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Superintendent's Welcome Back Message

Dr. Donald JamesHello, and welcome to a new and exciting school year! Our goals continue to focus on providing each student with a premier educational experience and a path to a fulfilling future, based on every child’s interests and needs. Commack School District is committed to providing a Balanced Educational Program designed to provide access and opportunity for our students to support college and career readiness. Our emphasis is to provide a balanced social, emotional, academic, and physical program through diverse curricular and extracurricular opportunities.

Maintaining a safe environment is a top priority, and we have tightened our security measures based on recommendations from law enforcement and a private consultant. You will notice increased rigor at all entry points to protect our students and staff!

Through the Smart Schools Bond Act, Commack has leveraged the use of technology to enhance teaching for learning.  Additionally, these funds have supplemented our commitment to providing a safe and secure web-based environment for our students. The Smart School funds support instructional technology such as SMART Boards in every instructional space, 3,000+ laptops, video conference labs, Mac Lab for music production, television recording studios, robotics lab, art design tablets, 3D printing and more.

During the 2019-2020 school year and beyond, Commack, an International Baccalaureate District will offer courses such as IB Design Technology, Civil Engineering and Architecture, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Innovation in Technology and Vex Robotics, which develops hands-on engineering and manufacturing skills.  A new sequence of courses will be offered through the CISCO Networking Academy at Commack High School.  This will allow students to sit for the CISCO-Certified Entry Networking Technician Exam.  What makes Commack unique are courses like these that allow students to develop and apply real-world 21st Century Skills to be successful in College and Career.    

A bond exploratory committee was formed to discuss needed and necessary upgrades to our aging facilities and infrastructure. We will be seeking community input in the near future, and hope to hear from you. The state-aidable bond would be “tax neutral,” meaning no additional tax burden on our district homeowners. Under consideration for improvement are roofs, windows, primary bathroom upgrades, masonry repairs, boilers, secondary school science lab refurbishing, gym and athletic field refurbishing, library upgrades and additional security and safety measures. In addition, the committee is discussing adding air conditioning to our large gathering spaces in all schools. 

We hope you will enjoy the benefits of our enhanced communication tools such as our teacher web pages, our apps, and the many other resources that compliment classroom instruction and school-home communication for our parents and students. The Parent Portal has expanded its capabilities as well, including the ability to update your contact information so we can stay in better touch with you. 

Please be sure to keep in touch with us by opting in for community news emails, parent/guardian text messaging, downloading our apps, visiting the Commack Website, or by following us on social media. On Twitter we are  and on Instagram, we are @CommackSD.  My Instagram account is @Commack_Supt.@CommackSchools

Please feel free to send me an email at any time should you have questions or concerns. My email address is djames@commackschools.org.
Sincerely,

Dr. Donald James
Superintendent, Commack School District 

Contact Information
By Mail:  P.O. Box 150, Commack, NY 11725
By Phone:  (631) 912-2000
By Email: webmaster@commack.k12.ny.us
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The Commack School District Mission Statement
Within the context of a caring community of learners, our primary mission is to provide an exemplary
learning experience that will allow each child to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, attitudes, and
values to become a successful, contributing member within our school community and greater society.
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