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Signing On to Stay Drug Free

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Great Neck Road Elementary School is celebrating Red Ribbon Week from Oct. 23-27. During the kickoff, students and staff dressed head to toe in red for this year’s theme, “We Mustache You to Be Drug Free.” One by one, each class signed the pledge to stay healthy and drug free.

Throughout the week, the students participated in different Red Ribbon activities, such as wearing their shirt backward to turn their backs on drugs; stomping out drugs by wearing their favorite sneakers; sunglasses day to shade out drugs; and teaming up against drugs by sporting their favorite jerseys. 

Pumpkins, Parades and Plenty of Spirit

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The Halloween spirit was soaring throughout district as students, staff and administrators celebrated in a variety of ways.

At the elementary schools, students participated in different fall-themed activities, including math/science pumpkin centers and making jack-o-lanterns. Parents cheered on as the students marched in their school’s parade to show off their costumes. 

At Deauville Gardens West, there was a best pumpkin-decorating contest and students had the opportunity to trick or trick for a book throughout the day. Great Neck Road’s Halloween parade featured a medley of Halloween-themed tunes played by the school’s band. Susan E. Wiley students dressed up as their favorite storybook character. Deauville Gardens East staff dressed up as construction workers to help students “build the foundation” to a successful future.



Thankful for Local Volunteers

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Second-graders in Stacey Barrett’s class at Great Neck Road Elementary School recently learned about firefighters and the importance of their jobs. The students wrote letters to firefighters thanking them for keeping them safe and drew pictures for them. As part of National Fire Safety Day, volunteers at the Copiague Fire Department visited the school on Oct. 17, and the students personally delivered their thank-you notes.

Pumpkin Lesson Packed with Learning

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Kindergartners in Natalia Brite’s class at Great Neck Road Elementary School recently participated in a multi-disciplinary hands-on lesson using pumpkins.

The students began by painting a picture of a pumpkin using the colors red and yellow to make orange. After reading “The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin,” they learned how pumpkins grow in all different shapes and sizes. 

The young artists then became scientists, as they examined and identified the different parts of the pumpkin. Using a magnifying glass, they looked at the seeds and examined the inside of the pumpkin, touching the pulp and using different adjectives to describe the pumpkin to their classmates. 



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. 

Firefighters Share Safety Tips

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As part of National Fire Prevention Month, Great Neck Road Elementary School had a visit from the Copiague Fire Department on Oct. 17. Gathered in the cafeteria, each grade participated in the fire safety assembly conducted by volunteer members of the fire department and EMS.

Students learned fire safety tips, best practices, what to do in the event of an emergency and how to be prepared in your home with an escape route and functioning smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. They learned how firefighters use their tools for rescue in an emergency and watched a fireman dress up in his gear.