SEPTA Claynation Holiday Painting - December 5th


SEPTA Movie Night - December 18th - Star Wars


Landing Students Learn Lacrosse

Glen Cove High School athletes and Landing School physical education teacher Karen Serani taught third-grade students in Joanne Flower’s class the basics of lacrosse during a recent physical education class.
During the visit, high school student-athletes Michelle Melfi, Sean Morrisey and Lindsey Payton offered tips on how to hold a lacrosse stick and how to cradle the ball. They also spoke to students about peer pressure, emphasized the importance of taking part in extracurricular activities, and reminded them to always look out for their own best interests.

In addition to promoting the sport of lacrosse, the high school athletes encouraged the elementary students to participate in the Glen Cove Jr.

Lacrosse Club’s free clinic, which will take place at Finley Middle School on Wednesdays, Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23 and Jan. 6, for boys grades K-6; and on Fridays, Dec. 4, 11, 18 and Jan. 8, for girls grades K-8. All clinics will be held from 6:30-8 p.m.

Community Gathers for International Night

Glen Cove High School students and their families joined members of the community at the school’s second International Night on Nov. 18.

The multicultural evening, which was highlighted by an outstanding performance from the Glen Cove High School Select Chorale, gave families an opportunity to meet with members of local community agencies, including the Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club and SAFE Inc., who shared information about their respective organizations. The group also enjoyed traditional ethnic food donated by local businesses, which included Andros Grill, Forest Pizza, Glen Cove Diner, La Famiglia and Wild Fig Mediterranean Grill & Pideria. Students’ families also prepared and donated food for the multicultural occasion. While those in attendance feasted on many delicious dishes, they also enjoyed watching dance performances by members of the high school’s Dance Club.

Foreign Language and ESL Coordinator Monica Chavez organized International Night as a way to reach out to Glen Cove families who speak English as their second language.

Landing Students Break School’s P.A.C.E.R. Record

Landing Elementary School students are constantly working to improve their fitness levels during physical education classes. This October, three fifth-grade students were able to break Landing’s indoor cardiovascular P.A.C.E.R. fitness test record.
Congratulations to Edith Vanegas of Denise Pawlowski's class, who achieved a 62 on the P.A.C.E.R. test, and her classmate Danielle Ginez, who a moment later broke Edith's record with a score of 63. Valerie Acosta of Stefanie Liptzin's class ultimately shattered Danielle's record with a score a 69.

Sofia Kern set the original P.A.C.E.R. record of 59 laps in 2015. Physical education teacher Karen Serani congratulated all of the Landing students who try their hardest to achieve their best.


Class of 2016’s Top Students Celebrated

The top 10 students from Glen Cove High School’s Class of 2016 were recognized for their outstanding achievements by school administrators and the Board of Education during the Board’s Nov. 16 meeting at Landing Elementary School.
Glen Cove High School Principal Antonio Santana commended the students, describing them as “a great source of pride for the school and community.” Superintendent of Schools Maria Rianna echoed Santana’s comments, adding that the group of students honored were really nice kids.
Congratulations to the following students, who are ranked in order: valedictorian Maria Krisch, salutatorian Michelle Melfi, honorarian Justin Sobelman, Alexandra Casale, Catherine Hatala, Victoria Tripp, Grace Blinkoff, Dani Dratch, Tea Grzanov and Duncan Yates.
 In addition to honoring the Class of 2016’s top students, the Board viewed mystery book report projects created by Landing School fifth-graders. Landing teacher Denise Reynolds was joined by students Colette Brunelle and William Romeo, who presented their projects.

Finley Recognizes October Students of the Month

Finley Middle School is pleased to announce its October Students of the Month. These deserving students were selected by their team leading teachers for a multitude of reasons, including academics and good citizenship. Congratulations to the following students:

Soraya Bahrami
Colleen Coelho
Joshua Collins
Steven Garcia
Inara Jamil
Evelyn Sullivan
Yunior Velasquez

GCHS Holiday Feast - December 4th - 6 pm


Landing Students Show Support for Varsity Football Team

Landing Elementary School students were eager to support the Glen Cove High School football team for their efforts this year. The faculty, staff and students at Landing acknowledge the team’s continued success and hard work, both on and off the field.

Landing students created messages, cards and posters for the team. The cards and posters were sent to varsity football coach Pete Kopecky to share with his staff and team.
Everyone at Landing is prepared to cheer for Glen Cove at Hofstra University on Nov. 21 when they take the field against Plainedge High School. Go Knights!

Connolly’s K-Kids Take Part in Kiwanis Dinner

The Connolly School K-Kids participated in the 2015 Kiwanis Family Dinner sponsored by the Long Island North Division of Kiwanis. 

At the meeting, all of the student Kiwanis groups in the area gave reports about their club's activities. Representing Connolly School K-Kids and speaking at the meeting were K-Kids President Destiny Foy and Vice President Michael Markoulis. The students also rang the bell to begin the meeting, along with District Lieutenant Governor Jeanne Egan.

The North Shore Kiwanis Club sponsors the Connolly K-Kids. The club’s advisers are teachers Nancy Cox and Sandra Vigliotti.

Diversity Day at Finley

Finley School eighth-graders enjoyed multicultural cuisine when they took part in the school’s annual Diversity Day celebration, which served as a culminating activity to their study of immigration.
As part of their study of immigration from 1890-1920, students in American History were tasked with creating a project on a fictional immigrant based on historical facts. They had to identify the country from which their study had emigrated and the reasons for his or her emigration. They also had to describe what the immigrant’s journey to America was like and his or her experience upon arrival. Students in the American History honors classes were also asked to compare and contrast immigration at the turn of the 20th century with that of the present day. The students impressed their teachers with their projects, which included posters, letters and creative artwork.
Social studies teachers Meredith Murolo and Danielle Treder said the assignment showed students how they are connected to history.
“We have a very diverse school, and it’s important for the students to understand that we were all immigrants,” Treder said. “We have all had struggles, but it’s possible to make a wonderful life in America.”  
Murolo and Treder also expressed their gratitude to the eighth-grade team teachers who led various classroom activities that reinforced the immigration study and those who helped set up for the celebration.       

Big Red Heads to County Championship

Glen Cove High School’s varsity football team shut out Bethpage High School 21-0 to advance to the county championship.

Glen Cove will take the field against Plainedge High School on Nov. 21 at 12:30 p.m. at Hofstra University. Admission is $6. Go Big Red!


Dwyer Signs National Letter of Intent

Glen Cove High School senior Lindsay Dwyer has signed a National Letter of Intent for a full scholarship to the University of Illinois, a Big 10 Division I NCAA college. Dwyer is a six-consecutive-year national qualifier in gymnastics.

Dwyer, who finished first on bars (9.525) at the New York State championship meet in Rochester in March and won the all-around (37.70) at the USA Gymnastics Region VI championship meet in Springfield, Massachusetts in April, has a 96.86 GPA and achieved high honor roll status every semester during her high school career. Her class schedule is comprised of honors and Advanced Placement classes, and she is a member of the National Honor Society. In addition, she has volunteered for a variety of organizations, including the K.I.D.S. Plus sports program for children with disabilities, the Big Sister/Little Sister program at Gold Medal Gymnastics Center, and multiple American Cancer Society Relay for Life events.
“I’m so happy and excited,” Dwyer said. “I’m looking forward to the atmosphere of a different place.”
Dwyer’s mother, Leslie, said her daughter picked the University of Illinois because she wanted a good school.
“She wanted to go somewhere that had a great gymnastics program and a great academic program,” Ms. Dwyer said. “The academics were equally if not more important than the gymnastics.”
“[Dwyer] is an unbelievable gymnast and at the top of her class,” said guidance counselor Christine Mulhall. “She’s so humble and has taken some of the hardest classes offered at Glen Cove. Even with all of her traveling, she still managed to keep up with her coursework and be a good friend.”       

Connolly’s Student Council Collects Candy for Troops

Members of Connolly’s student council collected leftover Halloween candy, sorted it and sent it to the Friends of the Library at the Glen Cove Public Library for distribution to military personnel serving overseas. The children gave up three of their recess periods to work on this community service project, and even turned it into a math challenge by weighing the heavier bags of candy.

Gribbin Students Learn About Character

Members of Gribbin’s after-school Character Club performed a short skit about generosity for schoolmates during their first schoolwide assembly.
In addition to watching the Character Club presentation, many students received a Kindness Kritter Award from second-grade teacher and Character Club adviser Coleen Brunhuber. The award was given to students who earned a leaf in October for showing kindness and respect to others. The leaves were added to the school’s Big Tree Bulletin Board.

This is the third year Brunhuber is running the after-school Character Club for second-grade students.

Lions Peace Poster Contest at Finley

Finley Middle School students took part in the Glen Cove Lions Club International Peace Poster Contest. This year’s theme was “Share Peace.”
Congratulations to Finley’s winner, eighth-grade student Rosa Zavala. Her poster was forwarded for judging in the Lions Club’s regional level of competition. Principal Nelson Iocolano extends his congratulations to Rosa and all of the finalists in the competition, including sixth-graders Jacob Bruce, Colleen Coelho and Grace Risco; seventh-graders Astrid Andrade, Monica Juarez-Barnes and Jennifer LaRocca; and eighth-graders Douaa Ahmed and Jorge Rios.

Glen Cove Freshman Named Math Scholar

Glen Cove High School freshman Matthew Tran was named a Long Island Young Scholar of Mathematics by the Institute of Creative Problem Solving for Gifted and Talented Students at SUNY College at Old Westbury, and was accepted to pursue mathematics and mathematical science applications at the institute.

Tran is one of 84 students who competed against approximately 600 of the top-ranking students nominated from school districts on Long Island. Selection by the institution implies Tran is among the top one-tenth of 1 percent in math of all students in his grade. Acceptances were based on five criteria: nomination, school transcript, teacher recommendation, a brief statement written by the student and a rigorous entrance exam.  

Each student is expected to spend 60 hours in class over the course of 20 Saturday mornings and on related topics. The curriculum covers mathematical topics in algebra, geometry, discrete math and number theory. Topics not included in the standard course of study, such as problem-solving applied to probability, drawings of ocean bottom profiles, the theory of finite differences, topics in science and mass point geometry, will also be presented.

Select Chorale’s Fundraising Efforts Continue


Members of the Glen Cove High School Select Chorale are looking forward to performing for Pope Francis at the Vatican in January 2016 and continue to raise money for the trip, thanks to the generosity of the community.

To date, the group has raised $36,198 and wishes to express their gratitude to each member of the community who has contributed. They would also like to thank the local businesses and officials who have donated and/or hosted fundraisers on their behalf, including the American Legion Post 76, Friends of Reggie Spinello, the Glen Cove Chamber of Commerce, the Glen Cove Democratic Committee, the Glen Cove Fire Department, the Glen Cove Senior Center, the James Norton Columbiettes, the James Norton #1828 Knights of Columbus, JGT Construction, the Kiwanis Club of Glen Cove, Long Island Community Newspapers-Anton Community Newspapers, New York Community Bank, North Shore-LIJ Health Systems, Sea Cliff Mini Mart, Stango’s at the Orchard, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and the Women’s Club of Glen Cove. In addition to their support to date, Stango’s at the Orchard plans to donate funds from each of its Tuesday night buffets through December to the group. The Select Chorale is also holding a Dinner and Concert fundraiser at Glen Cove High School on Nov. 20 at 6 p.m.

If you wish to help the GCHS Select Chorale achieve their dream of singing for the pope at the Vatican, please donate via the the following link:
or write a check payable to "Glen Cove Music Department" with the memo
"Donation for Vatican Trip" and mail to:
Glen Cove High School
Attention:  Suzanne Rant
150 Dosoris Lane
Glen Cove, NY 11542

Jensen Receives Milken Educator Award


When Lauren Jensen’s honors classes had T-shirts created that said, “I survived Ms. Jensen’s class,” it was both tongue-in-cheek and a source of pride. Her students leave her classroom ready for college. Now they will need to get T-Shirts that say, “My teacher Ms. Jensen is a Milken Educator AND she’s $25,000 richer!”

Glen Cove High School Language Arts teacher Lauren Jensen walked into a schoolwide assembly at her school on Nov. 4 and was surprised with the prestigious Milken Educator Award and presented with a $25,000 check.

In front of her entire hometown, including the school principal, colleagues, students, staff and distinguished community members, Jensen was given the surprise of her life when she was handed the distinct navy blue envelope by Milken Family Foundation Co-Founder Michael Milken.
“I’m completely shocked,” Jensen said. “I’ve only been teaching in the district for three years, I’m mostly overwhelmed that in that short time I could have made such an impact.”

For the next six months, in up to 40 schools around the U.S., outstanding middle and high school educators will receive the Milken Educator Award and an unrestricted cash prize of $25,000.

Milken said Jensen, who hails from Glen Cove, was on a full research fellowship at NYU working towards her doctorate in education when she decided her heart was in the classroom – as well as her hometown – after nine years of teaching in Virginia.

“Lauren is a lifelong learner committed to improving the way English is taught and learned,” said Milken. “She challenges her students to think more analytically and express themselves in writing more clearly and persuasively – core skills that endure for a lifetime. Always the consummate professional, she believes every student can achieve if he or she is truly engaged. That belief is felt by all who work with her. We’re happy to welcome her to the Milken Educator family.”

“Ms. Jenson’s students are fortunate to have a teacher who challenges them to think deeper, write clearer, and ask tougher questions. These skills will serve them well in college, in the workforce, and as citizens,” New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia said. “Ms. Jensen’s colleagues in her building—and across the State—are also fortunate to work with her. She has demonstrated a commitment to sharing best practices and to strengthening professional development opportunities for the teachers in her district. Thank you to the Milken Family Foundation for recognizing such an outstanding educators, and congratulations to Ms. Jensen on all of her accomplishments.”

As a 10th and 12th English Language Arts teacher at Glen Cove High School, Jensen’s passion for education and high standards motivates students to aim higher. Her no-nonsense, student-centered instruction considers various learning styles and is grounded in exploring larger themes that encourage students to ask and discuss the “big question.” Jensen’s desire to see her students succeed fosters a sense of community in the classroom. Students feel safe enough to take risks and trust each other for feedback.

Self-assessment is an important part of Jensen’s unique teaching method, too. She believes students should take some responsibility in monitoring their own academic improvements. Utilizing individual portfolios, students keep track of writing assignments, including written feedback from Jensen, peers and themselves. Her students have come to believe that no project or writing piece is truly “finished,” and as a result are always looking for ways to improve. At the end of the school year, each student revises a self-selected piece to demonstrate their growth as a writer.
Jensen is fully committed to her students’ active engagement in their education. She motivates them to draw connections between texts and the real world by creating podcast book reviews, developing lesson plans and other project-based learning techniques.

As the district writing coach, Jensen serves the Glen Cove community through the design of professional development targeting writing goals across elementary school curriculum. She has shared best teaching practices statewide and nationally with an emphasis on implementing writing across curriculum and was featured in a state-produced video highlighting her work as an exemplar for Common Core Learning Standards.
Several of her students have gone on to become teachers and journalists, citing her influence.

Jensen graduated magna cum laude from Wake Forest University in 2002 and earned her master of arts in The Teaching of English from Columbia University Teachers College in 2008.

The Milken Educator Awards program, which was launched by the Milken Family Foundation in 1987, has been described as “the Oscars of teaching” by Teacher magazine. Recipients are selected in early to mid-career for what they have achieved and for the promise of what they will accomplish. Many have gone on to earn advanced degrees and be placed in prominent posts and on state and national education committees. Alternating yearly between elementary and secondary educators, the Milken Awards are sourced through each participating state department of education, which appoints an independent blue ribbon committee to confidentially review candidates for recommendation to MFF.

Click here for Ms. Jensen teaching Common Core Learning Standards


Student Council Election at Connolly


Connolly School students exercised their right to vote when their school’s student council held an election prior to Election Day.

As part of the campaign, class representatives vying for the positions of president, vice president, treasurer, archivist and secretary delivered 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.

Superintendent of Schools Maria Rianna and Glen Cove Mayor Reginald Spinello were on hand for the student election. Rianna told the students that she applauded the candidates’ decision to run.

“These young men and women chose to get involved,” she said. “This is a difficult decision. They all have decided to take on additional responsibilities.”

Spinello told the candidates they were all winners for stepping up to the plate and reminded the students to vote for someone who would do a good job.

“It’s not important if the person is your friend; what’s important is to vote for someone who’s going to offer something to the school that’s better,” he said.

Student council advisers Susan Stanco and Monique Vaccaro said holding the election allows students to see how the democratic process works, in addition to giving them an opportunity to brainstorm ideas on how to improve the school. Principal Rosemarie Sekelsky told the student body to make an informed decision before casting their vote and encouraged the children to take notes during the candidates’ speeches.


Landing Students Enjoy Singing and Dancing

Landing students enjoyed an assembly by the World Mosaic of Music and Dance Company on Oct. 29.

Sponsored by the Landing School PTA, the assembly featured the group utilizing an array of musical instruments from around the globe to captivate and engage the young audience. The children enjoyed singing, chanting and even dancing to a wide variety of cultural songs and dances. Principal Benjamin Roberts extends a huge thank-you to the Landing School PTA for providing this tremendous experience for our students.

Finley Students Participate in Leadership Conference

Select members of Finley Middle School’s National Junior Honor Society and student council were invited to attend the 2015 Middle School Student Leadership Conference hosted by the Holocaust Memorial Tolerance Center on Oct. 28.

The theme of this year’s event was “Building Leadership Skills Through Advocacy.” The conference included guest speakers and breakout sessions for students. During her opening remarks, Holocaust Memorial Tolerance Center Director Tracy Garrison Feinberg challenged students to “use the lessons of the Holocaust to create a world where bullying doesn’t exist.”

More than 200 students from middle schools across Long Island were in attendance as guest speaker Maria Cruz from Define America spoke about her experiences growing up and how it felt to be on the receiving end of bullying and mistreatment. She also described how her work now centers on educating others to the real struggles of undocumented Americans, in hopes that education and understanding will end much of the discrimination, racism and bullying these Americans face today.

In the breakout sessions, the students discussed the ways they could enact positive change in their schools and helped each other brainstorm Action Plan ideas.

Mets Fun at Gribbin


Second-grade students at Gribbin commemorated the New York Mets’ trip to the World Series with classroom activities that highlighted the team’s outstanding achievement while reinforcing the school’s curriculum.

Dressed in the trademark Mets colors of orange and blue, the children rotated between three classes to create their own baseball cards, an exercise that included measuring their own height and writing personal information about themselves. In addition, they took part in a close reading exercise on the history of the Mets and broke into groups to create a poster on what they learned. Other activities included alphabetizing the Mets players’ last names and sorting the team’s individual averages from greatest to least. 
Second-grade teachers and Met fans Coleen Brunhuber, Amy Gallo and Mark Glaviano worked together to organize the day’s events.


Deasy Students Learn About the Democratic Process

Prior to Election Day, Deasy students in Maureen Haff's second-grade class engaged in the democratic process of voting.

While studying why citizens’ vote, along with the voting process, students participated in an authentic voting situation. As a class they decided to vote on a class pet, but did research so they could be informed citizens. The students chose to research goldfish and hermit crabs, using iPads and various books for research. Each student filled out a class voter registration card and individual ballots. They also gave reasons as to why they chose their candidate before the votes were tallied. As a result of this election, Mrs. Haff's class will be gaining a new class pet -- a Hermit Crab!

As part of their studies, the children also had an opportunity to interview the two Glen Cove Mayoral candidates, in addition to reading about the voting process.

Scenes from Connolly's Halloween Parade

Deasy Pre-K Learns About Fire Prevention


Deasy School pre-K students were recently visited by volunteer firefighters from the Glen Cove Fire Department. During the visit, the firefighters explained fire safety to the students. The children were also able to sit in the fire truck and were shown all the tools and apparatuses it holds.

Deasy Students Study Mud Snails

Deasy School first-graders and their teachers visited Prybils Beach to collect information about mud snails in their natural habitat.

The activity, which launched the students’ first science project, offered the children an opportunity to explore a local freshwater habitat at Dosoris Pond and learn more about the ways that plants and animals rely on water as an important part of their habitat. Through studying mud snails, the children are beginning to learn more about mollusks and other sea life, a theme they will continue to explore during the school year.

NYS Commissioner of Education Asks For Your Input Regarding Common Core


The New York State Education Department officially launched a survey on Wednesday, Oct. 21 that asks teachers, parents, students and community members to weigh in on the Common Core Learning Standards.

The survey results will be considered initially by an advisory group that will provide recommendations to the State Education Department and the Board of Regents concerning appropriate revisions to the standards. (This survey does not encompass comments on the length or quality of New York's testing program and related teacher evaluation procedures; rather, it focuses on the academic expectations at each grade level.)

Participants who visit the department’s website can comment on each standard individually. The comment period will run for 40 days, the department has said.

We encourage your participation. View the survey here: