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Trick or Treat Street

Glen Cove High School National Honor Society is hosting a Trick or Treat Street at Glen Cove High School on Oct. 30 from 6-8 p.m. The free event will have a number of rooms sponsored by student organizations, as well as the Glen Cove High School faculty and staff. Each room will not only offer candy, but also games and activities, creating a safe trick or treating environment for young children, teens and their families. Snacks and refreshments will also be offered.

No adult will be admitted without a child; no children under the age of 12 will be admitted without an adult.  

Accolades for Finley School Psychologist

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The National Association of School Psychologists and its Graduate Education Committee selected Finley Middle School Psychologist Cortney Farrell as a “Model School Psychology Intern Field Supervisor.” 

Ms. Farrell was selected based on a nomination by a NASP-approved graduate program, an evaluation based on NASP’s Best Practice Guidelines for School Psychology Intern Field Supervision and Mentoring completed by two interns she has supervised in the past five years, and a letter of support from a colleague or supervisor in the school district.   

Principal Nelson Iocolano and the entire administration congratulate Ms. Farrell on this achievement. 

Glen Cove HS Art Students Visit Coles House

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Two Glen Cove High School art classes enjoyed a visit to the historic Coles House on Oct. 13.

The student-artists viewed indoor street art creations made by numerous well-known artists, including work by Glen Cove High School art teachers and students that transformed the interiors into a lively and compelling art museum.

The one period field trip across town was organized by art teachers Stephen Lombardo & Ms. Gordon on the invitation of Glen Cove's local business owner Joe LaPadula. Students toured the many rooms inside the 3 floors of space and had an opportunity to not only view art and installations but also listened as Mr. LaPadula explained the critical difference between art inside a sanctioned space and defacing public property.

Of the 40 students attending, all seemed happy about this fun and interesting space existing in their own town.

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

Landing Physical Education Teacher Receives AHA Honors

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The American Heart Association honored physical education teacher Karen Serani for her participation in the Jump Rope for Heart program. 

Over the past 20 years, Ms. Serani and the students of Landing Elementary School have raised $100,000 for The American Heart Association by participating in Jump Rope for Heart. 

“Ms. Serani’s commitment to the program is something to celebrate,” AHA representative Larry Pyser said. “Her effort and support has been greatly appreciated. Over the past 20 years, she has taught her students valuable lessons about being heart-healthy and we thank her for her outstanding work.”

Video: School Messenger Parent Preferences

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In support of our ongoing effort to keep updated information on file for each student, the Glen Cove School District kindly requests that you review your most up-to-date automated calling contact information.  Currently, there can be up to eight phone numbers in our system for your child.  Please review the information below and cross out any duplicates numbers and/or make changes to existing numbers.  Please be aware that you can change these preferences at any time by downloading the SchoolMessenger App on your mobile device, or the SchoolMessenger website at

New Assistant Principal at Glen Cove High School

New Assistant Principal at Glen Cove High School photo
The district is pleased to announce Katie Prudente as the new assistant principal at Glen Cove High School. 

Ms. Prudente, a Huntington Station resident, comes to Glen Cove from Valley Stream Central High School. Ms. Prudente most recently served as the dean of discipline in the Valley Stream Central High School District’s Summer School program. She was also an administrative intern at Valley Stream Central High School from 2014-2017. Her administrative responsibilities included developing a districtwide curriculum assessment plan for science education and designing and implementing a STEM curriculum plan for grades K-6 for Valley Stream District 30. She also taught science at the district for nine years. Prior to Valley Stream, Ms. Prudente spent two years teaching at George J. Ryan Middle School in Fresh Meadows.

Ms. Prudente has a Master of Science in earth science/adolescence education and a Bachelor of Arts in earth science. In addition, she holds certifications as a school building leader and a school district leader from Stony Brook University.     

“I am very honored to be joining the Glen Cove community and look forward to building relationships with students and staff, parents and community members,” Ms. Prudente said. “I am dedicated to promoting a positive learning environment for all students and am excited to collaborate with all stakeholders to ensure student achievement and growth.”

The Effects of Drug Abuse on the Teenage Brain

The Effects of Drugs on the Teenage Brain


Key Club Helps Out North Shore INN

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Key Club Helps North Shore INN
Members of Glen Cove High School’s Key Club assisted the North Shore INN Soup Kitchen with a recent fundraiser. The students helped wrap 400 loaves of pumpkin bread and sold them at the Sea Cliff Mini Mart on Sunday, Oct. 1.

Glen Cove Gathers for Homecoming

Glen Cove Gathers for Homecoming photo

Students, staff and community members came together for Glen Cove High School’s annual homecoming parade and football game on Oct. 7.

Marchers accompanied their creatively decorated floats and golf carts on the parade route from Gribbin Elementary School to Glen Cove High School as community members cheered them on. This year’s theme was “Our Knight Out,” which was symbolic of the festivities being held in the evening.  

Prior to the game, members of the student senate and homecoming court were introduced. Glen Cove cheerleaders also performed.

During halftime, the audience enjoyed more entertainment courtesy of the Glen Cove High School marching band, kick line and varsity cheerleaders. Congratulations to seniors Lauren Friedman and Ryan Greenfield, who were named homecoming queen and king.

Glen Cove fought hard, but unfortunately fell to Division High School, 18-6.


Big Red Spirit Shines at Pep Rally

Big Red Spirit Shines at Pep Rally photo

Glen Cove High School students, faculty and staff kicked off the school’s annual homecoming celebration with a pep rally on Oct. 6.

The high-spirited event celebrated athletes and featured outstanding performances by the school’s student-musicians, cheerleaders and kick line team. 

The school’s Student Senate, under the direction of adviser Ellen Lynch, created posters and coordinated the day’s activities. Each year at the pep rally, in addition to honoring students, the Student Senate honors one or more faculty or staff member who have positively affected students during their years in Glen Cove. Congratulations to Social Studies Chairperson Sue Poulos for receiving this year’s recognition.

Click here to watch the High School Pep Rally

Science Research Students Skype College Professor

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Students in Glen Cove High School’s new Science Research Literacy class had the opportunity to video chat with College of the Holy Cross physical chemistry professor Dr. Lynna Gabriela Avila-Bront.

Students just completed a unit on the scientific method, and brainstormed questions to ask Dr. Avila-Bront about her scientific career, as well as her current research. They also inquired about her greatest achievement, the rate of her results given the margin of experimental error and why she decided to pursue science. Students were most surprised to find out that post-college studies in science are funded by government grants, and graduate students are in fact paid to attend graduate school.

“This was a fantastic opportunity to connect with a college professor as students begin their exploration of scientific research,” Coordinator of Science Alexa Doeschner said.   

Click here to watch the 10-4-17 Board of Ed Meeting

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Glen Cove Remembers Frank Bouza

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The Glen Cove community gathered at the Glen Cove High School flagpole prior to the Sept. 27 Board of Education meeting to pay tribute to Frank Bouza, a former district employee and BOE trustee.

Mr. Bouza, who passed away in October 2015, worked at the district for more than 40 years. During the ceremony, BOE trustee Gail Nedbor-Gross spoke about Mr. Bouza’s tenure at the district and his two terms on the board.

“Everyone got along with Frankie because he was one of the nicest, sweetest, most thoughtful men I’ve ever known. He loved this community and we hope that this beautiful plaque donated by our former Board of Education President Rich Maccarone shows our love, respect and admiration for Mr. Frankie Bouza and his family,” Mrs. Nedbor-Gross said.     

Mr. Bouza’s daughter Susan Gielbeda, a teacher at Connolly School, thanked everyone for attending the ceremony.

“This presentation is a great honor for us,” she said. “My father was a great husband, father, community member and grandfather. His focus was always the children. I can’t event count how many lives my father has impacted. He took pride in his job no matter what is was, custodian, supervisor of buildings and grounds or a board trustee.”   

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Maria Rianna indicated that the plaque would be mounted and the area around the flagpole would be enhanced in tribute of Mr. Bouza. The flagpole was selected as the location for the plaque because Mr. Bouza raised the American flag at the high school daily during his tenure there.

A Night of Inspiration for Glen Cove High School Students

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Students from Glen Cove High School attended “A Night of Inspiration” event on Sept. 19, sponsored by the WE organization at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel. During the event, students had an opportunity to listen to WE speakers and local change-makers, who offered students inspiration to take action and engage in charitable projects.

Finley Students Commit to Giving Back at WE Day UN

Finley Students Commit to Giving Back at WE Day UN photo

Robert M. Finley Middle School Kiwanis Builders Club members attended WE Day UN at Madison Square Garden on Sept. 20.

Presenters told stories of inspiration, encouraging students to not take life for granted and to take chances. Some challenged them to make change in the world, both locally and globally. Speakers at the event included Chelsea Clinton, Whoopi Goldberg, past President of Ireland Mary Robinson, Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau and Grace Vanerwaal, winner of “America’s Got Talent.”

The students who attended WE Day UN have made the commitment to give back to their community this year through service. For more information about WE Day UN, please visit

Connolly Fifth-Grader Lends a Hand to a Friend

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School Community Gathers for Deasy Ribbon Cutting

School Community Gathers for Deasy Ribbon Cutting photo

Students at Deasy Elementary School took advantage of their incredible new playground when the school hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sept. 8 to celebrate its completion.

District officials, Board of Education members, building administrators and local officials joined Deasy School Principal Melanie Arfman and Glen Cove Education Foundation members, as well as the school’s PTA members, teachers, students and families, for the momentous occasion. The pre-K and elementary students and their siblings had a wonderful time climbing, swinging and bonding with friends and classmates on the new equipment. They also hula-hooped in the area located adjacent to the playground, while music played and PTA members served popcorn and drinks.      

Deasy’s playground came to fruition thanks to the grant-writing efforts of Arfman and Glen Cove Education Foundation member Danielle Fugazy-Scagliola, who helped to secure a $50,000 grant from Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton. The balance of the funds raised was thanks to the generosity of PTA members and multiple fundraisers organized by the Glen Cove Education Foundation.   

Principal Melanie Arfman said she was thrilled that students have a new, fun and exciting playground. She also expressed her gratitude to all those who made the new playground a reality. 

“The new playground is truly a result of Nassau County, the community, the school district, dedicated PTA members, parents and of course, Danielle Fugazy-Scagliola. Together these stakeholders worked collaboratively to ensure the our school’s students and community have a playground that allows for active-based play.”

Gribbin Students Investigate Nature

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Kindergartners in Irene Kamola’s class at Gribbin School received an up-close look at goldenrod plants during a cross-curricular classroom lesson that focused on writing, reading, science and vocabulary. 

During the lesson, students had an opportunity to touch, feel and smell the plant and were excited to use magnifying glasses to take a closer look. 

“I brought the goldenrods in to inspire, enhance and support our kindergartners’ vocabulary and writing skills,” Miss Kamola said. “I believe that merging science and English language arts is a wonderful way to connect the curriculum.”  

Students also learned a poem about goldenrods, drew pictures of the plant using crayons, measured the leaves, made connections between the color and shape of the plant using printed materials in the classroom, and discussed their observations.
Miss Kamola plans to bring nature into her classroom lessons throughout the year, utilizing the knowledge she gained by participating in the Greentree Foundation Teachers’ Ecology workshop over the summer. The course focused on the ecology of Long Island and emphasized getting students outside as much as possible, and if not possible, to bring nature indoors for students to explore. Miss Kamola will also attend field trips with the foundation throughout the year to expand her knowledge.

Finley Welcomes Incoming Sixth-Graders

Finley Welcomes Incoming Sixth-Graders photo

Soon-to-be sixth-graders at R. M. Finley Middle School met with school administrators, bonded with their fellow classmates and received new Chromebooks when they attended Sixth-Grade Orientation on Aug. 29.

The morning began with students and parents receiving a “Sixth-Grade Survival Guide,” which offered information about school clubs, as well as tips and advice from upper classmen. It also explained the amount of time between classes, instructions on how to open lockers and more. Principal Nelson Iocolano spoke to students about social media and reminded the middle school students to “THINK”— Is it True, Helpful, Inspiring, Necessary or Kind, before posting. The group also watched an “Intro to Google Classroom” video created by students on the school’s technology committee. 

A highlight of the meeting was the distribution of brand new Chromebooks to the sixth-grade students. Each child received the technology and a case embroidered with the Glen Cove logo that will be used for classroom instruction. The district is supplying Chromebooks to all sixth- and seventh-grade students for the upcoming school year. 

The sixth-graders also took part in a scavenger hunt. Led by upperclassmen and using clues they were given, they were taken on a tour of the school, learning where important locations were throughout the building.  

The orientation wrapped up with a PTA-sponsored barbeque lunch. Assistant Principal Lawrence Carroll manned the grill along with PTA members. Students enjoyed hot dogs and snacks, while getting to know their classmates. 


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