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Please Note Changes to our Polling Locations

Residents who previously voted at Finley Middle School (Election Districts A, B and G), Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club (Election District D) and Landing School (Election District E) should report to Glen Cove High School. Residents in Election District F will continue to vote at Connolly


Glen Cove High School Media Students Honored

Glen Cove High School junior Julia Farley received a Best in Show award at the annual Long Island Media Arts Show held at Five Towns College on April 1.

This was Julia’s first time presenting at the show and she made quite an impression. One particular judge, who is an award-winning cinematographer and filmmaker, called her piece "flawless" and said, "I wouldn't change a thing. You have a future!" It was a great moment for Julia, as well as all of the Glen Cove students in the audience.
Junior Laura Roesch and seniors Maggie Muzante and Aaron Hall also presented their work and received critical acclaim from the video/film professionals that adjudicate at the festival. Maggie and Aaron are TV III- Independent Study students. Julia and Laura are TV Production II students. Media Communications teacher Christopher Barry expressed his pride in all of the students’ work.

As a Best in Show honoree, Julia qualified to be screened at the First Exposure Film Festival this spring sponsored by the Suffolk County Film Commission, where she will have an opportunity for her work to be selected for viewing at the prestigious Hamptons International Film Festival.

Glen Cove High School has been attending the Long Island Media Arts Show for 26 years, since the show’s inception. Students have always made a strong showing. This is the fourth consecutive year that Glen Cove students were recognized in the Best in Show category, in addition to the many other achievements received over the years.

Click HERE to watch Julia's video on the GCTV LiveStream page.

Earth Day Lesson Transcends Classroom at Connolly

Connolly students in Lucretia Simone’s third-grade class learned about recycling and how to care for the planet prior to Spring Break. During that time, student Logan Grech came up with the idea to have his friends and classmates join him at Garvies Point Museum and Preserve to clean up the beach. The students collected seven bags of trash and were so proud. They were very happy to make a difference in the community and the environment and want to make it a weekly event. 

Connolly’s K-Kids Volunteer at Kiwanis Club Pancake Breakfast

Five members of Connolly’s K-Kids Club volunteered at the North Shore Kiwanis Club annual Pancake Breakfast on April 17. The money from this event serves as a fundraiser to purchase back-to-school clothing for local children in need, prior to the new school year.

As part of their service, the students served the guests and bused tables, which offered them an opportunity to give back to their community and to help others. Connolly Kiwanis Club adviser Nancy Cox described the students’ efforts as amazing!

Deasy Students Dazzles During Spring Concert

Deasy students performed a harmonious and animated medley of tunes during the 2016 Spring Concert and Visual Arts Show, which was held at Robert M. Finley Middle School.
With their families and teachers watching proudly, the students sang in unison, and often accentuated their performances with dancing, corresponding movement, instruments and props. With students’ visual artwork serving as a backdrop, each grade level, beginning with kindergarten, graced the stage separately to captivate the audience’s hearts.
Kindergartners opened the program with a performance of “The Austrian Yodeler,” “Say, Say Old Playmate,” “Big Old Storm A-Comin” and “Cupid Shuffle.” The first-graders followed, performing “Boom Boom, Ain’t it Great to Be Crazy?,” “Listen to the Water,” “ A Sailor Went to Sea/Long-Legged Sailor” and “Happy.” Second-graders rounded out the performance with “Let Us Sing Together,” “Scat Like That,” “Roll That Red Ball,” “One, Two, Buckle My Shoe,” “One, Two, Three O’Leary” and “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae).”
Deasy’s Spring Concert and Visual Arts Show served not only as a way for students to showcase their artistic skills, but also as an endearing forum for them to perform on stage for their loved ones.

Connolly Students Spread the Magic

Connolly School hosted a paper airplane-throwing contest on April 21 to benefit the Spread the Magic Foundation.  

The foundation was created by magician Chad Juros, who visits sick children in hospitals to "spread some magic." Connolly Student Council co-president Carter Suozzi inspired this idea for the fundraiser. Juros visited Carter in the hospital on his birthday last August. Chad touched Carter's heart because he is also a childhood cancer survivor.

Each student paid $3 to participate in the airplane-throwing contest. If the children raise more than $1,000 for the foundation, Juros committed to performing a schoolwide magic assembly for the children in May. According to Carter’s mother, Jane Suozzi, donations have been pouring in and the amount raised will be unveiled during the magic assembly.     

Glen Cove Honors College-Bound Student-Athletes


The athletic department at Glen Cove High School hosted a College Bound Recognition Day on April 14 for graduating seniors who have committed to play collegiate sports in their respective academic institutions.

Athletic Director Denise Kiernan led the event, which was attended by students and their families, coaches, guidance counselors, Glen Cove High School administrators, Superintendent of Schools Maria Rianna and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Technology Dr. Michael Israel.

“Nothing could be more exciting than celebrating the achievements and accomplishments of the students before you today,” Kiernan said. “Playing at the collegiate level requires a tremendous amount of desire, determination and focus to be successful. Best wishes and good luck to all of you. Make Glen Cove proud!”
Congratulations to the following students:

Fall Season:
Grace Blinkoff Oberlin College Division 3 Cross Country
Gaetano Famiglietti New Haven Division 2 Football
Christian Gueverra Utica College Division 3 Football
Tim Hogan Undecided (Utica/Endicott) Division 3 Football
Howard Woods Norwich Univ. Division 3 Football
Spring Season:
Jonathan Capobianco LIU Post Division 2 Baseball
Sara Tenke Western Connecticut Division 3 Softball
Dante Castillo Virginia Wesleyan Division 3 Lacrosse
Michael Hatala Susquehanna Division 3 Lacrosse
Sean Morrissey King’s College Division 3 Lacrosse
Geoffery Field Montclair State Division 3 Lacrosse
Brandon Leon Molloy College Division 2 Lacrosse

Kiernan also recognized Glen Cove senior and gymnast Lindsay Dwyer, who signed a National Letter of Intent with the University of Illinois, a Division I Big 10 school in the fall of 2015.

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March Students of the Month

David Velasquez
Isabella Bifano
Karla Villatoro
Michael Johnson
Leydi Flores Garcia
Trinity Guzman
Wilbert Escobar (missing from picture)

Connolly Students Enjoy Pizza With the Mayor

Connolly fifth-graders in Frank Monteleone’s class enjoyed a pizza party with City of Glen Cove Mayor Reginald Spinello after participating in the mayor’s storytelling challenge.
The mayor presented the challenge to students when he served as a Community Reader during the school’s Pick a Reading Partner celebration in January. At that visit, Mayor Spinello brought a book to present to the fifth-graders, but the class recommended a different book for the mayor to read, which included humor. Keeping that request in mind, the mayor challenged the students to write their own silly stories and to submit them to his office, with the most creative to be included in the City of Glen Cove’s newsletter. He also promised a pizza party for the class’ participation.
Mayor Spinello delivered on his promise on April 18. He thanked all of the students for taking part in the challenge and said it was a tough decision for him and his staff to pick one story as winner. Fifth-grader Jake Robert Casale wrote the winning essay and received a small token of appreciation. The entire class received citations, a copy of the city newsletter, a pencil made of all recycled materials and a booklet of fun activities from the mayor.
Principal Rosemarie Sekelsky commended the students on their writing and encouraged them to continue exercising their writing ability in the future.      

Museum Visit Helps Prepare Students for Upcoming Exam

Glen Cove High School academic support students visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on April 12.

During the visit, the students received a guided tour through exhibits featuring ancient civilizations to help prepare them for their upcoming global history Regents exam in June. They also viewed artifacts from ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt, and enjoyed seeing different statues, tools, vases and other objects from civilizations they learned about in their global history classes. The students were chaperoned by academic support teachers Scott Johnson, Liana Caesar-Quaye and Laura Makula. Teacher Maryellen Cuomo also chaperoned the trip.

Library Visit for Deasy Pre-K

Deasy pre-K students recently visited the Glen Cove Public Library. During the field trip, librarian Anna Dunlop reviewed the resources available for students at the library. She also discussed fiction and nonfiction books, sang songs and read to the children. The youngsters also explored the library and looked at the computers, tablets, books and learning toys. The pre-K students are looking forward to getting their very own library card!

Cove-er Times Editor Honored

Glen Cove High School sophomore Isabel Blas, editor-in-chief of the school newspaper, The Cove-er Times, placed third in the Best Feature Story category at the Best of High School Journalism Awards Day sponsored by LIU Post. Isabel’s article appeared in The Cove-er Times Fall 2015 issue.
The awards ceremony was held on April 8 at the LIU Post Brookville campus and attracted high school journalists from Nassau, Suffolk and Queens’ counties. Congratulations Isabel!

Glen Cove Senior Honored at Board Meeting

Glen Cove’s Board of Education honored Glen Cove High School senior Makaela Vaughan at its meeting on April 11.

Makaela was recently named the Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club’s 2016 Youth of the Year, with the organization describing her as an excellent student, a star athlete and a positive and outstanding role model for her siblings and its younger members.

Glen Cove High School Principal Antonio Santana and Superintendent of Schools Maria Rianna commended Makaela at the meeting, where she was given a certificate to honor her achievement.

“You’re an outstanding individual, a wonderful young lady and student, for all that you do, not just here, but for all of the children in the community, I thank you,” Rianna said. “It’s my honor to be your superintendent.”

Makaela is headed to Albany at the end of May where she will compete against other local winners at the Boys & Girls Club state level competition. At that event, she will be tasked with presenting her “personal brand,” (what she stands for) to a panel of judges. She plans on pursuing a career in law enforcement and is determined to make the world a better place.

Connolly Hosts Ancient Civilization Museum


Connolly School fifth-graders in Krystle Gonzalez’s class hosted an Ancient Civilization Museum on April 8 for their parents and students in other classes.

At the museum, students displayed PowerPoint presentations, hands-on projects and posters they created based on ancient civilizations. The museum served as a culminating activity to the class’ study on nonfiction research and its social studies unit on Ancient Civilizations of Latin America. Prior to the event, students chose an ancient civilization that they wanted to learn more about and were paired with other classmates interested in the same topic. The fifth-graders worked cooperatively and had fun sharing what they learned about ancient civilizations with others.

PTA Citizens of the Month - Feb & March

Pictured Above
Matthew Coyle
Jayden Blas
Andrew Friedman
Marvin Leiva
Emily Heman
Odalis Estupinian
Edith Landaverde
Allan Pineda
Rafael Alma

Not in picture
Jordan Bonavoglia
Aidan Borah
Brandy Cruz
Max Garcia
Solangy Gonzalez
Caitriona Greene
Veronica Maldonado
Joseph Montes
Madison Patino
David Portillo
Mia Rios
Ariana Rivera
Odalis Yanes

Food Pantry Opens at Finley


Glen Cove residents in need have access to a new food pantry thanks to students at Finley Middle School.

The pantry, which is open on Fridays from 3-5 p.m., was created by members of the school’s Kiwanis Builders Club, National Junior Honor Society and Student Council, as part of the school’s collaboration with international charity and educational partner WE Free the Children. Through this effort, students are committed to making a positive impact on the local and global communities.   

The idea for the pantry appealed to students because it gave them an opportunity to help their neighbors, but first they had to find a place to house the pantry. They ultimately decided to use a storage room at the school. The middle school children worked hard emptying the contents of the room, disposing of garbage and donating items that were useful. Then, thanks to the assistance of the school’s custodial staff, the room was cleaned, painted and shelves were repaired. The Art Club, under the direction of adviser Amanda Rodriguez, also participated by painting the entrance and door to the pantry.         

The children collected food from family members, neighbors and members of the community. Athletic teams from the high school and a local Scout troop also hosted food drives to benefit the school’s pantry.

Kirsten Kenney, the Kiwanis Builders Club adviser, said she couldn’t be more proud of the students who made the pantry possible.

“These students are inspired and they are very excited to pitch in,” Kenney said. “They even come down to the pantry during their lunch periods to help.”

During its hours of operation, three students and a faculty member will be on hand to help at the pantry. All students have signed confidentiality agreements to take part in the community service activity.

As part of the students’ commitment to making a positive impact globally, they hosted bake sales, hot cocoa sales and popcorn sales and raised enough money to feed 10 children lunch for a year in Sierra Leone, Africa.

Principal Nelson Iocolano thanked Kenney, Student Council adviser Desiree Viruet and National Junior Honor Society adviser Kristen Schnall for leading the students in their efforts. Iocolano also expressed his gratitude to the students.       

“I really want to thank the students,” he said. “None of this would have happened without you. You continue to inspire us each and every day.”

Gribbin Second-Graders Tour Glen Cove


Second-grade classes from Gribbin School took a tour of Glen Cove, visiting Glen Cove Mayor Reginald Spinello at City Hall and the Glen Cove Police Station.

As the bus went around the city, teachers acted as “tour guides," providing the children with the history of Glen Cove. Other stops on the tour included Glen Cove Mansion, The Robert Coles Homestead, Morgan Park, Garvies Point Museum, fire station, library and the post office.

During the City Hall visit, Mayor Spinello spoke to the children about his job and gave a tour of the building. At the police station, Officer Ted Karousos spoke to the students and showed them around the department.

Some of the history shared with the second-graders was that Glen Cove was originally called Musketa Cove. The name was adopted and changed to Glen Cove in 1834. The first settled street in Glen Cove is "The Place" and is still here to date. Glen Cove has more than 10 miles of waterfront including, three public beaches, two nature preserves, a public golf course and a public park.

Gribbin Celebrates Reflections Regional Finalists

Congratulations to Gribbin School kindergartner Kamila Piasta and second-grade students Saoirse Fiedor and Alyssa Weigand, who were chosen as Nassau Regional finalists in the National PTA Reflections Program. The contest’s theme this year was “Let Your Imagination Fly.”

Finley’s Builders Club Helps Those in Need

Members of Finley’s Builders Club went to the First Presbyterian Church on March 23 to feed the less fortunate.
This was the second time club members visited the church to prepare and serve a three-course meal. The appetizer consisted of fresh vegetables and a salad, while the main course included roasted chicken, pulled pork, chili, bread, pasta and mixed vegetables. Dessert included homemade baked goods and fresh fruit.
At the end of the trip, club members assembled to-go bags for the men to take with them the next day. The bags contained cookies, granola bars, bottles of water and fresh fruit, as well as a toothbrush and toothpaste. Club members donated all of the items in the to-go bags.

The visit reminded the students to appreciate what they have and to help others in need. Everyone enjoyed helping and would love to do it again.

Hero Club Educates Fifth-Graders on Bully Prevention

The Glen Cove High School Hero Club spoke to fifth-graders at Connolly and Landing elementary schools about bullying on March 23.

The Hero Club and adviser Vicki Gordon wanted to better prepare the fifth-graders for middle school by giving them tools to deal with and potentially avoid being the target of bullies, and to help make their transition a positive and empowering experience.

Through activities, role-playing and discussion, students learned about the four different types of bullying. They also learned about the victims of bullying, bullies, bystanders and what they can do to prevent it. Fifth-graders took the Hero Club Pledge and were given resources to reflect upon.

Hero Club President Christina Ng and club members felt that this was not only a great opportunity, but a great responsibility. The club members planned, organized and worked very hard on their presentations. Everyone enjoyed visiting their elementary schools and seeing their fifth-grade teachers again.
“It was a fun and valuable experience for all,” said Gordon.  “I’m so proud of all the students.”

Glen Cove Students Attend Leadership Symposium

Glen Cove High School AP government and politics classes attended a special Evaluation of Presidential Leadership Symposium for High School Students at Hofstra University on March 23.

The event featured Hofstra’s Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency Senior Presidential Fellows Ed Rollins, a Republican Party strategist, and Howard Dean, former Vermont governor and Democratic presidential candidate.  

In preparation for the event, students from all participating high schools were assigned to write essays on one of three following topics:
• How will the Obama presidency's political leadership and policies influence the 2016 presidential race?
• What does the popularity of presidential candidates who do not have previous political experience, or have recently entered politics, illustrate about the American public's interests and concerns today?
• How have the political party debates informed public understanding of the presidential candidates' leadership?
The winning essay(s) were shared with Dr. Dean and Mr. Rollins who received copies of the selected essays prior to the symposium.

Congratulations to Glen Cove winners Alexandra Casale and Maria Krisch. Their essays will be published in a commemorative booklet, with a copy to be sent to each of the essay winners, the AP teachers, the high school principal and the superintendent of schools.

Glen Cove High School DECA Members Excel at Conference

Glen Cove High School DECA members had an impressive showing at the annual New York DECA State Career Conference and Competition in Rochester, New York from March 8-11.

At the conference, students participated along with nearly 2,200 students in various competitions in business, marketing and entrepreneurship. Chapter adviser Judi Checola accompanied the following students on the trip:

Shelbie Farnan
Joshua Filippone
Samantha Filippone
Geovani Flores
Amanda Ieraci
Kaitlin Maccarone
Alexis Novales
Amara Phillip
Priscilla Panarello
Laura Roesch
Areana Singh

Glen Cove DECA received the Fundraising Award for raising more than $500 for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, this year's New York DECA state charity.  Additional honors were given to Geovani Flores, a medal winner in the category of Automotive Services Marketing; Amanda Ieraci, medal winner in Visual Advertising; Amara Phillip, double medal winner in Personal Financial Literacy, and Laura Roesch, medal winner in Personal Financial Literacy.
Congratulations to all students for their outstanding efforts and accomplishments and for making Glen Cove DECA proud!

Music Honors for Glen Cove

The National Association of Music Merchants Foundation has recognized the Glen Cove City School District as one of 476 Best Communities for Music Education out of 13,515 school districts across the nation. This honor recognizes outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who work together to ensure access to music learning for all students as part of the school curriculum. Congratulations Glen Cove!

Student Artwork Displayed


Twenty Glen Cove City School District students were selected and participated in the annual Art Supervisors Association Art show at Farmingdale State College on March 20. Congratulations to the following students:

A special congratulations to Glen Cove High School senior Dani Dratch, who was named Glen Cove High School’s scholarship recipient.

Peyton Angalet
Samantha Arias
Arlene Cajavilca
Chloe Cedeno
Edwin Delgado
Dani Dratch
Jon Gabriela
Nicole Khaimov
Caroline Melbinger
Yenifer Molina
Brian Mullen
Maggie Muzante
Helen Nash
Phoebe Pinder
Phattarasuda Potisawang
Amanda Rivera
Lila Santamaria
Olivia Sierzega
Odalis Yanes
Alexander Young-Ore

Glen Cove High School Celebrates Students of the Month

Glen Cove High School recently honored its Students of the Month for December, January and February. Every month, students are recognized by grade level for their hard work and achievement. In addition, the Glen Cove Rotary Club and local Knights of Columbus chapter each name its own student of the month. Glen Cove High School Principal Antonio Santana, Assistant Principal Allen Hudson and Pupil Personnel Services Coordinator Michael Tweed congratulated the students on their achievements.
The Students of the Month for December were Grace Blinkoff (Rotary), Amara Philip (Knights of Columbus), freshmen Anthony Condo and Sara Prainito, sophomores Luis Guevara and Brianna Murphy, junior Julie Micko and senior
Tea Grzanov.
The Students of the Month for January were Michelle Melfi (Rotary), Shelbie Farnan (Knights of Columbus), freshman Christina Cavallone, sophomore Eduardo Mancia Diaz, junior Michael Morra and senior Tim Hogan.
The Students of the Month for February were Alexandra Casale (Rotary), Same Israel (Knights of Columbus), freshman Amber Brown, sophomore Gabriela Fuentes Escobar, junior Jared Buehre and senior Elizabeth Grieco.

Landing Students Shine at Science Fair


Landing School fifth-graders presented unique scientific experiments to schoolmates and family members at a science fair on March 17.

Prior to the fair, the students conducted online research on different topics and selected an experiment they hoped to complete. After receiving their teacher’s approval, they were guided step-by-step on the scientific method and how to create their desired experiment. They tested their experiments at home and created poster boards that reflected their work.

Fifth-grade teacher Denise Reynolds said participation in the science fair enhances self-esteem while giving students an opportunity to practice public speaking. She also indicated that the process encourages students to think more critically.

“By testing different variables, they are going to see some type of reaction, which will show them that there’s a scientific reason for whether or not their experiment worked,” she said.

  Principal Benjamin Roberts thanked all of the outstanding teachers and supportive families who made the fifth-grade science fair a huge success.     
“I am so very proud of our students for their hard work, creativity and ingenuity in making their science fair projects,” Roberts said. “All of our students were extremely proud of their projects and were even more excited to explain to fellow students, teachers and special guests what they learned.”

Connolly Student Competes at Bee

Connolly fifth-grader Noah Kopetic competed in the Hofstra Long Island Regional Scripps Spelling Bee on March 13.
Noah successfully made it through the first round against 132 participants from all over Nassau and Suffolk counties. All participants were given a written vocabulary test prior to taking the stage, and although Noah spelled his word correctly, he didn’t score highly enough against the older children to advance.
Principal Rosemarie Sekelsky congratulated Noah on his outstanding effort.

Gribbin Students Honored for Book Creations

Three students from Gribbin School were selected as winners in the Glen Cove Library’s 27th annual Write and Illustrate Your Own Book Contest. Congratulations to Saoirse Fiedor from Coleen Brunhuber's class and Susan Recinos and Gabriel Zamudio from Caryn Stasco's class.

Glen Cove Mathletes Compete in Nassau Math Tournament

The newly formed Glen Cove High School Mathletes team competed in the Nassau Math Tournament at SUNY Old Westbury on Feb. 26.

Students competed in three rounds of competition, including a grade-level round, a mathletic round and a team event. Glen Cove High School was represented by four teams, one consisting of students in grades nine and 10 and three made up of students in grades 11 and 12.

The participating students were Enaiya Awan, Daniel Baboolal, Evelina Backiel, Samantha Barry, Alexandra Casale, John Dong, Dani Dratch, Julia Farley, Joshua Filippone, Nikki Franklin, Alex Garcia, Tea Grzanov, Catherine Hatala, Amanda Ieraci, Sam Israel, Maria Krisch, Michelle Melfi, Julie Micko, Sydney Morris, Laura Roesch, Joel Saavedra, Matthew Tran and Victoria Tripp. High school mathematics teacher Lihong Cheng coaches the team.