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Manetuck Elementary School

800 Van Buren Avenue, West Islip, New York 11795
(631) 504-5640  FAX (631) 893-3356
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Ms. Vanessa Williams, Principal
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Ruth Mineo, Senior Office Assistant
Mary Cameron, Office Assistant

Nurse: Karen Arigoni (631) 504-5646

PTA President: Jean Landi

Click here for correspondence from the Superintendent of Schools re:  important dates 2021-2022

Current News

Blue and Gold Shine During Homecoming Festivities

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The beautiful fall weather set the stage as the West Islip community came together to celebrate homecoming on Oct. 23. Led by West Islip High School’s Marching Lions band, the blue and gold-clad community kicked off the day with a parade down Higbie Lane.

From the youngest Lions cheerleaders and football players to the color guard, kick line and varsity cheer squad, the West Islip community marched together for the walk to Wayne Shierant Field at Alumni Stadium. This year’s floats were tied to a Disney theme with the freshman class showing off “Finding Nemo,” the sophomores with the “Tangled” theme, the junior class featuring “Monsters Inc.” and the seniors designed around “Toy Story.” Homecoming royalty were Nick Scarmozzino and Sophia Leccese, named Mr. and Ms. West Islip, followed by runners up Mason Barany and Lea Parascandola.

Once at the football field, the varsity Lions took on Division II rival Bellport. While the Lions weren’t able to secure the homecoming win, some of the highlights included a sack of the Clippers quarterback in the first quarter, a 10-yard run and a 31-yard pass in the second quarter, and a fumble recovery for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Community Shows Off its ‘Colorful’ Side During Run

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Combining fun with exercise, West Islip School District held its fifth annual Color Run on Oct. 17. More than 400 community members celebrated health, wellness and community spirit by walking or running a 1-mile course around the West Islip High School grounds. At designated markers, color runners were doused in different colored powders. Paul J. Bellew Elementary School won a gift card for school supplies from the Health and Wellness Alliance for having the greatest number of student participants. The district thanks the Health and Wellness Alliance for its efforts in coordinating the event.

Manetuck Takes Top Award for PARP Program

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Manetuck Elementary School was selected as the winner of the New York State Parent Teacher Association’s Pick a Reading Partner award. Manetuck’s two-week long event – Wild About Reading – was chosen as the PARP outstanding program by the New York State PTA PARP Committee.

According to the committee, one of the most outstanding features of Manetuck’s PARP program was a creative theme that tied into each program activity. The selection committee noted how the program incorporated different parts of the school curriculum as students learned about the animals in need around the world. The Wild About Reading theme built excitement at a virtual kickoff with author Jerry Pallotta, involved all the grades, and included a writing component.

Weather Doesn’t Dampen First Day Spirits

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Despite the wet weather conditions, students throughout the West Islip School District were all smiles as they entered their respective buildings for the start of the 2021-2022 schools year on Sept. 1. This year, the pre-kindergarten students are be part of a full-day program and are looking forward to their first experiences in the district. Kindergarten and first graders were accompanied off their buses and met by staff and explored their new teachers and classrooms. Sixth and ninth grade students were also welcomed into their new buildings and had the chance to get acquainted with their teachers and classmates. As the day went on, students eased into their new schedules and routines and settled in for a productive year ahead.