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.

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Key Club Drive Helps Save Lives

Key Club Drive Helps Save Lives

The Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School Key Club held its second blood drive of the school year on Jan. 12. Copiague students and staff members donated 50 pints of blood. The next blood drive will be held on April 21.

Paving the Path to College and Career Readiness

Paving the Path to College and Career Readiness

Being college and career ready was top of mind for students as the district celebrated College and Career Day on Jan. 13.

From the elementary schools all the way up to the high school, faculty and administrators proudly dressed in their alma mater. Students at Great Neck Road opted to dress as their future career choice with a slew of doctors, veterinarians, police officers and lawyers throughout the building. One elementary class set up its room as a bakery for the day. Dressed as aspiring chefs, the students baked and sold cupcakes and cookies to learn about business model.

Students at the middle school learned about the many opportunities offered during the college years, such as traveling abroad and meeting new people. Teachers shared their college experience and spoke about the endless career choices that college can offer.

Military personnel, local businesspeople and alumni visited Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School to offer insight and information about the college experience. Many alumni spoke about budgeting, dorm life, financial aid and navigating through the first year both academically and socially.

Throughout the district, students sported their blue and white “College and Career Day” bracelets to support the event.

Poetry Out Loud Shows Students’ skills

Poetry Out Loud

Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School held its first Poetry Out Loud Competition on Dec. 15.

Six students – Sophia Hall, Cameren Jackson, Tiana Roe, Samantha Sattler, Sarah St. Jean, and Brianna Uribe – competed during the two rounds of poetry recitation. Each student took to the front of the class to recite two poems of their choice based on the list provided by Poetry Out Loud.

Sophia Hall was named the winner for her recitation of “The Daring One” and “Ode,” while Sarah St. Jean was chosen as runner-up for her recitation of “Siblings” and “Revenge.” The pair will compete in the regional finals at Nassau Community College in February.

Judges included English teachers Faith Gottlieb and Daniel Barressi, Social Studies Chairperson Michelle Penyy, and Principal Joseph Agosta. English teacher and Poetry Slam adviser Anastasia Kourtis served as the accuracy judge.

Poetry Out Loud encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life.

Turning Trash to Cash for Those in Need

Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School’s SOUL (Humanities) Club and Ecology Club are saving the planet and raising money at the same time. Since the start of the 2016-2017 school year, students in the two clubs have been collecting bottles and cans from recycle bins placed in various classrooms throughout the building. Science teacher Christopher Coppelli spearheaded the effort.

With more than 40 classrooms participating in the initiative, the Trash for Cash Recycling Program yielded $250. The clubs presented two $125 Target gift cards to social worker Alison Stritzl to help economically disadvantaged students and their families this holiday season.

Graduating Seniors Connect with Senior Citizens

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Members of the Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School Class of 2017 hosted more than 200 local senior citizens at their annual Senior-to-Senior Dinner on Dec. 6 in the school’s cafeteria.

In an effort to connect with and show their appreciation for the support of the local senior citizen community, the volunteers, along with senior class co-advisors Lisa Dunn and Neil Schweitzer, spent weeks preparing for the dinner and festivities.  

The night began with a singalong performance by the Madrigal Choir. Under the direction of Gina Occhiogrosso, the students sang a vast array of holiday classics.  Following the performance, high school students, who were dressed in their best holiday attire, served the seniors a variety of catered dishes and refreshments, thanks to restaurant donations, fundraising efforts and teacher-made dishes. The night continued as high school seniors took to the dance floor with their senior guests for line dancing fun. The senior citizens also had a chance to win one of 37 raffles distributed throughout the evening.

Student-Athletes Honored

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On Dec. 7, two Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School seniors were presented with the New York State Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Suffolk Zone Award. Mikayla Angel and Greg Morgan were awarded certificates and gold medals recognizing their outstanding achievement as Physical Education students, scholars, and citizens.

Sportsmanship on Display

Congratulations to the Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School girls varsity gymnastics team for being named the recipient of the Vera Truhlar Team Sportsmanship Award, presented by the Suffolk County Girls Gymnastics Coaches Association.

Social Studies Students Take Learning on the Road

Three students from Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School took their love of social studies on the road this summer by participating in different fellowship programs.
Thanks to a teacher recommendation, senior Claudia Motley was awarded a fully funded fellowship to the Japan Society’s Junior Fellows Leadership Program for three weeks in July. This culturally immersive experience allows fellows to research and experience Japanese culture through a study trip to various important historical sites throughout Japan.

Seniors Sophia Hall and Mikayla Angel both completed the Economics for Leaders program. Sophia participated in the program at College of William and Mary in Virginia and Mikayla traveled to Florida for the fellowship. EFL is a selective summer program that teaches leaders how to integrate economics into the process of decision-making in a hands-on, experiential environment. Its goal is to provide students with the skills to be more effective leaders and teach them how to employ economic analysis when considering difficult public policy choices.
Additionally, Sophia completed a fellowship at the Student Leadership Academy in New Orleans. The academy takes students through the history of World War II with the aim of exploring leadership lessons by relating them back to their own lives and the world around them.

Junior Chamber Students Compete in Local Challenge


Members of the Junior Chamber of Commerce from Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School competed in the Adelphi University Apprentice Challenge on Nov. 6.

Katherine Abreu, Jennifer Diaz, Nicholas Hernandez, Sheree Hicks, Cameren Jackson and Sarah St. Jean competed against 240 students from 27 different school districts. The challenge of this business simulation was to determine who could create the best subscription-based business geared toward teenagers. Four Copiague students made it to the finals round.   

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