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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

 

 

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

Copiague Boasts Two Master Teachers

Copiague Boasts Two Master Teachers photo
Two Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School educators have been named Master Teachers as part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s New York State Master Teacher Program. Special education science teacher Jean Ann Crespo joined the ranks in December 2016 and this month, mathematics teacher Nicholas Lorenzen joined the 908 educators across New York State who teach science, technology, engineering, and math courses including advanced placement, honors, Regents and International Baccalaureate levels. Crespo and Lorenzen have both been teachers at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School for the past 10 years.

All Master Teachers are active beyond their classrooms, serving as curriculum department leaders or on district committees. The Master Teachers hold leadership roles in New York State STEM professional associations, and many have received awards and public recognition for their teaching from their peers and communities.

During their four-year participation in the program, Master Teachers receive a $15,000 stipend annually; engage in peer mentoring and intensive content-oriented professional development opportunities throughout the academic year; work closely with pre-service and early career teachers to foster a supportive environment for the next generation of STEM teachers; and attend required regional cohort meetings, participate in and lead several professional development sessions each year.

Poster Design Earns Top Honors

Poster Design Earns Top Honors photo
Members of the Knights of Columbus Council 9267 presented an award to Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School ninth-grader Kenneth Tejada. Tejada (third from left) was named the winner for his submission in the Knights of Columbus’ annual poster contest for alcohol awareness in the 12-14 age group. He was recognized with a plaque at the Oct. 16 Copiague School District Board of Education meeting. 

Teaming Up for a Cause

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In recognition of breast cancer awareness month, the Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School volleyball team and Varsity Club teamed up to raise money for the cause. On Oct. 11, the two organizations held a pink pumpkin fundraiser and bake sale and raised more than $700 to donate to the Side-Out Foundation. 

BOE Recognized for Service, Dedication

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In celebration of School Board Recognition week, the Copiague School District Board of Education was honored for its service prior to the Oct. 16 meeting. 

The Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School Madrigals performed “Rise Up” with a solo by Elenys Diaz and “We Are the World,” led by choral director Gina Occhiogrosso. The National Art Honor Society presented a painting of an eagle with words of inspiration. 

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Bannon thanked the board for their advocacy and support of students. “You make Copiague a place where people want to work and students want to be educated,” she said. 

Donations were made on behalf of the Copiague Board of Education. They included donations to the Everett E. Newman III Scholarship Fund, Cystic Fibrosis Ride for Life, Friends of Karen from Copiague Association of Principals. The Copiague Supervisory Association donated to Jillian’s Journey, Cystic Fibrosis Cycle for Life, while the Copiague Teachers Association made donations to the Circle of Love Food Bank and Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church Food Pantry. The Copiague Teachers Aides and Assistants Association contributed to the Everett E. Newman III Scholarship Fund and the Copiague PTA Council made a donation to the Everett E. Newman Scholarship Fund and provided refreshments for the evening. 

Tools to Navigate the Financial Aid Process

Tools to Navigate the Financial Aid Process
Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School hosted a Financial Aid Night on Oct. 4. More than 100 Copiague students and their families were in attendance for the presentation delivered by the Hofstra University Financial Aid office. The evening covered the ins and outs of the financial aid process and went over how to file the FAFSA form. Pictured are guidance counselors Joseph Hutter and Rachel Silber.

Rebholz named to Athletic Hall of Fame

Rebholz named to Athletic Hall of Fame photos
Copiague Middle School physical education teacher and Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School varsity basketball coach Stephen Rebholz was recently inducted into the Farmingdale State College Athletics Hall of Fame.

Mr. Rebholz was a two-year starter and captain of the men’s basketball team at Farmingdale State College from 1983-1985. In his sophomore season, the team went 30-3. He led Region XV in field goal percentage and was ranked second in the nation.

After graduating from Farmingdale, Mr. Rebholz played two years on a full scholarship at Hofstra, where he still ranks second in best field goal percentage. He was presented with the Hempstead Mayor’s Trophy for a senior player who exemplifies fair play and good sportsmanship. He was also named to the All-Conference Team. After graduating from Hofstra, Mr. Rebholz was a first round draft pick for the Long Island Surf of the USBL and the first pick of the second round draft by the Wisconsin La Crosse Catbirds of the CBA.

Mr. Rebholz earned his master’s degree and began teaching physical education in Copiague. For the past 18 years, he has coached the varsity boys basketball team and achieved his 200th career win in 2015. Mr. Rebholz has been named Coach of the Year numerous times, and his teams have won eight league titles, three Suffolk County titles and one Long Island championship.

Spreading Kindness One Act at a Time

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The students, staff and administrators at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School are working to start a chain reaction of kindness in their school, local community and beyond, thanks to a presentation on Oct. 11.

After two hourlong assemblies presented by Rachel’s Challenge, the school is committed to performing acts of kindness and compassion. Based on the life philosophy of Rachel Joy Scott, the first victim of the Columbine High School shooting in 1999, the challenge gives students an opportunity to see just how far a little kindness will go. 

Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School students were presented with five challenges: look for the best in others; dream big; choose positive influences; speak with kindness; and start your own chain reaction. Students signed a banner to pledge their commitment to the challenge.

“Students learned the valuable lesson of how going out of your way to help someone else could be life changing,” said Jonathan Cutolo, assistant principal. “Rachel’s story provided examples of how she changed people’s life with a simple hello or a kind remark and its message has reached across the globe.”

In addition to the two assemblies, more than 100 Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School students and 20 staff members participated in a training session to help spread Rachel’s Challenge. Students worked in groups to brainstorm ways to promote kindness and reduce/eliminate the negative use of social media by other students. They also created goals/initiatives to implement throughout the school year. 

More than 150 students and their families attended an evening presentation at the high school. Parents were able to see portions of the students’ presentation from the morning and learn how the program can spread positive change.



Student Drivers Learn Dangers via Simulated Experience

Student Drivers Learn Dangers via Simulated Experience photo

Thanks to a hands-on experience from the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office, more than three dozen driver’s education students at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School now have a better understanding of the dangers of drinking and driving.

On Oct. 4, the S.T.O.P.P.E.D. (Sheriffs Telling Our Parents and Promoting Educated Drivers) community education program visited the school to demonstrate the effects of driving while intoxicated. Deputy Thomas Indence and Deputy Thomas Young spoke to the juniors and seniors about how one bad decision to get in the car after consuming alcohol could affect the rest of their lives. 

More than just a lecture presentation, students then had the opportunity to test out their driving skills after having too much to drink. Students drove a pedal car through a cone maze while wearing goggles that impair their vision and balance as if under the influence of alcohol. The cones were designated as people and each time they hit a cone, they were responsible for taking a life. 

After the simulated driving portion, students then had to wear the goggles and walk through the maze with a partner, trying to avoid the cones and get home safely.

Driver’s education instructor Karen Perrone and members of the Sheriff’s Office have been working together to present the program to Copiague students for the last six years in the hopes of spreading the message. 



District Boasts 10 All-County Musicians

District Boasts 10 All-County Musicians photo
Ten juniors and seniors from Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School have been selected to 2017 Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association All-County Division IV Ensembles for the fall. These students will perform in concert with their chosen ensembles on Nov. 17 at Hauppauge High School. 

The district congratulates the following students: 

Band
Aaron Eng (Trombone)
 
Mixed Chorus
Elenys Diaz (Alto 1)
Aaron Eng (Bass 1)
James Holland (Bass 2)
Alex Portillo (Bass 2)
Kyree Scott (Tenor 1)
Darley Senat (Soprano 1)
Samantha Sloane (Alto 2)

Treble Chorus
Taylor Sharpe-Adams (Alto 2)
Serra Vardar (Soprano 2)
Ashley Weeks (Alto 2)

‘Sharpe’ Singing Skills in Copiague

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Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School student Taylor Sharpe-Adams has been selected to New York State School Music Association’s All-State Chorus as an alternate. Taylor is an Alto II voice, and is waiting to hear if she gets called up to a choral ensemble. The All-State Winter Concert will take place from Dec. 1-3 in Rochester, New York.