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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

Martin Avenue Engineers Float Their Ideas

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After watching a video about the Mayflower, second graders at Martin Avenue Elementary School were immersed in a STEAM project to design and build boats.

The supplies were simple for students in Tiffany Joosten’s class – each group had one large piece of aluminum foil. They could tear it or fold it however they wanted to make a boat that could not only float, but also hold weight.

Students followed the engineering design process, so each group drew up a plan before building. When the work was done, they brought it to Ms. Joosten for the testing phase. She put each boat in a large bucket of water and added marbles, as students eagerly watched. Some boats held up to 50 marbles without sinking.

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Date Added: 12/7/2023

Martin Avenue Kindergartners Gain by Giving

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Service learning is an important part of the curriculum for kindergartners at Martin Avenue Elementary School. At a young age, they completed a successful Thanksgiving food drive that could help dozens of local families.

The weeklong food drive culminated on Nov. 17 when students sorted items and packed boxes. The nonperishable goods were donated by Martin Avenue students and staff. Several of the boxes will be given to specific families in the community, while the rest of the food will go to the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District’s Community Cupboard.

Kindergarten teachers Melissa DeBlasio and Jennie Kuhn noted that this project ties into the district’s mission statement in “contributing to our global community with creativity and compassion.” It also supports the kindergarten social studies curriculum, which focuses on communities.

“Our goal of this service-learning project for our kindergarten students is toshift from an inward focus on themselves to an outward focus on others while contributing to our school and eventually our global community,” said Ms. DeBlasio, who spearheaded the project. “Through this process, our students develop a stronger sense of compassion, empathy and personal responsibility.”

Last year’s kindergarten service project was a collection drive for a local animal shelter. Ms. DeBlasio explained that service learning opportunities help students develop critical thinking skills, create positive relationships, increase awareness of community issues and develop a deeper understanding of empathy and respect for others.

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Date Added: 11/29/2023

Martin Avenue Celebrates School Related Professionals

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“It takes a village” is not just a saying in the North Bellmore School District, where hundreds of a adults share their talents to educate children and provide safe, clean and welcoming schools.

Martin Avenue Elementary School is recognizing several important staff members for School-Related Professionals Day on Nov. 21, including custodians, food service staff, lunch-recess aides, nurses, paraprofessionals, secretaries and security guards. Students wrote thank-you letters and made cards to show their appreciation for staff who are vital to the operations of their school.

“The School-Related Professionals at Martin Avenue go above and beyond, every day, in service of students,” Principal Dr. Michael Yannucci said. “Our school couldn't function without the dedicated service of these colleagues. I would like to thank all of our school-related professionals for always rising to the challenge and meeting the needs of all our students.”

Date Added: 11/21/2023

Footballs Fly at Punt, Pass, Kick Competition

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Footballs soared through the air behind Saw Mill Road Elementary School on Nov. 8 as the North Bellmore School District held the championship round of its annual Punt, Pass, Kick competition. Grade-level winners from the five elementary schools gathered at the turf field to complete for the districtwide title.

Following a football skills unit, students in grades 3-6 took part in the preliminary rounds during their physical education classes. The top boy and girl from each grade level from the five schools were invited to the finals.

Long tape measures lined the field to determine the distance the ball traveled in each event. First, students tested their throwing abilities in the pass competition. Next was the punt, in which they dropped and kicked the ball. Finally, they kicked off of a tee. Each competitor was allowed to redo one event to try for a better score.

Park Avenue Elementary School Principal Michael DeBlasio, who oversees the district’s physical education department, noted that the sunny but chilly day was “perfect football weather.” He said it was a great opportunity for students to compete in a fun and friendly environment while also getting to meet their peers from other schools.

Running the events were physical education teacher James Breslin, Tim Byrne, Bill Green, Jim Mulvey, Alyssa Parker and Michael Weiner. When all of the events were complete, they tallied up the scores and announced the winners.

The districtwide champions are:

Third grade girl: Nina Hendershot, Saw Mill Road Elementary School
Third grade boy:Egan Malloy, Saw Mill Road Elementary School
Fourth grade girl: Xcenia Benden, Park AvenueElementary School
Fourth grade boy: Brody Hislop, John G. Dinkelmeyer Elementary School
Fifth grade girl: Lea Pagnotta, Saw Mill Road Elementary School
Fifth grade boy:Chase Almona, Martin Avenue Elementary School
Sixth grade girl:Hailey Smith, John G. Dinkelmeyer Elementary School
Sixth grade boy:Caleb Shogan, John G. Dinkelmeyer Elementary School

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Date Added: 11/20/2023

At Martin Avenue, Barbies and Kens and witches, oh my!

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Everyone was living in Barbie world at Martin Avenue Elementary School on Halloween. While there was plenty of variety, many costumes related to the popular movie for the afternoon Halloween parade.

Principal Dr. Michael Yannucci and several teachers dressed up as Ken boxes, while other faculty and staff wore white T-shirts with pink “Martin” script. There was also a Barbie photo station in the lobby.

Parents lined the sidewalk along Martin Avenue and Oak Court for the Halloween parade which did two full laps around the building. Students showcased their costumes which ranged from movie and cartoon characters to notable athletes to skeletons and zombies. As the parade passed the doors to the central office wing, a gathering of friendly witches waved to the students.

Before the parade began, there were lots of fun Halloween activities in classrooms. Third graders made crafts such as sticker artwork, bookmarks and pumpkins with green and orange beads. They also played Halloween bingo and “pin the tail on the zombie.”

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Date Added: 11/2/2023


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