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HSPC Comedy Night, March 15

The High School Parents' Council invites you to attend Comedy Night, for an evening of laughter and fun to raise funds for the HSPC to support the high school students.

Please see attached flyer for details and to purchase tickets.


Diligence Is Common Trait for National Junior Honor Society Inductees


Nearly 90 middle school students earned acceptance into the National Junior Honor Society and were inducted into the prestigious organization during a traditional ceremony on Feb. 8.

Honored guests, including Board of Education President Brian T. Nolan, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Anna F. Hunderfund and Middle School Principal Howard H. Hogan, took the podium to praise the inductees for their hard work.

NJHS officers led the ceremony, describing the five pillars that members are required to embody and lighting candles for each one. President Michael McGlone lit the candle for scholarship; Vice President Nicole Berritto for service; Secretary Meghan Murray for leadership; Treasurer Tanner Rave for character; and Service Officer Noelle Valdinoto for citizenship.

Mr. Hogan said that the inductees are especially devoted to their success, spending their own time at extra help sessions and diligently completing assignments no matter how busy or tired they may be. He led the inductees in the pledge as each of them lit their own candle to mark their acceptance into the society.

Helping to oversee the ceremony were NJHS advisors Jennifer Tichy and Kelley Grassi, who work with the honor society members throughout the year to ensure they uphold the five pillars that serve as the organization’s foundation.




The Board of Education will hold Public Budget Forum II on March 7, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. in the MS/HS Mini-Theater

The Board of Education will hold Public Budget Forum II on March 7, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. in the MS/HS Mini-Theater.

Jesters Will Present Les Misérable


Save the Date!

The LVHS Jesters will present Les Misérable on Friday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 18 at 2 p.m.

The performances, music, costumes and sets will come together for a show you don't want to miss! Information on ticket sales will be released soon.


“Souper Bowl” Champions


Football season may be over, but students at Locust Valley Intermediate School are still participating in their own “Souper Bowl” by collecting cans of soup and other goods to donate to those in need. 

The Student Council organized the event around the Super Bowl, but extended the collection past the football championship game in order to collect more canned goods and in turn help feed more people. 

The collection will continue through Feb. 16 and then all items will be donated to a local organization to help feed the hungry.

Senior Named National Merit Finalist

Brooke DiSpirito

Senior Brooke DiSpirito has been named a National Merit Scholarship Finalist based on her exceptional performance on the Preliminary SAT. The College Board bestows this honor upon less than 1 percent of high school seniors nationwide each year.

Brooke was named a semifinalist in the competition earlier this school year. However, advancing to finalist standing is an even greater achievement. She is among an elite group of only 15,000 finalists out of 1.5 million seniors nationwide. As required of all finalists, Brooke went on to perform exceptionally well on the SAT. 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 composes and performs monologues for the school’s Writers and Directors Workshops.

The College Board shares the names of students who earn these distinctions with colleges and universities. As a finalist, Brooke is now eligible to receive scholarships of $10,000 toward her college education. These scholarships can come from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, corporate sponsors, or the universities the finalists attend. 

Congratulations to Brooke on this outstanding accomplishment!

Falcons Qualify for Post-Season Play

Two varsity wrestlers are heading to the state championships in Albany on Feb. 23-24. Jack Ward and Bailey O'Brien won their weight class and the entire team was named Division II Champions.

The girls and boys varsity basketball teams have qualified for the playoffs. The girls face MacArthur High School on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 5 p.m. at home. The boys take on Hewlett High School on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 5:30 p.m. at Hewlett.

Come out and cheer the Falcons on to victory! 

Spreading Love for Valentine’s Day


Ann MacArthur Primary School students created handmade Valentine’s Day cards for veterans. Complete with personal messages and decorated with cheerful pictures, the cards are meant to bring cheer to those who have served our country.

The cards were delivered to veterans at American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts, as well as to hospitals and nursing homes in the area. 

Dr. Sophia Gary, Principal of Locust Valley Elementary School, said the project benefits both the veterans and the students.

“This is a wonderful way to let our veterans know that their service is not forgotten,” she said, adding that in turn, the students learn to show gratitude to others for their good deeds. 

The project reinforced the school’s focus on bucket filling, which is the practice of saying and doing things that make others feel good. 

Intense Competition Ends with Medal for High School Team

The high school’s Science Olympiad team competed against 50 high schools, with two students earning a medal in Materials Science. The Science Olympiad Regional Division C Competition, held Feb. 3 at Wantagh High School, included writing, building and laboratory events spanning every scientific discipline.

Students worked in groups of two to three during each event to accomplish their goals. Tasks included:

Building vehicles based on specific regulations and racing them for an unknown length in the quickest amount of time.
Building catapults based on air pressure with the goal of shooting a ping-pong ball an unknown distance at a marked target.
Building bridges according to specific guidelines to sustain weight being hung from them.
Competing in discipline-specific knowledge exams.
Performing laboratory experiments to determine unknown chemical and biological substances. 

Coaches Walter Gurzynski and Courtney McKay prepared the students for the competition. Medal winners William Fitzgerald and Ravi Prasad excelled in their event, which tested their knowledge of the properties and characteristics of metals, ceramics, polymers and composite materials, with a focus on material characterization techniques, intermolecular forces and surface chemistry.

Other members of the Science Olympiad team participating in the events were Clark Brennan, Nils Coffey, Jack Manning, Ryan Maselli and William Trampel.

WISE Junior Career Fair

The WISE Junior Class Career Fair will be held at the high school on March 14, 2018. The fair provides an opportunity for students to learn about a variety of careers by speaking with professionals in small groups. Many fields have been represented in the past including medicine, firefighting, art, business, teaching and more.

Professionals interested in participating in the fair should complete a survey by clicking here. 


Drug Abuse Prevention Forum

On March 1 at 7 p.m., Dr. Stephen L. Dewey, an expert on the impact that alcohol and other drugs have on the developing brain, will present and discuss:

• how alcohol and drugs affect adolescent and adult brains

• drugs commonly abused by adolescents including illicit drugs, prescription drugs, marijuana, synthetic marijuana, energy drinks, vapes and caffeine

• actual PET images

Dr. Dewey will present objective, scientific data to empower parents with knowledge regarding alcohol and drug use while guiding their child through the adolescent years. 

All community members are invited and parents are encouraged to bring their children. See the flyer below for details.



LVHS Named Reward School Again!

graphic with stars and awards

Locust Valley High School has earned Reward School status for the sixth consecutive year. The designation is the highest recognition given to schools by the New York State Education Department and only 16 schools on Long Island have earned the recognition. Reward Schools are determined on the basis of significant student achievement during the 2016-2017 school year.

“Our high school continues to achieve excellence through the dedication of our staff and students, and through the support of the community,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Anna F. Hunderfund. "I am extremely proud that we have maintained exceptionally high standards year after year."

To be identified as a Reward School, a school must:
Be among the top twenty percent of schools in the state for English language arts (ELA) and math performance for both the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 school years or be among the top ten percent of schools in terms of gains in ELA and math performance in the 2016-2017 school year.
Have made Adequate Yearly Progress for the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 school years for all groups of students on all measures for which the school is accountable, including the requirement that 95 percent of all groups participate in the English language arts and mathematics assessments.
Not have unacceptably large gaps in student performance on an accountability measure between students who are members of an accountability group (e.g., low-income students) and students who are not members of that group.

STEM Team Wins National Competiton

LVMS STEM Team and Advisor
The middle school’s STEM Research team won the Air and Climate Challenge in the 2017 Lexus Eco Challenge competition, earning $10,000. The team is one of only 16 teams nationwide to earn this prize, and it now advances to the final stage of the competition.
The Lexus Eco Challenge asks participants to solve problems in their own communities related to global warming, air pollution, ozone depletion, greenhouse gases, or fossil fuels and renewable energy. Each project was judged on its action plan, overall team effort, quality of writing and project gallery.
Team Bottle Buddies, made up of eighth-graders Trinity Benstock, Elizabeth Gresalfi, Samantha Lautato, Dominick Marrone, Mishka Scotto and Nichole Tiglias, focused on reducing the middle school’s carbon footprint and saving the environment from harmful greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane. Their research revealed that 50 billion plastic bottles are used each year in the United States, and the production of plastic bottles creates a large amount of greenhouse gases. They also discovered that deforestation is another contributor to climate change because trees absorb carbon dioxide, keeping it out of the atmosphere.
The team’s action plan included educating the middle school population on this environmental problem and encouraging them to recycle by bringing their empty plastic bottles to school. The bottle caps would be used to create an environmentally themed mural for the school. The second part of the project entails planting seeds in plastic bottles to grow trees and selling them to the community.
Their message was shared in many ways, including writing an article for the school newspaper, creating a website and making posters. Participants used their personal skills and interests to contribute to the project.
Middle school teacher Julie Feltman coaches the team and said the collaboration was part of what made the project successful. “Each student used a variety of skills to bring this project to completion. Writing, research, graphic design and sales are just a few of the areas that complemented our curriculum.”
Team Bottle Buddies is now eligible for the final Lexus Eco Challenge and a chance to win one of two grand prizes of $30,000 or one of eight first prizes of $15,000.

Mapping His Way to the Win

Geography Bee winner, runner up and social studies coordinator
All participants in the Geography Bee
Knowing his continents, states, rivers and more geographical facts has earned eighth-grader Jesse Chalif the title of Middle School Geography Bee Champion. Jesse won the competition after beating out 25 of his peers, including several of his fellow eighth-graders. Seventh-grader James-Sebastian Darrah earned the second-place spot.

Jesse won the National Geographic Bee by remaining the last contestant standing after his competitors each answered their individual questions incorrectly. However, it took many rounds before those eliminations took place as each of the participants was well prepared.

Participants qualified for the schoolwide geography bee by winning smaller geography bees in their individual classrooms. Social studies coordinator David Ethé said the success of the geography bee is a testament to the hard work of the students and teachers. “The middle school social studies curriculum is challenging, yet our students are achieving at high levels and retaining the lesson objectives that they are taught.” He added that this friendly competition reinforces those lessons while also providing some informative fun.

Jesse will now move on the state level of the bee, which requires him to take a written exam.

Participants in the bee included eighth-graders Trinity Benstock, Theodore Burns, Jesse Chalif, Ryan Chen, Jaden Lachman, James Ryan, Joseph Siconolfi and Ethan Vitale; seventh-graders Joseph Borruso, James-Sebastian Darrah, Sophia Del Giudice, Olivia Dillon, Michelina Lombardi, Aidan Moran, Daniel Peterson and Leonard Rothkrug; and sixth-graders Juliet Alesi, Matthew Chalif, Michael DiLorenzo, Liam Grohman, Summer Lee, Gianna Lozano, Kelsey Neves, Kaila Van Cott and Hailey Wiedenkeller.

Congratulations to Jesse and all of the geography bee participants.

Date Change for HS Lip Sync

The high school's Lip Sync, originally scheduled for Feb. 13 will now be held on Tuesday, March 27 at 7 p.m.


Musicians Joining Forces

band students collaborating
Middle school and high school musicians gained perspective on their progress as they recently rehearsed together. During the rehearsal, middle school students performed their winter concert selections as high school students played along. The high school students then performed their winter concert selections for middle school students.  

High school band conductor Vincent Guerra said the experience provides an advantage for the student musicians in both age groups. “The middle school students have the opportunity to see the level of musicianship that they can achieve, while high school students see how far they have come as musicians since middle school.”  

Mr. Guerra and middle school band conductor Lisa Conti said they have done this in previous years and it has always been a fun and educational experience.  “The sound of the combined groups is full and warm,” Mr. Guerra said. “As teachers we enjoy watching the high school and middle school students interact and learn from each other.”

Dedication Earns Students Prestigious Honors

Honor Society officers light the candles.

Hard work and dedication earned nearly 90 high school students admission into the National Honor Society. The annual induction ceremony held on Jan. 18 exuded excellence and honored the inductees in a manner befitting their accomplishments.

The evening’s theme of “Past, Present and Future” focused on mindfulness and provided the opportunity for speakers to address how the newest members of this elite society are benefiting from their past efforts and looking to their bright futures.

National Honor Society President Olivia Guma said, “You are here because of the hard work and dedication you put in.”

High School Principal Dr. Kieran McGuire spoke of the pillars that the honor society is built upon. Those pillars are scholarship, service, leadership and character. Dr. McGuire said the group’s record of service is motivating to others and that their character is what drives all of the decisions that they make. “Thank you for providing us with the inspiration of your examples and your successes.”

Board of Education President Brian T. Nolan and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Anna F. Hunderfund also shared their words of praise and wishes for the inductees’ future successes.

High school sophomore Michelle Hsu entertained the audience with a perfectly beautiful performance of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in G Minor. The officers of the National Honor Society led the traditional candle lighting ceremony. Olivia Guma explained the candle for scholarship, secretary Emily Moran spoke of service, vice president Caroline Martocci took on leadership, and treasurer Maya Mehta shared the importance of character.

While the society’s officers served as the masters of ceremony, the National Honor Society advisers guided them along the way. Rachel McShane and Stephanie Scavelli ensured the ceremony went smoothly and helped the officers build their leadership skills even further.

Congratulations to all of the inductees on this impressive accomplishment!


VIDEO: Imaginations Soar!


Mock Congress Tackles Relevant Topics

Rules Committee
Taking on today’s current events topics, high school seniors imitated the United States government during the 29th annual Congress in Action program. This event allows students to present bills to their peers and lobby them to pass the bill, while a classmate speaks against the bill, trying to persuade the same students to vote against the proposal.
Animal rights, maternity leave, environmental issues, gun control, minimum wage and abortion were among the topics tackled. As part of their social studies course, students spent weeks researching the topics, ensuring they were familiar enough with the details to provide a persuasive argument as they replicated the House of Representatives congressional system. The student audience members had an opportunity to offer arguments for and against each bill, and to ask questions of each of the congressional representatives who were presenting the bills.
Just as in the United States government, a rules committee kept order and tallied the votes for each bill. Senior Kelly Barker served as speaker of the house, working with fellow committee members Morgan Coll, Gabrielle Dammers, Danielle DeStefanis, Timothy Dunn Jr., Park Farren, Julia Giannoutsos, Seamus Greene and Robert Lapollo.
Social studies curriculum coordinator David Ethé said the annual event teaches students many skills and offers them the opportunity to practice those skills. 

“Public speaking, debate, research, writing and oral presentations are fundamental skills required for college and career readiness,” he explained. 

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