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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

June 2018

Dear Families,

It is hard to believe that it has been a full year already.  Although, this is the last edition of the Commack Road Newsletter for the 2017-2018 school year, there is no shortage of excitement in the weeks to come.  End of the year field trips, BBQs, our moving up ceremony and many more celebrations will make Commack Road a very active place until the end of June.

As the year comes to a close, I cannot help but to reflect on the year. From the first annual 2nd grade welcoming parade, to our first ever color run, the countless writing celebrations across the grades, the amazing trips, engaging presentations, phenomenal band, orchestra and chorus concerts, the Commack Science Fair, and what is bound to be an amazing finish. Each moment and experience contributed to the growth and success in our students.  This year certainly exemplifies #SuccessatCRES.

I invite any and all stakeholders to let me know their thoughts about the past year.  Please feel free to send me an email, send me a note, leave me a note, or drop me a line to let me know how you feel things went this year.  I have also created an online survey for all stakeholders to complete. It is ten questions and should take no more than 5 minutes. Let me know what you would like to see next year, and lets work together to make those wishes, dreams and aspirations a reality.  Together, we can make Commack Road better every day!

As you may be aware, the planning for the 2018-2019 school year is well underway.  Next year, the teaching and learning community will continue its work with 7 Habits of Happy Kids by guiding us in the development of a common language and consistent expectations with your children.  Be Proactive; Begin With the End in Mind; Put First Things First; Think Win/Win; Seek First to Understand; Than to be Understood; Synergize; and Sharpen the Saw.

In addition, the team of teachers and support staff will take our Response To Intervention (RTI) efforts to the next level.  We are exploring different models of support services to provide the best, research-based practices, to provide all students with the tools to achieve their fullest potential.  With that being said, we will be spending a lot of time developing our craft and expanding our horizons as educators. Our goal is to provide the most dynamic, engaging learning environment for all faculty, staff, parents and most especially students.

On a personal note, my first year of navigating the seas of Commack Road has been an amazing experience!  The love and encouragement that I have received from every child’s smile, handshake, fist bump, or birthday wish is the fuel that keeps me going each and every day.  Finally, the support and trust that was placed in all of us at Commack Road by you, the families, does not go unnoticed and means the world to everyone in the Commack Road Family!

Thank you and I look forward to seeing most of you next year, and to my 5th grade friends, I cannot wait to hear about your next adventure at Islip Middle School when you come back to visit with us!


James F. Cameron

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.”