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Final Grade Report Viewing Information

Final Grade Report Viewing Information (Spanish)

K-4 Report Card Message

Roanoke Staff Wishes Our Students Have the Best Summer!

Suggested Distance Learning Materials for 2020/2021

Student Belonging Pick Up – June 19

Roanoke Avenue Virtual School Page

Cookies and Milk Stories - Monday May 18 

High School Read Aloud Videos

Hometown Heroes Poetry Contest

Screen Free Week Videos 

RCSD Instructional Plan

Roanoke Teachers and Digital Platform

School Messenger Spring Update

Speech/Language Resources

Online Supplemental Resources for Students and Families

Mindfulness Videos

VIDEO: Roanoke Misses You


549 Roanoke Avenue

Riverhead, NY 11901
Telephone: 631.369.6813

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

Riverhead Elementary Principal Elected as a Director of NAESP

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Roanoke Avenue Elementary School Principal Thomas Payton has been named a director of the National Association of Elementary School Principals. His term as a Zone 2 director begins on Aug. 1 and will continue for three years.

As a new board member, some of Payton’s goals are to increase diversity within the association, provide the American Indian community with support and guidance, serve as a voice on Capitol Hill to shape policy, and propose a national mental health work group that would be charged with hearing and sharing everyday challenges faced by school principals.

“Change can never be reached without unity,” said Payton. “Principals are the experts, and together our voices are strong.”

Payton has served as an elementary school principal in the Riverhead Central School District for the past 15 years. Previously, he was assistant principal of Addeliar D. Guy Elementary School, part of the Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he also taught fourth grade. In addition, he taught fifth grade in the Elwood School District, fourth grade in the South Huntington School District, fifth grade in the New York City Public School System and fourth grade in the Massapequa School District.

Payton holds a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from SUNY Buffalo State College, a Master of Science in elementary education from Hofstra University and a professional diploma in educational administration from Dowling College.

He has sat as a representative and on the board of directors of the School Administrators Association of NYS since 2013. He has also served as president and vice president of the Riverhead Administrators Association.