100 Deauville Boulevard
Copiague, New York 11726
Principal: Joseph A. Buccello
Assistant Principal: Janine Proulx
Hours (Grades K-5): 9:05am – 3:15 pm
Deauville Gardens East Elementary School serves approximately 450 students from kindergarten through grade five and provides a variety of experiences to support the social, emotional and academic well-being of students. The collaborative atmosphere, well-trained and highly qualified staff and student-centered philosophy foster an environment which truly benefits children.
In order to provide a meaningful and effective education, maximize student growth and meet the requirements of the Common Core Standards, a variety of programs and approaches are utilized. Guided Reading is the foundation of the Balanced Literacy program that is embraced in order to challenge each individual student at his or her appropriate level. Math is taught by allowing students to experiment with concepts and create their own understanding of material. In addition, a number of after-school programs and clubs present students with opportunities to explore new interests.
At Deauville Gardens East, we recognize that a strong partnership between the school and home is essential for a positive and productive educational experience. Staff members work closely with the PTA and families to provide enriching experiences for students both inside and outside of the classroom.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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
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.
DGE PTA Meeting 3:30pm
Superintendent's Conference Day for Grades K-8
DGE Spring Concert 7pm
No school for Grades 3-5