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Deauville Gardens West Elementary School

100 Deauville Boulevard
Copiague, New York 11726
(631) 842-4012
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Principal: 
Michael G. Kelly
Assistant Principal: Sheri Droz

Hours (Grades K-5): 9:30AM - 3:40PM
Students: 475

Deauville Gardens West 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 before-school programs and clubs present students with opportunities to explore new interests.

At Deauville Gardens West, 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.

Current News

Challenged to Make a Difference

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In recognition of Earth Day, first-graders in Terri Alzmann’s class at Deauville Gardens West participated in “The Lorax Challenge.”

The Dr. Seuss book, which each class read in celebration of his birthday, delivers the message that one person can make a difference. For the challenge, students were invited to make a difference at home, in their community or at school.  

Ms. Alzmann’s class decided to make a difference in their community and their school by planting flowers in the front of their school. The students will continue to observe and take care of their flowers throughout the school year.





Recycling Initiative Helps Spark Change

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The student council members at Deauville Gardens West are doing their share this Earth Day by launching a project to bring clean drinking water to villages in the Western Province of South Africa.

The student council presented their Carbon for Water initiative to their classmates in grades 3-5 during an assembly on April 17. Under the supervision of student council supervisor Christine Orlando, the group will be recycling plastic bottles in the cafeteria for the remainder of the school year. They will use the money they raise to purchase a large carbon filter from LifeStraw for a school in Africa.

The students spoke about the need for cleaning drinking water in Africa and how helping these villages will allow students to go to school instead of working to gather wood and water everyday. “Our goal is to help every child in the world receive an education, no matter where they are from,” the students told the audience.


Spring Into Fitness

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Deauville Gardens West invited students and their families for fun, games and exercise during Family Fitness Night on April 5. Gathered in the gymnasium, families participated in a variety of activities including jump rope, basketball, scooter races and more.

Lucky First-Graders Get Leprechaun Visit

Lucky First-Graders Get Leprechaun Visit Photo

First-graders in Katianne Howe’s class at Deauville Gardens West celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with hands-on art, math, reading and science activities.

The first-graders designed and created their own leprechaun traps. They displayed them the night before St. Patrick's Day, and when they came into school, they discovered small footprints and gold glitter around their traps. They received two letters from two leprechauns who visited the classroom and left gifts and gold for the students. 

Students read two St. Patrick’s Day poems and were visited by a mystery reader who read a St. Patrick’s Day story. They also made their own green slime. 

At the conclusion of the celebration, the students each received a bag of Lucky Charms cereal from a leprechaun and graphed the marshmallows in their cereal. 

 

Reading Madness Marches On

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Third-graders in Colleen Garofola’s class at Deauville Gardens West are celebrating literacy with a “March Madness Tournament of Books.”
As a way to expose her students to different book genres, Ms. Garofola set up a March Madness-style bracket of different books for students to enjoy. Two books faced off  head-to-head to decide which one moves to the next round. The students created their own brackets based on the book title and cover.

In the first round (the Sweet 16), the class read the book jacket and voted on the book that advanced to the next bracket. In the Elite Eight and Final Four rounds, the students read excerpts of the book and chose a winner. In the championship round, students read “Wonder” and  “The One and Only Ivan” and will be choosing their champion by the end of the month.


Third-Grade Weather Watchers Report Their Forecast

Third-Grade Weather Watchers Report Their Forecast

In conjunction with their lesson on weather, students in Kate Castellano and Megan Moore’s third-grade class at Deauville Gardens West took out their sunglasses, scarves, hats and umbrellas as they presented weather reports to their classmates on March 10. Each student acted as a weather forecaster, giving their five-day report on temperatures, what to wear, and how to prepare for the upcoming weather. Students also provided comment cards to their peers about what they liked most about their weather presentation.





A Night Under the Stars

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Dressed in their pajamas, equipped with their lanterns and ready to tell stories by the fire, students from Deauville Gardens West Elementary School participated in a literacy night “camp-in” on Feb. 28.

Along with their families, students came back to school in the evening to read and sing campfire songs, learn about constellations, and read the stars. They crafted binoculars and camping journals and ventured to the book fair in the cafeteria to conclude the event.

Royals Step Out for the Ball

Royals Step Out for the Ball

It was a royal ball for elementary students and their families at the Prince and Princess Ball at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School on Feb. 17. This year’s theme was A Night in Paris Valentine’s Ball.

Dressed in their best attire, students posed for pictures in the photo booths set up at the entrance. Inside the Valentines-themed cafeteria, students connected with their friends to dance the night away. The princes and princesses also had a chance to dance and spend quality time with their “dates” as they enjoyed food, dancing and games.

All proceeds from the annual event go to the Corey Swinson Memorial Scholarship, awarded to Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School seniors.




Award-winning Posters, Essays Send Positive Messages

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During the Feb. 13 Board of Education meeting, students were recognized for their winning entries in the annual Knights of Columbus Substance Abuse Art Poster Contest and essay contest on religious freedom and diversity.

In front of family and friends, former Grand Knight Bob Waidler and members of the Our Lady of the Assumption Council of the Knights of Columbus awarded each student a certificate of participation and a gift certificate provided by the Knights. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Bannon, Board of Education members, Coordinator of Fine Arts Jennifer Pierre-Louis and Copiague Middle School social studies teachers Kristin Alfarano and Andrea Hernandez were on hand to congratulate the winners.

The art poster winners were: Deauville Gardens East’s Tiana Newman (alcohol 8-11 group); Copiague Middle School’s Kenneth Tejada (alcohol 12-14 group); Copiague Middle School’s Denise Garcia (drugs 8-11 group); Copiague Middle School’s Cathrine Sakin (drugs 12-14 group); and Great Neck Road’s runner-up Kelvin Reyes-Verde.

The essay contest winners were Copiague Middle School seventh-graders Ileana Fernandez (first place), Richard Queensborough (second place) and Alex Iglesias (third place).





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