05/08/13 2:00pm
05/08/2013 2:00 PM
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | From left, Riverhead school board candidates Christopher Dorr, Amelia Lantz and Jeff Falisi will meet tonight in Calverton.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTOS | From left, Riverhead school board candidates Christopher Dorr, Amelia Lantz and Jeff Falisi will meet tonight in Calverton.

Riverhead school board candidates will introduce themselves to the community tonight at the Greater Calverton Civic Association’s meeting.

Challenger Christopher Dorr of Baiting Hollow will face incumbents Jeff Falisi of Calverton and Amelia Lantz of Riverhead. There are two seats carrying three-year terms up for grabs on the seven-member board.

Superintendent Nancy Carney will also discuss the 2013-14 proposed budget.

The 7 p.m. meeting will take place at Riley Avenue Elementary School in Calverton.

Check back for updates.

06/10/12 7:30am

TIM GANNON PHOTOS | Singer Brady Rhymer, left, gets some help onstage from the kids at Saturday's Phillips Avenue Elementary School Community Festival.

The Phillips Avenue Elementary School hosted its second annual “Community Festival” Saturday on the school grounds.

“We wanted to take an opportunity to bring the Phillips Avenue community and the school district together to have fun as families,” said principal Debra Rodgers. “It’s a celebration of our community.”

Entertainment was provided by the likes of Grammy-nominated singer Brady Rhymer of Southold, as well as the Riverhead Martial Arts Center, singer Janice Buckner, the ReDancers, Sweet Rose Revue and others.

The Flanders Fire Department, the Flanders-Northampton Volunteer Ambulance and the Coast Guard all brought vehicles and personnel to give kids tours with outreach organizations such as Island Harvest and the Guide Dog Foundation manned informational booths.

The Guide Dog Foundation is well known to the Phillips Avenue kids. Since December, school nurse Barbara Salmiery has been training a black lab named McCauley to be a guide dog, and she takes the dog to school with her.

Ms. Salmiery said she’ll have the dog for 14 to 16 months to get her used to people and after that, McCauley goes back to the foundation for six months of seeing eye training. After that she’ll likely be paired with a sight-impaired person.

Ms. Rodgers said the festival’s $5 admission fee goes back to the Parent-Teacher Organization, which sponsored the event, for use in programs they run such buying school supplies for kids.

“And some of the money may go into making next year’s festival even better than this year,” Ms. Rodgers said.

Long Island Science Center instructor Leila Makdisi brought some cool stuff to show the kids, including "flubber," a bat (deceased and in glass casing) and a replica T-Rex tooth.

Assistant Principal Steve Hudson gets a smooch from McCauley, a black lab being trained for the Guide Dog Foundation by school nurse Barbara Salmiery (not pictured.) Donna Boscola, left, has the leash.

Six-year-old Samantha Silva pets Scotty, one of the dogs up for adoption who were at Saturday's Phillips Avenue Community Festival, while four-year-old Antonella Morocho looks on.

02/14/12 10:30am

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Riley Avenue Elementary School fourth grade teacher Jimmy Schaefer's annual production of the fractured fairy tale "Cinderella" was performed Saturday afternoon in the Riverhead High School auditorium.

Riley Avenue Elementary School fourth grade teacher Jimmy Schaefer’s annual production of the fractured fairy tale “Cinderella” was performed Saturday afternoon in the Riverhead High School auditorium. The performance has been an annual tradition for about 20 years, when he was teaching at Pulaski Street Elementary.

This year’s players were:

Cinderella — Ailie Kinniel

Princess — Kristy Troyan

Prince — Caleb Zuhoski

Queen- Caleigh Cantalupo

King — Alex Jehle

Stepmother —Ainsley Hipp

Stepsisters — Ryan Schlichting (in purple wig), Tim Duffy (pink wig) Jack Ludwig (green), Ryan Schlichting ( purple), and Jacob Raynor (yellow)

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09/06/11 12:24pm
09/06/2011 12:24 PM

Students in the Riverhead School District once again packed up their backpacks and boarded big yellow school buses for the first day of school in the 2011-12 school year.

Roanoke Avenue Elementary School principal Thomas Payton helped kindergartners off the buses which arrived at 8:45 Tuesday morning. He said that the school has 387 students registered so far, but he expects the number to go up to 390 by the end of the week — the most the school has ever had

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BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Riley Avenue Elementary principal Thomas Payton helps a student off the bus on the first day of school.

03/29/11 1:34pm
03/29/2011 1:34 PM

RIVERHEAD SCHOOL DISTRICT COURTESY PHOTO | Second grade teacher Terry Messina and second grader Emma Hegeman examine a chick from the Hallockville Museum Farm

Students in Terry Messina’s Riley Avenue Elementary second grade class got a visit from some fuzzy little creatures in honor of National Agriculture Week last Friday. County Legislator Ed Romaine (R-Center Moriches) and representatives from Hallockville Musuem Farm also visited the class, and the museum brought live chicks for the children to touch and hold.

Mr. Romaine read the book “Chicks and Chickens” by Gail Gibbons to the children and Hallockville donated the book to the school library.