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Flag Flies High at Commack Road’s Patriotic Celebration

Flag Flies High at Commack Road’s Patriotic Celebration

Patriotic students and community members joined together at Commack Road for a high-flying Flag Day celebration on June 14, beginning with a march and flag-raising with members of the local American Legion Rusy Bohm Post 411, led by Commander Dominick DeCrescenzo. Flags lined the bus loop, each representing a member of the Commack Road extended family.

“Just as these flags lining the loop symbolize our Commack Road veterans, the flag that we salute each day is symbolic of many things,” said Cameron. “I personally see our flag as representative of our history, but it also represents our future.”

Second-graders led the Pledge of Allegiance in American Sign Language, and the CRES TrebleMakers vocal ensemble provided stirring music, from “The Star-Spanged Banner,” where the singers were joined by the school’s Level II band, to “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” “God Bless America,” “God Bless the USA” and “America the Beautiful.”

Student awards were presented to second-grade contest winner Jake Kelly, third-grade contest winner Daniela Capolongo, fourth-grade contest winner Emily Martinez, fifth-grade contest winner Mia Vale, academic award winner Amy Marconi and music award winner Julian Vitucci.

In attendance were family members of the school’s former principal, Jeanette Feminella, as well as Suffolk County Legislator Tom Cilmi and Town of Islip Councilman John Cochran.

Said Cilmi in his address, “This is a tradition that began many, many years ago under the leadership of my dear friend, Jeanette Feminella, who is no longer with us, but I know she is smiling down upon us today as we celebrate our great flag. Forever is a long time, but I sincerely hope this celebration goes on forever. There is nothing more heartwarming to me, nothing that makes me prouder, than to see hundreds of children saluting our flag and remembering all those who fought and died for our country and the ideals that the flag represents.”


Book Clubs at Elementary Schools

CRES second graders (left to right) Brandon E., Andrew A., Hailey F., Daniel L., Parker J., and Qiana J. at the final session of their Book Club

All of Islip's elementary schools offered afterschool book clubs for students this year. These clubs were funded through the district’s Title I grant. Pictured here are Commack Road's second-graders enjoying their final session.

Commack Road’s TrebleMakers Say YES to Volunteering

Commack Road’s TrebleMakers Say YES to Volunteering

Led by director Mike Baur, the TrebleMakers chorus group from Commack Road attended the opening day celebration of the League of YES on May 5, performing “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The League of YES, founded in 2010 as The Miracle League of Long Island, is a non-competitive baseball league for children with special abilities; each player gets up to bat and scores a home run. The focus is on participation and fun.

After the anthem, many of the young singers then stayed to be “buddies” for the League’s special needs athletes, protecting the players from flying balls, assisting them at bat and with getting around the bases after they hit their home run, and joining them on the field to help them field the opposite team’s hits.

“I am so humbled to be able to work with such talented singers, but what impresses me more than anything they do with music is the quality of their character,” said Baur. “To see them interact with children that they do not even know and that have disabilities, and to be their buddy for a day, tells me so much about their character.”

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