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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
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Health Office: (631) 650-8675
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Sherwood Elementary Principal Briana James

Briana James, Principal

Principal's Message

Dear Sherwood Families,

It is with great anticipation and excitement that I write this letter welcoming you and your child(ren) to a new school year!

I hope your summer has been refreshing, and that you have been able to spend some time relaxing and making memories with your loved ones. When the James children (3 and 6) weren't at camp, we enjoyed a road trip to Great Wolf Lodge, Busch Gardens, and Water Country where we made some great family memories. We were also able to enjoy all that beautiful Long Island has to offer, from strawberry and peach picking out east, to spending early mornings and late nights at the beach. We love bagels and s'mores, and we feel very fortunate to have been able to spend some quality time with family and friends.

As we have shared, all of us here at Sherwood strongly believe in open communication and greatly value parental involvement. To be successful in school, our children need support from both home and school; a strong partnership with you will make a great difference in your child's education. It is my goal to continue to establish and maintain strong parental partnerships, for we know that all of us working together, in the best interest of our children, is the greatest precursor to student success. Throughout the year, please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions, concerns, or to learn more about the place where your child spends the majority of his or her time each day!

As I had shared when I first joined the Islip community one year ago, I'm keenly aware of the faith you place in us each and every day as you send your children off to school. I promise to cherish, nurture, and safeguard each and every one of your children and to treat each with dignity and care. Please enjoy the remaining days of summer. I'm very much looking forward to seeing you and your children on the first day of school, and every day thereafter!

Very truly yours,

Briana D. James, Principal

Sherwood Celebrates Growth of Young Writers

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Young writers at Maud S. Sherwood Elementary School recently showcased all they learned during Writing Workshop by participating in the second schoolwide writing celebration of the year.

To keep this new tradition alive, the celebration kicked off with student representatives from each grade sharing what they learned as writers with the entire student body. Students shared experiences and feeling such as “I learned to state an opinion and prove it with supporting details” and “I am excited to show my family how much I wrote; my writing muscles are really growing.”

Sherwood’s Writing Workshop provides a supportive and collaborative environment for writers to improve their skills, by encouraging regular writing practice and providing individualized feedback. The "workshop model" emphasizes, and focuses on, the importance of the process of writing by incorporating peer review, meaningful communication, critical thinking, and editing and revising skills.
“This approach aligns with our growth mindset philosophy and provides students with opportunities to learn from one another, share their writing and confidence in their growing writing abilities,” Principal Briana James said.

Fifth grade writers researched various people who are considered change makers, such as Neil Armstrong, Amelia Earhart, Steve Jobs and Elon Musk. Students used Book Creator to present their research in printed form and also illustrated posters, brought in props and dressed up as the person they researched.

“Our fifth graders really enjoyed presenting their work and learning from each other,” James said. “Our writing celebrations continue to be more than just a way to acknowledge the hard work that goes into each student’s current writing piece; they emphasize and highlight the benefit of having a growth mindset, something we are proud to instill in our children.”

In the Writing Workshop’s next unit, to be held on March 23, families of students in grades 2 and 4 will be invited to join the celebration.


Date Added: 3/10/2023

The Circus Comes to Sherwood

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Throughout the week of Jan. 23, all students at Islip’s Maud S. Sherwood Elementary School participated in the National Circus Project’s residency at the school during their gym classes. Last spring, the school raised just under $12,000 through its Booster-thon fundraiser in order to bring this hands-on experience to Sherwood, which provided an opportunity for students to learn patience, self-discipline and good practice habits under the direction of specially-trained circus staff.

After a week of trying out and practicing circus skills such as juggling, balancing and plate spinning, Sherwood’s fifth graders showed off what they had learned in a special circus performance for family and friends, held on Jan. 27 in the Sherwood auditorium.

Date Added: 2/8/2023