Locust Valley High School

Fall Counselor Newsletter Part II

Students in the Spotlight

Congratulations to Michelle Hsu and Julia Forte, the Class of 2020 valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively.
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Purple Sheet Day!

Seniors! The Next Purple Sheet Day is on 11/4

Did you know that Monday 11/4 is the 2nd "Purple Sheet Day?" Purple Sheets are our internal Transcript Release Forms.

This day is solely dedicated to seniors! Any senior with an application deadline of 12/1 or before is welcome to come to the Counseling Office to meet with their Counselor without an appointment.

On this day, seniors will be able to turn in their purple sheets for deadlines of 12/1 or before! We look forward to dedicating this day just to you, our seniors! Seniors who have already handed in their purple sheets for an early deadline need not come in on this day. The next "Purple Sheet Day" will be on Friday, December 6th.

11 Common FAFSA® Mistakes

The 2020–21 FAFSA® will be available October 1! If you plan to attend college between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021, you should fill out your FAFSA form as soon as possible!

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Red Ribbon Week

On Monday 10/28, all 11th graders participated in a discussion on the effects of vaping with representatives from LICADD. The focus of the presentation was prevention through education. Please ask your children what they learned to open up this very important conversation.

Naviance CCLR Live by Kaplan

LVHS students now have access—free for a limited time— to Naviance CCLR Live by Kaplan, a series of engaging livestreaming and video on-demand courses to develop the skills and mindset you need to be college, career and life ready!

The first series of courses in Naviance CCLR Live by Kaplan is available now and includes:

● SAT® Rapid Review Live

● ACT® Bootcamp Live

These courses are available for free for a limited time and will help you perform your best on test day. Review major exam topics quickly, get your questions answered by expert teachers in real-time, and chat live with students from around the country.

Sign Up for Free!

November 8th - Sign Up!

Behind the Scenes: How Standardized Tests Work

Prior Sessions - Available Now to View:








Preparing for a College Interview?

Below is a great video to get you on the right track!

After you prepare, schedule an appointment with your counselor to participate in a mock interview!

Succeeding at the college admissions interview
Recent Changes in College Admissions

More information on NACAC's Code of Ethics and Professional Practice:

Family Night - November 6th

Looking for things to do with your family?

Take a walk together, play a board game, go bowling, cook dinner together, read together or

talk about your favorite books, have an impromtu dance party, try some yoga poses, do a free workout class online, play tic tac toe or charades


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What Are We Learning?

Interested in learning more about...

  • SUNY Geneseo? See Ms. Celli, who attended a session with Admissions Representatives on October 17th
  • SUNY Farmingdale? See Ms. Dicsktein, who participated in an information session and tour of the campus on October 18th
  • George Washington University? See Ms. Dickstein who attended a session with Admissions Representatives on October 24th
  • ELLS and Immigrant Students: Cultivating Culturally Responsive Teaching Practices? See Ms. Reno who went to a conference on October 28th

Comprehensive School Counseling

What is School Counseling?

School Counseling refers to work that the counselors do to address three areas of student development: academic, career, and personal/social. At every level (K-12), we have systems in place to address these three areas.

Our K-12 School Counseling/Guidance Program Advisory Committee met on October 30th to review our school counseling/guidance program.

Please see the link below for our K-12 School Counseling Plan:

BOCES Barry Tech

Attention 10th and 11th Grade students interested in attending BOCES! Students should come to the Counseling Office or see their counselor to sign up for a field trip on December 5th to see BOCES Barry Tech and to learn more about the available programs and the application process.

Students and families can also visit BOCES Barry Tech on the following Open House Dates:

Saturday, November 2nd 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Saturday, February 1st 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Wednesday, March 4th 6 p.m.

Students and families should go to for more information.

BOCES Long Island High School for the Arts (LIHSA)

Students and families interested in LIHSA are encouraged to attend one of the upcoming Open Houses.

Saturday, November 16th 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 9th - 8 :00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Saturday, February 8th - 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 11th - 8 :00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, April 21st - 8 :00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Students and families should go to the following link for more information:

SAT/ACT Exams - Register Early!


December 7th (deadline to register: 11/8)

March 14th (deadline to register: 2/14)

May 2nd (deadline to register: 4/3)

June 6th (deadline to register: 5/8)


December 14th (deadline to register: 11/8)

February 8th (deadline to register: 1/10)

April 4th (deadline to register: 2/28)

June 13th (deadline to register: 5/8)

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Prepare Early! FREE SAT/ACT Test Prep through Method Test Prep

Tom Ehlers, a Princeton University graduate and successful ACT and SAT tutor, has created a checklist of lessons and quizzes to help students prepare for the ACT and SAT. Students who complete the series of tasks improve their ACT score an average of 3 points and their SAT score an average of 110 points.

The Method Test Prep website is free for all Locust Valley students through Castle Learning.

Watch a video in this link to learn how to access your free test prep.

Each student has his or her own account and the course will keep track of all the work he or she has completed.

Students can listen to ACT and SAT lessons and each tutorial is accompanied by a quiz to test student mastery. Students can then watch video and/or listen to audio explanations and the program keeps track of a student’s strengths and weaknesses.

Students can work through the checklist from a phone or any other internet-connected device; the program is interactive and time efficient. By using technology, students are more engaged and their time is focused on areas in need of improvement.

Method Test Prep Self-Paced ACT and SAT Prep Courses
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Attention Student-Athletes! now makes it even easier for student-athletes and parents to stay up-to-date on NCAA and NAIA academic requirements and recruiting rules.

By joining their free text service, students will receive periodic texts (no more than 2 per month) providing timely and relevant advice, reminders and tips covering NCAA and NAIA initial-eligibility and college recruiting.

SENIORS: Text CLASS2020 to (833) 267-3472
JUNIORS: Text CLASS2021 to (833) 267-3472
SOPHOMORES: Text CLASS2022 to (833) 267-3472
FRESHMAN: Text CLASS2023 to (833) 267-3472

Interested in learning more about NCAA academic initial-eligibility rules and recruiting resources? Check out their informational video:

Social Media Tips for College Applicants from Princeton Review

1. Watch the name

Whether it’s your email address or your Twitter handle, your username is your key identifier—keep it simple and professional.

2. Check your privacy settings

Monitor your privacy settings so that you know who can look you up, see your wall, tag you in pictures, and more. (There are a lot of options, so make sure you're thorough.) Even if you’re over Facebook, take a look at groups you might have joined way back when. Most are probably fine, but some may not give the best impression. A few clicks can remove them.

3. Curate your online photo libraries

A picture is worth a thousand words. So make sure you’re okay with what those words might be! Maybe "you had to be there,” but remember that the college admissions staff wasn’t. While you’re at it, check what photos your friends have tagged you in. Any sort of illegal or objectionable behavior deserves a delete!

4. Google yourself

Search for your name on Google—you might be surprised what shows up on the first few pages. Maybe you’ve made a comment on a blog that you’d rather not have show up, or a friend has tagged you in an unflattering photo. While you can’t always delete the results, you can be proactive about what you post online.

Performing and Visual Arts (PVA) College Fairs

Got talent? Don’t miss college fairs for students in the visual and performing arts!

LGBT Families Expo

Saturday, Nov. 9th, 11am-3pm

125 Kennedy Drive, Hauppauge, NY 11788

Families and Individuals Registration is Free!

Register Here:

US Military Academy, West Point Admissions Event

Tuesday, Nov. 19th, 6:30pm

885 Old Country Road Plainview, NY 11803 Second Floor

The NY Field Force will be hosting a US Military Academy, West Point admissions event on Tuesday evening, November 19th, 2019 at 630 p.m. We will have a brief admissions presentation followed by a question/answer session. This is an opportunity for you to learn about the admissions process, academic/physical/leadership requirements, cadet life, nominating process and to ask any questions you may have. The briefing will be held at the following location: Plainview Fire Department Headquarters 885 Old Country Road Plainview, NY 11803 Second Floor meeting room. Please park ONLY in the rear parking lot (do not utilize the parking spaces on the east or west side of the building). Park in the spaces along the back fence if they are available. This is an active firehouse and parking restrictions must be closely observed. Utilize the rear entrance towards the east side of the building. The entrance will be marked. Please RSVP to if you plan to attend this event. We look forward to meeting you!

Our Team!

Director of Counseling: Michelle Villa

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