Copiague School District was one of seven districts to receive back to school supplies thanks to United Way’s Stuff-A-Bus. A bus full of supplies pulled up to Copiague School District’s administrative building on the morning of Sept. 7 and was packed with boxes of school supplies for district students.
Thanks to collections during the summer months and support from its corporate sponsors, United Way delivered 175,000 supplies to 7,000 students across Long Island. Boxes were filled with supplies ¬which included backpacks, markers, pens and pencils, notebooks, lunch boxes, rulers, scissors, glue and more. United Way’s Stuff-A-Bus campaign is now in its 10th year.
Copiague School District administrators, board of education members and members of the Copiague Middle School Builders Club, the junior version of the Key Club, were on hand to help unload the boxes when Educational Bus Transportation delivered the packed boxes. The Builders Club, along with adviser Maria Ostrofsky, will help unpack and sort the boxes to be delivered to the different schools in the next week.
Copiague welcomed incoming sixth-graders and freshmen for the 2018-2019 school year during open houses held at Copiague Middle School and Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School, respectively, on Aug. 30.
At Copiague Middle School, the sixth-graders were greeted by Principal Andrew Lagnado. After checking in with their homeroom teachers, students familiarized themselves with the building, found their lockers and walked through their schedules.
Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School Principal Joseph Agosta welcomed incoming ninth-grade students to the building during its open house. The freshmen received their schedules and were given time to tour the building, find their lockers and reconnect with friends.
Students and staff from the Copiague School District started off the
2018-2019 schools year on Sept. 5. Please click to see our slideshow of
photos from the first day. Check back as more photos will be posted
throughout the day.
Fourth- and fifth-grade students enrolled in the district’s summer program at Great Neck Road Elementary School recently designed and engineered their own water rockets. After construction was complete, the students took to the field outside the school on Aug. 2 to test the power of their rockets. Click here to see a video of the launch.
Second-graders enrolled in the summer program at Great Neck Road Elementary School participated in a hands-on lesson on July 31. After learning about volcanoes, the students worked in small groups to create their own mini volcanoes. Using baking soda, vinegar, red food coloring and dish soap, the students even had the chance to watch them erupt.
While the elementary summer program at Great Neck Road concluded on August 2, middle and high school students are still hard at work for the next two weeks in preparation for the new school year. Here are some of the highlights form this week’s activities:
• First-grade students observed four different spiders preserved in containers - a tarantula, a silk spider, a garden spider, and a black widow spider. They used a checklist to identify the body parts they observed. They then wrote and drew about their observations.
• Students in grade 3-5 participated in different STEM challenges. They also built and tested structures in a tsunami.
• Middle school students worked in small group instruction during the summer months to help boost their academic skills for the upcoming school year.
• High school students prepared to take Regents exams in August by working on test taking skills.
• Second-graders used their five senses to observe, describe, and record the characteristics of different vegetables.
• Second-graders planted bean seeds at the beginning of summer school and have been making sure that their plants are getting enough water and sunlight. They measure growth, discuss their observations with classmates, and write in their journals daily.
• Students engaged in cognitive dissonance experiments to determine if it was possible to create bubbles in a variety of shapes. They explored the ways that 3D tensile bubbles came together inside of “bubble frames,” designed their own shaped bubble wands, and used the word wall to label diagrams reflecting their predictions.
Proving that learning and fun can go hand in hand, students in the elementary summer program at Great Neck Road Elementary School engaged many hands-on activities this week. Here’s an example of what they worked on during week 3:
• Third-graders are studying weather. They have been collaborating with their classmates and performing experiments. The students learned about the water cycle, building and testing anemometers and discovering rain clouds using shaving cream and food coloring.
• Fifth-grade classes developed and constructed egg houses to test if an egg could survive a two-story drop. Students were given a variety of supplies to create their design.
• As part of their lessons on weather, third-graders learned about thunderstorms, hurricanes and tornadoes. Students used a paper bag to mimic how the sound of thunder is created. When lightning strikes the ground, it creates a small gap in the air, which results in the sound of thunder. Students filled their bag with air, twisted it closed, then abruptly hit the bag to create the thunder sound.
• Students used blue ice cubes and warm red water to model how a thunder storm is formed. The warm water rose to the top and the cooler water sank to the bottom.
• Students swirled water in a clear container and dropped in food coloring to help them visualize the shape and rotation of a hurricane. They also created a tornado as a class and used sparkles to represent debris.
• Fourth-grade classes conducted an experiment on how far different paper airplanes will fly. Students constructed four different origami folds of airplanes and discussed how thrust is important in flight. Students used the steps of the scientific method to successfully carry out this experiment.