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Celebrating Community in Copiague

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The community, students, staff, administration and board of education joined together to celebrate the Copiague School District’s homecoming on Oct. 13.

Kicking off with a pep rally at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School the day before, the weekend activities began with a homecoming parade starting at Great Neck Road Elementary School. Members of sports teams, school clubs, youth organizations and the homecoming court gathered for the march to the high school. Senior class king and queen Owen Rosenberg and Kembalee Rolle waved to the crowd down the parade route. The homecoming floats – themed board games – showed off the students’ creativity and featured members of the freshman, sophomore, junior and senior classes.

Prior to the start of the football game against Newfield High School, Sen. John Brooks and Leg. DuWayne Gregory offered their best wishes for the Copiague Eagles. Despite their best efforts, the Eagles were unable to come out on top against the Newfield Wolverines.

The halftime show featured performances from the award-winning Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School marching band, varsity cheerleaders and step team. The evening concluded with the Hall of Achievement induction ceremony, honoring four Copiague alumni who have made a difference. 

Responsibility Counts

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Students at Susan E. Wiley Elementary School learned all about accountability and responsibility during a character education assembly in late September. 

The “Count on Me” presentation featured a short video with lessons on various character traits including honesty and respect. Student volunteers acted out scenes about what responsibility and being fair. Students learned about good examples of people who they can count on and what it means to be responsible. The program was sponsored by the school’s Parent-Teacher Association. 

Kindness Matters at Susan E. Wiley

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Kindergarten students in Maritza Benavides’ class at Susan E. Wiley Elementary School celebrated International Peace Day on Sept. 21 by reading “We Are a Rainbow.” The class discussed what peace means to them, giving examples such as kindness, sharing and taking turns. 

Messages of Peace Sketched in Chalk

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In recognition of International Day of Peace on Sept. 21, fifth-grade students at Susan E. Wiley Elementary School wrote messages of peace, friendship and inspiration for the whole school to enjoy. After speaking about kindness and how to be kind to one another, the fifth-graders created a colorful peace mural out of chalk on the sidewalk of the school.

Teamwork Challenge

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Fourth-graders in Elizabeth Baird’s class at Susan E. Wiley Elementary School focused on lessons in teamwork during the first week of school. The class discussed the importance of teamwork, what it means to work together and effective communication in a group. Students were put into teams and were given two minutes to brainstorm and strategize on how they could make the highest tower using 40 mini cups. They were then given three minutes to see which team could build the highest tower. Afterward, they discussed what they could have done differently and what worked or didn't work for them.

Service, Dedication to the District Recognized

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Thirty-seven staff members at Copiague School District were recognized for their dedication and years of service to the school district during Superintendent’s Conference Day on Sept. 4.  

Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Todd Andrews announced each staff member and called them up to the podium one by one to receive their service award. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Bannon presented a token of appreciation for their service to the students of Copiague. 

The district congratulates the following staff members for their years of service to the district:

40 years:
Michael Beck

35 years:
Gerard Kelly

30 years:
Nickie Fradelos
Carole Geackle
Valerie Williams

25 years:
Mary Alice Dunn

20 years:
Nicole Alamia
Lisa Amodeo
Pamela Atlas
Maryanne Basso
Marie Brennan
Daniel Broadbent
Carla Buckholz
Patricia Caputo
Barbara Carroccio
Robert Clemens
Ellen Duffy
Angela Greaves
Maureen Green
Yolanda Jamiolkowski
Jennifer Kelly
Lisa Key
Dawn Koziarz
Melanie Luck
Adrienne Mahoney
Kerry Maroney
Joanne Norman
Barbara Pearsall
Frank Peralta
Cynthia Perez
Jennifer Phillips
Charles Ragusa
Melissa Solomon
Mercedes Soluri
Antoinette Spencer
Karen Steigert
Stephanie Valeiko