Robert M. Finley
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    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.

    Sportsmanship Award for Finley’s Softball Team

    The Nassau County Softball Officials Association bestowed a Sportsmanship Award for the 2015 modified softball season upon Finley’s seventh-grade softball team.

    Congratulations to coach Erica Granieri and team members Dominique Bencevenni, Elizabeth Chavez, Michele D’Ambrosio, Vanessa Fernandez Canales, Trinity Guzman, Julia Langone, Alexandra Martinez Hernandez, Morgan Monahan, Elena Ashley Ortiz-Moreno, Michel Quezada Tejada, Danielle Reyes, Samantha Santos, Abigail Weiser, Victoria Xikis and Odalis Yanes.

    Administrators and Students Present at Board Meeting


    Building administrators joined members of their respective schools’ Site Based Committees to provide a summary of their yearlong goals and accomplishments to Board members at the most recent Board of Education meeting.

    During the Gribbin School presentation, Principal Francine Santoro and Site Based Committee members described how they highlighted the school’s theme on kindness through a song taught to students and a video compilation that allowed students to share their stories of kindness.    

    Principal Nomi Rosen and members of Deasy School’s committee shared information on the school’s World of Imagination Night, which gave students an opportunity to show their parents the unique learning opportunities available at their school.

    Landing School Principal Dimitri Kryoneris highlighted the school’s continued tradition of signing its “Bill of Rights” and its Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, which focused on students spreading kind hopes and wishes for world peace.  

    Connolly Principal Rose Sekelsky, Finley Middle School Principal Nelson Iocolano and Glen Cove High School Assistant Principal Allen Hudson also presented at the meeting, highlighting the wonderful activities at each of their schools.

    Following the Site Based Committees’ presentations, Finley students shared the research they had conducted as part of the school’s newly implemented research program. During the half-year course, students selected a topic of interest and wrote extensive research papers on what they had learned.

    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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