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549 Roanoke Avenue

Riverhead, NY 11901
Telephone: 631.369.6813
Grades: K-4

Thomas Payton

Principal: Thomas Payton
Director of Security: Terry Culhane

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.

Current News

Principal Performs the Chicken Dance as Reward to Students

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Students at Roanoke Avenue Elementary School in the Riverhead Central School District were rewarded with a chicken dance by their principal after rising to a challenge to collectively read for 50,000 minutes during their school’s annual Reading Week.

The students not only met the challenge set by their principal, but exceeded it by reading a combined total of 51,930 minutes.

While the school couldn’t host an annual celebratory assembly due to COVID restrictions, Principal Thomas Payton filmed himself wearing a chicken suit and doing the chicken dance. The video was sent to all classrooms.

Leading up to the virtual chicken dance, students celebrated Reading Week through a variety of spirit days. They wore red to show they are “well-read,” sported crazy socks, participated in Poem in Your Pocket Day and celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday with read-alouds.

100 Days of Learning

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Students in the Riverhead Central School District had reason to celebration on Feb. 24 — they reached the 100th day of the school year.

In the district’s elementary schools, classrooms celebrated the milestone through a variety of activities. Students dressed as 100-year-olds, participated in 100 counting activities and reflected on what they have learned.

“In a year that has been so challenging in so many ways, it’s a joy to be able to celebrate the completion of 100 successful days,” said Bryan Miltenberg, Aquebogue Elementary School principal.

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