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DECEMBER 2014 NEWS, NEWSLETTERS, VIDEOS AND MORE

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

RMS AND RHS HONOR ROLLS
December 2014 - The RMS and RHS Honor Rolls have been posted. Congratulations to all the students who made the Honor Roll and High Honor Roll. >RMS Honor Rolls / >RHS Honor Rolls

SOC. STUDIES TEACHER, HS AP, DIR. OF PROFESSIONAL DEV.
newassignments(December 9, 2014) There are some mid-year staffing changes to report: Michael Hugelmeyer, who was an Assistant Principal at the High School has been appointed the Director of Professional Development; Patrick Burke, who was a social studies teacher at the High School has taken Mr. Hugelmeyer's place as an Assistant Principal; Noel Morales, who was teaching in Queens, will fill Mr. Burke's position as a social studies teacher in the High School. Congratulations all!  >More / Also: Zone Award for Mr. Groth

CPR IN PE
CPR (December 15, 2014 – Riverhead, NY) On December 15th and 16th, Riverhead High School students are receiving training in the "hands only" CPR method during their gym classes. The training, sponsored by the Riverhead Central Faculty Association (RCFA), Riverhead Volunteer Ambulance Corps (RVAC) and RiverheadLOCAL, will educate students on response to sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and provide an introduction to the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs). >More

RHS ALUMNI BASKETBALL GAME / FUND-RAISER
(December 15, 2014) It had been 11 years since the last time Chris Harris stepped onto the court at alumniRiverhead High School. A lot has changed since then. But the competitive juices remain.
      "Coach got some of us old guys out here," said Harris, a 2002 Riverhead graduate. Harris was one of more than two dozen former players who came together for an alumni basketball game Saturday afternoon. The alumni broke up into two teams, a blue and white, and played an entertaining game in front a nice sized crowd. >NewsReview Article / Focus on Alumni

THE HOLIDAYS AT RILEY AVENUE
Riley (December 2014 - Riley Avenue fourth graders shared the gift of music during their HOLIDAY CONCERT. Mrs. Gaare's class has been collecting and recycling empty water bottles since the beginning of the year. They are giving the $50 they've raised to help make the holidays a little happier for the cats and dogs at the Kent Animal Shelter. The Parents At Riley Avenue (PARA) hosted a holiday gift shoppe for students to buy their relatives and friends an affordable gift. The fourth graders shared their Native American projects during a HOLIDAY POWWOW celebration. >Riley Avenue

HOLIDAY GIFT CARDS FROM WALMART
Walmart(December 11, 2014 - Riverhead, NY) 'Tis the season to give and receive gifts. Riverhead Walmart sent two local employees, Walmart Personnel Manager Becky McFadden and Zone Merchandise Supervisor Karen Freeman, to the Phillips Avenue Elementary School during this holiday season to GIVE twenty $50 gift cards to the lucky teachers whose names were drawn from a proverbial holiday gift basket. >More

POSSIBLE SITE FOR TRANSPORTATION FACILITIES
BUS GARAGE
(December 9, 2014) The Board of Education is considering the purchase of a 6.79 acre parcel for a new transportation facility. The parcel has an existing bus garage that would meet the needs of the District. An environmental engineer has undertaken a complete environmental review, including a traffic study and an environmental impact statement. The study has shown that, "the proposed action will not result in significant adverse impacts to the environment," and on December 9, 2014, the Board of Education adopted a Negative Declaration under the SEQRA Law. The Board will now consider putting the project before the voters for their approval on the May ballot. Nothing is final until the voters act. The project, if approved, will have no impact on the budget or District debt service. >More

SECTION XI SUFFOLK ZONE PE AWARD WINNERS
Zone(December 3, 2014) The annual New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance – Suffolk Zone Awards dinner each December is a time for all high schools in Suffolk County to honor a top female and top male student that displays excellence in the following areas: achievement in Physical Education, academics and leadership. Each candidate must also excel academically and be a role model for others in his or her physical education classes. This year’s recipients of the prestigious SUFFOLK ZONE AWARD are RHS seniors Kathryn McKillop and Cody Weiss. >More / Athletes Sign / Winter Sports Awards

STONY BROOK DENTAL VAN
Dental(December 4, 2014) The Stony Brook University Dental Van has been making its rounds at our elementary schools. >More

GUIDANCE PRESENTS NCAA AND FINANCIAL AID NIGHT
aidDecember 3, 2014) An NCAA discussion was presented by the Associate Commissioner, East Coast Conference from 6-7PM, followed by a financial aid presentation by Ms. Terri Donnell, Director of Financial Aid, from Suffolk County Community College. As per the request of many of the parents who attended, the PPT presented by Ms. Donnell is now posted online. >More

CAN YOU DIG IT? – AN ARCHAEOLOGICAL DIG AT PHILLIPS
Dig(December 1, 2014)
Using ideas they gleaned in July from a new teachers institute led by the Columbia Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at the Colonial Williamsburg living-history museum in Virginia, Phillips Avenue Principal Debra Rodgers and RCSD Literacy Coaches Jeanne-Marie Mazzaferro and Amy Brennan have begun infusing 18th-century American artifacts, videos and even an archaeological dig site into the curriculum at the Phillips Avenue Elementary School.

The entire fourth grade class met together to watch a presentation on archaeology as part of a fourth grade Teachers College Reading and Writing Project Area Unit of Study entitled "Colonial America: Three Worlds Meet". Initially, the dig started with the students discovering the architectural features of the site. They observed a round brick area, which they determined was a well, and identified the remains of a house, a fort, a church, and a school. >More

NOVEMBER 2014 NEWS, NEWSLETTERS, VIDEOS AND MORE

Lessons in sensitivity, tolerance and compassion — on the Riverhead Middle School football team (Featured on News 12)

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

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

PHILLIPS AVENUE THANKSGIVING BREAKFAST
collage(November 26, 2014) Over 400 members of the Phillips Avenue Elementary School community attended a pancake breakfast hosted by the administration, teachers and staff at Phillips Avenue on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Staff members served over 400 community members breakfast, cooked 1400 sausage links, and countless pancakes (plain and chocolate chip). All of the ingredients for the breakfast are supplied by Phillips staff members. Fresh fruit, however, was donated via Mr. Graham’s resources. >More

thanksgivingPRE-THANKSGIVING EVENTS
Holidays and how families traditionally celebrate them in the United States is on part of the FIRST GRADE curriculum.  Roanoke families shared their traditional Thanksgiving foods with the first graders by hosting a gigantic Thanksgiving meal for them. >More

rileySECOND graders in Catherine Kent's and Lauren MacDonald's second grade classrooms shared with their parent's some of what they have been learning about the origin of that first Thanksgiving shared by the Pilgrims and Native Americans. >More

HS CAMPUS CONNECTION
campus(
November 25, 2014) 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. There were a lot of other questions asked and answered, but the general feeling in the auditorium was that the college students on stage were having a great time in college and that it is hard as well as expensive.

One major point that was made repeatedly by the returning college students:
- “School is really expensive. Don't forget the extra money that you will need for textbooks, transportation, laundry, etc. It all adds up. Apply for local and memorial scholarships—that money really helps--and get your information in on time--otherwise you may have to wait a semester or more to get scholarships and financial aid.” >More

GIVING THANKS FOR CARING KIDS AND ISLAND HARVEST
IslandHarvest
(November 21, 2014) Allison Puglia and Jeremy Waite from the Island Harvest organization brought Thanksgiving a little early to the Phillips Avenue Elementary School in Flanders, NY. The Island Harvest flagship van brought 530 lbs. of food collected by the elementary students at Commack Indian Hollow Primary School to stock the shelves of the soon-to-be-established food pantry that will be housed in a former storage area adjacent to the stage in the Phillips Avenue Cafetorium. >More

SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIRS
Scholastic

November is a busy time in our schools. The Pulaski Street School and several of the District's Elementary Schools hosted Scholastic Book Sales in or adjacent to their libraries. This year's theme was "Sir Readalot's Castle" and there were PTO princes and princesses at each school assisting in the sales. Royalty (Pulaski Principal David Densieski and AP Stephen Hudson) was also spotted at the Pulaski Street School sporting robes and crowns. Thank you for participating in this important annual event and for helping each classroom build their reading libraries by purchasing books for individual teachers and their classrooms. >More

LEADERS CLUB CONDUCTS BLOOD DRIVE AT RHS
Blood
Thanks to the Students and Staff who donated blood. The blood drive was a huge success!  RHS collected 78 pints of blood!  Leaders Club will be hosting another Blood Drive this Spring – look for the date on the RCSD Website!
>More

POLAR PLUNGERS raise $5,000 for Special Olympics
Polar Plunge(November 22, 2014) Organizer Gary Karlson sends out special thanks to teachers David Spinella, Kathleen Horn, Chuck Kitz, Kelly Dillon, and Roy Buccola for helping raise $5,000 during the POLAR PLUNGE at Cedar Beach in Mount Sinai. >More / Gary's Donation Page

HARLEM WIZARDS FUNDRAISER
wizards (November 19, 2014)  The Harlem Wizards basketball phenomenon returned to Riverhead again this year.  Gregory Wallace, who coordinated this fundraiser, recently emailed this message, "Thank you to everyone who helped make the RCFA scholarship fundraiser a resounding success. The event was attended by over 1,100 members of the community, nearly 75 RCFA members, administrators throughout the district, as well as members of the Board of Education. The game raised more than $10,000 for the RCFA scholarship fund, a significant increase over last year."

“What matters is that the money raised will go back to the kids. Proceeds from the event go directly to the RCFA scholarship fund. Every year more students are awarded with RCFA scholarships because of the faculty association’s fundraisers like this.” >More

EASTERN WOODLAND NATIVE AMERICAN PROJECTS
Native
(November 18, 2014) When you enter the Aquebogue Elementary School's lobby, you may think you have accidently walked into a new museum on early Native Americans in the state of New York. As part of their social studies curriculum, the fourth graders in Linda Borenstein's class worked with a parent/adult to create a project that reflects their studies of Eastern Woodland Indians (e.g. Iroquois) and have shared their work by creating a miniature museum by putting their projects on display in the lobby of the school. As part of this assignment, the fourth graders have also been giving presentations on their specific project to their classmates. >More

ShaniaRIVERHEAD RUNNERS STOP!
November 17, 2014) This was RHS junior Shania Daniel's first year on the Girls' Cross Country Team. She and her teammate, Annie Harris, were running side-by-side in the final race of the 40th event of the day in the 2.5 mile Varsity "F" race in the Manhattan Invitational held at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. It was pouring down rain. Approximately 1 mile into the race, Shania and Annie came across a runner who was down on the ground and clearly in distress. >More

THIRD ANNUAL "DRIVEN TO GIVE" BLUE MASQUES FUNDRAISER
Driven(November 15, 2014) The 3rd Annual Driven to Give Fundraiser took place on Saturday, November 15 at the Riverhead High School in the School Street parking lot. The money from the event will go towards funding the high school's spring musical. Riverhead Buick/GMC donated $20 for every test drive taken. The Blue Masques had over 100 people participate in this event. Thank you for supporting our students. >More

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY INDUCTION CEREMONY AT RHS

Honor
(November 13, 2014) Fifty-nine students were inducted into the John Glenn Chapter of the National Honor Society at Riverhead High School, which was held in the high school auditorium this year in November rather than in May. The induction was held early this year in an effort to have more Honor Society students available to pitch in on service projects held throughout this school year. >More / Slideshow

VISIT FROM VETERANS
vets(November 13, 2014) Just prior to Veterans Day, Roanoke third graders in Gary Karlson, Kelly Cregan and Donna Verbeck's classes invited current and former members of the military to share their experiences. >More

THE GREAT CANDY BUY BACK AT RILEY AVENUE
candy (November 13, 2014) Riley Avenue Elementary School students participated in a "Halloween Candy Buy Back" sponsored by Bach/Grazina East End Orthodontics dental office. The students at Riley collected 542 pounds of candy to send to the soldiers overseas and earned $250 for their school.
The fourth graders collected the most candy. They brought in 154 lbs. of candy. >More

SCHOOLS CONDUCT FOOD DRIVES FOR VETERANS
help (November 12, 2014) Working in alliance with AARP and the Riverhead Veterans of Foreign Wars, RHS student government held a "Food Drive for Veterans" during Spirit Week and through November. With everyone's support, 544 pounds of food was donated to Helping Hands to be distributed to veterans in the area. >More / A Food Drive for Veterans was also conducted at the Pulaski Street School. >More

TREATS FOR TROOPS
BNL (November 5, 2014) Sometimes it's the unexpected, sweet things kids do that bring a whole lot of happiness into a world fraught with conflict and war. With Veteran's Day on the horizon, students at the Pulaski Street School organized and brought to a finale their two-day Halloween Candy Drive Competition by weighing and boxing up 684.4 lbs. of candy from their Halloween stash to send to deployed soldiers. >More

THE PEACEMAKERS AT PHILLIPS AND ROANOKE
Peace (November 4, 2014) Groups of Peacemakers from Phillips and Roanoke visited each class in their respective schools and read The Juice Box Bully to their schoolmates. They also gave every child in the school an opportunity to sign "The Promise" banner. The Peacemakers' promise encourages students to "Speak Up, Promise not to be a Bystander, Forgive Others, Accept Others for their Differences, Include Others, Seek Help if They Need It, and remember that "They can make a difference if they work together." The Peacemakers meet with CAP social worker Shannon Kutner. >More

SPORTS NEWS

(December 8, 2014) John Roca signed to play Lacrosse at Dowling College. John is a four-year Varsity lacrosse player and is the team’s goalie. >More

(November 19, 2014) Mark Andrejack signed to play Men's Lacrosse with Adelphi University. Mark is a mid fielder on the RHS Varsity Lacrosse team, who, according to his mom, also takes face-offs.  He will be receiving a combination academic / athletic scholarship from Adelphi. Mark is also an excellent student. He was recently inducted into the National Honor Society and carries a 91.77 GPA. In addition to being the captain of the Varsity Lacrosse Team, Mark was one of the captains on the Varsity Football team and had a phenomenal season as a wide receiver on the team, which made it into the second round of the playoffs. >More

(November 18, 2014) Amanda Dickerson has signed to play lacrosse at PACE University next year. Amanda excels in sports, leadership and academics. She is in the top 6% of her class, a member of the National Honor Society and the National Foreign Language Honor Society, the Interact Club, and is the Student Government secretary. Amanda is also a "super forward" on the field hockey team and was on the track team and played volleyball for two years. >More

RHS FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS
Football (November 15, 2014) Number three seeded Riverhead (7-2) played number 2 seeded Half Hollow Hills West in the semifinals Saturday, November 15. The final score was Half Hollow Hills 28 - RHS 13, thus concluding Riverhead's season. We'd like to congratulate the Blue Waves on another GREAT SEASON! >More

RHS GIRLS FIELD HOCKEY
hockey (November 2014) The RHS Girls Field Hockey Team also had a great season this year making it to round two of the playoffs before they were defeated. GREAT SEASON, GIRLS! >More

RHS SENIOR AMANDA DICKERSON SIGNS AT PACE UNIVERSITY
Amanda(November 12, 2014) Amanda Dickerson has signed to play lacrosse at PACE University next year. Amanda is in the top 6% of her class, a member of the National Honor Society and the National Foreign Language Honor Society, the Interact Club, and is the Student Government secretary. She is also a "super forward on the field hockey team and was on the track team and volleyball team. >More

OCTOBER 2014 NEWS, NEWSLETTERS, VIDEOS AND MORE

TWITER WIDGETS AT RMS AND PULASKI NOW ON THEIR PAGES
Check out the Twitter Widgets on the Pulaski and the Middle Schools' websites. Both schools now have a running account of what is happening in their schools that is being created on a timely basis by administrators at the school.

RMS CROSS COUNTRY SEASON
(October 31, 2014) The Riverhead Middle School Boys and Girls Cross Country Team – Fall Season 2014 concluded with 7 Wins 0 losses! >More

EDGAR ALLAN POE VISITS THE RIVERHEAD SCHOOLS
POE(October 31, 2014) On HALLOWEEN DAY Sal St. George, the director of the First Annual POE FESTIVAL in Downtown Riverhead, brought his son, Darren, who is an Edgar Allan Poe impersonator to the Pulaski Street, Middle and High School to talk with students about some of Poe's spooky tales, poetry and the mystique surrounding his life. >More

HARLEM WIZARDS PRESENT ANTI-BULLYING PRESENTATIONS
Harlem
(October 30, 2014) King Arthur from the Harlem Wizards visited Riverhead schools to encourage students and their families to come to the November 20th Harlem Wizards game at Riverhead High School. King Arthur talked also to the students about respect, teamwork and being diligent in their schoolwork. He shared with them the importance of being respectful of everyone without regard to an individual's differences. He encouraged students to only view sports as a "secondary aspiration" to the primary goal of obtaining an education. "I wasn't able to play basketball in high school unless I made the honor roll," Arthur said. "And I guess it just stuck with me through my life." >More

"PINK DAY" AT ROANOKE AVENUE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
pink
(October 30, 2014) October is BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH. Several RCSD schools and
teams participated in BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH. Students at Riverhead Middle School
and the Roanoke Avenue Elementary School had a PINK DAY. They wore pink and made and distributed
pink ribbons to students and staff members. >More

THE 9TH ANNUAL SENIOR COLLEGE FAIR
CollegeFair(October 28, 2014) The Annual RHS College Fair was held for seniors on October 28, 2014 from 11:30 – 12:20 (6th period) in the Riverhead High School Gym. Representatives from approximately 125 colleges (the most ever) were available with information and handouts for interested seniors. >More

2ND GRADERS GO TO THE HALLOCKVILLE MUSEUM FARM
Hallockville (October 17, 2014) As part of their social studies curriculum, the second graders from the Roanoke Avenue Elementary School took a field trip to the Hallockville Museum Farm to learn about rural communities and the early lives of the people who settled Long Island. >More

ESL FAMILY NIGHT AT PHILLIPS AVENUE
ESL (October 16, 2014) The main objective of the ESL Family Night was to inform the parents of students enrolled in either ESL or Bilingual classes about Bilingual/ESL programs at Phillips. The parents/guardians got a glimpse of what their child's day looks like if they are in an ESL or Bilingual class. ANOTHER OBJECTIVE OF ESL FAMILY NIGHT was to help parents connect with some of community organizations that are working in the Riverhead/Flanders area. >More

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

  A DAY IN THE LIFE OF THE PECONIC ESTUARY - OCT. 1, 2014
AP
(October 1, 2014 - Riverhead, NY) On October 1st, thousands of students and volunteers from the East End of Long Island collected data on the Peconic Estuary to be compiled into an official "Day in the Life of the Peconic Estuary" database. Three classes from the High School collected data during the day and the Middle School Environmental Club was invited to be a part of the program as well. The Environmental Club collected their data in the bay via the Atlantis Explorer boat. >More

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

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

SEPTEMBER 2014 NEWS, NEWSLETTERS, VIDEOS AND MORE

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

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

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

ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) SCHOLAR PROGRAM
AP
(September 19, 2014) In the fall of each school year, a list of students receiving recognition for their performance on Advanced Placement exams from the previous year is sent to the schools. We CONGRATULATE THOSE STUDENTS who took the exams and recognize those students who achieved a level of distinction on the exams. In the 2013-14 school year, 256 students took 508 AP exams. Forty-five of those students received the distinction of receiving the designation of AP Scholars . . . Seven students were named AP Scholars with Distinction. In addition to increasing rigor by encouraging students to take more AP courses, the District has teamed with Suffolk County Community College to to offer our students college credit through SCCC's Early College Program. In 2013-14, 26 students participated in the Early College Program. >More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL - SEPTEMBER 3 - WELCOME BACK!

Welcome Back

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

PROJECT FIT AMERICA PROGRAM
Project Fit

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

AUGUST 2014 NEWS, NEWSLETTERS, VIDEOS AND MORE

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

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

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

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

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

RCFA KINDERGARTEN ICE CREAM SOCIAL
ICE CREAM
(August 27, 2014) The Riverhead Central Faculty Association (RCFA) HOSTED ICE CREAM SOCIALS AT THE RIVERHEAD FREE LIBRARY for incoming kindergarten students and their parents. Parents were invited to bring their children to meet their school's kindergarten teachers and to learn about the District's kindergarten program. The teachers and administrators of each of the District's four elementary schools shared with the parents some tips about how they can support their child's learning process and make the first few days of kindergarten go smoothly. >More

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

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

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

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

ON THE WEBSITE IN AUGUST--ALUMNI NEWS UPDATES

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

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


 

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

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