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Cayuga Elementary School

Principal's Message


Dear Students, Parents, and Community Members,

Welcome to Cayuga Elementary School’s website!  I am very proud to be the principal of this fine school.  The teachers and staff at Cayuga have a truly spectacular reputation for promoting a love of learning among the students.

Cayuga Elementary School hosts kindergarten through fifth grade and educates approximately 660 students from the communities of Lake Grove and Lake Ronkonkoma.  With a combined focus in the academic areas as well as the arts, Cayuga graduates move onto Samoset Middle School as well-rounded learners. Through a challenging curriculum and high expectations for all, we strive to help each and every student be the very best they can be.

The Cayuga PTA serves as a great support to our school community.  From field trips to school supplies, to the many fun-filled events that sponsor helping to strengthen the home-school connection, we are frequently reminded of how fortunate we are to have such a fine group of dedicated parents working together for the benefit of our students.  Please be aware that PTA notices sent home with the students are posted on their website at  I encourage you to check out this website from time to time to remain informed of all the wonderful events they plan throughout the school year.

Bus stop information is available in Sachem’s Transportation Guide online.  Bus riders should use the same bus stop when traveling both to and from school. Please have your child report to the bus stop approximately thirty minutes before the scheduled school start time of 9:15AM for at least the first week of school. Understandably, it will take the bus drivers some time to become fully acclimated with their routes and likewise, the students with their routines.  Ultimately you will become very familiar with the regular times of your child’s bus arrival at your designated stop in the morning and afternoon.

For our walkers and those students who are dropped off and picked up by car, please follow the posted traffic signs and adhere to the instructions of our necessarily cautious staff that are on duty.  Safety is my number one priority and we all need to work together to ensure the safety of all during our extremely busy arrival and dismissal times.  As many of you know, the layout of our parking lot requires significant caution due to the large amount of traffic we encounter each day.  Therefore, we appreciate your patience and cooperation with respect to these procedures.

As you are likely aware, Cayuga has “Gone Green!” We now post all school notices on our CayugaMail website.  An email notification is also sent to all families with a live link that will take you to the actual documents.  Using the “email sign up” link below, we ask you to sign up if you have not done so already.  Our hope is that this effort will result in communication that is much more cost effective, timely and of course, much better for the environment!  Our CayugaMail page lists everything that would have previously been sent home on paper.

As the school year is underway, I look to build on the successes of the past as well as the relationships that have been established.  The students, teachers and parents must all work together and function as one to ensure that our children are provided with the best possible educational opportunities.  Since the relationship with your child’s teacher is likely a new one, I encourage you to reach out to him/her whenever you may have questions or concerns and trust that you will work together to keep these lines of communication open throughout the year.

As I look forward to an exciting school year, I hope that you all make an effort to attend many of our wonderful events. Please also be assured that I am always available to answer any questions you may have. Feel free to call the office at 471-1800 at any time.


Matthew P. Wells