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Deasy Students Research Marine Biology

Deasy Students Research Marine Biology photo

Deasy School first-graders shared their recent research on marine animals, which was highlighted in e-books and projects, with family members on May 16.

The students have been learning about marine animals in STREAM (Science, Technology, Research, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) class under the guidance of STREAM teacher Giselle Taylor. During class, they paired up and selected a marine animal to research, locating information about the animal’s habitat, their food supply, photos and other interesting facts. Using what they learned, the first-graders used Adobe Spark to create an e-book. They also created their respective animals out of recycled materials on Global Design Day. 

The youngsters were excited to share their e-books and projects with their families. They also enjoyed some light refreshments. Each of the first-grade teachers commended the students on their outstanding work. 

Finley Students Visit Boston

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Finley Middle School eighth-graders recently enjoyed a wonderful trip to Boston. The students began their day at the Hall of Science where they viewed an IMAX movie. They also took a Duck Boat Tour of the city and harbor, explored Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market and had dinner at Pizzeria Uno. A great time was had by all! 

Glen Cove Community Approves 2018-19 School Budget

Budget Vote Results:

Yes – 863, No – 271 

Budget Passes.

Board of Education Election Results:

Amy Franklin: 486
Mary Murphy: 645
Gail Nedbor-Gross: 545
Daniel Rios: 273
Rosemarie Sekelsky: 765
Maria Elena Venuto: 470

Congratulations to BOE trustee Gail Nedbor-Gross on her reelection; and newly elected trustees Mary Murphy and Rosemarie Sekelsky. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Maria Rianna extends her gratitude to the community for its continued support. 

Board Honors District Students

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More than 70 district students were celebrated by the Board of Education, members of the administration and community members at the BOE meeting on May 9 at Glen Cove High School.

The accomplishments ranged from stellar performances in art, mock trial and spelling to a competition to promote health care careers, at which Glen Cove High School students beat out 700 other Long Island students and took home first prize, winning $5,000. 

“This was Glen Cove High School’s second year competing and they won the biggest prize,” Superintendent Dr. Maria Rianna said of the Northwell Health Spark! Challenge. “They truly represented Glen Cove in the best of ways.”

After presenting dozens of awards, Dr. Rianna noted that while Glen Cove students are fabulous, they need and receive help.

“They don’t do it alone; they have parents, teachers, teachers’ assistants and all the support staff. It is truly a family,” she said. 

Finley Students Participate in Antibullying Workshops

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Eighth-grade students from Robert M. Finley Middle School attended an anti-bullying campaign at Hofstra University in conjunction with Northwell Health Systems and Hofstra Radio on May 8.

The event was a terrific experience for the students as they participated in educational workshops, presentations and group discussions on leadership, being an upstander, recognizing the warning signs of teen dating abuse, cyberbullying, suicide prevention and taking a stand against bullying. 

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

National Jr. Honor Society 2018-2019

Meet the new members of the R. M. Finley Middle School National Jr. Honor Society 2018-2019


Photography Honors for Glen Cove Senior

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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. 

A Lesson on Levers at Deasy School

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Deasy School kindergartners participated in a mini-lesson about levers during STREAM (science, technology, research, engineering, arts and mathematics) class. The students completed two learning centers as part of the lesson. At the first center, they listened to a Capstone e-book about levers on the iPad and completed an activity book. At the second, they worked together to create a seesaw using the Lego Education Simple Machines kit. The lesson involved the 21st-century skills of critical thinking, communication and collaboration.

Educators Become Students at Connolly School

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Connolly School teachers took part in professional development with Columbia University’s Teachers College Reading and Writing Project staff developer Amanda Denmore on April 23. 

Glen Cove educators have been receiving ongoing training in the program, which is new to the district this year. According to Connolly School Principal Julie Mullan, Ms. Denmore shares teaching strategies and best practices with the educators in narrative writing, research-based writing and other topics. In their most recent session, teachers went over on-demand quick assessments. The teachers were tasked with producing a writing sample based on a specific prompt in an allotted time. Ms. Denmore modeled the assignment for the teachers, discussed the theory behind it and described what the lesson should look like in the classroom. 

As for the students, Mrs. Mullan said the new curriculum has excited students and sparked a deeper love for writing.  

Landing Students Raise Thousands for American Heart Association

Landing Students Raise Thousands for American Heart Association photo
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Landing Elementary School raised an all-time-high of $10,780 during its Jump Rope for Heart Fundraiser. The fundraiser took place during the month of February in conjunction with the American Heart Association’s Heart Month.

Congratulations to Arden and Paige Jimenez, who raised a combined $1,620, the most ever raised by a family. Arden raised $1,000, setting a new record at the school.  

Other top fundraisers were:
Milo Walthers:   $575
Madelyn Buhr:   $566
Mia Lupinski:   $500
Juliet Bifone:   $450
Kalia Edwards:  $300

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 122 students and staff that participated in the fundraiser, with 61 of those students raising $7,803 online. Mrs. Muzante, Ms. Serani and Mrs. Sullivan collected the remaining donations at school. 

In grade 3, Mrs. Tenke’s class raised a Landing School all-time-high of $1,560; in grade 4, Mrs. Clark’s class raised $1,327 and in grade 5, Mrs. Reynolds class raised $444. Every student who raised money received an instant lanyard and “scare crew member,” a small alien-type gift, which was placed on our “Scare Team” poster at school. 

Many thanks to all those who donated to this worthwhile cause. Each year, we are thankful and appreciative of the incredible support throughout this fundraiser to help those less fortunate than ourselves. A special thanks to Mrs. Muzante and Mr. Graziosi for their help in distributing the more than 230 prizes to the students who participated. 

Connolly K-Kids Raise Money for Autism Speaks

Connolly K-Kids Raise Money for Autism Speaks photo
The Connolly School K-Kids held an autism awareness event to begin the month of April. Students and teachers were encouraged to “Light it up Blue.” Assisted by special education teacher Kathleen Madigan, the K-Kids encouraged the student body to wear blue and purchase blue bracelets to promote awareness and acceptance of students with autism. Teachers got in the act as well, purchasing T-shirts, which they will wear each Tuesday throughout the month. The Connolly family of students, teachers and staff helped the K-Kids raise $305 dollars to donate to the organization Autism Speaks.

Students Register to Vote

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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

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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. 


Connolly Lights It Up Blue

Connolly Lights It Up Blue photo
Connolly teachers will be wearing autism awareness T-shirts throughout the month of April to raise awareness of the disorder. Each donated $10 for the T-shirts to Autism Speaks, an organization dedicated to promoting solutions for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support. 

Gribbin Students Replicate Glen Cove

Gribbin Students Replicate Glen Cove photo

Second-grade students at Gribbin School have been creating papier-mâché replicas of the City of Glen Cove during art class under the guidance of teacher LeeAnn Palazzo.

The students recently took a tour of Glen Cove, visiting famous landmarks and other important buildings. They then sketched the buildings they learned about for a school project. In addition to sketching, they worked together in groups to cover 3-D structures of buildings in papier-mâché, recreating the post office, police department, Glen Cove Mansion, Gribbin and Connolly schools, just to name a few. The students also discussed architecture as part of the art lesson. 

After the projects are painted and complete, they will be brought to City Hall to be featured as part of the city’s 350-year anniversary celebration on Memorial Day weekend.  

Virtual Shark Dive for Deasy Students

Virtual Shark Dive for Deasy Students photo

Deasy School second-graders went on a deep-sea exhibition using the Google Expeditions virtual reality app during their STREAM (science, technology, research, engineering, art and mathematics) class with teacher Giselle Taylor.

Ms. Taylor served as the “tour guide” as students explored Australia, Fiji and Mexico, learning about different types of sharks. Students listened carefully to descriptions of whale, great white, blacktip reef and Port Jackson sharks, learning about their size and the environment where they live. After the exploration, students selected a shark and typed up what they learned in Seesaw, a digital portfolio app for students. 

According to Ms. Taylor, the virtual reality shark dive was a culminating activity for students learning about sharks through the Flipgrid Explorer Series: Sharks. They also have been learning to type and were able to apply those skills to the assignment.        


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. 



Deasy School Comes Together to Raise Awareness for Autism

Deasy School Comes Together to Raise Awareness for Autism photo
Deasy School integrated co-special education teachers Katie Drennan and Sue Seltzer rallied the Deasy staff in recognition of National Autism Awareness Month, which is celebrated during the month of April. Both teachers expressed the need for education and understanding of this disability. The Deasy staff will “light it up blue” every Monday by wearing their autism awareness T-shirts. The teachers will also be sharing books and appropriate primary videos with their students to hopefully raise awareness and acceptance.

Students Dribble Their Way to Regional Challenge

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Nine students from Finley Middle School and Landing School took part in the NBA-sponsored Jr. NBA Regional Skills Challenge at Basketball Pier in New York City on March 25. The participating students were winners of their individual school’s competitions.

Students’ families and friends, as well as physical education teachers Karen Serani and Angela Zupa, excitedly watched as the students competed in their two trials at the event. Congratulations to all Glen Cove students who participated in this year’s regional competition!

Connolly Students Collect Pennies for a Good Cause

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Connolly students supported Pennies for Patients throughout the month of March to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. In all, they raised $327 to help children suffering from leukemia and lymphoma. Those who participated received a small collection box and saved as much as they could in a week’s time.

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

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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!”



Finley Students’ Artwork Captures ‘Roots’ of Glen Cove

Finley Students’ Artwork Captures ‘Roots’ of Glen Cove photo

Finley Middle School students in grades 6-8 have been learning the history of Glen Cove and transforming it into art in honor of the City of Glen Cove’s 350-year anniversary.

Art teachers Michele McLoughlin and Korey Zalk incorporated lumber in their art classes thanks to Taylor Tree Service in Locust Valley, which donated remnants, and technology teacher John Gervat, who cut down and sanded the pieces for student use, with help from the school’s digital media students. The lumber related to Joseph Carpenter, who in 1668 purchased 2,000 acres of land from the Matinecock Indians. The land was located northwest of the Town of Oyster Bay, now Glen Cove. Carpenter along with four partners named the land Musketa Cove and constructed a sawmill and gristmill. 

Students used the wood pieces to paint multicolored rings similar to the growth rings of a tree. According to McLoughlin and Zalk, the project symbolized the roots of the community. It also reinforced the students’ learning of color theory and paintbrush control and exposed them to painting on a different medium.  

The students’ work will be on display at the City of Glen Cove’s 350th anniversary celebration on Memorial Day weekend at Morgan Park.

High School Students Attend YMCA State Conference

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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.

Students Honored for Book Creations

Gribbin Students Honored for Book Creations photo
Twenty district students from Connolly and Gribbin schools were selected as winners in Glen Cove Public Library’s 29th annual Write and Illustrate Your Own Book Contest. Congratulations to the students on their outstanding achievement. 

Finley Students Participate in National History Day

Finley Students Participate in National History Day photo

Finley Middle School eighth-graders participated in the Regional Junior Division of National History Day on Sunday, March 18. The students competed against hundreds of other students at Hofstra University, showcasing their exhibits, documentaries and performances in front of parents and friends.

The work was the product of a yearlong effort in their Research III course, taught by teacher Ms. Maggi Ibrahim. Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Technology Dr. Michael Israel and District Coordinator of English Mr. Andrew DiNapoli were also in attendance.

Each year, students participating in National History Day engage with one particular theme. This year’s theme was “Conflict and Compromise in History.” The intentional selection of the theme was to provide an opportunity for students to push past the antiquated view of history as mere facts and dates and delve down into historical content to develop perspective and understanding.

Students’ topics included the Oklahoma City bombing, the Voting Rights Act, American discrimination against Latin Americans and the politics of Venezuela. Congratulations to all of the students!


Schools Open - May 24 & 25, 2018

Due to the school snow days on March 7 & March 21, 2018, all schools will be open on May 24 & 25, 2018. 


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