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Outstanding Science Award for Glen Cove Senior

Outstanding Science Award for Glen Cove Senior photo
Glen Cove High School senior Jolee Murphy was awarded an Outstanding Science Student Award by the Nassau County Section of the Science Teachers Association of New York State. 

Jolee was nominated by Science Coordinator Alexa Doeschner in conjunction with science faculty members because of exemplary achievement in her science courses throughout her high school career. Jolee was presented by science teacher Fran Krisch to the Nassau County STANYS members at their 21st annual Science Awards Program Dinner at the Coral House in Baldwin. This coming September, Jolee is headed to Stony Brook University on a full-tuition scholarship to study biomedical engineering.

Glen Cove Alums Visit Honors Anatomy and Physiology Classes

Glen Cove Alums Visit Honors Anatomy and Physiology Classes photo
Three Glen Cove alums recently spoke to the Honors Anatomy and Physiology students about the transition from high school studies into pre-health majors in college. 

Caitlin Brown, ’15, a senior nursing major and varsity softball player at Wilkes University, shared her expertise on how to balance the rigors of studies and athletics, while Selena Guastella, ’15, a senior nursing major at Adelphi University and professional EMT for Northwell Health, encouraged students to seek outside clinical experiences while in college to make relevant what they learn in the classroom. Maria Krisch, ’16, a junior pre-medical student and undergraduate teaching assistant at Fordham University, explained study strategies and the requirements necessary to apply to medical school and other health-allied professional graduate programs.

“It is extremely valuable for my current students to get to speak with young, successful, pre-health majors who sat in their same seats just a few years ago,” said teacher Fran Krisch. “It’s a perfect way to end the year and shows the students that they really do have all the tools necessary to do well in pre-health majors if they choose to do so.”

Senior Walk Brings Nostalgia for Class of 2018

Senior Walk Brings Nostalgia for Class of 2018 photo

Glen Cove High School’s senior class took a trip down memory lane during the school’s first-ever Senior Walk on June 15.

Wearing their graduation caps and gowns, the Class of 2018 visited Connolly and Landing schools to reminisce about their time in the district. The senior students walked through the hallways of the elementary buildings to cheers and congratulations by the district’s younger students. They also received high fives and hugs from teachers and students alike. 

Assistant Principal Allen Hudson, who accompanied the students on the trip, said the school’s student government officers came up with the idea to commemorate their time in the district. Congratulations, Class of 2018!   

Glen Cove Seniors Are All Smiles

Glen Cove Seniors Are All Smiles photo
Glen Cove High School’s Senior Class officers had a little fun as they checked out the school’s College-Bound display. Congratulations to the Class of 2018! 

First Next Generation STEAM Fair

First Next Generation STEAM Fair photo

As the first year of the high school Scientific Research Literacy class comes to an end, students wrapped up their last competition of the year at the annual Next Generation STEAM Fair at the Cradle of Aviation.

Students competed against 16 teams from school districts across Long Island. The Scientific Research Literacy class had no prior experience in robotics and were tasked with using a SnappyXO robotics kit designed by Stony Brook University professor Dr. Anurag Purwar to propose and solve a problem related to space exploration. The problem could include space and surface travel, navigation, articulation and deployment. Students met with Dr. Purwar on April 10 and had the past six weeks to construct a robot designed to move and complete a task. Glen Cove High School students designed the robot to navigate autonomously and be able to pick up sample materials during a space exploration mission.

In attendance at the May 23 competition were Scientific Research Literacy class teacher Jillian Romano and Alexa Doeschner, district science coordinator. Given the short window of time, as well as the complexity of the college-level robotics kit, most competing teams did not have a working robot at the competition. Although the team did not win, our students were actively engaged in a productive struggle for the past six weeks, and were able to design, construct, wire and code a moving robot. 

From the numerous experiences students had in the Scientific Research Literacy class, one of the major takeaways was grit, a predictor of success, which is defined as perseverance and passion for long-term goals.

Glen Cove High School STEP Students Graduate

Glen Cove High School STEP Students Graduate photo
Students from Glen Cove High School who participated in the STEP (Science Technology Engineering Program) this past academic school year have graduated. 

Under the supervision of Glen Cove science teacher Ms. Jillian Romano, the students have been hard at work designing proposals and solutions to world problems and conducting research in science laboratories on a college campus, as well as designing robots to compete in multiple robotics tournaments. Beginning in September, students spent every Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. at New York Institute of Technology designing and conducting innovative projects. 

This program has positively affected the lives of participating students and guided them to focus on a science career path, which at one time only seemed like a dream. The STEP program has allowed these students to dream big and to realize that with hard work anything is possible.

Home Run for Big Red Baseball Program

Home Run for Big Red Baseball Program photo
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The district’s baseball program was awarded equipment and a check for $2,500 through the MLB Baseball Tomorrow Fund in partnership with the New York Mets on May 20. Glen Cove High School baseball players Kiernan Calderon, Chris Capobianco and Jared Vanegas were invited to walk onto Citi Field and were recognized in front of the whole crowd for receiving this honor. In addition to the award, the players were able to watch the game from field level seats. The district would like to thank the MLB and the New York Mets for their generosity in providing our athletes with an amazing experience.

High School Ceramic Students Share Artistry for City Celebration

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Under the direction of teacher Vicki Gordon, Glen Cove High School ceramics students created totems for Garvies Point Museum and Preserve. In all, there are five poles with a total of 100 pieces representing the 100th anniversary of Glen Cove’s incorporation as a city. The colorfully glazed ceramic pieces reflect the wildlife at Garvies Point. Several students assisted Ms. Gordon with the installation of the totems, which are now on permanent display in the picnic area. Ms. Gordon would like to thank Veronica Natale, director of Garvies Point Museum and Preserve, for welcoming the school’s 350/100 Celebration contribution and the staff for being so helpful. The ceramic students that participated in the installation of the sculptures were Jessica Alvarenga, Cindy Cruz, Emily Escobar, Dylan Pajuelo, Anissa Rosado, Frank Villalobos and Rosa Zavala.

High School Orchestra Places First in Festival

High School Orchestra Places First in Festival photo
Congratulations to Glen Cove High School’s orchestra for placing first in their division at the Music In The Parks Festival at Williamsburg, Virginia on May 18. Orchestra teacher James Guarini and Principal Antonio Santana congratulated the students on their outstanding performance.  

High School Chess Club Championships Underway

High School Chess Club Championships Underway photo

Glen Cove High School students are competing against their peers in a Chess Club Open Tournament throughout the month of May.

Organized by Chess Club adviser Victor Oliveri, the tournament allows students to compete in timed chess matches with the opportunity of becoming champion. One female and one male student will earn the coveted title, along with $100 cash prize and a trophy engraved with their names. The first tournament was on May 3. There will also be matches on May 10 and 17 from 2:05-4 p.m. in the high school library.   

Mr. Oliveri said playing chess is beneficial for students because it helps to improve a person’s attention span, focus and critical thinking skills. He extended his gratitude to all the anonymous donors who made the tournament possible. To learn more about the Chess Club, visit

Photography Honors for Glen Cove Senior

Photography Honors for Glen Cove Senior Pic
Photography Honors for Glen Cove S3enior Pic
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Photography Honors for Glen Cove Senior Pic
Glen Cove High School senior Veronica Cruz has received accolades from the Photographic Society of America for the second consecutive year. This year, Veronica had three photographs selected for display at the PSA’s national conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. Veronica is the only student from Long Island to have that many photographs chosen. 

“I believe that Veronica’s desire to create creative portraits resonated with the judges,” photography teacher Mrs. Melissa Johnides said. “These days, most people with a cell phone can take a decent picture of whatever is in front of them, but Veronica looks beyond that convenience and strives to create her own stories.”  

Mrs. Johnides entered a dozen of her students’ strongest works into the category-based competition, which received more than 800 entries nationally. 

Students Register to Vote

Students Register to Vote photo

Glen Cove High School seniors attended a voter education and registration workshop on April 11.

The activity was hosted by the Nassau County Board of Elections to allow the students that will be 18 years of age by the next general election on Nov. 6 and are eligible, to vote. A bipartisan team came to the school with instructional materials and guided students through the process of properly completing registration forms. They also brought a voting machine to demonstrate and familiarize the students with the actual process of entering their ballot. Meaningful discussions about the importance of citizens voting and civic duty were discussed.

Mock Interview Day at Glen Cove High School

Mock Interview Day at Glen Cove High School photo
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Glen Cove High School hosted nearly 150 students at a Mock Interview Day on April 16.

Students from various classes in the English Department sat with professionals from outside the education field for a five- to 10-minute, one-on-one interview. The purpose of the activity was to prepare students for future careers by obtaining practical and necessary interview practice while still in high school. The interviewers treated the students as though they were applicants attempting to gain career-type positions.  

Some of the professionals included Glen Cove Mayor Tim Tenke; Glen Cove School Board President Amy Franklin; representatives from Northwell Health, New York Institute of Technology, private firms and public organizations; and other local government officials. The day was a tremendous success thanks to Work-Based Learning Coordinator Jason Smiloff and Youth Bureau Program Coordinator Jacquelyn Yonick. Glen Cove High School looks forward to future career-readiness events.