What would you use to design your own globe? Third-graders in Ms. Byrnes’ class at Deauville Gardens East Elementary School got creative when tasked with making their own globes. As a culminating activity to their study of geography, the class created their own globes using items such as balloons, balls and even pumpkins. The students labeled all of the continents, bodies of water and the equator and presented their projects to the fourth-grade classes.
Budding scientists from Copiague Middle School displayed their research skills during the school’s annual science fair. This year, 30 projects completed by 40 seventh- and eighth-grade students were chosen for submission. Students enrolled in a science or science research class conducted experiments, either alone or with a partner, and explained and displayed their results on a poster board.
This year’s judges included Copiague School District Board of Education members, Copiague Chamber of Commerce members, SUNY Farmingdale faculty, Town of Babylon employees, Vanderbilt Museum representatives, Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School and Copiague Middle School science teachers, Copiague School District administrators, Copiague alumni and Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School science research students. Students presented their findings and spoke about their research as the judges walked the cafeteria.
Science fair participants gathered in the library for a special awards ceremony and recognition. Copiague Middle School Science Chairperson Dr. Daniel Lecesse and Copiague Middle School Principal Andrew Lagnado distributed trophies, certificates, monetary awards and a laptop to the winners, donated by the Copiague Chamber of Commerce.
First place was awarded to seventh-grader Aliyanna Fernandez for her project on “Ants N Sweets.” Second-place honors went to Shenn Barredo and Giselle Peralta for their project “Regular vs Sterile Soil” and Theresa Soraire “Which Material Insulates the Best?”
On Thursday, Jan. 10, Coordinator of Fine Arts Jennifer Ross-Troise and music teachers Eric Dobmeier and Brian Genua were the featured guests on Bob Vecchio’s “Spotlight on Long Island Schools” radio show. During their visit, they discussed the new electronic music lab located at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School. To hear the segment, which ran on Jan. 12, click the links below.
During their social studies classes at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School, students are also learning about giving back to their community.
Prior to winter recess, students in Allison Weller’s Facing History and Ourselves class participated in Operation Gratitude. The class made cards and letters to be included in care packages sent to veterans and currently deployed military personnel, first responders, wounded heroes and caregivers.
Students in Colleen Gurtner’s Leadership in History and Action class held a Band-Aid drive for cancer patients at Columbia Presbyterian Children’s Hospital. Thanks to the donations of staff at the high school, the class collected more than 100 boxes to be sent to the hospital along with cards filled with well wishes.
Helping young females find their inner strength and power, Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School held its third annual voice to voice empowerment session in the school’s library on Dec. 12. 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, under the direction of Gina Occhiogrosso, who performed “Rise Up.” This year’s guest speaker was Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School English and drama teacher Sylvia Walsh. Ms. Walsh spoke to the students about her upbringing in Colorado, her family life and how those experiences molded her into the person she is today.
“You have the power to be in charge of your own destiny,” she said. “Be true to yourself.” Following her speech, Ms. Walsh 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.
Second-graders in Maureen Gaertner’s class and third-graders in Diana Daniels’ class at Susan E. Wiley Elementary School created crafty snowflake ornaments together for a good cause. Using popsicle sticks, the students painted and added glitter to their wooden snowflakes, which they are donating to the Susan E. Wiley Parent Teacher Association for its Candy Cane Lane Holiday Shop. The proceeds from the craft will be used to help support the PTA.
Third-graders in Jeanne Daly’s art class at Susan E. Wiley Elementary School participated in an art workshop with Joyce Raimondo from the Pollack-Krasner House in East Hampton. Themed “Express Yourself,” Raimondo presented a slideshow on expressing yourself through art and the third-grade students created their own works of art using Jackson Pollack and Lee Krasner as inspiration.
Prior to winter recess, students at Great Neck Road Elementary School had the opportunity to experience a winter wonderland during their physical education classes. With the gymnasium decorated with snow, the holiday-themed setup included snowball skating, holiday hockey, polar puzzle, Grinch snowball toss, holiday bowling and a ride on Santa’s sleigh. During their physical education classes throughout the week, students participated in the festive workouts.
Fifth-graders at Deauville Gardens West Elementary School are finishing their science lesson on the solar system. In Ms. Alpi’s class, the students were selected to be astronauts and complete different missions as part of their training program. The fifth-graders created scale models that demonstrated each planet’s distance from the sun and scale models that represent the size of each planet. The students even made a video to explain why there is day and night as well as different seasons.
Fifth-grade students in Ms. Graziano’s class at Deauville Gardens East Elementary School recently made their own terrariums. The students are observing how earth’s ecosystems react with one another.
Early kindergarten registration for the Copiague Union Free School District will be held at the district administrative office, located in the Copiague Middle School on Great Neck Road, on Feb. 6-7, 2019, from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-3 p.m., by appointment only.
Children who have turned age 5 on or before Dec. 1, 2019 are eligible to attend school in September 2019. Registration requirements include proof of the child’s age, residence within the boundaries of the Copiague School District, and immunizations against polio, measles, rubella (German measles), mumps, diphtheria and hepatitis B. Additional information on immunizations should be requested from your child’s physician. A law enacted in 2008 expands a physical to include a dental health screening.
For registration information, call 631-842-4015, ext. 538. Those who do not plan to register their children at this time should also call school officials to assist in the district’s planning.
NIÑOS QUE CUMPLEN 5 AÑOS DE EDAD ANTES DEL PRIMERO DE DICIEMBRE DE 2018 DEBEN MATRICULARSE PARA KINDERGARTEN EN LA OFICINA ADMINISTRATIVA CENTRAL LOCALIZADA EN EL 2650 GREAT NECK ROAD EN COPIAGUE COMENZANDO EL 6 - 7 DE FEBRERO, 2019 POR FAVOR DE LLAMAR AL (631) 842-4015 X 532 PARA HACER UNA CITA.
Seventh- and eighth-grade students at Copiague Middle School are learning about the engineering and design process during their technology classes. The students are designing their own bridges, which will then be tested to see how much weight they can withstand. The students researched different types of bridges online before selecting their design. After sketching their designs, the students spent several weeks building their bridges, cutting the wood pieces and gluing the parts together. As the culminating activity, the bridges will be tested to see which is the strongest.
Budding scientists in Ms. Csorny’s second-grade class at Deauville Gardens East Elementary School have been learning about the properties of matter. The students performed a “mix it up” experiment by making a mixture out of sand and water. After pouring the water into a cup of sand and shaking it, students have observed and recorded the outcome.
Third-graders in Jeanie Mullins’ class at Great Neck Road Elementary School participated in the nationwide Hour of Code campaign as part of Computer Science Education Week. The Hour of Code is designed to introduce students to the career path of computer sciences. Using the code.org, the third-graders learned about problem-solving and worked together to conquer different levels of programming.
As part of their earth and space systems unit, fifth-graders at Deauville Gardens East Elementary School are learning about the planet and its different spheres. Using a flashlight, students had a lesson on the earth, sun and stars to determine brightness and the stars’ distance from the sun. Students also worked on presentations about the four spheres – geosphere, biosphere, atmosphere and hydrosphere – and explained the different parts of the system and how it interacts with other systems.
Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School ushered in the holiday season with its annual Senior-to-Senior Dinner hosted by the Class of 2019 in the school’s cafeteria on Dec. 4.
Local senior citizens joined together with the senior class for an evening of music, dancing, food and companionship. Wearing their most festive holiday attire, the students welcomed guests and escorted them to their tables. The Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School Madrigal Choir, under the direction of Gina Occhiogrosso, provided the holiday tunes for the evening, singing arrangements that encouraged the audience to singalong.
Following the performance, senior citizens were treated to a dinner served by the students. Afterward, the guests and students made their way to the dance floor to enjoy some time together. With raffle tickets distributed at the door, the senior citizens each had a chance to win one of more than three dozen prizes.
After reading the book “Flat Stanley” by Jeff Brown, Nancy Csorny's second-graders at Deauville Gardens East Elementary School made their own Flat Stanley. Students will be writing letters and mailing them to relatives or friends that live in another community, state or country. They are hoping to get letters back and pictures of Flat Stanley in various places in their community. When Flat Stanley returns, the class will use his journey to study places in the United States and all over the world.
Kindergartners in Maritza Benavides’ class at Susan E. Wiley Elementary School recently completed a lesson on heritage and shared information about the different countries and cultures from which they came. The students learned about the culture, dance, foods, music and flags from the different countries and compared their differences and similarities.
First-graders at Deauville Gardens West Elementary School are literally smashing their math skills. Using Play-Doh during “Subtraction Smash,” the students are practicing their math lessons using making a number of balls out of the Play-Doh and smashing the ones used in their subtraction equation to get the answer.
In an effort to get a hands-on experience in the schools, the Copiague Board of Education spent a day touring all of the buildings on Nov. 30. Board of Education president Laura Gavey, vice president Doris Fischer, second vice president Rosemary Natoli, trustee Brian Sales and trustee Christopher Madden were joined by Copiague School District’s Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Bannon and Assistant Superintendent for Student Services Karen Sheridan to visit the new electronic music laboratory at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School, observe ENL learners at the middle and elementary level and get an inside look at elementary classroom activities.
Members of the Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School senior class recently attended the Malcolm Bernard Historically Black Colleges and Universities College Fair at Riverbank State Park in New York City. Historically Black Colleges and Universities from around the country were represented at the fair. Students met with admissions counselors and received dozens of college acceptances.
Flexible seating in the classroom encourages greater collaboration, interaction and communication between students. In Patrice Newman’s third-grade class at Deauville Gardens East Elementary School, students have the ability to choose different options – such as bean bag chairs, rugs or even the floor – and pair up for buddy reading with their classmates.
In an effort to ease fears about doctors and hospitals, kindergartners at Deauville Gardens East Elementary School participated in a teddy bear clinic on Nov. 21 sponsored by the Trauma Center at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital.
The clinic is designed as an educational injury prevention program which focuses on seatbelt and helmet safety. Nursing students spoke to the class about injury prevention and the importance of keeping safe in the car. They also demonstrated how wearing a helmet during sports and other activities can help reduce the risk of injuries.
As part of the hands-on clinic, the kindergartners took care of their stuffed animals by taking their temperature, bandaging their wounds and nursing them back to health with plenty of hugs.
Students, teachers, administrators and community business leaders recently met for the Copiague Industry Advisory Board’s annual “Principal's Roundtable.” The 2019 Business Olympics theme – create a mobile business – was introduced. In addition, students and business leaders worked in breakout session to brainstorm ideas and troubleshoot potential presentation problems.
Dressed head to toe in their New York Islanders hockey gear, eighth-graders at Copiague Middle School were treated to a special assembly when Islanders players Scott Mayfield and Anthony Beauvillier visited the school on Nov. 19 for Islanders School Day. Copiague Middle School was selected for its winning application on school spirt.
During School Day, select schools are visited by members of the Islanders team for an assembly. During the assembly, Beauvillier and Mayfield spoke to the Copiague students about the importance of education, staying active, eating healthy and making smart decisions in life.
Students in all grades had the chance to ask thoughtful questions and selected eighth-graders who received a “golden ticket” had the added opportunity to receiving the players’ autographs.
It was a day of high-flying, hands-on activity for third-graders in Kaileen Spadaro’s class at Great Neck Road Elementary School on Nov. 20.
The students began by reading “Balloons Over Broadway” about the New York City Thanksgiving Day parade. As part of a STEM-based Thanksgiving activity, the students were tasked with constructing their own balloon floats. Working in groups, the students chose their designs and used construction papers, boxes and other materials to get them to float atop a cardboard box.
After they completed their floats, the students marched through the cafeteria to show off their creative designs to the kindergartners.
Kindergartners at Great Neck Road Elementary School started preparing for the Thanksgiving holiday by participating in Thanksgiving centers on Nov. 19.
After learning different facts and the history of Thanksgiving, the three kindergarten classes rotated classrooms for different hands-on activities. In one station, the students colored three feathers and glued them to create a headband. A second classroom station featured turkeys made out of folded paper, while the students in another classroom made their own patterned necklaces out of Fruit Loops.
Whether its geometry, algebra, pre-calculus or calculus, math students at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School are working hard to stay ahead of the learning curve by using their analytical and technological skills.
In Scott Kuhn’s pre-calculus class, 11th- and 12th-graders are working on analyzing quadratic functions, finding roots, intercepts, vertex, domains and range and rewriting absolute values.
Ninth-graders in Timothy Montera’s elective math research class are working to put together a research paper and presentation for the Long Island Math Fair at Hofstra University in March. Students are conducting their own research, reaching out to industry experts for guidance on their topics.
Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School has announced the top 10 students for the graduating Class of 2019. With a weighted GPA of 103.39, Aaron Eng has been named the valedictorian. Abigail Romero has been named salutatorian with a weighted GPA of 103.13.
Valedictorian Aaron Eng is an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction and a member of the National Honor Society, Global Ambassadors Club, Quiz Bowl, and Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. He has been a member of the marching band for five years and volunteers with the Key Club and Tri-M Music Honor Society. Aaron plans to major in civil engineering but is still undecided on a college.
Salutatorian Abigail Romero is an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction, a National Hispanic Scholar and vice president of the National Honor Society. She has participated in the Farmingdale State College STEP Program since sophomore year. She has participated in the independent science research program and her research has been recognized and honored with awards. Abigail is also on the varsity winter track team and was a member of the varsity field hockey team. She is in the wind ensemble, plays in the jazz band, is a member of the pit orchestra for the musical productions and was vice president of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. Abigail plans to major in pre-med but is still undecided on a college.
The district congratulates the Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School graduating Class of 2019 top 10 students: Aaron Eng (valedictorian); Abigail Romero (salutatorian); Aleksandra Bugajczyk (third); Owen Rosenberg (fourth); Liam Mahabir (fifth); Jackson Bright (sixth); Jonathan Conlon (seventh); Jahnay Cuffy (eighth); Melinda Mercedes (ninth); and Kailee St. Angelo (10th).
Students in Danielle Bishop’s class at Susan E. Wiley Elementary School worked as engineers to design devices that could help them pick up fall leaves. They worked in teams to design and build their devices. After testing them out in the classroom, they made improvements to their designs. When the designs were finalized, the class took a nature walk and used their devices to pick up colorful leaves.