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November, 2013 NEWS, NEWSLETTERS, VIDEOS AND MORE
RCSD COMMON CORE PRESENTATIONS AT BOARD MEETINGS
Board of Ed. Meeting November 12--LEARNIING ABOUT COMMON CORE STANDARDS
Second of a series of presentations on the COMMON CORE LEARNING STANDARDS -- MATH and ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS on the 3rd grade level presented by Literacy Coach Vanessa Williams and Aquebogue Principal Phil Kent. >Parental Involvement Road Map / PPT PRESENTATION ON 3RD GRADE ELA AND MATH. > More Board News
Board of Ed. Meeting October 22--LEARNING ABOUT COMMON CORE STANDARDS
First of a series of presentations on the COMMON CORE LEARNING STANDARDS began with MATH and ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS K-2. Presented by Riley Avenue Principal David Enos and Roanoke Avenue Principal Thomas Payton. >PPT Presentation / RL / NR > More Board News
RCSD POLAR PLUNGERS ARE TOP FUND-RAISERS AT PLUNGE
(November 4, 2013 - Riverhead, NY) RCSD Plungers -- Brrr! Riverhead School District's Polar Plunge team, led by Gary Karlson, raised $11,000+ (high team) for the athletes of Special Olympics NY. RiverheadLocal cheered our team on at Cedar Beach in Mt. Sinai on Saturday when the team took the plunge. Well done!. (Let it be noted: James Richardson and his son came after the photo was taken.) >More
RIVERHEAD FACULTY AND COMMUNITY THEATER PRESENTED “NUNSENSE, A MUSICAL COMEDY"
On November 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd at 8:00PM and November 17th and 24th, the Riverhead Faculty and Community Theater presented “Nunsense, a Musical Comedy" at the Vail-Leavitt Music Hall at 18 Peconic Avenue in downtown Riverhead. For more photos and info visit RCFT.org. This is a major fund-raiser for the RCFA Scholarship Fund. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT. >RIVERHEADLOCAL
RCFA HOSTS HARLEM WIZARDS
The Wizards took to the court in the RHS gym on Thursday, Nov. 14, in a fundraiser to benefit the Riverhead Central Faculty Association Scholarship Fund. >More
SIGN UP TO HAVE YOUR CHILD'S TEETH EXAMINED AT SCHOOL
(November 4, 2013 - Riverhead, NY) Children in the District's elementary schools have the opportunity to participate in an oral health program being offered by the Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine at RCSD elementary schools. The first part of the program included "EDUCATIONAL/ INFORMATIONAL presentations", which were given prior to the free dental exam in November. During the month of October all students participated in an Oral Health Educational Program presented by the Pediatric Residents and Hygienists from Stony Brook University. >More
"Exams" began in November and the "Dental Van" services will be administered in December. The School of Dental Medicine will provide preventive services at the school on November 4th, 14th, 21, and 26 to all children that have parental permission. There are no out of pocket costs to parents for the preventive services that will be offered: dental exam, cleaning, fluoride treatment and placement of sealants on first year molars. The fluoride treatment and placing of sealants will depend on the condition of the teeth.
These services are provided by Stony Brook University pediatric dental residents, pediatric hygienists and supervised by a pediatric clinical faculty member. SBU will provide a portable dental chair and equipment for the exams in a state-of-the-art DENTAL VAN. Parents must complete and sign a Health History Permission Form to have their child receive these services. This form must be returned to the teacher by the beginning of November. >More
OUTSTANDING STAFF AND TEACHERS 2013
(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!
RHS SENIOR CAROLYN CARRERA --
NEWS 12 "SCHOALR-ATHLETE OF THE WEEK" AND
WENDY'S HS HEISMAN AWARD WINNER
(November 5, 2013--From RiverheadLocal) And the list of accolades continues to grow for Riverhead's Carolyn Carrera in this her final varsity season.
After being named a News 12 "Scholar-Athlete of the Week" last month, receiving a $1,000 scholarship, Carrera, a three-sport phenom who will attend Hofstra University to play both soccer and lacrosse, was named New York's female winner of the 2013 Wendy's High School Heisman Award. >More
Pulaski Street School Study the Western Exapnsion
(November 4, 2013) Pulaski Street School students in Dee Martin's and Claire Belmonte's and other fifth grade classes are starting a unit on Westward Expansion. To begin their journey back in time, the students took a field trip to the Stony Brook Museums.
"Our students learned, among other things, how to pack a wagon, how a wheelwright worked to keep the wagons rolling across the country, and how to choose what to pack for such a long and arduous journey," stated fifth grade teacher Dee Martin. "This trip was a great way for them to really visualize what they are studying in class." >More
October, 2013 NEWS, NEWSLETTERS, VIDEOS AND MORE
Kindergartners Visit Pumpkin Patch Centers
(October 31, 2013 - Riverhead, NY) On Halloween, all of the kindergartners went outside together as a grade, where they sang pumpkin songs and "picked" pumpkins. Upon returning to their classrooms, the children participated in a number of math, science and literacy activities involving their newly picked pumpkins. They recorded observations about their pumpkins through drawings and writing. They measured the height of their pumpkins using cubes and experimented to see if the pumpkins would sink or float. >More
ROANOKE PARTICIPATES IN CANCER AWARENESS-"PINK DAY"
(OCTOBER, 2013) The Roanoke Avenue School Students Observed Breast Cancer Awareness Month
by Wearing Pink on Spirit Day. >More / ALSO check out the video at the bottom of the gallery.
If you missed the video of Mr. Buccola in the Harlem Wizards Game, click HERE.
ROANOKE HALLOWEEN PARADE AND TRUNK PARTY
(OCTOBER 31, 2013) The Roanoke Avenue School hosted their annual Halloween Parade, and, as an extra treat this year, the PTO hosted a TRUNK PARTY in the parking lot. Parents from the school decorated their trunks and handed out treats to the students as they filed past. A shout out and thank you to the PTO and to the banking staff at the Suffolk County National Bank, who also gave the students treats as they filed through the bank during their parade. >More
MINI COLLEGE FAIR AT RHS
(October 29, 2013) The Mini College Fair at RHS was GIGANTIC this year and went very well. Over 200 seniors participated and 130 schools attended, our largest total to date. The event was so big we needed to utilize the entire gymnasium for the first time. >More
RIVERHEAD BIG LOTS GRAND OPENING AND CHECK FOR RHS
(October 25, 2013-Riverhead, NY) The new RIVERVERHEAD BIG LOTS store celebrated their GRAND OPENING with a ribbon cutting ceremony and by presenting a BIG CHECK FOR $1,500 to Riverhead High School. Welcome to the community and THANK YOU for your generous gift! >More at RiverheadPatch
TWENTY-FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF 1988 RUTGERS TROPHY TEAM
(October 26, 2013) Placards under the scoreboard on McKillop Field celebrated the years that VARSITY FOOTBALL TEAMS won RUTGERS TROPHIES: 2003, 2008, 1988 AND 1953. Former players from THE 1988 TEAM were on hand to take the field. RHS BLUE WAVES BEAT WEST ISLIP 33-21!
EAST END TRANSITION FAIR - TAKE THE NEXT STEP
(October 23, 2013 - Riverhead, NY) Elva Beyer, Riverhead High School Transition Coordinator, and Lisa Lindsay, a Maryhaven Job Coach, teamed up to host the Second Annual East End Transition Fair. The fair had a turnout of over 100 agencies, parents and students. Students with developmental, emotional, learning and other disabilities and their parents went from one agency to the next, who had set up tables in the Riverhead High School cafeteria. The agencies provided staff, parents and students by giving them detailed information and written materials to help them with choices about education, job training and family support services that are available to parents and students. Parents from surrounding districts, such as Southampton, Southold, Mattituck and Patchogue-Medford, also attended the Fair. >More
THE THEME FOR HOMECOMING PARADE WAS "DR. SEUSS"
Freshmen – The Foot Book (1st in Float) (4th in Spirit Week)
Sophomore – Cat in the Hat (2nd in Float) (3rd in Spirit Week)
Junior – How the Grinch Stole Christmas (4th in Float) (1st in Spirit Week)
Senior – The Lorax (3rd in Float) (2nd in Spirit Week) >HOMECOMING PARADE
Congratulations to the RHS Royalty: Seniors: King Francisco Santos & Queen Jessica Juarez / Juniors: Prince Andre Juarez & Princess-Rashae Smith / Sophomores: Lord Ben Simone & Lady Hayley Rudnicki / Freshmen: Duke Jake Zuhoski & Duchess: Lindsay Denninger >HOMECOMING SPIRIT WEEK
BLUE WAVES BEAT WALT WHITMAN HIGH SCHOOL 28 TO 0!
(October 19, 2013 - Homecoming) The BLUE WAVES VARSITY FOOTBALL TEAM defeated Smithtown West 21 to 0. This win put the Blue Waves in a first place tie with Smithtown West. During Homecoming, they faced off against Walt Whitman HS on HOMECOMING on and WON 28 to 0!
>HOMECOMING FOOTBALL GAME
THE NINTH ANNUAL GARFIELD M. LANGHORN ESSAY CONTEST
(October 11, 2013) Garfield Langhorn was a RHS graduate who died heroically in the Vietnam War and was posthumously awarded a Congressional Medal of Honor. His heroism and act of valor in the Vietnam War is the inspiration for the Pulaski Street School's annual sixth grade essay contest. The students recently came together in an assembly to hear Pulaski teacher and the Essay Contest Coordinator, Trevor Hewitt, read an essay about PFC Langhorn and his heroism.
The theme of the contest is presented in the form of the question, "Inspired by Garfield Longhorn's actions, ask yourself 'What can a person your age do to help?'" Each year the number of entries have increased. Last year, 262 entries were submitted. This year there were 289 entries. This year's winning essayists were: Nina Geraci, Christine Thomas, Laniece Hutley and Summer Scott, who received honorable mention.
The presentations were summarized beautifully by Laniece Hutley, who so aptly wrote in her essay, "From now on, let's be a billboard for character and try to make a difference in this world". >MORE
CELEBRATING PARTNERSHIPS AND PROJECT FIT AMERICA
(October 10, 2013) There was a short pause in the workday for several leaders in the community on October 10th, who came together for a collective community hug for successfully putting in place a fitness program called Project Fit America in the Riverhead School Districts elementary schools. Project Fit is a physical education component (that has been integrated into the K-6 PE curriculum), which always seems to put huge smiles on the faces of kids. Project Fit checks all the educational, Common Core and fitness boxes and makes kids happy all at the same time.
A short celebration and ribbon cutting for Project Fit was conducted in the Pulaski Street School gymnasium after rain forced the event away from the outdoor stations and inside. Riverhead is the FIRST SCHOOL in the State of New York to win a grant for this amazing fitness program. The realization of the program was due to a partnership between Project Fit America, the Peconic Bay Medical Center and the Suffolk County Lions Club Diabetes Education Foundation. Both PBMC and the Lions contributed $60,000 each to finance the implementation of the program at all four of the District's elementary schools and the Pulaski Street School. In addition the Brickman Group provide the installation and landscaping of the outdoor exercise areas at all five Riverhead elementary schools. >More
WEIGH IN ON WHAT YOU'D LIKE TO SEE HAPPEN IN RIVERHEAD
(OCTOBER 11, 2013) The Town of Riverhead is conducting a community survey and wants your input! Regardless of whether you have spent a lifetime in Riverhead or have only visited once, they'd like to hear from you. In appreciation of your time, you can be entered into a drawing to win prizes including $50 gift cards for restaurants, shops, services, and Tanger Outlets, or tickets to the Long Island Aquarium - just share your email address at the end of the survey to enter. Please take a moment to tell us why you visit Downtown Riverhead and what would entice you to visit more often!
Go to the Town's website at www.townofriverheadny.gov and click on "Riverhead Inspired – Downtown Survey" to take the survey. >MORE
RHS BOYS' CROSS COUNTRY TEAM IS FIRST IN LEAGUE!
(October 15, 2013) Having secured its first league title since 1998 with a vital victory over East Islip a week earlier, the RHS Boys' Cross Country Team beat Half Hollow Hills West on Tuesday, October 15, and put the finishing touches on a perfect dual-meet season.
Congratulations to the boys and Coach Burke. >More
RHS SENIOR CAROLYN CARRERA NAMED A NEWS 12
"SCHOALR-ATHLETE OF THE WEEK"
(October 7, 2013) CAROLYN CARRERA was named a News 12 "Scholar-Athlete of the Week". Her segment will air on Tuesday, October 8th, beginning with NEWS 12 at 5:50PM and continuing through the night. Congratulations, Carolyn! At the May 2013 Sports Awards Ceremony, Carolyn Carrera received the distinction of being the NEWS REVIEW ATHLETE OF THE YEAR, and received awards in Basketball, Soccer and Lacrosse. She is also ranked #3 in her class of 362, and is an honor roll student, a member of the National Honor Society, the Latin Honor Society, Mentathletes, Math Club, the President of the Class of 2014, and has achieved a number of other distinctions. In addition, she is an accomplished pianist and percussionist. >More
NYSPHSAA (STATE) SCHOLAR-ATHETE AWARD
(October 7, 2013) GREAT NEWS! Once again, the Riverhead Blue Waves are among the top academic achievers in Suffolk County Sports! Seven of 8 Varsity 2013 Spring teams earned this prestigious NYSPHSAA award! GO BLUE WAVES and kudos to these student-athletes, their parents and coaches! >More
BLUE WAVES PULL BAY SHORE UNDER
(October 5) Senior halfback Jeremiah Cheatom ran the ball 43 times for 277 yards, scoring three touchdowns for the Blue Waves as they extended their record to 3-1 on the season with a resounding 40-18 victory in Bay Shore. >More
ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) SCHOLAR PROGRAM
(October 2013) In the fall of each school year, the students receiving recognition for their performance on Advanced Placement exams from the previous year are sent to the schools. We CONGRATULATE THOSE STUDENTS who took the exams and recognize those students who achieved a level of distinction on the exams. Over the past four years, the total number of AP Scholars achieving the designation of "AP Scholars with Distinction" has increased from 7 students to 15 students. This is an incredible accomplishment for these students and our faculty and staff. >More
September, 2013 NEWS, NEWSLETTERS, VIDEOS AND MORE
HARLEM WIZARDS -- "BE THE BEST THAT YOU CAN BE"
(September 19, 2013-Riverhead, NY) The Riverhead Central Faculty Association (RCFA) will be hosting a HARLEM WIZARDS game on November 14th in the gymnasium at Riverhead High School. Prior to the game, however, an equally important event happens--the Harlem Wizards send two of their WIZARDS to talk to students in grades K-8 about issues like teamwork, respect, and hard work. >More
W!SE ANNOUNCES 2012-2013 BLUE STAR SCHOOLS
Scott McKillop and Ed Grassman are "Gold Star Teachers"
(September 23, 2013) Economics and finances are in the news, and it's time for some GOOD financial news. Here it is! After implementing the W!SE Financial Literacy curriculum into Economics 12 courses in 2008, Riverhead High School has once again received the program's BLUE STAR SCHOOL AWARD. In order to be chosen as a BLUE STAR SCHOOL, a school must achieve a 75% passing rate on the financial literacy test and have EITHER a majority of students on a given grade level take the test OR have the students who took it achieve an average score of 80% or higher. Riverhead High School has achieved Blue Star School status and teachers Scott McKillop, Edward Grassman, and Gerry Weismann (retired) have achieved recognition as "Gold Star Teachers*" almost every semester since the inception of the program at RHS. (*Personal finance educators who have a class with 90 percent or more students passing the w!se Financial Literacy Certification Test earn the distinction of being named a Gold Star Teacher.) >More
MUSIC AND FINE ARTS NEWS
(September 19, 2013) We are proud to announce that Taylor Burgess (Soprano) has been selected to represent RHS in this Year's All State Mixed Choir. Read about Taylor and MORE in the FALL EDITION OF THE MUSIC & FINE ARTS NEWSLETTER. >More
RHS: RENOVATIONS & CONSTRUCTION
(September 9, 2013) The front of the high school has been completely fenced off for the upcoming construction of an addition to the FRONT of the building. The addition will house new science classrooms and office space. When completed, it will give the new front entrance a whole new look. Construction on the addition will begin this year and continue into the following school year with completion of the high school scheduled for September of 2015. >Bond Update on RHS
HOOYAH AND ATTEN HUT: LOOKING FORWARD . . .
September 18, 2013- Riverhead, NY) The Riverhead High School's Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) of cadets is 140 strong this year—thus, hitting the Navy's 100 cadet-requirement out of the ballpark. This year's Commanding officer is c/LCDR James McEntee. >More
HONORING AND COMMEMORATING 9/11
(September 11, 2013) Students and teachers in several schools in the district wore Red, White and Blue, and principals, and teachers taught students lessons in patriotism, heroism, and in the higer grades--the historical events of 9/11--as part of the district's efforts to honor the 12th anniversary of September 11, 2001. >More
STUDENT GOVERNMENT OFFICERS PLAN HOMECOMING
SPIRIT WEEK AND PEP RALLY - OCTOBER 11th - 18th
HOMECOMING DAY - OCTOBER 19th - One of the first duties assigned to the Student Government is to organize HOMECOMING, which will begin on October 11th with the start of Spirit Week and culminate on October 19th with the parade and homecoming game. >More
SUMMER PROJECTS THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT
Superintendent Carney updated the Board of Education on several maintenance, Bond (B), Repair Reserve, and Energy Performance Contract (EPC) projects that are taking place in our schools over the summer. >More
CAP IS AWARDED $125,000
(September 9, 2013 -- Riverhead, NY) –Riverhead Community Awareness Program, Inc. (CAP) has been awarded a $125,000 federal grant from the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). On Friday, ONDCP Director Gil Kerlikowske announced $19.8 million in new Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program grants to 147 communities across the country. The awards are in addition to the $59.4 million in continuation grants simultaneously released to 473 currently funded DFC coalitions. Riverhead CAP was awarded the grant on behalf of the Riverhead Community Coalition for Safe and Drug-Free Youth; the funds will be used to involve and engage the Riverhead community to prevent substance use among youth. >More
NINTH GRADERS GET ORIENTED AT RHS
(September 4, 2013) Assistant Principal Michael Hugelmeyer welcomed the new ninth grade class to the high school during the Ninth Grade Orientation. RHS faculty members were on hand to give the ninth graders a tour of the building, which is currently undergoing renovations and will soon be under construction. >More
August, 2013 NEWS NEWSLETTERS, VIDEOS AND SLIDESHOWS
TEACHERS WELCOME KINDERGARTNERS
(August 27, 2013-Riverhead, NY) The Riverhead Central Faculty Association (RCFA) hosted ice cream socials in four different locations for incoming kindergarten students and their parents. Parents were invited to bring their children to meet their school's kindergarten teachers and to learn about the District's kindergarten program. The teachers and administrators of each of the District's four elementary schools also shared with the parents some tips about how they can support their child's learning process and make the first few days of kindergarten go smoothly. >More
SUMMER PROGRAMS FOR 12 MONTH STUDENTS
(August 1, 2013) Summer programs for twelve month special education students help keep students learning over the summer. The summer special education programs used themes such as "in the rain forest, a study of the states, and down by the ocean". Students participated in Reading/Writing Workshop. The younger students read about sea animals and animals that live in the rainforest, decorated animals for bulletin board displays, and wrote stories. >More
SUMMER MUSIC PROGRAM AT PULASKI
(August 1, 2013) Summer music lessons were offered at the Pulaski Street School. >More
SUMMER LEADERSHIP CAMP
(JULY 22, 2013 - NEWPORT, RI) One hundred and forty six Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) cadets graduated July 12, 2013 from the 2013 NJROTC Area 4 Leadership Academy and Sail Training (LA/ST) program at Naval Station Newport. >More
SPORTS NEWS -- A summary of the 2013-2014 Sports News >More
For ALL the News, Videos and Slideshows from September 2010 to July 2013, GO to 2010-13 NEWS ARCHIVE / ALSO SEE: 2010-11 NEWS ARCHIVE / 2011-12 NEWS ARCHIVE / 2012-13 NEWS ARCHIVE / SPORTS NEWS -- A summary of the 2012-2013 Sports News >More
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