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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: David Aguado, Jonathan Cutolo, Timothy Gilroy , Janine Proulx


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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Journalism Students Visit Hofstra

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Ms. Wanzer’s journalism class from Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School attended the Broadcast Awards for Senior High (BASH) 2024 at Hofstra University on May 21. BASH recognizes excellence in student broadcast journalism and video production programs. Copiague students toured Hofstra’s communications department, which includes state-of-the-art studios and control rooms. They attended workshops with media professionals and professors, heard a keynote speech from Chanteé Lans of WABC Channel 7 News, and were inspired by watching broadcast newsclips from local schools throughout Long Island and Westchester County.

Date Added: 6/7/2024

Kiwanis Breakfast Hosted at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School

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Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School hosted its annual Kiwanis Club breakfast at the school on May 28. Administrators, Board of Education members, representatives of the Kiwanis Club of Copiague and the high school’s Key Club and middle school’s Builders Club joined together to celebrate a year’s worth of activities.

After enjoying breakfast together, guests were treated to a medley of songs performed by the cast of “The Addams Family.” Senior members of the Key Club were chosen for scholarships presented by Kiwanis Club President Christine Madrazo. Although the scholarship amounts will not be announced until the school’s Senior Awards Night in June, the following students were recognized as scholarship winners: Soled Liborius, Kemmora Simmons, Shawn Smaldon and Theresa Soraire.

Key Club President Theresa Soraire and Vice President Adam Guglielmelli spoke about the many volunteer activities in which the club participated in this year and the remarkable contributions the club has made to the community. Madison Lombardo, president of the Middle School Builders Club, the junior version of the Key Club, also shared some of the various community service activities completed this year, including Valentine’s Day at the Tanner Park Senior Center, breast cancer fundraising, food collections, clothing and book drives. Copiague School District Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Bannon announced Krzysztof Krasnowski as this year’s Outward Bound recipient.

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Date Added: 6/5/2024

Celebrating the Success of Copiague’s Science Research Program

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Showing off the hard work and dedication of its science students, Copiague School District held its 10th annual science research symposium at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School on May 15.

Joined by district administrators, board of education members, representatives from the Town of Babylon, members of the science department and invited guests, the students in the independent science research program, the advanced science research program and the introduction to science research program showed off their award-winning works during the gallery walk.

Science Chairperson Renee Locker, along with science teachers Dr. Kaitlyn Thompson and Tracy Wenzler, welcomed attendees and spoke about the district’s flourishing science program as evidenced by the many accolades received during the last year alone.

Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School Principal Joseph Agosta congratulated the science students on their tremendous success this school year. “Our science research students do not let anything get in the way of their passion for science and their dedication to their research projects,” he said. “Today, we celebrate the culmination of dedication, curiosity and innovation. To our students: your exploration of science inquiry not only expands our understanding of the world but paves the way for progress and innovation. I urge each one of you to never stop asking questions, never stop seeking answers and never stop believing in the power of science to change the world for the better.”

Town of Babylon Councilman DuWayne Gregory presented proclamations to the seven seniors in the program: Rebecca Alara, Mohamad Altenbakji, Andrew Falco, Shannon Higgins, Soled Liborius, Rosangel Peralta Plasencia and Kemmora Simmons. This year’s keynote speaker was Dr. Alice Parker, a research professor from Stony Brook University.

Several students from different levels of the science program had the opportunity to speak out their research this year including Carissa Spencer, Rosina Wickham, Patricia Zepeda, Ethan Zheng, Shannon Higgins and Kemmora Simmons, who was named a Regeneron semifinalist.

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Date Added: 5/24/2024

Copiague Students Presented with Suffolk Zone Awards

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Twelve students in the Copiague School District were recently the recipients of Leadership Awards presented by the Suffolk Zone of New York State AHPERD. Each year, two students are selected from fifth grade, eighth grade and 12th grade from each school district in Suffolk County to be recognized for their outstanding leadership and excellence in physical education. These students demonstrate hard work, dedication and make a positive impact within their physical education setting throughout the school year. 

The Copiague physical education and athletics department congratulates the 2024 recipients of the Leadership Awards:
Deauville Gardens East Elementary School: Shayla Hunter and Steven Sime Rodriguez
Deauville Gardens West Elementary School: Danika Eldora and Jadiel Vinas-Peralta
Susan E. Wiley Elementary School: Ismely Valera Flores and Hamlet Lora
Great Neck Road Elementary School: Jurnyi Payton and Michael Sime Estevez
Copiague Middle School: Kayden Callaghan and Taraji Lewis
Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School: Joshua Osofsky and Rosangel Peralta Plasencia


Date Added: 5/17/2024

Chairperson Honored by NYS Council for Social Studies

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Copiague School District’s Social Studies Chairperson Michelle Penyy was recently named the recipient of the New York State Council for the Social Studies Outstanding Supervisor Award for 2023-2024. Ms. Penyy has more than 20 years of experience in education and has held positions such as social studies teacher, assistant principal for secondary summer school, extended day coordinator, district mentor coordinator and principal for the Saturday Academy.

Ms. Penyy has developed multiple courses including Honors and AP Economics, Advanced Placement Program for Juniors, AP United States Government and Politics and Contemporary Issues Around the World. Ms. Penyy was honored by the Harvard Club of Long Island as the Distinguished Teacher of 2023.

Ms. Penyy was nominated for the award by David Scott, a colleague in the Northport-East Northport School District. Her nomination also included letters of recommendation from students, administrators and teachers. She was recently honored for her contributions to social studies education at an awards ceremony.

Date Added: 5/3/2024

High School Students Get a Special Lesson in Korean Culture

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Students in Ms. Santaly and Ms. Marcedo’s visual storytelling and foreign films studies classes at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School had a special visit from members of the Korean Spirit & Culture Promotion Project on April 10.

Younhee Shin and Kyung Pak spoke to students about Korean history and culture globally, emphasizing both historical contributions and modern innovations that Korea shares with the world. Students watched a video called “Hangul: The Language of Compassion.” Created by King Sejong in the mid-15th century, Hangul aimed to democratize the written language, making it more accessible to the general population than the Chinese characters used at the time and improve living standards.

Ms. Shin and Ms. Pak highlighted modern advancements in Korea, including digital innovations like mobile check-in for doctor’s appointments, prescription orders, digital payments, and advancements in medical procedures. Students then created their own authentic Korean lantern to take home and enjoy.

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Date Added: 4/15/2024

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