Luke Ferland

(June 12, 2017) BOCES has recognized RHS technology teacher Luke Ferland as the 2017 Fred Podolski Leadership and Innovation in Technology “Most Innovative Use of Technology” Award winner.

The “Most Innovative Use of Technology” award is given to one classroom teacher that has demonstrated a creative, unique and resourceful use of technology in the classroom. Nominees demonstrate a clear record of making a positive impact on his or her students’ achievement, school, and community through exemplary classroom teaching.

On October 26, 2017, Mr. Ferland will be honored during the Long Island Technology Summit sponsored by Eastern Suffolk BOCES, Nassau BOCES, and Western Suffolk BOCES, in partnership with NYSCATE.

A special highlight of the Fred Podolski Leadership and Innovation in Technology Award is a creative presentation/video about the honorees from the perspective of students, colleagues and administrators. The goal is to give those in attendance at the summit an opportunity to see why you were selected for this special honor. >More


Mr. Ferland has been selected as the Long Island Air Force Association “Teacher of the Year”.

This program recognizes teachers for their accomplishments and achievements in exciting K-12 students about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and preparing them to use and contribute to tomorrow's technologies. The program is designed to award teachers who further excellence and making coming to class an adventure. Yearly recipient receives a check for $250.00, a Certificate of Excellence, an AFA tote bag and a complimentary Civil Air Patrol Aerospace Education Membership. This teacher is also submitted as applicant for NY State Teacher of the Year.

"I will be receiving this award on Saturday June 10th at 2:00 PM in Stony Brook at the Long Island State Veterans Home during a Medal Ceremony for 20+ Vietnam Veterans. Ms. Pekar nominated me for this prestigious award. Thank you, Ms. Pekar, and I want to thank everyone for the support and assistance they have offered me, which has given me the tools that, no doubt, afforded me the ability to win this award. Although my name will be on the award, this is a win for all."



Amelia Estevez Creedon

(May 4, 2017) Riley Avenue Librarian/ Media Specialist Amelia Estevez Creedon was a presenter at the Long Island Library Conference for public, academic and school librarians in Nassau and Suffolk. The event was held at the Melville Marriott, and the theme for the conference was "Reach for the Stars".

“The title of the workshop I led was entitled ‘Powerful Literature Empowers Students’,” shared Ms. Estevez Creedon. “I invited Vice President Abraham Barreto of Lee and Low Books, the largest multicultural children's book publisher in the United States, to present with me because I love that company and utilize a lot of their books.”

The conference’s description of the workshop they presented read, “This program explores the use of multicultural literature as a means of meeting the social emotional needs of elementary school students.”

Ms. Estevez Creedon noted that she shared information about her own background (her grandparents and parents emigrated to the U.S. from Cuba), as part of her discussion of children's books that impact students mentally and emotionally. "I was born in New York. My parents are both from Cuba. They came here for political reasons. My mother served in agricultural camp for one year in order to enter a lottery to come to this country (she was treated terribly and separated from her family). My father endured torture and incarceration for expressing himself under a communist regime. He later escaped. My grandfather was beaten and arrested for refusing to take down his crucifix and replace it with Fidel Castro’s picture. I was raised in a Spanish speaking home with parents that had a tremendous love for this country, the United States. They instilled in me a tremendous amount of American pride. My parents spoke to me in Spanish at home, and I learned English in school. During my schooling, I identified with few children's books. I didn't see myself in the images of the children depicted in the pictures. My role as a teacher and librarian is to make sure ALL our students see themselves and their experiences in my lessons and literature in our school library. My focus during the workshop was on how books can connect students to their culture and provide support for multiple hardships that young people endure,” she shared, “as well as act as a platform for bridging tough topics.”

She gave participants ideas about how librarians can highlight themes in literature and how they can create programming around these themes. Something Ms. Estevez Creedon has done herself throughout her tenure at Riley Avenue Elementary School. >Lee and Low Books



Melissa Haupt

(January 5, 2016) Riley Avenue art teacher Melissa Haupt has been named NEWS REVIEW's pick for "Educator of the Year" for 2016. Ms. Haupt is all about art, but, as News Review reporter Nicole Smith notes, "she doesn’t just spearhead art-related activities. Ms. Haupt also founded Riley Avenue’s student council, runs food drives, hosts fundraisers and coaches a Police Athletic League cheerleading team." >More

 Precision Pen Project featured in "American Woodturner" Magazine

Woodturner Magazine

(December 14, 2016) Because we live in a time when “old school” meets “new school” and “new school” is increasingly the norm, RHS Technology teacher Luke Ferland set out to find ways to integrate technologies in meaningful ways. He accomplished that in "The Precision Engineered Pen Project" he designed for his technology students, which successfully integrates computer technology (3D design software), modern technology (the 3D printer), and industrial technology (the lathe).

In the process of completing the pen project, the tech students had to decide what type of wood they would use. They learned about sustainability, specifically non-renewable, renewable, and rapidly renewable resources. Students had the choice of using bamboo, a rapidly renewable resource, instead of a typical hardwood. In comparison, bamboo regrows much faster than a typical hardwood tree that would be harvested and used for pen making or other areas of manufacturing that require wood materials.

Some of Mr. Ferland's students used their pen-making expertise by participating in THE FREEDOM PEN PROJECT, in which they designed and created pens that were sent to soldiers in the US Military. >More information about the Freedom Pen Project can be seen here

This unique project is featured in the December 2016 issue of the "American Woodturner" magazine.--The article was first published in American Woodturner, the Journal of the American Association of Woodturners ( >More


New Teachers

New Teachers Institute 2016 List



(August 8 and 11, 2016) As part of the curriculum writing initiative for Social Studies, headed by administrative interns Justin Cobis and Erica Peralta and directors Rob Brandi and Michael Hugelmeyer, elementary teachers have been developing SOCIAL STUDIES lessons for the 2016-17 school year. Teachers have been meeting and sharing ideas, both in person and via shared drives on the internet, to develop SOCIAL STUDIES curriculum units that can be used in elementary schools throughout the district.


(Top part of the collage) A few of the group are pictured here meeting with Michael Hugelmeyer, the Director of Professional Development, as administrative intern Erica Peralta, also a teacher at the Pulaski Street School, presents some of the work she has done over the summer to her colleagues. (Bottom photos in the collage) Teachers and administrators also engaged in a review of how to use Smart Notebooks software to share and present their social studies units.

Carl James
(June 21, 2016) Superintendent Nancy Carney and the Board of Education congratulated the teachers, administrators and staff receiving tenure at the June 21, 2016 Board of Education meeting. >More

Tenure: 1. David Wicks Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction 2. Charles Regan Principal 3. Sean O'Hara Assistant Principal 4. Maria Casamassa Director of English Language Arts 5. Luke Ferland Industrial Arts / Technology Education Teacher 6. Lindsey Fuhs Special Education Teacher 7. Heather Haralambous Special Education Teacher 8. Charles Kitz Special Education Teacher 9. Lisa Nappe Elementary Teacher 10. Uta Mocniak-Field School Psychologist 11. Amanda Ryan Special Education Teacher 12. Meghan Scully Elementary Teacher



March 4, 2016 - Riverhead, NY) Nadine-May Greenberg has been chosen as a Guest Director at the Suffolk County Music Educators Music Festival (West). She will be directing the middle school chorus at the festival. "This is a very prestigious appointment," notes Sean O'Hara, a former Riverhead High School chorus director and currently the Assistant Principal and Director of Music and Drama at the high school. "Nadine is outstanding in her field and this assignment is public recognition of her talents."

Nadine is a Long Island native, having graduated from the Brentwood School District. She received a Bachelor’s of Applied Music in both voice and harp from Fredonia State University and a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from Dowling College. She has been in productions of several operas with the Hillman Opera Company, both as the leading soprano and member of the pit orchestra. As a harpist, Nadine has performed in several orchestras, including performing at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie hall again, this time on piano.

Mrs. Greenberg began her teaching career in the Patchogue-Medford School District, first as a substitute teacher, then as High School Choral Director. She has been teaching at Riverhead Middle School since 2004 and was a recipient of the Distinguished Secondary Teacher of the Year Award from the Riverhead Central School District for 2014.

Nadine Greenberg

Nadine is the director of the 8th grade Concert Choir, 7th grade Chorale and is director and choreographer of the touring Riverhead Middle School Show Choir. This educator has instructed Middle School classroom music, and has recently added K-4 at Phillips Avenue Elementary School and 4th grade chorus to her repertoire. In addition, she has enjoyed the position of Music Director for several Middle School shows. Through the years, Nadine Greenberg has had an extensive private vocal studio, having had students accepted to Al-State, All-Eastern and accredited music colleges. She is a certified NYSSMA adjudicator for harp and voice.

As a young musician, Nadine annually looked forward to the SCMEA experience and was inspired by so many of her conductors. She wishes to share her love and knowledge of music with the students of this generation.



BILL GROTH(September 28, 2015 - Riverhead, NY) The NYSAHPERD – Suffolk Zone Professional Awards Committee recently announced that "after looking over some very impressive candidates," BILL GROTH, the RCSD Director of Athletics, Health and PE, has been chosen as the 2015 recipient of the NYSAHPERD Suffolk Zone's “Physical Education Director of the Year” Award.

Mr. Groth was recognized at the Suffolk Zone Conference in November 2015 and once again at the Suffolk Zone Awards Dinner in January 2016. Congratulations, Bill.

(February 1, 2016) Riverhead Central School District athletic director Bill Groth was named Suffolk Zone Physical Education and and Health Director of the Year for 2015 by the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Groth was among 10 Suffolk County educators honored last month by the organization at a dinner held at the Holbrook Country Club.



(September 2-3, 2015) Superintendent Nancy Carney welcomed new teachers to the district during the two-day New Teachers Institute. >More




On Monday, March 23rd, SCOPE hosted its 14th Annual School District Awards Dinner at Villa Lombardi's in Holbrook. This year's recipients from Riverhead were as follows:

Susan Koukounas - School Board Service – RCSD School Board Member
Sean O'Hara - Administrator Service – RHS Assistant Principal
Robert Brandi - Teacher Service - RHS Spec. Ed. Teacher
Arlene Chastaine - Support Staff Service – RCSD Bus Driver
Sister Margaret Smyth - Community Service

Carl James
(January 8, 2015) In part the News Review article read, "Mr. James worked tirelessly to make the school a comfortable place for children to learn. And he always greeted them with a smile. The pride Mr. James always took in his work illustrates the highest level of dedication one serving their community can exhibit. That type of devotion is what makes Mr. James the News-Review's Public Servant of the Year for 2014. The Riverhead Chamber of Commerce also honored Mr. James last month with its 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award. Pat Snyder, executive director at East End Arts in Riverhead, presented the award and said: "Our community is a better place because of you." >More

(January 8, 2014) In part the News Review article read, "For the last five years, Mr. Wallace has helped organize the annual Rube Goldberg competition in the high school and middle school, which challenges students to make a certain object in at least 20 steps." (see above photo)

Judy Isbitiren, program coordinator at the Long Island Science Center in Riverhead, said she enjoys collaborating with Mr. Wallace (in the 9th Grade Smart Physics Program). "He's not your run-of-the-mill educator," she said. "He's very passionate and he's very hands-on and the students get a lot out of his program."

Mr. Wallace's dedication to the community goes beyond the classroom. As treasurer of the teacher's union, he organized a Harlem Wizards basketball game at the high school in November that reportedly raised more than $10,000 for a scholarship program.A former chief with the East Marion Fire Department chief, he is also a critical care emergency medical technician, teaches others how to use automated external defibrillators and gives CPR classes. >More


Patrick(December 9, 2014 - Riverhead, NY) It was announced at the December 9, 2014 Board of Education meeting that RHS social studies teacher Patrick Burke, who came to the district in 2002, has been named the new Assistant Principal at the High School. Mr. Burke will replace Michael Hugelmeyer, who is now the District's Director of Professional Development. Mr. Burke recently completed the School District Leadership (SDL) and School Building Leadership (SBL) graduate program at Stony Brook University.

This fall RHS FACULTY MEMBER PATRICK BURKE received FIRST PLACE for his research and development of a creative program on teacher-based “effective” professional development: Reciprocal Peer Teaching (RPT). RPT was created by Mr. Burke as an effective way to ensure quality teacher professional development that will ultimately lead to a more effective classroom for both the teacher and the students.

Mr. Burke notes in his abstract on RPT, "Peer teaching, more importantly Reciprocal Peer Teaching (RPT), along with effective mentoring, has been proven to be a successful tool that is a cost effective, proactive approach to attaining overall academic achievement. It is an approach that is formulated around relationships and rooted in self-analysis, observation, and non- evaluative reciprocal feedback. This is a confidential process of professionals working together to reflect, expand, refine, and build new pedagogical practices to transfer learning in the realm of professional development and other teacher training opportunities." (See abstract.) (See article below.)


HUGELMEYER(October 14, 2014 - Riverhead, NY) Michael Hugelmeyer, who is currently an Assistant Principal at the high school, has taken a new position in the district as the Director of Professional Development. In this position, Mr. Hugelmeyer will assist in the coordination and administration of all aspects of ongoing program and professional development including establishing objectives for staff development programs and projects for instructional personnel and support staff which conforms to district and state objectives.

Sup't. Nancy Carney noted that Mr. Hugelmeyer has a passion for this type of work. He has been a teacher and an administrator and co-authored a book entitled BIG SKILLS FOR THE COMMON CORE: LITERACY STRATEGIES FOR THE 6-12.

As noted by Ms. Carney, "Mr. Hugelmeyer's role will be to provide resources, information and training for teachers and administrators to keep pace with an ever-changing educational landscape. The district is facing new demands as it works to meet new requirements put in place by the State Education Department, particularly with regard to the implementation of the Common Core curriculum. Mr. Hugelmeyer has a passion and expertise in this arena, and with new technological advancements available that can now make it possible to provide differentiated instruction suited to individual students, we need someone who can research and make available to our teachers these new methodologies. This is a very challenging and exciting time for pubic education,” Superintendent Carney concluded, "and we want to make sure we provide the best education possible for our students.”

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Keri(October 6, 2014 - Riverhead, NY) Stony Brook University's annual EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP (EDL) research fair was held at the Wang Center Lobby in June 2014. This annual event was organized by Dr. Todd Pittinsky, Director of Research Educational Leadership Programs. Graduate students from different school districts throughout Long Island were asked to create a research essay-project and showcase their findings to a panel of judges, which included Dr. Robert Moraghan, Director of Educational Leadership Program, and Dr. Robert Scheidet, the Faculty and Internship Director, as well as the directors from the English and Linguistics departments. RHS FACULTY MEMBER PATRICK BURKE received FIRST PLACE for his research and his development of a creative program on teacher-based “effective” professional development: Reciprocal Peer Teaching (RPT). RPT was created by Mr. Burke as an effective way to ensure quality teacher professional development that will ultimately lead to a more effective classroom for both the teacher and the students.

Mr. Burke notes in his abstract on RPT, "Peer teaching, more importantly Reciprocal Peer Teaching (RPT), along with effective mentoring, has been proven to be a successful tool that is a cost effective, proactive approach to attaining overall academic achievement. It is an approach that is formulated around relationships and rooted in self-analysis, observation, and non- evaluative reciprocal feedback. This is a confidential process of professionals working together to reflect, expand, refine, and build new pedagogical practices to transfer learning in the realm of professional development and other teacher training opportunities." (See abstract.)

Mr. Burke recently completed the School District Leadership (SDL) and School Building Leadership (SBL) graduate program at Stony Brook University.

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Bill Groth, Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics
Bill Groth(December 9, 2014 - Riverhead, NY) Bill Groth (pictured 2nd from Left) was recently named a "2014 Zone Award" recipient at the New York State Council of Administrators for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance at the 2014 Anne Mackey Awards Banquet in Verona, NY.

Bill has demonstrated this leadership and vision through actions evidenced with the "Wave to Wave" mentoring program, implemented an elementary school/dental hygiene program and "Heartlinks Project" with Stony Brook University, while facilitating a New York State Education Child Nutrition Department grant. In 2013, under Bill's leadership the Riverhead Physical education department was granted the first "Project Fit America" award in New York State to reverse the lack of fitness in youth.

His dedication to physical health education advancement is noted with his teamwork and volunteering with the PEHPC (Physical Ed. and Health Professional Certification Programs), in addition to leading his district in successfully receiving a $425,000 Partner in Education Corporate grant/award. Bill also worked with technology to design and develop the W.O.W. physical activity/classroom break to address the obesity crisis, while promoting the benefits of activity, and was selected by the Suffolk County Department of Health Services award as having "exceptional health and wellness programs."

From the Presenter Profiles in the "impactful Leadership Creates Affirmative Results" program booklet of the New York State Council of Administrators Conference in Verona, NY:

"Bill Groth is a fixture in the Riverhead Community, as evidenced by the First Legislative District naming June 23rd, 2008 "William Groth Day". Bill's exemplary 30+ years in education have been recognized by the following accolades: 2009 Phi Delta Kappa "Friend of Education" award; 2009 Congressional Certificate of Special Recognition; 2009 Suffolk County Executive Commendation. In the past Bill has been recognized for his expertise and achievement as an athletic administrator, earning both the 1997 and 1998 Athletic Management Award of Excellence. Bill's leadership has been demonstrated time and again as he has served as the Past President of Section XI's Conference II. He is currently the Vice President of Conference II. He has also been the Secretary of Conference II and has served on the Nomination, Policy, Safety and Constitution committees with Section XI." >2015 Post-Conference issue of the Administrative Times

Superintendent's Day Welcome Back Ceremony 2014


(September 2, 2014 ) David Wicks, the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, welcomed teachers and staff to the 2014-15 school year. Presentations were given by Superintendent of Schools Nancy Carney and Board of Education President Gregory Meyer.

Sam Schneider, Assistant Superintendent of Business and Finance, recognized teachers and staff for their service of 25, 30 and 35 years to the Rivherhead Central School District--
25 years: Mildred Nash, Sharon Martocchia, Ellen Rausch, Jeanne Bubka, Robert Lee Gilliam, Robert Nash, Jr., Elizabeth Chappell, Edwin George, Dorice Brown; 30 years: Thomas Doherty, Steven Jackson, Cynthia Hynds, Brenda Flood-Childress, Gene Siller, Sylvester Gilliam; and 35 years: Dorthy Fraser and Barbara Vail.


In addition, the TEACHERS AND STAFF OF THE 2013-14 SCHOOL YEAR were recognized:
Teachers of the Year -- Back L-R: Middle School Music Teachers Crystal Crespo, Regan Burns, Nadine Greenberg, Annette Brewer; Front L-R: Pulaski Street School Literacy Coach Amy Brennan and Staff Member of the Year Vicky Smith, who is an Aide at Roanoke Avenue Elementary School.

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Keri(December, 2013 )The Riverhead News-Review chose Aquebgoue first grade teacher KERI STROMSKI as their 2013 EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR "for instilling a love of reading in hundreds of students and advocating for equitable and quality education".

As News-Review writer Jennifer Gustavson noted, Mrs. Stromski (both as a parent and an educator) "is concerned about the state's new direction with high-stakes testing and its potential effects on children, especially English as a Second Language students and students with disabilities."

Ms. Gustavson continues, "In the classroom Mrs. Stromski is focused on how best to teach her students the reading, writing and math skills they'll need to further their education. Last year, she lobbied for her district to invest in a reading program called Reading A-Z Kids, or RAZ Kids. The software has since become wildly popular among Riverhead's elementary school students."

To see Mrs. Stromski in action in her classroom is both a privilege and a delight. Her sense of humor and teaching style is perfectly pitched and timed deliberately to keep her students fully engaged and happy to be learning. The students are right there with her--laughing and learning. They move quickly between segments of their lessons.

"Math is a particular challenge this year," states Mrs. Stromski. "We are using both EnVision Math and Common Core math modules from the NYS Department of Education. The methods and materials present challenges to the teachers in terms of physically getting the lessons from the State in a timely manner and then readying them for presentation."
The first graders are working on a subtraction module. They warm up by counting from 2 to 20 by twos while doing squats. Then, they do a couple of timed "sprints" on subtraction problems. Next, they run up to get their white boards to participate in a SmartBoard lesson on the carpet.

Whew, lunch and then more math. >More News Review Article


Staf    Teachers

(November 5, 2013) STAFF AND TEACHERS FOR THE YEAR were recognized during the Supterintendent's Conference Day on November 5, 2013. Five mechanics from the Transportation Department were chosen STAFF OF THE YEAR for 2013. Recognized for this honor were Kevin Davis, Kurt Mass, Alan Castellana, Thomas Doherty and Joseph Hartmann. ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY TEACHERS OF THE YEAR for 2013 were Jeanne Stearns (Riley Avenue Elementary Teacher), Jill Kent (Riley Avenue Elementary Teacher) and Kellyann Parlato (RHS Spanish Teacher). CONGRATULATIONS TO THESE OUTSTANDING TEACHERS AND STAFF MEMBERS!


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TWENTY-FIVE YEARS OF SERVICE: Maureen Ahern, Deborah Gagnon, Sandy Doroski, Jan Kantor, Andrea Pekar, Darlene Taylor, Jeff Greenberger, Frank Minucci, Scott McKillop, Karen Raffle (Becker), Darryl Miles.
THIRTY YEARS OF SERVICE: Diane Janos and Catherine Kent.


(July 2013) DAVE WICKS, who was the Principal at RHS, has been named the DaveAssistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction to replace Lois Etzel, who retired at the end of the school year. CHARLES REGAN, formerly an assistantSean  principal at the high school, will become the Principal of Riverhead High School, and SEAN O'HARA the K-12 Director of Music and Fine Arts will continue to oversee those areas as an Assistant Principal at RHS. Associate Principal STEPHEN HUDSON and Assistant Principal ALISON CONROY will swap places, with Dr. Hudson going to Pulaski and Ms. Conroy moving to Phillips.


Tanger  Books

(June 2013) Roanoke Literacy Specialist Georgette Keller is spending much of the time left of her last few days of school organizing $2,250 worth of books purchased with a TangerKIDS Grant of that amount. These pint-sized books are for Roanoke's youngest and most challenged readers. >MORE


(May 13, 2013) On Wednesday, May 8, 2013, National School Nurse Day, we paused to honor the district's school nurses, who make a difference in the lives of children every day in our schols. In just 15 minutes, a camera can capture just a few of the many roles of a school nurse which help improve students' health and well being. School nurses are called on to monitor the health of our children throughout the day, administering medications sent from home, keeping records, instructing teachers about allergies, administering EpiPens and asthma inhalers, conducting vision and hearing tests, and checking benchmarks in weight and height. They also act as a reassuring presence in the lives of youngsters, who have all kinds of emotional needs and concerns. In addition, school nurses are a communication link and a source of information to parents about their children. These are just a few of the many roles of our nurses.
     Pictured above is Barbara Salmiery, the school nurse at the Phillips Avenue School. Barbara started her career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Africa, then worked at Winthrop Hospital and at other nursing jobs. She has been a school nurse in the district for about 13 years. Recently, she also became a "puppy raiser" for the CGuide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc. in Smithtown.


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Beth(March 7, 2013) Four teachers from Riverhead Central School District, Beth Menis (Riley Avenue), Jacqueline Andrejack (Aquebogue Elementary), Deborah Kula-MacLellan (RHS and Mercy) and Tim Paige (RHS) won grants from the Nassau Suffolk Autism Society of America’s (NSASA) 2012 Grant Program. This grant was open to all teachers on Long Island who work with students on the autism spectrum. Over 100 teachers applied by writing proposals explaining how they would use an iPad, which was one of the prizes for the grant recipients, in their classroom, or how they would use the grant to make over their classroom. Ms. Andrejack and Ms. Menis both chose to receive iPads to use in their classrooms.


Mr. Paige chose to receive a “classroom makeover” rather than an iPad. He used his “makeover” money from the grant to buy equipment for the recycling program that he and Ms. Tapper have implemented as part of the Occupational Education opportunities they provde for their students at Riverhead High School. The students now have new blue T-shirts with a recycling logo, recycling bins, brooms, hoes and rakes. The recycling team has been busy reminding people to recycle bottles at school events, in the cafeteria.

"We recycle all the plastic bottles and cans we can gather," notes Mr. Paige. "We now have nine bins around the building, and we are on track to collect 10,000 units this year. The money we earn is kept track of within the class for lessons in bookkeeping, acounting and simple math. This group is also in charge of operating the School Store and help maintain the Vincent Nasta Memorial Garden adjascent to the high school. They also have a small vegetable garden in the courtyard. This is the purpose for the brooms, rakes and hoe."

The NSASA is a non-profit organization run entirely by volunteers. All of the money they raise goes directly toward helping children on Long Island affected by Autism. The main sponsors for this year’s grant program were Jeff Abbate from the Merrick Outback Steakhouse and Mark Smitkin from Heineken with a Heart at Heineken USA in Court Wilton, NY.  THANK YOU!

Bill Groth Elected Section XI / Conference II President

bill(March 7, 2013) Bill Groth was recently elected Section XI / Conference II President. Mr. Groth will also be the Conference II representative to the Suffolk County Athletic Council (made up of representatives from Section XI schools). It is a two year term. This will be his third term as a Section XI, Conference II officer.


RHS Assistant Principal
Bachelors/Masters: Villanova
Sec. Ed. - Social Studies / Admin.

Mr. Hugelmeyer, who is in his 10th year as an educator, came to RHS in 2008 as the Dean of Students. Within a year, he became an Assistant Principal. Prior to coming to Riverhead, he was social studies teacher and track coach at Glen Cove High School.
    Mr. Hugelmeyer has published his first book, Big Skills for the Common Core: Literacy Strategies for the 6-12 Classroom. Big Skills is "packed with engaging strategies teachers can use immediately to improve their students' literacy skills with real teaching examples" from RHS classrooms. It was written in cooperation with Amy Benjamin. Amy Benjamin, a veteran English teacher, has been a consultant to our schools, training teachers in writing across the curriculum, strategic literacy, and differentiated instruction.
    Mr. Hugelmeyer has been married to Dr. Alexis Hugelmeyer for 7 years. Dr. Hugelmeyer is a family practice physician in Riverhead, and has generously shared her time and knowledge in our schools. The Hugelmeyers live in Baiting Hollow and have two children. 

BoerumPenelope Boerum
B.S. - Techologico de Monterey - Finance
M.S. - Dowling College - K-12 Spanish Education

(January 18, 2013) Penelope Boerum has been officially invited to serve at the College Board's 2013 AP® Reading of Advanced Placement Spanish Language Examinations (scoring). This is the second year in a row that Ms. Boerum has been offered this honor.  As a  “first round” invitee for the 2013 AP scoring conference, Ms. Boerum will have the opportunity to work with university faculty and AP teachers from around the world and participate in sessions related to the new Spanish language AP test which will be given next year.  Her curriculum was chosen last fall as one of four model curricula for schools. Congratulations, Penelope!

(September 24, 2012) Ms. Boerum first finance job in the U.S. was as a sales liaison for Projinet, a software company in Garden City, NY. She returned to college and earned her MS degree in Spanish Education (K-12) from Dowling College. Ms. Boerum lives in Wading River with her husband, Tom, and her four-year-old son, Max. She began teaching at RHS in 2005.
     Students in Ms. Boerum’s AP Spanish class used the following adjectives to describe her: “amazing, supportive, gentle, and determined to help her students”. Ms. Boerum had her AP syllabus chosen by the College Board to be used as an exemplar for the AP Spanish Language Course.
     All AP Spanish Language teachers are required by the College Board to create and submit for review syllabi of their courses. Among all of the syllabi that were submitted, only four were selected to become samples to be shared with other teachers.
   “Ms Boerum is an inspirational teacher and an integral part of our team of language teachers," states Liz Scaduto. "We are thrilled to have her efforts and talents recognized on a national and international level.


(September 4, 2012 – Riverhead, NY) The Superintendent's Conference Day Opening Ceremony for faculty and staff featured presentations by Ann Cotton-DeGrasse, the Board of Education President, and a presentation by Superintendent of Schools Nancy Carney about goals and priorities for the coming school year.

Another highlight of this event is a recognition ceremony led by Assistant Superintendent Lois Etzel, who recognizes the 2012 STAFF AND TEACHERS OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNERS. This year's winners in this category were . . . .



Dotty Grasso - Staff Person of the Year Award
Sonya Henderson - Elementary Staff Person of the Year Award
Joanne Niebergall - Elementary Teacher of the Year Award
Ann Priapi - Secondary Teacher of the Year Award

AND Assistant Superintendent Joe Ogeka, who recognizes . . .        


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Ms. Jennie Corbin                  Teacher Aide-Pulaski Street School
Ms. Gail Yeager                     Senior Administrative Assistant-District Office


Ms. Emily Chizever                     Teacher-Riley Ave. School
Ms. Karen Ivins                           Teacher-Pulaski Street School
Ms. Gail Kappenberg                  Teaching Assistant-Riley Ave. School
Mr. Salvatore Loverde                Teacher-Middle School
Ms. Janet Luce                            Food Service-High School
Mr. David McKillop                    Teacher-High School
Ms. Carol Reichel                       School Bus Driver
Ms. Diane Sue Webster              School Bus Driver


Ms. Donna Antovel                     Teacher-Middle School
Ms. Pamela Argenti                     Teacher-Aquebogue School
Ms. Judith Arnone                       Guidance Counselor-High School
Mr. Frederick Bornemann III     Maintenance Mechanic II-Middle School
Mr. Michael Butler                     Maintenance Mechanic III-Building & Grnds.
Ms. Theresa Carr                        Teacher-High School
Ms. Karen Cerino                        Speech Teacher-Pulaski Street School
Ms. Patricia Contino                    Account Clerk Typist-High School
Ms. Rosaleen D'Orsogna           Librarian-Pulaski Street School
Ms. Margaret Eilers                   Teacher-Aquebogue School
Ms. Peggy Gaare                         Teacher-Riley Ave. School
Ms. Donna Gilroy                        Teacher–Pulaski Street School
Ms. Gail Jurgens                         Teaching Assistant-Pulaski Street School
Mr. Arthur Kennedy           Maintenance Mechanic II-High School
Ms. Nancy King                           Teacher-Middle School
Ms. Marianne Krupski               Food Service-Middle School
Ms. Alice Kubacki                       Administrative Assistant- PPS
Ms. Mary Beth Mack                 Clerk Typist-High School
Ms. Deborah Masterson             Teaching Assistant-Riley Ave. School
Ms. Margaret McKinney           Teacher-Aquebogue School
Ms. Linda Sadowski                    Teaching Assistant-Phillips Ave. School
Ms. Dawn Schneider                   Teacher-Pulaski Street School
Mr. Wayland Taylor                    Custodial Worker I-Pulaski Street School
Ms. Susan Trafford                     Teacher-Riley Ave. School
Ms. Donna Verbeck                    Teacher-Roanoke Ave. School
Ms. Marguerite Volonts             Music Teacher-Aquebogue School
Ms. Cheryl Walsh-Edwards        Teacher-Middle School
Mr. Charles Zukowski                 Maintenance Mechanic II-Phillips Ave. School


Staff Recognition for Achievement 2011-2012

Vic Guadagnino - Boys' Lacrosse Coach of the Year (RiverheadLocal)
Coach Dave Spinella was the Suffolk Coach of the Year in Girls Basketball.





Andrzej Aleksandrowicz - Support Staff Service Award
Alison Conroy - Administrator Service Award
Lana Randall - Teacher Service Award
Gregory Meyer - School Board Service Award

(May 9, 2012) The Suffolk County Organization for the Promotion of Education (SCOPE) held its 12th Annual School District Awards Banquet on Monday, March18, 2012. Almost 70 honorees were presented with awards for School Board Service, Community Service, Support Staff Service, Administrator Service, and Teacher Services. During the ceremony four Riverhead School District officials, staff and community members, who exemplify the evening's theme of "Shining Above the Rest," joined the list of honorees from school districts island-wide. This year's recipients from Riverhead were Custodial Supervisor Andrzej Aleksandrowicz, Pulaski Street School Assistant Principal Alison Conroy, Phillips Avenue Elementary School Resource Teacher Lana Randall, and RCSD Board of Education Vice President Gregory Meyer.

characterdayOn September 3rd, teachers, staff, administrators and several Board of Education members gathered together in the high school auditorium for the annual Welcome Back Cerempny to kickoff the 2011-12 school year. Dr. Lois Etzel, the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, opened the ceremony.  >More

BARBARA PELCZAR WINS Senator Patricia K. McGee Nursing Faculty Scholarship. 
The District is proud to announce that one of our District's school nurses, Barbara PeIczar, has been awarded a very competitive scholarship by the NYS HESC.  It will pay up to $20,000 per year for 3 years to enable her to complete her graduate Nursing program at Molloy College. 

"I am so thrilled to say the least!" shares Barbara. "Secondly, because of my academic success at Molloy and dedication to Nursing, I have been invited to join the Epsilon Kappa Chapter of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International.  When I read the email with this invitation, I had to hold back the tears.  I feel so blessed that at my age, I have reached these outstanding achievements.  I believe that I am living proof that it's never too late to pursue further education, and to succeed at it."

The Sigma Theta Tau International honor society  is one of the largest and most prestigious nursing organizations in the world.  The Induction Ceremony is November 6, 2011 at Molloy College. 

LoreneCuster Lorene Custer received her BA in Classics from Ohio State University and her MA from SUNY Stony Brook. Prior to beginning her teaching job at RMS, Ms. Custer taught HS Latin in Asheville, Ohio and at the Earl L. Vandermeulen HS in Port Jefferson. She is married to "Doc" Jeff Greenberger (the Latin teacher at RHS). They have one beautiful daughter (Mirin) and live on a farm (of sorts) in Cutchogue.
      "I began teaching at RMS in 1994,"she explains. "That year, Jeff and I saw an opportunity to fully integrate the Latin program offered to Riverhead students. We felt we could be the heirs of the Richard and Joanne Gascoyne husband and wife Latin team legacy that had preceded our tenure."
      And continue the Latin legacy and statewide reputation of Riverhead Latininsts they did. Ms. Custer and Doc are infamous on the Latin competition circuit. The Latin Team, Latinists from RMS and RHS, systematically sweep the Declamatio Contest each year. This fall, three of Ms. Custer's Latinists tied for 1st place in the middle school competition. Her students also won second and third in Level I Latin. Thus, the five MS Level I competitors from Riverhead took all three places.
    Ms. Custer has also continued and taken the ritual of the Annual Roman Banquet to new heights.

L-R: Jennifer Howlett, Caitlin Jablow, Tiffany Pelczar (.4), Christine Shay,
Selena Pagliarulo, and Jo-Ann Dellaposta (with Kathy Nasta and the K-12
Director of Fine Arts and Music, Sean O'Hara).

   The 2012 TEEN ART SHOW was a unique opportunity to gather all the high school art teachers together for a photo.
    They were at the Library to celebrate their students' work in an art show sponsored by the Riverhead Free Library's Teen Department and the Friends of the Library, who helped organize the event and provided and served refreshments. The TEEN ART SHOW was dedicated to the memory of RHS art teacher Vincent Nasta, who died in a plane crash during an air show at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome in 2008.
      These talented teachers are dedicated to both their students and their ability to inspire and inform through their teaching and their own abilities as artists. They cajole, encourage, demonstrate, and push their students to reach their potential. The fruits of their labor and the students' art is also on display on WRHSTV (check it out).

James McCloudJames MacLeod
H.S. - Mattituck Jr-Sr. High School
B.A. - St. Joseph's College - Early Childhood Ed.
M.A. - SUNY-Stony Brook - Liberal Studies
Third Grade Teacher at Aquebogue Elementary
Married to Cindey Moore (RHS '01) - has one child

James MacLeod is in his 9th year of teaching. He has taught all 9 years at Aquebogue Elmentary School. "I love Aquebogue," he shared. Two years ago Mr. MacLeod "looped" with his second grade class into third grade. (In other words he had the same class for two years.) "It just seemed like a good thing to do with that particular class," shared Mr. MacLeod. "They had to add another section anyway, and I felt like this class and I had more work to do together. It was a great experience, and I think it was a really good idea for both of us."
   "Mr. MacLeod is a wonderful teacher," said Math and Science Director Angelica Diaz. "He's always open to trying new things. He helped pilot the new FOSS science program and really got his kids excited about it."
    Mr. MacLeod lives in Riverhead and is just finishing a major rennovation on his home. "We included space for an office, and I'm really excited about having a place to start honing my DJ skills," he explained. "I went to Five Towns College for a short time, and I love music and mixing tracks. I'm a vinyl guy, but the new technology for mixing is very fascinating. I love teaching because it's all about the kids and not about me, but I'd love to do this in my spare time," he said.

James McCloudClaire Yannacone
H.S. - Patchogue-Medford H. S.
B.S. - Bryn Mawr - Geology
Masters in Ed. - Dowling College
POSITION: Science Teacher at RHS

Claire Yannacone is a popular Earth Science teacher at RHS. She loves to get her students physically involved in the learning process--from measuring the length of shadows on the patio to teaching students about currents, land erosion and deposition by floating rice cakes down the Peconic River. She is also the adviser for the Science & Technology Entry Partnership (STEP) team, which won 2nd place in the NY STEP Robotics competition. While teaching at RMS, she helped initiate a popular unit entitled "Exploring Long Island".
   Ms. Yannacone is a hands-on kind of person and is not afraid to tackle unique projects in her own right. She and her husband were recently featured in NEWSDAY in a story about the Tall Ships in Greenport.
    In 1992 Ms. Yannacone took an oceanography class, learned how to fix large marine engines, and in 1996 served as a second engineer on the Picton Castle, a 179-foot, three-masted square rigger. This is where she met her husband, Neil Peers, who was the ship's engineer at the time. They sailed off on a 35,000-mile globe-circling journey. In 2001 they married; they have two children ages 7 and 4. > Pics

MORE Staff Recognition for Achievement 2010-2012

Chris Malanga Recognized by the American Society for Engineering Education
chrisRMS teacher Chris Malanga began as an engineer and is currently a technology teacher at the Middle School. The district is proud to announce that Mr. Malanga recently won an award from the American Society for Engineering Education for a unit entitled "Bedroom Design: A Hybrid Modeling Project for Engineering and Technology Education", which he teaches as part of the middle school's technology curriculum. This award-winning and original curriculum was designed in conjunction with a National Science Foundation grant that yoked Riverhead Middle School's math, science and technology teachers with Hofstra University. He shares this award with Michael Hacker from Hofstra University. They will travel to Vancouver, Canada to present a paper on this curriculum.

Judy Arnone Recognized as Outstanding Guidance Counselor

arnoneNational School Counseling Week (February 7-11, 2011) - The Board of Education and Superintendent of Schools Nancy Carney recognized RMS Guidance Counselor Judy Arnone for Outstanding Service during the February 8, 2011 Board of Education Meeting.

From February 8th Board of Education Minutes: In celebration of National School Counseling Week (February 7-11, 2011), a Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Service for a Riverhead School District Guidance Counselor was presented to Ms. Judy Arnone. Ms. Arnone has served as a Guidance Counselor since 1986 at both the High School and Middle School. She continues to stay involved with students during and after school hours. She is Advisor of the National Junior Honor Society and does a great deal of volunteer work. She motivates students and represents the best of what a Guidance Counselor is. She is the consummate professional who demonstrates a passion for her work each and every day. Congratulations!
See one of her latest efforts.

Bill Groth Designated as Certified Athletic Administrator

bill(March 7, 2013) Bill Groth was recently elected Section XI / Conference II President. Mr. Groth will also be the Conference II representative to the Suffolk County Athletic Council (made up of representatives from Section XI schools).

(January 2012) Bill Groth received a certificate from the N.I.A.A.A “In recognition for 25 years of outstanding service in Athletic Administration”. It was actually awarded at their 2011 National conference in Indianapolis.
(Spring 2011) Bill Groth was awarded a "Certificate of Appreciation" by the NYSAAA at their annual conference in Saratoga, NY "for 25 years of outstanding service and contributions as an athletic administrator".

(January 31, 2011 – Riverhead, NY) The National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) has notified the Riverhead Central School District that William Groth, the district’s Director of Athletics, Physical Education & Health, has been recognized by this association as a Certified Athletic Administrator. Mr. Groth is now one of an elite group of interscholastic athletic administrators nationwide to attain this level of professionalism.

The voluntary certification process included a thorough evaluation of the candidate’s educational background, experience and professional contributions, as well as a rigorous, comprehensive written examination. According to the NIAAA, a national professional organization consisting of all 50 state athletic administrator associations and more than 7,600 individual members, “to earn this distinction, Mr. Groth has demonstrated the highest level of knowledge and expertise in the field of interscholastic athletic administration.”

This is just one of many awards that Mr. Groth has received during his tenure at Riverhead Central School District. In 2009 Mr. Groth was honored by the Stony Brook Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa International and was awarded the prestigious Phi Delta Kappa “Friends of Education” Award in recognition of “his outstanding contribution to the field of education through leadership, research and service.” In June of 2009, the Suffolk County Legislature also recognized Mr. Groth’s contribution in the field of education and athletics. In addition, under Mr. Groth’s guidance, the Athletic Department has twice been awarded the “Athletic Management Award of Excellence”.

“We are all very proud of Mr. Groth’s accomplishment,” stated RCSD Superintendent of  Schools Nancy Carney at a recent Board of Education meeting. “Our students and staff certainly benefit from Mr. Groth’s breadth of knowledge as a result of his commitment to professional development.”

Stacey Tuohy Chosen as News Review Educator of the Year

TuohyStacey Tuohy, a second-grade teacher at Roanoke Avenue Elementary School, was chosen as the News-Review 2010 Educator of the Year.

"Mrs. Tuohy not only engages her students and helps instill in them that eagerness to learn, she also helps make her fellow teachers better at their craft and so extends her magic to children who aren’t even in her classroom," said a colleague, Debra Spinelli.

Hired in 1991, Ms. Tuohy taught kindergarten for a decade before switching to second grade.

Teachers and Staff of the Year Honored at Welcome Back . . . yr
Superintendent for Personnel and Community Services Joseph Ogeka introduced and celebrated the Teachers of the Year: Tim Page and Jill Tapper (Sec. Spec. Ed. Teachers); Maryann Haroon (6th Grade Teacher) Elwood Lamb (Neighborhoold Aide at Pulaski) and Bernice Brown (Computer Lab Assistant and Coach).