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Welcome to Commack Road Elementary School

300 Commack Road
Islip, NY 11751

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School Hours: 9:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m

Telephone Directory

Main Office: (631) 650-8600
Fax: (631) 650-8608
Principal’s Office: (631) 650-8605
Nurse’s Office: (631) 650-8625
Nurse's Office Fax: (631) 650-8628
Attendance: (631) 650-8610


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James Cameron, Principal


Principal's Message

September 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians:

I would like to formally welcome you to the 2017-2018 school year at Commack Road Elementary School. CRES is an exciting place, and I am excited to be starting my first year as the principal of such a wonderful learning environment.

The entire staff at CRES has been working feverishly to get our building ready in time for the first day of school, Tuesday, September 5th. We have a lot of new additions and upgrades to our building. I look forward to sharing them with you at our Meet the Teacher Night that is scheduled for Monday, September 18th. The evening will begin with a supportive services (AIS) presentation in the Library at 6:30 p.m., followed by classroom presentations at 7:00 p.m.

The District is making a concerted effort to "Go Green" in as many ways as possible. With this initiative in mind, there are many items that you will find on the District website at and on the recently created CRES Community eBoard at Examples of items that are being provided electronically are the Code of Conduct, District Attendance Letter, School Calendar, Lunch Menus, and the Student Handbook.

In addition, I encourage you to follow CRES on Twitter @IslipCRES. We are also asking all parents to update their email address on file through Infinite Campus using the red census card enclosed in the summer mailing. This will help us in communicating electronically as often as we can. Please remember that all electronic resources can be accessed on your smart phones or at the Islip Public Library located at 71 Monell Avenue if you do not have a home computer.

It is the goal of the CRES community to have as many stakeholders involved on a daily basis. I invite all parents, teachers, staff and community leaders to join the CRES PTA with me. The PTA is an integral part of the success of our school and each student. You will find a membership form online and enclosed.

Communication and information are key to the success of each individual student. I ask you to stay informed by following us on Twitter, visiting the CRES eBoard, and by attending school and PTA events as often as possible. You may also reach out at any time by calling the school or emailing me directly at

Finally, I cannot express to you how excited I am to have been named the principal at Commack Road Elementary School. I look forward to working with each and every community member, parent, student and staff member to help CRES achieve it fullest potential. Together we will provide authentic, memorable moments for our children that will prepare them for life in middle school, high school and beyond! My family and I look forward to meeting you at the many CRES, District and community events in the year ahead.


James F. Cameron

Community and Creativity Highlighted at Homecoming


With purple-clad well-wishers lining Main Street, and the Bucky the Buccaneer mascot leading the way, the Islip school community began its homecoming celebration on Sept. 16 with a proud parade, highlighted by floats created by each class at the high school.

First came the freshmen with a take on the Magic School Bus, followed by the sophomores’ Willy Wonka-themed float and the juniors’ winning Alice in Wonderland creation. The seniors and their Clifford the Big Red Dog float claimed the prize for most spirit. A festive carnival followed the parade.

“Islip’s students truly showed spirit for their school and commitment to their community, evident in the creative floats, a well-attended parade and a carnival that welcomed children of all ages,” said teacher Ann Gordon.

In their Suffolk III football contest later in the afternoon, Islip’s valiant varsity Bucs played hard but fell short against Bellport, with a final score of 37-20.

During halftime, the school’s marching band, cheerleaders and kickline put on spectacular shows. Billy Bowling was named homecoming king and Kassidy Mullins was crowned as homecoming queen, joined at center stage by their fellow homecoming court members Ryan Abravanel, Nicole Arey, Ashley Howell, Kristen Julich, Justin Kerr, Grace Klomp, John Luzzul, Kristopher McDonald, Gia Sciara and Sean Skahan.

“As always this year’s homecoming demonstrated how amazing this community is,” said Principal Michael Mosca. “It was great to see the entire town come together to support their school. Despite the score sheet, our boys played their hearts out for their community and the students came together to support one another. That’s really all you can ask for.”

First Day Is Full of Positive Energy at Islip’s Schools

First Day Is Full of Positive Energy at Islip’s Schools

From students to staff, principals to parents, the Islip school community were excited and ready for the year ahead as school began across the district on Sept. 5. Students took stock of their new classrooms, teachers, classmates and educational goals at the high school and middle school as well as Commack Road, Sherwood and Wing.

“The children arrived for their first day with refreshing, joyful smiles,” said Islip Middle School Principal Timothy Martin. “As a principal, I could not be prouder of the positive energy, and I wish everyone a happy new school year.”

“The starting of each school year brings great opportunity to reconnect with friends, have new experiences and set goals for success,” said Commack Road Principal James Cameron.

“The first day of school was great,” said Sherwood Principal Chad Walerstein. “It was good to see all of our returning students, and nice to welcome our newest students, the second-graders.”

“We're looking forward to another fantastic year,” said Michael Mosca, the principal of the high school. “We have continued to add to our an already impressive slate of courses and programs to prepare our students for their post secondary experience.”

Alumna Ashley Goveia Leaves Legacy of Literacy

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Before her graduation, recent high school alumna Ashley Goveia spent developed the Early Childhood Literacy Program with two of the district’s elementary schools, Commack Road and Wing, to help inspire children of the Islip community to read. Goveia was invited to be a speaker at the Sayville Rotary Club’s annual Literacy Celebration and the Rotary District 7255 leadership meeting, and was presented with the Rotary Literacy Leadership Award for 2015 and 2016 for this project.

Goveia’s interest in literacy began when she was 3 or 4 years old.

“I heard on TV that there were young children who were homeless and I wanted to make them feel better by giving them my favorite books,” she said. “I collected all of my books in a blanket and dragged them to the door, to give what I thought were the only six homeless children in the world something special. I repeatedly asked my mom when were we giving my books to the kids, until we figured out a way to do it.”

They started the Legacy of Literacy program 13 years ago through local Rotary Clubs, proving thousands of free books to hundreds of children. As Goveia grew older, she continued working on these events, but also wanted to do her own projects, which led to the Islip program.

“I chose to develop the Early Childhood Literacy Program because I can relate to children struggling to read, as it was my most difficult area of study, and it has been my inspiration to give to others since I was small. I wanted to inspire small children to love to read and become lost in a good story, and I especially wanted to give them something to love that they could have their entire lives.”

The process began with Goveia meeting with the elementary principals to introduce the project and to try to develop specific events tailored to their schools. The events provided fellow high school students who participated with community service credit. Goveia also chose younger Interact Club members to shadow her so that the club can keep the project going after her graduation.

“Literacy and community service is something I have dedicated myself to for nearly my entire life,” she said. “I know I will continue serving my community throughout my life and I hope in some small way, to inspire others to do the same.”

SCOPE Summer Fun

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The district’s SCOPE Islip Summer Explorations program, hosted at the high school this summer, offered students entering first through fifth grades an opportunity to participate in a variety of classes from sports and nature, to cooking, clay making and technology.

Organized by business teacher Joe Modica, who serves as the program’s dean, Summer Explorations was facilitated by Sherwood Elementary School nurse Ann Maria Ferry. Robin Ahlers and Karen Volkman, both teachers at Islip High School, helped to ensure a fun-filled summer with their respective courses, “LEGO Builder’s Club,” which encouraged students to use their imaginations to build structures and characters following a daily theme, and “Let’s Get Cooking,” where students made various meals such as tacos, smoothies and chocolate chip cookie lasagna. Other program instructors included Islip Middle School teachers Sue Davis, Laura Greco and Jessica Wilkow.

“No matter what class the students were involved in, they are sure to have had an exciting and educational summer,” said Modica.

EXCEL Students Show a Solid Grasp of Math

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Fifth-grade students in Islip’s EXCEL program created 3D Platonic solids for use in playing math games. Platonic solids, named for the ancient Greek philosopher Plato, are the five convex polyhedrons – the tetrahedron, cube, dodecahedron, octahedron and icosahedron – with congruent regular polygonal faces with the same number of faces meeting at each vertex. 

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