03/16/15 5:55pm
03/16/2015 5:55 PM
Congressman Lee Zeldin addressing supporters on Election Day. (Credit: John Griffin, file)

Congressman Lee Zeldin addressing supporters on Election Day. (Credit: John Griffin, file)

School districts could soon opt out of Common Core without sacrificing federal funding.

Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) is sponsoring legislation to make sure school districts that decide to drop the standards won’t be punished by a cut in federal funds. Mr. Zeldin described the Common Core rollout as “rushed” and believes the state Department of Education failed to address concerns about the curriculum.

“The implementation was horrendous,” he said. “Nobody was talking to each other.” (more…)

03/12/15 8:00am
03/12/2015 8:00 AM
Security director James Gersham discusses procedures with two members of his staff Marilyn Ross (left) and Eddie Johnson Monday afternoon. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Security director James Gersham discusses procedures with two members of his staff Marilyn Ross (left) and Eddie Johnson Monday afternoon. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

A video surveillance system that police and fire departments can view in real time during emergencies. Security cameras on buses. An identification scanner checking for convicted sex offenders.

These are just some of the latest security features operating in the Riverhead school district and spearheaded by a security director who was hired just last year.

And even more improvements are on the way. (more…)

03/11/15 11:00am
03/11/2015 11:00 AM
A turf field is being proposed in Riverhead that would be build behind McKillop Field. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

A turf field is being proposed in Riverhead that would be built behind McKillop Field. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

The architect who designed the Riverhead School District’s capital improvement bond project gave a presentation Tuesday outlining a new proposal to install a turf field at the high school.

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03/11/15 8:00am
The Riverhead school board at Tuesday's meeting. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

The Riverhead school board at Tuesday’s meeting. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

Students and teachers in Riverhead could soon say goodbye to their mid-winter break.

A proposal for the 2015-16 school calendar for the Riverhead School District would establish new breaks during the spring instead of the traditional five-day break in February. The district is considering the change since time off during winter breaks surrounding the holidays, coupled with snow days, has become disruption to student instruction.

But some say more discussion is needed before the change is made.

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03/10/15 8:00am
03/10/2015 8:00 AM
Culinary instructor Eric Rickmers talk to the new students in the commercial kitchen Monday afternoon. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Culinary instructor Eric Rickmers talks to the new students in the Riverhead school’s commercial kitchen Monday afternoon. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Monday marked the first day in a new Riverhead school for a small group of teens living in a country still very new to them.

At the Eastern Suffolk BOCES Alternative High School English Language Learner Program, teenagers referred to as SIFE students — or students with interrupted formal education — will learn English and math and acquire job skills such as culinary arts and maintenance work, BOCES officials said. (more…)

02/25/15 8:00am
Caption:  District ESL director Liz Scaduto and Assistant Superintendent David Wicks discussed new state regulations for students who need instruction in English Tuesday

ESL director Liz Scaduto and assistant superintendent David Wicks discussing new state regulations for students who need instruction in English at Tuesday’s school board meeting. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

Riverhead School District officials are bracing for a large influx of students requiring English instruction next fall, along with a new set of state regulations.

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