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Middle School Students Celebrate Moving Up

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Copiague Middle School’s eighth grade class celebrated their moving up to Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School during an outdoor picnic with their families, classmates, teachers and staff on June 21. The soon-to-be middle school graduates gathered together for food, music and fun. Cotton candy, hamburgers and hot dogs were served as the students came together in the school’s field to celebrate their final days in the middle school. The students received their moving up certificates and Class of 2024 T-shirts. The picnic gave students the opportunity to connect with their classmates one last time before summer break and bid farewell to teachers and staff members who made their time in middle school a memorable one.

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Date Added: 6/26/2024

Copiague Celebrates Students’ Accomplishments

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To showcase the achievements of its student body, Copiague School District held a Student Recognition Awards ceremony at Copiague Middle School on June 10. Surrounded by administrators, Board of Education members, family, friends and faculty, students were recognized for their hard work in academics and for their abilities to show kindness and respect for their peers.

The student recognition awards are held only twice a year, and the Copiague Board of Education selects students who have been chosen by administrators, teachers and staff in their respective buildings for their efforts.

 

“Publicly recognizing excellence is our way of celebrating some of the great successes of the Copiague Public Schools’ programs and, at the same time, enabling us to showcase outstanding role models to our community,” said Copiague School District Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Bannon.

Congratulations to the following recipients:

Deauville Gardens East Elementary School: Gianna Alston, Mason Marner and Leah Rupper

Deauville Gardens West Elementary School: Angel Jayce Fabian and Hazel Ramirez Mendoza

Great Neck Road Elementary School: Anala Amin and Anhelina Pahulych

Susan E. Wiley Elementary School: Luke Basile, Shnahaly Fortisme, Yasmin Garcia-Torres, Lonnae Leftenant and Natalie Lopez-Canales

Copiague Middle School: Ludrose Naima Alcime, Ariana Bonilla, Dean Coleman Jr., Savanna Hughes and Fatima J. Jimenez Ardon

Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School: Brian Chacon, Alex Ochoa Hercules, Abigail Rodriguez and Phidgena Saint-Surin

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Date Added: 6/24/2024

More Than 50 New Student-Artists in Superintendent’s Art Gallery

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Copiague School District recognized and honored the 51 student-artists who had their artwork inducted into the Superintendent’s Art Gallery during a ceremony held at Copiague Middle School on June 10.

The 51 pieces of art were framed and placed on display for the audience to enjoy. Each student was presented with a certificate to acknowledge their achievement.

In 1996, the Superintendent’s Art Gallery began when the Copiague art teachers selected several pieces of student artwork to display. Through the years, the collection has grown to provide a showcase of student artwork in corridors and offices in each of the schools. Each of the framed pieces is identified by a brass plate noting the student-artist’s name, grade level and year the piece was completed. Selections for the gallery seek to represent works that reflect the artists’ efforts.

Congratulations to the following student-artists:

Deauville Gardens East Elementary School: Autumn Cassar, Mia Gaeten, Sharelle Leon and Armando Sagastume; Deauville Gardens West Elementary School: Leah Boyd, Danika Eldora, Chelsie Fernandez, Imet Hanley, Katherine Holguin, Emely Moran, Desmond Ramirez and Valentina Vicente; Great Neck Road Elementary School: Sheila Canales, Kamila Chiesa, Tiffany Dominguez, Jayden Cepeda Espinal, Fathima Seyed Fazmil and Sayumi Valladares; Susan E. Wiley Elementary School: Olivia Rose Charles and Josser Reyes Vargas; Copiague Middle School: Elianie Barona, Amy Flores, Hailey Hitzel, Alice Pierre Joseph, Yerdalys Fernandez Leon, Wendy Arrazola Lovo, Grace Mauro, Jailah Rix, Aliah Castro Santos, Aaron Sosa, Sophia Tejada and Sean Yanase; Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School: Victoria Abayev, Cecilia Rodriguez Arguera, Fraileny Mejia Batista, Brian Blake III, Alejandra Banegas Cardenas, Adber Guzman Casrellanos, Skya Cham, Valerie Diaz, Erica Flores-Reyes, Angela Otero Garcia, Veronica Karwowska, Ashley Matute, Sydney Osorio-Brathwaite, Holy Tineo Peralta, Anthony Taveras Rodriguez, Jazlene Rodriguez, Haslen Aguirre Sanchez, Sarah Singh and Alyson Vargas.

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Date Added: 6/21/2024

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

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

Young Writer Honored at Copiague Middle School

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Copiague Middle School eighth grade student Elijah Blanco was recently recognized for his creative writing. Blanco, a student in Mr. Jovic's writing class, submitted his work to a creative writing contest. He was selected as a finalist and was also chosen as the most creative piece of writing. With the help of Mr. Jovic, Blanco further submitted his work to be featured in the Young Writers Association’s yearly publication. He is pictured with Copiague Middle School English Chairperson Christopher Gaudioso (left) and English teacher Lucijan Jovic.

Date Added: 5/31/2024

Video: Middle School Students Come Together for Goodwill Day

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Copiague Students Presented with Suffolk Zone Awards

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Twelve students in the Copiague School District were recently the recipients of Leadership Awards presented by the Suffolk Zone of New York State AHPERD. Each year, two students are selected from fifth grade, eighth grade and 12th grade from each school district in Suffolk County to be recognized for their outstanding leadership and excellence in physical education. These students demonstrate hard work, dedication and make a positive impact within their physical education setting throughout the school year. 

The Copiague physical education and athletics department congratulates the 2024 recipients of the Leadership Awards:
Deauville Gardens East Elementary School: Shayla Hunter and Steven Sime Rodriguez
Deauville Gardens West Elementary School: Danika Eldora and Jadiel Vinas-Peralta
Susan E. Wiley Elementary School: Ismely Valera Flores and Hamlet Lora
Great Neck Road Elementary School: Jurnyi Payton and Michael Sime Estevez
Copiague Middle School: Kayden Callaghan and Taraji Lewis
Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School: Joshua Osofsky and Rosangel Peralta Plasencia

 

Date Added: 5/17/2024