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Connolly Students Create Carnival Games

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Fourth-grade STEAM students at Connolly School were inspired by the video Caine's Arcade to invent and create arcade games they could play at their carnival.

The students worked in teams of four, following the engineering design process: ask, imagine, plan, create and improve. They used recycled items found at home such as boxes, tubes and cups to create their arcade games. Each game had a special name, and had rules, which were written and clearly marked on the game. Many of the teams also created tickets and prepared prizes to give to the winners.

During the carnival, the teams took turns manning the games, giving out prizes, playing and having fun. One student commented, “This is like being at a real carnival! I love playing and winning prizes!”

“I was so proud of all my fourth-grade students for the hard work they put into creating, building and problem-solving each step of making their game,” STEAM teacher Cheryl Carmody said. “They showed great team work and cooperation all along the way.”

 This was the second year that students have incorporated the fourth-grade arcade to the Connolly Carnival. The students made it quite the success!





Finley Students Head to High School

Finley Students Head to High School Photo

Eighth-graders at Robert M. Finley Middle School bid farewell to teachers and administrators during the school’s moving up ceremony on June 22.

The ceremony began with the seventh-grade band playing “Pomp and Circumstance” as students processed into the school’s auditorium. It continued with Patrick Grecco III leading those in attendance in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Finley’s top two eighth-graders, Luciano Tuo and Sidney Angalet, addressed their classmates at the ceremony, as did Principal Nelson Iocolano, who reflected on a TED Talk given by Pope Francis as his inspiration for his remarks. 

“The Pope had three messages he hoped to impart,” he said. “First, he wanted to remind us that we all need each other, that none of us is an island. His second message was his hope that all of the scientific and technological innovations that we currently enjoy, and that are yet to come, will help create greater equality and social inclusion. His final message was a call for revolution, a revolution of tenderness.” 

Iocolano then shared with students how the Pope’s message reminded him of them. He commended the students on their local and global charitable endeavors, and encouraged them to use technology to connect with other activists to create an interconnected network of social, environmental, and global justice conscious individuals who will help them become the heroes that this world needs. 

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

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 performed “You’ve Got a Friend” and later enjoyed dancing and taking photos at the annual eighth-grade dance. 



RAINDATE - HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION WILL BE SUNDAY, JUNE 25TH AT 1:00 P.M.

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Due to the forecast of inclement weather for Saturday, the High School Graduation will be Sunday, June 25th at 1:00 p.m.

Outgoing Board Members Honored

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Board of Education trustee Barrie Dratch and Vice President Maureen Pappachristou were celebrated at the BOE meeting on June 19. 

Dratch was a member for six years, while Pappachristou served for three years and nine months. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Maria Rianna thanked the pair for their support and service to the district’s students.

“From their years of experience on the PTA, plus Barrie’s as an educator in another district, they bring a lot to the table and I think they have added a lot to the work we have done over the last four years,” Dr. Rianna said.    

Dratch thanked members of the district’s administration. She also shared some parting thoughts to new BOE members Robert Field and Monica Alexandris-Miller, who will be sworn in on July 13.

“Your role is to represent the children of the city. I ask that you trust the knowledge of all administrators and have faith that they know what they’re doing,” Dratch said. “And if you aren’t sure of something, your role is to ask questions.”

In addition to honoring the outgoing board members, principals from each school building provided an overview of their site committees’ work throughout the year. 
  
 
 

Literacy Centers Reinforce Learning at Deasy

Literacy Centers Reinforce Learning at Deasy Photo

Kindergarten students in Kathleen Chou’s class at Deasy read, wrote sentences on wipe boards, matched like-sounding words and practiced writing their ABCs during literacy centers arranged by their teacher.

Throughout the school year, the students have learned new skills to help them with reading and writing. Throughout the week of June 12, Chou set up literacy centers to target learned skills and improve on ones the students have already acquired. The centers were designed for all types of learners, including higher-level and grade-level students.





Relay for Life Success for Glen Cove’s Big Red Team

Relay for Life Success for Glen Cove’s Big Red Team Photo
Glen Cove High School’s Big Red Team participated in a Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society at North Shore High School on June 10. In all, the team raised $1,595 for the organization. If you’d like to donate to the "Glen Cove Big Red" team, visit the fundraising page:
http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/?fr_id=79274&pg=team&team_id=2186256
 

 

 

Connolly Students Race Recyclable Cars

Connolly Students Race Recyclable Cars Photo

It was a race to the finish at Connolly School as third-grade students put their recyclable cars to the test during a recent STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts and math) class.

Prior to race day, the students, led by STEAM teacher Cheryl Carmody, designed and built their cars using recyclable materials and MakerSpace supplies, such as straws, masking tape and yarn. The students worked in teams and had to select the items they planned to use, based on a budget of $1,000. Each item had a set cost and the group had to collaborate to determine which items they needed and at what cost.

On the day of the race, each group had an opportunity to test their cars and make any changes they felt necessary before the final race. They also had to write about any changes they made, how they felt their car performed and update any additional supplies they might have had to “purchase.”

Mrs. Carmody set up a track for the race and timed each individual group to see whose car was the fastest. The students had a great time!    



 

Finley Eighth-Graders Visit Boston

Finley Eighth-Graders Visit Boston Photo

Finley Middle School students visited Boston on June 9. The students enjoyed touring the Hall of Science and viewing the IMAX movie “Lewis and Clark: Great Journey West.” They also took part in a Duck Tour of Boston and Boston harbor aboard a WWII-era amphibious duck vehicle. After the tour, they visited Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall before having dinner at Pizzeria UNO.

Finley Spanish Students Hone their Skills at Local Restaurant

Finley Spanish Students Hone their Skills at Local Restaurant Photo

Finley Middle School students in Mrs. Christine Skaar's Spanish classes enjoyed an authentic Mexican lunch at Puerto Vallarta Restaurant in Glen Cove.

They learned about the food they were eating and practiced how to order in Spanish. All had a great time!

 

Connolly and Landing Students Enjoy a Meet and Greet

Fifth-grade students from Connolly and Landing schools recently gathered for a Meet and Greet at Connolly School to get to know each other before they move to Finley Middle School in the fall. The students had a wonderful time getting to know each other.

Landing Fourth-Graders Connect with WWII Veteran

Landing Fourth-Graders Connect with WWII Veteran Photo
Fourth-grade students at Landing School, under the direction of teacher Courtney McCord, wrote letters to WWII veteran Vincent Long. 

The students learned about Long during social studies when they were reading articles pertaining to current events. In their letters, students commended Long on his service and congratulated him for his accomplishments.

“It was really beneficial to put what they learned about WWII into a real-life perspective,” McCord said. “Knowing that Long was alive and had lived through some of the things that they had read about in their textbooks gave them a different connection to their classroom studies.”
 
The students invited Long to visit Landing School and are hoping to meet him.   

Glen Cove Celebrates Class of 2017 Top 3

Glen Cove Celebrates Class of 2017 Top 3 photo
Congratulations to Glen Cove High School Class of 2017’s valedictorian Julie Micko, salutatorian Geovani Antonio Flores and honorarian Laura Marie Roesch.
     
Julie’s academic prowess includes earning a 103.52 GPA and recognition by the College Board as an AP Scholar with Honor. She was named a Commended Student in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program and was recipient of the Bausch + Lomb Honorary Science Award. Julie has taken a rigorous course load while at Glen Cove High School, including many AP and honors courses. Her academic and athletic accomplishments led to her designation as a News 12 Scholar Athlete. Julie received All-County honors in air rifle for three consecutive years and was a member of the varsity volleyball team and the varsity track and field team. Her extracurricular activities include being a Student Senate, DECA club, mathletes and ski club member. She also performed as part of the wind ensemble, marching band, pep band and drumline and was named an All-County musician for mallet percussion. Julie has taken part in many community service activities, including participation in numerous walks, blood drives and community cleanup efforts to benefit non-profit organizations, in addition to working various part-time jobs. Julie will attend Stony Brook University in the fall.  

Geovani earned a 102.57 GPA and was recognized by the College Board as an AP Scholar with Distinction. He has taken a rigorous course load, taking advantage of many AP and honors classes at Glen Cove. Geovani was recognized for excellence in Living Environment, Spanish Native Language II Honors, Algebra 2/Trigonometry Honors and Physic Honors. Outside the classroom, he has taken part in many activities, including DECA club, pep band, marching band, the wind ensemble, jazz band and mathletes. He was inducted into the school’s National Honor Society chapter in 2015 and served as treasurer in 2016. Geovani volunteered as an altar server at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church for five years. He will attend Macaulay Honors College at The City College of New York.

Laura has a 102.3 GPA and was designated an AP Scholar with Honor by the College Board. She has taken advantage of many AP and honors classes at Glen Cove, in addition to being honored for excellence in Spanish III, Spanish IV Honors and AP World History and her outstanding achievements in physics. Laura is a member of the school’s National Honor Society chapter, serving as secretary in 2015-16 and president in 2016-17. Her extracurricular activities include DECA club, where she has served as secretary since 2013. She is also the treasurer for Model UN and co-vice president of mathletes, and participates in the Women’s Empowerment club and the school’ ski club. Laura’s volunteer efforts include organizing and leading activities for elementary and middle school children as part of the Glen Cove Library Teen Advisory Board, participation in the SMILES program at Gribbin School, serving as director and switchboard operator for Glen Cove TV Studio/GCTV and tutoring younger students. She will attend Stony Brook University in the fall.
 
 

Finley Students Bring Spanish Lesson to Deasy

Finley Students Bring Spanish Lesson to Deasy photo
Finley Middle School seventh-graders Madison Patino and Yohana Cartagena Alas from Mrs. Christine Skaar's Spanish class taught Deasy School first-graders in Ms. Amanda Podmeyer's class colors and animals in Spanish. During the lesson, students had fun singing, dancing and coloring, all while learning the Spanish language. The middle school students planned the entire lesson and the younger children had a great time.

Athletes Inducted into Glen Cove’s Wall of Fame

Athletes Inducted into Glen Cove’s Wall of Fame Photo
Glen Cove High School’s athletic department honored the school’s 15 All-County athletes with induction into its Wall of Fame on June 6.
Athletic Director Denise Kiernan led the ceremony, congratulating the students and thanking them for continuing the tradition of excellence at Glen Cove High School. 

Athletic Director Jim Butz established the Wall of Fame, which is located just outside the high school’s gymnasium, in the 1970s. Congratulations to the following student-athletes: 


Basketball
Grace Brady
Kevin Ernest
Neri Romero

Cheerleading
Emily De La Fuente

Rifle
Matthew Arena
Matthew Pemberton 

Soccer
Jelson Bonilla
Alexis Cota
Delilah Perez

Tennis
Trinity Chow

Track & Field
Daniel Baboolal
E’shone Cofield
Tatiana Guevara
Michael Thurmond

Wrestling 
Gregory Villafane


Waterfront Visit Reinforces Science for Landing Students

Waterfront Visit Reinforces Science for Landing Students Photo

Landing fourth-graders visited the Oyster Bay Waterfront Center to reinforce their studies in science.

During the visit, students participated in different activities with members of the Waterfront Center teaching them about water quality and water testing; sea creatures; and how to properly use a drag net to catch animals. They also took part in a variety of water quality tests to determine things such as how much salt was in the water, the acidity level and how clear the water was. The students loved going on a scavenger hunt to find various objects and sea creatures, learning about snails, crabs, spider crabs, clams, horseshoe crabs and many other animals found in the Long Island Sound. 

This hands-on experience was very exciting for the students. They enjoyed wearing special boots and life jackets, as they used a drag net to catch various animals and objects. The fourth-grade teachers expressed their gratitude to the PTA for helping to sponsor the trip, and extended a special thank-you to teacher Melissa Harechmak for organizing it.

Finley Students Participate in the Music in the Parks Festival

Finley Students Participate in the Music in the Parks Festival Photo
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The Robert M. Finley Middle School concert band, string orchestra and chorus, under the directions of their conductors, Keith Schmidt, Chris Lippe and Joy Sullivan, performed in the 2017 Music in the Parks Festival in Hershey, Pennsylvania.  

The concert band and orchestra both received superior ratings, placing first in their category, and Best Overall Band and Orchestra for the festival. In their first participation in a festival, the chorus received an excellent rating and placed third. The competition took place at Palm Lutheran Church and Palmyra Middle School, with an award ceremony at Hershey Park. The band, orchestra and chorus performed for a panel of judges who were impressed with the musicianship displayed during the performance. Congratulations to all participants!
 

Underclassmen Achievements Recognized at Glen Cove High School

Underclassmen Achievements Recognized Photo
Glen Cove High School’s underclassmen were recently honored for their academic achievements.

During the awards ceremony, students in grades 9-11 were honored for their accomplishments in mathematics, English, science, world languages, social studies, ENL and art. Students’ club activities and their community service leaders were also recognized. Additional awards distributed at the event include the following:

Bausch & Lomb Honorary Junior Award 
Junior Jason Ventura

Frederick Douglass & Susan B. Anthony Award 
 Junior Gabriela Fuentes Escobar 

George Eastman Young Leaders Award 
Junior William Casale

Xerox Award for Innovation & Information Technology 
 Junior Joshua Filippone

Congratulations to all the students celebrated at the event!

Gribbin PTA Gifts Connolly School Funds for Playground

Gribbin PTA Gifts Connolly School Funds for Playground Photo
Members of Gribbin School’s PTA, along with Principal Francine Santoro, surprised the Connolly School community with a $5,000 donation to help support their PTA’s playground fundraising efforts. 

The group presented the donation to Connolly School Principal Rose Sekelsky and members of their PTA prior to Connolly’s third-grade concert on June 6. Principal Sekelsky expressed her gratitude to Gribbin School’s PTA on behalf of the students and staff at Connolly.

“This very generous donation will help to make our dream of a newly refurbished playground a reality much sooner than we anticipated,” Sekelsky said. “Thank you!” 

Kiwanis Honors Finley Students

Kiwanis Honors Finley Students Photo

The Kiwanis Long Island North Division honored Finley Middle School students Edith Landaverde and Victor Vaughan on June 5. Edith was recognized for being the most improved student, and Victor was honored for being the most improved athlete. Both students have made their families and school community proud!




Connolly Students Raise Money for a Good Cause

Connolly Students Raise Money for a Good Cause Photo

Connolly School students recently dressed as their favorite animals and participated in a variety of fun games to raise money for the National Wildlife Federation, which is dedicated to protecting wildlife and habitats.

The students, under the direction of Student Council adviser Susan Stanco, played Giraffe basketball, Puppy paddle and a Kangaroo sack race, dressed as cats, bunnies, puppies and a whole lot more. They also had an opportunity to pet and hold some kittens thanks to Diane Connolly of Cove Animal Rescue. In all, the students raised nearly $200 for the organization.



Glen Cove High School Celebrates Students of the Month

Glen Cove High School Celebrates Students of the Month Photo
Glen Cove High School is proud to announce its Students of the Month for March, April and May. 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 March were Amanda Ieraci (Knights of Columbus); Samantha Barry (Rotary); freshmen Katherin De Paz Espinoza and Matthew Ladeairous; sophomore Leah Dwyer, juniors Michael Cavese and Jennifer Cuevas Bonilla; and senior Kayleen Mesa. 

The Students of the Month for April were Jolee Murphy (Knights of Columbus); Geovani Flores (Rotary); freshmen Sofia Costantino and Kayla Lewis; sophomores Gabriella DeRosa and Nino Metreveli, junior Sara D’Ambrosio; and seniors Joshua Brown and Fiorela Avalos Calderon.
           
The Students of the Month for May were Nicole Franklin (Knights of Columbus); Laura Roesch (Rotary); freshmen Malik Barham, Sarina Mejia Corea and Christopher Pascucci; sophomores Juan Molina Argueta and Keith Simpson Jr., junior Adiel Reyes Castaneda; and seniors Tania Chinchilla Hernandez and Akash Jintoorkar.
           
           
 

Landing School Principal is Stuck for a Buck

Landing School Principal is Stuck for a Buck Photo

Landing School students taped Principal Benjamin Roberts to a wall as part of the school’s grand finale to its Pennies for Patients fundraising campaign.

Students raised $3,800 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society during a two-week period. This is the 15th year that the school has supported the organization, raising more than $36,000 in total. Principal Roberts described the fundraising efforts as “a true testament to the generous and caring Landing staff and school community.”  

He also extended his gratitude to teacher Mrs. Maria DePace for all of her hard work in organizing this wonderful initiative, and to the entire Landing staff for their help and hard work.



 

Glen Cove High School Honors Class of 2017 Achievements

Glen Cove High School Honors Class of 2017 Achievements Photo

Glen Cove High School celebrated the stellar accomplishments of the Class of 2017 during its Senior Awards ceremony on May 31.

The evening began with Principal Antonio Santana greeting students and their family members. It continued with seniors receiving a wide variety of scholarships and recognition from organizations such as the Glen Cove Senior Center, the Nassau County Comptroller’s office and the Glen Cove Teachers Association, among many others. In all, more than 100 students received over $95,000 in scholarships. In addition to the many honors presented, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Maria Rianna recognized valedictorian Julie Micko, salutatorian Geovani Antonio Flores and honorarian Laura Roesch.

Principal Santana congratulated all of the students and their families on their achievements.  




Gribbin School Fine Art Festival "Lights" Up The Night!

Gribbin School Fine Art Festival

Gribbin School’s annual fine arts festival was centered on the school’s yearlong theme of "Light."

The evening began with second-graders presenting shadow dancing based on their workshop study with dance teaching artist Mickey Davidson. Following the dancing, STEAM teacher Jessica McKenna read a story about fireflies to the crowd. The students and their families were then treated to a spectacular art show put together by art teacher LeeAnn Palazzo that featured work from every student in the school. The subjects of the artwork included fireflies, lighthouses and light reflected on ocean waters. As a special added treat, music teacher JoAnn Criblez and physical education teacher Mark Checola illuminated the entire upstairs hallway into a "Dreamscape Light Path," complete with music and moving light fixtures that the families could walk through. The evening capped off outside with refreshments served by the Gribbin PTA, a firefly craft for students to create and beautiful live music provided by a duet featuring Glen Cove School's alum Michael Alvarez. All had a wonderful time!



Deasy First-Graders Learn About Inventions

Deasy First-Graders Learn About Inventions Photo

Deasy first-graders explored a collection of inventions from the past and learned about the special functions of historical inventions such as the telephone and the meat grinder when the Long Island Children’s Museum’s Spirit of Invention workshop visited their school.

The students were excited to hear about the lives of famous inventors such as George Washington Carver and Marie Curie. The also used their knowledge of technology, problem-solving skills and creativity to create their own futuristic invention using an assortment of recycled materials.

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National Honor Society Induction at Glen Cove High School

National Honor Society Induction at Glen Cove High School Photo

Glen Cove High School’s National Honor Society inducted 50 members in an annual ceremony on May 22.

The evening began with senior Laura Roesch leading those in attendance in the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by Principal Antonio Santana who welcomed students and their families and congratulated them on their outstanding achievements.

“Nights like this are a great source of pride for me,” Santana said. “Anytime I get to celebrate the achievements of my students, I feel like I’m celebrating the achievements of my own children.”

Robert Donno, a board member of the Nassau County Youth Board, was the guest speaker at the ceremony. He told students that they had “absolutely great credentials” to make the difference in the world they want to make. He then asked, “How many of you want to go out and change the world?”

“There’s a mindset you need if you want to change the world — see the truth, ask a lot of questions and take time to think — most people don’t do that,” Donno said.     

The candlelighting ceremony featured NHS officers describing the pillars of scholarship, leadership, service and character, each of which is deemed necessary to be considered for induction. Inductees were each called to the auditorium stage and presented with a certificate of membership and a flower. Each student also took time to honor teachers they felt had made a positive impact on their life during the ceremony. Congratulations to all the new inductees!





A Visit to Suffolk County Farm for Deasy Students

A Visit to Suffolk County Farm for Deasy Students Photo

Deasy kindergarteners recently visited the Suffolk County Farm in Yaphank and had an opportunity to be part of a working farm.

The students were able to see and pet many animals they have read about and written about. They also participated in an embryology class that reinforced their classroom experience hatching ducks and fed many of the animals on the farm. The students were able to use all of their senses, as they learned about farm life. They giggled as the goats licked their hands when they fed them and listened closely for all of the distinct sounds around them. There was so much to see and learn. Kameron in Wendy Romanoff’s class said that the best part of the farm trip was the hayride. He liked singing ‘YAH-HOO” each time the class saw other children, adults, or workers on the farm. Kindergartener Kaitlyn Grech couldn’t decide her favorite part of the trip. “I just loved everything about it,” she said.

Fifth-Grade Research Highlighted at Connolly’s International Feast

Fifth-Grade Research Highlighted at Connolly’s International Feast Photo

Connolly School fifth-graders celebrated the completion of their research projects on South American countries and the Western Hemisphere with an International Feast on May 22.

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 capitol cities. 

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

Ancient Civilization Museum at Connolly

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Fifth-grade students in Mrs. Krystle Gonzalez's class hosted an Ancient Civilization Museum for their parents and students in all grades on May 5.

Combining their nonfiction-research studies and their social studies unit on Ancient Civilizations of Latin America, students chose an ancient civilization that they wanted to learn more about and were paired with other students interested in the same topic. The children worked cooperatively with their research group to prepare a Google Slide, a hands-on project and a fact poster. Mrs. Gonzalez expressed her pride in all of the students’ hard work.

 

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


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.

http://longisland.news12.com/clip/13334848/scholar-athlete-julie-micko

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 LiveStream.com 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:
http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/?fr_id=79274&pg=team&team_id=2186256

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 www.HCCNY.org

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.

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 misrael@glencove.k12.ny.us or can be shared at the June 19th Board of Education meeting.

 

Smart School Investment Plan

Glen Cove Celebrates College-Bound Student-Athletes

Glen Cove Celebrates College-Bound Student-Athletes Photo

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: https://livestream.com/accounts/11205592




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.   


Saturday, June 24, 2017