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Middle School Welcomes Newest NJHS members

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Twenty-two eighth-graders from Copiague Middle School were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society during a ceremony held in the school’s auditorium on Oct. 25.

In order to be eligible for the National Junior Honor Society, students must maintain a cumulative average of 92 or above, be involved in community service/volunteer activities, have faculty recommendations and write an essay along with their application. 

National Junior Honor Society advisers Francesa Walker and Paul Harvey welcomed students and their families to the induction. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Bannon praised the students on their achievements. “This is a tremendous accomplishment,” she said. “The academic path you have set for yourselves has set you up to be highly successful.”

Members spoke about the four pillars of the National Junior High School – leadership, service, character and scholarship – before lighting a candle to symbolize each characteristic. Guest speaker and Copiague Middle School choral director Kaitlin Schneekloth offered words of advice for the newest members of the society.

Principal Andrew Lagnado presented certificates to each inductee before they recited the National Junior High School pledge. The district congratulates the following inductees: Amarelys Aguilera; Jacqueline Balzano; Arda Bilbay; Roman Burrus; Jakub Dobrowolski-Kosoir; Joseph Falco Jr.; Katelyn Gonzalez; Sophia Gonzalez; Johnell Hankerson II; Keilyn Hernandez-Bonilla; Adriana Jimenez-Bonilla; Tierra Jones; Gwendolyn Neger; Valeria Padilla; Sahil Parikh; Devonie Rhoden; Cathrine Sakin; Michelle Seizeme; Deep Shah; Kuba Szulejko; Klara Thelusma and Natalie Unger. 



Red Ribbons Recognize Drug-Free Zone

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Copiague Middle School is recognizing Red Ribbon Week by placing handcrafted red ribbons on the building and fences outside the school. Teachers Francesa Walker (left) and Marisa Perlongo, along with students, hung the ribbons to symbolize a drug-free school. Copiague Middle School students signed pledges to be substance free and each day announcements were made to raise awareness about drug abuse. 

Pink Positivity

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In recognition of breast cancer awareness month, the Copiague Middle School’s Builders Club participated in the annual Making Strides of Long Island breast cancer walk at Jones Beach on Oct. 15. So far, the club has raised $1,700 of its $3,000 fundraising goal. 

Students Learn Tools to Fight Bullying

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Copiague Middle School sixth-graders attended the sixth semiannual antibullying campaign conference at Hofstra University on Oct. 18. The campaign was presented in conjunction with Northwell Health System and Hofstra WRHU, the college’s radio station.  

The sixth-grade students listened to guest speakers who discussed a range of topics on bullying. They also attended a workshop/breakout session where they discussed different ideas to bring back to their school. Students worked with a local artist to create a piece of art that represented what they felt the world would look like if bullying no longer existed.  

Students were treated to a performance by dancer Cartier Conway and also received T-shirts, bags and tickets to an upcoming Long Island Nets basketball game for their participation in the event.

BOE Recognized for Service, Dedication

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In celebration of School Board Recognition week, the Copiague School District Board of Education was honored for its service prior to the Oct. 16 meeting. 

The Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School Madrigals performed “Rise Up” with a solo by Elenys Diaz and “We Are the World,” led by choral director Gina Occhiogrosso. The National Art Honor Society presented a painting of an eagle with words of inspiration. 

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Bannon thanked the board for their advocacy and support of students. “You make Copiague a place where people want to work and students want to be educated,” she said. 

Donations were made on behalf of the Copiague Board of Education. They included donations to the Everett E. Newman III Scholarship Fund, Cystic Fibrosis Ride for Life, Friends of Karen from Copiague Association of Principals. The Copiague Supervisory Association donated to Jillian’s Journey, Cystic Fibrosis Cycle for Life, while the Copiague Teachers Association made donations to the Circle of Love Food Bank and Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church Food Pantry. The Copiague Teachers Aides and Assistants Association contributed to the Everett E. Newman III Scholarship Fund and the Copiague PTA Council made a donation to the Everett E. Newman Scholarship Fund and provided refreshments for the evening. 

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. 

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.

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.