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Connolly Students Read to Dogs

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On Feb. 10, students at Connolly School shared their day with a few four-legged friends for the school’s first Paws for PARP reading program. In participation with Bidawee, a pet welfare agency, select students read the book of their choice to one of four specially trained therapy dogs and their owners who acted as their literacy mentors. The purpose of the Paws for PARP program was to give students the opportunity to read to a non-judgmental audience and gain the self-confidence needed to strengthen their reading skills, social skills and help make reading an exciting and enjoyable part of their daily routine. The Paws for PARP event was coordinated by Connolly reading teacher Danielle Callahan and AIS teacher Dora Ricciardi.

Students Participate in Nassau Math Tournament

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Members from the High School’s Mathletes and Math Honor Society recently participated in the Nassau Mathematics Tournament at SUNY Old Westbury. Students from high schools in Nassau County were invited to participate in three different events. For the first two events, students worked individually to answer a number of challenging math problems and then in the third round worked as a team solving different problems and producing one set of answers. Following the math tournament was an awards ceremony and all participants received a small gift as well as the complete set of questions and answers to take home.

Author Visits Gribbin School

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On Feb. 3rd NY Times bestselling author and illustrator John Sazaklis visited the students at Gribbin School as a kickoff to the PARP program. John has authored and illustrated several books about super heroes and enjoyed showing the students the many characters he has written and drawn about. He also drew a special super hero for the school to celebrate the PARP program and spoke to the students about the importance of reading every day.

Author Cheryl Willis Visits Glen Cove

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On Wednesday, Feb. 5 high school and middle school students learned the story of Cheryl Willis and her Civil War descendant, an enslaved man named Sandy Willis who also served in President Lincoln’s United States Colored Troops. The compelling story took the students through Cheryl’s childhood where she learned about the Civil War, her discovery to her connection of the past and into the present to reveal her current courageous endeavor and search for Sandy Willis’ grave. Throughout the presentation Glen Cove’s history was covered and it’s connection with the Civil War discussed. Students also had the opportunity to speak with the author and ask questions about her work and her past.

BOE recognizes outstanding students

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The High School auditorium was filled with pride at last month’s board of education meeting as the district recognized its first Regeneron STS Scholar, Nicole Khaimov. Nicole was recently distinguished as one of the top 300 in the Regeneron Science Talent Search 2020. Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Technology Dr. Michael Israel presented Nicole with a certificate of recognition and High School Principal Antonio Santana presented Evan Goldaper, A.P. Capstone teacher, with a certificate of merit from Regeneron for his support and guidance in the research project. Additionally, Nicole’s research mentor and mother of Landing Elementary Principal Alexa Doeschner, Dr. Elena Bront de Avila, was recognized for her dedication to the project.

Following, students from Finley Middle School presented to the BOE about their recent trip to Albany to participate in the YMCA New York Youth and Government Program.
“This program has grown significantly due to the hard work and dedication of these students. We are so proud of what they have done in Albany to represent Glen Cove in such an honorable way,” said Superintendent Dr. Rianna.