Glen Cove High School

School Hours:  7:30 a.m. – 2:02 p.m.

150 Dosoris Lane, Glen Cove, NY
(516) 801-7600



Welcome to Our School

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The end of the school year is rapidly approaching and we are preparing for an extremely eventful May which begins immediately with the administration of Advance Placement exams, followed by finals and Regents in June.  Students are encouraged to participate in both extra help and review sessions to optimize their performance on their respective exams.  Review schedules for both Advance Placement and Regents examinations are available on our website as well as in the Main Office.  Now more than ever, it is important that students arrive to school and class on time and take advantage of our extra-help and review sessions.

In addition to our examinations, there are several events planned for the month of May.  First we have our National Honor Society Induction Ceremony which is schedule for Monday, May, 16th, followed by our two music concerts this month; the first Spring Festival of Performing Arts is scheduled on Wednesday, May 18 and the second part on Wednesday, May 25.  In both cases, the concert starts at 7:30 p.m.  We also have our two awards ceremonies scheduled for Thursday, May 26th.  Underclassmen will be recognized at 5:30 p.m. and seniors will be recognized at 7:30 p.m.  Please come out and support our performing arts program and to honor our students’ achievement.  As a reminder, we will be off on Friday, May 27 and Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day.

Finally, this year’s Budget Vote and Trustee Election will be held on May 17th and we encourage all of our community members to come out and vote.

As always, it is a real pleasure serving the Glen Cove community as your high school principal and I am grateful for your continued support.

Antonio Santana
Glen Cove City Schools


Important Links

Glen Cove High School Newspaper

The Cove-er Times

Current News

National Honor Society Inducts New Members


Glen Cove High School’s National Honor Society inducted 42 new members in an annual ceremony on May 16.

Senior Catherine Hatala kicked off the ceremony by leading those in attendance in the Pledge of Allegiance. The Select Chorale followed, singing the national anthem to perfection. Principal Antonio Santana welcomed students and their families and expressed pride in their outstanding achievements.

“These students work hard, make good choices and, in the process of making themselves better, look to make their community better,” Santana said.

Highlighting the ceremony were comments from guest speaker Cantor Gustavo Gitlin of Congregation Tifereth Israel, who reminded students to give back to the community and society.

“Do it because it feels good to give back, not because of how it looks on your resume,” Cantor Gitlin said.

Patricia Abraham and Grace Blinkoff performed an outstanding violin/viola duet prior to the candle-lighting ceremony, which featured NHS officers describing the characteristics of scholarship, leadership, service and character, each of which is deemed necessary to be considered for induction. Inductees were called one by one to the auditorium stage and presented with a certificate of membership and a flower. The students also took time during the ceremony to honor teachers for their service.

Glen Cove Hosts College Fair

Students had an opportunity to explore their postsecondary options when Glen Cove High School held its fourth annual college fair on April 21.

The event, organized by the school’s guidance department, included more than 125 college representatives, as well as military personnel from every branch of the armed forces. In addition to receiving pertinent information on the many academic institutions, families had an opportunity to take part in two workshops: “Transitioning to College for Students with Disabilities,” presented by Alyssa Provenzano, assistant director of disability services at New York Institute of Technology; and “Understanding the SAT and ACT,” presented by Evan Wessler, vice president of Method Test Prep.  

Students of all grades were in attendance, including a large showing of eighth-graders from Robert Finley Middle School. A special thank-you to guidance secretary Michelle Wall, who helped organize the fair.  

Contorno Named High School Social Studies Teacher of the Year


 The Long Island Council for the Social Studies has honored Glen Cove High School teacher Christopher Contorno with the Outstanding High School Social Studies Teacher of the Year award.

Glen Cove District Social Studies coordinator Melanie Arfman nominated Mr. Contorno for the honor, describing him “as an educator who demonstrates the capacities and dispositions of a master teacher-leader and models excellence in teaching.”

Mr. Contorno has taught in Glen Cove since 2010, and takes part in many extracurricular activities. In addition, he is a lifelong learner, earning a Master of Arts in secondary social studies education at Columbia University, which has resulted in the development of masterful lessons around the concept of a mini lesson, supported with differentiation to meet the needs of diverse learners.

Recognizing the importance of embracing learning outside of the school day, Mr. Contorno teaches a Trial and Debate after-school course in order to prepare students for the Mock-Trial Team he advises. He is also the adviser for the high school’s Model United Nations club.  

Mr. Contorno will receive his award at the Long Island Council for the Social Studies Award Ceremony on June 2 at the Upsky Hotel in Hauppauge.

Superintendent of School Maria Rianna congratulated Mr. Contorno on this tremendous honor, describing him as a “committed educator and wonderful person.”

Film Success Continues for Glen Cove’s Farley

Glen Cove junior Julia Farley's animated film “Pretty” placed first at the LIU Post Student Film Festival on April 20.

According to media communications teacher Christopher Barry, the director of LIU’s TV production department and chair of LIU’s communications school, both asked if Julia's piece was going to be shown at any other festivals. They agreed that it "needs to be shown and needs to be seen."

Additionally, both suggested that it should be submitted to the Student Academy Awards, which is the student version of the Oscars. The director said to everyone in the room at the festival that, "Rarely, if ever, do we see a piece this professional at this level.”

Barry said he was bursting with pride that Julia is his student and feels fortunate to have another year to work with her.

Glen Cove High School TV Production Students Honored

Glen Cove High School junior Julia Farley received a Best in Show award at the annual Long Island Media Arts Show held at Five Towns College on April 1.

This was Julia’s first time presenting at the show and she made quite an impression. One particular judge, who is an award-winning cinematographer and filmmaker, called her piece "flawless" and said, "I wouldn't change a thing. You have a future!" It was a great moment for Julia, as well as all of the Glen Cove students in the audience.
Junior Laura Roesch and seniors Maggie Muzante and Aaron Hall also presented their work and received critical acclaim from the video/film professionals that adjudicate at the festival. Maggie and Aaron are TV III- Independent Study students. Julia and Laura are TV Production II students. Media Communications teacher Christopher Barry expressed his pride in all of the students’ work.

As a Best in Show honoree, Julia qualified to be screened at the First Exposure Film Festival this spring sponsored by the Suffolk County Film Commission, where she will have an opportunity for her work to be selected for viewing at the prestigious Hamptons International Film Festival.

Glen Cove High School has been attending the Long Island Media Arts Show for 26 years, since the show’s inception. Students have always made a strong showing. This is the fourth consecutive year that Glen Cove students were recognized in the Best in Show category, in addition to the many other achievements received over the years.

Click HERE to watch Julia's video on the GCTV LiveStream page.

Monday, May 30, 2016