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374 Riley Avenue
Calverton, NY 11933
Telephone: 631.369.6804
Grades: K-4

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Principal: David Enos Assistant Principal: Jeanne Grim
   
Director of Security: Terry Culhane
 

 

Riley Avenue is one of four K-4 elementary schools in the district. It is located on Riley Avenue in the community of Calverton. It's a short one mile hike from the L.I. Sound. The Riley Avenue School is the most rural of the Riverhead schools, but no longer surrounded by fields. It's student population has grown to almost 600 students.

Riley has a full day kindergarten program, a self-contained special education class and a resource room.

"As always, please feel free to contact us with any ideas that you have that will further the education of our students. It is a pleasure to be your school administrators" - Riley Principal David Enos.


Riley Avenue Student Council worked for Unity during Unity Week.


Current News

Young Scientists in Action

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As part of a science unit on geology, fourth graders at Riley Avenue Elementary School tested their science skills by conducting a variety of labs, forming hypotheses and working with their peers through Google Meet.

The experiments focused on the rock cycle, rock identification, earthquakes, volcanoes and plate tectonics.

“Students were petrologists, volcanologists and seismologists throughout the unit,” said teacher Edward Tholl. “It was a lot of fun and excitement for all.”

A Dog of a Time

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In wrapping up a nonfiction reading unit, Lauren McDonald’s second grade students at Riley Avenue Elementary School had the opportunity to meet Abraham and Lily from K-9 Comfort Dogs.

During the virtual session, the students learned more about service dogs and asked questions about training, what the dogs need to learn and whether they play games.

Learning about service dogs was just one part of the nonfiction unit. The second graders also gained knowledge about polar bears, penguins and Iditarod sled dogs.

Play All Day

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While the Riverhead School District’s Global Play Day looked different due to COVID-19 restrictions, the annual event on Feb. 3 still fostered collaboration and social interaction among students at Aquebogue and Riley Avenue elementary schools.

At Riley, students created a multitude of art projects and played socially distanced games. The same was true at Aquebogue, where teachers created fun and creative play opportunities.

The full-day event was brought to the district two years ago by the third grade team at Roanoke Avenue Elementary School in hopes that it would inspire families to plan for more unstructured play time during non-school hours while also developing students’ social and imaginative skills.

Celebrating Black History Month

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Students at Riley Avenue and Aquebogue elementary schools in the Riverhead Central School District are celebrating Black History Month with a number of educational activities.

Three students at Riley — Ayden Hennings, Jessica Lopez Valasquez and Julia Viola — taught their peers about famous Black Americans through virtual recordings. Each spent time researching a significant individual and then recorded themselves speaking on their research. The recordings were played over the school’s PA system on successive mornings.

At Aquebogue, third graders studied the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and reflected on love and service to others. They also created an informative gallery walk featuring prominent Black Americans, including Mae Jemison, Langston Hughes, Thurgood Marshall and Sojourner Truth. The tour’s focus on past individuals was balanced out by some of today’s many influential Black Americans, including Amanda Gorman, Lloyd Austin and Kamala Harris.

Across all grade levels, there has been a focus on including voices and stories that build every child’s more complete understanding of Black history in America. Along with celebrating Black Americans such as Shirley Chisholm, Gordon Parks and Jane Bolin during the daily morning announcements, Aquebogue Principal Bryan Miltenberg and Assistant Principal Gary Karlson have been sharing read alouds for students on the school’s distance learning website, which has a dedicated tab with Black History Month recordings and resources.

“Ultimately, Black History Month aims to inspire year-round and lifelong learning about the history, voices and experiences of Black Americans,” said Karlson. “The students at Aquebogue have found the recent kickoff of Black History Month to be a powerful education on our past, an opportunity to appreciate the contributions of the present, and a chance to build an even more hopeful future together in our school, homes and communities.”

Acts of Kindness

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Students at Riley Avenue Elementary School in the Riverhead Central School District recently participated in the Great Kindness Challenge.

Every classroom created a kindness poster as part of the schoolwide event. Students also took part in daily kindness challenges such as giving out compliments, writing letters and playing with new friends.

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