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…)

03/23/15 4:15pm
03/23/2015 4:15 PM
Riverhead School District security director James Gresham at the high school earlier this month. (Credit: Barbarellen Koch)

Riverhead School District security director James Gresham at the high school earlier this month. (Credit: Barbarellen Koch)

Riverhead School District security director James Gresham is resigning from the position he’s held for the past six months, according to Tuesday’s school board agenda.

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03/21/15 10:00am
03/21/2015 10:00 AM
Cast members of "Footloose" include: Shannon McAllister as Vrleen (from left), Victoria Carroll as Rusty, Aria Saltini as Ariel Moore and Lauren Schmitt as Wendy Joe. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Cast members of “Footloose” include: Shannon McAllister as Vrleen (from left), Victoria Carroll as Rusty, Aria Saltini as Ariel Moore and Lauren Schmitt as Wendy Joe. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

The Riverhead High School Blue Masques will present the musical “Footloose” for two weekends at the high school’s Cardona Auditorium. Show times are 7 p.m. Saturdays, March 21 and 28, and Friday, March 27, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 22.  (more…)

03/20/15 6:00am
03/20/2015 6:00 AM

To the editor:

I just returned from out of town and was dismayed to learn that the Riverhead High School “forum” held on March 12, 2015, regarding the decision to reduce the academic day from nine to eight periods was little more than an empty gesture on the part of the administration. A word of caution to the administration: Do not be lulled by the lower-than-expected turnout. Some of us were out of town, while many others (myself included) must work two to three jobs to support our families and pay huge tax bills.  (more…)

03/19/15 8:00am
03/19/2015 8:00 AM
Andrea Diaz says the Riverhead school district hasn’t reinstated her, even though an agreement states she would return by March 2. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

Andrea Diaz says the Riverhead school district hasn’t reinstated her, even though an agreement states she would return by March 2. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

A school bus driver fired last year from her job with the Riverhead district is now accusing administrators there of reneging on a deal that should immediately have reinstated her to her familiar position behind the wheel.

The driver, Andrea Diaz, had filed a complaint with the New York State Division of Human Rights after the school board approved Superintendent Nancy Carney’s recommendation to terminate her employment. Over a year later, Ms. Diaz and the district have now reached a settlement, which was approved by the school board at its Feb. 14 meeting.

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03/15/15 7:00am
03/15/2015 7:00 AM

Administrators with the Riverhead Central School District and Eastern Suffolk BOCES should be commended for putting together a creative, pragmatic approach to a unique problem precipitated by last summer’s influx of young people fleeing violence-torn regions of Central America.

And they did it on relatively short notice.  (more…)

03/12/15 8:00am
03/12/2015 8:00 AM
Security director James Gersham discusses procedures with two members of his staff Marilyn Ross (left) and Eddie Johnson Monday afternoon. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Security director James Gersham discusses procedures with two members of his staff Marilyn Ross (left) and Eddie Johnson Monday afternoon. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

A video surveillance system that police and fire departments can view in real time during emergencies. Security cameras on buses. An identification scanner checking for convicted sex offenders.

These are just some of the latest security features operating in the Riverhead school district and spearheaded by a security director who was hired just last year.

And even more improvements are on the way. (more…)

02/28/15 11:10am
02/28/2015 11:10 AM
Faculty from Aquebogue Elementary School celebrate. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Faculty from Aquebogue Elementary School celebrate. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

The Riverhead Parent-Teacher Organization executive council hosted its 4th annual Crazy Sports Night at the high school gym Friday night.

The bleachers were packed for the popular event and staff from all schools within the district, as well as the administration, took part in several crazy sports including a hula hoop pass, newspaper races, a basketball three-point shoot-around and more. (more…)