Mission / Vision
2007) The mission of the Riverhead Central School District is to inspire
academically empower all students to become tomorrow’s leaders
by: developing their unique
gifts and potential; providing an environment
that fosters integrity, creativity, and respect; and, ensuring
our students become successful, contributing citizens in a global community.
Community Service Throughout the District
a major tenet of the Riverhead School District and is part of the District's
Character Education Program. Riverhead's students not only strive for
academic excellence but also perform many acts of kindness and community
service throughout the year. THEY'VE GOT HEART!
you for supporting Our Schools in their efforts!
Roanoke Student Council HEARTS the Am. Heart Assoc.
THEY'VE GOT HEART!
(February 14, 2013) During the month of February, the Roanoke Avenue Elementary School’s Student Council carried out fund-raisers for the American Heart Association. They sold Go Red for Women pins and hosted a
movie night. They were able to raise $559.00, and, ON VALENTINE'S DAY, all the proceeds were presented to
Terri Zenobio, a representative from the American Heart Association.
Community Service During the Holidays
These are just a few of the many ways our students and staff reached out to those in need during the holidays.
"RMS French student Ali Ziegler made over 40 Christmas cards (in French) for a school that was affected
by Hurricane Sandy. According to Ali's French teacher, Betsy Ruotolo, "The cards were so creative…
really incredible… and we gave them to Jennifer Gartung (a RHS teacher – whose husband works
in a school that Hurricane Sandy demolished.
He is going to distribute them to families affected by the hurricane)."
"The same student, Ali, had the idea of making a quilt for the SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL",
continues Ms. Ruotolo. "We want to give the students there something cheerful and inspirational to hang
in their new school. Our class will be starting it after the break…… Amelia Lantz, from our Board of Ed.,
is going to help – her husband is a carpenter and will make the quilt hanger.
Maybe we could somehow put a shout out on the website…. for anyone who is good with quilting…..
Ali's grandmother will help us put the quilt together… but we are looking for experienced quilters,
who might be willing to help with it! We will start it after Christmas".
Call Betsy Ruotolo at the Middle School if you'd like to help (Phone: 631.369.6757)
Middle School students in Nancy King's and Jan Szczesny's Home and Careers classes made
ornaments for and sent holiday greetings to middle school students and their families at
Long Beach Middle School, whose school was damaged by Hurricane Sandy.
According, to French teacher Betsy Ruotolo, whose students teamed up with the Home and Careers class
and made greeting cards for the students and their families, the Long Beach Middle School students were
out of theirbuilding for over a month after the Hurricane. They went to school in neighboring districts--
sometimes having to sit on the floor of the other school’s classrooms in order to attend class.
"We just want the students and teachers there to know our students are thinking about them," said Ms. King.
Ms. Ruotolo agreed, "We thought it would be a great place to send a little cheer from the East End!"
Brian and Daniel and their mom, Marie, made a "special delivery" of toys and other gifts
(from Debbie Spinelli's second graders at the Roanoke Avenue School in Riverhead, NY) to the
children at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. In all, the Roanoke second
graders in Mrs. Spinelli's class collected over 200 items for this annual holiday toy drive.
This year marked their third annual toy drive for kids with cancer.
The Leaders Club sponsored a BLOOD DRIVE for LI Blood Services. Thank you for giving!
(November 30, 2012) The RHS Leaders Club responded quickly to an urgent need for blood by
organizing a blood drive with only a couple weeks of notice for the LI Blood Services.
The group opened up the opportunity to give blood to the entire school community,
and the response was heart warming.
"There was a line out the door at 7:45AM," noted Leaders Club AdviserSharon DiGiuseppe,
who also teaches English at RHS. "We had 176 people sign up, and so far we've collected
over 75 pints of blood. We want to thank the students and staff for their enthusiastic response and
hope they will give again in the spring."
REDUCE, RECYCLE, REUSE: Each of the schools participates in a recycling program in some form.
Mr. Barona's class at the high school continues to collect components of computers for a
massive recycling and fundraising project.
The RHS Science Club recycles paper and earned funds for its project this year by recycling cell phones.
Other schools collect batteries and other items for proper disposal.
FOOD DRIVES: Each of the schools participate in massive food drives throughout the year,
as well as gift drives during the holidays.
Before School Child Care Thanksgiving Project: The students from the Before School Child Care program assembled 25 food bags for the needy members of the Riley Community. Mrs. Duzel, Mrs. Kannwischer and Mrs. Tuthill lined the students up in an assembly line and round and round they went along the outer walls of the cafeteria picking up anything from fresh squash and potatoes to boxes of corn bread mix and dropping them in a huge IKEA bag. The 25 assembled bags will provide not only a meal for Thanksgiving, but for the long weekend that follows.
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