Athletic Department hosts our NCAA College-Bound Student Athlete Night

Athletic Department hosts our NCAA College-Bound Student Athlete Night for all college-bound student athletes, coaches, and parents, Grades 9 thru 12 on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015 in our High School Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. This workshop will be for prospective college-bound athletes and their families. Informational packets will be provided at the meeting. Please be sure to join us for this informative evening.


String Students Spread Holiday Cheer


Eighth-grade students in Finley’s string orchestra shared their holiday spirit with residents at Sunrise of Glen Cove’s senior living community.

The students, who dressed festively for the performance, entertained the center’s residents with holiday music, including “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” “Frosty the Snowman” and “The Hanukkah Song,” under the direction of Finley orchestra teacher Christopher Lippe. Finley band teachers Brittney Rifkind and Keith Schmidt were also on hand, performing alongside the middle school musicians.

“This is a good way for the students to give back to the community,” Lippe said. “They are giving the gift of their talent and spreading some holiday cheer to the residents.”

Robotics Team Garners Excellence Award


Finley Middle School’s Men in Black robotics team received the Excellence Award at the Vex Robotics Competition held at Schreiber High School in Port Washington on Dec. 13.

The highest honor awarded in the tournament, the Excellence Award is given to a team that exemplifies excellence in having a well-rounded VEX Robotics program. This designation automatically qualifies Glen Cove's robotics team to compete at the New York State championship as well as the national championship, which will be held in Iowa in April 2015.

Upon arriving at the tournament, the team encountered programming glitches that required them to completely erase the programming software from their computer and download a new programming language. After more than two hours of learning to write code for their robot, the team was eventually able to take the field, exemplifying their teamwork and dedication.

The Men in Black will host their first Vex Robotics Competition at Finley Middle School on Saturday, Jan. 10 from 9:30 a.m.-430 p.m. Additionally, the club hopes to attend the national championship and welcomes any donations.

Pictured (from left): Men in Black founder, coach and adviser Lisa Pignataro with team members Agent "R" Ryan Koenig, Agent "A" Andrew Woska, Agent "L" Lucretia Smith, Agent "S" Shevon Rodrigo and Agent "K" Kyle Fahey.

Board Celebrates Class of 2015’s Top Students

The Board of Education recognized the top 20 academic students from Glen Cove High School’s Class of 2015 at its Dec. 15 board meeting at Connolly School.

Members of the board and Superintendent of Schools Maria Rianna extended their congratulations to valedictorian Andrew Gerin, salutatorian Jenny Armstrong and honorarian Ali Raza.

The top 20 seniors are (ranked in order): Samantha Smith, Saleena Nasary, Blake Woods, Elena D’Ambrosio, Dylan Silas, Jaime Mejia-Santos, Nicholas Garcia, Synella Gonzales, Diana Delgado, Eric Marinaccio, Surina Joshi, Kevin Shannon, Gregory Jones, Christian Corleto, Kristin Ingegno, Carolina Guastella and Khizer Awan.

Key Club’s Efforts Benefit Local Shelter

Glen Cove High School’s Key Club held its third annual holiday feast to benefit the North Shore Sheltering Program.

Club members, along with their fellow classmates, donated and served food at the event, which invited community members to enjoy a reasonably priced, delicious meal for a good cause.

Representatives of Cablevision’s Optimum Community “Charity Champions” program were also in attendance and presented the GCHS Key Club and Glen Cove school officials with a check for $500 and the North Shore Sheltering Program with an additional $1,000 on behalf of the Glen Cove club’s efforts. 

According to Key Club adviser Mary Ellen Cuomo, many local businesses donated food and other items to the event including Amalfi’s Restaurant, Cranky Ankie’s, Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty in Sea Cliff, Downtown Café, El Tazmul, Glen Cove Diner, La Bussola, Page One, St. Rocco’s Bakery, Stancos Restaurant, Stop and Shop, Subway, The View Restaurant, Vito’s Restaurant and Wild Fig.

Virtual Backpack Information

December 2014

Dear Parents/Guardian:

The Glen Cove School District, in a continued effort to reduce our carbon footprint, is pleased to announce an enhancement to our website.  We introduced our “Virtual Backpack” on our website which allows us to post flyers that would have normally been sent home in your child’s backpack.  This paper communication is to alert you to this new component of our website and to inform you that we will eventually eliminate paper flyers as we continue our “green” efforts.

This page can be accessed from our main district website at and selecting the “Virtual Backpack” link on the left sidebar.  The flyers will be posted in a .pdf format and can be easily viewed or printed.  The virtual backpack also has an RSS feed for those of you who utilize RSS. [This allows you to subscribe to the Virtual Backpack and receive alerts when new updates are available.]

We hope you enjoy this new added feature to the district website.

Thank you.

Maria L. Rianna
Superintendent of Schools


K Kids Raise Money for UNICEF

The Connolly K Kids participated in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, raising $397 to help provide basic necessities to children in need. The club received a patch for collecting more than $200. Connolly K Kids co-president Lily Hoffman raised the most funds, collecting $56 for the organization.

Student Artwork Selected for PARP

The artwork of Connolly School’s Dana Levy and Landing School’s Carlos Rivas was selected as the official designs for the district’s Parents As Reading Partners program.
The students’ drawings focused on this year’s PARP theme, “Once a PARP a Time,” which will be featured on materials distributed throughout the district’s elementary buildings. PARP is a statewide PTA program that asks parents to read with their children for at least 15 minutes daily.

Fifth-Graders Dazzle at Winter Concert

Members of Connolly’s fifth-grade orchestra, band and chorus delighted administrators, teachers and family members at their winter concert on Dec. 12.

The melodious event kicked off with band students, who played “Our Director,” “Holiday Sampler” and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” under the direction of band teacher Edward Smith. The orchestra entertained the audience with “Jazzy Old Saint Nick,” “Rock of Ages” and “Auld Lang Syne.” The show concluded with the chorus, made up of the entire fifth-grade class, singing traditional favorites such as “Winter Wonderland” and “Feliz Navidad.”

Principal Rosemarie Sekelsky applauded these students on their outstanding musical performances.

Kidsday Art Contest Winner

Connolly fifth-grader Grace Risco has been selected as a winner in Kidsday’s 36th annual Art Contest.

Grace’s artwork will be featured in a special section of Kidsday’s Dec. 28 issue. In addition to having her artwork published, the fifth-grader received a Kidsday T-shirt and has been invited to be a staff artist for the publication.

The district congratulates Grace on this wonderful achievement.

Winter Concert and Art Show

Thanks to Ms. Sullivan, Ms. Bennardo, and to all Deasy students for a dazzling winter festival of song and art to celebrate the holiday season!

Have a wonderful break everyone!

Diversity Celebrated at International Night


Traditional ethnic food and beautifully choreographed dance performances were highlighted at Glen Cove High School’s inaugural International Night on Dec. 10.

The multicultural evening began with families having an opportunity to meet with members of local community agencies, including the Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club and the Glen Cove Public Library, who shared information about their respective organizations. The group also enjoyed food prepared by Herenia Padilla’s Spanish Native II students, performances by the Dance Club and a dinner buffet.

Foreign Language and ESL Coordinator Monica Chavez organized the event as a way to reach out to Glen Cove families who speak English as their second language.

“This is an attempt to foster cultural diversity and multiculturalism as well as create a forum for disseminating and sharing information on the available resources and services in the City of Glen Cove,” Chavez said.


Students Read with Seniors

Landing School students spent time with adults from the Glen Cove Senior Center as part of the school’s Senior Volunteer Program.

The weekly program, which gathers students with senior citizens for approximately 45 minutes, allows participants an opportunity to get to know one another while reading and completing word searches and crossword puzzles.

Fourth-grade teachers Maria DePace and Susan Fiumara, who coordinate the program, said it offers students a nice opportunity to interact with elderly members of the community.

‘The Gift’


Gribbin students warmed the hearts of family members and faculty through entertaining performances at the school’s winter concert.

“The Gift,” written and directed by music teacher JoAnn Criblez, featured a skit presented by Cynthia Van Ommeren’s second-grade class. It also included high-energy musical performances by students in grades K-2, who sang traditional favorites such as “A Marshmallow World,” “Winter Wonderland” and “Put a Little Love in Your Heart.” Each song was accompanied by dance movements, making the musical selections come to life.

Pen and Pencil Sale

Landing K-Kids Club held a pen and pencil sale on Nov. 19 to raise money for the Glen Cove Music and Performing Arts Parents’ Association. The students sold pens, pencils, erasers, sharpeners and made-to-order custom-designed pencils during recess, raising $284.71 for the organization. K-Kids is a student group associated with Kiwanis International that, with advisers, Margaret Clark and Amy Mendrinos, takes on a variety of projects throughout the year to help the local and global community.

Students of the Month Honored

Glen Cove High School honored its Students of the Month for September and October. Every month, students are recognized by grade level for their hard work and achievement. In addition, the Glen Cove Rotary Club and local chapter of the Knights of Columbus each name their own student every month. Glen Cove High School interim principal Roseann Cirnigliaro and assistant principal Nadine Richards congratulated the students on their achievements.

The students of the month for September were senior Jenny Armstrong  – Rotary, junior Michael Hatala – Knight of Columbus, freshman Gabriela Fuentes, junior Catherine Hatala, senior Kristin Ingegno, freshman Brunylee Ortiz Leon, junior Dayra (Priscilla) Panarello, senior Ali Raza, junior Marvin Valle and sophomore Alyssa Zangari.
The students of the month for October were senior Stevens Martinez – Rotary,
Elizabeth Kwiatek – Knights of Columbus, senior Marbin Bonilla, freshman Juana Carranza, junior Charissma Curry, sophomore Tamara Gitlin, freshman Sidney Johnson, junior Dominic Waites and junior Joseph Yamond.

Thanksgiving Lesson Incorporates Math and History

Gribbin students in Antoinette Hatzopoulis’s class studied the history of Native Americans and Pilgrims around the Thanksgiving holiday. As part of their lesson, the first-graders learned about the food the Native Americans shared with the Pilgrims and created a homemade feast of corn muffins, cranberry sauce and butter, which they enjoyed as a class. The children also used their math skills to construct turkeys out of apples.

Food Collection Helps Families in Need

Students and faculty at Gribbin School donated all the staples for a traditional Thanksgiving meal to help local families in need.    

The food collection, organized by social worker Kristin Brosnan, took place throughout November in an effort to ensure the donations would reach as many community members as possible.

“We coordinate with local agencies, including the Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club, to make sure we can cover the biggest number of families in need,” Brosnan said.

Thanks to the generous donations of the school community, 17 local families received complete Thanksgiving meals in boxes decorated by Gribbin students.  

Thanksgiving Celebration

Landing students enjoyed a traditional Thanksgiving meal and a visit from their loved ones at the school’s annual Thanksgiving Feast.

The event, which gives family members an opportunity to enjoy a delicious meal and desserts with their students, was held prior to the holiday. In preparation for the celebration, students created placemats with artwork that represented what they were most thankful for to share with family members.

Parents and students in attendance feasted on turkey, stuffing and all the trimmings, while viewing a photo montage created by teacher assistant Michele Muzante, which included photos from student activities from earlier in the school year.

Food at the celebration was prepared by North Shore Farms and served by faculty, staff and parent volunteers.


Landing Elementary School Parent Teacher Conference Reminder


Parent Portal Gradebook Opens for the Middle School and High School

September 2014

To the Parents of all Secondary Students:
The Glen Cove School District is pleased to continue in its efforts to provide you with access to the Parent Portal. We began this initiative during the spring of 2014. We have expanded the use of the Parent Portal to include access to teacher gradebooks at the middle school and high school. As a result, you are now able to view your child’s progress in each subject area throughout the school year.  This will enable you to become more aware of your child’s achievement on tests, quizzes and homework assignments throughout the quarter.  We continue with our “Green Initiative” and extend the use of the Portal to enhance communication between school and home as well as reduce waste and costs by eliminating all mailed, paper reports. 

By January 2015, as we move into the second semester of the 2014 - 2015 school year, we will have eliminated the need for mid-quarter progress reports, as parents will be able to monitor their child’s progress on an ongoing basis through the Portal.  The same will occur for all report cards.  If you have not created an account already, please contact your child’s guidance counselor for instructions and personal account information.


Maria L. Rianna
Superintendent of Schools


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