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A Thankful Celebration

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First-graders at Aquebogue Elementary School celebrated Thanksgiving at its annual feast on Nov. 16. As part of the event, the students learned about the first Thanksgiving, made and wore pilgrim hats and Native American headbands and sat to enjoy a meal together.  Students talked about what they are thankful for as they dined on cornbread, pumpkin pie and cranberry sauce.

NJROTC Cadets Tour Historic Sites; Visit Naval Academy

NJROTC Cadets Tour Historic Sites; Visit Naval Academy photo
During Veterans Day weekend, Riverhead High School NJROTC cadets visited several historic sites and toured the U.S. Naval Academy.

The trip kicked off in Philadelphia where the cadets toured major historical sights, including the National Constitution Center and Independence Hall. They also explored the Betsy Ross House and the Liberty Bell. 

Following a day in Philly, the cadets stopped at the Battleship USS New Jersey, moored in Camden. The cadets experienced life on a battleship by taking a guided tour, trying out a flight simulator and sleeping in 3 by 7-foot bunks stacked three high. 

The trip concluded with a tour of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Following the tour, the students cheered on the Midshipmen at the Navy and Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. 

Of the trip, Cadet Lieutenant Commander Michael Daniel said, “Visiting the Naval Academy was an amazing experience that bolstered my desire to attend the prestigious institution and one day call it my home.”

Helping to Create Peace in their Schools

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Fourth-graders members of Roanoke and Phillips Avenue elementary schools’ Peacemakers Club are making a difference in their respective schools by talking to their peers about antibullying. 

During the months of October and November, the Peacemakers spent time visiting classrooms in their respective schools and reading the book, “The Juice Box Bully” by Bob Sornson and Maria Dismondy. Following the reading, the Peacemakers then urged their fellow students to pledge to be kind to each other and speak up for classmates who need help by signing an antibullying poster. 

The students also worked during their lunch period with Peacemakers Club adviser Shannon Kutner, who is a Riverhead Community Awareness elementary school social worker, to make antibullying posters and plan other antibullying campaigns, including an annual kindness initiative that they will kick off in January. 

To become a member of the Peacemakers Club, students are required to participate in an application process that involves answering questions such as, “What can I do to be a role model in my school.”

First Grade Snow Plow Demo

The Highway Department visited our school yesterday to talk about snow safety. Click here to see a slideshow from the event. 

Biology Students Learn From Expert

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The eyes of high school AP Biology students lit up as Dr. Gabrielle Russo, a professor of anthropology at SUNY Stony Brook, led a hands-on lesson regarding the evolution of bipedalism during their class on Nov. 8.

“This was such an amazing opportunity for these students,” said AP biology teacher Susan Monahan. “They were able to apply the knowledge and make a connection to what we have been learning in class.” 

During the session with Dr. Russo, the students first listened to a college-level lecture and then observed and compared skeletal samples of modern day humans and ancient human fossils.

Learning From Veterans

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Third-graders at Roanoke Avenue Elementary School learned about the sacrifices and the service of American heroes from local veterans during a Veterans Day event at the school on Nov. 9.

During the event, four local veterans with ties to the school spoke to the third-graders about their experiences in the military and answered questions.  Among the veterans were Walter Brown, a Roanoke Elementary School security guard who served as an Army Specialist during Desert Storm; Mark Anasky, a maintenance crew worker at Roanoke Elementary School who served as a second class Navy Utilities member; Barry Gilmore, Roanoke third-grade teacher Gary Karlson’s father-in-law, who served as a Army Specialist 4 during the Vietnam War, and Brian Mooney, a Roanoke Elementary School crossing guard, who served as an Army Sargent First Class during the Vietnam War, in Germany, Korea and in Eastern Europe during the Cold War. The 20-year army veteran also served in the National Guard.  

After learning about the veterans, the third-graders treated the veterans to lunch and thanked them for their service. 

Student-Authors Publish Works

Student-Authors Publish Works photo

Fifth- and sixth-graders at the Pulaski Street School recently commemorated the completion of their respective writing units by publishing their works and reading them to their parents at separate celebrations. 

Fifth-graders in Ms. Torre Falkner’s class held their writing celebration on Oct. 27. During the event, they shared their narrative pieces with their parents. The celebration came after the students spent time brainstorming ideas for their stories that they planned, drafted, wrote and revised. Also, as part of project, the students recorded themselves reading their works. Parents were then able to access their child’s reading by using a QR code.  

Meanwhile, all sixth-graders worked to pen personal narratives, focusing on writing a good lead, using dialogue and adding sensory details. During the unit, they set goals for themselves based off a set of writing strategies.  As part of their publishing celebration, held on Nov. 3, the students shared their works with their parents and peers. They also provided positive critique on their fellow students’ writings.

Teachers Train in Technology at Annual Superintendent’s Conference Day

Teachers Train in Technology at Annual Superintendent’s Conference Day photo
Riverhead Central School District teachers and administrators converged upon Riverhead High School on Nov. 7 to participate in diversified technology workshops and seminars that spotlighted 21st century learning applications. 

During the Superintendent Conference Day, Riverhead’s educators participated in several classes including ones that provided information on Google Classroom applications; technology that fosters active literacy in grades K-4; coding at the elementary school level; engaging students using Chromebooks and collaboration; formulating online quizzes and assessments; and effectively communicating with families using eBoards and the Remind App. Additional classes included ones that taught teachers how to effectively use video and Google photos in the classroom, as well as an overview of Microsoft Online and Office Apps. 

“The goal is to provide teachers and administrators with the technological tools to engage students and continue to infuse learning technology into our classrooms,” said Christine Tona, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.

The theme of the conference — Science, Technology, Engineering and Math — additionally advances the district’s goal to bolster its technology initiatives and STEM offerings and encourage complex and deeper thinking among students.

“The world around us is constantly changing. As teachers and leaders, we must work to prepare students for a future that may be unknown to us,” said Dr. Aurelia Henriquez, superintendent of schools. “By using technology as a tool, we are not only meeting many of our students where they are in terms of technology, but we are also making learning relevant and personalized. The Riverhead Central School District is opening up a world of limitless possibilities for all students.”

Dr. Henriquez went on to applaud the district’s teachers and leaders for embracing technology in the classroom.  “Their passion and dedication to continuous improvement is commendable,” said Dr. Henriquez.

Runners Log Best Finish

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The high school girls varsity track team completed the season with a finish for the record books. The team placed fifth at the Section XI championship race on Nov. 3, held at Sunken Meadow State Park. 

“This meet represents the best finish in the girls track program history in Riverhead,” said coach Justin Cobis. 

Competing at the meet were student-athletes Emma Conroy, Megan Kielbasa, Shannon O’Brien, Olivia Pizutto, Linda Pomraniceva, Madison Stromski and Christina Yakaboski. In helping their team reach fifth place, Kielbasa and Yakaboski earned All-County Honors.  

The Riverhead Central School District extends its congratulations to the team.

NJROTC Lends Helping Hands

NJROTC Lends Helping Hands photo

As part of their mission to give back to the community, members of the high school NJROTC participated in three community service activities during the weekend of Nov. 4.

The cadets spent time cleaning up the Association for the Developmentally Disabled’s Sensory Garden, located on Sound Shore Road in Riverhead. Additionally, cadets helped serve and clean up at the annual Rotary Club Pancake breakfast and VFW Pancake Breakfast. 


Guatemala Consulate Visit

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Members of the high school Hispanic Youth Leadership Club had the opportunity to speak with representatives of the Guatemala Consulate Jazmin Carrillo and Flor de Maria Sanchez on Nov. 1.

During the meeting, Ms. Carrillo, who is a 2007 graduate of Riverhead High School and organized the event, spoke to the students about the importance of staying in school and continuing on to higher education in the face of adversity. She offered the steps she took to become an administrative assistant with the consulate.

Ms. Sanchez, who is the third secretary of the consulate, discussed the role of the consulate and how it maintains diplomatic relations between countries. She additionally explained the services the consulate offers, such as national ID cards and passports to Guatemalan foreign nationals and dual citizenship for those born in America to Guatemalan parents.

Halloween Field Trips

Fifth- and sixth-grade students at Pulaski Street Elementary School celebrated Halloween by taking part in field trips.

On Halloween, fifth-graders traveled to the Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center in Riverhead where they toured the various exhibits and learned more about marine life. 

Sixth-graders, meanwhile, took a trip to the Bronx Zoo. While visiting the park, students met exotic animals, birds, reptiles and insects from across Asia, Africa and the Americas. 


Riley Avenue Celebrates Unity Day

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On Oct. 25, Riley Avenue Elementary School students celebrated national Unity Day, which brings students across the country together in the name of kindness, acceptance and inclusion.

As part of the antibullying event, the students wore orange to school and participated in a Project Connect activity. For the activity, they each wrote kind words on a strip of paper that was then connected into a large chain. The chain symbolized unity among the students.

Riverhead Swimmers Qualify for County Championship

Riverhead Swimmers Qualify for County Championship photo
Two high school independent swimmers, Brianna Cybulski and Tercia Dobrzynski, have qualified to compete at the Suffolk County Championship Swim Meet on Nov. 4. 

Brianna, a sophomore, will be competing once again at the meet in the 200 Individual Medley and the 100 breaststroke. She additionally qualified in the 100 butterfly, but is only permitted to compete in two events. 

In her first year on the Riverhead Independent team, ninth-grader Tercia also qualified to compete. She will race in the 100 backstroke and 100 freestyle events. 

Both swimmers, along with fellow teammate eighth-grader Johanna Governali worked extremely hard throughout the year, practicing with private swim clubs year-round.

The Riverhead Central School District extends its congratulations to all the athletes on excellent swim season.

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Innovative Teacher Awarded

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Luke Ferland, a fifth-year technology teacher at Riverhead High School, was recognized by BOCES with a Most Innovative Use of Technology Award at the Long Island Technology Summit on Oct. 26. 

Mr. Ferland earned the recognition for demonstrating a creative, unique and resourceful use of technology in the classroom and making a positive impact on his students and the school community. 

Prior to working in the Riverhead School District, Mr. Ferland worked in the engineering industry in the United States and in China. He also worked for his family, built and drove stock cars, and interned in the defense industry. 

This is not the first time Mr. Ferland has been recognized as a teacher. In June, he was named the Long Island Air Force Association’s Teacher of the Year. 

The Riverhead Central School District extends its congratulations to Mr. Ferland.

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

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As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, students at Phillips Avenue Elementary School participated in a schoolwide celebration on Oct. 27. 

As part of the event, students learned more about Spanish-speaking countries by taking a “walking tour” of Columbia, Costa Rica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Spain and Venezuela.  

The tour featured hallway displays of each country created by several classes, as well as pre-recorded performances. Students were also each given a “passport” that they used to write notes about what they learned during the tour.

Young Environmentalists Take Part in ‘A Day in the Life’ Program

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Members of the Riverhead Middle School Environmental Club conducted scientific research within the Peconic Estuary as part of a hands-on, after-school trip on Oct. 20.

The exploration was part of the annual “A Day in the Life,” program, which is coordinated by the Central Pine Barrens Commission, Brookhaven National Laboratory, New York State Department of Conservation and the Peconic Estuary Program. 

As part of the initiative, the students traveled to Birch Beach via the Riverhead Aquarium Explorer Boat, and using scientific tools, collected data that will be sent to the estuary program for research on the overall health of the ecosystem. 

Bible Club raises money for breast cancer awareness

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Members of the high school Bible Club raised more than $1,000 as part of their participation in the Making Strides Breast Cancer Walk, held on Oct. 22 at Riverhead’s Suffolk County Community College Campus. Under the direction of adviser Leyda Flores, the club’s original goal was $500, but with the assistance of friends, families and teachers, they were able to surpass their goal.

Riverhead Hosts Successful Family Fun Night Community Expo

Riverhead Hosts Successful Family Fun Night Community Expo photo

The cafeteria at Riverhead High School was packed full of parents and students on Oct. 25 as the Riverhead School District kicked off its Parent University series by hosting a Family Fun Night Community Expo.

During the well-attended, free event, attendees learned more about high school and middle school club offerings from club members. Also, represented at the expo were local organizations, including the community library, police agencies, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.  

In addition to exploring the extracurricular offerings that students can participate in, the expo featured raffles and craft activities that were led by middle and high school students.  

The Riverhead Central School District Parent University series aims to connect parents with school and community resources and provide information related to challenges parents may face. Later this year, the district will be offering several workshops and seminars featuring a variety of speakers.

Advancing Orienteering Skills

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High school NJROTC cadets gained valuable orienteering skills while attending the NJROTC Area 4 Orienteering Championship held in Pennsylvania on Oct. 21.

During the competition, the Riverhead cadets, led by Orienteering Team Commander Cadet Bryan Cakir, competed against 14 NJROTC teams by using maps and magnetic compasses to navigate wooded courses. The event was Riverhead’s first foray in orienteering after a multiyear hiatus.  

Little scientists dig into fall

Little scientists dig into fall photo
Over the past several weeks, kindergartners at Aquebogue Elementary School in the Riverhead Central School District have been taking part in lessons related fall. 

As part of the unit of study, the students have been collecting and studying leaves and apples. They have also honed in on their writing and scientific skills by sharing their findings through labeling and drawing activities and discussion.

Sixth-Graders win Hometown Hero Essay Contest

Sixth-Graders win Hometown Hero Essay Contest photo
Four Pulaski Street sixth-graders were recently recognized as winners of the 13th annual Hometown Heroes Essay contest held by the First Baptist Church of Riverhead in memory of Vietnam War veteran Garfield M. Langhorn. 

The students-winners, Avrie Wirth, Zachary Lull, Caden Lesiewicz and Jessica Martinez, were presented with their awards at an annual ceremony on Oct. 20 attended by Mr. Langhorn’s mother, Mary Langhorn, members of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 11, members of the First Baptist Church and the Patriot Guard Riders. 

The annual contest asked students to pen an essay based on the question, “How can you be a hero in your everyday life?” As part of the contest, which aims to keep the memory of Mr. Langhorn alive, students learned about the meaning of the word, hero and the life and heroism of Mr. Langhorn, who is a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. 

The essays were judged by community members and members of the Garfield M. Langhorn Memorial Committee of the First Baptist Church in Riverhead. 

Successful Transition Fair Held

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Families of students with disabilities gained valuable information during the Riverhead High School’s annual Transition Fair, held on Oct. 19. The fair featured more than 20 organizations and agencies that dispensed literature and details on recreation, employment and education available to students with disabilities. The goal of the annual fair is to assist students and their families as they plan for the future.

New Middle School Club Teaches Mindfulness

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Finding that his students are benefiting from mindfulness activities in the classroom, Middle School seventh-grade ENL and AIS teacher Darren Dunn has begun offering students the opportunity to participate in meditation activities outside the school day in the form of a new meditation club. 

The new club meets each Monday and during each session, Mr. Dunn, who has practiced meditation for several years and has completed mindfulness courses and workshops, coaches the students in different mindful activities. 

The sessions start with a discussion on daily stressors teens face, the effect of stress on brain and overall health and techniques that students can use to handle stressors.  Students then practice guided breathing techniques and imaginary exercises. Most recently, club members participated in a mindful eating meditation where students became attuned to the texture and taste of Hersey Kisses. Mr. Dunn also incorporates the Mind-Up curriculum. 

Mind-Up is the Hawn Foundation’s mindfulness program that blends breathing techniques, brain breaks and sensory activities to help students focus. It is a program that is also being used in the Phillips Avenue School.  

“Based on my own experience, it’s crucial for students to have the opportunity to create their own space and observe what their minds are doing,” said Mr. Dunn. “It helps them to focus and leads them to better overall physical and emotional health.”

Cadets Take Part in Leadership Training

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High School NJROTC cadets recently participated in an annual three-day basic leadership-training program at the Dorothy P. Flint 4-H Camp.  

The event, which was co-sponsored by the Riverhead and Southold-Mattituck-Greenport NJROTC units, provided an opportunity for the Riverhead cadets to train alongside other cadets from Eastern Long Island.  

During the training, 31 new cadets, under the leadership of Cadet Commanding Officer Michael Daniel, were introduced to precision drill, orienteering, academics and physical fitness in a stressful, military-style environment. In addition to the military orientation, the cadets enjoyed supervised wall-climbing, a high ropes course, hikes and a beach cleanup. They also relaxed on the final night with camaraderie and skits around the bonfire. Nine upperclassmen also attended and served as part of the training cadre. 

Of the weekend, freshman Jarad Chapman said, “It was probably the best school experience I’ve ever had.”

In the coming weeks, the cadets will meet in Bethel, Connecticut for a drill meet and participate in an orienteering championship in Pennsylvania in addition to taking part in school and community service events.

Sail Into the Future: Mobile College visits HS

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High school students interested in fields related to digital arts learned more about the opportunities available at Full Sail University. During the Oct. 10 visit, students toured the college’s high-tech mobile college bus and heard from college representatives who spoke about the admissions process and programs of study available at the Florida-based school.

Blue Waves Display School Spirit at Homecoming

Blue Waves Display School Spirit at Homecoming photo

The high school’s annual spirit week celebrations culminated on Oct. 14 as the Blue Waves took on the Copiague Eagles on a drizzly Saturday afternoon.

Despite the rain, school spirit filled the stands as the varsity, junior varsity and middle school cheerleaders led the crowd in multiple cheers.   

At half time, the varsity cheerleaders treated the crowd to a performance and the 2017 royal court was introduced. They court included freshmen Briana Palhares and James Marin, sophomores Casey Dunbar and Joseph Brown, juniors Rázjon Banks and Alyssa Moore, and seniors Michael Daniel and Carla Crump. 

The game ended victoriously for the Blue Waves with a final score of 34-20. 

Smart Technology Helps Students Learn

Smart Technology Helps Students Learn
To immediately assess the knowledge of their fourth-grade students during a lesson, two teachers at Aquebogue Elementary School have started integrating smartphone technology that engages students.

After nearly every unit of study, the teachers, Marnie Busdeker and Lisa Hudgins, collect the real-time assessment data using an app, called Plickers.

As part of the app, students respond to questions about the lesson by holding up coded cards that the teachers scan from the front of the classroom with their smartphones. Within seconds, the teachers can view statistics from their phone on how many students answered the questions correctly or incorrectly.  

Based on the responses of students, the teachers then adjust the lesson at hand accordingly.  #ThisisRiverhead

Girl Lacrosse Players to Watch

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High school lacrosse payers have been busy making headlines. 

Over the summer, three Riverhead High School players Katie Goodale, Megan Kielbasa and Chrissy Thomas earned recognition after being named to the Under Armour All-American Command team from Long Island. To earn their respective spots on the championship team, the girls participated in a tryout where they competed against more than 150 lacrosse players from across Suffolk and Nassau counties. The team went on to take the division championship. 

In addition to playing on the Under Armour team, Goodale, along with fellow players Emma Panciocco and Christine Thomas were recently featured as 2017 players to watch in Inside Lacrosse Magazine.   

The district extends its congratulations to the lacrosse players for their recent accomplishments.  #ThisisRiverhead

Student-Artists’ Work to be Showcased

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The artwork of four high school students have been selected to be showcased at the Peconic Ballet Foundation’s Art Barre event on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m., at 71 East Main St. in Riverhead.

The students, freshman Katherine Marroquin Gonzalez and juniors Devyn Bishop, Olivia Bozuhoski and Kelly Valencia, each have one or more unique pieces that will be on display for the event.

Devyn’s work includes a still life drawing, a self-portrait, a dog portrait and a portrait, titled “Brandon.” Her pieces are done in graphite, charcoal and watercolor and were selected because they “articulate a unique style and visual voice.”

“Each of these four pieces convey an emotion, feeling or growth and each is done with a different medium that I felt best fit the work,” she explained.

Olivia’s pieces include a still life painting, a pencil drawing, titled “Observation,” a pastel drawing, called “Hushed” and a marker drawing, called “Animated Koi.” The pieces were chosen to be featured because “they demonstrate a mature, technical skill.”

Of her work, Olivia said, “Using my passion for fine arts, I am developing a sense of self and style through my experimentation with various techniques, mediums and themes. Generally, I draw my inspiration from my experiences with art, music and culture.”

Katherine’s piece, called “No Boundaries” and depicts a boat in pencil and black marker was picked because it demonstrates a natural ability.

Speaking about her work, she said, “The boat symbolizes the open ocean and the expansiveness of being out at sea without boundaries.”   

Kelly’s piece, “At Peace,” portrays an owl in black marker. It was selected because it shows the artist’s desire to improve herself. 

Kelly said she chose to draw an owl because owls are observant animals that represent a higher wisdom, maturity and awareness. “This animal and its symbolism has inspired me to want to achieve its qualities for myself through my study of art.” 


Pulaski Helps Puerto Rico

Pulaski Helps Puerto Rico
With the help of their teacher, sixth-graders at Pulaski Street School are collecting items to donate to those affected by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

Through Oct. 13, the students are collecting items, including nonperishable food, baby items, cleaning supplies and personal hygiene-related products. All donations will be delivered to the American Red Cross for shipping.

Teacher Daniel Estrada said he assisted the students with the drive after seeing the great success the school had in raising awareness and collecting donations for other natural disasters.

“I thought it would be great for the students to come together to support those in Puerto Rico and learn about the importance of giving back,” said Estrada.  “This project is extra special for me because I am of Puerto Rican decent and have many family members who I have yet to hear from.” 

‘WE’ can! Riverhead students attend WE celebration

 ‘WE’ can! Riverhead students attend WE celebration
 ‘WE’ can! Riverhead students attend WE celebration
More than 20 Riverhead Central School District high school AP Spanish Language and Culture class students recently attended the WE organization’s annual launch celebration at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden.

The celebration featured world-renowned speakers and A-list performers to inspire students to make a difference in their own community and world. Speaking during the event was Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, Ambassador Andrew Young, Whoopi Goldberg and Chelsea Clinton.

Also, featured on stage were service contributions made by students, including a project completed by Riverhead High School senior Mayra Alvarado. During her junior year, Alvarado and her team researched how poverty affects education. They then planned a chocolate bark sale to raise money to purchase school supplies a local elementary school.  

“This program was a great way to inspire our class to continue to use what they learn in class and apply it to real-life situations, conduct research and plan great service learning projects as part of our AP with WE curriculum,” said AP Spanish Language and Culture class teacher Penélope Boerum.

After attending the event Erika Lema, a high school junior said, “What I liked the most about WE Day UN was seeing what every person in the community has done to make a change. For example, a girl took a STEM class and decided to build something that would help people that cannot see and are unable to afford or access a service dog.”

Phillips Avenue Hosts ENL Night

Phillips Avenue Hosts ENL Night
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Phillips Avenue Hosts ENL Night
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Phillips Avenue Hosts ENL Night
Phillips Avenue Hosts ENL Night
Phillips Avenue Elementary School hosted its fourth annual ENL Night on Oct. 5 for the parents of its English Language Learner students.

During the event, the parents learned about the various community services available to them and their families. Represented were community groups, including the North Fork Spanish Apostolate, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, the Family Service League and the East End Arts Council.

While parents gained access to the variety of community resources, students made fall-themed crafts and played educational games.

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Riverhead Integrates Mindfulness Curriculum

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To help young minds flourish, two Riverhead Central School District elementary schools, Phillips and Roanoke, have adopted mindfulness curriculums. Learn more in this short video.

Aquebogue Bookworms Take the Prize

Aquebogue Bookworms Take the Prize photo
Aquebogue Elementary School in the Riverhead Central School District was recently presented with a reading award and trophy from the Riverhead Free Library as part of its summer reading program. To earn the recognition, the elementary school students logged the most books read over the summer. 

New Online Registration System for Riverhead Athletes

New Online Registration System for Riverhead Athletes
To streamline the registration process for all Riverhead Central School District middle and high school athletes, the athletic department is inaugurating a new online registration system.

The new registration system, which will be available for the Winter 2017/18 sporting season, will not only make it easier for the school district to track information, but for parents and students.  Once an athlete’s required information is inputted into the system via any computer or smartphone, written documents will no longer be required. The only documentation students must provide to the district are physicals for the nurse’s approval.

The new system will also include a phone app that can be downloaded to allow parents to easily manage their child’s athletic information.

Official registration through the new system will commence on October 10 for the winter season, December 22 for the late winter middle school sports season and February 2, 2018 for the spring 2018 season.     

To access the new system, visit, click the parents’ tab and follow the directions to register for an account. For more detailed instructions, visit Riverhead Central School District’s athletic page at


Mobile School Food Pantry Kicks off in Riverhead

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In its effort to ensure that families in need are well-nourished, the Riverhead Central School District successfully inaugurated its second food pantry on Sept. 28 at the Roanoke Avenue Elementary School. 

The new mobile school pantry, which is made possible through the assistance of Long Island Cares, dispenses a variety of free goods, including nonperishable food, fresh produce, frozen meats, as well as coats during the winter and books. It also includes an educational component where families can gather information about health care and other services available to them. 

“As a mother and educator, I understand the importance of ensuring that all children have the nutrition they need for their well-being. That is why I am pleased to have the opportunity to assist in bringing the Long Island Cares Mobile School pantry to our Riverhead families,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr.  Aurelia Henriquez. “Our local families will now have more access to numerous healthy goods and also the opportunity to learn about other services available to them.”

Paule Patchter, chief executive officer of Long Island Cares said, “Our staff at the regional food bank are dedicated to reaching as many children as possible that are in need of emergency food through this program. We are grateful to address these needs through our new partnership with the Riverhead community and the Roanoke Elementary School.” 

The new program continues the Riverhead School District’s mission to assist its families in need. For the past several years, Phillips Avenue Elementary School has been providing needed food to families through its own food pantry, located at the school. The Phillips Avenue pantry, like the new Roanoke pantry, is open on a monthly basis.  #ThisisRiverhead

Riverhead Sends Relief

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Students across the Riverhead Central School District are doing their part to assist those affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma. 

At Aquebogue Elementary School, students have been collecting nonperishable goods including bottled water, baby wipes, diapers, canned foods, new clothing and blankets. The drive is being coordinated with the assistance of the PTO. 

Meanwhile, Pulaski Street sixth-grade teacher Colleen Nizza kicked off a collection drive with her students. All of the donations received will be shipped to Texas as part of the Helping Makes You Happy Foundation. 

Roanoke Elementary school students raised $200 through a car wash that they held at their school. The money they raised will be used to purchase school supplies for Ripley House Charter School in Houston. The school was damaged during Hurricane Harvey. 

First-graders at Riley Avenue have also commenced a fundraiser. They are working on creating a class book that they will be selling for $1 each. The money they raise will be donated to the Red Cross Relief Fund. #ThisisRiverhead

AP Scholars Named

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In recognition of their exceptional achievement on national Advanced Placement exams, 28 Riverhead High School seniors have earned the title of Advanced Placement Scholar. 

In total, 20 students were named AP Scholars, three students were recognized as AP Scholars with Distinction and 5 earned the recognition of AP Scholar with Honors. 

To earn a scholar recognition, students are required to score a 3 or higher on three or more AP exams; to be recognized as a Scholar with Honor, students must earn a 3.25 on all AP exams taken and grades of 3 or higher on four or more of those exams; and for a Scholar with Distinction award, students must receive an average score of 3.5 on all AP exams and grades of 4 or higher on five or more of these exams.

The Riverhead Central School District extends its congratulations to the following students: 

AP Scholars
Ben Allen, Joshua Caskie, Madison Cohen, Michael Daniel, Olivia Dickerson, Natasha Fetkovich, Matt Hanson, Aidan Jordan, Jonah Luby, Anton Majewski, Josie Manucha, Keely McCabe, John Meehan, Elvis Ramos, Susam Ramos, James Salgado, Christiana Santoro, Lauren Schaefer, Marina Tedesco and Alison Ziegler

AP Scholars with Honor
Catherine Farrell, Juliette Lehman, Anna Pozamntir, Avenue Smith and Sarah Vunkannon

AP Scholars with Distinction
Evelyn Kennedy-Jaffe, Olivia Pizzuto and Robert Stahl

Celebrity Applauds Mindfulness Curriculum in Riverhead

Celebrity Applauds Mindfulness Curriculum in Riverhead photo

Actress, director, producer and founder of The Hawn Foundation, Goldie Hawn surprised students and staff at Riverhead Central School District’s Phillips Avenue Elementary School on Sept. 28.

During the visit, Ms. Hawn applauded the school’s new mindful curriculum, launched this school year and modeled after her own 13-year-old MindUP program. MindUP provides students with strategies to calm their minds and improve their focus.

During the 2016-17 school year, Phillips Avenue School teachers, led by Principal Debra Rodgers, were trained by MindUP representatives and worked over the summer months to adapt the program to the school’s individual needs. 

Now in full swing, the Phillips Avenue program infuses mindfulness lessons into students’ daily routines. The simple, hands-on lessons inspire students to be mindful of things they taste, smell and hear. The lessons also include brain-brakes, songs, breathing and stretching exercises. Students are also taught how their own brains work. In total, the curriculum includes 25 lessons, complete with videos and worksheets, related to mindfulness.  

Students Commended in National Merit Competition

Students Commended in National Merit Competition photo
Two Riverhead High School students, Sarah Vunkannon and Robert Stahl, have been named Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program as a result of their outstanding scores on the qualifying exam. 

The students are among approximately 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation recognized for their exceptional academic promise. To earn the title, they placed among the top 5 percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the competition by taking the PSAT. 

Board of Education Recognizes Retiring Employee

Board of Education Recognizes Retiring Employee photo
At its Sept. 26 meeting, the members of the Riverhead Central School District Board of Education and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Aurelia Henriquez recognized retiring head custodian Steven Jackson. As part of the recognition, the board read a resolution, expressing gratitude for all the work that Mr. Jackson has done for the district during his 33-year tenure.  

Riverhead Schools to Inaugurate Mobile School Pantry

Riverhead Schools to Inaugurate Mobile School Pantry photo
To ensure that area families in need are well-nourished, the Riverhead Central School District has partnered with Long Island Cares to distribute free food on a monthly basis at Roanoke Avenue Elementary School, 549 Roanoke Avenue.  

The new mobile school pantry will make its debut on Thursday, Sept. 28 and dispense a variety of goods, including nonperishable food, fresh produce, and frozen meats. As the distributions continue, the Long Island Cares team will evaluate families’ needs and will alter distribution supplies based on those needs. Future visits to Roanoke may include the distribution of educational books, coats during the winter and information and access to SNAP enrollment and/or health coverage. 

The pantry is open to the family of any student enrolled in the school district. Participating families will each receive an I.D. card for future use at the pantry after filling out an entitlement form. 

The pantry schedule is as follows: Sept. 28, Oct. 27, Dec. 20, Jan. 25, Feb. 28, March 29, April 26, May 30 and June 21. The pantry will be open from 5-7 p.m. on each date.

Annual Transition Fair

Annual Transition Fair photo
The Riverhead Central School District will hold its sixth annual Transition Fair on Thursday, Oct. 19, from 6-8:30 p.m., at Riverhead High School, 700 Harrison Ave., Riverhead.

The fair, which is designed for families with children who have developmental disabilities, will feature more than 30 agencies and organizations that can assist families in planning their child’s future through community-based services. Additionally, presenters will be on hand to discuss guardianship and understanding eligibility and application processes for adult services.

Student Musicians Named as All-State performers

Student Musicians Named as All-State performers photo

Two Riverhead Central School District High School musicians have been prestigiously named All-State performers based on their solo performances during New York State School Music Association adjudications last spring.

Among those named were SarahAnne Fried, who plays the violin, and Alex Montalbano, who plays the clarinet. 

As part of the All-State honor, the students will perform at the NYSSMA Winter Conference, which will be held Nov. 30-Dec. 3 in Rochester. 

Additionally, musicians Olivia Bozuhoski, Lauren Schaefer and Brady Wells were named as All-State alternates.

The Riverhead Central School District extends its congratulations to the student performers. 

Connecting Without Technology

Connecting Without Technology photo
To help high school students understand the importance of experiencing the world around them without a smartphone in hand, Riverhead High School Principal Dr. Charles Regan spent time talking to students about their cellphone use. 

Through the week of Sept. 18, Dr. Regan visited all social studies classes and encouraged students to not only think about their relationship with their cellphones, but he also encouraged them to try to spend less time without them in their hands. 

In driving his message home, Dr. Regan showed the students a TED talk titled, “Why Our Screens Make Us Less Happy.”  The short video featured psychologist Adam Alter.