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One Chapter Ends and Another Begins for LVCSD Students

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The district’s fifth-graders and eighth-graders celebrated their accomplishments and officially advanced to middle school and high school during touching moving up ceremonies held during the last week of school. Family, friends, teachers, administratorsand Board of Education members joined together to mark the occasion with speeches that praised their success and offered advice for the next chapters in their education.

At Locust Valley Middle School, the moving up ceremony honored the hard work and dedication of the entire eighth-grade class, who were dressed in green graduation gowns to mark the formal occasion. Board of Education Vice President Kerian Carlstrom addressed the eighth-graders and their guests with inspirational words, while class officers shared their memories of their middle school years. The ceremony also focused on how well prepared the students are to enter high school, thanks to their hard work and the support of faculty, staff and their parents. The eighth-grade select chorus and the seventh-grade band brought musical energy to the ceremony with their performances.

Bayville Intermediate School fifth-graders received praise from Board of Education trustee Sarah Henris, who encouraged them to be all they can be in middle school. The graduates performed multiple songs for their guests, including a song written about Bayville 125 years ago. Bayville Elementary School Principal Scott McElhiney and Assistant Principal Dorothy McManus each told the children how much they would be missed and how much they enjoyed having them in their schools. 

Locust Valley Intermediate School graduates smiled through their fifth-grade moving up ceremony, which included musical numbers and speakers that shared their pride in the students for their incredible growth throughout their six years of elementary school. Board of Education President Brian T. Nolan, a graduate of Locust Valley Intermediate School himself, said he knew firsthand that the faculty had prepared them well for middle school and beyond. Locust Valley Elementary School Principal Dr. Sophia Gary and Assistant Principal Amy Watson both spoke at the ceremony, sharing advice for the future.

At both intermediate schools, children rang the bells signifying the number of years they had been there. This tradition is included in the moving up ceremonies each year. 

Congratulations and good luck to all of the students that moved up!

 

 

Musical Accolades Across the District

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Student musicians throughout the Locust Valley Central School District are performing their way to the top. Members of bands, orchestras and choruses have proven that Locust Valley musicians have talent! The Board of Education honored these musicians at its June 7 meeting.

Music in the Parks
On April 28, the Locust Valley High School Music Department competed at the Six Flags Music in the Parks Festival. Participants were adjudicated by judges from across the country and each performing ensemble was rated superior, excellent, good, fair, or poor and ranked within their ensemble classification.  The Locust Valley awards were as follows:

The string orchestra, under the direction of Marc Yavoski and AnnMarie Buonaspina was awarded First Place, Excellent Rating.  
The concert band, under the direction of Vincent Guerra and Lisa Conti was awarded Second Place, Excellent Rating.  
The concert chorale, under the direction of Allison Hungate Wood and Jessica Pezdan was awarded First Place, Superior Rating.  


NYSSMA Majors

Four groups participated in the NYSSMA Majors Music Festival at Hofstra University. Each ensemble performed three pieces and was adjudicated by two judges. The awards were as follows:

Middle School Concert Band directed by Vinny Guerra and Lisa Conti earned Gold with Distinction.
High School Chamber Singers directed by Allison Hungate Wood earned Silver
Sixth Grade Orchestra directed by AnnMarie Buonaspina earned Gold
Middle School Orchestra directed by Marc Yavoski and AnnMarie Buonaspina earned Gold



Lincoln Center Summer Internship

Three Locust Valley High School students were accepted for a summer internship at Lincoln Center. Senior Leonardo D'Auria-Gupta and Juniors Sophie Matthaei and Timothy Peguillan. The summer program, Middle School Arts Audition Boot Camp, is a partnership between Lincoln Center Education, Carnegie Hall, and the NYC Department of Education.  The student interns will support the teachers, teaching artists and students involved in the summer program. 


Long Island String Festival
The following students participated in the Long Island String Festival (LIFSA) this spring:

Bayville Intermediate School: Ciaran Bowden, bass and Abigale Maselli, cello.
Locust Valley Intermediate School: Sophia Koler, violin.
Locust Valley Middle School: Gianna Palleschi, violin; John D’Addario, bass; Tessa Hutton, violin.
Locust Valley High School: Hannah FitzGerald, bass; Nils Coffey, bass; Nicholas Siconolfi, violin.


All-County Musicians
Students listed below performed in the Nassau Music Educators Association All-County Music Festival. They were selected for the festival based on their New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) evaluations and teacher recommendations. 

Bayville Intermediate School: Owen Pye, band,;Kathryn Constantin, chorus; Julianna DiLorenzo, chorus; Caleigh Encarnacion, chorus; Lauren Hoy, chorus; Ciaran Bowden, orchestra; Molly Bowden, orchestra; Abigail Maselli, orchestra.

Locust Valley Intermediate School: Sara Nearenberg, band; Mia Goodman, chorus; Rani Kapoor, chorus; Sofia Maragos, chorus; Hailey Martin, chorus; Julia Siegel, chorus; Alexander Kanter, orchestra; Sophia Kohler, orchestra; Andrew Wieman, orchestra. 

Middle School: Aidan Moran, band; Olivia Cody, chorus; Brett Dailis, chorus; Claire Sellars, chorus; Ava Titus, chorus; John D’Addario, orchestra; Tessa Hutton, orchestra; Kieran Moran, orchestra.

High School: Ashley Capozzi, chorus; Nils Coffey, orchestra; Hannah FitzGerald, orchestra; Matthew Guerra, band; Timothy Peguillian, chorus; Noah Pietrafesa, band; Nicholas Siconolfi, orchestra.

Learning to Love Lepidopterology

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Locust Valley Intermediate School science lab coordinator, Caroline McBride recently stood outside the school with a monarch butterfly resting on her finger. She walked around to each student in the class and showed them the colorful insect up close, reinforcing lessons they had learned during classroom instruction, including how to tell if the specimens were male or female. Asking if they knew whether she was holding a male or female, they did know, based on the markings on its wings.
 
The butterfly Mrs. McBride held had been a resident of a screened habitat that was constructed by the husband of third-grade teacher, Diane Yanez. Through the screens, third-graders witnessed the actual life-cycle of painted lady butterflies, monarch butterflies and luna moths. They visited daily to see which insects had emerged, noting how long it took, what they looked like and their habits. In conjunction with this observation, students learned how to use a microscope to view slides of insect body parts and enhanced their research skills by further researching other butterfly and moth species in the library.
 
“The butterfly habitat literally brought our lesson to life, helping students to see first-hand what they were learning and appreciate the beauty of nature,” Mrs. McBride said.
 
After the insects emerged from their pupas, students said farewell by releasing them outside of the school. Some flew off immediately, while others lingered on tree branches, the school building, or even on Mrs. McBride’s fingers.

With their scientific study of the butterflies and moths, these students would make any lepidopterologist proud.
 
 

Memorial Day Salute

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Elementary students gave patriotic tributes that showed that they truly understand the meaning of Memorial Day and the importance of honoring our country’s veterans.

Students and staff from Ann MacArthur Primary School and Locust Valley Intermediate School gathered together at AMP to show their respect and to listen to words of wisdom from a local veteran.  Joe Rydzewski shared stories of his time in the military and encouraged students to appreciate the freedoms they have because of soldiers that work to protect the United States of America.

Bayville Primary School and Bayville Intermediate School students and staff walked to Bayville Village Hall for their Memorial Day ceremony. Veterans in attendance were honored for their service.

Decked out in red, white and blue, carrying American flags and performing patriotic songs, children at both events proved that they care about our veterans and that they appreciate the sacrifices these men and women have made. The bands and orchestra from both intermediate schools made the events more festive, while still respecting that this holiday commemorates those that were lost while serving the country in the armed forces. Students placed flowers at the base of the flagpoles and played taps as is customary at military memorial services.

Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Anna F. Hunderfund and Board of Education trustee Margaret Marchand attended both ceremonies. Nassau County Legislator Josh Lafazan attended the Bayville event and told the children that because of our veterans, they have the freedom to live the American dream.

We wish everyone a safe Memorial Day weekend and send our thanks to all of our country’s veterans.

Theater Programs Enhance Arts in the Schools

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Elementary and middle school students have been taking to the stage to stretch their theatrical muscles. The parent organizations at Bayville Intermediate School, Locust Valley Intermediate School and Locust Valley Middle School have partnered with mainstages, an educational theater company for children, to offer performing arts opportunities for students.

Young actors at Bayville Intermediate recently took their audiences on a sweet trip to a candy factory as they performed “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” Locust Valley Intermediate thespians showed us the way home as they brought “The Wizard of Oz” to the school stage. At the middle school, a truly beautiful performance of “Beauty and the Beast” impressed audiences.

Students dedicated many hours after school to rehearsals and performed in multiple shows for their peers and their families. The smiles on the faces of the performers and the audience members offered proof of their success.

Click on the slide shows to get a glimpse of the onstage action.

Bayville Intermediate School

 

Locust Valley Intermediate School

 

Locust Valley Middle School