Model UN Impresses at World Affairs Competition

The Glen Cove High School Model United Nations club delivered an impressive showing at the prestigious World Quest competition, recently held at Stuyvesant High School in New York City.  World Quest, an intensive high-school-level team competition run by the World Affairs Council of America in conjunction with the Foreign Policy Association, is designed to challenge students on their knowledge of international affairs, geography, culture and history.

As the only high school fielding two teams, GCHS competed against eight other schools at the competition. Both GCHS squads tied for fourth place and finished ahead of perennial contenders such as Herricks High School and the Bronx High School of Sciences.  

“It was a wonderful experience and the club is looking forward to bringing home first place next year!” said Model UN advisor Chris Contorno, whose Model UN students have been very successful in local competitions the last few years.
Congratulations to the Model UN teams comprised of students Shayan Awan, Christopher Christodoulou, Matthew Gallo, Nicolas Garcia, Ali Raza, Andrew Shuck, Brando Vizcarro and Blake-Lee Woods.

Dance Club Hosts Zumba Night

The Glen Cove High School Dance Club held a “Zumba Night” fundraiser for students and community members. Zumba instructors were former Glen Cove High School ESL students Mimi Ruiz, Katherine Flores, Erica Dobrovszky, and Marjorie Bell. The event raised $280 for the 20-member startup club.

“We would like to perform at school events and our members enjoy dancing for fun,” said Dance Club advisor Clare Germino. “We learn all different types of dances.”

Glen Cove Moves to Single Sign On for Parent Portal

Get a jump start on the Parent Portal… begin creating your single sign-on today!

Although the GradeBook component will not be open until April 25th, you can create one account for all your children prior to April 25th.  Click here for directions to create your “single sign-on”…

All Schools Open Monday, April 21, 2014

All schools will open at their normal times for a regular school day on Monday, April 21, 2014.

Budget Hearing - May 7, 2014


"We were singing his songs, so of course he came."

Such was the initial consensus among performers onstage at our Spring Concert.  A few savvy second graders, however, realized that something special was happening -- as did the electrified audience -- when the subject of Deasy's River of Dreams tribute concert decided to accept an invitation and slip in quietly in the back row.


The rest was Glen Cove history.

Vendors Needed - HS PTSA Annual Garage Sale


Singing Songs for the Piano Man

Deasy Elementary School’s annual spring concert carried a special theme this year, and the students received more than they bargained for. Vocalists in grades kindergarten through second presented “The River of Dreams: A Billy Joel Tribute Concert” held under the direction of Rosita Mallo in conjunction with the school’s visual arts department, led by Jean Bennardo.

With student artwork serving as the backdrop, each grade level at Deasy took to the Wunsch Center stage at Finley Middle School to sing an eclectic collection of the Long Island legend’s greatest hits. Kindergarteners led off with “You May Be Right” and closed with “Uptown Girl,” with Kalia Edwards featured as a soloist on “Lullaby” in-between. First-graders led off with “My Life,” with Alana Barnes and Jordan Billings providing solo vocals on “Tell Her About It,” before the group closed with the classic “Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song). Second-grade singers opened with “We Didn’t Start the Fire” and closed out the festivities with “New York State of Mind” and “Piano Man,” with solos delivered by Caleb Ham, Amy Cruz-Chacon and Trinity Gilreath on the latter. Students kept the audience grooving as they swayed their arms to various movements depicted in the lyrics of the different songs.

This wonderful tribute was made even more memorable by the presence of one special surprise guest: Mr. Billy Joel, himself, attended the show!  He sat in the audience among parents, and applauded at the end of every song, smiling all the way. Principal Nomi Rosen acknowledged the Piano Man’s presence and the students – and adults¬ – were in awe, pleased and proud to perform for him. Deasy parents and teachers began spreading the word about the tribute during the days leading up to the show, with the hope that Mr. Joel would attend.

Special thanks to Ms. Mallo and the students for putting on such a wonderful show. Thanks to Ms. Bennardo and her student artists, all of the Deasy support staff who made the concert possible and of course Billy Joel, for taking the time to witness these young music makers in action!


Several media broadcasts reported on the story. Click on the links below to view some of the local coverage


Glen Cove Ready to Relay

The Glen Cove High Student Senate (pictured) recently kicked off a Relay for Life campaign to help spread the word and encourage others to participate in this worthwhile event that will be held at North Shore High School on Saturday, June 7 and Sunday, June 8.  

Relay for Life is an organized community fundraising walk comprised of teams who agree to camp out around a track overnight. Members of each team take turns walking around the track, usually at a local high school. Relay for Life events, which benefit the American Cancer Society, are designed to raise funds and awareness for cancer research and also allow participants to pay tribute to cancer survivors and loved ones who have lost their battle.

The GCHS Senate’s team, The Thunder Cats, is captained by senior Samantha DiPaola, who has been extremely active in spreading awareness and garnering participation for Relay for Life in previous years. As captain of the varsity girls lacrosse squad, Samantha has been influential in coordinating and promoting two Coaches vs. Cancer fundraisers (which also benefit the American Cancer Society); a Zumbathon fundraiser held on April 1 that raised more than $400; and the upcoming lacrosse and softball Coaches vs. Cancer games, scheduled for April 12 at GCHS at 10 a.m. (softball) and 12 p.m. (lacrosse).

In addition to the Thunder Cats, the GCHS Key Club and kickline also have teams registered, among other Glen Cove teams. The Senate hopes to encourage enough students, staff and members of the school community to join Samantha’s team or an existing team, or start a team of their own. In years past, as many as 10 teams have represented Glen Cove at the North Shore Relay for Life. Last year, more than 50 GCHS students participated in the event, including Samantha and her Student Senate team, which won the Relay’s “Heart and Sole” award for the most miles walked.

To register for the North Shore Relay for Life and sign up with a team, visit Students can contact Student Senate adviser Ellen Lynch at GCHS for more information.

Spring Magic in the Air

Gribbin Elementary School held its annual spring concert entitled “The Magic in Me” under the direction of music teacher JoAnn Criblez. The show consisted of a collection of entertaining songs –contemporary and classic– performed by the school’s kindergarteners and first and second graders. Every song carried the theme of magic: kindergarteners performed “Magical Mystery Tour” and “Puff the Magic Dragon,” first graders performed “Uh, Oh…It’s Magic” and “Do You Believe in Magic?” while second graders performed “Every Little Thing She Does is Magic” and “I’ve Got the Magic in Me.” The first and second graders also performed instrumental selections.

Spring concerts are scheduled in schools throughout the district this season. Please check the calendar section of this website to find your school’s concert date.

You are Invited! GCHS College Fair May 8th at 7 p.m.


Cove-er Times Staffers Recognized for Excellence Again!

Continuing a tradition of journalistic excellence, two Glen Cove High School student newspaper staffers were recently honored with Quill Awards at Adelphi University's Press Day 2014, an event designed to recognize the best among area high school journalists.

Junior Rebecca Rand was awarded the Quill for “Best Opinion Piece.” In her “Piece of My Mind” contribution, Rebecca shares her views on cultural diversity, racism and bullying. Her piece ran in the February 2014 edition.

Sophomore Gabby Morales won the award for “Best Photo Layout” for her photo collage from this year’s Homecoming game and festivities. Gabby’s engaging spread of game, pep rally and school spirit shots can be found in the Homecoming 2013 edition.

Both editions can be found on the Cove-er Times webpage at

Last year the Cove-er Times took home Quill awards honors in four separate categories and has been a staple of excellence at local journalism expositions for many years. Congratulations to Rebecca, Gabby and Cove-er Times advisors Arlene Munson and Stephen Lombardo for again making Glen Cove High School proud!

Ms. Munson is seen here congratulating Rebecca (left) and Gabby.

Jumping with Heart: Landing Raises $7K+

Landing Elementary School’s “Jump Rope for Heart” fundraising efforts have raised $7,181 this year. More than 145 Landing students and staff members participated in this year's effort, which benefits the American Heart Association.

Congratulations to Max Lasser, who raised a school high $415. Other top jumpers include:

Mialani Martinez: $330
Mikey and Lucas Mattern: $300 each
William Merkel, Daniel May, and Ryan Houghton: $200 each
Kevin Kelly Larkin: $190 each
Evan Rodriguez: $160
Vanessa Vela $151
Kristen Sita: $150

Through the Jump Rope for Heart program, students secure donations and pledge to jump rope for extended periods of time to raise awareness and much-needed monies for the AHA. Landing School Principal Dimitri Kryoneris and his three children, Gabriella, Sophia, and Luciano also participated. Landing physical education teacher Karen Serani coordinated the event. Thanks to all the Landing students and families that participated!

Coaches vs. Cancer Events

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Mad About Science

Gribbin students recently experienced science in a fun, safe and imaginative way through an interactive assembly conducted by  Mad Science of Long Island. The ‘Mad Scientist’ put on a high-energy, informative show, demonstrating how mixing different properties and chemicals produces some very eye-opening results.

Sea Stars at Gribbin

Students at Gribbin School learned about sea stars as they touched and observed live "Stars of the Sound." An educator from the Waterfront Center in Oyster Bay brought several sea stars to the school, as well as clams and mussels, shellfish that the sea stars eat, all of which can be found in the Long Island Sound. The children identified the sea stars' parts and learned how sea stars eat, see, and regenerate arms, culminating the session by making a sea star craft of their own.

View the Finley MS “Starmites” Promotional Video


PTA Honors First-Ever Diamond Club

The Glen Cove PTA Council recently revealed its inaugural Diamond Club at its annual scholarship brunch fundraiser. In past years, the Council selected one community contributor to honor during the fundraiser held for members of the Glen Cove High School graduating class. This year, the various Glen Cove parent teacher associations had the opportunity to honor a special member of their school community who has been a positive influence on the lives of the children.

Each honoree was nominated by a school or parent volunteer, community or PTA member, faculty, staff member or administrator. This year’s first ever distinguished Diamond Club inductees were former Glen Cove PTSA president Suzanne Anderson, Finley Middle School orchestra teacher Brittany Frank Rifkind, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Technology Dr. Michael Israel, Director of Special Education Mary Murphy, Deasy School Principal Nomi Rosen and Connolly School Principal Rosemarie Sekelsky.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Glen Cove Community Scholarship fund for scholarships for the 2014 Glen Cove High School graduating seniors. The Glen Cove High School jazz band, under the direction of Nicholas Carbuto, entertained the 180 guests in attendance.

“Through the generosity of many groups, we were able to create the fabulous grand prizes and raffle baskets that many of the attendees took home for themselves or others who purchased raffle tickets in advance,” said PTA Council president Antoinette Bellomo. “We are always filled with gratitude as our community continues to come out to support this fine cause.”


Students Pen Their Appreciation for Learning

The Glen Cove Teachers Association recently honored four winners of the Long Island Presidents Council's 2014 essay contest titled “My Teacher Made This Fun to Learn.” GCTA public relations chairperson president Monica Altamirano offered the organization’s congratulations and presented a check for $50 to each winner at the recent Board of Education meeting.

Winners were selected in four different age categories:

Grades K-2:  Zainab Raza (Gribbin School). Zainab wrote about her first-grade teacher Vanessa Broglia, who made reading fun to learn.) Zainab's second-grade ELA teacher this year is Amy Gallo, who entered her essay.
Grades 3-5: Maya Taylor (Landing School). Maya chose to write about her Academics Plus teacher Victoria DeLuise, who inspired her to learn architecture by designing her dream house. Maya's fourth-grade ELA teacher this year is Laura Ann Montuori, who entered her essay.
Grades 6-8: Solange Unger  (Finley Middle School). Solange wrote about her seventh-grade science teacher Natalie Camisa, who showed her how mixing different chemicals in test tubes is fun to learn. Solange's ELA teacher this year is Priscilla Incerto, who entered her essay.
Grades 9-12:  Matthew Grabowski (Glen Cove High School). Matthew wrote about his English teacher Matthew Rottino, who makes rhetoric fun to learn in class. Since Mr. Rottino is Matt’s English teacher, he entered the essay.

Congratulations to Matthew, Maya, Solange and Zainab for their award-winning essays and to their teachers, for making learning fun.

Talkin' crickets with The Bug Chicks

Jessie and Kristie, a.k.a. The Bug Chicks, a talented team of entomology educators, were impressed by our students' questions when they visited with second graders via SKYPE in Discovery Cove.  Topics ranged widely from "Bug basics," to "Why I love insects" to "Amazing bugs you should know."   


Meanwhile, our arthropod aficionados continue to immerse themselves in contextual non-fiction reading, informational writing, online research and careful observation as they expand their study from crickets to their newest classroom guests, Harvester ants (in Ant Farms). 



Finley Artist Soars to State Competition

Congratulations to Finley Middle School student Joshua Filippone for advancing to the New York State level of the national PTA Reflections contest. The Nassau County judges selected Joshua’s artistic contribution to move forward in the category of Visual Arts.

Using mainly ink from a Sharpie marker, Joshua utilized shading techniques to create three separate panels, telling the story of a young boy who is in awe of rocket ships. The boy uses that inspiration to drive him to build a rocket ship of his own later in life, which ends up inspiring yet another child, thus continuing a cycle of innovation.

The National PTA's Reflections program encourages students in pre-K through grade 12 to explore and be involved in the arts. Thousands of students follow a theme and create original works of art in the categories of dance choreography, film production, music composition, literature, photography and visual arts. This year’s theme is “The world would be a better place if...”

Media Art Show Winner Accepted into Prestigious Programs

Congratulations to Glen Cove High School senior Danny Casale, who was recently accepted into the extremely competitive SUNY Purchase BFA Film program, which takes in only 20-25 students out of approximately 2,000 applicants each year. The news comes off the heels of Danny’s second consecutive Best in Show award at the Long Island Media Art Show, held at Five Towns College. He has also been accepted into Syracuse University and Emerson College, two of the finest communications schools in the country.

The Long Island Media Art Show featured students from approximately 20 high school television and film production programs across Long Island. Judges consisted of professionals from various areas of the film and television industry, including several independent filmmakers.

Danny's piece, "A Pleasant Yardsale," was first screened in a preliminary room for about 50 television and film production students and was the first entry to be awarded "Best in Show" by the two judges – one a production associate from MTV Networks and the other an assistant director from CBS, New York. The culmination of the show brought together all of the students, judges and teachers in attendance into the Five Towns main theater to view all of the Best in Show pieces collectively. "A Pleasant Yardsale" not only received excellent reviews from the judges, but a fantastic response from the audience as well.

"The thing about all of Danny's work is that it's so different and it demands your attention right away. From the first frame you know that this is going to be something interesting and it's obviously something that you have never seen before. Danny delivers this on such a consistent basis that it's no surprise that he keeps winning at each festival he goes to. The work is just that good," said Chris Barry, Danny’s Media Communications teacher at Glen Cove High School. "Dan's on his way up. He's probably the most talented student that I've ever had and I just can't wait to see what he's going to do next."

"A Pleasant Yardsale" is now eligible to be screened at the prestigious First Exposure Film Festival, sponsored by the Suffolk County Film Commission this spring. Mr. Barry has also entered the piece into the April 25 Long Island University Student Video Festival, a competition Danny also won last year.

Additionally, the theatrical premiere of Danny’s first full-length documentary titled “The God Doc,” will take place on May 7 at the Cinema Arts Center in Huntington.

IMPORTANT - Schools will open on May 23, 2014

Due to the inclement weather and the snow days used by the district, all schools and adminsitrative buildings will be open and follow a regular schedule on Friday, May 23, 2014.
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