250 Cornwell Ave, West Hempstead, NY 11552
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Principal: Deanna Sinito



The West Hempstead Union Free School District recognizes the unique value of each student. It is dedicated to the success of each student based on the highest standards of excellence in education. Each student will be challenged to achieve mastery in all subject areas in an educational atmosphere that strives to build positive self- esteem, mutual respect for others, and life-long quest for learning.

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Publishing Party

Publishing Party

Joseph Pappas and Dianne Hawxhurst’s fourth-grade class at Cornwell Avenue Elementary School showcased their original writing during a “publishing party” at the school on Dec. 20.

Over the course of three months, students penned narrative stories about a significant moment in their lives. The writings touched on a vast range of personal memories, including visiting their native country, getting stitches, celebrating on New Year’s Eve and having a sibling leave for college.  

This exercise in the writing process taught the fourth-graders how to create lead-in and conclusive sentences, establish dialogue between characters and write multiple endings for a story. They also learned about the editing process by reviewing their own work for grammatical errors and then peer editing their classmates’ work, offering constructive feedback.

Using their school-issued Chromebooks, the students typed their final drafts and assembled their work in a professional manner using the school’s binding machine for the publishing party.

On Tuesday, families, teachers and administrators gathered in the cafeteria to read the students’ unique narratives. The guests rotated among the students, reading each story and leaving a positive comment about it.

Cornwell Chefs


Melissa North’s first-graders at Cornwell Avenue Elementary School baked cornbread on Nov. 22 for their Thanksgiving celebration planned the next day in which students reenact the first American Thanksgiving.

Working in groups, the students applied their literacy, math and collaboration skills to read the recipe and measure the ingredients accurately. Assisted by class parents, they took turns combining the ingredients in a mixing bowl and then filled the tins with the batter. North and the class parents baked the cornbread afterward in preparation for the holiday meal on Nov. 23.

Building Bots


Cornwell Avenue fifth-graders built a robot to perform tasks during a STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics lesson led by district Science Director Joseph Cangemi.

On Nov. 21, John Santoro’s class utilized the Mindstorm NXT Lego Robotics kit to assemble a robot to complete a task. Applying their 21st century skills of critical thinking, strategic planning and collaborative settings, students were asked to use an array of sensors including touch, ultrasonic, color detection, sound, light and three motor ports to make the robot move across the desk.

Placing wheels and sensors the students used light, sound and touch to guide the robot to move up, down and turn right and left around the area.   

Enjoying a Holiday Tradition


After studying the history of Thanksgiving, Cornwell Avenue Elementary School first-graders held a celebration of the holiday on Nov. 23.

Wearing Pilgrim hats and Native American headdresses, the young students gathered in the cafeteria to present facts to their classmates about the first Thanksgiving, including how the Pilgrims traveled to America, the type of food they ate at the feast, and how the Native Americans used the land to survive.

Following their presentation, the students enjoyed turkey, cornbread, stuffing, juice and doughnut holes courtesy of the PTA. They also shared what they were thankful for this holiday.      


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