Attention All Earth Science Students:

The Earth Science midterm will be administered during your double period class on either Monday, February 2nd or Tuesday, February 3rd .

Varsity Cheer Leads in Lynbrook Competition


Varsity Coach Amy Serr and JV Coach Jessica Banks

This past weekend, the Varsity and JV Cheerleading teams attended a competition at Lynbrook High School. The teams competed against Manhasset and Sewanhaka in the Varsity Co-Ed division. After an impressive performance, Glen Cove was awarded first place. Glen Cove Varsity and JV teams also received the spirit award for spirit displayed towards each other and other teams throughout the course of the day. Both coaches are very proud of the program’s success this year.

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First-Place Tournament Champions & Excellence Award For The Men in Black

They did it again! Glen Cove's Robotics Team 144, better known as The Men in Black, not only came in first place at Adelphi University’s Southern New York Regional Competition on Jan. 24, but also earned their second Excellence Award. The Men in Black ranked first all day until the last match, where they dropped in rank to second place, but not for long. Winning five out of five matches earned them the position to choose their two alliance partners (two other teams) that would compete with them in the semifinals and finals to take home the big win. Winning alongside Glen Cove in the semifinals and finals were alliance partners from Wantagh High School, the Wantagh Warrioirs, and Malverne High School’s Mechanical Mules. There were 22 high school teams and two other middle school teams at the event, which included two college-sponsored teams and previous tournament champions.

The team members responsible for designing, building, programming and driving the winning robot, named “Will Smith," are all eighth-graders from Robert M. Finley Middle School. The team would like to thank their coach and advisor, "The Lady in Red" – Lisa Pignataro, as well as their principal, Mr. Nelson Iocolano, for their dedication and support for robotics. The team is trying hard to raise money to compete in the national competition (for which they have now qualified three times), which is coming up this April in Iowa; any donations are appreciated. The key to The Men in Black's success is: "They work in secret, they exist in shadow and they dress in black!" The team members are Agent "K" – Kyle Fahey, Agent "R" – Ryan Koenig, Agent "S" – Shevon Rodrigo, Agent "L" – Lucretia Smith, Agent "A" – Andrew Woska, Agent "F" – Frank the Dog, and their coach – "The Lady in Red" – Lisa Pignataro.



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• Free admission to Glen Cove School District events, such as plays, concerts, etc.
• Preferred seating at certain designated events
• Entrance into special performances specific to Gold Card members

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GC Council of PTA Presidents/Principals Dinner Rescheduled

The Glen Cove Council of PTA Presidents/Principals dinner has been rescheduled for February 4, 2015 - 6:30 pm at BOCA. Please call Antoinette Bellomo at 671-0650 to confirm your attendance or join the fun at $48 per person.

SEPTA MOVIE NIGHT - February 6th

Please join SEPTA at the Glen Cove Movie Theatre on February 6th at 9:45 am to see SpongeBob Movie. It is open for all Glen Cove residents. The cost is $10 cash only which includes admission, popcorn, and a soda. No need to RSVP, just mention SEPTA.



Please join SEPTA for a kid’s movie night out at Clay Nation on February 7th from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. The cost is $30 per person which includes refreshments, snacks, and pottery. Please RSVP to Denise Reynolds at 676-8127 or


NYSSMA President Visits Finley

New York State School Music Association President Dr. David Gaines recently visited seventh-grade band students at Finley Middle School. 

During his time at Finley, Dr. Gaines led a master class, working with students on music to be performed as part of the band's spring concert as well as their upcoming performances at the NYSSMA Major Organization Festival.

“The students greatly enjoyed the experience with Dr. Gaines and were delighted to receive a great deal of positive feedback,” seventh-grade band director Brittney Frank Rifkind said. "Having Dr. Gaines come to Finley Middle School was a real honor. He is truly a master teacher, and the students were thrilled to work with him.”

The Fairy Tale Ball

Gribbin students enjoyed a magical experience when they attended the school’s Fairy Tale Ball.

The event culminated the school’s Parents As Reading Partners Program, which encompassed the fairy tale theme “Once a PARP a Time,” according to kindergarten teacher and PARP coordinator Genene Coppola.

“For the last two weeks, we have been focusing on fairy tales,” Coppola said. “We even wrote a school fairy tale, with each class adding to the story.”

In honor of the special occasion, female students arrived adorned in beautiful dresses and tiaras, while Gribbin’s young gentlemen dressed in ties and crowns. The children enjoyed dancing and the princess costumes worn by the school’s PARP coordinators. In addition to the Fairy Tale Ball, Gribbin students enjoyed visits from community readers, a book-a-long and a pajama day as part of the school’s PARP celebration.


Due to inclement weather, forcing school closures, please review the REVISED exam schedule!

Midterm exams not listed will be administered in class. Teachers will inform students of revised midterm dates on Monday, February 2nd.


Book-a-long Fun

Gribbin students recently enjoyed a “book-a-long” as part of the school’s Parents As Reading Partners celebration.

The event was planned as a fun and musical way to promote reading for students. The children looked on as various stories were projected on a big screen, while their music teacher sang through the stories. Students were encouraged to join in.

Community Readers at Gribbin

Members of the Glen Cove community recently visited and read to Gribbin School students as part of the school’s Parents As Reading Partners program.

Students listened to a story read by their special guest and had an opportunity to learn about the important role they have in the community. Principal Francine Santoro expressed her gratitude to the following guest readers who attended the event: 

Mr. Brian Basile — Hair Designer
Mr. Tim Benzinger — Parent
Monica Chavez — ESL Foreign Language Coordinator
Lt. Peter DiMaggio — Glen Cove Police Department
Mr. Mike DiPaolo — UPS Driver
Ms. Merrily Glaviano — Gribbin Teacher Mom
Mr. Nick Glaviano — Second-Grade Teacher’s Brother
Dr. Beverly Granger — Glen Cove Dentist
Mr. Anthony Guastella — Forest Pizza
Dr. Michael Israel — Assistant Superintendent
Mr. Todd Kopetic — Parent
Dimitri Kryoneris — Landing School Principal
Sgt. Jack MacDougal — Retired Police Officer
Ms. Arlene O’Dell — Director of GC Youth Bureau
Maria Rianna —Superintendent
Mr. Matthew Rottino — High School English Teacher
Mayor Reginald Spinello
Officer David Telese — Customs Officer
Mr. Spiro Tsirkas — GC Youth Bureau
Police Chief William Whitton


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Former NFL Player Visits Connolly

Author and former NFL player Trevor Pryce visited Connolly students as part of the school’s Parents As Reading Partners program. Mr. Pryce, author of the children’s books “The Rainbow Serpent” and “An Army of Frogs,” autographed his books for students during his visit to the school. 

Principal Rosemarie Sekelsky offered her many thanks to Connolly’s PTA President Michelle Scarfo-Juarez, who arranged the assembly.

Dr. King Remembered at Landing


Landing Elementary students honored the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during a recent school assembly.

“We Hold the Pieces to World Peace” was the theme of this year’s event, which began with a presentation by fifth-grade teacher David Smith, who encouraged students to make a difference. The children then proceeded outside to the Peace Tree planted during last year’s assembly and hung paper globes that reflected their ideas on how to achieve world peace, while Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech played in the background.

Prior to the celebration, students created puzzle pieces with their ideas for peace, which were placed next to the indoor Peace Tree created by art teacher Jean Bennardo. Principal Dimitri Kryoneris told students each leaf on the indoor tree represented a Landing student and symbolized beauty, strength, wisdom and promise.


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Ski Club Hits the Slopes

The Glen Cove High School Ski Club held its first trip of the year to Windham Mountain in the Catskills on Jan. 10.

Sunny skies greeted the 45 members of the club, but so did temperatures hovering in the single digits. Despite the bitter cold, the conditions on the mountain were fantastic and new snow had fallen. All of the club members, including 13 students who are brand-new to the sport, had a great day.
"I love skiing with the experts and the die-hard skiers in the club, but I'm even more excited to see so many students trying out skiing and snowboarding,” Ski Club adviser Christopher Barry said. “This club is all about exposing kids to a healthy, outdoor activity that will hopefully turn into a lifelong love for them.”

The Ski Club's next stop is the annual return to Mount Snow, Vermont on the weekend of Jan. 30. Another day trip is penciled in for March 7. If fundraising goes according to plan, a second trip to Vermont will be in the works as well. For more information on the Glen Cove High School Ski Club, email Mr. Barry at or call the TV Studio at 801-7658.

Sharing the Gift of Reading

Connolly student representatives in grades 3-5 visited Gribbin School as guest readers on Jan. 14. The children, who were chaperoned by teachers Nancy Cox and Dora Ricciardi, brought and read their favorite books to Gribbin students in grades K-2 as part of the district’s Parents as Reading Partners celebration.



Gribbin Celebrates Dr. King

Students at Gribbin School honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with an assembly featuring musical performances and speeches. 

During the celebration, kindergarten students performed “Freedom, Freedom Let it Ring” and “Peace and Harmony,” while first-grade students read a poem titled “Dream.” Second-graders performed “It’s in Every One of Us,” read facts about Dr. King’s life and spoke about character traits related to the civil rights activist.

Other highlights included the reading of quotes from Dr. King’s "I Have a Dream Speech” and students, staff and parents taking a peace pledge, before singing “We Shall Overcome.”

Board Celebrates AP Scholars

The Board of Education recognized the district’s 2014 Advanced Placement Scholars at its Jan. 12 meeting at Glen Cove High School.

Honorees included current students, as well as Class of 2014 graduates, who were invited to the meeting to be commended by the board. In all, 40 students were celebrated for their academic accomplishments.

During the meeting, board members were also provided with information on the district’s nutrition program via a presentation by Kim Coopersmith of food services. Assistant Superintendent for Business Victoria Galante also shared preliminary details of the 2015-16 budget with those in attendance.

Cipriano Wins Connolly Spelling Bee

Connolly’s Amedea Cipriano was the winner of the school’s fifth-grade Spelling Bee on Jan. 8.

The event was organized by teachers Nancy Cox and Dora Ricciardi and featured 10 students vying for the title of champion. According to Cox, this year’s competition was truly thrilling.

“It was one of our most exciting bees,” Cox said. “The last two students were going back and forth for several rounds before we had a winner.”

Runner-up in the competition was Keith Callaghan. Principal Rose Sekelsky congratulates the following students:
Amedea Cipriano
Michael Adams
Anna Basil
Keith Callaghan
Josue Mejia
Andrew Glaviano
Josiah Aschalew
Ally Pascucci
Maria Alvarado
Kylie Morace

Sept-Dec Citizens of the Month

Kevin Anaya
Debora Benitez
Brianna Berment
Angelina Beverwijk Holden
Erick Brown
Cyra Burnett
Paige Callaghan
Caitlin Callahan
Saniyah Chambers
Anthony Condo
Jahliek Dyer
Venessa Fernandez
Alan Gansky
Christian Gaviria
Haley Gielbeda
David Ginez
Joana Godinez
Brianna Guillen
Fernando Guzman
Jennifer Heman
Delmy Henriquez
Michael Hernandez
Lisbeth Herrera
Lily Knobel
Eder Leiva
Domenica Leotta
Ashley Martinez
Mialani Martinez
Annemarie Mclnnis
Mindy Morales Espinoza
Melissa Patino
Anthony Rant
Piero Salamanca
Arden Sanders
Brittney Satterfield
Diamond Soto
Caterina Squarciafico
Yaire Tolentino
Tasheed Vasquez
Yunior Velasquez

District Hosts Robotics Competition

Finley’s robotics team, Men in Black, competed in the Glen Cove 2015 Southern New York State VRC Qualifier on Jan. 10.

The competition was the first hosted by the district and featured the Men in Black competing against students from schools across Long Island, including Locust Valley, Massapequa, Wantagh and Hauppauge. During the event, the teams from each school competed for several different achievements, including tournament champions, the Excellence Award and the Sportsmanship Award.  Unfortunately, the Men in Black were not victorious; however, Principal Nelson Iocolano said he was proud of what they have accomplished thus far. 

“I’m so impressed by our team’s ability to work together, and how they’re able to overcome certain challenges and setbacks while competing. They truly exemplify the best our school community has to offer,” Iocolano said. “I’m especially thankful to team advisor Lisa Pignataro, and all those in our school community who worked so hard in the planning and preparation of the competition. It was truly an example of a school community coming together to support our students.”

Invention Museum Open House

Connolly third-graders in Lucretia Simone’s class demonstrated their knowledge of simple machines by creating unique inventions, exhibited as part of their classroom’s Invention Museum Open House.

The students created their inventions during the winter recess using everyday household materials. According to Simone, the assignment provided a hands-on learning experience, which reinforced the science curriculum.

“The students are currently learning simple machines and, in order for them to create their invention, they had to know the mechanics of a simple machine and how to construct it,” Simone said.

The third-grade students demonstrated their inventions to fellow schoolmates, who were invited to view and ask questions during the open house.

LaBaw Named Spelling Bee Winner

Finley School seventh-grader Axelle LaBaw was the victor of the middle school’s annual Spelling Bee.

LaBaw faced six other finalists in grades 6-8 in the competition, who were all selected through team-level spelling bees held prior to the schoolwide event. LaBaw secured her win by spelling the word “totalitarian” correctly and has earned a spot to compete at the 2015 Hofstra Long Island Regional Scripps Spelling Bee on Sunday, Feb. 8.

Silk Screen Project Brings Out Student Creativity

Cynthia Van Ommeren’s second-graders enjoyed learning about printmaking and had the opportunity to create their own silk-screened T-shirts on Jan. 6.

The project was led by Professor Susan Czechowski of Western Illinois University, who visited the class and taught students about the steps of silk screening and the equipment involved. The children then used a squeegee and ink to print a chosen design on a T-shirt. They came away from the activity with not only a wonderful new T-shirt, but also the confidence of an artist.

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Fish Tales Comes to Deasy


Deasy first-graders learned about the anatomy of fish during the Long Island Children’s Museum outreach program Fish Tales.

The program, led by LICM Outreach Manager Stacey Lee, took students on an imaginary fishing trip, where they caught a fish and dissected it, all while learning about the comparative anatomy between fish and humans. After the dissection, the children examined the parts of the fish with a magnify glass, while Lee cooked the fish for the students to eat.

First-grade teacher Wendy Romanoff said the program tied into the student’s “Snails to Whales” curriculum.

“We began the year talking about snails, then moved to the properties of water,” Romanoff said. “This program will launch us into our unit on fish, where we will have aquariums set up in the classrooms so the students can study them.”

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Learning the Art of Silk Screening

Students in Lorraine Clementz’s fourth-grade class at Connolly received a hands-on lesson on silk screening thanks to Susan Czechowski, an art professor at Western Illinois University.

Czechowski, who specializes in silk screening and printing, assisted students, helping them to create the T-shirts they had designed. The children used screens and a squeegee to press the ink through their designs and onto the shirts.

Principal Sekelsky extended her gratitude to Czechowski, a family member of a student in Clementz’s class, for bringing the wonderful program to the school.

Imagination Playground Opens

Think giant foam flexible building blocks designed for young hands and minds.  Think shrieks of glee and spontaneous play. Think a playground for the imagination.  Thanks to a gift from its PTA, Deasy inaugurates an indoor recess theater for creativity and construction.  So let it snow, we'll be fine inside this winter.



HS Honors Students of the Month

Glen Cove High School honored its Students of the Month for November and December. 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 each month. Glen Cove High School interim Principal Roseann Cirnigliaro and interim Guidance Chairperson Diane Johnson congratulated the students on their achievements.

The Students of the Month for November were Jaime Mejia Santos (Rotary), Adriana Vertiz (Knight of Columbus), freshman Andres Mejia Alvarado, sophomore Adrianna Tzavaras, junior Jeremy Santana and senior Karen Arriola.
The Students of the Month for December were Sara Testa (Rotary), Jesse Alvarado Acosta (Knights of Columbus), freshman Mikaila Ayala, sophomore Matthew Arena, junior Jose Velasquez Zavala and senior Joshua Brown.

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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