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MARCH 2015 NEWS, NEWSLETTERS, VIDEOS AND MORE
RHS BLUE MASQUES PRESENT FOOTLOOSE, THE MUSICAL
(March 27-28) The Blue Masques had their first performances of "Footloose, The Musical" on March 21st and 22nd. This is a fun musical and a perfect choice for a high school drama club. In the show, based on the 1984 film of the same name, Ren comes from Chicago to the small town of Bomont where dancing is forbidden. He meets Ariel, the daughter of the local pastor, and urges Ariel and their peers to "cut loose" and hold a rock-and-roll prom. The singing and dancing are lively and there are boots galore. If you haven't seen the play yet, there are two more performances this weekend, March 27 and 28, at 7PM. >More
TEDDY BEAR CLINIC AT ROANOKE PRESENTED BY SBU TRAUMA
(March 24, 2015) Kindergarten students at the Roanoke Avenue School participated in a TEDDY BEAR CLINIC this morning. The clinic is conducted by Stony Brook University Hospital Trauma Center Experts, who teach the students about safety and injury prevention. The trauma experts report that car crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 1-12 years old. Therefore, the first thing they stress with kindergartners is how important it is for them to "buckle up" their seat belts when they get into a car. The children learned about car safety, helmet/bike safety, and how to stay healthy. They participated in a seat belt demonstration and a helmet demo with an egg drop. The kindergartners also had the opportunity to dress up and act as a doctor/nurse on their teddy bears from home, learning what it's like to give care to an injured patient and hopefully ease their fears about going for a doctor's visit or to a hospital. >More
SCOPE SCHOOL DISTRICT AWARDS DINNER
On Monday, March 23rd, SCOPE hosted its 14th Annual School District Awards Dinner at Villa Lombardi's in Holbrook. This year's recipients from Riverhead were as follows:
Susan Koukounas - School Board Service – RCSD School Board Member
Sean O'Hara - Administrator Service – RHS Assistant Principal
Robert Brandi - Teacher Service - RHS Spec. Ed. Teacher
Arlene Chastaine - Support Staff Service – RCSD Bus Driver
Sister Margaret Smyth - Community Service
RIVERHEAD FIRE DEPARTMENT
(March 20, 2015) Every spring, Riverhead fire fighters come to the school to instruct Pulaski Street fifth graders on the proper use of fire extinguishers. The lessons were lively and full of questions and answers. The fire fighters demonstrate for all of the 5th grades the proper usage of fire extinguishers and the different types and the kinds of fires they should be used on. And above all else, they stress safety first! Children who have been through the safety training always leave class with new safety education, which will serve them and their families for a lifetime,
FARM TO SCHOOL INTERNSHIPS AT GOODALE FARM
(March 19, 2015) Basic Life Skills students from Jill Tapper's and Tim Paige's class began a six week student internship program at Goodale Farms in Riverhead, NY, during the week of March 16th. They will be working at the farm on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30AM to 10:15AM for the next few weeks. On their first day at the farm, students fed the newborn calf and baby goats and two girls helped prepare the goat cheese to sell at an upcoming Farmer's Market.
GERSHOW RECYCLING DONATES $1,000 TO THE FOOD PANTRY
(March 18, 2015) The Phillips Avenue Food Pantry opened on January 22nd and served 71 people on its first day. The numbers, along with the need, have steadily increased. The last count was 215 people signing in--with 21 new: altogether 50 families, 5 seniors and 110 children were given food last Tuesday. Phillips Avenue Principal Debra Rodgers is determined to meet the needs of her students and their community, but she is dependent on the contributions of others. Kevin Gershowitz, the President of Gershow Recycling, recognized that need and stepped forward to help.
Moved by reports of Riverhead School District's Phillips Avenue Elementary School students establishing a food pantry within the school, Gershow Recycling donated $1,000 to support the students' efforts. The money will go to help the school purchase non-perishable food items and gift cards from local supermarkets for families in need from the Riverhead area. Mr. Gershowitz was joined by members of the Riverhead Town Council, Suffolk County Legislator Al Krupski and Jeanne-Marie Mazzaferro and her fourth grade class during a small ceremony to celebrate a "big check".
TWO RCSD ELEMENTARY TEACHERS RECEIVE MINIGRANTS
(1) JANIS ELLIS-SMITH--A BRIDGE TO CHINA AND BEYOND
Ms. Janis Ellis-Smith, a teacher at Phillips Avenue Elementary School was awarded a mini grant entitled "Zhongguo China" by the Riverhead Retiree Council #22. The purpose is to provide the essential components of a reader's workshop at school and at home. Parents and guest speakers will be invited into the classroom to participate in a reader's workshop and talk across books with the children. The room will be decorated in a manner representative of the Chinese culture.
(2) GEORGETTE KELLER -- MINI-GRANTS HELP MAKE IT HAPPEN
Georgette Keller, a reading teacher at Roanoke, was awarded a mini grant by the Riverhead Retiree Council #22. Christine Wasko and Rosemary Brennan (retired RCFA) visited Lisa Bohleber's kindergarten class at Roanoke to see the phonological development activities we were able to purchase with a mini-grant they awarded the school.
Reading Teacher Corrine Arrasate and Literacy Coach Tammi Michaelson were there as well as Ms. Bohleber and an aide working with students who were using books and games purchased with the mini grant. Ms. Arrasate was working with two children, who although they had started kindergarten with no English language skills, were happily identifying and placing small animal shapes in cans marked with beginning letters of the pieces they chose and identified.
LILA CHEVAL – EXCHANGE STUDENT
(March 12, 2015) Lila Cheval is an exchange student through the AYUSA Exchange Program. She's 15 years old and is taking Sophomore level courses at the high school. Middle School French teacher Betsy Ruotolo invited her to come speak to her French students to give them a chance to interact with a native speaker of the language.
MAGICAL MOMENTS IN KINDERGARTEN
(March 17 - St. Patrick's Day) – All the classes at the Aquebogue Elementary School were visited by leprechauns on St. Patrick's Day. Kindergarteners in Keri Stromski's class came back to their classroom to find it in disarray. It had been visited by a leprechaun who had avoided their traps but left them some gold pieces. "Look what I found, Mrs. Stromski," said a little boy his face awash with amazement. Magic! Kindergarten teachers are the MASTERS OF MAKING MAGICAL MOMENTS!
(March 17, 15, 2015) "We've had lots of magical moments in my classroom so far this year in kindergarten at Aquebogue," shared Karen Skop, a 15-year veteran kindergarten teacher. One of her favorite magical moments was when her class wrote a How-To book entitled "How To Build A Snowman". It came in handy this winter.
SMILE TRAIN – GRATITUDE ROCKS
(March 16, 2015) Pulaski students continued a month-long theme of performing acts of kindness as part of their school-wide read aloud of the book WONDER. During the week of the Great Kindness Challenge, the Band under the direction of Lisa Talmage, sold cleverly named "Gratitude Rocks" (remember Pet Rocks?) to raise money to donate to the Smile Train, an organization that sponsors cleft palate surgery for children around the globe. Their goal was to raise $1,000. The band members exceeded their goal and raised $1,750, which according to the Sr. Manager of Community Relations at SmileTrain, will pay for seven operations.
POETRY JAM AT ROANOKE AVENUE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
(March 12, 2015--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 201's Poetry Jam. JULISSA's poem "Winter" was an example of a poem using repetition and simile that had the audience nodding their heads in agreement:
You're slower than a snail
Slower than the night
Slower than a slug
Slower than a
Winter go away.
TOP FIFTEEN IN THE CLASS OF 2015 ANNOUNCED
ROANOKE READING WEEK
(March 9, 2015) Due to the snowstorm on March 5, the Roanoke Reading Week was extended into the week of March 9th. Roanoke Principal Tom Payton challenged his students to read for 75,000 minutes. If they reach that goal, Mr. Payton has promised to be “slimed” at the assembly on Friday.
TEEN ART SHOW AT RIVERHEAD FREE LIBRARY
(March 6, 2015) The annual TEEN ART SHOW at the Riverhead Free Library was held MARCH 6. This showcase featured RHS artists in grades 9-12. The evening included a reception sponsored by the Friends of the Library. The show was dedicated to the memory of Vincent Nasta. >More
PARP – READING WEEK AT RILEY
(March 4, 2015) During the week of March 2-6, RILEY AVENUE celebrated their annual "Parents as Reading Partners Reading Week". Readers (parents, school administrators and community members) were invited to the school to read to classes and to talk with the students about their careers and their own reading and writing interests. WALK Radio personality Cindy Clifford read to Kim Vengilo's fourth grade class. Ms. Clifford read an original story entitled "Too Tall Tina" and followed the reading with a question and answer session about the story and her career on the radio.
In addition to the readers during Reading Week, children's author Brian Heinz spent a full day with the students as part of their visiting author program. Mr. Heinz gave presentations at an assembly, which detailed the steps involved in making a book, and finished the day by conducting a Writer's Workshop for fourth grade students. >More
READERS THEATER AT RILEY
(February 27, 2015) On the Friday before Reading Week, in the spirit of PARP, parents of students in Mrs. Jill Kent's first grade class were in the audience for a Reader's Theater production entitled "The Great Kapok Tree". Just like a Broadway play, the scenery was amazing; the costumes were adorable; the acting was excellent; the kids all went home with a T-shirt. Perhaps, more importantly, the students also took home a message about the importance of trees to the environment, the rainforest, animals, human beings and the planet Earth. >More
FOURTH ANNUAL CRAZY SPORTS NIGHT
(February 27, 2015) THE FOURTH ANNUAL CRAZY SPORTS NIGHT was a huge success. The event was sponsored by the PTO Executive Council and raised $6,077--the most ever--which will be distributed to the school PTOs to benefit the students at each school. The proceeds from the raffles raised over $1,500. This money was donated to the Krueger family of Calverton. Tristin Krueger, a senior, has been battling leukemia. This tragedy was followed by a fire in the Kruegers’ home, which left the home uninhabitable. >More
RHS CRAZY SPORTS AFTERNOON AND MORE
(March 5, 2015) The RHS Student Government sponsored their own Crazy Sports Afternoon on March 5th. The junior class came in first and won $100 for their class treasury. At the PTO Sponsored Crazy Sports Night, the student government sold Blue Wave stickers denoting donations of $2, 10, and $20 as a fundraiser for senior Tristin Kreuger (mentioned above), who is battling leukemia. The stickers showing their progress so far form a poster outside the auditorium. On April 27, the student government officers will be participating in the annual ALS Walk. >More
(March 9, 2015) Jacob Robinson competed last weekend (March 6-7) at the NY State Track Championship at Cornell University. For the second year in a row, Jacob made it to the awards podium, where he stood with a pair of third-place medals (one for the State Public Schools meet and one for the Federation meet) around his neck. He earned four state medals in two years. He ran with the Section XI relay team that placed 3rd in the State Large School and in the Federation meets. The team ran a time of 9:01. Jacob has shown himself to be among the fastest runners in the state and plans to attend LaSalle University in Philadelphia. >More
FEBRUARY 2015 NEWS, NEWSLETTERS, VIDEOS AND MORE
RHS 2ND QUARTER HONOR ROLL AND HIGH HONOR ROLL
(February 18, 2015) Riverhead High School has released the 2014-2015 second quarter Honor Roll. Any student achieving a grade of 90% or better in every subject will be placed on the Principal’s High Honor Roll. Any student achieving a grade of 80% through 89% in every subject will be placed on the Principal’s Honor Roll.
>RHS 2nd Quarter Honor Rolls
RHS 9th GRADE CELLIST PERFORMS AT STALLER CENTER
Upcoming Concert: RHS 9th grade cellist Yasmine Kocan, who was the cello winner of the 2014 Pre-College Concerto Competition at Stony Brook University, was featured along with the University Orchestra at the "Annual Family Concert" on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at the Staller Center for the Arts at Stony Brook University. The concert included music from the movies, around the world and outer space featuring excerpts from "Frozen", "Jupiter," and more (http://youtu.be/PQANSXzTVWI). There is a link to her performance on the District website. >More
AFTERSCHOOL PODCAST BY JIMMY RICHARDSON
February 10th, 2015
Recorded all over the district, "Afterschool with Mr. Richardson" is a podcast hosted by Mr. Richardson, 4th grade teacher. Sit down with Mr. Richardson as he interviews teachers and staff members around the district about a variety of topics. >Podcast with Mr. Richardson
RMS PARENT PORTAL
The RMS Parent Portal is now ONLINE. It can be accessed on the Middle School's web page. There are also directions below the access link explaining how to log in and use the site. >More
(February 18, 2015) Sometimes we take the technological advancements that have been made in the last FEW years for granted. Programs like Skype and FaceTime are often seen as just part of life, but for some youngsters the advances in technology are a link to the life that others take for granted. One such youngster is Gabriel, a fourth grader at the Aquebogue Elementary School. Gabriel is really cute -- with tousled, black hair, a friendly smile and an amazingly happy and playful disposition. He's really fun to talk with and he is really smart. >More
RHS ARTISTS' WORK AT THE PARRISH ART MUSEUM
(February 18, 2015) Six seniors submitted work to the Parrish Art Museum's 2015 Student Exhibition The senior artists recognized at the 2015 Parrish Art Museum Student Exhibition from Riverhead High School were Kimberly Guthrie, Grade 12 (Drawing) and Kaitlyn Talmage, Grade 12, (Illustration). >More
RHS HOSTS BLACK HISTORY CELEBRATION
(February 12, 2015) RHS hosted its ANNUAL BLACK HISTORY CELEBRATION on Feb. 12. All of the schools in the District and several community members participated in the evening's festivities. Congratulations Mr. Brown and Mr. Loverde! >More
WRESTLER ED MATYKA WINS
(February 16, 2015) Riverhead senior Ed Matyka overcame a 5-0 deficit in the final half-minute of the third period and won his first county title in triple overtime at the Suffolk County Championships at Hofstra. He was also named the tournament's outstanding wrestler. (Photo Credit: Daniel De Mato) >More
PROJECT FIT AMERICA NAT'L. TEACHER OF THE YEAR
(February 9, 2015) Project Fit America recently announced that Physical Education Teacher Samantha Heidtmann of Roanoke Avenue Elementary School-Riverhead, NY is one of six teachers selected for the 2014 National All Star Teacher of the Year Award. >More
GREAT KINDNESS CHALLENGE IN OUR SCHOOLS
(February 5, 2015) The "Peacekeepers", student leaders at Roanoke Avenue and Phillips Avenue Elementary Schools organized by CAP social worker Shannon Kutner, extended a challenge to all the schools in the district to participate in the GREAT KINDNESS CHALLENGE this year, and they all agreed. In response to the CHALLENGE, there are a number of wonderful events going on at all of the District's schools. Kindness and helping others is always on the agenda in our schools. >More
Roanoke Avenue: In addition to performing acts of kindness throughout the week, students in Kathleen Horn's class and Kelly Dillon's class made and presented Valentine cards to the in-house residents & rehab patients (all 280) of The Hamptons Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in Southampton and The Riverhead Care Facility (respectively). Both facilities sent their recreation directors to receive the Valentines and talk to the students about some of the activities the residents in their facilities enjoy. The Riverhead Police Department and Town Maintenance and Rescue crews also received Valentines from classes. >More
Phillips Avenue: Principal Deb Rodgers kicked off the Great Kindness Challenge at Phillips during the ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Phillips Avenue Food Pantry. She vowed to perform all 50 acts of kindness encouraged by GKC. In turn, students and classes made Valentines and performed their own special acts of kindness throughout the week of February 2-6. >More
Riley Avenue: Riley's STUDENT COUNCIL and their advisor, art teacher Melissa Haupt, are using the book HAVE YOU FILLED A BUCKET TODAY to encourage Riley students to actively engage in acts of kindness. The student council members are acting as a BUCKET BRIGADE by travelling to each classroom to read the BUCKET book to each class and having the students fill out a note for another person at school or at home. The students in Mrs. McDonald's class made "thank you" posters for Riley Avenue custodians thanking them for shoveling snow and clearing roads and sidewalks at the school. >More
Pulaski Street: Pulaski students continued a month-long theme of performing acts of kindness as part of their school-wide read aloud of the book WONDER. During the week of the Great Kindness Challenge, the Band under the direction of Mrs. Talmage sold "Gratitude Rocks" (remember Pet Rocks?) to raise money to donate to the Smile Train, an organization that sponsors cleft palate surgery for children around the globe. Their goal was to raise $1,000. >More
The Aquebogue, High and Middle Schools are also participating in the Great Kindness Challenge. Because every school in the district participated this year, the district received the distinction of being a GREAT KINDNESS CHALLENGE SCHOOL DISTRICT. (See one of the activities at the MS below.) >More
THE WATER CHALLENGE AT THE MIDDLE SCHOOL
(January 20 - February, 2015) Mindy Benze's and Lori Falisi's English classes at the Middle School are studying a book entitled A LONG WALK TO WATER by Linda Sue Park. Motivated by their reading, their English classes have initiated a "Water Challenge" to the Middle School teachers, staff and students. This challenge, which acts as a fund-raiser, is TO PLEDGE TO DRINK ONLY WATER to raise awareness about the water crisis around the world. The participants will then donate the money they save (from not purchasing soda, ice tea, etc.) to The Water Project. Last year students collected over $1,000.00! >More
FRENCH IV GOES TO THE FRISKY OYSTER
(February 5, 2015) RHS French Teacher Kris Cresser shared, "The French IV classes took a field trip to The Frisky Oyster restaurant in Greenport to experience real French cuisine for themselves! In class we do a big unit on the importance of French food culture, and its influence in the United States. Chef Robby Beaver was kind enough to open the restaurant just for our French students and created a menu especially for them, so that they were able to taste--in real-life--things we had only talked about in class (like black truffles, duck confit, and tarte tatin). The kids had a really great experience." >More
A MURAL WITH A MESSAGE IS UNDERWAY AT RILEY
(February 4, 2015) Riley Avenue worked with area artist Joyce Raimondo and Riley Avenue art teacher Melissa Haupt last year to create a mural that is currently being painted by the students in grades 2-4 on a large curved wall of their brand new cafeteria. Riley Avenue third graders worked with Ms. Raimondo last year to create several panels on poster board with colorful construction paper cutouts depicting Character Education themes like TEAMWORK, RESPECT AND KINDNESS. Conception to construction has spilled into the current school year. Ms. Raimondo took the students' creations and concepts and drew a large mural on a wall in the new cafeteria which is the perfect canvas for her final conception. Now, Riley students in grades 2-4 are painting in the drawing to complete this "mural with a message" for all to see. >More
JANUARY 2015 NEWS, NEWSLETTERS, VIDEOS AND MORE
W!SE BLUE STAR SCHOOL
(January 29, 2015) 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 and Edward Grassman have achieved recognition as "Gold Star Teachers*" several times 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
RHS STOCK MARKET TEAM TAKES FIRST AND THIRD
(January 29, 2015) During the first semester of play in the 2014-15 school year, a dynamic team of three wily investors, Eric Wills, Erik Markowski and Edward Wills, won FIRST PLACE in the Suffolk High School Division of the SIFMA Foundation's Stock Market Game and placed THIRD, out of about 2,600 high-school teams, IN NEW YORK STATE. Participating teams are given $100,000 of fictitious capital and are asked to invest in three companies that are $5 a share or more through the game website between Oct. 6 and Dec. 12. Students then research companies, track trends and calculate gains and losses. When quizzed about investments that led to their success in the game, the teammates revealed that they won big on their investments in Ralph Lauren, Papa John's, MSG and Cascade Microtech. The trio started with $100,000 and made $19,257.63 in 10 weeks for a total of $119,257.63. >More
RHS NJROTC UNIT PARTICIPATES IN ANNUAL INSPECTION
(January 16, 2015) The Riverhead High School NJROTC cadets participated in their Annual Review and Inspection on Friday, January 16th. The cadet performance portion of the Review consists of a personal inspection, Color Guard performance, drill demonstrations, Pass-In-Review and cadet briefings to the Reviewing Officer, Lieutenant Commander Amaryllis Olasehinde, from Navy Recruiting District New York. >More
NJROTC OFFICER BRIANNE CORWIN WINS SCHOLARSHIP
(February 3, 2015) Executive Officer Brianne Corwin has been awarded the Navy ROTC Scholarship as a result of being selected by the Navy Recruiting District Commander through the Immediate Scholarship Reservation (ISR) selection process. Brianne was hand-picked by Commander David Byrd and recently notified by him that she was one of six applicants he selected within his district. This scholarship will cover Brianne's tuition at the college of her choice. She is also waiting to hear from the Naval Academy. >More
Middle Masques present "SCROOGE"
(Jan. 30-31) Student performers at Riverhead Middle School rang in the new year with a retelling of the classic tale "Scrooge". Scheduled performances are Friday, January 23rd and 30th, at 7:00 p.m., and Saturday January 24th and 31st at 2:00 p.m. in the PULASKI STREET SCHOOL AUDITORIUM.
Under a collaborative production staff, over 35 students are working hard to hone their dramatic skills and develop their characters. Students in grades seven and eight appear side by side, with parents, professional actors, and community members mentoring these fine actors and actresses. Scrooge was played by Kyle Frost; Bob Cratchit was played by Jacob Raynor; and the ghosts of the past and present were played by Samantha Bronjes and Marissa Tedesco. >More
PHILLIPS AVENUE FOOD PANTRY RIBBON CUTTING
(January 22, 2015) Phillips Avenue Principal Debra Rodgers is committed to building "community" in her school. Her latest commitment both to her students and the Phillips Avenue School community was on view at the grand opening of the school's new on-site food pantry, which was celebrated at a ribbon cutting ceremony January 22nd in the school's cafetorium. The ribbon cutting featured a display of food, special guests, a ribbon, giant scissors, a balloon drop and lots of enthusiastic students. Wow!
Ms. Rodgers used the ceremony to thank the donors, sponsors and volunteers who helped make this first-time effort in the Riverhead Central School District a reality. To find out more about how to make a donation or volunteer, please contact the pantry at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 631-591-5987. >More
(January 5, 2015) Kellie Griffith, who graduated from Wagner College in 2014 and from Riverhead High School in 2010, recently got the news she's been waiting for since last September: She has won a highly selective Fulbright U.S. Student Award to Ecuador, where she will work as an English Teaching Assistant next year. An article in US News and World Report entitled "Your Goal: Four Fabulous Years" explained how Kellie's first year experiences had set the stage for the rest of her Wagner College career. >More
(February 16, 2015) Riverhead will send one wrestler to the state meet, county champion Ed Matyka at 120. Senior Ed Matyka overcame a 5-0 deficit in the final half-minute of the third period and won his first county title in triple overtime at the Suffolk County Championships at Hofstra. He was also named the tournament's outstanding wrestler. (Photo Credit: Daniel De Mato)
BOYS WINTER TRACK – LI ELITE TRACK INVITATIONAL
(February 22, 2015) Jacob Robinson walked out of St. Anthony’s High School with a couple of well-earned plaques in his hand on Sunday afternoon. The Riverhead High School senior was involved in a pair of fourth-place finishes in the Long Island Elite Track Invitational. Jacob clocked a time of 36.31 seconds in the 300-meter dash and placed 4th out of 31 competitors. Robinson also ran the anchor leg for Riverhead’s 4×200-meter relay team, which took fourth in 1:34.50. Andrew Smith, Chyuvaughn Cameron and Marcus Reid handled the first three legs. In the 600, Riverhead junior Luke Coulter (1:27.64) finished 8th. Riverhead shot putter, senior Troy Trent, made a throw of 47 feet 9 1/4 inches, giving him eighth place. Riverhead junior Curtis Flippen competed in two jumping events. He was 11th in the triple jump at 40-8 3/4, and 15th in the long jump at 18-4 1/4.
ANTHONY ANTUNES SIGNS TO PLAY AT DOWLING
February 10, 2015) RHS Forward Anthony Antunes has signed to play soccer at Dowling College, which is a Division II college. He will receive a combination of athletic and academic scholarships to play for the Golden Lions.
Anthony shared his college decision with a local news source earlier in the year, "I got a lot of emails and phone calls from a number of colleges, but when Dowling offered me a combination of academic and athletic scholarships," Anthony stated, "I decided that was where I wanted to play. Playing under Coach Traore, who attended Dowling and was an All-American and the leading scorer in the nation, made me think maybe I could follow in his footsteps and do the same." >More
ETHAN GREENIDGE SIGNS TO PLAY AT VILLANOVA
(February 4, 2015) RHS LINEMAN ETHAN GREENIDGE has signed to play football at Villanova University, which is a Division I-AA college. He will receive a full athletic scholarship to play for the Wildcats. "He's the prototypical Division I lineman with the speed, quickness and strength to succeed at a high level," states Coach Leif Shay. >More
January 24, 2015) Cody Weiss reached two major milestones in January. On Jan. 10, Weiss became only the ninth wrestler in Blue Waves history to reach the 100-win benchmark. Saturday he captured the 126-pound title at the Bob Armstrong Memorial Cup at Port Jefferson High School. RHS finished third at the tournament. >More
BOYS AND GIRLS WINTER TRACK
(January 25, 2015) LEAGUE III CHAMPIONSHIP - Troy Trent is among the top shot-putters in the county and Andrew Smith is one of the top hurdlers. They both picked up gold medals Sunday, helping lead the Blue Waves to a fifth-place finish with 44 points.
(January 25, 2015) LEAGUE III CHAMPIONSHIP - In the girls' competitions, Ra'Shae Smith finished second, the top finish for a Riverhead girl in the competition. Smith is still a relative newcomer to the shot put. She started in 10th grade and last year served as an understudy or sorts to Riverhead's top thrower, Madison Blom, who has since graduated. Smith placed fourth at the Molloy Stanner Games at The Armory in NYC with a throw of 37-1/2. >More
PEOPLE OF THE YEAR AWARDS
1) RETIRED CUSTODIAN CARL JAMES NAMED NR 2014 PUBLIC SERVANT OF THE YEAR
(January 8, 2015) In part the News Review article read, "Mr. James worked tirelessly to make the school a comfortable place for children to learn. And he always greeted them with a smile. The pride Mr. James always took in his work illustrates the highest level of dedication one serving their community can exhibit. That type of devotion is what makes Mr. James the News-Review's Public Servant of the Year for 2014. The Riverhead Chamber of Commerce also honored Mr. James last month with its 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award. Pat Snyder, executive director at East End Arts in Riverhead, presented the award and said: "Our community is a better place because of you."
2) RHS SCIENCE TEACHER GREG WALLACE WAS NAMED THE NEWS REVIEW'S EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR
(January 8, 2014) In part the News Review article read, "For the last five years, Mr. Wallace has helped organize the annual Rube Goldberg competition in the high school and middle school, which challenges students to make a certain object in at least 20 steps."
Judy Isbitiren, program coordinator at the Long Island Science Center in Riverhead, said she enjoys collaborating with Mr. Wallace (in the 9th Grade Smart Physics Program). "He's not your run-of-the-mill educator," she said. "He's very passionate and he's very hands-on and the students get a lot out of his program."
Mr. Wallace's dedication to the community goes beyond the classroom.
As treasurer of the teacher's union, he organized a Harlem Wizards basketball game at the high school in November that reportedly raised more than $10,000 for a scholarship program.A former chief with the East Marion Fire Department chief, he is also a critical care emergency medical technician, teaches others how to use automated external defibrillators and gives CPR classes.
BLUE MASQUES PRESENT TWO ONE ACTS
"THE AUDITION" AND "THE SEUSSIFICATION OF ROMEO AND JULIET"/ RHS Cardona Auditorium / JANUARY 9 and JANUARY 10 @ 7:00pm / JANUARY 11 @ 2:00pm
$10 in Advance / $12 at the Door / $5 for RHS Students & Seniors >More
NJROTC QUILT RAFFLE
GIFT IDEA: Buy a ticket for friends and relatives. RHS NJROTC is holding a fundraiser raffle to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project (80%) and the NJROTC Unit (20%). Tickets are $5 each, available through any of the NJROTC cadets or by calling Peter G. McCarthy, Lt. Col., USMC (Ret.) at (631) 369-6806. >More
BUILDING BOND UPDATE
At the middle school, the new library will be opening by the end of January. The library’s books were scheduled to be put back on the shelf on Monday, January 13, 2015. Work on new classrooms and a new cafeteria continues as well. The high school addition is taking shape and the renovation should be complete by September of 2015. And at McKillop Field, the old and outdated bleachers and concession stand are being taken down and replaced with modern facilities. >More
A SPORTS UPDATE
-- CONGRATULATIONS to all of the student athletes who were honored in post season award ceremonies. Riverhead’s Moussa Keita (soccer coach) was named the junior varsity coach of the year. We encourage everyone to attend all of the upcoming sporting events as the Winter Athletic Season gets underway. >More
A WORLD OF WONDER AT PULASKI
(January 5, 2015) As the fifth and sixth grade students at the Pulaski Street School returned to school on January 5th, they passed through a waterfall of blue streamers to see a Pulaski Wonder World! This dramatic entrance marked the official building wide kick-off to the read-aloud of Wonder by RJ Palacios during the month of January. >More
DECEMBER 2014 NEWS, NEWSLETTERS, VIDEOS AND MORE
NJROTC: OVERVIEW OF 2014
COMMUNITY SERVICE EVENTS:
- December 1st – NJROTC unit received an Award of Excellence from the Riverhead AARP and VFW Posts 6249 and 2476 for collection of 494.5 lbs. of food during the Veterans Food Drive held during October.
- December 5th – 35 cadets participated in Christmas Caroling at the Senior Care Center in Riverhead with the Lions Club.
-Dec 19th – 50 cadets helped Rotary with the preparation of 200 Christmas Food Baskets for Riverhead families.
(December 20, 2014) Forty-two cadets competed in the Regional Southold Drill Meet at Mattituck High School. 11 NJROTC Units and approximately 450 cadets from Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey competed in the all day long event which involved drill, color guard, academics and physical fitness competitions. >More
PULASKI STREET SCHOOL ARTISTS
December 2014 – Twelve Pulaski Street School artists had their artwork accepted into the Tishmann Spier Children's Holiday Art show, which was held at the landmark Chrysler Building at 705 Lexington Avenue in New York City. This is the tenth year Pulaski Street students have had the honor of having their creative talents on display at this holiday event! A "Peace on Earth" mural, which was worked on by every student in the building was also on display. >More
GUIDANCE HELD ON-SITE COLLEGE ADMISSIONS DAY
(December 11, 2014) Riverhead HS GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT HOSTED the annual ON-SITE COLLEGE ADMISSIONS DAY on THURSDAY, DECEMBER 11, in the High School Gym. The representatives from seven colleges (Briarcliffe College, St. Joseph's College, NY Institute of Technology, Touro College of Health Sciences, Dowling College, Mercy College and L.I.U. CW Post) waived their application fees for the students who applied on-site. This saved the students who put in applications hundreds of dollars. >More
PARTNERS IN SCIENCE PROGRAM AT BNL
(December 2, 2014) Five students in Lance Minion's Science Research Class attended the "Partners in Science" program at Brookhaven National Labs (BNL). The purpose of this project is to encourage scholarship in science and mathematics through the use of BNL's reference and research materials.
After this initial orientation day, students are allowed to access the BNL library throughout the school year, which will assist the students in producing a quality research paper. This year's student research projects include:
1) Research by Elsy Salguero on nitrogen sequestration to prevent phytoplankton blooms in Long Island Sound;
2) A study by Dominick Batista of present day appendages that need to be enhanced in sensitivity and movement in an effort to make the user feel almost human-like using the prosthetic. This research could also be used in creating advanced robotic workers and soldiers, which would be controlled wirelessly;
3) Research by Renee Mott on the fate and transport of Nitrogen in Long Island's groundwater;
4) Research on Genome Structure by Sarah Brennan;
5) A treatise on the Abundance of Zostera Marina as related to Peconic Bay, Long Island, New York by Brandon Fata. >More
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
STUDENT GOVERNMENT COORDINATES ANGEL TREE PROJECT
(December 22, 2014) Student government hosted its annual ANGEL TREE PROJECT. They put angel postings on the tree in the high school with the name of children and their wants/needs. Individuals, clubs, staffing units and others pluck an angel posting off the tree and send their gifts to the high school to distribute to families who could use a helping hand with gifts this holiday season. With everyone's support, 98 kids will receive gifts this season as a result of the student government's ANGEL TREE PROJECT. Thank you for participating in this wonderful event. Deb Nigrel is the adviser. >More
FIVE DAYS OF PEACE AND GOOD WILL AT PHILLIPS
(December 19, 2014) Each year during the week preceding the holiday break, the Phillips Avenue Elementary School celebrates "FIVE DAYS OF PEACE AND GOOD WILL". This year's celebrations included . . . >More
IF YOU GIVE A CHILD A BOOK
(December 17, 2014 – Riverhead, NY) It's nice to get gifts during the holidays, but according to Riverhead Country Day School Director Cheryl Taormina it's even more fun to give gifts—especially books-- during the holidays! That's just what she did on Wednesday before the holiday break. This was the third year the Riverhead Country Day School has gifted RCSD students with books. >More
SOC. STUDIES TEACHER, HS AP, DIR. OF PROFESSIONAL DEV.
(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:
BILL GROTH RECEIVES ZONE AWARD
(December 9, 2014 - Riverhead, NY) Bill Groth, Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics, was named a "2014 Zone Award" recipient at the New York State Council of Administrators for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance at the 2014 Anne Mackey Awards Banquet in Verona, NY.
CPR IN PE
(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 Riverhead 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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
December 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
(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)
(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
(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
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
SECOND 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
(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
(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
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
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
(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
(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
(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
RIVERHEAD 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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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"
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
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
(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
RHS Varsity Field Hockey Team is 5 and 0 in it's league (first in the league) and 8th on Long Island. >More
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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(September 2, 2014 ) David Wicks, the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, welcomed teachers and staff to the 2014-15 school year. Presentations were given by Superintendent of Schools Nancy Carney and Board of Education President Gregory Meyer. >More
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL - SEPTEMBER 3 - WELCOME BACK!
RHS VARSITY FOOTBALL TEAM IS #1 SEEDED TEAM
(September 8, 2014) The Blue Waves Varsity Football team was featured in Newsday’s MSG Varsity insert in Sunday’s paper. Riverhead was last year’s Class II LI Champions and are currently the #1 seeded team in their league. Blue Wave players Ryun Moore and Ethan Greenridge received special recognition for their stand out performances last year. The Blue Waves play West Islip on Friday at 2PM in Riverhead. GO BLUE WAVES! >More
AUGUST 2014 NEWS, NEWSLETTERS, VIDEOS AND MORE
AUGUST UPDATE ON CONSTRUCTION AND CURRICULUM
(August 25, 2014) Construction and renovation proceeded at a non-stop pace since the end of the school year. This summer, Riverhead High School has been extensively renovated, including new classroom window walls, new hallway ceilings, a new roof, a new weight room, new performing arts spaces and a refurbished cafeteria, ROTC and bathroom spaces. Additionally, the building received a new boiler, new hot water heaters and extensive parking lot improvements. The project at the middle school has also begun, with work on the roof, cafeteria, classroom spaces and the library.
In addition to improvements to our physical structures, multiple curriculum teams have been working hard all summer to develop tools and resources that will help our students achieve the success that they deserve. Teams at all grade levels in multiple subject areas collaborated with the goal of ensuring that the district’s curricula meets today’s standards in a way that best suits our district. >More / Curriculum Update
Welcome to the Riverhead Central School District
(August 27, 2014) Teachers hired this summer, some of whom are new to the district, participated in a NEW TEACHER INSTITUTE at the end of August. David Wicks, the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, was the facilitator at the Institute. The teachers received an overview of the instructional program of the district, which included presentations on teaching English Language Learners and students with special needs. Robert Hines also gave a short presentation on technology. The teachers were also given "The Keys to Student Success" and a bus tour of the area. The following teachers attended the New Teacher Institute.
RHS TRANSITIONAL STUDENT INTERNSHIPS
(August 2014) The Riverhead Central School District offered a successful summer internship program for students who are in the process of transitioning into the adult work experience. The program was held from Tuesday 7/08/14 to Thursday 8/07/14 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. The program was located at the Phillips Avenue Elementary School and included two work sites at Old Navy and Home Depot. Supervision and support was provided by Elva J. Beyer, Transition Coordinator, and the Job Coach Lisa Lindsay.
Students were taught on Tuesdays, prevocational skills and then received hands on experience within the stores on Wednesdays and Thursdays. The students’ job experiences included zoning area, product lines and learning various skills that were required of the jobs within Home Depot and Old Navy. Ms. Beyer and Ms. Lindsay once again appreciated working with Home Depot and Old Navy and are very thankful to the staff for allowing Riverhead students the opportunity to learn and grow within our community. >More
RCFA KINDERGARTEN ICE CREAM SOCIAL
(August 27, 2014) The Riverhead Central Faculty Association (RCFA) HOSTED ICE CREAM SOCIALS AT THE RIVERHEAD FREE LIBRARY for incoming kindergarten students and their parents. Parents were invited to bring their children to meet their school's kindergarten teachers and to learn about the District's kindergarten program. The teachers and administrators of each of the District's four elementary schools shared with the parents some tips about how they can support their child's learning process and make the first few days of kindergarten go smoothly. >More
ENVISION NATIONAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE 2014
(August 2014) Fifth grade teacher Claire Belmonte nominated one of her students, Madison Stromski, to attend the 2014 Envision Leadership National Youth Convention. The Junior National Young Leaders Conference, which Madison participated in, is an opportunity for students in grade 5-7 to make new discoveries about their passions, their leadership strengths and their vision for the future. The participants visit Washington, DC, which serves as a living classroom during this six-day exploration of leadership through the lens of American History. >More
BRINGING IDEAS BACK TO LI FROM COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG
(August 2014) Twenty elementary school teachers from New York participated in an institute co-hosted by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and the Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University's Teachers College this summer. Three of the teachers were from Riverhead Schools: Phillips Principal Debra Rodgers and literacy coaches Jean-Marie Mazzaferro and Amy Brennan. The program, which covered teachers' expenses, was made possible by a $1 million donation from Abby O'Neill, 86, of Oyster Bay -- a granddaughter of financier John D. Rockefeller Jr., who helped found and underwrite Colonial Williamsburg's restoration. The foundation has been running teaching programs for some 25 years, but this is the first time it partnered with the Reading and Writing Project to combine social studies and literacy education. In six days at the historical village, participants met with interpreters who acted as local Colonial-era residents and discussed how to use those experiences in the teachers' history and literacy lessons. >More from Newsday / >Photos from Amy Brennan
NEW ON THE WEBSITE: AFTERSHOOL WITH MR. RICHARDSON
Roanoke 4th grade teacher James Richardson is the host of a new podcast called "Afterschool w/ Mr. Richardson." As a way of helping everyone in the community really get to know RCSD staff, Mr. Richardson will be interviewing teachers, administrators, and staff members from around the district about a variety of topics. These interviews will be posted on the district website in the form of a link to his podcast page. This is a great way to really get to know the teachers and staff throughout the district.
Next Episode: September 8, 2014 - Pulaski Street School Associate Principal Dr. Stephen Hudson
If you have any feedback, questions or have a specific teacher you would really love to hear interviewed, please email Mr. Richardson at Afterschool@riverhead.net. >More
ON THE WEBSITE IN AUGUST--ALUMNI NEWS UPDATES
RHS Alumna Meghan Davis is a third-year undergraduate in behavioral neuroscience at Northeastern University. Passionate about global health and always seeking opportunities to expand her research experience, Meghan is currently a research assistant at Addis Ababa University's Department of Psychiatry in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Follow her on her blog.
RHS Alumnus Daniel Snyder graduated from Webb Institute in 2010. He began workins as a junior naval architect for DRS Technologies shortly after graduation. This summer he signed on with Bike & Build to ride across America from Jacksonville, FL to Monterey, CA to build houses and raise funds for affordable housing. >More
SPORTS NEWS -- A summary of the 2013-2014 Sports News >More
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