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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

Commack Road Third-Graders Make ‘Big Plans’

Commack Road Third-Graders make ‘Big Plans’
Big Plans

After reading the Bob Shea book “Big Plans,” third-graders at Commack Road came up with their goals for third grade, for their school career and for adulthood. The students and teacher Shannon Dignam then discussed short-term and long-term goals in class.

“They were excited to talk about their goals for their future,” said Dignam. “I look forward to seeing these ‘big plans’ in action with this great bunch of third-graders.”

All Smiles On Islip’s Exciting First Day of School

All Smiles On Islip’s Exciting First Day of School
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The first day of classes in Islip arrived on Sept. 5, with students in the district’s high school, middle school and Commack Road, Maud S. Sherwood and Wing elementary schools arriving to begin a new year of learning.

“I am so proud to be the principal of Islip Middle School, where the kids bring the innocence and joy that can easily be overlooked in our fast-paced world,” said Timothy Martin. “I am looking forward to an exciting year.”

“It was a great first day for the students at Sherwood,” said Principal Chad Walerstein. “It was nice to see all the new and returning smiling faces as they entered, and it was even better to hear students say how great their day went as they left for the day.”

Showcasing Heritage at Commack Road’s Diversity Day

Showcasing Heritage at Commack Road’s Diversity Day

Fifth-graders at Commack Road researched countries that represented their heritages, then showcased their social studies reports and projects – as well as tasty food – to visitors on the school’s inaugural Diversity Day.

“The students shared and celebrated the many cultures that make our school so unique and special,” said teacher Lori Knudsen. “It was very exciting to recognize the Commack Road community and what areas of the world we represent.”

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