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.
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.
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.