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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.

Current News

Peacemakers Earn National Award

Peacemakers Earn National Award photo
Students in the Riverhead Central School District’s Peacemakers Club were recognized with a United for Kindness award from PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center at a ceremony on May 22. 

The honor acknowledges the work that the Peacemakers of Phillips Avenue and Roanoke Avenue elementary schools do in “helping to create a world without bullying” by teaching their peers about bullying prevention as well as inspiring and empowering them to take positive action.  

The Peacemakers Club is a student-led antibullying movement comprised of fourth graders who meet weekly during their recess with adviser Shannon Kutner, an elementary school social worker at the district and board member of the Riverhead Community Awareness Program. Throughout the year, they find ways to reduce bullying in their respective schools. Every fall, they read “The Juice Box Bully” to each class in their schools and ask their peers to sign a pledge not to bully. The group also organizes a kindness challenge every January to encourage positive speech and acts of goodwill. 

The district congratulates each member of the Peacemakers Club on receiving this award.