03/24/15 10:00am
03/24/2015 10:00 AM
Third graders from teacher Beth Menis' class help paint the mural in the Riley Avenue cafeteria. (Credit: Riverhead School District)

Third graders from teacher Beth Menis’ class help paint the mural in the Riley Avenue cafeteria. (Credit: Riverhead School District)

Update: The unveiling of the anti-bullying mural has been postponed, according to the district. The event will be rescheduled at a future date.

Original story: Riley Avenue Elementary School students are getting set to unveil an anti-bullying mural that will stretch across a wall in the school’s new cafeteria.

There will be a ceremony at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Calverton school. (more…)

03/23/15 4:15pm
03/23/2015 4:15 PM
Riverhead School District security director James Gresham at the high school earlier this month. (Credit: Barbarellen Koch)

Riverhead School District security director James Gresham at the high school earlier this month. (Credit: Barbarellen Koch)

Riverhead School District security director James Gresham is resigning from the position he’s held for the past six months, according to Tuesday’s school board agenda.

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03/21/15 10:00am
03/21/2015 10:00 AM
Cast members of "Footloose" include: Shannon McAllister as Vrleen (from left), Victoria Carroll as Rusty, Aria Saltini as Ariel Moore and Lauren Schmitt as Wendy Joe. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Cast members of “Footloose” include: Shannon McAllister as Vrleen (from left), Victoria Carroll as Rusty, Aria Saltini as Ariel Moore and Lauren Schmitt as Wendy Joe. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The Riverhead High School Blue Masques will present the musical “Footloose” for two weekends at the high school’s Cardona Auditorium. Show times are 7 p.m. Saturdays, March 21 and 28, and Friday, March 27, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 22.  (more…)

03/19/15 8:00am
03/19/2015 8:00 AM
Andrea Diaz says the Riverhead school district hasn’t reinstated her, even though an agreement states she would return by March 2. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

Andrea Diaz says the Riverhead school district hasn’t reinstated her, even though an agreement states she would return by March 2. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

A school bus driver fired last year from her job with the Riverhead district is now accusing administrators there of reneging on a deal that should immediately have reinstated her to her familiar position behind the wheel.

The driver, Andrea Diaz, had filed a complaint with the New York State Division of Human Rights after the school board approved Superintendent Nancy Carney’s recommendation to terminate her employment. Over a year later, Ms. Diaz and the district have now reached a settlement, which was approved by the school board at its Feb. 14 meeting.

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03/19/15 6:00am
McGann-Mercy Theatre Company cast of "Diary of Anne Frank": (From left) Olivia Geppel of Mattituck as Anne Frank; Max Crean of Farmingdale as Otto Frank; Caitlin Jacobs of Mattituck as Edith Frank; Andrea Londono of Hampton Bays as Margot Frank; Kelsey Tuthill of Manorville as Miep Gies; Jason Crean of Farmingville as Peter Van Daan; Corey Hermus of Bellport as Mr. Kraler; Grace Lukachinski of South Jamesport as Mrs. Van Daan; Chris Ryder of Moriches as Mr. Van Daan and John Tumminello as Mr. Dussel. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

McGann-Mercy Theatre Company cast of “Diary of Anne Frank”: (From left) Olivia Geppel of Mattituck as Anne Frank; Max Crean of Farmingdale as Otto Frank; Caitlin Jacobs of Mattituck as Edith Frank; Andrea Londono of Hampton Bays as Margot Frank; Kelsey Tuthill of Manorville as Miep Gies; Jason Crean of Farmingville as Peter Van Daan; Corey Hermus of Bellport as Mr. Kraler; Grace Lukachinski of South Jamesport as Mrs. Van Daan; Chris Ryder of Moriches as Mr. Van Daan and John Tumminello as Mr. Dussel. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The McGann-Mercy Theatre Company will present “The Diary of Anne Frank,” adapted for the stage by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 19, 20 and 21, at Bishop McGann-Mercy High School in Riverhead. (more…)

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…)