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School Supplies Give Copiague Students Solid Start

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Packed full of school supplies for the students of Copiague School District, United Way’s Stuff-A-Bus pulled up to the district’s administrative offices on Sept. 11.

Copiague School District administrators and 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 arrived. During the next week, the Builders Club, along with adviser Maria Ostrofsky, will help unpack and sort the boxes to be delivered to the different schools.

Now in its 11th year, the campaign, which gets support from donations across Long Island and corporate partnerships, helps students kickoff the school year with all the tools they need to succeed in the classroom. More than 75 boxes were filled with supplies including backpacks, pens and pencils, notebooks, lunch boxes, rulers, scissors, glue and more. 

Middle Schoolers Connect with Sixth Graders

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During the first week of school, eighth grade students at Copiague Middle School participated in a meet and greet with incoming sixth grade students as part of Sandy Hook’s Start with Hello initiative. This program enables students to make a difference with their peers in a simple, fun and impactful way by encouraging them to take small but powerful actions to promote connectedness and inclusion. 

Staff Recognized for Dedicated Service

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During Superintendent’s Conference Day on Sept. 3, the Copiague School District recognized 33 staff members for their dedicated years of service.
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 Dr. Kathleen Bannon presented a token of appreciation for their service to the students of Copiague.

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

20 years:
Joseph Agosta
Jacqueline Angier
Dr. Kathleen Bannon
Michele Batista
Stephen Cooney
Marina DiSclafani
Jeffrey Engelhardt
Cheryl Feldman
Andrew Finamore
Julie Frazzitta
Maureen Gaertner
Karen Greco
Paul Harvey
Andre Hosza
Deborah Hughes
Maribel Ramirez
John Sack
Clara Sansspree
Roseann Trotta
Susan Weisenseel
Kathleen Williams
Walter Wojcik

25 years:
Maria Barrera
Rose Clark
Laura Guire
Lisa Korsch
Matthew Miles
Mary Ellen Ruppert
Tara Wilson

30 years:
James Konen
Stephen Rebholz
Nancy Schneider

40 years:
Rose Marie Bell

School’s in Session

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Copiague School District ushered in the start of the 2019-2020 school year on Sept. 4. With their backpacks filled to the brim, students spent the first day getting acquainted with their new teachers, rooms and classmates. Sixth and ninth graders tried out their lockers and schedules as they navigated their new respective buildings. Check out some photos from opening day…

New AP Named at Copiague Middle School

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Copiague School District has appointed Francis Salazar as assistant principal at Copiague Middle School, effective Aug. 26. He replaces Michael Ferretti, who was recently named the district’s director of school climate.

Mr. Salazar has been working in the Copiague School District since 2006, starting as a special education teacher at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School. From 2012-2015, he worked as a summer school administrator and has served as the summer school principal since 2017. Most recently, Mr. Salazar was the district’s social studies department chairperson. He has been the varsity girls bowling coach since 2013 and previously worked as an assistant varsity football coach.

Mr. Salazar holds a Bachelor of Science degree from SUNY Oneonta and a master’s degree in special education and social studies from Manhattanville College. He also has a certification in school building leader from the College of Saint Rose.