Copiague’s Newest Staff Set Stage for Success

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Copiague School District welcomed 31 new faculty members and introduced them to the district and community during a two-day orientation on Aug. 27 and 28 in the Copiague Middle School library.

Board of Education President Laura Gavey urged the new staff members to work together with administrators and colleagues to help provide the best education for the district’s students. Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Todd Andrews echoed the same sentiment. “We will do everything in our power to support you and help you give our students the best opportunities to be successful,” he said. 

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Bannon spoke about the strong sense of community in Copiague. “Copiague is a family and the people who work here are committed to the community and our students,” she said. “You have the ability to make a difference every single day. If that’s what you want from your career, then you are in the right place.”

Following the introduction of new faculty by their principals, the staff gathered for a bus tour of the Copiague community led by Dr. Jeanette Altruda, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, and Joseph Buccello, principal of Deauville Gardens East Elementary School. Kelly Urraro, director of technology, presented an overview of technology tools available in the district.

During presentations on the second day, new staff members heard from district principals on setting the stage for success. They also learned about the culture of the district and how to create a learning environment for English language learners. At the conclusion of orientation, staff members spent time with classroom teachers discussing best practices at their respective buildings.