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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

Cultivating Good Citizens at Martin Avenue

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During a schoolwide character education assembly, Martin Avenue Elementary School Principal James O’Brien read “What if Everybody Did That?” by Ellen Javernick. The book, through its colorful and humorous illustrations, shows the consequences of thoughtless behavior in a child-friendly way. Students learned how their thoughtful, positive actions can make the world a better place. The read aloud supported the mission of the North Bellmore School District, which emphasizes contributing to the global community with creativity and compassion.

Date Added: 3/10/2023

Art is Groovy at Martin Avenue

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Fourth grade artists at Martin Avenue Elementary School learned how to make tie-dye designs with oil pastels and watercolor paints.

Under the direction of art teacher Jill Emmer, students drew different shapes and patterns with the pastels such as letters, numbers, shapes and squiggly lines. Then, they painted over the designs with watercolors to create a tie-dye effect. Ms. Emmer explained that this would serve as the background for artwork of animals made using heart shapes.

Date Added: 2/16/2023

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

Martin Avenue Sixth Graders Have Vivid Visions

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A new year meant it was time for new goals at Martin Avenue Elementary. Sixth graders in Stephanie Speciale’s class created 2023 vision boards with attainable objectives.

Students made their vision boards with Google Slides and selected pictures that would remind them of their goals. Ms. Speciale noted the importance of selecting goals that are challenging but achievable, and can be accomplished through their own hard work, determination and commitment.

Olivia Zukowski said she is looking to improve her softball skills so she can help her team as a pitcher and first basemen. The vision board, she said, will remind of this goal.

“It pushes me to work harder in what I want to do,” she said.

Dylan Hanovic has several ambitions, from academics to athletics to self-care. He wants to get good grades, read more, win a sports championship with one of his teams and spend less time playing video games and more time outdoors.

“It’s a checklist,” he said of his vision board. “Once in a while, I can look at it, see what I have to do, and do that.”

Ms. Speciale said that her students recently began using Google Classroom apps, so this project gave them an introduction to Google Slides, a popular presentation tool. They improved their technology skills while also setting a path to self-improvement.

“This was something they were very enthusiastic about and focused, because it was personal to them,” Ms. Speciale said. “It was centered around their new year so it was about new opportunities.”

Date Added: 1/24/2023


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