skip to main content

Connolly Hosts Fall Festival

Connolly Hosts Fall Festival photo
Connolly Hosts Fall Festival photo 2
Connolly Hosts Fall Festival photo 3
Connolly Hosts Fall Festival photo 4
Connolly Hosts Fall Festival photo 5
Connolly School held its Fall Festival Oct. 26. Students had the opportunity to participate in a square dance with a real caller and four-piece band. Face painting, pumpkin crafts and many goodies were available to the children. A good time was had by all who attended.

Reading Takes a New Direction at Connolly

Reading Takes a New Direction at Connolly photo
Reading Takes a New Direction at Connolly photo 2
Reading Takes a New Direction at Connolly photo 3
Reading Takes a New Direction at Connolly photo 4
Teachers at Connolly School are piloting the reading portion of Columbia University’s Teachers College Reading and Writing Project this school year. As part of the reader’s workshop, students are learning to grow complex ideas. They are also discussing the books they’re reading with their peers and completing writing assignments. 

During a recent lesson in Krystle Gonzales’ class, fifth-graders broke into their “book clubs” to read and discuss their fiction book selections. Not only are they tasked with describing the complexity of their book’s characters, they are urged to look for character traits and patterns that reveal themselves in specific situations that arise in the story.

To start, students were broken into groups based on their reading levels and worked together to come up with a book club name. They also established rules they want to follow as a group, including how many chapters they would read during each meeting. While reading, students place Post-its on areas of the book they’d like to discuss with their group. Ms. Gonzales said the book clubs have been an exciting addition to classroom learning.     

“I’ve really seen a growing enthusiasm for reading,” Ms. Gonzales said. “The students are leading the learning in their groups. They’re discussing the theme and characters while learning skills and strategies.” 

Once they complete their reading, students will compare and contrast their reading selections with “Esperanza Rising” by Pam Munoz Ryan. 
 
 

Student Council Officers Elected at Connolly and Landing

Student Council Officers Elected at Connolly and Landing photo

Connolly and Landing schools recently held their Student Council elections for the 2018-19 school year. The students delivered impassioned speeches to their peers on why they were a good choice for the position they were seeking. Congratulations to the following students:

Connolly School
Michael Renga and Isabella Santiago – Co-Presidents
Caroline DaSilva and Whitney Matalevich – Co-Vice Presidents
Daniel Rottino – Secretary
Sarai Fernandez – Treasurer
Julia Leone and Paige Chapter – Co-Archivists

Landing School
Siena Scagliola – President
Sophia Zapata – Vice President
Arden Jimenez – Secretary
Mia Lupinski – Treasurer
Elijah Gooden – Historian

Connolly Walk Raises Awareness

Connolly Walk Raises Awareness photo

Members of the Connolly student council organized the school’s annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk-a-thon on Oct. 26.

Dressed in pink for the event, students and faculty walked around the school building perimeter with colorful signs they created to raise awareness. 

Through pledges, the students collected more than $800 that will be donated to Glen Cove C.A.R.E.S, a not-for-profit agency that provides assistance to residents of the community and neighboring areas coping with the crisis of cancer.

Flower and Plant Donations Spruce Up Connolly School

Flower and Plant Donations Spruce Up Connolly School photo
The City of Glen Cove Beautification Commission donated hundreds of tulip bulbs and 60 yellow, gold and white mum plants to Connolly School. The Student Council will be planting all of the wonderful donations around school property. Principal Julie Mullan and Student Council adviser Susan Stanco extended their gratitude to members of the commission for always supporting our school and making it look more beautiful.

State and National Honors for Connolly K-Kids

State and National Honors for Connolly K-Kids
The Connolly School 2017-2018 K-Kids Club received state and national honors from Kiwanis International on its scrapbook project. The club’s scrapbook was named best in New York State, as well as best scrapbook in the country. It contained pictures and writing of all the club’s activities and service projects that took place during the school year.
 
K-Kids advisers Krystle Gonzalez and Sandra Vigliotti gave a special mention to the club’s archivists, Francesca De La Rosa, Hannah Gansky and Summer Payne, for all of their work. The girls met many times during recess with the club’s Kiwanis liaison, retired Connolly teacher Leslie McCarthy, to design and create the beautiful scrapbook. The Connolly K-Kids received a certificate from the Kiwanis New York District and a $100 credit at the Kiwanis International Store, where they can get supplies for future service projects. 

Ms. Gonzalez, Ms. Vigliotti and Principal Julie Mullen are very proud of the efforts of the archivists, as well as all of the 2017-2018 K-Kids for their service to the community. 

They know that they will be good citizens of Glen Cove and the world in the years to come!

Connolly Students Get Excited for More Books

Connolly Students Get Excited for More Books photo
Connolly Students Get Excited for More Books photo 2
Fourth-grade students in Susan Bouza’s class at Connolly School celebrated their classroom’s new library of books with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sept. 27.

The hundreds of books include a variety of genres and align with units of study in Columbia University’s Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, which the district implemented last school year. According to Connolly School Principal Julie Mullan, the program has inspired district students to write.

“We’ve watched our students go from hesitant writers to being more able and excited to write,” Ms. Mullan said. “Their writing stamina has also increased.”

While Ms. Bouza’s class was the first to receive the library, it won’t be the last, as all classrooms at Connolly and Landing schools in grades 3-5 are also receiving books. These new books were made available thanks to an 611 IDEA grant through the special education department to provide intervention and strategies for special education and general education students.