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 Nancy
   Superintendent Nancy Carney
   Phone: 631.369.6717
   Address: District Office
   700 Osborn Ave.
   Riverhead, NY 11901
   nancy.carney@riverhead.net

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NEWS, NEWSLETTERS, VIDEOS AND SLIDESHOWS

JULY-AUGUST 2016 NEWS, NEWSLETTERS, VIDEOS AND MORE


Vaccination Requirements Update
Vaccinations
(August 2016) Beginning September 1, 2016, per New York State Education Law, all 7th and 12th grade students MUST HAVE proof of having been given Meningococcal vaccine (shot) in order to attend school. Proof of the meningococcal vaccine must be presented to the school nurse prior to starting school on September 1st. >More

NEW TEACHERS INSTITUTE 2016
CAP
(August 2016) Teachers and professional staff, some of whom are not new to the district but were hired this summer in a full-time capacity, participated in a three-day NEW TEACHERS INSTITUTE in the middle of August. >More

AUGUST 2016 BUILDING SOCIAL STUDIES CURRICULUM UNITS
Curriculum Writing
(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. >More

English as a New Language Summer Learning Opportunities
ENL
(July-August 2016) (July-August 2016) Students, who participated in the summer ENL program, increased their English language skills in an atmosphere of shared learning and fun. ENL teachers created innovative activities that engaged and helped these youngsters at various language learning levels improve their English learning, writing, reading and speaking skills. >More

YEAR ROUND STUDENTS: SUMMER 2016
Year Round Students Summer 2016
(July-August 2016) Summer programs for twelve month special education students help keep students learning over the summer. This summer special education students attended a six-week extended school year program that focused on developing and maintaining the skills they have learned throughout the school year. Students from Kindergarten through 8th grade learned all about planet Earth. Reading, writing and math were taught daily to meet individual needs. Each classroom focused on a different feature of the world to learn about subjects such as sea life, endangered species, the continents, the states and communities. >More

EdCampLDR at RHS: SUMMER 2016
EdCampLDR
(July 11, 2016 – Riverhead, NY) During summer vacation, lots of kids go to camp and so do some adults. Several teachers and administrators from the Riverhead Central School District and close to 200 participants from around the island and tri-state area converged on Riverhead High School to attend EdCamp. Participants were comprised of every position within the education profession - from superintendents to pre-service teachers still in school. With 35 sites around the world convening simultaneously, the Riverhead camp meeting was the largest EdCampLdr in NYS and one of the most populated EdCamps in the country! Participants from over 50 school districts came together at Riverhead High School on Monday, July 11th, to participate in EdCamp. Check out the tweets on Twitter at #edcampldrny and on the twitter feed on the RCSD District website. (The next EdCamp on LI is scheduled for October 1st in Massapequa!) >More

SCHOOL BOARD MEETING NEWS FOR JULY 5, 2016
Board of Ed Reorganizational Meeting Summer 2016
(July 5, 2016) The first meeting in July is the REORGANIZATIONAL meeting for the Board of Education. Newly elected board member, Laurie Downs, and returning board members, Christopher Dorr, Amelia Lantz and Susan Koukounas, were sworn in by District Clerk Barbara O'Kula. Ms. Koukounas was re-elected as Board President and Amelia Lantz was re-elected as Vice President of the Board of Education. Superintendent Nancy Carney was also sworn in and later presented an overview of the projects that will be completed at Roanoke and Pulaski from the Capital Reserve Fund. >More

JUNE 2016 NEWS, NEWSLETTERS, VIDEOS AND MORE


KEEP READING OVER THE SUMMER
CAP
(June 22, 2016) The reading teachers at each of our elementary schools have one final message for all elementary students, "KEEP READING OVER THE SUMMER!"

Message from Roanoke Literacy Coach Tammi Michaelson, "The very generous families of Shoreham-Wading River Elementary Schools (Miller Avenue and Wading River) took up a collection of gently used books and donated them to the Roanoke students to support their summer reading! We have thousands of books for the children to choose from. Students will be able choose at least 5-10 books. We are very thankful to the Shoreham-Wading River elementary schools for their efforts on behalf of our students." >More

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR JUNE 2016 RETIREES AND NEWLY TENURED
CAP
(June 21, 2016) The Board of Education celebrated the June 2016 Retirees and the newly tenured teachers, administrators and staff at their June 21, 2016 Board of Education meeting. Congratulations! >More

JUNETEENTH WRITING CONTEST AT PULASKI
CAP
(June 17, 2016) The winners of the Pulaski Street Juneteenth Writing Contest and their classmates were the guests of honor at an ice cream party in the cafeteria and on Saturday, June 18th,, the young writers read their essays and received a prize at the Juneteenth Picnic held at Ludlum Park in Flanders. The writing contest is sponsored by the East End Voters Coalition. The subject, Juneteenth, is about our nation’s celebration of freedom from slavery.

The following students were chosen as winners of the Juneteenth Essay Writing Contest: Patrick Guice, Abigail Payne, and Jayra Barreto. As winners, they received a $50 gift card. Three essayists received an Honorable Mention: Auset Exum, Simon Solarz, and Shania Morris. The students, who received an Honorable Mention, received a $25 gift card. >More

RMS ACADEMIC AWARDS NIGHT
CAP
(June 16, 2016) RMS students received academic awards . . . >More

ROANOKE FOURTH GRADE FAREWELL
CAP
(June 17, 2016) Roanoke Avenue Elementary School was the first elementary school to host its annual “Fourth Grade Farewell” Roanoke Principal Thomas Payton recognized students for Academic Achievement and Academic Excellence and congratulated each fourth grader with a certificate.

Three students received special recognition for their attendance records. Cecilia Moreno received recognition for "not missing one day in her five years (900 school days) at Roanoke". Mr. Payton also commended his student council members for their achievements and recognized the "Peacemakers" for their efforts. Finally, the fourth grade chorus shared two special musical numbers and the third graders sang them out of the auditorium. >More

RILEY AVENUE FLAG DAY 2016
CAP
(June 14, 2016) People across the United State celebrate Flag Day to honor the United States flag, reflect on the flag’s history and its meaning to the people of this great nation. As one young presenter at the Riley Avenue Flag Day celebration noted, "Many Americans celebrate Flag Day by displaying the Red, White, and Blue in front of their homes and businesses. The Continental Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the young republic on June 14, 1777." >More

PULASKI STREET FLAG DAY 2016
CAP
(June 14, 2016) A lesson in American history came to life on the Pulaski Street School’s lawn yesterday morning. A clear azure sky arched above the 400 5th-grade students, many dressed in red, white and blue, who sat in a semi-circle around the flag pole, respectfully quiet as they learned the story of the American flag on Flag Day. Their attention was riveted by the NJROTC cadet color guard led by Gunnery Sergeant Mahala and six women representing the Daughters of the American Revolution who were poised to teach them about the Stars and Stripes. >More at RiverheadLocal

31st ANNUAL CAP "SAY NO TO DRUGS" MARCH
CAP

(June 10, 2016) Riverhead Community Awareness Program, Inc. (CAP) sponsored its 31st Annual Say NO to Drugs March on June 10th. Riverhead Police Officer Byron Perez was the keynote speaker. >More

RHS PERFECT ATTENDANCE AWARDS‏
CAP

(June 9, 2016) A special congratulations to the high school students who achieved perfect attendance for the 2015-16 school year. Maya Williams maintained perfect attendance for six consecutive years and Andrew Teresky achieved perfect attendance for four consecutive years! Nine students had three consecutive years of perfect attendance. >More

ENL/BILINGUAL PRESENTATION AT JUNE 7 BD. OF ED. MTG.‏
CAP
(June 7, 2016) Elizabeth Scaduto, K-12 Director of English as a New Language, Bilingual Programs, and World Languages, gave a presentation on the changes in the ENL and Bilingual Program at the June 7 Board of Education Meeting. >More

RHS STUDENTS TEACH THE WATER CYCLE AT RILEY‏
CAP

(June 4, 2016) On Friday, June 4th, students, Tahnaja Murray, Skylar Scioscia, and Marisa Murgolo from Mr. McCrary’s AP Biology class visited Mrs. Juliet Lake-Carlsons’ class at Riley Avenue Elementary to teach a lesson on the water cycle. The lesson was a tremendous educational success with the younger students. Riley students proudly displayed their individual models they made as part of their exploration into the water cycle. >More

RHS ATHLETIC AWARDS NIGHT
CAP

(June 4, 2016) Each year Riverhead High School coaches and Athletic Director Bill Groth celebrate the achievements of our scholar athletes during the ATHLETIC AWARDS NIGHT. Congratulations to the student athletes, their coaches and teams for their accomplishments during the 2015-16 school year. >More

ALS ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE
CAP

(June 3, 2016) We would like to recognize teachers and staff from the Phillips Avenue who participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to find a cure for ALS. ALS victim Chris Pendergast was there to cheer them on in their efforts. With a final check from the PTO, they raised just over $3,000, which will qualify the school as a Gold Award winner! They will receive a banner and a certificate from the ALS Ride for Life organization. >More

RHS SENIOR SCHOLARSHIP NIGHT
CAP

(June 2, 2016) The community of Riverhead supports its seniors with thousands of dollars of memorial scholarships. Surrounded by proud relatives, teachers, administrators, and members of the Riverhead community Riverhead High School seniors received a total of $764,900 worth of scholarships. >More

NIGHT OF STRINGS 2016
CAP
CONGRATULATIONS to the RHS musicians and their directors who participated in the Night of Strings concert on May 31. Three hundred and eighty string players performed "Shut Up And Dance" at Riverhead Central School District's annual Night Of 1,000 Strings. The arrangement was written by Regan Burns, the orchestra director of the Middle School Orchestra. This concert is a tremendous display of effort and talent by the directors and musicians from Pulaski Street, the Middle School and High School orchestra programs. The Night of Strings shows the growth and breadth of talent at each level of the program and concludes with a combined orchestra of hundreds! >More

MAY 2016 NEWS, NEWSLETTERS, VIDEOS AND MORE


PHILLIPS AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT PROGRAM – S.T.E.A.M.
CAP

(May 26, 2016) Phillips Avenue Principal Debra Rodgers says of the eight week Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math (S.T.E.A.M.) afterschool program, which Phillips Avenue teachers designed and executed, “Simply stated, it was about teaching the whole child. I am very proud of the program my teachers created. Each of the teachers who volunteered to participate followed their own interests and passions in creating the courses we offered." >More

RHS ACADEMIC AWARDS CEREMONY‏‏
CAP

(May 26, 2016) Surrounded by proud parents, teachers and administrators, Riverhead High School students in grades 9-12 received awards for academic excellence on May 26th in the high school auditorium. These RHS students achieved the highest average in their classes in the first three quarter in their courses and/or excelled in a particular extracurricular activity (i.e., student government, etc.). >More

RHS SENIORS SIGNING TO PLAY IN COLLEGE‏‏
CAP

(May 26, 2016 - Riverhead, NY) Surrounded by proud parents, coaches and administrators, five Riverhead High School scholar athletes, who have received scholarships to play their sport in a Division I or Division II College in the fall, were honored at a ceremony on May 26th in the high school library. >More

EXPLORING LONG ISLAND -- A DAY AT THE BEACH
SADD

(May 23-26, 2016) Science is by nature a “hands-on” experience. Under the guidance of their middle school teachers, 7th graders are getting some unique learning experiences both in the classroom and on field trips to beaches only a few minutes from their classrooms. >More

RHS TRACK DIVISION II AND STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
STOPPED

(May 23, 2016) Riverhead's Luke Coulter took the Division II 800 championship in 1:55.27. Coulter used his kick in the final 150 meters to outpace his opponent." AND senior Curtis Flippen won the Suffolk County Division II triple jump championship. >More

RMS MUSIC IN THE PARKS
CAP

(May 21, 2016) Four Riverhead Middle School Honors groups travelled to Bristol, CT on Saturday, May 21st, to compete in the annual Music In The Parks Festival. After the performances, the students and parent chaperones enjoyed a day at Lake Compounce, CT. It was quite a successful day, especially since the school received the coveted Esprit de Corps Award*. >More

NATIONAL JUNIOR HONOR SOCIETY INDUCTEES
CAP

(May 19, 2016) The awards season at Riverhead Middle School begins with the National Jr. Honor Society Induction Ceremony. Using national guidelines, the local chapter establishes rules for membership that are based upon a student's outstanding performance in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. Congratulations to the 72 students who received this honor! As part of the ceremony, the NJHS officers gifted a BUDDY BENCH to the Phillips Avenue Elementary School. The Buddy Bench is designed to help students befriend their schoolmates. The inscription on the Buddy Bench given to Phillips by the National Junior Honor Society reads, "Be the change you want to see in the world." >More

AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR RALPH MASIELLO AT AQUEBOGUE
CAP

(May 19, 2016) Each year the PTO and Librarian Brenda Tuttle bring in an author to spend the day with the students at the Aquebogue Elementary School. This year, author/illustrator Ralph Masiello was invited. What a lot of fun! This guy can do it all -- including keep students laughing, drawing and asking questions for hours! >More

WATER SAMPLING RESULTS
(May 19, 2016) the district had all the water taps in the district tested for lead. JC Broderick and Associates, an Environmental/Construction Consulting and Testing firm, has just completed water testing in all of our schools, the transportation garage, and the district office.

In testing for lead in water, the EPA guidance document calls for two tests, a primary draw and then a flush draw after water is run through the tap. Out of the 250 water taps tested, 4 exceeded the EPA Action Level for lead in the primary draw but not in the flush draw. In all four instances, the primary draw was high but the flush draw was under the EPA action limit. These results suggest that the problem is with the fixtures rather than with the pipes in the building.

As a first step, the fixtures have been removed and the pipes capped. JC Broderick suggests that we have the fixtures replaced and the taps retested. They noted that in about 65% of the school buildings they have tested across Suffolk County, they have found these anomalies. >More

RILEY LIBRARIAN/MEDIA SPECIALIST WINS SSLMA GRANT
Blue Wave Fitness

(May 18, 2016) Riley Avenue Elementary School librarian/media specialist Amelia Estevez-Creedon‏ was awarded the Suffolk School Library Media Association (SSLMA) 2016 Media Flex-Opals Library Project Grant for $500 at the SSLMA’s awards ceremony and dinner on Wednesday, May 18. The school will be using the $500 grant award to support Social Studies initiatives in the library. >More

BUDGET VOTE AND BOARD OF ED. ELECTION RESULTS
NJROTC Meet

(May 17, 2016) The 2016-17 Budget PASSED 1,635 to 948 and Amelia Lantz, Laurie Downs and Christopher Dorr were elected to the Board of Education. Lantz and Downs will serve for 3 years and Dorr will serve the remaining year of Lori Hulse's term. We would like to congratulate the winning candidates and thank everyone who ran and voted in this important annual event. >More

ART-IN-ACTION
Make a Wish

(May 13, 2016) The Annual Art-In-Action night was held Friday, May 13. There was art from almost every student in the district and parents and students joined the action by making something at the various art-in-action tables to take home. This is a huge effort by the district's art teachers. Thank you! >More

HS ART CLUB SPONSORS CHALK EVENT
Make a Wish

(May 12, 2016) The RHS Art Club sponsored a Chalk Art fundraiser just prior to the Art-In-Action night on Friday, May 13, 2016. Students purchased squares and used their lunch hour to draw a picture as part of an effort by the Art Club to raise funds for supplies and workshops. >More

NJROTC TOOK TWO FIELD TRIPS IN MAY
Blood Drive

(May 12, 2016) The Riverhead NJROTC visited Plum Island on Wednesday, May 11. The cadets had a very informative and educational briefing regarding the current mission and future plans for the Animal Disease Center, which ensures protection for much of the country’s food supply.

(May 2, 2016) The V-22 Osprey from HMX-1 is the latest addition to the squadron that flies the President. It is a vertical takeoff and landing jet. RHS NJROTC cadets recently toured the V-22 Osprey and the Marine Corps Base Quantico. While at Quantico, the cadets were also able to visit the K-9 unit and operate combat vehicle simulators and were given the opportunity to fire simulated weapons. The cadets also got to eat in the base dining facility during their stay.

In addition to Quantico, the cadets visited the United States Naval Academy, the Civil War Battlefield at Fredericksburg and spent a day touring the museums and monuments in Washington, DC. The trip concluded with an adventurous day at Six Flags. >More

AQUEBOGUE KINDERGARTNER WINS HONORABLE MENTION AT BNL SCIENCE FAIR
Jiu Jitsu

(May 7, 2016 - BNL Science Fair) Kindergartner Braedyn MacLeod was a standout in the Aquebogue Science Fair. Braedyn won first place at Aquebgoue and then entered her experiment in Brookhaven National Lab's Science Fair where she won HONORABLE MENTION! >More

ROANOKE FIRST GRADER WINS HONORABLE MENTION AT BNL SCIENCE FAIR
Jiu Jitsu

(May 7, 2016 - BNL Science Fair) First grader Summer Realander's project won HONORABLE MENTION AT THE BNL SCIENCE FAIR. Her objective was to determine what type of flour makes the best tasting cookies. She learned how flour was made and chose four different types of flour (almond, glutten free, coconut and all purpose flours) to use. She chose shortbread cookies because the recipe (flour, sugar and butter) was the most basic with no other flavors mixed in. She made four batches of star cookies then had as many people as she could taste test them for her. In the end the cookies made with all-purpose flour were the favorite. >More

MARINE BIOLOGY CLASS FIELD TRIP TO COLD SPRING
Jiu Jitsu

(May 5, 2016) The Marine Biology Classes from Riverhead HS took a trip to the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery and Aquarium on May 5, 2016. As a working hatchery stocking ponds and lakes all over the state, the fish hatchery personnel are experts on the life cycle of trout. The marine Biology students learned how eggs are collected from live trout and cared for at the Hatchery, and they were able to compare this process to trout spawning naturally in the wild. Students observed the amazing attributes of trout at all stages of development, as well as toured the live exhibits. >More

ALS RIDE FOR LIFE
Make a Wish

Student Government Officers, Class Officers and Class Representatives for 2015-16 joined Chris Pendergast, accompanied by his wife, Christine Pendergast, and two other riders, Frank and Clinton, in the 19th Annual Ride For Life, which takes place each May to celebrate National ALS Awareness Month. ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease after the Yankees first baseman, is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder during which victims slowly lose control of their muscles, speech and, eventually, breathing. >More

TALK2PREVENT
Make a Wish

(May 10, 2016) On Monday, May 10th, a partnership between the schools and the Riverheaqd community was applauded, held up as an example, and reinforced by NYS and Governor Cuomo's office via the visit of Arlene González-Sánchez, Commissioner of the State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, who spoke to school officials, local politicians and several hundred seniors in the high school cafeteria about the NYS Talk2Prevent campaign -- a catalyst to help spark conversations between these young adults and their parents about the dangers of underage drinking and risky behavior at this time of the year. >More

CORNELL COOPERATIVE SETS UP DISCOVERY TANKS
Make a Wish

(May 10, 2016) Students in first grade study animals in their natural habitat as part of their science curriculum. Riverhead is bordered by the Peconic River and the Great Peconic Bay on the south, and the Long Island Sound on the north. Our shorelines and waters are major resources and attractions, and it is important for our students to understand the marine environment so they can protect and enhance it. >More

ROANOKE WINS TANGER OUTLET GRANT

(May 12, 2016) Roanoke Avenue third grade teacher Gary Karlson was this year's TangerKids Grant recipient. >More

FUNDRAISERS:

We would like to thank students and staff from the schools and members of the community who participated in recent fundraisers:

(1) The RHS Art Club sponsored a Chalk Art fundraiser just prior to the Art-In-Action night on Friday, May 13, 2016. Students purchased squares and used their lunch hour to draw a picture as part of an effort by the Art Club to raise funds for supplies and workshops.

(2) R2R 5K and Fun Run -- About 200 runners made the run. They raised enough money for several scholarships. RHS AP Patrick Burke, who organized the race, would like to thank all the sponsors and runners who came out for this annual fundraiser.

(3) Driven to Give – fundraiser for the Blue Masques – This fundraiser goes a long way to help the Blue Masques put on their productions. Thank you to the Riverhead Buick-GMC dealership for this effort on behalf of our students.

APRIL 2016 NEWS, NEWSLETTERS, VIDEOS AND MORE


WORLDSTRIDE ONSTAGE
SADD

(April 18-22, 2016) Three RHS ensembles participated in Worldstrides Onstage in Boston, MA April 22-24 and they brought home a busload of awards! >More

WWII -- SOCIAL STUDIES
SADD

(April, 2016) The Riverhead WebCam offers students the opportunity to interview original sources by skype. Recently, the students in Mr. Kitz's Global Studies 10 (School within a School) class at RHS interviewed Pat Ryan, a 91-year-old WWII veteran. Mr. Ryan, the father of Joan Bernhardt, a Teachers Assistant at Riverhead HS, joined the Navy when he was 16 years old and fought in Normandy and Okinawa. The students, as a class, read an article about Mr. Ryan. They organized the interview and each of them were able to personally ask Mr. Ryan questions via Skype. >More

SADD AWARENESS WEEK
SADD
(April 18-24, 2016) SADD Club (Students Against Destructive Decisions) hosts an awareness week every Spring to educate High School students about choices they make in their lives. This year SADD week is April 18th-22nd, 2016. During each lunch period SADD members will be sharing information about Mental Illness, Toxic Relationships, Teen Pregnancy, Social Media and Distracted Driving (texting or drinking). Staff from ALLSTATE insurance will be present on April 21st, 2016 regarding Texting and Driving. All students who participate are entered into a raffle or prizes given out on April 22nd during the lunch periods. >More

THE STOPPED PROGRAM
STOPPED

(April 8-10, 2016) (April 14, 2016) SADD sponsored this program just prior to their Awareness Week. The program is aimed aimed at educating the young drivers directly through both lecture and innovative hands on activity as an effort to reducing the number of young drivers involved in motor vehicle crashes. The acronym stands for Sheriffs Telling Our Parents & Promoting Educated Drivers. The second preventive aspect of the S.T.O.P.P.E.D. program is an educational component aimed at teaching young drivers the consequences of driving while under the influence of alcohol by having them wear glasses that simulate an alcohol induced state. Next, they have the students drive a pedal car through a road bordered by cones. Each cone they hit is a life lost or injured. >More

CAP MEET & GREET 2016
CAP

(April 14, 2016) This year’s event at the Riverhead firehouse, the Riverhead CAP Youth Coalition — which formed last August and consists of Riverhead students and local teens from Riverhead High School. The Youth Coalition has already made a huge impact, noted one of the organizers of this event. Members of the coalition set up booths and discussed their initiatives with members of the community who attended this event. >More

WOMEN IN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING AT CAPSTONE
WISE
On Tuesday, April 12th, students from Riverhead High School's WISE program attended their Capstone Event at Stony Brook University. WISE, or Women in Science and Engineering, is a program designed for female students who are interested in pursuing a career in the fields of math and sciences. Each of the student groups in attendance gave a presentation on a particular grade level topic. >More

THE ARMY IS IN THE GYM
Blue Wave Fitness

(April 11, 2016) The fitness program at the high school this year, which is referred to as Blue Wave Fitness, is new to the 2015-16 school year and focuses on fitness. Blue Wave Fitness is designed to enhance personal fitness and is a core strength and conditioning program. The program is modeled after a modified cross fit program. The first two days of PE every week are fitness days. In an effort to keep changing up the exercises in the Blue Wave Fitness program, the RHS PE teachers invited area Army recruiters to put their classes through a variety of fitness and team building exercises devised by the recruiters. >More

RHS NJROTC DRILL TEAM WINS LAST REGIONAL DRILL MEET
NJROTC Meet

(April 9, 2016) The Riverhead Drill Team finished 1st Overall in the last Area Four Regional Drill Meet of the year on Saturday April 9th at Rancocas Valley Regional High School in Mount Holly, New Jersey. Thirteen schools and over 500 cadets from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware competed in 7 events for the overall awards. This was the last drill meet for the seniors and they went out in style with consistently strong performances across the board. Despite missing most of the junior class due to scheduled ACT tests, the rest of the unit picked up their game and performed extremely well despite the lack of competition experience in many cases. This effort displayed the importance of having depth on the team and cadets continuing to practice hard and making the most of their opportunity. >More

COINS FOR WISHES AT THE MIDDLE SCHOOL
Make a Wish

(April 2016) The Middle School hosted a “Coins for Wishes” fundraiser. They raised $500 for the Long Island Make a Wish Foundation. >More

LEADERS CLUB HOSTS SECOND BLOOD DRIVE FOR THE YEAR
Blood Drive

(April 14, 2016) The High School Leaders Club hosted its second BLOOD DRIVE in the 2015-16 school year. Thank you to all the students and staff who gave blood during this important event. >More

RHS STUDENT EXCELS IN JIU JITSU
Jiu Jitsu

(April 14, 2016) Riverhead High School Assistant Principal Patrick Burke is always looking for ways to encourage RHS students in their pursuit of excellence. RHS junior Elvio Estrada came to Mr. Burke's attention as a dedicated and determined athlete who excels in the world of Jiu Jitsu. Elvio works out five hours a day and has pushed his skill set to the limit. Elvio's hard work day after day has paid off. He will be competing in the 2016 IBJJF (International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) World Championships in Long Beach, California on June 1-5. Elvio placed 5th out of 55 in his class. >More

BLUE MASQUES PRESENT "SHREK, THE MUSICAL"
Shrek

(April 8-10, 2016) The RHS BLUE MASQUES presented "Shrek, The Musical" the weekend of April 8th. Congratulations! >More

ROANOKE POETRY JAMS
Poetry Jams

(April 8, 2016) Second graders at Roanoke Avenue Elementary School spend some time each year listening to, reading and writing poetry. They begin by looking at poetry and comparing it to other genres. POETRY JAMS are a fun way to share the young poets' hard work and poems with an audience. The room is decorated, a stage area is set up, the poems are memorized, and the parents are invited. >More

RHS FORENSICS CLASS FEATURED SPEAKER
Forensics

(April 6, 2016) Dr. Kohlmeier, who is currently working in the Medical Examiner office in Suffolk County and as a Clinical Assistant Professor at Stony Brook School of Medicine, spoke to RHS Forensic teacher Kelly Evers' class at Riverhead High School. >More

ROANOKE TEDDY BEAR CLINIC
Teddy Bear Clinic

(April 1, 2016) Kindergarten students at the Roanoke Avenue Elementary School participated in a TEDDY BEAR CLINIC presented by Kristi Ladowski, MPH, an Injury Prevention and Outreach Coordinator from the Trauma Center at Stony Brook Children's Hospital. Ms. Ladowski stressed to the kindergartners the importance of Buckling Up whenever they get into the car--no matter how short the trip. She underlined the importance of using car seats and/or booster seats for children 8 years old and under. The booster seats help raise kids up so seat belts fit safely. She also emphasized the "BACK is where it's at!" Her safety talk was followed by a Teddy Bear Clinic. >More

MARCH 2016 NEWS, NEWSLETTERS, VIDEOS AND MORE


ROANOKE SCIENCE FAIR WINNERS
SCIENCE FAIR

(March, 2016) Roanoke Avenue Elementary School held its annual science fair and announced the following winners-- >More

AQUEBOGUE SCIENCE FAIR
SCIENCE FAIR

(March 29, 2016) The third grade students in James MacLeod's class made a grassroots effort to get their schoolmates excited about entering an exhibit in the Aquebogue Science Fair this year. These third graders (and some fourth graders from his last year's class) gave presentations to classes, posted flyers in the hallway, acted as "science consultants" to other students who met with them for information on how to set up exhibits and how to find topics. These young consultants also helped students acquire tri-fold boards on which to mount their exhibits. Hooray for these science enthusiasts! >More

KEY CLUB LAUNCHES "THIRST PROJECT"
SCIENCE FAIR

(March 29, 2016) The 2016 NYS Key Club Leadership Conference in Albany inspired the RHS Key Club members to continue their local efforts to keep water clean and accessible, and to step up their efforts to a global level, by participating in “Thirst Project”. Clubs like the Key Club have become the driving force behind an army of students who have helped Thirst Project build wells in countries like Swaziland, which is the designated location of this year’s fund-raiser. >More

RMS FRENCH CLUB TOURS QUEBEC CITY
French Class

(March 23, 2016) (March 23-26, 2016) The Riverhead Middle School French Club just returned from a four day culture tour of Quebec City, Canada. It was a trip of 106 students, parents, and teachers, who experienced French culture, language, and food! >More

ENVIRONMENTAL CLUB COLORS EGGS
EGGS

(March 23, 2016) 1The RMS Environmental Club under the guidance of their advisor, science teacher Kristen Realander, made colored eggs the old fashioned and environmentally friendly way by dying them in boiling pots of red cabbage, beets and onions. Imprints from flowers, bands and leaves added the designs. >More

THE TOP 15 IN THE CLASS OF 2016 HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED
TOP 15
(March, 2016) 1 Peter Cook (Valedictorian) 2 Joseph Messina (Salutatorian) 3 Dillon Wiggins 4 Muhammad Fareed 5 Blake Carrara 6 Joshua Rosenbaum 7 Brenna Latour 8 Jesse Goodale 9 Gwendolyn Hilles 10 Joseph Cunningham 11 Michael Harris 12 Jessica Freeborn 13 Shannon McAlister 14 Helene Drozd 15 Natalia Drozdowska >More


LATINISTS WIN BIG AT CERTAMEN 2016
Certamen

(March 7-18 2016) Fourteen Long Island schools participated in the 11th Annual Suffolk County Certamen, which is a strictly academic annual competition in which the county’s best Latin students go head-to-head in knowledge-based quick recall questions on Latin grammar and translation, ancient Greco-Roman mythology, English word origins, and all manner of ancient historical and cultural trivia. Our Latinists performed well. >More



RILEY AVENUE PARENTS AS READING PARTNERS 2016
PARP

(March 7-18, 2016) Riley Avenue hosted a two-week Parents as Reading Partners (PARP) program March 7-18. It included a night of robotics, a science fair, an evening with LI authors, bridge building, a mad scientist and more. This year's theme was "Reading Lights the Way to Learning". Parents were asked to read with their child for at least 15 minutes each evening and to fill out a "lightbulb" worksheet. On each lightbulb, the students wrote the title of the book and the main idea of the book they had chosen to read. The lightbulbs were posted in the hallway to "light the way to learning". >More



YASMINE TO ATTEND NYS SUMMER SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS
Music Camp

(March, 2016) Yasmine Kocan has been accepted to NYSSSA the New York State Summer School for the Arts - Orchestra Studies Program. Yasmine is one of 90 students selected by audition from all across New York State to attend the program at Skidmore College this summer. The School will run in conjunction with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s summer session at SPAC - Skidmore Performing Arts Center. A program of small ensemble performances, concerts and social events will take place. >More



AN OPPORTUNITY TO HOLD HISTORY IN THEIR HANDS
Global History

(March 15, 2016) Alison Bauernfeind's Global 9 students have been merging ancient artifacts with the new 3D printing technology. Ms. Bauernfeind and Librarian Kim McGurk collaborated to create a unique lesson that incorporates traditional research with high tech 3D printing. >More


LUKE COULTER PLACES SECOND AT NYS CHAMPIONSHIP MEET
Track

(March 5, 2016) On Saturday, February 27, Luke Coulter broke his own school record by over 10 seconds in the 1600 Meter run with a time of 4:25.7, which won him the first place medal in all of Long Island (Suffolk, Nassau & Catholic schools). (March 5, 2016) On Saturday, February 27, Luke Coulter broke his own school record by over 10 seconds in the 1600 Meter run with a time of 4:25.7, which won him the first place medal in all of Long Island (Suffolk, Nassau & Catholic schools).

Luke Coulter represented the Blue Waves and placed second in the 600-meter dash at the New York State Championships at Cornell University in Ithaca. He did so by breaking his own school record. Coulter, who was seeded seventh in the event, just missed winning the state title by a fraction of a second. According to Coach Justin Cobis, Luke crossed the finish line in 1 minute 21.81 seconds, just off the right shoulder of Union Springs senior Evan DeGraw, who clocked in at 1:21.53 on the inside lane to win first place. >More

TEEN ART SHOW AT RIVERHEAD FREE LIBRARY
Teen Art Show

(March 4, 2016 - Riverhead, NY) The annual Teen Art Show opening reception, sponsored by Riverhead High School, the Friends of the Library and the Youth Services Department of the Library, was held on Friday, March 4. It was, once again, dedicated to the memory of former RHS art teacher Vincent Nasta.

The gallery space at the library does a great job of DISPLAYING the varied offerings of our art students in grades 9-12 and the Friends of the Library did a great job of coordinating this event with our art teachers. The library hosted a nice reception for our students and the public who came to view their art and we would like to extend a thank you to all the staff and volunteers involved in making this such a successful event. The student art will be on view until March 23. >More

NADINE GREENBERG CHOSEN AS GUEST CONDUCTOR AT SCMEA
Nadine Greenberg

(March 4, 2016 - Riverhead, NY) Nadine-May Greenberg was chosen as a Guest Director at the Suffolk County Music Educators Music Festival (West). She directed the middle school chorus at the festival. >More

READING ROCKS AT ROANOKE
Reading Week

(March 1, 2016) After a raucous reading rally led by author Joe Shandrowski, Mr. Payton issued his challenge, "If you meet my challenge and read for 80,000 minutes (outside school) during the week," he challenged, "on Friday, March 4th, somewhere in the hallways of Roanoke, at 2:30PM, I will encourage every child and teacher at Roanoke to DUCT TAPE ME TO THE WALL!" >More

FEBRUARY 2016 NEWS, NEWSLETTERS, VIDEOS AND MORE

SCHOOL BOARD MEETING NEWS FOR FEBRUARY 23, 2016

RETIREMENT PROCLAMATIONS / FIRST BUDGET PRESENTATION / CURRICULUM PRESENTATION / SEE VIDEO / FIRST BOOKS / FIRST BOOKS REGISTRATON HELP

SECOND QUARTER HONOR ROLL

(February 22, 2016) The SECOND QUARTER HONOR ROLLS are out. Congratulations to MS and HS students who made the honor rolls. RHS / RMS

RHS TRACK AND FIELD TEAM
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(February 27, 2016) On Saturday, 2/27/2016, members of the Riverhead Varsity Track & Field Team competed in the Long Island Elite Meet held at St. Anthony's High School. Luke Coulter shattered his own school record by over 10 seconds in the 1600M run with a time of 4:25.79. Good for first place in all of Long Island (Suffolk, Nassau & Catholic Schools). The RHS Boys 4x400 Meter Relay Team placed 3rd overall and Curtis Flippen had a personal best jump of 43'6" in the Triple Jump which was good enough for 4th place!

Good luck to Luke Coulter, who will be representing the Blue Waves upstate at the NYSPHSSA Indoor Championship Meet at Cornell University! >More

CRAZY SPORTS NIGHT 2016 - PULASKI WINS!
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(February 26, 2016) (FRIDAY, February 26, 2016) THE FIFTH ANNUAL CRAZY SPORTS NIGHT was ONCE AGAIN a huge success. The crowd was massive and the teams were amazing! This evening of mayhem is sponsored by the PTO Executive Council. RHS Principal Charles Regan and Pulaski Principal Dave Densieski did an outstanding job as referees, while Doc Greenberger kept the crowd cheering as Master of Ceremonies. The crowd watched in wonder as their favorite team came onto the floor in colorful T-shirts to their theme song as it blared out over the loudspeaker. Team entrances were enthusiastic and dramatic and the crowd loved it. This was followed by relays, races, ball tosses, and amazing athletic acumen. Intermission was almost as exciting as the games. The Blue Masques gave the audience a preview of their spring musical, SHREK, which is scheduled for April 8th - April 10th. The evening raised $4,600 in total. The money will be distributed to the school PTOs to benefit the students at each school. >More

4th GRADE SPEAKERS SERIES VISITS GHANA
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(February 23, 2016) Black History Month continued in our schools with a visit to Ghana, West Africa by the District's 4th grade students during the fourth segment of the FOURTH GRADE SPEAKERS SERIES. In its fifth year, one of the favorite programs in the series is a live conversation with students in Ghana. The exchange is coordinated by O'ia-da, a non-profit organization (www.oiadaintl.org) that for the past 15 years has been dedicated to providing educational programs and services that encourage the appreciation of African and African American cultures and history in Ghana and the US. >More

BLACK HISTORY CELEBRATION
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(February 11, 2016) Riverhead High School held its annual Black History Celebration on February 11th. A nice addition to this year's celebration was an offering by the RHS Cooking Club of authentic South African cuisine and the student displayof African American art in the showcase near the auditorium. >More

ANNUAL TEA IS A LESSON IN MANNERS
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(February 16, 2016) Catherine Kent's Annual Tea Party is always a bright spot in the school year. It indicates that spring is coming soon. This year's tea was held just prior to Valentine's Day, and the lovely manners and and polite acts of kindness that her students displayed were as delightful as any of the delicious delicacies they enjoyed. Cucumber sandwiches, strawberries dipped in chocolate, heart-shaped cookies and sandwiches accompanied the apple juice, which was politely poured--by the hosts and hostesses--from silver teapots.
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RHS VARSITY GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM LEAGUE CHAMPS
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(February 9-17, 2016) The Riverhead girls basketball team clinched a share of the League III championship last night with a 63-30 win at West Islip. The Blue Waves finished 13-1 in league to finish in a tie with Huntington for the league crown. The beat Half Hollow Hills in the first playoff game and lost to Commack in the second round. Great Season, Girls!
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RHS VARSITY CHEERLEADER MAKE THE SEMIFINALS
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(February 8, 2016) For the second time in two years the RHS Varsity Cheerleaders made the semifinals at the National High School Cheerleading Championship at ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando. Way to go, girls!
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RHS SENIOR LUKE COULTER WINS THE 3,200 AND THE 600
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(February 8, 2016) (February 1, 2016) Newsday sportswriter Jordan Lauterbach writes, "It's an unorthodox combo, but Riverhead's Luke Coulter does it well. One, the 3,200 meters, a display of distance and endurance. The other, the 600 meters, a shorter mid-distance janunt that has a penchant to turn into an all-out sprint.">More

JOURNALISM 101 AT RMS
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(February 2, 2016) Journalism and Social Media taught by Mindy Benze is a new class at the middle school. This is the first year for this class and the students were lucky to land a presentation by Emmy award winner and Channel 12 sportscaster Kevin Maher. >More

JANUARY 2016 NEWS, NEWSLETTERS, VIDEOS AND MORE

GREAT KINDNESS CHALLENGE
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(January 26 – 29, 2016) The District’s elementary schools are participating in a week-long Great Kindness Challenge by hosting a number of events including a presentation by Long Island author Lisa Krekeler, who wrote a book entitled Emily and the Kindness Bracelet. >More

CPO ORLOWSKI SPEAKS TO THIRD GRADERS ABOUT JAPAN
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(January 23, 2016) Chief Petty Officer Orlowski visited both Gary Karlson's and Donna Verbeck's third grade classes to share his personal experiences in Japan with the third graders, who are studying Asia as part of their social studies curriculum. Orlowski is in the Navy and is currently stationed in Japan. His nephews, Jackson and Tucker, attend Roanoke. Jackson is in Mr. Karlson's and Mrs. Verbeck's classrooms.
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TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE OF “KIDSDAY” PAGE
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(January 20, 2016) Student volunteers from Claire Belmonte’s and Dee Martin’s fifth grade classes have begun working on their 20th “KIDSDAY” page.
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READING AND WRITING WITH RITA AT RILEY
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(January 15, 2016) I spent an hour writing with Rita Maloney's 2nd graders at the Riley Avenue Elemen tary School. >More

BLUE MASQUES PRESENT “BYE BYE BIRDIE”
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(January 11, 2016) The Blue Masques successfully presented their Friday and Saturday performances of “Bye Bye Birdie”. However, the Sunday matinee was interrupted by an emergency and has been rescheduled for Sunday, January 17, at 1:00PM. THERE WILL BE NO CHARGE FOR THIS PERFORMANCE. >More

THE GREAT KINDNESS CHALLENGE

GKARCSD is a CERTIFIED KINDNESS CHALLENGE DISTRICT, which means that last year all the district’s schools participated in the Great Kindness Challenge. This year all four elementary schools and the middle school have confirmed participation in the GKC.  The elementary are also participating in Coins for Kenya, a global service project to help build a new school in a Kenyan village. The goal is to build a fully equipped six-room school for approximately 200 students, ages 4-8 years old. >More

BLUE WAVES FITNESS PROGRAM
Fitness

(January 2016) Blue Wave Fitness is designed to enhance personal fitness and is a core strength and conditioning program. The program  is modeled after a modified cross fit program. The first two days of PE every week are fitness days. Students alternate between a series of fitness exercises which include exercises such as Dumbbell Push Presses, Running, Burpees, Ski Hops, Swiss Ball Ab Crunches, Moutain Climbers, Box Jumps, Wall Ball Shots, Wall-to-Wall Runs, and Hand Release Push Ups. There are four rounds of exercises at four stations for 45 seconds  to 4 minutes each with a 1 to 2 minute recovery after each round of four stations. 
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SCOPE ACADEMIC GROWTH AND LEADERSHIP AWARD
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(January 8, 2016) Two outstanding RHS seniors, Dillon Fava-Wiggins and Carley Hayon,
were recommended by their guidance counselors for the National School Development Council (NSDC) and SCOPE Education Services award for “Academic Growth and Student Leadership in Learning”. >More


WINTER CONCERTS

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The final winter concert is High School Concert #2 on Wednesday, January 13th, 7PM, RHS. >More

NEWS REVIEW TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD
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(January 7, 2016) Robert Shilling, a fourth grade teacher at the Aquebogue Elementary School, was named the News Review's choice for 2015 Educator of the Year. Mr. Shilling was recognized as being instrumental in paving the way for Gabriel Dispenziere, who is allergic to food and unable to be in a regular school setting, to attend class virtually — first through the use of FaceTime and later with the assistance of a VGo robot. Upgrading to a robotic VGo has allowed Gabriel more autonomy since he can move and direct the robot from his computer at home. This has also increased his ability to interact with his class and to travel to most of his specials. >More

UPDATE ON TECHNOLOGY IN THE CLASSROOM
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In addition to a VGo, Torre Falkner, Gabriel Dispenziere's fifth grade teacher is using several technological tools, like her SmartBoard for math, and software programs like Google Docs for Writing Workshop to increase Gabriel’s ability to interact from home. Ms. Falkner also sends him photographs of the resources posted around the room and meets with him in person a couple times a week. >More

RHS ALUMNI NEWS
galloAmanda Gallo, who graduated from RHS in 2012 and will graduate in May with an engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, will be one of the first women in United States history to serve on a submarine--just five years after the Navy began allowing female officers to do so. Only six women nationwide have been chosen from this year’s graduating class of future naval officers to enter the Navy’s highly competitive submarine force – and Amanda, a 21-year-old Riverhead graduate, is one of them. It’s a goal she has been pursuing since she was still in Riverhead High School, when her NJROTC instructor first informed her that the Navy had finally begun allowing female officers on submarines in 2010. >More

SPORTS NEWS
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(January 13, 2016) The winter sports season is underway. The Girls Varsity Basketball Team remains undefeated in League play. >More

DECEMBER 2015 NEWS, NEWSLETTERS, VIDEOS AND MORE

HOLIDAY NEWS
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(December 2015) The K-4 schools have been enjoying assemblies and events to celebrate the holidays. Phillips Avenue celebrated "Three Days of Peace and Goodwill" with the arrival of Santa, Dominick the Donkey, staff performances, the Mad Scientist. On the final day before the break, Sup't. Nancy Carney, Assistant Sup't. of Curriculum and Instruction David Wicks and Lucia Laguarda, the Dir. of Professional Personnel, came to Phillips to help pass out the PTO'S gift of books to the entire student body.

Roanoke music teacher Roy Buccola celebrated Pajama Day at Roanoke by sharing the gift of music and creativity with the students. The video is an excerpt from the fourth grade concert and features Santa's reindeer and Blitzen in particular. ​>More

PEACE ON EARTH AND THROUGHOUT THE UNIVERSE
PLANETS
(December 22, 2015) Riley Avenue first graders in Jeanne Stearns' and Jill Kent's classes shared their studies about the planets in a series of workshops just prior to the winter break. >More

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT HOLIDAY DRINKING
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(December, 2016) The Riverhead Youth Coalition recorded a PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT, which played on Beach 101.7 concerning underage drinking and the Social Host Law. >More

PULASKI ARTISTS' ART IN CHRYSLER BLDg. HOLIDAY SHOW
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(December, 2016) This was the 11th year Pulaski Street students had the honor of having their creative talents on display at the 2015 Tishmann Spier Children's Holiday Art show held at the landmark Chrysler Building in New York City. >More

 


A LESSON IN GIVING DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON
SPINELLIDecember 15, 2015) Roanoke teacher Debra Spinelli started the Second Grade Toy Drive nine years ago, after her husband, a cancer survivor, was given as she says, “the best, most thorough, care at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in NYC”. Eternally thankful for her husband's renewed health, she invited her students to join her and her husband in collecting toys for the children at MSKCC. Last year Mrs. Spinelli decided to take the giving a little closer to home and collected gifts to give to the children at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital. >More

RHS VARSITY CHEERLEADERS
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(December 7, 2015) We want to congratulate the Riverhead Varsity Cheerleaders on their 1st place win at the UCA Pocono Regional Tournament held Sunday, December 6. The team placed first out of 25 teams and not only took home the title of Regional Champs, but also received a bid to the Nationals! >More

SEVEN TEAMS EARN SCHOLAR ATHLETE TEAM AWARDS
(December 7, 2015) To win this award, the team must maintain a GPA of 90 or higher.The following Riverhead Fall 2015 Varsity teams were designated as winners of the New York State Scholar Athlete team award -- >More

A SPECIAL GIFT FROM "KAIT'S ANGELS"
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(December 7, 2015) As the holiday season begins in earnest, the dedication of a "Buddy Bench" gifted to the Riley Avenue Elementary School by an organization called "Kait's Angels" seemed to take on a heightened significance in the lives of the youngsters it is meant to inspire. >More

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! GIVE A GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING
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(December 3, 2015) "It has been said that the greatest gift one can give is the gift of giving," reads the cards being decorated personally by Phillips Avenue Elementary School students during their lunch hour. For each $25 donation to the Philps Food Pantry, you will receive 5 cards to send to family and friens notifying them of your donation in their names. -->Form

NOVEMBER 2015 NEWS, NEWSLETTERS, VIDEOS AND MORE

PHILLIPS AVENUE COMMUNITY BREAKFAST
Thanksgiving
(November 25, 2015) Sixth Annual Community Cafe: It's the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the schools are closed. However, the Phillips Avenue Elementary School administration, teachers,  staff, volunteers and district administrators are busy making and serving the annual Community Breakfast. Families come together to enjoy pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee prepared by the Phillips Avenue staff. While a slideshow plays in the background, Phillips families greet one another, kids color turkeys and everyone enjoys a special time together. >More

THANKSGIVING FEAST AT THE MIDDLE SCHOOL
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(November 24, 2015) RMS students enjoyed a THANKSGIVING FEAST organized and hosted by the Special Ed. Department, Anna Quigley and Nancy Mastrangelo. The RMS special education teachers provided the food and served the students. Students decorated the table with leaves of Thanksgiving. The students  were most thankful for their families, friends and teachers. An invitation was also extended to district administrators and RMS teachers. It looked delicious. >More

RHS CAMPUS CONNECTION
(November 24, 2014) For several years, the RHS Guidance Department has hosted a program entitled “Campus Connection”, wherein RHS Alumni, who are presently college freshman, come back to the high school during their Thanksgiving break to speak to high school seniors about the process of applying to and getting ready for college. The returning alum also share 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, the expectations of professors, etc. >More

FIRST QUARTER HONOR ROLL
(November 23, 2015) The First Quarter Honor Rolls have been posted. Congratulations to the 454 students who made the HIGH HONOR ROLL & HONOR ROLL at RHS this quarter. / Also RMS Honor Roll

RESPONSE TO PULASKI’S HALLOWEEN TREATS FOR TROOPS
(November 23, 2015) Cindy Haverty, a 6th grade teacher at Pulaski, received a phone call from Command Sergeant Major Dunkelberger, who is currently stationed in Saudi Arabia, to thank our students for all the candy they sent to the service men and women. >More

CELEBRATING LEARNING AT PHILLIPS AVENUE
(November 23, 2015) In the half day of school on Monday, November 23, 2015, all the classes at the Phillips Avenue Elementary spent a few minutes CELEBRATING with another class the learning that has taken place in their classes over the last few weeks. Older students were paired with younger students and each child had to share a writing or reading experience with the other. Some of the classes shared their “realistic fiction” stories with each other. The students also shared with one another the “process” behind what they had written.

FIRST REGIONAL DRILL MEET OF THE YEAR
NJROTC
(November 21, 2015) The RHS NJROTC Drill Team took over 50 cadets to the first regional drill meet of the year at Bethel, CT. Nineteen schools and over 800 cadets competed—the largest regional drill meet in recent memory. The first year cadets won first place in both the NS-1 Platoon (led by Nicholas Waldron) competition and the NS-1 Academic Team (led by Jacob Gilmartin) competition. The Armed Platoon (led by Nicholas Waldron) won 2nd Place and the Unarmed Platoon (led by Dakota Ventresca) won 3rd place. >More

TO PARIS WITH LOVE
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(November 19, 2015) After a series of terrorist attacks struck Paris, France on November 13th, Riverhead Middle School and High School French students, who tend to love everything French, wanted to reach out to French teenagers with a message of solidarity. Like many of the messages that have gone viral over the internet, the messages the students sent included a graphic design as well as their brief communiqués of concern and solidarity. >More

PHILLIPS AVENUE FOOD PANTRY
Food

(November 19, 2015) Phillips Avenue Elementary School made area history in the 2014-15 school by creating one of the only on-site school food pantries in a public school. Several area businesses and community groups helped support the pantry that first year (see below). Fast forward to the 2015-16 school year. The school is still committed to helping area residents and Phillips families with their nutrition needs, but its pantry is in need of replenishing. Others are encouraged to get involved. To find out more about how to make a donation or volunteer, please contact the pantry at phillips.pantry@riverhead.net or by calling 631-591-5987. >More

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY INDUCTION CEREMONY
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(November 18, 2015 – Riverhead, NY) The awards season at Riverhead High School begins with the National Honor Society Induction Ceremony which welcomes new inductees into the Honor Society. As Principal Charles Regan noted, the National Honor Society is more than just an honor roll. Using national guidelines, the local chapter establishes rules for membership that are based upon a student's outstanding performance in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. "Yes," he continued, "your high grades made it possible for you to qualify, but your induction is based on much more than your grades. It is also a reflection of all that you do outside of the classroom and in the community." >More

RHS BLOOD DRIVE

(November 19, 2015) The RHS Leaders Club hosted its first Blood Drive of the school year. Thank you to all the staff and students who donated blood. There will be another Blood Drive in the Spring.

 

RMS SHORT STORY UNIT PROJECTS
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(November 6, 2015) RMS English Language Arts teachers, Lori Falisi and Mindy Benze, celebrated the conclusion of their Short Story Unit by having their students share and critique projects based on a particular story they read as part of this unit. Projects included Prezi Presentations, Mosaics, Posters with Depictions of New Worlds and Newspaper Articles. >More 

Youth Coalition Participates in Sticker Shock Initiative
youth(November 10, 2015 - Riverhead, NY) Members of the RCSD Youth Coalition particpated in a Sticker Shock Initiative at Riverhead Beverage with support from Riverhead Police Chief Hegermiller and Councilman John Dunleavy. It took place at Riverhead Beverage (998 Osborn Avenue, Riverhead) on Tuesday, November 10. This is the second time that Riverhead Beverage has participated in the event.  >More

Harlem Wizards Basketball Game
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(November 12, 2015) The RCFA hosted the third consecutive HARLEM WIZARDS GAME. The event is a FUN raiser for the Riverhead Central Faculty Association's Senior Scholarship Fund--1,100 TICKETS WERE SOLD AND $15,000 WAS RAISED! Prior to the game, 67 children had the opportunity to  INTERACT WITH THE WIZARDS as "Wiz Kids". The game featured the Harlem Wizards against RCSD staff, teachers and administrators. THE RCFA WOULD LIKE TO THANK ITS SPONSORS AND THE PUBLIC  FOR ATTENDING THIS IMPORTANT FUNDRAISER! >More

JOURNEY INTO AMERICAN INDIAN TERRITORY

(November 10, 2015) Fourth grade students at the Riley Avenue Elementary School participated in a program of enrichment entitled "Journeys into American Indian Territory," as part of ttheir studies of Native Americans, which is an integral part of their social studies curriculum at this grade level. >More

CANDY BUY BACK AT RILEY AVENUE
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(November 10, 2015) Students at the Riley Avenue Elementary School parted with some of their Halloween candy today as part of a fundraiser sponsored by Dr. Bach’s Orthodontist Riverhead practice and as a way of supporting U.S. troops overseas. Dina Reilly, from Dr. Bach’s office, came to Riley pulling a scale. Dr. Bach is going pay $1 per pound (up to $250) for the candy the students bring in. If Riley is the school with the most candy to sell, they will receive an additional $100. The candy bought back will go to the troops overseas and the funds raised will go towards the Fourth Grade Social at the end of the year. >More

SNOW REMOVAL 101 AT THE RILEY AVENUE
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(November 6, 2015) Riverhead Highway Department Superintendent George "Gio" Woodson and three of his crew made a trip to the Riley Avenue Elementary School prior to the first snowstorm of the winter to caution the students about playing by the road after a snowstorm when the highway crew is out cleaning off the roads. 

In addition to this message about safety, these first graders learned all about the vehicles used for snow removal. They learned the names and functions and were given a chance to ask questions about each truck. The students learned about the many uses of the pay loader, how their gigantic snow blower works and the force with which it can blow the snow off the road, and how the basic snowplow removes the snow from the roads. The children loved the whole experience!  >More

PULASKI AND RILEY STUDENTS --TREATS FOR TROOPS
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(November 5, 2015 – Riverhead, NY) Sometimes it's the unexpected, sweet things kids do that bring a whole lot of happiness into a world fraught with conflict and war. With Veterans Day on the horizon, students at the Pulaski Street School organized and brought to a finale their Halloween Candy Drive Competition by weighing and boxing up 1,092 lbs. of candy from their Halloween stash to send to deployed soldiers. The "Candy for the Troops" competition was initiated last year at Pulaski by the Brookhaven National Labs' Veterans Association Adopt-a-Platoon team. >More

DR. MARSHALL JONES FIRST SPEAKER AT 4TH GRADE ASSEMBLY
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Phillips Avenue Principal Debra Rodgers introduced the “Good Enough is NOT Good Enough” theme that is the focus of the assemblies to all the district fourth graders. After this introduction, Robert (Bubby) Brown introduced RCSD Alumni Dr. Marshall Jones, who was the first of the presenters at these fourth grade assemblies. Following his presentation to the fourth graders, Dr. Jones met with students in technology teacher Luke Ferland’s high school design class. >More

REGENT ROGER TILLES VISITS RCSD
On November 2nd, Regent Roger Tilles visited the Riverhead Central School District accompanied by Superintendent of Schools Nancy Carney and Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction David Wicks. They visited classes at Riverhead High School and Aquebogue Elementary School and discussed issues at both schools particularly on the topic of  teaching and testing special needs and ENL students.

COMMON CORE LEARNING STANDARDS SURVEY
At the November District Superintendents Meeting held in Albany, Commissioner Elia asked that districts assist with the dissemination of information regarding the online, public Common Core Learning Standards Survey titled AIMHighNY. Commissioner Elia is conducting this survey on the behalf of the Board of Regents. You can find a link to this survey on the home page of the District website. >More

OCTOBER 2015 NEWS, NEWSLETTERS, VIDEOS AND MORE

TRICK OR TROT 5K RUN/WALK
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(October 31, 2015) On Saturday, October 31, the Riverhead Running Club sponsored the First Annual Trick or Trot Run/Walk at Riverhead High School. This event raised $3,000, which will be used in part to fund student athlete scholarships. >More

EDGAR ALLAN POE VISITS RMS
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(October 30, 2015) On Friday, October 30, Sal St. George, the director of the POE FESTIVAL, brought Darren St. George, an Edgar Allan Poe imitator, to the Middle School to talk with the students about some of Poe’s spooky tales, poetry and the mystique surrounding his life. >More

STAR GARDEN AT ROANOKE
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(October 30, 2015) On Friday, October 30, the Roanoke PTO sponsored a pumpkin patch in the STAR Garden at the school. Each child in the school was allowed to go to the garden a pick one pumpkin to take home.

GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT HOSTS COLLEGE FAIR FOR SENIORS
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(October 27, 2015) The Annual RHS College Fair was held for seniors on October 27th in the Riverhead High School Gym. Representatives from approximately 125 colleges were available with information and handouts for interested seniors. Last year about 175 students signed up. RHS Guidance Counselors were at the College Fair to help seniors find colleges who have their desired major. High school seniors are able to speak one-on-one with each representative and find out a little bit about what they have to offer. >More

STUDENTS OBSERVE BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH
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(October 27 and 24, 2015)
Roanoke Elementary School students and staff are dressed in pink on Wednesday, OCTOBER 28, to observe Breast Cancer Awareness. The first day of Spirit Week at RHS was designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Day and the Student Government and Class Officers raised $250 for Breast Cancer Research. The NJROTC cadets wore pink braids on their dress uniforms on Homecoming to show their solidarity in this fight against breast cancer. >More

HOMECOMING 2015
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(October 24, 2015) RHS celebrated HOMECOMING 2015, after a very spirited SPIRIT WEEK, which began with Breast Cancer Awareness Day and a fundraiser that raised $250 for breast cancer research.

This year's PARADE THEME was SUPERHEROES. The Senior Class won BEST FLOAT with their depiction of Batman. The Junior Class' float featuring Spiderman won 2nd place in the float contest and the Junior Class also won the most points overall during SPIRIT WEEK. The Freshman Class float featuring that newcomer, Ant Man, took third place and the Sophomore Class' Captain America came in fourth. The Blue Waves Varsity Football Team took down the Bellport Clippers 28-8. Great Homecoming -- Kudos to Deborah Nigrel and the Student Government and Class Officers who coordinated the event.
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Thanks also to RiverheadLocal and the News Review for their coverage.

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF THE PECONIC
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October 23, 2015) On October 23rd, thousands of students and volunteers from the East End of Long Island collected data on the Peconic Estuary to be compiled into an official “Day in the Life of the Peconic Estuary” database. Claire Yannacone's HS Earth science class and John Barona's Living Environment class traveled to Indian Island to collect data (e.g. water PH and temperature, current direction and speed, salinity, dissolved oxygen level, etc.). The Middle School Environmental Club was invited to be a part of the program as well and collected their data in the bay via the Atlantis Explorer boat.

The Riverhead Central School District would like to thank all of the participating groups who organized this amazing educational experience. Volunteers from the Long Island Science Center, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Atlantis Aquarium Explorer staff members assisted RCSD science teachers and assistants with the collection of the data and provided our students with models for future career choices. >More

PFC GARFIELD LANGHORN ESSAY CONTEST
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(October 23, 2015) The Pulaski Street School held their annual Garfield M. Langhorn Essay Contest. 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 is the inspiration for the Pulaski Street School’s annual sixth grade essay contests. The theme of the contest is presented in the form of the question, “Inspired by Garfield Langhorn’s actions, ask yourself, ‘What can a person my age do to help others?’” >More

HARLEM WIZARDS – ANTI-BULLYING PRESENTATION
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(October 22, 2015) Students at all of the RCSD’s K-8 buildings got a special treat when Harlem Wizards players made appearances on October 22nd and shared with the students an interactive Anti-Bullying presentation. >More

EAST END TRANSITION FAIR
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(October 21, 2015) On Wednesday, October 21st, the Riverhead Central School District Transition Department hosted the Fourth Annual East End Transition Fair. The fair, coordinated by the District’s Transition Team, Elva Beyer and Lisa Lindsay, is designed to bring together students and families in need of transitional services and give them the opportunity to speak with representatives from agencies and services, who offer programs for their children, in one central setting. 

According to Elva Beyer, “The Fourth Annual East End Transition Fair was a huge success. More students, families and service agencies were present than ever before . . . 40 participating staff from agencies and over 66 students and their families that signed in. Families came from as far away as Southampton and the Three Village School District." >More

HOMECOMING -- SPIRIT WEEK AT RHS
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(October 19 - 23, 2015) The Riverhead High School Student Government and Class Officers planned and executed a week-long Spirit Week prior to Homecoming.  >More

UNITY DAY - OCTOBER 21, 2015
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Wednesday, October 21st, NATIONAL UNITY DAY, was celebrated by our elementary students. The students, dressed in orange, participated in group activities that united them against bullying. >More

PHILLIPS AVENUE -- ANNUAL ENL FAMILY NIGHT
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(October 15, 2015)
Phillips Avenue hosted its annual ENL Family Night on October 15th to help ENL families understand and participate in their child's educational program. Phillips Avenue hosted its annual ENL Family Night on October 15th to help ENL families understand and participate in their child's educational program. >More

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY TEAM EXCELS
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(October 10, 2015) The Riverhead High School Varsity Girls Cross Country team made a strong showing in the Manhattan College HS Cross Country Invitational Meet on Saturday, October 10th. The team is coached by Justin Cobis.  >More

AQUEBOGUE'S FIRST ASSEMBLY IN THE 2015-16 SCHOOL YR.
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(October 8, 2015) Mr. Kent conducts assemblies about once a month to celebrate student behavior and achievement. This assembly celebrated the Summer Reading and Math Program, which was coordinated by Literacy Coach Vanessa Williams. Mr. Kent noted that over 200 students achieved the requirements of the program. (There are approximately 500 students at Aquebogue). In order to be recognized, students had to complete and log their work over the summer. K-2 students had to log at least 20 minutes of reading (5 days per week); 3rd graders had to log 25 minutes of reading; and 4th graders were expected to read 30 minutes or more five days a week.  >More




2015 RHS COLLEGE NIGHT
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(October 6, 2015) The RHS Guidance Department presents its annual College Planning Night (exploring college options and understanding the admission process) in the HS Cafeteria in early October. The evening includes several different presentations facilitated by counselors, teachers, administrators and outside presenters.  >More

2015 RHS HOMECOMING - OCTOBER 24, 2015
Costco(October 1, 2015) RHS Homecoming is scheduled for Saturday, October 24th: Parade at 12:30PM, Football Game at 2PM. >More

2015 RHS OPEN HOUSE NIGHT / RHS CLUBS
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(October 1, 2015) RHS Principal Charles Regan greeted parents and guardians during the RHS Open House Night on October 1st. Club members and advisors were present to answer questions and share information about the clubs. Parents and guardians followed their child's schedule to meet their teachers. Many of the parents present noted, "The building looks amazing!" Some of them added, "I wish it had looked this way when I attended." >More

SEPTEMBER 2015 NEWS, NEWSLETTERS, VIDEOS AND MORE

AP SCHOLARS
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(September 29, 2015) 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 those students who achieved a level of distinction on the exams. In the 2014-15 school year, 299 students took 551 AP exams. Thirty-seven of those students received the distinction of receiving the designation of AP Scholars . . . Eleven students were named AP Scholars with Distinction . . . and two were named NATIONAL AP SCHOLARS! >More

RHS TRANSITION SERVICES / EAST END TRANSITION FAIR
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(September 29, 2015) RHS Transition Services has a new interactive site to help students transitioning from the school system into the adult world. The EAST END TRANSITION FAIR is Oct. 21st at 6:30PM at RHS. >More

PHILLIPS TWITTER NEWS
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(September, 2015) Phillips Principal Debra Rodgers shared Twitter images of what has been happening in the classroom at Phillips. Check out the Twitter widgets on our elementary sites. >More


MS. SCULLY INTEGRATES ELA AND NYS SOCIAL STUDIES

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(September 2015) Meghan Scully's 4th grade class is studying New York State as part of their social studies curriculum. Earlier in their studies, the students traveled through learning centers that helped them determine the "physical settings (including natural resources), the environment, etc." of the state of New York. In the lesson pictured below, Ms. Scully integrated her social studies lesson with a previous English Language Arts lesson by engaging her students in the process of visualizing NYC via a "first hand account" (a primary source document) from pages 3-4 of the book GOTHAMby Edwin G. Burrows & Mike Wallace. >More

FIRST HOME GAME AT McKILLOP MEMORIAL FIELD
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(September 19, 2015) It was the first Varsity Blue Waves football home game of the season. The Blue Waves squared off with the North Babylon Bulldogs. The field looked great after being completely refurbished; there was a good crowd in the new bleachers which also sported a new broadcasters box. The fans lined up in front of the new food trailer for their favorites and half time featured the RHS Marching Band and Kick Team and the Blue Waves Cheerleaders. It was a gorgeous day. >More

STUDENTS CHOSEN TO ATTEND MUSIC FESTIVALS
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(September 18, 2015) 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 sponsored by NYSCAME and SCMEA, the All State Music Festival in Rochester, NY and, this year, once again, to the All National Music Festival in Nashville, TN. >More

RMS REMEMBERING 9/11
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(September 11, 2015) RMS English teacher Ryan Greene has been sharing "his story" of history on 9/11 every year for 12 years. It's a poignant story that only he can share, and, this year on 9/11/2015, he shared it, as he noted, for the first time with a class of students who had not yet been born. >More

COSTCO REACHES OUT TO OUR SCHOOLS
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(September 8, 2015) COSTCO of Riverhead recently reached out to two of the district’s schools regarding their Backpack.  Costco representatives will be dropping off over over 400 backpacks for students at the Phillips Avenue Elementary School and over 300 backpacks at the Roanoke Avenue Elementary School.  >More

NINTH GRADE ORIENTATION AND FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
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(September 4, 2015) On Friday, September 4th, 9th grade students came to the high school to get a look at their newly renovated school. The
high school now has a beautiful two-story glass atrium in the front of the building. >More

SEVENTH GRADE ORIENTATION
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(September 4, 2015) On Friday, September 4th, 7th grade students and their parents were invited to tour the Middle School. Principal Andrea Pekar welcomed the new students and eighth grade students led tours of the building. Extensive updates and renovations have been made at the middle school. >More

NEW TEACHER INSTITUTE 2015

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(September 2, 2015) Thirty-seven teachers and professional staff (psychologists, social workers, etc.), some of whom are not new to the district but were hired this summer or in the middle of the year last year in a full-time capacity, participated in a two-day NEW TEACHER INSTITUTE at the beginning of September.  >More


 

 

SPORTS NEWS -- A summary of the 2014-2015 Sports News >More

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