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Coming Together to Create Success

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More than 130 people attended the district’s Bilingual Nights, an event that brings the community together and offers support to Spanish-speaking families to make them feel more comfortable being part of their children’s school lives.
 
The two-night event was organized and moderated by teaching assistant Cyndy Ergen, who translates documents into Spanish for the school district and communicates with Spanish-speaking families on behalf of the schools. Held at Bayville Primary School on March 13 and at Locust Valley Intermediate School on March 14, this year’s turnout was far greater than those held in the past four years.
 
“As word gets out about how helpful these programs are, more Spanish-speaking families want to attend,” Ms. Ergen said. She explained that the information offered helps parents understand the support available in the schools for them and for their children. “We explain how to use the website and how to translate the website into Spanish, who to call with various questions and who is in charge of different departments.”
 
Administrators representing areas such as special education, curriculum and health education spoke to the attendees, with Ms. Ergen translating their presentations into Spanish as they spoke.
 
Representatives from the local libraries provided information on their services, and various businesses donated items such as bags, reusable water bottles, toothbrushes and keychains.
 
“These presentations prove that bringing the community together is beneficial for everyone,” Ms. Ergen said. “The families are very thankful that we want to help them become more involved in their children’s education.”

As Henry Ford once said about teamwork, “Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success.”

Spotlight on Science

Two students show off their experiment.

Ideas were developed, hypotheses stated and experiments conducted in preparation for Locust Valley Intermediate School’s science fair. Third-, fourth- and fifth-graders presented their findings at the annual event sponsored by the Locust Valley Elementary School Parents’ Council.

Young scientists conducted research and experiments to discover, among other things, whether sanitizer or soap eliminates more bacteria from hands, how much salt is needed to make an egg float and which liquids would expand gummy bears the most.

LVI science lab instructor Caroline McBride said the students conduct their experiments and create their poster boards at home using knowledge they have gained from the science curriculum. “The science fair is an excellent way to enhance and reinforce what we are learning in school,” she said.

Each project was judged by high school students in the science research program along with high school science teachers Chris Hoppner and Alan Stella.

Congratulations to all the participants and to the following winners:

Third Grade

First Place: Up, Up and Away, by Gavin Hoban and Asher Zito

Second Place: Best Hockey Shot, by Logan Moran

Third Place: Comparing the Environmental Impact of Different Types of Light Bulbs, by Ava Gross

Fourth Grade

First Place: Where Are the Germs in Your Neighborhood? by Russell Dardzinski and Peter Norby

Second Place: Beware of Your Hands, by Julianna Hach, Izabella Sammut and Izabella Watson 

Third Place: Mind Over Batter, by Ellis Blair and Kate Bodian
 
Fifth Grade


First Place: Density Water Bot Rocket, by Rowan Shenoy

Second Place: OJ Art Blasters, by Juliette D’Addario and Olivia Manning

Third Place: Yummy Growing Gummy Bears, by Emily Gallo, Lily Goodstein and Natalee Weiss







Learning to Love Literacy

Four students pose with their folders

Fifth-graders in Margaret Costello’s class at Locust Valley Intermediate School all have jobs. They are illustrators, discussion directors, summarizers, connectorsand word wizards. These hardworking students don’t just stick with one job, but rather try out each of these jobs on a rotating basis. The roles are part of a literary circle/book club that Mrs. Costello is running in her classroom.

Assigned to groups, the fifth-graders are reading the book “The Great Gilly Hopkins” by Katherine Paterson. Groups of approximately four students each meet to discuss a chapter of the book that either has been read together in class or individually at home. Each student shares with their group the work they did at home for their assigned job.

The illustrator shares a drawing depicting their interpretation of the chapter, while the summarizer will read a description of the same section of the book. Connectors discuss how events in the story relate or connect to their own lives, and word wizards explain the meaning of advanced words that their classmates may not know. Discussion directors make sure the group discussion is flowing appropriately. The jobs are rotated so each student has the opportunity to perform each task at least once.

Anna Cavallo, a student in the class, said this method of working together helps her understand the text. She explained that when her classmates make connections to their own lives she is able to make sense of the story more easily.

Some students said they enjoy that the activity allows students to hear different perspectives of each chapter. Christian Ciccone said studying a book in this manner allows him to communicate his thoughts to his classmates. “We are all equal, sharing ideas, and it inspires me,” he said.

Mrs. Costello walks around the room visiting each group, offering her guidance as needed. She also gathers feedback on how this process is working to ensure the students are learning in the best possible way.

“Helping their peers learn is very powerful,” she said. “If they have ownership over what they learn, they will put more effort in and the learning will be authentic.”

 



All-County Musicians

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Student-musicians across the district are excelling in band, orchestra and chorus. Many students performed in the Nassau Music Educators Association All-County Music Festival. Acceptance into this prestigious program is largely based on NYSSMA scores from the previous year. Students are nominated by their music teachers and are chosen by a selection committee from the festival. Students participate in several long rehearsals led by a guest conductor and have a culminating concert at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts.

Congratulations to the following students:


Bayville Elementary School

Evie Bergman, Grade 5, Chorus
Leah Bolitho, Grade 5, Chorus
Delila Cody, Grade 5, Chorus
Lucia Connelly, Grade 5 Chorus
Juliana Darrah, Grade 5, Chorus
Christopher Emmerich, Grade 5, Chorus
Elizabeth Madden, Grade 5, Chorus
Samiyah Michalski, Grade 5, Chorus
Julia Pisciotta, Grade 5, Orchestra
Morgan Smith, Grade 5, Chorus
Adbvaith Sreenivas, Grade 5, Chorus
Elizabeth Watson, Grade 5, Band


Locust Valley Elementary School

Grant Creedon, Grade 5, Orchestra
Emily Gallo, Grade 5, Band
Julia Rappa, Grade 5, Chorus
Rowan Shenoy, Grade 5, Orchestra


Locust Valley Middle School

Ciaran Bowden, Grade 6, Orchestra
Kathryn Constantin, Grade 6, Chorus
John D’Addario, Grade 9, Orchestra
Katherine Gu, Grade 8, Orchestra
Jenna Linden, Grade 7, Chorus
Sofia Maragos, Grade 6, Chorus
Aidan Moran, Grade 8, Band
Kieran Moran, Grade 7, Jazz Band
Owen Pye, Grade 6, Band
William Wysolovski, Grade 7, Orchestra

Locust Valley High School

Ashleigh Capozzi, Grade 11, Treble Choir
Olivia Cody, Grade 9, Chorus
Nils Coffey, Grade 11, Orchestra
Brett Dalis, Grade 9, Chorus
Timothy Peguillan, Grade 11, Mixed Chorus
Ezra Pietrafesa, Grade 10, Band (Division 4)
Sabrina Raichoudhury, Grade 9, Chorus