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Oquenock Elementary School

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

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Mr. Jack Maniscalco, Principal
Email: j.maniscalco@wi.k12.ny.us

Principal's Secretaries: Annmarie Schneider & Jody Callahan 
Nurse: Laurie Luquer (631) 504-5676
School Hours: 8:50 am - 3:05 pm
Pre-K ~ 5th Grade

Kindergarten Registration: Monday, November 4 and Tuesday, November 5, 2019

PTA President: Jennifer Sinclair

Current News

Oquenock First Graders Successfully Lobby for Free Little Library

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Students in Tammy Dragelin’s first grade class at Oquenock wrote persuasive letters requesting a Free Little Library, a “take a book, return a book” free book exchange, which was then created with assistance from Principal Jack Maniscalco, Language Arts Director Karen Appollo, math coach Nicole Cagno-Angerame, art teacher Janet Wolfe and head custodian Brian Malone.


Oquenock’s Pankratz Wins New York Recycles Contest Again

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Oquenock third grader Luna Pankratz recently won first place in her age category for her recycling artwork in the 17th annual New York Recycles poster contest. It was her second consecutive year winning an award for this contest. Her artwork will be featured in the 2020 New York Recycles calendar, which is distributed statewide.

Pankratz was invited by the NYSDEC to attend an awards luncheon concluding the New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling's annual Recycling Conference, held at the Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown. During the luncheon, Pankratz was honored for her award-winning entry and was invited to speak about the importance of recycling.



 


Oquenock Puts Compassion Into Action with Toy Giveaway

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Oquenock was one of only 20 schools in five states selected to participate in the John Theissen Children’s Foundation’s Great Toy Giveaway. The purpose of the initiative is to help students put compassion into action by distributing toys to children in need.

Oquenock was able to donate over 200 toys and student-created cards to the foundation, which has helped Long Island’s underprivileged families for 28 years.   

West Islip Sends 32 Student-Musicians to SCMEA Day of Tuba

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The district again broke the record for the highest attendance at the Suffolk County Music Educators Association’s annual Day of Tuba, sending 32 students from grades 5-12 to participate in rehearsals, clinics and a massed ensemble. Several West Islip students were also selected to perform in the event’s All-Star ensemble. Held at Central Islip High School, the event featured several hundred tuba and euphonium players from across the county.

West Islip participating student-musicians were Victoria Swicord from Bayview; Lucille Charbonneau, Joseph Nealon, Savas Sioutopoulos and Colin Stueber from Bellew; Salvatore Randazzo and Matthew Rao from Oquenock; Billy DeWitt, Andrew DiStefano, Alexander Dumitru, James Kennedy, Thomas Mueller and Samantha Rivelli from Beach; Robert Govier, Michael Harbord, Thomas Kerrigan, Sydney Krowles, Laveeza Malik and Daniel Pipitone from Udall; and Matthew Cammarano, Drake Castonguay, Eve Castonguay, Andrew D'Agostino, Jonathan Delanoy, Timothy Hantzschel, Dylan Latargia, Andrew Palmer, Marisa Pastore, Sophia Randazzo, Vincent Santini, Nicholas Vallejo and Nicholas Veiga from the high school.


First Graders Churn Their Own Butter at Oquenock

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In preparation for Thanksgiving, Tammy Dragelin’s first-grade class at Oquenock participated in a butter-making activity. The students used cream, mason jars and marbles to churn butter the old-fashioned way. Principal Jack Maniscalco sampled some of the butter on a cracker and was impressed.