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BOE Educational Workshop

We invite you to join us on Monday night April 30th at 7:00 PM for our next BOE Educational Workshop which will take place in the Glen Cove High School TV Studio, located on the second floor, next to the school library. The GCTV staff, Chris Barry and Pasquale Iannelli, will provide a tour of the entire facility showcasing the technology, curriculum and 40-year history behind the district's award winning television production program.

The evening will culminate with the GCTV student crew producing a live interview show featuring Glen Cove High School junior and GCTV news reporter Dora Hill and her special guest for the evening, ABC news reporter Kristen Thorne. Kristen will be answering questions about the current state of the broadcast industry, how to get a job in television production, the important role of women in broadcasting, pursuing a college degree in media, and the value of jumpstarting your professional career in educational television programs like the one offered here at Glen Cove High School.

Be a part of the studio audience as the GCTV crew proudly presents A Discussion with ABC News Reporter Kristen Thorne. The tour begins at 7:00 PM. The taping will begin promptly at 7:45.

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High School Community Gathers for International Night

High School Community Gathers for International Night photo

Community services, delicious food and traditional ethnic music and dance were featured when Glen Cove High School hosted its fourth annual International Night on April 16.

The evening was organized by World Language and English as a New Language Coordinator Monica Chavez to share information and express appreciation of the Hispanic community. Before the celebration of food and dance, members of the community had an opportunity to learn about health insurance, local library resources, the Glen Cove Boys and Girls Club, Glen Cove Hospital and more. Some participants also enjoyed getting henna tattoos. 

Glen Cove High School dance club members Maria Fernanda Aquilar, Eduardo Mancia, Dayrin Menjivar and Anderson Valasquez wowed those in attendance with a salsa and reggaetón dance. The group worked hard to prepare for the event, under the direction of teacher Clare Germino. While the guests in attendance enjoyed the delicious food and music, they had an opportunity to view students’ wonderful poems that lined the walls of the cafeteria. 

Ms. Chavez expressed her gratitude to everyone who helped out at the event and those from the school community that attended. 


Connolly Lights It Up Blue

Connolly Lights It Up Blue photo
Connolly teachers will be wearing autism awareness T-shirts throughout the month of April to raise awareness of the disorder. Each donated $10 for the T-shirts to Autism Speaks, an organization dedicated to promoting solutions for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support. 

Gribbin Students Replicate Glen Cove

Gribbin Students Replicate Glen Cove photo

Second-grade students at Gribbin School have been creating papier-mâché replicas of the City of Glen Cove during art class under the guidance of teacher LeeAnn Palazzo.

The students recently took a tour of Glen Cove, visiting famous landmarks and other important buildings. They then sketched the buildings they learned about for a school project. In addition to sketching, they worked together in groups to cover 3-D structures of buildings in papier-mâché, recreating the post office, police department, Glen Cove Mansion, Gribbin and Connolly schools, just to name a few. The students also discussed architecture as part of the art lesson. 

After the projects are painted and complete, they will be brought to City Hall to be featured as part of the city’s 350-year anniversary celebration on Memorial Day weekend.  

Virtual Shark Dive for Deasy Students

Virtual Shark Dive for Deasy Students photo

Deasy School second-graders went on a deep-sea exhibition using the Google Expeditions virtual reality app during their STREAM (science, technology, research, engineering, art and mathematics) class with teacher Giselle Taylor.

Ms. Taylor served as the “tour guide” as students explored Australia, Fiji and Mexico, learning about different types of sharks. Students listened carefully to descriptions of whale, great white, blacktip reef and Port Jackson sharks, learning about their size and the environment where they live. After the exploration, students selected a shark and typed up what they learned in Seesaw, a digital portfolio app for students. 

According to Ms. Taylor, the virtual reality shark dive was a culminating activity for students learning about sharks through the Flipgrid Explorer Series: Sharks. They also have been learning to type and were able to apply those skills to the assignment.        


Two Years, Two Wins, Spark! Challenge Success for GCHS

Two Years, Two Wins, Spark! Challenge Success for GCHS photo

Twenty-seven students from Glen Cove High School competed against students from across New York City and Long Island in Northwell Health's Spark! Challenge on April 12.  

One of the three teams, comprised of 11 students, placed first in the poster competition, winning $5,000.  For the Spark! Challenge, each team was responsible for engaging in a shadowing day where they learned about one of the following health care fields: telehealth, art therapy and emergency room nursing.  Each team took away incredible experiences from the shadowing days, which they translated into a poster and oral presentation. Both the poster and the oral presentation were judged by administrators from Northwell Health. This is the second year that Mrs. Fran Krisch has led the teams as the teacher advisor under the support of Coordinator of Science Alexa Doeschner. It is also the second consecutive year that students from Glen Cove High school won this competition.  

Glen Cove High School art teacher Mr. Stephen Lombardo assisted Mrs. Krisch and her students with the graphic design programs that were needed to render and submit the artwork entries. He was essential to the students' success.

Members of the administration and the entire school community are proud of the hard work students demonstrated during each phase of the challenge, and hopes the entire Glen Cove community will extend a well-deserved congratulations to all students who participated in the Spark! Challenge. 



Deasy School Comes Together to Raise Awareness for Autism

Deasy School Comes Together to Raise Awareness for Autism photo
Deasy School integrated co-special education teachers Katie Drennan and Sue Seltzer rallied the Deasy staff in recognition of National Autism Awareness Month, which is celebrated during the month of April. Both teachers expressed the need for education and understanding of this disability. The Deasy staff will “light it up blue” every Monday by wearing their autism awareness T-shirts. The teachers will also be sharing books and appropriate primary videos with their students to hopefully raise awareness and acceptance.

Students Dribble Their Way to Regional Challenge

Students Dribble Their Way to Regional Challenge photo
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Nine students from Finley Middle School and Landing School took part in the NBA-sponsored Jr. NBA Regional Skills Challenge at Basketball Pier in New York City on March 25. The participating students were winners of their individual school’s competitions.

Students’ families and friends, as well as physical education teachers Karen Serani and Angela Zupa, excitedly watched as the students competed in their two trials at the event. Congratulations to all Glen Cove students who participated in this year’s regional competition!

Connolly Students Collect Pennies for a Good Cause

Connolly Students Collect Pennies for a Good Cause photo
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Connolly students supported Pennies for Patients throughout the month of March to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. In all, they raised $327 to help children suffering from leukemia and lymphoma. Those who participated received a small collection box and saved as much as they could in a week’s time.

Glen Cove Students Participate in the 14th Annual All-County Art Exhibition

Glen Cove Students Participate in the 14th Annual All-County Art Exhibition photo
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The following students’ artwork was selected to represent Glen Cove in the 2018 All-County Exhibit sponsored by the Art Supervisors Association: Frank Andrade Mendez, Mikaila Ayala, Emily Budraitis, Jessica Callaghan, Diana Canales, Celeste Canizales, Chloe Cedeno, Veronica Cruz, Giacomo D’Ambrosio, Joshua Filippone, Julianna Gomez, Ellie Knobel, Julia Lucidi, Natalia Monsale, Ellis Santos, Abigail Suleman, Colton Valeo, Lorena Valverde, Carla Vazquez-Jimenez, Natalie Weigand and Odalis Yanes.

The exhibit honored the most talented young visual artists in Nassau County and was held at Farmingdale State College’s Roosevelt Hall on March 25. Students from kindergarten through 12th grade were chosen to participate in this celebrated event. The exhibit provided a unique opportunity to view the talents and accomplishments of a diverse group of students throughout our county.

The district is proud to announce that Mikaila Ayala was selected to receive a Senior Scholarship Award. Mikaila is a talented young artist who plans on pursuing an art degree at college. Congratulations to Mikaila, and to all those who participated.

Select Chorale Places Second at Disney Festival

Select Chorale Places Second at Disney Festival photo

Glen Cove High School’s Select Chorale attended the Festival Disney Music Competition at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, from March 8-11. There were 12 other choirs at the festival, which included bands and orchestras from all over the country.

The choir scored 97 out of 100, receiving second place out of all of the choirs. In addition, the group had the second-highest score of any of the 23 groups that were there. One of the judges, Dr. Russell Robinson from the University of Florida, remarked that the Glen Cove Select Chorale is one of the finest choirs that he has heard in his 15 years at Festival Disney. Dr. Robinson reached out to Chorale Conductor Ed Norris upon their return to New York, to again let him know how impressed he was with the choir. Dr. Robinson will be conducting at Carnegie Hall in 2019 and has already invited Glen Cove to be a part of that performance.

“It was a wonderful experience and I am so proud of all of our singers for working so hard to prepare the challenging program,” Mr. Norris said. “I am also extremely grateful to the school district and the chorale parents for all of their support. To hear Dr. Robinson, one of our industry’s most respected authors and conductors, speak this way in regard to our ensemble was very moving. I am filled with pride!”



Finley Students’ Artwork Captures ‘Roots’ of Glen Cove

Finley Students’ Artwork Captures ‘Roots’ of Glen Cove photo

Finley Middle School students in grades 6-8 have been learning the history of Glen Cove and transforming it into art in honor of the City of Glen Cove’s 350-year anniversary.

Art teachers Michele McLoughlin and Korey Zalk incorporated lumber in their art classes thanks to Taylor Tree Service in Locust Valley, which donated remnants, and technology teacher John Gervat, who cut down and sanded the pieces for student use, with help from the school’s digital media students. The lumber related to Joseph Carpenter, who in 1668 purchased 2,000 acres of land from the Matinecock Indians. The land was located northwest of the Town of Oyster Bay, now Glen Cove. Carpenter along with four partners named the land Musketa Cove and constructed a sawmill and gristmill. 

Students used the wood pieces to paint multicolored rings similar to the growth rings of a tree. According to McLoughlin and Zalk, the project symbolized the roots of the community. It also reinforced the students’ learning of color theory and paintbrush control and exposed them to painting on a different medium.  

The students’ work will be on display at the City of Glen Cove’s 350th anniversary celebration on Memorial Day weekend at Morgan Park.

High School Students Attend YMCA State Conference

High School Students Attend YMCA State Conference photo
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Glen Cove High School students Ryan Telese, Grace Tenke, Jason Ventura and Alyssa Wolzonis attended the 2018 YMCA Youth and Government State Conference in Albany from March 9-11. 

The Youth and Government conference is a model legislative program that allows middle and high school students the opportunity to learn firsthand how the government operates. Students learn debate procedure, conflict resolution and crisis management skills as they work with their peers to solve issues that face our country.

The students, who were the school’s first-ever delegates to participate in the conference, engaged in substantive analytical thinking as they prepared to debate their bill on the Senate Chamber floor at the New York State Capitol. Although their bill, to issue a body fat percentage cap for all New York State police officers serving in the field, did not pass, they learned from this hands-on learning experience how are government works and the obstacles legislators face when trying to pass a bill.

Finley Middle School Presents Grease

Finley Middle School Presents Grease
Finley Middle School students are excited to take the stage in the school version of “Grease” on April 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m., and April 29, at 2 p.m. General admission is $8, and $7 for students and seniors. Senior citizens with Gold Cards will be admitted at no charge. To purchase tickets, please call 516-801-7510.  

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Robert M. Finley Middle School Proudly Presents: Grease

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Students Honored for Book Creations

Gribbin Students Honored for Book Creations photo
Twenty district students from Connolly and Gribbin schools were selected as winners in Glen Cove Public Library’s 29th annual Write and Illustrate Your Own Book Contest. Congratulations to the students on their outstanding achievement. 

High School Masquers Present Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

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Glen Cove High School students will take the stage in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” on April 20 and 21 at 8 p.m. in the newly refurbished high school auditorium. Tickets will be available for prepurchase April 9-13 from 5-7 p.m. in the high school lobby. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for students and $8 for senior citizens. Senior citizens with Gold Cards will be admitted at no charge.  


Finley Students Participate in National History Day

Finley Students Participate in National History Day photo

Finley Middle School eighth-graders participated in the Regional Junior Division of National History Day on Sunday, March 18. The students competed against hundreds of other students at Hofstra University, showcasing their exhibits, documentaries and performances in front of parents and friends.

The work was the product of a yearlong effort in their Research III course, taught by teacher Ms. Maggi Ibrahim. Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Technology Dr. Michael Israel and District Coordinator of English Mr. Andrew DiNapoli were also in attendance.

Each year, students participating in National History Day engage with one particular theme. This year’s theme was “Conflict and Compromise in History.” The intentional selection of the theme was to provide an opportunity for students to push past the antiquated view of history as mere facts and dates and delve down into historical content to develop perspective and understanding.

Students’ topics included the Oklahoma City bombing, the Voting Rights Act, American discrimination against Latin Americans and the politics of Venezuela. Congratulations to all of the students!


Antigone Rising Visits Finley Middle School

Antigone Rising Visits Finley Middle School photo

Finley Middle School students enjoyed an outstanding musical performance filled with positive messages when the all-female rock group Antigone Rising visited their school.

The visit had special meaning, as two of the band’s members, Cathy and Kristen Henderson, are alumni of Finley Middle School. Students tapped their feet as they listened to the group’s hits, including “Game Changer” and “Don’t Look Back.” The latter was co-written by Matchbox Twenty’s Rob Thomas. Throughout the performance, the group discussed roadblocks they faced in their careers and encouraged students to persevere in the face of no. In preparation for the visit, teachers Danielle Treder and Meredith Murolo had students participate in a survey, which asked them to identify what they believed to be the biggest issues middle school students face, and whether or not they felt that people truly understood who they were. The results indicated that a lot of the students didn’t feel like they could be their “true” selves. 

The band members told students to find the strength to find their own voice, and to allow their friends to do the same. The assembly concluded with students having an opportunity to ask questions.

Assistant Principal Lawrence Carroll said the assembly delivered a powerful message to students.

“I think students in middle school struggle, and this group let them know that if you’re authentic and be yourself, good things will happen,” Carroll said.      

Gribbin Students Engineer Boats and Rafts

Gribbin Students Engineer Boats and Rafts photo

Gribbin first-graders constructed boats and rafts using craft sticks, straws, pipe cleaners and masking tape during a recent STREAM (science, technology, research, engineering, art and mathematics) class.

The students, under the direction of STREAM teacher Jessica McKenna, read Ellen Appleby’s book “The Three Billy-Goats Gruff.” The folktale tells the story of how three billy goats outsmart an intimidating troll. The students were asked what they could build in class that could help the billy goats cross the river, similar to the book. Eventually they decided to build a boat or a raft. 

The first step was to plan their project and determine how to build the floating apparatus. They then were paired with a partner and had to review both of their plans and select the one that they felt would work.   

McKenna said students planned, sketched and labeled their plans. They also had to make sure their rafts or boats could float after construction. She said they are learning the important skills of creating, collaborating and communicating.  


District STREAM Teachers Present at Tech Conference

District STREAM Teachers Present at Tech Conference photo
STREAM (science, technology, research, engineering, arts and math) teachers Cheryl Carmody and Jessica McKenna led a workshop, “Igniting the Citizen Scientist in Your Students,” at the Suffolk ASSET’s Technology Conference on March 12 at the Huntington Hilton.  

The pair’s presentation discussed children’s natural curiosity about nature and what is going on around them, including research that indicates children who have more nature experiences demonstrate more advanced cognitive and emotional development. It also revealed that more and more children are suffering from nature deficit disorder, where although they may go outside for play or sports, children lack a connection to nature and the outside world around them. 

Carmody and McKenna then asked the question: How could teachers provide more opportunities for students to practice their observational skills and build awareness of the world around them and to practice science in a real, tangible way, with meaning? They proposed introducing students to citizen science would achieve these objectives.
The presentation included an overview of five citizen science projects and lesson ideas within these programs. The teachers also demonstrated the apps and how students can submit their observations. Participants saw how these submissions actually help real scientists with their research. Information was offered on various citizen science websites and apps that teachers may use with a variety of age groups.

Citizen science blends the use of technology with the study of the great outdoors to benefit scientists everywhere. It also offers students a chance to not just learn science but to feel like a scientist using data to discover changes in the world around them.

Gribbin Students Tour Glen Cove

Gribbin Students Tour Glen Cove photo

Second-grade students at Gribbin School took a bus tour around Glen Cove to learn about the history of their community. During the tour, the students heard interesting facts about when Glen Cove was founded – known then as Musketa Cove. The tour included stops at Garvies Point Museum; Glen Cove Mansion, one of the first homes built in Glen Cove; Morgan Park and the library. The students met with City of Glen Cove Mayor Timothy Tenke at City Hall, learned about his job and how he helps the citizens of Glen Cove. They also visited the Glen Cove Police Department, where they were given a tour of the department and were educated on the different ways that the police help their community. This trip had a special meaning, as it coincided with the 350th anniversary of the founding of Glen Cove.

Glen Cove Senior Awarded Evans Scholarship

Glen Cove Senior Awarded Evans Scholarship photo
Glen Cove High School senior Ryan Telese has been awarded the Evans Scholarship, a full housing and tuition grant offered to golf caddies. 

Ryan and 16 other students from the East Coast were awarded the scholarships following a final selection interview held at The Union League Club in New York City on Feb. 13. Caddies applying for the scholarship had to meet the following criteria: a strong caddie record, excellent academics, demonstrated financial need and outstanding character.

Ryan will attend Penn State University in the fall. Principal Antonio Santana and the entire administration at Glen Cove High School extended their congratulations to Ryan, wishing him much success in the future. 

Schools Open - May 24 & 25, 2018

Due to the school snow days on March 7 & March 21, 2018, all schools will be open on May 24 & 25, 2018. 


Think Breakfast Nutrition Program at Landing

Think Breakfast Nutrition Program at Landing photo
Landing Elementary School participated in New York State Education Department’s “Think Breakfast !” Nutrition Program, which provides educators, children and families with resources to teach the importance of eating a healthy breakfast and getting daily physical activity. These practices develop lifelong healthy habits that contribute to future achievement and success. 

Students were taught about and discussed the importance of eating proteins with every meal and adding a variety of fruits and vegetables to one’s diet. The “Think Breakfast!” program not only emphasized the importance of eating a healthy breakfast, but it also provided a take-home booklet with various activities, delicious recipes and a “Think Breakfast!” pencil, to remind students to bring these lessons home and into their daily routines throughout their lives.

Gribbin Students Create Papier-Mâché Globes

Gribbin Students Create Papier-Mâché Globes photo
Second-graders in Coleen Brunhuber’s class at Gribbin constructed papier-mâché globes as a culminating activity in social studies. Each student began with a balloon, and glue and water for the paste. They then cut strips of newspaper and covered the entire balloon. After the balloons dried overnight, the students painted the balloon blue and let it again dry overnight. The students then cut and pasted the continents and oceans together, creating their beautiful projects, which are on display in the school’s hallway. 

Poster Created by Glen Cove Junior Selected for City Celebration

Poster Created by Glen Cove Junior Selected for City Celebration photo
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Glen Cove High School junior Anthony Condo had his poster selected to be the official poster for the City of Glen Cove’s 350th anniversary celebration. The school’s media arts class competed in the contest, which invited local students to tackle the event poster designed to promote the upcoming activities around the city, under the direction of teacher Stephen Lombardo.  

Principal Antonio Santana and assistant principals Allen Hudson III and Katie Prudente joined several members of the city’s 350 Committee as they celebrated Anthony and provided a pizza party for the entire class. Anthony received a certificate from the mayor and will be providing printing specs to the Glen Cove Printery, which is printing the poster, soon to be seen all around town.

Photos courtesy of Tab Hauser

Students Compete at Medical Marvels Competition

Students Compete at Medical Marvels Competition photo
For the first time, students from Glen Cove High School participated in the 6th annual Medical Marvels competition through Northwell Health.  

Along with their teacher, Ms. Jillian Romano, students Adam Rami Hassan, Andrew Palafox, Mikael Barajas, Emma Spoto and Carina Gigliotti from the Science Research Literacy class attended the competition on March 9, competing against teams from 22 high schools from across Long Island and Queens. 

In preparation for the competition, students worked on a 14-page paper, where they proposed their own original solution to the national opioid crisis. In addition, students were tasked with creating a scientific display board to showcase their proposal. Finally, students were responsible for a two-minute oral presentation, which was followed by a one-minute question-and-answer session. A highlight from the students’ presentation was the detailed scientific description of their clinical investigation that studied the effects of decreasing the dosage of opioids without a patient’s knowledge. The students predicted that the slow decrease in dosage would allow patients to recover from addiction at a faster rate. Students explained that they would administer a number of surveys, physical fitness tests and brain imaging techniques to validate the physiological effect of their experiment. 

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Technology Dr. Michael Israel and District Coordinator of Science Ms. Alexa Doeschner attended the competition and stated how impressed they were with the incredible amount of work and energy that went into this endeavor.

A Focus on Inner Strength at Gribbin

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This year, the Gribbin School Site Committee has been focusing on the theme of inner strength in conjunction with the book “We’re All Wonders,” by R.J. Palacio. Glen Cove High School principal Antonio Santana, along with several high school students, recently visited with Gribbin students to share their personal triumphs over obstacles. The youngsters and the guest speakers shared a rich exchange of experiences and advice on how to be resilient and embrace their inner wonders.


Connolly Students Start With Hello!

Connolly Students Start With Hello photo
Connolly students from Susan Gielbeda’s fourth-grade class paired with the fifth-graders in Susan Stanco’s class to participate in a national Start With Hello week.

Start With Hello week brings attention to the growing epidemic of social isolation in schools and communities. The goal is to empower young people to create a culture of inclusion and connectedness within their school. The students were paired up with a new friend to create posters on different ways they can say “hello.” They learned that a simple word like “hello” could make a huge impact. The posters will be displayed around Connolly School in an effort to promote a more welcoming environment.

Pizza Time at Gribbin

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Second-graders in Coleen Brunhuber’s class at Gribbin School learned how to make pizza, thanks to Mr. Guastella from Forest Pizza in Glen Cove.

Mr. Guastella volunteered his time to make pizza with the students. In writing, they wrote about how to make pizza from scratch. They also wrote Mr. Guastella thank-you letters and stated their opinions about what they enjoyed about making the pizza. This fun activity aligned with the second-grade study of opinion, information and narrative writing.

The Roaring ’20s Come to Life for High School Juniors

The Roaring ’20s Come to Life for High School Juniors photo
Glen Cove High School juniors in Allison Butler’s 11H and 11 ENL classes embraced the Roaring ’20s on Feb. 28.
The day began with students viewing their classes’ completed research papers and display boards on the Roaring ’20s, which were exhibited in the school’s Gallery Walk held in the cafeteria during first period. Mrs. Butler extended a special thanks to student Andrew Wonska, who serenaded students with a violin solo, and Melissa Johnides’ photography class, who served as unyielding paparazzi.  

The day continued with the classes touring Oheka Castle in Huntington, where they learned about its history, took fabulous pictures and enjoyed a formal tea with their peers. The castle was the perfect, opulent setting to mark the students’ conclusion of reading F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby.”

Jr. NBA Skills Challenge Winners Celebrated at Landing

Jr. NBA Skills Challenge Winners Celebrated at Landing photo
Landing School students participated in the Jr. NBA Skills Challenge in January, where they competed in dribbling and shooting skills and tried to score their highest personal point total within one minute. Landing physical education teacher Karen Serani expressed her pride to all students who entered the contest. The following were winners in their age division:

Boys Under 11
1st place: Jadyn Johnson – 36 points
2nd place (tied): Devon Gonzalez and Dylan Piriyatamwong – 27 points
3rd place: Franco Fort – 25 points

Girls Under 11
1st place: Jaylin Neder – 27 points
2nd place: Sarah Ayiku – 10 points
3rd place: Olivia DeCurtis – 8 points

Boys Under 13
1st place: Xavier Lizarraga – 13 points
2nd place: Leybis Villatoro – 9 points
 3rd place: Chris Diggs – 4 points

Girls Under 13
1st place: Mirian Alfaro – 4 points

On March 25, the 11 finalists will compete in the regional competition at Basketball City at Pier 36 in New York City. Good luck! 

Connolly Buddies Collaborate for Library Contest

Connolly Buddies Collaborate for Library Contest photo
Connolly School third- and fifth-grade buddies in Tara Pilewski’s and Susan Stanco’s classes paired up to write and illustrate a fairy tale to submit to the Glen Cove Public Library Book Contest. The children studied the literary genre prior to creating their entries.

Landing Celebrates Positive Behavior With Dance Party

Students at Landing School who exhibited exemplary PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) behavior were recently rewarded with a dance party. Students in attendance earned a required number of Landing School Pride Tickets for admittance into the event. At Landing, they celebrate positive student behavior every month through different raffles and schoolwide celebrations such as the dance party.

The school is using a PBIS matrix chart to clearly communicate expectations for positive behavior throughout the building.   

Gribbin Kindergartners Study the Meaning of ‘Harmonious’

Gribbin Kindergartners Study the Meaning of ‘Harmonious’ photo
Gribbin students in Irene Kamola’s and Mr. John Segreti’s kindergarten classes chose “harmonious” as the word to display on the school vocabulary board located just outside the school’s main office.

Different classes take turns depicting new words on the vocabulary board, giving all of the school’s students the opportunity to expand their vocabulary. The kindergarten students filled up the bulletin board with illustrations, photographs and their own writings that reinforced their understanding that the word “harmonious” means people and things that get along well. Cookies and milk, stars and stripes, and paper and pencils were a few of the ideas shown.  

The students introduced the word to the school by singing an original song called “What’s More Harmonious Than You and Me?” during the morning announcements on Feb. 12. “Harmonious” will be the featured word for two weeks. 

Mr. Segreti said “harmonious” seemed like the perfect new word for all to learn because it was Valentine’s Day, and February is International Friendship Month.

New Learning Standards Highlighted at Connolly’s Science Fair

New Learning Standards Highlighted at Connolly’s Science Fair photo

Fourth- and fifth-grade students at Connolly participated this February in a science fair, which was aligned to the newly released New York State Science Learning Standards that stress beginning with science phenomena to engage students.

The science fair was a culminating project in a six-week scientific inquiry unit designed by the district’s science coordinator, Alexa Doeschner, in consultation with Connolly School Principal Julie Mullan. Science materials were purchased, and Ms. Doeschner prepared more than 100 science kits for teachers to use within their classrooms. Mrs. Mullan and Ms. Doeschner facilitated in-service meetings for teachers to get acquainted with the new approach. Teachers worked hard to implement the new curriculum, as they had to take a step back from direct teaching and take on a different role where they guided students through the inquiry process. 

Students had the opportunity to engage in scientific inquiry from beginning to end. They collaboratively developed their own questions and hypotheses, designed and conducted experiments, collected and interpreted data, and came to a conclusion. Students then presented their projects during the science fair, while district administrators rated their presentations using a rubric. 

Community members, including parents and Board of Education members Amy Franklin and Monica Alexandris-Miller, were in attendance showing their support for students’ hard work. The children were clearly proud of their projects and enthusiastic to share their accomplishments with everyone.


Finley Robotics Students Head to State Competition

Finley Robotics Students Head to State Competition photo
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By virtue of a high-scoring performance at the VEX qualifying competition held in South Huntington on Feb. 10, the Finley robotics team C, The Exobots, has been chosen for this year’s New York State finals. This young team has worked hard to design its robot and to compete through this challenging season. The teams that have been chosen are a limited group and it is a great honor to be included. Congratulations to the following students: Sixth-graders James Lopez and Giancarlo Torres, seventh-graders Chris Cardera and Juan Yepes, and eighth-grader Zachary Gotterbarn.

Glen Cove Students Help Those in Need

Glen Cove Students Help Those in Need photo
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The Glen Cove High School community recently came together to help those less fortunate by donating blessing bags filled with snacks and personal hygiene items. 

Thanks to the generosity of Honor Society and Key Club members, as well as teachers, secretaries, the guidance department and the main office staff, the school filled 80 blessing bags, which were distributed to Glen Cove’s North Shore Sheltering Program, MOMMAS House in Glen Cove and Wantagh, and other in-need community members.   

The school also received a donation of 25 string backpacks from Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty, which were used to deliver the blessing bags to the Glen Cove’s North Shore Sheltering Program. Principal Antonio Santana expressed his gratitude to teacher and Key Club adviser MaryEllen Cuomo for coordinating the collection, and to all those who donated.   

New York Islanders Support Landing Floorball Unit

New York Islanders Support Landing Floorball Unit photo
Landing Elementary School participated in the floorball hockey program presented by the New York Islanders outreach program, in collaboration with Generation Floorball, who provided the equipment for the mini-floorball unit.

The New York Islanders delivered New York Islander-branded pinnies – both white and blue – elementary-sized New York Islander hockey sticks and floorballs for the monthlong unit. Students learned and practiced various ice hockey skills in their physical education classes.

The unit kicked off with a visit by New York Islanders’ Mascot Sparky, who stressed the importance of making smart decisions, eating healthy and staying active as well as treating others with respect. During this interactive assembly, the Islanders helped students realize why being committed to making good decisions is important in school and life.

In addition, the Islanders are rewarding students for working hard in school and earning good grades. Students applying for the free ticket program must show that they have received an “A” or moved up a letter grade in a subject, in order to earn two complimentary tickets to an Islanders game.

Landing School would like to thank the New York Islanders and Generation Floorball for this incredible outreach program.

Junior Researches Black History and Desegregation in Video

Junior Researches Black History and Desegregation in Video photo

Glen Cove High School junior Dajour Gibson presented his video, “All Colors Are Equal in Education,” to his peers and Finley Middle School students on Feb. 16, as part of the district’s Black History Month celebration.

Gibson researched Black History and the desegregation of schools, with a special focus on Glen Cove City Schools, for his video. As part of the project, he interviewed former Glen Cove High School Assistant Principal Sheryl Goodine. Goodine was the first black girl admitted to the new integrated schools in Glen Cove. Her father, James Davis, along with the Glen Cove NAACP, were instrumental in desegregating Glen Cove City Schools and the city’s fire department. 

During the visit at Finley Middle School, Assistant Principal Allen Hudson III introduced Gibson, who he described as a “tremendously insightful and wonderful young man.” Gibson shared some opening comments prior to the viewing.

“As a black student in the high school, it means a lot to me that nowadays we can all come to school together,” he said. 

Gibson also spoke of Goodine and her family’s contributions to the Civil Rights Movement.   

“Ms. Goodine changed the culture of Glen Cove for the better,” Gibson said.  

He also told students that there was still work to do.

“There’s still a lot of racism today around the world and it’s important that we open our eyes to it. It’s something we have to overcome slowly.”

In the video, Ms. Goodine shared her experience of going from a school where everyone looked like her, to going to classes where she was the minority, describing the experience as a culture shock. After the video presentation, Ms. Goodine spoke more of her experiences, including how she learned of Black History in college. She also took questions from the middle school students.

The assembly concluded with the middle school’s chorus delivering an outstanding rendition of “Precious Lord Take My Hand,” under the direction of teacher Joy Sullivan. Dajour will be submitting his video to the Hofstra University History Day project.


Elementary Students Explore 3D Printing

Elementary Students Explore 3D Printing photo

Connolly and Landing schools fifth-grade Academic Plus students received a firsthand look at 3D printing when representatives from the Finland-based company 3D Bear visited Connolly School on Feb. 15.

As part of the daylong visit, students learned about 3D design, 3D printing and augmented reality. They were highly engaged as they worked together in groups to create dream bedrooms on their tablets using the augmented reality app. After completing their bedroom assignments, students created backyards and other settings, much to their delight. Once the designs were complete, the fifth-graders voted on the best design to be printed in a Lulzbot 3D printer. 

The district was one of 20 in the United States selected to participate in the company’s 3D Bear/3D Bear augmented reality pilot program. Students from each school thoroughly enjoyed the visit, which provided them with an opportunity to show off their creativity and technological aptitude in a fun and exciting way.   


Monthly Family Nights Begin

Family Nights Begin

To combat the busy schedules of families, the district has implemented a monthly Family Night. On Family Night, students will not be assigned any homework from their classroom teachers, allowing their families to preplan fun activities, without interruption.

Family Night will be held on the following dates:
Oct. 25        Jan. 31          April 18
Nov. 22        Feb. 14         May 23
Dec. 20        March 21       June 13

Friday, April 20, 2018