As an increasing number of students continue to enroll in the Riverhead school district more quickly than administrators ever anticipated, school board member Greg Meyer wants to renew talks between the district and the town about building a new school at the Enterprise Park at Calverton.
Culinary instructor Eric Rickmers talks to the new students in the Riverhead school’s commercial kitchen Monday afternoon. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
Monday marked the first day in a new Riverhead school for a small group of teens living in a country still very new to them.
At the Eastern Suffolk BOCES Alternative High School English Language Learner Program, teenagers referred to as SIFE students — or students with interrupted formal education — will learn English and math and acquire job skills such as culinary arts and maintenance work, BOCES officials said. (more…)
Students and families speaking a native language other than English may now have an easier time enrolling in school and communicating with their school district. (more…)
Sister Margaret Smyth of the North Fork Spanish Apostolate (center) with Estabon, 16, and Pedro, 14, and their mother Marta in July. (Credit: Carrie Miller, file)
As young immigrants known as “border children” continue to reunite with families in Riverhead, the school district is reporting an influx of non-English-speaking students — and is unable to find the necessary personnel to accommodate their growing numbers.
Through July of this year, 4,244 “border children” have ended up in New York State, many fleeing their violence-plagued homelands in Central America, according to data released by the federal Department of Health and Human Services’ office of refugee resettlement. (more…)
Sister Margaret Smyth of the North Fork Spanish Apostolate (center) with Estabon, 16, and Pedro, 14, and their mother Marta Tuesday afternoon. (Credit: Carrie Miller)
A misty Independence Day morning rekindled hope for a Riverhead family that was reunited for the first time in 11 years.
“I’m so happy,” said Marta, a Guatemalan immigrant who did not give her last name, in describing that morning. “Everything is different now.” (more…)