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OCTOBER 2014 NEWS, NEWSLETTERS, VIDEOS AND MORE

ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT THE STAR PROGRAM
(September 23, 2014) Residential real property may qualify for a partial exemption from school district taxes under the New York state school tax relief (STAR) program. To receive such exemption, owners of qualifying property must file an application with their local assessor on or before the applicable taxable status date. For further information, please contact your local assessor: Riverhead: 727-3200 x257, Southampton: 283-6020, Brookhaven: 451-6300.

Lessons in sensitivity, tolerance and compassion — on the Riverhead Middle School football team

Derrick(October 11, 2014) Brayden, an 8th-grader and Derrick, who started 7th grade this fall, are both on the team. Head coach Sal Loverde, who's been coaching football in Riverhead for some 30 years, has spent his entire career as a special education teacher. He teaches science and social studies to special needs kids at Riverhead Middle School, and he's been Derrick's summer session teacher for several years.

"He's seen Derrick's progress over the years," Jackie Arns said. "When he told me he wanted to have Derrick on the football team, I thought, OK. I thought he'd be holding a clipboard the whole time. But then, when I saw him in uniform…" >More from RiverheadLocal

PROJECT FIT AMERICA - MENTOR TRAINING AT SCHOOLS
PFA
(October 6, 2014 - Riverhead, NY) Project Fit America* mentors once again visited the district to provide training and to introduce the elementary physical education teachers, who are in their second year of administering the program, to more PFA exercise options . Experienced PFA teachers from all over America take time from their own teaching jobs to consult with teachers new to the program. Also present at the Phillips Avenue location were representatives from the Peconic Bay Medical Center and the Suffolk County Lions Diabetes Education Foundation, who helped make the program possible in our district. With the financial help of PBMC and Suffolk Lions, RCSD was the first district in New York State to win a grant to implement this program, which has both indoor and outdoor components. The indoor program is largely a cardio program with a number of built-in movement motivators and a time for educational instruction. The outside unit acts as an outdoor weight room with seven stations to help students strengthen muscle groups in a systematic manner. >More Photos / More



   A DAY IN THE LIFE OF THE PECONIC ESTUARY - OCT. 1, 2014
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(October 1, 2014 - Riverhead, NY) On October 1st, 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. Three classes from the High School collected data during the day and the Middle School Environmental Club was invited to be a part of the program as well. The Environmental Club collected their data in the bay via the Atlantis Explorer boat. >More

  RHS FACULTY NEWS: PATRICK BURKE, RECOGNIZED FOR "RPT"
PB(October 6, 2014 - Rivferhead, NY) Stony Brook University's annual EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP (EDL) research fair was held at the Wang Center Lobby in June 2014. This annual event was organized by Dr. Todd Pittinsky, Director of Research Educational Leadership Programs. Graduate students from different school districts throughout Long Island were asked to create a research essay-project and showcase their findings to a panel of judges, which included Dr. Robert Moraghan, Director of Educational Leadership Program, and Dr. Robert Scheidet, the Faculty and Internship Director, as well as the directors from the English and Linguistics departments. RHS FACULTY MEMBER PATRICK BURKE received FIRST PLACE for his research and his development of a creative program on teacher-based "effective" professional development: Reciprocal Peer Teaching (RPT). RPT was created by Mr. Burke as an effective way to ensure quality teacher professional development that will ultimately lead to a more effective classroom for both the teacher and the students. >More

SEPTEMBER 2014 NEWS, NEWSLETTERS, VIDEOS AND MORE

  STUDENT GOVERNMENT AND CLASS OFFICERS - HOMECOMING
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(September 30, 2014) One of the first duties assigned to the Student Government is to organize HOMECOMING, which will begin on October 14th with the start of Spirit Week and culminate on October 18th with the parade and homecoming game. >More

ELIJAH TYLER LIGHTING A FIRE IN MR. HEWKIN'S CLASS
AP
(September 30, 2014) Mr. Hewkin's course begins with a study of American people prior to 1500. As part of his students' study of Native Americans, he invited Elijah Tyler, a young archeology graduate from Stony Brook University, to visit his class to bring to life the art and science of what archeologists do to help us understand the evolution of a society of people. >More

ALL COUNTY, ALL STATE AND ALL NATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVALS
AP
(September 29, 2014) In the fall of each school year, students are chosen to attend the fall and winter music festivals. This year's attendees are . . .  Amy Methven was chosen to attend the National Music Festival in Nashville, TN. >More

ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) SCHOLAR PROGRAM
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(September 19, 2014) 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 2013-14 school year, 256 students took 508 AP exams. Forty-five of those students received the distinction of receiving the designation of AP Scholars . . . Seven students were named AP Scholars with Distinction. In addition to increasing rigor by encouraging students to take more AP courses, the District has teamed with Suffolk County Community College to to offer our students college credit through SCCC's Early College Program. In 2013-14, 26 students participated in the Early College Program. >More

PULASKI'S GOLDEN BOOK AWARD WINNERS
book September 19, 2014) Pulaski Street School encourages their students to keep reading over the summer as part of Pulaski's "Get Caught Reading Challenge" and Summer Book Swap. When the students return to school in September, they turn in their summer reading lists and the teachers calculate the number of books read in each class. The class that read the most books over the summer receives "The Golden Book Award" for their grade level. The results are in and this year's recipients of the GOLDEN BOOK AWARD are: 
In 5th Grade, Mrs. Martin's class won (138 books read over the summer)! In 6th Grade, for the fourth year in a row, Mrs. Ivins' class won (97 books read over the summer)! The winning classes get to keep "The Golden Book Award" in their classrooms for the entire year. >More

COACHING STAFF REACHES MILESTONE - 100TH WIN
100th (September 22, 2014 – Riverhead, NY) The RHS VARSITY FOOTBALL COACHING STAFF -- Coaches Shay, Gevinski, Hackell and Hedges -- are beginning their 17th season together. Saturday's win over Smithtown East marked their 100th CAREER WIN TOGETHER as a coaching staff.
This "fearsome foursome" has had an amazing run together. In the last five years the Blue Waves have ended the season as Suffolk County Division II Champs twice (2013 and 2014) and won the Long Island Championship in 2009. >More

SPORTS NEWS
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RHS Varsity Field Hockey Team is 5 and 0 in it's league (first in the league) and 8th on Long Island. >More

HOMECOMING
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RHS Varsity Football Team's next home game is on Homecoming, October 18th, @ 2PM against East Islip. Parade is at 12:30PM / This year's float theme is Fairy Tales. >More

The 2014 Varsity Baseball team, coached by Rob Maccone and Todd Van Scoy, won the Spring, 2014 Sportsmanship award.
GO BLUE WAVES

VARSITY GIRLS' VOLLEYBALL
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(September 13, 2014 - Mattituck, NY) The RHS Blue Waves Volleyball team competed in the third annual Mattituck Volleyball Tournament on September 13th. There were six teams competing at this annual tournament and Riverhead won for the third year in a row. Amy Greene is the coach.

COMMUNITY NEWS - SIGNING UP HIGH SCHOOL VOTERS
Vote(September 18, 2014) Robert Brown, Michael Light, Thelma White, Angela DeVito and Jean Hudson from the East End Voters Coalition have been manning a table at the High School in an effort to register high school students to vote.

HELP A HERO FOOD DRIVE
food (Beginning October 1, 2014) Pulaski and Roanoke are conducting a food drive for Veterans in association with AARP and the Veterans Association. Pulaski is calling it the "Help a Hero" Food Drive--they have helped us stay free--it is now our turn to help them. The schools will be accepting nonperishable food items only throughout the month of October. The drive is being hosted by the Veterans of Foreign War and the AARP. There will be boxes in the main lobby of the Pulaski Street School if community members want to donate as well. >More

HIGH SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE NIGHT
teacher(September 11, 2014) Riverhead High School held its annual Open House on Thursday, September 11th. The evening began in the school's new cafeteria, where parents picked up their schedule for the evening from the high school guidance counselors and administrators. Also in the cafeteria were student representatives from various clubs at the high school, who answered questions and signed up students for the 2014-15 school year. >More

SUPERINTENDENT'S CONFERENCE DAY - WELCOME BACK
Supt Conf(September 2, 2014 ) David Wicks, the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, welcomed teachers and staff to the 2014-15 school year. Presentations were given by Superintendent of Schools Nancy Carney and Board of Education President Gregory Meyer. >More

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL - SEPTEMBER 3 - WELCOME BACK!

Welcome Back

RHS VARSITY FOOTBALL TEAM IS #1 SEEDED TEAM
football(September 8, 2014) The Blue Waves Varsity Football team was featured in Newsday’s MSG Varsity insert in Sunday’s paper. Riverhead was last year’s Class II LI Champions and are currently the #1 seeded team in their league. Blue Wave players Ryun Moore and Ethan Greenridge received special recognition for their stand out performances last year. The Blue Waves play West Islip on Friday at 2PM in Riverhead. GO BLUE WAVES!  >More

PROJECT FIT AMERICA PROGRAM
Project Fit

(August 2014) The District’s Project Fit America PE program was featured in the NorthForker Magazine’s Health and Fitness section. PE teachers will be attending training courses in October.  >More

AUGUST 2014 NEWS, NEWSLETTERS, VIDEOS AND MORE

AUGUST UPDATE ON CONSTRUCTION AND CURRICULUM
Cafeteria
(August 25, 2014) Construction and renovation proceeded at a non-stop pace since the end of the school year. This summer, Riverhead High School has been extensively renovated, including new classroom window walls, new hallway ceilings, a new roof, a new weight room, new performing arts spaces and a refurbished cafeteria, ROTC and bathroom spaces. Additionally, the building received a new boiler, new hot water heaters and extensive parking lot improvements. The project at the middle school has also begun, with work on the roof, cafeteria, classroom spaces and the library.

In addition to improvements to our physical structures, multiple curriculum teams have been working hard all summer to develop tools and resources that will help our students achieve the success that they deserve. Teams at all grade levels in multiple subject areas collaborated with the goal of ensuring that the district’s curricula meets today’s standards in a way that best suits our district.  >More / Curriculum Update

Welcome to the Riverhead Central School District
TEACHERS
(August 27, 2014) Teachers hired this summer, some of whom are new to the district, participated in a NEW TEACHER INSTITUTE at the end of August. David Wicks, the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, was the facilitator at the Institute. The teachers received an overview of the instructional program of the district, which included presentations on teaching English Language Learners and students with special needs. Robert Hines also gave a short presentation on technology. The teachers were also given "The Keys to Student Success" and a bus tour of the area. The following teachers attended the New Teacher Institute.

RHS TRANSITIONAL STUDENT INTERNSHIPS
TRANSKITIONAL
(August 2014) The Riverhead Central School District offered a successful summer internship program for students who are in the process of transitioning into the adult work experience.  The program was held from Tuesday 7/08/14 to Thursday 8/07/14 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  The program was located at the Phillips Avenue Elementary School and included two work sites at Old Navy and Home Depot. Supervision and support was provided by Elva J. Beyer, Transition Coordinator, and the Job Coach Lisa Lindsay.

Students were taught on Tuesdays, prevocational skills and then received hands on experience within the stores on Wednesdays and Thursdays.  The students’ job experiences included zoning area, product lines and learning various skills that were required of the jobs within Home Depot and Old Navy. Ms. Beyer and Ms. Lindsay once again appreciated working with Home Depot and Old Navy and are very thankful to the staff for allowing Riverhead students the opportunity to learn and grow within our community. >More

RCFA KINDERGARTEN ICE CREAM SOCIAL
ICE CREAM
(August 27, 2014) The Riverhead Central Faculty Association (RCFA) HOSTED ICE CREAM SOCIALS AT THE RIVERHEAD FREE LIBRARY 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 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

ENVISION NATIONAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE 2014Madison
(August 2014) Fifth grade teacher Claire Belmonte nominated one of her students, Madison Stromski, to attend the 2014 Envision Leadership National Youth Convention. The Junior National Young Leaders Conference, which Madison participated in, is an opportunity for students in grade 5-7 to make new discoveries about their passions, their leadership strengths and their vision for the future. The participants visit Washington, DC, which serves as a living classroom during this six-day exploration of leadership through the lens of American History.  >More

BRINGING IDEAS BACK TO LI FROM COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG
WILLIAMSBURG(August 2014) Twenty elementary school teachers from New York participated in an institute co-hosted by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and the Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University's Teachers College this summer. Three of the teachers were from Riverhead Schools: Phillips Principal Debra Rodgers and literacy coaches Jean-Marie Mazzaferro and Amy Brennan. The program, which covered teachers' expenses, was made possible by a $1 million donation from Abby O'Neill, 86, of Oyster Bay -- a granddaughter of financier John D. Rockefeller Jr., who helped found and underwrite Colonial Williamsburg's restoration. The foundation has been running teaching programs for some 25 years, but this is the first time it partnered with the Reading and Writing Project to combine social studies and literacy education. In six days at the historical village, participants met with interpreters who acted as local Colonial-era residents and discussed how to use those experiences in the teachers' history and literacy lessons. >More from Newsday / >Photos from Amy Brennan

NEW ON THE WEBSITE: AFTERSHOOL WITH MR. RICHARDSON
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Roanoke 4th grade teacher James Richardson is the host of a new podcast called "Afterschool w/ Mr. Richardson."  As a way of helping everyone in the community really get to know RCSD staff, Mr. Richardson will be interviewing teachers, administrators,  and staff members from around the district about a variety of topics. These interviews will be posted on the district website in the form of a link to his podcast page. This is a great way to really get to know the teachers and staff throughout the district.
Next Episode:  September 8, 2014   - Pulaski Street School Associate Principal Dr. Stephen Hudson
If you have any feedback, questions or have a specific teacher you would really love to hear interviewed, please email Mr. Richardson at Afterschool@riverhead.net. >More

BOB'S DISCOUNT DONATES $1,000 TO EACH SCHOOL
BOBS
(August, 2014) Bob's Discount Furniture celebrated its Grand Opening by donating $1,000 to each school in the district. THANK YOU.

ON THE WEBSITE IN AUGUST--ALUMNI NEWS UPDATES

Meghan Davis
RHS Alumna Meghan Davis is a third-year undergraduate in behavioral neuroscience at Northeastern University. Passionate about global health and always seeking opportunities to expand her research experience, Meghan is currently a research assistant at Addis Ababa University's Department of Psychiatry in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Follow her on her blog.

Daniel Snyder
RHS Alumnus Daniel Snyder graduated from Webb Institute in 2010. He began workins as a junior naval architect for DRS Technologies shortly after graduation. This summer he signed on with Bike & Build to ride across America from Jacksonville, FL to Monterey, CA to build houses and raise funds for affordable housing. >More


 

SPORTS NEWS -- A summary of the 2013-2014 Sports News >More

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