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Welcome to Maud S. Sherwood Elementary School

301 Smith Avenue
Islip, NY 11751

School Hours: 8:50 a.m. – 2:50 p.m.

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Main Office: (631) 650-8650
Fax: (631) 650-8658
Principal’s Office: (631) 650-8655
Health Office: (631) 650-8675
Attendance: (631) 650-8660




Sherwood Elementary Principal Briana James

Briana James, Principal

Principal's Message

Dear Sherwood Families,

It is with great anticipation and excitement that I write this letter welcoming you and your child(ren) to a new school year!

I hope your summer has been refreshing, and that you have been able to spend some time relaxing and making memories with your loved ones. When the James children (3 and 6) weren't at camp, we enjoyed a road trip to Great Wolf Lodge, Busch Gardens, and Water Country where we made some great family memories. We were also able to enjoy all that beautiful Long Island has to offer, from strawberry and peach picking out east, to spending early mornings and late nights at the beach. We love bagels and s'mores, and we feel very fortunate to have been able to spend some quality time with family and friends.

As we have shared, all of us here at Sherwood strongly believe in open communication and greatly value parental involvement. To be successful in school, our children need support from both home and school; a strong partnership with you will make a great difference in your child's education. It is my goal to continue to establish and maintain strong parental partnerships, for we know that all of us working together, in the best interest of our children, is the greatest precursor to student success. Throughout the year, please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions, concerns, or to learn more about the place where your child spends the majority of his or her time each day!

As I had shared when I first joined the Islip community one year ago, I'm keenly aware of the faith you place in us each and every day as you send your children off to school. I promise to cherish, nurture, and safeguard each and every one of your children and to treat each with dignity and care. Please enjoy the remaining days of summer. I'm very much looking forward to seeing you and your children on the first day of school, and every day thereafter!

Very truly yours,

Briana D. James, Principal

A Rewarding Writing Experience for Students at Sherwood

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Maud S. Sherwood Elementary School recently held its first buildingwide writing celebration, which was a huge success and a great opportunity for students to share their written voice.

The event kicked off with words of encouragement from Principal Briana James and ELA Coordinator Barbara Wagner, as well as student representatives from each grade level, who were able to share what they learned as writers with their classmates. The latter included ideas and statements such as “I learned the importance of showing, not telling,” “I learned to create a hook that would be interesting to my reader” and “I learned to revise, revise, revise.” Every student in grades 2 through 5 completed their first writing unit and published pieces that were shared during the workshop.

“Our writing celebration wasn’t just a way to acknowledge the hard work that went into writing their current pieces, but it also reminded our young writers of everything they learned over the past few months, highlighting the value of having a growth mindset,” James said. “Our writers proudly presented various aspects of their work to their peers, classroom teachers, special area teachers, support staff, administrators, and even to our school nurse and our custodian. Congratulations to all students and teachers who made this celebration, and all the days leading up to it, such a valuable and rewarding experience for all. We are looking forward to continuing our growth as writers and can’t wait until our next celebration!”

Date Added: 11/30/2022

Islip Holds Informational ENL Parent Orientation

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The Islip School District English as a New Language Department held its annual Parent Orientation at Islip High School on Oct. 13, providing parents with important presentations such as an overview of Islip’s English Language Learner program as well as ParentSquare and Infinite Campus. Parents also had an opportunity to sign up for school PTAs and meet ENL teachers and principals for each building.

Date Added: 10/19/2022

Islip Community Enjoys a Day of Pride and Fun at Homecoming

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Islip celebrated homecoming on Sept. 24 with an action-packed day of community pride and engaging activities, blessed by sunshine and crisp weather. Led by fire trucks, members of the Board of Education, district and school administrators, and Islip High School alumni, the parade began at Town Hall at noon. Each of the district’s schools joyfully marched with banners waving, while high schoolers presented grade-level floats making creative use of pop culture, from Marvel and pirates to “Stranger Things” and “Toy Story.”

Islip’s younger students then enjoyed a fabulous carnival on the soccer field, replete with games of skill and inflatable slides, before the varsity football team kicked off its big game against Half Hollow Hills West. At halftime, Homecoming King Connor Autera and Homecoming Queen Olivia Gardner were announced to the cheers of the Homecoming Court and the “Bleacher Creature” students in the stands, followed by exceptional performances by the school’s cheerleaders, kickline, marching band and color guard. Although the Bucs sadly did not prevail in their contest, it was nonetheless a marvelous day to remember for the Islip community.

“Islip High School’s homecoming was sensational,” Principal Dr. Lara Gonzalez said. “The large number of students of all ages and community members who turned out to watch the parade down Main Street, participate in the homecoming carnival and root for our Buccaneers during the football game was a testament to the pride Islip takes in its school system. I am so impressed by the level of school spirit and support for our high school.”

Date Added: 10/3/2022


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