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Falcon Fest Fun!

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Fresh air, exercise and bonding with new classmates – the perfect trifecta created by Falcon Fest, the annual sixth-grade field day held in partnership with the Falcon Pride Booster Club. The sixth graders played volleyball, cornhole, spikeball, crab soccer and ultimate frisbee, working together to not only score, but to have fun and get to know each other.

This year’s Falcon Fest was held on Sept. 10 under bright blue skies, with the sun shining down on Fred Smith Field as the entire sixth grade, along with their teachers, physical education staff and high school student volunteers joined together for the event.

Superintendent of Schools, Kenneth E. Graham, Ed.D. said that Falcon Fest is more than a fun way to start the school year. “For sixth graders entering middle school for the first time, it is important that they are provided with multiple ways in which they can make new friends, bond with their teachers and learn that all Falcons are family.” Dr. Graham added that Falcon Pride is an important cog in the school/community partnership. “Falcon Pride President John Johnson and the entire booster club membership work tirelessly to support our students and we are grateful for the partnership.”

Thank you to Falcon Pride and the Locust Valley Middle School staff for making this event a success!

The LVCSD Team Strengthens With New Members

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Locust Valley Central School District is happy to announce the appointment of five individuals to administrative roles, serving students at all grade levels. These appointments will reinforce an already strong administrative team.

AnnMarie Buonaspina takes on the position of Coordinator of Instructional Technology and Fine and Applied Arts, K-12; Jennifer Masa becomes a Locust Valley High School Assistant Principal; Erin Goldthwaite is the Coordinator of Pupil Personnel Services, K-12; Dr. Fotini Effie Kyvelos is the Director of Pupil Personnel Services and Michelle Villa is the Director of Guidance and Counseling, K-12.

Ms. Bounaspina most recently held the position of Subject-Matter Coordinator of Music for the Locust Valley Central School District and has served as middle school/high school music and orchestra teacher since 2012. She holds a Bachelor of Science in education and a Master of Arts in music education, and will earn the New York State School Building Leader and New York State School District Leader certificates this fall. Ms. Buonaspina has demonstrated exceptional skills in the area of educational technology, providing outstanding opportunities to students in and out of the classroom. She takes on this newly created position with an enthusiasm for fine arts and educational technology. Prior to students arriving for the first day of school, Ms. Buonaspina had already jumped into her new role and planned educational technology workshops for staff during Superintendent’s Conference Days.

Ms. Masa has been a member of the Locust Valley High School faculty since being hired as a teacher in 2009. She then took on the role of Dean of Students and will easily transition to the position of Assistant Principal. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in history, a Master of Science in education and certificates in school building leadership, school district leadership and administration. In her time on the Locust Valley administrative team, Ms. Masa has played an important role in the expansion of mental health support for students as well, has created SEL- and IB-themed months and has lead school spirit by introducing the concept of the “Falcon Family.” She plans to continue her efforts to support high school students and staff in her new role.

Ms. Goldthwaite brings 17 years of experience from the Cold Spring Harbor Central School District, where she most recently served as District Chairperson of Special Education. She has held roles as a collaborative teacher, self-contained teacher, guided study teacher and resource room teacher as well as serving as department chairperson. Ms. Goldthwaite holds a Bachelor of Science in education; Master of Science in curriculum and instruction, special education; Master of Science in educational leadership; School District Administrator certification and Special Education certification. She plans to work collaboratively with faculty, staff and parents to implement programs to support students with disabilities.

Dr. Kyvelos joins Locust Valley Central School District as the Director of Pupil Personnel. She has served as the Coordinator of Secondary Special Education in the East Meadow Union Free School District since 2015. She was previously a school psychologist in the same district for 13 years. Dr. Kyvelos has earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and sociology, a Master of Science, Doctor of Psychology, School Building Leadership diploma and School Building Leadership Specialist diploma. She is guided by the principle of putting students first and has experience across all grade levels. In her most recent position, Dr. Kyvelos implemented the expansion of a special class program, implemented a co-teaching program and served as district liaison with Northwell Health in its provision of mental health services to students, a service in which Locust Valley schools will now participate.

Ms. Villa has been a Locust Valley High School Assistant Principal since 2015, a role in which she also oversaw the counseling department, making her an excellent choice for Director of Guidance and Counseling, K-12. She holds a Bachelor of Science in childhood education, Master of Science degrees in school counseling and certificates in school district leadership and school building leadership. During her tenure in Locust Valley, among other accomplishments, Ms. Villa has implemented a K-12 Comprehensive School Counseling Plan, increased the number of students participating in counseling groups, implemented a mentoring program, expanded college partnerships, added exploration of careers and vocations and created a system to award the New York State Seal of Biliteracy to graduating seniors. Ms. Villa will be an asset to students across the district, focusing on appropriate skills and actions at each level from kindergarten through grade 12.

We look forward to working with each of these individuals in their new roles and wish them much success!

Celebrating 50 Years of Commitment to LVCSD Children

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Cindy Tobin may have retired from her position as a physical education teacher in 2009, but she never really said goodbye. This summer, she celebrates 50 years working in the Summer Recreation Program, a job she said still feels like fun after all these years.

“Helping the kids is so gratifying to me,” she explained.

Ms. Tobin taught physical education in several of our schools, but spent the last 15 years of her teaching career at Bayville Primary School. She is also a Locust Valley High School alumna (Class of ’70) and joined the LVCSD faculty right after college. She was ingrained in the district as not only a teacher, but as a coach as well, and to this day she still works for the athletic department as a supervisor and scorekeeper.

Her summers spent with the young children in the District’s camp program give her a warm feeling that she hasn’t been able to walk away from since her first summer in 1971 when she helped run the program. “I enjoy working with the little kids,” she said. “They’re eager to learn and they’re fun. They have so many fun stories to share.”

This summer, as Ms. Tobin helps register new campers each Monday, she often finds herself welcoming parents who were her own students when they attended LVCSD schools. “I’m a friendly face that can help make parents feel secure about leaving their children,” she said.

She said while she loves seeing the children running around and having fun, watching them learn new things and make new friends, she also has a sense of satisfaction from helping the camp directors – she’s worked for seven of them over the past 50 years. “I like knowing I’m making their lives a little easier and I love working with the staff,” she said, and describes her coworkers as great team players who get along and help each other out in addition to helping the children.

Monica Cagney served as the Director of Summer Recreation for 10 years and valued Ms. Tobin’s contributions greatly. “She was a tremendous support, holding me up in challenging moments,” she said. She described Ms. Tobin as an asset to the program, someone who helped everyone, cared about the children and was a pleasure to work with.

Caroline McBride followed in Ms. Cagney’s footsteps, taking over as director and echoing her sentiments about Ms. Tobin. “Cindy is the person you want to have on your team,” she said. “She plays fair, remains loyal to the core and can laugh with you. So many of us, both young and old, have benefited from her advice and enjoyed being in her circle.”

Marie Fonzo, the current director, quickly grew to appreciate Ms. Tobin’s experience and knowledge of the program. “Having a mentor like Cindy Tobin this summer was incredible,” she said. “Her selflessness, dedication and commitment to the program has made a positive impact on so many people.”

Ms. Tobin has clearly been an integral part of the Summer Recreation Program during her 50 years as an employee. The District congratulates her and thanks her for her dedication to making the program a success and working to create fun and engaging summers for thousands of children over those years.

Summer Reading and Assignments

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Elementary School Summer Reading 

Grade 11: 11 IB English Summer Assignment

Grade 12: 12 IB English Summer Assignment

AP World History Summer Assignment - due Sept. 9 and counts as a test grade

IB History HL 1 Summer Assignment - due Sept. 10 and counts towards Q1 grade

IB History HL 2 Summer Assignment - due Sept. 10 and counts towards Q1 grade

IBBiology HL/SL II - Go to Google Classroom, code r6jytro

IB Chemistry