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Fifth Graders Show Power of Persuasion

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Sharpening their persuasive writing skills, fifth graders in Ms. Falcone and Ms. Coogan’s class at Deauville Gardens East Elementary School created their own book advertisements. To get their classmates to read their book of choice, students expressed their opinions about the books and included hooks to get the readers’ attention. Their advertisements also included quotes, the author’s credentials and an attention-grabbing review. 

Date Added: 6/12/2024

Second Graders Get Creative with Coding

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Second graders in Ms. Sudano’s class at Deauville Gardens East Elementary School are perfecting their coding skills. They recently learned how to use OzoBlockly, a block-based editor, to create programs for their Ozobots. Ozobots are robots that are designed as an introduction to coding where students use color combinations to move the Ozobot on a path from one location to another. Ms. Sudano’s class used a track with different paths and coded directions to maneuver their Ozobots to the end.

Using OzoBlockly, the students taught their Ozobots various movements, light and sound patterns and programmed them with notes to play songs. After students became comfortable with programming the Ozobots, they used their critical thinking skills to solve various challenges to get their Ozobots to the end of the path.

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Date Added: 6/12/2024

Energy Debates at the Middle School

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After studying different types of energy sources, science students in Dr. Leccese’s class at Copiague Middle School chose one type of energy to research with a partner. After conducting their research, the students went head-to-head to debate whether the energy source was cost-effective, renewable and good for the environment. Students presented all the pros and cons of energy sources such as geothermal, hydro-energy, nuclear, biofuel, solar and wind. After arguing their case either for or against the use of the energy source, the class voted on the winners.

Date Added: 6/10/2024

Middle School Hosts Second Annual Civics Fair

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Seventh graders at Copiague Middle School showcased their work in which they explored meaningful topics that impact their community during the second annual Civics Fair on May 31. Held in the school’s library, the fair was a culmination of the students’ Capstone Civics projects developed throughout the year.

Seventh grade social studies teachers selected students to display their projects during the fair. After choosing an issue to explore, students worked either solo or in groups to conduct research, interviews and polls. Topics included: food waste; lack of funding for local animal shelters; cyberbullying; the impact of excessive homework; electronic waste; body positivity; and the impact of social media on vaping.

The final research projects, along with solutions and reflections, were presented to a group of judges at the fair. Copiague Middle School teachers and students enrolled in the Advanced Placement U.S. Government and Politics course at Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School served as judges.

Congratulations to the following winners:
First place: Adecia Francis, Maggie Erikson, Kaitlyn Lombardo and Isabella Rufrano for their project on the “Impact of Nutrition on Wellness.”
Second place: Kaylee Buckley and La’Nay Pinkard for their project on the “Lack of Funding for Animal Shelters.”

Tied for third place: Aliyah Fernandez and Demaris Astimbay for their project on the “Impact of Social Media on Vaping” and Mya Nunez for her project on “Cyberbullying.”

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Date Added: 6/10/2024

Journalism Students Visit Hofstra

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Ms. Wanzer’s journalism class from Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School attended the Broadcast Awards for Senior High (BASH) 2024 at Hofstra University on May 21. BASH recognizes excellence in student broadcast journalism and video production programs. Copiague students toured Hofstra’s communications department, which includes state-of-the-art studios and control rooms. They attended workshops with media professionals and professors, heard a keynote speech from Chanteé Lans of WABC Channel 7 News, and were inspired by watching broadcast newsclips from local schools throughout Long Island and Westchester County.

Date Added: 6/7/2024