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Celebrating Community in Copiague

Celebrating Community in Copiague photo

The community, students, staff, administration and board of education joined together to celebrate the Copiague School District’s homecoming on Oct. 13.

Kicking off with a pep rally at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School the day before, the weekend activities began with a homecoming parade starting at Great Neck Road Elementary School. Members of sports teams, school clubs, youth organizations and the homecoming court gathered for the march to the high school. Senior class king and queen Owen Rosenberg and Kembalee Rolle waved to the crowd down the parade route. The homecoming floats – themed board games – showed off the students’ creativity and featured members of the freshman, sophomore, junior and senior classes.

Prior to the start of the football game against Newfield High School, Sen. John Brooks and Leg. DuWayne Gregory offered their best wishes for the Copiague Eagles. Despite their best efforts, the Eagles were unable to come out on top against the Newfield Wolverines.

The halftime show featured performances from the award-winning Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School marching band, varsity cheerleaders and step team. The evening concluded with the Hall of Achievement induction ceremony, honoring four Copiague alumni who have made a difference. 

Builders Club Drive Benefits Shelter Animals

Builders Club Drive Benefits Shelter Animals photo
The Copiague Middle School Builders Club, led by adviser Maria Ostrofsky, recently held a fundraiser to benefit North Shore Animal League in Port Washington. To benefit the many animals placed at North Shore due to Hurricane Florence, the club collected blankets, beds, food and toys and dropped them at the shelter in the beginning of October.

Donations Help Ease Back to School Transition

Donations Help Ease Back to School Transition photo

Copiague School District was one of seven districts to receive back to school supplies thanks to United Way’s Stuff-A-Bus. A bus full of supplies pulled up to Copiague School District’s administrative building on the morning of Sept. 7 and was packed with boxes of school supplies for district students.

Thanks to collections during the summer months and support from its corporate sponsors, United Way delivered 175,000 supplies to 7,000 students across Long Island. Boxes were filled with supplies ¬which included backpacks, markers, pens and pencils, notebooks, lunch boxes, rulers, scissors, glue and more. United Way’s Stuff-A-Bus campaign is now in its 10th year. 

Copiague School District administrators, board of education members 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 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. 

Students Tour New Buildings

Students Tour New Buildings photo

Copiague welcomed incoming sixth-graders and freshmen for the 2018-2019 school year during open houses held at Copiague Middle School and Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School, respectively, on Aug. 30.

At Copiague Middle School, the sixth-graders were greeted by Principal Andrew Lagnado. After checking in with their homeroom teachers, students familiarized themselves with the building, found their lockers and walked through their schedules. 

Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School Principal Joseph Agosta welcomed incoming ninth-grade students to the building during its open house. The freshmen received their schedules and were given time to tour the building, find their lockers and reconnect with friends.

Service, Dedication to the District Recognized

Service, Dedication to the District Recognized photo
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Thirty-seven staff members at Copiague School District were recognized for their dedication and years of service to the school district during Superintendent’s Conference Day on Sept. 4.  

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 service to the students of Copiague. 

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

40 years:
Michael Beck

35 years:
Gerard Kelly

30 years:
Nickie Fradelos
Carole Geackle
Valerie Williams

25 years:
Mary Alice Dunn

20 years:
Nicole Alamia
Lisa Amodeo
Pamela Atlas
Maryanne Basso
Marie Brennan
Daniel Broadbent
Carla Buckholz
Patricia Caputo
Barbara Carroccio
Robert Clemens
Ellen Duffy
Angela Greaves
Maureen Green
Yolanda Jamiolkowski
Jennifer Kelly
Lisa Key
Dawn Koziarz
Melanie Luck
Adrienne Mahoney
Kerry Maroney
Joanne Norman
Barbara Pearsall
Frank Peralta
Cynthia Perez
Jennifer Phillips
Charles Ragusa
Melissa Solomon
Mercedes Soluri
Antoinette Spencer
Karen Steigert
Stephanie Valeiko