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Robert M. Finley Middle School

School Hours: 8:10 a.m. – 2:55 p.m.

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

Nelson Iocolano, Principal
Lawrence Carroll, Assistant Principal
Thomas Pye, Assistant Principal


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Finley Student Qualifies for LI Regional Bee

Finley Middle School sixth-grader Mert Suyabatmoz has qualified for participation in the Long Island Regional Spelling Bee at the Pless Center for Performing Arts Auditorium at St. Joseph’s College on March 20.

The champion of the Long Island Regional Spelling Bee will advance to the 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee in National Harbor, Maryland, from May 26-31. Good luck! 

Speakers Share History With District Students


Glen Cove High School and Finley Middle School students were visited by NY1 news reporter and author Cheryl Wills and Sheryl Goodine, a former district administrator and president of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Commission, in honor of Black History Month.

Mrs. Wills took students on a compelling journey through the lens of her childhood. During the 1970s, as she sat in social studies class learning about confederates in the Civil War, she never learned that she was a direct descendant of an enslaved man named Sandy Wills, who also served in the Civil War with President Lincoln’s United States Colored Troops. She learned of the connection when she began researching her family’s history after her father’s death. During her presentation, Mrs. Wills encouraged students to learn their families’ history and to embrace who they are.  

Ms. Goodine, who has deep roots in Glen Cove, also shared her family history with the students. Her father, James Davis, marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and he, along with the Glen Cove NAACP, was instrumental in desegregating Glen Cove City Schools and the city’s fire department. 

The presentations concluded with students asking questions of Mrs. Wills and Ms. Goodine. District Coordinator of Social Studies Sheena Jacob said the presentation reinforced the importance of remembering Black History Month and civic action.  

Click here to watch the GCTV Friday Morning News covering Cheryl Wills' visit

Spelling Bee Success for Finley Sixth-Grader

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Finley Middle School students went head-to-head in a schoolwide spelling bee on Jan. 18. Participants who were named winners of their own team’s respective bees faced off during the competition. They included students Valerie Acosta (Mr. Kocienda), Jessica Callaghan (Mr. McGahan), Amy Cruz (Ms. Durham), Logan Grech (Ms. Frisch), Elijah Roditi (Ms. Treder) and Mert Suyabatmaz (Ms. McGrath).

Congratulations to sixth-grader Mert, who was crowned winner, and Logan, who was named runner-up. Mert will take an online exam in competition for qualification for the Long Island regional at St Joseph’s College.   

A special thanks to judges and pronouncers, and teachers Jackie Burnett, Rebecca Carfora and Jason Flashner.


Saturday, February 23, 2019