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Varsity Teams Earn Distinguished Award

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The New York State Public High School Athletic Association has recognized more than 75 percent of Riverhead High School’s varsity teams with Scholar-Athlete Team awards.

To earn this distinction, each team met the criteria of holding a GPA above 90 percent during the spring season.  

The Riverhead Central School District extends its congratulations to these athletic teams.

Free Summer Meal Program - 2018

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A Year in Education

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The 2017-2018 school year was abundant in student accomplishments, creative lessons and athletic achievements. This short video highlights a few of these moments. #ThisIsRiverhead

Riverhead Board of Education Members Sworn In, President and Vice President Elected

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During the Riverhead Central School District Board of Education’s annual reorganization meeting on July 2, newly elected board members Elizabeth Silva and Brian Connelly were sworn in, as was re-elected board member Susan Koukounas. 

The board also elected Susan Koukounas to serve as board president and Christopher Dorr to serve as vice president during the meeting.  
 

Riverhead Class of 2018 Graduates

Riverhead Class of 2018 Graduates photo

As proud parents, friends, teachers and administrators looked on, the members of the Riverhead Central School District Class of 2018 received their diplomas during the district’s commencement exercises on June 23.

In addition to a flag salute led by the NJROTC, student-musicians sang the national anthem and “Remember Me” by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. 

The accomplishments of the members of the Class of 2018 were celebrated by a number of speeches. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Aurelia Henriquez encouraged the students to apply their passions for the betterment of society. 

“Be lifelong leaders,” she said. “The road ahead is yours to define.” 

In his commencement address, Principal Charles Regan said, “As you go through life and take up causes, take that next step and make a difference.”

Both valedictorian Juliette Lehman and salutatorian Olivia Dickerson shared memories from their years in the Riverhead Central School District and wished their classmates the best going forward.

“The years ahead will change us, but always be resilient,” Juliette offered. 

“Be excited,” Olivia said. “There are endless opportunities in front of us.”

Also featured was class president Madison Cohen, who spoke about the history of the Class of 2018, and Kimberlyn Ligon, student government body president.

The graduates then approached the stage one by one to receive their diplomas and become alumni of the Riverhead Central School District. The district offers the Class of 2018 best wishes and much success in years to come.

 

Riverhead Approves Intermunicipal Agreements

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To bolster fiscal stability and create savings for all taxpayers, the Riverhead Central School District has entered into several intermunicipal agreements for shared services with neighboring and overlapping taxing districts.

The agreements, approved by the board of education on June 19, include permitting the Riverhead and Manorville fire districts, the Flanders-Northampton Volunteer Ambulance Corps, the Little Flower Union Free School District and the Mattituck-Cutchogue Union Free School District to utilize the Riverhead Central School District’s fueling pumps at its Transportation Center.   

The agreements enable the taxing districts to access fuel purchased by the Riverhead CSD at state contract prices, which are considerably lower than commercial gas stations. The RCSD will charge an administrative fee of seven cents per gallon to cover its costs. The districts will be able to pass the savings onto its taxpayers, many of whom are also taxpayers in the Riverhead Central School District.

A second agreement will allow the Riverhead Central School District to act as a service and repair shop for the Mattituck-Cutchogue Union Free School District’s bus fleet.  The Riverhead CSD will charge Mattituck for labor and parts. 

“These shared service agreements are a win/win,” said Riverhead CSD Board President Gregory M. Meyer. “They not only establish Riverhead as a regional leader but they will also provide competitive prices to area municipalities and bring in revenue to the Riverhead School District.” 

The Riverhead Central School District will continue to explore additional shared services in an effort to promote cooperation and tax savings for its residents.

Student Engineers Recognized by Riverhead BOE

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Two Riverhead High School groups that out-engineered teams from across Long Island at the Next Generation STEAM Competition were recognized by the Riverhead Central School District Board of Education on June 19.

During the regular board meeting, the team members presented their winning projects to the audience before being presented with certificates of recognition. 

The first team, made up of students Erick Behr, Kyler Driscoll, Brandon Esobar, Alae Mohammad and Yash Patel, earned first place in the robotics category at the competition for designing and constructing a robot to complete tasks based on a theme of space exploration using a robotics kit called SnappyXO.  

The second team, comprised of students Julia Babicz, Ailie Kinnier, Abigail Morreale and Lesli Maldonado Velasquez, garnered the second-place trophy in the makerspace category. The team was tasked with designing a project that addresses a problem related to space exploration using everyday recycled materials. 

Superintendent's E-Newsletter - June 2018

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Riverhead High School Hit Recycling Goal

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Each day, students in the Riverhead High School’s Basic Skills Development program do their part to ensure that the high school is recycling on a regular basis. They work to collect recycling bins throughout the school and sort the items deposited in them. Their hard work has paid off — this year, they beat a recycling goal of 30,000 by recycling 30,550 units of recyclables and 170 used printer cartridges. 

In hitting the goal, the seven-year-old program has now collected a total of 119,680 units of recyclables. All of the recycled items are collected by a carting company with the exception of bottles and cans, which the students redeem at the recycling machines at Stop and Shop. The money garnered is used to purchase educational apps for the students’ iPads, donations to school programs and flowers and plants for the school’s grounds. 

Looking forward, the recycling program’s coordinators, teachers Danielle Burdo and Timothy Page, would like to expand the program by offering recycling in the district’s office with a goal of eventually coordinating a districtwide program.  
 

Riverhead Names Tenured Educators; Bids Farewell to Retirees

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At its June 19 meeting, the Riverhead Central School District Board of Education bid farewell to 22 retiring employees and congratulated 15 educators on receiving tenure.

School Board President Gregory Meyer stood to speak highly of the retirees and recognized their accomplishments before presenting them with an honorary plaque. The honorees recognized include Ann Anthony-Smith, Judith Arnone, Elva Beyer, Jacqueline Case, Elizabeth Chappell, Emily Chizever, Sharon D’Amico, Rosaleen D’Orsogna, Wayne Ehlers, Mary Fioto, Dorothy Fraser, Susan Herzog, Lonnie Hughes, Gail Jurgens, Elizabeth Macksel, Deborah Masterson, Judith Mones, Lydia Perret, Domenick Sacca, Dawn Schneider, Anna Weston and Gail Yeager. 

Congratulations were also in abundance as the board of education members officially offered tenure to 15 educators and presented each a certificate of achievement. Teachers earning tenure include Souzanna Anderson, Erika Bauernfeind, Alyssa Bergstrand, Stephanie Bonfe, Samuel Feliciano, Janna Florio, Georgia Gabrielsen, Stephanie Kaimis, Samantha Mallahy, Nicole Martinez, Victoria Muller, Evan Philcox, Emilee Raynor, Donna Ruddy and Christopher Tucker.

Hands-On Library Challenges

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Students in Riverhead Central School District’s Riley Avenue Elementary School culminated their library learning this year with several hands-on challenge activities during the last week of school. As part of the lesson, led by librarian Amelia Estevez Creedon, students worked together to solve a variety of problems, decode words, create designs, build structures and code robots.

A Grand Old Celebration

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Second-graders at Riley Avenue Elementary School in the Riverhead Central School District celebrated Flag Day on June 14. As part of the observance, the students sang patriotic songs and recited facts about the American flag to an audience of parents and friends. Prior to the event, the students created colorful pieces of artwork related to the flag.

 

 

 

Night of Strings

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The Riverhead Central School District held its seventh annual Night of Strings concert on June 5, featuring 435 student-musicians, from beginner level to advanced, in grades 5-12. For the finale, all performers came together to play an arrangement of Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling.” Lauren Lewonka, the district’s director of fine arts, said the evening was an “amazing display of the progression our students make through this phenomenal strings program” and commended the performers and their teachers on this accomplishment.

Students Lauded for Excellence

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More than 80 Riverhead Middle School students in grades seven and eight were recognized in a recent ceremony as Students of the Month for their academic achievement during the month of May. The Riverhead Central School District extends its congratulations to these students.  

Seniors Earn Thousands in Scholarships

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More than 85 community and memorial academic scholarships were presented to members of the Riverhead High School Class of 2018 during an annual Scholarship Night, held at the high school on May 31. In total, more than $808,550 in scholarships was awarded. “We are very grateful to the community for supporting our students in pursuing their dreams at institutions of higher learning,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Aurelia Henriquez. For a full list of scholarship winners, click here.

 

Upstanders Spread Message of Kindness

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Members of the Riverhead High School Upstanders Club spread laughter, smiles and messages of kindness to Riverhead Middle School students on June 7 as part of a peer educator program.

Throughout the day, the Upstanders facilitated relationship-building games and activities with middle school students during home and career classes. All of the activities included messages of acceptance, tolerance and kindness. 

Prior to visiting with the middle schoolers, the Upstanders received peer educator training from John Martin, senior health educator with the Suffolk County Department of Health. 

“I am so proud of the Upstanders,” said club adviser Elizabeth Morse. “They have come so far this year.”  

 

Riley Avenue Raises $6,346 with Jump Rope for Heart

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Students at Riley Avenue Elementary School improved their heart health as part of a student council fundraiser for the American Heart Association.

Participating in the AHA’s Jump Rope for Heart program, students in all grade levels raised $6,346 in sponsorships to participate in a variety of jumping activities during their gym periods on June 5. 

Leading up to the event, the students learned about heart health and ways they can make a difference in the lives of those with heart conditions. 

Pulaski Students Say No to Drugs

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Students at Pulaski Street Elementary School in the Riverhead Central School District culminated a yearlong Riverhead Community Awareness Program anti-drug initiative with a spirited “Say No to Drugs” rally and luncheon on June 1.

The students – wearing “Drug Free Body” shirts – were originally set to march through the streets of Riverhead carrying signs they had inscribed with anti-drug messages, but rainy weather moved the event indoors. With the signs on display, the assembly featured speakers, including State Sen. Kenneth LaValle, who delivered anti-drug messages to an audience of students, staff and administrators. The keynote address was given by Sgt. Sean Cassidy of the New York National Guard Counterdrug Task Force, who has volunteered for CAP’s Pulaski Street Prevention Education Program for the past several years.

Along with the motivational speeches, fifth-grader Owen Karlson was announced as the winner of an anti-drug essay contest sponsored by CAP. He was one of 400 students to submit an entry. 

The event, which is a 33-year tradition, ended with a luncheon provided by the Riverhead Loyal Order of Moose Lodge. 

 

New Physical Forms

NYS has released a new 2-page physical form that will become the Riverhead District physical form on July 1st, 2018. Please have your family medical providers complete this new NYS school physical form when updating your children’s physicals. In addition, NYS is also changing the grades for mandated physicals to New Entrants, K, 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th, and 11th grades. Contact your school nurse for further information.

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Self-Care Training for Educators and Students

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Riverhead High School educators and students recently participated in self-care workshops led by national presenter Michelle Mitchell of Pure Edge Inc.  During the interactive sessions, participants learned how stress affects their bodies and nervous systems and were taught strategies to help combat stress to support academic learning. Pictured are students learning mindfulness techniques during one of Mitchell’s workshops. 

Academic Awards Presented

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The academic achievements of Riverhead High School students were celebrated at an annual awards ceremony on May 24 at the high school. 

During the ceremony, 21 students were presented with an outstanding achievement award, the top 15 students of the Class of 2018 and the student government representatives were recognized, and each department presented a variety of individual awards. 

Additionally, five students were recognized with the New York State Attorney General’s Triple “C” Award, and another five were granted the New York State Comptroller’s Student Achievement Award. 

The Riverhead School District extends its congratulations to all of the students who earned academic awards. 

For a full list of awardees, click here.

2018 Riverhead High School yearbook unveiled

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To the excitement of seniors, the Riverhead High School Class of 2018 yearbook was distributed on May 31. The 200-page compilation was the result of hours of work by a 22-member yearbook class, taught by Alyssa Bergstrand.

The process to release the full-color publication started on the first day of school, with students working continuously to select designs and images, write captions, proofread content and take more than 7,000 photos.  

The theme of this year’s book, “Get Out There,” encourages students to explore everything the world has to offer while remembering where they came from, explained Bergstrand. The yearbook also includes a special new addition: a two-page photo spread based on the school district’s new social media campaign, #ThisIsRiverhead. The spread features some of the seniors’ favorite moments from the school year. 

Student Engineers are No. 1

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Two Riverhead High School groups out-engineered teams from across Long Island at the Next Generation STEAM competition, hosted by the Cradle of Aviation Museum on May 23.

One team, made up of students Erick Behr, Kyler Driscoll, Brandon Esobar, Alae Mohammad and Yash Patel, earned first place in the robotics category. Leading up to the competition, the team, advised by teacher Luke Ferland, designed and constructed a robot to complete tasks based on a theme of space exploration using a robotics kit called SnappyXO.  

“The students had to quickly become proficient in a robotics platform that they were previously unfamiliar with which added to the excitement and scholastic value of the competition,” said Ferland. “I couldn’t be more proud of the Riverhead Robotics students continued efforts and success.” 

The other team, comprised of students Julia Babicz, Ailie Kinnier, Abigail Morreale and Lesli Maldonado Velasquez, garnered the second-place trophy in the makerspace category. The team, advised by Brian Cunningham, was tasked with designing a project that addresses a problem related to space exploration using everyday recycled materials.   
 

Honorable Mention at BNL Science Fair

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Nevaeh Laird, a sixth-grader at Pulaski Street Elementary School, earned an honorable mention in Brookhaven National Laboratory’s annual Elementary School Science Fair on May 5. The Riverhead Central School District student previously won first place in her school’s science fair for her project that tests the effect pressure has on student grades. The district commends Nevaeh on this notable achievement.  

Casual for a Cause

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The Riverhead Central School District donated $2,020 to Long Island Cares following a “dress down day” fundraiser. To raise the funds, teachers, administrators and staff throughout the district each donated $5 to wear Hawaiian shirts and floral patterns to school on May 23. Students also showed their support by dressing in colorful outfits. “Riverhead is truly amazing,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Aurelia Henriquez. “There is always an outpouring of support for students and for those in need.”

Riverhead Athletes Sign with Colleges

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Wearing college apparel, nine Riverhead High School athletes signed letters of intent during an informal ceremony at Riverhead High School on May 18.

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

Rachel Bornstein
Sport: Lacrosse
College: University of Findlay
Darnell J. Chandler
Sport: Baseball
College: St. Thomas Aquinas College
Connor Grauer
Sport: Lacrosse
College: Limestone College
Matthew Greaves
Sport: Lacrosse
College: NYIT
Dalton Lucas
Sport: Lacrosse
College: Stony Brook University
Thomas Powers
Sport: Football
College: LIU Post
Shannon Schmidt
Sport: Lacrosse
College: LIU Post
Scott Thompson
Sport: Baseball
College: Adelphi University
Luke Zuhoski
Sport: Lacrosse
College: University of Tampa

 

Performing for a Cause

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Members of the Riverhead Middle School Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Annette Brewer, performed during the recent Memorial Day service and fundraiser at the Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead. The event yielded $3,500 in donations for the Boots on the Ground organization. 
 

Top Students Lauded

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More than 90 Riverhead Middle School students in grades seven and eight were recognized as Students of the Month for their academic achievement during the months of March and April during a recent ceremony. The Riverhead Central School District extends its congratulations to these students.   

To see a full list of the students honored, click here.

A Disney Performance

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Riverhead High School musicians recently performed in front of international audiences at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. As part of the Disney Performing Arts program, members of the high school wind ensemble, chamber choir, chamber orchestra and jazz ensemble made memories as they experienced the excitement and pride of a Disney tradition. 

Riverhead Students Nominated for Teeny Awards

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Riverhead High School’s talented thespians have been recognized with Teeny Award nominations by East End Arts for two productions, “The Little Mermaid” and “Rent.” The nominations came after a judging process that included 16 East End high schools.

Among the nominations for “The Little Mermaid” are Isaac Kulp in the role of Sebastian and Ethan Lucas as Prince Eric for Best Lead Actor; John Yaiullo for Outstanding Performer in a Play or Musical as King Triton; Jason Rios for Outstanding Playbill and Poster Design; Evelyn Kennedy for Technical Recognition; and Lily Kutner, Jessica Murgolo and Sofia Sabalja-Reid for Outstanding Choreography. 

For “Rent,” Meghan Schlicting was recognized with a nomination for Best Supporting Female in her role as Maureen, while Sabalja-Reid was nominated for Outstanding Performer in a Play or Musical in the role of Dance Captain.  

The 16th annual Teeny Awards ceremony, complete with a red carpet, will take place on June 3 at Longwood High School. 

The Riverhead Central School District extends its congratulations to all the nominees. 
 

Parent University Teaches ‘Pathways to Success’

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As part of its Parent University series, the Riverhead Central School District hosted an informative “Pathways to Success” night on May 29 at Riverhead High School.  

During the event, families obtained tips, guidance and key ideas to form a plan for student success. The evening included informative sessions on high school course offerings, career exploration options, counseling and support available to students, and a special presentation for families and students in grades six and up. It also featured a community book giveaway from the Riverhead High School Parent Teacher Student Organization and Riverhead Central Faculty Association, as well as activities for students in grades K-5 in the areas of STEM, music and the arts, and world languages.    

The Parent University series aims to connect parents with school and community resources and provide them with helpful information for their children’s academic journey. 
 

‘The Little Mermaid’ is a Hit

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The Riverhead High School Blue Masques drama club, under the direction of advisers Dena Tishim and Chelsea Chizever, recently put on an amazing performance of “The Little Mermaid.” The students worked for several months to perfect their production, which was well-received by audiences and included a full cast, crew and pit orchestra. 

Students Pen Winning Essays

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Riley Avenue Elementary School students earned prizes for essays they penned for the Riverhead Elks Club annual Essay contest. The young authors will receive prizes for their essays, “What the American flag means to me,” at a ceremony on June 9. Pictured, from left, are winners Joseph Hampson, first place; Anna Skopyk third place; and Cadence Gellner, fourth place. Not pictured is second-place winner Dylan Mashmann.

Simulation Teaches the Dangers of Drunken Driving

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Riverhead High School students better understood the dangers of drinking and driving under the influence when Drunk Buggies, a Suffolk County Sheriff’s program, was presented at the school.  

Through the hands-on program, students attempted to navigate a drivable “buggy” through an obstacle course while wearing goggles that simulated intoxication. They also tried to walk through the course wearing the goggles.

The program was led by Deputy Sheriff Thomas Indence, who also spoke to the students about good decision-making and the risks associated with alcohol. 

Athletes Commit to College Sports

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As a sign of their commitment to continuing their athletic pursuits after graduation, 18 Riverhead seniors wore apparel to show off their college of choice on May 23.

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

Melissa Blackmore
Sport: Cheerleading
College: West Georgia Unversity
Rachel Bornstein
Sport: Lacrosse
College: University of Findlay
Chelsea Cawley
Sport: Cheerleading
College: Suffolk Community College
Darnell Chandler
Sport: Baseball
College: St. Thomas Aquinas College
Daniel Concannon
Sport: Lacrosse
College: DeSales University
Vincent Gattuso
Sport: Soccer
College: Nichols College
Connor Grauer
Sport: Lacrosse
College: Limestone College
Matthew Greaves
Sport: Lacrosse
College: New York Institute of Technology
Kimberlyn Brown Ligon
Sport: Basketball
College: Brandeis University
Dalton Lucas
Sport: Lacrosse
College: Stony Brook University
Nicholas Mammina
Sport: Track
College: Rochester Institute of Technology
Allyson O’Kula
Sport: Softball
College: Emmanuel College
Thomas Powers
Sport: Football
College: LIU Post
Shannon Schmidt
Sport: Lacrosse
College: LIU Post
Joseph Stimpfel
Sport: Football
College: Castleton University
Scott Thompson
Sport: Baseball
College: Adelphi University
Paul Tocci
Sport: Lacrosse
College: SUNY Morrisville
Luke Zuhoski
Sport: Lacrosse
College: University of Tampa

 

Athletics for All track Meet Held

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A little rain didn’t put a damper on Riverhead High School’s annual Athletics for All track meet on May 17. 

During the successful event, held in the gym, 130 athletes from 10 schools competed in a number of track events, including the high jump, hurdle run, shot put and sprint. Following the meet, the athletes enjoyed music, dancing and snacks. 

Assisting the athletes during the meet were 40 Riverhead High School NJROTC cadets.  
 

‘Little Red Hen’ performance

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Kindergartners at Aquebogue Elementary School entertained an audience of family and friends with a musical performance of “The Little Red Hen” on May 15. Through song and shared reading, the cross-curricular show incorporated topics in science, social studies, literacy and community service. 

Art In Action

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The creative talents of Riverhead Central School District students awed community members and parents on May 11 as the district held its annual Art-in-Action exhibit at the high school.  

Along with colorful art pieces from students in grades K-12, the districtwide event also featured “make-and-take” craft tables for young guests, as well as screenings of impressive films made by students. 

“The diverse collection of work by our young artists celebrates multiple perspectives and interpretations of the world around us,” said Lauren Lewonka, the district’s director of fine arts.  
 

Student Awarded for Anti-Cyberbullying Poster

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Carlos Velasquez Rivera, a sixth-grader at Pulaski Street Elementary School in the Riverhead Central School District, has been selected as a winner in the Suffolk County Anti-Cyberbullying Campaign poster contest. 

Rivera earned this distinction after designing a colorful poster in class with the slogan, “Stop hating, start loving.”

The sixth-grader, who says he enjoys drawing, especially landscapes, will be honored with the other contest winners at a ceremony held at the Suffolk County Legislature Office in Smithtown on May 22. His entry will also be displayed in the Suffolk County Executive’s Office.  

Teddy Bear Clinic at Aquebogue

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Wearing surgical masks, gloves and caps, kindergartners at Aquebogue Elementary School in the Riverhead Central School District pretended to diagnose their teddy bear patients during a teddy bear clinic on May 10. 

While students tended to their patients, volunteers from Stony Brook Children’s Hospital spoke to them about the importance of being responsible and taking care of themselves. Students also took part in a discussion on car and bicycle safety.
 

Girl Power!

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Eight Riverhead High School students participated in an empowering and motivational Girls Power Tech Day, held at Miller Place High School on May 3. 

During the inaugural event, sponsored by Eastern Suffolk BOCES – Suffolk Regional Information Center, Cisco Systems and Million Women Mentors, the students were inspired to pursue careers in information and communications technology through hands-on activities and engagement with industry professionals.  

Students heard from several presenters, who spoke about the various obstacles they had overcome. Among them were Dr. Heather Findletar Hines, an assistant clinical professor; Anne Nubile, a network and systems technician; and Aura Gomez-Tagle, an engineering management major at Stony Brook University. 

Via live broadcast, participants also communicated with students from across the country as well as USA Paralympian Katie Holloway, who shared a message about overcoming adversity and the road to resiliency. 

The workshop culminated with a circuit building competition in which students worked in groups to construct an electrical device. 
 

Students Gain Life Skills From Peers

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Fifth-graders at Pulaski Street Elementary School in the Riverhead Central School District recently learned some valuable tips and skills for leading a drug-free life.

The lesson came through a communication workshop held on April 20 by the Riverhead Community Awareness Program. The workshop was one of several Life Skills presentations offered to fifth- and sixth-graders throughout the year by CAP, a cumulative substance abuse prevention program now in its 36th year. 

During the session, trained CAP volunteers and eighth-grade peer leaders taught the elementary schoolers a variety of communication tactics to say no to drugs and alcohol, which the students were encouraged to practice through role-playing. 

“This workshop gives students the opportunity to hone their communication skills,” said Karen Keller, clinical supervisor and middle school social worker for CAP. “More importantly, it teaches them that there are many ways to say no.”

Prior to this session, the fifth-graders attended workshops that focused on healthy decision-making. All of the workshops will culminate with the 33rd annual Say No to Drugs March at Pulaski on June 1.

Successful Job Fair Held

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In conjunction with the Riverhead Chamber of Commerce, Riverhead High School held a job fair on April 26 where students could meet with managers from a variety of local businesses and apply for jobs. 

“This was a great opportunity to bring members of our community together with students,” said Chamber of Commerce President Bob Kern. “The business professionals were very impressed by the students and the number of applications they received. A number of students were hired on the spot.”

Students also heard from Lisa Lindsay, Maryhaven Center for Hope job developer with transition services at Riverhead High School. She spoke about skills associated with obtaining a job, including making a good first impression, dressing appropriately and interviewing well.