National Junior Honor Society was one of the proudest moments of their lives. Being accepted into this prestigious society is certainly something to be proud of, as only the top students are invited to join. Accepting their certificates and signing the honor society’s book on stage in front of family and friends was a highlight of the evening.

The inductees were addressed by school district dignitaries, including Board of Education President Suzanne Sgueglia, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Anna F. Hunderfund and Middle School Principal H. Thomas Hogan, who each offered compliments and words of wisdom. Hogan told the students that there were many others who work hard and were not accepted this year, and that this was proof of just how exceptional this group is.

As the students approached the stage to accept their certificates, their individual points of pride and future goals were announced. Many were proudest of their acceptance into the NJHS, making honor roll, athletic accomplishments or personal achievements. Goals included remaining on honor roll through high school, attending competitive colleges and attaining specific career goals, such as becoming a physicist, doctor or lawyer.

The district congratulates these accomplished young men and women.

 

 

Winners in National Art Competition

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Members of the BI Class of 2015 painting the mural.
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The finished BI mural.

Students from LVI and BI have been recognized in a national art competition for murals they created depicting the world’s ocean resources. LVI’s Class of 2014 earned first place in the Wyland "Water is Life" National Art Challenge. BI’s Class of 2014 earned second place in the competition. The contest included 3,500 participants from 40 states and recognized the two LVCSD schools as winners in the grade 5-8 category. 

“That two of our schools would take first and second place in this national competition speaks volumes about our art programs, the talent of our student-artists and the dedication of our art teachers,” said Art Department Leader H. Thomas Hogan. He noted that the murals were part of a larger project that incorporated many areas of the curriculum. 

Students at LVI created the mural as part of their “Go Green to Save the Blue” campaign, which focused on saving the environment to improve the oceans. They created the mural out of non-recyclable bottle caps that would otherwise have been thrown away. The campaign took place as part of a unit on oceanography and marine life during the 2013-2014 school year. Both schools received art supplies as part of their prize, and LVI received an original painting by Wyland. 

BI students created a mural depicting ocean life, much like those Wyland himself creates. The Wyland Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting, protecting and preserving the world’s waterways. 

Congratulations to all of the participants!