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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: Nicole Giannini


(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.

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Copiague Celebrates Retirees, Newly Tenured Staff

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At the June 6 board of education meeting, the Copiague School District recognized faculty and staff members who will be retiring at the close of the 2021-2022 school year. The district also acknowledged staff and administrators who were recently granted tenure.

Joined by administrators, colleagues, board of education members and family, the district celebrated four staff members who will celebrate their retirement at the end of the month. Copiague School District Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Bannon thanked them all for their service and dedication to the students of Copiague and wished them well in their retirement. Congratulations to Margaret Murphy, elementary teacher at Great Neck Road (33 years); Claudia Nakash, elementary teacher at Susan E. Wiley (20 years); Valerie Nevola, teaching assistant at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School (20 years); and Lissette Persico, social worker, Great Neck Road (17 years).

Newly tenured teachers and administrators were also celebrated at the meeting. Congratulations to the following: Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School - Taylor Barbarino-Falk, ESL teacher; Rosa Benaburger, science teacher; Lisbel Collado, social worker; Colleen Darge, guidance counselor; Melisa Dias, special education teacher; Nicolo Testa, special education teacher and Christina Campisi, speech teacher; Copiague Middle School – Karen Greco, guidance counselor; Alison Silber, special education teacher and Diana Peralta, elementary teacher; Great Neck Road Elementary School: Nicole Dunne, assistant principal and Jacquelyn Marinello, psychologist; Deauville Gardens West Elementary School - Kristina Biamonte, principal; Jessica Kopping, guidance counselor and Sarah Steiner, special education teachers; Deauville Gardens East Elementary School – Alicia Cacciapaglia, speech teacher; Karina Cranmer, elementary teacher and Gina Graziano, elementary teacher.

Date Added: 6/27/2022

Hats Off to Copiague’s Fifth Grade Classes

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On June 15 and 16, Copiague School District’s four elementary schools all celebrated the fifth grade classes with moving up ceremonies. Deauville Gardens East, Deauville Gardens West, Great Neck Road and Susan E. Wiley elementary schools each held their own respective ceremonies to celebrate their school’s Class of 2022.

Invited guests cheered on the students as they marched into the tents, all dressed in their fifth grade class shirts. Guests and students were welcomed by their principals and assistant principals, who all offered words of advice as they start their new chapter at Copiague Middle School next year. The fifth grade teachers also took to the podium to impart their wisdom on their students.

One by one, each fifth grade student’s name was announced, met by applause from the audience. As they closed the chapter on their elementary school years, students looked ahead to their middle school years together.

Date Added: 6/21/2022

Students Honored for Artistry, Achievements

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Celebrating the many successes of its students’ artistic talent, character, academic successes, leadership and citizenship, Copiague School District held its Superintendent’s Art Gallery Inductees and Student Recognition Awards ceremony prior to the May 23 board of education meeting in the Copiague Middle School auditorium.

District administrators, faculty and board of education members gathered with invited students and their guests to celebrate their successes.

The Superintendent’s Art Gallery inductees – 38 pieces of art – were on display for the audience to enjoy. Each student was presented with a certificate to acknowledge their achievement.

In 1996, the Superintendent’s Art Gallery began when the Copiague art teachers selected several pieces of student artwork to display. Through the years, the collection has grown to provide a showcase of student artwork in corridors and offices in each of the schools. Each of the framed pieces is identified by a brass plate noting the student-artist’s name, grade level and year the piece was completed.

The Student Recognition Awards highlight students for their outstanding achievements. They are presented twice a year to a small number of students for their special accomplishments.

“Publicly recognizing excellence is our way of celebrating some of the great successes of the Copiague schools’ programs and, at the same time, enabling us to showcase outstanding role models to our school community,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Bannon.

Thirty-seven students were honored during the ceremony, as board of education members read a brief description from teachers and principals on why the students were designated for the honor.

Date Added: 6/15/2022

Susan E. Wiley’s Multiplication Masters

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As a culminating activity to their math multiplication lessons and to get students excited about math, the third graders at Susan E. Wiley Elementary School went to head to head in a multiplication challenge. Six students from each of the classes were chosen. As a teacher held up a flashcard with a multiplication problem, the student who answered the question correctly the quickest moved on the next round. After going through multiple rounds, the top three students in the challenge received a prize.

Date Added: 6/14/2022

Recycled Poetry

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Mrs. Rosario’s fourth graders at Susan E. Wiley Elementary School have been studying the many different types of poetry. Students created poetry portfolios that hold a collection of their poems. Students chose their favorite poem, published it and then used recycled materials to create frames.

Date Added: 6/9/2022

Wiley Artists Create O’Keeffe-Inspired Pieces

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Fourth grade student-artists in Jeanne Daly’s class at Susan E. Wiley Elementary School recently studied artist Georgia O’Keeffe. They learned that she wanted people to stop and notice all the little things in life. Students were tasked with finding a photo or an object and taking just a small thumbnail of it. The artists then enlarged the thumbnail to make it their own work of art. The artists used mixed media watercolors and oil pastels in their creations.

Date Added: 6/3/2022

Patriotic Weavers

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Prior to Memorial Day, the second grade students at Susan E. Wiley Elementary School learned how to weave using red, white and blue.

Date Added: 6/2/2022

Susan E. Wiley Students Get ‘Fit’

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Students from Susan E. Wiley Elementary School participated in this year's Suffolk Zone Fit Club competition in Sayville on May 11. Students participated in a variety of different competitions including jump roping, situps, shoulder touches, box jumps, bear crawl, crab walks and more. Mrs. Atlas, Mr. Cipriano and Mr. Hernandez were proud of these students for representing Wiley in such a positive manner. They worked hard, tried their very best in every competition and demonstrated outstanding sportsmanship.

Date Added: 5/26/2022

Copiague Celebrates Community at Annual Summit

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The Copiague community joined together to celebrate the accomplishments of the Copiague School District on May 14. After a two-year hiatus, community members, students, staff, administrators, board of education members, community organization representatives and local legislators once again gathered at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School to showcase and highlight the district’s successes for the community summit.

Wet weather conditions moved the first half of the program into the high school’s auditorium. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Bannon welcomed guests to the community summit. “To see all that the students have accomplished over the last year is a very prideful moment for all of the teachers and administrators here today,” she said. “We are particular proud of the academics that we are offering our students.”

Board of Education President Brian J. Sales thanked everyone for their hard work to put the community summit together. “Community summit is an opportunity for us to share some of the things going on in our schools,” he said “We celebrate the success we’ve had, and we collaborate on ways we can do things better. For the board, administration and staff, our top priority is putting students first. We are extremely proud of these results.”

Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School Principal Joseph Agosta introduced the top 10 students in the Class of 2022. Later in the day, Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School hosted its top 20 luncheon.

Outside the high school, students from the elementary schools, middle school and high school showcased their work for the community to enjoy. Some of the performances included the middle school step team, the Great Neck Road Elementary dance team, the Susan E. Wiley Dance team and the high school Zumba Club.


Date Added: 5/23/2022

Elementary STEM Students Show Off Kite Creations

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Fifth grade STEM students competed at the second annual “Kites Over Babylon” event at Cedar Beach on April 30, sponsored by the North Babylon Chamber of Commerce. Students teamed up with classmates to create their kites in class. The Eagles soared over the beach, winning in the most unusual kite and most creative kite categories. The teams also tied for overall second place in the competition. Copiague elementary student participants included Dean Coleman, Tyler Diffley, MacKensie Goodman, Keyrin Hernandez Burgos, Milana Johnson, Stan Krasnowski, Jhadari Mayers Pittman, Joseph Mendoza, Blake Merriweather, Rebecca Molina, Juliet Nohs, Emilio Reyes, Dennis Romero Maldonado, Nicolette Orlando and Isabella Rufrano.

Date Added: 5/20/2022

Wiley’s Student Council Beautifies School Grounds

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The student council members at Susan E. Wiley Elementary School participated in an Earth Day planting to help beautify the grounds of their school on April 28. Thanks to a donation from the local Ace Hardware, students worked together to fill the 12 planters with geraniums and greenery. The colorful planters now line the entrance to the school.

Date Added: 5/4/2022