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Due to the snow our schools are open on Thursday, April 2nd.

Sea Stars Visit Gribbin


Gribbin first-graders received an up-close look at sea stars when representatives from Oyster Bay’s WaterFront Center visited their school.

At the presentation, students were educated about how sea stars eat, see and move. They also learned about the absence of bones and blood in their bodies. The children listened carefully as marine educator Kayla Kraker read “Spiny Sea Star: A Tale of Seeing Star” by Suzanne Tate and had an opportunity to touch and feel live sea stars and clams.

First-grade teacher Giselle Taylor said her students would use what they learned about sea stars to create an image on the computer app Doodle Buddy, which she plans to incorporate into an iMovie along with photos from the presentation. 

“A hands-on lesson like this creates a memory that lasts forever,” Taylor said. “In this school and district, we try to create educational experiences that last a lifetime.”

In addition to touching and feeling the animals, students created a sea star from construction paper and designed it using crayons, glue and sand.


Robotics Team Shines at Board Meeting

Finley’s Robotics Team, “The Men in Black and Ladies in Red,” showed off their robot’s capabilities to members of the Board of Education during their recent meeting.

Prior to the demonstration, the team’s coach Lisa Pignataro offered those in attendance details on the immense amount of research and time the students put in as part of their participation in the program. Pignataro also spoke of the team’s success, which included winning two awards for excellence in the last few months.   

The team is currently preparing to attend the national championship competition at the Mid America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on April 7-9.

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Students Attend Diversity Summit

Glen Cove High School students recently participated in the fifth annual STEM/STEAM Diversity Summit at Farmingdale State College.

The projects presented at the event were completed by the students in collaboration with NYIT Science Technology Entry Program. They researched topics and developed and tested hypotheses. In addition to creating the projects, the students presented their findings via poster board along with verbal presentations at the summit.

The focus of the conference was to celebrate diversity and excellence. It further sought to promote STEM/STEAM education through active learning. In all, nine students had projects submitted at the event. Five of those students attended the conference, which was attended by college representatives, professionals and government officials.
More than 20 faculty members from Glen Cove City School District also attended the summit for professional development and learning.

Citizen of the Month – January and February 2015

Jordan Bonavoglia
Lizbeth Cardoza
Christina Cavallone
Elizabeth Ceriello
Emerson Chacon
Brandon Cruz
Laura Espinal
Genesis Guevara
Cassandra Hill
Melissa Jaco
Julian Ledesma
Domenica Leotta
Justin Maiorana
William Merkel
Julian Montemagno
Nicolas Morrocu
Julia Perfetti
Justhyn Reyes
Daniela Rivas
Joseph Rizzo
Jada-Rose Rugel
Gabriella Schettino
Yaire Tolentino
Evelyn Tran
Brayan Velasquez
Nylasia Watson
Odalis Yanes

Art in Heart Exhibit

The artwork of four Glen Cove High School students is on display in the Long Island Teacher Association’s Art in Heart exhibit at the Broadway Mall in Hicksville.  

Congratulations to Peter Archambault, Jahniese Barnes, Samantha Barry and Julie Micko. In addition to having their work shown in the exhibit, Archambault and Micko received an Award of Excellence for their collaboration on a digital photograph.
The Art in Heart exhibit is open for viewing Tuesdays-Fridays from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. through April 17. The exhibit will also be open on Saturday, April 18 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, April 19 from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The reception for the exhibition is Sunday, March 29 from 1-3 p.m. with an awards ceremony for secondary student award winners at 2 p.m.

Students Participate in Teens on the Job Shadow Day

Fourteen Glen Cove High School students had an opportunity to spend the day job shadowing a career of their interest as part of the City of Glen Cove Youth Bureau’s Teens on the Job Shadow Day.

For more than 10 years, the City of Glen Cove Youth Bureau and Glen Cove High School have collaborated to expose sophomore students to a typical workday experience of a desired career. During the five-hour day, students pair up and spend time with career mentors, who share details of what each job entails, while providing insight into the skills and education required. The career mentors also offer information on any pathways to obtaining those skills.

Students had an opportunity to shadow career mentors at several local businesses, including Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery and Aquarium, Glen Cove Police Department, Glen Cove Hospital, Long Island Academy of Fine Arts, Radio Shack and the View Grill.

DECA Members Excel at Annual Conference

Members of Glen Cove High School’s Distributive Education Clubs of America had an impressive showing at the annual New York DECA State Career Conference and Competition in Rochester, New York on March 3-6.
At the conference, 15 Glen Cove students participated in various competitions in business, marketing and entrepreneurship along with the nearly 2,200 students in attendance. Glen Cove DECA was recognized with four Chapter Awards at the event, including the Fundraising Award for raising more than $500 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, this year's New York DECA state charity.

The Chapter also received a membership award for having more than a 15 percent increase in membership this year and the Social Media Award in recognition of the chapter most dedicated and connected with the New York DECA social media presence. In addition, Glen Cove was one of two schools out of the 98 in attendance to win the DECA Dedication Award for donating at least $500 to the state charity, holding a community service activity and hosting a chapter social event.

Congratulations to the following students, who won in their categories: Brittany Brown, Public Service Broadcast Advertising, medal winner; Shelbie Farnan, Public Service Broadcast Advertising, medal winner; Samantha Filippone, Job Interview, medal winner; Elizabeth Grieco, Public Service Broadcast Advertising, medal winner and third-place trophy; Lauren Rizzo, Chapter Scrapbook, medal winner and fourth-place trophy; and Dylan Silas, Decision Making – Human Resources, medal winner.
Glen Cove DECA charter adviser Judi Checola commended all of the students for their outstanding efforts and accomplishments at the competition.

Pi Day at Finley

Seventh-grade students at Finley Middle School celebrated Pi Day with fun mathematical activities and a contest to determine who could memorize the most digits of pi.

As part of the day, students were given a cylindrical object and told to measure the circumference with a piece of yarn. After determining the circumference, they had to measure the diameter and explain the relationship between circumference and diameter. They also used laptops to Google the answers to questions about Pi Day and the meaning and history of pi. In addition, they had an opportunity to complete a Pi Day crossword puzzle at

The winners of the pi memorization contest were Naill Pawa (186 digits), followed by Inira Jamil (172 digits). Natalie DeRosa, Kylie Jenkins, Jose Molina and Julia Perfetti also performed well in the contest. The winning students received a Pi Day T-shirt.


Students Celebrate Dr. Seuss

Deasy students in Jennifer Cleary’s and Christine Maddaloni’s kindergarten classes studied Dr. Seuss through a variety of monthlong activities based on the author’s books.

Each class read multiple stories by Dr. Seuss, including “Bartholomew and Oobleck,” which led to students creating the substance as part of a science experiment with their teachers.

“We predicted what would happen if they rolled it or squeezed it,” Cleary said. “The students had a lot of fun.”

In addition to the experiment, the children read a biography on Dr. Seuss, researched the author online and examined his illustrations. They also sorted rhyming words, completed rhyming puzzles, and enjoyed green eggs and ham as a culminating activity.  


District Students Highlighted at All-County Art Exhibit

Twenty-one district students had their artwork displayed at the Art Supervisors Association’s All-County Art Exhibition at Adelphi University on March 15.

Congratulations to Glen Cove High School senior Kassandra Papa, who was awarded the ASA Senior Scholarship for the district.

Superintendent of Schools Maria Rianna, administrators and members of the art department at each building commended the participating students on their remarkable artistic achievements.

Connolly School
(LeeAnn Palazzo)
Yllka Sehu

Deasy Elementary
(Jean Bennardo)
Dylan Alvarado Pereira
Nyann Petit
Milo Walthers

Glen Cove High School
(Kathleen Doughty)
Dani Dratch
Kassandra Papa
Taylah Hudson

(Vicki Gordon)
Darielys Carillo Fuentes
Aaron Hall
Stephen Ponce De Leon

(Melissa Johnides)
Delaney Montalto
Alexa Mundell
Valeria Timpano

Finley Middle School
(Torie Pashkoff)
Axelle LaBaw
Eder Leiva
Odalis Yanes

(Amanda Rodriguez)
Andrew Costella
Caitriona Greene
Addison Huvane

Gribbin School
(LeeAnn Palazzo)
Ashley Glaviano
Cassandra Miller


Gribbin Students Get Published

The poetry of 11 students in John Segreti’s first-grade class has been selected for publication in the upcoming edition of the “Anthology of Poetry by Young Americans.”

Selections were based on a variety of topics, including flowers, writing, birthday parties, the Little Red Hen and bike riding. The children penned their poems during writer’s workshop sessions.

Congratulations to Michael Alvarez, Chelsea Bonilla, Kate Chun, Madison Crawford, Sophia German, Kanaye Jones, Natalie Macnow, Leo Moza, Alexandria Quail, Yassien Salam and Kasey Zuniga.

A Map for Success

First-grade ESL students at Gribbin School learned to navigate a map thanks to a unique classroom activity created by ESL teacher Amy Cooke.
Cooke, who is teaching students how to read and answer questions pertaining to maps, created a super-sized community map on a shower curtain liner to help students learn to give and receive oral directions. As part of the activity, students stood on the map and followed the directions given by their classmates or teacher to help them get from point A to point B.

“Using a map is a very abstract activity,” Cooke said. “I wanted to make something concrete to help them read and interpret a map.”

According to Cooke, the activity also reinforced the students’ social studies curriculum about places and workers in the community.

Green Prevails at Red and Green Games


Glen Cove students showed their school spirit during the district’ annual Red and Green Games, held at Glen Cove High School on March 13.

The friendly competition, which raised money for the district’s Community Scholarship Fund, consists of two teams facing off in a variety of events, including relay races, handball and dodgeball. The red team was made up of high school students who attended Deasy and Landing elementary schools, while the green team consisted of students who attended Gribbin and Connolly schools.

Also participating in the event were children from the elementary schools, who were dressed in red and green to support their respective buildings. The students enjoyed participating in several relay activities with assistance from the high school students.

The green team was victorious, winning two of three activities at the event.  After the winner was announced, high school seniors from both teams challenged district faculty members in a volleyball game. The faculty members came out on top, winning the game!


Library Awards for Glaviano and Granados

Gribbin second-graders Ashley Glaviano and Janet Granados were named winners at the Glen Cove Public Library’s 26th annual Write and Illustrate Your Own Book Contest.

Glaviano and Granados wrote and illustrated their own books, which were judged by Glen Cove Public Library librarians based on their originality, creative expression, storyline, grammar and presentation. Glaviano’s teacher Coleen Verity and Granados’s teacher Caryn Stasco congratulated the students on this achievement.

Glen Gove Public Library Honors Pinder

Deasy second-grader Phoebe Pinder is a winner in the Glen Cove Public Library’s 26th annual Write and Illustrate Your Own Book Contest.

Pinder’s book, “Zoey’s Adventure,” was judged by Glen Cove Public Library librarians based on its originality, creative expression, storyline, grammar and presentation.

Common Core Math Video Initiative

The Glen Cove Mathematics Department and the Glen Cove High School Television Studio has collaborated with other Long Island school districts to create Common Core Math videos as part of a project entitled “Common Core Video Help (ccvidhelp)”. These videos are meant to help both students and their parents to understand the Common Core Mathematics curriculum associated with the Modules released by New York State. Upon completion of this project, YouTube videos will be available for each lesson associated with the Modules for grades K-9 (Algebra).

A link to the entire project can be found on our website by clicking on the tab "Parents/Students" and then scroll down and choose "Common Core Math Video Initiative". The link can also be accessed at Here, you will find links to all of the videos created by Long Island school districts involved in this collaboration.

Book Fair Brings Excitement

Connolly students had the opportunity to select new books at the school’s Book Fair on March 11-12.

The event, which was sponsored by Connolly’s PTA, offered students an opportunity to peruse a wonderful selection of books, posters, toys and other items. Principal Rosemarie Sekelsky expressed her thanks to all the PTA volunteers who made the event possible.


GCHS Students Create Podcast Book Reviews

Students in Lauren Jensen’s 10th-grade honors classes are creating podcast book reviews to share with fellow schoolmates.

The 10th-graders used Audacity software to record scripts of book reviews they had written based on their second-quarter independent reading assignments. Jensen, along with Library Media Specialist Arlene Munson, worked with the students, instructing them on the fundamentals of recording as well as how to embed music onto their file. They also helped students export their podcasts to Jensen’s wiki page (a blog-like site).     

Once completed, the podcasts will be posted to Glen Cove High School’s Library Media Center homepage, giving other students an opportunity to learn about book selections available at the library.

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Due to the harsh winter and use of snow days, schools will be open on April 2, 2015.


Junior Rising Stars Celebrated


Landing students who have demonstrated a strong work ethic and consistent improvement in their classes were celebrated as 2014-15 Junior Rising Stars at a recent school assembly.

The children, who were identified by their classroom teachers for recognition, were given a certificate, ribbon and trophy for their hard work. Superintendent of Schools Maria Rianna and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Technology Dr. Michael Israel joined Landing Principal Dimitri Kryoneris in praising the students.

“I commend you all on your hard work,” Rianna said. “We are very proud and hope you will continue to work as hard as you can to make your dreams come true.”

Two students from each class at Landing were selected as Junior Rising Stars. Parents of the students honored were also in attendance at the assembly.


ESL Students Analyze Work of Dr. King Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" is the recent focus of study for students in Cheryl Chase’s ESL IV class at the high school.
As part of their class activities, students listened to a recording and read an adapted version of the letter. They also watched video footage of the march on Birmingham, Alabama. According to Chase, the classroom assignments are focused on deductive reasoning and reading comprehension.
They also encompass the themes of non-violence, equal rights and justice.

“It’s important that students are aware of American history,” Chase said. “It wasn’t that long ago that things were different, and there’s still a long way to go.”

Chinese New Year Celebration

Third-grade Connolly students celebrated Chinese New Year as part of their unit study on China.

The children learned about China's history and culture, and as a culminating activity participated in a Chinese food tasting on Feb. 26. They had fun making crafts and hats and took to the school’s hallways in a Dragon Parade. In the spirit of Chinese culture, Connolly teachers gave each student a red envelope with gold coins as a token of good luck and prosperity for the New Year. Chinese New Year began on Feb. 19 and lasted for 15 days. It is the Year of the Sheep, Goat.

Celebrating Dr. Seuss

Landing students in Maria DePace's and Allison Hernandez’s classes recently visited Deasy School to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss, who would have turned 111 on March 2.

The two classes worked with Meryl Gordon’s and Diane DePietro's first-grade classes. The children read “Green Eggs and Ham” and found the rhyming patterns in Dr. Seuss’ books. They also drew green eggs and ham and finished with a surprise green eggs and ham treat.

Three Little Pigs vs. the Wolf


Finley sixth-graders in Jann Canfield’s class tested their argumentative and writing skills in a courtroom-like setting when Glen Cove City Court Judge Richard McCord visited their school.

Prior to Judge McCord’s visit, the children read “The Three Little Pigs” and “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs” and broke into groups to research, discuss and write a paper on who was to blame for the events concerning the pigs and the wolf.

Defenders of the pigs cited the wolf’s history with Little Red Riding Hood in their arguments. Meanwhile, wolf supporters argued he was only trying to borrow some sugar from the pigs, who were not very nice. As part of the exercise, each group stood before the judge, stated their claim and presented evidence.

Judge McCord listened to all of the students’ arguments and research before rendering his verdict for the pigs. According to Canfield, the students presented strong arguments for both sides. She said the activity reinforced their recent studies on the difference between persuasive and argumentative writing.   

Connolly Fundraiser Benefits Make-A-Wish Foundation

Connolly students in Tara Pilewski's third-grade class recently raised $1,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Pilewski tasked students with researching local charities on the computer. Each group took notes and wrote a speech to teach their classmates what they had learned about their organization. After completing their research, students discussed what charity would benefit the most from a donation and voted to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. 

Students planned a breakfast sale to help raise money and, with the help of Connolly’s parent volunteers, collected close to $500 during the event. A secret donor decided to match that donation, allowing the students to donate $1,000 to the organization. 

The students also created thank-you cards to Make-A-Wish volunteers for all their hard work and dedication helping those who are sick.

Fourth-grade Science Fair Fun at Connolly

Fourth-grade students from Connolly showed off their scientific abilities during the school’s annual science fair on Feb. 27.

The children created poster boards that reflected their findings and shared them with teachers, students and family members in attendance.

Superintendent of School Maria Rianna and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Technology Dr. Michael Israel were also present at the event.

Principal Rosemarie Sekelsky commended the fourth-grade students on their unique and creative projects.

Glen Cove Captures Bronze at NYSPHSAA State Tournament

The Glen Cove rifle team set out on a mission to win its first ever-state championship when it competed in the NYSPHSAA State Tournament on Feb. 28.  

The team spent three weeks practicing the new rules and guidelines for shooting at the state tournament, which are different than what is used during regular season matches. The student-athletes practiced mornings before school to get prepared. Despite a great effort by everyone, the team finished third in New York State.

Four team members, comprised of three sophomores and one senior, were responsible for the team score. Matt Pemberton shot extremely well and finished fifth overall with a score of 283. Julie Micko finished 15th with a score of 264, and Peter Budraitis finished 16th with a score of 263.  In addition, Selena Guastella shot a 252, and Matt Arena shot a 247. Glen Cove High School has been to the NYSPHSAA State Tournament three times in the past 15 years. This year, the team set a school record with a score of a 1057, and is looking forward to returning to the NYSPHSAA State Championship next year.

Congratulations to the entire team for all of its accomplishments this season.

Wiesner Places Second in NBA FIT, Dribble, Dish & Swish

Landing student Parker Wiesner took second place in the All-Star finals of the NBA FIT Dribble, Dish & Swish contest held during NBA All-Star Weekend in New York City from Feb. 13-15.

Wiesner competed against approximately 46,000 students at the event. He recently enjoyed sharing his experience with other Landing students during their physical education classes. Wiesner dressed in NBA clothes and brought his plaque and trophy to share with fellow schoolmates.


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.


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.


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