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Photography Students Enjoy PhotoPlus Expo

Photography Students Enjoy PhotoPlus Expo photo

Several Glen Cove High School students experienced “the biggest photography event in North America” when they recently attended the PhotoPlus Expo 2017 in New York City.

Photography teacher Mrs. Melissa Johnides attended the expo in 2016 and was excited to share the experience with select students this year. Students captured photographs of New York City on their walk to the Javits Center, where they received hands-on experience with high-end photography gear, including cameras and lighting equipment. They also watched live instruction on how to achieve the perfect shot by professionals in the business. Before heading home, the students viewed some contemporary artwork at the Sean Kelly Gallery. It was a memorable day for all. 


Glen Cove Senior Selected to Perform in All-State Band

Glen Cove Senior Selected to Perform in All-State Band photo
Meghan Smith, a senior clarinetist at Glen Cove High School, was chosen to represent the school in the All-State Symphonic Band at the 2017 NYSSMA Winter Conference. The conference will take place in Rochester, New York, from Nov. 30–Dec. 3. Meghan was chosen based upon her outstanding score at last year’s solo NYSSMA adjudication and will perform with the best high school musicians in New York State.

Award of Excellence for Glen Cove Junior

Award of Excellence for Glen Cove Junior photo
Junior Matthew Tran represented Glen Cove High School and the state of New York at the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Boston in June.

Through participation in the congress, Matthew and others had the opportunity to watch a live surgery and to question the surgeon in real time. They were also educated by Nobel Prize winners, and guided and mentored by prominent medical school academic leaders. 

Principal Antonio Santana presented Matthew with an Award of Excellence, which certifies his successful completion of the congress.

Academic Accolades for Glen Cove Seniors

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Glen Cove High School seniors Andy Delgado, Joshua Filippone and Jared Vengas received academic acknowledgement from the College Board’s National Hispanic Recognition Program.

Each year the NHRP awards this honor to approximately 5,000 of the 250,000 Hispanic and Latino students who take the PSAT in their junior year.
The NHRP identifies academically exceptional Hispanic/Latino students and can be used on college applications. Students are chosen based on their performance on the PSAT, and they are required to have a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Principal Antonio Santana congratulated Andy, Joshua and Jared on this achievement. 

Glen Cove High School Hosts Mayoral Debate

Glen Cove High School Hosts Mayoral Debate photo
Glen Cove High School’s senior social studies classes and the Glen Cove Youth Bureau hosted a mayoral debate in the high school auditorium on Nov. 3.

Senior students enrolled in Participation in Government classes researched local concerns and developed questions for the debate, while AP Government and Politics students volunteered their time to run the debate and helped the City Council candidates set up in the gallery for the meet and greet, which took place immediately after the event.  

This debate provided a deeper understanding of campaigns, the election process and local issues for students. Through real-life experiences such as this, students get more invested in learning and have a deeper understanding of their civic duty. The moderator of the event was Will Casale from Mr. Pearsall’s AP Government class. He did a tremendous job in maintaining the decorum of the debate. Several students asked questions during the debate. Students Nikki Franklin and Amanda Ieraci served as timekeepers. All of the students did an impressive job.

Glen Cove Senior John Dong Named a Commended Student

Glen Cove Senior John Dong Named a Commended Student photo
Glen Cove High School senior John Dong was named a Commended Student in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program.

John was among the 34,000 Commended Students across the nation recognized for his exceptional academic promise. He placed among the top scorers of the more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2018 competition by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. John was presented with a Letter of Commendation by Principal Antonio Santana.

Dedication Honors Former Superintendent

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The Board of Education, administration, Glen Cove Mayor Reginald Spinello and community members gathered to honor former district superintendent and educator Florence Andresen during a dedication on Nov. 5 at Glen Cove High School.

As part of the celebration, Campus Drive, the roadway that runs in front of the high school, was renamed “Florence Andresen Way.” Ms. Andresen taught English at Glen Cove High School for seven years, before advancing up the administrative ladder. After serving in a series of leadership roles, including dean and principal of Glen Cove High School, she was named superintendent of the district. Ms. Andresen’s appointment as superintendent in 1986 made her one of the first female superintendents of a K-12 district in New York State.

Board of Education President Amy Franklin welcomed those in attendance and discussed the Board’s motivation for honoring the former district educator.  

“Ms. Andresen is an inspiration to us all,” Franklin said. “She is an amazing role model for young women and an educational trailblazer. As one of the first female superintendents in New York, she paved the way for others to follow. During her 34-year career in our district she had a positive impact on an entire generation of Glen Covers.”

Ms. Andresen is a graduate of Skidmore College and was the lone female student in Hofstra University’s graduate program in school administration in 1959. 

Respected by students, parents, teachers and her fellow administrators, Ms. Andresen received numerous awards throughout her career, including the 1987 Nassau County Woman of the Year, the Charles F. Kettering Foundation Distinguished Educator Award (1981, 1984 and 1985), Newsday’s Distinguished Educator Award in 1989 and the 1991 Long Island University’s Distinguished Educator of the Year award, which recognized her 10 years there as an adjunct professor of educational administration and leadership. With all of these accolades, her friends and former students all agree that her most treasured honor was being voted “Most Popular Teacher” by high school seniors year in and year out.

Glen Cove Inducts Students into Math Honor Society

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Glen Cove High School inducted 19 members into Mu Alpha Theta, the National High School and Two-Year College Mathematics Honor Society, on Oct. 17. Each of these students met the requirements for admission by displaying excellence in high school mathematics and overall academic achievement. In service to their community, each of these students offer at least one half-hour of peer tutoring each week. For more information on the GCHS chapter of Mu Alpha Theta, please contact Cassie Shannon at

Glen Cove HS Art Students Visit Coles House

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Two Glen Cove High School art classes enjoyed a visit to the historic Coles House on Oct. 13.

The student-artists viewed indoor street art creations made by numerous well-known artists, including work by Glen Cove High School art teachers and students that transformed the interiors into a lively and compelling art museum.

The one period field trip across town was organized by art teachers Stephen Lombardo and Vicki Gordon on the invitation of Glen Cove's local business owner Joe LaPadula. Students toured the many rooms inside the three-floor space and had an opportunity to not only view art and installations, but also listened as Mr. LaPadula explained the critical difference between art inside a sanctioned space and defacing public property.

Of the 40 students attending, all seemed happy about this fun and interesting space existing in their own town.

Monthly Family Nights Begin

Family Nights Begin

To combat the busy schedules of families, the district has implemented a monthly Family Night. On Family Night, students will not be assigned any homework from their classroom teachers, allowing their families to preplan fun activities, without interruption.

Family Night will be held on the following dates:
Oct. 25        Jan. 31          April 18
Nov. 22        Feb. 14         May 23
Dec. 20        March 21       June 13

New Assistant Principal at Glen Cove High School

New Assistant Principal at Glen Cove High School photo
The district is pleased to announce Katie Prudente as the new assistant principal at Glen Cove High School. 

Ms. Prudente, a Huntington Station resident, comes to Glen Cove from Valley Stream Central High School. Ms. Prudente most recently served as the dean of discipline in the Valley Stream Central High School District’s Summer School program. She was also an administrative intern at Valley Stream Central High School from 2014-2017. Her administrative responsibilities included developing a districtwide curriculum assessment plan for science education and designing and implementing a STEM curriculum plan for grades K-6 for Valley Stream District 30. She also taught science at the district for nine years. Prior to Valley Stream, Ms. Prudente spent two years teaching at George J. Ryan Middle School in Fresh Meadows.

Ms. Prudente has a Master of Science in earth science/adolescence education and a Bachelor of Arts in earth science. In addition, she holds certifications as a school building leader and a school district leader from Stony Brook University.     

“I am very honored to be joining the Glen Cove community and look forward to building relationships with students and staff, parents and community members,” Ms. Prudente said. “I am dedicated to promoting a positive learning environment for all students and am excited to collaborate with all stakeholders to ensure student achievement and growth.”