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Working Their Way to Wellness


Students and their families at Great Neck Road showed off their fitness skills during a Family Fitness Night on March 9.

Strength training, aerobic workouts, flexibility and boxing skills were just some of the exercises in which students and families participated in throughout the evening as they rotated through different stations every 15 minutes. Trainers from Big Al’s Family Fitness in Amityville led the fitness stations, engaging participants in exercises such as a strength and conditioning course, team workout challenges and high-energy cardiovascular training routines.

After working out, attendees sampled some nutritious snacks courtesy of Good Eats Cafe in Amityville.

Royals Step Out for the Ball

Royals Step Out for the Ball

It was a royal ball for elementary students and their families at the Prince and Princess Ball at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School on Feb. 17. This year’s theme was A Night in Paris Valentine’s Ball.

Dressed in their best attire, students posed for pictures in the photo booths set up at the entrance. Inside the Valentines-themed cafeteria, students connected with their friends to dance the night away. The princes and princesses also had a chance to dance and spend quality time with their “dates” as they enjoyed food, dancing and games.

All proceeds from the annual event go to the Corey Swinson Memorial Scholarship, awarded to Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School seniors.

Celebrating 100 Days of Learning

Celebrating 100 Days of Learning

Dressed as if they were 100 years old, students at Deauville Gardens East and Great Neck Road elementary schools celebrated 100 days of school on Feb. 17. Donning their gray hair, glasses and canes, students spent the day engaged in different activities related to the number 100 such as creating posters filled with 100 different items.

Award-winning Posters, Essays Send Positive Messages


During the Feb. 13 Board of Education meeting, students 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 Copiague Middle School social studies teachers Kristin Alfarano and Andrea Hernandez were on hand to congratulate the winners.

The art poster winners were: Deauville Gardens East’s Tiana Newman (alcohol 8-11 group); Copiague Middle School’s Kenneth Tejada (alcohol 12-14 group); Copiague Middle School’s Denise Garcia (drugs 8-11 group); Copiague Middle School’s Cathrine Sakin (drugs 12-14 group); and Great Neck Road’s runner-up Kelvin Reyes-Verde.

The essay contest winners were Copiague Middle School seventh-graders Ileana Fernandez (first place), Richard Queensborough (second place) and Alex Iglesias (third place).

A Sea of Red

February 3 was National Wear Red Day and both students and staff at Susan E. Wiley and Great Neck Road elementary schools wore the color red to raise awareness and show support for the American Heart Association.

The AHA’s Go Red for Women Campaign helps raise awareness about heart disease, the number one killer of women, causing one in three deaths each year. Through their collaborative efforts, more than $600 was raised for the organization.