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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

Islip Honors Five Students at Hispanic Heritage Event

Islip Honors Five Students at Hispanic Heritage Event

The district held its second annual Hispanic Heritage recognition event on Oct. 23, honoring five students – one per each of the district’s schools – who are Hispanic, Hispanic-American or of Hispanic heritage and have demonstrated outstanding civic and community engagement.

The honorees for 2018, chosen by a committee of Islip language teachers from each school, were Kayley Guzman Morales of Islip Middle School, Adrian Lopez of Wing Elementary School, Amanda Mardones of Maud S. Sherwood Elementary School, Bianka Morales of Islip High School and Isabella Sarmiento of Commack Road Elementary School.

The recognition ceremony, held in the middle school library with the students’ families in attendance, coincided with National Hispanic Heritage Month, which celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

Commack Road Fifth-Graders Find Locations with Yarn Maps

Commack Road Fifth-Graders Find Locations with Yarn Maps

In fifth-grade social studies classes at Commack Road, students are working on the geography of the Western Hemisphere. To learn the difference between absolute and relative locations, the fifth-graders used yarn maps to help identify latitude and longitude. Students tied yarn strips to the Mercator projection maps and moved the strings in comparison to the equator and prime meridian in order to confirm the absolute location of a place.

Commack Road Students Presented with Flag During Valdes Visit

Commack Road Students Presented with Flag during Valdes Visit
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Fourth- and fifth-grade students at Commack Road were treated to a special patriotic assembly on Oct. 11. Lt. Col. Charles Valdes and American Legion Rusy Bohm Post 411 Commander Dominick DeCrescenzo presented the school with an American flag that had been flown over Union III, Baghdad, amid the battlefields of Iraq during Operation Inherent Resolve.

The flag ceremony was preceded by a rendition of the National Anthem led by several students and directed by Commack Road’s choral director, Michael Bauer, followed by a student reading of Wilbur D. Nesbit’s heartwarming poem “Your Flag and My Flag.”
Lt. Col. Valdes, a U.S. military veteran, also fielded a variety of questions about his personal and professional experiences while serving numerous tours in the Middle East.

“This session was an incredible learning experience for the students,” said Lynn Burke, Commack Road’s acting principal. “Our students and staff will display the flag with great pride. They are grateful to have been inspired by these honored guests for showing their love of country and for putting their lives at risk to protect the freedoms we hold so dearly.”

Getting Figurative in Fifth Grade at Commack Road

Getting Figurative in Fifth Grade at Commack Road

Fifth-grade writers at Commack Road recently enjoyed exploring figurative language, working to sort and identify similes, metaphor, alliteration, personification and idioms.

“My students are discovering how these craft techniques can enhance their own writing and make their stories come alive for the reader,” said teacher Julie McGarty.

Informational Orientation Welcomes English Language Learners and Families

Informational Orientation Welcomes English Language Learners and Families

With English Language Learner students and families in attendance representing 23 different nations and 17 different languages, Islip’s annual ELL Parent Orientation on Sept. 26 provided parents with information on the programs and services their children are entitled to, based on New York State Department of Education regulations.

This year’s event, which kicked off in the school’s auditorium with a welcome from Priscilla Zarate, Islip’s coordinator of ENL and world languages, also gave the parents an opportunity to meet with their corresponding English as a New Language teachers and ask questions.

Meanwhile, the students gathered in the cafeteria for an enjoyable session of board games, books, and arts and crafts, and all who attended left with backpacks filled with school supplies, books and other goodies donated by the Town of Islip Youth Bureau, Book Fairies, Panera Bread and Kid to Kid.

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