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Hall of Achievement Celebrates 20 Years of Accomplishments

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As a way to recognize and honor the accomplishments and positive impact of its alumni – as well as inspire a future generation – Copiague School District inducted four alumni into the Hall of Achievement during the 20th anniversary ceremony following homecoming festivities on Sept. 16 at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School.

The four inductees were nominated for their contributions to both the school and the community. They are: Silas W. Kelly, Class of 1971; Dr. Corinthia Price, Class of 1993; Ken Urban, Class of 1993; and Dave Colford, Class of 1994. 

“In honoring past graduates of Copiague High School, the Hall of Achievement’s primary purpose is to introduce these alumni as positive and motivating role models to our entire school community,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Bannon. “Then we keep these role models connected in a variety of ways to our schools and students. By the nature of their accomplishments and services, inductees into the Hall of Achievement inspire our students to reach higher goals.”

Colford is the president and chief revenue officer of Hanley Wood in Washington, D.C. Volunteering is his passion, as he is active in Boy Scouts, serving as an adult volunteer and executive board members of the Suffolk County Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He is also a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Capital Partners for Education, Kiwanis Club and the Lindenhurst PTA. 

Kelly graduated from Brooklyn College with dual bachelor’s degrees in broadcast journalism and public communications. He graduated with honors from Adelphi University School of Social Work and is a licensed master social worker. Kelly presently serves as a mental health social worker at Concern for Independent Living Inc. and is a substance use disorder social worker for the Town of Smithtown’s Horizons Counseling and Education Center. He is a youth lecturer and inspirational public speaker and serves on the board of directors for the National Association of Social Workers.

Dr. Price holds a bachelor’s degree in professional studies from New York Institute of Technology, a master’s degree from LIU Post and a doctorate in educational administration from Dowling College. She is the founder and CEO of Workforce Career Readiness, which specializes in workforce and economic development, 21st century college and career readiness, transition planning and re-entry programs for women and incarcerated veterans and youth. She currently serves as chief workforce development strategist and grant reviewer for the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Labor. 

Urban has been the manager of a real estate firm in Syosset for the past 15 years and is also a senior litigation specialist throughout New York State. Over the years, Urban has held various positions on the PTA throughout the Copiague School District. For the past 11 years, he has served as president of the Copiague Youth League Baseball/Softball program. He is the treasurer of the District 34 Little League and director of the District 34 imitational tournament.  



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Spirits Soar During Homecoming Celebration

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The community came out in full force to support Copiague School District during its homecoming celebration on Sept. 16. Eagle pride was soaring as the day kicked off with a parade, followed by a fair, football game and Hall of Achievement inductions.

Starting with a parade at Great Neck Road Elementary School, each of the district’s schools, community clubs, activities – as well as athletic teams and musicians – marched down Great Neck Road en route to Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School.

Floats from the senior, junior, sophomore and freshman classes also lined the roadway in this year’s theme of “Through the Decades.” The homecoming court – including king Josh Tavares and queen Kathy Rosado – rode atop convertible cars and waved to the crowd down the parade route.

Following the parade, Copiague Board of Education members, administrators and local government officials gathered on the school’s new turf field to welcome the community. Members of the homecoming court were introduced before the Eagles took on the Huntington Blue Devils. Despite their best efforts, Copiague was defeated by Huntington.

Later in the evening, Copiague celebrated the 20th anniversary of its Hall of Achievement, inducting four new members into the ranks. This year’s honorees were Dave Colford, Class of 1994; Silas W. Kelly, Class of 1971; Dr. Corinthia Price, Class of 1993; and Ken Urban, Class of 1993.



‘Sharpe’ Singing Skills in Copiague

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Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School student Taylor Sharpe-Adams has been selected to New York State School Music Association’s All-State Chorus as an alternate. Taylor is an Alto II voice, and is waiting to hear if she gets called up to a choral ensemble. The All-State Winter Concert will take place from Dec. 1-3 in Rochester, New York.

First Day of School at CMS

Copiague Students Start School Stuffed with Supplies

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United Way’s Stuff-A-Bus pulled up to Copiague School District’s administrative building packed with boxes of school supplies for the students of Copiague on Sept. 11.

More than 75 boxes were filled with supplies including backpacks, pens and pencils, notebooks, lunch boxes, rulers, scissors, glue and more. United Way’s Stuff-A-Bus campaign, now in its ninth year, collects donations and also has support from corporate partners. 

Members of the Copiague Middle School Builders Club, the junior version of the Key Club, were on hand to help unload the boxes when Educational Bus Transportation delivered the packed boxes. The Builders Club, along with adviser Maria Ostrofsky, will help unpack and sort the boxes to be delivered to the different schools in the next week. 

Did you know?

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Jackson Bright, goalie for the Boys Varsity Soccer team, currently leads all Suffolk County goalies with saves for the year with 44! Congratulations, Jackson!

Imaginations Run Wild at Deauville Garden West

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To kick off the 2017-2018 school year, students in Mary Prisco’s third-grade class at Deauville Gardens West Elementary School spent the first day of school engaged in a literacy activity. The class read “How I Spent My Summer Vacation” by Mark Teague, a story about a boy who lets his imagination run wild. The class then wrote either a realistic story or a fantasy about their summer. When they were finished, they got to share their summer vacation stories with a partner. Partners could guess if the story was reality or fantasy. 

Dedicated Staff Honored for Service

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The Copiague School District recognized 18 staff members for their dedication and years of service to the school district during Superintendent’s Conference Day on Aug. 31.
 
Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Todd Andrews announced each staff member and called them up to the podium one by one to receive their service award. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Bannon presented a token of appreciation for their years of service to Copiague’s students.

The district congratulates the following staff members for their years of service to the district:

35-year Service Award
•    Barry Besemer

30-year Service Award
•    Rosary Bertuzzi
•    Denise Cordella
•    Lisa Flores
•    Jean Marie Fortunato
•    Mary Nolan
•    Maria Riviello

25-year Service Award
•    Stephanie Colagiacomo
•    Victoria Miranda
•    Diana Murphy

20-year Service Award
•    Michael Alba
•    Lori Beloff
•    Nancy Colello
•    Jolie Dichter
•    William Finamore
•    Mary Beth Loeber
•    Jeanie Mullins
•    Brian Washington


New Director of ENL/World Languages

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Copiague School District has appointed Michelle Budion as director of ENL and world languages, effective Aug. 7.
    
Budion has been a faculty member at Copiague School District since 2004, working as an ESL teacher at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School until 2005. From 2005 to 2009, she worked as an ESL teacher at Copiague Middle School. In 2009, Budion was named the districtwide coordinator of ESL and foreign language.
    
Budion holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Hofstra University and a Master of Science in teaching English as a Second Language from St. John’s University. She also completed her school building leader/school district leaders’ certifications from Stony Brook University.

Class of 2021 Preps for New School Year

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The Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School Class of 2021 toured their new building, received their schedule, became acquainted with administrators and reconnected with their classmates during summer orientation on Aug. 29.

High school administrators, guidance counselors and teachers welcomed the incoming freshman class, along with their parents, as they received their schedules and locker assignments for the upcoming school year.

Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School Principal Joseph Agosta addressed the students and their families as they gathered in the auditorium for an informational session.

“This marks the first step in a very important journey,” Agosta said. “You are now being introduced to the most critical four years in your life that will help prepare you for college and your post-secondary plans.”

Agosta answered some questions generated by students following the spring orientation and also had them preview a “day in the life” of a Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School freshman to give them a better understanding of the building and its workings.

Students ended the orientation with a guided tour of the building by members of one of the school’s 30 different clubs.  





Staff Readies for New School Year

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To usher in the 2017-2018 school year, Copiague School District’s faculty, staff, board of education members and administrators gathered prior to the start of school’s opening day at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School for Superintendent’s Conference Day on Aug. 31.

After reconnecting during a welcome back breakfast in the library, the staff gathered in the high school’s auditorium where Copiague School District Board of Education President Michael Greb addressed staff and offered well-wishes for the new school year.

To give staff a sense of the amount of work completed over the summer, Copiague School District Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Bannon presented a slideshow featuring an overview and update on the capital projects. “There is still a tremendous amount of work to be done,” she said. “With some patience and flexibility, we now all have the opportunity to work in improved facilities.” Dr. Bannon recognized Don Oliver, plant facilities manager for the district, with an unsung hero award for his role in the bond projects.

After a presentation of the service awards for 20, 25, 30 and 35 years in the district, faculty returned to their respective buildings to prepare for the upcoming school year.

Back to School!

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Students and staff at Copiague School District were welcomed back for the 2017-2018 school year on Sept. 5. Students were eager to meet their new teachers and classmates as they spent their mornings settling into a routine.  Please enjoy a slideshow of pictures from the first day of school.



Bond Project Update - September 1, 2017

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To view photos from projects currently underway districtwide, visit the Bond Project Update page. You may access the page directly through this link.

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New Teacher Orientation Sets Stage for Success

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Copiague School District welcomed 20 new teachers for the 2017-2018 school year during new teacher orientation on Aug. 28 and 29. 

Todd Andrews, assistant superintendent for human resources, commenced the first day of meetings by introducing the district’s administrators and board of education members. 

Board of Education President Michael Greb welcomed the newest faculty members to the Copiague School District. “You are here for one reason only; we felt you were the best for our students,” he said. “We want you to be successful and utilize the resources that are out there. Get to know your peers; ask your supervisors for help; go to the principals or the central office – everyone in Copiague is one big family.”

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Bannon echoed those sentiments and spoke about the importance of relationships in Copiague. “The success of Copiague is because we all realize it’s about the relationships we build,” she said. “The first thing you need to consider is how you are going to forge those relationships with students. You have the potential to make a difference every single day.”

Building principals introduced the new hires and offered well wishes for the upcoming school year. To get a better understanding of the community, the new teachers took a bus tour of the district. Kelly Urraro, the district’s director of technology, presented an overview of the available technology tools. On day two of the orientation, the new teachers had the opportunity to spend time in their buildings and meet with their colleagues.

Young Rocket Scientists Test Their STEM Skills

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Fourth- and fifth-graders in Copiague School District’s summer program tested their design and engineering skills as well as their knowledge of the laws of gravity when they launched their bottle rockets on Aug. 2 outside of Susan E. Wiley Elementary School.

Fifth-graders used two-liter soda bottles, salt, water and an air pump to test their rocket design during launch. Throughout the summer, students learned about the forces of gravity and motion and aerodynamic design while also testing air pressure and how it would affect how far their rockets would travel.

Fourth-grade rocket scientists worked in groups to design their own rockets, which were then ignited and flew high in the sky for all to see. Parachutes helped guide the rockets back to the ground and students tested how their designs fared compared to their classmates.  




2017-2018 District Calendar

The 2017-2018 print edition of the district calendar is now available on our website!

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STEM Activities Spark Summer Learning

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Elementary students are spending their summer months enriching their minds by participating in summer programs at Susan E. Wiley Elementary School during July and the beginning of August.

The program’s activities focused on STEM, project-based learning, which allowed students the opportunity to engage in hands-on activities ranging from computer classes to science lessons and art and music, both inside and outside the classroom. Students participated in activities such as making their own bubbles, predicting whether items will sink or float in a science experiment or creating a water bottle flipping journal to test probability. 



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Summer Resources Help Build Successful Literacy Skills

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Sixth- and seventh-grade students from Copiague Middle School are getting the extra resources they need to succeed in the upcoming school year thanks to a reading intervention program offered this summer at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School.

Sixteen students are participating in the four-week program, which meets from 8 a.m. to noon in small groups. The program addresses all components of the district’s reading and writing curriculum. Students work on skills such as leveled literacy instruction, short reading and responsive writing, and reading and interpreting different types of texts. 

There’s also an online vocabulary portion of the curriculum, in addition to current events discussions and question-and-answer sessions to work on retention and recognition.

Hall of Achievement Inductees

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Copiague Public Schools is pleased to announce its 2017 inductees into the Hall of Achievement. These four individuals will be inducted at a special ceremony on September 16. Please join us in congratulating our newest members:

David Colford – Class of 1994
Silas W. Kelly – Class of 1971
Dr. Corinthia Price – Class of 1993
Kenneth Urban – Class of 1993

Board of Education Elects New President

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Copiague School District’s Board of Education held its annual reorganization meeting on July 6. Michael Greb was unanimously elected and sworn in to serve as president of the board of education. Laura Gavey and Doris Fischer were also unanimously re-elected and sworn in to serve as vice president and second vice president, respectively. District Clerk Mary Ellen Ruppert swore in the board officials.

Brian J. Sales and Rosemary Natoli were each re-elected to three-year seats on the board of education in May. Christopher Madden was also elected in May to fulfill the remaining term on Everett Newman III’s seat.