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Knights of Columbus Honor Winners in Annual Contest

Knights of Columbus Honor Winners in Annual Contest photo
Knights of Columbus Honor Winners in Annual Contest photo 2
During the Feb. 12 meeting of the Board of Education, students from throughout the district were recognized for their winning entries in the annual Knights of Columbus Substance Abuse Art Poster Contest and essay contest on religious freedom and diversity.

In front of family and friends, former Grand Knight Bob Waidler and members of the Our Lady of the Assumption Council of the Knights of Columbus awarded each student a certificate of participation and a gift certificate provided by the Knights. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Bannon, board of education members, Coordinator of Fine Arts Jennifer Pierre-Louis and Middle School Assistant Principal Michael Ferretti and teacher Andrea Hernandez were on hand to congratulate the winners.

The art poster winners were: Chloe Allen Jackson, Larisa Gutierrez, Ariannys Leon, Ellen Molorii, Jailene Solomon, Kuba Szulejko and Brittany Carbajal Vargas. Winners of the essay contest were: Aspasia Papadopoulos (first place), Meghan White (second place), Camila Estevez (third place), Jesenia Sanchez (third place) and Joselin Garcia (third place).

Club Continues Annual Valentine’s Tradition

Club Continues Annual Valentine’s Tradition photo

For close to 15 years, Copiague Middle School’s Builders Club participates in an annual tradition of visiting local seniors on Valentine’s Day. On Feb. 14, along with their adviser Maria Ostrofsky, the students traveled to the Tanner Park Senior Center for their yearly celebration.

The Builders Club members connected with the local seniors by spending quality time with one another. During their visit, students created personalized Valentine’s Day cards for the seniors and hand-delivered the cards along with a rose. The seniors and students spent time together on the dance floor, learning the moves to some of their favorite songs.

Copiague Honors Longtime BOE Member

Copiague Honors Longtime BOE Member photo
Copiague School District has renamed its administrative offices in honor of longtime board of education member Everett E. Newman III who passed away late last year. The Copiague Board of Education officially adopted the resolution on Feb. 12 and unveiled the sign to Mr. Newman’s family and friends. 

“During his more than 30 years of service to our district, Everett E. Newman III was a staunch supporter of our students, our schools and our community,” said Board of Education president Laura Gavey. “On behalf of the entire board, it is our sincere honor to recognize his dedication and tireless commitment to Copiague by dedicating our district office in his name. Everett is greatly missed, but his legacy will last a lifetime.”

The new sign stands at the corner of Great Neck Road and Taylor Avenue.

VIDEO: Middle School Tech Students Get Creative

Middle School Tech Students Get Creative photo

Watch the video to see how middle school students are engaging in hands-on lessons powered by technology.

Student-Musicians Honored with All-County Selection

Student-Musicians Honored with All-County Selection photo

Twenty-six student-musicians will represent Copiague at the 2018 Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association All-County Music Festival in March. Each of these students received outstanding scores on their performance at the NYSSMA solo and ensemble evaluation festivals last May.

Selection to the All-County band and chorus is the highest honor for a student in grades 5-10. The district congratulates the following students:

From the district’s elementary schools, Alexa Gourdette (flute) was chosen from Deauville Gardens East; Alyson Tenebro (flute) from Deauville Gardens West; and Daniella Jimenez (trumpet) from Great Neck Road. 

From Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School, student-musicians selected include: Joshua Archer (chorus); Priscilla Bisono (chorus); Ladrea Buffaloe (chorus); Jamila Jackson (chorus); Jaime Kister (Bb clarinet); Cecilia Libertella (chorus); Jonah Ramdas (chorus); Allison Reyes; Denison Rosa (chorus); Andrew Szabo (chorus); and Abigail Webb (chorus). 

From Copiague Middle School, the following students were selected: Jacqueline Balzano (chorus); Jennifer Calderon (baritone); Christa Fanizza (flute); Sophia Gonzalez (alto saxophone); Angeni Hernandez (flute); Tierra Jones (chorus); Kelsey Marte (chorus); Adrianna Michal (flute); Philip Popielarz (baritone); Kemmora Simmons (trumpet); Qbar Velasquez (trombone); and Sadia Velasquez (Bb clarinet). 

Middle School Showcases ‘Fame’

fame photo

On Jan. 25, the Copiague Middle School presented its winter production of the musical “Fame” to family members, friends and the Copiague community in the Copiague Middle School auditorium. Check out the slideshow of photos from the production.

Making Wishes Come True

Making Wishes Come True photo
Last month, the Copiague Middle School Builders Club, under the advisement of Maria Ostrovsky, raised $917 for the Suffolk County chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The Builders Club members crafted and sold holiday ornaments during their free periods and lunch. 

Baking Sweet Treats for Ronald McDonald House

Baking Sweet Treats for Ronald McDonald House photo

Members of the Copiague Middle School’s National Junior Honor Society volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House in New Hyde Park on Jan. 19.

The Copiague students prepped and baked a few dozen brownies and cookies for the families staying in the house. The students toured facilities and learned how the Ronald McDonald facility helps families whose children are being cared for at Cohen’s Children’s Medical Center.

National Junior Honor Society advisers Paul Harvey and Francesca Walker, along with Copiague Middle School teacher Karen Kazlauskas, led the trip. 

Board of Education Commends Student Accomplishments

Board of Education Commends Student Accomplishments photo

Copiague School District’s Board of Education recognized 27 students from the district’s six schools during a special ceremony held at Copiague Middle School on Jan. 22.

The student recognition awards are presented twice a year to students for their noteworthy accomplishments. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Bannon noted how the awards are an honor and distinction given to a small group of students. Appearing in front of parents, friends, community and the board of education is a distinction, she added. 

The district congratulates the following students for their achievements: 
Deauville Gardens East Elementary School – Abraham Mamoon and Anthony Zeno Garcia
Deauville Gardens West Elementary School – Dennis Romero Maldonado and Julianna Sakin
Great Neck Road Elementary School – Sandra Jakowanis, Jada Lopez, Meraysia Owens and Irie Waterbury
Susan E. Wiley Elementary School – Selvin Guzman Salmeron and Jael Montez
Copiague Middle School – Yandel De la Cruz Estevez, Joshua Flores Milla, Michael Mais III, Anaya Preza Luna, Nicholas Ramos and Kuba Szulejko
Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School – Yarlin Avilez-Ortez, Kacey Bilardi, Owen Donohue, Stacy Espinal Perez, Nicholas Favichia, Georgia Formes, Isabella Gilbert, Kayla Madden, Yamilex Quiroz Vargas, Taylor Sharpe-Adams and Kily Zambrano