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Congratulations, Class of 2015!

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The impending rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of Glen Cove High School’s Class of 2015 as they congregated with family members, administrators and Board of Education members at J.C. Maiden Field for their commencement ceremony on June 27.

During the ceremony, which was highlighted by musical selections from the school’s concert choir and band, administrators and student leaders offered words of encouragement and advice to the graduating class as they readied to enter the next phase of their lives.
Interim Principal Roseann Cirnigliaro reminded students that they were guaranteed to miss 100 percent of their shots in life if they didn’t take risks. “I wish all of you the courage to fully engage in the larger world you are about to enter,” she said. “I hope you find the passion in your life that makes you willing to take the risks needed to pursue your dreams.”

Superintendent of Schools Maria Rianna told students that their graduation from high school signified the beginning of their journey to adult life. “It’s a journey to be savored every step of the way,” she said. “Along the way you will encounter possibilities. Those possibilities can bring to you adventure, beauty, contributions and goodness. What you take from those possibilities should be things that are truly important and help you discover the joy, the passion, the purpose and the meaning in every day of your life.”

Board of Education President Richard Maccarone described the Glen Cove community as one big happy family and expressed his confidence that the Class of 2015 will be successful in their future endeavors. “You are prepared to do anything you set your mind to,” he said. “You can achieve your dreams. There is no doubt in my mind that you can be successful, but always remember Glen Cove. The people of Glen Cove will be with you every step of the way, cheering you on for greater success.”

Salutatorian Jenny Armstrong spoke to students about engaging in the game of life. “As you may have figured out,” she said, “life is not a spectator sport. Win, lose or draw, the game is in progress whether we want it to be or not, so go ahead — argue with the refs, change the rules, take a break and tend to your wounds, but play. Play hard, play fast, play loose and play free.”

Other speeches were given by honorarian Ali Raza, teacher Christopher Contorno, Class President Elias Gabriel Argueta Guillen and valedictorian Andrew Gerin, who encouraged his classmates to keep their families and friends close.

 “As you grow in age and move on, be sure to keep your family and friends relevant,” Gerin said. “No matter what you say or how stupid you act, these are the people who will always forgive you.”

The ceremony concluded with the awarding of diplomas and the traditional tossing of the caps.

 



Finley Students Move Up

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Finley eighth-graders celebrated their accomplishments and bid farewell to teachers and administrators at their moving up ceremony on June 24.

Family members watched with pride as the students processed into the Wunsch Auditorium for the ceremony, which was highlighted by performances from the seventh-grade band and eighth-grade chorus. Eighth-grade students Paige Callaghan, Tara Coelho and Alondra Schuck, the Class of 2015’s top three students, delivered heartfelt remarks to their classmates. Schuck focused on the past, while Callaghan and Coelho spoke of the present and future, respectively.

“Over the past three years, we have met countless new people, made priceless memories and learned enough to last a lifetime,” Coelho said. “Twenty years from now, it will not matter how I did on a test or what I wore to school, but what will matter are the memories I’ve made in my middle school years. In this school, I’ve laughed more times than anyone can count and I’ve smiled enough to overpower a million frowns.”

Principal Nelson Iocolano told students it was his honor and privilege to be part of their journey for the last three years. He also spoke about the obstacles they may face in the years to come.  

“Obstacles are something that we will all face at different points in our lives,” he said. “The difference between a more fulfilled life and one that’s less fulfilled often has to do with how we deal with obstacles.”  

Iocolano shared the story of Daniel Kish. Kish has been blind since he was 13 months old and is an expert in echolocation, which allows him to mountain bike, camp, cook and travel all over the world. Despite Kish’s accomplishments, he has received a lack of support from every mainstream blind organization in America.

“Since Daniel was a child, he has done something I hope all of the students here will do. Pay no attention to those who say you can’t, you shouldn’t or you won’t. Never let other people’s limited thinking limit your thinking.”

Also in attendance was Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Technology Dr. Michael Israel and Superintendent of Schools Maria Rianna. Rianna offered advice to the graduates as they prepare to take their place at Glen Cove High School in the fall.

“School definitely counts,” Rianna said. “You are now on your way to a place that you will make your own. You have worked hard to get there, some harder than others, but as you take your courses over the next four years, please remember this: Each time you do better, each time you earn a good grade, each time you choose to take a class that is new or challenging, you’re making a mature, responsible decision to give yourself an opportunity.”

After the ceremony concluded, the eighth-graders enjoyed their last dance at Finley.

Administrators and Students Present at Board Meeting

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Building administrators joined members of their respective schools’ Site Based Committees to provide a summary of their yearlong goals and accomplishments to Board members at the most recent Board of Education meeting.

During the Gribbin School presentation, Principal Francine Santoro and Site Based Committee members described how they highlighted the school’s theme on kindness through a song taught to students and a video compilation that allowed students to share their stories of kindness.    

Principal Nomi Rosen and members of Deasy School’s committee shared information on the school’s World of Imagination Night, which gave students an opportunity to show their parents the unique learning opportunities available at their school.

Landing School Principal Dimitri Kryoneris highlighted the school’s continued tradition of signing its “Bill of Rights” and its Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, which focused on students spreading kind hopes and wishes for world peace.  

Connolly Principal Rose Sekelsky, Finley Middle School Principal Nelson Iocolano and Glen Cove High School Assistant Principal Allen Hudson also presented at the meeting, highlighting the wonderful activities at each of their schools.

Following the Site Based Committees’ presentations, Finley students shared the research they had conducted as part of the school’s newly implemented research program. During the half-year course, students selected a topic of interest and wrote extensive research papers on what they had learned.

Sportsmanship Award for Finley’s Softball Team

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The Nassau County Softball Officials Association bestowed a Sportsmanship Award for the 2015 modified softball season upon Finley’s seventh-grade softball team.

Congratulations to coach Erica Granieri and team members Dominique Bencevenni, Elizabeth Chavez, Michele D’Ambrosio, Vanessa Fernandez Canales, Trinity Guzman, Julia Langone, Alexandra Martinez Hernandez, Morgan Monahan, Elena Ashley Ortiz-Moreno, Michel Quezada Tejada, Danielle Reyes, Samantha Santos, Abigail Weiser, Victoria Xikis and Odalis Yanes.
 

Underclassmen Awards

Glen Cove High School celebrated the yearlong accomplishments of freshmen, sophomores and juniors during its annual Underclassmen Awards ceremony.

Students were acknowledged for their achievements in all subject areas, including English, social studies, English as a New Language, world languages and math. Art students were honored for excellence in different media, as were students with perfect attendance and those who performed numerous hours of community service. 

Interim Principal Roseann Cirnigliaro and Assistant Principals Allen Hudson and Nadine Richards commend all of the students on their outstanding achievements.

Pre-K Students Graduate

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Nearly 60 students recently graduated from Glen Cove’s Pre-K program at the Wunsch Auditorium.

The students, who were led by teachers Dayna Connolly and Courtenay Muro, recited nursery rhymes and sang songs for parents and family members, prior to enjoying refreshments. According to Mrs. Connolly, the ceremony was a culminating activity that represented all of the knowledge the children had gained throughout the year.

“It’s bittersweet,” Connolly said of the graduation. “We’ve built a rapport with the families and we’ll miss them, but we know we are sending them to kindergarten well-prepared.”  
 

Board Says Goodbye to Retirees

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At a ceremony held prior to the June 15 Board of Education meeting, Board members and administrators from the district bid farewell to retiring district employees.

Dr. Michael Israel, assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and technology, began the ceremony, recognizing the retiring administrators, Coordinator of Special Education Mary Murphy and Deasy School Principal Nomi Rosen. Dr. Israel wished both administrators continued good health and the best of everything in retirement before handing the ceremony over to the district’s building principals, who recognized faculty and staff members from their respective buildings.  

Congratulations to the following district employees:

Fran Baglio – English teacher
Richard Bullis – Technology teacher
Nicholas Carbuto – Music teacher
Cheryl Chase – ESL teacher
Lucy D’Henin – Secretary to Connolly principal
Victoria DeLuise – Elementary G & T teacher
Rosemary Doran – Elementary teacher
Barbara Engel – Reading teacher
Deborah Grosser – Science teacher
Wendy Grossman – Speech teacher
Gloria Hafner – Reading teacher
Leslie Jensen – Elementary teacher
Carol Levy – Special education teacher
Brenda Macari – Reading teacher
Joanne Maher – Special education teacher                    
David Smith – Elementary teacher                

 

Landing Students Perfect Ballet

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Landing School fifth-graders kicked up their heels during a recent ballet recital in their gymnasium.

The performance, which culminated the district’s eight-week pilot program with the Eglevsky Ballet, brought two instructors and a classically trained pianist to both Landing and Connolly schools to work with fifth-graders.

Although Landing’s ballet was rescheduled multiple times due to winter weather, students didn’t miss a beat at the performance, showing off their spectacular dance moves and dance language learned through their participation in the program.

Students were all smiles as they performed for the Landing School community and Superintendent of Schools Maria Rianna.  

Click here to watch a video from the event

 

Gerin, Armstrong and Raza Named Top 3

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Glen Cove High School seniors Andrew Gerin, Jenny Armstrong and Ali Raza have been named the Class of 2015 valedictorian, salutatorian and honorarian, respectively.

Andrew earned an overall GPA of 105.23. This accomplishment is a reflection of his hard work and dedication to his studies. Andrew successfully completed the most demanding courses offered at Glen Cove High School, even doubling up in Advanced Placement and honors science courses in consecutive years. His academic strengths are vast, as he has received academic awards in every subject area. However, there is much more to Andrew than a strong academic profile. He is thoughtful, humble and genuine and takes pride in his work, family and the community in which he was raised. During his years at Glen Cove, he never wanted his school day to end when the final bell rang. Rather, he wanted to be a part of the spirit of Glen Cove High School and became an active participant in extracurricular activities, taking on leadership roles in most. He is president of the National Honor Society, vice president of Student Senate, captain of the varsity baseball team and DECA parliamentarian, just to name a few.  
 Andrew will attend the University of Virginia in the fall, where he plans to study engineering, a passion of his since he was young. His self-driven demeanor, strong work ethic and natural intelligence are all traits that make for a great engineer. His future is extremely bright, as anything he sets his mind to he’ll accomplish.  

Jenny is described as diligent, bright, compassionate and a true leader. This impressive young woman has maintained a GPA of 102.16 while actively involving herself in school, community and athletics. Some of her prestigious recognitions include her induction into the National Honor Society and participation in NYSSMA. Jenny’s love for sports and the community is second to none. She is the captain of the varsity tennis team, Student Senate treasurer, wind ensemble section leader and junior auxiliary board member for North Shore LIJ, Glen Cove Hospital. Jenny is not only academically gifted, but also a well-rounded individual who truly cares about the community at large.  Her leadership skills were enhanced through her role as a hospital volunteer junior supervisor, where she mentored more than 100 high school students. She will attend the University of Pennsylvania this fall, where she will study nursing.

With a GPA of 102.09, Ali is ranked No. 3 in the Class of2015. He is an honored member of the National Honor Society and an AP Scholar with Honor. Ali is a Model United Nations and International Club member. He also volunteers on weekends at a local animal shelter. He has always wanted to work in the field of nuclear engineering and, according to guidance counselor Christine Mulhall, has all the characteristics needed to pursue this field. 

“Ali is disciplined, a great listener and someone with deep concern for others,” Mulhall said.“ He epitomizes the phrase ‘still waters run deep,’ for within his quietness lies a great person, the kind of person anyone would want to collaborate with. He demonstrates qualities natural to a leader: sensitivity, independence, open-mindedness, conviction and courage.”

Ali will attend the University of Wisconsin in the fall, where he will pursue a double major in theology and nuclear engineering through a special program.

Landing Students Honored at Field Day

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Landing School students who achieved success in physical education this year were celebrated during the school’s annual Field Day event.

Congratulations to Joseph Johnson and Sofia Kern for receiving the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance award for excellence in physical education. Outstanding physical education students Jacob Bruce, Caroline Fahey, Jovanne Howe, Allyna James, Joseph Johnson, Michael Johnson, Sofia Kern, Antony Maldonado, Samantha Morales, Victor Scarmato, Samantha Seery and Tigist Willson were also recognized. Lidani Pesantez was the recipient of the Courage Trophy.

Students who broke the P.A.C.E.R. records held at Landing School were also recognized, including third-grader Madison Kaffl (50 laps), Sujeily Gonzalez (53 laps), and third-grader Jonathan Patino (61 laps). Fourth-grader Valerie Acosta and fifth-grader Sofia Kern were also honored for completing 59 laps each.

Other recognition was given to students in the 80s club. These students achieved 80 sit-ups on both their pre- and post-tests for curl-ups as part of their baseline and summative fitness tests.

Mentoring Program Wraps Up at Connolly

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Connolly students in grades 3-5 took part in a mentoring program thanks to Glen Clove High School students.

The weekly visits were organized as part of Connolly’s Site Committee initiative, under the direction of the Glen Cove High School guidance counselor Francine Luke and Connolly fifth-grade teacher Maureen Hellman. During the meetings, which took place throughout the school year, students in grades 10-12 worked with the elementary students on building social relationships and becoming positive role models.
 

Adopt an Animal Program Winds Down at Gribbin

Gribbin School students completed their participation in the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation’s Adopt an Animal program with a visit from the Theodore Roosevelt Bird Sanctuary.

The program was brought to the school by the Gribbin Adopt an Animal Team to enhance students’ knowledge of wildlife conservation and preservation. During the visit, students learned about both local and global endangered species and what they can do to help the animals. They also viewed a wood turtle, box turtle and a screech owl up close and had an opportunity to ask questions about the animals and ask what the sanctuary does to care for and protect them.

At the end of the assembly, poster contest winners were announced from each grade level and were presented with a nonfiction book, stuffed animal and folder from the Riverhead Foundation. Each teacher also received a framed certificate of adoption to display in his or her classroom.

During the past three weeks, the students at Gribbin raised more than $877 to be donated to the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation. While the Adopt an Animal Project only lasted three weeks, the Gribbin staff hopes that information about these animals and the compassion and caring toward the environment will stay in the students’ hearts and minds for a lifetime.

 

New Administrators Appointed

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At its June 1 meeting, the Board of Education appointed three new administrators who will join the district effective July 1, 2015.

The district welcomes Antonio Santana as its new high school principal, replacing Rosann Cirnigliaro. Mr. Santana joins Glen Cove with a wealth of educational experience, most recently serving as principal at Port Jefferson Middle School. In this position, Mr. Santana provided and participated in ongoing professional development in Common Core Learning Standards and served on the district’s professional development committee. He also established criteria for acceleration in science at the high school.

Ken Craft was appointed the new principal of Deasy Elementary School, replacing Nomi Rosen. Mr. Craft presently serves as assistant principal at Susan E. Wiley Elementary School in the Copiague school district, a position he has held since 2011. In that role, Mr. Craft monitored procedures and practices that promote a safe school environment and ensured that compliance with the Dignity for All Students Act legislation was implemented with fidelity according to district policies. He also worked with the District’s instructional staff to ensure Common Core mathematics curriculum was properly integrated into the daily instructional program.

The Board also appointed Betsy Lashin as the Assistant Director of Special Education. Ms. Lashin comes to  Glen Cove from the Island Trees School District, where she currently serves as a special education teacher. She has also worked as the SCOPE summer enrichment director, a role in which she helped to fully develop curriculum and staffing and maintain summer programs.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Mr. Santana, Mr. Craft and Ms. Lashin to the Glen Cove family,” said Superintendent of Schools Maria Rianna. “Their strong educational background and commitment to children will be a positive asset to the district, and we look forward to the contributions they will make here in Glen Cove.”

Scenes from Gribbin School’s Field Day

Scenes from Connolly School’s Carnival

March, April and May Students of the Month Recognized

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Glen Cove High School recently recognized its Students of the Month for March, April and May. Every month, students are acknowledged by grade level for their hard work and achievement. In addition, the Glen Cove Rotary Club and local chapter of the Knights of Columbus each name their own student every month. Glen Cove High School interim Guidance Chairperson Diane Johnson and Assistant Principal Nadine Richards commended the students on their achievements.

The Students of the Month for March were Nicole Bedell (Rotary), Patricia Abraham (Knight of Columbus), juniors Jennifer Canales and Sarah Hashimi; seniors Eddie Velasquez Maisonit and Michael Manzione; freshman Thomas Moccia, sophomore Rachel Ranieri, freshman Alexis Reveyoso and sophomore Christina Wiese.

The Students of the Month for April were BlakeLee Woods (Rotary), Rianna Cedeno (Knights of Columbus), senior Suyen Alas, sophomore Azeem Ali, junior Emonie McDaniel, freshman Jolie Murphy, senior Saleena Nasary, junior Marco Pedone, freshman Jason Ventura and sophomore Duoyi Xi.

The Students of the Month for May were Jessica Reynolds (Rotary), Makaela Vaughan (Knights), sophomore Fiorela Avalos, senior Michael Battaglia, freshman Ryan Greenfield, sophomore Naycie Guevara, juniors Diana Marroquin and Andrew Retoske and senior Geidi Reyes.

High School Orchestra Ranked Superior

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The Glen Cove High School Orchestra was ranked superior at the Long Island Music Festival at Suffolk Community College’s Brentwood Campus on June 5.

Under the direction of orchestra teacher James Guarini, this was the group’s first time participating in the festival. Guarini said he was honored to lead the students, who started as beginners in the district’s elementary program nine years ago.

After the performance, students were treated to the new roller coaster and other rides at Adventureland Amusement Park in Farmingdale.
 

Select Chorale to Perform at Vatican in 2016

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The GCHS Select Chorale has been invited to perform for Pope Francis at the Vatican in Rome, from Jan. 1-8, 2016. The choir’s seven-day tour will feature four performances – two at the Vatican, one at the Church of San Lorenzo, and one in Assisi.

The district’s music booster club, MPAPA, has been soliciting donations via PayPal to help fund the $140,000 trip, and the fundraising efforts are well underway. Any and all help would be appreciated to support our students!

In other exciting news, the Select Chorale had the opportunity to perform at the Mets game on June 10, where they met Paula Abdul.  

To donate, click the following link: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=L7RK94EVK9L5J
or a check made out to "Glen Cove Music Department" with the comment "Donation for Vatican Trip" can be mailed to:
Glen Cove High School
Attention:  Suzanne Rant
150 Dosoris Lane
Glen Cove, NY 11542

To read more about the GCHS Select Chorale, click the following links:
http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2015/06/10/glen-cove-chorale-at-the-vatican/

http://www.newsday.com/long-island/nassau/district-glen-cove-high-school-choir-to-perform-at-vatican-next-year-1.10531838

Field Day at Connolly

Connolly School students enjoyed beautiful weather and fun activities at their Field Day celebration on May 29.

Physical education teacher George Kearnes organized the day’s events and directed students as they rotated from game-to game, including buddy walkers, a water sponge relay, sack races, Frisbee, castle ball and an egg on a spoon race, just to name a few.  

Students also enjoyed bottled water, watermelon and chips thanks to Connolly’s PTA members, who were on hand, serving students at the event. Principal Rosemarie Sekelsky expressed her thanks to PTA members and commended Kearnes on a job well done.

“Mr. Kearnes planned all of the events and did a wonderful job organizing the activities. The children had a great time.”

 

 

Student Council Members Clean Up

With gardening gloves and trowels in hand, members of Connolly’s Student Council worked to beautify the grounds surrounding their school.

The children, along with advisers Susan Stanco and Monique Vaccaro, planted marigolds donated by the City of Glen Cove Beautification Committee in flowerbeds around the front of the school, including those lining the walkway to the school’s entrance. The students also cleaned up around the school property as part of the project.   

“We really wanted to beautify the school, and we thought this was a great way to teach students to take care of their environment,” Vaccaro said.

 

International Feast Highlights Diversity

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Connolly School fifth-graders celebrated the completion of their research projects on North, Central and South American countries with an International Feast on June 3.

Students enjoyed multicultural music and traditional ethnic foods and desserts prepared by their parents. They also had an opportunity to view the research papers and posters created by their classmates, which were displayed on the walls of the cafeteria. Two of the fifth-grade classes used technology to enhance their research, producing and narrating iMovies about their country.       

Special education teacher Valerie Scicchitano said the theme of the project was learning and understanding different cultures, with a concentration on the rain forest, which tied into the social studies, English language arts and science curricula. Such projects, she explained, give students an opportunity to learn about how different people live.

“When they understand and accept other cultures, they are more likely to have empathy for others,” Scicchitano said.

Argentina Video

 

Hawaii Video


Columbia


Honduras




Fine Arts and Fun at Annual Festival

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Gribbin School students displayed their artistic talents at the school’s annual Fine Arts Festival on June 3.

The evening began with a dance performance by second-grade students, led by New York City jazz dancer Mickey Davidson, who spent four weeks preparing the children during their physical education classes. Next was a jazzy singalong, under the direction of music teacher JoAnn Criblez. Students and their families also enjoyed a jazz-inspired student-art exhibit coordinated by art teacher LeeAnn Palazzo and took part in jazz-related activities in the library. In addition, students enjoyed outdoor activities and a performance by a professional jazz band.    

According to music teacher JoAnn Criblez, the interdisciplinary event brought the school’s art, library, music and physical education departments together to highlight the world of jazz music through dance, song, books and art.

“Jazz music came from diverse people living together,” Criblez said. “It was exciting to unite for a month and show the children how the theme of jazz connects in different areas.”

The festival was dedicated to late librarian Robin Schapira, who lost her battle with cancer in February. Schapira’s mother attended the event.

Finley’s Boston Trip a Success

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Finley School eighth-graders had an opportunity to explore one of the oldest cities in the United States when they visited Boston, Massachusetts, on June 5.

The first stop on the field trip was the New England Aquarium, where students enjoyed viewing exhibits and an Imax movie. Next was a Boston Duck Tour, which gave students an opportunity to cruise by many historic places in the city. They also explored Quincy Market, Faneuil Hall and a delicious meal at the Hard Rock Café.
 

Engineer Visit at Connolly

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Connolly School third-graders enjoyed a recent visit from Stanley Gross, a retired civil engineer, who built numerous homes and developments on Long Island.

Gross, father-in-law of Gail Nedbor-Gross, a Glen Cove City School District board trustee, spoke to students about the science, technology, engineering and mathematics program. Gross also brought pictures to go along with the topics he discussed. The children enjoyed talking to him about what they have been learning about simple machines.

Humanities Students Visit Barnard College

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Finley’s sixth-grade humanities class recently toured the Barnard College campus in New York City.

Throughout the semester, students have been studying Malala Yousafzai and her selfless fight for girls' education in Pakistan and around the world. As part of the visit, students learned about the history of Barnard College, which was founded in 1889 to provide women with an equal opportunity for education. They were given a campus tour and learned about Barnard's commitment to providing a competitive education that propels opportunities for women. Students saw firsthand why Yousafzai continues to selflessly fight for girls' education.

Reflections Honors for Munoz

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Connolly School student Bryan Munoz was selected as a runner-up for the Nassau Region PTA Reflections Lilianna Chiarello Arts-in-Education Award. Munoz’s artwork interpreted the theme “The World Would Be a Better Place If....”  

Bonilla Selected for COAP Program at Adelphi

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Glen Cove High School junior Hernan Bonilla has been chosen to participate in the Career Opportunities in the Accounting Profession program, sponsored by the Foundation for Accounting Education. Bonilla will participate in the residency program at Adelphi University from June 27-July 1.

Board Recognizes Newly Tenured Staff

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Members of the Glen Cove City School District’s Board of Education, along with members of the administration, celebrated recently tenured district employees during a ceremony prior to the June 1 meeting.

The district congratulates Finley Middle School Principal Nelson Iocolano; Glen Cove High School teachers Christopher Contorno, Michelle Mattia and Dana Spagnoletti; Finley Middle School English teacher Andrew DiNapoli; Connolly School teacher Olga Notskas; Deasy School teachers Jennifer Cleary and Coleen Grove; Gribbin School teachers Sable Borgia and Kristin Wolf (LaPorte); and Landing School teacher Stephanie Liptzin.   

Each of the tenured professional staff members was given a small token of appreciation by the district. Glen Cove Teachers Association President Karen Furguson was also on hand to extend her congratulations.    
 

Gambino Earns Perfect Score at NYSSMA

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Connolly School third-grader Gianna Gambino received a perfect score for her Level 1 piano solo in NYSSMA with accolades.

Her solo, “Prince William,” incorporated a fanfare entrance with a march tempo and variation theme. Gianna began playing as a Gribbin School student, when she gave her first recital at the school’s annual Jazz Festival. She also performed winter holiday selections for her classmates. Gianna has been playing the piano for four years and looks forward to entering NYSSMA again.

Gribbin’s Animal Museum

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Gribbin School second-graders exhibited their extensive knowledge of animals, as well as their creativity, during the Animal Museum at their school.

Dioramas, murals and nonfiction books created by students were on display. Each class studied a different habitat and researched an animal found in it, writing a book based on their research findings.

As part of the process, every second-grade class rotated to different teachers during a five-day period, allowing them to learn about various habitats, including oceans, rainforests, savannahs, the Arctic, deserts and woodland forests. Students also researched their animals’ classification, appearance, diet, movement, sounds and offspring. Along the way, they learned fun facts about their animals.

On the day of the museum, the second-graders wore clothing related to the habitat they studied and showed off their creations to their parents and the entire student body.

 

Finley Musicians Place First at Music in the Parks Festival

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Members of Finley Middle School’s concert band and seventh- and eighth-grade orchestra won first place in their division at the 2015 Music in the Parks Festival in Hershey Park, Pennsylvania. Under the direction of teachers Keith Schmidt and Christopher Lippe, the band and orchestra played for a panel of judges who were impressed with each group’s performance. Congratulations to all participants!

Endangered Species Day

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“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”  - The Lorax

Gribbin School students kicked off their participation in the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation’s Adopt an Animal program with an Endangered Species Day assembly on May 15.

The program was brought to the school thanks to teacher Jessica Cialeo, who believed that learning about and adopting animals that are threatened or endangered would be a perfect way for students to demonstrate compassion and caring.

As part of their participation, students in each grade level adopted an animal and will follow its progression through the Riverhead Foundation. Kindergartners adopted Spiderman the Seal, while first- and second-grade students adopted Storm the Sea Turtle and Seabreeze the Dolphin, respectively. Additionally, students will donate their spare change for three weeks to help care for the animals, using decorated recycled gelato containers that they created for the collection. 
 
At the conclusion of the first week, students had already raised more than $600, which far exceeded their targeted amount.