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Celebrating Copiague’s Retirees

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During their virtual meeting on June 15, the Copiague School District’s Board of Education and administrators acknowledged teachers and staff members who will be retiring at the end of the 2019-2020 school year.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Bannon and Board of Education members offered their congratulations to the retirees for their many years of hard work and dedication to the Copiague School District, which account for a total of more than 370 years of service.

Retiring at the end of the school year are: Terri Alzmann, elementary teacher, Susan E. Wiley (34 years); Patricia Bean, cafeteria aide, Copiague Middle School (25 years); Nancy Csorny, elementary teacher, Deauville Gardens East (31 years); Ellen Duffy, office assistant, Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School (22 years); Jean Marie Fortunato, special education teacher, Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School (35 years); Minnett Hall, science teacher, Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School (19 years); Marisa Katz, office assistant, Great Neck Road (13 years); Scott Kelly, groundskeeper (38 years); Diane Lando, reading teacher, Copiague Middle School (24 years); Carole Olsen, health teacher, Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School (34 years); Linda Paduano, special education teacher, Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School (34 years); Stamatia Pagiazitis, reading teacher, Copiague Middle School (23 years); Effie Sofos, ESL teacher, Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School (19 years); and Kathleen Williams, teaching assistant, Susan E. Wiley (21 years).

Staying STEM-Focused

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Students in Mrs. Felicetti’s class at Deauville Gardens West Elementary School have been engaging in STEM-based activities to explore their creative side from home by creating mobiles. After learning about the four types of clouds, one student created a mobile featuring feathery clouds that can twist and turn in a gentle breeze. Following the study of galaxies and learning that they are a grouping of stars, another student found some materials from around the house to create a galactic mobile.