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2018-2019 Presentations

 

Grade 9 Presentations

 

 


High School Career Fair - March 19

Save the Date!

The high school will host a career fair on March 19. Details to follow.

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Pajamas, Slippers and Toy Drive

The high school's Interact Club is collecting pajamas, slippers and toys for the Matthew Fetzer Foundation. Donations can be placed in the box outside the high school main office. See attached flyer for details.

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On Your Mark, Get Set ... Calculate!

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It was a race to the finish, with four teams of competitors vying for points. But this competition wasn’t taking place on a field or a court and there were no balls, bats or racquets. Instead, the playing field was a whiteboard and players were armed with markers and calculators. It was a race to solve three-by-three systems of equations.

High school math teacher Angela Manzo set up the math races for the first few days back to school after the winter recess, to help get students energized to learn after the break. Ms. Manzo’s Algebra 2 classes solved a problem with three mathematical equations as teams, working collaboratively to determine each step of the solution. Standing at the whiteboard, team members took turns calculating portions of the problem and handing off the next step to their teammates. Each team had a different problem to solve and points were awarded based on finishing times. The team with the most points after the period was over was the winner.

“Sometimes students feel isolated at their desks solving mathematical equations,” Ms. Manzo said. “This gave them the opportunity to bounce ideas off of each other and understand that math does not need to be a solitary experience.”

The three-by-three equations are important for those thinking about careers in coding or video design, among others. According to Ms. Manzo, these problems help to calculate width, length, height and depth for three-dimensional designs, including the programming of 3D printers and the latest video games.

Alumni Offer Tips For College Success

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For most high school seniors, excitement and nerves clash as they think about not only where to attend college, but what that college experience will feel like. To alleviate those anxious feelings, the Locust Valley High School Guidance Department organized the school’s annual Alumni Day on Jan. 3, which allowed students to hear firsthand from their peers what college life is really like and the best ways to prepare for success.

A group of 34 recent LVHS graduates served as panel members and shared personal stories about their biggest challenges and the strategies that best helped them overcome these difficulties. Those that challenged themselves in high school with International Baccalaureate courses said they were well prepared for the enormous amount of writing required at the collegiate level.   

The seniors asked excellent questions. “How do you make friends with so many students on campus?” some asked. The most popular answer was to join clubs. Alumni, representing 28 colleges, recommended joining as many clubs as possible and then sticking with the ones that felt most comfortable for them. They explained this would help them make friends and provide many social opportunities.

The seniors also wanted to know how to maintain top grades in a more challenging environment. They were told to take full advantage of professors’ office hours, to share with their professors their personal goals and to obtain feedback on the best way to succeed in each class.

Other topics included choosing roommates, how often to visit home and how to manage homesickness. Some of the alumni stressed the importance of establishing strong time management skills, while others recommended sitting in the first few rows of a large lecture to help the class feel smaller.

Following the informal discussions, which took place in small groups, the alumni participated in a college fair for sophomores and juniors. The underclassmen had the opportunity to visit individual alumni and ask questions about their specific schools, which helps them as they decide to which schools they should apply.

Locust Valley High School Assistant Principal Michelle Villa said both portions of Alumni Day served an important purpose. “It is extremely beneficial for seniors to have an opportunity to ask questions and learn about college life from those they can relate to,” she said. “The information they receive can help them make final decisions about which colleges to attend and can ensure that they will be more prepared for college life.” 

Ms. Villa added that the underclassmen are well served by hearing about colleges from younger people, as they may find it more difficult to relate to college admissions representatives.

Seniors Receive Outstanding Physical Education Award

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Two high school seniors received the Nassau Zone Outstanding Physical Education Award. Bryan Fox and Lindsay Merenda earned this honor by exhibiting exceptional achievement in physical education and achieving a high level of fitness, both during and outside of school. In addition, recipients must demonstrate that they are leaders and serve as a positive influence on their peers and they must value living a healthy lifestyle and lifelong learning.
 
Their dedication to physical education is evident not only in the effort they put into their physical education classes but in their extracurricular athletics as well. Bryan is a member of the varsity basketball and soccer teams. Lyndsay is a member of the varsity winter track, field hockey and lacrosse teams. She will join the lacrosse team at the State University of New York at Geneseo in the fall of 2019.
 
The students were nominated for this award by the high school physical education staff. “The physical education teachers made an excellent choice in nominating Bryan and Lindsay for this award,” said Dr. Danielle Turner, Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics. “Both of these student-athletes are dedicated to physical education and exhibit true leadership qualities.”