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Robert M. Finley Middle School

School Hours: 8:10 a.m. – 2:55 p.m.

Forest Avenue, Glen Cove, NY 11542
(516) 801-7510

Nelson Iocolano, Principal
Lawrence Carroll, Assistant Principal
Thomas Pye, Assistant Principal


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Finley’s Robotics Team Wraps Up a Great Year

Finley’s Robotics Team Wraps Up a Great Year

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


Finley Eighth Graders Are Ready for High School

Finley Eighth Graders Are Ready for High School

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Opportunity for Finley Students

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

First Place Honors for Finley Musicians

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

Silver Rating for Finley Band

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

Wednesday, July 17, 2019