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High School Chess Club Championships Underway

High School Chess Club Championships Underway photo

Glen Cove High School students are competing against their peers in a Chess Club Open Tournament throughout the month of May.

Organized by Chess Club adviser Victor Oliveri, the tournament allows students to compete in timed chess matches with the opportunity of becoming champion. One female and one male student will earn the coveted title, along with $100 cash prize and a trophy engraved with their names. The first tournament was on May 3. There will also be matches on May 10 and 17 from 2:05-4 p.m. in the high school library.   

Mr. Oliveri said playing chess is beneficial for students because it helps to improve a person’s attention span, focus and critical thinking skills. He extended his gratitude to all the anonymous donors who made the tournament possible. To learn more about the Chess Club, visit

Photography Honors for Glen Cove Senior

Photography Honors for Glen Cove Senior Pic
Photography Honors for Glen Cove S3enior Pic
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Photography Honors for Glen Cove Senior Pic
Glen Cove High School senior Veronica Cruz has received accolades from the Photographic Society of America for the second consecutive year. This year, Veronica had three photographs selected for display at the PSA’s national conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. Veronica is the only student from Long Island to have that many photographs chosen. 

“I believe that Veronica’s desire to create creative portraits resonated with the judges,” photography teacher Mrs. Melissa Johnides said. “These days, most people with a cell phone can take a decent picture of whatever is in front of them, but Veronica looks beyond that convenience and strives to create her own stories.”  

Mrs. Johnides entered a dozen of her students’ strongest works into the category-based competition, which received more than 800 entries nationally. 

Students Register to Vote

Students Register to Vote photo

Glen Cove High School seniors attended a voter education and registration workshop on April 11.

The activity was hosted by the Nassau County Board of Elections to allow the students that will be 18 years of age by the next general election on Nov. 6 and are eligible, to vote. A bipartisan team came to the school with instructional materials and guided students through the process of properly completing registration forms. They also brought a voting machine to demonstrate and familiarize the students with the actual process of entering their ballot. Meaningful discussions about the importance of citizens voting and civic duty were discussed.

Mock Interview Day at Glen Cove High School

Mock Interview Day at Glen Cove High School photo
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Glen Cove High School hosted nearly 150 students at a Mock Interview Day on April 16.

Students from various classes in the English Department sat with professionals from outside the education field for a five- to 10-minute, one-on-one interview. The purpose of the activity was to prepare students for future careers by obtaining practical and necessary interview practice while still in high school. The interviewers treated the students as though they were applicants attempting to gain career-type positions.  

Some of the professionals included Glen Cove Mayor Tim Tenke; Glen Cove School Board President Amy Franklin; representatives from Northwell Health, New York Institute of Technology, private firms and public organizations; and other local government officials. The day was a tremendous success thanks to Work-Based Learning Coordinator Jason Smiloff and Youth Bureau Program Coordinator Jacquelyn Yonick. Glen Cove High School looks forward to future career-readiness events.  


High School Community Gathers for International Night

High School Community Gathers for International Night photo

Community services, delicious food and traditional ethnic music and dance were featured when Glen Cove High School hosted its fourth annual International Night on April 16.

The evening was organized by World Language and English as a New Language Coordinator Monica Chavez to share information and express appreciation of the Hispanic community. Before the celebration of food and dance, members of the community had an opportunity to learn about health insurance, local library resources, the Glen Cove Boys and Girls Club, Glen Cove Hospital and more. Some participants also enjoyed getting henna tattoos. 

Glen Cove High School dance club members Maria Fernanda Aquilar, Eduardo Mancia, Dayrin Menjivar and Anderson Valasquez wowed those in attendance with a salsa and reggaetón dance. The group worked hard to prepare for the event, under the direction of teacher Clare Germino. While the guests in attendance enjoyed the delicious food and music, they had an opportunity to view students’ wonderful poems that lined the walls of the cafeteria. 

Ms. Chavez expressed her gratitude to everyone who helped out at the event and those from the school community that attended. 


Two Years, Two Wins, Spark! Challenge Success for GCHS

Two Years, Two Wins, Spark! Challenge Success for GCHS photo

Twenty-seven students from Glen Cove High School competed against students from across New York City and Long Island in Northwell Health's Spark! Challenge on April 12.  

One of the three teams, comprised of 11 students, placed first in the poster competition, winning $5,000.  For the Spark! Challenge, each team was responsible for engaging in a shadowing day where they learned about one of the following health care fields: telehealth, art therapy and emergency room nursing.  Each team took away incredible experiences from the shadowing days, which they translated into a poster and oral presentation. Both the poster and the oral presentation were judged by administrators from Northwell Health. This is the second year that Mrs. Fran Krisch has led the teams as the teacher advisor under the support of Coordinator of Science Alexa Doeschner. It is also the second consecutive year that students from Glen Cove High school won this competition.  

Glen Cove High School art teacher Mr. Stephen Lombardo assisted Mrs. Krisch and her students with the graphic design programs that were needed to render and submit the artwork entries. He was essential to the students' success.

Members of the administration and the entire school community are proud of the hard work students demonstrated during each phase of the challenge, and hopes the entire Glen Cove community will extend a well-deserved congratulations to all students who participated in the Spark! Challenge. 



Glen Cove Students Participate in the 14th Annual All-County Art Exhibition

Glen Cove Students Participate in the 14th Annual All-County Art Exhibition photo
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The following students’ artwork was selected to represent Glen Cove in the 2018 All-County Exhibit sponsored by the Art Supervisors Association: Frank Andrade Mendez, Mikaila Ayala, Emily Budraitis, Jessica Callaghan, Diana Canales, Celeste Canizales, Chloe Cedeno, Veronica Cruz, Giacomo D’Ambrosio, Joshua Filippone, Julianna Gomez, Ellie Knobel, Julia Lucidi, Natalia Monsale, Ellis Santos, Abigail Suleman, Colton Valeo, Lorena Valverde, Carla Vazquez-Jimenez, Natalie Weigand and Odalis Yanes.

The exhibit honored the most talented young visual artists in Nassau County and was held at Farmingdale State College’s Roosevelt Hall on March 25. Students from kindergarten through 12th grade were chosen to participate in this celebrated event. The exhibit provided a unique opportunity to view the talents and accomplishments of a diverse group of students throughout our county.

The district is proud to announce that Mikaila Ayala was selected to receive a Senior Scholarship Award. Mikaila is a talented young artist who plans on pursuing an art degree at college. Congratulations to Mikaila, and to all those who participated.

Select Chorale Places Second at Disney Festival

Select Chorale Places Second at Disney Festival photo

Glen Cove High School’s Select Chorale attended the Festival Disney Music Competition at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, from March 8-11. There were 12 other choirs at the festival, which included bands and orchestras from all over the country.

The choir scored 97 out of 100, receiving second place out of all of the choirs. In addition, the group had the second-highest score of any of the 23 groups that were there. One of the judges, Dr. Russell Robinson from the University of Florida, remarked that the Glen Cove Select Chorale is one of the finest choirs that he has heard in his 15 years at Festival Disney. Dr. Robinson reached out to Chorale Conductor Ed Norris upon their return to New York, to again let him know how impressed he was with the choir. Dr. Robinson will be conducting at Carnegie Hall in 2019 and has already invited Glen Cove to be a part of that performance.

“It was a wonderful experience and I am so proud of all of our singers for working so hard to prepare the challenging program,” Mr. Norris said. “I am also extremely grateful to the school district and the chorale parents for all of their support. To hear Dr. Robinson, one of our industry’s most respected authors and conductors, speak this way in regard to our ensemble was very moving. I am filled with pride!”



High School Students Attend YMCA State Conference

High School Students Attend YMCA State Conference photo
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Glen Cove High School students Ryan Telese, Grace Tenke, Jason Ventura and Alyssa Wolzonis attended the 2018 YMCA Youth and Government State Conference in Albany from March 9-11. 

The Youth and Government conference is a model legislative program that allows middle and high school students the opportunity to learn firsthand how the government operates. Students learn debate procedure, conflict resolution and crisis management skills as they work with their peers to solve issues that face our country.

The students, who were the school’s first-ever delegates to participate in the conference, engaged in substantive analytical thinking as they prepared to debate their bill on the Senate Chamber floor at the New York State Capitol. Although their bill, to issue a body fat percentage cap for all New York State police officers serving in the field, did not pass, they learned from this hands-on learning experience how are government works and the obstacles legislators face when trying to pass a bill.

Monthly Family Nights Begin

Family Nights Begin

To combat the busy schedules of families, the district has implemented a monthly Family Night. On Family Night, students will not be assigned any homework from their classroom teachers, allowing their families to preplan fun activities, without interruption.

Family Night will be held on the following dates:
Oct. 25        Jan. 31          April 18
Nov. 22        Feb. 14         May 23
Dec. 20        March 21       June 13