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Help For Students Proposed

Two new programs were presented to the Glen Cove Board of Education at the meeting held on Monday, May 19 at Finley Middle School. Several school administrators provided information on a summer school program and school program changes at all three school levels.

“We would like to make sure that our students are college and career ready,” said Dr. Michael Israel, assistant superintendent for curriculum. “We are proposing the program to implement at all three levels: elementary, middle school and high school.”

 

The administration’s proposed “Summer of Success” program was designed to “more effectively support underperforming secondary students.”

 

Allen Hudson, assistant principal at the high school, said they looked at students who were struggling in middle school and began discussing last fall how to better support them and help them succeed. The program is designed for students currently at the middle school in grades sixth, seventh and eighth.

 

The program will “bridge the gap” by teaching ELA skills, mathematics skills, and organizational/study skills. Middle School Principal Nelson Iocolano said they have created a mechanism for teachers to target students and have already implemented certain interventions that are embedded in the program’s curriculum. The summer program will have a counseling component with exploratory workshops and will also seek to provide social emotional support. Additionally, the students will be monitored throughout the school year by meeting with the administration, guidance counselors and parents on a monthly basis. The goals are to not only help students improve academically but to also help them feel connected to school staff members.

 

The middle school program will include more science research and computer applications; the result of implementing the new, more inclusive program at the middle school will be losing the sixth grade honors program, which the board members said they need to discuss further.

 

New opportunities at the elementary schools include teaching simple problem solving in first grade, beginning keyboarding instruction in second grade and STEM instruction/JASON Learning for third through fifth grades.

 

“The goal is to prepare students for the 21st century and beyond,” said Israel.

 

At the meeting, the board adopted a district plan, which had been discussed at the meeting on May 9 and revised to reflect the suggested changes. It was approved with a 6 to 1 vote, with Trustee David Huggins opposed.

 

 The Glen Cove City School District Three Year Information and Technology Plan was also approved, though some of the board members expressed concerns over the language and terms.

 

“It expired last year and should be changed based on the progress made each year,” said Superintendent Maria L. Rianna, who explained that the plan is required to be in place in order for the district to be eligible for funding. “I’m concerned that if it doesn’t get passed now we might miss out on money that could become available.”


News

Sea Cliff author Margaret Gay Malone is one of 11 authors whose short stories have been selected for publication in the Tuscany Press Anthology in 2015. 

 

The story, Jimmy’s Gift, centers around a boy whose generosity and selflessness put him in danger on a brutally cold and snowy day. Malone says it is based on a true story after reading a blurb in Reader’s Digest a few years ago about a 12-year-old boy who walked through the snow to help deliver food baskets to those in need; and it turned out that his family’s name was also on the list of those in need of help in the community.

Members of the Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club and their families will be treated to a scrumptious Thanksgiving meal on Tuesday, Nov. 25, an event that has become an annual tradition for local families. 

 

This will be the 14th year that Andrea Correale, the president of Elegant Affairs Caterers, has donated this festive dinner, which in the past has served more 250 adults and children with a full turkey with all the trimmings followed by the always-fun ice cream bar. 

 

I can’t even believe it’s been 14 years,” says Correale. “And so many of the same people come back year after year.”


Sports

The Glen Cove High School girls basketball team was invited to participate in the prestigious KSA Holiday Basketball Tournament that will be held in Orlando, FL, this December. The tournament brings to the court teams from all over the United States that would otherwise not be competing. It is held in the finest professional and amateur athletic venues around the nation with teams seeded into brackets that will provide an appropriate level of competition. 

The North Shore Women’s Cross Country Team won the Nassau County Class I Championship for the eighth consecutive year. They will be competing in the State Qualifier Competition at Bethpage State Park this month.


Calendar

Annual Shop Glen Cove Showcase - November 19

Native American Feast - November 22-23

NSHS Fall Musical - November 21-22 


Columns

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