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

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JUNE 2017 NEWS, NEWSLETTERS, VIDEOS AND MORE



RHS GRADUATION 2017
HS Graduation
newsorange(June 24, 2017) Due to a torrential rain storm, the graduating class of 2017 celebrated graduation in the gymnasium instead of outside on the football field. It was dry but warm. Due to space limitations, special music had to be eliminated. >More

FOURTH GRADE CLAPOUTS IN OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
Last Day of School
(June 23, 2017) As they did in each of the District's K-4 elementary schools on the last day of school, the fourth graders, led out by their teachers, streamed down the hallways hugging, shaking hands, kissing cheeks (the teachers) and giving theirDebra Rodgers schoolmates, teachers, and staff members high fives as the students and teachers in grades K-3 yelled, hooted and clapped as they passed. >More

SIXTH GRADE MOVING UP AT PULASKI STREET
Sixth Grade Moving Up
(June 22, 2017 - Riverhead, NY) Balloons danced at the end of their ribbons. Small children had impromptu picnics by their parents' feet and students passed out programs at Pulaski Street School's Moving Up Ceremony. >More

EIGHTH GRADE MOVING UP
Eighth Grade Moving Up
(June 21, 2017 - Riverhead, NY) The eighth grade class marched into the high school gymnasium and almost completely filled the center section. RMS Principal Andrea Pekar welcomed the crowd and explanined to them that the 8th grade class has officially outgrown the high school auditorium, and according to Ms. Pekar, next year's enrollment will be even larger. >More

GIFT OF LIFE FOR ALISSON
Gift of Life
(June 20, 2017) The DISTRICT's elementary schools raised $1,888 for Gift of Life International (GOLI), a global organization that helps provide lifesaving heart procedures and operations to children throughout the world that otherwise have no access to such medical care. It was more than enough for an operation to mend the hole in the heart of a little girl named Alisson. >More

PULASKI JUNETEENTH ESSAY WINNERS
Pulaski Juneteenth Winners
(June 16, 2017 - Riverhead, NY) The six winners of the Pulaski Street Juneteenth Writing Contest and their classmates were the guests of honor at an ice cream party in the cafeteria on June 16th. The winning writers were: Shannon Noone, Beatrice Stefan, Andy Mardice, Jack McCormick, Harper Stauffer, and Caleib Corbett. The six winning writers read their essays and received a $50 cash prize at the 10th annual celebration of Juneteenth in Riverhead by the East End Voters Coalition. The subject of their essays, Juneteenth, is about our nation’s celebration of the announcement of freedom from slavery. >More

RMS ACADEMIC AWARDS
RMS Academic Awards
(June 15, 2017) We would like to congratulate the RMS students who received academic awards at their recent Academic Awards Night. >More

NJROTC SR. SCHOLARSHIPS
NJROTC Scholarships
(June 15, 2017) We would like to congratulate the NJROTC SENIOR CADETS who received scholarships at their final banquet. >More

RILEY AVENUE CELEBRATES FLAG DAY
Riley Flag Day
(June 14, 2017) Riley second graders participated in an interdisciplinary experience throughout their preparation for their 25th anniversary celebration of Flag Day. They wrote essays, entitled “What the American Flag Means to Me”, for the annual Flag Day Essay Contest sponsored by the Riverhead Elks Lodge; they learned patriotic songs under the direction of the music department, studied the history of the flag, and created an artistic representation of the flag in art class. >More

LUKE FERLAND WINS TWO AWARDS
Luke Ferland
(June 12, 2017) RHS Technology teacher Luke Ferland has been chosen by BOCES as the 2017 Fred Podolski Leadership and Innovation in Technology--“Most Innovative Use of Technology” Award winner. In addition, Luke was chosen as the Long Island Air Force Association “Teacher of the Year”.
Congratulations, Luke! >More

RHS HOSTS ATHLETICS AWARDS NIGHT
Academic Awards
(June 8, 2017) The ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT hosted OUR RIVERHEAD HIGH SCHOOL BLUE WAVE SCHOLAR ATHLETES to congratulate them on their AWARDS. >More / RiverheadLocal Kimberly Ligon and Eric Cunha were chosen as the News Review Athletes of the Year from Riverhead High School. >News Review

ALL-LEAGUE HONORS IN BASEBALL
Baseball

(June 8, 2017) Three Blue Waves Varsity Baseball players won ALL-LEAGUE honors this year: Justin Clement, Peter Panciocco and Scott Thompson. >More

ALL-COUNTY HONORS IN TRACK AND FIELD
Track and Field

(June 6, 2017) Kian Martelli (L) and Eric Cunha (R) received ALL-COUNTY honors at the Suffolk Track and Field Coaches Association All-County dinner and awards celebration held Tuesday, June 6, 2017, at Villa Lombardi's. Kian and Eric are pictured with Coaches Sal Loverde (L) and Steve Gevinski (R). >More

NIGHT OF STRINGS
Orchestra

(June 6, 2017) The Night of Strings concert was held on June 6, 2017. Over 350 string players performed. 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 (407 students participated this year). >More - Journey's Don't Stop Believin'.

TEENY AWARDS NIGHT
Teeny Awards

(June 5, 2017) It was a night to remember for local student performers as East End Arts celebrated the best in school theater at its annual Teeny Awards ceremony at Southampton High School Sunday.

Four student actors from local high schools won awards at this year’s event. Among the local winners were Riverhead High School’s Lauren Anasky, Ella Baldwin and Skylar Wowak in a tie for outstanding performer for their work in “Hairspray.” In addition to these winners, members of the “Hairspray” cast gave a segment of their performance on stage during the Teeny Awards program. >More

SAY NO TO DRUGS MARCH
CAP March

(June 2, 2017) Pulaski Street participates in the Community Awareness Program (CAP). This program educates 5th & 6th grade students about the dangers of using drugs and alcohol and coaches them in how to "Say No To Drugs". Each year the CAP Program culminates with the "Say No To Drugs" March. In addition to Superintendent Carney, the students and community were addressed by NYS Senator Ken LaValle, and the Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walters. After the ceremony, the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #1742 once again generously served a picnic lunch to all the students. >More

RHS PERFECT ATTENDANCE AWARDS‏‏
Perfect Attendance

(June 2, 2017) Each year Riverhead High School administrators celebrate students who maintain perfect attendance throughout the school year. In order to be eligible for multiple years of recognition, students must have maintained perfect attendance in consecutive years. >More

RHS SENIOR SCHOLARSHIP NIGHT
Senior Scholarships

(June 1, 2017 - Riverhead, NY) The community of Riverhead supports its seniors with thousands of dollars of memorial scholarships. RHS seniors received over $700,000 worth of scholarships. Surrounded by proud relatives, teachers and administrators, and members of the Riverhead community, Riverhead High School seniors received scholarships. >More

A DAY AT THE BEACH
Day at the Beach

(June 1, 2017) Pulaski Street's new science lab and master science teacher, Kristen Realander, has added depth and more opportunities for hands-on science programs at Pulaski. Recently, over the course of three days, she took Pulaski students to the beach to study aquatic animals and life in and at Orient Beach State Park. >More

MAY 2017 NEWS, NEWSLETTERS, VIDEOS AND MORE

RHS ACADEMIC AWARDS NIGHT
Academic Awards Night

(May 25, 2017) Surrounded by proud parents, teachers and administrators, Riverhead High School students in grades 9-12 received awards for academic excellence on May 25th in the high school auditorium. More

RHS ATHLETES SIGN TO PLAY IN COLLEGE
Academic Awards Night

(May 25, 2017) The ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT hosted OUR RIVERHEAD HIGH SCHOOL BLUE WAVE SCHOLAR ATHLETES for a ceremony to congratulate them on their SIGNINGS. >More

RHS FIELD TRIPS OFFER LEARNING EXPERIENCES
Field Trips

FIELD TRIP TO HALLOCKVILLE MUSEUM FARM -- According to LI History teacher Justin Cobis, "The day consisted of a hike through the soon to open Hallock State Park, included community service by helping reorganize artifacts in the barn, and concluded with a tour of the homestead. Our hosts from the day were Herb Strobel, Director of Hallockville Farm Mseum, and Dr. Richard Wines, RHS Graduate and three time Ivy League degree holder and local history guru!"

LONGHOUSE RESERVE FIELD TRIP -- RHS art teachers Alyssa Bergstrand and Caitlin Jablow took some of their students to The Longhouse Reserve. Ms. Jablow's Advanced Computer Graphics has been making 3D models of sculptures which are either influenced by an existing sculpture seen at The Longhouse or they were given the option to create a new sculpture to fit inside of an empty space that they photographed during their visit to the Longhouse Reserve. They will be using the super advanced modeling and animation program, Maya.

RHS NJROTC TRIP - RHS NJROTC cadets participated in this year’s US Navy Fleet Week. They traveled to Norfolk, VA and rode the USS KEARSARGE from Norfolk to New York City.

HOLTSVILLE ECOLOGY CENTER - RHS Science Teacher Chris McCrary took his AP Biology class to the Holtsville Ecology Center and learned about much of the local flora and fauna. >More

BULLYING -- IT DOESN'T MAKE YOU COOL BY ROOM 22 AT RILEY AVE.
Rm 22 at Riley

(May 24, 2017) Mr. Daniel Casamassa's third grade class (Room 22) at Riley Avenue Elementary School recently added their voices to this important effort to stop bullying in school and everywhere. Using a number of elements to drive home their message, this group of students and their teacher added an impressive and sincere voice to the message endorsed by all our schools, “Speak Up, Don’t be a Bystander, Forgive Others, Accept Others for their Differences, Include Others, Seek Help if you Need It, and We can make a difference”. >More

THIRD ANNUAL RUN 2 REMEMBER AT RHS (VIDEO)

(May 21, 2017) third annual memorial event. This event was a day of celebration, a day that is meant to honor those who are no longer with us. This celebration keeps the spirits and memories of those lost, alive and never forgotten. On behalf of the Riverhead Administrator’s Association, thank you. We hope to see you again next year. Please check out our video of the event AND a big thanks goes out to Joe Jasinski for the drone footage. >More

RHS HOSTS ATHLETICS FOR THE CHALLENGED
Challenge Team

(May 18, 2017) Athletics for the Challenged is a Section XI-sanctioned sports program. Participating schools (Riverhead, Longwood, Bellport, Bayshore, Brentwood, Mattituck, Shoreham-Wading River, Rocky Point, and Ward Melville) travel to a different high school every third Thursday of every month and compete in sports such as basketball, softball, cross country, and, most recently, a modified track meet. Through adaptive physical education classes, students practice the skills necessary to compete in the particular sport featured on “sports day”. Thursday, May 18, was Riverhead's turn to host sports day. Cadets from the NJROTC assisted with the afternoon's events, which included a softball throw, a timed run, hurdles, arm wrestling, basketball skills and free throw shooting. >More

RHS GIRLS GOLF TEAM
Girls Golf
(May 16, 2017) The RHS GIRLS GOLF TEAM is the first Riverhead golf team — boys or girls — to win a league championship. >More

BUDGET VOTE AND BOARD OF EDUCATION ELECTION
BUDGET VOTE
(May 16, 2017) The 2017-2018 budget passed, and Christopher Dorr, Greg Meyer, and Therese Zuhoski were elected to the Board of Education. The budget was approved by a vote of 1471 to 1022. Voters also approved the establishment of a repair reserve fund by a vote of 1588 to 878. There were 114 absentee ballots which are reflected in the tallies. >More

RHS HOSTS SUMMER JOB FAIR
Job Fair
(May 16, 2017) “There were approximately 100 students at the recent Job Fair at RHS who attended and spoke with 16 businesses through the Chamber of Commerce. Some students were hired on the spot! Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walters also stopped by,” noted Elva Beyer, RHS Transition Coordinator. >More

ART-IN-ACTION 2017
Art-in-Action
(May 12, 2017) The District's annual districtwide art show displays art from students in grades K-12. >More

RMS NATIONAL JUNIOR HONOR SOCIETY INDUCTEES
Art-in-Action
(May 11, 2017) The awards season at Riverhead Middle School begins with the National Jr. Honor Society Induction Ceremony. The National Jr. 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. CONGRATULATIONS to the 44 students recently inducted into the Riverhead Middle School National Junior Honor Society during the ceremony at the Middle School on May 11, 2017. >More

SADD PRESENTS S.T.O.P.P.E.D. PROGRAM
STOPPED
(May, 2017) SADD sponsored this program after their Awareness Week. The S.T.O.P.P.E.D. program is aimed at educating the young drivers directly through both lecture and innovative hands on activities as an effort to reduce the number of young drivers involved in motor vehicle crashes. The acronym stands for Sheriffs Telling Our Parents & Promoting Educated Drivers. The second 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. >More

GIRLS POWER TECH DAY
Girls Power Tech Day
(May 4, 2017) Girls (and one guy) from Riverhead, Eastport South Manor, and Center Moriches High Schools gathered in Rm. 133, which is set up for distance learning, to network, engage in team projects, and interact with women in technology. >More

RHS CHALK EVENT
Chalk Event
(May 3, 2017) The RHS Art Club sponsored a Chalk Art fundraiser just prior to the Art-In-Action night on Friday, May 12, 2017. 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 seasonal art projects the put up around the school. >More

ROANOKE -- A MURAL WITH A MESSAGE
Roanoke Mural
(May 1, 2017) Roanoke Avenue Elementary School students in Maureen Ahern's art classes have been working with artist Joyce Raimondo to create a mural for their cafeteria that will reinforce and celebrate positive thoughts and behaviors. The first step in the process was to work with Ms. Raimondo to create panels that will form the basis for the mural. Aquebogue fourth graders worked with Ms. Raimondo and Ms. Ahern to create panels with a theme about working TOGETHER. >More

APRIL 2017 NEWS, NEWSLETTERS, VIDEOS AND MORE



RMS WINS BIG (ONCE AGAIN) AT "MUSIC IN THE PARKS"
Hairspray
(April 29, 2017) (April 29, 2017) “Music in the Parks” is a music festival and competition in which students participate through performance. The Riverhead Middle School Show Choir, Wind Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra and Jazz Band competed at Westfield High School in Massachusetts. Each of our Riverhead groups earned 1st place in their category, while Jazz Band member Riley Wendt earned an extra medal for Best Jazz Soloist and Show Choir member, Kendal Kwasna, for Best Vocal Sololist.

Proudly, the Riverhead Middle School earned the Esprit de Corps trophy for the 4th consecutive year. >More

ARBOR DAY / STORM WATER POLLUTION"
Hairspray
(April 28, 2017) Roanoke Avenue Elementary School partners with several Riverhead Town agencies and clubs. They worked with the Garden Club to create a beautiful STAR GARDEN adjascent to the playground. Each year Cornell Cooperative visits classrooms to set up salt water aquariums with vegetation and fish from area waters. TODAY, ARBOR DAY, APRIL 28, 2017, engineers from the Town of Riverhead, Town Engineer Drew Dillingham and Assistant Town Engineer Ernesto Rosini, gave a special presentation on STORM WATER POLLUTION PREVENTION to the Roanoke Avenue second graders. Danica Sweeny won an Arbor Day Essay contest. >More

RILEY CELEBRATES NATIONAL LIBRARY MONTH
Judge Lori Hulse
(April 28, 2017) Riley Avenue students celebrated National Library Month, which is sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) during the month of April. The ALA theme this year was “Libraries Transform”.

Riley Avenue’s librarian, Ms. Amelia Estevez-Creedon, explained, "Because Earth Day and Arbor Day are also celebrated during the month of April, the students used some of their library time to focus on learning about the environment and ways to help the planet."

One of the special speakers/readers who came to celebrate National Library Week with the students was former Board of Education President, Judge Lori Hulse, who visited the Riley Avenue Library to read to the students. She read A Good Trade by Alma Fullerton to the students. The book shows how one little boy traded a flower for a new pair of shoes. >More

NATIONAL FORIGN LANGUAGE HONOR SOCIETY INDUCTION
Foreign Language
(April 26, 2017) Seventy-nine students were inducted into the Latin (23 students), French (24 students), and Spanish (32 students) Honor Societies. >More

PULASKI STREET SCIENCE FAIR
Pulaski Science Winners
(April 26, 2017) Pulaski Street School science teacher Kristen Realander admired the experiments of the top three winners in this year's Pulaski Science Fair saying, "Pretty amazing right? They did a great job. We had a number of excellent experiments, but these were outstanding."

The three top scientists were sixth-grader Liam Levesque, whose experiment was entitled "Go, Go Lego Gears", fifth-grader Jack McCormick, whose exploration of bacteria was entitled "Wash Your Hands", and fifth-grader Caden Lesiewicz, who studied "Plasmolysis" by asking the question, "How does salt affect cells?" >More

ENL STUDENTS VISIT SCCC
ENL Trip to SCCC
(April 21, 2017) Members of the RHS Guidance Department accompanied 40 RHS ENL students to the Eastern Campus of Suffolk County Community College to participate in a special program presented by the college for ENL students. There were presentations on the enrollment process and issues migrants are facing today and workshops on documentation, a transition to college, and bilingual programs. >More

THE ROARING TWENTIES AT RMS
ROARING Twenties
(April 20, 2017) There's rarely a dull moment in Mr. Hewkin's history class at RMS. He concluded a unit on the 1920s with a "Roaring Twenties Party" that brought together a wide variety of personalities from the twenties: Rudolph Valentino, Caruso, Charlie Chaplin, Zelda Fitzgerald, Einstein, Babe Ruth, Bessie Smith, Amelia Earhart, Charles Lindbergh, Margaret Saeger, Jane Adams and many, more. >More

RILEY FIRST GRADERS HOST A "POETRY FAIR"
Hairspray
(April 6, 2017) Riley Avenue hosted a FIRST GRADE POETRY FAIR to celebrate the completion of their poetry unit. First graders read a variety of children's poets and then use this experience to try out a similar style of poetry. >More

AP SPANISH CLASS ATTENDS WE DAY IN NEW YORK CITY
AP Spanish Class
(April 6, 2017) April 6th, 2017 was WE Day for thousands of high school students, who came together at Radio City Music Hall in NYC to celebrate their commitment to a year of action that “through their combined efforts” hopes to help transform communities and change lives. As the founders of WE note, student groups cannot buy tickets to this event. They are invited to participate by their commitment to community service. In addition, their WE schools program strives to “prepare students for success in life”. WE Day is about learning and celebrating that commitment together. >More

ROANOKE HOSTS ANNUAL SCIENCE FAIR
Roanoke Science Fair
April 6, 2017) Roanoke hosted its annual SCIENCE FAIR to share the experiments of students who chose to use the SCIENTIFIC METHOD to explore a particular hypothesis. After learning about the scientific method in school, the students worked on their science experiments at home. Some of the topics, which also included "how to" experiments, involved the following: How to "Train Your Brain", the best bubble gum for blowing bubbles, the strength of spaghetti, a jellybean taste test, an investigation into "Who Can Hold Their Breath the Longest", which drinks contain the most sugar, if washing your hands really kills germs, the importance of sunscreen, whether or not your influence affects your dog's choice of toys, why water and oil don't mix, valcanoes, and more. >More

RHS BLUE MASQUES PRESENT "HAIRSPRAY"
Hairspray
(April 3, 2017) It's SPRING and MUSIC IS IN THE AIR! Congratulations to the directors, casts, crew and an outstanding pit orchestra on their production of "HAIRSPRAY" presented by the RHS BLUE MASQUES. >More / (See YouTube video of the show--sorry, it's so long, but I loved this show.)

MARCH 2017 NEWS, NEWSLETTERS, VIDEOS AND MORE


CERTAMEN 2017
Certamen
(March 24, 2017) RHS and RMS Latinists earned more than their fair share of awards at Stony Brook University in the Suffolk Classical Society’s Certamen 2017. Of the twelve total prizes awarded at four levels of competition, the Riverhead Latinists took four: First Place for the Level I RMS 8th graders, Second Place for the Level III RHS sophomores, and both Third and Second Place for the RHS Advanced Latinists at Level IV. >More

ROBOTICS TEAM TO COMPETE IN WORLD COMPETITION
ROBOTICS Team
(March 24, 2017) RHS Two Riverhead High School Robotics teams competed in the Southern NY State Championship, and one of the two RHS teams won the title of “Tournament Champions”—-a title that was shared with Farmingdale and New Field. That same RHS team also won the “Judges Award”. Their designation as "Tournament Champions" earned the students a $50 gift certificate from iDesign Solutions – a vendor for VEX parts. The RHS Robotics team is now qualified to compete in the VEX ROBOTICS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP COMPETITION – HS in Louisville, KY. The VEX Robotics World Championship, in its tenth year, will bring together the top 1,400 student-led robotics teams from around the world. (RHS YouTube Video) >More


TOP FIFTEEN IN THE CLASS OF 2017
Top Fifteen
(March 24, 2017) 1 Kyle Gevinski - Mechanical Engineering / 2 Ian Moloney - Electrical Engineering / 3 Anderson Velasquez Bedoya - History Education / 4 Dominique Maricha / 5 Casey Plitt - Business - Quinnipiac / 6 Isabella Green - Aerospace Engineering / 7 Kathleen Gregory / 8 Susam Ramos Deulofeutt - Biomedical Engineering / 9 Shannon Zeltmann - Art History / 10 Brandon Lynn / 11 Dayanna Alvarez - Nursing - St. Joseph / 12 Ella Baldwin / 13 Ashleigh Rubino / 14 Vanessa Giron-Berganza - Genetic Engineering / 15 Tristan Falisi >More

MARCH IS DENTAL HEALTH MONTH
Dental Health
(March 22, 2017) March was National Dental Health Month. The members of Lindsay Lindenbaum's health class, who study dental health, made posters which were entered in the CHILDREN'S DENTAL HEALTH MONTH CONTEST sponsored by the Suffolk County Dental Society. Three Pulaski Street School students, Nariah Dent, Lily Pennacchia, and Willy Barrios, were chosen as award winners. They each won a $25 gift card. >More

PATRIOT'S PEN AWARD
Patriot Pen
(March 6, 2017) Two RMS 8th graders, Deonta Ramos and Isabella Williams, who won at the local level of the annual Patriot's Pen competition, were honored by the Suffolk VFW in Medford for placing FIRST and THIRD (respectively) in NEW YORK DISTRICT 1, which includes Long Island, Queens, and Brooklyn! >More

READ ACROSS AMERICA & DR. SEUSS
READ ACROSS AMERICA
(March 3, 2017) As part of Riley Librarian Amelia Creedon-Estavez's Read Across America efforts in the library, Lucia Laguarda, Director of Professional Personnel, kicked the week off at Riley by reading a Dr. Seuss book to students during their library time. Later in the week, Assistant Superintendent Christine Tona, community member and poet "Bubby" Brown, and Board of Education President Susan Koukounas also shared a Dr. Seuss book with the students at Riley.

Roanoke Avenue Elementary School Principal Thomas Payton challenged the students at Roanoke to read 80,000 minutes outside of school. The Roanoke readers read 91,568 minutes, and the five winning classes got to dump ice-filled buckets of water over his head! Roanoke Rocks! >More

ENL FAMILY NIGHT AT PULASKI STREET SCHOOL
ENL Night
(March 2, 2017) On Thursday, March 2nd, Pulaski Street School held its first ENL family night! This event was designed to provide families with information on Pulaski's ENL and Bilingual programs, New York State eligibility criteria for ENL services, and provide an opportunity for parents to be reacquainted with school resources. In addition, the evening featured a variety of community vendors for parents to visit and obtain information on local organizations and resources. The ENL/Bilingual staff at Pulaski who made this evening possible included: Marisa DeSerio, Melissa Gordon, Vanessa Silva, and Erica Peralta. Thank you for coming! >More

FEBRUARY 2017 NEWS, NEWSLETTERS, VIDEOS AND MORE


THE DICTIONARY PROJECT
Dictionary Project
(February 28, 2017) WORDS MATTER: As a result of PTO Exec. Council member Mari Maki's efforts and the Riverhead Rotary’s generosity, all 398 5th graders and all of the teachers at Pulaski received a student dictionary as part of THE DICTIONARY PROJECT. >More

WONDER & GRATITUDE
Gratitude Rocks
(February 28, 2017) Some of the classes at the Pulaski Street School are studying the book WONDER in their classrooms. There are posters and sayings related to the storyline of the book on the hallway walls throughout the building. WONDER is a book about a boy named Auggie, who was born with severe facial deformities.

​Picking up the WONDER theme, band members under the direction of Lisa Talmage, organized a fundraiser for SmileTrain, an international children’s charity that provides 100%-free cleft repair surgery and comprehensive cleft care to children in 85+ developing countries. So far, by selling “Gratitude Rocks” at $1 each, the band members have raised $1,250 – enough for five smiles! >More

MORE WINTER TRACK NEWS: LI ELITE TRACK & FIELD MEET
Winter Track
(February 27, 2017) Congratulations to Eric Cunha, Ryan Carrick and Christina Yakaboski for their great work at the Long Island Elite Track & Field Meet. Long Island’s top runners from Nassau, Suffolk and area Catholic Schools competed at St. Anthony’s High School on Saturday, February 25th. Eric Cunha placed 2nd in the Varsity 1600 Meter Run with a personal best time of 4:29.07. / Ryan Carrick placed 2nd in the Frosh/Soph 1600 Meter Run with a personal best time of 4:41.79. / Christina Yakaboski placed 4th in the Frosh/Soph 1500 Meter Run with a time of 5:04.53. >More

BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION
Art Students
(February 16, 2017) Riverhead High School held its annual Black History Celebration on February 16th. It paid to show up early to this year’s celebration because there was an offering by the RHS Cooking Club of authentic South African cuisine and time to look over the student display of African American art in the showcase near the auditorium, and listen to music supplied by the RHS Jazz Band. >More

PARRISH ART MUSEUM STUDENT EXHIBITION HONOREES
Art Students
(February 14, 2017) Two RHS seniors, Dena Mohammad and Andrew Patti, were selected to receive an Award of Excellence based on work in the Parrish Art Museum’s 2017 Student Exhibition. An awards ceremony and reception was held on February 11th. All exhibiting students received certificates of participation and the selected seniors received awards of excellence. Congratulations! >More

RHS CHEERLEADERS PLACES 15TH IN NATIONAL COMPETITION
Cheerleaders
(February 13, 2017) The Blue Waves Varsity Cheerleaders made school history this weekend at the Universal National Cheerleading Association National High School Cheerleading Championship in Orlando, Florida. Riverhead placed 15th in the final round. To get there, the team competed against 60 other teams from across the country in Small Varsity Division I at the UCA Nationals. Only 18 teams advanced to the final round. Riverhead had no deductions in the semifinal round, meaning they made no mistakes. The varsity team is coached by head coach Stephanie Piraino and assistant coach Lauren Berry. >More

KINDNESS CHALLENGE AT RILEY AVENUE
Riley Kindness Challenge
(February 13, 2017) Due to Parents as Reading Partners Week, Riley Avenue conducted its CRAZY KINDNESS WEEK from Feb. 6-10 designed to end with CRAZY SPORTS NIGHT. Because of the snowstorm, Crazy Sports Night was cancelled and so was school. Not to be deterred, they carried their final day of celebrating kindness into the following week. It concluded on the 100TH DAY OF SCHOOL with a sing-along on Monday, Feb. 13th, AND was followed appropriately by Valentines Day. >More

RHS MUSICIANS ATTEND EEAC MASTER CLASS
EEAC Musicians
(February 11, 2017) Jacob Nitti, Nikita Sipiagin, and Ella Baldwin are just in high school, but they all three have already had a number of formative musical experiences. Nikita plays alto sax and Jacob is a bassist in the RHS Jazz Band directed by Jason Rottkamp. Ella Baldwin is a vocalist. All three recently participated in the East End Art Center’s “Music Masters Mentorship” program. They spent six weeks studying with Bakithi Kumalo, who played bass for Paul Simon’s ‘Graceland” master piece and worked with music legends like Alicia Keys, John Legend, Diana Ross, and Herbie Hancock. >More

RHS CLUBS UNITE IN "EMPTY BOWL EVENT"
EMPTY Bowl Event
(February 8, 2017) Riverhead High School students in the ceramics class, the Cooking Club, the Photography Club, and the Jazz Band used their collective skill sets to raise money for the Phillips Avenue Food Pantry. This collaboration dubbed the “Empty Bowl Event” was held in the evening in the high school cafeteria. >More

RHS GIRLS’ BASKETBALL SENIOR NIGHT
Girls BB
(February 9, 2017) The February 9th game was Senior Night , and, for both the seniors and Coach David Spinella, it was their last game. Coach Spinella is retiring after 14 years coaching the girls’ varsity basketball team. He guided RHS to the Class AA semifinals in 2012 with three championship seasons — 2008, 2012 and 2016 — and won a coach of the year award. The girls won their final game – with Lindenhurst – 70 to 29. >More

RHS BOYS VARSITY BOWLING TEAM
Boys Bowling Team
(February 9, 2017) The RHS Varsity Boys Bowling team finished in 2nd place in League 4 this season. We were secured a spot in the County Championships that took place on 2/4/17 at Sayville Lanes. Our team finished 13th in Suffolk County. >More

JANUARY 2017 NEWS, NEWSLETTERS, VIDEOS AND MORE


RILEY PARENTS AS READING PARTNERS WEEK
PARP
(January 23-30, 2017) The 2017 PARP Week theme was "Reading Around the World". Parents were asked to read with their child for at least 15 minutes each evening and choose one book and research the setting, author, and/or origin of the story." Students were then asked to "color or decorate a character to represent that country". These were hung up in the hallways for all to see. >More

ALEX MONTALBANO TO ATTEND NAfME ALL EASTERN MUSIC FESTIVAL
Alex Montalbano
(January 23, 2017) RHS junior Alex Montalbano, who sat first chair or principal clarinetist in the NYSSMA Symphonic Band, will also be playing with the symphonic band at the All Eastern Music Festival in Atlantic City, April 5-8, 2017. >More

RHS MUSICIANS TO ATTEND LONG ISLAND STRING FESTIVAL (LISFA)
LISFA Musicians
(January 20, 2017) Five RHS musicians will be attending the Long Island String Festival Association (LISFA) Music Festival January 27th-January 29th, 2017 at Ward Melville High School. The students are (L-R) Lauren Schaefer (Violin), Avenue Smith (violin), David White (Double Bass), Jackie Velasquez (violin), and Sarah Anne Fried (violin). Festivals conclude with a concert on the final day. >More

RHS/RMS MUSICIANS ATTEND HAMPTONS MUSIC FESTIVAL (HMEA)
HMEA MS Musicians
(January 13, 2017) More than two dozen Riverhead Middle School students (pictured above) participated in the Hampton’s Music Educators Association (HMEA) Middle School festival, that was held at Riverhead High School January 13-14. >More

The high school HMEA festival was held January 20-21. The HMEA music festivals were organized to give more East End students in both middle school and high school a chance to participate in a music festival. Congratulations to all the musicians who were chosen to attend these festivals. >More

KINDNESS CHALLENGE AT ROANOKE AND PHILLIPS AVENUE SCHOOLS

Peacekeepers
(January 23, 2018) The Peacemakers of Phillips Avenue and Roanoke Avenue Elementary Schools are inviting members of the Riverhead community to participate in the Great Kindness Challenge from January 23-27, 2017. These fourth grade students created a video inviting everyone including businesses, organizations and government employees to perform acts of kindness and post photos of them on social media (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) using the hashtag #RiverheadKindness. >More

THE PEACEFUL PASSAGE OF POWER – INAUGURATION 2017 

Inauguration 2017
(January 20, 2017) As Donald Trump took the oath of office and became the 45th president of the United States, students at Riverhead High School watched on LED screens throughout the school: in the hallways, in classes, in the NJROTC room, in the cafeteria, and in the library. As stated by New York Senator Schumer and President Trump himself, the inauguration of a new president is a celebration of the peaceful passage of power—something that makes America – America. >More

SPORTS: Girls Winter Track: Riverheaders Set School Record in 4 x 200 

Inauguration 2017
(January 17, 2017) Riverhead’s new indoor 4 x 200 record now belongs to Delu Rizzo, Emma Panciocco, Eve Pittman and Miasha Pittman. They broke the record January 17th y in the Molloy Stanner Games at The Armory in New York City with a time of 1 minute, 50.76 seconds. They took second in their heat. The previous school record of 1:52.12 was set in 2005 by Angela Smith, Tavina Hubbard, Kateria Almenas and Ashley Lewis. >More

RAISING DEPRESSION AWARENESS IN OUR SCHOOLS: hashtag.smile 

Depression Awareness
(January, 2017) Students and teachers and staff throughout the Riverhead Central School District have been participating in a Kindness Challenge to raise awareness regarding depression. They have been posting photos and videos on Instragram at #hashtag.smile. Check it out. It will make you smile! >More

MELISSA HAUPT NAMED NEWS REVIEW "EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR"
Melissa Haupt
(January 5, 2016) Riley Avenue art teacher Melissa Haupt has been named NEWS REVIEW's pick for "Educator of the Year" for 2016. Ms. Haupt is all about art, but, as News Review reporter Nicole Smith notes, "she doesn’t just spearhead art-related activities. Ms. Haupt also founded Riley Avenue’s student council, runs food drives, hosts fundraisers and coaches a Police Athletic League cheerleading team." >More

AUTHOR VISIT AT RILEY AVENUE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Author Visit
(January 5, 2016) Riley Avenue Elementary School librarian/media specialist Amelia Estevez-Creedon‏ invited Philip Pecoraro to share his book "Peanut Butter and Pickles" with a kindergarten class during their library time. >More

DECEMBER 2016 NEWS, NEWSLETTERS, VIDEOS AND MORE


WRITING CELEBRATION AT ROANOKE
Writing Celebration
(December 20, 2016) The third graders at Roanoke hosted a WRITING CELEBRATION to share their PERSONAL NARRATIVE and INFORMATIONAL books with their parents, classmates, teachers and special visitors. Some of the topics included: pets, holidays, countries, racing, Roblox online games, cheerleading, Legos, hobbies, camping, playful dolphins and other sea animals, and a lot of other topics. >More

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC -- WEATHER FORECASTING UNIT
Weather Forecasters
(December 20, 2016) All the K-4 buildings are now using the National Geographic Science, or “Nat Geo” program, which is designed to “immerse students in the nature of science and hands-on inquiry while promoting literacy skills.” Mrs. Brennan's and Mr. Tholl's classes teamed up to study weather. They collected data and then made weather programs. >More

ENGLISH 10 HONORS - FAKE NEWS UNIT
Fake News Unit
(December, 2016) RHS English teacher Jessica Guadagnino gave her English 10 Honors/Pre-AP class a special assignment by inviting her students to write a free response essay to the following topic: Where truth, opinion and plain old lies collide . . . >More

FALL ATHLETIC TEAM NYPHSAA AWARDS
NYSPHSAA Banner
(December 13, 2016) We are very proud of our student-athletes and all their accomplishments on and off the field! Congratulations to the seven RHS teams who were recognized for outstanding achievement as SCHOLAR-ATHLETES. The team must maintain an overall average of 90 and over to be recognized for this award. Two teams (Girls Cross Country and Field Hockey) achieved an overall team average of 99!) Six RHS teams also received TEAM SPORTSMANSHIP AWARDS. Bravo! >More

RHS BLUE MASQUES PRESENT "THE CRUCIBLE"
Blue Masques
(December 9-11, 2016) CONGRATULATIONS to the directors and BLUE MASQUES cast AND crew for their production of Arthur Miller's play, THE CRUCIBLE. Click HERE for a copy of the PLAYBILL. >More

NJROTC INSPECTION AND PASS-IN-REVIEW
NJROTC INSPECTION
(December 9, 2016) The Annual NJROTC inspection and Pass-In-Review was held Friday, December 9, 2016 by Major Jason Latta, Executive Officer, NROTC Unit State University of New York Maritime College. The cadet performance portion of the annual review consists of a personal inspection, drill demonstrations, pass-in-review and cadet awards. >More

BNL PARTNERSHIP
BNL
(December 9, 2016) On Friday, December 9th, 2016, Library Media Specialist Kim McGurk, and Mr. Lance Mion and his Science Research class attended Brookhaven National Labs’ “Partner in Science Program”. Riverhead High School science research students, April Wrobble, Dana Edwards, Ejla Svraka and Dillon Baker, attended the presentation entitled “What will Earth be like in 50 years?” presented by Atmospheric Scientist Dr. Ernie Lewis.

Dr. Lewis spoke about looking at the past to predict the future. He discussed events leading up to the first Earth Day, growing populations, changes in the ocean and coastal communities, as well as recent rising temperatures of the earth. According to Ms. McGurk, he concluded by saying, “By using science we cannot only predict what the future will be--we can reinvent it.” Riverhead High School has been attending this program for over a decade, which demonstrates Riverhead’s commitment to a strong research program. >More

INTERNET SAFETY PRESENTATION
Internet Safety Presentation
(December 8, 2016) Detective Forrestal covered the gamut of difficulties that can confront children on the internet--from inappropriate pictures and messages to cyberbullying. In particular, he warned the students about posting inappropriate photographs, participating in chat rooms, and sharing personal information on social media sites. >More

ON-SITE ADMISSIONS DAY FOR SENIORS
On-Site Admissions Day
(December 8, 2016) Six local private schools waived their application fees. Over 100 applications were submitted and processed. Collectively, a total of $425,000 in Merit scholarship dollars was offered to RHS students. >More

WISE GIRLS VISIT STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY
WISE Vist to SBU
(December 8, 2016) The WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) girls visited the Van de Graaf building on Stony Brook University’s main campus to receive a tour of and a lesson on the Van de Graaf accelerator. The 12th graders visited the research lab to learn about current advances in research and technology in the field of breast cancer. >More

RHS FRENCH AND SPANISH CLUBS – A LA CARTE
Clubs at a la Carte
(December 8, 2016) On December 8th, the French and Spanish clubs, headed by Mrs. Acosta and Mrs. Westfall, visited à la Carte Culinary Services in Lynbrook, which is designed to be a “teambuilding experience” as well as a cooking experience. After years of learning the vocabulary necessary, the RHS French and Spanish Club students experienced the authenticity of French and Spanish cuisine while developing their cooking skills and working together toward a delicious end result! They can’t wait to go again. >More

DR. MARSHALL JONES -- 4TH GRADE SPEAKERS SERIES
DR MARSHALL JONES
(December 2, 2016) Nearly ten years ago, Dr. Marshall Jones kicked off a series of presentations by alumni aimed at inspiring students to “never give up”, to work hard and to aspire to be the best that they can be. Thanks to Robert Brown, who continues to organize this program, Dr. Jones returned again this year to speak to the fourth graders who gather to hear alumni share their stories at the “Fourth Grade Speakers Series”. >More

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY INDUCTION CEREMONY
NHS
(December 1, 2016) Thirty-six students were inducted into the National Honor Society. Membership is based upon a student's outstanding performance in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. There were students who are outstanding in community service, music, dance, languages, art and athletics as well as academics. The NEWLY ELECTED OFFICERS for the 2017-18 school year were Juliette Lehman, President; Olivia Pizutto, VP; Josie Manucha, Secretary; Olivia Dickerson, Treasurer. This year's honorary inductee was RHS Social Studies teacher, Kate Brown. >More

CHEF MIR IN THE CLASSROOM
Chef Mir
(December 1, 2016) Riverhead High School Food, Nutrition & Wellness and Baking & Pastry students were honored to have local guest chef and owner Christian Mir of Stone Creek Inn speak about his career in the food industry. Chef Mir provided students with a firsthand account of what it is like to be a chef and restaurant owner. He talked about his schooling to become a chef, the years of apprenticeship that followed and his knowledge of being a restaurant owner. >More

RHS SENIOR IN PROJECT RUNWAY, JR.
Project Runway Jr
(December 1, 2016) It was just announced that RHS senior Chris Russo will be on the television program Project Runway Junior airing on December 22. >More

NOVEMBER 2016 NEWS, NEWSLETTERS, VIDEOS AND MORE

RHS 1st QTR. HONOR ROLL / RMS 1st QTR. HONOR ROLL

RHS CAMPUS CONNECTION 2016
Campus Connection
(November 24, 2016 - Riverhead, NY) HS CAMPUS CONNECTION - The GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT hosted an annual opportunity for high school seniors to meet and talk with RHS alumni, who are now college students, about their college experience. This annual event is held just prior to Thanksgiving when college students are home on break. >More

JUSTICE IN THE CLASSROOM
Judge Rebolini
(November 21, 2016) The Honorable William Rebolini gave a presentation in Gina Florentino-James’ 6th period U.S. History and Government class at the high school. Judge Rebolini, whose courtroom is in the Supreme Court building on Griffing Avenue, spoke with the students about the courts and students’ rights. >More

NJROTC SCORES BIG AT CONNECTICUT DRILL MEET
NJROTC Drill Team
(November 19, 2016) Riverhead’s NJROTC’s drill team took first place in two of the principal regional high school competitions held at Bethel, CT on November 19th. Facing 18 rival high schools from across New York, New Jersey, and New England, Riverhead placed first overall in varsity Armed Platoon as well as freshman Unarmed Platoon. The two winning platoons were commanded by siblings, Cadet Michael Daniel and younger sister, Cadet Kellia Daniel. In individual competition, Cadet William Gilmore placed seventh out of over 800 cadets in the Individual Drill Knock-out event.

The Riverhead NJROTC cadets are preparing for their next inter-scholastic competition, which will be hosted by the Southold NJROTC Unit at Mattituck High School on December 17th. >More

THE PEACEMAKERS ARE ON THE MOVE
Peacemakers
(November 18, 2016) The students in the PEACEMAKERS groups at both Roanoke and Phillips meet with Shannon Kutner, a Riverhead Community Awareness Program (CAP) elementary social worker, and give up some of their recess time to discuss ways to end bullying and make their school a safe haven for learning. This year, Ms. Kutner reports that she has a record-breaking 42 members in PEACEMAKERS at Phillips Avenue Elementary School, with a similar number of members at Roanoke Elementary School, who are divided between the student council and the PEACEMAKERS.

In each of the schools, the PEACEMAKERS recently visited to classrooms to read the book THE JUICE BOX BULLY and talk to every class in their school about bullying. They conclude their visit by asking the students to help them by signing a promise not to bully and to speak up if someone needs help. More than just looking out for bullying, the PEACMAKERS also agree to be role models in their classrooms and schools. In January, the students will help organize student and staff participation in “The Great Kindness Challenge”, which is a national movement. >More

RHS LEADERS CLUB SPONSORS BLOOD DRIVE
Blood Drive
(November 17, 2016) The RHS Leaders Club sponsored their semi-annual blood drive for Long Island Blood Services. According to the club’s advisor, Sharon D’Amico, they collected 52 pints of blood with about 20 deferred. Sharon noted, they had a very solid turnout, but they were shooting for 65 pints. The blood drives are open to both students over 16 (with weight, travel and other restrictions) and teachers and staff members. There will be another opportunity to donate in the spring. >More

INFORMATION NIGHT FOR 9TH GRADE PARENTS/GUARDIANS
Choices
(November 17, 2016) Guidance Counselor Judy Arnone and the Guidance Department talked with parents about issues and choices facing 9th grade students during an annual Information Night for 9th grade parents and guardians on Thursday, November 17th. This night is a culmination of the “Choices Programs” Ms. Arnone teaches in the fall through a series of presentations to the 9th graders. >More

CONNECT WITH A CHILD AND HELP SHAPE THE FUTURE
Living History
(November 16, 2016) Fourth graders study New York State history, Long Island history and local history. In an effort to make their learning come to life, Riley Avenue Library Media Specialist Amelia Estevez-Creedon teamed with Danielle Doll, the Town of Riverhead’s Cultural Affairs Supervisor, to bring senior adult volunteers to the school to share a “Living History of Riverhead Town” with Riley Avenue fourth graders.

As they answered questions posed to them by the students, three long-time Riverhead residents shared their memories of life on Long Island and, more specifically, Riverhead. The three living historians, who answered an invitation by the Town of Riverhead’s Recreational Department, were: Donna Czajkowski, Janice Gilmore, and Nancy Winkler. >More

RCFA SPONSORS HARLEM WIZARDS FUN RAISER
Army in PE
(November 10, 2016) The RCFA hosted the fourth consecutive HARLEM WIZARDS GAME. The event is a FUN raiser for the Riverhead Central Faculty Association's Senior Scholarship Fund and scholarships for elementary students to attend programs at the East End Arts Center. Once again, this year, the event was sold out and $12,000 WAS RAISED! >More

PRE-ENGINEERING CLASS - CARDBOARD CHAIR PROJECT
Cardboard Chair Challenge
(November 4, 2016) Riverhead High School introduced several exciting new classes this year. One of those new classes was Principles of Engineering. As one of the first big projects, Luke Ferland, who teaches this class, took his Principles of Engineering class to the BOCES STEM High School in Bellport, NY in November to participate in a cardboard chair project. >More

SCHOOLS PARTICIPATE IN FOOD DRIVES
Food Drives
(November, 2016) As part of the November virtue word (Caring), Aquebogue's School Community collected over 30 boxes of food and 10-12 bags/boxes of coats. All items were donated to Phillips Avenue Food Pantry to support the children and community of Riverhead.

The RHS Student Government sponsored a food drive throughout the month of November. Student Government Advisor Deborah Nigrel is filling up her office with food and is working with the school social worker to distribute the food to families. On Monday, members of a church in Wading River brought in 32 baskets containing food needed for a traditional Thanksgiving meal as a donation to the high school’s effort. In addition to the baskets, the church also contributed gift cards for turkeys. >More

THE ARMY IS IN THE GYM
Army in PE
(November 4-5, 2016) The fitness program at the high school, which is referred to as Blue Wave Fitness, was 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. 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. In addition, the Army brought in one of their mobile units as part of the PE partnership this year. The Army set up a tent with a number of video games in the courtyard behind the high school for students to enjoy during their lunch period. >More

ROBOTICS CLASS Meets the da Vinci Robot
Robotics Class
(November 1, 2016 – Riverhead, NY) Peconic Bay Medical Center has been a good educational partner to the Riverhead Central School District. The hospital teamed with the district to help sponsor Project Fit, which equipped all the district’s elementary schools with a national fitness program and outdoor fitness equipment. Recently, the hospital welcomed Luke Ferland’s Robotics Class with open robotic arms to allow them a close look at the hospital’s da Vinci robot. >More

NEWS, NEWSLETTERS, VIDEOS AND SLIDESHOWS

OCTOBER 2016 NEWS, NEWSLETTERS, VIDEOS AND MORE


KEY CLUB HOSTS SAFE HALLOWEEN PARTY FOR K-4 CHILDREN
Key Club Safe Halloweens
(October 31, 2016) The Riverhead Key Club, under the guidance of Dr. Lawrence Mandresh, did a great job of hosting their first annual SAFE HALLOWEEN at the high school. Other clubs and groups at the high school jumped in and helped out as well. >More

ROANOKE PTO HOSTS A PUMPKIN PATCH IN THE STAR GARDEN
Pumpkin Patch at Roanoke
(October 31, 2016) When the leaves begin to turn red and orange on Long Island, everybody heads to the East End to pick their pumpkins and enjoy the farm stands, roasted corn on the cob, field labyrinths, petting zoos and more. On Halloween, the Roanoke PTO sets up a Pumpkin Patch in the Star Garden at Roanoke Avenue Elementary School. >More

BUTCH LANGHORN SPEAKS AT 4TH GR. SPEAKERS SERIES
4TH GRADE SPEAKERS SERIES
(October 26, 2016) Mr. Robert Brown, an alumnus of RHS, a retired Brookhaven Labs employee and a resident poet, helped organize the RHS "Community Role Models" speakers series for fourth graders to inspire students to "never give up on their dreams" and to overcome any obstacles in their lives that may threaten to keep them from being all they can be in life. Each of the community role models chosen to speak has a story to tell that demonstrates how they had to overcome challenges in life to become the people they are today. >MORE (Robert Brown) The first speaker in this year's series of speakers was James "Butch" Langhorn, Assistant to Suffolk County Sheriff Vincent F. DeMarco. >More

BUDDY BENCH FOR ROANOKE AVENUE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Buddy Bench
(October 26, 2016) BROWNIE TROOP 595 presented the gift of a "Buddy Bench” to the Roanoke Avenue Elementary School. It will be placed on the playground at Roanoke now that all the construction at the school and on the playground has been finished. >More

RIVERHEAD FIRE DEPARTMENT BRINGS SMOKEHOUSE TO AQUEBOGUE
Smokehouse
(October 17-21, 2016) October is Fire Safety Month and like clockwork the Riverhead Fire Department brings their smokehouse to the elementary schools to promote fire prevention education and to teach children what to do in case of a fire. Each fall, the Riverhead Fire Department visits Aquebogue and Roanoke elementary schools to teach students about fire prevention and fire safety. >More

ENL FAMILY NIGHT AT PHILLIPS AVENUE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
ENL Night at Phillips
(October 20, 2016) Phillips Avenue Elementary School hosted its annual ENL Family Night on Thursday, October 20th, to help ENL families understand and participate in their child's educational program. In addition to the overview of the ENL Program as presented by the District's New Teacher Mentor and Translator Laura Grable, there were several East End social services agencies, Town and youth organizations present to answer parent questions and explain family and youth services. >More

RHS SWIMMER QUALIFIES FOR COUNTY MEET
     Swimmer
(October 20, 2016 – Riverhead, NY) Did you know that Riverhead High School has a swimming team? Well, not exactly a team, but it does have an “independent swimmer”, and this Blue Wave has been doing very well in competitions this year. >More

RHS TRANSITION FAIR
     Transition Fair
(October 19, 2016 – Riverhead, NY) Now in its fifth year, the Transition Fair invited 28 agencies and organizations dedicated to assisting students and their parents from across the East End. >More

UNITY DAY - BULLYING IS NOT COOL! KEEP IT OUT OF SCHOOL!
Unity Day and Harlem Wizards
(October 19-20, 2016) On October 19th the Peacemakers at Phillips Avenue and Roanoke Avenue Elementary School dressed in orange and participated in anti-bullying events to celebrate National Unity Day. On October 20th, students at all of the RCSD schools got a special treat when Harlem Wizards players made appearances on October 20th and shared with the students an interactive Anti-Bullying presentation. The Harlem Wizards Game and RCFA fund-raiser is November 10th at 6:45PM at RHS. Get your tickets soon! The money from this fund-raiser goes to the RCFA's senior scholarship fund. (Pictured above: Jack Ryan "Black Jack" visited the Pulaski Street School. >More

VARSITY FIELD HOCKEY - SHOOTOUT PUTS BLUE WAVES IN PLAYOFFS
     Field Hockey
(October 18, 2016) The Girls Varsity Field Hockey team hosted their Senior Day game against Huntington. It was the first game on the new turf field! >More

FALL COLLEGE FAIR – OCT. 18
     East End College Fair
(October 18, 2016) The annual College Fair took place today from 5-7:30PM in the gymnasium. RHS students had the opportunity to meet with representatives from over 300 colleges and universities. Representatives from two-year community colleges, four-year private colleges and SUNY were on campus to meet with students. Questions regarding application and admission procedures, course offerings, financial aid, and scholarship information could be asked of the college reps. The high school counselors were also present to assist students. >More

RCSD SMART SCHOOL BOND
     SMART Bond PPT
(October 18, 2016 – Riverhead, NY) ROBERT HINES, the Directory of Technology and Data Services, gave a presentation at the October 18th Board of Education Meeting concerning the NEW YORK STATE SMART SCHOOLS BOND ACT. Comments or questions should be directed to nysmartbond@riverhead.net. >More

PFC GARFIELD LANGHORN ESSAY CONTEST
     Garfield Langhorn Essay Contest Winners
(October 14, 2016) Pulaski Street School students came together at an assembly to hear Mr. Hewitt read an essay about PFC Langhorn and his heroism. After this introduction, the winning essays were read. According to Mr. Hewitt, all sixth grade students are invited to participate in the essay contest. The contest has grown in size since it was introduced in 2004. In that first year there were only 58 entries. This year, 252 essays were submitted. >More

GUIDANCE HOSTS COLLEGE NIGHT
     College Night
(October 13, 2016) The RHS Guidance Department hosted its annual College Planning Night (exploring college options and understanding the admission process) in the HS Cafeteria on October 13th. The evening included several different presentations facilitated by counselors, teachers, administrators, and outside presenters. >More

RHS AP BIOLOGY CLASS
     AP Biology Class
(October 13, 2016) RHS science teacher Susan Monahan gave her AP Biology class a special treat by inviting Dr. Gabrielle Russo and Dr. Amy Lu, two Stony Brook University professors in the Department of Anthropology, to speak to her class. >More

RHS HOMECOMING 2016
     Homecoming Float
(October 8, 2016) CONGRATULATIONS to the RHS Student Government and Class Officers and their advisor Deborah Nigrel who organized this year’s homecoming. This year's PARADE THEME was OLD SCHOOL VIDEO GAMES. The Senior Class won BEST FLOAT with their depiction of Mario. The Freshman Class' float featuring PacMan won 2nd place in the float contest. The Senior Class won the most points overall during SPIRIT WEEK. The Juniors' and Sophomores' floats featuring the Juniors' Tetris and the Sophomore Class' Donkey Kong tied for third place and they took 2nd and 3rd place respectively in overall points for Spirit Week.

The Riverhead Blue Waves defeated Copiague High School 27-26. Way to Go Blue Waves! >More

KEY TO THE FRONT DOOR
     OPWDD
(October 7, 2016 – Riverhead, NY) For families of students with special needs, a new MANDATORY presentation by the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) is truly a “Key to the Front Door” and a first requirement for future support. Families of individuals with disabilities must apply for services now for support for post-graduation and life. Elva Beyer, Riverhead High School Transition Coordinator, offered to host the event at the October SEPTA meeting. Mrs. Beyer stated, “Bringing this general information presentation to the East End has been a goal of mine for the past few years. After many contacts with OPWDD, I was finally able to arrange for a presentation to be held in Riverhead for East End parents, unable to travel up island for the trainings. We had over 50 attendees and it was a true success!” >More

SEPTEMBER 2016 NEWS, NEWSLETTERS, VIDEOS AND MORE


STUDENT GOVERNMENT OFFICERS ORGANIZE HOMECOMING - OCT. 8
     Student Govt
(September 29, 2016 - Riverhead, NY) Student government and class officers were present at the Riverhead High School Open House Night and are currently organizing Homecoming (October 8). >More

BUILDING BOND AND CURRICULUM UPDATE
Bond and Curriculum
(September 29, 2016) An overview of the BUILDING PROGRESS and PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT and the impact on classroom instruction. >More

NEW CLASSES BEING OFFERED AT THE HIGH SCHOOL
Robotics
(September 29, 2016 - Riverhead, NY) New classes at the high school, available to all students, include Robotics, Principles of Engineering, Baking and Pastry, Digital Film Making, Environmental Science, AP Computer Science and AP French Language and Culture. Many of these courses are available for college credit. A representative from Farmingdale University spoke to the robotics students about taking the class for credit as part of Farmingdale's "University in the High School" program. Students can earn credit (for a fraction of the cost) that can be transferred to colleges around the nation. >More

STUDENTS CHOSEN TO ATTEND MUSIC FESTIVALS
        Musicians
(September 27, 2016) 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 and the All State Music Festival in Rochester, NY. >More

ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) SCHOLAR PROGRAM
AP
(September 29, 2016) 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 the 61 students who achieved a level of distinction on the exams. >More

SCHOOL OF ROCK
School of Rock
(September 17-18) The Riverhead Faculty and Community Theater Youth Theater program engaged more than three dozen students between the ages of 11 and 18 over the summer, plus a largely student pit band, in a performance of the musical “SCHOOL OF ROCK”. Congratulations to these young performers, their directors, the musicians in the pit band, and the stage crew in rocking this musical. >More

LONG ISLAND BIRDS OF PREY – LIVING ENVIRONMENT
Birds of Prey
(September 14, 2016) RHS science teacher Susan Monahan gave her ninth grade Regents Living Environment class a special treat by inviting Tony Valderrama, an Environmental Educator from the Quogue Wildlife Refuge, to speak to her class about birds of prey on Long Island. Mr. Valderrama brought three birds of prey to show the students: an Eastern Screech Owl, a Great Horned Owl named "Hooter", and a Red-tailed Hawk. He shared in detail their similarities and differences. As part of an emphasis on ecology, Mr. Valderrama encouraged the students to be conscious of the need to maintain the environment necessary to the continued existence of these species. >More

DOMINIQUE MARICHAL IS NAMED NATIONAL HISPANIC SCHOLAR
Dominique Marichal
(September 12, 2016) RHS senior, Dominique Marichal, the daughter of Hector Marichal and Lisa Macari from Aquebogue, scored in the top 2.5% among Hispanic and Latino PSAT/NMSQT test takers in our region. She was then invited by the College Board to apply for recognition as a National Hispanic Scholar. >More

ROY VASQUEZ IS NAMED NATIONAL HISPANIC SCHOLAR
    Roy Vasquez
(September 12, 2016) RHS senior, Roy Vasquez, the son of Roy and Penny Vasquez from Calverton, scored in the top 2.5% among Hispanic and Latino PSAT/NMSQT test takers in our region. He was then invited by the College Board to apply for recognition as a National Hispanic Scholar. He met all the College Board’s extensive follow up requirements and was awarded the honor of being named a “National Hispanic Scholar”. >More

HONORING AND COMMEMORATING 9/11/01
9/11
(September 9, 2016) A moment of silence at the time of the attacks was held at the high school and presentations on the events 9/11/01 were conducted in classes on Friday, September 9th and Monday, September 12th. >More

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL - SEPTEMBER 2016
First Day
(September 2, 2016) The first day of school in the Riverhead Central School District was a beautiful one. The schools were gleaming and the students looked great. >More

SUPERINTENDENT'S CONFERENCE DAY 2016
CAP

(September 1, 2016) The Superintendent's Conference Day began with a WELCOME BACK TEACHERS AND STAFF kickoff event at the high school. The Riverhead Central Faculty Association (RCFA) had a vehicle parked on the back patio of the high school to collect food for the pantry at the Phillips Avenue School. Prior to the assembly, teachers, administrators and staff greet one another and share a light breakfast. As noted by Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Christine Tona , this event is a celebration of the teamwork it takes to create a successful school year. >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

FRESHMAN ORIENTATION

Freshman Orientation 2016 from Sandra Kolbo on Vimeo.

(August 31, 2016) "We are happy to welcome you to RHS as you begin this exciting time in your education," stated RHS Principal Charles Regan as he welcomed the new freshman class to Riverhead High School during Freshman Orientation. "The path you choose and the choices you make your freshman year will set the tone for your success at RHS and beyond," counseled Dr. Regan. "It will determine the legacy you leave behind as you graduate in 2020. Get involved! The athletics, music, arts programs and academic classes and clubs we offer are second to none." >More



 

 

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