2650 Great Neck Road
Copiague, New York 11726
Principal: Andrew Lagnado
Assistant Principals: Michael Ferretti, Stephanie Valeiko
Hours: 8 a.m. to 2:47 p.m.
English/Social Studies Advanced Classes 2018-19 - Writing Sample
Eighth Grade to Ninth Grade Orientation Letter
Immunization Alert Letter
Safety Letter to Parents (English and Spanish)
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.
To benefit the American Heart Association and learn about the effects of heart disease, students at Copiague Middle School participated in a Hoops for Heart fundraiser to raise money for the organization on March 23 and 26 during their physical education classes.
During a basketball-themed obstacle course, students were timed as they raced through the different stations. Students recorded their time on a poster for the different classes to attempt to beat. The Copiague Middle School students are hoping to meet or exceed their goal of $5,000 raised during last year’s event.
Not only did students help raise money for a good cause, they learned about leading a heart-healthy lifestyle and making positive choices. Hoops for Heart is a national fundraising program sponsored jointly by the Society of Health and Physical Educators of America and the AHA. Through the program, students raise funds for the AHA while participating in activities that promote physical fitness.
It was a morning of creativity, community and collaboration, as Copiague Public Schools held its annual Community Summit Breakfast on March 17.
Focusing on its theme “Creativity Abounds in Copiague,” the board of education and administration welcomed various community organizations, local legislators, students and families to spotlight its programs and celebrate its successes. “Across the grades, from kindergarten to high school, a goal of the district has been to infuse our curriculum with the most cutting-edge technology, inquiry-based instruction and instruction that taps into students’ multiple intelligences,” said Dr. Kathleen Bannon, superintendent of schools.
“I believe it is very important for our community members to see and hear what our students and staff are doing on a daily basis,” Board of Education President Laura Gavey said. “Because of the support of our community and our legislators we are very lucky that we are able to keep our programs alive in the ever-changing education system. We are fortunate that we have been able to budget properly over the last few years and our programs are still intact.”
Gavey continued her speech to discuss the need for increased state and federal funding in order to maintain its educational programs.
During her “State of the District” address, Dr. Bannon focused on the district’s multitude of positive accomplishments and provided an update on the district’s ongoing capital project. She also mentioned the district’s 2018-19 budget process and the need for increased state funding.
“In a perfect world, there would be adequate and equitable funding for public education,” she said. “Funding that is predictable, transparent and sustainable. So that we can plan for the long term, rather than year to year.”
The summit also featured student musical performances, spotlights on various creative student programs and projects and an introduction of the Class of 2018 top 10 students. Additionally, New York State Sen. John Brooks, Brendan Cunningham, Chief of Staff for New York State Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre, and Town of Babylon Supervisor Richard Schaffer were in attendance.
The nationally-recognized marching band from Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School visited Copiague Middle School student-musicians on March 2 in effort to pique their interest in joining the band.
The marching band, led by band director Eric Dobmeier, showed off some of their instruments and musical selections to the middle school students. Marching band members spoke about some of their individual experiences. The musicians, along with members of the Color Guard, played part of their routine for the audience of young musicians. They also showed a video of their performance in Syracuse last year.
The band is beginning its recruiting process now before it starts rehearsals in May. The band practices during the summer months and culminates its season with a performance in Syracuse.
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.
Eighth Grade to Ninth Grade Orientation - 7pm @ HS Auditorium
Superintendent's Conference Day for Grades K-8
MS PTA Meeting 7pm
MS 6th Grade Parent Orientation @ MS 7pm
MS Spring Concert Choral @ HS 7pm