Commack School District

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Commack Union Free School District
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Location
Commack, New York
United States
Coordinates 40°52′00″N 73°17′31″W / 40.8666°N 73.2920°W / 40.8666; -73.2920Coordinates: 40°52′00″N 73°17′31″W / 40.8666°N 73.2920°W / 40.8666; -73.2920
District information
Type Public School District
Motto "Excellence in Education"
Grades K-12
Established 1900s
Superintendent Donald James
Students and staff
District mascot Cougars
Colors Gold and Black
Other information
Website www.commack.k12.ny.us

Commack Union Free School District is a public school district located in Suffolk County, New York and is based throughout Dix Hills and Commack. It serves residents of Commack as well as parts of Dix Hills, Smithtown and East Northport. It serves approximately 7,800 students. There are four primary schools (grades K–2), two intermediate schools (grades 3–5) one middle school (grades 6–8) and one high school (grades 9–12).

List of the schools[edit]

Primary schools[edit]

The Primary Schools in the Commack School district are Indian Hollow, Rolling Hills, North Ridge, and Wood Park. They service students in grades K–2. The school day for these schools last from around 9:20 AM to 3:20 PM although one should check with the specific schools for exact times. The students have one teacher throughout the day except for special classes like music, art, and physical education and special services like speech, physical, or occupational therapy. Primary School teachers take their time to provide students with a good transition into schooling.

Intermediate Schools[edit]

The Intermediate Schools are Burr and Sawmill. They service students in grades 3–5. Their school day is from 8:50 AM to 3:05 PM. The two buildings are identical in their structure and design. Both schools have at least ten clubs that meet while school is not in session. The children have one teacher for the whole day except for special classes like music, art and physical education. There are many special services available like Physical Speech and Occupational Therapy, social workers, psychologists and a gifted and talented program. There is also an English as a second language program. In fourth grade, the students begin to learn a musical instrument. They are given lessons once a week and participate in the schools Band or Orchestra. There is also a chorus for students who are interested in singing. Each fifth grade class in both schools takes a two-day trip to Camp Mariah in Fishkill, NY towards the end of the year.

Middle school[edit]

The Commack Middle School services students in grades 6–8. The school day lasts from 7:55 AM to 2:42 PM. Commack Middle School is also the first school with multiple classes in different rooms, unlike the Intermediate and Primary schools. Each period is 42 minutes for the exception of 1st period (47 minutes) and 9th period (43 minutes.)The students have 9 periods per day, each with a different teacher. Each child is required to take Math, English, Science, Social Studies, a foreign language, and Physical Education all year for the entire three years. They are also required to take Art, Family and Consumer Science, Technology and Health for a quarter of each year. There are sixty-five clubs and twenty sports teams for students to involve themselves in.

High school[edit]

The Commack High School services students in grades 9–12. The school day lasts from 7:30 AM to 2:25 PM. The students have nine periods per day, each with a different teacher. The classes are forty-one minutes in length with 5 minutes of walking time in between them. Each student is required to meet the requirements for a New York State Regents diploma unless there are special circumstances. They are also required to complete fifteen CSIP (community service involvement program) credits their first three years and twenty their senior year. They can be fulfilled by participating in sports and clubs or by doing volunteer work. Commack High School is an International Baccalaureate School and students pursuing an IB diploma are subject to a more stringent of requirements. As of 2014 there were fifteen honor societies, sixty clubs and twenty-one sports teams for students to participate in.[1] In 2012, U.S. News & World Report ranked Commack High School the best high school in Suffolk County, the third best on Long Island, the 18th best in New York state, and the 95th best in the country.

List of Current and Former Schools[edit]

Current School Name Current Type Geography Former Name Former Type Year Opened Year Closed Building Status Disposition
Commack High School High School North Commack High School North N/A 1962 N/A Active N/A
Commack Middle School Middle School South Commack High School South High School 1968 N/A Active N/A
Burr Intermediate School Intermediate School North Burr Junior High School Middle school 1972 N/A Active N/A
John Mandracchia Sawmill Intermediate School Intermediate School South John Mandracchia Sawmill Junior High School Middle school 1972 N/A Active N/A
Indian Hollow Primary School Primary School North Indian Hollow School Elementary School 1964 N/A Active N/A
North Ridge Primary School Primary School North North Ridge Elementary School Elementary School 1962 N/A Active N/A
Rolling Hills Primary School Primary School South Rolling Hills School Elementary School 1965 N/A Active N/A
Wood Park Primary School Primary School South Wood Park School Elementary School 1961 N/A Active N/A
Greenmeadows Junior High School Closed South N/A Junior High School 1963 1979 Sold Sold to Suffolk y Jewish Community Center
John F. Kennedy Junior High School Closed North N/A Junior High School 1964 1981 Demolished Land Sold and Demolished. Now longmeadow estates
Cedar Road School Closed North N/A Elementary School 1960 1988 Leased Leased to AHRC and

Commack Special Services Corp

Circle Hill School Closed North N/A Elementary School 1963 1981 Demolished Land Sold and Demolished

Now housing developments

Grace L. Hubbs School Administrative Building North N/A Elementary School 1964 1976 Repurposed now Hubbs Administration Center
Green Fields School Closed South N/A Elementary School 1961 1982 Sold Sold to WM/YWHA
Long Acres School Closed North N/A Elementary School 1963 1980 Leased Leased to Kiddie Care Early Learning Center
Marion Carll School Closed South N/A Elementary School 1924 1974 Demolished Sold to NY Tech - Since Demolished
Old Farms School Closed South N/A Elementary School 1963 1988 Leased Leased to suffolk Day Care Center
Sagtikos School Closed South N/A Elementary School 1965 1981 Leased now Building Blocks preschool
Smith's Lane School Closed South N/A Elementary School 1958 1979 Leased Leased to UCP
South Ridge School Closed South N/A Elementary School 1963 1976 Demolished Burned, Demolished and Land Sold to homes
Winnicomac School Closed North N/A Elementary School 1958 1983 Sold now Sappo Intermediate School and Tree of Life Preschool

Academics[edit]

Commack Middle School was awarded first place in the Long Island Regional Middle School Science Bowl academic competition at Brookhaven National Laboratory on April 14, 2007, and went on to take seventh place in the academic competition in the National Middle School Science Bowl that same year. It is also a blue ribbon school of excellence (Blue Ribbon Schools Program). The Suffolk County Reading Council has recognized the Commack School District elementary schools for their achievements in the area of literacy. Commack had the highest Regents Diploma rate (94%) in 2004 of all comprehensive Suffolk County Districts. Ninety-five percent of its graduating seniors went to colleges of their choice. Commack fourth grade math scores and eighth grade ELA scores were the highest among all school districts in the towns of Huntington and Smithtown. Standardized test scores for its elementary school students in the areas of reading/writing and mathematics significantly exceed the national average.

Notable Alumni[edit]

Teacher and administrative contracts[edit]

Commack administrator and teacher salaries are among the highest in New York State. This has caused some controversy, including a story in Newsday A full view of the teacher contract and teacher salaries as well as administrative salaries and their contract is available at the Commack Teacher Contract Website

Teacher and Administration Salaries

http://rocdocs.democratandchronicle.com/database/educator-salaries-new-york

References[edit]

  1. ^ href="http://www.commack.k12.ny.us/chs/pubs/PAR-STU-HANDBOOK.pdf#page=76" rel="nofollow"
  2. ^ Lovece, Frank (April 8, 2012). "Courtney Galiano reveals MS diagnosis". Newsday. Cablevision. Archived from the original on December 28, 2013. Retrieved December 27, 2013. 
  3. ^ Gill, Ronnie (November 2, 2008). "Dix Hills' Courtney Galiano shines with Knicks, Fox". Newsday. Cablevision. Archived from the original on December 28, 2013. Retrieved December 27, 2013. 

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