Fun District Summer Highlights

July 18, 2022

The Riverhead Central School District has an exciting array of summer programs it is offering its students this year.

Music and Art Department

Throughout the summer, students across the district are participating in various music and art enrichment opportunities. 

Friends of the Blue Masques, an outside booster club that supports the Riverhead High School Blue Masques, is hosting a summer theater program. Current students and alumni will be participating throughout the summer which will culminate in a final performance. 

SCOPE is running a selection of art and music camps. Students signed up for instrumental music lessons and rehearsals or art classes, which are being taught by Riverhead Central School District art and music teachers. 

The Riverhead Faculty and Community Theater are hosting a summer music theater program, which will feature a performance of Annie Jr. during the month of September. All of the performers are under the age of 18.

Riverhead High School NJROTC

4 Riverhead NJROTC cadets are currently in Newport for the NJROTC Leadership Academy/Sail training.

Riverhead High School SBU HCARE Program

Riverhead High School students participated in the Stony Brook University Health Careers Academic Readiness and Excellence (HCARE) Program. The SBU HCARE Summer Program ran virtually again this year at no cost to Riverhead Students! This 5-day online summer program conveyed an awareness of healthcare professions through clinical faculty presentations, college student mentoring, resume building, mock interviewing, success for life skills, and more. HCARE is a recruitment initiative through the School of Health Professions’ Center for Community Engagement and Leadership Development of Stony Brook University. The HCARE Summer Institute is designed to provide high school students, in grades 9 through 12, with college and healthcare career readiness, including—but not limited to—interviewing skills, resume building, and college financing information. It is led by Erik Flynn, a clinical lecturer, who aims to inform and inspire high school students who may have healthcare career ambitions.

Pulaski Intermediate School Sleepaway Camps

Our social worker Maria Garcia Velasquez and social support team have once again partnered with Family Service League to send 51 Pulaski students/rising 7th graders to sleepaway camp over the summer. The camperships are located in Upstate New York and are anywhere from one to four weeks. The students are incredibly excited, and we are grateful for the opportunities provided to them thanks to Maria Garcia Velasquez and Family Service League.

Aquebogue Elementary School

For the third consecutive summer, Aquebogue students are taking their principals up for their “Read to Lead” invitation. Participants have the chance to serve as Principal/Assistant Principal for a day in the fall if they are selected following their participation in this reading initiative. Students are challenged to read for 1,000 minutes before September 1, 2022, keeping track of their minutes with a form found here in English and here in Spanish. When students return to school in the fall, they will bring this form with them, and a participant from each grade will be selected at random to take part in the grand prize of being Principal/Assistant Principal for a day.  

This program has not only encouraged life-long reading habits, but it has enriched connections between students, families, faculty and staff in powerful ways as well. Students are also partnering with the Riverhead Free Library and NYS Assemblywoman Jodi Giglio to celebrate their reading prowess during the summer months.

Phillips Avenue Elementary School

This summer, the Extended School Year (ESY) Special Education Program is being held at Phillips Avenue Elementary School. The program commenced on July 5, welcoming students in grades 19 from schools across the district, and is now in full swing. The teachers and staff are excited to get started on their newly created lessons, center activities, projects, and themes they have planned for the students during this six week summer program. The students work at their own pace, with multiple opportunities for individualized instruction, which will lead to academic and social gains over the summer. There is no better way to spend part of the summer than learning and having fun with friends!