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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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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

Meet the Assistant Principal

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In celebration of October as National Principals Month, this October we will be spotlighting our assistant principals. Up next, Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School Assistant Principal, Jonathan Krawchuk.   


Heroes in the Hall

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Students in Colleen Gurtner’s leadership class at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School recently discussed the events of Sept. 11. Since 9/11 occurred before the students were born, they decided to get a firsthand account of the events. Each student interviewed a security guard who served in law enforcement during Sept. 11 to get their perspective. The students took a photo of the security guard and created a profile that is now hanging on the cafeteria window in the “Heroes in the Hall” display.

Vocalists Selected for All-State Festival

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Four student-musicians from Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School have been selected to participate in New York State School Music Association’s All-State Festival in Rochester, from Dec. 5-8. The district congratulates Andrew Szabo (bass 2, mixed chorus) and Morgan Weeks (alto 2, treble chorus) along with alternates Christopher Lam (bass 2) and Jonah Ramdas (tenor 1). Pictured, from left, Coordinator of Fine Arts Jennifer Ross-Troise, All-State students Lam, Szabo, Weeks and Ramdas with Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School choral director Gina Occhiogrosso.

Staff Recognized for Dedicated Service

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During Superintendent’s Conference Day on Sept. 3, the Copiague School District recognized 33 staff members for their dedicated years of service.
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 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:

20 years:
Joseph Agosta
Jacqueline Angier
Dr. Kathleen Bannon
Michele Batista
Stephen Cooney
Marina DiSclafani
Jeffrey Engelhardt
Cheryl Feldman
Andrew Finamore
Julie Frazzitta
Maureen Gaertner
Karen Greco
Paul Harvey
Andre Hosza
Deborah Hughes
Maribel Ramirez
John Sack
Clara Sansspree
Roseann Trotta
Susan Weisenseel
Kathleen Williams
Walter Wojcik

25 years:
Maria Barrera
Rose Clark
Laura Guire
Lisa Korsch
Matthew Miles
Mary Ellen Ruppert
Tara Wilson

30 years:
James Konen
Stephen Rebholz
Nancy Schneider

40 years:
Rose Marie Bell

Incoming Freshman Tour Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School

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Incoming ninth graders to the Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School caught up with classmates and toured their new building during orientation day on Aug. 27.

Students gathered in the auditorium and were welcomed by Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School Principal Joseph Agosta during the open house. He spoke about some of the requirements to move to the next grade level each year and encouraged them to take advantage of the total high school experience. Agosta also introduced members of the administration team and class advisers. 

Afterward, the freshmen received their schedules and were given time to tour the building, find their lockers and reconnect with friends. 

School’s in Session

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Copiague School District ushered in the start of the 2019-2020 school year on Sept. 4. With their backpacks filled to the brim, students spent the first day getting acquainted with their new teachers, rooms and classmates. Sixth and ninth graders tried out their lockers and schedules as they navigated their new respective buildings. Check out some photos from opening day…

Teacher Tours South Korea via Summer Fellowship

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Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School social studies teacher Michelle Penyy traveled to South Korea this summer as one of 30 teachers from across the nation selected as a World History Digital Education fellow.

Fellows went through a competitive selection process. After their acceptance, they were required to complete readings related to the live webinars on various topics about the Asian country. As part of the fellowship, teachers also create a unique lesson plan connected to their trip to Korea and present about their experiences there. 

The highlight of the fellowship was a 10-day visit to the Republic of Korea in July. The trip emphasized a deeper understanding of the rich history of the Korean peninsula, including its simultaneous economic growth and democratization. During the trip, fellows explored the history and culture of Korea through key historical sites, museums and conversations with various scholars.

Among the highlights of the trip was a visit to the Demilitarization Zone to see the 60-year-old border that has divided the Korean people. Fellows visited Dorasan Station, the northernmost train station in South Korea as well as the Third Tunnel of Aggression which had been used during the Korean War. Additionally, fellows had a special tour of the Freedom Village, Daeseong-dong, located close to the border. 

“Often called the forgotten war, our task through this fellowship was to witness the effects of the Korean War and understand the immense sacrifices that veterans made which resulted in South Korea developing into one of the most advanced nations in the world,” Ms. Penyy said. “Following our visit, my teaching of the Korean War and its legacy, including the establishment of one of America’s strongest allies in Asia, its development into a model democracy, and its strong capitalist system will forever be impacted as I now can bring a new perspective into my classroom which will allow students to understand the importance of the war.”

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