06/15/13 10:00am

Riley Avenue Elementary School second graders celebrated Flag Day with a spirited parade around the school’s parking lot Friday afternoon.

The students were decked out in red, white and blue attire while shouting, “USA,” as they recognized the holiday which was established by President Harry Truman in 1949 and celebrates the adoption of the American Flag 236 years ago.

The tradition at Riley Avenue began 21 years ago by beloved, and since retired, teacher Marion Dorman, to whom current teacher Terry Messina paid tribute to during the musical program after the parade.

The students read personal essays titled “What the American Flag Means to Me,” which they wrote for a contest at the Riverhead Elks Lodge. The students also sang patriotic songs for family and friends who attended the program.

05/23/13 6:00am
JENNIFER GUSTAVSON PHOTO | Riley Avenue School in Calverton.

JENNIFER GUSTAVSON PHOTO | Riley Avenue School in Calverton.

To the Editor:

With graduation approaching, I cannot forget the dedication, inspiration and guidance of specific teachers and programs that tremendously benefited our son, Carlos.

While I have often railed against the unsustainability of the benefits and retirement packages at the expense of the beleaguered taxpayer, as well as the general edge that government workers have over those in the private sector these days, the aviation program provided by BOCES through the Southold School District and specific mentors set the stage for a truly exciting and richly rewarding career start for Carlos.

With over 2,000 flight hours already logged and positions from Guam to Ottawa, including flight instruction, first captain and advanced training of other pilots, he has been able to follow his dream.

An early mentor, Mrs. Madigan at the Riley Avenue Elementary School in Calverton channeled some of his apparent attention deficit issues in kindergarten into model rocket building and launching, which captivated him. Later on, after he made the cut into the aviation program, Mr. Dzenkowski was a role model and mentor.

Because of his and others’ dedication, and Carlos’ interest and aptitude for aviation, Carlos earned his private pilot’s license before graduating and was the keynote speaker at the aviation graduation ceremony. All this helped turn a youth who was not particularly thrilled with traditional academics into a good college student with an ongoing passion for aviation and a dedicated purpose in life.

This is all more than I could ever have foreseen during some of the more trying times early on. So, yes, for some graduates who may not have developed a clear idea of what kind of career they would like, or even what their skills and aptitudes are, I would always recommend looking into government work. But for other, such as our son, who have abiding passions, I recommend first following up on what they’re passionate about.

I’m sure they also have had mentors that they and their families will remember for years to come.

Thanks to the schools and teachers who made it possible for Carlos to embark on a rewarding career. At least for now.

Harry Katz, SOUTHOLD

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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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