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Jennifer Gustavson

Rebecca Chowske

Rebecca Chowske

While much seems to have been made in recent years about the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics — or STEM, as the subjects are known collectively — there’s at least one other thing that ties them all together: words.  (more…)

06/13/14 6:00am
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Riverhead Charter School students performing at Thursday’s concert. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson photos)

The Riverhead Charter School held its spring concert at Pulaski Street School on Thursday.

As teachers played the guitar, drums and other instruments, students in grades kindergarten through seventh grade sang several songs, including: Frank Loesser’s “Inchworm,” Stevie Wonder’s “You are the Sunshine of My Life,” and Pharrell Williams’ “Happy.”

The select choir sang “In Stiller Nacht” and “Can’t Take My Eyes off You,” and the symphonic orchestra performed “The Maya Kingdom.”

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06/11/14 11:18am
Riverhead superintendent Nancy Carney (left), board president Ann Cotten-DeGrasse and board member Thomas Carson at Tuesday night's meeting. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

Riverhead superintendent Nancy Carney (left), board president Ann Cotten-DeGrasse and board member Thomas Carson at Tuesday night’s meeting. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

Where a school was once destined to go, rows of vines will one day blossom instead.

On Tuesday night, the Riverhead school board voted unanimously to sell 25 acres it owns in Aquebogue to Paumanok Vineyards, a move that will allow the winery to expand operations.  (more…)

06/10/14 7:33pm
Nick Agrusa of Calverton protests Tuesday evening. Mr. Agrusa's step-daughter, Jackie Scoglio, was fired from the charter school. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

Nick Agrusa of Calverton protests Tuesday evening. Mr. Agrusa’s step-daughter, Jaclyn Scoglio-Walsh, was fired from the charter school. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

Editor’s note: An initial version of this story published at riverheadnewsreview.com Tuesday night was replaced online Wednesday morning with an updated story, which will also appear in Thursday’s edition of the Riverhead News-Review newspaper.

In an effort to raise awareness of “union busting” concerns at the Riverhead Charter School in Calverton, New York State Union Teachers members from across Suffolk County gathered Tuesday to show support for teachers who have been fired from the school.

The rally came about a month after Kasey Wehrheim, who was the union president at the Riverhead Charter School, was fired after an egg-allergy incident involving a student. (more…)

06/06/14 8:00am
Riley Avenue Elementary School teacher Jutta Mariotti believes her handling of a second-grade student who brought a knife into the Calverton school in November only proves her capabilities as a teacher. Still, she’s being terminated after this school year. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Riley Avenue Elementary School teacher Jutta Mariotti believes her handling of a second-grade student who brought a knife into the Calverton school in November only proves her capabilities as a teacher. Still, she’s being terminated after this school year. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

As Baiting Hollow parent Terri Nirrengarten stood at the podium during the May 13 Riverhead school board meeting, she became frustrated by the responses to her questions.

She wanted to know why parents hadn’t been notified when a second-grader brought a knife to school in November. She also asked that the board hold off on firing the student’s teacher, Jutta Mariotti, who claims she had been told in July, before the incident, that she would not receive tenure at the end of the current school year.

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Shoreham-Wading River superintendent Steven Cohen (left) and school board members Bill McGrath and John Zukowski at last night's school board meeting. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

Shoreham-Wading River superintendent Steven Cohen (left) and school board members Bill McGrath and John Zukowski at last night’s school board meeting. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

Less than a year after she was named principal at Miller Avenue Elementary School, Patricia Nugent was fired Tuesday night after the Shoreham-Wading River school board approved Superintendent Steven Cohen’s recommendation to deny her tenure.  (more…)