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Welcome to Commack Road Elementary School

300 Commack Road
Islip, NY 11751

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School Hours: 9:15 a.m. – 3:15 p.m

Telephone Directory

Main Office: (631) 650-8600
Fax: (631) 650-8608
Principal’s Office: (631) 650-8605
Nurse’s Office: (631) 650-8625
Nurse's Office Fax: (631) 650-8628
Attendance: (631) 650-8610


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James Cameron, Principal


Principal's Message

Dear Families,

Each moment and experience in your child’s life helps contribute to his or her growth and success.  In defining #SuccessatCRES it is our hope that your child will have many of these foundational experiences at Commack Road so that he or she will achieve his/her fullest potential socially, emotionally, and academically.  

The teaching and learning community expects all children to be leaders. It is our duty to work together to unlock each child’s passion and interests. CRES strives to create learning experience that help students understand what it takes to be a productive, participatory citizen at CRES, in Islip and beyond.  Our inspiration for this work comes from Stephen Covey’s Leader in Me and Sean Covey’s 7 Habits of Happy Kids. These texts guide us in the development of a common language and consistent expectations for your children.

In addition, our team of teachers are taking our Response to Intervention (RTI) efforts to the next level this year.  We are exploring different models of support services to provide the best, research-based practices that will provide all students with the tools to achieve their fullest potential.  We will be dedicating our time to develop our craft and expanding our horizons as educators. Our goal is to provide the most dynamic, engaging learning environment for all faculty, staff, parents and students.

The love and encouragement that I receive each day from every child’s smile, high five, fist bump, handshake, or birthday wish is the fuel that keeps me going each and every day.  The support and trust that is placed in all of us at Commack Road does not go unnoticed and means the world to all of us at Commack Road Elementary!

Thank you and I look forward to seeing you at the many events each month.  I invite all stakeholders to let me know their thoughts about each experience at Commack Road.  Please feel free to send me an email, a note, or drop me a line to let me know how you feel things are going.   

To assist, in stakeholder feedback, I have created an online survey for all stakeholders to complete after they visit with us at Commack Road.  You can access the survey by clicking this link: or by scanning this QR Code with any smart phone.  

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Together, we can make Commack Road better every day!


James F. Cameron

Commack Road Holds Special Dedications on Flag Day

Commack Road Holds Special Dedications on Flag Day
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Commack Road had an extra special event in store for the annual Flag Day celebration on June 14, holding two dedications beforehand in the school’s lobby, inspired by the school’s history.

A new flag remembrance wall displayed American flags that were flown over battlefields in Iraq during Operation Inherent Resolve, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. The flags were donated to the Commack Road community by military members Tyree Bacon, Matthew Infante and Charles Valdes, who were honored guests at the event. A bronze plaque in the top right corner of that wall was provided by the Class of 1978 reunion team in honor of those who have served the country and the community.

A wooden showcase was also dedicated in honor of the late staff member Barbara Corbett, a graduate from the Class of 1978.

“Mrs. Corbett was one of the first people that I met after becoming the principal here, and she truly embodied in mind and spirit all that it meant to be CRES,” said Principal James Cameron. “Unfortunately, we lost Mrs. Corbett too soon after a battle with cancer. It is our hope that she will live in spirit and soul through this remembrance and her family will find comfort through our love and tribute to an amazing woman that viewed CRES as her school.”

Following the dedications, attendees enjoyed a parade led by members of the local American Legion Rusy Bohm Post 411 and Commander Dominick DeCrescenzo, a stirring flag raising, and performances of patriotic music by the CRES TrebleMakers vocal ensemble and CRES Level II Band.

Student awards were presented to second-grade contest winner Teagan Ahlgren, third-grade contest winner Alyssa Williams, fourth-grade contest winner Yusra Ishtiaq, fifth-grade contest winner Hannah Smith, academic award winner William Cheung and music award winner Avery Roche.


Commack Road Student Leaders Show Off "Success"

Commack Road Student Leaders Show Off
Commack Road Student Leaders Show Off
Commack Road Student Leaders Show Off
Inspired by author Sean Covey’s principles of the Seven Habits of Happy Kids, student leaders at Commack Road recently worked to help make the school beautiful and inviting, both inside and out, including a fence message with the motto “Success at CRES.”

Commack Road Poetry Contest Winners to Be Published

Commack Road Poetry Contest Winners to Be Published
Fourth and fifth grade students in Christine LeMaire’s and Julie McGarty’s classes at Commack Road, with the assistance of ENL co-teacher Meghan Finnerty, celebrated National Poetry Month this past April, enjoying reading and writing poetry throughout the month. Poems by 14 of the Islip students were entered into the American Library of Poetry’s 2019 Student Poetry Contest and selected to be published this fall in a special book of poetry, “Illustrious.”

“We are proud of our poets,” said LeMaire.

Commack Road Second Graders Showcase a Year of Writing

Commack Road Second Graders Showcase a Year of Writing

For second graders in Cheryl Brown’s class at Commack Road, the Authors Tea on May 31 served as a special celebration for the students to showcase a year’s worth of writing and demonstrate their growth as writers. Pieces included biographies, personal narratives, how-to books, poetry, animal reports and writing connected to social emotional learning, which were read to visiting parents and administrators including Superintendent Ellen Semel and Principal James Cameron.

“I began each lesson with a mini lesson and then set the children free to express themselves,” said Brown. “As all the attendees saw, they worked very hard.”

Commack Road Students Raise Voices to Appreciate Bus Drivers

Commack Road Students Raise Voices to Appreciate Bus Drivers
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Visiting Commack Road students sang on Suffolk Transportation Service Driver Appreciation Day, performing with heart and talent on June 5 for the entertainment of STSD staff and guests.