Robert M. Finley
Middle School

  School Hours: 8:10 a.m. – 2:55 p.m.

Forest Ave., Glen Cove, NY 11542
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    First-Place Tournament Win & Excellence Award for The Men in Black

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    They did it again! Glen Cove's Robotics Team 144, better known as The Men in Black, not only came in first place at Adelphi University’s Southern New York Regional Competition on Jan. 24, but also earned their second Excellence Award. The Men in Black ranked first all day until the last match, where they dropped in rank to second place, but not for long. Winning five out of five matches earned them the position to choose their two alliance partners (two other teams) that would compete with them in the semifinals and finals to take home the big win. Winning alongside Glen Cove in the semifinals and finals were alliance partners from Wantagh High School, the Wantaugh Warriors, and Malverne High School’s Mechanical Mules. There were 22 high school teams and two other middle school teams at the event, which included two college-sponsored teams and previous tournament champions.

    The team members responsible for designing, building, programming and driving the winning robot, named “Will Smith," are all eighth-graders from Robert M. Finley Middle School. The team would like to thank their coach and advisor, "The Lady in Red" – Lisa Pignataro, as well as their principal, Mr. Nelson Iocolano, for their dedication and support for robotics. The team is trying hard to raise money to compete in the national competition (for which they have now qualified three times), which is coming up this April in Iowa; any donations are appreciated. The key to The Men in Black's success is: "They work in secret, they exist in shadow and they dress in black!" The team members are Agent "K" – Kyle Fahey, Agent "R" – Ryan Koenig, Agent "S" – Shevon Rodrigo, Agent "L" – Lucretia Smith, Agent "A" – Andrew Woska, Agent "F" – Frank the Dog, and their coach – "The Lady in Red" – Lisa Pignataro.

    NYSSMA President Visits Finley

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    New York State School Music Association President Dr. David Gaines recently visited seventh-grade band students at Finley Middle School. 

    During his time at Finley, Dr. Gaines led a master class, working with students on music to be performed as part of the band's spring concert as well as their upcoming performances at the NYSSMA Major Organization Festival.

    “The students greatly enjoyed the experience with Dr. Gaines and were delighted to receive a great deal of positive feedback,” seventh-grade band director Brittney Frank Rifkind said. "Having Dr. Gaines come to Finley Middle School was a real honor. He is truly a master teacher, and the students were thrilled to work with him.”


    Sept-Dec Citizens of the Month

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    Kevin Anaya
    Debora Benitez
    Brianna Berment
    Angelina Beverwijk Holden
    Erick Brown
    Cyra Burnett
    Paige Callaghan
    Caitlin Callahan
    Saniyah Chambers
    Anthony Condo
    Jahliek Dyer
    Venessa Fernandez
    Alan Gansky
    Christian Gaviria
    Haley Gielbeda
    David Ginez
    Joana Godinez
    Brianna Guillen
    Fernando Guzman
    Jennifer Heman
    Delmy Henriquez
    Michael Hernandez
    Lisbeth Herrera
    Lily Knobel
    Eder Leiva
    Domenica Leotta
    Ashley Martinez
    Mialani Martinez
    Annemarie Mclnnis
    Mindy Morales Espinoza
    Melissa Patino
    Anthony Rant
    Piero Salamanca
    Arden Sanders
    Brittney Satterfield
    Diamond Soto
    Caterina Squarciafico
    Yaire Tolentino
    Tasheed Vasquez
    Yunior Velasquez

    District Hosts Robotics Competition

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    Finley’s robotics team, Men in Black, competed in the Glen Cove 2015 Southern New York State VRC Qualifier on Jan. 10.

    The competition was the first hosted by the district and featured the Men in Black competing against students from schools across Long Island, including Locust Valley, Massapequa, Wantagh and Hauppauge. During the event, the teams from each school competed for several different achievements, including tournament champions, the Excellence Award and the Sportsmanship Award.  Unfortunately, the Men in Black were not victorious; however, Principal Nelson Iocolano said he was proud of what they have accomplished thus far. 

    “I’m so impressed by our team’s ability to work together, and how they’re able to overcome certain challenges and setbacks while competing. They truly exemplify the best our school community has to offer,” Iocolano said. “I’m especially thankful to team advisor Lisa Pignataro, and all those in our school community who worked so hard in the planning and preparation of the competition. It was truly an example of a school community coming together to support our students.”

    LaBaw Named Spelling Bee Winner

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    Finley School seventh-grader Axelle LaBaw was the victor of the middle school’s annual Spelling Bee.

    LaBaw faced six other finalists in grades 6-8 in the competition, who were all selected through team-level spelling bees held prior to the schoolwide event. LaBaw secured her win by spelling the word “totalitarian” correctly and has earned a spot to compete at the 2015 Hofstra Long Island Regional Scripps Spelling Bee on Sunday, Feb. 8.

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