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Oquenock Elementary School

425 Spruce Avenue, West Islip, New York 11795
(631) 504-5660  FAX (631) 893-3367

Elem Principal

NYSED Parent Dashboard

Mr. Jack Maniscalco, Principal

Annmarie Schneider, Senior Office Assistant
Jody Callahan, Office Assistant

Nurse: Laurie Luquer (631) 504-5676

PTA President:  Kristin Miller

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.

Solar-Powered Second Graders

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The second grade students in Donna Villez’s class at Oquenock Elementary School used solar ovens made in the STEM lab to heat up foods. A thermometer inside the ovens showed the temperature when placed in the sun. The second graders also learned about states of matter during the lab lesson.

Hands-On Lesson in Parachute Design

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During the first week of school at Oquenock Elementary School, Mrs. Quigley’s third grade class read “Saving Fred” and built a parachute in the STEM lab to carry Fred (a gummy worm) to safety. The students went outside to test the parachutes as they were dropped from a tall ladder.

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.