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Meet Franklin Parra

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Name: Franklin Parra

Age: 18

Hometown: Copiague, NY

Elementary School Attended: In Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Write a Three-Word Scouting Report on Yourself: Great athleticism, competitor, student of the game

Favorite Current MLB Player: Luis Severino, New York Yankees

Favorite Sport to Play Other Than Baseball: Basketball

Favorite Sport to Watch Other Than Baseball: NBA basketball

Favorite All-Time Professional Athlete: Pedro Martinez

My Favorite Copiague Baseball Memory: My favorite baseball memory from Copiague is when I got my first win of my senior year. It was exciting pitching in front of big league scouts. It was great that my teammates were able to finish the game and preserve the win for me after I came out of the game.

My Role Model/Inspiration: Definitely my Dad. He is a hard working man who always made baseball possible for me. Even though he worked many hours, he would always make sure that I was able to play and to get where I needed to go.

What Will You Miss the Most About Copiague: My coach, Coach Bennett, and the relationship we had. My teammates and some of my teachers, especially Ms. Alyssa Marino, who helped me so much through school with my academics and offering caring guidance and support along the way.

In Five Years, I Will Be: Hopefully standing on the mound pitching at Citi Field for the New York Mets in front of thousands, but most importantly in front of my family and Coach Bennett.

Retirees, Newly Tenured Teachers Honored

Retirees, Newly Tenured Teachers Honored photo

Copiague School District administrators and Board of Education members recognized the faculty and staff members who will be retiring at the end of the 2017-2018 school year and also acknowledged teachers who were granted tenure during the June 4 board of education meeting.

Superintendent of School Dr. Kathleen Bannon, board of education members, district administrators and department chairs offered their congratulations to the 17 retirees, who have more than 400 years of combined service to the district. Retiring at the end of the school year are: Rosary Bertuzzi, foreign language teacher (32 years, HS); Vincent Calla, security aide (13 years, central office); Denise Cordella, elementary teacher (33 years, Susan E. Wiley Elementary); Karen Coyle, elementary teacher (32 years, Deauville Gardens East Elementary); Marie Deblasio-Silsdorf, social studies teacher (26 years, Middle School); Linda Drenckhauhn, elementary teacher (18 years, Susan E. Wiley Elementary); William Estees, security guard (20 years, HS); Patricia Field, senior clerk typist (19 years, HS); Lissette Feliz, foreign language teacher (14 years, Middle School); Lisa Flores, speech teacher (32 years, Deauville Garden East/Great Neck Road); Louise Gravina, elementary teacher (23 years, Great Neck Road Elementary); Linda Herbst, special education teacher (34 years, Middle School); Michael Kelly, elementary principal (14 years, Deauville Gardens West Elementary); Robert Pasqualone (12 years, HS); Maria Riviello, foreign language teacher (32 years, HS); Marie Salvia, senior clerk typist (23 years, Deauville Gardens West Elementary); and Karen Swenson, music teacher (34 years, Susan E. Wiley Elementary).

Thirteen Copiague School District administrators and teachers – Jeanette Altruda, Natalie Aviles, Kristina Biamonte, Karla Cangelosi, Ashley Cuffaro, Crystal Dicioccio, Heidi Fehring, Deysi Garcia, Alyssa Marino, Danya Plochochi, Vanessa Soto, Jennifer Spizuco and Katie Zecha – who were recently granted tenure, were also celebrated prior to the board of education meeting.   



Rally for Respect at Deauville Gardens East

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Second-graders in Nancy Csorny’s class at Deauville Gardens East Elementary School performed a skit on June 1 for their school to educate them on the school’s character trait of the month ¬– respect. Holding up their “rally for respect” signs, students spoke about respecting each other, their environment and themselves. Each month, the school highlights a different character trait. Deauville Gardens 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.
 

Middle School Street Art

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Eighth-grade students in Travis White’s Studio in Art class recently displayed their talents in a collaborative street art project that celebrates their skills and talents through the pop culture medium.

Poetry Slam Dunk

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Students in Anastasia Kourtis’ class poetry slam class at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School spent the year learning about different poets and writing their own poetry. Each week, a new poet was spotlighted. Students learned about the poet then wrote a poem that was inspired by the author. At the end of the year, students created their own scrapbook of original poems. Students designed their own cover, title, dedication page and selected 16 poems for their original book of poetry.

Great Neck Road Shares Lesson on the Golden Rule

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Third-graders in Jeanie Mullins’ class at Great Neck Road Elementary School showed off their literacy skills during a reader’s theatre on May 25. The students performed “Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse” by Kevin Henkes, which focuses on being kind to others and living by the Golden Rule. The students performed two shows, one for their classmates and another for invited guests and family. 

Fall Sports Physicals

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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. 7, from 10 a.m.-12 noon, in the nurse’s office at Copiague Middle School.

District Hosts Free Summer Food Program

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Once again, to ensure students continue receiving proper nutrition during the summer months, the Copiague School District will offer free lunch for children 18 years old or younger at no cost to local taxpayers. There will be no residency or identification required; however, all meals must be eaten on site. Menus vary by location. For additional information, please contact Copiague Public Schools at 631-842-4010 ext. 450. This institution is an equal opportunity provider. 

Below is a list of sites, serving times and addresses.

Bethel AME Church – Kingz Kidz
June 25-August 17
Breakfast: 8:30-9:45 a.m.
Lunch: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

20 Simmons St., Copiague

Christian Life Center Church
July 9-August 17
Lunch: 12-1 p.m.

450 Bayview Avenue

Copiague Memorial Public Library
July 9-August 24
Breakfast: Mondays and Thursdays Only
8:30-10 a.m.
Lunch: Tuesdays and Fridays 
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

50 Deauville Blvd., Copiague

North Amityville Pool
July 9-August 17
Lunch: 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.

Albany Avenue, North Amityville

Board of Education Regular Meeting Notice - June 18, 2018

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Honoring Spring Student-Athletes

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To honor the accomplishments of its student-athletes both on and off the field, Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School held its 18th annual Spring Sports Awards in the school’s cafeteria on May 22. Sponsored by the Copiague Booster Club, the event brought together invited guests, coaches, administrators and board of education members to celebrate the accolades of its athletes 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 receipients. 

Six Golden Eagle Awards were presented to students from each team with the highest cumulative grade point average. This year’s receipients were: Nicole Hernandez (girls track); Christopher Canenguez (boys track); Victor Gamarra (boys lacrosse); Justin Taveras (baseball); Kriyal Patel (girls lacrosse); and Samantha Sanchez (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 Keenon White, Jonathan Angel was the recipient of the Sean Ryan Noonan Memorial Lacrosse Award, and Matthew Collins received the Daniel O’Connell Memorial Baseball Award.

Seven 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: Akajia Atkins (soccer, winter track, spring track); Joseph Gomez (football, winter track, spring track); Ashley Jean-Raymond (cross-country, winter track, spring track); Antoine Moore (cross-country, basketball, winter track, spring track); Kyria Moore (volleyball, winter track, spring track); Wilmer Reyes (soccer, football, wrestling, spring track); and Telisa Washington (soccer, winter track, spring track).



Top Musicians, Artists Inducted into Fine Arts Honor Society

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For their strong commitment to the arts, 45 Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School students were inducted into the Tri-M Music Honor Society or National Art Honor Society. The musically and artistically gifted students were honored during a ceremony on May 21 surrounded by family, friends, district administrators and members of the board of education. 

“These students are role models for the younger students,” said Coordinator of Fine Arts Jennifer Ross-Troise. “Not only are they outstanding musicians and artists, they are outstanding community members. They have continued to engrain themselves into the school and local 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. As their name was read aloud, new inductees received a certificate and pin. 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 Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School band director Eric Dobmeier, inducted based on student nominations. For the National Art Honor Society, Copiague Middle School art teacher Maria Ostrofsky received lifetime membership.

The event also featured artwork by graduating Copiague seniors who plan to major in art or music at the college level in the fall.

The district congratulates the following 19 students on their induction into the Tri-M Music Honor Society: Jonathan Angel; Alfred Barredo, Emely Castillo, Dahlia Claros-Sanchez; Lauren David; Destiny Delacruz, Osazuwa Eghafona; Elizabeth Garrovillos; Joanna Hernandez; James Holland; Jamila Jackson; Maybi Mendez; Zuri Milliner; Samantha Modeste; Aidan Murphy; Donna Rivera; Linda Strzelecki; Serra Vardar; and Oktay Yildiz.

The district congratulates the following 26 students on their induction into the National Art Honor Society: Adam Antosiak; Akajia Atkins; Briana Batista; Shani Bennett; Sophia Bright; Julia Brzozka; Esdras Canales; Ajaz Chaudhry; Dominique Clement; Jahny Cuffy; Destiny Delacruz; Gabriela Espino; Jocelyn Fernandez; Gim Elger Gousse; Kimberly Martinez; Zuri Milliner; Sheza Mirza; Amy Moskowitz; Leslie Reyes-Verde; Donna Rivera; Rianna Rivera; Breon Sutton; Gabriel Tejada Nunez; Kenneth Tejada; Kyle Tobias; and Nicholas Vetere.

Getting a Kick Out of Bubble Soccer

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On May 23, Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School’s Varsity Club members competed against each other in an end-of-year game of bubble soccer. Organized by Long Island Bubble Soccer, the participants spent the afternoon laughing and bouncing around the gymnasium.

Franklin Parra Drafted to NY Mets

Franklin Parra Drafted to NY Mets photo
Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School’s Franklin Parra was selected in the Major League Baseball draft during the 11th round, 320th overall by the New York Mets on June 6. Franklin, a senior, was the ace of the pitching staff for the Eagles, compiling 74 strikeouts in 32 innings during the 2018 season. Franklin was ranked pre-season as low as 10 in New York State by Perfect Game, named to the 2018 Rawlings Perfect Game Pre-Season All- American team Northeast Region and was also part of Newsday’s top 100 players. With a fastball ranging 91-93, occasionally hitting 94, Franklin became an MLB prospect and was widely followed by area scouts.  
 

Science Symposium Shows Off STEM Skills

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The fourth annual Science Research Symposium at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School on May 17 celebrated the outstanding accomplishments of the high school’s science students.

Joined by district administrators, board of education members, representatives from the Town of Babylon, members of the science department and invited guests, the students in the independent science research program, the advanced science research program and the introduction to science research program showed off their award-winning works. 

“These powerhouses have worked tirelessly – after school, before school and on weekends – to present their best work,” said science teacher Tracy Wenzler. “The teachers and the mentors have lent their time – their most valuable resource – to these students and they have worked tirelessly to present their hard work. They are helping to bring our science program to new heights each year.”

Fourteen science research students presented a brief overview of eight different projects, many of which have garnered notable awards throughout the school year. Projects were on display for a poster presentation walk following the ceremony, giving attendees an opportunity to speak with the students firsthand about their research.

Zachary Wilson, a Copiague alumnus and one of the first students to participate in the science research, was the keynote speaker. He presented his senior thesis to the audience.

Each student in the program was presented a certificate by science Chairperson Renee Locker in recognition of his or her accomplishments this school year. “I am very humbled at the success and dedication of our students,” Locker said. “I am very happy with all of the new partnerships we have made and the fact that we are producing some of the top STEM students here in Copiague.”



Drama Club Helps Elementary Students via Role Play

Drama Club Helps Elementary Students via Role Play photo

Students at Great Neck Road Elementary School had a special visit from members of the Drama Club from Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School on May 18. During two performances, the high school students improvised different scenes for the younger students based on social issues they may encounter. The students played out scenes that involve bullying, being left out, anxiety about moving to a new school and how to deal with different/changing friendships over the years. The goal was to give the elementary students the tools to learn how to react in these different scenarios.

Student-Athletes Commit to College Sports

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Copiague School District’s student-athletes who will be continuing their sport at the collegiate level were recognized during a ceremony hosted by the athletic department, coaches and athletic director Pete Cesare on May 15.

Student-athletes Akajia Atkins (girls track, Stony Brook University), Ashley Jean-Raymond (girls cross-country, North Carolina Central University) and Franklin Parra (baseball, San Jacinto College-North) have all signed national letters of intent to continue their sports next fall in college. In addition, several other students have committed to play at the collegiate level. The district congratulates: 

Kyria Moore (girls track, Stony Brook University); Hailey Fiordiliso (field hockey, Molloy College); Taylor Wolf (field hockey, Molloy College); Telisa Washington (soccer, Delaware State University); Rianna Rivera (volleyball, College of Mount Saint Vincent); Jose Acosta Jr. (football, LIU Post); Joshua Lester (baseball, University of New Haven); Giuseppe Dattolo (football, Curry College); and Joseph Gomez (boys track, SUNY Buffalo). 
 

Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School Students Learning the Electrical Trade

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Mentors Get Well-Deserved Recognition at Susan E. Wiley

Mentors Get Well-Deserved Recognition at Susan E. Wiley photo

Fifth-grade student council members at Susan E. Wiley Elementary School shared their appreciation for the special mentors at their school during an Honor a Teacher celebration on May 21.

The fifth-graders chose a person who has inspired them during their time at Susan E. Wiley. Joining the teachers were administrators, assistants, aides and cafeteria workers. The students presented them with a plaque, and wrote about why they have been inspirational to them. They connected one on one with their mentors and asked them questions about what inspired them.

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Copiague Track Teams Take First at Urban & Walsh Meet

Copiague Track Teams Take First at Urban & Walsh Meet photo

For the eighth consecutive year, Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School hosted the Urban & Walsh Memorial Invitational track meet on May 14. The event, organized by varsity track coaches George Schroeder and John Sack, honors the memory of two former track members, Christopher Urban and Brittany Walsh.

Eighteen boys track teams and 16 girls track teams from across Long Island competed in this year’s meet. The invitational featured 17 events including pole vaulting, the 2,000/3,000 steeplechase, high jump, shot put and discus jump throw. Copiague’s boys and girls track teams took first place in the competition for the first time. 

In addition to the standard track and field events, fifth-graders from Copiague’s four elementary schools – Deauville Gardens East, Deauville Gardens West, Great Neck Road and Susan E. Wiley – participated in a special boys and girls 4x100 relay, with each participant receiving a medal.

Some of the highlights of the event for the Copiague girls track team members included: Akajia Atkins, first place and new meet record in the 200-meter dash, second place in the 100-meter dash, and third place in long jump; Ashley Jeanne-Raymond, third place in 1500-meter run, and second place in 800-meter run; Halle Moore, third place in 400-meter run; Samelia Roberts, second place in high jump; and Kyria Moore, first place in shot put.

The Copiague boys track team members also took home some of the top awards including James Holland, first place in long jump; Edgar Tineo, second place in long jump; Joe Gomez, third place in 400-meter hurdles; John Jerrick, third place in 100-meter dash; and Aryes Garrett, second place in 110-meter hurdles and third place in high jump. 

Field Trip Explores Learning Under the Sea

Field Trip Explores Learning Under the Sea photo

The second-grade classes at Great Neck Road Elementary School went on a hands-on, exploratory field trip to the Riverhead Aquarium on May 15. The classes watched the sea lion show in the outdoor arena, observed ocean creatures in the different exhibits and searched for different marine life that matched the clues during a scavenger hunt. Brave students reached into the touch tank to feel sea creatures and feed the stingrays. They also had the opportunity to explore the butterfly, bird and insect room.

Muffins, Memories and More at Great Neck Road

Muffins, Memories and More at Great Neck Road photo

To celebrate the special women in their life, kindergartners at Great Neck Road Elementary School held Mother’s Day festivities in their respective classrooms on May 11.

Special guests were welcomed to Jeanne DeMott’s kindergarten class, where the students shared snacks and special gifts. Students presented the special women with handmade flowers, a photo album and songs about how much they mean to them.

In Natalia Brite’s kindergarten class, the students used their literacy skills to rewrite 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. 



Feeling Fit at Deauville Gardens East

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Select fourth- and fifth-grade students from Deauville Gardens East Elementary School participated in the Suffolk Zone Fit Club competition on May 8 at Lincoln Avenue Elementary School in Sayville.

The students competed against 24 schools from across Suffolk County. The Suffolk Zone Fit Club is designed to teach skills, tools, training and confidence to live a healthier lifestyle while participating in difficult physical challenges. “The students feel part of a team by offering support, encouragement and inspiration to their teammates while helping them achieve their highest level of fitness,” said John Sack, physical education teacher. 

Copiague Baseball Field Dedicated to Former Athletic Director

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To recognize the many contributions he has made to both the school and the community, Copiague School District dedicated its baseball field to Tom “T-Bone” Giordano at a ceremony on May 11. Surrounded by community members, school district administrators, board of education members and friends and family, the sign marking the field’s new moniker was unveiled.

Mr. Giordano has been involved in the baseball community for 71 years. He served as Copiague’s athletic director from 1968-1979. He has been a Major League player, a minor league manager and spent many years as a professional scout. Mr. Giordano is currently a scout for the Atlanta Braves. He was inducted into the Professional Scouting Hall of Fame in 2008.

Ray Negron, community advisor for the New York Yankees, and friend of Mr. Giordano, spoke about his guidance through the years. “You are a true mentor and have done so much for so many people,” he said. “And you are still doing it every day. Copiague, he is a part of you and 100 years from now, you can look at this sign and remember Tom Giordano.”

Copiague varsity baseball coach Bill Bennett, along with the Copiague athletic department, varsity and junior varsity baseball teams, presented Mr. Giordano with a Copiague baseball jersey and made him an honorary team captain. 

“There are so many people in Copiague, present and past, that played an important part in helping me become a member of the Copiague faculty,” Mr. Giordano said. “Copiague became a great part of my life. The years that I had at Copiague were not even paralleled by my years in baseball. This is where I started and this is why I am so happy to be here today.” 

Students Are in the Zone

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The Suffolk Zone of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance sponsored the annual Physical Education Student Leadership Awards Ceremony at Bay Shore High School on May 2. Students who qualify for the award are recognized for their achievements in physical education, leadership, character and academics.

Honored at the ceremony was Copiague Middle School eighth-graders Emma Nuzzi and Werly Cormier; Deauville Gardens East Elementary School fifth-graders Chloe Allen Jackson and Taki Mason; Deauville Gardens West Elementary School fifth-graders Jailene Solomon and William Daley; Susan E. Wiley Elementary School fifth-grade students Samantha Fuentes and Alex Juszczak; and Great Neck Road Elementary School fifth-grade students Keila Corona and Anthony Armando Diaz.

Students Connect with Art During Museum Visit

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On May 3, eighth-graders from Copiague Middle School traveled to the Brooklyn Museum. The Studio in Art Honor students – accompanied by their art teachers Travis White and Maria Ostrofsky – had the opportunity to expand their art experiences to the museum level. 
 

Copiague Student Council Lends a Helping Hand

Copiague Student Council Lends a Helping Hand photo
Throughout April, the Copiague Middle School student council held a collection of hygiene products to benefit Hope for Youth. All of the items collected were donated to Hope for Youth prior to their annual Run for Hope 5K on May 19. Hope For Youth, located in Amityville, helps children, youth and families with residential services across the Long Island region. 

SADD Fundraiser Gets Sticky

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On April 13, Copiague Middle School’s Students Against Destructive Decisions Club students organized a “Tape the Teacher to the Wall” fundraiser. During lunch periods, SADD Club members sold a piece of tape for $1. Middle School Assistant Principal Michael Ferretti was chosen to be taped to the wall. The event raised more than $300, which was donated to the Victoria Trachte Scholarship Fund for a graduating senior. Mr. Ferretti is pictured with Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Bannon.

Three Students Recognized for Humanitarian Efforts

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Three students from Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School ¬– Ashley Collado, Mariana Espinoza and Kembalee Rolle – were selected to receive the Students Building Bridges Award. They were honored for their efforts in building bridges across communities and creating a more civil society at Suffolk County’s Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) program at Suffolk County Community College on May 3. 

Each student was recognized with a citation from an elected official and a certificate from the Jewish Community Relations Council of Long Island. The students listened to the story of survival from a Holocaust survivor, Elizabeth Heyn, whom they were able to meet after the ceremony. 

All three students are active members of various community clubs and activities in the high school. Ashley is a member of the One Mind Club, Tree Huggers, Global Ambassadors and BUTY (Bringing Unity Through Youth Club). Mariana has played a key role in the successful implementation of two of the school’s newest clubs: the Public Relations Club and Global Ambassadors. Kembalee is a member of Key Club and One Mind Club.

A Garden of Inspiration at Great Neck Road

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Great Neck Road Elementary School took on a schoolwide recycled art project in April. During art classes, the students painted rocks to resemble fish, inspired by the book “Only One You” by Linda Kranz. 

Led by art teacher Meghan Haughney, each student created his or her unique rock, which was then placed in the outdoor rock garden in early May. The rock garden, which adorns the school’s entrance, is shaped like a river to mimic the fish rocks swimming in the water and features a sign that reads “there’s only one you in this great big world.” The rock garden is also dedicated to the memory of former Great Neck Road teacher Carol Gamba. 

Five Students Medal at Long Island Math Fair

Five Students Medal at Long Island Math Fair photo
Five Copiague Middle School students from Dr. Natasha Murray’s class competed in the Long Island Math Fair on April 20 at Hofstra University. All five of the eighth-graders took home medals for their math research papers. Jakub Dobrowolski-Kosior received a gold medal, while Stephanie Cortes, Gwendolyn Neger, Devonie Rhoden and Kuba Szulejko all placed with silver medals. Copiague Middle School teacher Stephen Temme coached the team.

Hundreds of students from throughout the Island competed by selecting a math research topic; researching and writing a paper; creating a presentation board; and conducting a presentation. 

Copiague Teams Cheer on Casale

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Members of the Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School girls varsity track team, boys varsity track team, girls varsity lacrosse team and the varsity club gathered at Great Neck Road Elementary School on April 26 to cheer on marathon runner Eva Casale. Casale ran seven marathons in seven days to raise money for the national nonprofit Hope for Warriors, which supports veterans and fallen heroes. As she ran past Great Neck Road, Casale stopped to hug all those who gathered. After she placed a rose on the veteran monument at Great Neck Road, the boys track members joined her on run for the rest of the day.

Taking a Dive for a Cause

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Members of the Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School varsity club took a cold swim for a good cause when they participated in the Suffolk County AHRC polar splash at Bay Shore Marina. The varsity club raised more than $200 in the weeks prior for the Suffolk AHRC, running carnival games during lunch periods. 

Bond Project Update - May 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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Relay Team Takes First at Penn Relays

Relay Team Takes First at Penn Relays photo
Members of the girls varsity track team from Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School competed at the Penn Relays from April 26-28. The girls 4 x 100-meter relay team, (pictured) – Halle Moore, Akajia Atkins, Ajhani Carroll and Kerrice Harrison – placed first and brought home gold medals. The 4 x 400-meter relay team of Samelia Roberts, Akajia Atkins, Jasmine Jackson-Gomes and Ashley Jean-Raymond placed third.

Program Teaches Young Drivers Dangers of Distraction

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Driver’s education students at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School had a hands-on lesson in the dangers of distracted driving and driving under the influence thanks to a program presented by the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department on April 25. The S.T.O.P.P.E.D. program offers a simulated experience for young drivers to show the effects of distracted driving and driving under the influence. Sobriety tests were used to teach consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Flat Stanley Tours Great Neck Road

Flat Stanley Tours Great Neck Road photo

Kindergarten students in Caren Steiger’s class at Great Neck Road Elementary had the chance to show off all their favorite parts of their elementary school on May 1. Flat Stanley, who arrived recently from a school in Moravia, New York, was given a guided tour of the building by the kindergartners.

After connecting with the school in upstate New York, the Great Neck Road students sent their Flat Stanley to their partner school and received the other school’s Flat Stanley in return. Flat Stanley, who is the title character in a series of books, met and toured the principal’s office, cafeteria, and nurse’s office and even had the chance to have some fun on the playground. In the upcoming weeks, the class will have a video conference with the partner school and explore the similarities and differences between the schools and communities. 



Empowering Females Through Teamwork and Conversation

Empowering Females Through Teamwork and Conversation photo

In an effort to help female students find their inspiration and voice, Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School held its second annual voice to voice empowerment session in the school’s library on April 25. The mission of the initiative is to motivate and empower one another through teamwork and conversation. It was developed to provide opportunities for young women to gain awareness of their individual and collection skills, experiences and professional goals.

Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School assistant principal Tamika Eason welcomed the attendees and introduced the school’s Women’s Madrigal Choir, who performed “Rise Up.” This year’s guest speaker, a fitting choice on Administrative Professionals Day, was Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School administrative assistant Jeanette Tobar-Garcia. Ms. Tobar-Garcia spoke to the students about her upbringing, her struggles in a new country and the importance of hard work, education and family. 

“You will always make mistakes,” she said. “Knowledge is power and the most important thing you can do is educate yourself.” Following her speech, Ms. Tobar-Garcia answered questions from the audience as part of the voice to voice dialogue. Working together in teams, the students reflected on the lessons learned and shared their thoughts in a brief presentation with their peers. 




Celebrating Earth Day

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In recognition of Earth Day, Copiague Middle School held its annual poster contest. This year’s winners were (from left): eighth-grader Abi-Gail Genius, sixth-grader Shenn Barredo and seventh-grader Samantha Huynh.
 

Great Neck Road’s Art Project Rocks

Great Neck Road’s Art Project Rocks photo

Great Neck Road Elementary School is coming together for a schoolwide recycled art project. During the first weeks in April, students are painting a rock to resemble a fish during their respective art classes. Inspired by the book “Only One You” by Linda Kranz, Great Neck Road art teacher Meghan Haughney tasked each of the students with creating their own fish-look rocks. In the coming weeks, all of the fish will be placed in rock garden outside of the school.



Responsible Leaders at SEW

Responsible Leaders at SEW photo
Responsible Leaders at SEW photo 2
Responsibility was the character education trait of the month in March at Susan E. Wiley Elementary School. Those students who exhibited responsibility throughout the month were nominated as leaders by teachers and staff and recognized with a special certificate at the end of March. 
 

Susan E. Wiley Lights Up in Blue

Susan E. Wiley Lights Up in Blue photo
Faculty and staff members at Susan E. Wiley Elementary School wore blue every Friday throughout April to help raise awareness for autism. The Light It Up Blue campaign helps to celebrate and support World Autism Awareness throughout the month.
 

Science Educator Named Woman of Distinction

Science Educator Named Woman of Distinction photo
Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre recognized Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School science teacher Tammy Toro as a 2018 Woman of Distinction.  At the awards ceremony on April 13, Assemblywoman Jean-Pierre honored women in the community who are a positive force for change and whose work helps to forge a better tomorrow. 
 

Singing Through the Decades at Annual POPs Concert

Singing Through the Decades at Annual POPs Concert photo

Showcasing songs throughout the decades, Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School presented its annual POPs concert in the auditorium on April 18.

The Madrigal Singers, lead by choral director Gina Occhiogrosso, kicked off the show with an evolution of music through the years. Jonah Ramdas performed “September” by Earth, Wind and Fire and was followed by the duo of Kyree Scott and Kaitlyn Besse showcasing Elton John’s “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.” Ladrea Buffaloe and Kayla Urban took to the stage for Sia’s rendition of “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile.” Darley Senat sang Demi Lovato’s “Tell Me You Love Me” and was followed by Jamila Jackson with Beyonce’s “Satellites.” 

“Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina & The Waves got the audience on their feet, performed by Jessica Chochorek, Liana Daubel, Aryana Arias, Ariano Tirino and Shannon Greenlee.  Nicholas Favichia gave a heartfelt performance of Gavin DeGraw’s “Not Over You,” followed by Kayla Dixon’s soulful version of “Praying” by Kesha. Closing out the first half of the show was Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It” performed by James Holland.

Elenys Diaz and Yaderson Espinal showcased their musical talent with Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me,” and Kyree Scott again took the stage for “Love Me Now” by John Legend. Samantha Sloane performed the 21 Pilots version of “Can’t Help Falling in Love” and Jillian Payne belted out Florence and the Machine’s “Dog Days Are Over.” Nicholas Favichia, Kyree Scott, Oktay Yildiz, Kevin Buffalino and Jonah Ramdas showcased Billy Joel’s “The Longest Time.” Solo performances included Jonathan Angel with DJ Snake’s “Let Me Love You;” Taylor Sharpe-Adams with Sam Smith’s “The Writing’s on the Wall;” Andrew Szabo with Frank Sinatra’s “That’s Life;” and Elenys Diaz with James Brown’s “This Is a Man’s World.” The Madrigal Singers and chorus closed the show with a powerful version of Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror.” 



Award-Winning Essay Highlights Importance of Music

Award-Winning Essay Highlights Importance of Music photo
Copiague Middle School student Victoria Wheby was named a winner in the annual essay contest sponsored by the Harmony Program. The Harmony Program is a nonprofit organization that brings intensive after-school music programs to schools and teaches students how to read music, play orchestral instruments and perform in ensembles. Victoria’s winning essay focused on the importance of the program. She received a new tablet during a workshop with the Harmony Program in early April. Victoria is pictured with Director of Fine Arts Jennifer Pierre-Louis.

Copiague Students Light Up the Stage in ‘Bring It On’

Copiague Students Light Up the Stage in ‘Bring It On’ photo

From March 15-17, Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School presented “Bring It On: The Musical.” Performances took place in the high school auditorium.  Inspired by the motion picture “Bring It On,” the musical focused on the competitive world of cheerleading and team rivalries.

The musical was produced and directed by teachers Michelle Budion and Gina Occhiogrosso with the support of Copiague School District’s fine arts coordinator Jennifer Pierre-Louis. 

Middle School Student-Artists Highlighted

Middle School Student-Artists Highlighted photo
Copiague Middle School students Skylar Brown and Shakira Crockett had their artwork selected to be displayed in the Long Island Museum’s annual student art exhibition, Colors of Long Island, from Feb. 23 through April 8. Art teachers from across Long Island were invited to submit up to two pieces from students in grades K-12 for this showcase of extraordinary talent.

Penny Collection Raises Awareness

Penny Collection Raises Awareness photo
Hoping to raise awareness, the student council at Deauville Gardens West Elementary School participated in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Pennies for Patients fundraising program from March 8-29. In total, the student council raised $1,124.92. 

The student council, made up of third- through fifth-graders and advised by Christine Orlando, placed collection boxes in each of the classrooms and made a special visit to each class to talk about the importance of donating to the cause. 

The students made afternoon announcements to motivate their classmates to participate in the campaign. Deauville Gardens West students could volunteer to collect individually to contribute to their class’ fundraising efforts. The top fundraising class earned a prize. 

Students Recognized for Safe Driving Skills

Students Recognized for Safe Driving Skills photo

Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School students Kelly Cheung and Giuseppe Dattolo have been awarded AAA’s Driver Education Award as the outstanding participants in their school’s driver education course. The pair was selected on the basis of demonstrated driving skills, knowledge of the rules of the road, and a mature attitude and approach to driving.

The award not only recognizes outstanding high school driver education students, but also is designed to encourage all young drivers to develop the skills and attitudes that help make them safe drivers.

 

Copiague Students Go Head to Head in Business Olympics

 Copiague Students Go Head to Head in Business Olympics photo

Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School business students vied for a chance to be named the winner in this year’s Business Olympics on March 29. Four teams of students competed in this year’s “Shark Tank” themed event in front of a panel of more than 15 judges including board of education members, administrators and local business owners.

Team Vis, Team STOMP, Team Medrano and Team Flypack each presented their ideas during a 10-minute pitch. The judges had an opportunity for a question and answer period following the presentation during a networking session. Each team created a commercial along with supporting marketing and promotional materials.

The winning team was Team Vis for their lighted staircase product. Team members were Alleksandra Bugajczyk, Kriyal Patel, Iris Romero, Abigail Romero and Owen Rosenberg. All of the teams will share more than $3,000 in prizes.




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.