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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: Dr. Michael Yannucci
Instagram: @martinavepride
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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 Community,  

Welcome to Martin Avenue School! I am pleased to welcome you to our homepage and introduce myself as your principal. I am honored to serve our community and look forward to getting to know you all.     

As a father of three young children and an elementary school principal, it is of the utmost importance for me to know that every student, family member, faculty, and staff arrive at school feeling welcomed, respected, and cared for each day I will work with entire Martin Avenue team to ensure this is the experience for all who enter our doors. 

The North Bellmore Mission and Core Values are at the heart of all we do- our students are our why. The faculty, staff, and I are dedicated and compassionate educators who will work tirelessly to support every child. Their academic, social, and emotional growth is why we do the work we do.   

I speak on behalf of Martin Avenue when I say we want all our students – from our youngest learners entering kindergarten to our leading Lions in sixth grade – to look back at their experiences at Martin Avenue and remember having fun, building friendships, hands-on learning, connecting with literature, and feeling supported as they pursue their passions.  Again, our students (your children) are our why, and our future is bright.  

The faculty, staff, and I look forward to sharing many meaningful experiences with you this year. Please feel free to contact me any time throughout the school year. 

In partnership, 
Michael J. Yannucci, Ed.D.


Current News

Artists Dazzle at District Exhibition

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The North Bellmore School District held its annual district art show on May 21. Student work from the five elementary schools was featured at the evening exhibition, which was held in Newbridge Road Elementary School’s cafeteria.

There were drawings, paintings, sculptures and mixed media projects on display, created by students from kindergarten through sixth grade. The work was a sampling of projects created throughout the school year and showcased the various artistic techniques students have learned.

Artwork was completed under the direction of Jillian Bock at John G. Dinkelmeyer and Park Avenue elementary schools, Erica Farley at Martin Avenue and Newbridge Road elementary schools and Amy Lopez at Saw Mill Road Elementary School.

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Date Added: 6/3/2024

Annual Track Meet Brings Together Sixth Graders

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It will be a couple of years before the soon-to-be graduates of the North Bellmore School District are circling the halls of Mepham High School, but on May 20, they got to circle the track. Students from all five elementary schools gathered on the sunny spring day for the annual sixth grade track meet.

The event, which was coordinated by the physical education teachers, featured a mix of short- and long-distance races. It ranged from 50 meters to 800 meters, which was two full laps around the track. After four-person relay races, the day concluded with field events such as discus, javelin, long jump and shot put.

Students wore their school Class of 2024 shirts. In just a few months, they will be unified under one roof at Grand Avenue Middle School, and the track meet was an opportunity to meet their future classmates.

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Date Added: 5/30/2024

A Tribute to Service and Sacrifice at Martin Avenue

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Donning their red, white and blue and holding miniature flags, students filled out the front lawn of Martin Avenue Elementary School in the North Bellmore School District on May 23 for the inaugural Memorial Day ceremony. The event was filled with patriotic songs, as well as speeches that educated students on the true meaning of the holiday.

“Each individual is responsible for his or her choices and the impact they create,” Principal Dr. Michael Yannucci said. “People we know, family, friends, neighbors, each made choices to serve our country. And what an impact they had. It allowed us the freedom to sit here today, the freedom to go to the beach tomorrow, the freedom to grill on Monday. So, while we’re enjoying some leisurely activities, never forget about the choices some very brave people made and the incredible impact it has made.”

The ceremony began with the raising of the flag. It was then brought down to half-mast to honor all of those who sacrificed their lives to defend the United States. Chorus students then sang the “Star-Spangled Banner.”

The master of ceremonies was school librarian Yvonne Francolini, an Air Force veteran. She spoke about her experience visiting memorials all over the United States and around the world.

In front of the podium was a White Table, which is set up in many mess halls at military bases as a tribute to service members who are fallen, missing or held captive. Ms. Francolini described the symbolism of each item including the white table cloth, black napkin, single red rose and inverted glass.

Student reflections from Matthew Asher, Cassie Chen, Sarah Falls and Jackson Laino focused on the history and meaning of Memorial Day. Students learned that the holiday started as Decoration Day in 1868.

Kindergartners, led by music teacher Alexander Roff, sang “Grand Old Flag” and “This Land is Your Land.” All students and staff were asked to join in the schoolwide sing-along of “America” and “God Bless America.” The music presentation concluded with a recording of the military bugle call, Taps.

The inside of the school was decorated with American flag art. Each grade created its own large flag. Every student also contributed a square to a quilt outside of the cafeteria, featuring drawings of the American flag. Dr. Yannucci noted that it showcased the uniqueness of each student and their united belief in the core values of the United States.

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Date Added: 5/28/2024

Martin Avenue Writers Think Beyond the Surface

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Writers of all ages are thinking deeply as they pen their latest works at Martin Avenue Elementary School.

First graders channeled one of their favorite activities, playtime, for their recent writer’s workshop project. To support an opinion writing unit, students wrote toy reviews. Each child was asked to pick his or her favorite toy, then create a piece to explain why. The young writers cited specific examples of why they enjoy playing with the toy.

Teacher Debra Ferretti said that the goal of the assignment was for students to learn how to use facts and evidence to back up their claims. They also worked on using descriptive language in their pieces.

Each student’s toy review included an illustration, a few sentences of persuasive writing and “ka-pow words” – lively adjectives to describe the toy. Before they began writing, students read mentor texts, which are relatable examples of good opinion writing, including “The Perfect Pet”by Margie Palatiniand “Kitty Found a Pet” by Troy Cummings. The writing process included brainstorming, a first draft, and a revising and editing process before publishing their final pieces.

Fourth graders recently completed their literacy analysis essays. The project began with a book swap, in which students brought in one book to trade, while getting to take home another.

From there, students selected a book, then analyzed one literary element from it, including author’s purpose, character development, character traits and theme. Teacher Lauren Fasano said they could choose a book from either the Fountas and Pinnell read alouds or the class novels.

Ms. Fasano explained that this was among the most challenging and thorough writing projects students have done in their elementary years. The purpose was for them to read and understand a book on a deeper level, use text evidence to support their thoughts and write a well-organized essay. Ultimately, she said, the hope is that it leads to more in-depth book discussions among students.

Date Added: 5/3/2024


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