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School Community Gathers for Deasy Ribbon Cutting

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Students at Deasy Elementary School took advantage of their incredible new playground when the school hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sept. 8 to celebrate its completion.

District officials, Board of Education members, building administrators and local officials joined Deasy School Principal Melanie Arfman and Glen Cove Education Foundation members, as well as the school’s PTA members, teachers, students and families, for the momentous occasion. The pre-K and elementary students and their siblings had a wonderful time climbing, swinging and bonding with friends and classmates on the new equipment. They also hula-hooped in the area located adjacent to the playground, while music played and PTA members served popcorn and drinks.      

Deasy’s playground came to fruition thanks to the grant-writing efforts of Arfman and Glen Cove Education Foundation member Danielle Fugazy-Scagliola, who helped to secure a $50,000 grant from Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton. The balance of the funds raised was thanks to the generosity of PTA members and multiple fundraisers organized by the Glen Cove Education Foundation.   

Principal Melanie Arfman said she was thrilled that students have a new, fun and exciting playground. She also expressed her gratitude to all those who made the new playground a reality. 

“The new playground is truly a result of Nassau County, the community, the school district, dedicated PTA members, parents and of course, Danielle Fugazy-Scagliola. Together these stakeholders worked collaboratively to ensure the our school’s students and community have a playground that allows for active-based play.”

Glen Cove Hosts Blood Drive

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Glen Cove High School’s Student Senate is hosting a blood drive in conjunction with New York Blood Services on Tuesday, Sept. 19, from 7:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m. in the high school’s back gymnasium.

New York Blood Services has received a personal request from the hurricane-affected areas in Houston and Florida for donations of blood and platelet products. Walk-ins are welcome; however, potential donors are encouraged to contact Student Senate adviser Ellen Lynch at or 516-801-7610, ext. 7614.
Donors should bring their donor card or photo or signature ID, be well-hydrated and eat a low-fat meal at their regular meal time.

Gribbin Students Investigate Nature

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Kindergartners in Irene Kamola’s class at Gribbin School received an up-close look at goldenrod plants during a cross-curricular classroom lesson that focused on writing, reading, science and vocabulary. 

During the lesson, students had an opportunity to touch, feel and smell the plant and were excited to use magnifying glasses to take a closer look. 

“I brought the goldenrods in to inspire, enhance and support our kindergartners’ vocabulary and writing skills,” Miss Kamola said. “I believe that merging science and English language arts is a wonderful way to connect the curriculum.”  

Students also learned a poem about goldenrods, drew pictures of the plant using crayons, measured the leaves, made connections between the color and shape of the plant using printed materials in the classroom, and discussed their observations.
Miss Kamola plans to bring nature into her classroom lessons throughout the year, utilizing the knowledge she gained by participating in the Greentree Foundation Teachers’ Ecology workshop over the summer. The course focused on the ecology of Long Island and emphasized getting students outside as much as possible, and if not possible, to bring nature indoors for students to explore. Miss Kamola will also attend field trips with the foundation throughout the year to expand her knowledge.

Finley Welcomes Incoming Sixth-Graders

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Soon-to-be sixth-graders at R. M. Finley Middle School met with school administrators, bonded with their fellow classmates and received new Chromebooks when they attended Sixth-Grade Orientation on Aug. 29.

The morning began with students and parents receiving a “Sixth-Grade Survival Guide,” which offered information about school clubs, as well as tips and advice from upper classmen. It also explained the amount of time between classes, instructions on how to open lockers and more. Principal Nelson Iocolano spoke to students about social media and reminded the middle school students to “THINK”— Is it True, Helpful, Inspiring, Necessary or Kind, before posting. The group also watched an “Intro to Google Classroom” video created by students on the school’s technology committee. 

A highlight of the meeting was the distribution of brand new Chromebooks to the sixth-grade students. Each child received the technology and a case embroidered with the Glen Cove logo that will be used for classroom instruction. The district is supplying Chromebooks to all sixth- and seventh-grade students for the upcoming school year. 

The sixth-graders also took part in a scavenger hunt. Led by upperclassmen and using clues they were given, they were taken on a tour of the school, learning where important locations were throughout the building.  

The orientation wrapped up with a PTA-sponsored barbeque lunch. Assistant Principal Lawrence Carroll manned the grill along with PTA members. Students enjoyed hot dogs and snacks, while getting to know their classmates. 


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Reminder: Glen Cove Board Meets on a New Night!

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The Glen Cove City Schools Board of Education will hold their meetings on Wednesday evenings throughout the 2017-18 school year.
The public sessions are held at 7:30 p.m. at different locations within the district. For information on upcoming meeting locations, please visit the website
The next Board meeting will be held on Sept. 6 at Finley Middle School at 7:30 p.m.

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Connolly Welcomes a New Principal

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When elementary students at Connolly School in Glen Cove embark on the new school year in September they will be greeted by the building’s new Principal, Julie Mullan.
Mullan most recently served as principal of P.S. 102 Jacques Cartier School in New York City. She also served as assistant principal and resident principal at Shorac Kappock Elementary School. In addition to her administrative experience, Mullan spent seven years as a general education teacher, teaching pre-K, kindergarten and first-grade at P.S./M.S. 029 – The Melrose School.
A Massapequa resident, Mullan has a Master of Science in special education (birth-grade 2) and literary studies (birth-grade 6) from Hofstra University, and a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and history. She also holds New York State professional certifications in early childhood education (birth-grade 2), childhood education (grades 1-6), literacy (birth-grade 6), special education (birth-grade 2) and as a school building leader.     
Mullan is looking forward to meeting and fostering relationships with all the Connolly School students and their families.  

"I’m excited to work with the school community to continue the tradition of high expectations for our students and ensuring that all learners are ready for the next step in their educational journey," Mullan said.

New Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics in Glen Cove

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The Glen Cove City School District is proud to announce Peter Cardone as the new director of health, physical education and athletics. 

Cardone, a Massapequa resident, was appointed at the Board of Education’s Reorganization Meeting on July 13. Before coming to Glen Cove, Cardone was the athletic director and a physical education teacher for the William Cullen Bryant High School in Long Island City. He also was a physical education teacher at Bronx Park Middle School. Cardone served as head wrestling coach for the William Cullen Bryant High School since 2014 and was named New York City Wrestling Coach of the Year in 2016.   

Cardone has an Advanced Graduate Certificate in educational leadership from the College of St. Rose, a Master of Science in physical education from Hofstra University and a Bachelor of Arts in business management from Long Island University. He also holds New York State certifications in educational leadership, physical education K-12, special education 7-12, business education K-12 and coaching.

“I am very excited to start my career at Glen Cove. [The district] has a prestigious sports program along with an amazing physical education/health education curriculum,” Cardone said. “I’m looking forward to working with the community of Glen Cove as well as all stakeholders. My goal is to make a positive impact in all students’ lives and educate them on the importance of living a healthy and active lifestyle. Go Big Red!”

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