Thomas Payton, Principal
Roanoke Avenue School
549 Roanoke Avenue
Riverhead, NY 11901
Message from Mr. Payton
Directions to Roanoke
Main Office Info
ROANOKE AVENUE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL is one of four K-4 elementary schools in the district. It is located on Roanoke Avenue in the center of the Riverhead community. The school has 390 students.
Roanoke is now a "certified" as a KINDNESS school by the Great Kindness Challenge standards. Roanoke is also a recipient of the Suffolk Reading Council Honor School award.
events include its Reading Week, its Poetry
Jams and innovative reading and writing programs,
such as "Fairy Tale Theater," a program whereby students rewrite well-known fairy tales and act them out. This is just one of the many creative end-of-unit Writers
Workshop celebrations that reflects the school's partnership with
Columbia University's Teachers College Readers/Writers Workshop.
Roanoke also houses RASCALS, an afterschool program.
Art, library, computer lab, music and PE are not separate entities but are integral to Roanoke's students' overall learning experience.
Letter & Goals
Letter from Mr. Payton-- (Click HERE for entire letter.)
Roanoke Avenue Elementary School arrival time for walkers will be at 8:40 a.m. We ask that you do not drop off your children any earlier than 8:25 a.m. Before School Care program--7:30AM.
Goals for the 2013-2014 school year include:
Build Common Core Reading Skills into literacy instruction specifically focusing on Close Reading, and increase of informational text exposure and work in more grade level texts for all learners.
Successful implementation of the Envisions math program and Common Core mathematics instruction at the K-4 level.
Successfully build academic vocabulary across all subjects and grade levels using the BAV process.
Through an in-depth analysis of student writing pieces and our writing continuums, focus on producing quality writing that is grade level appropriate.
Increase instructional time in all classrooms by decreasing extraneous activities throughout the school day.
Increase parental involvement in all aspects of the school and classroom.
A Roanoke Twitter account to help keep you up-to-date on events.
ROANOKE is known for its creative assemblies and parades, especially its Halloween parade. Simulations spark learning at the higher grade levels, and an annual science fair adds still more enthusiasm for learning.
Poetry Jams and Reading/Writing Workshop celebrations augment their English Language Arts curriculum. The Target-sponsored Dr. Seuss/Read Across America Day brings the community into the school.
Roanoke is also committed to creating a safe environment for all learners.
RCSD utilizes the Reading/Writing workshop model in its English/Language Arts program. Rewriting fairy tales is one unit that is taught. Mr. Richardson's fourth grade class has elevated this writing unit to a Fairy Tale Theater experience shared by the whole school. Take a quick look at a video of one fairy tale, which is a take-off on "Hansel and Gretel".
The arts and music programs at Roanoke reinforce the curriculum in seamless ways throughout the school year. The school also displays its art at an annual Art-In-Action exhibit in the high school gymnasium.
Roanoke Avenue school hours are 8:45 a.m. to 3:10 p.m.
There is a common preparation period at each grade level and a strong emphasis on collegial circles at Roanoke. Parent/Guardian involvement is strongly encouraged and appreciated. The school recommends that all parents/guardians become involved with their Parent Teacher Organization (P.T.O.). Roanoke is committed to being a family school that emphasizes community involvement with a collegial staff.
Co-President - Kelly Brennan
Co-President - Christine Brooks
Secretary - Amy Fideli
Treasurer - Sarah Bowe
Field trips to nearby pumpkin farms, historical societies, science museums, aquariums and other learning sites take advantage of Riverhead's location which offers diverse regional, cultural, scientific and agricultural advantages.