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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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DECEMBER 2016 NEWS, NEWSLETTERS, VIDEOS AND 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

NOVEMBER 2016 NEWS, NEWSLETTERS, VIDEOS AND 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

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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