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Perfect Score Leads to NYSSMA Selection

Senior bassist Hannah FitzGerald has been selected for the second time to the NYSSMA All-State Festival. This is one of the highest honors a student-musician can achieve, as acceptance is highly competitive. Hannah’s selection was based upon her perfect score in a Level 6 NYSSMA solo. 

“Hannah is passionate about music and the bass. She always conducts herself like a professional musician and knows the importance that music has played in her education. The music department is very proud of Hannah,” said music subject matter coordinator Marc Yavoski.

Student Artwork Earns First Place Prize

Margot Ryan poses with her painting.

An oil painting created by high school senior Margot Ryan earned first place in the exhibition “Palate to Palette: The Art of Food and Dining” at the Art Guild in Manhasset. Her piece, “Inside Out,” beautifully depicted the inside of a tomato in intricate detail.

As the only high school student to submit artwork to this competition, Margot competed against only adult artists. 

The artwork is on display through Oct. 29 at the Art Guild, 200 Port Washington Blvd., Manhasset, New York. Margot was awarded first place and a $300 prize at a reception held on Oct. 15.

LVHS art teacher Melanie Mooney said that Margot's talent and dedication is extraordinary. "Margot's attention to detail is exquisite. She pushes herself conceptually to paint the inside of objects. This can be the details, the pattern or the state of mind. Each painting is a new challenge of self-expression. Margot has mature ideas with a sophisticated vision, which allows the viewer to appreciate the interior of objects that might be otherwise overlooked."


Pink for a Purpose

High school volleyball players know how to dig deep on and off the court. Varsity and junior varsity players worked together to raise funds for breast cancer research prior to their annual Dig Pink game against Glen Cove High School. A pre-game bake sale included pink frosted cupcakes, chocolate candies shaped as cancer awareness ribbons and other deliciously pink-themed treats.  

Nearly $600 was raised in just a few hours as the girls set up their goods on a table in the main lobby immediately after school on Thursday, Oct. 5. The teams wore a uniform of a different kind during the bake sale. Their black T-shirts showed off an image of a pink volleyball with the words Dig Pink, which was also in the iconic breast cancer awareness color.

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. For the past eight years, the Falcons have been playing their Dig Pink nonleague games against Glen Cove High School.

The pink games began following the bake sale and featured pink volleyballs. Junior varsity volleyball coach Janet Ratner said the girls had a great time while helping a great cause. “I'm thrilled that the varsity and junior varsity volleyball teams rallied together to raise so much money. The icing on the cake came when the varsity team defeated Glen Cove, and now will retain the coveted "Dig Pink" trophy.”

Dress for Success Clothing Drive

The high school's Interact Club is holding a Dress for Succes Clothing drive from Oct. 18-Nov. 6.

See attached flyer for details.


Senior Class Clothing Sale

The Class of 2018 is holding a Falcon gear sale to raise funds for the prom. You can show your Falcon spirit while supporting the senior class. Get your gear before Homecoming, which is on Oct. 28. Please see the attached flyer or click here to order.


Districtwide Fundraiser for Hurricane Victims

Students display items collected.

Throughout the district, students and staff have come together to help the victims of recent hurricanes. At the middle school and high school, the student government officers organized a drive for the month of September. Cash donations collected will be given to Island Harvest for distribution to victims. Staff members at both schools have the option of making a donation for the right to wear jeans on Fridays throughout the month.

Each of the elementary schools held a drive for supplies during the week of Sept. 11. Through the generosity of many families and staff members, batteries, canned goods, cleaning supplies, flashlights and personal hygiene items were among the items collected.Anyone wishing to donate may send cash or check (made payable to LVCSD) to the high school main office by Sept. 29. For more information, please email high school Assistant Principal Lisa Czerniecki at

Three Students Recognized by National Merit Corporation


Locust Valley High School is proud to announce that senior Brooke DiSpirito has been named a National Merit Scholarship Corporation semifinalist for her outstanding performance on the Preliminary SAT/NMSQT. The corporation names the top scorers on the exam each year.

Brooke is one of 16,000 students to perform at exceptional levels on the PSAT out of the 1.5 million students who took the exam. She is an IB Diploma candidate and captain of the kickline, and has held the lead dance position in many of the high school’s musicals. Outside of school, she is a passionate ballerina. Brooke also loves writing and participates in the school’s Writers and Directors Workshops.

Seniors Charlotte Creedon and Caroline Martocci were named Commended students in the competition. Charlotte is an IB student, a member of Model United Nations, Book Club and Interact, as well as the varsity field hockey team. Caroline is an IB Diploma candidate, President of Model United Nations, Co-President of Globe Talk, Vice President of National Honor Society and Past President of the National Spanish Honor Society.

Brooke is now eligible to become a finalist in the competition by meeting high academic standards. If selected as a finalist, she will become eligible for a National Merit Scholarship. Additionally, the College Board shares the names of finalists with colleges and universities, which often offer their own scholarships to the winners. Finalists will be announced in February.

Varsity Soccer Gives Back

The varsity boys soccer team has joined with seniors Emily Moran and Will Moran to collect used soccer gear for children in Africa. Items were collected at a home game against Friends Academy on Sept. 12 and in the high school throughout that week. The Falcons won that game, 1-0, and received many donations. 

Emily and Will have been spearheading this effort for the past four years for the charity Kick It to Cameroon. The boys soccer team started participating last year. 

Varsity coach Joseph Lee said his team enjoys helping others and knowing that they can share their love of soccer with children who are less fortunate. “The gear that is donated will provide hours of joy for the children that benefit from this amazing event,” he said.

Donations have come in from students, athletes, faculty and community members. Items include cleats, soccer balls, soccer socks, jerseys, shin guards, shorts and cones. 

Anyone interested in donating can contact Coach Lee at or coach Brian Kollar at