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Welcome to Maud S. Sherwood Elementary School

301 Smith Avenue
Islip, NY 11751

School Hours: 8:50 a.m. – 2:50 p.m.


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Telephone Directory   
Main Office: (631) 650-8650
Fax: (631) 650-8658
Principal’s Office: (631) 650-8655
Health Office: (631) 650-8675
Attendance: (631) 650-8660


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Sherwood Elementary Principal Briana James

Briana James, Principal

Principal's Message

Dear Sherwood Families,

It is with great pride and excitement that I write this letter of introduction to you as the newly appointed principal of Maud S. Sherwood Elementary School. I am honored to have the opportunity to lead a school with such a fine tradition of excellence. Having been an educator for 18 years, I have most recently served as assistant principal on the elementary level in the Wantagh School District.

As a mom of two children of my own, ages 5 and 3, I am keenly aware of the faith you place in us each and every day as you send your children off to school. I promise to cherish, nurture, and safeguard each and every one of your children and to treat each with dignity and care.

All of us, together, at Sherwood, will work hard to provide our children with a rich research-based academic program, consistently implemented toward optimal student achievement. We will provide for, as well, the nurturance and development of the social-emotional skills needed to grow strong, healthy, well-rounded students.

I strongly believe in open communication and greatly value parental involvement. It is my goal to establish and maintain strong parental partnerships, for we know that all of us working together, in the best interest of our children, is the greatest precursor to student success.

Change can be unsettling, and I want to assure you that amidst this change in leadership, I am committed to Maud S. Sherwood Elementary School in the long term and am committed to continuing the great work that is being done here for our children.

I will be communicating with you further to provide various opportunities for us to meet, both formally and informally, in person and virtually. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or to set up a time to say hello. I look forward to the important work of learning, teaching, and community-building that lies ahead.

Very truly yours,

Briana D. James, Principal

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