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

Principal: Deanna Sinito
Grades 1-3



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.

On behalf of the Cornwell Avenue Elementary School – The Primary Center, it is with great pleasure and excitement that I welcome you and your child to the start of a new school year! We will be hosting open houses and welcome you and your child to take self-guided tours of our building and visit classrooms. Please note staff will not be in during this time. Our open house times are as follows:

August 27 and 28 – 9 am – 10 am
August 29 and 30 – 1 pm – 2 pm


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School Supply Lists can be found in the Virtual Backpack


SYNC Audio Books for Summer 2017

Cards for a Wish

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The District recently took part in helping to grant the wish of a 14-year-old boy in Pennsylvania by creating holiday cards.

Class of 2018 graduate Lauren Faulds reached out to Superintendent of Schools Daniel Rehman to support Maddox Hyde. Maddox, an eighth-grader in Pittsburgh, has been battling neuroblastoma for the past eight years and his request this Christmas was to receive cards from all around the world.

Mr. Rehman asked all five school buildings in the district to support the cause by having each class to make cards for Maddox. On Dec. 14, Lauren collected the cards and drove to Pittsburgh to personally deliver them.

“Community is everything and helping someone out, even if it’s the littlest thing, is the greatest gift you can give,” said Lauren.

Book Fair Fun

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The West Hempstead PTSA held its annual Barnes & Noble Book Fair on Dec. 6 in Carle Place.

Works of art from students throughout the District were displayed around the Barnes & Noble store for the night, where family and community members in attendance had the opportunity to view them. Additionally, the West Hempstead High School Chamber Choir closed out the evening by singing holiday songs. 

The district thanks the PTSA for putting on a special evening for the students and their families!

Wear Your Words

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Students at Cornwell Avenue participated in a school spirit celebration titled “Wearing Our Words Day” on Dec. 7 to encourage literacy and greetings between peers throughout the school day.

Virtual pen pals

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First-grade students Cornwell Avenue School have established 21st Century pen pals by creating videos through the program Flipgrid.

Kara Maguire’s first-grade class at Cornwell began a relationship with students in her sister Meghan Hunt’s first-grade class at Manor School in the Seaford Union Free School District. During the introductory lesson in Mrs. Maguire’s class on Dec. 7, students utilized Flipgrid on an iPad to introduce themselves, share interesting self-facts and ask questions to be answered by Mrs. Hunt’s students through the virtual classroom.

Flipgrid is a website that allows teachers to create “grids” to facilitate video discussions. For this lesson, the grids act as message boards to create communication between the two groups. 

The classes are expected to continue the pen pal relationship throughout the remainder of the school year in hopes of creating new friendships!

West Hempstead SSAC Exchanges Ideas

West Hempstead SSAC Exchanges Ideas photo

Members of the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council had the opportunity to meet with district officials and architects to exchange ideas during the latest meeting on Dec. 6.

Superintendent of Schools Dan Rehman gathered the council, comprised of students from each building throughout the district, to sit down with district representatives to review proposed upgrades to the school buildings. Students had the opportunity to offer feedback and share comments and recommendations based on their experiences. The meeting served as a way for district officials and architects to consider the opinions of the students as building enhancements are discussed.

The SSAC ended this month’s session by reviewing what was discussed at their last session and brainstorming topics to discuss in the future. Students returned to their respective schools to report on the meeting and share ideas being discussed.