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Mathletes Earn Gold in National Competition

The Locust Valley Middle School Mathletes Club earned Gold Level status in the National Math Club competition. The students have been competing in web-based math competitions throughout the year, playing creative and challenging math games between matches, and developing original games of their own. The original game submitted to represent the team for the competition was created by sixth-grader Nicholas DiLorenzo.  

Team members played the game and offered modifications to improve play. The National Math Club recognized the team’s efforts with Silver Level status in April and then awarded them the highest honor of Gold Level after seeing the game in play. Each student received a certificate and the school received a banner to display. 

Coached by Kevin Gabrysiak and Joseph Lee, the team includes Miklos Argyelan, Virag Argyelan, Maria Bubulinis, Robbie Burns, Theo Burns, Ryan Chen, Max Cohen, Bella Craft, Nicholas DiLorenzo, Daniel Glavin, Katherine Gu, Leonard Gu, Aria Khwaja, Thomas Lynch, Aidan Moran, Kieran Moran, Molly Murray, Griffin Postley, Tito (Edilberto) Rivas-Cruz, Olivia Roedel, Francesca Speringo, Phillip Strauss, Alisha Uduevbo, Sophia Veteri, Antonia Vitale and Samantha Wolfe.

Kimberly Farina, mathematics subject coordinator, said participation in this competition is beneficial for the students. “This competition afforded our students the opportunity to think creatively and work collaboratively to create math games that foster a deeper understanding of mathematics.”

Congratulations to the entire team and the coaches on this outstanding academic accomplishment!

The Board of Education will hold a meeting on June 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the MS/HS Mini-Theater

The Board of Education will hold a meeting on June 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the MS/HS Mini-Theater

LVCSD Community Supports 2018-19 Budget


The LVCSD community approved the 2018-2019 budget as follows:

Proposition 1 - LVCSD 2018-2019 Budget



Proposition 2: Expenditure from Capital Reserves



Proposition 3: Creation of Capital Reserve Fund



Proposition 4: Locust Valley Library Budget



Proposition 5: Election of Board of Education Trustees:

Two people, Brian Nolan and Jennifer Maselli were elected to the Board of Education for three-year terms.

One person, Margaret Marchand was elected to the Board of Education for a one-year term to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of a Board of Education trustee earlier this school year.


Jennifer Maselli:1137 

Brian Nolan:1110

Margaret Marchand:955

Tyler Raciti:536



Theater Programs Enhance Arts in the Schools

Middle School students on stage

Elementary and middle school students have been taking to the stage to stretch their theatrical muscles. The parent organizations at Bayville Intermediate School, Locust Valley Intermediate Schooland Locust Valley Middle School have partnered with mainstages, an educational theater company for children, to offer performing arts opportunities for students.

Young actors at Bayville Intermediate recently took their audiences on a sweet trip to a candy factory as they performed “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” Locust Valley Intermediate thespians showed us the way home as they brought “The Wizard of Oz” to the school stage. At the middle school, a truly beautiful performance of “Beauty and the Beast” impressed audiences.

Students dedicated many hours after school to rehearsals and performed in multiple shows for their peers and their families. The smiles on the faces of the performers and the audience members offered proof of their success.

Click on the slide shows to get a glimpse of the onstage action.

Bayville Intermediate School


 Locust Valley Intermediate School


Locust Valley Middle School


LVHS Takes the Classroom Abroad

HS Students in Prague

Thirteen Locust Valley High School students had an immersive learning experience during a trip to Prague that turned their spring break into an experience they will never forget. The students attended a Board of Education meeting to share their experiences and each one stated that they learned more in the week than they ever imagined they could. They thanked high school principal Dr. Kieran J. McGuire who chaperoned the trip.

Dr. McGuire said the purpose of the trip was to promote the goals of the experience, which were to educate, challenge and inspire students through the IB CAS model of Creativity, Action and Service. The Locust Valley students joined a group of 130 students from all over the world, including Bahrain, Brazil, Indiana, Jordan, Rwanda and Singapore.

Working with these other high school travelers, the Locust Valley students participated in activities that enhanced their critical thinking, creativity and teamwork skills. Building chairs during a sustainable design workshop resulted in one of their designs being chosen for use in an actual Prague kindergarten class.

Cooking for the homeless, selling magazines to raise funds for the homeless and working at an organic farm were among the ways in which the group gave back and left their mark on the city. They also went on street art tours, visited a concentration camp and learned about Nazi propaganda regarding the ghetto town and concentration camp of Theresienstadt in Terezin. They attended a classical concert in an ancient church and visited all of the major tourist attractions, including the Charles Bridge, the Jewish Quarter, Old Town Square and Prague Castle.

Dr. McGuire said the students learned an enormous amount of history from late medieval times through the present, including the Holy Roman Empire, the Black Death, the Hussite religious wars, the Protestant Reformation and Catholic Counter-Reformation, World Wars I and II, the Iron Curtain and the fall of communism, and modern Europe. He said the experience of learning about things they were actually seeing was exciting for them and helped them to realize that there are many ways to learn.

Another benefit of the trip that Dr. McGuire described was the relationships the students formed. Many of them were not yet friends prior to the trip. They may have known each other, but not known much about each other. “We had a variety of personalities traveling together and the group bonded, respected each other’s differences and learned from one another.” He added that most days, they walked 10 miles and all were glad to do so.

Bilingual Night Provides Support

Spanish-speaking parents in the Locust Valley Central School District were offered support at Bilingual Night, held in Locust Valley and Bayville. The event was open to elementary, middle and high school parents. 

The school/community partnership was emphasized for more than 80 people to facilitate and improve parental involvement in education. 

Information was shared by building principals, ENL teachers, SEPTA and representatives of outside organizations, such as the library and medical facilities. 

Topics included ways in which parents can obtain support for their children in academics and where they can find information and homework assignments. The district website at has an option to translate pages into a variety of languages, one way the non-English-speaking parents can stay informed.

The information sessions were facilitated and organized by Cindy Ergen, teaching assistant at Locust Valley Intermediate School, who assists in translating for and communication with Spanish-speaking parents. Parent organizations assisted by providing snacks. 

Ms. Ergen said the feedback from attendees was overwhelmingly positive. “They appreciated the presentations and said they feel more comfortable now reaching out and being part of the school community.” 

Bilingual nights will be scheduled for the 2018-19 school year as well. “We will continue to make sure our Spanish population feels included and informed,” Ms. Ergen said.

LVHS Earns School of Distinction Status Again

Locust Valley High School qualifies as a New York State Scholar-Athlete School of Distinction for the fifth consecutive year and the sixth time in the past eight years. This prestigious honor means that every one of the high school’s varsity athletic teams earned scholar-athlete status by achieving a grade point average of 90 or higher during the 2017-18 school year. Typically no more than 20 schools in New York State achieve this honor, making this recognition quite significant.

“We are honored to qualify as a School of Distinction,” said Joseph Pennacchio, Interim Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics. “Our student-athletes have given their best on the field and in the classroom and are proud of their achievements.”   

Congratulations to all of the students, coaches and teachers who were instrumental in helping the teams achieve at high levels.

Regents Review Schedule Updated May 1

See attached schedule and check often for updates.


AP and IB Review Sessions-Updated May 1

See attached schedule for AP and IB review session schedule. Check back frequently for updates.


Senior Class Fundraiser

The senior class is holding a fundraiser at Chipotle in Hicksville on May 29, 2018. See attached flyer for details.


HS Blood Drive, May 30

The high school's Interact Club is sponsoring a blood drive on May 30 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Please see attached flyer for details.


Seniors Strut Down the Runway


Dressed in glamorous gowns perfect for a ball, chic outfits for a night on the town and sportswear that would make any athlete look good, the senior class came together to raise funds for their prom by strutting down the runway during the annual fashion show. The proceeds from ticket sales and goods sold during intermission will offset the cost of prom tickets.

Parents, students and staff members worked for months to bring this show together and the result of their efforts can be seen in the slideshow below.


Six Teams Honored in National STEM Competition

The six winning teams pose with certificates.
Six elementary school teams in the Locust Valley Central School District earned Honorable Mentions in the Toshiba ExloraVision competition, which encourages students to find solutions to modern-day problems using STEM research.

From Locust Valley Intermediate School, fifth-grade team Brain Saver proposed using the protein RBM3 to help end Alzheimer’s disease. The protein is found in hibernating animals and allows them to wake from a “torpor” state by rebuilding brain synapses. The team, mentored by Mrs. Moran, included Hailey Leonard, Grace O’Mahoney, Julia Siegel and Brady Toher.

The MicroG PT Center team invented an idea to create a microgravity physical therapy center, which would revolve around the Earth in low orbit, providing microgravity rehabilitation services to those in need. Researchers on this team included fifth-graders John Gambino and Jackson Hoban and fourth-grader Anna Cavallo. Caroline McBride served as the team’s mentor.

The team Geckobot proposed using a gecko-like robot to patrol behind walls and in air ducts to detect toxic black-mold spores. The Geckobot would be covered with a smart fabric “skin” to detect mold spores and alert property owners. This team of fourth-graders, Liam Baker, Gregor Blaise, and Will Bohner, along with third-grader Tyler Leonard, was mentored by Anne Joyce. 

Mrs. Joyce also mentored a team that had a different solution to help Alzheimer’s patients. They presented the Memory Restore Chip, a graphene-based chip implanted in the brain’s hippocampus and entorhinal areas to replace dead neurons. The chip would allow Alzheimer’s patients to make lasting memories again. The team included third-graders Lillian DeNatale, Natalia Figoni, Jacob Sabow and Taylor Zarou. 

The Bayville Intermediate School team of Mushroom Miracles looked to help the environment. They proved that these miracles of nature could help disposable diapers decompose at a quicker rate. The team included third-graders Maxwell Bamba, Madeline Hattier, Meghan Johnson and Alexa Riccardo. This team was coached by Paige Coppola and mentored by Debbie McKillen. 

Bayville’s Pur Energy Survivor Box team created a survival box powered by natural energy, which purifies water, has a beacon for light, GPS capabilities and more. It is meant to be used during natural disasters such as hurricanes. The team included fifth-graders John Hartnett and Owen Pye, with fourth-graders Lucia Connolly and Mirabelle DelGuidice. The team was coached by Paige Coppola and mentored by Amy Hartnett.

Congratulations to all of these young science research students!

Creations for a Cause

Fashion Club Members
Fashion Club Members Pose with their bra creation
One of the creations
One of the creations
The Locust Valley High School Fashion Club helped raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research by participating in the annual Bra-ha-ha competition sponsored by the Karen Allen Donovan Foundation. The club has participated in this event for several years.

The club members, as well as artists and fashion designers, designed creative interpretations of bras that were displayed on mannequins as part of the event held in a photography studio in Manhattan earlier this year. 

The creations from Locust Valley included “Inner Beauty” by Nitha Paulus and Ferah Shaikh; “We’ve Done It” by Kendall Morfis; and “Frida Brahlo” by Victoria Campanella, Danya Karch, Jake Lachman and Grace Yeager.

Fashion Club adviser Melanie Mooney said the students spent countless hours brainstorming and creating their bras, which symbolized strength, courage, empowerment and beauty. The students held bake sales to raise funds for the cause. “This was our best year yet with our most creative bras and I continue to be both inspired and proud of my students,” she said.

Nitha and Ferah said their design was inspired by the version of Cinderella that was scrubbing floors dressed in rags, before she ever stepped foot in a castle. With “Inner Beauty,” they aimed to redefine the qualities seen as beautiful, describing Cinderella as beautiful in the way she carried herself, with humility, kindness and dignity, whether she was dressed up or not. They remarked that there are also many women battling breast cancer with enormous amounts of patience and courage, which can only be described as beautiful.

Kendall used denim in her design to represent hardworking men and women. She explained that denim is long-lasting and tough and will never go out of style. In comparison, she said that standing up for what you believe in and working hard to achieve a goal no matter the circumstances is a very tough thing to do. 

“The traits of hard work and perseverance will never go out of style, due to their rewarding benefits” Kendall said. “To women who have breast cancer, your determination and drive inspires this bra, “We’ve Done It,” to show that people have survived this cancer in the past and will continue to in the future.”

“Frida Brahlo” is a tribute to Frida Kahlo, the Mexican painter, whose name alone is synonymous with artist, woman, feminist and rebel. Danya, Grace, Jake and Victoria  thought their bra would represent breast cancer by recognizing the physical and emotional pain that this artist endured in her life. They explained that she was never afraid to defy female beauty expectations and gender stereotypes. The artist’s unplucked eyebrows, mustache, men’s clothing and tequila drinking all defied gender expectations and symbolized her fight for equality of the sexes. The student-artists wanted their design to represent the same things.

Congratulations to the entire Fashion Club for making a difference with its thoughtful creativity.

HS Filmmakers Earn 12 Awards

Locust Valley High School filmmakers took home seven first-place awards and 12 prizes in total in the 14th annual Locust Valley High School Film Festival. Judged by ABC Television’s film critic Sandy Kenyon, the students were recognized for their overall filmmaking talents.
Awards included first place in the categories of cinematography, editing, sound design, documentary, commercial, public service announcement and music video. Additionally, the Locust Valley team earned best performance by an actor and the Audience Choice Award. They won second place for comedy and sound design and third place for drama.
Twelve schools from the tri-state area participated in this year’s festival, submitting films in 11 categories for prejudging. The submissions were sent to film professors at Five Towns College who selected the finalists in each category. Those 63 films were shown at the festival and judged by Mr. Kenyon.
The film awarded best overall will be shown at the Long Island International Film Expo in July. Debra Markowitz, executive director of the Nassau County Film Advisory Board and vice president of the Long Island International Film Expo, presented the award and praised the quality of all of the submissions.
Five Towns College representative Theresa Donoghue selected two attendees at random to receive scholarships to the college.
Film teacher Roger Boucher said he was thrilled that his students’ hard work and dedication to their art paid off. Students from all four of his film classes and every grade won awards, including 10 students taking the subject for the first time. 

“All of the filmmakers put a lot of hours into their projects,” Mr. Boucher said. “Seeing their films play on a big screen, in front of hundreds of their peers, is an emotional experience. It’s a tremendous validation of their efforts.” 
Mr. Boucher said that the constructive criticism given by Mr. Kenyon is an important part of the festival. “Our young filmmakers take his suggestions and implement them to improve their films and ultimately that is the goal, for them to learn as much as possible,” he said.
Mr. Kenyon suggested that filmmakers look outside of their friend group for actors, pulling from the school’s theatrical program or even actors at a local college. “This can improve your films greatly,” he said. 

He also suggested having actors play their own age, rather than high school students playing middle-aged parents, for example. Lighting and sound were other topics he covered, while also stressing that often removing a few minutes from any film will be an improvement, saying that every scene should be necessary to the film.
Congratulations to all of the Locust Valley winners!
First Place, Cinematography:
“Sunrise” – Danny Dessner, Alec Miranda
First Place, Editing:
“Sunrise” – Danny Dessner, Alec Miranda
First Place, Sound Design:
“Sunrise” – Danny Dessner, Alec Miranda
First Place, Documentary:
“Repercussions” – Madeline Daly
First Place, Commercial:
“Heptybenzolite” – Anthony Bonadonna, Andrew Burkhard, Brian Graham, Teegan Rowe, Nick Sanchez
First Place, PSA:
“Lightsaber Safety” – Anthony Bonadonna, Andrew Burkhard, Brian Graham, Nick Sanchez
First Place, Music Video:
“Rolled” – Justin Manzi, Chris Muller, Ian Pedro, Raymond Weilert
Best Performance:
Darren McMahon – “The Job Interview”
Audience Choice Award:
“Stranded” – Marc Ambrosino, Danny Dessner, Anthony Madsen, Chris Madsen, John Madsen
Second Place, Comedy:
“The Job Interview” – Robert LaPollo, Natalia Mahoney, Darren McMahon
Second Place, Sound Design:
“Stranded” – Marc Ambrosino, Danny Dessner, Anthony Madsen, Chris Madsen, John Madsen
Third Place, Drama:
“Let It Out” – Chris Madsen, John Madsen, Alec Miranda, Hans Kiessling

Video - Affects of Drugs on the Teenage Brain


Click here to see a video from the event 

Middle and high school students attended a presentation that focused on how drug abuse can affect the teenage brain. From caffeine and nicotine to marijuana, vapes and methamphetamines, the teenagers heard about the dangers, the long-term effects and the risks of addiction.

Dr. Stephen L. Dewey, an expert on the impact these drugs have on the developing brain shared results of his own research, explaining that drug-addicted teens are in every school district. Through images of patient PET scans, Dr. Dewey showed exactly how the brain looks different after taking various drugs, including caffeine. He also described how one drug opens the brain to allow other drugs to have a stronger impact and explained that many drugs affect the brain permanently while others can cause damage that is reversed once the drug use is stopped.

The pet scan images showed the brain changes after just one use in some cases and Dr. Dewey said that teenagers can have personality changes from the effects of these drugs on the developing brain, especially the frontal lobe.

High school principal, Dr. Kieran J. McGuire said the presentation was important and necessary. “Dr. Dewey was able to share a unique perspective based on his own scientific data to empower students to make good decisions.”

Dr. Dewey provided a more in-depth presentation for parents and community members on Thursday, March 1 at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. 

Model UN Goes to Washington


Members of the high school’s Model United Nations Club spent four days in Washington D.C. playing the roles of various delegates and working to solve global issues.  Forty-five Locust Valley High School students attended The Washington Area Model United Nations Conference, hosted by the George Washington University from March 1-4.

Preparation for the conference included months of researching their countries and creating accurate position papers, arguments and speeches based on the opinions of their given delegate. During the conference, students were divided into various committees with the goal of creating alliances, solving global issues such as women's rights, terrorism prevention, and the peaceful uses of space. The highly competitive conference included more than 2,000 student delegations from around the world.

Faculty advisors Ashley Cannone and Stephanie Scavelli, along with Ali Cannone and Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator David Ethé chaperoned the trip. In order to enhance the trip experience, the group walked to the United States Capitol building, Supreme Court building, and the Library of Congress. Some students visited the Georgetown campus as well.

Ms. Scavelli said the students worked very hard in their committees and performed at a high level at the conference. “We are all very proud of the effort they put into the Model United Nations Conference. Everyone is already looking forward to next year’s conference.”

Mr. Ethé said that the students successfully utilized their “Model UN skills” by working collaboratively with other committee members, speaking in a public forum and writing position papers.


Bronze Medals at National Science Bowl

A Locust Valley Middle School team earned a bronze medal in the Long Island regional competition for the National Science Bowl held at Brookhaven National Laboratory on March 3. Sponsored by the Department of Energy, the event brings 20 schools from Long Island together to compete in a science competition.

Throughout the day, teams of middle school students answered questions on Earth science, physical science, life science, math and general science. The competition consists of a round robin followed by a single elimination final. Locust Valley Middle School entered two teams in this year’s competition. Coaches Christopher Hoppner and Julie Feltman prepared the teams for the questions.

Team A consisted of eighth-graders Nicky Berritto, Theo Burns, Mary Jane Erskin and Gia Villella. Following a tense three-way tie breaker, the team won its division and moved on to the final round. They finished third in the competition, with each student receiving a bronze medal, along with a large trophy for display in the middle school. 

Team B included eighth-graders Emma Barnaby, Trinity Benstock, Elizabeth Dunne and Griffen Postley, and seventh-grader Reilly Souther. They earned second place in an extremely tough division, winning three of their four matches. Although they did not move on to the finals, they have much to be proud of.

“I am extremely proud of the effort and long hours put in by both teams. They are beyond exceptional students, and it is always an honor to work with them,” Mr. Hoppner said.

Clean Sweep for Odyssey of the Mind

All three of the high school’s Odyssey of the Mind teams advanced to the state finals after competing in the Odyssey of the Mind Regional Tournament in Freeport in early March. 

Their extraordinary performances earned each team a first-place award. Odyssey of the Mind provides students with the opportunity to solve problems in unique and creative ways. The problems allow students to think creatively as there are no simple solutions. “Thinking out of the box is a priority for success,” said adviser Alan Stella. 

The ninth-grade team chose the problem “Mockumentary! Seriously?” The team selected the classic story of “Gulliver’s Travels” and presented a humorous documentary-style performance where details were added, denied, exaggerated and disputed. They included interviews, behind-the-scenes clips and voiceovers that took the audience through the story and helped present the events as they really took place. Team members include Ava Barison, Emily Barison, Zosia Lemaitre, Natalie MacArthur, Shannon MacArthur, Lydia Paulus and Ally Weilert, with coaches Alan Stella and Brett Weilert. 

The second team chose a construction-based problem, “Triathlon Travels,” which utilized engineering skills in addition to creative wit to discover a solution. Team members created a vehicle for an Odyssey-style triathlon. The performance included events in curling, jousting and running track by navigating a two-directional course. All of the action took place in a team-created performance that was entertaining and unusual. Team members include Clark Brennan, Aiden Dempsey, Lucas Ferrante Marco McCormack, Olivia Olynciw, Joanna Yu and Eriks Zamurs, with Alan Stella as the coach. 

The third high school team, comprised mostly of seniors, solved a problem called “A Stellar Hangout,” which included a humorous performance centered on a science fiction hangout where creatures from different worlds stop, eat and relax. Their performance was out of this world! Team members include Edgar Cruz, Lily D’Addario, Brooke DiSpirito, Nicole Dressler, William FitzGerald, Beatrix Postley and Spencer Weingord. Alan Stella was the coach. 

“These students are exceptionally talented, hardworking and very independent. Despite all of their other obligations, they have managed to produce unique and exceptional work that brought praise from audience members in addition to first-place awards,” Mr. Stella said.

All three teams will compete in the Odyssey of the Mind State Tournament on Saturday, April 7 at Binghamton University.

Artists Chosen as Long Island’s Best

Artwork chosen for exhibition
High school sophomore Nitha Paulus and senior Victoria Campanella have been recognized as among Long Island’s Best Young Artists by the Heckscher Museum of Art. Their artwork is being featured in a juried exhibition at the museum.

Hundreds of students across Long Island submit artwork in the hopes of being chosen and having the opportunity to exhibit their art in a museum setting. The young artists visit the museum and develop an original work inspired by any piece on view in the museum. After adjudication by museum curator Lisa Chalif and artist Doug Reina, only 80 pieces are chosen for exhibition.

High school art teacher Donna Chaplin and Melanie Mooney said they are extremely proud of these very talented artists.

The exhibition is on view through April 15. During the opening reception on Saturday, March 24, Victoria's piece earned the Huntington Fine Arts Honorable Mention Award. 

Mock Trial Provides Authentic Experience

The high school mock trial team recently participated in the Nassau County Bar Association 2018 Mock Trial Tournament. Students gained an in-depth understanding of the justice system and valuable experience by preparing for both sides of a case. Performing as the prosecution and defense, students learned many skills and were able to have an authentic legal experience acting as attorneys and witnesses. 

Teams prepared and presented opening and closing statements, along with direct and cross-examinations. Students portraying witnesses prepared for questioning by their own attorneys as well as by the opposing team’s attorney. 

“Participating in mock trial gives students a unique opportunity to learn specific legal skills such as using objections, creating arguments, and learning courtroom procedures,” explained social studies curriculum coordinator David Ethé. “Presenting all materials and skills learned in preparation for the tournament made for an exciting and rewarding experience for student participants.” While preparing for the tournament, students also had the opportunity to work alongside actual attorneys, enhancing the educational value of the process.

The team narrowly won the first round and was defeated in a close call in the second round. Advisor John Baglione guided the students, who were well prepared for the tournament. 

Congratulations to team members Bobby Carroll, Lisa Cheung, Sydney Collings, Julia Forte, William Holowchak, Zosia Lemaitre, Caroline Martocci, Beatrix Postley, Ferah Shaikh and Spencer Weingord.

Athletic Accomplishments

Tony Marra and Joseph Pennacchio
The Athletic Council recently hosted the Fall/Winter Athletic Awards Night, honoring athletes for their success on the field. In addition to team recognitions, many student-athletes earned awards for the most improved player, most valuable player and unsung hero. 

Fall team honors included:
All fall 2017 varsity teams were New York State Scholar Athlete teams.
Boys golf: Team finished first in conference and was undefeated.
Football: Big Four champions.
Volleyball: Conference BCII champions, undefeated in conference.
Cross-Country: Boys and girls qualified for Section championship.
Boys soccer: Mustang Cup third place.
Girls tennis: Third-place Conference IIA - two All-State players.
Field hockey: Second place in league finish – playoff qualifier.
Girls soccer: Conference ABIV champions. 

Winter team honors included:

All winter 2017-2018 varsity teams were New York State Scholar Athlete teams.
Boys basketball: Fourth in Conference ABC - qualified for Class “A” playoffs.
Girls basketball: First time in the history of Section VIII Nassau County Girls    Basketball Tournament that the 15th seed beat the second seed.
Boys bowling: Third in the league.
Wrestling: Nassau County Division II Tournament and Dual Meet champions. 

Locust Valley High School Athletic Trainer Tony Marra received the Most Distinguished Service Award for Nassau County Athletic Training Services from Section VIII Athletic Trainer Society. 

Mr. Marra has 32 years of experience as an athletic trainer, working with Locust Valley schools for the past six years. He is also the trainer for many Section VIII events. He is a member of various county, state and national committees and boards, constantly improving and staying informed.

Three Locust Valley coaches were also recognized for their excellence, earning Coach of the Year accolades. Bobbie Brancaccio earned the award for varsity girls volleyball, Anne Monsees as varsity girls soccer coach and Casey Neilly for JV boys basketball.

Congratulations to all of the outstanding winners!

Les Misérables is a Hit

A scene from Les Miserables

The Locust Valley High School Jesters transformed the school’s auditorium into a scene from 19th Century France as they gave a moving performance of Les Misérables.

Nearly 70 students showed off their acting and singing talents to tell the story of convict Jean Valjean’s life after being released from prison and subsequently breaking his parole. Audiences were mesmerized by the dramatic and intense acting, which rivaled that of professional theater groups. Right down to the crew, the show was a perfect hit throughout three weekend performances.

Using STEAM Skills to Catch Leprechauns

Four students holding their leprechaun traps
Kindergarten students at Ann MacArthur Primary School are working hard to catch Leprechauns using scientific skills. The children were tasked with building leprechaun traps, thinking about how to lure the leprechauns to the traps and how to confine them once inside.

Some children deduced that leprechauns wouldn’t be able to resist a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, while others thought candy and a path of gold coins would best attract the mischievous creatures. The creations included boxes with tops that would fall on a leprechaun when he stepped inside and those with holes that the sneaky little creatures would fall down. 

The traps were built at home as an opportunity for these young scientists to work with their families, brainstorming and bonding.

A collaboration of skills including art, science and writing came together to turn a holiday known for fun into a lesson that required the use of higher order thinking and creativity. In addition to building the traps, the assignment required that three to five sentences be written to explain how the traps work. Each student additionally practiced their oral presentation skills by explaining to the class how their traps work.

Kindergarten teacher Candice Pellicane said the project was fun for the children while allowing them to think outside of the box. “The important part of this project is the thought process,” she said. “We want them to explain how they came up with their ideas and why they thought their traps would work.” She added that this project allowed students to learn while using their imaginations, which is an important part of the Kindergarten curriculum.

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Sixth-Grader Performs at Carnegie Hall

Will Wysolovski playing drums
Sixth-grader Will Wysolovski performed for the second year in a row on the stage at Carnegie Hall. On Feb. 25, Will played the drums with the ischool of Music & Art, where he is in a band. 

Performing music from the last four decades, the middle school musician was in his element as he is a drummer at heart. Will has been playing the drums since he was in first grade and is in a second band with his 14-year-old brother and two other boys as well as being a member of the middle school’s sixth-grade jazz band. He has also performed at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts and has completed through Level 4 NYSSMA for snare and Level 2 for drums. Last year he represented Locust Valley Intermediate School at the All-County Music Festival on snare drum.

In five short years of playing, Will has learned many genres of music including rock, funk, latin and jazz. Congratulations to this outstanding musician!


Winter Section VIII Athletic Achievements


Nassau County 2017-2018 Winter Section VIII Athletic Awards
First Name Last Name Grade Sport Award
Thomas Eletto 12 Boys Basketball All-County
Chris Madsen 12 Boys Basketball All-Conference
Ramell Phillips 12 Boys Basketball All-Conference
Paige O'Brien 10 Girls Basketball All-County Honorable Mention
Julia Sabatino 10 Girls Basketball All-County Honorable Mention
Rebecca Finke 12 Girls Basketball All-Conference
Caroline Mangan 12 Girls Basketball All-Conference
Nina Cialone 10 Girls Track All-Conference Long Jump & Triple Jump
Marlene Goldstein 11 Girls Track All-Conference 300m
Tom Coll 10 Wrestling All-County
Jack Croke 9 Wrestling All-County
Matt Dellaquila 12 Wrestling All-County
Gage DeNatale 10 Wrestling All-County
Jack DeNatale 12 Wrestling All-County
Will Holowchak 12 Wrestling All-County
Vinnie Marchand 10 Wrestling All-County
Bailey O'Brien 12 Wrestling All-County
Vito Rodriguez 10 Wrestling All-County
Kyle Shriberg 10 Wrestling All-County
Jack Ward 12 Wrestling All-County & ALL-State
Roarke Creedon 9 Wrestling All-Conference
Matt Jones 10 Wrestling All-Conference


Team Achievements:

All Teams were NYS Scholar-Athlete Teams
Boys Basketball - JV Coach Neilly, Coach of the Year
Boys Basketball - 4th in Conference ABC qualified for Class "A" Playoffs
Girls Basketball - First time in the history of Section VIII Nassau County Playoffs that the
15th seed beat the 2nd seed
Boys Bowling placed 3rd in the league
Wrestling - Nassau County Division II Tournament & Dual Meet Champions