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wenonah school frontWenonah Elementary School

251 Hudson Ave
Lake Grove, NY 11755
Principal: Christine DiPaola
Principal's Aide: Thomas Lipani
Secretaries: Mrs. McCusker & Mrs. Manning
Phone: (631) 471-1880
School Hours: 9:15 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Wenonah Bell Schedule
9:00 - Arrival
3:12 - Dismissal



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Wenonah is a Great Place to Learn:

Wenonah is one of twelve elementary schools that help comprise the Sachem Central School District located on Long Island, New York. Wenonah was built in 1967 and serves the Lake Grove, Lake Ronkonkoma, and Nesconset Communities. Please feel free to browse our pages to learn more about our exciting school.

Sachem School District's Mission:

The mission of the Sachem School community is to graduate students who will be motivated, respectful, life-long learners, well prepared to succeed and contribute to their society.

A competent, enthusiastic staff, in cooperation with parents and community members, will provide a challenging, comprehensive, relevant curriculum in a safe, nurturing environment.

Wenonah's Mission:

The mission of Wenonah is to provide a developmentally appropriate curriculum under the guidance of an informed, caring, enthusiastic community in a flexible environment.


In the News

Wenonah Weighs In on Hurricane Relief

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During a recent hurricane relief fundraiser, fourth- and fifth-grade students on the Wenonah Elementary School Lighthouse Team incorporated mathematics into their community service project.

The Lighthouse Team is composed of fourth- and fifth-grade student leaders who organize fundraising initiatives to benefit people in need across the country. As part of the hurricane relief fundraiser aimed to benefit the victims of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the students incorporated mathematics into the service project as they used addition to arrive at a total amount of food donated in pounds before it was picked up for donation.  

In total, the students raised 958.1 pounds of food, which was donated to nonprofit organization Island Harvest.  

Wenonah Students from Readers to Chefs

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Wenonah Elementary School students in Heather Porciello’s Life Skills class turned story elements into tasty treats as they learned to follow the steps of a recipe.

Students first read the book “The Old Lady That Swallowed a Bat” by author Lucille Colandro. After completing the book, students participated in a sequencing activity where they glued picture cutouts of story events in the order they occurred in the story. 

The class then connected literacy to life skills as they began following a recipe to bake bat cookies. Gathering the necessary supplies one by one, the students worked together until all ingredients were combined. Throughout the cooking activity, students carefully followed the recipe, incorporating measuring cups, a microwave oven and an electric mixer when needed. 

At the conclusion of the activity, the student-chefs added wings to complete their bat cookie creations. 


Wenonah Students Weave Webs

Wenonah Students Weave Webs photo

Design, research and critical thinking helped guide fourth-grade students to success in Lenore Lounsbury’s class at Wenonah Elementary School. They recently worked together in teams to weave webs capable of catching a stapler dropped from a height of one meter.

The students began the STEAM-based activity by first learning the job of an engineer and the processes they follow to create successful designs. With this newfound knowledge, the student-engineers then researched the many ways in which spiders spin their webs before beginning to design their own creations. Equipped with a clothes hanger, 15 feet of yarn and 6 inches of tape, students worked in groups to carefully weave intricate webs to accomplish the goal. 

Throughout the activity emphasis was placed on recognizing design flaws and correcting them until their webs succeeded. 


Wenonah Read to Feed

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Wenonah Elementary School connected literacy and learning during a recent community service initiative – the Read to Feed food drive. 

The initiative, which benefited the Sachem Food Pantry located at Sachem High School North, works through a pledge system. For every 75 minutes of reading accomplished outside of school, a friend or family member donated a food item to the participating classes. Throughout the drive the students watched the donations add up, as colored feathers representing the classes were added to a turkey-themed bulletin board.  

In addition to the literary connections, the drive also incorporated mathematics, as students tracked all weekly donations and used the data to graph their progress.

Pumpkin Chuckin’ Challenge at Wenonah

Pumpkin Chuckin’ Challenge at Wenonah photo

Design and engineering principles propelled students during a competition at Wenonah Elementary School in which fifth-grade students were challenged to construct a catapult that could perform best in three challenges, testing distance, power and accuracy.

Separated into teams, the student-engineers participated in an engaging design activity that incorporated several aspects of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Beginning with design, students were tasked with sketching two separate plans they believed would obtain the best results. Picking one design, the students then constructed their catapults using household materials such as spoons, rubber bands and popsicle sticks. 

Once the creations were finalized, the students then carefully used their catapults to launch miniature pumpkins and competed in three different challenges. The first challenge tested accuracy, in which the goal was to launch five cotton balls into a cup. Next, the power of the catapult was tested as the students pushed their catapults to the limit, launching a marshmallow as far as possible. Finally came the tower test, in which accuracy and power were combined to topple a tower of plastic cups using miniature pumpkins. 

Furthering the connection to the design principles necessary to construct a successful catapult, students tracked their test launch results and graphed the effectiveness of angle adjustments and how they correlated to launch distance. Using the data collected from the accuracy test, students also calculated the accuracy percentage derived from fractions.

At the conclusion of the testing phase the students competed amongst each other in a schoolwide competition.  



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