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250 Cornwell Ave, West Hempstead, NY 11552
Phone: (516) 390-3140
Fax: (516) 489-0365

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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Settling Thoughts With Mindfulness Jars

Settling Thoughts With Mindfulness Jars photo

The fourth-graders in Diane Hawxhurst and Joseph Pappas’ class at Cornwell Avenue Elementary School recently explored the calming effects of mindfulness by creating visually soothing glitter jars.

Under the guidance of school psychologist Elyssa Mayer and social worker Elizabeth Lindner, the students learned how mindfulness affects the mind and body and allows them to collect their emotions, energy and thoughts to be more productive in everyday activities. They put this lesson into practice by taking part in a meditation session after watching videos of breathing and thinking exercises on

As a way of maintaining focus through a visual stimulus, the students received jars containing soap, corn syrup and glitter glue, and personalized them by adding a variety of colorful sparkles, beads and chunky glitter. After filling the jars with water, they chose from a rainbow palette of watercolors to stain the solution, then shook everything together to create the shimmering, calming result. 

The mindfulness jars will remain in the classroom for students to use throughout the day. When they shake the jar and watch the glitter settle to the bottom, they can likewise settle their thoughts and refocus their energy to be more productive.  

Cornwell Avenue Celebrates A City Of Literacy

Cornwell Avenue Celebrates A City Of Literacy photo

Cornwell Avenue Elementary School held its inaugural Literacy Week celebration from Feb. 12-16. This initiative was developed with the goal of promoting a love of literacy and good reading habits, as well as fostering a lifelong love of reading.

The first year of the program was a great success and featured the theme “New York, New York.” Students and staff members participated in an assortment of reading and writing activities that presented fun educational components and enthusiasm for learning.

Literacy Week kicked off with a Vocabulary Day Parade. Students donned costumes made from recycled materials and based on words and phrases that signify New York City, such as “Empire State Building,” “New York Police Department,” “Statute of Liberty,” “Central Park” and “The Big Apple.” They made their way through the halls, displaying their words for all to see. 

The week continued with a schoolwide “Drop Everything and Read” time that invited students to bring in their favorite books to read, while a writing exercise encouraged them to describe their perfect day in New York City or an actual visit they experienced. Classes were surprised by mystery guest readers who shared “New York, New York” books with students, as well as teachers who came to school dressed as their favorite book characters. The week culminated with a movie viewing of “Night at the Museum,” which tied in with Milan Trenc’s book of the same name that classes had read prior.

West Hempstead Students Spread Kindness On P.S. I Love You Day

Love and kindness traveled across the district as students in grades K-12 participated in P.S. I Love You Day on Feb. 9.

According to its website, P.S. I Love You Day was named after the nonprofit organization established by sisters Brooke DiPalma and Jaimie DiPalma, who lost their father to suicide in 2010. Observers of the day wear purple in a display of solidarity for the organization’s causes, which are to take a stance against bullying and to help end depression and prevent suicide.

Donning the initiative’s signature purple, students at Chestnut Street and Cornwell Avenue elementary schools crafted a quilt out of Post-it notes inscribed with characteristics of a good friend, such as caring, funny, thoughtful and nice. Students at George Washington Elementary School received purple hearts to pass along to cherished friends, family members and teachers. They also wrote heart-shaped letters to a person they love. 

At the middle school, sixth- through eighth-grade students created “We Are the Change” banners during their lunch periods. Adding their own unique touches, they personalized the banners with illustrations and colorful paper hands bearing uplifting and compassionate messages. 

Students and staff at the high school prepared for P.S. I Love You Day with Love Is Universal Week, a weeklong set of activities that promoted compassion, appreciation and love for one another. Students received badges for completing random acts of kindness, linked kindhearted words together in a paper “kindness chain,” and wrote notes of appreciation to classmates and teachers. Students and teachers were also encouraged to sign a “P.S. I Love You” poster and take photos in a photo booth during lunch periods. 

On Feb. 9, the entire staff and student body at the high school were encouraged to wear purple and participate in the “Take One – Give One” Post-it note activity, which resulted in the lobby being filled with colorful sticky notes bearing messages of hope, love, empathy and compassion. Throughout the day, students were asked to take a note and keep it for themselves or give it to someone else. 

West Hempstead Students Design Classroom Protectors

Third-graders at Cornwell Avenue and George Washington elementary schools created classroom protectors as part of the Hofstra University “Art Travelers Through Time: Literacy and History Through Art” program.

According to the university’s website, the program provides elementary school students and teachers the opportunity to connect their classroom study of “Communities Around the World” to the study of authentic cultural objects from the museum’s large and diverse collections. These artifacts, and the experience of reading them closely, engage students in the discovery and creative thinking processes, supporting the development of essential 21st-century skills and reinforcing classroom learning.

Throughout the program, third-graders engaged in three separate interactions with museum educators. The first interaction began in November when Hofstra University Museum educator Elisa Bruno and graduate students Danielle Giovannitti and Brittany Kahn visited both schools to educate students on what observational skills they will need when they examine artifacts in the university’s museum, which was their second interaction. 

Concluding the program, Bruno returned to the classroom, reiterating the program’s themes and concepts by having third-graders create their own classroom protector. While visiting the museum, students saw statues and sculptures of warriors who protected their land and people. Inspired by these warriors, the students created defenders that would protect their classroom by gluing tissue paper and drawing multiple eyes to watch over the classroom – an owl for wisdom and a book to represent knowledge. 


Egg-quality For All

Egg-quality For All photo

Using eggs as a visual, Kara Maguire gave her first-graders at Cornwell Avenue Elementary School a memorable lesson on Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of equality.

Maguire showed her class two eggs, one white and one brown, and asked them to discuss how the shells are different. The young students made predictions about what the eggs would look like inside before their teacher cracked them open to reveal that they were, in fact, the same. 

Following the demonstration, Maguire read “The Story of Martin Luther King Jr.” by Johnny Ray Moore to educate the class about Dr. King’s inspirational life and unceasing efforts to end segregation in America.