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E-Mail Testing/Outage on May 25th

In an effort to improve the reliability of district email service, testing will be conducted on our Exchange environment beginning at approximately 8pm on Thursday, May 25th. During this time, access to e-mail will be intermittent as servers are rebooted and brought back online. Barring any unforeseen events, service should be effected for no more than two hours.

Thank  you for your cooperation and patience.

Finley’s Environment Club Cleans Up

Finley’s Environment Club Cleans Up Photo
On a recent bright and sunny afternoon, many members of the Finley Middle School environment club rolled up their sleeves for a good cause.
First, they cleaned up debris that had been left behind from previous events, along with some that had simply blown into the courtyard from the neighboring parking area. Next, came the big job of cleaning up the leaves. In addition, students worked on removing sticks and branches, organized garden hoses and pulled weeds. Fun was had by all, especially when it was time to plant.  

Students planted tulips throughout various flowerbeds and a perfect spot was designated for a new flowering tree.

It was a wonderful experience for all those who participated. They worked tirelessly and put in team effort. Many students mentioned how anxious they were to tell their parents so they could do some gardening at home as well.

Photography Success for Glen Cove Students

Photography Success for Glen Cove Students 2017

Glen Cove High School senior Stefanny Figueroa, junior Veronica Cruz and freshman Yllka Valdez will have their work displayed at the Photographic Society of America's Annual Conference in Pittsburgh this fall.

Stefanny and Veronica each had one piece chosen for exhibition, while Yllka had two of her works selected. Photography teacher Mrs. Melissa Johnides entered a dozen of her students’ strongest works into the category-based competition. Only 40 photographs from Long Island were included.

Physical Education Honors for Glen Cove Students

Physical Education Honors for Glen Cove Students Photo
The Nassau Zone of the New York State Association for Health Physical Education Recreation and Dance held its annual Outstanding Physical Education Awards Ceremony at Roslyn High School on May 11. 

The award recognizes the efforts of one male and one female student exiting second-, fifth- and eighth-grades in June for exhibiting a physically active lifestyle and excellent fitness, demonstrating responsible personal and social behavior, valuing physical activity and wellness, good character and leadership and overall excellence in Physical Education. Congratulations to the following students:

Deasy School
Gabriela Alvarado Chavez
Ashton Morales

Gribbin School
Sebastian Bielen
Mylie Mendoza-Villalobos

Connolly School
Virginia Graziosi
Pedro Trinidad

Landing School
Jonathan Patino
Ava Scagliola

Finley Middle School
Jose Duarte
Reed Weimer

Family Impact Forum

The Glen Cove School District, in conjunction with the Northeast Superintendent Quadrant, presents a “Family Impact Forum” - May 24 at the Jericho HS Auditorium

“The Teen Brain and the Art of Healthy Parenting” Keynote: by Dr. Stephen Dewey

Please join us!

Click HERE for more information on the event and for details on how to register 



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Community Helper Day at Gribbin

Community Helper Day at Gribbin Photo

Gribbin students in Jennifer Russo’s first-grade class shared their newly acquired knowledge of community helpers with families and guests.

In costume, students read sections of the nonfiction books they authored, answered questions for guests and gave their opinion about their community helper. Guests had the opportunity to view students’ paintings, clay models, books and a class mural. In addition to students sharing what they had learned, they had a special visit from three local community helpers who shared information about their jobs and answered the students’ questions.

Students can continue researching at home by using the internet database PebbleGo and visiting the Glen Cove Public Library.

Congratulations Julie Micko, Top Student and Scholar-Athlete!

Congratulations Julie Micko, Top Student and Scholar-Athlete! Photo
Congratulations to Glen Cove High School Class of 2017 valedictorian Julie Micko for receiving the News 12 Long Island Scholar-Athlete award, sponsored by the Bethpage Federal Credit Union.  
Julie, a three-sport athlete, has succeeded and earned accolades as part of the school’s air rifle, volleyball, and track and field teams. She is also the school’s top senior with a 98 unweighted GPA. Congratulations Julie!
To view News 12 Long Island’s story on Julie, click on the link below. An Optimum subscription is necessary.

Glen Cove Community Approves 2017-18 School Budget

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Budget Vote Results:

Yes – 590, No – 172

Budget Passes.

Board of Education Election Results:

Monica Alexandris-Miller: 588
Robert Field: 521

Congratulations to newly elected BOE trustees Monica Alexandris-Miller and Robert Field. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Maria Rianna extends her gratitude to the community for its continued support.

Outstanding Lacrosse Achievements for Glen Cove Alumnus

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Glen Cove High School alumnus Gabriella Morrocu (Class of 2013) has achieved stellar athletic accomplishments during her four-year athletic career at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.  

Gabriella started playing lacrosse at Landing Elementary School in third grade and has procured her skills propelling her to an auspicious athletic career in college. She was recognized as an All-County girls’ lacrosse player during her time at Glen Cove High School and currently holds the school’s girls’ lacrosse team’s career high in goals.

The King's College Monarchs women's lacrosse team named Gabriella to the 2017 All-Middle Atlantic Conference Freedom Team. She also earned the title of Offensive Player of the Year, as well as first team honors.

Gabriella earned her third all-conference selection after being named to the second team the past two seasons. She led King's with 65 points on 51 goals and 14 assists. She ranked fourth in the conference in goals and fifth in points. She also led the Monarchs and was ranked seventh in the conference with 53 draw controls. Her best game was in the season opener when she recorded nine points on six goals and three assists in an 18-8 victory over Keystone. She was named the conference Offensive Player of the Week for her performance against the Giants.

Gabriella completes her King’s College athletic career with a total of 172 goals and 202 career draw controls, which ranks her third all-time in program history for both categories. Her career total points of 223 ranks her fourth all-time in program history and her 51 assists ranks her fifth all-time in program history.

Congratulations to Gabriella, who amassed incredible athletic achievements and ranked top five of all time in four categories at King’s College!

Film Success For Glen Cove Students

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For the second consecutive year, Glen Cove High School’s Julia Farley placed first at the LIU Post Student Film/Video Festival. 

Julia's animated piece, "Keeper" is an original story from her remarkably creative brain. The judges remembered Julia's winning piece, "Pretty" from last year and were impressed that she managed to pull out a simultaneous victory. They were also impressed with how her abilities and skills as a storyteller have matured. 

Senior Laura Roesch also presented her video "John Jacob" at the festival and received critical acclaim from the judges and positive comments from the students in attendance.

In addition, Julia's animated piece, "Save the Bees" was selected to move on from her "Best in Show" win at the Long Island Media Art Show and will now be shown at the First Exposure Film Festival sponsored by the Suffolk County Film Commission. Julia will be honored with a certificate from Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone. First Exposure takes place at the Cinema Arts Center in Huntington on May 21 at 2 p.m. Congratulations!  

Click here to watch "Keeper" on the GCTV page.
Click here to watch "John Jacob" on Laura's YouTube page.

BOE Honors Virtual Enterprise Gold

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The Board of Education and members of the administration celebrated the achievements of Glen Cove High School’s virtual enterprises students during the BOE meeting on May 8.

The students, under the direction of business teacher Judi Checola, were honored with a gold award for salesmanship at the Virtual Enterprises International 2017 Youth Business Summit in New York City on April 5. At the meeting, the students presented an overview of their virtual enterprise business, Click-n-Shop Groceries, discussing current economic conditions, profit margin and other aspects of the business. Those in attendance had an opportunity to watch a Click-n-Shop Groceries commercial the students created.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Maria Rianna and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Technology Dr. Michael Israel commended the students on their achievements.
“All of you have done a wonderful job representing Glen Cove with all the skills you’ve acquired and how you’ve displayed them,” Dr. Rianna said.    
Dr. Rianna also expressed her appreciation to Checola, who has spent countless hours working with students.  

“This doesn’t happen without the dedication outside of the school day, as well as in the school day. Judi Checola has done an amazing job leading our students and giving them the support they need.”

Our 1st Grade Mother's Day Celebration

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Global Day of Design at Glen Cove

Global Day of Design at Glen Cove Photo

Glen Cove students in grades K-2 at Deasy and Gribbin schools took part in the Global Day of Design on May 2, a national movement that encourages students to participate in innovative thinking and creating during one 24-hour period.

Using maker space supplies, including making tape, pipe cleaners, craft sticks, glue and recycled materials, second-graders at Deasy created the community of Glen Cove, equipped with homes, businesses, animals and vehicles for transportation. Meanwhile, other Deasy students engaged in a variety of building centers throughout the day, building rollercoasters, a dinosaur and rocket ship using Legos. At Gribbin, students enjoyed making a multitude of items, including a castle, a movie theater, a pirate ship and butterflies.

According to STEAM teacher Jessica McKenna, the activities encouraged critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and communication amongst students. Teachers and students had a wonderful time creating!

Castle Learning Regents Prep

Please see the video link below on how to access Castle Learning for Regents Prep.  All students have access to Castle Learning through the school district.  Please contact your guidance counselor if  you do not have your login information.

Regents Prep Video 

Dodge Ball Tournament a Success for Student Senate

Dodge Ball Tournament a Success for Student Senate Photo

Glen Cove High School’s Student Senate, under the direction of adviser Ellen Lynch, hosted a dodgeball tournament on April 26 to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

The group’s "Glen Cove Big Red" team is taking part in North Shore’s Relay for Life on June 10. Thanks to the generosity of the school community, the team raise $880 at the dodgeball tournament, earning their team’s logo a spot on North Shore’s Relay for Life T-shirt.

Lynch expressed her gratitude to all of the students who came out to play and worked the tournament, as well as those who filled the bleachers. A huge thank-you to Assistant Principal Allen Hudson and teacher Christopher Contorno for refereeing the game, it was a double elimination tournament and the Yellow Team, "Average Joe," won! The students are looking forward to doing it again next year and going for bragging rights.

If you’d like to donate to the "Glen Cove Big Red" team, visit the fundraising page:

Congratulations, National Junior Honor Society Inductees!

Congratulations, National Junior Honor Society Inductees! Photo
Finley Middle School is pleased to announce the induction of 31 students into the school’s National Junior Honor Society chapter. The inductees were selected for their scholarship, leadership, service, citizenship and character. Congratulations to the following students:

Michaela Adam
Anna Basil
Ashley Brown
Adrien Brunelle
Joanna Christ
Grecia Cisneros
Nicholas Corwin
Gabriel Costantino
Caroline Fahey
Holly Farnan
Kenneth Gavino
Lindsay Gavino
Anthony Gigliotti
Andrew Glaviano
Edward Goodyear
Ciaran Greene
Lily Hoffman
Isabella Juarez
Nicholas Kodis
Christian Maiorana
Frank Melfi
Teresa Melfi
Samantha Seery
Doris Serrano
Kristen Sita
Jaden Thom
Joseph Thom
Luciano Tuo
Miranda Weiser
Tigist Willson
Philip Wlodarczyk

Glen Cove Freshman Captures Honors at Local Contest

Glen Cove Freshman Captures Honors at Local Contest Photo

Glen Cove High School freshman Michel Quezada-Cordova placed second in the celebration category of the Huntington Camera Club's annual High School Photography Competition, sponsored by Nikon.

More than 1,100 photos were submitted to the four-category competition. Michel's creative and colorful photograph of wine glasses earned her a $100 monetary award and a tripod.

"Michel definitely deserves this recognition,” photography teacher Melissa Johnides said. “She shows genuine talent and really puts thought and effort into her images."

Special attention was also given to sophomore Alexandra Dominguez's photograph of a raindrop-covered dandelion, as it was highlighted during the evening by the judges. Michel's work, along with other winners, can been seen in the High School Competition section of

Gribbin Students Shine in Spring Concert

Gribbin Students Shine in Spring Concert Photo

Gribbin students showed off their outstanding singing voices and their love for music when the school hosted its annual spring concert on April 28.

Under the direction of music teacher JoAnn Criblez, the K-2 students sang upbeat songs such as “You Light Up My Life,” “Heartlight” and “Dancing in the Moonlight,” all while dancing along to the music. Each musical selection tied into this year’s Shine A Light theme. In addition to singing, first- and second-graders demonstrated their instrumental skills during song flute and recorder performances.

Throughout the concert, Criblez discussed the musical growth of the students from kindergarten through second-grade and expressed her pride in their achievements.      

Gribbin PTA Co-Presidents Alexis DiMaggio and Toni Curran attended the concert and honored Criblez with a bouquet of flowers for all of her hard work with the students.

Students of the Month

Students of the Month February 2017
Marvin Leiva
Delvin Maisonet 
Darwuin Rivas
Jose Lorenzo Santos
Dakota Wiesner 
Owen Yates

Students of the Month March 2017
Mario Benitez 
Valerie Acosta 
Alexandra Pascucci 
Mauricio Cueva 
Brayan Velasquez 
Liam Dall

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Smart Schools Investment Plan

As a requirement for the Smart Bond application, we are posting our Smart Schools Investment Plan for your review.  Feedback can be either emailed to Dr. Michael Israel at or can be shared at the June 5th Board of Education meeting.


Smart School Investment Plan

Glen Cove Celebrates College-Bound Student-Athletes

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The athletic department at Glen Cove High School hosted a College Bound Recognition Day on April 26 for graduating seniors who have committed to play collegiate sports in their respective academic institutions.

Athletic Director Denise Kiernan led the event, which was attended by students and their families, coaches, guidance counselors, Glen Cove High School administrators and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Technology Dr. Michael Israel.

“As a former college-student athlete myself, nothing could be more exciting than celebrating the achievements and accomplishments of the student-athletes before you today,” Kiernan said. “Playing at the college level requires a tremendous amount of desire, determination and focus to be successful. It is with these qualities that I ask all of you to endure and execute as you begin your journey as college-students athletes. I wish all of you the best of luck. Make Glen Cove proud!”

Congratulations to the following students:

Fall Season:

Alex Cota                      University of Bridgeport                   Division 2 Soccer

Michael Puetzer           Stony Brook University                     Division 1 Football


Winter Season:

Grace Brady                    Point Loma Nazarene University    Division 2 Basketball    

Matthew Pemberton    University of Akron                            Division 1 Air Rifle

Grace Woods                  Mount Holyoke                                     Division 2 Basketball


Spring Season:

Jared Buehre                Gwynedd Mercy University              Division 3 Lacrosse

Tristyn Hudson             University of the Cumberlands        Division 2 Lacrosse

Chris Sanders                Carroll University                               Division 3 Lacrosse

Brian Shannon              Queens College                                     Division 2 Baseball

Michael Thurmond      Undecided                                         Track and Field       

Alyssa Zangari              Molloy College                                  Division 2 Lacrosse


Garden Ready at Deasy

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In honor of Earth Day and to prepare for the spring planting season, Deasy students and teachers cleaned up the school’s eco-garden on April 20. The students had fun weeding and preparing the soil for planting.

Gribbin Students Create PSAs in Honor of Earth Day

Gribbin second-graders in Mrs. Giselle Taylor's class created public service announcements using Adobe Spark Video application on iPads. The students learned about the harmful effects of pollution, global warming and how to reduce, reuse and recycle. They worked collaboratively to educate others through words, powerful imagery and their voices to create the informative PSAs.  In some of their videos, the students demonstrate how to use the school’s new eco-friendly water fountain.

Girls’ Varsity Softball Gives Back to Community

Girls’ Varsity Softball Gives Back to Community Photo

During spring break, Glen Cove High School’s varsity softball team coached by Angela Zupa and Kim Kessel invited the Glen Cove Boys and Girls Club to the school for a clinic. The softball team members gave instructions on throwing and fielding and even the rain couldn’t put a damper on the day. The youngsters finished with a kickball game inside the school’s gymnasium.

The team would like to extend a big thank-you to the Boys and Girls Club directors Desiree O’Neil and Breanna Townsell, who both work so well with the students and always help make the clinic a success. This time, they went above and beyond and brought the children back the next day to cheer the varsity girls on to a victory against Great Neck South. All had a great time.

Students Collect Food For Finley Food Pantry

Students Collect Food For Finley Food Pantry Photo
Members of the National Junior Honor Society, Student Council and Builder’s Club at Finley recently collected items for the school’s food pantry at Stop and Shop in Glen Cove.

Thanks to the generosity of local shoppers, the students were able to collect two shopping carts of personal care and nonperishable food items for Glen Cove families in need. Advisors and teachers Ms. Kirsten Kenney, Mrs. Desiree Viruet and Ms. Brenda Weck commended the students for their efforts.

Glen Cove Students Participate in Jr. NBA Tournament

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Students from Finley Middle School and Landing Elementary School took part in the Jr. NBA Regional Competition on April 8 at Basketball City on Pier 36 in New York City.

Congratulations to the following students, who attended the competition after being named finalists in their respective school contests: Finley Middle School student Jovanne Howe and Landing students Jordan Howe, Nia Phillips, Eli Reinheimer, Ava Scagliola and Hayden Vierya.

According to their website, the Jr. NBA Skills Challenge provides boys and girls, ages 14 and younger, the opportunity to showcase their fitness through a basketball  dribbling, shooting, and rebounding skills competition.


Glen Cove High School Masquers Society Presents ‘Into the Woods’

Glen Cove High School Masquers Society Presents ‘Into the Woods’ Photo

Students in Glen Cove High School’s Masquers Society will take the stage for their production of “Into the Woods” on April 28 and April 29 at 8 p.m. in the school’s auditorium. Please come out to support the students as they demonstrate their outstanding musical and thespian talents.

Tickets will be available at the door. Prices are as follows: adults $9, students $8 and senior citizens $7. For more information, call 516-801-7646. 

For those unable to attend, GCTV will be live streaming Friday's performance. Follow this link at show time:

Gribbin Students Learn About Earth Day

Gribbin Students Learn About Earth Day Photo

During the week of April 17, Gribbin School first-graders in Coleen Brunhuber’s class read several books and watched a few videos about Earth Day.

The class made a list of ways to help the Earth and each student made a promise to celebrate Earth Day every day. They also made a craft for their class’ hallway bulletin board, "Small Hands Can Change the World."

As part of their Earth Day celebration, the students worked in partnerships to use the Book Creator App, inserting pictures, text and voice recordings about Earth Day. When they were finished, they presented their final product with the class. The students had a wonderful time.

Glen Cove Board Celebrates Students’ Achievements

Glen Cove Board Celebrates Students’ Achievements Photo
Glen Cove High School students Isabel Blas, Arlene Cajavilca, Latifa Fahkry, Fernanda Falcon, Kayleen Mesa and Fernando Portillo were honored by the Board of Education at the April 20 meeting for their recent success in the Spark! Challenge.
The challenge, a collaboration with Northwell Health Systems and local high schools, exposes students to diverse career paths and ignites their interest in health-related STEM professions. The Human Anatomy and Physiology Honors students took part in a shadow day at the Acute Rehabilitation Center at Glen Cove Hospital and created a presentation based on what they learned. The students were honored with a presentation award and $3,000 monetary award at the Spark! Challenge. 

After watching a short video from the event, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Maria Rianna and Human Anatomy and Physiology Honors teacher Fran Krisch congratulated the students.

“They made us so proud,” Krisch said. “When they did their presentation they were so professional, so bright. Just our best. I couldn’t be prouder.”    

The students were presented with certificates of recognition, as were Mrs. Krisch and Glen Cove High School Assistant Principal Alexa Doeschner, for assisting the students throughout the process.   

Landing K-Kids Raise Money for Basketball Rims

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The Landing School K-Kids, led by Mrs. Margaret Clark and Mrs. Amy Mendrinos, held a Pen and Pencil sale to raise money to purchase two outdoor basketball rims for the school playground.  

Physical education teacher Ms. Karen Serani spoke to the K-Kid advisors about doing a fundraiser for the rims. Students purchased various school supplies, which they can use in their daily routines at school and at home while also benefiting their beloved playground. The K-Kids were in charge of supervising the sale and keeping track of the inventory, as well as being able to make change, all of which are life skills, which will help them in their future career goals.  

The two rims were purchased with the proceeds of the sale and were installed in April. Many thanks to Mr. Anthony Grazioso, Mr. Dennis Basile and Mr. James Abercrombie, for relining the basketball court and making the playground safe and beautiful. In addition, the K-Kids raised $380 for the American Heart Association during Landing School’s Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser.

Connolly Students Raise Awareness for Autism

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Connolly School’s K-Kids organized a fundraiser for the charitable organization Autism Speaks in recognition of Autism Awareness Month.

To raise funds, students sold multicolored bracelets that read, We Stand Together” to fellow students and teachers. They also encouraged the school community to wear blue in honor of Light it Up Blue day.

Prior to the sale, students created posters to promote the sale, they also made announcements via the school’s public address system. Due to the overwhelming, generous response to the sale, K-Kids adviser Krystle Gonzalez indicated that more bracelets would be purchased to fill requests. To-date, the K-Kids raised more than $300 for Autism Speaks, with donations still coming in.   

Landing Raises Money for the American Heart Association

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More than 133 Landing Elementary School students raised $8,635 during the school’s Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser, which benefited the American Heart Association. The school kicks off the annual fundraiser every February during American Heart Month.

Through the program, students secure donations to jump rope during their physical education class, to raise awareness and much-needed funds for the organization. Students were encouraged to raise online donations and gathered a total of 56, raising an astounding $5,816.55. The other donations were collected before school began. Robin Tenke’s third-grade class raised $1519 — the most ever collected by one class. Many thanks to computer monitor Michele Muzante for her generous donation and for collating and counting the donations every morning throughout the fundraiser.

Every student who raised money received an instant American Heart Association lanyard and zoo animal and was placed on the school’s “Zoo Crew Team” poster. If you visit Landing School, please drop by to visualize this incredible sight.

Physical education teacher Karen Serani extended her gratitude to all of the Landing families who participated, and their neighbors and friends who graciously donated.   

“Each year, we are thankful and appreciative of the incredible support throughout this fundraiser to help those less fortunate than ourselves,” Serani said.

Congratulations to Maddy Kaffl, who raised a school high of $775. Other top jumpers who raised more than $200 included: Arden Jimenez - $620, Olivia Bifone - $420, Christopher Bonilla - $275, Jaden Aguilar - $260, Lola Pagan - $250, Jonathan Patino - $245, Joseph Leftwich - $245 and Daniel Hernandez - $200.

Spring Concert and Visual Art Show at Deasy

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Deasy School students took the stage for the school’s annual spring concert and visual arts show on April 5.

The show began with music teacher Joy Sullivan leading students in all grades in singing, “We Are a Rainbow” and “True Colors.” Art teacher Jean Bennardo coordinated the art curriculum with the songs performed at the concert.

Kindergarten students created beautiful artwork for the cover of the program, which demonstrated their recent exploration of blending colors to create energetic abstract paintings and showcase their talents. Students made two paintings, one to grace the program cover, and the other to display and take home.

The room was decorated with student artwork, including stunning red poppies created by kindergarten students as part of their study of flowers painted by artist Georgia O'Keeffe. In addition, first-graders painted portraits of oranges, as they explored artist Paul Klee and his use of shapes and second-graders painted beautiful yellow sunflowers in the style of Vincent Van Gogh.

Other art creations included happy little bugs catching frogs, made by first-graders to illustrate their song, “Five Green and Speckled Frogs,” and serious self portraits in tones of blue and purple people eaters created by second-grade students.

Finley Students Attend WE Day

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Finley students had the unique opportunity to attend WE Day at Rockefeller Center in New York City on April 6.

WE Day brings together world-renowned speakers and award-winning performers with tens of thousands of young people to celebrate their contributions and kick-start another year of change.

Finley students were invited to attend the event thanks to their school’s collaboration with international charity and educational partner WE Free the Children. As part of that relationship, members of the school’s Kiwanis Builders Club, National Junior Honor Society and Student Council, created a food pantry at the school to assist Glen Cove families in need. They also raised enough funds to feed 10 children lunch for a year in Sierra Leone, Africa.

At WE Day, students heard from former astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Mia Farrow, Martin Luther King III and many others. The students enjoyed an unforgettable experience.

Board Honors Research Students

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The Board of Education recognized the efforts of Finley Middle School’s eighth-grade research students during their meeting on April 3 at Connolly School.

The students, under the direction of teacher Heather Methven, participated in National History Day, a yearlong academic program focused on historical research, interpretation and creative expression. They recently presented their individual research at a competition held at Hofstra University.

During the meeting, the students shared what they learned during their research, which encompassed a wide range of topics, including Jonas Salk, The National Parks Service, Roe vs. Wade, Ruby Bridges, Sally Ride and Adolph Hitler. They also had an opportunity to share their project presentations with those in attendance.

Members of the board and Superintendent Dr. Maria Rianna commended the students on their exemplary work.      

Honors for Glen Cove’s Music Department

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For the second consecutive year, the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation has recognized the Glen Cove City School District as one of 527 Best Communities for Music Education across the nation. This honor recognizes outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who work together to ensure access to music learning for all students as part of the school curriculum. Congratulations Glen Cove!

Select Chorale Performs with College Universities

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Glen Cove High School’s Select Chorale had an opportunity to work and perform with choirs from major universities over a two-week period.
The group hosted Syracuse University at Glen Cove High School. They also traveled to Westminster Choir College and the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College for high school choral festivals. The Select Chorale performed for their peers and had an opportunity to play alongside other high school choirs and college ensembles from New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

According to Choral Director Ed Norris, several of the professors and directors from these prestigious musical facilities were blown away by the talent of the Glen Cove students.

Deasy School Recognizes Autism Awareness Month

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Integrated co-teachers Katie Drennan and Susan Seltzer rallied the staff at Deasy School to become more aware and knowledgeable of the developmental disorder of autism by sharing some informative websites, books about children with autism and facts about the disorder in simple terms to teach to their students.

Staff members wore blue on April 3rd for Light it up Blue Day. They will also celebrate throughout the month by wearing Autism Awareness shirts on Fridays and doing some simple activities with their students. Drennan’s and Seltzer’s hope is that they will help students and staff of Deasy School to become more aware of the effects of autism and how they can best support their friends and schoolmates who have it. 

“Awareness is the first step to understanding” both teachers said, so “Light it up Blue” all month long.

Glen Cove Student-Musicians Perform at Tilles Center

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Glen Cove High School senior Nicholas Scarmato (tuba) and freshman Michele D’Ambrosio (alto saxophone) participated in the Tilles Festival Band at the 2017 LIU Post Band Festival held on March 31 through April 2.  

Nicholas and Michele were selected based on their fine musicianship skills and performed alongside the LIU Post Wind Symphony, as well as select high school musicians from 32 high schools across Long Island. Congratulations!   

National Nutrition Month at Gribbin

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In celebration of National Nutrition Month, Matthew Millan, a first-grader in Antoinette Hatzopoulos' class, was excited to have his mom give a hands-on nutrition lesson to his classmates.

Sharon Millan, a registered dietician, taught students about a colorful food plate and making healthy choices. The students then chose items from each food group to create their own healthy plate. Best of all, they ate everything.  

Some of their choices included turkey, peanut butter, apples, pears, carrots, peppers, cucumbers and bread sticks.  They also used circulars and created a meal by cutting out pictures that represented food from each food group. 

After the visit with Mrs. Millan, students headed off to physical education class with Mr. Mark Checola, where they learned about having a healthy heart by eating nutritious foods and getting regular exercise. 

The students expressed their thoughts by writing thank you letters to Mrs. Millan.


Glen Cove Students Attend STEP Conference

Glen Cove Students Attend STEP Conference Photo

Glen Cove High School students on the research team at the STEP NYIT Program attended the 19th annual STEP Statewide Student Conference in Albany from March 24-26.

Latifah Fakhry, Fernanda Falcon, Joshua Filippone, Melvin Lopez, Lucretia Smith and Nicole Vasquez attended a variety of workshops before presenting their posters at the competition. The workshops included financial wellness, bullying, the importance of goal setting, careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), and technology and coding. All the workshops were interactive and provided opportunities for the Glen Cove students to work with students from other schools in New York State to create vision boards and network. Additionally, they were able to attend a college fair.

Lopez was chosen as student ambassador and had the opportunity to attend a different set of leadership workshops, in addition to helping with the process of the conference set-up and the college fair. The students had an amazing time learning new things, meeting new people and presenting their research findings at the poster competition.

Glen Cove Students Attend Diversity Summit


Fourteen Glen Cove High School students in NYIT’s STEP program took part in a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Diversity Summit at Farmingdale State College on March 17.

Four students entered the poster/research competition while the others attended workshops on mindfulness and business savvy with a focus on the different types of communication styles.

The students also had the opportunity to tour the Zspace van, learn about the planets in the Vanderbilt Museum van, speak to a paramedic and view the inside of an ambulance. Additionally, the school’s robotics team captain showed other students the robot created by the STEP team as well as the tricks it can perform.

Glen Cove High School Honors Students of the Month

Glen Cove High School Honors Students of the Month Photo
Glen Cove High School is proud to announce its Students of the Month for December, January and February. The students are recognized by grade level for their hard work and achievements. In addition, the Glen Cove Rotary Club and local Knights of Columbus chapter each named their own student of the month.

The Students of the Month for December were Julie Micko (Rotary); Deborah Mendez (Knights of Columbus); freshmen Trinity Guzman and Emmanuel Jimenez; sophomores Jessica Alvarenga and Jonathan Escobar; juniors Sebastian Jasinski and Brendan Owens; and senior Matthew Arena.
The Students of the Month for January were Shelbie Farnan (Rotary); Isabel Blas (Knights of Columbus); freshmen Michael Corwin and Zakarah Hargrove; sophomores Yanira Acosta Yanes and Miguel Hernandez Flores; juniors Eduardo Mancia and Spyridon Markoulis; and seniors Angela Anastassov and Luis Garcia.
The Students of the Month for February were Alyssa Zangari (Rotary); Jason Ventura (Knights of Columbus); freshmen Megan Battaglia and Gabriela Fernandez; sophomores Ana Flores Garcia and Neshauna Kawall; juniors Marleny Flores Garcia and Paula Hernandez; and seniors Tamara Gitlin and Amara Phillip.

Principal Antonio Santana and the entire administration congratulate the students on their academic achievements.

Hip Pickles Visits Finley

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The award-winning musical group Hip Pickles entertained students at Finley Middle School on March 24. The performance was made possible thanks to the generosity of the PTA’s cultural arts committee. The students had a wonderful time, with many of them experiencing playing a variety of instruments as part of the show. Principal Nelson Iocolano expressed his gratitude to the PTA for making this event possible.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017