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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.

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Main Office: (631) 650-8650
Fax: (631) 650-8658
Principal’s Office: (631) 650-8655
Health Office: (631) 650-8675
Attendance: (631) 650-8660




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Sherwood Elementary Principal Briana James

Briana James, Principal

Principal's Message

Dear Sherwood Families,

Our 2021-2022 school year has officially come to an end, which brings both happiness and sadness. We are happy to see the children run off excitedly to summer, but we are sad to see them go. The end of a school year is a great time to reflect upon the year, to be thankful, and to be proud of our children and of all that they have accomplished. Having personally had the honor of watching your children grow socially, emotionally, and academically for the past year, I am certainly proud! To paraphrase what I had shared at our fifth grade moving up ceremony, life is made up of a lot of moments, some that don't seem all that important at the time, but which, in their totality, contribute to what and where we are today.

Thank you for entrusting us with your children each day, for your continued support, and for sharing the many moments that make Sherwood the wonderful place that it is. Have a happy, healthy, and restful summer. See you in September!


Briana D. James, Principal

Sherwood Raises Over $11k with Boosterthon Fun Run

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The PTA at Sherwood recently organized a Boosterthon Fun Run, raising a whopping $11,470 thanks to the generosity of family, friends and neighbors. The school had originally set a goal of $6,000 to enhance Sherwood’s cultural arts programs and develop plans for an outdoor learning space at the school. Once administrators saw how much support was coming in, they increased the goal to $10,000,  a total that  was amply surpassed.

Throughout the fundraiser, classes worked together, learned about character education and sportsmanship, and earned rewards such as Pajama Day, extra recess and a chance to dunk Principal Briana James in a dunk tank. The fun culminated in an outdoor Fun Run on May 12, an event that included a DJ.

“Our PTA was phenomenal, as were the teachers, office and custodial staff, parents, and especially the kids,” James said. “Everyone had a great time and we are looking forward to doing it again next year.”

Date Added: 6/9/2022

Islip Again Named a Best Community for Music Education

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The Islip School District’s top-notch music program has earned another prestigious Best Community for Music Education designation by the NAMM Foundation. Islip is one of only 738 districts nationwide that received this award.

Now in its 23rd year, the Best Community for Music Education program honors outstanding support for music education. The 2022 program aims to celebrate schools and districts adapting, innovating and persevering in the face of change.

“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized by the NAMM Foundation once again, and it would not be possible without our talented staff, dedicated students, and incredibly supportive parents, building and central administration, Board of Education, and community,” said Brian Kroll, Islip’s director of fine and performing arts.

Islip Honors Its Academic, Athletic, Musical and Leadership Champions

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The Islip School District recognized student achievement at its Night of Champions celebration during the Board of Education meeting on May 3. District and school administrators, teachers, coaches, and family members applauded as elementary and secondary students who demonstrated excellence in academics, athletics, music and leadership received certificates honoring their accomplishments.

Elementary recognitions, presented by Maud S. Sherwood Elementary School Principal Briana James, went to Liam Enriquz Ochoa (New York State PTA Reflections Award of Merit) and Ibrahim Shrivardhankar (NYSATA February Student of the Month for Nassau and Suffolk Counties).

Next, Superintendent Dr. Dennis P. O’Hara recognized Carinn Argenziano as winner of the New York State Attorney General’s Triple C Award and Pink by the Bay window painting contest winner Kaitlyn Trocchio.

Music honors, also presided over by Dr. O’Hara, were presented for All-County Vocal Jazz (Ella Beiser, Lucas Bohr, Richie Castronova, Leah Cyran, Maggie Frazer, Madeline Lang, Daniel Rubinson and Jordyn Zurbaran) as well as All-State alternates (Hannah Evans, Maggie Frazer and Isabella Green.

Islip High School Assistant Principal Lisa Ward recognized the school’s three American Legion Auxiliary Empire Girls State Citizens (Sarah Alvarez, Joyce Johnson and Samantha O’Connell) and alternate (Genna Schifter).

School Counselor Nicole Hall and Student Services Advisor Meghan Stern honored members of the high school’s Buccaneer University program, including Presidents Hunter Rindos and Samantha O’Connell, Vice President Noah Whitehouse, Secretaries Richard Rindos and Kacey Schassberger, Treasurers/Fundraising Chairs Maya Levy and Kayley Guzman Morales, and social coordinators Fiona Dvorkin and Kaeli McAnally.

Ms. Ward returned to present the Advance Placement awards, recognizing the high school students earning AP Seminar and Research Certificates (Richie Castronova, Kayla Hassell, Ava Kurka and Serena Trabacchi), AP Scholar designations (Jesse Caro, Juliana Marconi, James Wimmers, Cassandra Zaneski, Brianna Zavala and Abigail Zimmerman), AP Scholar and AP Seminar and Research Certificates (Sean Files, Angela Padilla Crespo and Hasnayn Raza), AP Scholar and AP Capstone Diploma (Keera Kittles), AP Scholar with Honor designations (Hannah Evans, Madeline Mulholland, Yousuf Shrivardhankar), AP Scholar with Honor and AP Seminar and Research Certificates (Sarah Alvarez, Selina Chan and Connor Edwards), AP Scholar with Honor and AP Capstone Diplomas (Bipro Dhar and Desiree Pagan), AP Scholar with Distinction and AP Seminar and Research Certificates (Carolyn Do, Joyce Johnson, Carlo Lanza, Justin Rhodes, Richard Rindos, Steven Schadt), and AP Scholar with Distinction and AP Capstone Diplomas (Liam Biscari, Anthony Lopez and Timothy Mak).

In the final academic recognition, Dr. O’Hara honored Anthony Lopez and Desiree Pagan for earning the NSDC Award for Academic Growth and Student Leadership in Learning.

Sports recognitions, presented by Athletic Director John Sparacio and his coaches, went to students for golf (Gabriella Flora), bowling (Salvatore Bono, Robert Boyce, Gavin Connell, Gavin Eubanks, Arthur Hampson, Tristan Hassler, Jack Kornahrens, Nathaniel Moran, Dylan Nieves, Brendan Ortenzi, Aidan Petelin, Jacob Petelin, Jacob Schifter, John Swindells, Jake Urban, Tyler Vetrano, Donovan Zecchini), wrestling (Juan Pantaleon, Zachary Miller, Matthew Hole Lopez, Thomas Andria and Mora Peterson), girls volleyball (Maggie Hayes and Jacqueline Bryant, cross-country (Matthew Karabatzoglou and Liam Biscari), boys winter track (Marc Rosado and Kenny Pastrana), gymnastics (Brianna Lanza, Fiona DeFalco and Isabella Field), boys soccer (Sam Chieco), girls soccer (Brielle Zink and Madison Micheletti), tennis (Ava Andria, Annika Cripe, Ava Delisle, Maya Levy and Sarah Scheidel), girls basketball (Cassandra Zaneski and Kaeli McAnally), boys basketball (Lars Heimlich), football (Vincent Rosselli and Jameson Seeger), girls winter track (Elizabeth Bryant, Joyce Johnson and Desiree Pagan), and the recipients of the Suffolk Zone Leadership Awards (Jacqueline Bryant and Hunter Rindos).

“Night of Champions is a great way to recognize all of our athletes, for everything they’ve that done that makes the Islip School District what it is – a great place,” Board of Education President Philip Dineen said.

“To echo what Mr. Dineen said, we are celebrating the achievements of our students,” Dr. O’Hara said. “We are celebrating them academically, athletically, their performances and their talents in the arts, and we are recognizing their character, their integrity and their grit. Although I’m still relatively new to your community, every day that I see your children in the schools, it is a reminder of how blessed I am to be here, and tonight is no exception.

“Your children and our students, they are scholars, they are athletes, they are leaders, and most importantly, they are ladies and gentlemen,” Dr. O’Hara continued. “Thank you to all the parents for your support and for all the effort you put into raising wonderful young people.”

Date Added: 5/25/2022