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Deasy Second-Graders Study Different Communities

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As part of the social studies unit on different types of communities, second-graders at Deasy School used various materials from the classroom Maker Box to create unique versions of rural, urban and suburban communities. The students had to decide which community they were making and include landmarks found in that type of community. Students added items such as skyscrapers, taxis, buses, houses with yards, barns, farm animals, roads and trees to their projects. Fun was had by all!

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Honor Societies Ready for National Competition

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Members of Glen Cove High School’s National and Math honor societies are preparing for the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad on Jan. 24. 

The olympiad is a national contest for high-school students in which they solve linguistic puzzles. When students solve these puzzles using logic skills, they learn about the diversity and consistency of language.  

On Jan. 13, students, along with their club advisers Laura Makula and Liana Caesar-Quaye, visited LIU Post’s campus to practice solving linguistics puzzles. The group worked alongside a computational linguistics professor and a New York University graduate student. 
 

PTA Council Annual Diamond Club Celebration - March 10, 2019

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Deasy Students Learn About Birds and More

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Deasy School first-graders enjoyed a special 55-minute STREAM class when representatives from Theodore Roosevelt Bird Sanctuary visited their school. STREAM stands for science, technology, research, engineering, art and mathematics.

The students learned about endangered coastal bird species and the ecosystem and relationship between the “Red Knot” bird and the horseshoe crab. Students were able to observe and touch a live horseshoe crab, while learning about its importance in the ecosystem and the role its blood plays in scientific medical research. Students concluded the lesson with a physical migration activity to deepen their understanding of the migratory patterns of the piping plover and what is causing the decline in the species.

Field Trip Fun for Connolly and Landing

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Connolly and Landing students visited the Tilles Center to see “The Phantom Tollbooth” on Jan. 14. The students had a wonderful time at the show.

Middle School Chromebook Parent Night

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On Monday, February 4th, from 7:00 - 8:00 PM Robert Finley Middle School is hosting a Chromebook Parent Night in the library. This evening is an opportunity for parents to learn about how to support their children as they work on the Chromebook, as well as learn about available resources for parents.

 

Students of the Month Honored at High School

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Glen Cove High School is proud to announce its Students of the Month for September, October and November. The students are recognized by grade level for their hard work and achievements. In addition, the Glen Cove Rotary Club and local Knights of Columbus chapter each named their own student of the month. 

The Students of the Month for September were Caitriona Greene (Knights of Columbus), Christina Cavallone (Rotary), freshmen Bryan Munoz Marquez and Rehiya Naqvi, sophomores Antonio DeLuca and Jessica Mirakaj, juniors Casey Barry and Javier Rumipamba and seniors Miguel Hernandez Flores and Patrick Silva.      

The Students of the Month for October were Vincenzo DiGraci (Knights of Columbus), Evan O’Regan (Rotary), freshmen Melissa Herrera and Yohana Cartagena Alas, sophomores Allan Pineda and Victoria O’Regan, juniors Isaiah Jackson and Nicole Serrano and seniors Latifa Mohamed Fakhry and Oscar Membreno Mejia.
           
The Students of the Month for November were Christie Annunziato (Knights of Columbus), Megan Wang (Rotary), freshmen Angelica Bencio and Salvatore Lorenti, sophomores Elvia Duenas Montoya and Melissa Vargas, juniors Angela Alvarado and Odalis Yanes and seniors Emily Budraitis and Anthony Ranieri.

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Glen Cove Celebrates All-County Musicians

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The Nassau Music Educators Association has designated students from the Glen Cove City School District as All-County musicians. These students were selected based on last year’s New York State School Music Association scores and teacher recommendations. The Glen Cove music department and members of the administration congratulate these students on this outstanding musical achievement.

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Band: Alyssa Weigand (Clarinet)
Orchestra: Natalia Gambino (Viola)
Chorus: Caroline DaSilva, Natalie Macnow, Melanie Martinez, Michael Anthony Renga and Brooke Simmons

Landing
Band: Nicholas Chicvak (Trombone)
Orchestra: Sarah Ayiku (Viola)
Chorus: Isabella Damiano, Arden Jimenez, Boglarka Molnar and Siena Scagliola

Finley – Division II
Band: David Backus III (Trumpet) and Isabella Smith (Clarinet)
Orchestra: Deborah Zavala (Viola)
Chorus: Helen Nash and Payton Piel

Finley – Division III
Band: Gino Galizzi (Trumpet)
Orchestra: John Michael Ktistakis (Trombone) and Brooke Tran (Violin)
Chorus: Bethel Ashalew, Christine Calderone, Cassian Gerasimenko, Caleb Ham and Elle Woska

High School – Division IV
Band: Josiah Ashalew (Trumpet)
Orchestra: Owen O’Regan (Double Bass)
Chorus: Isabelle Unger

High School – Division V
Band: Michele D’Ambrosio (Alto Sax)
Orchestra: Andrew Woska (Viola)
Chorus: Franmarie Hlatky-Rivera, Kylie Jenkins, Mykaela Pajuelo, Gilbert Reyes and Alondra Schuck



Second Annual Family Code Night

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The district’s STREAM (science, technology, research, engineering, arts and mathematics) Department will host its second annual Family Code Night at Finley Middle School on Jan. 30. All families are invited to attend. The following is the schedule of events for the evening: 

6:15 p.m. - Registration
6:30-6:45 p.m. - Welcome
6:50-7:05 p.m. - First rotation activities
7:10-7:25 p.m. - Second rotation activities
7:30-7:45 p.m. - Third rotation activities
7:50 p.m. - Thank you and closing

Students Return to Court

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The Glen Cove High School’s Teen Court program participated in its second trial on Jan. 8, in conjunction with City of Glen Cove Judge Richard McCord and the Glen Cove City Court. The students worked hard to get ready for this activity and were thrilled that City of Glen Cove Mayor Tim Tenke and Councilman Kevin Maccarone were in attendance. Councilman Maccarone’s father, John Maccarone, is a lawyer who works with the high school students as part of the program. Coordinator of Social Studies Sheena Jacob expressed her gratitude to Mr. Maccarone and the City of Glen Cove for its ongoing support. 

A Night of Celebration

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Academic achievements of students and the bravery of a teacher were recognized at the most recent Board meeting. 

The evening began with Finley Middle School Principal Nelson Iocolano honoring teacher Susan Lordi-Linden. Ms. Lordi-Linden recently performed the Heimlich maneuver on a student who was choking on a meatball. This is the second time in three years Ms. Lori-Linden has jumped into action to assist a student who was choking. 

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Maria Rianna thanked Ms. Lordi-Linden on behalf of the Board, “I’m glad you’re here and we appreciate what you do on a daily basis, especially when you go above and beyond,” she said.

District students who excelled on the May 2018 Advanced Placement exams were also honored at the meeting. In all, the College Board recognized 48 students for their outstanding academic achievement. The recognition portion of the meeting concluded with Finley Middle School students who participated in the annual YMCA New York State Youth and Government program sharing their experiences from the trip. As part of the program, the seventh- and eighth-graders took over the Assembly and Senate chambers for a day to discuss their ideas. In addition, they wrote bills and attempted to make them law by acting as representatives and senators in the statehouse chambers.  
 

Virtual Enterprise Students Present at Trade Show

Glen Cove High School students participated in the ninth annual Virtual Enterprise trade show at LIU Post on Jan. 9 along with more than 2,000 students from across Long Island.

Flex Fit LLC is a new VE company at Glen Cove High School. The students sold performance-driven athletic clothing to students, business leaders and educators at the show. They also presented the business plan to the judges at this conference. The presenters were students Debra Benitez, Claudia Clea and Jack Coyle. They and all the other students who attended did a great job!

Spanish Classes Focus on Helping Others

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Sophomore students in Rosa Malley’s Spanish classes at Glen Cove High School researched organizations that help others as part of their unit study on the environment. 

As a culminating activity to their research, students worked in groups to create posters representing the organization they chose to help. They then presented their research to their classmates in Spanish. Students explained each organization, including who it helped and how. They also shared why they made their selection.

The classes did a wonderful job with their posters, which focused on a variety of charitable endeavors, including helping the homeless, providing toys for less fortunate children, helping the elderly, protecting the environment and rescuing abused animals.   

Students also shared slogans they selected for their organization’s efforts, including “Make the world a better place” and “There’s nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer.”

Select Chorale’s ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ to Highlight Sporting Events

Select Chorale’s ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ to Highlight Sporting Events

The Glen Cove High School athletic and music departments are proud to announce that the Select Chorale has teamed up to record a beautiful version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” that will be played at the school’s athletic events. Athletic Director Peter Cardone expressed his gratitude to Choral Director Edward Norris, the technology department and the Select Chorale for making this amazing rendition.

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A Warm, Musical Welcome at Landing

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Fifth-grade student-musicians were excited to have a special guest attend their winter concert on Dec. 18. 

Music teacher Ed Smith and his wife, Elizabeth, were front and center for the event, which was a memorable occasion for them both, as it was Mr. Smith’s first visit to the school since having a stroke last year. Principal Ben Roberts, teachers and staff were excited to see their colleague and presented him with handmade signs to show their love and support. It was a wonderful reunion for the Landing School community.   
 
 

High School Art Students Paint Store Windows

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Window displays help create new customers by increasing foot traffic. Glen Cove High School students are sharing their talents and holiday spirit by lending a helping hand to a local establishment. Alessa Rodriguez and Anissa Rosado painted beautiful holiday displays on the windows of McDonalds. The pair worked tirelessly, in the cold, to spread a little holiday cheer and give back to their community, incorporating McDonalds imagery with seasonal themes to create beautiful window displays. Advertising is important to any business and these talented girls have created a winter wonderland on windows for all to stop in and enjoy.

Glen Cove’s Teen Court Goes to Trial

Glen Cove’s Teen Court Goes to Trial
Glen Cove High School’s Teen Court program had its first trial of the year on Dec. 18. The Teen Court program is operated in conjunction with Judge Richard McCord and Glen Cove City Court. It serves as an educational experience, as well as a peer mediation program for students in Glen Cove. 
 
Through this course, students learn about public speaking and the judicial process through their preparation for trials. In their first trial, Glen Cove High School students Douaa Ahmed, Kamaya Ephraim and Kamiya Ephraim served as prosecuting attorneys representing the People of the State of New York, while Debora Benitez, Lindsey Hernandez, Havigahil Peraza-Anaya and Solange Unger served as defense attorneys for a teen defendant. Glen Cove senior Kyle Fahey oversaw the trial as judge, while the remaining Teen Court students served as jury members. Coordinator of Social Studies Sheena Jacob thanked teacher Mr. Christopher Contorno for his hard work and dedication in preparing students to have this excellent experience.  

The Teen Court will have two more trials in January before preparations begin for trials in the second half of the year, which will take place in May and June.

Decking the Halls at Deasy

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Ann Marie Cairo and Coleen Grove, members of Deasy's Spirit committee, created a successful 'Deck the Halls' contest at the school. The fun competition got everyone into the holiday spirit!

Students Shine at Gribbin’s Annual Winter Concert

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Gribbin School students celebrated the season with their annual winter concert on Dec 14.

The show was entitled “The Senses of Winter,” connecting it to the yearlong cultural arts theme of “Senses” that will be incorporated in upcoming projects in all of the special area classes.  

Students in each grade sang five songs about winter, the holidays and the new year. All of the material showcased the talent of the young singers. The kindergartners’ song selection included, “Happy Wintertime Feeling,” “I’m a Little Snowman” and “Seven Feet of Snow,” while the first-grade chorus performed “Winter Fun,” “One Day in December” and “Did You Ever See A Snowflake?” and others. Two-part harmony songs, such as “The Magic of Winter” and “Jingle Bell Jazz” by first-graders and “A Holiday of Music” by second-graders, highlighted the show. It was a delightful morning of music and celebration.



Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten Registration 2019-2020

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Registration for kindergarten will begin on Jan. 7 and continue through April 1. To enter kindergarten, children must be 5 years old on or before Dec. 1 of the school year.

Registration packets are available at the following locations:

Glen Cove School website – Our district, central registration.
District Office (Thayer House), located at 154 Dosoris Lane.
School buildings.

Registration for pre-kindergarten will begin on March 4 and continue through May 17, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. To enter pre-kindergarten, children must be 4 years old on or before Dec. 1 of the school year. New York State income guidelines must be met to be eligible for the pre-kindergarten program.  

For both kindergarten and pre-K registration:

Please bring completed packet at time of registration. Please call (516) 801-7001 to make an appointment or with any questions you may have.

Digital Citizenship Symposium Coming to Glen Cove

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    The district will host an Eduscape Digital Citizenship Symposium at Glen Cove High School on March 30 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.
    Topics include “Keeping Students’ Data Safe,” “Social-Emotional Learning and Digital Citizenship,” “Digital Footprints – Keeping the Trail Clean,” “A Problem-Based Learning Approach to Digital Citizenship,” “Leading Digital Citizenship: A Districtwide Model,” “Building a Culture of Digital Citizenship,” “The Role of Family Support to Digital Citizenship” and “To Screen or Not to Screen: Maintaining a Balance.”  
    This symposium is suggested for superintendents, associate superintendents, directors of curriculum, principals, guidance teams, PTA and Board of Education members. Admission is $199.   
 

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Connolly K-Kids Visit Glen Cove Seniors

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Connolly School’s K-Kids made their annual visit to the Glen Cove Senior Center to spread holiday cheer on Dec. 14. The members of the K-Kids performed their winter concert songs for the seniors and participated in an intergenerational holiday singalong, singing seasonal favorites including “The Dreidel Song,” “Jingle Bells,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town.” The K-Kids then had a chance to visit with the seniors and presented them with handmade holiday cards from the club. A good time was had by all!

Board Celebrates Class of 2019’s Top Scholars

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Administrators and Board members recognized Glen Cove High School’s top 10 students of the Class of 2019 during the Board of Education meeting on Dec. 12.

Glen Cove High School Principal Antonio Santana introduced the students and explained their special connection, as they all began at the high school when he did, four years ago.
 
“The Class of 2019 will always have a special place in my heart, Mr. Santana said. “It’s going to be a very bittersweet graduation.”

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Maria Rianna congratulated the students for their outstanding accomplishments. 

“Academically they have been recognized this evening, but their talents go far beyond the academic spectrum and their hearts are amazing,” Dr. Rianna said. “They give to this community, to each other and to other students within our schools.” 

Congratulations to the following students, who are ranked in order: valedictorian Matthew Tran, salutatorian Mackenzie Edwards, honorarian Christina Cavallone, Megan Wang, Evelyn Tran, Paige Callaghan, Evan O’Regan, Dara Levy, Alondra Schuck and Julianna Willson. 


Gribbin Second-Graders Use Typing Skills for Research Project

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Gribbin second-graders in Cynthia VanOmmeren's class transferred the typing skills they learned using Google Typing Club with STREAM (science, technology, research, engineering, art and mathematics) teacher Giselle Taylor to type their Ecosystem reports using Adobe Spark Video in research class.

The reports are the culmination to the Diversity of Life Research Unit that students have been studying. This interdisciplinary unit was created during the elementary science curriculum writing project this past summer. In this unit, students have been researching various communities around the world using nonfiction books and developmentally-appropriate online databases, while their classroom teachers have been facilitating the unit by teaching specific science and social studies lessons to help students have a deeper understanding of concepts learned through their research. 

Students were taught how to take notes using various forms of note taking (bullets, webs and lists). The students then created paragraphs through interactive writing with their teachers. These paragraphs will be used to create Adobe Spark Videos. Students will share these videos with their classmates and teachers to teach them about various ecosystems. 

Evelyn Tran is LI Student Athlete of the Month

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Glen Cove High School volleyball player Evelyn Tran won the Long Island Student Athlete of the Month for December. 

The Long Island Nets have partnered with National Grid to launch the Female Student Athlete of the Month awards to students across both Nassau and Suffolk counties. Six times during the season, the Long Island Nets will recognize a different female student athlete based on her success in her respective sport, her commitment to education and success in the classroom, and leadership abilities on and off the field of play. Students and faculty will have the opportunity to nominate a female student athlete each month of the program. Each recipient will be recognized on the Long Island Nets website along with her school, school district and why she was selected. Congratulations to Evelyn for this great achievement! 

Landing Students Create Artwork for Veterans

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Landing third-grade students in Ms. Oliveira’s class recently collaborated with Mrs. Reynolds’ fifth-grade students in a learning experience about the importance of Veterans Day. The classes took part in various activities, with a final culminating project that consisted of tracing each other’s hands and making a poster that was given to veterans at The Regency Assisted Living in Glen Cove.  

Landing Teachers Observe Students During Professional Development

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Landing School students in Mrs. Christine Barsic’s third-grade classroom continued to learn new strategies and writing techniques to develop their persuasive essays from Columbia University Teachers College Professional Developer Catherine Carpenter. Third-grade teachers observed the lesson as part of the professional development being provided.          

Landing and Connolly teachers for grades 3-5 recently began their second year of professional development with Columbia University Teachers College Writing Workshop. Next year, Landing will introduce the Columbia University Teachers College Reading Workshop to its students. Connolly teachers are piloting the program this year.    
 

Hour of Code Expands Student Learning at Gribbin

Hour of Code Expands Student Learning at Gribbin

First-graders at Gribbin School learned drag-and-drop block coding with STREAM (science, technology, research, engineering, arts and math) teacher Jessica McKenna as part of the district’s participation in the Hour of Code, a worldwide effort that celebrates computer science.

The lesson began with students watching a short video that explained the Hour of Code. It continued with a class discussion on why machines need to be programmed. Mrs. McKenna reviewed internet safety rules with students before they picked a partner to create their own Flappy Bird game. The class was directed to a QR code and students used their iPads to access their class’ Seesaw account, which contained the instructions. Students had a great time coding, dragging and dropping blocks to create different sounds and movements for their Flappy Bird games.

Mrs. McKenna shared that the students learning to drag and drop block code is new to the first-graders, who used arrows to code last year. The drag-and-drop block coding requires students to read their desired selections.   

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Art Brings Students Together at High School

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Second-graders from Gribbin and high school ceramic art students worked together to create pinch pot creatures during a special meeting at Glen Cove High School on Nov. 28.

The collaborative lesson began with the second-graders brainstorming and drawing their ideas for a unique pinch pot creature. The high school students and art teachers Vicki Gordon and Lee Ann Palazzo provided instruction and guidance to the second-graders as they worked with clay to begin their creation. The youngsters learned to shape the clay, to remove the bubbles and patted it into a ball before placing their thumbs in the center to create a mouth. The students then created eyes, arms and other features for their creatures.

Ms. Gordon will place the second-graders’ projects into her kiln and return them to Ms. Palazzo so students can paint and decorate them in upcoming art classes. The teachers organized the class activity so the high school students could impart their knowledge of working with 3D artistry. The children had a wonderful time working with the older students.     

Donations Benefit Student-Athletes

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District students have received new apparel, including compression shorts; football and baseball cleats; football gloves and batting gloves for baseball and softball, as well as physical education equipment thanks to Good Sports, a nonprofit organization.

Athletic Director Peter Cardone has been working with the organization for more than a year to garner much-needed equipment for the district’s students. To date, Good Sports has donated more than $90,000 to Glen Cove students. 

Mr. Cardone expressed his gratitude to David McIsaac and everyone at Good Sports for their generosity on behalf of the district students. He also thanked Superintendent Dr. Maria Rianna, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Technology Dr. Michael Israel and Assistant Superintendent for Business Victoria Galante for their support in ensuring the donations came to fruition. 

 

Connolly K-Kids Take Part in Operation Christmas Child

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The Connolly School K-Kids once again participated in Operation Christmas Child. Operation Christmas Child is a program that distributes holiday giftboxes to children in need around the world. The Connolly K-Kids packed boxes filled with toys, school supplies, small articles of clothing and personal items and included a personal note in each. This year the club was able to fill and ship 15 boxes of holiday cheer to children all over the word.

Looking Toward the Future With NYIT’s College of Osteopathic Medicine

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Diane Williams, Science Technology Entry program manager, brought 36 medical students from NYIT’s College of Osteopathic Medicine to Glen Cove High School during their Day of Service on Nov. 16. 
 
Nearly 400 students across all grades attended this day of service in their science classes. The high schoolers listened to the medical students describe their own college and career journeys that led them to medical school. The college students shared what they learned and how they used their experiences to craft their unique applicant profiles when they decided to apply to medical school. High school students took away that life does not often follow a linear road and may take several reroutes. They also had the chance to learn how to take blood pressure during this interactive session.  

All in all, it was a chance for the high school students to look toward their future and explore opportunities. The school is thankful to have the chance for collaboration with NYIT’s College of Osteopathic Medicine.

High School Students Visit True Colors Exhibit

Glen Cove High School art students in Ms. Vicki Gordon’s and Mr. Stephen Lombardo’s Studio Art classes attended the True Colors exhibition at the Nassau County Museum of Art on Oct. 25.

The students learned about the history of the museum during a tour led by one of the museum educators. They also viewed the amazing artworks and sculptures that expressed the theme of color. The students participated in interactive activities and concluded their visit with a walk around the museum grounds to view the many sculptures adorning the property. The weather was beautiful and the students thoroughly enjoyed this enriching educational experience. 

From a Wondering to an Investigation of Phenomena

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Second-grade students across the district wondered why leaves change colors in the fall. Deasy students in Mr. Battaglia’s, Ms. Dellavecchia’s, Ms. DePietro’s, Ms. Gordon’s, Ms. Haff’s and Ms. Notice’s classes, and Gribbin students from Ms. Brunhuber’s, Ms. Barchi’s, Ms. Elias’, Ms. Gallo’s and Mr. Gullo’s classes collected leaves during nature walks.

All of the students separated the leaves by color and took part in a two-day lesson sequence led by District Science Coordinator Alexa Doeschner. The lesson was designed last year in collaboration between Mrs. Doeschner and first-grade teacher Mrs. Antoinette Hatzopoulos. 

During the activity, students mashed the leaves to extract the color and used special chromatography paper to separate the plant pigments. They also predicted the color that would show up the next day on the chromatography paper based on the color of their leaves. The following day, students were surprised to find that not only did the colors they predicted extract onto the paper, but other hidden colors also appeared. The classes discussed that although only green is seen in leaves during the summer months, fall colors are also present. As the season changes from summer to fall, less sunlight leads to less green pigment in the leaves, allowing the other colors to show through.



Gribbin Students Continue Nature Study at Morgan Park

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Gribbin kindergarten students recently visited Morgan Park as part of their yearlong nature study initiative for the 2018-19 school year. Students participated in a scavenger hunt, searching for acorns, oak leaves, seed pods, twigs, pine cones, sweet gum and other fall items.

Prior to their nature walks, the kindergarten teachers Ms. Bekios, Ms. Kamola, Mr. Segreti, Ms. Stasco, Ms. Totino and Ms. Vaughan introduced their children to Suzanne Slades’ book, “Out of School and Into Nature, the Anna Comstock Story.”  

The kindergarten students will also continue to spend time in their own “native garden,” observing, journaling and connecting to the wonders of nature. 

Finley Students Learn the ‘Power of Words’

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Helen Turner, director of youth education at the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County, visited Robert M. Finley Middle School sixth-graders to deliver The Power of Words presentation on Nov. 16.

The Power of Words is designed for students to understand the meaning and historical context of words that are used in our society that discriminate, segregate and alienate people.  The purpose of the presentation is to teach our youth about the dangers of antisemitism, racism, bullying and all other manifestations of intolerance. The presentation promotes resistance to prejudice and advocates respect for every human being.

Special thanks to Ms. Turner, Principal Nelson Iocolano and the sixth-grade teachers who supported and assisted with the preparation and planning of this grade-level presentation.

Thanksgiving Feast at Landing

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Turkey, stuffing, corn, mashed potatoes and other delicious Thanksgiving food favorites were gobbled down by Landing School students and their families when the PTA hosted its annual Thanksgiving Feast on Nov. 16.

The wonderful event brings the school community together so students can enjoy a special meal with their friends and family members before the Thanksgiving holiday. Those who attended were asked to pay a small fee or to donate a nonperishable food item for a local family in need. In preparation for the feast, students created colorful placemats with Thanksgiving images to decorate the school’s lunch tables.  

After the delicious meal, students returned to their classrooms for dessert, which was donated by their families in honor of the occasion. 



A Focus on Native American History at Landing

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Fourth-grade students in Mrs. Amy Mendrinos’ class at Landing Elementary School dedicated the month of November to celebrating the contributions and achievements of Native American civilizations. 
 
Students were asked to write five journal entries that included specific details about the life, surroundings and daily activities that the particular culture experienced. They were also given the opportunity to bring in a token that reflected an artifact or historical content that they mentioned in their journal entries. As a culminating activity, the class presented and shared their discoveries with their peers.  

Thank you to all the fourth-grade students who participated in this activity, parents who supported their children in discovering Native American history and Mrs. Mendrinos, who made history come alive! 

Finley Students Attend YMCA Youth and Government Program

Finley Students Attend YMCA Youth and Government Program photo

Seventh- and eighth-grade students from Robert M. Finley Middle School attended the annual YMCA New York Youth and Government program at the Holiday Inn Express Conference Center in Latham, New York, near Albany, from Nov. 15-17.

The New York Youth and Government program is a model state legislature where hundreds of New York State’s brightest sixth- to eighth-graders gather to debate the important legislative issues of their communities and state. Students have the opportunity to take over the Assembly and Senate chambers for a day to discuss their ideas. In addition, they write bills and attempt to make them law by acting as representatives and senators in the actual statehouse chambers.  

Coordinator for Social Studies Sheena Jacob expressed her gratitude to the Board of Education, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Maria Rianna, the central administration, Robert M. Finley Middle School’s administration, faculty and staff, and advisers Jacklyn Burnett, Adam Cirnigliaro and Tracy Roberts, for supporting and encouraging the youths to find their voices and to research important policies that they wish to change, revise or support.

Ms. Jacob also congratulated the students on a job well done, saying, “We are very proud of your hard work and dedication you have put forth into this program.” 

Wednesday, January 23, 2019