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Susan E. Wiley Elementary School

Scudder Avenue
Copiague, New York 11726
(631) 842-4014
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Principal: Cynthia Florio
Assistant Principal: Janine Proulx


(Grades K-2) 9:30 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.
(Grades 3-5) 9:05 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Students: 797
Faculty: 63

Susan E. Wiley Elementary School's highly qualified teachers and support staff are dedicated to teaching students the skills necessary to think critically and act responsibly. The school houses approximately 795 kindergarten through fifth-grade students who participate in valuable educational experiences that revolve around developing peer relationships and enhancing the school community.

The mission of the staff at Susan E. Wiley is to create a nurturing environment that will foster in every student a love for learning that will enable them to develop the analytical and critical-thinking skills needed to succeed in society. At Susan E. Wiley students can take advantage of a variety of experiences including a STEM program, before- and after-school academic assistance programs, intramural sports, student clubs and organizations, and many other programs dedicated to helping students explore their potential.



Current News

Susan E. Wiley Honors Heroes

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Fifth-graders at Susan E. Wiley Elementary School held an assembly to honor and recognize local veterans on Nov. 7 in the cafeteria.

Parading in and waving their American flags, the students welcomed three Navy veterans – Leonard Oglesby, Kevin Nolan and Yohanny Hidalgo – to the school, who spoke about their experiences serving in the military and shared their personal stories. The fifth-graders created an acrostic poem, “Honor a Hero,” and student-musicians performed a patriotic tribute to heroes. 

Principal Cynthia Florio and Assistant Principal Janine Proulx presented the three veterans with certificates and participated in a question-and-answer sessions with the honorees. 

SEW Music Teacher to Present Research at NYSSMA Conference

SEW Music Teacher to Present Research at NYSSMA Conference photo
Nicole Davidson, music teacher at Susan E. Wiley Elementary School, was selected to present her research at the New York State School Music Association’s All-State Conference on Dec. 1 in Rochester, New York.

She will present her action research project at the research poster session. The project was completed as a part of her graduate coursework at the Crane School of Music. Her research topic was the examination of the most effective methods to teach beginning instrumental music students how to read musical notation. Through surveying, interviewing and conducting research on best practice of other elementary instrumental music teachers, she developed an action plan to use in her own classroom. 

In addition to the poster presentation at the conference, her abstract will be published in “School Music News,” the New York State magazine for music educators.

Pumpkin Patch Picks Deliver Lessons

Pumpkin Patch Picks Deliver Lessons photo

After spending time in the school’s pumpkin patch on Oct. 19, kindergartners in Jeannine Chaikin’s class at Susan E. Wiley Elementary School learned about the different steps in carving pumpkins. During a lesson in sequencing, the students used a flow map to chart out the different steps in carving a pumpkin. The students each had a chance to feel the inside of the pumpkin and remove and count seeds.

Spreading Their Wings at Wiley

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Third-, fourth-, and fifth-grade students at Susan E. Wiley Elementary School recently studied line, shape and form to create individual feathers during their art classes. The feathers were then assembled to make wings.

Meet the Principal Monday

In celebration of October as National Principals Month, every Monday in October we are spotlighting one of our building principals. Up next, Susan E. Wiley Elementary School Principal, Ms. Cynthia Florio. Click here to learn more about Ms. Florio.

Wiley Students Show Their Love of Literacy

Wiley Students Show Their Love of Literacy photo

Dressed in their cozy pajamas, students in kindergarten through second grade at Susan E. Wiley Elementary School celebrated their love of books with a family literacy night on Oct. 3.

The students began the evening with a reader’s theater presentation of “The Three Little Pigs,” both the traditional version and fractured fairytale, for their parents. Following the performance, students worked with their families for a STEM-based design challenge. They were tasked with building the most creative or unique structure using no more than six marshmallows and no more than 13 toothpicks. 

Using teamwork, the families each had 10 minutes to complete the structure. Judges awarded raffle tickets and prizes to teams based on their creativity. At the end of the evening, students received a book bag to take home with fairy tale readers for their grade level. The families also visited the PTA book fair in the cafeteria. 

Celebrating Community in Copiague

Celebrating Community in Copiague photo

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

Messages of Peace Sketched in Chalk photo

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.

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