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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

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

Principal: Phil Kent
Assistant Principal: Vanessa Williams




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.

Current News

Young scientists recognized by Brookhaven National Lab

Young scientists recognized by Brookhaven National Lab
Young scientists recognized by Brookhaven National Lab 2
Six Riverhead students were awarded honorable mention for their respective projects at Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Elementary Science Fair Competition on May 4. The Riverhead Central School District congratulates Aquebogue Elementary School kindergartner Ryan Shields, first grader Madelyn Rosso and second grader Christopher Brincat and Riley Avenue students Lucas Levesque, kindergarten; Cara D’Alsace, third grade; and Amelia Stoddard, fourth grade. 

Science Fair Winners Named

Science Fair Winners Named photo

Aquebogue Elementary School hosted its annual science fair on April 16. The event, coordinated by teachers James MacLeod and Holly Payton, featured 85 projects from students in grades K-4.

Students in each grade level were awarded ribbons for first, second and third place. First-place winners were also granted the opportunity to compete in Brookhaven National Laboratory’s annual Elementary Science Fair Competition on May 4. 

The Riverhead Central School District extends its congratulations to the following winners: 

1st place – Ryan Shields, “Earth Day Is Every Day”
2nd place – Connor MacLeod, “Lefty or Righty Retrievers”
3rd place – Abigail Hale, “Eggsperiment”

1st Grade
1st place – Madelyn Rosso, “Parachutes Speed”
2nd place – Julian Micheels, “Rusty Nails”
3rd place – Daniel Good, “How Do Seeds Grow Best?”

2nd Grade
1st place – Christopher Brincatt, “Magnet Strength”
2nd place – Jillian Noheil, “5 Second Rule”
3rd place – Adelaide Connelly, “Pennies vs. Liquids”

3rd Grade
1st place – Galen Kurek, “How to Keep Veggies Fresh”
2nd place – Madeline Schmidt, “The Beat of My Heart”
3rd place – Lincoln Witt, “Walking Water”

4th Grade
1st place – Summer Realander, “Aviary Appetites”
2nd place – Casey Hubbard, “Cup vs. Cup”
3rd place – Ava Seebeck, “Water pH”


Running Down a Dream

When second grade teacher Katy Pettit hits the starting line in the Boston Marathon on April 15, students at Aquebogue Elementary School will be cheering her on and tracking her time to win a prize. 

The students learned about the 26.2-mile race course during a schoolwide assembly on April 3. They each took a turn guessing what Pettit’s finish time will be, and they have the opportunity to win a variety of prizes donated by the school’s PTA and the charity for which Pettit is running. 

This is the first time that Pettit, who has been teaching in the Riverhead Central School District for 25 years, has secured a spot in the race, running for Team Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. She already has the New York City Marathon, along with several other marathons, under her belt, but always had a dream to run in the Boston Marathon. She has been running on and off since high school, where she ran track, but 10 years ago started running consistently with a friend. 

“We said we would always run marathons, and after my son suffered a critical brain injury, I took the leap and applied to the New York City Marathon to show him that you never give up,” she explained. 

Getting invited to run in the Boston Marathon, she added, is a long and difficult process. She applied several times but never came close to getting accepted until this year, when she interviewed with Team Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. She is proud that she is working to raise $8,500 for the charity, which, according to its website, provides medically supervised summer camp free of charge to children with illnesses and their families.

“I truly feel fortunate to have this opportunity to help many children attend camp as a result of my amazing support network,” she said. 



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