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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.

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


Chad Walerstein, Principal


Principal's Message

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Greetings from Sherwood Elementary School. Welcome to all of our new second grade parents, and welcome back to all of our third through fifth grade parents. We are all set for a great 2017-2018 school year, and we cannot wait to share all of the experiences with you and your children. This monthly newsletter is one means of communicating about the events and learning that occur here each day at SES.

This summer was very busy at SES. There were a number of construction projects including installation of the new bus loop; renovations to the auditorium; renovations to the health office; new flooring and ventilation in classrooms; and new bathrooms. All of these improvements will undoubtedly make SES a more comfortable place to be!

This month will be a time for teachers to get to know your children, and for your children to get to know their teachers. These positive relationships are one part of helping your children learn and be successful. The relationship between teacher and parent/guardian is also an important piece of the puzzle. To help you get to know your child's teacher, we will hold our Meet the Teacher Night on September 14 at 6:45 pm, with an AIS informational meeting immediately prior at 6:15 pm.

This year, all of our teachers will have the opportunity to utilize our new S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Lab that debuted last year through the efforts of our SOE committee; all students will be able to explore their talents in these academic areas in a fun, hands-on way.

We are anticipating another great year here at SES. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. I look forward to working with you.

Warmest Regards,

Chad Walerstein

Community and Creativity Highlighted at Homecoming


With purple-clad well-wishers lining Main Street, and the Bucky the Buccaneer mascot leading the way, the Islip school community began its homecoming celebration on Sept. 16 with a proud parade, highlighted by floats created by each class at the high school.

First came the freshmen with a take on the Magic School Bus, followed by the sophomores’ Willy Wonka-themed float and the juniors’ winning Alice in Wonderland creation. The seniors and their Clifford the Big Red Dog float claimed the prize for most spirit. A festive carnival followed the parade.

“Islip’s students truly showed spirit for their school and commitment to their community, evident in the creative floats, a well-attended parade and a carnival that welcomed children of all ages,” said teacher Ann Gordon.

In their Suffolk III football contest later in the afternoon, Islip’s valiant varsity Bucs played hard but fell short against Bellport, with a final score of 37-20.

During halftime, the school’s marching band, cheerleaders and kickline put on spectacular shows. Billy Bowling was named homecoming king and Kassidy Mullins was crowned as homecoming queen, joined at center stage by their fellow homecoming court members Ryan Abravanel, Nicole Arey, Ashley Howell, Kristen Julich, Justin Kerr, Grace Klomp, John Luzzul, Kristopher McDonald, Gia Sciara and Sean Skahan.

“As always this year’s homecoming demonstrated how amazing this community is,” said Principal Michael Mosca. “It was great to see the entire town come together to support their school. Despite the score sheet, our boys played their hearts out for their community and the students came together to support one another. That’s really all you can ask for.”

First Day Is Full of Positive Energy at Islip’s Schools

First Day Is Full of Positive Energy at Islip’s Schools

From students to staff, principals to parents, the Islip school community were excited and ready for the year ahead as school began across the district on Sept. 5. Students took stock of their new classrooms, teachers, classmates and educational goals at the high school and middle school as well as Commack Road, Sherwood and Wing.

“The children arrived for their first day with refreshing, joyful smiles,” said Islip Middle School Principal Timothy Martin. “As a principal, I could not be prouder of the positive energy, and I wish everyone a happy new school year.”

“The starting of each school year brings great opportunity to reconnect with friends, have new experiences and set goals for success,” said Commack Road Principal James Cameron.

“The first day of school was great,” said Sherwood Principal Chad Walerstein. “It was good to see all of our returning students, and nice to welcome our newest students, the second-graders.”

“We're looking forward to another fantastic year,” said Michael Mosca, the principal of the high school. “We have continued to add to our an already impressive slate of courses and programs to prepare our students for their post secondary experience.”

SCOPE Summer Fun

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The district’s SCOPE Islip Summer Explorations program, hosted at the high school this summer, offered students entering first through fifth grades an opportunity to participate in a variety of classes from sports and nature, to cooking, clay making and technology.

Organized by business teacher Joe Modica, who serves as the program’s dean, Summer Explorations was facilitated by Sherwood Elementary School nurse Ann Maria Ferry. Robin Ahlers and Karen Volkman, both teachers at Islip High School, helped to ensure a fun-filled summer with their respective courses, “LEGO Builder’s Club,” which encouraged students to use their imaginations to build structures and characters following a daily theme, and “Let’s Get Cooking,” where students made various meals such as tacos, smoothies and chocolate chip cookie lasagna. Other program instructors included Islip Middle School teachers Sue Davis, Laura Greco and Jessica Wilkow.

“No matter what class the students were involved in, they are sure to have had an exciting and educational summer,” said Modica.

EXCEL Students Show a Solid Grasp of Math

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Fifth-grade students in Islip’s EXCEL program created 3D Platonic solids for use in playing math games. Platonic solids, named for the ancient Greek philosopher Plato, are the five convex polyhedrons – the tetrahedron, cube, dodecahedron, octahedron and icosahedron – with congruent regular polygonal faces with the same number of faces meeting at each vertex. 

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