Glen Cove High School


Welcome to Our School

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We had a very successful opening to the new school year.  During the month of September, class meetings were held and our expectations for our students were discussed with each grade level.  Students were made aware of the continued support of all our faculty and staff.  We also discussed their responsibilities as students.  We want to make sure that all our students understand that the basis for their achievement in school is attendance in class.  Students need to be active participants in their education in order to be successful.  

One of the topics we discussed was the use of social media.  How someone presents themselves to the world is often defined by what they are posting on the web.  It is important that our students learn to always present a positive image. In addition, New York State DASA legislation requires that we hold students accountable for what they communicate through social media, even when school is not in session.  Any communication that is deemed to be inappropriate, harassing or intended to intimidate another student will result in negative consequences. Therefore, we would appreciate your talking to your child about the responsible use of social networking.  

The month of October will prove to be extremely busy.  Progress Reports will be mailed out the middle of this month.  SAT, ACT and PSAT testing will also occur on three Saturdays in October.  The school district calendar contains the registration dates for these examinations. We are hosting Mini-College Fairs on October 2nd, October 9th, October 16th and October 23rd.   Seniors should be referring to the calendar, as well as the guidance website, for college application deadline dates.  In addition, Senior Family Guidance Meetings will be conducted throughout the month of October.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding testing, college applications or your child’s academic progress, please contact your child’s guidance counselor.

Your involvement in our various events and organizations is very important to our school.  Thank you for your continued support.  Working together we can insure that our students will be successful.


The Administrative Team
Roseann Cirnigliaro
Allen Hudson III
Nadine Richards

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Current News

District Celebrates Seniors

The Glen Cove Board of Education and Superintendent Maria Rianna acknowledged the outstanding achievements of three Glen Cove High School students at the Board of Education meeting on Oct. 20.

The evening began with the board recognizing senior Blake Woods, who was named a semifinalist in the 2015 National Achievement Scholarship Program, an academic competition for Black American high school students. More than 160,000 high school juniors from all parts of the U.S. requested consideration in the program when they took the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Also honored for academics was senior Samantha Smith, who was designated a Commended Student in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program. Commended Students are recognized for the exceptional academic promise demonstrated by their outstanding performance on the 2013 PSAT/NMSQT, which was taken by more than 1.5 million students.  

Smith was also recognized for her musical achievements. The high school senior, along with fellow classmate Ryan Carmody, has been selected to perform in an All-National Honor Ensemble presented by the National Association for Music Education at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tenn. Smith will perform with the All-National Orchestra Band, while Carmody will sing with the All-National Mixed Choir.

Members of the Board and Superintendent Rianna congratulate Woods, Smith and Carmody on their prestigious achievements.

Knights Rule at Homecoming


Glen Cove pride was at an all-time high when Board of Education members, administrators, students, faculty and community members gathered for the annual homecoming parade and game.

“It’s wonderful for the community to come together for our homecoming,” Superintendent Maria Rianna said. “This is truly a community event.”

Starting off at Gribbin School, the homecoming parade was led by members of the U.S. Marine Corps and included children from all six of the district’s school buildings, as well as class floats creatively depicting knights à la this year’s theme of “This is Glen Cove.” According to Student Senate advisor Ellen Lynch, the theme was a play on words based on Glen Cove’s homecoming day opponent, the Spartans of Valley Stream North High School.

The parade concluded at Glen Cove High School, with Athletic Director Denise Kiernan welcoming Board members, alumni and fans to the game. Lynch followed with introductions of the Student Senate and the announcement of the homecoming court. Prior to kickoff, senior football players and captains were announced and the varsity football team ran through a “This is Glen Cove” sign placed in the end zone.

During the first half of the game, students from each class participated in a pull-up contest sponsored by the U.S. Marines. First place was awarded to the senior class, who received a $100 class donation as their prize.

The halftime show featured performances by the drumline, varsity cheerleaders, band and kickline. Halftime also saw the crowning of homecoming king Stevens Martinez and queen Samantha Smith.

The success of the day included a big win by Big Red, who defeated the Spartans, 34-31.

Grant to benefit science department

Glen Cove High School’s science department will see capital improvements thanks to a $250,000 grant secured by New York State Assemblyman Charles Lavine for the Glen Cove City School District.

Superintendent of Schools Maria Rianna and members of the Board of Education thanked Assemblyman Lavine for his support with a Certificate of Commendation during a recent Board of Education meeting. The board indicated the monies from the grant will be utilized for capital improvements and will be targeted to the facilities that house the science labs.

“You are a great member of our community and a great supporter of the Glen Cove Schools,” Rianna stated.

Assemblyman Lavine told those in attendance no “thank-you” was required.

“My children attended the Glen Cove City School District and we are so proud,” he said. “We thank each and every one of you for the hard work that you do.”

Big Red Spirit


Students, faculty and staff gathered at Glen Cove High School for the annual pep rally that marked the end of Spirit Week and the beginning of homecoming weekend.

In addition to celebrating Glen Cove’s athletes, the spirited event also highlighted student-musicians, cheerleaders and members of the kickline and dance team, all of whom entertained the crowd.

The pep rally was organized by the school’s Student Senate, whose members created posters and coordinated the day’s events. During the pep rally, the group also honored band director Nick Carbuto, presenting him with a Glen Cove sweatshirt. Each year the group selects a staff member to honor who has been an inspiration to them throughout the years and/or is retiring.

Student Senate advisor Ellen Lynch said Carbuto hit both marks. “Nick is retiring this year after being a member of the district for numerous years,” she said. “He has inspired many students as well as colleagues and will be sorely missed.”

According to Student Senate President Samantha Smith, the event was a great success. “It was an amazing last pep rally for me,” the high school senior said. “I’m really happy.”

‘The students did a fabulous job,” Lynch agreed. “We keep this event student-centered because it really gives them a chance to shine.”

To watch footage from the Pep Rally, click here.


A Visit with Eyewitness News Correspondent Kristin Throne

Communication arts students received career advice and critiques on their classwork when Kristin Thorne, a Long Island correspondent for WABC-TV’s Eyewitness News, visited TV Production 1 and Broadcast Journalism classes.

Thorne’s visit, orchestrated by media communications teacher Christopher Barry, marks the first in a series of professionals who will visit the high school classes, providing students with insight on what it takes to do certain jobs and how to achieve their career goals.

“They can hear me talk until I’m blue in the face, but to actually sit with someone in the television business, it registers differently,” Barry said.

Thorne provided students with specific information of what her job entails, including writing, long hours and the importance of her appearance. She also indicated her love of breaking news and storm coverage, telling students she has been fascinated by storms since she was a young girl.

Students were completely engaged throughout the visit, especially when Thorne spoke of how she secured her first reporting job out of college. She explained that she had emailed and phoned a news director in Connecticut and when she didn’t hear back, she decided to take a “road trip” to the newsroom. Once there, she met with the news director and convinced him to give her a chance.

 “You have to put boots on the ground,” Thorne said. “You will not get a job from an email. You have to set up an informational meeting.”

 During her meeting with Broadcast Journalism students, the WABC-TV correspondent reviewed footage of students’ classwork, giving them tips on framing shots and how to hold a microphone. She also told students it didn’t matter what career path they chose, as long as they had passion for it.

“Don’t be afraid,” Thorne said. “Find what you like, what makes you happy, and go for it.”
Saturday, Oct 25, 2014

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