Elementary School has a number of outstanding
learning events throughout the year.
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Aquebogue's Odyssey of the Mind Team Places Third!
Once again this year, Aquebogue Elementary School's Odyssey of the Mind team placed within the top three at the March 21st regional competition. Last year, in their first year of competition, Aquebogue's team placed second. This year, in their second year of competition, they came in third. The students on this year's team (all fourth graders) included: Kamaria Harris, Michelle Deschamps, Skylar Scioscia, Michael Woolley, Ella Baldwin, Katie Chorao, and Julia Pizzuto. The colorful creature the team designed and created was named Lilly. The team was coached by Mrs. Borenstein and Mrs. Ahern, but all of the work and ideas were completely original to the children. Only the sawing of the wood for the set was done by an adult; everything else was done by the team members. >More
After School Programs at Our Schools
When the buses leave at the end of the school day, a large number of students in the Riverhead Central School District don’t climb aboard. Hundreds of students stay after school to participate in team sports, homework help, and after school enrichment programs.
Teachers in each of the elementary schools offer homework enrichment from 3:15 PM, when school ends, until 4:30 PM, when the late buses arrive. The purpose of the program is to assist students with the homework assignments in a small group environment that will support and encourage their efforts to improve their academic achievements. >More
Parade of Famous Americans
The Aquebogue Elementary students in Third Grade study Biographies. Their final celebration of this unit is A PARADE OF FAMOUS AMERICAS. >Click on Picture to See Slideshow
Environmental Week 2009 -- "Green Your Routine"
It's Aquebogue Elementary School's week to focus on taking care of the environment. Student-made posters are up everywhere in the hallways of Aquebogue interpreting this year's environmental theme, "Green Your Routine." Here's a list of the week's events: >More
Black History Month Celebration
The Black History Month Assembly at Aquebogue is a wonderful mix of music, games and the always moving "Parade of Famous African Americans." >More
Mail to the Chief
As the nation prepares to inaugurate a new president, a national initiative dubbed “Mail to the Chief” was used as a vehicle to celebrate National Handwriting Day (January 23rd). This program invited children to submit handwritten letters of advice to President-Elect Barack Obama. The organizers offered children an opportunity to have their voices heard. >More
Bottle Bass and WindPower Flower Tower Art Installations
(Just when you think that the environmentally conscious Aquebogue ART T.E.A.M. (which is an acronym for “Together Everyone Achieves More") can’t beat what they did last year, THEY DO IT AGAIN! The school’s quirky Bottlebug was followed by a beautiful ocean mural made with sea glass, ceramic chips, sea shells and other beach-related materials. Last year, concerned about global warming, the central project was a family of polar bears dubbed the "polybears" because they were made from recycled plastic bags. Once again this year, teaming with local artists, Marta Baumiller and Cliff Baldwin, Aquebogue art teacher Maureen Ahern and plenty of parent volunteers are going to work with the students in this K-4 school to create NOT ONE but TWO art installations. The installation will take place October 21 through October 31, 2008. The projects were made possible by a New York State Council on the Arts grant.
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Every Day Earth Day"
Day, 2008--Riverhead, NY) There is an earthiness to the atmosphere
at the Aquebogue Elementary School. On a warm day with the wind
from the south a breeze brings an olfactory reminder that the duck
farm is still just down the road. That earthy smell is a gentle
reminder of Aquebogue's rural beginnings. The sign outside the school's
main entrance, with boats on the bay, reminds us that the bay is
indeed just a short walk away. It should be no wonder then that
this school capitalizes on its location and Earth Day/Arbor Day
to remind its students of how important it is for them to be caretakers
of the beauty that surrounds them. >More
"Odyssey" Team Brings Home a Trophy
26, 2008--Riverhead, NY) Aquebogue Elementary School's "Odyssey
of the Mind" Team brought home a second place trophy in its first
foray into the "Odyssey of the Mind" competition!
When asked, "Who came in first?" Fourth grade teacher Linda
Borenstein stated, "I have no idea. When we heard our team came
in second in their division I was so shocked that I couldn't remember
anything else that happened. It was our first year in the competition
and we were really just there for the experience. I'm so proud of
these students. They worked very, very hard. They gave up recess;
came in on Saturdays and always said, 'YES' when I asked them to spend
time working on our entry. They deserve to be recognized for their
outstanding effort and ability to work as a team." >More
History was celebrated throughout the District during the month of
February in assemblies, during morning announcements, on bulletin
boards in classrooms and in hallways, in newsletters and through a
plethora of other ways. Students at the Aquebogue Elementary School
celebrated Black History Month during an assembly that featured singing,
dancing, drumming, children’s games and a Parade of Famous Black
Aquebogue PolyBear Project
2007) Get ready for another amazing full-scale sculpture project from
the art T.E.A.M. at the Aquebogue Elementary School.
All 435 students at the Aquebogue School will collaborate with Aquebogue
art teacher Maureen Ahern, Marta Baumiller, a professional sculptor
and milliner, and Cliff Baldwin, a professional artist, in making
three or four large recycled polyethylene polar bears from thousands
of plastic shopping bags collected at the school.
With this outdoor sculpture project they hope to bring attention to
climate change and the plight of Polar Bears and other creatures living
in the arctic region. By recycling bags, they will also learn about
all the plastic created on earth and how we can reuse it. >More
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Day is Earth Day at Aquebogue
Day is every day!”--reads a poster in one of the District’s
schools—and that was certainly the case in April at the Aquebogue
Elementary School. The “Book of the Month” was Someday
a Tree by Eve Bunting. Ms. Bunting’s book inspired
an array of writing projects and was the basis for scientific and
literary discussion throughout the month.
Elementary School PE teachers, Danielle
Altman and Ken Marelli, challenged their students to participate
in a fundraiser for the American Heart Association as part of their
regular basketball unit in their PE classes. The students took up
the challenge and encouraged their friends, neighbors and relatives
to pledge money for their efforts on the basketball court. On February
14th, Valentine's Day, the students at Aquebogue threw their hearts
into shooting "Hoops for Hearts."
period between mid-January to mid February gives schools a number
of opportunities to celebrate cultural diversity: Martin Luther King
Jr. Day, Black History Month, etc.
2006) Aquebogue Principal Phil Kent's favorite school acronym is T.E.A.M.
It stands for "Together Everyone Achieves More." The "Bottle
Bug" project is a perfect example of Aquebogue teamwork in action. It
contains 750 detergent bottles, is over 40 feet long and approximately
40 inches high, contains over 25 different colors, and has noodles
for antennae and light globes for eyes. Follow
up on the Bottle Bug: It made the March edition of Scholastic News
(Front cover and two inside pages)!