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Stuck on Fundraising

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Students at Susan E. Wiley Elementary School were stuck on a fundraising idea to help raise money for their fifth-grade Booster Club. For $1, students could purchase a piece of duct tape to stick Principal Cynthia Florio to the wall. On Feb. 14, students had the opportunity to place their duct tape and raised more than $450 for the cause.



VIDEO: Middle School Tech Students Get Creative

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Watch the video to see how middle school students are engaging in hands-on lessons powered by technology.

Student-Musicians Honored with All-County Selection

Student-Musicians Honored with All-County Selection photo

Twenty-six student-musicians will represent Copiague at the 2018 Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association All-County Music Festival in March. Each of these students received outstanding scores on their performance at the NYSSMA solo and ensemble evaluation festivals last May.

Selection to the All-County band and chorus is the highest honor for a student in grades 5-10. The district congratulates the following students:

From the district’s elementary schools, Alexa Gourdette (flute) was chosen from Deauville Gardens East; Alyson Tenebro (flute) from Deauville Gardens West; and Daniella Jimenez (trumpet) from Great Neck Road. 

From Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School, student-musicians selected include: Joshua Archer (chorus); Priscilla Bisono (chorus); Ladrea Buffaloe (chorus); Jamila Jackson (chorus); Jaime Kister (Bb clarinet); Cecilia Libertella (chorus); Jonah Ramdas (chorus); Allison Reyes; Denison Rosa (chorus); Andrew Szabo (chorus); and Abigail Webb (chorus). 

From Copiague Middle School, the following students were selected: Jacqueline Balzano (chorus); Jennifer Calderon (baritone); Christa Fanizza (flute); Sophia Gonzalez (alto saxophone); Angeni Hernandez (flute); Tierra Jones (chorus); Kelsey Marte (chorus); Adrianna Michal (flute); Philip Popielarz (baritone); Kemmora Simmons (trumpet); Qbar Velasquez (trombone); and Sadia Velasquez (Bb clarinet). 



Character Counts at Deauville Gardens East

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Each month, Deauville Gardens East Elementary School recognizes a different character trait to highlight to its student body. Good judgment was the character trait for January and students in Ann Marie Byrnes’ third-grade class put on a short play for the school to demonstrate good judgment on Jan. 26. 

Students spoke to their peers and performed short skits about following the rules, being responsible, using kind words and making good choices. They reinforced the idea that “the choice is yours” when it comes to good judgment. 

Deauville Garden East guidance counselor Lysa Mullady works with students throughout the school on different character traits. Students are given “character counts” cards when they are caught doing a kind act and recognized during the monthly assemblies.

VIDEO: The Great Kindness Challenge

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Susan E. Wiley students recently participated in “The Great Kindness Challenge.” Check out the video and see some of the kind acts they completed to help make a positive difference in their community and beyond.

Valentines for Patients

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As part of their monthly community service activity, Copiague Middle School’s student council crafted Valentine’s Day care packages for children in the hospital. The Valentines for Patients project features get-well cards with uplifting messages and teddy bears for the children at Cohen Children’s Medical Center. They were delivered to the center prior to the holiday to help brighten their day. 

Up Close and Personal Lessons from ‘Science Guy’

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Brian Wallrapp, aka the “Science Guy” spent the week of Jan. 29 at Deauville Gardens East Elementary School teaching hands-on engaging science lessons.

Wallrapp worked with each class during one-hour science workshops. Students experienced hands-on activities designed to bring classroom lessons to life. Some of the workshops included “Matterman,” “A Taste of Science,” “Electromagnets” and “Exoskeleton Creatures.” During the exoskeleton lesson, students were up close and personal with Madagascar hissing cockroaches, millipedes and even a tarantula named Charlotte. 

As part of a Parent-Teacher Association-sponsored program, parents and PTA members attended their own workshop with Wallrapp for a firsthand experience of the lessons the students participated in during the week.



United in Red

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Feb. 2 was National Wear Red Day and both students and staff throughout the Copiague School District wore the color red to raise awareness and show support for the American Heart Association. 

The AHA’s Go Red for Women Campaign helps raise awareness about heart disease, the number one killer of women, causing one in three deaths each year.

An Eye-Opening Lesson

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Students in Jennifer Kelly’s fourth-grade class at Deauville Gardens East Elementary School made pinhole cameras during their science unit on plant and animal structures. The students have been learning about the basic structures of the human eye and investigating what happens to the images when light hits the retina. The fourth-graders learned that when light reflects or bounces off an object, the light enters the eye and reads the information upside down and backward.

Bond Project Update - January 2018

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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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Middle School Showcases ‘Fame’

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On Jan. 25, the Copiague Middle School presented its winter production of the musical “Fame” to family members, friends and the Copiague community in the Copiague Middle School auditorium. Check out the slideshow of photos from the production.



DIY Terrariums Reinforce Science Lesson

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As part of their science unit, fifth-graders in Karen Coyle’s class at Deauville Gardens East Elementary School each made their own terrariums. After learning about the earth’s major systems – atmosphere, hydrosphere, geosphere and biosphere – the students conducted the activity as part of the earth and space systems unit. The terrariums, which show how rock, water, air and life all act together in earth’s major systems, are an example of how the earth’s parts all work together.

 

Dancing for a Cause

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Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School’s freshman class, along with Conciencia Latina and the Spanish Club, hosted a Zumbathon fundraiser on Jan. 26. Kicking off the night was a performance by the Madrigal Choir, led by Gina Occhiogrosso.

Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School foreign language teacher Gabrielle Romanelli led Zumba, along with four other professional instructors taking turns leading the group. The event raised more than $735, with a portion of the proceeds donated to a local family that recently lost their home due to a fire. 

Celebrating the Top of the Class

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The top 20 students in the Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School Class of 2018 were honored for their outstanding academic achievements during a special luncheon held in the cafeteria on Jan. 26.

Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School Principal Joseph Agosta welcomed Copiague School District administrators, board of education members, faculty, students and parents for the celebration. “I would like to thank all of you and especially the parents for being your child’s lifelong teacher,” he said. “Thank you for your involvement, encouragement and support of your top 20 student.” 

Mr. Agosta also addressed the invited teachers in attendance, who were all chosen by each individual student for the impact, support and knowledge they have bestowed upon them. “The connections you have made with our students, both in and out of the classroom, have not gone unnoticed.”

To the students, Agosta implored them to remember their roots in Copiague. “Challenge yourself to be a great person,” he said. “Surround yourself with people who want you to be a better person. Remember the values, pride and sense of community the Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School community has given you.”

After a brief introduction on each top 20 student’s accomplishments, activities and future academic plans, the students took to the podium to recognize their teacher and the impact he or she has had on their life.

The district congratulates the top 20 students (in order beginning with No. 20): Nathanya Thelusma; Kyria Moore; Adrian Tavarez; Marynee Mendez; Rachel Korba; Isabella Gilbert; Nayeli Pena; Katherine Kammer; Andy DeJesus Hernandez; Mariana Espinoza; Giuseppe Dattolo; Belen Morote; Telisa Washington; Jennifer Lopez-Fernandez; Davina Smith; Ivan Gonzales; Osazuwa Eghafona; Kelly Cheung; Samantha Sanchez (salutatorian); and Alexandra Saczawa (valedictorian). 




Science Lessons Come Alive in 3-D

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Students in Jennifer Kelly's fourth-grade class at Deauville Gardens East Elementary School recently used the district's new zSpace technology to enhance their science unit on plant and animal structures. They dissected a human brain and a flower to help see clearly labeled parts. The fourth-graders have been studying how internal and external body parts are used by living things for protection, survival and reproduction.

IAB Members Help Students Prep for Biz Olympics

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Members of Copiague’s Industry Advisory Board and Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School business students joined together on Jan. 26 for a mentoring session in preparation of the upcoming Business Olympics competition in March.

The Industry Advisory Board is a group of people dedicated to providing advice and resources related to curriculum and career development of all students. During the meeting, students shared some their preliminary ideas with the local businesspeople in hopes of getting feedback and direction for the competition. The brainstorming session helped students get on the right track and offered guidance from the mentors for creating their presentation for this year’s “Shark Tank” themed event. 

The Industry Advisory Board consists of representatives from the business, government, parental and educational community. The overall focus of the board is to infuse the K-12 curriculum with career path content in all academic areas. 

Making Wishes Come True

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Last month, the Copiague Middle School Builders Club, under the advisement of Maria Ostrovsky, raised $917 for the Suffolk County chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The Builders Club members crafted and sold holiday ornaments during their free periods and lunch. 

Baking Sweet Treats for Ronald McDonald House

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Members of the Copiague Middle School’s National Junior Honor Society volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House in New Hyde Park on Jan. 19.

The Copiague students prepped and baked a few dozen brownies and cookies for the families staying in the house. The students toured facilities and learned how the Ronald McDonald facility helps families whose children are being cared for at Cohen’s Children’s Medical Center.

National Junior Honor Society advisers Paul Harvey and Francesca Walker, along with Copiague Middle School teacher Karen Kazlauskas, led the trip. 

Board of Education Commends Student Accomplishments

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Copiague School District’s Board of Education recognized 27 students from the district’s six schools during a special ceremony held at Copiague Middle School on Jan. 22.

The student recognition awards are presented twice a year to students for their noteworthy accomplishments. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Bannon noted how the awards are an honor and distinction given to a small group of students. Appearing in front of parents, friends, community and the board of education is a distinction, she added. 

The district congratulates the following students for their achievements: 
Deauville Gardens East Elementary School – Abraham Mamoon and Anthony Zeno Garcia
Deauville Gardens West Elementary School – Dennis Romero Maldonado and Julianna Sakin
Great Neck Road Elementary School – Sandra Jakowanis, Jada Lopez, Meraysia Owens and Irie Waterbury
Susan E. Wiley Elementary School – Selvin Guzman Salmeron and Jael Montez
Copiague Middle School – Yandel De la Cruz Estevez, Joshua Flores Milla, Michael Mais III, Anaya Preza Luna, Nicholas Ramos and Kuba Szulejko
Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School – Yarlin Avilez-Ortez, Kacey Bilardi, Owen Donohue, Stacy Espinal Perez, Nicholas Favichia, Georgia Formes, Isabella Gilbert, Kayla Madden, Yamilex Quiroz Vargas, Taylor Sharpe-Adams and Kily Zambrano



Box Tops Collection Earns Cash for School

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Thanks to a generous donation by the school’s Parent-Teacher Association, Deauville Gardens West Elementary School unveiled a new Box Tops mailbox during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Jan. 22. The mailbox, which will be housed in the cafeteria, will hold the Box Tops for Education coupons submitted by the staff and student body and help earn money for the school.  

Wiley Educator Recognized with ASSET Award

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Danielle Palladino, special education teacher at Susan E. Wiley Elementary School, was recognized with the Association of Suffolk Supervisors for Educational Technologies Bright Lights Award. Ms. Palladino was presented with the award at a luncheon in Great River on Jan. 18.

“As a special education teacher, my goal is to create a learning environment that fosters confident, independent learners,” Ms. Palladino said. “I use technology to enhance the learning experience for my students, but most importantly I use everyday technology resources to empower my students.”

Ms. Palladino, who has been teaching in the Copiague School District for 11 years, was nominated for the award for her use of technology in the classroom by the district’s director of technology Kelly Urraro.

“My students are incredibly motivated by technology,” Ms. Palladino added. “They enjoy using the Smart Board, reading on EPIC and completing assignments in Google Classroom. They have also begun to work using our district’s ZSpaces, which provide them with realistic 3-D opportunities. I feel extremely fortunate to be teaching in 2018 with such a vast array of technology at my fingertips. I have seen my teaching evolve as technology continues to advance. I can only imagine what’s in store, and I’m excited for the journey.”



Susan E. Wiley Students Are Up for the Challenge

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Students at Susan E. Wiley Elementary School are challenging themselves to change the world for the better. The school is participating in the worldwide movement – the Great Kindness Challenge – from Jan. 22-26. Students from all across the world are joining together in the challenge.

After watching a short video created by Susan E. Wiley Elementary School Assistant Principal Kristina Biamonte on how random acts of kindness can go a long way, students received a checklist of acts to complete throughout the week.

Staff members, students, their families and friends all participated in the weeklong challenge in hopes of inspiring others to be kind. The class that completes the most kind acts at the conclusion of the week will receive a kindness celebration. 

DECA Club Scores at Regionals

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The DECA Club from Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School participated in the annual DECA regional competition at Suffolk County Community College on Jan. 3. Eight Copiague students qualified for the New York State competition by placing in the top 10 in their respective events.

The district congratulates the following students who will be participating in New York State competition:
Brianna Batista: Visual Advertising 
Sergio Beltran: Decision Making Marketing
Jackson Bright: Sales Demo
Jarrett David: Business Services Marketing
Kianna Joyner: Wholesale Selling 
Messiah Reid: Job Interview
Kenia Rodriguez: Wholesale Selling 
Kyree Scott: Wholesale Selling



College and Career Day Sets Path for Success

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Helping to guide students in their future goals, Copiague School District held a College and Career Day on Jan. 12. Administrators and staff dressed in attire featuring their alma maters to show the many different college options.

At the district’s elementary schools, students dressed in their aspirational professional career paths. Future doctors, lawyers, police officers, firefighters, artists and even astronauts filled the hallways and classrooms. Students wrote about why they want to choose their career paths and shared their choices with classmates. At Great Neck Road Elementary School, fourth-graders listened to college students who spoke about their experiences. Second-grade students at Susan E. Wiley Elementary School became geologists for the day, mining for rocks and minerals and learning about their properties. 

Teachers spoke to Copiague Middle School students about their college experiences and students took surveys about potential career paths based on their interests. Students at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School listened to Copiague alumni speak about college living, the application process and navigating their way through the first year away from home. In addition, staff members participated in a Dollars for Denim Day, donating the money raised to the Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School Scholarship Fund sponsored by the Copiague Teachers Association. 



Kindness Shines Bright at Great Neck Road

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With students and staff sparkling from head to toe, Great Neck Road Elementary School held a Sparkle and Shine Day on Jan. 11 in recognition of their character education pillar of the month – kindness. All students and staff wore their dazzling attire and as they arrived to school, they were showered in confetti to show that Great Neck Road “throws kindness like confetti.”




HS Graduation Date and Location Change

Please note: Due to ongoing construction, the date and location of the high school graduation ceremony has been changed. High school graduation is now scheduled for Thursday, June 21, 2018 at the Brentwood campus of Suffolk County Community College. 

Key Club Blood Drive Saves Lives

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Members of the Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School Key Club organized and volunteered at a blood drive held in the gymnasium on Jan. 11. Approximately 40 students and staff members donated blood for Long Island Blood Services. This is the second drive held this school year; the final one will be held on April 23.

Club Fuels Students’ Love of Technology

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Tech-savvy students are getting the opportunity to try their hand at coding using different computer languages thanks to Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School’s Coding Club. With attendance ranging from 20-25 students, the Coding Club meets every Tuesday throughout the school year under the advisement of business teacher Diana LaSpina.

Members spend the first half of the meeting working together on a project and break away for their free time during the second half. They have participated in Hour of Code and are currently learning JavaScript in the Khan Academy. Students use resources such as Coding Wizards, Code.org and Dojo to build their coding knowledge.

“The Coding Club gives students an opportunity to fuel their love of technology and coding outside of the classroom,” Ms. LaSpina said. Each time they complete a new skill, they get a badge and certificate to show their coding progression. 

Kindness Grows in Copiague

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Students throughout the district did their part with random acts of kindness. Members of the student council at Susan E. Wiley Elementary School created a kindness tree in December. Located in the main lobby of the school, students gifted and recognized one another with random acts of kindness. Students filled out a kindness tag and placed it on the tree for all to acknowledge the acts of kindness happening all over the school. 

For the third consecutive year, the members of the Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School’s Humanities (SOUL) Club visited the Gerald E. Ryan Outreach Center in December. The club spent a full day working at the outreach center, the largest in the Town of Babylon.  

Under the direction of co-advisers Joseph Mannix and Alyssa Marino, SOUL Club members organized toys for underprivileged children and created food baskets to distribute to those in need. 

Builders Club Helps Fight Hunger at Home

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In December, the members of the Copiague Middle School Builders Club were busy organizing a collection of nonperishable food items for the Island Harvest Food Bank to help Long Islanders in need. The club participated in the “Students Feeding Students” challenge and thanks to the generous donations of students and staff, they collected 548 pounds of food to supplement 457 meals.

Engaging Lesson in Squid Dissection

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Fourth-graders at Deauville Gardens East Elementary School are learning about plant and animal structures. The students learned about both internal and external structures of many different animals. On Dec. 13, they participated in a hands-on lesson by a dissecting a squid and identifying its parts. Deauville Gardens East Principal Joseph Buccello joined Jennifer Spizuco’s class for the lesson.  
  

New Director of Facilities

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The district has named Angelo Lisa as the director of facilities, effective Nov. 27. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Lisa served as the director of operations and facilities at the Bethpage Union Free School District. He was previously employed at New York City Department of Education serving first as a deputy director of facilities and then director of emergency management.

Mr. Lisa holds certifications in many different areas including high-pressure boiler operating engineer, indoor air quality instructor, certified asbestos inspector, FEMA operations planner and DEC underground tank operators. 
 

A Forest of Frosting

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Third-graders at Great Neck Road Elementary School created an edible forest of trees on Dec. 21. Using sugar cones, icing and plenty of candy, the students designed one-of-a-kind woodlands that tasted as delicious as they looked.



Science Researchers Flourish at Middle School

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Young scientists showed off their research skills during the Copiague Middle School’s annual science fair on Dec. 12.

This year, 28 projects completed by seventh- and eighth-grade students were chosen for submission. Students enrolled in a science or science research class conducted experiments, either alone or with a partner, and explained and displayed their results on a poster board.

This year’s judges included Copiague Chamber of Commerce members, SUNY faculty members, Walter G’ Connell Copiague High School and Copiague Middle School science teachers, Copiague School District administrators, Copiague alumni and Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School science research students. Students presented their findings and spoke about their research as the judges walked around the gymnasium. 
On Dec. 19, science fair participants gathered in the library for a special awards ceremony and recognition. Copiague Middle School Science Chairperson Dr. Daniel Lecesse and Copiague Middle School Principal Andrew Lagnado distributed trophies, certificates, monetary awards and a laptop to the winners, donated by the Copiague Chamber of Commerce.

First place was awarded to Kuba Szulejko for his project on “Distracted Walking.” Second-place honors went to Amani Hodge for “Does Age Affect the Ability to Remember a Dream?” and Johnell Hankerson II for “Glove Expansion.” In third place, the winners were Sebastian Ortiz for “Does Surface Area Affect Evaporation?;” Bradley Williams for “Burning Calories;” and Jennifer Calderon for “Ph. vs. Plant Growth.” Six other projects were recognized for honorable mentions.  
  

Keeping Warm Thanks to Mitten Tree

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The student council from Deauville Gardens West Elementary School was busy throughout December collecting mittens, gloves, hats and scarves for those less fortunate this holiday season. The student council set up a mitten tree in the cafeteria for students and staff to drop off donations. All of the items were delivered locally prior to the holiday break.

Bond Project Update - December 28, 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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Key Club Gives Back for Holidays

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Members of the Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School Key Club are in the holiday spirit this month. The club volunteered at the Dominican Village’s Festival of Lights celebration on Dec. 7 in Amityville. The club is also collected toys for the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots drive.

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BOE 101: Workshop Scheduled for Feb. 26, 2018

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Interested in running for the Board of Education? Curious as to what is involved in this elected volunteer position?
 
The Board will be discussing these and many other questions including the responsibilities of this very important position.
 
All residents are invited to learn more about the dedicated commitment it takes to be a Board member on Feb. 26, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. in the middle school cafeteria.