Marching Band Returns to Columbus Day Parade

The Glen Cove High School Marching Band appeared at the 70th annual New York City Columbus Day Parade on Oct. 13, marking the district’s second performance at the annual event.

The student-performers were part of the parade’s first division, marching behind Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Harlem Globetrotters, in recognition of their fourth-place standing during their first trip to the parade in 2013.

According to band director Nick Carbuto, the 92-member marching band was led by student conductor Samantha Smith. In addition, 16 kickline members and 18 varsity cheerleaders performed.

Cyberbullying Awareness

Parents and students at Finley Middle School learned about the dangers of cyberbullying during a presentation hosted by the school’s guidance department on Oct. 16.

The “Cyber Bullying Awareness” presentation was given by Laura Campbell, a representative from the Long Island Crisis Center. Campbell provided those in attendance with relevant information on cyberbullying and the services offered through the Long Island Crisis Center.

Finley administrators have invited Campbell to return to the school in January to speak with physical education classes about the consequences of negative social networking behavior, how to keep themselves safe, and what their legal rights are in cyberspace.

The parent meeting and student workshops are part of Finley’s continued efforts to raise awareness to the dangers posed by students having unsupervised access to social media.

Points of Pride - October 2014


Big Red Spirit


Students, faculty and staff gathered at Glen Cove High School for the annual pep rally that marked the end of Spirit Week and the beginning of homecoming weekend.

In addition to celebrating Glen Cove’s athletes, the spirited event also highlighted student-musicians, cheerleaders and members of the kickline and dance team, all of whom entertained the crowd.

The pep rally was organized by the school’s Student Senate, whose members created posters and coordinated the day’s events. During the pep rally, the group also honored band director Nick Carbuto, presenting him with a Glen Cove sweatshirt. Each year the group selects a staff member to honor who has been an inspiration to them throughout the years and/or is retiring.

Student Senate advisor Ellen Lynch said Carbuto hit both marks. “Nick is retiring this year after being a member of the district for numerous years,” she said. “He has inspired many students as well as colleagues and will be sorely missed.”

According to Student Senate President Samantha Smith, the event was a great success. “It was an amazing last pep rally for me,” the high school senior said. “I’m really happy.”

‘The students did a fabulous job,” Lynch agreed. “We keep this event student-centered because it really gives them a chance to shine.”


This New House

First graders in Discovery Cove immerse themselves in the challenge posed to them by their STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) teacher, Mr. Altamirano, to design a house.  Intense concentration and animated discussion are the order of the day as students brainstorm ideas.


PTA Council Diamond Club Scholarship Event


Breast Cancer Awareness

Students, faculty and staff at Gribbin School dressed in pink to support Breast Cancer Awareness Day on Oct. 10. The event, sponsored by the Glen Cove Teachers Association, raised more than $250 for Glen Cove CARES.

Glen Cove CARES is a not-for-profit agency which, according to its website, provides assistance to residents of Glen Cove and neighboring communities coping with the crisis of cancer.

Parent University

About 70 families spent an evening at Deasy to attend this year's Parent University.  Parents had the choice of several workshops including, Ways to foster your child's love of reading at home, presented by Landing teacher, David Smith; How to advocate effectively for your child at school, presented in Spanish by longtime Deasy community member, Mrs. Caballero; and Ways to oversee your child's online activity, presented by classroom teacher, Ms. Peretz.  As for children, they had the night off and enjoyed a movie in the APR.



Writer's Workshop

Learning to read one's own work aloud; learning to listen closely when others read; and learning to offer constructive responses.   Mr. Battaglia introduces these key ingredients of the writer's craft -- and cornerstones of Deasy's writing program -- to his second graders.


Pre-K celebrates Red Day

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A Sea of Blue

Gribbin students and faculty dressed in blue on Oct. 6 to show support for the prevention of bullying as part of STOMP Out Bullying’s Blue Shirt Day World Day of Bullying Prevention.

Each October, schools and organizations across the country join STOMP Out Bullying, a national bullying and cyberbullying prevention organization for children and teens in the U.S., in observance of National Bullying Prevention Month.

According to the STOMP Out Bullying website, the goal is to encourage communities to work together to stop bullying and cyberbullying by increasing awareness of the prevalence and impact of bullying on children of all ages.

O’Hagan Named Director of Facilities

District officials announced James O’Hagan as the district’s new director of facilities at a recent Board of Education meeting.

“Based on his credentials, interview and references, we are eager to have James as a member of our school district community and look forward to working with him as a member of our team,” Superintendent Maria Rianna said. 

O’Hagan, a Douglaston, Queens native, has nearly 20 years of facility management experience and most recently served as interim school custodial supervisor and maintenance mechanic for Riverhead High School. In that position, he provided oversight of bond construction, which included new boiler and heating system improvements, modernizations to the HVAC energy controls, and renovations to the cafeteria and library.  
Prior to his experience in Riverhead, O’Hagan worked for more than nine years at New York Hilton Midtown as the assistant director of property operations, responsible for leading a staff in maintenance, repair and capital improvements. He said he’s looking forward to the opportunity to lead facilities operations in an “excellent school district” alongside a “dynamic management team.”

“My initial focus will be on organization of work order systems, safety and compliance, capital improvements and readiness for the winter season,” O’Hagan said. “I also want to develop positive and efficient relationships with the district’s workforce leaders, principals and administration to prioritize, manage and streamline facility needs districtwide.”   

O’Hagan is also focused on initiating energy reduction programs, continuing and maintaining safety awareness, and developing realistic capital and operating budgets, all while seeking cost efficiencies. He said his ultimate objective is to apply his energy and drive, alongside the district’s workforce, to improve the schools, grounds and athletic areas of the district.

“My goal is to continue to improve the environment within our schools by delivering a high level of service to administration and faculty, along with providing motivation to the service staff,” O’Hagan said.   

“There is much work to be done,” Rianna said. “I know our staff will welcome him and work together to continue to move our district forward.”

String Students Selected

Three Glen Cove students have been chosen to participate in the Long Island String Festival Association Nassau Secondary Festival. 

High school juniors Grace Blinkoff and Patricia Abraham were selected for viola, and Finley Middle School eighth-grader Judy Tuifel was selected for violin. The festival will be held Nov. 14-16 at Plainview-Old Bethpage Middle School.

The district congratulates these students on their musical achievements.

Breast Cancer Walk

Connolly students took strides to fight breast cancer at the school’s fifth annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk-a-Thon on Oct. 3.

Hosted by Connolly’s student council, with assistance from advisers Susan Stanco and Monique Vaccaro, the event took place during recess periods on the school’s back field.

“In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the children felt the need to support a worthy cause,” Principal Rose Sekelsky said. “They decided to give up their recess to support the thousands of breast cancer patients and survivors.”

Students raised $650 through pledges, which will be donated to Glen Cove CARES, a not-for-profit agency which, according to its website, provides assistance to residents of Glen Cove and neighboring communities coping with the crisis of cancer.

Stanco said that prior to the event, she explained to students the importance of supporting people around the world who are affected by this disease.

“People are going through hard times,” she said. “This is what we can do to help them.”

Superintendent Maria Rianna, Principal Sekelsky and teachers Olga Notskas, Frank Monteleone and George Kearnes also joined the cause, walking lap after lap with students.

Congratulations 2014 AP Scholars


Inference Through Art at Deasy

The interpretation of a work of art is in the eye of the beholder – a lesson first-grade students at Deasy School experienced firsthand during a recent classroom visit with Nassau County Museum of Art representative Rebecca Hirschwerk.

The meeting was scheduled as a precursor to an upcoming field trip to the museum and gave students an up-close look at several works of art in an intimate setting.

“I love these visits because they give students an understanding of what we do,” Hirschwerk said. “They recognize us and feel comfortable.”

Hirschwerk met with students in Diane Depietro’s and Jen Russo’s classes, showing them several works of art and asking them to describe what they thought was going on in each picture. Students participated with enthusiasm, excitedly raising their hands while offering interesting explanations.

“This process makes the students feel safe because there’s never a right or wrong answer,” Principal Nomi Rosen said.

According to Rosen, the visit bolsters students’ visual thinking strategies and serves as a lead-in to close reading and textual evidence. In addition to the classroom and museum visits, students will also be asked to write about the works of art and describe what they see.

Important information for parents of High School and Middle School Students


A Visit with Eyewitness News Correspondent Kristin Throne

Communication arts students received career advice and critiques on their classwork when Kristin Thorne, a Long Island correspondent for WABC-TV’s Eyewitness News, visited TV Production 1 and Broadcast Journalism classes.

Thorne’s visit, orchestrated by media communications teacher Christopher Barry, marks the first in a series of professionals who will visit the high school classes, providing students with insight on what it takes to do certain jobs and how to achieve their career goals.

“They can hear me talk until I’m blue in the face, but to actually sit with someone in the television business, it registers differently,” Barry said.

Thorne provided students with specific information of what her job entails, including writing, long hours and the importance of her appearance. She also indicated her love of breaking news and storm coverage, telling students she has been fascinated by storms since she was a young girl.

Students were completely engaged throughout the visit, especially when Thorne spoke of how she secured her first reporting job out of college. She explained that she had emailed and phoned a news director in Connecticut and when she didn’t hear back, she decided to take a “road trip” to the newsroom. Once there, she met with the news director and convinced him to give her a chance.

 “You have to put boots on the ground,” Thorne said. “You will not get a job from an email. You have to set up an informational meeting.”

 During her meeting with Broadcast Journalism students, the WABC-TV correspondent reviewed footage of students’ classwork, giving them tips on framing shots and how to hold a microphone. She also told students it didn’t matter what career path they chose, as long as they had passion for it.

“Don’t be afraid,” Thorne said. “Find what you like, what makes you happy, and go for it.”

All-National Musicians

The National Association for Music Education has selected Glen Cove High School student-musicians Samantha Smith and Ryan Carmody to perform in the All-National Honor Ensembles at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tenn.

Smith, who has been playing the clarinet since third grade, will perform with the All-National Concert Band and is Glen Cove’s first student to be selected for this notable honor.

“This is going to be an amazing experience,” Smith said. “To perform at the Grand Ole Opry and to meet students that are just as interested in music as I am is very exciting.”
Carmody will perform with the All-National Mixed Choir. The high school senior said he’s been singing as long as he can remember and is very excited to go to Nashville.
“Nashville is a huge musical place and it’s an honor to perform there,” he said.

The NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles represent the top-performing high school musicians in the United States. Students chosen for this prestigious honor will work for several days with some of the most renowned conductors in the U.S. before performing in concert at the Grand Ole Opry on Oct. 29.

Books, Books and More Books

The Gribbin School PTA sponsored its annual book fair on Sept. 23-24, much to the delight of students and their families. Principal Francine Santoro said the event, which was scheduled in conjunction with the beginning of school and Open School Night, was a terrific success.

All Scream for Ice Cream

Students at Landing enjoyed a sweet treat when a Mister Softee ice cream truck paid them a visit as part of the school’s Welcome Back Celebration.

Sponsored by the school’s PTA, the event gave students an opportunity to enjoy their favorite ice cream cones during their recess periods. Principal Dimitri Kryoneris said he appreciated the PTA organizing the visit.

“It’s a fantastic way to start the school year,” Kryoneris said. “There is nothing better than ice cream, and the kids have a blast.”

A Night at the Movies

Middle school students and their families viewed “Night at the Museum” during an outdoor movie night on Sept. 19 at the Finley Middle School field.

The annual event, begun last year, is sponsored by the Finley Middle School PTA as a way to welcome students back to school. Children enjoyed a free showing of the movie and were treated to free lemonade and popcorn, courtesy of the Glen Cove Movie Theatre.  

Principal Nelson Iocolano is pleased that the outdoor movie night has become an annual tradition and thanked the PTA and all those who attended.

Adult Education Program Guide - Fall 2014

Note: There was a date change for the Microsoft Excel: Introduction class.


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