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 a yearly recipient of the Suffolk Reading Council Honor School and is very proud of its history, staff and students.
The Roanoke Avenue School is especially proud that it has the distinction of having been chosen as a National Blue Ribbon School. Roanoke's building has been named a historical landmark.
events include its Halloween
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 boasts an outstanding school newsletter, the Community
Link, which features student writers.
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--
Welcome to the 2012-2013 school year! We are off to a smooth and exciting start at Roanoke Avenue Elementary School! The arrival and dismissal times for the other elementary buildings have changed. For the most part, the new times did not affect Roanoke; however, our buses are arriving at approximately 8:40 a.m. Therefore, the new arrival time for walkers is 8:40 a.m. > More . . .
Goals for the 2012-2013 school year include:
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.
Implementation of culturally responsive teaching and differentiation strategies in order to ensure all Roanoke subgroups experience success.
Consistent daily implementation of Fundations at the K-3 level and Words Their Way at the 4th grade level.
Successful implementation of the Envisions math program at the K-4 level.
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.
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 a Book of the Month Assembly augment their English Language Arts curriculum. The Target-sponsored Dr. Seuss/Read Across America Day brings the community into the school. At the end of the year, students in the RHS 9th Grade Honors class share their self-authored and illustrated children's books with the Roanoke students, who quizz them on their writing process.
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 "The Sloth and Cheetah".
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 - Kristy Wilkinson
Secretary - Shannon Kutner
Treasurer - Dawn Vogel
Cultural Arts - Kerri Cybulski
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.
SPECIAL ACTIVITIES AT ROANOKE