About the Superintendent
Superintendent Dr. Aurelia L. Henriquez
Address: District Office
700 Osborn Ave.
Riverhead, NY 11901
Message from Superintendent of Schools
Connecting with Students
Since my last superintendent’s message, I had the great fortune to host my first Superintendent’s Round Table. The discussion provided an opportunity for myself and esteemed guests – Suffolk County Sheriff Errol Toulon Jr., Riverhead Police Chief David Hegermiller, Riverhead Town Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith and Riverhead Town Police Officer and Board of Education trustee Byron Perez – to gain insight from eight impressive high school students.
During the session, the student body representatives spoke openly and candidly in regard to issues surrounding social media. They offered insightful suggestions for improving social media education within our schools. They also provided valuable information on how students are using various social media applications and addressing the moral responsibilities associated with them. From this discussion, our understanding of teenage trends in social media has vastly widened and we will look to develop new programs based on the students’ counsel.
Thank you again to students Michael Daniel, Christopher Dorr, Derick Durantes, Jacob Gilmartin, James Hopper, Evelyn Kennedy Jaffe, Katie Moore and Noah Pekar for your invaluable participation.
Also, within the last month, I am pleased to have been associated with the district’s first workshop for bilingual families. The well-attended event, run by our dedicated staff, offered our immigrant families the opportunity to share ideas, concerns and hopes. They were also provided with information about the wide range of resources available to them within the district and community. In Riverhead, we embrace our diversity, and it is our hope that these workshops and events will assist us in our goal to bring our diverse families into the fold and encourage them to take advantage of all that our district has to offer.
In further supporting our families, this month, the district is poised to implement a new unplug-and-play program. The initiative is designed to provide families with more quality time together by offering students a break from homework one to two times a month. The program aims to inspire families to bond through fun family challenges on no-homework nights. Students can then share with their teachers and peers how their family tackled the challenges through writings and photos.
The last item I would like to address is security in our schools. It is an issue that is difficult, but vital to the safety of our students and staff. Over the past month, I have attended several meetings with law enforcement officials in an effort to bolster what we are already doing to protect our schools. I have learned a great deal and will be working to implement a number of recommendations, including training for teachers, active shooter drills and the hiring of a school resource officer. The fact is, seconds matter in an emergency situation, and the district is dedicated to ensuring that those seconds count.
Spanish Language Letter - April 2018