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Orlando Magic Coach Visits Landing

Landing students enjoyed a visit from Orlando Magic assistant coach Jay Hernandez on May 1.

Coach Hernandez spoke to students about the importance of staying in school and working hard to get good grades. He also demonstrated and took part in some NBA drills with the children. The visit concluded with a team building/passing game.

Student Work Is Picture-Perfect


Sophomores Samantha Barry and Alexa Mundell were selected as winners in the Photographic Society of America’s 2015 Youth Photography Showcase.

Barry placed first in the Creative Color category with a silhouette made by using a double exposure technique. Mundell placed third in the Monochrome category with her black and white self-portrait. Both winning entries will advance to the Photographic Society of America’s international competition.

Eleven of Melissa Johnides’ Photo II students entered works in the categories of Architecture, Landscapes/Seascapes, Portraits/Pets, Photojournalism, Monochrome and Creative Color. This is the second year that two of Johnides’ students have placed in this competition.

To view all of the award-winning photographs from the 2015 PFLI Youth Showcase clink on the link below:

The Blind Truth

Glen Cove resident Vinny St. Marten offered Glen Cove High School students insight on what it was like growing up blind in the 1950s during a recent visit to the school.

Members of the school’s Hero Club and DECA club listened as St. Marten shared details of his youth, including his mother’s difficulty in accepting his blindness and how music opened up his world.

“I lost my eyesight at the age of 7,” St. Marten said. “I’ve dealt with a lot of issues, including bullying and racism, but the gift of blindness and a passion for music saved my life.”

 Members of the TV studio recorded St. Marten and his longtime friend, Elysa Sunshine, as they shared his story, “The Blind Truth.” The production incorporated dialogue, recorded music and live singing by St. Marten. It also included live music and singing by Sunshine and a slideshow compiled by junior Aaron Hall.

Join SEPTA at the Movies - May 15th

Please join SEPTA at the Glen Cove Movie Theatre on May 15th at 4:30 pm to see “Pitch Perfect 2, rated PG-13.” It is open for all Glen Cove residents. The cost is $10 which includes admission, popcorn, and a soda. No need to RSVP, just mention SEPTA or bring the flyer to receive this special price.


Join SEPTA at the Movies - May 22nd

Please join SEPTA at the Glen Cove Movie Theatre on May 22nd at 4:30 pm to see “Disney’s Tomorrowland, rated PG.” It is open for all Glen Cove residents. The cost is $10 which includes admission, popcorn, and a soda. No need to RSVP, just mention SEPTA or bring the flyer to receive this special price.


GCHS Select Chorale Benefit Concert - May 29th @ 7 pm

The GCHS Select Chorale will perform a concert to support the North Shore Inn on May 29th at 7 pm. Please come and support this worthy cause.


Virtual Enterprise Class Excels at International Trade Show

Glen Cove High School students in Judy Checola’s E-Commerce/Virtual Enterprise class participated in the International Trade Show in New York City on April 15.

Students gathered at the 86th Battalion Armory to promote and sell their firm’s products and services. They also met students from other firms and participated in various competitions, including Best Booth, Best Website, Best Catalog and Best Sales Presentation.

The high school students were successful in promoting their business, Click-n-Shop Groceries, taking home a Gold Level Award for their product catalog and making more than $150,000 in sales. Students gained valuable real-world business skills and had an opportunity to network with students from around the world.

Earth Day Celebration


Gribbin students celebrated Earth Day on April 22 by paying tribute to the planet through kindness, the school’s central theme for the 2014-2015 school year.

As part of the celebration, the electricity was turned off, and teachers and students enjoyed a blackout afternoon, which included quiet reading and learning activities in the classroom, as well as lessons taught outside. Students also discussed the importance of conserving energy and how important it is to take care of our planet.

Scenes from Gribbin’s Spring Concert

Glen Cove Students Have Heart

More than 120 Landing students raised $10,051 for the American Heart Association through the school’s participation in Jump Rope for Heart.

Through the Jump Rope for Heart program, students secured donations to jump rope during their physical education class to raise awareness and much-needed monies for the AHA. The money raised was the largest amount collected at Landing School in its 20-year history of supporting the organization. Congratulations to fifth-grade student Max Lasser, who raised $760. Other top fundraisers included: Maddy Kaffly ($600); Eli Reinheimer ($418); Olivia Bifone ($415); Kristen Sita ($355); Jaden Aguilar ($325); Sasha Brennan ($325); and Sofia Lorenti ($306).

Students were encouraged to collect online donations for this event. In all, there were 46 online participants, raising an astounding $7,313. Each student who raised money received an AHA duck and a duck sticker that was placed on the “Landing Duck Pond” at school.

Third Annual College Fair


Glen Cove students had an opportunity to learn about their future educational prospects when the guidance department held its third annual College Fair in the high school gymnasium on April 15.

The event, which was attended by representative from more than 90 colleges and the Armed Forces, included two workshops: Financial Aid 101: Understanding the Financial Aid Process, presented by Vincent Tunstall, manager of new student enrollment at LIU Post, and Transitioning to College for Students with Disabilities, presented by Alyssa Provenzano, assistant director of disability services at New York Institute of Technology.

According to Interim Guidance Chairperson Diane Johnson, the fair provides district students with valuable information.

“It’s important for our youngsters to see the many opportunities available to them when they leave Glen Cove,” Johnson said. “There are also many careers that are constantly changing, and the people here can answer questions about careers that maybe didn’t exist five years ago.”


Harlem Wizards Lace Up at Glen Cove


Students and their families enjoyed a fun night of silly basketball antics when the Harlem Wizards took on teachers, administrators and community members during a fundraising game sponsored by Connolly School’s PTA at Glen Cove High School.

The exhibition game was highlighted by incredible basketball tricks, audience participation and a tremendous amount of laughter. It also raised money for the Dr. Mary Bear Scholarship, which benefits a fifth-grade Connolly student and the PTA’s Cultural Arts Committee.

Connolly School PTA President Michelle Scarfo-Juarez said the event’s success was due to the generosity of the community and the members of the PTA’s Family Night Out Committee.

“We really appreciate all of the support,” she said “A lot of the people who attended don’t have children at Connolly, and they came to support out school.”

Glen Cove Mayor Reginald Spinello also joined community members at the game, posing for pictures with students in attendance.


Gardening Gets Underway


Deasy second-graders began tending to the school’s garden when Reese Michaels, a Cornell Cooperative Extension gardener, visited their school.

Farmer Reese and the children gathered at the garden, which is used to grow herbs and vegetables, in addition to supporting the school’s science curriculum. This year, second-graders are studying soil, rocks and minerals.

During the visit, the children used trowels to spread compost and remove weeds, and had the opportunity to plant onions. They also listened carefully as Reese explained the importance of getting rid of weeds, watering and how compost will provide nutrients to the items they plant.

Principal Nomi Rosen said the students would be asked to develop a list of things they’d like to see grown in the garden. They will also create decorative watering cans.

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Book and Smiles

Gribbin students enjoyed a book fair sponsored by the school’s PTA on April 15-16. The children had a wonderful time reading and purchasing books on a variety of topics, such as science, history and biographies.

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100,000 Math Problems and Still Counting

Finley students in Susan Rodriguez’s seventh-grade class were recognized for solving 100,000 math problems on IXL, a math program that gives students individual practice on Common Core math questions.

The math problems were completed at home throughout the school year, and students who participated earned a certificate of achievement. The children are currently competing with approximately 50,000 middle school students nationwide in an IXL-sponsored contest to see which school can complete the most math problems in a month’s time. The top three winning schools will earn a pizza party.


Students Raise Money for Sporting Equipment

Connolly students are enjoying new soccer balls, dodge balls, tennis balls and hula-hoops thanks to a bake sale fundraiser and the support of a local business.

Members of the school’s Student Council decided they wanted to do something nice for their school. After some brainstorming, they opted to buy new playground equipment and organized a bake sale to earn money.  Student Council members then contacted Board of Education President Rich Maccarone, owner of Valley Sport and Trophy on Glen Street, who afforded the students an opportunity to get many more items than their money would’ve allowed them to purchase.   
Student Council advisers Susan Stanco and Monique Vaccaro expressed their pride in the students, who worked together to make their dreams a reality.

Cove-er Times Staff Honored

Members of Glen Cove High School’s newspaper club, The Cove-er Times, received Quill Awards for excellence in high school journalism at Adelphi University’s 15th annual Press Day.  

Congratulations to freshman Isabel Blas and senior Rebecca Rand, who were awarded in the category of Best Opinion Piece. Rand also won for Best News Feature. In addition to the students being honored, club adviser Arlene Munson led a breakout session at the event on the merits, integrity and value of sources used by today's students to get news.

Crocheting with Heart

Landing students in the PTA’s after-school Crocheting Club created scarves for the HeartScarves program of WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease.

The 12 students accepted the challenge to crochet with “heart,” creating four red scarves, which the organization will hand deliver to women in the hospital or in cardiac rehab centers right after a cardiac event. The scarves were designed to be 3 to 4 inches wide and 50 to 60 inches long so they can be used during medical procedures without getting tangled with medical equipment. A printed gift card is attached to each scarf, explaining the meaning of the HeartScarves program.

In addition to the four scarves made by students, the Crocheting Club will donate another seven scarves thanks to donations from friends and community members.

Landing Book Contest Winners

Four students from Landing School were named winners in the Glen Cove Public Library’s annual Write and Illustrate Your Own Book Contest. 

The contest invites aspiring student-authors in grades 2-6 to write and illustrate an original children’s book. Nearly 30 student-authors were recognized for their outstanding books out of the more than 150 entries received from both public and private schools.

Congratulations to the following students from David Smith’s fifth-grade class for combining their literary and artistic skills to produce books for all to enjoy: Michele Cruz for her book, “How to Take Care of a Parakeet”; Jose Santos and Giovanni White, who collaborated to write and illustrate a sports adventure titled “Soon-to-be All-Star Logan Thompson”; and Walter Gomez for his book, “The Wonderful World of Wolves.”

Students Learn to Cooperate

Gribbin students in Coleen Verity’s after-school Character Club presented skits on cooperation during a recent school assembly.

The assembly kicked off the school’s monthlong focus on cooperation, which encouraged students to work together in a respectful and caring environment. Members of the Character Club wrote and performed three skits, which concentrated on cooperating and sharing books, taking turns while playing games and working together to care for a pet. 
Each month, the Character Club learns about a positive character trait and performs short skits related the monthly theme.  

Ready, Set, Action

Fifth-grade students in David Smith’s class performed, recorded and produced a radio play titled “Two Pigs, a Wolf and a Mud Pie.” 

The project was a collaborative effort between Smith and LIU Post’s WCWP Radio Director Dan Cox. Prior to recording, Smith’s students rehearsed the script of the play, a mixed parody of classic fairy tales. Main characters included Wolf, Cinderella, Hansel, Gretel, Snow White and the Witch. In addition to the characters, students filled the roles of sound effects technician, engineer and director.

On the morning of the recording, Mr. Cox set up his portable “radio station” and prepared students to perform their assigned roles. The experience gave students a greater understanding and appreciation of the varied aspects involved in creating an audio or video production. “Two Pigs, a Wolf and a Mud Pie” was an interdisciplinary unit of study, as students learned and applied math, reading and writing skills in preparation for the performance. 

The audio play will air on LIU’s WCWP Radio and be available as a podcast in early June 2015.

January and February Students of the Month Recognized

Glen Cove High School honored its Students of the Month for 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 their own student of the month. Glen Cove High School Interim Principal Roseann Cirnigliaro and Assistant Principal Allen Hudson commended the students on their achievements.

The Students of the Month for January were Andrew Gerin (Rotary), James Adams (Knights of Columbus), freshmen Isabel Blas and Tillie Ann Doyle, sophomores Jose Villatoro and Sophia Zias, juniors Kevin Hernandez Peraza and Shyazia Stephenson, and seniors Nick Garcia and Kevin Shannon.

The Students of the Month for February were Elena D’Ambrosio (Rotary), Maria Krisch (Knight of Columbus), freshmen Evelyn Amaya and Sandra Pajovic, sophomores Brendan Hamel and Fatema Salam, juniors Michelle Haidery and Breanna Mundell, and seniors Alexandria DiCaterino and Nelson Murillo.


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.