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SEPTA Movie Night - March 7th

Please join SEPTA for a kid’s movie night out at Clay Nation on Saturday, March 7th from 6:30 – 8:30 pm – showing “Big Hero 6.” The cost is $30 per child which includes pizza, drinks, and a mosaic project. Please RSVP to Denise Reynolds at 270 – 7175 or


SEPTA Adult Night Out - March 18th

Please join SEPTA for an “Adult Night Out: Canvas Painting” at Clay Nation on Wednesday, March 18th from 7 – 10 pm. The cost is $35 per person which includes drinks, snacks, canvas project, and a donation that is applied toward the Glen Cove High School scholarships. You must RSVP to Denise Reynolds at 270 -7175 or If you cannot attend, you may make a contribution.



Join the GCHS Select Chorale in their benefit concert "Serve One Another"


Robert M. Finley Middle School Presents "The King and I"


SEPTA Family Holiday Painting Party - March 21st

Please join SEPTA’s family holiday painting party at Clay Nation on Saturday, March21st. Two seating will be available from 10 – 11 am or 11am – 12pm. The cost is $15 which includes snacks, drinks, and a choice of two projects. Siblings are welcome. Space is limited so please RSVP to Denise Reynolds at 270-7175 or If you wish to stay for both sessions, there will be an additional fee.


SEPTA Movie Nights - March 13th and March 28th

Please join SEPTA at the Glen Cove Movie Theatre on March 13th at 4:30 pm to see “Cinderella.” It is open for all Glen Cove residents. The cost is $10 which includes admission, popcorn, and a soda. No need to RSVP, just mention SEPTA or bring the flyer to receive this special price.

Please join SEPTA at the Glen Cove Movie Theatre on March 28th at 10:00 am to see “HOME: starring voices of Rihanna & Jim Parsons.” It is open for all Glen Cove residents. The cost is $10 which includes admission, popcorn, and a soda. No need to RSVP, just mention SEPTA or bring the flyer to receive this special price.


Mural Brings Life to Computer Lab

Glen Cove High School student Jennifer Canales and former student Elizabeth Alvarado created and painted a mural in the school’s newly renovated computer lab.

Art and photography teacher Melissa Johnides said the pair went above expectations with the project, which they completed on their own time after school. Canales created the design for the mural and said it “represents the variety of nationalities and cultures in Glen Cove.” 

Alvarado has moved out of the Glen Cove area and was not present for its completion.

Students Teach Students at Finley

Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” -Benjamin Franklin

Finley teachers Valerie Amilicia, Andrew DiNapoli and Lori Penrod felt it would benefit their students if they collaborated and created an environment where the eighth-grade honors students became mentors and teachers for their sixth-grade peers.

To that end, Amilicia’s eighth-grade class familiarized themselves with the article “Snow Way,” taken from the 2013 sixth-grade English language arts exam and created lesson plans that modeled close reading and writing strategies. The students’ demonstrated patience and educational skills that catalyzed learning and understanding from the sixth-grade students.

Eighth-grade mentors asked their students to explain their reasoning behind why certain multiple-choice answers were incorrect, and why the correct answer was the strongest. In addition, some of the mentors utilized graphic organizers, poster charts and annotation skills as a way to facilitate student comprehension and analysis.

Amilicia said it was a privilege to see all of the students engaged in a community of active learning. Each student was involved in a discussion that was built on the precepts of trust, guidance and application.

Board Honors a Hero

Finley Middle School security guard Horace Townsend was honored by the Board of Education at their Feb. 23 meeting.

Townsend was recognized for performing the Heimlich maneuver on a Finley Middle School student in the school cafeteria last December upon noticing the child choking. Finley Principal Nelson Iocolano and Superintendent of Schools Maria Rianna thanked Townsend for his quick thinking and heroic actions.

Townsend expressed his gratitude to the district for providing him and other school personnel with CPR training, which equipped him with the necessary skills to help the student in distress.

In addition to celebrating Townsend, the Board was also presented with research conducted by Finley students Matthew Gasparello and Kylie Paul 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.

Business Students Compete in LI Trade Show

Glen Cove business students recently took part in the Long Island Trade Show and Business Plan Competition at SUNY Farmingdale. Twelve students from Judi Checola’s Virtual Enterprise class participated in a competition to present a business plan to judges and then attempt to sell their product to visitors of the trade show.

The class’s virtual business is Click-n-Shop Groceries, an online supermarket and catering company. Senior Hanna Ali served as the company CEO and oversaw the writing of the plan and preparation of the company’s presentation. Overall, the sales team managed to amass $99,000 in virtual sales at the trade show. Click-n-Shop Groceries took home their first award, earning second place in the Most Enthusiastic Firm category.

The trade show provided invaluable real-life business experience, and the Virtual Enterprise class is looking forward to their next trade show, which will be held in New York City in April.

Deasy Students Learn about Trees

Kindergartners and first-graders at Deasy learned about maple syrup and where it comes from when they participated in the Science Museum of Long Island’s Maple Sugaring program at their school.

Led by science museum instructor Caetlin Orellana, the program educated students about the importance of trees and the things they provide to people, including food, supplies and oxygen. After the discussion, the students traveled outside to the school’s maple tree and had an opportunity to tap the tree to see if any maple syrup would flow. Unfortunately, it didn’t because it was too cold.

Following the outdoor activity, students participated in a taste test of three different types of syrup. The children noted differences in color, smell and consistency. According to kindergarten teacher Nicole Crumlich, the program reinforced the students’ full-year study of trees and how they grow and change.


GLEN COVE'S GOT TALENT - Auditions, Rules, Information & Regulations

Do you have talent? Audition for the annual MPAPA Glen Cove's Got Talent


Girls Varsity Basketball Wins Conference Co-Championship



Tuesday, February 10th vs. Floral Park

The Varsity Girls Basketball season finished their season tonight beating the conference co -champion Floral Park 62-37. Seniors Brittany Brown, Karla Correa, and Taylah Hudson were recognized for their participation within the program by Coach Greg Mayerhoffer. The Varsity Girls team finished the season with an overall record of 11-6 and 8-2 in conference A-III.

Congratulations girls, you make Glen Cove Proud!

Glen Cove Rifle Crowned County Champions

Congratulations to our Varsity Rifle Team on winning the County Championship, after being crowned conference champions and an undefeated season. Great shooting all season by sophomore Matthew Pemberton (1st in the county) and sophomore Julie Micko (4th in the County). Matt Arena (All Conference), Selena Guastella (All Conference), Peter Budraitis (All Conference), and Ryan Carmody (1st year shooter). This season was highlighted by many accomplishments.

This season was highlighted by many accomplishments:

1. This was the first undefeated season for a Glen Cove Rifle team.

2. The team broke the Glen Cove school team record three different times this season. The 734 score that was shot at the County Championship is now the present Glen Cove school team record.

3. This is the first time that any member of the Glen Cove Team has ever been crowned as the Individual County Champion. (Matt Pemberton)

4. This is the first time that any member of the Glen Cove Team has ever been the Individual County Champion Runner-Up. (Peter Budraitis, who shot his person best and exceeded all expectations that were set for him yesterday by shooting a 188, which is 13 points higher than his season average).

5. Matt Pemberton broke the individual school record by shooting a score of 195 out of 200 at Freeport this year. That means that 15 of his 20 shots were bulls.

Congratulations to the Air Rifle team and coaching staff. You make Glen Cove Proud. Good Luck at the NYSPHSAA Tournament February 28th at West Point.

Science Fair at Connolly

Connolly School fifth-graders put their scientific knowledge to the test during the school’s annual Science Fair.

The fair was the culminating event to the students’ recent studies of the scientific method, which, according to fifth-grade teacher Susan Stanco, included classroom lessons on dissecting hypotheses and the use of different variables. As part of the learning process, each student was tasked with creating a science project at home and given an opportunity to demonstrate it for classmates and teachers at the fair.


Conference Title for Boys Varsity Basketball Team

Glen Cove’s boys varsity basketball team captured their second conference title in four years when they beat Floral Park 69-63.

Ralik Jackson led the way in points, scoring 19 for the team. He was followed by Corey Dinkins with 16. 

“What a difference a year makes,” varsity coach Peter Falen said. “Last year the boys were 2-15 overall, and this year they captivated a worst-to-first finish with a 12-5 record to capture the Nassau County Conference A III title.”
Assistant coach Adelki Paulino told the team that if they buy in and put forth an effort night after night, they would be rewarded – and rewarded they were.  Glen Cove will host a first round playoff game against North Shore on Feb. 13 at 6 p.m.

MPAPA Presents GLEN COVE'S GOT TALENT - March 19th

Please join MPAPA at their annual Glen Cove's Got Talent Night March 19th.....


LaBaw Places 12th in Regional Bee

Finley School seventh-grader Axelle LaBaw finished in 12th place at the 2015 Hofstra Long Island Regional Scripps Spelling Bee on Feb. 8.

LaBaw was entered into the competition after winning Finley’s annual spelling bee in January. During the school competition, LaBaw faced six other finalists in grades 6-8, who were selected through team-level spelling bees. LaBaw secured her win by spelling “totalitarian” correctly.

Winter Dance Success

Finley Middle School students danced the night away at the school’s Winter Dance, hosted by the PTA on Feb. 6. Deejay DePace provided music to the almost 300 students in attendance. A great time was had by all!

PTA COUNCIL Annual Diamond Club Scholarship Event - March 15, 2015

Please join the PTA Council at their annual Diamond Club Scholarship Event on March 15, 2015, as we continue to honor those who make a difference in our schools and community. All proceeds from this event will be donated by the PTA Council to the Glen Cove Community Scholarship Fund for GCHS Class of 2015 graduates.


PTA Council Diamond Club Fundraising Efforts

Help the PTA Council by supporting the 2nd Annual Diamond Club Scholarship Luncheon with your donation.


Spelling Bee at Landing

Twelve Landing School fifth-graders had the opportunity to demonstrate their spelling skills as they participated in the annual Scripps Spelling Bee on Jan. 7.  

Ciaran Greene, Ryan Houghton, Allayna Hurston-James, Exau Maldonado, Virginia Papasidero, Mathew Salinas, Samantha Seery, Doris Serrano, Jaden Thom, Joseph Thom, Rafael Cruz Villalobos and Miranda Weiser competed against each other in the bee.  All of the students had previously won their classroom contests.

Landing teachers Margaret Clark and Denise Pawlowski moderated the contest, while Susan Fiumara and Karen Serani served as floor judges. Clark did a fantastic job of putting the spellers at ease throughout the competition with her kind and supportive words and her creative and witty sentences that accompanied each spelling word. Pawlowski prepared the extensive word lists for the contestants and helped acquaint them with the rules and regulations of the competition.  

 “We had some really talented spellers who participated this year,” said Pawlowski. “It would have been impossible to predict a winner.” Clark added, “I was so impressed by the students’ dedication and commitment to this spelling bee. It took a total of 175 words, a new school record, before we could declare an official winner.”  
Congratulations to Miranda Weiser, this year’s first-place spelling bee winner, and runner-up Joseph Thom.  


Due to the necessity of a third snow day on Monday, February 9, 2015, schools will be open on FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2015 at their usual times. Transportation will be provided in the usual manner.


Glen Cove Ranked Safest City in U.S.

The city of Glen Cove was named the safest in the country by NeighborhoodScout, a web-based neighborhood search engine for homebuyers and people moving.

To read the article and its findings, please click on the link:

Landing’s Wiesner Heads to NBA All-Star Game

Landing School student Parker Wiesner was awarded first place in the NBA FIT Dribble, Dish & Swish contest regional finals on Jan. 24 at Queens College.

Wiesner and six other Landing students were invited to participate in the regional finals, along with other students from the tri-state area, after their school took part in the contest during gym class under the direction of physical education teacher Karen Serani in January.

In preparation for the event, Serani organized many opportunities for the participating students to practice their basketball obstacle course skills in front of larger groups of people, which included the children competing against Principal Dimitri Kryoneris in front of the entire student body. The students also had an opportunity to practice at Finley Middle School thanks to the coordination efforts of Glen Cove Athletic Director Denise Kiernan, Finley Middle School Principal Nelson Iocolano and Finley physical education teachers Angela Zupa and Steve Tripp. 

Principal Kryoneris and the entire Landing School community commend Jordan Howe, Nia Phillips and Eli Reinheimer (7-8-year-old category); Morgan Hernandez and Wiesner (9-10-year-old category); and Samantha Silva and Jose Santos (11-12-year-old category) on their participation in the regional finals. They also expressed their congratulations to Wiesner, who was named first-place champion in the 9-10 year old boys’ division and Hernandez, who recorded her fastest time of 26.59, placing third in the girls’ competition.

The NBA has awarded Wiesner a three-day all-expense paid trip to New York City to the NBA FIT Dribble, Dish & Swish finals, held during the NBA All-Star weekend from Feb. 13-15. Serani plans to coordinate a pizza party for all seven winners to congratulate them on their wonderful achievements.

2015-2016 Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten Registration


Registration for Kindergarten will begin on February 2, 2015 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.


Varsity Cheer Leads in Lynbrook Competition


Varsity Coach Amy Serr and JV Coach Jessica Banks

This past weekend, the Varsity and JV Cheerleading teams attended a competition at Lynbrook High School. The teams competed against Manhasset and Sewanhaka in the Varsity Co-Ed division. After an impressive performance, Glen Cove was awarded first place. Glen Cove Varsity and JV teams also received the spirit award for spirit displayed towards each other and other teams throughout the course of the day. Both coaches are very proud of the program’s success this year.

Click this link to Varsity routine at Lynbrook Competition 2015:

Congratulations Girls!

First-Place Tournament Champions & Excellence Award For The Men in Black

They did it again! Glen Cove's Robotics Team 144, better known as The Men in Black, not only came in first place at Adelphi University’s Southern New York Regional Competition on Jan. 24, but also earned their second Excellence Award. The Men in Black ranked first all day until the last match, where they dropped in rank to second place, but not for long. Winning five out of five matches earned them the position to choose their two alliance partners (two other teams) that would compete with them in the semifinals and finals to take home the big win. Winning alongside Glen Cove in the semifinals and finals were alliance partners from Wantagh High School, the Wantagh Warrioirs, and Malverne High School’s Mechanical Mules. There were 22 high school teams and two other middle school teams at the event, which included two college-sponsored teams and previous tournament champions.

The team members responsible for designing, building, programming and driving the winning robot, named “Will Smith," are all eighth-graders from Robert M. Finley Middle School. The team would like to thank their coach and advisor, "The Lady in Red" – Lisa Pignataro, as well as their principal, Mr. Nelson Iocolano, for their dedication and support for robotics. The team is trying hard to raise money to compete in the national competition (for which they have now qualified three times), which is coming up this April in Iowa; any donations are appreciated. The key to The Men in Black's success is: "They work in secret, they exist in shadow and they dress in black!" The team members are Agent "K" – Kyle Fahey, Agent "R" – Ryan Koenig, Agent "S" – Shevon Rodrigo, Agent "L" – Lucretia Smith, Agent "A" – Andrew Woska, Agent "F" – Frank the Dog, and their coach – "The Lady in Red" – Lisa Pignataro.



Available to Glen Cove residents, ages 60 or older

Benefits include:
• Free admission to Glen Cove School District events, such as plays, concerts, etc.
• Preferred seating at certain designated events
• Entrance into special performances specific to Gold Card members

Register for membership at the Administration Building on Dosoris Lane. Just bring proof of residency and receive your membership card today. Call 516-801-7037 for further information.

NYSSMA President Visits Finley

New York State School Music Association President Dr. David Gaines recently visited seventh-grade band students at Finley Middle School. 

During his time at Finley, Dr. Gaines led a master class, working with students on music to be performed as part of the band's spring concert as well as their upcoming performances at the NYSSMA Major Organization Festival.

“The students greatly enjoyed the experience with Dr. Gaines and were delighted to receive a great deal of positive feedback,” seventh-grade band director Brittney Frank Rifkind said. "Having Dr. Gaines come to Finley Middle School was a real honor. He is truly a master teacher, and the students were thrilled to work with him.”

Community Readers at Gribbin

Members of the Glen Cove community recently visited and read to Gribbin School students as part of the school’s Parents As Reading Partners program.

Students listened to a story read by their special guest and had an opportunity to learn about the important role they have in the community. Principal Francine Santoro expressed her gratitude to the following guest readers who attended the event: 

Mr. Brian Basile — Hair Designer
Mr. Tim Benzinger — Parent
Monica Chavez — ESL Foreign Language Coordinator
Lt. Peter DiMaggio — Glen Cove Police Department
Mr. Mike DiPaolo — UPS Driver
Ms. Merrily Glaviano — Gribbin Teacher Mom
Mr. Nick Glaviano — Second-Grade Teacher’s Brother
Dr. Beverly Granger — Glen Cove Dentist
Mr. Anthony Guastella — Forest Pizza
Dr. Michael Israel — Assistant Superintendent
Mr. Todd Kopetic — Parent
Dimitri Kryoneris — Landing School Principal
Sgt. Jack MacDougal — Retired Police Officer
Ms. Arlene O’Dell — Director of GC Youth Bureau
Maria Rianna —Superintendent
Mr. Matthew Rottino — High School English Teacher
Mayor Reginald Spinello
Officer David Telese — Customs Officer
Mr. Spiro Tsirkas — GC Youth Bureau
Police Chief William Whitton


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


Friday, Feb 27, 2015
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