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SEPTEMBER 2014 NEWS, NEWSLETTERS, VIDEOS AND MORE
SUPERINTENDENT'S CONFERENCE DAY - WELCOME BACK
(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!
RHS VARSITY FOOTBALL TEAM IS #1 SEEDED TEAM
(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
AUGUST 2014 NEWS, NEWSLETTERS, VIDEOS AND MORE
AUGUST UPDATE ON CONSTRUCTION AND CURRICULUM
(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
(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
(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
(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 2014
(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
(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
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
ON THE WEBSITE IN AUGUST--ALUMNI NEWS UPDATES
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.
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
For ALL the News, Videos and Slideshows from September 2010 to July 2014, GO to 2010-14 NEWS ARCHIVE / ALSO SEE: 2010-11 NEWS ARCHIVE / 2011-12 NEWS ARCHIVE / 2012-13 NEWS ARCHIVE / SPORTS NEWS -- A summary of the 2013-2014 Sports News >More / 2013-2014 News Archive / 2013-2014 Sports News
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