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Notice of Board Meeting — August 28, 2017

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The Board of Education of the Copiague Public Schools has scheduled a regular meeting on Monday, August 28, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Walter G. O'Connell Copiague High School cafeteria, 1100 Dixon Avenue, Copiague, NY. 


Back to School

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School will reopen for students on Tuesday, September 5.

Bond Project Update - August 23, 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.


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!


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.

Showcasing Student Achievements

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Copiague School District recognized its finest artists and student achievements during a special ceremony held prior to the June 19 board of education meeting.

District administrators, faculty and board members gathered with invited students and their guests in the Copiague Middle School auditorium to celebrate their successes. 

Chosen by the Board of Education, the Student Recognition Awards highlight students for their outstanding achievements in their academic, fine arts or community service. They are presented twice a year to a small number of students for their special accomplishments. “Publicly recognizing excellence is our way of celebrating some of the great successes of the Copiague schools’ programs and, at the same time, enabling us to showcase outstanding role models to our school community,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Bannon. 

Twenty students were honored during the ceremony, as board members read a brief description from teachers and principals on why the students were chosen for the award. 

The 2017 Superintendent’s Art Gallery inductees and Fine Arts Festival crowd favorites were on display for the audience to enjoy. Now in its 21st year, the Superintendent’s Art Gallery began when the Copiague art teachers selected several pieces of student artwork to display. 

Over the years, the collection has grown to provide a showcase of student artwork in corridors and offices in each of the schools. Each of the framed pieces is identified by a brass plate noting the student-artist’s name, grade level and year the piece was completed. Crowd favorite art pieces – four in total this year from the elementary, middle school and high school – are also chosen by the community during the annual Fine Arts Festival. 

Closing the Middle School Chapter

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More than 400 eighth-grade students from Copiague Middle School celebrated the end of their middle school days and the beginning of their high school years during two moving up ceremonies on June 21 at the Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School auditorium.

With central administrators, board of education members, families and invited guests in attendance, the future Class of 2021 proceeded into the ceremony to “Pomp and Circumstance” played by select members of the Tri-M Music Honor Society and gathered on the stage to celebrate the culmination of their middle school careers.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Bannon offered words of advice and encouragement to the future high schoolers. “Take advantage of all the high school has to offer,” she said. “Your middle school teachers have prepared you well for the next chapter. Continue to work hard and put in the effort and you will continue to be successful. I challenge you to join the clubs, musical groups or sports that interest you. I encourage you to get involved in high school.”

Student Council president Aniyah Woods addressed her fellow classmates and echoed Dr. Bannon’s sentiments. “In high school, we all have a chance to get involved,” she said. “High school offers many opportunities and it is important to take advantage of all of them.”

Principal Andrew Lagnado advised the eighth-graders to get out of their comfort zone and take a risk. “These next four years will lay the groundwork for your future,” he said. 

Assistant principals Stephanie Valeiko and Michael Ferretti called each student center stage to present his or her diploma before the class exited to “March and Chorale.”

Student Council Fundraiser Makes Math Fun

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Members of the student council at Deauville Gardens West Elementary School recently organized their second annual math-a-thon fundraiser to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The student council created math packets for every student in the school to participate and presented the fundraiser to each of the classrooms. Together, the school raised $1,505.27 to help children fighting cancer.

Class Day Recognizes Achievements

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Fifth-grade students throughout the Copiague School District celebrated their academic accomplishments and reflected on their elementary school years as they move up to Copiague Middle School in September at their respective Class Day celebrations on June 15 and 16.

Administrators, faculty, parents and invited guests gathered to celebrate as the fifth-grade students marched in to “Pomp and Circumstance.” Student council officers greeted their classmates at each of the ceremonies and remembered the memories shared over the last six years.  

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Bannon offered words of encouragement for the fifth-grade classes at Susan E. Wiley and Great Neck Road elementary schools, while Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Jeanette Altruda addressed audiences at Deauville Gardens East and Deauville Gardens West elementary schools.

At each of the Class Day ceremonies, the fifth-graders were recognized with awards for academic merit, leadership, principal’s awards, Presidential Awards for Educational Excellence and Educational Improvement, and citizenships awards. The fifth-grade teachers and principals at each of the four elementary schools facilitated the presentation of diplomas. 

Students also showed off their musical talents by performing a variety of selections, including their elementary class songs for the final performance. Students and guests gathered for a celebration following each of the ceremonies. 

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Key Club Recognized for Service Efforts

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The Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School Key Club was recently presented with an appreciation award from the New York Blood Center for holding three blood drives during the 2016-2017 school year. The Key Club blood drives yielded 169 pints of donated blood.