Knights Rule at Homecoming


Glen Cove pride was at an all-time high when Board of Education members, administrators, students, faculty and community members gathered for the annual homecoming parade and game.

“It’s wonderful for the community to come together for our homecoming,” Superintendent Maria Rianna said. “This is truly a community event.”

Starting off at Gribbin School, the homecoming parade was led by members of the U.S. Marine Corps and included children from all six of the district’s school buildings, as well as class floats creatively depicting knights à la this year’s theme of “This is Glen Cove.” According to Student Senate advisor Ellen Lynch, the theme was a play on words based on Glen Cove’s homecoming day opponent, the Spartans of Valley Stream North High School.

The parade concluded at Glen Cove High School, with Athletic Director Denise Kiernan welcoming Board members, alumni and fans to the game. Lynch followed with introductions of the Student Senate and the announcement of the homecoming court. Prior to kickoff, senior football players and captains were announced and the varsity football team ran through a “This is Glen Cove” sign placed in the end zone.

During the first half of the game, students from each class participated in a pull-up contest sponsored by the U.S. Marines. First place was awarded to the senior class, who received a $100 class donation as their prize.

The halftime show featured performances by the drumline, varsity cheerleaders, band and kickline. Halftime also saw the crowning of homecoming king Stevens Martinez and queen Samantha Smith.

The success of the day included a big win by Big Red, who defeated the Spartans, 34-31.

Grant to benefit science department

Glen Cove High School’s science department will see capital improvements thanks to a $250,000 grant secured by New York State Assemblyman Charles Lavine for the Glen Cove City School District.

Superintendent of Schools Maria Rianna and members of the Board of Education thanked Assemblyman Lavine for his support with a Certificate of Commendation during a recent Board of Education meeting. The board indicated the monies from the grant will be utilized for capital improvements and will be targeted to the facilities that house the science labs.

“You are a great member of our community and a great supporter of the Glen Cove Schools,” Rianna stated.

Assemblyman Lavine told those in attendance no “thank-you” was required.

“My children attended the Glen Cove City School District and we are so proud,” he said. “We thank each and every one of you for the hard work that you do.”

MS Dance Caps Off Spirit Week

Nearly 300 students kicked up their heels and had a great time at the Finley Middle School dance on Oct. 17. Students enjoyed music, dancing, refreshments and the company of their peers at the dance, which was sponsored by Finley’s PTA and capped off Spirit Week.

Marching Band Returns to Columbus Day Parade


The Glen Cove High School Marching Band appeared at the 70th annual New York City Columbus Day Parade on Oct. 13, marking the district’s second performance at the annual event.

The student-performers were part of the parade’s first division, marching behind Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Harlem Globetrotters, in recognition of their fourth-place standing during their first trip to the parade in 2013.

According to band director Nick Carbuto, the 92-member marching band was led by student conductor Samantha Smith. In addition, 16 kickline members and 18 varsity cheerleaders performed.

Glen Cove High School Juniors Aaron Hall and Jeremy Zeineth from the Broadcast Journalism class were along for the ride and have this report.

Cyberbullying Awareness

Parents and students at Finley Middle School learned about the dangers of cyberbullying during a presentation hosted by the school’s guidance department on Oct. 16.

The “Cyber Bullying Awareness” presentation was given by Laura Campbell, a representative from the Long Island Crisis Center. Campbell provided those in attendance with relevant information on cyberbullying and the services offered through the Long Island Crisis Center.

Finley administrators have invited Campbell to return to the school in January to speak with physical education classes about the consequences of negative social networking behavior, how to keep themselves safe, and what their legal rights are in cyberspace.

The parent meeting and student workshops are part of Finley’s continued efforts to raise awareness to the dangers posed by students having unsupervised access to social media.

Points of Pride - October 2014

Glen Cove School District is proud to present our most recent “Points of Pride”, which will be presented monthly.  Please click on the link to view the October Points of Pride.


Big Red Spirit


Students, faculty and staff gathered at Glen Cove High School for the annual pep rally that marked the end of Spirit Week and the beginning of homecoming weekend.

In addition to celebrating Glen Cove’s athletes, the spirited event also highlighted student-musicians, cheerleaders and members of the kickline and dance team, all of whom entertained the crowd.

The pep rally was organized by the school’s Student Senate, whose members created posters and coordinated the day’s events. During the pep rally, the group also honored band director Nick Carbuto, presenting him with a Glen Cove sweatshirt. Each year the group selects a staff member to honor who has been an inspiration to them throughout the years and/or is retiring.

Student Senate advisor Ellen Lynch said Carbuto hit both marks. “Nick is retiring this year after being a member of the district for numerous years,” she said. “He has inspired many students as well as colleagues and will be sorely missed.”

According to Student Senate President Samantha Smith, the event was a great success. “It was an amazing last pep rally for me,” the high school senior said. “I’m really happy.”

‘The students did a fabulous job,” Lynch agreed. “We keep this event student-centered because it really gives them a chance to shine.”

To watch footage from the Pep Rally, click here.


This New House

First graders in Discovery Cove immerse themselves in the challenge posed to them by their STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) teacher, Mr. Altamirano, to design a house.  Intense concentration and animated discussion are the order of the day as students brainstorm ideas.


PTA Council Diamond Club Scholarship Event


Breast Cancer Awareness

Students, faculty and staff at Gribbin School dressed in pink to support Breast Cancer Awareness Day on Oct. 10. The event, sponsored by the Glen Cove Teachers Association, raised more than $250 for Glen Cove CARES.

Glen Cove CARES is a not-for-profit agency which, according to its website, provides assistance to residents of Glen Cove and neighboring communities coping with the crisis of cancer.

Writer's Workshop

Learning to read one's own work aloud; learning to listen closely when others read; and learning to offer constructive responses.   Mr. Battaglia introduces these key ingredients of the writer's craft -- and cornerstones of Deasy's writing program -- to his second graders.


Pre-K celebrates Red Day

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A Sea of Blue

Gribbin students and faculty dressed in blue on Oct. 6 to show support for the prevention of bullying as part of STOMP Out Bullying’s Blue Shirt Day World Day of Bullying Prevention.

Each October, schools and organizations across the country join STOMP Out Bullying, a national bullying and cyberbullying prevention organization for children and teens in the U.S., in observance of National Bullying Prevention Month.

According to the STOMP Out Bullying website, the goal is to encourage communities to work together to stop bullying and cyberbullying by increasing awareness of the prevalence and impact of bullying on children of all ages.

O’Hagan Named Director of Facilities

District officials announced James O’Hagan as the district’s new director of facilities at a recent Board of Education meeting.

“Based on his credentials, interview and references, we are eager to have James as a member of our school district community and look forward to working with him as a member of our team,” Superintendent Maria Rianna said. 

O’Hagan, a Douglaston, Queens native, has nearly 20 years of facility management experience and most recently served as interim school custodial supervisor and maintenance mechanic for Riverhead High School. In that position, he provided oversight of bond construction, which included new boiler and heating system improvements, modernizations to the HVAC energy controls, and renovations to the cafeteria and library.  
Prior to his experience in Riverhead, O’Hagan worked for more than nine years at New York Hilton Midtown as the assistant director of property operations, responsible for leading a staff in maintenance, repair and capital improvements. He said he’s looking forward to the opportunity to lead facilities operations in an “excellent school district” alongside a “dynamic management team.”

“My initial focus will be on organization of work order systems, safety and compliance, capital improvements and readiness for the winter season,” O’Hagan said. “I also want to develop positive and efficient relationships with the district’s workforce leaders, principals and administration to prioritize, manage and streamline facility needs districtwide.”   

O’Hagan is also focused on initiating energy reduction programs, continuing and maintaining safety awareness, and developing realistic capital and operating budgets, all while seeking cost efficiencies. He said his ultimate objective is to apply his energy and drive, alongside the district’s workforce, to improve the schools, grounds and athletic areas of the district.

“My goal is to continue to improve the environment within our schools by delivering a high level of service to administration and faculty, along with providing motivation to the service staff,” O’Hagan said.   

“There is much work to be done,” Rianna said. “I know our staff will welcome him and work together to continue to move our district forward.”

String Students Selected

Three Glen Cove students have been chosen to participate in the Long Island String Festival Association Nassau Secondary Festival. 

High school juniors Grace Blinkoff and Patricia Abraham were selected for viola, and Finley Middle School eighth-grader Judy Tuifel was selected for violin. The festival will be held Nov. 14-16 at Plainview-Old Bethpage Middle School.

The district congratulates these students on their musical achievements.

Breast Cancer Walk

Connolly students took strides to fight breast cancer at the school’s fifth annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk-a-Thon on Oct. 3.

Hosted by Connolly’s student council, with assistance from advisers Susan Stanco and Monique Vaccaro, the event took place during recess periods on the school’s back field.

“In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the children felt the need to support a worthy cause,” Principal Rose Sekelsky said. “They decided to give up their recess to support the thousands of breast cancer patients and survivors.”

Students raised $650 through pledges, which will be donated to Glen Cove CARES, a not-for-profit agency which, according to its website, provides assistance to residents of Glen Cove and neighboring communities coping with the crisis of cancer.

Stanco said that prior to the event, she explained to students the importance of supporting people around the world who are affected by this disease.

“People are going through hard times,” she said. “This is what we can do to help them.”

Superintendent Maria Rianna, Principal Sekelsky and teachers Olga Notskas, Frank Monteleone and George Kearnes also joined the cause, walking lap after lap with students.

Congratulations 2014 AP Scholars

As per the College Board, Glen Cove High School students had the opportunity to enroll in 21 college level Advanced Placement (AP) courses, during the 2013-2014 school year.  This information was erroneously reported in Newsday in a chart accompanying an article on Sunday, August 31, 2014 which compared the number of college level Advanced Placement courses offered at public high schools  in Nassau and Suffolk counties in the 2007-2008 school year and the 2013-2014 school year.

More GCHS students were encouraged to take AP courses this past year and have benefited from the experience of sitting for an AP exam.  The total number of GCHS students taking AP exams rose to 165 students this past year.  The number of AP exams administered in 2014 rose to 321. Additionally, we had 40 GCHS students who qualified as AP scholars in 2014, according to the College Board.

These courses included the following:  Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC,  Calculus BC:AB, Chemistry, Computer Science A, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Italian Language and Culture, Microeconomics, Music Theory, Music Aural Subscore, Music Non-Aural Subscore, Physics B, Psychology, Spanish Language and Culture, Spanish Literature and Culture, Statistics, United States Government and Politics, United States History and World History.


Inference Through Art at Deasy

The interpretation of a work of art is in the eye of the beholder – a lesson first-grade students at Deasy School experienced firsthand during a recent classroom visit with Nassau County Museum of Art representative Rebecca Hirschwerk.

The meeting was scheduled as a precursor to an upcoming field trip to the museum and gave students an up-close look at several works of art in an intimate setting.

“I love these visits because they give students an understanding of what we do,” Hirschwerk said. “They recognize us and feel comfortable.”

Hirschwerk met with students in Diane Depietro’s and Jen Russo’s classes, showing them several works of art and asking them to describe what they thought was going on in each picture. Students participated with enthusiasm, excitedly raising their hands while offering interesting explanations.

“This process makes the students feel safe because there’s never a right or wrong answer,” Principal Nomi Rosen said.

According to Rosen, the visit bolsters students’ visual thinking strategies and serves as a lead-in to close reading and textual evidence. In addition to the classroom and museum visits, students will also be asked to write about the works of art and describe what they see.

Parent Portal Gradebook Opens for the Middle School and High School

September 2014

To the Parents of all Secondary Students:
The Glen Cove School District is pleased to continue in its efforts to provide you with access to the Parent Portal. We began this initiative during the spring of 2014. We have expanded the use of the Parent Portal to include access to teacher gradebooks at the middle school and high school. As a result, you are now able to view your child’s progress in each subject area throughout the school year.  This will enable you to become more aware of your child’s achievement on tests, quizzes and homework assignments throughout the quarter.  We continue with our “Green Initiative” and extend the use of the Portal to enhance communication between school and home as well as reduce waste and costs by eliminating all mailed, paper reports. 

By January 2015, as we move into the second semester of the 2014 - 2015 school year, we will have eliminated the need for mid-quarter progress reports, as parents will be able to monitor their child’s progress on an ongoing basis through the Portal.  The same will occur for all report cards.  If you have not created an account already, please contact your child’s guidance counselor for instructions and personal account information.


Maria L. Rianna
Superintendent of Schools


A Visit with Eyewitness News Correspondent Kristin Throne

Communication arts students received career advice and critiques on their classwork when Kristin Thorne, a Long Island correspondent for WABC-TV’s Eyewitness News, visited TV Production 1 and Broadcast Journalism classes.

Thorne’s visit, orchestrated by media communications teacher Christopher Barry, marks the first in a series of professionals who will visit the high school classes, providing students with insight on what it takes to do certain jobs and how to achieve their career goals.

“They can hear me talk until I’m blue in the face, but to actually sit with someone in the television business, it registers differently,” Barry said.

Thorne provided students with specific information of what her job entails, including writing, long hours and the importance of her appearance. She also indicated her love of breaking news and storm coverage, telling students she has been fascinated by storms since she was a young girl.

Students were completely engaged throughout the visit, especially when Thorne spoke of how she secured her first reporting job out of college. She explained that she had emailed and phoned a news director in Connecticut and when she didn’t hear back, she decided to take a “road trip” to the newsroom. Once there, she met with the news director and convinced him to give her a chance.

 “You have to put boots on the ground,” Thorne said. “You will not get a job from an email. You have to set up an informational meeting.”

 During her meeting with Broadcast Journalism students, the WABC-TV correspondent reviewed footage of students’ classwork, giving them tips on framing shots and how to hold a microphone. She also told students it didn’t matter what career path they chose, as long as they had passion for it.

“Don’t be afraid,” Thorne said. “Find what you like, what makes you happy, and go for it.”

All-National Musicians

The National Association for Music Education has selected Glen Cove High School student-musicians Samantha Smith and Ryan Carmody to perform in the All-National Honor Ensembles at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tenn.

Smith, who has been playing the clarinet since third grade, will perform with the All-National Concert Band and is Glen Cove’s first student to be selected for this notable honor.

“This is going to be an amazing experience,” Smith said. “To perform at the Grand Ole Opry and to meet students that are just as interested in music as I am is very exciting.”
Carmody will perform with the All-National Mixed Choir. The high school senior said he’s been singing as long as he can remember and is very excited to go to Nashville.
“Nashville is a huge musical place and it’s an honor to perform there,” he said.

The NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles represent the top-performing high school musicians in the United States. Students chosen for this prestigious honor will work for several days with some of the most renowned conductors in the U.S. before performing in concert at the Grand Ole Opry on Oct. 29.

Books, Books and More Books

The Gribbin School PTA sponsored its annual book fair on Sept. 23-24, much to the delight of students and their families. Principal Francine Santoro said the event, which was scheduled in conjunction with the beginning of school and Open School Night, was a terrific success.

Adult Education Program Guide - Fall 2014

Note: There was a date change for the Microsoft Excel: Introduction class.


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