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Finley Students Experiment with Augmented Reality

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Middle school students at Finley had an opportunity to study history, science and mathematics in a unique way when the Google Expeditions Augmented Reality Pioneer Program came to their school on Dec. 4.

The Expeditions program uses Google’s AR technology to map a physical classroom and place 3-D objects. Students can walk all around the objects, get in close to spot details and step back to see the full picture. 

Eighth-grade students in Sheryl Palmer’s science class explored the solar system during the visit. Each student paired with a classmate and watched in awe as they viewed the Earth, sun, and asteroid belt, as well as the inner and outer planets. As the students examined the images, their teacher shared interesting information and fun facts about each entity. 

Middle school students throughout the building participated in a variety of presentations, learning about the circulatory system, the world of ancient Rome, probability and World War I. Second-graders from Deasy School also joined in the fun, exploring the ocean floor with the technology. 

A special thanks to Student Management Systems Administrator Gayle Tullo and Technology Assistant Dulce Jon-Stenger for assisting students with the technology throughout the day.


Nature Exploration at Gribbin

Nature Exploration at Gribbin photo

Gribbin kindergarten and first-grade science buddies in Miss Irene Kamola’s and Mrs. Antoinette Hatzopoulos’ classes have been taking nature walks and exploring fall science.

Miss Kamola recently drove by the biggest and heaviest sunflower she had ever seen. It barely fit in her truck, but she knew she had to take advantage of this unique teaching opportunity. The students learned about the parts and lifecycle of a sunflower and used their math skills and vocabulary to measure themselves. They made a graph of their favorite sunflower seeds to eat – raw, roasted or salted – and read books and learned a poem and a song about sunflowers. Teachers also explained how seeds get around, with students letting their own seeds go in anticipation of new plants sprouting in the spring.  

As students in the Teachers’ Greentree Ecology Workshop this past summer, Miss Kamola and Mrs. Hatzopoulos continue to nurture their own love of science and nature in their students. They are inspired by Anna Comstock, known as “the mother of nature education,” Comstock said, “Nature study cultivates in the child a love of the beautiful. The nature story is never finished. There is not a weed or an insect or a tree so common that the child, by observing carefully, may not see things never yet recorded.”


Photography Students Enjoy PhotoPlus Expo

Photography Students Enjoy PhotoPlus Expo photo

Several Glen Cove High School students experienced “the biggest photography event in North America” when they recently attended the PhotoPlus Expo 2017 in New York City.

Photography teacher Mrs. Melissa Johnides attended the expo in 2016 and was excited to share the experience with select students this year. Students captured photographs of New York City on their walk to the Javits Center, where they received hands-on experience with high-end photography gear, including cameras and lighting equipment. They also watched live instruction on how to achieve the perfect shot by professionals in the business. Before heading home, the students viewed some contemporary artwork at the Sean Kelly Gallery. It was a memorable day for all. 


Finley Students Honored by Board of Education

Finley Students Honored by Board of Education photo
The Board of Education recognized Finley Middle School students Jason Downer, Jr., Ashly Freeman, Colin Gallagher and Samantha Seery at its meeting on Nov. 29.

The students, who were celebrated for their successful participation in the 2017 New York State YMCA Model Youth Legislature for Middle Schools in November, thanked the members of the Board and the district for making their attendance at the event possible. They also explained the mock bill they created for the conference, which focused on legislative reform of solitary confinements in prisons by reducing consecutive time allowed in isolation and by setting clear and concise parameters for consequences leading to solitude. 

“Having the privilege to attend this event and work in the Capitol Building was truly an enriching experience,” Seery said. “The whole experience of meeting attendees from different schools, to being able to stand inside the chambers and present our mock bill was inspiring.”

“To be sitting in those seats and going through the process had to be an amazing experience,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Maria Rianna said. “I’m glad that you were all able to participate. You represented Glen Cove in such an amazing, honorable manner. Thank you for your outstanding performances.”  

Gallagher and Seery were also recognized for receiving individual awards, earning outstanding debater and outstanding delegate, respectively. 

District to Live Stream Varsity Athletic Events

District to Live Stream Varsity Athletic Events photo
The Athletic and Technology departments in conjunction with GCTV are excited to begin live sports streaming for the varsity sport teams. The pilot program will start with the broadcasting of six winter varsity sports games. In the future, the departments hope to broadcast all of the other seasonal sports. This initiative will allow Glen Cove Athletics to showcase its student-athletes, as well as the growing athletic program. Please tune into the first broadcast when the boys varsity basketball team takes on Harborfields High School on Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m. Go Big Red!
Click on the link on the School District homepage at game time, or click on the GCTV LiveStream link to watch the game live. All games will be archived indefinitely on the GCTV LiveStream page

District Hosts Family Code Night

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More than 100 families turned out for the district’s first-ever Family Code Night at Finley Middle School on Nov. 27.

The event, which was organized by district STREAM (science, technology, research, engineering, arts and math) teachers Ken Altamirano, Cheryl Carmody, Jessica McKenna and Giselle Taylor, was presented as part of the Board of Education’s Educational Workshop series. It featured district students leading hands-on coding and robotics activities learned in their STREAM classes to family members and others. In addition to using Bee-bots, Blue-bots and Code-A-Pillars, students and their families had an opportunity to create their own video game using Bloxels, built structures with Keva Planks, and programmed Ozobots using lines, colors and codes. 

Also at the event, the finalists of the STREAM Logo Contest were honored. 

Congratulations to Mia DiFrancisco, Matthew Jackson, Ella Nossa and Mia Rivera. Rivera was named winner of the competition.   

Click here to view the GCTV Friday Morning News segment covering Family Coding Night 

Watch the 11/29/17 Board of Ed Meeting

Click here to watch the live stream

NY Islanders Visit Landing

Students at Landing School were visited by representatives from the New York Islanders on Nov. 23.

The assembly stressed the importance of making smart decisions, eating healthy and staying active, as well as treating others with respect. It also emphasized teamwork and the benefits attained through teamwork. During this interactive assembly, the representatives helped students realize why being committed to making smart decisions is important in school and life. 

The New York Islanders handed out folders and pencils to every student, and also offered two free tickets to any student improving school grades or having a good report card.


LISFA Honors for District Students

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Finley Middle School students Virginia Graziosi (grade 6, violin) and Brooke Tran (grade 7, violin), and Landing student Leila Cullen (grade 5, cello) have been chosen to perform in the Long Island String Festival Association festival in March 2018.  

Brooke will play with the seventh- and eighth-grade orchestra, Virginia will perform with the sixth-grade students, and Leila is set to play with the fifth-grade group. The students were selected to participate in this year’s LISFA Festival based on last year’s NYSSMA scores and a recommendation from their music teacher.  

Each performing group is made up of the finest string players from the schools of Nassau County. The students will attend rehearsals on March 2–3. The sixth-grade concert will take place on Saturday, March 3 at 2 p.m. at Uniondale High School. The fifth-grade and seventh- and eighth-grade concerts will be on Sunday, March 4 at 1 p.m., also at Uniondale High School.

Glen Cove Senior Selected to Perform in All-State Band

Glen Cove Senior Selected to Perform in All-State Band photo
Meghan Smith, a senior clarinetist at Glen Cove High School, was chosen to represent the school in the All-State Symphonic Band at the 2017 NYSSMA Winter Conference. The conference will take place in Rochester, New York, from Nov. 30–Dec. 3. Meghan was chosen based upon her outstanding score at last year’s solo NYSSMA adjudication and will perform with the best high school musicians in New York State.

Gribbin Donates Food to Local Families in Need

Gribbin Donates Food to Local Families in Need photo
Students at Gribbin Elementary School collected nonperishable food items to support local community members this Thanksgiving. The students, their families and staff members donated traditional Thanksgiving meal items, which were transported to St. Rocco’s Church in Glen Cove to assist with its food drive.

Schools within the Glen Cove District joined other local community organizations to collect food for St. Rocco’s. Complete dinners will be distributed to families in Glen Cove prior to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Award of Excellence for Glen Cove Junior

Award of Excellence for Glen Cove Junior photo
Junior Matthew Tran represented Glen Cove High School and the state of New York at the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Boston in June.

Through participation in the congress, Matthew and others had the opportunity to watch a live surgery and to question the surgeon in real time. They were also educated by Nobel Prize winners, and guided and mentored by prominent medical school academic leaders. 

Principal Antonio Santana presented Matthew with an Award of Excellence, which certifies his successful completion of the congress.

Finley Students Attend NYS YMCA Model Youth Legislature

Finley Students Attend NYS YMCA Model Youth Legislature photo

Finley Middle School students Jason Downer, Ashly Freeman, Colin Gallagher and Samantha Seery participated in the 2017 New York State YMCA Model Youth Legislature for Middle Schools on Nov. 16-18.

As part of the program, the middle school students acted as senators and assembly members, debating legislation they had prepared and discussing the issues of the state. The students proposed a mock bill for legislative reform of solitary confinements in prisons by reducing consecutive time allowed in isolation and by setting clear and concise parameters for consequences leading to solitude. The committees ultimately passed the students’ bill. 

The conference was a wonderful learning experience for the students. All students did an excellent job, and two students won individual awards. Congratulations to Samantha for being named outstanding delegate and to Colin for being awarded outstanding debater.  A special thanks to teacher Tracy Roberts for helping students prepare for the conference and for accompanying the students to Albany, along with teacher Adam Cirnigliaro. 




Deasy Students Learn About Voting

Deasy School second-graders had the opportunity to meet City of Glen Cove mayoral candidates, current City of Glen Cove Mayor Reginald Spinello and Councilman Tim Tenke. The students developed questions to ask each candidate and voted the following day based on the knowledge they gained. Students learned about the role of the mayor, along with the democratic voting process.

Academic Accolades for Glen Cove Seniors

Academic Accolades for Glen Cove Seniors photo
Glen Cove High School seniors Andy Delgado, Joshua Filippone and Jared Vengas received academic acknowledgement from the College Board’s National Hispanic Recognition Program.

Each year the NHRP awards this honor to approximately 5,000 of the 250,000 Hispanic and Latino students who take the PSAT in their junior year.
The NHRP identifies academically exceptional Hispanic/Latino students and can be used on college applications. Students are chosen based on their performance on the PSAT, and they are required to have a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Principal Antonio Santana congratulated Andy, Joshua and Jared on this achievement. 

Landing Fourth-Graders Learn to Write Thesis Statements

Landing Fourth-Graders Learn to Write Thesis Statements photo

Landing School fourth-graders in Melissa Harechmak’s class are writing personal essays using Writing Workshop, a new program initiated by the district in partnership with Columbia University’s Teachers College Reading and Writing Project.

According to Ms. Harechmak, each Writing Workshop unit lasts about three to four weeks, and consists of lessons that are 10-15 minutes each. The first lesson in each unit always begins with a teaching point. Currently, her class is learning that writers support their thesis by developing different types of facts to reinforce it.

The students began by brainstorming a thesis statement. Once it was developed and received approval from their teacher, the students were then asked to come up with three mini-stories to support it. Students are working collaboratively to help each other develop ideas and meet with their teacher during conferences to review their progress.   

Ms. Harechmak said the goal of each unit is to engage students to work together to come up with a story that models the teaching point. 

“Through these guided lessons we’re creating a love of writing and building habits for our students as they continue their development as writers,” Ms. Harechmak said.    

After drafting their mini-stories, students will sort and organize their ideas to begin the first draft of their essay. Once the independent writing is complete, Ms. Harechmak will review and edit each student’s writing. Students will then make revisions and will collaborate with their classmates to seek further suggestions.

Veterans Visit Deasy

Veterans Visit Deasy photo

Students at Deasy School enjoyed several visits from veterans in honor of  Veterans Day.

Second-graders in Maura Haff’s and Marci Notice’s classes spent time with Christle Schneider on Nov. 9. Ms. Schneider served in the Navy and discussed the meaning of Veterans Day with students.  

Army veteran and class parent Janine Grech visited first-grade students in Mary Maloney’s class. Ms. Grech shared her Army experiences with the class and shared some special items from her time as a medic in Iraq.

Preschool students in Dayna Connolly’s class also enjoyed a special visitor. Marine Captain Ryan Doland read “Hero Dad” by Melinda Hardin to students. He also shared information about the helicopter he flies, his tenure in the military and explained what men and women in the different military branches do.

Captain Doland has been serving in the Marines for 10 years. During that time, he has lived in several U.S. states and has been deployed to Afghanistan and other countries in Europe. He is a CH-53E helicopter pilot but is currently working at the 1st Marine Corps recruiting district in Garden City. 


Glen Cove High School Hosts Mayoral Debate

Glen Cove High School Hosts Mayoral Debate photo
Glen Cove High School’s senior social studies classes and the Glen Cove Youth Bureau hosted a mayoral debate in the high school auditorium on Nov. 3.

Senior students enrolled in Participation in Government classes researched local concerns and developed questions for the debate, while AP Government and Politics students volunteered their time to run the debate and helped the City Council candidates set up in the gallery for the meet and greet, which took place immediately after the event.  

This debate provided a deeper understanding of campaigns, the election process and local issues for students. Through real-life experiences such as this, students get more invested in learning and have a deeper understanding of their civic duty. The moderator of the event was Will Casale from Mr. Pearsall’s AP Government class. He did a tremendous job in maintaining the decorum of the debate. Several students asked questions during the debate. Students Nikki Franklin and Amanda Ieraci served as timekeepers. All of the students did an impressive job.

Gribbin Hosts Operation Safe Child

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The parents and guardians of Gribbin School students will receive special identification cards with pertinent information about their children, thanks to Operation Safe Child and the Glen Cove Police Department.

The program, which is held at the school annually, collects vital information on students and incorporates it on an ID card to aid parents and law enforcement officials in the event of an emergency. Students had their photographs, fingerprints, height and weight taken by members of the police department. That information, along with the child’s hair color, date of birth and gender, will be stored in a database in Albany that can be accessed within minutes all over the country.

Glen Cove Senior John Dong Named a Commended Student

Glen Cove Senior John Dong Named a Commended Student photo
Glen Cove High School senior John Dong was named a Commended Student in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program.

John was among the 34,000 Commended Students across the nation recognized for his exceptional academic promise. He placed among the top scorers of the more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2018 competition by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. John was presented with a Letter of Commendation by Principal Antonio Santana.

Teachers Enjoy Professional Development on Makerspace

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Gribbin and Deasy school staff participated in a “Maker 101 for Educators” with David Wells of New York Hall of Science as part of their Superintendent’s Conference Day on Nov. 7. Mr. Wells introduced the idea of having a makerspace and its many benefits to students.

The teachers used linkages, made from cardboard pieces and fasteners, to create various moveable animals and people. Their imaginations were piqued by this open-ended project, which incorporated trial and error and lent itself to inherent iteration. The concept of iteration, in which a final product is tweaked until its realization, is not only naturally occurring while making things, but also in all subject matters.  

The maker mindset allows for choice and success for students, all of whom have different approaches to learning. A child can come in with a specific skillset and contribute their background knowledge and build upon it. 

Given this time to collaborate and talk with colleagues was well received. One teacher shared, “I liked having fun with my friends.”  Not only was this a fun, engaging experience, but understanding the importance of allotting time for this magic to happen in the classroom is an integral part of learning.  

Click here to view a slideshow of photos from the event

Deasy Students Create Cards for Veterans

Deasy Students Create Cards for Veterans photo
Deasy second-graders in Mrs. Maura Haff’s class and Mrs. Marci Notice’s class handcrafted cards for veterans to thank them for their service. The cards were delivered to the American Legion in Glen Head.

Finley Seventh-Graders Visit Mystic Seaport

Finley Seventh-Graders Visit Mystic Seaport photo

Finley Middle School seventh-grade teams Durham and McGahan went to Mystic Seaport in Mystic, Connecticut, on Nov. 9. Students walked around the 19th-century reconstructed village learning about life in early America. There they boarded whaling ships and visited shops, like the cooperage, blacksmith and printer’s office, to examine artifacts. They were even able to “attend class” in a one-room schoolhouse and saw firsthand how classes were conducted back in the 1800s.

Red Ribbon Art Contest

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Deasy School students participated in an art contest as part of its Red Ribbon Week activities. Congratulations to the following students:

Banessa Jimenez Santos (first place)
Sophia Penafiel (second place)
Sophia Yanes Villatoro (third place)

First Grade
Helen Manzanares (first place)
Angelina La Capria (second place)
Kaitlyn Grech (third place)

Second Grade
Nicole Padilla (first place)
Carlos Rios Flores (second place)
Aly Aguilar (third place)


How Many Seeds Are in a Pumpkin? Ask Deasy Second-Graders

How Many Seeds Are in a Pumpkin? Ask Deasy Second-Graders photo

Deasy School second-grade students in Michael Battaglia’s class recently conducted a pumpkin seed-guessing contest.

The lesson began with students creating a script for the contest that asked, “How many seeds do you think are in a pumpkin?” Students practiced the script and then recorded it using an iPhone. They then used the editing program iMovie to edit and publish their final movie. After uploading it to YouTube and the class website,, they sent emails out to parents, members of the administration and teachers asking them to vote on how many seeds they thought were in the pumpkin. After about a week or so of guessing, the class opened up the pumpkin and sorted the seeds into groups of 10. They then grouped ten 10s together to make 100. Once they determined how many seeds were in fact inside the pumpkin, they created a page on their class website explaining the process of how to conduct a pumpkin seed-guessing contest and announced the winners. Here’s the link:


Gribbin Second-Graders Pay Tribute to Veterans

Gribbin Second-Graders Pay Tribute to Veterans photo

Gribbin second-graders in Mrs. Coleen Brunhuber’s class wrote thank-you letters to veterans in honor of Veterans Day. The students put their letters in a book, which will be distributed to local veterans who live in Glen Cove. They also put a book of letters together for Sergeant Anthony Lucic, a friend of Mrs. Brunhuber. Sgt. Lucic served two tours in Iraq. In addition to writing letters, students brought home stars to recognize any family members who are veterans.

Connolly Students Learn About the Democratic Process

Connolly Students Learn About the Democratic Process photo

Connolly students had an opportunity to vote when they took part in the school’s student council election, prior to Election Day.

Class representatives vying for the positions of president, vice president, treasurer, archivist and secretary delivered exuberant speeches to the student body. Each candidate explained why they would be the best choice to represent their school and discussed how they would make Connolly a better place. 

Glen Cove Mayor Reginald Spinello and mayoral candidate Councilman Tim Tenke, along with Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Technology Dr. Michael Israel and Principal Julie Mullan were on hand for the assembly. 

Mrs. Mullan commended the candidates on their prepared speeches and the posters they created. She also explained to the student-audience how difficult it is to stand before a large group and speak, and encouraged them to vote for the right candidate.

“It is your job to listen to them on the issues and take notes,” Mullen advised. “This is not a popularity contest. I do not want you to vote for your friends; I want to you to vote for the best candidate.”

Congratulations to the following students:

President: Isabel Basil
Vice Presidents: Jayden Bernard and Colson Martone
Treasurer: Michael Renga
Archivist: Caroline DaSilva
Secretary: Alyssa Weingard


Students Participate in Red Ribbon Week

Students Participate in Red Ribbon Week photo

Throughout the district, students took part in a variety of activities in recognition of Red Ribbon Week. Red Ribbon Week is an alcohol, tobacco, and other drug and violence prevention awareness campaign that takes place annually in October.

Professional Development Sparks Excitement for Educators

Professional Development Sparks Excitement for Educators photo
On Superintendent’s Conference Day, a number of Glen Cove secondary science teachers attended a day of professional development through Nassau BOCES at Caumsett State Park.  

Teachers learned about geocaching, a method of using a GPS to track down a cache, a container with small items. During the exercise, the cache was a geological formation and the activity was EarthCaching. Teachers used a GPS to locate a glacial erratic, a large rock that was once carried and deposited by glacial ice that is different from other types of rocks found in the area. While the activity was directly applicable to earth science teachers, the experience also proved valuable for life science teachers, who in addition to teaching life science teach living environment and marine biology. 

The instructor, whose expertise is in marine biology, presented an in-depth look at the life cycle of the horseshoe crab. This species, native to Long Island, dates back 450 million years and has survived five mass extinctions. The horseshoe crabs’ bluish blood is harvested by pharmaceutical companies because of its incredible antibacterial properties, which has numerous applications in the field of medicine. 

Unfortunately, harvesting, along with other factors, has meant that their numbers are on the decline. The lessons learned by teachers during this day of professional development have already translated into passionate conversations in the science department as teachers make connections to their curriculum, and even begin planning ways to explore our local surroundings to share what they learned with their students.

Dedication Honors Former Superintendent

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The Board of Education, administration, Glen Cove Mayor Reginald Spinello and community members gathered to honor former district superintendent and educator Florence Andresen during a dedication on Nov. 5 at Glen Cove High School.

As part of the celebration, Campus Drive, the roadway that runs in front of the high school, was renamed “Florence Andresen Way.” Ms. Andresen taught English at Glen Cove High School for seven years, before advancing up the administrative ladder. After serving in a series of leadership roles, including dean and principal of Glen Cove High School, she was named superintendent of the district. Ms. Andresen’s appointment as superintendent in 1986 made her one of the first female superintendents of a K-12 district in New York State.

Board of Education President Amy Franklin welcomed those in attendance and discussed the Board’s motivation for honoring the former district educator.  

“Ms. Andresen is an inspiration to us all,” Franklin said. “She is an amazing role model for young women and an educational trailblazer. As one of the first female superintendents in New York, she paved the way for others to follow. During her 34-year career in our district she had a positive impact on an entire generation of Glen Covers.”

Ms. Andresen is a graduate of Skidmore College and was the lone female student in Hofstra University’s graduate program in school administration in 1959. 

Respected by students, parents, teachers and her fellow administrators, Ms. Andresen received numerous awards throughout her career, including the 1987 Nassau County Woman of the Year, the Charles F. Kettering Foundation Distinguished Educator Award (1981, 1984 and 1985), Newsday’s Distinguished Educator Award in 1989 and the 1991 Long Island University’s Distinguished Educator of the Year award, which recognized her 10 years there as an adjunct professor of educational administration and leadership. With all of these accolades, her friends and former students all agree that her most treasured honor was being voted “Most Popular Teacher” by high school seniors year in and year out.

Landing Raises Money for the American Red Cross

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Landing School K-Kids and members of the Student Council raised more than $500 for the American Red Cross hurricane relief effort. The K-Kids held a pen and pencil sale, while the Student Council held a bake sale. Congratulations to the students on a job well done.

Collaborative Lesson for Gribbin Students

Collaborative Lesson for Gribbin Students photo

Gribbin first-graders in Vanessa Broglia's class and second-graders in Coleen Brunhuber's class recently worked together on a cooperative project.

Using the school’s vocabulary board, the classes selected the word symbol, a term that correlates with the social studies curriculum. The teachers differentiated the lesson by breaking the two classes into three groups. One team was worked on cutting and gluing U.S. symbols, while the second drew symbols that represented themselves. The third group used an iPad to research different U.S. symbols and wrote about them. The students had a great time learning together!

Finley NJHS Creates Halloween Fun for Deasy Students

Finley National Junior Honor Society students and their adviser, Ms. Brenda Weck, hosted Deasy students for their annual Halloween visit to the middle school. Principal Nelson Iocolano expressed his gratitude to art teachers Ms. Michele McLoughlin and Ms. Korey Zalk, who helped the youngsters make Venetian masks, and Mr. Christopher Lippe and Mr. Jason Flashner, who led them in singing Halloween-related songs.

Connolly Walk Raises Awareness

Connolly Walk Raises Awareness photo

Members of the Connolly Student Council organized the school’s eighth annual Breast Cancer Awareness walkathon in October.

Dressed in pink for the event, students and faculty walked around the school building perimeter with colorful banners and signs they created to raise awareness. 

Through pledges, the students collected more than $800 that will be donated to Glen Cove C.A.R.E.S., a not-for-profit agency that provides assistance to residents of the community and neighboring areas coping with the crisis of cancer.

Deasy Students Explore Science and Share Their Findings

Deasy Students Explore Science and Share Their Findings photo

October has been a month filled with exploration and discovery for Deasy first-graders. The students enjoyed their first unit of study in science, studying plant and animal superpowers and the ways living things adapt to the world.

To start their inquiry, the students explored what it means to be a scientist through investigating leaves to learn what types of trees grow at Deasy School. Students collected data (leaves), compared and contrasted (sorted) them, and drew conclusions to figure out that there are oak, maple and beech trees growing on the Deasy playground.  

They then began to explore the human body and the function of the skeletal system. Students learned how different systems, such as the skeletal system, have specific and important functions that help humans survive. They listened to informational texts, took a close look at different models and were able to replicate and create their own model of the human skeleton. Students were then able to share their research with their classmates and parents at a Halloween party.


Finley Names Bullying Poster Contest Winners

Finley Names Bullying Poster Contest Winners photo
As part of National Bullying Prevention week, Finley students created anti-bullying posters with positive messages that bullying will not be tolerated during their health classes. Congratulations to the following winning students: Anastasia Edwards, Emily Heman, Angie Mendoza and Zulma Orellana.

Connolly Student Council Beautifies Their School

Connolly Student Council Beautifies Their School photo
Members of Connolly School’s Student Council recently planted pink tulip bulbs and mums in the flowerbeds in front of their school. The Glen Cove Beautification Committee donated the flowers.

Glen Cove Teachers Present at Technology Summit

Glen Cove Teachers Present at Technology Summit photo

District STREAM teachers Jessica McKenna and Giselle Taylor presented at the Long Island Technology & Education Summit at the Huntington Hilton on Oct. 26.

The pair’s workshop, “Choo, Choo! All Aboard the Research and STEAM Train!” was delivered to district and building administrators and elementary teachers. It focused on how to engage and motivate primary-grade students during research and showcase their creations. It also demonstrated that the use of online databases, digital storytelling apps and other innovative tools help to pique students’ curiosity and propels them into research. 

Gribbin Students Enjoy Annual Fall Festival

Gribbin Students Enjoy Annual Fall Festival photo

The students at Gribbin School celebrated the season at the school’s annual fall festival on Oct. 27. The students participated in a variety of fall-themed fitness games and races with the help of student-athletes from New York Institute of Technology. The Gribbin School PTA also created a pumpkin patch, where each student was able to pick his or her own pumpkin to bring home. Finally, the students were treated to the show “The Energized Guyz,” which focused on various ways to conserve and use energy efficiently. Principal Francine Santoro extended her gratitude to the Gribbin PTA and NYIT for creating such a special day for students.

Glen Cove Inducts Students into Math Honor Society

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Glen Cove High School inducted 19 members into Mu Alpha Theta, the National High School and Two-Year College Mathematics Honor Society, on Oct. 17. Each of these students met the requirements for admission by displaying excellence in high school mathematics and overall academic achievement. In service to their community, each of these students offer at least one half-hour of peer tutoring each week. For more information on the GCHS chapter of Mu Alpha Theta, please contact Cassie Shannon at

Halloween Parade Fun

Halloween Parade Fun photo

It was a festive Halloween around the district. Glen Cove elementary students showed off their costumes during parades. Their respective building principals also took part, wowing students with their fun and impressive costumes!

Kopecky Named NY Jets High School Coach of the Week

Kopecky Named NY Jets High School Coach of the Week photo
The New York Jets has selected Glen Cove High School coach Peter Kopecky as the recipient of the New York Jets High School Coach of the Week award fueled by Gatorade. Through Gatorade’s partnership, the monetary award to benefit the school’s football program has doubled to $2,000.

Coach Kopecky will receive a Gatorade kit containing a cooler, fuel bars, Gatorade powder mix, squeeze bottles and much more. Along with this award, Glen Cove High School receives an automatic bid to compete in the 2018 New York Jets 7on7 Tournament. In addition, he is invited to watch the New York Jets play the Los Angeles Chargers on Dec. 24 from a luxury suite at MetLife Stadium, where he will be presented with a certificate and an award ball.

To read more about coach Kopecky’s honor, click on the following link:

Finley Students Stand Up to Bullying on Unity Day

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Finley Middle School celebrated Unity Day on Oct. 25, with a message of being united against bullying.

Students and staff displayed a spirit of being united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion. They also dressed in orange to send a message of support, hope and unity against bullying. Throughout the week, students created posters of support with positive messages that bullying will not be tolerated. They also created a visual unity statement by writing anti-bullying statements on orange strips of paper. Those paper links were then connected to create one long chain, which represented unity against bullying. Students received bookmarks that read, “Be a Champion Against Bullying.” They also signed a petition to not bully. 

Glen Cove Faculty Members Attend Literacy Conference

Glen Cove Faulty Attends Literacy Conference

English Language Arts coordinator Andrew DiNapoli and reading teachers Stefani Anisimov (Gribbin/Deasy), Diane Bruschini (Deasy), Melanie Odone (Gribbin), Amy O’Regan (Gribbin) and Danielle Pedretti (Connolly) attended the annual Literacy for All Conference at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, Rhode Island, from Oct. 22-24.

The Northeast conference offered participants more than 100 workshops in the areas of vocabulary instruction, phonics/word study, assessment, genre study, best practice for teaching English language learners and more, for a variety of grade levels. The conference provides educators with the tools needed to assist their diverse learners and maximize their literacy success.

Important Message

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Important Note: Please be aware that neither the district nor any of its parent groups will ever solicit for funds or donations via phone. If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from one of these groups, do NOT make a donation over the phone. We urge you to contact the local precinct with any information you have about the call/caller. The number for the Glen Cove City Police is 516-676–1000 We urge anyone who wants to make a donation to do so directly with a known representative from that group.

A Cellebration at Connolly

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Fifth-grade students at Connolly School displayed the 3-D plant and animal cells they created out of fruit, cake mixes, Styrofoam and a variety of other materials when the school held a Cellebration on Oct. 23.

The culminating event marked the conclusion of the students’ study of plant and animal cells. As part of their studies, students learned how animal and plant cells are alike and different. They also learned about the structures and their functions.  According to fifth-grade teacher Maureen Hellman, the students built the projects at home using a checklist of items to include. 

“This activity was beneficial to the students because it created a better understanding of what they were learning. It also fostered a love of science,” Hellman said.      


Glen Cove Says Goodbye to Beloved Teacher

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Julie Esposito, an ENL teacher at Deasy Elementary School for 12 years, passed away on Oct. 12 after surgical complications of pancreatic cancer. Julie was the beloved wife of Paul Esposito and the loving mother of Sonia and James. She was the sister of Jacqueline Morra, also a teacher in the Glen Cove Schools. Her parents Joseph and JoAnn Giardina survive her.

Julie was always actively involved in the district by being part of the Deasy Sunshine Fund, International Night, PARP and Safety Committee. She loved her ENL students like her own children and supported them and their families. Julie’s smile and optimism were felt by everyone who knew her. She will be sorely missed by her Deasy friends and colleagues in Glen Cove, whom she considered family. Julie’s family would like to thank everyone from Glen Cove Schools for their support during this difficult time. The outpouring of love is a testament to Julie’s love of life and teaching.

Julie’s family is creating a scholarship to celebrate her life. The yearly fund will send an ENL student to YMCA summer camp. For more details about the scholarship, please contact Coleen Grove at or Steve Bromberg

Medical Career Day at Glen Cove High School

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Glen Cove High School students learned about various medical careers and attended lectures provided by health professionals when the school hosted Medical Career Day in conjunction with Glen Cove Hospital on Oct. 20.

During the all-day event, students had an opportunity to visit a health fair in the school’s gymnasium. It featured a multitude of exhibits focused on health-related fields, including emergency medical services, emergency room nursing, environmental services, patient services, dermatology and many more. Students could hear lectures, such as “How Do You See Yourself?” (self and body image), “Nonclinical Health-care Careers,” “From Immigrant to Cardiac Surgeon,” “Drug Awareness and Prevention” and “Nutrition.”    

“We collaborated with Northwell in an attempt to expose students to the many facets of the health-care system,” said Principal Antonio Santana. “We specifically wanted to show students that there are multiple employment opportunities that range from doctors and nurses, to computers and security and finance. In other words, within the health-care industry there is a niche for everyone. In addition, we prepared a series of lectures on various topics we thought would be of interest to the students.”


Gribbin Kindergartners Embrace New Literacy Program

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Kindergarten students at Gribbin School are learning to write and form letters in a fun and interesting way, thanks to Wilson’s early literacy phonics program Fundations.

The Fundations program, which was implemented by the district for kindergartners this September, employs a research-based approach and extensive program materials to assist teachers in presenting a carefully structured literacy curriculum using multisensory techniques.

During a recent class lesson, teacher Sable Battaglia reviewed the letters “g,” “a,” “i” and others. Using baby Echo, an owl puppet that helps reinforce key concepts for students, she said each letter, reviewed the sound it makes when pronounced and identified a word that began with the letter. Students then were asked to echo what they heard. After reviewing the letters and sounds, the class was asked to skywrite each letter. Each student raised an arm, closed one eye and made the shape of each letter with an outstretched finger. Battaglia also reviewed sky line, plane line, grass line and worm line — guidelines used to help students write letters. The children then returned to their seats and continued the lesson by tracing the letters in their workbooks.

“I really like the systematic nature of this program,” Battaglia said. “It’s very structured and routine, which is essential for students at this age. They are also making a strong connection between the letters and sounds, thanks to the integration of the visual aids.”  


Deasy Hosts Parent University

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Deasy School hosted a Parent University on Monday, Oct. 16. While parents attended workshops, students, who dressed in their pajamas, watched a movie with their friends. The parents left the workshops with additional tools to assist their children when reading together, ways to help sharpen their math skills and a solid knowledge base for using databases utilized at school and at home.  

The workshops offered included Read With Your Child, given by ELA Coordinator Andrew DiNapoli, Help Your Child at Home With Math, given by Math AIS teacher Heather Sutz and Learn the Databases Students Use at School by STREAM teachers Jessica McKenna and Giselle Taylor.

Finley NJHS Raises Money for American Cancer Society

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Finley Middle School’s National Junior Honor Society participated in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk at Jones Beach on Oct. 15. The students enjoyed completing the 5-mile walk on the boardwalk. They are also fundraising for the American Cancer Society through bake sales, bracelet sales and collections held at Stop & Shop in Glen Cove.

Landing Senior Volunteer Program Gets Underway

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Landing Elementary School students enjoyed breakfast and reading with adults from Glen Cove Senior Center when the school’s Senior Volunteer Program kicked off on Oct. 16.

The program, which has been in place for more than 10 years, gathers students with senior citizens for approximately 45 minutes weekly. The participants get to know one another, while reading and completing word searches and crossword puzzles. Fourth-grade teachers Maria DePace and Susan Fiumara coordinate the program and said it offers students a nice opportunity to interact with elderly members of the community.

Accolades for Finley School Psychologist

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The National Association of School Psychologists and its Graduate Education Committee selected Finley Middle School Psychologist Cortney Farrell as a “Model School Psychology Intern Field Supervisor.” 

Ms. Farrell was selected based on a nomination by a NASP-approved graduate program, an evaluation based on NASP’s Best Practice Guidelines for School Psychology Intern Field Supervision and Mentoring completed by two interns she has supervised in the past five years, and a letter of support from a colleague or supervisor in the school district.   

Principal Nelson Iocolano and the entire administration congratulate Ms. Farrell on this achievement. 

Glen Cove HS Art Students Visit Coles House

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Two Glen Cove High School art classes enjoyed a visit to the historic Coles House on Oct. 13.

The student-artists viewed indoor street art creations made by numerous well-known artists, including work by Glen Cove High School art teachers and students that transformed the interiors into a lively and compelling art museum.

The one period field trip across town was organized by art teachers Stephen Lombardo and Vicki Gordon on the invitation of Glen Cove's local business owner Joe LaPadula. Students toured the many rooms inside the three-floor space and had an opportunity to not only view art and installations, but also listened as Mr. LaPadula explained the critical difference between art inside a sanctioned space and defacing public property.

Of the 40 students attending, all seemed happy about this fun and interesting space existing in their own town.

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

Landing Physical Education Teacher Receives AHA Honors

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The American Heart Association honored physical education teacher Karen Serani for her participation in the Jump Rope for Heart program. 

Over the past 20 years, Ms. Serani and the students of Landing Elementary School have raised $100,000 for The American Heart Association by participating in Jump Rope for Heart. 

“Ms. Serani’s commitment to the program is something to celebrate,” AHA representative Larry Pyser said. “Her effort and support has been greatly appreciated. Over the past 20 years, she has taught her students valuable lessons about being heart-healthy and we thank her for her outstanding work.”

Video: School Messenger Parent Preferences

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In support of our ongoing effort to keep updated information on file for each student, the Glen Cove School District kindly requests that you review your most up-to-date automated calling contact information.  Currently, there can be up to eight phone numbers in our system for your child.  Please review the information and make changes to existing numbers where necessary.  Please be aware that you can change these preferences at any time by downloading the SchoolMessenger App on your mobile device, or the SchoolMessenger website at

New Assistant Principal at Glen Cove High School

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The district is pleased to announce Katie Prudente as the new assistant principal at Glen Cove High School. 

Ms. Prudente, a Huntington Station resident, comes to Glen Cove from Valley Stream Central High School. Ms. Prudente most recently served as the dean of discipline in the Valley Stream Central High School District’s Summer School program. She was also an administrative intern at Valley Stream Central High School from 2014-2017. Her administrative responsibilities included developing a districtwide curriculum assessment plan for science education and designing and implementing a STEM curriculum plan for grades K-6 for Valley Stream District 30. She also taught science at the district for nine years. Prior to Valley Stream, Ms. Prudente spent two years teaching at George J. Ryan Middle School in Fresh Meadows.

Ms. Prudente has a Master of Science in earth science/adolescence education and a Bachelor of Arts in earth science. In addition, she holds certifications as a school building leader and a school district leader from Stony Brook University.     

“I am very honored to be joining the Glen Cove community and look forward to building relationships with students and staff, parents and community members,” Ms. Prudente said. “I am dedicated to promoting a positive learning environment for all students and am excited to collaborate with all stakeholders to ensure student achievement and growth.”

Monday, December 11, 2017