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Welcome to Commack Road Elementary School

300 Commack Road
Islip, NY 11751


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

Principal's Message

April 2017

Dear Families,

As we are in the third trimester, we would like to continue the success that we have enjoyed with our students so far this year. When the weather changes, students sometimes become distracted, and school work does not get the same level of attention as it does earlier in the year.

At this time, I would ask your assistance in keeping the children focused on their school work. For as spring rolls in and the days lengthen, we must keep in mind that we have three months of learning ahead of us.

Please help us maintain an appropriate school atmosphere by encouraging your children to adhere to Commack Road Elementary School's rules and regulations. It is also important to make sure that students do not bring to school items that are inappropriate such as electronic games, I-Pods, trading cards, cell phones, etc. It would be most helpful if you would remind your children that a Boy/Girl Scout pocketknife or any similar item is not permitted in school and if brought to school carries a minimum five-day suspension.

Warm temperatures bring out summer wardrobes. Please review the updated CRES Student Dress Code with your child. The dress code is an outgrowth of the New York State Project Save legislation. Safe footwear is a major concern. Open-toed, backless, and high-heeled shoes have been proven to be dangerous for young children and present problems, especially during fire drills and outdoor recess. To insure that all families have an available copy, I have included the Dress Code in the Principal's Newsletter.

A partnership between school and home is essential for the continuation of our high standards. As always, we are appreciative of your support and cooperation. We can be proud of the environment that we have worked together to create at Commack Road.

Sincerely yours,

Brian McCarthy
Acting Principal

The Shoes Are on the Right Feet in EXCEL Class

Fourth-graders in the EXCEL program created their own shoe print patterns and analyzed the difference in latent prints as part of a recent unit of study on mysteries.

Neuroscience at Lunchtime


Students in Islip’s EXCEL program for the academically gifted are exploring the world of neuroscience during their lunch periods.

“The human-human interface allows one person’s brain to control another person’s body,” said EXCEL program coordinator Julia Johnson.

Cube Class with EXCEL

As part of a recent interdisciplinary unit on construction and creations, fifth-graders in the EXCEL program learned about 20th century Danish mathematician and game inventor Piet Hein. During the class, the students explored the soma cube, a solid dissection puzzle constructed from seven pieces made out of unit cubes, which was invented by Hein in 1936 during a quantum mechanics lecture. They then made their own soma cubes to take home.

Commack Road Celebrates Love of Science With Fair


At Commack Road’s 25th annual science fair, held on March 9, smiling students demonstrated their love of science and knowledge of the scientific method while showing an interest in a variety of topics including agriculture, physics and hygiene. Skittles were dissolved, toothbrushes were used on eggshells, mnemonic devices were tested, contraptions were assembled – all in the name of science.

A winner was selected for each grade level, based on evaluations by CRES teachers. Second-grade winner Madison Giardella researched how the growth of organic green bean seeds was affected by different types of light sources. Third-grade winner Louis Tuorto created a gyrobot which used different energy sources to move on its own. Lucas Schneider, the fourth-grade winner, focused his efforts on identifying how different additives affect the taste of water. Prompting visitors to stand on one leg to find out the results, Dakota Dieumegard’s “Does Vision Affect Balance?” was the winning project for the fifth grade. 

These four young scientists will show off their expertise at the Brookhaven National Laboratory Elementary School Science Fair on May 6.  

IDEA Provides Game Night for 150 Students


Islip’s IDEA Task Force Coalition hosted a game night at the high school on March 10 for students in grades 5-8 from the middle school, Commack Road and Sherwood. More than 150 students attended the event, enjoying the DJ, entering raffles, and participating in a European handball double elimination tournament as well as video games, table tennis, KanJam, Spikeball and Nok Hockey. IDEA also set up local health and wellness tables to highlight community resources.

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