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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

April 2018

Welcome to Spring Commack Road Families!

I hope Spring has finally sprung! I guess I jinxed us with my last newsletter saying that winter has been kind to us. I take full responsibility for that and all the achy backs due to shoveling some real heavy snow.

As we move into the last portion of the year, it is incredibly important to be mindful of the calendar and important events being organized by the District, CRES PTA and Commack Road.

Just a reminder school will be closed from Friday, March 30 and will reopen on Monday April 9. Starting on Tuesday, April 10, Commack Road third, fourth and fifth grade students will begin the NYS ELA exam. The students in fourth and fifth grade will be taking the ELA exam on the computer and students in 3rd grade will be taking the exam with the traditional paper booklets. The NYS math exam will be a paper based testing for all three grades (3rd, 4th & 5th) and will take place May 1 and 2. If you have decided to refuse the exams for your child please be sure to get a letter to Mrs. Branch in the main office as soon as possible. Waiting to turn in letters until the last minutes creates a chaotic environment; therefore, it would be appreciated if all letters were submitted ahead of time.

At Commack Road we have two mottos; Y.E.S. at CRES and #SuccessatCRES. Taking care of yourself, each other and our school is paramount to all that we do here at CRES. It is important to all of us here at CRES to have your support in this vision. Simple acts of kindness towards each other, and respecting each other for our uniqueness in appearance and perspective, helps go a long way.

Recently, our fifth grade students and currently our fourth grade students are working with the Town of Islip's Youth Bureau about positive decision-making and the important of being drug free. It is necessary for parents and guardians to have these conversations with their children early and often. Opening the lines of communication is a necessary first step in prevention.

By working together, we can ensure a positive experience for all students, parents and staff at Commack Road. If you have any suggestions or ideas, please feel free to reach out to any staff member at Commack Road to share your thoughts. As we move through the 2017-2018 school year and into the 2018-2019 school year, we will be revitalizing our character education program through Sean Covey's book The 7 Habits of Happy Kids. Our one book, one school initiative helps to put everyone on the same page and create uniform language for all students, parents and staff.

In closing, I would like to wish everyone a wonderful and safe Spring Recess and look forward to an amazing closing of the year as the lead learner at Commack Road Elementary School!


James F. Cameron

NAMM Award Shows Strength of Islip’s Music Program

NAMM Award Shows Strength of Islip’s Music Program photo

The district has once again been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from the NAMM Foundation, recognizing’s Islip’s outstanding commitment to music education.

The Best Communities for Music Education designation, now in its 19th year, is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. To qualify for the Best Communities designation, Islip answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by the Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

“Music instruction has always been a part of the fabric here in Islip,” said Vincent Green, director of fine and performing arts. “Being recognized for our diligence on a national level strengthens our resolve to continue this important work.”

A Spring for Strings at Annual Festival

A Spring for Strings at Annual Festival
A Spring for Strings at Annual Festival 2
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Bringing together hundreds of young orchestra musicians from several of the district’s buildings, the recent annual spring districtwide String Festival continued a tradition of giving student string players a chance to shine as well as perform as a massed group.

“The String Festival gives older students an opportunity to appreciate how far they’ve come as musicians, while giving younger students the opportunity to see what they can become with practice,” said Vincent Green, director of fine and performing arts. “The opportunity to play as part of an orchestra of 200 caps off a singular musical event for the district.”

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