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College and Career Day Sets Path for Success

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Helping to guide students in their future goals, Copiague School District held a College and Career Day on Jan. 12. Administrators and staff dressed in attire featuring their alma maters to show the many different college options.

At the district’s elementary schools, students dressed in their aspirational professional career paths. Future doctors, lawyers, police officers, firefighters, artists and even astronauts filled the hallways and classrooms. Students wrote about why they want to choose their career paths and shared their choices with classmates. At Great Neck Road Elementary School, fourth-graders listened to college students who spoke about their experiences. Second-grade students at Susan E. Wiley Elementary School became geologists for the day, mining for rocks and minerals and learning about their properties. 

Teachers spoke to Copiague Middle School students about their college experiences and students took surveys about potential career paths based on their interests. Students at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School listened to Copiague alumni speak about college living, the application process and navigating their way through the first year away from home. In addition, staff members participated in a Dollars for Denim Day, donating the money raised to the Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School Scholarship Fund sponsored by the Copiague Teachers Association. 



Builders Club Helps Fight Hunger at Home

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In December, the members of the Copiague Middle School Builders Club were busy organizing a collection of nonperishable food items for the Island Harvest Food Bank to help Long Islanders in need. The club participated in the “Students Feeding Students” challenge and thanks to the generous donations of students and staff, they collected 548 pounds of food to supplement 457 meals.

Science Researchers Flourish at Middle School

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Young scientists showed off their research skills during the Copiague Middle School’s annual science fair on Dec. 12.

This year, 28 projects completed by seventh- and eighth-grade students were chosen for submission. Students enrolled in a science or science research class conducted experiments, either alone or with a partner, and explained and displayed their results on a poster board.

This year’s judges included Copiague Chamber of Commerce members, SUNY faculty members, Walter G’ Connell Copiague High School and Copiague Middle School science teachers, Copiague School District administrators, Copiague alumni and Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School science research students. Students presented their findings and spoke about their research as the judges walked around the gymnasium. 
On Dec. 19, science fair participants gathered in the library for a special awards ceremony and recognition. Copiague Middle School Science Chairperson Dr. Daniel Lecesse and Copiague Middle School Principal Andrew Lagnado distributed trophies, certificates, monetary awards and a laptop to the winners, donated by the Copiague Chamber of Commerce.

First place was awarded to Kuba Szulejko for his project on “Distracted Walking.” Second-place honors went to Amani Hodge for “Does Age Affect the Ability to Remember a Dream?” and Johnell Hankerson II for “Glove Expansion.” In third place, the winners were Sebastian Ortiz for “Does Surface Area Affect Evaporation?;” Bradley Williams for “Burning Calories;” and Jennifer Calderon for “Ph. vs. Plant Growth.” Six other projects were recognized for honorable mentions.  
  

Young Flutists Hone Their Skills

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Student-musicians from the district’s elementary schools and Copiague Middle School participated in the Long Island Flute Festival held at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School on Nov. 18.

The Long Island Flute Festival is organized by the Long Island Flute Club and offers the opportunity to flutists of all ages to participate in a day of performances, workshops and concerts. Copiague student-musicians had the chance to work on a solo piece at their level, rehearse music in an ensemble setting with students from other schools at their level, watch a concert given by world-renowned flutist Robert Dick, and perform their ensemble pieces as a group in a concert for their parents. 

The district congratulates the following student participants: Madison Allen; Malik Andilza; Caitlyn Carrington; Anamaria Espinosa; Alexa Gourdette; Mariska Kroog; Noemi Marmol; Esmeralda Clara Sanchez; Evelyn Sarmiento; Alyson Tenebro; Vania Vallejo Vasquez; Keyrin Yanes; and Alexa Zepherin.
  

Student Council Spreads Holiday Cheer

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Copiague Middle School’s student council celebrated the spirit of Thanksgiving by making cards and treat bags for the residents Massapequa Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in Amityville. The students hoped to bring holiday cheer to the residents this Thanksgiving. 

Builders Club Makes Fundraising Strides

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The Copiague Middle School Builders Club, under the advisement of Maria Ostrofsky, has been busy in October and November with different fundraising efforts.

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month in October, the Copiague Middle School Builders Club walked at the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk at Jones Beach, where they raised $2,709 to be donated to the American Cancer Society.

 Prior to Halloween, the students held a trick-or-treat fundraiser from Nov. 17-30 to benefit UNICEF. The Builders Club members had a raffle to guess the number of candies in the jar. Donations for UNICEF will be collected until Dec. 4. 

Students Unite to Support Local Race

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Members of the Copiague Middle School National Junior Honor Society volunteered and participated in the Run for Warriors 5K at the Town of Babylon Hall on Nov. 18. The students, along with advisers, Fran Walker and Paul Harvey, worked the registration desk, and some students ran the race. All money raised is donated to the Hope for the Warriors organization, which provides assistance to combat wounded service members and their families and families of those killed in action.

Middle School Welcomes Newest NJHS members

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Twenty-two eighth-graders from Copiague Middle School were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society during a ceremony held in the school’s auditorium on Oct. 25.

In order to be eligible for the National Junior Honor Society, students must maintain a cumulative average of 92 or above, be involved in community service/volunteer activities, have faculty recommendations and write an essay along with their application. 

National Junior Honor Society advisers Francesa Walker and Paul Harvey welcomed students and their families to the induction. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Bannon praised the students on their achievements. “This is a tremendous accomplishment,” she said. “The academic path you have set for yourselves has set you up to be highly successful.”

Members spoke about the four pillars of the National Junior High School – leadership, service, character and scholarship – before lighting a candle to symbolize each characteristic. Guest speaker and Copiague Middle School choral director Kaitlin Schneekloth offered words of advice for the newest members of the society.

Principal Andrew Lagnado presented certificates to each inductee before they recited the National Junior High School pledge. The district congratulates the following inductees: Amarelys Aguilera; Jacqueline Balzano; Arda Bilbay; Roman Burrus; Jakub Dobrowolski-Kosoir; Joseph Falco Jr.; Katelyn Gonzalez; Sophia Gonzalez; Johnell Hankerson II; Keilyn Hernandez-Bonilla; Adriana Jimenez-Bonilla; Tierra Jones; Gwendolyn Neger; Valeria Padilla; Sahil Parikh; Devonie Rhoden; Cathrine Sakin; Michelle Seizeme; Deep Shah; Kuba Szulejko; Klara Thelusma and Natalie Unger. 



Red Ribbons Recognize Drug-Free Zone

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Copiague Middle School is recognizing Red Ribbon Week by placing handcrafted red ribbons on the building and fences outside the school. Teachers Francesa Walker (left) and Marisa Perlongo, along with students, hung the ribbons to symbolize a drug-free school. Copiague Middle School students signed pledges to be substance free and each day announcements were made to raise awareness about drug abuse. 

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