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100 Days Smarter at Gribbin School

100 Days Smarter at Gribbin School photo

Students at Gribbin School celebrated the 100th day of school with a variety of fun academic activities that incorporated counting to 100.

In Michelle Mardiney’s bilingual kindergarten class, students did 100 exercises while watching a video of counting to 100 in Spanish. They also created necklaces using 100 beads and practiced writing their numbers. Meanwhile, kindergartners in Irene Kamola’s class participated in mathematics-themed centers that focused on counting to 100. First-graders enjoyed a 100-day snack comprised of pretzel rods and clementines. They also completed a writing activity that focused on what they’d like to have 100 of, and grouped items by fives, 10s and 25s to equal 100.         

Landing Families Participate in Free Thermometer Program

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Landing School began taking part in Kinsa’s FLUency free thermometer program in October 2017, under the guidance of physical education teacher Karen Serani. 

Landing was one of 200 schools chosen from 4,000 elementary schools in the United States to participate. More than 120 families at Landing signed up using the Kinsa app and received a free Bluetooth thermometer. Those enrolled in the program are able to see aggregated, anonymous information on any symptoms and illnesses going around the school. Families can read up on school issues and record their child’s health history for a quicker, more accurate diagnosis. In addition, Kinsa guides that individual on the next steps if fever and symptoms are cause for concern. 

Landing School is thankful for the Bluetooth thermometers donated by Kinsa and the Lysol Company.

Souper Bowl at Gribbin Benefits Local Families

Souper Bowl at Gribbin Benefits Local Families photo
Students at Gribbin Elementary School recently participated in the Souper Bowl of Caring for the ninth consecutive year. 

The Souper Bowl is a nationwide food drive that calls on schools, churches and other organizations to collect nonperishable food items and donate them to a local charity of their choice. The event coincides with the NFL’s Super Bowl to bring awareness to the needs of food pantries across the country, which were depleted during the December holidays. 

Gribbin School families donated 126 pounds of food over the two-week collection period. The collected food was donated to the food pantry at Saint Rocco’s Church in Glen Cove. 

Spring Adult Education Guide


Glen Cove IAB Hosts Inaugural Session

Glen Cove IAB Hosts Inaugural Session photo
Glen Cove High School held its Industry Advisory Board’s inaugural session on Feb. 12 in the school’s library. 

Approximately 25 professionals, including a Nassau County legislator, representatives from nearly a dozen local public organizations, college representatives, medical professionals, educators, private business professionals, a Glen Cove High School alumnus and five current students, make up the IAB. The meeting focused on developing goals for the community and the student body at the high school. Current students presented first, citing their educational goals and post-graduation plans. They also shared events and happenings within the building, as well as information on a popular business class elective.  

Afterwards, Work-Based Learning Coordinator Jason Smiloff led a short presentation on his vision for the IAB and mediated a discussion among members, which lasted nearly two hours. The productive meeting left the IAB feeling more ambitious, dedicated and prepared to serve the needs of the students at Glen Cove High School now and into the future.

Longtime District Employee Honored at BOE Meeting

Longtime District Employee Honored at BOE Meeting photo
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Maria Rianna and members of the Board of Education paid tribute to recent retiree Thomas Staab at the Feb. 7 Board of Education meeting at Landing School. 

Dr. Rianna said it was apropos to celebrate Mr. Staab at Landing School, where he attended kindergarten. During his tenure, Mr. Staab delivered mail within the district, but as Dr. Rianna shared, he was much more to the Glen Cove schools community.

“People in our office at Thayer House did not get to their desks without his help on icy mornings,” Dr. Rianna said. “He is someone who will run errands outside of the regular route. He did well above whatever job description may have been put in at personnel. I think we owe a moment of recognition to a man who gave a lifetime of commitment.” 

Mr. Staab was presented with a certificate of recognition from the Board of Education, who thanked him for his tireless dedication and service to the school community.  

Spelling Success for Landing’s Phoebe Pinder

Spelling Success for Landing’s Phoebe Pinder photo
Landing School Spelling Bee champion Phoebe Pinder qualified for the final round of the Long Island Regional Spelling Bee at Hofstra University on Sunday, Feb. 11. Landing School celebrated Phoebe’s achievements at an assembly on Feb. 9. 

Gribbin Students Celebrate Mentors

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The Gribbin School Mentoring Program celebrated National Mentoring Month on Jan. 31 in the school library. Each Gribbin student made their mentor a thank-you gift. They also shared dessert and some quality time together at this fun celebration. The Mentoring Program at Gribbin has been in operation for 12 years and is coordinated by school social worker Kristin Brosnan and Principal Francine Santoro.

Students Study the Heart Through Dissection

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Glen Cove High School Living Environment students dissected adult pig hearts as a culminating activity to their recent study of the human heart and circulatory system. 

While dissecting the adult pig hearts, students had to identify certain features. They also had the opportunity to cut into the heart and see the connections between the four chambers of the heart and the major blood vessels bringing blood into and out of these chambers. Students examined the two heart valves, and followed up the next day with an excellent dramatization of a heart attack, with computer-generated imagery that enhanced the students’ knowledge of what they experienced the day before. 
Teacher Victoria Graziosi said the lesson led to noteworthy observations by the students, including that the aorta’s diameter is huge in comparison to other vessels. In addition, when cutting into the wall of the right versus left ventricle, students were immediately struck by the thickness of the left ventricular wall. 

Emergency Pillowcase Preparedness at Landing

Emergency Pillowcase Preparedness at Landing photo

Landing School students participated in the American Red Cross’ Pillowcase Project when American Red Cross AmeriCorps representatives visited their school.

The Pillowcase Project teaches children coping skills to help them deal with an emergency situation and also offers tips and tools to help them prepare for emergencies. It’s made possible thanks to a grant from Disney and came to fruition after American Red Cross volunteers witnessed victims of Hurricane Katrina packing personal belongings in pillowcases when leaving their homes. 

Topics of discussion included the importance of having an escape plan in the event of a home fire, the need for smoke detectors in every room, tips on what to do if there’s a hurricane and more. The students were trained through the program’s three core principles, Learn, Practice and Share: Learn how emergencies happen and how to stay safe when they do; practice what you learn so you’ll be ready when an emergency happens; and share what you’ve learned so that everyone knows how to stay safe in an emergency.

After the discussion, students received and had an opportunity to decorate pillowcases they received from the organization. The students were encouraged to draw pictures of important items they wanted to bring with them in an emergency. Principal Benjamin Roberts expressed his gratitude to the organization and physical education teacher Karen Serani for organizing the event.


Buddy Reading Day at Gribbin

Buddy Reading Day at Gribbin photo

As part of Gribbin’s Pick A Reading Partner activities, classes paired up to share books during Buddy Reading Day. Teachers placed students together to take turns reading to each other. Children delighted in discussing their favorite stories with students from another grade level. This was one way to promote the importance and joy of reading.


Connolly Student Council Donates Toys for Children in Ecuador

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Connolly’s Student Council raised money during the holidays by selling pencils and sending them to each other. With the money they raised, the group bought toys, coloring books, crayons and different types of puzzles for the local doctor’s office of Dr. Loriann Stuiso. Dr. Stuiso plans on bringing the donations to Ecuador when she performs free reconstructive surgeries on children that reside there.

The Circus Comes to Gribbin

The Circus Comes to Gribbin photo

Gribbin students are learning circus tricks in physical education class under the direction of teacher Mark Checola. According to Mr. Checola, the circus skills unit lasts approximately four weeks and teaches students balance, coordination, focus and safety, while performing circuslike activities. The students participated in a variety of activities, such as spinning a plate connected to a stick, balancing a long feather in the palm of their hand and walking on a balance beam.


Gribbin Second-Graders Celebrate Writing Accomplishments

Gribbin Second-Graders Celebrate Writing Accomplishments photo

Students in Coleen Brunhuber’s class presented their small-moment stories and nonfiction books to classmates and family members during a writing celebration on Jan. 18.

One by one, students went to a microphone at the front of the classroom and read their small-moment stories, which Mrs. Brunhuber projected onto the class smart board. The second-graders wrote about a variety of experiences, including skiing, bowling and apple picking. After reading their work, they returned to their desks and shared their nonfiction books and a snack with their invited guest. The students are honing their writing skills using Writing Workshop, a new program initiated by the district in partnership with Columbia University’s Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. 

“The students are reading and writing every day as part of this program, and they’re really excited about it,” Mrs. Brunhuber said. 

According to Mrs. Brunhuber, the nonfiction book assignment required students to become an expert on something. Research was conducted using the PebbleGo app. The second-graders learned the importance of sensory details and that each story must have a beginning, middle and end. They also used authors, such as Jane Yolen, as mentors. 


Connolly Academic Plus Students Dissect Owl Pellets

Connolly Academic Plus Students Dissect Owl Pellets photo

Fourth-grade students in Connolly’s Academic Plus program dissected owl pellets as part of their study of raptors.

Prior to the dissection, the group researched different raptors and wrote realistic fiction pieces to convey what they had learned about their habitat, diet and neighborhood, and how humans affect their existence. According to science, technology, research, engineering and arts teacher Cheryl Carmody, the students were given creative license with regard to their project and created outstanding posters, dioramas and other projects to accompany their writing. 

Mrs. Carmody explained to students that farmers have owl pellets examined to determine what rodents are hurting their crops. She then equipped each team of students with an owl pellet, plastic gloves, magnifying glasses and tweezers to begin identifying the bones, skulls and other materials contained in their pellet.   

The Academic Plus Program is an accelerated educational program offered to students in grades 3-5 at both Connolly and Landing schools.  

Deasy Students Are Excited for PARP

Second-graders in Michael Battaglia’s class are joining students from around the district in Pick a Reading Partner activities. This year’s theme is Travel Through Time with Books. To see more from Mr. Battaglia’s class, click on the following link:

Author Visit at Deasy

Author Visit at Deasy photo

Children’s illustrator and author Laura Vaccaro Seeger visited Deasy School students as a kickoff to the school’s Pick a Reading Partner celebration.

During the PTA-sponsored visit, Seeger explained to students how artists see things that other people don’t and encouraged them to always pay attention to background space. She demonstrated the idea by pointing to the die cut holes she uses in her books, which lead to other pictures and words on different pages. After explaining some of the artistic techniques she uses, she read a few of her stories, including “Dog and Bear: Bear in the Chair” and “Bully.” The students, who were dressed in pajamas as part of the PARP celebration, were encouraged to keep journals to write down their ideas, sketch and create stories. They also learned how to sketch the “Dog and Bear” characters with the author’s help.  

At the conclusion of the visit, second-graders in Maura Haff’s and Marci Notice’s classes showed Seeger the artwork they had created using techniques found in her books.   

Landing Hosts Annual Spelling Bee

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Landing School fifth-grader Phoebe Pinder was named the school’s Scripps Spelling Bee winner on Jan. 9.  

Reading teacher Ms. Kristina Carlstrom and fourth-grade teacher Ms. Melissa Harechmak organized the bee and helped to prepare the students for the schoolwide assembly. Phoebe, along with the top two spellers in each of the fifth-grade classes, participated. Principal Benjamin Roberts served as the moderator, while Mrs. Monica Altamirano, Mrs. Margaret Clark, Ms. Karen Serani and Mrs. Jamie Sharfman helped judge the event. Phoebe won by spelling the word “bulletin” correctly. Fifth-grader Jordan Billings was runner-up.

Mr. Roberts congratulated Phoebe along with the other contestants, Tyler Bartolomeo-Michie, Jordan Billings, Kaelyn Bonilla, Julian Landaverde, Mia Mejia, Jalyin Neder, Arianna Romeo, Cole Sciacca and Nehemiah Toutoute.

Glen Cove School District Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten Registration 2018 -2019


Registration packets are available at the following locations:
• Glen Cove Website - Our District, Central Registration

• District Office (Thayer House) located at 154 Dosoris Lane

Registration for Kindergarten will begin on February 12, 2018 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

 • To enter Kindergarten, children must be five years old on or before December 1 of the school year.

Pre-Kindergarten Registration begins March 12, 2018 

Parents may call for a registration appointment beginning on February 1, 2018.

• To enter Pre-kindergarten, children must be four years old on or before December 1 of the school year.

Proof of residency, proof of child's age and immunization records will be required at registration.

Please call (516) 801-7001 to make an appointment or with any questions you may have.

BOE Honors AP Scholars

BOE Honors AP Scholars photo
On Jan. 3, the Board of Education honored 44 current and former Glen Cove High School students for being named Advanced Placement Scholars by the College Board following their outstanding performance on the May 2017 AP exams.
Glen Cove High School Principal Antonio Santana and Assistant Principal Allen Hudson III joined Assistant Principal Katie Prudente as she introduced the students and commended them on their achievements.
“These students should be very proud of their accomplishments, which required both hard work and dedication,” Assistant Principal Prudente said.  
Congratulations to the following students:

AP Scholar with Distinction
(Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.)
John Dong
Nicole Franklin
Julie Micko
Sydney Morris
Jolee Murphy

AP Scholar with Honor
(Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.)
Eric Brown
Andy Delgado
Joshua Filippone
Geovani Flores
Alex Garcia
Larissa Garcia
Brandon Kolanovic
Charles McQuair
Alexis Reveyoso
Morgan Vignali

AP Scholars
(Granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams.)
Ali Awan
Enaiya Awan
Mikaila Ayala
Daniel Baboolal
Andrew Banos
Samantha Barry
Isabel Blas
Grace Brady
William Casale
Catherine Chinock-Ayiku
Joshua Cohen
Julia Farley
Shelbie Farnan
Yesenia Fernandez
Tristyn Hudson
Amanda Ieraci
Samuel Israel
Irvin Mancia
Evangelia Markoulis
Iris Ong
Amara Phillip
Talia Sakhaee
Laura Roesch
Areana Singh
Ryan Telese
Celia Vasquez
Christina Wiese
Duoyi Xi Hernandez
Joseph Yee


Deasy Second-Graders Create E-Books

Deasy Second-Graders Create E-Books photo

Deasy second-graders in Michael Battaglia’s class recently wrote nonfiction books using the app Book Creator.

The students worked in groups to write a story and then transferred their writing to the app. They also learned about text features and how to create labels and captions on the app, which they incorporated into their projects. The class really enjoyed shooting and inserting video files and recording audio of their writing. Students wrote about holiday and winter topics, such as “How to be Kind During the Holiday Season,” How to be Safe in the Snow” and “Games We Can Play in the Winter.” Each of their books were required to have a cover page and table of contents. 

According to Mr. Battaglia, the English language arts lesson gave students an opportunity to practice their reading fluency and writing, as well as get more familiar with the apps on the school’s iPads. To see the students’ creations, click on the following link:


‘Exasperation’ Spells Success for Connolly Student

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Connolly fifth-grader Sara Roditi was named the winner of the school’s Scripps Spelling Bee contest.

Sara competed against the top spellers in the fifth-grade class in the competition. In all, 12 students took part in the bee after placing first and second in their individual class contests. During the competition, each student took turns spelling words off the Scripps spelling word list, presented by STREAM teacher Cheryl Carmody in front of the entire fifth-grade class. Principal Julie Mullan and AIS teacher Dora Ricciardi judged the event. The spelling bee concluded with Sara spelling the word “exasperation” correctly, winning the competition. Logan was named runner up.

Principal Mullan congratulated Sara, as well as the other contenders, Isabel Basil, Jason Basil, Page Bennett, Ella Dalk-Mall, Gio Galo, Hanna Glasky, Logan Grech, Stefano Malatos, Julia Petrizzo, Alexa Sincore and Mert Suyabatmaz.

Landing Students Construct Ecosystems

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Landing fourth-graders in Melissa Harechmak’s class created ecosystems to conclude their unit on life science, animals and plants.  

Ms. Harechmak worked with her class and students in Mrs. Susan Fiumara’s class to begin their projects in school. The students began their research at school by looking at different ecosystems and habitats using databases, such as PebbleGo, PebbleGo Next and National Geographic Kids. They then worked at home to research their ecosystem in more depth, to include at least three animals and two plants. 

The students completed a writing piece describing the animals and plants, using information they learned in class and incorporating new vocabulary words. According to Ms. Harechmak, their writing pieces really demonstrated their understanding of their ecosystem, animals and plants. 

They then created a 3-D diorama representing their ecosystem. The students had a great time creating the dioramas at home using many different art materials and animal figurines to help make the project come to life. The culminating activity was in-class presentations, where students practiced their oral presentation skills as they explained their research to their peers.    

Deasy Kindergartners Make Gingerbread Men


Deasy kindergartners in Christine Maddaloni’s class recently created delicious gingerbread men to gift to a special member in their family.

The gingerbread activity highlighted the students’ recent study of holidays in social studies that concluded with students writing their own books.  

First, the students practiced how to make the shapes of a gingerbread man using play dough. Mrs. Maddaloni gave step-by-step instructions on how to roll the play dough and how big to make each piece. After students grasped the technique, they washed their hands and were ready for the gingerbread dough. Once they finished making the body, students used raisins to make the face and buttons. Class-parent volunteers took the cookies home and baked them for the students. Once they returned to the class, the students placed his or her cookie into a decorated paper bag for a family member.

After the students made their cookies, they enjoyed reading “The Gingerbread Man” with their teacher. The students then learned how to write books   using Writing Workshop, a new program initiated by the district in partnership with Columbia University’s Teachers College Reading and Writing Project.

Connolly K-Kids Visit Glen Cove Senior Center

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Connolly’s K-Kids made a holiday visit to the Glen Cove Senior Center on Wednesday, Dec. 20. 

The K-Kids sang the songs they learned for their winter concert to the seniors and held an intergenerational holiday sing-a-long with favorites, including “Jingle Bells,” “The Dreidl Song,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and others. The K-Kids also made holiday cards for the seniors. The students enjoyed juice and cookies supplied by the Glen Cove Senior Center after the performance. All had a good time! 
This is the 20th year that the Connolly School K-Kids have made a holiday visit to the Glen Cove Senior Center. Connolly teachers Krystle Gonzalez and Sandra Vigliotti serve as the group’s advisers and retired Connolly teacher Leslie McCarthy is the Kiwanis liason for the group.

Girls Varsity Tennis Team Wins Conference

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Congratulations to Glen Cove High School’s girls varsity tennis team for its 14-0 season and earning the title of conference champions. The team had a spectacular year, including Trinity Chow being designated All-State. Trinity has played No. 1 singles on the team since seventh grade.  

The United States Tennis Association Eastern also honored Coach Christopher MacDonald. MacDonald was named Organizer of the Month for December.
The organization selects one passionate advocate who has made unique contributions within the community through tennis. MacDonald was recognized as an early adopter of the Net Generation program, which adds tennis to an elementary physical education curriculum. 

Spanish Students Open Mexican-Style Holiday Market

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Glen Cove High School students in Clare Germino’s Spanish II classes recently created a Mexican-style holiday market. 

The students created their own "puesto" stand and decorated a sign advertising food and crafts for sale. All patrons enjoyed the market, where the students sold everything from baked goods and empanadas to holiday cards, stationery and handmade stuffed animals. Fake pesos were used for payment, and students from other language classes were invited to converse with the classes in Spanish.

Ms. Germino said the market was a great experience for students and tied into the Mexican holiday tradition. Several weeks before Navidad (Christmas), market stalls, or puestos, are set up in plazas in most Mexican cities and towns, where vendors sell crafts and goods. 

Animal Museum at Landing

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Landing School fourth-graders in Margaret Clark's science classes shared their animal research at a classroom museum on Dec. 21.

In preparation for the event, students researched an animal of their choosing, focusing on habitats, life cycles, adaptations for survival and other interesting facts. They then created posters and dioramas to accompany their findings.

At the event, students visited each other’s exhibits to listen to well-rehearsed presentations. Topics included sharks, frogs, Bengal tigers, pangolins and Tasmanian devils. Students used iPads during class time, as well as materials from the school library and public library, to complete this project in school and at home.

‘Science Burritos’ at Finley

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Finley seventh-graders in Donald Ingegno’s class recently conducted a liquid layers lab as part of their Density and Buoyancy unit. The students used honey, light corn syrup, dish soap, water, vegetable oil and rubbing alcohol, carefully layering each one to create a “science burrito.”

The class had learned to calculate density prior to the lab activity. According to Mr. Ingegno, the lab showed the students the secret behind density and reinforced that density is a measure of how much mass is contained in a given unit (grams per milliliter). Thus, heavier liquids are more dense and lighter liquids are less dense. The students used each liquid’s density to stack the layers of liquid and learned that liquids with the same volume can have different density.



Monthly Family Nights Begin

Family Nights Begin

To combat the busy schedules of families, the district has implemented a monthly Family Night. On Family Night, students will not be assigned any homework from their classroom teachers, allowing their families to preplan fun activities, without interruption.

Family Night will be held on the following dates:
Oct. 25        Jan. 31          April 18
Nov. 22        Feb. 14         May 23
Dec. 20        March 21       June 13