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Bernadette Burns HeadshotOffice of the Superintendent

Bernadette Burns, Superintendent of Schools
631-930-1560  /  FAX  631-893-3212

Patricia Denninger, Administrative Assistant


Dear Parents/Guardians:

On behalf of the entire administration and Board of Education, thank you for your support as we successfully maintain full-time in-person learning for our students.  Despite the challenges, there is no substitute for the brick-and-mortar schoolhouse combined with the technological advances that have been made over the last year.

Please take the time to explore this website and learn more about the West Islip School District. The website contains a wealth of information relating to district news and events, student achievements and important announcements.  Visit regularly to stay updated on the latest happenings – we have a great deal to acknowledge and celebrate.

As we continue through the 2021-2022 school year, I look forward to building upon our continued successes.  As you know, last year was one of great achievement for our district.  Our high school was named a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and our students continued to excel not only in the classroom, but in their artistic, athletic and extracurricular pursuits.  Through ongoing professional development and an emphasis on mental health and wellness, all stakeholders are committed to supporting the highest quality education for every student.  I am grateful to the community for its continued support of our initiatives and operating budget, which allow us to offer rich instructional, co-curricular and extracurricular opportunities.

In closing, I wish all West Islip families a wonderful school year.  While the pandemic continues to challenge us, it has provided great opportunity.  As writer Vivian Greene said, “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s about learning how to dance in the rain.”


Warmest regards,

Bernadette M. Burns
Superintendent of Schools