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Ecology Club Keeps Community Beautiful

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Members of the Copiague Middle School Ecology Club were recently recognized for their cleanup efforts in their local community. Through the Town of Babylon Adopt-A-Highway program, the club has adopted Taylor Avenue – the road next to their school and administrative offices – and pledged to keep it litter-free.
 
On Oct. 12, members of the Ecology Club, along with club adviser Monica Csorny, were recognized with certificates of appreciation by the Town of Babylon and Councilman Tony Martinez as well as a representative from the office of New York State Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre on Oct. 12. The Ecology Club participates in local cleanups and beautification projects in their community throughout the year. 

Tools to Navigate the Financial Aid Process

Tools to Navigate the Financial Aid Process
Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School hosted a Financial Aid Night on Oct. 4. More than 100 Copiague students and their families were in attendance for the presentation delivered by the Hofstra University Financial Aid office. The evening covered the ins and outs of the financial aid process and went over how to file the FAFSA form. Pictured are guidance counselors Joseph Hutter and Rachel Silber.

Rebholz named to Athletic Hall of Fame

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Copiague Middle School physical education teacher and Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School varsity basketball coach Stephen Rebholz was recently inducted into the Farmingdale State College Athletics Hall of Fame.

Mr. Rebholz was a two-year starter and captain of the men’s basketball team at Farmingdale State College from 1983-1985. In his sophomore season, the team went 30-3. He led Region XV in field goal percentage and was ranked second in the nation.

After graduating from Farmingdale, Mr. Rebholz played two years on a full scholarship at Hofstra, where he still ranks second in best field goal percentage. He was presented with the Hempstead Mayor’s Trophy for a senior player who exemplifies fair play and good sportsmanship. He was also named to the All-Conference Team. After graduating from Hofstra, Mr. Rebholz was a first round draft pick for the Long Island Surf of the USBL and the first pick of the second round draft by the Wisconsin La Crosse Catbirds of the CBA.

Mr. Rebholz earned his master’s degree and began teaching physical education in Copiague. For the past 18 years, he has coached the varsity boys basketball team and achieved his 200th career win in 2015. Mr. Rebholz has been named Coach of the Year numerous times, and his teams have won eight league titles, three Suffolk County titles and one Long Island championship.

United in Kindness

United in Kindness
Deauville Gardens East Elementary School dressed in blue on Sept. 30 to show they are united in their acts of kindness. In celebration of September’s character trait of kindness, fifth-graders put on a play about the importance of being kind. They used emojis to show how kindness spreads and creates a positive environment. Each month, Deauville Garden 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.

BOE 101: Workshop Scheduled for Nov. 9

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Interested in running for the Board of Education? Curious as to what is involved in this elected volunteer position?
 
The Board will be discussing these and many other questions including the responsibilities of this very important position.
 
All residents are invited to learn more about the dedicated commitment it takes to be a Board member on November 9, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in the middle school cafeteria.
 

Fairy Tale Fun Sparks Creativity

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To conclude their unit on fairy tales, second-graders in Jackie Shore and Samantha LaRocco’s class at Deauville Gardens West Elementary School used their artistic ability and imagination to expand their literacy skills on Oct. 6.

After reading “Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” “The Three Little Pigs” and “Cinderella,” students were tasked with taking their knowledge of the books to the next level. For “Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” the students pretended to be Goldilocks and wrote an apology letter to the Three Little Bears for her actions.

For “The Three Little Pigs,” the students created wanted posters of the Big, Bad Wolf, drawing pictures and writing descriptions based on their recollection of the book. Lastly, after tracing and cutting out their handprints, students created glittery magic wands and wrote about what they would do if they had a magic wand like the fairy godmother in “Cinderella.”

Spreading Kindness One Act at a Time

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The students, staff and administrators at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School are working to start a chain reaction of kindness in their school, local community and beyond, thanks to a presentation on Oct. 11.

After two hourlong assemblies presented by Rachel’s Challenge, the school is committed to performing acts of kindness and compassion. Based on the life philosophy of Rachel Joy Scott, the first victim of the Columbine High School shooting in 1999, the challenge gives students an opportunity to see just how far a little kindness will go. 

Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School students were presented with five challenges: look for the best in others; dream big; choose positive influences; speak with kindness; and start your own chain reaction. Students signed a banner to pledge their commitment to the challenge.

“Students learned the valuable lesson of how going out of your way to help someone else could be life changing,” said Jonathan Cutolo, assistant principal. “Rachel’s story provided examples of how she changed people’s life with a simple hello or a kind remark and its message has reached across the globe.”

In addition to the two assemblies, more than 100 Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School students and 20 staff members participated in a training session to help spread Rachel’s Challenge. Students worked in groups to brainstorm ways to promote kindness and reduce/eliminate the negative use of social media by other students. They also created goals/initiatives to implement throughout the school year. 

More than 150 students and their families attended an evening presentation at the high school. Parents were able to see portions of the students’ presentation from the morning and learn how the program can spread positive change.



Family Fun Night

The Deavuille Gardens West PTA hosted a family fun night on Oct. 11. The night featured a fall celebration full of games, dancing and face painting.

Something to ‘Taco’-Bout

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In celebration of National Taco Day on Oct. 4, students in Nancy Csorny’s second-grade class at Deauville Gardens East Elementary School engaged in a variety of activities. 

The second-graders started their day by reading “Dragons Love Tacos” by Adam Rubin. The students were then tasked with retelling the story, and sharing their favorite part with a friend. They also wrote informational essays on how to make a scrumptious taco. The students performed for their classmates in a reader’s theater and learned the Mexican hat dance. 

Reading Strategies Ignite Love of Literacy

Reading Strategies Ignite Love of Literacy
Reading Strategies Ignite Love of Literacy
Reading Strategies Ignite Love of Literacy
Reading Strategies Ignite Love of Literacy
Reading Strategies Ignite Love of Literacy
Reading Strategies Ignite Love of Literacy
Reading Strategies Ignite Love of Literacy

More than 100 students and their families gathered together on the evening of Oct. 4 to celebrate their love of literacy. Susan E. Wiley Elementary School held its first Family Literacy Night of the school year for students in kindergarten through second grade.

The theme was “Read with Me,” and students and their families joined teachers in their classrooms to learn reading strategies parents can use at home. Students and their families read together using “We Both Read” books where each book is specially formatted for a parent and student to take turns reading aloud alternate pages. The parent pages feature higher-level text, while the student pages feature text that matches the student’s reading level.

Susan E. Wiley will hold its next Family Literacy Night for grades 3-5 on Nov. 1.


Raising Money and Awareness

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September was childhood cancer awareness month and members of the Copiague Middle School Student Council helped by supporting Alex’s Lemonade Stand. In an effort to raise awareness to staff and students, the student council sold pens and bracelets during school hours. They raised more than $200 for the childhood cancer foundation.

Student Drivers Learn Dangers via Simulated Experience

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Thanks to a hands-on experience from the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office, more than three dozen driver’s education students at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School now have a better understanding of the dangers of drinking and driving.

On Oct. 4, the S.T.O.P.P.E.D. (Sheriffs Telling Our Parents and Promoting Educated Drivers) community education program visited the school to demonstrate the effects of driving while intoxicated. Deputy Thomas Indence and Deputy Thomas Young spoke to the juniors and seniors about how one bad decision to get in the car after consuming alcohol could affect the rest of their lives. 

More than just a lecture presentation, students then had the opportunity to test out their driving skills after having too much to drink. Students drove a pedal car through a cone maze while wearing goggles that impair their vision and balance as if under the influence of alcohol. The cones were designated as people and each time they hit a cone, they were responsible for taking a life. 

After the simulated driving portion, students then had to wear the goggles and walk through the maze with a partner, trying to avoid the cones and get home safely.

Driver’s education instructor Karen Perrone and members of the Sheriff’s Office have been working together to present the program to Copiague students for the last six years in the hopes of spreading the message. 



Tools of the Trade

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Helping to ensure success for all of its students, Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School has partnered with the Electrical Training Center in Copiague to provide a program designed to develop the skills and knowledge necessary for students to enter the electrical trade field. The 37-week course began on Sept. 11 and will continue through June 14.

The program is free of charge for graduating high school seniors. Upon completion of this program, students will receive the following: an Electrical Training Institute Center Certificate of Completion; 10-hour OSHA Outreach Training for Construction Electrical Card; a certificate from Sen. Phil Boyle’s office; and a Habitat for Humanity Suffolk Certificate for Participation in Community Outreach.
 

District Boasts 10 All-County Musicians

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Ten juniors and seniors from Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School have been selected to 2017 Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association All-County Division IV Ensembles for the fall. These students will perform in concert with their chosen ensembles on Nov. 17 at Hauppauge High School. 

The district congratulates the following students: 

Band
Aaron Eng (Trombone)
 
Mixed Chorus
Elenys Diaz (Alto 1)
Aaron Eng (Bass 1)
James Holland (Bass 2)
Alex Portillo (Bass 2)
Kyree Scott (Tenor 1)
Darley Senat (Soprano 1)
Samantha Sloane (Alto 2)

Treble Chorus
Taylor Sharpe-Adams (Alto 2)
Serra Vardar (Soprano 2)
Ashley Weeks (Alto 2)

Students Take a Bite of Tasty Lesson

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To kick off their unit on apples, students in Ashley Marrazzo’s second-grade class at Deauville Gardens East Elementary School taste tested three different types of apples. As a class, they recorded and graphed their favorite apples. Although the second-graders predicted Red Delicious apples would be the class favorite, they were surprised to learn that the green Granny Smith apples were voted the best by the class. 

Sixty-Five Students Receive AP Recognition

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Each year, an increasing number of Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School students challenge themselves by enrolling in the district’s most rigorous courses. These students continue to excel in the classroom and on exams. As a result of this commitment, the College Board recognized 65 current students and Class of 2017 graduates as Advanced Placement Scholars.

With an average score of at least 4 on all AP exams taken and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams, 2017 Copiague graduates Mikayla Angel, Brayan Pena and Tomasz Solecki were named National AP Scholars. 
Twenty-three past and current students were named AP Scholars with Distinction for earning average scores of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. They are: Katherine Abreu, Mikayla Angel, Kelly Cheung, Kimberly Cheung, Cristian Dilone, Osazuwa Eghafona, William Feldman, Carolyn Gonzalez, Jackalyn Gonzalez, David Harrah, Ashley Hudson, Teja Jabouin, Gregory Morgan, Brayan Pena, Nayeli Pena, Alexandra Saczawa, Samantha Sanchez, Neal Shah, Davina Smith, Tomasz Solecki, Rose Spanato, Adrian Tavarez and Chanyia Welch. 

The recognition of being named an AP Scholar with Honor was given to nine students who received an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. They are Jade Dickenson, Ivan Gonzales, Jason Hernandez, Cameren Jackson, Jennifer Lopez-Fernandez, Brady Madden, Peter Milillo, Belen Morote and Yusmika Sevilla.

Thirty students were named AP Scholars based on earning scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams. These students are: Michelle Abraham, Jackson Bright, Aleksandra Bugajczyk, Luis Castillo, Olivia Clark, Ashley Collado, Kory Corkins, Giuseppe Dattolo, Brian Estrella, Juan Gubisch, Jonathan Gudel, Spencer Hodges, Shari Jackson, Ona Kean, Jenna Langan, Margaret Fay Maloloy-On, Justin McLaurin, Marynee Mendez, Claudia Motley, Brian Oszkinis, Abigail Romero, Owen Rosenberg, Freddy Ruiz, Sarah St. Jean, Nichole Sutton, Nathanya Thelusma, Telisa Washington, Lyndsey Wilson, Sofie Wilson and Nilsu Yildiz.

Summer Learning Is Fun

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This summer, incoming pre-K to fifth-grade students had the opportunity to engage in learning activities during the elementary summer school program housed at Susan E. Wiley. Check out this video for some of their hands-on learning activities.

Veterans Visits Help Make a Connection

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During the week of Sept. 19, students at Deauville Gardens West connected with veterans both near and far. To help the students begin working on their projects for the Town of Babylon’s Veterans Awareness Week Essay Contest, the veterans answered questions and spoke about their time in the military.

On Sept. 19, students in Yolanda Jamiolkowski and Samantha O’Neill’s third-grade class and students in Dana Felicetti’s fourth-grade class had the Google Hangout with U.S. Army Sgt. Jose Pagan. He showed some of the gear he would use while deployed, as well as medals he earned. He talked about how the Army stresses the importance of respect, discipline and teamwork and how the students should use those lessons in their daily lives. 

Master Sgt. Chris Geackel visited with different classes in grades three through five on Sept. 20 to talk about his time serving in the Air Force. Geackel, who is a Copiague graduate, currently works as the night custodian at Deauville Gardens West. He worked as a chief education and training officer in the Air Force and served 23 years all around the world. Students asked him about his job and some of the favorite places he was stationed.

Fourth-graders in Megan Moore and Kate Castellano’s class had a special visit from U.S. Navy veteran Harold Murray, who is also Moore’s grandfather. Murray is a Korean War veteran who loved traveling the world during his four years of service. He served on the USS Wallace L. Lind 703 and was a member of the engineering crew.  



Bond Project Update - September 21, 2017

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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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Hall of Achievement Celebrates 20 Years of Accomplishments

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As a way to recognize and honor the accomplishments and positive impact of its alumni – as well as inspire a future generation – Copiague School District inducted four alumni into the Hall of Achievement during the 20th anniversary ceremony following homecoming festivities on Sept. 16 at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School.

The four inductees were nominated for their contributions to both the school and the community. They are: Silas W. Kelly, Class of 1971; Dr. Corinthia Price, Class of 1993; Ken Urban, Class of 1993; and Dave Colford, Class of 1994. 

“In honoring past graduates of Copiague High School, the Hall of Achievement’s primary purpose is to introduce these alumni as positive and motivating role models to our entire school community,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Bannon. “Then we keep these role models connected in a variety of ways to our schools and students. By the nature of their accomplishments and services, inductees into the Hall of Achievement inspire our students to reach higher goals.”

Colford is the president and chief revenue officer of Hanley Wood in Washington, D.C. Volunteering is his passion, as he is active in Boy Scouts, serving as an adult volunteer and executive board members of the Suffolk County Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He is also a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Capital Partners for Education, Kiwanis Club and the Lindenhurst PTA. 

Kelly graduated from Brooklyn College with dual bachelor’s degrees in broadcast journalism and public communications. He graduated with honors from Adelphi University School of Social Work and is a licensed master social worker. Kelly presently serves as a mental health social worker at Concern for Independent Living Inc. and is a substance use disorder social worker for the Town of Smithtown’s Horizons Counseling and Education Center. He is a youth lecturer and inspirational public speaker and serves on the board of directors for the National Association of Social Workers.

Dr. Price holds a bachelor’s degree in professional studies from New York Institute of Technology, a master’s degree from LIU Post and a doctorate in educational administration from Dowling College. She is the founder and CEO of Workforce Career Readiness, which specializes in workforce and economic development, 21st century college and career readiness, transition planning and re-entry programs for women and incarcerated veterans and youth. She currently serves as chief workforce development strategist and grant reviewer for the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Labor. 

Urban has been the manager of a real estate firm in Syosset for the past 15 years and is also a senior litigation specialist throughout New York State. Over the years, Urban has held various positions on the PTA throughout the Copiague School District. For the past 11 years, he has served as president of the Copiague Youth League Baseball/Softball program. He is the treasurer of the District 34 Little League and director of the District 34 imitational tournament.  



Spirits Soar During Homecoming Celebration

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The community came out in full force to support Copiague School District during its homecoming celebration on Sept. 16. Eagle pride was soaring as the day kicked off with a parade, followed by a fair, football game and Hall of Achievement inductions.

Starting with a parade at Great Neck Road Elementary School, each of the district’s schools, community clubs, activities – as well as athletic teams and musicians – marched down Great Neck Road en route to Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School.

Floats from the senior, junior, sophomore and freshman classes also lined the roadway in this year’s theme of “Through the Decades.” The homecoming court – including king Josh Tavares and queen Kathy Rosado – rode atop convertible cars and waved to the crowd down the parade route.

Following the parade, Copiague Board of Education members, administrators and local government officials gathered on the school’s new turf field to welcome the community. Members of the homecoming court were introduced before the Eagles took on the Huntington Blue Devils. Despite their best efforts, Copiague was defeated by Huntington.

Later in the evening, Copiague celebrated the 20th anniversary of its Hall of Achievement, inducting four new members into the ranks. This year’s honorees were Dave Colford, Class of 1994; Silas W. Kelly, Class of 1971; Dr. Corinthia Price, Class of 1993; and Ken Urban, Class of 1993.



‘Sharpe’ Singing Skills in Copiague

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Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School student Taylor Sharpe-Adams has been selected to New York State School Music Association’s All-State Chorus as an alternate. Taylor is an Alto II voice, and is waiting to hear if she gets called up to a choral ensemble. The All-State Winter Concert will take place from Dec. 1-3 in Rochester, New York.

First Day of School at CMS

Copiague Students Start School Stuffed with Supplies

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United Way’s Stuff-A-Bus pulled up to Copiague School District’s administrative building packed with boxes of school supplies for the students of Copiague on Sept. 11.

More than 75 boxes were filled with supplies including backpacks, pens and pencils, notebooks, lunch boxes, rulers, scissors, glue and more. United Way’s Stuff-A-Bus campaign, now in its ninth year, collects donations and also has support from corporate partners. 

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. 

Did you know?

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Jackson Bright, goalie for the Boys Varsity Soccer team, currently leads all Suffolk County goalies with saves for the year with 44! Congratulations, Jackson!

Imaginations Run Wild at Deauville Garden West

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To kick off the 2017-2018 school year, students in Mary Prisco’s third-grade class at Deauville Gardens West Elementary School spent the first day of school engaged in a literacy activity. The class read “How I Spent My Summer Vacation” by Mark Teague, a story about a boy who lets his imagination run wild. The class then wrote either a realistic story or a fantasy about their summer. When they were finished, they got to share their summer vacation stories with a partner. Partners could guess if the story was reality or fantasy. 

Dedicated Staff Honored for Service

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The Copiague School District recognized 18 staff members for their dedication and years of service to the school district during Superintendent’s Conference Day on Aug. 31.
 
Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Todd Andrews announced each staff member and called them up to the podium one by one to receive their service award. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Bannon presented a token of appreciation for their years of service to Copiague’s students.

The district congratulates the following staff members for their years of service to the district:

35-year Service Award
•    Barry Besemer

30-year Service Award
•    Rosary Bertuzzi
•    Denise Cordella
•    Lisa Flores
•    Jean Marie Fortunato
•    Mary Nolan
•    Maria Riviello

25-year Service Award
•    Stephanie Colagiacomo
•    Victoria Miranda
•    Diana Murphy

20-year Service Award
•    Michael Alba
•    Lori Beloff
•    Nancy Colello
•    Jolie Dichter
•    William Finamore
•    Mary Beth Loeber
•    Jeanie Mullins
•    Brian Washington


New Director of ENL/World Languages

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Copiague School District has appointed Michelle Budion as director of ENL and world languages, effective Aug. 7.
    
Budion has been a faculty member at Copiague School District since 2004, working as an ESL teacher at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School until 2005. From 2005 to 2009, she worked as an ESL teacher at Copiague Middle School. In 2009, Budion was named the districtwide coordinator of ESL and foreign language.
    
Budion holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Hofstra University and a Master of Science in teaching English as a Second Language from St. John’s University. She also completed her school building leader/school district leaders’ certifications from Stony Brook University.

Class of 2021 Preps for New School Year

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The Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School Class of 2021 toured their new building, received their schedule, became acquainted with administrators and reconnected with their classmates during summer orientation on Aug. 29.

High school administrators, guidance counselors and teachers welcomed the incoming freshman class, along with their parents, as they received their schedules and locker assignments for the upcoming school year.

Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School Principal Joseph Agosta addressed the students and their families as they gathered in the auditorium for an informational session.

“This marks the first step in a very important journey,” Agosta said. “You are now being introduced to the most critical four years in your life that will help prepare you for college and your post-secondary plans.”

Agosta answered some questions generated by students following the spring orientation and also had them preview a “day in the life” of a Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School freshman to give them a better understanding of the building and its workings.

Students ended the orientation with a guided tour of the building by members of one of the school’s 30 different clubs.  





Staff Readies for New School Year

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To usher in the 2017-2018 school year, Copiague School District’s faculty, staff, board of education members and administrators gathered prior to the start of school’s opening day at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School for Superintendent’s Conference Day on Aug. 31.

After reconnecting during a welcome back breakfast in the library, the staff gathered in the high school’s auditorium where Copiague School District Board of Education President Michael Greb addressed staff and offered well-wishes for the new school year.

To give staff a sense of the amount of work completed over the summer, Copiague School District Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Bannon presented a slideshow featuring an overview and update on the capital projects. “There is still a tremendous amount of work to be done,” she said. “With some patience and flexibility, we now all have the opportunity to work in improved facilities.” Dr. Bannon recognized Don Oliver, plant facilities manager for the district, with an unsung hero award for his role in the bond projects.

After a presentation of the service awards for 20, 25, 30 and 35 years in the district, faculty returned to their respective buildings to prepare for the upcoming school year.

Back to School!

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Students and staff at Copiague School District were welcomed back for the 2017-2018 school year on Sept. 5. Students were eager to meet their new teachers and classmates as they spent their mornings settling into a routine.  Please enjoy a slideshow of pictures from the first day of school.



New Teacher Orientation Sets Stage for Success

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Copiague School District welcomed 20 new teachers for the 2017-2018 school year during new teacher orientation on Aug. 28 and 29. 

Todd Andrews, assistant superintendent for human resources, commenced the first day of meetings by introducing the district’s administrators and board of education members. 

Board of Education President Michael Greb welcomed the newest faculty members to the Copiague School District. “You are here for one reason only; we felt you were the best for our students,” he said. “We want you to be successful and utilize the resources that are out there. Get to know your peers; ask your supervisors for help; go to the principals or the central office – everyone in Copiague is one big family.”

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Bannon echoed those sentiments and spoke about the importance of relationships in Copiague. “The success of Copiague is because we all realize it’s about the relationships we build,” she said. “The first thing you need to consider is how you are going to forge those relationships with students. You have the potential to make a difference every single day.”

Building principals introduced the new hires and offered well wishes for the upcoming school year. To get a better understanding of the community, the new teachers took a bus tour of the district. Kelly Urraro, the district’s director of technology, presented an overview of the available technology tools. On day two of the orientation, the new teachers had the opportunity to spend time in their buildings and meet with their colleagues.