Smiles and sunshine were out in abundance on the first day of school in the Islip School District on Sept. 7, as excited students returned to Islip High School, Islip Middle School, Maud S. Sherwood Elementary School, Commack Road Elementary School and Wing Elementary School.
“Despite the heat, our students, staff, and faculty enjoyed a positive start to the school year on our first day of classes,” Islip High School Principal Dr. Lara Gonzalez said.
“Students engaged in a variety of community-building activities and their first lessons in each subject area. Our students and teachers were energized and excited to begin a new school year.”
“Our first day was wonderful,” Islip High School Assistant Principal Charlie Rizzuto said. “It was such a great feeling to have students back in the halls of our school. Watching the students reconnect with each other as well as the faculty and staff who they adore so much was heartwarming, to say the least. Islip pride was on full display!”
“What a wonderful and exciting beginning to another school year,” Islip Middle School Principal Timothy Martin said. “The brilliance of the sunshine was only outshined by the joyful smiles on the children’s faces.”
“The best part of the first day was watching the children, as they entered the school, saw the CRES welcoming adults, recognized a familiar face and ran for a big hug or just to share a loving smile,” said David Seinfeld. Commack Road’s new interim principal. “This even happened for some of our second graders who saw a familiar face from Wing. So special!”
“The first day of school is simply one of my favorites, it’s just so special,” Sherwood Principal Briana James said. “It represents new beginnings, new adventures, new friendships and new challenges. The sky is the limit, and we’re all off and running! We are looking forward to an incredible new year.”
“Wing was full of laughter and smiles as we welcomed our new and returning students,” Principal Catherine Glaser said. “The first day always brings so much energy and enthusiasm as students meet new friends, learn new routines and begin their educational journey. We are so happy to have our children back and are excited about the endless possibilities of this new school year.”