Copiague Middle School

2650 Great Neck Road
Copiague, New York 11726
(631) 842-4011
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Andrew Lagnado
Assistant Principals: Michael Ferretti, Stephanie Valeiko

Hours: 8 a.m. to 2:47 p.m.
Students: 1,200

A Letter from Mr. Lagnado re: Ryan’s Story (English)
A Letter from Mr. Lagnado re: Ryan’s Story (Spanish)

Copiague Middle School Summer Reading Assignment


It is the mission of Copiague Middle School faculty and staff to create an educational atmosphere in which each student is provided with the opportunity to realize their full potential as students, athletes, artists, musicians, and individuals through personal attention and encouragement. The curriculum in the middle school has been developed to challenge and stimulate the minds of students in the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades, while remaining responsive to the needs of each student during the transition from childhood to adolescence.

Since its inception the team teaching approach has benefited students and faculty alike, providing additional outlets and experiences for each student. In addition, the nearly 1,200 students enrolled in Copiague Middle School are provided with a wealth of opportunities to develop as individuals by participating in student government, athletics, clubs, student organizations, class trips, community service, peer mentoring, and many schoolwide events.

By promoting each student's self-confidence, respect for others, and avoiding standardized solutions, the faculty and staff at Copiague Middle School have been successful at establishing an effective school community that is truly centered on the student.

Current News

Eagle Pride Soars


School pride was in the air on Sept. 24 as Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School celebrated homecoming with festivities, including a parade, fair, football game and Hall of Achievement induction ceremony.

The day’s events kicked off with a spirited parade that started at Great Neck Elementary and ended at the high school. The freshman, sophomore, junior and senior classes marched along the route with their “Around the World”-themed floats, while the marching band provided the soundtrack. Also taking part in the parade were numerous groups and organizations from the high school, middle school and elementary schools.

Following the parade, a ceremony was held on the football field where cheerleaders and the step team performed after the homecoming queen and king, Diana Lopez and Rigaud Destime were introduced. Speaking during the ceremony were school administrators and local government officials.

The afternoon continued as the varsity football team took on Centereach High School. Despite their best efforts, the Eagles were unable to defeat the Cougars.

During the halftime show, the marching band, cheerleaders and step team treated the crowd to rousing performances.

The festivities concluded with the district’s annual Hall of Achievement induction ceremony at the high school. This year’s inductees included Class of 1984 alumnus Jim Konen, Class of 1998 alumna Dr. Leslie Marino and Class of 1977 alumnus Craig Stadelman.

Middle School pays tribute to 9/11 victims

Students, faculty and administrators at Copiague Middle School honored and remembered the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks during a ceremony.

Principal Andrew Lagnado read a poem over the public announcement system and offered some insightful words. “By never forgetting and always remembering, it minimizes the chances of history repeating itself,” Mr. Lagnado said. “That is why we remember 9-11-01 in such a powerful way each year and it is most certainly why we must teach our younger generation the same. By doing so, we try to do right by those who lost their lives, those who continue to suffer and those who protect us today.”

Members of the band, led by Timothy Gavin, played “Taps” to close out the remembrance ceremony.

Supplied and Ready to Go

Eighty-five boxes filled with every supply a student could need – backpacks, lunch boxes, notebooks, pocket folders, pens, pencils, washable markers, pencil cases, crayons, glue/glue sticks, scissors, rulers and hand wipes – were dropped off at district offices on Sept. 7 thanks to the generosity of United Way’s Stuff-A-Bus campaign.

Educational Bus Transportation, which services the district, pulled into the administrative building with the packed boxes and members of the Middle School’s Builders Club, the junior version of the Key Club, were on hand ready to help unload the packages.

Representatives from United Way said they received more donations than ever and the need keeps growing. The program, now in its eighth year, also has the support of many corporate partners.

The Builders Club, along with adviser Maria Ostrofsky, will sort through the supplies and package them for distribution throughout the buildings.

Back to School!


Despite the gloomy weather, spirits were high as Copiague School District welcomed back students and staff on Sept. 6. Please look below for a slideshow of some first day of school highlights.

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