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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.

2616 Martin Avenue
Bellmore, NY 11710
Tel: (516) 992-3115
Fax: (516) 992-3164
Principal: Mr. James O’Brien
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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


Dear Martin Avenue Families,

It is a pleasure and honor to welcome you to Martin Avenue School. At Martin Avenue, and throughout the North Bellmore School District, we live our mission statement as we ‘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.’ In the classrooms and throughout the halls, our mission is evident as the students strive to collaborate, learn and grow.

As principal, I am excited to work with a faculty and staff dedicated to providing enriching learning opportunities for all students; opportunities that enable the students to become lifelong learners and connect with the world around them. We believe that all students can learn, grow and find success. We strive to create an environment where all of the students’ needs are met; an environment where they can flourish and grow emotionally, academically, and socially. The students are encouraged to take academic risks and are given multiple opportunities to find success on many different levels. Hard work is encouraged and celebrated, as positive habits of mind are developed.

Martin Avenue is an incredible learning community where all students are treated with care, love, and respect. I look forward to working with families, faculty, and staff to inspire the students to learn and grow in a safe, nurturing environment. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

James O’Brien


Current News

North Bellmore Writers Are Published Storytellers

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An anthology of personal narratives penned by students across Nassau County includes the works of five talented young writers from the North Bellmore School District. They were winners in the Nassau Reading Council’s 2022 Young Authors Contest.

Four selected pieces were written by students at Martin Avenue Elementary School: Jackson Banke and Francesca Malafis, kindergartners in Jennie Kuhn’s class; Nicolette Ferro, a fourth grader in Janine Steinert’s class; and Nora Daly, a fifth grader in Liz Gorman’s class. Rounding out the winners was Ava Lopes, a third grader in Elyse Beauman’s class at Saw Mill Road Elementary School.

Students were asked to write original personal narrative pieces, which are derived from their own experiences. They could be written as poetry or prose, and reflect all stages of the writing process. Nassau Reading Council judges, which included teachers, language arts coordinators and college professors, selected the winners from more than 300 entries from 40 schools.

The five students were honored at a ceremony on June 1 at Munsey Park Elementary School in Manhasset for all Nassau County winners, as well as at the North Bellmore Board of Education meeting on June 9.

Date Added: 6/30/2022

Diplomas in Hand, Grads are Ready for What’s Next

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With great fanfare and plenty of words of encouragement, 311 sixth graders from the North Bellmore School District closed out the first part of their educational journeys during graduation ceremonies on June 22.

The five elementary schools hosted their programs throughout the evening in various Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District buildings, the system that the graduates will be moving to for their secondary years. The ceremonies included musical performances, reflections from student speakers and, most importantly, the presentation of diplomas in blue North Bellmore folders.

Martin Avenue Elementary School Principal Jim O’Brien beamed with pride over his first graduating class. The former teacher and assistant principal at Saw Mill Road Elementary School said this year’s class met every challenge with grace and determination, and he encouraged them to embrace future challenges with confidence.

“Remember your Martin Avenue crew as you make new friends in your new school,” he told them, noting that they will soon head to middle school with students from multiple elementary buildings.

It was also the first graduation for principals Amanda Licci at Newbridge Road Elementary School and Michael DeBlasio at Park Avenue Elementary School.

In writing her speech, Ms. Licci said she thought about what she wanted to know when she went from elementary to middle school. She encouraged her graduates to embrace their unique qualities.

“Don’t worry about what others think of you,” she said. “Be the ‘you’ that you want to be. Be the ‘you’ that you are proud to be. Make yourself proud each and every day.”

Mr. DeBlasio said he was amazed how the sixth graders not only came to school with smiles every day, but smiles that said to the world, “You can throw anything at me, and I will always keep moving forward.”

Saw Mill Principal Jeff Rosof told students to use their strong foundation from elementary school, as well as support from their families, to continue to grow intellectually and socially while creating their own futures.

Danica Brugge recalls becoming principal of John G. Dinkelmeyer Elementary School when this year’s graduates were in third grade. She remembers their energy, warmth, love, acceptance and “some of the biggest 8-year-old personalities that I had ever seen.” Their perseverance and determination got them through challenging years in fourth and fifth grade because of the pandemic, she noted, and those traits will serve them well in middle school and beyond.

Musical selections included “Best Day of My Life” at the Martin Avenue and Newbridge Road graduations, “What a Wonderful World” by Dinkelmeyer sixth graders and the Park Avenue school songs. Several schools featured photo slideshows full of sixth grade memories.

Students also reflected on their elementary years. Martin Avenue graduate Colleen Flanagan recounted hatching quail eggs in kindergarten, writing biographies on famous people in second grade and a trip to Safety Town in third grade. Olivia Lettieri, a Dinkelmeyer student, pointed to those everyday memories like snack time and recess where they had opportunities to bond and form friendships.

“Although we are sad to leave,” Olivia said, “I know we are really excited to see what the future holds for all of us and what new memories we can make with each other and with new friends.”

Date Added: 6/24/2022

A Quarter-Millennium of Service Honored

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With a collective 266 years of service to the North Bellmore School District, 13 retiring teachers and staff members were honored at the Board of Education meeting on June 9 and thanked for their commitment to the community’s children and families.

Superintendent Marie Testa said they are “part of the fabric of North Bellmore” and probably had a greater impact on students than they ever realized.

“When you work in a school and you do it well, it’s as much about your intellect as it is about your heart,” Ms. Testa said, before she introduced the retirees, who included teachers, specialists, office staff and cooks from all five elementary schools as well as the district office.

The retirees were celebrated by a large crowd that included their colleagues and family members, as well as North Bellmore students and parents. Administrators spoke about each retiring staff member and presented them with gifts.

This year’s retirees are:
Tom Steinmuller, physical education teacher at Saw Mill Road School, 31 years.
Lois Peck Elhilow, speech teacher at John G. Dinkelmeyer School, 28 years.
Laura Russo, fourth grade teacher at John G. Dinkelmeyer School, 27 years.
Linda Mann, reading teacher at Saw Mill Road School, 25 years.
Chris Kropp, secretary at Newbridge Road School, 23 years.
Roseann Moskowitz, secretary at Martin Avenue School, 22 years.
Kathleen Fiocco, cook at Newbridge Road School, 20 years.
Marjorie Hoffman, cook at Park Avenue School, 19 years.
Robin Obey, first grade teacher at Park Avenue School, 19 years.
Kathleen Rut, reading teacher at Saw Mill Road School, 17 years.
Susan Quinn, nurse at Martin Avenue School, 15 years.
Mary Meyers, prevention specialist, 13 years.
Vicki Scalici, secretary in the curriculum office, 7 years.

Date Added: 6/22/2022


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