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Wiley Students Go Head to Head in Multiplication Challenge

Wiley Students Go Head to Head in Multiplication Challenge
Third graders at Susan E. Wiley Elementary School have been hard at work practicing their multiplication facts for the end of year competition. After spending many months learning to recite the multiplication tables with ease, the five fastest and most accurate mathematicians went head to head against their classmates. Twenty students battled to be the quickest and most accurate and prizes were awarded to the top three finalists: Jai’den Pernell (first), Geovanny Espinal (second) and Alexander Almonte (third). All the third graders celebrated with ice pop party. 

Middle Schoolers Compete in Pentathlon

Middle Schoolers Compete in Pentathlon photo
As a culminating activity to physical education and sports week, Copiague Middle School held a pentathlon competition. Students were awarded plaques for their outstanding achievement in the pentathlon unit. The events were the 50 meter dash, 100 meter dash, 400 meter dash, long jump and shot put. From left: Amber Ramirez (seventh grade), Madison Sims (eighth grade), Isiah Harris (eighth grade), Kamar Birthwright (seventh grade), Asiah Carroll (sixth grade) and Montasia Byrd (sixth grade).

Builders Club Shows it Has ‘Sole’

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Members of the Copiague Builders Club at the Copiague Middle School worked together with their school and local community to collect shoes for those in need. The club partnered with Give Your Sole, a nonprofit agency that provides men, women and children with moderately worn sneakers, shoes, boots and footwear. The organization then teams up with local rescue missions and shelters in New York City to distribute the shoes.

The club collected 775 pairs of shoes since starting its initiative in January. Students sorted the shoes, tied them together and bagged them for transport. Builders Club adviser Maria Ostrofsky said the club has been organizing the shoe collection for 19 years and hopes to reach 10,000 pairs donated next year. 

Summer Sendoff Kicks Off with Book Giveaway

Summer Sendoff Kicks Off with Book Giveaway photo

To kick off the summer and summer reading, Great Neck Road Elementary School held a tailgating themed book giveaway outside the school.

Teachers decorated different cars in different sports themes. Members of the student council were on hand to assist the younger students browse and choose their book selections. There were plenty of genres to choose from so each student could pick the perfect fit for summer reading. Various organizations, including Supply House, the Great Neck Road Parent-Teacher Association and community members, donated the books for the school.  



Young Engineers Design Domino Structures

Young Engineers Design Domino Structures

Using dominos, fourth graders at Deauville Gardens East Elementary School worked in small groups to build structures during their STEM class. After learning about design, engineering, potential and kinetic energy, the students were tasked with creating their own buildings.



Crafty Coders in Copiague

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Fourth graders at Deauville Gardens East Elementary School are learning how to code using different types of technology. The students worked on their Chromebooks and used the program Code Monkey to create code. Using the Ozobot robots, the students also worked in small groups and learned how to program the robot using code. 

Middle School Students Explore Environmental Issues

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Copiague Middle School’s native language learners recently presented their projects on environmental issues. The eighth grade students read the novel “La Catrina,” where they learned how many of the main characters were affected with different medical issues. The students chose an environmental topic to explore and research – whether it was local to their community or a global issue – and created poster boards which were presented during class.

Copiague Shows Off its Artistic Side

Copiague Shows Off its Artistic Side

Copiague School’s District youngest student-artists showed off their abilities during their respective art shows at Deauville Gardens West, Great Neck Road and Susan E. Wiley elementary schools. Featuring the different works completed throughout the school year, invited guests had the opportunity to view select works on display in the school’s gymnasiums. At Susan E. Wiley Elementary School, there was even a walking piece of art on display as art teacher Jeanne Daley sported a dress decorated with art created by her students.

 

Key Club Members Join Kiwanis at Annual Breakfast

Key Club Members Join Kiwanis at Annual Breakfast

Members of the Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School Key Club received recognitions and scholarship winners were honored by the Kiwanis Club of Copiague during their annual breakfast.

Senior members of the Key Club were chosen for scholarships presented by Kiwanis Club president Phil Guerra. Although the scholarship amounts will not be announced until the school’s senior awards night in June, the following students were recognized as scholarship winners: Abigail Romero, Deana Simon, Brenda Reyes, Kriyal Patel, Joshna Ilyas, Ajhani Carroll, Owen Rosenberg, Jackson Bright and Darley Senat. 

Key Club president Abigail Romero and vice president Deana Simon spoke about the many volunteer activities in which the 163 members of the club participated in this year, such as blood drives, Pennies for Patients, community service projects and food drives. Alice Szabinski, president of the Middle School Builders Club, the junior version of the Key Club, also shared some of the various community service activities completed this year. 

Board of education trustees and Kiwanis Club members Kenneth Urban and Christopher Madden announced this year’s Outward Bound recipient, Gregory Jean-Baptiste. 



Students Honored for Outstanding Achievements

Students Honored for Outstanding Achievements photo

Copiague School District celebrated the many accomplishments of its student body during the Student Recognition Awards and Superintendent’s Art Gallery at the Copiague Middle School auditorium.

Board of Education members, administrators, friends and family gathered to recognize these select students for their contributions to both the district and community. Thirty-seven students from throughout the district were chosen for the special recognition by the Copiague Board of Education for their outstanding achievements. These awards are only presented twice year to a small number of students for their accomplishments. 

The district congratulates the following Student Recognition Award winners: Deauville Gardens East Elementary School: Jazlyn Bonilla and Emma Turcios; Deauville Gardens West Elementary School: Carolina Acosta-Rivera and Payton Lewis; Great Neck Road Elementary School: Flauren Marcelin and Jocelyn Mejia Salazar; Susan E. Wiley Elementary School: Savannah Myszke and Kayden Quinones; Copiague Middle School: Hadasa Argeuta Botzok, Wailin Baez Polanco, Ana Maria Cruz Hernandez, Rebekah Dorfeuille, Vaiva Kean, Tamia Robert and Kaylie Rodriguez; Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School: Jennifer Reyes and Carol Rodrigues-Rodriguez. 

Members of the Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School Math Research Group were also acknowledged: Joseph Falco Jr., Zaiba Ismael, Liam Mahabir, Myra Mendoza-Rodriguez and Austin Nunez. Members of the Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School robotics team were honored: Ziair Clark, Tyrese Glen, Derik Gonzalez, Sebastian Grajales, Leslie Guzman-Nunez, Amelia Henningham, Gregory Jean Baptiste, Nolan Johnson, Gabrielle Kaufman, Oleksa Klymovets, James Marmol, Raul Mena, Carol Rodriguez-Rodriguez, Arianna Tirino and Adam Wiszowaty.

The Superintendent’s Art Gallery winners were also acknowledged as a special way to celebrate student achievement. This year, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Bannon selected 40 works of art, which will be on display throughout the entire school district. The pieces of art are framed and feature a brass plate, nothing the student-artist’s name, grade level and the year the piece was completed.

Three special works of art are chosen as “crowd favorites.” Each year at the Fine Arts Festival, the district displays various pieces of student artwork and the Copiague community votes for their favorite selections. Winners are chosen at the elementary, middle and high school levels and receive a $100 gift card. This year’s crowd favorites are pieces by Raffy Maloloy-On (Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School); Madalyn Molina (Copiague Middle School); and Kayla Cooper (Great Neck Road Elementary School).

The district congratulates the following student-artists: Deauville Gardens East Elementary School: Deanna Demeo, Alexandra Monell and Jailah Rix; Deauville Gardens West Elementary School: Gianni Espinal and Delilah Larios; Great Neck Road Elementary School: Genesis Hylton, Hunter Natoli and Leanny Soto; Susan E. Wiley Elementary School: Derek Skadel; Copiague Middle School: Lisbeth Adames Estevez, Eliud Bonilla, Lena Fleckenstein, Cathalene Garafola, Isabella Greene, Angeni Hernandez, Emily Krysiak, Kenneth Meza Betanco, Jennifer Molina Salazar, Aleyda Olivia, Annamaria Pepe, Karen Pierre, Stephanie Velasquez, Mariely Vinas Marte and Alexa Zephirin; Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School: Shani Bennett, Jeudy Collado, Jahnay Cuffy, Skyy Edwards, Robert Elias, Tiffany Gallinat, Kayla Kelly, Olivia Krzyzoszczat, Joseph Maloloy-On, Piotr Piatkowski, Katherine Rivera Isaquirre, Evelin Ruiz, Breon Sutton, Arianna Tirino, Marlin Valerio and Johanna Vargas Baez. 



Top Senior Athletes Honored

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Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School student-athletes Tayanee Peay and Jackson Bright were recently recognized as the top senior male and female athletes from their school. The Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk  and the Butch Dellecave Foundation honored the pair at an awards ceremony. The award is in honor of one of the founding fathers of the Suffolk County Sports Hall of Fame. Pictured, from left, Copiague School District athletic director Pete Cesare, Tayanee Peay, Jackson Bright and Bill Bennett, Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School physical education teacher. 

Seniors Shine During Awards Celebration

Seniors Shine During Awards Celebration photo

The graduates of the Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School Class of 2019 were recognized and honored by members of the community and school administration at the annual senior awards ceremony. Gathered in the school’s auditorium, the seniors were recognized for their hard work and dedication during the last 13 years.

Following the national anthem sung by Darley Senat, Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School Principal Joseph Agosta welcomed the audience and praised the students for their passion and motivation. “You are here today because of your unwavering drive for success every day,” he said. “Thanks to the help of these scholarships and support of the local community, these students are beginning their college careers with a solid foundation.”

Surrounded by family and friends, as well as members of the board of education, central and high school administration and teaching staff, more than $93,000 in local, memorial and organizational scholarships were presented to deserving seniors. In addition, students were presented with the Principal’s Recognition Award and the New York State Department of Education Academic Excellence Awards. 

To close out the evening, Mr. Agosta presented awards to the Top 10 students in the Class of 2019. 



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Deauville Gardens East Kindergartners Hard at Work

Deauville Gardens East Kindergartners Hard at Work photo

Kindergartners at Deauville Gardens East Elementary School are hard at work mastering all of the skills they learned this school year. Students recently made toolboxes featuring all the tools and tips to be successful readers. They also completed their unit on weather, showing off their weather reports to their classmates. Young scientists worked with their partners experimenting with the concepts of push/pull using their science kits to make different contraptions.




Celebrating the success of Copiague’s Class of 2019

Celebrating the success of Copiague’s Class of 2019 photo

The Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School Class of 2019 celebrated the 60th  commencement exercises on June 26 at the arena at Suffolk County Community College’s Brentwood campus.

Led by administrators and members of the faculty, the students marched into the ceremony to “Pomp and Circumstance” played by the concert band and director by Eric Dobmeier. Board of Education President Laura Gavey offered congratulatory remarks to the soon-to-be graduates. “The Class of 2019 has definitely made lasting memories both inside and outside the Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School,” she said. “Graduation is a time to look at what the future has in store for each of you. Tonight is the beginning of the rest of your life, graduates. So set your course and begin your new life today and make a positive impact on the world.”

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Bannon shared her wishes for the students to continue down the successful path they have forged. “You are to be commended for all the positive energy, effort and dedication you put into everything you accomplished while you were in high school,” she said. “When you left middle school, many of you were unsure what high school would hold for you. But you had hopes and dreams, many of which have come true. Now, as you leave high school, I know all of you have dreams of what your future might hold. My dream for each of you is that you live your happiest life.”

Class of 2019 salutatorian Abigail Romero reflected on the important lessons she has learned in Copiague. “I’ve noticed that there is a tendency for people to underestimate us from Copiague,” she said. “I’d like us all to prove those people wrong. If there’s one thing I know, it’s that Class of 2019 is a revolution. We have the enormous potential to make a real change in this world. We have the resources necessary to do so, and if we don’t, we will forge them. Let’s not waste the enormous potential that we have. One of the most beautiful things about this life is the ability to start over and over, each time getting closer to the person who you want to become. As we move forward into the future, together, who are you going to become?”

Echoing Abigail’s sentiments, valedictorian Aaron Eng urged his fellow classmates to seize every opportunity, especially if it pushes them outside their own comfort zone. “Don’t be content with maintaining the status quo,” he said. “Allow yourself to undergo growth and develop yourself into the person you want to be. I am glad to be able to call myself a graduate of the Copiague school district. I’m genuinely grateful for all that Copiague has had to offer over the past 13 years, not just regarding academics. Having such a diverse student population really fosters a mindset in which such diversity is celebrated, and differences are embraced. I know many of us will be departing to areas much more homogeneous, where we may feel out of place. My wish is for you to work beyond this, and to find a way to promote a message of diversity and acceptance wherever you go.”

The graduating Class of 2019 has an extra special place for Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School Principal Joseph Agosta, who began his role as principal when the graduates were incoming freshman. “When you look back and reflect you will recognize that for much of these past 13 years, you have been supported by loving families, caring and dedicated teachers and administrators and a board of education focused on providing you with the skills needed to help you reach your true potential, stand on your own and take your place as productive world citizens,” he said. “Looking forward, much is expected from you and I have great confidence in your abilities. As you continue on your journey, I hope you look back at your years in high school with fond memories. I charge you with the task of continuing to put what you have learned to good use and to be a positive force in your community.”

Senior class vice president Kriyal Patel presented the class gift – a donation to the incoming freshman class – to Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School Assistant Principal Jonathan Krawchuk. Krawchuk and Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School Assistant Principal Tamika Eason announced the names of each graduate. Graduates made their way across the stage and were congratulated by Mr. Agosta and Dr. Bannon. After each name was called, Mr. Agosta instructed the students to turn their tassels and pronounced them graduates of the Class of 2019. 




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

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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

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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

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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
A Showcase of the Arts
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

Ceramics Project photo

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’

Copiague Students Are in the ‘Zone’ photo
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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.