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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

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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 Fourth Grader Leads Toy Drive

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Elizabeth Balsamo, a fourth grader in Meghan Flynn and Christine LeMaire’s class at Commack Road, recently organized the school’s second annual toy drive.

“One morning in early November, she enthusiastically came to school to talk to the principal about the drive,” said LeMaire. “She had the idea last year as a third grader, after becoming concerned about children who were sick in the hospital at holidays.”

Balsamo designed a flyer for the initiative and made daily announcements. Her family helped her connect with Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip to send toys directly via Amazon. Toys were also donated to the John Theissen Children’s Foundation.

“Elizabeth is a natural leader at Commack Road,” said Principal James Cameron. “Her example shows us that when given the chance to lead, kids can make a real difference.”

“I feel really proud and thankful for all of the help I received from my teachers, Mr. Cameron and everyone who donated,” said Balsamo.


Commack Road’s Young Engineers Design Wind Turbines

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Fourth graders in Dawn Ambroselli’s class at Commack Road recently designed wind turbines as part of energy conversion experiments for their science unit on electric systems. Working as mock system engineers, the students looked for a way to solve the blackout problems of a made-up town called Ergstown.



Commack Road Second Graders Honor 98-Year-Old Local Vet

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When second graders in Cheryl Brown and Don Dowdell’s class at Commack Road heard the story of 98-year-old local veteran Nick Leo voting in person on Election Day, they decided to take the time to honor him and cheer him up. The students sent Leo letters and small gifts for Veterans Day.

“Coming from a family of veterans, I was compelled to take action after hearing Mr. Leo’s story from his grandson, FDNY Captain Mike Leo,” said Brown. “I am humbled that Nick and his family were so touched, and I am honored to be a small part or such an amazing life story.”

“We teach our students at Commack Road to be in service to others and to always honor our veterans,” said Principal James Cameron. “After seeing the giant smile on Mr. Leo’s face, the students decided that they would like to continue to share correspondence with him throughout the year.”

A Cheerful Parade Tradition Continues at Commack Road

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Commack Road held its annual Balloons Over CRES second grade parade on Nov. 24, bringing socially distanced joy to the entire school. The event was the culmination of an ELA activity where students read Melissa Sweet’s book “Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade,” which examines the history of the Macy’s Parade and the creation of the giant balloons by puppeteer Tony Sarg.

“We were all in the need of some good old-fashioned cheer and normalcy,” said Principal James Cameron. “Thank you so much to the second grade for keeping this tradition going for all of us.”