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Copiague Celebrates Retirees, Newly Tenured Staff

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At the June 6 board of education meeting, the Copiague School District recognized faculty and staff members who will be retiring at the close of the 2021-2022 school year. The district also acknowledged staff and administrators who were recently granted tenure.

Joined by administrators, colleagues, board of education members and family, the district celebrated four staff members who will celebrate their retirement at the end of the month. Copiague School District Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Bannon thanked them all for their service and dedication to the students of Copiague and wished them well in their retirement. Congratulations to Margaret Murphy, elementary teacher at Great Neck Road (33 years); Claudia Nakash, elementary teacher at Susan E. Wiley (20 years); Valerie Nevola, teaching assistant at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School (20 years); and Lissette Persico, social worker, Great Neck Road (17 years).

Newly tenured teachers and administrators were also celebrated at the meeting. Congratulations to the following: Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School - Taylor Barbarino-Falk, ESL teacher; Rosa Benaburger, science teacher; Lisbel Collado, social worker; Colleen Darge, guidance counselor; Melisa Dias, special education teacher; Nicolo Testa, special education teacher and Christina Campisi, speech teacher; Copiague Middle School – Karen Greco, guidance counselor; Alison Silber, special education teacher and Diana Peralta, elementary teacher; Great Neck Road Elementary School: Nicole Dunne, assistant principal and Jacquelyn Marinello, psychologist; Deauville Gardens West Elementary School - Kristina Biamonte, principal; Jessica Kopping, guidance counselor and Sarah Steiner, special education teachers; Deauville Gardens East Elementary School – Alicia Cacciapaglia, speech teacher; Karina Cranmer, elementary teacher and Gina Graziano, elementary teacher.

Date Added: 6/27/2022

Hats Off to Copiague’s Fifth Grade Classes

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On June 15 and 16, Copiague School District’s four elementary schools all celebrated the fifth grade classes with moving up ceremonies. Deauville Gardens East, Deauville Gardens West, Great Neck Road and Susan E. Wiley elementary schools each held their own respective ceremonies to celebrate their school’s Class of 2022.

Invited guests cheered on the students as they marched into the tents, all dressed in their fifth grade class shirts. Guests and students were welcomed by their principals and assistant principals, who all offered words of advice as they start their new chapter at Copiague Middle School next year. The fifth grade teachers also took to the podium to impart their wisdom on their students.

One by one, each fifth grade student’s name was announced, met by applause from the audience. As they closed the chapter on their elementary school years, students looked ahead to their middle school years together.


Date Added: 6/21/2022

Students Honored for Artistry, Achievements

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Celebrating the many successes of its students’ artistic talent, character, academic successes, leadership and citizenship, Copiague School District held its Superintendent’s Art Gallery Inductees and Student Recognition Awards ceremony prior to the May 23 board of education meeting in the Copiague Middle School auditorium.

District administrators, faculty and board of education members gathered with invited students and their guests to celebrate their successes.

The Superintendent’s Art Gallery inductees – 38 pieces of art – were on display for the audience to enjoy. Each student was presented with a certificate to acknowledge their achievement.

In 1996, the Superintendent’s Art Gallery began when the Copiague art teachers selected several pieces of student artwork to display. Through the years, the collection has grown to provide a showcase of student artwork in corridors and offices in each of the schools. Each of the framed pieces is identified by a brass plate noting the student-artist’s name, grade level and year the piece was completed.

The Student Recognition Awards highlight students for their outstanding achievements. They are presented twice a year to a small number of students for their special accomplishments.

“Publicly recognizing excellence is our way of celebrating some of the great successes of the Copiague schools’ programs and, at the same time, enabling us to showcase outstanding role models to our school community,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Bannon.

Thirty-seven students were honored during the ceremony, as board of education members read a brief description from teachers and principals on why the students were designated for the honor.



Date Added: 6/15/2022

Great Neck Road Students Show Off Their Circus Skills and Tricks

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The gymnasium at Great Neck Road Elementary School was transformed into a circus as students showed off their skills as a culminating activity in their physical education unit. During the past few weeks, students have been practicing different skills such as those that would be seen in the circus. To close out the unit, students rotated through different stations such as balance boards, stilts, juggling and plate spinning.


Date Added: 6/1/2022

Great Neck Road’s Art Club Finds Inspiration

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Members of the fifth grade art club at Great Neck Road Elementary worked with art teacher Meghan Haughney to create a Keith Haring-inspired work of art. Using plaster, the students built a three-dimensional sculpture.

Date Added: 5/24/2022