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Eighth Graders Celebrate During Middle School Moving Up

Eighth Graders Celebrate During Middle School Moving Up photo

Copiague Middle School’s eighth graders celebrated the end of their middle school years and the start of their academic journey at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School during their moving up ceremonies on June 25 at the Copiague Middle School auditorium.

The students marched into the ceremony to “Pomp and Circumstance” played by members of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. Copiague School District Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Bannon addressed the soon-to-be middle school graduates. 

“When you moved up from the elementary schools to the middle school three years ago, I am sure you never thought the time would pass as quickly as it did,” Dr. Bannon said. “Because the time goes so quickly, we want to be sure that you take advantage of what the high school has to offer you. High school isn’t only about academics; there’s so much more to do outside the school day. There are more than 40 clubs at the high school, musical groups and sports – find something that interests you. I encourage you to get involved. You don’t want to be someone who looks back four years from now and says, ‘I wish I had or I should have tried.’ Instead be someone who says, ‘I did it all and I have no regrets.’”

Class representative Emmylie Coreas spoke during the first ceremony of the day about her three-year middle school journey. “As we went through middle school, we all started to build character, maturity, responsibility and growth,” she said. “The immense support of the teachers, staff and administrators helped us to grow. I hope we leave the middle school with a feeling of achievement and each one of us feels proud of their hard work.”

Middle School Principal Andrew Lagnado then introduced the students as the Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School Class of 2023. “As you enter this next phase of your education, be sure to remember a few important things that will set you up for success,” he said. “Stay involved in all the positive things that are offered at our high school. There are so many wonderful academic and extracurricular activities for you to take advantage of. Try a new activity, a new sport, take an interesting elective, get out of your comfort zone and take a risk. Stay motivated, focused and goal driven. Go that extra mile because what you put into it will determine what you get out of it. These next few years will lay the groundwork for your futures. So, remember to always make positive decisions, work hard and simply be a good person.”

Middle School assistant principals Stephanie Valeiko and Michael Ferretti then announced each student’s name as they walked across the stage and received their certificates from Mr. Lagnado and a congratulations from Dr. Bannon. 



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DGW Teacher Named BOCES Scholarship Recipient

DGW Teacher Named BOCES Scholarship Recipient photo
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Colleen Garofola, a third grade teacher at Deauville Gardens West Elementary School, was honored at a brunch held by Western Suffolk BOCES. Ms. Garofola was one of the scholarship recipients of BOCES’ Model School’s Program. She was awarded $1,000 for her Ozobot math maze proposal. Ms. Garofola (center) is pictured with Kelly Urraro, director of technology (left) and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Bannon. 

Fifth Graders Shine at Class Day Celebrations

Fifth Graders Shine at Class Day Celebrations photo

The soon-to-be elementary school graduates of Deauville Gardens East, Deauville Gardens West, Susan E. Wiley and Great Neck Road elementary schools celebrated the completion of their grade school years during their respective Class Day ceremonies on June 20 and 21.

Joined by district administrators, faculty members, parents and invited guests, the students proceeded two by two into the ceremony. 

“The Star-Spangled Banner” was performed by students at each school, which included members of the fifth grade ensemble and members of the American Sign Language Club. Each school’s respective principal welcomed guests to the ceremony. Student council officers greeted their classmates at each of the ceremonies and shared some of the highlights of their last six years together.  

Special awards were presented for academic merit and excellence, citizenship, President’s Awards for Educational Excellence and Educational Improvement, PTA Citizenship Award, principal’s awards, most improved awards, ELA/Math awards and the Joseph Ferriso Memorial Award at Deauville Gardens East Elementary School. 

For the presentation of the fifth grade diplomas, each student was called up to the stage to be celebrated and acknowledged individually. The fifth grade teachers read each name and principal’s presented the diplomas. Students also showed off their musical talents by performing a variety of selections, including their elementary class songs for the final performance. 

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VIDEO: Great Neck Road Butterflies Take Flight

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Watch how Great Neck Road students witnessed the metamorphosis of the butterfly.

Copiague’s Valedictorian Recognized

Copiague’s Valedictorian Recognized photo
Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School’s 2019 valedictorian, Aaron Eng, was honored for his achievements, dedication and commitment at the 25th annual Suffolk County School Superintendents Association Valedictorian Luncheon. He was recognized along with his fellow valedictorians from throughout Suffolk County. Aaron is pictured with his family and (back, from left) Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Bannon, Board of Education President Laura Gavey and Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School Principal Joseph Agosta.

Copiague Celebrates Retirees, Acknowledges Tenured Teachers

Copiague Celebrates Retirees, Acknowledges Tenured Teachers

Copiague School District administrators and Board of Education members recognized the faculty and staff members who will be retiring at the end of the 2018-2019 school year and also acknowledged teachers who were granted tenure during the June board of education meeting.

Superintendent of School Dr. Kathleen Bannon, board of education members and district administrators offered their congratulations to the seven retirees, who have more than 170 years of combined service to the district. Retiring at the end of the school year are: Pete Cesare, director of physical education and athletics (32 years); Monica Csorny, science teacher, Copiague Middle School (23 years); Lorraine DeLuca, office assistant, Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School (16 years); Carol Geakel, assistant cook, Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School (15 years); Victoria Miranda, office assistant, Susan E. Wiley Elementary School (27 years); Diana Murphy, food service worker, Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School (28 years); and Sarah Rowan, ESL teacher, Copiague Middle School (31 years). 

Seven Copiague School District teachers – Brittni Ferlazzo, Copiague Middle School mathematics teacher; Courtney Folan, Copiague Middle School music teacher; Susan Graber, Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School special education teacher; Brittany Jones, Copiague Middle School special education teacher; Maria Kennedy, Copiague Middle School psychologist; Lauren Lupinacci, Copiague Middle School special education teacher and Melissa Maggio. Great Neck Road Elementary school teacher – who were recently granted tenure, were also celebrated prior to the board of education meeting.   



Changes in School Vaccination Requirements

June 19, 2019

Please see the important information below from New York State regarding changes in school vaccination requirements. There is no longer a religious exemption to the requirements that children be vaccinated. For the parents of children who had a religious exemption to vaccination, please read the document below and visit the link within for more information. 
 

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Romero Named ASSET Scholarship Winner

Romero Named ASSET Scholarship Winner photo
Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School senior and salutatorian Abigail Romero was awarded a $2,000 scholarship by the Association of Suffolk Supervisors for Educational Technologies on May 23. Abigail was recognized for her video submission on how technology has affected her life. All of the ASSET scholarship receipients were honored at a luncheon celebration in Bay Shore. Abigail is pictured with Copiague School District’s director of technology Kelly Urraro. 
 

Copiague Names Bennett as Athletic Director

Copiague Names Bennett as Athletic Director photo
Copiague School District has named William Bennett as the new athletic director, effective July 1. He will replace Peter Cesare, who announced his retirement in April. 

Mr. Bennett has been a physical education teacher in the Copiague School District since 2006. He holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education/teacher education from Adelphi University and a master’s degree in health education from Adelphi University. Mr. Bennett also holds a certificate in educational leadership.

Mr. Bennett has served as a coach for both baseball and football in for the Copiague School District since 2006 and in his current role as the head coach of the varsity baseball team since 2013. 

Copiague Senior Athletes Commit to College

Copiague Senior Athletes Commit to College
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Twenty-four senior athletes from Copiague School District have committed to continue to play their sports at the college level this fall. In addition, Jackson Bright (boys track, Binghamton University) and Tayanee Peay (girls basketball, Queens College) have received scholarships to play in college. The district congratulates the following student-athletes: 

Jackson Bright: boys track, Binghamton University
Chris Carbajol: boys track, Suffolk County Community College
Luis Castillo: boys cross-country/track, SUNY Stony Brook
Bobby Elias: boys cross-country/track, Suffolk County Community College
Aryes Garrett: boys track, SUNY Plattsburgh
James Holland: boys track, SUNY Buffalo
Vinosky Saintil: boys track, SUNY Buffalo
Eric Tavarez: boys track, Farmingdale State College
Tayanee Peay: girls basketball, Queens College
Melinda Harris: girls basketball, SUNY Old Westbury
Davandra Daniel: girls basketball/soccer, St. Joseph’s, Brooklyn
Paul Illicete: wrestling, Nassau Community College
Christian Ramirez: baseball, Queensborough Community College
Gabriela Ordonez: girls soccer, John Jay College
Faith McCombs: volleyball, Alfred State
Brian Reyes: boys soccer, SUNY Cobleskill
Mike Delgado: boys soccer, SUNY Cobleskill
Jonathan Panameno: boys soccer, SUNY Canton
Lorenzo Concepcion: football, Erie Community College
Victor Gamarra: football, SUNY Morrisville 
Julian Armstrong-King: football, Utica College
Peter Auriemma: football, Western Connecticut State University
Joshua Olivo: football, SUNY Morrisville 
Erik Blanco: football, Western Connecticut State University

Spring Has Sprung

Spring Has Sprung

Deauville Gardens West students are learning all about gardening and plants this month. Kindergarten students learned about the different parts of the plants, while second graders planted their own seeds and watched their plants grow over a number of weeks.

 

VIDEO: Science Guy

Science Guy

Copiague Partners with Island Harvest to Help Local Families

Copiague Partners with Island Harvest to Help Local Families
Copiague Partners with Island Harvest to Help Local Families
Copiague Partners with Island Harvest to Help Local Families
Copiague School District, in a partnership with Island Harvest Food Bank, worked together for the betterment of their community by working with volunteers during two food donation events in May.

During the first distribution on May 6, Copiague School District and Island Harvest volunteers worked together to distribute five pallets of frozen meat to the members of the community, helping more than 200 people. 

According to Karen Sheridan, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services who worked to coordinate the event, since the first distribution was so successful, Copiague School District and Island Harvest scheduled a second distribution on May 22. This time, there were 15 pallets of food and frozen meats delivered to more than 250 people. 

Celebrating the Success of Student-Athletes

Celebrating the Success of Student-Athletes

The Copiague School District celebrated the accomplishments of its student-athletes both on and off the playing field during the 19th annual spring sports awards dinner sponsored by the Copiague Booster Club.

Coaches, administrators, board of education members, friends and family gathered to share the notable accomplishments of the sports teams in varsity softball, boys lacrosse, girls track, girls lacrosse, baseball and boys track.

Coaches called athletes up front to be recognized and celebrated both their individual and team achievements during the season. They also distributed individual awards, including the Coaches’ Award, Most Improved and the MVP award, to worthy recipients. 

Six Golden Eagle Awards were presented to students from each team with the highest cumulative grade point average. This year’s receipients were: Kiara Bennett (girls track); Christopher Caneguez (boys track); Victor Gamarra (boys lacrosse); Henry Molina (baseball); Kriyal Patel (girls lacrosse); and Carol Rodriguez Rodriguez (softball). 

Three special memorial awards were presented to student-athletes for boys lacrosse and baseball. The Jared J. Pennington Memorial Lacrosse Award was given to Tquan Wint, D. Johnson Moline was the recipient of the Sean Ryan Noonan Memorial Lacrosse Award, and Justin Taveras received the Daniel O’Connell Memorial Baseball Award.

Fifteen student-athletes were named Gold Key winners. The Gold Key Award is the highest honor in the section that an athlete can receive for sports participation. It is awarded to student-athletes who letter in eight junior varsity or varsity seasons in grades 10-12. Copiague School District Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Bannon presented each winner with a special pin. Winners were: Jackson Bright, Christopher Carbajal Vargas, Ajhani Carroll, Luis Castillo, Nia Cooper, Robert Elias, Emmanuel Espinal, Aryes Garrett, Melinda Harris, James Holland, John Jerrick, Faith McCombs, Kriyal Patel, Melissa Perdomo and Eric Tavarez. 




Field Day

The rain held off long enough for the third through fifth grade classes at Deauville Gardens West Elementary School to enjoy their Field Day on June 10.

Art Students Get Inside Look During Museum Tour

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Copiague Middle School’s eighth grade studio art class visited the Brooklyn Museum with art teachers Travis White and Maria Ostrofsky. The students experienced the Inside the Artist’s Studio tour, where they discussed and analyzed a number of works of art. The museum’s educator spoke to the class about the works viewed and the students answered questions with creative responses. They create artwork using inspiration from the pieces they discussed and analyzed. The class explored the museum and many of its exhibits.

DGW Joins the Coding Craze

DGW Joins the Coding Craze

Students at Deauville Gardens West Elementary School are working on their technology and coding skills. The students are using programs like Code Monkey to begin their coding journey. Students even used coding language to create their own paper pizzas.

 

Copiague’s Young Coders Get Creative

Copiague’s Young Coders Get Creative

Students in Nancy Csorny’s class at Deauville Gardens East Elementary School had a hands-on lesson in coding with the district’s director of technology Kelly Urraro and the building’s technology mentor Cynthia Ruiz on May 3. The class participated in three different coding activities. They were tasked with coding the Dash robot to go through mazes and bowl. Students also created mazes using color coded markers for the Ozobots to follow on paper. They worked in groups to write their own step by step code and acted it out when it was completed.



Student-Artists Are Fired Up for Ceramics

Student-Artists Are Fired Up for Ceramics

Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School art students in Christie Layden’s ceramic class had an in-school Raku firing field trip with guest artist Gina Mars. Students learned how to build an outdoor kiln, fire their work using traditional Raku techniques and then learned techniques on the potter’s wheel.

A Showcase of the Arts

A Showcase of the Arts
A Showcase of the Arts
A Showcase of the Arts
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Copiague School District showed off the many talents of its student-artists and student-musicians during its annual districtwide art festival at Great Neck Road Elementary School. The hallways featured art pieces from all of the schools in the district and gave guests a glimpse into the students’ hard work and dedication. Guests also voted for their favorite elementary artwork. The superintendent’s art gallery was also on display, featuring the art pieces hand-selected by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Bannon to be hung in the administration building.  Throughout the evening, the elementary school choruses took turns sharing the stage and entertaining audiences with a sampling of their vocal talents.

VIDEO: Ceramics Project

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Check out the high school students working on their ceramics project.

Wiley Kindergartners Get Musical

Wiley Kindergartners Get Musical photo

Kindergartners at Susan E. Wiley Elementary School recently showed off their musical abilities during their music class with music teacher Nicole Davidson. After singing a St. Patrick’s-themed song, the students took turns using the xylophone to the tune of “The Itsy Bitsy Spider.” The  kindergartners also fine-tuned their skills using rhythm sticks and egg shakers.



Chamber Chorus Goes Gold

Chamber Chorus Goes Gold photo
Congratulations to the Copiague Middle School Chamber Chorus, who competed in the NYSSMA Majors on May 29 and received a gold award. The chorus is directed by Courtney Folan.

Showcasing Success of Science Students

Showcasing Success of Science Students photo

Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School celebrated the many successes of its science research students during the fifth annual science symposium held in the school’s cafeteria. Invited guests, district administrators, board of education members, Town of Babylon officials and local members of the science community gathered at the symposium to recognize the students’ accomplishments.

“[Almost 10 years ago], we had the idea we should have a science research program; we knew we had science students walking through our halls who could achieve great things in science,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Bannon. “We had a germ of an idea to start the science research program; that was nurtured by [science research teachers] Mrs. Locker and Dr. Lecesse. They took that idea and grew it into what you see today.”

Research students – from the introduction to research, independent and advanced research classes – had the opportunity to showcase their project during a poster presentation walk before and after the symposium, allowing attendees an opportunity to speak with the students about their projects. Thirteen science research students presented a brief overview of 10 different projects to the audience, many of which have garnered notable awards throughout the school year. 

“The research and recognition you receive at competitive events speaks to the quality and timeliness of your projects,” said Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School Principal Joseph Agosta. “Your successes also speak to the support and guidance you receive from your mentors both at the Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School and the variety of institutions with which you collaborate. We celebrate the scientific knowledge of our outstanding students today. These intellectual powerhouses have demonstrated that they can recognize problems, understand experimental methods, organize and interpret data, understand how data relates to the solution of a problem, plan experiments and test hypotheses and make generalizations and assumptions. These are the students that will change the world.”




Math Lessons Are an ‘Array’ of Fun

Math Lessons Are an ‘Array’ of Fun photo

Making fun out of a multiplication lesson, second grade students at Great Neck Road Elementary School practiced their skills during hands-on activities. Some students used Play-Doh, which was rolled up into small balls to make different arrays. Other classes tested their array knowledge using Cheez-Its, while yet another class crafted their own “array of sunshine.”



Great Neck Road ‘Doctors’ Nurse Teddy Bears Back to Health

Great Neck Road ‘Doctors’ Nurse Teddy Bears Back to Health photo

In an effort to alleviate the fear of hospitals and doctors, kindergartners got hands-on as they played the role of caregivers during a teddy bear clinic on May 7.

Representatives from Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip visited with students at Great Neck Road Elementary School in the Copiague School District to teach them about seatbelt, helmet and bike safety and how to care for injuries by practicing on their own stuffed animals from home. 

The class learned about the importance of injury prevention and how to keep safe in the car. Using an egg, the students had a chance to see what could happen during sporting and other activities if they don’t wear a helmet.  

During the hands-on portion of the educational program, the kindergartners became the doctor as they took care of their stuffed animals. After they applied bandages to their wounds and aftercare instructions to their stuffed friends, the students nursed them back to health with plenty of hugs. 



Third Graders Spring into Learning

Third Graders Spring into Learning

Spring has sprung at Deauville Gardens East Elementary School and third graders are hard at work honing their literacy and mathematical skills this April. Students in Ms. Masure’s class are working on fraction fun by creating a bulletin board using fraction flowers. Ms. Newman’s class also created a bulletin board to show off their poetic prowess and Ms. Nicolini’s class used board games as a fun way to practice their math skills. In Ms. Byrne’s class, the students recently read the “One and Only Ivan.” Students created posters about the gorilla and shared their work with the fourth graders.



Celebrating Special Women at Great Neck Road

Celebrating Special Women at Great Neck Road

Kindergartners at Great Neck Road Elementary School showed their moms and invited guests just how special they are with Mother’s Day festivities in their respective classrooms.

Invited guests were welcomed to Jeanne DeMott’s kindergarten class, where the students shared snacks and showed off their artistic abilities with creative gifts. Students presented their special women with handmade flowers, a photo album and songs about how much they mean to them. Each student then recited a poem in the front of the class about what makes their mother so special.

Students in Natalia Brite’s kindergarten class used their writing skills to rework the book “If You Give a Moose a Muffin” to “If You Give a Mom a Muffin.” They presented their books, along with handmade vases, to their guests during a Muffins with Mom tea party. 



Copiague Students Are in the ‘Zone’

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Elementary and middle school students from Copiague School District were recently recognized for their superior physical education and leadership skills. The Suffolk Zone of New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, has established an award program to recognize an outstanding male and female physical education student in each elementary and middle school in Suffolk County. The students were recognized during a ceremony at Bay Shore High School.

The district congratulates the following students: Amelia Bright and Ismael Garcia (Deauville Gardens East Elementary School); Enzo Barrera and Claudia Nunez (Deauville Gardens West Elementary School); Erick Salgado Jr. and Amaya McFadden (Great Neck Road Elementary School); Patryk Bronakowski and Dana Romano (Susan E. Wiley Elementary School); and Isaiah Harris and Samantha Huynh (Copiague Middle School). 

Fall Sports Physicals

The Copiague School District will hold fall sports physicals for all high school and middle school students planning to participate in fall sports. The physicals will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 6, from 10 a.m.-12 noon, in the nurse’s office at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School, 1100 Dixon Avenue, Copiague. 
 

Young Artists Recognized with Fine Arts Honor Society Induction

Young Artists Recognized with Fine Arts Honor Society Induction photo
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Showing their appreciation and dedication to the arts, 30 students from Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School were inducted into the Tri-M Music Honor Society or National Art Honor Society. Joined by family, friends, administrators and board of education members, the students pledged their commitment during an induction ceremony held in the school’s cafeteria. 

Copiague School District’s Coordinator of Fine Arts Jennifer Ross-Troise welcomed guests to the ceremony and spoke about the talented musicians and artists who were honored into the respective societies and their dedication to both their school and community.

During the ceremony, honor society advisers shared examples of the high level of talent and community service contributions of their society members. Each society’s executive board members explained the criteria a student must exhibit to be inducted into the society. In unison, they were led in reciting the pledge of the Tri-M Music and National Art honor societies. 

Honorary lifetime membership for the Tri-M Honor Society was given to Copiague Middle School band director Timothy Gavin, inducted based on student nominations. For the National Art Honor Society, Susan E. Wiley Elementary School art teacher Jeanne Daly received lifetime membership.

In the hallway outside the cafeteria, an art show displayed the skill and talent of the many artists in the National Art Honor Society for all guests to enjoy. 

The district congratulates the following students who were inducted into the Tri-M Music Honor Society: Ryan Bott, Sophia Bright, Jennifer Calderon, Anna Carvajal, Eitan Chervony, Isabella Galarza, Jayleen Garcia, Katelyn Gonzalez, Sophia Gonzalez, Samantha Gonzalez, Vanessa Gonzalez, Adrianna Michal, Jeremiah Moya, Edinelly Peguero Rosario, Kyree Scott, Andrew Szabo, Kayla Urban and Morgan Weeks.

The district congratulates the following students who were inducted into the National Art Honor Society: Arlin Alvarez Almonte, Rachell De Lamar Sime, Rebecca Demonaco, Asiatul Hoque, Sarah Hussain, Jade Jones, Jillian McLaurin, Yosselin Medina Licona, Blanca Reyes, Marlin Valerio, Angie Vasquez Sanabria and Natalie Unger. 
 

Making Math Lessons Fun

Making Math Lessons Fun photo

Second-graders in Jackie Oquendo’s class at Susan E. Wiley Elementary School are practicing their math fluency in fun ways. The classroom divides into different math centers and rotates through different stations to hone their addition and subtraction skills. In one station, students used dice, the students tested their fluency with math word problems, while another station used popsicle sticks to work on different placement values. Students also played math games using their Chromebooks.



Young Drivers Get Schooled in Safety

Young Drivers Get Schooled in Safety photo

Driver’s education students at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School had a hands-on lesson in the dangers of driving under the influence from the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s S.T.O.P.P.E.D. program uses simulation driving carts to teach the consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol. Students drove a pedal car through a cone maze while wearing goggles that impair their vision and balance. After the simulated driving portion, students then had to wear the goggles and walk through the maze with a partner, trying to avoid the cones and get home safely.



Hands-On Lesson Is a Hoot

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After learning about the food chain, students in Mrs. Ramstein’s fifth-grade class at Great Neck Road Elementary School got hands-on during a science lesson. The students dissected owl pellets and charted their findings, which included bones and other natural artifacts that helped to tell the story of the owls' habitats and food choices.

Girls Track Relay Team Takes Second

Girls Track Relay Team Takes Second photo
The Walter G. O’Connell Copiague girls track team participated in the 2019 Penn Relays at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. The 4x100-meter team took second place, running a personal best of 52.33. The relay team consists of freshman Jillian McLaurin, junior Alivia Lawrence, senior Ajhani Carroll and sophomore Trinity Roberts. 

Student Council Strives to Educate School this Earth Day

Student Council Strives to Educate School this Earth Day photo

Members of the student council at Deauville Gardens West Elementary School spent April doing their part to spread the message of protecting the earth around their school.

The student council visited classrooms in kindergarten through second grade to speak to students about the environment. After reading “Pesky Plastic: An Environmental Story,” the fifth-grade members of the student council shared information with the younger students on how they could protect the oceans. 

The student council members made a poster and crafted a matching game featuring the characters from the book. The game required students to match the animal to the proper food they were supposed to be eating in the ocean and “recycle” the plastics to match up with a recycling bin when they uncovered those cards. Students in grades three through five also participated in an Earth Day project by crafting their own bookmarks for a schoolwide contest. 



Pair Receive Activist Award at LI History Day Competition

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Thirty students from Copiague Middle School recently participated in the Long Island History Day Competition at Hofstra University. The students are all enrolled in Stephen Cooney’s honors eighth grade social studies classes. 

Copiague Middle School students Kaylie Rodriguez and Tamia Roberts were recognized with the Michael D’Innocenzo Citizen Activist Award for their documentary “Women in a Man’s World.” The award is sponsored by the Hofstra Center for Civic Engagement.

Middle and high school students from across Long Island participate in the annual competition. The theme this year was “Triumph and Tragedy” and students can choose to work on a documentary, website, research paper, performance or an exhibit.

Lessons Take Students on a Virtual Trip

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Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School students in Diana LaSpina’s computer skills for the 21st century class recently were transported to another reality during a lesson from the Copiague Library. A librarian recently visited the classes throughout the day to offer a look into the world of virtual/augmented reality. 

Students learned about the history of virtual reality during a short video presentation. They also spoke about the differences between virtual reality and augmented reality and some future uses for both technologies. Using their smartphones, students downloaded a variety of virtual reality apps – such as a roller coaster, maze walk, Apollo 13 and maze solver – and had the chance to use the viewfinders to transport into one of the virtual reality worlds. 

Middle School Medals at Math Fair

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Copiague Middle School math research students recently competed in the Long Island Math Fair at Hofstra University. Under the direction of Copiague Middle School math teacher Stephen Temme, the students wrote an eight-page math research paper on a math topic of their choice. Once the paper was accepted, they took the challenge of translating their written paper to an oral presentation.

Students were required to explain their paper and show their mastery of the mathematical concepts they learned before two judges. They competed against other seventh and eighth grade students from across Long Island. The district congratulates the following Copiague Middle School students: Samantha Huynh (eighth grade, silver medal); Giselle Peralta (seventh grade, silver medal); Jonathan Singh (seventh grade, bronze medal); and Alice Sztabinski (eighth grade, gold medal). 

Posters Help Spread Message on Earth Day

Posters Help Spread Message on Earth Day photo
To help celebrate Earth Day on April 22 and bring awareness to how everyone can do their part to protect the planet, Copiague Middle School held a poster contest for students in all its grade levels. 

Posters were judged on creativity, originality, Earth Day theme and quality of artwork. First-place winners in each grade received gift cards. The district congratulates Adam Guglielmelli (grade 6), Shenn Barredo (grade 7) and Alice Sztabinski (grade 8). 

Wiley Students Learn About 3Rs Via Music Show

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In recognition of Earth Day, Susan E. Wiley Elementary School taught its students about the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling during a “Bash the Trash” assembly sponsored by the school’s Parent-Teacher Association. Bash the Trash speakers taught the students about keeping the earth and environment clean while also playing musical instruments made from recycled and reused materials. They also demonstrated how science can transform even the simplest materials into musical instruments. Students also learned how to make their own instruments out of everyday items in their home.

Going on a Math Egg Hunt

Going on a Math Egg Hunt photo

Prior to their spring recess, first graders at Deauville Gardens West Elementary School went on a math egg hunt to practice their skills. Students worked on place values by matching eggs to their numbers and filling them with the correct number of beads. They also practiced addition, subtraction and word problems themed for the spring holidays.



Varsity Club Takes the Plunge

Varsity Club Takes the Plunge photo

The varsity club from Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School attended the AHRC Suffolk’s second annual Polar Splash on April 13 at the Bay Shore Marina. The club raised $200 to donate to the AHRC Suffolk by selling coffee and hot chocolate during parent-teacher conferences. The student-athletes who attended were able to brave the bay in 40 degree temperatures for a good cause.



Up Close and Personal Fashion Experience

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Students in Louise Curci’s fashion class at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School spent three days in New York City getting acquainted with the fashion industry. The students competed in a design competition at Mood Fabrics, home of Project Runway and did a personal styling session at Topshop in Chelsea. They visited a material maker and studied how garments are cut and styled from sketch to completion. They also participated in a marketing seminar at a Vans boutique shop in Soho. The students toured Schmalberg, a100-year-old flower design studio and were taught about the production process.

Young Drivers Recipients of AAA Award

Young Drivers Recipients of AAA Award photo
Copiague School District seniors Aleksandra Bugajczyk and Adam Wiszowaty have received AAA’s Driver Education Awards as the outstanding students in the Walter G. O’Connell High School Driver education course. The students were presented with a plaque on April 10. 

The two students were selected on the basis of demonstrated driving skills, knowledge of the rules of the road, and a mature attitude and approach to driving.

AAA instituted this award in 1936. Its purpose is to not only recognize outstanding high school driver education students, but to also encourage all young drivers to develop the skills and attitudes that will contribute to their being safe drivers. 

Poster Contest Winners Show Off Creativity

Poster Contest Winners Show Off Creativity photo
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The Kiwanis Club of Copiague sponsored its first poster contest for elementary students in the Copiague School District. The theme of the posters was what can students do to help their community. The posters were judged on their artists abilities and thoughtfulness on a topic. Winners were chosen for each grade level per elementary as well as overall winners. The top winners for each grade received a Barnes & Noble gift card.

Members of the Kiwanis Club of Copiague were on hand at the April 15 Copiague School District Board of Education meeting to recognize the winners. The district congratulates the following grade level and overall winners in each school: Great Neck Road Elementary School – Hailey Wendel, Robert Kowalczyk, Yarenis Olivia, (first grade overall winner) Judith Bonilla (second grade overall winner), Moriah Exantus, Bryan Ramos and Kaia Mabli. Susan E. Wiley Elementary School – Isabella Mejia, Jaxon Risch, Katherin Palencia-Mendez, Brandon Gorgone, Kevin Saravia and Vicky Chen. Deauville Gardens West Elementary School – Josiah Morrison (kindergarten overall winner), Jasmin Nunez, Julia Marie King, Jacob Godlewski (third grade overall winner), Alexa Blanco and Adrianna Carbajal. Deauville Gardens East Elementary School – Gabryela Tejada, Mert Ergal, Aliana Deleon, Gerald Pointing, Carissa Spencer (fourth grade overall winner) and Eliana Brito Morocho (fifth grade overall winner).