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csCherokee Street Elementary School

130 Cherokee Street
Ronkonkoma, NY 11779-4600
Principal: Jill Lahey



Please note there is an early dismissal for Parent/Teacher Conferences:
Wednesday, March 24 – Buses depart at 11:05 am

Parent Pick-Up Line procedures remain the same as any other day. 
Parents can begin to line up in their cars at 11:05 am after the buses leave on Cherokee St. (Gr. 1-5)
and N. Ontario St. (Gr. K). 

Please make the necessary arrangements to ensure the safety of your children on the early dismissal
day and send a note to the teacher for any change in normal dismissal procedures—particularly for
any after-school childcare programs.  Please remember, students are not permitted to go home on
another child’s bus this year.


Cherokee Student Health Assessment


Principal's Opening Letter 2020-2021

New Parent Walker Line Dismissal Procedure 2020-2021 


Our Mission

The mission of the Cherokee Street

School is to bring child and community

together to create a safe and caring

learning environment where each

individual can reach his/her maximum

potential and achieve his/her personal



Belief Statement

We believe that…

Community involvement is paramount.
Learning occurs in all facets of life.
Individuals can grow into good and respectful citizens.
Maximum potential should be emphasized.
Best efforts are essential from all.

Current News

Cherokee PTA Reflections Video 2020-2021

Click here to view the video

Students Practice Self-Care

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Students at Cherokee Street Elementary School recently explored the benefits of taking care of their bodies and minds, thanks to the school’s first Wellness Day. This multifaceted event was led by Youth and Family Services Coordinators Daria Passero and Adam LeWinter, who filmed a video that taught the elementary schoolers about physical, emotional and social wellness and the importance of self-esteem. The video featured interviews with teachers around the school about what wellness means to them. Throughout the rest of the day, students enjoyed a schoolwide guided meditation, yoga and mindfulness activities, a Zumba lesson, and many more activities centered around self-care.

A Feat for Warm Feet

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Karyn Goncalves and Melissa Comis’ third grade class at Cherokee Street Elementary School recently banded together and collected new socks to donate to local homeless shelters. Thanks to the students’ tenacity, the class gathered more than 1,130 pairs of socks, which they then sorted into men’s, women’s, and children’s categories for distribution. Connetquot Central School District commends these students on the dedication and care they put into serving their community in this way.

Dimes for Dezy Project

Mrs. Campanella's second grade class organized a service project where they collected spare change for "Dimes for Dezy" to honor and support the Dezy Strong Foundation. The class that collected the most change per grade level received a prize of recognition.

Exploring the Colonial Era

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Fourth graders at Cherokee Street Elementary School recently went back in time to the colonial period of the United States, conducting research on some of the jobs people worked during that time. Throughout the unit, each student pretended they were a child apprentice learning about a specific trade in the colonial community, such as a blacksmith, milliner, tailor, wheelwright, wigmaker and more. The students used books, articles and videos to conduct their research, which they then summarized in writing. At the end of the unit, the students dressed up as colonial children and shared their research with their classmates.

Country Music Day at Cherokee

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To celebrate Music in Our Schools Month, Cherokee Street Elementary School students dressed up according to a different musical genre on each Friday of March. Enjoy this video of Country Music Day!