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Walter G. O'Connell Copiague High School

1100 Dixon Avenue
Copiague, New York 11726
(631) 842-4010
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Principal:
Joseph M. Agosta
Assistant Principals: Tamika Eason, Jonathan Cutolo, Bradley Reminick, Jonathan Krawchuk

Hours: 7:40 a.m. to 2:23 p.m.
Students: 1,600
Faculty: 131

 

Zumbathon - October 23, 2018

 

HS Graduation Video

 

 

The educational program at Walter G. O'Connell Copiague High School is designed to meet the needs of every student through a unique variety of course offerings and support programs. The diversity of the school's student population enriches all who enter its doors and is one of the school community's greatest strengths. The faculty and staff of Walter G. O'Connell Copiague High School believe that a student's high school education is the most important four years of a student's life.

The school serves approximately 1,600 students in grades nine through twelve. Through outstanding academic opportunities, support programs, and counseling, each student is constantly encouraged to reach his/her full potential. Walter G. O'Connell Copiague High School has instituted a successful all-Regents program, an in-school and after-school remediation program, Advanced Placement courses in all disciplines, and offers a wide variety of elective courses such as drama, sports and entertainment marketing, and criminal justice.

Current News

Vocalists Audition for SCMEA Showcase

Vocalists Audition for SCMEA Showcase photo
Walter. G. O’Connell Copiague High School students Oktay Yildiz (10th grade), Cecilia Libertella (11th grade), Jessica Chochorek (10th grade), Samantha Sattler and Kyree Scott (12th grade) auditioned for the Suffolk County Music Educators Association High School Showcase “A Cappella Ensemble” at Centereach High School. “It was an amazing experience for the students and we’re excited to see if we make it,” said choral director Gina Occhiogrosso, who accompanied the students on the audition. 

Dig Pink Garners Donations for a Cause

Dig Pink Garners Donations for a Cause photo
Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School’s girls junior varsity and varsity volleyball teams, along with the Varsity Club, teamed up to raise money for breast cancer awareness during their annual Dig Pink game for the Side-Out Foundation on Oct. 3. The teams held a bake sale and Varsity Club members sold their pink pumpkins and together they raised $550.

Student-Musicians Selected for SCMEA’s All-County

Student-Musicians Selected for SCMEA’s All-County photo
Ten student-musicians from Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School have been chosen to participate in the Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association’s Division IV All-County performing ensembles. The concert will take place on Nov. 17 at Half Hollow Hills East High School.

The district congratulates the following student-musicians: Ladrea Buffaloe (mixed chorus); Aaron Eng (mixed chorus and orchestra); Jaime Kister (band); Christopher Lam (mixed chorus); Jonah Ramdas (mixed chorus); Allison Reyes (treble chorus); Kyree Scott (mixed chorus); Darley Senat (treble chorus); Taylor Sharpe-Adams (mixed chorus); and Andrew Szabo (mixed chorus). 

Varsity Club Paints It Pink

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On Oct. 1, the Varsity Club at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School painted pumpkins pink for its annual breast cancer awareness fundraiser. The pumpkins were donated by Hick’s Nursery in Westbury. This is the third year the Varsity Club has joined together with the girls volleyball teams to raise money for breast cancer awareness.

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. 



Academic Honors for Two Copiague Students

Academic Honors for Two Copiague Students photo
Two students from Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School were recently recognized for their academic performance. Abigail Romero was named a National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar and Julia Brzozka was recognized as a Commended Student. 

To be eligible as a National Hispanic Scholar, Abigail was one of approximately 5,000 of the highest-scoring students from a nationwide total of 250,000 high school juniors who took the PSAT exam and designated themselves as Hispanic. 

Julia was named a Commended Student in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. Commended Students are recognized for their exceptional performance on the 2017 PSAT exam. Approximately 1.5 million high school students take the PSAT each year. Of those, 50,000 are Commended Students and 16,000 are chosen as National Merit Scholar Semifinalists.

Art Students Get Inside Look at College Expectations

Art Students Get Inside Look at College Expectations photo
In late September, a representative from Montserrat College of Art in Massachusetts visited with students in Damin Gomes’ drawing and painting II class at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School. Portfolio development and programming was discussed. “It was really beneficial for our students to hear about college expectations, see the application process and view the expected levels of work,” Mr. Gomes said.

Meet the Principal Monday

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In celebration of October as National Principals Month, every Monday in October we are spotlighting one of our building principals. Up next, Walter G. O'Connell Copiague High School Principal, Mr. Joseph M. Agosta. Click here to learn more about Mr. Agosta.

One-of-a-Kind Design Graces High School’s Hallway

One-of-a-Kind Design Graces High School’s Hallway photo
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During the summer recess, Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School underwent quite a transformation. Both interior and exterior construction has given the building a facelift, in addition to many new amenities including a ceramics room, renovated auditorium and electronics computer lab.

However, one of the most colorful renovations is a new flooring design in the main hallway of the building. Thanks to the work of Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School art teachers Christie Layden and Lorraine Ciccotto, the hall’s terrazzo inlay features a unique design for passersby to enjoy whether they are coming or going.

Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School Principal Joseph Agosta asked the art teachers to create a design for the floor that had a Long Island theme. The two teachers brainstormed and did sketches simultaneously and then combined them to come up with the finished design. 

The new design is representative of Montauk to Manhattan and features the Montauk lighthouse on one side and the New York City skyline and bridge on the other. The different colors of the terrazzo design were mixed and individually poured to create the one-of-a-kind custom look. 

Advanced Placement Scholars Recognized

Advanced Placement Scholars Recognized photo
For successfully completing the requirements of Advanced Placement courses and excelling on the exams, a total of 64 students from Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School – current and Class of 2018 graduates – have received AP Scholar Awards. 

Two students – Nayeli Pena and Alexandra Saczawa – were recognized as National AP Scholars. This honor is granted to students who receive an average score of at least 4 on all Advanced Placement exams taken and scores of 4 of higher on eight or more exams. 

Thirteen students were named AP Scholars with Distinction, an honor granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 or higher on all Advanced Placement exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on five or more exams. The following students received AP Scholar with Distinction recognition: Aleksandra Bugajczyk; Kelly Cheung; Osazuwa Eghafona; Aaron Eng; Ivan Gonzales; Jennifer Lopez-Fernandez; Nayeli Pena; Abigail Romero; Owen Rosenberg; Freddy Ruiz; Alexandra Saczawa; Samantha Sanchez; and Davina Smith. 

Thirteen students were named AP Scholars with Honor which are granted to students who receive a score of at least 3.25 on all Advanced Placement exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on four or more exams. The following students were named AP Scholars with Honor: Julia Brzozka; Jocelyn Fernandez; Melanie Garcia; Dan Gradica; Jordy Hernandez; Nokib Matubber; Belen Morote; Marvin Pineda-Lobo; Wiktoria Portka; Samantha Sloane; Kailee Stangelo; Adrian Tavarez; and Justin Taveras. 

Thirty-six students have been named AP Scholars. AP Scholar Awards are granted to students who receive a score of 3 or higher on three or more Advanced Placement exams. The following students were named AP Scholars: Shane Abney; Alfred Barredo; Jackson Bright; Kevin Buffolino; Christopher Canenguez; Joseph Cipriani; Ashley Collado; Michelle Cox; Jahnay Cuffy; Giuseppe Dattolo; Jarrett David; Andy DeJesus; Rebecca Demonaco; Erhumwunse Eghafona; Elsy Escobar; Mariana Espinoza; Nicholas Favichia; Elisa Gaudino; Sierra Lenee Gaul; Isabella Gilbert; Spencer Hodges; Shari Jackson; Austin Loo; Naryman Lounici; Marynee Mendez; Melina Mercedes; Peter Milillo; Henry Molina; Kyria Moore; Brian Oszkinis; Allison Reyes; Iris Romero; Argeny Tavarez; Nathanya Thelusma; Telisa Washington; and Claudia Zieba.

High School Leadership Students Earn Silver Status

High School Leadership Students Earn Silver Status photo
Students in Colleen Gurtner’s leadership class at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School recently received a 2018-2019 Silver Partner Award from Junior Achievement of New York based on their work with the program last year. 

Junior Achievement of New York partners with schools to help teach financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness programs.

Vocalists Selected for States

Vocalists Selected for States photo
Four student-musicians from Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School have been selected to participate in the New York State School Music Association’s All-State Ensembles in Rochester from Nov. 29 to Dec. 2. The district congratulates the following students (from left): Kyree Scott (tenor I, mixed chorus); Allison Reyes (alto II, alternate); Andy Szabo (bass I, mixed chorus); and Darley Senat (soprano I, mixed chorus). Also pictured are Jennifer Ross-Troise, coordinator of fine arts (left) and Gina Occhiogrosso, choral director. 

Students Tour New Buildings

Students Tour New Buildings photo

Copiague welcomed incoming sixth-graders and freshmen for the 2018-2019 school year during open houses held at Copiague Middle School and Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School, respectively, on Aug. 30.

At Copiague Middle School, the sixth-graders were greeted by Principal Andrew Lagnado. After checking in with their homeroom teachers, students familiarized themselves with the building, found their lockers and walked through their schedules. 

Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School Principal Joseph Agosta welcomed incoming ninth-grade students to the building during its open house. The freshmen received their schedules and were given time to tour the building, find their lockers and reconnect with friends.

Service, Dedication to the District Recognized

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Thirty-seven staff members at Copiague School District were recognized for their dedication and years of service to the school district during Superintendent’s Conference Day on Sept. 4.  

Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Todd Andrews announced each staff member and called them up to the podium one by one to receive their service award. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Bannon presented a token of appreciation for their service to the students of Copiague. 

The district congratulates the following staff members for their years of service to the district:

40 years:
Michael Beck

35 years:
Gerard Kelly

30 years:
Nickie Fradelos
Carole Geackle
Valerie Williams

25 years:
Mary Alice Dunn

20 years:
Nicole Alamia
Lisa Amodeo
Pamela Atlas
Maryanne Basso
Marie Brennan
Daniel Broadbent
Carla Buckholz
Patricia Caputo
Barbara Carroccio
Robert Clemens
Ellen Duffy
Angela Greaves
Maureen Green
Yolanda Jamiolkowski
Jennifer Kelly
Lisa Key
Dawn Koziarz
Melanie Luck
Adrienne Mahoney
Kerry Maroney
Joanne Norman
Barbara Pearsall
Frank Peralta
Cynthia Perez
Jennifer Phillips
Charles Ragusa
Melissa Solomon
Mercedes Soluri
Antoinette Spencer
Karen Steigert
Stephanie Valeiko

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