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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

Reading Challenge is Easy as Pie

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Elementary students at Roanoke Avenue Elementary School in the Riverhead Central School District were rewarded with a chance to throw pies in their principal’s face after triumphantly meeting a challenge to read for 100,000 minutes during their school’s annual Reading Week. 

The students not only conquered the challenge, but went above the goal set by their principal by reading 141,000 minutes in total, the most minutes over a Reading Week goal logged to date.  

During a celebratory assembly on March 9, Principal Thomas Payton praised the students and then readied himself as representatives from each grade took turns coating his face in pie, to the cheers of fellow classmates.  

This is not the first time that students at Roanoke have risen to a reading challenge set by Payton. In the past, students have won the chance to pour ice and slime on their principal, duct tape him to a wall and shave his head with the word “read” tagged into it.

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