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Locust Valley Middle/High School Announcements 

Thursday, February 25, 2021 

Today is an “A” Day 

White Day 

Pledge of Allegiance 


The February theme is Respect/Risk-Taker. Quote of the month: The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.- Ralph Waldo Emerson. 

February is Black History Month. Each day in Locust Valley we will recognize the achievements of one individual. Today we remember scientist and inventor George Washington Carver. Born into slavery in Missouri in 1864, and freed after the Civil War, Carver would walk 10 miles to school as a young boy for the opportunity to have an education. He became an expert in agricultural science and developed hundreds of products using the peanut, sweet potatoes and soybeans. Many called Carver the “Peanut Man” due to

the over 300 uses he devised for it. He spent much of his adult life teaching at the Tuskegee Institute and also helping to educate farmers on more effective ways to use the land. In 1943, after Carver’s death, President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated $30,000 for a monument at the site of the plantation where Carver lived as a child; this was the first national monument dedicated to an African American. 

Art Club meets today after school at 3:15pm remotely. All are welcome! 

The Class of 2023 will be having their monthly meeting this Monday, March 1st at 3:30pm. Please join the google meet using the link on the top of the google classroom page for the Class of 2023. If you have any questions, please see Ms. Casale or Mr. DeRose. 

Attention Middle School Students: Registration for the Virtual Science Fair is now open. Students who are interested in taking part in this event should ask their science teachers for more information. Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 projects. If you have any questions, please see Mr. DeRose in room 177 or 168.

Attention Middle School students who received an application to join the National Junior Honor Society. Your completed application packet is due to the Main Office by Monday, March 1st. Please see your guidance counselor if you have any questions. 

Interact is hosting a food drive for Trinity Lutheran Church in Glen Cove. Please bring in non perishable food items from now until March 12th to the boxes in front of the Main Office and entrance to the school. 

Attention 10th and 11th Graders: Did you know that February and March are College and Career Exploration Months? Check your Locust Valley email for a breakdown of Week 3, which is dedicated to Career Exploration. 

Attention High School NHS Members: There will be a meeting today at 2:40pm in the auditorium. The meeting will be held in person and virtually through the meet link sent to your email. 

Attention Sophomores and Juniors: Driver Education Applications are now being accepted for the SUMMER 2021 semester. You can download the application form at the district website High School Driver Education webpage. You must have either a Learner’s Permit or a

DMV Identification Card to apply. Your application will NOT be accepted without one of these 2 documents. If you have any questions, email Ms. Levitt. 

Attention Seniors: Senior quotes and how you want your name to appear in the yearbook are due Friday, March 5th. This information should be submitted using Google Form attached in the Yearbook Class of 2021 Google Classroom. If you have not signed up for this Google Classroom, please email Ms. Brandveen for the classroom code. 

Student leaders are in a position of influence as we collaborate to foster an outstanding high school. Student leaders are invited to a roundtable discussion in room 141 after school on Friday the 26th. The meeting will be a discussion and the sharing of information related to our school. We look forward to seeing you.


Senior Quote Deadline March 5

Senior quotes and how students want their names to appear in the yearbook are due Friday, March 5. 

This information should be submitted using the Google Form that can be found in the Yearbook Class of 2021 Google Classroom. If a senior has not signed up for this Google Classroom they should email Ms. Brandveen for the classroom code.

LVHS Student Newspaper - February Edition


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The Spectrum

Two LVHS Seniors Named National Merit Scholarship Program Finalists

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Locust Valley High School seniors Emily Barosin and Jenna Halpin have been named National Merit Scholarship Program finalists, having advanced in the competition after being named semifinalists in September. This is an exceptional accomplishment, as the College Board bestows this honor upon less than 1% of high school seniors nationwide each year. 

The College Board shares the names of finalists with colleges and universities, making Emily and Jenna 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 they attend.

Emily is an International Baccalaureate Diploma candidate, a member of the National Honor Society and Foreign Language Honor Society, president of the Model United Nations Club and a member of approximately seven high school organizations ranging from Stage Crew and Cheerleading to the Ethics Bowl, History Bowl and Quiz Bowl. She is also on the track and field team. Emily loves to sing and uses that passion as a member of the high school’s concert chorale.

Emily’s community service activities include teaching Hebrew language skills and values to second graders at her synagogue, where she has also served as co-president of the youth group and assistant to the youth coordinator. She volunteers with her grandfather at a soup kitchen and works part time as a math and Hebrew tutor for regular education and special-needs students. 

Jenna takes International Baccalaureate classes and is Back the Blue Club vice president, Athletic Council Concession manager, varsity field hockey captain and founder of the Student Leadership Activities Club. Jenna is also a member of the National Honor Society, Foreign Language Honor Society, Tri-M Honor Society and the high school band. She is on the varsity lacrosse and indoor track teams. 

Jenna was selected as a member of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. She was chosen as one of only two representatives from Section VIII and joined a team of 22 high school students from the state’s 11 athletic sections. She was recently recognized with Nassau County Legislator Joshua A. Lafazan’s Kids of Distinction award.

Jenna serves as a volunteer coach for a youth field hockey team and as a volunteer with e-Buddies, a program in which she and others serve as pen pals for developmentally disabled students. 

Congratulations to Emily and Jenna on this elite accomplishment! 

Basketballs Players Recognized

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Two Locust Valley High School Falcons, Lindsay Hogan and Luke Paniagua, have been named as Newsday’s Top 100 Basketball players. Newsday published the top 100 girls and top 100 boys basketball players lists this week as the teams played their first games of the season.

As boys varsity basketball senior captain, Luke is a returning starter who earned All-County honors as a junior. A complete basketball player, Luke excels at every aspect of the game. During the 2019-2020 season, Luke averaged 14 points, six rebounds and three assists per game for the Falcons. He had a season high of 26 points against West Hempstead. Varsity boys basketball coach Dan McAndrews said Luke is a “team first player and a pleasure to coach.”

Lindsay is a junior who has been playing varsity basketball since her freshman year and, as a sophomore, was a starter on the 2019-2020 undefeated county championship team. She hopes to continue playing in college and is being recruited by many top academic and athletic institutions. Varsity girls basketball coach Michael Guidone said Lindsay is “one of the best outside shooters on Long Island who also averages over five assists per game, the mark of a true team player.”

Congratulations to Lindsay and Luke for being recognized for their success on the court!

Latest Edition of Soundwaves

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