Superintendent's Conference Day - September 2, 2014


Board of Ed Reorganizes

The Board of Education held its annual reorganization meeting in preparation for the 2014-15 school year. Richard Maccarone was appointed President of the Board, and Donna Brady was named Vice President. Ms. Brady had served as President for the 2013-14 school year and Mr. Maccarone recently served as President during the 2011-12 school year before taking a one-year hiatus from the Board. Trustees Barrie Dratch and Maureen Pappachristou were also sworn in, as both were re-elected to new three-year terms in May. Supt. of Schools Maria L. Rianna was also sworn in, as were District Clerk Ida Johnson and Treasurer Amy Franklin. Trustee Grady Farnan could not be physically present, but was accounted for, as he participated in the meeting via Skype.

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Congratulations Glen Cove HS Class of 2014

As loving families and dedicated teachers and administrators came together to celebrate with pride and gratitude the outstanding accomplishments of Glen Cove High School’s Class of 2014, the graduating seniors made their way out onto J.C. Maiden Field for the last time in their educational careers to accept their high school diplomas.

As the high school band, led by Nick Carbuto, struck up the familiar strains of “Pomp and Circumstance,” the graduates proudly marched onto the field. The GCHS Concert Choir, led by Ed Norris, performed a marvelous rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner,” with senior Michael Banks conducting the GCHS “Alma Mater,” which followed. Graduating senior Alessandra Cappiello led the “Pledge of Allegiance.”

Following valuable words of advice from Board of Education President Donna Brady, GCHS Principal Roseann Cirnigliaro, faculty speaker Jason Bieder and Superintendent of Schools Maria L. Rianna, Valedictorian Samantha Di Paola, Salutatorian Hans Ring, and Honorarian Andrew Schuck reflected on the last fours years at GCHS and collectively spoke of the promise that the future holds for them and their fellow classmates

Members of the GCHS Class of 2014 will be attending some of the finest colleges and universities this fall, including Boston College, Cornell University, Georgetown University, Northeastern University, University of Notre Dame and University of Southern California. Numerous awards and scholarships were given to members of the Class of 2014, including close to 50 recipients under the Glen Cove Community Scholarship Fund.

After all the diplomas were distributed, GCHS Assistant Principal Allen Hudson instructed the graduates to turn their tassels from left to right then tossed their mortarboards into the air in celebration, officially confirming them as graduates! This concluded the ceremony and their K-12 careers, while commencing a myriad of futures filled with excellence.



Scenes from Finley Middle School’s Graduation

With the arrival of summer comes the departure of students and the culmination of the year’s activities, memories, and a lot of hard work. For many students, including those at Finley Middle School, it is time to move on – in their case, on to the final chapter of their public school education which will begin at Glen Cove High School this fall. Principals of the past joined Finley Principal Nelson Iocolano and Supt. of Schools Maria Rianna in congratulating the outgoing eighth-graders and wishing them well as they move up.

Gribbin 2014 - Thank you Principal Santoro

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Scenes from Landing School’s Moving Up Ceremony

This year’s ceremony was special, as it marked the completion of the first year at the helm for Principal Dimitri Kryoneris. The students and staff celebrated by giving Mr. Kryoneris his own “Dimi-TREE” to plant on the school lawn as a symbol of his strength and perseverance as a leader.

Connolly Kids Move Up

Connolly School conducted its annual moving-up exercises as fifth graders reflected on and were honored for their achievements of their three years at Connolly School. Every moving-up fifth grader received an elementary school diploma in recognition of this educational milestone.


Scenes from Gribbin School’s End-of-the-Year Picnic


Meet the Class of 2014 Top 3

Valedictorian: Samantha Di Paola

Samantha Di Paola’s leadership qualities have served her well throughout her educational career, and her combination of high intellectual curiosity, desire, discipline and tenacity have propelled her to the highest level of academic achievement: the top-ranked student in the Glen Cove High School Class of 2014.

As a leader involved in several extracurricular activities, Samantha served as president of Student Senate, president of Interact Club and co-president of the Student Athlete Leadership Team (SALT) in 2013-14. She has raised funds, awareness and hope for numerous causes, including the American Cancer Society, Save a Life Foundation, Gift of Life, Adopt a Family, Kick Start for a Cure, and TOPPS Soccer (working with children with disabilities), to name a few. At this year’s senior awards ceremony, Samantha was presented with the County Executive’s Community Service and Academic Excellence Award.

“Samantha is a rare find,” said her counselor, coordinator of pupil personnel services Mike Tweed. “This motivated young lady is armed with unbridled determination and focus. She strives for the greatest challenges and highest hurdles and is truly wise beyond her years.”

Academically, Samantha has received numerous awards and accolades, including AP Scholar with Distinction status since her junior year, AP achievement awards in government and statistics, this year’s Glen Cove High School Academic Achievement Award, the Bausch and Lomb Junior Science Exemplary Award, and many other honors for excellence dating back to her freshman year in each of the core disciplines, as well as Italian. She has also made the Principal’s High Honor Roll list since the ninth grade.

Athletically, Samantha captained both the varsity lacrosse and soccer teams this year, was a U.S. Academic All-American in lacrosse as a junior, achieved All-Conference status for both teams, was named a Scholar/Athlete in varsity soccer and led the lacrosse team to Scholar/Athlete status for two consecutive years. She was also a finalist for the coveted Superintendent’s Cup this spring as a member of the lacrosse team.

Other activities include playing an integral role in decision making at Glen Cove High School as a member of the school’s Site Based Committee, peer tutoring, interning for a pediatrician, volunteering at Glen Cove Hospital, and helping out with GCHS productions and concerts as a member of the sound crew.

Samantha attended the National Student Leadership Conference in Medicine and Healthcare and has a strong interest in the medical field. She studied anatomy and physiology through a pre-college program at Brown University, and will attend Georgetown University’s pre-med program this fall. Congratulations Samantha!

Salutatorian: Hans Ring

Hans Ring has always challenged himself with the most demanding honors and AP courses. His ability to analyze and synthesize material and articulate it effectively has helped him achieve the second highest academic ranking in the Class of 2014, yet the rigors of his schedule have not prevented him from being a well-rounded student involved in several extracurricular clubs and interests.

This includes participating in DECA all four years of his high school career as well as Interact Club and Law Club/Mock Trial (as president and chief lawyer of the prosecution team) for three years. Business aptitude, community service and debate skills highlight these areas, respectively. He is also a founding member of the Model UN Club and belongs to the Science Club and Ski Club. With all this on his plate, it’s a wonder Hans finds time to play trumpet as a member of the school’s award-winning jazz ensemble and marching/pep band. These groups perform locally and regionally as a service to the schools and greater community.

“Hans is intelligent, hardworking and very generous with his time helping others, and is focused on maintaining the same level of academic and personal integrity that has made him successful at GCHS,” said his guidance counselor, Francine Perez. “He has truly taken advantage of every opportunity here at GCHS. It’s time for him to shine at the next level.”

Not only has Hans maintained a high level of community service through participation in these clubs and other activities such as peer tutoring and fundraising, he has also consistently earned awards for academic excellence. These include AP Scholar with Honor status, AP achievement awards in government, English, calculus and U.S. history, as well as awards of excellence in mathematics and computer programming, and achievement in physics. He has also won multiple Student of the Month awards.

In addition, Hans finds time to compete as a member of the GCHS air rifle and golf teams, captaining the rifle team to a Section 8 Conference Championship in 2012 and winning team MVP honors in 2013. He was also a finalist for the coveted Superintendent’s Cup this spring as a member of the golf team.

Hans will attend Boston College this fall. He has yet to declare a major. Congratulations Hans!

Honorarian: Andrew Schuck

Natural intelligence, balanced academic ability, disciplined work habits, high integrity and congenial personality: these are the traits that Andrew Schuck’s guidance counselor uses to describe him. They are what make him likable to faculty and students alike and have led him to become the third highest-ranking student among 248 in the Glen Cove High School Class of 2014.

“I cannot imagine a school environment where Andrew could not excel and thrive,” said guidance counselor Margie Tockman. “Whatever he sets out to do, he accomplishes. He has always opted for the hardest classes offered, even though he anticipates a rough road. He’d rather work to do his best than take the easy way out.”

Andrew’s strong work ethic can be attributed, in part, to the support and guidance of his parents, both of whom are educators. For the second consecutive year, Andrew has been selected as a National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar by the College Board. He is also a winner of this year’s Excellence in Science Award and a recipient of the New York State Education Department Scholarship Award for Excellence, which was also awarded to the Class of 2014 valedictorian, salutatorian and a handful of fellow high-ranking class members.

Andrew won the New York State Bar Association Award for achievement with the Law Club/Mock Trial this year. He is also an accomplished musician and plays mallet percussion with the school’s marching/pep band. In addition, he is involved with the GCHS Masquers Club as a contributor to theater performances performed for the community, for which he won an Outstanding Contributor Award.

Outside of school, Andrew enjoys playing piano and is a celebrated chess player, having competed both nationally and abroad. He is also an active member of the Boy Scouts, works as a camp counselor during the summer, and this year served as “Professor for a Day” at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

Prior to learning that Andrew will attend Northeastern University, where he will study biochemical engineering, Ms. Tockman said, “Andrew will succeed academically and make whatever college or university he attends a better place.”


A Home-Grown Healthy End-of-Year Treat

This year’s Spring harvest from Deasy’s garden marked the first time students could enjoy their home-grown produce served to them straight from their recently acquired lunchroom Salad Bar. This was also the first time that hundreds of children experienced eating salad as part of their meal, and not adorning pizza or some other treat. These important milestones are part of a multi-year and ongoing commitment by the Deasy community to make its garden a centerpiece of both academic curriculum and a Healthy Lifestyle Initiative for all students.



Athletes Honored with Trophies and Scholarships

More than 100 students, parents, faculty and community members gathered in the Glen Cove High School Auditorium for the Booster Club’s Athletic Awards Night for Spring athletics.

Student athletes were recognized with trophies and scholarships for their contribution this year in Boys Lacrosse, Girls Lacrosse, Baseball, Softball, Girls and Boys Track & Field, Tennis, and Golf. The evening was punctuated by the Superintendent’s Trophy, an award given by Glen Cove Superintendent Maria Rianna to an outstanding senior. This year, the award went to Michael Burrell, a multiple sport All-County athlete who earlier in the evening was recognized with a place on Glen Cove’s Wall of Fame.

In addition to the Superintendent’s Trophy, the Principal’s Cup was presented to two juniors by Glen Cove High School Principal Roseann Cirnigliaro. The cup was awarded to Sean Peet and Jenny Armstrong.

The evening opened with a special recognition for retiring Coach Adrienne Tonner, who served Glen Cove for 38 years as the Varsity Track & Field and Tennis coach.

The following students were honored with scholarships and awards:

Glen Cove Jr. Baseball & Softball Scholarship:
Joshua Figueroa
Quinn Sheppard
Alyssa Pagano
Kendall Young

Glen Cove Baseball & Softball Sportsmanship Award:
Joseph Milanese
Alyssa Pagano

Glen Cove Jr. Soccer Scholarship:
Jessica Schmitt

Hall of Fame Scholarship in Memory of John Maccarone:
Alessandra Cappiello
Gillian Farnan
Anthony Martino
Charles Daniele

Hall of Fame Scholarship in Memory of Dr. Sidney Canarick:
Samantha DiPaola

Glen Cove Jr. Football/Cheerleading Scholarship in Memory of Rob Kormoski:
Michael Burrell
Alessandra Cappiello
Max McCrindle

Glen Cove Jr. Lacrosse Scholarship:
Ryan Perkins

The Annual Memorial Henry T. Boguszewski Golf Scholarship:
Michael Loria

Glen Cove Range Commission Scholarship:
Graham Brooks

The Matinecock Rod & Gun Club Competitive Shooting Scholarship:
Graham Brooks

Todd Weber Award:
Joseph Milanese

Charles McGuckin Award:
Josh Figueroa

Thomas Renison Scholarship Award:
Alyssa Pagano

James Fantry Memorial Award:
Joseph Nicolich
Jackelyn Hayduk

Knights of Columbus Award - E.J. Gribbin:
Michael Burrell
Caterina Ienopoli

Kenneth R. Andrews Sportsmanship Awards:
Carlos Rivera
Alessandra Cappiello

F.J. DiMenna Award:
Ryan Perkins

Lola Schmitz Berg Award:
Samantha DiPaola

Charles Johnson Physical Fitness Award:
Christina Orioli
Carlos Rivera

Marine Distinguished Athletes:
Erik Washington
Natalie Tenke

Army Reserve National Scholar/Athlete Award:
Anthony Martino
Maxine Lizaso

Glen Cove High School Athletic Achievement Award:
Rashawn White
Maleesha Ebanks

Principal’s Cup:
Sean Peet
Jenny Armstrong

Superintendent’s Award:
Michael Burrell

Glen Cove High School Booster Club Scholarships:
Samantha DiPaola
Alessandra Cappiello
Gillian Farnan
Elizabeth Willson


Virtue and Valor Meet as Glen Cove Hosts Inaugural Daly Cup Game

On Saturday, Glen Cove High School’s Maiden Field hosted the inaugural Dan Daly Cup High School All-Star Lacrosse game, honoring the legacy of U.S. Marine Sgt. Maj. Dan Daly, a two-time Medal of Honor recipient.

Sponsored by the U.S. Marine Corps, in partnership with the Nassau County Lacrosse Coaches Association, the New York Lizards professional lacrosse team, the City of Glen Cove and the Glen Cove School District, the game featured 50 of Nassau and Suffolk’s elite high school lacrosse players. GCHS lacrosse players Philip Grella and Sean Peet represented Glen Cove in the game as members of Nassau’s Team Virtue squad. Their lacrosse coach Steve Tripp joined them on the sidelines as a member of the coaching staff. Despite an admirable comeback by team Virtue, the Suffolk squad –Team Valor– prevailed in the game, 14-8.

Leading up to the game, players from both squads participated in intense, military-style physical fitness warm-up drills led by local Marines, who also conducted seminars that instilled pride, emphasized teamwork and addressed community responsibility. Lizards coaches also shared their professional lacrosse expertise with members of both teams.

Earlier in the day, the City of Glen Cove and the Marines rededicated the current plaque bearing Sgt. Maj. Daly’s name at Glen Cove’s Monument Park. The U.S. Marine Corps Band, who also performed before the game along with the GCHS Select Choir, led a parade along Dosoris Lane. Additionally, the Marines presented a special framed lacrosse jersey to the Pedone family, honoring the late Nicholas Pedone, a Glen Cove youngster who lost his battle with a rare form of cancer.

Descendants of Sgt. Maj. Daly, including his grand niece, were on hand for the rededication and the game. Sgt. Maj. Daly was a two-time Medal of Honor recipient during the early 1900s and is one of the Marine Corps’ most admired heroes. Marines of all occupational specialties respect his legend and fighting spirit to this day.


Connolly Third Graders Ready for NBC Primetime

The theme for this year’s Connolly School third-grade spring concert was “Put Me In Coach!” and included a play written by music teacher JoAnn Criblez and song medleys about different sports. One of those medleys pertained to football and included the NBC Sunday Night Football theme song “Waiting All Day For Sunday Night.” The students were captured on video and NBC Sports took notice and posted the performance on its website! Click here to

Kiwanis Honors Finley Students

The Long Island North Division of Kiwanis Club  honored two seventh-graders from Robert M. Finley Middle School during a recent ceremony held at the New Hyde Park Elks Lodge. Anthony Condo was recognized as the most improved student and Michael Vaughan was honored as the most improved student-athlete.  Anthony and Michael have shown improvement and growth by hard work, dedication and persistence.  Through the process they have developed character and skills in order to be successful students.  The night was a tremendous source of pride for the children, their parents and school.

Senior Gives a WISE Presentation

New York State Regents Harry Phillips and Roger Tilles joined Superintendent of Schools Maria L. Rianna and several other faculty members, students and interested observers as Glen Cove High School senior Claudia Kolanovic gave an insightful presentation on how the school’s W.I.S.E. course has been to her benefit.

The Wise Individualized Senior Experience (W.I.S.E.) course provides seniors with an opportunity to take on projects that often result in internships with community agencies and involve intensive research on a topic of interest. Students devote significant time to work on their internships, research their topics, maintain written daily journals, discuss their experiences with one another, and meet with their mentors to explore and reflect upon project issues.

Upon completion of their projects, students submit their daily journals for evaluation and give oral presentations before a panel of students, teachers and community members. W.I.S.E. English enables students to explore the techniques of written and oral expression in the areas of personal creativity and personal career choices.

Claudia, an aspiring engineer, worked under the mentorship of mechanical engineer and GCHS alumnus Matthew Hayduk. She worked on several meaningful projects, including designing an assembly prototype for maximizing hydrogen fuel cell production. She even reviewed blueprints for specifications, where she detected a critical inconsistency that ultimately would have caused major problems had she not identified the issue.

“I really wanted to know what I was getting myself into,” said Claudia, who has been accepted into 12 schools and will be attending Lehigh University in the fall to pursue engineering. “This internship was the perfect way to show how the knowledge I learned in school can be applied in real life. It also helped me hone my reading, communication and presentation skills. It’s a great class…definitely a ‘wise’ choice for me.”

Matt Rottino teaches the course, which had 19 students enrolled this year. Regent Tilles represents the Long Island area on the New York State Board of Regents. Regent Phillips is the liaison to the W.I.S.E. program on the Board. Both gentlemen commended Claudia on her informative and polished presentation and wished her well in the future.


Discovering the Universe in Your Own Backyard

Close to 500 Finley Middle School earth and physical science students recently enjoyed Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium’s “Discovering the Universe” traveling classroom.

The mobile exhibit rolled into the Finley parking lot and set up shop for the final days of classes, thanks to a grant written by parent Patricia Unger. “Discovering the Universe” consists of multiple stations that offer hands-on interactive exhibits that engage students in different topics. While each station is a self-contained module, the classroom is designed to show how astronomers acquire knowledge about the Universe.

Each module presents a different part of the process of obtaining information. They are: a “light station,” which explains how light contains information about distant objects and shows how this information can be decoded; a “telescope station” that introduces the basic tool astronomers use to collect light and shows why telescopes are superior to human eyes as light-gathering tools; a “digital imaging” station that shows how images recorded by telescopes can be stored, analyzed, and enhanced by computers; a “3-D universe” station that shows how astronomers create three-dimensional maps that help them visualize the universe and let them “fly” through simulated 3-D space; and a “gravity station” that explores how gravity, weight, weightlessness, and orbits are produced by a universal force that shapes the structure and motions of all the objects astronomers study.

Students were provided with worksheets to complete as they rotated through the different stations.

GCHS Inducts 12 into Athletics Wall of Fame

Glen Cove High School recently held its first-ever Athletics Wall of Fame Induction ceremony in the school’s athletic wing.

Wall of Fame inductees are varsity players that have been selected as All-County in their respective sport. This year, 12 Glen Cove students were named All-County, earning themselves an eight-by-ten photograph mounted and framed on the storied wall near the gymnasium. The Wall of Fame dates back to its first inductee in 1974.

“It is with great pride that I stand before you here today, with the finest student athletes from the 13-14 school year,” said Glen Cove Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Health Denise Kiernan. “I believe that all 12 All-County student athletes are triple-impact competitors who will continue to become better at everything they do.”

The inductees and their respective sports are:

Mike Burrell, Football
Rashawn White, Football
Matthew Pemberton, Air Rifle
Taylah Hudson, Basketball
Grace Brady, Basketball
Eduardo Montecer, Wrestling
Kiana Watson, Winter Track
Josh Figueroa, Baseball
Kendall Young, Softball
Gabby Heenan, Softball
Billy Daniele, Track and Field
Tim Hogan, Track and Field

During the ceremony, the coaches cited some of the students’ achievements and stats, which included new school records in Track and Field, Winter Track and Glen Cove’s now all-time leading scorer in basketball, Taylah Hudson.



Math Olympians

Congratulations to Landing School’s Math Olympians! They were among nearly 150,000 students worldwide to participate this year in the program, which involved a series of difficult math contests and practice sessions. The Landing Math Olympians worked under the supervision of coach Victoria DeLuise, who taught them to solve unusual problems and think creatively.  The students responded well and were all recognized with certificates for their participation.

Three Landing Math Olympians tied for 1st place: Mia Martinez, Michael Suozzi and Skye Schenck.  Izaiha Jorge won 2nd place.

Pictured (front row) Jade Ferreris, Edward Goodyear, Chinaza Ajuonuma, Jennifer Heman, Caroline Yee, Darlyn Bonilla, Liam Dall, (back row) Madelaine Starke, Matthew Gasparello, William Merkel, Jeremy Dorador, Mia Martinez, Michael Suozzi, Skye Schenck, Garielle Callahan, and Caitlin Callahan. Izaiha Jorge is absent from the photo.

GCHS Team Raises $9K for Life

More than 30 Glen Cove High School “Thunder Cats” raised awareness and hope by walking in this year’s Relay for Life, held at North Shore High School on June 7-8. The GCHS Student Senate-led Thunder Cats team raised more than $9,000 for the American Cancer Society.

Relay for Life is an organized, overnight community fundraising walk that brings teams of people together to camp out around a high school track, take turns walking around the track and raise funds for cancer research and awareness. Food, games and activities provide entertainment and build camaraderie during the event. Additionally, a special nighttime luminary lighting is held to allow participants to honor the memory of loved ones who have lost their battle with cancer, while also praying in support of those who continue the fight.

GCHS senior Samantha Di Paola captained the Thunder Cats. Student Senate adviser Ellen Lynch also walked as a member of the team. Several other members of the Glen Cove School District community were on hand to chaperone and lend their support. GCHS Key Club and the Glen Cove Youth Bureau also sponsored fundraising teams.

Thank you to all of the teams and volunteer supporters who participated in this wonderful event.

Members of the GCHS Select Choral also performed “The Star Spangled Banner.” To view their performance, go to the GCTV archive on the homepage, or Click Here

Government & Students Team Up for a Good CAUSE

Glen Cove High School’s Community Action Using Student Empowerment (CAUSE) class was invited to attend a recent Glen Cove City Council meeting following a visit to their classroom by Mayor Reggie Spinello, who spoke with students about how local government works.

“CAUSE students were very curious and interested to learn how a change can be made in the Glen Cove community. Mayor Spinello invited the class to propose legislation in order to teach them about the lawmaking process,” said CAUSE teacher Susan Poulos. “With CAUSE’s knowledge of this process, they decided to put their education to work.”

Students developed and submitted a detailed proposal for the addition of a traffic sign near the sight of a recent accident involving a Glen Cove student. Mayor Spinello worked with the city attorney and the Glen Cove Police Department to author a formal resolution for the placement of a sign on the sidewalk on the west side of Glen Cove Avenue near Mason Drive. The sign is designed to alert drivers of the traffic signal ahead and encourage them to slow down, subsequently avoiding future accidents. When the resolution was presented to the Glen Cove City Council, they approved it.

The CAUSE class would like to thank Mayor Spinello, Mrs. Christopoulos, and the City Council members for supporting their CAUSE!

Rising to the Occasion

Landing Elementary School continued its seasonal recognition of student improvement and achievement as the school recently honored 35 students in grades 3-5 as Junior Rising Stars. During a school-wide assembly, Junior Rising Stars are praised for their overall efforts to be good students as well as good citizens and friends to their fellow classmates. Hard work, strong attendance and an ability to work well with others are some of the criteria for which these students are congratulated.

Landing Principal Dimitri Kryoneris commended the Spring Junior Rising Stars on their accomplishments. Board of Education President Donna Brady and Assistant Superintendent Human Resources Louis Zocchia were also on hand to applaud the following students and their teachers:

Spring 2014 Junior Rising Stars (with teacher)
Valerie Acosta: Mrs. Jensen
Kevin Anaya: Mrs. Pawlowski
Ariel Avelar: Ms. Orlando
Alex Benitez: Mrs. Mazza
Josue Caceres Trigueros: Mrs. Montuori
De’Evian Christopher: Mrs. Villella
Maryori Climaco: Mrs. Hernandez
Kassandra Cruz Rivas: Mrs. Tenke
Elijah Daniel: Mrs. Mendrinos
Brian Flores: Mrs. Villella
Perla Fuentes Escobar: Mrs. Phegley
Anthony Gegovic: Mrs. Reynolds
Nicolai Glouchkov: Mr. Smith
Darwin Granados Reyes: Mrs. Phegley
Kathryn Houghton: Mrs. Conners
Monica Juarez Barnes: Mrs. Liptzin
Lucas Mattern: Mrs. Flower
Ruth Mendoza: Mrs. Reynolds
Kema Minter: Mrs. Fiumara
Jerzon Ovando: Mr. Smith
Natalie Penate: Mrs. Mazza
Nayelin Quezada: Mrs. Clark
Edwin Rivas: Mrs. Clark
Jada Rose Rugel: Mrs. Pawlowski
Allison Salinas Chavez: Mrs. Flower
Gisselle Salinas: Mrs. DePace
Jason Sawoch: Mrs. DePace
Garv Sehgal: Mrs. Fiumara
Julianna Syed: Mrs. Jenson
Aliyah Thurmond: Mrs. Conners
Ana Velasquez Turcios: Mrs. Mendrinos
Stephanie Villalobos: Mrs. Liptzin
Michelle Villatoro: Mrs. Montouri
Gavante White: Mrs. Tenke
Khaleem Zachary: Mrs. Hernandez

A Student with Courage

During this year’s Field Day at Landing School a special ceremony was held honoring Yasmin Fakhry.

Last November, Yasmin was the recipient of a successful life-saving operation.  The healing process was slow and Yasmin has made wonderful strides over the past six months. 

While her loving family and relatives, including her sister Latifa, have been there for her every step of the way on her road to recovery, Yasmin has had to cope with being taken away from another special family—her teachers and friends at Landing School. 

“It’s been said that ‘The only thing greater than the power of the mind is the courage of the heart,’ said Landing physical education teacher Karen Serani. “Yasmin has been an outstanding model of strength, perseverance, and determination.  For this, we are proud to present her with Landing School’s Courage Award.”

Exemplary Fitness

Landing physical education and health teacher Karen Serani was proud to present the “Exemplary Physical Education” award to deserving fifth-grade students during the closing ceremonies of the school’s field day 2014. Students receiving trophies were selected based on their fitness scores throughout the year at Landing School.

Pictured left to right with Ms. Serani, and Principal Dimitri Kryoneris are winners Jennifer Heman, Mia Martinez, Miranda Mateo, Brayan Velzquez Turcios, Jose Duarte, Junior Granados, Erick Cota, Joe Nazienzeno, Michael Suozzi, Joanne Yun, David Milanese, Kevin Larkin, Damaly Orellana, Francesco Sfoggia, Stephanie Villalobos, Reed Weimer, (front row- Left to right) Jennifer LaRocca, Sahej Khurana, Michael Hernandez, Addison Huvane, Caroline Yee, and Casey Duffy.

Outstanding in Phys. Ed

Congratulations to Landing School students Addison Huvane and Francesco Sfoggia who were awarded the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AHPERD) Outstanding Elementary Physical Education Student Award. These students show concern for health and wellness, possess excellent fitness scores, are wonderful role models, and demonstrate values encouraged by the physical education program at Landing School and the New York State Physical Education Curriculum Learning Standards.

Finley Middle School Band Takes 1st Place for Music in the Park

The Robert M. Finley Middle School Concert Band, under the direction of Keith Schmidt, won first place in its division at the 2014 Music in the Parks Festival. The competition took place at Messiah College in Pennsylvania with an award ceremony at nearby Hershey Park. The band played for a panel of judges that were impressed with the musicianship displayed during the performance. Congratulations to all participants!

Top Seniors Honored

Glen Cove High School recently conducted its annual Student Awards for Excellence ceremony. Nearly 100 different awards and scholarships were presented to members of the senior class of 2014, several of which were presented to multiple recipients. Categories ranged from academic awards in the core subject areas to awards for community service and volunteerism, to creativity and prowess in the arts.

Superintendent of Schools Maria L. Rianna presented Samantha Di Paola with the Valedictorian Award as this year’s top-ranked student, academically. Hans Ring received the Salutatorian Award and Andrew Schuck the Honorarian Award as the second- and third-ranking students in the Class of 2014, respectively. These three were among the many students who won multiple awards, including Hailey Aleman, Alessandra Cappiello, Madison Dratch, Gillian Farnan, Essence Fowler, Dakota Herman, Kaitlin Sobelman, Hans Ring, and Victoria Zumeta.

Congratulations to all of the winners!

To view a complete list of senior awards, presenters and recipients, click here


Underclassmen Achievers Recognized

Prior to honoring its top seniors of the Class of 2014, Glen Cove High School took time to honor its top underclassmen for the 2013-14 school year. More than 70 awards were presented for excellence in the core academic subject areas, the arts and community service, many to multiple award winners. Andrew Gerin led the way with five awards in different areas. Congratulations to all of the winners!

Click here to view a list of all underclassmen awards, presenters and recipients


A Play in a Day

Gribbin Elementary School students recently enjoyed a “Play in a Day” – back by popular demand. The initial performance of the play, entitled "Tikki Tikki Tembo," took place last month during the school’s Enrichment Afternoon, which provided students with an opportunity to choose from a variety of activities of high interest to them.  Teachers, teacher assistants, custodians, and parents all volunteered their time to co-teach activities to the children during the school day.

One of these choices that day was to put together "A Play in a Day." Music teacher JoAnn Criblez and kindergarten teacher Irena Kamola organized the play, with first and second graders from different classes participating. Students enjoyed it so much that they decided that the whole school should see it, and Principal Francine Santoro agreed.

“Tikki Tikki Tembo is based on a picture book set in ancient China that tells the tale of a young boy who has a very long name during a time when nicknames or abbreviating names were not allowed. The boy’s named is Tikki Tikki Tembo-no Sa Rembo-chari Bari Ruchi-pip Peri Pembo, which means “The Most Wonderful Thing in the Whole Wide World.” When he falls into a well and his brother seeks help from others, he experiences difficulty explaining the situation due to the boy’s lengthy name. The story attempts to draw a fictional correlation between the incident and fact that many modern day Chinese names are not very long.


U.S. Marines Touch Down at Glen Cove HS for Fleet Week

Two U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) helicopters, a CH-53 Super Stallion and an MV-22 Osprey, conducted aerial demonstrations before landing on the athletic fields at Glen Cove High School in celebration of Fleet Week 2014. Members of the USMC showcased their latest capabilities for GCHS students, faculty, staff, and community members. Students and faculty also had the opportunity to board both helicopters (while grounded), meet the pilots and other USMC members, take photos with them and learn about each aircraft’s equipment.

GCHS was chosen for this demonstration to help kick off the upcoming Dan Daly Cup all-star lacrosse game, held in memoriam of Sergeant Major Dan Daly. Sgt. Major Daly, a Glen Cove native, was one of only two Marines to receive two U.S. Medals of Honor for acts of heroism during his service. On Saturday, June 21, 2014, the USMC, in conjunction with the City of Glen Cove, the New York Lizards Lacrosse team and the Glen Cove School District, will host the Dan Daly Cup game at GCHS, beginning a 12 p.m. The game will feature many of the finest high school lacrosse players from both Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Members of the GCHS television media program were on hand to capture video footage of the landings, takeoffs and demonstrations, and also interviewed members of the USMC. Students also participated in a Marine physical fitness pull-up challenge.


GCHS Inducts 21 New Members into National Honor Society

Glen Cove High School inducted 21 students into the National Honor Society, recognizing their stellar academic record and commitment to community service.

Superintendent of Schools Maria Rianna, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Technology Dr. Michael Israel, Interim Principal Roseann Cirnigliaro, Assistant Principals Allen Hudson and Nadine Wheeler and Mayor Reginald Spinello were among those on hand to congratulate the inductees on their impressive achievement of joining such a respected organization. Francine Perez, advisor of GCHS NHS, shared some examples of the positive impact NHS members have made in the community during her “Year in Review” presentation.

NHS President Michael Burrell, Vice President Laura Sakhaee, Secretary Natalie Tenke and Treasurer Madison Dratch explained the significance of the NHS principles during the candle lighting ceremony. Inductees also had the opportunity to honor teachers that have had a significant impact in their lives

Congratulations to the 2014 GCHS NHS Inductees:
Grace Blinkoff, Tara Bresky, Peter Budraitis, Alexandra Casale, Dani Dratch, Samantha Filippone, Nicolas Garcia, Synella Gonzales, Sarah Hashimi, Catherine Hatala, Michael Hatala, Amanda Heavy, Harrison Israel, Maria Krisch, Michael Loria, Michelle Melfi, Christina Ng, Benjamin Sacristan-Noonan, Justin Sobelman, Sara Tenke and Victoria Tripp.



High School to Host US Marines Inaugural Daly Cup LAX All-Star Game

Glen Cove High School will host the first-ever Dan Daly Cup Lacrosse All-Star game on Saturday, June 21 at 12 p.m.

Sponsored by the U.S. Marine Corps, in partnership with the Nassau County Lacrosse Coaches Association, the New York Lizards professional lacrosse team, the City of Glen Cove and the Glen Cove School District, the game will feature the top high school junior lacrosse players from Long Island, recognizing their superior achievement and building awareness of the legacy of U.S. Marine Sgt. Maj. Dan Daly.

Daly, who grew up in Glen Cove, was a two-time Medal of Honor recipient and one of the Marine Corps’ most admired and decorated heroes. Glen Cove Mayor Reginald Spinello will conduct a rededication of the Dan Daly Memorial at Glen Cove Monument Park on the morning of the cup game. Following the ceremony, there will be a parade down Dosoris Lane led by the 30-member Quantico Marine Corps Band and 300 Marines culminating at Glen Cove High School’s Maiden Field, where the game will be played. Spinello will also execute the official coin toss at the start of the game. Nassau and Suffolk County lacrosse coaches, in conjunction with New York Lizards players, will serve as coaches for the game, and the Lizards organization will honor the Daly Cup winning team at their July 3rd home game.

Leading up to the Dan Daly Cup game, players and Glen Cove students will have the opportunity to participate in camps led by the Marine Corps that will include fitness training, lacrosse skills training and character-building exercises, as well as discussions about Daly and what his contributions mean to present-day Marines.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for the Glen Cove School District,” said Glen Cove Superintendent of Schools Maria Rianna. “These organizations coming together have brought a real sense of community to this event. We are proud to have been selected to host some of the most talented lacrosse players on the Island. Most importantly, this is an opportunity to show our students what character and leadership are all about, as we bring them together with members of the Marine Corps and honor a true Glen Cove hero in Sgt. Maj. Dan Daly.”

Glen Cove varsity lacrosse players Philip Grella and Sean Peet are featured in the U.S. Marines poster that advertises the Daly Cup game. Final rosters have yet to be determined, but a jersey presentation day will be held in conjunction with the announcement. Additionally, the Glen Cove High School Select Choir will perform at halftime of the cup game.

Finley Inducts 23 into NJHS

Recognizing student achievement both inside and outside of the classroom, the National Junior Honor Society at Finley Middle School welcomed 23 new members. Graduating eighth-grade members and the society’s officers participated in the ceremony to officially induct these students into the Finley chapter of the NJHS, which now boasts 42 members. 

NJHS is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding middle level students. More than just an honor roll, NJHS honors those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, citizenship and character. Chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments, but challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service.

Finley’s NJHS chapter participates and facilitates a variety of community service projects in and around the Glen Cove schools and the community. Their adviser is Carol Gaughran. Congratulations to the following students, who regularly exemplify the NJHS virtues:

Grace Tenke – President, Charles McQuair – Vice President, Jolee Murphy – Secretary, Joshua Filippone – Treasurer, Talia Sakhaee - Historian
2014 Inductees:
Isabel Blas, Emily Budraitis, Lucy Costello, Micaela Costello, Kayla Demosthene, John Dong, Mackenzie Edwards, Yessenia Fernandez, Ariana Greenberg, Mason Kletter, Glory Mayreis, Jesse Mayreis, Sienna Nicolich, Evan O'Regan, Lauren Retoske, Arden Sanders-D'Alleva, Alyssa Schmitt, Alondra Schuck, Evelyn Tran, Morgan Vignali, Julianna Willson, Andrew Woska, Joseph Yee
2013 - 2014 Members:
William Casale,  Giuseppe D'Ambrosio, Nicole Franklin, Amanda Ieraci, Monika Jagustyn, Logan Pascucci, Dominique Pawul, Chloe Perez, Deliliah Perez, Brianna Pfaff, Meghan Smith, Rebecca Tan, Ryan Telese, Alyssa Wozlonis

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