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Welcome to Wing Elementary School

Winganhauppauge Road
Islip, NY 11751

School Hours: 9:45 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Telephone Directory
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

Welcome to Wing Elementary School!
As the only primary school in the district, Wing provides the first public educational experience for the community’s 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.

All children have different experiences and backgrounds by the time they get to Wing. As a primary school, we recognize these differences and work with each student to ensure that our instruction is differentiated to meet their needs. On a daily basis, Wing students engage in a variety of activities that help them develop a love of learning. The educational setting at Wing consistently focuses on the skills students need to be successful, both socially and academically.

We also recognize the importance of working together with the families of each child to create healthy communication between home and school. Our efforts to support each student are increased when we can consistently collaborate with parents and guardians. The teachers and staff members at Wing have a great deal of professional experience in all areas of child development. We are committed to working with each of you to create a stellar educational experience for your child.

Wing Readers Get Connected to Their Community


On Community Reader Day, an annual event at Wing Elementary designed to coincide with the school’s celebration of the Parents as Reading Partners program, students are read to by visitors including legislators, town officials, Board of Education trustees and districtwide Islip staff.

This year’s guest readers for the March 8 reading rendezvous included Board trustees Matthew Clareen and Tom Leggio, Suffolk County Legislator Tom Cilmi, Islip Town Clerk Olga Murray, and all four councilmembers of the Islip Town Board: Trish Bergin Weichbrodt, John Cochrane Jr., Steven J. Flotteron and Mary Kate Mullen.

“The event is a great way to connect our youngest learners with some of the people that are so important in their community,” said Dr. Christopher Smalley, the school’s principal. “It is important for students to be read to by a variety of readers, since each adult’s style may be unique or different.”

Islip Showcases 80 Outstanding Visual Artists


Students throughout the district participate in visual arts activities with Islip’s fine and performing arts staff, culminating in an annual art show. Whether with colored pencils or paints, on paper or canvas, students are given the opportunity to both practice their artistic skills and create works of art worthy of special recognition.

This year, Islip recognized 80 artists who created works that displayed both technical ability and artistic growth. The artists ranged in age from 6 to 18 years of age, and worked in media ranging from pencil drawings to darkroom photography. Artists and their families came to participate in a Feb. 7 recognition ceremony, where they could view their works and the works of others on display. 

“The assembled works highlighted not only artistic abilities but also valuable cross-curricular skills, including perseverance and problem solving,” said Vincent Green, Islip’s director of fine and performing arts. “The commitment these students make to their art will serve them beyond the art classroom and into any career they choose.”

Kyle Renwick, who studies photography with teacher Lorraine Knoblauch, was on hand to discuss his intimate portrait work as well as his quest for the right athletic photograph, noting that some of his pieces took more than a year to get right and that he often struggled to balance his desire for the perfect photo against the athlete’s need to focus.

“I’m trying to get the right picture without being a distraction to them during the game,” said Renwick.

Wing’s First Book Club Meeting


Wing recently held the first meeting of the Wing Book Club. Students were all smiles as they engaged in reading.

Team of Teacher Leaders Explores Initiative at Conference


The district recently sent a team to the Teach to Lead Conference, held in January at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts in Brookville The purpose of the conference was to provide the opportunity for teams of educators from various districts to create and implement a district initiative for the purpose of school improvement. Many high profile educators, including Regent Roger Tilles and New York State Commissioner of Education MaryEllen Elia, were in attendance to address the attendees and offer their support and expertise.

Islip’s team of Teacher Leaders consisted of four teachers and one administrator, each representing a different school in the district: Islip High School Principal Michael Mosca and teachers Jean Minicozzi from Islip Middle School, Ted Dieumegard from Commack Road Elementary School, Rich Velazquez from Maude S. Sherwood Elementary School and Laurie Wills from Wing Elementary School. They selected the districtwide implementation of instructional rounds as their initiative. 

The purpose of IR is to promote the sharing of best practices between educators by allowing teachers to actually see instruction in other classrooms.  

“Although we are often hesitant to leave our classes and our students, the benefits of seeing a variety of teaching styles, and more importantly, engage in quality educational conversations with an assortment of colleagues, is extremely valuable for our growth and development as educators,” said Mosca. “Additionally, we have the benefit of seeing some of our own students work in a different discipline. This can provide a teacher with a more in-depth perception of a student’s strengths and weaknesses. For example, a classroom teacher who may have a struggling student could observe that student in a special such as music, art, or physical education and see an entirely different child. That teacher can use that information as a hook to reach that student.”

The practice of instructional rounds is not a new educational idea or initiative, according to Mosca.

“There have been many studies and publications about its effectiveness,” he said. “The beauty of instructional rounds is that there is no one way to run them. The practice could and should be created to fit the needs of the school or district. I have been utilizing IR at Islip High School for the last three years, and prior to coming here, at my previous school, Comsewogue High School. It is something I am very passionate about and I am happy we have assembled a team of quality educators from each of our buildings to explore the possibility of expanding the practice here in Islip. We have received positive input on the model of IR we have implemented. Teachers generally report that they leave the experience with enthusiasm and positive feelings about the students, their colleagues and the building as a whole. It opens avenues for cross-disciplinary and cross-grade level dialogue between professionals. My faculty has expressed their desire to see how things are done in other grade levels and for other grade levels to see how things are done at the high school level. It is our hope that with the support of our friends at Teach to Lead, that we can use the practice of instructional rounds to increase collaboration and collegiality throughout the district so we can continue to provide the best possible education for the students within the district.”

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