About the Superintendent
Superintendent Dr. Aurelia L. Henriquez
Address: District Office
700 Osborn Ave.
Riverhead, NY 11901
Message from Superintendent of Schools
“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” — Edward Everett Hale
College and Career Ready:
Seeking New Ways to Bolster Student Achievement
At home, I frequently talk to my young children about college. While my ten year old daughter has a solid plan, my son, who is 5 years old, tells me that when he grows up, he wants to be Iron Man or Superman. I’ve always believed that it is important to discuss goals – even long-term goals – with young children. During my conversations with the students of the Riverhead Central School District, I frequently hear, “I don’t know what I’m going to do after high school” or “I have to work after I graduate.” It is a personal goal for me to expose all students to all opportunities that are available to them.
With that, this year, our Director of Guidance, Charles Gassar, has arranged for a group of Riverhead High School students to participate in a College Campus Tour. The tour includes visits to Fordham University, Marist College, SUNY Albany, Siena College and SUNY New Paltz. Additionally, we are working closely to take another group of juniors and seniors to the National Hispanic College Fair at Molloy College, which will feature vocational options and a wealth of information about college opportunities.
Our commitment to the future is a district-wide belief. As a result, we are in the process of coordinating the first Annual Riverhead School District (Pre-K-12) College Awareness Day, on Nov. 16, 2018. We will also include vocational and military pathways. Faculty will wear college shirts from their alma maters. The purpose is to motivate students of all ages to begin to think and talk about their future.
The goal is to ensure that ALL of our students are college and career ready. I want the students of Riverhead to know that limitations only exist if you impose them upon yourself.
A Promise to Protect and Serve Our Riverhead Community
Constantly on the mind of school administrators is the safety and security of students, staff and visitors. This is no different for the Riverhead Central School District. It is an unfortunate reality, but we must remain focused on continually and consistently evaluating and working toward bolstering all of our schools’ security systems.
I am proud to report that we have made significant strides in this area.
Last year alone, with the assistance of Chief David Hegermiller and the Riverhead Town Police Department, Riverhead Town Board and Suffolk County Sherriff’s Office, we ensured that our staff were sufficiently trained in active shooter protocols through “Civilian Response to Active Shooter” training sessions. We held active shooter and lockdown and lockout drills with students and staff, with additional drills already scheduled throughout this school year. We continue to forge strong relationships with local policing agencies, including the Riverhead Town Police Department. Most recently, the Board Of Education appointed Riverhead Town Police Officer Byron Perez as our School Resource Officer (S.R.O.). A former Board of Education trustee and a Riverhead alumnus, Officer Perez has extensive knowledge of all of our schools. His ability to communicate with our students and community in two languages will be immensely helpful, as well. As a graduate of Riverhead High School, Officer Perez serves as a role model for our students and reminds them that they can, with determination, achieve their goals!
As an additional step, all school personnel are required to wear staff badges at all times while on school grounds, and visitors are supplied with visitor badges after presenting proper identification.
The district’s partnership with Suffolk County Sheriff Errol Toulon continues. Through the Sheriff’s Office, we will offer the Sandy Hook Promise programming at Pulaski Street School and the Middle School for the 2018-2019 school year, at no cost to the district. The premise of this program is to teach students and adults about the observable signs that are often present in someone who might hurt themselves or others, and to teach students how to take appropriate action to get help before the tragedy begins. As a district, we also aim for our students to practice social inclusivity. The Sandy Hook Promise will offer our students at Pulaski and the Middle School the “Start with Hello” program, which teaches students how to be inclusive and connected.
I am confident that our continued resolve will ensure the protection of all in the Riverhead Central School District and upholds the Sandy Hook Promise: “To do all we can to protect children from gun violence by encouraging and supporting solutions that create safer, healthier homes, schools and communities.”
Finally, to become further acquainted with staff, I am launching a Brown Bag Lunch Tour of all the district’s schools. As part of the tour, I will spend time in each school’s faculty rooms meeting and greeting all staff. The tour kicks off on Oct. 3 at Riverhead Middle School and continues on Oct. 17 with a visit to Pulaski Street Elementary School. Scheduled visits to the district’s other schools are to come!
As we move forward, we invite and urge all community members to always reach out with information and ideas. In Riverhead, we value all input that can assist in safeguarding our schools and bolstering the achievement of all students.
I thank you for your continued support.
2017-18 District Annual Update
Year in Review Infographic