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Paul J. Bellew Elementary School

25 Higbie Lane, West Islip, New York 11795
(631) 504-5680 FAX (631) 893-3346










Mrs. Rhonda Pratt, Principal

Principal's Secretaries: Michelle Grover / Cathleen McQuade
Nurse:  Christine Kerrigan (631) 504-5687
School Hours: 9:15 am - 3:30 pm
Kindergarten - 5th Grade

Kindergarten Registration: To Be Announced

PTA Presidents:  Ariana Kind

Current News

Bellew Students Celebrate Freedom on Flag Day

Bellew Students Celebrate Freedom on Flag Day

Coinciding with the monthly character trait of patriotism, Bellew celebrated Flag Day in June. Music, student readers and local military members all played a special part in the event.

The students researched Americans and flag facts, created poems, and wrote letters to the nation’s soldiers.

“We came together as a school community to recognize our flag and the freedoms we possess as Americans,” said Principal Rhonda Pratt.

Bayview and Bellew Students Demonstrate They Care About Recycling

Bayview and Bellew Students Demonstrate They Care About Recycling
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Students at Bayview and Bellew showed they care about the earth by enthusiastically creating posters during art class with teacher Louise Stephenson as part of the New York State Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest. The competition, which encourages awareness and participation in recycling, was organized by State Sen. Phil Boyle, who presented the proud students with certificates.

Bellew Science Fair Showcases STEM Enthusiasm

Bellew Science Fair Showcases STEM Enthusiasm
More than 150 students recently participated in Bellew’s second annual science fair, sharing their findings with their peers. Student topics included the solar system, electricity, simple machines, buoyancy, plants and an investigation into the amount of sugar in our daily diet. 

“It was wonderful to see student interest and enthusiasm about the STEM field at this educational celebration,” said Principal Rhonda Pratt, who promised her charges another fair next year.

Working with Wind Speed at Bellew

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As part of a study unit on weather, Mary Stewart introduced her third-grade students at Bellew to the uses of different weather instruments. She then tasked them with designing and building working anemometers, devices used to measure wind speed for a project combining earth and space science with engineering design.

Students brought in various novel items from home to use for the anemometer project, in addition to materials provided by Stewart. At the end of the lesson, Stewart asked the students to examine their own designs and decide where they went wrong, and then look at the other designs in the room to help them overcome the obstacles that they had identified in their own design. In subsequent lessons, the third-graders were able to construct working anemometers and measure wind speed using the Buford scale.

“At the beginning, I was skeptical that third-graders had the capacity to design and build an anemometer,” said Brian Taylor, West Islip’s director of science and engineering technology. “I could not have been more wrong. I have never been more impressed by the work of a group of students as I was watching these kids implement the designs that they had created. This lesson is an example of the wonderful science and engineering experiences that students are exposed to in our elementary schools, and the great things that they are able to do when we open up student-centered learning opportunities to them.”

A ‘Super’ Sense of Caring at Bellew

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Last month at Bellew, students brought in cans of soup and used them to “vote” for the team that they thought would win the Super Bowl.

Large plastic bins were set up in the main lobby in a drop-off station that was organized and decorated by students in Bellew’s Leadership Club.

In total, 311 cans were donated to a local food pantry and Bellew’s pick for the Eagles to win was right on the money.