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Winganhauppauge Road
Islip, NY 11751

School Hours: 9:45 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

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wingnotes@islipufsd.org

 

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Main Office: (631) 650-8450
Fax: (631) 650-8458
Principal’s Office: (631) 650-8455
Health Office: (631) 650-8475
Attendance Office: (631) 650-8450

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      Michael Giacchetto, Principal

 

Principal's Message

Welcome to Wing Elementary School! Wing Elementary School is the only primary school in the Islip School District. Islip education begins at Wing and over 340 students are welcomed in both kindergarten and first grade classes. The staff at Wing works tirelessly to ensure that the first educational experience of our youngest learners exists in a healthy, safe and supportive learning environment. Wing is dedicated to the District's Mission Statement: "The Islip Schools, in partnership with the community, will empower all students to achieve excellence." Our goal is to foster a learning environment where students feel appreciated, validated, respected and acknowledged.
Wing welcomes all types of learners and the staff creates an environment conducive to each students' learning style. Students are given personal learning pathways that will allow them to acquire and retain the knowledge and skills to help them grow. Differentiating instruction creates these unique pathways that allow teachers to meet individual needs of students. This is done with the goal of engaging our students and helping them to develop a love of learning.

Healthy connections between the school and families gives students a greater opportunity to be successful. When schools and families work together, children do better in school, stay in school longer, and like school more. Wing is committed to working with families to create learning experiences that are lasting and meaningful.

Michael Giacchetto, Ed.D.
Principal



A Wonderful Walk About at Wing

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Due to COVID-19 restrictions this year, Wing was not able to host its annual PTA-sponsored Fall Family Fun Night where students are given the opportunity to dress up in their Halloween costumes, dance, play games and participate in a pumpkin competition. However, this opened the door for the school’s first PTA Halloween Walk About. Students were able to come to school in costume and parade around the gymnasium.

“It was such a pleasure to see how excited our students were to be able to take part in this wonderful event,” said Principal Michael Giacchetto.

  

Wing’s Red Ribbon Week Focuses on Smart Choices

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Red Ribbon Week was recently celebrated at Wing, with each student getting the chance to decorate a red ribbon with words or pictures to show how they make smart and healthy choices in their everyday lives. Throughout the week, Wing students discussed and engaged in activities encouraging them to make good choices and had a fun time participating in themed dress-up days. With the help of the Wing PTA, students also received different treats throughout the week.   

First Ever Pumpkin Patch Brings Autumn Excitement to Wing

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Fall fun was in the air at Wing on Oct. 22, as the school debuted a special pumpkin patch event.  

“The Wing PTA did a tremendous job putting our first ever pumpkin patch together,” said Principal Michael Giacchetto. “Losing the opportunity to go pumpkin picking this year was not an option, and bringing it here to Wing was just what our children needed. It was a great experience for the students and it was hard for them to contain their excitement. Days like this remind me of how lucky I am to be part of the Wing community.”

  

Pride on Display at Islip’s Hispanic Heritage Celebration

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The district held its fourth annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration on Oct. 20, recognizing Hispanic students who have engaged in civic and community engagement and participation within their school while demonstrating pride for their language and culture. Held during the Board of Education meeting at the high school auditorium, the event coincided with Hispanic Heritage month, which pays tribute to the generations of Hispanic, Hispanic Americans and heritage speakers who have positively influenced and enriched the nation and society.

Selected by Islip’s ENL and world languages department, in collaboration with the Hispanic Heritage Committee, nine district students were honored: Zuleyma Coto Guzman of Wingl; Cristian Martinez Ortiz, Alexis Montoya and Emily Sarai Coronado of Commack Road; Dennys Alfaro Umanzor and Bryan Alvarenga of Sherwood; Viancy Cordova Mejia of the middle school; and Daiana Fuentes Velasquez and Jimmy Larrea Salvatierra of the high school.

Suffolk County Legislator Samuel Gonzales, a Hispanic community leader, was on hand as a special guest to recognize the students along with administrators and Board of Education members. As their proud families watched, each of the honorees received a proclamation from Gonzales, an award certificate from the ENL and world languages department, and a gift coupon from BJ’s Restaurants.

“This year’s theme was ‘Hispanics Proud of Their Culture and Language,’ and there are many ways that our students show pride for their culture and language,” said Priscilla Zarate, Islip’s coordinator of ENL and world languages. “Often times this pride can be visible through three concepts of a culture: products of a culture, practices of a culture and perspectives of a culture.

“Products of culture are the tangible and intangible pieces of our Hispanic culture. For example, we sometimes hear our students share stories about how a Sunday cleaning home chore is also about teaching the children how to dance merengue, salsa or cumbia or vallenato. Nothing is done in isolation in our Hispanic culture. Everything is done with intention, to help our children become multi-taskers. So, children learn how to clean, dance and become stronger as Spanish speakers through this task. Another example is when our students share with their peers how they helped their parents cook a ceviche or rice and beans or an arepa con queso for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

“Practices of a culture are the social interactions and behaviors of our culture, and we often see these reflected in our students when they share their traditional celebrations such as: Three Kings Day, Day of the Dead, the Patron Saint Festival of San Salvador and the many other national celebrations that take place throughout Latin America.

“Perspectives of a culture are the attitudes, values and beliefs of our culture that are represented by the importance of family unity, or when students demonstrate signs of respect towards an adult or an elder by making minimal eye contact when an adult is speaking, as it can be taken by our elders as an affront or a challenge of authority. All of these concepts – products, practices and perspectives – are merely examples, representative of the Hispanic culture.”