Walter G. O'Connell Copiague High School

1100 Dixon Avenue
Copiague, New York 11726
(631) 842-4010
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Joseph M. Agosta
Assistant Principals: Tamika Eason, Jonathan Cutolo, Bradley Reminick

Hours: 7:40 a.m. to 2:23 p.m.
Students: 1,600
Faculty: 131

The educational program at Walter G. O'Connell Copiague High School is designed to meet the needs of every student through a unique variety of course offerings and support programs. The diversity of the school's student population enriches all who enter its doors and is one of the school community's greatest strengths. The faculty and staff of Walter G. O'Connell Copiague High School believe that a student's high school education is the most important four years of a student's life.

The school serves approximately 1,600 students in grades nine through twelve. Through outstanding academic opportunities, support programs, and counseling, each student is constantly encouraged to reach his/her full potential. Walter G. O'Connell Copiague High School has instituted a successful all-Regents program, an in-school and after-school remediation program, Advanced Placement courses in all disciplines, and offers a wide variety of elective courses such as drama, sports and entertainment marketing, and criminal justice.

Current News

Two Copiague students named Siemens semifinalists

For the first time in Copiague School District history, Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School students Sofie Wilson and Jade Dickenson were named semifinalists in this year’s prestigious Siemens Competition, the nation’s premier competition in math, science and technology for high school students.

Wilson and Dickenson were selected from more than 1,600 students who submitted innovative individual and team research projects. Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School science chairperson Renee Locker and science teacher Tracy Wenzler, John Borghardt of Bergen Point Waste Water facility, and Joshua Perry of the South Shore Nature Center were among those who mentored the students on their project “A novel investigation surrounding Geukensia demissa as a probable control mechanism for the invasive species Phragmites australis.”

“This is an amazing accomplishment for our district and for the community,” Locker said. “It really is a testament to the passion, hard work and dedication of these students and we are so proud of this honor.”

Launched by the Siemens Foundation in 1999, the Siemens Competition promotes excellence in math, science and technology and is recognized by colleges and universities as the premier math and science research competition in the United States. More than $600,000 in college scholarships is awarded to students annually through the Siemens Competition during regional and national events administered by Discovery Education.

Simulated Program Offers Lessons for Young Drivers


Driver’s education students at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School had a hands-on lesson in the dangers of drinking and driving thanks to a special visit from the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office on Oct. 5.

As part of the STOPPED community program, students participated in an activity where they drove a pedal car through a cone maze while wearing goggles that impair their vision and balance as if under the influence of alcohol. After the simulated driving portion, students then had to wear the goggles and walk through the maze with a partner, trying to avoid the cones and get home safely.

Thirty-six juniors and seniors are currently participating in the district’s driver’s education program. Driver’s education instructor Karen Perrone and Deputy Thomas Indence have been working together to present the program to Copiague students for the last five years.

“Any accident involving alcohol is preventable,” Perrone said. “This program brings the scary truth of drinking and driving up close to students in a safe way. If one student leaves a little smarter, it’s worth it. If they share the message with friends and they get it, even better!”

The Invitation Race


On Sept. 24, members of the high school cross-country team participated in the Six Flags Wild Safari Invitational. Junior Antoine Moore Jr. set a personal record in the 5,000-meter race with a time of 16:40, which earned him a fourth-place finish out of 130 runners. Congratulations to all of the runners who participated in the run!

1,000 Assists

Brionna Silva, senior captain of the Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School girls varsity volleyball team, recorded her 1,000th career assist during a match against Smithtown West on Sept. 15. The Copiague School District congratulates Brionna on her achievement!

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.

All-State, All-County Musicians Shine

Two Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School students have been selected for the New York State School Music Association’s All-State Conference. Additionally, three students have also been chosen for All-County Honors.

Lesly Decastro and Kishaar Hodge were chosen to perform with the mixed chorus in the NYSSMA All-State Conference from Dec. 1-4 in Rochester, New York.

Joining Decastro and Hodge in the Suffolk County Music Educators Association’s All-County Festival are student-musicians Nicholas Favichia, Sarah St. Jean and Ashley Weekes in mixed chorus.

These students were chosen among thousands of student-musicians who auditioned at solo and ensemble festivals throughout Suffolk County and New York State.

More than 60 Copiague students land on AP Scholar list

Students enrolled in Advanced Placement classes at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School achieved high marks both in the classroom and on exams. The College Board recently recognized 61 current seniors and Class of 2016 graduates as Advanced Placement Scholars.

With an average score of at least 4 on all AP exams taken and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams, 2016 graduates Adrian Chochorek, Dawn Gioia and Karla Lopez were named National AP Scholars.

Sixteen past and current students were named AP Scholars with Distinction for earning average scores of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. They are: Mikayla Angel, Adrian Chochorek, Jade Dickenson, Cristian Dilone, Jessica Escobar, Dawn Gioia, Sophia Hall, Kasandra Hanson, David Hararah, Karla Lopez, Gregory Morgan, Brayan Pena, Tomasz Solecki, Steven Szabo, Maegan Tosun and Marcus Weeks.

Eleven students who received an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams were named AP Scholars with Honor. They are: Katherine Abreu, Kimberly Cheung, Robert Favichia, Jason Hernandez, Ashley Hudson, Letisha Jenkins, Artur Karczewski, Jailene Peralta, Ethan Taveras, Chanyia Welch and Sofie Wilson.

Thirty-one students were named AP Scholars based on earning scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams. These students are: Monica Assaf, Asante Carroll, Olivia Clark, Gabriella Dattolo, Patricia Estevez, William Feldman, Gernelle Forrest, Carolyn Gonzalez, Jackalyn Gonzalez, David Grinthal, Juan Gubisch, Jonathan Gudel, Teja Jabouin, Cameren Jackson, Ona Kean, Ryan King-Claytor, Jenna Langan, Jaritza Lopez, Jaylene Lopez, Joel Lopez, Brady Madden, Anthony Molina, Andre Morgan, Claudia Motley, Karla Paragna, Anessa Pierce, Rose Spanato, Nichole Sutton, Alexandra Urban, Lyndsey Wilson and Nilsu Yildiz.

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.

New AP Appointed at Walter G. O’Connell HS

At the Aug. 15 Board of Education meeting, the district appointed Jonathan Cutolo as assistant principal of Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School, effective Aug. 22.

Since 2004, Cutolo has served as a special education teacher at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School. He has also held the position of site-based home instruction supervisor since 2013. Cutolo also served as the summer school principal at the high school during the past two years and assistant summer school principal from 2011-2013. Since 2006, Cutolo has coached varsity and junior varsity softball, varsity and junior varsity girls basketball, varsity and junior varsity football, varsity boys bowling and varsity girls bowling and golf intramurals teams.

Cutolo holds a masters degree in liberal studies from Stony Brook University. He also earned an advanced graduate certificate in educational leadership from Stony Brook University.