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RoanokeRoanoke Avenue Elementary School


549 Roanoke Avenue
Riverhead, NY 11901
Telephone: 631.369.6813

Thomas Payton

Principal: Thomas Payton

Roanoke Avenue Elementary School is a K-4 school with approximately 400 students.

Roanoke is once again "certified" as a KINDNESS school by the Great Kindness Challenge standards. Roanoke is also a recipient of the Suffolk Reading Council Honor School award.

The Roanoke Avenue School is especially proud that it has the distinction of having been chosen as a National Blue Ribbon School. Roanoke's building is a historical landmark.

Popular events include its Reading Week, its Great Kindness Challenge and innovative reading and writing programs, such as "Poetry Jams," a program whereby students write and recite original poetry. This is just one of the many creative end-of-unit Writers Workshop celebrations that reflects the school's partnership with Columbia Teachers College.

Art, library, computer lab, music and PE are not separate entities, but are integral to Roanoke's students' overall learning experience.

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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. 

Pumpkins, Scarecrows and Fall Fun

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Rain didn’t dampen an annual PTA-sponsored pumpkin patch at Roanoke Avenue Elementary School, held in the school’s auditorium on Oct. 31. Students were all smiles as they picked spooky pumpkins, made scarecrows and decorated pumpkin picking bags as part of the school’s fall festivities. 

A Lesson in Fire Safety

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Students at Roanoke Avenue Elementary School learned about fire safety as part of a Riverhead Fire Department program. Throughout the week of Oct. 21, each class visited the fire department’s smoke house, set up in the school’s parking lot. One by one, the students learned to escape through a window as simulated smoke billowed around them. They also practiced making mock calls to 911 and learned how to plan a meeting place with their families in case of a fire.

Pledging Peace

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Members of the Peacemakers Club at Phillips Avenue and Roanoke Avenue elementary schools in the Riverhead Central School District have been working to bring peace and kindness to their schools.

Throughout the months of October and November, these Riverhead fourth graders are visiting classrooms in their respective schools to read Bob Sornson and Maria Dismondy’s “The Juice Box Bully” to fellow students. They are also encouraging their peers to sign an antibullying poster as a pledge to be kind to one another and speak up for classmates who need help.

During their lunch periods, the club members meet with their adviser, Shannon Kutner, a social worker at Roanoke who works with the Riverhead Community Awareness Program. They also use this time to make posters and plan antibullying campaigns, including an annual kindness initiative that will kick off in January.

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