Administrators, faculty and other staff members of the Glen Cove Public Schools gathered for the district’s annual Superintendent’s Conference Day on the morning of Sept. 1. Together, the professional staff shared in the excitement and enthusiasm that a new school year brings as they prepared for the official welcoming of students on Sept. 3.
Superintendent of Schools Maria Rianna greeted the attendees who filled Glen Cove High School’s auditorium for the event and acknowledged the great deal of work that had taken place during the summer months.
“Although today is our official first day for staff, I have watched you – teachers – over these past two months begin to prepare for our students,” she said.
Rianna noted the curriculum writing, professional development initiatives, summer programs and other activities in which staff members had been actively engaged. She also shared the story of a student who attributed an especially positive experience in the district to supportive and caring teachers.
“This is teaching,” Rianna said. “This is your gift – not a test score. And the purpose of this gift is to make the difference only you can make. Use what your gift has empowered you to do, once again, and lead our children into another wonderful and rewarding school year.”
The district also continued its longstanding tradition of recognizing those staff members who have reached specific career milestones. Mary Maruca was applauded for providing 40 years of service as a high school monitor, and Zofia Brala and Catherine Curran were commended for 35 years of service in their respective roles.
Melanie Arfman, Teresa McHale, Margherita Metallo, Donald Schutt, Sylvia Ann Vicars and Sandra Vigliotti were honored for working in the district for at least 30 years; Harry Balkin, Adalgisa Belcastro, Chandrima Chakrabarty, Mark Checola, Katherine Drennan, Grace Moore and James VanWicklen were thanked for at least 25 years of service. In addition, Barbara Bannerman, Maria Basile, Sandra Buehre, Cynthia Caldwell, Lawrence Carroll, Frances Casciano, JoAnn Criblez, Antoinette Hatzopoulos, Marci Notice D’Amico, Geraldina Noviello, Cristina Robino, Diane Ruggiero, Philip Schultz, Carol Testa, Lisa Todisco and Lauren Topolovec were recognized for at least 20 years of dedication to the students and schools of Glen Cove.
Faculty members also heard a presentation from the Glen Cove Teachers Association, which was followed by various meetings and activities in their assigned school buildings and departments.