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Locust Valley Middle/High School Announcements

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Today is a “B” Day

Pledge of Allegiance

High School Students

Today’s passing music is Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind.”

ATTENTION SENIORS--Senior shirts are on sale until Friday, November 16th. Please go to the Custom Ink website to order. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Reilly or Mrs. DiRossi.

Attention JUNIORS & SENIORS--The deadline for filing your Driver Education Application for the upcoming SPRING 2019 semester is the week we return from our Thanksgiving Recess. The upcoming break is an ideal time to visit the DMV because you must have either a Learner’s Permit or DMV Identification Card to apply. Your application will NOT be accepted without one of these 2 documents. You can download the application form at the district website High School Driver Education webpage. If you have any questions, email .

The Locust Valley Jesters will present an immersive theatrical experience of “Check Please,” a comedy about a series of blind dinner dates that couldn’t get any worse, until they do.

Performances are Saturday, November 17th and Sunday, November 18th. To purchase tickets follow the link on the school website or scan the QR code on the posters. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Seating is limited, so act fast. Cash sales can be purchased in the Music Office.

Attention Student Athletes--Do you think you may want to play a sport in college?

If so, we will be hosting our annual Academic and Athletic Preparation for College-Bound Athletes Seminars today, tomorrow, and Friday. Each seminar will take place in the High School Auditorium. Students may attend one or multiple sessions. The schedule is the following:

Today Periods 6, 7 & 8

Friday Periods 6, 7 & 8

Please bring your Chromebook. Looking forward to seeing you.

Please join us for the screening of the documentary “Chasing Coral” in the high school auditorium on Wednesday, November 28th from 7-9 pm, followed by a brief question and answer session with a marine biologist.

The results of the survey are in! 53% of students take the bus to school and 32% of students who take a car, carpool. 89% of the staff drive to school and 12% carpool. Let’s try to improve these numbers! On Wednesdays between Thanksgiving and Christmas we challenge more students to take the bus and more teachers to carpool. If you must drive, carpool! Let’s reduce our Carbon Footprint!

Today’s Peer Leader meeting is cancelled. Please check “Remind” and next week’s announcements for the next meeting.

There will be a Science Olympiad meeting in Room 180 after school today. Old and new members are welcomed to join!

The Locust Valley Ethics Bowl Club will meet today in Room 221 at 2:45. All members, old and new, are welcomed.

The Art Club will meet today after school in Room 139. All are welcome.

The Chess Club will meet today in Room 107 at 2:45.

Today, the Kendama Club will be meeting in Room 153 at 2:45. Old and new members are welcome to join. Make sure to check out this club and learn a new skill in the process.

Middle School Students

The first middle school play rehearsal for “Once on This Island” will take place tomorrow from 3-5 pm in the Mini-Theatre.

Dedicated Wrestlers

Five Falcon wrestlers made sacrifices during the offseason to improve their bodies and minds, proving they have the attitude to become the best wrestlers they can be. This dedication earned junior Gage DeNatale All-American Honors.

Gage flew halfway around the world for an 11-day training session in Russia, where he trained with some of the best young wrestlers in the world and gained valuable knowledge and experience. Juniors Tommy Coll, Vincent Marchand and Kyle Shriberg spent 15 days of their summer vacation participating in the J Robinson Intensive Wrestling Camp in California. 

The dedication put into training during the offseason proved valuable at the Freak Show wrestling tournament held Oct. 21-22 in Las Vegas. Three Locust Valley wrestlers attended the tournament, often referred to as the Nationals of the West. Gage, Vinnie and junior Vito Rodriguez tested themselves against fierce competition, with Gage making the finals of the 132-lb. weight class in which he earned the All-American honor. Vinnie Marchand and Vito Rodriguez won multiple bouts. 

“Locust Valley wrestling is a family and the goal of individuals to improve themselves is driven by the desire to improve the entire team and the wrestling program as a whole,” said Dr. Danielle Turner, Director of Physical Education, Health and Athletics. “We are all very proud of the boys.”

Senior Earns National Award

Senior Brooke Cody has been named a Wendy’s High School Heisman 2018 School Winner. Of nearly 42,000 high school scholar-athletes considered, Brooke is among only 7,500 chosen for this designation. Honorees must maintain a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher, participate in at least one sport and be a leader in the school community.

Brooke is an IB Diploma candidate and is president of the IB Leadership Club. She is also the editor of Perspective, the school’s literary magazine, secretary of the National Honor Society and vice president of the Italian Honor Society. She will graduate with the Seal of Biliteracy, awarded to students who have attained proficiency in two or more languages.

A well-rounded young woman, Brooke is an avid rower with the Sagamore Rowing Association and a dancer with a focus on ballet. She has also performed with the Locust Valley Jesters in the school musicals.

Congratulations to Brooke on being chosen for this outstanding honor!

Reinforcing the Importance of Responsible Decision Making

red ribbon collage

Programs and presentations that emphasized making healthy choices filled the days at the middle school and high school during Red Ribbon Week, Oct. 22-26. Events were organized and sponsored by the schools’ Students Against Destructive Decisions clubs, using the theme of the 2018 national Red Ribbon Campaign, “Life is Your Journey, TravelDrug Free.”

From the dangers of drugs to the consequences of inappropriate use of social media, students at both schools were reminded of the importance of making decisions that are healthy, both emotionally and physically. 

Among many activities, high school juniors heard a presentation from two social workers from the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. Amanda Cioffi and Lauren Navarra, who is an LVHS alumna, shared facts and anecdotes about the use of marijuana, alcohol, opiates and vaping. They discussed healthy ways in which students can reduce stress and anxiety, such as exercise, meditation and spending time with friends.

Middle school students attended a presentation by Katie Duffy Schumacher, the founder of Don’t Press Send, an organization that promotes a mindful approach to using social media. Schumacher stressed the importance of thinking before posting to social media, the ramifications that negative posts can have and the ways in which social media can be used appropriately. Schumacher presented her program to parents on the evening of Oct. 24.

High school SADD Club members visited middle school classes to help facilitate discussions on topics related to drinking, decision-making and peer pressure. Middle school SADD Club members asked students to write down how they make good decisions and then hung hundreds of answers in one of the school corridors.

High school psychologists Adriana Marin and Kristen Sylvan, the high school SADD advisers, helped club members coordinate the week’s events. Middle school SADD Club advisers Liz DeGennaro and Amanda Noren helped coordinate the middle school events. Cooperation and assistance from psychologists, guidance counselors and administrators were appreciated.

“The SADD clubs celebrate Red Ribbon Week to help engage students and staff in conversations regarding healthy decision-making and positive coping strategies,” Dr. Marin said. “The goal of the week is to help empower our students if they are ever faced with difficult decisions.”


Bringing Community Together for Halloween

kids in Halloween costumes

Elementary students dressed in their Halloween costumes went from door to door, trick-or-treating on Sunday, Oct. 28. They didn’t confuse the date for the real Halloween – they went to classrooms at Locust Valley High School, where the student government sponsored Safe Halloween, providing the community’s children with a safe and fun trick-or-treating experience.

Each classroom had a theme, designed and run by members of various high school clubs. The Robotics Club, for example, held a trivia competition complete with electronic buzzers. There was also mummy wrapping, face painting, bowling, arts and crafts and more. In each room, children were given Halloween candy, leaving them with full buckets by the end of the day.

From school families to staff members, the community came together, bringing their children to celebrate, play and show off their costumes. Patrick DiClemente, who attended his first Safe Halloween as the new high school principal, said the event was a great success. 

“Sunday was a proud day as our youngest and oldest students, our staff members and residents joined together for an event filled with many smiles, outstanding costumes and a positive community atmosphere,” he said.

Bilingual Night Builds School/Community Relationships

Photo Collage
A two-night event brought 85 Spanish-speaking parents together in an effort to improve the community/school relationship and facilitate an increase in parental involvement. Bilingual Night was held at Bayville Primary School and Ann MacArthur Primary School on Oct. 16-17. Parents from the elementary, middle and high schools were invited to attend.
Facilitated by Cyndy Ergen, a teaching assistant at Locust Valley Intermediate School, the program covered topics including ways in which parents can obtain support for their children in academics and where they can find information and homework assignments. They were offered assistance in filling out forms and told who to call at the schools for various topics. Attendees were shown that the district website, at, has an option to translate pages into a variety of languages, an option that helps non-English-speaking parents stay informed.
Ms. Ergen assists in translating for the district, by speaking with Spanish-speaking families and translating documents that are sent home. She said the attendees of the bilingual nights were thankful for the information shared. “They were very happy with all the information we gave them because they want to stay involved in their children's academic lives,” she said.
District employees and representatives from outside organizations provided information about services available to families, as Ms. Ergen translated what they were saying.

In its fourth year, the event has proven successful and helpful to district families. Many thanks to Ms. Ergen for her efforts.