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Mission Statement

Within the culturally and ethnically diverse community that is Copiague, the public schools occupy a unique position. It is our responsibility, in partnership with parents and the community, to enable every student to reach high levels of individual academic achievement, to acquire the sophisticated skills necessary for life and work, and to become informed, concerned citizens of a rapidly changing, interdependent society.



District Profile

The Copiague Public School District is composed of a multi-cultural population of approximately 5,000 students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. The school system consists of four elementary schools, one middle school for grades six through eight, and one high school for grades nine through twelve. Copiague Public School District prides itself on its ability to offer quality educational programs.






“To maintain and enhance stability and opportunities for children in a fiscally challenging environment”

  • Reopening/Reentry
    • Create and implement a comprehensive School District Re-Entry Plan utilizing the ten component Functional Team Planning.
    • Strategically plan classroom seating district wide to ensure appropriate social distancing and effective classroom instruction.
    • Re-examine all arrival/dismissal procedures and consider utilizing multiple locations to ensure effective social distancing district wide.
    • In response to the predicted, “COVID slide”, develop and implement a district wide plan to support data driven instruction.
    • Expand implementation of processes to engage students in age-appropriate hygiene/health promoting behaviors that prevent illness.
    • Review alternative delivery of Pupil Personnel supports and services while social distancing.


  • Pre-K-12 Teaching and Learning
    • Continue the work of developing and distributing guidance, support and resources necessary for the successful implementation of the NYSED’s Next Generation ELA, Math, Social Studies and Science standards.
    • Review, revise and implement a plan for literacy intervention at the Middle School level.
    • Expand upon K-12 technology use by promoting and providing training in “best practices” for instructional technology integration in a 1-1 hybrid setting.
    • Continually analyze and evaluate on-line instruction to maximize student learning.


  • Fiscal and Support Operations
    • Develop and implement a school-based budget model that complies with NYS Education Law and Federal ESSA Guidelines.
    • Develop revenue enhancements and cost efficiencies/reductions in order to support educational programs while working towards balancing the annual operating budget.
    • Complete the integration of the District’s student information system (e-School Data) and transportation software (Transfinder).
    • Investigate efficiencies in school operations through analysis of areas such as transportation, buildings and grounds, recycling, insurance and a possible energy performance contract.


  • Human Resources
    • Continue to support smooth leadership transitions and provide mentoring as necessary.
    • Re-vision staff recruitment efforts to meet the needs of our evolving student demographics in a remote/distanced environment.
    • Continue to expand our teacher/administrator recruitments efforts into non-traditional settings.
    • Create a discussion group, comprised of district employees, to consider Staff Wellness Program opportunities as they relate to COVID-19 recovery.
    • Continue to encourage student teaching candidates to seek field-work experiences for ESL and Bilingual with the district within the new COVID-19 framework.


  • Strategic Planning/Safety/Security
    • Utilize certifications in CPI, Restorative Practice, and School Violence Prevention and Intervention/Project SAVE to retrain district staff for certification and for improved school climate.
    • Continue to design and implement district-wide safety and security measures as they apply to new technology, physical changes on school grounds and suggestions from our security consulting firm to improve our day to day safety operations.
    • Continue to build collaborative relationships with local law enforcement and Suffolk County Homeland Security to combat potential threats including expanding the Suffolk County Police Department’s drug, alcohol, tobacco and cyberbullying programs.
    • Develop a district wide action plan to implement Restorative Practices to reduce discipline, improve student relationships and improve school community.


  • Student Services
    • Continue to explore feasibility of returning additional students to district based special education programs.
    • Enhance procedures focusing on tracking data collection for immunizations, patterns of illness, allergies, Body Mass Index (BMI) and attendance.
    • Collaborate with the Director of Special Education to ensure successful partnerships with all stakeholders.
    • Review, revise, and update District Special Education plan in collaboration with Director of Special Education.
    • Identify increased social/emotional needs of students and work to enhance mental health intervention strategies and supports for all students.


  • Technology
    • Implement a 1:1 Chromebook Initiative K-12.
    • Ensure the full implementation of the Data Security 2D regulations district wide.
    • Expand upon K-12 technology use by promoting and providing virtual trainings in Google Classroom on various instructional technology integration tools.


  • Parents and Community
    • Continue to enhance the Community Summit to showcase district successes.
    • Reach out to community and school groups to highlight district programs and events.
    • Reinforce relationships with State and Federal Legislators to advocate for fair funding.


  • Districtwide
    • Hold “Coffee and Cake” with the Board as an informational session.



Facts and Figures

• Full-day kindergarten.
• High School Regents Diploma Rate of 93%
• Annual attendance rate of 94%.
• Strong Regents and Advanced Placement for high school students.
• After-school child care program.
• Comprehensive interscholastic athletic program for students in grades 7-12.



Points of Pride



  • Four student-musicians from Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School were selected to participate in New York State School Music Association’s All-State Festival in Rochester, New York, from Dec. 5-8.

  • Students enrolled in Advanced Placement classes at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School achieved high marks both in the classroom and on exams. The College Board recently recognized 63 current seniors and Class of 2019 graduates as Advanced Placement Scholars.

  • Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School was recently awarded gold partnership status by Junior Achievement of New York. Based on the work done by students in Colleen Gurnter’s social studies leadership class last year – including expanding their participation and programs and partnering with other school districts.

  • Twelve student-musicians from Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School were chosen to participate in the Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association’s Division IV All-County performing ensembles.

  • On Oct. 20, Copiague Middle School’s builders club joined thousands of other people at the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at Jones Beach State Park. The members of the builders club have raised more than $2,000.

  • Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School’s DECA Club participated at the New York State Regional DECA Competition on Jan. 8 at Suffolk Community College in Selden. There were more than 1,500 DECA students from various high schools in Suffolk County participating in the competition.

Points of Pride 2018-2019


  • For successful completing the requirements of Advanced Placement courses and excelling on the exams, a total of 64 students from Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School – current and Class of 2018 graduates – have received AP Scholar Awards.

  • Four students-musicians from Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School have been selected to participate in the New York State School Music Association’s All State Ensembles in Rochester from Nov. 29 to Dec. 2. The district congratulates the following students: Kyree Scott (tenor I, mixed chorus); Allison Reyes (alto II, mixed chorus); Andy Szabo (bass I, mixed chorus); and Darley Senat (soprano I, mixed chorus).

  • Copiague was one of seven districts to receive back to school supplies thanks to United Way’s Stuff-A-Bus. A bus full of supplies pulled up to the district’s administrative building on the morning of Sept. 7 and was packed with boxes of school supplies for district students.

Points of Pride 2017-2018


  • The district congratulates the Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School graduating Class of 2018 top 10 students: Alexandra Saczawa (valedictorian); Samantha Sanchez (salutatorian); Kelly Cheung (third); Osazuwa Eghafona (fourth); Ivan Gonzales (fifth); Davina Smith (sixth); Jennifer Lopez-Fernandez (seventh); Telisa Washington (eighth); Belen Morote (ninth); and Giuseppe Dattolo (10th). 

  • The College Board recognized 65 current students and Class of 2017 graduates as Advanced Placement Scholars.

  • Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School student Taylor Sharpe-Adams was selected to New York State School Music Association’s All-State Chorus as an alternate. 

  • Ten juniors and seniors from Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School were selected to 2017 Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association All-County Division IV Ensembles for the fall. These students performed in concert with their chosen ensembles on Nov. 17 at Hauppauge High School. 

  • United Way’s Stuff-A-Bus delivered more than 75 boxes filled with school supplies for Copiague students. Members of the middle school’s Builders Club helped unload, sort and distribute the boxes.

  • Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School educators Jean Ann Crespo and Nicholas Lorenzen were named Master Teachers by Gov. Cuomo’s office.

  • Two students from Susan E. Wiley Elementary School were named winners in the Town of Babylon’s Veterans Awareness Week Essay contest. Fourth-grader Devin Trinca was awarded first place and a $100 gift card for his essay. Third-grader Hunter Legette took second place and received a $75 gift card for his submission.

  • The students, staff and administrators at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School started a chain reaction of kindness in their school, local community and beyond, thanks to Rachel’s Challenge.

  • Members of the Copiague Middle School Ecology Club were recognized for their cleanup efforts in their local community. Through the Town of Babylon Adopt-A-Highway program, the club has adopted Taylor Avenue – the road next to their school and administrative offices – and pledged to keep it litter-free.

  • 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. 

  • Members of the Knights of Columbus Council 9267 presented an award to Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School ninth-grader Kenneth Tejada. Tejada was named the winner for his submission in the Knights of Columbus’ annual poster contest for alcohol awareness in the 12-14 age group. 

  • Copiague Middle School sixth-graders attended the sixth semiannual antibullying campaign conference at Hofstra University on Oct. 18. The sixth-grade students listened to guest speakers who discussed a range of topics on bullying. They also attended a workshop/breakout session where they discussed different ideas to bring back to their school.

  • Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School clubs came together to support victims of Hurricane Maria on Oct. 20. The school held a Zumba fundraiser thanks to the efforts of members of the Conciencia Latina, Key Club, S.O.U.L, Spanish Club, Madrigals and Global Ambassadors. The clubs sold food, water and tickets and collected canned foods and other essentials for donation. They also conducted different activities throughout the evening. The event raised $3,415 for the Hispanic Federation Fund-UNIDOS Hurricane Relief Fund.

  • Third-graders in Kaileen Spadaro’s class at Great Neck Road Elementary School remembered local heroes for Veterans Day. The class crafted cards and wrote letters to veterans, thanking them for their service using descriptive vocabulary words such as protective, caring, helpful, fearless, courageous and fighter. The cards were delivered to veterans at Broadlawn Manor Nursing Home & Rehabilitation Center in Amityville. 

  • In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month in October, the Copiague Middle School Builders Club walked at the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk at Jones Beach, where they raised $2,709 to be donated to the American Cancer Society.


Around the Schools

Copiague Connection Newsletters

2021-2022 School Year

Summer 2021 Newsletter (PDF)


2020-2021 School Year

Spring 2021 Newsletter (PDF)

Winter 2021 Newsletter (PDF)

Guidance Video

Fall 2020 (PDF)

Summer 2020 Newsletter (PDF)


2019-2020 School Year

Winter 2020 Newsletter (PDF)
Fall 2019 Newsletter 
Summer 2019 Newsletter 

2018-2019 School Year

Budget 2019 Newsletter (PDF)
Spring 2019 Newsletter (PDF)
Winter 2019 Newsletter (PDF)
Fall 2018 Newsletter 
Summer 2018 Newsletter (PDF)

2017-2018 School Year

2018 Spring Newsletter (PDF)
2017 Fall Newsletter 
2017 Summer Newsletter 

2016-2017 School Year

2017 Winter Newsletter (PDF)
2016 Fall Newsletter
2016 Summer Newsletter 

2015-2016 School Year

Proposed 2016-17 Budget Newsletter (PDF)
2016 Spring Newsletter
2016 Winter Newsletter
2015 Fall Newsletter (PDF)
2015 Summer

2014-2015 School Year

2015 Spring (PDF)
2015 Spring (Videos)

2015 Winter (PDF)

2014 Fall II (PDF)

2014 Fall I 

2014 Bond 

2014 Summer (PDF)

2013-2014 School Year
2014 Budget 

2014 Spring (PDF)

2014 Winter (PDF)

2013 Fall (PDF)

2013 Summer (PDF)

2012-2013 School Year
2013 Budget (PDF)

2013 Spring

2013 Winter (PDF)

2012 Fall (PDF)

2012 Summer (PDF)

2011-2012 School Year

2012 Budget(PDF)

2012 Spring (PDF)

2012 Winter 

2011 Fall (PDF)

2010-2011 School Year

2011 Summer 

2011 Budget Newsletter (PDF)

2011 Spring (PDF)

2011 Winter (PDF)

2010 Fall (PDF)


Older Versions

Budget 2010 (PDF) Spring 2010 (PDF)
Winter 2010 (PDF) Fall 2009 (PDF)
Summer 2009 (PDF) Spring 2009 (PDF)
Budget 2009 (PDF) Fall 2009 (PDF)
Winter 2009 (PDF) Fall 2007 Second Edition (PDF) 
Summer 2008 (PDF)  Spring 2007 (PDF) 
Spring 2008 (PDF) Summer 2007 (PDF)
Budget 2008 (PDF)  Winter 2006/07 (PDF)
Winter 2008 (PDF)  Fall 2007 First Edition (PDF)