05/10/15 10:00am
05/10/2015 10:00 AM
Riverhead Charter School kids filled up several bags with garbage they cleaned at Iron Pier beach Saturday

Riverhead Charter School students filled up several bags with garbage they cleaned at Iron Pier beach Saturday. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

Students from the Riverhead Charter School spent their Saturday morning cleaning Iron Pier beach in Northville with the help of some slightly older students from Stony Brook University.

Emily Markowitz, the president of the Undergraduate Students Club at Stony Brook, said “all the cool clubs were doing outreach programs, so I thought it was time we started doing one.”

She sent a notice to her department head, who in turn notified all the faculty. Dr. Konstantine Rountos, a post-doctoral associate at Stony Brook, was one of those faculty members, and he mentioned it to his wife, Muriel, who happens to be a teacher at the Riverhead Charter School.

Voila! An outreach program is born!

“We gave a presentation last week to the students in the Riverhead Charter School about marine plastics and the problems they cause,” Ms. Markowitz said. “It’s huge.”

The kids filled about 10 plastic garbage bags with stuff they picked off the beach, such as cigarettes, plastic bottles and bottle caps, straws, frisbees, even lobster trap tags, which are plastic. They also kept a log of what they found.

Last week, for Earth Day, those kids, working with Stony Brook students and a non-profit group calls Coastal Stewards, took garbage from home and from beach cleanups and made them into “plastic trash art,” Ms. Markowitz said.

“One group made a T-Rex that had a baseball for a head and a Slurpee Cup for a body,” she said.

“We wanted to involve kids in a local beach cleanup,” said Ms. Rountos. “I think it’s important that kids help keep the beaches of their own community clean.”

Konstantine Rountos and Celestino Pascual pick up trash while another student logs the type of trash.

Konstantine Rountos and Celestino Pascual pick up trash while Jenna Cichy logs the type of trash. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

The Charter School has students from kindergarten through eighth grade.

“I learned that it’s bad to litter,” said fifth-grader Rami Lawson. “I saw some dead birds on the beach today and I figured they might have died from thinking that the trash people litter the beach with was food.”

She said sea gulls often eat things left on the beach.

Third-grader Teandre Murray had similar experiences.

“We saw a lot of stuff on the beach,” she said.

tgannon@timesreview.com

01/06/15 10:10am
01/06/2015 10:10 AM
Integrated first grade co-teachers Lindsay Davis and Anthony Dohrenwend set up a teaching objectives display in their classroom Monday afternoon. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Integrated first grade co-teachers Lindsay Davis and Anthony Dohrenwend set up a teaching objectives display in their classroom Monday afternoon. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Riverhead Charter School teachers have been moving into their new classrooms over the past week in preparation for Tuesday’s opening of the recently constructed two-story school in Calverton.

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12/27/14 4:00pm
12/27/2014 4:00 PM
Riverhead High School’s Class of 2014 valedictorian, Ceaser Chabla-Sarmiento, 18, with his parents, Cesar and Maurita Chabla, and sister Kiara, 8, in the background. Ceaser’s parents emigrated from Ecuador to the U.S. and the family lived in Hampton Bays before moving to Flanders. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Riverhead High School’s Class of 2014 valedictorian, Ceaser Chabla-Sarmiento, 18, with his parents, Cesar and Maurita Chabla, and sister Kiara, 8, in the background. Ceaser’s parents emigrated from Ecuador to the U.S. and the family lived in Hampton Bays before moving to Flanders. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

January — Bishop McGann-Mercy High School hires Paul Mastronardi as its new athletic director. He replaces John Lonardo, who resigned to pursue a business opportunity in the private sector. Mr. Mastronardi, a longtime coach and physical education teacher, previously coached the Eastport-South Manor varsity football team.  (more…)

09/22/14 8:00am
09/22/2014 8:00 AM
Riverhead Charter School staff members are accused of violating a former trustees constitutional rights. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Riverhead Charter School staff members are accused of violating a former trustees constitutional rights. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

A former Riverhead Charter School board member is suing the school and members of its staff after she was not reappointed to her volunteer position at the expiration of her term in May. (more…)

09/04/14 3:00pm
09/04/2014 3:00 PM
Mario Anthony and Anthony Esbarr of Atlas Stucco work on the front entrance to the charter school's new building Tuesday. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Mario Anthony and Anthony Esbarr of Atlas Stucco work on the front entrance to the charter school’s new building Tuesday. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Construction on the new two-story building at Riverhead Charter School in Calverton is still a couple of months from completion, officials said this week.

The building’s structural system, exterior walls, doors and bathrooms have been completed and workers are currently installing floors and finishing other interior projects for the 50,000-square-foot facility, said Michael Finnerty, project manager for Stalco Construction of Islandia, the general contractor on the project. (more…)

06/12/14 12:00pm
06/12/2014 12:00 PM
The Riverhead Charter School in Calverton. (Credit: File)

The Riverhead Charter School in Calverton. (Credit: File)

A little over three years ago, when my husband and I made the informed decision to enroll our son at the Riverhead Charter School, we were confident that we made the right choice for our child. We reviewed all of our options within the public and private school system and found that a charter school education was the right fit for us. As the school year comes to a close, we as a family remain confident in that decision — even amid recent controversy.  (more…)

06/10/14 7:33pm
06/10/2014 7:33 PM
Nick Agrusa of Calverton protests Tuesday evening. Mr. Agrusa's step-daughter, Jackie Scoglio, was fired from the charter school. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

Nick Agrusa of Calverton protests Tuesday evening. Mr. Agrusa’s step-daughter, Jaclyn Scoglio-Walsh, was fired from the charter school. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

Editor’s note: An initial version of this story published at riverheadnewsreview.com Tuesday night was replaced online Wednesday morning with an updated story, which will also appear in Thursday’s edition of the Riverhead News-Review newspaper.

In an effort to raise awareness of “union busting” concerns at the Riverhead Charter School in Calverton, New York State Union Teachers members from across Suffolk County gathered Tuesday to show support for teachers who have been fired from the school.

The rally came about a month after Kasey Wehrheim, who was the union president at the Riverhead Charter School, was fired after an egg-allergy incident involving a student. (more…)