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Mission Statement

Our mission is to inspire all students to be confident, passionate learners with the courage and skills to lead their lives with integrity, while contributing to our global community with creativity and compassion.

Saw Mill School Building

2801 Saw Mill Road
North Bellmore, NY 11710
Tel: (516) 992-3118
Fax: (516) 992-3324
Principal: Mr. Jeff Rosof
Assistant Principal: 
Mr. Daniel Madden






Welcome to Saw Mill Road School! I am happy that you have stopped by for a visit to our website. Saw Mill Road is a K-6 school in the North Bellmore School District. We have a population of almost 700 excited and motivated students and a faculty of 65 committed and passionate teachers. Supporting our students and teachers is a wonderful group of aides, custodians, office staff, and administrators. No school would be complete without the community it serves and the Saw Mill community is incredibly proud and supportive of their school.

Here at Saw Mill we work hard every day implementing the K-6 curriculum and strive to reach the inspiring goals of our district’s mission statement. As an elementary school, we have our students for the beginning steps on the passage through their academic life. While ensuring we create a warm, fun and energetic school environment, we also pay careful attention to the fact that students are learning the foundational skills that will set them up for a lifetime of learning.

Whether you are a Saw Mill family, a local resident, or just someone checking out our website, I know you will feel the spirit and energy that pervade our school.  Wishing you a wonderful day!

Jeff Rosof




No Pets Policy
Please be aware that pets are not allowed on school grounds. I know you support our efforts to keep our children safe; therefore, I appreciate your cooperation and ask that you refrain from bringing your pets on school grounds at any time. All North Bellmore Schools follow this No Pets policy.

Please Keep Contact Info Up to Date
If any of your contact information changed over the summer– email, phone numbers, address, etc. please call the office and inform them of the change. It is vital that we have the most up to date information in case we need to contact you.

Fifth Graders Perfect the Art of Persuasion

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Fifth graders in the district are immersed in a persuasive writing unit, learning just what it takes to pen a convincing argument.

At Martin Avenue Elementary School, students in Elizabeth Gorman’s class did a social media project about endangered species. Their goal was to create mock Instagram or TikTok posts that would persuade others to help those animals, including amur leopards, black panthers, orangutans and sea turtles.

Ms. Gorman said that students first read “Can We Save the Tiger?” by Martin Jenkins as a mentor text. Students then did research on endangered species, selected an animal they would like to help, and created their posts.

In Melissa Mignoli’s class at Saw Mill Road Elementary School, students began an opinion writing unit by answering subjective multiple choice questions, and giving at least three reasons why they made their selections. Question topics included the most important quality in a friend, the most needed school supply and what they wanted for dinner.

The purpose of this activity, Ms. Mignoli explained, was to show students about the importance of backing up their arguments with evidence. This knowledge will help them as they move on to writing persuasive essays on topics of their choice. As part of their writing process, they will do online research to find factual information to support their opinions.

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Date Added: 2/2/2023

Talented Musicians Earn All-County Nod

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The North Bellmore School District congratulates 43 students who were selected to the All-County music festival, hosted by the Nassau Music Educators Association. 

Fifth and sixth grade musicians were selected to countywide ensembles in band, chorus and orchestra. Rehearsals and performances are held in January at the Tilles Center at LIU Post.  
The All-County musicians are: 

John G. Dinkelmeyer Elementary School: Alina Chan and Carlyn Masiulis (band), London Abbott, Adriana Aglio, Lennyuyshka Cadet, Giuliana Gibaldi, Cole Marullo, Vianna Olson, Charli Polihronopoylos, Ava Rothschild, Meghan Saint Joy, Emma Schowerer and Christian Truglio (chorus) and Kailin Connizzo (orchestra).  

Martin Avenue Elementary School: Catherine Arnoff and Lui Dorsainvil (band), Nora Daly, Chloe DeTurris, Ellie Jakubowski and Asher Katz (chorus) and Caylee Aiello and Rochelle Mangles (orchestra). 

Newbridge Road Elementary School: Brian Barrera and Matthew Dworkin (band) and Charlotte Belliveau, Hadley Gross, Quinn Gross and Kingston Lambre (chorus).  

Park Avenue Elementary School: Arya Chandhok and Colin Crichton (band), Giavanna Artale, Macey Cataldo, Carlos Flores, Gianna Hayes, Amber Kaur, Julianna Nardo, Camilla Roman and Reagan Tyskowski (chorus) and Michael Liguori (orchestra). 

Saw Mill Road Elementary School: Caitlin Anderson (band), Shira Rosen (chorus) and Charlotte O’Hea and Katherine Rios (orchestra). 

North Bellmore music teachers include Desiree Behr, Christopher D’Orio, Dana Hirsch, Maritza Lopez, Ed McCullagh, Carol Ng, Alexander Roff and Lisa Uckardes.  

Date Added: 1/13/2023

Bike Book Creates Charity Mindset at Saw Mill 

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A book about a bicycle sparked a desire among sixth graders at Saw Mill Road Elementary School to help others. They researched ways they could make a difference while living up to the district’s mission statement, “Contributing to our global community with creativity and compassion.”

In Tiffany Zocchia and Kristin Henchel’s class, students read “The Red Bicycle” by Jude Isabella, about a boy who donates his bike. It is shipped by an organization to Africa and finds many new owners over time.  

Ms. Zocchia said that the book prompted discussions within in the class about practical ways they could give back. It also happened to coincide with a time of year known as the “season of giving.” 

The teachers provided students with an article that listed 11 different charities that help children. Some of them take monetary donations while others accept items likes toys and stuffed animals.  

“Once they read the book, they were really inspired,” Ms. Zocchia said. “We saw that there was such as a passion, so we decided to take it a step further.” 

Ms. Zocchia said that students were asked to select one charity that appealed to them and do further research. On a sheet, each sixth grader identified an organization, its mission and ways to donate. She and Ms. Henchel added that they hoped this project would lead to conversations in students’ homes about charitable giving.  

Date Added: 1/9/2023

Giving Season in Full Force in North Bellmore 

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Students throughout the North Bellmore School District have been involved in charitable initiatives for the past several weeks. They have embraced the giving spirit to help others near and far. 

Saw Mill Road Elementary School continued its long-standing partnership with the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. Leading the effort was North Bellmore resident and retired FDNY firefighter Tom O’Connor, whose grandchildren attend Saw Mill Road. The annual toy drive, organized by the Students Against Destructive Decisions club, will benefit children in Florida impacted by Hurricane Ian.  

The partnership began in 2005, when toys were collected in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Since then, Saw Mill students and staff have donated toys to help children impacted by disasters across the country, including Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Hurricane Sandy in New York, among others.  

On Dec. 6, Mr. O’Connor and his fellow volunteers came to Saw Mill to pick up the toys, filling 10 large bags, which were then loaded into the back of a pickup truck for a long journey down south. Social worker Jo Ann Signorelli, co-adviser of SADD with school counselor Keara McNamara, said that this effort helps fulfill the district’s mission in contributing to the global community with creativity and compassion. 

Ms. Signorelli also noted that by having the children meet with the volunteers who bring the toys to impacted children, it helps them better understand the value of their charitable acts. 

“After everything that’s happened in Florida,” sixth grader Sophia Hoffman said, “this is going to help a lot of kids and bring a little more joy into their lives.” 

Students at John G. Dinkelmeyer, Martin Avenue and Newbridge Road elementary schools donated toys for the John Theissen Children’s Foundation, based in neighboring Wantagh. Toys will be distributed to sick and underprivileged children across Long Island, from infants to 17 years old. 

Date Added: 12/23/2022

Fourth Graders Bring Greek Tales to Life in ALPHA

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Ancient Greek folklore and theater came together in a pair of harmonious productions by for fourth graders in the North Bellmore School District’s ALPHA program.

Teacher Gayle Angert said students have been learning about Greek mythology for several weeks, and the culminating activity was a play about Demeter, the goddess of the harvest, and her daughter Persephone. The story explained how the four seasons came to be. Ms. Angert provided the script but students in each of the two fourth grade ALPHA groups were in charge of assigning roles, making sets, building props and selecting backdrop photos for the SmartBoard.

“They got to see what goes into putting on a play,” Ms. Angert said, noting that a show cannot go on without the contributions of each person.

Some students took on speaking roles for the plays, which were performed on Dec. 12 and 13 in the ALPHA classroom at Newbridge Road Elementary School, with others focused on behind-the-scenes work. Fourth graders had clay, cardboard, construction paper and other materials to build props such as a chariot, a house, trees, a throne and even Zeus’ lightning bolt.

The activity fostered teamwork as students in each group had to listen to each other and incorporate different ideas into their shows. ALPHA is the North Bellmore School District’s gifted and talented program featuring themed activities throughout the year.

Date Added: 12/16/2022

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