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Paul J. Bellew Elementary School

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

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Mrs. Rhonda Pratt, Principal
Email: r.pratt@wi.k12.ny.us

Principal's Secretaries: Michelle Grover / Cathleen McQuade
Nurse:  Kristina Mezzacappa
Phone: (631) 504-5687 

School Hours: 9:15 am - 3:30 pm
Kindergarten - 5th Grade

Kindergarten Registration: Monday, November 5 & Tuesday, November 6, 2018

PTA President:  Ariana Kind

Current News

Planetarium Program Returns

Planetarium Program Returns

In a return of a popular science initiative, West Islip students from kindergarten through eighth grade have been visiting the high school’s planetarium this year. Each grade experiences a customized planetarium program, guided by high school astronomy teacher Thomas Vitti.

“I feel truly blessed to be able to share with the West Islip community the wonders of the universe and to be able to use this planetarium to spark interest in our night sky,” said Vitti.

Six Student-Artists Chosen for Colors Exhibit

Six Student-Artists Chosen for Colors Exhibit
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Six Student-Artists Chosen for Colors Exhibit 3
Six exceptional West Islip student-artists – Beach Street eighth-graders Emily Bahm and Skylar Zimmerly, Oquenock fifth-graders Lily Locovare and Hayden Wolin, and Bellew third-grader Quinn Butler and second-grader Aaron Williams – were recently selected for the 21st annual Colors of Long Island student art exhibit. Their work will be displayed at Stony Brook’s Long Island Museum from Feb. 22 through April 7. The West Islip students will also be honored at a reception for the artists on March 24.



Bellew Students Show Caring with Cards for Troops

Bellew Students Show Caring with Cards for Troops
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Bellew Students Show Caring with Cards for Troops 3

Students at Bellew created more than 300 handmade Christmas cards for American troops stationed in Langley Air Force Base in Virginia as well as recovering military personnel.

“This schoolwide project brought happiness and holiday wishes to those that serve,” said Principal Rhonda Pratt.

Seniors Share Language Learning at Elementary Schools

Seniors Share Language Learning at Elementary Schools

In an innovative initiative, the district’s world language program connects high schoolers to their younger counterparts in Bayview, Manetuck, Oquenock and Bellew.

Senior students from the high school visit elementary classrooms once a week for 30 minutes to share Spanish, Italian or American Sign Language with the younger students. The seniors teach basic language concepts such as clothing, numbers, days of the week and items in a house, choosing a different category each week, mixed with seasonal activities and learning games.

“I had the same experience in elementary school and cherished it so much,” said senior Douglas Dillman, a member of West Islip’s International Baccalaureate program. “When I started learning foreign languages, I wanted to share so the younger students could take some of it and apply it.”

“The seniors do a great job,” said Manetuck fourth-grade teacher Mark Levine. “It gets my students excited about learning. It’s something new, and something the kids look forward to every week.”