Deasy Students Demonstrate Kindness

Students in Meghan Murray and Janet Durso’s class have committed to performing acts of kindness throughout the entire month of February.

The class began by making Valentine's Day cards for veterans. The students have also been working hard to help others in their classroom and use kind words throughout the day to encourage their friends, as well as say hello to adults and peers when walking in the hallway, among many other things.

The children took time to make cards for their classmates, each with a special compliment inside, and also created valentines for their parents. At the end of February, the students will earn a certificate stating that they have been a "kind kid" for the month and should be recognized. The students have been motivated by this concept and their teachers hope that the acts of kindness carry over into the children’s home lives and situations outside of school.

Scenes from Connolly’s Annual Science Fair

Connolly Students Create Valentines for Veterans


Members of Connolly’s student council created handmade cards, puzzles and crafts for Nassau County veterans in recognition of Valentine’s Day.

Under the guidance of advisers Susan Stanco and Monique Vaccaro, students took part in the Valentines for Vets program, writing heartfelt notes to local veterans to thank them for their service to the country. The children created the cards using a variety of craft items, including red paper doilies, heart-shaped stickers and candy canes, which were put together as heart decorations. The students also decorated puzzles with messages and pictures for the servicemen and women.     

Stanco said the students were thrilled to send these messages and show gratitude to those who have sacrificed for our country.   


Student Athletes as School Leaders: Leadership On and Off the Field

Six Glen Cove High School athletes attended the 13th annual Student Athletes as School Leaders: Leadership On and Off the Field conference, held at Hofstra University on Feb. 2.

The purpose of the conference was to celebrate, support and encourage positive student leadership throughout Nassau County school districts. The student leaders had an opportunity to meet with their counterparts from other high schools and share ideas about the meaning and significance of leadership.

The day included a keynote address by Greg Dale, professor of sport psychology and sport ethics at Duke University and director of the sport psychology and leadership programs for Duke Athletics. Mr. Dale’s address focused on the dialogue between student leaders, coaches, athletic administrators and principals, as well as communication skills training. Representatives from the Positive Coaching Alliance facilitated breakout sessions for the student leaders using prepared materials.

Glen Cove Basketball Athlete Heads to Russia

Glen Cove High School junior GraceAnne Woods has been selected for a prestigious SportsUnited: Basketball Ambassadors of Today and Tomorrow full scholarship overseas exchange trip, and will travel to Russia from April 22-May 1.
According to SportsUnited, Woods and 12 other finalists will engage with peers overseas through the common bond of basketball, expanding their understanding of each other’s culture and country while advancing their skills in becoming open-minded and successful citizens of the world.
Glen Cove High School Principal Antonio Santana and the entire administration congratulate Woods on this outstanding athletic achievement.  

PARP Wraps Up at Landing

Landing students celebrated the end of a very successful Pick a Reading Partner campaign with a special schoolwide assembly.  

The children were tasked with reading more than 40,000 minutes during the school’s two-week PARP celebration. Principal Benjamin Roberts was very excited to announce that students met and exceeded the school’s reading goal, reading a total of 42,000 minutes over the course of the two weeks. For exceeding their goal, the students were rewarded with a special principal’s challenge.
Students were selected from each classroom to participate in the special challenge, with several having an opportunity to spin the  “Wheel of Fate,” which determined the type of challenge Mr. Roberts had to accept. The wheel gave the children several fun and exciting options to make their principal pay the price. They were overjoyed when the wheel landed on directives to throw a pie at the principal, smash an egg on his head, or have him lead a schoolwide line dance.

Great job to all of the Landing students and families in exceeding the reading minutes goal!

Bailey Named Finley’s Spelling Bee Champion

Once again, the Robert M. Finley Spelling Bee was a competitive contest composed of talented spellers..

Each speller earned the opportunity to represent their respective grade level teams and competed for a chance to represent the middle school at the regional contest at Hofstra University. Spellers included Steven Bailey, Amedea Cipriano, Alan Gansky, Cassandra Hill, Ryan Houghton, Nicole Khaimov and Axelle LaBaw. The students impressed their school and moderators throughout the competition.

 Jason Flashner and Desiree Viruet served as moderators for the contest. After an hour of spelling, Steven Bailey was named the winner. Principal Nelson Iocolano congratulated all of the spellers and thanked the students who came to support their classmates.  

Board Honors Varsity Football Team

The Glen Cove High School varsity football team was recognized by district administrators and the Glen Cove Board of Education at the Feb. 1 Board meeting.
The team was celebrated for being named Conference III Big Four Champions, after a terrific season of hard-fought wins. In addition to recognizing the team’s accomplishments, coach Pete Kopecky was honored for his 100th career win. Linebacker Gaetano Famiglietti, recipient of the Bill Piner Award, and quarterback Mike Payton, recipient of the National Football Foundation’s Scholar-Athlete Award, were also applauded for their success on and off the field.
Glen Cove High School Principal Antonio Santana presented the team’s captains with a commemorative gold football that was given to the high school by the National Football League Super Bowl High School Honor Roll on behalf of Glen Cove graduate Joe Rizzo (1969). The honor roll celebrates high schools and communities that have contributed to Super Bowl history.

Superintendent of Schools Maria Rianna told the team she couldn’t be any prouder of all they had accomplished.
“You played beautifully,” Rianna said. “You never gave up, and you have made Glen Cove very, very proud.”

Reading Fun at Gribbin

As part of Gribbin School’s Pick a Reading Partner celebration, members of the community and district professionals were invited to share their love of reading with the school’s elementary students on Jan. 26.
Principal Francine Santoro expressed her gratitude to all those who volunteered their time to make the celebration memorable for the students.

Varsity Cheerleaders Place Second in Competition

Congratulations to the Glen Cove Varsity Cheerleaders! On Jan. 31, the girls went head-to-head with teams across Long Island at the Smithtown West Competition.

According to coach Jessica Thompson, it has been a long and bumpy road for these girls, who have shown dedication, perseverance and strength. In the words of captain Lila Nolan, "No other sport wants you to look pretty while screaming like a man, holding another person in the air, tossing them, catching them and smiling!"  

Cheerleading is a tough sport, but these girls made it look easy. Congratulations on taking home the second-place trophy! The next stop is the Cheer Extreme Nationals by the Sea in Virginia Beach this March.

Select Chorale Celebrated at City Council Meeting

City of Glen Cove Mayor Reggie Spinello, the City Council and Glen Cove School Superintendent Maria Rianna recognized members of Glen Cove High School’s Select Chorale at the Glen Cove City Council meeting. The students were honored for their recent performance at the Vatican during a mass led by Pope Francis.

Photo credit: Tab Hauser

Glen Cove Council of PTAs Scholarship Luncheon


Connolly Hosts Community Readers Day


Community members, local officials and district employees visited Connolly students during the school’s Pick a Reading Partner Community Readers celebration.

At the event, Glen Cove Mayor Reginald Spinello, members of the Glen Cove Police Department and Fire Department, senior citizens, district professionals and others read grade level-appropriate books to the students. The visitors also spoke to the youngsters about their professional careers and how reading helped them to become successful adults.

Academic Intervention Services teacher Dora Ricciardi, who organized the event, said it was beneficial for students to hear adults read aloud.

“It’s a great opportunity for students to hear adult readers read fluently,” she said. “It also sends a powerful message to the students when they hear how reading has impacted the lives of their guest reader.”

As part of the school’s two-week PARP celebration, Glen Cove High School’s National Honor Society students were invited to read at Connolly. Connolly students also visited and read to students at Gribbin School.     

Landing’s Acosta Spelling Bee Champion

Landing School fifth-grader Valerie Acosta was named the winner of the school’s annual Scripps Spelling Bee.
Valerie and nine other students took part in the competition after placing first and second in their individual class spelling bees. Principal Benjamin Roberts served as moderator for the event, presenting words off the Scripps Spelling word list to students.
Bee organizers, fourth-grade teacher Margaret Clark and fifth-grade teacher Denise Pawlowski, congratulated Valerie, runner-up Natalie Fuchs and the following students on their outstanding performances: Ashlee Alvarenga, Daniel Barajas, Destiny Brown, Lilia Landaverde, Ricardo Ochoa, William Romero, Juan Yepez and Edward Yun.
Valerie will now move on to the Hofstra Long Island Regional Scripps Spelling Bee at Hofstra University on March 13.

MPAPA's Annual Glen Cove's Got Talent - March 18


A Special Author Visit for Deasy Students

Deasy School first-grade teacher Steve Bromberg shared his recently published book “Simple Sam Eats…What?” with students and faculty as part of the school PTA’s Pick a Reading Partner celebration.
Bromberg, who writes under the pen name Mr. B, has been employed with the Glen Cove City School District for 10 years. He said it was amazing to be able to share his writing.

“It’s one thing to share your work with family and friends, but to show my students that their writing can become reality is a major accomplishment,” he said.

During the assemblies, Bromberg read his book to the entire student body, who came dressed in pajamas for the PARP activity. He also read the transcript of his new book, which he hopes to get published. In both stories, the main character tries to overcome his apprehension of trying new things such as foods, roller coasters, etc.

According to Bromberg, one major goal when writing his books is to make them easy enough for first- and second-graders to read individually and with their parents. He also makes them pliable for other teachers to use as part of a classroom lesson. 

Revised BOE Meeting Dates and Locations


Scholar-Athlete Honors for Payton

Big Red quarterback Mike Payton received the National Football Foundation’s Scholar-Athlete Award at a ceremony held at Oceanside High School on Jan. 21.

Payton was recognized for his grades and athletic ability on the field. He has a 95 GPA and is ranked 20th in his class. He was also named the offensive MVP of the County Final game, based on his 229 rushing yards.
Payton will be attending college in the fall and is looking at Penn State, Villanova and UConn, where he plans on majoring in accounting and finance.

Gribbin Students Remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Students at Gribbin Elementary School participated in a schoolwide assembly that honored the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Every student participated in the event, either with their grade level or individually, performing songs, reciting poems, and sharing written pieces and Dr. King’s words. Families in attendance joined students, teachers and faculty in reciting the Pledge of Peace and sang a moving rendition of “We Shall Overcome.”


Gribbin Hosts Operation Safe Child

Gribbin students had an opportunity to participate in Operation Safe Child, thanks to the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office and the Glen Cove Police Department.

The program, which is held at the school annually, collects vital information on students and incorporates it on an identification card to aid parents and law enforcement officials in the event of an emergency. Students had their photographs, fingerprints, height and weight taken by members of the Glen Cove Police Department.  That information, along with the child’s hair color, date of birth and gender, are stored in a database in Albany that can be accessed within minutes all over the country.

Robotics Competition at Finley


Finley Middle School hosted the iDesign and Masters School with Glen Cove 2016 VRC Qualifier robotics competition on Jan. 16.

At the event, the district’s robotics team, “The Men in Black,” which is comprised of Finley Middle School and Glen Cove High School students, was honored with the Sportsmanship Award. The Men in Black used two robots in the contest, competing against 30 teams from approximately 20 schools.

All of the participants took part in the game “Nothing but the Net,” which tasks students with operating their robot to drop balls into a net, without making contact with the net. Four robots making up two teams compete in each match. According to Lisa Pignataro, the team’s adviser, the robots are programmed with four ways to get the ball in the net, which include low lift, high lift, low goal or high goal.

Finely Middle School will also host the Southern New York VEX VRC State Championship on March 5.


Glen Cove Course Manual


Spring Adult Education Guide


A Study of Simple Machines at Connolly

Third-graders in Lucretia Simone’s class at Connolly School recently learned about simple machines as part of their studies. Over the holiday break, the students created an invention with one or two simple machines, using only materials found in their homes. The class then displayed their inventions at an Inventor’s Museum on Jan. 12. Connolly students from all grades and class parents had an opportunity to see and hear presentations on each invention.

Cards for Safyre

Prior to winter break, first-grade students in Jaclyn Sandler and Jessica Thompson’s class at Deasy School created holiday cards for Safyre Terry, a burn victim and orphan from Schenectady, New York.
Two years ago, Safyre’s father, sister and two brothers were killed in a fire. Safyre was found next to her father, who used his body to shield her from the flames. She is the sole survivor of the blaze, although she suffered burns on more than 75 percent of her body. Safyre's only Christmas wish was to receive holiday cards in order to fill up her tree cardholder.

Teachers explained to students that although Safyre no longer has her family, she is still thankful for what she does have. The students were also read “The Thankful Book” by Todd Parr to reinforce the message of being grateful.

Glen Cove School District Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten Registration 2016 -2017

Registration for Kindergarten will begin on February 8, 2016 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
• To enter Kindergarten, children must be five years old on or before December 1 of the school year.

Registration packets are available at the following locations:
• Glen Cove Website - Our District, Central Registration

• District Office (Thayer House) located at 154 Dosoris Lane

• School buildings

Registration for Pre-kindergarten will begin on March 7, 2016 through March 11, 2016 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
• To enter Pre-kindergarten, children must be four years old on or before December 1 of the school year.

• New York State Income Guidelines are required to be met in order to be eligible for the Pre-kindergarten program.

For both Pre-K and Kindergarten registration:
Proof of residency, proof of child's age and immunization records will be required at registration.

Please call (516) 801-7001 to make an appointment or with any questions you may have.

Board Honors Student Scholars and a Hero

At the Jan. 11 Board of Education meeting, the district’s Board and members of administration recognized Glen Cove High School’s 2014-15 Advanced Placement Scholars, as well as a substitute teacher who assisted a choking student.    
Glen Cove High School Principal Antonio Santana and Assistant Principal Allen Hudson were on hand to honor the scholars, comprised of 39 current students as well as Class of 2015 graduates.
“This is an amazing accomplishment,” Santana said. “Technically, the College Board recommends that students take only a handful of AP courses throughout their high school careers. These students have shown an adherence to such rigor and have challenged themselves to take multiple exams.”
Superintendent Maria Rianna also honored substitute teacher Samantha Basile at the meeting. Basile recently witnessed freshman Chris Zachary choking on a pretzel during class and performed the Heimlich maneuver to open his airway.
“We thank you for going above and beyond and for helping our children stay safe,” Rianna said to Basile.