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Academics

Teaming began in Locust Valley Middle School in 1995. Students in these teams share the same teachers for the core subjects of English, Math, Social Studies Science. This team approach permits teachers including Individual Needs teachers to meet daily to coordinate curriculum, assessments, field trips, and special activities for their students. One day a week has been set aside for the team to meet with the parents of students. At least once a year an interdisciplinary event is held to highlight the curriculum focus for the entire year.
 

Homecoming Spirit Week

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Get into the Falcon spirit during Homecoming Spirit Week. See attached lists of theme days and dress your best!

 

Full STEAM Ahead for Seventh Graders

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Seventh graders are diving into the STEAM curriculum with hands-on projects that incorporate many skills, including cooperation, building, experimentation, data collection and data analysis. 

One activity in which students master these skills required them to build a catapult using 12 pencils, rubber bands, a plastic cup and a ping pong ball. Following a set of instructions, another valuable skill taught in this lesson, the students worked in groups to determine the best designs to achieve the greatest results when catapulting the ping pong ball towards a target.

“The project incorporates many different skills and allows the students to have fun while learning,” middle school science teacher Jean Rogers said. 

Ms. Rogers said students test the catapults using variables to determine how far the ball will go. She said these variables include adjusting the number of rubber bands placed under a pencil or determining how far to pull the lever back before releasing. 

Middle school science teacher Jeffrey Maier said that while students have to work hard to build the catapults, the real challenge comes when they must calibrate them and understand how they fire. “Through testing, measuring and data table completion, students gain knowledge of their individual catapult. On competition day, students are asked to use their data tables to help calibrate their catapults so they can be the group whose projectile is closest to the target,” he said.

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.” 

 

Welcome to Middle School!

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It’s one of the age-old concerns for students entering middle school – will they figure out how to use their combination locks? The agenda for sixth-grade orientation helped ease those concerns, and the newest middle school students now understand that in no time, they will be opening their lockers with lightning speed. 

Learning locker skills was just one of many topics covered to ensure a smooth start to the school year. Students were introduced to the school’s administrators, given an overview of the rules (i.e., more independence comes with more responsibility) and offered tours of the middle school led by seventh graders. The tours were individualized so that each student went to their own classes as well as the main areas of the school, such as the cafeteria, library, gymnasium and nurse’s office. 

Each incoming sixth grader was given a Chromebook, which they will keep for the school year, using it at home and at school for seamless continuity.

Parents were invited to their own orientation in which they heard specifics about the middle school and had the opportunity to ask questions about the Parent Portal, where they can see their child’s grades and class schedule.

Middle School Principal H. Thomas Hogan said the teachers and administrators understand that sixth graders have a healthy combination of excitement and anxiety about entering middle school. “Orientation is designed to make them feel comfortable, to ease the transition and to answer the questions they have,” he said. “Teachers will offer the same support throughout the year, ensuring that students succeed not only academically, but emotionally as well.”