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The International Baccalaureate Program at Locust Valley High School

International Baccalaureate Coordinator:
Angela Manzo, 277-5157

  

Dear Parents and Students,

Locust Valley High School is entering its 16th year as an International Baccalaureate World School, offering the internationally recognized IB Diploma.  Entering my fifth year as LVHS’s IB Coordinator, I also continue to serve as a math teacher at LVHS.  In both of those roles, I look forward to working with the dedicated and talented staff, students, and families of the Locust Valley Central School District!  With 17 years of educational experience and over ten years of International Baccalaureate teaching and leadership experience, all at LVHS, I am committed to helping our exceptional school continue on the path of academic excellence.

In addition to imparting knowledge, another major goal we share as a staff and with you is to prepare our students to become knowledgeable, inquiring, and reflective citizens and caring young adults, committed to a lifetime of personal, local, and global action in our increasingly integrated world.  Through the vehicle of the IB Curriculum, LHVS staff work to provide an ideal adolescent learning environment in a framework of academic rigor that is so necessary for success later in college.  The IB curriculum allows teachers and students to grow, thrive and collaborate as lifelong learners, for whom hope, creativity, innovation, and curiosity are encouraged and celebrated.

While the IB Diploma Program (IBDP) is an excellent college preparatory program, we believe it is much more.  It provides students with a unique educational experience full of student choice, independence, maturity of thought, and self-reliance, all of which are consistently identified by our alumni as personal qualities that they developed via their IB courses.  Students at Locust Valley High School can choose from dozens of IB courses in six academic areas-- there is something for everyone.  Our dedicated teachers attend trainings, curriculum roundtables, and collaborate with each other as well with teachers from other IB Schools to provide an IB Education to our students.

We strongly encourage all students to participate in the IB experience here at LVHS in the greatest capacity possible.  If you have any questions, or would like some more information, please do not hesitate to contact me at amanzo@lvcsd.k12.ny.us or at (516) 277-5159.



Sincerely,
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Angela Manzo

Four Seniors Named National Merit Semifinalists

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Four Locust Valley High School seniors have been named National Merit semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program, sponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. 

Nina Cialone, Michael DiSpirito, Michelle Hsu and Nitha Paulus were recognized for achieving exceptional scores on the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) as juniors when they took the exam along with 1.6 million students across the nation. Of those high school students, only approximately 16,000 were named semifinalists.

Nina has been inducted into the National Honor Society and Foreign Language Honor Society, and is a member of Book Club, Model UN, Peer Leaders and the Jesters, where she performs and works as part of the crew. She is the captain of the cross-country team and has set multiple school records in track. Nina uses her athletic ability to assist the coach for a local CYO track team. Outside of school, Nina enjoys taking voice lessons.

Michael is an IB Diploma candidate, a member of National Honor Society, Tri-M Honor Society and an ambassador in the Italian Honor Society. He is a three-sport athlete as a member of the varsity track and baseball teams, and captain of the varsity soccer team. Michael is the commissioner of a local recreational soccer league he created. Michael plays the viola in the chamber orchestra and has performed at Carnegie Hall, as well as in the Long Island String Festival. He also gives music lessons to younger students. Michael earned the opportunity to learn leadership skills through the American Legion’s Boys State program. 

Michelle is an IB Diploma candidate, secretary of the French Honor Society, a member of the National Honor Society and Tri-M Honor Society, and editor-in-chief of the high school newspaper, The Spectrum. She plays cello in the chamber orchestra and piano in the stage band. Michelle has performed on the piano at Carnegie Hall as well as at international competitions in places such as Vienna and Amsterdam. She recently published a manuscript in a scientific journal and completed an internship at the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research. 

Nitha is an IB Diploma candidate and a member of the National Honor Society and French Honor Society. She is a member of the cross-country team and co-jumping captain of the track team. Nitha is a member of the Jesters, performing in the high school dramas and musicals, as well as a singer with the Chamber Chorus. She has joined the Fashion Club and Quiz Bowl and plays guitar outside of school. Nitha is a talented artist, taking the IB Visual Arts course and focusing on painting and drawing. Community service for Nitha includes taking mission trips with her church to improve life in the communities they visit.

The four semifinalists will now compete for spots as finalists by proving that they have achieved high academic standing throughout high school and by earning a score on the SAT that is consistent with the high scores they earned on the PSAT. In February, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation will announce the finalists who will go on to compete for the actual scholarships.

Congratulations to Locust Valley’s four semifinalists and good luck in the next stage of the competition!

Locust Valley Will Never Forget

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Throughout the Locust Valley Central School District, students and staff remembered the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, including a moment of silence at each of the schools.

Locust Valley Middle School/High School held a ceremony to pay tribute to those lost on Sept. 11 and honor the heroes that emerged to help. Organized by Bryan Sarandrea, coordinator for social studies and business, K-12, the ceremony began in the high school office, where senior Hans Kiessling, student government president, read an announcement prior to a moment of silence. 

“As this day brings us sorrow over the loss of our loved ones, it also provides a true testament to the power of the American spirit,” he said. “No other day in modern American history has brought us together as much as 9-11 has. We must never forget this infamous day, as it proves that we, as one American people, are unbreakable.”

Following the schoolwide moment of silence, a wreath ceremony was held in front of the school at the flagpole. Mr. Sarandrea spoke of the thousands lives that were lost during the terrorist attacks on that infamous day. “We think of the selflessness, the successes, the families and the potential for greatness that was lost among many individuals,” he said.

Senior Lauren Spampinato, president of the Back the Blue Club, addressed the crowd on behalf of the club to honor those that served as first responders on 9-11. “We would like to express our gratitude to those that gave up their lives for us on that tragic day,” she said. “Their courageous actions have touched our lives and will live on in our hearts.”

Hans and eighth grader Kieran Moran placed a wreath in front of the flagpole and shared words of remembrance. “We remember survivors whose experiences we cannot being to comprehend,” Kieran said. “We remember all the lives lost in the most devastating attack on American soil.”

The ceremony closed with senior Jeremy Mastrodomenico playing taps, bringing appropriate military tradition and emotion to the event.

A video of the entire ceremony can be viewed on the district's Facebook page and Instagram account. 


Successful Start to New School Year

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Students in Locust Valley Central School District from kindergarten to 12th grade began school on Sept. 4, and their teachers had meaningful lessons prepared for the first day. From team building activities to STEM projects, students were engaged, focused on learning and had bright smiles on their faces.

Middle School/High School students returned to a brand new gymnasium floor and newly painted middle school lockers. Repairs and improvements to various elementary classrooms were also done during the summer, along with the completion of solar paneling at Bayville Primary School.

There is much to look forward to this month, as sports officially begin, open houses will take place at each school and the high school will hold its first college fair of the school year. Please visit the district website and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to ensure that you don’t miss any school events, meetings or activities. 

“Walking around our schools today, I was thoroughly impressed by the professionalism of our staff and the exceptional behavior of our students,” Acting Superintendent Thomas P. Dolan, Ed.D., said. “The positivity that this community exudes is contagious, and I am confident that the first day of the 2019-2020 school year is an accurate predictor of what is to come.” 

 

LVHS Orientation Offers Important Advice

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Incoming ninth graders and students new to Locust Valley High School were reminded during orientation that they can achieve whatever dreams they have. Sitting together in the mini-theater, the students were inspired by guest speaker Rohan Murphy who didn’t let his disability stop him from dreaming big and seeing those dreams become his reality.

Murphy had both of his legs amputated as a young boy, yet in high school, with the encouragement of a coach, Murphy joined the wrestling team. Despite a rough start, he graduated having earned All-League and All-County honors. He went on to wrestle at Penn State, where he earned three varsity letters.

“I will do anything not only to make myself a better wrestler, but a better person as well,” Murphy told the students. He explained that he had to work hard, but never gave up. He said he had many people supporting him and encouraged the audience to support others and to be inclusive.

Murphy’s presentation, which included a wrestling demonstration, was the culmination of a morning that gave new students an overview of the high school, including tours and discussions on the ways in which students are expected to act. He emphasized that they should always be inclusive and never be exclusive. 

“Rohan Murphy is a strong role model for our high school students,” said Locust Valley High School Principal Patrick DiClemente. “As these young men and women enter a new school, it is important they are reminded of their abilities, their strengths and that the way in which they treat others will have an impact on who they become. Mr. Murphy helped us to drive those points home.”

See attached presentation from the orientation for more information.




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LVHS Junior Selected for State Committee

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When school begins on Sept. 4, high school junior Jenna Halpin will begin a new role as a member of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Jenna was chosen as one of only two representatives from Section VIII and will join a team of 22 high school students from the state’s 11 athletic sections. Jenna stood out from more than 70 applicants across the state and will be an outstanding representative of Locust Valley High School.

“Jenna is a leader with excellent ideas. She is a team player on and off the field and will be an asset to the advisory committee,” said Locust Valley Central School District Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics Dr. Danielle Turner. 

“We are excited to welcome the new members and the returning members of the SAAC this school year,” said NYSPHSAA Executive Director Dr. Robert Zayas. “Having student voices in our organization is key to providing feedback to further enhance and improve our programs with our member schools. We congratulate the members of the SAAC on their selection to this committee and look forward to their
ideas and contributions during the upcoming school year.”

The committee meets via teleconference four times during the school year and will gather for the third annual SAAC Summit Nov. 30-Dec. 1 at the Syracuse Carrier Dome during the NYSPHSAA football championship game. During the 2018-19 school year, the committee created NYSPHSAA Mental Health Awareness Week and provided input on various proposals, including the transfer rule and a rule regarding exceeding the maximum number of contests. Jenna will work with the committee on similar tasks. 

Congratulations to Jenna!