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Principal's Message


I am honored and excited to be joining A.P. Willits Elementary School. I know that through the collective efforts of the school and community, we will continue to make Willits an incredible place for Thinking, Learning, and Caring. Our dedicated and experienced faculty and staff are committed to our school wide mission of creating a positive, safe and nurturing environment, so that students will acquire the knowledge, skills and self-esteem to reach their full potential, and flourish as compassionate, responsible citizens.

Throughout my twelve years of service in the Syosset Central School District as a teacher and administrator, I have witnessed firsthand the importance of developing a strong home/school community partnership. I know that through our well established parent partnerships and community input, we will continue to make the A.P. Willits school environment one where all students feel cared for and supported. I look forward to working with the PTA, SEPTA, and the Syosset Council of PTAs to provide our students with rich meaningful programs that enhance our students’ school experiences.

I feel very fortunate to be joining a faculty that is renowned for their use of research based differentiated instructional practices and data driven decision making. I am confident that we will continue to provide students with the best opportunities for success by maintaining open communication with families, setting high expectations for all students, and organizing activities and experiences to support our students’ needs.

Please be sure to continue to visit our web page to view pictures, read articles about school events, see school notices, and to stay informed of the latest happenings at A.P. Willits. I encourage you to keep the lines of communication open between your homes and our school and I thank you for supporting all of our academic and humanistic  efforts.

Here’s to another great year of Thinking, Learning, and Caring at Willits  School.


James P. Connolly

“Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.” - Chinese Proverb.
Thursday, February 21, 2019