Deauville Gardens West invited students and their families for fun, games and exercise during Family Fitness Night on April 5. Gathered in the gymnasium, families participated in a variety of activities including jump rope, basketball, scooter races and more.
Students at Copiague Middle School showed off their basketball skills when they participated in a Hoops for Heart fundraiser to benefit the American Heart Association on April 6 and 7 during their physical education classes.
Not only did students help raise money for a good cause, they learned about leading a heart-healthy lifestyle and making positive choices. Hoops for Heart is a national fundraising program sponsored jointly by the Society of Health and Physical Educators of America and the AHA. Through the program, students raise funds for the AHA while participating in activities that promote physical fitness.
Students showed off their sharpshooting skills as they completed a basketball-themed obstacle course. The goal of the event was to increase awareness about heart disease and related illnesses, as well as raise money for research, prevention, and education programs.
This year, the Copiague Middle School students have a goal to meet or surpass the $5,000 they raised during last year’s event.
Susan E. Wiley’s student council showed their appreciation by honoring
teachers during a breakfast in March. View The video below.
Copiague Middle School eighth-grader Adam Antosiak has been awarded gold distinction in the Long Island Math Fair at Suffolk County Community College on March 3. This is the first time a Copiague Middle School student has been awarded gold honors.
To enter the competition, Antosiak wrote a properly cited math research paper on a math topic of his choice. He started the process in October when he chose the topic “Fibonacci’s Numbers.” After his paper was selected to participate in the Long Island Math Fair, he had to deliver an oral presentation from his research paper and display board.
On March 29, the Walter G. O’Connell Industry Advisory Board hosted its first Business Olympics in the Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School auditorium.
Teams of business students were given the task to remediate and revitalize an abandoned building at 1305 S. South Strong Ave. in Copiague. Four teams of students – BizHub, Eagles on Wheels, Vovola and Revival – presented a variety of innovative ideas during their 10-minute presentations, followed by a five-minute question and answer session from judges.
Each team created a Google presentation, commercial for their business and promotional materials to present to the judges. Judges included Industry Advisory Board members from local community businesses, Copiague School District administrators and faculty and Copiague Board of Education members.
The winner was Team Revival for their gym/spa combination. This team included Kriyal Patel, Jeannie Guelee, Catherine Gonzales and Alexsandra Bugajczyk.
First-graders in Katianne Howe’s class at Deauville Gardens West celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with hands-on art, math, reading and science activities.
The first-graders designed and created their own leprechaun traps. They displayed them the night before St. Patrick's Day, and when they came into school, they discovered small footprints and gold glitter around their traps. They received two letters from two leprechauns who visited the classroom and left gifts and gold for the students.
Students read two St. Patrick’s Day poems and were visited by a mystery reader who read a St. Patrick’s Day story. They also made their own green slime.
At the conclusion of the celebration, the students each received a bag of Lucky Charms cereal from a leprechaun and graphed the marshmallows in their cereal.
Third-graders in Colleen Garofola’s class at Deauville Gardens West are celebrating literacy with a “March Madness Tournament of Books.”
As a way to expose her students to different book genres, Ms. Garofola set up a March Madness-style bracket of different books for students to enjoy. Two books faced off head-to-head to decide which one moves to the next round. The students created their own brackets based on the book title and cover.
In the first round (the Sweet 16), the class read the book jacket and voted on the book that advanced to the next bracket. In the Elite Eight and Final Four rounds, the students read excerpts of the book and chose a winner. In the championship round, students read “Wonder” and “The One and Only Ivan” and will be choosing their champion by the end of the month.
Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School presented its version of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” from March 16-18. Performances took place in the high school auditorium.
Leading the cast were Jade Dickenson (Ariel); Kishaar Hodge (Sebastian); Lesly DeCastro (Prince Eric); Crystal Betz (Ursula); Amy Rodriguez (Flounder); Nick Favichia (Scuttle); Kyree Scott (Grimsby); and Alec Soltau (King Triton).
The musical was produced and directed by teachers Michelle Budion and Gina Occhiogrosso with the support of the district’s Fine Arts Coordinator Jennifer Pierre-Louis.
Enjoy this video put together by Board President Brian Sales for the 2017 Community Summit.
In conjunction with their lesson on weather, students in Kate Castellano and Megan Moore’s third-grade class at Deauville Gardens West took out their sunglasses, scarves, hats and umbrellas as they presented weather reports to their classmates on March 10. Each student acted as a weather forecaster, giving their five-day report on temperatures, what to wear, and how to prepare for the upcoming weather. Students also provided comment cards to their peers about what they liked most about their weather presentation.
On March 18, the District hosted its annual Community Summit. The goal of the summit is to provide members of the community and elected officials an inside look into what is occurring within the District. This year’s theme, STEM In Our Schools, focused on the areas of science, technology, engineering and math.
“The summit gives us an opportunity to share some of the things the Board has been doing, discuss some of the issues we face in the upcoming budget and to celebrate the success that we have had,” said Board of Education President Brian J. Sales.
During her State of the District, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Bannon highlighted the many accomplishments of the students and staff, provided an update on the District’s capital projects and discussed the District’s finances. “Over the last several years, we have stayed under the New York State tax cap and our tax increases have averaged less than 2.4 percent per year. We continue to contain our costs and we have been conservatively budgeting so that we can maintain the programs and services we currently have. If we were to receive an increase in state aid, we would add to and expand our offerings, which would positively benefit our students,” said noted.
The summit also featured student musical performances, spotlights on elementary, middle and high school STEM programs and clubs and an introduction of the Class of 2017 top 10 students.
Students and their families at Great Neck Road showed off their fitness skills during a Family Fitness Night on March 9.
Strength training, aerobic workouts, flexibility and boxing skills were just some of the exercises in which students and families participated in throughout the evening as they rotated through different stations every 15 minutes. Trainers from Big Al’s Family Fitness in Amityville led the fitness stations, engaging participants in exercises such as a strength and conditioning course, team workout challenges and high-energy cardiovascular training routines.
After working out, attendees sampled some nutritious snacks courtesy of Good Eats Cafe in Amityville.
To celebrate the athletic accomplishments of its students, Copiague School District held its Winter Sports Awards Dinner on March 7 at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School. Sponsored by the Booster Club, student-athletes in boys bowling, girls bowling, girls basketball, boys basketball, step team, wrestling, boys track, girls track and cheerleading, were recognized for their dedication to their sports by coaches, Copiague School District administrators and members of the Board of Education.
Throughout the night, coaches praised the student-athletes for their success and distributed individual awards, including the Coaches’ Award, Most Improved and the MVP award, to worthy receipients. Nine Golden Eagle awards were presented to students from each team with the highest cumulative grade point average. This year, Melanie Garcia (girls bowling), Amorelle Penick (step team), Jonathan Gudel (boys bowling), Marvin Pineda Lobo (wrestling), Ashley Hudson (girls basketball), Jenna Langan (cheerleading), Jackson Bright (boys basketball), Mikayla Angel (girls track) and Peter Milillo (boys track) were recipients of the Golden Eagle awards.
In conjunction with their Pick A Reading Partner spirit week celebration, students at Deauville Gardens East recognized Dr. Seuss’ birthday/Read Across America Day on March 2 by dressing in hats, crazy hair and Dr. Seuss-themed attire.
Students at Susan E. Wiley Elementary School demonstrated their commitment to leading a heart-healthy lifestyle when they participated in the school’s Jump Rope for Heart program on March 6.
In conjunction with their unit on heart health, students participated in the school’s Jump Rope for Heart program during their respective physical education classes. The students jumped rope and rotated to four different stations geared toward increasing their heart rates, all in an effort to raise awareness for heart health and money for the American Heart Association.
Dressed in their pajamas, equipped with their lanterns and ready to tell stories by the fire, students from Deauville Gardens West Elementary School participated in a literacy night “camp-in” on Feb. 28.
Along with their families, students came back to school in the evening to read and sing campfire songs, learn about constellations, and read the stars. They crafted binoculars and camping journals and ventured to the book fair in the cafeteria to conclude the event.
Deauville Gardens West celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday/Read Across America Day on March 2 with themed activities centered on the famous author and his literary works. Students dressed in Dr. Seuss-themed clothing and hats and spent the afternoon partnering with reading buddies and sharing different Dr. Seuss books.
Students at Susan E. Wiley Elementary School learned all about the importance of teamwork thanks to a visit from representatives of the New York Islanders hockey team on Feb. 28.
Representatives from the Islanders, along with their mascot Sparky the Dragon, spoke to students about the importance of teamwork and how working together, as either a class or a school, can accomplish more than doing it alone. To illustrate the concept, one student and one teacher had a race to dress in goalie equipment. The student had the assistance of his classmates, while the teacher tried to accomplish the task solo.
Students received folders and pencils from the New York Islanders and were also encouraged to register online for their “Blades for Grades” program, where earning good grades can score them two tickets to an Islanders game.
February was Black History Month and students at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School recognized the event with songs, dance performances and poetry during a Black History Month celebration in the auditorium on Feb. 28.
“Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future” was the theme for this year’s event. Led by students Cameren Jackson and Sarah St. Jean, the celebration kicked off with a performance of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” by the Madrigal Choir.
Dance performance by the Copiague Lady Step team and Hip Hop Club reflected on the music from the past and the present. The jazz band performed a song by Duke Ellington and poems celebrating black history were presented throughout the celebration. All proceeds from the Black History Month celebration are donated to the security department scholarship fund.
It was a royal ball for elementary students and their families at the Prince and Princess Ball at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School on Feb. 17. This year’s theme was A Night in Paris Valentine’s Ball.
Dressed in their best attire, students posed for pictures in the photo booths set up at the entrance. Inside the Valentines-themed cafeteria, students connected with their friends to dance the night away. The princes and princesses also had a chance to dance and spend quality time with their “dates” as they enjoyed food, dancing and games.
All proceeds from the annual event go to the Corey Swinson Memorial Scholarship, awarded to Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School seniors.
Dressed in a rainbow of colors, the kindergarten classes at Deauville Gardens East highlighted the importance of honesty during their monthly character education assembly on Feb. 15.
Each month, the school chooses one character education trait to recognize. As a culminating activity, the students presented their “Honesty Is Beautiful” assembly featuring each kindergarten class reciting poems about honesty.
To recognize the importance of honesty, teachers use character education books and lessons for each grade level. Students who are caught showing off their good character trait receive a character counts card. In March, Deauville Gardens East will highlight courage.
Dressed as if they were 100 years old, students at Deauville Gardens East and Great Neck Road elementary schools celebrated 100 days of school on Feb. 17. Donning their gray hair, glasses and canes, students spent the day engaged in different activities related to the number 100 such as creating posters filled with 100 different items.
In keeping with their annual tradition, members of the Middle School Builders Club, along with their adviser Maria Ostrofsky, traveled to the Tanner Park Senior Center for a Valentine’s celebration on Feb. 15.
During their visit, students created personalized Valentine’s Day cards for the seniors and hand-delivered the cards along with a rose. The seniors and students then spent some time on the dance floor, learning the moves to some of their favorite songs both new and old.
During the Feb. 13 Board of Education meeting, students were recognized for their winning entries in the annual Knights of Columbus Substance Abuse Art Poster Contest and essay contest on religious freedom and diversity.
In front of family and friends, former Grand Knight Bob Waidler and members of the Our Lady of the Assumption Council of the Knights of Columbus awarded each student a certificate of participation and a gift certificate provided by the Knights. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Bannon, Board of Education members, Coordinator of Fine Arts Jennifer Pierre-Louis and Copiague Middle School social studies teachers Kristin Alfarano and Andrea Hernandez were on hand to congratulate the winners.
The art poster winners were: Deauville Gardens East’s Tiana Newman (alcohol 8-11 group); Copiague Middle School’s Kenneth Tejada (alcohol 12-14 group); Copiague Middle School’s Denise Garcia (drugs 8-11 group); Copiague Middle School’s Cathrine Sakin (drugs 12-14 group); and Great Neck Road’s runner-up Kelvin Reyes-Verde.
The essay contest winners were Copiague Middle School seventh-graders Ileana Fernandez (first place), Richard Queensborough (second place) and Alex Iglesias (third place).
Copiague School District administrators and Board of Education honored the outstanding achievements of students throughout the district during the Student Recognition Awards on Feb. 13 at Copiague Middle School.
Twice a year, Copiague School District recognizes the special accomplishments – both in and out of the classroom – by honoring these students in a special ceremony in front of their parents, friends and community.
Twenty-three students were selected for recognition:
Emily Krysiak (Deauville Gardens East)
Jahniyah Smallwood (Deauville Gardens East)
Jemuel Alexander (Deauville Gardens West)
Olivia Bucello (Deauville Gardens West)
Michal Antosiak (Great Neck Road)
Tianna Johnson (Great Neck Road)
Madison Aquafredda (Susan E. Wiley)
Michael Coto (Susan E. Wiley)
Elizabeth Garrovillas (Copiague Middle School)
Johnell Hankerson II (Copiague Middle School)
Brandon Maldonado (Copiague Middle School)
Yessica Ortiz Max (Copiague Middle School)
Semaya Robinson (Copiague Middle School)
Johnathan Rodas-Penaranda (Copiague Middle School)
Armani Santana (Copiague Middle School)
Mackenzie Scotti (Copiague Middle School)
Adela Guifarro Soto (Copiague Middle School)
Anguie Artola Huete (Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School)
Kacey Bilardi (Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School)
Kevin Buffolino (Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School)
Sophia Hall (Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School)
Jordy Hernandez Rivera (Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School)
Belen Morote (Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School)
Patrick Vega-Salinas (Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School)