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APRIL 2014 NEWS, NEWSLETTERS, VIDEOS AND MORE
CONGRATS TO HS STUDENTS WHO MADE THE HONOR ROLL
(April 21, 2014) I'd like to congratulate the students who made the HS 3rd Quarter Honor Roll, which was just posted on the website. >RHS HONOR ROLL - 1st Qtr. / 2nd Qtr. / 3rd Qtr.
SOLAR COMPETITION TEAMS NEED YOUR HELP
(April 21, 2014) Our RHS SOLAR TEAMS need your HELP. EmPower Solar has just released our student videos on their YouTube channel. It is now time for our student videos to get as many people as humanly possible to "Like" their videos! Click on the read more by the Solar Team's picture on the main page of the district website and follow the instructions. Voting ends May 12th. >More
EZ SCHOOLPAY PLAN
(April 21, 2014) The district is now offering an online service to help parents and guardians better manage their child's school meal account. They now have the ability to check their child's school meal account balance (and what their child has been ordering) online, as well as make payments with a credit card. To learn more about this program, read a parent information letter by clicking on "payment option" on the main page of the District newsletter or click on the EZ School Pay Logo on the Food Service or Lunch Page or go directly to www.ezschoolpay.com. >More
IT'S TURN OFF YOUR TV WEEK AT ROANOKE
(April 21, 2014) It's that time of year again…time to turn off your televisions and turn on your imaginations! Roanoke Avenue Elementary School will be celebrating "Turn Off Your TV Week" from April 21st through April 27th. Research shows that by decreasing TV viewing (and other screen-based entertainment) students will be more attentive and more academically successful
On Monday, April 21st, Roanoke kicked-off this week with an in-school "Book Swap" for the 3rd and 4th graders and a special "Read Aloud" for grades K-2. Also, to celebrate "Turn Off Your TV Week," all Roanoke families were invited to join together today from 6-7pm for a "Milk and Cookies Night," on the Roanoke Elementary field. The families were encouraged to bring their favorite books, a blanket to sit on and spend an hour reading together as a school family! To keep the students actively engaged and encourage them to continue to keep reading instead of watching, there is an "Outdoor Family Fun Night" on Thursday, April 24th from 6-7pm. Students will play games and make a special Mother's Day gift for their moms.
RHS & RMS LATINISTS WON 6 OF12 AWARDS at the CERTAMEN
(April 8, 2014) This year's Suffolk Latin CERTAMEN, the academic competition that pits the Island's top Latin students in a brain-powered contest of grammar, syntax, history, mythology – and cultural literacy – drew the biggest field of participants in the event's history. Representing 12 districts spanning the Island, 60 teams of middle and high school foursomes battled it out on Tuesday, April 8, at SUNY Stony Brook. Across the board, the Riverhead Blue Wave Latinists distinguished themselves with their traditionally excellent results. The Latinists walked away with half the honors given out. Out of 12 total prizes awarded over four levels of study, Riverhead Latin students took 6! At the Middle School Level I, Riverhead took 1st and 3rd places; High School Level II took 2nd place; Level III took 2nd place; the Advanced Level teams won both 2nd and 3rd places! >More
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CAST, CREW AND DIRECTORS
(April 5, 2014) The final performance of "The Wiz" was Saturday, April 5. I'd like to extend my congratulations to the Casts, Crew, Orchestra members and Directors on an excellent production. >More
NJROTC RAFFLE AUCTION
(April 5, 2014) The RHS NJROTC Raffle Auction was held Saturday, April 5. More than 250 gifts were raffled including autographed NY Jets and NY Islanders memorabilia, sporting goods, winery tours, hotel stays, ferry tickets, admission tickets, lighting fixtures, handmade American Girl doll clothing, jewelry and much more. The annual fund-raiser supports the purchase of new equipment and drill team travel. The cadets would like to thank the merchants and everyone who helped make this day a big success.
RHS STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN CAMPUS VISIT
(April 4, 2014) Guidance Director Charles Gassar accompanied a group of ELL students to the Eastern Campus of Suffolk County Community College to participate in a workshop for ELL students who may be interested in attending SCCC. There were workshops on enrollment services, deferred action, transitioning from high school to college, the admissions / placement test, financial aid and the ESL Academic program at SCCC. The Riverhead students also took a tour of the campus and enjoyed a box lunch in the Peconic Café. >More
THANK YOU FOR GIVING BLOOD
(April 4, 2014-Riverhead, NY) The Riverhead High School Leaders Club hosted their second BLOOD DRIVE of the year. They would like to extend a "Thank You" to all of the students and staff who volunteered to give blood on Thursday, April 4th. We would like to thank the Leaders Club for organizing this important effort to save lives. >RHS Clubs News
RHS STUDENTS HOST FUND-RAISER FOR PULSERA PROJECT
(April 4, 2014) The World Language students, Clubs and Language Honor Society members hosted a fund-raising effort from Monday, March 31 through April 11 selling "pulseras" at Riverhead High School in the cafeteria during lunch periods. The students sold the "pulseras" (bracelets and small purses) to benefit young artisans in Nicaragua, who work with the Pulsera Project Organization.
The Pulsera Project is a non-profit organization that empowers young Nicaraguan artisans through the sale of their colorful handwoven bracelets ("pulseras" in Spanish) in the United States. Through pulsera sales in schools and other locations around the world, almost 100 artisans are empowered through sustainable fair-trade employment. All the proceeds from pulsera sales are then reinvested in different programs in Nicaragua---including scholarships, micro-loans, support for a childrens shelter, environmental programs, workers rights advocacy, and other educational programs. >RHS Clubs News
STUDENTS GEAR UP FOR SOLAR STUDENT COMPETITION
(April 2, 2014) Mr. Ferland, technology teacher at the middle school and the high school, recently held a kick-off meeting for high school students interested in a solar design competition in which student teams will compete for up to $5,000 in scholarships and a grand prize trip to the 2014 Solar Decathlon in Versailles in June and July. EmPower Solar of Island Park is collecting entries from Long Island and New York City high school students.
Mr. Ferland now has two teams of three students each that are eager to enter the fray of competition. There are 67 teams competing this year, so the competition is steep! The students will not be physically designing a solar array, however, they will be creating a written "deliverable" plan for a project to a specific customer and a YouTube video explaining their project. To create the report and video, students will have to do research and also attend after school classes given by Mr. Ferland.
One of the teams' first learning experience included a trip to the site of their "customer location" at the new Marine Station on the Stony Brook Southampton Campus to take site measurements. The students performed tests and a site evaluation. >More
SCCC DIETETIC TECH STUDENTS GET SCHOOL EXPERIENCE
(April 4, 2014) Suffolk County Community College and the Riverhead Central School District are partners in education. SCCC Dietetic Technician students come to our schools to observe and learn about opportunities in school lunch programs. While they are in the District, the SCCC students also present a unit on healthy food choices to Pulaski Street School students in Sandra Hummer's health classes. The SCCC student lecturers passed around boxes of healthy grains and had the students examine the labels and then led a discussion about breakfast choices. They encouraged the Pulaski students to make sure they ate breakfast and to consider whole grains as a healthy choice for breakfast.
An informal survey revealed that almost all of the students in one particular class were eating cereal for breakfast--with Lucky Charms, Froot Loops and Honey Nut Cheerios listed as their favorite choices. One of the technicians pointed out that the cereals offered in the District's own breakfast program include: Raisin Bran, Kix, Rice Krispies, Country Corn Flakes, Multi Grain Cheerios, Cheerios and oatmeal, which is offered at the high school. >More
AUTISM AWARENESS DAY AT ROANOKE
(Wednesday, April 2, 2014) For several years, the Roanoke Avenue Elementary School's Student Council has hosted activities to observe World Autism Awareness Day. On Wednesday, April 2nd the Student Council encouraged their schoolmates and the school's teachers and staff members to "WEAR BLUE". They joined children, adults and corporations all over the world in this important awareness effort. >More
MARCH 2014 NEWS, NEWSLETTERS, VIDEOS AND MORE
IT'S A POETRY JAM!
(March 31, 2014--Riverhead, NY) 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. Here's just a taste of what the audience heard at Room 301's Poetry Jam. >More
PHILLIPS AVENUE 3RD GRADE IDITAROD TEAM
(March 31, 2014) A small group of third grade students at the Phillips Avenue Elementary School have been meeting with Literacy Coach Jeanne-Marie Mazzaferro during the opening period of the day for about a month to study the running of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, which is an annual long-distance sled dog race run in early March from Anchorage to Nome. >More
CCSS PARENT FORUM
(March 27, 2014) The PRINCIPALS from each building gave a series of presentations on the COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS in ELA and Math at Board of Ed. meetings. On Thursday, March 27, the District hosted a CCSS Forum for Parents to continue the discussion about the implementation of CCSS in our schools. >More
WELCOME HOME, MR. HUGHES! VIDEO OF HIS HOMECOMING
(March 27, 2014) Lonnie Hughes (back row far left in team photo), a teacher at the Phillips Avenue Elementary School, suffered Sudden Cardiac Arrest during the Crazy Sports Night Fund-Raiser on March 21st. EMTs in the stands rushed to his aid and used a cardiac defribrillator to revive the 57-year-old teacher. One of those EMTs was Gregory Wallace, who is also a science teacher at the high school (pictured BOTTOM far right in the stands during the fund-raiser).
On Thursday, March 27th, Mr. Hughes and his wife, Mildred, made a detour on the way home and drove through the loop in front of the Phillips Avenue Elementary School and waved to all the students and staff who came out to greet him. Mr. Hughes is doing well and we all wish him a speedy recovery. >More
Daughters of Am. Revolution Recognize Students
During their Tea, the Daughters of the Am. Revolution recognized RHS senior Robyn Schneider (3rd L) and Anthony Mammina (2nd R) for good citizenship. >MORE
(March 25, 2014) Students in Riley Avenue Art Teacher Melissa Haupt's classes worked with visiting artist Clare Bennett to create a 6 x 4 foot mosaic for the school's new library. Under Ms. Haupt's and Ms. Bennett's guidance, every student in the Riley Avenue School (about 600 students) had a hand in creating this beautifully intricate mosaic of tile and stained glass. Superintendent Nancy Carney joined Riley Avenue Principal David Enos and Assistant Principal Jeanne Grim, News 12 Long Island's Ken Grimball, Denise Civiletti from RiverheadLocal and Riley parents and Mrs. Simonetta's kindergarten class today to celebrate the unveiling of the Mosaic Project. As noted, the finished mosaic has been mounted on a wall in the new library at the Riley Avenue School. >More
NEWS 12 LONG ISLAND, TUESDAY, MARCH 25: Video of THE UNVEILING with KEN GRIMBALL REPORTING THE ACTION.
PULASKI STUDENT WORK FEATURED AT TC SATURDAY REUNION
(March 24, 2014) Pulaski Literacy Coach Amy Brennan attended the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project Saturday Reunion on March 22. Of the many keynotes and workshops that day, she attended a workshop presented by Maggie Beattie Roberts, Pulaski Street's Staff Developer and co-author of the "Units of Study in Argument, Information and Narrative Writing Middle School Series, grade 6-8". "It was awesome to see Riverhead students and the district highlighted in the room at Columbia University," continued Ms. Brennan. "Later, Maggie told me there were Heinemann Reps in the audience who were very impressed with Riverhead's work! In addition this work made it out into Twitterverse and was retweeted and favorited by so many more educators across the country. Another moment to be proud of Riverhead!" >More
Brandon Tolliver Will Play College Basketball
(March 21, 2014) Brandon Tolliver will continue wearing the Blue Wave colors next year but will be taking the court for the SUNY-New Paltz Hawks. SUNY New Paltz is a Division III school. Brandon, who also participated in triple and high jump on the Track Team, was a four-year veteran and a small forward on the Blue Waves Varsity Basketball team. He has been honored as an All-League player, an All-Conference player, and as a member of the Academic All-County team. He plans to major in psychology at SUNY-New Paltz. >More
RMS Annual Roman Banquet 2014
(March 20, 2014) This year's annual Riverhead Middle School Roman Banquet's featured play was entitled "How Atalanta Got her Groove Back" under the direction of Magistra Laurentia Calpurnia Custer, who has been directing this event for 17 years.The play was written by Riverhead High School Latin students Liana Salgado and Bobby Prentiss. The play was a bildungsroman or coming of age story about a young princess-huntress named Atalanta. Atalanta conquers a Calydonian boar, wins her freedom through a race and finds true love. She loses the race on purpose to the man she loves.
The dinner banquet before the play featured various dishes prepared by the parents and extended families of Riverhead Middle School Latinists served by the students in Roman attire and enjoyed by the extended Latin community. >More
Phillips March Madness Week - Mar. 17-21
(March 17, 2014--Riverhead, NY) The Phillips Avenue Elementary School's PTO kicked off its "March Madness - Family Engagement Week" on Monday, March 17, by hosting 'MATH NIGHT'. Throughout the week, the PTO encouraged families to participate in the many events and activities--most of which were free! >More
√ MOVIE NIGHT (featuring "Frozen") on Tuesday, March 18th;
√ LITERACY NIGHT on Wednesday, March 19th;
√ A FREE SPAGHETTI DINNER on Thursday, March 20th;
√ CRAZY SPORTS NIGHT on Friday, March 21st.
(March 10, 2014) The Varsity Bowling team received the Section XI Outstanding Sportsmanship Award for League 4 Bowling. >More
CHECK FOR AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION
(March 11, 2014) The Roanoke Avenue Elementary School's Student Council presented a representative from the American Heart Association with a check for $400. The council raised the money by selling "Smencils" (pencils that have a pleasant odor) on Valentine's Day.
RILEY PARENTS AS READING PARTNERS WEEK - MARCH 10–14
(March 10, 2014) March 10-14 is the official Riley Avenue Elementary Parents as Reading Partners Reading (PARP) Week, which this year has morphed into a month-long event. This week, March 10-14, there are a couple of extra special events like Monday night's "Family Reading Night and Book Swap". Riley students were invited into the gym to pick up books donated by their schoolmates as part of a school-wide book swap. >More
(March 10, 2014) Congratulations! Section XI just notified us that the Varsity Bowling team received the Section XI Outstanding Sportsmanship Award for League 4 Bowling. >More Sports News
TRACK NEWS FROM NEW YORK STATE TRACK MEET
(March 2014) Jacob Robinson placed 3rd place in the Intersectional Relay up at Ithaca at the NY State Track Meet. He was accompanied by Madison Blom who beat her personal best while competing in Shot Put at the State Meet. >More Sports News
PUERTO RICAN/HISPANIC YOUTH LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE
(March 7, 2014) Two RHS student delegates will attend the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute in Albany on March 22-24, which will culminate in a mock assembly. Students from all over New York State will debate various house bills based on the position of their representative. RHS students met with Assemblyman Palumbo to gather information about his position on the bills that will be debated this year. Seniors Perla Leon and Juliana Mora Vallejo are the RHS delegates and juniors Aureliano Marquina and Ismael Bajaña Salguero are the alternates. >More
TEEN ART SHOW AT THE RIVERHEAD FREE LIBRARY
(March 7, 2014) The Riverhead Free Library and the RHS Art Department sponsored the 2014 Teen Art Show. The Friends of the Library and the Library's Teen Department helped RHS art teachers and RHS Assistant Principal Sean O'Hara organize the event. The Library also provides and serves refreshments. (Photographs of the event were taken by Riverhead High School's MSG (through a grant funded by Madison Square Garden) photographers—the lead photographer was Kymeeya Pertillar.) The Teen Art Show is dedicated to the memory of RHS art teacher Vincent Nasta, who was killed in a plane crash during an air show at the Old Rhinebeck. >More
ROANOKE READING WEEK - MARCH 3 – 7
(March 7, 2013--Riverhead, NY) On Friday, March 1, Roanoke Elementary School, Principal Tom Payton, who is infamous for his Reading Week challenges, held an assembly to kick off Roanoke's Reading Week. Mr. Payton issued his "DON'T CHICKEN OUT" reading challenge to his students this year. The week concluded with the students dressed in their pajamas traveling from room to room in a "Reading Round-About". AND BECAUSE THE STUDENTS SURPASSED THEIR CHALLENGE BY READING 73,638 MINUTES, MR. PAYTON DRESSED UP IN A CHICKEN COSTUME AND DID THE "CHICKEN DANCE"! >More / Also See RiverheadLocal (Thank you, Emil!)
RHS BLACK HISTORY / UNITY CELEBRATION
(March 4, 2014) Riverhead High School held its annual Black History / Unity Celebration on March 4. The program featured presentations by students from Riley Avenue, who read research essays on Black Americans like Coretta Scott King and President Barack Obama; music, which highlighted musical and historical contributions by Black Americans, by the Aquebogue and Riley Avenue Elementary Schools, the Chamber Choir, the HS and MS Jazz Bands, and an amazingly beautiful solo entitled "At Last" by Taylor Burgess and the high school chamber orchestra.
Mr. Brown participated in the high school celebration by sharing the historical details of the destruction incited by Ku Klux Klan members and their supporters of "Black Wall Street". He also introduced student essay winners from the Pulaski Street School's annual Garfield Langhorn Essay Contest. District employee Jenny Corbin recited works by Martin Luther King, Jr. ("The Drum Major Instinct") and Maya Angelou ("Phenomenal Woman"). The First Baptist Church Praise Dance Group gave a beautiful performance and included some of its youngest members.
Each year Council for Unity students recognize the contributions of a faculty member, staff member, administrator or community member by presenting the person honored with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Award. This year's recipient was Mr. Butch Langhorn, who is the Assistant to the Suffolk County Sheriff and one of the originators of the Council for Unity Program for inmates at the Suffolk County Jail. >More
4th GRADE SPEAKERS SERIES
The Fourth Grade Speakers Series is designed to provide community role models for Riverhead students and to encourage fourth graders to "never give up" on their dreams and hopes for the future. The motto of the presentations is "GOOD ENOUGH IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH".
The second presentation in this series was a live conversation with students in Ghana. The exchange is coordinated by O'ia-da, a non-profit organization. They utilize videoconferencing technology to connect students in the US with students in Africa. Students from both countries can share information and ask questions of one another in a live feed. The students from GHANA were interested to know whether or not the Riverhead students LIKED SNOW. The conversation revealed that both groups loved the movie "FROZEN". >More
RHS NJROTC DRILL TEAM PLACE 3RD IN AREA 4 CHAMPIONSHIP
(March 3, 2014) Fifty-eight NJROTC Units started the Drill season in September, which culminated in the Area Four Championship Drill Meet on Saturday, March 1, at Colts Neck High School in New Jersey. Riverhead High School's NJROTC Drill Team competed as one of the top 10 qualifying schools.. They finished THIRD. The Riverhead Drill Team proved that they could compete with anyone, by finishing in the top three in 4 of 6 main events.
Outstanding performances resulted in:
1st Place for Color Guard led by Rachel Blackmore (Area Four Champions)
2nd Place for Armed Platoon led by James McEntee
3rd Place for Unarmed Platoon led by Donald Visek
3rd Place for Academic Team led by Nicholas Deschamps
In addition, approximately 350 cadets competed in the Individual Drill Competition where Nicholas Deschamps earned the 4th Place Medal. >More
FEBRUARY 2014 NEWS, NEWSLETTERS, VIDEOS AND MORE
SPAGHETTI DINNER AT PHILLIPS AVENUE
(February 27, 2014) Phillips Avenue Elementary School hosted a Spaghetti Dinner for the Phillips Avenue community. Over 500 members of the Phillips family attended the dinner served by the Phillips Avenue administrators, staff, students and PTO members. The occasion was decorated (appropriately) with hearts made by the students.
MIDDLE MASQUES -- "GUYS AND DOLLS"
"LUCK may help you to be a WINNER tonight!!!
RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY AT RHS LIBRARY/MEDIA CENTER
(February 11, 2014 - Riverhead, NY) Superintendent Nancy Carney, Board President Ann Cotten-DeGrasse, members of the Board of Education (Greg Meyer, Susan Koukounas and Amelia Lanz), Plant Facilities Administrator Mark Finnerty, representatives from Triton Construction and BBS Architects, RHS Principal Charles Regan and the high school administration, RHS Media Specialist Kim McGurk and student interns, who helped Ms. McGurk shelve the books, gathered this morning, Tuesday, February 11th, to conduct a ribbon cutting ceremony at the entrance to the new library / media center at the high school.
Superintendent Nancy Carney shared, "The high school's library is brand new and is befitting students who are learning in the Computer Age. The room is now a modern and beautiful environment where our students can conduct research with up-to-date technology, work on projects in small group settings, or read and work independently in comfortable spaces."
In addition, the tables are now in place in the large group instruction room and it will be ready for use in the near future. The construction of the new additions at the high school is also well underway and there are plans to break ground at the Middle School this summer. Plans have been submitted to the state for the work to be done at Roanoke and Pulaski this fall. >More
CADET TO ATTEND THE MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY
(February 24, 2014) It was recently announced that RHS NJROTC Company Senior Chief (c/SCPO) Nicholas Deschamps has received an appointment to the Merchant Marine Academy (MMA) at Kings Point, NY. Nicholas plans to pursue a degree in engineering. >More
RIVERHEAD ROTARY STUDENTS OF THE MONTH
(February 17, 2014 by RiverheadLocal) Riverhead High School seniors Stephanie Falisi and Ceaser Chabla-Sarmiento were honored as students of the month by the Rotary Club of Riverhead last week. >More
NEW LITERACY ZONE TO OFFER LANGUAGE SKILLS
Feb. 14, 2014 from News Review) A new program in Riverhead is hoping to provide "a pathway out of poverty," helping struggling Riverhead families and residents receive the education they need to get ahead.Two weeks ago, Eastern Suffolk BOCES opened the doors to the state's 51st Literacy Zone — a state-funded reform initiative aimed at aiding the community's poorest — by helping residents gain English language proficiency.
Riverhead's Literacy Zone, located at the North Fork Spanish Apostolate, will offer a variety of courses to meet the literacy needs of residents, from birth through adulthood. The center will operate as a collaboration between ESBOCES staff, the Riverhead School District, Riverhead Library, Riverhead Senior Center and Suffolk County Department of Labor — just to name a few. Executive director and founder of the North Fork Spanish Apostolate, Sister Margret Smyth — well known for her commitment helping residents who struggle with English — will serve as an educator at the Literacy Zone. Any employee funded through the program will operate out of the Apostolate, located at 220 Roanoke Ave. >More
(February 14, 2014) The French Club sold flowers on Valentines Day at the high school. The club plans to use the money they raised to buy French children's books for the elementary schools. >More
CHARLES VILLA VAULTS HIS WAY TO STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
(February 12, 2014) Riverhead's Charles Villa easily won the pole vault competition Wednesday night to earn a trip to the state championship. All it took was three vaults to send Charles Villa to the state championship. Riverhead's star pole vaulter — whose top height this season is nearly two feet higher than anyone else in Suffolk County — topped 14 feet on his third vault Wednesday night, clinching the Section XI title and a trip to the state championship. >More
PULASKI CLASSWORK TO BE INCLUDED IN UPCOMING BOOK
(February 10, 2014) Pulaski Street Principal David Densieski and Pulaski's Literacy Coach, Amy Brennan, recently gave a presentation to the Board of Education on how the Common Core Standards in English Language Arts are being integrated into the curriculum at the Pulaski Street School. The presentation outlined the steps Pulaski teachers were taking to embrace the Common Core Standards in their teaching.
This effort to integrate rigorous Common Core Standards in the teaching of a Reading & Writing Project Information Unit was recognized in an exciting way by Lucy Calkins, the founding director of Columbia University Teachers College Reading & Writing Project, which is used in our K-6 schools. Professor Calkins is going to include techniques used by Pulaski teacher Christopher Gatz and Literacy Coach Amy Brennan as well as work by his students in the Information Unit of study in her upcoming book, "Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing Middle School Series Bundle, Grades 6-8: A Common Core Workshop Curriculum. >More
RHS VARSITY WRESTLING TEAM IN LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIPS
(February 10, 2014) During the League championships on Saturday, February 10, RHS junior Eddie Matyka won all four of the bouts he wrestled -- three of them by pins and the other by technical fall. One of those pins came in the 113-pound final, with the top-seeded Matyka stopping Half Hollow Hills West's Justin Martinez in 1 minute 23 seconds.
Matyka will be joined in the Section XI Division I Tournament on March 16 at Hofstra University by five other Blue Waves. The top four place winners in the league tournaments qualify for the county tournament. Freshman Chris Flood and senior Ryan Gevinski reached the league finals on Saturday as well. >More
RHS GIRLS TRACK IN SECTION XI CHAMPIONSHIPS
(February 8, 2014) Maddie Blom qualified for the New York State meet at Cornell University in Ithaca on March 1 in the shot put. She finished second in the Section XI championships at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood on February 8th with a throw of 35 feet 9 ½ inches.
In the long jump, Riverhead junior Ashley Courts landed sixth place with a distance of 16-9 1/2. >More
SR WINS AWARD AT PARRISH ART MUSEUM'S HS ART SHOW
(February 8, 2014) RHS senior Maria Valdivia was awarded a senior award at the Parrish Art Museum's during the high school portion of their "School Art Festival" on Saturday, February 8, for her computer graphics project titled "Human Corruption". >More
RHS CHEERLEADERS PARTICIPATE IN NATIONAL COMPETITION
(February 8, 2014) The RHS Varsity Cheerleaders travelled to Orlando, Florida last weekend to participate in The National High School Cheerleading Championship (NHSCC), which is said to be "the most prestigious cheerleading championship in the country". The NHSCC is held at the Walt Disney World® Resort. RHS finished 28thout of 40 in the first day of competition. >More
SPANISH CLUB VISITS MOMA
(February 7, 2014) The RHS Spanish Club took a field trip to the Museum of Modern Art on Friday, February 7. The students saw Picasso's "Tres Musicos" and other works of art that they had studied in class. After they left the museum, the students had an authentic Spanish lunch. They paid for the trip through a series of fund-raisers. >More
KEY CLUB SHARES A MESSAGE ABOUT "GOING GREEN"
(February 7, 2014) Key Club students are once again in the elementary schools teaching a lesson that focuses on "reducing, reusing and recycling to the District's third graders. The "Going Green" Key club instructors travel, after their own classes end, to each of the elementary schools to present a lesson on decomposition and recycling. Key Club instructors were at Riley Avenue Elementary School on Friday, February 7th. On March 7th they will be teaching at Aquebogue. >More
BLUE WAVES SHOW REAL "TEAM SPIRIT"
(February 6, 2014) The last Boys Varsity Basketball game saw the Blue Waves defeat West Islip 55-44. It was also "Senior Night" at the game, and three seniors, Brandon Tolliver, Deon Shorter and Jesse Patriss were recognized during the half-time ceremony organized by the Riverhead Basketball Booster Club. The Waves also inducted a new honorary member, RHS senior Michael Hubbard, who received a standing ovation from the crowd during the ceremony. The team made Michael an honorary member of the team by providing him with a jersey signed by all the team members. The team also presented his mother, Nancy, with a ball signed by the team members.
Coach Rosetti shared, "It was a very emotional night for the family and community members that attended." >More
NJROTC DRILL TEAMS PLACE 1ST OVERALL AT MEET &
QUALIFY FOR CHAMPIONSHIP MEET
(February 1, 2014) The Riverhead NJROTC Drill Team competed against 12 other schools from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut at North Rockland High School on Saturday February 1st and earned enough points to win 1st Place Overall in the Varsity division, and 2nd Place Overall in the 1st Year Cadet Division. >More
PULASKI JOURNALISTS TO BE FEATURED IN KIDSDAY IN APRIL
(February 4, 2014) For about twenty years, Claire Belmonte and Dee Martin, fifth grade teachers at Pulaski, have successfully used Newsday's "Kidsday" program as a motivational writing tool. Student volunteers recently met with Mr. Pat Mullooly, who coordinates the KIDSDAY project for NEWSDAY. He met with students individually and as a group to assign topics for their KIDSDAY page scheduled for the SUNDAY, APRIL 20, 2014, and APRIL 19, 21, 22, 23, 24 AND 25 Newsday KIDSDAY pages. These 5th grade journalists will design artwork; create fantasy dragons; poll schoolmates about whether they would like to be the children of "rich and famous" or "normal" parents; write book reviews; critique music by Arianna or Selena and MORE. >More
The Water Challenge at Riverhead Middle School
(February 4, 2014) Ms. Mindy Benze's English class at the Middle School has been studying a book entitled A LONG WALK TO WATER by Linda Sue Park. Ms. Benze's students were so moved and so motivated by their studies that they initiated a "Water Challenge" to the Middle School teachers, staff and students. This was a challenge whereby Ms. Benze, her students and several other teachers and students pledged to drink only water for two weeks to raise awareness about the water crisis around the world. The participants then donated the money they saved (from not purchasing soda, ice tea, etc.) to The Water Project. So far they have collected over $1,000.00! Their money will be combined with other schools that have participated in a Water Challenge to fund the digging of a well in a place like the Sudan. It costs about $15,000 to dig a well, but can change the lives of the children who live in that village. >More
JANUARY 2014 NEWS, NEWSLETTERS, VIDEOS AND MORE
BLUE MASQUES Ford/Lincoln Fund-raiser for THE WIZ
(January 30, 2014 – Riverhead, NY) On Saturday, November 16th, from 11-3, the Riverhead High School Blue Masques hosted their second "Driven to Give" Fund-raiser in conjunction with Riverhead Ford/Lincoln. For every car test driven, Riverhead Ford/Lincoln agreed to donate $20 to the Blue Masques Drama Club. There were no strings attached. You just needed to be at least 21 years old and have a valid driver's license. >More
BLUE MASQUES -- "It's a Wonderful Life, A Live Radio Play"
(January 10-12, 2014) CONGRATULATIONS TO the directors, cast and crew of THE RHS BLUE MASQUES performances of "It's a Wonderful Life, A Live Radio Play" January 10-12. The play takes place on the stage and auditorium of Studio A at WBFR in Manhattan, NY, Christmas Eve, 1946. (See video for a teaser. See photo gallery for a glimpse of the action. See program for the directors and a list of cast and crew.) >More
UPDATE ON BUILDING BOND PROJECTS AT RHS
(January 2014) HAPPY NEW YEAR! There were a number of maintenance, Bond (B), Repair Reserve, and Energy Performance Contract (EPC) projects taking place in our schools over the holiday break and into the New Year. Construction and renovation projects at Phillips Avenue, Riley Avenue and Aquebogue elementary schools complete except for a few push in projects. Bids have been issued for the high school and construction HAS BEGUN. >More
THE GREAT KINDNESS CHALLENGE AT PHILLIPS & ROANOKE
(January 26-January 31, 2014) The Great Kindness Challenge is one school week devoted to performing as many acts of kindness as possible. This week at Phillips Avenue and Roanoke Avenue Elementary School are making an extra effort to be kind both at school and at home. Their participation was initiated by each school’s “Peacemakers” groups (a student-initiated anti-bullying movement coordinated by CAP social worker Shannon Kutner). Students will do things like: compliment 5 people, slip a nice note in a friend’s backpack, hug a friend, bring a flower to the office staff, offer to help the custodian, etc. The chorus at Roanoke has been working on a special song, and some of the teachers have initiated class projects. It is hoped that the challenge will help create a culture of kindness in school and increase tolerance, unity and respect for all. >More
GUEST CHEF IN RHS FOOD PREP CLASS
(January 24, 2014 - Riverhead, NY) A guest chef (Tyler Reinhart) from Johnson and Wales University in Providence, RI recently taught Jan Szczesny's Food Prep class at Riverhead High School how to make sweet potato dumplings. He began by talking to the students about his chosen profession, the opportunities for "real world experiences" at Johnson and Wales, his internship in New Zealand, and finally the specific art of cooking sweet potato dumplings. He quizzed the class on their knowledge of both food and the preparation process, and then, true to the hands-on nature of his university's tradition, he got some of the students into the act of preparing the dumplings. Bella sauteed; Troy and Logan did the assembling of the dumplings and the whole class participated in the tasting. Yummy and spicy. (See Recipe.) >More
MUSICIANS ATTEND HMEA FESTIVAL
(January 25, 2014) Forty-seven Riverhead High School students joined hundreds of students from across the Hamptons area to perform in the 2014 Hamptons Music Educator Association (HMEA) festival. The students were chosen based on NYSSMA scores and auditions to perform in Band, Chorus, Orchestra and Jazz Band.
Participating schools included Bridgehampton, Center Moriches, East Hampton, Eastport-South Manor, Hampton Bays, Riverhead, Sag Harbor, Southampton, Southold, and Westhampton Beach.
RHS Chorus Director Dena Tishim shared, "The students had an amazing experience and the concert was fantastic. Three Riverhead students were chosen as choral soloists; Taylor Burgess, Chloe Halpin, and Ryan Mancnin." >More
WATER CHALLENGE AT RIVERHEAD MIDDLE SCHOOL
(January 2014) Ms. Mindy Benze’s class at the Middle School just completed a ”Water Challenge”. This was a challenge whereby Ms. Benze, her students and several other teachers pledged to drink only water for two weeks to raise awareness of the water crisis around the world. They then donated the money they saved (from not purchasing soda, ice tea, etc.) to The Water Project. So far they have collected over $1,000! One of Ms. Benze’s students created a Prezi about water to help raise awareness. >More
RHS BOYS' TRACK RELAY TEAMS WIN LEAGUE TITLES
(January 25, 2014 - News Review Article by Joe Werkmeister) First-place finishes from both the 4 x 400 and 4 x 800-meter RHS Boys’ Track relay teams tallied 72 points for a second place finish at Suffolk Community College in Brentwood on Saturday, January 25. Eight Blue Wave track athletes finished in the top six in events. And all four members of the winning 4 x 4 relay team also scored in individual events. The Riverhead 4 x 400 relay team won the League III title Saturday afternoon. The team ran 3:42.71 to finish ahead of Hauppauge (3:44.21). The Blue Waves’ 4 x 4 relay team consisted senior Davion Porter, junior Jacob Robinson and seniors Marcus Moore and Daniel Czelatka.
The top individual finish was by senior Marcus Moore, who won the triple jump with a top mark of 42 feet 1 inch. Porter had a big day, placing in two other events. He was third in the high jump, clearing 5-08 and fifth in the 600 in 1:30.21. Czelatka was a surprise in the 600. Running the event for the first time, he finished second while running in a slower heat. He finished in 1:30.0. In the long jump, sophomore Curtis Flippen placed second with a season best mark of 20-11 3/4. Robinson ran the 300 and placed fourth in :38.3. Sophomore Troy Trent placed fourth in the shot put with a top mark of 43-11 1/2. In the 1,000, junior Nick Cunha ran 2:51.7 for third place. Senior Travis Wooten had one of the busiest days of anyone, running the 3,200, 1,600 and 4 x 800. He was fifth in both the 3,200 (10:21.08) and 1,600 (4:57.41).Travis helped lead the 4 x 800 team to a title as well. The group, which featured Cunha, freshman Eric Cunha and sophomore Ryan DiResta, ran 9:04.63. >More from the NewsReview
CHARLES VILLA WINS POLE VAULT AT STANNER GAMES AND TAKES THIRD AT HISPANIC GAMES IN NYC ARMORY MEETS
CHARLES VILLA WINS THIRD OVERALL AT POLE VAULT AT HISPANIC GAMES IN NYC
(January 4, 2014 - News Review) Riverhead junior Charles Villa narrowly missed equaling a school record this afternoon by clearing 15 feet 3 inches in the pole vault at the prestigious Hispanic Games at The Armory in New York. Villa, the top returning pole vaulter in the county this year, finished third overall in the competition. The Hispanic Games continue throughout the day. Athletes from Riverhead and Shoreham-Wading River are competing.
Last March, Dan Normoyle, then a senior, cleared 15-03 1/2 at the New Balance Indoor Nationals. At the spring state qualifier in June, Villa finished second, sandwiched between Normoyle (first) and teammate Jonah Spaeth, by clearing 14 feet. But with his pole vaulting teammates having both graduated, the event has been Villa's to own so far this year and he appears to have the record books well in his sights.
Records in the pole vault were set and broken throughout the season last year at Riverhead. Spaeth set the indoor school record last year at the Stanner Games at The Armory, clearing 14-6, which Normoyle eventually topped later in the season.
The outdoor record is 15-0, set at the state qualifying meet last spring by Normoyle. >More from NR
EIGHT TEAMS ACHIEVE SCHOLAR / ATHLETE TEAM AWARD
(January 8, 2014) At the end of each athletic sports season, the New York State Public HS Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) honors those teams that excel in the classroom. Teams with a combined GPA of 90 are eligible for this award. The Riverhead Central School District is pleased to announce that the following fall Riverhead High School varsity athletic teams were recipients of the 2013 NYSPHSAA Team Scholar award:
1] Riverhead Girl's Cross Country / Coach Cobis
2] Riverhead Girls Tennis / Coach Duvall
3] Riverhead Girls' Volleyball / Coach Bullock
4] Riverhead Girls' Soccer / Coach Olowu, Coach Burns
5] Riverhead Boys Golf / Coach Davey
6] Riverhead Boy's Cross Country / Coach Burke
7] Riverhead Girl's Field Hockey / Coach Walsh-Edwards, Coach Winkel
8] Riverhead Football / Coach Shay, Coach Gevinski, Coach Hackal, Coach Hedges
9]** Riverhead Varsity Cheerleaders, Coach Stephanie Piraino
All in all, 8 out of the district's 9 fall varsity programs earned this outstanding accomplishment. Please join us in applauding our coaches and student athletes in recognition of this wonderful accomplishment of achieving academic excellence while actively participating in varsity level athletics during the Fall 2013 season. GO BLUE WAVES! (**Officially, Cheerleading is not recognized as a Section XI sport. However, cheerleading is recognized as a sport and a team by the Riverhead Athletic Department and the Board of Education, so they should be included in the list.) >More Sports News
FIELD HOCKEY AWARD WINNERS
(January 10, 2014) The SCFHCA awards dinner was held at Villa Lombardis in Holbrook Thursday, 1/9/14.
Pictured left to right are the award winners from riverhead for the 2013-14 fall season - Katelyn Zaneski- all division, Emily Masse- all division, Maria Dillingham- all county honorable mention, Sydney Kito- all division, Danielle Napoli- all county and Paige Hubbard - all tournament. >More Sports
December, 2013 NEWS, NEWSLETTERS, VIDEOS AND MORE
COMMON CORE STANDARDS PRESENTATIONS AT BOARD MTGS.
(December 2013 Board of Ed. Meetings) District Administrators have been presenting a series of overviews of the Common Core Standards and the shifts that the district's curriculum has been taking to make sure the standards adopted by NYS (and most of the other states) are achieved. After New York adopted the Common Core Standards, the state published lesson plans and made them available to teachers to help them help students achieve the new standards. More information about the standards are posted online at engageny.org. Superintendent Nancy Carney has repeatedly reiterated that the district hasn't "blindly adopted" the state's recommended curriculum and is moving in a "slow and careful manner" while utilizing existing programs (EnVision Math and Columbia University's Teachers College Reading/Writing Project) to develop curriculum shifts aimed at achieving the goals of the Common Core Standards. >More
ANNUAL RUBE GOLDBERG COMPETITION AT RHS
(December 20, 2013) Riverhead High School held its fourth annual Rube Goldberg competition Friday morning before the holiday break. The goal of this year's projects was to zip up a zipper as the final act in a process that involved at least 20 steps. >More
RIVERHEAD COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL GIVES BOOKS TO ROANOKE
(December 18, 2013) It's nice to get gifts during the holidays. It's super nice to give gifts during the holidays. That's what the Riverhead Country Day School did. The school had received a surplus of free books from their Scholastic Book Fair. They decided to share their bounty with Kelly Schultheis' first grade class at the Roanoke Avenue School just prior to the holiday recess. (Kelly's two preschool children attend the Riverhead Country Day School.) It was a great choice. These Roanoke first graders LOVED their packets of books and little stuffed animals/reading companions. >More
RCSD MUSIC NEWS AND EVENTS
(December, 2013) Check the High School Music Page for RCSD Music News. >More
RHS GUIDANCE - ON-SITE COLLEGE APPLICATION DAY
(December 16, 2013) ON-SITE COLLEGE APPLICATION DAY FOR SENIORS was held on December 16th.
Five local, private colleges: Mercy College, St. Joseph's College, Dowling College, Briarcliff College, New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) and Long Island University had colege applications available for students to fill out, and representatives from most of these colleges were available to answer questions. For this special event, all of the schools agreed to waive application fees! More than 150 students are expected to participate in this the 4th Annual On-Site Application Day. RHS students could save over $15,000 in application fees from these six private colleges. >More
FIVE DAYS OF PEACE AND GOOD WILL AT PHILLIPS
(December 16, 2013) Each year just prior to the holiday break, the Phillips Avenue School's students and staff celebrate "Five Days of Peace and Good Will". Each day during the week, the students receive a gift. Some are gifts they can hold in their hand (toothbrushes, books, sweatshirts, small toys) and some are gifts that they will hold in their hearts or their heads (e.g. a performance, like the one given by the "Mad Scientist" on Tuesday, December 17th). >More
LOCAL LI HISTORY EXPERT GIVES PRESENTATION AT RHS
(December 13, 2013) RICHARD WINES, Ph.D., a historian who is the chairman of Landmarks Preservation Commission in Riverhead, and his family are long-time Jamesport residents. Because of his family's long history on Long Island and the rich history of the family farm and the surrounding area, as well as his own personal interest and extensive research, Dr. Wines is an expert on local Long Island history. He recently visited Mr. Cobis' Long Island History class to give the students a detailed view of the Battle of Luce's Landing, which they have been studying in class. >More
NJROTC PASS-IN-REVIEW AND INSPECTION
(December 12, 2013 - Riverhead, NY) The Riverhead High School Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) participated in its Annual Manager's Inspection under the review of the Area Four Manager, Commander Joseph Hankins, US Navy, retired. Cmdr. Hankins did a full inspection first of appearance, then drill and finally a full inspection of the Unit over the course of the day. During his remarks at the end of the ceremony, Cmdr. Hankins spoke highly of Riverhead's NJROTC Unit and the support that is demonstrated by the Board of Education, the administration and the community. He commended both the unit and those who support it and congratulated the unit on its overall performance as a unit and as individual cadets. >More / Photos and Video of Pass-In-Review / Video
WESTWARD EXPANSION WRITING CELEBRATION
(December 4, 2013) Pulaski Street School students the fifth grade classes started the unit on Westward Expansion with a field trip to the Stony Brook Museums. Fifth grade teacher Torre Falkner chose to conclude her class' unit with a Westward Expansion Writing Celebration. The students, and some of the parents, dressed in western garb and enjoyed an 1800's lunch of chili, cornbread (made from an original recipe of one of the student's great great grandmother dating back 150 years), beef jerky, dried fruit and sarsaparilla.
Student projects included an informational research paper on some aspect of the Westward Expansion (the Pony Express, Lewis and Clark, the Oregon Trail, the California Gold Rush, Women of the West, the Transcontinental Railroad. etc.) and a project, which included making games, creating a diorama scene from that period based on their subject area, or giving a presentation to the class. >More
GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT: FINANCIAL PLANNING NIGHT
(December 4, 2013) Parents heard from speakers about how to explore their child's college options. This workshop was designed to help students and their parents understand the process of applying for financial aid and give them practical guidelines for paying for college. A presentation on the rules and regulations for receiving NCAA scholarships and the rules of recruitment will also be given. >More
LEGISLATOR AL KRUPSKI RECOGNIZES ACHIEVEMENTS
(December 3, 2013) Legislator All Krupski recognized four outstanding achievements at the December 3 session of the Suffolk County Legislature:
• Taylor Burgess was chosen to represent Riverhead HS at the 2013 All State Music Festival
• Carolyn Carrera was chosen as a finalist for Wendy's HS Heisman Award
• RCSD adopts Project Fit America program as part of its PE program
• Riverhead Little League Girls' Fast Pitch Champs >More
ASSEMBLY ON CYBER SAFETY AT PULASKI ST. SCHOOL
(December 2, 2013) In an effort to educate students about the consequences of cyber safety and cyberbullying, Pulaski Street School students attended a presentation given by Detective Rory Forrestal. Detective Forrestal is a 26-year veteran of Suffolk County's Police Department. He spoke about cyberbullying and the dangers of posting inappropriate photos and text on various websites. >More
November, 2013 NEWS, NEWSLETTERS, VIDEOS AND MORE
RCSD COMMON CORE PRESENTATIONS AT BOARD MEETINGS
Board of Ed. Meeting November 12--LEARNIING ABOUT COMMON CORE STANDARDS
Second of a series of presentations on the COMMON CORE LEARNING STANDARDS -- MATH and ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS on the 3rd grade level presented by Literacy Coach Vanessa Williams and Aquebogue Principal Phil Kent. >Parental Involvement Road Map / PPT PRESENTATION ON 3RD GRADE ELA AND MATH. > More Board News
Board of Ed. Meeting October 22--LEARNING ABOUT COMMON CORE STANDARDS
First of a series of presentations on the COMMON CORE LEARNING STANDARDS began with MATH and ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS K-2. Presented by Riley Avenue Principal David Enos and Roanoke Avenue Principal Thomas Payton. >PPT Presentation / RL / NR > More Board News
RCSD POLAR PLUNGERS ARE TOP FUND-RAISERS AT PLUNGE
(November 24, 2013 - Riverhead, NY) RCSD Plungers -- Brrr! Riverhead School District's Polar Plunge team, led by Gary Karlson, raised $11,000+ (high team) for the athletes of Special Olympics NY. RiverheadLocal cheered our team on at Cedar Beach in Mt. Sinai on Saturday when the team took the plunge. Well done!. (Let it be noted: James Richardson and his son came after the photo was taken.) >More
RIVERHEAD FACULTY AND COMMUNITY THEATER PRESENTED “NUNSENSE, A MUSICAL COMEDY"
On November 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd at 8:00PM and November 17th and 24th, the Riverhead Faculty and Community Theater presented “Nunsense, a Musical Comedy" at the Vail-Leavitt Music Hall at 18 Peconic Avenue in downtown Riverhead. For more photos and info visit RCFT.org. This is a major fund-raiser for the RCFA Scholarship Fund. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT. >RIVERHEADLOCAL
RCFA HOSTS HARLEM WIZARDS
The Wizards took to the court in the RHS gym on Thursday, Nov. 14, in a fundraiser to benefit the Riverhead Central Faculty Association Scholarship Fund. >More
AQUEBOGUE PUBLISHES STAR WRITERS
(November, 2013) Aquebogue Elementary School recognizes outstanding writers at monthly assemblies. In November some of their “star writers: were published in their newsletter: AQUEBOGUE SPEAKS.
EMILY JEHLE SIGNS TO PLAY LACROSSE AT MERCY
(November 25, 2013 – Riverhead, NY) RHS senior Emily Jehle, who plays attack on the RHS Varsity Girls' Lacrosse Team and center midfield on the RHS Varsity Girls' Soccer Team, signed an intent to play lacrosse at Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY, a Division II college. >More
GUIDANCE HOSTS CAMPUS CONNECTION
(November 26, 2013) 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
BLUE WAVES ARE DIV. II SUFFOLK CO. CHAMPS
The RHS VARSITY FOOTBALL TEAM is the Division II Suffolk County Champs. Lost the Long Island Championship game to Carey HS 20 to 6. >More
THE PEACEMAKERS AT PHILLIPS AND ROANOKE
(November 21, 2013) The student-initiated anti-bullying movement in two Riverhead elementary schools was the brainchild of Morgan Dunn, a Roanoke Avenue Elementary School student, who was determined to stop bullying in her elementary school.
This year, the group has changed their name to "The PEACEMAKERS", but their message remains the same: "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". This student initiative has also been adopted by the fourth graders at the Phillips Avenue Elementary School. >More
SUFFOLK ZONE PE AWARD RECIPIENTS
(November 20, 2013) CONGRATULATIONS to this year's recipients of the prestigious New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance – Suffolk Zone Award, CAROLYN CARRERA and NATHAN ERNST, both seniors at Riverhead High School. The awards are given to honor student athletes who excel as leaders both on the playing field, academically in the classroom, and as leaders in their schools.
Nathan participates in football and crew. He has a weighted GPA of 100.37, is ranked #16 in his class of 357 and is on the Principal's High Honor Roll. Nathan is a member of the Spanish Foreign Language Honor Society, the Chamber Choir and the Bible Club. He hopes to attend either the University of Buffalo or SUNY Stony Brook and plans to major in business and engineering in college.
Carolyn has a weighted GPA of 105.71, is on the Principal's High Honor Roll and is ranked #2 in her class of 357. She is a member of the National Honor Society, the National Latin Honor Society, President of the senior class, and a member of the Math Club. Carolyn has committed to play both soccer and lacrosse at Hofstra University next year. She plans to study engineering or medicine. >More
HEARTISTS AT RILEY AVENUE
(November 20, 2013) In November, Sheila Davies, a Nurse Practitioner at North Shore University Hospital LIJ and a parent of two children at the Riley Avenue School in Calverton, NY, volunteered to teach a unit on heart health to the students at Riley through a program she created and calls the "Heartist" (Heart + Artist) project. Ms. Davies and some of the staff at North Shore University Hospital came to the school to share with the children some "heart healthy facts" about how to keep their hearts strong through healthy eating and exercise. This year the students are going to illustrate "heart healthy" recipe books that will be given to heart patients at North Shore University Hospital. >More
SIGN UP TO HAVE YOUR CHILD'S TEETH EXAMINED AT SCHOOL
(November 4, 2013 - Riverhead, NY) Children in the District's elementary schools have the opportunity to participate in an oral health program being offered by the Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine at RCSD elementary schools. The first part of the program included "EDUCATIONAL/ INFORMATIONAL presentations", which were given prior to the free dental exam in November. During the month of October all students participated in an Oral Health Educational Program presented by the Pediatric Residents and Hygienists from Stony Brook University. >More
"Exams" began in November and the "Dental Van" services will be administered in December. The School of Dental Medicine will provide preventive services at the school on November 4th, 14th, 21, and 26 to all children that have parental permission. There are no out of pocket costs to parents for the preventive services that will be offered: dental exam, cleaning, fluoride treatment and placement of sealants on first year molars. The fluoride treatment and placing of sealants will depend on the condition of the teeth.
These services are provided by Stony Brook University pediatric dental residents, pediatric hygienists and supervised by a pediatric clinical faculty member. SBU will provide a portable dental chair and equipment for the exams in a state-of-the-art DENTAL VAN. Parents must complete and sign a Health History Permission Form to have their child receive these services. This form must be returned to the teacher by the beginning of November. >More
OUTSTANDING STAFF AND TEACHERS 2013
(November 5, 2013) STAFF AND TEACHERS FOR THE YEAR were recognized during the Supterintendent's Conference Day on November 5, 2013. Five mechanics from the Transportation Department were chosen STAFF OF THE YEAR for 2013. Recognized for this honor were Kevin Davis, Kurt Mass, Alan Castellana, Thomas Doherty and Joseph Hartmann. ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY TEACHERS OF THE YEAR for 2013 were Jeanne Stearns (Riley Avenue Elementary Teacher), Jill Kent (Riley Avenue Elementary Teacher) and Kellyann Parlato (RHS Spanish Teacher).
CONGRATULATIONS TO THESE OUTSTANDING TEACHERS AND STAFF MEMBERS!
RHS SENIOR CAROLYN CARRERA --
NEWS 12 "SCHOALR-ATHLETE OF THE WEEK" AND
WENDY'S HS HEISMAN AWARD WINNER
(November 5, 2013--From RiverheadLocal) And the list of accolades continues to grow for Riverhead's Carolyn Carrera in this her final varsity season.
After being named a News 12 "Scholar-Athlete of the Week" last month, receiving a $1,000 scholarship, Carrera, a three-sport phenom who will attend Hofstra University to play both soccer and lacrosse, was named New York's female winner of the 2013 Wendy's High School Heisman Award. >More
Pulaski Street School Study the Western Exapnsion
(November 4, 2013) Pulaski Street School students in Dee Martin's and Claire Belmonte's and other fifth grade classes are starting a unit on Westward Expansion. To begin their journey back in time, the students took a field trip to the Stony Brook Museums.
"Our students learned, among other things, how to pack a wagon, how a wheelwright worked to keep the wagons rolling across the country, and how to choose what to pack for such a long and arduous journey," stated fifth grade teacher Dee Martin. "This trip was a great way for them to really visualize what they are studying in class." >More
October, 2013 NEWS, NEWSLETTERS, VIDEOS AND MORE
Kindergartners Visit Pumpkin Patch Centers
(October 31, 2013 - Riverhead, NY) On Halloween, all of the kindergartners went outside together as a grade, where they sang pumpkin songs and "picked" pumpkins. Upon returning to their classrooms, the children participated in a number of math, science and literacy activities involving their newly picked pumpkins. They recorded observations about their pumpkins through drawings and writing. They measured the height of their pumpkins using cubes and experimented to see if the pumpkins would sink or float. >More
ROANOKE PARTICIPATES IN CANCER AWARENESS-"PINK DAY"
(OCTOBER, 2013) The Roanoke Avenue School Students Observed Breast Cancer Awareness Month
by Wearing Pink on Spirit Day. >More / ALSO check out the video at the bottom of the gallery.
If you missed the video of Mr. Buccola in the Harlem Wizards Game, click HERE.
ROANOKE HALLOWEEN PARADE AND TRUNK PARTY
(OCTOBER 31, 2013) The Roanoke Avenue School hosted their annual Halloween Parade, and, as an extra treat this year, the PTO hosted a TRUNK PARTY in the parking lot. Parents from the school decorated their trunks and handed out treats to the students as they filed past. A shout out and thank you to the PTO and to the banking staff at the Suffolk County National Bank, who also gave the students treats as they filed through the bank during their parade. >More
MINI COLLEGE FAIR AT RHS
(October 29, 2013) The Mini College Fair at RHS was GIGANTIC this year and went very well. Over 200 seniors participated and 130 schools attended, our largest total to date. The event was so big we needed to utilize the entire gymnasium for the first time. >More
RIVERHEAD BIG LOTS GRAND OPENING AND CHECK FOR RHS
(October 25, 2013-Riverhead, NY) The new RIVERVERHEAD BIG LOTS store celebrated their GRAND OPENING with a ribbon cutting ceremony and by presenting a BIG CHECK FOR $1,500 to Riverhead High School. Welcome to the community and THANK YOU for your generous gift! >More at RiverheadPatch
TWENTY-FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF 1988 RUTGERS TROPHY TEAM
(October 26, 2013) Placards under the scoreboard on McKillop Field celebrated the years that VARSITY FOOTBALL TEAMS won RUTGERS TROPHIES: 2003, 2008, 1988 AND 1953. Former players from THE 1988 TEAM were on hand to take the field. RHS BLUE WAVES BEAT WEST ISLIP 33-21!
EAST END TRANSITION FAIR - TAKE THE NEXT STEP
(October 23, 2013 - Riverhead, NY) Elva Beyer, Riverhead High School Transition Coordinator, and Lisa Lindsay, a Maryhaven Job Coach, teamed up to host the Second Annual East End Transition Fair. The fair had a turnout of over 100 agencies, parents and students. Students with developmental, emotional, learning and other disabilities and their parents went from one agency to the next, who had set up tables in the Riverhead High School cafeteria. The agencies provided staff, parents and students by giving them detailed information and written materials to help them with choices about education, job training and family support services that are available to parents and students. Parents from surrounding districts, such as Southampton, Southold, Mattituck and Patchogue-Medford, also attended the Fair. >More
THE THEME FOR HOMECOMING PARADE WAS "DR. SEUSS"
Freshmen – The Foot Book (1st in Float) (4th in Spirit Week)
Sophomore – Cat in the Hat (2nd in Float) (3rd in Spirit Week)
Junior – How the Grinch Stole Christmas (4th in Float) (1st in Spirit Week)
Senior – The Lorax (3rd in Float) (2nd in Spirit Week) >HOMECOMING PARADE
Congratulations to the RHS Royalty: Seniors: King Francisco Santos & Queen Jessica Juarez / Juniors: Prince Andre Juarez & Princess-Rashae Smith / Sophomores: Lord Ben Simone & Lady Hayley Rudnicki / Freshmen: Duke Jake Zuhoski & Duchess: Lindsay Denninger >HOMECOMING SPIRIT WEEK
BLUE WAVES BEAT WALT WHITMAN HIGH SCHOOL 28 TO 0!
(October 19, 2013 - Homecoming) The BLUE WAVES VARSITY FOOTBALL TEAM defeated Smithtown West 21 to 0. This win put the Blue Waves in a first place tie with Smithtown West. During Homecoming, they faced off against Walt Whitman HS on HOMECOMING on and WON 28 to 0!
>HOMECOMING FOOTBALL GAME
THE NINTH ANNUAL GARFIELD M. LANGHORN ESSAY CONTEST
(October 11, 2013) Garfield Langhorn was a RHS graduate who died heroically in the Vietnam War and was posthumously awarded a Congressional Medal of Honor. His heroism and act of valor in the Vietnam War is the inspiration for the Pulaski Street School's annual sixth grade essay contest. The students recently came together in an assembly to hear Pulaski teacher and the Essay Contest Coordinator, Trevor Hewitt, read an essay about PFC Langhorn and his heroism.
The theme of the contest is presented in the form of the question, "Inspired by Garfield Longhorn's actions, ask yourself 'What can a person your age do to help?'" Each year the number of entries have increased. Last year, 262 entries were submitted. This year there were 289 entries. This year's winning essayists were: Nina Geraci, Christine Thomas, Laniece Hutley and Summer Scott, who received honorable mention.
The presentations were summarized beautifully by Laniece Hutley, who so aptly wrote in her essay, "From now on, let's be a billboard for character and try to make a difference in this world". >MORE
CELEBRATING PARTNERSHIPS AND PROJECT FIT AMERICA
(October 10, 2013) There was a short pause in the workday for several leaders in the community on October 10th, who came together for a collective community hug for successfully putting in place a fitness program called Project Fit America in the Riverhead School Districts elementary schools. Project Fit is a physical education component (that has been integrated into the K-6 PE curriculum), which always seems to put huge smiles on the faces of kids. Project Fit checks all the educational, Common Core and fitness boxes and makes kids happy all at the same time.
A short celebration and ribbon cutting for Project Fit was conducted in the Pulaski Street School gymnasium after rain forced the event away from the outdoor stations and inside. Riverhead is the FIRST SCHOOL in the State of New York to win a grant for this amazing fitness program. The realization of the program was due to a partnership between Project Fit America, the Peconic Bay Medical Center and the Suffolk County Lions Club Diabetes Education Foundation. Both PBMC and the Lions contributed $60,000 each to finance the implementation of the program at all four of the District's elementary schools and the Pulaski Street School. In addition the Brickman Group provide the installation and landscaping of the outdoor exercise areas at all five Riverhead elementary schools. >More
WEIGH IN ON WHAT YOU'D LIKE TO SEE HAPPEN IN RIVERHEAD
(OCTOBER 11, 2013) The Town of Riverhead is conducting a community survey and wants your input! Regardless of whether you have spent a lifetime in Riverhead or have only visited once, they'd like to hear from you. In appreciation of your time, you can be entered into a drawing to win prizes including $50 gift cards for restaurants, shops, services, and Tanger Outlets, or tickets to the Long Island Aquarium - just share your email address at the end of the survey to enter. Please take a moment to tell us why you visit Downtown Riverhead and what would entice you to visit more often!
Go to the Town's website at www.townofriverheadny.gov and click on "Riverhead Inspired – Downtown Survey" to take the survey. >MORE
RHS BOYS' CROSS COUNTRY TEAM IS FIRST IN LEAGUE!
(October 15, 2013) Having secured its first league title since 1998 with a vital victory over East Islip a week earlier, the RHS Boys' Cross Country Team beat Half Hollow Hills West on Tuesday, October 15, and put the finishing touches on a perfect dual-meet season.
Congratulations to the boys and Coach Burke. >More
RHS SENIOR CAROLYN CARRERA NAMED A NEWS 12
"SCHOALR-ATHLETE OF THE WEEK"
(October 7, 2013) CAROLYN CARRERA was named a News 12 "Scholar-Athlete of the Week". Her segment will air on Tuesday, October 8th, beginning with NEWS 12 at 5:50PM and continuing through the night. Congratulations, Carolyn! At the May 2013 Sports Awards Ceremony, Carolyn Carrera received the distinction of being the NEWS REVIEW ATHLETE OF THE YEAR, and received awards in Basketball, Soccer and Lacrosse. She is also ranked #3 in her class of 362, and is an honor roll student, a member of the National Honor Society, the Latin Honor Society, Mentathletes, Math Club, the President of the Class of 2014, and has achieved a number of other distinctions. In addition, she is an accomplished pianist and percussionist. >More
NYSPHSAA (STATE) SCHOLAR-ATHETE AWARD
(October 7, 2013) GREAT NEWS! Once again, the Riverhead Blue Waves are among the top academic achievers in Suffolk County Sports! Seven of 8 Varsity 2013 Spring teams earned this prestigious NYSPHSAA award! GO BLUE WAVES and kudos to these student-athletes, their parents and coaches! >More
BLUE WAVES PULL BAY SHORE UNDER
(October 5) Senior halfback Jeremiah Cheatom ran the ball 43 times for 277 yards, scoring three touchdowns for the Blue Waves as they extended their record to 3-1 on the season with a resounding 40-18 victory in Bay Shore. >More
ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) SCHOLAR PROGRAM
(October 2013) In the fall of each school year, the students receiving recognition for their performance on Advanced Placement exams from the previous year are sent to the schools. We CONGRATULATE THOSE STUDENTS who took the exams and recognize those students who achieved a level of distinction on the exams. Over the past four years, the total number of AP Scholars achieving the designation of "AP Scholars with Distinction" has increased from 7 students to 15 students. This is an incredible accomplishment for these students and our faculty and staff. >More
September, 2013 NEWS, NEWSLETTERS, VIDEOS AND MORE
HARLEM WIZARDS -- "BE THE BEST THAT YOU CAN BE"
(September 19, 2013-Riverhead, NY) The Riverhead Central Faculty Association (RCFA) will be hosting a HARLEM WIZARDS game on November 14th in the gymnasium at Riverhead High School. Prior to the game, however, an equally important event happens--the Harlem Wizards send two of their WIZARDS to talk to students in grades K-8 about issues like teamwork, respect, and hard work. >More
W!SE ANNOUNCES 2012-2013 BLUE STAR SCHOOLS
Scott McKillop and Ed Grassman are "Gold Star Teachers"
(September 23, 2013) Economics and finances are in the news, and it's time for some GOOD financial news. Here it is! After implementing the W!SE Financial Literacy curriculum into Economics 12 courses in 2008, Riverhead High School has once again received the program's BLUE STAR SCHOOL AWARD. In order to be chosen as a BLUE STAR SCHOOL, a school must achieve a 75% passing rate on the financial literacy test and have EITHER a majority of students on a given grade level take the test OR have the students who took it achieve an average score of 80% or higher. Riverhead High School has achieved Blue Star School status and teachers Scott McKillop, Edward Grassman, and Gerry Weismann (retired) have achieved recognition as "Gold Star Teachers*" almost every semester since the inception of the program at RHS. (*Personal finance educators who have a class with 90 percent or more students passing the w!se Financial Literacy Certification Test earn the distinction of being named a Gold Star Teacher.) >More
MUSIC AND FINE ARTS NEWS
(September 19, 2013) We are proud to announce that Taylor Burgess (Soprano) has been selected to represent RHS in this Year's All State Mixed Choir. Read about Taylor and MORE in the FALL EDITION OF THE MUSIC & FINE ARTS NEWSLETTER. >More
RHS: RENOVATIONS & CONSTRUCTION
(September 9, 2013) The front of the high school has been completely fenced off for the upcoming construction of an addition to the FRONT of the building. The addition will house new science classrooms and office space. When completed, it will give the new front entrance a whole new look. Construction on the addition will begin this year and continue into the following school year with completion of the high school scheduled for September of 2015. >Bond Update on RHS
HOOYAH AND ATTEN HUT: LOOKING FORWARD . . .
September 18, 2013- Riverhead, NY) The Riverhead High School's Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) of cadets is 140 strong this year—thus, hitting the Navy's 100 cadet-requirement out of the ballpark. This year's Commanding officer is c/LCDR James McEntee. >More
HONORING AND COMMEMORATING 9/11
(September 11, 2013) Students and teachers in several schools in the district wore Red, White and Blue, and principals, and teachers taught students lessons in patriotism, heroism, and in the higer grades--the historical events of 9/11--as part of the district's efforts to honor the 12th anniversary of September 11, 2001. >More
STUDENT GOVERNMENT OFFICERS PLAN HOMECOMING
SPIRIT WEEK AND PEP RALLY - OCTOBER 11th - 18th
HOMECOMING DAY - OCTOBER 19th - One of the first duties assigned to the Student Government is to organize HOMECOMING, which will begin on October 11th with the start of Spirit Week and culminate on October 19th with the parade and homecoming game. >More
SUMMER PROJECTS THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT
Superintendent Carney updated the Board of Education on several maintenance, Bond (B), Repair Reserve, and Energy Performance Contract (EPC) projects that are taking place in our schools over the summer. >More
CAP IS AWARDED $125,000
(September 9, 2013 -- Riverhead, NY) –Riverhead Community Awareness Program, Inc. (CAP) has been awarded a $125,000 federal grant from the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). On Friday, ONDCP Director Gil Kerlikowske announced $19.8 million in new Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program grants to 147 communities across the country. The awards are in addition to the $59.4 million in continuation grants simultaneously released to 473 currently funded DFC coalitions. Riverhead CAP was awarded the grant on behalf of the Riverhead Community Coalition for Safe and Drug-Free Youth; the funds will be used to involve and engage the Riverhead community to prevent substance use among youth. >More
NINTH GRADERS GET ORIENTED AT RHS
(September 4, 2013) Assistant Principal Michael Hugelmeyer welcomed the new ninth grade class to the high school during the Ninth Grade Orientation. RHS faculty members were on hand to give the ninth graders a tour of the building, which is currently undergoing renovations and will soon be under construction. >More
August, 2013 NEWS NEWSLETTERS, VIDEOS AND SLIDESHOWS
TEACHERS WELCOME KINDERGARTNERS
(August 27, 2013-Riverhead, NY) The Riverhead Central Faculty Association (RCFA) hosted ice cream socials in four different locations for incoming kindergarten students and their parents. Parents were invited to bring their children to meet their school's kindergarten teachers and to learn about the District's kindergarten program. The teachers and administrators of each of the District's four elementary schools also shared with the parents some tips about how they can support their child's learning process and make the first few days of kindergarten go smoothly. >More
SUMMER PROGRAMS FOR 12 MONTH STUDENTS
(August 1, 2013) Summer programs for twelve month special education students help keep students learning over the summer. The summer special education programs used themes such as "in the rain forest, a study of the states, and down by the ocean". Students participated in Reading/Writing Workshop. The younger students read about sea animals and animals that live in the rainforest, decorated animals for bulletin board displays, and wrote stories. >More
SUMMER MUSIC PROGRAM AT PULASKI
(August 1, 2013) Summer music lessons were offered at the Pulaski Street School. >More
SUMMER LEADERSHIP CAMP
(JULY 22, 2013 - NEWPORT, RI) One hundred and forty six Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) cadets graduated July 12, 2013 from the 2013 NJROTC Area 4 Leadership Academy and Sail Training (LA/ST) program at Naval Station Newport. >More
SPORTS NEWS -- A summary of the 2013-2014 Sports News >More
For ALL the News, Videos and Slideshows from September 2010 to July 2013, GO to 2010-13 NEWS ARCHIVE / ALSO SEE: 2010-11 NEWS ARCHIVE / 2011-12 NEWS ARCHIVE / 2012-13 NEWS ARCHIVE / SPORTS NEWS -- A summary of the 2012-2013 Sports News >More
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