About the Superintendent
Superintendent Dr. Aurelia L. Henriquez
Address: District Office
700 Osborn Ave.
Riverhead, NY 11901
Message from Superintendent of Schools
“Stand up straight and realize who you are, that you tower over your circumstances.” — Maya Angelou
As the late, great Maya Angelou said, “I want to do more than merely survive. I want to thrive.” In the spirit of developing an inner strength and a sense of perseverance, on April 18, the District held its first Superintendent’s Circle: Young Men on the Rise with students from Pulaski Street, the Middle School and the High School. Keynote speaker Suffolk County Sheriff Dr. Errol Toulon Jr. and several other speakers, leaders and mentors joined me in our efforts to demonstrate that every student in Riverhead has the ability to overcome adversity, no matter how difficult or impossible it may seem.
A pizza lunch was served while our speakers touched on a variety of topics that ranged from overcoming cancer, peer pressure, divorce, foster care, the difficulties of being raised by a single parent, barriers of language and poverty, being incarcerated, and witnessing death and violence, as well as alcohol and drug abuse, in the home. Students were offered insight into how to not merely survive, but, as Angelou said, how to thrive. They learned about the power of meditation and they met adults in their schools, in the district and in the community who they can turn to. It was an extraordinary day filled with hope.
I’ve said it many times and I genuinely believe that Riverhead is an incredible community with many people who are honestly committed to the students and their futures. Together, our students will rise! I’d like to personally thank all those who contributed to this positive event especially Mr. Gassar, Ms. Manitta our planning team and of course the speakers: Suffolk County Sheriff Dr. Errol Toulon Jr.; Luis Vazquez, President of the Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Marcial Gallimore, President and CEO of Transformative Educational Development Services; Riverhead High School graduate and Founder/CEO of ADK Antonio Diaz; and Riverhead Middle School Teachers/Coaches/Mentors Darren Dunn and Sal Loverde.
I’d also like to congratulate four high school performing groups that shined at the recent WorldStrides OnStage New York Heritage Festival in New York City. The 83 student-musicians earned accolades for their talents as they performed at the Riverside Church as part of the competition. The chamber orchestra procured a Gold Award and an Adjudicators Award; the jazz ensemble received a first-place Silver Award; the wind ensemble scored a first-place Concert Band Gold Award, an Adjudicators Award and an Outstanding Band group award; and the chamber choir merited a Silver Award. Individual students were also honored for their performances. Chamber orchestra member Sarah Anne Fried and singer Sarah Jordan garnered Maestro Awards, while choral member Lily Kutner was presented with an Ovation Award. The hard work and determination of these students and their respective teachers is beyond impressive. I look forward to seeing these groups perform again during our spring concert series.
In other arts news, the district’s annual Art-in-Action art exhibit will be held on Friday, May 17, at the high school. The districtwide event will feature the artwork of students in grades K-8.
And finally, I would like to invite all of our staff to participate in the Casual for a Cause event to benefit Long Island Cares on May 22, 2019.
2017-18 District Annual Update
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