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Connolly Students Create Digital Self-Portraits

Connolly Students Create Digital Self-Portraits

Students in the fifth grade learned about photography this year. They explored landscapes, portraits and still-life images. They also learned about digital photography using iPads and created self-portraits by combining images into compositions. Ms. Palazzo extended her thanks to Director of Instructional Technology Justin Lander for all of his help and the Technology Department for providing the classes with iPads to utilize for instruction.

Click here to view the self-portraits.

Reorganization Meeting

Reorganization Meeting photo
The Board of Education held its annual reorganization meeting on July 8 at Glen Cove High School, and the Board welcomed two new members. Lia Leone and Karen Ferguson were sworn in for their first terms as trustees, and Gail Nedbor-Gross and Monica Alexandris-Miller were elected president and vice president, respectively. District Clerk Ida Johnson was re-sworn in, as well.

Board Adopts Bond Resolution

On Wednesday, June 19, 2019 the Glen Cove CSD Board of Education adopted a bond referendum resolution by a vote of 6-0 to fund critical and essential repairs and renovations throughout the school district. Board Trustee David Huggins was unable to attend the meeting. 

The bond referendum will be presented for a vote by registered voters residing within the school district as two separate propositions on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. Proposition #1, which includes the most critical items, totals $53,834,966 and Proposition #2, which includes projects deemed essential, totals $23,540,832. Registered voters will be asked to vote on each proposition separately.  The work proposed in Proposition #2, even if approved, will only move forward if Proposition #1 is approved. 

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Maria Rianna noted that since the original bond was defeated on March 12, 2019, the board and administration have been diligent in their commitment to develop a scope of work that meets the needs of the school district and represents the interests of the community. The board and administration met with the members of the former bond committee and the district’s architect to carefully analyze and prioritize the projects proposed in the original scope of work, as well as the associated expenditures. In addition, the board provided several opportunities for the community to share their opinions including an online survey available to all residents. 

Prior to the Oct. 22 vote, the board will provide multiple opportunities for the community to learn in greater detail the information about the scope of work proposed in each proposition. The goal of the board and administration is to ensure that all voters have the factual information needed to make an informed decision on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019.

Congratulations, Class of 2019!

Congratulations Class of 2019 photo

Glen Cove High School seniors marked the end of their high school careers surrounded by family members, administrators, teachers and friends at their commencement ceremony on June 26.

The high school band played “Pomp and Circumstance” as the Class of 2019 processed onto J.C. Maiden Field. Seniors and co-class presidents Lucy Costello and Aamaiyah Vaughan led those in attendance in the Pledge of Allegiance, which was followed by the by the school’s concert choir singing the national anthem. The group also performed the school’s alma mater, conducted by senior Julianna Willson.  

Principal Antonio Santana told the graduating class how much he would miss them, as they began at the high school the same year he did. He also explained that success is not measured by material items.

“Please remember success is not measured in things we accumulate, by cars, jewelry and money,” Mr. Santana said. “It is measured in the worth we have as individuals and in our communities. It’s not a function of income or fame, it’s not labels or titles. Success is measured in good deeds. It’s about the power we all have to make positive change and enhance just not only our lives, but the lives of people that matter to us and the people in our communities.”

Mr. Santana also recognized student Derek Cosme, who was killed in 2017, saying, “I know you are here with us today, and I know that you can feel the love we have for you.” 

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Maria Rianna told students their families will always be their greatest supporters and reminded them that their families, teachers, principal and she realize how special they are.  

“Each of you have a gift that only you can give the world,” Dr. Rianna said. “You may not fully realize what that gift is yet or how you might use it in the future, but you will. In the next few years, you will discover so much and have so much more to explore. Now is the time that the real work begins.” 

Board of Education President Gail Nedbor-Gross told the seniors that they have come a long way in Glen Cove schools and to think of their time in the district like building a house. 

“You’ve now successfully completed building the foundation,” Ms. Nedbor-Gross said. “From here, you’ll continue to build a life and hopefully have many, many more accomplishments.” 

Salutatorian Mackenzie Edwards reflected on change and acknowledged that while change has an impact on our lives, some things stay the same.   

“Our foundation is made up of our memories, our family and our friends,” she said. “It is what we have achieved in this school and in this life. It is ours forever.”

Honorarian Christina Cavallone reminded students that although high school was over, the imprints they made at Glen Cove High School would stay with them for the rest of their lives. 

Each year, the graduating class selects a faculty member to speak. Security guard Michael Curran was chosen and told students it was a pleasure to watch them grow over the past four years. Mr. Curran’s speech, which was met with cheers and applause, was peppered with jokes, much to the delight of students. 

Valedictorian Matthew Tran said he realized that his classmates may have mixed feelings about leaving high school, but said he was happy. 

“I’m happy that we are taking the next steps in our lives and on our way to becoming the young adults we already think we are. Even though we are leaving high school, Glen Cove will always have a special place in our hearts.”

The ceremony continued with each student receiving their diplomas. It concluded with the tassel ceremony and the tossing of the caps. Congratulations! 

Click here to watch GCTV's coverage of the 2019 Commencement Ceremony.


La Junta de Educación del CSD de Glen Cove adopta una resolución para el referéndum sobre el bono

El miércoles 19 de junio de 2019, la Junta de Educación del CSD de Glen Cove adoptó una resolución para el referéndum sobre el bono mediante una votación de 6 a 0 para financiar reparaciones y renovaciones críticas y esenciales en todo el distrito escolar. El fideicomisario de la junta David Huggins no pudo asistir a la reunión. 

El referéndum sobre el bono se someterá al sufragio de los votantes registrados que vivan dentro del distrito escolar el martes 22 de octubre de 2019 mediante dos propuestas distintas. La propuesta 1, que incluye los puntos más críticos, asciende a $53,834,966; la propuesta 2, que incluye proyectos considerados esenciales, asciende a $23,540,832. Se les pedirá a los votantes registrados que voten por cada propuesta por separado.  Las obras contempladas en la propuesta 2, incluso si esta se aprueba, solo se realizarán si se aprueba la propuesta 1. 

La superintendenta de escuelas, Dra. Maria Rianna, destacó que desde que el bono original fue rechazado el 12 de marzo de 2019, la junta y la administración fueron diligentes en su compromiso para desarrollar un alcance de trabajo que satisficiera las necesidades del distrito escolar y representara los intereses de la comunidad. La junta y la administración se reunieron con los miembros del comité del bono anterior y con el arquitecto del distrito para analizar y priorizar cuidadosamente los proyectos propuestos en el alcance de trabajo original y los gastos asociados. Además, la junta le ofreció muchas oportunidades a la comunidad para que compartiera su opinión, incluso una encuesta en línea disponible para todos los residentes. 

Antes de la votación del 22 de octubre, la junta ofrecerá varias oportunidades para que la comunidad obtenga información en mayor detalle sobre el alcance de trabajo contemplado en cada propuesta. El objetivo de la junta y la administración es asegurarse de que todos los votantes tengan la información necesaria basada en hechos para tomar una decisión informada el martes 22 de octubre de 2019.

Finley’s Robotics Team Wraps Up a Great Year

Finley’s Robotics Team Wraps Up a Great Year

This year, the Finley robotics team was a wonderful representation of the Glen Cove Schools throughout Long Island. Competing with three teams, the students were able to show positive results after coming off a state qualifying year. Led by a strong field of eighth graders, the group successfully mentored the student peers for the 2020 season. The group plans to work aggressively next year to field an increasing amount of competitive teams. They are looking forward to another fun season filled with great learning experiences for all students!


Finley Eighth Graders Are Ready for High School

Finley Eighth Graders Are Ready for High School

Eighth grade students at Robert M. Finley Middle School bid farewell to middle school at their moving-up ceremony on June 21.

The evening began with the seventh grade band playing “Pomp and Circumstance” as students processed into the school’s auditorium. It continued with Nathan Napolitano leading those in attendance in the Pledge of Allegiance. Finley’s top two eighth graders, Morgan Starke and Brooke Tran, addressed their classmates at the ceremony. Morgan’s speech, “The Value of a Moment” reflected on the memories the class made since sixth grade, while Brooke’s focused on “Embracing the Future.” Tran encouraged her peers to think about the future but live in the present.  

Principal Nelson Iocolano referenced a quote that he heard recited by Congressman Thomas Suozzi when addressing the class. The quote was from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech, “A Proper Sense of Priorities,” which decried the waste of money and precious young lives in Vietnam.  

“‘Cowardice asks the question – is it safe? Expediency asks the question – is it politic? Vanity asks the question – is it popular? But conscience asks the question – is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular; but one must take it because it is right.’

“I want you to remember Dr. King’s words. Especially when faced with seemingly small issues, where perhaps doing what is right may seem inconsequential; and it may be the tougher road, but because of the potential personal risk or perhaps even the potential for personal benefit, you may be tempted to look the other way,” Mr. Iocolano said. “In those quiet moments, when you are faced with a choice, if, in the words of Dr. King, you ‘take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular; but one that is right,’ you will affect the world in positive ways.”

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Maria Rianna acknowledged the students’ excitement at becoming freshman. She also gave students some advice for the future.

“School counts; you are now on your way to a place that you’ll make your own. That place is the beginning of the rest of your lives. Some of you already know what you want to be, others not so sure, some may change their minds, but over the next four years you will be provided and continue to be provided with new coursework in areas of interest to you that can open a new door. Areas that you can explore and learn about an opportunity to explore who you are,” Dr. Rianna said. “Take those chances. Give yourself every opportunity. You may find a path you may not have taken otherwise.”     

After Dr. Rianna’s comments, students were presented with certificates marking their completion of the eighth grade. They also enjoyed an outstanding musical performance by eighth grader Elle Woska, who sang “I Hope You Dance.” They later danced and took photos at the annual eighth grade dance. 

Seniors Take a Trip Down Memory Lane

Seniors Take a Trip Down Memory Lane

Glen Cove High School’s senior class enjoyed a bit of nostalgia during the school’s Senior Walk on June 17.

Wearing their graduation caps and gowns, the Class of 2019 visited Deasy and Gribbin schools to reminisce about their time as youngsters in the district. The senior students walked through the hallways of the buildings to cheers and congratulations by the district’s elementary students. They also received high fives and hugs from teachers and students alike. Congratulations, Class of 2019!   

Opportunity for Finley Students

Opportunity for Finley Students
New York Institute of Technology will be hosting a free Middle School Academy: Technology and Engineering, for students in need.
The academy will be held from Aug. 5-9 at New York Institute of Technology’s Old Westbury campus and is limited to 15 students. The program is presently about half full, so those interested should enroll immediately. A waiting list will be established once the program reaches capacity. A comparable program will be held at New York Institute of Technology’s New York City campus (at Columbus Circle) Aug. 12-16.
For more program information and registration.

Connolly Fifth Grader Wins Scholastic Award

Connolly Fifth Grader Wins Scholastic Award
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Kyle Demosthene, a fifth grade student in Mr. Monteleone’s class at Connolly School, was recognized for his writing by Scholastic. 

The class was tasked with writing a letter from the point of view of a WWI soldier, based on the true story of the 77th Infantry Division, which was surrounded by German soldiers in France in October 1918. They used a homing pigeon named Cher Ami (“dear friend” in French) to deliver the message that they were trapped and were being bombarded by friendly fire. The pigeon was wounded by German snipers, but managed to deliver the message, saving nearly 200 lives. 

“By appealing to the five senses, you created fantastic imagery for the reader,” the editor-in-chief of Scholastic wrote in a letter to Kyle. “Additionally, we enjoyed the suspenseful tone you included, as well as your strong opening that immediately caught the reader’s attention. Excellent work!”


Outdoor Activities and Fun at Gribbin’s Field Day

Outdoor Activities and Fun at Gribbin’s Field Day photo

Gribbin School had its annual field day celebration on June 7. It was a beautiful day and everyone had fun. Physical education teacher Mr. Checola emphasizes good sportsmanship, cooperation and community among the students, and it was evident throughout the day. Volunteers from the Long Island Rough Rider’s soccer organization as well as Gribbin parents helped facilitate the day’s events. To end the funfilled morning of activity, all were treated to pizza by Vito’s Pizzeria after the school won the Truckload of Pizza contest.

Flag Day at Gribbin

Flag Day at Gribbin photo

Students at Gribbin School participated in the school’s annual Flag Day celebration on June 14. The entire school community gathered around the flag pole in silence while Cub Scout Pack 72 raised the flag. The group saluted the flag together, listened to a patriotic poetry reading and sang a patriotic song together.


Connolly Fourth Graders Share Science Expertise

Connolly Fourth Graders Share Science Expertise photo

Connolly fourth grade students worked in small groups to collaboratively research eight different topics in preparation for this year’s Science Fair. Children were able to choose their topic and engage in a six-week exploration. They conducted experiments and researched how scientific concepts influenced their findings, then presented their topics during the Science Fair.


First Place Honors for Finley Musicians

First Place Honors for Finley Musicians photo
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Seventh and eighth grade music students of the Robert M. Finley Middle School Concert Band, Chorus and String Orchestra attended the Music in the Parks Festival in Hershey, Pennsylvania, on June 7. There, the groups competed in a performance competition against other talented performing groups from schools across the tristate area. Each group performed a warmup piece, followed by two adjudicated pieces. The concert band, chorus and string orchestra all received first place in their divisions. The chorus received its first Superior rating, and the orchestra won Best Overall Orchestra with a Superior rating. Principal Nelson Iocolano would like to congratulate the music students for their hard work and outstanding achievements!

Second Graders Become ‘Wormologists’

Second Graders Become ‘Wormologists’

Second graders at Deasy and Gribbin took part in a worm investigation this week with their classroom teachers. Greentree Foundation instructor and Adelphi University professor Mary Jean McCarthy spent a day at each primary school to lead students and their teachers in exploring the spineless superhero – the earthworm! Students learned about the importance of worms in our native gardens and in food production. They also conducted investigations aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards.

International Feast at Connolly

International Feast at Connolly photo

Fifth grade students at Connolly School engaged in a six-week exploration of different cultures. Each class adopted a different continent and students then split into groups to research countries within that continent. Fifth graders wrote about geography, landmarks, food and other important aspects of culture, and the culminating project was a research paper written collaboratively with other students in the group. Children presented the projects and then experienced different foods related to the countries and continent they researched. Learning about different cultures can be a great way of developing an understanding of cultural diversity.

Kindergarten Butterfly Research Study

Kindergarten Butterfly Research Study photo

Over the past several weeks, kindergarten students across the district have been part of a research study on butterflies. Students found answers to their “wonderings” by reading nonfiction books, using the PebbleGo database and observing live insects. They also raised painted lady butterflies in their classrooms for hands-on learning about the butterfly life cycle and went on field trips to enhance and support their classroom learning.

Silver Rating for Finley Band

Silver Rating for Finley Band
Congratulations to R.M. Finley Middle School’s seventh grade band, which received a Silver rating on their Level 3 NYSSMA Majors performance at Hofstra University. This was the first time the group performed as a Level 3. Congratulations!

Fifth Grade Science Fair at Connolly

Fifth Grade Science Fair at Connolly
Fifth Grade Science Fair at Connolly
Fifth Grade Science Fair at Connolly
Connolly fifth graders engaged in the school’s annual science fair on June 7. Students worked in groups of two or three to explore different scientific concepts through inquiry, including absorbency, tooth decay, pulse, handedness, floating paper, producing shadows and memory. The fifth grade students then chose a topic to research and explore using the scientific method. Finally, the groups summarized their findings in their presentation.

Gribbin First Graders ‘Vacation on Mars’

Gribbin First Graders ‘Vacation on Mars’

First graders at Gribbin School showed off their musical talents and knowledge of the solar system during their production of “Vacation on Mars” on June 6.

Dressed in colorful outfits adorned with their very own artwork, students danced and sang solar system-related music, including “Mars, Mars,” the “Moon Song” and “The Earth Song” as a family sets out on a journey to Mars. Through a variety of “teleporter” mishaps, the family never makes it to Mars, but they do see the moon and sun, Jupiter, Pluto, Saturn and Venus, among other planets, before returning to Earth.   

The youngsters were joyful as they performed a flawless production, with help from their teachers. Principal Francine Santoro, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Maria Rianna and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Technology Dr. Michael Israel joined students and parents for their performance. Santoro congratulated the students on a “super fantastic” play that taught everyone in attendance a lot about the solar system.

Excellence Award for Gribbin’s Hatzopoulos

Excellence Award for Gribbin’s Hatzopoulos
Excellence Award for Gribbin’s Hatzopoulos
Excellence Award for Gribbin’s Hatzopoulos
Excellence Award for Gribbin’s Hatzopoulos
Gribbin School first grade teacher Maria Antoinette Hatzopoulos received the 2018–2019 Margaret Simon Award for Excellence in Elementary Social Studies given by the Long Island Council for the Social Studies.

Ms. Hatzopoulos is an educationally sound teacher who has been teaching first grade at Gribbin since 1993. She has established herself as a well-versed elementary teacher in the district and is an educator that brings social studies to life. Ms. Hatzopoulos demonstrates how important and vital social studies is at the elementary level. She continues to be a vital asset in promoting Glen Cove schools and empowers the Glen Cove community and its district’s youth to excel. 

On behalf of the Glen Cove City School District, congratulations! We are so proud and honored to have you as part of our school district and community.

Downloading Google Data for Graduating Seniors


As our graduating seniors prepare to move on, we wanted to let you know about a tool that will allow them to take all of the files, documents and other information that they have built up in their Glen Cove Google account with them.

Google Takeout is a tool that lets users download whatever data they choose from their Google account to be saved or used with other programs and services outside of Google. It can be accessed by signing in to a Glen Cove Google account and then going to

If you are planning to download any information from a student Google account, please do so by 8/1/19. After that date, account access for seniors who have graduated will be disabled.



Golden G Awards for Cofield and Hudson!

Golden G Awards for Cofield and Hudson
Congratulations to E’Shone Cofield and Trinity Hudson for earning the Golden G, Glen Cove High School Athletic Department’s most prestigious award! Best of luck to these two future collegiate athletes.

Kiwanis Honors Finley Students

Kiwanis Honors Finley Students
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Congratulations to R.M. Finley Middle School students Christopher Gielbeda and Maximino Chavez, who were honored by the Kiwanis Long Island North Division on June 3. Christopher received a Most Improved Athlete Award and Maximino was recognized as a Most Improved Student. The boys have made their families and school community proud!

A Night of Celebration

A Night of Celebration
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The Board of Education meeting on June 5 was filled with joy and celebration. The district commended volunteers who helped tutor younger students, said goodbye to retirees who have given many years of service to Glen Cove and congratulated 13 tenure recipients.

The meeting first spotlighted the student volunteers who work with their struggling peers. Students recognized included Aisling Greene, Alessandra Juarez, Caralena Genova, Ellie Knobel and Morgan Starke, who participated with second graders in the math mentoring program, and Carlos Rios, who volunteered with kindergartners after school.

“The impact you’re making is profound, and you should be proud of the work you’ve done,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Maria Rianna said. “Please continue to be positive role models for other students to follow.”

In what was bittersweet for the various school district representatives who spoke on their behalf, Glen Cove also said goodbye to six retirees who are moving on to the next stage of their lives. This includes Rosemarie Bongiorno, ENL teacher; Debra Mercante, secretary; Sheryl Palmer, science teacher; Carmelina Peralta, school psychologist; Sarah Phegley, elementary teacher; and Donna Staab, elementary teacher. Dr. Rianna thanked them for their contributions to the Glen Cove family and wished them luck in their future endeavors.

To wrap up the recognition portion of the Board meeting, the 13 tenure recipients were celebrated. After going through the multilayered requirements to attain tenure, these Glen Cove educators were each commended by their principals and department heads. Dr. Rianna shared words of wisdom with them as well.

“Don’t lose your passion,” she said. “Please continue the wonderful work you do on a daily basis and take care of our students.”

Tenure recipients included:
Ann-Marie Cairo, speech and language.
Rebecca Carfora, English language arts.
Cynthia Geraci, elementary.
Melissa Harechmak, elementary.
Allison Hernandez, director of special education.
Scott Johnson, special education.
Laura Makula, special education.
Mary Maloney, elementary.
Danielle Pedretti, reading.
Marissa Plactere, elementary.
Tracy Roberts, social studies.
Tamara Sequino, special education.
Rachel Sheridan, special education.

Animal Museum at Gribbin

Animal Museum at Gribbin photo

The second grade students in Gribbin School recently organized an animal museum. Displayed in the exhibit were dioramas, murals and nonfiction books students wrote on specific animals from habitats they researched in class.

Each class studied a different habitat. Students then researched an animal from that specific habitat and wrote a book based on their research findings. Each class rotated to a different teacher over five days to learn about all of the different habitats, including the ocean, rainforest, savannah, arctic, desert and woodland forests. Students researched their animal’s classification, appearance, diet, habitat, movement, sounds and babies. Along the way, they also found fun facts about their animals. On the day of the museum the students came in wearing clothing related to the habitat studied in their classroom. Parents as well as the Gribbin student body as a whole were invited to attend the museum.

Field Day Awards at Landing

Field Day Awards at Landing

Landing School’s Field Day was held on May 22. During the event, this year’s New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Excellence in Physical Education awards were given to NaSean Barnes and Siena Scagliola. Exceptional-fitness physical education trophies were given to students Sarah Ayiku, Ziyauni Chandler, Kalia Edwards, Arden Jimenez, Marco Johnson, Joseph Leftwich, Kasey Miller, Miguel Rivera Flores, Jordan Robinson, Sebastian Sadowski, Rose Tursi and Leybis Villatoro. Joshua Kunzel and Mia Lupinksi were awarded the Courage Trophy, which is given to a student who demonstrates superior courage throughout the school year. In addition, Jr. NBA winners were celebrated, as was Kalia Edwards, who raised $1,200 – the most money in school history – during the Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser.

Fitness plays a big role in the physical education program at Landing School. Students try to improve their fitness levels by participating in various activities throughout the academic school year. Students take baseline and summative fitness tests to document individual improvements. A number of students achieved 80 sit-ups on both their prefitness and postfitness tests for curl-ups. That is an incredible achievement. Congratulations to those students and to all those who achieved 80 curl-ups! 

First-Place Honors for Wind Ensemble

First-Place Honors for Wind Ensemble
First-Place Honors for Wind Ensemble
On May 31, the Glen Cove High School Wind Ensemble traveled to Pennsylvania to compete at the 2019 Music in the Parks competition at Dorney Park. The group performed for a panel of judges and competed against high schools from all over the tri-state area. The wind ensemble was awarded first place in its division as well as Best Overall Instrumental Ensemble of the festival. Mrs. Frank Rifkind could not be more proud of how the group performed and the level of musicianship and professionalism that was demonstrated. Congratulations to all! 

District Celebrates Memorial Day Essay Contest Winners

District Celebrates Memorial Day Essay Contest Winners
District Celebrates Memorial Day Essay Contest Winners
District Celebrates Memorial Day Essay Contest Winners
District Celebrates Memorial Day Essay Contest Winners
District Celebrates Memorial Day Essay Contest Winners
Congratulations to Gribbin School second grader Natalia Marconi and Landing School fourth grader Elisabeth Nash for being selected winners of Assemblyman Charles Lavine’s Memorial Day Essay Contest. Both students received certificates of merit for their essays, which described why Memorial Day is an important day and what is means to them. Congratulations!

Glen Cove Music Takes the Gold

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The Glen Cove High School Wind Ensemble, Mixed Chorus and Select Chorale traveled to Hofstra University on May 20 and May 21 to perform at the 2019 NYSSMA Major Organization Festival. All three groups prepared repertoire that was performed in front of two adjudicators and were then rated based on their performances. The guidelines used for judging are rigorous and require extra preparation from the groups. The wind ensemble and mixed chorus were given a top rating of Gold, while the select chorale was awarded the prestigious Gold with Distinction rating. Congratulations to all those who participated! 

Landing Students Enjoy Asparagus Tasting

Landing Students Enjoy Asparagus Tasting
Landing Students Enjoy Asparagus Tasting
Landing Students Enjoy Asparagus Tasting
Landing Students Enjoy Asparagus Tasting
Landing Students Enjoy Asparagus Tasting
Landing Students Enjoy Asparagus Tasting
Landing Students Enjoy Asparagus Tasting
District students are enjoying a delicious, nutritious treat thanks to the Farm to School program funded by a grant from the NYS Dept of Agriculture.
According to district Child Nutrition Director Kim Coopersmith, the students’ first tasting was asparagus and the next will be spinach. 

“We will be bringing in different crops based on what’s in season over the next two years for the students to taste. Hopefully, these relationships we are building with the local farms will be a lasting relationship, and we hope to incorporate some of the favorites into our regular menus,” Coopersmith said.

At each school, students are taking part in conversations with Farm to School Coordinator Bhavani Jaroff about the taste of “green foods,” the nutritional value of asparagus, and are learning the plant is a perennial.

According to the National Farm to School Network, Farm to School enriches the connection communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers by changing food purchasing and education practices at schools and early care and education sites.

The voluntary taste test began at Landing School on May 28. It will continue to all district schools before wrapping up on June 4.

Finley Students Attend Sixth Grade Conference at Hofstra

Finley Students Attend Sixth Grade Conference at Hofstra photo

R. M. Finley Middle School sixth graders attended the 34th annual Sixth Grade Conference Day at Hofstra University on May 29. The theme for this year’s conference day was “Be Here Now,” with student participants learning about mindfulness, careers, the consequences of smoking, and using drugs and/or alcohol. They also learned about creating an upstanding community and the dangers of social media and cyberbullying.

District Students Honor and Remember Veterans on Memorial Day

District Students Honor and Remember Veterans on Memorial Day photo

In honor of Memorial Day, students from K-12 studied, discussed, observed and honored the men and women who died while serving in the United States military.

Students from grades 2-6 participated in a Memorial Day Essay Contest hosted by Assemblyman Charles D. Lavine. Teachers led discussions with their students on why Memorial Day is an important day and asked them to reflect on what the day means to them.

Eighth grade and 11th grade social studies classes spent the day with Nassau County Vietnam War veterans and Glen Cove City veterans. The veterans discussed the personal and military experiences they endured during wartime. Special thanks to Jerry Bryne, Gary Glick, Paul Grieco, Bob Kohler, Sal Martella, Steve Ratnoff, Eric Spinner, Richard Winter and organizer Pat Yngstrom from the Nassau County Vietnam War Veterans; and Tony Jimenez, Army veteran and director of Veterans Affairs, City of Glen Cove; retired Marine Fred Nielson and active duty Marine Staff Sgt. Cherise Herrera, our Glen Cove veterans.

Landing Elementary teachers Mrs. Nicole Mazza, Ms. Courtney McCord and Ms. Romano invited Lt. James Figari and veteran Paul Grieco into their classrooms. The pair spoke to students about the importance of Memorial Day and, in return, students had the opportunity to ask questions.

To end the week, Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society hosted Jeans for Troops Day. Students designated May 22 as a day when the district honors all those who serve our military.  Members of the honor society conducted a bake sale and collected monetary donations from faculty/staff. The organization raised $832, and all of the proceeds went to helping our veterans with employment, housing and health care.

On behalf of the social studies department and Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society, we thank our faculty, staff and administrative team for the continuous support and collaboration to make all these events a success!  

Sun and Fun at Landing Field Day


The students were smiling and the sun was shining when Landing School held its annual Field Day celebration on May 22.

Organized by physical education teacher Karen Serani, students participated in a water balloon toss, a three-legged race, a variety of different relay events and more. Throughout the event, students were entertained by music and were excited to have representatives from the New York Islanders in attendance. The New York Islanders provided a bouncy house, an obstacle course and a hockey shot for the youngsters to enjoy. 

Ms. Serani expressed her gratitude to the New York Islanders organization, as well as the parents and volunteers who made the day one the students will never forget! 


Meet and Greet for Connolly and Landing Fifth Graders

Meet and Greet for Connolly and Landing Fifth Graders
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Fifth grade students from Connolly and Landing schools recently gathered at Connolly School for the annual Meet and Greet. During the visit, Student Council presidents gave speeches and agreed to work together in their new endeavors at middle school. The students also shared letters with one another and engaged in teambuilding activities.  

Adventureland Trip for Finley Students

Adventureland Trip for Finley Students photo

On May 22, more than 500 sixth, seventh and eighth graders from the R. M. Finley Middle School took a break from their studies to enjoy a schoolwide trip to Adventureland in Farmingdale.

The park was closed to the public for Finley students to enjoy, and everyone in attendance had a wonderful day filled with rides, games and sunshine. To support students, the middle school PBIS (Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports) Committee sponsored four scholarships for the trip. Students earned tickets for displaying positive behavior throughout the school and were able to use the tickets to enter a raffle for a scholarship. The outing was a wonderful way to build a positive school climate and foster the relationship between students and staff. We look forward to making this an annual school tradition.

Students Collaborate to Create Ocean-Inspired Art

Students Collaborate to Create Ocean-Inspired Art photo

The Student Senate, led by Ms. Susan Poulos, visited kindergarten and second grade classrooms at Gribbin and Deasy elementary schools to teach and create ocean-inspired paper art with the younger students. The Students Rebuild Program sponsors this project. This year’s theme is Ocean Challenge/Ocean Conservation. For every piece of artwork the students created, the Bezos Family Foundation donated $2 to programs training coastal youth in ocean conservation and coral restoration. Thank you to Addison Huvane, a Student Senate member who brought and inspired members of Student Senate to participate with this civic action project.

Special thanks to Principal Antonio Santana, Principal Francine Santoro, Principal Melanie Arfman, Mrs. Susan Poulos and all the faculty and staff who supported this program. A total of $ 1,338 in donations was raised from this project by creating a 669 pieces of artwork.

High School Orchestra Is Superior!

High School Orchestra Is Superior photo
Glen Cove High School’s orchestra, led by teacher Jim Guarini, earned a superior ranking at the Long Island Music Festival held in Dorney Park, Pennsylvania. Students performed two adjudicated pieces in the Foy Concert Hall at Moravian College and received perfect scores for both selections! Congratulations! 

Landing Students Learn the Importance of Memorial Day

Landing Students Learn the Importance of Memorial Day photo
Landing students in Ms. Courtney McCord’s AIS classes displayed their depth of knowledge mastery, while honoring our fallen veterans for the upcoming Memorial Day. Students in grade 3 read a fiction story about a boy visiting his grandmother for Memorial Day weekend and learning many exciting facts about the reason he had off from school for the holiday. The students shared the author's perspective on various pages of the text.

Students in grades 4-5 read a nonfiction text describing how and why Americans recognize Memorial Day as a national holiday. The students demonstrated various ELA skills including determining the main idea and supporting details of a text, connecting text and visuals, and comparing and contrasting organizational text structures.

More From Gribbin’s Global Day of Design

More From Gribbin’s Global Day of Design photo

Gribbin School celebrated Global Day of Design on May 6. The goal of the event is to help foster a transformation in schools in which design will be incorporated into an everyday practice. By affording students the time to tinker, build and create, the school’s hope is that they realize the many opportunities involving design in everyday objects, places and professions. The students enjoyed using various materials to create their own masterpieces.


Saturday, July 20, 2019