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Glen Cove Students Visit Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center

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Glen Cove High School students in Mrs. Susan Poulos’ AP United States Government and Politics classes visited the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County, where they listened to powerful and inspirational testimony by Holocaust survivor Stephen Berger and an informative presentation from Director of Youth Education Helen Turner on Oct. 12.  

The full-day experience served as inspiration for the seniors’ upcoming political science research/civics project. AP United States Government and Politics requires students to explore how they can affect and are affected by government and politics throughout their life. The Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center provided a program to support this research project by enlightening the students on how to become the change agent for tolerance and openness.
 
Sheena Rachel Jacob, coordinator for social studies, expressed her gratitude to Mr. Berger, Ms. Turner, Emily Berkowitz, Breanne Brooks, Ilise Friedman and the Holocaust Memorial Tolerance Center of Nassau County for spending a day with the students. She also thanked Mrs. Poulos for organizing this trip and Mr. Brett Rubin, who assisted.
 

Cyberbullying Workshops for Finley Students

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The Finley Middle School Guidance Department is conducting cyberbullying workshops for all grade levels during the month of October.

Topics of discussion include cyberbullying, the pros and cons of social media, when to seek help, promoting safety and respect, self-harm and suicide prevention, how to responsibly use social media and treating people the way you want to be treated. 

The students were also encouraged to participate in Unity Day by wearing orange on Oct. 24. Unity Day is sponsored by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center and encourages all to come together in hope and unity to show that we are united against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.

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National Manufacturing Day at Precipart

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On National Manufacturing Day, 16 Glen Cove High School students from the Honors Introduction to Mechatronics class and three other interested students attended a field trip to visit Precipart Corp.’s manufacturing facility on Oct. 5.  

Precipart is a global company that focuses on the manufacturing of precision mechanical parts such as gears. These precision parts can be as small as the tiny parts of a minute medical device that images the inside of the human body, or as strong as the deploying mechanism on the ejection seat of a fighter jet. As part of National Manufacturing Day, Glen Cove students joined students from Farmingdale State College to tour the various buildings of the corporation.  
 
The day began with a presentation by Precipart CEO John Walter, who discussed, among other things, the job prospects for engineers and machinists, including the positions available at Precipart. Students were asked to wear safety goggles as they visited every aspect of the facility from administration to manufacturing to assembly and finally to shipping. Students were impressed with the behind-the-scenes access to the entire manufacturing process. Parts were being machined in real time in front of their eyes, and they had the chance to ask questions of the different supervisors on the manufacturing floor. 
 
Students were particularly excited to hear that one of the young men who was working with a robotic arm had been recruited by Precipart when he toured during National Manufacturing Day through his high school program. This young man also mentioned that he was currently taking mechatronics classes at Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology. Students immediately felt a connection with him due to the fact that they are also currently enrolled in a mechatronics class.  
 
In attendance on National Manufacturing Day in addition to students were Coordinator of Science Alexa Doeschner, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Maria Rianna and mechatronics teacher Brian Smith. This trip was facilitated by Board trustee Mr. Robert Field, who works for Precipart Corp. At the end of the tour, Mr. Field graciously extended an open invitation to the students of Glen Cove High School to attend National Manufacturing Day each year.
 

Athletic Department Joins Instagram

Athletic Department Joins Instagram
The Glen Cove Athletic Department is now on Instagram. To see photos and video of our students in action, follow us @bigredknights
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Local Business Donates to Finley’s Food Pantry

Local Business Donates to Finley’s Food Pantry photo
Finley Middle School Food Pantry recently received a donation of $371.20 from Rising Tide Natural Market in Glen Cove.  

The school’s food pantry was selected as Rising Tide’s September Charity of the Month, a program supported by its Bring Your Own Bag initiative. The Bring Your Own Bag Charity of the Month program allows Rising Tide to change habits and save trees, while helping local nonprofits that provide vital services to neighbors in need. The market’s customers are charged ten cents for every paper bag given out at the register – money which is then donated to the Charity of the Month. When customers bring in reusable bags, they are credited ten cents per bag, or given the choice to donate that money to the Charity of the Month, as well. 

Finley’s Food Pantry, which is open on Fridays from 3-5 p.m., was created by members of the school’s Kiwanis Builders Club, National Junior Honor Society and Student Council, as part of the school’s collaboration with international charity and educational partner WE Charity (formerly known as Free The Children). Through this effort, students are committed to making a positive impact on the local and global communities. The money raised will be used to purchase a refrigerator for the food pantry.  

Pumpkins, Math and Lots of Fun at Deasy

Pumpkins, Math and Lots of Fun at Deasy photo

First-graders in Michelle Mardiney’s bilingual class at Deasy School recently practiced their graphing skills and used their senses during a cross-curricula lesson in the school’s outside classroom.

Each student began the lesson with a small pumpkin that had the stem precut so they could remove it with ease. Ms. Mardiney then asked the class what color the pumpkin was, how it felt on the outside and the inside, what it smelled like and if it made any sound. Students reacted with delight and in some cases with a bit of dismay, as they felt the stickiness of the seeds and the pulp of the pumpkin.      

The lesson transitioned to mathematics, with students practicing counting in English and Spanish using the pumpkin seeds. Ms. Mardiney supplied the students with a picture of a pumpkin that had spots marked for their seeds so they could count how many were inside their pumpkin. Students placed the rest of the seeds on a paper plate and continued to count. Once they were finished, each student glued their seeds to a graph created by their teacher. 

According to Mardiney, the lesson used Dr. Peter Garrity’s math strategies for counting and graphing, which teachers learned during a recent professional development workshop. Students will continue to use the math concepts in a variety of “Fun Friday” activities planned by their teacher. 

 

Select Chorale Heads to Prestigious Festival

Select Chorale Heads to Prestigious Festival photo
Congratulations to Glen Cove High School’s Select Chorale for being invited to perform at the Music for All National Choir Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana, from March 14-16.

Glen Cove is the only school from New York and one of nine in the nation to receive the Music for All invitation after participating in a blind audition. The group met with Music for All representatives on Oct. 3 to receive information on the festival. Principal Antonio Santana and the entire administration commended the students on this outstanding achievement.  

Finley Students Learn Tools for Success

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Finley Middle School guidance counselors are conducting class presentations to students during the months of September and October. The presentation describes the role of school counselors and factors that contribute to student success in school and life. The guidance program is emphasizing students’ work habits, having a positive attitude, decision-making, motivation and being persistent.

Glen Cove High School Hosts Rachel’s Challenge Event

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Glen Cove High School is hosting a Rachel’s Challenge community event on Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. 

The presentation is for ages 12 and above and reflects on the inspiring story of Rachel Scott, whose examples of kindness and acceptance were brought to light after she became the first victim of the Columbine High School tragedy.  

Glen Cove Senior Named L.I. Scholar-Artist

Glen Cove Senior Named L.I. Scholar-Artist photo
Glen Cove High School senior Alondra Schuck was selected as a Long Island Scholar-Artist for the 2018-19 school year. Each year the Long Island Scholar-Artist Program, sponsored by the Long Island Arts Alliance, recognizes students who excel academically and in music, visual arts, dance, theater or media arts.

Alondra was nominated for musical theater. Congratulations! 

Freshmen Learn About Tolerance and Kindness

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Glen Cove High School ninth-graders were visited by Helen Turner, director of Youth Education at the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County, on Oct. 3.  

Ms. Turner presented “Understanding Impact: Deconstructing Symbols of Hate,” which focused on the power of kindness and making informed decisions that are not biased or discriminatory, during the students’ social studies classes. The presentation empowered students to become upstanders and understand that their actions and decisions should be based on morals and values that will encourage and support openness and diversity.
 
Special thanks to Ms. Turner and the Holocaust Memorial Tolerance Center of Nassau County in Glen Cove for this powerful presentation.

Kindness Rocks at Landing

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In recognition of National Encouragement Day, Landing students in Mrs. Laura-Ann Hazen and Ms. Michelle Orlando's class decided to paint rocks with pictures and/or words of positivity and encouragement. The students then delivered one to each classroom teacher, the main office, the all-purpose room, the nurse’s office and the security desk.

Their hope was to brighten others’ day. The class is looking forward to having students paying it forward and putting the rock somewhere else in the building from time to time. Hopefully, keeping this kindness rock rotating will continue to spread cheer in the building.  

 

Finley Youth and Government Program Students Visit Hofstra University

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The 2018 Finley Middle School Youth and Government program, led by teachers Mrs. Jacklyn Burnett and Mrs. Tracy Roberts, had the opportunity to join a Hofstra University Political Science class where Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy D. Sini spoke.

District Attorney Sini talked about the importance of civic participation, ethical leadership and making informed decisions. Later in the day, Finley students received a guided campus tour by former Glen Cove alumnus and current Hofstra University student Stevens Martinez. Mr. Martinez also spoke to the students about his internship experience at the state capital.

In November, the Youth and Government Program will be participating in a three-day experiential learning conference in which students take part in a simulation of the state’s democratic process. Students act as senators and assembly members, writing, debating and voting on legislation that affects them. Students will also learn and model parliamentary procedures.

Special thanks to Mrs. Jacklyn Burnett and Mrs. Tracy Roberts for their hard work and dedication to the Youth and Government program; Dr. Craig Burnett, assistant professor of political science at Hofstra; Dr. Meena Bose, executive dean of public policy and public service programs at Hofstra, who co-directed the State and Local Speaker Series; Hofstra’s Vice President of University Relations Melissa Connolly; and Mrs. Johanna Farrell and Mr. Stevens Martinez for coordinating this trip and hosting our students.

Connolly Students Get Excited for More Books

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Fourth-grade students in Susan Bouza’s class at Connolly School celebrated their classroom’s new library of books with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sept. 27.

The hundreds of books include a variety of genres and align with units of study in Columbia University’s Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, which the district implemented last school year. According to Connolly School Principal Julie Mullan, the program has inspired district students to write.

“We’ve watched our students go from hesitant writers to being more able and excited to write,” Ms. Mullan said. “Their writing stamina has also increased.”

While Ms. Bouza’s class was the first to receive the library, it won’t be the last, as all classrooms at Connolly and Landing schools in grades 3-5 are also receiving books. These new books were made available thanks to an 611 IDEA grant through the special education department to provide intervention and strategies for special education and general education students. 

David Wright Day at Landing

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Landing School celebrated the career and life of New York Mets player David Wright on Sept. 28. Students and staff were invited to wear New York Mets shirts, other MLB team jerseys or any sports shirt to salute David Wright’s character both on and off the field.

Wright's career was filled with countless examples of making someone’s day, and he has a reputation as one of the most charitable stars in the majors. In 2005, he began his own charitable organization, the David Wright Foundation. Its mission is to increase awareness about multiple sclerosis and to raise money for multiple sclerosis organizations and projects. Landing School salutes David Wright on his distinguished career and his incredible character both on and off the field. Congratulations!

Glen Cove Students Participate in WE Day

Glen Cove Students Participate in WE Day photo
Students from Glen Cove High School participated in WE Day at Barclays Center on Sept. 26. Glen Cove High School is a WE School that is committed to help others locally and internationally. 

WE Day was an inspiring event where students learned about the amazing initiatives of fellow peers and how they are building stronger communities. The students celebrated the community service that has been completed to make the world a better place. They were also honored to hear motivational speakers, including Sarah Michelle Geller and Martin Luther King III, and motivational singers such as Nas and Sofia Carson. 

Students interested in doing a WE community service project can contact Mrs. Cuomo or Mrs. Makula in the high school.

Nutritious Food at No Cost for Elementary Students

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Landing School students recently enjoyed grilled cheese, fresh salad, turkey sandwiches and other delicious meals for lunch — at no cost to their families — thanks to the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service’s Community Eligibility Provision.

In fact, this year all district students in grades K-5 are receiving free lunch and breakfast thanks to the Community Eligibility Provision, a nonpricing meal service option for schools and school districts. This provision allows districts to serve breakfast and lunch at no cost to all enrolled students without collecting household applications. 

According to Food Services Manager Kim Coopersmith, the grant is for a duration of four years. The goal is to be able to offer the program to all district students, and so far, the students love it.

“The food is good and it’s easier because we don’t have to wait a long time to pay, we just have to put our code in,” fifth-grader ZyAaire Mejia said.  

 Enhancing the district’s lunch program was a conversation that began with the nutrition committee and continued with the nutrition and wellness committee. Committee members visited other districts to learn about their programs, ultimately learning about the Community Eligibility Provision and sharing the information to the benefit of the students.  

Balanced Literacy Curriculum Program Expands to First-Grade

Balanced Literacy Curriculum Program Expands to First-Grade photo

Glen Cove elementary students are building upon their knowledge of long vowels, vowel teams and more thanks to the district’s recent expansion of Wilson’s early literacy phonics program Fundations to include students in grade 1.

The Fundations program was first implemented for kindergartners last year. It employs a research-based approach and extensive program materials to assist teachers in presenting a carefully structured literacy curriculum using multisensory techniques. 

Students in Jennifer Cleary and Susan Seltzer’s integrated coteaching first-grade class at Deasy School are enjoying the new program, which equips them with wipe boards to practice letter structure. They also review letter sounds with help from owl puppets “Mommy Echo” and “Baby Echo” and other manipulatives that reinforce lessons. Mrs. Cleary said the program is effective because of the consistent and repetitive nature of the curriculum.

“It has been extremely helpful to students as they transfer to writing, and decoding words during reading,” Mrs. Cleary said.

A Focus on Kindness at Gribbin

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Second-graders in Coleen Brunhuber and Jennifer Hajok’s class at Gribbin School participated in a lesson about spreading kindness as a beginning of the year, community-building activity. The teachers feel it’s important for the kids to accept and treat each other with respect and kindness. They shared that together with students, they become a classroom family and take care of each other all year long. The class had fun doing the activity. First, they read the book “Jelly Donut Difference,” by Maria Dismondy. They then decorated a picture of a donut that included “sprinkles” with acts of kindness written on them, picked one act of kindness and constructed a sentence about it.

Glen Cove High School Bleachers Revitalized

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Those attending sporting events on Glen Cove High School’s J.C. Maiden Field will enjoy beautifully refurbished bleachers to sit on, thanks to New York State Senator Carl Marcellino. 

Sen. Marcellino secured a $500,000 grant to aid the district in its efforts to repair the bleachers, which are used by many throughout the year and had fallen into disrepair. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Maria Rianna expressed her sincere gratitude to Sen. Marcellino for his continued support of the district and its students. The entire community is looking forward to using the bleachers this sporting season and going forward. Go Big Red!  

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Glen Cove Remembers 9/11

Glen Cove Remembers 9/11 photo

Glen Cove students, faculty and staff marked the 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks with building and instructional activities on Sept. 7.

Teachers throughout the district discussed the historical events that took place, used the instructional day to remember those we lost and to remember how we as a nation pledged never to forget their sacrifice. Remembrance pins were distributed to administrators, faculty, staff and Board members to commemorate the day. Social studies coordinator Sheena Rachel Jacob expressed her gratitude to seniors Natalie Corella, Fernanda Falcone, Colleen Lynch and Ivone Olivera for distributing notices inviting educators to pick up and wear remembrance pins.  

District Honors Faculty and Staff

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This district celebrated longtime faculty and staff members for their dedicated years of service during Superintendent’s Conference Day on Aug. 29. Those recognized included several honorees from 2017. Congratulations!   

2017 Honorees
25 Years

Kathleen Doughty (teacher)

20 Years
Alba Anzalone (food service helper)
Christopher Barry (teacher)
Dayna Connolly (teacher)
Priscilla Incerto (teacher)
Rochelle Schinder (monitor)

2018 Honorees 
40 Years
 
Frank Bilello (teacher)
MaryEllen Cuomo (teacher)
Lorraine Ieraci (secretary)

35 Years 
Sheryl Palmer (teacher)

30 Years 
Tracy Gleckler (teacher)
Donna Staab (teacher)

25 Years
Margaret Clark (teacher)
Gregory Famularo (custodian)
Steven Kocienda (teacher)
Alice McGrath (teacher)
Maria Salamone (attendance secretary)
Caryn Stasco (teacher)
Marguerite Venturino (food service helper)

20 Years
Kristen Brosnan (social worker)
Pasqualina Deblasio (food service helper)
Saverio Costantino (teacher)
Arlene Geoghegan (teacher)
Mark Glaviano (teacher)
Susan Rodriguez (teacher)
Francine Santoro (principal)
Pauline Watson (switchboard monitor)

District Students Begin the New Year

District Students Begin the New Year photo

Glen Cove educators welcomed new and returning students to school for another academic year filled with unique learning opportunities on Sept. 4.

Excitement was in the air throughout the district, including at Deasy School, where students in grades K-2 listened closely as teachers read stories aloud. Kindergarteners in Michelle Mardiney’s bilingual class practiced writing their names and colored pictures to celebrate the first day of school, while first-graders in Jen Cleary’s class enjoyed “free choice time” as part of their new routine. The first-grade students built structures from blocks, played games and created hand-drawn pictures.   

Meanwhile, at Gribbin School, second-graders in Coleen Brunhuber and Jennifer Hajok’s class enjoyed participating in writing assignments that focused on how they were feeling during the first day of school. Students were asked to select three emojis and then describe how what they chose reflected their feelings. Kindergarteners in Arianna Bekios’ class took part in circle time and shared what they did over the summer months, while Irene Kamola’s students created pictures of what they like to do together with other people. Ms. Kamola’s theme for the day was “being together” to celebrate the class’ first day as a group. Teachers read stories aloud to students throughout the building.

It was a wonderful day for all students as they got to know friends, teachers and their new daily routines. 




World Lacrosse Championship for Glen Cove Alumnus

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The Glen Cove Lacrosse Program is proud to announce that Glen Cove High School alumnus Alex DiScala recently competed in the Federation of International Lacrosse World Lacrosse championship held in Netanya, Israel. Alex was an All-County goalie for Glen Cove in 2007 and went on to play college lacrosse at Jacksonville University. He is the first player from Glen Cove to compete at the international level.

Alex competed with the Italian national team that finished in 16th place in the World Games. This was the highest finish for the Italian team in the history of the games. Led by Alex, with 12 saves, Italy went 4-3 in the tournament and came in first place in its grouping by beating Peru 13-7.

The Federation of International Lacrosse World Lacrosse championships, the World Cup of lacrosse, takes place every four years in a different venue across the world. This year’s games featured a games record field of 46 nations represented. Congratulations!