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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:  Kristina Mezzacappa
Phone: (631) 504-5687 

School Hours: 9:15 am - 3:30 pm
Pre-K ~ 5th Grade

Kindergarten Registration: Tuesday, November 5 and Wednesday, November 13, 2019

PTA President:  Wendy Khokhar

Current News

Chromebook Excitement at Bellew

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Second graders in Paul Pekurney’s class at Bellew were excited at the recent arrival of their new Chromebooks. Students practiced logging on, joined Pekurney’s Google Classroom, and practiced math fluency using Reflex Math.


The Start of a Positive School Year in West Islip

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West Islip’s students began a new school year on Sept. 4, walking in to the district’s seven buildings with anticipation.

“We are looking forward to a positive year filled with laughter, joy and tons of learning experiences for our elementary students,” said Bellew Principal Rhonda Pratt. “I offer a special welcome our pre-K students as they join our PJB family.”

“What an amazing first week of school at Beach Street,” said Principal Andrew O’Farrell. “Our students were definitely ready to start the year and set to go. It was terrific to see all of our sixth, seventh and eighth graders moving to their classes with such enthusiasm. The energy they brought to school was so uplifting.”

Minds Motivated at Summer Investigations

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West Islip students from kindergarten through fourth grade kept their minds active during Summer Investigations, the district’s annual program designed to support math and literacy skills. Weekly themes integrate the curriculum to motivate students, who regularly visit the STEM lab and library for hands-on experiences and research. Students are invited from across the district to attend the program, held this summer at Bellew Elementary.

In “Passport around the World,” students researched countries such as Mexico, India, Nigeria, Brazil and China, including use of Google Earth; while in the lab, they created rockets and learned how airplanes fly. A visit from a West Islip Public Library representative included making Mexican masks and a reading of Mem Fox’s book about acceptance and diversity, “Whoever You Are.”  

“The students made wonderful progress each and every day, and we are all very proud of their efforts and positive attitudes,” said Bellew Principal Rhonda Pratt, who serves as summer coordinator for the program.