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RoanokeRoanoke Avenue Elementary School


549 Roanoke Avenue
Riverhead, NY 11901
Telephone: 631.369.6813

Thomas Payton

Principal: Thomas Payton

Roanoke Avenue Elementary School is a K-4 school with approximately 400 students.

Roanoke is once again "certified" as a KINDNESS school by the Great Kindness Challenge standards. Roanoke is also a recipient of the Suffolk Reading Council Honor School award.

The Roanoke Avenue School is especially proud that it has the distinction of having been chosen as a National Blue Ribbon School. Roanoke's building is a historical landmark.

Popular events include its Reading Week, its Great Kindness Challenge and innovative reading and writing programs, such as "Poetry Jams," a program whereby students write and recite original poetry. This is just one of the many creative end-of-unit Writers Workshop celebrations that reflects the school's partnership with Columbia Teachers College.

Art, library, computer lab, music and PE are not separate entities, but are integral to Roanoke's students' overall learning experience.

Current News

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.”

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. 

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.

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

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