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Great Neck Road Elementary School

1400 Great Neck Road
Copiague, New York 11726
(631) 842-4013
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Hours: (Grades K-5) 9:05am – 3:15 pm

Principal: Karla Cangelosi
Assistant Principal: Janine Proulx

Students: 525
Faculty: 79

Great Neck Road Elementary School provides a challenging and supportive academic program for approximately 525 students in kindergarten through grade five. The faculty at Great Neck Road works closely with students in many areas to instill in them a lifelong desire to learn.

Great Neck Road teachers and staff are involved in several educational initiatives dedicated to promoting creative and critical thinking and to achieve grade level proficiency in reading, mathematics, and English Language Arts. In addition to the strong support programs dedicated to assisting students in need, there is also a renowned Talented and Gifted program which provides students with an opportunity to explore subjects beyond the scope of the standard curriculum.

In addition, with help from the school's very active PTA, students are involved in numerous academic, social, and cultural programs, as well as family-oriented events and activities throughout the school year.


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Students Are in the Zone

Students Are in the Zone photo

The Suffolk Zone of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance sponsored the annual Physical Education Student Leadership Awards Ceremony at Bay Shore High School on May 2. Students who qualify for the award are recognized for their achievements in physical education, leadership, character and academics.

Honored at the ceremony was Copiague Middle School eighth-graders Emma Nuzzi and Werly Cormier; Deauville Gardens East Elementary School fifth-graders Chloe Allen Jackson and Taki Mason; Deauville Gardens West Elementary School fifth-graders Jailene Solomon and William Daley; Susan E. Wiley Elementary School fifth-grade students Samantha Fuentes and Alex Juszczak; and Great Neck Road Elementary School fifth-grade students Keila Corona and Anthony Armando Diaz.

A Garden of Inspiration at Great Neck Road

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Great Neck Road Elementary School took on a schoolwide recycled art project in April. During art classes, the students painted rocks to resemble fish, inspired by the book “Only One You” by Linda Kranz. 

Led by art teacher Meghan Haughney, each student created his or her unique rock, which was then placed in the outdoor rock garden in early May. The rock garden, which adorns the school’s entrance, is shaped like a river to mimic the fish rocks swimming in the water and features a sign that reads “there’s only one you in this great big world.” The rock garden is also dedicated to the memory of former Great Neck Road teacher Carol Gamba. 

Copiague Teams Cheer on Casale

Copiague Teams Cheer on Casale photo
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Members of the Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School girls varsity track team, boys varsity track team, girls varsity lacrosse team and the varsity club gathered at Great Neck Road Elementary School on April 26 to cheer on marathon runner Eva Casale. Casale ran seven marathons in seven days to raise money for the national nonprofit Hope for Warriors, which supports veterans and fallen heroes. As she ran past Great Neck Road, Casale stopped to hug all those who gathered. After she placed a rose on the veteran monument at Great Neck Road, the boys track members joined her on run for the rest of the day.

Flat Stanley Tours Great Neck Road

Flat Stanley Tours Great Neck Road photo

Kindergarten students in Caren Steiger’s class at Great Neck Road Elementary had the chance to show off all their favorite parts of their elementary school on May 1. Flat Stanley, who arrived recently from a school in Moravia, New York, was given a guided tour of the building by the kindergartners.

After connecting with the school in upstate New York, the Great Neck Road students sent their Flat Stanley to their partner school and received the other school’s Flat Stanley in return. Flat Stanley, who is the title character in a series of books, met and toured the principal’s office, cafeteria, and nurse’s office and even had the chance to have some fun on the playground. In the upcoming weeks, the class will have a video conference with the partner school and explore the similarities and differences between the schools and communities. 

Great Neck Road’s Art Project Rocks

Great Neck Road’s Art Project Rocks photo

Great Neck Road Elementary School is coming together for a schoolwide recycled art project. During the first weeks in April, students are painting a rock to resemble a fish during their respective art classes. Inspired by the book “Only One You” by Linda Kranz, Great Neck Road art teacher Meghan Haughney tasked each of the students with creating their own fish-look rocks. In the coming weeks, all of the fish will be placed in rock garden outside of the school.

Copiague’s High School Heroes become teachers for a day

Copiague’s High School Heroes become teachers for a day photo

As part of Junior Achievement’s High School Heroes program, 20 Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School students enrolled in the leadership class became teachers for a day at Great Neck Road Elementary School on March 27.

The high school students spent the day in the third- and fourth-grade classrooms teaching five different lessons. Materials were provided for the lessons and both the high school students and the third-grade teachers completed a training program through Junior Achievement. 

The Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School students acted as teachers for the day, following Junior Achievement’s Our City module. “The high school students followed the teacher schedule and were able to make some great connections with the staff and students,” said Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School Assistant Principal Jonathan Cutolo. “The elementary student were extremely excited about the High School Heroes and some made welcome signs and asked them for their autographs.”

The curriculum introduces students to financial literacy and learning objectives for social studies, including the characteristics of cities, the importance of economic exchange, and how people and businesses in cities manage their money. At the end of the day, the third-graders were each provided with a certificate of completion.

“Copiague is a great place to learn and our high school students were able to give back to their community and at the same time work on skills that will make them successful young adults such as time management, organization, responsibility, preparation and commitment,” Cutolo said. “One of the most important aspects of bringing our leadership class to the elementary school is that it gives the younger students the opportunity to interact with the high school students as role models.”

The High School Heroes program is a service learning project that provides high school students the opportunity to become role models by teaching and empowering elementary students within their school district. High School Heroes work in teams to mentor students with hands-on, interactive lessons to students centered around work readiness, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship. 

Creativity abounds at Annual Community Summit

Creativity abounds at Annual Community Summit photo

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.