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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


headshot photograph of Commack Road Elementary School Principal Jackie Beckmann

Jackie Beckmann, Principal

Principal's Message

Dear CRES Families:

It is with immense enthusiasm that I introduce myself as the new principal of Commack Road Elementary School. My name is Jackie Beckmann, and I am incredibly delighted to join the friendly and dynamic community of CRES and excited to embark on this journey together, fostering a vibrant learning environment where each child thrives.

As I step into this role, I bring a deep passion for creating a welcoming and nurturing environment where each child can succeed. My top priorities are based on a belief in strong partnerships between school and families. My door is always open, and I encourage communication from families, teachers, and staff alike. Communication will be key, and I'm committed to keeping you informed and engaged through regular updates via ParentSquare and easy access to me.

My top priority is ensuring the safety and well-being of every child who walks through our doors at CRES. My focus is on creating a personalized learning experience for each child. I am dedicated to developing a culture of respect, kindness, and inclusivity, where every student feels comfortable, supported, and empowered to learn. Collaboration with families is vital in this process, and I encourage you to communicate any concerns or questions regarding your child's academic and social journey.

I am excited to partner with you in this shared endeavor. Feel free to reach out at any time with questions, feedback, or simply to introduce yourself.


Jackie Beckmann
Commack Road Elementary School


CRES Fifth Grader Kelly Pitt Wins Second Consecutive Hoops Contest

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Fourth- and fifth-grade students from Commack Road Elementary School and Maud S. Sherwood Elementary School recently competed in the 38th annual Town of Islip Sharp Shooter Basketball Contest. The Sharp Shooter program, sponsored by the Islip Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs since 1993, challenges local students to score as many baskets as possible in one minute. The fourth and fifth grade students that score the most points in each of their respective grades make it to the final round.

Commack Road’s in-school winners, guided by physical education teacher Carrie Rittberg, were fourth graders Erin Lella and Colin Moon and fifth graders athletes Jaxon Gerena and Kelly Pitt, while Makenzy Covelli, Emma Myles-McAnally, Tanner Oswald and Matteo Spallina were the second-place finishers.

At Sherwood, guided by physical education teacher Jeff Atlas, the winners were fourth graders Tyler Bucaro and Kenley Simonetti and fifth graders Michael Monahan and Milania Paiz.

All eight of the first-place winners represented Islip in the townwide Sharp Shooter competition, held on March 2 at East Islip High School. At the event, Pitt put on a remarkable hoops performance, scoring 32 points to make her the overall winner for fifth-grade girls. It was Pitt’s second consecutive Sharp Shooter victory, as she won in 2023 as a fourth grader, breaking an event record. Town officials searched previous records dating back to the late 1990s and could not find another player who achieved this amazing accomplishment.

“Winning back-to-back is a phenomenal feat,” CRES physical education teacher Carrie Rittberg said. “Kelly outscored the second-place participant by eight points and was able to secure her lead and be crowned the Sharp Shooter champion. Our participants did an amazing job competing against the fourth and fifth grade student winners from each of the elementary schools in the Town of Islip, and we are so proud of our athletes and all of their hard work and dedication.”

Date Added: 3/20/2024

Commack Road Third Graders Explore Authentic Chinese Traditions

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Brian Smith’s third-grade class at Commack Road Elementary School recently celebrated Chinese New Year with the help of Chin-Yen Cheng Grayer, the mother of one of Smith’s students, Josephine Grayer.

“Mrs. Grayer, who was born and raised in Taiwan, was our teacher today as she proudly immersed the class in one of the most important and enduring Chinese cultural traditions,” Smith said.

Three different learning stations punctuated the celebration, each designed to introduce the students to a different aspect of Chinese culture. The first station was dedicated to Taiwan’s history, culture and geography. Students at this station “visited” Taiwan with the help of various resources provided by Grayer. Smith, who visited Taiwan himself while in college, also provided the students with photographs and insights about the country. The last day of Chinese New Year, also known as the Lantern Festival, was the basis of the next station, in which students created their own Chinese-style paper lanterns.

In the final station, Grayer instructed the class on the ancient art of traditional Chinese calligraphy, an art form she had learned in school as a third-grade student in Taiwan. Wanting to teach the class this art authentically, she provided students with all of the tools necessary to learn: thin red papers prepared for their final writing, practice sheets, Chinese ink, and calligraphy brushes of various sizes and styles. Grayer patiently instructed and guided each student throughout the process as they wrote their own beautiful symbols – “peace,” “school,” “health,” “harmony,” “joy,” “love” – to represent how they felt or wished for themselves or family.

“The whole experience was so moving and wonderful, as we were all drawn into the magic of the moment,” Smith said. “According to the Chinese zodiac, 2024 is the Year of the Dragon. Dragon characteristics include enthusiasm, confidence and a willingness to take on challenges. Our class epitomizes these characteristics normally, but especially so on this day as they took on the mystery of this challenge with wonder, confidence and an abundance of enthusiasm. Students excitedly talked about their work throughout the day and into the next day. Our class thanks Mrs. Grayer for offering us her kindness and graciousness on this Chinese New Year and for gifting us with memories we will not soon forget.”

Date Added: 3/11/2024

Commack Road Welcomes Crabby Quartet of Class Pets

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As part of their recent focus on kindness and responsibility, second graders at Commack Road Elementary School welcomed a crabby quartet of new class pets in February, donated by special guest Bill Niehoff. The students voted to named their hermit crabs Giant, Michelle, Mr. Krabs and Valentina.

Date Added: 3/7/2024

Commack Road Second Graders Celebrate Being 100 Days Smarter

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Second graders at Commack Road Elementary School celebrated the 100th day of school by dressing up as 100-year-olds, canes and all. Students wrote about what they would do with 100 dollars, solved 100 math problems and listened to read-alouds about the 100th day of school.

“It was such a fun day filled with laughter and learning, and we celebrated the students being 100 days smarter,” said teacher Jennifer Beck.

Date Added: 3/5/2024

Islip Students Show Appreciation for Vets with Valentines

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On Feb. 8, Suffolk County Legislator Sam Gonzalez, accompanied by two U.S. Army reservists from the Fort Totten base, visited Ted Dieumegard’s classroom at Commack Road Elementary School to talk to fourth graders, and the Islip Middle School library to speak with students from Erin Anderson’s English language arts classes, as well as CARE and Keep Islip Clean club members. The purpose of the visit was twofold. Legislator Gonzalez and the reservists explained how important it is to recognize veterans’ sacrifice and commitment to duty. In turn, the students showed their appreciation with a presentation of handmade Valentine’s cards - and from the middle school, hand-sewn plush hearts embellished with American flags – destined for delivery to overseas service members.

“We feel certain that the students came away with a better understanding of what sacrifice and duty truly entail after this visit,” middle school librarian Kathy Ryder said.

Date Added: 3/5/2024

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