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Finley Students Take Part in National History Day

On March 31, students from Robert M. Finley Middle School participated in National History Day hosted by Hofstra University. Students from Ms. Vanessa Mahnken’s Humanities/Research Program participated, creating projects based on this year’s theme, “Triumph and Tragedy in History.” 
Special thanks to Principal Nelson Iocolano, Assistant Principals Lawrence Carroll and Thomas Pye, and all the English language arts and social studies teachers, who supported the students and research program.

Edin Alvarado – “Ellis Island – Tragedy Through the Triumph” 
Ryan Annunziato and Mason Dall – “JFK: The Legacy”
Beyrim Ayari, Jake Casale, Brian Flores and Allen Joshua Hudson – “The Triumph and Tragedy of the Transcontinental Railroad” 
Luis Barrera and Christopher Hyman – “The Triumph and Tragedy – Adolf Hitler”
Ashly Freeman – “Spanish Flu: Tragedy and Triumph” 
Fatima Guevara – “Alice Paul’s Triumph Through Tragedy”
Lee’ora Jackson and Keilyn Zavala – “Elizabeth Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: A Friendship That Changed the World”
Michael Markoulis and Eamonn Sullivan – “D-Day: The Beginning of the End”
Francis Martinez and Mario Zaldivar Reyes – “The Story of the Titanic”
Veronica O’Regan – “Queen Elizabeth’s Coronation”
Alexander Piascik – “The Titanic’s Success and Disaster”
Genalie Prezeau and Londell Wheeler – “Apollo 11’s Success”
Devin Rodrigo – “Triumph of Lexington and Concord”
Albert Zambrano – “World War II Axis Power Leaders”

Math Honor Society Commemorates Pi Day

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The Glen Cove High School Math Honor Society hosted Pi Day activities on March 14. The Greek letter Pi represents the numerical value of Pi, which rounds to approximately 3.14. 

Members of the Math Honor Society visited Finley Middle School with their adviser, Mrs. Caesar-Quaye, and Mrs. Shannon, math coordinator. Students from Ms. Abrams’ and Mr. Ingegno’s classes were able to learn about Pi and how it is derived and solved math problems that involved Pi. Middle School students also participated in a contest to see who could memorize the most digits of Pi. Eighth grader Luis Perez was the winner. His prize was a gift certificate for a free pizza pie, generously donated by Delicious Pizzeria in Glen Cove. 

To conclude the day’s events, the Math Honor Society held a pie sale and raffle at the High School. Pies and gift cards were generously donated by Cardinali Bakery, Heritage Bakery, King Kullen, La Parma restaurant, North Shore Farms, St. Rocco’s Bakery and Stop and Shop. Glen Cove High School teacher Mrs. Corrigan also donated a variety of pies to the bake school.

Math Takes Shape at Deasy

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During a math lesson that focused on the differences between 2D and 3D shapes, Mrs. Christine Maddaloni’s kindergarten class at Deasy School explored different ways to model 2D and 3D structures. The class used wooden sticks and Play-Doh to make their creations.

Another Spark! Challenge Victory for Glen Cove Students

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A Glen Cove High School Spark! team was awarded first place and $2,000 in prize money for their presentation on emergency medicine at the Northwell Health Spark! Challenge competition, held on April 11 at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. This is the third consecutive win in the past three years for the group.

Twenty-nine students, who were recruited from the high school’s honors anatomy and physiology electives, comprised three teams that presented the fields of emergency medicine, radiology and occupational therapy to judges who are top-level administrators in the Northwell Health System. Additionally, four high school seniors who had won the competition in previous years served as student coaches to support this year’s teams. 

The Spark! Challenge program is in its fifth year and provides shadowing experiences for the students within the Northwell Health System. This year, 47 school districts and more than 1,000 students from Long Island and the surrounding areas participated. After shadowing Northwell professionals, students work on projects and presentations for judging. Spark! team coach/science teacher Fran Krisch and art teacher Stephen Lombardo advise the students as they develop their projects and presentations.
This year’s team members and student coaches are Yanira Acosta-Yanes, Samantha Borgese,  Arlene Cajavilca, Paige Callaghan, Christina Cavallone, Natalie Corella, Cristian Cueva-Bonilla, Ciara Doyle, Megan Fahey, Latifa Fakhry, Fernanda Falcon, Kahley Gambino, Andres Garcia, Sara Garcia, Adriana Gigliotti, Carina Gigliotti, Caitriona Greene, Melissa Jaco, Karina Jaramillo, Neshauna Kawall, Sarah Perez, Fernando Portillo, Lauren Retoske, Lucretia Smith, Emma Spoto, Caterina Squarciafico, Evelyn Tran, Yllka Valdez, Nicole Valensisi, Greg Villafane, Reed Weimer, Abigail Weiser and Rosa Zavala.

The district is incredibly proud of the hard work that both students and teachers dedicated to this event. Their efforts have propelled Glen Cove High School to the forefront of this competition.

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Students Test Math Skills at Olympiad

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Members of the National Honor Society and Math Honor Society recently participated in the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad. Advisers Liana Caesar-Quaye and Laura Makula accompanied their students to a practice session and the competition at Long Island University, where 1,500 students participated. Senior Matthew Tran received first place and senior Cristian Cueva-Bonilla received second place in the Olympiad. The pair also received awards for attending the Long Island School for the Gifted in South Huntington. Congratulations to all the students who participated! 

Landing Students Participate in Hockey Program

Landing Students Participate in Hockey Program photo

Landing Elementary School participated in a floor ball hockey program offered by the New York Islanders outreach program.

The New York Islanders provided pinnies, elementary student-sized hockey sticks and floor balls for this unit. Students learned various skills related to hockey in their physical education classes and practiced them throughout the unit. Students enjoyed wearing the Islanders’ jersey-like pinnies, while they practiced their skills improving gross motor coordination and eye-hand coordination.

Physical education teacher Karen Serani extended her gratitude to the New York Islanders and the outreach program for connecting the Glen Cove community to their organization. It’s a wonderful program where students can enjoy hockey while being junior representatives for the New York Islanders in their own elementary school. Various Landing photos are featured in the official New York Islanders floor ball curriculum and shared with all schools in the program, which is a wonderful representation of the Glen Cove community.

Finley Students Teach Spanish to Second Graders

Finley Students Teach Spanish to Second Graders photo

Seventh graders from R.M. Finley Middle School shared their love of and skill in the Spanish language with second grade classes at Deasy School.

Tatyana Alicea, Javiera Contreras and Carolina Maisonet, under the guidance of teacher Christine Skaar, taught the youngsters how to say different colors, the letters of the alphabet and how to count from one to 10 in Spanish. The seventh graders used videos and songs to help the second graders with pronunciation and spelling. At the conclusion of each lesson, second graders were given a packet that reinforced the lessons they learned. 

‘Impractical Joker’ Surprises Horror and Suspense Students

‘Impractical Joker’ Surprises Horror and Suspense Students photo

It seemed like an ordinary Monday for Glen Cove High School students in Jason Bieder’s Horror and Suspense class – that was until James “Murr” Murray from the primetime comedy series “Impractical Jokers” walked into their classroom. Students were in disbelief as Murray entered and asked, “Do you know who I am?” Then the laughter began.

The class just finished reading Murray’s book “Awakened.” Brandon Aviles, a former Glen Cove graduate, donated 100 books to the school after Brandon met Murray at an event and he agreed to make a surprise visit to the high school if the students read his book. During the visit, students enjoyed listening to Murray read an excerpt from his next book, “The Brink: An Awakened Novel.” Murray also reviewed the students’ book reports on “Awakened.” The class enjoyed pizza and drinks thanks to Murray and Aviles. They were absolutely thrilled to meet Murray!   


Seniors Present Research at State Conference

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Glen Cove High School seniors Latifa Fakhry and Lucretia Smith had the honor of presenting to approximately 500 fellow students at this year’s annual New York State STEP Statewide Student Conference. 

To qualify to have their research proposal accepted at this conference, the pair began researching at the beginning of the school year. This was in addition to attending Glen Cove’s STEP program at New York Institute of Technology. Their research project focused on the semicircular canal morphology of the earliest stem mammal. Grecia Cisneros, Kenneth Gavino, Lindsay Gavino and Monica Juarez-Barnes also attended the conference, along with their adviser Ms. Jillian Romano and Diane Williams from NYIT.

Learning at Gribbin Is Out of This World!

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Students in Vanessa Broglia and Nicole Henn’s first grade class at Gribbin had a true hands-on, minds-on learning experience about the stars in the night sky. 

As part of the elementary science and technology curriculums, students researched stars using nonfiction books, photographs and internet databases. They learned what stars are and that groups of stars are called constellations. They then took this information back to their classroom and engineered constellations out of toothpicks and marshmallows. Knowledge was gained and fun was had by all!

Community Bond Survey Now Available

On April 8th at 7:00 PM at Glen Cove High School, the Board of Education is hosting a Community Forum to receive input from community members regarding the bond proposed and voted upon on March 12th, 2019. Although there will be a number of opportunities to provide input in person, below please find a link to a Bond Survey, to be used as an alternative should you not be able to attend any of the Board meetings scheduled in the upcoming months.

 Your input is valuable to us in helping to determine what the future of our schools will be. 

 Please fill out the survey and return it to the district by:

- Mailing/returning it to Thayer house at 154 Dosoris Lane, Glen Cove, NY 11542

- Returning it to the main office of any school in the district

- Scanning a completed survey and emailing to

Community Bond Survey - English


El 8 de abril a las 7:00 PM en Glen Cove High School, la Junta de Educación organiza un Foro de la Comunidad para recibir aportes de los miembros de la comunidad con respecto al bono propuesto y votado el 12 de marzo de 2019. Aunque habrá varias oportunidades Para proporcionar información en persona, a continuación, encuentre un enlace a una Encuesta de Bonos, que se utilizará como alternativa en caso de que no pueda asistir a ninguna de las reuniones de la Junta programadas para los próximos meses.  Su opinión es valiosa para nosotros para ayudarnos a determinar cuál será el futuro de nuestras escuelas.  

Por favor complete la encuesta y devuélvala al distrito a través de:

- Enviándola por correo / devolviéndola a la casa de Thayer en 154 Dosoris Lane, Glen Cove, NY 11542

- Devolviéndolo a la oficina principal de cualquier escuela en el distrito.

- Escaneando una encuesta completa y enviando un correo electrónico a

Encuesta de bonos comunitarios

Select Chorale Attends National Choir Festival

Select Chorale Attends National Choir Festival photo

The Glen Cove High School Select Chorale participated in the Music for All National Choir Festival in Indianapolis from March 13-16.

The choir worked with seven other choirs from around the country, as well as master choir conductors and composers, including Dr. André Thomas from Florida State University and composer Stacey Gibbs. During the tour the choir took part in workshops with various conductors on improvisation, movement in the choral rehearsal, the evolution of the African-American spiritual and more!

On Friday, March 15, the Select Chorale had a solo performance at St. John the Evangelist Church in downtown Indianapolis. Many of the choirs at the festival were in attendance, as well as all of the conductors/composers that were clinicians at the festival. The chorale delivered an outstanding performance that impressed all who were there. Dr. Thomas was so impressed with the singers that he wanted to work with the group after the concert. He told the students that they were the only group that he worked with throughout the entire festival, which was a huge honor. 

“Dr. Thomas is the very best in his field and having him work with our choir was amazing and humbling all at once,” Select Chorale Director Ed Norris said.

The Glen Cove singers, combined with the other choirs, performed a concert at The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts, the highlight of the trip. 

“I could not be any more proud of our students,” Mr. Norris said. “They handled themselves like the true professionals they are, both musically and in terms of their behavior. I truly believe this festival changed our choir forever. We are all better musicians because of it.”

To view the full performance at St. John the Evangelist Cathedral in Indianapolis, click here

To view GCTV Friday Morning News’ coverage of the trip, click here

Finley Presents ‘Zombie Prom: Atomic Edition’

Finley Presents ‘Zombie Prom: Atomic Edition’
Members of R.M. Finley’s Drama Club will take the stage for their outstanding production of “Zombie Prom: Atomic Edition” on Friday and Saturday, April 5 and 6, at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, April 7, at 2 p.m., in the Wunsch auditorium. General admission is $8, tickets for students and senior citizens are $7. Please come out and support our wonderful students! 

Fifth Graders Compete in Spelling Bee

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Fifth graders at Landing and Connolly schools participated in a spelling bee on March 28 at Connolly School. Two representatives from each fifth grade class participated in the bee, going head-to-head in the competition. The winner of the spelling bee was Connolly student Saoirse Feidor and the runner-up was Sophia German. Saoirse won by spelling the word “marmalade” correctly.

After the bee, all students enjoyed a celebration to recognize their hard work and dedication. The students from Landing enjoyed their visit to Connolly and stayed for lunch and recess. The event was a great way for the students to meet each other. The competition was also livestreamed for all the fifth graders to watch in their classroom. A special thanks to spelling bee coordinators Cheryl Carmody and Dora Ricciardi (Connolly) and Melissa Harechmak and Melanie Odone (Landing).

Congratulations to all the participants:

Connolly School
Leslie Chamul
Katarina Cukro
Delilah Espin
Saoirse Feidor
Sophia German
Matthew Jackson
Susan Recinos
Kerissa Salvador
Steven Santos
Cole Trotto

Landing School
Nevaeh Ambles
Ayva Colato
Marcus Davidov
David Dorfman
Emeli Escobar
Antonio Esposito
Danieyella Gonzalez
Willow Pagan
Kaitlyn Kielczewski
Siena Scagniola
Juliah Werner

New Recycling Initiative To Benefit Deasy Outdoor Classroom

New Recycling Initiative To Benefit Deasy Outdoor Classroom
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Deasy first-grade bilingual education teacher and Outdoor Education Committee member  Michelle Mardiney planted a tiny seed in the minds of her fellow committee members – a schoolwide recycling program that involves students bringing empty water bottles to school. 

Each week, the water bottles are counted by the students and their classroom teachers. The water bottles are then collected by Mrs. Mardiney and recycled at local supermarkets. At the end of the month, the weekly water bottle totals are added and the class with the most water bottles collected receives a special award and visit from “Captain Recycle.” The award is reused by passing it onto the next month’s top-collecting class. 

At the end of the school year, the Deasy classes will submit suggestions for items they would like to see added to their outdoor classroom space with the money raised. The outdoor classroom space, imagined and planned by the Deasy Outdoor Classroom Committee, was created in the summer of 2018 with the assistance of the Glen Cove Education Foundation. 

The recycling program promotes environmental respect, responsibility, compassion and awareness. It also shows the students that while one water bottle may only be worth a small amount, when students work like a team towards a common goal, they can achieve much more than one can achieve alone. 

‘Nanette’s Baguette’ Comes to Life for Gribbin Students

‘Nanette’s Baguette’ Comes to Life for Gribbin Students
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First-graders in Antoinette Hatzopoulos class at Gribbin School enjoyed listening to a read aloud of “Nanette’s Baguette,” written by Mo Willems, a beloved author and illustrator. Mrs. Iovino, the mother of one of the students, read the book, which was illustrated using cardboard and then photographed. The class recreated the setting of the story, a French village in the style of Mo Willems, and even had a taste of a baguette! The children had a fun-filled afternoon thinking out of the box, creating, working together, and using math, engineering and art skills.

Deasy Second-Graders Learn About Chemistry

Deasy Second-Graders Learn About Chemistry

Deasy School’s second-grade classes took a field trip to the High School where they visited with Science Coordinator Mrs. Doeschner and high school chemistry teacher Ms. Bunyan for a lesson on chemical change. The students had a wonderful time and even had the opportunity to make elephant toothpaste.

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Sophomores Learn About the Holocaust

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Glen Cove High School 10th-grade students participated in the One Act of Courage program from March 18-21, hosted by Ms. Helen Turner, director of youth education at the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County.

The One Act of Courage program was created by Holocaust survivor Bernard Otterman, whose mission was to teach youth the history of the Holocaust and to put what they learn about the Holocaust into positive, proactive actions for the good of others. This program is designed to build a better community by asking our students to become civically engaged.

Special thanks to Ms. Turner, Principal Antonio Santana, assistant principals Allen Hudson and Katie Prudente, and the 10th-grade teachers who supported and assisted with the preparation and planning of this grade-level field trip.



Seniors Attend Leadership Institute in Albany


Glen Cove High School seniors Yanira Acosta Yanes and Mindy Morales Espinoza participated in this year’s Angelo del Toro Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute in Albany, New York, from March 9-11. Mindy and Yanira were part of a group of 42 students representing Long Island. Approximately 250 high school students statewide attended the three-day event.

The leadership institute provides an opportunity for New York State high school Latino/Hispanic students to enhance their leadership skills and knowledge in order to be productive citizens. Through the training activities completed in the months leading up to the institute, students gained knowledge of the New York State legislative process. These activities focused on public speaking and debating, research of four bills to be debated at the mock state assembly, networking, interview of their local assembly member and discussion of issues that affect the future of Latino/Hispanic youth. The training sessions were led by one of the district’s former ENL teachers, Gaetano Vaccaro, who was also the leader of the Long Island delegation. 

On Saturday, student delegates arrived at the University at Albany campus for the opening of the institute. They were greeted by opening remarks and a moderator chosen from the various delegations. The assembly continued with the keynote speaker, Julissa Arce, a CNBC media contributor, writer, speaker and social justice advocate. 

Delegates then attended various workshops to prepare leadership projects based on the theme of being bilingual and biliterate. Workshops were chosen previously and included filmmaking, dance, song, My Voice, murals, spoken word/hip hop and drama. In the evening, students presented their respective projects to everyone. Mindy and Yanira worked on a mural inspired by the theme of the presentations. 

On Sunday, all the delegations made their way to the Capitol to prepare for the Legislative Mock Assembly. Students had been previously assigned their roles, with most playing the role of their district’s assembly person. The girls represented 13th District Assembly member Charles D. Lavine. There were also some specialty roles like governor, speaker of the house, clerks, minority and majority leaders, sergeant-at-arms, color guard and bill sponsors. The Legislative Mock Assembly was run only by student delegates. They split into their party caucuses and came back together to present bills, debate and vote on them. It was truly amazing to see! The day ended with the Recognition Dinner, where awards and scholarships were presented. 

On Monday, the Long Island delegation received a tour of the Capitol by 6th District Assembly member Phil Ramos. He gave them a private tour of the legislative offices, museum and Senate chambers.

As an alumnus of the youth leadership institute (’98) and mentor to the Glen Cove delegates, it was Spanish teacher Ms. Domifer Francisco’s honor to accompany Yanira and Mindy on this journey. The Glen Cove community should be very proud of these two young ladies for their hard work and dedication to this institute. Both Mindy and Yanira agreed that this was an experience like no other they’ve had. 

When asked what their major takeaway was, Mindy said, “When we come together, we can achieve so much as a community of Latinos,” and Yanira commented, “Everyone coming together as one and representing the Latino community was one of the best feelings.” 

Board Trustee Delivers History Lesson to Juniors


Board of Education trustee Mr. David Huggins visited Mr. Christopher Contorno’s 11th-grade U.S. History and Government classes on March 14.

Mr. Huggins’ uncle, James Doran, a Glen Cove resident, left Glen Cove High School and volunteered to serve in the United States Navy during WWII. Mr. Huggins shared his family’s experiences with WWI, WWII and the Korean War, and allowed students to examine documents, military awards and artifacts that Mr. Huggins’ uncle received during and after World War II. 

Reading Club Fun at Landing


This year, third-graders in Mrs. Christine Barsic’s and Mrs. Nicole Mazza’s classes at Landing School have joined together for reading book clubs. The activity, which takes place twice a week, allows children to truly enjoy reading with partners. They also discuss the traits of characters, main ideas and themes found in their chosen books. Additionally, when their reading is finished, they choose a culminating project based on the book they have read.  

Students Layla Palazzo’s and Gianella Salinas’ reading came to life after they chose to write a letter to author Stephen Krensky about the book, “History of Fun Stuff: The Deep Dish on Pizza!” To their surprise, Mr. Krensky wrote a letter back to them. The girls were so excited to hear from the author, it truly made their reading come to life. His letter also served as inspiration for other groups to write letters to the authors of their chosen books.

A Firsthand Account of the Holocaust for Connolly Fifth-Graders


It was a history lesson Connolly School fifth-graders will not soon forget, when six Holocaust survivors from Gerwin Jewish Fay J. Lindner Residences visited their school to share their harrowing stories of survival and heartbreaking loss on March 14.

You could hear a pin drop as students listened to Rose Ashkenazy, Sally Birnbaum, Ruth deBeer, Herman Gancz, Tina Kamin and Ruth Meador tell their stories of the Holocaust. From the family members they lost, to the concentration camps they survived and the education they sorely missed because they were no longer allowed to attend school, all of it, etched into their memories as if it happened yesterday.     

The students learned of the survivors in a Newsday article, where they were featured before International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Teachers Maureen Hellman, Valerie Scicchitano and Susan Stanco had been covering the Holocaust in class and decided to have students write to the survivors to express their feelings about what they read. The fifth-graders penned heartfelt letters and created hand-drawn pictures for the survivors. The survivors were so touched by the letters, they decided to come visit the students, to tell their stories and answer questions.  

Each of the six survivors was given a wooden trinket box adorned with a butterfly that included a poem from the students. The children were visibly moved by what they heard and told their special guests they would never forget.  

To view media coverage of the special meeting, click on the following links: 
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National Certification for Finley Teacher

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Congratulations to Finley Middle School English teacher Rebecca Carfora for earning her National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification in English language arts/early adolescence. Mrs. Carfora was recognized by Principal Nelson Iocolano, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Maria Rianna and the Board of Education at the March 13 BOE meeting. 

“For those of you who are not familiar with the process, it’s a very rigorous one,” Mr. Iocolano said. “Teachers have to complete four components; there’s an exam and a portfolio requirement, where you submit facts over a period of time. It’s really the gold standard of certification, so we are very, very proud that Rebecca has achieved such an honor.”  

Landing Celebrates Jr. NBA Skills Challenge Winners

 Landing Celebrates Jr. NBA Skills Challenge Winners photo

Landing School students participated in the Jr. NBA Skills Challenge in February. As part of the contest, students have one minute to dribble through cones and score points from designated spots on the basketball court. Students practiced throughout the week to prepare for the regional competition, which was held on March 16 at Basketball City on Pier 36 in Manhattan. The students capped off this great achievement with a culminating basketball showcase for the Landing fifth grade. Landing physical education teacher Karen Serani expressed her pride to all students who entered the contest. Congratulations to the following winners in their age division:

Boys Under 11
Alfred Seaman – 31 points (first place)
Elias Jorge – 28 points (second place)
Marco Johnson – 22 points (third place tie)

Girls Under 11
Anjhelyny Hernandez – 17 points (first place)
Mia Lupinski – 13 points (second place)
Sophia Gonzalez – 13 points (third place)

Boys Under 13
Jordan Robinson –30 points (first place)
Leybis Villatoro – 27 points (second place)
Phillip Delfino – 13 points (third place)

Girls Under 13
Keyri Jaco Ronquillo – 7 points (first place)

Family Code Night Draws Hundreds of Students and Families

Family Code Night Draws Hundreds of Students and Families photo

It was a night of technology and fun for district students and their families when the second annual Family Code Night kicked off on March 12.

Students coded on iPads, built structures with Keva Planks, played with different types of robots and more at the event, which attracted a large crowd at Glen Cove High School. Parents and families members were engaged as they embraced the technology being learned at school. The makerspace section, equipped with a variety of cardboard shapes in different sizes, offered youngsters an opportunity to use their imaginations.  

The wonderful event was organized by district STREAM (science, technology, research, engineering, arts and math) teachers Ken Altamirano, Cheryl Carmody, Jessica McKenna and Giselle Taylor, Coordinator of Science Alexa Doeschner and Director of Instructional Technology Justin Lander. A great time was had by all!

Artwork of Deasy Student Selected for All-County Exhibit

Artwork of Deasy Student Selected for All-County Exhibit photo
The artwork of Deasy School’s very own Mikayla Schnitzer was chosen to be shown at the 2019 Art Supervisors Association’s Nassau All-County Art Exhibit. This exhibit provides a showcase for the most impressive and diverse variety of two-dimensional student artwork. Congratulations!

Success for Mock Trial Team

Success for Mock Trial Team photo
The Glen Cove Mock Trial team recently participated in their first match of the year, facing off against Baldwin in the New York State Bar Association’s Mock Trial tournament.

Team members Noemy Annunziata, Angelina Bevernijk Holden, Elijah James, Nicole Khaimov and Isabelle Unger argued the petitioner’s side in a case about succession rights for a rent-controlled apartment. The team put forth a solid effort, with the judge commending their preparation and presentation, especially since this was the first match for many of the students. Though the team lost this match, they’re looking forward to improving and moving forward

Glen Cove CSD voters defeat bond referendum

On Tuesday, March 12, residents of the Glen Cove City School District defeated a $84,669,818 bond referendum that would have supported major repairs, renovations and expansions throughout the Glen Cove City School District. The final vote was 1,176 Yes and 1,558 No.

“While we are obviously disappointed with the outcome of the vote, we thank all those who voted,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Maria L. Rianna. “The needs and scope of work outlined in the bond are real. All of our schools require major repairs and renovations that must still be addressed.”

“The Board of Education would also like to thank all the community members that voted, as well as central administration and the Bond Committee, for their hard work and dedication to identifying the needs of our school district. We all have a commitment to the success of our students and improving our schools,” said Board of Education President Gail Nedbor-Gross. “We will be addressing and analyzing the results immediately, and how we can move forward within the coming days.”

The Board of Education and administration will continue working on developing a plan for a bond and facilities maintenance and repairs, which will be shared and discussed with the community.


Student Artwork Exhibited at ASA Art Show

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Twenty-four district students had their artwork exhibited at the Art Supervisors Association’s 15th Annual Art Show on Sunday, March 10 at Farmingdale State College.

The ASA is a professional organization of art supervisors and administrators that represent principally the Nassau County area. A nonprofit advocacy group for education in the visual arts, ASA is active in the promotion of quality art instruction at all educational levels and provides a forum for ideas relating to art education. 

The art department has chosen Anissa Rosado as the 2019 ASA Scholarship recipient. Congratulations to all students!


Collaborative Lessons Ready Students for Cultural Arts Experience

Collaborative Lessons Ready Students for Cultural Arts Experience photo

On March 1, Gribbin School students were treated to a cultural arts show at the Tilles Center, thanks to the Gribbin School PTA. The Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure show incorporated movement, music, puppetry, art, technology and science.

Leading up to the event, special area teachers worked together on activities designed to deepen the meaning of the performance experience, using the Tilles Center Arts-in-Education Aesthetic Model. Art teacher LeeAnn Palazzo had students create art projects that aligned with the creatures presented in the performance. Music teacher JoAnn Criblez and physical education teacher Mark Checola collaborated on a team lesson that had the students moving through space and working cooperatively as big, prehistoric creatures. A great time was had by all!

Photography Students Enter Prestigious Competition

Photography Students Enter Prestigious Competition photo

Once again, Mrs. Melissa Johnides’ Advanced Photography class will be entering work in the Photographic Society of America’s Youth Showcase. The students’ images will first be judged by the PSA’s Long Island chapter and will then move on to the next level of the competition, with the chance to be showcased both on the PSA’s website and at its annual national conference. Several Glen Cove students have made it that far in the past few years, so we are excited to see what this year’s competition brings!

Landing Students Learn to Cultivate Kindness

Landing Students Learn to Cultivate Kindness photo
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Students at Landing Elementary took part in an inspirational assembly about kindness, treating others with respect and paying it forward when Mr. Richard Specht Jr., the founder of the ReesSpecht Life Foundation, visited their school.

The Cultivate Kindness school program was created to teach children about how being kind to one another can leave a lasting impact. Its creation stems from tragedy. On Oct. 27, 2012, while preparing for Hurricane Sandy, the Specht family lost their son Rich Edward-Ehmer Specht (Rees) in a backyard pond drowning. Through the kindness of many within the community, especially Kelly Landscaping, which covered the pond, the Spechts’ learned how acts of kindness can help others see the positive during a hard time. The family wanted to do something positive for the community and decided to pay it forward with random acts of kindness. Mr. Specht’s daughters came up with a goal of creating 500 random acts of kindness. After the community’s reaction to the first round of acts of kindness, they were even more inspired to help others and have surpassed that number.

Mr. Specht, a former middle school science teacher, made his message fun and engaging. Students were able to see how kindness can spread and come back to you like a boomerang. He also showed the students a science demonstration on how negative feelings and behavior can affect others. Mr. Specht poured different liquids into glass beakers to form a dark liquid (negative feelings), then turned changed those negative feelings back to clear liquid (positive feelings) by adding another substance. The students were amazed by this science experiment and were inspired to treat others with kindness. Students were encouraged to help others and talk to someone who may be sitting alone.

Mr. Specht also wrote a children’s book, “A Little Rees Specht Cultivates Kindness,” about a boy, Rees, who spreads kindness to other kids just like a seed. With each act of kindness the seed grew and grew to make the world beautiful again. He also wrote a second book about bullying and an animation series to go with the books that will be coming out soon.  

The Landing PTA generously purchased a few books for the teachers to share with their students. Mr. Specht wanted each classroom teacher to have a copy so they could share the story of kindness each year. He planted the first seed of kindness by donating books to each classroom teacher. Before the assembly, teachers read and shared the story with the children. Classroom teachers and students wrote thank-you cards and letters showing their appreciation. 

After the assembly, students helped the custodial staff clean up the chairs and prepare for the APR for lunch. Students were left with a card to help spread Rees’ story and spread kindness within Landing and the Glen Cove community. Thank you to the PTA and the Cultural Arts Committee for bringing such an inspirational guest to Landing to spread an amazing message to all students and staff.  


Local Pottery Artist Visits Ceramics Students

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Ceramics II students at Glen Cove High School were treated to a visit by local pottery artist Patricia Bridges of Bridges Pottery in Port Washington on Feb. 26. 

Ms. Bridges demonstrated wheel throwing techniques and shared some of her beautiful work with the students, some of which was from a collection she was commissioned to create for the 2018 U.S. Open in Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton. 

Pottery has been a lifelong passion for Bridges, and she enjoys coming to high schools because that is where she realized her love for ceramics. Some students were able to work on the wheel as she gave them tips and advice. 

Art teacher Vicki Gordon said she organized the visit to provide students with an authentic experience of meeting someone who has made their passion into their profession. 

“We have so many talented students in the ceramics program, and there are many career paths and options for people who can think abstractly and solve problems creatively, as we do in ceramics,” Ms. Gordon said. 

The students thoroughly enjoyed seeing Ms. Bridges create pieces right before their eyes.

PARP-O-Lympics at Landing

PARP-O-Lympics at Landing photo

Landing School students concluded their participation in the PTA’s Pick A Reading Partner program, which asks a partner to read with a child for at least 20 minutes daily, stressing that reading can be fun as well as informative.

The theme this year was Color Your World With Reading. Students did a wonderful job and were rewarded for collectively reading 40,000 minutes with the school’s first PARP-O-Lympics. Activities included a mummy wrap, a hula-hoop contest, trashketball, over and under, a hula-hoop chain and an adult/teacher knockout competition. 

Play-Doh Enhances Lab Work at Finley

Play-Doh Enhances Lab Work at Finley photo
Seventh-graders in Donald Ingegno’s class at Finley Middle School have been busy conducting labs as part of their classroom learning.  

Mr. Ingegno incorporated Play-Doh into class instruction to reinforce students’ coordination, focus and motor skills. The first of the two labs was during Unit Four: Atoms and Periodic Table. The students built their own atoms and labeled its parts: nucleus, protons, neutrons and electrons. The class also used M&M’s to show the elections in their electron configuration. 

The second lab kicked off Unit Six, where the students were introduced to potential and kinetic energy. The class used an animated roller coaster as their model to help them identify which parts of the roller coaster have potential and kinetic energies. They then drafted a drawing of their own roller coaster, labeling the parts that identified the potential and kinetic energies. Finally students had fun building their own roller coasters out of Play-Doh.

Each lab concludes with a write-up that connects to the scientific method and questions that prompt student engagement suggestions on how they would change the lab.        
Monday, April 22, 2019