03/27/14 1:00pm
03/27/2014 1:00 PM

Riverhead superintendent Nancy Carney, left, and Shoreham-Wading River Superintendent Steven Cohen.

Amid increasingly intense scrutiny of standardized testing as a means of improving teacher and student performance, the opt-out movement — which encourages refusal to take the tests used to measure New York’s educators — appears to be gaining some traction locally. This year, in the Riverhead and Shoreham-Wading River districts, and at the Riverhead Charter School, more parents than ever before are refusing to let their children sit for the upcoming state assessments.  (more…)

02/26/2014 9:00 AM

Veterans came out to support a tax exemption, which the Shoreham-Wading River school board voted in favor of Tuesday night. (Joe Werkmeister photo)

For nearly 40 minutes Tuesday night, a group of about 20 veterans sat patiently in the Shoreham-Wading River High School library listening to the Board of Education debate the procedure for middle school students to play varsity sports.

Finally, an older man in the group stood up and admitted: “I do believe most of us can’t contribute anything to what you’re doing, which is extremely interesting.”  (more…)

02/09/14 12:00pm
02/09/2014 12:00 PM
SANDY KOLBO COURTESY PHOTO | Phillips Avenue Elementary School students pose with their "Kindness Matters" banner.

SANDY KOLBO COURTESY PHOTO | Phillips Avenue Elementary School students pose with their “Kindness Matters” banner.

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, students at Phillips Avenue and Roanoke Avenue Elementary Schools in Riverhead have taken the holiday’s message of love to heart by participating in “The Great Kindness Challenge,” a nationwide program in which schools are encouraged to perform as many acts of kindness as possible in one week. (more…)

02/09/14 10:00am
SANDRA KOLBO COURTESY PHOTO | Work by Pulaski Street School students will be featured in the April 20 edition of Newsday's Kidsday.

SANDRA KOLBO COURTESY PHOTO | Work by Pulaski Street School students will be featured in the April 20 edition of Newsday’s Kidsday.

Fifth grade student volunteers at Pulaski Street School in Riverhead recently met with Pat Mullooly, Newsday’s Kidsday coordinator, to brainstorm assignments including book and music reviews for an upcoming edition of Kidsday, a school spokeswoman said Thursday. (more…)

02/07/14 8:00am
SANDRA KOLBO PHOTO | Students in Riverhead Middle School English teacher's Mindy Benze classes recently initiated a "Water Challenge" to promote clean drinking water in sub-Saharan Africa communities.

SANDRA KOLBO PHOTO | Students in Riverhead Middle School English teacher’s Mindy Benze’s classes recently initiated a “Water Challenge” to promote clean drinking water in sub-Saharan Africa communities.

Drawing inspiration from “A Long Walk to Water,” a book they read in English class about a Sudanese refugee whose mission is to provide clean water to sub-Saharan African communities, students at Riverhead Middle School recently launched a “Water Challenge” — a venture that has raised more than a thousand dollars. (more…)

02/06/14 12:33pm
02/06/2014 12:33 PM
SANDRA KOLBO COURTESY PHOTO | The Riverhead RJROTC's First Year Drill Team at the NJROTC unit's annual inspection and Pass-In-Review Feb. 1.

SANDRA KOLBO COURTESY PHOTO | The Riverhead RJROTC’s First Year Drill Team at the NJROTC unit’s annual inspection and Pass-In-Review Feb. 1.

The Riverhead NJROTC Drill Team took home a number of wins at the NJROTC Drill Meet Feb. 1, making them eligible for the seventh consecutive year for the upcoming Area Four Championship Meet. (more…)