06/29/14 5:00am
06/29/2014 5:00 AM
Riverhead's Ryan DiResta competes in the hurdles of the pentathlon. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Riverhead’s Ryan DiResta competes in the hurdles of the pentathlon. Students may be allowed to count their after-school sports toward physical education credits. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

Riverhead School District is exploring the feasibility of exempting students from physical education classes if they participate in after-school sports.  (more…)

06/28/14 2:27pm
06/28/2014 2:27 PM
Michael Hubbard receives his honorary degree at Riverhead High School's graduation ceremony Saturday morning. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Michael Hubbard is cheered as he makes his way onto the stage at Riverhead High School’s graduation ceremony Saturday morning. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

Hundreds of friends and family members packed the sidelines of Riverhead High School’s football field Saturday morning to watch members of the Class of 2014 receive their diplomas.

The outgoing seniors shared hugs and tears, reminiscing on the past triumphs and tragedies that shaped their education. (more…)

06/28/14 2:06pm
Amberlynn (left) and Lyn Fountaine posed for photos before going to Tracey Fountaine, who was burnt in a house fire Thursday morning. (Cyndi Murray photo)

Amberlynn Fountaine (right) and her mother Lyn posed for a photo at graduation Saturday. The family’s home was destroyed by a fire Thursday and Amberlynn’s father, Tracey, is at Stony Brook University Medical Center. (Credit: Cyndi Murray}

Amberlynn Fountaine would have preferred staying by her father’s side at his Stony Brook University Medical Center room Saturday morning. Instead, she fulfilled his dream of watching her receive her diploma along with the rest of her peers graduating Riverhead High School. (more…)

06/28/14 5:00am
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Riverhead school board vice president Greg Meyer honoring Ann Cotten-DeGrasse Tuesday night. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

Ann Cotten-DeGrasse was congratulated Tuesday night for six years of service on the board. She was hired as a business teacher by the district in 1966 and served as president for the Riverhead Central Faculty Association before retiring in 1997.

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06/26/14 3:24pm
06/26/2014 3:24 PM
Riverhead High School student Emily Green (right) glues figurines last month on a diorama depicting a battle from the War of 1812. She and Megan Carrick (from left), John Vega, and Brian Brenton were students in Justin Cobis' history class. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Riverhead High School student Emily Green (right) glues figurines last month on a diorama depicting a battle from the War of 1812. She and Megan Carrick (from left), John Vega, and Brian Brenton were students in Justin Cobis’ history class. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

In April, a group of Riverhead High School sophomores, juniors and seniors visited a spot on the Long Island Sound near Hallockville Museum Farm, standing just a few hundred feet away from where some of Riverhead’s founding fathers fought off the British in a once-forgotten battle from the War of 1812.  (more…)

06/25/14 6:16pm
06/25/2014 6:16 PM
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Terri Nirrengarten, left, protesting against the Riverhead School District’s decision to fire second-grade teacher Jutta Mariotti. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch photos)

Three parents and their children gathered in the front of the Riverhead School District’s administration office Wednesday afternoon to protest the firing of Riley Avenue Elementary School teacher Jutta Mariotti.

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06/25/14 10:00am
Jeff “Doc” Greenberger, a longtime Latin teacher at Riverhead High School. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder file)

Jeff “Doc” Greenberger, a longtime Latin teacher at Riverhead High School. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder file)

A group of parents have submitted a petition to the Riverhead school board asking the district’s administration to allow the current Latin teachers to teach more sections instead of hiring an additional teacher.

During the school board’s meeting Tuesday, parent Sarah Bowe submitted a copy of an online petition signed by over 100 people asking the district to reconsider hiring a new Latin teacher and allow the program’s current teachers, Jeff ‘Doc’ Greenberger and Lorene Custer, to teach more sections.

“Many students enroll in Latin with the specific intention of being taught by Ms. Custer and Dr. Greenberger and they all deserve that opportunity,” Ms. Bowe said.

The petition states, in part: “We ask that, if at all possible, the district find a way to allow the existing teachers to teach any additional sections that need to be added.  Should that not be possible, we ask that any expansion of the Latin program be undertaken with the full cooperation of the existing teachers, so as to ensure the continued integrity of the program.”

Through Wednesday morning, it had gathered 118 online signatures.

When asked by a parent if the Latin teachers, who are married, were given the opportunity to teach the additional sections, school board president Ann Cotten-DeGrasse said, “It is a contractual matter.”

Assistant superintendent David Wicks said both teachers are on the hiring committee and were also asked to let the district know if they knew of anybody suitable for the position.