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Royalty for the Day

Royalty for the Day photo

The district held its second annual Prince and Princess Ball on Feb. 9 in the cafeteria of Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School. This year’s theme was “Under the Sea.” Elementary students were dressed in their finest formalwear and stopped at the photo booth for a quick picture with their accompanying guest.

The guests spent most of the night on the dance floor, with plenty of time for games and dining. Sponsored by Copiague School District’s security department, all proceeds from the event are used toward the security department’s Corey Swinson Memorial Scholarship, which benefits seniors from Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School. 

Knights of Columbus Honor Winners in Annual Contest

Knights of Columbus Honor Winners in Annual Contest photo
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During the Feb. 12 meeting of the Board of Education, students from throughout the district 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 Middle School Assistant Principal Michael Ferretti and teacher Andrea Hernandez were on hand to congratulate the winners.

The art poster winners were: Chloe Allen Jackson, Larisa Gutierrez, Ariannys Leon, Ellen Molorii, Jailene Solomon, Kuba Szulejko and Brittany Carbajal Vargas. Winners of the essay contest were: Aspasia Papadopoulos (first place), Meghan White (second place), Camila Estevez (third place), Jesenia Sanchez (third place) and Joselin Garcia (third place).

Copiague Honors Longtime BOE Member

Copiague Honors Longtime BOE Member photo
Copiague School District has renamed its administrative offices in honor of longtime board of education member Everett E. Newman III who passed away late last year. The Copiague Board of Education officially adopted the resolution on Feb. 12 and unveiled the sign to Mr. Newman’s family and friends. 

“During his more than 30 years of service to our district, Everett E. Newman III was a staunch supporter of our students, our schools and our community,” said Board of Education president Laura Gavey. “On behalf of the entire board, it is our sincere honor to recognize his dedication and tireless commitment to Copiague by dedicating our district office in his name. Everett is greatly missed, but his legacy will last a lifetime.”

The new sign stands at the corner of Great Neck Road and Taylor Avenue.

Stuck on Fundraising

Stuck on Fundraising photo

Students at Susan E. Wiley Elementary School were stuck on a fundraising idea to help raise money for their fifth-grade Booster Club. For $1, students could purchase a piece of duct tape to stick Principal Cynthia Florio to the wall. On Feb. 14, students had the opportunity to place their duct tape and raised more than $450 for the cause.

VIDEO: The Great Kindness Challenge


Susan E. Wiley students recently participated in “The Great Kindness Challenge.” Check out the video and see some of the kind acts they completed to help make a positive difference in their community and beyond.

United in Red

United in Red photo
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Feb. 2 was National Wear Red Day and both students and staff throughout the Copiague School District 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.

Board of Education Commends Student Accomplishments

Board of Education Commends Student Accomplishments photo

Copiague School District’s Board of Education recognized 27 students from the district’s six schools during a special ceremony held at Copiague Middle School on Jan. 22.

The student recognition awards are presented twice a year to students for their noteworthy accomplishments. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Bannon noted how the awards are an honor and distinction given to a small group of students. Appearing in front of parents, friends, community and the board of education is a distinction, she added. 

The district congratulates the following students for their achievements: 
Deauville Gardens East Elementary School – Abraham Mamoon and Anthony Zeno Garcia
Deauville Gardens West Elementary School – Dennis Romero Maldonado and Julianna Sakin
Great Neck Road Elementary School – Sandra Jakowanis, Jada Lopez, Meraysia Owens and Irie Waterbury
Susan E. Wiley Elementary School – Selvin Guzman Salmeron and Jael Montez
Copiague Middle School – Yandel De la Cruz Estevez, Joshua Flores Milla, Michael Mais III, Anaya Preza Luna, Nicholas Ramos and Kuba Szulejko
Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School – Yarlin Avilez-Ortez, Kacey Bilardi, Owen Donohue, Stacy Espinal Perez, Nicholas Favichia, Georgia Formes, Isabella Gilbert, Kayla Madden, Yamilex Quiroz Vargas, Taylor Sharpe-Adams and Kily Zambrano

Wiley Educator Recognized with ASSET Award

Wiley Educator Recognized with ASSET Award photo

Danielle Palladino, special education teacher at Susan E. Wiley Elementary School, was recognized with the Association of Suffolk Supervisors for Educational Technologies Bright Lights Award. Ms. Palladino was presented with the award at a luncheon in Great River on Jan. 18.

“As a special education teacher, my goal is to create a learning environment that fosters confident, independent learners,” Ms. Palladino said. “I use technology to enhance the learning experience for my students, but most importantly I use everyday technology resources to empower my students.”

Ms. Palladino, who has been teaching in the Copiague School District for 11 years, was nominated for the award for her use of technology in the classroom by the district’s director of technology Kelly Urraro.

“My students are incredibly motivated by technology,” Ms. Palladino added. “They enjoy using the Smart Board, reading on EPIC and completing assignments in Google Classroom. They have also begun to work using our district’s ZSpaces, which provide them with realistic 3-D opportunities. I feel extremely fortunate to be teaching in 2018 with such a vast array of technology at my fingertips. I have seen my teaching evolve as technology continues to advance. I can only imagine what’s in store, and I’m excited for the journey.”

Susan E. Wiley Students Are Up for the Challenge

Susan E. Wiley Students Are Up for the Challenge photo
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Students at Susan E. Wiley Elementary School are challenging themselves to change the world for the better. The school is participating in the worldwide movement – the Great Kindness Challenge – from Jan. 22-26. Students from all across the world are joining together in the challenge.

After watching a short video created by Susan E. Wiley Elementary School Assistant Principal Kristina Biamonte on how random acts of kindness can go a long way, students received a checklist of acts to complete throughout the week.

Staff members, students, their families and friends all participated in the weeklong challenge in hopes of inspiring others to be kind. The class that completes the most kind acts at the conclusion of the week will receive a kindness celebration.