Riverhead High School
700 Harrison Ave., Riverhead
Academic Achievement

RHS senior Roy Vasquez scored in the top 2.5% among Hispanic and Latino PSAT/NMSQT test takers in our region and was subsequently awarded the honor of being named a “National Hispanic Scholar”.

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RIPTIDE ONLINE - HS NEWS

RHS has an an active core of online journalists, who are working hard to bring the online community breaking news about current events at RHS and in the world at large. Go to News Today to see a running list of recent stories, or click below.

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ATHLETICS AND CLUBS

Clubs are an important part of a complete high school experience. The Blue Masques Drama Club presents two major plays a year. Also see: Studio Arts & Digital sites. Click here for music concerts and musicals. For more news: Sports.

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Principal's Message, news and announcements from RHS

2016-17 NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS AT RHS

ANNOUNCEMENTS / FACEBOOK ANNOUNCEMENTS

MESSAGES FROM PRINCIPAL CHARLES REGAN



2016-17 HIGH SCHOOL NEWS (Also See: Sports News, Music News, Technology News, Science News, Transition Services News, Wall of Fame, Community Service News, Clubs News, NJROTC News, PE News, District News, Local News)

RHS CAMPUS CONNECTION - The GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT
     Campus Connection
(November 24, 2016 - Riverhead, NY) HS CAMPUS CONNECTION - The GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT hosted an annual opportunity for high school seniors to meet and talk with RHS alumni, who are now college students, about their college experience. This annual event is held just prior to Thanksgiving when college students are home on break.

Campus Connections panel Students on the panel included:

Sierra Roces...........Loyola University Maryland
Hayley Bingham.........SUNY Stony Brook
Joseph Cunningham......Quinnipiac University
Carley Hayon...........Rider University
Daniel Hubbard.........SUNY University of Buffalo
Gwendolyn Hilles.......SUNY ESF
Brenna Latour..........SUNY Stony Brook
Shannon McAlister......University of Delaware
Kevin Okula............SUNY Stony Brook
Michael Pozamantir.....SUNY Stony Brook
Sierra Roces...........Loyola Maryland University
Katie Squires..........Suffolk County Community College
Emily Pearce...........SUNY Geneseo
The returning alum shared their college experiences thus far. The students discuss topics such as applying for scholarships, filling out applications for college, what it’s like to live in a dorm with a roommate, the challenges of choosing a major, adjusting to living away from home, learning to do their own laundry, how they chose their majors, the classes they are taking, the expectations of professors, etc.

Campus Connection 2016 from Sandra Kolbo on Vimeo.

Questions included:

Asked of a Music Education major . . .
Q: How do you balance your music courses with all the other courses you have to take?
A: I am taking 12 classes this year as opposed to my engineering roommate who takes five. I am taking mostly music classes. I have to have one math course, which I am taking over the summer at Suffolk. The requirements I need outside my major are minimal. Almost all of my classes relate back to music.

Q: Was it hard to make the Transition to College?
A: See the video . . .

A: Knowing how to do your own laundry was at the top of the list. One of the alum actually offered her new college friends a seminar on doing laundry.

A: Other answers centered on the importance of going boldly into “Orientation Week” and talking to as many people as possible –- not just other freshman -- but anyone.

A: One alum counseled, do not room with a friend from high school, you will wish you would not have done so by the end of the semester.”

A: “Be very organized,” seemed to be a common response about how to transition from high school to college.

A: You do not need a car freshman year if you are living on campus, most, but not all, of them counseled.

A: You need to get your assignments started right after they are assigned, one freshman girl counseled. Do not procrastinate. Be careful to only engage in social events after you have the academic part well in hand.

Q: Katie, why did you choose Suffolk?
A: See the Video: Katie gave a very honest and thoughtful answer.
I, personally, was lazy senior year. I had like two classes. I had no motivation to do anything. When I was sitting in those seats last year, my dream school was Texas A&M. They have one of the top equestrian and vet schools in the country, but I, personally, did not feel ready to leave. It was not until April when I really realized, “I need to get my life together and I need to figure something, so I went through the course catalog for Suffolk and saw they had a vet program, so I thought, alright, I will start there and then move on.”

Guidance Counselor Anastasia Cobis: We have a great percentage of students going to SCCC. I think we are at close to 50%. It is a great opportunity for all students. Suffolk is a great place to start your education for so many reasons, especially for those students who don’t know what they want to do. Also, financially it is a great option for students to save money. SCCC also has a very, very prestigious Honors College. The likelihood of students going from that program and then transferring to a four year college is much, much greater rather than going right from high school.

Alum: The alums had a lot to say about the importance of talking to their professors during the faculty office hours. They also encouraged the seniors to go to the writing centers for extra help with their papers.

Alum: The topic that prompted the most answers was about what kind of meal plan to get during the freshman year. Most encouraged getting an “unlimited” meal plan the first year.

Alum: Get involved in some clubs counseled two students. I met a lot of kids on teams.

Alum: When you hit that low, because you will, because you are so overloaded with work, just keep going and keep pushing and just believe in yourself. You got to that college for a reason.

Alum: Embrace the college experience. It is so much fun. Senior year of high school is awesome, but honestly nothing beats college. It is so much fun, there is so much freedom, but there is also so much responsibility and you have to live up to those standards.

Alum: Do not be afraid to ask for help if you need it. Professors are there to help you succeed.

Alum: Try to do the best you can from the “get go”. If you do well the first semester, it will help you set a tone for the rest of college.

Kudos go out to all the students on the panel who agreed to participate in the Campus Connection. The information they shared was both mature and insightful!

Anastasia Cobis
Guidance Counselor
Riverhead High School
(631) 369-6728


STUDENT GOVERNMENT OFFICERS ORGANIZE HOMECOMING - OCT. 8
     Student Govt
(September 29, 2016 - Riverhead, NY) Student government and class officers were present at the Riverhead High School Open House Night and are currently organizing Homecoming (October 8). >More

NEW CLASSES BEING OFFERED AT THE HIGH SCHOOL
Robotics
(September 29, 2016 - Riverhead, NY) New classes at the high school, available to all students, include Robotics, Principles of Engineering, Baking and Pastry, Digital Film Making, Environmental Science, AP Computer Science and AP French Language and Culture. Many of these courses are available for college credit. A representative from Farmingdale University spoke to the robotics students about taking the class for credit as part of Farmingdale's "University in the High School" program. Students can earn credit (for a fraction of the cost) that can be transferred to colleges around the nation. >More

STUDENTS CHOSEN TO ATTEND MUSIC FESTIVALS
        Musicians
(September 27, 2016) CONGRATULATIONS TO THE RHS MUSICIANS who have been chosen to attend (or are alternates to) the 11th and 12th grade All Suffolk County Music Festival and the All State Music Festival in Rochester, NY. >More

ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) SCHOLAR PROGRAM
AP
(September 29, 2016) In the fall of each school year, a list of students receiving recognition for their performance on Advanced Placement exams from the previous year is sent to the schools. We CONGRATULATE THOSE STUDENTS who took the exams and recognize the 61 students who achieved a level of distinction on the exams. >More

SCHOOL OF ROCK
School of Rock
(September 17-18) The Riverhead Faculty and Community Theater Youth Theater program engaged more than three dozen students between the ages of 11 and 18 over the summer, plus a largely student pit band, in a performance of the musical “SCHOOL OF ROCK”. Congratulations to these young performers, their directors, the musicians in the pit band, and the stage crew in rocking this musical. >More

LONG ISLAND BIRDS OF PREY – LIVING ENVIRONMENT
Birds of Prey
(September 14, 2016) RHS science teacher Susan Monahan gave her ninth grade Regents Living Environment class a special treat by inviting Tony Valderrama, an Environmental Educator from the Quogue Wildlife Refuge, to speak to her class about birds of prey on Long Island. Mr. Valderrama brought three birds of prey to show the students: an Eastern Screech Owl, a Great Horned Owl named "Hooter", and a Red-tailed Hawk. He shared in detail their similarities and differences. As part of an emphasis on ecology, Mr. Valderrama encouraged the students to be conscious of the need to maintain the environment necessary to the continued existence of these species. >More

DOMINIQUE MARICHAL IS NAMED NATIONAL HISPANIC SCHOLAR

  L-R: RHS Assistant Principal Patrick Burke, Dominique Marichal, and Guidance Director Charles Gassar

(September 29, 2016) RHS senior Dominique Marichal resides in Aquegobue and is the daughter of Hector Marichal (who was originally from Uruguay) and Lisa Macari. Dominique scored in the top 2.5% among Hispanic and Latino PSAT/NMSQT test takers in our region. She was then invited by the College Board to apply for recognition as a National Hispanic Scholar. She met all the College Board’s extensive follow up requirements and was awarded the honor of being named a “National Hispanic Scholar”.

As the College Board noted, “This prestigious recognition enables Marichal to highlight this outstanding educational achievement to top colleges and universities.”

Dominiques’s HS guidance counselor, Craig Korobow, shared the College Board’s sentiment, “Dominique is an extraordinary student. She is currently ranked third in her graduating class. Her scores on both the SAT and the ACT exams were amazing.”

Dominique was named an AP Scholar with Distinction in 2016, which means she received an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. Dominique is a member of the National Honor Society and the National Foreign Language Honor Society (Latin). She was on the Latin HS Level IV Advanced B team that competed in and was a winner at the 2016 Latin Certamen. Dominique is also a Mathlete, in the Math Club, a member of WISE, is active in the RHS Blue Masques Drama Club and sings in the Chamber Choir. She is working on her black belt in Taekwondo.

Dominique maintains a 106.69-weighted-GPA. She plans to major in biology or physics in college and would like to be a research scientist. Congratulations, Dominique, on this outstanding achievement!

ROY VASQUEZ IS NAMED NATIONAL HISPANIC SCHOLAR

  L-R: Principal Charles Regan, Guidance Counselor Christy Salerno, Roy Vasquez, and Guidance Director Charles Gassar

(September 12, 2016) RHS senior, Roy Vasquez, the son of Roy and Penny Vasquez from Calverton, scored in the top 2.5% among Hispanic and Latino PSAT/NMSQT test takers in our region. He was then invited by the College Board to apply for recognition as a National Hispanic Scholar. He met all the College Board’s extensive follow up requirements and was awarded the honor of being named a “National Hispanic Scholar”.

As the College Board noted, “This prestigious recognition enables Roy to highlight this outstanding educational achievement to top colleges and universities.”

Roy’s HS guidance counselor, Christy Salerno, shared the College Board’s sentiment, “Roy is an extraordinary student from a wonderful family. He is involved in the school as well as in the community. I am so happy Roy was selected. This recognition is quite an accomplishment!”

Roy was an AP Scholar in 2015 and hopes to add “with distinction” to that title this year. He is also President of the National Honor Society and is a member of the National Foreign Language Honor Society (Latin). He was Team Captain for the Latin HS Level IV Advanced B team that competed in and was a winner at the 2016 Latin Certamen. He maintains a 103-weighted-GPA. Roy is also active in the RHS Blue Masques Drama Club and sings in the Chamber Choir.

Roy plans to major in physics in college. He is currently taking the new Principles of Engineering class at RHS to, as he says, “get a little taste of engineering”.

Congratulations, Roy, on this outstanding achievement!

FIRST DAY OF THE 2016-17 SCHOOL YEAR
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL IS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2016 . . . MORE

FRESHMAN ORIENTATION 2016
"We are happy to welcome you to RHS as you begin this exciting time in your education," stated RHS Principal Charles Regan as he welcomed the new freshman class to Riverhead High School during Freshman Orientation. "The path you choose and the choices you make your freshman year will set the tone for your success at RHS and beyond," counseled Dr. Regan. "It will determine the legacy you leave behind as you graduate in 2020. Get involved! The athletics, music, arts programs and academic classes and clubs we offer are second to none."

Assistant Principal Patrick Burke gave the students an overview of the high school handbook. Assistant Principal Sean O'Hara presented the discipline policy and Assistant Principal Eileen Manitta talked about the high school's anti-bullying policy and the parent and student portals. Judy Arnone, the high school guidance counselor for 9th grade, also greeted the freshman as did social worker Debra Nigel and the student government president. The orientation concluded with a tour of the building.

Freshman Orientation on Wednesday, August 31, from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Freshman Orientation 2016 from Sandra Kolbo on Vimeo.

 > Pdf of the PowerPoint Presentation

Open House will be held on Thursday, September 22, at 6:30 p.m.

RIVERHEAD HIGH SCHOOL
700 Harrison Avenue
Riverhead, NY  11901
FAX (631) 369-5164 - www.riverhead.net
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WELCOME BACK LETTERS FROM RHS

>WELCOME BACK LTR. GR. 10-12 / SPANISH

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WELCOME BACK LTR. GR. 10-12 / ENGLISH

>WELCOME BACK LTR. GR. 9 - SPANISH

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WELCOME BACK LTR. GR. 9 - ENGLISH

>GUIDANCE AUGUST NEWSLETTER / Spanish / English

>LETTER FROM THE HS PTSO

CALCULATOR INFORMATION FROM PRINCIPAL

DRIVERS EDUCATION INFORMATION / FORM

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Bus Line Up at RHS for the 2016-17 School Year. PARENT DROP OFF - FRONT OF THE BLDG.

bus

August 2016

It is suggested that incoming 9th grade students purchase the following items in preparation for their classes:

2-3” D-Ring Binder (or Trapper Keeper type notebook)

Plastic sheet protectors (for keeping copies of class schedules and other information referenced on a frequent basis)

Pens & pencils

Subject dividers (5 plastic)

Zippered pouch with 3 holes (to carry small supplies)

Loose leaf paper (pack of 100 sheets)


RHS PTSO
PTSOThe current president is Therese Zuhoski, vice president is Diane Vail, the secretary/treasurer is Kristy Wilkinson. If you'd like to contact the RHS PTSO, send an email to question@rhsptso.org and come to their meetings. The PTSO meets, typically, on the third Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM in HS-Room 111. >PTO

The data shows that kids with the highest test scores are the most active in afterschool activities. Two-thirds of kids in the top quarter of test takers played sports, for example, compared to less than half in the lowest quarter. >Education News

This study has calculated that the odds of attending college were 97 percent higher for youngsters who took part in school-sponsored activities for two years than for those who didn't do any school activities. Three times as many had a GPA of 3.0 or higher; twice as many scored in the top quarter on math and reading tests. And 68 percent expected to get a college degree, compared to 48 percent of kids who weren't.

HELP US CELEBRATE THE SPIRIT OF RIVERHEAD HIGH SCHOOL, OUR TOWN AND OUR COMMUNITY. 



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Clubs and Activities
RHS CLUBS CLICK ON THE TITLE for an overview of the activites of some the clubs at Riverhead High School.
RIPTIDE RIPTIDE is the school newspaper. IT IS NOW ONLINE! Read what these HS reporters are covering.
LABYRINTH LABYRINTH is the HS literary magazine. It is published in June of each school year.
PEER MEDIATION The HS Peer Mediation Team mediates disagreement between students and trains MS mediators.
TECHNOLOGY The technology department participates in a number of activities.
LANGUAGES, FORENSICS, ETC. The Forensics, Spanish, Latin and French Clubs have memberships of about 30 students, take field trips, compete and more.
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY NHS students participate in PEER TUTORING, fundraising, and food drives.
STUDENT GOVERNMENT Student Government Officers plan Homecoming, participate in the ALS Ride for Life, sponsor fund-raisers, and take a leadership role throughout the school year.