Welcome to Wing Elementary
Islip, NY 11751
Welcome to Wing Elementary School!
As the only primary school in the district, we provide the first public educational experience for the 400+ kindergarten and first graders. Our staff is committed to ensuring that students and their families feel safe, secure and nurtured as they begin their education. We are dedicated to the Islip School District’s Mission Statement: “The Islip Schools, in partnership with the community, will empower all students to achieve excellence.” Our goal is for each student to master the skills needed to be a lifelong learner and to understand the joy and power of learning.
Our academic programs and materials in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Technology, Physical Education, and the Arts are aligned with state standards and guidelines. Our state of the art library and computer lab will further students’ opportunities for growth and joyful learning. All of our teachers are aware of and have been trained in the NYS Common Core Standards. English Language Arts skills are the cornerstone of education at K-1. All activities are connected to these communication tools, and we are proud to have been awarded the Suffolk County Reading Association’s Honor School banner every year since we opened in 1992!
Our recycling efforts resulted in Wing being awarded a Proclamation from the Suffolk County Legislature. Our efforts have also been recognized by the American Heart Association. Wing Elementary School also takes great pride in having been named a National PTA School of Excellence for Parent Involvement, based on a rigorous list of standards. We continue to be committed to our partnership with parents for we know that is an essential ingredient for student success.
We are pleased to be able to offer a full day kindergarten program to Islip students, as research shows it is of great benefit to our youngest learners. Our own studies, conducted since we began full day kindergarten in September 2002, show an increase in all English Language Arts area skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. This growth continues and is magnified in first grade learning. As we embark on to the new school year we look forward to continuing the many programs that have been successful in the past and integrating current research based instructional strategies and lessons.
A Message from the new Principal of Wing Elementary School
As the new principal of Wing there are so many great things to look forward to. I have been working closely with everyone in the district to insure our school continues in the wonderful traditions that have been established over the years. Diane Druckman, the former principal, and I have spent valuable time together making sure there is a smooth transition and everyone’s needs are being met. All of the community and staff members that I have met so far have been very accommodating and the positive energy is abundant.
As I begin this new journey I thought it would be appropriate to share a little bit about myself. Like all of you, everything for me starts with my family. I live with my wife Chrysa and our 3 children in Kings Park. Juliet is 7, Lauren is 5, and little Chris is 4 years old. As a family we are busy with school, after school activities, sports gatherings, and everything else that entails bringing up children in the 21st Century.
As a professional I come to Islip from Half Hollow Hills where I served as an assistant principal for 6 years. Prior to that I was an elementary classroom teacher in both Half Hollow Hills and the New York City Public School system. I am currently in the final stages of a doctoral program at Dowling College and have also been teaching part time as an adjunct professor at Long Island University. My years of experience in education as well as my continued professional growth have given me an invaluable understanding of how children learn and develop. In Kindergarten and First Grade we are recognizing and addressing a variety of learning styles and different needs that our student have. In addition to curriculum and instruction, we also value character education as being an important component in helping shape each student socially and emotionally. Our youngest learners are continually trying to make sense of the world around them to help them make good decisions.
I am very committed to being the new principal at Wing Elementary School and will work with everyone to continue the safe, secure and nurturing environment that is such a cornerstone of our school. I am lucky to be surrounded by so many dedicated and smart teachers, administrators, and staff members who truly value the importance of meeting the needs of all of our students. As a parent who has 2 daughters who were recently in Kindergarten and a son who will be there next year, I am well aware of the anxiety that can come with the initial entrance into the school experience. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have and I look forward to meeting all of the Wing families this year.