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Copiague Welcomes District’s New Teachers

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Copiague School District administrators and Board of Education members welcomed the newest members of their school community during new teacher orientation on Aug. 26 and 27 at Copiague Middle School. 

Beginning with a welcome breakfast reception, the 15 new teachers were introduced to central office administrators and learned about the dynamics of the Copiague School District. Building principals introduced each of the new hires and provided words of advice as the teachers embark on their journey. 

“We have a staff of talented and experienced staff here at Copiague,” said Board of Education President Brian Sales. “We are counting on you to continue to make Copiague a great place to learn.”

Administrators emphasized the importance of asking questions and collaborating with their peers. “You all make a difference in the lives of these students every day,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Bannon. “You will work hard but you will see the difference you make in these students. Our philosophy is simple: ‘if it’s good for kids, it’s good.’”

Following their introductions, new teachers went on a bus tour of the school district to get a better idea of the where the students live, led by Dr. Jeanette Altruda, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, and Joseph Buccello, principal of Deauville Gardens East Elementary School. During the two days, the new staff members participated in presentations on school climate, creating a learning environment for ESL students and technology, before returning to their buildings to spend time with classroom teachers.