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Minnesauke Elementary School

Address: 21 High Gate Drive, East Setauket, NY 11733
Main Office: (631) 730‑4200
Fax: (631) 730‑4204
Principal: Nancy Pickford
Asst. Principal: Karen Mizell
School Hours: 8:43a.m. - 2:58p.m.

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 School Vision Statement

Students of Minnesauke Elementary School will strive to achieve their highest academic potential while respecting themselves and all others as reflected in our Minnesauke STARS Pledge: Minnesauke STARS are Sharing, Trustworthy, Accepting, Respectful, Serving.

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For information on how to access our free electronic resources from home, please refer to the instructions on the Parent Portal.  Included there are confidential passwords strictly for Minnesauke families to use.

Transportation Information 

We ask that you please be considerate of our neighbors during drop-off and pick-up times. Please use caution when traveling on Highgate Drive. This road is always open to both north bound and south bound traffic. The safety of our school community and our surrounding neighbors is a top priority.

For long-term child care purposes only, permission to take a different bus to and/or from school may be granted by the school principal by advance written request from the student's parent or guardian. The child care provider must be listed on the emergency contact information.

Current News

‘The Music Man’ at Minnesauke

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The drama club at Minnesauke Elementary School put on a wonderful production of “The Music Man.” The cast and crew, made up of fourth, fifth and sixth graders, told the story of Harold Hill and his plan to con the people of River City into believing he can organize a band. Student actors performed in front of a live audience over the course of two days.

Photos courtesy of Kathy Bottner:

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Date Added: 4/10/2024

Pre-K Students Light up for Learning

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Pre-K students at Minnesauke Elementary School are lighting up about learning! Ms. O’Boyle’s class recently learned about circuits and the basics of electricity with a hands-on activity.

Students first worked together to play a full-body circuit game to explore the flow of power. They then used two alligator clips, a battery and batter holder, and a lightbulb to discover how a working circuit made the lightbulb illuminate. They were excited to “hold the power” and make the lights turn on, on their own.

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Date Added: 3/25/2024

Minnesauke STEAM Fair

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The Minnesauke Elementary School PTA hosted the building’s first STEAM Fair on March 14. Students had the opportunity to create and present science, technology, engineering, art and math projects, as well as projects showcasing women in STEAM, in a non-competitive atmosphere.

Mad Science also provided an interactive experience where students participated in several science experiments and made slime. All students that contributed projects to the event were recognized in school and given a participation certificate. It was a wonderful evening for the Minnesauke Elementary School community!

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Date Added: 3/21/2024

Speaking with a Geologist Across the Globe

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Third graders in Ms. Babb’s class at Minnesauke Elementary School are making connections between what they’ve learned in the classroom and real-life experiences. Recently, students have been studying about the countries that make up Africa. Parent of a student in the class and geologist, Greg Henkes, visited the third graders to share his firsthand experience about working in Kenya throughout the year.

Mr. Henkes explained to students how he studies rocks and how Africa came to be the continent it is today. He shared photos of his recent travels to Kenya and what his day looks like when he arrives at a site. After speaking with students, Mr. Henkes introduced his colleague who lives in Kenya via Zoom. Students asked questions about his work and the Kenyan culture. They were excited to speak with someone from across the globe.

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Date Added: 3/18/2024

Read Across America Week at Minnesauke

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Minnesauke Elementary School celebrated Read Across America Week during the first week of March. To get students excited about reading, the building held a spirit week with themed-days including Crazy Hat Day and Wear a Shirt with Great Words Day. Additionally, Minnesauke held several schoolwide “Drop Everything and Read” events for students to stop what they were doing and pick up a book.

The celebrations continued with a visit by author Gordan Korman. Korman presented to fourth, fifth and sixth graders, who were extremely excited to meet a well-known author whose books they love to read!

Date Added: 3/12/2024