05/07/15 1:55pm
05/07/2015 1:55 PM
This anti-bullying mural was unveiled at Riley Avenue Elementary School in Calverton Thursday. (Credit: Rachel Young)

This anti-bullying mural was unveiled at Riley Avenue Elementary School in Calverton Thursday. (Credit: Rachel Young)

Riley Avenue Elementary School fourth-grader Jon Vasquez said he liked watching the character mural go from “nothing to something.” His classmate Lily Kaelin said anyone who lays eyes on the colorful painting is “reminded to be kind.” Art teacher Melissa Haupt called it “inspiring.” (more…)

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…)

11/24/14 7:00am
11/24/2014 7:00 AM
Parents Alfred and Karma Marshall help Georgette Zenk (center) carve up the 25 pound turkey at Roanoke Elementary. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Parents Alfred and Karma Marshall help Georgette Zenk (center) carve up the 25 pound turkey at Roanoke Elementary. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Students at a pair of Riverhead elementary schools were plenty thankful for what they experienced last week.
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11/15/14 12:25pm
11/15/2014 12:25 PM
A shooting 'victim' is escorted from Riley Avenue Elementary School during Saturday morning's active shooter drill. (Credit: Michael White)

A shooting ‘victim’ is escorted from Riley Avenue Elementary School during Saturday morning’s active shooter drill. (Credit: Michael White)

David Wicks said he couldn’t help but get a bit emotional during Saturday’s active shooter drill in Calverton, where police and ambulance workers simulated a mass shooting inside Riley Avenue Elementary School.

About 70 high school students and other volunteers also participated in the drill, during which two people were “killed,” and several others were dragged from the school or carried out, fake-bloodied and bandaged.

A Suffolk police helicopter also landed in a nearby field.

“It was very real for me; I had chills,” said Mr. Wicks, a Riverhead School District assistant superintendent. “I felt myself getting emotional. The real sobering thing is how much time can pass before help gets here.

“But it made me feel good because our lockdown procedures do help.”

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06/14/14 2:28pm
06/14/2014 2:28 PM
Riley Avenue second-graders, under the direction of music teacher Keith Maguire, sang patriotic songs Friday in salute to the American flag. (Credit: Sandra Kolbo/Riverhead School District)

Riley Avenue second-graders, under the direction of music teacher Keith Maguire, sang patriotic songs Friday in salute to the American flag. (Credit: Sandra Kolbo/Riverhead School District)

Riley Avenue Elementary School second-graders celebrated Flag Day Friday during the 22nd annual Flag Day parade as enthusiastic parents, grandparents and siblings lined the driveway at the school.

A patriotic concert and salute to the American flag followed the parade.  (more…)

04/18/14 6:00am
04/18/2014 6:00 AM

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Whew, what an awesome weekend of great weather! Didn’t it feel so nice to be warm outside and not have to wear a coat? I got on the tractor for the first time in 2014. It felt so good to be outdoors after a long snowy winter, which, by the way, I also loved! Well, here we go — let’s grow some awesome fruits and veggies! 

03/12/14 2:00pm
03/12/2014 2:00 PM
Residents are asking the Riverhead School District to allow Calverton Hills students to attend nearby Riley Avenue Elementary School.  Parents say the community was required to send its children to Phillips Avenue Elementary School in Riverside after the neighborhood was redistricted in the late 1990s. (Credit: Google Map screenshot by Jennifer Gustavson)

The Calverton Hills community was redistricted several years ago that moved the community’s children from Riley Avenue Elementary School in Calverton to Phillips Avenue Elementary School in Riverside. (Credit: Google Map screenshot by Jennifer Gustavson)

Years after the Riverhead School District moved elementary students living in the Calverton Hills community from Riley Avenue School to Phillips Avenue School, residents are still wondering why their kids have to travel to Riverside, which is farther away, when there’s a school closer to them in Calverton.  (more…)

03/01/14 10:00am
03/01/2014 10:00 AM
Riley Avenue Elementary School. Barbaraellen Koch photo

Riley Avenue Elementary School. Barbaraellen Koch photo

Two Riley Avenue Elementary School students who brought a knife to school and were accused of plotting an attack on a fellow second-grader in November are now back in class following a three-month suspension — despite a code of conduct that calls for a minimum one-year suspension for incidents involving a weapon.

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