12/20/13 4:00pm
12/20/2013 4:00 PM
COURTESY PHOTO | Santa visited Phillips Avenue Elementary School students this week.

COURTESY PHOTO | Santa visited Phillips Avenue Elementary School students this week.

Phillips Avenue Elementary School students are participating in the school’s annual “Five Days of Peace and Goodwill,” an event traditionally held the week before the holiday break.

Principal Debra Rodgers said in a press release students will receive one gift a day this week, such as small toys, books, sweatshirts and toothbrushes donated by the Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine.

“The gifts that our students receive are from some amazing organizations and people that embrace the spirit of giving,” she said. “Throughout the week, we encourage our students to find ways that they can give, as well as receive.”

Students in the dual language kindergarten class performed “The Little Gingerbread Man” in Spanish and English on Monday. The next day students watched “Mad Scientist.” Then on Wednesday, Santa visited students. Elves also arrived at the school Thursday with gifts.

On Friday, Superintendent Nancy Carney was expected to hand out books to the students.

03/14/13 1:00pm
JENNIFER GUSTAVSON PHOTO | Riverhead Board of Education vice president Greg Meyer cuts the ribbon Thursday to unveil the new library at Phillips Avenue Elementary School.

JENNIFER GUSTAVSON PHOTO | Riverhead Board of Education vice president Greg Meyer, left, cuts the ribbon Thursday to unveil the new library at Phillips Avenue Elementary School.

Riverhead School District officials unveiled the new library at the Phillips Avenue Elementary School Thursday, marking the first completed facility upgrade paid through a $78.3 million bond approved in 2011.

Work began at Phillips – the second oldest school in the district — this summer with reconfiguring the parking lot and bus drop-off loops, beautifying the entrance and gutting the school’s library to make room for a new “21st century” center.

The former 850-square-foot library has been expanded into a 2,000-square-foot space complete with designated learning spots, including a stadium seating section for readings, a collaborative-learning area with tables to conduct research projects and a computer lab.

The library is also slated to receive new windows, which will be paid through an energy performance contract.

In addition to new flooring and furniture, each of the three sections has a separate smartboard.

Phillips principal Debra Rodgers said she’s pleased with final results because it will encourage students to read more and to think creatively.

The new research area.

“It’s really exciting,” she said. “The community deserves this.”

Riverhead resident Bobbie Brown, who attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony, said he believes the space is the ideal environment for students to learn.

“This is gorgeous,” he said. “The transformation is just incredible.”

Phillips librarian Melanie Ash gave a tour to her students Thursday prior to the ribbon cutting ceremony and explained to them how they should use each section of their new space.

After showing her students how the library book checkout system works, Ms. Ash asked them to pick something to read.

William Pippin, 8, with a book he picked out at the new library.

“Here’s the Star Wars section, but some of these books can be a little rough,” she told her student William Pippin, 8.

“I can try,” he said. “I like those stories. My friend has Star Wars books and we read them on the bus.”

After the group of students picked something out, Ms. Ash read to them in their new read aloud area.

“It’s absolutely beautiful,” Superintendent Nancy Carney said about the completed project. “This is a wonderful day for Riverhead and I can’t wait for the work to progress on our other buildings.”

Ms. Carney said the Riley Avenue Elementary School will undergo a similar transformation as Phillips and the Aquebogue Elementary School will receive a new cafeteria. Capital improvement projects are scheduled to being at Riverhead High School this spring and at the middle school next fall. Construction at Roanoke and Pulaski elementary schools will start in spring 2014, she said.

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09/05/12 5:00pm
Riverhead Central School District, Phillips Avenue Elementary School

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Phillips Avenue Elementary School principal Debra Rodgers welcomes back fourth-grader Mahki Adams with a warm hug.

Phillips Avenue Elementary School principal Debra Rodgers welcomed back students during the first day of classes Wednesday in Riverhead schools.

She gave out some hugs and also chided some of the children who did not respond when she said, “Good morning children, welcome back.”

About 550 students arrived by bus, cars and also by taxi to the Riverside elementary school.

The new kindergarten students lined the entrance corridor until teachers and aides could check their tags and steer them into the correct classrooms.

With seven schools in the district there will be almost 5,000 students attending class this year.

Also, Tuesday, Sept. 18 is open house at Phillips at 7 p.m. and the school’s parent-teacher organization, which uses the acronym P.A.C.T. (People Advancing Children Together), will have its first meeting Thursday, Sept. 20 at 6:30 p.m.

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