About the Superintendent
Superintendent Dr. Aurelia L. Henriquez
Address: District Office
700 Osborn Ave.
Riverhead, NY 11901
Message from Superintendent of Schools
This past month was a whirlwind, but seeing the magnificent strides our talented and caring students have made so far this year reminds me that everything we do as administrators, teachers, staff and community members makes a tremendous difference.
The month started with our high school choir performing at Radio City Music Hall before a packed audience at the Christmas Spectacular. What an amazing opportunity for these talented students, thanks to Reverend Mary Cooper of the House of Praise in Riverhead! Rev. Cooper not only secured the spot for our young singers, but also provided them funding for the trip.
The month continued on a high note, with amazing holiday performances by the performing groups at each of our schools. Holiday spirit was in the air as students showcased what they have learned in just four months. Also taking the stage this month was a group of seven high school students who were invited to perform at the NYSSMA All-State Festival in Rochester. These musicians performed alongside students from across the state under the direction of world-renowned conductors.
The generosity of our district was also on full display this month. Our fall sports teams, for example, went above and beyond. They raised nearly $4,000 through a Make-A Wish fundraiser to make the dream of a 12-year-old diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia come true. He was able to go on a shopping spree at Best Buy and purchase new electronics and gadgets.
At Roanoke Avenue, Debra Spinelli’s second grade class collected a slew of toys as part of an annual toy drive. All of the toys were donated to families who have children currently in care at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital. The students promoted the fundraiser by making posters and asked for donations from family and friends.
Kindness was also abundant in the halls of the high school, as students were honored as “Waves of Kindness” recipients. Each recipient was presented with a certificate for completing a random act of kindness.
A group of Library Leaders at Pulaski Street spent an evening with local senior citizens at the library on Dec. 19. The fifth and sixth grade students brought many smiles as they made crafts with the seniors, as well as sang to them and interviewed them. It was precious!
Middle school students, meanwhile, used their sewing skills to spread cheer to all of our district’s kindergartners. As part of the project, they spent several weeks hand sewing fish that they presented to our youngest students after reading them “Rainbow Fish and the Big Blue Whale” by Marcus Pfister.
The month rounded out with a presentation of the district’s Young Men on the Rise program. Our students spent time meeting with a slate of role models. This is a program that is near and dear to my heart, as it gives our young men hope and a safe place to speak their minds.
I continue to be proud of the strides being made throughout the district and look forward to watching our students grow in the new year. I wish you all an enjoyable holiday season and a healthy and happy New Year!
2017-18 District Annual Update
Year in Review Infographic