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A Day of Red, White and Blue at Commack Road

A Day of Red, White and Blue at Commack Road 1

Urged on by the patriotic tones of the CRES TrebleMakers vocal ensemble, performing the national anthem and “America the Beautiful,” Commack Road celebrated Flag Day with a sea of red, white and blue.  Special guests included Suffolk County Legislator Tom Cilmi, Islip Town Councilman Steve Flotteron and Roby Johnson, the commander of American Legion Rusy Bohm Post 411.

Principal Brian McCarthy presented student contest awards – one for each grade – to third-grader Amanda Owen, fourth-grader Amy Marconi and fifth-grader Carly Herrington, as well as an academic award to Ryan Kelly and a music award to Rebecca Leo.

A ‘Mysterious’ Source of Inspiration for EXCEL

Fourth-graders in the EXCEL program used Chris Van Allsburg’s unusual 1984 picture book “The Mysteries of Harris Burdick” as inspiration to write their own mysteries to accompany an illustration from the book.

Crime-Solving Chromatography with EXCEL

As part of a recent unit of study on mysteries, “crime”-solving fourth-graders in the EXCEL program used chromatography skills to determine who wrote a forged note.   

Cameron Takes Over as Principal at Commack Road


Commack Road has a new principal, James Cameron, who will take over on July 1 from Acting Principal Brian McCarthy.

Since February 2014, Cameron has served with distinction as the assistant principal of Islip Middle School. Prior to joining Islip, Cameron taught seventh and eighth grades at the Walter Ward School in Queens for seven years, and also served as a staff developer and professional development organizer for that school. He began his teaching career in 2003 in the Brentwood School District, working as a permanent substitute and teaching assistant at the Frank J. Cannon Southeast Elementary and East Kindergarten Center.

A resident of East Northport, Cameron earned his bachelor’s degree in childhood education at Five Towns College, his master’s degree in education at the College of Mount Saint Vincent, and his advanced certificates in educational leadership from Queens College.

“I am thrilled and excited to be selected as the leader of Commack Road Elementary,” said Cameron. “As principal, I welcome the opportunity to collaborate with all stakeholders to ensure that all children flourish and succeed at CRES and in life.”

Commack Road Says Goodbye, Mr. McCarthy


Brian McCarthy, the acting principal of Commack Road, will exit the building for the final time on June 30, making way for newly appointed Principal James Cameron.

Commack Road has thrived under McCarthy’s leadership, and the staff successfully completed the implementation of a number of initiatives during his tenure, including the full integration of an outstanding fifth-grade departmentalization program; the creation of a STEAM room dedicated to science, technology, engineering, the arts and math; the implementation of CRES TV in the cafeteria and lobby; an enhancement of cultural awareness through Diversity Night; and the reconfiguration of the grade level and constellation of the building, making it safer and maximizing instruction time.

McCarthy is thrilled to pass the leadership of Commack Road on to Cameron, but is filled with both joy and sadness about leaving Islip.

“The sadness I experience is the loss of my daily interactions with your greatest treasure, your beloved children,” he said.

He praised the faculty and staff at the school and districtwide.

“I can now say unequivocally that they are the finest and most caring group I have encountered through my 43 years in education,” he said.

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