Mary G. Clarkson Facts – Bay Shore Schools

Mary G. Clarkson School

1415 East Third Avenue, Bay Shore, NY 11706


Principal: Ms. Leticia Garcia

Assistant Principal: Mr. Duncan MacDougal

Grade Levels: K-2

School Hours: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Total Enrollment: 540

Average Class Size: 25

PFA President: Lisa Gansrow

School Motto: I Think I Can, I Know I Can, Together We Can!

School Mission Statement: We, the parents and staff of Mary G. Clarkson School, believe that every child has the potential to be a responsible, caring, cooperative individual. Our goal is to enable children to develop physically, emotionally, socially and academically so that they will become confident, mature, involved citizens.

Special Recognition and Honors:

Suffolk County Reading Council Honor School for Language Arts Program for 22 years

Islip Town Youth Achievement Winners

Social Studies Teacher of the Year

Nationally-recognized Teacher of Whole Language

Teacher of Excellence recognized by the Association for Childhood Education International

Foster Grandparent Program

Bay Shore TAWL (Teachers Applying Whole Language) established by a Mary G. Clarkson School teacher

Literacy Collaborative school

Actively involved Parent Faculty Association (PFA)

Parent-painted murals highlighting literature, music and nature

School Background: Mary G. Clarkson School was built in 1963 and named to honor Mrs. Mary Griffith Clarkson, an active resident of Bay Shore and distinguished member of the Board of Education.

School Staff: In addition to the 39 professional teachers, additional support personnel make our school a safe haven for children: special area teachers, paraprofessionals, custodians, cafeteria staff, secretaries, school nurse, social worker, speech teacher, resource room teacher, occupational and physical therapists, and a school psychologist.

Code of Conduct: A Board of Education-approved Code of Conduct outlines rights and responsibilities of students, staff and parents.

Curriculum: Under the expert supervision of highly qualified early childhood teachers, the scholars receive a strong foundation for literacy, language development, hands-on math, science and social studies. Teachers enrich learning experiences through art and music activities. The physical education staff provides a program that integrates curriculum with the total growth and development of young children. All children learn the guidelines for future participation as citizens through the Bucket Filler Program and a daily character pledge that prepare them for participation in democracy and serve as an introductory Code of Conduct. Teachers and parents emphasize and promote a love for literacy through balanced literacy instruction, the Writing Process, Share-a-Book, Parents as Reading Partners and by modeling reading of good literature. Mary G. Clarkson provides support and advanced program in grades K through 2.

Special Needs: Remedial and support services are available, including self-contained and class-within-a-class inclusion placements, reading, speech, counseling, occupational therapy, physical therapy and English as a Second Language.

Testing: In District, Literacy Benchmarking and running records are used to assess academic growth. Math In Focus End of the Year assessments assess scholars’ math skills. iReady is used K-2 for the purpose of identifying those scholars who receive RtI.

Student Promotion: Scholars successfully completing the curriculum attend grade 3 at South Country or Gardiner Manor Schools.

Extra-Curricular Programs and Club: A variety of activities are available to scholars after school. In addition, we offer before and after school support and enrichment programs.

Computers and Technology: A computer lab with networked Dell computers is used by all scholars. Additional computers, online, can be found in the library. These computers are used to encourage individual research skills and communication. Kindergarten, first and second grade classrooms are exposed to iPads and Chromebooks. Grades K-2 classrooms are equipped with Smartboards. There are three iPad carts and three Chromebook carts available for use by scholars. Raz Kids A-Z learning programs are integrated into the K-2 curriculum.

Parent and Community Involvement: Our Parent Faculty Association (PFA) is an active partner in the learning process and provides support through in-house cultural arts enrichment programs, after-school activities, book fairs, District Goals Team, parent newsletters and special trips. Teachers often seek parental help with classroom special events.

Special Events:

Holiday Sing-A-Longs


Field Day

Very Important Persons’ (VIP) Day

District Educational Expo

Memorial Day Parade

Interdisciplinary Fair

Science Fair

Art Show

Earth Day

Talent Show

Arts and Crafts Fair

Rick Charette

Visitors: Please feel free to visit Mary G. Clarkson School. Call the school to schedule an appointment.

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