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Autumn Riley PhotoRiley Avenue Elementary School


374 Riley Avenue
Calverton, NY 11933
Telephone: 631.369.6804



Principal: David Enos Assistant Principal: Jeanne Grim

Riley Avenue is one of four K-4 elementary schools in the district. It is located on Riley Avenue in the community of Calverton. It's a short one mile hike from the L.I. Sound. The Riley Avenue School is the most rural of the Riverhead schools, but no longer surrounded by fields. It's student population has grown to almost 600 students.

Riley has a full day kindergarten program, a self-contained special education class and a resource room.

"As always, please feel free to contact us with any ideas that you have that will further the education of our students. It is a pleasure to be your school administrators" - Riley Principal David Enos.

Riley Avenue Student Council worked for Unity during Unity Week.

Current News

‘I Have a Dream’ Lesson

‘I Have a Dream’ Lesson photo
In recognition of the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., Riley Avenue Elementary School kindergartners in Joanne Hess’ class and first-graders in Brenda Simonetta’s class learned about Dr. King’s famous dream speech and discussed kindness and equality. 

The lesson culminated with the first-graders reading a story about Dr. King to the kindergartners with whom they were partnered. All of the students then colored a printout of the book.  

Top 10 Yearbook Finalists Named

Top 10 Yearbook Finalists Named photo
Ten fourth-graders have been named finalists in Riley Avenue Elementary School’s annual yearbook cover contest. 

As part of the contest, overseen by student council adviser and art teacher Melissa Haupt, all fourth-graders were asked to sketch designs for the cover of the 2018 yearbook. Submissions were narrowed down to 10, and now all fourth-graders have the opportunity to vote for their favorite cover.  The school’s PTA will select the final design from a pool of three finalists. 

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

Riley Avenue Students Break Out

Riley Avenue Students Break Out photo

Third-graders at Riley Avenue Elementary School are honing their science, technology, engineering and math skills through a STEM pilot program that involves the use of Breakout Boxes.

As part of the PTA-sponsored program, the students in Beth Menis’ class have been working in teams to gain access to their lockboxes by solving a series of problems. Each box comes equipped with five different locks. To obtain the codes to them, the third-graders must think critically and employ collaboration, creativity and communication. All of the problems are based on units of study covered in class. 

“At times, the students have been able to break the codes faster than the adults in the room,” said Menis. “But whether their group comes in first or last, they are loving the learning experience.”

We are Leaders!

We are Leaders photo
Students in Riley Avenue Elementary School are learning to be confident leaders as part of a new, yearlong pilot program.    

Spearheaded by second-grade teacher Lauren McDonald, one class in each grade level is participating in comprehensive leadership activities and challenges that are woven into the curriculum. The goal of the program is to teach students skills including responsibility, accountability, problem-solving, adaptability, communication and teamwork.

Among the leadership activities, students set, track and celebrate personal goals using a leadership notebook; create classroom mission statements and take on leadership roles within their own classrooms. Students serve as line leaders, greeters and coat checkers with each position requiring an “application” to be filled out. The activities are based on Stephen Covey’s books “The Leader in Me” and “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” and Sean Covey’s “The 7 Habits of Happy Kids.”

“This program is transforming schools,” said Ms. McDonald. “Students are gaining skill sets that will develop them into tomorrow’s leaders.”

In addition to spearheading the classroom program, Ms. McDonald is leading a teacher read in which teachers are reading, discussing and researching the leadership texts in an effort to adapt and improve the program within the school.

Students Learn From Artist

Students Learn From Artist photo

Students at Riverhead High School and Riley Avenue and Aquebogue elementary schools recently learned about various art techniques from visiting artist and author Joyce Raimondo.

During the sessions, Ms. Raimondo led age-appropriate discussions about expressionism in art and an analysis of several pieces. Students explored the differences between the more obvious facial expressions/body language evident in objective artwork and expressive abstract artwork.  

The discussions culminated with a hands-on piece in which students worked on action-painting techniques used by abstract expressionist artist Jackson Pollock.

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