STEM and APPR Presentations at BOE Meeting

Members of the Glen Cove Board of Education were provided with information on New York State’s new Annual Professional Performance Review legislation 3012-d and the district’s expanded STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program at the Board’s Oct. 5 meeting.

Dr. Michael Israel, assistant superintendent for curriculum, technology and instruction, presented changes to New York State Education Department regulations to comply with the legislation to those in attendance and spoke about educator ratings and their implications. These ratings will reflect two components: observations and student performance, related to state assessments. He emphasized the requirement that each school district must work with their teacher’s union and administrator's union to negotiate and implement a new APPR plan for their district. District’s that have not submitted a new plan by November 15 must submit a hardship waiver or risk the possibility of losing state aide.

Also presenting at the meeting were teachers Ken Altamirano, Cheryl Carmody and Jessica Cialeo, who discussed the district’s expanded STEM program at the elementary level. This school year, students in grades K-2 will take part in a hands-on STEM class every other week, while those in grades 3-5 will meet for one period each week. The STEM teachers are also working with the students’ classroom teachers to ensure integrated learning.       


SEPTA Parent-to-Parent Group Meet ‘n’ Greet - October 22, 2015


Finley Students Raise Awareness for Breast Cancer

Members of Finley’s National Junior Honor Society and Student Council raised $400 to help support the fight against breast cancer.  

The students sold pink bracelets to raise money for the American Cancer Society and its Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The faculty and staff joined in by wearing pink on Oct. 2 and making donations to the cause.

The students finished their crusade by taking part in the Making Strides of Eastern Long Island Walk at Dowling College on Oct. 4. The students participated in different activities and joined hundreds of other supporters in helping the fight against breast cancer.

Every dollar raised by Finley’s students will help fund scientific research on the causes of breast cancer, support patient services, provide community outreach and education efforts, and fund the American Cancer Society’s programs.

A Reunion at Landing

Landing Elementary School teacher Helen Greene met with students from her 1964 fourth-grade class during a reunion that included heartfelt reminiscing and a school tour.
The meeting was organized by Landing alumni David Summergrad, Pam Donaldson Panzenbeck and Debbie Sturm Rausch, with assistance from Dr. Michael Israel, assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and technology. The visit began with Dr. Israel giving 14 of Greene’s former students a tour of the building, which included a stop in their fourth-grade classroom. Rausch described the experience as “incredible.”
“We were instantly transported back in time to the childhood in Glen Cove that we knew and loved,” Rausch said. “We immediately knew which one was our classroom and were excited to see the desks are still set up in clusters of four.”
Summergrad described the reunion as special and unique and took time to make a historical connection.

“Our original class photo was taken at the height of the Cold War,” he said. “It’s interesting that we gathered 53 years later as the United States and Cuba have just re-established diplomatic relations.”     

After their visit to Landing, Greene and her students enjoyed lunch at the View Grill in Glen Cove. Those in attendance had a wonderful time reconnecting with their childhood classmates and teacher.

Glen Cove Elementary School STEM Program

GCSD teachers Ken Altamirano, Cheryl Carmody and Jessica Cialeo shared an enlightening presentation at the 10-5-15 BOE meeting about the new Elementary STEM program that has been initiated this year in Deasy, Gribbin, Landing and Connolly Schools. Please access the presentation by clicking on the link.


SEPTA'S 2nd Movie Night - October 9, 2015

Join us for SEPTA'S 2nd Movie Night Featuring "PAN" Friday, October 9th at 4:30 pm. Bring the entire family! Fun for all!!


Glen Cove is looking for Substitute Teachers!

Come to our Open House on October 27th


Welcome Back Carter


Connolly School fifth-grader Carter Suozzi received a heartwarming welcome when he returned to school, accompanied by his family, on Sept. 28.

Carter had not been to school since April 2015, after being diagnosed with Burkitt lymphoma, an aggressive form of cancer. The Suozzi family was greeted with balloons that lined the school’s entrance, as well as students and faculty who offered hugs and warm wishes, rejoicing in Carter’s cancer-free status.

Once in his classroom, Carter smiled happily as he received small gifts and handmade cards created by his classmates in honor of his return to school. He then enjoyed a bagel breakfast with his classmates and was invited by Principal Rosemarie Sekelsky to recite the Pledge of Allegiance over the school’s intercom system for the entire student body.

The entire school community also enjoyed cupcakes as part of Carter’s celebration, thanks to St. Rocco’s Bakery in Glen Cove. In the months leading up to his return, Carter had expressed his wish that everyone in the school building would have a cupcake. St. Rocco's generously donated 500 cupcakes to the school in his honor.


NYU Admissions Officer Visits Glen Cove High School

Glen Cove High School students taking the Essay Writing for College course were given tips on how to write a unique college application essay when Asma Malik, senior assistant director of admissions of New York University, visited their school.

Malik shared a sample common application with students in each class and discussed the importance of grammar and spelling in a college application essay. She also reminded the students to let their personality shine through their writing and to not get stressed out during the application process.

Other topics covered included the importance of meeting deadlines, staying focused on the questions asked as part of the essay, and the difference between early decision, early action and regular decision.

Congratulations, AP Scholars!

The Glen Cove City School District is pleased to announce that the College Board has named 38 former and current Glen Cove High School students Advanced Placement Scholars for the 2014-15 school year, following their outstanding performance on the May 2015 AP exams. Superintendent of Schools Maria Rianna and the administration at Glen Cove High School congratulate the following students:

National AP Scholar
(Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams.)

Ali Raza   

AP Scholar with Distinction
(Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.)

Jenny Armstrong
Matthew Gallo
Nicolas Garcia
Andrew Gerin
Catherine Hatala   
Maria Krisch
Michelle Melfi
Ali Raza

AP Scholar with Honor
(Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.)

Peter Budraitis
Elizabeth Grieco
Gregory Jones
Justin Sobelman
Blakelee Woods
Duncan Yates

AP Scholar
(Granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams.)

Patricia Abraham
Adam Acosta   
Hernan Bonilla
Alexandra Casale
Elena D'Ambrosio   
Diana Delgado
Synella Gonzales  
Tea Grzanov   
Michael Hatala
Taylah Hudson   
Kristin Ingegno
Surina Joshi   
Brandon Leon
Eric Marinaccio
Anais Mateus
Jaime Mejia,  
Delaney Montalto
Saleena Nasary   
Nicholas Pascucci
Dylan Silas
Samantha Smith
Elena Stanco   
Victoria Tripp   
Brando Vizcarra

Landing Students Enjoy a Recess Treat


Landing students enjoyed a delicious snack at the school’s Welcome Back celebration on Sept. 18.

Sponsored by the Landing PTA, the event brought a Mister Softee ice cream truck to the school during the students’ recess periods, allowing the children to select their favorite ice cream or Italian ice as a way to welcome them back to school.

PTA Co-president Sandra Potter said the ice cream treat was provided to remind students that they are an important part of the Landing School community.

All-State Designation for Grieco

Glen Cove High School senior Elizabeth Grieco has been recognized for musical excellence by the New York State School Music Association and will perform with the All-State Women’s Chorus at the 2015 NYSSMA Winter Conference in Rochester on Dec. 3-6.

Also recognized for her musical abilities is senior Evelina Backiel, who has been named an alternate for the All-State Mixed Chorus. Superintendent of Schools Maria Rianna and the entire Glen Cove City School District congratulate Grieco and Backiel on their musical achievements.

Connolly Students Head Back to School

Gribbin Students Head Back to School

Scenes from Connolly’s Book Fair

District Technology Committee

Glen Cove School District
Technology Committee


  • • Review the existing district technology plan to identify and prioritize needs, including but not limited to preparing for the Smart Bond
    • Investigate new technologies to foster 21st Century Skills in students, teachers and administrators;
    • Assess the needs of the district to identify specific goals/targets for technology integration and support;
    • Review the current ‘District Technology Plan’ to identify and prioritize issues related to target areas;
    • Draft recommendations to address selected areas related to technology funding, integration, access, support and professional development.

Meeting Information

  • • Monthly meetings will occur from 4pm – 5pm, in the Glen Cove High School Library. Tentative meetings dates for 2015-2016 are:

    September 30
    October 28
    December 9
    January 13
    February 10
    March 30
    April 13
    May 25


  • • Membership to include: 2 BOE members, 3 teachers (representing GCHS, FMS, K-5), 3 Administrators (representing GCHS, FMS, K-5), 2 Parents and/or Community Members, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction & Technology, Director Of Technology, Database Administrator

    Parents and community members who are interested in applying for membership on this committee should submit a letter of interest and include a statement as to why they feel they would be an asset to this committee. Applicants should forward their letters of application to: Dr. Michael Israel, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Technology.