About the Superintendent
Superintendent Dr. Aurelia L. Henriquez
Address: District Office
700 Osborn Ave.
Riverhead, NY 11901
Message from Superintendent of Schools
Riverhead Pride - What does it take to be a Blue Wave?
The Riverhead Central School District mission boasts of integrity, creativity and respect. These are the characteristics of a Blue Wave. As parents, teachers and leaders, we aim to prepare our children with 21st century learning skills, but what we often forget is that there are lessons to be learned that extend beyond the walls of our classrooms and schools. Many of those lessons are learned on the athletic fields and courts. Our whole-child approach to education takes into account all that goes into ensuring our children are college- and career-ready.
Please join me in acknowledging the extraordinary job accomplished by our Riverhead coaches. The impact that a great coach can have on a child is beyond measurement. In Riverhead, our coaches are “the change” that we wish to see in our children and in the world.
Perhaps the greatest lesson that I personally learned from a coach is the lesson of perseverance. Through sports and extracurricular activities, our young people are taught coping mechanisms, the importance of confronting their fears, working as a team, integrity, creativity and respect. These are lifelong lessons that serve our children well and can protect them from anxiety, depression, suicide and addiction. Through these experiences, children become equipped to face life’s disappointments and persevere. Yes, there are lessons in losing, too!
Pictured below is the boys junior varsity soccer team. Their coach, district social worker Guillermo Sandoval, explained how the game is an opportunity for the boys to be part of one Riverhead family.
“Students who are learning English play side by side with other students from Riverhead on the same team,” Mr. Sandoval said. “They learn English [and how] to be part of one family and one team. That is what it takes to be a Blue Wave.”
“The unity and camaraderie of the team is beautiful,” he added. “On the field there is one language: the language of friendship and love…of childhood joy, honor, commitment, strength and discipline…and of community and American pride. As the season unfolded, individuals from all walks of life became one. Going forward, Coach Philcox, Coach Casey and I are looking to spread the good vibes and, through the sport, solidify what already is a great community. The Riverhead Central School District is helping to define what a global community looks like and set the example of a harmonious, multicultural American hometown.”
Adding to these sentiments, coach Evan Philcox spoke of the importance of the Blue Waves sports family. “One way to enrich our school community is to ingratiate ourselves with the community as a whole. Through the common language of sport – particularly soccer – we can continue to bring our community together while providing a positive outlet and opportunity for many young men.”
Through the support of our Blue Wave family, our athletes have realized multiple successes over the years. This fall alone, the varsity cheerleading team took first place at two regional competitions, our varsity hockey players accepted multiple honors at the annual Suffolk County Field Hockey Awards Dinner, two of our independent swimmers qualified to compete at the Suffolk County Championship, nine of our high school teams were recognized as Scholar-Athlete Teams, and nine middle and high school teams earned team sportsmanship awards.
And the Blue Wave family bond continues to grow. This school year, the high school athletics department introduced Athletes Helping Athletes. Through this new leadership program, 21 varsity student-athletes have been trained at Molloy College to serve as mentors to sixth-grade student-athletes at Pulaski Street School. During sessions, they discuss life skills, bullying and substance abuse. We look forward to watching this program and all of our athletes continue to grow and succeed. In Riverhead, we are about the whole picture and the whole-child approach to education. This paradigm shift is a game changer for all. I’d like to thank the Board of Education, our leaders, teachers, parents and community for joining me in our efforts to do the very best for all children. Go Blue Waves!