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More From Gribbin’s Global Day of Design

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Gribbin School celebrated Global Day of Design on May 6. The goal of the event is to help foster a transformation in schools in which design will be incorporated into an everyday practice. By affording students the time to tinker, build and create, the school’s hope is that they realize the many opportunities involving design in everyday objects, places and professions. The students enjoyed using various materials to create their own masterpieces.

 

Community Input Survey re: Potential Future Bond Referendum/Encuesta de aportes de la comunidad sobre: Posible referéndum sobre futuros bonos

Survey in English https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GMWRJPG

The last day to complete the survey is May 31.

Survey in Spanish https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RMFPK6L

El último día para completar la encuesta es el 31 de mayo.

School Budget Vote Tuesday, May 21st

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On May 21st all registered voters have the opportunity to vote on the 2019 - 2020 school budget and elect trustees to the Board of Education.  Polls are open from 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. Voting will take place at Glen Cove High School and Connolly Elementary School. Please check our website for your assigned voting place or call 516-801-7001.

Please take the time and make the time to vote.

Thank you.

Proposition I

Proposition II

Full 2019-2020 Budget Presentation

Students Shine in ‘Les Misérables’

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Students thespians from Glen Cove High School’s Masquers recently delivered an outstanding rendition of “Les Misérables School Edition” for family members, peers and community members.

The world-renowned play, set in 19th-century France, tells the tale of Jean Valjean, who is released from years of unjust imprisonment, but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment. Valjean breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life. He begins a lifelong struggle for redemption, but is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe he can change his ways. Finally, during the Paris student uprising of 1832, Javert must confront his ideals after Valjean spares his life and saves that of the student revolutionary who has captured the heart of Valjean’s adopted daughter.

“Words cannot express the pride that I feel as the music director and conductor for the Masquers students. These kids took the daunting task of preparing and performing one of the hardest theatrical pieces in the repertoire with ease. To see that level of focus and commitment from our kids was just inspiring,” director Ed Norris said. “To have this show come out the way it did, especially with all of the obstacles is something that I will never forget. 

Mr. Norris expressed his gratitude to stage director Chakira Doherty for her spirit and vision, and to all of the students for their continued commitment to excellence. Bravo!



Landing Students Showcase Their Study of Brazil

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Landing Elementary School third graders recently participated in the Communities Around the World Project. The students learned about Brazilian culture and the political, social and economic components that define Brazil, and were tasked with creating posters and carnival masks to showcase their learning.

The children read two articles from the National Geographic Ladders Social Studies series “Welcome to Brazil.” They worked collaboratively in their reading groups to stop and jot notes from “Into the Rain Forest” by David Holford and “Let’s Go to Carnival” by Hugh Westrup. Using the information they learned, they then constructed posters that included important facts, animals, celebrations, traditions and landmarks significant to Brazilian culture. They also designed carnival masks that were inspired by their learning. Finally, the children shared their projects with each other and watched a video about carnival celebrations around the world.  Students were able to compare and contrast the different celebrations and make a common connection to communities around the world. They learned that we may all come from different backgrounds and cultures, but we are all part of the same human race.

Thank you to all our third grade teachers, Mrs. Tenke and Ms. Oliveira, ICT teachers Ms. Conte and Mrs. Cornelis, and teaching assistants Ms. Gomez and Mrs. Glaviano, who prepared and planned this project, and the third grade students who participated in this activity.



Gribbin Students Get Creative on Global Design Day

Gribbin Students Get Creative on Global Design Day
Gribbin School kindergartners in Mr. John Segreti’s class and students in Ms. Jessica Totino’s class enthusiastically participated in Global Day of Design on May 6.

Mr. Segreti’s class designed a classroom bowling alley, “Segreti’s Lanes.” Everything including the pins, backboard and the ball were constructed from recyclable materials. Ms. Totino’s class chose a different approach to the day. Students mapped out original designs on paper and used recycled materials or objects they required from the “Maker Box” to construct them. Students brainstormed ideas independently and created their masterpieces, which consisted of robots, houses, animals, cars and more.

The students had been learning about the need to save and protect the Earth since April. This project reinforced the idea that if everyone recycles a little bit, it can make a difference and the result will be a better future for everyone.

Pre-Bond Community Input Opportunity - May 22

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Landing Students Use Technology to Create Reading Projects

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Students in Ms. Simeone’s fifth grade class at Landing Elementary School just finished reading “Esperanza Rising” by Pam Munoz. The students used the program Storyboard on their Chromebooks to develop events utilizing descriptive details and event sequences. Students incorporated narrative techniques, such as dialogue, description and pacing, to develop experiences and events or show the responses of characters to situations. On May 3, the class presented their projects to Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Technology Dr. Michael Israel.
 

Board Celebrates District Students’ Achievements

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The outstanding achievements of more than 125 students were honored by the Board of Education, members of the administration and community members at the BOE meeting on May 8 at Glen Cove High School.

Student-artists who received accolades from the Art Supervisors Association were recognized, as were All-State and All-County musicians, spelling bee winners, members of the Glen Cove TV crew and those students earning photography awards. Additionally, two students were celebrated for their success at the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad competition, and members of the Northwell Health Medical Marvels team and Spark! Challenge team participants were honored.  

Board members and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Maria Rianna expressed their pride in the students, commending them for their hard work and achievements during the 2018-2019 school year. 

“We truly have an amazing student body and wonderful teachers who support and guide our students to victory, success and achievement on a daily basis,” Dr. Rianna said.   



Landing Students Share Writing With Peers

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Fourth and fifth graders in Mrs. Mendrino’s and Ms. Harechmak’s classes at Landing School met to share their informational writing, as part of the Readers and Writers Workshop program. 

Fourth graders shared their finished projects on the American Revolution and then listened to the fifth graders present their e-books on westward expansion, which they created using Book Creator. All of the students were genuinely interested and focused on the presenter and showed tremendous respect for each other. In attendance during the writing share were Ms. Alexa Doeschner, interim principal of Landing, and Ms. Thomas, security personnel at Landing. Collaboration such as this is rewarding for all of the students because they can take pride in their work, while reinforcing the information they have learned.
 

Boys Lacrosse Wears Gray in May

Boys Lacrosse Wears Gray in May
Glen Cove High School’s varsity and junior varsity boys lacrosse teams are wearing gray socks in the month of May in support of brain cancer awareness. The teams are donating money to support Madison Milio, the 5-year-old daughter of New Hyde Park coach Mike Milio. Madison has recently been diagnosed with a rare brain tumor. The Big Red and all of Nassau County lacrosse are teaming up to help Madison in her fight. 
 

Students Visit National September 11 Memorial & Museum

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Glen Cove High School students visited the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City on May 2. As part of their visit, they participated in a workshop with a 9/11 Memorial educator, who discussed the significance of September 11 and how that day impacts our lives today. She also explained the history of the World Trade Center. The students took a guided tour of the museum, visited the Memorial Pools and the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, known as the Oculus. They were accompanied by Glen Cove High School teachers Liana Caesar-Quaye, Scott Johnson, Laura Makula and Rachel Sheridan. 
 

Connolly Spring Concerts

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National Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society Hosts Inaugural Induction

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Glen Cove High School was recognized by Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society as a national chapter on Aug. 7, 2018. On Wednesday, May 1, 18 students from the junior and senior classes were acknowledged and inducted by Glen Cove High School and the National Council for Social Studies for their academic performance, overall participation at school and community service. Congratulations to the 2018-2019 inductees:

Steven Bailey
Sofia Costantino
Andrew Costella III
Megan Fahey
Fernanda Falcon
Andres Garcia Concepcion
Sara Garcia
Adriana Gigliotti
Caitriona Greene
Elijah James
Nicole Khaimov
Axelle LaBaw
Emma Spoto
Evelyn Tran
Yllka Valdez
Nicole Valensisi
Chloe Ventura
Abigail Weiser

Special thanks to the Glen Cove High School Social Studies Department, District Social Studies Coordinator Sheena R. Jacob, faculty, staff and administration for its continuous support and efforts throughout the school year.





VIDEO: Glen Cove Pride

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Watch Glen Cove High School students show off their pride! 

Glen Cove CSD Board of Education seeks additional community input on potential bond referendum

The Glen Cove CSD Board of Education and administration are continuing to seek input from all community residents regarding the scope of work to be included in any future bond referendum. In addition to discussions held during board of education meetings, the board hosted a community bond forum on Monday, April 8, 2019 at Glen Cove High School. Community residents were able to express their opinions and ask questions pertaining to a future bond and the scope of work.

To ensure that residents have multiple opportunities to express their opinions, the board of education is inviting all residents to attend the board of education meeting on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. in the Glen Cove High School auditorium. 

In place of the Superintendent’s Update, a standard agenda item, that time will be allocated for all community residents who wish to express an opinion or ask questions regarding a possible future bond. 

“We hope to hear from more residents regarding their suggestions and concerns about a future capital bond proposal,” said Board of Education President Gail Nedbor-Gross. “The board wants to ensure the public has plenty of opportunities to share their thoughts and ideas prior to any bond being finalized for a  future vote. Hopefully, more community members will join us at these meetings, as we eagerly want to hear from as many people as possible.”

GLEN COVE CSD Board of Education Meeting
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 • 7:30 p.m.
Glen Cove High School Auditorium

Community Input re: Potential Future Bond Referendum
Approximately 7:45 pm.
All residents are encouraged to attend.

 

La Junta de Educación del CSD de Glen Cove solicita más opiniones de la comunidad acerca del posible referéndum sobre el bono

La Junta de Educación y la administración del distrito escolar de la ciudad (CSD) de Glen Cove siguen solicitando las opiniones de todos los residentes de la comunidad sobre el ámbito de trabajo que se debería incluir en todo referéndum sobre futuros bonos. Además de los debates que se desarrollaron durante las reuniones de la Junta de Educación, la Junta organizó un foro comunitario sobre el bono el lunes 8 de abril de 2019 en Glen Cove High School. Los residentes de la comunidad pudieron expresar sus opiniones y hacer preguntas sobre un futuro bono y el ámbito de trabajo.

Para garantizar que los residentes tengan varias oportunidades de expresar sus opiniones, la Junta de Educación invita a todos los residentes a asistir a la reunión de la Junta de Educación que se realizará el miércoles 22 de mayo de 2019 a las 7:30 p. m. en el auditorio de Glen Cove High School. 

En lugar de la actualización del superintendente, que suele ser parte del programa, se dedicará ese tiempo para que todos los residentes de la comunidad que lo deseen puedan expresar su opinión o hacer preguntas sobre un posible bono futuro. 

“Esperamos escuchar las sugerencias y preocupaciones de más residentes sobre una futura propuesta de bono de capitales”, expresó el presidente de la Junta de Educación, Gail Nedbor-Gross. “La Junta quiere garantizar que el público tenga muchas oportunidades de compartir sus opiniones e ideas antes de que se finalice cualquier bono para una futura votación. Con suerte, más miembros de la comunidad nos acompañarán en estas reuniones, ya que realmente queremos que la mayor cantidad posible de personas nos digan lo que piensan”.

Reunión de la Junta de Educación del CSD de GLEN COVE
Miércoles 22 de mayo de 2019 • 7:30 p. m.
Auditorio de Glen Cove High School

Opiniones de la comunidad ref.: Referéndum sobre posible bono futuro
Aproximadamente a las 7:45 p. m.
Invitamos a todos los residentes a asistir.

 

Cultures Celebrated at International Night

Cultures Celebrated at International Night

Glen Cove High School hosted International Night on April 15. The theme was Travel Through the World, and families were welcomed by students dressed as flight attendants who issued them a passport.

Upon entering the gymnasium, visitors were invited to explore students’ posterboard projects representing different countries and locations. The boards included information about the region’s population, languages spoken, currency, music, art, legends, famous sites, biomes and more. As the visitors walked further, they were met by student-volunteers who had prepared games, riddles, a photo booth and a group Kahoot! game session. Additionally, senior Olivia Martino created henna drawings at the event. 

Several community-based organizations also attended, providing information about the services and resources they provide. This year, New York Institute of Technology’s STEP program participated as well, with activities including a makerspace based on Earth Day projects, Wobble Bots, making of seed pods to take home, the science behind bath bombs, beach cleanup and a blood pressure station for adults.

Finally, the families were treated to an international food tasting while listening to music by DJ Simeon. Junior Ylka Valdez shared a passionate speech about immigration in Spanish and English, part of a solutions project for the NYIT STEP program. The evening concluded with a Dance Club performance.

It was a great event that was enjoyed by all of our attendees. Students came together to celebrate their diversity and proudly shared their projects about the different countries and regions represented in the school.




Improved Moody’s Credit Rating

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The district is proud to report that over the past few years, the district has substantially improved the operation and management of its business office according to Moody’s Investors Services.

Glen Cove Schools have established a positive financial position, enabling it to earn an Aa2 Moody’s rating, which raises the district’s credit score and gives it a much more attractive interest rate for loans. In fact, this rating helps greatly in securing the lowest possible interest rate for a future bond referendum, which can save million savings for taxpayers over the life of a bond. The district was also favorably cited by Moody’s for its “healthy and growing financial position.”

“Based on the efforts of our Assistant Superintendent for Business Victoria Galante over the past six years, we have gotten to a place where we are healthier financially than we have been in a long time,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Maria Rianna. “As a result, Glen Cove City School District has received attention from Moody’s that resulted in such a wonderful outcome.”

Landing Spring Concert Series

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Photography Student Receives National Award, Others Win Regional Awards

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Several Glen Cove High School photography students won awards on both the local and national level of this year’s Photographic Society of America’s Youth Showcase. Juniors Michelle Bratcher, Elizabeth Ceriello, Michel Quezada-Cordova and senior Alexa Dominguez took home first, second and third place honors in various categories of the PSA’s regional competition.

Michel’s photograph then went on to win first place in the People/Animals category of the national competition. Her photograph and artist’s statement will soon be featured on the PSA’s website (www.psa-photo.org). Michel has had several photography wins throughout her high school career, which her family and photography teacher Mrs. Melissa Johnides are incredibly proud of.   

 

Cradle of Aviation Trip for Deasy First Graders

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The Deasy first grade visited the Cradle of Aviation on April 16 as a culmination of 11 weeks of research on the solar system, in which students focused on the sun, Earth, moon and stars.

The trip enhanced the students’ understanding of the solar system; highlighted the engineering and design of the lunar modules, astronaut life and exploration in space; history of space travel; and showcased the planets in the planetarium show. In preparation for this exciting adventure, each class met with STREAM (science, technology, research, engineering, art and mathematics) teachers Jessica McKenna and Giselle Taylor weekly, diving into research driven by their curiosity and questions. Students used an online database, PebbleGo, and books and videos to answer focus questions. They also learned that scientists gather their information and share their work with each other when they participated in a “Skype-A-Scientist” talk, with a scientist, Salvador Ribas, from Barcelona, Spain, whose research focuses on light pollution. He was able to answer many of the students’ pressing questions.  

The first graders created models of the sun, Earth and moon and identified the patterns of these galactic bodies, which is a Next Generation Science Standard. The research classes may have concluded for this year, but the hope is that the students continue to have questions about their universe and search for answers as scientists and lifelong learners!



Landing Students Raise Thousands for American Heart Association

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Landing Elementary School raised $11,003 during its Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser, which took place during February in correlation with the American Heart Association’s American Heart Month.

Congratulations to Kalia Edwards, who raised $1,200 thanks to the generosity of her family and friends. Her accomplishment is the highest, all-time fundraising record for a single student at Landing Elementary School. In addition to Kalia, other top fundraisers were:

Nathan Rup: $600
Elianna Cavese: $400
Sal Totino: $375
Arden Jimenez: $350
David Jimenez: $350
Paige Jimenez: $350

Through the Jump Rope for Heart program, students secure donations to jump rope during their physical education class to raise awareness about heart health. There were 137 Landing students who participated in this fundraiser, as well as staff members Ms. Caminiti, Ms. LeDonne, Mrs. Martinovic, Mrs. Muzante, Mrs. Reynolds, Ms. Serani and Ms. Thomas. Every participant raising money received a lanyard and a “Heart Hero,” which was placed on a “Hearty Hero” team poster at school. 

Thanks to Mrs. Muzante and Mr. Grazioso, who helped distribute more than 200 prizes to the participating students. A special thanks to all of the Landing families who participated in this event and all those who donated. Each year we are thankful and appreciative of the incredible support throughout this fundraiser. 
 

Book Tasting at Gribbin

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Wearing chef’s aprons and hats, Gribbin School second graders in Coleen Brunhuber and Jennifer Hajok’s class presented their opinion-letter writing to parents and classmates at the class’ Readers Café on April 17.

In preparation for the oral presentations, the students took part in a “book tasting,” reading a variety of books independently. They then selected their favorite book and wrote a letter to explain why others should read it, too. One by one, each student read their letter, which included illustrations of their favorite part of the book. In addition to writing a letter, students created “menus” for their favorite book which included the book’s genre, a description of the cover and what they liked or disliked about the book. After the presentations, the class enjoyed a snack with parents and family members in attendance. 

Ms. Brunhuber, Ms. Hajok and teacher assistant Deanna Perez assisted students as they presented their letters. They commended the class on their projects and all of the hard work they did to complete them.   



 

Teachers Expose Students to History in a New Way

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R.M. Finley Middle School eighth grade students participated in the WWII and Holocaust Artifacts program from April 15-18, hosted by Ms. Helen Turner, director of Youth Education of the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County.

The program was created by eighth grade social studies teachers Mrs. Rebecca Carfora, Mr. Michael Chiclacos, Mrs. Meredith Murolo and Mrs. Danielle Treder, along with the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center. It was designed to have students collaborate with each other to analyze artifacts that survived from this time period. They also viewed clips of historical films, experienced a guided museum tour and heard testimonies from Holocaust survivors Rosette Goldstein and Werner Reich and second generation survivor Evelyn Altenberg. The group spoke about their individual and family members’ life experiences with students.

Special thanks to Ms. Helen Turner, Principal Nelson Iocolano, Assistant Principals Lawrence Carroll and Thomas Pye, and the eighth grade teachers who supported and assisted with the preparation and planning of this grade-level field trip.




Deasy Students Use Nature as Inspiration for Writing

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Deasy students in Mrs. Diane DePietro’s second grade class spent time in the outdoor classroom pondering possible poetry topics from nature. Students sketched and used their five senses to describe the objects they viewed and will use their observations to enhance their writing. 
 

Every Day Is Earth Day at Gribbin

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Teachers and staff at Gribbin cultivate love and respect for nature through various outdoor lessons, and what better way to celebrate Earth than with outdoor education. In keeping with that, first grade classes enjoyed a beautiful day outside on April 16 in celebration of Earth Day.

Classes circulated from station to station, painting rocks for the native garden, creating bug hotels using plastic bottles and sticks found around the school yard. Students created Earth Day murals that featured drawn pictures and words on how they could help the Earth. They also planted seeds, read books and went bird watching using binoculars in their STREAM (science, technology, research, engineering, art and mathematics) classes. 

Students recently researched the solar system, including Earth, with their classroom and STREAM teachers. They learned the vital lesson that the Earth is the only planet where humans can live and that we all need to take care of it. 

 

Landing Student-Girl Scout Gives the Gift of Reading

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As part of her Girl Scout Bronze Award, Landing School fifth grader Stephania Martinez donated the book “Hello, Universe” by Erin Entrada Kelly to her fifth grade peers.  

Stephania has been a Girl Scout in Troop 1420 for the past five years. She loves to read and decided to share that love with others as part of her Bronze Award. During a recent lunch period, she explained her community service to fellow students.  

“I have been reading and teaching kids in day care centers, after-school clubs and schools because I love reading,” Stephania said. 

In addition to reading to younger students, Stephania has been holding a book drive to collect books for children in need and fundraised to purchase books for her fellow students.

“Please take good care of the book you’re receiving, and after you’re done, pass it along, share it with a friend or donate,” she said.

City of Glen Cove Councilwoman Marsha Silverman attended the event on behalf of Mayor Tim Tenke and commended Stephania for her good works. 

“We love to hear stories like this of great work being done around the community, promoting the love of reading and love of books and just doing all around good for each other,” Councilwoman Silverman said.   

Finley Students Take Part in National History Day

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On March 31, students from Robert M. Finley Middle School participated in National History Day hosted by Hofstra University. Students from Ms. Vanessa Mahnken’s Humanities/Research Program participated, creating projects based on this year’s theme, “Triumph and Tragedy in History.” 
 
Special thanks to Principal Nelson Iocolano, Assistant Principals Lawrence Carroll and Thomas Pye, and all the English language arts and social studies teachers, who supported the students and research program.

Edin Alvarado – “Ellis Island – Tragedy Through the Triumph” 
Ryan Annunziato and Mason Dall – “JFK: The Legacy”
Beyrim Ayari, Jake Casale, Brian Flores and Allen Joshua Hudson – “The Triumph and Tragedy of the Transcontinental Railroad” 
Luis Barrera and Christopher Hyman – “The Triumph and Tragedy – Adolf Hitler”
Ashly Freeman – “Spanish Flu: Tragedy and Triumph” 
Fatima Guevara – “Alice Paul’s Triumph Through Tragedy”
Lee’ora Jackson and Keilyn Zavala – “Elizabeth Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: A Friendship That Changed the World”
Michael Markoulis and Eamonn Sullivan – “D-Day: The Beginning of the End”
Francis Martinez and Mario Zaldivar Reyes – “The Story of the Titanic”
Veronica O’Regan – “Queen Elizabeth’s Coronation”
Alexander Piascik – “The Titanic’s Success and Disaster”
Genalie Prezeau and Londell Wheeler – “Apollo 11’s Success”
Devin Rodrigo – “Triumph of Lexington and Concord”
Albert Zambrano – “World War II Axis Power Leaders”
 

Math Honor Society Commemorates Pi Day

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The Glen Cove High School Math Honor Society hosted Pi Day activities on March 14. The Greek letter Pi represents the numerical value of Pi, which rounds to approximately 3.14. 

Members of the Math Honor Society visited Finley Middle School with their adviser, Mrs. Caesar-Quaye, and Mrs. Shannon, math coordinator. Students from Ms. Abrams’ and Mr. Ingegno’s classes were able to learn about Pi and how it is derived and solved math problems that involved Pi. Middle School students also participated in a contest to see who could memorize the most digits of Pi. Eighth grader Luis Perez was the winner. His prize was a gift certificate for a free pizza pie, generously donated by Delicious Pizzeria in Glen Cove. 

To conclude the day’s events, the Math Honor Society held a pie sale and raffle at the High School. Pies and gift cards were generously donated by Cardinali Bakery, Heritage Bakery, King Kullen, La Parma restaurant, North Shore Farms, St. Rocco’s Bakery and Stop and Shop. Glen Cove High School teacher Mrs. Corrigan also donated a variety of pies to the bake school.

Math Takes Shape at Deasy

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During a math lesson that focused on the differences between 2D and 3D shapes, Mrs. Christine Maddaloni’s kindergarten class at Deasy School explored different ways to model 2D and 3D structures. The class used wooden sticks and Play-Doh to make their creations.
 

Another Spark! Challenge Victory for Glen Cove Students

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A Glen Cove High School Spark! team was awarded first place and $2,000 in prize money for their presentation on emergency medicine at the Northwell Health Spark! Challenge competition, held on April 11 at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. This is the third consecutive win in the past three years for the group.

Twenty-nine students, who were recruited from the high school’s honors anatomy and physiology electives, comprised three teams that presented the fields of emergency medicine, radiology and occupational therapy to judges who are top-level administrators in the Northwell Health System. Additionally, four high school seniors who had won the competition in previous years served as student coaches to support this year’s teams. 

The Spark! Challenge program is in its fifth year and provides shadowing experiences for the students within the Northwell Health System. This year, 47 school districts and more than 1,000 students from Long Island and the surrounding areas participated. After shadowing Northwell professionals, students work on projects and presentations for judging. Spark! team coach/science teacher Fran Krisch and art teacher Stephen Lombardo advise the students as they develop their projects and presentations.
 
This year’s team members and student coaches are Yanira Acosta-Yanes, Samantha Borgese,  Arlene Cajavilca, Paige Callaghan, Christina Cavallone, Natalie Corella, Cristian Cueva-Bonilla, Ciara Doyle, Megan Fahey, Latifa Fakhry, Fernanda Falcon, Kahley Gambino, Andres Garcia, Sara Garcia, Adriana Gigliotti, Carina Gigliotti, Caitriona Greene, Melissa Jaco, Karina Jaramillo, Neshauna Kawall, Sarah Perez, Fernando Portillo, Lauren Retoske, Lucretia Smith, Emma Spoto, Caterina Squarciafico, Evelyn Tran, Yllka Valdez, Nicole Valensisi, Greg Villafane, Reed Weimer, Abigail Weiser and Rosa Zavala.

The district is incredibly proud of the hard work that both students and teachers dedicated to this event. Their efforts have propelled Glen Cove High School to the forefront of this competition.

Students Test Math Skills at Olympiad

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Members of the National Honor Society and Math Honor Society recently participated in the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad. Advisers Liana Caesar-Quaye and Laura Makula accompanied their students to a practice session and the competition at Long Island University, where 1,500 students participated. Senior Matthew Tran received first place and senior Cristian Cueva-Bonilla received second place in the Olympiad. The pair also received awards for attending the Long Island School for the Gifted in South Huntington. Congratulations to all the students who participated! 

Landing Students Participate in Hockey Program

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Landing Elementary School participated in a floor ball hockey program offered by the New York Islanders outreach program.

The New York Islanders provided pinnies, elementary student-sized hockey sticks and floor balls for this unit. Students learned various skills related to hockey in their physical education classes and practiced them throughout the unit. Students enjoyed wearing the Islanders’ jersey-like pinnies, while they practiced their skills improving gross motor coordination and eye-hand coordination.

Physical education teacher Karen Serani extended her gratitude to the New York Islanders and the outreach program for connecting the Glen Cove community to their organization. It’s a wonderful program where students can enjoy hockey while being junior representatives for the New York Islanders in their own elementary school. Various Landing photos are featured in the official New York Islanders floor ball curriculum and shared with all schools in the program, which is a wonderful representation of the Glen Cove community.



Finley Students Teach Spanish to Second Graders

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Seventh graders from R.M. Finley Middle School shared their love of and skill in the Spanish language with second grade classes at Deasy School.

Tatyana Alicea, Javiera Contreras and Carolina Maisonet, under the guidance of teacher Christine Skaar, taught the youngsters how to say different colors, the letters of the alphabet and how to count from one to 10 in Spanish. The seventh graders used videos and songs to help the second graders with pronunciation and spelling. At the conclusion of each lesson, second graders were given a packet that reinforced the lessons they learned. 



‘Impractical Joker’ Surprises Horror and Suspense Students

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It seemed like an ordinary Monday for Glen Cove High School students in Jason Bieder’s Horror and Suspense class – that was until James “Murr” Murray from the primetime comedy series “Impractical Jokers” walked into their classroom. Students were in disbelief as Murray entered and asked, “Do you know who I am?” Then the laughter began.

The class just finished reading Murray’s book “Awakened.” Brandon Aviles, a former Glen Cove graduate, donated 100 books to the school after Brandon met Murray at an event and he agreed to make a surprise visit to the high school if the students read his book. During the visit, students enjoyed listening to Murray read an excerpt from his next book, “The Brink: An Awakened Novel.” Murray also reviewed the students’ book reports on “Awakened.” The class enjoyed pizza and drinks thanks to Murray and Aviles. They were absolutely thrilled to meet Murray!   

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Seniors Present Research at State Conference

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Glen Cove High School seniors Latifa Fakhry and Lucretia Smith had the honor of presenting to approximately 500 fellow students at this year’s annual New York State STEP Statewide Student Conference. 

To qualify to have their research proposal accepted at this conference, the pair began researching at the beginning of the school year. This was in addition to attending Glen Cove’s STEP program at New York Institute of Technology. Their research project focused on the semicircular canal morphology of the earliest stem mammal. Grecia Cisneros, Kenneth Gavino, Lindsay Gavino and Monica Juarez-Barnes also attended the conference, along with their adviser Ms. Jillian Romano and Diane Williams from NYIT.

Learning at Gribbin Is Out of This World!

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Students in Vanessa Broglia and Nicole Henn’s first grade class at Gribbin had a true hands-on, minds-on learning experience about the stars in the night sky. 

As part of the elementary science and technology curriculums, students researched stars using nonfiction books, photographs and internet databases. They learned what stars are and that groups of stars are called constellations. They then took this information back to their classroom and engineered constellations out of toothpicks and marshmallows. Knowledge was gained and fun was had by all!
 

Select Chorale Attends National Choir Festival

Select Chorale Attends National Choir Festival photo

The Glen Cove High School Select Chorale participated in the Music for All National Choir Festival in Indianapolis from March 13-16.

The choir worked with seven other choirs from around the country, as well as master choir conductors and composers, including Dr. André Thomas from Florida State University and composer Stacey Gibbs. During the tour the choir took part in workshops with various conductors on improvisation, movement in the choral rehearsal, the evolution of the African-American spiritual and more!

On Friday, March 15, the Select Chorale had a solo performance at St. John the Evangelist Church in downtown Indianapolis. Many of the choirs at the festival were in attendance, as well as all of the conductors/composers that were clinicians at the festival. The chorale delivered an outstanding performance that impressed all who were there. Dr. Thomas was so impressed with the singers that he wanted to work with the group after the concert. He told the students that they were the only group that he worked with throughout the entire festival, which was a huge honor. 

“Dr. Thomas is the very best in his field and having him work with our choir was amazing and humbling all at once,” Select Chorale Director Ed Norris said.

The Glen Cove singers, combined with the other choirs, performed a concert at The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts, the highlight of the trip. 

“I could not be any more proud of our students,” Mr. Norris said. “They handled themselves like the true professionals they are, both musically and in terms of their behavior. I truly believe this festival changed our choir forever. We are all better musicians because of it.”

To view the full performance at St. John the Evangelist Cathedral in Indianapolis, click here

To view GCTV Friday Morning News’ coverage of the trip, click here



Finley Presents ‘Zombie Prom: Atomic Edition’

Finley Presents ‘Zombie Prom: Atomic Edition’
Members of R.M. Finley’s Drama Club will take the stage for their outstanding production of “Zombie Prom: Atomic Edition” on Friday and Saturday, April 5 and 6, at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, April 7, at 2 p.m., in the Wunsch auditorium. General admission is $8, tickets for students and senior citizens are $7. Please come out and support our wonderful students! 
 

Fifth Graders Compete in Spelling Bee

Fifth Graders Compete in Spelling Bee
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Fifth graders at Landing and Connolly schools participated in a spelling bee on March 28 at Connolly School. Two representatives from each fifth grade class participated in the bee, going head-to-head in the competition. The winner of the spelling bee was Connolly student Saoirse Feidor and the runner-up was Sophia German. Saoirse won by spelling the word “marmalade” correctly.

After the bee, all students enjoyed a celebration to recognize their hard work and dedication. The students from Landing enjoyed their visit to Connolly and stayed for lunch and recess. The event was a great way for the students to meet each other. The competition was also livestreamed for all the fifth graders to watch in their classroom. A special thanks to spelling bee coordinators Cheryl Carmody and Dora Ricciardi (Connolly) and Melissa Harechmak and Melanie Odone (Landing).

Congratulations to all the participants:

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Leslie Chamul
Katarina Cukro
Delilah Espin
Saoirse Feidor
Sophia German
Matthew Jackson
Susan Recinos
Kerissa Salvador
Steven Santos
Cole Trotto

Landing School
Nevaeh Ambles
Ayva Colato
Marcus Davidov
David Dorfman
Emeli Escobar
Antonio Esposito
Danieyella Gonzalez
Willow Pagan
Kaitlyn Kielczewski
Siena Scagniola
Juliah Werner

New Recycling Initiative To Benefit Deasy Outdoor Classroom

New Recycling Initiative To Benefit Deasy Outdoor Classroom
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Deasy first-grade bilingual education teacher and Outdoor Education Committee member  Michelle Mardiney planted a tiny seed in the minds of her fellow committee members – a schoolwide recycling program that involves students bringing empty water bottles to school. 

Each week, the water bottles are counted by the students and their classroom teachers. The water bottles are then collected by Mrs. Mardiney and recycled at local supermarkets. At the end of the month, the weekly water bottle totals are added and the class with the most water bottles collected receives a special award and visit from “Captain Recycle.” The award is reused by passing it onto the next month’s top-collecting class. 

At the end of the school year, the Deasy classes will submit suggestions for items they would like to see added to their outdoor classroom space with the money raised. The outdoor classroom space, imagined and planned by the Deasy Outdoor Classroom Committee, was created in the summer of 2018 with the assistance of the Glen Cove Education Foundation. 

The recycling program promotes environmental respect, responsibility, compassion and awareness. It also shows the students that while one water bottle may only be worth a small amount, when students work like a team towards a common goal, they can achieve much more than one can achieve alone. 

‘Nanette’s Baguette’ Comes to Life for Gribbin Students

‘Nanette’s Baguette’ Comes to Life for Gribbin Students
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First-graders in Antoinette Hatzopoulos class at Gribbin School enjoyed listening to a read aloud of “Nanette’s Baguette,” written by Mo Willems, a beloved author and illustrator. Mrs. Iovino, the mother of one of the students, read the book, which was illustrated using cardboard and then photographed. The class recreated the setting of the story, a French village in the style of Mo Willems, and even had a taste of a baguette! The children had a fun-filled afternoon thinking out of the box, creating, working together, and using math, engineering and art skills.

Deasy Second-Graders Learn About Chemistry

Deasy Second-Graders Learn About Chemistry

Deasy School’s second-grade classes took a field trip to the High School where they visited with Science Coordinator Mrs. Doeschner and high school chemistry teacher Ms. Bunyan for a lesson on chemical change. The students had a wonderful time and even had the opportunity to make elephant toothpaste.



Sophomores Learn About the Holocaust

Sophomores Learn About the Holocaust photo

Glen Cove High School 10th-grade students participated in the One Act of Courage program from March 18-21, hosted by Ms. Helen Turner, director of youth education at the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County.

The One Act of Courage program was created by Holocaust survivor Bernard Otterman, whose mission was to teach youth the history of the Holocaust and to put what they learn about the Holocaust into positive, proactive actions for the good of others. This program is designed to build a better community by asking our students to become civically engaged.

Special thanks to Ms. Turner, Principal Antonio Santana, assistant principals Allen Hudson and Katie Prudente, and the 10th-grade teachers who supported and assisted with the preparation and planning of this grade-level field trip.

 

 

Seniors Attend Leadership Institute in Albany

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Glen Cove High School seniors Yanira Acosta Yanes and Mindy Morales Espinoza participated in this year’s Angelo del Toro Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute in Albany, New York, from March 9-11. Mindy and Yanira were part of a group of 42 students representing Long Island. Approximately 250 high school students statewide attended the three-day event.

The leadership institute provides an opportunity for New York State high school Latino/Hispanic students to enhance their leadership skills and knowledge in order to be productive citizens. Through the training activities completed in the months leading up to the institute, students gained knowledge of the New York State legislative process. These activities focused on public speaking and debating, research of four bills to be debated at the mock state assembly, networking, interview of their local assembly member and discussion of issues that affect the future of Latino/Hispanic youth. The training sessions were led by one of the district’s former ENL teachers, Gaetano Vaccaro, who was also the leader of the Long Island delegation. 

On Saturday, student delegates arrived at the University at Albany campus for the opening of the institute. They were greeted by opening remarks and a moderator chosen from the various delegations. The assembly continued with the keynote speaker, Julissa Arce, a CNBC media contributor, writer, speaker and social justice advocate. 

Delegates then attended various workshops to prepare leadership projects based on the theme of being bilingual and biliterate. Workshops were chosen previously and included filmmaking, dance, song, My Voice, murals, spoken word/hip hop and drama. In the evening, students presented their respective projects to everyone. Mindy and Yanira worked on a mural inspired by the theme of the presentations. 

On Sunday, all the delegations made their way to the Capitol to prepare for the Legislative Mock Assembly. Students had been previously assigned their roles, with most playing the role of their district’s assembly person. The girls represented 13th District Assembly member Charles D. Lavine. There were also some specialty roles like governor, speaker of the house, clerks, minority and majority leaders, sergeant-at-arms, color guard and bill sponsors. The Legislative Mock Assembly was run only by student delegates. They split into their party caucuses and came back together to present bills, debate and vote on them. It was truly amazing to see! The day ended with the Recognition Dinner, where awards and scholarships were presented. 

On Monday, the Long Island delegation received a tour of the Capitol by 6th District Assembly member Phil Ramos. He gave them a private tour of the legislative offices, museum and Senate chambers.

As an alumnus of the youth leadership institute (’98) and mentor to the Glen Cove delegates, it was Spanish teacher Ms. Domifer Francisco’s honor to accompany Yanira and Mindy on this journey. The Glen Cove community should be very proud of these two young ladies for their hard work and dedication to this institute. Both Mindy and Yanira agreed that this was an experience like no other they’ve had. 

When asked what their major takeaway was, Mindy said, “When we come together, we can achieve so much as a community of Latinos,” and Yanira commented, “Everyone coming together as one and representing the Latino community was one of the best feelings.” 




Board Trustee Delivers History Lesson to Juniors

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Board of Education trustee Mr. David Huggins visited Mr. Christopher Contorno’s 11th-grade U.S. History and Government classes on March 14.

Mr. Huggins’ uncle, James Doran, a Glen Cove resident, left Glen Cove High School and volunteered to serve in the United States Navy during WWII. Mr. Huggins shared his family’s experiences with WWI, WWII and the Korean War, and allowed students to examine documents, military awards and artifacts that Mr. Huggins’ uncle received during and after World War II. 



Reading Club Fun at Landing

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This year, third-graders in Mrs. Christine Barsic’s and Mrs. Nicole Mazza’s classes at Landing School have joined together for reading book clubs. The activity, which takes place twice a week, allows children to truly enjoy reading with partners. They also discuss the traits of characters, main ideas and themes found in their chosen books. Additionally, when their reading is finished, they choose a culminating project based on the book they have read.  

Students Layla Palazzo’s and Gianella Salinas’ reading came to life after they chose to write a letter to author Stephen Krensky about the book, “History of Fun Stuff: The Deep Dish on Pizza!” To their surprise, Mr. Krensky wrote a letter back to them. The girls were so excited to hear from the author, it truly made their reading come to life. His letter also served as inspiration for other groups to write letters to the authors of their chosen books.

A Firsthand Account of the Holocaust for Connolly Fifth-Graders

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It was a history lesson Connolly School fifth-graders will not soon forget, when six Holocaust survivors from Gerwin Jewish Fay J. Lindner Residences visited their school to share their harrowing stories of survival and heartbreaking loss on March 14.

You could hear a pin drop as students listened to Rose Ashkenazy, Sally Birnbaum, Ruth deBeer, Herman Gancz, Tina Kamin and Ruth Meador tell their stories of the Holocaust. From the family members they lost, to the concentration camps they survived and the education they sorely missed because they were no longer allowed to attend school, all of it, etched into their memories as if it happened yesterday.     

The students learned of the survivors in a Newsday article, where they were featured before International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Teachers Maureen Hellman, Valerie Scicchitano and Susan Stanco had been covering the Holocaust in class and decided to have students write to the survivors to express their feelings about what they read. The fifth-graders penned heartfelt letters and created hand-drawn pictures for the survivors. The survivors were so touched by the letters, they decided to come visit the students, to tell their stories and answer questions.  

Each of the six survivors was given a wooden trinket box adorned with a butterfly that included a poem from the students. The children were visibly moved by what they heard and told their special guests they would never forget.  

To view media coverage of the special meeting, click on the following links: 
FOX 5: http://www.fox5ny.com/news/holocaust-survivors-stories-schoolchildren
NBC: https://www.nbcnewyork.com/on-air/as-seen-on/Holocaust-Survivors-Meet-With-Children-on-Long-Island_New-York-507170182.html
CBS: https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2019/03/14/lessons-from-the-holocaust-brought-to-life-as-survivors-visit-long-island-fifth-graders/
FIOS: http://fios1news.com/news/local-holocaust-survivors-teach-glen-cove-students-special-history-lesson/?fbclid=IwAR1kKuQfuEEleYJuOvcWRnw2Ifs54zJFB_TohepwLCCZCvW-fkm39fufLzU



Tuesday, May 21, 2019