Locust Valley High School

Winter Counselor Newsletter Part I

The How, What and Why of a College Interview

Thursday, Dec. 19th, 8:30am

LVHS Counseling Office

Are you interviewing as part of your college application process? Learn about the How, What and Why of a College Interview. Nan Bischoff, President of the Harvard Club of Long Island and interviewer for over 20 years, will be here to go over the college interview process. Thursday, December 19, 2019 2nd period - 8:30 am in the Counseling Office.

Please sign up in the Counseling Office.

What Are We Learning?

Interested in George Washington University? See Ms. Dickstein who attended a breakfast with Admissions Representatives on October 24th.

Interested in Colleges in the Baltimore area? See Ms. Keenan who participated in the Baltimore Collegetown Tour from November 18th-21st. Colleges visited on the tour were: ​Goucher College, Johns Hopkins University, Loyola University Maryland, Maryland Institute College of Art, Morgan State University, Notre Dame of Maryland University, Stevenson University, Towson University, University of Baltimore, and UMBC.

The Long Island Youth Safety Coalition is dedicated to promoting child and youth safety. They aim to share information, knowledge, and advice, on pressing issues such as teen substance abuse and violence. If you are interested in learning more, see Ms. Celli who attended a conference on December 4th.

How to Write a Great Extracurricular Activity Essay: Complete Guide + Examples

If you are applying to selective colleges, chances are you will be asked to write about how you have spent your time outside of school. This post will give you some tips for how to write about your extracurricular involvement in your college essays:

LVHS Alumni Day

Friday, Jan. 3rd 2020 at 10am-1pm

LVHS Auditorium

Did you graduate from LVHS from 2016-2019? If yes and you have not yet registered for our Alumni Day, please fill out this form:

Important Reads for Underclassman

High School Performance Matters Most In College Admission Decisions

New survey data from NACAC shows that a student’s high school record remains the primary consideration of colleges when reviewing applications. View the article here:

This Will Look Great on my Application... Right?

A great read for underclassman who are finding that they have to make choices and prioritize how they spend their time outside of school:

What Colleges Are Looking For: Facts & Myths About the Application Process

The college admission process can be long, bewildering and anxiety-producing for students and their families. Many are looking for the secret formula for getting admitted to the “right” school where a student can grow, learn and thrive. How does a student find that right school? And what are colleges really looking for in an applicant? What really goes on “behind the curtain” when college admissions offices consider a student’s application?

Listen to the podcast!

In this episode, two experienced professionals take on these questions and try to separate some of the facts and the myths in the college admission process.

College Admissions Decoded is sponsored by NACAC's National College Fairs. Start your college search for free at a National College Fair, hosted annually in over 90 cities across the country and internationally. Learn more at

15 Creative Ways Teen Entrepreneurs Can Serve Their Communities

Not everyone is a “joiner.” More entrepreneurial students may prefer to think outside the box when it comes to creating volunteer activities or devising ways to serve their communities. And with the support of social media to reach your market, many of these projects are easier than ever.

With a little imagination and willingness to tackle tasks others find boring or difficult, you can show initiative, reveal business acumen and hone managerial skills—qualities colleges value and others appreciate.

And you can do some good.

See the full article here:

Feeling Overwhelmed?

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All I'm saying is to try it. Give it a shot. You have nothing to lose. Even just ten minutes a day. Remember, they call meditation a “practice” for a reason: you’re not going to master it the first time you try it. Or even the first ten times. But keep at it for a few weeks. I promise you, you’ll see remarkable results, just like going to the gym. I use Calm when I meditate and I can't recommend it enough- it's one of the highest rated apps of all time. Try the 7 Days of Calm, it's a free trial. I know others love Headspace. Marines, pro athletes, CEOs, and millions of Americans have introduced meditation into their daily life. This stuff is the real deal.

Admission Anxiety - And Ten Steps to Reduce It
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Save the Dates! Junior College Workshops in English Classes on 1/22 & 1/23

BOCES Barry Tech Field Trip

On December 5th, the Counseling Office ran a field trip to BOCES Barry Tech. Over 20 students visited. When we arrived the BOCES counselors were there to greet us and student ambassadors took our students on a tour of their first and second choice programs. From Culinary Arts to Audio Production, HVAC to Nurse Assisting, BOCES offers over forty technical programs. For more information about BOCES go to:

Open House on Saturday, February 1, 2020 10am - Noon.

It's All About Me!

On December 10th, 5th Graders at Bayville Intermediate identified their positive attributes, which then led to them to explore their interests and experiences. Students learned that their interests and experiences can lead to the creation of goals that they have for themselves for the future.

A big shout out to Ms. Price and Ms. Krauszer for opening up their 5th grade classroom doors to Ms. Villa and Ms. Celli!

PSAT/SAT/ACT - College Testing Preparation

Attention Juniors!

ACT made a BIG change!

Starting in September 2020, you will now be able to re-take 1 to 3 sections of your ACT without re-taking the entire exam! In order to take advantage of this, you will need to take the full exam at least one time prior to September.

New Options Give Students More Choices with the ACT
Method Test Prep Self-Paced ACT and SAT Prep Courses
An Easy Guide to Score Choice

IB Guidance Roundtable

Thank you to Ms. Manzo, IB Coordinator, and our High School Counselors for planning and participating in an IB Guidance Roundtable on December 16th. Participating in the Roundtable gave our staff the opportunity to reflect on our program, while also hearing from other schools about their programs.
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Incoming Grade 9 Orientation

Tuesday, Jan. 7th 2020 at 6pm

LVHS Auditorium

IB Information Session for Parents

Thursday, Jan. 9th 2020 at 12pm


IB Information Session for Students & Parents

Thursday, Jan. 9th 2020 at 6:30pm


Attention 10th & 11th Graders! College/Career Information Night - Save the Date!

Thursday, Jan. 23rd 2020 at 6-8pm


Students and parents will have the opportunity to learn more about many aspects of college and career exploration. See below for the topics for the night:

  • Making the Most of the College Visit
  • Career Exploration
  • College Essay Writing
  • Financing My College Education
  • College Admissions Testing
  • BOCES Career and Technical Education
  • Finding the Best College for ME!

Our Team!

Director of Counseling: Michelle Villa

Counselors: Jaimie Dickstein, Jillian Celli, Faith Keenan, Kelly Reno