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.

Cornwell Avenue Students Compete in Geography Bee

Babacar Seck, a fifth-grader at Cornwell Avenue Elementary School proved his mettle as a geography buff when he was named the winner of the school’s geography bee on Feb. 1. He shares the title of school champion with his brother, Mouhammad Seck, a sixth-grader at West Hempstead Middle School.  

After winning their individual classroom bees, Cornwell Avenue’s 12 finalists went head-to-head in a competition officiated by fifth-grade teacher Desiree Karroll. Gathered in the cafeteria, they answered questions covering multiple facets of U.S. and world geography.
Babacar will join students from across the country in taking an online written test as part of the next round of the 29th annual National Geographic Bee. The top 100 scorers in each state will then be eligible to compete in their state bee. The state winners will advance to the national championship in Washington, D.C., where they will have the chance to win a $50,000 college scholarship.
The district wishes both Babacar and Mouhammad much success as they continue in the competition.  

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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.


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