Robert M. Finley Middle School

School Hours: 8:10 a.m. – 2:55 p.m.

Forest Avenue, Glen Cove, NY 11542
(516) 801-7510


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      Finley Welcomes Sixth-Grade Students


      Administrators shared information on academics, class schedules and club offerings with incoming sixth-graders at Finley Middle School’s Sixth-Grade Orientation.

      After the students were greeted by members of the administration and school guidance counselors, Principal Nelson Iocolano offered them tips and advice on how to navigate their new school. Members of the school’s National Junior Honor Society also pitched in, leading a scavenger hunt/building tour to acclimate them to their new surroundings. Following the tour, the students enjoyed a barbecue lunch of hot dogs, hamburgers, juice and snacks, provided courtesy of the school’s PTSA.

      According to Iocolano, the day’s activities were critical to preparing the students for middle school, including “breaking bread” at the barbecue, which, he said, signified the students becoming part of the Finley family.     

      “Our goal was to bring them together like a family to help ease the transition next week,” he said. ”We wanted to get them acclimated to the building and to relieve them of any anxiety that may have built up over the summer.”


      Finley Students Move Up


      Finley eighth-graders celebrated their accomplishments and bid farewell to teachers and administrators at their moving up ceremony on June 24.

      Family members watched with pride as the students processed into the Wunsch Auditorium for the ceremony, which was highlighted by performances from the seventh-grade band and eighth-grade chorus. Eighth-grade students Paige Callaghan, Tara Coelho and Alondra Schuck, the Class of 2015’s top three students, delivered heartfelt remarks to their classmates. Schuck focused on the past, while Callaghan and Coelho spoke of the present and future, respectively.

      “Over the past three years, we have met countless new people, made priceless memories and learned enough to last a lifetime,” Coelho said. “Twenty years from now, it will not matter how I did on a test or what I wore to school, but what will matter are the memories I’ve made in my middle school years. In this school, I’ve laughed more times than anyone can count and I’ve smiled enough to overpower a million frowns.”

      Principal Nelson Iocolano told students it was his honor and privilege to be part of their journey for the last three years. He also spoke about the obstacles they may face in the years to come.  

      “Obstacles are something that we will all face at different points in our lives,” he said. “The difference between a more fulfilled life and one that’s less fulfilled often has to do with how we deal with obstacles.”  

      Iocolano shared the story of Daniel Kish. Kish has been blind since he was 13 months old and is an expert in echolocation, which allows him to mountain bike, camp, cook and travel all over the world. Despite Kish’s accomplishments, he has received a lack of support from every mainstream blind organization in America.

      “Since Daniel was a child, he has done something I hope all of the students here will do. Pay no attention to those who say you can’t, you shouldn’t or you won’t. Never let other people’s limited thinking limit your thinking.”

      Also in attendance was Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Technology Dr. Michael Israel and Superintendent of Schools Maria Rianna. Rianna offered advice to the graduates as they prepare to take their place at Glen Cove High School in the fall.

      “School definitely counts,” Rianna said. “You are now on your way to a place that you will make your own. You have worked hard to get there, some harder than others, but as you take your courses over the next four years, please remember this: Each time you do better, each time you earn a good grade, each time you choose to take a class that is new or challenging, you’re making a mature, responsible decision to give yourself an opportunity.”

      After the ceremony concluded, the eighth-graders enjoyed their last dance at Finley.

      Finley’s Boston Trip a Success

      Finley School eighth-graders had an opportunity to explore one of the oldest cities in the United States when they visited Boston, Massachusetts, on June 5.

      The first stop on the field trip was the New England Aquarium, where students enjoyed viewing exhibits and an Imax movie. Next was a Boston Duck Tour, which gave students an opportunity to cruise by many historic places in the city. They also explored Quincy Market, Faneuil Hall and a delicious meal at the Hard Rock Café.

      Humanities Students Visit Barnard College

      Finley’s sixth-grade humanities class recently toured the Barnard College campus in New York City.

      Throughout the semester, students have been studying Malala Yousafzai and her selfless fight for girls' education in Pakistan and around the world. As part of the visit, students learned about the history of Barnard College, which was founded in 1889 to provide women with an equal opportunity for education. They were given a campus tour and learned about Barnard's commitment to providing a competitive education that propels opportunities for women. Students saw firsthand why Yousafzai continues to selflessly fight for girls' education.

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