Glen Cove Students Begin a New Year


Adorned in first-day attire and equipped with new school supplies, district students arrived at school on Sept. 3 excited for the year to come.

Around the district, students were greeted by teachers and administrators, who happily helped the children find their classrooms and answered any questions they had. And it wasn’t just students beginning anew on the first day; three of the district’s schools also welcomed new administrators, who were on hand to introduce themselves to students and their families.

At Deasy School, Principal Ken Craft greeted students at the front door and wished them a fantastic first day. Craft was joined by Superintendent of Schools Maria Rianna, who helped guide the children to their classrooms. Meanwhile, at Landing School, new Principal Benjamin Roberts visited classrooms to give students an opportunity to get to know him better. Roberts was joined at the opening by Dr. Michael Israel, assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and technology. According to Roberts, it was a terrific first day.

“It was exhilarating to see the students and their families begin their first day at Landing,” Roberts said. “The entire Landing staff is looking forward to a tremendous school year of learning.”

Glen Cove High School Principal Antonio Santana was equally excited to get to know his students and visited several classrooms to welcome the students back to school. The high school’s new assistant principal, Alexa Doeschner, and Assistant Principal Allen Hudson were also on hand to greet and assist students.


Fall College Expo


Afterschool Transportation


Please see the attached joint message from the Superintendent of Schools, Maria Rianna, and the Executive Director of the Glen Cove Boys and Girls Club, Franca Trunzo regarding afterschool transportation.




District Staff Prepares for the Upcoming School Year

Administrators, faculty and other staff members of the Glen Cove Public Schools gathered for the district’s annual Superintendent’s Conference Day on the morning of Sept. 1. Together, the professional staff shared in the excitement and enthusiasm that a new school year brings as they prepared for the official welcoming of students on Sept. 3. 

Superintendent of Schools Maria Rianna greeted the attendees who filled Glen Cove High School’s auditorium for the event and acknowledged the great deal of work that had taken place during the summer months.

“Although today is our official first day for staff, I have watched you – teachers – over these past two months begin to prepare for our students,” she said.

Rianna noted the curriculum writing, professional development initiatives, summer programs and other activities in which staff members had been actively engaged. She also shared the story of a student who attributed an especially positive experience in the district to supportive and caring teachers.

“This is teaching,” Rianna said. “This is your gift – not a test score. And the purpose of this gift is to make the difference only you can make. Use what your gift has empowered you to do, once again, and lead our children into another wonderful and rewarding school year.” 

The district also continued its longstanding tradition of recognizing those staff members who have reached specific career milestones. Mary Maruca was applauded for providing 40 years of service as a high school monitor, and Zofia Brala and Catherine Curran were commended for 35 years of service in their respective roles.

Melanie Arfman, Teresa McHale, Margherita Metallo, Donald Schutt, Sylvia Ann Vicars and Sandra Vigliotti were honored for working in the district for at least 30 years; Harry Balkin, Adalgisa Belcastro, Chandrima Chakrabarty, Mark Checola, Katherine Drennan, Grace Moore and James VanWicklen were thanked for at least 25 years of service. In addition, Barbara Bannerman, Maria Basile, Sandra Buehre, Cynthia Caldwell, Lawrence Carroll, Frances Casciano, JoAnn Criblez, Antoinette Hatzopoulos, Marci Notice D’Amico, Geraldina Noviello, Cristina Robino, Diane Ruggiero, Philip Schultz, Carol Testa, Lisa Todisco and Lauren Topolovec were recognized for at least 20 years of dedication to the students and schools of Glen Cove.

Faculty members also heard a presentation from the Glen Cove Teachers Association, which was followed by various meetings and activities in their assigned school buildings and departments.

Adult Education Program Guide - Fall 2015


New Administrators Appointed

Prior to the new school year, members of the Board of Education appointed Benjamin Roberts as principal of Landing Elementary School, Alexa Doeschner as assistant principal of Glen Cove High School and Allison Hernandez as the district’s director of special education.

Roberts comes to the district from the Shenendehowa Central School District, where he was principal of Arongen Elementary School for five years. He also served as assistant principal of Watervliet Elementary School in the Watervliet City School District from 2007-2009. Prior to his administrative positions, Roberts was employed for seven years as a fifth-grade teacher in the South Colonie Central School District. He holds a Bachelor of Science in elementary/early secondary education with a concentration in social studies from SUNY Cortland, a Master of Liberal Studies from Stony Brook University and a School District Administrator certificate from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.       

Doeschner is a Glen Cove resident who most recently served as assistant principal and testing and technology coordinator at Sunset Park High School in Brooklyn. In her role at Sunset Park, Doeschner facilitated grade-level team leaders as well as instructional lead teachers. She also developed curricula, handled disciplinary matters, conducted observations and worked with community members to ensure educational success for students. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in biology from Columbia University, a Master of Science in teaching from Pace University and a School Building Leader certificate from Columbia University’s Summer Principal’s Academy. Doeschner also studied medicine at St. George’s University Medical School from 2006-2008.

Prior to her appointment as the district’s director of special education, Hernandez was assistant superintendent of special education in the Hempstead Public Schools for two years and director of special education in the Wyandanch Union Free School District from 2006-2013. She also served as assistant principal at Glen Cove’s Robert M. Finley Middle School from 2004-2006. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Hofstra University, a Master of Arts in special education from Stony Brook University, and School District Administrator and School Administrator & Supervisor certificates from LIU Post.

Finley Welcomes Sixth-Grade Students


Administrators shared information on academics, class schedules and club offerings with incoming sixth-graders at Finley Middle School’s Sixth-Grade Orientation.

After the students were greeted by members of the administration and school guidance counselors, Principal Nelson Iocolano offered them tips and advice on how to navigate their new school. Members of the school’s National Junior Honor Society also pitched in, leading a scavenger hunt/building tour to acclimate them to their new surroundings. Following the tour, the students enjoyed a barbecue lunch of hot dogs, hamburgers, juice and snacks, provided courtesy of the school’s PTSA.

According to Iocolano, the day’s activities were critical to preparing the students for middle school, including “breaking bread” at the barbecue, which, he said, signified the students becoming part of the Finley family.     

“Our goal was to bring them together like a family to help ease the transition next week,” he said. ”We wanted to get them acclimated to the building and to relieve them of any anxiety that may have built up over the summer.”


Incoming Freshmen Visit the High School

Administrators and teachers at Glen Cove High School welcomed incoming freshmen during a freshman orientation on Aug. 25.

Approximately 140 students were given their class schedules, had a chance to meet several of their teachers and took a tour of the high school building. The students also enjoyed hot dogs, hamburgers and cookies in the courtyard thanks to the school’s PTSA, who donated the food as well as beverages.


New Registrants


Registration for September 2015

If you are new to the district, please contact our registrar if you have not registered your child for September.  Information regarding registration can be picked up at our administration building  or found on our website at:


Please call 516-801-7001 to schedule an appointment to register your child.

Board of Education Ad Hoc District Food and Nutrition Committee

•    Review the existing food program and identify and prioritize needs,  including but not limited to the possibility of additional nutritious food choices;

•    Visit other school districts to learn about their successful efforts to improve the lunch program in our district;

•    Investigate availability of grants to improve the school lunch program.

•    Membership to include: two (2) members of the Board of Education, three (3) teachers (representing Glen Cove High School, Finley Middle School, Elementary Schools K-5), three (3) Administrators (representing Glen Cove High School, Finley Middle School, Elementary Schools K-5 ), two (2) or three (3) Parents and/or Community Members, and the Assistant Superintendent for Business

•    The Board of Education Food and Nutrition Committee will be meeting on a monthly basis.  The Board of Education is interested in including two (2) or three (3) parents and/or community members.  Those who are interested in applying for membership on the committee should submit a letter of interest and include a statement as to why they feel they would be an asset to the committee.  Applicants should forward their letters of application, by September 16th to:  Victoria Galante, Assistant Superintendent for Business at

Superintendent's Message - District Transportation Policy and Eligibility Requirements

Please see the attached letter from the Superintendent of Schools which contains important information regarding the District's Transportation Policy and Eligibility Requirements for all students.


Finley Students Move Up


Finley eighth-graders celebrated their accomplishments and bid farewell to teachers and administrators at their moving up ceremony on June 24.

Family members watched with pride as the students processed into the Wunsch Auditorium for the ceremony, which was highlighted by performances from the seventh-grade band and eighth-grade chorus. Eighth-grade students Paige Callaghan, Tara Coelho and Alondra Schuck, the Class of 2015’s top three students, delivered heartfelt remarks to their classmates. Schuck focused on the past, while Callaghan and Coelho spoke of the present and future, respectively.

“Over the past three years, we have met countless new people, made priceless memories and learned enough to last a lifetime,” Coelho said. “Twenty years from now, it will not matter how I did on a test or what I wore to school, but what will matter are the memories I’ve made in my middle school years. In this school, I’ve laughed more times than anyone can count and I’ve smiled enough to overpower a million frowns.”

Principal Nelson Iocolano told students it was his honor and privilege to be part of their journey for the last three years. He also spoke about the obstacles they may face in the years to come.  

“Obstacles are something that we will all face at different points in our lives,” he said. “The difference between a more fulfilled life and one that’s less fulfilled often has to do with how we deal with obstacles.”  

Iocolano shared the story of Daniel Kish. Kish has been blind since he was 13 months old and is an expert in echolocation, which allows him to mountain bike, camp, cook and travel all over the world. Despite Kish’s accomplishments, he has received a lack of support from every mainstream blind organization in America.

“Since Daniel was a child, he has done something I hope all of the students here will do. Pay no attention to those who say you can’t, you shouldn’t or you won’t. Never let other people’s limited thinking limit your thinking.”

Also in attendance was Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Technology Dr. Michael Israel and Superintendent of Schools Maria Rianna. Rianna offered advice to the graduates as they prepare to take their place at Glen Cove High School in the fall.

“School definitely counts,” Rianna said. “You are now on your way to a place that you will make your own. You have worked hard to get there, some harder than others, but as you take your courses over the next four years, please remember this: Each time you do better, each time you earn a good grade, each time you choose to take a class that is new or challenging, you’re making a mature, responsible decision to give yourself an opportunity.”

After the ceremony concluded, the eighth-graders enjoyed their last dance at Finley.

Finley’s Boston Trip a Success

Finley School eighth-graders had an opportunity to explore one of the oldest cities in the United States when they visited Boston, Massachusetts, on June 5.

The first stop on the field trip was the New England Aquarium, where students enjoyed viewing exhibits and an Imax movie. Next was a Boston Duck Tour, which gave students an opportunity to cruise by many historic places in the city. They also explored Quincy Market, Faneuil Hall and a delicious meal at the Hard Rock Café.

Engineer Visit at Connolly

Connolly School third-graders enjoyed a recent visit from Stanley Gross, a retired civil engineer, who built numerous homes and developments on Long Island.

Gross, father-in-law of Gail Nedbor-Gross, a Glen Cove City School District board trustee, spoke to students about the science, technology, engineering and mathematics program. Gross also brought pictures to go along with the topics he discussed. The children enjoyed talking to him about what they have been learning about simple machines.

Humanities Students Visit Barnard College

Finley’s sixth-grade humanities class recently toured the Barnard College campus in New York City.

Throughout the semester, students have been studying Malala Yousafzai and her selfless fight for girls' education in Pakistan and around the world. As part of the visit, students learned about the history of Barnard College, which was founded in 1889 to provide women with an equal opportunity for education. They were given a campus tour and learned about Barnard's commitment to providing a competitive education that propels opportunities for women. Students saw firsthand why Yousafzai continues to selflessly fight for girls' education.

Bonilla Selected for COAP Program at Adelphi

Glen Cove High School junior Hernan Bonilla has been chosen to participate in the Career Opportunities in the Accounting Profession program, sponsored by the Foundation for Accounting Education. Bonilla will participate in the residency program at Adelphi University from June 27-July 1.