skip to main content
Committed to Excellence

Welcome to Commack Road Elementary School

300 Commack Road
Islip, NY 11751

 

Elementary Parent Resources eBoard

tech
Parents/Students Click here for Tech Support

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

TO REPORT A POSITIVE COVID CASE AFTER HOURS, CALL: 631-650-8280

Full Remote Learning Option (K-5)

 

principal cameron photo

James Cameron, Principal

 

Principal's Message

Dear Families,

Each moment and experience in your child’s life helps contribute to his or her growth and success.  In defining #SuccessatCRES it is our hope that your child will have many of these foundational experiences at Commack Road so that he or she will achieve his/her fullest potential socially, emotionally, and academically.  

The teaching and learning community expects all children to be leaders. It is our duty to work together to unlock each child’s passion and interests. CRES strives to create learning experience that help students understand what it takes to be a productive, participatory citizen at CRES, in Islip and beyond.  Our inspiration for this work comes from Stephen Covey’s Leader in Me and Sean Covey’s 7 Habits of Happy Kids. These texts guide us in the development of a common language and consistent expectations for your children.

In addition, our team of teachers are taking our Response to Intervention (RTI) efforts to the next level this year.  We are exploring different models of support services to provide the best, research-based practices that will provide all students with the tools to achieve their fullest potential.  We will be dedicating our time to develop 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 students.

The love and encouragement that I receive each day from every child’s smile, high five, fist bump, handshake, or birthday wish is the fuel that keeps me going each and every day.  The support and trust that is placed in all of us at Commack Road does not go unnoticed and means the world to all of us at Commack Road Elementary!

Thank you and I look forward to seeing you at the many events each month.  I invite all stakeholders to let me know their thoughts about each experience at Commack Road.  Please feel free to send me an email, a note, or drop me a line to let me know how you feel things are going.   

To assist, in stakeholder feedback, I have created an online survey for all stakeholders to complete after they visit with us at Commack Road.  You can access the survey by clicking this link:  https://bit.ly/2PFGZBY or by scanning this QR Code with any smart phone.  

QR Code image
 
Together, we can make Commack Road better every day!

Gratefully,



James F. Cameron
Principal

A Cheerful Parade Tradition Continues at Commack Road

A cheerful parade tradition continues at Commack Road thumbnail178652

Commack Road held its annual Balloons Over CRES second grade parade on Nov. 24, bringing socially distanced joy to the entire school.

“We were all in the need of some good old-fashioned cheer and normalcy,” said Principal James Cameron. “Thank you so much to the second grade for keeping this tradition going for all of us.”

  

 



Sharing Language Learning at Commack Road

Sharing language learning at Commack Road thumbnail177672
Sharing language learning at Commack Road thumbnail177673
Sharing language learning at Commack Road thumbnail177674
Fourth grade English language learners at Commack Road played picture word bingo during social-emotional learning time, teaching each other how to say words in English, Spanish and Vietnamese. They then typed personal narratives in all three languages to share with the class.

Students “Sell” Haunted Houses at Commack Road

 Students “Sell” Haunted Houses at Commack Road thumbnail177609

For a spooky writing assignment during the last week of October, students at Islip’s Commack Road Elementary School had to use persuasive language to create and “sell” their own haunted houses. They also had to include a written description of their listing, as well as questions and answers for potential buyers. The class will later vote for the winning house.

“This was so much fun,” teacher Jennifer Beck said. “They really amazed me with their creativity.”

  

Pride on Display at Islip’s Hispanic Heritage Celebration

Hispanic Heritage thumbnail177339

The district held its fourth annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration on Oct. 20, recognizing Hispanic students who have engaged in civic and community engagement and participation within their school while demonstrating pride for their language and culture. Held during the Board of Education meeting at the high school auditorium, the event coincided with Hispanic Heritage month, which pays tribute to the generations of Hispanic, Hispanic Americans and heritage speakers who have positively influenced and enriched the nation and society.

Selected by Islip’s ENL and world languages department, in collaboration with the Hispanic Heritage Committee, nine district students were honored: Zuleyma Coto Guzman of Wingl; Cristian Martinez Ortiz, Alexis Montoya and Emily Sarai Coronado of Commack Road; Dennys Alfaro Umanzor and Bryan Alvarenga of Sherwood; Viancy Cordova Mejia of the middle school; and Daiana Fuentes Velasquez and Jimmy Larrea Salvatierra of the high school.

Suffolk County Legislator Samuel Gonzales, a Hispanic community leader, was on hand as a special guest to recognize the students along with administrators and Board of Education members. As their proud families watched, each of the honorees received a proclamation from Gonzales, an award certificate from the ENL and world languages department, and a gift coupon from BJ’s Restaurants.

“This year’s theme was ‘Hispanics Proud of Their Culture and Language,’ and there are many ways that our students show pride for their culture and language,” said Priscilla Zarate, Islip’s coordinator of ENL and world languages. “Often times this pride can be visible through three concepts of a culture: products of a culture, practices of a culture and perspectives of a culture.

“Products of culture are the tangible and intangible pieces of our Hispanic culture. For example, we sometimes hear our students share stories about how a Sunday cleaning home chore is also about teaching the children how to dance merengue, salsa or cumbia or vallenato. Nothing is done in isolation in our Hispanic culture. Everything is done with intention, to help our children become multi-taskers. So, children learn how to clean, dance and become stronger as Spanish speakers through this task. Another example is when our students share with their peers how they helped their parents cook a ceviche or rice and beans or an arepa con queso for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

“Practices of a culture are the social interactions and behaviors of our culture, and we often see these reflected in our students when they share their traditional celebrations such as: Three Kings Day, Day of the Dead, the Patron Saint Festival of San Salvador and the many other national celebrations that take place throughout Latin America.

“Perspectives of a culture are the attitudes, values and beliefs of our culture that are represented by the importance of family unity, or when students demonstrate signs of respect towards an adult or an elder by making minimal eye contact when an adult is speaking, as it can be taken by our elders as an affront or a challenge of authority. All of these concepts – products, practices and perspectives – are merely examples, representative of the Hispanic culture.”

  

Fifth Graders Find "Happy Place" During Outdoor Lesson

Fifth Graders Find

To start off a fabulous year, Islip’s EXCEL program for the gifted has focused on mental health and social-emotional learning as a top priority. In a recent Inventing Self activity, EXCEL fifth graders were guided through a meditation in an outdoor lesson that incorporated music, a reflective writing activity and creating an artistic visual representation of the students’ “happy place,” which they can choose to go to at any time.

“We are learning how to apply positive psychology to cultivate inner calm,” said EXCEL coordinator Julia Johnson.