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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

A Dome Demonstration by EXCEL

Demonstrating the power of teamwork, communication and perseverance, fifth-graders in Islip’s EXCEL program constructed a geodesic dome out of nothing more than newspaper, a bit of tape and lot of hard work.

Islip’s Music Program Earns Another NAMM Award

The NAMM Foundation has again recognized the strength of the district’s rigorous music program, awarding it a Best Communities for Music Education designation for 2017. Islip was one of only 4 percent of districts nationwide to be honored with this annual award, now in its 18th year, recognizing an exemplary commitment to music education.

“The Islip School District and the community at large value the arts,” said Vincent Green, director of fine and performing arts. “Our students are not a test score or a GPA – they are unique individuals. As a community, we work hard to give each of them the opportunities and support to become a whole person and not a transcript. We strive to give our students the chance to explore the arts and become whomever they wish, whether an athlete, poet, scientist or artist.”

A Chance for Islip’s String Musicians to Shine


Islip’s recent annual spring districtwide String Festival, held at the middle school’s auditorium, featured performers from around the district, including two orchestras each from Commack Road, Sherwood and the middle school, and the high school’s orchestra, chamber orchestra and electric string ensembles.

This year the event’s musical selections included Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud,” performed by guitar students and the combined middle and high school orchestras. Continuing a tradition, the event culminated in a performance of the combined ensembles, with nearly 300 students playing the “William Tell Overture.”

According to Vincent Green, director of fine and performing arts, the String Festival began three years in response to a lack of opportunity for student string players.

“Musicians other than string players have lots of chances to both perform and hear great local performances,” said Green. “Marching bands and choral concerts abound, but orchestral gigs are less common. We wanted our students to have the opportunity to stand side-by-side with players like them, whether it’s the senior recalling what his first sounds were like or the fourth-grader aspiring to play the electric cello in high school.”

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.

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