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Walter G. O'Connell Copiague High School

 

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1100 Dixon Avenue
Copiague, New York 11726
(631) 842-4010
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Principal: Joseph M. Agosta
Assistant Principals: Jonathan Cutolo, Janine Proulx, Francis Salazar, Kristin Donnelly

 

Hours: 7:40 a.m. to 2:23 p.m.
Students: 1,507
Faculty and Staff: 200

 

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.

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Current News

Poetry Out Loud Competition

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Five students from Walter G. O’Connell Copiague School competed in the annual Poetry Out Loud competition. They were supported by teacher mentors and performed two poems of their choosing. The two school finalists will compete in regional semifinals in early February. This year’s winner is junior Mary Bridges and runner-up is sophomore Shawn Smaldon.

Character Analysis

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Students in Mr. Barresi’s English class at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School have been working on societal essays analyzing three characters from three different books. After reading “Of Mice and Men,” “Flowers for Algernon” and “The Collector of Bedford Street,” the students compared how each character was perceived based on societal norms.

Basketball Milestone

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Congratulations to Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School varsity basketball player Malachi Moore, who scored his 1,000th career point on Dec. 20. An excellent accomplishment!

New Assistant Principal Appointed at High School

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Copiague School District has named Kristin Donnelly as an assistant principal at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School, effective Nov. 15.

Ms. Donnelly was previously employed as a multi-language learner/English language learner instructional coach at the Division of Multi-Language Learners in Brooklyn since 2019. She also worked as peer collaborative teacher from 2015-2019 at Pan-American International High School in Queens. Ms. Donnelly has held various teaching positions since 2007.

Ms. Donnelly holds a bachelor’s degree from George Washington University and a Master of Science degree from Hunter College as well as a master’s in educational leadership from Baruch College.

“It is an honor to join the Copiague School District as the newest assistant principal of Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School,” Ms. Donnelly said. “I am excited to celebrate the rich diversity of the students here in Copiague and to work side by side with teachers, staff and administration who are dedicated to supporting all students in realizing their academic, personal and professional goals."

Mediators in Training

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At Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School, the peer mediators in Ms. Gurner’s leadership class have been working diligently, training to mediate issues and help students be more successful in school. Meetings with students are underway and have gotten positive feedback.

Copiague Student Receives Top AP Score

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Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School senior Cathrine Sakin received a top score of 5 on her Advanced Placement Research Exam in May 2021. Advanced Placement exams are scored on a scale of 1 to 5. Cathrine not only received the top score of 5 but was also one of only 375 students in the world to earn every point possible on the AP Research Exam, receiving the maximum score on each portion of the exam.

Honoring Veterans

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At Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School, Advanced Placement Government and Politics students wrote letters to aging Korean War veterans to thank them for their service in honor of Veterans Day. Teacher Ms. Penyy is a fellow for the Korea Foundation and made a connection to mail those letters to a nursing home.

Highlighting Fall Student-Athletes in Copiague

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In an effort to recognize the many accomplishments of its student-athletes both on and off the field, the Copiague School District held its 21st annual Fall Sports Awards Night on Nov. 16 at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School. Sponsored by the Booster Club, student-athletes in gymnastics, girls soccer, boys soccer, field hockey, girls tennis, volleyball, cross-country, swimming and football were recognized for their dedication to their sports by their coaches, Copiague School District administrators and members of the board of education.

Throughout the night, coaches praised the student-athletes for their success and distributed individual awards, including the Coaches’ Award, Most Improved and MVP, to worthy receipients. Seven special memorial awards were handed out to outstanding athletes for demonstrating leadership on and off the field. Zachary Korba (cross-country) was presented with the Christopher Urban Award, Isabella Torres (gymnastics) was the recipient of the Dolores Sandefur Award and Kevin Villalta (boys soccer) was presented with the Richard Lombardo Award. The Barbara Day Award was given to Julianna Milonas (field hockey), Adriana Jimenez Bonilla (volleyball) received the Debra Tekosky Award, Paris DeFreitas (girls soccer) was presented with the Michael S. Cohen Award, and Adriana Jimenez (girls soccer) was the recipient of the Brittany Walsh Memorial Award.

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