Students and staff at Great Neck Road Elementary celebrated being 100
days smarter in February. Dressed like they were 100 years old, the
students participated in various activities that centered on the number
100. Check out the video from the day.
Students at Great Neck Road Elementary School recognized Kindness Week in mid-February by performing random acts of kindness throughout their school and community. The students celebrated “going the extra mile to make someone smile” by discussing what makes them smile and how they can be good friends.
The district held its second annual Prince and Princess Ball on Feb. 9 in the cafeteria of Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School. This year’s theme was “Under the Sea.” Elementary students were dressed in their finest formalwear and stopped at the photo booth for a quick picture with their accompanying guest.
The guests spent most of the night on the dance floor, with plenty of time for games and dining. Sponsored by Copiague School District’s security department, all proceeds from the event are used toward the security department’s Corey Swinson Memorial Scholarship, which benefits seniors from Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School.
For close to 15 years, Copiague Middle School’s Builders Club participates in an annual tradition of visiting local seniors on Valentine’s Day. On Feb. 14, along with their adviser Maria Ostrofsky, the students traveled to the Tanner Park Senior Center for their yearly celebration.
The Builders Club members connected with the local seniors by spending quality time with one another. During their visit, students created personalized Valentine’s Day cards for the seniors and hand-delivered the cards along with a rose. The seniors and students spent time together on the dance floor, learning the moves to some of their favorite songs.
Lysa Mullady, newly published author and guidance counselor at Deauville Gardens East Elementary School, shared her new book and her path to becoming an author with fourth-graders in Kristina Sudano’s class on Feb. 8.
Ms. Mullady’s children’s book “Bye Bye Pesky Fly” was published just last month but she told the class about the long road to becoming a published author. She shared her dreams of being a writer and spoke about her love of books and writing. Ms. Mullady also told the students about the many different stories she wrote and attempted to get published over the years, from which she received many rejection letters.
As the school’s counselor, she often finds inspiration and ideas from her students as was the case for “Bye Bye Pesky Fly,” which teaches readers how to be peaceful inside and not let other people bother them. Ms. Mullady told students about the writing, editing and illustrating processes and encouraged them to write down their ideas if they dream of one day becoming an author.
At the end of the discussion, students asked Ms. Mullady questions about her book and her ideas and learned she is in the process of having a second children’s book published. Before school, Ms. Mullady facilitates a fifth-grade writers club and will be hosting a fourth-grade club for aspiring authors in the spring.
Second- and third-grade students, along with their families, from Great Neck Road Elementary School enjoyed an evening together at Family Literacy Night on Feb. 6.
Students gathered in their respective classrooms to enjoy the book “Dragon Was Terrible” by Kelly DiPucchio. After discussing their thoughts on the main character and his behavior with their teacher and peers, the students made their own “dragon treats,” complete with green icing, horns and colored eyes to take home and enjoy. There was also a take-home worksheet that students could bring back to school for a special prize from their teacher.
Students in Louise Curci’s fashion class at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School are showing off their creativity by designing and creating their own do-it-yourself projects, including shoes, jackets, jeans and more. The class will be displaying these items throughout the semester.
Fourth-graders in Jennifer Spizuco’s class at Deauville Gardens East Elementary School recently completed a hands-on science experiment to coincide with their unit on plant and animal structures. Filling a cup with water and blue dye, the students placed a white carnation and a celery stalk and predicted if the flower and celery would change color all the way up or only in the parts that were in water. At the end of the week, they were surprised to see their white flowers turning blue.
Students at Deauville Gardens West Elementary School celebrated the
100th day of school on Feb. 16 by dressing like they were 100 years old.
Throughout the day, students engaged in different math, literacy and
fitness activities centered around the number 100.
Students at Susan E. Wiley Elementary School were stuck on a fundraising idea to help raise money for their fifth-grade Booster Club. For $1, students could purchase a piece of duct tape to stick Principal Cynthia Florio to the wall. On Feb. 14, students had the opportunity to place their duct tape and raised more than $450 for the cause.
Watch the video to see how middle school students are engaging in hands-on lessons powered by technology.
Twenty-six student-musicians will represent Copiague at the 2018 Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association All-County Music Festival in March. Each of these students received outstanding scores on their performance at the NYSSMA solo and ensemble evaluation festivals last May.
Selection to the All-County band and chorus is the highest honor for a student in grades 5-10. The district congratulates the following students:
From the district’s elementary schools, Alexa Gourdette (flute) was chosen from Deauville Gardens East; Alyson Tenebro (flute) from Deauville Gardens West; and Daniella Jimenez (trumpet) from Great Neck Road.
From Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School, student-musicians selected include: Joshua Archer (chorus); Priscilla Bisono (chorus); Ladrea Buffaloe (chorus); Jamila Jackson (chorus); Jaime Kister (Bb clarinet); Cecilia Libertella (chorus); Jonah Ramdas (chorus); Allison Reyes; Denison Rosa (chorus); Andrew Szabo (chorus); and Abigail Webb (chorus).
From Copiague Middle School, the following students were selected: Jacqueline Balzano (chorus); Jennifer Calderon (baritone); Christa Fanizza (flute); Sophia Gonzalez (alto saxophone); Angeni Hernandez (flute); Tierra Jones (chorus); Kelsey Marte (chorus); Adrianna Michal (flute); Philip Popielarz (baritone); Kemmora Simmons (trumpet); Qbar Velasquez (trombone); and Sadia Velasquez (Bb clarinet).
Susan E. Wiley students recently participated in “The Great Kindness
Challenge.” Check out the video and see some of the kind acts they
completed to help make a positive difference in their community and
Brian Wallrapp, aka the “Science Guy” spent the week of Jan. 29 at Deauville Gardens East Elementary School teaching hands-on engaging science lessons.
Wallrapp worked with each class during one-hour science workshops. Students experienced hands-on activities designed to bring classroom lessons to life. Some of the workshops included “Matterman,” “A Taste of Science,” “Electromagnets” and “Exoskeleton Creatures.” During the exoskeleton lesson, students were up close and personal with Madagascar hissing cockroaches, millipedes and even a tarantula named Charlotte.
As part of a Parent-Teacher Association-sponsored program, parents and PTA members attended their own workshop with Wallrapp for a firsthand experience of the lessons the students participated in during the week.
On Jan. 25, the Copiague Middle School presented its winter production of the musical “Fame” to family members, friends and the Copiague community in the Copiague Middle School auditorium. Check out the slideshow of photos from the production.
As part of their science unit, fifth-graders in Karen Coyle’s class at Deauville Gardens East Elementary School each made their own terrariums. After learning about the earth’s major systems – atmosphere, hydrosphere, geosphere and biosphere – the students conducted the activity as part of the earth and space systems unit. The terrariums, which show how rock, water, air and life all act together in earth’s major systems, are an example of how the earth’s parts all work together.
The top 20 students in the Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School Class of 2018 were honored for their outstanding academic achievements during a special luncheon held in the cafeteria on Jan. 26.
Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School Principal Joseph Agosta welcomed Copiague School District administrators, board of education members, faculty, students and parents for the celebration. “I would like to thank all of you and especially the parents for being your child’s lifelong teacher,” he said. “Thank you for your involvement, encouragement and support of your top 20 student.”
Mr. Agosta also addressed the invited teachers in attendance, who were all chosen by each individual student for the impact, support and knowledge they have bestowed upon them. “The connections you have made with our students, both in and out of the classroom, have not gone unnoticed.”
To the students, Agosta implored them to remember their roots in Copiague. “Challenge yourself to be a great person,” he said. “Surround yourself with people who want you to be a better person. Remember the values, pride and sense of community the Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School community has given you.”
After a brief introduction on each top 20 student’s accomplishments, activities and future academic plans, the students took to the podium to recognize their teacher and the impact he or she has had on their life.
The district congratulates the top 20 students (in order beginning with No. 20): Nathanya Thelusma; Kyria Moore; Adrian Tavarez; Marynee Mendez; Rachel Korba; Isabella Gilbert; Nayeli Pena; Katherine Kammer; Andy DeJesus Hernandez; Mariana Espinoza; Giuseppe Dattolo; Belen Morote; Telisa Washington; Jennifer Lopez-Fernandez; Davina Smith; Ivan Gonzales; Osazuwa Eghafona; Kelly Cheung; Samantha Sanchez (salutatorian); and Alexandra Saczawa (valedictorian).
Members of the Copiague Middle School’s National Junior Honor Society volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House in New Hyde Park on Jan. 19.
The Copiague students prepped and baked a few dozen brownies and cookies for the families staying in the house. The students toured facilities and learned how the Ronald McDonald facility helps families whose children are being cared for at Cohen’s Children’s Medical Center.
National Junior Honor Society advisers Paul Harvey and Francesca Walker, along with Copiague Middle School teacher Karen Kazlauskas, led the trip.
Copiague School District’s Board of Education recognized 27 students from the district’s six schools during a special ceremony held at Copiague Middle School on Jan. 22.
The student recognition awards are presented twice a year to students for their noteworthy accomplishments. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Bannon noted how the awards are an honor and distinction given to a small group of students. Appearing in front of parents, friends, community and the board of education is a distinction, she added.
The district congratulates the following students for their achievements:
Deauville Gardens East Elementary School – Abraham Mamoon and Anthony Zeno Garcia
Deauville Gardens West Elementary School – Dennis Romero Maldonado and Julianna Sakin
Great Neck Road Elementary School – Sandra Jakowanis, Jada Lopez, Meraysia Owens and Irie Waterbury
Susan E. Wiley Elementary School – Selvin Guzman Salmeron and Jael Montez
Copiague Middle School – Yandel De la Cruz Estevez, Joshua Flores Milla, Michael Mais III, Anaya Preza Luna, Nicholas Ramos and Kuba Szulejko
Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School – Yarlin Avilez-Ortez, Kacey Bilardi, Owen Donohue, Stacy Espinal Perez, Nicholas Favichia, Georgia Formes, Isabella Gilbert, Kayla Madden, Yamilex Quiroz Vargas, Taylor Sharpe-Adams and Kily Zambrano
Danielle Palladino, special education teacher at Susan E. Wiley Elementary School, was recognized with the Association of Suffolk Supervisors for Educational Technologies Bright Lights Award. Ms. Palladino was presented with the award at a luncheon in Great River on Jan. 18.
“As a special education teacher, my goal is to create a learning environment that fosters confident, independent learners,” Ms. Palladino said. “I use technology to enhance the learning experience for my students, but most importantly I use everyday technology resources to empower my students.”
Ms. Palladino, who has been teaching in the Copiague School District for 11 years, was nominated for the award for her use of technology in the classroom by the district’s director of technology Kelly Urraro.
“My students are incredibly motivated by technology,” Ms. Palladino added. “They enjoy using the Smart Board, reading on EPIC and completing assignments in Google Classroom. They have also begun to work using our district’s ZSpaces, which provide them with realistic 3-D opportunities. I feel extremely fortunate to be teaching in 2018 with such a vast array of technology at my fingertips. I have seen my teaching evolve as technology continues to advance. I can only imagine what’s in store, and I’m excited for the journey.”
The DECA Club from Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School participated in the annual DECA regional competition at Suffolk County Community College on Jan. 3. Eight Copiague students qualified for the New York State competition by placing in the top 10 in their respective events.
The district congratulates the following students who will be participating in New York State competition:
Brianna Batista: Visual Advertising
Sergio Beltran: Decision Making Marketing
Jackson Bright: Sales Demo
Jarrett David: Business Services Marketing
Kianna Joyner: Wholesale Selling
Messiah Reid: Job Interview
Kenia Rodriguez: Wholesale Selling
Kyree Scott: Wholesale Selling
Helping to guide students in their future goals, Copiague School District held a College and Career Day on Jan. 12. Administrators and staff dressed in attire featuring their alma maters to show the many different college options.
At the district’s elementary schools, students dressed in their aspirational professional career paths. Future doctors, lawyers, police officers, firefighters, artists and even astronauts filled the hallways and classrooms. Students wrote about why they want to choose their career paths and shared their choices with classmates. At Great Neck Road Elementary School, fourth-graders listened to college students who spoke about their experiences. Second-grade students at Susan E. Wiley Elementary School became geologists for the day, mining for rocks and minerals and learning about their properties.
Teachers spoke to Copiague Middle School students about their college experiences and students took surveys about potential career paths based on their interests. Students at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School listened to Copiague alumni speak about college living, the application process and navigating their way through the first year away from home. In addition, staff members participated in a Dollars for Denim Day, donating the money raised to the Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School Scholarship Fund sponsored by the Copiague Teachers Association.