On their way up: Riverhead Schools Assess Rise at Superintendent’s Conference Day

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The Riverhead Central School District officially kicked off the 2019-20 school year with a motivating Superintendent’s Conference Day on Sept. 3, attended by board of education members, administrators, teachers and support staff. 

The daylong conference began with a districtwide assembly featuring several speakers, including Superintendent of Schools Dr. Aurelia Henriquez, Deputy Superintendent Sam Schneider, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Christine Tona and Board President Gregory Meyer. 

Schneider, Tona and Meyer each expressed their gratitude to the dedicated employees of the district. 

“This was a rough past year,” said Meyer, “but that doesn’t take away anything you have done for our students. We are here for them, we are family, we are Riverhead.”  

Dr. Henriquez spoke about the important strides that the district has made in educating the “whole child.” Looking ahead, she discussed the path that Riverhead must continue on to move forward and achieve greater heights, including the need for making more human connections.  

“Without a whole student approach, we will never reach our kids,” she said, challenging all district employees to “take this year to listen to students.” She also addressed the recently released New York State assessment scores.

“Riverhead is rising to the top,” she said, pointing out that the district’s scores could not be equitably compared to other districts “that lack the rich diversity of Riverhead schools.” 

In addition to Dr. Henriquez’s inspiring presentation, the district honored 13 staff members for providing 25 years of service to the Riverhead schools, seven members for 30 years, three members for 35 years and one member for 50 years. In addition, 80 new staff members were recognized. 

The conference culminated with employee recognitions, as Riverhead High School science teacher Lawrence Mandresh was named Secondary Teacher of the Year; Tracy Martin and Tammi Michaelson were named Elementary School Teachers of the Year; and Angie Carron, Tammy Furio and Edwin George were named Staff Members of the Year.