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Board Holds Annual Reorganization Meeting

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The Board of Education held its annual reorganization meeting on July 9 at Glen Cove High School, where they welcomed two new trustees and one returning trustee to the Board. Mary Murphy and Rose Sekelsky were sworn in for their new three-year trustee terms by attorney Christopher Powers of Ingerman Smith LLP. In addition, re-elected board member Gail Nedbor-Gross was sworn in for another term. 

Nedbor-Gross was elected Board president for the 2018-19 school year, while trustee Alexander Juarez was elected vice president. The pair were sworn in to their elected positions.

Glen Cove Class of 2018 Begins Bright Future

Glen Cove Class of 2018 Begins Bright Future photo

Glen Cove High School’s Class of 2018 knew that graduation would be worth the wait. Delayed from Saturday to Sunday, the graduation ceremony on June 24 was held under crisp blue skies, with the bold sun reflecting the bright future waiting for the newest Glen Cove Knights alumni.

The graduates marched onto J.C. Maiden Field as the high school band played the traditional “Pomp and Circumstance” and friends and family applauded and cheered. Following performances by the concert choir, honored speakers shared words of wisdom and reflections on the Class of 2018.

Superintendent Dr. Maria L. Rianna and high school Principal Antonio Santana shared their pride in the class, wishing them luck in their future endeavors and applauding their successes while at Glen Cove High School.

Board of Education President Amy Franklin, whose daughter is a member of the Class of 2018, told the graduates not to be scared of the future. “Just don’t ever give up,” she said. “You’ll be fine. Just remember Glen Cove will forever be your home, a place where you can always come to find support and guidance.”

Valedictorian John Dong acknowledged the support of family and teachers in helping the class succeed. “To the parents and families that have stood with us and behind us, no matter the obstacle or cost, thank you.” Dong asked his own parents to rise from their seats in the stands so he could publicly thank them for all they have done for him.

In his address to his fellow graduates, salutatorian Brandon Kolanovic reminded his peers that they are now adults. “In front of us is a new chapter, whether it be attending college, working or just soaking up some free time – the responsibility to dictate the future is in our hands.”

Reflections from class president Talia Sakhaee and honorarian Isabel Blas included memories of hard work, friendship and fun. As is tradition, the graduates chose a faculty member to speak at the graduation ceremony. After completing his first year at Glen Cove High School, Ryan Pearsall stood at the podium honored that the students had accepted him, respected him and invited him to be part of their special day.

The Class of 2018 marched off the field, leaving the high school as a group for the last time, but they left an indelible mark.

Finley Students Move Up

Finley Students Move Up photo

Eighth-graders at Robert M. Finley Middle School bid farewell to teachers and administrators during the school’s moving up ceremony on June 20.

The ceremony began with the seventh-grade band playing “Pomp and Circumstance” as students processed into the school’s auditorium. It continued with Emmanuel Marquez-Chalen leading those in attendance in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Finley’s top two eighth-graders, Doris Serrano and Colleen Coelho, addressed their classmates at the ceremony. Doris’ speech, “A Walk Through Middle School” reflected on the class’ growth since sixth grade, while Colleen’s focused on the “540 Days” of middle school, and encouraged peers to make every day count now and in the future. 

“We are a powerhouse of unlimited potential. We will continue to inspire generations, embrace our individuality and push boundaries set by those too afraid to make every… day… count,” Colleen said.  

Assistant Principal Lawrence Carroll spoke about the three short years the students have spent at Finley.  

“Coming to the middle school is hard,” he said. “All of us working here remember when you first started here, looking somewhat overwhelmed by the whole experience, but we were the lucky ones because we had the privilege of watching you grow, not only in your studies, but as individuals.”  

Mr. Carroll also encouraged the students to continue to give back to the community and to reach out to others in positive ways. 

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Maria Rianna also addressed the graduating eighth-graders and their families, congratulating them on their outstanding achievements. Dr. Rianna also urged the students to be kind. 

“You are so amazing, each and every one of you in your own special way. Respect yourself and respect those around you,” Dr. Rianna said. “Be happy. My wish for you tonight and always is that your future be filled with choices and that kindness will always lead your way.” 

After Dr. Rianna’s comments, students were presented with certificates marking their completion of the eighth grade. They were also treated to a musical performance by a select group of eighth-graders, who sang “I Lived” and later enjoyed dancing and taking photos at the annual eighth-grade dance. 

District Teachers and Students Learn From the Outdoors

District Teachers and Students Learn From the Outdoors photo

The district worked with the Intercounty Teacher Resource Center to secure funds for science professional development of kindergarten teachers at both Deasy and Gribbin schools. Thanks to this partnership, they were able to bring Adelphi University professors Mary Jean McCarthy and Dr. Emily Kang to lead ecology workshops with the Greentree Foundation.

A number of teachers across the district applied last year and were accepted to the Greentree Teachers’ Ecology Workshop for a yearlong program to provide school teachers with the knowledge and techniques to better teach Long Island students about the natural world. The workshop provided participants with familiarity with Long Island’s geological history, general knowledge of local ecosystems, tools for using the outdoors as an extension of the classroom, exciting curriculum to connect students to nature and a forum to share challenges and successes with peers to create an online dialogue about nature-based teaching. As a result of this intensive workshop, teachers have brought a wealth of knowledge about outdoor science education into their classrooms. 

The district believes that outdoor science education should be emphasized in the science curriculum to initiate science lessons with natural phenomena that students can observe and wonder about. These phenomena will effortlessly lead to inquiry hands-on science lessons. To this end, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Technology Dr. Michael Israel and Coordinator of Science Alexa Doeschner, along with teachers Antoinette Hatzopoulos, Jessica McKenna and Giselle Taylor, coordinated with building principals Melanie Arfman and Francine Santoro to reach out to Professor McCarthy and Dr. Kang to develop professional development for the district.

Professor McCarthy and Ms. Doeschner co-lead a professional development session for kindergarten teachers. The focus of this initial meeting highlighted research that documents the positive impact of outdoor learning and reviewed strategies for engaging outdoor learning using literature as a springboard for student observations to record their noticings and wonderings. The professional development that is being implemented with kindergarten teachers is a series of constructive co-taught lessons with the Adelphi professors that allow teachers the opportunity to learn more about incorporating outdoor education while doing outdoor science education. Teachers from Deasy and Gribbin enthusiastically participated in the professional development and brought their own zeal for education to the co-taught lessons. Lessons became a true collaboration between the professors and teachers that highlighted each teacher’s particular passion.

At Deasy, the students headed out to the garden’s perimeter with their magnifying glasses to look for seeds to compare the plant life cycle with animals’ life cycle. Teachers connected this to what students had just observed about the life cycle of ducks. At Gribbin, students used their magnifying glasses to notice and draw shapes in nature, which the teachers connected to students’ current math work. Building on students’ interests, students from both Deasy and Gribbin also became detectives, looking for insects and engaging in a conversation about the interdependence of plants and animals in their schoolyard community. Through the act of exploring the outdoors, the diversity and unity of life is emerging as they observe that their own schoolyard is home to a marvelous multiplicity of life.


Students Mark City’s Anniversary With Time Capsule

Students Mark City’s Anniversary With Time Capsule photo

Connolly and Landing students in grades 3-5 watched closely as a 50-year time capsule was buried at Connolly School on June 15.

The students created a variety of projects to be placed in the time capsule, which coordinated with the City of Glen Cove’s 350-year celebration. Students in grade 3 conducted a survey about being a third-grader in Glen Cove, while fourth-graders generated questions about why they love Glen Cove and what it was like to be a fourth-grader. They then interviewed each other for the historical milestone. Students in fifth grade wrote a quote about something they love about Glen Cove, what they wish for and included meaningful photos. 

Connolly Principal Julie Mullan, Landing Principal Ben Roberts and City of Glen Cove Mayor Timothy Tenke buried the capsule near the new Connolly playground. It will be marked with a plaque so that it will be easily located in the future.

Carnival Fun at Connolly

Carnival Fun at Connolly photo

Connolly School students enjoyed a variety of outdoor activities, games and delicious snacks when the PTA hosted a carnival on June 15.

The PTA, led by Co-presidents Jaryme Demostheni and Deneen Jackson, planned the annual carnival for the entire student body. The group purchases games, small toys to use a prizes and outdoor equipment, such as frisbees, checkers and hoppity hops, which ultimately were donated to the physical education department for student use. They also secure vendors such as Mister Softee, to bring the students carnival-like treats. Jackson said the PTA fundraises for the carnival all year. 

“We do it because the children love it,” Jackson said. It gives them a day outdoors to really enjoy themselves.” 

Mrs. Mullen expressed her great appreciation for the PTA and everything they do for the students throughout the school year, especially the carnival, which she described as “a truly wonderful event.” 

Outstanding Science Award for Glen Cove Senior

Outstanding Science Award for Glen Cove Senior photo
Glen Cove High School senior Jolee Murphy was awarded an Outstanding Science Student Award by the Nassau County Section of the Science Teachers Association of New York State. 

Jolee was nominated by Science Coordinator Alexa Doeschner in conjunction with science faculty members because of exemplary achievement in her science courses throughout her high school career. Jolee was presented by science teacher Fran Krisch to the Nassau County STANYS members at their 21st annual Science Awards Program Dinner at the Coral House in Baldwin. This coming September, Jolee is headed to Stony Brook University on a full-tuition scholarship to study biomedical engineering.

Glen Cove Alums Visit Honors Anatomy and Physiology Classes

Glen Cove Alums Visit Honors Anatomy and Physiology Classes photo
Three Glen Cove alums recently spoke to the Honors Anatomy and Physiology students about the transition from high school studies into pre-health majors in college. 

Caitlin Brown, ’15, a senior nursing major and varsity softball player at Wilkes University, shared her expertise on how to balance the rigors of studies and athletics, while Selena Guastella, ’15, a senior nursing major at Adelphi University and professional EMT for Northwell Health, encouraged students to seek outside clinical experiences while in college to make relevant what they learn in the classroom. Maria Krisch, ’16, a junior pre-medical student and undergraduate teaching assistant at Fordham University, explained study strategies and the requirements necessary to apply to medical school and other health-allied professional graduate programs.

“It is extremely valuable for my current students to get to speak with young, successful, pre-health majors who sat in their same seats just a few years ago,” said teacher Fran Krisch. “It’s a perfect way to end the year and shows the students that they really do have all the tools necessary to do well in pre-health majors if they choose to do so.”

Senior Walk Brings Nostalgia for Class of 2018

Senior Walk Brings Nostalgia for Class of 2018 photo

Glen Cove High School’s senior class took a trip down memory lane during the school’s first-ever Senior Walk on June 15.

Wearing their graduation caps and gowns, the Class of 2018 visited Connolly and Landing schools to reminisce about their time in the district. The senior students walked through the hallways of the elementary buildings to cheers and congratulations by the district’s younger students. They also received high fives and hugs from teachers and students alike. 

Assistant Principal Allen Hudson, who accompanied the students on the trip, said the school’s student government officers came up with the idea to commemorate their time in the district. Congratulations, Class of 2018!   

Flag Day at Gribbin

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Students at Gribbin School gathered at the flag pole for a Flag Day ceremony on June 14. Principal Francine Santoro spoke about the flag, before Cub Scouts raised it for all to see. The group then recited the Pledge of Allegiance, sang “You’re a Grand Old Flag” and listened closely as a kindergartener read a poem about the flag.

Connolly K-Kids Raise Funds for Local Animal Shelter

Connolly K-Kids Raise Funds for Local Animal Shelter photo
The Connolly School K-Kids held a fundraiser for Cove Animal Rescue. Their successful effort resulted in a $312 donation to the local Glen Cove animal shelter. Diane Connolly from Cove Animal Rescue visited the K-Kids and thanked them for their generous donation to help the animals of Glen Cove. 

Introduction to Research Class Presents Final Projects

Introduction to Research Class Presents Final Projects photo
Introduction to Research sixth-graders at Finley Middle School recently completed final projects as part of the course curriculum. Students selected their own subject of research and ultimately explored topics such as the history of rap music, school shootings and gun control, and North Korea and its nuclear weaponry.

The students began their projects in January and worked extensively on them all year. Sixth-graders usually present their projects in Google Slides or exhibit panel form, but teacher Maggi Ibrahim offered students the option of doing something more advanced that might mimic the format of the eighth-grade research project. The older students have the option of completing an exhibit, paper, performance, website or documentary.
Sixth-grader Lila Santamaria took on the more advanced option of documentary and focused on the topic of anorexia nervosa. Lila was very interested in making students aware of the possible signs and symptoms of the emotional disorder. 

When asked why she chose this specific topic, Lila said, “If people know about how the media makes people feel about their bodies, they might be more aware of its dangers. Anorexia affects a lot of young people, both men and women, and I want to help people and spread awareness.” 

“I am so proud of her,” Ms. Ibrahim said of Lila. “She is so talented and did a wonderful job.”

Ms. Ibrahim expressed her pride in all of the students’ work, commending them for their dedication and thorough research.  

To view Lila’s video, please click on the following link,

NBC Reporter Visits Connolly Students

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Connolly School students in Ms. Susan Gielbeda’s and Ms. Erin O’Beirne’s fourth-grade classes have been studying the art of journalism in Writing Workshop. The students have been working on writing feature articles as well as “beat” stories. NBC field reporter Checkey Beckford visited Connolly School to meet and mentor the students. The students were able to learn firsthand what it takes to be a journalist. Then they pitched some feature story ideas, which Ms. Beckford helped explain how they could further develop.

Finley Students Raise Hundreds for Worthy Cause

Finley Students Raise Hundreds for Worthy Cause photo
Robert M. Finley Middle School has accepted the challenge of helping to find a cure for blood cancer. This year, over a span of three weeks, students were able to collectively raise $776.71 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society during the Pennies for Patients fundraiser. Ms. Meredith Murolo’s eighth-grade homeroom was the leader, raising $131.37 to contribute towards the very worthy cause. For their efforts, they received a pizza lunch donated from Domino’s Pizza.

Research Highlighted at Connolly’s International Feast

Research Highlighted at Connolly’s International Feast photo

Connolly School fifth-graders celebrated the completion of their research projects, which focused on a variety of different countries, with an International Feast on June 6.

Students enjoyed multicultural music and traditional ethnic foods and desserts prepared by their parents. They also had an opportunity to view the informative, research-based posters created by their classmates, which were displayed on the walls of the cafeteria. Students used iPads and books from the school’s library to conduct their research. They also watched videos in their classroom that highlighted different holidays, cultural dances and feasts of their respective country of study. The projects included information on geography, well-known landmarks, famous people and capital cities. 

The culminating event was organized by special education teacher Valerie Scicchitano and featured colorful placemats created by the students. A wonderful time was had by all!

Fitness and Technology at Finley

Fitness and Technology at Finley photo

Sixth- and seventh-grade students at Finley Middle School are using Chromebooks in physical education classes as part of a new initiative led by teachers Matt Carbone, Steven Tripp and Angela Zupa.

The teachers, at the direction of Principal Nelson Iocolano, developed an eight-minute fitness video for students to complete at home. The workout routine was comprised of various exercises, including crunches, push-ups, wall sits and running in place. They would then enter what they completed onto a Google Sheet created by their teachers. During the same eight-week period, teachers would begin each physical education class with the same routine to monitor the students’ progress and to provide them with an additional opportunity to record their results.

“We really want our students to realize that fitness and exercise is not an every other day activity. It’s something they should do every day,” Mr. Tripp said. 

Mr. Carbone said using the Chromebooks to enhance physical education class was a no-brainer.  

“Anytime the students can implement technology in class it’s a win because the students love it,” he said.

The teachers are looking towards creating an assignment for students to take part in over the summer months as a way to encourage daily health and fitness.  

Board Grants Tenure to District Educators

Board Grants Tenure to District Educators photo
The Board of Education held a tenure recognition ceremony on June 6. Congratulations to the following district professionals on receiving tenure: teachers Stefani Borgia Anisimov, Diane Bruschini, Adam Cirnigliaro, Jessica McKenna; Assistant Coordinator of Special Education Betsy Lashin and Glen Cove High School Principal Antonio Santana.

Glen Cove Seniors Are All Smiles

Glen Cove Seniors Are All Smiles photo
Glen Cove High School’s Senior Class officers had a little fun as they checked out the school’s College-Bound display. Congratulations to the Class of 2018! 

First-Place Honors for Finley Musicians

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The Robert M. Finley Middle School concert band, string orchestra and chorus, under the direction of their conductors, Keith Schmidt, Chris Lippe and Joy Sullivan, respectively, participated in the 2018 Music in the Parks Festival in Hershey, Pennsylvania. All three ensembles took home first-place trophies in their categories. The orchestra received a Superior rating, while the concert band and chorus received Excellent ratings. The competition took place at Lebanon Valley College, with an award ceremony at Hershey Park. The band, orchestra and chorus performed for a panel of judges that were impressed with the musicianship displayed during the performance. Congratulations to all participants!


High School Junior Achievement Volunteers Visit Deasy

High School Junior Achievement Volunteers Visit Deasy photo

Glen Cove High School students Maria Aguilar, Gabriela Derosa, Veronica Maldonado, Elena Negron, Natalie Torres and Natalie Velasquez recently taught Junior Achievement lessons to Deasy students.

The high school students were trained by Junior Achievement of New York staff to teach elementary students about financial literacy, entrepreneurship and college/career readiness. All JA of New York programs directly correlate to New York State Learning Standards in social studies, mathematics and English. They are fun, interactive and offer hands-on experiential learning. 

First-graders participated in JA Our Families, which explains how family members’ jobs and businesses contribute to the well-being of the family and of the community. The program introduces the concept of needs and wants and explores the ways families plan for and acquire goods and services. Meanwhile, second-graders took part in JA Our Community, which uses posters and games to offer practical information about businesses and the many jobs those businesses offer in a community. 

Deasy Principal Melanie Arfman thanked the high school students for volunteering their time to assist the school’s youngsters and to Jason Smiloff, the district’s work based learning coordinator, for planning and organizing this initiative.

Field Day at Landing

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Landing School’s Field Day was held on May 25. During the event, this year’s New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Excellence in Physical Education awards were given to Frank Andrade and Jaylin Neder. Exceptional fitness physical education trophies were given to students Heather Alvarado, Vera Glouchkov, Devon Gonzalez, Grace Guillen, Jordan Pardo, Jayden Ramirez, Mayleen Chavez Reyes, Kailey Yanes Rosa, Ryan Sita and Davin Young. In addition, Corey Freeman and Mariela Hernandez were awarded the Courage Trophy, which is given to a student who demonstrates superior courage throughout the school year.

Fitness plays a big role in the physical education program at Landing School. Students try to improve their fitness levels by participating in various activities throughout the academic school year. Students take baseline and summative fitness tests to document individual improvements. A number of students achieved 80 situps on both their prefitness and postfitness tests for curl-ups. That is an incredible achievement. Congratulations to those students and to all those who achieved 80 curl-ups! 

Teachers, staff and parents participated in the adult water balloon toss to the delight of the students. Many thanks to Ms. Conti, our water balloon station leader, for her return to Landing School for this special day and special thanks to Mrs. Amy Mendrinos for her assistance in the early morning setup. A special note of thanks to Mrs. Lisa Galante-Cipriano for her Field Day photographs.

Field Day was a success thanks to Mrs. Buhr and Mrs. Jimenez, Landing PTA, Principal Benjamin Roberts, parents, staff, custodians Mr. Anthony Grazioso and Mr. Basile, Building and Grounds, and especially DJ Pace Entertainment. Physical education teacher Karen Serani extended her appreciation to all those who made Field Day a success!

First Next Generation STEAM Fair

First Next Generation STEAM Fair photo

As the first year of the high school Scientific Research Literacy class comes to an end, students wrapped up their last competition of the year at the annual Next Generation STEAM Fair at the Cradle of Aviation.

Students competed against 16 teams from school districts across Long Island. The Scientific Research Literacy class had no prior experience in robotics and were tasked with using a SnappyXO robotics kit designed by Stony Brook University professor Dr. Anurag Purwar to propose and solve a problem related to space exploration. The problem could include space and surface travel, navigation, articulation and deployment. Students met with Dr. Purwar on April 10 and had the past six weeks to construct a robot designed to move and complete a task. Glen Cove High School students designed the robot to navigate autonomously and be able to pick up sample materials during a space exploration mission.

In attendance at the May 23 competition were Scientific Research Literacy class teacher Jillian Romano and Alexa Doeschner, district science coordinator. Given the short window of time, as well as the complexity of the college-level robotics kit, most competing teams did not have a working robot at the competition. Although the team did not win, our students were actively engaged in a productive struggle for the past six weeks, and were able to design, construct, wire and code a moving robot. 

From the numerous experiences students had in the Scientific Research Literacy class, one of the major takeaways was grit, a predictor of success, which is defined as perseverance and passion for long-term goals.

No Ordinary Moth at Gribbin

No Ordinary Moth at Gribbin photo
On May 23, a moth hatched from a cocoon that had been found and kept in Miss Irene Kamola’s classroom since the fall. However, this was no ordinary moth, what hatched was a moth named antheraea polyphemus, named after Polyphemus, the giant cyclops from Greek mythology who had a single large, round eye in the middle of his forehead. The antheraea polyphemus moth is a member of the family of giant silk moths. It can be found from Canada to Mexico, and for this past week it spent its days here in Glen Cove in one of the Gribbin classrooms. The children were very excited to make this discovery! 

Connolly Faculty Wears Jeans for Troops

Connolly Faculty Wears Jeans for Troops photo
Connolly School faculty and staff recently raised more than $150 for the military during its Gi Go Jeans for Troops fundraiser. In the fall, Connolly raised $190, bringing the school’s donation total to more than $350.

Second-Graders Investigate Plant Life

Second-Graders Investigate Plant Life photo
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Coinciding with the spring season, second-grade students at Deasy and Gribbin have been learning about plants through their Plant Investigations Unit. 

Based on feedback from Deasy Principal Ms. Melanie Arfman and Gribbin Principal Ms. Francine Santoro, the unit was written by the District Coordinator of Science Alexa Doeschner to be closely aligned with the newly adopted New York State Science Learning Standards. The focus of the unit provides students with observable and thought-provoking plant phenomena to actively engage in what is happening and why it is happening. The plant phenomena that students are exploring hands-on includes the difference between monocotyledon and dicotyledon seeds, the role of stems to bring nutrients and water upwards and the ability of roots to sense direction. 

Through these investigations, students are gaining an understanding of the structure and function of different plant parts. The students’ culminating project is to grow a “grass head” where they will have the opportunity to predict what will happen based on their learning about the various structures and functions of plants.

Gribbin Students’ Research Showcased at Animal Museum

Gribbin Students’ Research Showcased at Animal Museum photo
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Second-grade students in Gribbin School recently organized an Animal Museum. Displayed in the exhibit were dioramas, murals and nonfiction books students wrote on specific animals from habitats they researched in class.
Each class studied a different habitat. Students then researched an animal from that specific habitat and wrote a book based on their research findings. Each class rotated to a different teacher over five days to learn about all of the different habitats: arctic, ocean, rainforest, savannah and woodland forests. Students researched their animals’ classification, appearance, diet, habitat, movement, sounds and babies. Along the way, they also found fun facts about their animals. On the day of the museum the students came in wearing clothing related to the habitat studied in their classroom. Parents and members of the school community were invited to attend.

Ancient Civilization Museum at Connolly

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Fifth-grade students in Krystle Gonzales’ class have been learning about and researching ancient civilizations. Combining their nonfiction research unit with the social studies unit on ancient civilizations of Latin America, students chose an ancient civilization that they wanted to learn more about. They were then paired with other students interested in the same topic and worked cooperatively with their research group to prepare a Google slide, hands-on project and a fact poster.

Glen Cove High School STEP Students Graduate

Glen Cove High School STEP Students Graduate photo
Students from Glen Cove High School who participated in the STEP (Science Technology Engineering Program) this past academic school year have graduated. 

Under the supervision of Glen Cove science teacher Ms. Jillian Romano, the students have been hard at work designing proposals and solutions to world problems and conducting research in science laboratories on a college campus, as well as designing robots to compete in multiple robotics tournaments. Beginning in September, students spent every Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. at New York Institute of Technology designing and conducting innovative projects. 

This program has positively affected the lives of participating students and guided them to focus on a science career path, which at one time only seemed like a dream. The STEP program has allowed these students to dream big and to realize that with hard work anything is possible.

Landing Duo Breaks School’s PACER Fitness Record

Landing Duo Breaks School’s PACER Fitness Record photo
Landing Elementary School students are constantly working to improve their fitness levels during physical education classes throughout the academic school year. This year, two third-grade students were able to break Landing’s cardiovascular PACER fitness test record.

Congratulations to Cameron Allan and Bryan Guerra, who both achieved 66 laps on the PACER test, breaking the 3-year-old record held by Jonathan Patino.

Cameron and Bryan completed this achievement by taking the test side by side and completing 66 laps simultaneously. The exiting score for fifth-grade students is 40 laps, so these two young boys far surpassed their cardiovascular fitness level for their ages in third grade.

They were given a certificate at Landing School’s Field Day to acknowledge this wonderful achievement.

Home Run for Big Red Baseball Program

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The district’s baseball program was awarded equipment and a check for $2,500 through the MLB Baseball Tomorrow Fund in partnership with the New York Mets on May 20. Glen Cove High School baseball players Kiernan Calderon, Chris Capobianco and Jared Vanegas were invited to walk onto Citi Field and were recognized in front of the whole crowd for receiving this honor. In addition to the award, the players were able to watch the game from field level seats. The district would like to thank the MLB and the New York Mets for their generosity in providing our athletes with an amazing experience.

Connolly Students Sell Pencils for a Good Cause

Connolly Students Sell Pencils for a Good Cause photo
Connolly School students participated in a fundraiser for Pencils of Promise, a non-profit organization that raises money to build schools in developing countries. The youngsters sold decorative pencils every morning in the lobby to raise money for this important cause. On Star Wars Day (“May the 4th be With You”) the students wore Star Wars clothing, outfits and costumes for a $1 donation to Pencils of Promise. Teachers placed a 10-foot Darth Vader inflatable in the lobby and took a picture with many of the students who participated. The kids had a blast while donating to this charity. 

High School Ceramic Students Share Artistry for City Celebration

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Under the direction of teacher Vicki Gordon, Glen Cove High School ceramics students created totems for Garvies Point Museum and Preserve. In all, there are five poles with a total of 100 pieces representing the 100th anniversary of Glen Cove’s incorporation as a city. The colorfully glazed ceramic pieces reflect the wildlife at Garvies Point. Several students assisted Ms. Gordon with the installation of the totems, which are now on permanent display in the picnic area. Ms. Gordon would like to thank Veronica Natale, director of Garvies Point Museum and Preserve, for welcoming the school’s 350/100 Celebration contribution and the staff for being so helpful. The ceramic students that participated in the installation of the sculptures were Jessica Alvarenga, Cindy Cruz, Emily Escobar, Dylan Pajuelo, Anissa Rosado, Frank Villalobos and Rosa Zavala.

Middle School Showcase

Middle School Showcase photo
On Monday May 21, the district held the last in a series of BOE Educational Workshops for this school year. It showcased our Finley Middle School Junior Venture Academy, Home & Careers and Research & Humanities Programs and was presented by Middle School teachers Maggie Ibrahim and Arielle Panzarino. Students Carter Suozzi, Diana Salinas Villalobos, Sofia Garcia, Anna Basil, Kayla Recinos and Yohana Cartagena Alas also participated in this presentation.

High School Orchestra Places First in Festival

High School Orchestra Places First in Festival photo
Congratulations to Glen Cove High School’s orchestra for placing first in their division at the Music In The Parks Festival at Williamsburg, Virginia on May 18. Orchestra teacher James Guarini and Principal Antonio Santana congratulated the students on their outstanding performance.  

Deasy Students Research Marine Biology

Deasy Students Research Marine Biology photo

Deasy School first-graders shared their recent research on marine animals, which was highlighted in e-books and projects, with family members on May 16.

The students have been learning about marine animals in STREAM (Science, Technology, Research, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) class under the guidance of STREAM teacher Giselle Taylor. During class, they paired up and selected a marine animal to research, locating information about the animal’s habitat, their food supply, photos and other interesting facts. Using what they learned, the first-graders used Adobe Spark to create an e-book. They also created their respective animals out of recycled materials on Global Design Day. 

The youngsters were excited to share their e-books and projects with their families. They also enjoyed some light refreshments. Each of the first-grade teachers commended the students on their outstanding work. 

Saturday, July 21, 2018