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AES photoAquebogue Elementary School


PO Box 1200 - 499 Main Road
Aquebogue, NY 11931
Telephone: 631.369.6780
Fax: 631.369.0543

Aquebogue T.E.A.M. (Together Everyone Achieves More)

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Principal: Bryan Miltenberg
Assistant Principal: Gary Karlson



The Aquebogue School is one of four elementary (K-4) buildings in the Riverhead Central School District. It is a child-centered school that now serves approximately 517 students. While the original building is old (the cornerstone reads 1929), it has been well-maintained. Several recent updates include: a new wing and cafeteria, new roofing, new sidewalks, new parking and asphalt, new kitchen, new computers, refurbished library, new flooring, extensive refinishing and repainting.

A dedicated, experienced staff maintains high expectations for all students. A caring community represented by the Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO), the Site Based Management Team (SBMT), and numerous other volunteers play an active role in the success of our school. Our students perform well on a variety of formal and informal assessments, and our school has been regularly recognized as a Suffolk County Reading Council Honor School.

Teachers work diligently to carefully blend the best practices of teacher-directed and student-centered instruction in their classrooms. Reading specialists coordinate the reading program and our remedial reading services. Preschool, special education and resource room, and ESL classes are also available. Our nurse, speech therapist, part-time psychologist, social worker, and occupational and physical therapists provide additional support for our students.


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Learning From Local Veterans

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Third graders at Roanoke Avenue Elementary School in the Riverhead Central School District learned about the service and sacrifices of American heroes during a visit from local veterans on Nov. 8. 

The visit was for the school’s annual “Salute to Heroes” event, during which local veterans with ties to the school share their military experiences with students and answer their questions. This year’s visitors were Barry Gilmore, father-in-law of third grade teacher Gary Karlson, who served as a specialist 4 during the Vietnam War; Riverhead High School security guard Fred Ligon, an Air Force reservist who served in Afghanistan; and Roanoke Avenue crossing guard Brian Mooney, a 20-year veteran who served as an Army sergeant first class during the Vietnam War, served in Germany, Korea and Eastern Europe during the Cold War era, and served in the National Guard.  

Gilmore also stopped by Aquebogue Elementary School where students heard firsthand about teamwork, commitment and a sense of mission that defines military service. 

Creepy Carrots

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As part of an interdisciplinary lesson, Riverhead’s Aquebogue Elementary School first graders participated in a STEM design challenge connected to the book “Creepy Carrots” by Aaron Reynolds and Peter Brown. 

Through the book, students learned about character point of view and motivation. They applied these lessons in constructing a Popsicle stick fence to protect the main character, Jasper Rabbit, from some “creepy carrots.” The students worked in groups to gather information, plan, engineer and solve a problem for the main character. 

“It was wonderful to see the students participate in this engineering activity,” said Principal Bryan Miltenberg. “It asked them not to just build something, but to empathize and think from the point of view of the character in the story in order to make their creation successful.” 

Leo Brings Smiles to Riverhead Students

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Smiles abounded at Aquebogue Elementary School as students were introduced to Leo the therapy dog on Oct. 21.  

The students in Joann DeGruccio’s, Lindsey Johnston’s, Susan Leyhane’s and Corinne Seagriff’s classes each took turns practicing their speaking skills by talking to Leo and speaking about dogs in general.

“There have been a lot of smiles this year at Aquebogue Elementary School, but none bigger than when Leo spent time with the children,” said Assistant Principal Gary Karlson.  

Leo will be visiting the school every month during the school year.  

Investigating the Earth

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Paula Almonte’s fourth graders at Aquebogue Elementary School in the Riverhead Central School District have been busy investigating the structure of the earth as part of a science unit. 

During their study, the students built authentic models of the planet using various molding materials. The reconstruction project came after they had read and watched videos about the earth and participated in student-led discussions.

“The students were very excited and thoroughly engaged in this project,” said Assistant Principal Gary Karlson. “The tactile nature of the lesson helped them develop a deep and lasting understanding of the structure of the earth.”   

‘Kinder-garden’ Planted at Aquebogue

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Kindergartners at Riverhead’s Aquebogue Elementary School recently transformed their school’s courtyard into an outdoor learning space.

The fall project was spearheaded by the school’s kindergarten teachers, who noticed the courtyard’s planting beds had become overgrown with weeds from the previous spring, when the beds were last used by students to plant and harvest vegetables. Getting right to work, the teachers put out a call for donations and received an abundance of colorful mums, straw bales and scarecrows. 

With the donations, the students began weeding and planting while chanting, “I’m a farmer.”

Throughout the season, all students will enjoy the space as they work on their reading, math and writing skills among the fall colors. 

In the winter, there are plans to use the beds to plant winter greens, including kale, spinach and snap peas. 
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