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Board Reorganizes, Elects President and Vice President

Board Reorganizes, Elects President and Vice President Photo
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The members of the Glen Cove City School District Board of Education held their annual reorganization meeting on July 13 at Finley Middle School.

Newly elected trustees Monica Alexandris-Miller and Robert Field were sworn in for their three-year terms at the meeting. The group also elected Amy Franklin and Maria Elena Venuto as president and vice president for the 2017-18 school year. 

In addition, the Board voted to change the day of the week they hold their meetings to Wednesdays, which will be observed unless otherwise noted on the district website.  

During the regular meeting that followed, the Board accepted several donations, including a $50,000 grant from Nassau County for Connolly School’s playground, as well as a rose bush and plaque from the Glen Cove Educational Administrators Association to be placed at Connolly School as a tribute to recently retired Principal Rosemarie Sekelsky. A $1,000 donation from the Glen Cove Fire Department was accepted for Glen Cove High School’s drum line. The high school was also gifted $1,000 from the school’s PTSA for the purchase of a grill.    

Finley Seventh-Graders Attend VE Program at LIU

Finley Seventh-Graders Attend VE Program at LIU Photo

Finley Middle School students Michaela Adam and Colin Gallagher participated in the Summer Honors Institute VE (Virtual Enterprise) Program at LIU Post where they learned to develop a business and leadership skills.

The pair, who will be entering eighth-grade in the fall, attended seminars that taught them the fundamentals of starting a business and entrepreneurship. They also worked with other students from various schools who participated in the program to create a business pitch, which was presented to Iris Blanc, the executive director of Virtual Enterprise International and Dr. Christopher Salute of LIU Post.

From their collaboration, the students were successful in achieving a certificate of Best Presentation Overall, out of all the students who participated in the program. Michaela's and Colin's business pitch, “Round the World” was extraordinary. Virtual Enterprise International and LIU Post faculty are excited to see their business flourish and look forward to seeing their upcoming ideas.

RFP for Community Based Organizations Interested in Collaborating on a New Universal Pre K (UPK) Program Grant Application

The Glen Cove School District is applying for a Universal Pre-kindergarten (UPK) grant and requesting that all applications from non-public pre-kindergarten providers (community based agencies) be submitted in writing to:  Dr. Michael Israel, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction & Technology, through an RFP, no later than July 31, 2017, for the 2017-2018 through the 2019-2020 school years.  The link to the RFP can be found on the Glen Cove School District websiteIf you need further assistance, please contact Dr. Michael Israel at 516-801-7020.  Please be advised, however, that the District reserves the right to make the decisions regarding participants.  Therefore, the District reserves the right to accept or reject any proposals submitted and only completed applications will be considered.  


Glen Cove High School Celebrates the Class of 2017

Glen Cove High School Celebrates the Class of 2017 Photo

It was a special day for the graduating class at Glen Cove High School, as four years of hard work and dedication ultimately led to graduation day on June 25. Now, the Class of 2017 looks forward, as they embark on the next journey of their lives.

Students marched from the gymnasium onto J.C. Maiden Field as their families, friends and community members cheered from the bleachers. The high school band performed “Pomp and Circumstance” while graduates made their way to their seats.

After valedictorian Julie Micko led the Pledge of Allegiance, the school’s concert choir, conducted by senior Xavier Fernandez, performed the alma mater. Principal Antonio Santana then shared some thoughts with the Class of 2017.

“I want to thank the Class of 2017,” he said. “Thank you all for being such fantastic individuals. Thank you for enriching my life over the last two years. It’s really been awesome.”

Students also heard words of wisdom from their valedictorian, salutatorian and honorarian, Julie Micko, Geovani Flores and Laura Roesch, respectively, as well as Board of Education President Amy Franklin, senior class president Anthony James Perfetti and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Maria Rianna.

“The memories and character you developed here are irreplaceable,” Micko said. “Always look back at your life story with as few regrets as possible, because every mistake and awkward moment here has helped you grow, bit by bit, into the unique individual you are today.”

Flores praised his classmates for their hard work getting to this point, and said that if it weren’t for the students, families and friends, they wouldn’t be where they are today. This included a touching tribute to his own family, both in English and Spanish.

Roesch said people have asked her throughout the past year what’s next, and where does she see herself in five years, and she said it’s okay not to know just yet.

“I’m just as clueless as they are about what the future holds,” she said. “Everyone expects you to have a plan. However as of right now, I don’t have the answers to any of the important questions and I don’t need them. The next four years are the first steps to finding some of the answers.”

Dr. Rianna said she’s going to miss the Class of 2017, but she looks forward to seeing what the future holds for these talented young men and women.

“The time with them, listening and working with them, has been a tremendous experience,” Dr. Rianna said. “They are a very special group of young people, diverse in their dreams, in their skills and their many talents, but very similar in their passion, their sense of community and in their hearts.”

Landing Student-Girl Scouts Recycle to Make a Difference

Landing Student-Girl Scouts Recycle to Make a Difference Photo
Landing School fourth-graders in Girl Scout Troop 103 started a recycling program at the school this past year that was a tremendous success.

The troop members distributed recycling bins throughout the school to encourage students and staff to practice being more environmentally conscious and to better practice the “3 R's” in environmental conservation: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. The girls presented their project to all Landing students and discussed the importance of recycling during each lunch period. They also collected and emptied the recycling bins each week.

The project was a huge success that raised $105 dollars from the recycling efforts, which was generously donated to the Landing School PTA. The girls requested the donation to be used to support scholarship opportunities at Landing School for students in need.

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. 

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:



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: 

Grace Brady
Kevin Ernest
Neri Romero

Emily De La Fuente

Matthew Arena
Matthew Pemberton 

Jelson Bonilla
Alexis Cota
Delilah Perez

Trinity Chow

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

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.

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.


Monday, July 24, 2017